Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of June 11-17, 2018

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. This idea came from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing, who started this meme.

Genealogy
Monday Morning Genealogy session was small but everyone had opportunity to share and to collaborate with each other. We continued the conversation at IHOP.

At the History Center, we finished the processing and finding aid for the John Baldwin collection and started thinking about what collections to do next. I also began learning how to put the special collections into PastPerfect. Our monthly board meeting was this week. On Saturday, I attended the presentation at the Campbell Theater on Highway 21. I love the new theater seats in the theater and the presentations were wonderful with lots of nice old photos.

I gave a presentation on Beginning German Genealogy to the “How-To” series at the Concord Family History. Lots of enthusiastic people with great questions at the end.

For client work, I finished the client’s work and sent it off to him! I created a five-generation genealogy into book format with a table of contents and an index. I really hope he likes it.

Blog Writing: I wrote a few blog posts this past week:
A 52 Ancestors post about my great-grandfather, Thomas N. Johnston for Father’s Day.
A Saturday Night Genealogy Fun post about what my father liked to do.

Three members of the Certification Study Group met on Friday. After checking in, we discussed using DNA in our research, possible classes to take at SLIG and GRIP, and what we would discuss next week.

Other
I took several walks and here’s a photo from one. I sometimes forget to take photos at events. I need to work on that!



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Monday, June 18, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 25: Same Name: Look at all of the Elizabeths!

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.

My name is Lisa. I was not named after anyone. From name books, Lisa is derived from Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a Greek name, meaning either “oath of God” or “God is satisfaction.” Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist.

After doing a lot of family research, I have found many ancestors on both my father’s and mother’s sides, as well on my husband's side. I also named my first born, Elizabeth.

So checking in my RootsMagic database, which contains ancestors of my children, I found:
  • 10 Elizabeths with no surname
  • 86 people with Elizabeth as their first name
  • 46 people with Elizabeth as their middle name

There may have been more Elizabeths with the women whose middle names were listed as E. 

The closest people named Elizabeth in my father’s side of the family are:
  • My daughter, Elizabeth Ann
  • My sister, Sabrina Elizabeth
  • My great-aunt, Ethel Elizabeth Sullivan
  • My first cousin, once removed, Elizabeth Goe
  • My great-grandaunt, Elizabeth M. Gleeson
  • My second great-grandaunt, Elizabeth Tierney
  • My first cousin, once removed, Elizabeth L Hork
  • My first cousin, once removed, Elizabeth C Schwalen

My mother’s side are mostly from the South. I had to go back many generations before I found any Elizabeth names:
  • My three times great-grandmother, Elizabeth McCormack
  • My four times great-grandmother, Elizabeth S Neel
  • My first cousin, 4 times removed, Elizabeth Starks
  • My third great-grandaunt, Elizabeth N Coor
  • My first cousin, 4 times removed, Ann Elizabeth Welch
  • My third great-grandaunt, Elizabeth Welch
  • My fourth great-grandmother, Elizabeth Rebecca Young
  • My second great-grandmother, Eliza A Rodgers (which I didn’t count in the above nos.)
  • My third great-grandmother, Elizabeth Nixon
  • My second great-grandaunt, Elizabeth Loveless

Elizabeth names found on my husband’s lines:
  • My daughter’s grandaunt, Claire Elizabeth Gorrell
  • My daughter’s third great-grandaunt, Elizabeth Gorrell
  • My daughter’s first cousin, 4 times removed, Elizabeth Bliss
  • My daughter’s first cousin, 4 times removed, Elizabeth B Foughty
  • My daughter’s second great-grandmother, Catherine Elizabeth Shotts
  • My daughter’s third great-grandaunt, Elizabeth Shotts
  • My daughter’s third great-grandaunt, Elizabeth Bishop
  • My daughter’s first cousin, 4 times removed, Elizabeth Bishop
  • My daughter’s fourth great-grandaunt, Elizabeth Bishop
  • My daughter’s fifth great-grandaunt, Ann Elizabeth Bischof
  • My daughter’s sixth great-grandmother, Ann Elizabetha Ellrodt

This certainly doesn’t account for all of the women with Elizabeth as part of their name, but it’s a pretty good list.

I’d always wished my name had been Elizabeth; that Lisa had been a nickname from Elizabeth. That was why I named my daughters Elizabeth and Margaret, so they would have choices about nicknames, or not. Both are still called by their full names.

The Visitation
Philippe de Champaigne
1643–48

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Did Your Father Love To Do?

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) It's Father's Day in the USA on Sunday, so let's talk about our fathers. 
2)  What did your father really like to do in his work or spare time?  Did he have hobbies, or a workshop, or did he like sports, or reading, or watching TV?
3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.
There were several things my father liked to do, especially after he retired: gardening, cooking/grilling, and football watching. I wrote about his love of football in this post

In 1990, they had to move because of the freeway behind them was expanding, so they bought the old Potter house across the street. This property was larger and the backyard was nicely landscaped. My dad puttered around with that and also grew a vegetable garden.

And then in the kitchen, he loved to create dishes from either food from his garden or veggies from the store. He specialized in stirfrys.

He also loved inviting his family over for backyard fun. The patio and pool was meant for entertaining and he took advantage of it.

Enjoying his backyard with family

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of June 4-10, 2018

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. This idea came from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing, who started this meme.

Family
This past week was more about family than genealogy. My daughter, Margaret was home for a wedding and we did several things together:
  • Monday evening, we met with my sisters, Sabrina and Renee, at Eureka, a new burger place at the Willows Shopping Center. Only Renee had a burger while the rest of us ate fish tacos. It was a great evening of catching up with each other.


sister, Renee, daughter Margaret, sister Sabrina, and me
  • Tuesday evening, we went to a San Francisco Giants game where we watched them play the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Margaret and me at AT&T Park

  • Sunday, we all attended the memorial for our long-time friend, Bill Swindell, held at Larkey Park in Walnut Creek, next door to the train club. I first met Bill when I joined the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society. We had been friends since about 1974, having attended many PCR conventions together. His wife, Susan, babysat my children for fourteen years, too. I’m great friends with her as well, through genealogy. It was very nice seeing all of his friends, Susan’s friends, and his children and grandchildren.

  • After the memorial picnic, the four of us met Elizabeth’s boyfriend, Tye, for dinner in Oakland at Comino on grand Avenue. Delicious dinner and great conversation as we tried five of their dishes and two desserts.


Tye, Elizabeth, Norman, Margaret, Lisa at Camino Restaurant in Oakland

Genealogy
At the History Center, I continued working on the John Baldwin collection with John. The photos are almost matched up the their documentation. I got a new assistant, Alex, who tackled the Nilda Rego's collection with it’s many boxes.

I volunteered at the Oakland FamilySearch Library from five to nine. It was very quiet there, with way more volunteers than researchers. I think we need to promote the library for evening research! I also volunteered at the California Genealogical Library doing desk duty. I had lots of customers but got in a little of some genealogical research.

For client work, I worked some more on the genealogy summary on the fourth generation.

Blog Writing: I wrote a few blog posts this past week:
  • A 52 Ancestors post about two of my ancestors, Ebenezer Loveless and Nathan H. O. Polly, who were ministers.




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Saturday, June 9, 2018

SNGF -- Your Best Genealogy Research Find in May 2018 - Finding Uncle Jack's WWI Unit & Service No.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1) What was your best genealogy "research find" in May 2016?  It could be a record, it could be a photograph, etc.  Whatever you judge to be your "best."

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

After listening to three presentations from Jennifer Holik at Rootstech, I have been wanting to learn more about my great uncle, John Cyril Sullivan’s military service during World War I. He was injured during the war that caused him problems his whole life.

I felt that I knew nothing about where he served. I was really bummed out when the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis sent back my request for his military records saying they had no record for him.

Mm. I have a photo of him in an Army uniform. His tombstone says he was in the Navy. So the fire didn’t destroy the Navy records, so likely he was not in the Navy.

Back to the drawing board. What I decided to do was create a timeline of what I had and knew about his service. Jennifer says that writing is the best way to work out problems and create new questions and research avenues.

Timeline of what I have:

I have not found a World War I draft card for him. But I did find a newspaper article about a letter to Mrs. H.H. Goe (Nellie Sullivan) from her brother, Jack Cyril Sullivan, saying he enlisted in an engineering corps at Vancouver, Washington. Newspaper article dated 16 June 1917.[1] So it is likely he enlisted before the draft.


In January of 1918, another newspaper article in the Anaconda Standard (15 Jan 1918), listed a roll of honor for the boys who had gone from the St. Paul’s parish to the service of the country in the army and navy.  Two Sullivan men were listed: J.C. Sullivan (no address listed) and Cyril Sullivan (west of the city). It is possible that neither of these men were our John “Jack” Cyril Sullivan.[2]


A 30 Aug 1919 article from the Montana Standard, “Large Sum Realized by American Legion” had a donor named Cyril Sullivan. Still not sure this is our Cyril. I have no records of Cyril living in Montana after he moved in the early 1910s.[3]


 A possible John C. Sullivan, b. about 1889, was listed in the 1920 census living as a boarder in Los Angeles, California. He was listed as born in South Dakota and a cement finisher in construction trade.[4]

He's in household no. 9
A voter list for 1926, has Jack C Sullivan listed at 356 S Columbia av, as a contractor. His wife, Effa L also lived at the same address.[5]


In 1933, he was listed in the National Veteran’s Home, Sawtelle, as Jack C. Sullivan, 46608. Info from the form:[6]

June 4, 1917, Sgt, Co E, 4th Engrs,
Discharged 6 Aug 1919, H. Russell, Wyoming, demobilization
Disabilities: CNS syphilis, Cardiac arrhythmia mod, Chr myocarditis mod, draining sinus region l. hip mod.
wife Mrs. Effa, 729 Elm Av, Long Beach, Cal
born Mitchell SD, 49 yrs, 5-9”, rdy complexion, blue eyes, grey hair, white, cath, cement finisher
home history Aug 22, 1933
Army discharge
Pension certificate no. C-1779924


Reviewing this form, I realized that I need to search under the name "Jack C Sullivan."

This month, using the name “Jack C Sullivan” I searched on the Ancestry database “U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939.” I found Jack C. Sullivan, returning to the United States aboard the USS Von Steuben with  Company “E” Fourth Engineers from Brest, France on 21 Jul 1919, arriving 29 Jul 1919. The information on this list agrees with the information from the veteran’s home: Jack C. Sullivan, 568973, Sgt Enr, Co E, 4th engineers, John H. Sullivan, father, Anaconda, Montana.[7]


I finally found the information that I needed to make a second request for his military records. I sent for them using the previous request number. I got a response saying they found something and for $25 I can have copies of some pay vouchers. So what have I to lose? I sent in the money and am now waiting to see what I get.

Meanwhile, I so want to take a trip to St. Louis so I can do my own research in the Daily Reports of the Co E Engineers. Then I might find out how Uncle Jack was injured in the war, as it was a life-long injury.




[1] "Anaconda Well Represented," The Anaconda Standard, 16 June 1917; online images, GenealogyBank (http://genealogybank.com : accessed 7 August 2013).
[2] "Boys From St. Paul's in Country's Service," The Anaconda Standard, 15 January 1918, p 13; online images, GenealogyBank (http://genealogybank.com : accessed 7 August 2013).
[3] “Large Sum Realized by American Legion,” The Montana Standard, 39 Aug 1919, p. 14.
[4] 1920 U.S. census, Los Angeles, California, pop. sched., ED 302, sht 1, line 26, 9/9, John C. Sullivan, digital image,  Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Dec 2011).
[5] "California Voter Registration 1900-1968", digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 22 Oct 2015), 1926, Los Angeles City, Precinct No. 704, Jack C. Sullivan and Mrs. Effa L Sullivan.
[6] "U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 22 Oct 2015); citing NARA publication M1749, Sawtelle (Pacific Branch), 1933, Jack C. Sullivan.
[7] U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939, database, Ancestry (http:www.ancestry.com : 19 Apr 2019), U.S.S. Steuben, 19 Jul 1919, no. 16, Jack C. Sullivan, 568973; citing NARA RG 92, Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774-1985, roll 352..

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of May 28-June 3, 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.

Genealogy
I presented the last class at the California Genealogical Society’s Record Series Class in Oakland on Wednesday. Nine of the ten were present and we took a class photo.

Records Class Participants

For client work, I spent most of Memorial day plus some other days, I worked further on the genealogy summary. Three generations have been completed.

I continued working on the John Baldwin collection with John. We almost have all the loose photos connected to the paperwork, so that they can be scanned next.

Blog Writing: I wrote a few blog posts these past two weeks:
I wrote about my husband’s great-grandfather and how far he traveled in his line of work in the 52 Ancestors post

Family

After spending time at the Coast Division Meet recording the auction transactions, I returned home to pick up my daughter and drive up to Sacramento to meet for dinner with my niece, Maddy and her mother. We ate at the Tower Cafe and had a very nice visit talking about their upcoming trip and future plans at college.

At the Tower Cafe

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