Initial Summary of David Ridgely Howard

October 14, 2011

In the mail today, I received a book “Marylanders in the Confederacy” by Daniel D. Hartzler, Willow Bend Books, Westminster, Maryland, 2001. In it, in one sentence confirmed by findings on Page 3.

“The 1st Marland under Kenley was the only Maryland regiment on the Union side. The Confederate Marylanders on the other hand, embodied faith and pride of the state. Not a historic family of Maryland was not represented in the Maryland Line. Five grandsons of John Eager Howard, of Cowpens carried sword or muskets in the 1st Maryland Regiment.”

Cowpens was a battle in the Revolutionary War with General George Washington. So, John Eager Howard is the “grandfather” that was talked about in the PBS series Gettysburg.

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John Eager Howard (1752 – 1827) and his wife Margaret Oswald Chew (1760 – 1827) had 10 children. Two of their sons were James Howard (1797 – 1732) and Charles Howard (1802 – 1869) had the “5 grandsons”

Charles Howard and son Francis (Frank) Key Howard (Key from Francis Scott Key) were captured in Baltimore by the Union Army.

Sons Edward Lloyd Howard and McHenry Howard served in the 1st Maryland.

James Howard had three sons that served, John Eager Howard (1797 – 1870), James McHenry Howard (1839 – 1916), and David Ridgely Howard (1844 – 1927).

The best that I can tell, at this point, is the all 5 of John Eager Howards grandsons were at Gettysburg in 1863.

My calculations would make David Ridgely Howard my 5th Cousin, 4 times removed. I now have a Confederate Civil War Hero. Not to mention that my Great-Grandfather, Samuel Worthington, was a Union Civil War Hero.


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life–EXCEL

October 13, 2011

I was reminded that I haven’t talked about one of the tools that I have used for this process. Dr. Jones talked about it, and the 2nd Life Study Group talked about spreadsheets.

I happen to use EXCEL after working with it for a number of years.

Not sure how clear this will be for the Blog, so I will try to explain it.

First, in my Genealogy Program, I have it automatically assign a number to each person (PersonID). The number is unique for each person in the file. If a person is deleted or merged with another, that number will not be reused. It was very helpful during my clean up because I knew and can see the Persons ID. That is the first column

The next three columns are Last Name, First Name, Middle Name, as it appeared in the Census Records. Census records are reflected in the 5th column lasted as the Residence Fact. That fact has the Census Year, the State, the County / City and the jurisdiction within that city. Here we are talking about Baltimore Maryland. So, the next to the last column will reflect what is on that Census Record. The last column is the House Number of the Family Number. Using filtering and sorting this really helps show households for a given Census Year.

In this example each of the people with red boxes around 1900 Maryland Baltimore Independent City / Ward 13 House # 939 were folks living at that location.

In the example, based on the dates, two brothers, and a wife are in that household. There are others in the spreadsheet, but just showing the example.

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To keep track of the Females in the file, I used the Yellow Hi-lite to remind me that this name is a female. I wanted to stand out, when doing searching in the Census.

If I don’t know a Persons Name, First or Last, I use 5 Underscores. It’s a visual indication that “I don’t yet know the persons name”. You can see that I don’t know the female (Elizabeth W) birth surname.

But, I know that she was married in 1875 to Charles Howard, the gentlemen listed above her name (clearly by accident). When she got married, I then knew to look for Elizabeth Howard in the 1880 Census. BUT, I wanted to keep in mind that I still didn’t have her birth Surname, so when a Female gets married, I move her birth surname to the column after her middle name or initial.

The Birth, Marriage, and Death Dates are important. So they are tracked, but using their complete full name for the Birth and Death information. Visually, it shows the start and end of a persons information, along with the Person’s ID.

I know that I don’t have to look for Elizabeth in the 1910 Census, because she died in 1906. But, I can also tell that I need to look at the 1910 census as the three people listed here have blanks in those census years.

As this was developing, I had been tracking everyone in the file. But at this stage of this file, keeping my goal in mind, I only focused on what I now know to be two brothers and their households.

Looking at the Census Records are one thing, but to be able to step back, using a spreadsheet, I have been able to see how these households “stuck together” over time. Then to be able to realize that the households were in the Same Block or just down the street, as was seen in the Maps that have been posted here.

Working with this spreadsheet has been very helpful in resolving some of the conflicting information that I ran into and resolve in the past couple of days.

Learning: Learn to use some basic sorting and filtering that is available in a spreadsheet.

PS: I was able to generate data from my genealogy program when I wanted to start using a Spreadsheet. I had not started to us it, until I went through the video that Dr. Jones made available to us, and the 2nd Life Study Group talked about it.

But like setting a goal for this project, it took a bit to figure out how to use this tool to my advantage. Not to try to track everyone, but to be focused on what the tool was going to be used for.


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life–Clean Up

October 11, 2011

It was time to do some file clean up and conflict resolution within the file that I have created for this project.

In my effort to determine relationships, I recorded relationships and households from Census Records. Any other record that showed relationships I recorded it one place for each person. It is in the Note field for the Persons “preferred” name. This note field is for my use only.

I have privately published this file on Ancestry and an Ancestry Member Tree and it is not sync’ed with FTM2012. Very useful version of the program. But, that’s not the topic at hand. I bring it up, because these notes are not part of the AMT. Only in the file on my PC.

I have also been tracking Residence Facts, as found in Census Records in an EXCEL spreadsheet. This was done so that I was able to keep trick of who I had and had not found in Census Records. The way it was recorded, I am able to put households together, and to point out who came into the household or who left over time.

These two tools, were able to point very clearly who were the same person, but recorded differently over time. I had identified a number of “duplicate” individuals in my file and have now eliminated them, actually merged duplicate individuals. This lets me keep all of the data from the person who was being merged into another persons record. No data or citation information was lost.

Just to make sure of a couple of these merges, I went back to the Census Record to make sure that I had recorded the information correctly. Within my genealogy program, I have those images already, but in two cases I went back to the image on Ancestry. In looking at the actual Census Record, it appeared that the Index / name was recorded incorrectly. I did submit suggested changes to Ancestry.

For example: Nannie H vs Annie H. Looking at the image, it could have been Nannie or Annie. The young lady’s name was Ann H.

Within my program, there are a list of Tasks (To-Do Lists) that I created as I went along. Cleared a number of them during this process.

There is also a Data Error Report, that is customizable, so that I can see the types of errors that are obvious, that I may not have picked up, like a Marriage after a Death.

I have not taken the Data Error Report and added a number of items to the To-Do List. I find that easier to manage, then trying to work off of the Data Error Report. Yes, my To-Do list got shorter, but it is now longer again, but I can now focus on those Data Errors that need to be addressed now.

Lesson Learned: Use Tools within your Genealogy Program AND other software that you are comfortable with, to help accomplish the Goal. The 2nd Life Study Group talked a lot about how EXCEL or other spreadsheets helped.


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life–Map Follow up

October 10, 2011

In an earlier post on the use of a Map.

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I showed the relationship of where folks lived. I ran into another problem where the Street Name was not clear. I knew the house number, had seen it before in an earlier census record. In looking at the previous record, I really could read it either. It looked like East 26th Street.

One think that I have learned, is to look at the neighbors. In this case, that wouldn’t really help, but the notion to go back to look at how the previous and next pages recorded the street names. I had North Calvert Street and Guilford Streets. The house numbering on Guilford Street were from 2532 – 2502 (Even Numbers), then to my street, which I thought was East 26th Street, 202 – 206, then Calvert Street, 2501 – 2503 etc. So, the Census taker started at what appeared to be the 27th Street end of Guilford Street, came toward 26th street, followed 26th street and headed back to 27th street on the odd side of the street. This was from the 1910 Census.

From the previous map and the fact I had been keeping track of House Numbers of Family Numbers and recording the Street Names (when available), it appeared that these street names hadn’t changed much over time.

So, I did a Google Search for 202 East 26th Street, Baltimore, Maryland. Not only did I see a Google Street View (current view), but the map, sure enough, confirmed the theory. So, I now know the street name that I couldn’t read on the Census Record.

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Clearly this is current street information and I am sure the buildings are different, perhaps, but I was able to determine the street name by checking the Preceding and Following Census Pages and checking the house numbers.

The next time I go to Baltimore, I will take all of the street names and addresses with me and take some pictures of the houses. The quick drive through recently, showed me where the houses were, but only took one picture. Will have to add the pictures to my database.

Lesson Learned: Look at the neighbors and map


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Now What

October 10, 2011

The story is no where close to be complete. The blending of the findings from this study of Inferential Genealogy with my previous research will take some time.

There are a number of area’s within my database that needs to be updated.

I will now begin to put a presentation together for the Genealogy Group in 2nd Life. I will share with that group what our study of this process meant to me and share the journey that this project took me on over the past months.

The goal has been met, starting with only a name Ridgely Howard, but was able to connect to two families with their sons fighting in the Civil War together, and to connect them to my family line. A journey that had me looking at records I had not looked at before, but also learned more about each of the types of records that I used for this project.

Just a note, for the record: I want to thank the 2nd Life group for having the discussion about Inferential Genealogy and I want to thank Dr. Thomas Jones for making this process available to us, online.

Thank you.


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