Sunday, October 31, 2010

..because the Headless Horseman needs a head!"

" don't try to figure out a plan
- you can't reason with a
Headless Man!"

Sharing with you a snippet from my one of my favorite Disney flicks:


 "Happy Halloween" from Tangled Trees
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Conference on African Americans in Northern Virginia

Lost & Found: African Americans in Northern Virginia

On Saturday, November 13th, community elders from Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Fauquier Counties will converge on George Mason Univeristy's campus to discuss the history of Black life in Northern Virginia amidst the exponential growth.
This event, sponsored by the African and African American Studies Program at George Mason University, is free and open to the public.  Lunch will be provided for pre-registered attendees. For more information and to register click Here.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Census of Ireland 1901/1911


The household returns and ancillary records of all 32 counties for the censuses of Ireland of 1901 and 1911,  representing a valuable part of the Irish national heritage, are available on-line and searchable by all information catagories.  This website also contains many other links that are helpful to historians and genealogists alike.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Guillaume du Chastel

Guillaume du Chastel (1441)
Panetier to Charles VII - buried in the Cathedral Basilica of St-Denis

The body is constructed of stone; the face finished marble.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Honing Your Transcription Skills

: the study of old handwriting

Learn to read the handwriting found in documents written in English between 1500 and 1800 using this on-line tutorial provided by The National Archives (UK).

Think you are already an expert at this?  Test your transcription skills with this interactive game:

The Ducking Stool Game
(a 17th-century form of punishment)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Maryland Land Records & the Liberation of Nick

While researching on MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland for Casteel land records, I came across an entry in the index between two Casteel records regarding Negro Nick.
Below is the Index Record followed by the land record located in Book JRM 7, pg 0038

(click images to enlarge)

jrm 7, 1799-1800
MSA CE 65-36
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tanguay's Dictionnaire

An important genealogy resource for French-Canadian ancestry, Tanguay's Dictionnaire genealogique des familles canadiennes is available online. Covering the period of 1608-1760 in New France, this can certainly be of great assistance to many who are researching their Quebec ancestry.

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
Don't know French?
"Patience, Padawan."
This site is pretty easy to figure out.
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

52 Weeks Challenge 42:Queries: Locating a Marriage Record

Seeking assistance in locating the marriage record (and hopefully the parents of): 
Pierre Robillard believed to be b. 27 Jan 1830, Quebec (Death cert.) or Aug 1831 (census records); parents not known
Philomene Ducharme (fist name also seen as: Philamina, Philanese)
believed to be b. Nov. 1836 Quebec (census records); parents not known

Year of marriage c.1856 (from census records - 1900 census states married for 44yrs)
First known child:  Mary Jean Robillard  b. Feb 1858 in New York.
Death certificates of Pierre had parents listed as 'unknown'.
Last record of Philomene was the 1920 census where she was residing at the home of her granddaughter, Mary  Virginie (St. Jean) Rainville, in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Thank you.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pierre Miville of Quebec

Below is the death record (Drouin Volumes) of Pierre Miville who was born c.1602 in Freiburg, Switzerland.  Pierre married Charlotte Mauger (Maugis) and together with their 6 children settled in Quebec, New France, abt 1649. He died 15 Oct 1669 in Quebec. His wife, Charlotte Maugis, followed in death on October 11, 1676.
We are descendant of their daughter,  Marie Aimee, who married Robert Giguere on 02 July 1652.

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(click to enlarge)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Searchable Birth Records

Find My Past has announced that the 1837 to 2006 birth records on are now fully and easily searchable.    Hooray!

 The full anouncement can be read here on findmypast blog.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

James S. Casteel - U.S. Navy c.1953

James S. Casteel
b. Sept 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio
Son of Creed C. Casteel & Rose T (Welchek) Casteel
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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Early New Jersey Land Records - Finding John Catlin

Using this free searchable database which indexes warrants and surveys of the proprietors of the provinces of East and West New Jersey and includes many of New Jersey's earliest extant land records, I was able to locate 18 land records that name our ancestor, John Catlin.
Two of which have him listed as the Grantee.

From here I can order copies of up to 5 records from this database by clicking the "Select" button next to each record. The selected records appear at the bottom of the page and an order form can be printed.
If only all records were this easily searched and ordered!
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

1833 Marriage License of James Casteel & Susannah Underwood

(click image to enlarge)

Marr. License
James Casteel
Susanna Underwood
Issued 7th
August, 1833

Executed 8th of August 1833 (in side margin)
in Knoxville, Knox Co., TN

....That's it? 
 Like many, I was hoping for so much more information.
But I am happy to at least have this image.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Beverly National Cemetery

Beverly National Cemetery, located in Burlington County, New Jersey, was established in 1864. It began as a single acre off of Beverly's Monument Cemetery, purchased from a local resident in 1863 for the purpose of interring Union Army casualties who died in the civil war era Beverly United States Army hospital. Of the original 147 Union soldiers buried at Beverly National Cemetery, only 10 are unknown.
For much of its history, the cemetery handled relatively few interments. But that changed significantly when space became unavailable at Philadelphia National Cemetery, and it is now closed to new interments.

Beverly National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

Buried here in Plot: Y, 0, 2617
is Joseph Colbush 

Birth: Feb. 11, 1901, New Jersey,
son of Ignatz & Pauline Kolbush
Death: Nov. 16, 1963, New Jersey
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Monday, October 4, 2010

Jamesburg's Andrew Kolbush on Casualty List

 01 Feb. 1919
 Trenton Evening Times

(found on
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Celebrating Family History Month

Join in the Celebration  -  Visit the National Register of Historic Places website commemorating "the ongoing efforts to research the diverse stories of family heritage and discover the impact families have made in American history".

Also designating October as Family History Month is the State of Virgina:

And the County of Fairfax, VA: