Monday, 26 February 2018

International Commercial Directories

No country has everything they need or would like, and there are records of Trade existing back to the 19th century BC.  As methods of transportation evolved... camels, horses, ships, railroads, etc... merchants went farther afield to buy and sell their wares.

Now a Department of Commerce or a Department of Trade would publish directories like this one published in USA for Southern Australia. 

There were also guides for commercial travelers with information on where to go, how to get there, what to bring, what banks there are, recommended hotels etc.

Relevant Links

Timeline of International Trade

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Marriage Licenses of the Diocese of Exeter

Marriage Licenses of the Diocese of Exeter 1524-1630

"The Diocese of Exeter matches almost exactly the boundaries of the county of Devon, including Torbay and Plymouth."

I ran through my list of Devon surnames, and there is one possibility...

This is an entry of a marriage license issued 24 Aug 1631 for Thomas Lapthorne of Ermington and Margery Adams of Modbury.  This could be an ancestor of my 6x ggf  William Lapthorn who married in 1715 in Ermington. 

There are other names that match my surnames, but not the places. 

Also gives some unexpected entries...

I wouldn't want to be Alexander Preston right about then!! 

Be creative in your spelling of names when using the search box.  

Relevant Links

Marriage Licenses of the Diocese of Exeter

Sunday, 11 February 2018

St. Bees, Cumbria

What a cool name for a village! 
St Bees is a coastal village on the Irish Sea in Cumbria, England. 

Here we have a Register of the Priory of St Bees. 

It is in Latin and in numbered paragraphs, and a corresponding number with enough translation to understand what the record is. Some show references to a preceding paragraph. 

There is list of priors, a general index, and an index of names in the back. 


Relevant Links

Register of the Priory of St Bees

St Bees, Cumbria, England

Whitehaven Archives and Local Studies Centre - St Bees Genealogy

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Did your Ottawa (Illinois) ancestors move away or pass away?

Many of us find our ancestors in directories and census, and then they disappear!

If that happened to you, and your ancestors were from Ottawa.. you may be in luck! 

Gives a little blurb about the former residents...

Update:  I should have mentioned this is Ottawa, LaSalle County, Illinois 

Relevant Links

LaSalle County Centennial - Directory of Former Ottawa Residents 1831-1931

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Policemen Brotherhood of Ste-Anne-de-Bellvue

For those of you with ancestors in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue...
Courtesy of Eric Leduc, with thanks.

La Fraternité des Policiers de 
Brotherhood of Policemen 

This bilingual booklet includes names of the town mayors and alderman from 1895-1968, as well as photos of 1970 police officers with the date they started their service.  

Get the booklet in pdf at the link below.  Cite courtesy of Eric Leduc. 

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