RootsMagic 9

Have you missed the pre-release hype? I sure did. Today’s announcement of Facebook caught me by surprise!

The Facebook post contains a link to the RootsMagic Blog. The blog contains a list of the new features and a video: What’s New in RootsMagic 9?

Thru MONDAY, MARCH 6th, 2023, one can purchase RootsMagic 9 for $20.

Not only has RootsMagic published these intro videos, but they have also published videos detailing many of these new features:

Be sure to check out the RootsMagic YouTube channel for additional videos.

While I haven’t had time to check out all of these new features, the $20 price tag and the lure of being able to spell check the notes prompted me to purchase RootsMagic 9.

Once I completed the purchase, I had an email containing the download link an my registration key. As per my normal practice, I saved that registration key!

After downloading and installing RootsMagic 9, I opened the program. I was asked whether I wanted to CONVERT my file.

Not knowing whether it would create a new file by renaming my RootsMagic 8 file, I copied my RootsMagic 8 file just in case. Then I clicked on the CONVERT button.

The conversion was quick and my file opened. Since the file name did NOT change during the conversion, I’m glad that I made a copy. However, the new features are compelling! Thus, I will stick with version 9 and learn to use these features!

One feature that I have investigated is spell check.

With the note open, I clicked on the 3 vertical dots to open the menu.

At the bottom of that menu, is SPELL CHECK. Clicking on ‘that menu item ‘Spell check’ causes the program to use the built in spell checking feature (Windows in my case) to check the spelling of the note. If no errors are found, nothing happens.

If an ‘error’ is found, a window pops up showing the word that is ‘Not in Dictionary’ and suggestions. I can Ignore Once, Ignore all, or Add to dictionary. Many surnames will show up as misspelled the first time this tool is used. However, adding the surname to the dictionary will prevent surnames from being identified as misspelled.

Playing around with this feature, I discovered that abbreviations such as Mr. and Mrs. will also come up as misspelled. I elected to ‘Ignore all’ for these abbreviations.

While I plan to use many of the other new features, I will have to do some thinking and planning for how I will use them.

  • Associates Feature — How can I use this feature to connect all of the people in my Garrard County, Kentucky research?
  • Color Coding — Can I create a Color code group for all of my Crawford research, using different colors for the various lines — especially the yDNA lines?

It will be interesting to see how others use some of these new features!

My Capture and Imprisonment

Do you search local newspapers to find minor tidbits about an ancestor and find gold? That’s what I found when searching the Warren county papers on NewspaperArchive for my second great grandfather, Washington Marion Crawford. Washington Marion Crawford was captured during the civil war and spent time in several prisons, including Andersonville.

The ‘gold’ that I found was a poem he wrote about his capture and imprisonment

My Capture and Imprisonment

Kilpatrick is a jolly soldier,
and I’m of his command,
and by a defeat of his,
I was left with a rebel band.

In the month of September,
In the year sixty-three,
The army was laying idle,
And Kil that couldn’t see.

So he being thus uneasy,
And anxious for a fight,
Requested General Meade,
To let him do his might.

His request being granted,
His command was called together,
On twenty-first of September,
In cold unpleasant weather.

We marched that day to Madison,
And found the rebs hard by,
I’m sure you’d laugh If you could see,
The way we mad them fly.

We lay that night on our arms,
And arose at early morn,
Made a breakfast on hard-tack,
and roasted rebel corn.

At nine o’clock we started,
General Buford on the pike,
Kil goes round to the right,
With intent the rear to strike.

We came around in evening,
And crossed the Rapidan,
Met the rebel column,
And fought them five to one.

General Stewart seemed quite uneasy,
But did the thing up well,
He turned around a battery,
And threw in shot and shell.

Then Kil deployed his skirmishers,
And went in for support,
But before it could reach us,
We had a reb escort.

We were then marched to Orange,
And lay there under guard,
On the cold and frozen ground,
In the Court House yard.

Next day we went to Richmond,
Expecting moderate times,
In a few days, or weeks at most,
To be sent to the Yankee lines.

We lay that night in Libby,
And half way took our case,
Being bitten by Confederate lice,
Which are far worse than fleas.

Next morning bright bright and early,
They ordered us in ranks,
Searched us and took our money,
Without returning thanks.

We went next to belle-Isle,
Where in the sand we lay,
The whole winter through,
Wearing life away.

We left there in the Spring,
For a more sunny clime,
To a prison post in Georgia,
Where I composed my rhyme.

This prison post of theirs,
I a large stockade pen,
Built for keeping prisoners,
and used for starving men.

We left there in the fall,
In the year eighteen sixty-four,
And praying to the God above us,
To see our friends once more.

But now alas
To our sad fate,
We were taken down to Charleston,
To a little longer wait.

Our treatment here
We thought was good
We ate corn meal and beef,
And a small stick of wood.

We next went to Florence.
In South Carolina State,
My heart sunk within me,
When I entered the prison gate.

For two months here we staid,
And whiled the hours away,
By cooking a pint of meal
On each successive day.

On the eighth day of December,
The glorious news did come,
That we could leave this wretched place,
To go to a Northern home.

And now I bless the day
That gave me my release,
And pray to God the time is near,
When we will have a happy peace.

Marion Crawford

“My Capture and Imprisonment,” Williamsport Warren Republican (Williamsport, Indiana), 13 April 1865, page 1; digital image, Newspaper Archive (www, : viewed online 23 February 2023).

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1)  What would you put into your own “Family History Time Capsule” for your descendants to open in the future?  What would you use for the capsule?  Where would you keep it?  Who should open it?

While I’ve never thought about a time capsule, I have thought about the concept of ‘passing down’ family items. So, for this exercise, my time capsule is a 10×10 room. In other words, my time capsule is my genealogy office. My ‘time capsule’ contains two bookcases containing family notebooks, my computer along with USB drives and filing cabinets.

Besides the notebooks for various branches of my family tree are notebooks for each of my brothers. These notebooks contain items related to their lives and their families. While some of the items are recent additions, many are the photos and family items kept by my parents.

The family notebooks contain documents and photos for the family unit. These documents and photos have been scanned and many have been shared to Ancestry and FamilySearch.

More family photos are found in the closet. While most closets contain clothes, the closet in my genealogy office also contains a filing cabinet. This filing cabinet contains scrapbooks and photo albums passed down by my grandmothers. Also in the closet are my mother’s photo albums. Many of these photos have been scanned, and also uploaded to FamilySearch.

A second filing cabinet contains paper research. Some of this paper research has been scanned while some has not. Most of it is from my early days of research. Those who ‘open’ my time capsule will likely ignore the items in this filing cabinet. Thus, I need to spend some time sifting thru the paper to scan and preserve documents that cannot be found on Ancestry or other sources of digital records.

And then we come to my computer. Since most of what is found on my bookshelves and in my filing cabinets has been scanned, my computer could be considered my time capsule. It contains

  • Photos of family events in my PICTURES folder grouped in subfolders for the event
  • Everything genealogy related in my GENEALOGY folder
  • Photos, scanned images and downloaded images to support my family tree in surname subfolders in the GENEALOGY\EXHIBITS folder
  • Everything DNA related in the GENEALOGY\DNA and GENEALOGY\yDNA folders
  • Backups of my genealogy work, documents and pictures on USB drives

My computer is also my link to various online accounts. These accounts are like ‘windows’ into my time capsule. They allow distant cousins to access various aspects of my time capsule.

  • Ancestry tree – Heartland Genealogy – updated using RootsMagic’s TreeShare
  • FamilySearch – using RootsMagic’s feature allowing the linking of individuals in my RootsMagic file to the FamilySearch tree
  • This blog — where I’ve share my research findings and reports from RootsMagic
  • WikiTree — where I’m starting to share information about my ancestral lines

While my genealogy office is not locked, my computer does have a lock on it. Thus, I would have to share the ‘key’ with recipients of my time capsule. Currently, my husband is the only other person who knows the ‘key’. However, I need to share it with my brothers and potentially with my nieces and nephew since they will likely be the ones needing to ‘open’ my time capsule.

Saturday Tidbits

Serial Numbers

Courier Tribune
List Nemaha Serial Numbers for the Draft
24 Oct 1940

List Nemaha Serial Numbers for the Draft

Over 1600 names are in the County Roll

A Master List Will Be Chosen in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday to Determine Order in Which Local
Numbers Will Be Called

The Courier-Tribune prints today a list of names and numbers important to almost every home in Nemaha county. It is the list of men between ages of 21 and 36 who enrolled on Wednesday, October 16th, for possible service to their country, and with each man’s name, the county serial number which has been drawn for him by the local draft board.

The arrangement is by number rather than by names because numbers will be the important thing next Tuesday, October 29th, when a master list is to be drawn at Washington, D.C. to determine the order in which local numbers will be called. President Roosevelt will draw the first number.

The local drawing and listing was completed Tuesday except perhaps for a few straggling cards. The board officially posted the list yesterday and sent a copy to state headquarters. The Sabetha Herald and Courier-Tribune joined in setting the large amoung of type necessary and the list is printed in the two papers. TO avoid runing the type to still greater length, a key system is sued to abbreviate names of towns. Where two letters make the name of the town clear, only two are used. Seneca becomes Se; Sabetha Sa; Corning Co; Centralia Ce; Goff GO; Wetmore We; and Baileyville, Bern, Kelly, Havensville, Soldier, Pawnee, Axtell and other points are similarly abbreviated. Oneida and ONaga addresses required the use of Onei and Ona. The Nemaha County list follows:

Continued from Feb. 18, 2023

51 Virgil Clive Followell Se
52 Ormand LeRoy Comer Sa
53 Otis Kenneth Kooser Sa
54 Russell Winfried Perry Go
55 William James H. Gilbert Sa
56 Forrest Edward Kessler We
57 Archie LeRoy Swogger Be
58 Harry Alvin Strahm Be
59 Amzi Gordon Mosteller Be
60 John Samuel Eby Ce
61 William Homer Avers Go
62 Paul John Altenhofen Se
63 Dallas Wayne Wade We
64 Clayton George Whistler We
65 William James Hopper Ce
66 Marvin Dwight Johnson We
67 Louis LeRoy Dannevik Ce
68 Anthony Philip Ketter Go
69 William Francis Proctor On
70 Fredolin Bernard Niehus Go
71 Eugene Frederick Brown Sa
72 Carl Wendell Evans Sa
73 Melvin Edward Thieman Pa-N
74 Ben Paul Kreutzman Ba
75 Lee Richard Cashman Ce
76 Carl Bernard Holthaus Se
77 Francis John Block Se
78 Floyd Iven Baumgartner On
79 William Kenneth Rucker We
80 Clarence Pratt Wohlford Ce
81 Maurice Earl Hoskins Ce
82 George Arthur Sausser Se
83 Wilbur Louis Roeder Ba
84 Aloysius Henry Dalinghaus Ba
85 Francis Petr Stallbaumer Ke
86 LeRoy Hunzeker Be
87 Paul Earl Noble Ce
88 Raymond Henry Wessel Ce
89 Aloysius John Broxterman Ba
90 Kenneth Joseph Dick Ba
91 Frederick Thomas Bauer Ona
92 Hugh Harold Mize We
93 Lawrence Henry Heiman Ba
94 Norbert Earl Hoffman Ce
95 Floyd Melvin Moore Sa
96 Ignatius F. Rottinghaus Ba
97 Leonard Sylvester Becker Ona
98 Orville Kenneth Burget Go
99 Gale William King Sa
100 Wilbur Gale Baskett Sa

To be Continued

Friday Finds

Continuing to share items given to me by Mrs. Mildred Barby, a BRILES and RUSH descendant, today’s item is the obituary of Mrs. Annie Jane Spencer, mother of Mrs. J. L. Briles. The date and newspaper which published this obituary is unknown.

Mrs. Annie Jane Spencer

Died at Ellerbe on Last Wednesday
at Home of Her Son

Mrs. Annie Jane Spencer, widow of the late Michael Spencer, of the Poplar Ridge section of Randolph county, died on last Wednesday night at the home of her son, Thomas A. Spencer at Ellerbe.

She had been in ill health for a number of years, but bore her affliction with exemplary fortitude. Before becoming an invalid her mission in life was to minister and comfort the sick and distressed, one whose life radiated cheer and sunshine wherever she went. Wherever she lived she will be remembered as a kind neighbor, a loving friend, a consecrated Christian woman, whose days and nights were fll of good words and deeds. After an acute illness of about ten days, during which time she was scarcely conscious, she peacefully passed away to her reward. All that the conscientious skill of the physicians could do and the constant attention of her sorrowing children and loving friends was of no avail. She had received the Master’s summons: “Come up higher.”

The funeral was at the Marlboro Friends Church, of which she had been a life-long member. She was the mother of thirteen children of whom nine survive to mourn their loss. The children are: Mr. T. A. Spencer, Ellerbe; A. A. Spencer, Carthage, Mrs. J. L. Briles, Caraway; Mrs. Tina E Bruton, of Raleigh; Mrs. R. J. Harris of Dillon, S. C., Mrs. Frank Lassiter of Farmer; Mrs. J. F. Rush, Eudora, Kans.; E. C. Spencer of Farmer and Mrs. A. M. Macon, Climax, Rt. 1.

According to Find A Grave, Annie Spencer is buried in the Marlboro Friends Meeting Cemetery. A different obituary is attached to the Find A Grave memorial. Her daughter, Roxanna Spencer Briles is shown as being buried in Mt. Pleasant Community Church Cemetery.

Buckles Family

Have you ever had a photo hint open a door to a record that outlines relationships for an extended family? That’s what happened with the photo hint I had for Orilda Reed.

That image led me to the probate records for Henry Cunard and his wife, Priscilla Buckles. I find this record unique in that it identifies Priscilla’s siblings and some of her nieces and nephews.

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Your petitioner further show that the name and residence of teh heirs at law of said deceased, and other persons interested in said estate, as your petitioner is informed and believe are as follows:
Sally Wikoff wife Peter Wikoff
residing in the state of Iowa. John Buckles
of Buchanan Berrien County Michigan
Garvey Buckles residing in Indiana and
the heirs of William Buckles deceased late of Indiana
and the ehirs of Polly Reed deceased late of Indiana
and the heirs of George W. Buckles deceased late
of the state of Indiana Gerrett Cunrd of the
State of Ohio

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Des Moines Polk Co Iowa June 23
Received of John Buckles Administrator of the estate of Henry Cunard Deceased four hundred and seventy six dollars it being my share of the estate.
Sarah O Wykoff

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Received of John Buckels Administrator of the Estate of Henry Cunard deseised forty three dollars and 28 cents it being my share of the above mentioned me being one of the heirs of Mary Reed March the 30 1873
John Rickets
Orrilda Rickets

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Buchanan April 25 1873
Received of John Buckles Administrator of the Estate of Henry Cunard decesed four hundred and seventy six dollars it being my share of the above mentioned estate me being a brother and heir of said estate.
H[arve]y Buckles

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Mexico, Audrain County, Missouri
$43.28 to Celiclia P. Hendrix, daughter of Mary Reed
Mexico Audrain County MO
Received of JOhn Buckles Administrator of the estate of Henry CUnard deceased forty three dollars and twenty eight cents of $43.28 it being my share of the above mentioned estate being a daughter of Mary Reed, who is now deceased
Cecilia P. Hendrix

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this being our shear of the above mentioned (estate of Henry Cunard)
We being the legal airs and guardian of the estate of Samuel B. Rogers deseae he being one of the airs of Mary Reed
James A Rogers guardian & air
John W Rogers
Martha Earl
Mary Ressler

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Received Lincoln Neb
Feb 14th 1873
of John Buckles Administrator of the estate of Henry CUnard deceased. Forty three dn 28/200 dollars it being my share of the above mentioned
William D Johnson
Martha P Johnson

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Holton Kas March 22 1873
Received of John Buckles Administrator of the estate of Henry Cunard deceased, the sum of forth three dollars and twenty eight cents ($43.28) the same being my distribution share as one of the heirs of Mary Reed deceased, who was one of the heirs of Henry Cunard deceased.
G. W. Reed
C Broderick

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April 23 1873
Clinton Co Ia
Receovedo f John Buckles Administrator of the estate of Henry Cunard deceased forth three dollars and twnety eight cents $43.28 it being my share of the above mentioned estate being a son of Mary Reed who is now deceased
Charles Wesley Reed

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Received of John Buckels Administrator of the Estate of Henry Cunard Deceased forty three dollars and twenty eight cents in full of my share of the estate
January th 29 1873
James M Rogers
Received of John Buckels Administrator of the Estate of Henry Cunard Deceased forty three dollars and twenty eight cents in full of my share of the estate
January the 30 1873
Mary Deputy
Elias Deputy

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March the 22d 1873
Received of JOhn Buckles administrator of the estate of Henry Conard deseased forty three dollars and 28 cts this being my shear of the above mentioned me being one of the airs of Mary Reed
Ann Earl

Michigan, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1784-1980, Henry Cunard, 9 March 1857; digital images, ( : viewed online 6 February 2023). Original Source: Michigan County, District and Probate Courts.

Photo Hints

Do you work with Ancestry hints? If so, do you save the photos to your Ancestry tree? I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about many of these photos. I like seeing family photos and will at times save them to my tree, especially if it is of a direct ancestor or close cousin. However, my 728 screens of photo suggestions is mostly cemetery photos or images of records. Since my Ancestry tree is not my primary tree, I tend to ignore these images of tombstones and records. Instead, I try to locate the record and make sure it is attached in my RootsMagic file, attaching an image to the source in RootsMagic.

Thus, while working thru new hints on my tree, I was tempted to just ignore a photo hint for Orilda Reed Rickets.

However, when I opened the image, I could tell that this particular photo was worth learning more about.

Received of John Buckels Administrater of the Estate of Henry Cunard be seized forty three dollars and 28 cents it being my share of the above mentioned me being one of the heirs of Mary Reed March the 30 1873
John Rickets
Orriilda Rickets

Since Orilda Reed is my third great grandmother, I wanted to know more about this particular image. Fortunately, the image provided some clues to help me find the record:

  • Heir of Mary Reed — Mary Buckles Rogers Reed was the mother of Orilda Reed Ricketts
  • John Buckels, administrator — suggests a relationship on the Buckles side of Orilda’s tree
  • Henry Cunard – Mary Buckles Rogers Reed’s sister Priscilla was married to a Henry Cunard

While I haven’t done a lot of research of my BUCKLES ancestors, I did have Priscilla in my tree with Henry Cunard as her husband. However, I did not have a death date or place for Henry Cunard. Once I connected Henry Cunard in my file to the FamilySearch tree [L4b3-W6K], I had a death date (1858) and place (Berrien County, Michigan) to work with.

Knowing that Ancestry’s records included Indiana Wills and Probate records, I decided to search the catalog to see if Ancestry also had will and probate records for Michigan.

Thus, I searched the Michigan Wills and Probate records for Henry Cunard and found a record in Berrien County.

Henry Cunard’s probate file is extensive!

Reading the first few pages of this record, I was able to confirm that this record was for a Henry Cunard who had a wife named Priscilla.

Not only does the will identify Priscilla as the widow but it also provides a link to the BUKCLES family since money is left to Henry and George BUCKLES.

Later in the file, John BUCKLES is appointed administrator of the estate.

Thus, I’m fairly certain that his file is the source of the suggested photo hint for Orilda Reed Rickets. Digging thru this file, I was able to locate the receipt signed by John Rickets and Orrilda Rickets for Orrilda’s share of the estate of Henry Cunard.

It took a little digging, but I can now cite the image in my RootsMagic software for Orilda Reed. I can also add a citation for the probate record for Henry Cunard. With a little more digging thru the receipts, I can likely identify the siblings of Orilda and Priscilla. Thus, this one photo hint is going to help me document family relationships for the descendants of James Buckles.

Ostrander Cousin

Do you live in the same area as your ancestors? Or, are you like me and moved away from your ancestral home? My husband and I moved to northeast Kansas when we took teaching jobs. Neither of us have close relatives in the county.

However, I share several surnames with the early settlers of the county: Wells, Crandall, Thompson and of course, Smith. Those surnames are too common for me to expect to find a relationship. However, there is another surname in the local cemetery that I have claimed as my relative: Ostrander.

Charles Ostrander, his second wife, Carrie, and two of his children are buried in the Seneca City Cemetery. His Find a Grave memorial indicates he was born in 1837 in Albany County, New York, the son of Petrus and Margaret (Strafford) Ostrander. Since I recently found a copy of the book, Ostrander: A Genealogical Record 1660-1995 on, I think I can figure out his heritage.

Unfortunately, the book and FamilySearch have an 1845 birthdate for Charles Ostrander. Other details in the book support the information on the Find A Grave site.

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581 Charles Ostrander b 25 Dec 1845 Albany NY d 27 Aug 1921 Kansas City Mo ur Seneca KS cem m(1) 4 Jul 1860 Kankakee IL Louisa Gay b 4 Dec 844 Kankakee IL d 7 Jan 1931 Millersburg Il bur Millersburg cem, d/o James Gay and _ Children:
1315 Charles Burton b 9 Sep 1861

Charles m (2) 1872 Carrie Edwards b Jun 1849 McLean City IL bur Seneca KS cem res Pawnee City Ne, d/o William Edwards and _ _ Children:
1316 Getrude D. b Feb 1873 d Kansas City Mo bur Seneca cem
1317 Jessie dy bur Seneca Cem

If the Charles Ostrander buried in Seneca is #581 Charles Ostrander in the book, then his ancestry goes back to Pieter Pieterzen (Ostrander) and Rebecca Traphagen, oldest son of Pieter Pieterzen and Tryntje an de Lande.

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In his youth, Pieter would have been known as Pieter Pieterzen but by the time of his marriage in 1704 to Rachel Dingman, his name as bridgegroom was registered in the Dutch church at Kingston, New York, as Pieter Ostrander, marking the first appearance of the surname in the spelling as it is now commonly accepted. the wedding took place not at Kingston but in the home of the bride’s parents in Kinderhook, across the river from Albany, and perhaps as a forecast of the many spelling variants that would be used until well into the nineteenth century, the name of the bridegroom was registered in the Albany Dutch Reformed Church on 31 May 1704, five days earlier than in Kingston, as “Pieter Van Oostrant”.
Rachel Dingman was the fourth of seven children born to Adam Dingman and Aeltie Gardenier. Adam Dingman had immigrated at an unknown date from Harlem, Holland, and by 1663 was living in Greenbush, New York. In 1669, the year of his marriage to Aeltie Gardenier, Adam bought a house and farm he was renting in Kinderhook from his father-in-law, Jacob Janse Gardenier, known in his younger years as Jacob Janse Flodder. this man, Rachel Dingman’s grandfather, had done very well for himself since immigrating in 1638 as a servant or helper from Kampen, Overyssel

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province, Holland. Four years later he was appointed as contract carpenter at Rensselawerwyck, and from there he went on to become an operator of grist and saw mills in Greenbush and Bethlehem, builder and owner of a mill at nearby Firth Kill, owner of land near the water gate in Albany, owner of property on the north side of wall Street in Albany which he parceled off and sold as lots, and owner of a sloop that carried mail and merchandise up and down the Hudson. Gardenier was one of the early settlers of Kinderhook, having bought land there from Mohican Indians in 1667. At the time of his death in 1688, Jacob Janse Gardenier owned approximately a thousand acres of land.
In 1684 Adam Dingman and Aeltie Gardenier bought from Jacob Janse Gardenier another fenced property and house, this one on the south and east sides of Kinderhook hill, and in 1684 they made another land purchase in Kinderhook from Maas Cornelisse Van Bloemendaal, the husband of Aeltie’s half sister, Jacomyntje. In 1675 and 1676 when local inhabitants built and maintained their own roads. Adam Dingman served as roadmaster of Kinderhook. In April 1679 he commenced a year’s service as deputy sheriff.
Pieter Ostrander Jr and Rachel Dingman made their home in Hurley, three miles west of Kingston in Ulster County, New York. In 1714 his name appeared as a Hurley inhabitant owning property assessed at twenty pounds sterling, while on the same list his father, Pieter Ostrander Sr. is shown as a freeholder with property assessed at eighty five pounds. A freeholder was a person whose income from land amounted to at least forty shillings a years, and with that distinction came the right to vote and exercise a voice in government. Anyone with less income was listed as an inhabitant only without voting privileges.
The two Pieters, father and son, were the only Ostranders on the 1714 list, but in a 1728 sheriff’s list of 380 Ulster County names, Pieter Jr and his younger brothers Arent, Theunis and Hendrick were all shown as freeholders. Pieter Ostrander Sr their father was not listed, indicating perhaps that he had distributed some of his landholdings among his sons. It is noteworthy that four years previously, in 1724, Pieter Sr. then seventy one years old, had refused to pay his taxes. The matter was laid before th Ulster County supervisors but before action was taken, the third son in the family, Arent, came forward with the money on his father’s behalf.
In 1717, a year of uneasy peace, Pieter Ostrander Jr. thirty seven years old and with seven children, served as a private in the Ulster County militia company of Captain Wessel ten Brock.
Pieter Pieterzen b 1652 in Holland m 19 Jan 1679 Rebecca Traphagen in Kingston, New York

5 Pieter Ostrander b ca 1680 Ulster Co NY m 4 Jun 1704 RDC Kingston, Ulster CO Rachel Dingman b ca 1683 Kinderhook, Columbia Co NY d/o Adam Dingman and Aeltic Gardenier
18 Rebecca bpt 13 Jan 1706 RDC Albany, Albany Co NY
19 Adam bpt 12 Jan 1707
20 Petrus bpt 6 Feb 1709 RDC Albany
21 Catrina bpt 4 Feb 171
22 Alida bpt 21 Mar 1714 RDC Kingston
23 Willem bpt 12 Jun 1715 DC Kingston
24 Jacob bpt 24 Mar 1717
25 Johannes bpt 6 Dec 1719 RDC Kingston
26 Alia / Alida bpt 23 Sep 1722
27 Isaac bpt 30 May 1725
28 Sarah bpt 25 Feb 1728 RDC Kingston

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24 Jacob Ostrander bpt 24 Mar 1717 RDC Kingston, Ulster Co NY m17 Apr 1740 Rhinebeck Flats RDC Rhinebeck, Dutchess Co NY Jacomyntje Ostrander bpt 20 Dec 1719 RDC Kinston d/o Arrent Ostrander and Geertruy Maasen an Bloemendaal
42 Petrus bpt 6 Jul 1740
43 Johannes bpt 19 Apr 1742
44 Isaac bpt 12 Octr 1746
45 Cornelius Mas bpt 4 Jan 1749
46 Sarah b 4 Sep 1750
47 Leah bpt 27 Mar 1754 m Jonathan Ostrander of the Arent branch bpt 13 Jan 1748
48 Hendrick b 24 Sep 1756
49 Gerrit b 26 May 1760 bpt 1 Jun 1760 Rhinebeck Flats RDC, Rhinebeck d before 1787.

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42 Petrus Ostrander bpt 6 Jul 1740 RDC Kingston, Ulster Co NY d Jun 1815 Bern Albany Co NY m Albany NY Catharina Ehring d/o Karel/Carl Ehring and Catharine _
90 Jacob b 19 Jun 1773
91 Charles b ca 1773
92 Wilem b ca 1775
93 Petrus b 14 Apr 1777 bpt 19 May 1777 RDC Albany, Albany Co
94 Catharine b 24 Jul 1779
95 Hendrick b 15 Apr 1781 bpt 7 May 1781 GIlead Lutheran Church Center Brunswick, Rensselear Co NY
96 Marta
97 Samuel b 2 Jul 1785
98 Christian b 15 Jan 1787 bpt 3 Apr 787 Trinity Lutheran Church West Sand Lake Rensseleaer Co NY d 16 Nov 1872 New Salem RDC Albany Co m 26 Jan 1811 Helena Van Aerman b ca 1790 d 14 Dec 1863 bur Fairview cem Guilderland NY d/o Isaac Van Aernam and
99 Jemima b 4 Oct 1787

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97 Samuel Ostrander b 2 Jul 1785 bpt 17 Jul 1785 Trinity Lutheran Church, West Sand Lake, Rensselaer Co NY d Apr 1855 Duanesburg Schnenctady Co NY bur Princetown RDC Duanesburg m Catharien Westvall/Westfall b 1786 d Oct 1869 bur Princetown RDC Children

page 14 – children continued
197 Petrus b 2 Nov 1805
198 Barbara N
199 Catharine M _ Leiws 200 Samuel Jr b 1818 201 John b Oct 1829 202 Mary b 1831 res Cobleskill NY m _ Fuller

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197 Petrus Ostrander b 2 Nov 1805 bpt 6 Apr 1806 Helderbergh Reformed Dutch Church, Guilderland NY d 1868 Kankaer IL es 1850 Iroquois Co Il m Margaret Strafford b 1811 NY d 1855 Shawnee KS bur Shawnee d/o Charles and _
577 Samuel b 1837 NY
578 John b 1840 NY
579 Peter b 1842 NY
580 Martin b 1844 NY
581 Charles b 25 Dec 1845
582 Ira b 1846 NY
583 Ellen b 1852 IL

Ostrander: A Genealogical Record 1660-1995 on

If this is the correct lineage, then Charles Ostrander of Seneca, Kansas would be my 5th cousin 3 times removed.

Ostrander Find

Have you ever seen a Facebook post mentioning one of your family surnames that leads to a conversation in the comments? I recently had such a conversation when another genealogist posted a surname roll-call. In the responses to that post, another Facebook user posted the OSTRANDER surname. In that conversation, I was asked if I had seen the ‘Big Ostrander’ book. Since I haven’t done a lot of research on my Ostrander line, I decided to see if I could find the ‘Big Ostrander’ book. Thus, I searched various sites that have digital copies of books.

I was able to find the book, Ostrander: A Genealogical Record 1660-1995, on I was able to ‘check out’ the book for an hour at a time to locate information about my Ostrander ancestry. This book traces the descendants of Pieter Pieterzeen who married Rebecca Traphagen in Kingston, New York in 1679. According to the book, his son Pieter was the first to use the Ostrander surname in New York.

His name as bridgegroom was registered in the Dutch church at Kingston, New York, as Pieter Ostrander

I was able to find my Ostrander lineage from my great-great grandmother, Mary Foster Crawford back to Jacob Ostrander (bpt 1706), son of Pieter Ierterzen and Rebecca Traphagen.

  • 15961 – Mary Foster Crawford (1842-1929)
  • 15800 – Caroline Ostrander Foster (1814-1871)
  • 15704 – Evert / Edward Ostrander (1769-1835)
  • 15680 – Harmanus Ostrander (1729-1802)
  • 13 – Jacob Ostrander (bpt 1706)
  • Pieter Pierterzen and Rebecca Traphagen

Below is what I’ve transcribed for my line of this Dutch family.

page 586

At one time in the past suggestion was made that Jacob was the Jacob Ostrander who was listed as a fence viewer and pound master in Ballston, Saratoga County, when that community was organized as a town in 1788. There is no evidence to corroborate this assumption, and Jacob would have reached eighty two years of age at this time, a lifetime of unusual longevity in the colonial period. Indications are that he lived his entire adult life in Ulster County.
It is more likely that the 1788 Ballston fence viewer and pound baster was Jacob’s son, Jacobus, born in 1731, whose name appears in records as Jacob, Jacobz and Jacobus. Jacobus was an early resident of the Ballston area before Saratoga County was organized and possibly as early as before the American Revolution. He moved from Shawangunk in Ulster County and appeared in records of the Reformed Dutch Church at Schaghticoke at Renssselaerwyck in Rensselaer County before the Revolution.
It was not often that the names Jacob and Jacobus were used interchangeably. A man named Jacobus might shorten his name to Cobus or anglicize it to James, while the name Jacob remained unchanged in both Dutch and English. On the other hand, Jacobus and his brother Jacob were the exception. Jacobus recorded himself as Jacob Ostrander when he appeared with his wife, Elizabeth Andrew, at the baptism of their daughter Rachel at the Schaghticoke church 12 Oct 1768. In reverse, Jacob recorded himself as Jacobus Ostrander when he and his wife Martha Bishop recorded the 11 Feb 1770 birth of their daughter Marytie in the Shawangunk Reformed Dutch Church.

13 Jacob Ostrander b Hurley, Ulster Co NY bpt 13 Jan 1706 Albany RDC Albany Co NY m 11 Nov 1726 DC Kingston Ulster Co, Maritje Roosa bpt 8 Sep 1706 DC Kingston, d/o Evert Roosa and Tietje Van Etten. Children.

15679 Catrina bpt 10 Sep 1727
15680 Harmanus bpt 22 Jun 1729
15681 Jacobs b 1731
15682 Evert bpt 30 Sep 1733 DC Kingston. On 24 Jun 1755 at Schenectady, New York. Evert was enrolled for service in the French and Indian War as a private in Captain William McGinnis’ company of militia. Eight companies of a hundred men each were raised specifically “to build one or more forts nigh Crown Point.” Each private received a bounty of twenty three shillings and sixpence for enlisting and pay at the rate of one shilling three pence per day. His outfit was “a blanket, a good Lappeld coat, a Felt hat, one Shirt, two pairs Ozanbrige Trousers, one pair shoes, one pair of Stockings”. These recruits might have been part of the colonial troops under Sir William Johnson that defeated French and Indian forces under Baron Dieskau at Lake George in New York on 8 sep 1755

15683 Abraham bpt 7 Dec 1735 DC Kingston
15684 Helena bpt 31 Mar 1738
15685 Rachel bpt 25 May 1740
15686 Johannes bpt 21 Sep 1742
15687 Mareitje bpt 12 May 1745
15688 Jacob bpt 27 Mar 1748

15680 Harmanus Ostrander b 22 Jun 1729 DC Kingston, Ulster Co NY d 3 Apr 1802 res Wallkill NY m 25 Dec 1751 RDC Shawangunk Ulster Co. Barbara Terwilliger b Shawangunk d 29 Nov 1800/1806. Children:

15697 Jacob b 2 Sep 1753
15698 Georgius Wilhelmus bpt 24 Aug 1755
15699 Annetje bpt 13 Feb 1757
15700 Evert bpt 21 Nov 1759 RDC Shwawangunk dy.
15701 Marytje bpt 8 Mar 1761
15702 Catharine bpt 21 Nov 1762

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15703 Sarah bpt 31 May 1767 RDC New Paltz NY d Jan 1832
15704 Evert/Edward bpt 22 Nov 1769
15705 Jacobus bpt 30 Aug 1771
15706 Jane
During the Revolution, Harmanus served as a private in Colonel Johannes Jansens’ 4th Ulster militia regiment. Nearly fifty years old at the time, he would have been at the upper age limit for militia service.

page 589

15704 Evert / Edward Ostrander b 22 Nov 1769 Troy, Rensselaer CO NY bpt 24 Dec 1769 RDC Shawangunk Ulster Co NY d 24 May 1835 Kingston Ross Co OH bur Crouse Cem. Green Twp Ross Co m (1) 11 May 1796 New York City Presb Ch. Margaret Forbes b 30 May 1772 d 8 Aug 1824 Kinston bur Crouse Cem Children;

15792 Graham b 7 Mar 1797 bpt 26 Mar 1797 RDC Schaghticoke Rensselaer Co.
15793 Sara b 28 Nov 1798
15794 Eliza Ann b 19 Jun 1800 bpt 13 Jul 1800 RDC Schaghticoke m _ Davis
15795 Maria Fort b 3 Jan 1802
15796 Anthony Miller b 9 Oct 1803
15797 Jemima b 28 Mar 1805 d 1880 res Indiana m Samuel Brand
15798 Edward b 16 Feb 1807 bpt First Presb Ch Troy
15799 George Graham b 4 Feb 1810 First Presb Ch Troy
15800 Caroline b 23 Mar 1814
15801 Harriet b 25 Jun 1816

Evert/Edward m (2) 14 Mar 1827 Margery Sharp, d/o John Sharp and Elizabeth Denny. After Evert/Edward’s death, Margery married James McLee 22 Oct 1844
In 1813 Dr. Evert/Edward settled on the McCoy farm near Mt. Pleasant Church at Kingston, Ross County Ohio. The first physician to settle in the township, he continued in active practice until his death. Dr. Evert/Edward was instrumental in building a rough log school-house, near the old Mt. Pleasant Church, in about 1815. It was a subscription school, each scholar being assessed two and a half dollars.

page 595
15800 Caroline Ostrander b 23 Mar 1814 Kingston, Ross Co Oh d 3 Jun 1871 Warren Co IN bur Redwood Cem Steuben Twp., Warren Co IN m 14 Feb 1833 Zebulon Foster b 19 Aug 1808 Pike CO OH d 5 Sep 1889 Steuben Twp bur Redwood Cem.
15958 Edward Foster b 20 Nov 1833 Warren Co d 6 Jan 1908 bur Armstrong IL m 24 Aug 1856 Vermilion Co IL, Sarah Ann Tillotson b 15 Jan 1835 Warren Co d 5 Aug 1907 bur Armstrong
15959 Rachel Foster b 20 May 1837 Warren Co m (1) 22 Oct 1856 William B Creider b 10 Apr 1829 Montgomery Co OH Rachel m (2) Joel C. Briggs
15960 Elizabeth W. Foster b 1840 res West Lebanon, Warren Co m 13 Feb 1854 George T. Bell.
15961 Mary Foster b 28 Aug 1842 d 21 Jan 1929 KS res Dodge City, Ford Co KS m 4 Mar 1860 Washington M. Crawford
15962 William Foster b 25 Jun 1846 d 23 Nov 1907 Danville IL bur West Lebanon m Laura __ d 1899
15963 Harriet Foster b 14 Oct 1848
Caroline raised her sister’s three orphaned children. After Caroline’s death, Zebulon married Mrs. Juliet Fleming Russell on 31 Aug 1876.

Emmet Ostrander Vinton Ostrander and Collin Ostrander, Ostrander: A Genealogical Record 1660-1995 (Marceline, Missouri: Wallsworth Publishing Company, n.d.), page 586, 587, 589, 595; digital images,, viewed online 3 February 2023.

This book of Ostrander family information could be compared to a family tree. While I will need to locate sourcing to support (or disprove) all of this information, it provides dates and places to look for sourcing.

Another piece of vital information in this book was found in the appendix: a list of the various spellings of the family names.

Whether I’ve found the ‘big book’ of Ostrander information or not, I’ve found a valuable tool that I likely would not have found without the Facebook comments prompting me to look.

NOTE: In order to get a screenshot of the appendix, I learned to use the developer tools in Google Chrome to take a screenshot. Every other method I tried was distorted. To do this I followed the directions on the site, “How to take a screenshot in Chrome without an extension

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1)  We all have genealogy-related tasks that we “need” to do.  What are yours?

2) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link on this post if you write your own blog post.

What do I need to do? Do I have a formal list? Unfortunately, no. However, my list will look a lot like Randy Seaver’s list.


  • Sort thru photo albums to separate family photos from vacation photos of just scenery.
  • Scan family photos
  • Make sure all family photos are labeled
  • Clean up my files removing duplicate images of the same photo
  • Transfer any genealogy related photos from my ‘Pictures’ folder to my genealogy exhibits folder
  • Verify that I have shared photos of ancestors on FamilySearch


  • Finish converting census facts to residence facts
  • Verify that census sources are for digital images of the census versus old handwritten notes
  • Create narrative reports for ancestors and siblings of ancestors to check sentence structure and sourcing
  • Copy narrative report into WikiTree profiles I manage
  • Review Kansas newspaper sources to replace handwritten notes with digital images of the papers have been digitized

Paper Files

  • Make sure notes have been scanned
  • Update sourcing to today’s standards, making sure pdf file or image is attached to the source
  • Discard any handwritten census notes


  • Kansas courthouses to obtain images of deeds and other records to replace sourcing that only referenced an index
  • Affiliate libraries or Family History centers to obtain images of land and probate records for my ancestors
  • Kansas State Historical Society Archive to obtain images of newspaper items not available digitally
  • MidWest Genealogy Library, St. Louis Public Library, county historical societies to continue research especially for my CRAWFORD line


  • Merge Places
  • Add abbreviations to places
  • Merge Sources
  • Merge Citations
  • Update sourcing to today’s standards


  • Continue connecting RootsMagic individuals to the FamilySearch tree
  • Add photos and images of documents to Memories on FamilySearch


  • Continue sharing my RootsMagic tree to Ancestry
  • Continue updating research on my 3rd great grandparents


  • Continue verifying ThruLines matches
  • Continue adding descendants to my tree
  • Continue trying to figure out yDNA matches