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Abundant Genealogy – Week 8

Prompt: Genealogy Libraries: Genealogy libraries (and dedicated departments in regular libraries) are true treasures in the family history community. Tell us about your favorite genealogy library. What or who makes it special? How lucky can I be that I live in the Richmond, Virginia area?  At least, when it comes to genealogical research.  My favorite library is the Library of Virginia, followed closely by the local LDS library.  I have other libraries I could sing the praises of *cough* Virginia Historical Society *cough*, but I have limited time to write this post.  The Library of Virginia is not just a physical repository.  They have pioneered putting out digital records.  There are still many more records to go.  The genealogy library on the second floor is huge.  They have many resources … Read entire article »

Filed under: Abundant Genealogy, research, Virginia Research

The Library of Virginia from our local NBC Affliate

The success of Who Do You Think You Are was hammered home last week when I saw a story on the Library of Virginia from NBC12, our local affliate.  They did a short sequence on a local politician who was trying to trace a slave ancestor and how she used the repository.  All in all, I thought it was a decent, very short introduction to the genealogical resources at the Library of Virginia.  I was happy that they mentioned this politician has been tracing her family tree for almost 30 years and that it can be a long and frustrating process.  My one quibble with WDYTYA is that they make the process look so “easy”.  I type in a name and ‘boom’ your whole tree is there and a professional pops out of your screen and takes you to the right … Read entire article »

Filed under: Miscellaneous, research, Virginia Research

Arthur Alfred Ellkin (1895-1969) of Buena Vista, WA

Arthur Alfred Elkin was born August 31, 1895 in Brush Prairie, WA.  His father was Edward Eldridge Elkin and his mother was Margaret Elvira Marrs.  They were both from Virginia, originally, and took the Oregon trail out from MO.  Arthur was their 8th child. Arthur Alfred Elkin married Etta Ethel Stonehocker on September 24, 1916 in Buena Vista, Tillamook County, Oregon.  They had 5 children together. Arthur Alfred died on February 20, 1969 in Tucson, Pima County, AZ.  This is listed as the place of death on his SSDI record.  You can link to the Rootspersona Tree here. *Most of the information I have on this line of my family came from my great Uncle Edwin Elkin, Arthur’s son.  I will be working on the sources of this information and inputting it into … Read entire article »

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Surname – Elkin(s)

My featured surname this post is Elkin.  A few generations back, it was Elkins, but a great-grandfather changed it.  We are not sure why.  I am going to focus on the line I descend from. The oldest ancestor I have found, and that many of the Elkin/s researchers I have worked with, tend to agree it is John Elkins of England.  He lived and died in England.  His son, Ralph Elkins, came to America while the Virginia Company was still transporting people over here.  He was lucky because he must have had some wealth.  He was granted land in what is now Stafford County, Virginia.  He died in Stafford County, Virginia and his handwritten will is preserved in the archives at the Library of Virginia.  He was my 10th great grandfather. Ralph’s children … Read entire article »

Filed under: research, Surname Saturday

Surname Saturday – McCaul/McCall

My husband’s father, Eammon (Edward) Conleith McCaul was from Newbridge, Kildare County, Ireland.  His father, James Joseph, was born in Cavan County, Ireland. At that time, the spelling of the last name was McCall.  It seems there was some sort of falling out between brothers and my husband’s grandfather changed the spelling of his last name. There was another family story I heard that also explained the spelling change.  James Joseph fought with Michael Collins (not directly, but under him in the “army”) for Irish Independence.  To give some semblance of protection to his family, he changed the spelling of his name.  I know that his sons were aware of what their father did, but they only learned about it later and through family friends, against the wishes of their father. There are many McCalls … Read entire article »

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Getting ‘Round to Research

I was hoping I would have the time this week to get out and do some research at the Library of Virginia.  However, middle school exams to be taken by a surly pre-teen and a house rennovation have intruded on my regular schedule and threw me off.  I will get out to the LDS library to order a film tomorrow and maybe do some census research.  I am trying to figure out a few relationships from the early 1900′s. Luckily, my digitizing projects have been proceeding nicely.  I am grateful that I have pictures of all but one great-grandparent on my Briley side.  I only have about 50 more pics in dad’s album.  It will be fun to hand him back his album and a DVD of his pictures.   … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2012 goals, NC, research