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James Kenna Sr. Death Certificate

2018-07-18 17:53:25

After many months I heard back from the New York State Vital Records office regarding my request for death certificates for James Kenna b. 1809 and his wife Honora Rourke b. 1820. James died in Little Falls, NY in 1886 and Honora died in Little Falls, NY in 1881. Sadly they did not find anything for Honora and for James I did not learn anything new or his parent's names as I had hoped.

James Kenna Sr. Death Certificate

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Mary Love Averett

2018-02-19 18:28:22

My dear Aunt Mary Love Averett Crumpler Couey, age 91, of Enterprise and Level Plains, AL, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Mary was born on January 30, 1927 in Dale County, Alabama. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and member of the Enterprise Primitive Baptist Church. She worked in the Enterprise School System for over 25 years.

She had a tremendous impact on so many people and will be dearly missed. Full obituary here.

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Thomas F. Kenna 1866 - 1915 Surrogate Court Papers

2017-04-22 10:22:17

Thanks to the very helpful people at the Rensselaer County Historical Research Library I obtained a copy of the surrogate court papers for Thomas F. Kenna regarding his estate after his death on 4 Mar 1915. 

Click on the image below to view all the papers:

 Thomas F. Kenna Estate Papers

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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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