Sunday, January 22, 2017

What I'm working on this week...

There’s nothing better on a crazy hectic Friday than to come home from work to find some family history love in the mail box! The McDonough County Genealogical Society (Illinois) has publications called Grandma Flack’s Scrapbook. There are 8 volumes of this scrapbook which include wedding articles and obituaries from the Industry area of McDonough County. It’s a wonderful resource, but unfortunately most of the articles have no date and none have the name of the newspaper.

Flora Lucinda (Swift) Worth had a brother John H. who died when he was about 24 years old. I didn’t find his obituary because most of the articles are from 1894 to 1957 and he died in 1877, but I did find the obituary of his wife. They were only married 15 months or so before he died. I’m following up with a more specific request for information about John’s death from the MCGS.

I worked mostly on correcting and adding citations to the Charles and Eunice (Robinson) Swift family in Legacy Family Tree. It’s time consuming! But going through it slowly helps me see what other information I might be out there. For example, was there a newspaper article or at least a mention of Charles’ death in his hometown newspaper? I hope to look at microfilm through Inter Library Loan to see what I can find. I also sent for a copy of John H. Swift’s marriage license and an email request to the Crawford County Iowa Genealogical Society to see what resources might be available to find out about the death of Charles and Eunice’s youngest son Lafayette’s death in 1883.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

What I'm working on this week

This week I wrote a citation for the Civil War pension file for Eunice (Robinson) Swift Hurlburt. I read through the 207 pages and put more information with the citation in Legacy Family Tree. I also put the citation on images of some of the pages and copied them for the binder. I am almost ready to start writing the story...a few changes to make on old citations to get them worded properly and then it's on to the fun.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

What I'm working on this week...

To help me remember what I’ve done as time passes, I’m hoping to post a weekly update about what I’ve been working on and a brief summary of any findings and work completed. My GOAL is to write the stories I find in blog posts that I will link to from Facebook so my kids (or anyone else) can read them if they are interested. I have so much research mostly done but not ready to be passed on. My ultimate goal with all this is to put my research into a usable form - I’d love to say finished form but genealogy is never finished - for my kids and grandkids.

In December I decided I wanted to start working on breaking down some brickwall ancestors. They are:

Melissa (Donaldson) Whittecar
Susan (Westervelt) Newcomb
Elizabeth (Robison) West
Charles and Lydia ( ? ) Swift
John Jones
Aaron Robinson

The first three are on dad’s side and the last three are on mom’s.

I started with Charles and Lydia Swift. Using old Family Group Sheets from cousin Donna Shepard from the ‘80’s, I was able to find information on and about them, their children and Charles’ ancestors. I found military information on which provides information about Charles’ father, John Swift, who fought in the Revolutionary War. And beyond that, John and his wife Anna Throop are each descendants of people who came over on the Mayflower. I will post more about them in the months ahead.

So what am I working on specifically this week? Yet another goal with my research is to be sure every fact had a citation that shows the source of the information. So this week I have been working on Charles (1829) and Eunice (Robinson) Swift’s family. I found census and marriage records for their children Harriet, John, Leroy, Flora Lucinda (our ancestor) and Lafayette, and created citations to put in Legacy Family Tree. John and Lafayette died in their early 20s and I’d like to find out more. I sent a request on January 4 to the McDonough County Genealogical Society for Swift family information. They have a “Grandma Flack’s Scrapbook” that has quite a few mentions of the Swift family so I’m anxious to see what they have. Maybe with a little bit of luck we will discover the dates and places of death of Charles (1790) and Lydia Swift. I need to contact the Crawford County, Iowa, genealogy community to see what I can find about the death of Lafayette there in 1883.

Next: write citations for the Civil War widow's pension records of Eunice (Robinson) Swift Hurlburt, specifically the pages that give the births of her children. When I’m satisfied with the Charles (1823) Swift family, move up to his parents.

Context: How are we related to the two Charles’? Me - mom - Lizzie (Worth) Jones - Flora Lucinda (Swift) Worth - Charles (1829) and Eunice (Robinson) Swift - Charles (1790) and Lydia (Bates) Swift. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wow, it's been a while!

What have I been up to? Well, there's the whole do-over project. I'm embarrassed by the lack of sources in my genealogy software. Some people have a few sources attached to them and some have absolutely no sources attached. So I'm starting over.

I bought Legacy 8 and NO ONE gets in the door unless they come with sources for facts. Period. I started with my Russell name, and I'm still looking for an actual record that connects my Daniel Russell (1824-1902) to his father Benjamin (1780?-1840?). I have a Delaware County history that presumably Daniel wrote about his father - he should know who is father is, right? But that's not good enough. Not yet, anyway. I'm looking for a will or other document or record that shows the relationship. I haven't come close to a "reasonably exhaustive" search, so Ben is still waiting on the front porch. To Do: On FamilySearch, create a list of Stueben and Ontario County, New York, wills, probate records, letters of administration etc. and cross off as I browse all 14,000,000 of them! That's a little dramatic because there is some order to the records, some indexes in front of the registers. But I need to do this in an orderly manner or I will end up looking in the same record twice. Or three times.

What if I don't find a definitive record for each fact? Well, after doing all the searching I reasonably can, and if I'm reasonably sure, I will let them in but with notes all over the place that this is iffy and shouldn't be taken as absolute fact.

The other project is on the other side of the family tree, where I'm chasing Jones and Davis families. In Wales. Like a haystack made of needles, but which one is the right one? I am looking to prove or disprove that Alvina Davis was the daughter of Daniel and Jane (Williams) Davis who were married 26 Dec 1846 in Wales. Census records say she was born about 1845. Maybe her husband gave the information and didn't know when she was born, maybe the census enumerator jotted down the wrong year, maybe Jane was a single mother when she married Daniel. According to "Reports of the Commissioners of Inquiry Into the State of Education in Wales," it wasn't that unusual in Wales in that era for a child to be born out of wedlock. So I'm open to anything. I just want to find a record of her connection to Jane and hopefully Daniel, or something that disproves this hypothesis. To Do: Wait for information from Jennifer who lives near the place Daniel and Jane were married.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Genealogy Roadshow

PBS series to test claims of famous roots

According to, "GENEALOGY ROADSHOW will air Mondays, September 23-October 14, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET." Hopefully our Nebraska pbs stations will carry it then. If so, I'll be catching it online the next day! 

Monday, April 1, 2013

YMCA Family History class

We are about to wrap up another great Family History Class here at the Y. This is the 5th year we have offered this class. Thank you, Mary, Barb, Karleen, Bev, Becky, and Roy!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

This evening I searched the new database on, "U.S. Headstone Applications, 1925-1963". I found the application for George C. Ferguson, who is the father of my six siblings.