120 Years Ago Today – March 16, 1898

A continuing feature on the blog for 2018 is be a series called “120 Years Ago Today”. I’m collecting newspaper clippings relevant to Russell County from The Adair County News in the year 1898. I hope you find some surprises to add to your family tree!

I’ll be doing a bit of digital cleanup on the files to remove streaks and scratches, but you can download the original file from the link. Right-click on my image to save the cleaned-up version. I also plan to include a list of names mentioned in the articles at the end of the blog post to make it possible to find with an internet search.

There were no mentions from Russell County this week, so I thought you’d enjoy looking at the Store Ad that appeared on the front page of just about every edition of the paper. There will be quite an increase in the number of Russell County related items beginning next week!

Here’s the link to this edition of the newspaper. Link

Adair County News, Page1, 1898-03-16

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Genealogy Snack #9

Here’s a challenge for you. How many different formats for an ancestor’s name can you list? Think Google Searching. I seem to get fixated on a name and rarely consider searching for different formats of a name. As I’ve been working through the weekly newspaper clippings for Russell County, I notice that 90% of the names are given with initials – something I would rarely look for in a Google search. A book index might have your ancestor’s name listed with the last name first.

Think about possible nick-names. You can use Google to find a list of nicknames for a specific name. Another great site for this would be Wolframalpha.com. If you enter a name, you’ll get lots of information about the name. Popularity ranking, estimates for the current US population, etc. But if you scroll down, you’ll see a box labeled “Alternate versions”. That box will give you a list of variations for the name you’ve entered. Here’s the list of alternates for the name “Mary”. Alternates_for_Mary

Family tree magazine also has a list of female nicknames. Link

Think also about common misspellings of the name. For example: Stephens vs. Stevens

If your ancestor was from another country, or THEIR parents were from another country, don’t forget to consider foreign versions of the name as well. For example – Andrew vs. Andreas.

Once you’ve created your list, consider adding it to your Research Plan for that ancestor.

To get you started:
First Middle Last
First Middle Initial Last
Last, First
Last, First Middle
Last, First Middle Initial
First Initial Last
First and Middle Initials Last
Nickname Last
Abbreviation Last

If you are brainstorming for a female ancestor, don’t forget that often, females were referred to with their husband’s name. For example, Mrs. A.J. Stephens. Think of ways that “Mrs.” could be included in your list.

Here’s my list for one ancestor:

Andrew Jackson Stephens
Andrew Stephens
Andrew J. Stephens
A.J. Stephens
A. Jackson Stephens
Jackson Stephens
Jack Stephens
Andy Stephens
Stephens, Andrew Jackson
Stephens, Andrew J.
Stephens, Andrew
Stephens, A.J.
Stephens, A. Jackson
Stephens, Jackson
Stephens, Jack
Stephens, Andy
Andrew Jackson Stevens
Andrew Stevens
Andrew J. Stevens
A.J. Stevens
A. Jackson Stevens
Jackson Stevens
Jack Stevens
Andy Stevens
Stevens, Andrew Jackson
Stevens, Andrew J.
Stevens, Andrew
Stevens, A.J.
Stevens, A. Jackson
Stevens, Jackson
Stevens, Jack
Stevens, Andy

In a future “snack”, we’ll be using these variations for another quick exercise.

120 Years Ago Today – Mar. 9, 1898

A continuing feature on the blog for 2018 is be a series called “120 Years Ago Today”. I’m collecting newspaper clippings relevant to Russell County from The Adair County News in the year 1898. I hope you find some surprises to add to your family tree!

I’ll be doing a bit of digital cleanup on the files to remove streaks and scratches, but you can download the original file from the link. Right-click on my image to save the cleaned-up version. I also plan to include a list of names mentioned in the articles at the end of the blog post to make it possible to find with an internet search.

Here’s the link to this edition of the newspaper. Link

Adair County News, Page1, 1898-03-09, Creelsboro

Adair County News, Page1, 1898-03-09, Font Hill

Adair County News, Page2, 1898-03-09, Esto 1

Adair County News, Page2, 1898-03-09, Esto 2

Adair County News, Page2, 1898-03-09, Jamestown

Adair County News, Page2, 1898-03-09, Russell Springs

Dr. A Jones, Emma Campbell, Ben Ham, Mrs. Ramsey, J.W. Coffey, J.M. Snow, B.F. Buster, W.H. Hudson, J.L. Mann, Manuel Sloan, Lula Scheidler, Verta Lester, Ella Lester, Josie Wooldridge, Dr. Ollie Taylor, Maggie Jones, Maggie Smith, L.C. Smith, Logan Ham, Frank Grider, L.G. Holt, Maggie Deaton, W.S. Rexroot, Zach Potts, M.E. Tarter, Squire Shephard, E.O. Stone, F.L. Wilson, E.Y. Kilgore, Z.T. Williams, Mattie Gaar, Paschal Phelps, Oliver McElroy, Lizzie Price, Maggie McElroy, Blanche McElroy, Mary Stearman, Tom Selby, Bascum Grider, Loren McKinley, Boyard Grider, J. Popplewell, Sallie Miller, Albert Miller, Ed Stone, Mr. Higginbottom, Mr. Pace, A.H. Holt, Lillie Williams, Emma Burdhette, Myrta Smith, Maggie Jones, Wm Vaughan, Tinnie Wells, Ella Payne, O.B. Vaughan, Lilburn Phelps, A.L. Meldrum, W.S. Stone, J.E. Hays, Mrs. Barnes, Otha Garner, Antoinette Popplewell, Joseph Dunbar, Miss Piercy, Rachel Dowell, Allene Marcum, Lucy Gann, W.L. Dowell, Z.T. Williams, F.W. Wade, A.R. Humble, A.R. Foley, John A. Webb, Chas. Hymen, Luther Williams, J.H. Payne, Bud Cain, James Ford, Creelsboro, Font Hill, Esto, Jamestown, Russell Springs

 

 

Genealogy Snack #8

It’s March! For some of us, we might be sensing the very first hints of spring. Maybe you’ve had your fill of winter and you are getting a bit of cabin fever. Wouldn’t a genealogy road trip be nice?

child-830988_640Time for a little day dreaming. If you could hit the road tomorrow, where would you go and what would you research once you got there? Take a few minutes and make a list. Keep your list handy for the next week because once you start thinking about something, your brain will keep working on it even when you aren’t aware that it is. Suddenly, a new idea will come to your mind. (Especially in the middle of the night!) Keep your list on your night stand with a pencil handy. Keep it on your desk at work. Keep it on the table next to your chair while you watch tv. You never know when inspiration will strike!

Would you:

  • Visit a cemetery?
    • Which cemetery?
    • What’s the address?
    • Who is buried there? Do you have a list of every ancestor in the cemetery?
    • Add this information to your Research Plan for that ancestor!
  • Visit the library?
    • Look for their website
    • Do they have a genealogy section?
    • Do they have vertical files? Many library keep obituaries from the local paper.
    • Does the library have old newspapers?
    • What specific books would you look for?
    • Make a list of ancestors with dates that might be included in the book.
    • Add the book to your Research Plan for that ancestor!
  • Visit the courthouse?
    • Make a “To look for” list
    • Does FamilySearch happen to have those records available online?
    • Add the records to your Research Plan!
  • Visit the historical society?
    • When do they have their meetings?
  • Interview a relative?
    • Which relative?
    • What would you ask?
    • Ask about old photos.
  • Take photos of historical places?
    • Which ones?
    • Can you find the address where an ancestor used to live or work?
    • Does it still exist?

I’d love to hear what you’d add to the list! It might be just the brain-jogger the rest of us need when making our own list!

120 Years Ago Today – March 2, 1898

A continuing feature on the blog for 2018 is be a series called “120 Years Ago Today”. I’m collecting newspaper clippings relevant to Russell County from The Adair County News in the year 1898. I hope you find some surprises to add to your family tree!

I’ll be doing a bit of digital cleanup on the files to remove streaks and scratches, but you can download the original file from the link. Right-click on my image to save the cleaned-up version. I also plan to include a list of names mentioned in the articles at the end of the blog post to make it possible to find with an internet search.

This week includes a listing from Tarter. I’m not sure which county Tarter is in, but several Russell County names are mentioned, so I included it. A reminder that the town of Kimble refers to Russell Springs, which was also called Big Boiling Springs at times. You can see that Kimble was shown on the county map of 1900 which I’ve included in the Russell County Resources under Maps at the top of the blog.

I wonder if a type-setting backup was used this week? Can you find a few backward/upside-down letters and a miss-spelled Russell Springs?

Here’s the link to this edition of the newspaper. Link

Adair County News, Page2, 1898-03-02, Tarter

Adair County News, Page2, 1898-03-02, Jamestown

Adair County News, Page2, 1898-03-02, Russell Springs

W.D. Tarter, J.M. Shepherd, Hardin Grant, Frank White, Bill Shepherd, Joe Lester, T.H. Tarter, Terry Humbles, John Shepherd, G.W. White, J.W. Bryant, Wm. Robards, W.G. White, R.A. Jones, Geo. E. Stone, Z.T. Williams, E.O. Stone, A.L. Medrum, W.S. Stone, Mollie Simpson, O.B. Vaughan, Mollie Coffey, S.A. Simpson, J.H. Stone, J. Shelby Rowe, A.R. Humble, Bro. Huffaker, Lawrence Web, L.C. Webb, J.F. Cook, E.W. Webb, Alta Webb, Kimble, Tarter, Jamestown, Russell Springs

Genealogy Snack #7

Imagine that you’ve just been told that an ancestor has passed away and you are being asked to write the obituary. Could you do it?

Open the website or software that you use for your ancestor’s timeline – Ancestry, Family Search, Roots Magic, Family Tree Maker, etc.  Take a look at the information you’ve collected and write a basic obituary. Think about what’s included in a traditional obit. Here’s a link to several obituary templates. Do you have all of that information? What else would you like to know?

As your write the obituary, keep your Research Plan for that ancestor nearby. As you think of things you wish you knew to fill out the obit, add those things to your Research Plan. Later, you can brainstorm places to research to find that information.

Feel free to post your “obit” in the comments. I’d love to read it!

And here we are at the end of February! Here’s a list of Snacks so far:

Snack #1 – Make a plan for Christmas Gifts 2018
Snack #2 – Download or Create a Research Plan
Snack #3 – Make an outline of your ideal Digital File System
Snack #4 – Create a “template” for naming your digital files
Snack #5 – Complete this PERSI search
Snack #6 – Fill out group sheets based on Find-a-grave
Snack #7 – Write an obituary

120 Years Ago Today – Feb. 23, 1898

A continuing feature on the blog for 2018 is be a series called “120 Years Ago Today”. I’m collecting newspaper clippings relevant to Russell County from The Adair County News in the year 1898. I hope you find some surprises to add to your family tree!

I’ll be doing a bit of digital cleanup on the files to remove streaks and scratches, but you can download the original file from the link. Right-click on my image to save the cleaned-up version. I also plan to include a list of names mentioned in the articles at the end of the blog post to make it possible to find with an internet search.

Here’s the link to this edition of the newspaper. Link

Adair County News, Page2, 1898-02-23

T.R. Winfrey, James F. Montgomery, Jas. Garnett, Jr, J.Q. Phelps, John Sullivan, Fount Bowlin, Clayton Cook, John Wilson, J.M. Snow, J.J. Lloyd, F.M. Hale, O.U. Toles, Charles B. Stacy, William Kean and Silas, Judge Crisp, Ella Payne, Willie Warren, R.R. Rowe, Haidee Rowe, Mrs. Adams, Mrs. M. School, Moore Kinnet, Rev. William Cooper, Jamestown

Group Sheet Experiment

We all know that when we add information to a Group Sheet or 5 Gen Chart, we should cite our sources. I see sources for dates and locations of births, marriages, deaths and burials and I try my best to write some type of citation – even if it isn’t the most technically complete citation possible. My goal is to always be able to find the source again, so sometimes, my citation contains a link to the document. Sometimes the link is to the on-line location of the document, such as when it’s found on FamilySearch. Sometimes, the link is to the document on my computer because it was a scan from a microfilm or a scan of a page in a book. Even though I know my citations probably are not up to the most rigorous standards, I’m pretty happy to have a link that will let me jump right to the document rather than searching for it.

But here’s something I’ve always struggled with. How can I cite how I have come up with the list of children on a group sheet without having a monster list of repeated citations?

Here’s an example. When I first started working on my family research, I found a book at my library that was a county history where the historical society asked anyone interested to add their own family history. You can certainly tell that most of the people who submitted histories were genealogists because there was a lot of family group information included – which is great for a researcher, right? One of my families was included in the book and the submitter included a list of children. The book stated “his children were: Thomas, Andy, J.B., John, Lettie, William, Dudley, Sherwood, Joshua, Polly and Andrew.” So I put those names in my group sheet. Over time, I discovered that J.B. and John were the same person as were Andy and Andrew. This book is the ONLY place that I’ve seen the name Lettie, but I did find an Elizabeth in the family, so is that the same person? If I decide to keep the name Lettie in my list, then I’d like to know that this is the only reference for it and that Elizabeth was not included in this source.

What other reasons do we have for adding children to a group sheet? Is it because they showed up in a census list? What if our source is the 1850 census before relationships were included? What if a child was born and died between censuses? If it’s because someone was listed in the census, were they listed in more than one census? Does that make them more likely to be a child of the head of household? How do I know they were a child and not a grandchild? Did I see the name in someone else’s on-line tree? In Find-a-grave – which is totally based on user submitted information as opposed to documented proof? Was there a list of children given in a will? Do I have a DNA connection? It seems to me that most of the time, I am assuming a parent/child relationship because of a census record, but that’s a tricky assumption before the 1880 census. If a family had a dozen children, do I need a dozen citations for the 1850 census and then a dozen more for the 1860 census, etc?

I really would like to document this better – especially when I’m building out a family for the first time, but I’m just not sure of the best way to do it. So I’m playing around with a different way of listing my reasoning, but I want it to be something that will apply to multiple situations. I want to be able to connect more than 1 person to the same reason. I want to be able to modify it for each specific family, without re-inventing the wheel every time. So I invite you to give this a try along with me. I’m not ready to put this into my “downloads” tab until I have given it a better test run, so I welcome your feedback.

I decided that I wanted to try to use both footnotes and endnotes in the Microsoft Word version of my Family Group Sheet. I have come up with a list of 20 “pre-programmed” footnotes. Each one can be customized to give added details. For example, my first footnote says “1850 census”, but it could be customized to say “1850 census, Russell County, Kentucky, p. 32” or whatever details I want to give simply by highlighting the text in the footnote and changing it to whatever I’d like. Because this census may also be the basis of an approximate date of birth or location of birth, I figured that I can use the traditional endnotes to make a more complete citation. I want to keep these footnotes short so that I still have room for adding notes in the space between the actual group sheet and the footnotes section. I can still add text boxes in the empty area, as I’ve done in the past, but keeping these footnotes short allows me to have as much space as possible for that.

Group_Sheet

Now here’s the part that’s totally new as far as what I’ve put on my blog before. For this “relationship proof”, I am going to use cross-references. That means that every single person can have a reference to any of the footnotes without having to create a new footnote each time I want to reference a specific document. In other words, everybody can have a superscript 2 and it doesn’t affect anything.

The main issue with cross-referenced numbers is that they don’t update automatically. With traditional footnotes or endnotes, if I add a new reference before a current reference, Word will automatically adjust all of the footnote/endnote numbers. But it does not update the cross-reference numbers. If I cross-reference to endnote 2 and that endnote later becomes a 3, the cross-reference will remain a 2. Look at the following before/after images. In the “before” image, “Place” has superscripts 1 and 2. Superscript 1 is an actual endnote and superscript 2 is a cross-reference to the same note as the “Date” in the next line. If I add an endnote for the top “Date”, all of the numbers automatically update except the cross-reference number.

Also, deleting a footnote does not make the cross-reference disappear. If you begin working with the cross-references and then decide to rearrange them or shorten the list, the cross-reference numbers you’ve already added won’t disappear like traditional ones would. (You can change the wording all you want and it doesn’t affect the cross-references.)

You might also wonder why I’ve chosen symbols instead of regular numbers for these pre-programmed footnotes. First, I wanted it to be obvious which section a number refers to – the footnote section or the endnote section. I also like that they are still numbers, making them unique but not hard to read. I started out trying to use a star, heart, spade, club, etc., but soon ran out of symbols for as many reasons as I wanted to include and they were difficult to read with the smaller size of a superscript.

I only plan to use cross-referencing for the names of the children indicating why I included them as a child on this group sheet. Here’s how cross-referencing works.

Cross_Reference_Ribbon

  • Place your cursor after the name of the child you will be referencing.
  • Click the “Insert” tab at the top of the screen and then click “Cross-reference”.
  • In the “Reference type” box, select “Footnote”.
  • In the “For which footnote” list, select the source you want to refer to. Note that you will need to scroll down to see the entire list.
  • Click “Insert”.

Reference_Type

Once you have inserted this cross-reference, you will notice that it is larger than you’d like. To fix that,superscript

  • Highlight the symbol
  • From the “Home” tab, click the icon to make the symbol a superscript

There are a couple of additional ways that this cross-reference symbol will be different from a traditional footnote or endnote. If I hover my mouse over a traditional footnote/endnote superscript, I get to see a pop-up box showing me the text given in that note. That won’t happen with these footnote symbols. If I hover over one of the footnote symbols, I will see a note that says “Ctrl+Click to follow link”. If you press Ctrl+Click, it will take you to the list of footnotes below the “Notes” box in the group sheet.

So please download this experimental group sheet and give it a try. Tell me what you like or what you’d change. I know this all makes sense in my mind – which is a bit sleep deprived from time to time – so let me know if it makes sense to you and your situation as well.

Half Sheet FGS with footnotes (Word)

Genealogy Snack #6

Grab a stack of family group sheets. If you need to download one, here’s my half sheet Group Sheet in Word and my full sheet Group Sheet in Excel.

How many group sheets can you fill just by connecting surnames in the same cemetery on Findagrave.com?

Sometimes I prefer scribbling the info on paper versions as I have time and sometimes, I prefer to get the information directly into digital format from the start. It depends on where I’ll be while working on this “project”. If it’s something I might like to work on while riding in the car or waiting at the airport and I’ll be looking at Find-a-grave on my iPad, then I’m paper and pencil all the way. If I have access to my digital files on the computer, I prefer to keep it that way from the start because that’s where it will eventually end up anyway.

Now go to Findagrave.com and find one of your ancestors. I’m assuming you already have a group sheet for them. What about group sheets for their children? If you click on a name, do you see names of THEIR children? The maiden name of a wife? HER parents’ names? Begin filling out the group sheets knowing that there’s a decent chance that sooner or later, you will begin to make some FAN connections.

Find-a-grave recently experienced a “face lift”. Some love it and others…not so much. I’m including screen shots in case you haven’t been on the site in awhile.

From your Ancestor’s page, scroll down and look at the section titled “See more surname memorials in:”.
See_more_surname_memorials
Notice that the options start specific and move out from there.

  • This cemetery
  • This town
  • This county
  • This state
  • This country
  • Entire Find-a-grave site

Assuming the project is not overwhelming, begin filling in group sheets as you have time. Can you include every person with your surname in that cemetery in your group sheets? If the cemetery is small, or your surname is unique, you might want to move “out” and collect all of your surname in the town or county.

Finding connections with the same surname – that will be the low hanging fruit. But the potential of making a connection through in-laws…that could be a tool to help you break down a brick wall you’ve been working on for a long time.

And don’t forget that somewhere on the group sheet, you will want to make a note that all of the information included has been collected from Find-a-grave.

120 Year Ago Today – Feb. 16, 1898

A continuing feature on the blog for 2018 is be a series called “120 Years Ago Today”. I’m collecting newspaper clippings relevant to Russell County from The Adair County News in the year 1898. I hope you find some surprises to add to your family tree!

I’ll be doing a bit of digital cleanup on the files to remove streaks and scratches, but you can download the original file from the link. Right-click on my image to save the cleaned-up version. I also plan to include a list of names mentioned in the articles at the end of the blog post to make it possible to find with an internet search.

Here’s the link to this edition of the newspaper. Link

Sorry, this is the best I can do quality-wise.

Adair County News, Page2, 1898-02-16

Lou Mann, Mr. Bell, John Mann, Mr. Pryor, Miss Wilkerson, P.S. Rowe, Porter McFarland, P. Helm and wife, Kendall