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Sunday, October 12th, 2008
5:50 pm
Calling all Swetnams (or Roanes)
I'm an amateur geneaologist, but the third in my family who has pursued the history (at least, out of the ones that I know :P). If anyone has any information about the Swettenham family from Somorford Booths OR Swettenham, England, I would be interested in swapping information/stories. In addition to my research, my brother's, and our great-uncle's, I also have a long document about family legend and Swetnams across America that was created by a distant relative but which, unfortunately, does not cite sources.

At the moment I'm trying to find any information related to Alexander Swetnam and his wife Ann Roane; the only thing I know is that Alexander died in 1789 and they lived in Stafford County, VA. They had possibly two sons - John Swetnam, born 1747, and married to Sarah (Fickland) Ficklin (born before 1751), and Thomas Swetnam, who married Frances (Fanny) Call in 1765 in Hanover, VA. Any information about Alexander or his wife Ann would be greatly appreciated!
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
7:27 am
I love genealogy! It is one of the Coolest things ever... I am a Fourth Generation Genealogist. My mother, her mother and her mother (my Great Grandmother) were/are all genealogists. But I must say I have made the most progress thanks to the internet. I have found through the17th Century on a couple branches. 

What I wanted to post about is, I am a member of a site called Photomax. And what this site does is scan and archives your photos. I went though my photos and found pictures I had of my Grandmother and Grandfather. As far as I know I am the only one with a copy. I was always afraid that I might lose them, or my house might burn, or more likely where I live a flood (I'm from Oregon where is rains a lot ;) So what i did when I found this site was send them my photos and they scanned them and archived them. I then payed a little more and the made a Movie out of them... Where my family photos fly around and it played great music... 

Anyways I thought that I should pass this on to the people that would love it most, fellow Geneologists. 

The site is www.photomax.com. If you sign up you get 20 free photo prints. Its a members tells members only site, so you have to have a referral... So you have to put my Email address... which is jamesleekelley@yahoo.com and then the rest of the info is yours... I hope some of your find this fun! I would love to post a copy of my DVD but I haven;t figured out how yet lol... but I will once I figure it out.

James Lee kelley

Family Names ~ Kelley, Belletto, Jacobson/sen, Goss, Peterson, Struthers, Baird, Hoover 
Sunday, November 26th, 2006
9:44 am
Well, there are a few readers
I'm glad some of you commented. When I looked at this community I already had joined a few others (born_pilgrims, british_roots, and genealogy) but was intrigued that this one was created with "the goal...to run...like a general genealogy society". In response to the question about names I am researching, here are some key surnames in my research, sorted by place of immigration and region of origin.

To western Minnesota from Nordmore, Norway: Odegard (Tørriset), Herskedal; To western Minnesota from Gudbrandsdalen, Norway:Martinson (Lomoen), Kjorum, Sandbo (Sandbu Lille), Volden (Klevstad), Teigen, Rosemoen (Røssumoen); To Milwaukee, Wisc. from Rhineland, Germany: Weber, Stier, Mattern; To Ohio from Lauder, Scotland: Hume, Thompson; To eastern New York from Scotland or Ireland: Campbell; To Edmonton, Canada from Galicia, Austria (modern Ukraine): Mohr, Rief, Reil, Winkelmann, Schulkoski; To Buffalo, New York from Montedoro, Sicily: Sciandra, Provenzano, Montana, Campanella; To Rochester, New York from Mecklenburg, Germany: Sturm, Prieß; To central New York from Saarland, Germany: Mehlenbacher (Mühlenbacher), Schmidt, Kornbau; Colonial settlers, British: Marvin, Weaver, Robbins, Cadwell, Reed, Fuller, Franklin, Adams, Morse, Hawley; Colonial settlers, Dutch: Bertholf, Terhune, Wiltse, Cronkhite; Colonial settlers, Irish: Paddock, Petrie.

I'd love to hear from anyone with common ancestry, and also welcome visitors to my genealogical research page.

My main interest might be to gain advice or assistance to confirm and enlighten some of the dustier corners of my research—specifically and most importantly: Campbells in Annsville, NY; any surname of Sicily; Reed of western NY; Robbins of western NY and others earlier.

One of the areas that is a specialty for me is Norwegian and Danish research. I would be happy to help others in those areas.
Saturday, November 25th, 2006
9:48 pm
I joined this group and only later noticed that the most recent posting was way, way back in February. Does anyone still read this group?
Friday, February 17th, 2006
12:46 pm
Dear All!
I work at the project about heraldry and family emblems of Russian Princes. Now I'm looking for associations or internet-resources devoited to heraldry and geneology of ancient noble families of different countries.
If you know something what would help me please, let me konw.
Sincerely yours.
Thursday, February 9th, 2006
2:19 pm
VA genealogy anyone?
Anyone on here doing research in Virginia? In particular - CARROLL and/or PATRICK Counties?
Friday, September 2nd, 2005
7:05 pm
Newslinks about Katrina and how it relates to People of Color, the impoverished and President Bush.

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
3:23 pm

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Saturday, August 6th, 2005
7:11 pm
German Ancestry
I have a little bit of evidence that suggests that part of my family may of German descent...I think I am about to get back as far as my German link...but how do I proceed from there? Is there any way to search German archives?
4:58 pm
Reiners on Census

Does anyone have any UK Census CD's that cover London/Middlesex? If so could you look up the name Edward Reiners for me?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005
6:28 pm
Hi I just stummbled onto this group last night. YEAH! Here is what I am working on....

Some cold leads I have hit a brick wall at. Most I have have no diccumentation yet. Just trees I have found with other people. I plan to work on Doccumentation next step.

Hamilton line~ This is my fathers fathers line... I get back to my Great Great Grandfather and Great great Grandmother Robert Hamilton Born in Ohio about 1821. He was married to Effie (Unknown) who was born in Ohio about 1825. I have them on Census reports back to 1850 in Ohio. Then I loose them. John R. Hamilton Born about 1861 in Iowa is my Great Grandfather. I See he is on the 1900 Census with a Mable (unknown) born 1875 Then on the 1910 census only my Great Grandfather John and his son Melvin show up. Mable has dissapeared. She is not listed on Melvins Death Cert either.. only John. I can not find his birth cert.

Lawerence line~ My father's Mother I am back into Germany and Palistine but I don't know how to access records from there... letalone know hwo to read them.. any tips?

Carleton~ My mom has been bested with Sr. Guy Carleton. There was mention on a message board of a book published in the 1930-40's that has mention of his marriage to Miss Mary Bliss. She is said to be the mother of our line through Benard their son... There si no way to get ahold of the man who posted about this book. His # is disconnected :( Other than a old family letter this book seems to be the only connection to Sr. Guy Carleton and Mary Bliss.

Any help wuold be AWESOME thanks in advance for help with my mess

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, April 15th, 2005
12:45 pm
Does anyone know how to obtain records from 1500's ireland...

Current Mood: confused
Sunday, March 27th, 2005
7:01 pm
Does anyone have any suggestions on where I could do research on geneaology besides rootsweb.com for free searches. Also I need to find a way to research old arson records. If anyone can help please tell me.

Current Mood: happy
6:52 pm
Hi im new here :)

I've been searching for the bishop side of my family for a little while now

all i know is:
- There from Salem Mass.
- The names are Peter Bishop, Delia Bishop, Adam Bishop, and Matthew Bishop
- Peter and Delia had 15 Children
- The whole family was murdered by a realtive.



the time frame about 1690ish

Current Mood: busy
Thursday, March 24th, 2005
1:22 am
This is just one section of the puzzle
Hi I've been trying to locate...well alot of family records.
I'm looking for information on a family bible that is missing.
The family name is Townshend-Burdett.
There are a few members of that family that I know of thier names and birthdates.
-Caroline Townshend-Burdett b Feb 1883
-Julian Burdett Oct 1877
-Abigail Townshend-Burdett-Meyers Aug 1885
-Josiah "Josh" Burdett Sept 1880

Caroline had Julian were married and had several children. I believe there were 7 or 8.
Abigail was married first to a man named David Burdett then a man named Samuel Meyers. She and her sister Caroline had the same ammount of children.

The Townshend's hailed from Georgia-Virginia-The Carolina's and ultimately Ohio. Caroline was murdered by her husbands brother.

The Burdett's hailed from Canada.They were of French decent.

if anyone can help me at all I would appreciate it.
Also these surnames can be traced back to the Burdett/Townshend's

Current Mood: hopeful
Sunday, January 30th, 2005
1:24 am
1880 Census Lookup-Philadelphia, PA-Paul L DODGE
Could some one who has access to the actual pages email me a copy of the 1880 Census for Philadelphia, Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania federal census of Paul L DODGE born about 1863. Thank you for any assistance.

Current Mood: hopeful
Monday, January 24th, 2005
6:13 am
Eastman Online Genealogy Newsfeed
Hey guys I just got this eognnewsfeed

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, January 20th, 2005
10:26 pm
New Member :)
Hi there :) im a new member of this group. I have been having trouble finding information on some of my family members. mostly because most of the records were burned in a fire in 1946. i was wondering if anyone could help me out with it.
Sunday, October 24th, 2004
9:51 pm
Well, I'm a little new, just probaly haven't posted here.

I'm looking from some encouragement and some more ideas.

I'm currently researching my father's maternal side. Which is Irish and Czech. Nice mix, I know. I wrote the church in which they most of the maternal side are buried, and they advised that everything pre 1940ish has been sent the main Diocese in La Crosse, however was advised that any of the records that are still in the church, I will not have access to, b/c I was not directly involved in the activity, do to the new privacy laws.

Anybody got some Ideas.

I still have to track the chuch records for the Czech side, which are most likely somewhere in Dilly, Wisconsin. Where as the information I'm looking for right now, is in Kendall, Wisconsin.

Surnames are Sladek, Sikyta, Collins, Riley

*this may be cross posted*

Current Mood: determined
Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
3:47 pm
Calling all genealogists with ties to Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley!
For those of us who have ties to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, there is now a new community that focuses on everything pertinent to the Valley and its surroundings.


This community is a little place for those who live there, passed through, visited the Valley or simply miss it. It's also a place for you to come to if you've never been here and would like to find out about what's happening.

Here you can find links to any place of interest in the Valley, from town and school websites, to libraries, special collections to tourist information and current events. It's a new community and it's still under construction, but come on over and have a look!

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