Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life–We’re Getting Close

September 25, 2011

Not connected all of the dot’s, but we are getting close. Remembering the David Ridgely Howard has two of my family surnames, Ridgely and Howard. Working my way back to the Revolutionary War ancestor of “Ridgely” I found the connection between the Howards and the Ridgely with a Ridgely, Col Henry Ridgely, Jr (1635 – 1710) buried in the same burial ground of my ancestor, Capt John Worthington (1607 – 1701). It is in the Saint Anne’s Burial Ground in Annapolis, Maryland.

I am not looking into my own family file, yet, but I think I am going to find at least one connection between David Ridgely Howard and Sarah Howard, Capt John’s wife.

But, I think there are other connections, as there are several other Surnames that I have found, along the way, that also link into my family file.

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life–Tracking Names

September 25, 2011

As some of you may know, I use the Family Tree Maker program. Based on the Goal of this project, Identifying the Parents of Ridgely Howard, I needed a way to clearly identify relationships between people as the research progressed.

I did find the parents of David Ridgely Howard, but that wasn’t good enough for me, because I really wanted to find the Revolutionary War person that was referred to in the movie and since I have Ridgely and Howard Surnames in my family, I really wanted to determine if I was related to Ridgely Howard.

I just posted some details about how I used Family Tree Maker to track relationships as I found them.

A way to track Relationships from Census Records

This recording of information has helped with this project.

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life –Revolutionary War Records

September 23, 2011

One thing that this study has done for me, is to get me to look into records that I have not used before.

Earlier I had mentioned Civil War Records. Still working on them. What has been interesting is reading a book about the 1st and 2nd Maryland C.S.A. that David Ridgely Howard was a part of. This book documents the activities of the unit, and the CW documents for him complements that book.

I have gone back to the notion and James Wallace (Union Soldier) and David Ridgely Howard’s ancestors were in the Revolutionary War together, with George Washington.

As I have developed the family units in Baltimore, there are a couple of people that might be the same people or they may be two different people.

Doing a search for a couple of people in the file, I found five (5) Revolutionary War SAR applications. I spent all of today entering about 200 pieces of information on just 3 of these applications. It has helped separate the families and has given some clear indication of how the people in my file are related, especially against the Census Records that I have looked at.

I’ll get back to the Civil Was tomorrow, as I have found some very interesting information about this family line or lines. Some good documentation of just how many brothers and cousins were in the Civil War AND why they chose to serve in the C.S.A., That’s a story for another day.

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Update

September 18, 2011

I thought it was about time to post an update on this project. It’s been a busy couple of weeks.

  1. Another project took way some research time, but that project was very important to this project
  2. Took a side trip to pay our respects to the Flight 93 National Monument in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2011.
  3. On the way to the Flight 93, we spend part of the day at Gettysburg


Slide Show from our visit to the Flight 93 National Monument

I did blog about our visit here

Blog Post: Flight 93 National Memorial

Blog Post: Flight 93 National Memorial – Signs tell the story

What I learned in this visit, is how important it is to help preserve the Stories of People. There are 40 Hero’s who lost their lives on that day in 2001. We say, “never forget”, but how will they be remembered. One way is to Blog about our experience.

There is no way for me to blog about the experience, only to share some pictures. We did see family members, first responders, supporters of the families. All we could do was to ‘be there’, for those family members.


Gettysburg was a different experience, and will have to blog about that at some point in time, but what I did learn was telling stories about People in that battle field.

We took a bus tour of Gettysburg. First time doing that, but the Tour Guide told stories of what we were looking at, and the people involved at the time.

I had a chance to talk to our Tour Guide for a moment. I mentioned that I was interested in Culp’s Hill, which we had already passed, and why I was interested. His response made my day. “Didn’t he have a couple of brothers here?” Yes he (David Ridgely Howard) did. This gentleman knows “his stuff”.

After the bus tour, we went back to Culp’s Hill. A little disappointed that we didn’t find the 2nd Maryland CSA monument, we knew we were in the right place. It was very nice to see where this Civil War soldier was wounded.



It was raining, but this rainbow was to our left.


Enough for trips, or In the meantime, what have you been doing.

After looking at many Census Records, putting families together, I have begun going to my favorite research website, when trying to gather, not prove, relationships and date. That is Find-A-Grave.

So far, I have not been disappointed in the findings on this website.

I have spent a little time making sure that I have standardized how I record information. I have been using a feature that I haven’t used before to document where and how I found the relationships between people.

The one sad part, so far, is that I haven’t found David Ridgely Howard on Find-A-Grave.

Back to my research.

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – 1890 Census Substitute

August 9, 2011

As I reviewed the Census for the various years, learning what information is added as each version of the Census progresses. Then running into 1890. What do you do to see where the family was in 1890. The households changed over time, where were they in 1890.

The first place, in a broader search, I remembered City Directories. Looking in the Baltimore City Directory, there is David R. Howard.


The address, 939 St Paul, is consistent the previous and following Census Record.

Will then look for the other family members in the same City Directory. This will also help see household members who were in the 1880 Census, but not in the 1900 Census.

This is a reminder to Search Broadly.


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