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Genealogy Do-Over: My Way, My Thoughts

Genealogy Do-Over

A Thomas MacEntee online community

A Thomas MacEntee online community

GeneaBloggers Blog site creator, Thomas MacEntee, posted (link above) on December 15, 2014, an announcement in regards to a Genealogy Do-Over. I have decided to participate in the community supported event. Thomas’s provided a group Genealogy Do-Over Facebook page, with eight hundred plus community genealogy enthusiast, at various skill levels. The numbers are growing daily. Thank you Thomas MacEntee, Genealogy Do-Over Community and the Genealogy Community for all your support in the past, present and future.

In preparation for this Do-Over I filed away all my paper research records, organized my existing digital research, gathered my resource books in one place, set up a Genealogy Toolkit and blank Surname folders on a new external drive. My goal is not to use my existing digital and paper files in my research. I have the books at hand, but again will try to seek other sources before uses them. The tool kit includes blank forms, educational tips, empty state folders for the three states I know my parents and grandparents can be found and last but not least, empty surname folders of my current surnames.

My reasoning behind the blank state and surname folders are two-fold.

  1. I feel comfortable starting with something I know. The three states are documented locations for my parents and grandparents. I feel grounded, or should I say rooted, to my family tree.
  2. Surname folders will be added as needed or deleted, if not verified at the end of my Genealogy Do-Over. This gives me a general idea of what needs to be researched to fill in the blanks.

I have a calendar just for the weekly goals that Thomas has planned for us. I established my own research Goals. I reviewed Tom and Alison Taylor’s, founders of Picturesandstories.com, “How to interview yourself for a personal history,” so I can start with myself and what I do know firsthand, before I interview my family members. I sent a “family group sheet and Microsoft document with interview questions that I plan to ask them, to each of my family members. This gives them a head ups to what I will be looking for and start filling in or finding the corresponding documents before I interview them.  I know some will not even look at it until I actual come for a visit, but hope is eternal.

I reviewed Thomas W Jones Mastering Genealogical Proof, to remind myself of what I need to do to properly research and cite my research, as I go. Now on to my goals I set for myself. I will adjust, if needed, based on community support and suggestions as I proceed

My Genealogy Do-Over Goals:

 

  1. Use the S.O.A.P. Note for each ancestor: Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan
  2. K.I.S. (Keep it simple) and on point Research Questions that answer Relationship, Identity and Activity for each ancestor
  3. RECORD all research in a research log. Remember to Date each note.
  4. CITE! CITE! CITE all your sources according to Evidence Explained using the Quick Check Models (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/sample-quickcheck-models)
  5. Remember the Who-What-When-Where is-Where in when citing your sources.
  6. Be motivated to stay on task. No side trips. Make a note that research is needed for….
  7. Follow the GPS guidelines. (Genealogical Proof Standards) (http://www.bcgcertification.org/resources/standard.html)
  8. Remember the type of document: Primary, Secondary, or[ unable to determine (try not to use)}
  9. Be realistic in my research
  10. Follow Liza Alzo’s S.M.A.R.T system of setting goals (lisaalzo.com)
  11. Gather documents as close to ORIGINALS as possible
  12. Think OUT Of THE BOX. New research avenues you haven’t used before
  13. Blog about progress at least once a week
  14. Make every attempt to Fill in the Blanks before moving on
  15. Follow the genealogy Checklist for each ancestor (https://damegussie.wordpress.com/?s=genealogy+checklist)
  16. Follow Thomas MacEntee’s weekly goals
  17. Try to find one new ancestor to research weekly, keeping goals in mind
  18. Adjust Goals, as needed, to keep on track.
  19. Don’t be Afraid to ask for help in the Do-Over community
  20. Have FUN with your Research. If not having Fun, step away and regroup.

These goals may seem overwhelming to some people. They are actually very easy to follow. I used most of them in the past for all my research be it genealogical or personal along with monthly backups of all files. My two MAIN CHALLENGES, will be keeping the research log up to date and not short cutting my citation records. I know I will have the tendency to cite my sources the old fashion way with MLA, or Chicago style. I must remember to follow the Evidence Explained format. In prepping for this Genealogy Do-Over, I must admit I reviewed my files I had researched since the mid 1970’s. Most had the old fashion type of citations. My Ancestry.com Family Tree had what I called place holder citations (indexes), as a reminder of where to do more research. I do not want indexes as citation, I need to force myself to find those sources, review them first hand whenever possible or move on to another source to verify.

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Sutton Genealogy Collection- Albert Nelson

 

Albert Nelson and  Marilla Fellows Williams

Albert Nelson and
Marilla Fellows Williams

Sources:

Bennett, Larry, Sutton Genealogy Collection, 2001, 4 Volumes, Volume III Albert Nelson ID= 577, Sutton New Hampshire: Sutton Historical Society

Abbreviations:

+ note attached                gs gravestone                    # Sutton record

* notation                           nr no record

ID= and RN# are both used as Sutton Genealogy Collection Identification/Record numbers of the person

I have included the three pages that Larry Bennett had for Albert Nelson in this post. His first wife was Marilla Fellows Williams; second wife was  Elizabeth B Tuller and third wife was Ellen Stuart.  [I have found his second wife listed as Fuller. I transcribed it here as it was written.]

 

HUSBAND: NELSON, Albert+

Born: 19 Jan 1822#                        Place: Sutton, NH#

Marr: 2 Nov 1844                            Place:

Died: 10 Dec 1902#                        Place: Sutton, NH

Bur:                                                        Place: Sutton Mills (NH) Cem.

HUSBAND’S                                                                        HUSBAND’S

Father: NELSON, William              Mother: TEEL, Patty (sometimes Polly) ID=2695

HUSBAND’S

OTHER WIVES: Tuller, Elizabeth B. (ID+2679) Stuart, Ellen (ID+2680)

WIFE: WILLIAMS, Marilla Fellows (ID+556)

BORN:   8 Mar 1823#                       Place: Sutton, NH#

Died: 17 Sept 1873#                        Place: Sutton, NH#

Bur:                                                        Place: Sutton Mills (NH) Cem.

WIFE’S                                                                                  WIFE’S

FATHER: McWilliams, John W (ID=116)   MOTHER: Fellows, Molly P O (sometimes Mary) (ID=115)

WIFE’S

OTHER HUSBAND’S:

M/F       CHILDREN            WHEN BORN      WHERE BORN    FIRST MARRIAGE             WHEN DIED

Unknown

NOTE/SOURCES OF INFORMATION:                                        OTHER MARRIAGES:

H-1-Occ.: Harness maker+; Farmer+; Mechanic+

H-2- Ran a harness and cobbler shop in Sutton Mills

Albert Nelson wife Elizabeth B Tuller

Albert Nelson wife Elizabeth B Tuller

 

HUSBAND: NELSON, Albert+

Born: 19 Jan 1822#                        Place: Sutton, NH#

Marr: 13 Sept 1877+                        Place: Warner, NH

Died: 10 Dec 1902#                        Place: Sutton, NH

Bur:                                                        Place: Sutton Mills (NH) Cem.

HUSBAND’S                                                                        HUSBAND’S

Father: NELSON, William              Mother: TEEL, Patty (sometimes Polly) ID=2695

HUSBAND’S

OTHER WIVES: WILLIAMS, Marilla Fellows (ID+556); Stuart, Ellen (ID+2680)

WIFE: Tuller, Elizabeth B. (ID+2679)

BORN:   ca. 1829#                             Place: St. Albans VT#

Died: 18 Aug 1889#                          Place: Sutton, NH

Bur:                                                        Place:

WIFE’S                                                                                  WIFE’S

FATHER: Tuller, Franklin# (No ID)  MOTHER: WEEKS, Betsey# (No ID)

WIFE’S

OTHER HUSBAND’S:

 

M/F       CHILDREN            WHEN BORN      WHERE BORN    FIRST MARRIAGE             WHEN DIED

Unknown

NOTE/SOURCES OF INFORMATION:                                        OTHER MARRIAGES:

H-1-Occ.: Harness maker+; Farmer+; Mechanic+

H-2- Ran a harness and cobbler shop in Sutton Mills

 

Albert Nelson wife Ellen Stewart

Albert Nelson wife
Ellen Stewart

HUSBAND: NELSON, Albert+

Born: 19 Jan 1822#                        Place: Sutton, NH#

Marr: 20 Jan 1890#                       Place: Hopkinton, NH#

Died: 10 Dec 1902#                        Place: Sutton, NH

Bur:                                                        Place: Sutton Mills (NH) Cem.

HUSBAND’S                                                                        HUSBAND’S

Father: NELSON, William              Mother: TEEL, Patty (sometimes Polly) ID=2695

HUSBAND’S

OTHER WIVES: WILLIAMS, Marilla Fellows (ID+556); Tuller, Elizabeth B. (ID+2679) Stuart, Ellen (ID+2680)

WIFE: Stewart, Ellen (ID+2680)

BORN:   12 Sept 1830#                    Place: Lancaster, NH#

Died: 27 Mar 1907#                         Place: Sutton, NH

Bur:                                                        Place: Sutton Mills (NH) Cem.+ (no gravestone)

WIFE’S                                                                                  WIFE’S

FATHER: STEWART, Charles J., Lawyer# (No ID) MOTHER: AUSTIN, Harriet E # (No ID)

WIFE’S

OTHER HUSBAND’S: BOHONAN, Samuel B. (ID=2681)

 

M/F       CHILDREN            WHEN BORN      WHERE BORN    FIRST MARRIAGE             WHEN DIED

Unknown

NOTE/SOURCES OF INFORMATION:                                        OTHER MARRIAGES:

H-1-Occ.: Harness maker+; Farmer+; Mechanic+

H-2- Ran a harness and cobbler shop in Sutton Mills

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Blimey, Where did I put those records: Part 7 Employment Records

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Today’s blog is about Employment records. Start with your own. Find your resume. Look it over what pops out at you. Memories come flooding back. What tools did you need to do your work? Make a list. Take photographs of that equipment. Find a photograph of you at work. Maybe even a newspaper article about you, your place of employment or about the type of job you do. It might be about a different company, but it explains the process of your work. Future generations want your story they want to know what you did.

Let’s go find that story for them. Document it. Maybe even write a Resume for your retirement. Wouldn’t it be fun to write about what your “leisure” years are all about? What did your parents, grandparents do for employment? In their retirement? Finding those tidbits of life will provide a glimpse not only into the life we are researching, but that of the culture and social norms of the day.

Think about what tools of the trade would be. A traveling nurse would have, uniforms, a stethoscope, bandage scissors, four color pen (now a days a laptop), thermometers, bandages, a “duffle/nurses” bag and a Blood Pressure Cuff. These are just a few of the items a nurse might need to get you started on a list of your own for whatever trade of the person your are researching.

Remember spelling didn’t matter in the beginning.  I have created a list that we should look for in our ancestral search. You will find mention of record types from earlier post listed here. It is a reminder to search multiple locations for your records.  Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Happy Family Researching.

 

Employment Records

 

Resume                                                                                               Work logs

Account books                                                                  Tools of the trade

Union membership                                                         Nurse’s License

Doctor’s License                                                               Insurance cards

Insurance papers                                                             Business Cards

Business Letterhead                                                       Business Advertisements/Flyers

Apprenticeships                                                               Pensions

Service Awards                                                                 Performance Evaluations

Personnel files                                                                  Company records

IRS/tax records                                                                Photographs

Annual Yearbooks                                                           Uniforms

Midwives Journal                                                             Attendance logs

Retail Logs                                                                           Store inventories

Household inventories                                                  Pharmacist records

Mechanic logs                                                                   Farmers log

Garden Plan                                                                       Slide Ruler

Compass                                                                              Telescope

Society registration cards                                             Society records/activities/publications

Farm equipment                                                              Farmers log book

 

I could go on and on listing items and still forget something. This list is just a jumping off point for you to think of what would be required on your ancestor’s trade. If it is a family business how did that equipment or expectations of the job change? (Mercurial thermometers to digital thermometers is one example.)

 

Sources:

 

  1. Saville, Susanne; Susanne Saville- Caffeinated Natter All the Caffeine, Half the Sense; Blogspot post 13 Nov 2011; accessed 15 May 2014 http://susannesaville.blogspot.com/2011/11/most-unique-use-of-figural-cat-ceramic.html
  2. Thank you to all genealogist and family researchers for your time and research. I have compiled this list from what records I have encountered in my own research, listening to podcast, webinars; reading blogs. I wish I could thank everyone individually. In my earlier years of research I did not always document who suggested a record group source. Going forward in my research, I will make every effort to identify and credit who provided the lead.

 

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Blimey, Where did I put those records: Part 6 “Out of the Box” Collections

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Today’s blog will list records associated with “Out of the Box” Collections. These are ones that you wouldn’t think of normally, at least I didn’t, until I started organizing what documents I had in my collections. So, think “out of the box” for different types of papers, applications, or groups you have participated in over your life time, your parents lifetime and all the way back to your first documented ancestor. Were you a Rainbow girl, DeMolay boy, Eastern Star Mom, Grand Mason Dad, Girl Scout, Boy Scout, Guide, or maybe even a Bluebird? These are just a few of the group record types to look for. You might find applications, project records, minute notes, and service to community notes or photographs of the groups.

Remember spelling didn’t matter in the beginning.  I have created a list that we should look for in our ancestral search. You will find mention of record types from earlier post listed here. It is a reminder to search multiple locations for your records.  Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Happy Family Researching.

 

“Out of the Box” Collections

The King’s Daughters                                                                     4-H

Rainbow Girls                                                                                    DeMolay Boys

Eastern Stars                                                                                      Masons

Girl Scouts                                                                                           Boy Scouts

Girl Guides                                                                                          Boy Guides

Bluebirds                                                                                             Friends of the Rodeo

Fellowship of Christian Cowboys                                               Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)

Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)                                 Sons of the Confederacy (SCV)

Blue Star Moms                                                                                                Gold Star Moms

Work Progress Administration (WPA)                                     Jewish Internment Camps

Italian Internment Camps                                                            German Internment Camps

Native American Reservations                                                   Historical Person’s Diary/Journal

Oral History Projects                                                                       Biographies of Famous or infamous Person

Biographies of Local Hero’s                                                          Biography of…

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)                                             Political Memorabilia

Tories                                                                                                    Whig Party

Republican Party                                                                             Democratic party

Independent Party                                                                         Tea party

Libertarian Party                                                                               Democratic-Republican Party

Constitution Party                                                                           Communist Party

National Socialist Party                                                                  Peace and Freedom Party

Federalist Party                                                                                Toleration Party

Liberty Party                                                                                      Sons of Liberty

 

I am sure there are many more political parties since the beginning of our nation that I probably haven’t heard of. Think “outside the box” for your ancestors locality or country. You will be surprised what papers or photographs you might find. I know I was. I found notations or news articles in my family records and letters to “The King’s Daughters,” WPA, and CCC. I even saw WPA as an occupation on a 1940 US Census record for one of my ancestors. Mine your records, Google those initials, you may be surprised what it stands for. It may not be for a person but for a group they once belonged to. That is how I found some of my ancestor’s life stories. THINK OUT OF THE BOX!

 

I know that there are what some call “Special Collections” (i.e., The Draper Papers) that are given to local libraries, historical societies or achieves, go find them.

 

Sources:

Thank you to all genealogist and family researchers for your time and research. I have compiled this list from what records I have encountered in my own research, listening to podcast, webinars; reading blogs. I wish I could thank everyone individually. In my earlier years of research I did not always document who suggested a record group source. Going forward in my research, I will make every effort to identify and credit who provided the lead.

 

American Revolutionary War Flags

American Revolutionary War Flags

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Blimey, Where did I put those records: Part 5 Church Records

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Church Records

Today’s blog will list records associated with Church Records. Keep in mind over the years that people were immigrating to the “colonies” to escape religious persecution. You may find them in one type of religious church in their homeland, a different one for the colonies. Some even created their own religion. Note that in the early years that the different religious sectors, that were similar in belief, would share a traveling preacher. Like with the newspapers, look in surrounding towns, counties, states, regional areas and even counties that border where they lived. Boundaries change even in this day and age. In some religions people are not baptized until they are adults. Remember spelling didn’t matter in the beginning.  I have created a list that we should look for in our ancestral search. You will find mention of record types from earlier post listed here. It is a reminder to search multiple locations for your records.  Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Happy Family Researching.

 

Birth                                                                    Baptismal/Christening

Confirmation                                                     Marriage Banns

Divorce                                                               Annulments

Death                                                                     Burial

Arrivals/Admissions                                        Departure/Removal

Ministerial Journals/Logs                                  Deacon Lists

Service to Church                                             Annual family Booklets

Dedication to Faith                                            Confirmation

Vestry                                                                Disciplinary Actions

Church achieves/Records                                 Church Biography/History

Seminary Records                                            Membership list

Account Books                                                  Town Tax records of payment to church support

Ordination                                                          Missionary service logs

Church activity records                                      Church Bulletins

Church Advertisements                                      Prayer cards

Memorial Cards                                                  Mass logs

Church Bibles                                                     Hymnals

Prayer Books                                                      Photographs of members/church

Activity photographs                                            Synagogue/Rabi records

Seating records                                                   Prayer logs

Holy Day Services                                               Deacon lists

 

Records from early days of our county formation, may be found in the home or in family records of the traveling pastor/minister. You may, not find those early records at all, except for mention in a town record.

 

In my own family records, I have encountered documents from various religions: Baptist (Free Will & Southern), Congregational, Unitarian, Methodist, Jewish, Wicca, Catholic, Lutheran, Mormon, Christian Science and Jehovah Witness. I even found an Atheist in the family tree. Who knows what I will find in future research.

 

Sources:

Thank you to all genealogist and family researchers for your time and research. I have compiled this list from what records I have encountered in my own research, listening to podcast, Webinars; reading blogs. I wish I could thank everyone individually. In my earlier years of research I did not always document who suggested a record group source. Going forward in my research, I will make every effort to identify and credit who provided the lead.

Dad's Baptism 1984

Nelson William Stearns: Baptism 1984 Lake Saviour, Maine

 

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Blimey, Where did I put those records Part 3

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Today’s blog will list records associated with Vital Records. Keep in mind over the years that not every state, territory or colony kept records; especially in the forming years of our nation. If you ancestors were from Canada, those records my even be kept across the pond in the United Kingdom. Needs have changed, terms have changed, and spelling didn’t matter in the beginning.  I have created a list of record/document types we should look for in our ancestral search. Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Here is a link to Where to Write for Vital Records: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm . You can also print or save a PDF from this website with the instructions and cost. Happy Family Researching.

 

Vital Records

 

Birth Certificates (town)

State level                                                           County Level

Marriage Certificates (town)

State level                                                           County level

Death Certificates (town)

State level                                                           County level

Delayed Birth Records

Marriage Records

Marriage Bonds                                  Marriage applications

Marriage intentions                     Marriage Licenses

Adoption papers

Divorce Records

Divorce certificate                               Church Records of Divorce Degree

Medical Records

Any Church record of a “Life Event:” Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Divorce or Death. I mention this here under Vital Records because in the founding of our countries that may be the only place, other than the Family Bible, that you will find this information.  If your ancestor was a traveling minister or deacon, you may want to see if they is a journal or log book of his travels.

 

I mention Medical Records under Vital Records as a reminder to look for them. They are often over looked. The information they provide can alert us to potential health issues that are inherited. My motto is “Fore warned is Fore Armed.”

Medical Records: Midwife notices, Midwife journal/dairies, Doctors birth/death notes, Doctors journals

These records can provide information into your ancestor’s occupation, the people in their community and surrounding areas they served.

If your living relatives have health concerns, maybe they would be willing to share that information with you. Write it up as an interview for future generations to view.  Some may not be comfortable sharing, that is okay. Interview yourself of the knowledge you have. It provides a clue that there may be records for our descendants to look for. This is only my opinion. The information can prevent or at least alert family members of potential health problems. Today’s medicine knowledge can assist in providing care and possibly prevention.

 

I’m not sure where to find our Native American ancestors Vital Record information. If someone would like to share their knowledge I would love to hear from you.

 

Sources:

  1. “National Center for Health Statistics,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Where to Write for Vital Records. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm, accessed 7May 2014, links to each state.

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Blimey, Where did I put those records: Part 2

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Today’s blog will list records associated with schooling of children and young adults. Keep in mind over the years educational needs have changed, terms have change, and discipline approaches have change.  I have created a list of record/document types we should look for in our ancestral search. Use the list as a guideline. You may even find or think of records that I haven’t. Add them to your list. Happy Family Researching.

 

School Records

 

School photos                                                   School activity photos                                    School Awards/Merits

Report cards                                                      Progress notes                                                  Grade school Records

High School Records                                       School societies/groups                                                Trade school records

Apprenticeships                                               Internships                                                         Private School records

College/University Records                         Military Schools                                                Finishing Schools

Theology Institutions                                     State Schools                                                     Reform Schools

Women’s Academy                                        Prep Schools                                                      Junior College

Religious Schools                                              Common Schools                                             Montessori Schools

Specialist Schools                                             Summer School                                                Sports Camp

Theatrical Schools                                            Music Schools                                                    Boarding Schools

Minority Schools                                              Schools for the Deaf                                       Schools for the Blind

Cooperative Schools                                       Post Graduate School                                    Minority Schools

School Annual Repots                                    School Directories                                            School Annuals

School Reunions Reports                              School Play Programs                                     School Paper

School Clubs                                                       Attendance Reports                                         Class Officer

Graduation cards (K, 8th, HS, College)      Class photos                                                       Club photos

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