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• “Easy” Memories: The Way It Was
There are certain events in my life that I can tell you where I was, what I was doing, the sight, the aromas, the weather – almost everything about the event.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963.
This was one of the “memorable events” in my life. I can tell you where I was when I heard the news, what the weather was, my teacher’s homework assignment as we filed out the door and a dozen other pieces of trivia that can only be matched by September 11, 2001.
Here at the Genealogy Center we can assist you in pulling up various news reports, video commentaries of the assassination coverage and printed, vocal or video facts.
The one thing we cannot do is tell YOUR story.
My grandparents and my father could tell me about the attack on Pearl Harbor – 7 December 1941. I remember my father telling me about where he was, what he was doing and how he heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
His story is a treasure in our family history. Similarly, my version of Friday, November 22, 1963 will be vital to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
If you are one of those who can remember 22 November 1963, PLEASE take the time to write down or vocally record your memories of that day for your family and posterity.
Genealogy helps you find facts and dates while family stories make our ancestors come alive.
Help your posterity keep you alive. Take the time and record your memories of this historic event.
Sometimes you find something or someone when you are searching for someone else.
In trying to confirm that Pieter Janse Stryker (1653-1741) and Annetje Barends (1659-1717) really are my 8th great grandparents I came across a gold mine of family history.
The Genealogical and Memorial History of New Jersey by Francis Bazely Lee, provides a family history that shows Pieter and Annetje and several of their descendants down to one of his 5th great grand-daughters – Isadora Ferguson Andrews (1868- 1928+). One of the comments stated that Isadora’s mother married a George S. Andrews who was a drummer boy from New Jersey in the Civil War. I wanted to verify this. I went to The Roster of Union Soldiers 1861-1865 (33 volumes) by Janet B. Hewett, where on page 8 of the New Jersey – Delaware volume I found two George Andrews. One entry indicated that George Andrews, in Company G, 35th New Jersey Infantry, music. I tried to find a military record for a George Andrews at fold3.com and was unsuccessful. I then tried ancestry.com.
I found a record for a George S. Andrews in the U.S. National Homes for Disabled Soldiers, 1866-1938. The document provided his date and place of enlistment, discharge, the date of his admittance to the home, a list of his ailments and the date and time of death at the home. This same document provided verification of the daughter’s married name and addresses both when George was admitted in 1926 and when he died in 1928. I found all of the engagements that he participated in within the War of The Rebellion Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (63 volumes) published by The National Historical Society.
We have the books and complete collections here in the Genealogy Center available for patron use.
Come in and see if you can link to one of your Civil War Ancestors.
Karen Krusinowki, one of our volunteers, shared her story to me recently:
“I began my search for my great grandfather in 2000. He was born in Chicago and both he and his father were included in a book on the early settlers there. I knew from that book that he had been both a fireman and police officer, but I could not find anything regarding his death. I had everything else, his wife, children, where he lived but, there was that “brick wall”.
After helping Cheryl with her “Hands On” genealogy classes I decided to go back to Google. I had always gotten impatient and left the site without going through all 40 or so pages. I finally spotted, on page 22, information on the Superintendent of Police in Chicago in 1902. I opened the site and was elated to find that it covered a few years. His date of death was in a listing of officers who died in 1905. Unfortunately it did not give any information on where he died just the cause. I contacted a distant cousin in Michigan who I had found while searching the surname back in 2009. She, too, was looking for him to fill out blanks in her tree. He was her great grandmother’s brother. In the next few hours, she proceeded to find articles in the Los Angeles Herald regarding his illness and death. Then the death certificate was found in Los Angeles on FamilySearch.org. It seemed that the sky had just opened to have all the information I had looked for for 13 years all appearing in just a few days. I just wonder how long that information was there before I found it……I won’t make that mistake again.”
Don’t give up! Sometimes the answer is not on the first page! Thanks Karen for telling us your story.
While reviewing a family history of my Abram Fulton line from Pennsylvania I noticed there were a lot names without any vital information. Using the familysearch.org website I tried to find Abram Fulton in the 1850 Census. What I found was an Abraham Fulton in Carroll Township, Washington county, Pennsylvania that listed the parents as Abraham and Rachel Fulton with their children. This information verified what I had (with the exception of Abram being Abraham) plus gave me dates and places of birth of several children.
There was no indication of Abram/Abraham Fulton in the 1860 Census for this area. Since I did not have a confirmed death date for Abram/Abraham Fulton, I searched for Rachel Fulton. What I found was a reference to a Rachel Fulton in Louisa county, Iowa. However, the link was to fold3.com.
I went to fold3.com through the planolibrary.org site and found there was a Rachel Fulton in Elm Grove township, Louisa county, Iowa. Information on Rachel indicated she was a “Matron” in the 37th Iowa Inf. She was a Matron over the Post Hospital in Gallipolis, Ohio March 14 to May 15, 1865. From this information I found that Rachel’s husband Abram Fulton was a First Sergeant in Company B, 37th Iowa Infantry. Both husband and wife served in the same regiment. I was able to verify the service of both Abram and Rachel Fulton using our Roster of Union Soldiers 1861-1865 volume – Minnesota and Iowa. (We have the complete collection in the Genealogy Center.)
I went to heritagequest.com through the planolibrary.org/databases link and found that Abraham and Rachel Fulton had moved to Iowa from Pennsylvania with their unmarried children sometime after the 1850 Federal Census and prior to the 1860 Federal Census. The 1860 Census data indicated that Abraham was a farmer and his oldest daughter still at home was a “teacher of loc school” and unmarried. There was also verification of an additional (new born) daughter.
The 1870 Census in Louisa county, Iowa provided interesting information that Abraham/Abram Fulton was no longer farming, but a manager of a hotel – the Fulton Hotel – with list of occupants on that date. This same census record shows the youngest son as employed as a Railroad Clerk. As our family history only indicates that he died in California, I can now search railroad records for additional information.
Through the findagrave.com website I was able to verify three married daughters of Abraham/Abram and Rachel Fulton in the Louisa County, Iowa area.
At all of the various links I was able to download the pages/documents to my database for source information.
Familysearch.org and findagrave.com are both free websites. Fold3.com, and heritagequest.com are free ONLY IF ACCESSED through the planolibrary.org site. (Contact the Genealogy Center for the correct login procedures.) All books and periodicals in the Genealogy Center are available for on-site use to both Plano library card holders and non-card holders.
Come in to The Genealogy Center and see what you can find about your ancestors.
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• FRAGMENTA GENEALOGICA (GBR) – Vol. 2, 4, 7-10, 13
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• Visitation of England and Wales, Vol. 14-21
• Visitation of England and Wales, NOTES Vol. 2-7, 13-14
• Cemeteries of Benton County, AR, Vol. 1-9
• Index to the Arkansas Gazette, Jul – Dec 1903
• Cemeteries of Washington County, AR, Vol. 1 – 12
• Mason County, KY Wills and Estates Book “A” 1791-1798; Books “C” thru “H” 1809 – 1832
• Mason County, KY Wills and Estates Combined Index Books “A” – “H” 1791 – 1832
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• Early Narraguagus River Families of Washington County, Maine, Vol. 1 & 2
• Records of the Town of Plymouth (MA), Vol. 2, 1705-1743
• Guide to County Records in the North Carolina State Archives
• Divided Allegiances Bertie County (NC) during the Civil War
• Abstracts of Deeds Edgecombe Precinct Edgecombe County, NC 1732-1758
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• Portage County, OH Cemeteries, Vol. 2-4, 6-13
• Early African American Deaths in The Pittsburgh Courier (PA) Vol. 1 -10, March 25, 1911 – December 31, 1932
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• Death Notices from the Hickman County (TN) Pioneer Newspapers 1878-1893
• Hickman County, TN Death Records 1916-1956
• Tennessee Records of Hickman County Minute Book 1848-1855
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• Prosper, Texas Its History and Families – Vol. II
• The Fairfield Recorder Obits Sept 25, 1885 – Dec 1905 (missing 1902)
• Henderson County, TX in the Civil War
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• Richmond County, VA Order Book Abstracts 1737-1738; 1738-1740
• Colonial Families of Surry and Isle of Wight Counties, VA, Vol. 4, 7, 10
• Notable Southern Families, Vol. 1 & 3
When my grandmother died I inherited a plastic trash bag full of her diaries that her children were about to toss in the trash. What a genealogy gold mine! I found names, dates, marriages, deaths, visits and all sorts of family stories within those pages.
Recently I was reading (for personal enjoyment) from the diary of (Eleanor) Agnes Lee, daughter of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Her diary solved a military history problem that had stumped me. William Orton Williams was a brother to Lawrence Williams, aide to Gen. Winfield Scott. When the Civil War broke out, Lawrence fought for the Union and William Orton for the Confederacy. In my history reading I saw where a Lawrence Orton, claiming he was a Colonel on Gen. Winfield Scott’s staff, was hung as a spy. I was confused as this name seemed to be misprint, but was repeated in several official documents. While reading Agnes’ diary I found that William Orton Williams had been courting Agnes prior to the start of hostilities. They, or she, postponed the courtship. In 1862, William Orton Williams changed his name to Lawrence William Orton. He subsequently wrote to Agnes to inform her of this and she included this in her diary. In 1863, while impersonating a Union Colonel as Lawrence Orton, Confederate Lt. Colonel William Orton Williams (now Lawrence William Orton) was caught, tried and hanged by the Union army as a Confederate spy. Thanks to Agnes’ diary I was able to make sense of the event and the correct participant.
As you research your ancestors’ military records, do not forget to seek out correspondence of female friends or relatives. The ladies’ writings and correspondence – letters or diaries – can provide valuable family information. You may identify “skeletons” or knock down brick walls.
Thanks to the Ladies and Their Diaries.