Showing posts from April, 2009

New York Gravestones

Lamb's Tree, Two has a fantastic link today:  They are trying to get all the tomb stones for New York state.  Part of the Gravestones Photo Project (GPP), there are also sites available for Massachusetts, Oregon and Utah.
According to their site: "The mission of this project is to capture digital images of gravestones of our ancestors. As decades pass-- many stones are becoming harder, if not impossible, to read the inscriptions they originally contained. 
By archiving the images, we can help save these important records and also assist researchers using this valuable resource."
I do not see any of my ancestors yet, so time to start editing my photos to their specifications and adding them.  The specifications alone are worth visiting the site:
I only wish that all the tombstone project sites would get together to form a comprehensive site, instead of having to check and add to all the known sites.

The Erie Canal

"Map of the Canal, and Profile of the Canal" -- from: Marco Paul's Voyages & Travels, Erie Canal / by Jacob Abbott. (Harper & Brothers, New York, c1852) -- frontispiece.  From
In writing a post on local history, I thought it interesting to connect my current location, Syracuse, NY with where I grew up, Buffalo, NY.  Buffalo is also where my ancestors settled and stayed for generations.
The Erie Canal is well known in upstate and western New York as the reason cities such as Buffalo, Albany, Utica and Syracuse became prime trade locations and grew so large.  Connected to each other by 363 miles of hand- and horse-dug canal.  The Canal ended at the Hudson River, where ships head to New York City.
Known as Clinton's Folly, then governor DeWitt Clinton dreamed up the project and used his political savvy to have it created.  No one believed something of that mass could be created.  The canal was built between 1817 and 1825.  The Eri…

(No) Tombstone Tuesday - Adam Fleeman

My 4th great grandfather, Adam Fleeman, does not have a stone.  The top photo is around his final resting place and the grass above is where he is located.  Died 25 Nov 1889. Buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, NY.

Madness Monday: Anna May Sanderson

Outside of a small genealogy project in elementary school, the first time I was introduced to finding your family history was when a woman contacted my grandmother and all of her sisters in regard to Charles and Anna May Sanderson (my great-great grandparents). She believed they Anna was her grandmother and had been married prior to being with Charles, had 3 children, then left them, married Charles, changed her name and left Canada for Buffalo.
Unfortunately, my family decided not to pursue it at the time. Luckily my grandmother saved everything and I have been trying to figure out if she was correct. I have also been in contact with her to exchange additional information. I wanted to see if I came to the same conclusion.
Information I originally had: Anna May Sanderson died in Buffalo, NY the 29 Apr 1928According to her death certificate she was born 17 Jun 1881 in Burlington, Ontario and her parents are William and Unknown Sanderson both of Burlington. Informant was her son, Hobso…

Book Swap

Has anyone checked out the PaperBack Swap?  A friend recommended it to me and so far it is fantastic!  You post books (paperback and hardcover) you no longer want and ship them to people who do.  You then can choose books from others and they send them to you.
You get 2 free book credits for signing up and posting 10 of your books.  You then get one for every one you send out.  There are a few genealogy books and a lot of history and travel ones.  I think we need to get more genealogy books up there!  There are a lot of people who have them on their wishlists...
If you do sign up, please use me as a referral and ask me to be a buddy: amandaea129
Enjoy the inexpensive books and helping the environment!

Fantastic Research Worksheet

Genealogy Gems News has a wonderful research worksheet which goes with the genealogy proof standard.  The best part - it's free!  Check it out here!

Probate File - Carolina Casillo

Carolina (Izzo) Casillo died 2 Oct 1934 in Buffalo, NY.  She left part of her estate to her children Amalia Berni, Alfred M. Casell, Angeline Frascelli, Lucy Murphy and Clara Catalano.  The majority was left to her husband Marco A.
Her estimated personal worth was $1400.

Family Search Correction?

My great-great grandfather is listed in the FamilySearch International Genealogical Index and a Pedigree Resource File with the incorrect death date.  I cannot seem to find a way to correct this.
He is Jacob Gress, died 11 Aug 1932, Buffalo, NY (married to Elizabeth Fink).  The death date listed, 25 Apr 1957, is actually for a Jacob Gross, of no relation.
Any suggestions?

Legend Seekers Premier Online

The premier episode of Legend Seekers is currently available on WSIU's website.  As not all PBS stations carry this show, this is an excellent chance for everyone to watch it.  It is only a half hour long and I highly recommend it.

Cemetery Findings - Forest Lawn

Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY is a huge, beautiful cemetery.  Founded in 1849, according to their website, it is well known for people such as President Millard Fillmore and Red Jacket being buried there.  According to my grandmother, it was where everyone who lived in Buffalo was buried.  Her parents, William Herbert and Vera Julia (Gress) Whitehead are in the Chapel and on Monday we got assurance that three other ancestors are also there.
While home for my cousin's daughter's christening Sunday I was able to add another day to visit Forest Lawn.  According to the pedigree resource file, my ancestors Adam Fleeman and Jacob & Barbara Fleeman Fink were buried there.  My grandmother also found out her grandmother Elizabeth Fink Gress is buried there.  I was hopeful that Adam's wife Barbara, Barbara's husband Gottlieb and Elizabeth's husband Jacob would also be located there.
Adam, Barbara and Elizabeth were indeed there, but where, of where, are their spouses…

FamilySearch Update - 1892 NY Census beginning to be indexed!!!

The following ennouncement made by FamilySearch is very, very, very exciting to me!  I can't wait to jump on and help index the 1892 NY census and can't wait even more for Buffalo to be put online.  I have searching it on my to-do list, but I always seem to come up with something else to research when I get to the library in Buffalo (about once every couple months).  This will make my life so much easier, as well as so many others.  Off work tomorrow, so indexing here I come...There are many new, upcoming, and completed indexing projects to report in this update. There are 12 new projects (see Current Projects chart below). These include three Belgian and two Argentina projects. The New York 1892 State Census project will be of great interest to many people. FamilySearch could not do all of these great initiatives without the great time and effort contributed by so many terrific volunteers. Thank you for your continued support.

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Lan…

Tomb Sweeping Day

OnThe Peripatetic Graveyard Rabbit 's blog today is a post about Tomb Sweeping Day in China.  In China this is called Qing Ming and has been celebrated since ancient times.  It is a solar holiday, which is usually celebrated April 4, 5, or 6.
On this day, the Chinese honor their ancestors, clean their grave cites and leave items such as food and drink.
It is mentioned in much literature, including the Vietnamese epic poem The Tale of Kieu, as follows: Swift swallows and spring days were shuttling by
of ninety radiant ones three score had fled.
Young grass spread all its green to heaven's rim;
some blossoms marked pear branches with white dots.
Now came the Feast of Light in the third month
with graveyard rites and junkets on the green.
As merry pilgrims flocked from near and far,
the sisters and their brother went for a stroll.

I plan on celebrating Monday.  I will visit some ancestors graves and clean them up after the long winter.  I hope you have the opportunity to do so as well.

Vital Record Madness

In NY, vital record copies for genealogical research are $22 each.  This has made me, unfortunately, do a little at a time, when I had the money.  Recently I ordered two death certificates for $44.  Now, I grew up in the same county in NY, where my ancestors had stayed since immigrating to America.  My family still lives there and yesterday my grandmother went to the county clerk with a list of 10 death certificates I need (plus 3 I don't have exact dates for yet) and was told they would be $10 each!  She therefore is getting 4 and a half for the price I paid for two!  I understand that if they mail them to me I should have to pay for postage, but $12 for a stamp?  Really??

Even if I had driven a couple hours each way to get them it would have been cheaper... and faster - she should have them by Tuesday and NY state can take over 5 months.  
Has anyone else found a similar problem?  It seems rather peculiar to me.

Citing Sources - Quick Reference Card

As any genealogist who has been working on their family history for a while will tell you, citing your sources is of utmost importance.  I have experience first-hand the problems created when others did not.  One example is the 5-generation chart I inherited from my grandfather.  It has names, some dates and general places for up to 3 generations of his ancestors, as well as his children's names, spouses and his first two grandchildren (only my cousin and I were born prior to his death).
It is a treasure to have this information and most of it is proving true, however it is not sourced.  Therefore, I have to go through a lot of searching to find information he had gotten first hand from relatives.
Please do not make your descents redo the research you have done.  Properly cite your sources on all forms you have.  If you need information on citing, Thomas MacEntree at GeneaBloggers has created a quick reference card.  Also, pick up either of Elizabeth Shown Mills source citation book…

Wordless Wednesday - Marcantonio Casillo (Casell)

Marcantonio Casillo (Marco Antonio Casell) - 1868- 1937 My great-great-grandfather