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75 Years Ago – December 7th, 1941, a quiet Sunday morning in Hawaii.

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Seaman First Class Raymond Clifford Tennell was born 18 September 1922 in Plano, Texas and had graduated from Plano High School. He enlisted in the US Navy on 13 November 1940.  Seaman Tennell was serving on the USS Arizona which was docked in Pearl Harbor.

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7:55  a.m. local time, the United States enters World War II as the Empire of Japan attacks the military bases of Hawaii.  Sea1c Tennell, serving on the USS Arizona, died on 7 December 1941.

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As a result of the attack, and in response to President Roosevelt’s call, several young men from Plano and Collin County enlisted, served and several died during the next four years.

The dedication page of the 1945 Plano High School Yearbook – Planonian – mentions graduates who gave their lives.

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Take the time to remember YOUR  ancestors – military or not – who lived during World War II.

Write their stories and pass it on to your family.

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Opened in 1892, over 12 million immigrants were welcomed and processed through the doors.

Ellis Island immigration records (1892-1924) are available to research at several sites.

A few are:

http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/

libertyellisfoundation.org/passenger

https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1368704

http://www.germanroots.com/ellisisland.htm

http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/EIDB/ellisgold.html

search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=40

https://www.archives.gov/nyc/finding-aids/passenger-lists.htm

Also available are New York Passenger lists (1820-1957):

http://www.genealogybranches.com/ellisisland/nypassengers.html

For additional assistance in researching your immigrant ancestors come visit the Genealogy Center.

Good Hunting!

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PERSI Has Moved!!

Previously I have accessed PERSI – The PERiodical Source Index – through Heritage Quest.

No longer.

PERSI is now Only available through Findmypast.com.

You can now access PERSI at http://www.findmypast.com/persi.

Search out your ancestors via PERSI, but be sure to go to the NEW location.

Good Hunting!

My 3rd G-grandfather is James C. Cornelius 1790-1870.

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He married Jane Campbell in Ohio and then moved his family to Iowa.
Family history states he was a veteran of the War of 1812.

The 1850 Ohio Census record is not clear as to James C. Cornelius’ place of birth – is it Va or Pa?

While researching the Veteran records here at the Genealogy Center I found information on a James C. Cornelius who served two-tours in the Virginia Militia from Lancaster County, Virginia. (Virginia Militia in the War of 1812 – From Rolls in the Auditor’s Office at Richmond, pp 416 & 424.)

Further, I found James C. Cornelius was mentioned in two different records regarding his father’s (William Cornelius) Revolutionary War service. (Revolutionary Soldiers and Sailors From Lancaster County, Virginia 1706-1792, pp. 34-35 & 38.) The documents provide his father’s name and branch of service during the Revolution and all of William’s children and spouses – James C. Cornelius, Bailey L. Cornelius, West & Sarah/Sally Cornelius and John & Jane George and son John George, Jr.  I found the marriage bonds of the children (The Marriage License Bonds of Lancaster County, Virginia from 1701-1848, page 16.) which provided the dates of Sarah’s marriage to West Cornelius and Jane’s marriage to John George and also confirmed James C. Cornelius married Sally James in 1819 and Anna Walker in 1841.

My excitement turned to disappointment.  I began to review and verify my information.

Reviewing the 1850 Ohio Census and comparing to the 1860 Iowa Census records, it was clear that grandfather James C. Cornelius was born in Pennsylvania not Virginia. He married Jane Campbell about 1816 in Ohio.  From each census it was clear James and Jane had children born in Ohio prior to 1841.

My James C. Cornelius from Pennsylvania was NOT the same James C. Cornelius from Lancaster county, Virginia

There is no doubt that James C. Cornelius of Lancaster county, Virginia served in the 92nd Regiment on two different occasions during the War of 1812. His father served from Virginia in the Revolutionary War.

I still don’t know if my James C. Cornelius was a veteran of the War of 1812.  Further research of Pennsylvania and Ohio Militia records is needed to verify or discount the family story of his veteran status.

This experience has re-emphasized the need to check, re-check and verify each detail.  By assuming the 1850 Census place of birth was Virginia, and failing to check the 1860 Census, I spent time researching an individual who was not my grandfather.

LESSON LEARNED –

Be careful in annotating your information.

Don’t rush to conclusions.

Verify every detail.

You will be rewarded, not disappointed.

Good Hunting!

 

Plano’s FREE Genealogy Weekend – Is almost here. Friday and Saturday.

October 21st is the Genealogy LOCK-In (12 noon to 11p.m.) at the Genealogy Center in the Haggard Library – 2501 Coit Road.

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October 22nd is The GreatFamilySearch (8-4) at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – 2700 Roundrock Trail.

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Both events are No Charge and come and go events.

Hope to see you there.

13 Oct 1835 – Two Companies of New Orleans Greys are organized in Banks’ Arcade in New Orleans.

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The Greys fought in just about every major battle during the Texas Revolution. There were at least seven still able to participate in the Battle at San Jacinto.

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I was able to find an ancestor who fought with the Greys from my research here at the Genealogy Center.

Come in and see if you, too, can find a Texas Revolution Hero.  He may have been a member of the New Orleans Greys.

Good Hunting!