Family Genealogies

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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Edward "Longshanks" I, King of England

Edward “Longshanks” I, King of England

  Edward “Longshanks” I, King of England was born 17/18 June 1239, eldest son of Henry III, King of England (1207-1272) and Eléonore de Provence (1223- ), in Westminster Palace, London.   Edward was created Earl of Chester and granted the Dukedom of Gascony on 14 February 1254, after arriving in France. Edward’s father arranged …

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William Fitzalan Bio

Transcription: Biography of William Fitzalan.

  Biography of William Fitzalan, from the Dictionary of National Biography.   FITZALAN, WILLIAM (d. 1160), rebel, was the son and heir of Alan Fitzflaald, by Aveline or Adeline, sister of Ernulf de Hesding (EYTON, Shropshire, vii. 222-8). His younger brother, Walter Fitzalan (d. 1177), was ‘the undoubted ancestor of the royal house of Stuart’ …

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History of companies I and E, Sixth Regt., Illinois Volunteer Infantry from Whiteside County. Containing a detailed account of their experiences while serving as volunteers in the Porto Rican campaign during the Spanish-American war of 1898. Also a record of the two companies as state troops from the date of organization to April 30th, 1901

Transcription: W. D. Matthews’ Spanish American War letter home.

This newspaper article provides a revealing glimpse into the life of an American soldier during the Spanish American War in Puerto Rico.   Featured image: Companies I and E, Sixth Regt., Illinois Volunteer Infantry from Whiteside County while serving as volunteers in the Porto Rican campaign during the Spanish-American war of 1898.   This is W. D. …

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Dame Emma Albani

Dame Emma Albani (Emma Marie Louise Cécile Lajeunesse) of Chambly, Québec

Emma Marie Louise Cécile Lajeunesse (known professionally as Dame Emma Albani), was a world-renowned soprano for most of the 19th century and into the early 20th century.   Featured image: Dame Emma Albini (4th cousin 3 times removed) on her tours of Europe and North America, where she sang for Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm I and …

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Semi nomadic Sami or Laplander family in Northern Norway or Sweden in traditional clothing.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 3 Jan 2018.

  The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 3 Jan 2018.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 3 Jan 2018.   Africa Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 Brazil Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2014 Costa Rica Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 Dominican Republic Dominican …

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Transcription: Obituary for Elsie Elizabeth Gurr

Transcription of the obituary of Elsie Elizabeth Gurr from the “L M Leader” of April 24, 1913. L M Leader 24 Apr 1913 OBITUARY Elsie Elizabeth Gurr was born in the town of Fountain Prairie, near Fall River, September 8, 1886 and died at her home in the village of Fall River, Wis., April 11, …

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Melansons and the Acadian Expulsion

Melansons and the Acadian Expulsion

The British conquered Acadia from the French in 1710 and subsequently, the Acadians refused to sign an unconditional oath of allegiance to Britain. At this time, the Acadians and Mi’kmaq formed militia against the British and as a result of what the British viewed as the rebellious actions of some of the Acadians, British Governor …

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Photographs are Windows on the Past and Present

As an amateur photographer, I’ve amassed a vast collection of photographs of life, travels, pets, landscapes, etc. I have a nineteen year old daughter who will be studying photography at college, but in the meantime is pursuing both photography and modeling here. It’s so lovely to see her developing the same love of the photograph …

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Samson brothers plaque.

Transcription: French plaque commemorating Samson settlers.

Plaque of St. Gatien-des-Bois, France commemorating the first Samson settlers was erected at the Church of St. Gatien-des-Blois in January of 1997. Inside the church of St Gatien-des-Bois, France (pictured above), a plaque commemorating the first Samson settlers was erected in January of 1997, which reads (translated from French): “In 1665 the brothers Gabriel and …

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Gummeson - Ella, Ken, Helen, Mazel, Axel

Transcription – Axel and Ella Gummeson and Family Biography

AXEL AND ELLEN (ELLA) GUMMESON   Axel and Ella Gummeson, and Kenneth age 10 weeks, left Amery, Wisconsin, U.S.A., by train and arrived in Cabri, Saskatchewan, on April 21, 1917. They took up residence at the August Gummeson farm on the south edge of town. Several brothers and a sister of Axel had come to …

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The Acadian expulsion.

This homebody wishes to be part of an Acadian trip to France.

  Of all of the numerous branches in our family history, there are two of which I am almost obsessive in my interest – and research.   Those are my mother’s Acadian roots and my father-in-law’s Welsh Quaker ancestry. Featured image: La grande derangement (Acadian Expulsion)   A few years ago, we had the amazing …

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Keefer, Christian; Land Certificate #17693

Transcription: Land Certificate of Christian W. Keefer

Land Certificate No. 17693 of Christian W. Keefer. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Certificate No. 17693 To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting: Whereas Christian W. Keefer, of Lake County, Ohio has deposited in the GENERAL LAND OFFICE of the United States, a Certificate of the REGISTER OF THE LAND OFFICE at Milwaukee …

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Death Certificate of Mary A. Hickman

Transcription – Death Certificate for Mary Hickman of Montgomery, Ohio

Transcription – Death  Certificate for Mary Hickman of Montgomery, Ohio.   STATE  OF OHIO BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS CERTIFICATE OF DEATH ___________________ 1  PLACE OF DEATH County   Montgomery     Registration District  No.  902     File No. _________________ Township  Clay     Primary Registration District  No. 5370     Registered No.  33055 or Village  _________________________     No.  ____, ________________St., ______ Ward (If death …

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Transcription: Prominent Families of the United States of America, page 402-4; BURKET

Transcription:  Prominent Families of the United States of America, page 402-4; BURKET BURKET Jacob F. Burket, b. in Perry Co., Ohio, 25 March 1837 ; m., at Lenawee Co., Michigan, Pamy D., dau. of John Walters, of Findlay, Ohio, and, by her (who d. 6 June 1900), had issue :– 1.  Harlan Fessenden, b.  15 …

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Rose-Anna Labelle Memorial Card

Transcription: Memorial card for Rose-Anna Labelle

The following is a transcription of the memorial card for Rose-Anna Labelle, wife of the late Frédéric Sigouin, who passed away at St-Hippolyte on September 18, 1932. __________ A LA DOUCE MEMOIRE DE Rose-Anna Labelle épouse de feu Frédéric Sigouin décédée à St-Hippolyte le 18 septembre 1932 Seigneur, vous savez combien je dé sirais être …

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Concerned citizens use genealogy to connect Jewish heirs with compensation for family property lost or destroyed in WWII..

I love genealogy. I get so much pleasure and satisfaction from the small breakthroughs that are part of the pursuit of genealogy. This, however, is surely nothing compared to the self-worth and satisfaction felt by those who use their knowledge and experience in genealogy to track down the heirs to compensation for the lost or …

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Transcription – Marriage of Abraham Fougere and Elizabeth Cordeau

  Abraham Fougère & Elizabeth Cordeau Film # 1316273, Record # 16   Date and place of Marriage:    Jany 10th 1876 River Bourgeois C.B. How married (by License or Banns):    Banns Full name of Groom:    Abraham Fougère His age:    23 Condition (Bachelor or Widower):    Bachelor Profession or Trade:    Fisherman Residence:    River Bourgeois Where born:        …

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Transcription: M. Paul Boily (1922-1998)

Featured image: Stes-Anges-de-Beauce, Montréal, Québec, Canada Transcription: M. Paul Boily (1922-1998)   M. Paul BOILY A son domicile, le 5 décembre 1998, à l’âge de 72 ans et 8 mois est décédé M. Paul Boily, époux de dame Claire Girard. Il demeurait à Sts-Anges. Les funérailles ont eu feu samedi le 12 décembre 1998 à …

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St. Peters, Nova Scotia

Transcription: Marriage Certificate and Register for William Beaver and Mary Elizabeth Fougère

  Transcription: Marriage Certificate and Register for William Beaver and Mary Elizabeth Fougère. Featured image: St. Peters, Nova Scotia Marriage License of William Beaver and Mary Fourgere No. 440 Province of Nova Scotia Marriage License (Signature) M.B. Daly Lt. Govn (Right Margin) – BY HIS HONOR Malachy Bowes Daly, Esquire Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, &c., …

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Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 - Page 4 and 5

Transcription: Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 – Page 4 and 5

Transcription: Acadia, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1670-1946 – Page 4 and 5     1836 a 1899 Bouctouche, Cte Kent, N. B. Paroisse St-Jean-Baptiste Registres Photographies a la Paroisse 4 —— B. Olivier Girouard Le 29 Mars 1836 à Olivier Girouard né le 11 fevrier du legitime mariage de Joseph Girouard et …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 1Dec 2015.

Let’s all work to save and expand our genealogical resources.

  I have been researching my family’s genealogy for over twenty years and my appreciation of the tireless and volunteer contributions in the pursuit of genealogy is endless.   All of our continuing efforts to expand our own genealogies do contribute to the cumulative effort of us all to save and expand our genealogical resources. …

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Militia Order of Isaac Shelby of July 31, 1813

Transcription: Isaac Shelby’s Order for Recruitment of Troops for the War of 1812.

  The following is my transcription of Isaac Shelby‘s “Order for recruitment of troops for the War of 1812”  for the Kentucky Militia, to fight against Upper Canada in the War of 1812.     FRANKFORT, July 31st, 1813. DEAR SIR, THE following address to the militia of Kentucky will inform you of the call …

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Transcription: Wills of Centre County, Pennsylvania

Transcription: Wills of Centre County, Pennsylvania.

The following is my transcription of abstracts of Wills of Centre County, Pennsylvania. Featured image: Farmstead dating from 1858 in Ferguson, Centre, 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, …

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Funny genealogy.

There were costs and benefits to conducting family tree research before we had the internet.

  Pursuing Genealogy has never been free.   There were costs and benefits to conducting family tree research before we had the internet; the costs of which manifested in very different ways over time.   We’re so lucky today because global resources are so easy to access over the internet through sites such as familysearch.org, Ancestry.com …

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Transcription: Letter regarding the disappearance of Richard Kellar / Keller.

Transcription: Letter regarding the disappearance of Richard Kellar / Keller.

The following is my transcription of a photocopy of Stanley Kellar’s letter regarding the disappearance of Richard Kellar and his relationship to those mentioned in the last will and testament of James Harvey Kellar, of which Richard would have been a beneficiary. Featured image: Harmond James Reynolds and his boys Marsh and Paul working on the …

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Abigail Williaposition of Abigail Williamsms' deposition.

Transcription: Deposition of Abigail Williams regarding Mr. Jacobs, his son George, granddaughter Margaret and Mr. and Mrs. English.

Deposition of Abigail Williams regarding Mr. Jacobs, his son George Jacobs, granddaughter Margaret Jacobs, Mr. and Mrs. English and Sarah Churchwell.   Abigail Williams verifyeth & saith that an old man that goes with two sticks hath appeared to & hurt her many times by pinching & bringing the book for her to get her …

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Transcription: Biography of William H. Jaques

Transcription: Biography of William H. Jaques

  Transcription of the biography of William H. Jaques.       Mr. Jaques was born February 8, 1820 in Geauga county, Ohio, then known as new Connecticut or Western reserve. But little is known of his father, Henry Jaques, who was born in the city of New York, in 1789, a French wreckage, and …

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Crest of Chatterton Family

From Chatterton to Blythe: A Lincolnshire family’s story.

Richard Chatterton was born and baptised before August 17, 1689 in Frodingham, Lincolnshire, England as the fourth child of Richard Chatterton Sr. and Frances Coates. He had three siblings, George, Robert, and Rachel. On May 26, 1725 and at the age of 35, Richard married Mary Brumby (see relationship chart at left). They had the …

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know the genealogy questions before we can find the answers

We must know the genealogy questions before we can find the answers.

  It has become increasingly apparent recently that there are two distinct schools of thought regarding quality and depth in genealogy research. There are the genealogists who believe in working only with well-sourced, proven information – and then there are those of us who started our genealogical quests simply for the pleasure of doing so. …

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Recovering the wounded at Vimy Ridge.

What we don’t hear about the battle of Vimy Ridge.

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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Transcription: War Diary of the 73rd Canadian Infantry Battalion for the Vimy Ridge Disaster of March 1-3, 1917.

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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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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Probate record of Henry Jaques.

Transcription: Probate record of Henry Jaques.

The following is my full transcription of a scan of the original probate record for Henry Jaques.   Henry Jaques Deceased At a term of the Court of Common pleas, within and for the County of Geauga, in the state of Ohio begun and held at the Court house in Chardon, on the first day …

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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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Marriage Register for Alfred Babin and Mary Marchand.

Transcription: Marriage Register for Alfred Babin and Mary Marchand

Transcription: Marriage Register for Alfred Babin and Mary Marchand   Province of Nova Scotia MARRIAGE REGISTER Date of Marriage:  Feb. 1st 1909 Place of Marriage:  Arichat County:  Richmond How Married:  by license or banns:  Banns Date of Publication, if by Banns:  Jan. 17th – 24th – 31st 09 Full Name of GROOM:  Alfred Babin. His …

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Family-bible-births

New to genealogy? Start with free genealogy sites and tools online.

Using available free genealogy sites and tools to the best advantage.   I’ve been doing genealogy research for well over fifteen years now and have amassed a database of over 100,000 individuals with supporting sources, images, and documents for over 90% of the individuals, which are available for free download. Yet, I still find new …

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Digitizing genealogy records and images

Creating and safeguarding a digital library of genealogy records and images.

  The first consideration when starting to research your genealogy is creating and safeguarding a digital library of genealogy records and images.   I have been a computer user from the day of the old single-use word processors. Therefore, I tend to digitize everything into my own digital library of valuables from family photos, tax …

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Transcription: Civil War Letters of Private David Coon (1824-1864)

Transcription of the final pages of this extensive project of the Civil War Letters of Private David Coon was completed April 10, 2013.   Page 1… FOREWORD. The following letters, written by David Coon to his wife and children, are here collected, carefully copied from the originals. Many of the letters were written on such …

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David Coon and Mary Ann (Adams)

David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

I spent a great deal of time transcribing the typewritten copies of handwritten letters of David Coon to his wife and children from Confederate prison, marking the days until his subsequent death from disease. The original transcriptions were completed by his son, Dr. William B. Coon in 1913, one for each family member. My father-in-law …

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Turmaine, Joseph - War Diary - September 15, 1916 - 1

War Diary of September 15-16, 1916 at Courcelette for Pte. Joseph Turmaine

War Diary of September 15-16, 1916 at Courcelette for Pte. Joseph Turmaine.   Report on the Operation by 27th (City of Winnipeg) Battalion, on the morning of September 15th 1916. ____________ 28 Reference Sheets COURCELETTE and LE MOUQUET 1/5,000. __________________________________________________ The Battalion left the BRICKFIELDS at 2.00p.m. on 14th Sept. and proceeded to Brigade Headquarters …

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Mark Blythe to Barack Obama Relationship Chart

Mark Blythe to Barack Obama Relationship Chart

  The relationship chart illustrating the multi-generational, multi-cultural, multi-racial connections between Barack Obama and my husband Mark Blythe.   A while ago, we saw a genealogy chart in a Chicago newspaper online showing Barack Obama’s family tree, which includes one Ulrich Stehle (Steely), born about 1720 and died before 1773, living the entire time in …

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William Read Shelby, Biography

Transcription: William Read Shelby biographies

NOTE: In biography of William Read Shelby and some other biographies of Shelbys of the time, the birthplace is erroneously claimed to be Cameron, Wales, when in truth it was Tregaron, Carnarvon, Wales. ____________ Shelby, William Read, Vice-President, Treasurer and Purchasing Agent Grand Rapids & Indiana Ry. Oflice Grand Rapids. Mich. Born Dec. 4, 184, …

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US New England Marriages Prior to 1700; Bull-Bullard.

Transcription: New England Marriages Prior to 1700; Bull-Bullard; page 116

Transcription: New England Marriages Prior to 1700; Bull-Bullard; page 116   Featured image: US New England Marriages Prior to 1700; Bull-Bullard. 116 NEW ENGLAND MARRIAGES PRIOR TO 1700 BULL, Henry & 2/wf Esther/Hester ALLEN (1648-1676); [14 Feb 1664/5?], 1665/6?; Sandwich/Providence BULL, Henry (1610-1694) & 3/wf Ann (CLAYTON?) EASTON (-1708, ae 80), w Nicholas; 28 Mar …

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Be prepared for the ‘ skeletons in the closet ‘ you find.

  Genealogy is exciting, despite the skeletons in the closet one may find. There’s no feeling like solving that family mystery, breaking down that brick wall, or just learning more about one’s family and heritage.   However, not everything we find is good. Of course, this depends on your moral, political and social views. In …

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Joseph Antonio Turmel; WWI attestation papers.

Transcription: WWI Attestation Paper for Joseph Antonio Turmel

Transcription of the front of the Attestation Paper of Joseph Antonio Turmel. FRONT ……….5th M. D.……….FIRST………………Depot Battalion…..??????????……Regiment Regtl. No….3286557…. PARTICULARS OF RECRUIT (Stamp in right margin of upper third of the form: MILITARY DISTRICT ????, CENTRAL REGISTRY DEC 18 ???? ????????????) DRAFTED UNDER MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917 (Class…………ONE……………) —————————- Surname…………………………………………………TURMEL………………… Christian Name……………………………………..JOSEPH ANTONIO……………………… Present Address……………………………………St …

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Family history for youth.

If today’s political environment existed in the past, would we be citizens in our own countries?

  Those who became citizens of our countries today, were the immigrants of the past, whether illegal or legal. They were the explorers, pioneers and settlers we learn about today with so much pride.   As a matter of fact, if there were a ‘law of historical possession’ everyone except the first nations and natives …

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Fort Hall, Pocatello, Idaho.

Transcription: Biography of Dr. Oscar B. Steely; Dictionary of National Biography

Following is my transcription of the biography of Dr. Oscar B. Steely from the Dictionary of National Biography. Featured image: Replica of the first Fort Hall in Pocatello, Idaho. DR. OSCAR B. STEELY.   Greater than the responsibility of almost any other line of human endeavor is that which rests upon the physician; the issues of …

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Robert Owen will

Transcription: Partial will of Robert Owen of Pennsylvania’s Welsh tract.

The following is a transcript of the partial image of the will of Robert Owen of the Welsh Tract in Pennsylvania, scanned from “Merion in the Welsh Tract”. I’ve been able to find any reference to the missing top portion of the will.   …????? fifty pound for & towards ye mantenance & pre?????ment of …

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St. John River Campaign: Raid on Grimrose (present day Gagetown, New Brunswick). Expulsion of the Acadians.

The Bourgs of Acadia

  I and my children are descended from several noteworthy immigrants from France who were original pioneers of Acadia, including the Bourgs of Acadia.   In the past, I have posted about our Melanson ancestors, who we most readily associate ourselves with, since the family name carried down through the generations to my mother, who …

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