Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Survey of Genealogy Activities

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has another great task for us tonight. Here it is:

1)  Answer these questions in my survey about your genealogy resources and usage:

a)  Which genealogy software programs for your computer do you use (e.g., Family Tree Maker, Reunion, GRAMPS, etc.)?
I use RootsMagic as my genealogy software. I started out using PAF. I switched to Legacy Family Tree sometime around 2005. A few years later, I read a posting by Elizabeth Shown Mills about the Research report capability of RootsMagic and gave that a try. I’ve been using it ever since. I liked many of the features of Legacy Family Tree and miss them but one program is enough for me.
b)  Which online family trees have information submitted by you - in either a separate online tree (e.g., Ancestry Member Tree) or a universal (collaborative) online tree (e.g., WikiTree)?
I have a tree at Ancestry.com and at Family Tree DNA both for the purpose of DNA matching with others. I do not have many sources attached to the facts on the Ancestry tree. I don’t use the hints either.
c)  For which subscription genealogy record providers (e.g., Ancestry) do you have a subscription?
I subscribe to Ancestry.com and Fold3. I have access to other only subscriptions through the California Genealogical Society at their library.
d)  Which FREE genealogy record providers (e.g., FamilySearch) do you use regularly?
I use FamilySearch nearly as much as I use Ancestry.com. I am especially fond of the image only collections. I hope they put up some land records soon. I also use Chronicling America for early newspapers, USGENWEB for county resources, and a variety of state archive sites, such as in Missouri and Illinois.
e)  How much time do you spend each week doing actual genealogy research online?  [Note:  not reading, or social networking, but actual searching in a record provider].  Estimate an average number of hours per week.
I might conduct research online about 3 hours per day. Some days more, some days less. I do spend some amount of time daily researching or writing about genealogy.
f)  How much time do you spend each week doing actual genealogy research in a repository (e.g., library, archive, courthouse, etc.)?  Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.
I spend one day a month at the California Genealogical Society’s (CGS) library. I spend two weeks a year at the Family History Library. I spent 3 days during my last vacation to Ohio and Pennsylvania researching at libraries and archives. I also volunteer at the local historical society’s archive once a week, where I conduct genealogy research for others who query us.  That comes out to about 75 days per year.
g)  How much time do you spend each week adding information to your genealogy software program (either on your computer or online)?  Estimate an average number of hours per week over, say, a one month period.
When I conduct research, I write about it as I analyze and then I record the information into the genealogy database. So the time spent entering is about a quarter of the time writing about it. I do this as I research so it’s hard to separate researching time from analyzing time from entering time.
h)  How much time do you spend each month at a genealogical society meeting, program or event (not a seminar or conference)?  Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.
I am a member of three local societies that conduct meetings. All take a one or two month break sometime in the year, so I average 10 meetings per year for two of the societies, and 12 meetings per year serving on the board of directors.
i)  How much time do you spend each month on genealogy education (e.g., reading books and periodicals, attending seminars, conferences, workshops, webinars, etc.)?   Estimate an average number of hours per month over, say, a one year period.
I attend at least two hangouts weekly. I might attend 5-6 webinars per month. I attend 4-5 classes at CGS per year. I attend at least one week-long institute per year, sometimes two.
j)  How much time do you spend each week reading, writing and commenting on genealogy blogs, websites, and social media?   Estimate an average number of hours per week over, say, a one month period.
I read blogs and check out genealogy related material on Facebook perhaps 2-3 hours per day.

2)    Answer the questions in a blog post of your own (and please drop a link as a comment in this post), in a comment to this post, or in a Google+ or Facebook post.
Here it is!
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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun –– Male Ancestors Age at Death

Randy Seaver of Genea–Musing has another great adventure for us. Our assignment is:

1) Review your Pedigree Chart (either on paper or in your genealogy management software program) and determine the age at death of your male ancestors back at least five generations (and more if you want to).

2)  Tell us the lifespan years for each of these ancestors.  Which of your male ancestors in this group lived the longest?  Which lived the shortest? 

Here’s mine:

Father:
William Joseph Hork (1930–2007) – 77 years

Grandfathers:
William Cyril Hork (1899–1967) – 68 years
Tom J. Johnston (1912–1973) – 60 years

Great–grandmothers:
Johan Anton Hork (1843–1906) – 62 years
John H. Sullivan (1854–1932) – 77 years
Thomas Newton Johnston (1885–1951) – 65 years
George Warren Lancaster (1893–1964) – 71 years

2nd Great–grandmothers:
Joseph Heinrich Horoch (1804–1857) – 53 years
Vincent Sievert (1823–1890) – 66 years
Jeremiah Sullivan (1811–1888) – 77 years
John Gleeson (1835–1915) – 80 years
Rueben Mack Johnston (1841–1924) – 83 years
Peter Hayden Hutson (1853–1930) – 76 years
William Carl Lancaster (1873–1946) – 73 years
A. Evenezer Loveless (1851–1929) – 77 years

3rd Great–grandmothers:
Johann Horoch (–1826) – birth unknown at this time
Johann Joseph Trösster (1778–1831) – 53 years
Christoph Siewert (1766–1841) – 75 years
Martin Gleeson (1787–1859) – 72 years
John Tierney (1804–1891) – 87 years
Samuel Johnston (1816–1869) – 53 years
Benjamin W Jones (1822–??) – death unknown at this time bef 1865
Robert Hutson (1821–??) – death unknown at this time
Greenlee Bean Selman (1820–1888) – 67 years
George Wilson Lancaster (1839–1919) – 79 years
James Madison Coor (1833–1890) – 56 years
Jesse Loveless (1806–1873) – 67 years
David Rodgers (1818–bef 1870) – death unknown at this time


John Tierney lived the longest at 87 years. I have three who tied for living the shortest at 53: Samuel Johnston, Johann Joseph Trösster, and Joseph Heinrich Horoch. I also have a few men where I don’t know their death date. If David Rodgers died before 1870, that would make him less than 53 at the time of his death.  Benjamin W. Jones died while serving in the Civil War, and he age would have been in the 40s.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun –– Female Ancestors Age at Death

Randy Seaver of Genea–Musing has another great adventure for us. Our assignment is:

1) Review your Pedigree Chart (either on paper or in your genealogy management software program) and determine the age at death of your female ancestors back at least five generations (and more if you want to).
2)  Tell us the lifespan years for each of these ancestors.  Which of your female ancestors in this group lived the longest?  Which lived the shortest? 
Here’s mine:

Mother:
Lela Nell (Johnston) Hork (1934–1992) – 57 years

Grandmothers:
Anna Marie (Sullivan) Hork (1892–1979) – 86 years
Pansy Louise (Lancaster) Johnston (1913–2013) – 99 years

Great–grandmothers:
Julia Ann (Sievert) Hork (1854–1928) – 73 years
Anna Marie (Gleeson) Sullivan (1860–1912) – 52 years
Nell L. (Hutson) Johnston (1888–1919) – 31 years
Lela Ann (Loveless) Lancaster (1896–1951) – 55 years

2nd Great–grandmothers:
Maria Catharine (Trösster) Hork (1813–1874) – 60 years
Susanna (Raduntz) Sievert (1832–1911) – 79 years
Mary (Sheehan) Sullivan (1822–1892) – 70 years
Margaret (Tierney) Gleeson (1835–1920) – 85 years
Olivia Jane (Jones) Johnston (1859–1914) – 55 years
Sarah Helena (Selman) Hutson (1858–1916) – 57 years
Martha Jane (Coor) Lancaster (1873–1942) – 69 years
Eliza A. (Rodgers) Loveless (1854–1907) – 53 years

3rd Great–grandmothers:
Anna Gertrud (Sommer) Horoch (1770–??) – death unknown at this time
Maria Elisabeth (Döbener) Trösster (1792–??) – death unknown at this time
Anna Marianna (Ewald) Siewert (1785–1845) – 60 years
Anna (Gleeson?) Gleeson (1790–1848) – 58 years
Ann (Murray) Tierney (1813–1899) – 86 years
Elizabeth (McCormack) Johnston (1814–1891) – 77 years
Amanda A. (Haley) Jones (1827–1904) – 77 years
Amanda (Davis) Hutson (1826–1860) – 34 years
Amanda Deborah (Oldham) Selman (1822–1880) – 57 years
Martha Jane (Polly) Lancaster Parks (1855–1932) – 76 years
Melissa Ann (Welch) Coor (1840–1876) – 36 years
Elizabeth (Nixon) Loveless (1810–aft 1876) – death unknown at this time
Rebecca (Waddell) Rodgers (1820–aft 1870) – death unknown at this time

Who lived the longest:
Without doing this exercise I knew who lived the longest. My grandmother, Pansy Louise Johnston lived just two months short of 100 years.

Who lived the shortest:
I was surprised by the person who lived the shortest: Nell L. Johnston, my great–grandmother. She was only 31 years old. An obituary stated she passed away “in the prime of life when so much of her life was yet in the future.”[1] No death certificate has been found yet for her so I do not know how she died.  She did not die near the birth of the youngest child, though there is still possibility it was due to a pregnancy. Her death left five children under ten motherless.



[1] "Mrs. Tom Johnson Dead," 18 Jul 1919, Comanche Chief, Comanche, Texas.

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