Saturday, September 6, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Best Genea-Prize in August 2014

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 
 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):

1)  Did you do some genealogy research during August 2014?  Did you find a great record or story pertaining to an ancestor or family member?

2)  Tell us about the BEST genea-prize ("record") you found during August 2014.  What was it, where did you find it, and how does it help advance your research?

3)  Share your genea-prize in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.  

3)  NOTE:  If you didn't find one in August, tell us about a recent genea-prize from another month.

Here's mine:

My "best" genea-prize was the Upper Canada Land Petitions that I found for my Canadian "Loyalist" ancestors.  These were shown on the Rachel and Kayleen McAdams episode of Who Do You Think You Are?  That provided the spur to look for them and I found them with the help of some Genea-Musings readers.  I wrote blog posts about them in:

*  Looking for United Empire Loyalist Ancestors (8 August 2014)

*  Finding Loyalist Petition Papers on Library and Archives Canada (LAC) (11 August 2014)

*  Amanuensis Monday - Post 231: 1791 Upper Canada Land Petition of Abraham Dafoe (18 August 2014)

*  Amanuensis Monday - Post 232: 1797 Upper Canada Land Petition of John, Abraham and Daniel Defoe (25 August 2014)

I also have land petition records for another set of Loyalist ancestors - John Kemp and John Kemp Jr..

As described in the blog posts, I found these records on the Libraries and Archives Canada website (  They weren't easy to find!  Read the second post on the list above for directions.

These records provide information about where my Loyalist ancestors settled after the Revolutionary War, and built their lives in Canada after being displaced from the American colonies.  This was a major change in their life stories, and it needs to be told.

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Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


Elizabeth Handler said...

Thank you for this timely SNGF because of a resource that a reader shared with me after a blog post last week. See A Jewish Genealogy Journey.

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

My post is here --

Dana Leeds said...

I posted mine! I started it by asking for help identifying 6 people, but I ended up answering the question myself! Blogging helps put things in order!

Alex Daw said...

Hi Randy - I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the "One Lovely Blog Award". You probably get nominated all the time so please don't feel obliged to participate. I hope you can just enjoy basking in the glory and that you get more readers as a result.

Janice Harshbarger said...

My post is at

That day of discovery about my grandfather will remain with me a long time.