52 Ancestors #4 Aaron Henry in two places at once?

Aaron, cousin of the famous Patrick HENRY was born 1743 in Marion County, VA. He married Rebecca BURRELL before 1768 in Shenandoah County, VA.  She would have been 29 and he 30 years old.  [NOTE:  I obtained this information from an online family tree and do not have documented proof as yet.] At about the same time or shortly after their marriage Aaron, like many men of the day tried to claim his chunk of wilderness.  In 1770 he located a tract of land between the creeks of the Little and Big Paw Paw Creek.  This location was unfortunately inhabited … Continue Reading →


African-American Genealogy Conference

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  • 27 March, 2014
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Don’t forget the African-American Genealogy Conference at Minneapolis Central Library April 4 – 5. Minnesota Genealogical Society is a co-sponsor and the event is free.


Minnesota Genealogical Society Class

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  • 17 March, 2014
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Check out this class sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society! Saturday,  March 22, 1 – 4, Genealogy 101: Step Five-Use What You Learned Click Here    


52 Ancestors #03 Charles Wilhelm Dahl

  Charles Wilhelm Dahl was born 20 Aug, 1866 in Haderslev, Sonderjylland, Denmark and received his education there.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Denmark.  At the young age of 14 he went to work as a merchant marine.  For nine years he worked as a seaman on merchant ships and in 1889 came from Marseilles, France and then onto Philadelphia, PA at about the age of 23. He left Philadelphia and headed to Huron, SD, most likely for homestead land.  He was later employed by the Chicago and North Western Railroad until 1899 when he moved … Continue Reading →


Genealogy: Wax Seals and Letters

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  • 14 March, 2014
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I found this post about Wax Seals and the story behind their history interesting.  Maybe one of your ancestors used one.  Just click on the following title. How to Make Wax Seals for Letters and Envelopes | The Art of Manliness.


52 Ancestors – #02 Revolutionary War Patriots

    I know we are supposed to pick one ancestor per week but this week I’m going to group several people together.  I am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  I conducted extensive research to join this society and found some wonderful information about my ancestors. The American Revolution was from 1775 to 1783.  The total of service members was 217,000.  Keep in mind that the population of this country was approximately 2,200,000.  There were 4,435 battle deaths and 6,188 non-mortal woundings. 11 of my ancestors served in the military. Henry, Aaron Served in the Westmoreland … Continue Reading →


Genealogy – Testate or Intestate?

Confused about the terms ‘testate’ and ‘intestate’?  Many of the old probate records we may be looking at in our research will address both of these terms. Probate is the legal process in which ownership of property is transferred from the probate estate to the heirs. First the Will has to be proven to be valid, the administrator identified, and then the process starts to distribute the property.  If your ancestor left a will they died ‘testate’.  That means they listed their wishes in detail in their last Will and Testament. I have found a few old Wills in my … Continue Reading →


52 Ancestors #01 Johann Jacob Nay

On her website ‘No Story Too Small’ Amy Johnson Crow has issued a challenge.  52 Ancestors in 52 weeks. A large wave of German immigrants arrived in Pennsylvania between 1725 and 1775. Among them was Johann Jacob NAY (NOCH) arriving in 1734 as an infant with his parents from Klafeld, Hassau-Siegen (Germany).  His parents, Johannes NὂH (‘NOEH’, ‘NOHE’) and Maria Clara OTTERBACH sailed from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands aboard the ‘Hope’. The Nay’s created a great deal of confusion for a genealogist.  Johann’s father was Johannes.  Johann Jacob later used his middle name and went by Jacob.  However, his son was … Continue Reading →