Saturday, July 12, 2008
Irene was born somewhere in New York state sometime between 1840 and 1843. When I first started my research on her, I could only find her in the 1860 U. S. census before she married Peter Stout. (I know believe I have found her in the 1850 census, but I'll explain my speculations in a later post.) In the meantime, I'll continue with my research in another post.
With the second microfilm, I did not have any more success as when I looked at the microfilm, I discovered the film in the box was not what I wanted. Somehow, either I or the lady who rewrote the number on my slip got the number incorrect. I don't know if the Family History Center will exchange this film for the right one or not, but hopefully, I'll have more success when I do get that record.
So, as you can see, I had a terrible research day. I decided to order another microfilm for Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, so I'm hoping that I'll have better luck when that microfilm comes.
Friday, July 11, 2008
- RootsMagic Blog (I learned about this blog from Miriam's post.)
- BackTrack (I learned about this blog from Chris' post.)
- Chicago History
- Tudor History.org Blog (I learned about the two above blogs from Elizabeth's post.)
- The 48th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry/Civil War Musings (This blog was posted on blogger's blog of note today.)
You can find these and other history blogs listed on the right side of the page, and you can find these and other genealogy blogs on the lower left side of this blog. Any suggestions for other history and genealogy blogs are welcome. Thanks!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
- Yes - 2 votes
- No - 2 votes
To those who voted, thank you for voting!
I first went to the Archives, as that was what was open at the time. (The hours for the Library and Archives have been greatly reduced, so I decided to go to the Archives first.) While I was at the Archives, I decided to try to look for one of the naturalization records of my ancestors, but I was unsuccessful. I then decided to look in the social statistics schedule of the 1880 census to see if I could find someone that I could not find in the population schedule, but again, I was unsuccessful. Before I left the Archives, I asked one of the archivists if he knew where the 1904 state census was, and I learned that it had not survived. The archivist told me that during World War Two, the state census records were thrown out to make room, and that the surviving state censuses held in the Library came from the counties that happened to keep copies of the state censuses for their counties. So, the state censuses held by the Library appear to be the only state censuses that survived.
After the Archives closed at 1 p. m., I went to the Library of Michigan (in the same building), as the library opened at 1 p. m. At the Library, I started to search for my ancestors in the 1884 state census for Bay county, but I did not have any luck. (I'll just have to try again.) I then looked in the 1894 state census for Bay county, and I found them. Included in the household of my ancestors was a man that I had been trying to connect to me ancestor, and I finally had a relationship listed between him and my ancestor. The only problem was that he was listed as a son to the head of the household, which was impossible as the head was only seven years older than that man. (I write more about this later.) I then decided to look for an obituary of an ancestor, and I was able to find her death notice. I continued to look through old newspapers, but I did find any other information that would help. I last decided to look through the NARA index for naturalizations to see if I could find my ancestor. I had to figure out the soundex code for my ancestor, as that was how they were indexed, but after I w s able to figure it out, I was able to find my ancestor's index card. After I found that record, I had to leave as the Library closed at 5 p. m. So, after researching for about five hours, I was only able to find a little bit of information. Hopefully, the next time I visit, I will have some more success in my research.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
You can only chose one answer, and you have less than 24 hours to vote. Enjoy!
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Hm ... . According to this test, a person reading this blog would have to a high school, or maybe a little bit of a college education in order to read it. Does this sound right? I didn't expect it to be that high. What do you think?
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
When I first started to do research on Carl, all I knew was his name, his occupation and the fact that he died before my grandma was born. (I also knew that he came from Germany, but I did not know where. In fact, I still do not know.) After searching for Carl and his family in the U. S. censuses and his marriage record, I started to look for when Carl came to America. From the 1900 census, I learned that Carl had gotten naturalized before 1900, and that he came to America about 1881. To see if I could find out where pre-1900 naturalizations were held, I did some searching on the Library of Michigan's website, and came across some naturalization indexes for naturalization held by the State Archives of Michigan. I searched the online index for Bay County, and found my ancestor. I also found another man, named Fred, with the same surname as my ancestor. (I suspect that there may be a connection between these two men, as the only people with this surname in Bay County are connected to my ancestors.) Unfortunately, the naturalization records for both men are only half of a sheet long, and neither lists where in Germany they came from.
The next thing that I tried to do was find out when Carl came to the U. S. On his naturalization record, he stated that he came to the U. S. in 1882, so I decided to look for him in passenger lists. So far, my search has not been successful. I still do not know when or where Carl entered the U. S., and I still do not know where in Germany he came from. In the next post, I'll discuss the possibility of a connection between Carl and Fred and more on my research on Carl.
Monday, July 7, 2008
I realize it does not really have to do with genealogy or history, but I thought it was interesting, nevertheless.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
- History of a locality - 2 votes
- Historical Event - 0 votes
- Historical Analysis - 1 vote
- Historical Mysteries - 2 votes
- Historical Controversies - 1 vote
I'll definitely have to do some research. To those who voted, thank you for voting. Enjoy!