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Monday, October 20, 2014

AN OFFICE SHAKE-UP AND A TWISTED ANKLE

I thought I better post something to let my readers know what’s been going on.  Why haven’t I posted much this past couple of weeks?

First of all, we are installing new carpeting in the entire back of the house.  Along with that my husband and I decided to repaint the office and one bedroom.  I use a desktop to do my research and create blog posts.  I’m not a big fan of laptops, unless I am on the road. 

Add to that, the twisted ankle that happened last Thursday and there you have it. 

However, I decided I should get busy, so I am now using my laptop.  I don’t think the office will be back together as quickly as I’d like because it’s up to me to get it re-organized and I’m still gimping around.  My husband has done so much work and will be putting all the furniture back etc. 

Here’s a photo of the office as of this morning.

office pic on 20 Oct 2014 before carpet install

That’s what is going on here.  I hope to be back at it in the next few days.  In fact, I may even try to post something sooner. 

In the meantime, I have a stack of miscellaneous genealogy related papers that were sitting under my desk.  They are items I need to review and either act on, file or toss.  I’ll be digging into them as soon as I post this.   I’ll let you know how I do.   What new things will I discover?

Happy hunting,

Michigan Girl

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

Not completely Wordless...........


I put together a small memorial album when we had my Dad's memorial service back in 1991.

That album, along with one we did for my husband's mother have been stored in our office.  Now that we are painting and having new carpet installed we've come across these albums.  

It is past time to remove the original photos that are in these non-archival sticky albums.

Here is a page from that album and a family photo, also from the album.

MY DAD, HARRY NORMAN GOULD AS A YOUNG BOY

MY DAD & MOM AND ME AND MY BROTHER, NORM - circa 1960 in Pompano Beach, Florida

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
 
 
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Monday, October 6, 2014

TIME FOR THE FALL/WINTER THEME CHANGE ON MY BLOG


Fall church   Fall_words   Fall_water
Autumn is my favorite time of year.  We don’t get much a change here in California.  But, we do get some changes about the end of October and into November.  Nothing as dramatic as the colors in the photos above, but still pretty.

I thought, since the weather is changing for most of the people around the country and the world, that it would be a good time to change the blog theme.  Bring in some colors that are more appropriate for this time of year.  

I did the same thing last spring, when I changed to the blue theme.
 
Everything is still in the same place – the layout hasn’t changed at all.  Just the top banner and tabs and the color theme.

Hope you like the new look.

Thanks for stopping by,
Michigan Girl

AMANUENSIS MONDAY - BIRTH & DEATH DATES FROM MY GRANDMOTHER'S JOURNAL - JUNE



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 June.

For the previous posts transcribing January through May, 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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June_redacted

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 though 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 HAVE REDACTED THE BIRTH DATES & FULL NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO I’M AWARE OF, THAT ARE STILL LIVING, FOR THEIR PROTECTION.

June
Irene M. Milne Roe Mrs. Nichol, Pottit  June 13 ‘93  [Grand aunt]
Katherine Martz Forsyth  June 13 ‘95  died Sept 21  ‘40  [Wife of 1st cousin 2x removed]
Albert Herman Pfeiffer  June 14  ‘10  [1st cousin 2x removed]
Clyde J. Smith  June 15  ‘77  died Nov. 15  ‘27 [2nd husband of great grandmother]
Lawrence Charles Diebel  June 26  ‘28
* Mary Jane Brehmer  June 27  ‘18 
June Baby Boy Heiberline Hibberlin June 22  1936
Helen Lyons   June 22  ‘92
Bertram Seaver  June 28  April 13,  ‘42  [Husband of 1st cousin 2x removed]
Florence Townsend    June 29 
Junior Diebel   June 27  ‘28 [2nd cousin once removed]
Minnie Thornton   June 19  ‘86  [Wife of 1st cousin 2x removed]
Maria King  June 10  ‘88   [Wife of 1st cousin 2x removed]
Joseph King, Jr.   June 19  ‘13  [2nd cousin once removed]
Susan   [2nd cousin]

That’s a total of 15 names.  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. 

FOUR 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 photo is of my Grandaunt, Irene.  If you read last month’s post for May, you saw her daughter, Irene’s picture, and her husband Everett’s picture too.

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Irene “Peggy” Milne Roe McNichol Pettit

Not very many photos to share with you in this post, wish I had more.

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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Sunday, October 5, 2014

DNA TESTING–TIME FOR ME TO SEND IN A SAMPLE

DNA test kit from Ancestry

DNA testing is becoming more and more popular in the genealogy world.  I have never done a test on myself.  That’s about to change.

However, both of my brothers have taken tests and we have their results.  One of the brothers, my younger brother, and I share the same parents.  He took the YDNA test.  My other brother and I share a mother, so he took the MtDNA test.

I thought for a long time, that was all we would need.  There haven’t been any close matches on either of those tests.  Hopefully, something will pop up sooner or later.
I finally decided that it was time for me to take the test and find out what the results are. 
  • Will they be any different than what we already have?
  • Will they give us more information on our ethnicity?
I don’t know the answer to those questions, but I’m curious.  The other kits were through Family Tree DNA and this one is through Ancestry.  

I’ll be mailing the test in tomorrow.  When I get the results I’ll post them here and let you know what I’ve learned.

Have you ever submitted a DNA sample?  How about your family members?  Have they?

SIDE NOTE:  We adopted a rescue dog several years ago. He’s cute as a button, but we didn’t have a clue as to what breeds he might be.  I sent for a doggie DNA kit and sent it in.  No photos, just the saliva.  They sent back the results that he was Irish Setter, Saluki and Chow.  All of which made perfect sense based on his attributes, black spots on his tongue, curling tail, penchant for running away and chasing absolutely everything when off leash and his aloof behavior when we first got him.

Here’s a picture of him.  While this is not genealogy related, I just had to share.

WYATT 
Stay tuned for the results.  Hey!  Maybe I’ll connect to one of you.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl


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Saturday, October 4, 2014

SUNDAY’S OBITUARY–Grace Hunter Fenner Jenkins 1874-1946


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Grace Hunter was the daughter of James Gillen HUNTER and Susan Caroline BOGGS.  She was born 19 Jan 1874 in Covington, Kenton, Kentucky.  Her father, James, died when she was only 10 years old.  She married Charles H. FENNER on 16 May 1891 at the age of seventeen.  They had no children, but they did own and run a photo studio in Lima, Ohio.  Charles' brother, William James Fenner owned several photography studios and Charles joined him.   It was called Fenner Brothers Studio.  Many of our family photos were taken at Fenner Studios. 

Sadly, Charles Fenner died at the age of 59, during the horrible influenza epidemic in 1918.  

Grace continued to run the photo studio.  Sometime between 1920 and 1930 she married John A. Jenkins, a farmer. John also preceded Grace in death, dying in 1939. 

I have not been able to locate Grace in the 1940 census.  I’ll keep trying.  However, at the time of her death on 15 Sep 1946, she was living in Lima, Allen, Ohio.  She died of  Arteriosclerosis.  

She had quite a good sum of money at the time of her death.  I located her probate record.  She left money to each of her surviving sisters, her brother and a stepson.  The largest amount $16,625.75 was left to her sister Daisy Hunter Skinner.  

I do have a couple of nice pictures of Grace.

Great Aunt Grace-year unknown   Hunter_Grace_headshot cropped from group photo_enh

Grace is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lima, Allen, Ohio, next to her first husband, Charles H. Fenner.

If you are familiar with any of the people mentioned in this post, please contact me.  I’d love to hear from you.

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
SIBLING SATURDAY - THE HUNTER SISTERS
ADDING SIBLING LINKS TO FIND A GRAVE - AN UPDATE

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WHY DIDN’T I SEE THAT? WHEN THE OBVIOUS ESCAPES US

I just had to share this with all of you.  I’m sure I’m not the only researcher this has happened to.  At least I hope I'm not.

I had occasion today to take a look at the entries in my Legacy database for my paternal great grandmother, Elizabeth “Bessie” Fitzcharles.  

Here is what I know about my great grandmother. These are screen shots from my Legacy program.

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Bessie fitzcharles Indiv page from Legacy
Bessie fitzcharles Indiv page from Legacy-2

I knew that I had an immigration record that I believed to be her (you can see it listed as the third item under events, above), however, I wasn’t sure if it was or not.  There didn’t seem to be any others traveling with her.  When I found this record for her I had not yet learned the names of her parents.  But, I sure don’t see any other Fitzcharles' on this page.  I did check on the pages before her entry.  This is the last page for that particular day, so there are no entries for 28 Apr 1886 after this page.

Here is the image for Bessie Lindsay.  Please note – the annotations in red and the name of the ship were added by me, yesterday, during my re-evaluation of these records.

FITZCHARLES_Bessie_NY Passenger list_1886_April 28_ship State of Indiana_annotated

The 1900 census states that she immigrated in 1886, so that would seem to back up this record.

She married my great grandfather, William Wallace Lindsay, on 21 May 1886 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.  So, just a month after arriving in the U.S.

As I was checking on my great grandfather’s information today, I looked at his immigration information.  HOLY COW!!!  He’s on the same ship, on the same date.  How in the heck did I miss that?  Or, did I?
  • Have I just forgotten that I had located these records? 
  • When did I save those digital copies to my computer?  Looks like it was in November and December 2012, nearly a month apart.
  • Was I distracted at the time and I went off in another direction on the tree? I can’t answer that question.
Here is the image for William Lindsay.  Annotations on this record were also added yesterday.

LINDSAY_William_age 24_passenger list 28 Apr 1886 on the ship State of Indiana_annotated

The 1900 census has a clue as to when these ancestors immigrated to the U.S.  Unfortunately, that census record on Ancestry is pretty difficult to read.  Not impossible, but difficult.  Here is that record as it appears on the Ancestry.com site.

1900 census with Lindsay_Wm

Here is the same record with some enhancement and annotations.

1900_LINDSAY_William & Elizabeth with their children_DetroitMich_annotated

In looking at the immigration status on this record it says that William Lindsay has been in the United States either 20 or 23 years.  Can you read the year of immigration?  I can only make out 188__.  What is that last number?  If he’d been here 20 years it should be a zero.  Did he come over here, then go back & get Bessie and return?  That last number almost looks like a 5.  Her entry says she arrived in 1886 and has been here 14 years.  You have to look really closely to see the one before that four.  It could easily be read as 4 years, but matching it with 1886, it must be 14.  

The 1910 census has William as a boarder in someone else’s home and his immigration year is given as 1880.  Bessie is in a completely different residence, working as a housekeeper and it gives her immigration year as 1887.  Since they divorced in 1912, this may explain why they were living in two different residences in 1910.  

NOTE:  Wouldn’t I love to be able to ask my grandmother about all of this?  She died when I was 20 years old.  These are her parents.   I remember her and my Dad always talking about old times and the family.  She even lived with us the last couple of years of her life.  But, alas, I was too busy working and playing to pay any attention.  Please, talk to your living family members now.  Don't wait! 

In the Obituary and Death Notice I have for William Lindsay it states that he came to the United States in 1885.  So, I’m thinking that’s what the last number is on the census record.  

CONCLUSION - I believe, based on the evidence, that those two immigration records are, in fact, my great grandparents.

I have learned yet another valuable lesson.  It’s one that I have learned from other experiences in my research through the years. ALWAYS take another look at all your records.  

Perhaps a timeline would have pointed this out to me?  I don’t think I use timelines enough in my research.  It’s not like I have to create one myself.  Legacy creates it for me based on what I have entered for each person.

Please share any similar experiences you’ve had along these same lines.  Things you should have seen, but didn’t etc. 

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

EVALUATING YOUR RECORDS ON AN INDIVIDUAL - WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

SURPRISE! A BIRTH RECORD WHERE IT WASN'T SUPPOSED TO BE

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl


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