Thursday, November 26, 2015

My Grandfather, William Cyril Hork, Worked on the Railroad: Northern Pacific Railway Company Personnel Files

A new (to me) database is on called “U.S., Northern Pacific Railway Company Personnel Files, 1890-1963.”  I was pretty excited because until this point, I have had no direct ancestors who worked for the railroad. I’ve been a huge railfan most of my life and I was pleasantly surprised to have my grandfather turn up in this database.

The Northern Pacific Railway Company was based out of Minnesota but had tracks that went west as far as the Pacific Ocean. My grandfather, William Cyril Hork, lived in Hamilton, Montana, which is in western Montana near the Idaho border.[1]

Northern Pacific Ry Co map; wikipedia
So what is this database all about? This is a “collection of personnel files from the Northern Pacific Railway Company…and includes company correspondence, job history, salary and promotion documents, leaves of absence, and more.”

So this is more than a database. It has digital images of the records! The employee records can include multiple pages. Each file has a file number. There was also a note that the items in the file were typically “in reverse chronological order, with the most recent pages appearing first. And not all pages will be indexed.” 

What got me to this database was the indexed entry for “Cyril Willis Hock.” Someone made a correction and the entry for “Cvril Willis Hork” was also included.[2] 

Entry for Cyril Willis Hock/Hork

The name of my grandfather was different than I expected. I knew him as William Cyril Hork, but he was often Cyril in early census records and in local newspaper accounts. His military records also used the name Cyril Willis Hork. The locality matched the area in which he lived. But the final piece, that his mother was Mrs. Julia Hock (or Hork). It was enough to have me click through to the images.

This entry indicated there were ten images. There are two places to click, the one that was indexed and the packet cover. Clicking on the packet cover brought me to the first image of the file. The indexed view was the second image in the packet. 

"Northern Pacific Railway Company Personnel Files, 1890-1963,"  File 144100, Cyril Willis Hork
Once viewing the image, I could see his surname was Hork in many of the images, but I could also see how an indexer would view it has Hock, because the indexed page had the names handwritten instead of being typed, but at the very top, the name “Hock, Cyril Willis” was typed.

The indexed page was the application for employment. I’m still trying to determine if Cyril filled out the form himself or if the agent, S.R. Wilson, had. It is possible the top portion until the place of applicant signature was filled out by Cyril.

Between the cover page and the application, I found out he worked as a warehouseman in the Hamilton Station from 1 Jul 1922 until 19 Dec 1922; almost 6 months. The reason for dismissal was reduction in force. 
Cover, File 144100, Cyril Willis Hork
It was a shame he was released in December. He had been married less than a month, having married Anna Marie Sullivan on 30 November 1922 in Butte, Montana.[3]

One of the other records in the packet showed his previous work history. Except for being in the U.S. Navy for 18 months, his work history revealed that none of his previous jobs lasted more than a few months.
Employment History, File 144100, Cyril Willis Hork
There was more to the packet, mostly about his military service, but  I’ll save for another day.

[1] “Map of Northern Pacific’s route circa 1900,” (; citing image from the Library of Congress map collection, call number G4126.P3 1900 .L55 RR 502; originally from the Fourth Annual Report of the northern Pacific Railway company, for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 1900.
[2] "Northern Pacific Railway Company Personnel Files, 1890-1963," file 144100, Cyril Willis Hork , digital images, ( accessed 25 Nov 2015); Original data Personnel Files, circa 1909–1960s, Personnel Dept. records, Northern Pacific Railway Company records, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota.
[3] Silver Bow County, Montana, Marriages, record A-14551, William C. Hork to Anna M. Sullivan, 30 Nov 1922.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Who is Your Most Recent Immigrant Ancestor?

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has a new assignment for us.

1) Who is your most recent immigrant ancestor?  I'm assuming that your ancestors moved from one country to another at some point in time.
2)  Tell us about that person - name, birth and death, emigration and immigration country and port, date or year of immigration, etc.
My most recent immigrant was Anna Maria Gleeson, who arrived in the United States from Canada in 1879 or 1880.[1]

There’s confusion as to the exact date she arrived. The year 1880 was stated in the 1900 census.[2] 
Her father stated on his naturalization that he arrived April 1879,[3] but later stated 1880 on the 1900 census [4]and 1879 on the 1910 census.[5]

Anna filed an intention to naturalized and stated on 7 Oct 1880, that she arrived at the port of Huron in the month of February 1879.[6]
Davison Co, 2nd Judicial District, Declarations of Intention 1880-1886, p 24, Ann Gleeson.
She was born 13 Feb 1860 in Carleton County, Ontario, Canada to John Gleeson and Margaret Tierney.[7] She had seven brothers and sisters, who also traveled to the United States. Later she married John H. Sullivan around 1882. They had six children, their youngest daughter being my grandmother.

Though the Gleeson family had come from Canada, they were ethnically Irish from County Tipperary.

[1] 1900 census stated she arrived in 1880; her family appeared in the 1880 census in Dakota Territory (dated 14 Jun 1880); her father stated on his intent to naturalized that he arrived Apr 1879; her father’s 1910 census said 1879.
[2] 1900 Deer Lodge Co, Montana, U.S. Census, population schedule (digital image, ( : accessed 28 Jun 2011), citing NARA microfilm publication T623), Anaconda, ED 15, sht 1, dwelling 24, family 24, John Sullivan.
[3] "South Dakota, County Naturalization Records, 1865-1972," images, (, Davison Co, 2nd Judicial District, Declarations of Intention 1880-1886, p 31, John Gleeson.
[4] 1900 Davison Co, SD Census, digital images,, (, ED 112, Sheet 12a, p 45 (stamped), Mitchell Twp., household 173, fam 185, John Gleeson.
[5] 1910 Multnomah Co, Oregon Census, (, ED 214, sheet 6a, p 54 (stamped) household 125, fam 144, John Gleeson, citing NARA T624, roll 1289.
[6] "South Dakota, County Naturalization Records, 1865-1972," images, (, Davison Co, 2nd Judicial District, Declarations of Intention 1880-1886, p 24, Ann Gleeson.
[7] St. Phillips Church, Richmond, Carleton Co, "Ontario, Canada, Parish registers, 1836-1917," digital images, FamilySearch,, 1860, Baptism B6, Ann Gleeson.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

On this Day – Marriage of Carl Johan Eriksson & Stina Maja Samuelsdotter, 13 Nov 1863

On 13 November 1863 in Tidersrum, Ostergotland, Sweden, Carl Johan Ericksson and Stina Maja Samuelsdotter were married.[1]
Tidersrum, Östergötland, 1863, pg 29, no. 5, Erickson-Samuelsdotter
They were my daughters’ paternal third great-grandparents. Their daughter, Mathilda Lovisa Eriksson-Holm immigrated to the United States and married Pehr Alfred Andersson Lundquist.

Carl Johan was the son of Eric Svensson and Christina Carlsdotter,[2] and Stina Maja was the daughter of Samuel Persson and Maja Stina Jonasdotter.[3]

Carl Johan was a tailor [skräddare] and he and Stina Maja had 9 children. Three known children immigrated to America: Matilda Lovisa, Carolina, and Axel Fredrick.

Household Examination, AI-13 1866-1870," Karl Johan Eriksson, Bjerkefall, p 2
Here is a household examination in about 1866. They were living in Bjerkefall. This record shows Carl and Stina with their first two daughters, one of whom had died the previous year. This record gives each person's birth date, birthplace, marriage date, and death date if it occurred during the time period of examination. I need to search for later household examinations for this family.

[1] Tidersrum, Östergötland, “Marriages 1861-1867,” 1863, pg 29, no. 5, Erickson-Samuelsdotter; image 391.16.8400,  ( : accessed 16 Jul 2009).
[2] Malexander (Östergötland län, Östergötland, Sweden), digital images, ( : accessed 18 Jul 2009), "Births 1796-1834 (C:3)," Carl Johan Ericsson, 1831, p 161.
[3] Tidersrum (Östergötland län, Östergötland, Sweden), digital images, ( : accessed 17 Jul 2009), "Births, Marriages 1788-1860 C:3," Stina Maja Samuelsdotter, 1837, p189.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Ancestors Who Served - Veteran's Day

Today is November 11, a day we honor veterans who served in the Armed Forces. I do not have many direct ancestors who were veterans, but I still want to honor those who were. This list includes those ancestors of my husband (in blue) and mine (in red).

World War II
Tom J. Johnston Jr.
Tom J. Johnston Jr., U.S. Navy. He served just a short time and was discharged due to a medical disability. He had been stationed in Idaho.

George J Gorrell
George Joseph Gorrell, U.S. Army. He was a staff sergeant with the 913th Air Engineering Squadron. He served in England and Germany.

World War I
William Cyril Hork
William Cyril Hork, U.S. Navy. He served in submarine service and was last stationed in Long Beach aboard the submarine tender, USS Alert.

Civil War
Amos Gorrell Jr.
Amos Gorrell, Jr., Union Army. Co A, 18th Ohio.

George Wilson Lancaster, Confederate. He served with the 6th Texas Cavalry as a corporal.

Reuben Mack Johnston, Confederate. He served with the 8th Mississippi Cavalry, Co. A.

Benjamin W. Jones, Confederate. He served as a physician and died during service.

War of 1812
John Coor. Served in 13th Regiment (Nixon's) of Mississippi Militia as a corporal.

Revolutionary War
David C. Shotts. Served in Pennsylvania.

Phillip Wagoner. Served in Pennsylvania.

Thank you for your service!

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - My Computer History

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has a new assignment this week:
  • What is your computer history - what have you used, when did you get it, what did you do on it, etc.
I started with computers at California State University, Hayward by taking a computer class given in the Math department. I think it was 1977 and I don’t think there was a computer science department yet. The teacher taught us 3 languages at the same time: BASIC, FORTRAN, and COBOL. We could turn in assignments in any language we wanted. For Basic, we had terminals where we wrote code, however we needed to punch cards to write code in Fortran. Once the cards were turned in, we waited a hour for the result: often some type of typo that caused the program to fail. I never bothered with Cobol.

I liked the orderliness of writing code but couldn’t figure out a way to make use of it outside of school. I majored in Biological Sciences and was graduating the next quarter.

The next year, I was working in the office of a sporting goods store. They had a mini IBM computer that was supposed to keep track of inventory. My job was to enter the data. This job wasn’t nearly as interesting as writing code.

Ours had 2 drives
My first personal computer was a home-made computer that ran CP/M. It had two 8 inch floppy drives, a small monitor, keyboard, and we purchased a daisy-wheel printer. The whole thing cost about four grand. I think it was purchased in 1981 or 82. I used it to write stories, using a program called WordStar. I wrote some programs in BASIC.

By now, I was working at BART. Though I wasn’t using a computer per se, our trains were controlled by computers.

I don’t have any idea when we got our first PC. It might have been an IBM machine running DOS. I was still using the computer mostly to write.  My first time using a Windows computer was at work, where we used group computers to write lesson plans for training. I’d been promoted to the training department. I also had to learn to use WordPerfect. I eventually learned to love “reveal notes” and miss that function very much when the District converted to Microsoft Office programs.

At home, we upgraded way behind everyone else. Usually, it was when a program we wanted to buy wouldn’t run on an old operating system. Because of that we tended to skip operating systems. I remember Windows 3.1 , 98, and 2000NT. We had XP for a long time and I am writing on a laptop running Win7. Our philosophy tended to be “use whatever OS that came with the computer.”

This is my third laptop. I would love to have a desktop with two monitors. Someday when I get an office.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Hallowe'en Memories and Family History

Randy Seaver from Genea-Musing has an assignment today to discuss our memories of Halloween. I don’t have any pictures of me dressed in Halloween costumes and I don’t remember many costumes, but once I was a ghost made from a sheet.

I don’t remember Trick or Treating before we moved to Walnut Creek in 1963. In Walnut Creek, we lived on a quiet country road with about a dozen houses. We would go to these houses first, and then our parents would drive us over to the next block or to another neighborhood where there were more houses.

I made the wizard costume on the right.
Our favorite house on our block to visit was Mrs. Peterson’s. She had freshly baked cookies and homemade fudge. These were delicious treats. She always oohed and ahed about our costumes.  Mr. Gardner lived across from her and his treats for us were usually an apple from his tree and boxes of raisins. At the time we didn’t appreciate the “healthy” treats.

I remember when kids stopped Trick or Treating by the time they got to the 6th or 7th grade. I went out longer because I took my younger sisters, though I didn’t dress up. My brothers went out on their own with pillow cases and would returned with them filled! We had sweet treats for weeks.

Check out the mysterious see-through ghost in
this shot of a party at my parent's house.
I remember my daughter’s years of Trick or Treating. I made many of their costumes and sometimes they picked out ones from the Spirit store. When they came home from Trick or Treating, they would sort out all of their candy and some trading would happen. 

Also as an adult, my parents had Halloween parties where we all dressed up and had pumpkin carving contests. It was a lot of fun.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

1860 Census Can Reveal Country of Origin

I am participating in the DearMyrtle study group called Tracing Immigrant Origins - Passenger Records Study Group.

The 1860 census revealed more detail in the place of birth than more recent census records. Here is the census for my husband's family, Ludwig & Philapena Wollenweber in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.[1]

1860 Jefferson Co, Kentucky census, pop. sched., 2nd Ward Louisville, p 563-64, dwelling 1970, fam 3256, L.W. Wollenweber household, ( : accessed 28 Jul 2010), citing U.S. National Archives and Records Administration M653, roll 375.
What can be seen on this census for the place of birth are the actual countries. At this time, Germany is not yet a country by the name of Germany, but rather, many small countries and principalities, such as Bavaria, Wurttemberg, Saxony, and Hessen.

I wondered about the instructions for the census enumerator and found the instructions for recording the place of birth.[2]  They were not to put “Germany” unless “no better could be had.” They were to put down the specific state. And this helps us narrow down the place of origin of our ancestors. It’s still not the village town, but it does help.

United States, Department of the Interior, Census Office, Eighth Census, U.S. Instructions,  : accessed 24 Oct 2015, p. 16.

[1] 1860 Jefferson Co, Kentucky census, pop. sched., 2nd Ward Louisville, p 563-64, dwelling 1970, fam 3256, L.W. Wollenweber household, ( : accessed 28 Jul 2010), citing U.S. National Archives and Records Administration M653, roll 375.
[2] United States, Department of the Interior, Census Office, Eighth Census, U.S. Instructions,  : accessed 24 Oct 2015, p. 16.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Were You Doing in 1985?

1) Since this was Back to the Future week, I have a related challenge: Do you recall what you were doing in 1985? Family, school, work, hobbies, technology, genealogy, vacations, etc?

2) Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

What was I doing in 1985?

  • I'd been married for just 5 years and we were living in our current home in Martinez. No kids yet.
  • I was working for Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) as a train operator, probably working on the Concord to Daly City line. Somewhere in storage I have my run notebooks and could probably figure out what shift I was working.  It was probably something like 1130-1930 with Tuesday and Wednesdays off because I had lousy seniority, since I had only been there 7 years.
  • My hobbies at the time did not include genealogy. I was a member of the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society. I might have been Secretary, but I can't remember when I was first elected. The club meeting days were Tuesday and Friday with our Open House on the last Friday of the month. We also had big shows on the weekends around Thanksgiving. I also attended region model railroad conventions which are just like our genealogy conferences. There were classes, tours, contests, and a banquet.
  • I was also using a computer at home by then, too. My first computer was a CPM based computer that I put together with a help of a friend and I used WordStar as the word processor. I loved writing stories and the word processor was a big help. The printer was a daisy wheel that cost $2500.

I can't remember what else I was doing. I would need to do some digging, such as checking dates on the slides I have stored to see if I went on a trip. But I know it's important to try to chronicle our own lives as well as our ancestors'.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - "How Did Your Parents Meet?"

Another great assignment from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings.

Here is my assignment:

1) Do you know how, when and where your parents met?

2) Please tell the family story in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in your own Facebook or Google+ post.

When I put together a family history of my father, William J. Hork's Gleeson line, I sent out questionnaires for my dad, his sisters, and my cousins to fill out. One of the questions was how did you meet your spouse.

He said that he met Lela Nell Johnston at the Walnut Festival. The Walnut Festival was held yearly in Walnut Creek, California in September to celebrate the walnut harvest. A long time ago, a lot of the valley was covered in walnut orchards and Walnut Creek had a walnut packing house, where the trains of the Sacramento Northern would haul them out.

The Walnut Festival was a weekend affair were one could ride on carnival rides, eat great junk food, and play games. And of course it was a place to meet girls (or boys). Here's a history of the Walnut Festival which began in 1911.

I wish I had a photo of my parents from that time. However I have a shot or two of them as they dated.
1952 in Santa Cruz, California

I attended many Walnut Festivals while growing up in Walnut Creek. Corn on the cob prepared by the Lions Club was always my favorite to eat, and the Scrambler was my favorite ride. I remember tossing ping pong balls into glass bowls and winning goldfish, too!

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Passenger List for the Eliasson (Lundquist) Family

I am participating in the DearMyrtle study group called Tracing Immigrant Origins - Passenger Records Study Group.

We are to provide a link to a passenger list record we have found for one of our ancestors. This passenger list that I found was a treasure, because it took a long time to find.

The family of my husband was Lundquist. The earliest census that I found for them was the 1870. Brothers "Andrew" and Gustave were living next door to each other in Jefferson County, Iowa.

They each had a wife and children. This census gave no immigration data.

This family was difficult to find. I couldn't find any Lundquist families that fit the pattern of the family. Then I remembered about the naming patterns of Swedes. Gustav's and Anders' father's name was Elias. Maybe they were listed with the surname Eliasson?

Sure enough, I found the two brothers and their family on the ship list of the SS Manchester, which arrived in New York 9 Jul 1866.[1]

1866 Ship List for Anders Alfred Eliasson aboard the SS City of Manchester
The image of the ship was also at [2]:

SS Manchester

[1] "Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1957,"  online images, ( : accessed 1 Jun 2011), manifest, City of Manchester, 9 Jul 1866, line 25, Alfred Eliason; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, Record Group 36, Roll 268.
[2] Photo of S.S. City of Manchester (built 1851), image,  ( : accessed 1 Jun 2011), retrieved by choosing the "ship" link attached to the "Passenger Record" database for the Alfred Eliason search, arrived 9 Jul 1866 aboard S.S. City of Manchester.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Fifth Grade Memories

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has another great assignment.

Here is our assignment:

1) Remember when you were 10 or 11 years old and in fifth grade at school? Was that one of the best times in your life? Or not?

2) Tell us about your fifth grade memories and the highlights of that time of your life - in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.

I attended Parkmead Elementary in Walnut Creek, California for fifth grade. Mrs. Griffin was our teacher and she was the hardest teacher I ever had. She hated our handwriting and made us re-learn cursive all over with all of the exercises. She was also one of those teachers who seemed to have eyes in the back of her head. I think we wore her out because she retired after our school year!

But the best part of 5th grade was joining Junior Girl Scouts. I was part of Troop 374.[1] We met once a week in the Kindergarten room and our leaders, Mrs. Bailey & Mrs. Hanson, were teachers, I think (though not from our school). Our troop consisted of 4th through 6th grade girls. That was the norm back then to have multi-grade troops, unlike today with single grade troops. We also wore our uniforms to school, too. I was pretty shy and never got to be a patrol leader but I had fun earning badges.
Here is my sash. The troop number shown
here was from the Cadette days.
One of the fun things we did that year was learn folk dancing.[2] We then had costumes made and attended a folk festival where we danced. It was a lot of fun!

Here is the folk dance costume my mother made.
I enjoyed Girl Scouts so much that I was a leader for my daughters' troops, a staff member at Girl Scout Camp, and later a trainer to adult Girl Scout leaders.

[1] I couldn't remember the troop number or leader names but found an article about the troop, though it was the previous year: "Girl Scout Investiture is Held," Contra Costa Times, 4 Dec 1963, col. 1, p. 3.
[2] Though it is possible the folk dancing was during 6th grade. There was no date on this photo.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Using OneNote to Create a Genealogy Toolbox

Today during the DearMyrtle "Mondays With Myrt" we got to talking about Toolboxes. I wanted to share a photo of the toolbox I made in OneNote and had a hard time figuring out a way to share. So I decided to write a blog post about it.

I got the idea from Christine Sisko Svircev at the "OneNote for Genealogy" group on Facebook. She posted a photo of how she created categories and sub-categories. It was colorful and that’s what attracted me to her post.

I had watched Thomas MacEntee talk about genealogy toolboxes either at an in-person lecture or via a webinar. Having only bookmarks in your browser is just not practical and so hard to keep organized. Plus there was no place you could annotate what this website was all about!

Enter OneNote. 

I had been using OneNote off and on. I like the Notebook set-up with Dividers and Pages. It’s how I organized my paper genealogy binders. So when I first started with OneNote in my Office 2010 program, I set up Family Notebooks with dividers for each person in the family.

This is one of my Family Notebooks. Each tab is a different person.
Each page is a different event in their life.
When I saw Christine’s version of her Toolbox, I decided to do one for myself.  I created a new Notebook. Within this Notebook I decided on some major categories which are the Dividers at the top:

·         Record Types
·         Tools
·         Nationalities
·         States
·         Laws
·         Surnames
·         Certification

These categories could be anything. To keep them organized and fun, I color coded each one by right-clicking on the tab and the last choice is “Section Color.” There are lots to choose from.

Here is one tab for Record Types with many subpages.

Now some of these categories can be further subdivided, such as Nationalities and States. 

Here is my California page under the States tab. 
At the right of the page, new pages can be added. For the States, I added one page for each state in the union. I don’t have ancestors from each state, but I might someday so I went ahead and made a page for it.

I discovered that I might want a page for a particular county and sub-pages and be made, too, as you can see with Alabama > Cherokee.  I will do the same for the countries in my Nationalities tab. 

This is a sub-page under the Alabama page. I may make sub pages for each counties in each states.
Here I put some information about when the county was created.
I hope this is helpful for you. Now my browser bookmarks list is much smaller.

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Survey of Genealogy Activities

It's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun and Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings has a great one.

Here is my assignment:

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 primary genealogy program, but also have Legacy Family Tree and PAF loaded on the computer.  Sometimes I want to create a special report in Legacy. I also find details missing from some of my sources because of how PAF transferred the GEDCOM to Rootsmagic. So I have to go into the record in PAF and then copy and paste.

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 no trees online except the tree uploaded to FamilyTreeDNA profile of my grandmother. I have added info to FamilySearch’s tree and I am now connected to the tree.

c)  For which subscription genealogy record providers (e.g., Ancestry) do you have a subscription?
At the present time, I am subscribed to Ancestry World, and Find My Past through the free year from being a member of NGS.

d)  Which FREE genealogy record providers (e.g., FamilySearch) do you use regularly?
I use daily the following record providers: FamilySearch, Chronicling America, USGENWEB, and occasionally use some state archive sites with record images such as Missouri.

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. 
If working on a project, probably 4 hours per day. If working on my own family, I might work 2-3 hours per day. So for a weekly total, that would be about 14-20 hours per week.

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 volunteer at a genealogy library once a month and might do about 2 hours of research. I volunteer weekly at the local county historical society and might do 2 hours of research.  I also try to visit the FHL once or twice a year and that would be about 10 hours of research per day.  I order films from FHL several times a year, too. So my guess would be about 300 hours per year, or 6 hours per week.

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.
 This I might do 2-3 per night while watching t.v. so say about 10 hours per week.

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 genealogy societies. I attend about 20 meetings per year for all three societies. I also a member of two society boards and spend 20 meetings per year for both, or about .75 hours per week.

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 1 institute per year (SLIG or GRIP) so that would be about 30 hours. I might watch 2-4 webinars per month. I try to attend Mondays with Myrt, so 3 times per month. So about 75 hours per year or about 2 hours per week.

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.
Here I probably spend too much time – but it’s hard to isolate what is genealogy base and family/friend base on Facebook an email.  Maybe 10 hours per week.

The total is about 21-25 hours per week on genealogy. This surprises me, so I may have under estimated the time in one of the above categories or my math is terrible! But I do other things: German classes, guitar class, ukulele club, volunteer work with a local creek group, reading novels, watching baseball and soccer, and doing puzzles (of course housework and sleeping and walking or bike riding and eating, etc. etc.)

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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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Ancestor With Most Census Entries

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has another wonderful Saturday Night assignment:

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) Do you know which of your ancestors appears the most times in the Census records? How many years? Are there duplicate entries?
2) Describe that ancestor's entries in the records in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.
I checked several ancestors who I know lived a long life. The best candidate turned out to be my daughter's paternal 2nd great-grandfather.

Amos Gorrell, Jr. lived from 1837-1928. He appeared in 9 census records from 1840 to 1920.

  • 1840, he was just a tick mark in the Beaver Co. Pennsylvania household of Amos Gorrell (his father) as one of the males under age 5.
  • 1850, he was 13 year old in the Jackson Co, Ohio household of Amos Gorrell (his father)
  • 1860, he was a 23 year old in the Ross Co, Ohio household of Amos Gorrell (his father)
  • 1870, he was a 33 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri, with wife, Catherine, stepson, May, and children Luella, Sarah, and Joseph.
  • 1880, he was a 43 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri, with wife, Catherine, stepson, May, and children Luella, Sarah, Joseph, Ada, and Arthur.
  • 1890, he would have been a 53 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri; however the 1890 census did not survive. Yet, he did appear in the 1890 Veteran's Schedule, serving in the 18th Ohio Infantry volunteer.
  • 1900, he was a 63 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri, with wife Catherine, and daughter Ada.
  • 1910, he was a 73 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri, with wife Catherine.
  • 1920, he was a 82 year old head of household (however living alone) in Cooper Co, Missouri

His age was consistent through out his life. He was a farmer. does not have agriculture schedules for Missouri, and neither does the FamilySearch Library. However, the State Historical Society of Missouri does have the agriculture schedules for Missouri. Something to put on the To-Do list!

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ahnentafel Roulette!

Another great activity created by Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings to help us share something about our families in our blog.
1) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born? Divide this number by 75 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."
2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an "ahnentafel" - your software will create this - use the "Ahnentafel List" option, or similar). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?
3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."
4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook status or a Google Stream post, or as a comment on this blog post.
1.  Johann Anton Hork was my oldest grandfather on my paternal side. He was born 9 Nov 1843 in Oberhundem, Westfalia (Germany). When dividing this date by 75, I get 24.7. This number will be rounded up to 25.

2.  Number 25 in my ancestry is Olivia Jane Jones. She was my second great grandmother on my maternal side. She was the daughter of Benjamin W. Jones and Amanda A. Haley. She was born 22 Feb 1859 in Mississippi, probably near Brandon in Rankin County. She married Reuben Mack Johnston on 23 Dec 1879 in Comanche County, Texas. She died 11 Dec 1914 in Gustine, Comanche County, Texas.

3.  At least three facts for her are:
  • Olivia and Reuben had 13 children, with 11 living until adulthood. 
Rufus A. Johnston (1880-1954)
Malissie Pearl Johnston (1882-1959)
Robert Lee Johnston (1884-1950)
Thomas Newton Johnston (1885-1951)
Florence Ellen Johnston (1887-1978)
Ruby Hardy Johnston (1888-1938)
Edma Mae Johnston (1891-1976)
Woodie Andrew Johnston (1892-1966)
Lillie Estell Johnston (1894-1943)
Fannie Bertha Johnston (1896-1912)
Oral Dotterage “Pig” Johnston (1898-1987)
Loyce Smith Johnston (1902-1903)
Lloyd Strickland “Nig” Johnston (1904-1956)
She also helped raise the three daughters of Reuben’s first marriage.
  • Olivia had 8 brothers and sisters, and two sisters were twins.
Mary F. Jones
Walter A Jones
Thomas W. Jones
Bettie E Jones
Columbus Jones
Laura C Jones (twin)
Ellen S Jones (twin)
Mattie M Jones
  • The story passed down was her father had been a surgeon during the Civil War and had died of an illness. Her mother brought the family (five girls and one boy) to Texas.
Here is a photo of the Johnston Family taken from the newspaper, Comanche Chief, 29 Nov 1979.

4. Posted on my blog and linked to Randy’s blog post.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

On this day: Birth of Ira S. Hutson (10 Mar 1894)

Today’s ancestor, Ira S. Hutson, was my 1st cousin 3 times removed. Our common ancestor is Robert Hutson (1821-??), who is my third great grandfather. I descend through the son, Peter H. Hutson, while Ira descended through the son, Richard A. Hutson.
Ira's signature from his World War I Draft Registration

Ira S. Hutson was born on this day, 10 March 1894 in Clinton, Van Buren County, Arkansas[1] to Richard Alexander Hutson and Mary S. Middlebrook.[2] He was the fourth of six known children of Richard and Mary.

He married Jennie Brewer on 27 Aug 1914 in Van Buren County. Both were underage and Ira swore that the “parents on each side are knowing and perfectly willing for them to marry.”[3] He was 20 years old and she was 18. They both were from Formosa, Arkansas which was southwest of the county seat of Clinton. 

Ira registered for the draft on 5 Jun 1917, saying he was married with two children. He had black hair and gray eyes, and was of medium height and build. Ira was a farmer.

Together, he and Jennie had 3 children: Flora, Irwin S., and Lula M.

Later in 1935, Ira and Jennie divorced.[4] He lived for a time in Pemiscot County, Missouri and then found his way to McIntosh County, Oklahoma.[5] 

He married Velma Mae Winsett on 2 Oct 1937. By April 1940,  they had two children: Barnie L. and Mary E.  His second wife was just 18 with a fifth grade education. Ira’s highest grade was 8th. He rented his farm and worked as a farmer.

According to a tree on, Ira and Velma had  a total of nine children, two of which had died in infancy.[6]

Ira died on 9 April 1980 and is buried in Park Hill Cemetery in Cherokee County, Oklahoma.[7] Velma died 25 Mar 1997.[8]

[1] "WW I Draft Registration," database and images,, (, Ira S. Hutson.
[2] He was enumerated with his parents in 1900 and 1910: Arkansas, Van Buren, 1900 U.S. census, Griggs, ED 141, sheet 8a, p. 328 (stamped), dwelling 137, family 138, Richard Hutson , digital image, Ancestry ( accessed 2 Apr 2011), National Archives and Records Administration, T623, roll 78.  Arkansas, Van Buren, 1910 U.S. census, Griggs, enumeration district (ED) 123, sheet 2b, dwelling 33, family 33, Richard A Hutson, Digital images, Ancestry ( accessed 2 Apr 2011),National Archives and Records Administration, T624, roll 66.
[3] “Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957,” Van Buren County, Bk 11, p 66, 1914, Ira Hutson-Jennie Brewer; FHL film 2131955.
[4] “Arkansas Divorce Index, 1923-1939,” : accessed 10 Mar 2015, 1935, Mississippi County, I.S. Hutson & Jennie Hutson, Doc no. 5883, cert. no. 2323, vol. 12; citing Arkansas Genealogical Society.
[5] Oklahoma, McIntosh Co, 1940 US Census, pop sched, Beck, ED 46-1,sht 1b, fam 14, Ira S Hutson, digital image, ( : accessed 10 Mar 2015), citing NARA T627, roll 3310.
[6] “Hutson Family Tree,” owned by bhutsonii, : 10 Mar 2015.
[7] "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave (, Memorial# 33623749, Park Hill Cem, Park Hill OK, Ira S. Hutson.
[8] "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave (, Memorial# 33623764, Park Hill Cem, Park Hill OK, Velma Mae Hutson.

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