Monday, December 30, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Workday Wednesday Occupation: Mantua Maker

From the 1860 U.S.Federal Census:

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Widow Mary Foster and her daughter, Mary, were both listed as mantua makers in the census above.

Mantua Maker:  A maker of women's clothing; a dressmaker

A mantua (from the French manteuil ) was a late 17th century and 18th century article of women's clothing that was typically worn over stays, stomacher and coordinating petticoat.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Children of Douglas & Phebe Casteel

Charity Cemetery
Bird Township, Macoupin County, Illinois
Children of
Douglas A. & Phebe Jane (Corwin) Casteel
(photo source:
d. 24 Feb 1891;  aged 9mos
Rolie D.
d. 26 Nov 1891; aged 2mos 13days
d. 07 Mar 1893; aged 1mo 16days
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

1820 Marriage Record of John Bacon to Leah Jackson

Washington County, Tennessee

Ancestors John Bacon & Leah Jackson, 
daughter of George Jackson and Elizabeth Jobe,
 were married on 25 June 1820.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

1856 Marriage record of Jane Bacon to Franklin Keizer

Washington Co., Tennessee

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Married 18 June 1856
Franklin Keiser
Jane Bacon
daughter of  John and Leah Bacon
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Residence Location of Cornelius Bom c.1684 Philadelphia

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1684 map showing the layout of a portion of Philadelphia that includes the residence of our ancestor, Cornelius Bom, whose daughter, Christian, married Edmund Du Chastel. Edmund and Christian then resided on Front St. next to Anthony Morris, who became her step-father after Cornelius died in 1689.
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

1684 Map of Philadephia, Pennsylvania

This 1684 map illustrates the planned layout of Philadelphia, 
the first planned town in the county.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

125-year-old Wedding Gift Returns Home to Family


"An engraved silver set of a covered sugar bowl, creamer, and spooner (for holding teaspoons) was purchased in an antique store in Texas. Through online research and phone calls, it was determined it was a wedding present for Andrew and Maria Ylvisaker, married December 1, 1888. The set was sent to Dolly Ylvisaker in March. Her husband, John, was Andrew and Maria’s grandson."  News-Record & Zumbro Shopper

Read the complete article here:
125-year-old wedding gift returns to Zumbrota family
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

City Directory Provides More than a Residence

I was finally able to locate a death date for Francois Xavier Turgeon by following him in a sequence of city directories for New Bedford, Massachusetts. Listed below in the 1924 New Bedford City Directory is the entry for F. Xavier Turgeon stating that he had died the previous year on January 15.

Also listed are several of his adult children with spouses and occupations.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: John & Sarah (Dean) Clements of Knox, Ohio

John and Sarah (Dean) Clements came to the United States from England with their family in September 1828 and resided in Ohio. They are buried at Kenyon College Cemetery in Gambier, Knox, Ohio. 

Wife of John Clements 
Died June 5, 1842 Aged 53 Yrs 9 Mo 2 da

John Clements 
Died April 7 1863 Aged 83 Yrs 10 Mo 9 Da

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Friday, October 4, 2013

WWII Draft Registration Card for Creed Casteel

WWII draft cards from the Fourth Registration were often referred to as the "Old Man's Draft" because it registered men who were 45 to 64 years old at the time.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Massachusetts Birth Records - Online images at your fingertips provides free access to many original records. 
Easily searchable, the Massachusetts, Birth, 1841-1915 collection contains 3,818,515 records which can be viewed as they were recorded in the state registers. Below is the birth record for Gertrude A. Hughes, born 29 Nov 1897 in New Bedford, MA, daughter of Edward L. and Lillian Emily (Cassingham) Hughes.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Remembering September 11th

Twelve years later,  our nation pauses to reflect and remember.
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Saturday, September 7, 2013

1775 Baptism Record for John Cassingham

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Above is the baptism record for our 4th G-Grandfather John Cassingham, son of John Cassingham and Alice Sampson. Baptized in Tenterden, Kent, England, on 7 April 1775 by a minister of the Protestant dissenting Church.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Parents: Unknown

Those dreaded words.
I hate to see 'unknown' on recorded documents.
I finally get the record from the state of New Jersey - and there it is:  Unknown
Place of birth: Poland..... What happened to City or Town?

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 1938 Death Certificate of Grzegorz Kolbusz

The informant was his daughter who immigrated with him in 1900.
Sad that she wasn't more attentive to the details. 
Even his age is way off.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Passenger record for Gregorz Kolbusz

Arriving in New York in June 1900, from Galicia on the ship Main.

Seen below in the ship's passenger manifest are Gregorz Kolbusz with his wife, Gertrude, and daughter MaryAnna

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Thomas Durant (1820-1885)

Thomas Clark Durant
February 6, 1820 – October 5, 1885
American financier and railroad promoter
Married:  Hannah Heloise Trimble
 William West Durant (1850 – 1934) Architect
 Héloïse (Ella) Durant Rose (1854?-1943)  Author, playwright & critic

Buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY

"Founded in 1838 as one of America’s first rural cemeteries, the Green-Wood Cemetery soon developed an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the fashionable place to be buried."
(Cemetery photos from
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Middlesex, New Jersey c.1872

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Middlesex County
New Jersey
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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Manoah Warburton of London

Manoah Warburton 
b. 23 Jan 1811, in Rochdale, Lincolnshire, England
son of John and Lydia (Sandiford) Warburton
Resided in London
d. 27 Oct 1839 at the age of 28 in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England,
and is buried at Zion Chapel in the same grave as his sister, Rhoda, located in front of the chapel under the footpath nearest the door.

Wiltshire Independent - 31 October 1839

Salisbury and Winchester Journal - 04 November 1839

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Early Tennesse Tax Lists

Early Tennessee Tax Lists can be found on microfilm at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.  These tax records list the names of white males over age 21 and may also give information about that person's land, slaves, and other property.
Click here for a list of the inventoried Tennessee tax lists available by county.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives has partnered with and made available to all an Index to Tennessee tax records for the years 1783 - 1895
Members of can view the actual scanned records.  Residents of the State of Tennessee who are not members of can also view the scanned records by using the Genealogy section on the Tennessee Electronic Library Website.

Below are images from the 1838 and 1839 Blount, TN, tax lists showing brothers James and George Casteel taxed as white males over 21. No other taxes were applied to them during these two years.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Andrew T. Kolbush (1930-2001) of New Jersey

Obituary for Andrew T. Kolbush, b. 1930, son of Andrew & Rosa Kolbush

A Mass for Andrew T. Kolbush, 71, of Sayreville will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in St. Stanislaus Church, Sayreville, after the funeral from the Maliszewski Memorial Home, 121 Main St., Sayreville. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Sayreville.

Mr. Kolbush, who died Friday in the Madison Center, Old Bridge, worked in the research development department of Bristol Myers Squibb, North Brunswick, for 42 years before retiring in 1990.
He was a member of the Quarter Century Club and Retirees Club of Bristol Myers Squibb.
Mr. Kolbush was a member of St. Stan's Senior Club, the Sayreville Senior Citizens Thursday Club and the Holy Name Society of St. Stanislaus Church.
Born in Jamesburg, he lived in North Brunswick before moving to Sayreville 12 years ago.
Surviving are his wife, Eva; daughters, Kathleen and Mrs. Linda Torres; stepsons, Robert, David, Daniel and Thomas Zuczek; a stepdaughter, Patricia Ann Zuczek; a brother, John; a sister, Mrs. Jean Davis, and seven grandchildren.

The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ) - Monday, March 26, 2001

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Historic Preservation of Abigail Adams's Birthplace

Abigail Adams Historical Society
In 1947, the Weymouth house where Abigail Adams was born was sawed in half and moved to its present site at North and Norton streets.
Two moves later and a completed restoration brings the birthplace of Abigail Adams to life.  Located in Weymouth, Massachusetts, the building, originally built in 1685 and the home of the Abigail Adams Historical Society,  is re-opening to the public this month.

Read the full article here:
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

BillionGraves connects with FamilySearch

BillionGraves has announced its latest feature:
FamilySearch Tree Connect
This feature allows you to attach BillionGraves images to their corresponding FamilySearch record.
If you haven't tried the BillionGraves iPhone/Android ap, now is the time.  It is easy to do; plus it is a great way to give back to the genealogy community.

Check out their blog for all the details: FamilySearch Tree Connect
Have fun!
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

1899 Marriage Record of Corrinne Lefebvre & Zephyrin Normandin

Corrinne Lefebvre
daughter of Joseph & Julia Louise (Lambert) Lefebvre, 
married Zephyrin Normandin 
on 10 July 1899
 in Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts

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Image is from the "Marriages Solemnized in the City of Lowell" register
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Ulric Lefebre 1888-1950

 Military Veterans Headstone Application for Ulric Lefebre
son of Joseph & Julia Louise (Lambert) Lefebvre
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Buried at

Los Angeles National Cemetery

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Missing spouse of Isabelle (Lefebvre) Geoffroy

Isabel Fleurette Lefebvre,  born  Feb 1905, was the daughter of Joseph Vital Horace & Philomene Mary (Thibault) Lefebvre of Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts.  I know from oral family history that her married name was Isabelle Geoffroy, but, as yet, have not been able to determine her spouse's identity.  A findagrave volunteer answered my request and kindly took a photo of her cemetery marker.  Sadly, no clues as to who her husband was is given.

Worcester County Memorial Park
Paxton, MA
I should be able to find her in the 1930 & 1940 censuses, but nothing definitive has been found. She has proven herself to be an elusive person.  So, for now, her husband's identity remains a mystery.
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