Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Who Is Your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor (MRUA)?

1) Who is your MRUA - your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor? This is the person with the lowest number in your Pedigree Chart or Ahnentafel List that you have not identified a last name for, or a first name if you know a surname but not a first name.

2) Have you looked at your research files for this unknown person recently? Why don't you scan it again just to see if there's something you have missed?

3) What online or offline resources might you search that might help identify your MRUA?

4) Tell us about him or her, and your answers to 2) and 3) above, in a blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google Plus.

In December 2016, we wrote about our MRUA and I wrote about no. 19, Susanna Raduntz. I also wrote about nos. 20 and 21, Jeremiah Sullivan and Mary Sheehan. Their parents are still not known.

Today, I’ll write about the next nos. 36, Christoph Siewert and 37, Anna Marianna Ewald. They were the parents of Vincent Sievert, who was born in Posen and married Susanna Raduntz on 14 January 1811 in Schniedemühl, Posen.

What I know about Christoph Siewert: He was born about 1766, based on being forty-five when he married Anna Ewald on 14 January 1811 in Schneidemühl. He died 3 February 1841 at the age of seventy-five. Anna Marianna Ewald was born about 1785. She died 17 November 1845 at the age of sixty.

I have the same problem with Vincent’s parents as I have with Susanna’s parents. There doesn’t seem to be earlier records in Schneidemühl. I also know the marriage of Christoph Siewert to Anna Marianna Ewald was his second marriage. But that is all I know. The researcher, who obtained this marriage said that there were no more records at the Diocesan Archives in Koszalin.

I may never find out more about the Siewert or Raduntz families unless I go to the archives and conduct my own research.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 21: Military: George Gorrell Served in WWII

I am working on this year-long prompt, hosted by Amy Johnson Crow. I will write each week in one of my two blogs, either Mam-ma’s Southern Family or at My Trails Into the Past. I’m looking forward to writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

George Joseph Gorrell, U.S. Army Air Corps

Before World War II started, my father-in-law, George Joseph Gorrell, was training at the Curtiss-Wright Technical Institute of Aeronautics in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California. He was learning how to work on airplanes.

His World War II Draft card had information about his physical features. He was six feet tall and weighed 160 pounds. As a young man, he had brown hair, brown eyes, and a dark complexion. He was 25 years old.

After the training, he worked at McClellan Air Force Base in North Highlands, California, just north of Sacramento. He received more training there on hydraulics. He worked on landing gear.

 He was inducted in the Army Air Force on 27 July 1943 in San Francisco as a private. He went to England where he serviced hydraulic landing gear with the 913th Air Engineering Squadron. After the collapse of Germany, he was stationed there until he was discharged as a staff sergeant. He had his camera and took many photos. He printed them out as contact sheets because he had no enlarger. Someday the negatives will be scanned.

He also received an award for creating an improved tool.

Thank you for your service, George!

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Weeks of May 7-20, 2018

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing started this meme and I loved the idea. Genealogists are great at documenting our ancestors’ lives but not so great documenting our own. I’ll write about what I’ve been doing the past week.

I worked two Fridays this month at the Desk of the California Genealogical Society’s library. The first Friday I had a couple of researchers looking for their aunt. Last week I had two researchers looking for someone to translate a record written in Portuguese. I sent them up to the FamilySearch Library.

Our CGS Intro Class group had a meeting, as we are changing the format. Each first Saturday class would be one of three types of class: overview, records, and organization. We talked about who would work on which part and scheduled ourselves for the following year. I’m to work on the overview class.

I did get to meet with the Certification Study Group. All five of us were able to meet and discuss our progress. I had worked on my case study thinking about how to incorporate DNA into the argument. We also discussed the Helen Leary article from the 1999 NGS Quarterly supplemental issue on Evidence.

The monthly Monday Morning Genealogy group met and I picked up Kathie at BART. We discussed lots of different topics: DNA, archive websites that have digital images, and successes of research. We continued the conversation at IHOP afterwards.

Our Annual Meeting for the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society was on the 10th. During share time, I shared about receiving the personnel files of my grandaunt from the National Personnel Records Center at NARA, St. Louis. The packet I received was over 75 pages and was filled with information about her job in Greece as well as lists of previous jobs. After Greece, she worked for the Bureau of Reclamation in Sacramento.

Lastly, I worked on my client’s genealogy, incorporating the research into a finished product. It definitely taking longer than I expected. I emailed him, explaining that it would take longer. I’m waiting to hear from him before continuing any further.

Blog Writing: I wrote a few blog posts these past two weeks:
·         I wrote about languages in one 52 Ancestors post and about Mother’s Day in another 52 Ancestors.
·         I also participated in one Saturday Night Genealogy Fun post about my mother.

I completed two more classes for the California Genealogical Society’s class Intermediate Genealogy: Records Series. Weeks two and three were about Probate and Immigration.

I attended three baseball games with my friend, Beth. The San Francisco Giants played the Cincinnati Reds and out of the three games, the Giants won two. We had great seats on the lower level and the field seemed so close. 

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