Friday, November 28, 2014

BLACK FRIDAY SALES ARE ON NOW–DON’T MISS OUT!

Sale
There are SO many sales on right now, it’s difficult to keep track. 

Do you need an external hard drive, larger flash drive, software database, subscription to a particular genealogy site, camera or supplies?  Now is the time.

You can go to most any of the websites for any store or online site and find out what is on sale.  Many of the sales are good through December 1.

What did I buy on sale today?  A DNA test from Ancestry for my husband.  I’ve already done mine and it’s his turn.  

Here is a great post from Gail Deaver at The Armchair Genealogist, about gifts for your genealogy friends and family members.  http://www.thearmchairgenealogist.com/2014/11/christmas-gift-guide-2014-organized.html

Here are a couple of the links I’ve seen today:

Legacy sale 50% off http://www.legacyfamilytreestore.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=95

Ancestry DNA test $20 off http://dna.ancestry.com/lp/gift?cj=1&netid=cj&o_xid=0004013537&o_lid=0004013537&o_sch=Affiliate+External

New England Historic Genealogical Society 40% off memberships http://bit.ly/1vsxDLt

There are so many more sales out there.  So, go online and find yourself a treat or buy one for someone else.  

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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Monday, November 24, 2014

MYSTERY MONDAY - WHO’S YOUR DADDY? MY TOP TEN GENEALOGY MYSTERIES

Green tree with question marks
We all have them.  Those people in our trees for whom we just cannot, no matter how hard we’ve tried, break down the brick wall surrounding their origins.
  • WHO ARE THEIR PARENTS?
  • DID THEY HAVE ANY SIBLINGS?
  • WHERE DID THE FAMILY ORIGINATE?
Let me first give credit for the idea of this post to Heather Wilkinson Rojo at Nutfield Genealogy.  Please click on the link to see her post and also to read about the other bloggers who have posted their own mysteries.

So, who are these brick walls in my tree?  Let’s take a look. I've used grey font right now.  Let's hope I can change that to green once I've solved the mysteries.  


1.  John C. GOULD – 2ND Great Grandfather – 1833-after 1910

2.  Robert L. BOWDEN – Great Grandfather – 1863-1906
3.  Rev. Isaac C. HUNTER – 3rd Great Grandfather – 1798-1842
4.  William GILLEN – 4th Great Grandfather – 1782-1841
5.  Catherine DORSEY – 2nd Great Grandmother – Abt 1842-1898
6.  Monson THORP – 3rd Great Grandfather – 1801-1888
7.  Lany COOPER – 3rd Great Grandmother – 1815-1886
8.  Henry HART – 3rd Great Grandfather – 1785-1879
9.  Olive DOTEN – 3rd Great Grandmother – 1805-1887
10. George A. Fink – Husband’s Great Grandfather – 1863-abt 1900 


Here’s my plan.  I’m going to begin posting information about these mysteries here on my blog.  I’ll take them one or two at a time over the next several weeks.  
 
I’ll give you the information I have on these ancestors and maybe, just maybe one of you will point out something I’ve missed or even be related.  Genealogists are, after all, a very hopeful bunch.
 
Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM A PROBATE RECORD? HERE'S ONE FROM 1884 FOR MY 3RD GREAT GRANDMOTHER

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have located the probate record for my 3rd great grandmother, Elizabeth BURGESS nee GADEN/GAYDON.  Here is the link to that post:  http://www.michiganfamilytrails.com/2014/11/want-to-find-probate-records-online.html

BACKGROUND: Elizabeth was born in Barnstaple, Devon, England on 30 Jan 1813.  Her parents were Richard GAYDON and Mary THOMAS.  She married Henry BURGESS on 14 Nov 1832 in Barnstaple, Devon, England.  To them were born 3 known children: William born 27 Nov 1835, John born about 1837 and Susan born 20 Nov 1841.  To my knowledge all children were born in Barnstaple, Devon, England.  On 23 Dec 1862 Susan came to the United States with her daughter Susan and Susan’s husband Joseph GILLESPIE and their two infant children.  There is no record of Elizabeth’s husband, Henry traveling with them, nor have I been able to locate a death date or burial location for Henry.  Elizabeth BURGESS died on 16 May 1884 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.
 
I was very excited to have located her probate record.  I have only ever been able to obtain probate records for a couple of my ancestors.  Not for lack of wanting to find them, but many weren’t and still are not online.  The ones I have located were found when I traveled to various locations and went to courthouses.

Having located the probate index record on familysearch.org and finding that the actual record was not online, I requested help from a contact who lives in Detroit.  I know her via the Detroit Genealogy Facebook group.  Her name is Deidre Denton and she is available if you would like her to obtain Michigan records for you. 
CLICK HERE TO GO TO DEIDRE'S WEBSITE AND CONTACT HER

I took the time to transcribe all 16 pages of this probate record.  Doing so, helped me to read it carefully, word by word.

SO EXACTLY WHAT DID I LEARN FROM THIS 16 PAGE PROBATE RECORD?
  • Conformation that Elizabeth Burgess died on Friday, 16 May 1884
  • She was a resident in the City of Detroit, County of Wayne, State of Michigan at the time of her death
  • She was possessed of real and personal estate with an estimated value of $1,000 of which $50 was her personal estate
  • That the names, relationships & residences of her heirs were: Susan Gillespie, William Burgess, John Burgess (children) and Susan Milne (grandchild), all of Detroit, Michigan. 
  • The administrator of her will was Edwin F. Culver
  • That there were two notices of the pending probate published in the newspaper (a copy of those articles is even shown in the probate papers)
  • That Elizabeth Burgess left several pieces of real estate and a house to her daughter, Susan Gillespie
  • That she left $50 to each of her sons, William & John Burgess
  • That she left a watch to her granddaughter, Susan Milne
  • The names of the two witnesses to her will
  • That Elizabeth Burgess probably couldn’t write, as she left “her mark” on the will (later confirmed by an 1870 census)
  • The various amounts of money paid from the estate for rent, tax and other items
  • That the record was final & filed on 11 Nov 1885
That is quite a bit of information.  

WERE THERE ANY EARTH SHATTERING, JUMP UP AND DOWN DISCOVERIES IN THIS PROBATE RECORD?

I’d have to say no to that.  However, what I did learn was that she owned some property and that her two sons, according to this record, were living in Detroit, Michigan.  I had no idea if they had ever traveled over from England.
 
This also, of course, gives confirmation of relationships, which we are always looking for in our research.

MY NEXT STEPS
  • Try to locate where her property was in Detroit
  • Find records for her sons, John & William in the U.S.
  • Attach the probate record to Elizabeth in my Legacy database & cite my source
  • Share this record with my brother, John, who is the other genealogist in our family
  • AND, go back to Family Search and find more probate records (I’m already in the process & have found others)
Probate records can be very helpful in your research.  Some are more revealing than others.  But, all of them give us a little bit more insight into our ancestor’s lives.  Isn’t that what our research is all about?

Here are a few more pictures of the actual pages of the probate & will.

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   BURGESS_Elizabeth_Probate and will_1884-1885_Detroit_Wayne_Michigan_Page_16  BURGESS_Elizabeth_Probate and will_1884-1885_Detroit_Wayne_Michigan_Page_07

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST 
EVALUATING YOUR RECORDS ON AN INDIVIDUAL - WHAT YOU WILL LEARN 

WHAT ABOUT THOSE RECORDS WITH COMPLETELY INCORRECT NAMES? HOW I FOUND MY GRANDMOTHER'S BIRTH RECORD 

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl


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Friday, November 21, 2014

PHOTO DUPLICATION SERVICE TO BE DISCONTINUED ON DEC 5, 2014

PHOTO DUPLICATION SERVICES AT FAMILY SEARCH WILL BE DISCONTINUED ON DECEMBER 5, 2014
 
This is indeed sad news for those of us who have used and gotten our records via this service.

Here is the link to the family search page explaining it:
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Photoduplication_Serviceshttps://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Photoduplication_Services 

I've copied this from their page:

Photoduplication Services

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________________________________________________________________________ Photo duplication Services will be discontinued as of December 5, 2014.  As of this date, existing orders will be completed, but new orders will not be accepted.

As more microfilm and books are digitized and added to FamilySearch.org, and more links are made available to partner sites that already have this information digitized, the need for photoduplication will decrease.  FamilySearch is attempting to digitize as many resources as possible and make these available online.  If the film or book has been digitized, you can print your own copies directly from the web site, if printing the image is not restricted by the copyright holder. 


To find the resources that are digitzed, please visit the FamilySearch Catalog at: https://familysearch.org/catalog-search(You can also go to familysearch.org, select Search, then Catalog.)  Also available on the Catalog page is a link to OCLC WorldCat.  WorldCat can help you find books and other resources in over 10,000 local libraries.


If the film or book you are seeking is not digitized yet, and is available on microfiche or microfilm, it can usually be ordered and sent to a local family history center, where you can view the resource.  You can find a local family history center by going to:

https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Introduction_to_LDS_Family_History_Centers  Staff at the family history center can assist you with the process of ordering the film, and can help you view it when it arrives.

I know that I still have a list of requests I wanted to submit. I guess if we get them in before Dec 5th they will honor them.
Good luck everyone.



Michigan Girl


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Monday, November 17, 2014

AMANUENSIS MONDAY - TRANSCRIBING MY GRANDMOTHER'S JOURNAL - AUGUST



What does Amanuensis mean anyway?

To put it simply, it means a “person employed to write what another dictates or copy what has been written by another.”

As many of you know from reading previous posts on my blog, my maternal grandmother left a spiral notebook, which I call her journal.  In it she left recipes, a list of 183 family members and their birth dates and some death dates, a list of anniversaries and other various lists or things that were important to her.  It’s a treasure that I cherish.

Today I’m going to be transcribing her list of names & dates from August.

For the previous posts transcribing January through July, please click on these links.

Here is the page from her journal.  This journal was begun when my grandmother, Florence L. Bowden, married my grandfather, Joseph A. Milne, in 1906.  She was just 18 years old at the time.  This journal is very old and falling apart.  I have digitized all the pages and have the original stored in a safe, archival box.

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Here is my transcription of this page, with some annotations.  I have indicated the family connection in brackets, even thought it’s not part of the document.  I thought you’d like to know who these people are to me.  And, for any cousins out there reading this, maybe you’ll find it helpful.

I’ve added whatever photos I have of the family members named in this list. (See below)

ADDITIONAL NOTE:  I REDACT THE BIRTH DATES & FULL NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO I’M AWARE OF, THAT ARE STILL LIVING, FOR THEIR PROTECTION. 

August

* Hazel HARRIS  Aug 3  ‘89  
Susan C. CRESSE   died Mar 26 ‘13   Aug 4  [2nd great grandmother]
Florence H. Bowden BELL  Aug. 7  ‘69     5-27 ‘46  [great grandmother]
Eva Knowles GILLESPIE  Aug 7  ‘63 or ‘69  [wife of great granduncle]
Ralph Milne FORSYTH    Aug 10  ‘96 Feb 3-7-52 [1st cousin twice removed]
Everett Pierre ROE  Aug 12  ‘93  May 14  ‘58 [husband of grandaunt]
Etta VERNEY  Aug 24  ‘92  Oct 1  ‘61  [1st cousin twice removed]
Raymond GILLESPIE   Aug 27    died Dec ‘43  [1st cousin twice removed]
Daisy D. SKINNER   Aug 28  ‘77  died Nov 20, ‘48 [great grandaunt]
Alfred W. LANGTON    Aug 5  ‘10   3-29-39 
Donald SEARLS  Aug 9   Nov 25  1954  [
Frank ROEMER    Aug 19
Margo Francis RIGGS  Aug 26  ‘30
*      VERNEY (Boy)  Aug 3   ‘35
Billy DONALDSON  Aug 27  1037
Etta COCKBURN    Aug 24  ‘92
Naia Anne COONS  Aug 29  ‘41
Aunt Ada’s great grand child  Katherine   Aug 10  ‘40  [2nd cousin once removed]
Barbara       ‘53? [2nd cousin]

That’s a total of 19 names, (including the name that is lined out).  I am very fortunate to have this kind of list from my grandmother.

I have placed an asterisk * next to the names I have not yet connected to our family.
 

EIGHT of the names are still waiting for me to find their connections.  I have them in my Legacy database as unlinked individuals.
In the lists from the other 11 months of the year, there are also names that aren’t yet connected.  I keep looking from time to time and link them as I identify them.



This month I am fortunate to have photographs of four of the people listed.

BOGGS_Susan C_cropped from 1907 photo               Hunter_Florence Bowden_enhanced
Susan C. Hunter Cresse Haskins nee BOGGS                                    Florence Bowden Bell nee HUNTER

ROE_Everette_headshot in his Navy uniform                Hunter_Daisy_headshot
              Everette Pierre Roe                                                               Daisy Skinner nee HUNTER

NOTE:  All 3 ladies pictured this month are related.  Susan in the first photo, is the mother of both Florence and Daisy.

Here is a post I wrote about the Hunter sisters and them being featured on Maureen Taylor’s article for Family Tree.

Please contact me if you recognize any of the names with asterisks or if you are related to any of these family members.  I’d love to hear from you.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
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