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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Plan of Action Investigate a Sibling or Cousin

My plan of action was to learn more about my Great grandfather Arthur R Hall. I have spent several hours on http://www.ancestory.com/ and have gathered the census for Arthur and his wife, and his daughters including my Grandma Alta.
I found a small genealogy book my aunt Alice wrote about the Hall family and learned some things about Arthur and on his father George. We will go into George at a later post.
Arthur was born in Evansville Wisconsin in 1805. His father was George and his mother was Louisa ( Reynolds ) Hall. As a child he attended school at Union Township Section 20 at the stone school house built in 187? He then attended and graduated from the Evansville Seminary in 1884. I have not found as of yet that he practiced in the ministry.
He helped build the third home, a 2 story house on his parents farm and at least 2 other that were similar about town.
He went on a adventure to Denver Colorado where he married Mable Jane Coleman August 28, 1891. I know nothing about their romance at this time. When did they meet and where. Did he visit Denver earlier and return to marry her or was living in Denver for a period of time part of the adventure.
After marrying the couple moved to Chicago, Illinois and lived there for seven years. ( Other records have it as 4 years so I am not sure.)
This would of been during the Chicago World's fair in 1893. I have in my possession a souvenir from that fair. This souvenir was passed down to me from my grandma Alta who was their daughter. I wonder if he help build this magnificent fair.
This was an exciting time in Chicago. I read the fiction / non fiction book " Devil in a White City " by Erik Larson http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/devilinthewhitecity/home.html. It was a great read about this time.
Arthur was a carpenter and fathered 3 daughters. They were living in Chicago when my grandma was conceived , she was born in Evansville Wisconsin. They must of gone there to visit family just before her birth. They returned to Chicago where the second daughter Mae Bell was born in 1895. In 1898 they moved to Nebraska and lived in Geneva where in 1901 the third daughter Pearl was born. They also lived in Taylor Nebraska for awhile. In 1919 they moved to Crawford Nebraska. While visiting his daughter Alta ( Hall ) Zion in Craig Colorado he passed away of hardening of the arteries around his heart.July 8 1919. He was returned to Crawford and buried. I am on a search for his grave. Notes on his wife my great grandma Mabel say that she died in Arkansas and she also was buried in Nebraska so they are probably together.
I need to get the census reports for Mabel (Coleman) Hall his wife, this hopefully will tell me where she was living shortly before they married. Was she in Chicago with her family during that period. But that is for another day in my search for my great grandfather Arthur Hall and my great grandma Mabel Coleman Hall.

More Best Web Sites 10 Best Web Sites to See Dead People

Here are a few more Best Web Sites that from family tree. This post has been taken from http://familytreemagazine.com/article/10-obituary-web-sites

Use these sites to find obituaries, cemeteries and other traces of your departed ancestors.
American Battle Monuments Commission If you have military ancestors buried in US cemeteries abroad, this is the place to find them. The site covers 24 overseas military cemeteries with almost 125,000 American war dead, plus Tablets of the Missing that memorialize more than 94,000 US servicemen and -women.
AncientFaces $ This collection of nearly 50,000 old family photos also offers family stories and recipes, plus Family Spaces Web pages on which to share them (starting at $29.95 a year).
Cemetery Surveys View nearly 240,000 burial records, many with photos of the actual headstones; the site is richest in coverage for the southeastern United States. You can even import your finds into Google Earth.
DeadFred $ A longtime favorite, this genealogy photo archive has helped more than 1,400 people reunite with pictures of their ancestors. It's free to search the archive of more than 92,000 records representing more than 16,000 surnames. Paying members ($19.95 a year) get customization options and enhanced photo posting.
Find a GraveThis simple-yet-powerful cemetery database has grown to more than 31 million grave transcriptions. You can search by name (with options for maiden names and partial surnames), birth date, death date or cemetery location, or browse a cemetery for people you think might be your ancestors. There's also a surname index and the Social Security Death Index. .. this is one site I have started searching and have now joined them as a find a grave member.
Interment.netThough smaller than Find a Grave, Interment.net is likewise worth a look—its user-submitted gravestone records cover cemeteries that no longer exist, along with graveyards beyond the United States. Special collections cover veterans' cemeteries, flooded cemeteries, California mission graveyards and Woodmen of the World burials.
Kentucky Historical Society In addition to a searchable catalog and digital collections, this handsome site serves up the Kentucky Cemetery Records Database—hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky, from urban cemeteries to rural plots.
MortalitySchedules.com Don't you just hate it when you find an inconsiderate ancestor who died right before the next census? Now you can track him or her with the help of this site: It provides free transcriptions of the 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 census mortality schedules, in which enumerators recorded information on all people who perished within the 12 months preceding the census.
Names in Stone $ Not nearly as data-rich—yet—as more established cemetery sites, this newcomer nonetheless has a great concept: You can search for a grave and get a map showing where it is in the cemetery and whose plots are nearby. Searching is free, and you get not only the information on a tombstone but also the grave's location, the cemetery name, a cemetery map, the address, GPS coordinates and driving directions. Paying members ($7.95 per month, $39.99 per year) can save searches and a "cemeteries of interest" list, get automated- search notifications and receive discounts on "virtual gravestone décor." Only about a dozen states are represented to date, but this one's worth watching.
Nationwide Gravesite LocatorThis Department of Veterans Affairs Web site—a domestic counterpart to the aforementioned American Battle Monuments Commission site—searches burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries and various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries. It also includes veterans buried in private cemeteries where the grave is marked with a government grave marker.
So many places to search for our information. Hope that you enjoy these sites and find something interesting in your own ancestor hunt.

Happy Fourth Of July Let Freedom Ring

I want to take this time to wish all of you a Happy Fourth of July. As I am spending time with my family today I will also be reflecting on all I am grateful for. I live in America the land of the free. I have the freedom to vote, the freedom to protest, the freedom of religion. My ancestors came here as early as the 1600's. I have found three direct grandfathers that fought in the American Revolution. My sweet late dad was in the Merchant Marines during World War 11. At one point during the war his ship torpedoed. Only one life was lost during that incident. My youth was spent during the Viet Nam War. I lost school mates to that terrible war. I know of Veterans who are still fighting that war within themselves. I have walked the Vietnam Memorial , touched the names and cried. May God Bless these men and women the ones still with us and the ones we have lost.

We are still at war and during the this holiday while we are spending time at picnics or other family doings we have soldiers in foreign lands who are in danger so we can still be free. Lets take some time today and every day to pray for them. To pray for their safety and for them to return home to their families alive.

Today I am sharing some pictures of my visit to the Statue of Liberty. This picture of the Statue of Liberty was taken on a trip to New York in 2000

Take care, Be safe and thank a member of the Armed Service for all they do. And while you are at it thank a police officer, fireman/woman

Friday, July 3, 2009

A Historical Cemetery in Rosenberg Texas McNabb Family

I am not sure what there is about people who love to wander the cemetery and look at grave stones of people who are not their own family but I am one of them. I of course love finding my own family's gravestones, but they are scattered across the United States and Europe.
I found this wonderful old cemetery here in Texas thanks to my brother in law Larry. He loves history and old cemeteries like I do. Part of this wonderful old cemetery there are a great number of historical grave stones.
It was quiet and peaceful there. The sky was blue and it was hot - to hot to be there, but I still I wandered and took pictures for a bit.
I had posted awhile back about the top ten genealogy sites and http://www.findagrave.com/ was one of them.
This is a wonderful site where people just like me who love to wander cemeteries can post information and pictures about the gravestones of the famous and the non famous just for the historical or genealogy fact. I can sit here in my home and visit http://www.findagrave.com/ and see the grave stone of my great grandfather Adam Zion in Colorado and someone else can see the gravestones I am posting tonight and the next few evenings at that site.
Tonight I posted the tombstones of a family. I have not been able to find any information on them on the Internet yet but here is the information from their gravestones.
As you are facing the head stones on the left hand side is Johnnie McNabb who was born September 21 1902 and who died January 8 1944. My question is was Johnnie a female or a male? Did they name females Johnnie in 1902 after a father named John.
The middle tombstone is much larger and is that of Alexander D McNabb who was born May 4 1854 and who died February 20 1911. Printed also on his stone is "Women of the World Memorial. " Makes me wonder why this printed on a man's headstone. The tombstone on the right side of Alexander is Charlien Gloyd McNabb who was born September 27 1868 and died June 12 1929. This was probably his wife. I wonder if Gloyd a maiden name or middle name.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Plan of Action Investigate a Sibling or Cousin

My plan of action for this next week is to find information on a sibling or cousin of one of my ancestors. We often can get tunnel vision in our search to find our ancestors, and we overlook extended family members.

So this week I will search for information on my great grandfather Arthur Hall who married Mabel Jane Coleman. I know so little about him. I hope to find more information by not only searching him but looking for information on his brothers and sisters.
This picture is of Arthur Hall and his wife Mabel Coleman Hall with their children Mae Belle, Alta Louise and Pearl Myrtle. Alta is my grandmother.

Lets see if I can find anything new on this family.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Find a Grave Web site From your Laptop

What a great site Find a Grave is .. found the grave stone of great great great grandfather McCormick Zion in Decatur, Iowa. Almost as great as seeing it in person. Will be putting it on my want to visit in person list.
Adam Zion was born January 22, 1795 North Fork Holston River Washington County Virginia and Died December 26, 1863 at the age of 67 years 11 months and 4 days.