Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"If A Tree is Publiished 'Private', Does That Mean No On Will See It?"

Well, after much agonizing, and deliberation, I finally went for broke, and published my family tree.  After mulling over the options, I figured Ancestry to be my best bet, simply because of its 'very public' online presence, and commercial persona, thus making it visible to a greater audience.
And even though I desperately want to make familial connections, I made the tree private vs. public, simply because I abhor the fact that many researchers (and I use the term loosely), don't share information, as much as poach that of others  Collaboration is one thing. Constantly pilfering others' research/information is in my estimation, almost a form of plagiarizing.  Hopefully, my decision will not bite me in the butt, and I'll ultimately be successful in finding more very 'elusive kin!'

Saturday, May 16, 2015

"Snail mail or Cold Call"

I am usually a "cold call kinda gal", - meaning that when I find a possible familial connection, I'm more apt to place a phone call, introduce myself, and explain how it is that we are related, as opposed to doing the same in a letter.
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!
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

Amid the Chaos....Treasure

My interest in all things genealogy, dates  to 2004/5.  For about 10 years, I've made notations, scratched notes to self, made countless copies of census, marriage and death records.  What I could find that is.  Information is scarce, and has only slowly trickled in.
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 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 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

Sunday's Obituary ~ "Necrology" at The Star Cemetery

Gotta admit, the word "necrological" kinda threw me.  I'd never seen it used in reference to an obituary.  When I checked Merriam-Webster, I discovered that the root word, necrology, actually means obituary, or a list of the recently dead.  Hmm...
I find this obit interesting to say the least. even given its time.
Birth: 1830, USA
Death: Nov. 27, 1914
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA

Born into slavery, and for the last 25 years of his life sexton at Shreveport's Star Cemetery, where he rests today. 
Star Cemetery
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA

Created by: John Andrew Prime
Record added: Aug 31, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 135220597
Jordan Johnson
Added by: John Andrew Prime

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Those Places Thursday ~ Claiborne Parish, Louisiana

My ancestors migrated from Claiborne Parish, La. to Clark and Ouachita Counties in Arkansas.

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

Tuesday's Tip ~ Place Log

I'm rather slow at times, to get the hang of things, so I'm sure most everyone else already does this, but here goes...
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

Mystery Monday~ What The Heck Happened to Jane & Lucy Glover?

     My Monday Mystery may  not constitute a mystery in the true sense of the word.  It's actually more of a brick wall.  I consider it a mystery because it's like a baffling riddle with no foreseeable solution.
     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!