Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Coretta Scott King

It is with great sadness that I note the passing of Coretta Scott King, widow of slain Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

In an Associated Press article posted less than an hour ago by Errin Haines, we read: "Coretta Scott King, who worked to keep her husband's dream alive with a chin-held-high grace and serenity that made her a powerful symbol of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s creed of brotherhood and nonviolence, died Tuesday. She was 78.

Her death led to tributes to King across Atlanta, including a moment of silence in the Georgia Capitol and piles of flowers placed at the tomb of her slain husband. Flags at the King Center — the institute devoted to the civil rights leader's legacy — were lowered to half-staff."

NPR's Kathy Lohr explained: "After her husband's assassination in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, she continued his work for social justice and devoted her life to his legacy, establishing the King Center in Atlanta and working for decades for a federal holiday in his honor. King became a symbol, in her own right, of her husband's struggle for peace and brotherhood, presiding with a quiet, steady, stoic presence over seminars and conferences on global issues."

Our sincere sympathy and prayers are extended to the King family during this difficult time.
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy

MOVING THE DEAD - San Francisco Cemeteries podcast

Ol' Myrt subscribes to a number of genealogy and/or history podcasts, and recommends listening to a recent offering from Richard Miller's

MOVING THE DEAD - San Francisco Cemeteries
"There are only three cemeteries left within the city limits of San Francisco. Note the phrase carefully: "left" in San Francisco. There were once far more than just three, which makes perfect sense -- after all, thousands upon thousands of San Franciscans have passed away since the establishment of Yerba Buena 170 years ago, and they all required a final resting place. The question is, what happened to them... And where are they now?"

Sparkletack offers a short history of cemeteries in San Francisco, as well as the answer to the question of which three still remain. You'll also find links to:

-- John Blackett's San Francisco Cemetery History - Maps + Photos

-- San Francisco Genealogy - Cemetery History

-- San Francisco Virtual Museum - Cemetery History

-- Recent Civic Center Excavations

-- San Francisco Columbarium

Two methods to listen
#1 - Merely download and listen to this specific file:

#2 - Subscribe to this free San Francisco podcast series by adding the following RSS code to your iTunes or other podcast software: http://www.sparkletack.com/rss

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy

This jam-packed hour features Darrin Lythgoe, creator of The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding; "Family Tree" from the Ancestral Songs CD by Steve Lanza; and Courtney Newton, BA (Family History) who explains to Myrt the strategies for determining the town of origin for your Italian ancestors. The MightyMouse tour visits Dick Eastman's website and explores the Encyclopedia of Genealogy. From the BookShelf features Genealogical Publishing Company's The Early Germans of New Jersey. Listen in as Myrt spills the beans (with permission of course) about tomorrow's press release from LegacyFamilyTree.com concerning the possibility of wining a free genealogy cruise to Alaska or trip Salt Lake's Family History Library.

For more information, and clickable links to the sites mentioned during the show, go to:

Method #1: Go to the show page, and click to listen to the show's .mp3 file.

Method #2: Subscribe to free automatic feeds of DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR. Just update your podcast software (such as iTUNES) by adding the following code: http://www.ourmedia.org/mediarss/user/33644

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy
TNG Genealogy Site Building

Ol' Myrt here is working on tonight's DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR, where I'm interviewing the Darrin Lythgoe, creator of "The Next Generation of Genealogy Site Building" or TNG.

I've found myself totally wrapped up in this TNG following last week's DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR. Apparently one of the TNG users told Darrin that we lightly touched on the topic during that podcast. So, what have I discovered? A wonderful way to share my genealogy database with cousins on the web.

TNG is the best and most workable method for improving communication among family members who are working the same genealogy lines.

TNG cures the ills that overcome us when trying to send actual copies of our databases and numerous scanned images and photos to others who aren't perhaps as computer savvy. Most of us now have too many scanned images to fit on one CD.

Without TNG I'd have to resort to sending CDs to each of my family members on an annual or semi-annual basis.

On tonight's show page, you'll find a link to the individual entry screen for my paternal ancestor Betsey OADES, who was born in Kruel, Lincolnshire, England 25 Sept 1829. If you scroll down you will see the links to all her pictures, which were also uploaded to my TNG site.

One of the best things is that the photos are all correctly linked, just as they were on my computer. Remember how Windows XP creates a different "My Documents" folder for each user? Well, that wrecked havoc when transferring my genealogy database to my daughter Carrie's computer. I am not one of her computer's users, so there is no special subdirectory for DearMYRTLE on her hard drive. Yes, we could have jumped through hoops to get around the problem, but with TNG we don't have to. Its just a matter of uploading the genealogy database, and then uploading all the attached documents. Bing, Bing and it's all in there for my newly discovered 1 cousins once removed to view at their leisure. Also, I can upload the latest information, and it is immediately available to all interested parties.

All my family members have to do is click on the link to view Betsey (Oades) Player's tombstone.

Using TNG I provided a USER NAME and PASSWORD for each person entitled to look at my compiled genealogy. I then determined whether they should have permission to:
-- see info on living individuals in my database
-- make changes to the database
-- make suggestions for changes to the database
-- etc.

The whole thing "lives" on my DearMYRTLE.com website, so I don't have to have my computer on for interested family members to see what's up. If they forget their password, TNG provides for an automatic reminder email. Ol' Myrt here doesn't have to lift a finger. PRETTY NEAT, eh?
See more samples pages by visiting:

I'll let you know when this week's DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR goes live today, so you can tune in to the interview with Darrin.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Letters home tell CW Soldiers' stories

I mentioned last spring that I had the pleasure of meeting the interesting and curious Franklin R. Crawford, a US Civil War expert and retired teacher. We loved his presentation and visits to our local DUV Daughters of Union Veterans tent. How I will miss going with them to Andersonville this spring, as I know his insights will prove fascinating.

Frank has transcribed some letters sent home during the war. You'll have to stock up on Kleenex before you start reading.

Jack Welsh, M.D., Author of Medical Histories of Union Generals and Medical histories of Confederate Generals says of Frank's book "An outstanding job of smoothly blending the letters with the associated material to make a complete story. Has good flow and the supporting data was well selected and researched. It is 'with feeling.' I have to say I read it word for word and enjoyed it."

Believe me, there is nothing like hearing it straight from the horse's mouth. And there is simply no other way to understand war unless it is from a soldier's point of view, right there in the trenches. Though you may be like me, without such letters from your CW vets, you'll gain much understanding and empathy by reading.

from Federal Soldiers Written During the Civil War
1861 - 1865

Compiled by Franklin R. Crawford.

Check out his new website!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

ACROSS MY DESK: Ancestor Tracks Introduces Major Source for Early PA Settlers

NOTE: This is just in from the folks at AncestorTracks.com

All inquiries should be addressed to: customer_service@ancestortracks.com


Ancestor Tracks, the producer of the series of books and CDs in the Early Landowners of Pennsylvania series, has announced the release of First Landowners of Pennsylvania: Colonial and State Warrant Registers in the PA Archives, Harrisburg 1682-ca 1940. Available for the first time outside of the Pennsylvania Archives in Harrisburg, this CD of .pdf files contains three major resources for researchers:

1) the warrant register for Original Purchasers (starting in 1682) with an everyname index for this register

2) two registers for Old Rights Purchasers (one for Philadelphia and one for Bucks & Chester Counties combined, also starting in 1682); and

3) all of the warrant registers (67 volumes, one for each county, starting with those in existence in 1733) for the original sales from the Penns, and then the state, to the first private owners of the land throughout Pennsylvania.

These registers predate the deed books located in each county.

These files are the primary finding aid for locating original warrants, patents and surveys in the Pennsylvania Archives when the name of the warrantee is known. While the 1682 registers give less information, each page of the County Warrant Registers gives the names of the warrantee and patentee; the size of the tract; the location of the tract (usually a township or a watercourse); the date of the warrant; the patent book and page number; and the survey book and page number. Remember that the original three counties — Philadelphia, Chester, and Bucks —were set up in 1682, while the rest of the counties were set up as soon as the population became dense enough to warrant a courthouse.

As each county was created, the Pennsylvania Land Office created a new register and began entering the land sales as they occurred. Thus, the warrantees are entered under the first letter of the surname, then more-or-less chronologically thereafter, and they appear in the county as it existed at the time that the tract was purchased. If a landowner’s name is in these registers, their original documents are undoubtedly in the Pennsylvania Archives. A copy of those documents can be obtained by writing to the Archives in Harrisburg or using the microfilmed records through your Family History Library (on the FamilySearch.org site, use the keywords "Pennsylvania Bureau of Land Records" and scroll down to "Original Warrants." Then click on "View Film Notes" to find the film number to order).

Note: These registers were published in the Pennsylvania Archives (Series 3, Volumes 24-26),
but the published version only includes the name of the warrantee, the number of acres (rounded off), and the date of the warrant (which is mislabeled as the date of the survey). No location or patentee information is given.

For more information and a map showing what land other resources now exist for the state of Pennsylvania, go to www.AncestorTracks.com.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Join Myrt Feb 10-11, 2006 in St. George

Don't forget to join Myrt in person at the 2006 Genealogy and Family Heritage Jamboree!
Feb. 10-11, 2006 at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George, Utah.

Sponsored by My Ancestors -- Volunteers from the Washington County PAF User's Group. A great place for beginners to learn the ropes! Tell a friend. Bring a friend. And be ready to enjoy the time of your life in St. George! Choose from 112 training classes (for a modest fee).

Keynote: DearMYRTLE.

Dinner with Dick Eastman.

Exhibit Hall and Keynote speaker are FREE to the public.

This two-day event has drawn speakers and vendors from all over the U.S. It will feature 101 terrific classes to choose from, more than 60 vendors and exhibitors, and the latest genealogy products and technology. Many free drawings and prizes each day! Registration includes a complimentary CD copy of the Jamboree Syllabus. Take advantage of the low admission price of only $45 for two fun-filled days. Read about our special Computer Lab classes. Come see an authentic stagecoach display!

Register for Jamboree Classes today! http://www.myancestorsfound.com

PRE-REGISTRATION: Only $45 for two terrific days of classes, demos, exhibits, syllabus on CD, and more.

AT THE DOOR: $50 or $25 per day.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy
DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 24 Jan 2006


This week's DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR has been posted!

Myrt and guest Geoff Rasmussen have a lively discussion about synchronizing your genealogy database with other family members, Legacy Family Tree's "InteliMerge" and using a BLOG to coordinate a "to-do" list. Elizabeth Powell Crowe returns to speak this time about a rather mysterious ethnic group in the eastern US known as the Melungeons. Myrt also visits with Sharon MacInnes of Ancestor Tracks, the producer of the series of books and CDs in the Early Landowners of Pennsylvania series.

For more information, and clickable links to the sites mentioned during the show, go to:

Method #1: Go to the show page, and click to listen to the show's .mp3 file.

Method #2: Subscribe to free automatic feeds of DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR. Just update your podcast software (such as iTUNES) by adding the following code: http://www.ourmedia.org/mediarss/user/33644

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy

Monday, January 23, 2006

RootsWeb Mailing List Problems

From: Lkushgen@aol.com
Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2006 10:56 PM
Subject: [WRITING] Attention Administrator

Dear Administrator:I think there may be a problem with AOL or RootsWeb. I have not received any messages from the list since Jan. 19 or Jan. 20.

While I am not administrator of the "Writing" email list, this is perhaps the most succinctly-worded and least angry query about the problems experienced since late Thursday of last week.
RootsWeb computers were being transferred to a different location during this time period. Also AOL has not currently updated its list to allow RW mailing list items to come through to AOL email boxes.

Anytime you have difficulties such as this, go to RW to see if there are any known computer issues by visiting: http://helpdesk.rootsweb.com/

Two current issues are as follows:
1 AOL not taking RootsWeb mail:
To specifically state the message indicated in subsequent announcement below.
AOL is blocking RootsWeb email
Since RootsWeb relocated its servers, AOL has stopped receiving RootsWeb email. RootsWeb applied for fresh whitelisting of its mail servers overnight Thursday and is awaiting for AOL to undertake the whitelist action.
AOL mail is still getting through to RootsWeb unimpeded.
For AOL users wishing to keep up with the email to the mailing lists, please check the threaded list archives ARCHIVER.

2 RootsWeb servers being relocated:
Update: Friday 20th 0500 MST
We are seeing some mail bound to the ISPs AOL/WMCONNECT/COMPUSERVE/NETSCAPE and SHAW being held up on RootsWeb servers pending delivery. We have applied to AOL to update our whitelist details, and proceeding to do the same with SHAW.
Update: Thursday 19th 2200 MST (aka Friday 20th 0500 GMT) Earlier today (Thursday) RootsWeb's servers were off-line for planned maintenance. All services are back on-line and are available.
There have been a few reports of delayed mail delivery. Such reports are not unexpected due to how ISPs receive and manage mail and in light of their spam defenses. This may take up to a day or two for systems to resolve. RootsWeb will be monitoring mail delivery and we ask for your patience while this resolves.


Give it another day or so. As an old AOL coder, I'd say nothing much will happen from "inside AOL" over the weekend to correct issues. As a precaution, ol' Myrt here didn't send out any columns during this time. So, not to worry, you didn't miss anything.

Myrt's columns are also available as a BLOG, webpage, and RSS feed, so there are many methods for "getting the word out." At any given point (perhaps once or twice a year) each of these methods of delivery is interrupted by similar issues. Its not a perfect world, but technology sure has made great strides that help genealogical researchers.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy


Friday, January 20, 2006

Great expectations: Not a worthwhile genealogy attribute

Thanks to a good friend, Jean Palmer who forwarded this posting and comments "MYRT, I THINK THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WANTING SOMEONE ELSE TO DO YOUR RESEARCH!"

Ol' Myrt nearly fainted at the thought of someone making the following posting to an Ancestry.com message board that automatically cross-posted to the corresponding genealogy mailing list at RootsWeb. How anyone can expect others to just do the research for them is beyond me. Clearly the 1900 US federal census and a reasonable county history would be easy to access if one TRULY wished to find out more about these ancestors.

Read for yourself:

Message Board URL:
Seeking all information on these people, etc. who are mentioned in the 1899 Diary of Orval H. CROSIER of Rutland, VT:
BREED, H., Jr.
CENTURY CLUB 10/16/1899
DAVIES rented house
FOX, Dr.
FULLER photographer died 1/5/1899
GARRET sold house
MACY, R.S. & CO.
MILLER, Charles [fellow employee]
MOREHOUSE, WILL [m. 1896 Nellie SHEDD]
PEARSON, D. babysitter
POWERS, WILLIAM [b. 1826 Orange, Vt.]
He was a stenographer for M.E. Wheeler and Co. of Rutland, Vt.
THANKS :) in advance.

If we could have it served to us on a silver platter, what fun would it be?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

ACROSS MY DESK: Boston births registered 1800-1849

This just in from the current issue of New England Historic Genealogical Society's eNews, Vol. 8, No. 3, Whole #254, January 18, 2006
Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

All inquiries should be addressed to: enews@nehgs.org

Index to Boston births registered 1800-1849

"An Index to Boston Births Registered 1800-1849 – on deposit at the Boston City Hall Archives – has been transcribed by Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart for this database.

Births registered in the City of Boston for the period 1809 to 1849 have never been published. Furthermore, the City of Boston did not come into full compliance with state registration of vital records until 1849, so that the state copy of records between 1841 and 1849 conspicuously lacks Boston vital events. It should be noted that the 4,350 births registered is but a fraction of those that must have occurred inBoston over the first five decades of the nineteenth century. Many births went unrecorded or have been lost. Researchers should also consult baptismal records in Boston-area church records for birth information during this period."

NOTE FROM MYRT: If you try to access this database, HisGen will give you the following caveat:
"This area is one of the benefits of membership in the New England Historic Genealogical Society. If you are a member of NEHGS, please sign on using the login link to your top right to view this section.

If you are not currently a member of NEHGS, you can access this area by joining us now. Take advantage of all the benefits of NEHGS membership, including use of NewEnglandAncestors.org, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, New England Ancestors magazine, and much more."

More on the Poznan Marriage Indexing Project

Thanks to reader FROGAZ1@aol.com for noticing that the POZNAN MARRIAGE INDEXING PROJECT has a great search interface located at:

This marriage index covers the 1835-1884 period within the former Prussian province of Posen, now Pozna?, Poland.

KEY: District/Parish/Years covered/Number of entries, Transcriber, Available since

Roman Catholic:


  • Byszewo / 1835-1884 / 707, Elyssa Kowalinski, June 9, 2005
  • Koronowo / 1835-1884 / 1229, Elyssa Kowalinski, June 9, 2005
  • M?kowarsko 1834-1862 / 422, Elyssa Kowalinski, June 9, 2005


  • Królewski/ 1835-1866 / 626, Elyssa Kowalinski, June 9, 2005


  • Gniezno - St. Michael / 1835-1883 / 997, Elyssa Kowalinski & Ed Price, July 5, 2005
  • S?awno / 1834-1855 / 429, Joe Malachowski, June 13, 2005
  • Chodzie? / Chodzie? / 1845-1882 / 901, Elyssa Kowalinski, July 29, 2005
  • Jarocin / Nowe Miasto / 1835-1884 /1070, Jim Pollick, June 14, 2005


  • Kwieciszewo / 1835-1874 /676, Elyssa Kowalinski, June 9, 2005
  • Szczepanowo / 1835-1874 / 799, Elyssa Kowalinski, June 9, 2005


  • Oborniki / 1832-1852 / 419, Jeffrey Brylski, June 13, 2005
  • Rogo?no / 1835-1884 / 2006, Jeannine Silkey, December 5, 2005


  • St. Adalbert / 1835-1884 / 2866, Ed Price, July 5, 2005
  • St. Rochus / 1834-1889 / 91, Ed Price, June 16, 2005
  • St. Martin / 1835-1885 / 5371, Ed Price, September 21, 2005


  • ?ód? / 1835-1884 / 719, Harry Gielewski, July 5, 2005
  • ?ydowo / 1835-1873 / 328, Ed Price, June 23, 2005


  • Rogalinek / 1835-1881 / 507, Barb Starkey, January 10, 2006
  • ?abno / 1842-1884 / 442, Ed Price, June 20, 2005


  • ?nieciska / 1835-1885 / 509, Joseph Martin, June 13, 2005
  • Wrze?nia / Skarboszewo / 1835-1884 / 336, Lee Dudek, June 10, 2005


  • G?sawa / 1843-1870 / 553, Lee Dudek, June 23, 2005
  • ?nin / 1835-1885 / 1361, Sharon Galitz, July 8, 2005

There are similar listings for Lutheran parishes:

Bydgoszcz [Bromberg-Land]

  • Koronowo [Krone a/Brahe]/ 1835-1884 / 2356, Elyssa Kowalinski, November 24, 2005
  • Babimost [Bomst] / Kargowa [Karge] / 1835-1874 /2026, Marie Zoehout, June 21, 2005
  • Czarnków [Czarnikau] / Czarnków [Czarnikau] / 1835-1854 / 1400, Ingrid Valentin, July 7, 2005
  • Odolanów [Adelnau] / Odolanów [Adelnau] / 1820-1886 (with gaps) / 1916, Pam Rostal, July 7, 2005
  • Wyrzysk [Wirsitz] / Nak?o [Nakel]/ 1835-1875 / 2366, Roy Schnell, July 7, 2005

You'll also find a helpful translation listing from Polish to German for the names of regions of the area, such as:

Polish ~ German
Babimost ~ Bomst
Czarnkow ~ Czarnikau
Grodzisk ~ Graetz
Kepno ~ Kempen
Krotoszyn ~ Krotoschin
Miedzyrzecz ~ Meseritz

This latter will be helpful if you find your ancestor's place of birth is reported differently in several US resources. For instance, I would never have mistaken Grodzisk for Graetz. They don't seem to have anything in common beyond the first two letters.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Is Southern US research impossible?

From: Barbara Lewis Gates
In 1995 I hired a professional genealogy research firm in Salt Lake City to extend my pedigree, specifically my father's line. Surname: Lewis. Date of birth of the earliest ancestor was 1798. The census record said he was born in Tennessee. (Yes, one of those "common surname" nightmares. And the local was the Deep South, where so many court house records were burned during the Civil War.)

They were no more successful in finding my father's lineage than I was. I was told, "This is as close to a dead end as we ever see, and without Divine assistance, we do not recommend you try to pursue this line any further. At least, not until more records are uncovered-perhaps ten years down the road."

I found this to be very disappointing and did not want to give up, so I continued researching every Lewis family in the state of Tennessee I could find. But the naming patterns made it almost impossible to determine who was who, because every male Lewis named their sons after their fathers, grandfathers, brothers and uncles.

I found many individuals who could easily have been David Lewis's brothers, but have no connections to anyone. There are tons of "Lewis" information on the internet. But nothing connects. I even sent a DNA sample from a Lewis cousin of mine to the University of Arizona for analysis, and they had nothing that would match this line.

I've always been told, "NEVER GIVE UP!" (and I don't want to), but I just don't know what to do next. Is it time to throw in the towel on my father's line?

Well, first consider that we "NEVER GIVE UP." Secondly, much HAS come to light in the last ten years. Though DNA is useful for comparing two individuals for parentage, and for common lineage hundreds of years back, it doesn't answer the lineage questions you have at this point. It would be impossible to provide a definitive list of research goals without:

-- a file of the full name of the ancestor, his wife and children
-- detailed listing of records previous searched & results
-- proven pedigree to this point
-- details of specific locality (town, county in Tennessee)

Last week's DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR discussed a Tennessee apprenticeship phenomenon noticed by compiler Dr. Alan Miller who explained "RE: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911: the practice of apprenticeship 'spread to the colonies along with other English customs but gradually became less of a method of training in the professions and crafts, developing instead into a system whereby children who were or were likely to become indigent could be supported without cost to the local government.' In Tennessee, in fact, the term "orphan" was broadened to include not only parentless children but also "any child as bindable whose father had abandoned him or utterly failed and refused to support him [...]

Since apprentices were separated from their families at an early age, if your ancestor was apprenticed, his/her record could serve as the "missing link" to generations of elusive ancestors. It is sometimes possible to find a county's records of indenture in the original. However, as in Mr. Miller's case, even when those records have disappeared, you can reconstruct them by combing through the original court minutes of the pertinent counties themselves."

2 of the 3 books by Dr. Miller on this topic include:

MIDDLE TENNESSEE'S FORGOTTEN CHILDREN: Apprentices from 1784 to 1902
This second volume of Tennessee's "forgotten children" contains some 7,000 apprenticeship records scattered among the minutes of the county courts for Middle Tennessee. These records span the period from 1774 to 1902 and list in tabular form the apprenticeships created in the following 35 Tennessee counties: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Davidson, DeKalb, Dickson, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Overton, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, Williamson, and Wilson.

EAST TENNESSEE'S FORGOTTEN CHILDREN: Apprentices from 1778 to 1911
These 11,000 records bear reference to apprenticeships created between 1778 and 1911 in 29 Tennessee counties. Mr. Miller has arranged the records by county and thereunder chronologically. For each record we are given the name of the apprentice, a date (either the date of the original bond or indenture, or a subsequent date), age at apprenticeship, name of the master, and miscellaneous information ranging from the name of the mother or a sibling, race, cause of apprenticeship (e.g., orphan), his/her trade, etc.



From this I discovered that "Mary B. Kegley's SOLDIERS OF FINCASTLE COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 1774. Dublin, Va.: M. B. Kegley, 1974. (FHL book 975.5 A1 no.12; computer number 215250.) The record is arranged by companies and gives name, number of days served, rate, and amount paid. The record may include men living in the territory that later became the State of Tennessee. This record includes an index."

-- One thing that might be of value is to study the history of the county where your LEWIS ancestor lived. These tend to mention things like where people migrated from who settled in the SW corner of this county, etc. Check P. William Filby's BIBLIOGRAPHY OF AMERICAN COUNTY HISTORIES. I've also seen Austin Powers Foster's COUNTIES OF TENNESSEE. 1923. Reprint, Greenville, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1990. (FHL book 976.8 E2fa; computer number 647574.) You'll also want to observe the change of country boundaries using AniMap from
http://www.goldbug.com and the review maps drawn by William Dollarhide, published in MAP GUIDE TO THE US FEDERAL CENSUS 1790-1910, with fellow compiler William Thorndale. The new 11th Edition of THE HANDYBOOK FOR GENEALOGISTS from http://www.everton.com lists each county in Tennessee in alpha order, with website and contact info in addition to listings of which records have survived and who is maintaining them. It also lists the parent counties.

-- Have you considered whether your Mr. Lewis served in the military? You might consider consulting Mrs. John Trotwood Moore's RECORD OF COMMISSIONS OF OFFICERS IN THE TENNESSEE MILITIA, 1796–1815. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing, 1977. (FHL book 976.8 M2m; computer number 255483.)

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 17 Jan 2006


This week's DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 17 Jan 2006 is now available.

Myrt answers a listener's question about why we still need Family History Centers. Then catch Myrt's interview with Karen Sladek, award-winning author of LUCKY STARS & GOLD BARS: A World War II Odyssey. This lucky daughter discovered 400 of the letters her father sent home during the war days and wove them into an insightful personal history honoring her Dad. Myrt also extends an invitation to the 2006 Genealogy and Family Heritage Jamboree
10-11 February 2006 in St. George Utah. Pre-registration deadline is 31 Jan.

The show page is located at:

There you'll find directions for listening to this genealogy podcast.
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Wilmington, NC Confederate Hospital Records

Barb sent the following posting made by someone on the Newton County, Georgia genealogy mailing list in September 2005.

To: GANEWTON-L@rootsweb.com
I went to a book signing the other night for the book "WILD ROSE" by Ann Blackman. The book is about Rose O'Neale Greenhowe the Yankee turned Confederate spy. If you get a chance read this. Wonderful!!

While there we had several of our Confederate organizations present with a lot of info to look thru. One of them I want to pass on to all of you. Now online are the "Wilmington, NC Confederate Hospital Records" [abstracted] by Bob Cooke. This was funded by the Old New Hanover Genealogical Society, Cape Fear Civil War Round Table, Oakdale Cemetery, and Friends of the New Hanover County, Wilmington, NC Public Library. This is in Adobe Format and is [currently] about 194 pages long - I believe over 2800 names. There are a lot of Confederate boys from many different states and units listed. It also is alphabetical. If they had the info it lists where they are from & their unit along with their diagnosis and dates in the hospital. Wilmington was a very large hospital for the Confederate wounded. I am having this printed out and making 2 reference books to bring to Paulding Co for the Library and Museum.

This is the site: http://www.onhgs.org/confedhosp.htm


When I checked out the site, I found that it is STILL IN PROGRESS, so if you didn't find your ancestor's name yet, wait a bit longer. The home page explains:

"The microfilmed records of the hospital have been obtained by the NHCPL from the National Archives (Record Group 109) and are being transcribed by R. J. Cooke into spreadsheet format. This is a work in progress and is now (November 2005) about 30% complete at 3600 names. When complete it will contain in excess of 10,000 names." http://www.onhgs.org/confedhosp.htm

I sure hope the poster to GANewton-L waits until the entire project is completed before making her printouts. I also note that each page states "not to be copied, printed or posted without permission of the author." While I am sure that one page mentioning an ancestor would be allowed by individual researchers. However, printing out the entire abstract would be a violation of the copyright notice without obtaining permission from info@onhgs.org

"In the early years of the Civil War, the Seamen's Home located at Dock and South Front Streets in Wilmington, North Carolina, was converted to a hospital for the sick and wounded of the Confederate Army. This 200 bed hospital, known as General Hospital No. 4, operated as an army hospital up until the fall of Wilmington to Federal troops on 22 February 1865 with the exception of its use for civilian yellow fever patients for the last four months of 1862." IBID.

An introduction to the project

History of the hospital (3 pages)

Listing of diseases with definitions (3 pages)

List of references used (1 page)

This last page was necessary because often the company commander's name was used in place of the soldier's unit designation. From this we learn that the project is more than an abstract of the original records, it's an "analyzed abstract."

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)

Friday, January 13, 2006

Surgeon's Report: Early Campaigns in the North, 1812 to 1813

From: Barb Schulz

This is interesting reading on medicine war of 1812.

Surgeon's Report: Early Campaigns in the North, 1812 to 1813
"The health of the men on the Niagara frontier appears to have been no better than that of their fellows in northeastern New York State. A letter written in early November 1812 from Buffalo reported that three or four of the Regular Army there were dying each day and that more than 100 of those wounded in an attack on British-held Queenston on 13 October later died. The high death rate there was blamed on a lack of "proper surgeons." The most common diseases afflicting the men at Buffalo were measles and dysentery, the latter being blamed on the fact that the men were eating fresh meat. At Lewiston, some units reported one-third to one-half of their men sick in November, and it was noted that the hospital tent of one regular infantry regiment held the bodies of five men who had been dead more than 24 hours but had not been buried because of a shortage of coffins.

The 1,300 regulars at Fort Niagara were cared for by three physicians. One was attached to the fort's regular garrison and two were from regiments newly stationed there. The situation of the surgeon of the 14th Infantry Regiment may well have been indicative of that faced by others near Niagara In early October, he was without medicines, hospital stores, or surgical instruments. There were, unfortunately, not only sick but also wounded needing care at Niagara because the fort was bombarded at times by the British guns across the Niagara River."

For full account of Military Medicine during the War of 1812 read link below:

Ol' Myrt here collects information on medical practices from the US Revolutionary War through the Civil War. The fact that most deaths were not caused by battle wounds is amazing.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)

ACROSS MY DESK: Transferring files from old to new computer

NOTE: This just in from CNET. All inquiries should be addressed the the appropriate CNET message board.

Member Question of the Week
QUESTION: I received a great new Windows XP machine for my birthday. I love it, but I'm having a hard time getting it all set up. How can I get all my files and software from my old machine onto the new one? I've transferred some of my smaller files via floppy disk, but I'm not sure how to get the rest transferred. I know there's no simple answer, but any tips anyone could give would be greatly appreciated. -- Submitted by: Ben M.

ANSWER by Miguel:

Ben, Windows XP comes equipped with a utility called the "Files and settings transfer wizard," designed to facilitate the movement of both documents and personal settings from your old computer to the new one. Thanks to this utility...

To see the full answer, go to:

NOTE FROM MYRT: I love to read these columns, which arrive in email from CNET.com. You'd be surprised at how helpful people can be to perfect strangers.

Readers' Feedback 13 Jan 2006

-- Don't use WordPerfect or Word exclusively
-- Naranzetta - Is it a carnival name?
-- Birth record created for war duty


From: Alice Sanders
Your advice to Polly was right on -- [to use a genealogy program not a word processor.] I did want to add a bit about Legacy <
http://www.legacyfamilytree.com> There is a free version and a new paid deluxe version just came out. In this new deluxe version they have a part of the program that does just what GenSmarts does. It gives you a list of where to find more information and even checks those on the internet.

You wrote: "SUING FOR DIVORCE AGAIN IN 1927. It's a strange document in Order Book No.105, Madison Circuit Court, January Term 1927, dated January 21, 1927, where Ethel Naranzetta is suing Jack Naranzetta again for divorce. #4540, page 289."

Could it be that the first divorce litigation was never allowed? Sometimes this happens in early suits.

From: Peg77Kel@aol.com
You wrote: "To allow my father to enlist in the Army for World War II, a birth record was created for him."

Perhaps this is a delayed birth certificate and they added the other two siblings born after? I guess it depends on who had it created.

From: Alice Sanders
Because a census record, and the information from that record, was used for the delayed birth certificate, a logical explanation for the information of the two children may not have been children born before her father, but two more children born to the mother and still living. The fields of information on the birth certificate does not coincide with the information on the census and this may have been the only place the Clerk could record all the information found on the census record.

NOTE FROM MYRT: Alice is right, though census records are not the only thing that might be used to create delayed birth certificates. Sometimes it is through the testimony of several witnesses, who may have also verbally answered that there were 2 additional siblings without regard to their actual birth dates. - Read the next entry.

From: Jasskirv@aol.com
We have a copy of a similar type of birth certificate made under the same type of circumstances as above for my father in law, who was born in KY in 1904, before such records were required. Since the new birth certificate was made many years after the actual birth, and by then the mother had died, friends of the family attested to the birth. It is entirely possible that someone got confused on the birth order or the actual question of how many living children the mother had had. It does not imply or even ask birth order.

From: Christine Bauman
Besides the suggestions you gave in today's column, another one exists -- perhaps the information is being interpreted incorrectly, either by the reader, or by the clerk who created the birth record. My 1958 Illinois birth certificate has 2 boxes labeled "number of previous live births" and "number of previous stillbirths". No indication of whether or not those children were still alive when I was born. But that could easily be (inaccurately) restated as the "2 other living children" when the actual intent was "2 other live births." Possibly 2 other children were born to those parents, but they died very young. And they might not have been talked about by the family, so that the reader's father never knew he was NOT the oldest, officially.

In my mom's cousin's family, that very thing happened. It wasn't until the funeral luncheon of the "oldest" child, that one of her nephews casually mentioned "Earl"--an older brother who died very young. No one else knew anything about him, and it took quite a bit of digging to verify his existence. His death was so soon after birth, that a birth certificate never got filed, and his death certificate was "different" somehow complicated, of course, by misspellings, I believe.

And of course he missed the census!

We're not quite sure how this nephew found out about Earl, but he thought nothing of it, because he thought everyone already knew. Without his casual comment, though, we would never have known to even look for that baby. -- Anyway, it's another avenue for the reader to explore.

From: Sharon H
Was this a delayed birth certificate? If so, were two other children living at the time the certificate was created? If he had three siblings, were they all three alive in Dec. 1940? Were only two of them known to the clerk?

In some towns, personal information was included that was not in the original record. In my father's case, his original birth certificate included only his middle name. When he went to get his birth certificate, also for WWII, the clerk added his first name. She'd known him all his life and knew that he had the same first name as his father. The official record now has both his first and middle name.

LOST & FOUND: Old photo cards

From: Monty Rowley
I have several old pictures that were given to my wife by an elderly aunt who has passed away. Her aunt didn't know who the people were, but the name of the studio is on most of them and I thought that maybe some one may recognize a family member. Where can I contact someone that would be willing to post some of the pictures on the internet and/ or give me some direction on how to get the pictures out into the public's eye?


You'll want to post the photos and the stories behind them at:
Dead Fred Genealogy Photo Archive

Be sure to include the elderly aunt's name, where she lived, and when she passed away. Describe any inscriptions, however seemingly insignificant, and zoom in on the photo studio's mark.

Sometimes these photos were "carte de visites" which were presented like a calling card when visiting a friend. Your wife's elderly aunt may have inherited these from her parents. In that case, its no wonder she cannot remember who these people are, since they were not family members.

Never-the-less, you are very wise to get the pictures out to the rest of the world.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)

DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy

Thursday, January 12, 2006

ACROSS MY DESK: Oklahoma History Center to open April 2006

NOTE: This is just in from the Oklahoma Genealogical Society.
All inquiries should be addressed to: okgensoc@aol.com
Plans for the move of the Oklahoma Historical Society Research Division to the new Oklahoma History Center were announced Monday evening by Executive Director Dr. Bob Blackburn, Division Director Bill Welge, and Public Services Director Laura Martin in a meeting with the Oklahoma Genealogical Society Board of Directors. Mr. Welge and Mrs. Marquardt stayed to make the announcement to those in attendance at the General Meeting.

The Research Library will close to the public Wednesday, March 1, 2006, to make the move to the Oklahoma History Research Center in the new OHC building located at the northeast corner of NW 23rd and N. Lincoln Blvd. The new address is 2401 N. Laird, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. The new research facility will be open to the public in mid April 2006. The research staff will be working extremely hard during the 4 to 6 week closure to ensure that the researchers have everything available when the new center opens.

Plans are being formulated for the gala Grand Opening Celebration to take place some evening during the week of April 17-21. Those wishing to receive an invitation to the gala may send an email stating that to okgensoc@aol.com . Please include your name and complete mailing address.

Moving plans were completed after Dr. Blackburn received assurances from the Governor and legislative leaders that a supplemental appropriation was planned for the new History Center to cover the personnel expenses that were not taken care of during the last legislative session. A supplemental appropriation will allow the move to occur before the June date that would have occurred under a regular appropriation.

The physical move will be a monumental task. You can help with the move in several ways.
1. Write your state senator and representative to encourage their awareness of how much a supplemental appropriation is needed. You can find contact information for your elected representatives at:
http://www.lsb.state.ok.us/ A letter to the Governor would also encourage his commitment to this endeavor. His website at http://www.governor.state.ok.us/
will list his contact information.

2. Be ready to contact those at the State Capitol by phone or in person if the need should develop. Your support in the past has made a huge difference in what happens there. The call for help will come by email should the need arise.

3. Delay making donations of books or other materials until after the physical move has been made. The staff have enough to handle without also processing new acquisitions.

4. Do make any monetary donations now! The needs are still great and many fund raising options are ongoing. Contact Tim Zwink, OHS Director of Development, at 405-522-5217 or tzwink@ok-history.mus.ok.us for details about those options.

5. Volunteer to assist in the move by contacting Laura Martin at 405-522-5225. There are still needs for those with computer and organizational skills. Persons who can physically move and pack books and microfilm rolls are needed. Please keep your own physical abilities in mind and remember to take care of your own well being.

Thank you for your assistance with this major endeavor. All researchers look forward to the opening of this wonderful new research facility and appreciate your efforts.

Billie Fogarty, President
Oklahoma Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 12986
Oklahoma City, OK 73157

READERS' FEEDBACK: Unreliable records

RE: What I learned from Great-Grampa's Death Certificate

From: DrBeth2@aol.com

On the topic of unreliable records -- if I had died before my father, I'd haunt him. In the early 1970s, my father amended his birth certificate. He changed EAGAN to the correct EGAN. Probably did it 'cause he retired around then and needed his birth certificate to prove age. But he left his father's name as "Charles ALWOOD Egan"...it was Charles THOMAS Egan and his mother's name incorrect, also.

From: Seesie260@aol.com

My Father's Death Certificate in 1982 from West Virginia was incorrect. My step-mother filled it out. She thought he was born in Tennessee because that is where his parents were living, but he was actually born in Virginia. Also, his birth certificate was incorrect. He was born 9 Oct and birth certificate said 23 Sept. Not all official records are correct!
Shelby Edwards, Bristol, VA/TN [I live 4 blocks from TN State line.]

From: Julie Shofstall

I just wanted to weigh in on the death certificate debate. -- Having believed that Great-Grandpa's father was "Samuel" I was surprised to find ggrandfather's William Yule's 1958 death certificate stated his father as "William". Other documents supported Samuel as his father. My guess is that the person completing the death certificate recorded the erroneous information based on what the deceased had relayed to family members as accurate information. Given the circumstances of the poor relationship between father and son, I believe the son (my g-grandfather) had severed all ties with his father (family story says Samuel "deserted" the family) and wanted no connection to him. -- Thanks for informative programs.

From: Johns Newsletters

Responding to the following quoted message:
When I received my Great-Grandfather's death Certificate in the mail I was surprised to see that in the "wife box" it was not my Great-Grandmother's name [Laura], but another name, Mamie. Who in the world was "Mamie"??? [...]
My recent research indicates that WALTER married a MAMIE SPARROW GRIMSTEAD [a widow] in June of 1892. I found them together on the 1900 Census w/2 daughters. The girls were listed w/the last name, GRIGGS & listed as daughter, not step-daughter. The birth dates for the girls indicate that they were both born before the marriage! [...]
Now what makes this all so interesting to me is -- WALTER SCOTT GRIGGS wrote & published [1926] a genealogy book on THE GRIGGS' FAMILIES IN AMERICA."

For the explanation to this last question/comment, realize that simply because the 1900 Census used HIS last name for the daughters (or more likely simply did NOT use ANY last name for them) they were NOT his children. They were HER children of her first husband. Ergo, when he did his Genealogy book on the GRIGGS, there was no need to list that second marriage, which produced no offspring. Likely this second wife had died, and her daughters went to live with their blood relatives, while he went to live with his sister.

I found a similar situation in my family in the 1920 census.

From: Heath, Sheri A
Speaking of incomplete obits, my grandfather recently passed, and his wife of 30-odd years was my dad's "stepmother", although he was in college when they married, so she didn't have any hand in raising him, etc. She's always been insanely jealous of anything to do with my grandpa's first wife (who died of cancer), including my dad and our family. So, in the obit, there was no mention whatsoever of my dad's mom, although (unlike the funeral services) it did mention that he was survived by a son, 2 grandchildren, and 2 great-grands. To me, this is fraud, as it [a] makes my dad appear to be either considerably younger than he is (if one assumed he was a product of the marriage), [b] makes HER appear to be his mother - EEEEEWWWW!, and/or [c] would make him appear to be born out-of-wedlock. I believe this is particularly an issue because it's a very small town so one might assume people are known better and thus obits more likely to be correct.

In order to not "rock the boat" of this evil woman, he didn't say anything about it. I think he should have had a "correction" printed in the obit section of paper at the very least. How would you have handled the situation?

Geesh, how about taking a shot gun... No seriously, I've heard of two separate obits being placed in the newspaper, one by each side of the family. Its simply amazing how people carry on like this. You should see the obit for one of my immediate family members. I had to ask one of my siblings if there was a shred of reality in it as well, but I decided to let it go. The people who know can consider the source of outrageous text, others don't need to know of the family conflict.

Thinking of future generations, its a genealogist's responsibility to "get the word out" about the true relationships, with proof documents, etc. So your best bet is to compile a well-documented book, so your grandchildren and great-grandchildren will know the truth.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

NEVER GIVE UP: Discoveries of old records happen every day

When I read articles like this, it reminds me that we must NEVER give up looking for a record that will clarify our family history and mention an ancestor we've had so much trouble understanding.

Cache offers window to schools’ past
Staff Writer
Lebanon Daily News
PALMYRA — "While cleaning out closets in the district office, Palmyra Area School District officials recently discovered a paper treasure. High on a shelf in the office at the rear of the high school were three boxes containing original records that document a portion of the district’s history."
If you'd like to see the entire article it is located at:

If things like this are still coming to light, then its possible something stashed away in an attic at the time of that courthouse fire will also finally see the light of day. That's my prayer, and I'm sticking to it!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

ACROSS MY DESK: 2006 WhollyGenes Genealogy Cruise

NOTE: This is just in from Bob Velke. That that in the first day they sold 25% of their space! All inquiries should be addressed to: bvelke@whollygenes.com


You're invited to join us on a grand adventure, an educational experience, and a fun-filled voyage through the Mexican Riviera while we learn about genealogical research methods, tools, and technologies from some of the most popular speakers and authorities in those fields. Last year's event was sold out in less than 2 weeks and the conference and cruise were a great success!

Again this year, we are proud to offer a first-class lineup of speakers and at least 12 hours of lectures on a wide variety of topics that are relevent to every family history researcher. Users of The Master Genealogist (TMG) (or other interested researchers) will have access to at least an additional 8 hours of instruction that is specific to that software and its companion products.
Best of all, the conference will be conducted on a 7-night cruise which visits such exotic Mexican ports of call as Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas. All lectures are scheduled while the ship is at sea so that you can spend the days at port relaxing on exotic beaches, visiting Mayan ruins, snorkling, swimming with the dolphins, or participating in any number of other optional guided shore excursions.

What better environment could there be to enhance your research skills while soaking up the sun and enjoying a relaxing week-long vacation?

Scheduled speakers and presentations include:
-- Robert Charles Anderson, FASG. Director of the Great Migration Study Project "Transatlantic Migration" (1 hr) "Before There Were Counties There Were Colonies" (1 hr)

-- Tony Burroughs, FUGA. Popular genealogical author, teacher, and lecturer "Digital Video" (1 hr) "Navigating the National Archives" (1 hr)

-- Dick Eastman of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter "Genealogy Searches on Google" (1 hr) "The Latest Technology for Genealogists" (1 hr)

-- Hank Jones, FASG. Actor, author, professional genealogist, and popular speaker "When the Sources are Wrong!" (1 hr) "I Don't Chase Dead Germans- They Chase Me!" (1 hr)

-- Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, CGL, FUGA, FASG President of the American Society of Genealogists "The Critical Connection: Finding Ancestors Between the 1850 census and the Colonial Period." (1 hr) "Pearls I Have Discovered in Thirty-eight years of Searching for the Missing." (1 hr)

-- Megan Smolenyak Genealogist, author and consultant "Trace Your Roots with DNA" (1 hr)
"Find That Obituary! Online Newspaper Research" (1 hr)

-- By popular demand, there will be an encore presentation by Dick Pence, the computer genealogy pioneer, who will entertain us with ""Two Longs and a Short and Other Tales of the Old West."

-- Bob Velke, President of Wholly Genes Software, will conduct several workshops about The Master Genealogist (TMG) that are geared to users of different skill levels. Other expert users and leaders in the TMG community will also be participating, including:
  • John Cardinal, author of Second Site and TMG Utility
  • Jim Byram, expert TMG user and beta tester
  • Lee Hoffman, editor of "Getting the Most Out of The Master Genealogist"
  • Kent Riggins, developer of TMG's charting tools
  • Tim Cook, expert TMG user and beta tester
  • Dorothy Turner, Senior Technical Support Representative at Wholly Genes Software
  • Barbara Grempler, expert TMG user and Project Manager at Archive CD Books USA
Most speakers will also be available for scheduled private consultations ("One-on-Ones") and will host one or more casual breakfasts with small groups. This is a great opportunity to get personalized advice and rub elbows with a long list of professional genealogists and expert software users.

There will be door prizes and other surprises too!

And at prices starting at just $825 per person (including lodging, food, port fees and taxes, and attendance to all conference lectures), it will probably cost less than a week at your local Holiday Inn -- but it will be much more fun! Space is limited so don't delay in making your reservation.

For complete details about the speakers, lectures, ship, itinerary, and cabin pricing, please visit:

DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour 10 Jan 2006

"Listen in" as Myrt discusses Reunions Magazine with editor Ruth Wagner; PAF Companion 2 with developer Pierre Cloutier; and the Godfrey Memorial Library (including HeritageQuestOnline access) with Director Richard E. Black. Other topics include: Tennessee's apprenticed children, the free SSDI & World Place Finder offer, GeneLines, and the AGBI American Genealogical Biographical Index, and the 2006 WhollyGenes.com genealogy cruise. The MightyMouse tour visits RootsWeb mailing lists and explains the difference between L (list mode) and D (digest mode.)

METHOD #1 - Automatic

-- Just click the update button in your iTunes or other podcast receiving software.

-- For information on setting this up see:

METHOD #2 - Manual

-- Go tom this week's show page: http://www.DearMYRTLE.com/06/0110r.htm

-- Scroll down and click either the OurMedia or the Archives.org link to play the .mp3 file.

Find out more about Myrt's guests and "Links We Mention" on this week's show page which is located at:

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207

Monday, January 09, 2006

ACROSS MY DESK: New Braintree Museum & Research Center

From: The Patriot Ledger
A treasure trove of local history: Researchers to have access to Historical Society artifacts

"James Fahey is the director of the Braintree Historical Society’s new Watson Museum and Research Center. The center will be located at what used to be the Watson branch of Thayer Public Library, a one-story brick building in East Braintree." [...]

"The building still needs some renovation and the catalogue system isn’t finished, but within a couple of months, the historical society hopes to have the facility open.

The library has a trove of Braintree-related information including residents lists, church records, old photographs, and memorabilia from the town’s shoe and fan manufacturing past.
It also has an extensive collection of military history books, research materials and artifacts, including grenades, helmets and pistols collected by Fahey from European battlefields. One favorite piece of Fahey’s is the log book from the U-444, a sunken German torpedo boat."

For more info see: http://ledger.southofboston.com/articles/2006/01/09/news/news05.txt
Nova Scotia Runaway to Massachusetts

From: Skip8567@freegenmail.com
Looking for info on Charles Croucher BELL born abt July 28, 1868 in England. Believe he moved to Digby, Nova Scotia area when about three (3) years of age, and at about age 16 ran away to the USA, and ended up in Rockland, Massachusetts, dying there on April 20, 1954. He married Alice M. PRATT,(b: July 12, 1875) date unknown. Would like to find his birthplace and parents info.

Yours is the typical challenge, to discover "WHO ARE THE PARENTS?" As you've probably noticed, BELL is a fairly common surname, and the current FreeBMD (Birth, Marriage, Death in the UK) database at Ancestry returns over 11,000 entries for Charles Bell. At a time like this, we wish middle names played a more important role in that database.

TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR TASK, we go from the known to the unknown. At this point you've got to:

-- Obtain a copy of his death certificate.

-- Look for obituary in the local newspaper.

-- Study his complete probate file, and will if he had one.

-- Make a thorough search of the marriage entries in Rockland, Massachusetts. Hopefully the indication of birth place will be found there. If you are really lucky, it may list parents.

-- Check each US Federal Census for clues, including information about date of naturalization.

1930 US FEDERAL CENSUS: Charles C. Bell age 61 born in Canada speaking English and wife Alice age 54, born in Massachusetts. His age at first marriage 23, hers 16. [From this we can deduce that they were married circa 1892.] His parents are listed as born in Canada and hers are listed as born in Massachusetts. He is a laborer in a fireworks factory. He is listed as arriving in this country in 1884, and he is an alien as indicated by the "Al" in the "whether naturalized" column. It is indicated that he is not a veteran. Ancestry.com image source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Hanson, Plymouth, Massachusetts; Roll: 940; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 624.

1920 US FEDERAL CENSUS: Charles C. Belle age 51 head of household alien arrived in 1884 born in Nova Scotia, parents born in Nova Scotia works as a hostler the fireworks industry; wife Alice M age 43 born in Massachusetts; son Alfred : age 18 born in Massachusetts working in the shoe industry; daughter Dorothy M age 10 born in Massachusetts. Ancestry.com image Source: Year: 1920; Census Place: Hanson, Plymouth, Massachusetts; Roll: T625_726; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 110; Image: 783.

1900 US FEDERAL CENSUS: Charles C. Bell head of household, born July 1868 age 31 married 7 years born Nova Scotia, parents born Nova Scotia works, arrived in country 1888, number of years in the US 12, an alien working as a teamster unemployed 0 months during the past year. Renting a farm, #172 on the agricultural listing; wife Alice M age 24 born July 1875 in Massachusetts, parents born in Massachusetts, five births with 4 living children; son Charles R. born Dec 1892 age 7, born in Massachusetts, ; son William born Aug 1894 age 5 born in Massachusetts, daughter Cora M born Sept 1896 age 3 born in Massachusetts; daughter Alton F born Sept 1899, age 9/12 born in Massachusetts. Ancestry.com image source: Year: 1900; Census Place: Hanson, Plymouth, Massachusetts; Roll: T623 674; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 1125.

-- Not found WWI Draft Registration database - Ancestry.com


-- Digby, Nova Scotia. http://www.townofdigby.ns.ca/main.html

-- Canada GenWeb http://www.rootsweb.com/~canwgw/

See the Family History Library research guides at:
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/RG/frameset_rhelps.asp - most specifically:

-- Massachusetts Research Outline

-- Canada Research Outline

-- Nova Scotia Research Outline

Hopefully you get the gist. Just gather everything together. There is much work to do, and
THIS is the year to do it!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
6023 26th Street West PMB 352
Bradenton, FL 34207

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Naranzetta - is it a carnival name?

From: Phyllis Hart Leedom

After searching for many years for my dad's aunt, I am stuck. Maybe you can help me find "Aunt Ethel." Mollie Ethel Hart was born in Bath County, Kentucky, June 9, 1891, daughter of Jacob Coleman (Cole) Hart & Carrie McGrady. Her mother died when she was 9 months old.

-- ACCORDING TO HER MARRIAGE APPLICATION Ethel Hart (noticed she dropped the Mollie) married Jack Naranzetta, May 20, 1912 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. Jack Naranzetta according to his application for a marriage license was born January 25, 1888 in Monrana [Montana?](no county or city listed). He was the son of Harry Naranzetta (born Dakato) and Josephine Shaunbackler (born Berlin, Germany). This was the first marriage for both Jack & Ethel.

-- IN 1921 ETHEL NARANZETTA SUES JACK NARANZETTA FOR DIVORCE. April term 1921, Order Book, No. 92, Madison County, Indiana, Circuit Court, #4540, pg. 535, and is declared divorced on August 27, 1921. She also regained her maiden name (Hart).

-- SUING FOR DIVORCE AGAIN IN 1927. It’s a strange document in Order Book No.105, Madison Circuit Court, January Term 1927, dated January 21, 1927, where Ethel Naranzetta is suing Jack Naranzetta again for divorce. #4540, page 289.

-- NO SECOND MARRIAGE LICENSE. I cannot find another marriage license for the couple between 1921 and 1927.

-- THE 1930 US FEDERAL CENSUS of Anderson, Anderson Township, Madison County, Indiana, Ethel Hart is enumerated with her brother W. L. Hart, a local shoe merchant, Enumeration District 48-21, Sheet #13-14.

-- SHE LEAVES HER BROTHER'S HOME IN THE EARLY 1930s. A post card is sent in 1933 and that is the last time she ever writes. No clue as to where she was except there was a picture of the Natural Bridge in the State of Virginia. My grandmother said "she went to live with the Indians."

-- AROUND 1925 WHEN MY FATHER, THE LATE JOHN M. HART WAS ABOUT 5 YEARS OF AGE, HE REMEMBERS sitting on the lap of "Uncle Jack." He said he was a full blooded Indian Chief. That could not be if Jack's mother was born in Germany.

-- BOTH JACK & ETHEL NARANZETTA WERE IN CIRCUS & WILD WEST SHOWS. One of uncles said they were with the 101 Ranch in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Aunt Ethel was a sharp shooter with a .22 rifle. She could hit a bull's-eye riding a horse at a gallop, standing up. She did all kinds of tricks with a whip and rope. She and Jack performed at Harter Field in the mid 1920s in Anderson, Indiana. She played the calliope and banjo. She knew bead work and taught my dad and one of his brothers how to make all kinds of jewelry.

I have never been able to find Aunt Ethel or Uncle Jack anywhere, except Aunt Ethel is listed in the 1920 census with her brother and family.

I do not find the name Naranzetta anywhere except for the queries I have posted on Message Boards. I do not find him in any census records or his parents. Do you think Naranzetta is a made up name? Myrt, can you or any of your readers give me some further advise where to find these people. I had so wanted to find them before something happened to my dad but alas he died Nov. 22, 2003. Thanks.

Indeed, a search of the Ancestry.com/RootsWeb message boards for "Naranzetta" only returns the queries you previously posted. FamilySearch.org returned no hits for the surname. Similar zips were provided by GenCircles and Genealogy.com. Ancestry.com returned only the indexed 1912 marriage entry, of which you were previously aware. These entries do provide birth dates which weren't mentioned in your original request.

Name: Ethel Hart
Spouse Name: Jack Naranzetta
Marriage Date: 20 May 1912
Marriage County: Marion
Birth Date: 9 Jun 1891
Age: 21
Source Title 1: Marion County, Indiana
Source Title 2: Index to Marriage Record 1911 - 1915 Inclusive Vol
Source Title 3: Original Record Located: County Clerk's Office Ind
Book: 65
OS Page: 659

Name: Jack Naranzetta
Spouse Name: Ethel Hart
Marriage Date: 20 May 1912
Marriage County: Marion
Birth Date: 25 Jan 1888
Age: 24
Source Title 1: Marion County, Indiana
Source Title 2: Index to Marriage Record 1911 - 1915 Inclusive Vol
Source Title 3: Original Record Located: County Clerk's Office Ind
Book: 65
OS Page: 659

Maranzata 91%
Morenzetti 86%
Maranzelli 85%
Marunzella 85%
Maranselli 84%
All names in my opinion appear decidedly Italian, not Native American or Germanic as you suspect. But try working those names and see what pops up.

You might also check out CIRCUS HISTORY - "Founded in 1939, the Circus Historical Society, Inc. (CHS) is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to recording the history of the American circus from the first one in Philadelphia during 1793 to today. Membership includes people from all walks of life including historians, scholars, circus personnel, memorabilia collectors, Americana specialists and just folks who share both a love of the circus and a desire to preserve and disseminate its great and interesting heritage." See: http://www.circushistory.org/

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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