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Merry Christmas from Michigan

25 December 2014


Merry Christmas, Everyone

The card above is the one that I sent to people on my card list this year.  It is the 12 Days of a Michigan Christmas.  I wanted to share it with my readers and wish everyone a very, Merry Christmas from Michigan.  If you aren't sure what each one means, here is a cheat sheet.

  1. A Partridge in a White Pine Tree:  The White Pine is Michigan's State Tree
  2. Two Bowls of Kellogg's:  Kellogg's is located in the Cereal City of Battle Creek, my hometown.
  3. Three Feet of Snow:  Yes, we do get a lot of snow.
  4. Four Great Lakes:  Lakes Michigan, Huron, Superior, and Erie touch the shores of Michigan. The fifth Great Lake, Ontario, does not.
  5. Five Gold Motown Records:  Motown Records was founded by Berry Gordy, Jr in Detroit, Michigan.  It was the record company of The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, The Four Tops and many more.
  6. Six Cars a-Building:  Detroit is known as the Motor City and car manufacturing is an important part of Michigan's history.
  7. Seven Vernor's Ginger Ales a-Fizzing:  Vernor's Ginger Ale was invented in 1866 by James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist.
  8. Eight Yoopers Dancing:  A Yooper is a nickname for someone living in the U.P. or Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
  9. Nine Tigers Batting:  The Detroit Tigers are Michigan's American League Baseball Team.
  10. Ten Cold Days in Hell:  Yes, there really is a Hell.  Hell, Michigan that is.
  11. Eleven Spartans and Wolverines Blocking:  This refers to the Michigan State Spartans and University of Michigan Wolverines Football teams.  
  12. Twelve Hockey Sticks a-slapping:  Michigan's beloved hockey team is the Detroit Red Wings. 

Glover Christmas Eve Traditions Through the Years

24 December 2014

Christmas Eve, 1991
The first one after my parents moved to Michigan
Kirsten and Travis, with my niece, Brianna in front.

Ever since my parents moved back to Michigan, 23 years ago, Kirk, Kirsten, Travis and I have been spending most Christmas Eve's with my parents.  This has been a tradition for such a long time that when we don't go to my parents home in Portage, Michigan it is odd.

Christmas Eve, 1993
L-R Brianna, Kirsten, Colton, Travis on Grandma's lap with Grandpa standing

The family has changed over the years, but the traditions haven't.  My mother, who is an excellent hostess, doesn't feel like she has been successful unless we have a sit down dinner.  Her go to Christmas Eve dinner is steak, baked potatoes, green salad, watergate salad (for Travis), strawberry jello salad (for Kirsten) dinner rolls, and homemade Christmas cookies and ice cream for dessert.

One would think you wouldn't serve anything else with all that for dinner, but my mother doesn't think that way.  She sets out Christmas m and m's, candy canes, cashews, and peppermint patties in her various Christmas candy dishes.  Some years she will have appetizers, shrimp, cheese and crackers, tortilla chips and dip, and more. For years my husband would leave with pains in his shoulder from eating so much.  He has learned over the years to pace himself.

Christmas Eve, 2013
One of the years we didn't have a steak dinner, just snacks.  
The wings aren't even on the table yet!

The family felt that a sit down dinner was too much work for my mother and we have tried to get her to just go the light snack/appetizer route.  My mom feels that is more work than dinner, so she went back to dinner and still has the appetizers.  I now know where I get my need to have an abundance of food at holidays.

One of the fun parts of the evening was when my mother grabbed grocery bags and tried to give away all the leftovers.  My sister, Nancy, lived in Michigan for awhile and it was funny to watch us put things in each other bags, especially the candy canes.

Kirsten with her 2013 Granddaughter ornament

After dinner, we would open gifts.  One of the gifts my parents have given their grandchildren since they were born were Hallmark granddaughter or grandson ornaments. My mom said when they graduated from high school she would stop, then it was age 21, now she says as long as she is alive she will continue to buy them.  I think it is a wonderful tradition that her grandchildren will treasure for years to come.  I gave my daughter all of her ornaments the year she got married.  My tree seemed so bare that year without them.  This fall, I took my son's ornaments to him.  I think I am going to need to buy more ornaments.

I appreciate that my parents have kept the tradition of our family getting together at their house for Christmas Eve.  I have many fond memories of this special time.

Here are a few more pictures of the Glover Christmas Eve tradition through the years.


 Sorry, Grandpa we cut you out of it.

 The Berry Family

Kirsten with her gifts.

Grandma and Grandpa with the grandchildren.  
Pictures in front of the tree are mandatory.

Eventually, my sister and her family moved to Washington 
and it was just my family and my parents.

Our son-in-law, Chase, was welcomed into the family.

Then, our soon to be, daughter-in law, Alayna, joined us.

And last but not least, our grand pup, Ella.  Her first Christmas there was one to remember.  I may have fed her too many treats before we left our house.

Happy Birthday, Nancy-My Younger Sister

22 December 2014


Nancy Louise Glover Berry
(This is her senior picture, taken in 1985)

My younger sister, Nancy, is celebrating a birthday today.  Happy Birthday, Nancy!  We are nine years apart in age.  I remember being excited when she was born.  I  babysat a lot for her when I was in high school.  She was eight when I left for college.  My parents, Nancy, and our brother, Neil, moved to Texas a few months after I was married.  We have been apart for a large part of our life.  She moved back to Michigan after she was married and we were able to spend holidays together.  She is now living in Washington and I haven't seen her since last year.  Although distance has separated us I think of her often.  I hope she is celebrating in style!  Have a happy birthday, Nancy, you deserve it.



My newborn sister, Nancy and I in February 1967, she was two months old.

Moi, Neil, Nancy and Linda in Harbor Beach, Michigan 1969

Nancy, Neil, Linda, Moi, Christmas 1978



A bridesmaid in my wedding, third from the left, in 1981.

Scott, Colton, and Nancy

Bree and her mom, Nancy in Frankenmuth, Michigan 

Nancy and her 'grandblessings' Layla and Hunter, children of Bree.  December 2014


Happy Birthday, Kirsten!

19 December 2014

My daughter, Kirsten, celebrated her fourth birthday on 19 December 1987, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at our home.

Her Grandma and Grandpa Leyndyke,  and family friends, Mary, Drew, Mitchell, and Megan joined Kirk, Travis and I for the celebration.

The picture to the left is of Kirsten and Grandma Betty blowing out the candles of her "My Little Pony" store bought (I learned my lesson on her first birthday!) chocolate cake.  She loved My Little Pony and as the picture shows she had a couple of them.

Kirsten played with her friends, enjoyed the cake, and opened presents.  The presents she received that day included a doll house handmade by her Grandpa Leyndyke, which we still have. She played for hours with that dollhouse.  It was a house for her little felt covered bears.  Kirsten and I decorated the inside of the dollhouse with flooring and wallpapered walls.  We would have fun rearranging the wooden furniture and playing house.

She received a Cinderella doll.  Disney re-released the Cinderella movie and Kirsten fell in love with Cinderella.  The doll came with a dress that was tattered just like the movie, and one that was a blue ballgown.

She got a subscription to the magazine, Your Big Backyard, which is no longer being published.  Every month when the magazine came, Kirsten would love to look at the animals and do the activities in the magazine. Kirk or I would sit down with her and go through the magazine.  Travis would be included but he wouldn't sit for very long as he was only 11 months old.

Another gift she received was  "Are You My Mother?" game by Discovery Toys, which had great toys.  You purchased them by going to home parties.  Cardboard chicks on a magnet base needed to be found by their mother. The chicks are hidden around the board and when a mother chick comes to the chick's space, either the chick will cling to her or won't be able to cling to it, revealing which mother is the one. First player to collect three chicks and return to home is the winner.  This was a fun game to play with Kirsten and later, Travis.  I think this was the beginning of our game buying days.  We would play many games together throughout the years and still enjoy playing games when we get together as a family.

Kirsten attended Milwood Cooperative Preschool that year and we celebrated her birthday at preschool by taking Gingerbread ice cream treats for the class.  Kirsten use to love the ice cream shapes that were available around her birthday. Dean's brand ice cream treats also had a snowman and a Christmas tree.  Of course, we could not celebrate with Christmas trees, it was her birthday!

I always made a great effort to keep Kirsten's birthday separate from our Christmas celebration.  I would never wrap her presents in Christmas paper and we always celebrated it on her special day. Having a birthday so close to Christmas has its challenges but it was important to me that Kirsten had her special day.  I think we were able to keep her birthday separate as she grew up.

I have been writing birthday posts each year and I enjoy the little trip down memory lane.  It is amazing what one remembers from looking at pictures.  My memory was jogged by the short paragraph I wrote in her baby book.  I hope you enjoy a peek into Kirsten's birthday.  If you want to see other Kirsten's birthday posts, click below:




1845 Census for Sylvan Township, Michigan

18 December 2014


Source: Genealogical Society of Washtenaw "MI" County, "State of Michigan 1845 Census for Sylvan Township," Family History Capers newsletter, Volume 6 (April, 1983): p98; PDF images (http://washtenawgenealogy.org/), Available in Members Only Section under Capers Archive.

I have very early pioneer ancestors in Washtenaw County, Michigan with many arriving in the 1830's before Michigan was a state.  Recently, I was reading the April, 1983 edition of Family History Capers when I saw a transcription of the 1845 Census for Sylvan Township, Washtenaw, Michigan. It is a fairly short list and it wasn't hard to see familiar surnames.

The ancestors who were living in Sylvan Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan in 1845 were:

  • William BEGOLE
  • Daniel FENN
  • Orlow FENN
  • Tully, FENN
  • Charles GLOVER
  • Samuel POOR
Three other Glover's were listed, Lorin and two William's.  I need to do more research to see if, and where, they might fit into my family.

Once I read the list I found an image of the 1845 Sylvan Township census at SeekingMichigan.org. The only information recorded on this census was a list of adult males over the age of 21. Seeking Michigan is a great resource for Michigan records.  If you have Michigan ancestors it is a must see website.


Tombstone Tuesday: Amos C. Blodget

16 December 2014

Blodget Family Stone 

Amos C Blodget
1822-1906

Amos C. Blodget was buried in Highland Cemetery, Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan.  My husband and I visited this cemetery this past summer and spent time photographing gravestones that were related to the Glover family.

Amos C. Blodget married Sarah Salisbury Glover, the daughter of Charles Williamson Glover and Mary Ann Powers.  Sarah Salisbury Glover was the granddaughter of Alexander Glover and Sarah Salisbury, my fourth great grandfather.

Amos C. Blodget was a Michigan legislator from Washtenaw county during the years 1857-58.  He was elected to other local offices in Ypsilanti, Michigan during his career; serving as Justice of the Peace and Prosecuting Attorney.  He spent many years as an attorney and specialized in insurance law later in his career.

Amos C. Blodget was born in 1822, possibly in Vermont. He died 3 September 1906 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States.  Amos is buried in the Blodget Family Plot in Highland Cemetery, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Lot 19 and Block 100.

Military Monday: Otto August Fredrick

15 December 2014




Source: "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," [database on-line], Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 October 2011), Entry for Otto August Frederich; United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

Otto August Fredrick, my grandfather, registered for the World War I draft on 12 Sep 1918.  I found two different spellings of his last name on this record.  The first spelling was Frederich and his signature was Fredrich.  The original surname was Fredrich.  His father, Johann August Fredrich used that spelling thoughout his life. In my writing of Otto I use Fredrick, which eventually became Fredricks.  I don't know when the spelling was changed from using an "h" at the end of the name to a "k" and then adding the "s".

I enjoy finding the World War I draft registrations for my ancestors.  The detail the record provides is helpful to genealogists.  It is a record not to be overlooked in your research.  Although, I didn't learn much new from Otto's record, I still find it helpful. The record provided the birth date, place of residence, occupation, nearest relative (his wife, Daisy Fredrich), and physical description.

I enjoyed reading the description of my grandfather because I don't remember knowing him without gray hair, it was brown on this record.  He was medium height and medium build and had gray eyes. That reminds me of what I remember him looking like.

I use the draft registrations to add facts to my Roots Magic database.  I added Military, Occupation, Residence and Description to Otto's record.


Sunday's Obituary: Henriette Fredrich Zobel, Manistee, Michigan

14 December 2014


Henriette Fredrich Zobel is becoming one of my favorite Fredrich ancestors to research.  It is through my research of Henriette, my great grand aunt, that I have been able to find any information about the Fredrich's in Germany.  Henriette's marriage information provided me with the name of her parents, Christoph Fredrich and Susanna Koenig, my second great-grandparents.  Henriette's brother, Johann August Fredrich, is my great grandfather.  I haven't learned anything about his parents in my research of him.

Henriette Fredrich Zobel's obituary is transcribed below.  I loved the information provided in this obituary.  It even provided the date of when she arrived in Manistee, Michigan where she lived the remaining years of her life.  Henriette Fredrich married John Zobel in 1862, near Nakel, Posen, Prussia. He is the Mr. Zobel listed in the obituary.

It isn't often one sees the word 'nonagenarian'.  Do you know the meaning of the word?  It means someone who is between the age of 90-99.  Henriette Fredrich Zobel was 94years old, just weeks shy of 95, at the time of her death in 1929.

Genealogists often use blog posts as 'cousin' bait.  I am guilty of that too.  This is one of those posts. I would love to connect with a Zobel descendant.  Henriette was the second oldest of Christoph and Susanna (Koenig) Fredrich.  The oldest child was Wilhelmine Fredrich.  Wilhelmine never left Prussia.  I have been in contact with a descendant of Wilhelmine, which has been wonderful.  If you are connected to the Zobel family, please email me.  I am very generous with my research and would enjoy hearing from you.   




Transcription

NONAGENARIAN TAKEN BY DEATH
Mrs. H. Zobel, 95, Dies Last Night; Was Pioneer of City

Mrs. Henrietta Zobel, nearly 95 years old, and a pioneer resident passed away last at her home, 182 Lincoln Street . The ... (unreadable in crease) caused her death.

Mrs. Zobel was born in Germany on October 29, 1834, coming to Manistee April 16, 1872.  She has resided here continuously since that date.  She was married to Mr. Zobel in 1861.  Mr. Zobel was a well-known merchant here, having a large store on River street.  He preceded his wife in death eight years ago this month.

Mrs. Zobel is survived by three children, Charles A., Henry, and Miss Ottilie Zobel, all of this city.  She leaves 12 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.  Two sisters survive her, Mrs. August Guhse and Mrs. Amelia Angelhuber of Detroit.  

Mrs. Zobel throughout her life was a devoted member of the Trinity Lutheran church, and gave much of her time to church work.


Services will be held Sunday afternoon at the home at 2 o'clock, from the Trinity Lutheran church at 2:30.  Rev. J.H. Todt will officiate and burial will be in Trinity cemetery.

Surname Saturday: Fredrick

13 December 2014

I haven't done a Surname Saturday post for over two years, when I did the Glover surname.  I decided it was past time to do another one.  I chose my maternal Fredrick line this time.  The spelling includes Fredrich and Fredricks.  It will be a short list as I have only traced the line back to my second great grandfather.

Generation 1
1.  My still living mother

Generation 2
1. Otto August FREDRICK: born 1 Nov 1878 in Manistee County, Michigan, United States; died 5 Feb 1968 in Onekama, Manistee, Michigan, United States.

Generation 3
2. Johann August FREDRICH: born 8 Jan 1845 in Prussia; married 8 May 1875 in Manistee, Manistee, Michigan, United States; died 27 Jan 1924 in Dickson Township, Manistee, Michigan, United States.

Generation 4
3. Christoph FREDRICH: married 1828; died 1861.





Where in the World is Samuel Stillman Glover?

12 December 2014

Where in the World is Samuel Stillman Glover?

Census records are some of the first records I search for when researching an ancestor. I have been doing a series of Where in the World? posts in table format to see where there are gaps in my research. This table is for Samuel Stillman Glover, my third great grandfather.

FACT
DATE
PLACE OF RESIDENCE
ENUMERATION DISTRICT/PAGE ID./DWELLING
Birth
11 Sep 1798
Conway, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States

Census
1820
Phelps, Ontario, New York, United States
/286/131
Census
1830
Phelps, Ontario, New York, United States
/48/
Census
1840
Oceola, Livingston, Michigan, United States
/184/
Census
1850
Webster, Monroe, New York, United States
/425A/149
Census
1860
Rochester, Monroe, New York, United States
/177/1205
Death
30 May1870
Rochester, Monroe, New York, United States

Dear Santa...NEHGS Books, Please!

06 December 2014

I remember the joy I would get as a child when the Sears Christmas Catalog arrived in the mail.  I would pour through the catalog dreaming of all the things that I would like to see under the tree Christmas morning. The list usually included toys, games, and books.  The list included jewelry as I got older.  I thought their jewelry was gorgeous.  I could spend hours looking at this catalog.  I am sure by the time Christmas came the catalog was in pretty bad shape.

I feel the same way about another catalog, the New England Historic Genealogical Society Books and Gifts one. The catalog has changed but my enjoyment of browsing it hasn't!  Now, I could spend hours looking through this catalog.  Times have changed and I view the catalog online, but my wish list isn't diminished because of this.  I am not able to turn the corners of the page down or circle items, but I manage to pour through it nevertheless.

This year's catalog did not disappoint.  I would be happy with any of the books in the catalog.  I think NEHGS books are of the finest quality.  I have many in my library already, but there are many more I would like.

I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember.  My dad took me to the public library for the first time when I was seven and I have been a lover of books ever since.  I remember many bike rides to the library to check out books.  I remember being excited whenever a Scholastic Book Fair came to school.  I loved seeing the monthly Scholastic book flyer.  Books were an important part of my childhood and it has grown just as I have grown.

This year as I was perusing the catalog and NEHGS announced their book bundles, my husband suggested I pick a bundle I would like.  He may have been sorry he said that because if I was picking a bundle, I was going big!  I chose the Ultimate Robert Charles Anderson Bundle.

The Ultimate Robert Charles Anderson set contains 14 essential volumes:

  • The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1633 (in 3 volumes)
  • The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 (in 7 volumes)
  • Elements of Genealogical Analysis (the author's latest best seller!)
  • The Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 1-20
  • The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620-1633
  • The Winthrop Fleet: Massachusetts Bay Colony Immigrants to New England, 1629-1630

This bundle has a price tag of $600 which would be way over budget for him to buy, but this would be a dream gift.  I did chose other bundles number two or four and individual books I would like.

The Great Migration Holiday Bundle 2 contains 11 volumes:

  • The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1633 (in 3 volumes)
  • The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 (in 7 volumes)
  • The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620-1633

The Great Migration Holiday Bundle 4 contains 10 volumes:
  • The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1633 (in 3 volumes)
  • The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 (in 7 volumes)
The History and Antiquities of Every Town in Massachusetts

Elements of Genealogical Analysis

Planters of the Commonwealth- This one will be under the tree as a gift from my parents.  

I would be ecstatic with any of the individual books in any of the bundles.  I have been a good girl Santa and can't wait to see what is under the tree this year.

My Ancestral Connection to A Storm of Witchcraft by Emerson W. Baker

05 December 2014


My interest in the Salem Witch Trials began after the Sarah Jessica Parker episode of  "Who Do You Think You Are?"  Ancestry sent an email that had a list of additional research sources for the episode. One I checked was the University of Virginia's library and their transcripts of the court records of the trials.


The University of Virginia has an excellent online collection of material relating to the Salem Witch Trials in their Salem Witch Trials Documentary Archive and Transcriptions Project.  One will find documents, transcriptions, historical maps, archival collections, books and more at their website.

I decided to look over the names of those involved in the trials and discovered that my eighth great grandmother, Mary Clements Osgood, was one of the accused. This was the first indication that I had an ancestor involved with the trials and to find out one confessed to being a witch surprised me.

Of course, I was a little excited as it meant I could research this part of my ancestry. There was no better place to research from the comfort of my home than the resources of the University of Virginia.  I immediately emailed my sister and she thought it was cool.  Her other comment was "don't tell our husbands!"

I scoured the library website and gleaned as much information as I could about Mary Osgood, but it wasn't until I read "A Storm of Witchcraft-The Salem Trials and the American Experience" by Emerson W. Baker that I truly understood the times which she lived and the hysteria surrounding the trials.

My local library didn't have Baker's book so I asked my daughter, who lives in Chicago, to pick it up for me from her library.  She brought it home when she came for Thanksgiving.  I sat down to read it Sunday night and I was engrossed.  I read it in three days.

Originally, I wanted to read it to see if Mary Osgood was mentioned, which she was, but reading it took on a entirely different meaning as I read through this wonderful book.  Baker weaves the history of the time with the relationships those involved in the trials had.  There were many circles of the accused and Baker goes into detail on these circles. He explains the causes leading up to the trials and the turmoil the trials created.

I knew my ancestor, Mary Osgood, had confessed and had imagined what would have happened for her to confess, but reading Baker's book explained much more than what my imagination envisioned. I took a few notes about those who confessed and discovered that those who refused to confess met death and not one who confessed in 1692 was put to death.

Confessions were coerced by various barbarian methods, such as being forced to stand with arms outstretched with heavy shackles attached that eventually caused convulsions; having their neck and heels tied together until blood gushed from their nose; and in one case having heavy material placed upon their chest, crushing one. Those imprisoned were subjected to endless interrogations, sleep deprivation and strip searches.

Mary Osgood was a resident of Andover, Massachusetts.  Her husband, John Osgood, was a captain in the Andover militia, which as Baker explains was one of the reasons she was accused.  Most of the witches accused from Mid July to September 2, 1692 came from Andover. 45 Andover residents were accused and all but six confessed.

The story written by Baker is a fascinating one in itself, but he enriches the work by appendices and notes.  Be sure to read these.  Baker includes a list, compiled by Margo Burns, that lists each person and the elements of the trial which they endured. In Mary Osgood's case she went through examination, imprisonment, grand jury or indictment, jury trial, and restitution.  No complaint or arrest, no conviction, and no execution took place of Mary.

The notes provide numerous other sources, which I plan to check out, and are an important part of the book.  I highly recommend reading this well researched, thorough examination of this period.

I will leave you with one quote which sums up why I liked this book so much, Baker states, "Historians often dismiss the importance of genealogical research" and Baker uses genealogical research to explain what was happening during this tumultuous time in American History.



Last Day Local: Battle Creek Regional History Museum

30 November 2014

The logo for the Battle Creek Regional History Museum features the Stone Tower found in Monument Park, Battle Creek, Michigan

The Battle Creek region has a strong history, but there isn't any place where one can go to see the history of the region.  The Battle Creek Regional History Museum will change that once it is complete.

A regional history museum has been a dream of the community for many years.  The Battle Creek Historical Society met in 1916 and planned to have a museum.  A History Room at the Battle Creek Tower was planned in 1931.  Neither of these places were ever developed.

The Battle Creek Regional History Museum has been in the planning stages for seven years.  It is getting closer to being a reality.  Board members have been in place, a location has been secured, and fund raising efforts are underway.

The museum will be at 307 W. Jackson Street, Battle Creek, Michigan in a building that was once the Battle Creek Equipment Company.  Phase One of the project will be on the lower two floors of the 3 story, 49,000 square foot building.  Extensive renovations to convert a manufacturing plant into a museum will be needed.  The board will be seeking accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums.

One of the goals of the museum board is to lead efforts to form a coalition to promote and offer connected museums throughout the region.  Although the physical location will be in Battle Creek, the museum itself will showcase the rich history of the area.

The opening date is yet to be determined but the board members are optimistic that one room will be ready sometime in 2015.  Future development will include research area, multiple display areas, and a gift shop.

Two board members spoke to my local genealogical society and conducted a survey asking for attendees input.  We ranked what we felt should be included in the museum. Areas under consideration include business history, Kellogg Brother's history, farming history, military history, cereal history, manufacturing history, Federal Center history, Sojourner Truth and Underground Railroad history. We were asked for input on what displays we would like to see in the museum. I am looking forward to seeing the museum develop.  I think it will be a great addition to the local area.

If you would like to learn more about the museum, check out their website and facebook page.

Colonial American Genealogy

27 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I would like to wish my United States readers a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope you are surrounded by family, friends and food.

I will be spending the day with my husband, parents, daughter and son-in-law this year.  My daughter and I will be preparing the feast.

I have written before about my Pilgrim ancestry and I thought I would share a few Colonial American Genealogy resources.





Archives

Books
Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research edited by Michael J. LeClerc
Great Migration Series by Robert Charles Anderson
Massachusetts: A Concise History by Richard D. Brown and Jack Tager

Miscellaneous
Colonial Newspapers at Genealogy Bank ($)
Farber Gravestone Collection

Records

Websites


I am sure there are many other great resources for Colonial America research.  If you have a favorite, please share in the comments section.

Tuesday's Tip: Preserving Historic Cemeteries

25 November 2014



"First, do NO harm" are words every genealogist should remember when conducting research, whether one is in a library, archive, courthouse or cemetery.   Those words are especially important when visiting a cemetery. Many gravestones are in delicate condition and all efforts should be made to maintain the condition of the gravestone and keep it available for generations to come.

The Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC) addressed this issue in its fall newsletter.  MGC publishes a newsletter four times a year that is available on their website for anyone who is interested in reading it. The newsletter covers items pertinent to societies and genealogists.  It shares information on Michigan genealogical resources and events, articles from its member societies and other items of genealogical interest.

The article, Gravestone Cleaning and Restoration,  was a timely article for our society, Calhoun County Genealogical Society, which I am the President of. Last year, our society had a presenter who talked about cemeteries and wasn't concerned if he did any damage to them as he had gotten the information he wanted.  I cringed when I heard that. Luckily, someone asked a follow up question about the best way to take care of gravestones and we were able to minimize the damage, in my opinion, of the speaker. Even though we addressed the issue at another meeting I never felt that we provided enough information for our members.

I was happy to see the MGC Fall newsletter article.  It was just what our society needed to inform our members of proper cleaning and preservation methods of gravestones. The newsletter shared a resource that is available to all.  The book, Michigan Historic Cemeteries Preservation Guide by Gregg G. King, with Susan Kosky, Kathleen Glynn and Glady Soborio is available free as a pdf from the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/hal_mhc_shpo_Cemetery_Guide_105082_7.pdf 

This book addresses many aspects of preserving historic cemeteries.  The 200 page book addresses organizing a project, surveying a cemetery, documenting your work, mapping a cemetery and more. Chapter 3 centers on the actual cleaning and repairing of the gravestones. Included in the book are appendices of forms, definitions, organization abbreviations, Latin phrases, symbols and more.

I was so impressed with the well researched book that I shared it via email to all our society members.  The information is too important not to.  Be sure to take a look at the guide, you won't be disappointed.

Latest NEHGS Poll Shows I Have Too Many Books

24 November 2014

The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week's survey asked the approximate number of books in your personal genealogical library. 4,131 people answered the survey. The results are:
  • 12%, 0-10  
  • 16%, 11-25   
  • 13%, 26-50   
  • 6%, 51-75   
  • 4%, 76-100   
  • 3%, 101-150   
  • 2%, 151-200   
  • 2%, 201-250   
  • 3%, 251-1,000   
  • 1%, Over 1,000    


Source: The Weekly Genealogist, Vol. 17, No. 47, Whole #714, November 19, 2014

Each week, New England Historic Genealogical Society, NEHGS, has a survey in their The Weekly Genealogist newsletter.  The results above were published on November 19, 2014.  I am in the 51-75 category or 6% of the 4131 respondents.  I love books and keep a wish list of books I would like to get as gifts.  

I wrote about my genealogy library and how I keep my costs under control in February.  I am still practicing those cost savings today.  It has been harder as I have noticed over the last couple of weeks that many genealogy companies have been having sales on books.  I have had a hard time controlling myself.  I have been adding to my wish list instead of buying them for myself.

The companies that I received email notices about sales are: 
Part of my genealogy library

I have been asked if I read all of the books I have. Yes, I do! I keep the ones I haven't read on a separate bookshelf and after I read it I put it on my genealogy bookshelf.  Currently, I have two books to read and one book to finish.  When it comes time to conduct research, I will pick a book to use depending on my area of research.  For example, when I am doing German research I will have four or five books on my desk. One might be a general research help book, one a map book, another has a list of online resources, a German dictionary and so on.

This year's wish list includes the following:
  1. History and Antiquities of Every Town in Massachusetts by John Warner Barber
  2. Genealogy Toolkit: Getting Started on Your Family History at the National Archives
  3. Our Daily Bread: German Village Life, 1500-1850 by Teva J. Scheer
  4. Elements of Genealogical Analysis by Robert Charles Anderson
  5. Amish and Amish Mennonite Genealogies by Hugh F. Gingerich and Rachel W. Kreider
  6. The Planters of the Commonwealth by Charles Edward Banks (on order a gift from my parents)
I don't know if Santa will bring me any of my wish list or not.  Santa may think it isn't a very good gift, but it is.  I pour over the NEHGS gift catalog like I use to poor over the Sears Christmas catalog! I read every entry and circle ones I would like to have.

If you are curious about what books I have in My Library check the pages at the top of the blog.  I have recently updated it.

Follow Friday: Bridges to Yesteryear

21 November 2014



A couple of months ago I was contacted by Nora about starting a genealogy blog. She had some questions about how to get started with setting up a blog, layout, etc.  I was happy to help her through the process and after a few emails and a lot of work on her part, Nora has a wonderful, genealogy blog:  Bridges to Yesteryear.

Nora is a blogger from Michigan, my home state, and writes about her family.  The surname "Bishop" is the first line of her family she is concentrating on.  Nora shares land records and deeds; probate records, biographical sketches, Bible records, timelines and more.  In addition to sharing the records, she provides a source for those records.

I encourage my readers to take a look at Nora's Bridges to Yesterday blog and leave a comment welcoming her to our great genea-blogging community.  Welcome, Nora!  I look forward to seeing your blog develop and reading more about your family.

Where in the World is Sarah Jackson McGee?

19 November 2014

Where in the World is Sarah Jackson McGee?

Census records are some of the first records I search for when researching an ancestor.  I have been doing a series of Where in the World? posts in table format to see where there are gaps in my research.  This table is for Sarah/ Sally Jackson McGee, my paternal, second great grandmother.  She is the daughter of William Jackson and Isabella McClenahan.  She married Richard McGee and is the mother of four children:  Katherine (my great grandmother), Isabella, William John, and James.  

FACT
DATE
PLACE OF RESIDENCE
Enumeration District/Page/Line
Birth
Abt 1842
Ireland

Census
1851
Marlborough Township, Carleton, Canada West (Ontario), Canada
/3/1
Census
1861
Marlborough Township, Carleton, Canada West, Canada
3/35/11
Census
1871
Collingwood, Grey North, Ontario, Canada
37/78/1
Death
1877
Collingwood, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada