Sunday, October 6, 2013

Family History Through the Alphabet - A is for Anton

For 26 posts I will be doing a personal family history journey through the alphabet, one letter at a time.  My personal challenge for this series is that I am going to try to match as many of the letters as I can to first names of my ancestors and research that individual's life to write a full narrative of their life.  For those letters that I can't match to an ancestor, the post will be either a) about a artifact or a location where an ancestor lived, or b) educational in nature.  Although the challenge is complete, Alona, the host, is encouraging others to participate anyway.  Additional information on the challenge, can be found at Take the ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge

It's been a while in the making, but here is the first post of the series..... (Warning - Long post ahead)

“He built the one room school house up the road there.  He had a few kids…one of them went west and was never heard from again.  He might be buried over in that cemetery.”  Those were pretty much the only “facts” that I knew about my great great grandfather, Anton Hablawetz, when I started my genealogy research.  It was not really much to go on.  Actually, it was pretty much nothing to go on.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Comments fixed

I know it's been over a month since my last post, and I promise that there are more posts coming!  One thing I wanted to mention before I put up any more posts is that I discovered an issue with comments on my blog - apparently when I enabled Google+ comments on my board, it made it so that people without Google+ accounts couldn't post comments!  My apologies to anyone who has tried to post a comment and was unable to.

Needless to say, this little discovery has made me decide to re-visit the idea of moving my blog to a different host.  I'll let you know if and when I move on that thought.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Upcoming Series - Family History Through the Alphabet

I have a confession...I have set a few blogging goals and challenges for myself over the past 6 months, and I have to confess that I have not succeeded on those goals as much as I wanted to.  There are all sorts of
‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge
reasons...summer break for my kids, preparing for my own wedding in November, and the list goes on.  But the reality is that the goals I was setting for myself just weren't holding my attention.  This past week, I read a post at My Heritage Happens by Cheryl Palmer and it hit with me...I wasn't achieving those blogging goals because they just didn't match the reasons that I started my blog.  When I started this blog, my intention was to share my genealogy finds, my family history and maybe connect with some long lost relatives along the way.  As I got rolling, I became caught up in the world of geneablogging.  I was following daily prompts (and I was nearly obsessed with having a post to publish every single day of the week), I was commenting on other topics in the genealogy world, and if I am honest with myself, I was writing the blog to try to gain an audience and not for myself.  Cheryl's blog post about her reasons for considering quitting hit home.  I realized that it's time to get back to writing this blog for me and my family as much as for others who may or may not stumble on it.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Workday Wednesday - Postal Service Follow Up

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post regarding my great grandfather and his father both working for the postal service.  Recently, I found a picture of my great grandfather from the August 8, 1966 edition of The Daily Chief-Union in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

The Daily Chief-Union, Upper Sandusky, Ohio
8 Aug 1966

According to the caption, this picture was taken "about 30 years" earlier, though it would actually have to have been at least 31 years earlier in 1935 since my great grandfather (pictured in the front row, 3rd from the left) died on 04 June 1935 about a month after retiring from the Postal Service.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Military Monday - Letters from the front

Over this past weekend, I was spending a little time going through things that I had brought back from my trip up to Dad's house back in June, and made a fun discovery that has begun to lead me on a genealogical
mystery chase.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sorting Saturday - My fractured love affair

I really didn't mean for it to happen this way.  My relationship with E was so new and so intense that I really never thought that it would end up with another being brought into it, but here we are...all three of us.  I guess it was meant to happen because O just filled gaps in my world that E never could.

I may be delusional, but I think I've found a way for all three of us to live in harmony...

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - Hannah's Small Treasures

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about a trip back home to go through a lot of my mom's and grandma's stuff that was still at my Dad's house.  As I said then, there was just so much that we found that it was almost overwhelming.  This week's Treasure Chest Thursday is about two of the items that we found that came home with me.

As we were going through all of the things we found, we came across two books that were very obviously quite old.  Both books were quite small and both were leather bound.  The first of the two had only a leather spine and the front and back were hard cover.  Inscribed on the front cover was "The Presbyterian Hymnal" in beautiful lettering.  When we opened it, the note on the front cover (seen here to the left) read, "Mrs. H. Hill  Marseilles, Ohio."  Our first thought was that this belonged to my grandmother, Hannah (Hill) Link who grew up in Marseilles.  Then it struck me....this says "Mrs.H. Hill."  When Grandma was Hannah Hill, she would have been Miss Hill!  That meant that this hymnal had to have belonged to her grandmother!

Sure enough, when we turned to the publication page, it read, "Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1874, by the trustees of the Presbyterian Board of Publication."  This was a nearly 140 year old hymnal!

The second book was so unassuming that had we not stopped to take a close look, it could easily have been accidentally discarded.  The book was quite small and leather bound with a flap that secured the front cover closed.  There were no markings on the outside at all except for one simple word in gold lettering on the spine... Bible.  After finding the hymnal, I for one was pretty excited at the prospect that this may be just as old.

When we carefully opened the bible, there was a simple, handwritten note sitting inside that read, "Grandma Hannah McCleary Helm Hill Bible - 1855.  This note, which was just stuck inside the bible, was in my grandmother's handwriting, so while it seemed reliable, it wasn't necessarily conclusive about the date or ownership of the bible.

Looking a bit more, I found two notes that were handwritten on the pages of the bible.  The first was in the front and it read, "Hannah Helm, Nov 4th 1855."  The second was on the back cover and reads, "James Helm, Nov 4th 1855, Hannah Helm."  I recognize the handwriting on both of these inscriptions as being that of Hannah's first husband, James Helm.  The recognition is based on a letter I have in my possession that James wrote to Hannah before they were married.

Wow!  As if the 140 year old hymnal wasn't enough, we were holding a 160 year old Bible!  Based on these notes, this would appear to be a bible that was perhaps given to Hannah by her first husband.  My initial thought when I looked at the date of the inscription was that maybe, just maybe, this was a gift on their wedding day or shortly after.  When I went and checked my database, however, I found that they were married on 28 Aug 1854, so the Nov 4th date is over a year after their wedding.  I don't know exactly what the occasion may have been for James to give the bible to Hannah, but this date has definitely gone onto my "to do" list for Hannah!

Beyond the excitement of finding two such incredibly old and personal items of my great great grandmother's, these two items did also provide just a hint of genealogical information in the form of indirectly telling me what denomination Hannah belonged to.  I know it may not sound like much, but to have a personal item that answers a question like that is a genuinely fun find in my mind.

So now I am faced with one small I keep the items out on display in their current condition, or do I find a way to more permanently preserve these items?  I'm very up in the air over this decision, and I'd love to hear some reader comments or suggestions.

What do you think?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - James Madison Pool

James Madison Pool is my 3rd great grandfather through my mother's side.  The Pool family is one of my lesser researched lines and most of what I have for this family has come through either derivative or authored sources.  James and his wife Mary are buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

Photo used with permission courtesy of Kathy Swartzfager Scott
 (Find A Grave Contributor #47092236)

 James Madison POOL:  b. 11 Jan 1823 in Richland County, Ohio
                                      d. 13 Mar 1903 in Upper Sandusky, Wyandot County, Ohio
                                      m. 04 Nov 1847 in Richland County, Ohio

Mary Emaline (HARTUPEE) POOL:
                                       b. 14 Nov 1827 in Richland County, Ohio
                                       d. 11 Mar 1896 in Wyandot County, Ohio

Photo used with permission courtesy of Kathy Swartzfager Scott
 (Find A Grave Contributor #47092236)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Find A Grave and My smh Moment

For those who may not know all of the text and internet slang out there (honestly, I have to look most of it up  myself), the term "smh" typically means "shaking my head" and is used when someone finds something so stupid or ridiculous that words don't do it justice.  Another popular term used for a moment like this is "facepalm" which is well illustrated by the image to the right.

Well, over the past couple of days I have been having what I can't quite call just a single smh or facepalm moment, but perhaps an overall revelation that has made me feel pretty much exactly like Bill Cosby does in this picture.

Friday Funny

Life has been a bit busy for me this week, so I think today's post will just add some levity to your day.  The Friday Funny comes to you courtesy of Twisted Twigs on Gnarled Branches Genealogy and their Facebook page

Photo used with permission courtesy of Twisted Twigs on Gnarled
Branches ( ,
Accessed 7/12/2013)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Curtis and Christiana (Farver) Washler

Washler Family Tombstone
Riverview Cemetery, Newville, Indiana
This week's Tombstone Tuesday post is for my great grandparents, Curtis and Christiana (Farver) Washler.  My great grandparents are buried in Riverview Cemetery near Newville, Indiana.  The plot can best be described as the Washler family plot, since the large "Washler" stone (pictured above) stands in the middle of the plots where Curtis and Christiana are buried along with many of their children and their spouses.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sunday's Obituary - Newton H Link

This week's Sunday Obituary is for my great great grandfather, Newton Link.

Obituary of Newton Link
22 Mar 1967
Upper Sandusky Daily Chief Union
Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Newton's obituary was a virtual gold mine of information for me.  Some key pieces of information that I got from his obituary that I did not have previously were that all of his siblings had preceded him in death (I was still missing a few death dates), his occupation information (I had known he was superintendent of the county home, but did not know of his other jobs), his church affiliation, and the maiden name of his second wife, Ella.  I particularly found it interesting that Newton was the last of his family because he was actually the first born in his family, and was apparently the only member of the family that wasn't one of the "Wandering Link's."

I have to say that for me, this was probably one of the first obituaries I found that actually gave me new information on someone and didn't just corroborate the information I already had on an individual.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Surname Saturday - Pool

It's been a while since I did a surname Saturday post - primarily because I have outlined most of the "primary" surnames that I have done research on!  With today's post on the Pool name, I have finally covered all of the surnames that I have done any sort of primary research on.  There are a few others out there that I have found connections to, but not that I have really looked into.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Father and Son

Newton and Earl Link
date unknown
Newton and Earl Link
date unknown

Today's Wordless Wednesday is actually two pictures and not completely wordless.  In going through all of my digital files, I found these two pictures of my great grandfather and my grandfather together.  Obviously, the pictures were taken decades apart, and I thought they made a good "Then and now" type of contrast.  The more recent of the two pictures was most likely taken in the mid to late 60's since both Newton and Earl died in 1967.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Delayed Motivation Monday - July Goals

I know it isn't Monday, but I forgot to post this yesterday, and I really didn't want to wait until next Monday to put up my goals for July.  As I said in my last "goals" post, I truly feel like sharing these provides the accountability that I need to keep me focused on my genealogy goals each month.
First a wrap-up of June's goals:

1)  Write two blog posts per week.  I managed to stay on track with this one.  I think that the quality of my posts have improved as a result of scaling back, and I know that the "anxiety" over trying to get out a higher volume of posts has disappeared.

2)  Finish reading Thomas W. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof.  I finished this up while I was up in Indiana two weeks ago!

3)  Complete the organization of my paper files.  I hate to have a failure on any goal, but this one is going to have to be an ongoing goal since I didn't get anywhere near completion on this one.

4)  Catch up on other genealogy reading.  Again...I'm shifting this one to an on-going goal.

5)  Evaluate the Evidentia software program. I had a chance to work with Evidentia and do some evaluation on it.  I definitely love the program and it is on my "to purchase" list!

Now, on to July's Goals:

1) Continue working on the organization of my paper files. (Deadline: ongoing)

2) Read one white paper or article (non-blog post) per week. (Deadline: ongoing)

3) Finish sorting everything that came home with me from the Indiana trip.  This one is almost complete, so
I'm setting a deadline of July 15th for this one. (Deadline: July 15)

4) Scan at least half of the pictures and documents that came home with me from Indiana.  I don't think that I can actually get all of it scanned by month's end (yes, there was that much!) so I am setting a more realistic goal of half. (Deadline: July 31)

5) Participate in the MGP study group.  I'm  very excited about this one, since my group started yesterday!

6) Lay out personal genealogy education program.  Much of what I have been doing in the way of genealogy education for myself up to this point has been a little haphazard, so I want to lay out a plan so I can systematically work through it.  I think that the 10 point blueprint by Elizabeth Shown Mills will probably be my foundation. (Deadline: July 20)

Tombstone Tuesday - Independence Day Edition: Adam Link

Tombstone for Adam Link
Union Cemetery, Bucyrus, Ohio
This week, our nation celebrates Independence Day, and so I thought it only fitting that this week's edition of Tombstone Tuesday should feature my Revolutionary War Patriot ancestor, Adam Link.  My 4th great grandfather, Adam Link is buried in Union Cemetery near Bucyrus in Crawford County, Ohio.  I went looking for Adam's resting place a little over a decade ago, expecting it to be somewhat difficult to find.  What I found instead was a well marked grave that is quite obviously tended to with all of the respect and honor that is befitting of someone who risked their life to help win this country's independence.

ADAM LINK: b. 14 Nov 1761 in Hagerstown, MD
                        d. 15 Aug 1864 in Crawford Co., OH

D.A.R. Plaque marking Adam Link's grave
 I won't retell Adam's story here, but for more information on Adam, please see my previous posts here, here and here.  My lineage back to Adam was highlighted in this post when I finally completed my Sons of the American Revolution application.

Union Cemetery is also marked as "Revolutionary
War Cemetery"

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Evolution of An Amateur Genealogist Part III - Speedy Gonzales Has Retired

This is the third part of what is becoming an on-going series of posts discussing my personal evolution as a genealogist and lessons I'm learning.  Here are the links so that you can read Part I and Part II.
How many of you remember the Looney Tunes cartoon character, Speedy Gonzales, from several years back?  He was the little "Mexican" mouse who was always rushing around getting into trouble and causing mischief.  (Admittedly, not very politically correct, but not many people knew what "PC" was back then.)  I have to admit that for much of the time I have been doing my genealogy/family history research, Speedy Gonzales would probably be a pretty good representation of how I worked.  (I actually considered calling this post the Retirement of Speed Racer, but I wasn't much of a Speed Racer fan when I was younger - I was more partial to Looney Tunes.)  I was racing from one find to the next, always eager to make new finds and trace things back one more generation.  I somewhat blame and Family Tree Maker for this habit.  No, I don't mean that it is a fault of the program or website.  What I mean is that one of the greatest strengths of Ancestry and the FTM program is that they make basic genealogy research very easy for the beginner and in my case, that contributed to my self-perceived need for speed.

Well, I can tell you without a doubt, that Speedy Gonzales has now retired from genealogy.

Sunday's Obituary - Clara Augusta (Paessler) Hill

This week's Sunday Obituary is for my great grandmother, Clara Augusta (Paessler) Hill (25 Aug 1881 - 21 Jan 1970).

Clara Hill obituary,
Upper Sandusky, Ohio,
Upper Sandusky Daily Chief-Union,
22 Jan 1970, p.1 column 3
Great Grandma Hill's parents, Herman and Augusta Paessler, were German immigrants, and Clara was the youngest of their children.  From letters that I have seen and have copies of, Clara was rather well traveled in her later years as I have found letters from her to my grandmother that are post marked California, Arizona and Texas.  From the letters, it appears that Great Grandma Hill took a several months long trip to visit her children that lived in various states around the country.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday's Faces from the Past - I know when, but not why

Earl Link (2nd front row, 2nd from right)
Picture taken 23 March 1935
Neuman Photography Studio
Ft. Wayne, IN
This Friday's Faces from the Past photo is one of the many "mystery" photos that came home with me from my trip last week.  The reason that I call these pictures "mystery photos" is that while I am able to identify one or more family members in many of the pics, I have not been able to identify the why or sometimes when of the pictures.  The photo above is one such picture.

We found this picture in my grandmother's things this past week.  The man seated 2nd from the right in front is clearly my grandfather, Earl Link.  The picture had a few great clues on the back of it: 1) It was clearly dated March 23, 1935; 2) it had a stamp from the studio where it was taken - Neuman Studio, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  Unfortunately, beyond that, there are no clues about what this picture is or why it was taken.

The "school boy" look of many of the men in it (including my grandfather) at first made me think that perhaps it was a school reunion; however, the age difference in a few of the men would seem to shoot down that theory (also the fact that my grandfather went to school in Ohio and not in Indiana).  A second idea was that perhaps this was some sort of promotional photo for where my grandfather worked.  I have information that he did work for Sears at some point in his life, but his Railroad Retirement Board file clearly shows that in 1935, my grandfather was working for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

I have one other theory that as of yet, I have not been able pursue... My grandfather was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (essentially the union for railroad workers) at some point during his career.  One of my theories about this picture is that perhaps it is the "freshman class" photo for the newest members of his local Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers #12.  My younger brother and I are in the process of trying to track down records for my grandfathers membership in the union, but until we find those, I won't have much to go on for this theory.

I have no doubt that the clues that are provided on the picture itself will help me track this down (I'm already working on the Neuman Studio clue), but until then, this picture remains one of of those faces from the past colored in a little mystery.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Winter Work

"Ira and Donald Washler"
(as written on the original)
date unknown
I love this picture just because it shows what life was like for my grandfather's generation during the winters - hard work just to bring in the wood needed to keep warm when snow was covering everything.

The picture does need a little explanation...the writing on the back of this picture identifies the individuals as "Ira and Donald Washler" which I can confirm is at least partially true.  The man on the right is most definitely my grandfather, Donald A. Washler.  However, there was no "Ira Washler" as far as I have been able to find.  My best guess at this point is that the other man in the picture is actually Donald's brother-in-law, Ira Reinhart.  Ira married Donald's sister, Stella.

I have a few requests out to family members to see if my hunch on this picture is correct.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Donald and Mary (Hablawetz) Washler

This week's Tombstone Tuesday post is of my father's parents, Donald and Mary (Hablawetz) Washler.  I have only very very vague memories of my grandfather and unfortunately no memories of my grandmother since both died when I was still relatively young.  It wasn't until I started doing my genealogy research that I knew that my grandfather actually died on my 4th birthday.

My grandparents are buried in Riverview Cemetery in Newville, Indiana.  This is the same cemetery where both of their parents, many of their siblings and many of the family ancestors are buried.
Donald and Mary (Hablawetz) Washler
Riverview Cemetery, Newville, DeKalb County, IN

Donald Adelbert WASHLER:  b. 10 June 1898 in Concord Twp, DeKalb County, IN
                                               d. 11 December 1975 in Auburn, IN
                                                m. 28 March 1929 in United Brethren Church of Newville, IN

Mary Louise HABLAWETZ:   b. 07 August 1907 in Wilmington Twp., DeKalb County, IN
                                               d. 25 August 1973 in Auburn, IN

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sentimental Sunday - Going Home

I have to apologize to my readers - I have been AWOL from the blog and pretty much all social media for the past week.  My absence was for a very good reason.  This past week, I went back home to my
childhood home to spend the week with my brother and sisters and our dad.  I wish I could say that it was all pleasure and fun, but we were home with a purpose.  The week was a rough one in some respects, but a pleasure and incredibly rewarding in others.

My mom passed away just over six years ago, and at the time, we went through her personal effects, but we never dealt with were the years, and years (and years) of accumulated things that were in the house.  This week, we all went home to go through the house and divide up the pictures and everything else.

What we found as we were going through the house was almost overwhelming.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Follow Friday - June 14

Several of my posts for this Friday were part of a series of posts.  Two sets came from bloggers who are attending the Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University up the road in Birmingham, Alabama.  I even found time this week to find a few new blogs to follow.  

Monday, June 10, 2013

Motivation Monday - Goals, Goals and more Goals

I've been a very goal driven person for as long as I can remember.  Growing up, I had personal goals, goals for sports I was involved in, goals for school, etc.  In my adult life, the habit has remained with me...I have had and continue to have financial, personal, professional, and even educational goals.  Interestingly, in my genealogy, that habit never really formed very well.  I don't know if it was because genealogy was a passion/obsession and a "hobby" or if it was just that I didn't quite understand how to set goals for my genealogy research, but I've never been much of a goal-setter in that realm.

That has all changed over the past few months.  It started with some basic "To Do" lists and the habit has finally set in so that each month I review last month, and set a few new goals for the coming month.  Since I find that being held accountable by another person helps with achieving goals, I thought I would start sharing my monthly and annual goals here on the blog.

June is going to be a busy month with a trip back home for a week, so I trimmed back on what I'm planning to accomplish, but here are June's goals:

1)  Write two blog posts per week.  This is actually a scaling back goal for me.  I want to pull back on the volume of my blog posts and concentrate more on the quality of the posts.  Hopefully over the next month or so, my readers will see a positive change in the posts here!

2)  Finish reading Thomas W. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof.  This is in preparation for a study group that I am in which begins on July 1.  I want to finish reading the book one time through completely before going back and fully studying it.

3)  Complete the organization of my paper files.  I have been trying to get all of my paper research filed in the appropriate surname and family folders so that I can go back and start on more in-depth analysis of each piece that I have.

4)  Catch up on other genealogy reading.  I have several white papers that I've downloaded that I just need to sit down and read through.

5)  Evaluate the Evidentia software program.  I just need to install the program and work with it for a while to see if it is something I want to continue using.

So there you have June goals.  I can't say that they are overly exciting or anything, but no one ever said that genealogy was exciting all of the time!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Follow Friday - June 7

Here are just a few of the blog posts I enjoyed this week, and a few blogs that are new to me.

My Journey with the GPS - I found this blog post courtesy of a link on Twitter, and I loved the article because I think it shows the process that so many genealogists go through when they start out on their journey.

Confession of an Online Genealogist - Again, this is a confession that so many of us would probably make!

Tech Tuesday: Organizing with Evernote - As a huge fan of Evernote and someone who is really ramping up my use of it for Genealogy, I loved this article!

Simplifying Your Online Genealogy Life - All I can say is "Amen!!"  Love her strategies and suggestions.

Trying Out Evidentia - This was a last minute entry onto my list, but I have been reading about and considering trying Evidentia for a while now.  This post pretty much pushed me over the edge.

New (to me) Blogs this week:

Brenner Genealogy (Stardust 'N' Roots Blog)
West in New England

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Proud Mom on Wedding Day

Clara (Paessler) Hill
16 June 1925
A couple of months ago, for a Wedding Wednesday post, I posted a few pictures from my grandparent's wedding.  As I was going through my old pictures today, I ran across one more that I thought I would share. This is my great grandmother, Clara (Paessler) Hill on her daughter Hannah's wedding day.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Isaac and Anna (Brown) Link

Grave marker for Isaac and Anna (Brown) Link
Chandler Cemetery, Wyandot County, Ohio
Today's tombstone is for my 2nd great grandparents, Isaac and Anna (Brown) Link.  I have written about Isaac and Anna a few times before.  Isaac and Anna have presented a bit of a mystery for me as far as why they seemed to wander through the south late in their lives.  Even their tombstone presented a challenge for me.  This is actually a great example of how information from one source can be wrong even if it is "carved in stone."

You see, I took this picture early on in my genealogy research.  I figured it gave me some basic information and I could build from there.  What I didn't realize at the time is that Isaac's death year is wrong on his tombstone!  Isaac Link died on December 12, 1910, not in 1911 as written on his tombstone.  I would love to say that I have a death certificate to prove this, but unfortunately, Isaac died in Georgia in 1910 which was  before the state started requiring death certificates in 1919.  The wonderful County Recorder in Dublin, Georgia did a search for me, but unfortunately was unable to locate any death certificate for Isaac.  However, my most solid evidence to dispute the 1911 death year is that Isaac's obituary was published in the Wyandot County Republican on December 16, 1910.  As far as sources, information and evidence goes, the publishing of his obituary prior to 1911 is pretty conclusive evidence that the date is incorrect!

Many facts about Isaac and Anna's lives are still shrouded in the mists of time for me, but with careful research, I have no doubt that I am going to uncover why they wandered through the south, and find enough evidence to say that I have proven where and when Isaac died.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Surname Saturday - Myers

This week's Surname Saturday post is another of my little researched lines, they Myers family.  I have the family back a few generations (to my 4th great grand father), but this is another of those that most of what I have at this point has come from a compiled family tree that had no citations or documentation accompanying it, so I don't really consider anything other than my 2nd great grandmother, Mary Ann (Myers) Farver to be "proven" genealogy.

Surname: Myers

Variations:  None that I have found to this point

Origins:  The information that I have takes the family back to Pennsylvania with George Washington Myers who was born in 1779.  I cannot say that he was born in Pennsylvania, but the compiled genealogy that I am starting from indicates that his son was born somewhere in Pennsylvania.  From there, the next potentially accurate information that I have shows the family in Crawford County, Ohio near New Washington.  The family continued to move a bit further west into eastern Indiana and various counties in western Ohio.

Goals/Challenges/Plans:  I don't really have a lot of unusual challenges ahead with this family that I know of, but I have definitely been setting goals.  This line will be a "fresh" adventure for me when I start on it simply because I have nothing documented other than my great great grandmother's maiden name.

Isaac and Mary Ann (Myers) Farver

Friday, May 31, 2013

Follow Friday - May 31

Well, I managed to get caught up on my blog reading this week, and unlike last week where I could only note a few posts to check out, this week I actually had to pare down the list so that I wasn't listing every blog that I read!  There were a lot of great articles this week especially with the Memorial Day holiday.  My first two articles are just two of the great Memorial Day posts that I found.

Honor Roll Project, Memorial Day 2013 - This is a fantastic project that brings the names and dates on so many local memorials into the digital age so that perhaps someone can find a long lost ancestor who served their country.

Visiting the American Cemetery at Normandy -  This post over at A Sense of Family hit my favorite list because she does a wonderful job of describing the cemetery at Normandy in both words and pictures.  Visiting Normandy is one of my "bucket list" items, so this post tugged at me pretty hard.

Creating Relationship Reports in RootsMagic 6 - I always enjoy when Randy Seaver posts one of his "how-to" articles, and I'm truly enjoying his posts on RootsMagic because I have been evaluating using RootsMagic instead of or in addition to Family Tree Maker and Randy's posts are definitely making this decision easier!

Myths, Rumors and Lies - I love James' description of a dilemma that I think every genealogist faces at some point...debunking the myths, rumors and sometimes outright lies that are part of our family's history.

Watson, Why Did You Change Your Name To Frederick? -  Jana's post is a great example of using bits and pieces from all available sources to try to piece together a solution to a genealogical mystery.  Since I have an ancestor that had a somewhat similar issue, I enjoyed following her reasoning and detective work.

and finally....

A Beautiful Night For a Flight - I always enjoy Jen Baldwin's writing both for her own blog and for The In-Depth Genealogist, and this was no exception.  This is one of what I presume will be a series of follow-up posts talking about the NGS Conference and what lessons she took away.  This should be a great series to read.

Unfortunately, I didn't add any new blogs to my reading list this week, but I'm sure that will change this next week!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thankful Thursday - Mind Mapping for Genealogists by The Armchair Genealogist

I ran across an article on another blog yesterday that is the inspiration for today's Thankful Thursday... "Mind Mapping for Genealogists" over at The Armchair Genealogist.  Lynn Palermo wrote the article about a year ago, but I just now found it. (Yes, I dig through other blogs looking for those hidden gems like this one!)  Her article was one of those inspirations that came at just the right time because it offered me a solution that I needed at just the right time.

In her article, Lynn discusses the basics of mind mapping and suggests several ways that the concept can be applied to genealogy projects.  I won't go back over everything that she discussed because she did a tremendous job of it, and I want to give credit where credit is due.

What I will tell you is that after reading Lynn's article, I went and downloaded a couple of the software programs that she mentions and began playing...and continued playing...and then very quickly got serious about using mind mapping in not only my genealogy, but in other areas of my work life. 

I have to say that the iMindMap program that Lynn mentioned is by far my favorite of the programs I've worked with since reading her article.  After about two minutes of having the program loaded on my computer, I created a quick mind map to start helping me "de-clutter" my thoughts on what I wanted to do in the area of genealogy.

As you can see, what I started with isn't extremely fancy or in-depth, but that was what I came up with in less than three minutes of using a brand new program.  Since that picture, the mind map has exploded and also spawned three other maps with the potential for a few more.

At this point, my intention is to utilize the concept of mind mapping to help plan out my research projects, organize goals, organize writing projects, and develop a self-education plan.  And that is just in the area of genealogy!  I can see mind mapping software being useful in many, many other areas of my personal and professional life.

I highly recommend that you go take a look at the article that got me started with mind mapping and download the free trials of a few programs.  See what mind mapping can do for you, and you'll understand why The Armchair Genealogist inspired my Thankful Thursday!  (Thanks, Lynn!)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Newton and Lola Link

Below is a scan of a picture that hangs at my parents' house of my great grandparents, Newton and Lola (Welty) Link.

Lola (Welty) and Newton Link
(date unknown)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Newton and Lola (Welty) Link

Today's tombstone is for my great grandparents, Newton and Lola (Welty) Link.  Newton and Lola are buried in the Nevada Cemetery near Nevada, Ohio.

Newton Henry LINK b. 22 Nov 1876 in Eden Twp, Wyandot County, Ohio
                                   d. 22 Mar 1967 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana
                                  m. 07 May 1897 in Wyandot County, Ohio

Lola WELTY             b. 27 Aug 1875 in Defiance County, Ohio
                                   d. 13 Nov 1928 in Franklin, Ohio

I have a great deal of conflicting evidence as to Lola's middle name.  In several records, I have found her middle name listed as Laverdia, or Verdie, but interestingly, her tombstone has the middle initial of "D."  I have not been able to find any evidence to suggest what the D may have stood for, so at this point, I have to leave Lola's middle name as a mystery.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday's Obituary - Hannah (McCleary) Hill

Today's Sunday Obituary is for my 2nd great grandmother, Hannah (McCleary) Hill.  Hannah was the wife of Samuel Hill as well as the namesake of my grandmother, Hannah (Hill) Link.  As with many obituaries, this one provided me with some invaluable information when I was first starting out on the hunt for Hannah's family, including the information about her first marriage!

Upper Sandusky Daily Chief,
Upper Sandusky, Ohio,
5 October 1908

The McCleary family is one of the few that I have where I've not done much research beyond the initial survey stage, but from what I have found so far, it should be an enjoyable hunt!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Mission Accomplished!

I received news yesterday, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, that I have successfully accomplished one of my major genealogical goals which has also been a personal goal (actually a
bucket list item for me) for many years.  As of May 21, my genealogy has been accepted for membership in the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution!

A couple of months ago, I wrote a Military Monday post that told the story of my Revolutionary Patriot ancestor, Adam Link.  I won't go back over his story here, but I do want to share my lineage back to Adam.

Adam LINK b. 14 Nov 1761
                     d. 15 Aug 1864
                     m. Elizabeth LINK in 1789

          Shepley Holmes LINK b. 24 Jun 1814
                                                d. 06 May 1875
                                                m. Mary DICKSON 23 Feb 1847

                         Isaac C. LINK b. Jan 1854
                                                 d. 12 Dec 1910
                                                 m. Anna BROWN 08 Aug 1873

                                  Newton Henry LINK b. 22 Nov 1876
                                                                     d. 22 Mar 1967
                                                                     m. Lola WELTY 07 May 1897
                                                Earl Celvester LINK b. 07 Apr 1901
                                                                                  d. 05 May 1967
                                                                                  m. Hannah HILL 16 Jun 1925

                                                         Suzanne LINK b. 14 Jul 1944
                                                                                  d. 27 Dec 2006
                                                                                  m. Edwin WASHLER 27 Jul 1968

                                                                      Christopher WASHLER

I have to say that getting the news that my SAR lineage was accepted right before Memorial Day is almost more fitting than I could have hoped for.  This weekend is a time for us to honor those who paid the ultimate price in service to our country, and while Adam did not die in the Revolution, to be able to honor an ancestor who truly helped to give us our freedom is a dream come true for me.

Follow Friday - May 24

I've had a bit of a busy week, so I'm way behind on my blog reading.  This week's Follow Friday list is a bit on the slim side, unfortunately.  Below are some of my favorite posts from this week that I have gotten through.

Google+ and Genealogy - A Happenin' Place - This is a great article about using the power of social media in genealogy research.   

Explosion! - Jen Baldwin is what I would consider one of the "founders" of a new genealogy society that is geared toward the younger generation of genealogists - those that, unfortunately, some more "established" societies tend to discount.  I'm quite proud to say I am getting in on the ground floor of this amazing effort.

Genealogists are not being pushed out, Reinforcements are being invited in - I had planned to write a blog post in response to the article that Devon is talking about here, but after reading her response, mine would be completely redundant. (And probably not nearly as well written!)

I'll try to catch up this weekend and stay up for the week!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - This Started It All

For today's Treasure Chest Thursday, I went back to what pretty much started me on my genealogical journey... a compiled genealogy of my Washler ancestors.  I would love to say that this genealogy was a perfect treasure chest with complete and accurate information that had perfect citations.  Unfortunately, as is the case far too often, this genealogy, while incredibly extensive, is missing some information and is completely undocumented.  This made (and still makes) the genealogy a two-edged sword, especially back when I was just starting out in my journey.

Compiled and Edited by Edwin Wiley
The compiled genealogy is titled, "Descendants of Heinrich Worschler: also these names Warstler, Werstler, Wearstler, Wastler, Washler, Wershler" and was compiled and edited by Edwin Wiley.  Unfortunately, there isn't any other publication information, and I actually have no record of where I received this genealogy from.  (Yes, I know, that was a huge rookie mistake on my part!)

When I received this packet many years ago, you can imagine my excitement.  I had just received something that showed my lineage back to my 6th great grandfather who was born in 1681!  It was a beginner genealogist's dream come true!  And I will say that looking back through this document now, it really still is a bit of a dream come true.

The genealogy provides some great history of where the Washler family comes from (mostly Stark County, Ohio) and has relatively complete information for each generation that has lived in the United States.  It even, thankfully, has what appears to be very accurate information on where the family came from when they first came over to America from Germany.

Over the years, I have been working my way through this genealogy, attempting to find the pieces of evidence with the information needed to prove each relationship so that I can put together a complete, and fully documented genealogy.  This little treasure has provided me with more "To Do's" and research questions than I could ever have hoped for when I first started out.  I guess I could almost say that this is a "Thankful Thursday" post as well because I am incredibly thankful for the existence of this genealogy and the path that it has given me to follow as I research the Washler history.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Genealogy by the States - Week 20 Mississippi

Blogging by the States is a blog theme/challenge being run by Jim Sanders over at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets and is one of the new blog challenges that I am undertaking.  I came in to Jim's challenge a little late so I am going to do some doubling up over the next few weeks to catch up.  Jim's running through the states by the order in which they became a state.

This week's state is Mississippi, and unfortunately, I don't have (as of yet) any ancestors that resided in Mississippi.  I thought that I might since I had one family that seemed to wander through the
South, but alas, they seemed to skip over Mississippi in their wanderings.  So instead of talking about my ancestors in Mississippi, I went in search of some resources to recommend.

Family Search Wikki - As with almost any new area that I start on, the first thing I do is go to Family Search to see what their Wikki has to offer.  I have never been steered wrong there, and this was no exception!

Mississippi Genealogy 101 - When I went looking for resources on Mississippi, I found a link to this site and was blown away.  I'm actually going back here for almost every state that I research because the site has great information for all of them!

Mississippi Genealogy Network - I am a big advocate of using social media to start researching in any new location!

Mississippi USGenWeb - No effort to start new research would be complete without a visit to USGenWeb

Mississippi Department of History and Archives - The state Archives for Mississippi

Workday Wednesday - Neither snow nor rain nor the passage of generations...

Seal of the United States Post Office
Department (used until 1970)

I made a very interesting discovery when researching my mother's maternal ancestry.  Apparently, service to the United States Department of the Post Office ran rather deep in my grandmother's family!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - John and Lydia (Lehman) Nicholls

Today's tombstone is that of my 3rd Great Grandfather, John B. Nicholls and his 2nd wife, Lydia (Lehman) Nicholls.  I am featuring both John and Lydia because they share a tombstone.  When I found this marker in the old Evergreen Cemetery in Newville, Indiana, I found both John and Lydia on adjoining sides of the same stone.  On a third side of the stone was an inscription for one of their sons, Harvey.  Lydia, John's second wife, is not actually in my blood lines.  My 2nd Great Grandfather, Simon, was the child of John and his first wife, Margaret.  (This relationship is unproven as of yet.  The only information that I have is from an undocumented compile genealogy, so needless to say, I have this on my research plans.)

B: 14 Dec 1791 in Maryland
D: 05 Mar 1858 in DeKalb County, Indiana



B: 18 Apr 1808 in Virginia
D: 23 Mar 1881 in DeKalb County, Indiana

Monday, May 20, 2013

Matrilineal Monday - Rebecca (Wolf) Farver

Matrilineal Monday is another blogging prompt from Geneabloggers that encourages bloggers to discuss their female ancestors - whether it be stories about a particular female ancestor, a great find, or just resources that we use to research our female ancestors (sometimes the hardest lines to trace).  Rebecca (Wolf) Farver is, for me, one of those "elusive" female ancestors.

I actually have very, very little information on Rebecca Wolf, and what little I have is undocumented or comes through her husband, John Farver, and his page on

Name:       Rebecca Wolf
Birth:        05 May 1793
Death:       1841
Marriage:  13 February 1812
Spouse:      John Farver

The only other information that I have is contained in the notes on findagrave:

"John Farver, wife, and two children Samuel and Mary Farver migrated from the vicinity of Hagerstown, MD, to near the present village of Hayesville, Ashland Co., OH. arriving there on April 29, 1817. He settled on the west half of the NE quarter of section 2." -- Record of John and Rebecca, 1786 to 1962 compiled by William Farver, 1962.
 As of this point, I have not been able to obtain a copy of the genealogy referred to in this quote, but, admittedly, it has been several years since I looked at this line and actively worked on trying to find more about Rebecca.  As I was preparing to write this post, I did a quick survey of what might be out there on the internet for Rebecca, and it still appears that there is quite little available to help me track her.  I have no doubt that Rebecca Wolf is going to be one of those lines that will involve a great deal of onsite courthouse research.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Blogging by the States - Indiana

Blogging by the States is a blog theme/challenge being run by Jim Sanders over at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets and is one of several blog challenges I have been looking at doing.  I'm coming in to Jim's challenge a little late (Indiana is Week 19) so I am going to do some doubling up over the next few
weeks to catch up.  Jim's running through the states by the order in which they became a state.

I love that I found this theme and joined the challenge on the week that features Indiana simply because it is by far the easiest for me to do since I am a born and raised Hoosier and most of my research started in Indiana.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Father and Son

Newton and Earl Link
date unknown
My great grandfather and grandfather:  
     Newton Henry Link - Born 22 November 1876 in Wyandot County, Ohio
                                         Died 22 March 1967 in Allen County, Indiana

      Earl Celvester Link - Born 07 April 1901 in Wyandot County, Ohio
                                         Died 05 May 1967 in Marion County, Indiana
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