FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates – January 26, 2012

Library ArchivesIn addition to the updates and additions mentioned in my previous post, I will be making a concerted effort to post daily updates for both familysearch.org and Ancestry.com . These updates will list the new and updated records by location, record type and dates.

Only those links that directly relate to my own areas of interest will be added to my genealogy links menu at the top of the home page.

To start off, here are today’s updates:

familysearch.org

  • Texas Deaths, 1977-1986
  • Quebec, Quebec Judicial District, Guardianships, 1639-1930
  • Delaware, Vital Record Index Cards, 1680-1934
  • Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935
  • Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977
  • Arkansas, Marriage Index, 1933-1939
  • Arkansas, Death Index, 1914-1950
  • West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971
  • Utah, Box Elder County Records, 1856-1960
  • Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970
  • Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950
  • New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971
  • Micronesia, Pohnpei Civil Registration, 1948-2009
  • Italy, Genova, Chiavari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941
  • Germany, Saxony, Freiberg, Funeral Sermons, 1614-1661
  • Germany, Brandenburg, Heegermühle, Church Records, 1664-1824
  • Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921
  • Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2010
  • Bahamas, Civil Registration, 1850-1959
  • Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888
  • Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1970

Ancestry.com

  • Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Obituary Index, 1850-2010
  • Montgomery County, Indiana, Birth Index, 1880-2010
  • Montgomery County, Indiana, Marriage Index, 1875-2010
  • Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, Marriage Index, 1850-2010
  • Lucas County, Ohio, Blade Obituary Index, 1970-2008
  • Montgomery County, Indiana, Obituary Index, 1877-2010
  • Indiana and Michigan, Michiana Genealogical CemeteryIndex, 1800-2010
  • Bernalillo County, New Mexico, Marriage Index, 1888-2011
  • Jackson County, Missouri, Marriage Index, 2002-2010
  • Honolulu, Hawaii, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1900-1959
  • Index to Passengers Arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1900-1952
  • Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985
  • Richland County, South Carolina, Marriage Index, 1911-2010
  • New York, World War I Veterans’ Service Data, 1913-1919

New FamilySearch.org Records and Database Updates

FamilySearch.org has announced several database updates and postings. I will eventually be adding these links to my drop-down genealogy link menu at the top of the home page. These databases include:

  • United States birth and christening records.
  • United States death and probate records.
  • United States marriage indexes and documents.
  • Canadian vital records.
  • United States State and Territorial tax records and censuses.
  • Tennessee marriage index from 1780-2002.
  • Florida marriage index from 1822-1875 and 1927-2001.
  • Iowa county birth records from 1880-1935.
  • North Carolina estate records from 1663-1964.
  • Summit County, Ohio Coroner’s, hospital and cemetery records from 1882-1947.
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania death records from 1870-1905.
  • Texas death records from 1977-1986.
  • Delaware vital record index cards from 1680-1934.
  • Wilmington, Delaware vital records from 1847-1954.
  • Vermont vital records from 1760-1954.

Thousands of photos from Washington and Oregon are now indexed and available.

This is the kind of news I love to hear. More records are being made available to genealogists and researchers – in this case photos from Washington and Oregon!

In all my thirteen years researching genealogy, both for myself and others, I’ve found that there is no feeling like that of discovering long lost photos (at least to me). I have managed to find photos by browsing other researchers’ and family websites and museum archives, through emailing other researchers, and through contact from commenters on my own blogs.

Photos from Washington and Oregon.
Photos from Washington and Oregon.

Although it is unlikely that I would find any photos relevant to my research because of the geographic location, it is of note that the Washington State Genealogical Society has recently announced that they are making available a photo collection indexed with over 65,000 names. These photos were taken by three Washington and Oregon photographic studios.

Although the sets are identified by only the person paying at the time, other names of those in the photos were frequently noted by the photographer and all of these names are indexed.

The photos in the collection are identified by type:

  • Family
  • Family gathering
  • Couple
  • Wedding
  • Individual
  • High school
  • Church
  • Military
  • Business
  • Organization

Check out thee searchable indexes and if any of those indexed are of interest, just contact the Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology by telephone at 509-943-9000 or by email to crehstmuseum@crehst.org.

Partnerships in Genealogy are Expanding our Research Horizons

William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn founded Pennsylvania, envisioning that it would be governed under the Quaker beliefs and ideals.

The newest partnership is that of Ancestry.com and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

This partnership will make over seven million birth, marriage and death records available through the Pennsylvania Vital Records Collection on Ancestry.com . These records will span 300 years between 1593 and 1908. The newest records to join the collection are:

  • Pennsylvania, Births, Church and Town Records, 1593-1708: The documents in this database contain records from churches, funeral homes, cemeteries, newspapers, historical societies, as well as personal records and other various sources.
  • Pennsylvania, Naturalizations, 1794-1908: This database contains records created as immigrants applied for U.S. citizenship through Pennsylvania courts. They include petitions for citizenship, certificates of citizenship, court naturalization lists, country of origination and more.

I, for one, will be reaping the rewards of this partnership for the simple reason that research into my children’s and husband’s Pennsylvania Welsh Quaker ancestry is one of the major areas of my research – second only to my research into my own Acadian ancestry.

This ancestry includes the immigrants that received land grants from William Penn and came to Pennsylvania – some of the most prominent being the Ambler, Ellis, Evans, Edwards, Foulke, Morgan, Coon, Cadwallader and Shelby families.

I am eager to check out these records and see if I can break down some more ‘brick walls’.

Family Search Admins Needed for Facebook and Skype

Online chatFamilySearch recently expanded their reach by implementing both Skype group chats and Facebook pages, each of which is dedicated to a country, or to a US state. Considering these 59 online communities enable a broader reach from and to the local Family History Centers, they have been managed by volunteers experienced in genealogy. Each community required 2-3 admins for the smaller communities and much more for the larger ones, it will be necessary for them to double their volunteer staff.

The list of duties includes:

  • Responding to those who participate in online conversations and post to the pages, or encouraging others to provide answers.
  • Provide up-to-date information and news regarding genealogy research, events and valuable resources.
  • Partnership and liaising with local, regional and national societies, archives and libraries, encouraging their participating in the online events.

Family search has provided a publication on their Wiki page entitled, “Join a Facebook Research Community” for those who wish to learn which communities are available and how to volunteer. They also suggest that if the state or community you want to participate in is not available, they’d like you to apply anyway and they will consider creating a new community.

Those interested in helping may apply. They welcome all contributions, no matter how large or small.

To simply become a new member to a community, all you need to do is “Like” a community on Facebook.

photo credit: thms.nl

Treasure Awaits

Louise in 1926 at 15 years old.

Today was a great day.

I recently received a comment on the post “David Coon” from a descendant of David Coon and a distant cousin (by adoption) to my husband Mark.

That one short comment and an initial email resulted in an exchange of some amazing photographs through a fast and furious flurry of emails.

I provided all of the photos I have of the Coons, Pettibones and Halls as well as the scanned images of David Coon’s letters home during the Civil War.   In exchange, this kind gentleman sent me the most exciting collection of images of my husband’s grandmother and her family.

My heart started racing as I scrolled all of the great images and I immediately thought about how exciting it will be to pass these images on to Mark’s father and his uncle Bill.

Louise Matthews and her grandmother Martha Matthews.

Marsh is the son of Louise and her first husband, Chester Blythe and ‘uncle Bill‘ is the son of Louise and her second husband, Jim Reynolds, of Havelock, Ontario, Canada.

One thing I can’t help but notice looking at these photographs is the amazing family resemblance between Louise and her gransons Marsh and Bill, and also to her granddaughter and Bill’s daughter, Shelley.

This type of windfall happens very rarely.

I can only hope that this blog will lead to more amazing finds like this!

I love genealogy, and I appreciate my fellow community of genealogy researchers.

“Vintage Eyes” Need Help Investigating Vintage Love

Vintage eyes can’t stop me from pursuing a passion for genealogy, stemming from a real interest in family history, and nostalgia and wonder from discovering those long lost photos, family stories, etc.

Finding old correspondence between husbands and wives (i.e. David Coon, a civil war soldier and casualty) is eye-opening. Seeing such correspondence and knowing Valentines Day is just around the corner makes me realize just how important relationships have been through time. As much as things have changed since the civil war, we all still seek love and companionship.

Glasses from Zennioptical - assistance for vintage eyesI can’t imagine what it would be like if I couldn’t see (or at the very least focus) to examine the inscrutable, miniscule, unclear records one finds. I make a point of ensuring my best vision possible – especially since I have over-40 eyesight causing me to require bifocals. This is especially important since I’m a migraine sufferer and eyestrain is a well known trigger.

I have been checking out the zennioptical.com site and have tried to order new $6.95 prescription eyeglasses through them. My optometrist, however, was unable to locate my subscription and since it’s pretty old anyway, I intend to get in for an examination as soon as possible.

Once I do, I will be ordering new glasses – then I WILL get much more enjoyment from finding more amazing and interesting photos to look at and correspondence to read.

“Finding Your Roots” to Air on PBS

The ever-growing obsession with genealogy and researching one’s roots is becoming more and more apparent in all aspects of our lives.Peter Shellhammers' 1816 birth certificate.

Just turn on the television, open a magazine or newspaper, or join into any conversation and you’ll find it won’t be long before genealogy in some form will be a topic of note.

On television we have “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “History Detectives” showing regularly in the US and Canada, as well as “Ancestors in the Attic” in Canada, and I must say I’m addicted. It’s so enjoyable to learn about the diverse backgrounds of our favorite celebrities, some surprising, some heartbreaking, and some joyful.

Now PBS is set to broadcast its own genealogy series called “Finding Your Roots.” This is a ten-part series set to debut March 25, 2012 and will consist of hour long episodes featuring two people, investigating and highlighting their genealogy and family history.

According to PBS, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, well-known actors who just happen to be married, have decided to put aside their fear that they may turn out to be cousins and search out their roots on the show.

It turns out that they are very distant cousins according to historian Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The fascination of genealogy for me is discovering the dramatic twists and turns of our own family histories. Besides, I frequently learn a new tip or trick that helps me in my own research.

New ‘Goodies’ from Ancestry.com for 2012

What a nice Christmas present!

Ancestry.com has announced twelve new things for our genealogical enjoyment. I intend to check them all out one by one as they come available.

And they are…

More Record Collections

    • 1940 US federal census – Of course, we’ve been hearing about this for quite a while now, but it’s actually slated to be rolled out this spring. I, for one, can’t wait.
    • 1911 UK census and US state censuses – I’m looking forward to both because I’m still actively researching family members in both the US and England.
    • More US birth, marriage and death records – I have found a great gap in the availability of birth, marriage and death records for the United States. In the UK, there is the BMD (birth, marriage, death) database and website. It’s about time these records were centralized and more widely available.
    • New US and international church records – Again, these records are few and far between and scattered far and wide, making them difficult to locate. Wouldn’t it be nice to find them all in one place?
    • Bourgeois Caron WeddingMillions of occupation related records – I took the time to write to the City of Chicago a few years back to learn more about one ancestor. We knew he had been in the fire safety and insurance industry. What a surprise to discover that he was actually on the leading edge of the changes made in fire regulations and procedures in the decades following the great Chicago fire – both in Chicago and nationally. I’d love to be able to find these records more readily.

    Great New Tools and Site Features

    • Direct and easier access to Ancestry.com hints – I will love the new portal page showing my hints all organized for easier and more effective searching. I’m especially excited about the photo-related and story-related hints.
    • Clearer images plus new technology making more details available – The new image viewer will be an improvement, making images clearer with the ability to rotate, enlarge and save. Two of the most popular census collections will have great improvements, so you’ll know exactly what’s on each line without any other tools.

    More Ways to Explore

    • Free apps for Apple, Android, NOOK and Kindle Fire – I will be all over this one! When I bought my Android phone, I had no idea that I would be able to use it to further my research.
    • More ways to add to your tree and connect using social networking – I’m already loving the ease of sharing with friends of relatives using Facebook, Twitter, etc. What other ‘new’ ways could there be? I’m ready!
    • DNA answers – This is one I have been seriously thinking about for quite a while. As extensive as our family tree is, there are still those spots where the branch connection is particularly fragile because it’s almost impossible to find documentary proof. DNA is one tool that could confirm a connection to a particular branch or tree.

    More Hints and Professional Help

    • Hints directing to new collections – I will use the ‘What’s New’ page. I find Ancestry.com so large and confusing that it will be very helpful to be able to monitor and make note of new additions that might be helpful to me. The addition of hints directing me to new collections that may be helpful will only be the icing on the cake.
    • Professional assistance and tips – Learning opportunities such as hands-on demonstrations, Q&A sessions, tips, suggestions and lessons to help you find as much as you can on Ancestry.com .

    There’s nothing more satisfying than finding new information or photos and documents to support conclusions and connections. I look forward to more of these using the new Ancestry.com enhancements.

    Empty Nest Heritage Feeds are Now Fixed

    RSS IconIt seems sometimes that it’s best to not make improvements as they frequently lead to other issues with the smooth operation of my sites and their features.

    My purchase of new domains for the sites has caused my feeds to stop working.

    Once the new domain was put in place it changed the address for the feeds from “emptynestgenealogy.emptynestheritage.com/feed/” to emptynestancestry.com/feed/. As a result, any readers who subscribed using the old address of “emptynestgenealogy.emptynestheritage.com/feed/” will get a “page not found” message.

    I miss my readers and I hope you will go to the site in question and resubscribe using the feed links I’ve updated, or change the address within your html code. It should read “http://emptynestancestry.com/feed/”.

    photo credit: HiMY SYeD / photopia

    A Special Holiday Offer from Flip-Pal.com

    Flip-pal scanner.Here is a valuable offer from Flip-Pal mobile scanner!

    They’re celebrating the holiday season by providing a coupon code for my customers, viewers and readers to receive 10% off the purchase price of the Flip-Pal mobile scanner or the Flip-Pal mobile scanner with the Creative Suite Craft Edition DVD.

    Act quickly though! This coupon code expires in just a couple of days, on December 18, 2011 – or while supplies last.

    While on the site, please be sure to note the special Christmas shipping and delivery information.

    Ancestry.com Offers Free Access to WWII Records

    WWII recordsIn honor of the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Ancestry.com is offering free access to 58 million WWII records in their collection.

    These free access periods are a wonderful opportunity to check out and evaluate Ancestry.com to see if the site will be helpful in your research. Consider this a ‘trial period’ for those considering subscribing to Ancestry.com .

    I know, I know… this is a tired old phrase and I say it all too often, and probably will say it much more in the future…

    Happy Hunting!

    photo credit: Caveman Chuck Coker

    There is Now More to Search for the Military Researcher

    military researcherMilitary Researcher?

    Rejoice! More News!

    I have made an effort to make this site as much an informational newsletter as a site that features my own adventures in genealogical and historical research. As part of that effort, I have and will provide updates from various genealogy research sites and resources about changes that may include additions to existing records and tools to assist us all.

    The newest tidbit is that Genes Reunited is releasing numerous military records, which include:

    • Distinguished Conduct Medals
    • National Roll of the Great War
    • De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour
    • Royal Marine Medal Roll
    • Paddington Rifles (1860-1912)
    • Worldwide Army Index of 1861
    • Royal Fusiliers Collection (1863-1905)
    • Surrey Recruitment Registers (1908-1933)
    • Army Roll of Honour (1939-1945)

    If you have a loved one who is busily searching military records for their own research, a subscription to Genes Reunited would make a great Christmas gift!

    photo credit: Randy Son Of Robert

    Ancestry.com Offers a New Beta Image Viewer

    Beta Image  ViewerOne big problem I’ve noticed with the image viewer at Ancestry.com in the past was that it was rigid. There was no flexibility of movement. Scrolling, namely zeroing in on one key point in a document that was larger than the monitor screen was difficult. I was forced to switch between the horizontal and vertical scroll bars to focus on specific parts of the document.

    This new beta image viewer at Ancestry.com is a huge improvement, although there is still room for further improvement.

    This image viewer allows flexible scrolling using the ‘grasping hand’ cursor we’re all used to. Just place the cursor on the part of the document you want, and move it to where you want. It’s that easy!

    The negative I’ve noticed is that the scroll feature is slow and not at all smooth. It feels almost like you have to stop and wait for the image to catch up with you. It’s necessary to slow your movements down to accommodate the speed limitations of the viewer.

    The bottom line is that the improvements in this beta image viewer are going to make all of our lives easier, but I eagerly look forward to more improvements in the future, please!!


    photo credit: shawe_ewahs

    Genealogy Database

    Athelwulf, King of Wessex
    Athelwulf, King of Wessex

    Our Blythe Genealogy Database

    After extensive work, my genealogy database is now updated and links can be found in the upper menu or in the left sidebar. There are thousands of surnames and the extensive lineages include Welsh Quaker immigrants to the USA, French Canadian, Acadian, American pioneers, Canadian pioneers, French, British, Welsh, German, Scandinavian and medieval and royal genealogies.

    The database includes extensive facts, sources and some images.

    This is my Cautionary Tale about Copyright

    Copyright Matters, and this cautionary tale about copyright is just one example of how important it is.

     

    Cautionary tale about copyright.
    Cautionary tale about copyright.

    Let me just say first, I don’t like bullies. I was bullied as a child. I’ve been bullied on the job. I know the feeling of being bullied and I feel bullied tonight.

    As I write this, my stomach is churning because I’m so upset, but I do need to speak of this as a caution to those who wish to avoid similar circumstances.

    THE BEGINNING

    Cautionary tale about copyright.
    Cautionary tale about copyright.

    A little over a month ago, I got a ‘brainwave’ and decided to set up a feed display page on my blog, Empty Nest Genealogy, as an extra service for my readers. I created a sub-page, called it Genealogy News, and set up the RSS feeds of my favorite websites.

    The first thing I noticed was that the vast majority of the feed entries consisted of only headlines, and a short excerpt of limited words, followed by (read more), or (continue reading) or just plain (…). This draws the reader to the original author’s website.

    I have never been stingy about directing my readers to others’ websites through references in my articles and links. One such reference was to a website from which I included the RSS feed on my feed display page.

    Upon checking once everything was up and running on the feed page, I discovered that this site was publishing the full article to his RSS feed, not just an excerpt. Being concerned at the time, I checked the ‘blurb’ included at the bottom of all of the feed posts, which reads as follows:

    “If you enjoyed this article, Tweet it, share it on Facebook or on your preferred social network. Republishing of this article in newsletters, blogs, and elsewhere is allowed and encouraged. Details may be found at http://goo.gl/hoHH1.”

    Based on the words “allowed and encouraged”, I believed everything was fine.

    Cautionary tale about copyright.
    Cautionary tale about copyright.

    THE PROBLEM

    Tonight I was shocked to receive an email from the site owner with the following in it:

    “From: richard@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
    Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2011 17:42:29 -0400
    Subject: Copyright violations on emptynestancestry.com
    To: christineblythe500@hotmail.com

    It has been brought to my attention that your blog, or “splog” at emptynestgenealogy is violating U.S. copyright laws by republishing articles I wrote without my permission and in violation of my copyright statement. Please stop immediately or else bring your site into compliance with the guidelines at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/copyrights-and-other-lega.html

    The copyright statement is very liberal, one of the most liberal ones in genealogy. I was surprised to see you ignore it.

     – xxxx xxxxxxx”

    Right away, I responded to his email, stating most of what I have covered above. I also stated that I was offended by his use of the term ‘splog’ in reference to my website and by his legal threats. As far as I knew at the time, there were no copyright issues based on the ‘blurb’ at the end of his posts.

    His response to my objection to the term ‘splog” was, “”Splogs” is a well known term in the blogging community. Your pages certainly qualify. Do a bit of reading. I certainly am not the only one who will call it a splog.”

    This person seemed very concerned about the fact that my blog is a commercial blog and is against his written copyright policy. However, again this policy was only evident once one clicked through the link in his ‘blurb’. The small amount of revenue I receive is through Google advertising and paid posts. I do not charge my readers and there is no subscription necessary to access any of the information on my site.

    MY SUGGESTION FOR A SOLUTION

    There were several email responses bounced back and forth. In his he pointed out that his blurb contained a link to a specific copyright policy on his blog. I pointed out to him that his blurb only indicated ‘more details’ through the link. I stressed that this had not signified that his statement “is allowed and encouraged” with regard to publishing the feed was not indeed true and that this rendered the disclaimer insufficient and misleading.

    I went so far as to suggest that instead of saying, “details may be found”, it would have been better to say something like, “to fully comply with my copyright restrictions, please read (link).”

    MY POSITION

    This site owner chose to publish his entire posts to his RSS feed. Very few others do so, opting to post only excerpts. At the time I set up the feed, I was not aware of this and when I checked once the feed page was up and running and saw the whole article, I read the disclaimer at the bottom, where the words stated, “allowed and encouraged”.

    As a long-term member of the genealogy research community, I have become used to the good-natured sharing of information among genealogy enthusiasts – and I am highly offended by Mr. Eastman. I subscribe to this philosophy, as anyone who looks at this blog will see. I freely reference sources with links where possible, link to my complete and extensive genealogy research database, and freely respond to inquiries about my research.

    I have removed the reference to this website and also removed his feed url from my feed page. I will never again publish a feed that shows the entire articles, despite what the disclaimer says, and I suggest the same to anyone else.

    advice about copyright

    MY CONCLUSION

    I honestly feel there is no place in this pursuit for pettiness and bullying such as I’ve experienced tonight.

    Thank you to all you genealogy buffs who spend your valuable time and resources and then freely share it with others. I’m so grateful for you and so thankful this is the first negative experience I’ve ever had.

    Genealogical Research of Vermont Ancestors is Getting Easier

    Vermont Ancestors

    Find Your Vermont Ancestors

    A federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities has paid for a Vermont Digital Newspaper Project planned to take two years for scanning up to 100,00 pages from Vermont newspapers of the 1800’s and early 1900’s, providing highly sought information about Vermont ancestors of researchers. Vermont is only the first of 28 states expected to contribute to this project, which will be known as “Chronicling America”.

    Spearheaded by University of Vermont librarians, the url for the coming online digital archives is to be announced once any images are made available online.

    This has the potential of being an invaluable resource for those doing family genealogy research in Vermont. Newspaper articles are particularly valuable as they help to provide the historical details of events and circumstances that are missing from official records commonly used in genealogy research.

    Windowbox Planters

    My husband and I are planning on doing repairs and expanding our deck in the back yard. Included in those plans is getting flower boxes for the deck rails and window boxes for the lower floor level all the way around the house.

    I have always hated gardening, but learned something of value this year. For Mother’s Day my husband and kids presented me with hanging planters of tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries. They are hanging off the deck and I realized that I actually like looking after them. What is the difference? I realized that it’s the weeding! When using planter boxes and hanging plants, weeds aren’t the same problem at all.

    After checking out some window boxes on the Windowbox Planters site, I’m going to use my newly found bravery to transplant the strawberries into a windowbox once the fall comes around. I’ll leave them in there over the winter, hoping they’ll survive and plant more vegetable and flower window boxes next spring after giving the deck a nice new coat of stain.

    Get Your Education Online

    Library of Knowledge
    photo credit: ShironekoEuro

    I considered pursuing a certification or degree as an Archivist online because of my strong interest in genealogy and historical records and documents. I’m too old and entrenched to uproot and move to attend a university or college and I was hoping to find online courses programs. I thing online training is an ideal option for those of us who have invested a lot in our current residence, families and jobs.

    I was disappointed to note that there is very little available online in archival studies, but I have noticed a huge expansion in other possibilities available online now compared to when I originally went to university quite a while ago.

    If you’re interested in pursuing a degree or any other studies online, you may want to consult the National Center For Education Statistics College Navigator at http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/.

    Whether you’re looking for online degree programs in fine arts, photography, graphic design, music, game design, web design, communication, broadcasting, human resources or business management, these are only a small portion of the entire list of course options available.

    My daughter is presently pursuing a career in photography and if she hadn’t already registered with a college, I’d have recommended that she look at the online programs listed on this site.

    Tugs at the heartstrings – foundling swatches tell a story.

    Foundling swatches are ‘bits and pieces’ such as cloth scraps, mementos, jewelry or any other identifying objects that were left with abandoned children upon admittance to the foundling hospital. These swatches were sometimes helpful in reuniting the child and mother at a future time.

    Foundling swatches tell a story.
    Foundling swatches tell a story.

    Numerous such foundling swatches were rediscovered approximately 250 years after they had been left with the children. They were long forgotten as they were wrapped in paper that was folded numerous times and filed away in books at the Foundling Hospital opened by Captain Thomas Coram in 1741 by charter from King George II.

    Among these sad ‘scraps’ were a needlework sampler found with a boy later named William Porter in December of 1759, who sadly died on May 27, 1760; a patchwork scrap with an embroidered heart that had been cut in half (presumably the mother kept the other half) left with a boy later named Benjamin Twirl by those at the hospital and who was later reclaimed by his mother Sara Bender on June 10, 1775; a swatch of linen painted with an array of playing cards left with a boy named Joseph Floyd and apprenticed in 1769; a red wool heart cut from a garment and left with a girl named Isabel Crane on November 22, 1758, who died on December 16, 1758 .

    The opening of this foundling hospital was an innovative idea at the time and provided some hope for the children who might otherwise have been abandoned, neglected, or have died of disease and/or malnutrition..

    Periodically, these foundling swatches helped to achieve a happy ending, as in the case of Benjamin Twirl and Sara Bender.

    photo credit: limaoscarjuliet

     

    ABOUT THIS SITE...

    Empty Nest Ancestry is a partner site with Blythe Genealogy

    I'm a wife and mother, with a wonderful husband and two great 'kids' who are now young adults, and we live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada - in the great city of Chilliwack, to be exact (one hour from Vancouver).

    Empty Nest Ancestry is a website designed to make all of my genealogy research available to others at no charge. I'd like nothing better than to promote this as a free exchange of information for all genealogy researchers.

    It is important to keep in mind as you explore this site that I make no guarantees. My entire body of research is here, including speculations and unsubstantiated information. All information is only as good as the sources cited. Any speculations are clearly stated along with my reasons for them.

    MY FAMILY HISTORY

    My family's genealogy is mostly French and French Canadian.

    Originating in France, both my father's and mother's branches were original settlers in Canada.My father's family immigrated from France to Quebec sometime in the 17th century, with my father's family living mostly around Beauce and Lac Megantic.

    My mother's family immigrated from France to Nova Scotia on the ship 'Satisfaction' under command of Peter Butler and in company of Sir Thomas Temple in 1657. These original settlers along the Atlantic became known as l'Acadie (the Acadians). My mother's maiden name is Melanson and she is directly descended from Pierre (dit Laverdure) and Priscilla Mellanson, who are on record in London with their children prior to making the crossing.

    MARK'S FAMILY HISTORY

    Mark's family's genealogy is varied and fascinating, including Welsh, French, British, Swedish, Danish, Canadian, Spanish, and numerous others.

    On his father's side it includes Welsh Quakers who immigrated to America at the time of and some with William Penn. From these Welsh Quakers is his family's royal connections with several of his multiple great grandparents having been Kings and Queens of England. As a result of the royal lineage, his family is linked to every nation that ever married into the British royal family.

    On his mother's side is Swedish and Danish ancestry as his great-grandparents immigrated to America in the late 1800's and early 1900's from Sweden. Shortly after, they settled in Saskatchewan, Canada as a result of the promise of free workable land on the Canadian prairie.

    BLYTHE GENEALOGY DATABASE

    My Blythe genealogy database is part of this site and is easily accessed through the upper menu.

    This is where all specific data, relationships, images, documents and sources are available for free download. Don't leave this site without exploring it first.

    There is true treasure there.Weave all of this together with sometimes humorous, scandalous and completely fascinating stories of ancestral family members and you have this site.