Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ancestor Approved - Thank-you

From time to time genealogy awards are handed out among our peers in a sort of peer-to-peer network of accolades. (This recognition is distinctly different from non-genealogy websites that give awards indiscriminately just for the possibility of gaining more click-throughs.) This is a wonderful opportunity to spotlight ten other genea-bloggers by paying it forward. First let me thank Katie from From Little Acorns blog, who honored Ol' Myrt here.

The award comes with two conditions:
  • List ten things that you have learned about your ancestors that surprised, humbled, or enlightened you.
  • Pass the award to ten other genealogy bloggers.

 Ten Things - genealogically speaking.
  1. My father died 35 years to the day that his mother died, and in the same house.
  2. I was surprised to discover the 1920 US Federal Census listed my 79-year old 2nd great-grandfather, Tolvert [sic Tolbert] Higgins at the State Soldiers Home, in Fort Dodge, Ford, Kansas, NARA T625 Roll: 532 Page: 211. It turned out he served in the US Civil War. From this I learned never to assume someone is too old or young to serve. 
  3. I learned about other genealogy programs using GoToMeeting, and having 2 other presenters share in showing a feature -- each one after the other. Great opportunity to share point for point, back and forth in real time.
  4. My 2nd-great grandfather Thomas Wasden had a "Utah Brands" as recorded at the Utah State Archives. Record Series: 540 Reel Number: 1 Volume Date: Dec 1849-Dec 1874 Page Number: 108 Entry Name: WASDEN, THOMAS Date: March 6., 1873 County: Millard.
  5. My 6th great-grandfather Conrad Weiser is mentioned as a father in law of Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg in The 20th Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Vol.8, p.8. "MUHLENBERG, Henry Melchior, pioneer Lutheran, was born in Einbeck, Hanover, Germany, Sept. 6, 1711; son of Nicholaus Melchior and Anna Maria Muhlenberg, persons of prominent social standing. ... He was married, April 23, 1745, to Anna Mary daughter of J. Conrad Weiser, the famous Indian interpreter of Tulpeholken, Pa."
  6. Fellow genea-blogger Jean Wilcox Hibbens are distant cousins, with J. Conrad Weiser as our common ancestor.
  7. My paternal grandmother Myrtle Eliza (Weiser) Player Severinson set up a "shoes for school children" plan during the depression after the family had moved from Salt Lake City, Utah to Seattle, Washington according to my Dad's story corroborated by several historical newspaper write-ups discovered at
  8. My ancestor L J Froman first purchased land from the US federal government in 1835 in Clinton County, Missouri, according to Bureau of Land Management records available online.  Accession/Serial #: MO0210__.271. Aliquot Parts  SWSW; Sec. 6; Township 54-N; Range 32-W; Fract. No; Meridian 5th PM; State MO; Counties: Clinton.
  9. William G[ist] Froman's Civil War Pension File #8424237 indicates he served in Company D Division 3 Provisional Enrolled Missouri Militia.
  10. US Civil War pension file of William Phillips, Certificate #243464, Co K 19th Indiana Volunteers contains certificate of marriage with Louisa Terry 6 Aug 1874. Also lists Sarah Pugh as previous wife, and two additional daughters, Calley [Phillips] Taylor and Viola [Phillips] Dontal, in addition to known wife Louisa Phillips and her daughter Stella Mae (Phillips) Goering. Dated July 4, 1989, signed by the soldier. 
And one more...
  1. Apparently our ancestors had difficulty keeping track of state boundary lines. William Phillips (listed above in #10) signs an affidavit found in his pension file indicating "said affects of rheumatism and disease of liver was contracted after the [illegible] battle of Gettysburg in the state of Virginia about Aug 1863, caused by exposure incident to the marching and campaign after said battle of Gettysburg which battle was fought July 4, 1863."
I hereby bestow the Ancestor Approved Award to the following genea-bloggers:

  1. Amy Coffin of The We Tree Genealogy Blog where we await the unrolling of her 2011 "52 Weeks to Better Genealogy" suggestions.
  2. The mysterious Ancestry Insider, who isn't afraid to describe a technical challenge so coders can make the fix sometime this year or next.
  3. Audrey Collins of The Family Recorder for an insider's look at British research. She works at The National Archives (UK) yet finds time at home to blog on a frequent basis.
  4. Professor Dru (Drusilla Pair) of the Find Your Folks blog who is much better at inserting videos in her posts than most genea-bloggers.
  5. Lisa Also of The Accidental Genealogist, who took her dream trip this past year to Slovakia ancestral stomping grounds.


  1. Our pastime of gnealogy is full of suprises - I enjoyed reading yours and look forward to reading what others have found

  2. Wow! I am honored to receive this award from Myrt herself! Thank you!