Genealogy Organizational Challenge

Genealogy Organization is a Challenge

Old School Files
Old School Files 

My partially organized files.


I spent Saturday with two very organized people, Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee. Their “Getting your Genealogy Groove Back” Boot Camp. It was a very information and helpful presentation.

I spent Sunday attempting to familiarize myself with some of the organizational tools they discussed. It was a mixture of “old School” and new Technology, at least new to me.

This morning I spent it organizing the old school way. My thoughts were, How can I use the new technology if I don’t have myself organized with what needs to be entered into the computer program.

In the photograph above the top bind holds my webinar folders that still need a little tweaking. They were mixed in with the folders in the lower draw. The lower draw is now organized with my family folders only. I have decided to continue my Surname way of organizing.

The major Surnames for each of my family lines include the sub-surnames by married. I organized this way as a reminder of who married into the family line and where. (To date I have 99 surnames in total, with 349 shaky leafs on Ancestry to research.)
My husband Major Surnames are:
Parental side:

Maternal side:

Misc.: Two Unknown Surnames (one for each line) I still need to verify before adding to my list

My Major Surnames are;
Paternal side:

My Maternal side:

Computer Files to date

My computer files to date

Now I’m off to organize the familiar computer technology I currently use. I will take the save items and place them into the correct family line folders in the same manner I did with the old school files. Once this is completed I can then take one old school folder and one computer folder; compare the information and enter it into the research log that I learned about during “Boot Camp.” Once I have entered all my research, I will find the gaps I have in my family tree. Those gaps will become my “To Do” List.

Yes, it is time consuming to organize these records. In the long run I will be saving time. I have already found duplicate name records with different information in them. I will be able to grab the correct file, find the information I’m looking for without hunting and pecking throughout my paperwork or computer. I will set up my Research Log by major surnames: Consistency, Organization and staying with what is familiar will be my organization tools from now on.

Thank you Lisa Alzo at and Thomas MacEntee of Hack Genealogy for all the little tidbits of information on how to organize.

Bye for now. I’m off to organize and get ready to Post my next #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blog about Arthur W. Place, my great grandfather, one of my great grandmother, Tina May Hutchins, four husbands.


2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you for your support in 2013.

I have BIG plans for  2014, including new blogs about the importance of citations of resources; the resolution of one of the “roadblocks” I encountered in 2013 and announcing the new members of the family line.  I will continue to post photographs, family recipes and little Vignettes of Life.


May you all have a Happy Healthy New Year. Keep warm and safe.

1800 Census Hopkinton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire

1800 Census Hopkinton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire


I found the Chase and Fletcher surnames on the 1800 census for Hopkinton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.



Heritage Quest online Browse mode for census, logged in via local library

Series M32, Roll 20, pages 548-557



FWM9 = Free white males under 10 years

FWM15 = Free white males 10-15 years

FWM25 = Free white males 16-25 years

FWM44 = Free white males 26-44 years

FWM45 = Free white males 45 and over

FWF10 = Free white females under 10 years

FWF15 = Free white females 10-15 years

FWF25 = Free white females 16-25 years

FWF44 = Free white females 26-44 years

FWF45 = Free white females 45 and over

AOP = All other free persons              


[Letter] means it was raised above as an abbreviation of the name


Enoch Chase; 1 FWM9; 1 FWM44; 2 FWF25 page 549

 Daniel Chase; 1 FWM25; 1 FWM45; FWF9; FWF25; FWF45 page 549

Enoch Chase; 1 FWM15; 1 FWF9; 1 FWF15; 1 FWM25; 1 FWF45 page 549

 Jonathan Chase; 1 FWM9; 1 FWM44; 1 FWM45; 1 FWF15; 2 FWF45 page 549

 Charles Chase; 2 FWM9; 1 FWM44; 2 FWF9; 1 FWF44 page 549

 Baurch Chase; 1 FWM9; 1 FWM44; 2 FWF25 page 549

 John T Chase; 3 FWM9; 1 FWM44; 1 FWF9; 1 FWF15; 1 FWF44 page 549

 John Nelson; 1 FWM9; 1 FWM44; 1 FWM45; 2 FWF9; 2 FWF15; 1 FWM44; 1 FWF45 page 553

 Benj [a](Benjamin); 1 FWM9; 2 FWM15; 3 FWM25; 1 FWM44; 3 FWF9; 1 FWF15; 1 FWF44 page 553

 There were:

279 Free white males under 10

172 Free white males 10 – 15

744 Free white males 16 – 25

177 Free white males 26 – 44

136 Free white males 45 and over

785 Free white females under 10

151 Free white females 10-15

247 Free white females 16-25

174 Free white females 26 – 44

149 Free white females 45 and over

1 All other free persons

0 slaves




Census Search: Before or After Family Generational Search

Census search: When to do it?


I’ve been feeling like the “chicken or the egg came first syndrome.” Should I find all surnames on the censuses first or list the ancestors, then review the censuses?  I did some early census research of the New Hampshire town’s in the 1790 Census. I found information on the surnames I was searching, but it didn’t really give me a sense of belonging. Later when I would look for a particular ancestor’s name I was having problems finding them on the internet census links. I knew they were in a certain town during the census year, but I still could find them.

What is a person to do? Well I decided to list the ancestors from my grandparents to the first ancestor to arrive in America. I knew that I would need verification of each generation. How can I do that when the early censuses only listed the head of household, the number of males and females of certain ages? I made a trip to my local library reference desk to find out some answers. My best resource turned out to be a link to Heritage Quest, an online database of historical and genealogical information, census records and family history publications. It is provided by the New Hampshire State Library for local library use. It can be linked to from your home computer through your library using a password and user name. There is no cost to you. You can access it anytime, which was a positive for me. I found the best way to research the census was in the browse mode. The downside to that is you have to go page by page to view, which takes time. The upside of that is that page to page viewing gives you much more information.

I found many more people with the surnames I was looking for, than when I did the search my typing in the name. There were several reasons why I couldn’t find those ancestors names:

  1. Whoever transcribed the names to the database didn’t always read the names correctly. Have you ever tried reading letters from people with poor handing, faded letters or food, ink or coffee stained letters? Well that is what it is like when you read the old census forms. Stearns and Stevens looked very similar. The old type handwriting made it very difficult to distinguish the letters L, F, T or S, C, H from each other.
  2. Many names were written in shorthand or abbreviate, i.e., Nathaniel was written as Nath with a raised a. Sometimes it was the first three letters of the name only.
  3. When the page was copied the categories they were making didn’t show, making it hard to know what each number was for.
  4. Ink bleed through was another problem noted when reading the checks or numbers for each person.

I will be posting the census information by year and town in my future post. I have made the best effort toward accuracy by reviewing the information on each census at least three different times before posting. I am only researching the Stearns, Fletcher, Chase and Nelson surnames and the household they are listed in.  I well post censuses from 1790 to 1900 at this time. I started with Hopkinton, Hillsborough/Merrimack County, New Hampshire because that is how I found a missing link for the Chase surname. It is also the reason I feel that the ancestor’s link should come before the census link, when researching the family surname.

To answer the question when to do the census search, I would say, as stated above, after the generational links have tentatively been made. Others may not agree with my choice, but I found that it made my search much easier when linking and verifying my ancestral family. I found mother’s and fathers living with their children, grand children and even siblings. If I hadn’t known the family links, I wouldn’t have found the correct person. Also knowing the number of children and adults, the ages and gender helped when reviewing the earliest censuses that have no other name than the head of household. The later 1800 census also listed the number of children for the woman living and dead. This provided another resource on finding lost family members you didn’t even know you had. I would then research both birth and death certificates using the parents names.

I hope the census information I will be posting in the upcoming weeks will save you some leg work. The towns I will be doing first will be Hopkinton, Warner, Merrimack, Sutton, Weare, and New London, New Hampshire. These are the towns that my line lived in. I will also be researching Rowley, Chelmsford, Concord, Salsibury, and Westford Massachusetts. These towns were where the original ancestors of my line first arrived in the colonies during the Great Migration of the 1600’s.

You can download blank census forms, free of charge at the following links:

Census Form Links


















Other Genealogy Blank Form links:

Census Search 1840 Hopkinton, Merrimack, New Hampshire

Hopkinton Census was in the county of Hillsborough, New Hampshire until the 1830 census when it became part of the newly formed Merrimack County, New Hampshire. If you are having trouble with census searches check the town under a different county or even under a different name. If you go to the web site Where in the State is Mom, you will find all the towns and cities in New Hampshire with a brief history of the various names and counties they are in.

I have been working on finding verification of my Chase ancestors this past month. The purpose of my blog is to show you my process of research. I decided to post the search results as I do them. I will make the best effort to include the source and the surnames I have found on each census.

Today’s census search was done in Hopkinton, Merrimack, New Hampshire for the year 1840. The surnames Chase and Fletcher were noted. My source was the Heritage Quest online Census site. I logged in via my local library from my home computer. If you visit your local library they will tell you what sites you can log into from your home computer. This saves you the cost of paying for these research sites. Sites such as can only be logged into from the library computers without paying for them. 

Browsing the census means page by page review. I hope that my research will prevent you from having to do this.

Heritage Quest online Census Series M704, Roll 238 Page 200 line 8:

Fletcher, William B.: 1 male 30-40 yrs; 1 male 60-70 yrs; 1 female 20-30 yrs; 1 female 30-40 yrs; 1 in maintenance or trade

Heritage Quest online Census Series M740, Roll 241 

Page 215 Last line:

Moses Chase: 1 male 5-10 yrs; 1 male 10-15 yrs; 1 male 30-40 yrs; 1 female under 5; 1 female 10-15 yrs; 1 female 30-40 yrs;

Page 217 line 1:

Enoch Chase: 1 male 30-40 yrs; 1 male 60-70 yrs; 1 female 60-70 years; 2 in agriculture

Page 217 line 7:

Reuben Chase: 2 male under 5; 1 male 5-10 yrs; 1 male 40-50 yrs; 1 female 5-10 yrs; 1 female 20-30 yrs;

Page 217 line 15:

Elbridge F. Chase: 1 male 20-30 yrs; 1 female 20-30 yrs; 1 in agriculture

Page 219 line 9:

Ambrose Chase: 1 male under 5; 1 male 10-15 yrs; 1 male 30-40 yrs; 1 female under 5yrs; 1 female 30-40 yrs2 in agriculture

Page 220 line 21:

Jacob Chase: 1 male 10-15 yrs; 1 male 60-70; 1 female 10-15 yrs; 1 female 20-30 yrs; 1 female 30-40 yrs; 1 maintenance and trade

Page 220 line 27:

Charles Chase: 1 make 10-15 yrs; 1 male 15-20 yrs; 1 male 50-60 yrs; 1 female 10-15 yrs; 1 female 20-30 yrs; 1 female 30-40 yrs; 4 in agriculture

Page 223 line 14:

Daniel Chase: 1 male 60-70 yrs; 1 female 20-30 yrs; 1 female 60-70 yrs;1 in agriculture

Page 223 line 16:

Moses Chase: 2 males 5-10 yrs; 1 male 40-50 yrs; 1 female under 5; 1 female 5-10 yrs; 3 females 10-15; 1 female 30-40 yrs; 2 females 40-50 yrs; 1 learned professional engineer

Page 226 line 28:

Baurch Chase: 1 male 5-10 yrs; 1 male 70-80 yrs; 1 female 20-30 yrs; 1 female 60-70 yrs; learned professional engineers

Page 226 line 29:

Samuel Chase: 1 male 30-40 yrs; 1 female under 5; 1 female 20-30 yrs; 1 in agriculture

Page 227 line 11:

Horace Chase: 2 male 10-15 yrs; 1 male 15-20 yrs; 1 male 30-40 yrs; 1 male 50-60 yrs; 1 female 15-20 yrs; 1 female 40-50 yrs; 1 female 50-60 yrs; 1 in agriculture and 1 in learned professional engineers

Page 227 line 12:

John Chase: 1 male 10-15 yrs; 1male 40-50 yrs; 1 female 10-15 yrs; 1 female 40-50 yrs; 1 female 70-80 yrs; 1 in agriculture

Here is a little link to an 1840 type recipe. Enjoy “Fricasseed Rabbits” by Eliza Leslie

I’m back and talking about family health

Herb Garden

I’m back after a little TIA.  My health was a challenge this past month and half. I am doing much better. I will be starting my posting about my ancestral journey with the importance of knowing family health history.

I must again state how important it is to find out your family health history. I knew my parents history. They were unable to give me much information about their parents. I was aware of muscle weakness causing paralysis, heart conditions in adults, diabetes and high blood pressure.  I was unaware of any kidney disease in the family or cardiac issues in children until I found the death certificates of my ancestors.

I’m talking about researching the health history of your grandparents, their siblings and their children. Remember you have eight ancestors to research; four on each side plus their children of each of your parents. My family names were Fletcher/Stearns/Nelson/Chase on one side and Pease/Downs/Place/Hutchins on the other. When I found the death certificates, I found the cause of death listed in most cases. Below is the health history I found for my fathers side. I am still researching my mother’s side.

Fletcher side: Valvular disease of the heart and apoplexy. Apoplexy is a stroke. Also a cause of death listed as complications of paralysis. Paralysis is an inherited disease according to Fletcher history.

Stearns side: Heart disease in adults and children, cerebral hemorrhage and colon cancer.

Nelson side: Cancer and heart attack with contributing atherosclerosis. Bright’s disease was also listed on the death certificate. It is an inherited kidney disease.

Chase side: Mitral Disease of the heart with contributing dropsy. Dropsy is edema of the soft tissue, fluid retention or more commonly known as Congestive heart failure (CHF).

This is just one side, but I found out that strokes were inherited from the Stearns side of my family. Next time I may not be so lucky. Please take the time and find out what your family health history is. Knowledge is power. That power can help you make changes and hopefully prevent or slow down the progression of a disease. I have made diet and life style changes in the past based on this information. I have been dealing with kidney, cancer (one form or another) and cardiac issues since 1997. Maybe that is why it was only a mini stroke and not a major one. I don’t know, but a change it diet can’t hurt.

I am now following the cystic kidney disease diet. Check it out at: or

I have found that my energy level and pain level have both improved since starting this diet plan. Please check with your doctor before starting any diet plan. Each person is different and care needs to be made in treating or preventing any health problems. I change may diet choices slowly. Going vegan and gluten free is a challenge.  I have reduce my animal protien to once a week.

Most major grocery store have a health food section where you can find some of the flour alternatives. I have found better prices in the Around the world section of my local store or at the local Asian market. Just watch the sodium amounts listed. Each brand has a different amount. Choose the one with less sodium.

Above is an idea for how to have an herb garden year round. An over the door shoe organizer holding each pot or herbs. Enjoy. Thank you Homesteading and Survivalism on Facebook for this idea.

Here is one of the PKD recipes:

Cucumber Amuse Bouche


1 Cucumber peeled

1 fresh date

Purple basil Leaf


Peel the cucumber and with the other end of the peeler, remove the seeds. Puree icy cold cucumber in a food processor. Steam and chop a date into long strips. Add 1 –2 long strips of date to the glass of puréed cucumber. Top with a purple basil leaf.




Stars and Stripes Forever



 Nathan-6 Stearns, fifth child and third son of John & Rachel (Codman) Stearns, b. 22 July 1761 in Merrimack, New Hampshire; d. 9 April 1813 in service to his county;

m. 19 Feb 1795 Miriam Blaisdell of Goffstown, New Hampshire, d. 8 Feb 1844; dgtr of Henry Blaisdell; They settled in Goffstown, New Hampshire

He brought, 22 Mar 1800 of John McDale, land and buildings including a saw mill and water privilege and sold the property to his wife’s brother Henry Blaisdell Jr on 27 Jan 1801

He served in the War of 1812 in Capt M. C. Mills Company, 11th U.S. Infantry (Foot Soldiers) On the rolls it reads “prisoner of war,” died in “the barracks of fever.” His widow was appointed administrator of his estate 11 May 1813. Later David L. Morrill was appointed guardian of his three children.

 Children of Nathan & Miriam (Blaisdell) Stearns:

 1. Henry Blaisdell Stearns, b. 7 July 1798 in Goffstown New Hampshire ; m. 16 May 1837 to Phoebe (Russell) Poor *

 2. Elizabeth Stearns, b. 5 Jan 1800; m. Moses Gould Jr. of Goffstown New Hampshire*

 3. Nathan Stearns Jr., b. 2 May 1801; m. Polly Martin of Goffstown New Hampshire**


Goffstown: A Brief History

This link site has links to other sites with information about Goffstown and its people. There is even a link to the Stearns Family tree starting with Isaac Stearns arrival in 1630.

History of Pinardville: Many photographs to view

This site offers the surname and town list with the volume and pages where you can find our ancestors and town records.


The History of Goffstown

Has the following Stearns’s listed:

Benjamin Starns

John Stearnes

Benjamin Stearns

Benjamin Jr


Miss Eunice W. (also listed in Amherst History)

Hiram D



James B

James R




Mrs. Stearns

Gov. Onslow Stearns




Samuel Jr

William D


I also noticed a Damon Stearns and the Fletcher Surname had 19 names listed.

The Fletchers listed are:

William, his son William

Josiah, his son Josiah

Joseph, his son Joseph







Twins: George Washington and James Adams


Mary Robbins

Susan Proctor

Benjamin Chamberlain.

I noticed that the later born Fletchers were given middle names. I would normally check the surname Robbins, Proctor and Chamberlin for links to this family. Both Mary and Susan were unmarried, so their line ends with them. It does not mean there is no link, but it is not my family line, so I will leave that for another to follow. Happy hunting.

* Henry Blaisdell Stearns and Elizabeth Stearns Gould (under her husband’s family Moses Gould Jr.) are both listed separately with more information in the Goffstown Town History

** Nathan Jr. will be our Seventh Generation posting


 The Star Spangled Banner was written in 1814 after a 25 hour long fight with the British overFortMcHenry. It was written by Francis Scott Key after he had witnessed the tattered American flag flying confidently, symbolizing the American victory. Do you think it was Betty Ross’ flag with stars for thirteen colonies or the fifteen star flag of 1795 that includedVermontandKentuckythat he saw? Many have disputed which flag was flown, because not everyone of that era recognizedVermontandKentuckyas states.

Today’s Flag

Happy Memorial Day Weekend