Showing posts from February, 2009

An exceptional way to find a cemetery

The premier edition of the GYRabbits carnival is"exceptional finds" (Share with us those rare and unique cemeteries, gravestones, monuments, memorials, inscriptions, etc).  Although my entry is not about a rare cemetery, it is about a rare and unique way of finding it.
A few years ago, I was dating a guy who took me on a date in Rochester (we lived in the Finger Lakes at the time).  He wouldn't tell me where we were going, but when we got there, I was very excited.  We were located outside of Mount Hope Cemetery and he showed me around, taking me to graves of people like Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.  Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures that day, but it was a fantastic cemetery that I highly recommend visiting if you have the option.  It was one of the best dates I have ever gone on, as well as the most unique.

Wordless Wednesday - Kingston, Ontario

Photograph taken by me, summer 2008, in Kingston, Ontario.

Tombstone Tuesday - Lillian Eichhorn Casell

This is my the tombstone of great-grandmother Lillian L. Eichhorn Casell, located in Acacia Park and Resthaven Cemetery, North Tonawanda, Niagara, New York.  She was born the 22 Dec 1908, died 19 Dec 1938 and was buried on what would have been her 30th birthday.

UPS delivery:-)

I had a note from UPS Friday that I had missed a package from Buffalo and they would re-deliver it on Monday.  I knew it was some death certificates ( is quick!) and I just to wait patiently, which is not one of the things I do well...  Monday has arrived however and I now have two more death certificates!
The first is for William F. Eichhorn, my great-great grandfather, whose parents I have been researching for recently.  According to his son (the informant) they were Charles Eichhorn born in Canada and Dorothy Weis born in Germany.
The second was for on of my great-great grandmothers, Caroline (Izzo) Casell.  I do not have much information on her yet, but this gives two new names to look into: John Izzo and Catherine Donufrio(the first "o" looks like 3 vowel's typed on top of each other, so it might be spelled differently).  I am unsure of how the informant, Ruth Muller, was related and over the "the above is true..." is typed [?] Buffalo [?] Hospi…

Saturday Night Fun - Who's Number 21?

A bit later than Saturday night, here's my #21 for Randy of Genea-Musings prompt.
My #21 on my Anhentafel is my great-great grandmother Anna M. Zaepfel.
Anna was born 28 Sept 1874 in Elma, Erie, New York.  She married John George Nuwer 19 Apr 1893 at St. Mary's Church in Lancaster, Erie, New York.
Anna had 17 children, including my great-grandfather Albert Emil (he was number 9).  She must have been an amazing woman, especially since at least 16 of them reached adulthood.
She died 7 Aug 1943 and was buried in St. John's Catholic Church Cemetery, Alden, Erie, New York.
This photograph shows her with her first 10 children.

"Were You There?," (Alden) Alden Advertiser, 23 Oct 1975, p. 15, col. 1. 

Woo-Hoo I won the Kreativ Blogger Award!

Thank you so very much to Msteri at Heritage Happens and Jennifer at Jennifer's Genealogy Page for nominating me for the Kreativ Blogger Award!  I feel so honored with my new blog, especially from these two fantastic bloggers!!! The in rules for the Kreativ Blogger Award are: 1. Copy the award to your site.
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers. (how to choose only 7!!)
4. Link to those sites on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominate.

My nominees for this award are:
1. Olive Tree Genealogy 2. A Twig in My Tree 3. Claudias Genealogy Blog 4. Crowe's Nest 5. Desktop Genealogist Unplugged 6. Genea-Musings 7. TransylvanianDutch
It was hard to choose just 7!

The Parents of William F. Eichhorn, Post 2

In my research for more information on William F. Eichhorn's parents today I found the marriage certificate of Charles H. Eichhorme (Eichhorne?) and Catherine Wise in Chippewa, Welland, Ontario, Canada on 3 Sep 1871.  This appears to answer the Charles/Herman name question, as H possibly stands for Herman.  Witnesses were Leonard Wise (yay, possible relative!) and Miss Meyeir (sp?).  No parents are given for either and Germany is the only listing under birth place.

Welland County, Ontario, Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1924 166, Eichhome/Eichhorne-Wise, 1871; digital images, The Generations Network, Inc., ( : accessed 18 Feb 2009).  

I then came across a register for Catherine Wise and Charles Herman Thorn on the same day and in the same place.  The ages are different and so are the witnesses, including a Jacob Wise (possibly another relative!).  The ages on this match those on the 1880 census, while those on the first do not.  Parent names and …

William F. Eichhorn, Post 1

I spent my day researching at the Syracuse, New York library and on  I was hoping to find more information on my Eichhorn/Eichorn/Eckorn line.  In particular, I wanted to find information on the parents of my gg-grandfather William Fred Eichhorn.
Information I had prior to today:
1. William Fred Eichhorn was born 22 June 1874 in Chippewa, Welland, Ontario, Canada.  According to his birth registration his parents are Herman Eckorn and Catherine Wise.
Welland, Ontario, "Registrations of Births and Stillbirths - 1869-1909," Schedule A - Births, p. 279, Number 023918, Wm F Echorn; digital image, The Generations Network, Inc., "Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1909, Roll Number: MS929_18," ( Aug 2008). 

2. He was enumerated as Wm Eichorn in the 1880 census in Niagara County, New York with parents "Chas." and "Cath." and brothers "Fred" and "Geo." by an obviously lazy census taker...  This…

Wordless Wednesday - William H. Whitehead

My great-grandfather William Herbert Whitehead with his cousin Fred Whitehead's wife Irene.  Fred and Irene raced greyhounds.  This photograph is courtesy of my grandmother.

Tombstone Tuesday

This is the tombstone of my great-aunt Elizabeth.  Growing up I always heard the story of her from my maternal grandmother, particularly since my mother's middle name is Elizabeth after her, which is also where I (in part) got my middle name (also Elizabeth, but only partly because of my mother.  Mine is also after my paternal grandmother who's middle name is Elizabeth as well).
My great-grandparents, William Herbert Whitehead and Vera Julia Gress had their first child, Elizabeth, who died at only 9 days old.  Their doctors went on to tell them they would never have any more children, but they went on to have 5 more daughters.  It saddened me that my grandmother and her sisters had never been to Elizabeth's grave, so one of my first forays into family history was to find it for them.  Through a church record we learnt that she was buried at Buffalo Cemetery (Cheektowaga, Erie, New York) and with their help my grandmother and Aunt Judy saw the tombstone of their eldest siste…

Happy Valentine's Day (part 2)

Happy Valentine's Day to all my new blogging friends!  Here are some roses just for you!

You can even download it (right-click on picture, Save As Picture, put it in a file where you can find it) and send it to your favorite bloggers or email friends.  Thank you to Randy for this gift to pass along.
My favorite Valentine's Day present is the vase below that my boyfriend Aaron gave me today from the Corning Museum of Glass (made in Ithaca, NY).  The picture does not do it justice, as it is absolutely amazing!  He is also making me dinner and then we are going to the symphony.  I am one very lucky girl!

Happy Valentine's Day to Me!!!

Last night I bought myself a valentine's day present: an external hard drive and a SCANNER!!!
I am so excited that I can now put my pictures on my computer and participate in I Smile! for the Camera, Scanfest and more of the Carnival of Genealogy's.
Now I just need to figure out how it works...

William T. Eichorn on

Image is currently offering a one-week free trial, which I signed up for today (so much for no research until my sources are in order in Legacy).  This is not a site I have had luck with previously, as my ancestors have not been in the US long enough for most of the files and are in the wrong state (New York) for those of the right time period.

While I still have not found anything on my direct ancestors, outside of SSDI pages, I did make a discovery today!  My great-granduncle William T. Eichorn (Eichhorn) had a WWII army enlistment record page.  This sent me to for his Electronic Army Serial Number Merged Record, which is a new database for me.  
It has him enlisting  12 Feb 1943 in Buffalo, Erie, NY as a private in the army.  He was born in 1914 in New York, completed 4 years of high school, is a semiskilled routeman and is divorced without dependents.
I previously have William T. Eichhorn in the 1930 census with his father William F., mother Augusta…

Bidding on other people's relatives

I went to my first auction on Sunday and was dismayed to see that they were selling photographs and postcards from some one's estate.  The photo's were from the early 1900's and not labeled.  The postcards were from the mid-1900's and all had letters written on the back.

I had wanted to bid on them, but with a small apartment and a growing set of my own genealogical work, I had no where to put them.  It was very sad to me to see these photographs going to people who probably were going to throw them out and just wanted the frames or old photo books.  I just kept thinking about who these people were, what their lives were like and what a shame it was that no family members either existed or wanted them any longer.
My grandmother has always had a problem with seeing people sell photos in frames at garage sales and forbid my family to do so.  She said it was tacky and would prefer we just throw out the photos and sell the frames, if we did not want to keep them.  She als…

Source time

Following month two of the DearMYRTLE organization checklist, it is time to make sure all of the items I have are properly sourced in my genealogy program.  I have been doing pretty well, but I need to go back through and make sure I have all the father and mother relation filled in for Legacy, as well as citing the information I received from interviews.  I also have to better use the notes section, both for transcribing and my views of some of the information.
I am very well aware of the necessity of sources, due to a couple documents I have that were not sourced and have created some problems for me.
The first of these is a pedigree chart my grandfather created, which I will talk about further as soon as I buy a scanner and can attach images of all the documents he had.
The second is a document created by Estella NuwerMinderler on December 8, 1974.  Estella is my second cousin, four times removed on my father's mother's side.  Titled "The History of the Nuwers.", I w…

Tombstone Tuesday

Following the jumpstart your genealogy blog week #3. Participate in weekly blog themes: Tombstone Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday, etc. Many genealogy bloggers post photos of grave stones on Tombstone Tuesday or a photo worth 1,000 silent words on Wordless Wednesday. Participate in these informal events or invent your own.

This is the tombstone of my great-grandparents, Albert Emil Nuwer and Edna Agnes Roll, located at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Alden, Erie County, New York.
The only great-grandparent I remember was my grandpa Nuwer.  I recall cleaning out his farmhouse after his death and being unable to go to his funeral as I was so young (I had just turned 8).

The Happy Dance! The Joy of Genealogy

The theme for the 65th Carnival of Genealogy: "The Happy Dance. The Joy of Genealogy. Almost everyone has experienced it. Tell us about the first time, or the last time, or the best time. What event, what document, what special find has caused you to stand up and cheer, to go crazy with joy?

While interviewing my maternal grandmother about her parents and grandparents, she tried to list her mother's mother's siblings (there were eleven of them).  She could not remember all their names, so she stopped the interview to call her older sister to see if she remembered them.
This turned out to be the best interview interruption ever, as my great-aunt turned out to have a family bible with my great-great-great grandparents, their birth dates and their eleven children's names and birth dates listed.  I did a happy dance that day and will be sure to do another when I visit her in a couple months and get to make copies of it!