Remember the past but Move toward a better Community

August 18, 2017

Some of you may have seen this graphic

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It’s a graphic created by DearMYRTLE and we try to remind folks that attend our Hangouts On Air with this graphic, that we all are on a research journey. We post this statement, which does a far better job than I can’

DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ recognize the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. We reach out to _all_ regardless of race, color, creed or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.

http://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/

I am posting this today after spending a lot of time reflecting on the events of this past weekend. I can’t get my mind around those events.

After Vietnam, I got out of the service and moved to Washington DC. Went to work and could see the events taking place in that town. .Several times going to the roof of the building (at night) and could see the fires going on “down the street”. I worked 3 blocks from the White House, and the Capital Building in the other direction. Horrible times.

In 1982, we moved from that wonderful town to New Jersey. My kids, middle school and high school came on that first day in their new school and were concerned that there were no African American children in their schools. When the younger daughter graduated from High School, she wanted to go camping, with 2 of her friends, in the DC area, with one of the goals to seeing if one of her African American friends was at home.

My own research, into my family, there were slave owners. My colonial ancestors are buried with their slaves, as it has been reported. Another person in my tree also owned slaves, but released them, one of them became a leader in an Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. One of my grandparents, apparently, had an issue with those of color, but I have no idea what that was all about. In the history of that town, there was something going on, but haven’t found what that was all about.

Within my circle of Genealogy friends, I have learned much about other cultures. Thoughts that would never have occurred to me. Struggles with finding records, how their research is different. But, learning how they do their research has opened my eyes. An I try to thank them for sharing their stories.

Earlier this year, I began to do some research using the Ancestry We’re Related APP. Some very interesting Facebook Friends have appeared. I have met in person, had conversations with a number of them and am honored to have them appear as “cousins”.

One of the more recent cousins, I had met in Salt Lake City at a dinner meeting, and remember him because, at the time, he was in a Wheelchair, and I helped him get to his room.

I bring the APP up, because it gives me an opportunity to learn more from these new cousins. One specifically, I am working from our Common Ancestor down to the APP Cousin, and she it working up to her “brick wall”. I have see that brick wall but between the two of us, that brick wall will come down.

I was inspired to make this blog post, based on this video

https://www.episcopalchurch.org/library/video/where-do-we-go-here-chaos-or-community

where the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, presented it view on what has happened. If you have a few minutes, please listen to what he has to day.

I am, however, not sure where I am on all of the “historical” items that are being removed. I don’t know what living in the South really means, nor having ancestors from the South. I do have a confederate soldier who was wounded in Gettysburg. Will that monument be on “the list” of being removed?

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What about the statue of his Grandfather, that is in a town square in Baltimore?

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Is this about Remembering History or reacting to events that happened in the past ?

My hope is that conversations will happen that will lead us to a better sense of Community. Building on the Communities that we each have around us each day, and expanding our cultural inheritance.

Peace

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2017 Webinar Subscriber Summer Spectacular!

July 7, 2017

I am sharing an announcement from Legacy Family Tree Webinars, as I am please and proud to be a speaker and a student of this wonderful educational platform.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars is celebrating its summer with a Summer Spectacular. Their website is Legacy Family Webinars.

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It’s our way of saying thank you to our webinar subscribers and inviting everyone else to preview these excellent classes!

This summer we will not only have new members-only content, we will also have full in-depth series to help you take your genealogy to a new level.

We’ll be sharing with you five new members-only series, released every two weeks, throughout the summer of 2017.

Here’s an overview of what you can expect:

Speaker Series Release Date
Melissa Barker Researching in Archives (4 classes) July 6th
Blaine Bettinger DNA: A Closer Look (5 classes) July 17th
Teri E. Flack Texas: The Lone Star State (5 classes) July 31st
Amie Bowser Tennant 1790-1940 U.S. Census Uncovered (3 classes) August 9th
Eric Basir Photo Restoration (6 classes) August 14th
Craig Scott Researching Revolutionary War Soldiers (5 classes) August 28th

Researching in Archives (4 classes)

Archivist Melissa Barker is taking her professional expertise in the Houston County, Tennessee Archives and helping genealogists everywhere find hidden resources in archives, libraries and societies.

Melissa’s 4 classes include:

  • Family Gatherings: Dragging Genealogy Information Out of Your Family
  • Using Archives to Fill the Gaps in Your Ancestor’s Timeline
  • Disaster Planning for the Genealogist, Safeguarding Your Genealogical Records
  • Scrap Paper and Orphan Documents in Archives

Available to subscribers at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com: July 6, 2017

DNA: A Closer Look (5 classes)

DNA is a hot topic in genealogy but it can be a bit confusing to learn how it works. In this new series DNA expert Blaine Bettinger provides more tools to help you understand your DNA results

Blaine’s 5 classes include:

  • Avoiding Genetic Genealogy Pitfalls
  • DNA Frequently Asked Questions
  • Introduction to GEDmatch
  • Begging for Spit
  • Who Are You? Identifying Your Mysterious DNA Matches

Available to subscribers at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com: July 17, 2017

Texas: The Lone Star State (5 classes)

Texas is the second largest state in the United States and has a rich history. Whether your ancestors settled there during the Republic of Texas or after statehood, Teri E. Flack will help you find details about their lives.

Teri’s classes include:

  • Fundamentals of Researching Texas
  • Finding Your Ancestors in the Republic of Texas
  • Researching Texas Land and Property Records
  • Researching Texas Probate and Estate Records
  • Texas Vital Records and their Substitutes

Available to subscribers at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com: July 31, 2017

1790-1940 Census Uncovered (3 classes)

Amie’s 3 classes include:

  • 1790 – 1840 Census Secrets Uncovered
  • 1850-1900 U.S. Federal Census Secrets Revealed
  • 1910-1940 Federal Censuses and State Census Records to Fill the Gaps

Available to subscribers at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com: August 9, 2017

Photo Restoration (6 classes)

You loved his class “Complete Photo Restoration in 4 Easy Steps” so we’ve brought Eric Basir back for an entire 6-part series on Photo Restoration. Learn how to make the most of your photos from scanning to editing and restoration.

Eric’s 5 classes include:

  • Scanning 101
  • Hassle Free Document Restoration
  • Bringing Faded Photos Back to Life
  • 25 Quick Photoshop Tips For Genealogists – Part one
  • 25 More Quick Photoshop Tips For Genealogists – Part two
  • Effective Image Placement

Available to subscribers at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com: August 14, 2017

Researching Revolutionary War Soldiers (5 classes)

Craig Scott is one of the most sought after speakers on military research. In this series, Craig will help you navigate the extensive records created to document Revolutionary War soldiers.

Craig’s 5 classes include:

  • The Revolution, More than just the War
  • The Participants in the War
  • Records Create by the Revolutionary War During the War
  • Records Created by the Revolutionary War After the War​ (Pensions)
  • Records Created by the Revolutionary War After the War (Bounty Land)

Available to subscribers at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com: August 28, 2017

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QUERY: Thomas Janney, Jr

June 22, 2017

A query from Kathryn Schultz

My husband’s mother descends from the Quaker immigrant and “Publisher of Truth” Thomas Janney, Jr., who arrived in Philadelphia in late September 1683 with his family and settled near Newtown in Bucks Co.

His mother was Elizabeth Worthington, born in 1604 and married Thomas Janney, Sr. of Styal, Cheshire in 1625. I do not have any information on her parents. Thomas Janney, Sr. was the son of Randle Janney, whose parents were Thomas and Jane/Jone Worthington Janney, who married in 1578.

Do you know whether there is a connection between these Cheshire Worthingtons and yours in New Jersey? Thanks for your help.

I checked my Worthington databases and don’t have a Janney in any of my files..

Newtown, in Bucks County is a location where Worthington’s have can be found, but about 100 years later. My “Byberry” Worthington line didn’t arrive until about 1705 and they came from Lancashire, England.

I have a couple of other places to look, but will make this Blog Post so that others may help us / you with this Query.

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Frances Darlington Lamberti (1925–2016)

May 25, 2017

A rainy day at Arlington National Cemetery, 25 May 2017

Major Frances Darlington Lamberti, USAF was laid to rest in Section 12, Grave 5289.

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I have attended a number of funerals over the years. I have been to Arlington National Cemetery a number of times over the years, for various reasons. My family and I buried Americus Lamberti (1917 – 2012), 2nd Lt, US Army, in 2013. This one was very different.

Because she was a Major, we had a Band, Escort, Caisson, Body Burial Team (6), Firing Party, and a Bugler. I am sure that my Aunt probably didn’t want all of this, but the United States Air Force honors their members.

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There was a light rain when we started. The transfer from the car to the Caisson was our first stop.

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The band was near by as the transfer was made.

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In boot camp, I was in the US Coast Guard Band at Cape May, New Jersey, so I know what being in the band, playing in the rain is like, but certainly not at this sacred place.

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Beautiful animals.

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Stop number 2. Transfer from the Caisson to the burial team for the burial. (note, the rain had stopped)

Lt Col John L Elliott Jr. Chaplain, USAF was the Chaplain for the service. The service was probably the way Aunt Fran would have wanted it. Short and to the point, with full honors. (sorry, no pictures)

We then took the remains to the burial plot, to put her with my Uncle Max, and her twin sons, Dwight Strode Lamberti, and Mark Darlington Lamberti (31 Jan 1967).

A special Thank You to Mary, our Arlington National Cemetery Representative who took all of the stress out of the day. We knew exactly what we needed to do, where and when.

And to Jean Anderegg, our Arlington Lady, representing the US Air Force.

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There is a “rest of the story” here.

When I was much younger, and a Boy Scout, we learned how to fold the American Flag, I remember teaching younger scouts how to fold the Flag. That helped when I was in the Coast Guard, I have folded a couple of flags, but not the way it’s done in Arlington.

When I arrived, Mary took my Aunt’s Flag because she had to “refold it” the way the Air Force Burial Team wanted the flag folded. Interesting.

When Colonel Elliott greeted us, I asked about that. What I learned was that each Service has their own unique ceremony and flag folding routine. I did not know that.

This experience was very different for the other funerals and events I have had at Arlington. I have seen the bands and caissons before, but being 1/2 a car length behind the Burial Team is very different.

It was a honor for me, to be part of this ceremony to Honor my Aunt Fran (Frances), my mothers sister, with full United States Air Force Honors.

Thank you for your service. You are with your family in Our Nation’s Most Hallowed Ground.


QUERY: Reeve from New Jersey

April 24, 2017

Bob Bolles commented on To Submit a Query for the Worthington Surname

If you have a query that you would like to submit query for the Worthington Surname, please post a comment here. What …

I see you also have a REEVE line you research. I have several myself from the Newark Essex, NJ area and was wondering if there may be a connection.

My REEVE is Doctor Watts Reeve, b abt Jun 1919 in NJ d 19 Mar 1885 Newark, NJ (not profession , it’s his 1st name) married to Susan C. Dean b. abt 1827 in NJ d. 11 Feb 1896 in Newark, NJ Married in Springfield , NJ on 22 Apr 1847

They had 8 children, Arron W. b 1848, Ann W. b. 1849, Doctor Wilber b.1849 Unknown boy b. 1851 Horace e. b. 1854; Laura Virginia, b. 1858 d 1949; Emma, b abt 1862 and Edward, b abt 1864.

Doctor Watts and Susan are my 2d great grandparents, Laura Virginia is my great grandmother, married to Franklin Summers Bolles on 28 Apr 1881 in Newark, Essex, NJ

Let me know if there is a connection to your Reeves line as my line is bricked walled to this point.


Evidentia Update

April 3, 2017

There is a recent update to Evidentia that is awesome. After our Wacky Wednesday with the developer, he made some awesome changes. Rather than talking about it, let me show you.

I have ready determined that the two lines are Inconclusive. Meaning, I need to do more research.

To me, the Yellow Check Mark tells me that I have have some data, and that I have drafted by conclusion, really my Current Thinking on the relationships so far.

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Further down the page I see the Summary of Findings, or Current Thinking, and that there are proofs there, but need to be reviewed. More work to do. Each event has my current thinking. I chose to precede my current thinking with the date.

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Running the Proof Summary, I have completed my proof summary, but it is inclusive.

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Now I need to do some work and prove some of these. But, I have a visual indicate on where I stand and the written details.


Evidentia 3.1–Conflicting Information (?)

March 20, 2017

I have this We’re Related APP cousin to work with.

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When I record the data from my Cell Phone and enter it into EXCEL and I see something strange or not right, I use YELLOW as a reminder that I need to look at this later. The GREEN indicates I have that person in my master database.

Entered the data into Evidentia, as is my current practice for this project. Made an entry for follow up in the “conclusion” / Current thinkings, then went to find what I might already have.

When looking at the Common Ancestor, Phebe Birdsall, her children had two different Surnames. I recorded Phebe Birdsall married a Bartlett (_____ Bartlett) and she married a Havens (_____ Havens). That is another reminder that I have some work to do.

I wondered if my own master database had any hints. When I looked at my master database to see how far I went back on this cousin connection and recognized that, in fact, I had a Source with a Havens and a Bartlett.

Reviewing my Citation I found:

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Alfred C Willits, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com accessed, 30 Sep 2013), online book; mentioned as James Willits’s wife, page 8. leaving his wife Phebe Birdsall.

Phebe (Havens nee Birdsall) Bartlett agrees with my current thinking. The Birth Year of John Havens was about 1728, and Nathan Bartlett about 1738 would confirm for me, at this point in time, the marriage order.

Need to put that citation into the proper format, but that is what I had in my database.


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