Dee Notaro's Blog – April 2015 Archive (5)

Genealogy Tip: Map Copyright Traps

We use lots of maps in tracing the paths of our ancestors. Mapmakers will often place a tiny piece of incorrect information in their maps to prevent illegal reproduction of their work. Called a "copyright trap," the fake text might be a bogus street name or even the…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 29, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Thomas McKean -- From Ulster to Pennsylvania

Thomas McKean (March 19, 1734 – June 24, 1817) was the son of William McKean from County Antrim who came to Pennsylvania via the city of…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 22, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

American Sniper - Etymology of word

The term sniper originated in the 1770s among soldiers in British India where a hunter skilled enough to kill the elusive snipe was dubbed a "sniper". The term was first attested in 1824 in the sense of the word "sharpshooter".  Dating back to the early 19th century, a sniper…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 15, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Did 'Bat' Masterson have Irish Heritage?

You probably know the wild west part, some fact and some fiction, depending upon which movie you watch. 

William Barclay "Bat" Masterson (1853 –  1921) was a figure of the American "old west" known as a buffalo hunter, U.S. Marshal and Army scout, avid fisherman, gambler,…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 8, 2015 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

April as a Surname

This interesting and uncommon name is of Old French origin.  It was introduced into England after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and derives from the Old French "avril(l)."  The month of April, ultimately from the Latin "aprilis", a derivative of "aperire", to open, has reference to…

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Added by Dee Notaro on April 1, 2015 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

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