admin Thu, 02/12/2009 - 14:24
admin Wed, 01/14/2009 - 13:12
There are a few documents that are KEY to research in some families, and the Toler/Towler family has a few "Must See" documents. One of those documents is Winston Dalton's Register. Mr. Dalton's register is an old register of births, deaths and marriages which seem to have occurred, for the most part at least, in the northern portion of Pittsylvania and the southern part of Bedford counties, Virginia. The register appears to have been kept by Winston Dalton, who was a school teacher. The records of Winston Dalton's Register were copied and re-organized (arranged in alphabetical order) by A. M. Prichard, of Staunton, Virginia in 1933.
As far as I can tell the original list was published in 1934 as an article in The William and Mary Quarterly. The full details are as follows: The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Jan., 1934), pp. 36-45. I have copied some of the entries and listed them below. There are several families that are mentioned in the Register, but of note are the Toler entries. There are about 30 entries, and a lot of them center on Joseph "Big Daddy" Toler and His children. Here are the Toler entries in the Register.
admin Thu, 12/18/2008 - 15:02
The Baskin and Forster Atlas was packed with interesting items for me. One of the maps that I found surprised me. It was a detailed map for the city of Hope, Bartholomew County, Indiana in 1870. I have several members of my line that lived in the town at the time, so I was curious about the map. Upon closer inspection it turns out that the map has some pretty significant information for me.
The surnames that are linked to the City of Hope are maternal lines, and center on the Spach/Spaugh and Arbuckle surnames. The map in particular is significant to the Spach/Spaugh name.
A little history about the Spach/Spaugh surname. Adam Spach is the patriarch for the Spach/Spaugh surname in the United States. Adam was deeply involved in the Moravian Church, and even helped start a Church in North Carolina. A few generations after Adam Spach died, the Spach/Spaugh's moved to Indiana. I am failry certian that they moved because of the Moravian Church, but I am not sure if the Church founded the City of Hope. The Spach/Spaughs that I am related to were active members in the Hope Moravian Church, and may have been "founding Members".
admin Sat, 11/22/2008 - 12:27
As I mentioned in my last post I purchased a digital copy of the 1876 Baskin and Forster Indiana State Atlas. The atlas covers Indiana, and has maps of the counties and Cities that were in the state at the time. In addition to the maps that are specific to the state, there are some maps that are of general interest. These general interest maps include a world map, a railroad map etc.
One of the general interest maps that I found interesting was a map of the German Population living in the United States. The map was based of the 1870 US census, but none the less it gives you a good idea about where people of German descent tended to gather. The map to the left is a view of the entire United States, with German Population's marked in red (click on it to see it larger). The darker the red the higher the concentration of German's. As you can see the German population stayed in a pretty tight area, and did not really seem to venture south. Of note are some of the "Big" German population centers, New Jersey, New York City, Erie PA, Buffalo NY, Chicago, Cincinnatti.
admin Sun, 11/16/2008 - 11:30
I have always found maps interesting, and since I started working on my genealogy, they have become an important tool. One of the maps that I have come across in my research is the 1876 Indiana State atlas. It is a great atlas, but has become hard to find, and if you can find it, it is an expensive book to purchase. The book was about 290 pages long, and it is bound in half leather black cloth covered boards. The words "Illustrated Historical Atlas Of The State Of Indiana 1876" are stamped in gilt on the cover. Most of the maps are printed in full color, with a few being hand colored.
The book was originally published in 1876 by Baskin, Forster and Company. The title page reads:
Illustrated historical atlas of the State of Indiana. Published by Baskin, Forster & Co. Lakeside Building Chicago, Ills. 1876. Engraved & Printed by Chas. Shober & Co. Props. of Chicago Lithographing Co.
Interestingly enough, it appears that the author of the book / map is an Alfred Theodore Andreas. According to the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, Mr. Andreas was a "Hidden" author due to a bankruptcy issue. I am not sure what happened, but it is an interesting little side note. From what I gathered Mr. Andreas lived from 1839-1900.
admin Wed, 03/19/2008 - 04:00
Last week I talked about VINE, a research tool for those doing research in Indiana. In the post I mentioned that I had found several Towler Obituaries and a few Hoffman’s. Using the information that I gathered in VINE, I sent away for copies of each of the obituaries. One of the Obituaries that I sent for was the Obit of Mrs. Mary Hoffman.
admin Thu, 03/13/2008 - 04:00
About a week ago, I was surfing the Internet, looking at some Indiana Genealogy sites. Indiana, along with Kentucky, and Virginia are areas that I have done the most research in. Looking at my family tree, my previous 4-5 generations all have solid roots in Indiana, on both my Mothers side and my Fathers side. While surfing I somehow managed to find my way to the Indiana State Library webpage. I have been to the site before, and I have had a little bit of success, but not a tremendous amount. I generally have a little better luck at the Individual County or City Library pages. This time while making my way through the Indiana State Library page, I found a new resource named VINE, that should be helpful. VINE stands for Vital Information Exchange, and appears that the intent is to make a single point to search for multiple types of records. The VINE project overview page states:
admin Mon, 02/18/2008 - 03:00
While I have a goal of having 2650 people in my tree by years end (and I think that this can be done) I have a bigger goal of getting the tree Documented in an appropriate manner. To that end I have spent a great deal of time recently cleaning up the sources I use in my tree. One of the efforts that I have undertaken is attaching images to the sources If I have them. This is useful for a number of reasons, First off, you no longer have to leave the family tree section of the webpage to see a document, now you can view it along side the individual that the record pertains to. For the record, most of my sources are United States census records, and as such I have named the file using the year of the census followed by the head of the Household.
admin Fri, 01/18/2008 - 03:00
I was looking back at some old emails to try to figure out when I actually started to get interested in genealogy. The earliest record that I could find was an email that I sent to an aunt in early February, 2001. That means that I have been doing this off and on now for about 7 years. In the very beginning I can remember being very frustrated because I was not making ANY progress at all. I could not even get my an agreement on my paternal grand fathers name or birth place. I vaguely remember trying for a little bit and then setting it aside, I was in grad school and was pretty busy at the time. In July of 2002, I was getting married. The wedding provided an event for my Fathers family to get together. In the days leading up to the wedding, my Uncle Phil gave me a file that contained some of the information that he had gathered on the family.