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The Dawes Rolls

If you are doing any research into Native American ancestry, you’ll want to get familiar with the Dawes Rolls. They are known as the Dawes Rolls after Henry Dawes, who was in charge of the documentation. The documents are more officially known as the “Final Rolls of the Citizens and Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes in Indian Territory”.

To encourage the native population to accept Federal laws and the rule of government, this commission offered each person a plot of land for homestead as long as they agreed to be registered and accept the authority of the United States federal government. These rolls document all those who applied from the “five civilized tribes”, or the Creeks, Choctaws, Seminoles, Chickasaws and Cherokees. More than 100,000 people signed up and are documented in the Rolls. (more…)

24 Dec 2012

Hemophilia in the Royal Family

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Queen Victoria and her hemophilia legacy

You can pass down photographs, stories, belongings, land or titles to your descendants to create a lasting legacy of your life. Unfortunately, there are a few other things that can also be passed down through families. And that would be illness. Many diseases are transmitted from mother to offspring, leading to an interesting aspect to one’s family tree.

One of the best known cases of where genealogy and disease can mix is the strain of hemophilia that wound its way through the European royal families from the 1800s to the 1900s. (more…)

20 Dec 2012

Luke’s Lineage of Jesus

As discussed in an earlier article about the two genealogies of Jesus, there are 2 different listings of Jesus’ ancestors in the Bible. For further reference, here is the lineage of Jesus as told in Luke 3:23. And for comparison, you can see the other lineage from Matthew 1:1. (more…)

18 Dec 2012

Matthew’s Lineage of Jesus

I have another page that explains how there are two genealogies for Jesus, depending on where you are reading in the Bible. So I wanted to follow up and provide the list of Jesus’ ancestors in each cast. Here is the list from Matthew 1:1, and you can click to see the one from Luke 3:23. (more…)

18 Dec 2012

Genealogy of Jesus

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Biblical genealogy of Jesus

Though some might argue that nothing in the Bible can be held as historically accurate, there is also no real proof to say that the characters and people within the Bible did not exist as historical figures either. So you may consider this an article of Bible history or Biblical myth, depending on your point of view.

If nothing else, this may show how a family tree can become convoluted over time depending on cultural and societal customs.

There are 2 main genealogies in the Bible for the ancestry of Jesus, and unfortunately they are not the same. They are found in the gospel of Luke (Luke 3:23-38) and Matthew (Matthew 1:1-16). Both links lead to another page that has each genealogy listed out. Though they both lead back to King David, the two different lines have inspired much research and theorizing. Though there are many theories as to why Luke and Matthew did not record Jesus’ lineage the same, there are a few of them that are better known (and more accepted) than others. (more…)

18 Dec 2012

Reading Medieval Handwriting

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Example of medieval handwriting

Finding very old hand-written documents is one of the highlights in genealogy, but if you can’t read Medieval handwriting, you might be up against a wall.

This means any English writing between the 1500s and 1800s, though the specific styles will vary by era and region. The point is that Medieval handwriting can be very hard to transcribe until you learn some more of the script.

The best way to understand how letters were written during the Medieval period is by examining some properly transcribed examples. There are several websites that have some great photos and examples that can help you out.


17 Dec 2012

Homestead Act Records

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Settling of the American west offers a lot of genealogy information

Buying real estate or land can leave an important paper trail that can have plenty of genealogy information once you find the records you need. Land deeds are a great resource for any family tree studies.

But the Homestead Act in 1862 is a true treasure-trove of information if you are lucky enough to have American ancestors who took advantage of this land offer. There are very detailed files associated with all the people who claimed homestead land.


16 Dec 2012

Laura Ingalls Wilder Family Tree

After discussing the Homestead Act in last week’s article, which led to mention the famed frontier settler, Charles Ingalls. It may be more accurate to say that his daughter, Laura Ingalls Wilder is actually the famous one, for having written the Little House on the Prairie books.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

She wrote the popular series of books for children (which were also made into a TV series) later in her life, when she was in her 60s. Her stories chronicled her family’s struggles to settle in the American west, through several moves during her childhood. Her daughter Rose also wrote a book called Free Land, which also documents some of their family history, but with a more dramatic and adult-oriented theme. (more…)

16 Dec 2012

Civil War Resources

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Genealogy for the American Civil War

The Civil War was a very important event in American history, taking place between 1861 and 1865. The conflict touched the entire nation, and involved more than 3 million men. Any American genealogy study will likely come across relatives who were part of the Civil War. There are a number of resources, including military records, available that can provide a great deal of genealogical information.


16 Dec 2012

Heraldic Visitations

If you have any ancestors in the 1500-1650 time period from the UK, you will have to do some research through the Harleian Society’s heraldic visitations. They are amazing and filled with genealogy information as well as local history.

There was a widespread problem of fraudulent coats of arms usage, and so King Henry VIII decided to document proper family lineages in 1530. He sent a group of “heralds” to visit every town and parish in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland in order to record the family history and pedigrees for all the noble families. This huge project went on from 1530 until 1688, consisting of several rounds of visits. For my own history, my ancestors were mainly from Cheshire and there are visitations for that area for the years 1580, 1613 and 1663. (more…)

16 Dec 2012