RootsTech Connect 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

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

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

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

In my limited viewing, I

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

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

So, why is this my favorite part?

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

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

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

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

Thank you RootsTech for this opportunity!


Today’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge from Genea-Musing‘s Randy Seaver involves timelines.

1) Do you use Timelines to help you in your research?  Create a Timeline (a chronological list with dates and events) for one of your ancestors that includes their parents, siblings, spouse(s) and children.  Tell us how you did it, and show us your work. 

This timing of this challenge is perfect! I’m currently trying to figure out whether Howard Hutchinson who drowned in the Missouri River in 1905 is part of my Albert Hutchinson family. If his age is reported correctly, this Howard Hutchinson was born in 1881. Since this is a difficult time period to find records showing family relationships, I need a timeline to help figure out where the members of the family were living between 1890 and 1905.

I tried using the timeline report from RootsMagic.

This report is too wordy for this particular task – especially when I add the children and spouses of Albert Hutchinson. Thus, I turned to a spreadsheet. Since my goal is to determine who was living where at a particular time, I limited the information I entered to those events that place a person in a particular community. I then color coded each of the children and his second wife. Once I had the data entered, I sorted the data by date and then by location.

This spreadsheet proved what I subconsciously knew about this family: they lived on both sides of the Missouri River between Kansas City and St. Joseph, Missouri. It also provides hints of where to look for a 1900 census record for Howard Hutchinson or for a death notice outside of St. Joseph, Missouri for Howard Hutchinson.

Thank you Randy for challenging me to actually get this spreadsheet created.

Genealogy Fun

It’s time again for Randy Seaver’s 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) Where did your ancestral families reside in 1920?  Do you know their addresses or locations?   Have you visited the home? Who was enumerated in the 1920 in each family?  Are any of your ancestral families missing from the 1920 U.S. Census even if they should be in the census?


Leon and Winnie Crawford were family number 34 in Ward 1, Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas on the 1920 census. Their entry does not contain a dwelling number or a house number. Listed above Leon and Winnie Crawford at 800 Avenue C is the widow Missouri Weber. Thus, it appears that Leon and Winnie were living in the house at 800 Avenue C. Everyone in the household could read and write.

  • Leon Crawford is listed as a 25 year old male who was born in Kansas. According to the census, Leon is renting his home. The census lists the birthplace of Leon’s father as Indiana and his mother as Illinois. Leon was employed as a switchman by the railroad and earned a wage.
  • Winnie Crawford is listed as the 16 year old wife of Leon Crawford. According to the census, Winnie was born in Kansas. The census lists the birthplace of Winnie’s father as Missouri and her mother as Iowa.

Osmund Briles, his wife Pauline and a 2 year old son are listed in household 262 living in Iola, Allen County, Kansas. The street address is illegible. The previous household is at 509 and the next household is 515 State Street. Osmund Briles was renting his home. Osmund and Pauline could both read and write.

  • Osmund Briles is listed as a 24 year old male who was born in Kansas. According to the census, his father was born in Kansas while his mother was born in Indiana. Osmund Briles. Osmund was a farmer.
  • Osmund’s 24 years old wife, Pauline, was also born in Kansas. According to the census, her father and mother were both born in Indiana.
  • The household also contains a 2 1/2 year old son who was born in Kansas. No given name is listed for the son.

Great Grandparents

Judson F Crawford, his wife Josie, sons Hugh J and Marion and daughters, Esther and Lois are living at 504 Avenue G in Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas in 1920. Judson owned his home free and clear. Everyone in the household could read and write.

  • Judson F Crawford was listed as a 53 year old male who was born in Indiana. Both of his parents were also born in Indiana. Judson was a switchman for the railroad, earning a wage.
  • Josie Crawford, wife of Judson, was listed as a 45 year old female born in Illinois. Josie’s father was born in Ohio and her mother was born in Pennsylvania. Josie was not employed.
  • Hugh J Crawford was listed as the 17 year old son of Judson Crawford. Hugh was born in Kansas. Hugh was attending school and not employed.
  • Marion Crawford was listed as the 23 year old son of Judson Crawford. Marion was born in Kansas. Marion was earning a wage as a railroad switchman.
  • Esther Crawford was listed as the 14 year old daughter of Judson Crawford. Esther was born in Kansas. Esther was attending school.
  • Lois Crawford was listed as the 11 year old daughter of Judson Crawford. Lois was born in Kansas. Lois was attending school.

Hiram Currey was listed as a 50 year old widowed lodger in the household of Charles H. Taylor at 4020 Central Street in Ward 4, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. HIram’s birthplace is listed as Kansas. According to the census, his father was born in Ohio and his mother was born in Missouri. Hiram earned a wage as a baker at a cone factory. Hiram Currey could read and write.

Eddie G. Briles, his wife Frances and daughter, Lula are listed as family #49 on the 1920 census iving in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. The address is listed as 708 South Green. Eddie owned his home, but it was mortgaged. Everyone in the household could read and write.

  • Eddie G. Briles was listed as a 50 year old farmer who was born in Kansas. According to the census, his father was born in Kentucky and his mother was born in Iowa.
  • Frances Briles was listed as the 51 year old wife of Eddie Briles. According to the census, Frances was born in Indiana. The birthplace for both of Frances’ parents is listed as Indiana.
  • Lulu Briles was listed as the 20 year old single daughter of Eddie Briles who was born in Kansas. Lulu was a teacher at a rural school.

The household of Charles O. Mentzer was living in Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas in 1920. Everyone in the household could read and write.

  • Charles O. Mentzer was listed as the 50 year old head of household. Charles rented his home. According to the census, Charles was born in Illinois. The census listed the birthplace of Charles’ father as Massachusetts and his mother’s birthplace as Pennsylvania. Charles was a farmer.
  • Nettie Mentzer was listed as the 47 year old wife of Charles Mentzer. According to the census, Nettie was born in Kansas. The census listed the birthplace of Nettie’s father as New York and her mother’s birthplace is listed as Ohio.
  • Paul Mentzer was listed as the 23 year old son of Charles Mentzer. Paul was born in Kansas. Paul was employed as a garage mechanic.
  • Leslie Mentzer was listed as the 21 year old son of Charlese Mentzer. Leslie was born in Kansas and employed as a farm laborer on the family farm.
  • Herbert Metnzer was listed as the 19 year old son of Charles Mentzer. Herbert was born in Kansas and employed as a farm laborer on the family farm.

Great Great Grandparents

Washington Marion Crawford – Deceased

Mary Crawford is listed as the owner of the house at 911 Second in Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas. According to the census, Mary was a 77 year old widow who was born in Indiana. The birthplace for both of Mary’s parents is listed as Ohio. Mary could read and write. Charles Ramsey and his wife Leona are listed as renters at 911 Second.

Richmond Hammond has not been found on the 1920 census. According to the record for Richmond F Hammond found in the database, U.S., National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938, Richmond Hammond was in and out of the home in Los Angeles County, California.

Sarah Ellen Ralston Hammond – Deceased

Hiram Currey and his wife Angelina – both deceased

Albert Hutchinson and his wife Julia – both deceased

Noah Briles – deceased

Sarah J. Briles was listed as 76 year old widow who was a renter in the household of Harry Myers. Sarah could read and write. According to the census, Sarah was born in Indiana. Both of her parents were also born in Indiana. Harry Myers’ household included his 51 year old wife, Ida E. Myers, his 21 year old son, Max; and his 18 year old daughter, Gladys. (Ida Myers was the daughter of Sarah Briles.)

James M Ricketts and his wife, Rachel E. Rickets were listed in household 41 in Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas. James owned his home free and clear. Bothe James and Rachel could read and write

  • James M. Ricketts was 72 years old and born in Indiana. According to the census, his father was born in Kentucky and his mother was born in Indiana. James was a farmer.
  • Rachel E Rickets was listed as the 74 year old wife of James M. Ricketts. Rachel was born in Ohio. According to the census, Rachel’s parents were also born in Ohio.

George Mentzer – Deceased

Emeline Minnick Mentzer was listed as a 70 year old widowed head of household living in Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas. Emeline owned her home free and clear. According to the census, Emeline was born in Pennsylvania. According to the census, both of her parents were also born in Pennsylvania. Also listed in the household was Emeline’s 68 year old single sister, Mary E. Minnick.

Thurston and Salome Wells – Deceased

Top Picks

This week’s Saturday Night Genealogy fun challenge is to identify my top fee-based genealogy websites. I’m going to modify this slightly and list both my top fee-based and top-free sites.


  1. Ancestry – I use Ancestry almost daily to research my family tree and to manage DNA results for myself, my brothers and my mother.
  2. – This is my number one resource for obituaries, wedding announcements and other family news.
  3. – First Landowners database: Since many of my lines were among the first settlers in several states, I find this site useful to locate their land on a map and to see their neighbors.
  4. Family Tree DNA – I manage my brother’s yDNA on Family Tree DNA and am checking our yDNA matches and the CRAWFORD yDNA project on a regular basis. The CRAWFORD project has a fantastic manager!
  5. Legacy Family Tree Webinars — When you live 75 miles from the nearest genealogy society or library, you seek out opportunities for genealogy education and this is one of the best.


  1. Google — Google is my go-to search engine for everything, including locating more information on members of my family tree and/or information on their communities
  2. FamilySearch – I love the access to records, particularly deeds, that FamilySearch provides. I also use their family tree to check my research against the community consensus.
  3. – I love this website! I first started using this with Kentucky to try and figure out how county boundaries changed in early Kentucky.
  4. Facebook – I belong to a lot of different Facebook genealogy and history groups and find them very helpful. I love reading the historical posts and learn tons from posts on the genealogy community
  5. YouTube – lots of great genealogical and historical information here
  6. Google Books / Internet Archives – great resources for finding digitized county histories
  7. Bureau of Land Management: General Land Office Records — land patents
  8. Kentucky Secretary of State: Virginia and Old Kentucky Patent Series — early land records in Kentucky
  9. DAR Genealogy Research — learning more about my patriot ancestors
  10. Local Genealogical Societies – The Topeka Genealogical Society and Peoria County Genealogical Society have really stepped up during this time of Covid. Both are offering programs over zoom for their members. This is a great resource – especially for people like me who don’t live close to a society. I also have to give a shout-out to the Kentucky Genealogical Society for their recent digital conference that was fantastic and very economical!
  11. RootsTech — I’ve been ‘not at RootsTech’ for the past several years and encourage everyone to sign up for this winter’s Virtual RootsTech.

1950 Kansas Census

Are you eagerly awaiting the release of the 1950 census? If you follow Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings blog, then you may have seen his challenge to identify members of our ancestral families that will be in the 1950 United States census.

Although it will be interesting to see the household configurations in the 1950 census, there is census data available for that time period — IF the person lived in Kansas. Yes, that’s correct, one can find census data for Kansas thru 1961. This information can be found in Ancestry’s collection: Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961.

Since all of my ancestral lines were in Kansas prior to 1919, this collection has proven to be very helpful.

For example, my great-grandmother, Josie Crawford was living in Dodge City in 1950. Thus, I did a search of the collection for a Josie Crawford living in Ford County, Kansas.

Since I didn’t select ‘exact’ for Josie’s first name, the results included Josie, Jessie and even J Frank. However, at the top of the list was one Josie Crawford.

Clicking on the link to Josie took me to a screen giving her information and a link to the image.

Clicking on the image shows the household of my grandfather, Leon Crawford. In this household was my grandfather, my grandmother, Winnie, my great-grandmother, Josie, and my uncle, Leon, Jr.

Using this collection of Kansas census records, I have been able to find my grandparents and all of my great-grandparents living in 1950. This includes the following:

  • Edward O. Briles (often listed as E O Briles) living in Emporia, Kansas
  • Edward G. Briles listed in the 1948 census in Yates Center Kansas
  • Charles Mentzer living in Neosho Falls between 1946 and 1949 and then living in Emporia in 1953

With my Kansas heritage, this set of records has been very helpful. If you have relatives living in Kansas between 1919 and 1961, be sure to check out this collection: Kansas, City and County Census Records, 1919-1961!

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)  Ellen Thompson-Jennings posted 20 questions on her blog this week – see Even More Questions About Your Ancestors and Maybe A Few About You (posted 27 June). 

2) We will do do these five at a time – Questions 1 to 5 tonight.

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.

Question 1: Which ancestor had the most children?

This was NOT an easy question to answer. I found a report in RootsMagic that told me the average children per family and maximum children per family.

However, I couldn’t locate a report that would list the various families and the number of children. 

So, I created a ‘pedigree’ report and then worked my way thru the various branches to determine how many children were in each family. I added this number to this pedigree report.

I was able to determine that John Briles (1775-1855) had 14 children. 

Even though my statistical report said 20 children, I’m guessing that the family with 20 children is for a collateral line. 

Question 2: How many years have you been working on your genealogy/family history?

I started my genealogy research in 1978. Thus, I have been working for 41 years.

Question 3: Do you collaborate with other genealogist on your family history?


Most of my major breakthroughs have come from hints from other researchers. Because others have helped me, I try to return the favor by sharing my research thru my website and blog.

Question 4: Have I hired a professional genealogist?

I haven’t actually hired a genealogist to research my tree. However, I have hired a genealogist to do research in county records. 

Question 5: If you have family heirlooms, what are your plans for their future?

I have inherited photo albums and scrapbooks from both of my grandmothers. I also inherited some postcards and military pins.

I have scanned most of the photo albums and scrapbooks. I am sharing those images with family members via Facebook Groups. 

I try to do something to pass on the family history at Christmas time. I often create scrapbooks or photobooks to share the photos and stories with my immediate family members. One year, I framed several of the items and passed them down to my nieces and nephew. 

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

For this week’s mission (should you decide to accept it), answer the question:
1)  It’s story time – tell us how you met your spouse or significant other.  If you don’t have one, tell us about how your parents met each other.

It’s the spring of 1971 and I’m a freshman at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia. I’ve just started my new job as an assistant in the chemistry department. I worked two afternoons a week – Tuesdays and Thursday – in the storeroom. It was my job to check out and then check in glassware, thermometers and other supplies to the chemistry students. Most of my ‘customers’ were in Chemistry I or II students. Since dress codes for my sorority were still enforce, I was not only one of the few females working in the department, but I was the only one in a skirt. 

Even though my husband and I met that semester, I don’t remember him. He was just another student at the storeroom door requesting equipment. It was during our sophomore year that Mike and I ‘met’ again as we were in Quantitative Chemical Analysis together. Not only did we study together, but we were both working as lab assistants in the chemistry department. 

During our junior year, we were again in class together. This time, it was Modern Physics. Not only were we study partners, but we were seriously dating, becoming engaged in February of that year.

We were married the day after graduation. We started our married life as chemistry and physics teachers. Mike was hired by USD 442 to teach science at Nemaha Valley High School in April of  our senior year — a month before our wedding. In June, I was hired by USD 380 to teach science for Centralia and Frankfort High Schools. Two years later, I resigned my job with USD 380 and began teaching biology at Nemaha Valley High School. 

In 2016, we both retired from teaching after 42 years in the profession. For Mike, all of those years were spent at 214 N. 11th St, Seneca (Nemaha Valley and then Nemaha Central High Schools). The 2015-2016 school year was my 40th year in the building. 

Later this month, we will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. 

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

For this week’s mission (should you decide to accept it), answer the question:
1)  Have you done a good job of citing your sources in your genealogy management program or online family tree?  How are you doing?  How many source citations do you have, and how many people are in your tree?  What is the sources to persons ratio?
2)  Which master source (e.g., 1900 U.S. census, Find A Grave, specific book, etc.) do you have the most citations for?  How many?  How did you figure this out?
3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a post on Facebook.
Randy Seaver provides another interesting challenge thru his ‘Saturday Night Genealogy Fun‘ to look at my genealogy data in a different way.

Since I use RootsMagic, I thought I’d show how I’m getting the answers to these questions as well as answer them.

The first challenge involves getting the statistics for our tree. In RootsMagic, this is done by going to Properties on the FILE menu.

When I clicked on Properties, it opened the Database Properties window. This window contains the statistics needed to answer the first question.

So to answer the first question:

  • Citations – 51748 in RootsMagic
  • Sources – 3788 in RootsMagic
  • People – 13224 in RootsMagic
  • Ratio of citations to people: 51748/13224 — almost 4 citations for every person in RootsMagic

This is a work in progress!

My first software program was Personal Ancestral File (PAF). PAF was great software – but it wasn’t easy to document the information. I followed recommendations of the time and entered my sources as ‘Notes’. 

My second software program was The Master Genealogist (TMG). I was able to transfer my data from PAF into TMG – and the ‘Notes’ transferred as ‘Events’. Over time, I converted those ‘Notes’ into the ‘Events’ and added sources. When I started on TMG, I configured my citations using Cite Your Sources by Richard S. Lackey (c. 1980). These citations would not meet today’s standards!

When support for TMG ceased, I transferred my data into RootsMagic. About the same time, I was getting back into active research and catching up on suggested standards. This ‘catching up’ affected my citations as I started using Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills. Hopefully all of my facts have a citation attached, but unfortunately, not all of those citations will be up to current standards.

My 51748 citations come from 3,788 sources. Following Randy’s directions, I created a source list report (All Reports — Source List). Like Randy, I got a long report. I didn’t realize that I would need to visually scan this report to figure out which source was used the most. 

Unfortunately, ranking these sources isn’t easy.When it comes to sources, I’m more of a splitter than a lumper. When I create a source for an article found on, my source is the name of the newspaper and not ( is part of the citation but not the master source.) Similar is true for census records, I don’t have a 1940 census source. Instead, I have a 1940 Lyon County, Kansas census record  as the source. For the 1940 census, I have about 40 pages of citations in this report from counties all across the United States. 

Even though I can’t easily generate a list similar to Randy’s, I did learn something by creating this report: Some of my citations are lacking in detail. In other words, I have work to do to make sure the citation will lead me back to the information.

Thank you, Randy for the challenge!


For this week’s mission (should you decide to accept it), answer the question:
1)  What were the occupations of your ancestors?
2)  Please go back several generations (say parents or grandparents or great-grandparents) and list the occupations that they had in the records you’ve found for them.  You could do this, say, by ancestor table number.
1. Me

  • Teacher
  • Librarian
  • Technology Coordinator

2. my dad

  • Teacher

3. my mother

  • Medical Secretary

4. Leon Russel Crawford

  • worked for Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in Dodge City, Kansas

5. Winnie Letha Currey Crawford

  • Clerk for Eckle’s Department Store in Dodge City, Kansas

6. Edward Osmond Briles

  • 1918 – ran a threshing machine
  • 1923 – Owner Briles Garage in Iola, Kansas
  • 1927 – manager of local feed grinding and shelling plant in Iola, Kansas
  • 1930 – manager of a picture show in Buffalo, Kansas
  • 1932 – owner of Lyric Theater in Emporia, Kansas

7. Pauline Edith Mentzer Briles

  • Babysitter after death of husband

8. Judson Foster Crawford

  • worked for Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in Dodge City, Kansas

9. Josie Winifred Hammond Crawford

  • Homemaker

10. Hiram Miles Currey

  • 1900 – Magnetic Healer (according to census) – Delaware Township, Leavenworth County, KS
  • 1907 – carpenter – Lansing, Kansas
  • 1910 – farmer – Rooks County, Kansas
  • 1915 – teamster – Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1919/1920 – baker at a cone factory – Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1925 – section hand – Logan, Gray County, KS
  • 1930 – carpenter – Dodge City, KS

11. Winnie Mae Hutchinson Currey

  • Homemaker

12. Edward Grant Briles

  • farmer – Coffey County, Kansas

13. Frances Arlissa ‘Artie’ Ricketts Briles

  • homemaker

14. Charles Oliver Mentzer

  • farmer – Woodson County, Kansas

15. Nettie Adell Wells Mentzer

  • homemaker

16. Washington Marion Crawford

  • farmer – prior to civil war
  • attempted farming after civil war – but disabilities made this difficult
  • built boarding house in Dodge City, Kansas
  • “selected to look after soldier’s home” at Fort Dodge, Ford County, Kansas

17. Mary Foster Crawford

  • homemaker
  • caregiver – took care of husband after his return from the civil war
  • Boarding House operator

18. Richmond Fisk Hammond

  • farmer
  • carpenter

19. Sarah Ellen Ralston Hammond

  • homemaker

20. Hiram M. Currey

  • farmer

21. Angelina Jane Burke Currey

  • homemaker

22. Albert Hutchinson

  • farmer

23. Julia Harding Hutchinson

  • homemaker

24. Noah Washington Briles

  • farm laborer
  • farmer

25. Sarah Jane Thompson Briles

  • homemaker

26. James Marshall Ricketts

  • farmer

27. Rachel Elmeda Christy Ricketts

  • homemaker

28. George Mentzer

  • farm hand
  • clerk in grocery store
  • helped establish first hotel in Kewanee
  • domestic servant
  • farmer
  • Stockholder – Yates Center Creamery Association

29. Emeline Minnick Mentzer

  • homemaker

30. Thurston Kennedy Wells

  • carpenter – Madison County, New York
  • laborer – Lykins County, Kansas

31. Salome Adell Crandall Wells

  • homemaker

32. Nelson G. Crawford

  • farmer

34. Zebulon Foster

  • farmer

36. Horatio Hammond

  • farmer

38. James Barr Ralston

  • farmer

40. Hiram M. Currey

  • lawyer

42. Henry F. Burke

  • likely a farmer — owned land in Platte County, Missouri before his death

44. Aaron Hutchinson

  • unknown

46. William Gillies Harding

  • farmer

48. Alexander Briles

  • farmer

50. William Taylor Thompson

  • farmer

52. John Lewis Ricketts

  • farmer

54. Samuel Christy

  • farmer

56. Phillip Andrew Mentzer

  • unknown

58. John Minnick

  • shoe maker

60. Ozias Wells

  • Unknown

62. Lewis Crandall

  • likely a farmer in Van Buren County, Iowa

64. James Crawford

  • farmer

68. Richard Foster

  • likely a farmer in Pike County Ohio

70. Dr. Edward Ostrander

  • Doctor

72. Jason Hammond

  • Unknown

74. Jonathan Fisk

  • Unknown

76. David Franklin Ralson

  • farmer

78. James B. McCormick

  • Unknown

80. Hiram Mirick Currey

  • preacher
  • teacher
  • Ohio state treasurer

82. Peter Harris

  • Unknown

84. John Burke

  • employed in agriculture

86. Eli Bland

  • likely a farmer – Cumberland County, Kentucky

88. Aaron Hutchinson

  • engaged in agriculture

90. _____ Merry

  • Unknown

92. William Harding

  • Unknown

94. _____ Fowler

  • Unknown

96. John Briles

  • farmer

98. Noah Rush

  • farmer

100. John Thompson

  • farmer

102. James Evans

  • farmer

104. Edward Ricketts

  • landowner – likely a farmer

106. John C. Reed

  • farmer

108. Ebenezer Christy

  • Unknown

110. Isom Gallimore

  • farmer

112. Phillip Andre Mentzer

  • Unknown

114. Oliver Miles

  • Unknown

116. _____ Minnick

  • Unknown

118. _____ Jones

  • Unknown

120. Green Wells

  • farmer

122. John Kennedy

  • Unknown

124. Hampton Lillibridge Crandall

  • farmer

126. _____ Nafus

  • Unknown

This exercise pointed out:

  • Many of my ancestors engaged in agriculture
  • My use of the ‘occupation’ fact is too infrequent
  • Work is needed to identify all of the ‘unknown’ occupations

Thank you, Randy Seaver, for this challenge to look at my data in a different way!

Birth Order

Do you ever look at your genealogy information in a different way — just for the fun of it?

I find that doing Randy Seaver’s  ‘Saturday Night Genealogy Fun’ blog posts helps me see my data in a different way — even though I’m just doing it to participate in a fun activity.

This week’s challenge, should you accept it:

  1. Pick one of your ancestral lines — any one — patrilineal, matrilineal, zigzag, from a famous ancestor, etc. Pick a long one if you can.
  2. Tell us which position in the birth order that your ancestor was in each generation. For example “third child, first son.” Also list how many children were born to these parents.
  3. Share your Birth Order work with the community on your own blog post, in a comment to Randy’s original post, or in a comment on Facebook, et.

I thought about doing my Germanna line (Briles) but switched to my DAR line.

  1. Marcia Crawford, eldest child and only daughter
  2. Eugene Crawford was the second child of three, eldest son of Leon and Winnie Crawford. Eugene’s siblings both died young.
  3. Leon Russel Crawford (1894-1976)was the second child of seven of Judson Foster Crawford and Josie Winifred Hammond. Leon was the eldest son.
  4. Josie Winifred Hammond (1874-1954) was the 7th child of 9 of Richmond Fisk Hammond and Sarah Ellen Ralston. Josie was the youngest daughter. She had 2 younger brothers.
  5. Richmond Fisk Hammond (1840-1928), was the 10th child of 11 of Horatio Hammond and Louisa Fisk. Richmond was the youngest son.
  6. Horatio Hammond (1798-1879) was the youngest of six children of Jason Hammond and Rachel Hale. 
  7. Jason Hammond (1762-1830) was the eldest child of 9 children born to Nathaniel Hammond and Dorothy Tucker.
  8. Nathaniel Hammond (1733-1817) was the eldest child of 4 children born to Elijah Hammond and Mary Kingsbury.
  9. Elijah Hammond (1711-1800) was the youngest of seven children born to Isaac Hammond and Ann Hendrick.
  10. Isaac Hammond (1668-1715/6) was the fourth of seven children born to Thomas Hammond and Elizabeth Stedman.
  11. Thomas Hammond (abt 1630-1678) was the oldest of four children born to Thomas Hammond and Elizabeth Cason.
  12. Thomas Hammond (1603-1675) was my immigrant ancestor on this line. I do not have much information on Thomas and his family.

Most of the information on this family came from two books. 

  • Genealogy of the Family of Horatio Hammond, Ontario Illinois in the Direct Line from Thomas Hammond (Galesburg, Illlinois: Colville Printer, 1876).
  • History and Genealogies of the Hammond Families in America With an Account of the Early History of the Family in Normandy and Great Britain (Oneida, NY: Ryan & Burkhart, 1904).