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A New Year and a New Leaf

2017-01-14 21:01:50

I've redesigned the site with a new look and mobily friendly layout. Hope you like it!

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Irish Marriage Index

2017-01-06 16:03:32


The Irish Gnealogical Research Society has a free searchable index of Irish marriages. Check it out!


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James L. Dickerson

2015-06-18 15:49:16

Mr. James L. Dickerson, 95, of Lebanon, passed away June 16, 2015, at Witham Memorial Hospital in Lebanon. James was born September 13, 1919 in Lebanon, a son of the late Melvin and Mary Etta (Shipley) Dickerson. He married Mildred DeMott 69 years ago in Delphi, Indiana. She survives.

James served in World War II in the U.S. Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He retired after 60 years as a concessionaire. He was a 50 year member of the Lebanon Mason Lodge #9. He was also a VFW life member and a member of the Lebanon Elks.

Survivors include his wife Mildred Dickerson; his son Stephen James (Marie) Dickerson of Jasper, AL; his daughters Betty (Jeff) Stover of Decatur, IN and Cecelia (Donald) Kenna of Lebanon; his grandchildren Nicole Stover, Amanda Spring, Brooke Ealing, Elizabeth Franklin, Brittany Goon, Macey Kenna, Dustin Kenna, and Brent Dickerson; and his great-grandchildren Kamdyn Ealing, Aubree Franklin, McKinzie Summers, and Zane Goon. James was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister.

Family and friends will gather Friday, June 19, 2015 for visitation from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 2:00 p.m. in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon Street, Lebanon. Following services, James will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. You are invited to visit the website where you may sign his online register and leave a personal message. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Little Red Door, 1801 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

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Graves Family

2014-09-20 12:06:22

New photos and information for the Graves tree has been added.  

My ggg-grandfather Jeremiah Graves:

Jeremiah Graves

My gggg-grandfather Bela Graves:

Bela Graves

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Rhea Richmond - KIA September 3, 1944

2014-05-26 09:23:03

Remmebering this young man who died while serving his coutry in World War II.  I'm still looking for more information on him (birth, where he served and where he died).

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Ireland Genealogy Headstone Index

2014-05-24 11:06:04

Here's a nice index of Ireland headstones with photos.  Searching it can be a bit time consuming, but it's much faster than doing it in person!

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Family Tree Software Updates

2011-09-11 10:30:03

The family tree section has received some long over due updates and enhancements:

  • Documents, Photos, and Headstones will now show a larger view of the item when hovering your mouse over it.  This will let you preview the item without having to click on it.
  • The search page has more options and advanced features.
  • The places page now shows a graph of the top 10 locations in the database.
A number of other small improvements have been implemented as well.

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Emily Geiger Family Updates

2009-12-18 15:54:33

Thanks to a distant cousin Susan B., we know quite a bit more about the family of Emily Geiger (She was married to William J. Kenna - they divorced later).  Susan provided this information quite a while ago, but I'm just getting around to posting it now.  The new information here is about Emily's mother Antoinette Zeiser and her family, all from Germany.  See the partial pedigree chart below - click on it to go to the chart and browse.



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James McKenna, b. 14 May 1810

2009-06-16 17:18:13

While searching the Limerick Ireland Genealogy database ( for birth records on James Kenna found here in my database, I found a James McKenna born or baptized 14 May 1810.  The record is from the St. Michael's (Roman Catholic) district in County Limerick.  His father is listed as Michael McKenna and mother as Catherine Collopy.  There was no other information on the transcribed record.

This could be the guy I am looking for (the date and location are matches), but I can't be sure since I don't know his mother or father's names.

(This search cost me 5 euro!!)


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Frederick Oliver Ouellette Updates

2008-09-06 13:39:59

Frederick Oliver OuelletteMany thanks to Robert Marchand for contacting me with 8 generations of ancestor information on Frederick Ouellette (1884 - 1934).  With his help we now have information on the Ouellette/Willette family line back to the 1600's in France.

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