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

Fort Hall, Pocatello, Idaho.

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 …

The Bourgs of Acadia

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

  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 …

Transcription: Biography of Susannah Hart Shelby

Fort Boonesborough

  Biography of Susannah Hart Shelby   SHELBY (Susannah Hart) fl. 1779-84   (Featured image above: Fort Boonesborough: Nathaniel Hart was a member of the Transylvania Company and one of the original settlers at Boonesborough in 1775, having helped construct the fort there. Col. Isaac Shelby, after the capture of Cornwallis, went out to Kentucky in 1782 …

William The Conqueror I, King of England

William the Conqueror - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org1584 × 1345Search by image Image from the Bayeux Tapestry showing William with his half-brothers. William is in the centre, Odo is on the left with empty hands, and Robert is on the right.

  William The Conqueror I, King of England and 28th great grandfather to my children through their father’s ancestry, was born in  Chateau de Falaise, Normandy, France in 1026 to Robert “le Diable, the Devil” II, Duc de Normandie (999-1035) and Arlette de Falaise (1003-1050), a tanner’s daughter.   As he was the illegitimate son …

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

Funny genealogy.

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 …

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

Recovering the wounded at Vimy Ridge.

  Today starts the 99th anniversary period (April 9-16th) of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, in honor of which I am posting this article previously written and included several links to other posts with information about my ancestors and Vimy Ridge.   The Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought largely by Canadian troops consisting of …

I’ve learned of more positive benefits from teens’ family history knowledge.

Family history for youth.

  One day, I logged onto my Facebook to see a link posted by Cyndi’s List to the Washington Post article by Michael Alison Chandler, “Study: Teen’s knowledge of family history a sign of social-emotional health.”   …and I couldn’t agree more.   Through my own dedicated genealogy research and experience, I have learned of the …

Genealogy transcription: Watchman article regarding George Meek of Cumberland County.

Meek, George - Revolutionary War Plaque

  The following is my own genealogy transcription of a Watchman article regarding George Meek of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. (The original data, images and more on this individual and family are also available on Blythe Genealogy.)   George Meek of Cumberland County Excerpt from: Watchman, May 1, 1931   Four soldiers of 1776 memorialized by D.A.R. …