Friday, January 4, 2008

Carnival of Genealogy Posted!

The carnival of genealogy has been posted! You can read it here. The topic for the next carnival is on meeting or connecting with living relatives while doing research. Enjoy!

1908: Where Were My Ancestors?

Earlier today, Lisa over at 1oo Years in America blog, put a challenge for other genealogy bloggers to write about where their ancestors were in 1908.

So, where were my ancestors in 1908? Well, they were living in various places ...

Some of my ancestors were living in the United Kingdom. Some of my ancestors were living in the county of Lancashire. Other ancestors who were living in England, I am not as positive as to where they were living, but they were most likely living in Bedforshire county. One ancestor, I am not even sure if he was still living in Scotland or was living in England. I do not know at the moment.

As for my American ancestors, most were living in Michigan: either in Detroit, or rural counties such as Saint Joseph County and Gladwin County. Other ancestors were living in Cleveland, Ohio. For one of my ancestors, I don't know where he was living are time, as I have not been able to find him in the 1910 census. He was either living in New Jersey or some other state. I do not have any clue, as he was working as a salesman and was traveling at this time.

So, as you can see, I still have holes that I need to fill, and I don't know exactly where all of my ancestors were at that time.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

An Interesting Irish Genealogy Research Article ...

In light of the posting of the 2nd edition of the Carnival of Irish Culture and Heritage, I decided to post on an article that was just recently posted on Ancestry's Weekly Journal. You can read the article here.

Even though the article was short, I read it because I had a question that was similar to the topic of the article. I was wondering whether or not passenger lists existed for ships that carried passengers from Ireland to Scotland. Now that I have a little better understanding of whether or not lists existed, I'll have to keep in mind that a passenger list might not have existed for my ancestors. Either way, I thought this article was informative.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Yesterday ...

I hope everyone had good New Year's Day yesterday. I couldn't help but notice Jasia's article about the snow that she got over New Year's Eve, so I decided to write about my New Year's Day.

As most of you have probably figured out by now, I live in Michigan. I don't think I need to mention that a snow storm passed over Michigan the night before yesterday. Anyhow, where I'm staying at the moment, about 12 inches of snow fell over that night. The storm was pretty bad, so much so, that we ended up having several guests spend the night, since it was too dangerous to drive. Of course, that's not all ...

We also lost power at our house some time between and eight and nine the morning of New Year's Day. A power line fell down somewhere in the area that we lived. So, we were out of power until about 7:30 that night. So, in all, it was a pretty interesting day. ... And this morning, I woke up to see that another 2 to 3 inches had fallen last night. Ah, snow ...

2nd Edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture Posted!

The second edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture was posted yesterday! You can read it here. The topic for the next carnival is on Irish places that your ancestors came from. The entries are due on January 29th. Enjoy!

Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

I just want to wish everyone a happy New Year. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

2007 in Review: So, How Did I Do?

I don't have any resolutions to compare my genealogy accomplishments for 2007 as I did not start blogging until this past March. Even though, I did not have any resolutions, I did have some goals that I wanted to accomplish.

Goal One: Obtain the death notices and obituaries for my ancestors and their siblings who lived in Detroit. Results: I obtained some of the death notices for this branch. I was only able to go through the Detroit Free Press, and I did not find all of the notices. I have not yet checked the Detroit News, so the notices might still exist.

Goal Two: Order microfilms from the LDS of church records for the area of England that my ancestors lived. Results: I was able to order a couple of microfilms, but I was only able to find a couple of ancestor's marriage records. I did not find any baptismal records for my ancestors.

Goal Three: Order Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania probate records on microfilm. Results: I was able to order one microfilm from the LDS. I found the probate entry for my ancestor. It confirmed the name of his two sons, but did not mention the names of any other possible children.

Goal Four: Find the naturalization records for one of my ancestors. Results: I have not found it yet, but I have not had any time to go the state archives and look up the naturalization records.

Goal Five: Look up the death record of a possible sibling of an ancestor. Results: I was able to look up the record, and have a couple of the leads. I am still looking for more information to confirm the relationship.

Goal Six: Visit the local family history center. Results: I went a handful of times to the local center. I was not able to as much research as I liked, but a did a little.

Goal Seven: Find the marriage record of my great-grandparents. Results: I was only able to go to the state library once, and I did not have a chance to search for to search for their marriage record. I hope to find it this upcoming year.

Well, I remember of any more goals that I set-up as I did not write them down. As you can see, I did not accomplish all of my goals. I had hoped to be much further a long now than I am. I know I still have a lot more researching to do, and I hope to do more this summer than I did this past summer.