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Irish Genetic Homeland Finder: Ancestry by DNA, place names, surnames.

Irish Genetic Homeland Finder: Ancestry by DNA, place names, surnames.

The Irish Genetic Homeland Finder website is taking advantage of Ireland being the one country that preceded all others in using paternal surnames, by using the surnames as well as DNA and geographical place names in pinpointing direct male ancestry for approximately 1,000 years. This is an interactive site available to anyone who may be […]

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Some skeletons in the closet are worse than others.

Some skeletons in the closet are worse than others.

During my years of genealogical research, I’ve discovered numerous ‘ skeletons in the closet ‘ and scandals that at a shorter distance in time would be hard to deal with. Separated by decades and even centuries, however, a lot of these misdeeds become more titillating and not quite as scandalous. I’ve found polygamy, traitorous acts, […]

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4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today.

4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today.

There’s reason to believe you could find a major treasure horde.  After all, there are quite a few still out there just waiting to be unearthed!  Here are just 4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today as long as you have a metal detector. For most metal detectorists, the thrill of […]

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Transcription: Wills of Centre County, Pennsylvania

Transcription: Wills of Centre County, Pennsylvania

WILLS OF CENTRE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA by Ira F. Fravel, Col. U.S. Army, published 1/19/1939 Re-copied December, 1967 by Mary Belle Lontz   Will Book A   Page 1 CHRISTIAN STROM, Oct. 29, 1800-12/8/1800, wife Margt. Son, David, Executor, Dtr. Catarina, Dtr. Anna, grandchild, Sally (not 18). Witnesses: Philip Danna, Lyons Mussina. Page 2 CHRISTIAN BECHTEL, […]

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FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions – 5 Dec 2014.

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions – 5 Dec 2014.

Following are the FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to 5 Dec 2014.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions Barbados Barbados, Church Records, 1637-1887 Canada Canada, Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959 Canada, Marriages, 1661-1949 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 United States Hawaii, Obituaries Index, ca. 1980-present Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006 Minnesota, Grand Army of the Republic […]

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Smashed brick wall: Prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

Smashed brick wall: Prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

There’s nothing like the feeling of solving a mystery like the one about the biological family of my husband’s grandmother Louise Reynolds. Born in October of 1911, she was given up for adoption. A wonderful couple, William Dennis Matthews and his wife Claudia adopted her and a little boy, William Dennis Matthews, Jr. She grew […]

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Christine Blythe
Empty Nest Genealogy
Chilliwack , British Columbia , V2P 5B9 Canada
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