April 2015 Class
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Class 5 -- make up class
- A little more on newspapers
These two sites will help identify which newspaers are online and where they can be found
-- but they won't find everything.
You can use Elephind as a one-step search engine for a large number of -- but not all -- free historical newspapers online. Once the hits appear, you can narrow results by place and time frame.
- What happened to Eugene H. Baird, brother to Lola Baird?
- The Problem
- Chronology part 1, part 2, part 3
- I went fishing in the ocean... and found his death mentioned in an obit of his widow in NewspaperArchive.com
- And here is the information on the death record (index)
- Order film to get the death record
- Can we find an obituary for him in Iowa? In Chicago?
- Let me make a point: Fishing in the ocean can be exciting, but it is NOT research. What is research?
- DNA for Indian ancestry...
- Here is the handout that goes with the video on Inferential Genealogy, mentioned on the Waggoner project, below.
- Sometimes you never find anything that names the parents of your ancestor. When you do, you have direct evidence of the parents names. For example a marriage record might name the father and mother of the bride. (Direct evidence can be wrong... but it directly addresses the question: who are the parents of Matilda Jones who married Jeremy Smith?)
In that case you can often answer the question through indirect evidence. No one piece of information gives the answer, but an accumlation of information points so strongly to the answer that you can establish the answer by carefully explaining your evidence. This careful explanation of evidence is called a proof argument. For an online class I am taking, I fullfilled an assignment to write a proof argument by writing an article on the evidence proving that the father of Elias Withey of Livingston Co., Michigan is John Withey, of Franklin Co. Vermont and Oswego County New York.
The purpose of a proof argument is to make your case -- and do so in a way that people can understand it. It is harder than it sounds! If anyone is willing to print out and read my article and tell me if it is understandable to you, I will be forever grateful! Here is the article: Proof Argument re: Elias Withey
- I've now posted my notes on the project to find what happened to Paul Roberts, who disappeared in 1921. They are at the end of the list of things I went over in class.
- This interesting question was asked. What records exist for those immigrants who were denied entry into the United States? We'll hear the story in class, but I started to look for the answer to the question.
- The Ann Arbor Family History Library (in Saline), where the GSWC Library is shelved, is open 10-2 Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
- The Netherlands Project
- First find all information related to the old country from U.S. records
- Passenger list? Naturalization?
- Netherlands Research -- know the village is Middelstum
- Facebook -- really??
Class 4 (of 5 -- a make up class next week)
- Lists of online newspaper collections.
- Some Webinars that you might want to watch. (Some are free, some cost $2.99). These are for more advanced researchers and you guys certainly fit that category!.
- Reminder: the Lansing Family History Library seminar day is this coming weekend.
- Wait a minute! I rechecked the 1900 census. John Flanagan is naturalized. Do we have his naturalization record?
- Native American Ancestry problem
- (I want to hold the Waggoner Project until the last class)
- The Paul Roberts Project - FGS & Chronology
- Question: What happened to Paul Roberts after 1921, when he tried to get custody of his adopted daughter from his ex-wife?
- Research focus: Track down the siblings of Paul Roberts to locate obituaries and any other document that might mention him.
If his father and mother are the parents on the 1900 and 1910 census, there were 7 children born to the family. 6 boys are listed on the passenger list and a sister, Hattie Swartz, is named in a 1914 document.
- The Sattler obituary will be from an issue close to 23 July 1956 She died in Versailles, Morgan Co. MO :
- Daisy Willard's Parents Project
- My notes on Daisy Willard's parents
- Steve Morse is a man who has created super search engines for several oft used sites. Check him out at stevermorse.org, One Step Web Pages..
The advantage to his search engines is that you can create much more flexible searches.
- I found Joseph Cerniglia's death using this ( #5 on the list) with the film number of the family history film that holds the death record.
- Can you find the database I searched?
- Do you know how to find and order the film from the Family History Library?
- Ancestry.com has a channel on YouTube with lots of help videos. You will notice a lot of videos on DNA testing, which Ancestry sells. Ancestry is not my first choice for DNA testing.
- Another You Tube video channel that you might find helpful is Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems. Here is an example using an interview and on Italian research. This link is to her website. Do you think this magazine compilation of articles on Italian research might be worth $10.00? You will get ideas and information from her interviews with experts.
- Flanagan project
Pocahontas Native American ancestry project
- Waggoner Project
- Question: Does this research estableish that father of Abigail Waggoner, who married Daniel Waggoner, 7 Sept. 18 1859 in Perth Ontario, is Henry G.E. Johnson. See ancestry.com family tree Wagner Branch
- Proof Statement
- This project uses the Genealogical Proof Standard to establish a relationship.
- Tom Jones Inferential Genealogy
- Del Pozzo project
- Links I promised from last week
Pocahantas Native American ancestors? Project The family has some stories of Native American ancestry, with joking references to Pocahontas. See how family legends get started! So Pocahontas is fun and I'm going to leave it on, but we'll take a different direction.
- Chronology and Family Group Sheets (print out and rearrange, with FGS in front of chronology)
- Research Question: Do either of Amanda E. Clark's parents have Native American ancestry?
- Focus: Ancestors of Amanda's parents: John A. Clark b. 1840 Kentucky and Mahala Ellen Earp b. 1841 Kentucky.
- Do them one at a time and track down every document for any that might mention the link.
- Mahala Earp's father John Hawker Earp (my notes) -- not up yet
- First, let's learn a little about Pocahontas
- Here is an example of a distant relationship to Wyatt Earp.
- Indians of Kentucky (FamilySearch Wiki, of course)
- How reliable is this Ancestry.com tree?
- What about DNA?
Flanagan Project (filling a gap in time)
- Research question: What happened between 1847, when John Flanagan married Mary Mcgoey and 1860, when he shows up in Detroit.
- Focus: John and Mary Flanaan (or O'Flanagan), Montreal, Canada
- Information submitted Page 1 -- Page 2 -- Addendum And here is the chronology of the son, Thomas John
- My notes
- Marriage and birth information was from the Drouin collection on Ancestry.com. What is the Drouin Collection?
- at Ancestry.com
- get a better description ! Try the familysearch.org wiki. Search the Wiki for Drouin -- there is an article on the Drouin Collection
- The Drouin Collection is copies of church records-- can we find and view the originals?
- What can I learn about Quebec research at FamilySearch.org
- Wiki -- how to go about Quebec research
- Catalog -- what Quebec records are available
- See what "how-to" books the are in the GSWC Library (10-2 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Saturday)
- Here is a helpful website: Irish Heritage, Quebec
- City Directories
- Paths of Opportunity (research on an Irish familly in Montreal, 1840's)
- Detroit newspapers for information on the Catholic Sisters
- Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library
- Catholic Churches in Detroit?
- Articles on the FAN principle
Del Pozzo project (Digging into the country of origin)
- Research Question: What information can I find about the family in Italy?
- Focus: Luigi Del Pozzo family.
- You can see the familly group sheets related to this project on Linda's family tree at Ancestry.com. Use this link: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/5297329/person/-1453984338
- The chronology I wrote up for Anna Del Pozzo. This is a working document and will continue to change as new information is discovered and new questions arise.
- Maps (not done yet)
- Lessons from this Project
- Get every record you can find from U.S. records. Start with the census; find every one.
- When you find a record, wring every bit of information out of it.
- Analysis of Passenger list for Anna Del Pozzo (we will do this in class)
- Once you are ready to go to into another country, become familiar with the geography, records and culture of that country.
Here are the links I said I would give you -- places to go to get information on what is available for places. Practice navigating these sites. If you have questions or problems, email me or bring them to class.
Family Search.org Wiki
Ancestry Redbook Wiki (U.S. Only) -- scroll down to find the state. Click topics from list on right.
Linkpendium (U.S. and Great Britain Only)
Cyndi’s List (Worldwide)
Online Sites for research
Problem Solving : Start with what you know
- Gather together all your information
- Create Family Group sheets
- Create a chronology -- not just of what information you have, but what inforamation you want to find.
- Establish a place focus
- Obtain maps
- Locate research guidance
- Find what records are available
Sellers problem example