Trish Hackett Nicola, CG®

Adventures in Family History: Our visit to Leimersheim, Germany.” Sheldon Historical Society Schoolhouse Museum Newsletter 7 (March 2018): 2-3.

Sometimes tracing our family history cause us to venture a little out of our comfort zone. While Ancestry and Findagrave make it easier to locate records, they cannot replace contacting the people where our ancestors lived. It is important to call or write to town clerks and historical societies. They know the records and can point us in the direction of their homestead and pioneer cemetery, making your trip the experience of a lifetime.





Steven W. Morrison

“Glimpse of a Plantation Town: 1821 in Ballyhaise, County Cavan.” Familia: Ulster Genealogical Review 33 (2017): 39-57.

The Four Courts fire of 1922 consumed almost all of the 1821 Irish Census. Only fragments exist. But Ballyhaise, a Plantation town in County Cavan was lucky, its records are whole and intact. They reveal every name, age, sex, relationship to the head of the household, and occupations for the entire community. Also caught as a ‘snapshot in time’ was the construction of the parish church. An amazing pre-famine record, which in the states, would not be duplicated for another fifty-years.





Jill K. Morelli, CG®

“Swedish Records Merge Identities to Reveal Bengt Andersson’s Parents.” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 105 (Sept 2017): 199-210.

Correlating Swedish parish records with the little used taxation records identified the birth date and parents of Bengt Andersson (1764-1815) from Hishult parish, Halland län. Complicating identification were patronymic naming patterns, multiple same-named individuals and a ten-year gap in the life narrative of Bengt. This was overcome by the existence of a complete set of Swedish parish and tax records for this parish spanning 85+ years. A photo of the author’s father and grandmother graces the cover.  (Image used with permission.)





Claudia C. Beland

“Alias Smith and Crawford: Kubiaks of Manistee and Saginaw, Michigan.” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 105 (Sept 2017): 191-98.

When prominent businessman Stacy Clay Thompson of Manistee, Michigan married his much younger 2nd wife in 1906 her name in the marriage record, and on their children’s’ birth records was Mary Smith. However, she was actually Mary Kubiak, the daughter of Polish immigrants. Church records reveal various name changes for Mary, her parents and siblings.  (Image used with permission.)





Steven W. Morrison

“Quaker John Starr of Antrim and Cavan, Ireland: And his five Sons who sailed to Pennsylvania.” The Genealogist 30 (2016): 139-161.

About one in ten Quakers who arrived in the Delaware Valley came from Ireland. Late nineteenth century American records point to the Starr family’s origin in the counties of Cavan and Antrim. Locating historical records in post-Cromwellian Ireland is challenging. It is only by using Quaker records that this family’s origins, travels within Ireland, and their migration to the American colonies can be confirmed.





Steven W. Morrison

“The migratory path of eighteenth-century Ulster Nonconformists: Quaker John Starr of Antrim, Cavan and Pennsylvania.” Familia: Ulster Genealogical Review 31 (2015): 111-133.

Family traditions can create powerful imagery of a family long dead. Such is the effect of the Starr family of Pennsylvania on many of its distant descendants. There is ample evidence that five Starr brothers sailed to the Delaware River Valley before 1718 as Quakers from Ireland. However, locating historical records in post-Cromwellian Ireland is challenging at best. It is only by using Quaker records, the best church records in Ireland, that this family’s origins, travels within Ireland, and their migration to the American colonies can be confirmed.