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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Wedding Picture of My Great Aunt Grace 1929



Today I wanted to show you a beautiful wedding picture I have of my great aunt Grace (Day )Gatzemeyer Crosby.
I do not have much information written down about her. What I do know for sure is she was born May 11Th 1900 to William Albert and Carrie ( Lockwood ) Day and died November 14, 1993.
She was the sister of my grandfather William on my mother's side.
What a pretty bride she was the day she married Lloyd Gatzemeyer, who I thinks first name was really Joseph according to the 1930 census. That is her sister Gladys as her bridesmaid. I am not sure of the groomsman name but may be one of her brothers either Bernard or Morris.
They were married about 1929. According to the census of 1930 They are 41 and 30 years old . The 1930 census asks age of first marriage and they give the age of 40 and 29. This tells me they had been married about a year.
The wedding dress and bridesmaid dress seem sheer and the hem lines end just above the knee. Her veil is floor length and also sheer. My great aunt Gladys is wearing a wonderful brimmed hat. The picture was take at the New Hennepin Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota .They never had any children. Not sure how the marriage ended yet.
I do know she married a second time to Carl Crosby but I do not think that marriage lasted real long. He died within a few years of their marriage.


I have memories as a child riding the train to Minneapolis with my Aunt Daisy, sister and cousin to visit Aunt Grace and Aunt Gladys. My aunt Daisy was close to them, so we went once every summer. Great memories.



Lesson for the Day BACK UP Files

Well I could cry, I was working my family research on http://www.ancestry.com/ last night. My plan for this last week and now starting on 2nd week is to work on my great grandfather Arthur Hall family. I had put in his brothers and sisters names into http://www.ancestry.com/ to see if I could find any information.
On my to do list I want to see if I have them in my family tree program. This morning I open up my family tree file. Nothing is left in my program except about 20 names. Some how when I was working on a part of my family I saved this information over my family tree program.
How did I do this I do not know but everything is gone. Over 10,000 names.
We pull out my family tree back up file and my CD drive is not working. Will not read the file. Hubby puts CD in to his CD drive. He can see that I have information on the CD but he does not have family tree down loaded on his computer so of course can not open.
What do I do? Take computer to Best Buy to see own much to fix my CD drive on a computer that is 4 years old? I know that I can not buy a new computer. I guess my plan is to see how much a CD player that I can plug into my computer cost. That is my first plan and then i will compare to getting my computer fixed. In the mean time I am sitting here very sad and wanting to cry.
So lesson is back up your files. I know I did not back up all the information I had on my family tree program, but there is a lot there.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Putting depth to the history of my Ancestor


I love searching around the Internet for anything relating to genealogy that I can add to my own research.
I am blogging and searching my great grandfather Arthur Reynolds Hall this week. He was my father's grandfather. He was born September 19, 1863 in Evansville Rock County, Wisconsin to George Wilbur and Louisa Marie( Reynolds) Hall
What was happening around this happy event in my ancestors family.
In my searching I found this site http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=870&o_iid=23560&o_lid=23560. From there I found the year in question.
this is copied from their site so not only can you read what happened but you also can have the link to more information.

The Year Was 1863
The year was 1863 and the U.S. was embroiled in the Civil War. Notable battles that year included those at Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga. One of the most well-known battles of the Civil War, 1-3 July 1863, the Union Army, led by General George G. Meade met General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Virginia at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to engage in one of the largest battles to ever take place on American soil involving more than 160,000 men.


The battle would result in more than 23,000 Union casualties and between 20,000 and 25,000 Confederate. Later that year, President Abraham Lincoln was invited to speak at the consecration of a cemetery where he would deliver his famous Gettysburg Address, on 19 November 1863.


Earlier that year, on 1 January, Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that all slaves held in Confederate states were to be free, and further declared that they “be received into the armed service of the United States.” Following this proclamation, the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer infantry became the first northern all-Black Union regiment.


Not all of the Civil War soldiers of 1863 were volunteers. In March of that year, the National Conscription Act began a draft registration for men between twenty and thirty-five. The conscription process allowed for wealthy men to hire substitutes or buy exemption for $300. The process angered those who couldn't afford to get out of service, and following the news of devastating casualties from Gettysburg, when a list of draftees was listed in New York papers, rioting ensued. Mobs attacked the armory and then took to the streets, targeting blacks and abolitionists in a horrific manner. Federal troops, many of them fresh from the fields of Gettysburg, had to be called in to quell the riots.


In partitioned Poland, Lithuania, and Belarus, another protest of a draft, in this case into the Russian Tsarist army, resulted in an insurrection known as the January Uprising. After the uprising failed, the Russian government executed hundreds, and more than 18,000 people were exiled to Siberia.


Another proclamation by President Lincoln would be of a more peaceful nature. On 3 October, he issued a proclamation calling for a national day of Thanksgiving to be held on the last Thursday of November. (The full-text of the proclamation appeared in the 13 October 1863 issue of the “Adams Sentinel,” which can be found on the blog entry for this article and in the Ancestry Historical Newspaper Collection. (Click on the newspaper image in the upper right corner to enlarge it.)
In other U.S. news in 1863, Arizona and Idaho were organized as U.S. territories, and West Virginia was admitted as the 35th state.


The International Committee of the Red Cross was founded in 1863, inspired by a book written by Henry Dunant, a Swiss man who had visited an Italian battlefield and asked “Would it not be possible, in time of peace and quiet, to form relief societies for the purpose of having care given to the wounded in wartime by zealous, devoted and thoroughly qualified volunteers?”
In London, crowds gathered in January hoping for a ride on the first underground train, a project aimed at cutting down on the congestion on London streets.


There is a printer friendly copy of this which I copied and put in my genealogy binder with his other information. As I am showing my grand children and others this book, not only are they looking at recording of births, deaths, children , the census reports and pictures of my great grandfather Arthur and family, there is history around this period of time for them to read.
An interesting foot note to me is less than one hundred miles away in Fon du lac, Wisconsin my great great grandfather John Lockwood was courting and soon would marry Betsey Jane Eddington on September 25th, 1963. John would enlist in the 2nd Calvary Wisconsin on August 29th, 1964 to join the war. John is an ancestor on my mother's side. http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Evansville&1s=WI&1y=US&1l=42.7803&1g=-89.299202&1v=CITY&2c=Fond+Du+Lac&2s=WI&2y=US&2l=43.773102&2g=-88.446899&2v=CITY. Of course there were no freeways or cars then. Wagons were the method of travel. Cars did not come till later.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Whats New at Ancestry.com

Just wanted to let you know some of the new things at www.ancestry.com. If you are a member of ancestry.com you can check out these links.

Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the Revolutionary War
Regiments and armories of Massachusetts: an historical narration of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, Vols. 1-2
Australian Convict Transportation Registers – First Fleet, 1787-1788
Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Second Fleet, 1789-1790
Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Third Fleet, 1791
Australian Convict Transportation Registers – Other Fleets & Ships, 1791-1868
Annual report of the Adjutant General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1863-1865



Has been really hot here in Texas the last few weeks so we pretty much stayed in on Sunday in the air conditioned apartment. The great thing about that is I just sat in front of the computer much of the day and searched on http://www.ancestry.com/ . I had been in contact with a distant cousin and she emailed me that she had posted pictures and information on my dad's side of the family. How fun is it to see a picture of a my great grandfather Adam and great grandmother Rachel in a wedding photo. They married in 1886. They are suppose to look like they are in a boat. How cute is that. His dream was to see the ocean before he passed away. They got as far as Colorado in their moves. He never made it to the ocean. When I spent 3 years in San Diego and would walk the beaches I would think about his wish and was glad I had made it there even for only three years.
Then there was the picture of my great great great grand father Bella Millsap that I saw for the first time . Sad thing it was a picture of him at the bed side of his second wife who had passed away. I can just feel the saddest in him. His first wife had died in 1835 so this picture is some time after that. I have not found the date of her death yet. Some say she died in 1838 at the age of 39 years. When you look at the picture she is not 39 years old. She is an old lady. That is why you never want to down load someone's information. I will take the hint and try to prove it but will want to find my own information if I can. I found so much more but will share that with you another night.
If you have not checked out www.ancestry.com give it a look. I love all that I have found. Sorry I put off joining till lately.