Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Abednego Casteel - War of 1812 Record

Below is a page from Abednego Casteel's Compiled Service Record during the War of 1812 that I ordered from NARA using their online services.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

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Now I have definitive a link to three generations, as his granddaughter is also named, and an original source that can be cited.
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Mary Kollain of Jamesburg, NJ

13 February 1953
   Trenton Evening Times
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Imre Bauman of Bakonyoslop, Veszprem

Below is the transcription of the baptism record of Imre Bauman, brother of  Andrew Bauman.
I had viewed the original record on microfilm years ago at a local Family History Center.  Slowly, but surely, all these records are becoming available online.

"Hungary, Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895," 
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

July 1867 Immigration record for Anton Busch and Family

Anton and Margarethe (Theisen) Busch
from Rheinland, Prussia (Germany),
arrived in New York, NY, via Antwerp with their children on 31 Jul 1867 aboard the ship Guiseppe Baccarcick.

Their oldest son, John J Busch, arrived in New York one year earlier with his wife Katherine and son Anthony J. via London, England, on the ship Liverpool.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Marriage Record of Anna Kollain to Martin Wetzel

While searching for more information on our Kollain ancestors on, I found the marriage record for Anna, daughter of Ignatz and Maria Kollain.
Most importantly, this record adds more information regarding the issue of her Maria's maiden name.
See: More Than One Maiden Name?
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy July 4th!

 (Photo: Carol Highsmith/ The Library of Congress)
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Celebrating the 4th of July

c. 1916
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 (Photo Source:  Library of Congress)
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

5 Days of Free access to British & Irish Records

All of Findmypast's British and Irish records are FREE to access from 22-26 June 2017

For more information on what's included with your free access pass, visit the findmypast blog post  - click:  Announcement    

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Friday, June 16, 2017

WWI in Detail

"The Library of Congress is commemorating the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into the war with exhibitions, lectures, symposia, film programs, recordings, publications, veterans' stories, educational tools, and research guides to the Library's remarkable World War I resources."

Visit and you will find an amazing amount of fascinating material.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

1684 Philadelphia Land Patent Index Record

1684 Philadelphia land patent listing for
8th G-Grandfather, Cornelius Bom.

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Found on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission,Bureau of Archives and History, Pennsylvania State Archives website
Records of the Land Office Patent Index

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Free Webinar: Resources for Pennsylvania Genealogy


Understanding historical immigration patterns to Pennsylvania can help point the way to significant genealogical discoveries.          
Thu, May 18, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT          
Expert genealogist Ann Lawthers' webinar starts with a description of Pennsylvania settlement patterns and how those patterns and changing county borders influenced the surviving genealogical resources. Special attention is given to early German, Scots-Irish, Welsh, Quaker and Mennonite immigration. A discussion of standard and unique genealogical resources for researchers concludes Ann's presentation.
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hettick Town Band

The Hettick Band

Hettick, Macoupin, Illinois
(click image to enlarge)

The circled trombone player is
Craig Casteel
b. Jan 1903
son of James P & Arra A (Bacon) Casteel
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

A young boy proudly shows his prize.
 1923 White House Easter Egg Roll
Library of Congress Online Catalog

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Up Your Game with These Snappy Shoes

This Easter, make a Fashion Statement with sharp shoes for men.

1916 Sears Catalog
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Workshop to Help You Trace Your Irish Roots

Tracing Your Irish Roots Workshop

Presented by the New Hampshire Historical Society

This workshop, presented by NEHGS Archivist Judy Lucey, aims to provide participants with the tools and resources to discover Irish ancestral origins. Judy will offer strategies for overcoming brick walls and discuss key resources, records, and repositories to assist genealogists in their Irish research. Space is limited and registration is required through the New Hampshire Historical Society.

Click here to register:   Tracing Your Irish Roots
NHHS, 30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire
March 25, 1-4 p.m.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

1871 Burial Record for Theotiste Henriette (Roy) Lefebvre

Theotiste Henriette Roy
b. 14 Dec 1816 in L'Acadie, Quebec
daughter of Joseph and Charlotte (Dupuis) Roy
Married Vital Lefebvre 31 Jan 1832 and had 14 Children.
Died 27 Oct 1871 L'Acadie, Quebec


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Friday, March 3, 2017

PRDH News!

PRDH and Drouin Institute collaboration

 Since the Drouin Genealogical Institute became the PRDH's editor in 2014, the following additions have been made to the database:
  • 1 700 000 new baptism, marriage and burial certificates
  • 60 000 new couples
  • 345 000 new individuals
  • Over a million new links between families and individuals
Members which are subscribed to both and the PRDH have access to the following exclusive features:
  1. View the original document (parish register) on from any PRDH certificate
  2. View the PRDH individual file of any individual named in a's LAFRANCE certificate.
  3. 10% bonus PRDH hits free of charge on purchase for subscribers
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Romanian records on Ancestry

New Romanian records on Ancestry

This collection includes a combination of civil and church records from Transylvania, focusing on German populations. It contains extensive family history information from areas in Romania that formerly belonged to the historic Hungarian Habsburg Monarchy (excepting Bukovina).
This set includes records from Șagu, Arad, România, also known as Segenthau. 

Below is the death record for our 3rd G-Grandfather, János Stoss
d. 20 May 1875; age 69

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Her Majesty The Queen

Today marks The Queen's Sapphire Jubilee

It has been 65 years since Her Majesty acceded to the throne.
On 6 February 1952, King George VI sadly died following a prolonged illness. Princess Elizabeth immediately acceded to the throne, becoming Queen Elizabeth II and taking on all of the responsibilities which came with her new title.
In the photograph, The Queen is wearing a suite of sapphire jewellery given to her by King George VI as a wedding gift in 1947.
Find out more about The Queen's accession and coronation on our website:
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Elmer T Casteel (1891-1919) of Knoxville, Tennessee

July 6, 1919; Winston-Salem Journal

Elmer T Casteel

b. 21 July 1891 Knox, Tennessee
son of Samuel & Mary Jane (Smith) Casteel
d. 5 July 1919 Knoxville, Tennessee

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

1788 Burial Record of Priscilla Dean

Priscilla Newman
born c.1760
married Thomas Dean
2 Feb 1785
in Appledore, Kent, England
Buried 2 March 1788

Canterbury Archdeaconry burials record book
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Sunday, January 1, 2017