Family History

Genealogy Roundup, January 17

By |January 17th, 2018|

In this week's Roundup: a World War II soldier's remains are returned home to be laid to rest, Chinese genealogy, tracing Napoleon's heirs, and more.

Seton Shields Genealogy Grant #202

By |January 17th, 2018|

I have awarded my latest grant to the Sturgis Library of Barnstable, MA to assist with the purchase of materials necessary to make the 15 new collections of family papers and historical materials donated since 2016 ready for use by the public. Click through to the post for more details and to see how you can join me in supporting the library, which has become a premiere resource for the study of Cape Cod history, genealogy, and the maritime trades.

Genealogy Roundup, January 10

By |January 10th, 2018|

In this week's Roundup: The smallest, oldest cemetery in Paris, upcoming genealogy reads, the remains of a recently identified missing soldier from WWII are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, and much more . . .

Genealogy Roundup, January 3

By |January 3rd, 2018|

In this week's Roundup: An ad from Ancestry featuring descendants of signers of the Declaration of Independence; two years of work and sifting through more than 5 meters of dirt and clay in a French farm field culminates in the return home of a WWII fighter pilot's remains; an article exploring the role stories, context and shared memories play in helping a family to prosper, and much more!

Genealogy Roundup, November 22

By |November 22nd, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: an advice column on responding to secrets unearthed by DNA, families are reunited with fallen military members decades later, a unique and intriguing gift idea, and more...

Genealogy Roundup, November 15

By |November 15th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: A tribute to the last of the Bedford Boys, a soldier lost in the Korean War returns home, genetic genealogy, "Swedish death cleaning," why you might want to write your memoir even if only you ever read it, and much more...

Genealogy Roundup, November 8

By |November 8th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: A beautiful, hand-sewn tribute to one woman's ancestry, a soldier is welcomed home 73 years after his death, two books to check out, an orphan heirloom rescue, good neighbors, a look inside New Zealand's Original 'Coffin Club', and lots more!

The Louisiana Roots of Leah Chase, Queen of Creole Cuisine

By |September 26th, 2017|

Among legendary chef, restaurateur, activist, and patron of the arts Leah Chase's more intriguing ancestors are one of the first African American members of the Louisiana state legislature, a fellow who purchased the freedom of several relatives, a gentleman who served as the military legal counselor to the Spanish governor, and a great-great-grandmother whose cause attracted the attention of the then governor of Florida and future American President, Andrew Jackson. To share the entirety of her family saga would require a book, but here are some highlights.

Gold Fever: The Shiny, Shady Past of Katy Perry’s Irish Great-Great-Grandmother

By |August 22nd, 2017|

Katy Perry describes herself as a “singer-songwriter masquerading as a pop star.” As one of the best-selling artists of all time with sold-out world tours, she’s nailing that charade, but the story of Hannah Mulhare, one of Katy's Irish immigrant ancestors, makes it clear that Katy is not the first in the family to pull off such a convincing deception.

Genealogy Roundup, August 9

By |August 9th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: Explore the resurgence of interest in genealogy in China – “Genealogy is like an encyclopedia of Chinese families,” says one enthusiast; check out plans for a future exhibit at Ellis Island, and much more!