Military Bounty Land Warrant Certificate - William B. Coon

William B. Coon – Soldier in the War of 1812

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 …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 May 2018.

  The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 May 2018. Featured image: Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 May 2018.   Benin Benin, Civil Registration of Deaths, 1891-2014 Bolivia Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 Colombia Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014 Denmark Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792 …

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Last Will and Testament of Sarah Ambler

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Sarah Ambler.

  The following is my transcription of the last Will and Testament of Sarah Ambler, wife of Joseph Ambler, aunt of Edward Ambler and sister-in-law of Edward’s father John Ambler. She was also the daughter of Joseph Ambler and Ann Williams.   Will of Sarah Ambler late of Montgomery Dec. Be it Remembered That I Sarah …

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Transcription: Last Will and Testament of John Ambler.

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of John Ambler.

  The following is my transcription from digital images of the Last Will and Testament of John Ambler of Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania. You will note I have included the word ‘memory’ scratched out as I believe it may be an indicator of John Ambler’s mental state at the time. It seems he was not confident in …

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Joseph Ambler Inn

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Edward Ambler.

  Featured image:  The Joseph Ambler Inn, Wales, Pennsylvania. The land on which the hotel now stands was originally part of a large expanse owned by William Penn. In 1682, William Penn granted 1,000 acres to Richard Pearce. In 1711, 50 acres were sold to William Morgan. Morgan built the original section of the Farmhouse, …

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Transcription: 70 signers of the Founding of Arichat Parish, Cape Breton.

Transcription: 70 signers of the Founding of Arichat Parish, Cape Breton.

  Following is the transcription of the short biographies of the 70 signers of the founding of Arichat Parish, Cape Breton, as originally translated by Lena Samson in 2006.   The 70 signers of the Founding of Arichat Parish, Cape Breton CO 217, vol 104, pp 409-410. RAC of 1905, app A, 3rd part, app J, p …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 15 May 2018.

  Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 15 May 2018.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 15 May 2018.   Argentina Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977 Australia Australia Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005 Austria Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1919 Belgium Belgium Births and Baptisms, 1560-1890 Brazil Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999 …

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Alfred Turmel WWI Draft Paper

Transcription: Attestation Paper for Alfred Turmel

Following is my transcription of the WWI Attestation Paper (front only) for Alfred Turmel.   FRONT ……….[??]……….FIRST………………Depot Battalion…..SECOND QUEBEC……Regiment Regtl. No….3285308…. PARTICULARS OF RECRUIT (Stamp in right margin of upper third of the form: REGISTRY, OFFICE 2 QUEBEC REGT. JAN 30 1919 1/2 Q. R. 1-T-99) DRAFTED UNDER MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917 (Class……………………………) —————————- Surname………………………………………………TURMEL…………………… …

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March 1917 Gas Attacks at Vimy Ridge

Private Joseph Philias Albert Emery’s letter home from the WWI french front.

  This letter was written by my great uncle Private Joseph Philias Albert Emery to his sister and brother while he was serving in France during WWI.   Six months later, he was killed during advance preparations for the battle of Vimy Ridge.   I did use Google translate, hoping to get a reasonable English …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 30 Apr 2018.

The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 30 Apr 2018.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 30 Apr 2018.   Australia Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940 Belgium Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 Brazil Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999 Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2016 Brazil, Rio …

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Obituary for Christian Busse.

Transcription: Obituary for Christian Busse; 1823-1909.

  The following is my transcription of the obituary published in the Cook County Herald on Friday, March 26, 1909 for Christian Busse – 4th great grandfather to our children.   HONORABLE CHRISTIAN BUSSE   Christian Busse died at his home in Elk Grove township at 3 o’clock Wednesday morning, March 24, 1909, aged 85 years, 7 …

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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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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 3 Apr 2018.

  The following are the recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 3 Apr 2018. Featured image: Windmill of Haute-Garonne, France.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 3 Apr 2018.   Austria Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1919 Brazil Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2014 Cape Verde Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 Czechoslovakia Czech …

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Trim Castle, stronghold of Hugh de Lacy, 1st Lord Meath

Transcription: Dictionary of National Biography entry for Baron Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath.

The following is my transcription of the Dictionary of National Biography entry for Baron Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath, died 1186. Featured image: Trim Castle, stronghold of Hugh de Lacy, 1st Lord Meath. Baron Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath (d. 1186) was 25th great grandfather to my children.   Page 375 Lacy, Hugh …

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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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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

My ‘must have’ list of top 10 genealogy websites.

  This list of top 10 genealogy websites is a bit different than others because I have evaluated them based on the sheer quantity of data and sources I have found for my own personal genealogy research, regardless whether they are paid or free.   I will only subscribe to a site if I’m sure it’s …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Mar 2018.

The following are the Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Mar 2018.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 16 Mar 2018.   Austria Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986 Bolivia Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 Canada Canada Census, 1881 Chile Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015 France France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1856 France, Hautes-Alpes, …

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Witter, William; Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991 1

Transcription: Will and probate of William Witter.

  The following is my transcription of the Last Will and Testament of William Witter, dated 1659. 341 Estate of William Witter of Lynn. 1659 5 0/6 The last will and testament of William Witter being in perfect memory. And first I commit my soule to God, who gave it and my body to the earth from …

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Forensic genealogy: Dead men do tell tales.

Massive family tree sheds light on war, culture, longevity | AAAS

Online genealogies are helping researchers analyze population-level genetic trends. | MyHeritage   Taking advantage of an online public database shared by genealogy enthusiasts, researchers have created a massive, crowd-sourced family tree. It tracks the births, marriages and deaths of millions of people, shedding light on the impacts of war, culture and disease over the last …

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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 4 Mar 2018.

The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 2 Mar 2018.   Featured image: Haute Garonne, France. Unfortunately, the updates for Ancestry.com did not show up until yesterday, causing this regular post to be a little late with the newest updates. Your patience has paid off though, because here they …

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Archive of 150,000 historical documents reveals life in a Victorian lunatic asylum – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

endnoindex The history of our families is an allure that is becoming increasingly accessible as mountains of historical documents are digitized and made public. But while uncovering the secrets of your family heritage may surprise and even impress, there are some dark corners our great-grandparents may have preferred to have kept hidden.   In a …

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Library and Archives finally releases 98-year-old document on sick First Nations children. | CBC News

  Library and Archives Canada’s move to finally release a 98-year-old document on Ottawa’s treatment of sick First Nations children sheds a small sliver of light onto a part of Canada’s history still shrouded by the darkness of locked archives, researchers say.   Library and Archives initially refused to release the document under provisions of the Access …

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Incredible journeys of Loyalist settlers given new life in digital map. | CBC News

  A digital mapping project created by librarians and students at the University of New Brunswick lets you follow the lives of Loyalist men and women, revealing the fascinating journeys of some of New Brunswick’s earliest settlers.   New Brunswick Loyalist Journeys is the result of two years of research using historical documents in the …

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Is Medieval history bunk?

Is medieval history really bunk? Not if you’re a cabinet minister. | The Guardian

  Historians have been ridiculed since Herodotus, the father of history”, was mocked by his Athenian contemporary, Thucydides, as a mere storyteller. So it was with some weariness that medieval historians took to their keyboards last week to respond to the latest slur against their discipline.Robert Halfon, who chairs the Commons select committee on education, …

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ABOUT THIS SITE...

  Empty Nest Ancestry is a partner site with Blythe Genealogy

  I'm a wife and mother, with a wonderful husband and two great 'kids' who are now young adults, and we live in beautiful British Columbia, Canada - in the great city of Chilliwack, to be exact (one hour from Vancouver).

  Empty Nest Ancestry is a website designed to make all of my genealogy research available to others at no charge. I'd like nothing better than to promote this as a free exchange of information for all genealogy researchers.

  It is important to keep in mind as you explore this site that I make no guarantees. My entire body of research is here, including speculations and unsubstantiated information. All information is only as good as the sources cited. Any speculations are clearly stated along with my reasons for them.

  

MY FAMILY HISTORY

  My family's genealogy is mostly French and French Canadian.

  Originating in France, both my father's and mother's branches were original settlers in Canada.My father's family immigrated from France to Quebec sometime in the 17th century, with my father's family living mostly around Beauce and Lac Megantic.

  My mother's family immigrated from France to Nova Scotia on the ship 'Satisfaction' under command of Peter Butler and in company of Sir Thomas Temple in 1657. These original settlers along the Atlantic became known as l'Acadie (the Acadians). My mother's maiden name is Melanson and she is directly descended from Pierre (dit Laverdure) and Priscilla Mellanson, who are on record in London with their children prior to making the crossing.

  

MARK'S FAMILY HISTORY

  Mark's family's genealogy is varied and fascinating, including Welsh, French, British, Swedish, Danish, Canadian, Spanish, and numerous others.

  On his father's side it includes Welsh Quakers who immigrated to America at the time of and some with William Penn. From these Welsh Quakers is his family's royal connections with several of his multiple great grandparents having been Kings and Queens of England. As a result of the royal lineage, his family is linked to every nation that ever married into the British royal family.

  On his mother's side is Swedish and Danish ancestry as his great-grandparents immigrated to America in the late 1800's and early 1900's from Sweden. Shortly after, they settled in Saskatchewan, Canada as a result of the promise of free workable land on the Canadian prairie.

  

BLYTHE GENEALOGY DATABASE

  My Blythe genealogy database is part of this site and is easily accessed through the upper menu. This is where all specific data, relationships, images, documents and sources are available for free download. Don't leave this site without exploring it first. There is true treasure there.Weave all of this together with sometimes humorous, scandalous and completely fascinating stories of ancestral family members and you have this site.