Thursday, February 14, 2019

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks ~ Week #7–The theme is Love–How many wedding pictures do I have from immediate family?


Love is in the air this week, as Valentine’s Day approaches.  This got me wondering how many wedding pictures I have from immediate family?

I know I have many wedding records, but very few photos.  What did I find?


HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVERYONE ♥

Ronald Gordon Hall & Diane Patricia Gould – 12 May 1990


My brother H. Norman Gould & Melinda Frances Davies – 20 Jun 1987


My brother John Whitney Zimmerman & Judith Ann Meyers – 26 Jun 1965

My paternal grandparents – Harry Whipple Gould & Marie Wallace Lindsay – 6 Jun 1912

My maternal Aunt – Joan Esther Milne who married Raymond Gleason Morrison – 10 Dec 1938

My 1st cousin – Richard Milne Morrison & wife Mary Ellen Lamoureux – 1979

My husband’s maternal Aunt – Delphine “Honey” Irene Fink & Marion Nelson Long – 11 Jun 1944

My husband’s 1st cousin – Tamara Gail Long & Daniel P. Cocco – 11 Jul 1970

My husband’s 1st cousin – Robert Dale Long & Susan Kathryn Becker – 23 Feb 1978

My niece – Sondra Ann Zimmerman & Kevin Wayne Schmidt – 14 Nov 1987

My nephew Shaun Whitney Zimmerman & Kerianne Thompson – 11 Apr 1995

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

WEDDING WEDNESDAY - Marriages in Scotland - How many have I located and where did I find them?

WEDDING WEDNESDAY & VALENTINE'S DAY - How many of my ancestors or family members where married on Feb. 14th?

Happy hunting
Michigan Girl

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

SURNAME SATURDAY ~ WUNDERLICH–Johannes (1700-1760) my 7th great grandfather


The Wunderlich family are one of two known families that give me some German heritage.  According to DNA ethnicity results from various sites (which we all know are a work in progress), I do have German ancestry.
 
Here’s a screenshot from my Ancestry DNA.


How am I related to this Wunderlich family?
 
This is a maternal line for me.  I only recently revisited this line and have added many more people to the tree because my 7th great grandparents, Johannes Wunderlich and Anna Barbara Densler had 13 children.1  I descend from their second child, Jacobina Elizabeth, born 3 Jul 1723.  She married Johann Eberhard Martin (my other German line) on 16 Feb 1745 in Notzingen, Teck Donau, Wurttemberg, Germany.

Here’s the record of the marriage of my 6th great grandparents in 1745.  I originally located this at the Family History Library in 2015. You can also view the record on Ancestry W├╝rttemberg, Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1985















This book Genealogical Record of the Wunderlich Family in America –Seventeen Branches compiled by Charles Albert Cornman, assisted by Daniel Wunderlich Nead, M.D., copyright 1911, is a good starting point for research on the Wunderlich family.  There is a name index as well as a place index in the back of the book.


























According to the forward in the book, much of the information was obtained via correspondence with descendants.
 
My ancestor Johannes Wunderlich was said to have had a home in Ludwigsburg in the Kingdom of Wurttemberg. He was the Overseer and General Foreman in the King’s work yard.   Two of the sons of Johannes emigrated to America, Daniel in 1751 and John (Johan) at age 18 in 1753.  They settled in Pennsylvania, marrying sisters and engaging in farming.

John is said to have served as a private in the Pennsylvania Militia during the Revolutionary War.  I need to verify this with proper records.

HERE IS HOW I DESCEND FROM THIS FAMILY

Johannes Wunderlich & Anna Barbara Densler – 7th great grandparents
Jacobina Elizabeth Wunderlich & Johann Eberhard Martin – 6th great grandparents
Anna Barbara Martin & John Frampton, Jr. – 5th great grandparents
Rachel Frampton & William Gillen – 4th great grandparents
Emily Gillen & Rev. Isaac C. Hunter – 3rd great grandparents
James Gillen Hunter & Susan Caroline Boggs – 2nd great grandparents
Florence Hunter & Robert Lee Bowden – great grandparents
Florence Bowden & Joseph Albert Milne – grandparents
Patricia Anne Milne & Harry Norman Gould – parents

Surnames listed above are: Boggs, Bowden, Densler, Frampton, Gillen, Gould, Hunter, Martin, Milne, Wunderlich.  I’d love to hear from you, if you are also connected to these families.
Source Information
1. Ancestry.com. Genealogical record of the Wunderlich family in America [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
Original data: Cornman, Charles Albert,. Genealogical record of the Wunderlich family in America : seventeen branches. Carlisle, Pa.: Cornman Print. Co., 1988.


I have a lot more work to do on this family and I’ll be sure to write about what I find.

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY TRIP - DAY 2 - A RED LETTER DAY!

WEDDING WEDNESDAY - Martin & Wunderlich - Married 1745 in Germany

Happy hunting.
Michigan Girl

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS–WEEK #6–Am I related to Ida Elvira Smith Rattray? (1865-1942)


Ida Elvira Smith was born on 16 May 1865 in Almont, Lapeer, Michigan to parents Herkimer SMITH and Mary A. GOULD.  She had one known sibling, an older sister named Eva Smith (1860-1928) who married George B. BERK.

Ida married James Ferguson RATTRAY on 30 Sep 1886 in Almont, Lapeer, Michigan.  According to the 1900 census, Ida was the mother of 2 children, one of whom was still living.  I know the son who lived was named James Harvey Rattray.  I have not located a marriage record for James.  At the time of Ida’s death 31 Jul 1942, according to her obituary, she was widowed and living with her son.

Ida, her husband and their son are all buried in West Berlin Cemetery, Allenton, St. Clair, Michigan.  Their memorials can be found here, James #36750937 and Ida #36750936, son James #36750938.

Ida’s husband, James worked as a Farmer and they lived in Michigan their entire lives, according to the research I've conducted.

RATTRAY is not a common surname.  Certainly not like a Smith or Williams or many others.  I have had a couple of DNA matches that have the surname Rattray in their trees.  I’m still trying to figure out our most recent common ancestor and how we are related.
 
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF FINDING OUT?

Because Ida Elvira Smith who married James Ferguson descends from one of the GOULD lines I’ve had on my radar for about 15 years.  Unfortunately, with Ida & James having only one son, and there being no known descendants of that son, I am going to turn my attention to Ida’s sister Eva Smith.  She and her husband George R. Berk had 8 children, six of them sons.
 
I’m hoping to either confirm or disprove any connection with this GOULD line by researching this family.

In the meantime, if any of you reading this, are connected to this line of Smith or Rattray’s or Gould’s, you know I’d love to hear from you.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

TUESDAY'S TECHNOLOGY UPDATE - With Google Plus Going Away - How Will Bloggers and their Readers Be Affected?


Most of you probably already know that Google+ will be effectively shut down on April 2nd this year.

However, effective yesterday, there have already been changes.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
  • You can no longer access blogs via Google +
  • You can no longer make comments via Google +
WHAT YOU CAN DO
  • You can follow your favorite bloggers by using many other social media forums
  • Below is a list of places to follow my blog
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Or just come and visit via an RSS feed.  Of course you can also type MichiganFamilyTrails.com in your URL and my blog will pop right up.
  • If you want to leave a comment on my blog you will need to choose another method, such as Blogger Comment.
I will continue to write and I hope you will continue to read my posts.  This is just another bump in the technology road.  We all know technology doesn’t stand still and changes are a fact of life. 

Thanks for your support and stay tuned for many more interesting stories and tips.

Happy hunting, 
Michigan Girl
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Saturday, February 2, 2019

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS–Week #5–In the Library - Some tips from my own trips

An isle of books at the Family History Library - like a genealogy gold mine

When I think of libraries, I think of books.  And when I think of books, I smile.  I have always loved reading, studying & learning.  Much of that is done with the aid of books.  Especially back when I was young and growing up.
 
But, libraries these days are hubs of activities and technology, as well as books.

Let’s talk about the two BIG libraries in the world of genealogy.  The Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City and the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  I’ve been to the FHL three times and each trip was wonderful.  I learned a lot and spent most of my days there on the third floor where it’s wall to wall books.  I have never had the pleasure of going to the Allen County library, but it’s on my list.

How important are libraries to our genealogical research?  VERY IMPORTANT!

Not all, or even close to all of our research can be done online.  WHAT?  Yes, it’s true.  Many millions of records and the information we seek about our ancestors is still only available with boots on the ground research.

I’ve taken several genealogy road trips.  What could be more fun?  Each time I go I visit a library or two.  I also go to historical societies, but that’s for another blog post.

Let’s review where I’ve gone and what libraries I’ve visited:
When you visit a library, always try to have a plan. 
  • What are you looking for?
  • Who do you need information on?
  • What does this library offer?  Search their card catalog before you go
  • Take your laptop, tablet, smart phone and camera
  • Clothes pins to hold books open
I prefer to take photos of books with my camera. It’s actually quicker for me and more reliable, less chances of blurring than with my iPad or iPhone.  I have a Canon Sure Shot and it has served me well.

Here’s a screen shot of some of the items from a trip to the FHL in June 2015. Remember to always FIRST photograph the title page and/or the copyright page if they are on two different pages. Then you will know exactly which book your images came from.

This is what your images will look like.  I transfer them to my computer from my camera card, each day.  After they are transferred I crop and straighten or enhance them as needed.



Take advantage of the local histories that may be on file at the libraries. Also check for city directories for that location.  Use the microfilm readers to view items that may not be available online.  Especially local newspapers.
 
Ask questions of staff, as they can be a wealth of information.
Have fun and enjoy.  I can literally get lost in libraries for hours on end.

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

BOOKS - Why We Still Need Them - Which Ones Are in Your Library?

MY BIGGEST LIBRARY FIND EVER - The real name of my husband's great grandfather!

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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Friday, February 1, 2019

ON THIS DATE IN OUR FAMILY ~ FEBRUARY 1st


BIRTHS
1810  - FRAMPTON, Samuel - maternal 2C 1 removed

1889 – SEIGLE, Arthur George - maternal 1C 2x removed

1921 – KLEIN, Helen Frances - maternal 3C 2x removed



MARRIAGES
None on this date

DEATHS

1765 – DENSLER, Anna Barbara - maternal 7th great grandmother

1884 – ROSETTE, Cornelia - husband's 1C 4x removed

1892 – YOUNG, Whilemina - father's 1st wife great grandmother

1935 – LUNSFORD, Orville - maternal 2C 3x removed

1935 – WILSON, Dewitt Clinton, Dr. - maternal 1C 4x removed

1951 – FORSYTH, James Ferris - maternal husband of great grandaunt

1981 – FREEBURN, William L. - father's 1st wife's 2nd husband

2002 – HART, Elva M. - paternal half 3C once removed

2012 – GOODBODY, Thomas Leavenworth III - husband's 1C once removed

  
BURIALS
1886 – MILNE, A.C. - maternal granduncle

1926 – DUNFEE, Gladys - maternal 2C 3x removed

1939 – HUMPHRIES, Fitzhugh Lee - maternal 2C 4 times removed

1942 – WHITSELL, Charles Wesley - husband of half 1C 3x removed (paternal)

What happened in your family on February 1st?


Please contact me if you think you might be related to anyone mentioned in this blog.
Happy hunting,

Michigan Girl


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Monday, January 28, 2019

FINDING A LETTER FROM MY GRANDMOTHER–Florence Bowden Milne 1888-1986


As genealogists, there are many things that make us go WOW!  But, for sure one of the biggest ones for me is finding correspondence from one of my beloved grandparents.  In fact, the ONLY correspondence that I have in my possession happens to come from my maternal grandmother, Florence.  I do remember that she and I wrote back and forth quite often in the 1970’s and early 1980’s.  I sure wish I’d have saved every letter.

Here’s a screenshot from my Legacy tree.  You can see that I have a HUGE problem on my grandmother’s paternal side.  I used to ask her questions about her family.  Trouble is, I didn’t write everything down.  One of her responses to my question about her father, Robert Bowden’s parents was that she didn’t know their names.

 (CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT)














However, my grandmother, Florence, was our family historian and left me a LOT of ancestor information.

Anyway, while cleaning out boxes in our garage yesterday I did come across a letter from my grandmother to me.  The other letter I have from her is dated 1978, this one is 14 Sep 1980.  AND, it’s in an envelope!!  Future DNA testing may be possible from the envelope so I’m thrilled with that find.



NOTE:  Still having trouble inserting images as Open Live Writer is not working properly and using Blogger directly is less than satisfactory.  So forgive any misaligned images etc.


Here’s the letter itself.





Here’s my transcription of this treasured letter.  I explained a couple of things, which I’ve highlighted in red.

hands shaking and writing awful (my grandmother wrote this at the top of the page)
                                                                                Sept. 14, 80
Dear Diane: – You must think I am a very neglectful grandmother but it just seems like so many things come up and people coming in. So, if you can forgive me I will try to do bettr.  Joan (she is my Aunt, Florence’s daughter) is slowly recovering then just as we are having a breathing spell she over does and she gets the shaking inside again.  You know that the last bad time in hospital she stopped breathing and in their efforts to revive her they broke 3 ribs. So that complicated everything but it is all coming out well.  We have a very nice apt. in a big complex, quiet and beautiful grounds.
I don’t know if I shall ever get rested but the Lord provides the strength we need.  I used to knit bed socks for Red Cross in Houston but Red Cross (she means in Livonia or Detroit) has no such thing so when the most of the confusion etc. died down I didn’t have a project on hand but Joan’s church has a lady has 3 homes orphans and others she supplies with bed socks, but told church members she needed knitters.  She supplies the money for yarn!  So I am in business again.  I finally got toenails & eye glasses fixed but need to have lower plate repaired.  Joan can drive now so my gson does not have to do my needs.  I finally got a letter from Pat (Pat is my mother, Florence’s youngest daughter). I was worried about them and in the letter very little news but – Bless you my dear for writing.  Love for you and Norman
Grandma

I tried to leave the transcription exactly as the words on the page are written.

My Aunt Joan died 5 years later on 2 Dec 1985.  I don’t have her cause of death and need to ask my cousin if he has a copy of her death certificate.

The letter has a return address of 31189 Morlock Apt 519, Livonia, Michigan.  I looked on Google Earth and found that the apartment complex still exists, at least according to Google Earth’s view.
 
3119 Morlock, Livonia, MI - courtesy of Google Earth

The ancestor surnames associated with my grandmother Florence’s family are: BARROWCLIFF, BOGGS, BOWDEN, BOWEN, BURGESS, CRITCHFIELD, DEAVER, DENSLER, FRAMPTON, GAYDON, GILLEN, GILLESPIE, HUDSON, HUNTER, LUNSFORD, MARTIN, MILNE, RITCHIE, RUMMELSPACHER, WUNDERLICH

To see more items from my grandmother Florence, you can click on this tab on the top of my blog My Grandmother's Journal.

PLEASE CONTACT ME AGAIN IF YOU HAVE ANY CONNECTIONS TO THE SURNAMES I’VE MENTIONED.  
Let’s see if we’re cousins.

Happy hunting, 
Michigan Girl

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