Saturday, July 4, 2015

 HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY AMERICA!!!




May God keep you all safe as you celebrate the birth of our great country.  God bless our service men & women and their families and keep them safe from harm. 



Thursday, July 2, 2015

CHECK THOSE RECORDS CAREFULLY - Look what I found!


Make sure you check every entry on the pages of records you find.

HERE'S WHY.......
 
I was reviewing the PRATT section of our family today.  I noticed that I didn’t have a death record image for a death that occurred in 1888 in Michigan.  I had the index information, but not the image.

I know the images are available on Family Search in the Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897 database.  I located the record right away.

Here is page 1 showing Mary Sumner nee Pratt who died 21 Apr 1888.  Notice she uses “P” as her middle initial.  It was and still is common for women to use their maiden name or the first initial of that name for a middle initial, once they marry.

SUMNER_Mary nee PRATT_death record_21 Apr 1888_ArmadaMacombMichigan

From previous experience I know that there is usually a PAGE 2 for these records on Family Search.  So, I went to the second page and there it was.  Showing her cause of death and her parents, Josiah Pratt & Rachel aka Rebecca, whom I already knew of. No surprise there.

SUMNER_Mary nee PRATT_death record_21 Apr 1888_ArmadaMacombMichigan_pg 2

BUT WAIT!  What is the record just below hers?  It shows the exact same information for:
  • Cause of death – consumption
  • Birthplace – Canada
  • Occupation – Housewife
  • Parent’s names – Josiah & Rachel Pratt
  • Residence – Dead
  • Date of record – June 7th 1889
NOTE THE CIRCLED ITEMS below Mary's information.

SUMNER_Mary nee PRATT_death record_21 Apr 1888_ArmadaMacombMichigan_pg 2_showing Sarah

Is this some sort of clerical error? A duplication? Or what?

I went back to the first page to see what name was listed under my Mary Sumner.

The next name on the list is Sarah P. HUNT who died 28 Feb 1888 a married woman, age 57 yrs. 11 mos. 4 days, who died in Armada.

Here is that first page.

HART_Sarah nee PRATT_death record_28 Feb 1888_ArmadaMacombMichigan_pg 1

What did I do next?

I looked in my database at the children born to Josiah Pratt & Rebecca “Rachel” Jackson.  Did they have a daughter named Sarah who married a man named Hunt?  I have 3 children born to Josiah & Rebecca.  A son, John and two daughters, Mary born 1822 and there she is Sarah born about 1832 in Canada.
Who did Sarah marry?
- - -  She married Ashley HART

Here is what my Legacy database shows for Sarah Pratt. 

Hart_Ashley & Sarah screenshot

In this case I do think a clerical error was made when they recorded her last name on that death record.  Since every other item fits, I am concluding that I have found her death record.  And, no wonder I wasn’t able to find it before.  I would have been looking for HART not HUNT.

Isn’t this awesome?  I was looking for one record and found two.
 
Our lesson for today – PAY ATTENTION TO EVERY OTHER PERSON ON ANY REGISTER WITH MULTIPLE NAMES.
  
I get pretty excited when things like this happen.
 
What surprises have you found in records?  Let me know in a comment or with a link to your own blog post.

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
SURPRISE! A birth record where is wasn't supposed to be
FAMILY SEARCH - Going back & getting those "other" pages

PLEASE contact me if you think you might be related, even remotely, to anyone mentioned in this blog.
Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GERMAN RECORDS–I’m learning and having fun too


As you may know from my previous posts, I was recently able to go to the Family History Library for 4 days.

During that visit I looked at German records on microfilm.  This was my first time ever looking at German records of any kind.
Since I’ve returned home, I’ve begun processing my finds and in the process have found new records online.

Why I’m having so much fun….
  • I love learning new things
  • I’m adding a whole new list of surnames to my family
  • I’ve taken my family back another two-three generations
  • Researching in a new country is exciting
  • I’m also learning some of the German language
There was one microfilm I looked at that contained a gold mine of records.  Film #1055846.  I know, based on the dates of information contained on that film, that there is more to be found on it.  As a result I have just ordered the film online via Family Search Online Film Ordering, to be sent to our local Family History Center in San Diego.  Once the film arrives I will have three months to view it as I paid for extra time.

In the meantime I will continue to mine the German records available on Ancestry and/or Family Search.
 
New Names Added to Our Family Tree…so far.
  • Rummelspacher
  • Ernst
  • Von Votzing
  • Enricher
I’ve found this database useful Germany, Select Marriages, 1558-1929.
 
I located this record for my 8th great grandparents, Jacob Martin & Appolinia Von Votzing.

Name:    Jacob Martin
Gender:    Male
Marriage Date:    2 Aug 1659
Marriage Place:    Evangelisch, Jesingen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemberg
Spouse:  Appolinia Von Votzing
FHL Film Number:1055744


PLEASE contact me if you think you might be related, even remotely, to anyone mentioned in this blog.
So stay tuned and I’ll continue to share my journey.

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY TRIP - DAY 2 - A Red Letter Day!
FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY TRIP - After You Return Home - Then What?

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

Thursday, June 25, 2015

ON THIS DAY …. IN HISTORY & IN OUR FAMILY

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According to online information these are some of the historical moments that occurred on this date.
  • 1580 - The Book of Concord was first published. The book is a collection of doctrinal standards of the Lutheran Church.
  • 1788 - Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the 10th state of the United States.
  • 1867 - Lucien B. Smith patented the first barbed wire.
  • 1876 - Lt. Col. Custer and the 210 men of U.S. 7th Cavalry were killed by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at Little Big Horn in  Montana. The event is known as "Custer's Last Stand."
  • 1938 - Gaelic scholar Douglas Hyde was inaugurated as the first president of the Irish Republic.
  • 1950 - North Korea invaded South Korea initiating the Korean War.
  • 1998 - Microsoft's "Windows 98" was released to the public.
WHICH MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILY WERE BORN, GOT MARRIED OR DIED ON THIS DATE?

BIRTHS
1794 – Daniel VAUGHT
1885 – Katherine “Katie” GILLEN
1943 – Suzanne DOLLER
Unknown year – Florence COCCO

MARRIAGES
1901 – Raphael HUNTER to Helena HILL

DEATHS
1875 – Mary Susan VERMILLION
1910 – Rachel SCOVELL
1921 – John THORNTON
1944 – Lt. Robert Gillen EASTON (killed in action-WWII)
1947 – Mary “Mariett” AINSWORTH

The oldest record on this date, then, is the birth of Daniel Vaught in 1794.  He is my 1st cousin 6 times removed.  The son of John Vaught & Elizabeth Martin.
 
NOTE:  I did not select this date for any particular reason.  However, it is interesting to note that the oldest record (being that of Daniel Vaught), is directly related to that German family I found records for at the Family History Library.  He is the grandson of Johann Everhard Martin & Jacobina Elizabeth Wunderlich.  You can find my post that talks about those German records here FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY TRIP - Day 2 - A Red Letter Day! I have a LOT more research to do on this part of the family.
 
What happened in your family on this date?
 
OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
ON THIS DATE IN OUR FAMILY - MARCH 24th
 
please contact me if you think you might be related, even remotely, to anyone mentioned in this blog.
Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION





Monday, June 22, 2015

FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY–After you return home….then what?

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You finally made that long awaited trip to the Family History Library.  You spent several days there.  You found so many books and microfilm records that you could barely record them all.
 
I use my camera to record all images from books and microfilm.  It’s faster than a portable scanner (this is my observation) and the images come out very clear.  Here is a sample.  And, please note that these images have been cropped, but they have not yet been enhanced in any way.

(CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT)

You’re home.  Now what?

Once I arrive home I remove my camera card from the camera and transfer all images to my desktop computer.  I also transfer them to two portable hard drives and to Dropbox.  You cannot have too many backups.

NOTE:  During my various trips to conduct genealogy research I have developed the habit of copying all images from my camera card to my laptop each day.  That way should your camera card fail, you have a backup.  This time I even brought along one of my portable hard drives and copied them to it each evening, as well as the laptop.  I copy the images in the original order they appear on the camera card.  Then, I create folders of each day and copy the images from that day into the folder.  Sometimes I will even create folders of different locations such as states or countries.  But, the one thing I always want is the original pictures in order, uncropped and unenhanced.

I have a special digital folder on my desktop for my trips to various libraries, whether local or out of state or country.

Library folders

What I worked on today was going into each of the individual day folders and cropping the images.  I won’t be using every image I have recorded so, I don’t worry about changing the color tone or enhancing them in any way.  Right now all I want to do is crop off all that excess area.  If I decide to use the image I will make enhancements at that time.

BEFORE CROPPING
Before cropping books before cropping microfilm

AFTER CROPPING
AFTER CROPPING BOOKS AFTER CROPPING FILMS

You can clearly see that the images look much better after they are cropped.

The next step I take will be to begin going through each of these images to glean information from them and do any follow up research necessary.  This is the hard, but fun, work that must be done after a research trip.  I will record the information as proper sources and enter the images into my Legacy database.
 
NOTE:  It is very important to take a photo of the cover and/or title page of each book, BEFORE you photograph any pages.  The same thing is true of each microfilm you use.  It does us no good to have page 465 from a particular book and not know the name of that book.

How many pictures did I take during my 4 days at the FHL?  250
How does that compare to my trip back in 2011 when I was there for 5 days?    Amazingly, I took 880 photos on that first trip.  I might have gotten a little bit carried away, don’t you think?
 
DID I PROPERLY PROCESS AND USE ALL OF THOSE IMAGES FROM THE FIRST TRIP?  NO!
  
I really don’t want to make the same mistake this time.  Once we get sidetracked it’s very difficult to go back.  At least for me it is.  How about you?

I would love to hear about your research trips. 
  • How do you process the information you’ve gathered once you’ve returned home?
  • Have you ever taken a trip and then not completely utilized all the information you gathered?
  • Do you have an organized method for storing your gathered information, either digitally or physically?

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
MY FIRST GENEALOGY ROAD TRIP
MY TRIP TO SCOTLAND - WHAT I DID RIGHT, WHAT I DID WRONG
ARE YOU GETTING OFF TRACK...LOSING YOUR FOCUS?

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

Sunday, June 21, 2015

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY - What work did your Dad do to support your family?


Dad at 5 months sitting on a wicker chair_about May 1913
1913
GOULD_Harry Norman_standing in a yard holding his cat_circa 1930_cropped
Circa 1930
GOULD_Harry Norman Sr with his son Harry Norman II and Marie Lindsay Gould sitting on a lawn chair at Lake Huron_circa 1954
1954-Lake Huron, Michigan-My Dad, my brother, Norm and my grandma Marie Gould
GOULD_Norm_Marie_Diane & Norm II_on the day we left Pompano_May 1965_PomBchFlorida_cropped
May 1965 - Pompano Bch, Fla the morning we left for California - My Dad, my grandma, me and my brother, Norm

In honor of Father’s Day I thought I would talk about the jobs I remember my Dad having, in order to put food on our table and a roof over our heads.  My Mom also had occasional jobs to help with the family funds.  But, today we’ll talk about my Dad.

My Dad wasn’t one of those Dads who worked the same job for twenty or thirty years.  He kind of changed jobs a lot and did whatever work he could find.  That made things at our house, to be truthful, a little less than secure. We never had much money when I was growing up and there were many struggles because of that.


That being said.  Let’s talk about some of the jobs my Dad held beginning with the 1940 census.  My Dad was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.  We moved from there to Florida in 1957.  He was married to his first wife, Elaine, at the time of the 1940 census. He married my mother in 1949.

1940 – Statistician at the Michigan State Auditor’s Office
1952 – Truck Driver with Hess Cartage Co. in Detroit, Michigan

During the time we lived in Pompano Beach, Florida, (1957-1965) my Dad held many jobs.  These are the ones my brother and I can recall.

Milkman
Valet at a nightclub
Sanitation truck driver
Gas station attendant
Worked at White Castle hamburgers

We moved to San Diego, California in May 1965.  These are the jobs my brother and I remember, although we think there were others.

TV salesman at Montgomery Wards
Technical writer for a company that worked with aircraft contracts
Apartment Manager

My Dad managed several apartment complexes in San Diego.  He did that right up until he moved back to Detroit, in 1987, at the age of 75.

While my Dad might not have had a long career in any one field, he did what he could do to support his family.  I miss him and I loved him.

What kind of work did you Dad do?  Tell me about it in a comment or on your own blog and leave me the link so I can read it.

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST 
WORKDAY WEDNESDAY - What kind of work did your ancestors do?
MY DAD - Born 100 years ago today - December 31, 1012

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

Friday, June 12, 2015

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

I'M IN SALT LAKE CITY AT THE
FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY!

Hello again.  This is my story of Day 2 here at the Family History Library.

I decided I would tackle some records that were completely foreign to me. GERMAN records.  I don't have many German roots, but what I've found so far is on my maternal line.  In doing research in Pennsylvania on my FRAMPTON, GILLEN and HUNTER lines, I came across information on the MARTIN family.  
Anna Barbara Martin (1747, Germany to 1822, Ohio) married John Frampton, Jr. in about 1780.  They are my 5th great grandparents.

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
Name:John Frampton
Gender: Male
Birth Place:or
Birth Year:1744
Spouse Name:Anna Barbara Martin
Spouse
Birth Place:Wu
Spouse Birth Year:1749
Marriage
Year:1780
Marriage State:PA
Number Pages:1

During my research at the Carlsbad Library, in San Diego County, I found a book that referenced the Martin Family and named Johann Everhard Martin as the father of Anna Barbara Martin.  And named his wife as Jacobina Elizabeth.
"Raymond Martin Bell, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania Families & Records before 1800 Supplement (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), 36. Cit. Date: 29 Jun 2010; Martin, Everhard of Derry - wr Jan 13 1784 - pr Feb 20 1784 (German) wife Jacobena Elizabeth: Christopher, Barbara, Mary, Elizabeth, Rachel"

From there I located a record on the Family Search website regarding the marriage record for Johann Eberhard Martin and Jacobina Elisabetha Wunderlich. 

Deutschland, Heiraten 1558-1929 Germany, Select Marriages, 1558-1929
Name:   Johann Eberhard Martin
Gender:   Male
Marriage Date: 16 Feb 1745
Marriage Place: Evangelisch, Notzingen, Donaukreis, Wuerttemberg
Father:  Cunrad Martin
Spouse:Jacobina Elisabetha Wunderlich
FHL Film Number:1055846
Reference ID:   2:1R0GVFP

I go down to the second floor which has the European records here at the library and set up all my stuff.  Then I proceeded to pull that film.  I didn't know what to expect.  I don't speak German and don't really know any German words.  So, I asked for help.

TIP: The consultants are available beginning at 9 a.m.  The library isn't very busy first thing in the morning and it's a good time to avail yourself of the services of the experts.

A very nice man named Daniel helped me to decipher which were the birth, marriage and death records on the microfilm. He gave me a sheet of paper with the basic German words for things I would be looking for.

Let's get to the good part of this story.  I didn't turn that film handle more than twice and THERE IT WAS!!  OH MY GOSH!!
The 1745 marriage record of my 6th great grandparents, Johann Everhard Martin and Jacobina Elisabetha Wunderlich.

This record gives the names of both of their parents.  That's right, taking my family back one more generation. 

Here is what the image looked like as I first saw it.  Can you see the record?
(CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT)

It was the very first record on this page.  Here is close up of the record.

Here is a transcription of this record as read to me from Daniel at the library.

"1745 16 Feb - Johann Eberhard Martin who is the son of the deceased Cunrad Martin, citizen and judge in Notzingen and Jacobina Elisabetha who is the daughter of Johann Wunderlich who is a citizen and carpenter in Ludwigsburg on the Schafhof." 

Now I know Johann's father's name & profession and that he was deceased prior to 1745.  And the same with Jacobina's father, a carpenter in another city and apparently living.

I knew that this microfilm covered years from about 1650 so I decided to look for more records. OH BOY DID I FIND THEM!!

I won't go into all the details but here is a list of what I found and some images.  One record led to another and another and this is the order in which I located them.
  • Marriage of Cunrad Martin & his wife Anna on 26 Jul 1717
  • Burial of Cunrad's first wife, Margaretha, on 14 Feb 1717
  • Marriage of Cunrad & Margaretha on 15 Nov 1698(this record lists the names of Cunrad and Margaretha's father's taking us back another generation)
  • Birth of Johann Eberhard Martin on 30 Jan 1718
  • Baptism of Michael Martin, son of Jacob Martin & his wife Apollonia on 2 Mar 1669 (this turned out to be a brother of Cunrad)
  • Death record of Cunrad Martin on 25 Sep 1720
Can you believe it?  Was this a gold mine of a microfilm or what?  I am so excited to continue my research and fill in the details for all of these family members.

Here are images of some of the records mentioned above.

Death record of Cunrad's first wife Margaretha on 13 Feb 1717

Birth record for Johan Eberhard Martin in 1718

Marriage record of Cunrad Martin & Margaretha in 1697

TIP:  When I go to a library or courthouse I take a camera with me and I photograph any record I am interested in keeping, including the microfilm records. I have a Canon Powershot SX260HS.  It's a little camera, but it takes great pictures. This is the quickest method I have found when saving images.  This way they are already digitized and I will get home and crop and label them. I organize them by date. I've been doing this for many years now and find it works extremely well.  Saves a lot of time over scanning (even with a FlipPal) or copying.

I really enjoyed sharing these finds with you. I'll talk more about my FHL trip once I get home.

Happy hunting,

Michigan Girl

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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION