Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Lake

Another photo from my grand aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Saturday Night Fun Long Staying Ancestors

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Which family surname line (of identified ancestors) of yours stayed the longest in one U.S. state or other country province/shire since, say, 1600?  For example, in the USA, my Seaver line was in Massachusetts from 1634 to 1940.  For England, my Vaux line was in Somerset from the late 1500s to 1840.  For Canada, my Kemp line was there from 1785 to 1902.

*  List the generations for one or two of your long-staying-in-one-locality surname lines.  (Yes, I know that some countries used patronymics - follow the father's line back in time).

Well for the longest of any I have, from the Clan Forsyth group that they think my Forsyths moved to North Ireland from Scotland in the 1300 or 1400s and stayed there till my ancestors came to Pennsylvania in the mid 1750s, there William Forsyth built a house on the Monongahela River in 1775, and it was still owned by a Joseph Forsyth in 1985. I don't know if it is still in the Forsyth family. My part of that family moved into Kentucky and eventually Illinois in the 1800s. 

For my Hansen family which because of Patronymics changed names each generation in Denmark, I found records back to the late 1600s and my grandfather left in 1887. My grandfathers dad died in 1892 but I know there are still some of the family in Humble Parish, Svendborg County, in Denmark.

When my grandfather married in Illinois his wife was from an old New England family the Dillinghams. Edward Dillingham b. 1595 in England and d. 1667 in Massachusetts came to Boston in 1632, settled in Lynn, Massachusetts. My branch of  the family moved north into what is today Maine and stayed there till after the Civil War, but many of the Dillingham family are still in both Maine and Massachusetts today.

Edwards grandfather was born in Deane, Bedfordshire, England in 1548 and I found out they were there even earlier, but my family left in 1632 for Boston.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Sweeping the Snow

Another photo from my grand aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday Night Fun Matrilineal Line

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Consider your Matrilineal Line (mother's mothers mother's, etc.) families - the ones from your mother back through her mother all the way back to the first of that matrilineal line in your family group sheets or genealogy database.  List the names of these mothers, and their lifespan years.

2)  Use your paper charts or genealogy software program to create a Descendants chart (dropline or graphical) that provide the children and their children (i.e., up to the grandchildren of each mother in the surname list).

3)  Count how many children they had (with all spouses), and the children of those children in your records and/or database.  Add those numbers to the list.  See my example below!  [Note: Do not count the spouses of the children]

4)  What does this list of children and grandchildren tell you about these persons in your matrilineal line?  Does this task indicate areas that you need to do more research to fill out families and find potential cousins?

3) Kessiah Rebecca Brannam  Loe b abt 1810   12 children 7 grandchildren
Margaret Loe Vanderpool (1837-1901)  7 children   17 grandchildren
Dona Vanderpool Travis  (1873-1900) 7 children  1 grandchild
Cleo Travis Kelly (1890-1984)  1 child  2 grandchildren

4) Well I have never been able to find anything on Kessiah Brannam, but a search on Family search shows her husband had two sisters that married Brannam boys, so maybe there is a connection.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Nice Suit

Another photo from my grand aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Saturday Night Fun Where were Ancestors Jan 1, 1864

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 1 January 1863 - 150 years ago.

2)  List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence, and does the residence still exist?  How many do you have in each generation living in January 1863?

1) Well my list will be slightly different as 150 years ago I think works out to January 1, 1864 , and that extra year makes a difference on a couple of my ancestors.

Hans Kristen Mikkelsen (the Mikkel in my blog name comes from this) b. 1837 and his wife Karen Jorgensen b. 1840 were both in  Humble parish, Svendborg county, Denmark

Stanislaus P. Dillingham b. 1835 was still in Dixfield, Maine till after the Civil War. He had bad legs and could not stand long so never served in the Civil War. His bride to be of 1870 Eliza Minerva Hellenbolt b. 1845 was in Rock County Wisconsin I think or maybe moved to Minnesota by 1864.

Robert Forsyth Kelly b. 1855 and his parents Thomas D. Kelly b. 1827 and Margaret Josephine Forsyth b. 1833 were in Danville, Contra Costa County, California after going to California in 1863 by wagon train. In 1865 after Civil War was over they came back to the family home in Ursa, Illinois, by way of Panama, and yes I have a picture of this house. Margaret inherited the house and farm which I always found odd as she was the 5th child and second daughter. Roberts bride Vada Belle Hert was not born yet.

Joseph Hert b 1830 and his wife Sadie Selsor b. 1832 I think were both in Indiana yet.

Daniel Columbus Travis b. 1833 and his bride Mary Elizabeth Travis b. 1833 were both in Illinois I think. Neither one was related as far as I have traced even though they both had the same surname.

Joseph "Joe" Vanderpool b. 1831 and his bride Margaret Loe b. 1837 were both in Mercer County, Missouri in 1863. Joe had recently enlisted in the Union Army, caught the measles and was discharged. So as far as I can tell he was my only Civil War soldier and never got in any battles. He later did apply for a pension but was denied as they said he never served in the army.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Baby Carrier

Another photo from my grand Aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturday Night Fun Ancestral Score

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I hope more of you do than participated in the last several SNGF challenges), is to:

1)  Determine how complete your genealogy research is.  For background, read Crista Cowan's post Family History All Done? What’s Your Number? and Kris Stewart's What Is Your Genealogy "Score?"  For comparison purposes, keep the list to 10 or 11 generations with you as the first person.  

2)  Create a table similar to Crista's second table, and fill it in however you can (you could create an Ahnentafel (Ancestor Name) list and count the number in each generation, or use some other method).  Tell us how you calculated the numbers.

3)  Show us your table, and calculate your "Ancestral Score" - what is your percentage of known names to possible names (1,023 for 10 generations).

4)  For extra credit (or more SNGF), do more generations and add them to your chart.

Well here is my chart, pretty poor after a few generations:


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

This is another of my dad's postcards, this one from Minnie in Bisbee, AZ postmarked Jan 1, and looks like 1913, the year is smudged.

Dear Claude
Did Santa
Claus bring you
lots of presents.
He brought Milton
and I a good many.
Am having vacation
this week. With love.

This is a copy of the 2010 New Years Post

Wordless Wednesday Four Generation

Another photo from my grand aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.


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