Friday, December 31, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
1) Write your Genea-Santa letter. Have you been a good genealogy girl or boy? What genealogy-oriented items are on your Christmas wish list? They could be family history items, technology items, or things that you want to pursue your ancestral quest.
2) Tell us about them in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook status or comment to this post.
I think I have done a pretty good job of keeping track of all my sources this year. I have made progress in my filing and updating my tree. I have met some new family and helped out some fellow Genies. This year could you please bring me:
1. The birth and death dates of my Gaertner & Nouvier family in France.
2. The time to finish my Huguenot Lineage Application.
3. The location in Germany my Rheinlanders came from.
4. And last but not least, an Ipad!
Thank you Santa!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Jean (John) was born to Jacob Gaertner and Marie Anne Meyet on 20 Feb 1800, in Arzviller, Moselle, France. Elizabeth was born 4 Feb 1807, probably the same area in France as John. They were supposedly married 5 Feb 1828 in Brouderdorff, Moselle, France. I have not been able to document their marriage date yet.
According to the 1850 Summit County, Ohio census, the family came to the US in 1830 as their first child was born somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. They went on to have six more children, including my ancestress, Margaret born 12 May 1843, Summit County, Ohio.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
1) Go to the AnyMaking website (http://anymaking.com – it’s FREE to use) and …
2) Doctor some of your priceless photographs using one or more of their photo effects to turn your photo into a cartoon, into a puzzle, into a wanted poster, etc. Try it, it’s fun. You can spend hours doing this. Think about Christmas presents for your family or friends… [Note that if you want decent size photos - or real puzzles, portraits, etc., you'll need to subscribe to their Premium service.]
Do you have those cute unlabeled photos in your family?
I like engraved tombstones a lot....
What can you come up with?
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Guy spent his early years in Rowlesburg with the family. Shortly after John and Ollie were divorced, John took Guy and their other son Richard to Rochester, New York. There he grew up and enlisted in World War II.
Guy served in the Asian Region. During his enlistment he wrote letters to his sister, Ruby. Unfortunately, Guy never made it home to the U.S. Guy drowned in Manila, Philippines on 9 February 1944 and is buried at Fort Bonifacio, Philippines.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:
1) A Facebook meme for women went viral this week - the "I Like It" meme which garnered responses like "I Like It ... On the Couch" or "I Like it ... on the Table." The subject was "purse" - where to put their purse. The mind boggled for awhile with some of the responses from supposedly proper genealogy ladies.
2) Please write an "I Like It" post on the theme of "I like doing genealogy research" someplace, and why.
3) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a comment or note on Facebook.
I like to do genealogy at Special Collections in the Akron Summit County Public Library, Akron, Ohio!
Special Collections, Akron, Ohio
They have the best Librarians, who are very knowledgeable and helpful. They can track down just about anything you are looking for! You can tell they really love their jobs. They also have an awesome collection of not just Ohio, but other States and Countries. They are always working on new projects and love feedback from their researchers, casual and professional. There is always something new to read and check out. I love Special Collections!
Where do you like to research?
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Minnie was born 16 February 1879 in Preston County, West Virginia to Robert A. Hartsell and Mary Neff. Minnie married Thomas Milton Rogers 26 November 1896 in Preston County. Thomas died 10 May 1906 from being struck in the head by falling timber, leaving Minnie with six children under the age of ten.
Minnie lived until 20 March 1967. We are not sure of the date when Minnie wrote out her recipe for Pumpkin Cake, but we know she wrote it down for the family. For me it is very neat to have something that my Great Great Grandmother wrote down for us, I bet she liked Pumpkin Cake.
Friday, September 3, 2010
I have now been researching my family since 2000. My Grandma is the one who dabbled in the family history and got me hooked at an early age. Because of her and her neighbor who also was a researcher, I am now heavily involved in my local Genealogical Society. They meet on the weekends, which makes it easy for someone like me who works during the week. Dues are inexpensive and they provide quality programs to learn from.
I agree with the other people who posted comments on Thomas and Marian's blogs. Us "young people" do not have enough money and/or vacation time to go to all the conferences. I have yet to attend a National Conference, but the Ohio State Conference, closer and for just 3 days, is much easier to accomplish.
I will say tho, as I come around the curve of 30 years old here soon, I find that lately that I am not the youngest anymore. That makes me happy, but I also know how the younger people coming in feel. I look out for them at conferences and meetings, to encourage and support them. We as the "younger people" may have much to learn, but learn we do through the many technology outlets, print information and through conferences. I have learned a lot through all my friends at the Genealogy Society who welcomed me and taught me many things. Not everyone is as welcoming as they could be to the next generation. We can learn a lot from each other.
On another note, I was a little surprised to see all four adds in the Family Tree Magazine, I think there is someone out there that could compile some better statistics on the Genealogical Audience out here. We might be different ages and demographics, but we are all working the same goal, where is my ancestor!
And one last thing :) Have you ever planned a Genealogy Fun Day with your Genealogical Society? I planed one for ours, we invited the whole family, kids, grandkids, etc. We had genealogical activities planned for all ages to work together with the person who does genealogy in the family. We had stations set up around the room and provided snacks. It was a hit! Never stop looking for ways to include everyone, no matter their age.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Have you ever toured a cemetery just for the fun of it? A friend of mine and fellow Genealogist, Julie and I were on a Research Trip to Frankfort, Kentucky last weekend. We decided since the Archives and the Historical Society were closed, the next best thing would be to track down Daniel Boone's grave and then for fun drive around the cemetery!
We did find Daniel Boone, but we also came across many interesting and amazing stones. Some of the most elaborate and biggest stones we had ever seen. Mr. Boone is buried (or supposedly buried according to some people...) at Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, Kentucky, just outside of downtown.
But that is not who I would like to talk about tonight...now I would like to tell you about the Browns. One would think usually that Brown could be boring, (no offense Brown surnames!), but this particular Brown is rather interesting, especially to those who are avid genealogists. As Julie was driving up and down the little road through the cemetery, she or I would say stop and we'd hop out of the car to look at various stones and snap photos. But on this occasion, I began to hollar, STOP, STOP Julie Stop, go back! We have to have a photo of the Brown's tombstone. I hope those who are searching for the Brown family have not come up with a brick wall, because this might slow some down!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Meet Michael & Hannah (Alton) Stine. Michael was born in Pennsylvania in 1783 and died in Monroe County, Ohio in 1873. He married Hannah Alton in 1806 in Greene County, Pennsylvania. Michael purchased land in Ohio in 1827, around that time he moved his entire family to Monroe County, Ohio.
Michael continued to buy and sell land there as well as own a general store for many years. Michael and Hannah had 14 children together. John Stine born in 1821 is my ancestor.
Michael and Hannah are buried at Unity Baptist Church in Monroe County, Ohio.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
My stubborn wall, who I have put aside at the moment is my Cog(h)an line.
John Bradley Cogan was born 23 January 1872 probably that is in Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania to Richard Cogan and Mary Deplante (who was supposedly born in Canada). I pretty much have John's life down after he marries in Summit County, Ohio in 1892 to Catherine Conlin. Before that is my problem. I cannot seem to find hide nor hair of Richard and the family. I have found no possible siblings or birth information. I have possibly located a Mary and a son Jonathan in Titusville in 1880, but that is a little sketchy to me too.
Anyone out there have a clue for me?
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Germans meet French! Margaret Gardner was born in 1843 probably Summit County, Ohio to French immigrants, John Michael Gardner and Elizabeth Neuyear. Margaret married George Whitman, son of Christian and Mary Radar Whitman. Margaret and George probably married about 1862 in Summit or Wayne County, Ohio. A marriage record has yet to have been found. A search is now being made to see if George served in the Civil War. Hopefully a pension file will be located for George to help solve this problem.
George and Margaret are buried together in St. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery, Doylestown, Wayne County, Ohio. George died of Dropsy of the Heart in 1907. Margaret died in 1915 of Paralysis due to Artius Sclerousis.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
On the 29th of June I wrote about George Whitman. George's son is Christian Whitman. Christian was born 5 February 1807 in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Christian married Mrs. Mary Manning 2 February 1841 in Wayne County, Ohio, shortly after the family moved from Pennsylvania. Mary's maiden name might be Rater, according to a few sources. Christian died in 1888 and Mary in 1898. They are buried together at St. Peter & St. Paul's Catholic Church Cemetery, Doylestown, Wayne County, Ohio. Mary and Christian had ten children together. Their eldest son, George born in 1841, (five months after the marriage...) is my ancestor.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:
1) Write a Genealogy Clerihew (and what is a "clerihew" you ask? See Jim Smith's post today for more details and his clerihew (briefly, a clerihew is a four-line irregular poem or verse that follows an AABB rhyme scheme. It is named for the birthday of Edmund Clerihew Bentley the inventor, aka writer, aka poet."). If you're feeling especially creative, write two or more!
2) Show us your genealogy clerihew in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook comment or update. C'mon, dazzle your readers and friends with your poetry and creativeness.
Well here is my Genealogy Clerihew...
Records hold the key
Even tho our ancestors flee
They may hide
But we’ll look wide
Kelly L. Holderbaum (c) 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
I recently traveled down to Wooster to do some research on my Whitman family. Find estate files for your family is very exciting especially when you hit the jack pot. I blogged earlier about the Whitmans. George died in 1847, leaving his son Christian as the executor and leaving everything to his unnamed wife, shame on him not naming her. But an estate file was filed in 1857. Mary Elizabeth Whitman died, Christian her son is the executor and his finishing his mother and father's estate. The above receipt was in the file. This order for the gravestone for $16.00 tells us Mary Elizabeth's husband, two sons, her date of death and age of death as well as the mark of Christian Whitman. Lovely!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
So, on Saturday I took a "Kelly Research Day" and went down to Doylestown, Wayne County, Ohio to find my Whitman and Conlin family at the St. Peters & Pauls Catholic Cemetery. It was a beatuiful day to wander around a cemetery. I found my three generations of Whitmans right away as well as a slew of collateral Whitmans.
I will start at the begining with George Whitman born about 1768 in Switzerland according to some records. George settled in Pennslyvania with his wife and atleast two sons, Christian (born 1807 Adams County, PA) and Andrew. They then moved on to Wayne County, Ohio by 1840, probably in the early to mid 1830s according to land records that I located Saturday also.
George and his family helped build the St. Peters & Pauls Catholic Church. According to the Church history "Masses were celebrated in the log cabin of the Whitman family until 1836." George died 18 June 1843 Wayne County, Ohio at the age of 79 years.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Ollie Minnie Laymire was born 12 January 1887 to John Henry and Louisa Virginia Nose Laymire at Scotch Hill, Newburg, Preston County, West Virginia. She was the third eldest of twelve children. Although I never met Ollie, I have heard many stories about her from various family members. She had a tough life and was interesting.
When Ollie was 31 years old she gave birth to her first son, Rex Posten Laymire in July 1918. To this day we do not know who the father is. In January of 1920, Ollie married John Robert Rogers. They changed Rex's middle and last name to Rex Rudolph Rogers. They went on to have two boys and two girls together. Things were not going well for the expanded family and they separated. John taking the boys to New York and Ollie staying in West Virginia with the girls. At times the children were living with different families. John and Ollie were divorced in 1942. Each of them remarried again. Ollie died 12 August 1952 and is buried where she was born, just down the road in Hunt Cemetery, not far from her parents. As I am writing this, I notice that Ollie's tombstone is wrong, just because it is written in stone doesn't make it true!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
1) Determine who is one of the most prolific fathers in your genealogy database or in your ancestry. By prolific, I mean the one who fathered the most children.
2) Tell us about him in your own blog post, in comments to this blog post, or in comments on Facebook."
Well hands down, my most prolific father in my husband's family tree is Adam Holderbaum who had two wives and 22 children! Adam was born in 1786 in Bedford County, PA and died in 1870 in Michigan.
On my side of the family, 12 seems to be the magic number in many different branches of mine. Although, Jonas Hartzell born 1818 in PA and died 1875, had 14 children with his wife Elizabeth Godwin.
Happy Father's Day!
Monday, June 14, 2010
In January another Genealogy Friend and I decided to make a list of our Genealogical Research Goals. I had Data, Research, Writing, Education and "Other" goals on my list.
Here were my Research and my Education Goals for the year:
1. Make 12 request for documents/microfilm
Ordered 3 Monroe County, OH Newspaper microfilms from OHS, ordered 3 estates from Wayne County, OH, ordered final pension payment voucher from NARA, ordered two land files from NARA
2. Order 1 German microfilm on Rheinlander or Shafferman family
3. Go on at least one research trip
Went to Hancock County, OH did research in the Library and Cannonsburg Cemetery
4. Go to at least one new research repository
1. Attend at least one conference/workshop
Attended Craig Scott's Military Research Day in PA
2. Keep up to date with the NGS Quarterly
3. Read 3 new skill books & apply what learned
4. Watch the APG, BCG & NGS Lectures online
Do you have any Genealogy Goals for the year? How are you doing on your goals?