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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

postheadericon Free Sites

More and more people are learning how to make money from their sites, especially blogging.  Well, here is a link to some FREE Genealogy sites.


50 Free Genealogy Sites

1. FamilySearch: largest collection of free genealogical records in the world
2. WikiTree: enormous collaborative family tree
3. Fulton History: historical newspapers from the US and Canada
4. Find a Grave: locate your ancestors in cemeteries across the globe
5. Google News Archive: millions of archived newspaper pages
6. US National Archives: official US National Archives site, many free genealogy databases and resources
7. Automated Genealogy: indexes of the Canadian census
8. FreeBMD: civil registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales
9. USGenWeb Project: massive free genealogy resource directory by US state and county
10. WorldGenWeb Project: genealogy resources by country and region, not to miss
11. Cyndi’s List: highly respected directory of free genealogy resources and databases online
12. Library and Archives Canada: official archives of Canada, census records and more
13. Ellis Island: immigration records, free indexes and original records, fee to download copies
14. FreeReg: baptism, marriage, and burial records from parish registers of the UK
15. Crestleaf: various genealogy records
16. RootsWeb: world’s largest genealogy community, huge amount of free information
17. Castle Garden: immigration records, pre Ellis Island
18. Chronicling America: giant database of archived US newspapers from the Library of Congress
 19. Dead Fred: genealogy photo archive
20. African Heritage Project: records on former slaves, freedpersons and their descendants
21. Family Tree Now: various genealogy records
22. Daughters of the American Revolution: military service records and more
23. JewishGen: Jewish ancestry research
24. FreeCEN: transcribed census records from the UK
25. Access Genealogy: vast family history directories and more, good Native American resources
26. British Library, India Office: records on British and European people in India pre 1950
27. Guild of One-Name Studies: extensive surname research site
28. Geneabloggers: massive directory of genealogy related blogs with a huge amount of free information
29. NativeWeb Genealogy: list of Native American genealogy resources and searchable databases
30. Viximus: member submitted biographical information
31. WieWasWie: for researching ancestors from the Netherlands (in Dutch)
32. UK National Archives: official National Archives of the UK
33. The National Archives of Ireland: official National Archives of Ireland
34. GENUKI: reference library of genealogical resources for the UK and Ireland
35. German Genealogy Server: German ancestry research (many sections in German)
36. Preserve the Pensions: War of 1812 pension records access
37. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System: Civil War records from the National Park Service
38. LitvakSIG: Lithuanian-Jewish genealogy databases and resources
39. Italian Genealogical Group: Italian American genealogy resources and databases
40. Internet Archive: a large amount of information useful to genealogists, but you’ll need to do some digging
41. Billion Graves: headstone records
42. Open Library: good place to find family history books, search for surnames or locations
43. GenDisasters: for researching disasters and other events your ancestors might have been involved in
44. RomanyGenes: Romanichal ancestry research
45. Patriot and Grave Index: revolutionary war graves registry and patriot index from the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
46. Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection: vast number of archived US newspapers
47. Seventh-day Adventist Obituary Database: hundreds of thousands of obituary entries
48. Sl√§ktdata: genealogy records for Sweden (in Swedish)
49. Hispanic Genealogy: wonderful list of resources for researching Hispanic ancestry
50: Free Genealogy Search Engine: search hundreds of free genealogy resources at one time on Family History Daily
There are many more free genealogy sites online. Since we can’t possibly list them all in one article, please share your favorite in the comments if you don’t see it here.
Friday, February 5, 2016

postheadericon GeneBloggers - Family Friends

A few months ago I started following Genabloggers (  In daily email, among other things, is a list of topic brain joggers each day for the many Genealogist Bloggers.  I am not dedicated enough to consider myself among those daily bloggers, but I thought I would play along sometimes.  Here are today's possible topics for a blog.
***Family Friends Friday
Family Recipe Friday
Follow Friday
Friend of Friends Friday
Friday’s Faces from the Past
Friday Funny
Funeral Card Friday

Family Friends.  When my grandparents were married in November of 1898 and living in Adrian, Michigan, my grandmother, just 17 years old at the time became friends with a neighbor who was also a new young bride.  That neighbor never had children of her own, but she and her husband were Godparents to my father when he was born many years after they were no longer neighbors.  I was familiar with "Aunt" Mildred Blaire, who visited Grandma for a week or so every year.  I believe Grandma visited her as often, too.  Aunt Mildred and her husband lived in Woodstock, Ontario and my grandparents in Michigan in the small town, Gibraltar, right on Lake Erie.
Here are my grandparents, Mildred and an unidentified young lady on a rock on the Eastern shore of Lake Erie in Canada.  Mildred's husband, Mark, was taking the photo.
This is my young father and "Uncle Mark" together at my grandparents' house on Fortune Street in Delray (now part of Detroit), Michigan.
My grandmother, Katie standing, and Mildred, seated, during one of Mildred's visits to Gibraltar, Michigan.  Both women were widowed by this time.
"Aunt" Mildred and "Uncle" Mark at their home in Woodstock, Ontario.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

postheadericon Genealogy Do-Over – Month 1 – January 2016

Setting Previous Research Aside:

This won't be too hard.  I am heading to Florida for the next 4 months and not taking previous research along...just my laptop.  Family Tree Maker isn't even on that computer.  I have my link to Ancestry on there, though, with previous research kept there.  I plan on following the workbook and lessons as much as possible being in a different location.

Preparing to Research:

Interested to find out what that entails and whether I can do that without my file cabinet of "stuff".  I am excited to start and see what I can accomplish.

I am excited to start!
Saturday, December 12, 2015

postheadericon To Do-Over or not to Do-Over?

With the breaking of the link between Family Tree Maker, my Gen- softwear, and Ancestry.Com, my main web site, I am at a loss.  I am so used to changes in my tree, after some research, copying directly to the other, that I am in a bit of a panic.  I have about a year to figure this out, but where to start.

However, along comes Genealogy Do-Over.  Maybe that is my answer.  Start all over.  I am afraid I have some broken links on Ancestry and, thus, on my Family Tree Maker (2014) tree.  I can't get the book until after the end of December.  I hope it comes before we leave MI for FL.

Perhaps I am not related to William Howard Taft.  Perhaps I don't have as many Mayflower links as I think.  Maybe I have more.  Maybe only one absolutely, for-sure ancestor fought in the Revolution.  Maybe more.

Maybe I can finally have a CLEAN tree with proper sources.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

postheadericon Lost and Found

Lost Cousins – A Genealogy Story

Johanna and Reinhold Oehring had seven children.  By 1880, only two were living.  Those two were Louis and Theresa, known as Tracy.  Louis and Tracy formed a strong bond, having watched their parents bury 3 of their siblings.  In 1883 and 1885, two more sons were born who lived.

Louis (my maternal grandfather) married first in 1873.  Five years later, Tracy married a Lutheran minister and had 3 children by him, Hilmar, Doris and Naomi.  Louis had two boys and 11 and 12 years later two girls.  Those seven cousins were very close with many visits between Louis’ family in Detroit and Tracy’s family in Kalamazoo, where her husband was pastor of a large Lutheran church.  There are even studio photographs of the cousins together from the early years. 
                                                                  Tracy's Wedding picture.

Emanuel, Tracey, Hilmar and Doris Mayer
3) Hilmar


2)  Sidney and Lyman Oehring with Hilmar and Doris Mayer

However, that is where the trail seemed to end.  The youngest of Louis’ children, Eunice, my mother, remembered her cousins and their good times but had no idea how or when the families became estranged.

I kept checking for information about the family while doing other genealogical tasks.  Then, one day, an obituary showed up, for Theresa.  She had died at age 39.  The Reverend had been left with three young children. 

In a year he remarried Mary Zink who had a son of her own.  That was also about the time Mother says they stopped seeing their cousins.  It appears that the new wife felt that it was better for the children to sever ties with their late mother’s family in order to build a stronger blended family.

This was where the trail ended again for many years.  Then one day, Laura Lou, a granddaughter of Louis, received a message from one Jennifer stating that they seemed to have common ancestors; Johanna and Reinhold Oehring.  The messages started flying.  Jennifer was the great-granddaughter of Theresa, granddaughter of Hilmar.  Since both women wintered in Florida there were meetings and exchange of copies of some precious photos including one picture of the Oehring family home in which Louis and Tracy were raised.


Another link has been discovered, a great-great-grandchild of Theresa’s, through Doris.  Slowly but surely pieces are being reassembled linking Louis and his beloved sister, Tracy, once again through the descendants’ searching.
Friday, September 18, 2015

postheadericon Old Photos

Over the last number of years I have scanned most of the really old photos I have.  I was the end of a long line on my father's side when my grandmother died, then my father so really old photos from his side were the start of my collection.  Then when we cleaned out my parents' house after they moved to Sr. apartments, all photos found around, here and there were collected into a bin or two and brought home with me.  My 3 kids and 2 grandchildren are way too busy to go over old photos with me.  I digi-scrapped some but I think spotlighting them here might be the best way to preserve what I know, suspect, or guess about some of those photos.  I will try to do oldest first.

Memorial Stone of George Aldrich, one of my 8th great-grandfathers, located in Mendon, Mass.

"In Memory of
Circa 1603 GEORGE ALDRICH 1683
one of
Mendon's founding fathers
Settled Mendon 7th month 1663
Dedicated by the
National Aldrich Association

St. Dunstan's Anglican Church in Cranbrook, England.  

January 12, 1591, Archbishop Whitgift appointed William Eddye to succeed as Vicar of St. Dunstan Church at Cranbrook.  He is my 7th great-grandfather born in England 1562 and died there, also, in 1616.

This is a photo taken in 2009 or so of the Newman Scarlett house, recorded to have been built by Newman in the 1700's on Maple St. in Tewksbury. It was just demolished in 2009.
 There is a book (ISBN B0006R3G) Newman Scarlett of Tewksbury, Massachusetts and his Descendants
 page 901
 Scarlett, Newman, Tewksbury.Sergeant, in a Tewksbury co. of militia commanded by Lieut. Thomas Clark, Col. Green's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 2 days.
 He would have been one of the famous "Minute Men". He served again later in the war.

 If you look at the vital records for Tewksbury Massachusetts under Births you will find under the FROST family a baptism record for a Newmen (spelled that way) adopted by Edmund Frost (jr).  This is the nearest to a birth record anyone has been able to find in spite of many professional genealogists of his line searching in the US and in England, where he claimed to have been born.

This headstone in a cemetery in Indiana is Newman's grandson, also named Newman, but called "New".  He is my 3rd great-grandfather.

This is Newman Scarlett (3) my 3rd great grandfather.  The writing on the back is that of my great grandfather, Horace Greeley Scarlett, Jr, originally named Almon but renamed after his father died of a gunshot wound.

Monday, November 3, 2014

postheadericon A Break-Through from Sweden

There are many genealogy groups on Facebook.  I first joined one dedicated to  There was a lot of negative and downright mean posts so I left that for Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.  When I asked a question there about my German heritage I was directed to the German Genealogy page.  Since I had questions about my Swedish heritage I joined Swedish Genealogy, also.  There were people in that group that were actually Sweden natives living there now.  I asked about a few of the words on this document:

The actual place of birth is "Born October 3, 1848 in Pershytte village, Hedemora parish, Stora Kopparberg County" (today Dalarna county).

That long first word before "Carl Andersson" (Hammunsegaresoneu) means "son of a man that owns his own small farm".  Who could have guessed THAT one!

I had included this photo in the post assuming that one of those boys was my great-grandfather.:

I received THIS comment that the photo of the two boys had to be taken after 1893 (Carl left in 1870) so probably his brothers.  Also the photo studio on the back was established in 1893.  Then he saw "1910" somewhere on the card so THAT was when it was taken.

One of the members did a little research and found one of the brothers stayed in Sweden, had 5 sons and 1 daughter, and lived in Hedemora during the time between 1893 and 1900.

I have NO idea what to enter as Charles/Carl's father's name.  I settled for Hammunsegaresoneu, the word for Man Who Owns His Own Small Farm...I can change it if more information becomes available.

Facial Recognition supports that these are Charles and his bride, Mary Ann.

I have their State of Michigan Return of Marriage.  That just states Charles was born in Hedemora, Sweden, and Mary Ann was born in Hereford, England.

 I guess I should join the British Genealogy page on Facebook.  At least there won't be translation problems, I hope.