A Promise on Family Records

I recently read a marvelous quote about family history from Elder Melvin J. Ballard, as printed in a family history manual put out by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are thousands of them, hundreds of thousands and millions of them in the spirit...

Technology Marches On

About fifteen years ago, as an undergraduate student at BYU, I found an old book in the university library about one of my family lines, the Skenes of Scotland. It was called Memorials of the Family of Skene of Skene. I discovered that since it was out of copyright...

John Carter of Broadwell

Last night I attended an exhibit from Christ in You Ministries called The History of Christian Scriptures. Looking at a 1607 Geneva Bible, I turned some pages and found some handwritten notes on a blank page. It was a family bible! I snapped a couple of pictures with...

Cumbria vs. Cumberland

Well, in my quest for Real Places® I’ve run into a maddening problem. I like things just so, I’m afraid. So I want my place names to be orderly too. Family Tree Maker has a list of ‘real’ places built in. It’s not comprehensive but...

What You’re Seeing is a Welsh Place Name Not a Keyboard Accident

The first time I stumbled across an ancestor who was born in LngtwgDyfrynWysg I decided some older relation had given up trying to type in the correct name and this was just gobbledegook. Luckily I tried taking pieces of the place name and searching for them- Dyfryn...

No Fitche Castle After All

Sadly, in my quest for Real Places®, I ran across an ancestor supposedly born at Fitche castle. This kind of thing is always exciting to me. Unfortunately, it’s not true. Thank you for the copy which proves it to be the pedigree which my great-uncle Fred. had...

Welsh Place Name Clues

In trying to find a Real Place® for Flambere-Mayre, Wales, I hit gold online that also may have also provided a good clue for deciphering other Welsh placenames. Yes, it looks as if it must be a reference to Llanbryn-mair. It is not uncommon to see the...

Where is POFFI?

I’ve run across a few people in my genealogy that had listed as the place for an LDS sealing, the acronym POFFI. After a bit of searching I found a nice discussion thread that explained it. POFFI is the abbreviation for Office of the President. (or Presidents...