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  1. I’m watching a things out the Salem Witch Trials from The Travel channel that’s on Hulu. (This one is okay, but they skim the details and don’t go into more than some of the highlights of the accused). This is a subject that I now will usually stop and watch documentaries on due to the genealogy work I’ve done. I’m a direct descendant of Mary Perkins Bradbury (accused, convicted was supposed to be hung but somehow escaped from jail.) I’m also descended from Phebe Wildes Day. (Accused, arrested, but was not taken to Boston/Salem but to a different jail because of where she wa
  2. Couldn't figure out how to start a new topic under, Geneology. Please, tell me how to move it. Bottom line: I'm an avid, amateur genealogist, and I have an entire line of Bates, from the Missouri Ozarks area that were very Christian Fundamentalist, to the point that they didn't believe women should read. My Great Grandma rebelled, and married a damn Quaker.
  3. samurai_sarah

    How to get started

    What are your favourite resources? How did you get interested? Let's start chatting.
  4. I'd like to introduce you all to Uncle, Cousin, or Granddad Otzi... Spoiler because he's not very handsome in this pic. But there is definitely a family resemblance …. I think it's the eyes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ötzi
  5. So I discovered a lot of ancestry.com leads that led me to newspapers.com (and you can save the clippings over to ancestry). FYI Newspapers does offer a 7-day free trial which I'm taking advantage of at the moment. So yesterday I looked up my paternal family surname (sort of common in the US) in the small town my father is from. While I was hoping for obituaries for his mom, sister and father what I found was a series of divorce announcements, etc for my paternal grandparents (not a shock since I had figured out from evidence as well as a discussion with my uncle about them). (oh and t
  6. This is someone I follow on Twitter. She does 'resistance genealogy' - meaning she regularly digs into the genealogy of politicians and other famous types when they stand and spew stupid crap. https://twitter.com/CleverTitleTK She retweeted this gem after Drew Brees made his statement about 'the flag' last night. Guess who comes not only from a history of slave owning family but is tied into the removal of Choctaw Indians and the Andrew Jackson Indian Removal Act?
  7. Just for fun! I'm sure we all had that moment, when we went "what on earth happened there?". Wanna share?
  8. I decided to start this thread as a way to get links to where your ancestors were honored fighting in wars! My ancestor on my dad's mom's side fought on the Union side of the American Civil War! The problem is, he was either Irish/Northern Irish. I already know that he registered on a different name and know what the name was. Are their any websites dedicated to foreigners who fought in American wars/vice versa? You can add your questions/stories here! I want to find out if my great-great-great-grandfather has a memorial dedicated to him and the other foreigners who fought, becaus
  9. I just came across a record involving an 18th-century German baptism Record (sadly not the actual document - just a listing/transcription) - can someone help me understand what the Zu Handarpe means? I was following a line of Hackman/Hakman's. Anna Margaretha is most likely an aunt of some sort. But Herman and Cath. Agness are potential grandparents.
  10. If you could ask any ancestor a question; who would it be and what would you ask them? For me, it would be my 3x great grandfather, I'd ask him what his parents names were. Seeing that I can't find him. I'd also love to ask where in Ireland he as born and when. So many questions!
  11. I love a good scandal in my ancestry! Today I learned that from the looks of it, my great-aunt was born two months after my great-grandparents got married. Who knew? I suppose it's possible that the date was entered wrong (it said they were married in 1919, but it could have been 1918), but they had the name of the church, the licence number, and everything, so...I guess it's true, what they used to say: "The first child can come at anytime, but the rest take 9 months." I know, I know...nowadays, nobody cares, but back in 1919? Scandalous!
  12. I'm just curious, what countries/continents do my fellow FJers' ancestors' come from? Mine come from Europe and North America! What about the rest of you?
  13. In the other threads, we've talked about well-known places to get you started (Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, etc.), and everybody knows the common sources like vital records (birth/marriage/death certificates), census records, etc. What's a source you like or have had success with that people might not know? (Bonus points for sources that go back past 1850, when the aforementioned ones aren't as useful.) The two that stand out for me as I think about this: Probate records: Wills and court records that show how a deceased person's estate was divided. If you know where they died an
  14. This appeared on my Facebook feed courtesy of the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, MO. https://lisalouisecooke.com/2018/02/25/beginning-german-genealogy/?platform=hootsuite The article above has a link to this: German immigrants in American church records https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/1316260?availability=Family History Library And one of those tricks I learned during genealogy research at one point or another - you will sometimes see books listed as sources. If you go to worldcat.org you can search to see if they are located at a li
  15. This club is currently open to all and can be viewed by any member. I just to make sure whether or not that is okay for all, since there are advantages and drawbacks regarding privacy, while at the same time there's a possibility to make further connections. So, if you have a moment, would you mind participating in this informal poll? Would you like this club to be private with approved membership? Would you like for it to stay open for all, viewable for all? Would you prefer a compromise? Leave a comment if you want to, and suggestions!
  16. I think I've developed an addiction to Find A Grave. I'm starting to research families I'm not even related to just so I can link their gravesite memorials together. Anyone else doing this? I've always been a taphophile so getting into genealogy was a no-brainer and now Find A Grave is making cemetery research so easy. Does anyone else have this issue? Are any of you contributors?
  17. So this is a very specific scenario but it's brought up more questions than answers. I'll try to be succinct. Family history per our parents/grandpa: Our paternal grandfather was one of 9-13 kids, all or mostly boys born in Weitmar/Bochum, Germany. His parents were killed in an accident when he was a teenager and all the kids got split up and sent with various family members. Before his parents died he had quit school at an early age to work in the mines. He was the only one who was sent to America. Per my older siblings (who knew him) he never mentioned his parents nor siblings. M
  18. I thought it would be interesting if those of us who felt comfortable posted the areas/times we were researching in case someone else was digging in the same locations/time - maybe share sources if any outside of the usual sites? I just know on my lines where I have more info I keep seeing the same other names crop up and even though they aren't mine I'd be happy to give an assist to someone else if I could. For right now my huge brick walls (which seem to be reinforced with steel) are - these are KILLING me: Neuwied/Heddesdorf/Koblenz, Germany (Rhineland Pflaz) - before 1923
  19. what are the main surnames that you research? i have mostly Taylor, but that one is very common. These are my "everyone with this last name is related"...Elkin(g)ton...Mc/MacMurray (somewhat common, but i do know enough to be able to tell my line)...Maris...Sayre...Unruh. Others include Booker, Blong, Cody (Buffalo Bill), Kennedy, Mc/MacDonald, Matthews, O'Hara, Tyler. All United States, mostly PA. maybe someone here is my long lost relative!
  20. Inspired by Bethella's advice, I'd like to try to document the people in my tree. I already know about the ones who are still kicking, of course, but I'd like very much to find obituaries for my great-grandparents. Maybe even my grandparents, come to think of it. I found my maternal grandpa's already. I don't know where to start, though. There is not much online, that I can find anyway. The library?
  21. I have been using Ancestry to trace back family. I have most lines traced back a good long way... as far back as the 1300s in one line. However, I have a relatively recent dead end which is bugging me. I found my grandfathers father. He doesn't have the middle name we thought he had, but everything else lines up. I even spoke with someone else who was doing the family line and they were able to tell me enough about the man that I was 90% sure was my great grandfather that it sort of cemented it. Well, so we go back to my great great grandparents, and its a dead end. They came to Am
  22. Peas n carrots

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    So as gift to my husband (who is into genealogy) I got him a kit. I doubt there will be too many surprises with his ancestry, but it will be interesting to see if his birth defect is genetic or not - which will be good to know if we do decide to have kids. Has anyone done the DNA test? Did you have any surprises (pleasant or unpleasant?) Now I'm wishing I would have got myself a kit too. Maybe I'll order one next time I get paid. I'm sure my genealogy results could be interesting, as I'm such a mutt.
  23. Has anybody used any software besides Family Tree Maker? I purchased FTM 2014 when I got a new laptop a couple weeks ago and it wouldn't open and their patch wouldn't work. Ancestry's customer service people were absolutely useless and pissed me off to no end. Is "the s/w would never open and patch failed" difficult to understand or something? Anyway, I finally just got my money back. I'm *this close* to cancelling my entire ancestry subscription. I've got no patience for incompetence. I've used FTM since '97 and this will be my first foray with something different. Any
  24. On my mom's side we only traced back to my great-grandfather, who left England sometime in the 1870's, but my dad's side is another story. My aunts are absolutely crazed genealogists, traveling to England to look up old church records and the like (my family showed up in Manitoba sometime in the 1880's), and have managed to discover that we are direct descendants of William the Conqueror. We're related to quite a few prominent British people, including Sir Alexander Ball and Lord Baden-Powell (of Scouting fame). However, the biggest thing is - since our surname is Crawley - Downton
  25. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nati ... e/3699329/ Not sure what to make of this... The test kit did manage to figure out that I was related to my dad and to my grandma, so...
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