Friday, May 21, 2021

1793 Will of John Underwood


Will of John Underwood (d. 1811) of Surry County, North Carolina.

(source: North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970)

Will dated 25 Aug 1793 & presented to court May 1811.

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Family Search Hints

It is helpful to add your tree information into the FamilySearch Family Tree.  Today I received an email from FamilySearch which had a hint linked to my Great Grandfather Anton Sotsz.  It contained an image of a document I had not previously seen.

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This index card matches his Naturalization Certificate which we located in some old family papers.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Grace Susan (Casteel) Calhoon 1884-1950


 Grace Susan Casteel

Daughter of James Polk & Arra (Bacon) Casteel 

Wife of  Alvin Otis Calhoon

Although I have not located a marriage record for them, the date of their wedding is noted in her obituary published in The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL) 4 Apr 1950.

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Sunday, November 8, 2020

1700 Burial record for Gabriel Gibault dit Poitevin

Gabriel Gibault dit Poitevin (also seen in records as Gibeau Potvin)

Born in France c. 1642

Died in Montreal 13 Oct 1700; buried in Notre-Dame-de-Montreal 14 Oct 1700

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Obituary Notice for John J Busch Sr of Cleveland OH


 John J Busch, Sr.


 Cleveland Plain Dealer; 14 Feb 1924

Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Vast collection of Holocaust Records Go Online

The philanthropic initiative to digitize and make searchable nearly 20 million records relating to the Holocaust has been completed, and the database is now available to use for free at:

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Edward Bushell (1649-1698) of Wilton, Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire

Edward Bushell 
son of Richard Bushell
Baptized 7 Oct 1649 

Great Bedwyn parish register:
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Died December 1698 and was buried 14 Dec 1698 in Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire.

Will dated 3 December 1698:
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Katherine (Laubenthal) Busch 1843-1927

Katherine Laubenthal

Born 14 April 1843 in Greimersburg, Cochem-Zell, Germany
Daughter of Mathias and Anna Maria (Lauxen) Laubenthal
Married John J Busch on 16 Jan 1865 in Landkern, Cochem-Zell

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Naturalization Index Card for Andrew Bauman

This index record card for Andrew Bauman, b. 1901 in Hungary, was found on It is from the collection of US Naturalization Records from New Jersey for the period of 1796-1991, held at the NARA regional office in New York City.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

The British Museum shares its exhibition:  

This 90 minute broadcast originally aired live in 2013, but is now being shared via YouTube for all to view while we are self isolating in our homes. The exhibition is presented by Bettany Hughes and Peter Snow includes interviews with Rachel De Thame, Giorgio Locatelli and Mary Beard.
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