Notes from the past…


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Front page headline: “1940 Census Yields 7th Husband!”

Or, “It’s HAPPY DANCE TIME again!”

I recently posted about uploading my database to WeRelate.org. When I did that, I checked out a few of my ancestors to see how they would appear on WeRelate.

To make a long story short, my data needed a bit of tidying up. The source citations are I created them in RootsMagic did not “translate” well into WeRelate’s wiki structure. Remember reading Beowulf in high school? Kinda like that… ;)

But as it turns out, that confusion is a good thing. I have started with my nearest deceased relative, and begun to review each person’s information. I have found lots of mistakes, and lots of new data.

As I reviewed my great-grandmother Dovie C ( McBurnett) Hall Stanley Epperson Epperson (same guy, second marriage) Priddy Bailey Copeland’s page, I discovered that I don’t have her 1940 census entry. Notice all those names? No, not multiple personalities (at least I don’t think so…). Dovie was married 7 times to 6 different men. By 1940, she was on her 4th marriage! That’s a lot of possible name combinations for my 1940 Census hunt!

Yet, search as I might, I could not find Dovie with any of those surnames.

As I believed she was still in the Tarrant County, Texas area, I used as search terms her “other” name of Ruby, DOB 1890 +/- 2 years, and born in Georgia, and looked at Tarrant County again.

This revised search led me at Ancestry.com’s free 1940 US Census to:

Name: Ruby Coshnitzke
Respondent: Yes
Age: 48
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1892
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: Georgia
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Home in 1940: Tarrant, Texas
Map of Home in 1940: View Map
Street: Anahauae Street
House Number: 803
Inferred Residence in 1935: Tarrant, Texas
Residence in 1935: Same Place
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Sheet Number: 30A
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 7th grade
Weeks Worked in 1939: 0
Income: 0
Income Other Sources: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
John Coshnitzke 40
Ruby Coshnitzke 48

I had never heard of John Coshnitzke. But the name Ruby, age of 48 and place of birth in Georgia were about right. And that address of 803 Anahauae Street, Tarrant County, Texas sounded very familiar…

After a bit of head-scratching and hair-pulling, I realized that Dovie’s 2nd son, my grandfather Victor Hall appeared in the 1940 US Census living at 805 Anahuac Ave in Tarrant County! Right across the street and 2 census pages over from Ruby Coshnitzke !

Could it be? ANOTHER MARRIAGE for Dovie?

I then went to the Tarrant County Marriage Index 1876-1944, available at the Fort Worth Central Library. And there was Ruby and John Coshnitzke’s September 1939 marriage, listed just a few lines up from Ruby and John Otys Priddy’s 1942 marriage!

Kosh

Oh, myyyy!

A bit more searching and I found John Coshnitzke in the 1930 US Census (with his previous wife), his SSDI entry (died in Georgia), and his Georgia Death Index, 1933-1998 listing, as well as his Find A Grave page, buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, Coweta, Georgia.

Wow, Dovie, how did you ever keep all those names straight???


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Change is good, Part 2

In the previous post, I shared the fact that I have made some major changes in my family history “routine:”

  • I am no longer subscribed to major genealogy online sites Ancestry.com and Fold3.com.
  • I can no longer use RootsMagic as my desktop genealogy database software, since I am now using a Chromebook computer.

So, how in the world can I possibly jump-start my research with such limitations???

As an experiment, I am going to continue my research using only free sites such as FamilySearch, Chronicling America, USGenWeb and Find A Grave. And, of course the local public library and courthouse. I think (I know!) that I have gotten spoiled and lazy by using the Internet for 99% of my research. Inspired by the traditions set forth by my sturdy ancestors, I’m going to rough it!

As for my RootsMagic dilemma, I quickly realized that to continue with the Chromebook, then I would need to upload my GEDCOM to the cloud, to an online database site, such as Geni or WikiTree. I then looked at all such sites available, to see what would work best for me. After careful consideration, I have decided to use WeRelate:

WeRelate is a free public-service wiki for genealogy sponsored by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy in partnership with the Allen County Public Library. It is the world’s largest genealogy wiki with pages for over 2,500,000 people and growing. WeRelate is currently in beta. It is supported by volunteers and your tax-deductible donations.

These changes should definitely alleviate the “boredom” factor!

P. S. Have you noticed the new theme and title for this blog? I figured that if I was gonna make some changes, then I should include this place, too… :)


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Change is good

When I made the decision to step away from genealogy for a time, I think part of what pushed me away was the fact that I was bored. I was tired of doing things the same way I had done them for many, many years.

So when I recently decided the time was right to pick up my research again, after several months of inactivity, I didn’t want to quickly find myself in the same situation. It was time to be different, to be… daring!

One immediate difference has to do with where I plan to look for family history data.

For several years, I have had subscriptions to both Ancestry.com and Fold3.com. But during my little hiatus, both subscriptions expired and I did not renew them.

Also, I have used desktop genealogy software, as well as maintaining a RootsWeb WorldConnect database online. This method requires a periodic online backup of my  local data, as well as updating  the WorldConnect database for time to time. Images and documents are stored “in the cloud”, specifically Google Drive and SkyDrive.

While the above system (in addition to using an external hard drive) works well for backing up 10 years’ worth of my very valuable genealogy data, it’s also a lot of work. A lot of boring work…

Also, I have recently purchased a Chromebook, and my old friend RootsMagic can’t be used with a Chromebook.

So, what is my solution?

(end “Change is Good”, part 1)