Sunday, April 29, 2018

CHURCH RECORD SUNDAY ~ Susan Rosette–Presbyterian Church Record–New Jersey

Susan Boylston Rosette is my husband’s paternal 3rd great grandmother.  She married Dr. Abraham Rosette on 30 May 1804 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Using Legacy 9, I created a relationship chart that shows how my husband is connected to this couple.


ROSETTE_Abraham_relationship calc_1 Apr 2018

I recently located a church record for Susan Rosette in the U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1970.  The record lists her as the widow of Abr. and gives his death date, which coincides with my records.

ROSETTE_Susan_Presb church membership_NJ_annot

Here is the Source Citation for this record:

Presbyterian Historical Society; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1907; Accession Number: 11-0928 65D Box 54

Year: 1825 - 1947

Source Information U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1970 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.
Original data: Church Registers. Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Source Description
This collection includes baptism, marriage, death, burial, and other records from Presbyterian churches in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

Church records can be valuable tools and provide a lot of information about our ancestors.  Especially given that vital records were not required or kept at a state or county level until the late 1800’s, in most jurisdictions.

If you’ve found information in church records, I’d love to hear about them.  Also, if you are related to either the Rosette or Boylston families, please get in touch with me.


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

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

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2018   Diane Gould Hall

Sunday, April 22, 2018

SUNDAY’S OBITUARY ~ Emma Pope Seed–1850-1928, my half 2nd great grandaunt

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Emma Pope Seed is my half 2nd great grandaunt.  She is the daughter of my 3rd great grandmother, Emily Gillen and the 2nd of her three husband’s, David Pope. I am descended from Emily Gillen and her first husband, Rev. Isaac C. Hunter.

Rev. Hunter died at age 43 in 1842, leaving his wife Emily with 5 children at home, the oldest one 14 and the youngest about 1. It is no surprise that she was married four years later to David Pope.  Together Emily & David had two children, a son George and the subject of my post today, Emma.

Emma was born, 29 Jul 1850, according to her death certificate.  The 1850 census was taken on August 6th, but Emma is not enumerated with her family.  She would have been 7 days old. Her parents & brother, George were living in Fayette, Lawrence, Ohio and her father, David was working as a Carpenter.  What became of David Pope after 1850 is still a question.  I know that Emma’s mother, Emily, remarried on 5 Dec 1858 to Joel Stover.

Emma married Thomas Hugh Seed on 28 Mar 1871 in Clay County, Illinois.  The couple had two known children.  A son, Maurice Joy Seed 1871-1947 and Rhoda 1879-1960 who married James R. Barclay.

A directory listing in 1915 shows Thomas Seed as the Associate Editor of the Mt. Vernon Register and the couple is living at 517 N. 10th in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.  The directory lists their phone number as 378 – 3 rings.  Their daughter Rhoda is still living at home and Maurice lives nearby and is the Editor of the Mt. Vernon Register.

Emma & Thomas can be found in the 1920 census, living in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.  He is 76 years old and still working.  He is a Manager in the mailing department of a newspaper. Emma is 69.  In our current society, most people are retired well before the age of 76.  I wonder if Thomas worked because he wanted to, or because he had to?

SEED_Thomas & Emma 1920

According to a Civil War Pension Index Card, Emma, a widow, applied for a pension on 4 Jun 1923, from the state of Pennsylvania.  Thomas had already applied for his Civil War Pension back on 28 Jul 1888.  I don’t know if it was granted or not.

 SEED_Thomas H_CivilWarPensionIndex_1888_Illinois

I have not yet located Thomas’ death record.  However, I have located Emma’s.  She died 10 Oct 1928 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, as stated in her obituary.  Her cause of death was Pyelitis following a fractured left femur.  She tripped over a small rug and fell to the floor at home, which must have caused the fracture.  An online medical dictionary gives the following definition of Pyelitis:

pyelitis [pi?e-li´tis]
inflammation of the renal pelvis, a fairly common disease that usually can be diagnosed and cured without great difficulty. Prompt and effective treatment is necessary to prevent the spread of infection and the development of pyelonephritis, which in its chronic form is a severely disabling disease in which damage to the kidney cells may lead to high blood pressure and uremia. adj., adj pyelit´ic.

Here is her death certificate

SEED_Emma nee POPE_death cert_1928_PittsburghPA

The death certificate for Emma gives us evidence of her date & place of birth and her parent’s names.  The informant was her daughter, Rhoda.  While we know that informant’s can give incorrect information, even if they are closely related, we can match this information with what we already know and come to a conclusion.

Emma & Thomas are buried at Oakwood Cemetery, in Mount Vernon, Jefferson Co., Illinois.  You may visit their memorials here #99285028 and #99284963.

Here is a picture of their headstone, used with the permission of EPS, who placed the photo on findagrave.

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If you have any connection to this family I’d love to hear from you.  I also welcome any input or corrections.


MYSTERY MONDAY–WHO’S YOUR DADDY? Brick Wall Post #5–William Gillen 1782-1841

MYSTERY MONDAY - Who's Your Daddy? Brick Walls Post #3–Rev. Isaac C. Hunter 1798-1842

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2018   Diane Gould Hall

Thursday, April 5, 2018

THURSDAY SURPRISE ~ I won a Free Southern California Jamboree 2018 Registration–Oh boy!

2018 Jamboree winner

It’s always exciting to win something.  In this case I just won, by random drawing, a two day FREE registration to 2018 Southern California Jamboree.

THE BLOGGER BADGE CONTEST WINNER IS......Diane Gould Hall of Michigan Family Trails.

My friend and fellow blogger Debby Warner Anderson of Debbie’s Family Genealogy Blog had already registered for the conference and have hotel reservations.  We attended the conference in 2016 and had a great time.  During that conference Debbie won a free registration to the 2017 conference.  She was able to attend, but I was on vacation and couldn’t go.  We are excited to being going again this year.

There are many wonderful speakers and also workshops you can attend.  I always learn so much at conferences and seminars I attend.  It helps me to be a better genealogist.

Here are a couple of posts I wrote when I attended the 2016 Jamboree. 

Southern California Jamboree 2016 ~ Day One - My first time at Jamboree

Southern California Jamboree 2016 ~ The last two days were fantastic and my brain hurts!

If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, there is still time.  Check out the line up of speakers and subjects.  So many wonderful learning experiences.  Click here to visit Jamboree 2018 website.

I look forward to seeing many fellow bloggers and genealogists.  Please let me know if you’ll be there, so we can get in touch at the conference.

Happy hunting,

Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2018   Diane Gould Hall


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

TUESDAY’S TIPS ~ How many people in my database have marriage dates? Let’s use Legacy 9 to find out

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It occurred to me today, that I’d never tried to run any kind of report to find out how many people in my database I have marriage dates for.  I love discovering new lists I can create with Legacy 9. 

I immediately went to the Search tab>Find>Detailed Search and began to figure out what criteria I should enter. 

I entered the following:

marriage date - 1 annot

When I clicked on “create list” I was shown my list of 2102 names.  The list is opened in the List View which allows you to go through the various pages associated with each ancestor such as Detail, Edit, Events, Notes, Family & Sources. 

marriage date - 2

From there I wondered if I could find out how many of those marriages had sources attached.  Dare I check my work? 

I went back to my original search criteria and changed it to Individual>Source-Citation>Contains>Married  This resulted in 896 matches.  Ok, not too bad.  If there are 2102 names in the marriage list and you divide that by two you get 1051 marriages.  If I have sources for 896 of those marriages, then I’m very happy with those results.

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I played around with this idea for a while creating lists of those who were divorced, husband deceased, wife deceased etc.  It was quite fun to see what popped up.  Of course to create such lists you have to have entered something in the Marriage Status field.  Here’s a sample from my great grandparents. 

Notice the Status field is filled in. Also note that the icons for Notes, Images and Sources are colored rather than black & white, meaning they contain information that I’ve added.

marriage date-status

One more list before I go.  I’d like to find out how many of my ancestors were married in my home town of Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.  I created my search and the list contained 133 individuals.

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  • To help determine what you have or don’t have on any given individual
  • To assist you in obtaining documents such as marriage certificates or records. Or any other type of records, based on the list you create.
  • To assist you in completing information for each of your ancestors by determining what’s missing.
  • To find out where you’ve made mistakes.
  • Because sometimes it’s just fun to take a break from our research and play around a bit.
  • I’m sure there are other reasons to create lists.  Please share your ideas with me.


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Happy hunting,

Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2018   Diane Gould Hall


Saturday, March 17, 2018

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY 2018 ~ I know I have Irish heritage - What are my Irish surnames… far?

St patricks day hat with calendar

May the luck of the Irish be with all of you. 

According to the DNA tests my brother, Norm and I are 50-60% Irish.  My paper trail confirms some of that, but we have more Irish records to pursue.  And, you all know how tough that can be.

What are my Irish surnames, so far?
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Follow that rainbow to the pot of gold

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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Friday, March 16, 2018

FRIDAY FINDS of a Different Kind

Normally, when I write about Friday Finds, they include various documents I have located, or perhaps even a photo of a particular ancestor.
This week my find was located on the Detroit Historical Society’s Facebook page. I happened to be scrolling through my FB news feed and came across an item that related to my birthday.

What I saw was a photo taken on my birthday, March 13th, in the year 1903 in Detroit, where I was born.  I remember Gratiot Ave. as a place my parents and grandparents talked about, along with Woodward Ave., Grand River and all the Mile roads in Detroit.
Here’s the image, used with the gracious permission of the Detroit Historical Society.  I’ve darkened it just a little so it would show up better.

On McDougal Ave just north of Gratiot Ave looking north_taken 13 Mar 1903

The caption for the image reads as follows:

On March 13, 1903, this scene was captured on McDougall Avenue, just north of Gratiot Avenue and looking north. St. Philip's Mission Church is visible adjacent to a plank sidewalk along with many residences.

Have you found items like this from your place of birth or where you grew up?

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2018   Diane Gould Hall

Sunday, March 11, 2018

MY BIG FIND AT THE FHL- Part 2 ~ What else was I able to turn up once I had John Doller’s original name?

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John & Bertha - about 1935

If you read my blog yesterday, then you know that I made a pretty huge find (with help from library staff), while I was attending Rootstech.  You can read about it here WHAT A FIND - John Doller's real name was Johann Tolarowski - my husband's great grandfather.

In the 15+ years I’ve been researching mine and my husband’s family, I was never able to find some of the records I wanted to for John Doller and his wife, Bertha Keller. 

Now I know why!
If you enter John Doller in the search criteria on a website, you aren’t likely to come up with hits for Johann Tolarowski.
Once I learned John’s birth name, in German records, I was able to locate more information.

The first thing I found was his German passenger record.  He traveled from Germany to the U.S. with his wife, Bertha, son, Erwin and infant daughter, Ida.

 TALAROWSKI_John-Bertha-Erwin-Ida passenger record 1890_Germany to NY

They traveled on the ship Columbia from Hamburg, leaving on 3 Jul 1890.
Here’s the index for this record.  His occupation, Maurer, means Mason.  Family lore says that one child died on the ship.  We know it wasn’t Erwin, so it had to be little Ida.  More on that in a minute.

Name: John Talarowski
Gender: männlich (Male)
Departure Age: 32
Occupation: Maurer
Birth Date: abt 1858
Residence: Dahlwin, Westpreußen
Departure Date: 3 Jul 1890
Port of Departure: Hamburg
Port of Arrival: New York (New York City (All Boroughs))
Ship Name: Columbia
Captain: Vogelgesang
Shipping Clerk: Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft
Shipping line: Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt-Actien-Gesellschaft
Ship Type: Dampfschiff
Ship Flag: Deutschland
Accommodation: Zwischendeck
Volume: 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 068 A
Household Members:
Name Age
John Talarowski 32
Bertha Talarowski 26
Erwin Talarowski 4
Ida Talarowski 8 Monate

The New York Passenger record I located has the family arriving in New York harbor on 11 Jul 1890.  There is an entry in the column title “Date and Cause of Death” across from Ida’s name.  What do the numbers 12-18 mean?

TALAROWSKI_John-Bertha-Erwin-Ida NY passenger record 1890_Germany to NY

I have searched every way I can think of for information on the numbers 12-18 in the date/cause of death column for Ida.  There are ICD codes for causes of death on many death certificates, but 12-18 isn’t one of those codes.  I tried looking at the beginning of the microfilm series for any indication of what the numbers in that column could mean.  No luck.  I welcome any input from others who may have an answer.  Were they able to take baby Ida off the ship?  Is there a death record for her in the U.S.? Is she buried in New York?

 The next record I located for this family was the 1892 New York state census.  On 16 Feb 1892, the Talurowski family is enumerated in the second district, Buffalo, Erie, New York.  This was the first U.S. record I located with the family still using the name Talurowski.  This is 19 months after their arrival and Ida is not named with them.  Further indication of her death.

John Talurowski, male, age 33, born in Germany, alien, working as a Mason, Bertha Talurowski, female, age 26, born in Germany, alien, Erwin Talurowski, male, age 6, born in Germany, alien.


We can see that John had not yet applied for citizenship, nor was he using the surname, Doller.  According to the 1920 census, he was naturalized in 1902.  I had searched naturalization record listings at the FHL, but they did not have 1902.  I would really like to find this record.

I’ve mentioned time and time again, on this blog and in classes I’ve taught, that social media can be one of our greatest resources for genealogy.  Especially Facebook groups.  I belong to many of them, not only in the U.S., but for other countries as well.  I wrote a blog post about this subject back in 2014 and it still holds true today FACEBOOK – HOW IT CAN BE VERY USEFUL IN YOUR RESEARCH

I decided to ask for assistance on the Western New York Genealogical Society group, to which I’ve belonged for some time. I thought perhaps someone in the group would have some tips specifically related to obtaining naturalization records from the Buffalo area.
Here is my query: Posted on 10 Mar 2018 at 10:37 a.m.

ADVICE needed.
Hello everyone. I wonder if you could tell me if anyone has experience in retrieving naturalization records? I have been looking for years for the papers for a particular person in the Buffalo area. A HUGE find at the FHL was that the last name was not Doller, but Tolarowski. It would appear that he arrived and kept the name Tolarowski for a few years. I believe he may have changed it when he was naturalized. Which gives me even more reason to want the record. From census records he was naturalized in 1902. The family lived in Buffalo from 1890 until his death in 1935.
Thanks in advance for any advice.

Within minutes I began receiving responses.  I continued to check back as I wrote yesterday’s blog post.  About an hour after I first posted, I checked back only to find that one of the members had located the information I needed on Family Search.  I, of course, know about and use Family Search daily, but hadn’t had a chance to look through their records since learning of John Doller’s German name.  Not only did the member, Kasia, tell me that the record was on Family Search, she posted images of the various records she found.

TALAROWSKI_John_naturalization card_1905 - Copy

Now that I have this information I should be able to request his naturalization papers.  I’ve got a volume number and a page number.  I’m doing my genie dance again!
After the loss of two young daughters and one son, John and Bertha did go on to have one more daughter, Freada Emma Meta Doller (my husband’s grandmother), born in Buffalo, Erie, New York on 24 Aug 1895.  Freada married Heinrich “Henry” August Fink and they had four children.  She died at the age of 85 in San Diego, California.  Her older brother, Erwin went on to marry Lena Boskat and they had 6 sons.  Erwin lived to the age of 77 and died in Buffalo, New York.

John and Bertha continued living in Buffalo until their deaths.  John died 15 Dec 1935 and is buried in Buffalo Cemetery, Cheektowaga, Erie, New York.  You may visit his memorial here #80147013 and Bertha died 6 Oct 1950 and is buried in the same cemetery #80147168.

This has been a great story to write and I hope to learn more if and when I locate John’s naturalization papers.

Please contact me if you are related to this family, I’d love to hear from you.
To read more about the Doller family please see the following blog posts.  There are several more photos included in these posts.


SEPIA SATURDAY ~ The Doller Family of Buffalo, New York, early 1900’s


Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2018   Diane Gould Hall