I've started a project cleaning up my database.
Whenever I finish a letter of the alphabet, I'll write a blog post to
report about what I learned about the surnames that start with that
After a batch of boring letter cleanups, the letter R was hiding some interesting goodies.
Once again, I had to remember that lost Canadian ancestors might have crossed the border (not just my great grandparents).
Edgar D Rogers lived in Burlington, Buffalo, and Elmira, New York. He was a hat and glove merchant. He died on 18 Oct 1911 in Elmira.
Edgar's obituary led me to his sister, Euretta Rogers Field, in Buffalo, New York. I had her death registration in Lincoln County, Ontario in 1921, but I couldn't find her in the 1901 and 1911 Canadian censuses. That's because after he husband's death, she moved to New York with her 2 daughters. I found them in the 1900 and 1910 censuses, but not the 1920 census. So she probably returned to Ontario in the 1910s.
Edgar's obituary also told me that his sister Elizabeth was unmarried and living in Canada at the time of his death. I found her death on 1 Jul 1913 in Toronto, Ontario. I still can't find her in the Canadian censuses (or US).
Using FamilySearch, I was able to find the death registration of another Rogers sibling. Mary Ann Rogers Miller died in 1878. I went back to Ancestry to find the image and found her mistranscribed at Mitter.
And if all the Rogers family findings were not enough, I also was able to find the marriage of George Michael Eiswerth and Esther Anna Russell on 1 Oct 1919 in Batavia, Genesse County, New York. I'm not sure why I never looked for George in Genesse County since that was where he registered for the WWI draft. I was then able to find them in the 1920 census. Esther died in 1926 and I lose George until his WWII draft registration back in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Good thing the letter R re-energized my organization because I'm going to need it for all the letter S surnames in my database.