Deaths

March 1917 Gas Attacks at Vimy Ridge

WWI War Stories: Turmaine and Emery.

In honor of today’s ceremonies in honor of the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge, I am reposting several articles about my own ancestors who died in WWI.    In my father’s French Canadian, ‘Turmaine’ branch of the family, we have two known soldiers who died in the first world war. The first was my grand …

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"Wessenden Valley" on the Pennine Way footpath south of Marsden in West Yorkshire. The area is part of the Marsden Moor Estate.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Mar.

The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Mar. Featured image: “Wessenden Valley” on the Pennine Way footpath south of Marsden in West Yorkshire. The area is part of the Marsden Moor Estate.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Mar.   Canada Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869 Eduador …

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Deaths by gas poisoning of Daniel and Isabella McDougall tragically caused by their daughter, Agnes.

Tragic gas poisoning deaths of Daniel and Isabella McDougall.

  I have found myself fascinated by the stories of the trials, tribulations and tragedies of our ancestors, and this story about the deaths by gas poisoning of Daniel and Isabella McDougall tragically caused by their daughter, Agnes is no exception.   Sometimes I wonder if I was born too late as my disability, though hidden …

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Robert Stone's Last Will and Testament

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Robert Stone, April 16, 1825

  The following is my transcription of the last will and testament of Robert Stone, husband of Ann Stone.   182 Robert Stone 16. This is the last Will and Testament of me Robert Stone of Wyke Regis in the County of Dorset Baker. In the first place I Grant that all my just debts …

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Hull, Quebec.

Transcription – Obituary of Mme Reina Bond-Labelle.

Transcription of the obituary of Mme Reina Bond-Labelle, de Hull.   ORIGINAL FRENCH BOND-LABELLE — Mme Reina, de Hull, est décédéé le 15 juin 1986, à l’âge de 63 ans. Fille de feu Albert Bond et de feu Cécile Lalonde. Epouse de feu Armand Labelle. Elle laisse 2 fils: Félix et André; 1 fille: Denise; …

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Translating French words for genealogy research can be tricky.

Translating French words for genealogy research can be tricky.

  In researching genealogy, translating French words for genealogy research can be tricky, and the same goes for other languages as well, and mistakes can easily be made.   Getting one term, phrase or word wrong can mean taking your research off in the wrong direction based on the interpretation of that word.   While …

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Obituary for Mary Ann Keefer

Transcription: Obituary for Mary Ann (Jaques) Keefer of Elba, Wisconsin.

Obituary for Mary Ann (Jaques) Keefer of Elba, Wisconsin.   (Mary Ann Jaques, Mary Ann Keefer) KEEFER — At the home of her son Charles, in the town of Elba, Saturday March 11, 1899, Mrs. C. W. Keefer, aged 72 years and 10 months. Mary A. Jaques, was born in New York state May 11, …

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Funny genealogy.

The ancestor quest: humor, poems and prose for Genealogists.

I have gathered and transcribed several items of humor, poems and prose for Genealogists that have touched me in some way. The ones I have selected and printed below are my favorites of the hundreds that can be found – and the ones that hit home the most.     Dear Ancestor   Your tombstone …

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About Empty Nest Genealogy: genealogy research, data and free downloads of sources, images and documents.

The other sites are: 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 ACADIAN, FRENCH AND FRENCH-CANADIAN ANCESTRY.

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 WELSH, QUAKER, BRITISH, ROYAL, SWISS, AMERICAN AND CANADIAN TREE.

Mark's family's genealogy is varied and fascinating, including Welsh, Quaker, 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 here.   Weave all of this together with sometimes humorous, scandalous and completely fascinating stories of ancestral family members and you have this site.