Thursday, June 23, 2016

Goosics, early residents of Warren County, Iowa - findings on the Warren Co. IA Genweb, Linkpendium

The Goosics didn't come quite as early as the Disneys, and were not as numerous as the Baysingers. Here is what I find on a search of the Warren Co. IA Genweb:

WARREN COUNTY TAX LIST – 1855
in Washington Township: Goosic, Andrew

Index of Warren County Marriages 1849-1899 (Brides)
BRIDE GROOM DATE
Goosic, Delilah Nichollson, Elisha 15 Oct 1854
Goosic, Margaret Stierwalt, William A. 14 Apr 1870
Goosic, Mary Nichelson, William 8 Aug 1866
Goosic, Sarah Basinger, Elias H. 15 Aug 1861
Wilkinson, Nora C. Goosic, James E. 1 Mar 1877

Index of Warren County Marriages 1849-1899 (Grooms)
GROOM BRIDE DATE
Nichelson, William Goosic, Mary 8 Aug 1866
Nichollson, Elisha Goosic, Delilah 15 Oct 1854
Goosic, A. T. Jr. [Andrew Jackson Jr.] Burner, Lavina 17 Jun 1813
Goosic, James E. Wilkinson, Nora C. 1 Mar 1877

In order to take a more global look, I went to Linkpendium's Goosic page.

* Findagrave reports 54 Goosic graves, mostly in Nebraska, some in Iowa, Wyoming and other places.

* Ysearch reports that someone is doing a Ydna study of the Goosic line! That's exciting.

GOOSIC (G220) at ROOTSWEB

* FamilySearch yields 412 results for Name: Goosic. Some of those are immigrants from various countries in Europe, so it seems we have a few very different lines of Goosics.

Linkpendium also yielded some pages such as this, which I got via FTP (excerpted):

* Switzerland, IN 1820  Federal Census [Indiana, not Switzerland!]
ftp://www.us-census.org/pub/usgenweb/census/in/switzerland/1820/

                                         |WHITE MALES            |WHITE FEMALES      |     |OCCUPATIONS|MALE SLAVES    |FEMALE SLAVES  |FREE BLACK MALES |FREE BLACK FEMALES|
                                         |    10  16  16  26     |    10  16  26     |# of |           |    14  26     |    14  26     |    14  26       |     14   26      |
       Head of Household                 |to  to  to  to  to  45 |to  to  to  to  45 |For- |           |to  to  to  45 |to  to  to  45 |to  to  to   45  |to   to   to   45 |
PG#    LAST NAME        FIRST NAME       |10  16  18  26  45  up |10  16  26  45  up |eign |AGR COM MFG|14  26  45  up |14  26  45  up |14  26  45   up  |14   26   45   up |REMARKS
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172b   Goosic           Peter             2   .   1   2   .   1   1   .   .   1   .   .     2   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .    .    .    .    .    .

Findagrave seems a very rich source, and I'll continue to use it to find my elusive ancestors and other relatives. Linkpendium itself is so rich! If you are not using it, you are losing out.


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Disneys, Pioneers to Warren County, Iowa - findings on Warren Co. IA Genweb

The history of the Disneys in Warren County, Iowa begins very early, 1846, and continues in pioneer deaths, as is told in the Warren County, Iowa Genweb page here: http://www.iagenweb.org/warren/cemeteries/carlislehistory.html.

Hadleys, Ormes and Browns, and even a connection to the underground railway during the Civil War also weave into this story.

Names, dates and places:

* Jacob Disney arrived in the Summerset-Carlisle, Iowa, area in the spring of 1846, from Knox County, Ohio. With him: Richard Hadley and Jacob's brother Mordecai Disney.

* Hadley and Disney were the first burials in Carlisle Cemetery, in summer 1846, both dead of cholera.

Eliza and Joseph Petre, relatives of Disney, finished out the claim and deeded the cemetery to the county in 1860. Eliza and Joseph's son, Albert Petre, was the first [white] child born in that area.

* Mordecai Disney, blacksmith, later went to California (1849?) to dig for gold.

* "The third burial in Carlisle Cemetery was that of a little girl, Cordelia Orme, who had been born in Knox County, Ohio. Her grave is unmarked. Cordelia was the daughter of Jesse and Nancy Disney Orme, married Jan 27, 1850 in Knox County, Ohio. Nancy was a sister of Jacob Disney's so Cordelia was buried beside her uncle. The little girl had died while the family was migrating to Nodaway in Page County, Iowa."

* "The next grave in the first row is that of Harriet Anderson. Legend says she was the sweetheart of Richard Hadley and came to Iowa intending to be married to him. Possibly she came from Ohio with her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. George Disney, or with her brothers, Charles Luther Anderson and Leonard Anderson. They all came to Iowa about 1850. Harriet was the daughter of Leonard and Nancy Penn Anderson, and she died in Iowa in 1851 at the age of 20 years, 4 months and 16 days. "

Mr. & Mrs. George Disney (Anne Elizabeth Anderson) came from Ohio to Carlisle ~1850.

* "The next stone marks the grave of Alice A. Disney, daughter of G.I. and A.E. Disney, who died June 11, 1852 at the age of 2 years, 4 months. Next is Martin Luther Disney who was 8 years, 8 months and 21 days when he died in 1855. Beside him is the grave of George Disney who died August 8, 1855 at the age of 39 years, 8 months and 15 days. His wife, Anne Elizabeth Anderson Disney is beside him. She died March 14, 1856 at the age of 31 years, 5 months and 7 days."

Carlisle Cemetery Burials
NAME BIRTH DEATH
DISNEY, Alice A. 3 Feb 1850* 11 June 1852
DISNEY, Ann Elizabeth 11 Oct 1824* 18 Mar 1856
DISNEY, George N. 24 Nov 1815* 8 Aug 1855
DISNEY, Jacob 1846
DISNEY, Martin Luther 19 Apr 1846* 9 Jan 1855
In addition, Amelia Jane Disney Brown is buried in Carlisle Cemetery.

My thanks to the photographers and researchers who created the Findagrave tribute pages and those on the Iowa Gravestone Photo Project.


Warren County Iowa Probate Index
ID LAST NAME FIRST NAME MID. NAME NUMBER COLLECTION
3693 Disney G. N. OFA  Courthouse
3694 Disney George N. 3 Courthouse


There is a mention on the history of the Indian Valley Cemetery, that "The Christian Union Church at Cool, Iowa, was organized November 11, 1893. The first members were Elizabeth Morris, Maude Butler, Sarah Goodrich, Rebecca Coatney, Lizzie Hess, Ella R. King, Anna R. New, Lizzie Disney."


Warren County Iowa Original Land Owners
DISNEY, George N.

The BLM website reports:

Names On Document Miscellaneous Information
DISNEY, GEORGE N,
WILLIAMS, SAMUEL
  Land Office: Fort Des Moines
  US Reservations: No
  Mineral Reservations: No
  Authority: September 28, 1850: ScripWarrant Act of 1850 (9 Stat. 520)
Document Numbers Survey Information
Document Nr: 74075 Total Acres: 40.00

In short, he got 40 acres for his service in the War of 1812. Dated 2/1/1854 , Doc #74075, State of  IA Meridian: 5th PM, Twp - Rng: 077N - 022 W, , Aliquots: SE¼SE¼, Sec # 36, Warren County.

Who is Samuel Williams? There is a Samuel Williams listed in Warren County Iowa Original Land Owners.

1853 WARREN COUNTY IOWA SPECIAL CENSUS
The Code of Iowa 1853, chapter 95, a act to provide for taking the census of a part of Warren County, the township assessors of township 77 north, ranges 25, 24, 23 and so much of range 22
as lay in Warren County were to take a census of this township when they assessed it in 1853.

Township 77, ranges 22 - 25 comprise just the top tier of Warren County; therefore, the 1853 Warren County special census only included the green area on the map to the right.

This census included the following information:
NAME = Name of head of household
MALES = Number of males
FEMALES = Number of females
VOTE = Number of persons entitled to vote
MILITIA = Number of persons elligable for military duty
TOTAL = Total number of people in the household

NAME MALES FEMALES VOTE MILITIA TOTAL TOWNSHIP
DISNEY, G. N. 3 3 1 1 6 Richland
DIZNEY, Andrew 1 2 1 1 3 Richland

WARREN COUNTY TAX LIST – 1855
Richland Township: Disney, G.N.

Index of Warren County Marriages 1849-1899 (Grooms)
GROOM BRIDE DATE
Phillips, Harry (26) Disney, Hester (18) 11 Jan 1899

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Warren County, Iowa, USA on USGenWeb site -- Baysingers

Quick shout-out to the fine work that Iowa GenWeb does. My mother was born in Warren County, and her Baysingers, Disneys, Goosics had all been there for generations. Her father's people, the McBees were there for a time as well. (Below is what is found for the Baysingers, not including the Census, which I find at MyHeritage.)

Tonight I happened upon a database I've never heard of before, the OLD AGE PENSION TAX LIST – 1935 Otter Township

Assessor’s List of Those Subject to Old Age Pension Tax for the Year 1935, 
Otter Township, Warren County, Iowa, Filed March 16, 1935 by A. H. Traub, Warren County Auditor

To the Treasurer of said County: This book contains a complete list, arranged alphabetically, of residents of Otter Township in the said county, who are over 21 years of age, and subject to a tax of $2.00, payable in 1935 for the benefit of the Old Age Pension Fund, as required by Section 34, Chapter 19, Acts of the Forty-fifth General Assembly in extraordinary session.

You can consult it here: http://www.iagenweb.org/warren/tax_lists/old_age1935ottertwp.html

Listed are:

NAME P. O. ADDRESS BIRTH DATE COLOR SEX BIRTH PLACE FATHER'S NAME MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME EMPLOYER (if any)

Byers, Charles William Indianola, IA Dec 6, 1892 W M IA Jefferson Byers Sarah Baysinger
Byers, Sarah Frances Indianola, IA Sep 8, 1865 W F IA Elias Baysinger Martin
Clary, Nora E. Ackworth, IA Nov 18, 1886 W F IA Jeff Baysinger
Mosher, Grace Indianola, IA Sep 15, 1892 W F IA Pete A. Baysinger Byers
Oldaker, Edna Fae Indianola, IA June 3, 1912 W F IA Olin Mosher Grace Baysinger

By the way, there was one person on that page listed with an employer. Hard times in Otter Township. Of course, most were farming.

The same tax in 1936 Linn Township yields
Baysinger, Nellie Cumming, IA Nov 4, 1873 W F Mahaska Co., IA Frank White Kit Ogden

OLD AGE PENSION TAX LIST – 1935 Carlisle
NAME P. O. ADDRESS BIRTH DATE COLOR SEX BIRTH PLACE FATHER'S NAME MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME EMPLOYER (if any)
Prall, Eva Carlisle, IA Feb 2, 1894 W F Carlisle, IA William Baysinger Sarah Borrall House Wife
Prall, Kail Carlisle, IA Jan 27, 1913 W M Carlisle, IA Fred Prall Eva Baysinger None

OLD AGE PENSION TAX LIST – 1936 Carlisle
NAME P. O. ADDRESS BIRTH DATE COLOR SEX BIRTH PLACE FATHER'S NAME MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME EMPLOYER (if any)
Prall, Eva Carlisle, IA Feb 2, 1894 W F Carlisle, IA Wm. Baysinger Sarah Borall None
Prall, Kail Carlisle, IA Jan 27, 1913 W M Carlisle, IA Fred Prall Eva Baysinger None

OLD AGE PENSION TAX LIST – 1935 Belmont Township
NAME P. O. ADDRESS BIRTH DATE COLOR SEX BIRTH PLACE FATHER'S NAME MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME EMPLOYER (if any)
Baysinger, Ferris H. Pleasantville, IA M
Baysinger, Martha May Pleasantville, IA M
Baysinger, Pete A. Pleasantville, IA M
Baysinger, Roberta L. Pleasantville, IA F

OLD AGE PENSION TAX LIST – 1936 Belmont Township
NAME P. O. ADDRESS BIRTH DATE COLOR SEX BIRTH PLACE FATHER'S NAME MOTHER'S MAIDEN NAME EMPLOYER (if any)
Baysinger, P. A. Pleasantville, IA M

1879 Directory, Otter Township
BAYSINGER, E.H., farmer, and brick-maker, Sec. 4; P.O. Indianola; was born in Breckenridge county, Kentucky, in 1833, and removed to Illinois in 1835, and afterwards to Indiana, and came to this county first in 1852; he is a farmer and owns 90 acres of land; he spent six years in Kansas, from 1854 to 1860, and was in the John Brown raid; after his return to this county, he engaged in brick-making, and has made the largest portion of the brick used in the buildings of Indianola; he has held township offices; he married Miss Sarah Goosic, in 1861; she was born in Ohio; they have eight children: Phebe A., Mary E., Sarah F., Peter A., William, John F., Eda B., James.

In the Index of Warren County Marriages 1900-1920 (Grooms)
VOL. PAGE GROOM AGE BRIDE AGE DATE
M 466 Baysinger, Carl 21 Gregg, Nellie 25 9 June 1914
L 53 Baysinger, Elias W. 38 Person, Ida May 38 11 Dec 1907
L 498 Baysinger, Henry 23 Kendall, Bertha 18 15 Nov 1910
O 290 Baysinger, Henry 31 Archer, Grace 19 25 Oct 1919

K 4 Baysinger, James A. 27 Clary, Mary Ethel 18 1 Dec 1903
M 118 Mosher, Olin John 18 Baysinger, Grace 19 3 Mar 1912
L 448 Prall, Fred L. 21 Baysinger, Eva May 16 3 July 1910

Index of Warren County Marriages 1900-1920 (Brides)
VOL. PAGE BRIDE AGE GROOM AGE DATE
O 290 Archer, Grace 19 Baysinger, Henry 31 25 Oct 1919
L 448 Baysinger, Eva May 16 Prall, Fred L. 21 3 July 1910
M 118 Baysinger, Grace 19 Mosher, Olin John 18 3 Mar 1912
K 4 Clary, Mary Ethel 18 Baysinger, James A. 27 1 Dec 1903
L 498 Kendall, Bertha 18 Baysinger, Henry 23 15 Nov 1910
L 53 Person, Ida May 38 Baysinger, Elias W. 38 11 Dec 1907
M 466 Gregg, Nellie 25 Baysinger, Carl 21 9 June 1914

Index of Warren County Marriages 1849-1899 (Grooms)
GROOM BRIDE DATE
Baysinger, Elias Jones, Margaret 9 Jul 1854
Baysinger, Elias W. (23) Burrall, Sarah F. (22) 11 Jun 1893
Baysinger, John (22) Stephenson, Viola (19) 3 Jul 1893
Baysinger, John (22) Disney, Minnie (17) 25 Apr 1894

Baysinger, Peter A. (24) Byers, Martha M. (19) 11 Oct 1891
Byers, Elijah J. (21) Baysinger, Sarah J. (20) 14 Mar 1886
Sipult, William Baysinger, Mary E. 15 Feb 1881
Snyder, Fletcher Baysinger, Phoebe Anne 4 Sep 1875
Dilley, Joseph R. (43) Baysinger, Belle (18) 17 Jun 1892

Index of Warren County Marriages 1849-1899 (Brides):
BRIDE GROOM DATE
Baysinger, Belle (18) Dilley, Joseph R. (43) 17 Jun 1892
Baysinger, Mary E. Sipult, William 15 Feb 1881
Baysinger, Phoebe Anne Snyder, Fletcher 4 Sep 1875

Baysinger, Sarah J. (20) Byers, Elijah J. (21) 14 Mar 1886
Burrall, Sarah F. (22) Baysinger, Elias W. (23) 11 Jun 1893
Byers, Martha M. (19) Baysinger, Peter A. (24) 11 Oct 1891
Disney, Minnie (17) Baysinger, John (22) 25 Apr 1894
Stephenson, Viola (19) Baysinger, John (22) 3 Jul 1893


Index of Warren County Divorces 1904-1960
Number Husband Age Marriage Date # Prior Marr. Wife Age Divorce Date # Prior Marr.
5343 Baysinger, Henry I. 28 Nov 15, 1910 none Bertha E. Baysinger 24 Nov 11, 1916 none

Index to Warren County Deaths 1880-1903
NAME SEX PLACE OF BIRTH AGE DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF DEATH PLACE OF BURIAL PAGE VOL
Baysinger, E. [Elias] H. m Kentucky 69y November 8, 1900 Otter Township Indianola 44 2
Baysinger, Laura f Otter Twp, Warren Co, IA 4 hrs October 1, 1882 Otter Township Indianola 28 1
Baysinger, Leonard M. m Otter Twp, Warren Co, IA 9m February 2, 1898 Otter Township Hammondsburg Cemetery 13 2
Baysinger, Sarah M. f Ohio 40y October 1, 1882 Otter Township Indianola 28 1

Warren County Iowa OBITUARY Index
LAST NAME FIRST NAME MIDDLE NAME DATE PAGE
Baysinger Charles W. 1995 21
Baysinger Donald 1997 8
Baysinger Ethel 1950 5
Baysinger Ferris H. 1983 10
Baysinger Ferris H. 1983 11
Baysinger Ferris H. 1983 13
Baysinger Ferris Herbert 1983 24
Baysinger Grace Archer 1934 3
Baysinger Isaac Henry 1964 9
Baysinger James Absolom 1962 9
Baysinger Mary Ethel 1950 6
Baysinger Roberta L. 1989 15
Baysinger Wm. 1923 7

Hammondsburg Cemetery Burials (the Iowa Gravestone Photo Project has the photos)
NAME BIRTH      DEATH
BAYSINGER, Elias W. 1869  - 1923
BAYSINGER, George 1 Nov 1914 - 27 Jan 1916
BAYSINGER, infant son 1914 - 25 Apr 1914
BAYSINGER, Leonard M. May 1887 - 2 Feb 1888
BAYSINGER, Sarah F. 1870 - 1904

IOOF Indianola Cemetery Burial Records
NAME BIRTH DEATH
BAYSINGER, Elias Henry 26 Dec 1832 8 Nov 1900
BAYSINGER, Elizabeth J. 23 Aug 1862* 27 Dec 1862
BAYSINGER, Grace 1900 1933
BAYSINGER, Henry 1887 1964
BAYSINGER, Sarah Maria 13 Feb 1842 1 Oct 1882

Motor Cemetery Burials
NAME BIRTH     DEATH
BAYSINGER, Martha M. 1871 - 1937
BAYSINGER, Peter A. 1867 - 1942

Peterson-Richardson Funeral Home Book INDEX
LAST NAME FIRST NAME MIDDLE NAME YEAR BOOK PAGE
Baysinger Elias William 1923 Book 1 71
Baysinger George 1916 Book 1 71
Baysinger Paul Earnest 1936 Book 1 71
Baysinger Robert Eugene 1914 Book 1 72

Warren County Iowa Probate Index
ID LAST NAME FIRST NAME MID. NAME NUMBER COLLECTION
757 Baysinger Elias H. 1819 Courthouse
758 Baysinger F. H. 13358 Library
759 Baysinger Lydia A. 2139 Courthouse
760 Baysinger Nancy Ann 2170 Courthouse
761 Baysinger Peter A. 6167 Library

Some of the records can be copied; contact the Warren County Historical Society for more information. http://www.warrencountyhistory.org/

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Friday, June 03, 2016

Mysteries and questions

Mysteries and questions are what got me hooked doing genealogy, many years ago. My sister had found our great-grandfather in the 1900 Warren County, Iowa census, and with the help of a cousin, we found his will, since he died soon after 1900. But what was described in his will did not seem to match the family we had seen in 1900. And of course there is no 1890 census to consult, so real digging and thinking was required.

And so it has continued. Every time I've gone back over stuff I've found before, I see it with new eyes, and it both teaches me to see what I didn't see before, and always also raises more questions.

The latest: one of my mother's cousins was listed as a widow, living with her family of birth and young child in rural northern Missouri in the 1900 census. So of course once I found the name of her first husband, I searched for their marriage record and his death. And then I found him, apparently alive and well, living with his family, in the same county. You can see the census image on his page, http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Boyd-6597.

Now, this could be an entirely different person, perhaps? Boyd is a rather common surname, and some of the other names don't match. But Almarion? Not too many men about with that name! So I'm thinking that either the marriage was one of convenience, or fictional. I know that she married later, although I've not found that marriage record either. Now: what happened to Almarion?

Fortunately right now I have a subscription to MyHeritage.com, which makes it easy to find people, link them up, and prove their existence with census images and other public records, as well as check with some other online databases such as FamilySearch family tree, other MyHeritage trees, Geni and Wikitree.

Wikitree is fantastic! Now that I'm using it heavily, I find more and more profiles I can link to, and contribute to, rather than have to create them all. I hope by uploading census images and other information, I can find more prospective cousins to upload family photos, letters, and stories concerning their ancestors and relatives. My focus right now is to find all the recent* relatives I can on MyHeritage, and create wikitree profiles for them. It's a bit of work to add the spouse, children, sibs and parents for each person, and link each image to all the people, but it's well worth the work, in my opinion. The wikitree experts are very helpful, too.

When my daddy died it comforted me to write little stories I remembered about him. This is one lovely way to use Wikitree. Another is to upload photos and other documents, which I am doing now. My ultimate goal is to connect with cousins and do more difficult research, further back in time. But while I have MyHeritage, I will use it until I have sucked all the relatives out if it that I can find. Join me, cousins!


*recent means those found in the 1940 census. Living people's profiles are private by default on Wikitree.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rest in peace, Ted Cowan 1926-2016

Ted Cowan of Issaquah and more recently of Buckley, Bonney Lake and Puyallup died Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Puyallup Nursing and Rehab., Puyallup, Washington. He was 89.

Ted was born the 7th of August, 1926 to Thomas Cowan and Elsie Schell Cowan in Seattle. He grew up in Montlake, graduated from Garfield High School, and soon after was drafted into the US Army. After training as a medic, he shipped out to the Pacific Theater. As a medic, he followed the Marines into battle to treat his fellow soldiers in many of the largest and most brutal battles in World War II.

He married Lola McBee September 3, 1949. They built their own house south of Issaquah, and lived there until Lola’s death. They also built a log cabin near Mount Rainier which became their most beloved retreat.

Ted and Lola had two daughters; Valorie, married to Bob Zimmerman; and Kimberly, married to Guy Rick Betts. They loved their ten grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spent as much time with them as possible. After Lola’s death, Ted sold the house on Hobart Road, and moved into a small house in Buckley.

After returning from war, Ted had lost the desire to become a doctor, and soon moved into selling hardware at Seattle Hardware, and then then industrial parts for the Houston Company and then Atlas Packing and Rubber. After a serious health scare, he decided to change careers, and became a real estate salesman, then a broker. He worked at Maple Valley Realty, then  started Valley Realty.

He was always interested in Republican politics and conservative public policy, often traveling to Olympia and sometimes even Washington, DC to lobby for his interests in gun rights, public lands and private wells. He also loved traveling with Lola, and then with his daughters, to Scotland in particular.

Gather at the LDS church (26800 236th Pl SE, Maple Valley) at 11:00am to share memories, look at photos and celebrate Ted’s long life. He will be laid to rest 1:30pm Monday, May 23 at Tahoma National Cemetery.

His graveside ceremony: https://youtu.be/rxwB44zLF3A

Slideshow of photos shown at the memorial gathering: https://youtu.be/Q7RD3BD_9h0

If you are on Facebook, Bryan Hildebrandt took some amazing photos: https://www.facebook.com/bryan.hildebrandt.7/photos_albums

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Adventures in genetic genealogy: my progress so far

It's been about a month since I gave up waiting and started "making something happen" on 23andme. I have 983 "DNA Relatives" there, and Gedmatch shows me my top 1000 matches. I've messaged all of the 23andme matches, with mixed results.

First, only about one-third of the cousins have a name or profile that I can see on 23andme. Those people I have messaged by name, and if they have surnames and/or localities listed, I often mention those if they sound interesting or familiar. Many people have nothing listed in their profile but a name. Those folks without a name can be messaged, but it has to be generic. A few of those nameless people have accepted contact, and some "sharing", which is what 23andme calls comparing genomes.

Of course sharing genomes is the whole reason I'm doing this, so it has been a lot of work just to get to starting line. For those who are not interested in doing this work to get matches, my advice is: use FTDNA or Ancestry. 23andme does not make it easy. Even when you have contact information and can use email, finding the common ancestor is work; although more fun than writing endless messages on a crappy message system.

After one month, there are still 203 outgoing invitations, and perhaps 500 messages to nameless persons still sitting in their 23andme inboxes. I have 203 people sharing with me; 15 of those are not matches, which happens when one person administers a group of kits and allows sharing on all of them. Realistically, I expect another 10 to 20 more sharing matches over the next year. On the upside, that is 200 more cousins!

Now the bad news. Perhaps 35 of those 200 are on gedmatch; and most of them already were there before I found them. I've talked only 5 or so people into uploading there. Of course I need to make another push and re-message *all* my sharing matches, whether they are in a shared-segment group or not. And even being on gedmatch is only the first step to finding that common ancestor.

I focused at first on those shared-segment groups because it seemed obvious to me that they would *want* to get onto gedmatch (and hopefully wikitree), but that doesn't seem to be the case. And really, all of my 23andme matches are part of a shared-segment group, even if there are no matches with us on gedmatch, which is highly unlikely. So if I want to play the numbers, I'm going to have to write to all those singletons, and those whom I've not messaged for a month.

After all, when I first sent in my kit, after I spent some time setting up a profile (only to see my tree disappear), it was nearly a year before I checked in again and started figuring out how to use the site. I assume that most people are about the same, and have no clue 1. how or why they should set up a profile and make it public, 2. where they can get and send messages, 3. why and how they should compare genomes, and 4. why they should care at all. Much less know what the next steps might be.

It is too bad that 23andme don't do any of the education of their users, but they seem content to get their money and then leave them alone. Maybe that makes business sense, because the only way they make money on people is when they buy more kits. Ignorance on the part of their customers perhaps makes them the most money?

Whatever. They have given me some matches, and some tools. I need to make the best of what I have. Cousins, cousins, and more cousins! On to Wikitree, research, and finding those common ancestors.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Genetic Genealogy, Why?

I've loved the search for genealogy and my family's history since my children were young. I wanted to understand my roots, and why some of the difficulties my family endured happened, and how those events changed all those who were touched by them.

I found young orphans, babies born before marriage, rape, and tragic death by fire among the more normal events. I've also found some family lines that are rather well-researched, which took away the challenge. For some years other projects took my time.

Then, the yDNA tests became affordable, and I bought an Family Tree DNA kit for my dad for Father's Day. Because those "beginner kits" don't tell you much, and have far too many meaningless matches, I kept paying for upgrades, all the way up to 67 markers. This took his high-quality matches down to under 10, but as we followed up on these matches, we realized that this line of Cowans came from Stirling, in Scotland. The recorded part of the family went to the Irish Plantations as merchants. The Sterling Cowans were wealthy and powerful. They established the Cowane Hospital in Stirling, which we were able to see on a trip with Dad, my sister Kimberly and me a few years after my mother's death. I have yet to find documents proving the link between my Selkirkshire Cowans and that powerful family, but my dad's yDNA prove that it is there.

Now, autosomal DNA is affordable, and much more powerful than they have ever been before. The segments of each chromosome which are sampled are only the parts where we humans show difference. Most of our DNA is identical. So I asked for a 23andme kit for Christmas, and when my husband bought one for me, spit and spit and spit until I filled up the test tube.

See http://blog.kittycooper.com/2013/01/finding-distant-relatives-with-autosomal-dna-testing/ and http://www.dnainheritance.kahikatea.net/autosomal.html for more. This is what really got me going: http://blog.kittycooper.com/2013/04/the-basics-at-23andme/.

It took a few weeks before I got results, and I saw very little that meant anything to me. Every time I re-visited the site, I saw more that made no sense, until I ran out of patience, and started the attack. Now I'm really getting results, if by results you mean cousins. As described in detail in my previous post, I wrote to all my 23andme matches. And as 23andme emails me about new matches, you can be sure I will follow up with them.

The reason we want all these matches is not just social; it is triangulation, which is assembling known data, and using that to solve the unknown. Described here: http://www.isogg.org/wiki/Triangulation.

So, a few hundred messages are sitting in cousins' inboxes. Meanwhile, 150 of us are beginning the process of finding our common ancestor. Some of those cousins are in groups of two to ten matches on the same segment with me. I hope to get those singletons in a group one way or another.

While these match requests are trickling in, I've been flogging Gedmatch. If you are wondering how to get started, there is an exhaustive PDF about how to use gedmatch: http://dnaadoption.com/uploads/DNAadoption/DNAadoption_files/DNAadoption/UsingGEDMATCHRevised3-2014.pdf.

What to do on the site? http://blog.kittycooper.com/2012/12/w­hat-to-do-at-the-gedmatch-site­/, http://blog.kittycooper.com/2012/11/g­edmatch-a-wonderful-tool/, http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2012/08/12/gedmatch-a-dna-geeks-dream-site/ and http://blog.kittycooper.com/2014/10/new-utilities-at-gedmatch-tier-1-for-paid-members/ for those of you with a bit of cash to spare to help out the site. I have a membership now and find it well worth the ten dollars per month.

My main use so far is to find more cousins, and as more folks from 23andme upload there, we are able to verify which segment groups on gedmatch match us. Now we've started including those Gedmatch folks in our group mails. I will end up emailing them all too. Gedmatch doesn't send out emails about new matches, but when you do a "one kit with many" search, the new kit numbers are green.

Of course, it is still a waiting game; send out emails, and then wait for the replies. Kitty Cooper recommended using Wikitree, so I began investigating that too. I have a gedcom at Rootsweb: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoriez. I love Rootsweb, and I love WorldConnect, but aside from the Postems, the trees are not interactive, or connected up.

Wikitree is set up differently. The goal is to collaborate on the research about each ancestor, and link up to cousins along the way. That alone is wonderful, but it also integrates DNA testing results into the ancestral profiles. I've uploaded my gedcom, and checked each possible match, and now my upload will be examined by one of the helpful experts who help keep the site humming. Politeness, integrity and downright friendliness are built into Wikitree. I love it.

See http://dna-explained.com/2013/11/04/wikitree-and-dna/ for some detail, and Randy Seaver's blog about doing the actual gedcom work. Of course I will keep my own database in Gramps, but I really love the idea of public collaboration with cousins.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

How to win at 23andme

It took me a year to really start using 23andme. I think it was because it is hard to know what to do.

Recently I got tired of waiting for something to happen, and decided to just wade in and make it happen. As of now, I have over 85 people I'm sharing with, with another 252 invitations to share. Altogether, tonight I have finished contacting all 962 matches that they report, unless I skipped someone inadvertently.

The page where you can make this happen too is https://www.23andme.com/you/relfinder/. This page links every match up to 1000, and you can sort it various ways. What I did first was sort it this way and that, randomly messaging people, with very few responses. When I got serious, instead I made a little text:
We may be related according to 23&me. I've been doing genealogy research for quite awhile, and my old GEDCOM is online at Rootsweb: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valoriez. And GEDMATCH: kit # M186808

Main surnames are Baysinger, Booth, Cowan, Disney, Goosic, McBee, McPhail, McPherson, McQueen, Walters. I have a genealogy blog: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/.

Email: valorie.zimmerman@gmail.com, and I'm on G+, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - http://about.me/valoriez

All the best,

Valorie
Make your own, and use it! I ended up with this text because I can paste it both as an introduction, and in invitations. Many people don't know how to use the site, and don't make themselves publicly available. However, if you take the time to introduce yourself, many of them will share genomes and their information, if they have any. So while you are watching tv, or listening to music, just go down the relfinder page, click the Introduction link, paste your text after the boilerplate, and click send. And on to the next. The link changes so you can keep track.

People who have names I treat a bit differently: click the name and you'll be taken to their profile. Click the Invite to share genomes link, and then customize. These folks I address by name, and then paste in the text and send. If they are not accepting invitations to share genomes, I write them a note anyway. Maybe they will change their mind about that at some point. You can close their profile, and you'll be back on relfinder. It is a bit harder to keep track of those with names, but if everything is working well, you'll be warned that you can't send another invitation to share.

As people accept my invitations, I check them out and I've made a little text file with all the chromosomes listed to keep track of my matches. There might be a better way to do this, but it's working so far. I'll explain the parts of a sample entry below:

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John Samplename(X): 65% down X [sample@email](Sample surname list)

  • The bar above John's name means he matches with the person above him. If there is no bar, I've not found another person who matches us yet. Sometimes I make a note about his match with the other person if necessary.
  • The (X) is all the chromosomes we match on; in this case only X. I list all the chromosome matches so I can scroll to the other matches with them easily.
  • 65% down X is how I describe the match. Add more words if necessary. If I get a group of matches, I label their email address 65% down X for instance. I put the matches in order down the chromosome, which makes it easier to spot groups. I test the possible group matches against one another before messaging them about the match.
  • I try to get email addresses for every matching person in every group of matches. The messaging system at 23&me is less than optimal. Be sure to set up a filter in your email though, so you don't miss any. As I get emails of people, I add them to that filtered group.
  • Some people list surnames on their profiles, some send them to you later if they know any, and I also link to their public trees, their gedmatch if they  have one, etc.
One note about testing matches against one another: first, this is done here: https://www.23andme.com/you/inheritance/. To quickly find the name you want to compare, type the first letter of the name and use the arrow keys to scroll up and down. You can alternate sides to compare yourself to one match, then that match to another person. It's quite interesting; play with it.

Once you get an accepted invitation, what do you do with it? 23&me doesn't make it obvious. If the person isn't sharing genomes, I respond with some more information, for instance about next steps in figuring out our common ancestor, and ask again about sharing genomes. This is really the basic step needed for progress.

If they have accepted sharing, you'll be able to find them on this page: https://www.23andme.com/user/profile/sharing/. Here you find all persons sharing genomes with you, and a link to their page. Right-click on their link and open in a new tab, and you can quickly message all members of a group. I make a generic message I can paste to all of them, such as:
Our match on Chromosome X

Same message to Person1, Person2, Person3:

Thanks for sharing, cousin. We all share the same segment on X. From your profile I see Suspicious Surname/ Interesting Locality which we may all share. My own Surname/Locality blah blah.

I notice that some of you match more closely with one another than me/some of you don't match with everyone in the group, even though you match with me.

Shall we take this to email?

Valorie, valories@email

My text file makes it easy to keep track of everyone, so I don't give out bad information, or confuse people. But I try to get everyone to email as soon as possible.

Now, GEDmatch. I think this site is essential, since it allows uploads of genome test data from 23&me, Ancestry and FTdna. So you can compare your genome no matter where people tested. This is only autosomal DNA, and the X and Y chromosomes are not included, sadly.

Also, you can upload your gedcom and compare that with others! This is a step I've not taken yet, as my gedcom is so old and small. But once I get it buffed up again, I will surely do this. So many people only have trees on Ancestry which are not available publicly. And their search is horrible, even if you get an invite. Even on Rootsweb, it is difficult to find a common ancestor. So GEDmatch! Even if you match only on X or Y with someone.

 So, 23&me users, what have I forgotten, or gotten wrong? Please feel free to complain about 23&me, or better yet, share your success stories in the comments. Taking these steps has made me feel that the hundred dollars spent is a bargain!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Filling in the chart - happy and sad discoveries

First the sad.

After finding my gedcom (which I had on WorldConnect all this time....) I downloaded it and explored a bit with Gramps. One of the tools is called Data Verify, and I've been working through this one by one. A common error is "Old age but no death", so I've been googling for these people. So far, I've found the death of Norm Wainman in Ontario:
Norman Wainman
1921-2014
Wainman, Norman James … passed away peacefully at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Monday June 30, 2014 at the age of 93. Beloved husband of the late Margaret (nee Blake). Loving father of Blake Wainman (Sandi). Dear brother of Marion Caskey and brother in law of Helen Wainman. In keeping with Norman’s wishes cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at First United Church, 15 Wellington St Cambridge on Saturday August 16, 2014 at 11 am. As expressions of sympathy donations made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Corbett Funeral Home. 
http://www.corbettfuneralhome.ca/obituaries/90482

Tonight I found the death of Myrene McAninch, one of my favorite relatives as a child.
Dr. Myrene C. McAninch Ph.D.

Dr. Myrene C. McANINCH, PhD Dr. Myrene McAninch, PhD passed away on January 13, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. Myrene was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1930 and raised by her Mother and Maternal Grandmother. The family relocated to Tacoma, Washington where Myrene attended Jason Lee Middle School and Stadium High School. Myrene went on to the University of Washington and received BA's in English and Early Childhood Development. Myrene found that she had a passion for the vulnerable in our society and her life was dedicated to the developmentally disabled and the ongoing wellness issues of the elderly. Myrene went on to complete her Masters in Learning Disabilities and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the UW in 1968. As part of her pioneering work in developing teaching materials for children with learning disabilities, Myrene found that development of socialization skills was a critical component. Myrene was instrumental in the development of the Pilot School at the UW as a demonstration project for techniques in working with learning disabilities. Over the next 7 years she was Director at Highline-West Seattle Community Mental Health Center. She was also appointed Vice President of the National Community Mental Health Association. Myrene worked on the development of National Standards for patient care, including specific commitment procedures for Washington State. She would move on to the national stage as a director with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in Chicago. She resigned from JCAHO in 1990 and became a nationally recognized consultant in Healthcare. In 1996, Myrene and her husband Walt entered the Park Shore Retirement Community in Seattle. Myrene was immediately assigned to the Healthcare Committee and the Advisory Board where she would help the facility focus on "Wellness" issues including the hiring of a Fitness Director, improving the healthy content of the food, and lobbying to hire a Wellness Director. In 1999, Myrene was diagnosed with breast cancer and participated as an early volunteer for the new drug, Herceptin. After many years of treatment, Myrene won the battle with cancer but sadly would eventually succumb to Alzheimer's disease. Myrene was preceded in death by her husband Walter H. McAninch in March of 2000. Walter was the founding President of Contract Hardware, Inc. in Seattle. A memorial service will be held in the spring to honor Myrene's life and her many accomplishments. Please contact Dale Garrett, PR, C/O Contract Hardware, Inc. 12100 NE 195th St., Suite 250, Bothell, WA 98011 for memorial service notification requests. Charitable Donations may be made to the UW School of Nursing/Healthy Aging Program, Box 357260, Seattle, WA 98195. Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 5 to Feb. 8, 2010
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?n=myrene-c-mcaninch&pid=139372386

Sad that I lost touch and did not attend the memorial service.

I've done a bit of research on the McAninches before: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2007/06/cowan-mcaninch-connection.html

On the other hand, searching for Norm Wainman, I found this:

http://wcm.pastperfect-online.com/39564cgi/mweb.exe?request=record;id=24E90612-86C8-4BC4-A4BF-632712431071;type=301

Wow. Evidently when Margaret and Norm moved out of their house, they (or their daughter gave many things to the local museum, including this amazing collection of photos. My favorite childhood photo of my dad is there, along with my wedding photos! I think my grandmother must have been sending photos to Margaret for many years. It was such an emotional moment to find all that. Of course, there are many mysteries as well, since I don't know who many of the people pictured are, or the exact locations of some of the photos. All the most reason to make the journey to Ontario and meet my living relatives! And pay respects at the graves of those who have already passed.

Finally, I've found that my mother could have been a Daughter of the American Revolution three times over! I've known for years that one of her BAYSINGER ancestors was in his local militia during the right time-period, but it turns out that Nancy Jane BOOTH had at least *two*. And one has an absolutely knockout page on FindaGrave: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=42175401. Thank you Zachariah CALLAWAY for your service. Thank you  Charles BOOTH Sr. for your service. And thank you Melissa Harman for putting the Post-em on old Zach's WC page, leading me to that bonanza on FindaGrave!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

My great-grandmother Nancy Jane BOOTH McBEE b. ~1858 Missouri

Nancy Jane BOOTH born around 1858 and who married Samuel McBEE was my mother's grandmother. She had 5 children:

1. Rosie McBEE who married Bert SMITH, and later died of TB in Oklahoma;

2. Lola who married 1.? BOYD in Indianola, Warren Co. Iowa, had three children, and 2. Charles HIGDON;

3. Sidney McBEE born 3 Mar 1884 in Cainsville, Harrison Co. MO, married Clara KING on 2 Jan 1907 in Indianola, Warren Co. IA, and died 15 Jun 1950 in Fillmore, Sask. Canada. They had four children:
  a. William Earl McBEE b. 3 Dec 1908 in Iowa,
  b. Mary Grace McBEE b. 2 Oct 1910 in Osage, Sask. Can.,
  c. Alta Mae McBEE b. 18 Nov 1912 in Osage d. Feb 1913, and
  d. Lloyd Sidney McBEE b. 17 Dec 1920 in Fillmore d. at 3 weeks of age.

  b. Mary Grace McBEE, daughter of Sidney, married John CHARLETON 24 Sept 1939 and four children: Shirley Grace b. 21 Jul 1940 in Osage, Sask., Can; Gloria Lee, b. 21 May 1945 m. Dale SCHNEIDER 1969; Sidney John b. 11 Nov 1948; and Linda Ann b. 22 Oct 1949.

4. Harvey McBEE (my grandfather and my mother's father) born 6 Oct 1891 in Cainsville, Harrison Co. MO, married Anna BAYSINGER (Massey says in Indianola IA, but it was in Des Moines), died in Fillmore, Sask. Canada in ~1955. They had 11 children, described elsewhere. Nancy Jane Booth McBee lived with the family in Indianola, IA when my mother was a baby before the family left for Alberta, Canada in around 1928.

More here: http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=256&p=surnames.mcbee

Samuel and Nancy in 1880:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's BirthplaceMother's Birthplace
Samuel MC BEE Self M Male W 29 MO Engineer KY MO
Nancy MC BEE Wife M Female W 19 MO Keeping House KY KY

Source Information:
Census Place Clay, Harrison, Missouri
Family History Library Film 1254688
NA Film Number T9-0688
Page Number 4D

Image http://valorie.zimmerman.googlepages.com/SamuelNancyMcBee1880MO.jpg
Nancy's parents are in neighboring Mercer County (Anderville BOOTH and Mary Ann ROBERTSON):
http://valorie.zimmerman.googlepages.com/AndervilleBooth1880MO.jpg

The Kentucky birthplaces reported there are puzzling.

5. Effie McBEE m. Cliff TODHUNTER in Indianola IA and had one child: John Arthur, who died in a plane crash in South America.

This family is described on pp 19-20 of Charles Boothe and his Descendants, by Evelyn Booth Massey.

Nancy Jane BOOTH McBEE was the daughter and seventh child of Anderville BOOTH b. 1828 m. Mary Anne ROBERTSON 22 Oct 1847 d. 1904 Missouri, and Mary Anne Robertson, who was the daughter of Carter T. Robertson and Polly SUSEBERRY. She was born in 1831 in Kentucky, and died 1902 in Missouri. Anderville owned 365 acres in Harrison & Mercer Co. MO, so land records should be consulted.

The children of Anderville and Mary Anne are described on p. 17 and following. Listed with birth years when known or estimated. George W. (1850), Lucy (EVANS)(1851), Celia A. (ADKINS)(1853), Thomas Jefferson (1854), David Henderson (1854), James M. "Matt" (1856), Mary (Nancy) J. (1858), Leander M. (1862), William Jonathan (1868), Rhoda L. (NEWTON)(1871), Zerilda (1872), Susan Alice (1875), Sallie.

Anderville BOOTH b. 1828 was the son of Jonathan BOOTH & Celia WALKER married in Cabell Co. Virgina in 6 Mar 1828. Jonathan was born around 1806 and died 9 Feb 1887 in Burlington Junction, Nodaway Co. MO. Celia died 12 Mar 1864 or 1865 at age 56, and is buried in the "Old Booth" Cemetery, also known as Fairview a mile or two north of Cainsville.

Jonathan also married Mrs. Harriet HUNT and had one child in Decatur Co. IA with her (George Washington (1854)). His five children with Celia: Anderville (1828), Zerilda (HAMM), Evermont (1833), Sarah E. (1835 d. bef. 1888), America (1838 d. bef. 1888).
Question: what were the circumstances of this second marriage while Celia Walker was still alive? Presumably Nancy Jane would have known her grandmother, although her grandfather seems to have been in Iowa with his second family.

Question: what was the effect of the Civil War on these families?
Jonathan BOOTH b. ~1806 was the fourth child of Charles BOOTH and Elizabeth FERGUSON. Charles was born 1763-4 and died 24 Oct 1821 in Cabell Co. VA, now Wayne Co. WV. He and Elizabeth were married 19 Feb 1798 in Tazewell Co. VA. Elizabeth was born ~1781, and died between 1860 and 1870 in Mercer Co. MO. She was the daughter of Samuel FERGUSON and Mary JAMESON. Their children: Ferguson (1799), Jane (1801 d. bef. 1826), Polly (1803 d. bef. 1844), Jonathan (1806), Thomas (1808), Samuel (1810), Elizabeth (1812), George Washington (1814), Jefferson (1815), John Wesley (1818), Jameson (1820), Charles Jr. (1822 d. 14 Dec 1902 Cainsville MO). Elizabeth moved to MO with Charles Jr. and lived in his household. Nancy Jane would have known her great-uncle and perhaps met her great-grandmother Elizabeth FERGUSON.
Charles BOOTH b. 1763-4 was the son of Charles Sr., who was the son of Thomas, son of Charles the immigrant ancestor.
Charles BOOTH Sr. was disowned by the Quakers for marrying out of discipline. He married Jane WHITBY 26 Apr 1762 in Wilmington DEL. He was born ~1736 in Elkton, Cecil Co. MD and died before 25 Aug 1826, when his will was probated. He fought in the American Revolution in the 2nd Battalion of Chester Co. Militia, under Col. Evan Evans.

Thomas BOOTH, son of the immigrant, was born 1711 and died before 23 Jan 1748 in Cecil Co. MD. He married Margaret BULLER 1 Apr 1736 in Concord, Chester Co. PA and was a blacksmith.

Charles BOOTH the immigrant was indentured 1 Apr 1695 as a mason for the term of five years to Richard WOODWORTH in Philadelphia PA. He married Elizabeth CONAWAY 30 Feb 1705 in Chester Co. PA. Elizabeth was born 9 Jul 1687 in New Castle DEL, daughter of Thomas CONAWAY/CONWAY and Mary HOLLINGSWORTH.

Information about Jonathan and following is from the first pages of Massey's Ferguson Booth and his Descendants, a supplement to Charles Booth and Descendants. There is more detail about Elizabeth FERGUSON and her husband Charles Booth in the Ferguson Family Genealogical History, of Wayne County, West Virginia (Early Cabell and Kanawha, Virginia), also by Massey.

Direct ancestors are bolded and tagged. Now that this line is summarized, I'm eager to get some records which show their history and movements.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

23 and me, and new cousins!

Last Christmas I got a 23andMe kit, and sent in my spit. Now it is finally paying off in matches.

I spent part of last night writing to my newly-found genetic cousins, and hope to do more of that. It would be good to get a GEDCOM online again too, so we can more easily compare lineages. One weakness I found is that all the hours I put in after I sent off the kit, putting in information on the website, seems to be totally absent.

Oh well, I sent this to some of my cousins:

Hello, I see that we may be related, according to 23 and me. I've been doing genealogy research for quite awhile, but my chart isn't online right now. However, some of my main surnames are Baysinger, Booth, Cowan, Disney, Goosic, McBee, McPhail, McPherson, McQueen, Walters. I have a genealogy blog: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/.

My email is valorie.zimmerman@gmail.com, and I'm on G+, Facebook, Twitter, etc. http://about.me/valoriez

All the best,

Valorie

I hope to improve that as I gather my thoughts. Exciting to dip my toe into genealogy again!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

UPDATED: New US Research Resources

First, I'm happy to hear that Linkpendium is expanding, in a big way. Moving beyond the excellent classified links pages, they are adding a super-fast search engine as we speak. I'll add a link once it's a bit more public. http://linkpendium.com/

UPDATE: Search engine is now open for business; new states being added daily. See http://laboratory.linkpendium.com/ and check back frequently.

Next, a wonderful project for anyone with South Carolina ancestry, or American slave roots. The Restore the Ancestors Project is is a collaboration between Footnote.com, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, FamilySearch and Lowcountry Africana, to digitize every surviving estate inventory for Colonial and Charleston South Carolina from 1732 to 1872, as well as selected Bills of Sale for the same period, in a FREE collection.

When the project is complete, the names of more than 30,000 enslaved ancestors from Charleston and surrounding counties will be restored to history in a free online collection, preserved for generations to come.

They are still taking volunteers onboard, so check them out! http://www.restoretheancestors.com/

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Proving the Baysingers in the Alsace

So far, we're short of proof of the Baysinger/Basinger/Bissinger/Besingers in the Alsace, at least for the Jacob line. Why I'm working on this now -- Bas Rhin Parish Records are now online. See http://alsachat.net/wiki/index.php/AlsaceArchivesBas-Rhin for more information.

What I know: Johann Peter BOSINGER/Boesinger b. 1750, son of Jacob Baysinger and Margaret Laemmer. Where? I've read most of the Oberbetschdorf B 1736-1756 book, looking for him. He is not there born in 1750.

We started in Betschdorf, because Susanna BOESINGER (1744-1829, d/o Jacob of Hermersweiler and Margaret LAEMMER) married Phillip Henry MARZOLF (weaver, s/o Johan Philip MARZOLF and Maria Catherina HOLTZMANN) there in 1777.

So it would be good to find that marriage record!

However, The Communities of Alsace A-Z tells me that Betschdorf only came to be named that in the early 1970s. Before, there were the villages of Niederbetschdorf (variant: Niderbetzdorff) and Oberbetschdorf (variant: Oberbetzdorff), Kuhlendorf (German: Kühlendorf; variant: Külendorff), Reimerswiller (German: Reimersweiler) and Schwabwiller (Latin: Suabwilare; German: Schwabweiler; variants: Schwobweiller, Schwoweiler). So all these places need to be searched, as well as Hermersweiler, Kutzenhausen, and Prueschdorf, which have all been mentioned various places.

I would like to get these references pinned down to documentation, and hope to begin that here and on the Baysinger list and boards.

LDS has:

Kirchenbuch, 1665-1792 Evangelische Kirche Oberbetschdorf (Kr. Weißenburg)

Registres de l'état civil, 1793-1882 Oberbetschdorf (Bas-Rhin). Officier de l'état civil * too late to be useful for now

Registres paroissiaux, 1759-1817 Eglise catholique. Paroisse de Niederbetschdorf (Bas-Rhin) * too late to find J. Peter's birth

Registres de l'état civil, 1793-1922 Niederbetschdorf (Bas-Rhin). Officier de l'état civil * too late

Registres de l'état civil, 1793-1882 Kuhlendorf (Bas-Rhin). Officier de l'état civil * too late

Registres de l'état civil, 1793-1882 Reimerswiller (Bas-Rhin). Officier de l'état civil * too late

Les recensements de Schwabwiller : 1836-1841, 1846-1851, 1856, 1861, 1866 Meyer, Valérie * too late

Registres de l'état civil, 1793-1882 Hermerswiller (Bas-Rhin). Officier de l'état civil * too late

Index: Kutzenhausen : église Catholique étrangers à la paroisse cités entre 1713 et 1793 Jacques, Bernard

Kirchenbuch, 1714-1792 Evangelische Kirche Kutzenhausen (Kr. Weißenburg)

Kutzenhausen : église Catholique Jacques, Bernard

Kutzenhausen mariages Protestants Luthériens : 1714 - 1792 : Feldbach, Hoelschloch, Lobsann, Merkwiller, Niederkutzenhausen, Oberkutzenhausen Schneider, Anne Louise

Preuschdorf : mariages Protestants Luthériens 1660-1792 : Goersdorf, Kutzenhausen, Lampertschloch, Mitschdorf Schneider, Anne Louise

Registres paroissiaux, 1713-1797 Eglise catholique. Paroisse de Kutzenhausen (Bas-Rhin)

Civil records are also available for Kutzenhausen, but too late to be immediately useful.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Emery SCHELL's World War I Service


According to Eastman's Online Genealogy,

World War I Veterans' Records now Available at State of Washington's Digital Archives



The following article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 1996 - 2009 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com
The Washington state Digital Archives has a new program allowing people to access records of about 48,000 World War I veterans from Washington. Copies of World War I Service Statement Cards from 1917 to 1919, recently indexed by Washington Historical Records Project volunteers, are now available and searchable online at the Digital Archives. The United States War Department had originals of the cards, and copies were provided to the Washington State Auditor many years ago.

Information contained in the records includes full name, serial number, race, place inducted, place of birth, unit assignments, ranks attained, engagements fought in, wounds received, dates served overseas, date of demobilization, and degree of disability (if any). Volunteer Sam Cagle has provided added value to the records with a glossary that fully identifies the many military abbreviations used in the records.

To search, go to http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=640. For more information on the World War I Service Statement Cards and related records, contact the Washington State Archives at (360) 586-1492 or visit its Web site at http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/archives_state.aspx.

Here is my Grandmother Elsie SCHELL COWAN's brother Emery's record

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