Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cleaning Up The Letter R

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 letter.

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.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Geneabloggers attending Indiana Genealogy Society Conference

After a successful gathering of genealogy bloggers at the Midwest Geneabloggers Meetup in March, I'm looking forward to another group of bloggers gathering in Fort Wayne. This time everyone is meeting up to attend the Indiana Genealogical Society's Annual Conference on April 28 at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne.

Genealogy bloggers planning to attend are:
If you are attending the IGS conference and I left you off the list, please leave a comment or send me an email to genwishlist@gmail.com and I will add you.

I'm looking forward to a wonderful conference and hanging out with my friends.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Roath Family - A Brick Wall No More

As part of my organization of my genealogy database this year, I have been finding new records of my family and reanalyzing what I have. The images of Gallia County, Ohio marriage records were added recently to FamilySearch. So I was finally got a copy of the marriage of my 4th great grandparents, Thomas Russell Matthews and Susan Roath.


I had a family history that gave Susan's maiden name as Roath. But the marriage record showed Booth. I thought about changing Susan's maiden name to Booth in my database. But I decided to do some searching first.

I search the Gallia County 1830 census for Roath and Booth families. None of the Booth families had a daughter Susan's age, but the household of Russell H Roath did.

My next step was to review the books on Gallia County available at the Allen County Public Library. There I searched will abstracts for both Roath and Booth. Russell H Roath had left a will in 1832 giving all of the names of his children, including a Susan.

I started tracking his widow, Lydia, and his children. In 1850, Lydia was living with her youngest son, James, in Huntington Township, Gallia County. I couldn't find her in 1860. In 1870, she is living in Huntington Township with daughter Mary Lydia and son-in-law Benjamin Martin.

Then I started tracking Benjamin and Mary Lydia Martin. In 1860, they were living with Lydia Holcomb, aged 74, and Lovina Matthews, aged 20. That's when I realized that I had already seen this census record...2 years ago.


Lovina Matthews is the daughter of Thomas Russell Matthews and Susan Roath. She is also my 3rd great grandmother. In 1860, she was enumerated twice. Once with her parents and once with the Martins. I never investigated who the Martins were back then. Now I have the connection to the Matthews, Roaths and Martins figured out.

Russell H Roath was born between 1771 and 1775. He died on 1 December 1831 and is buried in Glenn Cemetery in Huntington Township. Lydia was born about 1787 in Rhode Island. She died 12 May 1873 in Vinton, Gallia County. The family of Russell H Roath and Lydia:
  • Eliza Roath - oldest daughter, possibly married before father's death in 1832
  • Barret F Roath - born about 1808 in New York, married Milly first, married Margaret Ward second, moved to Knox County, Illinois and then possibly to Nebraska (in which case he magically found a dozen children)
  • John N Roath - born about 1811 in New York, married Sarah "Sally" Saunders, died on 22 Jan 1882 in Burnside, Hancock County, Illinois
  • Nancy Roath - born 14 Dec 1812, married Simeon C Howell, died on 16 Oct 1847 and buried in Jackson County, Ohio
  • William Roath born 24 Mar 1815, not found after father's will
  • Susan Roath born 23 Jun 1818 in Gallia County, Ohio, married Thomas Russell Matthews, died 23 June 1874 and buried in Jackson County, Ohio
  • James Warren Roath - born 1 Sep 1825 in Ohio, married Emily Jacks, moved to Minnesota and died on 1 Dec 1908
  • Mary Lydia Roath - born 5 Nov 1827, married Benjamin Martin, died 26 Mar 1884 and buried in Gallia County
  • Almira Caroline Roath - born about 1829 in Ohio, married John Ewing
  • Lydia Roath - not found after father's will which lists a daughter Lydia and a daughter Mary E

I believe that they Lydia Holcomb in this records is Lydia, widow of Russell H Roath. I have found no marriage for her to a Holcomb though.

I still have more work to do on this family, including getting a copy of Russell's will and tracking his land. He left his property to son James and William. So deeds might help me figure out what happened to William.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Cleaning Up The Letter P

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 letter.


I finished cleaning up the P surnames in my genealogy database today (although I would have much rather been working on the brick wall that I smashed yesterday. More to come on that.)


I was able to have one new finding. Dwight Washburn married Nancy Paulk in 1833 in Athens County, Ohio. I lost them after the 1850 census when they resided in Lee County, Iowa. But another search for Dwight pulled up his entry in the 1860 mortality schedule for Bourbon County, Kansas. Then I was able to find Nancy and their children and track her to Missouri.


Now on to the letter R (with one less brick wall).

Friday, April 6, 2012

Edward Eiswerth and Angie Couche Marriage

So after saying that I would wait for the index before diving into the 1940 census, I gave in. On Wednesday, I thought I would just look for my grandfather in Limestone Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. And once I found one record, I wanted them all. After about 45 minutes, I had found all my direct ancestors and I was bored with the 1940 census.

Yesterday, I went on FamilySearch to see if they had any new records available. I thought that they might have only been uploading the 1940 census, but I was happy to find an update to the Ohio marriage records. Searching for my great grandparents, I finally found their marriage record in Columbiana County, Ohio.


Edward C. Eiswerth and Angie C Couche were married 14 October 1919 in East Palestine, Ohio.

My great grandfather was a very serious man by all accounts. He didn't like my great grandmother's first name, Angela, and instead called her Catherine. For the rest of her life she went by Catherine. But before that, she went by Angie. I wonder if her mother called her "Angie" when Catherine would take her son to Cleveland to visit her mother. I wonder how she felt never hearing her name again after moving to my great grandfather's birthplace in central Pennsylvania. I think I'm going to refer to her as Angie for now on; I already call her Angela Catherine.

Other interesting things about this record:
  • Edward's mother's name is misspelled as Dinchmer. It should be Dincher.
  • Angie uses the Americanized name for her father, Enos Couche. But the surname Couche was not used until after her father's death. Their original surname was Kavcic. (Or at least that is what they used after arriving in the US from Austria.)
  • Angie also uses the Americanized name for her mother, Pauline Albright. Her first name was Apolonia. I have seen many variations of her maiden name including Albrecht and Albrict.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cleaning Up The Letter O

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 letter.


Just finished going through the O surnames in my database. I found a few blanks that shouldn't have been blanks: a marriage and a birth date that were in sources but not filled in my database. Nothing new found though.


Next up is the letter P and the Potter family.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cleaning Up The Letter N

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 letter.

Quick clean up of the N surnames in my genealogy database this morning. There were only 10 names to organize. Some were from the line I'm skipping during this organization (because I think it might be wrong). Two were the Neal boys that married Ricketts sisters. It might help if I had a first name for those guys.


Nothing new found within the letter N. Onto O! 12 more letters to go.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cleaning Up The Letter M

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 letter.

I thought the Ms would never end. Which means the letter S will go on forever and ever. You would think with all the M surnames in my family tree that I would have found something exciting. But not really.

I did manage to add more marriage records to the Matthews family. When FamilySearch originally released the Ohio County marriage collection, it did not include Gallia County. I was able to find images for most of the Matthews marriages, but there are still a few that I'm missing. Maybe they never got married, or it wasn't recorded, or they married in another state. 

The marriage record for my 4th great grandparents has me reevaluating my records. A family history gave Thomas Russell Matthew's wife's name as Susan Roath. The marriage record gives it as Susan Booth. I know I shouldn't trust the family history over the marriage, but there are both Roaths and Booths in Gallia County, Ohio when they married in 1839. No Booth family has a female Susan's age in the 1830 census, but a Roath family does. I searched the Gallia County books at ACPL, but I didn't find any mention of Susan in probate records for Roaths or Booths. I'll have to check deed records at some point to see if I can find the connection. 

That's about all I found in the letter M. Only 9 Ns to organize, so I'll probably finish them tomorrow.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Preparing to Wait for the 1940 Census Index

I just finished watching the 1940 Census Opening Ceremony and now I am ready to find my ancestors...after its indexed.

My friend, Marge, will tell you that I want all records online, indexed and free. Don't we all? Of course I want access to all records, but they don't have to be online. If I can view them at the Allen County Public Library, I would be happy. Plus if they were all online, I'd stay home and never see any of my geneafriends. I'd love to have everything indexed, but I'm willing to make my own index. And I might wish everything to be free, but I know that it costs money to host all the images I want, so I'm willing to pay (a reasonable price).

I'm looking forward to finding my ancestors in the 1940 census. My paternal grandfather wasn't in the 1930 census with his parents, probably due to a miscommunication. And my maternal grandfather's family has left Kalamazoo, Michigan by 1934 and they don't show up in Cincinnati, Ohio until 1940. So I'm looking forward to finding out where they said they were in 1935. Plus I can't wait to find all the great aunts and uncles that I've lost in my research.

Since I know that the 1940 census index should be done by the end of the year, I'm not in a hurry find my ancestors. I know they will still be there waiting for me and I'll have spent my time more wisely by working on other projects.

Although I'm in no hurry to search the census, I have prepared for the 1940 census. I spent some time in the last month searching the city directories to find the addresses for my ancestors in 1940. But then I asked myself, "Why stop at 1940?" So now I am ready for the 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2010 censuses.

I will be helping to index the 1940 census as part of the 1940 Census Community Project. Watch the online videos and find out how you can help to index as well. Then make sure you choose the Indiana Genealogical Society as your group (because I'm group administrator for IGS).

So while everyone else is finding enumeration districts and searching the 1940 census page by page, I'll be working on my other 2012 goals and indexing as part of the Indiana Genealogical Society's group.