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Almost Wordless Wednesday – early school photo

Posted by on Wednesday, 4 March, 2015

early Connecticut School Photo

Does anyone recognize this early Connecticut School Photo?





Thrifty Thursday – National Archives of Ireland

Posted by on Thursday, 2 January, 2014

Do you have ancestors who come from Ireland? While most of the Ireland Census records were destroyed prior to 1901 were destroyedm they 1901 and 1911 Ireland Census records are available to researchers. In fact, The National Archives of Ireland has images of the 1901 and 1911 Ireland Census for free on it’s website.

The Census is easy to search and you can download and view the original records. Once you find your family see which townland/street they lived on. Once you have that information go back to the search engine and use only the townland name in the search criteria. Do not put in a surname or a forename. If you’re lucky to have someone who cam from a small townland you can often find other relatives or at least very close neighbors. My Ester Doyle was from Carrickslavan. In the 1901 Census there were only 21 people living in that townland. They must either have been all related or at least very close neighbors. Be careful using the townland name. The Carrickslavan from 1901 was spelled Carrickslavin in the 1911 Census. Notice the slight spelling difference.

Make sure you check the National Archives of Ireland if you have Irish ancestors.

Genealogy by the States – Week 51 – Washington DC

Posted by on Sunday, 22 December, 2013

This week’s blogging prompt is the District of Columbia. Blog about an ancestor or your families connection to District of Columbia. If you don’t have any connections to District of Columbia, find a District of Columbia resource useful for genealogy research to highlight and write about. This week’s prompt runs from 12/22/2013 – 12/28/2013. If you choose to follow along, I would appreciate a mention to the Hidden Genealogy Nuggets website.

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Edwin Alfred Banks was born on 28-Nov-1846 in Newtown, Fairfield County, Connecticut and the son of Alfred Banks and Jane Ann Shepard. He had a twin son Edward Alfred Banks. In 1850, he was living with his parent and brother in Seneca, Ontario County, New York. By 1860, the family was living back in Newtown, Connecticut.

On January 2, 1864 at the age of 17, Edwin enlisted in the Union Army. He had lied about his age and he indicated he was actually 18. He served in the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillary. On August 18, 1865 he was discharged from the Union Army.

After the war, he married Mary Ann McKeown on April 22, 1869. The ended up having three children, Minnie, Alfred and Charles. During the rest of his life, he moved around quite a bit. He lived for a while in Washington DC. He died at a soldiers home on July 2, 1921,

Edwin Alfred Banks

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A few District of Columbia Genealogy Links
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Genealogy by the States – Week 49 – Alaska

Posted by on Sunday, 8 December, 2013

This week’s blogging prompt is the State of Alaska. Blog about an ancestor or your families connection to Alaska. If you don’t have any connections to Alaska, find a Alaska resource useful for genealogy research to highlight and write about. This week’s prompt runs from 12/8/2013 – 12/14/2013. If you choose to follow along, I would appreciate a mention to the Hidden Genealogy Nuggets website.

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I have no family ties to Alaska other than a few relatives visiting there on occasion, so I will highlight a genealogy resource from Alaska. I could not find a free Alaska resource which had a lot of good on-line records. Therefore, I will highlight the various resources available at the Alaska State Library.

In the 1990s the Alaska State Library went through an effort to microfilm it’s newspapers. The Alaska Newspaper Project has microfilmed newspapers from as early as 1866. Newspapers provide a wonderful genealogy resource. See our previous blog post on newspaper genealogy.

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A few Alaska Genealogy Links
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Alaska Newspaper Archives at Genealogy Bank
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