Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Which genealogist would you like to meet?

June 27, 2009

My friend Randy Seaver at posted this challenge:

It’s Saturday Night – time for more Genealogy Fun!

It’s been a really fun Saturday for me so far – I’m at the SCGS genealogy Jamboree while you’re reading this, and I’ve been talking to over 30 genealogy bloggers, attending the Bloggers Summit, enjoying the exhibits and several classes, and tonight is our Geneabloggers banquet hosted and arranged by Thomas MacEntee at the hotel.  (wish I had been there)

But this is about you – here is your SNGF assignment for tonight:

1) Identify one genealogist that you would like to meet. The person could be living or deceased.

Actually, I have two, unfortunately they are both deceased.

Hiram Deats (1810 – 1887) of Hunterdon County, NJ

Milton Rubincam

2) Why do you want to meet with this person?

Both were noted genealogist, in their time. Hiram Deats was a very important person to preserve the History and Genealogy of Hunterdon County, New Jersey. It appears that I am related to Milton Rubicam. I keep running into material he wrote, especially when I am working on my mother’s family (Strode).

3) What would you talk about? What questions would you ask this person?

I am doing some research on the Deats family in Hunterdon County. I have taken a number of photo’s of Deats headstones and have posted them on Find-A-Grave for other researchers. My real question would be, were there TWO Hiram Deats, born in 1810 in Hunterdon County.

In one of the Cemeteries, there are two Deats Family Plots. It might be interesting to hear the stories about why the two.

I would like to have more information on the Strode Family that Milton Rubicam had researched and gather more information about that family in Chester County, PA. I have found lots of information about a lot of Chester County residents, dating back into the founding of that county, but would like to talk more specifically about his research on this family.

4) Write about your choice on your blog or in Comments to this post.


Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Easter Egg Hunt!!!

April 13, 2009

Well, it’s Saturday Night and Randy Seaver, in his Genea-Musing Blog has this challenge for us:

It’s Saturday Night, let’s have some genealogy fun!

Remember those Easter egg hunts you had when you were a kid? Or you hosted when you were a parent or grandparent of small children (or even big children…)? Remember the happiness and joy you had finding the eggs hidden in the garden or the field? And the goodies sometimes found inside them?

I have a Genealogy Easter Egg Hunt for you! Here’s the directions:

1. Pick a place that you have ancestry, but don’t know much about.

2. Go to Google (or your favorite search engine) and put in the place name, the state name, and the words “genealogy” and “society.”

3. Go to the web site that looks the most interesting or promising, and search for data about your ancestor(s) that lived there.

4. Did you find anything new or interesting? If so – those are your genealogy Easter Eggs! Enjoy them – browse some more! If not, try again with another place name.

5. Tell us all about it on your blog, or in comments to this blog.

Happy hunting!!! I will show off my genealogy Easter Eggs on Sunday (if I find any… I hope I’ve been a good little graveyard rabbit).

My example is Springdale, Leavenworth Co., Kansas. birth place of my Grandfather. My normal search engine is Good Search, which produced the following.

The first result was Leavenworth County, KS. Recalling why my grandfather was born in Kansas, I found that this county was formed 2 years before my grandfather’s father decided to move the Leavenworth. (May 1857).

Another Find:

Click HERE to see full size D.O.T. County Map

Leavenworth County was created on August 25, 1855 as an Original County. The County Seat is Leavenworth. The County was named for Gen. Henry Leavenworth (1783-1834), U.S. Army. Leavenworth, directed to establish a military post on the east bank of the Missouri River near the confluence of the Little Platte, instead selected a site on high ground on the west bank to establish Cantonment Leavenworth, later renamed Fort Leavenworth.

Counties adjacent to Leavenworth County are Platte County, Missouri (north), Wyandotte County (east), Johnson County (southeast), Douglas County (southwest), Jefferson County (west), Atchison County (northwest). Cities and Towns Include Leavenworth, Lansing, Tonganoxie, Basehor, Linwood, Easton, Bonner Springs.

A search of the Settlers posted on for this time period did not result in a listing of any Worthington’s.

A piece of his story: “They decided to move west for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was that Kansas was opened to homesteading in 1856, and the Quakers were encouraging their members to settle in the area. They viewed Kansas as a refuge from the war which was becoming inevitable.  So in May 1857, he with his brother William set out west to find a place to settle.  They travelled through Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas, walking much of the way.  Finally in October 1857, he had decided that Leavenworth County, Kansas, was the place.  He sent for his family.”

These are from notes about my grandfather’s grandfather, Henry Wilson Worthington (1815-1866).

His “family” would have been, among others, Samuel Worthington 1843 – 1897, my grandfather’s father. The irony here is that Samuel fought in the Civil War. No telling what that did to this Quaker Family. There are letters from Samuel to his family as he served in Co A, 11th Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, 1862 – 1865.

In looking though the listings was William G. Cutler’s History of the State of Kansas. The Eleventh Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry is documented here. Some of the information confirms earlier research into Samuel’s time in the Civil War.

Checking around the website, I found a cemetery listing that included:

Name: Worthington
Township: Alexandria
Cemetery: Friends Church

Now, this may be interesting. Will have to search more on this one. This is not the burial location for Samuel or his family.

There are other results that were looked at, but nothing obvious at this point. Will return to this search engine and results later.

Changing to Google, still searching for Springdale, Leavenworth Co., Kansas found the following:

This one is a wealth of information:

Source List for Genealogy Research

One of the results was a link to which was a website visited many times when researching information about who the Quakers are.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t any information on any of the Quaker pages, in Kansas, that were helpful for this project. There were results and pages that have been looked at before for other Worthington research.

Since the research too me there, I spend a few minutes visiting a couple of Quaker Meetings that I have been to, including the Birmingham Meeting in Chester County, PA, where all four of my Grandparents are buried.

So much information, so little time. (for now)

I’ll leave this blog entry for Randy’s Challenge with a photograph of the home where my Grandfather was born.

Kansas home of Henry Russell Worthingon

Kansas home of Henry Russell Worthingon

Thank you Randy for the Challenge!

Saturday Night Fun – True Confessions of a Genealogy Junkie

March 8, 2009

Pardon me geneabloggers, for I have . . .

. . . become a true genealogy junkie. It is my all consuming passion to the point where I want it to become my profession. To the point where I can eat, sleep and dream about dead relatives. I even have a bumper sticker, My Hobby Is Genealogy – I collect Ancestors.

Sound familiar? As part of Randy Seaver’s usual Saturday Night Fun feature at Genea-Musings, this week he is asking fellow geneabloggers to unload and confess in True Confessions of a Genealogy Junkie

Randy challenged us with this:

The assignment: Answer these questions about your genealogy life:

When did you start genealogy research?

1995. My daughter gave me “something to do”. It was the Family Tree Maker program.

2. Why did you start doing research?

Good Question, but continue reading as I didn’t know what I was getting into.

3. What was your first big success in research?

Finding that my parents were related before they were married.

4. What is your biggest genealogy regret?

Wasn’t able to talk to my grandparents about their Family History and getting some of their Family Histories.

5. What are you best known for in the genealogy world?

Perhaps helping other users of the Family Tree Maker program and trying to keep a number of Worthington family lines in order, to the best of my ability and information that I can locate.

6. What is your professional status in genealogy?

Randy’s answer works for me: “Not certified, or accredited, not pursuing either, don’t take paying clients, do pro-bono work for friends and colleagues.”  Only real difference is that most of mine is Online, as I haven’t found the genealogy community that Randy has. Its all Location, Location, Location.

7. What is your biggest genealogy achievement?

Making some family connections to some very special famous people. Rear Admiral “Amazing” Grace Hopper, and Baseball Hall of Famer, Cal Ripkin.

8. What is the most FUN you’ve had doing genealogy?

Again, “what Randy said: “meeting genea-bloggers at Jamboree and SLC” with a slight modification. I wasn’t at the Jamboree, but did meet several gena-bloggers in Salt Lake City and a number of Podcaster’s in Philadelphia in September 2008. Great group of folk.

9. What is your favorite genealogy how-to book?

Fellow Genea-Bogger Thomas MacEntee at Easy.   Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills. Still have much to learn from this, signed copy, resource.

10. What notable genealogist would you like to meet someday?

Since I had the honor of meeting may of such folk in Philadelphia, I would have like to met two notable genealogist. Mr. Hiram Deats, from Hunterdon County, New Jersey, and Milton Rubicam, a relative and former President of the National Genealogical Society, Vice President of the Americal Society of Genealogists.

For now, I look forward to meeting other Genea-Bloggers in person or online.

Randy closed with this:

“There you are – talk about yourself for a change! Go forth and blog about your True Confessions of a Genealogy Junkie! Or write a comment to this post.”

So be it.

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