Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ancient Finnish Swordsman Found Buried With Two Swords

Metal detectorists exploring an area in southern Finland have stumbled upon the burial plot of a fascinating ancient figure. The extraordinarily well-preserved body was found buried with two sword,
 perhaps to aid him as he journeyed into the afterlife.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Coffin Plate Of Hannah Parent 1899

The Coffin Plate Of Hannah Parent
Hannah Parent
Died April 6th 1899
Aged 65 Years

I had a look around and found the following info. Not sure if its the right Hannah as the dates are off a bit but its worth a little investigating. For more Coffin Plates see

Name: Hannah Parent
Birth Date: 1833
Age at Death: 66
Death Date: 8 Apr 1899
Burial Place: New Brunswick, Canada

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Outrage in Norway as hundreds of gravestones are covered in BLACK BAGS with a demand for payment

Outrage in Norway as hundreds of gravestones are covered in BLACK BAGS with a demand for payment
This is shameful. This is very shameful. Read the full details at Outrage in Norway as hundreds of gravestones are covered in BLACK BAGS at cemetery along with a demand for overdue rental payment

  • Around 670 headstones have been labelled at Mollendal cemetery in Bergen
  • Government covers initial maintenance cost and rental - 25 years for a coffin; 20 years for an urn
  • After that, relatives must pay annual cost: £52 for a coffin; £37 for an urn

Monday, November 11, 2013

Remembrance Day Moment

Frederick Markham WW1
My Great Grand Uncle Frederick Markham 1896 ~1918
On this Remembrance Day take a moment to think about the people who suffered great hardship and gave so much. Let us hope for a day when people will no longer die in war.

Friday, November 01, 2013

1921 Canadian Census Tips For Finding Ancestors in the Mess

1921 Canadian Census Tips For Finding Ancestors in the Mess
There's a lot of bad transcribing on the online  1921 Canadian Census which is fully indexed and online at and 

Olive Tree Genealogy put up a workaround and some useful tips for finding your ancestors in the mess! See Problems With 1921 Census Indexing & How To Work Around Them

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Surprise Found in Lead Coffin Found at King Richard III Burial Site

The lead coffin found near the body of King Richard III during archeological excavations in Leicester has taken a surprise turn!

Archaeologists had thought the 600-year-old metal casket, which was found in a stone tomb at Greyfriars in August, might belong to knight Sir William de Moton. But analysis is showing that the skeleton appears to be that of a female.

Working with a newly found list of burials at the Friary, scientists are attempting to discover just who is buried in this high status coffin.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Monday, October 07, 2013

Have archaeologists discovered the grave of Alexander the Great?

Could archaeologists have discovered the grave of Alexander the Great?


Could archaeologists have discovered the grave of Alexander the Great?
Alexander The Great

 At a site in Greece archaeologists have uncovered what could be the grave of Alexander the Great. The warrior king - who ruled much of the known world in the 4th century BC - was thought to be buried in Egypt. But a few experts now believe otherwise after they uncovered a marble-faced wall 500 metres long and three metres high under an artificial mound, dating from the right time in history. However many believe it will turn out to be the grave of some other important individual.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Don't Miss NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair Today!

First Ever National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
The National Archives is holding its first-ever virtual Genealogy Fair on September 3 and 4 (2013) 10 a.m.–4 p.m. EST

The Fair will be streamed online through Ustream. It's free, and there's no reservations or passwords. You can ask questions through the chat function, or  tweet your questions to @usnatarchives #genfair2013.

Experts from the National Archives will be discussing Native American and African American history, immigration, Civil War pensions, U.S. Colored Troops, and Navy Deck logs.

Recorded sessions will be available online after the event.

Monday, September 02, 2013

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Amateur archaeologists discover subterranean slave world under Roman emperor’s villa

A discovery beneath the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli of a subterranean jigsaw of tunnels and roads is interesting. It wasn't discovered by professional archaeologists but by Italian caving enthusiasts.

Continue reading and see photos at

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Using Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to Turn Ancestors Recipes or Letters into Wall Hangings

The following blog post is republished with permission from Olive Tree Genealogy Blog

Turning an Ancestor's Handwritten Recipes or Letters into Napkins or Towels
Scanning my Grandmother's Recipe
I saw this blog post How to turn handwritten recipes into tea towels several months ago and thought "what a great idea!" I'd hoped to get one made myself to show you but time constraints and health issues have prevented me from creating my own.

Because I want to share this with my readers, you should read the original blog post. I'd suggest using your Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner to scan old letters or Grandma's recipes then start creating your towel or napkin or even a wall hanging. Wouldn't that be a nice Christmas gift for a family member!

As you can see I have my Grandmother's recipe in her handwriting and am scanning it in hopes of finding enough time to create my own tea towels for gifts.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

National Acadian Day

National Acadian Day
 It's National Acadian Day  Acadians are the descendants of the 17th-century French colonists who settled in Acadia, a colony of New France

 If you have Acadian ancestors, you may want to check out these sites:

* Acadian Genealogy Homepage  Acadian-Cajun Family Genealogy and French-Canadian Genealogy

* Parish Registers fonds, which contains transcriptions of parish registers of various Acadian parishes and from the Gaspé peninsula.

* Biographies of the 37 main Acadian families from the Université de Moncton’s website. [French language only]

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Texas Man Builds Fake Cemetery With Tombstones From Actual Dead People

Texas Man Builds Fake Cemetery With Tombstones From Actual Dead People
A  Houston Texas man, tired of homeless people sleeping on his property, installed three grave sites complete with fake headstones.

Much to his surprise, it turned out that the headstones were  discarded from a local monument company and are inscribed with the names of actual deceased people.

The three tombstone markers are inscribed

Johnny Mack Chappell, Dee Brown Hancock 1922-1973, and Sandra Ruth Howen 1939-1986

Video & Details at:

Daily Mail Online: Texas man tired of homeless people sleeping on his property builds a fake GRAVEYARD complete with old tombstones - only to find out they were made for real dead people

ABC News: Phony Tombstones Used as Scarecrow for Vagrants

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tomb Found At Richard III Burial Site To Be Opened

Tomb Found At Richard III Burial Site To Be Opened
Archaeologists in England are going to open the lid on a stone coffin that was discovered at the site of the English friary where the remains of Richard III's were found.

Archaeologists suspect the tomb may contain the skeleton of the medieval knight Sir William de Moton of Peckleton, who died between 1356 and 1362, or perhaps one of two heads of the Grey Friars order in England, Peter Swynsfeld or William of Nottingham.

Credit: The Templar Church By artur84 on

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Censuses of Canada West and Canada East, 1842 now available online

Censuses of Canada West and Canada East, 1842 now available online
Sample page 1842 Census Canada West

Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce that Canadians can now access the Census of Canada West, 1842 as well as the Census of Canada East, 1842 online. In 1841, Upper Canada was renamed Canada West, and Lower Canada became Canada East. These two jurisdictions are now known as the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
Each census is partly nominal and contains the names of heads of family, their occupation and the number of residents for each family.Users can search these new databases by the names of heads of family, as well as by geographical information such as district and sub-district names.
Enumerators visited 17 census districts, divided into sub-districts. These units were made up of cities, towns, parishes, villages and townships. Not all returns have survived. The returns for eight districts and 51 sub-districts have been preserved and are searchable online. You can see the list of Districts covered at Districts and Sub-districts: 1842 Census (Canada West) and Districts and Sub-districts: 1842 Census (Canada East)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Ancient Jewish tombstones hidden from Nazis during WWII rediscovered in Vienna

Ancient Jewish tombstones hidden from Nazis during WWII rediscovered in Vienna
"It was 1943 when Vienna's Nazi overlords gave the order to destroy the city's oldest Jewish cemetery, demanding it be levelled and the tombstones attesting to centuries of Jewish existence there be destroyed.

Desperate to save their heritage, the city's shrinking Jewish community decided to act. Defying the possibility of prison, deportation or execution, they buried the gravestones and kept them from Nazi hands." [Source: Edmonton Journal]

Continue reading this story

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Monday, July 01, 2013

Tips for Finding an Ancestor's Death Record

Death Records

Tips for Finding an Ancestor's Death Record
Ancestor Death Record Finder

copyright Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Olive Tree Genealogy

published on AncestorsAtRest with permission

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? My 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.

Continue reading 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Jane Doe - Who Was She?

If you like puzzles and mysteries you will want to read this blog post on Olive Tree Genealogy blog called Help Solve the Mystery: Who Was This Woman?

Get your sleuthing hats on!  Woman commits suicide, investigators find she wasn't who she said she was. A locked box holds clues to her real identity. Who was she? Help investigators solve the puzzle of Lori (Kennedy) Ruff

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Petition to Bring 1921 Canadian Census online NOW!

Sign the Petition to Release the 1921 Canadian Census!
If you have not been following the saga of the 1921 Canadian Census please take a moment to read Call to Action! Government puts Canadian 1921 Census Release on Hold

  • The 1921 Canadian Census was released by Statistics Canada (either January or June 1st this year, government agency accounts differ) to Library and Archives Canada (LAC) for scanning and releasing to the public.  
  • It was due for release the first week of June but with no explanation from LAC the opening was delayed. 
  • LAC has not been forthcoming with any details or fanfare or explanation as to when we might see this census
  • A source at LAC revealed information that the Federal Government put the census release on indefinite hold because the only people interested were "3 little old ladies in Kingston [Ontario]"
Now, thanks to reader Bill Robinson, we have a chance to sign an online petition to request this 1921 census be released NOW. According to the LAC source it's on the servers ready to go but not available until the Government gives the okay. Let's show them that there are more than "3 little old ladies" who want to study this census and search for their ancestors!

Please share this post with others - in private emails or on appropriate forums and mailing lists (meaning please keep it on topic). Feel free to blog about the petition and provide the link for signing on your own blogs.  Anyone can sign no matter where you live so I hope to see our American, English, Australian and other friends and neighbours helping to bring this census online ASAP.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Fathers Day X 100

Fathers Day
5 Generations of Massey men.
Happy Fathers Day to my Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and my Great Great Grandfather. And all the fathers that came before them.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Sunday, June 09, 2013

Coffin Plate Of Eleaza Albee 1884

I am not sure of the name on this Coffin Plate but it looks like Eliza or Eleaza Albee. I will let you decide. I am sure with a little work we can figure it out.
Coffin Plate Of Eleaza Albee 1884
Hard to read coffin plate.
El????? Albee
Died Jan 19 1884
Aged 71 years

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I had a look in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census and I found 2 possible hits.

Eliza Albee
Leonard Albee
abt 1812 - Connecticut
1880 - Wilmington, Houston, Minnesota

Eliza H. Albee
Charles Albee
abt 1814 - New Brunswick
1880 - Machias, Washington, Maine

Sunday, June 02, 2013

The Coffin Plate Of Thompson Tyler 1856

Thompson Tyler Coffin Plate 1856
Thompson Tyler Coffin Plate 1856
Thompson Tyler
Died April ? 1856
AE 19y 7mo

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Carrie Christina Hoch Coffin Plate

Carrie Hoch Coffin Plate
Carrie Hoch Coffin Plate
Carrie Christina Hoch
Died Nov 26th 1900
Aged 18 Years 6 Mos

I had a look in the Ontario Canada Death Records and I found a Carrie Hoch born in 1882 in Fullarton Ontario and died on Nov 26 1900 in Perth County Ontario. More research is needed but I betting this is our Carrie.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Free Acces Until May 31 on Fold3

Search Civil Military - Fold3
The 150th Anniversary of the United States Colored Troops

On May 22, 1863, the War Department issued General Orders 143, establishing a Bureau of Colored Troops in the Adjutant General’s Office to recruit and organize African American soldiers to fight for the Union Army. With this order, all African American regiments were designated as United States Colored Troops (USCT). 

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the USCT, and the National Archives is pleased to announce the completion of the USCT Service Records Digitization Project. In partnership with Fold3, the project provides online access to all service recordsmore than 3.8 million images—of Union volunteers in USCT units. 

From May 22 to 31, the digital collection will be free on Fold3. (All National Archives collections on can always be viewed for free at any National Archives facility nationwide.)

Compiled military service records (CMSRs) are part of Record Group 94, the Records of the Adjutant General’s Office. They contain card abstracts of entries related to an individual soldier such as muster rolls and regimental returns. 

Many CMSRs also contain original documents called “personal papers,” which are especially valuable to researchers looking for documentation on former slaves. These papers include enlistment papers, correspondence, orders, prisoner-of-war memorandums, casualty reports, or final statements. Unique to the records of the USCT are deeds of manumission, proofs of slave ownership, and bills of sale. 

Starting in October 1863, a slave owner could offer his slave for enlistment in military service and be entitled to compensation up to $300 upon filing a valid deed of manumission and release, and making satisfactory proof of title. These forms offer researchers rare information and document the life of a slave person in the absence of other vital records. 

Edmund Delaney was a slave who served in Company E of the 117th USCT Infantry. He was 25 years old when he enlisted in August 1864. Delaney’s owner, Harvey C. Graves of Georgetown, Kentucky, filed a compensation claim for his military service in December 1866. Graves stated that he “purchased [Delaney] at private sale when he was quite a small boy and owned him at the time of his enlistment.” 

The claim form was accompanied by a proof of ownership form to which Graves attached a rare “likeness,” or photo of Delaney, and several of Delaney’s letters written to him while serving in Brownsville, Texas. The letters offer us a rare glimpse into his lonely soldier’s life, especially when he laments that no friends have written back to him: 
“somehow most of them seem to be very much afraid of their pens and ink.”  
The USCT service records also reveal the social issues faced by free blacks, such as the story of Fortune Wright, a soldier of the 96th USCT Infantry. Wright was a free black man before the Civil War began, and he enlisted in Louisiana in July 1862.
On October 23, 1865, a white doctor and another man thought they observed Wright beating a black woman on a street in Jefferson, Louisiana. When they attempted to reprimand Wright, a fight ensued. Wright—fearing for his life—stabbed the doctor, who was beating him with a cane. The doctor died.    

Wright pleaded not guilty at his court-martial trial but was found guilty of murder and sentenced “to be hanged by the neck until dead” on January 5, 1866.

The accused offered his explanation while in prison in New Orleans. He stated that he was approached by an “immoral colored woman” who put her hand on his shoulder and was “acting her willingness to prostitute her person.” The woman told him to give her a dime. Wright said that he didn’t have a dime, and that if he did have a dime, he would give it to his wife. Wright stated that he was angry with the woman for her insulting conduct and language. If she repeated her language, Wright told her, he would slap her. She did repeat herself, and Wright slapped her. 

The two white men appeared on the scene at this point without knowing how the argument began. As Wright walked away, the doctor followed and struck Wright on the head with a walking cane. Wright reeled around and grabbed the stick while the doctor cursed at him to let go. The doctor grabbed Wright by the collar of his coat and then punched him in the face. The second white man yelled to “kill the damned black yankee [since] there is no law for him.” Wright warned that if they both jumped him, he would cut one with his knife. When he was attacked, Wright stabbed the doctor with his knife.

Wright’s captain and his attorney sent pleas for a postponement of the sentence to Maj. Gen. Edward Canby of the Department of the Gulf. They were hoping for time to appeal to President Andrew Johnson for a pardon based on self-defense. 

Several postponements were granted. The series of the documents leading to President Johnson’s final decision reads like the ultimate page-turner. On February 24, 1866, General Canby received a telegram from the War Department in Washington, DC, stating that President Johnson has ordered that “the [death] sentence be duly carried into execution.” A copy of this message on American Telegraph Company letterhead survives in the service record.
Wright was not notified of his fate until the evening before his hanging. A week earlier, Provost Marshal A.M. Jackson was warned in a letter from Eastern District headquarters in Louisiana that “Precaution must be taken that the office of hangman be confided to a capable person so that no disagreeable results may ensue, and that the body be not disturbed until the hangman has pronounced life to be entirely extinct.” 

Jackson’s report of the execution dated the next day describes quite a different scene.

The knot on the rope was not soaped properly and the knot slipped as Wright fell from the platform. Though he was suspended, his neck was not broken and he could still breathe. Wright was taken down and put on the platform a second time. It took fifteen more minutes of strangulation before death took Fortune Wright. Jackson claimed that though the circumstance was “unpleasant,” Wright did not suffer “as he remained insensible from the time of the first fall.”

The stories of the USCT soldiers will be available free to non-subscribers on Fold3 from May 22 to 31, and can be accessed for free at any time on computers at the National Archives.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Freeing the dead…

“In our culture, we memorialize the dead, but we don’t maintain relationships with them,” said Shandaken resident and spiritual teacher Glenn Leisching. “Memorial Day is the only time that we honor them, and it’s just about soldiers. But all our ancestors need to be acknowledged.”


Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend: Remembering My American Uncle

Memorial Day Weekend: Remembering My American Uncle
Peter Gerth. U.S. Army WW1
In honor of Memorial Day I thought it would be nice to post a photo of one of my American relatives in the Military. I have many ancestors and relatives who have served in the Military but as I am Canadian most of them served in the Canadian or British Military.

Here in Canada we tend to think about our Military Ancestors on November 11th, Remembrance Day. Memorial Day is an American holiday but I guess that's one of the great things about the Internet age. We can all get involved in each others holidays.

Peter Gerth was my Great Grandmothers sister's husband. My Grandmother spoke of him as Uncle Peter Gerth. I don't think she met him more than a few times in her life. She could only tell me that he drove a trolley in Gaylord Michigan. So with only that info and this picture I set out to learn what I could.

One of the first things that I found was the 1910 census.  This told me that his first name was in fact Lambert. I guess he did not like the name Lambert. Can't say I blame him. The census also gave me a year of birth and a Country of birth.  

GERTH LAMBERT  23 M W CANADA MI WAYNE 17-WD DETROIT 1910 Series: T624 Roll: 680   Page: 270
Gerth, Lambert, 23 b Can German, imm unkn, NA, conductor
Gerth, Katie, wife,  21 b Can German, imm unkn
Butler, Carrie, mother in law, 53 b Can German, married 30 years, 6 children, 5 living, imm unkn
Ryan, Viola, niece, 7  b Can English

I then found the WW1 Draft Registrations.

WW1 Draft Registrations
Name: Lambert Peter Gerth
City: Detroit
County: Wayne
State: Michigan
Birthplace: Ontario;Canada
Birth Date: 17 Jan 1887
Race: Caucasian
Roll: 2032763
DraftBoard: 26

Now that I know he was born in Ontario Canada I was able to find his Birth Registration and then look for him on a census as a child in Ontario. This work continued with one record leading to another. So lets just say I now know a lot more about Uncle Peter.

Happy Memorial Day Uncle Peter. Thank you for your service 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Coffin Plate Of John R Steph??

Coffin Plate

This is an interesting Coffin Plate as it names the parents of the deceased. I have only seen a few that have this kind of info. Unfortunately I cant make out the surname. It looks like Steph???

John R
Son of John N & Anne E Steph???
Died March 3 1864
Aged 11 Months 27 Days

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Philip Davy Coffin Plate 1870

Philip Davy Coffin Plate
Philip Davy Coffin Plate
Philip Davy
Died March ? 1870
Aged 33 Years

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