Monthly Archives: February 2010

Rebellion de Patriotes – 1837 to 1838

As David Graham was kind enough to point out in his comment, the Rebellion de Patriotes of 1837-1838 certainly colored the lives of the Dion/Denis and Robidou families of  the early 1800′s. Minimally, it can be assumed that the Rebellion of Lower Canada contributed to the socio-political environment and circumstances within which the family migrations(…)

Public speaking?

During the past few months, I have been honored by my friends at the Parker Family History Center; they have expressed interest in having me speak at numerous genealogy groups with which they are involved including the Parker Genealogy Group, the Colorado Genealogical Society and the Parker LDS Family History Center. Presentations Completed & Downloadable(…)

Ancestry Hints!

Beware the hints! I know, I have said that before but the entire prospect of using poorly proofed Ancestry materials conerns me. As many of you may have noticed.  I just broke through a block in my family genealogy (the block of Joseph and Julia Deyo’s parentage and life before entering the US). Once my(…)

The Dion – Deyo family from Quebec

It is with special gratitude, appreciation, and ‘apologies’ to the following individuals: Barb Deyo, Wilfred Deyo (deceased), Linda Hayne, Craig LaPine Patti Gravel, Gloria Pratt, Carole Relation that I can now tell the tale of our Dion Family (today most commonly known as the Deyo Family) and their migration from Quebec to the Clinton County(…)

Say it ain’t so…

Family stories are not always true. If you have been doing any amount of genealogy perhaps you have discovered that out. If not, you may be in for a rude awakening. My family, like most, comes with it’s fair share of myths and fables. Certain family members are seen as being larger than life, other(…)

Alert! Chrome & Tweets

Chrome, to my knowledge, does not ‘yet’ support reading DJVU files.  I have looked up and down for a plugin without any success.  If you are using Chrome on this site this deficiency will make reading documents difficult. Should you know of a way to read DJVU files in Chrome please share that with us(…)

John Deyo

Today through the generosity of the Altona Town Clerk, Carole Relation, I received a copy of my g-g-grandfather’s death certificate.  He died on 12 April 1924 and was buried 18 April 1924 in Altona, New York. This document lists Joseph Deyo as his father and Julie Dennis as his mother.  This document completes the link(…)

Deo/Deyo is Dion!

If you look at the attached record you will find the following Joseph Dion/Deo/Deyo family residing in Quebec during the 1851 Census. This both firmly places the family in St. LaColle, near Montreal.  We also now know through related birth documents of these ‘newly found’ children (for me ‘new’ at least…), the parents birth names(…)

Source Materials- It’s almost magic!

I don’t know how it happens but it does, at least for me. As I noted in an earlier post, not all source documents are easy to read. Often they are muddled, smudged, faded, and torn. Sometimes the authors had been quills, bad penmanship or unsteady hands. Yet somehow this stuff is readable. Even when(…)

Source Materials- Microfilm Tips & Warnings

For those of you who have not used genealogical source data before, I can assure you this is an adventure. In most ways, my experiences have been very positive as well as curious. I should also admit that almost all source material I have used has been either German or French Canadian. I have never(…)

Source Materials- Familysearch & Family History

Probably one of the most valuable primary sources of genealogical information today is provided by the LDS (Latter Day Saints- Mormon) Church- FamilySearch.org. The website itself is not really the most useful aspect of their service. In truth, I personally find the online components to their site to be less valuable then that of their(…)

Mary Deyo (Burnah/ Bonin)

Thank you to Barb Deyo for the following documentation. Plattsburgh Daily Press – February 18, 1938 MRS. MARY DEYO OF ALTONA DIES Mrs. Mary Deyo of Altona died at her home yesterday morning at ten O’clock. She was 81 years old. Mrs. Deyo had lived in Altona for the past forty years. Her husband, John(…)

Before you start

A very important dimension of genealogy involves history and context. You may already know that and if so, perhaps this posting is not for you. However for those of you who do NOT remember your geography and history, here are some recommendations. These recommendations are based on the assumptions that: our ancestors lived in a(…)

George Deyo update

The mystery of George Deyo’s death is solved.  Here is the text of his obituary: The obit was dated Oct. 19, 1942 and the date of death was Oct. 17, 1942. GEORGE DEYO TO BE BURIED AT ALTONA Funeral services for George Deyo, 78, who died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Fred Belair of Altona, at 7(…)

Eli Deyo 1850-1924

[written by Wilfred Frank Deyo circa 1982] Eli Deyo was born in Lacolle, Province of Quebec, Canada around the year 1850 according to a copy of the marriage certificate issued to him by the Town of Alburg, Vermont when he married Miranda BABBA in Alburg, Vermont on January 6, 1875. He gave his age then(…)

Database Problems

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Joseph Deyo & Descendants

The Deyos- 1800-1982 [written by Wilfred Frank Deyo circa 1982] The writer, Wilfred Frank Deyo will incorporate -the following information available as of October 8, 1982 into the “Deyo Family History”- 1800-1982-From Canada to the United States of America which he hopes to put together in the not too distant future. There are still some(…)

Are you serious?

Genealogical research always presents dilemmas. These dilemmas almost always have significant impact and represent important family history decisions. I will try to provide some examples. First every family historian or genealogist needs to decide their role and its potential impact: Are you simply trying to gather bunches of names and places -or- are you doing(…)

John Deao- WW1

Plattsburgh Sentinel -1918 Mr & Mrs. Napoleon Deao received a telegram a few days ago stating that John Deao had been severly wounded in action in France July 15th. John was cited for bravery in action on April 21.

John (Jean, Zeb) Deyo (Deo-Dion)!

Some names can be confusing! I think the title of this post bears that out. Recently I received the following note from Gloria Cusson Pratt of the Northern New York- American Canadian Genealogical Society. Her note informed me of the following: John married as Jean Baptiste Dion to Marie Bonin on 2 July 1866 at(…)

Data, Friends, and Reviews – part 1

Beware of the free hints at Ancestry.com. One of the biggest problems with Ancestry.com hints is in the poor quality of the research that backs up the actual hint recommendations. Couple that with poor heuristics used by Ancestry for ‘hint’ data validation and you can some real genealogical data disasters. As I noted in an(…)

Deyo genealogy

Based on data and input I have received from various people, I believe I have traced  and documented a “plausible” genealogy for the Joseph Deo family leading back to France in the late 1600s. If anyone is interested in reviewing the tree and commenting on what I have pieced together, please contact me.

They went to war…

In addition to Luise and Erich Senger who both served in the Deutsche Luftwaffe during World War 2, numerous friends and family members of the Senger family were either inducted into or volunteered for German military service. The fortunate “souls” survived the war. Below are the photos of those we have in our collection. If(…)

Does anyone know Tommy?

Tommy was an English war prisoner who spent most of World War 2 working on the Senger family farm in Zeyervorderkampen. He was originally captured by German forces at Dunkirk in 1940 and he spent more than 4 years of the war working on and about the Senger farm.  As you might gather from the(…)

“Photo” Enhancements

Getting a good picture from an aged image is crucial to developing and maintaining a good family history.  Unfortunately as you look around ManyRoads, you’ll notice countless images that ought to be fixed.  Aside from being a tad lazy, the skills required to accomplish this effort are significant and confusing.

Thank you…

I’d like to take a brief opportunity to thank the many people who have sent me information, pictures, and data to place on ManyRoads. It is my hope to keep this list up to date. So if you have sent me materials and through an error of omission (not commission) I somehow have neglected to(…)

“Document” Enhancement

Image & document restoration is key to successfully reading many genealogical documents. The source documents we have available to us today are often simply scanned or photographic images of original handwritten documents.  Many of the originals are themselves are in poor or suspect condition even before they are digitally captured. Given that is the case,(…)

French Canadian Emigration to the United States, 1840-1930

Source: Damien-Claude Bélanger, Département d’histoire, Université de Montréal Claude Bélanger, Department of History, Marianopolis College Between 1840 and 1930 roughly 900 000 French Canadians left Canada to emigrate to the United States. This important migration, which has now been largely forgotten in Quebec’s collective memory, is certainly one of the major events in Canadian demographic(…)

A ManyRoads Update- 5 Feb 2010

The last few weeks have been quite interesting in terms of new discoveries, etc.  Per normal, I’ll simply enumerate them in an outline (I’m not feeling terribly prosaic right now). I discovered that my entire Deyo line and genealogy was wrong.  I had our lineage going through New Paltz and New Amsterdam.  It turns out(…)

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