Friday, December 31, 2010

Old Tombstone Found in Fireplace Hearth

Imagine finding an old tombstone in your fireplace! It happened recently in Ontario Canada.

A tombstone found by Ingersoll homeowners who were recently renovating their fireplace is that of a pioneer with connections to Brant and Oxford counties, who was also a veteran of the War of 1812.

The pristine limestone grave marker of Comfort Sage, who died on April 5, 1887, at the age of 90 years and 10 months, was found by Russell and Heidi Watson. The couple had turned over a large rectangular hearthstone in their home only to discover that it was actually a tombstone

Source: The Expositor. "Discovery of Tombstone Has Descendants Thrilled to Death" by Heather Ibbotson

Continue reading this fascinating story and see a photo of Comfort Sage

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Neanderthal family found cannibalised in cave in Spain

Archaeologists in Spain have unearthed the remains of a possible family of 12 Neanderthals who were killed 49,000 years ago.

Markings on the bones show the unmistakeable signs of cannibal activity, say the researchers, with the group having probably been killed by their peers.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Neanderthal genes 'survive in us'

Many people alive today possess some Neanderthal ancestry. Between 1% and 4% of the Eurasian human genome seems to come from Neanderthals according to a landmark DNA study.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Ancient Muslim cemetery demolished by military regime

A 124 year-old Muslim cemetery was demolished by the Burmese military regime’s Engineers’ Corps from Pegu Division on December 16, 2010, according to a statement issued by the Burmese Muslim Association.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

French Scientists Identify the Head of King Henry IV

With no DNA to help them, a team of French scientists has nevertheless identified this mummified head as that of one of the most popular monarchs to reign over France.

Henry IV was murdered 400 years ago and was buried. But his head was lost during the French revolution at the end of the 17th century when royal graves near Paris were ransacked.

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Monday, December 06, 2010

Radar probes for submerged graves

The sloping pasture land near Weyers Cave in northern Augusta County contains centuries-old family mysteries that could be fully explained by a technology developed during the Vietnam War.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Coffin Plate of Livonia Hodsdon 1807~1868

I have just added the Coffin Plate of Livonia Hodsdon 1807~1868. I had a look in the 1850 United States Federal Census on I did not find a Livonia Hodsdon but I did find a Livonia Hodgdon.

1850 United States Federal Census

Livonia Hodgdon
Age: 35
Estimated birth year: abt 1815
Home in 1850 (City,County,State):
Tremont, Hancock, Maine
Household Members:
Name, Age

Enoch Hodgdon 37
Livonia Hodgdon 35
Enoch Hodgdon 9
John W Hodgdon 8
Thomas Hodgdon 5
Cordelia H Mayo 16
Livonia Ann Mayo 17
Joshua C Mayo 13
Warren H Hodgdon 1

Not sure if this is the Livonia we are looking for. It will take a little more reasearch.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Hugh Archer

Well its Tombstone Tuesday again so today its the grave of Hugh Archer in THE PRESBYTERIAN CEMETERY WYEBRIDGE, SIMCOE COUNTY, ONTARIO.




Sep 11 1889-Aged 52 Yrs


Died Mar 14 1905 Aged 57 yrs

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday, Metal Tombstones

Tombstone Tuesday. Well I was out taking some cemetery photos and this one caught my eye. At first glance one would not think that their is much different about this grave marker. From a distance it looks quite normal. But in fact the entire grave stone is metal. Metal grave markers of this type are rare in my area. And they are getting rarer all the time as they really don't stand up to the weather as well as granite and they are much more susceptible to damage by vandals. You can see cracks starting to form in this one and I would guess its days are numbered.

Geo Catlin
Feby 16 1880
Aged 80 Years
At Rest

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I Wonder who they are.

I thought perhaps I should do something in honer of Remembrance Day today. So I started looking through my family photographs and I came across this interesting one. My grandfather was a airplane mechanic in WW2 and he brought back a few photos and other items. Some of the photos are of him but this one would seem to be the crew of a bomber. It looks to me like a Lancaster bomber but I am no expert. Did they make it back. I guess I will never know. Gramps died a long time ago and he did not talk much about the war any way. They look like nice young men and I can only hope they survived. Being in a bomber in WW2 was a dangerous job and I really don't know how they found the courage to keep going.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

How Much For That Tombstone In The Window

How Much For That Tombstone In The Window. Over the years I have spent a lot of time in cemeteries. And while wandering about looking at all the grave markers I have often wondered about how much they must have cost. Many are quite large and beautiful and it must have been a fair burden for some of the families to pay for. Times were hard in The Good Old Days. People did not always have a lot of extra cash. But it was very important to them to have a nice memorial for their loved ones. So to that end I have done a little digging and one of the first things I found was a 1902 Sears and Roebuck catalogue. When I think of shopping at Sears tombstones are not the first thing I think of. But back then Sears sold just about everything you could think of.

The prices in 1902 would seem to start around $6 dollars for a small stone and go right up to almost $30 for a big 4ft tall stone. This would appear quite cheap to us. But when you think about how little people made back then. You realize just how costly they were and how hard it must have been to pay for. For example the 1901 Canadian Census tells us that back then a good wage for a man was about $1.50 to $1.75 per day. So you're looking at a week to a month's pay just for a tombstone. Not an easy burden. Then when you add the cost of the funeral and the fact that the person being buried was in many cases the main source of income for the family. One can really start to get a feeling of just how important it must have been to the family to have a nice marker.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010


Well I missed Tombstone Tuesday as I was out taking pictures of tombstones. So how about Grave marker Wednesday this week. This week it is the grave marker of Wm Barron. William lived with his family in Blanchard Township in Perth County. He was buried in the OLD PROTESTANT CEMETERY IN ST.MARYS, PERTH COUNTY, ONTARIO in 1858.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Expenses In Death 1733

Death Records come in many different forms. This is an interesting record from 1733.

Halloween Gallagher 1892~1953

Believe it or not, some children born on Oct. 31st are given the first name HALLOWEEN by their parents.

Found in the SSDI (Social Security Death Index) for Georgia:

Halloween Venable b. OCt 31, 1892 d Sept 1974

Halloween Kea 1916-1992

Haloween Russell 1921-1981.

But my personal fav is Halloween Gallagher born in Penetanguishene
Ontario 31 Oct 1892 to parents William and Agnes. Why is she my fav?
Because Penetang (as it's called) is not far from where I live!

Halloween went on to marry John Thomas Codnere from Toronto. In 1951
Halloween Codnere is found in the Border Crossing Records going from
Canada to Ashville North Carolina to join her husband, Dr. J. T. Codnere. She died in Sept. 1953 in Skyland, Buncombe North Carolina,
and her death certificate is online. I haven't found her tombstone but
I'd sure like to see a photo of it!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Ontario Cenotaph Records on Ancestors At Rest

In my travels around Ontario I often take photos of Cenotaphs. If you have a WW1 or WW2 Ontario ancestor. It might be worth a look.

Guelph Cenotaph Wellington County, Ontario.
Meaford Cenotaph Grey County, Ontario.
Port McNicoll Cenotaph Simcoe County, Ontario.
Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Kingston Ontario.
Twenty First Canadian Infantry Battalion Kingston Ontario.
Elmvale Cenotaph Simcoe County, Ontario.
Saugeen Indian Reserve Cenotaph Bruce County, Ontario.
Waverley Simcoe County, Ontario, For the townships of Medonte, Tay, Tiny and Floss.
St. Marys Perth County, Ontario
Cookstown Ontario
Nichol Township Salem Ontario.
Midland Simcoe County Ontario.
Penetanguishene Simcoe County Ontario.

Ontario Cenotaph Records

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Drummond Hill Cemetery, Niagara Falls Ontario

Well its Tombstone Tuesday again.  This week I have decided to feature a grave marker in Drummond Hill Cemetery, Niagara Falls Ontario. Drummond Hill Cemetery named in honour of General Drummond, is a nationally recognized heritage site. It's known as the battleground of the "Battle of Lundy’s Lane", as well as the burial site of Laura Secord.

In 1799 Christopher Buchner purchased 400 acres of land from his father-in-law, James Forsythe. Christopher used the top of the hill as a burial ground. It later became the site of a fierce battle between the British and the Americans in 1814.

The gravestone is for Rheumanah Muisiners [Misener] who died in 1836. This is an early tombstone for Ontario. Many of the early settlers did not have the luxury of a fancy grave marker.

Rheumanah (nee Lanton) was the wife of Peter Misener from New Jersey. He was a soldier in Butler's Rangers and a Loyalist.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Ida Chase's Grave Robbed - Police Look for Grave Robbers & Descendants

Harwich police are searching for someone who broke into an imposing mausoleum, smashed through marble and slate walls, and opened the coffin of a woman who died a century ago, reports the Cape Cod Times.

Ida Chase died in 1913. She was put to rest in a grand mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery on South Street, along with her husband, a baby and two other female family members. The police suspect the grave robbers believed the mausoleum contained the remains of a wealthy woman buried with her valuable jewelry, and that's what they were after.

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No living relatives have been found. No doubt the police could use a genealogist or two on staff! Police are looking for more information and I wonder if they'd appreciate some genealogists having a hunt for Ida and any living descendants.

UPDATE: Okay I confess. I'm curious beyond belief! I watched an online video where Police took viewers into the actual mauseleum. By pausing the video I was able to read the inscription on Ida's tomb

Ida M. Chase
wife of George M. Chase
Born Sept. 2 1855
Died May 8 1913

A search of found the couple living in Boston Ward 1, Suffolk, Massachusetts in 1910. Both were born in Massachusetts. According to the census, they had one child, but none were living

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday John Bell 1825~1904

Well its Tombstone Tuesday again and I thought I would post the tombstone of John Bell. John is buried in Batteau Hill Cemetery near Duntroon in Simcoe County Ontario. He is buried with his wife Mary and his son Malcom and daughter Catharine. It is interesting that Catharine and Malcom never married.

You can see the rest of Batteau Hill Cemetery at
Ancestors At Rest

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Sisters die 4 days apart

This is a very sad tombstone for the little daughters of Thomas and Mary King in Arkell Ontario.

Little Catherine died first at the age of 5, on Dec. 9, 1870. Four days later her one year old sister Mary Ann died. Their mother had died previously in childbirth with Mary Ann.

"Mary Ann d. Dec 13, 1870 age 1 yr, 2 mos, 2 days

Catherine d. Dec. 9 1870 age 5 yrs, 7 mos, 16 days

Children of Thomas W. & Mary A. King"
A search for their death records shows that both little girls died of diptheria.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Muslim community told cemetery is illegal, asked to move the dead

Members of a small Muslim community in rural upstate New York say the uproar over a planned mosque near ground zero is behind attempts by local officials to shut down the community’s graveyard and remove the two bodies buried there.

Hans Hass of the Osmanli Naksibendi Hakkani community, 210 kilometres northwest of New York City, said Tuesday that anti-Islamic bigotry motivated the Sidney Town Board’s vote in August to pursue legal action to shut down the Sufi community’s cemetery.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday

For this weeks Tombstone Tuesday I have decided to feature the tombstone of Margaret Hogg. Poor Margaret died at the young age of 36 in 1884. I dont know any thing about Margaret but in my mind I see her as a sweet pretty young woman who died way too young. I can not even begin to emagen the pain her husband Samuel must of felt at her passing.

Gone but not forgotten
Beloved Wife Of
Dec 18. 1884

Margaret is burried in

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday, A Lost Ship And A Battlefield Far From Home

Well in honour of Tombstone Tuesday I will blog a little about a grave stone in my local cemetery. The grave stone is located in Lakeview Cemetery in Midland, Simcoe County Ontario. It always surprises me the connections to history I find in my cemetery photos. The tombstone in question is not really remarkable in its self. Its just a typical late 19th century grave marker. Just like millions of others in cemeteries all over North America. But the inscription on this stone is what caught my attention. For it brings us into contact with two events right out of the history books. A mysterious lost ship and a great WW1 battle.

The first event would be well known to anyone with an interest in Great Lakes history. The mysterious disappearance of the ship Bannockburn.

The Bannockburn was a 245 foot long, 1,620-ton steel steamer built in 1893 at Middlesborough, Scotland, by Sir Raylton Dix and Company. On November 21st, 1902, the Bannockburn left the Canadian Northern elevator at Port Arthur bound for Midland Ontario on her last trip of the season. She was loaded to the gills with 85,000 bushels of wheat. The ship was sighted on the evening of the 21st steamer Algonquin. She was never seen again. The Bannockburn and her crew of 20 including George Stephens, had vanished.

The second event recorded on this stone is the death of Richard Stephens at the Battle of Cambrai in Oct 1918. Between 26 September and 11 October, Canadian troops advanced twenty-three miles through the heart of the German defences in some of the worst fighting of WW1.

See More Graves In Lakeview Cemetery in Midland

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Coffin Plate of Mary Luce 1801 ~ 1874

I have added the Coffin Plate of Mary Luce 1801 ~ 1874. I did a little looking and Mary may be from Massachusetts but that is just a guess. It would take a little more digging.

Mary Luce Coffin Plate

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Immigration Collection free through Labor Day

Ancestry announced today it has launched a collection of more than 1,700 recorded oral histories from immigrants who arrived in the United States through Ellis Island. This is the first time this collection of recordings has been available online. To celebrate the new addition, Ancestry is making its entire U.S. Immigration Collection free through Labor Day.

Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of immigrants between 1892 and 1954. The oral histories were captured by the National Park Service starting in the 1970s, and contain uniquely inspiring first-hand accounts recalling the lives these immigrants left behind, their reasons for leaving and their incredible and often-trying journeys to America. These recordings are housed at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and until now could be heard only by visitors to the Island itself. In addition to oral histories from immigrants, the collection also includes recordings from military personnel who were stationed on Ellis Island and former Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty workers.

Immigration Collection

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Genealogy Gift

My genealogy and family history is really an important part of my life. I take great pride and derive great pleasure from my family history. One of the the things that I love the most is seeing or touching things that were part of my ancestors life. Buildings they worked in or lived in. Furniture they sat on or books the read. It makes them come alive for me and seem like real people. Not just names in a book. Well just this weekend I was fortunate to be given a very special gift. I went to visit my uncle Mac and he presented me with a direct link to my Great Great Grandfather Samuel Sandercock. His moustache cup. Samuel had a big moustache his entire adult life. And i guess it would get a little wet when he had his tea. So as was common at the time he had a moustache cup. Its not a valuable thing. At an antique store it would probably only fetch $50 or so but to me it is priceless.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Featured Coffin Plate: Robert Andrews

Today's featured coffin plate is for Robert Andrews 1786~1870

I wish I knew more about Robert but it's a rather common name! I also have the coffin plate for Lucy Andrews 1790 ~ 1869 and think it quite possible that they were husband and wife.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Ancestor Death Record Finder

Can't find your ancestor in death records?

Most genealogists search death records such as Cemetery records, Obituaries and Vital Stats (Death Registrations or Certificates). If we don't find our ancestor in one of those death records, we're stuck! Where to search next? The free ADF (Ancestor Death Finder) can help.

What happens when a loved one dies? What events take place around the death of a family member? What kind of death record paper trail is created on the death of an individual? The answers to these questions will lead you to other sources of death records and hopefully end that brick-wall.

When an ancestor dies, many records of that death might be created. Let's talk about records kept before an ancestor death and those created after a death.

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Friday, August 06, 2010

Funeral homes subsidizing services for the poor

We can't afford to bury the poor, undertakers say

Local funeral homes say they can no longer afford to spend millions a year subsidizing dignified farewells for the poorest Torontonians.

Under Ontario’s Funeral, Burial and Cremations Act, municipalities have the discretion to pay for services for people who received Ontario Works benefits or were on the Ontario Disability Support Program. Most get pickup, embalming, a particleboard casket covered by grey cloth with white rayon interior, a service, clergy honorarium, a hearse, “lead car” and limo for family, and burial or cremation.

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Monday, August 02, 2010


Twenty bronze vases from grave sites were found when police stopped a vehicle in Montgomery County. At least 13 were found to be stolen from Conroe Memorial Park. Read the rest of this article at

Friday, June 18, 2010

Hundreds Of Bodies Misplaced at Arlington National Cemetery

A seven-month long Army investigation has revealed a disturbing degree of mismanagement at Arlington National Cemetery including misplaced remains, mislabeled graves and one case of bodies buried on top of one another.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Coffin Plate of Silas Hanchet 1780 ~ 1848

I have just added the Coffin Plate of Silas Hanchet 1780 ~ 1848 on This plate for old Silas is kind of interesting and rare. The date of 1848 makes it is an early plate. In fact this style of coffin plate is perhaps the first industrial manufactured plate. Up to this time most coffin plates had been manufactured locally by craftsmen. It is also interesting in that the inscription tells us Silas was a Mason. The date of death is written using the Masonic Calendar.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Revised Edition Van Slyke Family in America NOW AVAILABLE!

The Van Slyke Family in America: A Genealogy of Cornelise Antonissen Van Slyke, 1604-1676 and his Mohawk Wife Ots-Toch, including the story of Jacques Hertel, 1603-1651,
Father of Ots-Toch and Interpreter to Samuel de Champlain REVISED EDITION by Lorine McGinnis Schulze is now available for purchase.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Irish Famine Migration to New Brunswick, 1845-1852

I spoted this on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog Weekly Featured Database. In the Wake of Dark Passage: Irish Famine Migration to New Brunswick, 1845-1852 is a fantastic new database that is worth a look.

* Saint John Almshouse Records
* Brenan Funeral Home Records: Traces of Ireland
* Fitzwilliam Estate Emigration Books 1847-1856
* RS555 Provincial Secretary: Immigration Administration Records
* Immigrant Letters
* Newspapers
* Passenger Lists
* Teachers Petition Database
* Irish Immigrants in the New Brunswick Census of 1851 and 1861

Monday, May 17, 2010

Help Find a WW2 Soldier from Illinois

The Olive Tree Genealogy Blog has another interesting little puzzle. Jill in Australia found another Dog Tag belonging to an American WW2 soldier. This military identification tag belonged to Randall E. Packard. His next of kin was Margaret [L.?] Packard of 406 Ash Street in Carbondale Illinois. Can you help with this?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

More Coffin Plates Added

I have added a few more coffin plates to the database today. Julia M Morrison, Alice Burke, Celia Connelly, Thomas Kelly and Mary Foley. You can search the index to coffin plates at Coffin Plates

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Coal miners' grave sites tell a little-known story

The Newcastle Historic Coal Miner's Cemetery is the kind of place familiar to a few local kids and invisible to most everyone else. It's tucked up on a hill and secured by a locked gate. The closest most visitors get is a sign that says "King County Historical Site."

But a couple of years ago, some curious genealogists from the Seattle Genealogical Society were drawn to the 2-acre site where tall trees shade crumbling headstones. They don't have ancestors of their own buried there, but they wanted to document the cemetery, which hadn't been mapped since the 1960s. The city of Newcastle granted them access.

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Over 300 Million New Names Added Online

There were over 150 new collections added or enhanced this week at FamilySearch volunteers indexed over 120 million
records—over 300 million new names—from original source documents to
accomplish this great feat. The massive release was announced this
past week at the National Genealogical Society annual conference in
Salt Lake City, Utah.

The records can be found at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (, click Search
Records, and then click Record Search pilot) or sure to share the good news with
family and friends.

Collection Name
Records Indexed

Argentina Baptisms , 1645—1930

Argentina Marriages , 1722—1911

Australia Deaths and Burials , 1816—1980

Austria Births and Baptisms , 1651—1940

Austria Burials , 1768 – 1918

Austria Marriages , 1722 — 1898

Bahamas Births , 1550—1891

Barbados Baptisms , 1739—1891

Barbados Burials , 1854—1885

Barbados Marriages , 1854—1879

Belgium Births and Baptisms , 1560—1890

Belgium Deaths and Burials , 1564—1900

Brazil Baptisms , 1688—1935

Brazil Deaths , 1750—1890

Brazil Marriages , 1730—1955

Canada Births and Baptisms , 1661—1959

Canada Deaths and Burials , 1664—1955

Canada Marriages , 1661—1949

British Columbia Death Registrations , 1872—1986

British Columbia Marriage Registrations , 1859—1932

New Brunswick Births , 1819—1899

Nova Scotia Births , 1702—1896

Nova Scotia Marriages , 1711—1909

Ontario Births , 1779—1899

Ontario Marriages , 1800—1910

Quebec Births , 1662—1898

Caribbean Births , 1590—1928

Caribbean Deaths , 1790—1906

Caribbean Marriages , 1591—1905

Costa Rica Baptisms , 1700—1915

Costa Rica Deaths , 1787—1900

Costa Rica Marriages , 1750—1920

Czech Republic Births , 1637—1889

Czech Republic Marriages , 1654—1889

Dominican Republic Baptisms , 1726—1924

Dominican Republic Deaths , 1666—1862

Dominican Republic Marriages , 1743—1929

Ecuador Baptisms , 1680—1930

Ecuador Deaths , 1800—1920

Ecuador Marriages , 1680—1930

El Salvador Baptisms , 1750—1940

El Salvador Marriages , 1810—1930

France Deaths and Burials , 1546—1960

France Marriages , 1546—1924

Germany Births and Baptisms , 1558—1898

Gibraltar Marriages , 1879—1918

Gibralter Births and Baptisms , 1704—1876

Great Britain Deaths and Burials , 1778—1988

Great Britain Marriages , 1797—1988

Channel Islands Births and Baptisms , 1820—1907

Isle of Man Births and Baptisms , 1821—1911

Isle of Man Deaths and Burials , 1844—1911

Isle of Man Marriages , 1849—1911

Wales, Births and Baptisms , 1586—1907

Wales, Deaths and Burials, 1586—1885

Wales, Marriages, 1541—1900

Grenada Births and Baptisms , 1866—1891

Guatemala Baptisms , 1730—1917

Guatemala Deaths , 1760—1880

Guatemala Marriages , 1750—1930

Hondurus Baptisms , 1730—1930

Hondurus Marriages , 1800—1910

Hungary Baptisms , 1734—1895

Iceland Marriages , 1770—1920

India Births and Baptisms , 1800—1945

India Deaths and Burials , 1800—1945

India Marriages , 1800—1945

Ireland Deaths , 1864—1870

Italy Births and Baptisms , 1806—1900

Italy Deaths and Burials , 1809—1900

Jamaica Births and Baptisms , 1752—1920

Luxembourg Births , 1662—1840

Luxembourg Deaths , 1702—1798

Luxembourg Marriages , 1700—1810

Mexico Deaths , 1680—1940

Mexico Marriages , 1570—1950

Panama Baptisms , 1750—1938

Panama Deaths , 1840—1930

Panama Marriages , 1800—1950

Paraguay Baptisms , 1800—1930

Paraguay Marriages , 1800—1900

Peru Baptisms , 1556—1930

Peru Deaths , 1750—1930

Peru Marriages , 1600—1940

Philippines Births and Baptisms , 1642—1994

Philippines Deaths and Burials , 1726—1957

Philippines Marriages , 1723—1957

Portugal Baptisms , 1570—1910

Portugal Deaths , 1640—1910

Portugal Marriages , 1670—1910

Russia Births and Baptisms , 1755—1917

Russia Deaths and Burials , 1815—1917

Russia Marriages , 1793—1919

Samoa Baptisms , 1863—1940

Samoa Burials , 1895—1970

Spain Deaths , 1600—1920

Sweden Baptisms, 1611—1920

Sweden Burials, 1649-1920

Sweden Marriages, 1630-1920

Switzerland Baptisms , 1491-1940

Switzerland Burials , 1613-1875

Switzerland Marriages , 1532-1910

Switzerland, Basel City Church Books, 1380-1917
Images Only

Switzerland, Schaffhausen Genealogies and City Directories, 1460-1952
Images Only

Ukraine, Births and Baptisms

Uruguay Marriages , 1840—1900

United States 1910 Federal Census (AZ, CA, DE, FL)

United States Births , 1867—1931

United States Deaths , 1867—1961

United States Marriages , 1733—1990

Arizona Births and Christenings , 1909—1917

Arizona Deaths , 1910—1911; 1993—1994

Arizona Marriages , 1888—1908

Arkansas Births and Christenings , 1880—1893

Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882—1929; 1945—1963

Arkansas Marriages , 1837—1944

Delaware Births and Christenings , 1710—1896

Delaware Deaths and Burials , 1815—1955

Delaware Marriages , 1713—1953

District of Columbia Births and Christenings , 1830—1955

District of Columbia Deaths and Burials , 1840—1964

District of Columbia Marriages , 1830—1921

Florida Births and Christenings , 1880—1935

Florida Deaths and Burials , 1900—1921

Florida Marriages , 1837—1974

Hawaii Births and Christenings , 1852—1933

Hawaii Deaths and Burials , 1862—1919

Hawaii Marriages , 1826—1922

Idaho Births and Christenings , 1856—1965

Idaho Deaths and Burials , 1907—1965

Idaho Marriages , 1878—1898/1903—1942

Kansas Births and Christenings , 1818—1936

Kansas Deaths and Burials , 1885—1930

Kansas Marriages , 1840—1935

Kentucky Births and Christenings , 1839—1960

Kentucky Deaths and Burials , 1843—1970

Kentucky Marriages , 1785—1979

Louisiana Births, Christenings , 1811—1830; 1854—1934

Louisiana Marriages , 1816—1906

Maine Births and Christenings , 1739—1900

Maine Deaths and Burials , 1841—1910

Maine Marriages , 1771—1907

Maryland Births and Christenings , 1650—1995

Maryland Deaths and Burials , 1877—1992

Maryland Marriages , 1666—1970

Montana Marriages , 1889—1947

New Mexico Births and Christenings , 1726—1918

New Mexico Deaths , 1788—1798; 1838—1955

New Mexico Marriages , 1751—1918

New York Births and Christenings , 1640—1962

New York Deaths and Burials , 1795—1952

New York Marriages , 1686—1980

North Carolina Births and Christenings , 1866—1964

North Carolina Deaths and Burials , 1898—1994

North Carolina Marriages , 1759—1979

Ohio Deaths and Burials , 1854—1997

Oregon Births and Christenings , 1868—1929

Oregon Deaths and Burials , 1903—1947

Oregon Marriages , 1853—1935

South Dakota State Census+B21 , 1935

Tennessee County Marriages, 1790—1950

Utah Births and Christenings , 1892—1941

Utah Deaths , 1888—1946

Utah Marriages , 1887—1966

Vermont Births and Christenings , 1765—1908

Vermont Deaths , 1871—1965

Vermont Marriages , 1791—1974

Virginia Deaths and Burials , 1853—1912

West Virginia Births and Christenings , 1853—1928

West Virginia Deaths and Burials , 1854—1932

West Virginia Marriages , 1854—1932

Wyoming Marriages , 1877—1920

World Misc Births , 1534—1983

World Misc Deaths , 1767—1950

World Misc Marriages , 1662—1945

Friday, April 30, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are with Spike Lee

Tonight is the last episode of Who Do You Think You Are? This Week's Episode features Spike Lee and looks like it should be quite interesting. The website for Who Do You Think You Are? can be found at The website features bios of the celebrities featured in the show, photos, and several video clips as well as articles on how to get started in family history. is a partner with NBC on this genealogy show.

I'm going to miss the show when it is over but NBC has picked it up for another season!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are?

Last nights episode of Who Do You Think You Are? featuring Susan Sarandon was pretty good. I enjoyed this episode quite a bit more than the last one. This episode focused on Susan's attempts to find out what had what had happened to her grandmother Anita who was last seen in the 1930s. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who has not had a chance to see it yet but I will say that they do find out what happened to Anita.

If you did not get a chance to watch last nights episode I would recommend you take the time. You can watch past episodes at NBC.Com

Or go to to start looking for your own ancestors. is a partner with NBC on this genealogy show.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dont Forget, Who Do You Think You Are? Is Back On This Week

This Week's Episode of Who Do You Think You Are? will air this Friday. Susan Sarandon sets out to learn more about her grandmother Anita, who led a life shrouded with mystery and who disappeared out of Susan's mother's life when her mother was just a child. In the episode, Susan visits the New York City Public Library and the New City Library in Rockland, New York.

You can learn more about
Who Do You Think You Are? on the NBC website.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Soldier's cross found under junk pile

A rare historical artefact from World War I, found languishing among rubbish in a Lumsden church, has been preserved for future generations.

The hand-crafted wooden cross, which marked the grave of Captain Eric Buckingham Alley in a cemetery near Flanders, was believed to be one of only two crosses of its type in New Zealand.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

DNA from letters helps identify Pearl Harbor casualty

DNA lifted from envelopes sent home by a young sailor aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma in 1941 helped identify his remains 68 years after he died at Pearl Harbor.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Archaeologists discover a Roman-era mummy

A Roman-era mummy was recently unearthed in a Bahariya Oasis cemetery, about 190 miles southwest of Cairo. The 3-foot-tall female mummy was discovered by Egyptian archaeologists. The figure was found covered with plaster decorated to resemble Roman dress and jewelry,

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

'Vandal pinned down by Jesus tombstone Down Under'

A man was pinned to the ground by a tombstone bearing an image of Jesus during an alleged vandalism attack on a Brisbane cemetery, a court has heard.
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tip Of The Week - Manitoba Vital Stats

Manitoba Vital Statistics. Genealogy Searches for Unrestricted Records. Manitoba has unrestricted access to the following records online:

Births more than 100 years ago.
Marriages more than 80 years ago.
Deaths more than 70 years ago.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tip Of The Week - Michigan Death Records

In my travels around the net I often find interesting death record databases that I think are worthy of note. So I have decided that each Saturday I will Blog about a database that I have found useful. So with that in mind...........

Seeking Michigan has searchable indexes plus images of death records from 1897 to 1920. This Library of Michigan collection of Michigan death certificates features nearly 1 million records. Information includes the decedent's birth date and place, parents' names and birthplace, cemetery name and location, and much more.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Adding Coffin Plates

I am going to spend today adding more coffin plates to my pages. I am working on Frances M Heald right now.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Caretaker of Kabul's British cemetery Rahimullah dies

Last week, after almost 30 years of tending the graves in the British Cemetery — through a two foreign invasions, Taleban rule and a civil war — the elderly caretaker was laid to rest in a Muslim graveyard not far from where he worked.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

DNA From A 4000 Year Old Graveyard

Chinese archeologists have excavated an extraordinary cemetery. Its inhabitants died almost 4,000 years ago, yet their bodies have been well preserved by the dry air.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Press Release - WW1 Soldiers killed at Fromelles are identified

While they could not be named individually, three British soldiers were confirmed to be among the 250 soldiers recovered from the mass graves at Pheasant Wood and 128 were confirmed to have served the Australian Army. The remaining 44 are, for the time being, classified as ‘unknown’.

Veterans Minister Kevan Jones said:

“Identification is a challenging task and this has been no exception. We are disappointed that there was insufficient evidence to name British soldiers but I would like to thank the families for the support that they have all given to this project.

“Although no British soldiers could be named, I am pleased that we can confirm three having served with the British Army. What is most important is that these men have all been laid to rest with the dignity and honour they deserve. The identification process will remain open for another four years, and I hope that families will continue to make contact.”

Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, said;

"Of the 250 soldiers found, I am pleased to announce that 203 have been identified as Australians, and that 75 of these have been positively identified by name.

"The number of soldiers that we have been able to identify exceeds even our most optimistic forecasts. We are unlikely to identify every man; however, we will continue to take all reasonable steps to maximise those named in the future.

"Each of the 250 sets of remains that were found have been analysed using all available historical, anthropological, artefact and DNA evidence. For those who have been identified so far, DNA proved to be a key piece of the identification puzzle.

"I am also pleased to say that we have strong reason to believe that more identification could occur in the future.”

A Joint Identification Board, with members representing the British and Australian Governments, considered the available evidence including DNA from the soldiers’ remains and from the families who came forward. Where there was clear and compelling evidence the Board was able to confirm the identities of individual soldiers.

The Board will reconvene in May to consider additional family samples that have only recently been returned from Australia. This additional testing and second Board will help ensure that as many soldiers as possible are identified before the 19 July 2010 commemorative event that will mark the official opening of the new cemetery.

Notes for Editors

1. The full list of names of Australian servicemen who have been identified is available on the Fromelles Project web site
2. The remains of 250 World War 1 soldiers killed in the 1916 Battle of Fromelles were recovered last year and reburied with military honours at a new military cemetery constructed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
3. The reinterment of 249 of the 250 soldiers from Pheasant Wood was completed in mid February. The burials were each conducted in a dignified military ceremony by serving members of both the British and Australian Armies. The remaining soldier, who will be representative of all those who died in the Battle of Fromelles but who have no known grave, will be reinterred during the Commemorative Event on 19 July 2010.
4. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has published a list of names at of those soldiers who may be among those yet to be identified. Families who believe they have connections to, or information on, one of the soldiers are being encouraged to come forward to assist with the process which remain open until 2014.
5. Anyone believing they may be related to a British soldier should contact the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, Historic Casualty & Deceased Estates Casework, Services Personnel and Veterans Agency, Building 182, Imjin Barracks, Gloucester GL3 1HW, email: telephone: +44 (0)1452 712612 x 6303 or 6256.
6. For more information, please contact Roz Britton-Elliot, MOD Press Office, 0207 218 5903.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St Pats To All My Irish Ancestors

In honor of St Patricks day I thought I would talk about all my Irish ancestors. I have many Irish ancestors. So many in fact that if asked about my ethnic background I always say Irish first. Truth be told I probably have more English DNA than any thing else but it is my Irish heritage that speaks to me. I think that's perhaps the reason for my love of Irish music. So in honor of all my Irish ancestors who came to North America in search of a better life.............

* William Massey from Delgany, Wicklow Ireland arrived Quebec before 1843. 3rd g grandpa.

* William Montgomery (4th g grpa) from Co Fermanagh left Ireland during War of 1812 with his parents Thomas Montgomery and Mary Johnson (5th g grandparents). They were captured by British off coast of Newfoundland and held prisoners until 1816 then sent to Quebec. Later Thomas and Mary left for Oneida Co. New York but William remained in Quebec and married Jane Graham from Ireland.

* Jane Graham 4th g grandma.

* Cornelius Kennedy born Killarney and his wife Elizabeth Clifford (4th greats) born Co. Derry came to Ontario circa 1847 during Irish Famine. Their daughter Catherine Kennedy (3rd great) also born Ireland.

* Mary Jackson nee McKanor (4th g gramma) and son William Jackson (3rd g grandpa) from Tipperary sailed on Sir Robert Peel to New York in Oct. 1857. Came on to Ontario a few years later.

* James Hogan and wife Ann Hayden came to Ontario from Ireland ca 1843 4th g grandparents.

* James Holden, wife Frances Hamilton (4th g grandparents), son Sinclair Holden (3rd g grandpa) came from Co. Tyrone, Ireland between 1822 and 1826 to Whitby Ontario.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are - Who's On When

The TV genealogy series, Who Do You Think You Are? at 8:00 Eastern/7:00 Central Time is on NBC every Friday. Here is the schedule so you don't miss it:

* March 5 – Sarah Jessica Parker
* March 12 – Emmitt Smith
* March 19 – Lisa Kudrow
* March 26 – Matthew Broderick
* April 2 – Brooke Shields
* April 9 – Susan Sarandon
* April 23 – Spike Lee

Olive Tree Genealogy Blog posted thoughts and critiques of the last two episodes. You can read them at

Episode 1

Episode 2

There is also a companion book which sounds pretty good!

Monday, March 15, 2010

My Thoughts on Who Do You Think You Are

It seems like everyone is talking about Who Do You Think You Are. So I guess it is time for me to join the crowd and say something. Having watched the first two episodes I can say for me the second one was a little better than the first. So hopefully it will continue to improve as we go along. It is not that there was anything really bad about the first episode. I just found the second one a little more interesting, perhaps because of my own black ancestry.

There were of course some issues with the genealogy presented in each of the two shows. But you must give the producers a little leeway in this as they are trying to produce an enjoyable and exciting television show that is only one hour in length. No one would want to watch if they did not spice it up a little.

The first two episodes featured Sarah Jessica Parker and football player Emmitt Smith as they journeyed around the United States and the world in search of their ancestors. Now I know most of us can not afford to go flying all over the world looking for our ancestors but fortunately we can do a lot of our research on line with company's like In fact Ancestry was one of the sponsors of Who Do You Think You Are.

In the case of Emmitt Smith they also used DNA testing to explore his ancestry. This DNA testing is quite interesting as it can provide information that you sometimes just can not find any other way. For Emmitt it gave him some insight into his white and native American background that researchers using more traditional methods were unable to find.

So all in all I think it is a good show that is well worth watching. It will inspire many current genealogists to get back to work. I also think it will create a whole new crop of genealogists both young and old to start digging into their family tree.

I just hope all the new genealogists don't take up my place at the microfilm reader.


Monday, March 08, 2010


Today's post on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog is honoring International Women's Day. In honour of the unsung and unknown female ancestors in our family tree, take some time today, this week and this month to pick one and find out more about her.

I am going to spend some time looking for my 5th Great Grandmother Margaret Drummond. I know almost nothing about Margaret other than she was born in Scotland 1780~1820. Not much to go on but I think she deserves another look.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Daughter discovers a genealogy gold mine in father's letters

Oswald Holzer, a Jewish physician, deserted the Czechoslovakian Army in 1939 as Nazi Germany overtook the country and conscripted the army. He ended up in China where, eight days after they met, he married Ruth Alice Lequear on Sept. 20, 1940.

Nearly 60 years later, when Oswald and Ruth died within three days of each other, Schirm and her siblings discovered 534 documents dating back to 1885 and including 392 letters written to her father by 78 different people during World War II.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Can You Help Find a WW2 American Soldier

The Ask Olive Tree Blog posted an interesting puzzle today. A lady in Australia has found a WW2 dog tag is trying to find out about the owner.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Ancient Greenland man's DNA decoded

Scientists have pieced together most of the DNA of a man who lived in Greenland about 4,000 years ago, a pioneering feat that revealed hints about his appearance and even an increased risk of baldness.

It's the first genome from an ancient human, showing the potential for what one expert called a time machine for learning about the biology of ancient people.

Ancient Greenland man's DNA decoded

Friday, February 05, 2010

56 kilos of opium found inside tombstone

Four people in Vancouver Canada charged with importing a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking after an imported tombstone was found packed with over 56 kilograms of opium. The 550-kilogram stone was shipped to B.C. from Iran and inspected at Vancouver International Airport, where border agents discovered a hidden cavity.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

OliveTreeGenealogy Gives Away, And

Olive Tree Genealogy is giving away Subscriptions to icon , and as part of the Olive Tree 14th Birthday Bash. The draw for 5 lucky winners will take place on Feb. 15th. Names will be chosen from subscribers to the Olive Tree Genealogy newsletter. So go and sign up for the newsletter if you want a chance to win.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Hopewell Township, York County Pennsylvania, 1890 Tax Book

I have added some more pages to the Hopewell Township, York County Pennsylvania, 1890 Tax Book. Its an interesting little book that helps replace the missing 1890 census for Hopewell Township.

Hopewell Township Tax Book

I also have some pages from the Elk Creek Township, Erie County Pennsylvania, 1876 to 1878 Store Ledger Book.

Elk Creek Township

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Sharing Memories (Week 10) - First Day and Year of School

Well as I was saying yesterday I am taking part in Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey. This weeks journal topic is Sharing Memories (Week 10) - First Day and Year of School . So with that in mind.....

I actually do remember my first day of school. At least a little bit. I can remember walking down the street to the bus stop. A little girl crying. The stale musty smell of the bus. But what I remember most about that day is meeting my first school friend, Greg Scott. Greg and I became best friends that day and for that first year of school we were inseparable. Sadly a year or so later he moved to another school.

Its funny but as I write this, I find little bits of scatted memories are popping back in to my head. I remember playing the part of the innkeeper in the Xmas pageant, Making snow flakes out of paper. The large communal sink in the boys washroom that you had to use your feet to make the water come on. Strange what we remember.

My first teacher was Carole Peet. She was a nice lady. I think she still lives around here some place, but she is long retired now I am sure. I remember she lived on a farm. She would bring baby chickens to school and other small critters. Perhaps that's part of the reason I have a bunch of critters my self.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey

I am taking part in Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey. Lorine of the Olive Tree Genealogy is hosting what one might call a genealogy journal writing club. It is a really neat idea and I think you will want to take a look.

Take A Genealogy Journey

It's important as genealogists that we not forget about writing our own story. And this series of blog articles is a great help for inspiring the rest of us to share our story with future generations.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


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Friday, January 22, 2010

Battle of Stoney Creek Graves

Hamilton Ontario councillors are looking to the federal government to cover the cost of drafting a plan to excavate suspected soldiers’ remains near Smith’s Knoll on King Street.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

No room in the cemetery for Haiti dead

Even in death, there is no dignity for the abandoned people of Haiti. The Grand Cimetière, the last home of the country's most famous families, has in five days turned from a place of respect and mourning into an installation of horror.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Fillmore, Andrew County, Missouri. Genealogy Database

I have added a great little genealogy resource for Fillmore, Andrew County, Missouri. Its a ledger book that was used by the Town Board Of Trustees to record the minutes of their meetings. The ledger starts in 1900 and ends in 1910. It has 200 pages containing hundreds of local Fillmore, Andrew County, Missouri names. I have the first 50 pages online right now. The rest should be on in the next day or so.

Fillmore, Andrew County, Missouri

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Coffin Plate of Simeon Pearl 1782 ~ 1864

I have added the Coffin Plate of Simeon Pearl 1782 ~ 1864. Simeon Pearl 1782 ~ 1864 I went and had a hunt for Simeon Pearl 1782 ~1 864 in the 1860 United States Federal Census on I think I found him in North Andover, Essex, Massachusetts.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Hamilton County Ohio Records online

Wow I just found a bunch of Hamilton County Ohio Records online. If you have Hamilton County Ohio ancestors you need to take a look.
Hamilton County Ohio Records

Or if you want to take a look at my Ohio pages go to Death Records for Ohio

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Naturalization Records Updates

Hi all. I have updated the Naturalization Records section of
I have added some links and a cool new map that will take you right to the state page for Naturalization Records on is the best site on the net for starting your search for Naturalization Records. Naturalization Records can be very important to your genealogical research but they are often overlooked. Naturalization Records