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.

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 in Review


Another year has come and come.  My annual review.

1. What did you do in 2018 that you’d never done before? Bought a house! Won money in Las Vegas, took Julian on an airplane, went to Arkansas, took Julian to NYC and went to see Santa at Macy's and to the Museum of Natural History.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I'm not a fan of resolutions; I much prefer a word of the year.

My word for 2018 was explore.  I did a lot of exploring, we made it to Las Vegas, Philadelphia, NYC, and Scranton as a family, I went to GRIP in Buffalo, and to Orlando and Little Rock for conferences. I didn't make it to South Dakota, sadly, but will keep that on the list for next year, along with a visit to Chicago, and another trip to NYC. It looks like an overseas trip is unlikely in 2019, but hopeful for 2020. Plus we explored the homes for sale in Syracuse and bought one! I have also gotten back into exploring my family tree.

For 2019 my word is nurture. I was listening to a podcast recently where the guest was talking about how, for so long, she only focused on her head, like it was a balloon without a body. This resonated so much with me. My focus is on nurturing my body this year with whole foods and exercise. I also want to continue to nurture my relationships with family and friends.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My friend Claire. We also went to 2 weddings (Scott & Laura, Theresa & Jeremy)

4. Did anyone close to you die? We were not close, but my great uncle Bud passed away.

5. What places did you visit? Orlando, Philly, Fireman Museum, Las Vegas, Scranton, Little Rock, Washington, DC (very quick trip), Cooperstown, NYC, the North Pole (via the Polar Express Train Trip), lots of places around Western & Central NY.

6. What would you like to have in 2019 that you lacked in 2018? …

7. What dates from 2018 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? July 5th when we bought a house!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Something that also turned into a big sadness (sorry for the vague-blogging; see also #6…)

9. What was your biggest failure? Continually starting exercise programs, but not keeping up with it.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Just the usual sinus infections

11. What was the best thing you bought? Our house!!!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? My mortgage broker

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Our government

14. Where did most of your money go? Buying a house!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Moving into our new house (can we detect a theme?)

16. What songs will always remind you of 2018?  Shut Up & Dance, Call Me Maybe, Santa Claus is Coming to Town (sung by Julian &n Bruce Springsteen)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? Same
c) richer or poorer? Hello, mortgage…

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Exercise

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worry

20. How did you spend Christmas in 2018? Christmas morning was in our new house!!! Then dinner with friends. We also did Sunday with my dad & gramma, Monday with my mom and then her family, and the following Friday with my in-laws.

21. Did you fall in love in 2018? No

22. What was your favorite TV program?  Great British Baking Show

23. What did you do for your birthday in 2018? We were in NYC and saw Santa at Macy's and got a cupcake from Sprinkles.

24. What was the best book you read? I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott (not out until 2019 - one of the best parts of being a librarian is the ARCs)

25. What did you want and get? A great spring break trip to visit my Aunt & Uncle in Las Vegas; to become Membership VP for JLS; to visit NYC after not making it last year

26. What did you want and not get? To drive from Buffalo to South Dakota with Wendy and her kids.

27. What was your favorite film of this year? Crazy Rich Asians

28. Did you make some new friends this year? I did :-)

29.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Winning the lottery. I ought to start playing.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2018? I'm not sure I've ever had a "personal fashion concept" though I have gotten into long sleeve t-shirts.

31. What kept you sane? Reading; Aaron; driving to Madison County to see wind turbines

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Justin Trudeau

33. What political issue stirred you the most? What they are doing to the undocumented children and families.

34. Who did you miss? My Grandpa Acquard and Uncle Brian, like every year now.

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2018: Wind turbines make everything better. Follow your gut.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Census Sunday: Judd & Emma Earl 1875

I have recently been researching my husband's father's family. My husband's cousin has become a genealogy addict and we've been sharing information, particularly on the Earl family of New York. The 1875 New York state census shows Juddson/Jedediah Byron and Emogene Earl (listed as Jedd B. & Emma Earle) living in Lyonsdale, Lewis County, NY as newlyweds.



If your ancestor had gotten married or died during the previous year, it is listed at the end of the census before the agricultural information. The next page shows Jedd B. Earle and Emma Yauger getting married on 3 May 1875 in Hawkinsville (a hamlet of Boonville); he had been previously married, but she had now. The were married by a Protestant Methodist (PM) clergyman.

Looking back at their census record, they lived next door to Jane Yauger and her children. Hoping this was a relative of Emogene's, I traced Jane back in the census and found that Jane is her mother (her father is Henry who died in 1873.) Excited to push this family back a generation, especially since both of these families have been researched by other genealogists. Now to collaborate their findings.

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? ...