August 30, 2015

Nursing Sister WW1 Photo Album: 28V Sisters in Mess Tent check flowers

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One. 

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.


Nursing Sister WW1 Photo Album: 28V Sisters in Mess Tent check flowers


The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"

Tonight's Episode of Who Do You Think You Are? with Tom Bergeron

Tonight's Episode of Who Do You Think You Are? with Tom Bergeron
This Sunday, August 30 at 9/8c TLC will air TV host’s Tom Bergeron’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are?

In the episode, Tom Bergeron sets out to unravel the murky history of his paternal roots. Tracing back over 400 years, he uncovers the dramatic story of his 10x great-grandparents, who endured brutal warfare and starvation in France. Then Tom follows their daughter, who was orphaned as a teenager and bravely set off across the Atlantic, playing a significant role in establishing the New World.

Brought to us by TLC with Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, teaming up again as a sponsor, Who Do You Think You Are? takes celebrities on a journey to discover their roots. 

Image credit: TLC


August 29, 2015

Book Giveaway! The History of Grenfell Saskatchewan

Good morning everyone! I have been de-cluttering my home for a few days now and came across two books I no longer want. This book is called

Grit Growth: The Story of Grenfell
author:A.I. Yule
Published by Grenfell Historical Committee 1980

There is a handwritten family tree inside for REEVE, Elliin/Ellim? Farms, Grenfell Saskatchewan starts with Charles Reeve born 1880 Birmingham England
This book is 347 pages with an index and is in very good condition.

There is a handwritten inscription "To Cousin Millicent with love from Olive Gay and all cousins at Grenfell Saskatchewan. March 1981" (Millicent was Millicent Lynn, mother of the Mayor of Midland Ontario)


Here's the deal - I'm giving this book away FREE. Yep that's right. The first person to contact me at olivetreegenealogyATgmailDOTcom will be the lucky recipient. 

All I ask is that you agree to pay for shipping but a caveat is that sending mail from Canada is expensive. Using Canada Post online I estimate this book will cost about $17.00 to ship. I will need your postal or zip code to calculate a more accurate cost.





August 28, 2015

Periscope Video of Antique Photos: My Collection of Ambrotypes & Daguerreotypes


Periscope Video of Antique Photos: My Collection of Ambrotypes & Daguerreotypes
LIVE on Periscope: Antique photos: my collection of Ambrotypes & Daguereotypes. Watch the saved broadcast for 24 hours on Periscope TV at http://bit.ly/1PXcC3B

Search Alternates to Ships Passenger Lists to Canada Before 1865

Search Alternates to Ships Passenger Lists to Canada Before 1865
Barbara asked about finding a ships passenger list for her great-grandmother Elizabeth Hayes, born 1841 in Newcastle, England.

Read my answer at Search Alternates to Ships Passenger Lists to Canada Before 1865

Legacy Family Tree recently tweeted about my latest blog post  Find Your Ancestor on Ships Passenger Lists to Canada after 1865 at 

Find me on Twitter @LorineMS 


 

August 27, 2015

How a Toast Rack Keeps a Memory Alive

A Toast Rack Keeps a Memory AliveMy great-grandmother Sarah Jane Simpson, who was born in 1862, owned this toast rack. Sarah lived in Ramsgate England, where she kept a boarding house. I suspect she used this toast rack on the table for her family and boarders.

In Victorian times, toast was made and then placed in a rack to be set out on the table. The toast rack, along with many other small items owned by Sarah, were given to me by my grandmother Ruth Fuller (her daughter). 
 
The toast rack is safely displayed in one of my China Cabinets but it seems a shame to not put it to use.
 
 
David Simpson & Sarah Stead Wedding Day 1862
 
It is always difficult to know how or even if to use treasured family items but I have figured out a once-a-year use!
 
Every Christmas I host a large family dinner (30 or more guests). Putting Great-Grandmother's toast rack to use as a napkin holder works well. 
 
Every time I see the toast rack on my table I think of my grandmother and the talks we used to have. I think of great-grandmother Simpson who I did not know in life but know her through the stories my grandmother told me and the treasures I now hold that once belonged to her.
 


August 26, 2015

Book Giveaway! Jacob Killman, Loyalist

Book Giveaway! Jacob Killman, LoyalistGood morning everyone! I have been de-cluttering my home for a few days now and came across two books I no longer want. This book is called Curse of the Fleur de Lis: The Biography of Jacob Killman,U.E. "Broken Ear" (Ta-Honh-Ta-Riako) by Murray Killman, U.E.
 

It's a hardcover book of 285 pages in mint condition with its paper jacket intact. Here's the deal - I'm giving this book away FREE. Yep that's right. The first person to contact me at olivetreegenealogyATgmailDOTcom will be the lucky recipient. 

All I ask is that you agree to pay for shipping but a caveat is that sending mail from Canada is expensive. Using Canada Post online I estimate this book will cost about $16.00 to ship. I will need your postal or zip code to calculate a more accurate cost.




August 25, 2015

Ghost Towns and Graves Discovered

Ghost Towns and Graves Discovered
Little Johnny D. Parks was born in 1881. He died a few days before his first birthday. His grave has been at the bottom of Lake Buchannan in Bluffton Texas for over 60 years. But drought is drying up the lake and long-forgotten graves are being exposed.

Over 300 graves were moved in 1931 but some were missed.  The residents of the town moved away and no doubt little Johnny's family died off or moved too. Although it may seem sad, it may be a chance for us to remember little Johnny and others who died so long ago and whose graves have been beneath 30 feet of water for many years.

Read more at Depleted Texas lakes expose ghost towns, graves

August 24, 2015

Is Every Stranger Your Cousin?

Is Every Stranger Your Cousin?

According to a demographic analysis by genealogy site AncestryDNA , the average Brit has 193,000 living cousins - enough to fill Wembley Stadium twice. (Source: There’s A One-In-300 Chance That Every Stranger You See Is Your Cousin)

This makes perfect sense to me. The world was a sparsely populated planet thousands of years ago so eventually we should all connect. We may connect thousands of years back or only hundreds. 

In my case, when I first moved almost 40 years ago to the town I currently live in, I met a woman who became one of my best friends. Years later she asked me to help her with her genealogy. To our great surprise and delight I found she was related to me along several ancestral lines! And the common ancestors were in the mid-1800s which is not that far back in the space of time.

Just this past year I was doing research for a client and to my surprise I found he and I are 4th. cousins. 

And of course you are almost certain to discover at some point in your family tree that you are actually a cousin to your father or mother. In fact I have a cousin relationship to both my parents. My father, for example is my 8th cousin once removed, my 9th cousin once removed, my 11th cousin once removed, my 10th cousin twice removed and the husband of my 5th cousin once removed (aka my mother!)

I wrote about how this happens in an ancestral tree in I May Be My Own Grandma.....

Have you discovered a cousin relationship to a friend, parent or spouse? 

August 23, 2015

Nursing Sister WW1 Photo Album: 14R landsccaping

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One. 

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain.


Nursing Sister WW1 Photo Album: 14R landsccaping


The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Each image has been designated an "R" for Recto or a "V" for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos"