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Birth Records Collection Added
Society members now have a new collection to peruse! I have added a Birth Records link under the Vital Records menu. This records collection includes source records up to about 1910. The listing only shows a minimum of information, however, the actual document may reveal considerably more detail. once example is that of the parents name. in the listing, due to space constraints it may only say Samuel Caperton which as we know is not an uncommon name for a Caperton. The document however may reveal that the fathers name was actuall Samuel Jeremiah Caperton, which of course is of considerably more value if trying to determine which Samuel you are looking at. This collection should expand pretty quickly as there are quite a few Birth records in the Caperton Society Archives, however please if you have a birth certificate that you would like to add to the archives do not hesitate to send it in to me!
The Clapperton Results are In!
I wanted to let everyone know that the DNA testing results for the comparison of the Clapperton family name to the Caperton family name is in! As most of you probably know we were able to (thanks to Marcia Behnke!) locate a Clapperton in Scotland (Thanks to Scott Clapperton!) who was willing to join and participate in the Caperton DNA Project. We have just received the results and their is a write up on the testing and history as well as the results, but I am not going to give away the plot here, so you will need to go to Collections->Our History-> Origins to see how it went! I will say however that this is the first time the Caperton DNA Project was used as a research tool to determine a family connection! It was a great success in giving us the answer. So now I thow the challenge out to the rest of the Society, who is going to be the next to contribute DNA and benefit your research and those of others!
I have begun adding passort applications to the Vital Records section of the Collections. These applications frequently contained the names and birthdates of fathers, mothers, spouses etc. They also contained interesting tidbits like where the applicant was going or trying to come back from as well as their photograph! for those of you into Google Earth, many of the applications have home adresses, so if you are interested in seeing where your ancestors lived then you can google the address. but don't be surprised if their house is a high rise or a freeway. I have searched several of the addresses and it appears that our ancestors frequently grew up on land that has now become re-developed. I hope to have the complete collection posted over the next several weeks.