GenealogyBlogThe Photo DetectiveGenealogy à la carte | A genealogy news blog from a Montréal, Québec point de vueItaly OriginsGenealogy Insider"Who Do You Think You Are?": J.K. Rowling's French Family Tree Posted by Diane Let our "Who Do You Think You Are?" Photo: Andrew Montgomery Sunday’s "Who Do You Think You Are?" Rowling visited stunning places, from the French national archives in Paris to the ancestral village of her second-great-grandmother on France's border with Germany. Her first stop included a treasure box of family history and helped to set the tone of the show: Sitting in her aunt’s home in Edinburgh, Scotland, Rowling gathered clues to Louis Volant's life. At the national archives, a bit of Rowling's world seemed to crumble as she realized the Louis Volant who received the Legion d’Honnuer wasn't her Louis. The men in the Territorial Regiments were 35 to 40 years old and were charged with guarding roads and bridges, not fighting. If you have roots in France, don't miss the French genealogy research guide in the September 2015 Family Tree Magazine. Records next led to Louis' mother, Salomé Schuch.
Genealogy Insider"Who Do You Think You Are?": Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Black Sheep Ancestor + Old Newspaper Research Tips Posted by Diane In last night's "Who Do You Think You Are?" Jesse Tyler Ferguson's great-grandfather Jess Uppercue—the father of Ferguson's paternal grandmother, Jessie, with whom he was close—seemed to get into trouble wherever he went. It started when he was arrested for the murder of an aunt he lived with at age 22. Although he had motive (he stood to gain a tidy sum when she died, having just insisted upon the rewriting of her will), the evidence was circumstantial. Uppercue later turns up in Evanston, Ill.; Fargo, ND; St. Then, as the promoter for an expedition to the Alaskan Klondike in 1898, he brought so many participants and provisions, and so much mining machinery, that the group couldn't use the rugged trail. As you could see in this episode (and as I've found in my own research), newspapers are a good source for tracing ne'er-do-well ancestors. "Who Do You Think You Are?"
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