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William and Alice Rowe: flaming torches, stinky fish and older years in 19C Cornwall pt4

On 20 June 1837 Queen Victoria became queen after the death of her uncle William IV.  At that time shoemaker William and Alice Rowe were settled with a large family in Street-an-Nowan, Newlyn, Cornwall. 1,223 more words

Family History

Column: The Saxby Gale of October 5, 1869

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday:  248 more words


Genealogical Pursuits

My stepmother’s hobby is genealogy. My father hates it; the last time I talked to him, he complained of their last road trip, of the visits to small town city halls and libraries where she pored for hours over moldy records and microfilm while he waited in the car with the dogs. 193 more words


New Washing Machine

Letter transcription:

Dear David:

First, John’s address is
Dr. John Yegerlehner
Djalan Semarang
Malang (Djatim)

Second, you may order the two volumes and I will put the $15.00 in addition to the $130 tomorrow (bank is closed today for Lincoln’s birthday). 535 more words


Timothy Brennan, nondescript farmer

Convicts  named Timothy are easier and more interesting to research than farmers of the same name. There are shiploads of records associated with convicts and better books about their lives and experiences. 1,048 more words


Are You My Ancestor?

Along the same lines as my proposed TV show Name That Ancestor, I have a book idea. It’s a take off of the children’s book… 267 more words


From the old swimming hole to Crystal Lake...

As always, click on most images for bigger size

Drowning is the fifth leading cause of accidental death in the USA. It is the second leading cause for those between the ages of one and fourteen. 3,274 more words

Local History