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Historical Documents – 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

Week #7 – Historical Documents

Week 7 – Historical Documents: Which historical document in your possession are you happy to have? How did you acquire this item? What does it reveal about your ancestors?

This challenge runs from Sunday, February 12, 2012 through Saturday, February 18, 2012.


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

© 2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

4 thoughts on “Historical Documents – 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

  1. My most precious document is the Removal Order of my 3x great grandfather and his family from Somerset to Devon (in the UK).

    Finding out when and why the family would move from Somerset to Devon was a bit of a brick wall at the time and I was thrilled to knock this wall down so cleanly.

    I have scheduled a post about this on my blog for Feb 15th.

  2. The oldest historical document amonst my family papers is a marriage bond of my great, great, great grandparents, dated 1786. I also have wills dated 1813 and 1839 plus an affiliation order of 1810 for an ancestor who had fathered an illegitimiate chiold. They are fascinating documents that give such an insight into my ancestors’ lives. All obtained from Lancashire Record Office. See my posting:

  3. Two years ago, I verified my suspicion that my husband’s great-grandfather was a British Home Child by writing to Barnardo Homes in England. He was sent to Canada in 1887 to be a farm laborer at age 13. He never told his wife or children.

    It cost $200 to order his file from Barnardo’s, but the photos and family information inside (i.e. an interview of his mother about the family circumstances) were priceless.

  4. 1. In 2008 Ancestor Seekers provided proof naming the father of my husband’s grandfather. This proof was located in the Clerk of County Court, Guardian bonds, which mentions that James Fette was an orphan of William Fette, Sr.

    2. Land patent document issued in 1817 in Ohio (SW Section 14 Township 16 Range 5) to Philip Prennor was actually for my great-great-great-great grandfather Philip Brenner.

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