David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

David Coon and Mary Ann (Adams)

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 …

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

Family history for youth.

  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 …

Transcription: List or Manifest of Alien Passengers Applying for Admission

Passengers on a ship.

  The following is my transcription of the ” List or Manifest of Alien Passengers Applying for Admission ” at the port of Eastport, Idaho, as required by the US Department of Labor, Immigration Service.   There was a wide variety of passengers of the surnames Gordon, Gumeson, Schroder, Wiese, Ireland, Renouf, Kulpas, Sprague, Hall, …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 31 Mar 2016.

Mainz, Germany; Ancestry.com updates and additions.

The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 31 Mar 2016.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions.   Brazil Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980 Czechoslovakia Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799-1953 Japan Japan Genealogies, 850-2012 Japan Village Records, 709-1982 Netherlands Netherlands, Gelderland Province Civil Registration, 1800-1952 Peru Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, …

Genealogy and bio: Reynolds, Matthews family moves from Canada to America.

Reynolds, Jim with Paul and Marshall - 1945

Harmond James (Jim) Reynolds (see left) was the step-father of my father-in-law, Marsh Blythe and his brother Paul, as well as father to Marsh and Paul’s half-brother William and half-sister Helen. (The original data and images on this individual and family are available on Blythe Genealogy.) It was as a result of his relationship with Louise Matthews …

Dates and details: Keep a genealogy resource file.

Resource file.

  Everyone knows that Portland is in Oregon, don’t they, but what year did that area develop?   Did you know that in earlier times, it was in the Oregon Territories?   Hmm.   And when did Saskatchewan become a province, eh?   These details about states, provinces, counties, and other events, can be overwhelming …