Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lost or Misplaced??

I found myself going through the 1940 Census on Ancestry.com trying to figure out why on earth my Grandfather and the rest of my mother's family had seemingly disappeared during that Census.  After getting very frustrated in not finding them where I knew they should be living, I turned to another resource - FamilySearch.org.  I performed the same search, and voila!  The family appeared in the search and I went right to the Census sheet.

Hmm...something is obviously amiss here.

Thrifty Thursday - Getting started without going broke

This is a tip for those who may be just getting started on their genealogy journey.  We have all seen the wonderful ads put out by Ancestry showing just how easy it is to click a leaf and discover new branches of our family tree, but when you start looking at the monthly cost of a subscription, I have the feeling most new genealogists stall out after the initial free 7 day trial.

Don't despair because there are a number of FANTASTIC free resources out there on the internet that you can use to continue your research!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Changing Focus: The evolution of an amateur genealogist

As with most things, I'm finding that my genealogy is evolving...

When I started my genealogical journey, I had really only one "goal" and I suppose what you might call a vague "end" in mind.  The goal was to prove that I had an ancestor who had served in the American Revolution, and the "end" was to see what I could find out about where my family came from.  My goal was the result of a promise to my mother to verify a family "legend" and the end...well, I suppose the end I had in mind was what I thought genealogy was all about.

Wordless Wednesday - Adam Link, One of the Last Men of the Revolution




Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Immigration, Migration and Name Changes

When I first started my genealogy digging, I thought that the greatest challenge I was facing was the fires that seemed to ravage so many Midwest courthouses in the late 1800s and early 20th century.  It seemed at every turn, I was being told, "Those records were destroyed in the fire of..."

Lately, the courthouse fires seem to be at best a minor challenge compared to the daunting challenge thrown up by having so many German and Austrian ancestors whose names were changed, misspelled or somehow morphed.  I have seen lineage lines seemingly disappear into the mists of time all because of name changes that happened during their immigration to the U.S. or even during their migration from state to state.

Tombstone Tuesday - Isaac Farver

This is perhaps one of the more unique tombstones I have found for our family as I've done my genealogy research.  The stone is the grave marker for Isaac and Mary Anne Farver, my great great grandparents through my father.  Located in White City Cemetery near Spencerville, the stone would appear to be a bit of a tribute to Isaac's past-time during his retirement years.

Welcome!

Welcome to the blog!  I've decided to start a new blog to "journal" my genealogy journey.  Admittedly, this is not a new journey - I have been doing genealogy research for several years and have made tremendous progress in tracing several lines back even into the 1500s.  It is just recently, however, that I have gotten serious enough about my research to go back, and begin the process of fully documenting what I have collected so far.  This is the real challenge - to prove the family "legends" and suppositions that others have taken as "fact."

The research I have been doing follows both my father's family (the ancestors of Donald Washler and Mary Hablawetz) as well as my mother's family (the ancestors of Earl Link and Hannah Hill).  Surnames include Washler, Hablawetz, Farver, Nicholls, Hill, Link, and Paessler.  Localities cover mostly Indiana and Ohio, but it appears I will be heading into Pennsylvania, and overseas to Germany and other countries in the near future.  My posts will range from family findings to research tactics and just posts about genealogy in general.

I hope you enjoy!  Please share your thoughts and comments at any turn.
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