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Saturday, February 6, 2010

My Family Roots Run Deep .... Visiting My Ancestors One Cemetery to the Next part 1 Adam and Rachel Millsap Zion Colorado

Where are they buried? Where is the is the final resting place of my ancestors. My ancestors are buried across the United States. I want to visit them, to lay a flower on their grave and hopefully to let them know I am thinking of them and wondering about them. Who were they? What was their life like? Their loves and their dislikes. What was happening around them? How can I get to know them better. I hope by being able to visit their last resting place I will learn more about them and their time living and loving those around them.

Well if I was to plan a trip to see who could I find where would I start? First stop Craig, Colorado and the gravestones of my great grandparents Jonathan Adam and Rachel ( Millsap) Zion. This trip would take us 20 1/2 hours and 1236 miles from where I am today in Richmond, Texas.
Jonathan was born in Decatur, Iowa to John Henderson and Mary (Cassell) Zion in 1861.
Rachel was born to Flavious and Anna ( Woodmansee) Millsap April 19, 1862 in Mount Ayr, Ringgold county, Iowa. The years they were born the president of the United States was Abraham Lincoln and the United States was involved in a Civil War.

Adam and Rachel met and married in Iowa February 11th, 1886. <>

It was in Iowa where their five children were born. Perry the oldest is my grandfather on my dad's side. Perry was born 1886, Norton 1889, Mary Etta 1893, Anna Gertrude 1894 and Bessie 1898.

In 1902 they moved to Bemidji, Minnesota and two months later went to Wilton to homestead some land. For some reason they never finished this transaction and in 1906 to 1907 they moved to Burwell, Nebraska. It was in 1909 that they rented property in Custer, Colorado ( Sargent) near the line close to Taylor. There they worked and were active in Church. In the fall of 1915 a group of relatives went to Moffat county , Colorado to investigate the range homestead. They then moved in 1916 to Moffat county where he did homestead some land.

The picture below is of my great grandfather Adam , great grandmother Rachel. Their youngest daughter Bessie is seated between them. Back row left to right is my grandpa Perry, then Mary Etta, Norton and last is Gertrude.

My great grandfather was black smith by trade. He worked for twenty years doing this until the hard work finally wore his health down and he retired to the farm.
April 7, 1927 Adam passed away in Craig Colorado.
The last years of Rachel's life she lived in the state of Washington near her daughters Alta and Gertrude.
I am lucky to have a letter she wrote to my mother, father ( her grandson) and my grandma Day on November 23, 1943. She writes of not being able to be at my parents wedding and hoping they will come and visit in Washington where she will have a gift for them. Will not be expensive as she is not a rich woman. She talks about having five children, 30 grandchildren and 16 great grand children. It is so nice to have her handwriting and thoughts in pencil.

After her death on Mother's day 1945, she was returned to Craig to be buried next to Adam.

I was not born till 1948 so she never met me but I am pleased to have her letter, pictures of her and grandpa Adam and stories family members have passed down about them

Next stop Sterling , Logan Colorado . Total Travel Estimate: 5 hours 28 minutes / 321.87 miles timed by http://www.mapquest.com/ http://www.mapquest.com/maps? This is where my great aunt Mary Etta Zion Exley is buried. She is a sister of my grandpa Perry and one of my dad's aunts. http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Richmond&1s=TX&1y=US&1l=29.5819&1g=-95.760597&1v=CITY&2c=Craig&2s=CO&2y=US&2l=40.515301&2g=-107.545799&2v=CITY#b/maps/m:map:3:35.046124:-101.58203::::::1:1:::::::::/l:::Richmond:TX::US:29.5819:-95.760597:city::1:::/l:::Craig:CO::US:40.515301:-107.545799:city::1:::/l:::Sterling:CO::US:40.625599:-103.207199:city:Logan+County:1:::/io:1:::::f:en_US:M:/bl:/e

Thursday, February 4, 2010

7 Steps to Study Ancestral Places

This morning I read this article on line and wanted to not only print for future use and reading, but wanted to share with you. These are great ideas to help us go further in our family research. Just this week I have furthered my research by using some of these ideas.

7 Steps to Study Ancestral Places
By Rick Crume
Focusing not just on who your ancestors were, but also where they went, can give you a research advantage: You'll learn what records they might have generated and where those records are today.
In this article:
Using source guides
Consulting town and county networks
Searching the Web
Consulting maps
Identifying local histories
Locating local records
Networking with others
Sometimes genealogists give geography short shrift—we get so focused on finding names to add to our family trees, we forget ancestral places may hold clues, too. Focusing not just on who your ancestors were, but also where they went, can give you a research advantage: You'll learn what records they might have generated and where those records are today. You'll find Web sites with links to indexes, cemetery lists, maps and more. You might even get a look at the places your relatives lived and worked. So get ahead by using these seven steps to home in on your ancestors' hometowns.

Check place-based source guides.The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists (Family Tree Books) tells you when each US county began keeping various records and which offices have jurisdiction over them now. You also can turn to FamilySearch's Research Guidance for advice on researching in a particular place and time period. Pick a place (such as a state) and the type of record and time period you're researching. FamilySearch also has a series of excellent printable research outlines, which give you an overview of key records for each place.
Consult town and county networks.You can't beat the USGenWeb Project for information on county-level genealogy resources. Volunteers maintain county sites, so they vary in content but often include maps, details on the county's founding and formation, and contact information for courthouses, archives and libraries. The American History and Genealogy Project is similar to the USGenWeb Project, though newer and less comprehensive. Most counties have official Web sites with instructions for requesting copies of records. Find them by running a Web search for the county and state name, such as knox county illinois.
Scour the Web.Indexes, transcriptions and even digitized records from all over the United States and abroad are online. Start with the US index at Cyndi's List and Linkpendium. A search engine such as Google will turn up many more sites focusing on your ancestral hometowns. Try searching on a place and the word genealogy—for example,"blue earth county" minnesota genealogy—or on a place and a type of record, as in "ontario county" "new york" deeds. Use quotation marks to find exact phrases, and you don't have to capitalize proper names.
Pinpoint places on maps.It's important to know the county where your ancestors lived because many key genealogical sources, such as court, land and probate records, are usually kept there. You can use the RootsWeb County Finder [resources.rootsweb.com/USA] to identify the county a town or city is in. The US Board on Geographic Names has an even larger database, including places that no longer exist. County boundaries changed frequently as settlers moved in, so your ancestor's county might've changed even if he didn't move an inch. Records would be in whichever county had jurisdiction over his home at the time they were created. See US County Formation Maps 1643-Present and Historical County Lines.
Study area history.Town and county histories can tell you when the area was first settled and where the pioneers came from, which churches were close to your ancestor's home, and what your relatives' lives were like. You can simultaneously search the text of all 20,000 volumes in HeritageQuest Online, available through many subscribing libraries (ask if your library offers remote access).The BYU Family History Archive, another online collection of family and local histories, has more than 5,000 titles with more on the way, thanks to a partnership with the FHL and Indiana's Allen County Public Library. Look for actual paper-and-glue histories, too, at the local library and historical society, through Amazon.com and on eBay.
Check local records.Many of our ancestors owned property, left wills and got involved in court cases. Sometimes land, probate, court and other local records are the only evidence of our forebears' existence. Fortunately, more of those records are appearing online in the form of indexes, transcriptions and even digital images. But most local records aren't online yet, so turn to the Family History Library's worldwide microfilms, which you can through a branch Family History Center (FHC). To find records in the catalog, choose Place Search and enter the name of a town, county, state or country in the first box. Optionally, enter a larger geographic area in the second box; for instance, you might type chicago or cook in the first box and illinois in the second one. Then click on the correct place name in the list of matches. The next screen lists all the topics for the place you searched on—such as Biography, Cemeteries, Census, Church Records, Land and Property, and Vital Records.
Find other researchers.If you live far away from the places your ancestors called home, you might not know where cemeteries are located or whether gravestones have been transcribed. Perhaps you need help finding a place that's not on modern maps. Online mailing lists and message boards, such as Ancestry Community, GenForum and RootsWeb mailing lists, are ideal places to pose such questions. (Don't forget to search the archives to see if your question's been answered.) Genealogical and historical societies are also great sources for information on local family history resources. Many have message boards, newsletters with queries and regular meetings where you can get help in person.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Finding My Great Grandparents Arthur and Mabel Hall

Once again the Internet and emails to the rescue. Last week I wanted to see if I could find the gravestones at http://www.findagrave.com/ for my great grandparents Arthur and Mabel (Coleman) Hall to no avail.

My information had them buried at Crawford Nebraska but I could find no picture of their graves. I found contributors to the cemeteries in that area and sent off a couple of requests for help.

Yesterday I received an email giving me this web site http://nebraskagravestones.org/

and that I would find my family their at City Cemetery in Crawford.

One more piece of information to put into my family book.

One interesting piece of history of Crawford Nebraska can be found at their home page. They have put this bit of history there. " Established in 1886 as a new community along the Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley Railroad just outside the Fort Robinson military reservation, Crawford was named in honor of Captain Emmet Crawford, formerly stationed at the nearby post and who had just recently been killed by Mexican irregulars along the U. S. Mexico border. The town soon gained a reputation as the toughest in the west, with saloons outnumbering churches. The arrival of a second railroad , the Burlington Quincy line provided additional boost to the community.
My family history has that Arthur moved to Nebraska in 1898 and lived in Geneva and Taylor. They moved to Crawford in 1919. He passed away in June of that year of hardening of the arteries around the heart.