Only 15% found

I recently read a post on a facebook genealogy group about calculating the percentage of your ancestors that you have found. Essentially, you have a possible total of 1022 ancestors beginning with your parents through your 7th great-grandparents. Of course, I then had to go through and identify how many I have found so far. … Read more

Indiana Records on Ancestry

Earlier this month Ancestry added some juicy records for Indiana Researchers. Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificate databases went online. These include: “Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011”; “Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940”; and “Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1958-2005.” This is a great feast for anyone researching in the Hoosier State! I’ve taken my first stab at creating an Evidence … Read more

Time flies

Well, so much for posting once a week. I’m about 3 weeks late. No particular cause. Just a little bit of time wasting. Updated my laptop to Windows 10. That is not my main machine, so I decided to install Windows 10 to have a look at it before deciding whether to upgrade my desktop … Read more

52:6 Finding John Albright (Beggrow -> Martin -> Albright)

Today’s post will be a little different. Instead of posting a narrative comprised of facts from my database (RootsMagic) I will be explaining how I finally found my 4xgreat-grandfather in the 1880 U.S. Census. I had searched for him on and off for several years, but never managed to find him. It turns out there was a very simple reason for that. Instead I found him the hard way, by tracing other family members. Either way, at least I have him…even if he is still a brick wall for me…for now.

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52:5 Thomas Smith McClish

So far, I have concentrated on my paternal line. In the interests of not letting my mother get too jealous, today I am posting about her grandfather. Thomas Smith McClish is the son of Frederick McClish and Annie Smith. He was born in November 1894 and is a twin. He completed the 8th grade and then worked for his father and older brother on their farms. From July 1918 to July 1919, he served in the Army (American Expeditionary Forces) during the latter stages of WW1.

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52:4 John Hunter #2 (1788-1846)

I’ve previously mentioned that the Hunter family has a tradition of being stone masons. John Hunter (1813-1883) was a stone mason/brick mason as was his father and a few of his brothers. However, another interesting tidbit about this family is that there seems to be 3 straight generations of John Hunters who married women named Elizabeth. John Hunter (1813-1883) married Elizabeth Wardell. John Hunter (1788-1846) married Elisabeth Parks. And John Hunter (1760-1839) married Elizabeth Consitt. Today, here is some information on John Hunter #2 (1788-1846).¬†

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52:3 John Hunter

John Hunter is my 3xGreat-grandfather. He was born in Yorkshire, England and the family had a history of being stone masons. ¬†While John listed several occupations throughout his life (he owned a mill at one point, was a farmer, and even a “publican”), his primary occupation was that of stone mason (and later, in the US, brick maker). The family immigrated in 1853 with the exception of John’s oldest son, who remained in Yorkshire. John and his family initially settled in Ohio, near several brothers of his wife, Elizabeth Wardell. Between 1857 and about 1862, the Hunter family, including grown sons, all moved to Greene County, Indiana, following their daughter Mary Hunter and her husband George Adamson. Here is the outline of John Hunter.

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