Transcripton: 1793 lease for 40,000 acres of land signed by Peter and Charles Malonson and others.

Melanson Village Community Hall

1793 lease for 40,000 acres of land signed by Peter and Charles Malonson and others.   Page 1 A6 Articles of agreement made this twenty ninth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninty-three and in the thirty third year of His Majesty’s Reign between Mary Cannon of …

Canadian WWI and WWII soldiers identified.

Reburial of a New Zealand WWI soldier.

May 13, 2015 is the date eight Canadian WWI soldier will be laid to rest at Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France.   Lieutenant Clifford Neelands, Lance Sargeant Oscar Lindell, Private Sidney Halliday, Private William Simms, and Private Lachlan McKinnon of the 78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force are five of eight …

Transcription: Biographies of John Sloan Smeltzer, Jules Hugg, James Keating (in part) and including Jacob and Mary Shellhammer.

Vandergrift, Westmoreland, PA

The following is my transcription from the original image of page 563 of “The History of Westmoreland County”, in my case concerning the Shellhammers, but mentioning the Smeltzer, Chambers, Meeker, Fox, Sloan, Stidard, Lawrence, Wicht, Theibert, Beck, Hugg, and Keating surnames.   HISTORY OF WESTMORELAND COUNTY 563 JOHN SLOAN SMELTZER.   The father of John Sloan …

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

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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 at …

Pierre dit Laverdure and Priscilla Mellanson – A Family Mystery

Melanson Family Crest

Update: New Melanson genealogy information was found by a fellow researcher in 2012, and I learned about it during December 2014. The new information is detailed in the post “A breakthrough in the mysterious Melanson genealogy?” If you’re using this research, be sure to use the information in both posts as the new discoveries negate or …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 7 Mar 2015.

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The following are the ancestry.com and familysearch.org updates and additions up to and including 7 Mar 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions Argentina Argentina, Mendoza, Catholic Church Records, 1665-1975 Australia Australia, New South Wales, Cemetery, Military, and Church Record Transcripts, 1816-1982 Canada New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950 France France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Censuses, 1872 and 1886 …

I’m related to Ellen Degeneres and Madonna?

La Rochelle, France in 1628.

What a shock to find out that I and the rest of my family are related to Ellen Degeneres and Madonna! I was reviewing old genealogy articles to find story and post ideas and hit the jackpot with this one. In an article by CanWest News Service’s Randy Boswell from March of 2010, he recounts …