Tuesday, December 8, 2009
These are my 3rd Great Grandparents on my dad's side. They arrived in America in 1870 from Eppendorf, Sachsen, Germany. This picture was taken by my cousin Carolyn Mosch Busch when she was in Germania, Pennsylvania this summer. I thought is was interesting that there is a bee hive on the marker. He raised bees as a hobby and to make a little extra money. I'm still learning about this family. My Uncle Paul scanned all of my grandmother's photos (over 6,000!) and there are plenty of pictures of Karl and Caroline's decendants. Following are photos of sketches of Karl and Caroline. I'm not sure if these are the only pictures we have of them, but they're the only ones I've seen so far. (So many pictures, so little time...)
Well, lunchtime is over. More on this family when I get the chance.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
1) Who is your MRUA - your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor? This is the person with the lowest number in your Pedigree Chart or Ahnentafel List that you have not identified a last name for, or a first name if you know a surname but not a first name.
2) Have you looked at your research files for this unknown person recently? Why don't you scan it again just to see if there's something you have missed?
3) What online or offline resources might you search that might help identify your MRUA?
4) Tell us about him or her, and your answers to 2) and 3) above, in a blog post, in a comment to this post, or a comment on Facebook or some other social networking site.
Let's see if I can find mine!
The MRUA in my tree are #34 & #35 the parents of Elizabeth Ann Wrean/Wren. According to the 1880 Census of Brown, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth's mother's first name was Minnie and she was born in Scotland. Minnie was 75 and living with Elizabeth and her husband William N Gamble. (My 2nd great grandparents) I don't have a first name for Elizabeth's father.
I haven't looked for these people in a long time. I suppose the first place to go would be my local genealogy library and see if they have any Canadian birth records. Elizabeth was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. If there are birth records at the library for Elizabeth, then they SHOULD have her parents' names on them. I might also try FamilySearch. I've not come up with anything on Ancestry.
I have lots of work to do. I hope I can get some library time in soon. Thanks for the nudge, Randy.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I took the picture off my Ancestry site and posted an apology for posting it without permission. I owed my cousin that much. I also had to answer the accusations against people who use Ancestry. I realize not everyone who uses Ancestry is able to do research outside what they can find on Ancestry, but there are those of us who have done other research. I live in Fort Worth and there is a wonderful genealogy department at the local library. I've spent hours there looking at census records and books about the counties where my ancestors lived. I've tried keeping my tree on my home computer and ended up losing my information more than once because of hard drive crashes. Even with back-ups, the genealogy program I was using, failed me. I was using the Millenium Edition of Generations. If I try to edit a person in that program, it erases the person completely from my file. I was able to save a GEDCOM file from this program, but I still lost information. :-(
Anyway, I explained in my post that the main reason I use Ancestry is to keep from losing my information again. I also let them know that I don't hold my tree as the final word on ANY of my families. I have in no way completed my research and I don't represent my tree as being 100 percent accurate. I have plenty of names on my tree which I've not researched. The way the others talked, no one should put any names in their tree without doing exhaustive research and making sure the tree is 100 percent accurate. They also assume anyone who has a name in their tree without any sources is "pirating" information from them. I've seen the names they were talking about on familysearch.org and other websites. It really upset me! Maybe I'm taking it too personally... I don't know. The only replies to my post talked about using CD's and flash drives to save my data. No one ever addressed the fact that I apologized or my comments about the "pirating". Am I wrong for being upset? I've tried to blow it off, but for some reason it just keeps eating at me. In fact, I was so upset at one point that I almost took my whole tree off Ancestry. I'm glad I didn't. I have had distant cousins contact me to share information because of my tree being posted on Ancestry. I've gotten close to a couple of them.
I'm not opposed to constructive comments or a personal email telling me I was wrong for posting a picture without permission. I think I was hurt the most because it felt like a public bashing. I didn't even get a private acceptance of my apology....
I'm finished ranting now. If anyone can help me sort out my feelings or has any suggestions about what, if anything, I should do please let me know.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
1) How old is your father now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number".
2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ahnentafel. Who is that person?
3) Tell us three facts about that person with the "roulette number".
4) Write about it in a blog post, in a Facebook note or comment, or as a comment on this blog post.
5) If you do not have a person's name for your "roulette number" then spin the wheel again - pick your mother, or yourself, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children.
My dad, Thomas Edwin Gamble, is 66. Divide that by 4 and you get 16.5 so that rounds to 17. Number 17 in my ahnentafel is my great-great grandmother Elizabeth Ann Wrean. She was born in 1829 in Nova Scotia, Canada. She married William N. Gamble about 1851 in Pennsylvania. They had 6 children, the youngest being my great grandfather Ulysses Grant Gamble. She died in 1911 in Cedar Run, Lycoming Co., Pennsylvania.
I don't know anything else about her except her father was born in Scottland and her mother's first name was Minnie. Unfortunately, I don't have any photographs of her either, at least not that I know of. I have a whole bunch of unidentified photos on DVD that my uncle gave me.
Thanks for the great blog topic tonight, Randy!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Flossie Baker was born 7 Aug 1896 to William Houston Baker and Mahaley Jane Malicoat in KY. She died 10 Aug 1982 in Middletown, Butler Co., OH.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
My recently found cousin Carolyn Mosch Busch sent me some tombstone pictures that she took when she went to Pennsylvania this summer. The resolution is wonderful! Carolyn contacted me on Ancestry.com. I was so excited to talk to someone from my dad's side of the family, especially the Mosch side. I don't recall meeting any of them in person except my great grandmother Hertha Mosch McElroy. I might have seen them at my grandmother's house at Thanksgiving, but there were always so many people there! Besides, when you're a kid you just want to hang out with your cousins that you don't get to see any other time.
Anyway, Emil Ernest Mosch was born 8 May 1864 to Karl Herman Mosch and Caroline Scheider in Saxony, Germany. The family came to the U.S. in 1870. (I still have lots of research to do on this family, but I did find out they came over on the ship the Saint Louis. I understand it was lost at sea on it's way back to Germany after my ancestors got off. I'm going to have to find the history of the ship!) Emil died of cancer on 25 Oct 1937 in Coudersport, Potter Co., PA.
Emil married Wilhelmina in Wellsboro, Tioga Co., PA on 21 Sep 1885. They lived in PA for the remainder of their lives.
Wilhelmina Hedwig Kortz was born 27 Apr 1866 in Germania, Potter Co., PA to Jacob Kortz and Katherine Pflugfelder. Her parents came to the U.S. in the 1840's or 50's to escape the Kaiser's war. I don't have any information on the ship they were on. Wilhelmina died on 12 Feb 1940 in Coudersport, Potter Co., PA.
Thanks again for the pictures, Carolyn!
Monday, August 17, 2009
My Uncle Paul spent a couple of years scanning my paternal grandmother's photographs and scrapbooks. She has apparently inherited her mother's photos and scrapbooks as well. My Uncle ended up with a 7 DVD set of over 6000 images which he copied for several members of the family. I was one of the lucky ones to receive a copy of these images.
My post tonight is a copy of my great grandparents' wedding announcement. Unfortunately, no one wrote down which newspaper the announcement was in. The wedding occurred on 21 Sep 1916. The announcement was published on the same day.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
1. William N. Gamble b. 24 May 1825 in Cedar Run, Lycoming Co., PA m. Elizabeth Ann Wrean abt. 1851 d. 24 Sep 1904 in Leetonia, Lycoming Co., PA (2nd Generation American)
2. Elizabeth Ann Wrean b. 1829 Nova Scotia, Canada m. William N. Gamble abt. 1851 d. abt 1911 Cedar Run, Lycoming Co., PA (Canadian)
3. William Snyder b. 28 Mar 1851 in Blackwell, Morris Twp, Tioga Co., PA m. Laura Campbell abt 1874 d. 5 Nov 1927 Jersey Shore, Lycoming Co., PA (American)
4. Laura Campbell b. 20 May 1857 in Cedar Run, Lycoming Co., PA m. William Snyder abt. 1874 d. 18 Apr 1931 in Jersey Shore, Lycoming Co., PA (American)
5. James Clinton McElroy b. 19 Nov 1861 in New York m. Angie Clark in 1884 d. 1905 in New York? (American)
6. Angie Clark b. 1866 in PA m. James Clinton McElroy in 1884 d. 20 Jul 1946 (American)
7. Emil Mosch b. 8 May 1864 in Saxony, Germany m. Wilhelmina Hedwig Kortz 21 Sep 1885 in Wellsboro, Tiogo Co., PA d. 25 Oct 1937 in Coudersport, Potter Co., PA (German)
8. Wilhelmina Hedwig Kortz b. 27 Apr 1866 Germania, Potter Co., PA m. Emil Mosch 21 Sep 1885 in Wellsboro, Tioga Co., PA d. 12 Feb 1940 in Coudersport, Potter Co., PA (1st Generation American)
9. Solomon Turpin Abrams b. 22 Feb 1845 in Jackson Co., KY m. Louisa Edmonds 17 Mar 1887 in Jackson Co., KY d. 9 Mar 1923 in Jackson Co., KY (American)
10. Louisa Edmonds b. 2 Oct 1862 in TN m. Solomon Turpin Abrams 17 Mar 1887 in Jackson Co., KY d. 10 Jun 1947 in Jackson Co., KY (American)
11. William Houston Baker b. 1866 in Terra Houte, IN m. Mahaley Jane Malicoat d. 30 Jan 1919 in Three Links, KY (American)
12. Mahaley Jane "Jennie" Malicoat b. 1865 in Jackson Hollow, Madison Co., KY m. William Houston Baker d. 1900 in KY (American)
13. James Marshall Helton b. 10 Jan 1871 in Valeria, Wolfe Co., KY m. Sarah Elizabeth Peck 15 Nov 1892 in Menifee Co., KY d. Jul 1944 in Ezel, Morgan Co., KY (American)
14. Sarah Elizabeth Peck b. 24 Oct 1871 Wolfe Co., KY m. James Marshall Helton 15 Nov 1892 in Menifee Co., KY d. 1 Jan 1914 in Menifee Co., KY (American)
15. William Jackson Landrum b. Jan 1869 in Wolfe Co., KY m. Sarah Ella Lackey 1891 in Wolfe Co., KY d. 14 Jun 1943 (American)
16. Sarah Ella Lackey b Apr 1871 Wolfe Co., KY m. William Jackson Landrum 1891 in Wolfe Co., KY d. 6 Aug 1903 in Powell Co., KY (American)
Most of my ancestors of this generation were born in the USA and with some I'd have to go back several generations to find an immigrant. This was a fun exersize. I learned I need to do more research on this generation to find marriage dates, etc. Thanks,Randy for the suggestion.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
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Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Well, better run for now. Don't want the boss to get onto me for blogging during work!
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Another of the sites I joined is the Abrams Family website. The people there are very friendly. One of the ladies is a cousin of my Papaw. She sent me a picture of my great great grandfather Solomon Turpin Abrams and his second wife Louisa Edmonds Gadd. It was taken sometime around 1920. Turp, as he was called, passed away in 1923. He lived in Horse Lick, Jackson County, Kentucky so I also joined the Jackson County Family website. There are so many pictures on that site that I've only been able to go through about a fourth of them. There are some really precious old, old pictures along with new ones of the people of Jackson County. Anita Maggard is the administrator of that site and she is really sweet. She has posted hundreds of the pictures that are on the site. I need to get in touch with my great aunt in Ohio to see if she has any old photos of the family. I've never seen any at Granny and Papaw's, but I'm going to visit them this month with Mom. I'll ask Granny if I can see what she has. I haven't seen them since 2005. It will be a bittersweet visit. Papaw is 87 and very sick. He's got Alzheimers and a host of other physical illnesses. I don't even know if he'll remember me, but I'll try to always remember him. That's another reason doing genealogy is important to me. It helps me preserve the memory of my ancestors. I want my grandchildren to know from where they came.
Friday, February 20, 2009
I did really well with my eating today. One of the staff members brought donuts to work this morning. I usually can't resist a blueberry cake donut. They are so yummy. I didn't even eat half a donut! I felt so good about myself for not giving in to the temptation. Those cake donuts are hard to resist. I've loved them ever since my Grandma made them for me when she was visiting us for my high school graduation. That was 25 years ago! Wow! I won't even attempt to figure out how many of them I've had since that time.
I better get some rest now. I'm wiped out!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Gary and I stepped up our exercising this week. He found a workout plan in a body building magazine that we are following. I'm glad to have a routine to follow. It really helps me make sure I work all parts of my body. I haven't had much pain from the strenuous exercises, but last night was the first time we did the new routine. I usually don't feel anything until the 2nd day after a workout. I may be hurting in the morning.
I got a fitness magazine, too. There is a great quote in it from Plato. "Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it." That is so true. It's exactly what I've been doing to myself. I've been sitting around for the last 10 years getting lazy and fat! I want to preserve my life. I can't chase my grandbabies around the house while I'm in this condition. I think I'm on the right path to a healthier me.
My granddaughter is so cute. She's starting to move around a lot more. My daughter will prop her up on her pillow and she kicks and moves her arms like she's running or swimming. She's also making more sounds. She loves to sit in her bouncy chair and kick and wiggle. She even grins sometimes when we play with her. I can't wait until she starts laughing. It's so precious to hear a baby laugh. It's music to the soul. It always makes my mood better when I hold my granddaughter. She is such a joy. I'm going to enjoy these moments while they last. I know all too well they grow up quickly.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
We went to the gym on Tuesday and worked on the elliptical and upper body. I went for 3 minutes on the elliptical before I had to rest. I'm trying to add at least 30 seconds each time. I want to get up to 5 minutes in the next couple of weeks. I'm up to 28 crunches. I can't do them all at once, but I don't have to stop for very long in between.
My granddaughter is so cute! She is getting so big already! She gets the hiccups a lot. I can't believe she's almost 2 months old already! It won't be long and she'll be running all over the house getting into things. I want to be ready when that time comes. I'm sure I'll be getting more energy and stamina soon. I can't wait to be a "smokin' hot grandma". My husband is anxious to see some results, too. He's starting to get some definition in his abs already. We'll both be "smokin hot" in no time.
Monday, February 9, 2009
I did okay with my eating today. I had oatmeal for breakfast, a Subway sandwich for lunch (Ham on Honey Oat bread, yum!) and 2 all beef hot dogs for dinner. In a moment of weakness, I had a 3 Musketeers bar and 4 Thin Mints. I was feeling bad and I use food for comfort. It's a terrible habit and that's part of how I got the way I am. I need to get on a plan and stick to it. I did Weight Watchers years ago when they were using dietary exchanges. That plan worked well for me. I lost 25 pounds on that one about 14 years ago. I don't know why I didn't stay on it. I think I got really lazy. No, I know I got really lazy. I hate to cook. I don't know if it's because I don't feel I have the time or if it's because I had to cook when I was a teenager because Mom worked outside the home. Either way, I hate to cook. My husband is a really great cook but low fat is not his style. That's another reason I'm fat. I love to eat his cooking! ARGH!!!!! This is frustrating! I've got to stop being lazy and start cooking healthier, lower fat meals. I'll never get below 200 if I don't.
All of that changed when my daughter found out that she was pregnant at the age of 18 and at the time was really mad at the baby's father. I sure didn't know what I was going to do. She was so scared. So was I. I never expected to become a grandmother at 43, but I wouldn't trade my granddaughter for anything. She's been an absolute joy! I can't imagine my life without her.
I've come to a realization. I'm getting lazy, fat, and old and I have to do something about it. A couple of weeks ago my husband and I have started going to the gym and working out. I've lost 3 pounds since we started! I weighed in at 215. I can't wait until I get below 200. It's been years since I've weighed less than 200. I don't like the way I look and feel. I'm posting a picture of me from this summer. I really don't like to have my picture taken. This is my incentive to keep on working out. I can't continue to be this way. It's not good for my health. I want to be able to keep up with my grandbabies when they are able to run around. I have to be ready to take them to the park and Six Flags and other places. I won't be able to do that like I am now. I want to be below 200 in 2 months. That's my first major hurdle. Wish me luck.