Notes from the past…


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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week 40: Wild Card

Is there something for which you are thankful that has not been discussed yet? Share your genealogical abundance on a personal level. How does this person/item/group/memory or other entity impact your family history?

How about brick walls?

There are a couple of folks in my database that I know existed. I know they did! But I can find absolutely no data (no census, no land, no newspaper, no probate, no nothing!) on them.

One was my second great-grandfather Joseph Rogers. His name is listed in the Stanley family Bible as the father of my great-grandfather Charles Arthur Rogers. I have oodles of data on Charles Arthur Rogers. I have absolutely no data on Joseph Rogers, other than the Bible mention and being listed on Charles’ Social Security Card application from 1937, his SS-5:


As the data for this SS-5 document was most likely provided by Charles Arthur Rogers himself, hopefully it is accurate.

A little background: according to my grandmother (Charles’ daughter), Joseph died sometime when Charles was a young child and his mother Susan remarried. The new husband was abusive, so Charles left home as a teenager and never returned.

I have searched online for Joseph for years. Someday, I hope to make a trip to Mt Sterling, Kentucky and visit the courthouse (Mt Sterling is the county seat of Montgomery County) and local library and do some up-close-and-personal digging. I don’t even have enough baseline data to write to the courthouse to ask them to search.

I’ll find Joseph someday, but until I do, there is a big hole in my database!


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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week 39: Society Journal or Quarterly

Share with us your favorite genealogy society journal or quarterly publication. How long have you been reading it? Which group publishes it? Why is this publication one of your favorites? How has is helped you research your family history?

Well, I must confess that I don’t read any genealogical society journals on a regular basis.

However, one quarterly that I have utilized in the past is The Fort Worth Genealogical Society’s Footprints:

Getting it’s start in May 1957 as a one page monthly newsletter named Bulletin, the journal Footprints is now published quarterly by the Fort Worth Genealogical Society. It contains items such as: Bible records; church records; lodge records; cemetery and funeral home records; military records; newspaper clippings and obituaries; old letters, maps and diaries; school, tax and voter lists; queries; and other materials pertaining to genealogical or historical research in Texas.

Issues back to 1957 are available to purchase in CD-ROM. Lots of Tarrant County and Texas data available here!

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files

 


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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week 38: Funny Ancestor Stories

Tell us a funny ancestor story that stands out in your mind. When did you first hear the story? Do other family members tell different versions? Does this tale play a large part in your family tree?

I can’t think of any funny ancestor stories just now (lotsa sad and tragic, but not funny), but how about a funny photo?

Unhappy Nanny

This is a photograph of my grandmother, who just celebrated her 96th birthday in October. She looks to be about 6 years old, which would date this image to about 1922.

She certainly seems unhappy about something… ;)

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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.