Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life–Why Read Wills

September 28, 2011

Here is another example of Expanding your research. I have, sort-a, read Wills in the past. They were interesting, but don’t normally read and record what I find in them.

This project reminded me of why I should read wills.

Doing a generic Google search for Charles Ridgely, believed to be a brother of David Ridgely OR the father of another Ridgely, I came across a link to the Maryland State Archives for “a” Charles Ridgely. The search results were “in the ball park” for what I was looking for. But, check the wording in the Will:

Quote:

Charles Ridgely of Hampton (1760-1829)
MSA SC 3520-1446

Governor of Maryland, 1816-1819 (Federalist)

December 6, 1760 in Baltimore as Charles Ridgely Carnan.  His uncle, Captain Charles Ridgely, willed his estate to him on the condition that he assume the name Charles Ridgely; he did so legally in 1790.  He was also known as Charles Ridgely of Hampton.

End Quote:

[ This information resource of the Maryland State Archives is presented here for fair use in the public domain. When this material is used, in whole or in part, proper citation and credit must be attributed to the Maryland State Archives. PLEASE NOTE: Rights assessment for associated source material is the responsibility of the user. ]

© Copyright March 31, 2011Maryland State Archives

It turned out that Carnan surname shows up in this line, so now I know “where that name came from”.

Learning: Read Wills


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life–Attend Webinars

September 27, 2011

Expanding our research is one of the ways we can find information to help us ready our goal in the process.

I attend Webinars frequently especially those that are presented or have Genea-Bloggers presenting about the topic of Genealogy. You never know what you might find while attending a webinar.

This evening I attended “DearMYRTLE’s A FEW GOOD SITES Workshop Webinar”. She was showing the participants various websites where we can do research.

She showed about 70 listeners a number of websites that she uses to pint out what you might find on each.

When Ancestry.com was brought up, she shared no only what you might find on this website, but then she opened up her Ancestry Member Tree. Please understand that she and I already have hints that we are related but haven’t spent a lot of time talking about it. We have done shared Webinars and other presentations, online, but her example, right there online, in the Webinar, the exact family line that I had been working on, figuring out relationships, the previous night. Just on her screen, in the webinar, were probably 10 of the same names that I was working on.

As she was presenting, I emailed her several pictures of the Church where that group of people attended.

We will continue to put the pieces together and it may be that in her records, SHE holds the key to help me reach the secondary goal of finding out who David Ridgely Howards grandfather was. I think his name was on that screen that she shared.

Here is a link to her Blog: http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com

Thanks DearMYRTLE and don’t forget to check into see what are up coming Webinars on this website: http://blog.geneawebinars.com/

 

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Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life–A New Resource

September 26, 2011

It has been apparent that there were Two Howard families in Baltimore. Better stated, I thought there were two, but hadn’t found anything to prove or disprove this. Some might call this Conflict Resolution. There may be a third, but I am not ready to go there yet.

I heard Thomas Jay Kemp say in a Webinar, “Don’t forget the Newspapers”. Oh yeah, I have said that here as well, but after listing to what GenealogyBank.com can provide us. Besides, I needed to look at some new records.

I was reminded that one of the Howards was in the Garrison Forrest section of Baltimore County, when I found a newspaper article about General John Eager Howard. He is one of the Revolutionary War people that I have found using the Revolutionary War records.

I have visited St. Thomas Episcopal Church Garrison Forrest a couple of years ago while doing some Worthington research. Later I have a talk for the Maryland Historical Society about a house “just down the road” in Worthington Valley. I have also Blogged about that house here, Montmorenci.

When I visited St. Thomas, I picked up the history of that Church, and low and behold  General Howard was listed in that book, as was the Worthington’s I had been researching.

The “conflict” was this Howard family from England in the mid to late 1600’s, being Anglican, or the Quaker Howards that came to the colonies much earlier.

From the information that I have on hand, and the information I have from this History book, I can but This Howard line aside for a while, because if may not be the same Howard Line that David Ridgely Howard is in.

Many of the names that I added to my database today are also mentioned in this book from St. Thomas Garrison Forrest. But that’s another story (for now)

If only I could find David R. Howard’s grandparents.

Maybe I need to look at some of my other Maryland books that are on my bookshelf.


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

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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.

 

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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.


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