ge·ne·al·o·gy [jee-nee-ol-uh-jee, -al-, jen-ee-] noun. 1. a record or account of the ancestry and descent of a person, family, group, etc. 2. the study of family ancestries and histories. 3. descent from an original form or progenitor; lineage; ancestry. 4. Biology . a group of individuals or species having a common ancestry.

Origin: 1250–1300; Middle English genealogie < Middle French < Late Latin geneālogia < Greek geneālogía pedigree, equivalent to geneā́ race (see gene) + -logia -logy - from Dictionary.com

Checking In

So after a year of splendid activity, research, and findings, this year has been quite disappointing. That hopes to change in the coming months, but I’ve been saying that too. Here’s an update on some of the long standing issues and some recent news:

  • We may finally have a resolution to the research into George Eugene Prujan. aois21 has been contacted by a descendant through his son from his first marriage. If everything checks out, Escape from Destiny, the biography of the Captain by Philip J. Sipkov, will be available as an eBook in November.
  • I’ve recently been contacted by a person with information concerning the Allen clan and he has transmitted some important documents. These documents include wills for my Great Grandmother, Hazel Allen Roach Silverthorn, and other important information about her mother Lavinia “Sabina” E. Moore Allen. I’m currently reviewing all of the documents and it looks like I have some new information about my GG Grandparents that I was missing before.
  • I’ve also had some interesting contacts with distant cousins through Ancestry.com. These contacts are on both my and my wife’s side of the family.
  • I am continuing to review hints for the D’Anjou Public tree and when I have a free period, I will download the results and merge it with the master tree file, completing my full review of my family tree. Once that is complete, I will be updating the information on the Seibhleain & D’Anjou family heritage site at megankeith.com/past.
  • Due to the lack of research this year, I am re-categorizing the Son of Swift eJournal as a two-eBook series and will be issued in all eBook formats, but only through the aois21 market, not wide release. Once I have completed merging the D’Anjou Public tree with the master file, I will also release the D’Anjou edition.
  • I hope to be doing a lot of new research around Thanksgiving as there have been some changes in the family and there will be a new branch to review and discover quite soon.

And that’s all for now. I’ll let you know how it all shakes out.

Free Ancestry Weekend

Ancestry is offering free access to “Just-Released Global Records” through Monday at Midnight. Here are some of the collections that are available:

I’m not sure if that’s all of the collections, but that is nearly 200. My apologies for not doing it in alphabetical order.

Good luck and happy searching!

Suspending the Surname Studies

I am stopping my weekly analysis of surnames and am now planning to restart my regular genealogy research. Presently, here is the schedule I am prepared to work on. Each week will have:

  • One day of research on my side of the family
  • One day of research on my wife’s side of the family
  • The return of Wordless Wednesday, with a photograph from my family history files.
  • Surname review - Top news stories and YouTube video for the Shovlins and the Angevines.

Any thoughts?

Son of Swift turned 1 today!
One year ago today, I followed the advice of Lisa Louise Cooke of the Genealogy Gems podcast and started my own genealogy blog. It allowed me to build a structured research plan, keep track of my results, and share them with the world.
So here we are, a year older, a year wiser. I know more now about my family, and was able to break down some long standing brick walls. I have been hesitant to get back into a structured plan like I did before, hence my surname studies lately.
365 days, 221 posts, 54 followers, dozens of new connections, hundreds of new family to explore.
Thank you all.

Son of Swift turned 1 today!

One year ago today, I followed the advice of Lisa Louise Cooke of the Genealogy Gems podcast and started my own genealogy blog. It allowed me to build a structured research plan, keep track of my results, and share them with the world.

So here we are, a year older, a year wiser. I know more now about my family, and was able to break down some long standing brick walls. I have been hesitant to get back into a structured plan like I did before, hence my surname studies lately.

365 days, 221 posts, 54 followers, dozens of new connections, hundreds of new family to explore.

Thank you all.