Sharing WWI Letters

#Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

On Sundays, I often blog in response to Randy Seaver’s Genealogy Saturday Night Fun challenge. Since Randy’s wife recently broke her hip, he has been spending a lot of time with her and her needs. Thus, this week’s challenge was slightly different.

GENEALOGY POT LUCK!!

Whatever genealogy fun you want to do – please spend an hour and do it!  Then tell us about it in your own blog post, and leave a comment here which I will add to the Comments after moderation.

In thinking about uncompleted projects, I decided to share the letters my grandmother received from her twin brother, Paul Mentzer, during World War I. Since I had already scanned the letters, I thought all I had to do to share them was upload them to his profile on FamilySearch.

Unfortunately, this simple project wasn’t quite that simple. Even though the scanned images had unique file names, FamilySearch viewed some of them as duplicates. This prevented me from being able to upload all of the images of the letters.

To get around this setback, I created word documents from the images for each letter and saved those documents as PDF files. This allowed me to upload the PDF files as documents.

Thanks to Randy’s challenge the following letters are no longer buried in my files but shared on Paul Mentzer‘s profile on FamilySearch along with the profile of his twin sister, Pauline Mentzer (Mrs. Briles).

  • September 1917
  • November 1917 (postcard)
  • December 1917
  • April 1918
  • August 1918
  • October 1918
  • November 1918
  • January 1919
  • January 1919 (postcard)

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

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)  Consider your Birth Surname families – the ones from your father back through his father all the way back to the first of that surname in your family group sheets or genealogy database.  List the father’s name, and lifespan years.

2)  Use your paper charts or genealogy software program to create a Descendants chart (dropline or graphical) that provide the children and their children (i.e., up to the grandchildren of each father in the surname list).


3)  Count how many children they had (with all spouses), and the children of those children in your records and/or database.  Add those numbers to the list.  See my example below!  [Note: Do not count the spouses of the children]


4)  What does this list of children and grandchildren tell you about these persons in your birth surname line?  Does this task indicate areas that you need to do more research to fill out families and find potential cousins?

My Crawford lineage

  • James Crawford (1772-1854) married Sally Smith Duggins and had 2 children and 13 children
  • Nelson G. Crawford (1808-1864) married Martha Smith and had 8 children and had 22 grandchildren
  • Washington Marion Crawford (1838-1889) married Mary Foster and had 5 children and 20 grandchildren
  • Judson Foster Crawford (1866-1949) married Josie Hammond and had 7 children and 24 grandchildren
  • Leon Russel Crawford (1894-1976) married Winnie Letha Currey and had 3 children with only one surviving to adulthood and 3 grandchildren

So, what have I learned?

  • James Crawford (1772-1854) may have had more children. However, no records tying another child to this family have been found.
  • I learned to use a different format for the RootsMagic 7 Descendant list report.

Below is a copy of that report:

James Crawford (17 Apr 1772-5 Jul 1854)
+Sarah “Sally” Smith (25 Feb 1770-2 May 1856)
. . . . . 2-Polly Crawford (aft 1799-)
. . . . . +John Nelson Stoner (11 Sep 1801-Feb 1854)
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Mary Ann Stoner (16 May 1823-14 May 1901)
. . . . . . . . . . +Jacob Franklin Wikel (21 Mar 1825-23 Aug 1892)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Matilda Wikel (abt 1845-bef 1880)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Reason Nidey (May 1839-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Mathias Laten Nidey (Apr 1862-1908)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Daniel Jerome Wanick (Jul 1839-30 Apr 1914)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Lewis Wanick (1864-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Cora A Wanick (Nov 1866-1948)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Ida Waynick (Sep 1869-1951)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-James Roscoe Waynick (18 Dec 1874-26 Sep 1940)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Minnie A Wanick (23 Aug 1877-13 Sep 1932)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Maria Wikel (abt 1848-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +A. Aron Mason (abt 1844-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Flora Mason (abt 1869-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Oliver A Mason (abt 1871-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Laura C. Mason (24 Nov 1872-18 Jan 1903)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Rissella C. Mason (abt 1874-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Ellen O. Mason (abt 1879-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William N. Wikel (3 Jan 1856-2 Jun 1932)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Azubah Ann Grant (7 Feb 1854-24 Apr 1921)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Mary Luella Wikle (2 Oct 1875-14 Jul 1952)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Jacob Franklin Wikle (abt 1875-3 Jan 1930)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Minnie Gertrude Wikle (4 May 1880-28 Jan 1951)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Rachel S. Wikle (May 1888-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-William E. Wikle (5 Oct 1885-8 Jun 1920)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-James Lafayette Wikel (abt 1853-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Melvina Jane Green (22 Feb 1856-24 Jan 1889)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Rosetta Wikel (1874-1874)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Charles Ervin Wikel (7 Feb 1876-20 Jan 1964)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Elizabeth Magdelene Wikel (1878-1880)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Lily Arabell Wikel (1880-1880)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-William LeRoy Wikel (1880-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Daniel Wiley Wikel (abt 1858-10 Mar 1930)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Lolamontes Elizabeth Denney (28 Feb 1865-14 Sep 1896)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Leslie Aris Wikel (13 Nov 1884-9 Jun 1959)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Mabel Maglene Wikel (2 Oct 1886-16 Dec 1950)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Lula Mary Wikel (25 Mar 1883-26 Jan 1965)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Nora Pearl Wikel (3 Apr 1890-30 Oct 1970)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Blanch Wikel (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Fred Alonzo Wikel (8 Aug 1896-3 Sep 1927)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Martha J. Wikel (1860-26 Dec 1886)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Wiliam Overholtz (1869-26 Aug 1888)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-George Vern Overholtz (21 Jul 1885-28 Jul 1942)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-John W Overholtz (2 Dec 1885-17 Nov 1950)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Jacob Andrew Wikel (13 Feb 1865-13 Apr 1905)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Mary Augusta Denney (28 May 1869-11 Nov 1958)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Russell Herbert Wikle (31 Aug 1888-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Edna Marie Wikle (1 Dec 1902-1990)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Maude L Wikel (15 Mar 1890-29 May 1977)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Martha Jane Wikel (1860-1893)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Simon Peter Beckdolt (Aug 1856-20 Dec 1900)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Viola Mae Beckdolt (1882-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Goldie Beatrice Beckdolt (24 Dec 1887-14 Dec 1960)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Claude Jacobe Elery Beckdolt (1892-1938)
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Matilda Caroline Stoner (28 Aug 1827-6 Jun 1913)
. . . . . . . . . . +William Harrison Fields (13 Jun 1824-23 May 1917)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Elizabeth Fields (abt 1842-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-John Martin Fields (14 Dec 1845-8 Jan 1936)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Margaret  (-29 Mar 1966)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Clifford Fields (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Harold Fields (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Alecia Fields (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Sarah Diehl (1849-5 Dec 1924)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Charles Fields (Feb 1870-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Mary E Fields (Sep 1871-8 Jun 1942)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-John F. Fields (17 Sep 1874-15 May 1931)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Rebecca Belle Fields (21 Feb 1880-21 Sep 1965)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-David N Fields (abt 1849-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Martha Jane Fields (1850-1945)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +McKee (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Christopher D Fields (1853-1860)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Sarah Ann Fields (abt 1856-1926)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Robert Graham (1866-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Robert C Graham (abt 1892-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-J. W. Graham (abt 1897-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Andrew Jackson Fields (1858-1860)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Joseph F Fields (abt 1860-1955)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William Edward Fields (20 Oct 1863-3 May 1946)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Nancy Elizabeth Tremain (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Mabel Francis Fields (1897-1971)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Mary Caroline Fields (30 Jan 1892-10 Jun 1986)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Edna Jane Fields (1898-1974)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Charles D Fields (abt 1864-1939)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Richard H Fields (1867-1868)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Valla Fields (abt 1869-1930)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +_____ Kern (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Onie P Kern (Mar 1889-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Jessie D Kern (May 1891-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-George M Kern (Jun 1894-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Harry L Kern (Aug 1897-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Benoni Fields (1871-1873)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alden Asberry Fields (2 Dec 1874-24 Nov 1935)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Susan C Boley (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Orpha M. Fields (Jan 1897-1968)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Gladys M Fields (Aug 1898-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Paul A Fields (abt 1900-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Opal D Fields (31 Jul 1916-12 May 1993)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Charlotte M Fields (abt 1903-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-William Frank Fields (abt 1906-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Ethel Alda Fields (abt 1907-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Guy L. Fields (abt 1912-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Alice O Fields (abt 1919-)
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Nelson Crawford Stoner (24 Nov 1829-24 Jun 1910)
. . . . . . . . . . +Elizabeth F. Deatherage (14 Jul 1842-11 Jun 1927)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-George Stoner (Dec 1882-5 Aug 1959)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Otillie Jacobsmeyer (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Helen Stoner (1907-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Samuel Ferdinand Stoner (abt 1916-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lona Stoner (21 May 1870-13 Jul 1953)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Lewis C. Wilkey (1870-1949)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Pearl K. Wilkey (1897-1985)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Sylvia Wilkey (1900-1986)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Joseph Oscar Stoner (16 Feb 1872-18 Oct 1965)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Janie Elizabeth Richardson (11 Feb 1874-19 Sep 1926)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Walter J Stoner (9 May 1896-18 Jun 1969)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Emma Stoner (8 Aug 1874-31 Jan 1878)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Margaret Jane Stoner (3 Jul 1876-10 Sep 1964)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Joseph Yancey Turner (24 Feb 1856-6 Aug 1920)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Onie Eugene Turner (1897-2002)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Helen Elizabeth Turner (1911-2005)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William R Stoner (10 Aug 1879-24 Mar 1957)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Sammie E. Stoner (24 Aug 1886-8 Jul 1898)
. . . . . . . . . . +Eliza Moore (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mary Stoner (16 Apr 1854-16 Sep 1854)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-John Stoner (16 Apr 1854-16 Sep 1854)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Charles Nelson Stoner (abt 1855-1909)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Martha Ann Elizabeth Shipman (8 Feb 1858-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-John Nelson Stoner (11 Oct 1878-10 Oct 1966)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Ada Stoner (8 Jul 1888-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Earnest Charles Stoner (6 Jan 1883-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Edward Stoner (5 Feb 1885-1925)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Mary Stoner (Sep 1890-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Bertha Frances Stoner (4 May 1892-5 Mar 1954)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-William Stoner (Mar 1897-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Robert Louis Stoner (Dec 1899-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Edward Stoner (2 Jun 1857-1 Mar 1940)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Douglas Stoner (abt 1859-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Stephen A Stoner (abt 1860-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Sarah J Stoner (abt 1866-)
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Susan Stoner (abt 1834-)
. . . . . . . . . . +George Witters (29 Oct 1827-15 Aug 1859)
. . . . . . . . . . +Samuel Kirkland (-)
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Martha Jane Stoner (abt 1837-)
. . . . . . . . . . +Jonathan Sheffer (8 Jul 1840-4 Jun 1930)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Emma Shaffer (abt 1864-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Albert F. Shaffer (18 May 1866-4 Nov 1894)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Laura A. Shaffer (abt 1869-9 Jul 1901)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Abner Needham (abt 1846-12 Sep 1930)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Chester Needham (29 Apr 1889-16 Oct 1943)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Russell Jacob Needham (Jan 1892-1964)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Frederick Needham (Mar 1896-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Laura Lovina Needham (11 Feb 1891-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Emma Needham (Jun 1899-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Charles E. Sheffer (May 1870-)
. . . . . 2-Nelson G. Crawford (17 Oct 1808-21 Mar 1864)
. . . . . +Martha Smith (3 Aug 1815-1 Aug 1871)
. . . . . . . . . . 3-James H. Crawford (19 Jun 1834-8 Jul 1908)
. . . . . . . . . . +Esther L. _____ (abt 1848-)
. . . . . . . . . . +Eliza Jane Swisher (14 Jul 1835-8 Jul 1892)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mary M. Crawford (Feb 1852-20 Mar 1852)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William N. Crawford (27 Mar 1856-21 Mar 1928)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Katie Kreigh (7 Nov 1870-7 May 1968)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Percy Ernest Crawford (26 Aug 1893-5 Mar 1978)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Lillian H. Crawford (Jul 1896-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Agnes Crawford (Sep 1898-31 Jul 1934)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-John Edgar Crawford (18 Feb 1859-16 Sep 1941)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Eva C Bowlus (Mar 1862-26 Apr 1935)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Charles Henry Crawford (26 Feb 1861-22 Oct 1861)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Abraham Lincoln Crawford (Sep 1863-18 Dec 1919)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Hattie  (abt 1868-abt 18 Nov 1939)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ada Jane “Jennie” Crawford (7 Nov 1868-5 Feb 1930)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Robert H. Hazleton (Apr 1863-4 Nov 1932)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Harold Robert Hazleton (27 Sep 1895-27 Aug 1944)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Irma Hazleton (13 Jul 1897-4 Jan 1975)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Edith Lucile Hazleton (30 Jun 1900-25 Apr 1979)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Henry Clay Crawford (2 Feb 1862-20 Nov 1944)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Margaret Effie Sizelove (26 Aug 1874-18 Sep 1939)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Nelson Gordon Crawford (Mar 1896-12 Nov 1908)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Guy Leon Crawford (7 Jul 1897-18 Mar 1927)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Margaret Jane Crawford (23 Sep 1901-23 Sep 1973)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Clara V. Crawford (abt 1874-2 Nov 1917)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Jessie George Schmuesser (28 Jul 1876-1957)
. . . . . . . . . . 3-William C. Crawford (28 Nov 1835-6 Nov 1860)
. . . . . . . . . . +Mary E. Bell (8 Oct 1835-3 Jun 1880)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William Clay Crawford (30 Jan 1861-bef 16 Apr 1929)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Anna Elizabeth Paul (Jun 1865-1935)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Clarence Clay Crawford (1 May 1887-26 Aug 1937)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Paul William Crawford (25 Oct 1889-17 Jan 1959)
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Mary Elizabeth Crawford (21 Apr 1838-27 Feb 1916)
. . . . . . . . . . +Elisha Vance Briggs (30 Nov 1835-29 Dec 1922)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ella Briggs (21 Nov 1858-9 Mar 1861)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Colvin Garrett Briggs (30 May 1860-23 Mar 1925)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Fannie Biser (6 Feb 1862-30 Oct 1951)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Madge Briggs (9 Oct 1883-May 1967)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Maude Briggs (15 Oct 1887-21 Sep 1962)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Marion Briggs (abt 1862-bef 1925)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lauretta Bertha Briggs (24 Mar 1866-28 Aug 1946)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Martha J. Briggs (7 Feb 1868-27 Aug 1961)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Eustace Crudge (-1951)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Arnet Vance Crudge (30 Jun 1897-13 Sep 1961)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Arthur B. Crudge (3 Mar 1899-21 Oct 1977)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lura K. Briggs (13 Nov 1874-24 Nov 1905)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +William C. Odle (-)
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Washington Marion Crawford (21 Apr 1838-23 Aug 1889)
. . . . . . . . . . +Mary Foster (28 Aug 1842-21 Jan 1929)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ida Kate Crawford (18 Dec 1862-7 Mar 1934)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Alva Oris Sherman (Oct 1859-8 Jan 1935)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Jessie Sherman (abt 1891-abt 1894)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Arthur Judson Sherman (6 Aug 1893-2 Aug 1940)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Grace B. Sherman (6 Mar 1895-27 Jan 1989)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Frederick Marion Sherman (26 Aug 1900-7 Apr 1965)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Jean Everett Sherman (12 Jun 1902-18 Oct 1968)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Judson Foster Crawford (15 Apr 1866-19 Feb 1949)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Josie Winifred Hammond (9 Feb 1874-27 Sep 1954)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Bernice Crawford (4 Mar 1892-2 Aug 1959)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Leon Russel Crawford (6 Feb 1894-3 Oct 1976)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Marion Richmond Crawford (24 Oct 1895-29 Jun 1920)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Helen Marjorie Crawford (30 Apr 1900-1 Nov 1971)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Hugh Judson Crawford (16 Sep 1902-7 Aug 1987)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Esther Stella Crawford (6 Feb 1905-7 Jul 1987)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Lois Elida Crawford (10 Nov 1909-18 Jan 1972)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Carrie A Crawford (10 Feb 1870-20 Jul 1886)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lida A Crawford (22 Dec 1871-13 Dec 1945)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Alvin Hamilton Lighter (15 May 1864-Jun 1942)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Ethel Anita Lighter (1 Jul 1898-8 Nov 1980)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Oren Wesley Lighter (24 Jan 1900-28 Feb 1900)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Kenneth Arden Lighter (25 Jan 1901-18 Jan 1957)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-_____ Lighter (abt 1903-2 Jun 1903)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Anne Marie Lighter (25 Jun 1904-6 Nov 1994)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Dorothy Alice Lighter (27 Aug 1906-10 Jul 1975)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Chester Ellis Lighter (28 Jun 1908-30 Apr 1969)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Vera Elma Lighter (15 Jul 1911-16 Sep 1997)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Nelson Garfield Crawford (29 Oct 1881-10 May 1957)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Cora B. Adams (abt 1882-6 Dec 1947)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Grace Nicoll Stateler (-)
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Sarah Amanda Crawford (abt 1840-15 Jun 1876)
. . . . . . . . . . +Harrison S. Woodward (abt 1841-14 May 1863)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Catherine Woodward (22 May 1863-9 Jun 1899)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +John A. Baughman (-aft 1899)
. . . . . . . . . . +Harmon M. Billings (29 Jan 1842-26 Oct 1914)
. . . . . . . . . . 3-_____ Crawford (bef 1842-8 Apr 1842)
. . . . . . . . . . 3-Celia Carrie Crawford (10 Dec 1851-30 May 1940)
. . . . . . . . . . +Dr. Daniel DeVinney Rose (28 May 1843-18 Jun 1929)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Elsie Rose (14 May 1885-25 Mar 1984)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +William Glen Smart (1879-1965)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Marion Dean Smart (11 Jun 1911-7 Aug 1994)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-John Smart (11 Sep 1909-11 Apr 2001)
. . . . . . . . . . 3-_____ Crawford (5 Nov 1859-22 Nov 1859)



What Happened Then?

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — What Happened On Your Mother’s Birth Date?

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:  It’s Saturday Night again – 
Time for some more 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)  What day was your Mother born? Where was she born?  What day of the week was it?  Tell us how you found out.

2) What has happened in recorded history on your Mother’s birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.

3)  What famous people have been born on your Mother’s birth date?  Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.

Instead of doing this for my mother, I’m going to use my grandmother, Winnie Letha Currey.

  • Born 30 Jun 1903
  • Born in Lansing, Leavenworth County, Kansas
  • Born on a Tuesday

What happened on 30 June 1903? A Google search of the date led to a Wikipedia page for June 1903. On that page, major events for each of the days of the month are listed. According to this site, the following happened on 30 June 1903.

meteorite fall, classification L6, is observed in Rich Mountain (Watauga County, North Carolina), United States.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_1903

For the second question, I googled “What Happened on 30 June”. The top site on the list of results led to the ‘On This Day‘ website. Below are some of the events that occurred during her lifetime on her birthday.

  • 1921 – U.S. President Warren G. Harding appointed former President William Howard Taft chief justice of the United States.
  • 1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s book, “Gone with the Wind,” was published.
  • 1950 – U.S. President Harry Truman ordered U.S. troops into Korea and authorizes the draft.
  • 1951 – On orders from Washington, General Matthew Ridgeway broadcasts that the United Nations was willing to discuss an armistice with North Korea.
  • 1952 – CBS-TV debuted “The Guiding Light.”
  • 1953 – The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI. It sold for $3,250.
  • 1955 – The U.S. began funding West Germany’s rearmament.
  • 1957 – The American occupation headquarters in Japan was dissolved.
  • 1958 – The U.S. Congress passed a law authorizing the admission of Alaska as the 49th state in the Union.
  • 1962 – Los Angeles Dodger Sandy Koufax pitched his first no-hitter in a game with the New York Mets.
  • 1970 – The Cincinnati Reds moved to their new home at Riverfront Stadium.
  • 1971 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government could not prevent the Washington Post or the New York Times from publishing the Pentagon Papers.
  • 1971 – The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified when Ohio became the 38th state to approve it. The amendment lowered the minimum voting age to 18.
  • 1974 – The July 4th scene from the Steven Spielberg movie “Jaws” was filmed.
  • 1977 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced his opposition to the B-1 bomber.
  • 1984 – The longest professional football game took place in the United States Football League (USFL). The Los Angeles Express beat the Michigan Panthers 27-21 after 93 minutes and 33 seconds.
  • 1985 – Yul Brynner left his role as the King of Siam after 4,600 performances in “The King and I.”
  • 1986 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states could outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults.

When it comes to the third question, it is easy to google ‘who was born’ on a date. However, it is more difficult to find people that my grandmother might have known. Of the several lists I found, Michael Tyson’s name was the only one that my grandmother might have recognized.

Tackling this ‘question’ from a different perspective, there is a RootsMagic report called, ‘On This Day List’. Setting the options on that report to “Famous Births” and “Famous Deaths” produces a list of famous people born on June 30th.

Another report in RootsMagic that provides a different perspective for this question is the ‘Birthday and Anniversary List’ Report. By removing the checks by ‘Marriage Anniversaries’ in the report setup, a report of birthdays can be printed.

Since I included everyone, this report is quite lengthy. There are quite a few people in my database who share a birthday with my grandmother.

I’m thankful I investigated the RootsMagic reports. I find it more interesting to see who I have in my file who shares a birthday with my grandmother than which famous people might share her birthday.

Place Line

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:  It’s Saturday Night again – 
Time for some more 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)  We’re all familiar with Timelines – date, location, event, etc. – for events in our lives.  This week, create a Place Line for your life, or for the life of one of your parents or grandparents – your choice! In that Place Line, tell us the location (address if possible), inclusive dates (if possible), and events. Consider topics like residence, schools, churches, employment, etc.

To protect the privacy of my immediate family, I am choosing to do a place line for Pauline Briles. To determine these places, I have used land records, census records, city directories and newspaper articles. Since Pauline lived her entire life in Kansas, I can take advantage of Ancestry’s source, Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961, to help fill in the blanks.

Pauline Edith Mentzer, wife of Edward Osmund Briles

  • 1896 – born in Woodson County, Kansas – likely North Township
  • 1900 – census records indicate she was living in North township, Woodson County, Kansas
  • 1905 – Kansas census records indicate she was living in Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas
  • 1910 – census records indicate she was living in Liberty Township, Coffey County, Kansas
  • 1913 – received a diploma from School District #9 in Coffey County, Kansas implying she was living in Coffey County
  • 1914 – attended high school in Yates Center, Kansas
  • 1915 – married Edward Osmund Briles in Yates Center, Kansas
  • 1917 – husband’s draft record indicates they were living in Vernon, (Woodson County), Kansas
  • 1920 – living in Iola, Kansas
  • 1925 – living in Iola, Kansas
  • 1929 – moved out of house on South Pecan street in Iola, (Allen County) Kansas
  • 1930 – living in Buffalo, Wilson County, Kansas
  • 1934 – living in Emporia Kansas
  • 1937 – 416 Constitution, Emporia, Kansas
  • 1939 – 6 Mechanic St., Emporia, Kansas
  • 1940 – 613 Lincoln Street
  • 1942 – RFD #1 (likely East 6th Street), Emporia, Kansas
  • 1945 – 924 Constitution, Emporia, Kansas
  • 1952 – 645 Lincoln, Emporia, Kansas
  • 1953 – city directory indicates she was living at 924 Constitution, Emporia, Kansas while the census lists and address of 645 Lincoln, Emporia, Kansas
  • 1955 – 645 Lincoln, Emporia, Kansas
  • 1956 – her husband died; his death certificate indicates they were living at 645 Lincoln, Emporia, Kansas
  • 1957 – 138 W. 12th
  • 1958 – Manhattan, Kansas living with daughter
  • 1959 – lived at 1014 Market Street, Emporia, Kansas which is where her sister, Gladys Green lived
  • 1961 – 821 W. 6th St., Emporia, Kansas – lived here until the house was sold for development along 6th street
  • 1967 – 609 W 5th St., Emporia, Kansas
  • 1976 – 609 W. 5th St., Emporia, Kansas
  • 1977 – 609 W. 5th St., Emporia, Kansas; lived here until she moved to Horizon Plaza
  • 1984 – at her death she was living in apartment #405 at Horizon Plaza at 1531 Wheeler in Emporia, Kansas

Below are two pictures of Pauline standing in front of her home at the time. Unfortunately, I don’t know which house is pictured in these photos.

Number Forty-Two

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:  It’s Saturday Night again – 
Time for some more 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)  Have you identified #42 on your ahnentafel list?  If not, how about #21 the mother of #42?  If not, how about #10 on your ahnentafel list?  Do you even have an ahnentafel list?  
2)  Anyway, tell us about your #42 ancestor (or #21, or #10, etc.) – full name, parents, spouse, children, birth, baptism, death, marriage, burial, etc.  

So, who is #42 on my Ahnentafel? It is Henry F. Burke, father of Angelina Jane Burke Currey.

A search of this blog reveals three posts related to Henry F. Burke.

  • Shaky Leaf Bonanza
  • Will the Estate Ever Be Settled?
  • A Random Clue

Ahnentafel #42

Henry F. Burke was born on 30 Apr 1811.13

He was the child of John Burke and Elizabeth Graves.

He married Elizabeth Ann Bland on 22 Oct 1835 in Monroe, Kentucky, United States.46

On 30 Oct 1836, Angelina Jane Burke was born in Kentucky, United States.

On 2 Feb 1838, Milton E. Burke was born in Tennessee, United States.

He was listed on the tax rolls in 1839 in Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States.78

On 25 Jul 1839, Sarah E. Burke was born in Missouri, United States.

Henry S Burke was listed on the 1840 census. Included in his household were 1 white male under 5, 1 white male 20-29, 2 white females under 5, 1 white female 20-20, 1 male slave under 10, 1 female slave under 10,910

On 15 Jul 1841, Pamilla A. Burke was born in Missouri, United States.

Henry  purchased land being the NE 1/4 of section 27 Township 54 North of Range 36 West on 21 Aug 1843 in Platte City, Platte, Missouri, United States.11

On 30 Apr 1844, John Martin Burke was born in Missouri, United States.

He sold land being the North East 1/4 of Section 27 in Township 54 of Range 36 on 5 Mar 1845 in Platte, Missouri, United States.12

He died on 30 Oct 1845 at the age of 34 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States.3,1314

Henry was buried after 30 Oct 1845 at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States.23,13

He had his estate on the probate court docket on 2 Mar 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.15

He received a preemption certificate having made full payment for the NE 1/4 of secton 27 township 54 of range 36 on 1 Apr 1846 in Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri, United States.1617

Henry had his estate on the probate court docket on 4 Apr 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.18

He had his estate on the probate court docket on 4 May 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.18

He had his estate on the probate court docket on 1 Jun 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.18

Henry had his estate on the probate court docket on 5 Aug 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.18

He had his estate on the probate court docket on 7 Sep 1846 in Platte, Missouri, United States.18

He had his estate on the probate court docket on 2 Feb 1847 in Platte, Missouri, United States.18


ENDNOTES:

        1. Hiram Currey, Hiram Currey Family Bible (New York: American Bible Society, 1880); Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS, Family Record — Births, Children of H. F. & E. A. Burk “Henry F. Burke The Father of Angelina Jane Burke was borned April the 30th 1811”

        2. , (Doc. #: Burke.MO.005), Laurel Hill Cemetery, , .

        3. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online July 2017), memorial for Henry F Burke (1811-1845), Find a Grave Memorial no. #24041218, created by Laura Tasset Koehn, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Weston, Platte County, Missouri; accompanying photograph by Marcia Philbrick, Henry F Burke.

        4. Interview with Birdwell, Dayton (moore@asu.edu). (), (Bland.KY.014).

        5. The History of Monroe County Kentucky 1820-1988 (Tompkinsville, KY: Birdwell, 1996)

        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 : [AccessType] [AccessDate]; [Page].

        7. Platte County Missouri Records 1839-1849: 1840 Federal Census, Sale of Sixteenth Secion, 1842 Land Records and Tax Lists of 1839, 1847, and 1849 (Platte City, Missouri: Platte County Historical Society, 1993), p. 34 (Burke.MO.055)

        8. Murray, Betty Runner, Platte County, Missouri Records 1839-1849 (Platte City, MO: Platte County Historical Society, 1993), p. 3 (Burke.MO.052).

        9. 1840 U.S. Census, Platte County Missouri, Platte County, Missouri, Henry S. Burke; digital images,  (: viewed online July 2017).

        10. History of Clay and Platte Counties Missouri (: , 1885)

        11. Murray, Betty Runner, Platte County, Missouri Records 1839-1849 (Platte City, MO: Platte County Historical Society, 1993), p. 133 (Doc. #: Burke.MO.052).

        12. Missouri, Platte County, “Deed Records, 1839-1895,”  digital image, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.com : viewed online September 2017), Image 246.

        13. Platte County Historical Society, Cemetery Record of Platte County, Missouri (Platte Co., MO: Platte County Historical Society, 1968), Appendix p. 11 “Weston Cemetery” (Doc. #: Burke.MO.002).

        14. “1884 Complaint Burke vs Brooks,” transcription of court documents, Barbara_Parker1510, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016), Henry F. Burke; transcribed from FHL Film #985,278.

        15. Platte County, MIssouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, image 246; Estate of H. F. Burke; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch.org; FHL microfilm 988945 / #007631728.

        16. United States, U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907, Henry Burke, 1 April 1846; database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2016).

        17. United States Bureau of Land Management, “General Land Office Records,” database with images, BLM.Gov (http://glorecords.blm.gov : viewed online 29 May 2021), Henry F Burke.

        18. Platte County, MIssouri, Court Record, v. 1 1839-1846, Elizabeth Burke.

        19. Platte County, Missouri. (Burke.MO.041).

        20. Platte County Missouri Abstracts of Wills and Administrations 1841-1861 (Kansas City, MO: Hodges, Woodruff, 1969), p. 8 (Burke.MO.007)

        21. Platte County Missouri Marriage Records, Platte County Courthouse, p. 104 (Burke.MO.037).

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)  Almost  all of us have genealogy software that we use to manage our research and our family tree.  Some researchers use only an online family tree.  What do you use?

2)  For this week’s SNGF, tell us how many “trees” (or “bushes)” you have in your genealogy management program database.  How did you figure it out?  Also, where do you have online trees?

My first genealogy software program was PAF (Personal Ancestral File). I migrated from PAF to The Master Genealogist (TMG) because of TMG’s ability to document sources. When TMG was no longer supported, I experimented with several programs before choosing RootsMagic.

I am currently using RootsMagic 7. In RM7, I can count how many trees I have in my file by pulling down the TOOLS menu and selecting COUNT TREES.

Before revealing how many trees I have in my file, I need to issue a disclaimer. I tend to research FAN (friends, associates and neighbors) clubs. I have also tended to research people of the same name that might be the same person. I treat my RM7 file as a database — a place to store information. Thus, I am sure that I have lots of trees in my file.

So, how many ‘trees’ do I have in my database? Let’s just say I have a lot! Could some of them connect to other trees in my database? That is highly likely. At some point, I probably need to do some investigating to see if I can merge individuals and thus merge one tree into another.

For example, I have data on several different James Crawford families from early Kentucky. I also have data on some of the descendants of Alexander and Mary (McPheeters) Crawford. In both cases, the data is in my file so that I can separate out the various Crawford families. The same is true for other lines. For example, I have information on the family of Col. James Curry of Ohio because I think he might connect to my ancestor, Hiram Currey.

I used RootsMagic’s TreeShare feature to upload my file to Ancestry. When I did the initial upload, I excluded living people, but uploaded everyone else. Thus, all of those different trees were uploaded to Ancestry and are considered ‘floating’ trees.

I also have my data on MyHeritage, FamilyTree DNA and GedMatch. For those trees, I created a gedcom file and uploaded that file. My tree on MyHeritage contains the Crawford/McPheeters data while my tree on FamilyTreeDNA does not. My tree on FamilyTreeDNA only contains my ancestors. However, my GedCom file on GedMatch contains my ancestors and the descendants I had at the time I uploaded the file.

Currently, RootsMagic offers the ability to have a free website containing my RootsMagic data. Thus, I have my file (excluding living) online using this resource.

Another location where I share data from my tree(s), is FamilySearch. I utilize RootsMagic’s ability to connect to individuals on the FamilySearch tree. I am slowly working on adding sourcing and pictures that are in my collection to the FamilySearch tree. In 2017, I submitted my data to FamilySearch Genealogies. The file is named Heartland_Genealogy_2017 and was submitted under the name Marcia Philbrick.

Another place that I have information about my ancestors is this blog site. I often create posts that transcribe documents in my collection. Other posts are created using RootsMagic’s ability to produce a narrative report complete with citations. Although not an actual tree, my blog contains lots of information about the people in my RootsMagic file – including people that don’t connect to my ancestral tree.

Even though I have data online, the most current copy of my work is my RootsMagic file.

I realize that there are other sites where I could have a tree. However, I am concentrating on Ancestry, FamilySearch and sites where I have DNA data.

Mom

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

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)  Sunday is Mother’s Day in the USA, and usually a time for memories and gratitude to our special birth person.

2)  For this week’s SNGF, tell us some things about your mother that are special and memorable  to you.

This post is a hard one, particularly since I’ve never thought about this before. However, looking back I can describe some special memories.

One of those special memories is of mom playing the piano. She didn’t play often, likely because she didn’t have time to sit down at the piano. Mom had the ability to play the melody with the right hand and just play chords with her right hand. Thus, she could pick up a piece of music and play it beautifully. Christmastime usually included some evening where mom would sit down and play various hymns and carols.

Christmas brings another special ‘mom’ memory. For many years, mom would spend evenings in December making candy. I remember her making fudge, divinity, nougat, peanut brittle, pralines, stuffed dates and caramel pecan roll. This candy was then packaged as gifts. Some would be sent to the homes of her siblings while other packages were shared with neighbors and likely co-workers.

Another special memory is how mom and dad opened their home to my cousin. My cousin’s father was working in Nigeria. While the family had been living in Nigeria, my cousin had reached the age where she had to either go to a boarding school or return to the United States to attend school. My cousin lived with us for a couple of years. My parents weathered the storms of two teenage girls used to being the only girl now thrown into having to share their ‘space’. Even after my cousin’s family was reunited when her parents moved back to Kansas, mom and dad stayed close to her, celebrating her life achievements.

Besides helping me learn to cook, mom was insistent that I acquire two other skills: Typing and sewing. Even though I had taken typing as a 9th grader, mom felt like I needed to improve my skills. Thus, I took a typing class during the summer while in high school. Like the typing issue, mom wanted me to improve my sewing schools. Thus, we took an evening class in tailoring together. Although I don’t sew my own clothes any more, I still use those typing skills — every day!

So how about you? What are some of your ‘mom’ memories?

DNA Matches

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:  It’s Saturday Night again – 
Time for some more 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)  Have you done an autosomal DNA test?  If so, which testing company/ies?  

2)  Of your Top 10 DNA matches on any site, how many are a known relative, and are they in your family tree?  No names…but give a known relationship if possible.

I tested with Ancestry and transferred my DNA to GedMatch, MyHeritage and FamilyTreeDNA. Besides my data, I also manage DNA tests for my mother and my two brothers on Ancestry.

On Ancestry, my test have lots of matches. I have so many matches that it takes forever for the page to completely load. Since Ancestry won’t tell me how many matches I have until the page loads, I don’t have readily available DNA stats. I did take the time to figure this out a couple of weeks ago. Below are those stats.

MemomBrotherBrother
All Matches113,91276,610118,126128,403
Close Matches3,8612,8534,0834840
Distant Matches110,05173,757114,043123563

Below are the top ten matches (excluding immediate family members) for the four tests that I manage on Ancestry. Note that I am MC in the below table and all relationships are to me. RC is my mother.

Ancestry top matches

Even though I have my DNA on other sites, I have to confess that I haven’t spent a lot of time figuring out the relationships. Of the first page of my matches on MyHeritage, only one is a close relationship, a second cousin. The rest of the matches are distant cousins. Unfortunately, many of those matches either have a very small tree or no tree. Since these are distant cousins, I haven’t taken the time to contact them to begin figuring out our relationship.

MyHeritage Top Matches

Some of my known cousins have transferred their DNA to GedMatch. However, many of my closer matches are not in my tree. Again, the lack of a tree (gedcom) file makes it more difficult for me to figure out the relationship.

This exercise has shown that I have work to do. However, I plan to continue expanding my tree by researching descendants versus trying to figure out how I’m related to all of these matches whose tree is either too small for me to recognize a connection or missing entirely.

Smith Mystery

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

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)  We all have “elusive ancestors” that we cannot find a name for, or one that absolutely eludes us, but we know some details about their spouse and/or children.

2)  Tell us about one of them – how are you related?  What do you know about them? Where did they live? etc.

I’ve written a lot about my Crawford brick wall along with several other challenging lines. However, I don’t believe I written much about my SMITH brick lines.

I have at least three Smith lines in my tree:

  • Martha Smith (1815-1871) wife of Nelson G. Crawford
  • Martha’s mother-in-law, Sarah “Sallie” Smith (1770-1856)
  • Possibly Mary Ann Smith (abt 1762 – after 1830), wife of John Ricketts — IF my RICKETTS lineage is correct

I think I know the given name of Martha’s mother — but that is strictly based on a memory. I’ve had the privilege of visiting the West Lebanon cemetery in Warren County, Indiana at least twice and probably three times. On the first or second trip, I remember standing in front of Nelson and Martha Crawford’s stone. When I turned around, there was a stone for Hannah Smith across the isle from Nelson and Martha. On our most recent trip to that cemetery, the stone for Hannah Smith was missing. Since there was a stack of stones against a tree, it looked like some visitors had knocked over quite a few stones. I even managed to capture those visitors on ‘film’. (Note the two deer near the tree with stones stacked at its base.)

After that last trip, I wanted to verify that I hadn’t imagined Hannah Smith’s stone. Thus, I dug out my copy of Warren County, Indiana Cemetery Inscriptions, Volume II by Rosella Jenkins to see if Hannah Smith’s stone was listed. I found her on page 87, the same page as Nelson and Martha Crawford. Since the West Lebanon Cemetery starts on page 80 with page 84 indicating that the following pages are ‘near Stack No. 3 and Stack No. 2’, the Hannah Smith stone on page 87 would be in in the section near Stack No. 3 and Stack No. 2.

Since my first trip to this cemetery was before the standards for taking pictures of tombstones changed, my photo of the stone was created using a procedure taught by many genealogy societies at the time: shaving cream. Since I don’t want to encourage anyone to use this method, I don’t usually share pictures obtained during that time period. However, my picture of the missing stone may be one of the few that exist.

I haven’t actively tried to research Hannah for a long time. Besides the information from her tombstone, her daughter, Martha’s marriage in 1833 may place Hannah in Warren County at that time. The work of Warren County historian, Walter Salts, may contain helpful information. Researching his files will require a trip to Danville, Illinois.

Even though I haven’t been able to find any evidence to support my belief of a relationship between Hannah Smith and Martha Crawford, I have learned some lessons from this research.

  • Books are still needed. With the stone now missing, the book is one of the few records that it ever existed.
  • Standards can change. Thus, I must stay connected with other genealogists and genealogical societies so that I will be aware of those changes.
  • Not everything is on the Internet. The research records collected by previous genealogists may hold the answer. These are often found in archives and local historical or genealogical societies

Vacations

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

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)  Think about your genealogy career – have you taken a “genealogy or family history vacation?” 

2)  Tell us about one (or more) of them – where did you go, what research did you do, did you meet family members, etc. 

I don’t think it is a ‘genealogy vacation’ if you only drive 75 miles and don’t stay overnight? However, it is a genealogy road trip.

When I started my genealogical research, I had to travel about 75 miles to do any sort of research. Those road trips included visits to libraries, archives, cemeteries and courthouses. Instead of writing about one or many of those trips I’m going to write about the trips that didn’t happen in 2020.

In April 2020, we had a trip planned to the St. Louis Public Library to use the National Genealogical Society Book Loan collection housed there. On the way home, we were going to slightly detour to visit the Daniel Boone Home National Historic Site.

Then, sometime in the summer, a trip to Kentucky was being planned to research my Crawford family. The itinerary had not been established but visits to the Fort Boonesborough State Park, historical societies in Madison, Garrard and Lincoln counties and the Eastern Kentucky University archives were on the to-do list. Other potential destinations included The Filson Historical Society and the SAR Genealogical Research Library in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, Kentucky.

In the fall, a trip to Akron, Ohio was being discussed. My husband’s Philbrick research would have dictated the destinations for this trip. A slight detour to the Ohio Genealogical Society library would likely have been included. Of course, I could easily have added stops along the way in Danville, Illinois, Warren County, Indiana and Preble County, Ohio.

Thanks to COVID restrictions, all of those trips have been put on hold.

Plans for this summer will likely be closer to home. In the meantime, I just need to learn to dig deeper to find digital resources and re-learn the art of the SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope).