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The Outlander

The soil you see is not ordinary soil, its Scottish soil, it is the dust of the blood, the flesh and the bones of my ancestors. 569 more words


born in slavery: thomas jefferson buckner

Thomas Jefferson BUCKNER (1810-’15 Kentucky[1] – Abt. 1875 Junction Twp, Osage County, Kansas[2]) is the son of an enslaved woman known only as… 1,234 more words


A Call To Arms - Tudor Ancestors

During the late 1570’s through to the 1580’s, England began preparing for possible war with the likes of Spain.

Some of the records of the muster rolls made for preparation of these likely wars are still available for this period, and it’s an interesting insight into how many of our ancestors were expected to take up arms in the name of England and of Queen Elizabeth I. 290 more words



Since 2014, I have made it a point to see countries where my family came from.

While the countries that continually pop up on my family tree span the various parts of eastern Europe, the most significant in my ancestral makeup are Poland, Lithuania and Hungary. 2,092 more words

My last throw of the dice

Writing this blog has been the best thing I did in a long time. It has connected me to many second and third cousins and friends that I had lost touch with. 422 more words


The Family Tree

A thought occurred to me as I was researching my family tree. It’s easy to think that family research is simply researching pedigree. That is, the tracing of direct lineage. 469 more words


The Last Will and Testament of John Risbridger, Gentleman of Capel, 1695

John Risbridger

Gentleman of Capel

(1642 – 1694)

Detail: SW/23_701

Court: Surrey Archdeaconry Court

Will of John Risbridger – 14 September 1631

Repository: London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section, Clerkenwell, London, England; Reference Number:  364 more words