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Twitter and Facebook Giveaways!

Twitter and Facebook Giveaways!

OriginalAncestry is going to start something new!  Twitter and Facebook followers and friends will have opportunities to win free pre-1900 documents from the OriginalAncestry inventory.  In order to bring more awareness to the OriginalAncestry offerings, we want to do something fun.  Therefore, at random times, we are going to post a genealogy research question.  The first one to reply and give the right answer wins the document in the picture shown in the tweet or post!  The goal will be to try to do a giveaway pretty often so be sure to subscribe and be one of the first alerted...

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OriginalAncestry Profiles

OriginalAncestry Profiles

Sir William Bovill by Laura Foor   Sir William Bovill was born in the year 1814. A well-known politician, lawyer, and judge, he also served as the Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, until his death in 1873 at the age of 59. Born in All Hallows, Barking, a residential town located in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, England, William Bovill was a popular man who went on to have quite an interesting career. Instead of attending university once he graduated from school, he went on to attend Middle Temple, where he practiced as a special pleader for...

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OriginalAncestry Profiles

OriginalAncestry Profiles

Sir William Maynard Gomm by Janet Meydam Some people are destined to rise from tragedy, living long, productive lives. Sir William Maynard Gomm was one of these people. Born in Barbados in 1784, he was eldest son of Lieutenant Colonial William Gomm of the 55th regiment of the British Army and Mary Alleyne, daughter of Joseph Alleyne of Barbados. Gomm’s father was killed during the storming of Pointe à Petre on the island of Guadeloupe, West Indies in 1794. His mother died two years later, leaving Gomm, his two brothers and his one sister orphaned. The children were raised by...

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OriginalAncestry Profiles

OriginalAncestry Profiles

Leeds and Bradford Railway Company by Laura Foor The early 1800’s was a time when railways were just beginning to be built in the London area. Those who were involved in business quickly recognized the many benefits that this new transportation option could bring, and for that reason alone were looking for the best options when it came to deciding which cities would be included in the new railway lines.  In 1832, a group of businessmen with ties to Bradford wanted the railway to link to Leeds and Manchester via Bradford and Halifax. They wanted to be part of the...

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Lost and Found

The goal of OriginalAncestry is to offer people a chance to own pieces of their family history as well as have access to information in private collections.  How cool would it be to own a letter written by your great-great-great-grandfather?  Or a legal document related to a direct branch on your mother's side of the tree?  We could offer hundreds of thousands of documents, but it would still be a drop in the genealogy bucket.  Therefore, if you cannot find it here, try some of these other great sites. Justajoy.com - Joy Shivar created this site in 2011 with the...

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