Julia Harding

Julia Harding was born in 1840 in New Brunswick, Canada.13

Julia Harding was listed on the 1851 census as an 11 year old female in the household of 47 year old William g. Harding in Westfield, Kings County, New Brunswick. Also listed in the household was 20 year old Caroline Harding; 18 year old Abel Harding; 16 year old Thomas Harding; 14 year old Abijah Harding; 9 year old Isabella Harding and 5 year old Henry Harding.4

She married Albert Hutchinson on 14 Sep 1859 in Black Hawk, Iowa, United States.2,57

Julia Hutchinson was listed as a 20 year old female born in New Brunswick in the household of Albert Hutchinson living in Mount Vernon Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa. Also listed in the household was 16 year old  Isabella Harding and 36 year old Loren Gilbert.8

On 12 Jul 1860, Gertrude Hutchinson was born.

On 9 Jun 1862, Albert G. Hutchinson was born.9

On 2 Mar 1865, William Henry Hutchinson was born.9

About 1867, Frederick Hutchinson was born.

About 1869, Cary Hutchinson was born.

Julia Hutchinson was listed as a 35 year old female born New Brunswick in the hosehold of All Hutchinson in Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa.  Also listed in the household was a 10 year old female named Gertrude, an 8 year old male named Alice, a 6 year old male name Willie, a 3 year old male named Frederick and a 1 year old female named Cary.10

On 6 May 1871, Winnie Mae Hutchinson was born.9

On 21 Sep 1874, Elnora Hutchinson was born.9

On 29 Feb 1876, Guy Thomas Hutchinson was born.9,11

In Jul 1879, Francesca Hutchinson was born.

Jula Hurchardson was listed as the 40 year old wife of 49 year old A Huchardson living in Douglas Township, Mitchell County, Iowa. According to the census, Julia was born in New Brunswick. Also living in the household was a 15 year old son named William; a 9 year old duaghter named Winnie; a 7 year old daughter named Ellnora and a 4 year old son named Guy.12

About 1884, Elvira Hutchinson was born.

Julia Hutchinson was listed as a 44 year old female in the household of 55 year old Albert Hutchinson. ALso listed in the household was 21 year old Albert Hutchinson;  20 year old William Hutchinson ; 14 year old Winnie Hutchinson; 11 year old Guy Hutchinson; 9 year old Frank Hutchinson; 5 year old Leula Hutchinson and 1 year old Ehura Hutchinson.13

She died on 4 Jan 1892 at the age of 52 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.9


1. Ancestry.com, Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007).

2. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 85.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

3. 1851 Canadian Census, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada, Canadian census, Westfield, Kings County, New Brunswich, 1851, n.p. Image 9 of 90, Harding, William Harding; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Nova Scotia Archives and Record Management.

4. 1851 Canadian Census, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada, Canadian census, Westfield, Kings County, New Brunswich, 1851, , William Harding.

5. Marriage Index, Volume A 1853-1892 (Harding.IA.027) (Hutchinson.IA.002), , Black Hawk County Iowa.

6. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com.(https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 5 February 2021.

 7. “Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996,”Ancestry.com,  (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60284/ : viewed online (March 2017), Albert Hutchinson; Family Search.

8. 1860 U.S. Census, Black Hawk County, Iowa, population schedule, Mt. Vernon Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa, page 116 Image 5 of 10, family 34, Albert Hutchinson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 5 February 2021); NARA microfilm publication M653.

9. “Albert Hutchinson, Co. D, 1st Iowa Cavalry,'” invalid / minor, Civil War Pension File, digital images obtained by Bruce Frail of American Civil War Ancstor research group, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.

10. 1870 U.S. Census, Bremer County, Iowa, population schedule, Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa, Page 3 Image 3 of 29, household 24, All Hutchinson; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132.

11. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ : viewed online October 2017), Guy Thomas Hutchinson.

12. 1880 U.S. Census, Mitchell County, Iowa, population schedule, Douglas Township, Mitchell County, Iowa, ED 302, page 9 and 10 Image 8 and 9 of 15, household 67, Huchardson A; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : veiwed online March 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9.

13. 1885 Iowa State Census, Bremer County, Iowa, state census, Jackson Township, Bremer County, Iowa, page 188 Image 33 of 37, household 177, Hutchinson Albert; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); State Historical Society of Iowa.

Throwback Thursday

Today’s collection of pictures involves my grandmother, Pauline Briles. My Heritage’s Colorization tool was used with each of these photos.

Family Dinner in the 1950s in Manhattan, KS
Pauline Briles in rose colored dress, Barbara Thompson in green top, Bud Thompson with back to camera, Walter Briles at right edge of picture
Family Dinner
Faye Briles on left, Bud Thompson in center, Pauline Briles on right
Photo taken in Crawford kitchen in Dodge City
Pauline Briles
Pauline Briles and her brother, Leslie Mentzer


My Source Struggle (part 1 and part 2) continues. A reader’s comment suggested that I try the Chrome extension, Record Seek. According to the reader, this extension helps create a source citation on the FamilySearch tree for web based sources.

Seeking to learn more about RecordSeek, I found a FamilySearch wiki page for the RecordSeek extension. Like most of the FamilySearch wikis, this page was very informative, including directions on how to download and use RecordSeek.

So I installed the extension and now have RecordSeek on my bookmarks bar.

I found a source that contains information regarding the marriage of Dolly Crawford to Joseph Ham on FamilySearch.

I scrolled thru this source looking for Joseph Ham and found the marriage information on page 83.

Since this source is an image and not a web page, I am unable to do step 2: “highlight information you’d like to include in the record notes.” Thus, I moved on to the next step which is to click the RecordSeek button on my bookmarks bar. This opened RecordSeek’s ‘Create a Source’ window.

Since this source is from FamilySearch, I clicked on FamilySearch and logged in when prompted. That opened an ‘Attach a Source’ window with many of the fields filled in. (Note that Family Search was entered as the source title.)

I then clicked on NEXT and that opened a window to ‘Search for an existing person.’

I then switched to the tab that had Dolly Crawford open so that I could copy the person ID. Once the ID was copied, the pop-up window for RecordSeek had disappeared behind the full screen browser. I was able to use Alt-Tab to locate that hidden window. I ended up typing in the ID since I wasn’t able to paste the ID in the box, Clicking NEXT opened an ‘Attach Source to Dolly Crawford’ window where I filled in why I was attaching this source.

When I clicked on Create & Attach, it added the source to Dolly Crawford [LLHZ-852] on FamilySearch.

Unfortunately, this process used ‘FamilySearch’ as the title of this source and not the actual title of the book it came from. The ‘Edit’ screen for this source displays what was filled in by RecordSeek.

Since this process is flawed, I decided to work with RootsMagic. I have a personally created template for FamilySearch county records. I modified that template for a digital book. Then, I added a new source for Dolly Crawford.

Then on FamilySearch, I edited the source created by RecordSeek so that it would have better information.

  • Added a standardized date
  • Replaced the ‘FamilySearch’ title with the actual title of the book (copy/pasted from RootsMagic
  • Copied the footnote from RootsMagic into the ‘Where the Record is Found (Citations)’ box
  • Copied the information I had transcribed into the ‘Detail Text’ source tab from RootsMagic into the ‘Describe the Record (Notes)’ box

Since I want the source information in TWO places, RootsMagic and FamilySearch, I likely won’t be using RecordSeek. Instead, I will use my templates in RootsMagic to create the source and transcribe the record. Then I will create a new source on FamilySearch and copy/paste the information into FamilySearch.

Death Affidavit

I recently wrotethe blog post, Proving Death, about finding affidavits in the complete pension file for Albert Hutchinson that documented the deaths of both Albert Hutchinson and his first wife, Julia. While working with this file, I found another document that states the death date for Albert.

Below is a transcription of that affidavit.

General Affidavit

State of Missouri
County of Buchanan

In the matter of the claim for pension of Elmer E Hutchinson minor son of Albert Hutchinson

On this 25th day of September A.D. 1911, personally came before me, a Notary Public in and for the county aforesaid George Hockady and Peter Van Valkenburgh 61 & 69 years, a resident of St Joseph in the county of Buchanan and State of Missouri, and ___________ aged ______ years, a resident of ________ in the county of _______ and State of Missouri, whos Postoffice address is 1806 South 4th Street, well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit and who being duly sworn, declare in relation to said case as follows:

We were well acquainted with Albert Hutchison during his lifeitme and we saw him after he was dead we were present and assisted in laying him out and in preparing him for buriel we were also present at his funeral we know that Albert Hutchinson died on the 22nd day of July 1896 we know these facts from being present at the time.

The above testimony was written in my presence by W H Chattle from oral statement made by us to him on the 25th day of September 1911 at St Joseph Mo., and in making such statement I was not aided or prompted by any written statement at recital dictated by any other person and not attached as an exhibit tot he testimony. I further declare that I have no interest in said case and am not concerned in its prosecution.
George Hockaday
Peter Van Valkenbergh

Sworn to and subscribed before the this 25th day of September A.D> 1911 and I hereby certify that I have no interest and am not concerned in the prosecution of said claim, and tha tI read this foregoing to the deponents and that I [myself] subscribed and swore to the same with a full knowledge of its contents.

My term as Notary Public will expire July 17th 1911

W H Chattle
Notary Public

Ham Crawford Connection

A few weeks ago, the following comment was posted on my ‘About’ page.

Hello, I’m a descendant of Joseph B. Ham and Dolly Crawford of Madison County KY. Married in 1795. I am at a brick wall trying to find Dolly’s ancestry. All I have is that she listed her mother as Molly on the marriage record. I can’t find any Molly in Madison County KY at this time. Only the Mary that you write of who based on her marriage and timeline seems to be too young. Any help is appreciated.

I do have Dolly Crawford and Joseph Ham in my database. According to the book, Madison County Kentucky Marriage Records Vol. 1 1786-1822 by Bill and Kathy Vockery, they were married in Madison County in 1795.

Since I don’t have any other information on this couple, I decided to see what tax records for Madison County might reveal. Since I’ve already used these records for my CRAWFORD research, I was primarily looking for the HAM surname. However, when I found Joseph Ham, I also located known Crawford family members and associates in that year’s tax record.

Madison County Kentucky
Tax Books, 1787-1874

Tax Books, 1787-1797, 1799-1807
FamilySearch Film 8126 DGS 7834478

Image 15 – ‘H’
Nil Ham

Image 30
Nil Ham

Image 40 – ‘H’
Ham Wm Wm Ham – 0 – 1 – 0 – 6 – 18

Image 55 0 1788

Image 65 – ‘H

Image 73 – 1789

Image 77
Ham William 1-1-? – 11 – left at 10/

Image 82 – ‘H’

Image 90
Mary Crawford
No Ham

Image 99 – 1790

Image 103 – ‘H’
Nil Ham

Image 111 – 1791
Image 115 – ‘H’
Ham, William – 1white- 1 Black > 16- “ – 5 horses – Stud 15
Image 124 – ‘H’
NIL – Ham

Image 129 – 1792
Image 134 – ‘H’
Hamm Drury – 1 – blank – blank – blank – 6 – 6
Image 141 – ‘H’
Image 150 – ‘H’
Ham, William – 2 (or possibly 7) white > 21- dash white above 16 – 3 total blacks – 2 blacks > 16 -7 horses – 30 cattle- – – 100 Acres of Land- 1 stud – 6 rate

Image 157 – 1793
Image 163 – ‘H’
Ham Wm – 1 – dash – 4 – 2 – 8 – 31 – 100

Image 170 – 1794
Image 176 – ‘H – faded
William Ham may be on this page
May be another Ham toward bottom of page – can’t decipher first name
Image 187 – ‘H’ starts
Image 198 – ‘H’

Image 206 – 1795
Image 214 – ‘H’
Nil Ham
Image 227 – H
Ham William Madison County Silver Cr 100 acres
Do do do 150 acres
Do Mason Lee Cr 1400
Image 239 – H
Image 259 – H
Ham William – 1 white over 21 – . – 5 total blacks – 3 blacks under 16 – 5 [H H) Colts & Mulres – 33 Cattle
Ham Drury – 1 white over 21 – . White over 16 under 21 – 1 total blacks – 1 blacks under 16 – 5 [H H] Colts & Mules – 8 Cattle

Image 266 – 1796
Image 271 – Edward Crawford
Image 277 – H
Ham Joseph – 1 male over 21 – 2 horses – 2 cattle (no land listed)
Ham Drury 116 – Paint Lick Madison from Elijah Kritly 1white >21 -. Above 16 under 21 – . Black above 16- 1 total blacks – 5 horses mares – 5 cattle
Image 278
Ham William – 300 acres – Silver C – Madin – G Clay & Hancock -1 white male > 21- . white males > 16 – 2 blacks > 16 – 5 total blacks – 5 horses – 33 cattle
Image 310 – H
Image 333 – Crawfords (James, William and sons) — NO Rebecca or Mary Crawford
Image 334 – Duggins / Dooley
Image 337 – H
Image 340 – Alexander Moore (Mary Crawford’s husband)

Image 353 – 1797
Image 360 – H
Image 382 – H
Image 406
Crawford Edwd
Image 410 – H
Image 412
Ham Drury – 116 acres Paint L Madn C Elijah Kurtley – 1 male > 21 – 1 total black – 6 horses
Ham William – 450 acres – Silver C Madn C – Green C Hancock – 1 male > 21, 1 male 16-21, 1 black > 16, 4 total blacks – 7 horses
Do – 700 acres – Lees Creek – Mason C – Wm Tomlin

Even though tax records do not prove relationship, they can provide some clues.

  • William Ham is the first Ham family member shown on the tax list
  • William Ham owned at least two parcels of land: one on Silver Creek in Madison County and one on Lees Creek in Mason County
  • Drury Ham appeared on the tax list in 1792 with no land suggesting a possible relationship between William Ham and Drury Ham
  • Joseph Ham appeared on the tax list in 1796 in the same assessment district as Drury Ham and William Ham also suggesting a relationship between Joseph Ham and William Ham
  • In 1796, the three Ham households were not in the same assessment district as the Crawford families I’ve been researching suggesting that these two family groups did not live near each other. [My Crawford research involves William Crawford, James Crawford (wife Rebecca Anderson), James Crawford (wife Martha Knight), James Crawford (wife Sally Duggins), Mary Crawford (husband James Sellers), Sally Crawford (husband William Sellers), widow Mary Crawford and widow Rebekah Crawford.]
  • There is an Edward Crawford in the same assessment district as the HAM families. [I don’t know much about this Crawford family.]

So, back to the question. Could Dolly Crawford be the daughter of Mary Crawford? Could Dolly Crawford be a sibling to my James Crawford? Yes, that is possible, but I will have to do more digging to find a connection between the two families.

Could Dolly Crawford be a sibling of the James Crawford who married Martha Knight. This is very doubtful. James and Martha were married in Lincoln County. James’ suspected siblings, Mary and Sally, were also married in Lincoln County.

Could Dolly Crawford be a daughter of James and Rebecca (Anderson) Crawford. Again this is doubtful. None of my research of this family has any records connecting the Crawford and Ham families.

Could Dolly Crawford be a daughter of William and Elizabeth Crawford. This is possible but doubtful.

Based on the tax records, I would look for a connection between Dolly Crawford and the Edward Crawford on the 1796 tax list.

Curious as to what others have concluded about Dolly Crawford, I looked at trees on Ancestry and FamilySearch. The FamilySearch tree has a Dolly Crawford [LLHZ-852] married to Joseph Ham [M76X-C5Z]. Dolly is shown as the daughter of Alexander Crawford and Molly Burris. However, there are no sources attached to Dolly, Alexander or Molly. Ancestry has over 200 trees for Dolly Crawford and Joseph Ham. I have not looked at all of them, but I looked at several that indicated they had multiple sources attached to Dolly. Those ‘multiple sources’ turned out to be multiple other Ancestry trees.

Thus, more information (documentation) is needed for the Joseph Ham family. To attack this problem, I would

  • Thoroughly research all of their children.
  • Locate land records for William and Drury Ham to see if they provide a clue to family relationships.
  • Identify locations where Joseph Ham resided.
  • Locate land records for Joseph Ham.
  • Search for county histories or family genealogies that have information on the Ham family.
  • Keep an open mind. The trees may all be wrong.

RootsTech Connect 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1) Did you attend the free and virtual RootsTech Connect 2021 this week? What was your favorite moment, experience, session, and/or feature?

Well, let’s say I tried to attend RootsTech 2021. That is before I had a Thursday afternoon appointment and ended up under the weather on Friday.

In my limited viewing, I

  • created my playlist of sessions to watch.
  • checked out many of the exhibitors in the Expo Hall Wednesday evening.
  • watched the Main Stage opening session on Thursday morning.
  • left the Main Stage to watch a presentation by the Library of Virginia.
  • forgot that the sessions were on YouTube and finally realized that I was watching older genealogy presentations when YouTube just kept going after the Library of Virginia presentation.
  • watched several of the FamilySearch sessions on Saturday.

But, my favorite moment has to be using Relatives at RootsTech. Yes, the concept of 88,907 relatives is beyond comprehension. But the app of my phone took about the top 300 of those and sorted them by common ancestor! Using that feature, I now have a spreadsheet of those contacts with their user name, relationship, and the common ancestors. On Wednesday, I sent a message to quite a few of those ancestors. Since my list has changed from Wednesday, I could make more connections.

So, why is this my favorite part?

One of those relatives is the great grandson of my great aunt. I haven’t heard back from him yet — but I’m going to keep trying to make a connection. Hoping that he is active on FamilySearch, I uploaded the pictures that I have of his great-grandmother to the tree.

Another of the relatives is a descendant of my 3rd great grandfather, Ozias Wells. When I got a response from this relative, I went digging in my files to locate the photocopy of the Wells family Bible. Even though most of the Wells family, including her branch, stayed in Michigan, the Bible found its way to Kansas. I’ve also uploaded this resource to the tree.

But the best part was seeing all of my 5th cousin descendants of my brick wall ancestor, James Crawford.

So, I have a full to-do list: watch all of the sessions on my playlist and work on connecting with these cousins!

Thank you RootsTech for this opportunity!


When you think of your family dynamics, who has the power? Looking into the future, I would say it is my niece that has the power to keep her generation of the family together. Looking back, I would have to credit my grandmother, Winnie Letha Currey Crawford, with being the force of power in the family.

When Winnie was ten years old, her mother died. The family had recently moved to Olathe, Kansas from Rooks County, Kansas. Her father may have been a teamster at the time. The family included

  • Herbert, age 18
  • Myrtle, age 14
  • Mary, age 12
  • Winnie, age 10
  • Ernest, age 7
  • Alma, age 1

My grandmother wrote about what happened to the family after her mother’s death in one of her letters. The dates are off, but I believe the story of what happened to the family is correct.

Mother died in May. We went to the Children’s Home Jun 11. Herb didn’t go and Myrtle wasn’t there long till she went to Aunt Mary’s in Denver Col. Mary and I stayed together till she got married. But to go back The Court took Littens License away. So Dad had to take us back till Mary & I finished grade school. Then He was going to put us back into a Home. I got Aunt Joe De Shazer to take Alma and found a Home for Earnest – then Mary and I lied about our ages & went to Work. I alway kept track of the kids As I do now

Most of the details of this story remain unproven. I did find Alma Jean Curry in a DeShazer household on the 1920 census living in Franklin County, Kansas. By 1925, Alma was living with her father in Gray County, Kansas. Gray County borders Ford County, where Myrtle and Winnie were living in 1925.

In terms of the children’s home, I did find an entry for Rev.Charles Litten in the 1913 directory for Kansas City. According to this entry, he was the ‘sec and genl mgr Conserving Assn of America’ at 2610 Cleveland in Kansas City, Missouri. (See blog post, U – Unknown Genealogy / PhotoADay)

The Aunt Mary mentioned in the letter is likely Mary Currey Spears. Unfortunately, I can’t place Mary and her husband John in Denver, Colorado. By 1920, Mary and her husband were living in Los Angeles, California. At this time, I don’t have a census record or city directory for them between 1900 and 1920.

According to another letter, my grandmother traveled from the Kansas City area to Dodge City to help her sister, Myrtle with her new baby. Based on the above letter, that means that Winnie was in the Kansas City area until her sister, Mary was married. All of this does fit a timeline for these events in the sister’s lives.

  • Myrtle married in Dodge City at the age of 18 in March of 1917
  • Myrtle’s first child is born in Dodge City in Feb 1918
  • Mary married in Kansas City at the age of 17 in Feb 1919
  • Winnie is married in Dodge City at the age of 16 in December 1919

Whether I prove the details in the letter or not, I do believe that my grandmother and at least some of her siblings were in a children’s home after the death of their mother. I believe my grandmother’s strong sense of family was forged during this time of her life.

Boot Hill

Dodge City

“Cowboy Capital of the World”

“Queen of the Cowtowns”

For anyone interested in cowboys or the old west cattle drives a trip to the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City, Kansas is a ‘must see’ destination. Housed in a replica of ‘Front Street’, Boot Hill offers a combination of history and entertainment, complete with gunfights and shows at the Long Branch Saloon.

As a genealogist, Boot Hill has proven to be a source of information about my family. As a child, I remember a photograph or postcard that was on display in the building at the top of the hill. This photo was taken of early Dodge City from the Boot Hill area looking toward downtown. My memory says that the house my grandparents lived in was in that photo. Later, while touring the displays housed in the ‘Front Street’ buildings I discovered a minute book for the Ford County Agricultural Society that just happened to be opened to a page mentioning my great great grandfather, Richmond Fisk Hammond.

On a trip to Dodge to visit my grandmother, she encouraged me to visit Boot Hill to see if they had any photographs. Thinking I might find the photo from my childhood memory, I went. Even though I didn’t locate that photo, I did come away with a marvelous find: the only known photo of my great great grandfather, Washington Marion Crawford.

In addition to obtaining his picture, I found a group picture that included my great grandfather, Judson Crawford and another group picture containing Judson’s brother, Nelson Crawford.

If you want to find an unusual source for genealogical information, it would be Boot Hill for me. I never imagined that I would find these photos at Boot Hill. I am thankful that they are preserving the early history of Dodge City.

Cousin Connections

Are you going to RootsTech Connect? (If not, register here for lots of free genealogy sessions.)

If so, did you register for Relatives at RootsTech? (If not,

  • register here – https://FamilySearch.org/connect
  • Create or login to your FamilySearch account
  • Create a family tree by adding yourself and close ancestors (2-3 generations) to the FamilySearch tree
  • Search the tree for ancestors and connect to them
  • Increasing generational connections will increase likelihood of finding Relatives at RootsTech

When I first wrote about Relatives at RootsTech in my Over 19,000 blog, most of the relatives listed for me were very distant. Thus, I didn’t plan to do much with this information.

However, when I logged in today, I found someone who descends from my great aunt, Bernice Crawford. Since Bernice and her family moved from Kansas to California, connections with the Dodge City family were infrequent. Thus, I’m thrilled to be able to make this connection.

When I made the cousin discovery this morning, I also discovered a setting that makes this even more useful for me. To access this setting, you will need the FamilySearch Tree app (on a smart phone or tablet).

After opening the app and logging in, you should see the Find Relatives at RootsTech box at the top of the screen.

Tapping on that box, will open your list of relatives.

This morning, I discovered the icon to the right of the ‘All Locations’ drop down box. This icon looks like two lines with boxes.

When I tapped that icon, I had options to see my list of relatives in four different ways: All, Maternal, Paternal and Ancestor. Then I selected ‘Ancestor’ my list was sorted by common ancestor.

I find this view VERY helpful – especially when it comes to my brick walls. Now I can see ‘relatives’ who descend from James Crawford without having to look at each person to see how we are related.

My next step is to create a generic message that I can copy/paste to contact some of these relatives. This message will include

  • Our common ancestor
  • Link to my grandparent line for that ancestor in the FamilySearch tree
  • Link to my Ancestry tree
  • Link to my RootsMagic online tree
  • Link to my blog
  • Statement regarding my willingness to upload photos or sources to the FamilySearch tree that they may not have
  • My contact information

Now, I need to get to work and make connection with these relatives.