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Geneabloggers Winter Games 2010 – The Podium

I would like to thank Thomas McEntee at Geneabloggers for organizing the Geneabloggers Winter Games 2010, and footnoteMaven for designing the medals for the Winter Games.
I would specially like to thank all of my ancestors, without them I wouldn’t be able to be here, accepting these medals. Last but not least, I would like to thank all of the geneabloggers that cheered me on and gave me encouragement.

Go Back And Cite Your Sources

Back Up Your Data

Organize Your Research

Expand Your Knowledge

Write, Write,Write!

Reach Out And Perform Genealogical Acts Of Kindness

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – If I Won

It’s Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver of Genea-musings!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) If you won the grand prize in the Ancestry.com Ultimate Family History Journey Sweepstakes of $20,000 for genealogy travel to places of your choice, where would you go, and what would you do?

2) Tell us of your dream genealogy trip using the prize money in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this post, or in a comment on Facebook.

I would book a cabin on a cruise ship to Great Britain, I don’t fly so an airplane is out of the question. I would visit all of the places that my ancestors lived, Cheshire, England, then across the English Channel to La Rochelle and Perche to learn more about my French-Canadian ancestral homes. I would then go to Etaples and visit my grand-uncle’s grave in the Etaples Military Cemetery. My final stop in France sould be the south of France, just for a break.

I would cross over to Germany and see if I can find out who my 5th great-grandparents were.
I would then set sail for the Scottish borders, visit the site of the Battle of Culloden, Fogo, Coldstream and Edinburg, tour some castles, then to the eastern shore to Port Patrick, then to Ayrshire and Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. I would then go to Ireland, to County Armagh and County Kerry to find any records of my ancestors there and tour more castles. Of course I would stop at every antique store and museum that was in my path, that goes without saying!

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Surname Saturday – Stevenson

I recently found an announcement in the newspaper archives about my 3rd great-grandfather, James Stevenson’s 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1913 and I was surprised at how much information it contained:

He was born in 1841 and his wife was born in 1843 in County Armagh, Ireland.
They were married on November 12, 1863 in County Armagh.
Their three oldest children were born in County Armagh .
The family immigrated to America in 1869 and the voyage took nine weeks and three days.
The family came to Maidstone Twp, Essex County, Ontario and have lived there since.
They had three sons and nine daughters.
They had fourty-six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren.
They were both in good health.

Finding this article has given me more information on where and when to look for records. I had very little information about him before this, only that he was from Ireland and he had a daughter Mary who married Robert Queen.

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Follow Friday – FTM Fab 40

The geneabloggers have voted, the tallies have been counted and the best of the best have been chosen, Family TreeMagazine’s Fab Forty . If you haven’t already subscribed to these blogs, I highly reccommend that you add each and every one of them to your reader. There is a lot of great advice, stories and information about anything and everything “genealogy” in these blogs. I am following all of them and I hope you will too.

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Did Edison Bite Off More Than He Could Chew ?

The newspaper archives are full of fascinating articles, news of the day as it happens, but some of the articles are just hard to believe. For example I was reading the Essex Free Press newspaper archives for 1913 when I came across an unbelievable article about Thomas Edison’s newest invention.

Here is the transcript:

“In four weeks time it will be possible to see the face of a person that you are talking to over the telephone. No matter how far away the party is you can converse and study the expression of his or her face at the same time. The wizard electrical inventor, Thos. A. Edison has completed the invention with which he hopes to revolutionize the telephone business of the world and according to information received, in four weeks time it will be given to the public. To see the person that you are talking to has long been the dream of inventors but at the present time it has never been accomplished successfully and is practicable. The cost of operation is very little and it is expected that the invention,it is stated, works successfully and is practicable. Just how invention works is a secret, but it is said to be very simple in operation.”

What do you think? Was he a visionary or was it a hoax?


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GBWG 2010-AN Update- Just Two Days Left

It’s Friday and the games are going strong, but I am starting to slow down, running out of energy. I haven’t achieved some of the goals I set for myself yet, but I have exceeded my expectations in some categories.

I need more self-discipline, I suppose, I get sidetracked easily, specially when reading the newspaper archives, the history of our county and it’s people are fascinating and I learn something new every time I read them. If there was a category for reading newspaper archives I would have a Platinum!

Here’s my list of accomplishments so far:

1. Platinum
2. Gold,Platinum
3. Gold
4. Platinum
5. Platinum
6. Diamond

I am quite proud of how well I’m doing, considering my attention span, ;-).

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Faces of America – My Newfound Cousin

While watching Faces of America last night I found a new cousin, Meryl Streep. My ears perked as soon as Henry Louis Gates,Jr. mentioned Bucks County, PA. I know that my Doane, Twining and Deane ancestors came from Eastham, MA. to Bucks County before 1700 and therefore was quite interested in seeing if there were any connections in Meryl’s tree. When the generations chart came up, I noticed a familiar name, Mary Twining. I knew that there had to be a connection because my Twining ancestors lived in Newtown in Bucks County.

I opened my RM4 program and there was Mary Twining. She was the grandniece of my seventh great-grandparents, Daniel and Mehitabel Twining Doane. Her grandfather was Stephen Twining, Mehitabel’s brother, named after his maternal grandfather, Stephen Deane, who came over on the Fortune in November, 1621 to Plymouth Colony.

When Meryl Streep mentioned that she was told that some of her ancestors were hanged in PA. for being horse thieves, it is quite possible that she was speaking of cousins Levi and Abraham Doane, two members of the notorious Doan Gang, hanged September of 1788. I would have loved to hear more about this branch of the family.

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Genealogy And The Next Generation


Thanks to the internet and the rising popularity of genealogy, the next generation will find it a lot easier to trace their ancestry and learn about their ancestors. New websites for researching family history are sprouting up, more databases are added all the time and more genealogy blogs are being created every day.

A lot of the genealogy sites are aware of the trend and have pages and activities that help get children involved in discovering their family history, making it fun, like Family Tree Magazine’s “Family Tree Kids” pages , WorldGenWeb For Kids from Rootsweb/Ancestry.com and even childrens’ game sites like Kids Turn Central have links for budding genealogists.

Now is the time to begin to train the youngsters on the correct way to scan documents and photos, store documents safely, cite their sources, and safeguard their research.
Doing research on family history and documenting the research will help them with their schoolwork as well, and they will develop skills that will last a lifetime.



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Wordless Wednesday – David Scott’s Family

My husband’s great-grandparents’ family, the Scotts

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Tombstone Tuesday – Happy Birthday Great-grandpa, John Haines


166 years ago today my great-grandfather, John Haines was born in Niagara Twp., Lincoln Cty., Canada West (Ontario), son of Benjamin Haines, SUE and Sarah E. Freisman Haines. John Haines grew up and lived in the Niagara region, working for the railroad, and followed it’s expansion into southern Ontario first to Taylor Station in Elgin County and finally ending up in Rochester, Essex County about 1895.

During this period, he and his wife, Harriet, had eleven children, 7 girls and 4 boys and the surname was changed to Hines. He had two more children after coming to Essex County.

There were some family tragedies in the first two decades that his family was in Essex County. His youngest daughter, Hariett Melinda, died after eating poisonous roots at the age of six. Her name is incorrect in the obituary:

Then the war broke out and his youngest son was over-eager to enlist, fibbing about his age, then being the first man in the town of Essex to die in the war, he was buried in France.


Then if that wasn’t enough, his daughter, Henrietta Kennedy, was murdered by her second husband in New York City and died on John’s birthday.

John’s grand-daughter died form burns in a fire in 1921, the week before Christmas,


his oldest son, Wm. John, died in 1930,

and John died in 1932 at the age of 88.

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