admin Sun, 06/03/2012 - 11:41
2012 is the 200th anniversary of the war of 1812. While living in Baltimore, MD, I learned a bit about the war. Baltimore played a pivotal role in the war, and was a hub of America Privateers. I have many friends in Baltimore that are both members of the NSSAR and General Society of the War of 1812.
With that in mind, Fold3 (Formerly Footnote) has made several records set free for the month of June. You can click on the image below to take you to those record sets.
admin Mon, 04/02/2012 - 10:35
admin Wed, 03/07/2012 - 01:00
Great news for those of us out there that are always on the lookout for new source material. After reading a post over on Dick Eastman’s blog, I learned that the familysearch.org website has announced that they have digitized over 40,000 family history books, and posted them online. Here is what the Familyhistory website has to say:
admin Sat, 02/25/2012 - 12:49
One of my ancestors is Frederick Hoffman. Frederick died on this day 123 years ago. On February 25th, 1889 in Indiana Frederick Hoffman died sudden and unexpectedly. While searching for information the Hoffman's I found an interesting record for Frederick Hoffman. The record is a type that I had (and still have not seen an other) before, an official Coroner's Inquest.
What is a Coroner's Inquest?
A Coroner’s Inquest is an inquiry into the manner and cause of an individual’s death. Apparently he died unexpectedly, and there was little concern from his family members. An obituary in the Greensburg Standard dated March 1, 1889 indicated that:
The post-mortem examination of the body of Frederick Hoffman, who lived about eight miles east of this city, resulted in the finding by Dr. J. Y. Hitt that the deceased came to his death from apoplexy. There was a small amount of opium salt in the stomach but not sufficient to cause death. The post-mortem was held on account of the peculiar circumstances under which Mr. Hoffman died, the seeming unconcern of his family about him and the openly expressed belief of some of the neighbors that his death had not resulted from natural causes.
The obit mentions a Coroner's inquest, and I was able to find the Inquest in the records at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The inquest record that I have are just images, with no transcription provided, so I had to do my own. For the most part it was a fairly straight forward, but there were a few sections that were a little difficult to understand. See my transcription below:
admin Wed, 02/08/2012 - 21:35
admin Sun, 01/08/2012 - 16:30
Every year I set a few goals for the year, and often time, goals about my family tree are in the works. In the past I have been more concerned about "growing" the tree based on the number of individuals alone, but this year I am also looking to improve the "Quality" of the tree, by increasing the number and use of sources in the tree. Previously, it was easy to discern if I had met my goal, just record the number of Individuals that I had before the year started, and compare to the number I have at the end of the year. This year, I will be looking at more than just the number of individuals that are added, so I need to record more data at the start of the year. This post is intended to do that. With that said lets get started.
admin Mon, 10/24/2011 - 00:26
Some of you may know that I am an active member of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR). To be a member you must be able to prove direct descent from an individual that either fought for or in some other manner supported the American cause in the Revolutionary War. I became an approved member on April 12, 2008. The first patriot that I used to join with is Joseph Towler. Joseph served in the Virginia Army, and also donated materials in support of the cause.
admin Sun, 09/04/2011 - 21:21
These three individuals are really giving me problems. These three are all that stand in the way to me proving Thomas Arbuckle as a patriot for myself and the NSSAR as well as my mother and grandmother for the NSDAR. I am looking for any and all information that can be credibly sourced to help me document these Individuals.
Here is what I know:
- James Arbuckle: Born: 1769. Died 1845 in Rush County, Indiana. Married Susannah Bland. Shows up on the 1840 US Census records in Bartholomew County, Indiana. Son to Thomas Arbuckle. Father to John Arbuckle (Below)
- John Arbuckle: Born: 1788. Died 1853 in Washington County, Indiana. Married Margaret "Peggy" Stucker. Shows up in the 1840 & 1850 US Census records Bartholomew County, Indiana. Father to James Arbuckle (Below, I know...name recycling can cause some confusion....)
- James Arbuckle: Born: 10 Oct 1816. Died 02 July 1883 in Bartholomew County, Indiana. Married Henrietta louisa Spaugh (Spach). Shows up in the 1850 & 1860 US Census records in Bartholomew County, Indiana. Father to Martin Arbuckle.
These lineages are commonly accepted, but I have yet to run across any sort of document that can offer an sort of proof. I have proved that James Arbuckle (1769) is the son of Thomas Arbuckle. I have proved that Martin Arbuckle is the son of James Arbuckle (1816). But I still need help proving that:
admin Wed, 08/24/2011 - 12:24
Where in the world did this happen?
admin Fri, 08/19/2011 - 00:46
I have to thank Mr. Dick Eastman for pointing this out, but it appears that Ancestry.com will be making the images and index to the 1940 US Census free for all to access. According to a statement released yesterday (17 Aug 2011) on their "Corporate Blog" (which you can find here) Ancestry.com States: "Ancestry.com is committing to make the 1940 Census free from release through to the end of 2013, and by doing so hopes to help more people get started exploring their family history. As this census will be the most recent to be made publicly available, it represents the best chance for those new to family history to make that all-important first discovery."
For me this is big news, as I have dropped my Ancestry.com membership and had talked (here) about joining again for the 1940 census records. Looks like I may not have to do that.