Day 1 of the 21 Day Connections Experiment

I spent some time putting together my own 21-day plan for this experiment. If you're interested in learning more about what I and a whole lot of other fun folks are doing for the next 21 days, you can read more here. I LOVE all the different plans on the website but I wanted to … Continue reading Day 1 of the 21 Day Connections Experiment

We have a winner! RootsTech 2020 Free Pass Giveaway

  Congratulations to Julie Wood who won my free 4-day RootsTech pass giveaway, and thank you to everyone who entered. There are still plenty of contests running so if you didn't win here, head over to Conference Keeper and enter. At last count, there were 31 giveaways running!  

RootsTech London 3-day Pass Winner!

I'm happy to report that we have a winner! Congratulations to Kelly Cornwell who will be attending RootsTech London with a free 3-day registration! Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway. For those who didn't win...don't give up...there are plenty of other giveaways happening right now! Check out http://conferencekeeper.org/genealogy-contests/ where I count 13 current giveaways … Continue reading RootsTech London 3-day Pass Winner!

RootsTech 2019 Recap

It's hard to believe that RootsTech 2019 was 3 weeks ago! I came back from an absolutely wonderful week to a pretty big assignment for the ProGen course I'm taking and have been working on that all month. It's finally submitted now and time to do a short recap of what was a busy, fun, … Continue reading RootsTech 2019 Recap

Can’t attend RootsTech in person? The Virtual Pass may be the perfect solution

RootsTech is truly listening to its fans and finding options for those who aren't able to make it to the conference in person. This past week the brand new RootsTech Virtual Pass was announced! It provides access to 18 online recorded sessions from the conference, allowing you to watch from the comfort of your home.  … Continue reading Can’t attend RootsTech in person? The Virtual Pass may be the perfect solution

Let’s Call him James or maybe … James?

My father is James Thomas My grandfather is James Thomas My great grandfather is James Thomas My great great grandfather is William Thomas My great great great grandfather is James Thomas My great great great great grandfather is John Thomas My great great great great great grandfather is James Thomas With the exception of William … Continue reading Let’s Call him James or maybe … James?

Tax Records: An often overlooked source

Tax records are a valuable but often overlooked source: They can help to fill in the decade between census enumerations and before the first federal census of 1790. In burned counties tax records are often the only information you may find on your ancestor. Tax records sometimes contain specific residence information, giving an exact physical … Continue reading Tax Records: An often overlooked source

One of The Second World War’s Best Kept Secrets

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The headlines rang out with the news:  “Queen Mary Cut Cruiser in Two. Disaster that was Kept Secret.”(Dundee Courier) and “Queen Mary Sank a British Cruiser.  Disaster While Evading U-Boat” (Daily Record).  It was Friday 18 May 1945.  Joseph and Mary Thomas had been wondering for 3 years exactly how and where their youngest child, Stanley Mather Thomas had died.  They had received the news in 1942 that their 22-year-old son was missing ‘at sea’ presumed dead. The story of what happened to Joseph and the other 338 British sailors who died in October 1942 was one of World War Two’s best kept secrets.

Stanley Mather Thomas was born on June 1, 1920 in New Silksworth, Sunderland, County Durham.  He was the youngest of four children born to Joseph and Mary (Mather) Thomas.  Stanley joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Force, a reserve force of the Navy called…

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‘Where there’s a (contested) will …Thomas Lantry of St. Lawrence Co., New York

Well known as one of the first settlers in Massena, St. Lawrence county, New York, Thomas Lantry died at the age of 98 in August 1887. 1 He left an estate of some $35 000.00, equivalent to approximately $890 000.00 today. For the thirty years previous to Thomas’ death, he had been living with his … Continue reading ‘Where there’s a (contested) will …Thomas Lantry of St. Lawrence Co., New York

Family Heirloom: The Thomas family bible.

The family bible is one of the most precious heirlooms a genealogist can have. A few years ago, my father was visiting his brother in England, and the subject of the family bible came up. My uncle was kind enough to pass the bible on to me, knowing of my passion for genealogy.  It is … Continue reading Family Heirloom: The Thomas family bible.