Saturday, August 30, 2014

Using Getty Images On Your Genealogy Blog

Genealogy blogger love to share their research discoveries, tips and tools with each other. computer monitor2 In most cases, our research successes come from many hours, days, weeks or even years of concentrated research effort.   When we finally find our long lost ancestor or family member, we rejoice and want to share our success with the world.

Most amateur genealogists aren’t wealthy.  We don’t make money from our work.  We do the research out of love of family as well as a deep desire to find who we are in relation to time, place and those around us.  Much if not all of our free cash goes into the expenses associated with genealogy research.

We are an army of Junior Sherlock Holmesian characters searching for clues, documents, stories and photos that uncover at least some of the truths about our ancestors and their families and lives.  Granted, few of us wear a deerstalker cap, smoke a pipe and carry a magnifying glass while on our quest but our spouses usually have a name for our genealogy “Go-Kits” and research demeanor. 

We write about our research successes on our blogs.  Our logic is that others will benefit from our research and share the happiness associated with our discoveries.   We want our blog posts to be attractive, convey knowledge, excitement and accurate information. 

It isn’t words that tell the story however.  It’s the images that we include with the words. 

In an August 2014 New York Times interview, Jonathan Klein, co-founder and chief executive of Getty Images, noted that “The world’s most-spoken language isn’t Mandarin – it’s pictures.”   Pictures grab our attention and can convey a wealth of information.

 

Mr. Klein notes that Getty has changed their business model to a degree to allow for the embedded non-commercial use of their images in blogs and other social media sites.  The rules are very clear about how they can be used and for what purposes if you want to use them for free.  The embed code contains documentation of the image source along with links to Getty and other tools. 

When you use the embed code from Getty, it generates traffic to their site.  They are a commercial entity.  They and their photographers and artists derive their income from selling their creations and catalogs for commercial and other uses.  Allowing folks like genealogy bloggers to embed their images in our posts generates a lot of traffic to their site.   Mr. Klein noted in the interview that, “Basically, 99 percent of the traffic on GettyImages.com will never buy a picture.” ….  but all of the traffic has significantly increased their sales.  Their new business model has been disruptive but it is translating into successfully achieving their bottom line business goals.

So, genealogy bloggers, how can you legally use the fabulous Getty images in your blog posts to both improve its style and visual impact and thank and support Getty Images for the use of their images?

It is simple. 

  1. Follow the rules completely.   Embed the image.  Getty gives you the code.  NEVER copy an image and include it in your posts.  Embed only.  The embed html code provides the links to Getty and the other social sharing tools they want you to use as part of their licensing agreement.  Read their FAQ, “Working with embedded images” before you do anything.
  2. Find the image you want to use by going to GettyImages.com
    1. Mouse over the image that you want to use.
    2. Click on the embed icon on the bottom right. </> getty_embed_icon_arrow
    3. Copy the “Embed this image” code from the popup window.getty_embed_code
    4. Paste it in your blog post by selecting the HTML button or tab.

That’s it.  Add some HTML code if you want to center it, etc., but it is just that easy.

Everyone wins.  You get wonderful images for your non-commercial blog and Getty gets a lot of exposure and links to their site which result in increased sales of their products.

Posted 30 August 2014 by Lee R. Drew on the Lineagekeeper's Genealogy Blog

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Massive U.S. Obituary Collection Added To FamilySearch

FamilySearch has partnered with GenealogyBank.com to add their massive U.S. Obituary Collection to FamilySearch.obituaries
The collection currently consists of 506,812 searchable images.  The FamilySearch Wiki notes that the collection is an "index to obituaries from thousands of newspapers throughout the United States."
Given the breadth of the digitized newspapers held by NewsBank from across the U.S. and through time, it is easy to project that the total collection may possibly consist of hundreds of millions of obituaries if all of it is eventually published on FamilySearch.
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As all genealogists know, obituaries are genealogy gold.  They typically contain a wealth of family history information.   The NewsBank collection is extremely valuable to researchers, not only due to the sheer probable volume of records in the collection but also because of the record extract design they've used.   Obituaries a presented complete with its full source and a full extract of the obituary.
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FamilySearch notes that the collection should be cited as:  “United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014.” Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NewsBank, Inc., Naples, Florida.

Our deep appreciation goes out to NewsBank, FamilySearch and those who are bringing this collection to us as genealogy researchers.  We understand and comprehend its value to our community and express our appreciation for it.
Posted 28 Aug 2014 by Lee Drew on the Lineagekeeper’s Genealogy Blog

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Grandchildren, Ancestors and YouTube

Sterile facts and dates doesn’t elicit much interest in genealogy in the hearts andship minds of our digital world grandchildren.   They live in a world of always on digital eyes into almost anywhere or anything.  Static pages of names, dates and places not only make their eyes cross, but they put them to sleep.

I’ve told ancestral stories to our grandchildren all of their lives.  Their ancestors come to life in their minds based on the words in my stores.  When I show them the same information on my website, the dreaded eyelid closer syndrome launches and its lights out.

It is important for them to have a sense of their place in history both of the world but especially in their ancestral tree.  They love the stories but relating them to historical events didn’t happen in the process.

What tools could I use to bridge the gap between facts and the scenes that the stories evoked in their minds and turn them into long lasting loved memories?

The answer was actually simple.  Turn the stories into movies on YouTube.  The solution captures the facts, stories, technology and long lasting scenes in one.

My wife and I invite sets of our grandchildren to spend time with us every summer based on ages and sex.  By the end of the summer, all of them have spent time with us and with their cousins in the same age range.  We add couple of gatherings a year that includes everyone, even busy parents, to keep familial relationships, giggles, food and fun functioning as it should in a family.

When our older granddaughters were with us, I scheduled a ‘grandpa’ day for one day of their visit.  I told them that I wanted to work with them to create a video for YouTube about one of their favorite ancestral stories. 

It was the right way to further engage them in our family history.

  • We wrote the script on a shared Google Doc using a laptop and their tablets.
  • We chose speaking parts for everyone and created another Google Doc listing the color coded voice actors names and changed the corresponding lines in the script to the correct color.
  • We found many of the photos, document images and graphics that we wanted to use.
  • Late in the evening, we recorded the voice files using the free app, Audacity.
  • We used the free app, Irfanview to crop images and put names and dates on them.
  • We stored our audio digital files on Google Drive, DropBox and OneDrive accounts along with the backup copy of the Windows Movie Maker template we created..
  • After the young folks completed their stay, I assembled the parts using Windows Movie Maker and posted the video on YouTube.  

Along the way but still based on a ‘free’ solution for tools used to create the project, we learned some lessons. 

  1. We needed a better microphone
  2. The voice lines for the narrator needed to be broken down into shorter lines both for editing and for voice inflection work.
  3. It takes a lot of time to find Public Domain images and to gather the pertinent genealogy documents that you want to use in the video.
  4. Editing shared Google Docs is easy and our young ladies quickly polished their script working on it together.
  5. The free software tools we selected worked pretty well.  The kids could use them in the future for all kinds of projects in school and in their online social lives.  Even starving students will be able to create good digital products with them.
  6. You can’t assemble a video out of images, audio files and video files using the Video Manager on YouTube.  You have to build it first and then upload it.  The Video Manager gives you a full set of tools to add tags, ratings, balloons and other enhancements to your video.
  7. We laughed too much while writing the lines and recording them.  No, wait.  That wasn’t a problem!  That was a big part of the fun and the reason for the project in the first place.
  8. The most important discovery.  Making a video about your ancestors with grandchildren is a joy, especially when they do most of the work!  Trust me on this.  Give them concept of the desired output, the story(ies), reserved time, snacks, and love and they’ll turn your sterile facts and images into magic. 

The video about some of the adventures in the lives of our ancestors, Charles Joseph Gordon Logie and Rosa Clara Friedlander has been published on YouTube. If you want to entice your young folks into the wonderful world of Family History, consider a similar solution.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results.

Death of George Radcliffe Hutchison in World War II

Memorial Day enticed me to spend time looking for information about a distantHutchison_George_Radcliffe cousin who I assumed had died as a result of action in World War II.   Facts proved his death, but it wasn't due to battle but was due to the war.

George Radcliffe "Hutch" Hutchison was born on 2 Jul 1917 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to Gerald Milwood and Helen Ewing Radcliffe Hutchison.   His father was an interior decorator who opened his own store that was popular in the area around Pittsburgh.  

When old enough both George and his younger brother, Robert went to work in the store.    George was a salesman and Robert took care of ordering, stocking and shipping.  The family business had grown into a success when on a Sunday morning in early December 1941, America was attacked by Japan at Pearl Harbor and at other locations in the Pacific arena.

On 27 Mar 1942, George enlisted in the Army Air Corps in Pittsburgh.   By the end of the war, he was a 1st Lieutenant in the Corps flying a B-29B-60-BA Superfortress. 

You can imagine the celebration that occurred with his air crew when VJ Day was announced on 2 Sep 1945.   The war was finally over on all fronts.   None of them realized it was the last day of their lives.

 

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They were ordered to fly a mercy mission taking supplies to Osaka for U.S. POW's.  The huge B-29 took off only to experience mechanical trouble a few hours after takeoff.  They radioed that they were returning to the Northwest Air Field on Guam and everything looked fine until the landing.  The big craft swerved at just as it was touching down causing a wing to clip a tree which resulted in a huge explosion.   Breaking in two, the three gunners in the back of the plane escaped the fire although one of them subsequently passed away.  The pilots and remained of the crew all perished in the flames.

Their bodies were interred on Guam until March 1949 when they were moved to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

George never returned home to his wife and family.   Nor did the other eight men who died in the crash.  The war was over but it was still claiming victims, a theme that unfortunately continued for many years after the active cessation of battle.

The other crew members who lost their lives on that September day were:

  • 1st Lt. Lester R Nahouse
  • Capt. Lewis D Town
  • Capt. James O. Clark
  • Sgt Thomas C. Passarello Flight Engineer
  • 2nd Lt. William E Bradley
  • 2nd Lt. Carl W. Strait
  • 2nd Lt. Robert H. Yost
  • Sgt. Leonard V Steveson
  • Sgt. Melvin E Berkey

 

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Sources:

  • U.S. World War II Enlistment Records
  • U.S. Veteran's Gravesites
  • Find-a-grave
  • U.S. Census Records
  • U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records

Unique Names and Cousin Teams

All genealogists hope to find that they had ancestors with unique names. team

Why? 

So we can trace them.  It's a lot easier to find Americus Vespucius Tirrill than it is to find William Bennett or Elizabeth Smith. 

I hoped that the name Isaac LeFever would be prominently displayed on census, marriage, land and other records but alas, the 'correct' Isaac only appears once along with my cousin Agnes Bennett on a census record.  Forty hours of focus haven't found a further recorded trace of ether of them.  Other folks have speculated about their whereabouts, death years and family, but unfortunately, all they have done is spin a tale without any proof based on reality.

It isn't unusual to not find records about an ancestor.  We all have holes in our ancestral trees for that reason.  In the case of Isaac, he and Agnes have remained elusive over a period of thirty years of searches by several of us cousins working together.  As a group, our team has proven to be a fairly formidable puzzling solving unit, but alas, we have sent far too many "NJ" (no joy) emails to each other in the quest for Isaac and Agnes.

It looks like another trip to local libraries and records in Ohio will be required in this case.  Between the members of our team, we have subscriptions to all of the major and most of the minor records sites online as well as easy access to all of the major family history research libraries in the U.S., yet all of these resources have only provided 'goose eggs' to date.

We have over 500 years of research experience between us.  There aren't many if any research tricks and tools that we haven't employed.  We know that the couple existed.  The were clearly recorded in the 1880 census.  Were they listed by their little known names during the conversation with the census enumerator?   Possibly.  We've looked at the records of every LeFever in a 200  mile radius of their home location in the census without finding them again.  

Folks moved with some frequency in that day when new land became available to homestead.  We've surfed the waves of westward expansion.  We've retraced their probable routes back to the birth states they reported in the census.  We exhausted the records about their known family records hoping to find a trace of them.   "NJ" notes have been mailed in every case.

Eventually one of us will find them after looking at the problem through a different window.  It will happen.  The team is like a pack of junk yard dogs looking for their favorite bone.  Once the hunt began, it is impossible to call it off.  We've tasted 'blood' too many times in impossible quests in the past to give up on the trail of our prey when we've had such a strong scent to mark the trail.

Cousin teams are wonderful.  We bring a wealth of unique perspectives, skills and resources to the table.  Well functioning cousin teams magnify these resources.   In our team, the sum of our research acumen and success is not directly proportional to the linear values of our respective skills and resources but are rather multiplied far exceeding Orwell's 2 + 2 = 5 dogma into real synergetic magic.

We laugh at times wishing that we enjoyed more common ancestral lines.  Not only does the team enjoy a huge success rate but we have a lot of fun working together.  Imagine your birthday present being the focused research of a seasoned team all working to crack 'your' genealogy brick wall.   Sometimes we fail but typically the walls fall into a pile of pulverized dust.   Once the keystone plug is removed, the structure falls en masse.

The team finds itself with a brick wall today in the case of Isaac and Agnes, but the wall will fall eventually just as soon as we find that single weak brick  or fact that has held it intact thus far.  Once it is removed, the story of their lives will flow forth for the enjoyment of all of our family.

If you aren't already a member of a cousin research team, find one or create one.  The communication and data sharing tools that grant almost instant feelings of success are are readily available.  Try it Mikey.  You'll love it!

Cousin Lost in a Snow Storm

My 2nd cousin, James Lawrence Ashton, was a lineman for Utah Power and LightAshton James Lawrence Company in the early years of the Twentieth Century.   Utility linemen frequently engage in activities to keep the power on that 99% of society would never consider doing of their own free will. 

Think about it.  When a major storm or disaster happens somewhere, who do we see in the television coverage of the event?  The reporter, cameraman, police, fire and medical personnel and power company line and ground men.  Linemen are involved in even more nasty weather conditions than those in the 'big' events.  They are constantly called out in the nastiest weather conditions to repair downed power lines so the rest of us stay warm in well-lit homes.

Early in 1951, the power line that crossed the mountain from the hydro generationAshton Lawrence lost snowstorm2 plant at Snake Creek, Utah to American Fork Canyon in Utah County, failed during a record breaking snowstorm.    The line failure caused the voltage in Utah County to sag due to storm and cold related line loading.  it was dark.  It was cold.  People used more power and part of the supply wasn't available, so voltage sank until sections of the system was systematically turned off to protect the rest of the customers.  The related power outages weren't acceptable in those weather conditions.

On Monday night, two power company linemen, Alma Earl and Lawrence Ashton, started walking the line route on snowshoes from the American Fork side to slog through over 5 ft of new snow looking for the downed wires.  By late that night, they still hadn't returned home nor contacted the power company dispatcher.     Concern mounted that the men had become trapped in the record breaking snowfall.   Tuesday came and went and there was still no contact from the men.  On Tuesday evening the two families started calling asking for volunteers to go look for the missing men.  Just as the rescue party started to organize, the men returned home.

The severe snow storm had brought the lines down in multiple locations and the repairs took a lot longer than the men had anticipated before they left early Monday morning.  They spent the night in a ranger's cabin protected from the weather and finished the repair work before walking back down from the top of the mountain pass to the valley far below.

Rescuers on both sides of the mountain were quickly notified of the safe return of the two men. 

Why is the story so interesting to me?  My father was a lineman.  I managed linemen and construction crews for years.  I know of the bravery and hard work that this group of folks do to keep the power flowing to our homes.   Beyond that, even though I had a photo of my cousin Lawrence Ashton, I had little knowledge of he and his family.   The storm story added a lot of context in my mind about his life and the lives of his family.  We shared common reference points and to a degree, similar events in our lives due to our common occupations.

Genealogy research isn't just about names, dates and places.   They are only theAshton Lawrence lost snowstorm3 base framework in the lives of our ancestral family.  It's the stories that add the flesh to the barebones fact.   It's the stories that bring them to life in our minds.  It's the stories that make them memorable.  Be sure you are searching for the stories while you look for your ancestors.  The stories will make your ancestors real in the minds of your children and grandchildren too.

Broken Headstones Need A Little TLC

Visiting cemeteries before Memorial Day unfortunately revealed many broken tombstones.  Broken stones littered the grass as testaments to the rampage of a couple of bad egg teenage boys.  The reasons for brain-dead characterless young males is a theme for another discussion.  Unfortunately, others of that ilk had similarly devastated tombstones in the same cemeteries numerous times in previous years.

How do cemetery sextons and workers repair shattered sandstone markers?   Even when repaired, do they have any promise of a long life?  Possibly, but the loss of structural integrity will result in early failures in their projected life span.

It is hard to add just the right amount of epoxy glue to the broken seams of a tombstone.  The epoxy resin and hardening agent expand when mixed.  Only a little of mixture is needed between the faces of the broken stone. Misjudging the amount needed results in permanent waterfalls of adhesive on the faces of the stone.  A lot of experience with the adhesive product is needed by the person making the repairs if they are to minimize the adhesive overflow issue.   Hopefully that experience is missing in the life of the repair person because the headstones in their cemetery haven’t been damaged by vandals and equipment.

We appreciate the repairs of any broken headstone.  Without them, the pieces of the stone would be lost to us almost immediately.  With them, our ancestors still have a grave marker that will last for a decade or more if it was properly repaired giving us time to replace the broken marker.

Have the tombstones for your ancestral families been similarly broken or damaged?   If they were repaired are the repairs holding them together OK?  Did the adhesive overflow?  Were any of the pieces lost before the repairs were made?

 

Hoggard Jedidah headstone

Friday, August 22, 2014

Why Genealogists Should Use ACME Mapper

Genealogists are always looking at maps and for mapping tools that help them find locations related to the lives and stories of their ancestors.  As a single category, I've saved more map related bookmarks than for any other topic.  Why?  Because of my need to understand how locations related to events in the lives of the people at the focus of my research.

My most frequently used mapping site is ACME Mapper.  Mapper includes a number of tools that help in research including a location feature name search tool. 

 

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For example: Finding small rural cemeteries is often impossible on normal mapping sites, yet is relatively easy using the tools on Mapper.

 

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If I needed to look for the location on a Topo map, that format is only a click away.

 

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Satellite photos often help us find features like cemeteries but we have to spend a lot of time scrolling across surface images to to find the feature.  In the case of cemeteries or locations that are dependent on visual topographical clues, photos from space don’t necessarily show features that we recognize unless we accidentally happen across the exact location in the photo.

 

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Standard maps offer no references to this cemetery.  Mapper usually comes to the rescue with it plethora of tools and map types.

Mapper includes the marker, links and tools that are familiar to us on other mapping sites, plus a lot more.

 

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acmemapper_options

 

 

Try ACME Mapper in your own ancestral quest and see if you also appreciate its power.  It will probably become one of the most used tools in your genealogy quiver.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

What’s Your Ancestor Score?

How many ancestors names have you found in the first 10 generations of your lineage?

Randy Seaver issued a challenge to identify the number of ancestors you’ve discovered by generation.  He points to posts by Crista Cowan and Kris Stewart.for background information on the challenge.

Many genealogy bloggers are responding to the challenge.  Like them, I created an Ahnentafel list from my database then counted the number of persons I’ve discovered by generation. 

We have 1023 ancestors in those 10 generations starting with ourselves.  Counting the number of discovered ancestors we’ve found by 1023 give us our Ancestor Score..My score is73.5%

Here’s my ancestor score chart by generation:

Ancestor_Score

How many ancestors have you found in the first 10 generations of your lineage?

No matter who you are, there are holes in the generational charts in your genealogy.  Never feel that there is nothing left for you to do in your ‘genealogy’ even if Aunt Mae has ‘done it all’.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Aldura Marie Hammer Ashton History

Mrs. Aldura Marie Hammer Ashton was born in Lehi, Utah on 21 April 1862, theHammer Aldura younger
daughter of Hans and Julia Marie Reese Hammer, old residenteers of Lehi.  Her parents were converted to the Latter Day Saints faith in Bornholm, Denmark in 1853, and immediately began preparation to immigrate to America.  They reached Salt Lake City in 1854, where they lived for four years.  In 1858, they moved to Lehi which was their permanent home.  Their children grew up there and joined the neighboring children in the social and religious activities of the people and the town.  Aldura's father had the first livery stable in Lehi.

When Aldura was five, her mother was called to pass on to her heavenly home, leaving the little brood of children to their fathers care.  He needed a help mate and soon married Anne Christine Orego.  She tried her best to be a true mother to them all, and the children learned to love her.  Aldura had seven brothers and sisters of which only she, George, Margaret grew to maturity.  Margaret and Aldura have always been companions, associating with the same group of young people and growing to womanhood together, marrying young men of the town.

Although they were separated for a few years, they have never grown apart at heart.

At the age of eight, Aldura was baptized, on 15 October 1870.  She took an active part in Sunday School and other organizations of the church.  As she grew older, she affiliated with the Relief Society and was an active worker.  She was on the Old Folks Committee for many years.  When she lived on Lake Street, she married Henry Ashton on 23 June 1884.  Henry was the son of two other pioneers of Lehi, Thomas and Arminta Lawrence Ashton.  Their first home was in Lehi in the corner house at 500 West Main Street.  After their first child, Ethel, was blessed they moved out of town on to a small farm owned by Henry's father and built a one room house.  They
began their life as farmers there.  The remainder of their children were born there and four of them died in the home.  After a few years of hard struggle, they build a two room brick house 

They were very proud of the home and it still stands as a monument of their thrift and economic heritage.

All was well in that little home, until her husband Henry received an injury while doing some work at the sugar factory in Lehi from which he never recovered.  After a few years of suffering, he died on 24 June 1907 of pneumonia while in Los Angeles, California.  He left a widow to raise their small family of remaining children.

A few years after Henry's death, she sold their home on the farm and moved to town into a home at 100 South and 500 West.  Aldura was independent by nature and was not afraid to work.  She took in all kinds of work and also went out by the day as a helper until her health began to fail her.  At this point in time, her daughter Mable died, which was a blow from which she never fully recovered.  She steadily declined and grew frailer, suffering all of the time.  She was forced first to use crutches and then into a wheel chair with arthritis.  She was an invalid for twenty one years.  She gradually grew worse bodily.  During her last year of life, she was almost completely helpless.

During the last fourteen years of her life, she lived with her only living daughter, Ethel Ashton Huggard in American Fork, Utah.  Ethel worked to repay her mother for her birth and rearing by patiently waiting on her.  She lovingly tried to make the best of her ability to alleviate her mothers agonizing pain with constant care to make her life more bearable.  On Monday, 29 April 1935, the Lord saw fit to ease the pain by calling her home.  She died with full faith of a glorious resurrection, knowing she would be reunited with her parents, husband and deceased children.

She is survived by one daughter, Ethel Huggard of American Fork, two sons, Warren
Ashton
of Salt Lake City and Marvin Ashton of Lehi.  She is also survived by a sister, Margaret Cox of Lehi, seventeen grandchildren, and five great grandchildren and a number of relatives and a host of friends who tried with Ethel to alleviate her suffering and comfort her in her affliction. 

Mother the sweetest, dearest word of tongue or pen,
Mother whose voice or smiles, we never on Earth will hear or see again.
Mother who listened to our woes and healed our pain,
Mother who guided us and tried our minds to train.
Mother who suffered so; like our Lord upon the cross,
She is still our Mother and her going is our loss.

What is the meaning of life, we wonder as we gaze,
Upon the still loved form that cannot raise.
The head from off the pillow made of silk and lace,
No matter when or how or what the time or place.
Sob may stifle us, agony may almost smother,
As we look upon the marble that fashioned our dear mother.

How patiently she suffered no earthly soul here knew,
So straight and beautiful she was yet how warped her body grew.
How she danced and laughed so full of fun, she'd rollick
Willing to help those who needed help, joining in every frolic.
It behooves us to wonder what our fate may be,
Will our crafts capsize before we cross life's sea.

Yes, it behooves us all to ponder what our fate may be,
And comfort instead of sneering at the cripple that we see.
Adults may say old crip and children lips may jeer,
But you don't know what may happen within the coming year.
You may be straight and slender, beautiful to behold,
Disease not only strikes the weak, but also hits the bold.

As I gaze back in memories book, I see a form so straight,
Eyes a sparkling, lips that smile and graceful was her gait.
She was the life of all the crowd a good time she did enjoy,
Care free and happy a friend of every girl and boy.
The cross of cruel suffering was given her to carry,
Along slow agony of torture year after year did tarry.

Let's profit by the good in life, forget what seems bad,
Remembering what is happy, forgetting what is sad.
Mother has joined her loved ones and happy be they all,
She has just gone home, yes gone home to God.
You'll plant her earthly temple 'neath a consecrated sod.

For now had come to her a happy release,
She is resting there in comfort, upon her face in peace.
Peace for the first time in years, no strain upon her face,
Resting in the arms of Christ, yet her suffering we can trace.
Children your mother has just gone to her well earned rest,
Try to believe the creator know and gives to us what is best.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Can A Genealogist Have Enough Monitors?

Can a genealogist have too many square inches of monitor surface attached to theircomputer monitor computer?  There was a time when I would have said "Yes" but with all of the collections and research tools online today, my answer has changed to "No!"

Back in the day, I was very excited to go from the 7" monitor I had attached to my old Sinclair computer.  I wrote my genealogy program in Basic.  It was little more than a long document with flags and notes but the difference between seeing it on a 7" monitor and the replacement 10" monitor was dramatic.   I even went from green to orange characters on the screen.  Wow!  It was great.

Over the years the monitor size went up from 10" to 14" then to the $1000 NEC 21" monitor.  With the newer video cards, I could increase the resolution enough to actually put a lot more data on the screen too.  I added a 2nd 21" monitor and thought I'd died and gone to heaven.  When I turned on the monitors the room would echo the "Bwaaang" of the tube in them powering up.   Who needed a heat vent in my office?  Those big old babies were like warming lights in a restaurant.  Cooling was the bigger issue when they were fired up.

Flat screens arrived on the screen and I replaced the NEC's with one 21" flat screen.  Even after cranking up the resolution to the maximum setting, I needed more surface area.  Who could work with only one monitor?  I was constantly have to minimize one instance of the browser so I could read the data on the one under it.  Half of the time I couldn't remember exactly what I'd just read and couldn't enter the data into my genealogy database without having to rotate between the screens a number of times.   Talk about cumbersome.  How did I expect to get any work done being so terribly encumbered?

A second matching monitor took care of some of the problem.  Now I could read one screen while I typed on the other one.  I still had to rotate between browser screens a lot to compare the data between multiple sources but my productivity rose dramatically with the second screen.

Then I got my wife a tablet and she decided that she didn't need her computer any longer.  Her nice almost new big flat screen came into my possession.  It only took two days for the 2nd video card to arrive fro my computer so I could power the third monitor.   Once again, productivity soared with all the new screen real estate.  I could open multiple documents at the same time and stack them side-by-side on monitors two and three while entering the data into my genealogy program on number one.    Life was great and then....

I got a new computer and they threw in an excellent big flat screen.  Would number four be as useful as the other three monitors?  Oh yeah it is.  Now I can run a video in the corner, video and voice chats down the side and still display additional research resources.   How did I live without it?

Then a day arrived when I needed to conduct a meeting online, display my screens and still monitor a number of other activities and research groups that I lead.  I didn't have enough screen real estate once again.  My wife said I was nuts but after observing my activities for thirty minutes agreed that although I was aglow with reflected light from the monitors, I still needed more surface.

Adding my laptop to the mix helped during these periods of heavy activity.  Its 14" screen is perfect for Skype chats and other system and network monitoring tools that I watch while running certain processes.

Adding Synergy to my computer and to my laptops allows me to continue to run one keyboard and mouse to control both machines.

Another research group asked me to help them on and off during the day but I'd need more screen real estate once again.   I pulled out an older laptop to resolve the issue.  Although its processor is considered slow by new laptops today, it was plenty fast to take over the process monitoring and other less CPU intensive programs.   Synergy once again added control of the old laptop to the same keyboard and mouse that I used to control all of the other devices.

Many days now find me surrounded by over 180 degrees of monitors.  LIfe is good again.  For now I have 'enough' monitor real estate but how long will that feeling last?  I'm already looking at mounting racks for an upper row should they become 'necessary'.  

How about you?  Have you discovered the substantial productivity increase associated with multiple monitors?  If not, get another one and discover how quickly the extra screen real estate pays for itself.

No, you can't have too much monitor screen real estate.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Genealogy, Grandchildren and Google

Sometimes all of the stars align just right and one of your passions in life extends toComputer2 your descendants.  In this case, my love of genealogy and ancestral knowledge has extended to some of our grandchildren.

History courses in school provide the perfect enticement for them to explore their ancestry in greater detail. 

The process starts with a call to grandpa asking for help on the assignment.  We discuss the goals of the assignment then determine the ancestors that will satisfy its requirements and then the work begins.

We use Google Documents and Google Drive to jointly work on the research, share files, photos and Google Hangouts to talk both visually and in chat.  It doesn't matter where either of us is located in the world, our conversations and joint work happening in our own real time.

Like any researcher, we start with what we know and with the documents and photos already in our (my) possession.  Grandpa gets to play a little dumb at this point.  I act more of a online research guide.

After cataloging what we know, the next step is to record our data complete with the sources required to confirm the accuracy of the data.  Names, dates and places create the framework for the assignment but tell little of the story, so the next steps are to discover photos, graphics, histories and stories about the folks in the quest.

I drop the photos and stories I've collected into a Google Drive folder that I share with the grandchild.  They drop notes, stories, photos and anything else they find in the folder too.  

Using Hangouts, I share my screen with them and show them how I record the data and sources in my Legacy database.  I also show them how to add stories and photos to their ancestors records in Family Tree.  We continue with recording the information on my genealogy site which they can subsequently use for their presentations.

After they've written their project report and submitted it to their teacher as a Google Document, they use all of their online postings and documents to make their presentations to their teacher and class.

The process works well.  Our grandchild learns more about genealogy research, they put faces and stories on the facts they find and the genealogy 'hook' is deeply set in their minds.  Their assignments receive high grades.  They make their presentations with the confidence that comes from intimately knowing their subjects.  Additionally, even closer bonds are forged with grandpa.   They've caught a glimpse into my world and have learned a little about why I enjoy genealogy research so much.  They've gained a greater appreciation for who their ancestors were which gives them a reference point of who they are in relation to the timeline of this world, its history and its people.

Ten years ago we could have worked together on a project like this but the timeliness and effectiveness of our conversations would be greatly reduced.  Their reports and presentations back then would have been good but now, using the technology at our fingertips, are great.

In the past, I took my children to the Family History Library for long days of scanning through microfilms and "Q" series books.  Today, I spend time with our grandchildren searching digital collections online as we race to discover and prove an ancestral family.  Often, I lose the race and I love it.   We still need to visit libraries and other locations for the records, photos and documents that haven't been digitized but the race is well underway thanks to our connections to the digital world.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The FamilySearch Genealogy Mobile App

FamilySearch released two mobile apps on July 15th, 2014 that genealogists will love.  

FamilySearch Tree

The FamilySearch Tree app interfaces with Family Tree and presents the data with a pleasant nimbleness. 

Available for both iOS and Android, Family Tree provides numerous views of the data ranging from details, spouses, parents, sources, photos, stories to audio and charts.  

Navigation is simple with the touch on a name, location or photo or scrolling menu link.. 

 

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Stories and Audio must be uploaded via the FamilySearch website unless you have an iOS device and have the Memories app installed.

 

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Memories

The Memories app is only available for iOS,which is unfortunate given the huge Android user base.  FamilySearch noted that they were thinking of writing the app for android but at present it is nothing more than design mock up images.

With Memories, users can record and directly upload audio files, write and upload stories and take and upload photos directly to your ancestors records.

 

Photos

Photos can also be snapped and uploaded with the Family Tree app in both operating platforms in both the Photos and Sources mode..  Currently, there aren’t editing tools in the FamilySearch App or on Family Tree for these images, so you’ll want to experiment with taking “perfectly” framed photos before you use the app to upload an image to Family Tree.  I don’t have an iOS device to test at time of this post but hope that the Memories app includes editing tools.

 

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Read more details about the apps on the FamilySearch Blog

‘Take them for a spin.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with their quick response and fairly full feature set.  Most users will join with me hoping that the missing features in the Family Tree app and Android version of the Memories app are soon added to the collection.

The apps are free.  Download them through the App stores.  .

 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cousins Genealogy Research Teams

A friend and I have been working on posting his lineage on my website over the past year. He became interested in genealogy several years ago and as many genealogical researchers find, '”things happened” that helped him uncover a lot of his lineage.cousins

A phone call from a heretofore unknown cousin happened within days of the start of his research. Within thirty minutes he had several pages of notes about his family and the first of his brick walls had already been reduced to dust.

It only got better from there as more information, photos, documents and stories about his ancestral families surfaced seemingly everywhere he looked.

If you haven’t experienced serendipity in your genealogical quest, you will to some extent or the other. It happens. Old hands in genealogy expect it to happen at least once in every branch of the family and often many times as the seemingly impossible contact or bit of needed information arrives in an email that arrived from out of the blue.

Working with my friend has extended over many years. The demands of life often reduce his free time for research to near zero, but when it becomes available again and he starts research in earnest, '”things happen” once more and door to more discoveries of information and long lost cousins swing open.

In my many years of genealogical research, I’ve found this story repeating itself over and over and over. It happens in my personal research and it happens with almost all of the cousins and friends that I encounter in the quest along the research road.

Has it happened to you? If not, make a concerted effort in your research, then make a few contacts that just “feel right” and expect something, large or small to come along and help you in your quest too.

I often talk and write about the power of multiple researchers collaborating in the same family research goals. Two heads are almost always better than one. Three even better than that and so on.

We all have unique perspectives, resources and research skills that when blended with others working toward a common goal seem to magically grow to almost mythical scale.

I’m always in awe of the power of active cousins research teams. Years ago, the teams I created were great but we had to wait for the Postal Service of our respective countries or locations to carry word of the treasure we’d found to each other. Coordination of our efforts felt like we were moving through molasses.

Today, we talk to each other “face to face” on Skype, Google Voice and all of the other video communication venues in our quiver. We use file sharing sites like DropBox or even sites like my own where I’ve created private sandboxes for the team to post, change, discuss and massage our finds.

At times, it almost feels as if we’ve lit a string of firecrackers because the finds of our collective efforts are coming so fast. You don’t even want to go to bed because the cousins in Europe, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand are posting their finds and discussing related stories while you are asleep. None of us want to miss out on some of these discussions. They are too full of ‘magic’ discoveries, pieces of information that solves puzzles and adventures in cemeteries. I suppose you could deem the energy in these discovery swarms as ‘kinetic’ because of the impact they have in not only finding ancestral records but also on the attitudes and energy of the team.

If you aren’t part of a cousins team yet, create one. There are other descendants of your ancestors who are also working on their genealogy. Look for them on the web. Post comments and your contact email address on genealogy sites and you’ll find each other …. and then …. put your collective minds and skills to work and level the brickwalls and discover lost tales in your own ancestral trees.

Friday, July 11, 2014

FamilySearch Announces New Mobile Apps

FamilySearch previewed three new mobile apps that will prove to be popularfamilysearch_logo_new with genealogists.

Tree Viewer for Android and iOS

The Tree Viewer app interfaces with Family Tree by FamilySearch.   It provides views of the records, photos, stories and sources for the individuals in the Family Tree database.  

The app is well designed and is easily mastered by users.  It is written in ten languages:  English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

 

Memories – iOS Only (for now)

The Memories app is designed to take photos, record memories in both audio format as well as written format using the audio / written translator tool built into your iOS device.

It is obvious that the app will be very popular among genealogists.

For some reason, FamilySearch hasn’t written Memories for Android.   This is a clear miss on their part given the huge Android user base that far exceeds number of iOS users.

If you are like most of the people in my genealogy groups, you use Android devices.  If want FamilySearch to develop this very useful app for the Android operating system, send your comments to FSMobile@familysearch.org.

Both apps will be released on the App stores on Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014.

FamilySearch noted that the apps will work on both phones and tablets.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Save FamilySearch Catalog Docs to Google Drive

FamilySearch employee, Carol Moss, passed on a great tip for genealogy researchers who use the FamilySearch Catalog to aid in their ancestral quest.  Save FamilySearch Catalog results to your Google Drive.

We all use the catalog to help us plan our research forays to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and in branch libraries around the world.  The wise researcher spend time ahead of their library visits to identify the resources at the library that will hopefully result in information about their family.  No one wants to waste their valuable time in the library looking through the catalog to plan their research day.

Use Google Drive to save the catalog search results you've found.   They will be available on your phone or device when you visit the library.

It is simple to do. 

1. Use Chrome as you browser.
2. Use your Google account credentials to login to Gmail or another Google app.

Search for the topic in the library catalog.   \

 

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Click on the result of interest, opening it in a new tab.

Click on the Print icon.

 

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When the Print dialog frame pops up, click on the Change button and choose "Save to Google Drive".

 

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The Catalog result was saved to Google drive as a .pdf document.

 

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At the library, use your device to go to Google drive.  Double click on the related file.  When the file opens, the full results of the item are on the file.  If you need more detail, click on the links on the page to go the the related page on the FamilySearch site.

 

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It's just that simple.  You may also want to write your research notes on a Google Document so they are also available in the future and are stored in the cloud.  You can always download the document to your device or computer and / or print them.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Reading Tombstone Stories ~ Start Them Young

I took time to take two of our grandchildren to see the burial locations of many of Tombstonetheir ancestors this week. While both of them had an enjoyable day, the younger of the two caught the spirit of genealogy during our walking tour.

When I started to tell the stories about our ancestor buried in the first grave we visited, he was impatient to leave but story captured his imagination. Soon, he begged to find the next grave and hear more stories.

The rest of the trip was spent following the young man from headstone to headstone. He is too young to read but wanted to hear their stories. He delighted in the shapes and designs of the markers.

I asked if the boys wanted to go home. The older one did but the younger one begged to stay and explore longer. He was enthralled with the fact that others lived lives before his entrance to this sphere. He often exclaimed, "I didn't know that!". "Was their family happy?" "Did they cry when their baby died?" "What was his / her parents names?"

Since returning home he tells our ancestral stories anyone who will listen. He raves about visiting cemeteries and the stories found on headstones. At least for today, he said he would rather go exploring cemeteries than visit an amusement park.

I remember feeling the same way when I was his age. The stories about my ancestors fascinated me. Proving they were real was even more enjoyable. Baseball, basketball, hiking and hunting were a lot of fun, but given the choice between them and perusing the shelves and file drawers in a musty old library, the choice always fell on the research side of the line.

Most of us have an interest in who we are and where we came from. Some of us choose that research instinctively, while the others need a little more encouragement in the 'right' circumstance of life. In my case, I try to give our grandchildren the opportunity to explore their interest in their ancestors by involving them in all aspects of the research process. Some of them love the research, others are more inclined to play ball. Both reactions are OK. It's their life. They need to enjoy their pursuits as much as possible at this stage of life. I can't explain the 'new' math to them (can anyone from my generation?) but I can give them the correct answers. However, when they ask about genealogical research, they've asked the right person. We enjoy playing ball but we thrill in finding that 'lost' document that proves the life our our "lost" ancestor.

Is it any different in your own families? Are your children and grandchildren divided in their interest in people from days gone by? Do some of them delight in research trips to cemeteries and musty old libraries too? The apple doesn't fall far from the tree does it?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Family of Captain John “Grandshire” Forshee

Captain John Grandshire Forshee,1 son of Obediah Forshee and Mrs. Obediahrev_war_soldier2 Forshee1, was born on 8 Oct 1739 in , , New Jersey2 and died in Feb 1790 in , Somerset, Pennsylvania3 at age 50. Another name for John was John Foshee.

General Notes:

John served as a Captain at the Battle of Yorktown. In 1782 they lived in Hampshire Co., Virginia. (8 in family with 3 black slaves.)

On 20 Sep 1759 he was listed as a Captain from Northumberland County, Virginia.[i]

John married Catherine Anderson,1 daughter of Colonel William Anderson5 and Rachel Mary Lauren,6 in 1767 in , Hampshire, Virginia.4 Catherine was born on 7 Dec 1748 in , , Pennsylvania4 and died on 8 Feb 1834 in , Muskingum, Ohio7 at age 85. They had nine children: Nancy Ann, Olive, Thomas, Rachel, John, Obediah, Katherine, Abel, and Charlotte.

Nancy Ann Forshee1 was born from 3 Nov 1766 to 1770 in , , Pennsylvania8 and died on 2 Feb 1807 in , Fairfield, Ohio9 at age 40.

Nancy married William Anderson,10 son of Captain Thomas Anderson11 and Mary Elizabeth Bruce,12 about 1786 in Of, Anderson's Bottom, North Potomac River, Virginia.13 William was born on 18 Sep 1764 in Anderson's Bottom, Hampshire, Virginia,14 died on 1 Feb 1814 in Fort Malden, Ontario, Canada15 at age 49, and was buried on 1 Feb 1814 in Fort Malden, Ontario, Canada. They had six children: Hiram, Sina, Josiah, Rebecha, William, and Rachel.

Death Notes:

William died from malaria near Fort Malden, Ontario, Canada as a soldier of the United States during the War of 1812.

General Notes:

William fought in the Revolutionary War. He later died in the War of 1812 at Fort Malden, Ontario, Canada.

Fort Malden is located in the town of Amherstburg, in southwest Ontario, Canada, 30 minutes south of Windsor (Ontario) and Detroit (Michigan) on the Detroit River.

From 'Judge Thomas Anderson Book":

Thomas Anderson….. His sons, William, Joseph and Abner, took up arms against Great Britain in 1812. Under Col. Sanderson they went from Fairfield County, Ohio, and William and Joseph are mentioned in Sanderson's report now on file in the office of the Adjutant General of Ohio. This

report, and these soldiers are mentioned in the histories of Fairfield and Franklin Counties. Joseph, under Gen. W. H. Harrison, died in the service at Upper Sandusky, Ohio of camp fever. William was in the battle of Lake Erie, (Perry's Victory) lay sick a while at Put-in-Bay, and after the invasion of Canada died at Malden or Fort Malden. They were good soldiers and true men, but were swept away by an enemy more relentless and destructive than the British and Indians - the poisonous malaria of the vast swamps of Northern Ohio.

History of Hamilton County, Ohio

Chapter XI Military History of Hamilton County:

Discharged: William Anderson, John Anderson

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History of Fairfield County, chapter XVIII - The War of 1812 and Mexican War.

In April, 1813, Captain Sanderson recruited a second company, partly from Fairfield county, and partly from Franklin county, Deleware county and the Western Reserve, numbering, when they struck tent to march to the front, one hundred and fifty-seven men. This company served until the close of the war, and was honorably discharged. The officers were---George Sanderson, Captain; First Lieutenants, Aurora Butler, Andrew Bushnell, John A. Mifford, Abraham Fish, Second Lieutenant, Ira Morse; Third Lieutenant, Wm. Hall; Ensign, John Vanmeter; First serg't, Chaney Case; Second serg't., Robt. Sanderson; Third serg't., John Neibling; Fourth serg't., John Dugan; Corporals: John Collings, Peter Cory, Smith Headly, Daniel T. Bartholomew. Musicians: John C. Sharp, Drummer; Adam Deeds, Fifer, Privates; William Anderson, Joseph Anderson

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ROSTER OF OHIO SOLDIERS IN WAR OF 1812

Pages 400, 401, 402 Vol. 2.

ROLL OF CAPT. GEORGE SANDERSON'S COMPANY.

27th United States Infantry.

(From Fairfield, Franklin, and Delaware Counties, and part of Western Reserve.)

Served In 1813 and 1814.

Rank and Name of Soldier.

Capt. George Sanderson

Privates: Anderson, William , Anderson, Joseph

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Noted events in his life were:

• He moved to Ohio and arrived at Clear Creek on 7 April 1806.17

• He served in the military in the War of 1812 in Captain George Sanderson's Company, 27th United Stated Infantry, Ohio Volunteers and died in service from 1813 to 1814.18

William Anderson and his brother, Joseph Anderson, are listed as Privates in Capt. George Sanderson's Company of the 27th United States Infantry companies of volunteers from Fairfield, Franklin and Delaware Counties and part of the Western Reserve.

Olive Forshee was born on 26 Jun 1768 in , , Virginia4 and died in 1840 in , Muskingham, Ohio4 at age 72.

Olive married Mr. Blancet.4

Olive next married Mr. Mounse.4

Thomas Forshee was born on 4 Jul 1773 in , Hampshire, Virginia.4

Rachel Forshee was born on 4 Dec 1774 in , Hampshire, Virginia.4

John Foshee was born on 10 Oct 1777 in , Hampshire, Virginia,4 died on 7 Oct 1857 in , Boone, Missouri4 at age 79, and was buried in Oct 1857 in Midway Locust Grove UMC Cemetery, Columbia, Boone, Missouri.4

Burial Notes:

Tombstone Inscriptoin

John Forshee [died] in the 82nd year of his age.

Noted events in his life were:

• He appeared on the census in 1850 in District 8, Boone, Missouri.19

John Forshey,72, farmer, born in Virginia, property $3200. Elizabeth Forshey, 71, born in Virginia. Nancy Forshey, 30, born in Ohio.

John married Margaret Kemp on 17 Feb 1799 in , Hampshire, Virginia.20 Margaret was born in 1780 and died in Feb 1810 in , Somerset, Pennsylvania at age 30. They had five children: Edward Kemp, John D., Olive, Rachel A., and Abel.

John next married Elizabeth Monroe on 29 Apr 1810 in , Somerset, Pennsylvania.20 Elizabeth was born on 14 Mar 1778 in , , Virginia, died on 3 Oct 1855 in , Boone, Missouri at age 77, and was buried in Oct 1855 in Midway Locust Grove UMC Cemetery, Columbia, Boone, Missouri. They had eight children: Margaret, Joshua Monroe, Caleb Goldsmith, James Madison, Asbury Obediah, William, Nancy, and Elizabeth.

Burial Notes:

Tombstone Inscription

Elizabeth, Consort of John Forshey died Oct. 3, 1855; in teh 77 year of her age.

Noted events in her life were:

• She appeared on the census in 1850 in District 8, Boone, Missouri.19

John Forshey,72, farmer, born in Virginia, property $3200. Elizabeth Forshey, 71, born in Virginia. Nancy Forshey, 30, born in Ohio.

Obediah Forshee was born on 17 Apr 1780 in , Hampshire, Virginia20 and died on 10 Oct 1797 in , Hampshire, Virginia20 at age 17.

Katherine Forshee was born on 30 Jun 1783 in , Hampshire, Virginia20 and died on 28 Feb 1824 in , Hampshire, Virginia21 at age 40.

Katherine married Garon Morrison. Garon died on 28 Feb 1837.22

Abel Forshee was born on 11 Jul 1786 in , Hampshire, Virginia20 and died on 27 Jul 184920 at age 63.

Charlotte Forshee was born on 18 May 1787 in , Hampshire, Virginia23 and died on 18 Dec 183524 at age 48.

Charlotte married Mr. Liston.20

Source Citations

1. Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), Family tree drawn by Caleb Forshay in 1833.

2. Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), 28: John Grandshire Forshay born 8 oct 1739 in New Jersey.

3. Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), 28: John Grandshire Forshay died 23 February 1790 in Somerset Co., Pennsylvania.

4. Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), 28.

5. Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), 28. .... James H. (James House) Anderson, Life and letters of Judge Thomas J. Anderson and wife, including a few letters from children and others : mostly written during the civil war; a history (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940397 Item 4), 3. .... Silver Family Association, Silver Family (Online <http://www.silversfamily.org>). .... State of West Virginia, Hampshire County Clerk, William Anderson Will, Hampshire County Wills, Box 1-200, #18 (Made 10 September 1786. Proved 9 Apr 1796. Copy in posession of Lee Drew).

6. Olive I. McFarland, "Descendants of William Anderson of Anderson's Bottom, W. Va." (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940943, item 14), William Anderson, married 'Rachel'. .... Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), 28. .... Silver Family Association, Silver Family (Online <http://www.silversfamily.org>). .... Jim and Selma Burrows, The family of Jim and Selma Burrows (Online <http://www.ultranet.com/~selma/Genealogy/index.html>). .... State of West Virginia, Hampshire County Clerk, William Anderson Will, Hampshire County Wills, Box 1-200, #18 (Made 10 September 1786. Proved 9 Apr 1796. Copy in posession of Lee Drew), 129.

7. Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), 28. .... Anderson Family Bible (Copy of Bible entries made by Blanche Phyliss Foster (Tucker) (Rogers). Copy in the possession of Lee R. Drew), Catharine Forshee departed this life February the 8, 1834 being in the 86th year of her age.

8. Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), 28. .... Anderson Family Bible (Copy of Bible entries made by Blanche Phyliss Foster (Tucker) (Rogers). Copy in the possession of Lee R. Drew), Nancy Anderson was born November 3, 1766.

9. Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1),

28. .... Anderson Family Bible (Copy of Bible entries made by Blanche Phyliss Foster (Tucker) (Rogers). Copy in the possession of Lee R. Drew), Nancy Anderson departed this life February the 2nd, 1807.

10. Anderson Family Bible (Copy of Bible entries made by Blanche Phyliss Foster (Tucker) (Rogers). Copy in the possession of Lee R. Drew), William Anderson was born September the 18, 1764. .... Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), 28. .... Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), Family tree drawn by Caleb Forshay in 1833.

11. Olive I. McFarland, "Descendants of William Anderson of Anderson's Bottom, W. Va." (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940943, item 14), 1: William Anderson, Captain. .... Bruce Family Website, Descendants of John Bruce of Scotland (Online<http://www.aylesworth.net/Caleb/addendum_bruce.txt.html>). .... James H. (James House) Anderson, Life and letters of Judge Thomas J. Anderson and wife, including a few letters from children and others : mostly written during the civil war; a history (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940397 Item 4), 3:. .... Violet Laverne Bruce, John Bruce of the Shenandoah : immigrant John Bruce of Frederick County, Virginia and descendants of his five children, Mary, Margaret, James, George, and Anne (Decorah, Iowa : Anundsen Pub. Co., c1987. Book #929.273 B83br). .... State of West Virginia, Hampshire County Clerk, William Anderson Will, Hampshire County Wills, Box 1-200, #18 (Made 10 September 1786. Proved 9 Apr 1796. Copy in posession of Lee Drew). .... Bruce family of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Indiana (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984. FHL Film #1412126 Item 7).

12. Olive I. McFarland, "Descendants of William Anderson of Anderson's Bottom, W. Va." (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940943, item 14), 1: Mary Bruce married Thomas Anderson. .... Bruce Family Website, Descendants of John Bruce of Scotland (Online<http://www.aylesworth.net/Caleb/addendum_bruce.txt.html>). .... Bruce family of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Indiana (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984. FHL Film #1412126 Item 7), 1: Name shown as Elizabeth Bruce. .... Violet Laverne Bruce, John Bruce of the Shenandoah : immigrant John Bruce of Frederick County, Virginia and descendants of his five children, Mary, Margaret, James, George, and Anne (Decorah, Iowa : Anundsen Pub. Co., c1987. Book #929.273 B83br).

13. Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), 28: Married to an Anderson.

14. Anderson Family Bible (Copy of Bible entries made by Blanche Phyliss Foster (Tucker) (Rogers). Copy in the possession of Lee R. Drew), William Anderson was born September the 18, 1764.

15. Olive I. McFarland, "Descendants of William Anderson of Anderson's Bottom, W. Va." (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940943, item 14), 2: William Anderson, died in the War of 1812. .... Jim and Selma Burrows, The family of Jim and Selma Burrows (Online <http://www.ultranet.com/~selma/Genealogy/index.html>), William Anderson died 1814 in Malden, Canada fighting in the war of 1812. .... James H. (James House) Anderson, Life and letters of Judge Thomas J. Anderson and wife, including a few letters from children and others : mostly written during the civil war; a history (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940397 Item 4), 4: William was in the battle of Lake Erie, lay sick at Put-in-Bay and after the invasion of Canada, died at Malden or Fort Malden. .... Anderson Family Bible (Copy of Bible entries made by Blanche Phyliss Foster (Tucker) (Rogers). Copy in the possession of Lee R. Drew), William Anderson departed this life February the 1, 1812.

16. Olive I. McFarland, "Descendants of William Anderson of Anderson's Bottom, W. Va." (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940943, item 14), 2: Died in the War of 1812. .... National Parks of Canada, Fort Malden National Historic Site (Online<http://parkscanada.pch.gc.ca/parks/ontario/fort_malden/Fort_malden_e.htm>). .... Jim and Selma Burrows, The family of Jim and Selma Burrows (Online <http://www.ultranet.com/~selma/Genealogy/index.html>). .... James H. (James House) Anderson, Life and letters of Judge Thomas J. Anderson and wife, including a few letters from children and others : mostly written during the civil war; a history (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940397 Item 4), 4. .... John Anderson, Letter to James H. Anderson (26 Oct 1886). .... Roster of Ohio soldiers in the War of 1812 (Columbus, Ohio : Press of E. T. Miller Co., 1916), 156. Pages 400, 401, 402 Vol. 2. Roll of Capt. George Sanderson's Company 27th United States Infantry (From Fairfield, Franklin, and Delaware Counties, and part of Western Reserve.) Served in 1813 and 1814 Privates: Anderson, William Anderson, Joseph. .... Henry Allen Ford, History of Hamilton County, Ohio : with illustrations and biographical sketches (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972).

17. James H. (James House) Anderson, Life and letters of Judge Thomas J. Anderson and wife, including a few letters from children and others : mostly written during the civil war; a history (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940397 Item 4), 12.

18. Roster of Ohio soldiers in the War of 1812 (Columbus, Ohio : Press of E. T. Miller Co., 1916. Film # 195485 Item 2), 156, 2: 400 William Anderson - Private.

19. District 8, Boone, Missouri, 1850 Federal Census (www.ancestry.com).

20. Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), 29.

21. Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), 29. .... Anderson Family Bible (Copy of Bible entries made by Blanche Phyliss Foster (Tucker) (Rogers). Copy in the possession of Lee R. Drew), Catharine Morison departe this life 1824, February the 28.

22. Anderson Family Bible (Copy of Bible entries made by Blanche Phyliss Foster (Tucker) (Rogers). Copy in the possession of Lee R. Drew), Garon Morison departed this life February the 28th, 1837.

23. Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1).

24. Anderson Family Bible (Copy of Bible entries made by Blanche Phyliss Foster (Tucker) (Rogers). Copy in the possession of Lee R. Drew), Charlotta Liston departed this life December the 18, 1835.

25.. Marjorie Featheringill Waterfield, Forshay family group sheets : group sheets of the early Forshay family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, and Texas (Bowling Green, Ohio : M. Waterfield, c1990 #929.273 F772w v. 1), 28.

26.. Olive I. McFarland, "Descendants of William Anderson of Anderson's Bottom, W. Va." (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940943, item 14), 2: Died in the War of 1812. .... National Parks of Canada, Fort Malden National Historic Site (Online<http://parkscanada.pch.gc.ca/parks/ontario/fort_malden/Fort_malden_e.htm>). .... Jim and Selma Burrows, The family of Jim and Selma Burrows (Online <http://www.ultranet.com/~selma/Genealogy/index.html>). .... James H. (James House) Anderson, Life and letters of Judge Thomas J. Anderson and wife, including a few letters from children and others : mostly written during the civil war; a history (Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. Film #940397 Item 4), 4. .... John Anderson, Letter to James H. Anderson (26