What Genealogy-Related Wishes are on Your Holiday 2020 Wishlist?
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What genealogy-related wishes are on your Holiday 2019 wishlist? (Oops, I put 2020 at the top and cannot edit the thread title.) These can be books, other merchandise, or even an answer to a research question.
I must confess my main genealogy-related wish is time to research on my own family. This fall has been a busy one for me, and time has been difficult to find. Although I will be researching for clients during the holidays, I'm hopeful I'll have time to devote to my own research. I'd like to write several sketches.
While several genealogy books are on my wish list, I only placed Mississippians in the Great War: Selected Letters by Anne Lipscomb Webster, retired librarian with Mississippi Department of Archives and History, on my Christmas list for family members.
My second wish is to find out what happened to my great-grandfather who disappeared in the 1890s. Just a couple days ago I found something my grandmother had written to a large newspaper trying to find him. She said he was tall, had sandy hair and blue eyes. That was all new information to me.
A local group home in the 1970s simultaneously housed my great grandfather on my dad's side, and a very distant cousin of hers who wound up there by chance. Surely too distantly related to have known it at the time.
>1 thornton37814: Thanks for doing this.
>5 mnleona: I hope your children do so. You're welcome! I have another question for closer to New Year's, but I hope others will continue to post here.
I can get farther back on every other line, so I find him to be particularly annoying.
My main holiday wish for my genealogy is more time to delve deeper into my own family history. That includes time to actually play with the DNA tools available so I get a better grasp on what they can do and if they can help me with the research on my family.
Best find of 2019:
Confirmation that Thomas Duke, father of Berniece Estelle Duke Thornton of Monroe County, Mississippi, is the son of Benjamin of Nansemond County, Virginia. (There was one other Benjamin in Virginia who might have been his father (although it wasn't quite as good of a fit), but I found documents confirming the Nansemond County suspicion I've had since the 1990s.
1) Preparing new presentations for NGS and other conferences.
2) Chip away at finding birth parents of Daniel Phillips who married Elizabeth Anglin in 1860 in Monroe County, Mississippi. Part of this will involve work on his daughter's lines. atDNA will be important.
3) Investigate the alleged murder of Keziah Mosely Thomas (sister of an ancestor). Others have told me a story which has yet to be verified. Newspapers for the time are not extant. I need to make a trip to investigate criminal court documents and minutes for the era (unless they miraculously appear online) and also to explore the files of a county historian who might have recorded the story in some of the columns he wrote. I really just want to uncover the truth. The family story has an "embellished" feel to it.
I'm trying to be realistic, listing only 3 goals, but I'm sure I'll work on others as time permits.
I'm not sure if this is really the best discovery, but finding that two of my distant cousins both committed murder and spent time in state prison in the early 20th century was certainly among my more interesting finds. One murdered his wife in a fit of drunken rage, was sentenced to life in prison, but was pardoned about 10 years later and promptly moved to Kansas. He remarried there, and based on some circumstantial evidence, I don't think he ever told his second wife about his past. The other suffered what was probably a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a streetcar, developed paranoid delusions, and later murdered his neighbor. He spent the rest of his life in the state hospital for the criminally insane.
In 2020, I'm hoping to get through more of the Belgian church records. The families are intermingled and the handwriting is bad, so I'm essentially indexing them as I go through page by page. I'd also like to figure out why Albertine Veulemans is not with her parents in the ship's passenger lists when they came to the US from Belgium. (She was the sole heir of her aunt and uncle who never had children, and they refer to her as their adopted daughter, so I suspect she may have actually lived with them and not just been adopted as an heir, but this is all conjecture.)
I'm also going to continue my Steffey/Steffy/Myers/Sechrest/Secrest/Downey/Wampler hot mess of intermarriage spanning 150 years and three states. I can't even begin to explain these people, the lines are such a mess. I had to break them out into their own tree because it was getting into "I'm my own grandpa" territory. But someday I will know how they are all connected!
If I'm feeling really ambitious, I'll continue my work on John Whittaker, my Missouri Man of Mystery. He did not just appear out of nowhere in 1875 as a full grown man.
And don't even get me started on my 2020 work goals. The downside to being a genealogy librarian is that you never want to spend your free time working on your own family. :)
In November I was able to visit my aunt and she pulled out loads of pictures, and within 10 minutes I found the policeman's photo, with "Billie Minnick" written on the back. Bingo! I sent a scan of the photo to my new distant cousin and he was elated. He had never seen a picture of his great grandfather. As it happens, he had seen this very same picture on the website of the Archives of the South Amboy Police Department, although the photograph was unidentified.
So I feel like I done good!
Another lead. Just checked my tree and a 5th cousin once removed moved from NJ to TN. A 1C3R also moved there but died at 19 so I doubt he had much time to establish a family. At least some of it is beginning to fit now and I have a new research project for the new year. Yea!
So, just before I was going on vacation/research trip, I put that info on the Tripp Genealogy site and thought no more of it. That was, until they sent me back a well reasoned argument that took that line back to Portsmouth, RI and further back to the original Tripp who emigrated from Horkstow, Lincolnshire to Boston around 1630. Well, I guess that makes the Tripps another UK family line, doesn't it?
I also hope to get new guidance from the Ancestry.com Thrulines feature; it has already put a dent in one of my brick walls.
>39 staffordcastle: It always helps to know exactly which books we own in our own collections. ThruLines is great, but I use it with caution. I worked with some of the ThruLines for one ancestor. I suspected I knew who her father was and needed a little more confirmation and then needed to know who this man's father was. I knew she was born in Georgia and lived in Tennessee and Alabama. I'd identified a man living in proximity to the man who became her husband I believe to be her father. ThruLines connected me to a family who ended up in Indiana. The people on that line connected their line to a man who immigrated to Pennsylvania. When I began examining their research, I did not find the connection to the man. I found another same name man in the general area, but I could not attach their man to that man. I think they were using the other man, who died the same year they stated and in that same county, to the other individual. I never identified an ancestor for their lines, but I continue to work on it when I get time. I guess the moral of the story is that the success of using Thrulines depends upon the quality of the research underlying them.