Showing posts with label Original Records. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Original Records. Show all posts

30 December 2013

Case Study #1: Hammack & Mott

I've been wanting write a post about the research process for a while now. Even if you aren't a Hammack or a Mott I hope you'll find some helpful hints here. I'm actually not a Mott either but we'll get to that later. Here are the main characters in this story:
Sophia Ann "Annie" Hammack, my father's maternal grandmother
John Franklin Hammack and Martha Cornelia Mott, Annie's parents
Martha Cornelia Mott's name will change a couple of times during the course of this post.

Talking to Dad


The names of my father's maternal aunts and uncles were known to me, I had met them all. For anything beyond that I had to ask Dad what he remembered. His maternal grandmother's name was Annie Hammack and this case study is about her line. According to Dad the names of Annie's parents, his great-grandparents, were John Franklin Hammack & Martha Cornelia Mott. He never met them but he did have a memory of meeting one of Annie's sisters and thought her name might be Carrie. So with that I was off to try and find out something about his maternal grandmother's family.

Annie Hammack Loftice with my baby brother and me.

I had no problem finding Annie with her husband and children in U.S. censuses but finding anything prior to her marriage was my first road block. Annie was born in Missouri so there wasn't an immigration issue.

By Any Other Name


Most of my great-grandparents applied for Social Security. I had a list of applications to order. Ordering all of them was out of the question financially so I prioritized the list. Annie was not at the top. I had names for her parents and that would be the primary reason for ordering the application. As I was running out of alternate spellings and different searches to try I started moving her up the list.
Dad seemed sure of the names but I was stuck so I crossed my fingers and ordered her SS-5. A few weeks later I found out that Dad was right with one small, but very important, omission.

After the jump: The answer, more questions and contact from distant family.

16 December 2013

Consider the Source

Updated 21 Feb 2014

There are endless instances where we as genealogists and family historians need to consider the source of our information. The story that Grandma told, was it a first hand account or was it information that had been passed down? The informant on the death certificate, was it a close family member or a friend of 5 years? The witnesses for a delayed birth certificate, how clear is their memory 20-70 years after the event?
We should be just as skeptical of certain record collections. Regular readers of this blog know that calling Ancestry Member Trees a "source" is laughable. Here are some other collections that should be ignored or considered leads to real sources.

Millennium File


"The Millennium File is a compiled source and is similar in form to other linked databases, such as Ancestry World Tree. Databases like these are great starting points for beginning your research. It is always good to find out what others have already learned and compiled about your ancestors." Of course that assumes that those "others" have done actual research. A great starting point for your research is records, not trees.
"Many of these lineages extend back to nobility and renowned historical figures. In fact, one of the things the Millennium File focuses on is linking to European nobility and royalty." So this is a clickophiles dream collection. "Source information is also provided in this database, making it easier to verify the accuracy of the research done." This is what you should pay attention to. If the source information is trees or family group sheets walk away.

Family Data Collections


These include the following:
Family Data Collection - Births
Family Data Collection - Marriages
Family Data Collection - Deaths
Family Data Collection - Individual Records
Originally these were a single collection, divided into smaller collections after being added to Ancestry.com. When an "individual record" includes birth, marriage, and death information Ancestry suddenly has four records instead of one. Great way for them to pad their numbers.
The Family Data Collection is extraneous data from a genetic study. "Citing the source of every genealogical fact in the electronic gene pool was deemed unnecessary and cost prohibitive by medical researchers." While there may be valuable information in these collections these are not records but essentially trees and should be treated as such.

U.S. and International Marriage Records


This collection is data compiled from family group sheets. While this is also not a source there is a link in the "About" section to order copies. The copies may or may not have sources listed but should include contact information for the individual researchers. I am going to place an order and post an update once I have it.
UPDATE: The family group sheets are purchased by surname. They are relatively inexpensive, especially if you order the PDFs, because they do not search the pages for your family. You get them all at once and sift through them yourself.
The sheets do not have space for formal sources so at most there may be a brief list of sources. Anything from "MO death cert., Greene Co. mar. cert., Probate rec. for [name]" to "Letter from [name]" or "Notes from [name]." There are submitter names and addresses on each sheet so you can write to the person if you have more questions. Of course there is a possibility the submitter has moved or passed on. Each sheet is stamped with the date received. The ones I ordered have stamps from about 1985 to 1999.
In the sources lists you may find the name, and author, of a family book that you didn't know existed. You may find multiple sheets that involve your family or you may find just the one that was indexed in the U.S. and International Marriage Records collection.

Gravestone Index


The indices of Find a Grave and Billion Graves are the most popular of these. Data on these sites is created by users. I'll focus on Find a Grave since I haven't used Billion Graves.
On Find a Grave users can add memorials without photos or proof that the person is buried in that particular cemetery. Personally I give more weight to memorials that have a photo but even then, the stone could have been placed on the grave yesterday. It could have been purchased by a descendant who never met the person. Unlike the Family Data Collection, which I generally ignore, these records should be examined closely. Click through to the actual memorial. A user may have added a bio, obituary or photo of the person. If no family members are linked click on the name of the cemetery and search the cemetery for other members of the family.
These records should be viewed with a critical eye but can potentially be a treasure trove.


If you have a question about any collection's validity go to the search page for that collection and scroll down to the "About" section.

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09 December 2013

African American, The Profile

Comments after the jump.

 African American
 B: 1664 in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester Co, VA
 D: 1737 in Virginia, United States

 SPOUSE & CHILDREN
 John Hall (1664-1737)
 ✿ George Hall
 ✿ Joseph Hall
 ✿ William Hall
 ✿ Mary Wilson (1680- )
 ✿ Mary Hall (1684- )
 ✿ Mary Hall (1684- )
 ✿ Thomas Hall (1685-1735)
 ✿ George Hall (1686-1763)
 ✿ John Hall (1687-1764)
 ✿ William Hall (1687- )
 ✿ Ann Hall (1688- )
 ✿ Deborah Hall (1690- )
 ✿ Joseph Hall (1691- )
 ✿ Sarah Hall (1692- )
 ✿ Thomas Hall (1697- )
 ✿ Ann Hall (1699- )
 ✿ Deborah Hall (1701- )
 ✿ Joseph Hall (1703- )
 ✿ Mary Hall (1703- )
 ✿ Margaret Hall (1704- )
 ✿ Sarah Hall (1706- )
 ✿ William Hall (1708-1764)
 ✿ Joseph Hall (1710-1760)
 ✿ Sarah Hall (1722-1790)
 ✿ Thomas Hall (1865- )

 RECORDS ATTACHED

 ✿ Family Data Collection Individual Records
    John Hall; spouse Hall Elizabeth; parents Clayton Thomas Margare; birth place Gloucester Co, Abingdon Parish, VA; birth date 1664; death date 20 Oct 1737
 ✿  U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
     Eliz Hall; arrival year 1680; arrival place Virginia
 ✿  U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970
     Elizabeth Walker; spouse John Hall; children John Hall
 ✿ 12 Ancestry Member Trees
    11 trees with an Elizabeth married to a John Hall, 1 tree with "Unknown African American" married to a John Hall

04 November 2013

A Young Crabbe II

This is a continuation of last Monday's post. If you can't find at least ten errors in the green box you may want to consider a different hobby. The only option for this tree owner is to start over.
Unless otherwise noted the census records are for a white female.

 Blanche M Crabbe Young
 B: 29 Jul 1893 in Georgia, USA
 D: 20 Sep 1971 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA

 FATHER
 William H Crabb (1840-1925)
 MOTHER
 Sarina Hard-Crabb (1860-1943)

 RECORDS ATTACHED TO THIS PROFILE

 ✿ 1900 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche Crabb, born Apr 1894 in Ohio, Charles & Sarah
 ✿ 1910 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche Crabb, born abt 1894 in Ohio, parents Charles & Sarah
 ✿ 1910 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche Young, born abt 1895 in Missouri, parents D.C. & Ollie
 ✿ 1910 U.S. Federal Census: Beaula Young, born abt 1896 in Illinois, parents Wiley & Myrtle
 ✿ 1910 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche Young [mulatto], born abt 1890 in Ohio, married to William Young
 ✿ 1920 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche Young, born abt 1891 in Ohio, married to C.L. Young
 ✿ 1920 U.S. Federal Census: Frances B Young, born abt 1896 in Illinois, married to Harold C Young
 ✿ 1920 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche M Young, born abt 1890 in Illinois, married to Oscar Young
 ✿ 1920 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche Young [mulatto], born abt 1894 in Ohio, married to William H Young
 ✿ 1920 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche Eldred, born abt 1889 in Illinois, married to William S Eldred
 ✿ 1920 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche M Burgess, born abt 1893 in Georgia, married to Alexander J Burgess
 ✿ 1930 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche Young, born abt 1895 in Ohio, married to Charles Young
 ✿ 1930 U.S. Federal Census: Frances Young, born abt 1896 in Illinois, married to Harold C Young
 ✿ 1930 U.S. Federal Census: N Blanche Young [black], born abt 1894 in Ohio, married to William H Young
 ✿ 1930 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche B Eldred, born abt 1889 in Illinois, married to William S Eldred
 ✿ 1930 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche M Burgess, born abt 1894 in Georgia, married to A.J. Burgess
 ✿ 1930 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche Young, born abt 1900 in New York, married to Harold Young
 ✿ 1940 U.S. Federal Census: Blanch Young, born abt 1900 in Ohio, married to Charles Young
 ✿ 1940 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche L Young, born abt 1891 in Pennsylvania, married to Charles Young
 ✿ 1940 U.S. Federal Census: Francis Young, born abt 1896 in Illinois, widow
 ✿ 1940 U.S. Federal Census: Frances Young [male], born abt 1893 in Illnois, single
 ✿ 1940 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche Young, born abt 1896 in Michigan, married to Charles Young
 ✿ 1940 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche G Eldred, born abt 1889 in Illinois, married to William S Eldred
 ✿ 1940 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche Young [black], born abt 1894 in Ohio, married to William H Young
 ✿ 1940 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche M Burgess, born abt 1893 in Georgia, married to A.J. Burgess
 ✿ 1940 U.S. Federal Census: Blanche L Young, born at 1899 in New York, married to Harold W Young
 ✿ Cook County, Illinois, Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922: Blanche Young, born 26 Aug 1894 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois to Mary J Crowley and Thomas W Young
 ✿ New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957: Blanche Young, born 26 Aug 1894 in Illinois ✿ California, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1957: Frances B Burgess, born abt 1894 in Illinois
 ✿ Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974: Blanche Young Burgess, born abt 1893 to Annie Meire and H.V. Young, died 20 Sep 1971 in Montgomery, Alabama
 ✿ U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current: Blanche Burgess, born 29 Jul 1893, died Sep 1971
 ✿ Web: Alabama, Find A Grave Index, 1755-2012 [link] Blanche Young Burgess, 29 Jul 1893 - 20 Sep 1971, parents are Henry G. Young and Anna J. Meiere Young
 ✿ Web: Missouri, Find A Grave Index, 1812-2012 [link] Blanche Clark Crabb, 15 Jun 1897 - 14 Apr 1975, parents are Thomas & Erma Clark
 ✿ Web: Ohio, Find A Grave Index, 1787-2012 [link] Blanche H Eldred, 1893-1980

Thanks again to Annie for the link to this profile ;-)
If you have a profile to suggest please send a link to buwtree(at)gmail(dot)com.


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17 June 2013

Mother of Transformation

Comments after the jump.

 Elizabeth Lizzy Searcy Wilson Smith Miles Huff
 B: May 1870 in Taylor County, Georgia
 D: 3 Nov 1957 in Marietta St. Cedartown, Polk, Georgia

 PARENTS
 John H Patillo Huff & Georgia O Ann Wilson Huff Thomas

 SPOUSE & CHILD
 James Jordan Searcy (1850-1898)
 ✿ Willie M Searcy, b. Sep 1884 in Georgia
 SPOUSE & CHILDREN
 Weston** Searcy (1871-1949) married 1892
 ✿ Fanny Lucile H Searcy, b. Apr 1892 in Georgia
 ✿ Willie Natt Searcy, b. Jul 1896 in Georgia
 SPOUSE & CHILDREN
 Charlie Charley Smith (1875-1910) married 1894
 ✿ Clarence Brooks Huff, b. Jun 1892 in South Carolina
 ✿ Annie Mae Bankston Smith, b. Nov 1894 in Georgia
 ✿ Eva Cornelius Simpson Tiller Smith, b. Jan 1897 in Georgia
 ✿ Charles Smith, b. Aug 1898 in Georgia
 SPOUSE & CHILD
 Joseph P Wilson (1871-????)
 ✿ Arty Elizabeth Wilson, b. Dec 1894 in Georgia
 SPOUSE & CHILD
 William Jim Miles (1869-????)
 ✿ Mary Lou Simpson Miles, b. 1903 in Georgia

 RECORDS attached to this profile
 ✿ 1880 U.S. Federal Census; Hootenville, Upson, Georgia
     Lizzie Sercy, Black, born abt 1856; wife of Jordan Sercy; children Mary, Sarah, John T.
 ✿ 1880 U.S. Federal Census; Griffin, Spalding, Georgia
     Elizabeth Huff, White, born abt 1876; daughter of John H. & Georgia Huff
 ✿ 1900 U.S. Federal Census; Blackankle, Upson, Georgia
     Lillie Searcey, Black, born Oct 1849; wife of Jordan Searcey; children Sarah J, John T, Henry, Luis, Willie, Jodie, Famie, Mattie, Carrie
 ✿ 1900 U.S. Federal Census; Cedartown, Polk, Georgia
     Lizzie Smith, Black, born Jul 1864; wife of Charley Smith; children Annie M, Eva, Charles
 ✿ 1900 U.S. Federal Census; Hazard, Bibb, Georgia
     Elizabeth Searcy, Black, born May 1876; wife of Weston Searcy; children Fanny, Willie
 ✿ 1900 U.S. Federal Census; Spalding, Georgia
     Lizzie Wilson, White, born Feb 1876; daughter of John H & Georgia Huff; child Elizabeth Wilson
 ✿ 1910 U.S. Federal Census; Blackankle, Upson, Georgia
     Lizzie Searcy, Black, born abt 1845; wife of Jorden Searcy; children Henry, Louis, Willie, Joe, Fannie, Mattie, Julia
 ✿ 1910 U.S. Federal Census; Cedartown, Polk, Georgia
     Lizzie Smith, Mulatto, born abt 1880; widow; children Annie Mae, Julia, Carry B, Elizabeth, Mabel
 ✿ 1910 U.S. Federal Census; Macon, Bibb, Georgia
     Lizzie Searcy, Black, born abt 1875; wife of Allen Searcy
 ✿ 1910 U.S. Federal Census; Cherokee, Georgia
     Elizabeth Wilson, White, born abt 1874; wife of Joseph J. Wilson; children David Jasper, William Calvin, Martha Maria, Arty Elizabeth, Joseph Henry, Sadie, Robert Lee, Glenn Harris, Agnes
 ✿ 1920 U.S. Federal Census; Cedartown, Polk, Georgia
     Lizzie Smith, Black, born abt 1880; widow
 ✿ 1930 U.S. Federal Census; Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia
     Lizzie Smith, Black, born abt 1881; widow; mother of Lucile Hemphill
 ✿ 1930 U.S. Federal Census; Blackankle, Upson, Georgia
     Lizzie Searcy, Black, born abt 1855; widow; children Sarah J, Julia M
 ✿ 1940 U.S. Federal Census; Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia
     Lizzie Smith, Black, born abt 1870; widow; mother of Lucile Hemphill
 ✿ Georgia Deaths, 1919-98
     Lizzie Smith, Black, died 3 Nov 1957, Polk County, 76 years old

01 February 2013

World Traveler

Comments after the jump.

 Patrick Lynch
 B: abt 1821 in Ireland
 D: Abt 1880 in Killarney, Kerry, Ireland

 Father
 John Lynch (1797-1865)
 Mother
 Mary Lynch (1800-1865)

 Spouse
 Mary Donoghue (1816-1880)
 Children
 Mary Lynch, B: 1 Feb 1841 in Ballylongford, Kerry, Ireland
 Thomas Lynch, B: abt 1852 in Motherwell, Lanarkshire
 Mary Ann Lynch, B: abt 1853 in Perth, Perthshire
 James Lynch, B: abt 1854 in Cambusnethan, Lanark

 RECORDS
 ✿ Ireland, Births and Baptisms: Patrick Lynch; male;
     Baptized 9 Mar 1820; Parents John Lynch & Mary Sullivan
 ✿ Ireland, Births and Baptisms: Mary Lynch; female;
     Baptized 19 Jan 1824; Parents Patrick Lynch & Mary Sullivan
 ✿ 1850 US Census in Onondaga, New York
     Eme Salway 35, Charlott Salway 38, Patrick D Lynch 27,
     Jonathan Skinner 65, Annice Seat 17, Rufus Freeman 9
 ✿ 1860 US Census Lynch Family in Kalamazoo, Michigan
     Patrick 40, Ivan 30, John 7, Mary 5, Margaret 3, Hannah 2, Mary L 60
 ✿ 1870 US Census Lynch Family in St Joseph, Michigan
     Patrick 57, Joanna L 48, John 16, Mary 15, Margaret 13, Joana 11, Ellen 7
 ✿ 1871 Scotland Census Lynch Family in Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire
     Patrick 50, Mary Cain 52, Thomas 19, James 17, Mary 15
 ✿ US Indexed County Land Ownership Maps
     P Lynch; Mendon, St Joseph, Michigan; 1872
 ✿ 1881 Scotland Census Lynch Family in Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire
     Patrick 59, Mary 62, Thomas 29
 ✿ 1891 Scotland Census Lynch Family in Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire
     Patrick 70, Mary 75

ⓑⓐⓡⓚⓘⓝⓖ  ⓤⓟ  ⓣⓗⓔ  ⓦⓡⓞⓝⓖ  ⓣⓡⓔⓔ

Born as a boy named Patrick in 1820. Reborn as a girl named Mary in 1824. Travels to New York sometime before 1850. Has a family in Michigan by 1860. Between 1870 and 1871 Patrick has an entirely different family in Scotland. He then goes back to Michigan in 1872 and buys land. Then he dies in Ireland and lives out his zombie days in Scotland.
Yup, nothing wrong here. It all makes perfect sense. (Where the heck is that sarcasm font?)

Thanks to Ann for the heads up about this profile ;-)


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19 October 2012

I Can't Stop Myself!

You may recognize the name below from last week's post
There was just too much disastrous clicking 
going on in this tree to just walk away. 
Comments after the jump.

 WILLIAM BRIDELL
 B: 1843, Indiana
 D: 1893, France

 Spouses and children

 Elizabeth Bridwell, B: 1829
 8 children born between 1859 and 1873 in LA                              

 Elizabeth J Bridwell, B: 1829
 7 children born between 1864 and 1894 in LA

 Marie Elenore Barthelemy, B: 1852
 11 children born between 1870 and 1909 in LA

 Sarah Sally C Clarissa Reppy, B: 1850
 4 children born between 1872 and 1879 in MO

 Delphin Barthelemy, B: 1870
 13 children born between 1885 and 1899, 11 in LA, 2 in England

 Mary Olivia Barthelemy, B: 1863
 15 children born between 1889 and 1906 in LA

 Mollie Bridwell, B: 1862 
 1 child born in 1904 in LA

 Sarah J Bridwel'L, B: ????
 no children

 ATTACHED RECORDS

 BMDs

 NOLA = New Orleans, Louisiana
 P&V = Paris & Vicinity

 1777 Apr 21  Oise, France Marriages, Jean Pierre Barthelemy to Anne Marie Sipriot
 1845 Aug 14 Marseilles, France Marriages, Honoré Jean Barthelemy to Elizabeth Marie Amiel
 1858 Dec 18 P&V Marriages, Jean Pierre Barthélemy to Louise Charlotte Dieudonnée Titre
 1868 Dec 2   NOLA Birth Index, Louis Xavier Barthelemy to Henrietti Hortense & Alexandre Louis
 1869 Jul 18   NOLA Birth Index, Alfred Barthelemy to Suzanne & Felix
 1874 Sep 27  P&V Marriage Banns, Jean Pierre Barthelemy with Eugenie Sylvie Dubois
 1886 Feb 2    NOLA Marriage Index, Catherine Rebecca Cousley to Louis J Barthelemy
 1893 Sep 24  P&V Death Notices, Emile Barthelemy, age 32
 1935 Dec 16  NOLA Death Index, Louis X Barthelemy, B: abt 1869

 CENSUS & IMMIGRATION

 1850 US Census, William Bridell, age 2, B: 1848, LA
 1870 US Census, William W Bridell, White, age 9, B: 1861, LA
 1870 US Census, Jean Paul Barthelemy, Black, age 2, B: 1868, LA
 1870 US Census, Jean Barthelemy, Black, age 2, B: 1868, LA
 1870 US Census, Julian Barthelemy, Black, age 1, B: 1869, LA
 1870 US Census, Louis Barthelemy, White, age 1, B: 1869, LA
 1870 US Census, Louis J Barthelemy, White, age 10, B: 1860, LA
 1880 US Census, William Bridell, White, age 37, B: 1843, IN
 1880 US Census, William Bridwell, White, age 21, B: 1859, LA
 1880 US Census, Wesley Bridwell, White, age 60, B: 1820, SC
 1880 US Census, Albert Barthelemy, Mulatto, age 5, B: 1875, LA
 1880 US Census, Alex Barthelemy, Mulatto, age 11, B: 1869, LA
 1880 US Census, Alfred Barthelemy, Mulatto, age 10, B: 1870, LA
 1880 US Census, Jean Barthelemy, Mulatto, age 11, B: 1869, LA
 1880 US Census, Louis Barthelemy, White, age 11, B: 1869 LA
 1880 US Census, M. D. Bertele, White, age 32, B: 1848, LA
 1881 England Census, William Bradwell, age 23, B: 1858, England
 1891 England Census, William Bradwell, age 32, B: 1859, England
 New South Wales, Australia Passenger Lists, Emile Barthelemy, B: 1859, arrival 3 Apr 1897 from France
 1900 US Census, [illegible] Bridwell, White, age 42, B: 1858, LA
 1900 US Census, Alfred Barthelemy, Black, age 30, B: 1869, LA
 1900 US Census, Louis Barthelemy, White, age 31, B: 1868, LA
 1901 US City Directories, Wm M Bridwel'L with wife Sarah J, living in Indianapolis
 1901 England Census, William Bradwell, age 43, B: 1858, England
 1910 US Census, William Bridwell, White, age 52, B: 1858, LA
 1910 US Census, Gustave Barthel, White, age 35, B: 1875, LA
 1910 US Census, John Barthelemy, Black, age 42, B: 1868, LA
 1910 US Census, Paul Barthelemy, Mulatto, age 35, B: 1875, LA
 1910 US Census, Alfred Bartholemon, Black, age 57, B: 1858, LA
 1920 US Census, Alfred Barthelemy, Black, age 47, B: 1873, LA
 1920 US Census, William W Bridwell, White, age 61, B: 1859, LA
 1920 US Census, Gustave Barthel, White, age 45, B: 1875, LA
 1920 US Census, Louis J Barthelemy, White, age 60, B: 1860, LA
 1920 US Census, Louis X Barthelemy, White, age 50, B: 1870, LA
 1930 US Census, William W Bridwell, White, age 71, B: 1859, LA
 1930 US Census, L J Barthelemy, White, age 70, B: 1860, LA
 1930 US Census, Louis X Barthelemy, White, age 60, B: 1870, LA
 1930 US Census, Alfred Bartholomy, Black, age 60, B: 1870, LA

15 October 2012

Do You See What I See? Part 2

Continued from Friday's post.
ALL of the records after the jump are attached to ONE profile for Marie Eleonore Barthelemy.
For the census records I've listed the following information:
Census year
Family surname
County & state of residence
Head of household & spouse (assumed for 1850 & 1870 censuses)
Children
Name in bold is the name on the record attached to Marie's profile.
Just a reminder, here's the basic info for Marie as shown on her profile.

 MARIE ELEONORE BARTHELEMY
 B: 8 Jun 1852, New Orleans, LA
 D: 4 Jan 1932, Fulton, GA
 PARENTS
 Barthelemy Ragas (1840-1909) and Eleanor Barthelemy (no info)

14 September 2012

Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.

Below are census details for records attached to one profile.
Comments after the jump.

CHARLES SWEENY
B: abt 1885, Canada
D: 3 Dec 1964, Vermont

1900  
>Sweeney Family in Montpelier, VT
 Charles 28 (Fr Canada), Mary 25, Charley 8, Mary 7, Jennie 5, Mabel 3, Paul 2, Robert 10/12
>Sweeny Family in Cleveland, OH
 Charles S 44, Dorcas 44, Charles 15 (OH), Harold 12
>Sweeney Family in Brooklyn, NY
 Charles B 53, Blanche R 46, Charles T 23 (NY)

1920   
>Sweeney Family in Worcester, MA
 Charles 52 (MA), Jennie L 49, Charles A 14, Eleanor G 12
>Sweeny Family in Manhattan, NY
 Chas 33 (NY), Edna M 29, Charles 3
>Sweeny Family in Dover, NH
 Charles 35 (NH), Mary 32

1930              
>Sweeney Family in Philadelphia, PA
 Charles 56 (Ireland), Mary 56, John 28, Robert 23, Herman 22, Anna 18, Thomas 15, Eugene 13
>Sweeney Family in Buffalo, NY
 Charles 44, NY, Mary 45

13 July 2012

Gen Glossary for Beginners

DEFINITIONS

Abstract: A summary of a record. Example: You have 50 pages of a military pension record. There is important information spread throughout those 50 pages. Rather than type out every word of the record to make it easily legible and accessible you create an abstract. You can then add it to your tree as a note or a story.
Birth Certificate, delayed: Before Social Security started in 1935 it was a rare occasion that required a birth certificate. After 1935, however, it became a necessity. Applying for a certified copy of your own birth certificate required affidavits from two people who would swear you were who you claimed you were. You did not have to apply in the same state you were born in so if copies were not passed down in your family these can be difficult to find. You need to think about when and where they were when they needed one. Example: My great-grandmother (b. 1905, MO) did not have a copy of her birth certificate. She may never have bothered to get her own but she wanted her son (b. 1926, TX), who was mentally challenged, to receive Social Security benefits. She didn't have a copy of his certificate either. She submitted paperwork for both of their certificates at the same time. In Texas. In 1957. Luckily a cousin has copies of both certificates.
Collection: Short for "collection of records". Examples of collection titles: American Civil War Soldiers; Texas Death Index 1903-2000; New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945. Various collections may be gathered in one place to create a database. 
Database: "A comprehensive collection of related data organized for convenient access, generally on a computer." [Random House Dictionary] For genealogy the largest databases are at Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org but there are many other databases and many websites that have a collection, or a few collections, that pertain to genealogy in their database.
Extract: A portion of a record transcribed word-for-word.
Index: A list of individual records in a collection. The amount of information can vary from index to index. Example:

                                 Texas Death Index            California Death Index     
 Name                               ✔                                            
 Birth Date/Place             ✘                                            
 Death Date/Place           ✔                                            
 Mother's Maiden             ✘                                             

The amount of information in a record may even vary from record to record in a collection. Both of the indexes above are for the state's death certificates. IF an image is attached it will just be a list of the records not the individual record. An index is created for filing purposes and may not include all information from a record.
Primary Source: Information on a record, or part of a record, that was given by someone with first hand knowledge.
Query/Question:
Query - n. a question; an inquiry  [Dictionary.com]
            v. to put a question to; ask  [World English Dictionary]
Question - n. a form of words addressed to a person
                    in order to elicit information or evoke a response  [World English Dictionary]
This may seem obvious to many of you but I can't count the number of times I've seen just a name, just a surname or a request to help "find my family" on a discussion board with no further information. Makes me wonder if that person would request courthouse records by sending a note with just, "I need information on my grandfather" or "John D. Smith." It makes me, and others who would love to help, want to yell:



At the end of the video below Crista Cowen gives tips on writing a message board post. If you're only interested in the part about writing a post go to the 22 minute mark.



Secondary Source: Information on a record, or part of a record, that is given by someone who does not have first hand knowledge. A death certificate is a primary source for information about a person's death but all other information including name, date of birth, parents' names, etc. is secondary information. Yes, you read that correctly. A death certificate is not a primary source for someone's name. The informant on a death certificate could've been a grandchild or a neighbor. They may have called the deceased Papa or C.W.. Did they know his given and middle names were Charles Wheeler? Even someone who knew that fact could've been overcome with grief and may not have remembered a middle name or maiden name at the moment they were filling out the death certificate.
Transcription: A word-for-word copy, typed or handwritten, of a record. Transcriptions and extractions are not as common due to the ability to Xerox or photograph records. There are, however, times when you will not be able to Xerox or photograph an item you need. It's always best to copy it word-for-word so you're not asking yourself later, "Why did I write it that way?" Write it first, interpret it later. Also, be sure to write down the source of the information (i.e. microfilm - number and title; book - title, author, publisher information)
Source: Where the facts on your tree come from. If you search for other trees on Ancestry.com part of the summary shows how many records and how many sources the tree has. On Ancestry.com 'sources' are other trees. Everywhere else sources are records and Ancestry trees are, well, if you've read any of the Tuesday posts on this blog you know what I think of them ;-) Ancestry.com automatically sources all records that you attached from their site which is convenient. You can see the source information in the fine print at the bottom of the indexed record. Here's an example:

Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Lebanon, Warren, Ohio; Roll: M432_737; Page: 28A; Image: 325.
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.


That same source is included if the tree is downloaded. Here's what it looks like in my software:

128. @R-2146978506@, “1850 United States Federal Census,” Ancestry.com, Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850. M432,, 1,8054::0, Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com. 
Year: 1850; Census 
Place: Lebanon, Warren, Ohio; Roll: M432_737; Page: 28; Image: 321., http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=1850usfedcenancestry&h=19623955&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt, 
Birth date:  abt 1784
Birth place:  Pennsylvania
Residence date:  1850
Residence place:  Lebanon, Warren, Ohio

The goal of sourcing is to make sure anyone, including you, can find the record again if needed. To learn how to source items found on other websites, microfilm, books, etc. check out Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
Vital Records: Vital is defined as "of or pertaining to life" [Dictionary.com] so vital records are birth, marriage and death records, the basic records for someone's life.

ABBREVIATIONS & ACRONYMS

BC: Birth Certificate
BMD: Birth, Marriage and Death
DC: Death Certificate
FHC or FSC: Family History Center or FamilySearch Center. FHCs are branches of the FHL and are located all over the world, usually on the campus of an LDS church.
FHL: Family History Library. This library is Mecca for genealogists. It is a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
FNU, NMI, LNU: All of these refer to names. They are abbreviations for the following: First Name Unknown, No Middle Initial, Last Name Unknown
GEDCOM: GEnealogical Data COMmunication. This is a computer file for genealogical data. A GEDCOM file can only be read by genealogical software and is data only meaning no media (photos, stories, etc.) will be included in the file.
LDS: Latter-day Saints, also known as Mormons.
NEHGS: New England Historic Genealogical Society, the first genealogy society in the United States.
NGS: National Genealogical Society
UNK: Unknown


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06 July 2012

So Crazy It Just Might Be True

Just as you shouldn't accept a profile without looking at the records, 
you shouldn't dismiss a profile without looking at the records. 
At first glance a timeline may seem unlikely 
but if there are records to back it up...
(Comments after the jump.)

ELLA MAY GILLESPIE
B. 14 May 1894 in Franklin, Warren, Ohio

Marriage #1
29 Nov 1909 in Butler, Ohio to Edward Chamberlain
Residence
1910 Middletown, Butler, Ohio
Marriage #2
12 Feb 1914 in Butler, Ohio to Edward Chamberlain
Marriage #3
24 Sep 1917 in Butler, Ohio to Alfred Charles Walker
Residence
1920 Middletown, Butler, Ohio
Marriage #4 
23 Jan 1922 in Butler, Ohio to Bradley Robinson 
Residence
1930 Middletown, Butler, Ohio 


19 June 2012

On the Hunt

Comments after the jump.
Items in orange are NOT attached to this tree.
All other census records ARE attached to this tree.
Links to records will be viewable if you have an Ancestry.co.uk or Ancestry World subscription.

 CHARLES HUNT, B. 1841

 First Section: Records for Charles Hunt born in Broad Hinton, Wiltshire, England
 Second Section: Records for Charles Hunt born in Titchfield, Hampshire, England
 Third Third: Other random censuses attached.

Census Records:

1841 Job 26, Ann 30, Elizabeth 8, William 5, Charles 2
1851 Job 36, Ann 38, Elizabeth 17, William 15, Charles 11, Edward 8
1861 Charles 21 (Lodger)
1871 Charles 31, Elizabeth 28, George 5, Emily 2, Edward 1
1881 Charles 41, Elizabeth 37, George 15, Emily 12, Edward 11, 
         Job 8, William C. 5, John 3, Fanny E. 2, Charles 3 mo., Elizabeth 3 mo.
1891 Charles 51, Elizabeth 48, Edward 21, William 15, John 13,
         Fanny 12, Charles 10, Elizabeth 10, Arthur 6, Mark 2


1841 William 25, Eliza 25, Charles 2 mo.
1851 William 37, Eliza 40, Charles 10, Harriet 8, Eliza 2
1861 Charles 18 (Boarder)
1871 Charles 30, Eliza 62, Eliza 22, Vincent B. 18
1881 Charles 40, Annie 40, Arthur Chas. 6, Agnes Mary 4, Alfred Geo. 1
1891 Charles 50 (widower), Charles A. 16, Agnes M. 14, Alfred G 11


1861 Charles 20, Ann 25, Henry 1
1871 Charles 29, Emma 35, Emma J. 4
1871 Charles 30, Emma 30, Edith 1

08 May 2012

They told 2 friends and so on...

Comments after the jump.

Richard Theron Williams
1890 Apr 5      Born
1900 Dec 26    Married to Mary Jane Dawson
1902 Mar 23    Birth of son, Theron Frank Williams
1948 Apr 30    Death

Note: There are more children but I've only included the eldest.

10 April 2012

A Gast

Comments after the jump.

WILHELMINE H DORDEL   Married 1879, Germany   AUGUST GAST
B. 1852, Germany                                                    B. 1850, Germany
D. 1922, Wisconsin, USA                                           D. 1907, Wisconsin, USA

RECORDS ATTACHED to Wilhelmine (partial list):

1870 US Federal Census 
Living in LaSalle, Illinois, USA
Wilhelmina Gast (age 16)
The Gast household: Gottlieb (45), Mary (45), Emma (12), Riley (10), John (8), Betsy (6), Alte (2)

1880 US Federal Census 
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Wilhelmina Gast (age 29)
With husband and son: August (29) and Charles (6 months)

Baltimore Passenger Lists
Arriving from Germany in 1882
Wilhelmine Gast (32)
With husband and children: Edward (58), Christoph (9), Emma (5), Martha (3), Margarethe (9 months)

NOTES: This tree also has the 1900, 1910, 1920 Federal Censuses and the 1905 Wisconsin State Census listed as sources. All the federal records have the family living in Wisconsin and seem to match the 1880 Wilhelmine. From the 1870 census and the passenger list Wilhelmine is the only person on this tree, so for the purposes of this post I'm going to assume that the Wilhelmine in the 1880 census record is the "correct" person.

30 March 2012

With Your Own Eyes

Most of the records we deal with are handwritten. We've already discussed being open to different spellings of your ancestors' names since those writing the information rarely asked, "How do you spell that?". These records are then transcribed or indexed to make them searchable online. That involves someone looking at the record, deciphering the handwriting and typing in the information. So let's see...
1. No concern for spelling
2. Indexers deciphering handwritten records
3. Data entry typos
It's a wonder we find any of our ancestors!
If you find a record has a few things in common with the person/family you're looking for don't dismiss it based on the differences you find in the transcription. When it's possible, take a look at the original record for yourself. There's a reason Ancestry.com allows its subscribers to submit alternate information.
The record linked below has been corrected since I bookmarked it to use as an example and the original transcription is listed as alternate information. (Links go to Ancestry.com for those of you who are subscribers.) There are other members of all these households but I've only included a few names here.


Head of household  Ann May, born abt 1870
Mother                  Missouri Blackard, born abt 1912 in Nova Scotia, Canada

More after the jump.