Wednesday, August 26, 2015

LEGACY 8–Adding a hyperlink to your media file

about legacy screen

This is the coolest new trick and I just learned it today.
Did you know that you can add a hyperlink to your media in Legacy 8?  I didn’t.

Of course, we’ve all added images and documents.  Maybe some of us have added a video or audio.  But, a hyperlink that opens to a website.  No.  I’ve never done that.

First let me give props to Michele Simmons Lewis, who is a Tech for Legacy.  She also monitors the Legacy User Group on Facebook.  Her help to everyone on that site has been incredible.  When she told me about this, I was excited

Why?  Because I wanted to add my blog posts as links, to the people in my family that I am writing about.
Here is how easy it was.
  • First, I added an event named “Blog Post.”
Blog post event
  • Then in the “Media” for that event, I used the dropdown list under “Add Media” and clicked on “Internet Website.”
blog post add media
  • Once you’ve selected “Internet Website” this is what you’ll see.
Blog post event website
  • As you can see, you can add the website, a caption, a date and a description.
Here’s what it looked like when I filled in the blanks.

Blog post event filled in

This is what it looks like in your Media Gallery.

blog post media gallery
  • All you have to do now, is click on that icon and it goes directly to the website.  WOW!
This can be used for any website you happen to want to link to.  A newspaper article, a census record, a book entry about your ancestor.

TIP:  If you do find something on a website, it’s always best to download that image to your computer.  If you then choose to add the image itself or a link to the website it’s your choice.  HOWEVER, remember that websites can disappear.  Why not do both?

I hope you’ve found this information as helpful as I did.  I love learning new things about Legacy and all the incredible functions and features it offers to us.  (No, I don’t work for them).

To locate other posts about Legacy 8 in this blog, please go to the “Search this blog” box in the right hand column.  Type in Legacy 8 and you will find the articles I have written.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TUESDAY’S TIP–More Detroit, Michigan Newspapers Online

detroit free press

What’s more fun than finding our ancestor’s names in a newspaper article?  Whether it’s a wedding announcement, a birth announcement or an obituary, these records can be tremendous genealogical gold mines.
Newspapers are all about what’s going on in a specific moment in time.  And, the good thing is, that newspapers have been being printed since before we were even a country separate from England.

There has always been difficulty in obtaining Detroit newspapers online.  The Detroit Free Press isn’t digitized or available on Genealogy Bank or

Currently on Genealogy Bank you have access to these newspapers for Detroit.

Detroit Gazette
Detroit Independent
Detroit Informer
Detroiter Abend-Post
Michigan Herald
Weekly Detroit Free Press 1886-1887

Right now on there are 36 newspapers for Michigan.  None of them for Detroit.

According to a newly released blog post by Dick Eastman on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter the Gannett company is about to digitize more U.S. newspapers, INCLUDING THE DETROIT FREE PRESS.
“Through this collaboration, more than four million searchable pages of The Cincinnati Enquirer were made available online. and Gannett will begin the rollout phase of all public archives of more than 80 daily newspapers, including Detroit Free Press, The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Tennessean and many others to follow. Each archive will ultimately include every available page from the first date of publication up to issues from 30 days ago.”

So, standby all my fellow Detroiters, there is hope on the horizon.  Since I live in California and my family goes back 3 generations in Detroit, this is fantastic news.  I was born in Detroit, as were all my siblings.  Could there have been birth announcements?  I’m so excited to find out what treasures I can find.

One more thing.  The Online Historical Newspaper Collection of the Day on The Ancestor Hunt blog is Michigan Digital Newspaper Portal.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall

Monday, August 24, 2015

MYSTERY MONDAY–Who’s Your Daddy? Brick Wall Post #6–Lany Cooper Thorp 1815-1886

Green tree with question marks_Lany Cooper

Lany Cooper is my paternal 3rd great grandmother.  I have not been able to find more than a minimal amount of information on her family (meaning her parents and/or siblings).

Here is what I know at this point:

She was born 16 Feb 1815 in Cato, Cayuga, New York.

She was the second wife of Monson Thorp, Sr.  They married on 12 Apr 1835 in Cato, Cayuga, New York.  Monson’s first wife, Ann Eliza Armitage had died in about 1833, leaving Monson with a young daughter & son.  Anna Maria Thorp 1830-1903 and Rev. Wallace Walter Thorp 1833-1913.  Monson was a Wagonmaker.  He certainly would have needed help raising two young children under 4 yrs. of age.

Lany & Monson had 6 children, three boys and three girls as follows:
1.  Horace Henry Thorp born 1836 married Catherine Dorsey.  He died 1907.  (These are my direct ancestors)
2.  Lucyette Thorp, never married (1838-1866)
3.  Stephen B. Thorp born 1840 married Henrietta Barnes in Sep 1869.  Stephen had served in the Civil War.  He died of consumption on 14 Jun 1871.  No known children were born to this couple.
4.  Mary “Polly” Thorp, born 1841, married David Preston Flower about 1860.  Mary died 16 Apr 1892.  They had 5 children. 
5.  Edith Eliza Thorp born Jan 1843, married George Beech Surdam about 1863.  She died 29 Mar 1915.  They had 5 children.
6.  Monson Thorp, Jr. born 5 Feb 1847, married Eudora Louise Searls on 9 Oct 1870.  He died 11 May 1939.  They had 6 children.

Here is a view of Monson & Lany Thorp from my Legacy database:

Cooper Lany family view

The first hint I had of Lany’s parent’s names was on her death certificate.  Although her name is listed as “Fanny” and not Lany, I have confirmed the dates based on other evidence.  On this certificate, her parent’s names are given as Jacob Cooper and Polly Byrne, both of Albany, New York.
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Here is a her death notice as published in the Skaneateles Press 24 Jul 1886.

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After locating the death record and the death notice I also found a newspaper article about the 50th wedding anniversary for Monson & Lany.  This article was located via the Fulton History website.  
Please note, I wrote a blog post about using the Fulton History website, which you can access here

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Skaneateles Free Press - 4 Apr 1885, column 3

Transription of the newspaper article above: “TO CELEBRATE THEIR GOLDEN WEDDING: Mr. and Mrs. Munson Thorp of this village will celebrate their golden wedding at their home on Jordan street, Sunday, April 12, 1883.  They were married April 12, 1833 at Cato, Cayuga county, that town being the native place of Mrs. Thorp, whose maiden name was Lany Cooper.  Mr. Thorp was born in Harpersfield, Conn. February 27, 1801, and is now in his 85th year.  They have always resided in Skaneateles since their marriage, and Mr. Thorp has been a resident of this village since October, 27, 1827. He is a wagon maker by trade first working in this town for the late John Legg, and for fifteen years he was employed by S & J Hall in the stone building now used by Thomas Kelley as a blacksmith shop.  Six children have been born to him, four yet living, all of whom have homes in the West.  Neither Mr. Thorp nor wife are very strong, but they keep house alone and manage the household duties between them.  While striving to lay up something for old age, Mr. Thorp has been unsuccessful, but has always managed to maintain his household without aid, though the struggle is hard for a couple so aged and infirm.  They will be “at home” to all their friends who may desire to call on them on their golden wedding day – a week from Sunday next.”

Finding newspaper articles like the one above certainly is a bonus for any researcher.  There is a lot of good genealogical information contained in the piece.  Of course it all must be confirmed, but still, such great leads.

I also have a copy of Lany’s Last Will & Testament.  The information contained here led me to married names of Lany’s daughters.  I also have her husband, Monson’s Last Will & Testament.

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And finally, I do have a picture of Lany’s headstone.  You can visit her memorial on FindAGrave #32026022.  She is buried, with her husband, Monson and their daughter, Lucyette, at Lake View Cemetery, Skaneateles, Onondaga, New York.

Other than making a trip to Cayuga County, New York, I have not found anything that gives me more information about Lany’s parents and/or siblings, if there were any.  I would be grateful to anyone who could provide more information, or new ideas.  I've looked at census & land records in New York for the appropriate years and come up empty.

Please visit my other “Who’s Your Daddy?” posts here


TOMBSTONE TUESDAY – My 3rd great grandparents – Monson & Lany Thorp

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

Saturday, August 22, 2015

SATURDAY NIGHT FUN! Golden Wedding Anniversaries

girl with purple top jumping for joy
The idea for this blog post comes from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings.  He does a Saturday Night Fun post each week.  Here is the link to his post

Here is tonight’s challenge:
“The challenge today is to find out which of your ancestors have celebrated a golden wedding anniversary - 50 years of marital bliss (?).  Was there a newspaper article about it?”

My parents – Harry Norman Gould & Patricia Anne Milne, married in 1949, split up in 1965, divorced in 1972. 23 years married, but only 16 years together.

My grandparents – Harry Whipple Gould & Marie Lindsay Gould, married 1912.  He died in 1960.  48 years married.

My great grandparents – William Val Gould & Mary Eve Thorp married about 1880.  He died in 1924.  44 years married.

My great great grandparents – John C. Gould and Sarah M. Hart married 1858.  She died in 1911.  53 years married.  I have not yet located a newspaper article about their 50th anniversary.

My parents – see entry above for Harry & Patricia

My grandparents – Joseph Albert Milne and Florence Lee Nora Bowden married 1906.  51 years married.  I have photos from their 50th anniversary party.  My grandfather died the following year.

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BOWDEN_Florence cutting cake at 50th Wed Anniver 1956 - Copy
 My grandparents - Florence & Joseph Milne at their 50th wedding anniversary celebration

My great grandparents – Andrew Charles Milne & Susan Anne Gillespie married in 1880. He died in 1892.  12 years married.

My great great grandparents – Charles Milne & Margaret Ritchie married sometime before 1850.  He died in 1877.  So, they were married 27 years or a little longer.

Grandparents – see entry above for Harry & Marie.

Great grandparents – William Wallace Lindsay & Elizabeth “Bessie” Fitzcharles married 1886.  Divorced in 1912.  Married 26 years.

Great great grandparents – William Lindsay & Mary Wallace married 1849.  She died in 1895.  Married 47 years.

My grandparents – See entry above for Florence Bowden & Joseph Milne.

My great grandparents – Robert Lee Bowden & Florence Hunter married 1887.  Divorced 1899.  Married 12 years.

My great great grandparents – James Gillen Hunter & Susan Caroline Boggs married 1859.  He died in 1884.  Married 25 years.

My 3rd great grandparents – Rev. Isaac C. Hunter & Emily Gillen married 1828.  He died in 1842.  Married 14 years

My 4th great grandparents – William Gillen & Rachel Frampton married 1803-04.  He died in 1841.  Married 37-38 years.

That’s about as far back as I’ll go today.  I’ve documented 13 marriages.  Out of those only TWO made it to 50 or more years.

Congratulations to my grandparents, Joseph Milne & Florence Bowden and my 2nd great grandparents John C. Gould and Sarah Hart.

UPDATE:  While writing my post for Monday, August 24th, I came across another of my ancestors who celebrated 50 years of marriage. Congratulations to my 3rd great grandparents - Monson Thorp and Lany Cooper who were married on 12 Apr 1835.  She died in 1886, so they were married 51 years.  

What about your ancestors?  How many of them were married 50 years or over?

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WEDDING WEDNESDAY–Rev. George Hall & Almira Rosette married March 11, 1834

wedding bells
Rev. George Hall & Almira Rosette
Married 11 March 1834 in Essex County, New Jersey

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Rev. George Hall & Almira Rosette are the 2nd great grandparents of my husband.

Almira was the daughter of Abraham Rosette & Susan Boylston.

The Rev. George Hall was the son of Cornelius Clark Hall & Elizabeth Conick.  He was the only son born to the couple.  He had 4 sisters.  I bet he had fun growing up in that household.

Here is an excerpt from the Encyclopedia of the Presbyterian Church in the Unites States of America, page 289.

 Copy of Encyclopedia of the Presbyterian Church in the US_pg 289_HALL_Rev George_cropped "Rev. George Hall was born at Keene, NH June 4th 1804; was a student at Dartmouth College; pursued his theological studies at Princeton Seminary, and under the direction of Rev. Drs. Erskine Mason and Henry White, in New York city, and was licensed by the Third Presbytery of New York, October 12th 1835.  After being pastor of the Congregational Church at Weston, Conn., from 1837 to 1841, he seems to have been without any settlement until 1860, but temporaily supplied various churches in Connecticut and New York.  He was state supply to Fayette and Ebenezer churches, Miss., from 1860 to 1871, and to Port Gibson Church from 1872 to 1874.  He then became stated supply of the Church in Fayetteville, Tenn., from 1874 to 1876.  In the latter year he returned to Port Gibson, Miss. where he died, September 4th, 1878.  Mr. Hall was a truly faithful and good man.  He was eminently devoted to the work of saving souls.  His memory is warmly cherished in the churches he served in Mississippi and Tennessee, and by all who knew him."

The Rev. George Hall was the Pastor of the Peterboro Church in Smithfield, New York in about 1850.  This church was the site of the first complete meeting of the New York State Anti-Slavery Society in 1835.  The building is now on the New York State and National Historic Registers.  In 2004 it was named as one of 24 sites on the New York State Underground Railroad Heritage Trail.  The site became home of the National Abolition Hall of Fame in 2005. Source: Donna Burdick, Smithfield Town Historian

George & Almira’s children were
George F. Hall born 1836, New Jersey
Cornelia B. R. Hall born 1838, New Jersey
Charles A. B. Hall born 1842, New York
Thomas Cornelius Hall 1845-1897, married Cora E. Brown and are my husband’s great grandparents
Susan C. Hall born 1846, New York, married John H. Griffing

I learned a lot about the Rev. George Hall from various reports printed by church associations.  One of those was the Necrological Report presented to the Alumni Association of Princeton Theological Seminary at it’s Annual Meeting 29 Apr 1879.  Here are the pages from that report:

HALL_George_Necrological Report from PresbChurch article-Pg 1 HALL_George_Necrological Report from PresbChurch article-Pg 2

Sadly the report above tells us that Almira died in Sep 1858 in West Stockholm, St. Lawrence, New York, at age 52.  I haven’t yet located her death record or burial.  Having at least 3 children still at home, the Reverend remarried on 6 Oct 1859 to Mary A. Bolles.
Rev. Hall died during the Yellow Fever plague of 1878.  Here is a link to a book about this plague: 

And here is a link to the Rootsweb site about Claiborne County, Mississippi and the list of deaths from Yellow Fever:

Rev Hall death report

Here is a link to Rev. Hall’s memorial on FindAGrave  #56354940

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Headstone for Rev. George Hall courtesy of William Sanders - used with permission
I’ve enjoyed sharing this story with you.
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

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY–Abraham & Susan Rosette - died 1815 & 1847

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Headstone of Abraham Rosette & his son Francis & daughter Louisa
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Headstone of Susan Rosette & her mother Lydia

Abraham Rosette (also spelled Rosett, Roset) and Susan Boylston are the 3rd great grandparents of my husband.

Abraham Rosette born 29 Jul 1780 in New York married Susan Boylston 30 May 1804 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He was a Cabinet Maker.  They had four children: Almira, Eliza, Francis & Louisa.  Abraham died on 8 Apr 1815 in Elizabethtown, New Jersey.  His wife Susan never remarried and she died 23 Apr 1847 (location not verified).

They are both buried in the First Presbyterian Churchyard, Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey.  You can find their memorials here:

Abraham #7965705
Susan #7965704

From the book Inscriptions on Tombstones and Monuments in the Burying Grounds of The First Presbyterian Church and St. Johns Church at Elizabeth, New Jersey, 1664-1892.”
ROSETTE_Abraham_inscription of his headstone ROSETTE_Mrs Lydia_transcription of her headstone

There is still quite a bit of research to be done on this family.
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

Friday, August 14, 2015

FAMILY RECIPE FRIDAY–Fried cauliflower from my Grandma Florence

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My grandmother, Florence BOWDEN  MILNE left us a spiral bound notebook,  which I refer to has her journal.  The entire notebook is written in her hand and was begun about the time of her marriage to my grandfather, Joseph, in 1906.  In it she left a treasure trove of family information and wonderful clues to life back in the early 1900's.

Fried Cauliflower

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Here is a transcription of her recipe:

Pick out all the green leaves from a cauliflower & cut off the stalk close; put it head downward into a sauce pan of boiling, salted water, do not over boil it.  Drain it into a sieve, pick out into small sprigs and place them in a deep dish with plenty of vinegar, pepper & salt; when they have laid for an hour in this, drain them, dip them in batter and fry them in hot lard to a golden brown.  Very delicious.

I personally love cauliflower.  It’s one of my favorite vegetables, if I can choose a favorite.  But, I’ve never heard of it deep fried.  It seems that in our current times, people fry all sorts of things, like ice cream, snickers bars & Twinkies.  Maybe my grandma was on to something back over 100 years ago?

Please tell me about recipes you have from your family.


Family Recipe Friday - Chocolate Fudge
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Family Recipe Friday - Orange Coconut Custard

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Family "Recipe" Friday - How to Make Shampoo

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall