Friday, July 29, 2011

Happy 207th Birthday, Joseph Billington (1804-1871)!

John Welch's second-great-grandfather

Joseph Billington is another mystery man. Husband to Martha, father of Eliza Billington Welch (thus father-in-law to John Welch 1), he should be a pretty straightforward pioneer to trace. Yet Joseph's later return to Iowa and the RLDS Church have provided intriguing twists to his life.

And which signature is the real one?  The one on the letter above, I'm presuming, which is fancier.  Perhaps his wife wrote the return address on the envelope in the less practiced hand?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy 123rd Birthday, John Shaw Welch (1888-1947)!

John S. Welch's father

John Welch had great agricultural talent which he used to help the Maori people in New Zealand in the 1920s, but his future career was cut short with a lingering illness.  His son has written his biography: My Father, John Shaw Welch.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Happy Reunioning!

Tis the season for family gatherings, and I have a few ideas for ways to celebrate heritage and make the genealogy portion interactive and fun for all.