William B. Coon – Soldier in the War of 1812

Military Bounty Land Warrant Certificate - William B. Coon

In a previous post, I told the story of David Coon, the fourth great grandfather to my children Erin and Stuart, and his service and death in the Civil War. His father, William B. Coon (about 1789 to August 25, 1854) was also a soldier, but in his case he served in the War of …

Transcription – Axel and Ella Gummeson and Family Biography

Ella, Ken, Helen, Mazel and Axel Gummeson.

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 …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 23 Mar 2015.

Recently Added and Updated Collections on FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 23 Mar 2015. FamilySearch.org Updates Canada   Canada Census, 1911 Newfoundland Census, 1921 South Africa South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956 United Kingdom United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920 United States California, San Diego, Airplane Passenger and Crew Lists, 1929-1954 California, San Francisco …

Transcription: Virginia Marriage Records, 1700 to 1850

Cocke; Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850

Transcription of the Virginia Marriage Records, 1700 to 1850, pg 186. June 1, 1758. Thomas Lewis to Susanna Ellis, daughter of John Ellis; sec., Joseph Ellis; witn., Valentine Wood. October 27, 1747. William Pryor to Sarah Wood; sec., Valentine Wood; witn., Henry Wood. April 3, 1744. William Cannon, Jr., to Elizabeth Lewis; sec., John Lewis; …

Transcription: Biography of Jehu Burkett and Family

Jehu Burket and Family

The following is a transcription of a biography of Jehu Burkett and his family, taken from the publication, “BURKHART — BURCKHARDT — BURKET — BURKETT.” lt has been said that Emanuel Burkhart whose home was in one of the Swiss Cantons, probably Berne, had two sons who came to America, sometime between 1742 and 1754. …

An ancestral doppelganger is discovered!

Portrait of Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky.

My biggest fascination with my genealogy research is finding old photos of the people – especially any rare ancestral doppelganger to current family members. These images bring some life to the profile created by the fact finding of my research and brings these characters closer and makes them more relatable and understandable. A while ago, …

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to 19 Feb 2015.

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The following are the FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to 19 Feb 2015.   FamilySearch.org Brazil Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014 Russia Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 United States California, San Diego Passenger Lists, 1904-1952 Illinois, Soldier burial places, 1774-1974 Maine, Crew List Arriving at Eastport, 1949-1958 New York, Naturalization Index (Soundex), 1792-1906 …

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 …