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52 Weeks Of Personal Genealogy History

Friday, January 20, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy - Week 3 Free Online Genealogy Tools

Week 3 – Free Online Genealogy Tools: Free online genealogy tools are like gifts from above. Which ones are you most thankful for? How has it helped your family history experience.

What is FREE Online Genealogy tools to use to help with my family research. There is  Roots Web which is part of Ancestry hopefully it will stay free. Then there is the LDS Family research .
My favorite place is the Duluth down town library. I do not spend enough time there but when I go I enjoy myself so much. I could get lost in the research area.
They have the local newspaper that dates back into the 1800's and I have been able to find information on the death of my great great uncle George Day in 1928. That is a story I have started here but it needs further telling. The question is do you share what was never told to you?  Do you share the full story ?

The library research room is better than a candy store. No calories but full of goodies. Shelves and shelves of books.
We also have a LDS Family History Center here in Duluth. I have not taken advantage of this as of yet. Went to one genealogy meeting there and looked around. With the Internet I do not take advatage of these free sites enough. One of my goals will be this year to change that habit.
Our local Genealogical Society meets on Monday nights and this is not a good night for me.

Thanks for stopping by, take a moment and read some of my previous postings. If you think we may be related some how I would love to hear from you. Grace

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Much of the information I have on my great great grandpa George Hall is from his obituary.
In 1864 he disposed of the grocery stock and rented a farm which he operated for a year and then purchased eighty acres of land on Sec 19, Union Twp with a small log cabin upon it, but soon replaced it with a small frame building and that in 1885 was replaced by his present commodious residence. On the 29th day of November 1860, he was married to Miss Louisa Reynolds, who is now his widow. This union was blessed with six children five of who are now living.Arthur, Florence, Mark, George and Agnes.

The year is 1864 and grandpa George has decided to no longer be in the grocery business with his brother in law Stephen Fairbanks who was married to his sister Maria.  For one year he rents a farm but then decides he wants his own piece of property. He buys eighty acres of land on Sec 19 Union Township in Janesville Wisconsin. On this land is just a log cabin that he moves his family into, soon he replaces it with a small frame home. They live here for some years making it their home until in 1885 he built his larger home.

The living quarters of the log cabin was probably one room with a dirt floor. Later they may have covered the dirt with a type of varnished cloth. This was probably windowless and grandma would of labored all day using a coal oil lamp and candlelight.  The room was probably hazy with smoke because the stone chimney drew poorly and fireplaces rarely had dampers.

The so called kitchen probably occupied one corner next to the fireplace. There were crude open shelves and a rough trough like box that would of been the sink. It of course had no drain. They would of carried water in and out in wooden buckets and would of used a basin and pitcher to wash up. There was a rain barrel under the cabin eaves to collect water when the spring ran dry in the summer. Refridgeration was either a wooden box or rock housing built over a stream or spring that would allow the crocks of milk and butter to sit in cool water during the summer.

Cooking was in an open hearth fireplace that permitted boiling, roasting, baking and steaming. Grandma Louisa's cookware would of consisted of a few different sized kettles, a dutch oven and a long handled fry pan, an iron griddle and a tea kettle. The iron utensils were skewers, a spit, trivets and a long handled spoon.

I am guessing that one of their meals would of been dandelion Greens and potatoes cooked with salt pork in a big kettle with water added.

Living in this small log cabin is George and Louisa. Louisa had a son Charles who is born on the 12th of June 1862 in Rock County Wisconsin and sadly passes away on the 1st of May 1863. At that time Louisa is pregnant with my great grandfather Arthur and he was born on the 19th of September 1863.
Daughter Florence is born the 28th of February 1865, Mark on the 23rd of May 1867, George on the 11th of May 1869 and Agnes in September 1871.

They are all living in this small frame home until George builds the larger home in 1885.
Family records are that his political sentiments were a supporter of the Republican party and favors the adoption of prohibition principles.

Step by step I am writing my family history. This is the start of my great great grandfather George Hall. As I write pieces of his history I can put it together piece by piece till I am telling what I hope is his story.  Grace

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


On or about the last days something happened in my family. Either there was the happiness of a birth like
Michael Cassell was born in 1763 on the 14th of January.
Anna Smith was born in 1807 on the 16th of this month or the sadness of a death in the family.
Sally Grimes passed away on the 17th of this month in 1873.

Michael Cassell was born in Augusta, Washington, Virginia to Abraham and Martha Flinner Cassell.
He married Mary Fleenor and had eleven children. He died on the 9th of August in 1847. Michael is my 4th great grandfather on my father's side of the family.

Anna Smith was born in Rome, New York parents unknown at this time. She married Alfred Day and is my 3rd great grandmother on my mother's side. She had 4 children with Alfred. She passed away some time in the 1830's date unknown at this time.

Sally Grimes is my 3rd great grandmother on my father's side. She was born on the 18th of November in 1800 in New Hampshire to Nathan Grimes and Hepsibeth Lovejoy. She married John Hall Jr and had 7 children. On the 17th of January in 1873 she passed away.

Thanks for stopping by, if you think you may be related to any of these people please let me know. Grace

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

AMANUENSIS MONDAY 08 Sudden and Sorrowful GEORGE HALL of Janesville Wisconsin Dies of Sun Stroke

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog) started his own Monday blog theme many months ago called Amanuensis Monday.What does "amanuensis" mean?John offers this definition:"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

Amanuensis Monday Sudden and Sorrowful George Hall of Wisconsin Dies of Sun Stroke.

I found two newspaper obits on ancestery recently. I already knew some of this information about my great great grandfather George Hall but gained more information from these newspaper articles.

August 2nd from the Eveansville Weekly review
Died of Sun Stroke George Hall
The funeral of Mr. George Hall who died of sun stroke Wednesday July 29, 1892 was held at his late residence, near Evansville, Saturday at half past ten o'clock am services by Rev J E Coleman of the Evansville Seminary. Mr Hall was in town Wednesday, apparently in his usual health, and saying as he left that he must hurry home for he had two loads of hay to get in that afternoon. Having completed his work and helping the boys drive out some cattle that had broken into the lot, he sat down a few moments in the barn to rest before going into the house, and on rising walked a short distance, and after speaking a few words to the boys in relation to the cattle, fell unconsciously to the ground He was carried into the house and Dr. Spencer sent for. The doctor found his patient , as he hope, not in a comatose condition, not feeling satisfied in his own mind had Dr. T F Stair called, but it was soon found that the vital spark had forever gone.

Mr Hall was an early citizen coming here some years ago and going into the grocery business with Mr. Stephen Fairbanks whose wife was Mr. Halls sister. Mr Hall leaves beside his wife, three sons, Arthur, Mark and George, and two daughters, Florence and Agnes. His age was 60 years. Mr. hall was an excellant citizen and a forehanded farmer.

Sudden and Sorrowful from the Enterprise Evansville Wisconsin 5th of August 1892

Considerable excitement prevailed in our little city Friday morning over the sudden death the previous evening of Mr Geo Hall, residing on a farm about two miles west.  He was assisting in haying in his field when some stock broke into his enclosure and he helped to get them out, which over heated him, but he returned to the the barn in which he fell dead about 4 o clock P M.  Dr Spencer was with him all night, as well as neighbors and friends, using every effort possible for the unfortunate man's recovery, but all was of no avail. Dr. Stair was sent for Fri. morning, but he says that Mr. Hall was dead before he got there and he thinks he fell dead at first. The deceased was born in Hardwick, Vermont ( newspaper reported New Hampshire in error) on June 13, 1832, was the third of a family of seven children. When but six years old his father died, and two years later he went to live with an aunt, his mother's sister, where he remained until 1846 at that time he went to reside with his uncle Isaac Hall. In January 1856, he emigrated to Madison, Wisconsin, where he resided until the fall of 1860 when he came to this place and entered into the grocery business.  In 1864 he disposed of the grocery stock and rented a farm which he operated for a year and then purchased eighty acres of land on Sec 19, Union Twp with a small log cabin upon it, but soon replaced it with a small frame building and that in 1885 was replaced by his present commodious residence.  On the 29th day of November 1860, he was married to Miss Louisa Reynolds, who is now his widow.  This union was blessed with six children five of who are now living.Arthur, Florence, Mark, George and Agnes.

Mr and Mrs Hall have always ranked amongst our best and most honored citizens as well as their family. He was one of the self made men of this community, reared without the guiding council of a father, he started out in life with a cash capital of $100 and from such a beginning has become one of our most well to do farmers,and his sudden death caused many sad feelings to many hearts.  A large number of relatives and friends gathered at the house on Saturday, July 30th, 1892, to listen to the last sad rites perforned over the remains by Rev. J E Coleman, and the interment was made in the Evansville cemetery.

So much can be found in a persons orbituary and can be a great find. Newspapers can make mistakes as the state my grandfather was born, but in all is a wonderful source of family history.

Thanks for stopping by, if you find someone you think you are related to, I would love to hear from you. Grace