(This newspaper clipping was created for the 69th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. The topic is: “What If . . . This is your chance to rewrite history! Have you ever imagined your ancestor playing a major roll in history?”)
A new meme is out there, folks, and today is Day 1! Suggested by Amy at Untangled Family Roots, it is a Monday Meme to post about our “mad ancestors or elusive ancestors who drive US mad!”
What fun! There are certainly a few “eccentrics” in my family tree, as well as those who really know how to hide!. So many, in fact, that I don’t know where to start…
One ancestor who has hid himself not only from me but from the United States Census Bureau, as well as those state and local folks who live to record facts about people (birth, marriage, death, land, probate, etc, etc) is my second great-grandfather Joseph Rogers.
The only document that I have found that is “first-person”, sort of, is the Social Security application form, the SS-5, for his son, my great-grandfather Charles Arthur Rogers. Theoretically, the information for the SS-5 was supplied by Charles himself, and here he stated his father’s name was Jospeh Rogers. Charles was born on 12 Apr 1970 in Montgomery County, Kentucky, so Joseph was living there in 1870… or not. What if he died before Charles was born and Charles’ mother moved to Montgomery County after Joseph died but before Charles was born…?
That’s it, that’s all I have on Joseph Rogers. The family story is that Joseph died when Charles was a child. Where, when, why…don’t know. I have even browsed the entire 1870 census for Montgomery County, Kentucky, page by page, and found not even a shadow of the Rogers family. No one. Nowhere. Nada.
Unscrambling Dovie McBurnett’s list of husbands, 5 at last count, has certainly pointed out the value of a timeline. It has made it much simpler to get all of the “Ex’s” into the correct order and the correct time period in her life. An invaluable tool!
Several months ago, I posted about Timetoast, an online interactive timeline creator that uses Adobe Flash. With it, I have been able to clearly illustrate Dovie’s busy love life! The neat thing about Timetoast is that the timeline can be embedded into a website or blog. That would work perfectly for me, as I use my blog as my research notebook. So having the timeline with all of my other data (documents and photos) seems quite natural.
The problem is that WordPress.com, the host of Bluebonnet Country Genealogy, does not allow flash embeds. Too much potential for abuse, I suppose. So no Timetoast at WordPress.
The solution? Blogger to the rescue!
I created a “plain vanilla” blog, just for the timelines. The link is in the right sidebar, under Research. Please check it out and let me know what you think!