Ancestral Notes

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Follow Friday – Loyalist Blog – Our Ryckman Roots

It’s been a busy week for me, first a death in the family, then I wasn’t able to get on-line for a couple of days so I’m trying to catch up on my blogging and haven’t had much chance to read a lot of my favourites this week. I can read them on my Blackberry, but it’s hard to read, so I just starred the posts that most interested me to read later.

To commemorate Loyalist Day in Ontario tomorrow, June 19, and Loyalist Week June 21-27 in the Niagara area, I am recommending a Loyalist blog, Our Ryckman Roots. Katheryn Lake is the author of this blog as well as LOOKING4ANCESTORS . She is working on her certification for her loyalist Ryckman ancestors. She has hit a brick wall with William Ryckman but if anyone can break through the brick wall, she can. Kathryn is our branch genealogist at the Bicentennial Branch of the UELAC.

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Follow Friday – Old Time Corner

I have lived in Essex County my whole life and I am very supportive of genealogy sites and blogs that are preserving the history and heritage of the county. My ancestors have been in the county since the early nineteenth century and I am interested in how they went about their daily lives, their occupations, political views, who they socialized with, what they did for entertainment etc.

I have recently discovered a new site, Old Time Corner authored by Sharon Taylor Mulcaster, who I have since discovered is a distant cousin, also being descended from my fourth great-grandparents, Alexander McIntaylor and Grace Duncan, who immigrated from Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland in the early 1800’s.

What is the Old Time Corner!

The Old Time Corner, published in the Essex Free Press, Essex, Ontario, has stories and photographs of local historical and genealogical interest. Located in the centre (hub) of Essex County, Essex has a claim to fame of blowing up TWICE in it’s 125 year history.

The purpose for researching the history of the Town of Essex, (again called Essex Centre) and the surrounding area for records, Stories and Photographs is to collect and preserve a thorough and accurate history of the Town and it’s people for all those who have ever…

worked

went to school

went to church

were involved in sports

or

…called Essex home


I would like to thank Sharon for creating this site and sharing the history of Canada’s Sun Parlor and it’s inhabitants through old photos and stories.

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Follow Friday – Kindred Footprints

The excitement is mounting for my summer vacation this year and Sharon, from Kindred Footprints has written a couple of posts about her weekend in the Niagara region which only made my anticipation grow. She shares some beautiful photographs of some of the historic sites the area in her posts. I am looking forward to going to the Niagara Falls Museum again. Last time I was at Fort George it was pouring rain so I couldn’t take any pictures, hopefully the weather will be more co-operative this year.

I am looking forward to going to the Haynes cemetery as well, there may be some connection with my Haines ancestors who settled in Grantham township too. I will also be going to the Arent Bradt cemetery as well as attending the renaming of the Steele cemetery to the Aaron Doan cemetery. 
Thanks, Sharon!

Weekend In Niagara – Saturday
Weekend In Niagara – Sunday

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Follow Friday – HSP’s Hidden Histories

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Histories blog is an entertaining blog authored by Daniel N. Rolph, PhD.

Highlighting the depth and scope of our varied and diverse collections that contain an abundance of undiscovered individuals and events of the past.

He writes about unusual, humorous and sometimes macabre historical customs, events and people that he has discovered and uncovered. Here is an excerpt from one of his recent posts, A Quaint Colonial Custom: “Ears Cut Off & Nailed To The Pillory”:

During the ‘Starving Time’ in the early Virginia Colony, a large needle or ‘bodkin’ was inserted through one’s tongue for the stealing of food, while ‘taking God’s name in vain,’ or the failure to attend Church, could literally lead to one’s death if repeated, and were considered to be ‘capital crimes’ worthy of the death sentence. One such antiquated custom for ‘petty crimes’ included the use of the pillory.

HSP’s Hidden Histories is an interesting blog that is worth checking out.

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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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Follow Friday – Canadian Roots @ The Beaver

I subscribed to “The Beaver, Canada’s History Magazine” yesterday and discovered this site:

Canadian Roots@The Beaver is a social network like Genealogywise, but specifically for Canadian family history researchers. The site was created in 2008 by Tanya Hutter of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Anyone whose family is from Canada, lives in Canada, had ancestors who lived in or passed through Canada, had loyalist family members who came to Canada, or are interested in Canadian history will find this site useful.

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Follow Friday- www.yourancestorsfree.com

This blog site, www.Your Ancestors Free.com, has free resources for researching family history in England and Ireland.

“Welcome to”Your Ancestors Free. Com” The best resources for your family history.
Find here help for your family tree . What are the best free and the best paid sites. Where and how can you save money on your family history.’ ‘Your Ancestors Free .Com” covers mainly England and Northern Ireland at the moment. It has grown from ”English Ancestors” to include Australia.
I have included some of my own research, please leave a comment if something interests you.
If you have an interesting story to share , then leave a comment and we could publish your story.”

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Follow Friday – FTM – Funny Tombstone Photos

Family Tree Magazine is having a contest, just post your funny tombstone photos to enter.
from Genealogy Insider :

Maybe the deceased or his family wanted to make a final, lasting statement, like this man, who campaigned until the bitter end (reader Ruth Anne Nelson sent us the picture for a 2006 All in the Family challenge). Or maybe the humor is coincidental. Either way, naturally, you photograph the stone.

Post that photo to our Funny Tombstone Photos Flickr group, and we might publish it in an upcoming book about funny tombstones and/or in Family Tree Magazine. You also could win an Amazon.com gift card!

And even if you don’t have a photo, show us your sense of humor by writing knee-slapping captions for others’ pictures—we’ll put the funniest ones in the book, too.

The submission deadline is March 31, but submit earlier for more chances to win a gift card.

You’ll find the submission instructions—for submitting via Flickr or e-mail—with the gift card drawing details, and, of course, funny photos, on our Funny Tombstone Photos Flickr page. (You may need to scroll down a little to the About section.)

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Follow Friday – Next Blog News


I haven’t been doing much blogging this week, but I have still been reading my favourites every morning and for this week’s follow Friday I would like to recommend you try out the Blogger “Next Blog” feature.

The Blogger “Next Blog” is new and improved. In the past it selected blogs at random, from all over the world in several languages. with all kinds of topics. Now, the blog selected is in the same language and covering the same topic as the originating blog. If you start out on a genealogy blog, it will pick other genealogy blogs at random, it is kind of like a Blogger web ring!

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Follow Friday – Seeking Michigan

Michigan has a rich history that encompassed over four centuries of various cultures. In the early years it was under French rule and was included in New France. When the British took it from the French, it was part of British Canada and finally it became part of the United States. So, the earliest records are really Canadian records.

Seeking Michigan is a free resource for researching French-Canadian or early Canadian ancestors, as well as mapping your ancestors’ migration patterns from Canada to the United States. It’s also good for researching Michigan records too.

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