Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Genealogy Bank Update

I have a love hate relationship with the new interface of Genealogy Bank. A case in point is the image below.

I was supposed to be able to choose whether I wanted to save as a .PDF or .JPG. It didn't give me the option as it flew by quickly when I tried to clip it.

My other problems stem from the wrong information. This was my grandmother. She did die while the family was on vacation. He was not surveying a location for the municipal waterworks. He was not employed by Fuller-Maitland at this time, that was earlier in his career. At this point, he worked for the City of Detroit and was construction superintendent of the Waterworks Park intake tunnel. He worked for the city from about 1927-28 until he was forced to retire somewhere around 1960. Mrs. Percival is never mentioned by her given name. It was Mary.  The clipping is from the Kansas City (MO) Star on August 14, 1938, p 4 c 1.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Life Has Been Interestingly Busy

I think I need to clean my office. I have been trying to locate some stuff for copying, I know I got it out, bought a thumb drive to store the copies on and send off and would like to get that done. I just can't find it.

Yesterday, DH asked if I was planning on sending out Christmas cards. I had hoped to get a nice photo of the critters in their Holiday Bows, together if possible, but the dog is photo resistant. Oh, and it would be nice to get a holiday letter together to send with the cards. Argghh! Oh and there is cleaning to do, some furniture to move around before a tree can be erected and decorated. And hopefully the indoor fence we bought to put around the tree will keep the dog away from it. It would be a bonus if it kept the cat away too!

So, now I will return to the hunt for thumb drive. Hope you researchers out there are having more fun than I am.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

It Was a Hard Life

Have you ever wondered what killed our ancestors? Especially those in the female lines. Today, I think I discovered what killed my great-great-great grandmother, Ann Maria Carter nee Paul. She married Edwin Harvey Carter in 1831. The 1840 census shows a woman between the age of 20 and 30. The 1830 census gives her age as 32. I don't think that's likely, but her headstone, only part of which is readable gives her age as 45, but the year of death is obstructed.

Through the census and other records I had eight children: Elizabeth the eldest and my g-g-grandmother, Virginia, Harvey, Marion, Columbia, Edwin, William and John Leonard.

Today, I discovered the find-a-grave monument for her and her five infants: Sarah Bell, Leslie, Alice Grey, Thomas Stephen and Warren Dean.

That's 13 children if you lost count. Ann Carter was deceased by the 1860 census, and her husband was remarried to Sallie Smith Burbridge who had a few children of her own and two more by Edwin Carter. By 1867, Edwin was on his third wife, Sallie Scruggs.

It's clear that childbearing in the mid 1800s was often a dangerous event. Losing five infants must have been devastating. While it would be nice to know for sure, that will never happen. None of the family has left a written record of their times.

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