Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve Party Punch

Dec 31, 1972; Baton Rouge State Times Advocate
A Punch to Remember...

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your family a very
Merry Christmas.
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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve Blessings

The Arrival of the Christmas Tree
by Hans Andersen Brendekilde (1857-1920)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A New Home for Family Tree Maker Users

When The Master Genealogist (TMG) announced it was closing its doors, I decided to make the switch to RootsMagic. The transition was surprisingly painless.
Now that has announced the retirement of its Family Tree Maker (FTM) genealogy software, RootsMagic is offering a special for FTM users:

Family Tree Maker users can make the switch to RootsMagic and enjoy its amazing features such as: Color coding, Problem AlertsShareable CD’srunning straight off of a flash drive, FamilySearch integrationDataClean, multi-provider WebHints, Mac and Windows versions with a single license, and more!
To make the transition as painless as possible, they’ve set-up a special website at that includes training videos, testimonials, and more.  And for a limited time, they are offering Family Tree Maker users the full-version of RootsMagic for the amazing low price of only $20. We will also include the printed book, “Getting the Most out of RootsMagic” absolutely free (a $14.95 value).  You must visit to receive the discount.
For more detailed information click here: RMBlog
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Friday, December 11, 2015

Dressing The Christmas Tree c.1891

December 19, 1891          San Francisco Bulletin
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

4 Nov 1918 Marraige Record for Creed Casteel & Rose Welcheck

Creed Clayton Casteel
son of James Polk & Arra Amanda (Bacon) Casteel
Rose Treasa Welcheck
daughter of Stephen & Margaret (Busch) Welcheck
of Cleveland, Ohio,
were married on 4 November 1918 in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

1819 Baptism Record for Narcisse Lambert

Narcisse Lambert 
b. Nov 1819 
Son of Francois & Marie-Anne (Lamothe) Lambert
Baptized on 3 November 
Louiseville, Quebec

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

A Delightful Costume


October 18, 1916   Trenton Evening Times 

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Some Costume Inspiration

Halloween's coming...
Here's some costume ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
The 'telephone' costume is sure to be a winner.

Weldon's Fancy Dress 
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Occupation: Stevedore

A stevedore is a skilled dock worker specializing in the task of loading and unloading a ship; placing cargo carefully in the hold to ensure the ship will remain stable at sea and not list or capsize due to an imbalance in the hold while keeping it in the proper order to accommodate unloading at different ports. The process of loading and unloading could involve rigging and tackle to hoist cargo into the hold and the building and placement of planks and gangways.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

A Victim of the Great Influenza Pandemic

Cousin Robert Francis Wachalac
son of Joseph & Mary (Vlcek) Wachalac

U.S., Adjutant General Military Records, 1631-1976

Buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery
Saginaw Co., Michigan
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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Most Interesting Land Record Find

This 1780 Henry County, Virginia, land record for 5th G-Grandfather Reuben Nance has two fun facts:
First, it was issued by Thomas Jefferson, then Governor of Virginia;
and second, it is dated 4th of July.

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 It was especially nice that it is recorded in the deed book on one single page.
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

1783 Burial Record for M.Marguerite (Cardinal) Dupuis

Marie Marguerite Cardinal b.1752 
daughter of  Francois Paul Cardinal & Marguerite Perras
Married Rene Dupuis on 12 Feb 1770 at St-Constant Laprairie (Quebec)
Died 28 Aug 1783
Buried 29 August 1783 
St-Philippe, Laprairie

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Vaughn E. Calhoon of Normal, Illinois

Vaughn E. Calhoon
Son of Alvin Otis & Grace Susan (Casteel) Calhoon

The Pantagraph, 9 Aug 1949

Buried in Park Hill Cemetery
Bloomington, McLean, Illinois

This is the same cemetary where his parents are buried.
(photos from findagrave)

Grace Susan is the daughter of 
James P and Arra A (Bacon) Casteel
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Creed C. Casteel of Ohio

Creed Clayton Casteel
son of James Polk and Arra Amanda (Bacon) Casteel
Born 6 March 1893 in Hettick,  Illinois
Resided in Newbury, Ohio
Died 15 July 1959 in El Paso, Texas

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Newspaper: El Paso Herald
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Buried in Newbury Center Cemetery, Newbury Township, Ohio
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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Flag Day

National Museum of American History - Kenneth E. Behring Center

Click HERE to learn more online 
or visit the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ruth Freeman Welcheck of Ohio - Problem Solved.

I was searching for Ruth (Freeman) Welcheck, the spouse of John J Welcheck.  I last saw the couple in the 1920 census.  Then nothing more on Ruth  (John dies Feb 1930 and their son is residing with the Welcheck grandparents in 1930 census).
Then, finally, I locate a short legal notice in a 1931 newspaper referencing Ruth Tishel formerly Welcheck, and with that clue I was able to find the following:

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A lot of questions are answered in just this one record.
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

1689 Morris / Bom Marriage Announcement

From the 1689 Philadelphia Quaker Monthly Meeting Minutes:

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Marriage intentions of Agnes (Moij) Bom, widow of Cornelius Bom,
 to Anthony Morris;
both of residents of Philadelphia
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Birth Date Calculator

Here is a handy tool to help determine birth date when only the age at death and the date of death are known.

         click here: 
 Birth Date Calculator

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Burton Casteel & Jennie Atrim - 28 April 1910

A Beautifully  Simple Wedding

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) 30 April 1910
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Eli & Apoline (Caron) Robillard of Connecticut

Eli Robillard b.1861
son of Pierre & Philanese (Ducharme) Robillard

married Pauline (Apoline) Caron  c.1888

Buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery in New London, Connecticut


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Joseph Ernest Casteel of Macoupin Co, IL

Joseph Ernest Casteel
b. 30 May 1871
son of Joseph M. & Minerva Almyra (Laster) Casteel
Married Amanda A Hale  24 April 1895
d. 11 May 1943 
Buried in Gilead Cemetery, Barr Township, Macoupin, Illinois
d. 11 May 1943 
Buried in Gilead Cemetery, Barr Township, Macoupin, Illinois
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Zacharie Cloutier & Xainte Dupont of New France

 Memorials commemorating the 1634 arrival of 
Zacharie & Xainte (Dupont) Cloutier
to New France (now Quebec).

 Our 10th G-grandparent, they are one of the founding families of Beauport.  It was determined that by 1800, Zacharie Cloutier had 10,850 French-Canadian descendants, the most of any Quebec colonist, according to the marriage records studied by the Historical Demography Research Program at the Universite de Montreal.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Time Flies - Another anniversary to celebrate

Today is the six-year anniversary of Tangled Trees. 
I'd like to take this opportunity to say "Thank You" to however many readers I have picked up along the way.
Thank You!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Free Access to FindMyPast this Weekend!

This is a great opportunity to explore their collection of over 2 billion records plus historical newspapers at no charge.
Find out more Here
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

1946 Newbury High School Senior Class

James S. Casteel's (on middle left side)
Senior Class High School Photo

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Newbury Township, Geauga County, Ohio

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Leah Warburton to Isaac Moore - Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Below is the 1823 marriage announcement for Leah Warburton (b. 1804) daughter of John & Lydia (Sandiford) Warburton, to Isaac Moore.  They were married on 26 March 1823.  It is interesting that the newspaper has her name as Mary Ann, but all other records I have found for her are consistent with the name 'Leah'. The date, names of the spouse and her father, a well known Baptist minister, are correct, so I am confident this announcement is for Leah.

Salisbury and Winchester Journal 31 March 1823

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Fun Fact

Fun Fact from
Approximately 150 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine's Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

Happy Valentine's Day!
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Friday, February 6, 2015

The Mercantile Marine War Medal

This week FindMyPast is bringing over 600,000 new records online, including:
In this database I was able to find a Cassingham cousin who was recorded in the 1901 & 1911 UK census records as a Marine Engineer:
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The Mercantile Marine War Medal was awarded to members of the Merchant Navy for one or more voyages through a war or danger zone during the course of World War I.