Saturday, October 29, 2016

SEPIA SATURDAY ~ From Here to There–By boat, pony, derby car and canoe

This particular topic, From Here to There, hasn’t been an easy one for me.  Seems my family didn’t take many travel photos in or around anything but cars.

For this post, I went through my various surname folders and located some photos of family in different places and in different modes of transportation. 

This first one is my maternal Grandfather, Joseph A. Milne (1883-1957) standing on a boat.  There’s no information as to where he is or where he’s going.  Since he was born, raised and died in Detroit, Michigan, I can assume he may have been on a lake, somewhere in Michigan.  This photo would have been in the early 1900’s.  My grandparents married in 1906.

MILNE_Joseph on boat deck early 1900s_enh

Next is a picture of my husband, Ron, with his parents, Gordon & Dorothy Hall.  They traveled to Niagra Falls in 1955.  All the way from San Diego to New York, by car.  Also traveling with Ron & his parents, was his grandmother, Freada Doller Fink. 

HALL_Ron with his parents_NiagraFalls_1955_cropped

This next picture is one of my mother, Patricia Milne, on a pony.  Horseback is a mode of travel and one she and I shared a love of.  I can narrow down the time frame by looking at the address numbers behind my Mom.  The family was living at 5182 Clarendon in Detroit, between 1930 & 1935.  This would make my mother any where from 6-11 yrs. old and I’m guessing closer to six in this photo.  She's so cute.

MILNE_Patricia_on a pony_enh

This next photo is a picture of Bobby Lindsay, sitting in his derby car contemplating how he lost the race.  Robert “Bobby” Lindsay, Jr. is my 2nd cousin once removed.  He is closely related to my cousin, Marian.  Bobby died of Chronic Rheumatic Heart Disease, at the age of 22 on 6 Jun 1946.  Bobby was one of three children born to Robert Lindsay & Wilma Hoefler. His sister died at the age of 5, leaving just one brother who thankfully led a long life.

LINDSAY_Bobby after losing a derby race

This last photo is of my Dad and his parents, in a canoe.  Were they just going out or coming in?  They seem awfully dressed up to be riding in a canoe.  My paternal grandparents, Harry W. Gould and Marie Lindsay spent a lot of time up at Port Huron in St. Clair County, Michigan.  They eventually purchased a cottage on the lake, which I visited frequently as a little girl.  My grandmother loved to swim. 

GOULD_Harry_Marie & Norm in canoe with others

In this boat are – far left, my grandmother, Marie Lindsay Gould, the young man with the cap is my Dad, H. Norman Gould and sitting down is my grandfather, Harry W. Gould.  I can’t say for certain who the other two ladies or the man standing are.  Maybe one of my cousins can help me out here.

So, that’s all for this months Sepia Saturday theme From Here to There.  I hope you enjoyed these pictures as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them.

Please feel free to share any older photos you have of your ancestors traveling….from here to there.


As always, if you think you might be related to anyone mentioned in this blog post, please contact me.
Happy hunting and safe travels,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2016   Diane Gould Hall

Friday, October 28, 2016

FRIDAY FINDS ~ Henry A. Hart Killed By A Train–His story

I’ve been doing more research on my Hart line this past week.  They are a direct paternal line for me and some possible DNA matches have me going back to this line and doing more research.

You know how it goes.  You begin looking at various websites and run across something that grabs your interest.  In this case it was a newspaper article  located on the website GenealogyBank with the title Henry A. Hart Is Killed by Train.

Here’s the article.

HART_Henry A_article about his being killed by a train_17 Jul 1919_GrandRapidsPress_page 3

Henry was 64 years old and was married at the time, to Marian Brewster Hart.

Of course I had to learn more about Henry.

Henry A. Hart is my half 1st cousin 3 times removed.  He was the son of Hiram Harper Hart and Clarissa Curtis.  Henry A. Hart was born (according to his death certificate) on 5 Oct 1854 in Michigan.  He was the oldest of 5 known children of Hiram and Clarissa.  I expect he was named after his grandfather, Henry Hart (ca 1785-1879). 

This has been a tough family to trace and much of the information I began with came from an unverified cousin, named Judy.  While this information was very helpful and gave me a great start, there were no sources attached.  I’ve been hunting for sources every since.

Henry’s story spoke to me.  As I found out more about him, I discovered that he jumped from job to job.  All of them blue collar.  He never moved away from Grand Rapids, Michigan. At least not that I could find.  I didn’t locate any children born to Henry & either of his wives. He did have family in the area though.

Henry was first married to Mattie E. Arnold on 27 Dec. 1889 in Corunna, Shiawassee, Michigan.
HART_Henry A marriage to Mattie ARNOLD_Dec 1889_CorunnaMichigan_annotated

HART_Henry A marriage to Mattie Arnold_cropped

I could not locate Henry & Mattie either together or by themselves on the 1900 census.  However, I did locate their divorce record from 8 Jul 1902.  He filed for divorce from Mattie for the reason of “desertion” and it was granted.  I wonder what happened with this couple?  I have not located any further records of Mattie.

Source: Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952

HART_Henry divorce from Mattie_cropped

In 1903 I located Henry in the Grand Rapids city directory.  He is working as an Elevator Operator.

On 13 Aug 1904, Henry married Marian Brewster Kelly in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan.

HART_Henry A marriage to Marian Brewster KELLY_1904_annotated
HART_Henry A marriage to Marian Brewster_cropped

The following year, 1905, he is still an Elevator Operator.  

Then in 1907 I find him working as a Sashman for P M R R (a railroad company).  I conducted a search for the definition of this occupation for the railroad and didn’t find it listed.  For a list of railroad occupation you can click here.

In 1910 Henry is working at another occupation, Cabman for a steam railroad.
By 1912, Henry has yet another occupation, Car Repair.
In 1913 Henry is a Carpenter.
In 1914 he is a Yardman.
In 1916 he is listed as a Laborer.
In 1918 he is an Oiler for Bissell’s. (Remember the Bissell sweepers?)
In 1919, the year of his death, he is listed as an Employee for Bissell’s.

What comes to mind as you read all these different jobs from year to year?  I wonder…..
  • Why so many jobs? 
  • Why so many different occupations? 
  • Did Henry voluntarily change jobs or was he “let go?”  Was Henry a drinker?  Was he a fighter? 
  • Was he ill with an issue that kept him from showing up regularly? 
  • Or was he just a guy who was always looking for the next best thing? 
  • Was he a dreamer?
So many unanswered questions.

The next thing we know, Henry was walking home on the railroad tracks and gets hit and killed by a train.  Why didn’t he hear or see the train? 

HART_Henry A_death notice_Ann Arbor News_19 Jul 1919_page 4_cropped

I had wondered what P M RR stood for from the 1907 city directory listing for Henry.  This death notice gives me the answer, Pere Marquette Railroad.

Here is Henry’s death certificate.

HART_Henry A_death cert_17 Jul 1919_GrandRapidsKentMichigan

One of the first things I look for on a death certificate, is the informant.  Knowing that, can help us to determine how accurate the information might be. In this case Henry’s brother, Arthur Hart was the informant.

Henry’s wife, Marian, died just four years later on 2 Aug 1923 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  There is no image available for her death certificate, although it should be available on both Family Search and Seeking Michigan.  I have also not been able to locate any obituary for her.

Henry and Marian are buried at Fairplains Cemetery, located at 2056 Diamond Rd., N.E. in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

You can visit their FindAGrave Memorials here:  Henry #21057459 and Marian #21057460.

Source for the various years and occupations is the U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.  Those city directories can reveal a lot of information about your ancestor and family members in a certain time and place.

Please take a look at the two blog posts I’ve written about using City Directories in your research.

CITY DIRECTORIES - A Treasure Trove of Genealogical Information

TUESDAY'S TIP - Stree Guide Included in City Directories - Have You Used This Handy Resource?

I wonder if one day I’ll find a family member who has a picture of Henry A. Hart?
Most of our ancestors didn’t live exciting or famous lives, but just tried to make it from day to day.  Much like all of us.

If you think you might be related to anyone mentioned in this blog post, please contact me.
Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2016   Diane Gould Hall

Saturday, October 22, 2016

SEPIA SATURDAY ~ From Here to There–Visiting Washington, DC in 1917

Detroit to washington dc map

I am fortunate to have a picture album created by my paternal grandmother, Marie Lindsay Gould (1888-1970).  She and my grandfather, Harry Whipple Gould (1886-1960) only had one child, a son, my father – Harry Norman Gould (1912-1991).

There are 35 pages in this old photo album.  It appears to have been started shortly after my father was born in Dec. 1912.  There are pictures of him as an infant and then as he grew into a toddler and young man.

The photos I’ve chosen for today are from this album and feature my Dad with his parents, visiting the Jackson Monument in Washington, D.C. in 1917.  As the map indicates, the drive on today’s roads is just under 8 hours.

Here are my questions: 
  • How did my family get to Washington, D.C.? Car, bus or train? 
  • How long did the journey take them? 
  • How long were they there? 
  • Did they stop at other locations? 
GOULD_Harry Marie & Norm visiting the Jackson Monument in Wash DC_cropped
On the left, my Dad with his father and on the right with his mother

You can see my grandmother’s writing underneath the photographs.  "Jackson Monument Washington, D.C." There is writing on many of the pages in this album.  Thankfully my grandma wrote in pencil and much of the writing has survived over 100 years.  I purposely left the rough edges around this photo cropped from my scan of this particular album page.  The black pages are all crumbling now and the album has been scanned and placed into an archival container.
I never heard (or maybe never listened), when my Dad or his parents talked about this trip or others they took.  I’m glad my grandmother preserved these memories.

Other Sepia Saturday Posts can be found on the tab at the top of my blog.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2016   Diane Gould Hall

Friday, October 21, 2016

FRIDAY FINDS ~ Baptismal record for Heinrich August Fink–1893–Buffalo, New York

FINK_Heinrich August_baptism_Jan 1893__New York_annotated

Heinrich August Fink is my husband’s maternal grandfather.  He was known throughout his life as Henry August Fink.

This discovery came today when I did a search on Ancestry, from my tree, for Henry August Fink.  This is something I do on a regular basis.  I’ve made lots of great finds this way and today was no exception.

I discovered the record collection U.S. Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940.  This collection is new to me and I wonder if I’ll find other records contained in it?

What I found was this indexed record:

Name:    Heinrich August Fink
Event Type:    Baptism
Birth Date:    14 Jan 1893
Baptism Date:    24 Jun 1893
Baptism Place:    Buffalo, New York
Father:    Geo Fink
Mother:    Barbara Ludwig
Church Name:    Grace
Church Location: Buffalo, New York

I did a little genealogy happy dance and then proceeded to download the image, save it to my computer and then source & enter it into Legacy.

I had already located, some time ago, a birth record for “Baby Fink” born 14 Jan 1893 to George & Barbara Fink.  I was fairly certain this was our Henry, but not 100% sure.

FINK_Henry August_birth record_14 Jan 1954_BuffaloErieNew York

If you look at the baptismal record you will see that the birth date is exactly the same, 14 Jan 1893, as that of the Baby Fink birth record.  The parents must have waited until the baptism to name the baby.  The baptism took place 6 months later.

Here is a close up of the entry on the baptismal record

FINK_Heinrich August_baptism_Jan 1893__New York_cropped

Combining the birth record, baptismal record and death certificate (which lists Henry’s birthdate), I have the 3 records I always like to have to conclude that the date is correct.

Heinrich “Henry” August Fink was born in Buffalo, Erie, New York to George August Fink and Barbara Ludwig.  He grew up in Buffalo and I have him enumerated in the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census records. Note to me:  find him in the 1940 census.

On 8 Oct 1911 Henry married Freada Emma Meta Doller in Fort Erie, Welland, Ontario, Canada.  To this couple were born two sons and two daughters: Elwood Reynolds (1912-1997), Dorothy Beatrice (1913-1993), Willard Henry A. (1916-2008 and Delphine Irene “Honey” (1919-2011.

Here are the four Fink siblings in 1936. 
FINK_siblings_Willard_Elwood_Dorothy & Delphine_taken Sunday 19 Jul 1936
Willard & Elwood are standing in the back and Dorothy and Delphine are kneeling

I had the pleasure of knowing all four of those children, as adults.  They were my husband’s mother and her siblings.
In 1935, Henry moved his wife and children to San Diego, California.  They all went to work at General Dynamics/Consolidated Aircraft, becoming the largest family group to work there.  An article was written in the San Diego Union about this family group.  A photo was included in the newspaper article.  I don’t have the article, but I do have the photo (below).

Left to right are: Floyd “Ted” Brown (first husband of Dorothy Fink), George Brown (brother of Floyd), Willard A. Fink, Elwood R. Fink, Dorothy Fink Brown, Delphine Fink Long and Henry Fink.

FINK Family & Floyd BROWN_in photo when they all worked at General Dynamics_circa 1940s_San Diego CA_enh

Henry Fink died on January 17, 1954, at the age of 61.  He left a loving family to grieve his loss.
Henry is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in San Diego, California.  You may visit his memorial on findagrave #31820256.  (The FindAGrave website is down right now and I cannot create a link to his memorial).

FINK_Henry A_headstone_1893-1954_Mt Hope Cem_SanDiegoSan Diego Co California

If you think you might be related to anyone mentioned in this blog post, please contact me.


Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2016   Diane Gould Hall

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

TUESDAY’S TIP ~ The Surname Summary Report in Legacy 8–Creating a sortable and searchable file from this report

This is a report I had never used before.  There are a LOT of report options in Legacy 8 and I don’t know if I’ll ever learn them all.
I heard about this report in a post on the Legacy User Group on Facebook.  It’s an excellent group where we all help one another and share tips and tricks for using Legacy.  Thanks to Cathy Pinner for reminding us about this feature.

To create this report go to Reports > Other Reports > Surname Summary

You then have several options as seen below:

Legacy surname summary
Screenshot of Options
I always want to see what the report looks like first, so I chose “Preview.”

My report is 20 pages long in PDF format.

Here is what the first page looks like:

Legacy_Surname Summary report_created 17 Oct 2016_annotated

These are the things this one page tells me.
  • I have 33 individuals that have No Surname
  • I have one surname that I apparently put parenthesis around (MEIER).  Why?
  • For this first page of the report ARMSTRONG has the most entries – 26
  • On entry #36 is just the letter “B”  Again, my question is Why?
I’ll be going through the report one page at a time and finding anything that appears to be something that needs correcting.

How can I make better use of this list?

Legacy gives several options to you when you are preparing to view the report (see screenshot above)
  • You can just view the report by using Preview
  • You can create a PDF file (this option is also available to you from the preview screen)
  • You can create a CSV file
I like the idea of creating a CSV file, which is a spreadsheet file.  CSV stands for “comma separated values.”
  • You can sort the names in different order
  • You can sort the columns in a different order
  • You could add more information in other columns
  • You can add notes
  • You could separate the names by alphabet and put them on a different sheet
  • You could color code names or any other item
What other ways can you think of to use a surname spreadsheet?

Have you used this report before?  If so, how?  I’d love to hear about it.


Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2016   Diane Gould Hall

Saturday, October 15, 2016

SEPIA SATURDAY ~ From here to there–My great grandparents & family in a parade

This will be my first Sepia Saturday post.  This weeks theme is “from here to there.”  Many of the posts from others have to do with modes of transportation.
I thought I would begin this series with a very familiar photo – the one that you all see at the top of my blog page.

Gould_Wm Val in car with wife and others in parade_circa unknown

I just love this photo.  This appears to be some sort of a parade.  I see streamers on the windshield and flags on the car.  I see a Detroit pendant hanging near the driver.  You can see another vehicle in the background, with what appear to be similar streamers on it.

Is this photo reversed or is my great grandfather driving some sort of car from the U.K. or other European country.  Why is the steering wheel on the right side of the car instead of the left?

Who is in this car?

This is the family of my great grandparents, William Val Gould and his wife, Mae Thorp Gould.  In the front seat are my great grandfather, the driver, his daughter Helen and his son, Roy.  In the back seat, the women on the right is my great grandmother, Mae Thorp Gould.  The other two young ladies are probably the other two daughters of William and Mae, Gladys and Adele Gould, but I am not sure.

I have always wanted to know what type of car this is? What year model?  The car looks very shiny and new.  Was it borrowed, or did my great grandfather own it?

Since the daughter, Helen Gould, was born in 1901 and her brother Roy was born in 1888, I am guessing this photo to be 1910-1915.  How old do you think Helen (in the front seat) looks?  I think 10-12.

Any of you that are car buffs, please feel free to jump in and help me out.  I welcome your input.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2016   Diane Gould Hall

Thursday, October 13, 2016

TREASURE CHEST THURSDAY ~ Birth record for my 7th great grandfather–William Critchfield 1686, Boston, British Colony Massachusetts

Today’s find are several references to the birth record of my 7th great grandfather, William Critchfield.
CRITCHFIELD_William_birth record_13 Oct 1686_Massachusetts_annotated
What the above record appears to be is someone’s hand written, alphabetical copy of births that occured in Boston, Massachusetts in 1686.  This is not to be confused with an “original” birth record.  But, it certainly gives us an idea where we might find an original record.

I also located this record on in the record collection Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988.

CRITCHFIELD_William_birth index_13 Oct 1686_Massachusetts_annotated

Here is another reference to this birth.  Also located on in the record collection Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, Boston, Births, 1630-1799; Vol 2,3,4,5,7.

CRITCHFIELD_William_birth record_13 Oct 1686_BostonMassachusetts_annotated

I have attempted to find the original record of this birth, online, by using both ancestry, family search and NEHGS/American Ancestors websites.  I haven’t located the record.  Perhaps it can be found in a courthouse or historical society in Boston?

In the meantime, I will be able to reference William’s birth with the 3 records above. This puts him in a place and time that is appropriate to other records I have.

Here is how I am descended from William Critchfield and his wife Susannah:

8th great grandparents
William Critchfield & Susannah (MNU) maiden name unknown
7th great grandparents
William Critchfield (1686-1773) & Agnes Trynte Opdyke (abt 1690-1754)
6th great grandparents
Elizabeth Opdyke Critchfield (abt 1727-after 1786) & John Frampton, Sr. (abt 1714-abt 1784)
5th great grandparents
John Frampton, Jr. (1743-1808) & Anna Barbara Martin (1746-1822)
4th great grandparents
Rachel Frampton (1781-1855) & William Gillen (1782-1841)
3rd great grandparents
Emily Gillen (1810-1887) & Rev. Isaac C. Hunter (1798-1842)
2nd great grandparents
James Gillen Hunter (1832-1884) & Susan Caroline Boggs (1842-1913)
Great grandparents
Florence Hunter (1869-1946) & Robert Lee Bowden (1863-1906)
Florence Lee Nora Bowden (1888-1986) & Joseph Albert Milne (1883-1957)
My Mother (this is her side of the family)

If you think you might be related to anyone mentioned in this blog post, please contact me.


Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2016   Diane Gould Hall

Monday, October 10, 2016

MADNESS MONDAY ~ The sad story of Albert Charles Hungler 1860-1893


In researching my great grandaunt’s family, I discovered the sad story of Albert Charles Hungler.

My great grandaunt, Myra Hunter (1859-1938) married on 6 Oct 1880 Johan Jacob Seigle (1849-1930).  Johan had a sister named Rosina Seigle born about 1835 in Germany and died 18 May 1903 in Ohio.  She married John Richard Hungler.  To this couple was born 3 boys and 4 girls; Teresia about 1855, Albert Charles 1880, Elizabeth about 1862, Anna about 1865, Charles about 1868 and William H. 1869, Margaret about 1877.

Albert Charles Hungler became a minor league baseball player.  It looks like he played from 1887 at age 27 to 1890, age 30 for eight different teams.
  Hungler teams

I found reference to him on these websites.

Baseball – statistics for Al Hunger
Vintage Card – Al Hungler baseball cards

Here’s a image of one of the baseball cards, used with permission from my cousin.

HUNGLER_Al_Old Judge Cigarettes Baseball Card photo_1887_cropped

Here’s the obituary for Al.

HUNGLER_Al_obituary_TheCincinnatiEnq_13_Jul_1893_pg_5 - Copy

Al Hungler was only 33 years old when he died.  His cause of death is listed on a cemetery/burial card, as Marasmus.  According the the dictionary this is a lack of nutrition associated with infants. “severe undernourishment causing an infant's or child's weight to be significantly low for their age (e.g., below 60 percent of normal).”
Here is the cemetery card.
HUNGLER_Albert C_burial card_1893_SpringGroveCem_CincinnatiHamiltonOhio

NOTE: What could cause Marasmus in an adult?  I have my own thoughts on this.  During my research I have found that syphilis was not uncommon in our ancestors.  This disease often affected the brain.  I actually have one ancestor whose cause of death was “brain syphilis.”  Could this be what caused the mental deterioration and eventual death of Al Hungler?
Albert Charles Hungler is buried at Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio.  You can visit his memorial here.

FAMILY NOTE:  This must have been a horrible time for Al Hungler’s family.  His father, John Richard Hungler had passed away at age 47, in 1880, of Typhoid Fever.   A few months prior to Al’s death had been the death of his younger brother William H. at age 23 due to Disease of lungs.

If you are related to this family I’d love to hear from you.


SIBLING SATURDAY - The Hunter Sisters

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2016   Diane Gould Hall

Friday, October 7, 2016

FRIDAY FINDS ~ Marriage of William Frampton & Elizabeth Potter - 1680

The marriage record of my 8th great grandparents – William Frampton (1643-1686) & Elizabeth Potter (circa 1652-circa 1711)

FRAMPTON_William marriage to Elizabeth POTTER_27 Jul 1680_NewportRhodeIsland_annotated

This is an exciting find for me.  Usually it’s my husband’s family for which I locate the very old records.
William Frampton was a Quaker.  The Quakers kept excellent records of church activities, including births, marriages, deaths, meetings, who joined, who moved etc.

It’s not an easy document to read, but here is my attempt at a transcription:


“This is to certifye the truth to all people that William Frampton of the cytie of ______ and Elizabeth Potter of the towne of Newport on Rhod Iland having intentions of marriage according to the ordinance of God and his goyning did lay it before the men and womens meeting before whome their marriage was provinded and then the meeting desiered them to wait for a time and so they querying betwixt the time so the matter coming the second time before the men and womens meetings all things being cleer and they being published acording to the law of this coloney a meeting was ajointed for the purpose at the above sayd towne of Newport wher they tooke one another in the presence of God and in the presence of us heerunder written according to the law of God and the Pradise of the holy men of God in the scriptures of trueth they promising before God and his People to live faithfully together man and wife untill death seperate them according to Gods honorable marriage they then setting both their hands unto it in Rhod Iland the 27 5 1680.”
                                                                           FRAMPTON_William and Elizabeth nee POTTER signatures from marriage record 1684

And God in heaven is wittness to what you say and we are also witnesses whose names are under written ~~

FRAMPTON_William & Elizabeth POTTER-witnesses to marriage_27 Jul 1680_NewportRhodeIsland        
The date of 27 5 1680 would be the 27th day of the fifth month, 1680.  In the dating system of the time, this would have been July 27, 1680 because March was the first month of the year, instead of January.

I’ve discovered quite a bit more about this William Frampton and his dealings and association with William Penn.  Stay tuned for more on this story.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2016   Diane Gould Hall

Thursday, October 6, 2016

TREASURE CHEST THURSDAY ~ Baptismal record for Abraham Rosett–1728

Today I’m highlighting a record I located on my first trip to the Family History Library, in June 2011.
The record was located in The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, July 1928, page 42.

ROSET_Abraham_birth-baptismal record from 1728_annotated

Transcription: 1728 Aug 11 Roset, David and Tryntje Spyr – Abraham. Wit: Johannes Spry; Sara Wouterse.

Also on this page is the baptismal record of my husband’s 5th great granduncle, Johannes Kip.

I located this publication and photographed several pages.  I was at the library for 5 days and took over 500 photographs of books, publications and other data during that first visit to the FHL.
TIP: I prefer to use a camera to capture any data I find.  It’s quick & efficient and allows you to see if there was any error in the image when it was taken.  I take along clothes pins to hold book pages open.  I find this method works better for me, than hand held scanners, copy machines or using phones or tablets.

These types of publications can contain many wonderful references to records.
Do we still need to try to find the original record? YES.  But, this certainly points us in the right direction.


He is my husband’s 5th great grandfather.

1. Abraham Rosett 2Aug 1728 – 6 Jan 1775 married Catherine Kip on 13 Apr 1752.  She was born 8 Mar 1728/30 and died circa 1761.

2. David Rosett/Rosette 21 Dec 1754 – 128 Apr 1819 married Lydia Bailey May 1779. Lydia was born about 1760 and died 23 Dec 1842.

3. Dr. Abraham Rosette 29 Jul 1780 – 8 Apr 1815 married Susan Boylston on 30 May 1804.  Susan was born about 1783 and died 23 Apr 1847.

4. Almira Rosette about 1806 – Sep 1858 married Rev. George Hall on 11 Mar 1834.  Rev. George Hall was born 34 Jun 1804 and died 3,44 Sep 1878.

5. Thomas Cornelius Hall 51845 – 518 Jan 1897 married Cora E. Brown 1875-1878.  Cora was born 3 Aug 1854 and died 9 Sep 1933.

6.  Charles Schuyler Hall 5 Mar 1878 – 25 Mar 1953 married Daisy Fern Bright on 15 Oct 1903. Daisy was born 19 Apr 1882 and died 23 Oct 1953.

7. Gordon Charles Hall 29 Jul 1917 – 12 Jan 1966 married Dorothy Beatrice Fink on 22 Aug 1948.  Dorothy was born 7 Nov 1913 and died 6 Oct 1993 (23 years ago today).

8.  My husband

Don’t overlook newsletters and other publications when you are visiting any library or other repository.  They could be the key to finding those records you need.

Some sources used for the information contained in this post include: 1. U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.  2. New York   Film Number 974.7 B2N V. 90-93:   Abraham Rosett; digital image,  "New York, Births & Christenings, 1640-1962," ( 7 May 2012).  3.  Necrological Report Alumni Assoc. of Princeton Theological Seminary 1879.  4. Minsterial Directory of the Presbyterian Church 1861-1941.  5. Register of Death-Village of Saratoga Springs, NY.

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

TREASURE CHEST THURSDAY - The actual church record for the marriage of Jeremiah Hall & Elizabeth Bailey 22 Dec 1748

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2016   Diane Gould Hall

Monday, October 3, 2016

Remembering the year 1924 ~ What was it like back then? My Mom was born…….


Today, October 3rd would have been my Mom’s 92nd birthday.  I thought I would take a look at her birth year and see what things were like “back then.”

First of all, my Dad was 12 years old in 1924.

My grandparents Joseph Albert Milne and Florence Bowden Milne would have been 41 and 36, respectively.  My mother was their last child of 4, and apparently, a surprise.

Here’s some trivia about 1924.
  • The first Olympic Winter Games were held in Chamonix, France
  • Vladimir Lenin dies.  Stalin becomes ruler and holds the position until his death in 1953
  • The Boston Bruins host the Montreal Maroons in the very 1st NHL game played in the U.S.
  • The United States grants full citizenship to American Indians (what took them so long?)
  • The gas chamber is first used for an execution
  • Former President Woodrow Wilson dies in his sleep, age 67.
  • Life expectancy was 54.1 years
  • The President was Calvin Coolidge
  • The Nobel prize was not awarded in 1924

COST OF LIVING IN 1924 (how things have changed)
New house – $7,720
Average annual income – $2,196
New car – $265
Tuition to Harvard University – $250 per year
Gasoline - 11¢ per gallon
First class postage - 2¢ each
Gallon of milk - 54¢
Loaf of bread - 9¢

  • Don Knotts – July 21
  • Jimmy Carter – October 1
  • Doris Day – April 3
  • Marlon Brando – April 3
  • George H.W. Bush – June 12
Music & Movie Favorites
Movies – Thundering Hoofs, A Sainted Devil with Rudolph Valentino, Beau Brummel and The Thief of Bagdad

Music – Breakin’ Em Down by Eubie Blake, Tea for Two by Harlan Lattimore and Lady Be Good by George Gershwin

Sources for this information was lots of Googling

Do you have a year you’d like to look more closely at?  Maybe this would be a good theme for Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings, Saturday Night Fun?

Happy Birthday Mom,
Michigan Girl

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