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

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Samuel and Hannah Hill

Today's Tombstone Tuesday is for my 2nd Great Grandparents, Samuel and Hannah (McCleary) Hill

Samuel Hill:
                  Born - 04 November 1830 in Center County, Pennsylvania
                  Died - 13 March 1906 in Wyandot County, Ohio

Hannah (McCleary) Hill:
                   Born - 12 February 1835 in Richland County, Ohio
                   Died - 04 October 1908 in Wyandot County, Ohio

Tombstone for Samuel and Hannah (McCleary) Hill
Fehl Cemetery, Wyandot County, Ohio

Monday, May 13, 2013

Motivation Monday - Passion or obsession?

Have you ever been told you are obsessed with dead people?  I have -- multiple times!

I have found almost since I started doing my genealogy research two decades ago, that many friends and family see my enthusiasm for this research as some sort of "obsessive" behavior that just isn't "normal".  They may be right about the not normal part of it, but I think that "obsession" would be the wrong word to describe it.  I much prefer to call it a passion, and actually, if you understand my education, it really would be a rather normal passion.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sentimental Sunday - Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all of our mothers, past and present!

It's been nearly seven years, but not a day goes
by that we don't think about you, Mom.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Surname Saturday - McCleary

This week's Surname Saturday is my first surname that appears to be from somewhere other than Germany or Austria.  At this point, the information that I have points to the family being either Scottish or Irish in origin.  The strongest evidence that I have is actually very ambiguous because it refers to the family as Scotch-Irish in origin!  (Talk about non-helpful!)

Surname: McCleary

Variations:  None that I have run across to this point.

Origins:  The information that I have, points to the family coming from "Probably County Antril, Northern Ireland."  Since I have not found anything that identifies a "County Antril" in northern Ireland, I am working under the hypothesis that the reference is actually to County Antrim in Northern Ireland.  From Ireland, the next information that I have points to the family being in the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania and then from there, to various locations in Ohio, but for my family, specifically Wyandot County, Ohio.

Goals/Challenges/Plan:  The McCleary family is one that I have done very little research on.  Most of my information comes from a family tree that I found online which was, unfortunately, completely undocumented and the author never responded to requests for further information.  The rest of my information comes from an article published on December 13, 1910 in The Daily Chief in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.  The article was about a McCleary family reunion that was attended by my 2nd Great Grandmother, Hannah (McCleary) Hill and held on the farm of her father, Alexander McCleary.  When I resume my active research, I have added the McCleary family to my "to do" list and I am working on a research plan to trace this family back to Ireland or Scotland.  I have already performed a quick online survey to see what may be available in the way of records, and it would appear that I may be able to make some decent progress with this family when I go back to active research.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Follow Friday - May 10

I've started reading a lot more blogs lately, and while I know there are several much more widely read "Follow Friday" posts and such, I thought I would continue to share with my readers some of my favorites from the week.

This week's picks:

Tuesday’s Tip – Daughters Of The American Revolution Library  - A great review of a resource that I hope to be able to go use one day (if I make it back up toWashington, D.C.)

Putting Your Family on the Map – Finding Your Ancestors and Mapping Their History  I love the idea of adding a map showing the movement of my ancestral families, and this is a wonderful "How To" to help get you started!

It Was Right Under My Nose!! - All I can say it...been there and done that!  I think we all have, and we can all relate to the "pain" and exhilaration that Cindy must have felt when she realized that she had the information all along.

Thoughts on Very Large Genealogy Files (VLGF) - I've been one of those people who was more interested in accumulating names than doing in-depth research.  Thankfully, I saw the light a few months back and have already begun the process of pruning and proving my tree!

- Okay, this one isn't from this week, but I missed it last week and to not mention it would be a shame.  This is an incredibly touching story about how Heather connected to a relative that she didn't even know was right in her area.

Here are a few blogs that I have added to my reading list this week.  They aren't necessarily new on the scene, but they are new to my list.

A Southern Sleuth - I just hope to someday be able to write my posts as well as Michelle does!

The Organized Genealogist  - I'm always looking for more and better ways to organize my genealogy research, so it should be fun to follow this blog and their Facebook group.

Tonia's Roots - I just ran across this blog yesterday, but Tonia immediately hooked me with some of her technology articles.  I'm still working my way back through her older posts and enjoying every minute of it.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Evolution of an Amateur Genealogist Part II

A couple of months ago, when I was first starting this blog, I wrote a post about how I was changing my focus for a while and actually setting aside any "new" research on my family history to focus on properly documenting and citing the facts that I had already found.  I have to tell you that the change in focus has been not only incredibly rewarding but also a huge challenge.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Isaac and Mary Ann Farver

Isaac and Mary Ann (Myers) Farver
My 2nd Great Grandparents:  Isaac Farver (1827-1893) and Mary Ann Myers (1831-1909)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Amanuensis Monday - Revolutionary War Service Deposition

Amanuensis Monday is a blogging prompt from Geneabloggers that I thought I would try out today simply because it works well with a project I've had on a "side burner" for a while.  Here is the explanation from Geneabloggers:

An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sunday's Obituary - Samuel Hill

 Wyandot County Republican,
Upper Sandusky, Ohio,
16 March 1906
Today's obituary is for my 2nd great grandfather, Samuel Hill (4 Nov 1830-13 Mar 1906).  Samuel is the furthest back that I have been able to prove my Hill Line, despite the fantastic information that is contained in his obituary.  I was actually able to find a biography of Samuel in a published history of Wyandot County which mirrors most of the information in the obituary on the right.  That tells me that either a) the information is relatively accurate or b) the author of the obituary used that biography as the basis for the obit!  Either way, Great Great Grandpa Hill's obituaries have been a great source of information on his life as well as a treasure chest of clues about where to continue researching this line.

Wyandot Chief,
Upper Sandusky, Ohio,
15 March 1906

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Surname Saturday - Welty

This week's Surname Saturday is about my mother's paternal grandmother's family, the Weltys.  I'll be honest, I haven't really done much with this line.  I can't tell you exactly why I haven't done much on this line, other than I had specific goals on most of my other lines, and one never really developed here.  The ironic part of that is that upon looking at the information that I do have on this line, it appears that I have information further back on them than I do on several of my others!

Surname: Welty

Variations:  I have not run across any specific variations in my line so far, but a few that I have seen that may come up are Weldy and Wilty.

Origins:  The information that I have for this line traces them back to John Welty, born 21 Apr 1720 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  It appears that my line of the family began moving west from there with John's son Michael and his grandson Henry.  My 2nd Great Grandfather, Francis Marion Welty (sometimes seem as Marion Francis Welty) was born in Ohio in June 1849.  Amazingly, I have not obtained positive proof on that date yet.  Most of the information that I have on Francis and his ancestors came from a compiled genealogy with no source notes, so at this point, I'm not calling anything "confirmed" other than my Great Grandmother, Lola (Welty) Link was born 27 Aug 1875 to Francis Welty and Emma (Pool) Welty.

Challenges/Goals:  This one should be pretty obvious - my main goal now with this family is to start the process of proving the lineage all the way back to John Welty.  A quick survey of resources has shown me that this may actually be easier than it was for some of my other lines as it appears there are Sons of the American Revolution and possibly Daughters of the American Revolution files pointing to the Welty line as well as quite a few records for the early ancestors.  This one should end up being a fun pursuit (aren't they all fun?)! 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Follow Friday - May 3

Here are just a few of the great genealogy blog posts that I enjoyed over the course of the week:

1) Have You Heard of Open Library - Jana's Genealogy (Open Library has become my new obsession thanks to Jana!)
2) Working With My Research Logs in RootsMagic 6 - Genea-Musings
3) Genealogy and Personal Finance - Jennealogy (A great post on financing this wonderfully expensive passion)
4) Do you still need a desktok (local) genealogy program?- Genealogy's Star (This one just came out today, but it is definitely worth a read)
5) Family History Through the Alphabet - PERSI - GenBlog

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

As most genealogists do, I utilize a lot of on-line resources in my research.  My list of bookmarks in Firefox seems to go on forever, and that is just my research sites and doesn't include others that I categorize as resources or societies, or libraries get the picture.  Of all of the sites that I use, I think I would call each of them a bit of a treasure chest at times, but I have never had one site that became a treasure chest for me the very first time I used it, until now.  Enter the site for the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG).

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Spencerville High School Class of 1937

Today's Wordless Wednesday Post is a picture shared with me by a friend from high school.  The President of the Spencerville High School class of 1937 was my 1st cousin once removed, Charles Washler.  Charles was the son of my grand-uncle, Louis Washler.

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