Friday, December 9, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Jackson County Genealogical Society monthly meeting is this Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 6:30PM, at Jackson Dept On Aging cafeteria. Phil Rosenberger will talk on adoptions, searching for adoptees, and life at the Kellogg Sanitarium. Would love to see you there!!
Friday, December 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
- think about census taking as if it were our job
- pretend we were the clerk that couldn't understand your ancestor
- imagine we are a semi-literate frontiersman collecting taxes
- imagine you are a non-English speaker with a fear of the government who sees the census taker coming
- think what it might have been like to have 4 small children, little money to spare, and barely able to afford a burial plot, let alone a tombstone
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Big news! We've created a whole new series of courses for beginners. These First Steps classes are designed to help you build a solid foundation of good research skills. Click on the link below to learn more about our newest class, "Using Birth Records" (but hurry—it starts on Monday!).
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Location: Detroit Public Library (Explorer's Room)
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit Society for Genealogical Research
After a 15 minute business meeting to elect the proposed slate of officers and to approve the 2011-2012 budget, we will begin our program on Beginning Genealogy. 10:45 - 11:15 - Getting Started on Your Family History (Sue Cromwell); 11:30 - 12:00 - Researching in Church Records (Rev. Cory Randall); 12:00 - 12:45 Break for Lunch; 12:45 - 1:15 - Census Records Research (Jim Jackson); and 1:30 - 2:00 - Newspaper Research (Karen Krugman). After the last presentation, DSGR members will be available to assist you in your research in the Burton Collection records.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
We're looking for our next Family Tree Firsts blogger. Maybe it's you! Click the link below to find out more.
The stories that make genealogy interesting are those that brings our relatives lives alive. These are not normally going to be found in a book or online. They come from the memories of our relative both oral and those that have been documented.
Learning the events that led up to our parents marriage adds the important parts to our genealogy. Getting the specifics of where they met. How long the courtship lasted and such always provide interesting stories. Learning of previous loves is always a interesting feature of the family interview.
Then finally all the dealing with the wedding. Who was in the wedding? Who attended? What church were you married in? Did you have a reception? For future generations this is genealogy gold. This is why we do the research we do. We want to learn about our families lives. Through understanding them our own lives start to make more sense.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
The important element of identifying the location of birth for the siblings is to put together the migration pattern of the family. In my own family my grandmothers family moved from Northwest Ohio, Northeast Indiana, Northeast Ohio and then finally to Southeastern Michigan. The motivation was the time period and the constant need to find employment. In this situation it was not driven by family already being located in the area. Each of my G Aunt's and Uncle's was born in a different location. Meeting their spouses all along the way.
The importance of marriage is when you are looking to trace the siblings lines. Learning about these families help in understanding the fabric of the family.
Understanding more about siblings helps in understanding more about your own family line. This to me is what makes genealogy fun.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
It is important that you get all the information when determining where people were born. Remember in rural locations the family home was a common place or the local midwife. Remember to people would go to the closest city which did not always mean in the same county, state or country. I did research for a client who had family in Vermont and could not locate them. They happened to live along the US Canadian border. Guess what the family filed all their records in Canada.
When interviewing for stories in large families remember memories are going to vary a great deal from the youngest child to the oldest. You will get surprises from the people that you would not have felt when you started would have had the most information. Interview everyone that is willing.
In many cases the best source for birth records prior to a civil record would be the church. Remember that baptismal certificates often indicate the date they were baptized not the day they were born.
Tomorrow more insight into the questions.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Why you say is it important to get the full name of the ancestor? Well for one thing it was very common to get the middle name of many of our ancestors from surnames on the maiden side of the family. In my genealogy I had a middle name that was used repeatedly. It turned out that two generations down the line it ended up being a surname. This is very common.
Knowing why someone used a particular first name may offer clues to past generations. Naming traditions were very common in many ethnic backgrounds. The first born son was named after the fathers father, the first born daughter was named after the fathers mother, second son was named after the mother's father, second daughter after the mother's mother and so on down the line. Please understand that our families were not real creative in coming up with regional names. A relative uncommon name like Magdalena can be popular when naming traditions are involved.
A common name to someone famous does not indicate that your ancestor is related to that person somehow. It is common today to have research done to prove relationships to people that are famous. Proof is not always there.
Finally pay attention to nicknames. My own grandmother was named Babe for the first five years of her life, because my great grandparents could not decide on a family name. Surprisingly these names appear many times in public records. Checking several sources will help in finding the true name.
So when doing your interviews be sure to ask questions that will offer solutions to problems that may be created as you do your research.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Evaluate the blank spots. This give us the areas where we need to find more information. At this stage of the search it is now time to contact relatives. Start by making a list of people you know. As you go through the contact process be sure to ask for names with others that may be able to help. Be aware that often the people you think will help and those you don't think will help do. Information comes from the most unlikely places. The stories from the oldest to youngest can vary a great deal. Prior to making the calls, make a list of questions that will help you keep on track. Tomorrow we will go over a list of questions.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
One of the first steps in preparing for the search is to look to see what you have on hand. For me it was a large box that was handed to my mother when one of our relatives died.
Things to look for include obituaries, family bibles, discharge papers, birth announcements, etc. etc. Much of this information will not make sense in the beginning, but make sure to keep it. The family bible often given as a gift when a couple got married was the safe in olden times. Don't just look at the family information on the inside, but leaf through all the pages. Here if you get lucky you will find funeral cards, obits or military discharge records.
Make sure to organize this information for later use. One of the largest challenges for any genealogist is keeping things organized. This should start from the beginning. The next step is to contact relatives.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Class participants will also have the change to go to the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the end of the course with Derek. Class size is limited.
When: beginning Friday, September 30 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This is all via the NEHGS website.
Spotlight: Monroe County, Michigan, Databases
by Valerie Beaudrault
The city of Monroe is the seat of Monroe County, located in the southeast corner of Michigan’s lower peninsula. The Monroe in History website is the result of a collaborative effort among three entities: Monroe County Community College, the Monroe County Museum/Historical Commission, and the Monroe County Historical Society. Its purpose is to be a resource “students and researchers can use in their studies, and to foster interest in local history.”
The photographs in this collection are from the Monroe County Historical Museum Archives. They are organized into categories: agriculture, bridges, churches and church buildings, clubs and teams, commercial buildings, government services, industry, lake and river, military, monuments, newspaper specials, people, residences, schools, streets, and transportation. To view a photograph, first click on the category link to open a new page with links to the individual photographs. Click the "Back" link to return to the page with links to the photographs. The large jpeg image may be downloaded to your computer, if you are not able to view the PDF files by clicking on the link. You must have a photo-editing program to print the images.
Civil War Letters
The letters and other written materials in this collection are from the Monroe County Historical Museum Archives. The writings of thirteen individuals are represented here. Sometimes there are several letters authored by a single individual, other times there is only a single letter. The letters are available in two formats. They may be opened as PDF or as jpeg image files. The documents may be downloaded and printed.
Index to Images and Letters
An index to the complete collection of images and letters has been provided on the website to enable you to quickly find items. Click on the links in the index list to open them.
A number of resources are available on the library’s website. In addition to Monroe County resources, there are a couple from the bordering area of Ohio. Scroll down to the section titled ‘Resources Available @ MCPL’ to access them.
Bygones of Monroe
This section contains transcriptions of articles from Monroe County area newspapers. The ange of subjects covered by the articles include social gatherings, such as the Annual Muskrat Banquet (where nearly 1,800 muskrats were eaten), obituaries, reports of Civil War era activities and actions, and Circuit Court reports.
Laurent Durocher Account Books
This resource is the alphabetical index to the account books of Laurent Durocher, who was active in the founding of Frenchtown, which became known as Monroe. It covers a thirty year period, from May 1, 1812, to February 24, 1842. The volume begins with family vital statistics information. The remainder covers Durocher’s “merchant business, banker, postage, tavern business and legal work.”
War of 1812 Veterans Buried in Monroe County
The list of fifty veterans of the War of 1812 buried throughout Monroe County was published in the April 17, 1951, edition of the Monroe Evening News. It was prepared from cemetery and war records and local histories.
There are a number of indexes on the website, including:
Itemizer Surname Index; a surname index to the Itemizer, a Monroe newspaper that covered the societal happenings of the area, for the years 1877 and 1878.
Marion Child’s Interviews: Monroe resident Marion Child conducted interviews with elderly county residents during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The index is organized by topic and copies of the information may be ordered from the library.
There are two obituary indexes. One is an alphabetical index to the Monroe Commercial for the period from 1870 through 1873, plus 1878. It contains the name of the deceased, date of the obituary and page and column numbers. The other is an alphabetical index to the Wood County Sentinel newspaper, which was published in Bowling Green, Ohio. It covers the period from 1867 through 1876. The data fields include name, city, death date, age, obituary date, and page and column numbers.
There is an index to St. Mary’s Catholic Church baptism records for the period 1830 – 1839. The data fields in this index include the name of the individual being baptized, both parents’ full names, date of birth, and page number.
The Mount Carmel Cemetery is located in Toledo, Ohio. It is one of Toledo’s oldest Catholic Cemeteries, dating back to 1845. This database is an alphabetical surname index, which contains the section and lot number as well. The cemetery records have been microfilmed.
In addition you will find a list of Monroe County cemeteries and local newspapers, as well as information on tombstone carvings and their meanings.