Saturday, March 25, 2017

Advertisement: NSGS Conference 2017

Readers beware,
This is basically a promotional post. I am the conference coordinator for NSGS.

Solve Family History Mysteries with
PBS Genealogy Roadshow’s D. Joshua Taylor

D. Joshua Taylor, president of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, will be the keynote speaker at the Nebraska State Genealogical Society (NSGS) conference April 28-29, 2017 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel, Lincoln, NE. 
Nationally and internationally known, Mr. Taylor has been featured on the PBS TV multi-season series Genealogy Roadshow.  He is past president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
In addition to Mr. Taylor, the two-day event also includes additional speakers and sessions for genealogists, historians, librarians, and archivists.  
“I am pleased to announce Mr. Taylor as our speaker for this event.  The conference will honor both the 150th anniversary of Nebraska statehood and the 40th anniversary of the NSGS.  Participants will discover many new ideas, research strategies and trends they can apply to their family history research,” said Rosalee Swartz, NSGS president.
Conference Highlights
·         Conference Sessions: A wide variety of genealogy-related lectures for all experience levels. Attendees will be able to learn tips for researching their ancestors, using the internet, DNA, Nebraska resources and more. Pre and Post Conference research activities available.
·         Vendor Exhibits: Includes genealogical products and genealogical organizations.
·         Single Day (Friday or Saturday Only) Registration with Luncheon: NSGS Members $60, Nonmembers $70.
·         2-Day Conference with two luncheons: NSGS Member $109, Nonmember $119.
·         Friday Evening Banquet and Program: Featuring Dr. Sara Crook, chair Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission “Celebrating Nebraska’s Sesquicentennial” $30.
About the Nebraska State Genealogical Society (NSGS)
The Nebraska State Genealogical Society (NSGS) was founded 40 years ago in 1977.  It represents members across Nebraska and the country. NSGS connects the state-wide genealogical community through resources, programs, on-line links, and its quarterly publication Ancestree and newsletter NewBrassKey.
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Review of 2016

Well a bit late, but the holidays are busy as usual.
Time to review my goals from 2016:

1. I attended about 14 sessions of genchat this year. (pretty much met goal, which was 16)
2. Do 2 webinars or videos, I did one
3. Go to 2 genealogy conferences, I went to one (didn't find another close by that interested me)
4. Blog twice a month or 24 times
   I blogged 9 times, and have 2 drafts in progress, so close to half
5. Work on projects for clients
    Progress made

1. Update the local cemetery directory
    Done in May before Memorial day
2. Continue adding photos on Findagrave for cemeteries
    This one wasn't very measurable but I finished the ones I wanted to do, plus did others
3. Continue indexing marriage records and put online
    Made progress, got through some quick letters (Q, U, V) and helped do a little with FamilySearch indexing.
4. Continue quarterly updates of my GenWeb site
   I did some updates, particularly when I added the above marriage records, but probably not quarterly

1. Do timelines for 12 ancestors
   Not even sure if I got one done
2. Continue regular quarterly backups
  I did a backup in the 3rd quarter, so need to do this more
3. Finish husband's Mayflower application
  Progress made, but need to do more
4. Do my DAR application
  Progress made, working on getting records so I can submit soon
5. Continue working on my research To Do List
   This is also not very measurable but some progress was made.

I seem to be much better at the first two categories than the last. Always putting others first, I guess. But I've been focusing on my own for the first 10 years or so, so these last 4 1/2 I can focus on others.
I don't think I did too bad, but always room for improvement. Well I have things to carry over for next year....well this year now. I also need new ideas, so if you have different goals than mine, let me know. It's always good to share ideas.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

November Ancestor: Jane Kirkpatrick Foster

This month I am writing about one of my ancestors from my dad's side, Jane P. Kirkpatrick Foster, my 3rd great-grandmother.
Jane was born May 19, 1824 in Decatur, Brown County, Ohio to John Kirkpatrick and Margaret Campbell. She was the 8th of 11 children. One of the 11 died as an infant and another passed away as a young adult. Still I am sure I should have many cousins from this line.
As far as I can tell, Jane spent her whole life in Brown county and Adams county, Ohio. They are located in southern Ohio, next to the Ohio river and the state of Kentucky.
She was married in 1847 in Ohio (probably Adams or Brown county) to William Foster. I have yet to find a record for this, so it could've been in Kentucky also. They don't appear in the indexes for either state at this point.
They settle in Adams county, Ohio and become the parents of 7 children: Hiram Irving Foster (born 1848), Nathan Miller Foster (1850), Mary Margaret Foster (1853), Elizabeth Louisa Foster (1857), Alexander Douglas Foster (1860), Martha Ann Foster (1862) and Sarah E. Foster (1864). She continues to raise her family in Adams County, Ohio at least until the 1880s. Jane loses her husband to death in 1893, so then presumably goes to live with a daughter. As I find her in the 1900 census living in Adams County with Andrew and Sarah E. Hile. Sarah is (of course) her youngest daughter.
Then on May 31, 1903 Jane passes away at the age of 79 in Adams County, Ohio.
Jane is buried with her husband William Foster in Hopewell Cemetery in Adams County, Ohio.

Thanks to Findagrave contributor Beverly Lovejoy for this photo. 

I have a bit more I need to do on these two. I have found them in all the US Federal censuses from 1850-1880, and I have found her in 1900. Then we have the gravestone photo, and that is all the documentation I have found. There should be a marriage license, but it could take several inquiries to find it. There may be death records, so I should inquire for those too. But there is only so much money for genealogy, and so much time, so sometimes some ancestors get put on the back burner. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October Ancestor: Levi Barber

Well originally I had this post titled September, but apparently September got away from me. So here it is October. Obviously I need to get off social media and blog more.

Levi Barber is an ancestor from my mom's side. He is one of my ancestors that takes me back to the Mayflower. He is my 4th great-grandfather.

Levi was born October 16, 1777 in Simsbury, Hartford County, Connecticut to David Barber and Sarah Lawrence. It's hard to tell much about his early life since I don't live near Connecticut, and there aren't many records and information available online for the 1700s. I assume he grew up in Connecticut, as I have found information that said he moved to Ohio in the fall of 1799. He lived many years in Marietta and Harmar.

On February 15, 1803 Levi married Elizabeth Rouse of Harmar in Harmar, Washington County, Ohio. Levi and Elizabeth were the parents of 5 children, of which one died young. David born in 1804 was unmarried, Elizabeth born 1807, Austin born 1809, Levi born 1812 and died young probably before the next child, Levi was born in 1814.

Levi led an active business and civic life. He was a surveyor in the employ of the Federal Government. He was also a merchant in Harmar. He was a State Representative in 1806. He was commissioned as receiver at the U.S. Land Office in Marietta in 1807. He was an aide to Governor Meigs during the War of 1812. He was elected to the U.S. Congress from 1817-1819 and 1821-1823 (the 15th and 17th). After losing his next bid for election Levi was clerk of the court of common pleas and the court of Washington County. He was a justice to the peace and president of the Bank of Marietta.

All this by the age of 55, as on April 23, 1833 Levi passed away. He has an impressive monument at the Harmar Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio. It can be seen at this web site:

                                Thanks to Findagrave contributor "BigWoo" for this photo.

As I've not been to Ohio or Connecticut, my information on Levi has largely been gathered by the internet, books and mail. I have a book "The Connecticut Barbers: A Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Barber of Windsor, CT" (second edition) which listed some of this information.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August Ancestor: Husband's Amanda Hubbard

Here it is August. School is starting or will this week.
We spent the beginning of August seeing my husband's family, both deceased and alive. So you know what that means: I got to do some genealogy! We went to a little museum which had obituaries and other records. We spent a couple hours there and luckily they had cookies and Dominoes to keep my kids occupied.

So in that process, we found an obituary for his ancestor Amanda Olive (Massie) Hubbard. It is rather amazing that we found this in the condition it was in, not on microfilm, but on original newspaper in a bound book from 1938. Our parents weren't even born yet in 1938, so to find an original older than that is pretty amazing. I know it happens though; there is a town in my county that has bound books of newspapers from the 1910s. It's a good thing I had my scanner and my camera.

Amanda Olive Massie was born to Thomas and Elizabeth (Banks) Massie on September 5, 1860 on a farm near Adrian, Hancock county, Illinois. Her entire life was spent in Hancock county where she lived happily with her family and friends. She married Dwight W. Hubbard on December 23, 1877 in Hancock county, Illinois. To this union, six children were born which included two girls and four boys: Clarence born in 1879, Caswell born in 1881, Ivy born in 1882, Walter born in 1888, Vera born in 1895 and Leo born in 1901. Shortly after the birth of their last son, her husband Dwight passes away on April 3, 1903 at the age of 46.

According to his probate, he leaves her with about $1500 of farm and household property, which was probably quite a bit in 1903. According to inflation calculators, that equates to nearly $40,000 today. Still she still has 3 kids at home, so the 1910 census finds her working as a farmer. In 1920, she appears to be living in a home in Carthage with her son Leo. In 1930, she is living alone in Carthage, and it looks like the same house.

She passes away at her daughter's house, Mrs. Leslie Blythe, on September 15, 1938 at the age of 78 years and 10 days. I know from her obituary that she was a Christian woman, joining first the United Brethren Church and then later the Christian church in Adrian. She is buried in the Harris Cemetery near Dallas City, Illinois.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday Musings: Gravestone NOT always right

Happy Monday all. Another slow day at work, so I went to the library to use the microfilm to find a couple obituaries for a client. Low and behold, I find a funny article with the following title:

"Died in 1950" Sign Shocks Visitors to Wisconsin Cemetery

Okay so you're reading this thinking why is "died in 1950" so shocking? Well it helps to know the DATE of the article. I found this in my local Nebraska newspaper dated 21 November 1946 !! 
So apparently this man wanted to predict his death. So how well did he do?

Coming home, I check Findagrave and find this:

The contributor has noted the stone says 1950, but the cemetery records have 1958. I have sent corrections to this contributor.

Apparently Mr. John Aplin had quite the sense of humor, and he was right about one thing: "There probably won't be anyone to take care of it when I die, so I might just as well do it myself". 
So genealogists if you have a relative who thinks like John "It doesn't make any difference if it's a few years one way or the other", then you better make sure you have two or more sources for every event. With relatives like him, you'll need them! 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

More on DNA

Genealogists are using DNA tests even more to find family and ethnicity. There are basically 3 big DNA testing companies; if there are others, I can't remember them. Ancestry (autosomal only), FamilyTreeDNA and 23AndMe are the three.
I have done an autosomal DNA test on and have blogged about those results here:
Now I have uploaded my raw DNA to FamilyTreeDNA and received their results.
Also I have ordered a maternal DNA test and am now waiting for those to be processed.

How does Ancestry compare to FamilyTreeDNA? Similar but not the same.

Ancestry DNA


Both agree I'm 100% European. Both agree I'm strongly Scandinavian. 
The percent of Scandinavian differ: Ancestry says 48% and FamilyTree says 60%. 
The percent of British Isles is the same: 27%. Ancestry just broke it up into Great Britian and Ireland. Therefore the other European results are different to balance out the Scandinavian difference. 

You might refer to my first blog post, but tracing my ancestors back doesn't agree with this. Denmark is my only Scandinavian, and it SHOULD be closer to 1/4 or 25%. I thought I was close to 50% German, and that hardly shows at all. 

I have research this a little and probably need to more, but what I've read seems like people moved and DNA carries down a bit differently, so there are some reasons for this. 
I also think these companies are working on refining their analysis of DNA with more results and improvements in the science.