Notes from the past…


Dovie update

I’m so excited! When I got home from work last night (actually 1:30 this morning), I found an email from Ruth from Carter Co, OK, a very nice RAOGK (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness) volunteer, containing the marriage certificate of Dovie McBurnett and Husband-#-1-And-My-Great-Grandfather William Earl Hall!

Also, a couple of days ago I found a newspaper “snippet” at GenealogyBank about the marriage of Dovie and Husband-#-2 Ollie P Stanley! From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, page 8, dated 20 July 1913:

Don’t you just love the term “copper”? Through further search at GenealogyBank, I found out that Ollie P Stanley was a rather “well-publicized” Fort Worth Police officer, a very colorful character in his own right! He ran his own detective agency and worked as an investigator for the Tarrant County District Attorney. In his later years, in the 1960′s he was the administrator of a gentleman’s estate and there was some type of legal controversy involving Stanley’s management of that estate that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Stanley and the judge presiding over the case here in Fort Worth got into some type of argument over the case and Stanley kicked him “in the seat of the pants”. And guess who went to jail? Not Stanley, but the judge, for contempt of court! A pretty famous case here in the 1960′s. I saved several articles, I just gotta go back and read ‘em all to get the whole case figured out.

I also checked the Calhoun address from the snippet against’s U. S. City Directories to verify that I have the correct Ollie Stanley.

The snippet about the Stanley/McBurnett marriage dates the ceremony to be 11 July 1913. Not in concrete, of course, but now I have a date to look for at the court house.

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Wow, this is too d–m awesome!

Pardon my language, but…


Diane of the Genealogy Inside blog posted today about the Wyoming Newspaper Project. I have several Bennett ancestors who were cattle ranchers in Wyoming in the late 1800s-early 1900s. When I read her post, I instantly went to the site and started looking for mention of my Bennetts. After about 5 minutes, look what I found:

The Guernsey Gassette
(Guernsey, Platte County, Wyoming)
Volume XIX Number 1 Page 1
Nov 9, 1917

(click on the image to get a larger image)

Charles Bennett was my maternal second great granduncle!

Guess what I’ll be doing all evening!

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Thanks, Debbie!

This very nice lady left a couple of comments on my post, Another piece of the puzzle. In the second comment, she mentioned that she had “discovered how to flip through a county’s death certificates for a certain month and year, so if I can’t find what I’m looking for, I browse.”

I have been looking for the death certificates for 2 unnamed infants buried with my great-grandparents in Oakwood Cemetery in Fort Worth. Through census records, I found the name of 1 infant, Lella L Carr. The second infant is not recorded in any census. Both infants are listed as “infant of J D Carr” in the Texas Death Index 1903-2000 at, so I have dates of death for both. A couple of days ago, I was able to find the actual death certificate for 1 infant at Footnote, but not the other, even though both are in the Index.

Following Debbie’s lead, I went back to FamilySearch Record Search and browsed the year of 1920 for surname Carr. And there is was: the second death certificate!

Here is the first certificate, found at Footnote:

Carr, [Blank]

And here is the second certificate, found at FamilySearch Record Search:


It is interesting that although this infant’s name, according to the 1920 US Federal Census enumeration, is Lella L Carr, her death certificate simply reads, “Inf Carr”. Sad.

The grave that contains these remains and those of my great-grandparents at Oakwood Cemetery in unmarked. My cousin wants to get a headstone placed, but really wanted names and dates for the 2 infants to be inscribed on the stone. Now we have them!

The moral of the story? Don’t assume that because a document that is not found at one site, it therefore is not to be found at a second site! Both Footnote and FamilySearch Record Search contain the Texas Death Certificates database, but they do not contain the same database items. Always check and recheck!