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Saturday, January 31, 2015

52 Ancestors: Week 5 "Plowing Through": Nels A. Samuelson, Killed in Cultivator Accident

When I saw that the 52 Ancestors Challenge Week 5 theme was "Plowing Through," I immediately thought of Nels A. Samuelson, the husband of my great-great-grandmother's sister Clara Matilda Borg. Nels (or Nils) was born in Indiana on 21 August 1871. He was the son of two Swedish immigrants, Carl August Samuelson and Sophia Johnson. Carl August Samuelson was a farmer, and Nels also became a farmer.

On 28 November 1900, he married Clara Matilda Borg in Porter County, Indiana. M. J. Lonner was the officiating minister. Clara's sister Malinda A. Borg married Charles August Lawrence on the same day. Clara was thirteen years older than Nels, and was 42 years old when they married. The couple never had biological children, but they raised an adopted daughter and son. The girl was born Etta Maria Carter, but was listed as Etta Samuelson, adopted, in the 1910 United States Census. The boy, Leroy G. "Roy" Johnson, had joined the family by 1920; he was listed as a lodger in the Samuelson home in the 1920 United States Census.

Nels' older brother John Samuelson committed suicide by hanging on 9 July 1929. John's daughter Anna was enumerated in Nels and Clara's household in the 1930 United States Census. Clara died at the Samuelson home in Baileytown, Porter County, Indiana on 18 March 1934.

On 29 June 1935, Nels was cultivating corn on his farm. When his team of horses became frightened, Nels was dragged under the blades of the cultivator and was killed. His memorial service was held at the Augsburg Lutheran Church, and he was buried in Augsburg Lutheran Church Cemetery on 2 July 1935.

Vidette-Messenger, 1 July 1935, page 1

Vidette-Messenger, 3 July 1935, page 4

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Those Places Thursday: St. Simeon, Düngenheim

St. Simeon's Catholic Church (Kirche St. Simeon) is located in Düngenheim, Kaisersesch, Cochem-Zell, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. It is an aisleless church which was built in 1738. The west tower was added in 1846-1848. The transept and quire were constructed in 1921-1922.

My 4th-great-grandfather Nicolaus Schneider was born about 1779 in Düngenheim. He was Catholic, so he was probably baptized at St. Simeon.

Die Pfarrei Düngenheim

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday's Child: Anna Nagel

Anna Nagel death registration, 15 August 1861. Hürth (Rheinland). Bürgermeisterei. Zivilstandsregister. Stadtarchiv Hürth, Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 40, 50354 Hürth.

Anna Nagel was born on 25 May 1860 in Hermülheim, Rhein-Erft, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. She was the daughter of Johann Joseph Nagel (the brother of my 3rd-great-grandfather Johann Nagel) and Anna Catharina Reifferscheid. She died in Hermülheim on 15 August 1861.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On 1 November 2005, the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/7 was adopted, and January 27 was designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date was chosen because Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by Soviet troops on 27 January 1945. United Nations member states are encouraged to develop educational programs about the Holocaust which will honor the memory of the victims and will hopefully prevent genocide.

My first cousin Nicholas lost family members in the Holocaust. His great-grandfather Isaac (Yitschak) Birnsweig (or Birenzweig) was sent to Treblinka in 1942. Other members of Isaac's family were sent there as well. The family was from Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland.  In November 1942, 16,000 Jews from Tomaszów Mazowiecki were sent to Treblinka, and 4,000 were killed locally.

My cousin's great-grandfather is listed under a variant spelling, Icchak Birencwjg, on the B page of the necrology list of the WE REMEMBER TOMASZOW MAZOWIECKI! Web site. Abraham Birencwajg, Mendil Birencwajg, and Mosze Birencwajg may be my cousin's relatives too. Icchak's daughters may be listed under married names.

Day 3: The "big stone" Monument in Treblinka. By Lidan from Beer Sheva, Israel [CC BY 2.0 (]. Available from Flickr and Wikimedia Commons.

The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jewish ghettos in German-occupied Poland
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on the Holocaust Remembrance (A/RES/60/7, 1 November 2005)
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mappy Monday: Dirmerzheim, Erftstadt, Rhein-Erft, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Administrative divisions of Erftstadt, Rhein-Erft, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Map by ludger1961 (own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY 2.5 (]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

This map shows the administrative divisions of Erftstadt, Rhein-Erft, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, and highlights the district of Dirmerzheim, where my 4th-great-grandfather Mathias Aussem was born.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

52 Ancestors: Week 4 "Closest to Your Birthday": Monika Ebner

I share my birthday (May 22) with several other family members, including two living ones. My first cousin once removed Sara (who is closer in age to me than my first cousin, her mother) and my aunt Lenora were also born on May 22. My mother's first cousin Joan Elise (Roberts) Lee, who died in 2007, was born on May 22 as well. 

But going back further in time and choosing an actual ancestor, not a collateral relative, the ancestor whose birthday is closest to mine is my 6th-great-grandmother Monika Ebner. Monika was born on 20 May 1740 in Landkreis (County) Waldshut, Baden, Germany. The information about her date of birth comes from the book Familiengeschichte der Gemeinde Görwihl by Helmut Faller. It is possible that 20 May 1740 is the baptismal date; I am not sure what the source of the date was. I have copies of the baptismal records of my great-great-grandparents, who were born in the same region, and they were both baptized on the day that they were born, so 20 May 1740 may be both her date of birth and date of baptism.

Monika was the daughter of Fridolin Ebner and Maria Meyer. Fridolin was from Etzwil (now part of Albbruck), Waldshut, Baden, Germany. Monika may have been born in Etzwihl.

On 26 February 1759, Monika married Blasius Mutter from Rüsswihl (now part of Görwihl), Waldshut, Baden, Germany. Blasius was a widower twenty years her senior. Monika became the stepmother of Blasius' children from his marriage to Magdalena Rüntzi. On 8 July 1760, Monika's first child, Fridolin, was born (or baptized, or both). Blasius and Magdalena had two sons named Fridolin; these children probably died young, and Monika's son Fridolin may have been named after them. He could also have been named after her father. Monika had eight more children in the next sixteen years: Wendelin (19 October 1761), Magdalena (15 June 1763), Monica (30 July 1765), my 5th-great-grandmother Ursula (30 March 1765), Blasius (6 August 1769), Maria Franzisca (10 March 1772), Blasius (23 November 1775), and Monica (13 August 1777). Because two daughters were named Monica and two sons were named Blasius, the first Monica and the first Blasius probably died young.

Monika died on 25 November 1793. She was only 53 years old. Her husband Blasius was a widower once again.

Faller, Helmut. Familiengeschichte der Gemeinde Görwihl. Bad Säckingen: H. Faller, 2000.

Rüsswihl (top left) and Etzwihl (bottom right). Google Maps.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Historic German Newspapers Online

I recently purchased Historic German Newspapers Online. It was compiled by Ernest Thode and published by Genealogical Publishing Company in 2014. The book contains two lists of German-language newspapers: one arranged by current country, place of publication, and title; and the other arranged by title, dates, and key. The key to abbreviations is included at the beginning of the book.

I am 1/4 German, so this book is of great interest to me. I have already begun looking at the newspapers online. I would love to find more information on my family, but even if I do not find their names mentioned, I can still learn more about their communities and about the events of the times.

Ahrweiler Kreisblatt, zugleich Anzeiger für die Städte Remagen und Sinzig, 8 Juni 1862. Available from Universität Bonn.

I have ancestors from Remagen. The above clipping gives me information about train rides in the area.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Treaty of Stockholm, 1720

Map of the Great Northern War (1700–1721), Part 2 1709–1721. 9 February 2010. By S. Bollmann [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

On 21 January 1720, Sweden and Prussia signed the second Treaty of Stockholm. The first Treaty of Stockholm had been signed between Sweden and Hanover on 9 November 1719. These treaties, along with the Treaty of Frederiksborg (signed between Sweden and Denmark-Norway on 3 July 1720) and the Treaty of Nystad (signed between Russia and Sweden on 30 August 1721 O.S. [10 September 1721 N.S.], ended the Great Northern War.

Sweden ceded Swedish Pomerania south of the Peene River and east of the Peenestrom River, the islands of Usedom and Wollin, and the towns of Damm, Gollnow, and Stettin to Prussia.

Great Northern War
Treaties of Stockholm (Great Northern War)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Jeanne D. (Graham) Kowelman

Jeanne D. Graham was born in Missouri on 10 March 1930. She was the daughter of Donald Graham and Virginia Carman. Donald was the son of my great-grandmother's brother Garfield Graham. Jeanne married Norman Kowelman. She died on 6 March 2005 and is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis County, Missouri.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mappy Monday: The German Reich, 1871-1918

Map of the German Reich 1871–1918. Derivative work by Wiggy!, based on Deutsches_Reich1.png by Ziegelbrenner [CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (, GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (],  Available from Wikimedia Commons.

This map shows the German Empire from 1871-1918. The FamilySearch Catalog uses these jurisdictions, so it is important to know these boundaries if you are researching German ancestors.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

German Unification

Proclamation of Wilhelm I as German Emperor at Versailles. 3rd version, 1885. Anton von Werner. Public domain. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

On 18 January 1871 in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, during the Franco-Prussian War, Wilhelm I was proclaimed German Emperor. The Holy Roman Empire of the German nation had included more than 500 independent states before it was dissolved in 1806. The North German Confederation was formed in 1866, and consisted of all German states except Bavaria, Baden, and Württemberg.  After Wilhelm I was proclaimed emperor, the North German Confederation became the German Empire. Bavaria, Baden, and Württemberg became part of the German Empire after the Treaty of Frankfurt was signed.

North German Confederation
Unification of Germany
William I, German Emperor

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sports Center Saturday: Henry Cornelius Gatlin

The man pictured on the bicycle is my paternal grandfather, Henry Cornelius Gatlin. He was offered a football scholarship to the University of Notre Dame; the trophies may have been awarded for football.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Religious Freedom Day

January 16 is Religious Freedom Day. It commemorates the passage of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, which was drafted by Thomas Jefferson and passed on 16 January 1786. A presidential proclamation has been issued annually since 1993. The First Freedom Center holds a commemorative event each year.

The Establishment Clause in the First Amendment (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion) was based on the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom.

My 9th-great-grandparents Benjamin and Margaret (Woodley) Scott  left Widdington, Essex,England because they wanted to be free to practice their religion. They were Quakers. In England, they could be fined for not attending the Church of England. In 1672, Margaret was fined for not going to church. Benjamin Scott was one of the London Commissioners that was sent to West Jersey in 1677 to purchase land from the Lenape.

First Freedom Center: About Us
National Religious Freedom Day
Religious Freedom Day Guidebook

Thursday, January 15, 2015

52 Ancestors: Week 3 "Tough Woman": Mary (Unknown) Dyer Cox

For Week 3 of the 52 Ancestors Challenge, Amy Johnson Crow's optional theme is Tough Woman: "Who is a tough, strong woman in your family tree? Or what woman has been tough to research?" My 3rd-great-grandmother Mary is both. Although have had some success researching her, I still do not know her maiden name, her date of birth, her birthplace in Ireland, or the date and place of her first marriage.

Mary was born about 1835 according to the 1860 United States Census, the earliest record of her that I have found. Her date of birth varies in records and she seems to have gotten younger as the years passed!

In 1860, Mary lived with her husband Michael Dyer and their baby daughter Mary in St. Louis, Missouri. Another family also lived in their household: Martin and Anne Wallace and their children Sarah, William, Ellen, and James. Martin and Anne were both born in Ireland. Based on the women's ages, country of birth, and the names of family members, I think that Anne may have been Mary's sister. Unfortunately I have not been able to locate the Wallace family in later records.

According to the 1860 and 1900 United States censuses, Michael and Mary's daughter Mary (also known as Mollie) was born in Missouri. However, according to the 1870 United States census, she was born in Kentucky, and according to the 1880 United States census, she was born in Louisiana. The Dyer family may have lived in these states. They were in Nashville, Tennessee by the time that my 2nd-great-grandmother Sarah Claire "Sadie" Dyer was born on 8 October 1863.

In January 1866, Michael Dyer left Nashville, and left his family. Mary placed an advertisement in the Boston Pilot, beginning 6 October 1866, in hopes of locating him. Michael eventually returned to his family. Michael and Mary's son Michael was born about 1868.

On 20 June 1868, Mary was bound over for appearance before Justices Smith and Mathews for using abusive language toward Ellen Foley. The costs were paid on 26 June 1868.

On 21 October 1869, Mary's husband Michael was arrested for badly beating her. On 22 October 1869, Mary filed for divorce. On 25 October 1869, Michael stabbed Mary in the face, breast, and shoulders. She was so badly injured that it was not known if she would recover. A Kentucky newspaper actually reported that she had died! She did not go through with the divorce, but her marriage ended on 3 June 1870, when her husband committed suicide. Later that month, Mary and her three children were enumerated in the 1870 United States census in the household of Jasper Cohen.

On 10 April 1871, Mary married John Cox at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nashville. They had four children: Nannie, later known as Annie, born about 1872; Thomas, born 6 March 1875; William, born about 1876; and Nellie, born October 1877. In the 1880 United States census, Mary was listed as a widow.

Mary ran a grocery and saloon. On 19 May 1892, she applied for a building permit for a fence.The cost was $20.

Mary outlived all but two of her children. Her son Michael Dyer died from congestion of the brain on 24 December 1895. Her son William Cox died of abscess of the lungs on 2 March 1896. Her daughter Annie Cox died of pulmonary tuberculosis on 19 July 1898. Her daughter Mary "Mollie" (Dyer) Hughes died of uterine cancer on 12 August 1902. Her son Thomas "Tom" Cox was convicted of murder and sentenced to death, but on 3 May 1905, before he could be executed, he committed suicide in the Davidson County Jail in Nashville.

By 1900, Mary was living alone. She died of capillary bronchitis in Nashville, Tennessee on 10 November 1906. Her funeral was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and she was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Nashville on 11 November 1906.

Nashville Union and Dispatch, 21 June 1868, page 3

Nashville Union and Dispatch, 27 June 1868, page 3

Nashville Union and Dispatch, 23 October 1869, page 4

 Pulaski Citizen, 5 November 1869, page 4. Another example of a premature obituary!

Davidson County, Tennessee marriage license, John Cox and Mary Dyer. 10 April 1871. Nashville, Tennessee: Metropolitan Government Archives.

Davidson County, Tennessee marriage license and return, John Cox and Mary Dyer. 10 April 1871. Nashville, Tennessee: Metropolitan Government Archives.

 Nashville City Directory. Vol. 26, 1890. Compiled by Joel Davis. Nashville, Tennessee: Marshall & Bruce, 1890. Page 225. Available from U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

Mary Cox death certificate, 10 November 1906. Tennessee City Death Records: Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis 1848-1907. Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee State Library and Archives. Available from Tennessee, City Death Records, 1872-1923 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. 

Nashville American, 11 November 1906, page 17

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Treaty of Kiel

Reprint of the part of the Treaty of Kiel which is concerned with Norway. Fahlun : P.O. Axmar, 1814. Image available from National Library of Norway and Wikimedia Commons.

The Treaty of Kiel, or Peace of Kiel, was signed on 14 January 1814. The United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Sweden concluded the treaty with the Kingdoms of Denmark and Norway. Most of Norway was ceded to Sweden. Denmark kept Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. Swedish Pomerania was ceded to Denmark.

Norway did not accept the terms of the treaty, and declared independence. Crown Prince Carl Johan invaded Norway, and Norway surrendered. A peace treaty between Sweden and Norway was signed on 14 August 1814, and Norway and Sweden entered a personal union.

King Carl Johan (1763-1844)
The Peace Treaty of Kiel
Treaty of Kiel

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Anthony L. and Anna M. (Schneider) Wegman

Anna Maria Schneider was born on 25 Nov 1888 in Remagen, Ahrweiler, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. She was the daughter of my great-great-grandparents Carl Joseph Schneider and Christina Nagel. The family immigrated to St. Louis, Missouri in 1892. Anna married Anthony L. "Andy" Wegman on 1 May 1912, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in St. Louis, Missouri. Anthony was born on 22 April 1887. He was the son of Herman J. Wegman and Margaret Pauly. Anthony died on 19 July 1962. Anna died in September 1983. They are buried in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in St. Louis, section 035, lot 0160.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mappy Monday: Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Map of Brooklyn's neighborhoods. 18 July 2009. By Peter Fitzgerald [CC BY 3.0 (]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

This map shows the neighborhoods of Brooklyn. My Winters ancestors lived in Brooklyn. For at least part of the time, they lived in Flatbush. My 4th-great-grandfather Hugh Winters died in Flatbush.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Black Sheep Sunday: William D. Gatlin's Prison Records

Mug shot of William Gatlin. From Department of Correction Indiana State Prison records. Record details available at

I recently obtained the prison records for William D. Gatlin, my great-grandfather Henry Brown Gatlin's brother, from the Indiana State Archives. He began his sentence at the Indiana Reformatory on 6 December 1912, and he was transferred to the Indiana State Prison on 30 July 1915. He was paroled on 25 May 1917. The records include inmate registers, his records as a citizen and inmate, and his Bertillon card with his measurements and mug shot. If he were not wearing his prison ID number, he would look like a fine young man; he certainly made a nice appearance!

While in the Indiana Reformatory, William was punished for refusing to work, talking in D.R., misconduct, fighting, and talking in chapel. While in the Indiana State Prison, William was punished for insubordination, breach of trust, aiding & planning with other inmates to escape, and having a cigarette stub.

The records include notes about his previous and later prison sentences. He had been sent to Chester, Illinois for 1 to 20 years for robbery, and served 3 years 4 months or 3 years 6 months (two different lengths are given in the records). I know he was there in 1910, because he was in the Southern Illinois Penitentiary in Chester, Randolph County, Illinois during the 1910 United States census. During his sentence, he broke out of prison twice and was caught after he committed a burglary at Henry, Illinois. On 13 July 1917, he was sent to Joliet Prison for 1-14 years for robbery (and he died there two years later). He was back in prison less than two months after he was paroled!

The records also provided information about his parents and siblings. I had known that his brother John was in naval prison, but the records told me that he was in the Charlestown, Massachusetts prison.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

52 Ancestors: Week 2 "King": Margaret Ann (Schneider) Boe

For Week 2 of the 52 Ancestors Challenge, Amy Johnson Crow's optional theme is King: "January 8 is Elvis’ birthday. January 15 is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Do either of these 'Kings' remind you of an ancestor?" Although I wrote about my maternal grandmother Margaret Ann (Schneider) Boe for the 52 Ancestors challenge last year, when I saw the week's theme, I knew I had to write about her again.

When I was growing up, Grandma Boe often picked me up from school. One year, when she picked me up after the last day of school, she said to me "Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, free at last!" At the time, I did not know that it was a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech. But I thought it was very appropriate. As a child, I was bullied at school. At that time, people did not have the awareness of bullying that they have today. People often told me to ignore it, but that never worked. When the school year ended, I did not have to see those bullies for several months. I really was "free at last," if only for a short time.

I had forgotten that she had said that to me until last year. I am a librarian, and last year the library I work at had a display on Martin Luther King, Jr. I was looking at the display, and the "Free at last" quote was on an open page. As I looked at it, the memory came back to me. I am so glad that I regained another memory of my beloved Grandma Boe, who was such an important part of my life.

Martin Luther King, Jr. giving his "I have a dream" speech, 28 August 1963. From the defunct United States Information Agency; in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States Federal Government under the terms of 17 U.S.C. § 105. Original image available from the National Archives and Records Administration and Wikimedia Commons. Text added by Beth Gatlin.

Grandma Boe

Friday, January 9, 2015

Funeral Card Friday: Samuel August Samuelson

Image contributed to Find A Grave by Eva Hopkins, researcher at the Westchester Township History Museum, Chesterton, Indiana.

Funeral card for Samuel August Samuelson, brother of my 3rd-great-grandmother Johanna Carolina Samuelson
Born 3 January 1839, Västra Harg, Östergötlands, Sweden
Died 14 January 1908, Porter County, Indiana

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Those Places Thursday: Elmwood

Elmwood. Library of Congress, Prints and Photograph Division HABS: WVA,19-SHENJ.V,1-1. Available from Library of Congress and Wikimedia Commons.

Elmwood is a two-story brick house in Jefferson County, West Virginia. It is located 2.4 miles south of Shepherdstown on County Road 17 (Flowing Springs Road), on 315 acres of land.

The land which Elmwood is located on was claimed by my 7th-great-grandfather Edward Lucas in 1732. The house was built in 1797 by his son Edward Lucas (from his first marriage to Mary Darke), the half-brother of my 6th-great-grandfather Andrew Lucas. The house was inherited by Robert Lucas, the son of Edward Lucas and Elizabeth Edwards. Robert, who had received medical certificates from the University of Pennsylvania, volunteered as a physician during the Civil War, and Elmwood was used as an army hospital. The Lucas family owned the home until 1948.

Elmwood (Shepherdstown, West Virginia)
National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Elmwood
West Virginia Cattle Farm Is Family Affair That Will Be Passed On

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Workday Wednesday: Theodore Christopher Troedson, Director of the Queensland Intelligence and Tourist Bureau

My first cousin three times removed Theodore Christopher Troedson was the director of the Queensland Intelligence and Tourist Bureau. The Bureau was established on 11 April 1907. Theodore became Acting Director in 1908, and he was Director by 1911. The Bureau promoted tourism in Queensland. It produced pamphlets, which were available by mail or at the Bureau. The 1915 pamphlet Hints to Tourists provides information about tourist attractions in Queensland, as well as the best times to take a trip. The Bureau also produced color postcards and created tourism exhibits.

Theodore often traveled on business. In 1918, he published an article, "White Grown Sugar in Queensland", in the Mid-Pacific Magazine, vol. 15; the article emphasized the opportunities to make money in Queensland.

Brisbane Courier, 3 July 1908, page 4

Queenslander, 24 August 1912, page 40

Northern Herald, 14 May 1913, page 6

Morning Bulletin, 18 June 1913, page 6

Queenslander, 2 April 1921, page 6

Queensland Times, 13 November 1924, page 4

Sydney Mail, 1 November 1911, page 22

Inside front cover of Hints to Tourists. Issued by the Queensland Government Intelligence and Tourist Bureau, 1915. Available from Internet Archive.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday's Tip: City Directories May Contain Death Dates

If a person has died, the next city directory published in the community may indicate that the person has died, and it may include the person's date of death.

Nashville City Directory. Vol. 33, 1897. Compiled by Joel Davis. Nashville, Tennessee, Marshall & Bruce, 1897. Page 299. Available from U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

Nashville City Directory. Vol. 34, 1898. Compiled by Joel Davis. Nashville, Tennessee, Marshall & Bruce, 1898. Page 424. Available from U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. 

The death dates of William Cox and John G. Gatlin were published in Nashville city directories. William Cox was the half-brother of my 2nd-great-grandmother Sarah Claire "Sadie" Dyer. John G. Gatlin was the brother of my 3rd-great-grandfather William Dow Gatlin.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mappy Monday: Community Areas and "Sides" of Chicago

Map of the Community Areas and 'Sides' of the City of Chicago. By Alissapump (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

Many of my ancestors lived in Chicago, so this map of the community areas and "sides" of Chicago is very helpful to me.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Census Sunday: My Cousin's Husband Was the Census Enumerator

Leonard Smith, the husband of my first cousin twice removed Louise Margaret Gray, worked as a census enumerator. Below is the page from the 1930 United States census that his family appeared on. They were living in Danube Township, Herkimer County, New York.
1930 United States census, Danube Township, Herkimer County, New York, population schedule, enumeration district 22-2,  sheet no. 6B. Available from 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002. 

 This closeup of the upper right hand corner shows that Leonard Smith was the census enumerator.

This closeup of the Smith family shows that Leonard's occupation was Enumerator, US Census.

The 1940 United States census that Leonard Smith's household appeared on is shown below. Leonard's father Darius Smith passed away in 1933, but Leonard and his mother and sister were living in Danube, Herkimer County, New York. The census page shows that they lived in the unincorporated place Indian Castle.

1940 United States census, Indian Castle, Danube, Herkimer County, New York, population schedule, enumeration district 22-3, sheet no. 5A. Available from 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. 

This closeup of the upper right hand corner once again shows that Leonard Smith was the census enumerator.

This closeup of Leonard Smith's household shows that that Leonard's occupation was census enumerator, US Census. Naturally, he was the one that provided the information to the census enumerator (himself!)