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Monday, September 5, 2011

Military Monday- Old Letters

   I received a box of letter to my grandfather George Edgar Robertson from his friends & family during WWI. From my Aunt Dolly (Jewell Mary Robertson-Noel). I would like to post them under Military Monday's. These letters are over 90 years old!!!! What a great treasure to be shared with others.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Beginner's Beginning's

   A chronological profile is a great way of finding new clues to research on a individual in your family history.
You can find a form to download at
   I also use my excel program using 3 to 4 columns to display the age and event in chronological order. (see example)

   The above example is from Genelines and is available for $34.95 plus s&h or you can download it from their website for $29.95.

   Try to include all the information you have on that ancestor, such as vital records, land records, emplyment, education, military, marriage, church records, If there a date or place thats uncertain use qualifiers.
   Be sure to record all your sources such as, my granfather Frederick William Kubberness was born in Lavin, Mecklenburg, Germany. His parent brought him and his sibblings to America in 1888 on a ship names  the "Trave" I have 2 sources for this information one is and Ellis Island.
   Once you have all your information compiled you can see which sources have provided the most information and check descreptioncies that you may need to resolve. If you have unsourced information you may want to research that to check for acuratcy.
   I hope this will help find new tips for you research and give you a bigger picture of you ancestor and the life they live. Good luck & happy hunting.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Beyond America

   My ancestor Cicely Neville Dutches of York was born 3 May 1415 and died 31 May 1495. She was a mother of 2 kings Edward IV and Richard III.
   She was called "the Rose of Raby" because she was born at Raby Castle in Durham, England. She was also called "Proud Cis" because of her pride and a temper that went with it. Although we have some how changed the spelling of her name she signed it "Cecylle"
   She was married to Richard Plantagenet the 3rd Duke of York who was killed in the Battle at Wakfield 31 Dec 1460.
  Her parents were Ralph Neville & Joan Beaufort, She was Countess of Westmorland.
  I find Cicely captivating, very little is known about her family. But she seemed to of been a strong women with opinion that women of that time were not to express. She is very intriguing to me. I love women who can be out spoken but still be a Lady. 
  I couldn't imagine being a mother to one king let alone two. What a remarkable event in her life.
  I have posted a picture of her below and some clothing of that era, somethings she may have wore in her day.