Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Weeks of October 29-November 11, 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 Research. I spent most of the 11th, working on the Johnston-Couch line, picking up some 1940 U.S. census death, cemetery, and newspaper records on Ancestry, FamilySearch, and Findagrave. Two of my great-grandfather’s sisters married Couch brothers. There were a lot of Couch surnames found in the Comanche Chief newspaper of Comanche Co, Texas.

SLIG Virtual Practicum. I worked on Week 3's assignment while in New York and Week 4's when I got home. I have found that using a research log can be useful, but there is not enough space to write some analysis. I’m going back to a research report for Week 5. Week 4 was a kicker, with DNA analysis and research in English records! Thanks to Sheri for the help.

Blog Writing: I wrote two blog posts these two past weeks:
Week 44: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks was about “Frightening.” I posted some photos of one of the many Halloween parties my parents had. One of the photos has a “ghost” in it.

Week 45: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks was about “Beards.” I wrote about John Gleeson, showing him in three photos sporting his beard.

Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. About our Zig Zag ancestors. I could only go back five generations. This past week’s topic was what we collected as a child and I reposted one from two years ago.

Intermediate Skills 2. We had our last class about genealogy writing. I covered it in two parts: writing as we research (research plans, research reports, research logs), and final products (genealogies, family history, etc.). I think everyone liked the presentation very much. I forgot to take a class photo, so I have no visual record of the participants.

Cert Support Group: Dennis turned in his portfolio and now feels like I do: both relieved and sort of lost. When you work on something as hard as we did for nearly two years, you wonder what you should now do with your time. We also discussed Chapter 16 in the new Professional Genealogy book on DNA.

Other Activities
We spent eight days in New York City, traveling there to see our daughter, Margaret, in a new play called “Meg, Beth, Amy, Jo & Louisa” about Louisa May Alcott’s writing of Little Women. It was very good. They hope to take it on to the Fringe season.

We saw different things in New York City this time: Central Park, Roosevelt Island, Teddy Roosevelt’s Childhood Home, and crossing the Williamsburg Bridge into Brooklyn. We saw two Broadway shows: The Band’s Visit and The Waitress, and ate at some very nice restaurants. We also hit Katz Diner again so Elizabeth, who arrived in NYC just after Margaret’s play, could eat there. 

I also took a trip to New Jersey, met by friend, Judy Russell, and we went down to Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge for a day of bird watching. I shot some 150 plus photos and had great conversation with Judy. All in all, a great trip.

This past week, I mostly stayed indoors due to the Camp fire up in Butte County that is sending smoke and poor air quality to the Bay Area. 

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks--Week 45: Beards

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.

I wrote previously about my grandfather, Tom Johnston's beard in this blog post. For this week, I'll present my great-great-grandfather, John Gleeson's beard.

John Gleeson was born about 1835 probably in Ottawa, Canada. He married Margaret Tierney around 1858 in Carleton County, Ontario. They had ten children. In 1879, they moved to Dakota Territory to what is now Mitchell, South Dakota. Sometime after 1900, they moved to Portland, Oregon where he died in 1915.

John with 2 children c. 1860s

John, taken in Mitchell, South Dakota

John wore his beard all through his life.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Zigzag Ancestor Lines

Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun’s assignment this week:

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)  What is your father's Zigzag Ancestor line (NOTE: I just made that up...}?  In other words, your father's mother's father's mother's etc. line back as far as you can go.

2)  Tell us in your own blog post (and drop a link here in a comment), or on Facebook with your response.

Here is my father’s Zigzag line:

1.  My father was William Joseph Hork (1930-2007) of Ontario, California and Walnut Creek, California.

2.  His mother was Anna Marie Sullivan (1892-1979) of Anaconda, Montana and Santa Clara, California.

3.  Her father was John H. Sullivan (1854-1931) of County Cork, Ireland and San Bernardino, California.

4.  His mother was Mary Sheehan of Ireland and Todd Co., Minnesota.

I can only go back this far with the Irish line. The records are either incomplete or they came from another place.

My mother’s Zigzag line:

1.  Lela Nell Johnston (1934-1992) of Stephenville, Texas and Walnut Creek, California.

2.  Her father was Tom J Johnston (1912-1973) of Gustine, Texas and Pleasant Hill, California.

3.  His mother was Nell Hutson (1888-1919) of Comanche Co, Texas.

4.  Her father was Peter H. Hutson (1853-1930) of Georgia and Comanche Co, Texas.

5.  His mother was Amanda Davis (1826-????) of Georgia and ????

I do not know what became of Amanda and where she was from. My mother’s lines can go back much farther in time, depending on which line I choose, however this line deadends on the female line.

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