Showing posts from February, 2016

The hootch was in the toy chest all along! Great Genealogy Story.

This is a true story.  My mother, who is 91 now used to tell about going to her Aunt's home to visit cousins in Oklahoma.  Banty, Durant,  Oklahoma in the 1930s was very dry and dusty.  You could see a car coming at a fast pace for miles by the size of the dust cloud it was kicking up.

Mom was only about 5 years old and her baby sister Corrine was only about 3.  Marvin, her big brother was about 8.  Since her father died in 1929, from the effects of mustard gas from a leaky mask during WWI, Marvin was the man of the house now and watched out over the little girls.  On this trip, Marvin held Corrine on his lap and they watched the old white house rise out of the dust.

Arriving at this run down wood house with a large porch, Mom saw her Uncle.  He was crippled and would sit indian style and walk using just the knuckles of his hands.  His children all had snow white hair and ice blue eyes.  She said, "To this day, those children were the most beautiful children I had ever seen …

In Ancestry, don't forget to try this...

Sometimes, people will say, "Oh I am not going to look at the Photo section of Ancestry, because who would have any pictures of my relatives? I'm sure I am the only one doing this research in my family".

Here are valuable pictures that I found for people.

1) A yearbook picture of a friend's Grandfather

2) A picture of a letter showing permission given by a young woman's father to get married even though she was under age.

3)  A picture of a woman's headstone showing the actual birth and death date that someone never had before.

4)  A picture of an adopted girl's real mother.

Just to name a few, don't be disillusioned in  your research.  Make sure you set aside a Document or Location page to watch the migration of your family.
Good Luck!

Cousin marriage was legal in all states before the Civil War

The question was asked recently about the census question,  #14 in the 1860 Census
Was the person deaf and dumb, blind, idiotic, pauper, or convict?
The government had received a report by anthropology professor Martin Ottenheimer from Kansas stating that the main purposes of marriage prohibitions were maintaining the social order of upholding religious morality and safeguarding the creation of fit offspring.  

Prior evidence from 1758 writer Noah Webster (1758-1843), ministers Phillip Milledole (1775-1852) and Joshua McIlvaine helped lay the ground work for such viewpoints well before 1860. By the 1870s Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881) was writing about the advantages of marriages between unrelated persons.
All cited reasons why children of sisters and brothers should marry.  It hadn't dawned on them yet that the problem of genetic deficiencies between a widower and his wife's sister was just as bad of a problem if they both had the same parents or one of each person's parents w…

Understanding Census Data and learning more about Native Americans

Hi!  We hope you enjoy this.  There is a little music to keep you from going to sleep!
Funny - to look up census data in 1980, we went to the Stake Library and looked through catalog books.  We would pay 3.00 and the Librarian would order the Microfische.  It would take 3 weeks to get here and she would call to let us know it arrived.  The data sometimes was hard to read, or the wrong roll of film because maybe we searched the wrong township.  Now we can switch gears with one click of the  mouse!

The 1940 census is the first census to actually show our parents as adults and sometimes our older siblings were listed.  The law of 72 years is really frustrating when you get addicted to searching.  You uncover a lot of secrets that your family didn't want to discuss, or flossed over and then you need to wait another 10 years to see how it worked out!!!

We are presenting this compilation of notes from our Rootstech trip and tips and tricks to help other budding Genealogists Thursday…

Genealogy wishes and dreams fulfilled! Just start at square 1....

Where is square 1?  That is you!  Go to or and get a free account.  Start with what you know.

Your name, your date of birth and where you were born.

Your parents names and dates of birth and where they were born.
Where did they get married?  When?
Add When did they die?  Where?

Now.  In Family Search there are billions of records and it's really possible that someone may already have your grandparents in the data base so always
CHECK if they are already in the database before going any further.

If not, add them!

write to me at and tell me how you are doing.  Where are you stuck?  Do you know anyone who would like me to do their genealogy for them?  I can do it for 25.00/hour and I can get substantial results within one week.

REASONS...why you should use a Research Log when doing Genealogy

Start with a Pedigree Sheet and a Research Log.

(Have you ever said, "I'm sure I've run across this document before.  Let's see where did I put that?  this pile?  Maybe this one over here??  It can be time consuming and confusing to say the least!

Start with what you know:

right click and save image as researchlog.jpg - then go back and print it out on 8 1/2 x 11 - landscape

Go here for vital information:
Links toPrinciples of Family History ResearcharticlesIntroductionUsing This Article ·New to Genealogy? critical steps! ·Your Genealogical Quest ·The Research Process Step 1. Identify What You KnowUse Appropriate Forms ·


We are presenting this to the Stake Librarians in our area on Thursday - thought we would give you a preview.  Please click here to follow what we learned about genealogical finds to help your research

With very little information you can find your family's Heritage.

Inspirational Stories from Genealogy - Good Housekeeping

Saving papers and pictures from our Relatives before us can pay off!

This is a story of a young woman who did not know her Grandparent's past.  She kept asking her parents where they came from and all they would say is, "We're Jewish".  Finally going through some papers she found a piece of paper that said, "Katie Roskin, Housewife, Russia"   Upon further research and networking with a distant cousin, it was revealed that mostly all of Katie's family had been murdered in the Holocaust and Katie had escaped!  Read this inspiring story and think about how many papers, even scraps of papers or pictures with names on the back might reveal about your family.  Genealogy is like a mystery - a true life puzzle.

Research finds another Grandmother - a survivor of the Holocaust.


Interesting information on Indian and Blended Families - notes taken from Rootstech 2016

How do I start?  Who can help me?

Get the book "American Indians" from the National Archives to help you understand which census data to search.

Bob Blankenship - Cherokee Roots - Volume 1 and Volume II
Check Ebay for a copy.

Know that there can be limitations to what can be found
Now all communities were documented in the same way
Tribal rolls are not that common.  Tribal rolls are often creations of the Federal government thought many are in the public domain
Some communities dramatically changed over the years
Some individuals enerumerated differently

Some enumerators did not follow the rules.  Some only documented what they heard and did not

Mulatto was a standard way of describing people who were Native Americans.  It was also used for Mixed races of Black and another.

One must review the task at hand
document the family history and tell the f am ily story.  Start with what you know.
Understanding the Basic methods of R…

25 mistakes you can make in Genealogy from Josh Taylor at Roots Tech 2016

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it s committing another mistake

Learn from every mistake
mistakes can "change"
My mistake is not always yours

PAF - del*.* - erased the entire hard drive

Undelete?  Didn't exist in the 1970s.

Someone's father is also his son - don't merge the wrong people and make a continuous loop of inaccuracy.

1.  Software
One program? 
Features - Data sync - Changes to software

One software can't do it all.
Try different options and upload your GED to them.

One mistake - one big file?  problem  - you can get lost very easily.

Project/Family/Surname based trees
Each grandparent
Specific family project

Easier to sync
Multiple programs
Online trees.

Nothing goes into your tree without a proper document and documentation should verify the link.
This is a great rule. 

2)  Wrote my first book
Printed pedigree charts, Family group sheets, Narrative reports....

Mistake was no documents, no pictures, no storie…

Making German Genealogy easier - Rootstech 2016 notes

Indicators should start with

Oral TRadition
Family Bible
Naturalization Documents
Marriage Certificate
Grave Marker
Letter from the Old Country
The name (first or last ) how it looks or sounds in German

1850 is when the census data started to say exactly where they were born and where they were living when they applied to be a US citizen

Start with the Courts - Federal documents vary from state to state - find more info at FamilySearch Wiki   on naturalization

Marriage Certificates - even if they came as a child to the US.  It can still be in the church (parish) where they attended or German Records - but first try to pinpoint where they originated.

Grave Marker - The tombstone in Germany is there for 20-30 years then the lease is up and the markers are removed and the place where they were buried will be made available to another tenant of the cemetery.


Letters from the Old Country
If you family has kept them in the attic or old trunk, try to decipher where …