When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Sunday, June 26, 2016

This Week On My Family History Calendar

26 June - 2 July

June 28~
  Alpheus J. Baker, my paternal 3rd Great Grandfather was born 192 years ago in Sumter County, South Carolina. His father was Jesse Hinton Baker (1795-1866). The name of his mother was thought to be Nancy Wilder but that research has been disputed and more needs to be done to determine the correct mother.

Alpheus J. Baker

My Great Grandparents, William Treadford Roberts and Buelah Mae (Price) Roberts would be celebrating their 102 anniversary on this day. Wiliam was 20 and Bessie Mae 17 when, as family lore says, they snuck away from their homes in Richland County, South Carolina and eloped.

William and Beulah Mae Roberts
Wedding Day
28 June 1914

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Celebration Sunday~Genealogy Happy Dance!

You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.
                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. This can be done by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section. You may also put a link to a blog post.

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My Happy Dance This Week:  Spending a week with my daughters at our church's Girls Camp caused me to do that dance! Making memories with them is priceless!
                                                                                           Share your discovery!
                                                                                   Let the dancing commence!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tuesday's Tip~Gettin' By With Help From Our Friends~J. Paul Hawthorne

Today's Tip comes from GeneaSpy J.Paul Hawthorne.

 Cemeteries, plots, and records, oh my!
 We all know about Find A Grave and Billion Graves, but there are more information out there besides pictures of tombstones, if you just dig down a little (excuse the pun). Of course we know about the information the cemetery office holds, like when the person was buried, the exact row and plot, if there is an actual body there or just ashes. But, what else can we find about our ancestors final resting place? Below are three examples of how I found additional information with just a little sleuthing.

Grave Markers
 Somebody created them, somebody paid for them, but who? Check local grave marker companies for the time period using city directories. Do the companies still exist today? If so, contact them and ask if they still have records for the time period you’re interested in. If a company is not in business anymore, try local city, county, or even state archives. I found a book of a monument maker entitled, “J. Henry Brown Monuments, Inc. Order books, 1899–1920” in the Library of Virginia. Not only did it have a conceptual artist sketch of the monument (with dimensions too!) that I was looking for, but also included the name and address, and how much it cost.

Funeral Homes
 Another worthwhile research strategy is funeral home records. Who took charge of a deceased ancestor’s body? The two best places I have found for this information is the death certificate and the newspaper obituary. Check to see if they are still in business and if they have records for the time period you are researching. If they are not in business, check other nearby funeral homes, sometimes they will take over the business and keep their records. Be courteous when asking for these records, funeral homes are private businesses. They are not obligated to show you anything, so take it slow and easy when approaching them. Always thank them for their work in locating them for you.

Coroner Records
 Yes, coroner records. There may not be one for your ancestor, but hey, don’t you want to know? Again, the best place to know if an autopsy was performed is the death certificate. Also, if you suspect one after reading an obituary that say’s so and so died unexpectedly at age 40. That would be a big clue that there may be one done. Sometimes there is just an inspection done for the cause of death and no autopsy. The best place to find these records are the county medical examiner’s office. County websites usually have a link to their office where you can learn how to contact them. In the case of Texas, autopsy reports are public record and are accessible upon request. Check your state for accessibility.

Further Reading
 The following articles will expand the three topics I briefly touched upon.
·      United States Cemeteries https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/United_States_Cemeteries
·      What Info Found on Coroner's Report? http://www.genealogy.com/articles/over/heard040600.html

Paul is a passionate genealogist who loves to have fun digging up the past. Brought up in San Diego and now works for his family’s tractor business, Paul spends every spare moment in his quest of discovering his own family roots. Education is the key to documenting correctly your family tree. Belonging to several local, state, and national genealogical societies, along with attending conferences and institutes, he aggressively learns so he can correct and expand his over 20 years of research to new heights.

Thanks for the great tips, Paul!

What has helped you with your cemetery finds? We'd love to hear your suggestions. 

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