Cousin Connections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Descendants Richmond Hammond

  1. Richmond Fisk Hammond
    b: 20 Nov 1840, Licking, Ohio, United States
    d: 8 Apr 1928, Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California, United States
    +Sarah Ellen Ralston
    b: 11 May 1849, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States
    m: 1 Jan 1867, Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States
    d: 18 Oct 1892, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States

. . . . . 11. William R. R. Hammond
          b: 1 Jan 1864

. . . . . 12. Homer L. Hammond
          b: 25 Jul 1865

. . . . . 13. Judson F. E. Hammond
          b: 15 Apr 1866

. . . . . 14. Estella Mabel Hammond
          b: 6 Feb 1868, Illinois, United States
          d: 20 Dec 1949, Sapulpa, Creek, Oklahoma, United States
. . . . . +William P. Root
          b: Jan 1864, Illinois, United States
          m: 20 Mar 1889, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
          d: 9 Sep 1924, Sapulpa, Creek, Oklahoma, United States

. . . . . 15. Forest Clinton Hammond
          b: 28 Nov 1868, Illinois, United States
          d: 28 Oct 1905, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States

. . . . . 16. Nellie Elida Hammond
          b: 23 Nov 1871, Illinois, United States
          d: 11 Aug 1956, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . +Homer L. Bleecker
          m: 25 Dec 1889, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
          d: 18 Jul 1934, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 161. Homer Glenn Bleecker
                    b: 24 Sep 1890
                    d: 26 Nov 1948, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 162. Nellie Gladys Bleecker
                    b: 29 Aug 1892, Kansas, United States
                    d: 5 Oct 1940, Crown Point, Lake, Indiana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 163. Chester W. Bleecker
                    b: 7 Jul 1894, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
                    d: 12 Nov 1948, Contra Costa, California, United States

. . . . . 17. Josie Winifred Hammond
          b: 9 Feb 1874, Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States
          d: 27 Sep 1954, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . +Judson Foster Crawford
          b: 15 Apr 1866, Warren, Indiana, United States
          m: 24 Dec 1890, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
          d: 19 Feb 1949, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 171. Bernice Crawford
                    b: 4 Mar 1892, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
                    d: 2 Aug 1959, Kelseyville, Lake, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 172. Leon Russel Crawford
                    b: 6 Feb 1894, Newton, Harvey, Kansas, United States
                    d: 3 Oct 1976, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 173. Marion Richmond Crawford
                    b: 24 Oct 1895, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
                    d: 29 Jun 1920, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 174. Helen Marjorie Crawford
                    b: 30 Apr 1900, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
                    d: 1 Nov 1971, El Paso, El Paso, Texas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 175. Hugh Judson Crawford
                    b: 16 Sep 1902, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
                    d: 7 Aug 1987, Casa Grande, Pinal, Arizona, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 176. Esther Stella Crawford
                    b: 6 Feb 1905, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
                    d: 7 Jul 1987, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 177. Lois Elida Crawford
                    b: 10 Nov 1909, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
                    d: 18 Jan 1972, Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States

. . . . . 18. Glenn M Hammond
          b: 4 Sep 1877
          d: 11 Feb 1878

. . . . . 19. Clyde Nelson Hammond
          b: 11 Jun 1879, Union, Hardin, Iowa, United States
          d: 4 Dec 1960, Fort Dodge, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . +Minnie L. Connell
          b: 9 Aug 1878
          m: 23 Nov 1901, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
          d: 3 Mar 1969, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 191. Inez Hammond
                    b: 6 Jun 1903, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
                    d: 30 Oct 1996, Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 192. Agnes R. Hammond
                    b: 31 Dec 1907
                    d: 3 Nov 1908, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
+Mary McClure
b: 9 Oct 1857
m: 7 Nov 1897, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
d: 14 Mar 1901, Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
. . . . . 1A. Hattie Louisa Hammond
          b: Mar 1899, Kansas, United States
          d: 26 Sep 1994, Riverside, Riverside, California, United States
. . . . . +Ralph E. Pate
          b: 24 Apr 1892, Indiana, United States
          m: 2 Jun 1917, Orange, Orange, California, United States
          d: 5 Jan 1977, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 1A1. Harvey Edgar Pate
                    b: 10 May 1918, California, United States
                    d: 25 Jan 2001, Montclair, San Bernardino, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 1A2. Marjorie L. Pate
                    b: 15 Jan 1922, California, United States
                    d: 22 May 1983
. . . . . . . . . . 1A3. Bettie Lucille Pate
                    b: 2 Jul 1925, California, United States
                    d: 9 Feb 2009, Riverside, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . 1A4. Elna Shirley Pate
                    b: 16 Apr 1928, California, United States
+Mary A. Reynolds
m: 29 Oct 1906, Kinsley, Edwards, Kansas, United States

RootsMagic 8 – Duplicate Sources

While working thru what my process will be to add a source to an event in the preview of RootsMagic 8, I discovered that I have the same source in my database twice. I made this discovery when I searched my list of sources for ‘journal and’.

If I click on the three dots in the upper right of the Sources section of the screen, it reveals the option to “Merge Sources” [NOTE: Always look under those three dots when trying to figure out how to do something.]

Before starting the merge, I need to make sure the source I want to keep is highlighted. When I click on ‘Merge Sources’ a window opens prompting me to ‘Select Source’.

Again, I use the search box to look for ‘journal and’ to narrow the list. From trial and error, I learned that

  • the highlighted source in the Sources window is my first source
  • the ‘Select Source’ window wants me to select the 2nd source

Since the source whose name begins with ‘News-IN Journal’ is the source I want to keep, I need to switch the highlighting to the source whose name begins with “News-IN Lafayette.”

Once I have this second source highlighted, I can click on the OK button. This will open a screen comparing the two sources.

This screen is a ‘fail safe’ screen. The source on the left is the one that will be kept and the source on the right is the one that will disappear after a merge. By showing the two sources side by side, one can compare the information and then make a decision.

  • Cancel when one decides the two sources are not the same
  • Swap when one decides that they would prefer the source on the right be the one that is kept.
  • Merge Duplicates when one decides the two sources do need to be merged with the source on the left surviving.

I clicked on the ‘Merge Duplicates’ button and my screen switched to the citations screen for the surviving source.

If I click the green < to the left of the word Citations, the screen switches to the sources screen showing the surviving source.

On this screen I can see that there is a total of 37 citations for this source which is the combination of the 27 citations from the source that was kept and the 10 citations from the source that was not kept.

I’m sure that these notes will come in handy when I start actively using RootsMagic 8 and find more duplicate sources.

1915 Affidavit

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions

Richomond F Hammond
Bellflower Cal
118839 Act May

Stamped APR 12 1915 / JUN 16 1915

No. 1. Date nd place of birth? Answer. Licking Co Ohio

The name of organizations in which you served? Answer. E Co 17 Ills Infy – IL Company 14 Ills Cav

no. 2. What was your post office at enlistment? Answer. Galesburg Illinois

No. 3. State your wife’s full name and her maiden name. Answer. Mary A Hammond (Reynolds)

No. 4. When, where and by whom were you married? Answer. Oct 29 1906 at Kinglsey Kas by Probate Judge

No. 5. Is there any official or church record of your marriage? No

If so, where? Answer. At probate judges offise Kinsly Kas

No. 6. Were you previously married? If so, state the name of your former wife, the date of the marriage and the date and place of her death or divorce. If there was more than one previous marriage, let your answer include all former wives. Answer.

Yes. First wife Sarah E Ralson Jan 1st 1867 at Ontario Ills 2nd wife Mary E Myers at DOdge CIty Kansas. 5 children by 1st wife one child by second wife Hattie L Hammond

No. 7 If your present wife was married before her marriage to you, state the name of her former husband, the date of such marriage and the date and place of his death or divorce, and state whether he ever rendered any military or naval service, and, if so, give name of the organization in which he served. If she was married more than once before he marriage to you, let your answer include all former husbands. Answer.

Yes once to Wm Grims who was killed on railroad never was in army

No. 8. Are you now living with your wife, or has there been a separation? Answer

yes we are living together at Bellflower Calafornia

No. 9. State the names and dates of birth of all your children, living or dead. Answer

Stella M Hammond born Feb 9th 1867
Forrest C Hammond Nov 28 1868
Nellie E Hammond born Nov 28 1869
Josie E Hammond born Feb 6 1871
Clyde N Hammond born June 23 1872
by second wife Hattie L Hammond born April 1st 1897
First wife died Oct 12 1892 at Dodge City Kas
Second wife died March 14 1901 at Dodge City Kansas

Date Aprl 5 1915 (Signature) Richmond F Hammond

1857 Martha Scranton Letter

In 1806, Rachel Currey married Samuel Colver in Champaign County Ohio. Rachel and Samuel had five children: Abigail, Sarah, Samuel, Rachel and Hiram. Sarah married Lyman Konkrite in 1827. By 1860 the Konkrites had migrated to Texas where Sarah died in 1874. Rachel married Robert Wilson in 1833 and moved to Illinois. Samuel married Huldah Callender in Logan County Ohio in 1843. Prior to his marriage, Samuel was in Texas where he served as a Texas Ranger under Colonel Edward Burleson. Hiram married Mariah Ward in 1841 in Madison County, Ohio.

In 1849, Samuel and Hiram had moved with their families to St. Joseph, Missouri where they were preparing to move to Oregon. In a letter dated in November (year not specified), Hiram writes his parents about their stay in St. Joseph and the desire to move west. Samuel added a note at the end of this letter. According to their respective land claims, Samuel and Hiram arrived in Oregon in 1850. The two families settled in Jackson County Oregon. In July 1851 Hiram again writes his parents describing the land and explaining why he doesn’t believe his mother would be happy in Oregon.

In 1853, Samuel and Rachel write to their sons in Oregon. The letter urges one of the sons to come back east and help them move to Oregon.

In 1857 Martha Scranton writes to her sister in Oregon.

Green Plain Feb 8 1857
Dear brother and sister
I have once more been permitend to see a letter from you I had almost discouraged of
hearing from you again. There was a report here that the Indians was very bad in your
Vicinity and I was afraid you were all massacred – but the deads alive and the lost if
found but before I proceed further I will tell you we are well my family consist of my
husband self and two boys Lake and George ?my health has been very poor since you left
Ohio bit it now is improving We live near homer on the Moses Patrick farm owned by
James Billington land has become so high here that we hardly ever expect to buy land
here if we owned but one hundred acres of land here I could be content to stay here and
let them go west that love money better than I do I visited you old farm last winter it
value is at 50 dollars an acre I should think Maria you might write to Lydia and I I would
write if I had to take a baby on one knee and my paper on the other I want to know how
many babies Sams folks have how the Old gentleman and Lady likes and so and so Lake
Ellworth is with us some of the time this winter their family has grown up till they have
two young men and three young woman they quite intelligent young people Lake is
teaching in an adjoiny district to us
I don’t know whether you have heard of Quincys death or not he died two years ago last
Aug he left a little girl I had a letter from Alma last week she talks of coming back to
Ohio and I believe Harlow died since you left his girl is now 20 years old she writes she
thinks of visiting us in the spring Isaac has gone to Illinois he owns a little farm near
Springfield Turners widow has married again I have not heard from Wales for three years
the last he wrote me he was married and had a daughter he was carrying on a shop in
Cleveland but his wife had gone to Cincinnatti to make her last visit they were going to
California so you see I correspond with what few relatives I have left on this Earth Our
old father it seemed to me suffered a great deal before he died he was in London he had
rented a little shop and thought to make his living by a few little groceries he couldn’t
bear liquor for six months before he died I had thought many times my heart like stone
towards him but alas I pitied him he had no home and I hand none to ask him to be had
spent all his property and Alma wouldn’t have him about their house and he died among
strangers I believe Lydia has had two children since you left Harlow and Oscar I suppose
Martha and Abi think themselves young woman now for my Lake begins to talk about
the pretty girls and he is not 13 yet althougt he is a large as most boys at 16 my other is 4
and small of his age I will bring my harangue to a close for this is the second long letter I
have written today excuse mistakes for Lake Ellsworth and Scranton have kept such an
incessant gabbling I hardly know what I was writing.
My husband joins in sending his respects to you all
Martha A. Scranton
To Maria Colver
If you think it worthwhile to write

Transcribed by Marcia Philbrick
From photocopy of letter received from
Southern Oregon Historical Society
106 N. Central Ave.
Medford, OR 97501
March 2002

Christmas Songs

Do you start listening to Christmas music around the end of October or do you wait until closer to Christmas to enjoy the seasonal music? This week, Randy Seaver challenged us to name our favorite Christmas song in his weekly, Saturday Night Genealogy Fun post. I’m not going to follow the rules. Instead of just talking about one favorite, I’m going to discuss several songs.

My all time favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night. I think one of the reasons this is my favorite is that I loved to play it on the piano. Many different artists have excellent renditions of this song. However, my favorite rendition was one that I was privileged to witness on Christmas Eve five years ago at The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. My husband and I were ushering that evening. Thus, it wasn’t until towards the end of the song, that I could just stand there and soak in the beauty of the song. It wasn’t until later that evening that I learned the story of the singer, Cary Mock. The memory of him singing that evening is one of my favorite Christmas song memories.

During the Christmas season, my mom would pull out the music books and sit down and play various carols on the piano. My mom had a musical talent that I did not inherit. She could take a piece of music and play chords along with the melody line. It was a joy to listen to her play those carols.

I also remember that my parents had a favorite album of Christmas music, an album of organ music. Even though I haven’t added any organ music to my iTunes library, I have a wonderful Facebook friend that blessed us this year with a short concert of organ music.

Over the past few years, I’ve added to my list of favorites. Five years ago, that ‘new’ favorite was ‘A Hallelujah Christmas’ by Cloverton.

This year, I have two new favorites. Both songs are from 2019 and were written by members of the COR Worship Collective — the musicians at The Church of the Resurrection. I think these songs resonate with me this year because it is 2020 and we are in a pandemic. I am very thankful that this group of musicians have brought me joy each week as they have led worship online for the church.

To me, the first song, Some Kind of Christmas, has a fun beat while it tells the Christmas story.

The second song, Come Lord Jesus, Come, has become my prayer for dealing with 2020.

This year, I am thankful for all of the musicians that are bringing us joy thru their music.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

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

1)  Thinking about your direct ancestors back through 2nd great-grandparents – in other words, ancestors #2 to #31 on your pedigree chart – how many children did they have?  How many lived long enough to marry?  How many died before age 10?
2)  Tell us all about it in a blog post of your own, in comments on this blog post, or in a post on Facebook.  Be sure to link to them in a comment on this blog post.

#4-5: Leon Russel Crawford (1894-1976) and Winnie Letha Currey (1903-1992) – had three children, 2 males and 1 female with only 1 male who married

#6-7: Edward Osmond Briles (1891-1956) and Pauline Edith Mentzer (1896-1984) – had five children with 1 male dying young and 1 male and 3 female marrying

#8-9: Judson Foster Crawford (1866-1949) and Josie Winifred Hammond (1874-1954) – had 7 children with 1 male dying as a young adult and 2 males and 4 females marrying

#10-11: Hiram Miles Currey (1866-1943) and Winnie Mae Hutchinson (1871-1913) – had 9 children with 3 males dying young and 2 males and 4 females marrying

#12-13: Edward Grant Briles (1869-1951) and Frances Artlissa Ricketts (1868-1947) – had 4 children, 2 males and 2 females, who all married

#14-15: Charles Oliver Mentzer (1869-1955) and Nettie Adell Wells (1873-1939) had 5 children, 3 males and 2 females, who all married

#16-17: Washington Marion Crawford (1838-1889) and Mary Foster (1842-1929) had 5 children with 1 daughter dying in her teens and 2 males and 2 females reaching adulthood and marrying

#18-19: Richmond Fisk Hammond (1840-1928) and Sarah Ellen Ralston (1849-1892) – had 9 children with 4 males dying young, 1 unmarried adult male, 1 married adult male and 3 married adult females.

#20-21: Hiram M Currey (1835-1901) and Angelina Jane Burke (1836-1901) has 10 children with 2 males dying young, 4 married males and 4 married females.

#22-23: Albert Hutchinson (1838-1896) and Julia Harding (1840-1892) – had 10 children with 3 males and 1 female dying young along with 3 married males and 3 married females

#24-25: Noah Washington Briles (1840-1879) and Sarah Jane Thompson (1843-1930) – had two children, a male and a female, both of whom married

#26-27 James Marshall Ricketts (1847-1920) and Rachel Elmeda Christy (1845-1927) – had 8 children with 2 females dying young, 2 married males and 4 married females.

#28-29: George Mentzer (1838-1912) and Emeline Minnick (1848-1927) had 8 children with 6 married males and 2 married females

#30-31: Thurston Kennedy Wells (1821-1893) and Salome Adell Crandall (1836-1893) had 4 children with a male and a female dying young and 2 married females

From my 2nd great-grandparents, I have 41 potential DNA lines where I need to track descendants.

Crawford Ancestor DNA Project

Have you heard about Ancestor DNA Projects on GedMatch? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t. I first heard about them last month when a member of the Clan Crawford group on Facebook posted about it.

Several members of the Clan Crawford Facebook group are trying to get a Crawford Ancestor Project started. However, they need FIFTY Crawford researchers to agree to participate to get the project established.

If you are a Crawford researcher who has uploaded your DNA to GedMatch, then please consider participating in the project.

To join the project, one must first be a member of the Clan Crawford Association Ancestry & DNA Research Forum on Facebook. If you are on Facebook, then you may submit a request to join the Clan Crawford Association Ancestry & DNA Research Forum. This is a great group that discusses Crawford DNA and/or Crawford Research.

Once your membership in the Clan Crawford Association Ancestry & DNA Research Forum, you can use the search box on the right side of the screen to locate posts on a particular topic.

A search for ‘gedmatch’ will bring up the post about the Ancestor Project.

The post contains a link to a Google file where one can enter his/her gedmatch number if willing to be part of the project.

If you are a Crawford researcher, please consider participating in both the Facebook group and the Crawford Ancestor DNA Project.


Who Am I?

  • Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Great-Aunt, Friend
  • Kansan – Resident of Seneca, Kansas
  • Retired teacher, library and technology coordinator
  • Long time genealogist
  • Person behind ‘Heartland Genealogy’
  • Blogger
  • Methodist
  • Volunteer

Contrary to the perception of some, I do not make any type of financial benefit from my work with genealogy. The only ‘profit’ I make from my activities is the personal connections I make.
Since retirement, the vast majority of my online presence revolves around the research of my family history.