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,

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:

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
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. 

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

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:


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):

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,


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


it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. - e.e cummings

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Maps of Scotland

Maps of the Counties of Scotland, 1580-1928: http://www.nls.uk/digitallibrary/map/early/counties.html. All their Maps of Scotland: http://www.nls.uk/maps/

Gateway to Scotland, Geography Department, University of Edinburgh: http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/home/scotland/scotland.html

Not quite a map, although there is a clickable map, and not quite a gazeteer either. The Statistical Accounts of Scotland, 1791-1835 are searchable by placename for free: http://edina.ac.uk/stat-acc-scot/. Ignore logging in and go to the bottom option, Browse Scanned Pages. If you want to use the clickable map, you will have to create an account (free) and login.

Britrail British Travel Shop, New York City, phone 1-800-677-8585

Your Maps Online: http://www.yourmapsonline.org.uk
   150 English maps (12 Scots) and etchings available for download; also maps scanned onto CDs for sale

Old Ordnance Survey Maps: http://www.alangodfreymaps.co.uk/

Old Maps - 19th century Ordnance Survey maps. Search by place name, address, coordinate, or use the gazetteer: http://www.old-maps.co.uk/

OS Landranger Series, 1.25 inch/ mile, (1:50,000) covers towns, villages, and some farms.

OS Pathfinder Series, 2.5 inch/ mile, (1:25,000) "covers less area, so you must be reasonably sure of where the farm is located. It will show you details down to the fences and includes place names. If the farm has become derelict over the years, it may not show up on either of these, because the maps are current. If you are looking for a farm that was active in say the early 1800's, you may want to consider older/Victorian maps." Susan, in a post to SCOTLAND-GENWEB-L@rootsweb.com 15 Jan 1999.

Ordnance Survey Street Atlases - scale is 3.5 inches to the mile, cheap (£10 or $17 in paperback)
Two for Scotland: Glasgow and West Central Scotland, Edinburgh and East Central Scotland. "But they cover a wide area, with rural as well as urban detail.... Edinburgh ... includes southern Fife (including Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy); most of Clackmannanshire; most of Stirlingshire; West Lothian; Midlothian; East Lothian; and, of course, Edinburgh.
ISBN for the Edinburgh atlas is 0-540-06181-6." Iain Sommerville, in a post to SCOTLAND-GENWEB-L@rootsweb.com 16 Sep 1998.

Ordnance Survey products: http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/

David Rumsey Map Collection: http://www.davidrumsey.com

Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it. - William James

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Walter COWAN's property in Puslinch, Ontario

Thanks to cousin Diana Roth, who pointed me to the Lot Histories of the Puslinch Historical Society, at http://www.puslinchhistorical.ca/

RG L29
Juniper Hill Farm

In 1848 owned by James Durand, and sold to We McKenzie. In 1849 it was sold to Walter Cowan Sr. In 1851 census, Walter Cowan from Scotland age 35, with wife Margaret, age 30, and son Walter, age 9. [I wonder if they rented the farm from 1832-1849?]

In 1886 the deed was transferred to son Walter Scott Cowan. Walter Cowan Sr. had built stone house. Mr. Kennedy was the mason. There was a spring fed creek in rear. Orchard east of barn. Well behind house 187' deep.

Walter Cowan Jr. m. Annie McPherson of l.8 RG
1. Margaret 1870-1961 m. Hugh McAninch [Hugh of F1 L21]
2. Alex 1881-1963 m. Margaret Naismith
3. Jean 1883-1945 m. John Sawyer of l. 19 FF
4. Wm. 1887 d. infancy
5. Mary 1888 m. James Blake of l. 19 FG
6. James 1885-1948 m. Clara Naismith
7. Thomas 1890-1970 m. Elsie Scheol (sic) [Elsie Schell]
8. Walter 1892-1950 m. Hetty Holden Vancouver

1916 Angus McDonnell, who had been in gold fields, then in real estate in Vancouver where he lost heavily. He met Cowans from Crieff and he traded his house in Vancouver for the Cowan farm at Crieff! [ed. I have never heard this story! So interesting]

Mrs. McDonnell was Helena Fraser from Glengarry (Greenvale, near Alexandria) The McDonnell kids ran up the back stairs and down the front stairs. There was glass in the doors between two rooms and the brothers would tease their sister to distraction. On one occasion she threw a whisk at one of them and it broke a pane in the glass. She got sent to bed, and her brothers got off Scott free! Her brothers would steal apples from the orchard behind Mackay's house (and Geordie would chase them).

Macdonnell Family included Fairbanks, Fraser, Idea who taught at #12; m Donald Barbels, Stewart lived in Guelph, Clover - born in Puslinch; lived in Stratford. Golden - born in Puslinch; lived in Brantford.

The McDonnells left in the late thirties; Jochimach who rented the farm to the Maltby family in
the early forties and sold to Pettigrew in 1946.

Robert Pettigrew & Dorothy with their daughter Margaret and her husband John Griesbach came c1946 also brother Bob Pettigrew. Griesbach children, Judy, Joan, Jayne, and John. John and Marg Griesbach continued until 2000 and sold.
I'm not able to find the lot references for Annie McPherson, John Sawyer, and James Blake. I'll inquire to the Historical Society.

Hugh McAninch: from http://www.puslinchhistorical.ca/Con1pt1.shtml
F1 L21

...1906 John McAninch m. Jane McPhatter 1853-1932
1. Hugh m. Margaret Cowan [my grandpa's sister Margaret 'Grett'. They lived in Seattle for many many years.]
2. Nelson 1880-1961 m. Marie Jamieson
3. Jane Ann 1882-1957 m. Fred Roszell
4. John James m.
5. Matthew went to Kindersley SK
6. Charlotte (Lottie) m. Alex Harbottle

The McAninches retired to Morriston in 1915.

More about the McAninchs: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2007/06/cowan-mcaninch-connection.html

The WWII Enlistment file for Hugh McAninch & Margaret Cowan's son Walter: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/wwii-enlistment-file.html

Walter Cowan's oldest son James, who never lived in Juniper Hill Farm, in 1901: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/james-cowan-wellington-1901-census.html

Cowans in the Wellington County Atlas: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/cowans-in-wellington-county-historical.html

Other related Cowans: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/four-cowan-families-by-jennie-f-cowan.html

Ontario Cowans in 1871: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/ontario-cowans-1871-census.html

Cowans and Neighbors 1911 Puslinch, Wellington Co. Ontario, Canada: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/01/cowans-and-neighbors-1911-puslinch.html

Early Canadian Cowan Marriage Bonds: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/cowan-marriage-bonds-in-upper-and.html

Great-great-grandfather Walter Cowan's brother William: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/06/william-cowan-settled-in-delaware.html

Confusing -- Biography of Hector Cowan of Stamford, New York, who must be ours, but how does he fit in? http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/06/hector-cowan-biography.html

Cowan Burials in Bovina, Delaware Co. NY USA: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/06/cowan-burials-in-bovina-delaware-co-ny.html

The Cowan list and Message Board are useful, at least for searches: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valorie/Cowan-L.htm

Also, I've started a GoogleGroup just for the Scottish Cowans. If you are part of the family and are researching, *please* join. It's very low-traffic, and ONLY about our Scots Cowans. http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/06/scottish-cowans-googlegroup.html

As always, I welcome additions, corrections and other feedback.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. - Theodore Roosevelt

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Meyer's Orts online, and FREE!

Ancestry has put Meyers Orts online, searchable, and FREE! This is they way they describe it:
This database contains Meyers Geographical and Commercial Gazetteer of the German Empire (or Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs in German). [One can] use it to locate place names in German research. ...Originally compiled in 1912; this is the gazetteer to use because it includes all areas that were part of the pre-World War I (WWI) German Empire. Gazetteers published after WWI may not include parts of the Empire that were lost to bordering countries. Overall, this gazetteer includes more than 210,000 cities, town, hamlets, villages, etc.
Meyers Orts at Ancestry: http://content.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=1074

Thanks to Barbara A. H. Nuehring who reported this exciting resource to the Pfalz list, saying, "it is not the easiest resource to use, but worth every minute of working your way through it. What is really nice about the digital image is that you don't need a magnifying glass -- you can zoom in to read the information about the town/village."

Barbara adds, "How to Use the Meyers Gazetteer and Handwriting Guide: German Gothic are FHL Research Guides in PDF format that can be downloaded from http://www.familysearch.org. And of course, it is also helpful to have a German-English dictionary close at hand."

Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don't wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don't wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom. - Jim Rohn

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Danish Research

Sometimes your Swedes may have come from Denmark originally, married a Dane after emigration, or emigrated through Denmark. Here are some resources, generously collected by Arne Hansson on the Swedestoo list.

Arne's note: Copenhagen in Danish is "København". In Swedish, it is Köpenhamn. To use the character "ø", copy and paste it from here, if you have difficulties creating an "ø" on your keyboard.

Danish Demographic Database: http://ddd.dda.dk/ddd_en.htm

Danish digitized churchbooks: http://www.arkivalieronline.dk/ (similar to Genline for Swedish research). Both are run by the Danish State Archives. Press the button English flag to the left to get English. Both sites are free if you register.

DIS-Danmark: http://www.dis-danmark.dk/dis-english.asp - the site for Danish researchers online.

Danish Emigration Archives: http://www.emiarch.dk/home.php3

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Transitioning from Family Researcher to Professional Genealogist

Elizabeth Shown Mills' 10-point blueprint that would provide solid grounding and enhanced skills for any genealogist who is making or considering the transition from "family researcher" to "professional." (extracted from post to Transitional-Genealogists-Forum list, 19 Dec 2007: http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/TRANSITIONAL-GENEALOGISTS-FORUM/2007-12/1198123606


1. http://www.bcgcertification.org
Read all the "Skillbuilding" articles, study all the work samples, and do the "Test Your Skills" module at the Board for Certification of Genealogists website.


2. Greenwood, Val D. Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. 3d ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.
Amazon: $29.95 or used from $14.95.

Read Greenwood from cover to cover--several times or until you feel you have well learned its content. For three decades, this has been the leading textbook for genealogical study, and Greenwood has kept it up to date. It's big, but easily digestible. This is the textbook for the NGS Home Study course and is the equivalent of Samford IGHR's Course 2 (Intermediate Genealogy).

3. Professional Genealogy: A Manual For Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.
Amazon: $35.96 or used from $25.88.

For skillbuilding (as opposed to building a business practice), focus first on these chapters:
1 "Defining Professionalism," Donn Devine, J.D., CG, CGI
14 "Problem Analyses and Research Plans," Helen Leary, CG,CGL, FASG
15 "Research Procedures," Linda Woodward Geiger, CGRS, CGL
16 "Transcripts and Abstracts," Mary McCampbell Bell, CLS, CGL
17 "Evidence Analysis," Donn Devine
18 "Research Reports," Elizabeth Shown Mills
20 "Proof Arguments and Case Studies," E. S. Mills
23 "Family Histories," Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG
24 "Lineage Papers," Mary Bell & Elisabeth Schmidt, CLS

4. Mills, E. S. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2007.
Amazon: $38.81 or used from $34.98. DOWNLOAD from http://www.footnote.com, $24.95.

Thoroughly study the first two chapters (ca. 90 pages of the 885 pp. total):
1 Fundamentals of Evidence Analysis
2 Fundamentals of Citation

(These are not the same as chapters 1 and 2 of the little 1997 "briefcase edition" of Evidence.)

5. The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. Provo: Ancestry, 2000.
Amazon: $13.56, used from $12.45.

Read *all* of the standards, starting with the Genealogical Proof Standard. Examine the appendixes for the models they provide.


6. (for Methodology)
National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 1987-to date. **Study** the case studies in every issue you can get your hands on. It does not matter what family or what region the case study deals with. You are studying it for techniques and methods. Almost every library with a genealogical collection, as well as many university libraries, have NGSQ. At http://www.worldcat.org you can identify libraries in your region that carry it. NGS has also begun to put back issues online at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, if you are a member.

7. (for Methodology)
Rising, Marsha Hoffman, CG, FASG. The Family Tree Problem Solver.
Cincinnati: Family Tree Books, 2005. Amazon: $13.59. Used from $12.48.

8. (for Sources)
Luebking, Sandra Hargreaves, and Loretto D. Szucs, The Source. 3d ed. Provo: Ancestry, 2006).
Amazon: $79.95, used from $54.32.

9. If you live within driving distance of other serious genealogists, consider starting a study group along the Litchman Model that has been discussed over the years in various NGS and APG forums. Basically: the groups that follow the Litchman Model meet monthly, choose a case study (usually from NGSQ) for each month's meeting, require participants to read the assigned case study at least three times, make notes, and come prepared to discuss the methodology, sources, and strengths and weaknesses in the research or analysis. Check the APG-L archives for discussions particularly by the late Ken Aitken regarding his group.

10. Scholarships and awards to attend conferences and institutes (typically in the $500 range) are available through several genealogical channels, particularly these:

A. ASG Scholar Award (for attendance at either IGHR or NIGR)

B. BCG Education Fund Scholarship (for attendance at IGHR, NIGR, NGS Conference, or FGS Conference)

C. IGHR Jean Thompson Scholarship (to attend IGHR)

D. NGS Family History Writing Contest (to attend NGS Conf)

E. NIGR Richard Lackey Scholarship (to attend NIGR)

New! A list just for those transitioning from hobbyist genealogy to professional: TRANSITIONAL-GENEALOGISTS-FORUM, at http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Miscellaneous/TRANSITIONAL-GENEALOGISTS-FORUM.html

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Sex in Middlesex: Popular Mores in A Massachusetts County, 1649-1699

Cleverly titled Sex in Middlesex: Popular Mores in A Massachusetts County, 1649-1699 by Roger Thompson (University of Massachusetts Press; 1986) is a readable socialogical look at the lives of adolescents, married people, families and communities in early Puritan Massachusetts. The stories are drawn from early court records, and are very engagingly written for a socialogy treatise. Some very nice punning. :-)

Anyone with Puritan ancestors will find the stories interesting, and the conclusion that our pious ancestors were not so dour and rigid as we might think.

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. - Albert Einstein

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Rootsweb, and how to Use it

How to search the mailing list archives: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/searching-list-archives-by-joan-young.html

List Archives: start at http://archiver.rootsweb.com/ to browse, or click the Search link to search one or all of the Rootsweb lists. http://lists.rootsweb.com/ if you don't know what list you want.

Formulaically - Archiver (browse): http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/index/LISTNAME

One wonderful tool Rootsweb has, that many people fail to use, is the Post-Em. You can place Post-Ems on individual records found in WorldConnect, the Social Security Death Index, User-Contributed Databases, and some of the other available vital records databases.

Don't forget to register your research interests in the Rootsweb Surname List. If you have a website, add a link to the RootsWeb Resource Pages. If you don't have a website yet, get one! Once you have created it, register it.

Search all of Rootsweb with Google, by clicking Advanced Search, filling in your search terms, and then putting rootsweb.com into the line 'Domain: ONLY return results from the site or domain.' Shortcut - put your search term(s) then site:rootsweb.com, like this: searchterm site:rootsweb.com . If you wanted to search all of freepages, you could use: searchterm site:freepages.rootsweb.com .

Joan Young recently published an article in Rootsweb Review which highlighted a number of oft-forgetten little useful tools at Rootsweb. Read the article for more detail, but here are links to some of them:Hint for those using Outlook Express to read Rootsweb list digests: To read inline, instead of displayed as separate attachments, highlight the first Digest item which is called ATT, then hold down the control key and click on the F3 key while still holding down the control key to open the message source. Maximize it, and you will then be able to read the entire Digest as a continuous document.

Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come; you have to get up and make them. - Madame C. J. Walker

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Genealogy, or Family History?

I read a wonderful comment today on Dick Eastman's site, by Geoff Riggs
...Genealogy is the bones - gathering of the facts about ones ancestors such as names, dates, places. Family History is 'putting the flesh on the bones' - finding the stories, history, geography, and so forth that shaped the lives of our ancestors.

Rudyard Kipling wrote:
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew)
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who

I added a second verse to this some years ago:
For pure Genealogists
'Who, When and Where?' suffice
But Family Historians>
Add 'Why, What, How?' for spice

Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient. - Eugene S. Wilson

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Word of the Day: Prosopography


the study of collective biography, for individuals of a certain group (social class, profession, time frame, geographic origin, etc.). By accumulating data on individuals in a group, one learns more about the group. The term may have been coined by anthropologists but it is widely used among medieval historians, particularly social historians. - Nathaniel Taylor, ntaylor@fas.harvard.edu

Prosopography is an important methodological tool within historical research, its goal being the collection of all known information about individuals within a given period, often in the form of a register or database (frequently also known as a "Prosopography", e.g. The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire).

Thanks to Sharon Sergeant of the APG list for introducing me to this term. She references Mel Wolfgang's presentation Researching 'Birds of a Feather': How Prosopography, Cluster Studies, and Record Linkage Techniques Can Help Put New Leaves On Your Family Tree, which she says, "drew unending raves from attendees, who were previously scratching their heads about the word prosopography." The lecture was in 2006 Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC) annual seminar. http://www.jonathansheppardbooks.com/lecturelist.htm

Sharon says, "Mel continues providing his eye-opening techniques at the PMC in Fort Wayne with If You Think You've Looked Everywhere... It's Time to Think Again

What a grand term for the enduring principle to get around brick walls in research -- if you can't go back, you must go wide, and research kith, kin, co-workers, fellow church members, neighbors, the community, and all in-law connections.

You can access Sharon's post in the list archives: http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/APG/2007-08/1186146630

Nothing we do changes the past. Everything we do changes the future. - Joan Chittister

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

William Briggs DISNEY's son George Luther Granville and his descendants

William Briggs DISNEY 1853-1912 had children by 1. Mary WALTERS:

Foresman lists Hester as the first child, with no dates, but I see no evidence of her (note at end of post). Roy Lee DISNEY will be covered next. My great-grandmother Minnie DISNEY is covered here: John BAYSINGER, Viola, Minnie and children

I. George L. G. (Luther Granville) Disney is 6 in the 1880 census, born in Arkansas. Foresman says he born 1873, and I think he must have been named for his uncle George Luther DISNEY. He married Ava Marie WELSH 1896, and had sons Cecil (1898-1980, born Illinois) and Luther Granville (1906-1965). I can't find him after 1920, so perhaps he died between 1920 & 1930.

The Illinois Marriage database has a listing for: DISNEY, GEORGE marrying WELSH, NORA ELLEN on 10/24/1896. Vol. 00E page 43 in WARREN County, IL.

1900 United States Federal Census
(index spelling correction submitted to Ancestry)
Name: Geo L Disoney
Home in 1900: Berwick, Warren, Illinois
Age: 26
Estimated birth year: abt 1874
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Spouse's name: Ava E
Race: White

Household Members:
Name Age
Geo L Disoney 26
Ava E Disoney 18
Cecil S Disoney 2

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Berwick, Warren, Illinois; Roll: T623 350; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 82. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.

By 1910 George is listed as widowed:

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: George Disney

Age in 1910: 35
Estimated birth year: abt 1875
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Iowa
Mother's Birth Place: Arkansas
Home in 1910: Greenbush, Warren, Illinois
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Gender: Male

Household Members:
Name Age
George Disney 35
Cecil S Disney 12
Luther W Disney 4

So Ava died somewhere between 1906 and 1910. George had two sons with her, Cecil S. born 11 Aug 1898, married Ella Carolyn PAULSON 21 Jun 1929 and Luther Granville born 15 May 1906, married Evelyn DEWEY 27 Jan 1934, died 25 Feb 1965, dates according to Foresman.

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Greenbush, Warren, Illinois; Roll: T624_332; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 137; Image: 105. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1910. T624, 1,178 rolls.

By 1920, George has remarried (Hattie) and is living with Cecil and Luther in North Dakota.

1920 United States Federal Census
Name: George L Disney
Home in 1920: Tower City, Cass, North Dakota

Age: 45 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1875
Birthplace: Alabama (I clearly see Arkansas)
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Hattie
Father's Birth Place: Iowa
Mother's Birth Place: Arkansas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 841

Household Members:
Name Age
George L Disney 45
Hattie Disney 26
Cecil Disney 22
Luther Disney 13

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Tower City, Cass, North Dakota; Roll: T625_1332; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 23; Image: 841. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.

I haven't as yet found George in the 1930 Census, but I think I found Cecil. If so, he had married shortly before to Ella Carolyn PAULSON, 21 Jun 1929 according to Foresman, but times were hard.

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Ceil Disney
Home in 1930: Buffalo, Cass, North Dakota
Age: 33
Estimated birth year: abt 1897
Birthplace: Illinois
Relation to Head of House: Lodger
Race: White

Household Members:
Name Age
Emilie Taugner 65
Ceil Disney 33

The problem with this entry is that this man is marked as single.

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Cass, North Dakota; Roll: 1733; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 14; Image: 99.0. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

On the other hand, this seems to be Luther, for sure:

1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Luther Disney
Home in 1930: Grant, Winnebago, Iowa
Age: 23
Estimated birth year: abt 1907
Birthplace: Illinois
Relation to Head of House: Lodger

Race: White

Household Members:
Name Age
William Peck 32
Gerthie Peck 29
Eveline I Peck 10
Briselle Peck 9
Glaydes Peck 8
Edna Peck 6
Glenn Peck 5
Donald Peck 2
Junior Peck 7/12
Luther Disney 23

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Grant, Winnebago, Iowa; Roll: 688; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 9; Image: 444.0. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

Cecil Stewart (Stanley?) DISNEY, born 11 Aug 1898, m. Ella Carolyn PAULSON 1929, died Oct 1980, according to the SSDI. His last residence and last benefit were both to Detroit Lakes, Becker Co. MN 56501. Cecil and Ella had 5 children:

1. Irene Francis DISNEY, born 30 Dec 1930, married 21 Jun 1949 Melvin ULRICH, son William.
SSDI: IRENE F ULRICH, 28 Dec 1930-27 May 2006. Last residence: Fergus Falls, Otter Tail Co. MN 56537. Last benefit: Fergus Falls, Otter Tail Co. MN 56537. SSN: 502-22-3439, issued North Dakota.
2. Delfield J. DISNEY, born 29 Apr 1933, married 26 Nov 1964, N. KAISER, died 10 Apr 1993, Hubbard Co. MN (wife Juanita?) *
3. June Inanda DISNEY, born 20 Nov 1935, married 15 Oct 1955, J. TOMLINSON
4. Sonja Marie DISNEY, born 25 Sep 1943, married 1 Sep 1962, William SELCK, still living in MN
5. Marvin Stewart DISNEY, born 11 Sep 1947 Becker Co. MN, apparently still living in MN

*Ancestry has a record for: Delfield J Disney
Birth Date: Apr 1933
Street address: Hc 6
City: Park Rapids
County: Hubbard
State: Minnesota
Zip Code: 56470
Phone Number: 218
Record Number: 428532885
Household Members:
Name Est. Age Birth Year
Delfield J Disney 74 1933
Juanita M Disney 62 1945
Kyle S Disney 39 1968 - looks like Kyle is now living in either WI or WA, or perhaps still in MN

Luther Granville married Evelyn DEWEY in 1934 and had 3 children:

1. Cleo Corrine DISNEY, born 22 Mar 1935, married 27 Jun 1956 Carroll DAHLGREN.
2. George Vernon DISNEY, born 30 Mar 1937, married 1958 Marilyn TRIPP. Looks like George may still be alive, and living in Clarion IA, along with some of his children.
3. Vernial Rae DISNEY, born 11 Oct 1941, married Richard A. Nelson, living Minneapolis MN 1973.

Evelyn DISNEY died Oct 1973, according to the SSDI.

William Briggs Disney's daughters by 2. Mrs. Lydia Ann BOYD SUTTON will be covered in a later post.

Hester is said by Foresman to be a daughter of William Briggs DISNEY and Mary WALTERS. She is said to have married Harry PHILLIPS, and children:

1. Hugh Phillips born 19 Nov 1899 White Oak twp, Warren Co. IA
2. Gladys Ruth Phillips
3. Edith Phillips born 18 Aug 1902 White Oak twp, Warren Co. IA

I see, in the Iowa State Census, 1895, a Hester Disney, age 14, born IA?, living in Liberty twp, Warren County. I guess I will have to order this census, since Ancestry has no images linked. If this is the same Hester Foresman references, I see no evidence to link her to WB & Mary.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

William Briggs DISNEY Timeline

William Briggs DISNEY was the son of George Disney and Anne Elizabeth ANDERSON, born 22 Jul 1853, in Iowa, according to his death certificate. George joined sister Amelia Jane and brother George Luther, and was followed by Martin Luther in 1847, and Alice A. who died in 1852 at age two. His father George died 8 Aug 1855 at age 39. His little brother Martin Luther also died in 1855, and his mother followed them in death in 1856, leaving little William an orphan at age three. They are all buried in Carlisle Cemetery, Allen Township, one-helf mile from the town of Carlisle, Warren County, Iowa.

I've never found them in any 1850 Census, but I believe this is the family in the 1853 Iowa State Census, living in Warren County. GN Disney, with 3 females, and 3 males. That would be daddy George, sons George Luther or Martin Luther, and William Briggs; mama Ann Elizabeth, and daughters Amelia Jane and Alice A.

Source Information: Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest.

I find a Jesse ORME also in Richland in 1853; presumably this is the same Jesse who married Nancy Disney, daughter of William Disney and Amelison ELLIOT. This was daddy George's sister Nancy Ann. Jesse and Nancy Ann soon move to Nodaway, Adams County, and both die there. I also find an Andrew DIZNEY, who possibly is Andrew Jackson DISNEY 1820-1863, son of Richard DISNEY and --?--. He married Rodema P. BEEBE, ended up in Washington and Keokuk counties, Iowa. This would have been George's first cousin. George was the son of William I. DISNEY, who along with Richard was the son of James 1755-1821, according to Foresman.

1860 - where was little William in 1860? He was only 7! I've searched both Ancestry and Heritage Quest every way I know, with no luck. Amelia had been placed by her mother, according to her obituary, with Dr. & Mrs. Dashiel, of Hartford IA. No mention is made of her brothers William or George, except that one brother is living at the time of her death in 1909.

Update: I think I've found him listed as William BRIGGS, age 6, living with Wm & Mary E. MORGAN (no known connection), aged 24 & 25. I guess I will have to consult Warren Co. court records, and see if there were guardians appointed for the children.

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Palmyra, Warren, Iowa; Roll: M653_341; Page: 57; Image: 57. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls.

I think that I've found Amelia Jane, too. Supposedly she lived with Dr. & Mrs DASHIELL until she was 15, at which point she went to work for the SHOEMAKER family. But at age 13, here she is:
1860 United States Federal Census
Name: Ameli Disney
Age in 1860: 13
Birth Year: abt 1847
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1860: Greenfield, Warren, Iowa
Gender: Female
Post Office: Greenbush

Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Thompson 47
Margaret Thompson 41
Nanthaniel M Thompson 21
Orville B Thompson 19
Ameli Disney 13

I don't find an DASHIELLs in the county, in 1860.

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Greenfield, Warren, Iowa; Roll: M653_341; Page: 119; Image: 119. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls.

1 Jan 1869 - William's sister Amelia Jane marries Benjamin F. BROWN in Des Moines, Iowa. She dies in 1909, also in Des Moines.

1870 - I can't be sure, but this might be William working for and living with the McBride family, in adjoining Des Moines, in Polk County, Iowa. Ancestry indexed him as: W Dising, Lee, Polk, IA, born abt 1851 in Iowa, White Male.

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Lee, Polk, Iowa; Roll: M593_415; Page: 345; Image: 691. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003. Original data: 1870.

Also found in the 1870 Census: Jesse Orme, 51, Farmer b. Maryland, Nancy Ann 41 Keeping House b. Ohio, and their 3 children William A, 16, works on farm; Heuton (Newton?) D, m, 10, attending school, and Elda, 2. All children b. Iowa. In the same household: George W. Disney, 14, b. Iowa -- works on farm, but has $500 real estate. Jesse's figures are $7250 real, $1867 personal. Maybe this is George Luther, William's brother. The ages are right. 1870 Adams Co., Iowa Census; Post Office: Nodaway, Roll: M593_374, Page: 86, Ancestry Image: 172

c1873 - marries Mary WALTERS, probably in Crawford Co. Arkansas.

1880 United States Federal Census
Name: William B. Disney
Home in 1880: Jasper, Crawford, Arkansas

Age: 27
Estimated birth year: abt 1853
Birthplace: Ohio
Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Mary C.
Father's birthplace: Ohio
Mother's birthplace: Ohio
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male

Household Members:
Name Age
William B. Disney 27
Mary C. Disney 25
George L. G. Disney 6
Minna C. Disney 3 - my grandmother Minnie

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Jasper, Crawford, Arkansas; Roll: T9_41; Family History Film: 1254041; Page: 513.1000; Enumeration District: 47; Image: 0772. Source Information: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880. T9, 1,454 rolls.

1880-1884 - Death of Mary Walters in Warren Co. IA. William leaves the children with relatives there, and moves back to Arkansas. When and where did Mary die, and where is she buried?

c1884 - married Lydia Ann BOYD SUTTON, widow. William and Lydia had two daughters, Lillie Ann, born Sept. l885, died July l, l981; and Bertha D. Disney, born 19 Nov l887, d. Jan. l5, l944. The LDS Ancestral File says that Lydia was born Mar 1849 in Van Buren, Crawford, Arkansas, and that she died 4 Jan 1929, also in Van Buren, Crawford, Arkansas. I don't find her in the census in 1920, however.

1900 - no sign of William, Lydia, Lily or Bertha in 1900, all presumably still in Crawford County, Arkansas. I searched all states, however.

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: William B Disney

Age in 1910: 56
Estimated birth year: abt 1854
Birthplace: Iowa
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Iowa
Mother's Birth Place: Iowa
Spouse's name: Lydia Ann
Home in 1910: Van Buren Ward 3, Crawford, Arkansas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male

Household Members:
Name Age
William B Disney 56
Lydia Ann Disney 61

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Van Buren Ward 3, Crawford, Arkansas; Roll: T624_48; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 16; Image: 411. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1910. T624, 1,178 rolls.

William Briggs Disney died 1 July 1914, almost 70 years old, in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas. His daughter Lily FINE was the informant. He is buried in Gill Cemetery, which is east of Van Buren. He's the only Disney buried there, apparently. I don't know where Lydia Ann BOYD SUTTON is buried. AF says she died in 1929. My mother never knew her grandfather, as he died well before her birth in 1928 in Warren County, Iowa.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Cowan-McAninch connection

Grampa Cowan's (Thomas Cowan) oldest sister Margaret (Maggy, Grett) married Hugh McANINCH in Puslinch, Ontario 27 Feb 1901. According to the record, Hugh was the son of John McAninch and Jennie McPHATTER, and was born ca. 1875, in Puslinch.

Here is the Ancestry index entry for the marriage:

Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1922

Name: Hugh McAninch
Birth Place: Puslinch
Age: 26
Father Name: John McAninch
Mother Name: Jennie McPhatter
Estimated birth year: abt 1875
Spouse Name: Maggie Cowan
Spouse's Age: 21
Spouse Birth Place: Puslinch
Spouse Father Name: Walter S Cowan
Spouse Mother Name : Annie McPherson Cowan
Marriage Date: 27 Feb 1901
Marriage Place: Wellington
Marriage County: Wellington

Image of the marriage record:

Their only child Walter was born (according to the SSDI) 28 Jun 1920, and died 26 Mar 2000. He served in WWII, and according to that record he was not yet a US citizen, and was born in "British North America or Canada or Labrador or Newfoundland."
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

Name: Walter H McAninch
Birth Year: 1920
Race: White, not yet a citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: British North America or Canada or Labrador or Newfoundland
State: Washington
County or City: King

Enlistment Date: 19 Apr 1943
Enlistment State: Washington
Enlistment City: Seattle
Branch: No branch assignment
Branch Code: No branch assignment
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Foreman, Warehouse (Warehouseman. )
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 88
Weight: 145

Source Information: National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 [Archival Database]; World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.
Walter later married, divorced, then married again Myrene CASTOR. He nor his parent Grett & Hugh are found in the 1930 Census, therefore I assume that they emigrated between 1930 and 1943 when Walter joined the US Army.

I'll have to ask Dad if he remembers when they moved to Seattle, and where Walter Mac served in the War.

Moving backwards -- This may be Hugh's family in the 1901 Census of Canada. Jennie would be Jane Ann:

Name: John McAninch
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 53
Birth Date: 3 Aug 1847
Birthplace: Scotland
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Jane Ann
Immigration Year: 1862
Racial or Tribal Origin: Scottish (Scotish)
Nationality: Canadian
Religion: Presbyterian
Occupation: Farmer
Province: Ontario
DISTRICT: Wellington (South/Sud)
District Number: 126
Sub-District: Puslinch
Sub-District Number: F-4
Family Number: 56
Page: 5

Household Members:
Name Age
John McAninch 53
Jane Ann McAninch 47
Neilson Leslie McAninch 21
Jane Ann McAninch 18
John James McAninch 15
Marthew McAninch 11
Charlotte E McAninch 6

Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Canada: Library and Archives Canada. RG31, T-6428 to T-6556.

The image:

If this is the correct family, John was born 3 Aug 1847 in Scotland, came to Canada in 1862, a generation after the Cowan's arrival in 1832. The IGI lists a John McAninch as born 26 SEP 1847 in Campsie, Stirling, Scotland, and lists him as dying 14 DEC 1919. This record (patron submission) has John married to Jane Ann McPhatter, and has their date of marriage as 22 DEC 1874 in Arthur, Wellington County, Ontario. This same submission says that Jane Ann McPhatter was born 9 JUL 1853 in Killean, Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario, and died 1 NOV 1932, daughter of Matthew McPhatter and Jean OR Jane Ramsay.

The Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869-1932 reports:

Name: John McAninch
Death Date: Dec 1919
Death Location: Wellington

Gender: Male
Estimated birth year: abt 1847
Birth Location: Campsey,Sct

Source Citation: Roll: MS935_260.

Source Information: Ancestry.com. Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869-1932 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Deaths - 1869-1932. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Archives of Ontario. MS935, 455 reels.


If this is the correct John McAninch, it gives his mother's maiden name as Ann M Colgau (?)! Exciting stuff!

In the 1881 Canadian Census, we see Hugh with the family!:

Name   Marital Status  Gender  Ethnic Origin  Age  Birthplace  Occupation  Religion
John MCANINCH M Male Irish 31 Scotland Farmer Presbyterian
Jane Ann MCANINCH M Female Scottish 26 Ontario Presbyterian
Hugh MCANINCH Male Irish 5 Ontario Presbyterian
Nelson MCANINCH Male Irish 1 Ontario Presbyterian
James MCKEADY Male Irish 21 Ireland Farm Labourer Church of England

Source Information:
Census Place Peel, Wellington Centre, Ontario
Family History Library Film 1375895
NA Film Number C-13259
District 152
Sub-district E
Division 4
Page Number 40
Household Number 176

This is probably him, then, in the Ontario, Canada Census Index, 1871:

Name: John McAninch
Age: 22
Estimated birth year: abt 1849
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Ireland

Residence District: Wellington North
Residence Location: Peel
Ethnic Origin: Irish
Religion: Canada Presbyterian / C. Presbyterian
Occupation: Farmer
Division: 2
Microfilm Roll: C-9948
Page: 30
Head of Household Comment: This person is listed as a head of household.

Source Information: This index to the 1871 Ontario, Canada Census was created by volunteers from the Ontario Genealogical Society from data supplied by Library and Archives Canada.. Ontario, Canada Census Index, 1871 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Ontario, Canada. 1871 Canada Census. Ottawa, Canada: Library and Archives Canada. Microfilm. Specific microfilm roll numbers are listed with each record in the index.

And this is probably Jane Ann's family in Ontario, Canada Census Index, 1871:

Name: Mathew McPhatter
Age: 55
Estimated birth year: abt 1816
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Scotland

Residence District: Wellington South
Residence Location: Puslinch
Ethnic Origin: Scottish
Religion: Canada Presbyterian / C. Presbyterian
Occupation: Farmer
Division: 1
Microfilm Roll: C-9945
Page: 44
Head of Household Comment: This person is listed as a head of household.

Source Information: same as above.

More research is needed!