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  • Johan Henrik Majasson Nyberg (1845 - aft.1868)
    Johan's Syster Mathilda dog 1857, vilket ledde att han blev fosterbarn i Raustvuori. Johan blev illa behandlad av bonden och flyttade därför ett & halvår senare den 29 Aug 1859 till Pargas men nämns in...
  • Olof Hasselgren (c.1711 - 1762)
    Tredjekorporalskapets dragon Nr.113 i Åbo och Björneborg's Vemo Kompani. Intagen för tjänst 11th March 1737. 16 år tjänst 1753. Född i ?Halland? Lokalahden seurakunnan arkisto - Rippikirjat 1747-1754,...
  • Brita Michelsdotter (c.1727 - 1787)
    "Från Hirsund" Kan möjligen vara dotter till dragon Michel Dahl. Gift 3 Nov 1745 med Johan Klippa. Piikkiön seurakunnan arkisto - Vihittyjen luettelo 1740-1807 (I Eb:1), jakso 10, sivu 18: 1745 (1-9);...
  • Elise Yarros (1918 - 2010)
    Adopted by Victor S. Yarros and Dr Rachelle Yarros . The rest is based on speculative sources: Elise Yaros(residence place Pompano Beach, Florida):* Reference: FamilySearch Record - SmartCopy : Jul 21 ...
  • William Mitchell, Jr. (1927 - 2009)
    Reference: Ancestry Genealogy - SmartCopy : Jul 21 2021, 8:00:54 UTC William Mitchell is listed as a son in Claude Hamilton Still (Stills) 's obituary. This is uh, not easy to track because nobody in t...

Genealogical brick walls are what genealogist call dead ends in family history research, often due to a lack of identifiable records.

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  • Mary (née Little) Heaven (b. 1804, Kingswood, Gloucestershire, England), Littledean, Gloucestershire, England. — Jason Scott Wills
  • Alfred Farman (b. 20 August 1881 at Gressenhall Workhouse, Norfolk; no father named on birth certificate; DNA matches suggest father to be a descendent of William Buxton: the two families had a small Norfolk village, Sparham, in common at the relevant time) — Private
  • [George Tolson] George Tolson(1560-1613), married Elizabeth Gledhill(1562-1637).They had one son,Jonathan George Tolson(1587-1649. I believe they are from the Yorkshire area. Can only find less than a handful records. Possible the beginning of the Tolleson line. Name changed when the son moved to the US. "[George Tolson]"

United States

  • William Cornett (b. 1817, South Carolina), Hempstead, Texas. Lots of Kentucky and Virginia Cornetts are documented, but haven't been able to establish any link to this gg paternal grandfather. — Dan C.
  • Frank Ray (b. 1881), Blytheville, Arkansas. We have an approximate dob and where he once lived. There a three stories circulating amoung family members regarding his death, but no indication that he was ever buried anywhere. I recently traveled to the area of his last known residence. I scoured the cemetery where other ancesters of this line were interred and found nothing. He lived in Mississippi county, Arkansas. Married to Ada Lamb 1906. Had 7 children, all of which are deceased. Think that his mother's given name was Liza, no Idea of maiden name and that she resided in Arkansas. — Denise Frazer
  • Rev. George W. Fisher (b. 1808, Kentucky), Shelbyville, Illinois. Parents unknown. — Christine Thiessen
  • Prudence "Freelove" Treat (b. 1727, Connecticut). — Enrique Treat Gleason-Aguiluz, Esq.
  • James L. Little (b. abt 1785 in VA, d after 1850 census). — Ilene Little P. P. Prewett married Elizabeth Lee Bedegrew on January 5, 1876 in Vernon County, MO but they lived just across the state line in Fort Scott, Kansas until 1880 when he disappears. They had one daughter, Ada Violet Prewett born Nov. 15, 1877 in Fort Scott, Kansas. By 1880 Elizabeth and her daughter Ada are living with Elizabeth (Lizzie's) parents, Jonathan A and Sarah Bedegrew in Greenwood County, Kansas and no mention of P. P. Prewett. In the 1900 census for his daughter Ada and Nick Jensen in Colorado, it states P. P. Prewett's birthplace is Kentucky. Lizzie was born in 1860 but I have no other information on him other than his initials and birthplace!
  • [William Mitchell, Jr.] William Mitchell was listed in obituaries for both Lillian Deckers and Claude Hamilton Stills. He's not blood related and am struggling to place where he's from or where he's meant to be from.



  • Pierre La France later Pierre Wilson La France as family tended to borrow names for middle names from "in laws". Pierre claimed to be from Mauritius, a French Basque born in Paris. He was dark and employed as a camel driver, pipe layer in outback South Australia. He married several years after the birth of his first daughter in 1907. DNA tests of his great grand children point to him being of middle Eastern and possibly African decent, yet southern Mediterranean is shown as well. He was mostly an absent father, spending a lot of time in Port Augusta, he protested his ethnicity in a court case, also declared he was Roman Catholic. The Cameleers were not allowed to stay, or marry in the country, their movements were logged and permission was to be sought for any employment or travel. His wife was half channel islander with French names, he had an accent and there was a race horse called La France at the time of his marriage. A Cameleer had a French wife in Farina whos family bears resemblance to our own and her son was in to race horses. — Shaz Duthy

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