Saturday, May 16, 2015
I've decided to switch tactics. For the first time in my 10 or so years of researching, I'm actually going to sit down and compose an introductory letter, lay my cards on the table and hopefully get a response.
I'm just a trifle bit intimidated by the whole process. It seems to me that contact by mail will be my last line of defense. Once I've mailed the letter, if it is not returned to me, I must assume it was indeed received. If there isn't a response, I'd then feel foolish calling, because my gut feeling is that they don't want to be bothered. Decisions and dilemmas...lol!
They always say, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." So why am I attempting a new 'contact' approach? Simple..the lady I am writing to is a tad bit older, and my rationale, is that she might appreciate seeing the actual family relationships.
Worse case scenario, my letter will be returned. Wish me luck!
Friday, May 15, 2015
A few weeks ago, I FINALLY began a family tree. You can only imagine the mass of papers I've had to wade through!
Last night, I found a yellow Post-It note, which simply said "Katie Glenn died in Oklahoma City, Okla." No more, no less. At some point, I must have either been given that bit of data, or made the discovery through some genealogical related wandering. Somewhere, sometime. I have no recollection.
Katie Glenn was married to my "1st cousin 3x removed", Dock. While not a HUGE brick wall, it bothered me not knowing the what and when of what happened to their family, which included at least 2 daughters. My last sighting of them was in 1930, Clark Co. Ark.
To Ancestry I go. Type in Katie Glenn...in OKC, etc. etc. No luck. So, as I have begun to do often when my search on Ancestry proves futile, I hobbled on over to Familysearch.org. Type in all the necessary info, and voila...found her! I almost had to pinch myself!
There were 2 separate links. One, detailed the death of Leola, the eldest daughter. The other, an obituary for said daughter, listing dates, places,spouses, children, grandchildren, and the name of a son born sometime after 1930. There's no mention of Dock however. Was there a divorce, did he die young? I still have my work cut out for me, but at least now I have a distinct trail, not simply a line on a map!
Doing my happy dance......!
Sunday, November 9, 2014
I find this obit interesting to say the least. even given its time.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
|Rural Claiborne. Might they have enjoyed a similar view?|
|Was this a Claiborne Road less travelled?|
|Somewhere in rural Claiborne.|
|I don't think this old home belonged to my ancestors, but I imagine some of them probably lived in similar dwellings.|
Cities & Towns nearby Summerfield:
Junction City, AR 7.4mi NELillie, LA 8.4mi ELisbon, LA 10.6mi SSWSpearsville, LA 11.6mi EBernice, LA 11.7mi SEHomer, LA 17.9mi SWDubach, LA 18.5mi SSEHaynesville, LA 19.4mi WEl Dorado, AR 20.8mi
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
I keep a location/place chart per year and/or census for each person. It's helped a lot when I've needed clarification, or a quick at-a-glance,where were you then? I wish I'd used this technique in the beginning of my research.
Monday, November 3, 2014
Jane and Lucy were my great grandfather Isaac's sisters. They are last seen with the family in the 1880 census, at the ages of 18 and 14 respectively. Then came the 20-year drought, with the gap between the 1800 and 1900 censuses.
For all intents and purposes, they could have fallen off the face of the earth. Our oldest living Glover descendant (that we know of) says Issac and 3 of his brothers eventually migrated to Arkansas, while their sister's remained in Louisiana. But where? What happened to them in that time frame? Did they die young, or marry? If they married, whom did they marry?
Assuming their ages given are even remotely correct, and fall within a 5 yr. range, Jane would have been born between 1857-1862. Lucy's 1861-1866.
I figure that 1900 was the first available census where I should have been able to pick up the girls trail. I started looking in Police Jury Ward 1, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana because that's where all of the brothers were living. My thoughts were that perhaps the girls stayed close to family.
I searched by first name only, since I wasn't sure what their married names were, and that's assuming they were still alive. ...And was stopped dead in my tracks! There are probably hundreds of Jane's & Lucys' living in Claiborne and surrounding areas. (Realistically, they could have lived in any parish, not just Claiborne), and born between 1857 & 1862.
Guess who'll be contacting Claiborne Parish Clerk of Court to check on marriage records? I'm already seizing up, seeing dollar signs as I type. Perhaps I better try Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness first! Wish me luck!
Recently, while attempting to scale a
brick wall in search of a couple of great great aunts Jane & Lucy, I made what may be an awesome discovery!
I decided to locate each of their brothers, with the hopes that they were living nearby. And nearly fell over, when I couldn't find the youngest brother, Phillp in 1900. He's found up front and center in 1910, 1920, 1930-40. Thought that was weird, soooo, I verified his marriage date, and to my surprise, discovered that he didn't marry until Jan. 12, 1901. That might prove significant, because IF (and its a big if), he can be found in 1900, I MIGHT also find his mother and my great-great grandmother, Mariah!
It's uncertain what became of my great-great grandparents, Neal & Marian Glover. Folklore, (and several public family trees) say that he died in 1890. Exactly when where is unknown. There's no info on Mariah. When did she die? Before or after Neal? Assuming that Neal died first, did she move in with Jane or Lucy (if they were alive), or Phillip? I do know she was not iving with Philip & his family in 1910.
It appears that Phillip, though the youngest, was the first of The Glover Brothers to venture forth into Arkansas. His marriage record states he was living in Wheelen Springs, Clark Co. Arkansas at the time of his marriage. His wife lived there also.
Sounds like a good a place to start digging....Such possibilities!
****Hindsight is really 20/20. If I'd been tracking Phillip on a place/locale chart, I would have (let's be serious now), should have come to this realization sooner!