Saturday, March 26, 2016

Husband's Five Generation Place of Birth

These Five Generation Place of Birth charts are kind of neat. I did my husband's, and I ONLY needed 4 colors!! I also never left the USA!

Not very colorful I guess. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Five Generation Places of Birth

I'm not sure who started this, but genealogists have been posting colorful five generation charts of the places of birth of themselves and their ancestors.
Since this was a quick project, I did mine and here it is:

So I bleed Nebraska red because I'm a fourth generation Nebraskan! GO BIG RED!

Friday, January 29, 2016

January Ancestor: Alfred Jorgensen

My January ancestor is my grandfather Alfred Jorgensen. I never met this grandfather of mine.

He was born Lars Alfred Jorgensen on 10 May 1899 in Minden, Kearney county, Nebraska to Jorgen Christian "Chris" and Inger Katrina "Katie" (Nelson) Jorgensen. They stayed there in Kearney county for a few years. By 1910 they moved to Cheyenne County, Nebraska farming near Sidney.
He was the oldest child, having 2 younger sisters. One of his sisters, Martha Jorgensen died in 1920 at about 18 years of age. His other sister was my great aunt, Anna, and she lived the longest of the three to the age of 90 years old. So Anna was the only one of the three that I met in person.

Alfred grew up helping on the family farm. He married Mable L. Foster on 6 March 1935 in Sidney, Cheyenne County, Nebraska.

This photo of their marriage license, wedding rings and wedding photo hangs in my house.

Alfred and Mable were the parents of 3 boys: my father (who is deceased) and my two uncles (who are still living). Alfred was a farmer, farming for years until his death. He passed away in Denver, Colorado on March 10, 1951 at the age of 51. I realize I don't know much else about this grandfather. I should ask my uncles or look for an obituary.

For documentation about this grandfather, I have a marriage license, federal census for 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940, and a cemetery photo. My mother has a death certificate which eventually I will get after a while. I should take a trip to Sidney (which isn't that far for me, across the state) for genealogy and visit several graves in person and look up an obituary and land records. I also have a few photos of him, the wedding one, one as a child with his family, a baby photo, and the one that I remember Grandma always having standing on her dresser.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Year in Review 2015

Happy New Year! Well it's a good time to take a look at what I have done, and make plans for what more I need to do in genealogy. I ALWAYS bite off more than I can chew, meaning I always plan for more than I can get done. But I also make progress, which is the main thing.
I have found putting my goals in 3 categories is helpful: professional goals, personal goals and volunteer goals. It seems as though my personal goals are always the least done and the last done. Putting others before myself, but I did spend many years, at least 5, tracing my own genealogy most of the time, so perhaps it's just time to give back.

1. Attend at least 20 sessions of #genchat this year.
            I think I attended about 17 so I did well.
2. Do 2 webinars or videos for genealogy education
           I did one, so half.
3. Go to 2 genealogy conferences this year.
            I did go to two, one 2-day state conference and a 1-day.
4. Blog twice a month or 24 times in a year.
            Well I think I can count a blog that was about me on geneabloggers where I had to answer questions. I mean I mostly wrote it. So adding that one gets me to 18 posts for a year. Close again. I would've made it to 20 after completing my December ancestor and this post (which should be a December one).
5. Continue family research and scanning for clients.
            I made progress on both of these, but I for sure have more scanning to do and may have more research on that project.

1. Update the cemetery directory
            I did this in May, and further added a correction in August.
2. Continue adding photos in Findagrave and taking photos in county cemeteries.
            Progress made, added photos for about 4 blocks of gravestones. Nearly done photographing another.
3. Continue scanning marriage index, and transcribing it and put online.
             Scanned several more letters, and nearly have surname B finished transcribing.
4. Continue regular updates of GenWeb site.
             I think I updated it once, so failed on this one.

1. Do timelines for 12 ancestors (the ones I write about monthly)
            I think I did 2 so I need to do better here too.
2. Continue regular/quarterly backups
             I did a couple backups to my external hard drive and a little to Dropbox. I am thinking of looking for another source for backups, that would go automatically.
3. Finish husband's Mayflower application and do DAR application for me.
            Not sure I made any progress here, none that I can recall or marked down.
4. Continue working on my Ancestry To Do list.
            Progress made. I need to improve this goal as it is general and not real easy to measure.

I think that's about it. So next to think about 2016, what comes next.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

November Ancestor: Thankful for my Mayflower ties

Happy Thanksgiving! Let us not forget this holiday about being thankful, and remembering all those who came before us. The "first Thanksgiving" was celebrated by the Pilgrims in the fall of 1621. The feast lasted 3 days, as there were no stores open for Black Friday shopping. In fact many Pilgrims had to live on the Mayflower for a few years or camp on open ground as it took a while to build small houses for each family. Supposedly 90 native Americans and 53 pilgrims attended this feast. Thanksgiving was started as a "religious" holiday, thanking and praising God the Father for all our blessings. The New England colonists did this, and then President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it. (Source: wikipedia: )

I don't descend from any native Americans, as I am quite Caucasian and European. I do however have several ancestors who boarded the Mayflower and survived not only the trip but the hard early winters. At last count, I have two Mayflower ancestors on my dad's side: William and Mary Brewster. I have 9 Mayflower ancestors on my mom's side: John Alden, John Howland, William & Alice Mullins and Priscilla, Myles Standish, and John & Joan Tilley & Elizabeth. My husband also has 2 Mayflower ancestors: Isaac and Mary Allerton.

This month I am going to focus on one of my "famous" Mayflower ancestors: Myles Standish. It's a funny story how I found out he was "famous". I didn't really remember much history when I started my family history. I was online researching my family and going back. I ended up going back many generations, and then grabbed my papers and went to a genealogy meeting. I was telling my genealogy friends about my discovery and my friend says "do you KNOW who Myles Standish is?" I said "yes, my ancestor". She laughed and told me. When I got home, I then looked and even found him in the dictionary.

Myles was born about 1585 in England, probably in Lancashire county. He was a part of Queen Elizabeth's army and was stationed for a time in Holland where he met John Robinson and the Pilgrims who were living in Leiden. Standish was hired by the Pilgrims to be their military captain, to establish and coordinate the colony's defense against foreign and domestic threats. He led or went along on many exploratory missions of the land, and was very involved in selecting the site where they settled. He was one of the few who did not get sick the first winter, and helped care for those who did. He was heavily involved in the colony's defense, exploration and keeping the law. He was a short man with a quick temper. He was well respected and held many positions of authority.

Myles' first wife Rose (maiden name unknown) came with him on the Mayflower, but she died the first winter. His second wife, Barbara came on the ship Anne in 1623 and they were married within a year. He did not have any children with his first wife. Myles and Barbara were the parents of 7 children, 6 boys and one girl. Their firstborn died very young, probably as an infant or toddler. Their daughter died as a young woman, about age 18-20. I descend from their son Alexander.

Myles lived his later years in Duxbury, Plymouth county, Massachusetts until his death in October 1656.

I am a member of the Mayflower Society, and made my application through Myles Standish. Most of this information I have through the Mayflower "expert" Caleb H. Johnson. He has a web site, and two books. I am very thankful for all my ancestors, but it is especially fun to find a "famous" one.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

October ancestor: Augusta "Minnie" Groft Hanks Eichenburg

October is family history month, and it's surely proven to be a busy month for me.
My October ancestor is Augusta "Minnie" (Groft) Hanks Eichenburg. Augusta "Minnie" is my third great-grandmother on my father's side.
She was born about 1821 in Germany, probably in the region formerly known as Neumark in Prussia (eastern Germany). I do not know who her parents were, or much about her early life there. (This could be a short post, as I really don't know much about her, so PLEASE contact me if you have more information.)
She married Fred Hanks in Germany about 1843. I'm not sure how many children they had, at least one but probably as many as four. Their son Charles William Hanks was my ancestor. They probably also had another son August born about 1844, 2 daughters Caroline born about 1850 and Amelia born about 1855.
Fred Hanks passed away in Germany before 1860, leaving Augusta with small children.
About 1858 Augusta remarries to Fredrich Wilhelm Johann "John" Eichberg. They have at least 3 children together. For sure they have a son named Herman and a daughter named Wilhelmine (Minnie); there is another child in this family named Frank that could be hers with either husband, or could be her second husband's child from a previous marriage. In 1867 they all immigrate from Germany to the United States through New York aboard the John Lawrence ship. They are headed for Wisconsin. In the 1870 census they are living in Dodge county, Wisconsin farming. In the 1880 census they are still living in Dodge county, Wisconsin farming. I haven't found anything about her death, but she probably died in Wisconsin some time after 1880, after the age of 60.
For records on her, I have found her in the 1870 and 1880 US Federal census, and the immigration record from 1867. I would love to find more records and information about her.
Thanks for reading. Please contact me if you are related.

Friday, October 2, 2015

September Ancestor: John Piatt Foresman

Oops, September must have gotten away from me. Here it is the second day of October.
For September, I am blogging about one of my husband's ancestors John Piatt Foresman. I have been working on this family this month, in fact I've been tracing several of his descendants.

John Piatt Foresman was born in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania on June 15, 1826 to John Foresman and Mary Elizabeth Piatt. He grew up in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania. He marries Anna Filbert August 17, 1848 probably in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania. They become parents to 9 (or 10) children, 2 (or 3) boys and 7 girls. Between 1855 and 1857, they move from Lycoming County, Pennsylvania to McDonough county, Illinois with 4 of their children. The younger 5 children are then born in McDonough county, Illinois. The children are named the following: Mary Regina, Lydia Ann, Ludwig Henry, Sarah Elizabeth, Almira Louise, Martha Colwell, Laura Catherine, Harriet L., and James Piatt. Another possible child I have listed is Charles P. but I don't find him in the 1880 census or any other information about him, so I am doubting his existence or if he belonged to a different family.

My husband descends from the youngest child James Piatt Foresman. Interestingly enough (to me), Mary Regina Foresman married Robert A. Buchanan; they were the parents of 5 children, and at least 2 (and possibly 3) of those children moved to Nebraska and are buried in the next county from where we live! I went to the cemetery and found those 2 children's gravestones, and I think there is a good possibility another one is buried there but she possibly has an unmarked grave.

But back to John Piatt Foresman: In 1860 I find him listed as a farmer in McDonough county, Illinois where the value of his personal estate is listed as 175. So I'm not sure if that's $175 worth of farm land, or 175 acres. In the 1870 census, he is a farmer in McDonough county, Illinois with value listed of 830. By 1880 the Foresman family moves to Hancock county, Illinois where he is a farmer. He remains in Hancock county for the rest of his life until December 1, 1891 when he passes away. He is buried in Harris Cemetery, outside of Dallas City, in Hancock County, Illinois.