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New: Custom Family Trees in a Modern Style

25 April 2013 Leave a comment
Typographic Family Tree in a modern style

Typographic Family Tree in a modern style for sale at my Etsy store

Today I created a new pedigree design.  The design and relations are completely typographic, and I think it gives it a very modern, trendy look.  I created two versions: the pedigree seen above, and the pedigree with children seen below.  I personally prefer the pedigree without children as I think it’s a more attractive looking print, but I have a feeling the one with children will be more popular.

I have set up an Etsy shop where I will create a pedigree of your choice using the template I created.  Head over and check it out!  I’ll be creating more designs and adding them as I go.

Typographic Family Tree with Children in a modern style

Typographic Family Tree with Children in a modern style

Colorful circules pedigree

Colorful circles pedigree

Deciphering Old German Writing

26 September 2012 1 comment

One thing that I learned to do that always amazes people is to read these old church records written in German, but in a handwriting that no modern-day German speaker I’ve met can decipher–all while never taking any lessons in German or understanding a word of it.  Let me provide the world with the links that helped me figure out what the heck these records were saying.

First off, the Kurrent script examples at AustrianFamilyHistory.org are absolutely incredible.  Start there.  Of course, once you look at more than one town’s church book, you’ll see the vast difference in handwriting between peoples, but one great thing the author does is separate the samples by time periods.  For me, the most incredibly helpful page continues to be the Kurrent Alphabet Samples.  I’ll usually have this open in a window while I’ll be looking at records.  It shows multiple variations of how a single letter could be written (depending on the penmanship, where the letter was in the word, etc).  It’s invaluable.

Second, as if deciphering what the words were wasn’t hard enough, you then had to figure out what they meant!  In the case of the occupations, this could really be tough.  For this, I used a few different resources.  The first was Google translate.  Sadly, that rarely worked.  There were a few pages that I had to sort through to try to find the professions listed, or similar/root words listed (because the spelling back then wasn’t the greatest): European Roots Genealogy’s List of Old German Professions, Old German Professions and Trade Names, and finally, if it wasn’t listed on any of those, FamilySearch’s German Word List.

But, if anyone wants to take a stab at this one from last year, I’d love you forever!

Jacob Quirin, der Junge__, Britzon Quirin, alhier burger, und ___ kirchencensor alhier, ehel. sohn; __
jungfer, Anna Catharina, c__: be___ Schaffer, gr____ ____ alhier ____ ehel. tochter

Translation:
Jacob Quirin, the young__, Britz Quirin, citizen of here, and ____ church censor of here, legitimate son; (married?)
young girl, Anna Catharina, ___: ___ Schaffer, ___ of here, legitimate daughter.

An example of why not to only use indexes for genealogy

6 March 2012 Leave a comment

Ancestry.com has an entry for a William H Moore who died at age 85 on 14 February 1898 in New York City. When I first saw this a few months ago, I was so excited. This must be my William H Moore, I thought. The birth dates line up, after all.

Using the information provided by Ancestry, I ordered a copy of the death certificate from the NYC archives. I was so disappointed when I received it–it couldn’t be my William H Moore. I quietly filed it away and moved on.

I was searching on Ancestry recently, and noticed that many people are attributing this record to my William H Moore. This is simply not true, so let me set the record straight.

My William H Moore was born sometime between 1812 and 1815 in New York. He married a Julia, and they lived in Genoa, Cayuga County and Lansing, Tompkins County. They had the following children:

  • Grayson R. Moore (b 1848)
  • Odell D. Moore (b 1851)
  • Harry W. Moore (b 1853, d 1920)
  • Anna J. Moore (b 1855)
  • Hattie R. Moore (b 1857)
  • Isaac R Moore (b 1860)
  • John R. Moore (b 1862)
  • Julia R. Moore (b 1863)
  • Wilson F. Moore (b 1866)
  • Frederick Moore (b 1868)
  • William Moore (b 1868)

This William H Moore did NOT die February 14, 1898 in New York City.

William Henry Moore died February 14, 1898 at age 85 years old. He was white, a widower, retired, and born in New Jersey. He had lived in New York City for 50 years. His father’s name was Alexander Moore, who was born in New Jersey. His mother was Elizabeth Moore, who was also born in New Jersey. He died at 341 Broome Street (a hotel), where he lived.

This could not be the William H Moore who lived in Genoa and Lansing, because the William H Moore who died in NYC had lived there for 50 years. Even if that was an exaggeration, in the 1880 census, the William H Moore I’m interested in lived in Lansing, so the longest he could have lived in NYC would have been 18 years, which is hard to confuse with fifty years.

When you go soley by the index, you miss important information and misattribute information. Everyone has been guilty of it at one point or another, but with the internet the way it is, once you put something out there, it’s out there forever, and it gets spread around until it’s taken as fact. I am sure that many people will copy the false information from the member trees, and almost none of those people will ever read this, but it should be put out there.

Is this man George Burton Dyer?

3 January 2012 2 comments

I found a photo of the Oneida Independent Cavalry men at leisure while stationed at Petersburg, Virginia sometime between June 1864 and April 1865 in the Library of Congress.  My ancestor, George Burton Dyer, was a member of this company, so I zoomed in and took a look at the faces, and found a person who does resemble him, but I can’t be sure.

So, is the person on the left the same as the person on the right?

I’m not sure.  When I showed my mom, she said that the guy on the left has an “Irish nose” (hadn’t heard that description before) and the guy on the right has a nose like my dad’s.  I don’t see anything in the nose that makes it obvious one way or the other.

Others who would have been in the Oneida Independent Cavalry at the time:

  • George W Bedell, first sergeant, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • James H Biddle, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • William R Biddle, sergeant, mustered out December 4, 1864
  • Joseph G Bird, private, mustered out June 2, 1865
  • Joshua N Blenis, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Warren H Boles, private, mustered out June 12, 1865
  • Addison G Bonney, sergeant, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Charles F Bort, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Jacob M Bower, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • John H Brogan, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Timothy Burk, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Charles Bushyby, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Michael Byrne, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Byrne, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Dwight Chapin, quartermaster-sergeant, mustered out September 3, 1864
  • John G Chapman, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Almond Lucern Clark, non-commissioned second lieutenant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Zeno Clark, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Dennis Clary, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas B Coonan, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Edward H Cummings, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Cornelius Daly, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Francis A Darling, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • George E Davis, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Milton Dennison, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Sanford Deyo, private, expired September 3, 1864
  • Henry P Dezard, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Isaac Dickinson, wagoner, mustered out June 17, 1865
  • George B Dyer, first sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Dygert, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Gilbert Ellis, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Michael Ernenwein, farrier & blacksmith but reduced, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Andrew Farrington, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • James Fleming, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Newton France, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Alvin T Gay, private, mustered out June 12, 1865
  • Elisha Gay, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Michael Gleason, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Sanford Gotham, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Warren A Griswold, private, mustered out May 6, 1965
  • Martin M Haley, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Haley, private, deserted June 12, 1865
  • Chauncey Hill, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Henry J Holme, private, mustered out October 23, 1864
  • Martin Hoolahan, private, died August 10, 1864
  • Phillip Hopple, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Samuel F Hough, private, mustered out June 9, 1865
  • Henry J Howe, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Watkins A Hughes, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • James E Jenkins, non-commissioned captain, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Albert B Johnson, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • James Kennedy, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Warren H Kenyon, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Joseph Knittel, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Henwick Kounen, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • James Lane, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Burton Lawton, private, mustered out June 2, 1865
  • John Leonard, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Charles H Loomis, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • John Lucy, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Daniel P Mann, non-commissioned captain, mustered out December 10, 1864
  • Henry Marshal, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Riley Marshall, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Charles J Martin, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Hiram May, private, “sick” on muster roll of June 13, 1865
  • Charles Miller, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Robert Miller, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • William Miller, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Charles H Miner, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Freet Miner, quartermaster-sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Leonard Morse, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Orin W Mowry, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Robert Murfitt, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Peter Nevin, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Charles H Nicholson, corporal, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Peter Nodecker, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Gilbert W Palmer, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • William H Parker, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • James L Pease, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Warren Penfield, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Henry D Perkins, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Eugene M Perry, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Rensalaer Phillips, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas E Randall, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • William F Reed, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Hamilton Rhodes, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Francis G Rice, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • James Rice, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Peter Rice, Jr, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Rockford, private, died September 19, 1864
  • Thomas Rowan, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • William Schafer, farrier and blacksmith, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Henry A J Sexton, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Alonzo Sherwin, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Abraham Simmons, Jr, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Abraham Simmons, Sr, saddler, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Jacob van R Simmons, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Thomas Skulley, private, transferred to VRC December 22, 1864
  • Edgar H Spencer, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Miles D Spencer, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Albert Stevens, Jr, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Franklin Stewart, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Robert Sweeney, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • R Eugene Turner, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Frank Vane, non-commissioned first lieutenant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Louis Vanderwarker, corporal, mustered out October 25, 1864
  • Andrew Veling, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Dony Veling, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Jacob Veling, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • John E Vickerman, private, mustered out October 25, 1864
  • Thomas E Vischer, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • George Walker, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • Hiram N Warren, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Delevan B Way, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Millard Way, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Thomas Weilman, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • Charles F Welton, private, mustered out May 30, 1865
  • Albert H Wells, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Benjamin Y Wells, private, mustered out September 14, 1864
  • George H Wells, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Emory J West, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • Robert Williams, private, mustered out May 18, 1865
  • William W Williams, sergeant, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • James Winton, private, mustered out with company June 13, 1865
  • William R P Woodruff, private, mustered out June 29, 1865

Sorting Through Early Lowthers in County Mayo

23 December 2011 Leave a comment

There were two Lowthers mentioned in Griffith’s Valuation in Ballysakeery, Co. Mayo in 1857: Andrew Lowther and Patrick Lowther. When comparing with vital and parish records, these appear to be:

  1. Andrew Lowther
    born about 1818
    married Judy Munnely before 1845
    died 1893 in Rathglass as a widower
  2. Patrick Lowther
    born about 1820
    married Babby Monly before 1855
    died 1880 in Rathglass as a widower

(You can view the listing of children in an earlier post.)

However, I think that there is good evidence of at least a third male Lowther at this time.

The first clue is in the baptism of Patrick Lother, son of Andrew Lother, in 1856. One of the witnesses was Michael Lother. It seems unlikely that Michael Lother (husband of Bridget Cawley) would be the witness, as he was only 15 years old at the time. This alone brings up the question of another Michael Lother and his relation.

The second clue has to do with the death records of Lothers. When they died, both Patrick and Andrew Lowther were widowers. Another death record exists for Julia Lowther. This Julia was born around 1826 and died in 1886. When she died, she was a farmer’s widow and her son Andrew Lowther was the witness. Julia could not have been married to either Andrew or Patrick Lowther because they had all been widowed.

It is my belief that Julia Lowther was the wife of Michael Lowther.

Julia’s son Andrew Lowther was probably the Andrew Lowther born about 1856 in Mayo according to the 1901 census. This is the only Andrew to have children recorded by 1886.

I think that Michael Lowther (husband of Bridget Cawley) was likely the son of Michael Lowther and Julia, and the brother of Andrew Lowther. An Andrew Lother was a witness for half of Michael Lowther’s children’s baptisms. It would make more sense that a brother or a father than an uncle. Andrew Lother is most likely not the son of Andrew Lother (husband of Judy Munnely) because Andrew & Judy’s son Patrick was born in 1856 and his birth/baptism recorded, but Andrew Lother (husband of Bridget) was born about the same time and not recorded, but it is a possibility.

An Anne Lowther was the daughter of a Julia, but the record lacks the year. It could have been the Ann Lother who married Francis Craig, as a Pat Creig and a Mary Creig witnessed Penelope Lowther (daughter of Michael Lowther and Bridget Cawley). Craig was a popular surname in the area, so it could also be that it’s a neighbor, a friend, or a sister and brother-in-law, but it’s unknown.

For more details, view the sources
Birth records from Roots Ireland
Census from National Archives (Ireland)

Family of Martin James Lowther: Finding the Co. Mayo links of Irish immigrants

23 December 2011 13 comments

The Lowthers have been my latest obsession. I can’t believe that I can find records for ancestors of mine in Ireland–I thought it was almost a lost cause. And yet, because of how few Lowthers there are in County Mayo, I’ve been able to figure out my ancestors a bit.

My immigrant ancestor is Martin James Lowther, who I knew had lived in the Bronx, New York, and who had emigrated from County Mayo. I had found his US census records, and I found his name on a ship passenger list from 11 Mar 1900. The ship passenger list is what really helped. It gave me his age as 23 and a last residence of Ballina. It also gave the address of the relative he was going to join–his brother-in-law Patt Gillespie at 12 Lexington Ave, New York City. Even more interestingly, a James Cawley was listed three lines down. He was also from Ballina, and was joining his cousin Mrs. Gillespie at 1512 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn. After going through the census records, I was able to find A Patrick & Mary Gillespie living at 1512 Lexington Avenue in 1900 (and 1514 Lexington in 1910 and 1508 Lexington in 1920).

So, Mary and Martin were brother and sister and had a cousin named Cawley. I found a ship passenger list from 25 Mar 1893 that has a Mary Lother (age 20) emigrating to New York from Ballina, which lines up with the census records. With Martin Lowther and James Cawley going to join Mary Lowther, I figured that there would be other family members who would also be visiting or joining Mary Lowther. An Ann Lowther was on two ship passenger lists but crossed out. The 9 May 1898 list has Annie Lowther (age 20) visiting her sister, Mrs. Gillespie, at 102 East 102nd Street, NYC. The 20 May 1898 list has Ann Lowther (age 20) visiting her sister, Mrs. Gillespie, at 102 East 102nd Street, NYC. On 19 Sep 1906, Annie Lowther (age 24) and Lizzie Lowther (age 18) from Rathglass were on a ship list to visit their sister Mrs. Gillespie at 1512 Lexington Avenue, NYC.

At any rate, this led me to baptismal records and civil birth registrations. Although I found records for a Martin Lother, an Ann Lother, a Mary Lother, and an Elizabeth Lother as children of a Michael Lother and Bridget Cawley, the dates did not match up with census records or the WWI draft registration of Martin James Lowther. But then, I found a census record from 1901 of the family. The ages don’t match up exactly with the registration & baptism dates, but it is clearly the same family–which makes me confident that the Lowthers who followed Mary Lowther were all the children of Michael Lowther and Bridget Cawley.

Children of Michael Lowther and Bridget Cawley

Witnesses
Mary Lother 1872 Rathglass
Catherine Lother 1874 Andrew Lother, Catherine Huston
Martin Lother 1876 Rathglass Patt Lother, Mary Lother
Ann Lother 1878 Rathglass Andy Lother, Mary Walsh
Bridget Lother 1882 Rathglass Patt Lother, Julia Lother, Catherine Cawley (Grandmother)
Michael Lother 1885 Rathglass
Elizabeth Lother 1888 Rathglass Andrew Lother, Bridget Rape
Penelope Lother 1891 Pat Creig, Mary Creig

For more details, view the sources
Birth records from Roots Ireland
Ship passenger lists & US census from Ancestry.com‘s National Archives (USA) collections
Census from National Archives (Ireland)

Lowthers from Connors Genealogy

22 December 2011 2 comments

I went through the great transcription of the Ballysakerry Roman Catholic parish records ranging from 1845 to 1896 over at Connors Genealogy. These are not the complete records, but they were a great jumping off point.

Andrew Lother married Judy Munnely before 1845. They had:

  • Bridget Lother, 12 Oct 1845
  • Patrick Lother, 11 May 1856

Patrick Lother married Babby Monly before 1855. They had:

  • Elizabeth Lother, 15 Aug 1855

Bridget Lother married John Foody on 24 Jun 1865. In various transcriptions, he is listed as John Foody or John Hoody or even John Swift. They had:

  • Bridget Foody, 8 Dec 1866

Ann Lother married Francis Craig on 7 Feb 1867. They had:

  • Bridget Craig, 2 Feb 1868
  • John Craig, 21 May 1870
  • Mary Craig, 25 Feb 1872
  • Patrick Craig, 28 Feb 1875
  • Catherine Craig, 27 Mar 1877
  • Nabby Craig, 13 July 1879 (aka Sabina Craig)

Anna Lother married Thomas McNulty on 5 Feb 1870. They had:

  • John McNulty, 27 July 1871
  • Michael McNulty, 19 Sep 1873
  • Thomas McNulty, 5 Feb 1879

Michael Lother married Bridget Cawley on 1 Jun 1871. They had:

  • Catherine Lother, 17 Nov 1874
  • Martin Lother, 3 Nov 1875
  • Ann Lother, 22 Nov 1878
  • Bridget Lohter, 7 May 1882

Elizabeth Lother married Francis O’Boyle on 15 Jul 1879.

Maria Lother married Richard McAndrew on 7 Feb 1880.

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