Philadelphia Marriage announcements for May 8th, 1914

Below is the list of marriage licenses issued printed in the Philadelphia Inquirer on May 8th, 1914.

Marriage Licenses Issued

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The Philadelphia Inquirer: May 8th, 1914

Newspapers are one of the best resources for tracking down ancestors – the oldest newspapers you can find will probably have obituaries and may even list marriages as well.  Even if you can’t find the person you’re looking for, you’ll still be able to get a feel for the time period and learn about what was going on in the area.

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The 1926 University of Missouri Savitar

I recently bought a copy of the 1926 University of Missouri yearbook (The Savitar) to find photos of some ancestors.  Below are a few photos.

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Daniel Whitlow of Kentucky

Daniel Whitlow was born in 1795 in Kentucky, to Pleasant Whitlow and Tabitha Tudor.  He married Francis Ray “Fannie” Tison on May 6th, 1835.  Daniel moved to Illinois in the mid 1800s, and is listed in the 1850 census for Greene County, Illinois as a farmer.   Continue Reading »

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William Wyatt Whitlow of Greene County, Illinois

William Wyatt Whitlow

William Wyatt Whitlow

William Wyatt Whitlow was born on April 1, 1834, in Greene County, Illinois to Daniel Whitlow and Francis Tison (“Fannie”).  He worked as a farmer in Greene County for most of his life, and eventually worked as the Commissioner of Highways.  In 1856 he moved to Montgomery County, Illinois, and married his wife, Fannie Elizabeth Thomason there two years later. Continue Reading »

John Cochran and Rosanna Acton, Irish Immigrants

John Cochran's tombstone

John Cochrans tombstone

John Cochran was born in Ireland on November 28th, 1790 to his parents Samuel Cochran and Margaret Wilson.  He grew up in Castlebar, Ireland with his 4 brothers and sisters:

  • Alexander Cochran, born 1794 in Ireland
  • Mary Cochran, born 1797 in Ireland
  • Catherine Cochran, born 1800 in Ireland
  • Margaret Cochran, born 1804 in Ireland

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Augustin Troxclair and Felicite LeBoeuf, St. James Parish, Louisiana

Augustin Troxclair (also spelled Trosclaire, Troxler, Troxclaire, among others) lived in St. James Parish, Louisiana, just west of New Orleans.  He was born in Saint James Parish in about 1820.  Augustin was married to Felicite LeBoeuf, who was born in St. James Parish around 1810.

The 1860 census for St. James Parish lists Augustin as a Farmer, living just next to Jean Rome.

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Marcellus Gladden Gorin

Photo of Marcellus Gladden Gorin from his obituary in the St. Louis Republican

Photo of Marcellus Gladden Gorin from his obituary in the St. Louis Republican

Marcellus Gladden Gorin was born in about 1836 in Louisiana, Missouri, son of Bartley William Gorin and Mary Johnson.

Marcellus attended Westminster College in Fulton, MO, and received a Doctor of Divinity degree. In 1858 he married Joanna Knott, sister of Kentucky governor James Proctor Knott in Memphis, MO.  Marcellus and Joanna had seven children:

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Louisiana Birth & Death Records

A note from the Louisiana Secretary of State's office

A note from the Louisiana Secretary of State

I recently sent off for several Louisiana records and have just received a very clear response that explains what records are available to researchers.

The note reads:

In 1918 the Louisiana Legislature mandated the registering of births and deaths occuring in the state. Even though it was a state law, unless a person was born or died in a hospital, it was the family’s responsibility to file the birth or death certificate.  In the early 1950’s, the funeral homes took over filing the death certificates.  Before 1952 it is not unusual for there to be NO state death certificate on file.  Your only recorse is to check for obituaries, coroner, probate or church records in the parish where the death occured.

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Harvey Spaulding Clapp

Harvey Spaulding Clapp

Harvey Spaulding Clapp

Harvey Spaulding Clapp was born in Moretown, Vermont, in 1817 to Rufus Clapp and Wealthy Parkhurst Spaulding.

He traveled extensively throughout the Great Lakes as a marble salesman and kept a diary, which, although it consists almost entirely of mundane business transactions, shows him to have possessed an extraordinary intellect.  The diary, written in the summer of 1847, follows Harvey from his home in Moretown, Vermont, through New York, Northern Ohio, Michigan, and as far as Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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