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Seton Shields Genealogy Grant #203: Vine Lake Preservation Trust

By |March 22nd, 2018|

I have awarded my latest grant (the first of multiple recipients this quarter) to the Vine Lake Preservation Trust of Medfield, MA to assist with enhancements to their website search feature and app.

Genealogy Roundup, March 21

By |March 21st, 2018|

In this week's Roundup: Four fallen members of the military, including one missing for more than 70 years, are on their way home. RIP and welcome home, Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz, Army Sgt. 1st Class Harry Harkness, Pvt Rudolph Johnson, and Cpl. James Ivory Jubb.

Genealogy Roundup, March 14

By |March 14th, 2018|

In this week's Roundup: Bad news for genealogy research in NYC, Katy Perry's roots, 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, October 11

By |October 11th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: Wedding photos taken 60 years "late" reflect a lifetime of love, a commemorative notebook from Lin-Manuel Miranda with 100% of the proceeds going to relief efforts in Puerto Rico, and 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, May 10

By |May 10th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: Angel Island Immigration Station is "a reminder of the difficult journey many immigrants have endured in the last century in America," Reclaim the Records news, saving music for the future, and more.

Seton Shields Genealogy Grant #199

By |April 11th, 2017|

This quarter, I awarded a grant to the Westside Cemetery Preservation Association to support their work of restoring and cleaning up the gravesites of enslaved African Americans and their descendants, found in cemeteries that have become overgrown and are largely hidden in secluded woods near sugar cane fields in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. Click through to the post for more details and to see how you can join me in supporting the work the WCPA is doing.

Genealogy Roundup, March 1

By |March 1st, 2017|

This week, Dale Earnhardt shared some thoughts after learning his family's immigration story; the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors; play with a fun tool to see how the world has changed in your lifetime, and more.