Thursday, January 25, 2018

Tip of the Week: search Archive.org

I was reading the excellent genealogy blog on https://wasgs.org/blog, and came across the Tip of the Week: https://wasgs.org/blog/2017/12/01/seattle-genealogical-society-tip-of-the-week-58/ about surname search in the National Archives Catalog.

Just put your surname of interest in the search box at the top right of the home page:
http://archives.gov. I did so and my first hit was an unknown cousin! I searched for "baysinger" and the first hit was https://www.archives.gov/files/research/military/vietnam-war/casualty-lists/wa-alpha.pdf. I was both saddened and proud to read of my cousin's sacrifice and service.

Using MyHeritage to search for Donald Freeman Baysinger with the keywords of his hometown Buckley, Pierce County, Washington where my daddy used to live, led right to FamilySearch where I found his family tree.

We share gxgrandparents Peter Baysinger 1808–1886 and Elizabeth Rice 1814–1895 whose gravestone my cousin Terri placed for them in the Bear Canon Cemetery, Sedalia, Douglas, Colorado, USA.



My line to Peter and Elizabeth is through my mother, Lola McBee Cowan, through her mother Anna Baysinger and her parents John Alfred Baysinger 1872–1942 and Minnie Disney 1876–1959 and his parents Elias Henry Baysinger 1832–1900 and Sarah Maria Goosic 1842–1882. Elias Henry is the oldest brother to Zacharia Taylor Baysinger below.

Donald Baysinger's line goes through Peter and Elizabeth's son Zacharia Taylor Baysinger 1849–1923 and his wife Mary Elizabeth Toliver 1860–1924, and their son Charles Elmer Baysinger 1882–1970 and wife Retta May Akers 1890–1970 to their son Earl Clifford Baysinger 1908–1989 and wife Ella LaRue Smith 1916–2001. I'm so sorry to hear of their loss, and want to thank Earl and Ella Baysinger for their sacrifice.

You can see the tree on FamilySearch here: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/pedigree/landscape/LCDC-397

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