Notes from the past…

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A little volunteer work

I have a busy week ahead. I am a volunteer for Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, RAOGK, which is an organization whose members volunteer to do genealogical records look-ups, take cemetery photos, anything genealogical basically for people who live too far away or are unable to go to those sites to obtain the information for themselves. My kindness is to do cemetery look-ups and take digital photos of headstones in Tarrant and Hill counties. A couple of days ago, I got a request to try to find the cemeteries where a couple of people are buried, and then the very next day I got a request to go to a known cemetery and take photos of some headstones for a person in California. This is exciting! I have been a volunteer for some time now, but usually only get a request every 3-4 months. Now I have 2 requests in 2 days! So, on Wednesday, I will get up early and head to Hill County. I also met online another volunteer for Hill County in the process of these two requests, so, if time permits, I may stop by and meet her personally! A very busy day, indeed!
I have finished transcribing the Limestone County marriage records. I just want to go over them one more time to make sure they are as correct as I can get them, then get them emailed back to the program coordinator. I may have to mail them snail-mail, as I don’t know if my ISP can handle such a large file. I’ll find out soon enough! I had intended to get that task done on Friday, but I ended up caring for my ailing granddaughter who was home sick from school instead. Gotta do that Grammaw thing, ya know!

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…I have started transcribing the transcription of the Limestone County marriage records. For the first week that I had the cd containing the records, I didn’t do anything with it. Allergy season is really bad this year!!! But, I finally started the job on Tuesday, and I am currently on page 5. I hope to do 2 pages per day, for the total of 33 pages. It is really very interesting. It’s a bit of a challenge to read Miss Mullins’ handwriting, although it is usually very clearly written. The problem is that she was taught (1920′s?) to make certain letters differently from how I was taught (1960′s). For example, her “G” looks almost like my “Y”. But after a couple of pages, I have gotten used to her style and the work is progressing at a comfortable pace.
Last week I ordered the Fort Worth Genealogical Society’s 1890 Census Reconstruction for Tarrant County, Texas on cd. I did this mainly because the price was going up from $15 to $20:

“The US Census of 1890 was heavily damaged during a fire in 1921. Thirteen years later, the Census Bureau ordered the destruction of the remaining records. This gap in census records creates a huge obstacle for genealogists. This CD contains more than 131,000 records taken from 15 sources dating from 1880 through 1900. With this information, you should be able to determine the likelihood that a person or family resided in Tarrant County in 1890, thus working as a replacement for this portion of the lost census. Source documents used: 1880 Tarrant County Census * 1890 Tarrant County Tax List * 1890 Special Veterans Census ** 1890 Fort Worth City Directory * 1892 Fort Worth City Directory ** 1900 Tarrant County Census * Obituaries and news from the Fort Worth Gazette ** Masonic Membership Records 1889 & 1890 ** The Texas State Gazetteer and Business Directory of 1890-1891 ** D.A.R. Burial Records of Tarrant County ** Pioneers Rest Cemetery Records ** S.E. Tarrant County Cemetery Inscriptions ** Cemeteries of Northeast Tarrant County ** Oakwood Cemetery Records ** Tarrant County Marriage Records, 1880-1900

Most of my family, from both sides, didn’t arrive in Tarrant County until the 1910-1920′s time period. So I didn’t think I had any ancestors to be found in this reconstruction, but bought it anyway. Who knows who might turn up sometime in future research!
So when the CD arrived a few days ago, I was wandering through the Surname Index, and there was my great-great grandfather Crist Carrico! I found him in the marriage records section. A bit more looking, and there was my great-great grandmother Hattie Kennedy, soon to be Crist Carrico’s wife. They were married in Tarrant County and no one in my family knew that until I bought that cd and started browsing through it!!!
What a lucky find this is! Now I need to make a trip to the downtown library to find said marriage book to learn the exact date of their wedding.
I’m so glad I bought that cd!

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I have been having severe ragweed allergy problems for the past couple of weeks, and my eyes are so irritated that it is difficult to read, use the computer or even watch TV some days. So, I haven’t been doing much genealogy. I just got back from the eye doctor, who gave me some drops for my eyes. They are feeling some better, so I’m gonna try to get everything caught up here.
I have gotten a couple of calls from a real estate lady about my Uncle Ladd. She found me through this blog! Anyway, apparently, Ladd didn’t leave a will and this lady is trying to find his daughter Shawna, something to do with his estate, I suspect. So I have been using some of my genealogical “sluething” skills to try to find her. With the help of my daughter, I thought we had located her last night, and I sent her an email. But I got a message back from her today, and it wasn’t the right Shawna. Back to the drawing board, as they say!
When the September issue of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society’s e-newsletter arrived last week, it said they were looking for volunteers to transcribe some Texas marriage records from the 1850′s to early 1900′s. Actually to transcribe another lady’s handwritten transcriptions of the records. Sounds like fun, so I volunteered. I wanted to do Hill County, since I have so many ancestors from that county, but someone else beat me to it. So yesterday, I met a gentleman here in Benbrook and got a CD with the records from Limestone County. 34 pages to do. Yummy! I don’t have any folks from Limestone County (that I know of, anyway), but this will still be fun. I’m so excited and happy to do this. Thanks to so many other volunteers, I have gotten a lot of info for my own research, so I am more than happy to do this job! The man who is coordinating this work promised me that I can proofread the Hill County transcriptions when they are ready, so I’ll still get to look at the records!