Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Handmade spinning wheel by my great grandfather Paul Florentz in WV. One of the many wood carved pieces he created.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thankful Thursday - Family Photos

Oh it's been a while since I have been here and life has really gotten in the way of my family searches. I think I am back on track now and motivated! That is key, motivation. My mom found an envelope of old photo's from my Burke side of the family in Henry Co. Ohio. What a great find!

The image above is of my Great Grandfather Cecil Burke and two others Bob Robinson and John Donovan standing outside the drug store where they worked in Deshler, Ohio. If anyone knows the name of the store, please let me know.

I love this photo. What great hair these young men had back then. My GG Cecil married Nora Herman and her father Adolph Henry Herman and his brother in law Lee Barnes once owned the Ross House which was a popular railroad stopping spot in 1914. It burned down in 1919. This is according to writing on the back of a newspaper photo in the Toledo Magazine July 30-August 5, 1989. If you know anything about the Ross House, I would love to hear it!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday Tip - Not what your looking for? Try it anyway

My Grandmother and her Florentz/Pierre family came to the US from St. Marie Aux Mines, France  when she was 5 years old. We never knew who her grandparents were on either side only the names of her parents and the town there were from. I had searched for records in France and for others online that had the same names but to no avail. So it was dropped from my list of searches for a long while.

The other morning my mother emailed me that she had found some paper of my Grandmothers in a coin box. It did not have anything we didn't already know on it but it did prompt a thought regarding her father and his medals. Might there be a list of who received these medals and maybe some other family members received them also. The search began...

Did I find a medal list? No. But in the search for that a link popped up on Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Blog for searches in the Haute-Rhin region of France. Now this was not what I was looking for at all but I thought I would see if they had anything regarding the St. Marie Aux Mines area.

Boy did I hit the mother load! Not only did it have records for that little town, it had the year of my Great Grandfathers birth and the actual record. That listed his parents and from there I found their marriage certificate which listed both sets of parents. I looked further and found my Great Grandmothers parents marriage record and their parents names as well.

I am so happy there are those people out there willing to scan and copy these old documents and post them, especially for the years I needed them. With more searching I may even find death certificates.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Motivational Monday - Listen and Learn

One of my many goals this year is to learn more regarding genealogy. Attend more lectures and conferences and really know how to do good research.

The first meeting of the Florida Genealogy Society (Tampa) was fantastic. I started off in the computer lab with a mini session led by the very knowledgeable Pam from Technology Tamers  We learned the many ways to put watermarks on photos and documents. After that the main speaker at the meeting was Sharon Tate Moody, CGSM who spoke on "If Living Were A Crime: Evidence Your Ancestor Left at the Scene". This was a fantastic lecture and if you ever get the chance to hear her speak you should jump on it!

In all it inspired me to dig deep and look at some crazy places I never would have thought to look for evidence that my relatives were alive and connected.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Coffee Cake

It's interesting that this was one of the topics on Geneabloggers today as I was thinking about getting my rear in gear and writing this blog again and about my Grandmothers coffee cake.

As a little girl, my family would trek out to Deshler, Ohio to the farm where my Grandmother grew up. One of her sisters still lived there and she still made that delicious coffee cake when we visited. I remember it so well, the long strips of warm bread, cinnamon, sugar, butter what could be better? No I realize it was just a huge cookie sheet size of cinnamon toast.

When I got my hands on the written recipe it said "box of bread mix, bake, cover with sugar, cinnamon and butter". So apparently this side of the family had better things to do than bake. It was still good!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Choose a direction already!

With so many ancestors sometimes it is hard to choose a path of discovery and actually stay on it. You know what I mean. You start with Grandpa and soon you are on his uncles cousin who has a prison record and much more exciting than anything in your direct line. I suffer from these distractions but am trying to make a concentrated effort to be more focused. And not neglect my blog project.

After finding potential witches from Salem in my family line, yes, direct line, I decided to really get down to getting all the documentation I could to make that link error proof. I got stuck on Anson Preston 1800-1891, my 4th Great Grandfather. Oh I have lots of documents on him, census records, grave stones, listed on childrens death certificates, but I don't have his death certificate or birth for that matter.

I did discover that there is an obituary in the Findlay Weekly Jeffersonian that very well could be him and after lots of procrastinating I put in an order for a copy. Now I await the arrival and cross my fingers that there is a mother load of information in the obit. In the meantime, I will stay on track and look for birth records, maybe...

Friday, October 12, 2012

A witch in the family

I have been searching through different lines in my family and while trying to navigate some documents on Jacob Preston, his father Jacob Preston and his father, again, Jacob Preston,  I strayed off target to the elder Jacob's wife, Sarah Foster (1708-1751).
There are lots of documents about her and her father, Abraham Foster 1677-1753, thanks to the fact that they lived in MA. Following his family, I find that his grandmother, Ann Alcock Foster (1617-1693), was found to be a self professed witch and died in the Salem jail at age 75 before she could be hung. What a story! I am so happy things in the northeast were documented as well as they were. I cannot say the same for Ohio and West Virginia.