Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Alexander McCleary

Today's Tombstone Tuesday post actually features the tombstone for my 3rd great grandfather, Alexander McCleary. Alexander is buried in Chandler Cemetery in Marseilles township in Wyandot County, Ohio.

Alexander McCleary
15 Aug 1879 - 26 May 1865

Monday, April 29, 2013

Mystery Monday - The Wandering Links

Mystery Monday is a blogging prompt from Geneabloggers that encourages bloggers to write about any mystery records they may have or any unsolved genealogical "mysteries" that they have come across.  After spending the past several weeks going through the electronic copies of Census records that I have, I find myself still faced with a mystery that has plagued me since I started doing my family history research - the wandering Links.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday's Obituary - Mary (Dickson) Link

Obituary for Mary Link
(Upper Sandusky, Ohio,
Wyandot County Republican,
23 Sept 1897

This week, my Sunday Obituary is the oldest published obituary that I have in my collection.  Mary (Dickson) Link was my 3rd Great Grandmother.  As the obituary says, she was born Oct 7, 1822 in Ohio.  She married Shepley Holmes Link on February 23, 1847.  Mary and Shepley had 14 children together. (Can you imagine?!)

One item in Mary's obituary that caught my eye was the sentence, "She was converted under the preaching of Rev. J.V. Updike in 1875, and gave her hand to the church and her heart to God, and His grace sustained her through sorrow and affliction."  The reason that this sentence caught my attention was that my 3rd great grandfather died in 1875.  What this tells me is that Mary may have either had a conversion moment during her sorrow over loosing her husband of nearly 30 years or that in the course of her grieving, she "found religion" and chose to convert.  One thing I have not yet discovered, is what religion Mary converted to.  That, I am afraid, will have to remain on my "Research To Do List" for a while yet.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Surname Saturday - Hill

Five of the Hill Siblings
This week's Surname Saturday post is ironically the surname that I heard the most about growing up, but one of the ones that I have actually learned the least about - Hill.  Growing up, Mom always talked about her mother's family and told stories of Grandma and her siblings (Mom could recite all 11 Hill Siblings in birth order as if it were simply saying her own name).  But ironically, once I get past my 2nd Great Grandfather on that side, I have a very hard time finding information on the family (at least digitized information).

Friday, April 26, 2013

Funeral Card Friday - Franklin J. Hill

Today's Funeral Card Friday post is for my grand-uncle, Franklin J. Hill.  Unfortunately, I can't say that I particularly remember my grand uncle as I probably only met him a handful of times, and he passed away when I was only 8.  I remember Mom talking about "Uncle Frankie" from time to time, but that is about it.

Franklin was the youngest child of my great grandparents, John and Clara (Paessler) Hill.  Frankie was born 09 Aug 1923, and died 5 March 1979.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thrifty Thursday - DeKalb County, Indiana Resources

If you've been reading much of my blog, you know that most of my research up to this point has focused pretty much in two areas, Northwest/Northcentral Ohio and Northeast Indiana.  I consider myself pretty fortunate that my Indiana research is almost exclusively limited to DeKalb County.  In my opinion it makes the process so much easier simply because of the incredible wealth of resources that are available to me and many of them are free!  I have listed below just a few of the links that I use in my research.

Archive.org has been a great resource for finding historical texts that are online. (The link takes you to a search for DeKalb County Indiana resources.)

The GenWeb page for DeKalb County is well maintained and on several occasions has pointed me to the source records that I need.

The Indiana County History Preservation Society is a page that I have used only a few times, but it is a good resource for general county history.

The Willennar Genealogy Center has several resources available online and if you are local to DeKalb County, it is a resource that you don't want to miss!

And of course, no list of resources would be complete without mentioning the FamilySearch.org Wiki!

This list is by no means a comprehensive list of the resources that I have used, but it should give you plenty of places to start and will definitely lead you to others.

Happy digging!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Workday Wednesday - What was a "Book Agent"?

Over the past month or so, I have been holding off on new "research" in the form of looking for new records, and instead focusing my research on a more in-depth analysis of records that I had obtained in my early genealogy work.  I made the mistake early on, as I suspect many new researchers do, of getting the data I wanted from a record and moving on too quickly without fully analyzing the record.  Going back into some of these previously documented sources is proving to be incredibly interesting, enlightening and in some cases, it is providing me with new mysteries.  The 1880 occupation of Curtis Washler is one such mystery.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - John Warshler

Today's Tombstone Tuesday post is my 2nd Great Grandfather, John Warshler.  Finding where John and his wife Caroline were buried was one of my first cemetery hunts.  I don't mean hunting for the stone, I mean actually hunting for the cemetery!  John and his wife and several of their children are buried in the Bear Creek Cemetery in Jackson Township in DeKalb County, Indiana.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Military Monday - Private Isaac Farver

One of the things that I have discovered as I have journeyed into the past with my family history is that I actually come from a line of patriots from several generations and several different wars.  Today's Military Monday post is about yet another of those patriots, my 2nd Great Grandfather, Isaac Farver.  It is jokingly somewhat of a point of contention in my household now that I live in the South, but I am proud to say that Isaac fought for the Union in the Civil War (down here in the South, it's known as the War of Northern Aggression) as part of Company C, 35th Regiment, Indiana Infantry.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Census Sunday - 1900 Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, Ohio

1900 U.S. Census - Marseilles Twp., Wyandot County, Ohio
In a post this past week, I talked about a discovery that I had made regarding my great grandfather and an apparent first marriage that neither my mother nor her siblings knew about.  I started to do a bit more research on the issue during the week, and one of the first places that I turned was to the United States Census for 1900 because when I first pulled that Census record, I knew that it showed Frank Hill living with his parents.  I had not done a complete examination of this record and hoped that upon a full analysis, it might reveal more information.  My hope proved fruitful!

Upon pulling up the Census record, I found the family of Samuel Hill (my great great grandfather) starting on line 69 of sheet 2 for Enumeration District 126.  My great grandfather, Frank, appears on line 71.  Thankfully, in 1900, the U.S. Census asked the one key piece of information that I was looking for in this case - marital status.  As you can see from the zoomed and cropped excerpt below, in column 9, Frank Hill has a D for his marital status, indicating that indeed, in 1900, he had been married once before and was now divorced.

Since divorce records from the late 1800's in Wyandot County are not digitized and online at this point, I have a new item to add to my list for a research trip to Ohio!  At least I can be thankful that the marriage was relatively short, so I only have a few years worth of records to search through.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Surname Saturday - Link

The Link Surname holds a couple distinctions in my genealogy research.  The first is that it is the only family line so far where I have a confirmed notable connection and the second is that it has the distinction of being the oldest line that I have information on (though admittedly, I have not personally confirmed and documented all of the information to date, but the source was documented and "appears" to be well researched).

Surname: Link

Variations: Link, Linke and Linck are the three forms of the surname that I have run across so far in my line.

Origins:  My Link line originates in Germany in the area of W├╝rttemburg, Germany.  The information that I have so far, has the family coming to the United States in the early 1700s and settling first in Pennsylvania.  From there, my part of the family moved to Ohio and has remained mostly in central Ohio.

Distinctions:  As I said before, this line has a few distinctions in my research.  The earliest information that I have for this family dates back to Dieter Linck who was born in Germany in 1430.  The information that I have going back that far is not my own research, but does appear to be well researched and documented.  The second distinction is a couple of "famous" relatives.  I have posted about both before - my patriot ancestor, Adam Link, who was one of the last living veterans of the American Revolution, and I have been able to confirm a family connection to President Dwight Eisenhower through Adam's uncle, Matthias Link.  President Eisenhower's grandmother was a Link.

Challenges and Goals:  My main challenge and goal with this line is to follow the previously done research and confirm the documentation and lineage.  This will be a fun one since I have a pretty solid trail to follow!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday's Faces From the Past - All The Same Person?

Unidentified child
Friday's Faces From the Past is a suggested blog topic from Geneabloggers where bloggers post either "orphaned" photos that they have found at flea markets and such, or they post one of their own photos that they just can't identify.  I'm going with the latter.  I have one picture that was found in family photos, but up to this point, I have not been able to positively identify.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Thankful Thursday - Family Reminders

This week, my Thankful Thursday post may seem a bit obvious to any genealogist, but over the past week, I was reminded of why I started doing genealogy in the first place, and I am extremely grateful for the reminder.  What I am most thankful for this Thursday is quite simply....family.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Generations

 Three Generations
Mother, Daughter and Grand Daughter
Hannah (Hill) Link, Suzanne Link
and Clara Hill
May, 1947

Digging Up Roots is back!

After a short hiatus, I am back to writing and publishing through the blog!  I have some catching up to do on posts, but I definitely have some great content coming over the next few weeks!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Funny

Today I thought I would just give you a bit of genealogy humor for the day thanks to Twisted Twigs on Gnarled Branches.

Twisted Twigs on Gnarled Branches (used with permission)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Curtis and Christiana Washler

Curtis and Christiana (Farver) Washler

Back Row:  Louis, Ida and Cleve Washler
Front: Shep (dog), John and wife Sada, Adrian, Curtis, Donald, Christiana, Ira and Estella (Washler) Reinhart
(May 8, 1904 - Washler Home, Sycamore Hills Farm)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Herman and Theresa Paessler

Tombstone for Herman and Augusta
Paessler (Old Mission Cemetery, Upper
Sandusky, Ohio)

One of the most meaningful genealogy research trips I ever took was about several years before my mother passed away.  She and I went over to Upper Sandusky, Ohio where most of her family was from and spent a full day walking cemeteries, doing some light research in the local library and mostly touring the area while I listened to Mom reminisce about her childhood memories and the memories that she had of Upper Sandusky.  During that trip, we walked Old Mission Cemetery and it amazed me that Mom was able to take me right to nearly every family grave marker that was in that cemetery.  This trip was early on in my genealogy researching, so the very first piece of information that I had on my great great grandfather and grandmother Paessler came from their tombstone which is pictured here.  I can't say that the markers are artistic, unique or anything else, but this one holds some significance for me as my first step in researching the Paessler line.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sunday's Obituary - Mary Link

Mary Link

Mary Link obituary,
Wyandot County Republican
23 Sept 1897
Mary Link was my 3rd great grandmother, and the wife of Shepley Holmes Link.  What I find most interesting about this obituary is that Mary was living in Little York, Ohio which is several counties away from where most of her family was in Wyandot County.  It has left me with yet another family history mystery to unravel.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Surname Saturday - Hablawetz

William Hablawetz and his
daughter, Mary
(date unknown)
Not very long ago, I would have told you that the Hablawetz surname is my biggest brick wall (yes, the surname as a whole, not just one person) because I just couldn't seem to find a lot of information on the family.  Now...now researching this surname has become a bit more like playing hide and seek.

Surname: Hablawetz

Variations:  Hobawentz (1860 Census), Heblewaits (1870 Census), Hablawitz, Hablerwitz (possible immigration records), Hoblewetz

Origins:  The family appears to have originated in Austria or Germany, and first settled in the United States in Plymouth Township in Richland County, Ohio.  From there, my line of the family moved to Wilmington Township in DeKalb County, Indiana.  I have been able to trace some of the family up to Michigan and it appears that there were other lines of the family that moved further west, but I have not been able to make a definite connection between those lines and mine.

Notable Facts:  My great great grandfather, Anton Hablawetz, built one of the many one room school houses that served DeKalb County through the late 1800s and into the 1900s.  It stood until the 1990s.

Challenge:  As you can see from the variations in the surname, my biggest challenge with this family has been to find the variations of the name!  Once I began to realize that there were so many odd variations on the name, I started finding little trails to follow, but I still have not jumped that hurdle of finding any definitive immigration information for the family.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Unexpected Discoveries: The Side Effect of a Genealogy Addiction

I was spending some time on FamilySearch yesterday looking for some record of my great grandparents' marriage.  I figured I would probably be able to find a copy of their marriage application fairly easily since Paessler (my great grandmother's maiden name) wasn't a super common surname in Wyandot county in the late 1800s.  What I found was...well...to put it mildly, a major surprise!

Funeral Card Friday - Hannah Theresa (Hill) Link

Grandma Link died when I was just six years old.  I have only snatches of memories of the times that my sister and I spent with her...mostly random memories both from the house she lived in and then the apartment she moved to toward the end of her life.  But one thing that I still very vividly remember is her funeral.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thrifty Thursday - Educate Yourself for Free!

In my opinion, one of the biggest mistakes that many beginner and even intermediate genealogists make is to not educate themselves on how to  do genealogy.  It seems simple at first...go find records and record information on my ancestors, right?  Right now, any experienced genealogist is probably laughing at that statement because doing family history research entails so very much more than just "finding facts" and even finding those facts can actually be a bit complicated.  So how do you educate yourself without spending a fortune on online courses or books?  Enter the free resources available online!

I am currently saving to pay for my wedding this fall, so this year, my genealogy budget has been cut to...well...to pretty much zero.  That hasn't stopped me from still doing my research utilizing a fantastic number of free resources available online, and it especially has not stopped me from continuing to educate myself using free online materials.  One of the best resources for educating yourself on various aspects of genealogy is FamilySearch.org.

If you click on the "Learn" button on the FmailySearch header, it will take you to their Learning Center and its voluminous library of educational videos.  The videos and lessons are searchable by subject, location, level, even language!  In the beginner section alone, there are 91 free videos.  The intermediate level has nearly three hundred videos available!  Their Learning Center also has links to their Research Wiki and Discussion Forums.  If you poke around long enough, you will find almost everything you need to start educating yourself and improving your research skills.  Also don't forget to check out the great printable research forms they have available.

If you are looking for other great free resources online, please come back in a few days and check out the "Resources" page here on the Digging Up Roots blog.  I am working on developing a list of links to free (and some paid) resources available.  You can also check out Cyndi's List for the comprehensive list of online genealogy resources.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wedding Wednesday - Earl Link and Hannah Hill

June 16, 1925

Earl C. Link and Hannah T. Hill - June 16, 1925
I wish that I knew more about how my grandparents met.  Before she passed away, my mother wasn't able to tell me much about her parents' engagement or dating, but she was able to find some fantastic pictures from their wedding day and even the newspaper announcement.  To me, they look so young in these pictures, and yet at 24 and 22 respectively, they had already moved well into their adult careers as you can see from the wedding announcement below.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tuesday's Tip - Not "Just The Facts, Ma'am!"

In the 1950's TV show, Dragnet, one of Sgt. Joe Friday's catchphrases was "We just want the facts, Ma'am."  Most beginning genealogists assume that is all they are searching for - just the facts.  But as most any "seasoned" family history researcher will tell you, sometimes writing down more than "just the facts" can be the key to breaking through a brick wall later.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Mobile Monday - My mobile tools

As a technology professional, it's almost ironic that when it comes to my genealogy research, I actually prefer the old-fashioned method of research...visits to courthouses, libraries and research centers digging through old volumes and documents searching for that illusive ancestor's record that will blow down a brick wall.  With that being said, since most of my ancestors were from the Midwest and I now live in Florida, I do most of my research electronically for the time being.  To facilitate my electronic research, I've developed my own set of electronic resources and tools that I prefer to use.  Most of my tools are on my laptop computer, but over the past couple months, I have started to go truly mobile with my Kindle Fire and iPhone.

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