Wednesday, February 25, 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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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.

Monday, February 23, 2009

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 [?] Hospital, so she may have been a nurse.

I am on vacation for the next six days, so hopefully I will be able to further my search!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

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. 

Saturday, February 21, 2009

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:

It was hard to choose just 7!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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 birth locations are fully given, which would make me very happy if this is the same (or correct) people.  With a thick German accent I could understand how Eichhorn could be heard as Thorn, although I have to admit this is not one of the spellings I had ever came up with.  

Welland County, Ontario, Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1924; digital images, The Generations Network, Inc., and Genealogical Research Library  ( 

I have found them in the 1900 census, but not in 1910.   He was born Dec 1848 and she in Apr 1849.  They had been married 28 years and she was the mother of 8, with 5 still living.  It says they arrived in America in 1852 and Charles was naturalized.  This date is obviously incorrect.

Additionally I found the listing for the marriage of George Eickhorn, son of Charles H. Eickhorn and Katharine Weise in 1900 at St. James Episcopal Church.

June Partridge Zintz, Marriages from Buffalo church records 1825-1900, volume 1 : transcribed from microfilm of English-speaking Protestant church records and compared with marriage license records in Erie County Hall, 1 (Apollo, Pennsylvania: Closson Press, 2004), 1: 70.  

This is where I need help:

I came across the WWI draft card for Frederick William Eichhorn.  Does anyone have information on whether families often named one child one name and the next the reverse, such as William Fred and Frederick William?

How can I figure out which marriage record is correct?  Could they both be for my relatives?  It seems like quite a coincidence.

Additionally, I have not previously done research in Canada, so any suggestions you have on further research are much appreciated.

Research I plan to do to find more info on them, prior to immigration to Canada:
  1. Check with the Episcopal Church of Buffalo for records on the Eichhorns.  I have done this previously with the Whitehead family and found much information.
  2. Check Buffalo city directories between 1900 - 1910 to try to narrow down death records.
  3. Try to find Charles naturalization record for US.
  4. Check for probate records for both in Buffalo.
  5. Search for border crossing record in Niagara Falls.
  6. Check Canadian census' 1851 - 1871 for them with their parents.
  7. If the Thorn/Wise certificate is correct, try to figure out which Lutheran church they belonged to.
  8. Continue to read the two books I borrowed on Canadian genealogy research, as it is new to me.

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 raised two questions for me: Was Catherine widowed and marry a relative of Herman (it has happened in other branches of my family)?  Would parents name one child William Fred and another Fred?  

1880 U.S. census, Niagara County, New York population schedule, Town of Niagara, enumeration district (ED) 187, p. 21, family 153, Wm Eichorn; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed Aug 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9.  

3. William married Augusta Tross approximate in 1899 in Buffalo, Erie, New York.  I hope to find the record in the microfilm located in Buffalo Library when I visit family there next Friday.

5.  He is listed in the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census' with Augusta and their six children:
Kathryn V., Clara, Marie A., Edna L., Lillian L. and William T.

6.  His WWI draft card lists Augusta as his nearest relative.  He is also listed as a clerk with the Erie railroad.

"World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database and images, Ancestry ( : accessed Aug 2008), William Fred Eichhorn; citing name of registration card.  

7.  William died 9 Mar 1931 in Buffalo, Erie, New York and a death certificate is on order for him.  He did not have a will, but I do have his probate packet.  He is buried in Acacia Park & Resthaven Cemetery, North Tonawanda, Niagara, New York.

My next post will detail what I found today, as well as what I plan to research further.

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.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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 sister for the first time in November of 1999.Posted by Picasa

Saturday, February 14, 2009

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...

Friday, February 13, 2009

William T. Eichorn on 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 and sister Edna, along with his brother-in-law Friendly Amidon, sister Clara, niece Phyllis C. and nephew John F.  He was 15, born in New York and a student.

He is also listed on his father, William F. Eichhorn's will as William T. Eichhorn, Son, 17 yrs., residing in Buffalo, N.Y.

According to the SSDI he was born 10 Apr 1914 and died in 1983 in Buffalo, Erie, NY.

My to-do list for William:
  1. Research WWII army records, as I have not previously used them.
  2. Check NY vital records index for birth and marriage data and request certificates.
  3. Check will and probate files next time I am in Buffalo.
  4. Check Buffalo News for death notice/obituary.
  5. Hopefully, these will list cemetery of burial and I can find his tomb stone.
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records)," database, The National Archives ( : accessed 13 Feb 2009), William T. Eichorn; citing World War II Army Enlistment Records, created 6/1/2002 - 9/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 - 1946.  

1930 U.S. census, Erie County, New York population schedule, Buffalo City, enumeration district (ED) 15-174, sheet 11A, dwelling 154, family 254, William T. Eichhorn; digital images, ( : accessed Aug 2008); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T626.

Buffalo, New York, Letters of Admisistration, William F. Eichhorn, filed 5 Jun 1931; Surrogate's Court, Erie County, Buffalo. 

Social Security Administration, "Secian Security Death Index," database, Rootsweb ( : accessed 24 Jan 2009), entry for William Eichorn, 1983, SS no. 070-07-1875.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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 also knew people who would buy the old photos in frames and hang them on the wall, telling people it was their ancestor.  Of course, no one would ever debate the statement, but you have to feel bad for the person who decided to pursue their ancestry in this family.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

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 Nuwer Minderler 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 was given a copy of this in elementary school by my grandmother when I was doing a family history project.  

It begins, on page 3, with a "Narrative" as follows:

"Beginning in the 1840's and continuing for the next thirty years, millions of Europeans emigrated to the United States and Canada.  The Nuwers of Alsace-Lorraine were an early part of this movement."

It continues with information on the town of Lancaster, Erie County, New York where they settled, biographical information on several of the people listed and a list of descendants of Anthony and Margarete (Ludwig) Nuwer (my 5th great-grandparents).

This is a wonderful item to have, as the information on the later generations is taken first hand from interviews Estella did.  Unfortunately, none of it is documented and the later generations do not completely match up with research that has been done in more recent years.  The most depressing part of this is that Estella mentions an immigrant relative Christine Nuwer who kept a diary of her trip across the Atlantic.  It is depressing because there never was a Christine Nuwer and no one can locate the diary, to find out who had actually written it.  Further discussion on the diary can be found by Brian Smith.

I want to make sure that all information I write and that gets passed on to other researchers and further generations is correct and documented as such, so that they do not have to redo the work I have already done.  This will probably mean very little new research in February, which will be okay as I am waiting for quite a few New York vital records and my great-grandfather's WWI military records.

"The History of the Nuwers."  Estella Nuwer Minderler, 8 Dec 1974; privately held by Amanda Acquard, [STREET ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE].

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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).

Sunday, February 1, 2009

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!

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...