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Diane

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Photo by Raphael Schaller on Unsplash

We received a request, via the GoAncestry Facebook page, to search for an obituary for Shirley M. Albea. She was born 5 June 1941 and died on 15 December 2004.

There are obvious places to search such as Ancestry.com or other paid online sources. Ancestry.com does not have obituaries (original or transcribed) available. The U.S. Obituary Collection at Ancestry notes only the Name, Death Age: 63, Birth Date: 1941, Death Date: 15 Dec 2004, Obituary Date: 18 Dec 2004, and Newspaper Title: The Albany Herald. Next step, Newspapers.com which has a wealth of newspapers online; this requires a subscription. A quick check there showed that The Albany Herald is not one of the papers digitized yet. So then I went to the Library of Congress website where they also have a large collection of newspapers which are being digitized under the program "Chronicling America". This time for free but again, no Albany Herald. Based on Ms. Albea's fairly recent death date of 2004, I decided to check Funeral Home websites. The Mathews Funeral Home maintains a collection of obituaries but the oldest I found in my searches was for 2013. A prior Google search had provided me with a transcribed obituary at GenealogyBuff.com. However, I really wanted to find the original for the request. There are further searches that could be done by contacting a local (to Albany, GA) library to see if they have copies of this newspaper, on microfilm or print. I decided to stop my search here as I feel the GenealogyBuff websites probably provides a good transcription of the obituary and should be sufficient.

For the obituary, please see the Surname entry for Joseph and Shirley Albea. Additionally, check out Georgia Homepage or Dougherty County Homepage for more information on these regions. The South is definitely not my area of expertise in researching so if anyone would like to assist in building out any states and/or counties with quality information, please send me a message!

Diane

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In the 1930 Blue and Gold, my Grandfather was listed as a member of the Radio Club at Findlay High School in Ohio. My Grandfather, Frank Hoy, graduated just one year later in 1931 so this membership would have been in his Junior year. It is unknown whether he was a part of the first year for this Club. Attached is a picture of the members; my Grandfather is in the first row to the far left.

The club had a station and their call letters were W 8 A R M. "The purpose of the club is to teach its members to become good radio operators. The meetings include code practice and a study and discussion of transmitters and receivers. The members are encouraged to learn the code, build transmitters and receivers, and apply for licenses. A number of motion pictures on the building and operating of radio stations were shown at the club meetings." According to Wikipedia, radio education began as early as April 1922 when Tufts College professors broadcast the first of a series of educational lectures, described by the press as a sort of "wireless college".

The Congressional Radio Act of 1912 required amateurs to be licensed and provided restrictions on transmission. It was noted that three members of the FHS Radio Club had already become licensed amateurs and others had applied and would receive their licenses in the near future. I would be curious to know if my Grandfather was one of those who had an interest in becoming licensed.

Regardless of my Grandfather's interest in radio, his parents had an interest in the entertainment that radio brought as the 1930 census reflected that they owned a radio. Beyond the Ham Radios, the beginning of radio was definitely focused on variety shows, as noted at the website Behind the Dial, primarily of the comedic nature although dramas also gained popularity. However, crooners and dance music did become the mainstay of radio. Frank Thomas' parents and my Great Grandparents were dance enthusiasts and I was told that they often had dance parties at their home, rolling back the carpets and dancing the evening away.

Diane

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I bet from that title you thought I was going to produce grand information on the multitude of artists from Germany. Well, that is partly correct but only two; my third Great Grandfather (Hermann Groenland) and his brother (Theude Grönland).

I have been searching for artwork made by Hermann Groenland/Henry Greenland for quite a while now. While I haven’t been successful with him yet, I have found vast quantities of his brother's artwork which have been auctioned at Southeby's and Christie's for far more than I could consider paying.

Just today I noticed that Theude has pieces displayed at museums in England:

As an aside, the Met (in NY) holds a tapestry by Rigobert Milice (see photo attached) which was created after a painting by Theude Grönland; it is not currently on display/view.

Diane

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Recently, Ron and I both have found some, shall I say odd, information regarding our ancestors' wedding certificates. I posted something on Facebook recently about how much I enjoyed all the new Marriage Records that have been digitized and made available recently. This is directly related to those records. I found my Dad's parents, Josephine Dulgar and Milton Robinson married in Baltimore, Wood County, Ohio at the Church of Christ. Why is this unusual? Well, because I never imagined my Grandfather ever going to another church other than the one that I was familiar with for many, many years. This church, Mt. Zion United Methodist, was founded by some of his direct ancestors and his Grandfather, Milton Harvey, was one of the trustees. My Grandfather told me stories about how he recalled riding in a horse and buggy with his Grandfather to attend this very church, just a few miles from the ancestral home. So what took him and my Grandmother to Baltimore, Wood County to be married, perhaps even to live? Why were they there instead of at the farm in Marion Township, Hancock County?

I've got another one (or two) for you. Ron has also been finding a lot of wonderful marriage records and discovered that some of his ancestors crossed the border of Nebraska to get married in Iowa. These two couples did not just jump over the state border to get married. They traveled from the western side of Nebraska, all the way across the state, and then into Iowa. The records do not indicate a reason. Ron also spoke with his Mother and she could not identify a reason either.

These are some of the mysteries that I find so intriguing. Perhaps our ancestors' lives were just as complicated and complex as ours are today. We plan to dive into these stories (and others) in a more detailed way in the coming weeks and months, do focused research on each one, and then report back. More to come!

Diane

Home

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If I had blogged yesterday, it would have simply stated "We are home."

Secondarily, I would have mentioned that we found a lot of Bennetts in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. And I mean a lot, pages and pages. Ron insisted that they must have owned the whole town. We first focused on the Wills, making copies of Bennetts prior to 1900, with a focus on 1800-1860. I have Martha's! Next, we took pictures of early Bennett Land Deeds. I'm not even certain the exact time-period for this because, while I was making copies of the Wills on the microfilm reader, Ron was listing what we should take pictures of next. There were a couple very helpful and knowledgeable people at the courthouse who assisted. I still need to review all the information we captured. It will take a while. I'll post some more information and lessons learned about the visit to the Luzerne County courthouse.

The Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. was a bit of a let-down. There were two rooms of computers (about five in each room) with the seats almost completely filled. That wasn't the let-down. The website states "NEPGS has many available resources which can aid in your genealogical quest." and continues on to list books, newspapers, manuscripts, church records, cemetery records, etc., etc. It further states that the lists on-line are only indexes and that they invite people to NEPGS to visit during operating hours to view the actual files. However, when I asked about any plat books on the cemetery or aids in finding information on my relative Rufus Bennett, we were told to talk to the caretaker of the cemetery and basically escorted out of the building. As the President of the organization walked us out, I asked about the work that was going on in the two rooms and she said they were working on a very important transcription of Scranton records to put on-line. I imagine they must have been on a tight deadline. She also said that all their references are on-line and that all the Luzerne County courthouse records are on-line at Family Search. I will be curious to find out if this is true. Okay, I've grumbled about that enough.

The caretaker of the cemetery at Hanover Green could not be found, so Ron and I wandered around what looked to be the old section to find Rufus Bennett. It took us a while but we found him, his wife, and daughter! It would have been quicker if I had remembered what it looked like from FindAGrave. It was very helpful to have this reference because it helped us track down the location. I got some pictures and we headed back to our home base. Because our day ended so early, we decided to pack up and head back home yesterday evening instead of this morning. While it wasn't fun to be on the road for another four hours after we had already driven three hours, it is so very good to be home!

Diane

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The title says it all. We didn't get back until after 9 pm and I have been prepping for tomorrow until now.

A good experience at the Tinsman Farm. We went back to the Sunset Christmas Tree Farm today and the owner, Tim, kindly showed us around. Beautiful old wood floors, a huge stone fireplace in the basement with old crockpot on swing-arm, and a beam with the date William Tinsman put up the barn were the highlights of the tour. Ron was able to take a few bricks with him that came out of the old home as Tim and his wife are in the process of remodeling the whole house.

We stopped in at the Mt. Hermon church, what was originally called the Greens Church, as the doors were open. Turns out an artist has purchased the place and is contemplating whether he will use it as a home or his studio. He gave us a quick tour, some parting gifts, and a promise to stay in touch when he removes the stained glass windows. A very good stop and enjoyable time.

Off to Flemington, NJ and a couple hours of research at the Courthouse to find Jacob Albright, believed to be Rachel's Dad, and more information on the no longer elusive Tinsmans. Ron says he is "done". :)

Next stop was the Straw Church where Charlotte and Dave showed us around the cemetery to point out the Tinsmans and other interesting "residents". They have been working on a project to document all the old portions of this cemetery and have a lot of knowledge on this cemetery.

We stopped at about 7:30 pm for a lovely dinner near our home base. Wonderful surprise was the German dinner special on the menu. It was delicious!

Okay, I'm off to bed now. Tomorrow is a search for land deeds and wills on the Bennetts of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Diane

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We started our day with a 2-hour drive south to the area of Lumberville, Bucks County. We were meeting a couple who live at Temora Farms, an historic farm built in 1732. We had originally met this couple in Germany when touring during the 2014 Christmas season. At that time, we had exchanged contact information and decided to call them about one week ago to see if they would be interested in a luncheon out. They offered to give us a tour of their farm. Their homestead is beautifully decorated and has some amazing antiques. Then after a tour of a few of the surrounding out-buildings, we got ready to head to the Tinsman Lumberyard and lunch at the Black Bass.

The Tinsman Lumber is a quaint hardware store and two buildings of lumber supplies, all situated across from the Delaware River. Ron was able to spend some time talking to Bill Tinsman Sr. and Bill Tinsman Jr., sharing stories. Ron shared information on the research he has been performing for the last five years. It was a good conversation and we all exchanged contact information to keep the sharing of research and stories going. Bill has said he can take Ron around to many of the ancestral places, farms and land, so we definitely plan to visit again in the near future.

The luncheon at Black Bass was a delicious meal, eaten within view of the Delaware River. After some time catching up with Helen and Craig, we went our separate ways. Just across the river into Stockton, New Jersey, we made a quick stop at a gas station. We were both so surprised to realize that it is self-serve; haven't seen one of those in years! Our final treat for the day, after being on the road for a while, was a smoothie from Smoothie King and then back to our home base we went.

Diane

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Our theme for this trip has been "good day, bad day". I do not mean this in the context of experiences, it is purely a reference to finding new information on the TInsman family. Yesterday we had wonderful experiences with the folks at the Warren County Historical & Genealogical Society but there was nothing new discovered. Today, well today was a totally different beast.

We started our day with grabbing some travel mugs with coffee to go. A beautiful 45-minute drive on the east side of the Delaware brought us to Newton, New Jersey where we planned to check out the Land Deeds for Sussex County. Voila! There were Tinsmans all over the grantee and grantor land deed records. Ron was amazed. I should mention that I believe his amazement was due to the fact that he had paid someone $80 for a listing of all the land deeds related to the Tinsmans a number of years back and the individual sent information that had no Tinsmans in it, with the statement that this surname was not represented. Regardless, we were thrilled and even more committed to doing our own research.

We devoted 1-1/2 hours to gathering (and taking pictures of course) all the land deeds where a Tinsman was either a grantee or a grantor. Ron also took pictures of the early marriages, starting from 1795, and additional land deeds of Samuel Thomas Green. A quick trip out to the van to throw some more quarters in the meter and then we were off to take a few pictures of Newton and find a place to eat. We had foregone on breakfast as we were anxious to get started on the research.

After lunch, we decided it was time to get out of the archives and research for a bit and see some sights. We drove through Fredon and Frelinghuysen, we stopped in Blairstown for some pictures, and we made it to the Sunset Christmas Tree Farm. Some people may be wondering why we stopped at this location when there are still 259 days until Christmas. This specific farm is where the Tinsman first built their homestead and farm. Ron contacted the person who currently owns this farm and he was kind enough to agree to meet us this Wednesday so we could see the home and the barns, all original (with improvements I'm sure) from when William Tinsman first built the place. Obviously, we are super excited!

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Diane

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We had another beautiful morning, with sunrise, coffee, and genealogy discussions. We ate breakfast in and spent the morning in genealogy research. We left our home base to meet up with a contact from the Warren County Historical & Genealogical Society for lunch. The Belvidere Diner was a nice spot and I tried a sloppy joe club; Megan said it is called a New Jersey sloppy joe. It was good.

The Warren County Historical & Genealogical Society opens from 2 to 4 pm on Sundays. The books and reference material are maintained on the second floor of an old home that doubles as a museum. It definitely was a gathering place for those who enjoyed discussing history, researching, and generally just catching up with each other's lives. We enjoyed the quick tour of the museum and browsing through the reference manuals.

A recent acquisition for this Society came from the historic Shippen Manor. We wered told that these good folks shipped over boxes and boxes of records which the Society is still working to go through and catalog. We left with new friends, new experiences, sunny skies, and no more clue as to the Tinsman connection for Dennis Sr. A bit disappointed but not completely discouraged. Tomorrow is another day.

Diane

 

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Started our day (actually mine as Ron had been up for a while already) with a beautiful sunrise over the lake, a cup of coffee, and a conversation about the elusive Tinsmans. Now we are grabbing some breakfast at Friendly's and I suppose it must still be fairly early as we are the only customers currently. The crowds were picking up as we left, on our way to the Hunterdon County Historical Society in Flemington, New Jersey. Not sure what to expect as it seems like they have lots of resources but they also prefer a one week advance notice to pull these from the archives which I believe is at a separate building. Needless to say, we did not consider this before contacting them. I sincerely hope it is fruitful in finding Ron's family.

Well, 10-1/2 hours later, we are tired and happy. What a wonderful group at the Hunterdon County Historical Society! They pulled files, they researched the TInsmans (and associative family surnames), they gave information on the local history, and they referred us to other places to check out for resources. The Society has a part-time librarian and volunteer genealogists on-staff. Additionally, there was a local researcher, knowledgeable on boating in the area (historical of course) and on Revolutionary War records. We spent a wonderful 2-1/2 hours working through the stacks of information (books, files, maps, microfilm, etc.) and then grabbed some lunch at a local deli called Cocco's Cafe & Gelato. Two wonderful panini sandwiches later, we were back at the research for the afternoon.

The amount of resources this facility houses is amazing! And the facility is a beautiful workplace as well. We truly enjoyed our time there and were so thrilled with the helpful and knowledgeable staff. There were TInsmans coming out of the walls as we continued to look throughout the day and Ron made a potential SAR connection. We came away with more knowledge, more friends, more books, more hints, and a tour of Doric House to boot. What a fabulous Society!

Three items to note about the Hunterdon County Historical Society. They have hundreds of boxes in their archives that LDS came to microfilm, they provided Hank Jones (renowned researcher of Palatines) with hours upon hours of research time for his books, and they house all the research compiled by Hiram Deats. We were looking for resources that we couldn't find online, we found it! Tired but happy.

I'll leave it to Ron to post his findings on the Tinsmans and finding/validating his line...!

Diane

In Easton

Our journey started with overcast skies and Baltimore traffic. Only one hour later we were traveling through the rocky, rolling hills of Pennsylvania. First meal out. We stopped at the Prospect Diner in Columbia, Pennsylvania. A local joint that had delicious breakfast. According to the GPS we will get to the Marx Center at 11 am. A bit behind schedule as we hoped to make it at 10 am when it opened. I get to claim credit for both the good food in Columbia and the lateness of our expected arrival in Easton. Entirely unrelated as the breakfast did not hold us up much, it was me showering at 6:15 am this morning. Oh, and I am supposed to mention that someone (he knows who he is) had to labor at packing the van by himself this morning. He does take good care of me.

Sights along the way... Sign which read "Steam passenger line for Berks County", a white brick barn (seen stone many times but not brick), large stone houses and walls, dilapidated barns, and a sign directing us to turn here for the "Rich Maiden" which was open. I cannot tell you what the rich maiden was as we did not turn.

We got to the Marx Center just before 11 am. The volunteer at the center gave us a tour She called it the five cent tour but it was probably worth more than that as she was very knowledgeable and quite thorough. Then she left us to dive into the stacks. Ron found a file on the Albrights. It looks to be a bunch of type-written letters of inquiries and answers about this family's lineage. So far nothing that looks definitively to be Ron's people. So we are out at lunch now and enjoying some excellent pizza with fungus and pepperoni before heading back for more research.

We decided to hit the Northampton Historical and Genealogical Society (which houses the Sigal Museum and Jane S. Moyer Library) before we went back to the Marx Room. We had found a reference to two family stories, Lee and Tinsman, that we knew were there and we knew we would regret it if we didn't at least check it out. Turns out the Tinsman folder had one page of an obituary from mid-1800s and the Lee folder had many, many pages of 50th wedding anniversaries and obituaries from the 1990s plus a baking contest won by Elizabeth Lee (no historical information about her family). Go Elizabeth! However, I did find a really cool book on the Shoemaker family that had connections to many families in Luzerne County, including the Bennetts. We spent about an hour there, helped by the kindly staff which seems to be the theme so far, and went back to our waiting periodicals at the Marx Center.

It is difficult to say for certain what we found after the four total hours at the Marx Center. Ron so appropriately called it "casting a net and seeing what you catch". It truly felt that way. I found a Hoy history that had nothing (to my knowledge) to do with my Hoy family. I found two histories on the Courtrights/Kortrights but have no idea if any of the information relates to the Margaret Courtwright that married Zebulon Lee. I found a Bennett folder that had a 24-page history on Bennetts that I did not recognize. However, one of the Bennetts in this history married a Catrina Tinsman who may be a distant Aunt of Ron's; interesting coincidence. I found some tax lists from 1621 and 1677 that had many Albrechts/Albrights; took pictures but still need to determine if they have any relation to Ron's family line.

My final thoughts for the day... The two genealogical centers (Northampton Historical and Genealogical Society and the Public Library/Marx Center) in Easton should combine their resources and volunteers. I love the view of the lake directly behind our cabin! I'm sitting here writing (which I love), with a glass of wine to my left and my darling husband to my right. Life is good.

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Diane

My Grandmother, Ruth Naomi KNIGHT HOY, was known to be a good cook. When attending church and grange potlucks, she was complimented on her dishes. I recall many Saturdays mixing pie crusts and baking cookies and cakes with her. If only I had paid closer attention because, perhaps like all good cooks, she modified the recipe based on her taste and experience. She would tell me the modifications and provide additional instructions, which were not in the recipe. I mean, what do you do with instructions "Mix and bake."

I enjoyed reading this Blog on "How to Start Family Food Traditions". When I saw this Blog initially, I thought of my Grandmother and building a history of her recipes and life all in one book. As I read the Blog though, I just started to want my Mom's tuna casserole and Spanish rice dishes. Food traditions are wonderful family experiences, whether they are built into your history or you start them fresh for the next generations.

Diane

Photographs

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I was recently reminded of my cousin Marjorie. Like many people in our lives, she was taken from her family way too soon. Are we ever ready? I know that I treasure time with my family very much, would love to have more time together, and still miss my grandparents. No matter at what age they passed, I always wish I had more time with them.

Marjorie was technically my Father's cousin, my second cousin. I remember when she would come over to my grandparents (Josephine & Milton Robinson) to clean their home. I think her and Barbara shared in this help around my grandparent's house. I would look forward to it but I'm certain I was probably a pest and hindered them from getting their chores done. I still can hear Marjorie's voice and see her smile as she admonished me for some silly "knock knock" joke or something that I would tell her. I absolutely looked up to them, their humor and beauty, and couldn't wait to be just like them.

So, why the title of Photographs for this Blog? Well, I am the family collector of memorabilia (aka heirloom hoarder). My parents have given me photographs over the last few years, sometimes of family and sometimes of friends of the family. I found a home for the last set they gave me. I have a new small collection that I will post soon to see if anyone would like the originals.

Diane

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The De La Haye and Petillon family names have been found in Billigheim from 1692-1748. These families may have been here earlier; however, I believe this to be the first recorded evidence. We do know that Charle De La Haye who married Elisabetha Petillon had his father listed on the marriage record as a citizen of Billigheim.

When Ron and I visited Germany in December of 2014, we went to this church. Out of the four we visited, all with associations to the Hoy family, this was the only one which was unlocked so I was able to take some pictures insides as well as the outside ones. After spending time walking around and taking photographs, I  took a small pamphlet on the history church and left a nice donation, kindly thanking the young woman who was cleaning the church after the Sunday services for allowing me time in this space and place. On the exterior of this church, the stone walkways circled every church portion of the grounds. In some cases, these reminded me of the stone walkway from grandma and grandpa's home to their old garage.

Interesting coincidence, when searching in Google maps, the location for Billigheim-Ingenheim, Germany presents a picture of this church at the top left..

Check out more photos of this church at the Rhineland-Palatinate Gallery!

Diane

Bishop Jonathan Weaver was the 19th Bishop of the United Brethren in Christ. This wonderful portrait hung in my grandparents' church (Salem Evangelical United Brethren) for years. When we visited family in Ohio; my brother, sister, and I attended the Sunday School class which was all ages and behind a curtain (no Wizard involved) at the front corner of the sanctuary. There was no separate room, just an area that they set aside for younger children to attend separate services.

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I read Bishop Weaver's biography and enjoyed some of the quotes attributed to him. That he "had a disposition to see the amusing side of things" and that he felt "sometimes those who knew the least were the most active in their opposition". I particularly love this second quote but let's not get into politics... For the biography on Bishop Jonathan Weaver, see the surname posting in Hancock County, Ohio: 

 

 

Diane

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I received a hint from Ancestry.com recently, suggesting that this family photograph may be John Robinson. I absolutely know that it is John Robinson, his wife Eliza, and five of their children! I know this because I recognize Eliza and John from portraits that my parents have of both of these ancestors. They also happen to be wearing the same outfits so I suspect that the photographs were all taken on the same day.

The photograph is labeled as such:

     ROBINSON FAMILY (1874)
     Front Row (l to r): Eliza Harvey Robinson, John Robinson, and Wilson (Will) Harvey.
     Second Row (l to r): Mary, Milton, Julia and Elizabeth

I received this hint just when our renewal message from Ancestry.com had shown up in my Inbox a few days prior. Receiving gems like this are worth a subscription to Ancestry. So, my point is that communities of those with the same interest who are willing to share can make great strides in research and in putting together family history stories. Even digital communities count!

Diane

17 January 1733

This is the date that my 7th great grandparents, Johann Carle HEY and Maria Eva SCHAURER, were married.

Finding their marriage record (see below) in the Evangelische Kirche Rohrbach was such a wonderful find!

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This same microfilm had all the birth records for their children, except for Mary Elisabeth who was born in America. I will be publishing screen captures of all these events plus additional information.

It was great to be able to add a father (Hans Peter SCHAURER) for Maria Eva. But there is so much more I can do with all this information as some of the other witnesses to the birth, such as Issac HOY and Albrecht and Juliana WOLFF, are obvious family members. Note that Maria Eva's mother's maiden name was WOLFF.

Additionally, my direct ancestor's (Johann  Philipp) godparents were Philipp and Maria Elisabetha BOUDEMONT. I plan to search for this family surname in America to help me find the HOYS in Pennsylvania. More on that topic later!

Diane

Nielson

Yes, I have selected my husband's surname for this week's #surnameSunday entry! This has nothing to do with genealogy or ancestry research (well, almost nothing) and everything to do with his generosity and good heart.

I have been wondering since Friday evening what surname I would select to write about on Sunday. Lots of options with lots of stories to tell; just hadn't decided which one would win out in my thoughts this time.

I was still thinking through ideas yesterday morning when I received an email from Ron titled "Happy Retirement!" Yes, we sit across from each other but still send emails. :) Anyway, knowing how excited I am about having  more time for genealogy research when I retire next week, Ron was thoughtful enough to research the topics writing family histories and researching in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. He then gifted me electronic books on the subjects; I cannot wait to dive into this information!

And, just so this entry is also about history and genealogy, check out Ron's Blog on The Nielson Genealogical Search. Told from a personal perspective, it is a great introspection on the twists and turns that this research can take us.

Diane

Perhaps I should have titled this first families (not just family) of Findlay, Ohio. I basically wanted to recognize those who were a part of the first census in Hancock County, Ohio. Of course, using the 1830 census to list those who first settled this area does not definitively account for who came here first. I am certain there were families/individuals earlier than 1830. For a history on Censuses in Ohio, check out the Forum topic on Hancock: Censuses. In 1830, the following Townships were in existence: Amanda, Delaware, Findlay, Jackson, and Old Town. Here is a list of the first names on the census in each of these townships:

  • John HUFF of Amanda Township - See full listing here.
  • William J. GREAR of Delaware Township - See full listing here.
  • John G. WICKHAM of Findlay Township - See full listing here.
  • Darius SMITH of Jackson Township - See full listing here.
  • John G. WICKHAM of Old Town Township - See full listing here.

Note that in 1830, only the heads of household were listed. Stay tuned for 1840 where Hancock County expands from just 5 Townships to 21 and 1850 where we get a view into all the family names!

 

Diane

I have a Pennsylvania Church Record that shows John Robinson from Lancaster Co., Pa. and Eliza Harvey from Harford Co. Md. marrying on 5 May 1846. These two individuals are my 3rd great grandparents. That is if I have the right marriage record.

By 1850 this couple shows up in an 1850 census in Marion Township, Hancock County, Ohio. However, it is possible they were in this area right after their marriage, farming the land that John Robinson's father purchased from Joseph & Nancy Egbert in Marion Township, Hancock County, Ohio in 1844. They had 5 children and the land is still in the family to this day. I know all this is true.

However, I question the validity of the marriage record for a variety of reasons: Why would John Robinson Sr. purchase land in Ohio two years before John and Eliza go there to farm? Was someone else there before them? If so, what happened to their claim on the farm? How do I account for their daughter, Isabella, born approximately 5 years before their wedding? Is this John's daughter or Eliza's daughter? Were either one of them married before? Do I have the right marriage record?

I am questioning all I know about the Robinson side of the family as they are currently my "brick wall". Perhaps going back to the history of Pennsylvania in that time-period and reviewing what is true could help me. More to come!

Diane

Hoy Family in Pennsylvania

I've decided to start a (I hope) weekly entry about different Surnames I am researching. I believe most of the time this will be primarily about associations to me but it may include prominent names in my Ohio research as well.

I have been working on gathering information for the Hoy surname in preparation for Ron and I to do some more traveling in the local area for research. This is something we have promised ourselves to do more of; get out of our seats and go to courthouses and libraries. Like many other German immigrants, the Hoy family started their American adventures in Pennsylvania. However, we also hope to make weekend trips to New Jersey, New York, and Delaware. All are within an easy reach of our home.

I started this Forum post in the Pennsylvania section to get me started on understanding the path the Hoys took in their migration through Pennsylvania and then into Ohio. There is so much good information out there already and I really do not want to duplicate the great work someone else has done. So my task is to find the sources for all the facts...lots of work to do!

Diane

Shelving Books

In some of the books cataloged, I have found letters to family members, postcards, and handwritten ancestral charts. These may be the true nuggets of gold. I dream of some day getting these back to the historian/genealogist in that specific family. However, that would require me to research that line to find the individual who is still researching the family via Ancestry.com or FamilySearch. I don't have enough time for researching my own familial associations, let alone taking on this extensive research. Meanwhile, Ron and I have set up an area of the GoAncestry website to capture the postcards we do have and see if we can make connections with family members. Best I can do and still be able to my own research.

Diane

Journals!

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My parents are downsizing and with that comes furniture and family mementos. The furniture had already moved into all our homes in the early part of this summer but the true gems continue to show up in the form of paper memories. When Ron and I hosted a family crab feast a few weeks back, Mom and Dad brought over a box of journals. We all perused these. Pam took some of Grandma Dulgar's from 1960ish timeframe, Greg took some miscellaneous journals from the 1930s, and the bulk was left with me as the family historian. We plan to read and then exchange. I also hope to scan in certain portions.

I am just now getting around to cataloging them to put in the library. My Great Grandfather, R. W. Robinson, wrote in many of these journals and seemed to document something every day. I also believe there are some from his wife and my Great Grandmother, Maude Dipert Robinson. I'm really looking forward to reading these when I have the chance. There was one journal written by Mr. Edward Dulgar. This looks to be primarily a journal of expenses but I look forward to checking that more closely as well. And last, but definitely not least, the 1882 Inventory List for my 3rd Great Grandfather, John Robinson. I'm assuming there is also a copy registered with the courthouse but love seeing the version the family wrote in their ledger.

Diane

Some people may be wondering why Ron and I are in Fort Wayne, Indiana for genealogy research. Why here? This is due in large part thanks to the "Palatines to America" organization. Every year they host a National Conference in an area that holds interest for genealogist, specifically German-speaking ancestry research. The first two days are comprised of a local tour of historical sites and a library visit with orientation. The last two days are filled with speakers of varying degrees of expertise who assist researchers by providing up-to-date information on tools and techniques.

The three talks I went to today were "German Village Not Yet Found?", "So You've Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What?", and "Boost Your Germanic Research: Understand Historical Jurisdictions". Okay, that doesn't really tell you much I suppose. What is really cool about this is starting a family line search, with an ability to pin-point the town where this family came from and end the whole search by either gathering the needed sources online or visiting the archives in Germany. I really don't need much encouragement or reason to head back to Germany!

One thing you are probably wondering is, "Hasn't Diane already done this? Hasn't she gone through this in researching the Hoy family line?" Here comes the confession. I had a couple wonderful people provide me with information on the Hoys. They had already done the research and they had cited sources. What they did not have were the actual sources online or available electronically. I know that Jane (the primary researcher on the Hoys) mentioned having boxes in her basement. :) So, with already knowing the towns and being able to easily search at FHL, I was able to pull resources and find baptism, marriage, and death records. I should not downplay this work, it was still difficult reading the microfilmed German church books and the whole process was (and is) quite time-consuming. My end-result will be to attach these snippets of documents to each family member with which it is associated. I'm still working on this but, after attending the sessions today, I am now interested in stepping back a moment to understand better the regions that I am researching. I plan to put together a chronology of jurisdictions and create a timeline of historical events for each city/town that I am reviewing microfilms for, that my family is from.

After all, at some point in the future, I may come across another family surname from Germany that I want to tackle learning more about and I may not be so fortunate that it has been researched by another genealogist.

Diane

Day Two

I started my day browsing through the Family Histories. There were a lot of these; perhaps that is an understatement. They spanned half the length of the full genealogy library on two sides and then wound back and forth through one fourth of the library. I browsed, looking for surnames that meant something to me, paying particular attention to those that I felt others might have already researched such as Lee (my DAR Patriot) and Petillion (my ancestor from France who's tree was listed on Ancestry.com's professional genealogy website until about 6 months ago). I brought a three volume book on the Cleveland family back to Ron and buckled down to continue my research on the Robinson family in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

I started my search with the Marriages and Deaths from Newspapers in Lancaster County and moved on to Church Records. Okay, here's the thing that I don't get. I only found references to Lutheran, Moravian, and Catholic churches. Presbyterian churches did not exist in the volumes of church records I scanned. I did find a lot of Robinsons in some Catholic churches; however, I'm fairly certain that this family line is not mine.

After scanning all these volumes of records and taking photographs of items I wanted to review later, I considered entering some of the information into the Forums. This, of course, diverted me for some moments while I updated my Bookmarks and Favorites to ensure that I could get to all the genealogy websites that I use consistently Still getting used to and enjoying my new toy!

My day ended with lots of tax records and some fun reading out of "Runaways, Rascals, and Rogues" Hensel's Toast to the Scotch-Irish Society of Pennsylvania in 1905. Here is a snippet:

     ..."I am very much reminded to recall the very old--but always very beautiful--story of the early days of the Supreme Court of the United States when, after what had been probably too frequent indulgence in "spoon victuals," it was resolved they would never again drink as they dined together, except on rainy days. Upon one occasion, when there had been an unusual "dry spell," Chief Justice Marshall besought Story to look out the window to see if there was not a cloud "the size of a man's hand" somewhere in the sky. The weather returns being unsatisfactory, the Chief Justice sighed and said: "Well, brethren, the domain over which our jurisdiction extends is so vast that it certainly must be raining somwhere." (Laughter.) I am quite sure that in the north of Ireland it is twelve o'clock. (Laughter and applause.)"

Oh, and Ron says he's not surprised about the "Runaway" Robinsons; after all, I do love to travel.

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