Although not Civil War related I have a hard hitting genealogy question for you!

Family history, genealogy, family research

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Have you ever been reading a fellow genealogist’s blog or maybe while surfing through Facebook or Twitter when you read where the author has either in their possession or recently received a “to-die-for” family heirloom? Like a Bible or photographs?

I’ll bet you have, haven’t you? It’s happened to me! As I read their account of this wonderful genealogical treasure arriving out of the blue there’s this tiny little voice at the back of my mind that whispers, “Oh man! How come I don’t get my great grandmother’s diary or a family photo album filled with ten generations of photos all identified!”

Now I know we all cheer when a genealogist is contacted by a previously unknown cousin through their blog. Especially when that distant cousin has info about the blogger’s direct ancestors. Lucky dogs! We smile and give them a Hooray! when they receive a package in the mail. One that contains oodles of handwritten family letters loaded with valuable family information or the afore mentioned Bible. We marvel at their luck! We thank the genealogy gods on their behalf and quickly check our inbox for a similar message. I also turn a couple shades of green. I know, I know. Not cool but I wonder, “When is it going to be me?”

Then another small voice (who seems to show up at these times of envy!) reminds me of all the valuable family heirlooms I already have. Like Continue reading

What’s the one word you need to remember in genealogy research?

Genealogy, Family history, family research

Nancy Estice Nance is the grandmother to my grandmother here, Flora A Nantz Frueh

If you happened to catch my blog post Sunday I played along with Randy Seaver‘s Saturday night Genealogy Fun. It was Ancestor Roulette and in a nut shell I randomly picked an ancestor and needed to state three facts I knew about them.

My gg grandmother Nancy Estice Nance was the ancestor that was chosen and beside her vital information I could only come up with two facts about her. I really felt I’d let her down. So I’ve spent my available time doing some online research about Nancy Estice Nance.

I did know that both Nancy and her husband, my gg grandfather James W. Nance were born in Ohio. They lived in Washington Township, Jackson County, Ohio. They were married 18 Sep 1859 and were the parents of my g grandfather William A. Nantz (not sure yet why the surname spelling changed in this generation) and both died in Van Wert County, Ohio.

So I launch my research from these facts. Of course they don’t show up in several census’ (when is this supposedly simple step ever easy?) So I browse through the entire 1860, 1870 and 1880 census Continue reading

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Nancy Estice Nance

Genealogy Circle LogoIt’s a quiet Sunday afternoon here and I decided to catch up on some of the genealogy blogs I follow. After reading only three I found two had participated in Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun on his blog Genea-Musings. It sounded pretty good so I decided to jump in. This week’s challenge was Ancestor Roulette.

These were Randy’s instructions:

1) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born? Divide this number by 100 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 ancestral name list (some people call it an “ahnentafel”). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the “roulette number.”

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook status or a Google Stream post, or as a comment on this blog post.

5) NOTE: If you do not have a person’s name for your “roulette number” then “spin” the wheel again – pick a great-grandmother, a grandfather, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, yourself, or even your children!

So here’s what I came up with: Continue reading