RootsMagic 8

It’s Official! RootsMagic 8 has been released.

This post has been turned into a PAGE with a link at the top of this site. The page will be updated as more RM8 blogs are published.

I have been fortunate to have participated in the preview of RootsMagic 8. In the process, I wrote several blog posts about those experiences. Some of those posts may be helpful to others as they begin using RootsMagic 8.

Below is a list of those posts:

Throwback Thursday

Hugh Judson Crawford

Hugh Crawford
Hugh and Gladys Crawford
Hugh Crawford’s college graduation with his mother
Hugh Crawford’s college graduation with his wife Gladys
Hugh and Gladys Crawford
Hugh Crawford with his nephew, LR – WWII
Winnie and Leon Crawford with Gladys and Hugh Crawford

RM 8 Descendancy Report

I recently posted information about how I create descendancy reports in RootsMagic. That post was based on RootsMagic version 7. Since I have the ability to work with a preview version of RootsMagic version 8, I thought I would create a similar post for the newer software.

As in RootsMagic 7, the easiest way to start creating this report is to select or highlight the individual who is the focus of the report. That means I’m starting on the PEOPLE screen. My current default view is the pedigree view. On this view, I simply clicked to go to the next generation on my father’s side of the tree to locate and click on the Hiram M. Currey I want to use for the report. When I selected him, his information appeared in the pane to the upper left of the pedigree. In the pane to the lower left of the pedigree is a search box, which I could have used to locate him instead of the pedigree.

The next step is to switch from the PEOPLE screen tot he PUBLISH screen. This screen is where I can access a variety of ways to publish or share data from my tree. The top line of options are the reports. The icons showing on this screen will change as I work with reports. The four icons shown are for the four report types I’ve recently used.

If the report that I want to use isn’t displayed on the PUBLISH screen, I can click on ALL REPORTS AND CHARTS which will open the list of available reports.

To begin creating a Descendancy Report, I can either click on the DESCENDANT LIST icon that is currently visible on my PUBLISH screen or click on the report name in the list of all reports. This opens the Report window. This window is divided vertically into two sections. The left side of the window are the various options for the report. The right side of the window is a preview of the report.

Most of the settings for this report are relatively obvious. This would include configuring the number of generations and whether leading dots and color coding are used. What currently isn’t obvious is the ability to change the LIST FORMAT. Clicking on the LIST FORMAT shown opens a drop down menu revealing various options for the format.

Once the desired settings are selected, click on the GENERATE REPORT button at the bottom of the left panel. This opens a preview of the report on the right. The report shown below is using the Name (birth date-death date) format.

The icons above the report allow for navigating thru the report, zooming in and out, adjusting the fit of the report, printing and saving the report. The options available on the ‘SAVE’ window have recently expanded to include saving as a Word document or as a text file.

Format Options
Name (birth date-death date)
Name/Birth/Death in columns
Name/BMD Date/Place
Name (birth year – death year)
Name/BMD Date/Place wordwrap

The ability to preview the report along side of the settings is one of the new features in RootsMagic 8. This makes it very easy to see how changes to settings impact the report.

Descendants of Henry Burke

Henry F. Burke
b: 30 Apr 1811
d: 30 Oct 1845, Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States
+Elizabeth Ann Bland
b: 25 Dec 1813
m: 22 Oct 1835, Monroe, Kentucky, United States
d: bef 5 May 1876, Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States
. . . . . 2-Angelina Jane Burke
          b: 30 Oct 1836, Kentucky, United States
          d: 26 Mar 1901, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . +Hiram M. Currey
          b: 13 Aug 1835, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States
          m: 3 Aug 1856, Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States
          d: 2 Mar 1901, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Sarah Evelina Currey
                    b: 31 Jan 1859
                    d: 4 Dec 1884
. . . . . . . . . . +Santford D. Morris
                    m: 25 Sep 1879, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Elizabeth Bessie Viola Morris
                              b: 17 Dec 1882, Kansas, United States
                              d: 31 Jul 1974, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-John Henry Currey
                    b: 11 Mar 1861
                    d: 14 Apr 1898, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Mary “Mollie” O’Rourke
                    b: 22 Jan 1872, Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States
                    m: 1 Dec 1890, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 26 Jan 1959, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Helen Marie Currey
                              b: 26 Nov 1892, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 29 Jan 1968, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Marie Currey
                              b: 8 Jun 1894, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 6 Aug 1989, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-John Russell Currey
                              b: 18 Jun 1896, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 7 Oct 1977, Alexandria, Virginia, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Mary Caroline Currey
                    b: 8 May 1864
                    d: 16 May 1945, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +John Henry Spears
                    b: 15 Apr 1855, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
                    m: 12 Feb 1886, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 22 Sep 1939, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Hiram Miles Currey
                    b: 23 Oct 1866, Missouri, United States
                    d: 15 Sep 1943, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Winnie Mae Hutchinson
                    b: 6 May 1871, Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States
                    m: 13 May 1891, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
                    d: 23 Sep 1913, Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Infant Currey
                              b: 18 Apr 1892
                              d: 10 May 1892
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Henry Currey
                              b: 25 May 1893, Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States
                              d: 20 May 1906, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Herbert Miles Currey
                              b: 3 Apr 1895, Liberty, Clay, Missouri, United States
                              d: 20 Apr 1971, Ontario, Malheur, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Hiram Currey
                              b: 11 Aug 1897
                              d: 24 Jan 1898
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Myrtle Irene Currey
                              b: 11 Jan 1899, Pomeroy, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States
                              d: 23 Jul 1970, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mary Lela Currey
                              b: 17 Aug 1901, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 8 Dec 1977, Zion, Lake, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Winnie Letha Currey
                              b: 30 Jun 1903, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 11 Feb 1992, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Earnest Oran Currey
                              b: 5 Apr 1906, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 25 May 1979, Denver, Denver, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alma Jean Currey
                              b: 5 Apr 1912, Plainville, Rooks, Kansas, United States
                              d: 7 Sep 1989, Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-William Quincy Currey
                    b: 11 Dec 1868, Kansas, United States
                    d: 3 Mar 1952, Downey, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Frances B Lorede
                    b: 1874
                    m: 29 Aug 1923, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Jessie A. Myers
                    b: 30 Oct 1872, Kansas, United States
                    m: 20 Oct 1891, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 27 Aug 1913, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Edna May Curry
                              b: 6 Feb 1893, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 27 Dec 1940, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Grace L. Curry
                              b: 8 Jul 1895, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                              d: 30 Oct 1981, Jefferson, Texas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Frank William Curry
                              b: 6 Jan 1897, Kansas, United States
                              d: 9 May 1961, Bogata, Distrito Capital, Columbia
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Florence Curry
                              b: 9 Jul 1899, Kansas, United States
                              d: 23 Oct 1960, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Esther H. Curry
                              b: abt 1904, Kansas, United States
                              d: 12 May 1963, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Opal Currey
                              b: abt 1911, Kansas, United States
                              d: 26 Jul 1921, Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-James Gilbert Currey
                    b: 10 Oct 1871, Kansas, United States
                    d: Norton, Norton, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Mary (Mamie/Mannie) Ridge
                    b: Apr 1873, Kansas, United States
                    m: 29 Nov 1895, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 24 Oct 1951
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Elizabeth Jane Currey
                    b: 22 May 1874, Kansas, United States
                    d: 5 Jun 1945, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Robert Rigby
                    b: 11 Nov 1858, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
                    m: 8 Feb 1894, Jackson, Missouri, United States
                    d: 13 Feb 1932, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Glenn Rigby
                              b: 6 Jun 1896, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
                              d: 21 Sep 1920, Jackson, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Dorothy Louise Rigby
                              b: 19 Oct 1898, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
                              d: 9 Dec 1918, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Dora Ann Currey
                    b: 14 Oct 1876, Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 29 Apr 1968, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . +Charles Lee Marts
                    b: 5 Mar 1875, White Cloud, Doniphan, Kansas, United States
                    m: 25 Apr 1901
                    d: 22 Feb 1941, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Glen Elmer Marts
                              b: 19 Feb 1902, Wymore, Gage, Nebraska, United States
                              d: 9 Feb 1966, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Samuel Albert Marts
                              b: 14 May 1905, Iowa Point, Doniphan County, Kansas
                              d: 21 Sep 1913
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Marion Franklin Currey
                    b: 12 Apr 1881, Kansas, United States
                    d: 7 Jul 1903, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Frank Currey
                    b: 2 Nov 1884, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
                    d: 14 Feb 1885, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
. . . . . 2-Milton E. Burke
          b: 2 Feb 1838, Tennessee, United States
          d: 11 Jun 1919, Miami, Kansas, United States
. . . . . 2-Sarah E. Burke
          b: 25 Jul 1839, Missouri, United States
          d: 30 Dec 1933, Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States
. . . . . +Gilbert (Guilford) C. Hornbuckle
          b: 3 Dec 1838
          m: 12 Feb 1861, Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States
          d: 25 May 1903, Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Janette Hornbuckle
                    b: 2 Dec 1861, Kansas, United States
                    d: 27 Feb 1873, Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States
. . . . . 2-Pamilla A. Burke
          b: 15 Jul 1841, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Davis Burke
                    b: abt 1859, Missouri, United States
. . . . . 2-John Martin Burke
          b: 30 Apr 1844, Missouri, United States
          d: 24 Mar 1886, Cherokee, Kansas, United States
. . . . . +Emma E Spiva
          b: May 1854, Missouri, United States
          m: 15 Feb 1876, Madison, Missouri, United States
          d: 1941
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Dora Burke
                    b: 12 Feb 1876, Missouri, United States
                    d: 15 Jan 1971, Miami, Ottawa, Oklahoma, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Minnie M Burke
                    b: Oct 1878, Missouri, United States
                    d: 1967
. . . . . . . . . . +Ralph James Tuthill
                    b: 20 Apr 1880, Barton, Missouri, United States
                    m: 16 Sep 1902, Miami, Ottawa, Oklahoma, United States
                    d: 1 Feb 1960, Miami, Ottawa, Oklahoma, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-John Burke Tuthill
                              b: 22 Nov 1909, Miami, Ottawa, Oklahoma, United States
                              d: 20 Dec 1986, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ithamer James Tuthill
                              b: 19 Apr 1914, Oklahoma, United States
                              d: 1 Jul 1998, Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga, Ohio
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Claud Milton Burke
                    b: 30 Oct 1882, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, United States
                    d: 17 Feb 1953, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 3-John Franklin Burke
                    b: 9 Jan 1885, Galena, Cherokee, Kansas, United States
                    d: 4 May 1952
. . . . . . . . . . +Josephine W. Pappin
                    b: 1901, Oklahoma, United States
                    m: 21 Mar 1926, Neosho, Newton, Missouri, United States

Genealogy Fun

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):
1)  We all have 8 biological great-grandparents.  Where and when were they born, where and when did they marry, and where and when did they die?

I confess. It isn’t Saturday night, but often Sunday morning when I write these blog posts.

This week’s task is an easy one. All I have to do is open my genealogy software and pull out the needed information.

Two of my eight great grandparents were born in Kansas. The other six came to Kansas as a child with their parents. They all lived most of their lives in Kansas and are buried in Kansas.

  • Judson Foster Crawford, the son of Washington Marion Crawford and Mary Foster Crawford, was born 15 April 1866 in Warren County, Indiana. He died 19 Feb 1949 in Dodge City, Kansas.
  • Josie Winifred Hammond, the daughter of Richmond Fisk Hammond and Sarah Ellen Ralston Hammond, was born 9 Feb 1874 in Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois. She and Judson Crawford were married 24 Dec 1890 in Dodge City, Kansas. Josie died 27 Sep 1954. Josie and Judson are buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City.
  • Hiram Miles Currey, son of Hiram M. Currey and Angelina Jane Burke Currey, was born 23 Oct 1866 in Missouri (likely Platte County). Hiram married Winnie May Hutchinson in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. Hiram and Winnie lived in Leavenworth County before moving west to try farming in Rooks County, Kansas. Discovering that he wasn’t a farmer, the family returned to eastern Kansas and lived in Olathe where Winnie died. Hiram lived in the Kansas City area before moving to western Kansas to live near and with his daughter, Winnie Crawford. Hiram died 15 Sep 1943 in Dodge City and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery
  • Winnie Mae Hutchinson, the daughter of Albert Hutchinson and Julia Harding Hutchinson, was born 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa. She died 23 Sep 1913 in Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas. Winnie is buried in the Olathe City Cemetery, Olathe, Kansas.
  • Edward Grant Briles, the son of Noah Washington Briles and Sarah Jane Thompson Briles, was born 18 Jul 1869 in Coffey County, Kansas. E. G. Briles died 23 Jul 1951 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Emporia, Kansas. He is buried in Crandall Cemetery in southern Coffey County, Kansas.
  • Frances, Artlissa Ricketts, daughter of James Marshall Ricketts and Rachel Elmeda Chrsty Ricketts, was born 7 April 1868 in Clinton County, Indiana. She went by the nickname, “Artie”. Artie and E. G. Briles were married 19 Feb 1890 in Woodson County, Kansas. Artie died 28 Apr 1947 in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas. She is buried beside her husband in Crandall Cemetery, Coffey County, Kansas.
  • Charles Oliver Mentzer, son of George Mentzer and Emeline Minnick Mentzer, was born 1 July 1869 in Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois. Charles married Nettie Adell Wells on 18 Oct 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas. Charles died 15 Aug 1955 in Newman Hospital in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas. He is buried in Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Kansas.
  • Nettie Adell Wells, daughter of Thurston Kennedy Wells and Salome Adell Crandall, was born 5 Feb 1873 in Woodson County, Kansas. Spending her life in rural Woodson County, she died 9 Feb 1939 in Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas. Nettie is buried alongside her husband in Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Kansas.
Me with my grandmother, Winnie Currey Crawford and my great grandmother, Josie Winifred Hammond Crawford

Software Challenge

Do you remember when Microsoft Word replaced ‘menus’ with the ‘ribbon’. If so, you likely also remember frustration tyring to figure out how to get this ‘new’ version of Word to do tasks that were simple before. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to play around in the new version of Word and Excel before having to use them in my work. I’m sure this overnight transition to the ‘ribbon’ added to my frustration.

That’s why I am thankful to be able to participate in the ‘review’ of RootsMagic 8. This transition from RM 7 to RM 8 will be similar to a transition from MS Word with menus to MS Word with the ribbon. With RootsMagic 8, the pull down menus are gone. Instead, the ‘menu headings’ are down the side of the screen. Clicking on any one of those headings opens up the respective window.

For the most part, everything is intuitive. That is until I’m trying to locate something and can’t remember how to get to it.

I had previously worked with creating a group in RootsMagic 8, and had even blogged about it in my RM8 Fact List Report post. So today, I created a group and then couldn’t figure out how to view who was included in that group.

Thankfully, the RootsMagic 8 Preview group on Facebook came thru with the answer. I had forgotten to look for that downward carrot symbol signaling a pull down menu. Thanks to the Facebook help, I easily found that pull down carrot. When clicked on, it revealed my list of groups.

Re-finding that pull down allowed me to select my newly created, Garrard County KY event group and browse the list of people in the group.

Even though I hadn’t found that pull-down carrot, I had checked a lot of the other places one can find menu options.

Three Vertical Dots

One of those places is a set of three vertical dots. When working with a list of people, clicking on those three dots opens an ‘options’ menu.

Besides the three dots associated with the Index, there are three dots associated with the pedigree window.

From that menu,

  • open a window showing the list of fact types
  • open a Search and Replace window
  • switch to the TASKS window and show the tasks for the highlighted person

At the very top of the program on the right side of the screen is another set of three vertical dots. Clicking on these dots opens a menu to access help, updates, support, etc.

People Menu Icons

In the upper right of the people screen are several icons. Clicking on those icons opens other menus.

WRENCH MENU – People screen

PENCIL MENU – People Screen

The Plus Sign icon and the Trash Can Icon are obvious. They open menus for adding or deleting people.

Command Palette

In the upper right corner of the screen is an icon that looks like a paint palette. This icon opens the command palette.

Learning to use RootsMagic 8 will require the willingness to look for and click on these various icons, including the upside down carrot.

Places Menu – Three Dots
Sources Menu – Three Dots
Media Menu – Three Dots
Tasks Menu – Three Dots
Addresses Menu – Three Dots
Search Menu – Three Dots
Publish Menu – Does NOT have a Three Dots menu

I’m enjoying this opportunity to explore RootsMagic 8. This ability to explore and learn without impacting my actual family tree is greatly appreciated. Even though the menus are different, there are features in RootsMagic 8 that I’m looking forward to being able to use. I will make the transition when the program is released.

Helen Crawford Horton

Helen Marjorie Crawford was born on 30 Apr 1900 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.18

She was the child of Judson Foster Crawford and Josie Winifred Hammond.1,7

She lived at 4th Ave in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States in Jul 1900.9 Helen Crawford was listed on the 1900 census as the daughter of J. F. Crawford. According to the census, Helen was 8 months old and born in Kansas.

Helen lived in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1905.10 Helen Crawford was listed on the 1905 Kansas census in the household of J. F. Crawford. According to the census, Helen was 5 years old.

She lived at 2nd Ward in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 28 Apr 1910.11 Helen Crawford was listed on the 1910 census as the daughter of J. F. Crawford. According to the census, Helen was 14 years old and born in Kansas.

She lived in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1915.12 Hellen Crawford was listed as a 14 year old female in the household of J. F. Crawford living in Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas on the 1905 Kansas census.

In 1916, Helen was educated at Dodge City High School in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.13 Helen Crawford was listed on the Freshman Class roll at Dodge City High School in 1916.

She married Russell C. Horton on 16 Jul 1919 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.1,6,1417

She lived in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 7 Jan 1920.1819 Helen Horton was listed on the 1920 census as the wife of Russel C. Horton. According to the census, Helen was 19 years old and born in Kansas.

On 13 Oct 1920, Russell Clifton Horton Jr. was born in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.2021

On 11 Jan 1923, Marjorie Louise Horton was born in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.22

She lived at 107 Poplar in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 1 Jul 1925.23 Helen Horton is listed on the 1925 Kansas census in the household of Russell Horton. According to the census, Helen was 24 years old and born in Kansas.

On 1 Jul 1926, Elaine Marilyn Horton was born in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.24

Helen lived in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 3 Apr 1930.25 Helen M Horton is listed on the 1930 census as the wife of Russel C Horton. According to the census, Helen was 29 years old and born in Kansas. The census indicates that Helen was married at the age of 19.

She lived in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States in 1935.26

She lived at 615 10th Street in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States on 9 Apr 1940.26 Helen Horton is listed on the 1940 census as the wife of Russel Horton. According to the census, Helen was 39 years old and born in Kansas.

Helen lived in San Angelo, Tom Green, Texas, United States in 1946.27 Helen Horton is listed in the 1946 San Angelo Texas directory as the wife of Russell C Horton. The couple was residing at 117E Avenue I at the time.

She lived in Gila Bend, Maricopa, Arizona, United States in 1958.28

She lived in El Paso, El Paso, Texas, United States in 1971.29

Helen died on 1 Nov 1971 at the age of 71 in El Paso, El Paso, Texas, United States.34,6,8,2935

She was buried on 5 Nov 1971 at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, El Paso, Texas, United States.3,8,3439 

ENDNOTES:

        1. Crawford, Judson F., Judson F. Crawford Family Bible (n.p.: , n.d.); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS, photocopy in Crawford.Washington.Notebook

        2. Kansas, State Board of Health, Birth Certificate no. 00 003076 (30 April 1900), Helen Crawford; Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.

        3. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online August 2016), memorial for Helen Marjorie Crawford Horton (1900-1971), Find a Grave Memorial no. #805928, created by imported from U.S. Veteran’s Affairs, citing Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas; accompanying photograph by Charles Bowman, Helen Marjorie Crawford Horton.

        4. Ancestry.com, Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013), Texas Department of State Health Services; Austin Texas, USA; Texas Death Certificates, 1903–1982.

        5. “Local News,” The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 3 May 1900, page 8; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 13 August 2021).

        6. “Judson Foster Crawford”, Gladys Crawford, compiler, The Crawford Family (n.p., Gladys Crawford, n.d.), (Doc. #: Crawford.KS.047)

        7. Local News, Dodge City Reporter, Dodge City, Kansas, 4 May 1900, page 5, (Doc. #: Crawford.KS.135).

        8. National Cemetery Administration, “U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006,”Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (August 2017), Helen Marjorie Horton; National Cemetery Administration.

        9. 1900 U.S.Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, ED 49, Sheet 18A Image 35 of 42, household 383, Crawford J F; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA T623

        10. 1905 Kansas State Census, Ford County, Kansas, Kansas State Census, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, page 42 Image 83 of 178, household 291, J F Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        11. 1910 U.S. Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, Dodge City, Ford County, Kanass, ED 45, Sheet 3B Image 6 of 30, household 16, Crawford JF; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T624

        12. 1915 Kansas State Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, page 2 Image 73 of 279, household 9, Crawford J F; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); Kansas State Historical Society

        13. 1916 Sou’Wester: Dodge City High School (Dodge City: n.p., 1916),p. 39 and 41.  digital image, U.S., Schoo Yearbooks, 1900-1999Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com viewed online 22 August 2021.

        14. Ford County Kansas Marriage Records: Book E p. 329 (Doc. #: CRAWFORD.KS.003A), Ford County Clerk, Dodge City, Kansas

        15. Ex-Soldier Weds Dodge City Girl, Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), , 17 Jul 1919, page 1 col. 3.

        16. Kansas, Central Division of Vital Statistics, Marriage Certificate #31929 (16 July 1919), Russel C. Horton and Helen Crawford; State of Kansas, Topeka, KS.

        17. , Kansas, Central Division of Vital Statistics; State of Kansas, Topeka, KS. (N.p.: n.p., n.d.), Marriage Certificate; #31929; 16 July 1919; Russel C. Horton and Helen Crawford.

        18. 1920 U.S. Census, Ford County, Kansas, population schedule, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas, ED 53, sheet 1A (image 1 of 22) Image 1 of 22, household 12, Horton Russel C; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625

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Deeply American

Did you test your DNA at Ancestry? If so, have you checked the newly updated ethnicity results? For some, these results might provide clues for further research.

For me, they are basically useless. When others have asked me about my ethnicity, I sometimes jokingly reply that I’m American. When asked for clarification, I explain that my family has been in what becomes the United States for a very long time. I often also stated that I didn’t know most of my immigrant ancestors. Prior to today, I could identify three likely immigrant ancestors.

  • David Ralston – immigrated in 1803
  • Phillip Andre Mentzer — immigrated prior to1800
  • Conrad Broils – immigrated in 1717

If asked where my ancestors were from, I often responded with Kentucky. Kentucky is where several of my brick walls end. If pushed to identify countries, I would have responded, England, Scotland, possibly Ireland, Germany and Scandinavia. Since I hadn’t actually identified my immigrant ancestors, I was just guessing. To eliminate some of this guesswork, I decided to try and identify my immigrant ancestors.

To do this, I used the ability of RootsMagic to interface with the FamilySearch tree. Using the FamilySearch tree as a guide, I added ancestors starting about generation 9 and working back to the immigrant ancestor. Since I use color coding in my tree to identify various lines, I decided to color code my immigrants with the color teal. Most of these immigrant ancestors are in generations 12 thru generation 16.

I realize that I have a LOT of research ahead of me to add sourcing for all of the ancestors I just added to my tree. However, the process has helped me learn a lot about my tree.

  • Many of my lines trace back to Middlesex county, Massachusetts
  • I have quite a few ancestors going back to New Amsterdam

Unfortunately, the Ahnentafel that I had hoped to share is over 50 pages long and thus way too long to share in a blog post. Even though I likely will never print that report, my work to identify these potential ancestors will help me as I continue researching my family history.

Using the Ahnentafel, I decided to count the countries of origin for my immigrant ancestors. Although prone to error, this tally does show that my ethnicity should be predominantly English.

GenerationCountry# from Country
7Ireland1
8England1
8Canada1
8Germany3
9Scotland3
9England2
9Ireland6
9Germany10
10Netherlands1
10Ireland3
10Germany5
10Scotland4
10England4
11Germany4
11Netherlands14
11England48
11Scotland1
11France5
11Ireland2
11Wales1
12Germany5
12England150
12Netherlands16
12Scotland4
12Ireland2
12France3
12Wales2
12Belgium1
12Denmark1

The tally continues thru generations 13, 14 and 15 with over 100 more immigrant ancestors from England. Thus it makes sense when my ‘DNA STORY’ on Ancestry indicates a large percentage for English ethnicity.

My brother’s DNA stories:

My mother’s DNA story is a little different. The large block of German DNA would be her father’s line that does go back to Germany.

At this point, I can’t explain the Swedish DNA. However, there are several lines, including my Thompson line, that are stuck in (you guessed it) Kentucky.

Even though my ahnentafel and my DNA story indicate that I have deep English roots, I still contend that I have a deeply American tree.