Sunday, May 21, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- The Homes I've Lived In

Randy Seaver's post this week has an interesting assignment:
1)  Read Linda Stufflebean's blog post, "Homes In Which I've Lived" on her Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog. 
2)  This week, please list the homes in which that you have resided (not just visited) from your birth until the present. 
3)  Share your list in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or on Facebook or Google+.  Please provide a link to your list as a comment to this post.

I lived in a total of five addresses my entire life: three with my parents, one on my own, and one with my husband and children. I am grateful that I have not had to move much, but regretful that I didn’t get a chance to see new places. I envy those who move often, as they are able to cull excess belongings each time they move.

My grandparents helped my parents purchase a house in West Pittsburg, in an area called Shore Acres. Their address there was 35 Harbor Dr. This is where my parents were living when I was born. I think that my parents could not handle the house payment. Perhaps they sold the house.

My mother and me at 35 Harbor Dr, West Pittsburg, 1954

In the 1955 Pittsburg, California city directory, my parents lived at 467 East 9th Street and continued to live here until Spring of 1963.

1963 birthday party in front of 467 East 9th St, Pittsburg

From 1963 to 1988, my parents lived at 130 Paulson Lane. It was painted red when we moved in but around 1970, my parents had it painted green. It was a great house, full of knotty pine paneling and hardwood floors. We lived on a quiet street that dead-ended at Las Trampas creek where we all played in during summers. The house and property were purchased by the California Department of Transportation in order to widen Interstate 680. My parents and youngest sisters moved across the street to the old Potter home at 141 Paulson Ln.

130 Paulson Lane, Walnut Creek

I moved out in 1979 to my own apartment at 141 Flora Avenue, Walnut Creek. I had lived at home while attending college in Hayward (CSUH) and I worked a year or so at BART before I had enough money to live on my own. Just before we were married, I received a notice that the apartment was converting to condos. The photo below is from Google Street View. I have no photos taken of the place at all. My apartment was on the floor above the carport. In 1979, there was an earthquake that shook so much it woke me up. I think it had to do with being over the carport.

141 Flora Ave, Walnut Creek (north side)

The last house I have lived in is 781 Wilson Avenue, Martinez. We have been here 37 years and raised two daughters here, as well as several Australian Shepherds.

Our current home

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Monday, April 17, 2017

WW II Draft Card from NARA for Wm Cyril Hork

Everything is not online and I recently received from the National Archives the World War II Draft Registrations for my two grandfathers and for my husband’s father.

During World War II, there were six draft registrations. The registrations are in two different groups at the National Archives. One group is the 4th registration, known as the “Old Man’s Draft” which registered all the men who were born between April 28, 1877 to February 16, 1897.[1] Images of this draft can be found on and as “United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942.”

The other group are the rest, those men who were born between February 17, 1897 to July 31, 1927. These records are not available online and I had to order the records from the National Archives in St. Louis. Information about it is here. There is a special form you fill out for the registrant you’re seeking and when the archives personnel find the record, you’ll receive a letter with an invoice to order the copies. The Registration Card is $7.00 and the Classification Record (including the Registration Card) is $27.[2]

I ordered three different records: my paternal grandfather, William Cyril Hork; my maternal grandfather, Tom J Johnston; and my husband’s father, George J. Gorrell. The time frame for receiving the records were:
  • Filled out the online form: ??[3]
  • NARA sent the invoice: December 7, 2016
  • I returned the invoice: December 22, 2016
  • NARA sent the records: January 24, 2017

Did I learn anything new from these records? I did learn some new things, mostly about their occupation. Today I’ll write about my paternal grandfather, William Cyril Hork.

WWII Draft - William Cyril Hork
Front side of the card. The handwriting is different from the back side, which would be filled out by the registrar, so perhaps my grandfather filled out the form himself. He was living at 215 North Euclid Ave, Ontario, San Bernardino Co, California.[4] This was the same address as listed in the 1940 census and the 1942 California Voter Registration.[5]

He put down Lorene Hork as the person who would know his address, and her address was 1259 Eggleston, California. He left out the city of Napa. My grandparents were separated by now and my grandmother lived in Napa at 1259 Eggleston with her children.[6]

His employer was the W.P.A. Project #12322, working on the Ontario Municipal Airport in Ontario, California. On his 1942 Voter Registration, he recorded his occupation as a pipefitter.[7] With this project detail about the airport project with the Works Project Administration, I should try to see if the WPA has records about my grandfather. I can start here.

WWII Draft Card - William Cyril Hork
Back Side of Card
As with all draft forms, his description was included: white, 5’8”, 150 pounds, blue eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion, and what I didn’t know, numerous scars on the left side of his face. These will filled out by the registrar, Bertha C. Henning. I have few photos of my grandfather. I do have two photos taken before his service in World War I and there are no scars on his face. Another photo taken of him in the mid-sixties does show scars on his face. I wonder what happened.

Left side of Classification Record
Classification Record
The other form, Classification Record, gives information about the registration process. There are many columns and the first few had this information: order no. 11387, Wm Cyril Hork, serial no. 849, age: 41, white.

Then there were many columns with dates:
  • date record transferred by or to local board: Aug 27 1942
  • date record returned: Nov 5, 1942
  • date questionnaire mailed: Jul 20 1942
  • date questionnaire returned: Jul 28, 1942
  • classification: AH
  • date to appear for physical: Oct 22, 1942
  • date appeared for physical: Oct 27, 1942
  • date classification by local board mailed: Nov 5 1942, Jan 27, 1943
  • date request to appear before board received: Apr 26, 1943

Then there was an inserted page with this information:
  • classification: 1AH [crossed out], 4A
  • column 29: Jul 8 1944 (which might refer to the date the 4A was written)

What were these classification codes? I found an answer on the Selective Service System website. These codes were for registrations between 1948 and 1976. So, I can't be sure that the code "AH" means "Registrant not currently subject to processing for induction or alternative service."

I don't think he ever served. I have received his military record from WWI, where he had Naval service. That story can be found here.

[1] “Selective Service Records,” National Archives at St. Louis, : accessed 16 April 2017)
[2] ibid.
[3] If I kept a better research log, I would know when I filled out the form.
[4] World War II Draft Registration Records, Selective Service Records, National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, Missouri, D.S.S. Form 1, William Cyril Hork, ser. no. 849, dated 16 Feb 1942.
[5] 1940 U.S. census, San Bernardino County, California, pop. sched,  Ontario, ED 36-63, sht 64A, p 903, William C. Hork, digital images, ( : accessed 2 Apr 2012), NARA T627, roll 290. See also “California, California Voter Registration 1900-1968,” database with images, ( : accessed 25 Nov 2012), 1942, San Bernardino Co, Ontario Precinct No. 18, roll 12, William C. Hork.
[6] Napa City Directory, Polk-Husted Directory Co, Sutro Library, film 1221., 1942: 73, Anne Hork, Lorene E Hork, and Virginia A Hork.
[7] “California, California Voter Registration 1900-1968,” 1942, William C. Hork.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Who in Your Database Has Your Birth Day?

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has a new Saturday Night Genealogy Fun for us this week.
1) Are there persons in your genealogy database that has the same exact birth date that you do?  If so, tell us about him or her - what do you know, and how is s/he related to you?
2) Are there persons in your database that are your ancestors that share your birth day (but not the year)?   How many, and who are they?
3) Are there other persons in your database that share your birth day (but not the year)?  How many, and who are they?
4) For bonus points, how did you determine this?  What feature or process did you use in your software to work this problem out?  I think the Calendar feature probably does it, but perhaps you have a trick to make this work outside of the Calendar function.
1) I am the only one in my database to have the exact birthday of March 26, 1954.

2) I have no ancestor who shares my birthdate. I have 7,030 people in my database. I have many birthdates as year only and not an exact date, so it is possible there might be some ancestor who shared my birthday.

3) I have the following people in my database that share the March 26 date for birthday. I included their relationship to me:
26 March 1834    Thomas I Matthews-9979 (183) – in-law that I couldn’t figure out!
26 March 1894    Robert Kamegia Knox-2997 (123) – 1st cousin 3 times removed
26 March 1898    Dessie C. Ball-9957 (119) – wife of grandson of  3rd great aunt
26 March 1906    Ada May Gorrell-68 (111) – husband’s aunt
26 March 1943    Living  (74) – second cousin
26 March 1947    Richard Hork Jr.-2024 (70) – second cousin
26 March 1954    Me (63)
26 March 1961    Living (56) – wife of husband’s second cousin
26 March 1966    Living (51)—third cousin
RootsMagic can indicate relationship and I have it set up to show me at the bottom of the screen. Sometimes nothing shows up. There is also a relationship calculator that can be used. The reason these people have no relationship might be because I have taken the collateral line a bit far from the direct line.

4) I used the “Birthday and Anniversary List” in RootsMagic. My list was 87 pages and I scrolled to March 26.  I have used this list often to find people to write about on my blog with the theme “On This Day.”

This was a great exercise. I realize I have done a “On This Day” in quite a long time. I need to work on a few more to document my family.

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