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Native American Museums in Michigan

29 July 2016

Michigan is rich in Native American history and it has five museums to explore that history and culture. The May/June 2016 issue of Michigan History magazine provides information on these five Native American Museums:
  1. Baaweting Anishinaabe Interpretive Center, 523 Ashmun Street, Sault Ste. Marie. The artifacts housed at the Center are donated by tribal members. Many of the artifacts on display have a story to go with it. The purpose of the center is to give visitors an understanding of their point of view and “Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin” (native life ways).
  2. Andrew J. Blackbird Museum, 368 E. Main Street, Harbor Springs. This museum is on both the Michigan State Historical Site and the National Register of Historic Places. Native American artifacts can be found in what was Blackbird's house from 1858-1908.
  3. Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center, 2605 N. West Bay Shore Drive, Peshawbestown. The center was established to preserve the history of the Grand Traverse Band of Anishinabek.
  4. Museum of Ojibwa Culture, 500 N. State Street, St. Ignace. Exhibits of Ojibwa culture and traditions can be found inside and outside at this museum. The museum site is registered as a Michigan State Historic Site (MSHDA), as a National Historic Landmark (NHL), is in the National Register of Historic Places (NPS) and is the 2011 winner of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network Community Award.
  5. Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways, 6650 E. Broadway Avenue, Mount Pleasant. Both a museum and cultural center, its mission is to share the history of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and other Great Lakes Anishinabek.

Using "The Expansion of New England" for Genealogical Research

27 July 2016

Are looking for resources that will further your research of your New England ancestors?  I have found one you may not have thought of using for research. L. K. Mathews wrote, "The Expansion of New England: The Spread of New England Settlement and Institutions to the Mississippi River, 1620-1865" and it was published in 1909.  New England Historic Genealogical Society republished it in 2012 and I bought a copy.  I wanted to learn more about my New England ancestors and the times in which they lived.  I knew that my colonial ancestors did not stay in Massachusetts their whole life, so where did they go?

The Expansion of New England can help answer that question. The book helps to explain the migration of the early settlers and the reasons they may have moved. The book starts with the spread from the settlement of New Plymouth to the "first offshoots" to Massachusetts, to New Hampshire, Maine, and Connecticut settlements. Further migration continued up and down the Atlantic coastline and by inland rivers and streams.  Eventually, migration sent settlers to New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Northern Illinois and Indiana. It follows New England's westward migration to 1865.

Mathews ten chapter book is filled with over 30 maps from the early 1600's to 1860. It tells the story of New England migration; the role religion played in migration, the travel patterns of whole communities, the effect of wars, the harshness of the wilderness, and the influence the settlers had on new settlements. The book is filled with additional sources that genealogist like to use.  The footnotes alone are worth reading for research sources.  Many of these sources will lead you to information about your ancestors and the places they lived.

How did "The Expansion of New England" help in my research?  I will use the Rowley family as an example.  Henry Rowley came to New England around 1632 and settled in Scituate, one of the first communities to settle beyond Plymouth.  He removed to Barnstable where we find him living in 1639.  He dies by 1673, possibly in Succanesett.

Henry's son, Moses, Sr. marries in Barnstable and purchases property, in 1677, in Succanesett, which later becomes Falmouth.  In 1692, Moses, Sr. is in East Haddam, CT.  Moses, Jr. lives most of his life in East Haddam.  Jonathan Rowley, son of Moses, Jr., migrates to Kent, CT. His son, Jonathan, Jr. migrates to Pittsford, in Central Vermont, by 1773. Jonathan's Jr. son, Hopkins migrates to Shoreham, VT and his daughter, Huldah, migrates to the Michigan frontier in 1833.

Most of this research was conducted using census, land, and probate records. Suppose you had Jonathan Rowley, Sr. in Kent, CT, but could not find his children. The Expansion of New England can help.  In fact, the Rowley family migration mirrors the migration pattern found in this book.  Or suppose you have Hopkins Rowley in Vermont in the early days of Vermont's settlement, but have no clue where he came from.  The Expansion of New England could help you explore new areas.

In fact, I did a little reverse research using the information in this book on Jonathan Rowley, Jr.  I knew Jonathan Jr. was born in East Haddam, CT, in 1729.  The next record I found for him was a land purchase in 1773, in Pittsford VT.  Where was Jonathan, Jr. during these forty four years?

Using the information on migration patterns in Mathews book, I discovered a migration pattern from eastern CT (East Haddam) to Western CT (Kent) to towns in the Berkshire Mountains migrating to Central and Northern Vermont. Can you guess where I went looking for Jonathan, Jr.? Yes, the Bershire Mountain area. It is from Richmond that Jonathan Jr. migrates to Vermont, just as the book says. 

This is only one of many migration patterns discussed in the book.  Migration patterns from New England to the Mississippi River are provided.  I have started looking for my Fenn ancestry using the information on migration patterns in this book.  I have Daniel Fenn, who married Huldah Rowley, in Vermont.  Could Daniel be found in the Berkshire Mountain area, Western Connecticut, or Eastern Connecticu?  If the genealogical gods align, he will be found.

A family history researcher may not pick this book up to read thinking that it wouldn't advance ones research.  The researcher would be missing out on a well researched and written book. "The Expansion of New England" is an excellent book to read whether you have early New England ancestors or not and if it furthers your family history research, it is a win-win.

James Tyson Former Ship Minesweeper YMS-103 Lost

25 July 2016

Source: May 16, 1945 Battle Creek Enquirer page ten, column one "News of Our Men in the Services."

Former Ship Lost- the ship on which Jim Tyson, signal mate third class, served until July, was announced as sunk by enemy action yesterday. It was the minesweeper YMS  103. Tyson is now stationed aboard a troop transport, and has participated in the battles of Manila and Iwo Jima. He has been at sea 27 months. His brother Corp. Jack Tyson, a paratrooper, has been hospitalized for some months with yellow fever. He was last known to be on Leyte. His wife, Rosalene, lives at Gull Lake, and their mother, Mrs. Adeline Tyson, lives at 1833 West Goguac avenue.

Can you imagine being a service person and learning that the ship you had been serving on was sunk? That is what happened to my dad's first cousin, James Tyson. The article above informs the readers of James' hometown, Battle Creek, about it.

The Battle Creek Enquirer had a regular column, "News of Our Men in the Services" that was published during World War II.  The articles focused on area service personnel news. I have conducted research using newspapers from various areas during World War II.  The one thing I have found in all of those papers is the patriotic spirit of the hometowns.  The articles are a wonderful history of the time and the support the community had for the young men and women who were serving at the time. I have found these articles helpful with my family history research.

The articles add details to my family history that I might not find elsewhere, easily. This article tells me about his former ship, where James is stationed now, the battles he participated in, how long he has been at sea, his brother's name, his brother's illness, and family ties.

James Victor Tyson was the son of Victor Tyson and Adeline Glover Tyson.  He was just 20 years old at the time of this article.

The Great Big New England Genealogy Tour: Repositories

21 July 2016

I am still trying to get my ducks in a row for my New England trip that is coming up faster than I think I will be ready for.  My latest plan is to get together all the information I need for the repositories I plan to visit.  This will allow me to make sure of the dates and times they are open and if I need to make appointments.

The repositories I plan on visiting are:

The New England Historic Genealogical Society Library (NEHGS), Boston, Massachusetts. NEHGS has a wonderful introduction to their library online.  I will be conducting advanced planning using the tips on their website, including:

    1. Reading about tips for preparing for a visit. The first item on the list is "make a list." I love making lists!
    2. Checking what resources are available.
    3. Checking what databases are available onsite.
    4. Scheduling a Consultation.
    5. Searching the card catalog and creating a list of resources.
    6. Collecting items on the what to bring list.
    7. Checking out the policies and procedures for visiting.
    8. Watching webinars 1) Getting the Most from NEHGS Online Library Catalog and 2)Preparing for Your Visit to NEHGS
    9. Finishing up my research plans and logs. 
The Vermont Historical Society Leahy Library, Barre, Vermont has holdings of genealogical value. Already, I found out it is not open on Mondays, which was the day I thought we would go, and a change of plans was made. Whew! I would hate to go all that way and not have a library be open. Advanced planning is a must.  My planning here includes:
  1. Reading the website section on the Leahy Library.
  2. Checking the location and hours.
  3. Searching the card catalog for resources.
  4. Searching the manuscript collection online.
  5. Requesting certain resource ahead of time, if warranted.
  6. Checking PERSI for any Vermont periodicals that are available at the library.
  7. Checking Genealogy Indexes and Lists section on the website.
The Shoreham Historical Society and the Pittsford Historical Society are two societies that I want to visit when I am in Vermont.  I will be reading their websites further and contacting them regarding a visit.

Technically, cemeteries are not repositories but I will be making a list of the grave-sites and cemeteries I want to visit, including the Ben and Jerry's Flavor Graveyard and the Von Trapp Family Graveyard (no relation, just love the Sound of Music).

A few of the cemeteries that I plan to visit are:
  1. Phelps, New York-Joslyn Cemetery
  2. Hingham, Massachusetts-Hingham Cemetery Settlers Monument
  3. Plymouth, Massachusetts-Burial Hill
  4. Eastham, Massachusetts-Cove Burying Ground
  5. Sandwich, Massachusetts-Old Town Burial Ground
  6. Pittsford, Vermont-Old Baptist Burying Ground
  7. Shoreham, Vermont-Lakeview Cemetery
  8. ?????
I know I won't get to all the cemeteries I would like but I will be prepared with location information before I go. I have my cemetery bag ready to go, I just need to make sure it gets in the car.

Where in the World is Mary Wrightweesner?

19 July 2016

Where in the World is Mary Wrightweasner Graf?

There are a few ancestors that I would give anything to know more about and my second great grandmother, Mary Wrightweesner Graf is one of those ancestors.  She left her homeland in Germany, traveled to the United States in 1859, settled in Indiana, and was left a widow at the age of 34 with eight children.  She never remarried and died at the age of 63 in 1898.  

One of the first place family historians search for their ancestors is in the United States Census records.  I am compiling my census information into a table format. Each month I share a "Where in the World" post.  Compiling my information this way shows me where I have gaps in my research.

about 1835
Bayern, Germany

18 Nov 1859
New York, New York, United States

Harrison, Miami, Indiana, United States
North Grove, Miami, Indiana, United States
Harrison, Miami, Indiana, United States
13 June 1898
North Grove, Miami, Indiana, United States

Mary E. Grischow and Ernest Charles Pierce Celebrate 50 Years of Marriage

16 July 2016

A wonderful couple, Mary "Mari" Elizabeth (Grischow) and Ernest "Ernie" Charles Pearce are celebrating 50 years of marriage today!  Congratulations Mari and Ernie!

I met Cousin Mari, and her husband, Ernie, four years ago after I made contact with Mari on a genealogy message board.  She was looking for information on her grandmother Emma Fredrick, who is my grand aunt.  Emma Fredrick was the sister of my grandfather, Otto August Fredrick. Emma and Otto's parents were Johann August Fredrick and Louise Fredrike Zastrow.

Brenda Glover Leyndyke and Mari Grischow Pearce, May 2012, Battle Creek MI

Shortly after our online contact, Mari and Ernie traveled to Michigan, from Ontario, to visit.  It was then I met Mari and Ernie in person and found a wonderful cousin. We sat at the dining room table and shared stories and pictures.  We have continued to share family information over the past few years.  Mari introduced me to a part of the family I knew nothing about.

It wasn't long before Mari and Ernie were welcomed into the Fredrick(s) family.  Mari and Ernie returned to Michigan to attend the Fredricks family reunion and met more cousins than one could imagine.

Mari and Ernie Pearce, May 2012, Battle Creek, MI

It is my pleasure to wish Mari and Ernie my congratulations on their 50th Wedding Anniversary. They are a wonderful example of a lasting marriage and I wish them many more years of happiness and love.

Mary "Mari" Elizabeth Grischow, 16 July 1966

 Ernest "Ernie" Charles Pearce and Mary "Mari" Elizabeth Pearce, 16 July 1966
 Knox Presbyterian Church, Acton, Ontario, Canada, date unknown

Mary 'Mari' Elizabeth Grischow married Ernest 'Ernie' Charles Pearce on 16 July 1966, at the Knox Presbyterian Church, Acton, Ontario, Canada.  Rev. Andrew McKenzie officiated at the 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon service. Mari is the daughter of Audrey Bessie Chalmers and Boots Grischow.

Vital Record Finds for Indiana

15 July 2016

Death Certificate of Lester Elvin Graf, son of Henry Graf and Mary Etta Walker, who died of an accidental gun shot wound.

"Indiana Wants Me" Who remembers the song from the early 1970's?  It is what popped into my head the weekend I discovered all the new Indiana Record groups that became available online at Ancestry.  I believe Indiana wanted me to search for the hundreds of Indiana family members I have.

The following Indiana records became available at Ancestry:

    I didn't have any luck with the birth certificates as most of my ancestors were born before 1907, but I may be able to go back to the records as my research continues with finding the descendants of my ancestors.

    The marriage certificates were of no help to me at all as I knew of no one who was married in Indiana after 1958 in my family tree.

    The death certificates were a gold mine.  I spent hours and hours going through the records and found over 100 death certificates for my Graf and Mast families. I found new spouses which led to new records. The records at Ancestry are wonderful as they show the actual certificate, but there are a few issues with searching them.  

    I found a number of certificates that were indexed to the person, but the image was of someone else's death.  I found if I went back, or forward, a number of images, I could find the correct certificate. This led to me sending a lot of correction information to Ancestry.  It made it difficult to save the image as the correct certificate was indexed under another name.  Hopefully, Ancestry will get this fixed soon.

    Now, I just have to go and record all the certificates to my Roots Magic software program and source them. 

    These are the newest Indiana records available at Ancestry.  For a complete list of Indiana records on Ancestry check here. Don't forget if you don't have a subscription to ancestry many libraries have access to the library edition that you can use for free at your local library.  Happy Hunting!