Monday, July 1, 2019

GRIP 2019: Days 2-5


The second day of GRIP for me and the last day of kindergarten for my little man. How could I not use this photo for today's post?

GRIP went quickly as always. I learned so much from Judy Russell, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, and Rick Sayer on how to use laws to advance your research. So much so, in fact, that I need to go back to see what I've missed. We discussed probate records, immigration records, land records, and records during slavery.

I also attended 2 of the night lectures, one by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson on Transcriptions and one by David Rencher. As always, I spent plenty of time at Maia's Books and looking through the BCG portfolios.

My favorite part was talking with the other attendees at meals and breaks, after classes ended, and on the trip home. I can't wait to attend again next year!

See also Day 1 of GRIP. 

Monday, June 24, 2019

GRIP 2019: Day 1


I arrived at LaRoche University in Pittsburg yesterday afternoon. I was lucky this year to ride down with 3 interesting ladies who talked about genealogy for much of the ride. After dinner and the welcome program, I relaxed and got to know my roommate. It's hard to believe it's my 6th year attending a GRIP course.

Today was day 1 of Using Legal Documents: Understanding and using Legal Documents for Genealogical Research with Judy Russell, LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, and Rick Sayre.

Today we learned about civil litigation in the context of divorce records. It was fascinating to learn more about the legal process and how to find the statutes to learn more about documents created. My favorite part was discussing ethics in relation to the divorce cases. I've been reading a lot on ethics relating to DNA tests and it was a great reminder that you need to think about this for all record sets, even if the information is in public record.

I skipped the evening lecture that was on the Pennsylvania state archive and instead worked on my homework and hung out with friends. It's so great to be back at GRIP.



Monday, March 4, 2019

52 Ancestors: Wenzel Tross

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small began the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge in 2014. I am playing along this year. I will be following my mom’s pedigree chart to start. In addition to writing these posts, I will be making sure everything I have on the specific individual is in both OneNote and Legacy, do any basic research needed for missing documents, and start research plans as needed.

Me > My Mom > Robert Casell > Lillian Eichorn > William Fred Eichorn > Augusta Tross

No picture for Wenzel. If anyone out there has one, please let me know. I’d love to see it!

So this one is going to be simple. I am pretty sure that Wenzel is Augusta's father. I might have a marriage record for him and Maria Strassheim, but I'm not 100% sure on that. He would have died prior to 1921 when his wife and children left Germany for New York. Otherwise, he is still a mystery.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

52 Ancestors: Katharina Weiss

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small began the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge in 2014.  I am playing along this year.  I will be following my mom’s pedigree chart to start.  In addition to writing these posts, I will be making sure everything I have on the specific individual is in both OneNote and Legacy, do any basic research needed for missing documents, and start research plans as needed.

Been a while since I started this draft - let's get back to my mom's pedigree chart!

Me > My Mom > Robert Casell > Lillian Eichorn > William Fred Eichorn > Katharina Weiss

No picture for Katharina.  If anyone out there has one, please let me know.  I’d love to see it!

Baptismal Record. Katharina is #16
Katharina Weiss (German - Weiß) was born 19 April 1849 in Hohenstaufen, Donaukreis, Wûrttemberg, Germany. Her parents are Johann Georg Weiss and Eva Maria Krauss. She was baptized 3 days later, on 22 April at the Evangelische Kirche Hohenstaufen.

At some point she emigrated to Canada and married Charles Herman Eichorn in Chippewa, Welland, Ontario on 3 September 1871. The had 2 children in Canada, William Fred and Fredrick William. In 1877 or 1878 they moved to Niagara Falls, New York and had son George. They also had 2 children who I do not have first names for (both were born and died between 1880-1884). By 1884 they were living in Buffalo and had Clara, Charles, and Marie.

Charles died in 1907. 10 years later, on 9 June 1917, Katharina married Charles Gorndt in Ebenezer (a hamlet of West Seneca), Erie County, NY.

Katharina died 9 August 1936 in Buffalo and was buried at Buffalo Cemetery in Cheektowaga. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

52 Ancestors: Charles Herman Eichhorn

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small began the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge in 2014.  I am playing along this year.  I will be following my mom’s pedigree chart to start.  In addition to writing these posts, I will be making sure everything I have on the specific individual is in both OneNote and Legacy, do any basic research needed for missing documents, and start research plans as needed.

Been a while since I started this draft - let's get back to my mom's pedigree chart!

Me > My Mom > Robert Casell > Lillian Eichorn > William Fred Eichorn > Charles Eichhorn

No picture for Charles.  If anyone out there has one, please let me know.  I’d love to see it!

Charles Herman Eichhorn was born on Christmas day (25 Dec) 1848 in Diesbach, Thüringen, Germany to Nicholas and Dorothea (Schneider) Eichhorn. On 13 April 1852, he left Germany through the port of Hamburg with his parents, arriving in Quebec City. By 1861 the family was living in Chippewa, Ontario, Canada, where their last name was frequently seen as "Thorn."

Charles married Catherine Weiß [Weiss] on 3 Sept 1871 in Chippewa. They had 6 children, William Fred, Frederick William, George, Clara Catherine, Marie, and two I have yet to identify.

The family moved to the US between 1874 and 1878. In 1880 they can be found living in the town of Niagara, Niagara County, New York. By 1884 the family had moved to Buffalo. He was listed as both a laborer and an agent for a Tea company in census records.

Charles died in Buffalo on 25 February 1907 of influenza. He was buried in Buffalo Cemetery on Harlem Road in Cheektowaga, Erie County, NY, but there is no tombstone. His obituary was published in the Buffalo Evening News, 26 Feb 1907, and mentioned his being a member of the Court Lackawanna, No. 1335, I.O.F.

Back to Basic: July

July went quick! GRIP  went virtual! I attended (most) of the sessions in Documentation and then continued my citation work with my ProGen a...