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Monday, April 23, 2012

Mappy Monday

        Copford Hall & Abbey

Map of Essex County, England

Copford Hall

Copford Hall

Copford Hall Abbey

John Haynes a super Great Grandfather of mine lived here before coming to America and becoming the First Governor of the Colony of Connecticut and Governor of Massachusetts.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sentimental Sunday

"Heavenly Journals"                           
I started Heavenly Journals Last Summer, making them for Chemo patients. Then I had an expirence with someone who was involved in domestic violence and went to a safe house and she suggested I make some for the Ladies there. So I am growing. I am in transition to make it a non-profit organization. I have a few friends that buy composition books large and pocket size and some even help decorate them. I am so tickled how this has taken off. If you have any suggestions please feel free to comment. I also have a blog called Heavenly Journals 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

War Letters

                War Letters

I found an awesome site called
You can download your letters from your ancestors written during any war. You may even find the someone has downloaded a letter of one of your ancestor's. What a wonderful idea and way to share something very historical.

WWI Letter To My Grandfather George Robertson

Follow Friday: Unclaimed Persons

I would like to mention Roots television. Did you know that Unclaimed Persons is featured? Do you know they help reunited the dead with lost family members? They are genealogists, who work together on-line gathering information on the individual who has pass away and look for long lost relatives to claim the body. I am part of this organization and I must say it's an awesome way to help others with your knowledge of your genealogy gifts. The Founder is Megaon Smolenyak who's an author, genealogy speaker. Unclaimed Persons has over 400 genealogist's helping on many cases. Please join them in the hunt for living relatives and reunited the dead with the living. It's like an unsolved mystery to be unraveled.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thriller Thursday

Robert Joseph Thornton born pt 1918 Sioux City, Iowa. He died April 1959 in Rock Island, Illinois. He died in an industrial accident according to our family stories. I am still researching. When I go to Sioux City I will get his Birth cert, and death while I am at my Mom's In Illinois. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wisdom Wednesday

                       Free Genealogy?????

1) Heritage Quest Online
   May be to log in from home by visiting your local web site and entering your library card number.  

2) The Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder-day Saints 
   They have made efforts to broaden record access, and free on the following web site.
World Archives Project but no images at

3) Footnote 
  Local library may offer Ancestry Edition. Free for a 7 day trial.

4) World Vital Records

5) Books We Own

6) Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
From Family Tree Magazine

7) Google Book Search

8) Personal Ancestral File
Family Tree Builder

9) Adobe Photo Shop Express

10) Genealogy Charts

11) RootsWeb Free Pages

Who Doesn't Want Free Stuff!!!!!

I hope this will help out someone in need. We all love to get free stuff and when it comes to genealogy, which can be so expensive, it's nice to know there giving places and people.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tech Tuesday

Tech Tuesday Today I would like to tell you about a program I adore. If you have ever sat at your computer and wanted to write your family history and have no clue where to start this program is for. The Personal Historian by Roots Magic
You can write your family history with the help of this software. It's $29.95 at and $19.95 for upgrade.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Beginners Beginnings

Brick Wall Again?
Here's Some Tips To Try: 1) Focus on siblings and their families. 2) Study the area's local history's, learn everything you can about it's history and settlement. 3) Read the private papers of local residents of hour ancestors hometown. 4) Work forward in time rather than backward. Go over what you know about your ancestors your stuck on. Search local histories and biographical collections. Dp you have their death records? One of them may have become prominent and had a large write-up in local paper which just happens to devote a paragraph to his parents and their origins. What a find that would be. Check sills, church recorder, charitable donations. 6) Study historical maps, they can pin point geographical features, such as rivers and hills or man-made features like railroads, building's, churches. Have fun with it try to think of other ares's to look for information.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Have you considered using asylum records to search for your ancestor? Try looking here tor records The Gardens at ST. Elizabeth's Lunangic Fringe:Cemetery Restoration Bryce Hospital (Alabama) Historic Preservation Project. I have had proposing my family history who. May have been a little nuts. See if you have one.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Surname Saturday- Archibald Baird

Archibald Baird born 1700 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland, died Feb 1765 in Peters, Franklin, Pennsylvania. He married in 1728 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland. To Mary potter born about 1674 in Pennsylvania, Somerset. Pensylvania.

Their children:
1) Sarah Baird born 1725 in Fairfield, York, Pennsylvania, died 1813 in Early, Georgia.
2) Adam Baird born 1730 died 8 April 1807 in Abbeville, South Carolina
3) Robert Baird born 1735
4) Richard Baird born 8 Feb 1736 Carrolls, Delight Fairfield, York, Pennsylvania, died 22 Feb 1799 in
                                    Fairfield, Adams, Pennsylvania.
5) William Baird born 7 Jun 1738 York, Adams, Pennsylvania. Died 31 Jul 1802 in Bardstown, Nelson,
6) David Baird born 1744 Carrolls, Delight Fairfield, York, Pennsylvania, died 12 Mar 1815 Alexandria,
                                    Huntington, Pennsylvania.
7) John Battle Baird born 1745 Abbeville, South Carolina, died 1803 in Abbeville, South Carolina.

WILLIAM BARD, Second son of Archibald Beard, or Bard, was born June 7, 1738, and 
died at Bardstown, KY., July 31, 1802. He was reared in Hamiltonban township, York, now Adams 
county, Pa. By deed dated April 2, 1761, his father conveyed to him a tract of land in "Carroll's Delight," 
which was surveyed to Robert McPherson, October 7, 1765. Another conveyance from Archibald to 
William dated November 20, 1764, was for a tract of 74 acres of land in Antrim, now Quincy township, 
Franklin county, near the Seventh Day Baptist plantation, known as the Nunnery. William also 
owned a tract outside of Carroll's Delight, which he sold to the Rev. John McKnight and Ebenezer Fin- 
ley and removed to the Cumberland Valley. The Quincy tract, which Archibald Bard obtained on a 
Proprietary warrant, was conveyed by William Bard, 
of Cumberland county, to Richard Bard, of York county, December 21, 1767. After this sale he went 
to western Pennsylvania, and finally settled in Ken- tucky.  According to the tradition of the Bard family, of 
Bardstown, William Bard first visited Kentucky in 1768. The story is that salt being scarce at Pittsburgh, 
he proposed to three other men, Brown, Evans and Doe, to go down the Ohio river, on a flat-boat, to the 
salt licks of Kentucky. Doe's wife went with them to cook for them. They landed near the site of 
Louisville, and then went to Drennon's creek, twelve miles distant, where they built a cabin preparatory to 
beginning the manufacture of salt. The Does had 
with them an infant six months old. The party had not been many days at the salt licks when they were 
attacked by a band of Indians. Doe and his wife were both killed and Brown was severely wounded. 
Bard killed one Indian with his own gun, and with the gun of the dead man he shot another. These 
fatalities had the effect of intimidating the Indians, 
and they retired, leaving Mr. Bard with the wounded man and the helpless babe on his hands. He succored 
the child by chewing bread, that it might have 
sustenance. In the meantime, Evans made his way to the river in search of assistance. At midnight of the 
following night, the wounded man died. Bard then barred up the cabin and taking the child in his arms 
followed after Evans. He had gone only three miles when he was attacked by wolves. He escaped them 
by climbing a tree, where he remained until daylight. Resuming his journey, he "soon afterward met Mr. 
Evans with a company of men coming to his rescue." The reality of the rescuing party is taken for granted 
in the tradition, but it is not easily explained, as this was a year before Boone and his companions had 
made their way from the Yadkin, and before any per- manent settlements had been made in Kentucky. 
  The Bardstown tradition further asserts that Mr. Bard and Mr. Evans returned to their homes in Vir- 
ginia, taking the little girl with them to its relatives; that later William Bard and his brother, Richard, went 
to Kentucky and located at Danville; that Richard built a cabin that entitled him to a thousand acres 
of land, but afterward returned to Pennsylvania; and 
that William settled where Bardstown now stands. There is no tradition among the descendants of 
Richard Bard in regard to this early visit to Ken- tucky, but land entries copied by Colonel Durrett, 
of Louisville, and deeds and other instruments of writing on record, at Bardstown, Nelson county, 
show his ownership of land adjacent to Bardstown, 1780-88.   When William Bard went to Kentucky to settle, or soon afterward, he built a cabin about four miles north of Bardstown and acquired a large tract of land on Buffalo creek. A part of this land remained in the possession of some of his descendants until within 
a few years. There is a family burying ground on the old Bard homestead in which four generations of 
the Bards are buried. William Bard and his son, James, were both buried there, but there is no stone 
to mark the place of sepulture of the pioneer.  The town of Bardstown was laid out by William 
Bard on lands of David Bard. It was named after the latter. The following announcement taken from 
the records of the city of Bardstown, originally called Salem, shows the initial steps toward the erection of 
Nelson county and the creation of Bardstown as the county seat:..

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Follow Friday: Mountain Men by Rick Steber

Mountain Men by Rick Steber

Have you ever thought o looking for your ancestor in books like this one? I have.

Jim Bridger owned the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. He was shot in the back by Indians, with two arrows. A doctor did surgery on him with a butcher knife and no drugs.

William Ashley & Andrew Henry were partners in a newly formed fur company and had an ad in the Missouri Gazette and Public Advertiser.

Jedediah Smith led trappers into Yellowstone and a grizzly attacked him by the head, cutting him badly and breaking several ribs.

Ramsey Crooks was leading trappers toward the Missouri River when 600 Sioux Warriors confronted them. The chief told them they would be killed if they continued their journey. So Ramsey told the Chief he had goods to trade and would build a fort right there, and that's what he did and lived to tell about it.

Daniel Boone and Kit Carson were both Mountain Men.

Rick Steber's book is a great historical read. He has many other books to read so please check him out.

Rick Steber

Thursday Fun Day

I found a very fun website all genealogist's should check out.

They have everything you could think of and more. Clothing, mugs, bags, clip art, cross stitch, maps, pedigree charts, journals, ties, bibs, novelties. Here's some images of things I found on their site.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

I am going to leave this with no description. I would like you to tell me your thoughts and feelings on this image.

Trip to Sioux City, IA Cont....

John Edgar Robertson's wife was Mary Ursula Becker born 5 Dec 1864 in Tipton, Mo. Died 19 Sept 1943 Sioux City, Ia. Buried 22 Sept 1943 in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Sioux city, IA. Undertaker H.E. Frazis Lic # 2743.

John Edgar Robertson's Parents were Alexander Cowen Robertson born 8 July 1838, Kentucky. Died 20 may 1896 in Sioux City, IA. Buried in the Eberly Cemetery. Wife Elizabeth Jane Cavit born 28 Aug 1843 in Beaver Dam, PA. Died 8 Feb 1905 in Sioux City, IA and is also buried in the Eberly Cemetery in Sioux City, IA.

Mary & John Robertson

Helen Alta Robertson-Springer buried in Mt. Calvary cem, her husband Ronald Henry Springer.
This trip is going to be an adventure. I have it all planned and have all the people we will search for information on and the places they lived, are buried and churches they attended, places they worked.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Travel Tuesday

So as I mentioned yesterday My mom Ruth Robertson-Kubberness & I are planning a trip this Summer to Sioux City, IA. Here is the research focus.

John Edgar Robertson Born 17 Aug 1866 in Washington, Adams, IA.Died 26 Nov 1954 in Sioux City, IA Buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery on 29 Nov 1954 Sioux City, IA.
John Edgar Robertson was residing in the Restview Nursing Home at time of death, so I would like to take pictures of the cemetery and nursing home. He worked at Ry Exp Agency I have not a clue where this is, I goggled it got no hit. He was a member of the St. Boniface Catholic Church I have those records but would like to take pictures of it. 

John Edgar Robertson, Wife MAry Ursula Becker and Children.

John Edgar Robertson's Death Cert.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Genealogy Trip to Sioux City, IAf

Add file bag I found at Wal-Mart they have several different colors to choose from

A journal I found at Wal-mart to keep track of photo's I will be taking and places we will go for records
My mom Ruth Robertson Kubberness and I are planning a trip this Summer to Sioux City, IA. My great-grandmother's and Father's lived here, went to church here and died here.

We will stay at the English Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Sioux City.
Neither of us have ever been to one so it should be a wonderful experience to share.

English Mansion Bed & Breakfast

English Mansion Bed & Breakfast

A English Mansion Bed & Breakfast  dd caption
We will be taking pictures of the houses our family lived in and grave sites at several local cemeteries.