I’m going to combine two weeks with this post for #52ancestors. This will get me caught up! Also, I’m not sure I have a lot to say about either topic.
Week 6 – Surprise
I’m not sure there’s been anything too surprising for me. Maybe that’s the surprise? I haven’t found anything that I don’t feel like others have found in researching. One gentleman killed his father-in-law – it’s a story, there are newspaper articles. There’s also a disappearance and discovering the body – again, a story and articles. My DNA results were surprisingly boring as well – just what I’d have thought from what I already knew. *shrugs* I guess I’m just really typical American.
Week 7 – Love
I know one thing I’d love is to visit places my ancestors lived. My Worsham ancestors in Virginia and England. (Okay, I’d love to visit Rhodt, Germany and Rodez, France, too!) I’d also love to find the court records for the two gentlemen’s cases I mentioned above to know more about what happened. And love number three is more information on the bank or grocery store my Cook ancestors owned.
If you’ve done genealogy or any kind of family research, what’s been a surprise or something you’ve loved?
So I’ve talked about libraries and databases before. But this week I want to share what I love about the ones I frequent!
I LOVE that my local branch of the library is right near by! We can run over on a Saturday to check out books. Internet out? Stop by and use the computers there! I have two routes home from work and one of them makes it actually on my way home.
I live and work in Cobb County, Georgia. The main branch of our libraries is named Switzer. They have what’s called the Georgia Room. That’s the genealogy and family history treasure trove! I recently found a book there on the parish my ancestors lived in just browsing the shelves.
I also LOVE when I can make it to the Georgia Archives! Okay, so technically they’re not a library but they have books and that’s close enough! The ladies in the research room are so nice and helpful. If you’re in the area of Morrow, Georgia, you might want to keep an eye out for any Saturday tours coming up. They had them once a month this past year for their anniversary and they were incredibly interesting. This year, I think they’re moving to just quarterly. Definitely check them out online! They have a Facebook page AND Virtual Vault.
So #52Ancestors challenge, week 4. I’m not sure who I’d want to meet. Not without just saying all of them! I probably have a question I want to ask any one of them if I had the chance.
So I guess I’d want to start with my great grandparents – Thomas Edgar Wishum (“Granddaddy Buddy” as we called him), Mary Lizzie (probably Mary Elizabeth) Massey (“Grandma Lizzie”), James Benjamin Waters (“Granpa Waters”), Willie Odessa Nipper (“Grandma Dessa”), Harry Thomas Stone (“Granpa Harry”), Eunice Irene McDonald (“Nana” as we called her), Toombs Haywood Kimbrough (“Granpa Toombs”), Madge Elizabeth Cook (“Gunga” as we called her), and Una Bollinger (“Grandma Una”).
Of all of those, I only met Granddaddy Buddy, Nana, and Gunga. I only met Granddaddy Buddy a time or two since he passed away when I was young. But I knew Gunga and Nana fairly well.
I’d want to know what my grandparents were like. What were their own lives like as well? What about their parents?
Yep, start with them and work back meeting and getting to know them all! Oh the stories I’m sure they’d tell!
So week 2 of #52ancestors with Amy Johnson Crow is on a challenge – or I guess challenges. Mine was an easy decision! I’ve written on him before, so feel free to “click pause” here and read what I wrote before about Granpa Jack.
So let me explain the challenge I’ve found with Granpa Jack. Namely, I can verify his Civil War involvement. By process of elimination, I think I’ve found the one that’s him in records (like from Fold3, etc.), but nothing outright tells me it’s him. There’s no wife, parent, or brother listed in the records for the Civil War that I can find. Now, I’ve been able to eliminate some of the others when I search for John Worsham by items I see in their records.
I’d have to double check again, but I think I found Civil War Pension records for him that do give enough information to believe it’s him. The problem with that is that I don’t think it actually says his unit, etc. This is probably what led me to the “process of elimination” I did.
The ladies at the Georgia State Archives research room are fantastic! One of the nice ladies introduced me to the Salt List. That’s the list of those who received salt during the war. Salt was still important in those days for preservation and probably other things we’ve forgotten since then. We found two ladies that were listed together that appear to be the wives of my Granpa Jack and his father. The challenge with this remains the same – little way to confirm the identity in order to confirm a match.
This is Granpa Jesse.
I need to look into his Civil War records more and verify them as well. At least I have him pretty well figured out – so long as I or others don’t confuse him with the OTHER Jesse Hobby in the Worth county area!
Back in September, I visited Chickamauga Battlefield. I saw a familiar Georgia unit mentioned and scurried back to the gift shop to find the book I saw that I own – Remembering Georgia’s Confederates. I knew it had this picture in it.
See that unit listed at the bottom, handwritten. That unit fought at Chickamauga and I either hadn’t ever known or forgot! I didn’t find the marker or anything while we were there but it brought on another challenge for myself before I visit any other Civil War sites.
I need to challenge myself to create a list compiling who I know was in what unit and where that unit fought before I go to any more Civil War battlefields or sites. Especially seeing as how I LIVE NEAR Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield!
So what are your genealogy challenges? What’s your challenge to yourself?
So I don’t normally do long challenges like #52ancestors with Amy Johnson Crow but I’ve really been wanting to write more on genealogy – well, write in general. These won’t be long but I intend to do all 52 – hopefully in the same week!
So my first I thought of was finding my grandparents in the 1940 census! I can’t remember which one but I managed to find Grandmama, Granddaddy, and Tata – all three – before it was even indexed! I was fortunate to know where they would have been in 1940 so it just meant going through some pages one by one. Also fortunately, they lived in small towns so it wasn’t too many pages! I also managed to find other family in nearby pages, so now I try to check at least a page or two before and after “the one”. (So that’s my tip of the day, look at nearby pages even if you find “the one”!)
The 1950 Federal Census will be released in April of 2022. If you look at the calendar online, it could be either Friday the 1st or Monday the 4th. (And all the genealogists are praying for that Friday!)
I am TOTALLY excited about the new season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” starting tomorrow night on TLC! It’s airing at 9PM Eastern and I’d really encourage you to tune in and see what they find out. Tomorrow night starts with Kelly Clarkson. (Psst, I notice the last name Rose and Ohio Civil War record in her preview… 🙂 ) It looks like Christina Applegate is up next. Check out this article for more names.
So, why do I watch this. First, because I love following their journey and excited in finding out their own family history. I know how it excites me to find that one more document or another piece of information. Second, you learn a bit about our country’s history. Part of their family history is U.S. history as well. Why did someone’s grandfather up and move to California? (Was it the gold rush?) Why did they move one state over? (Was it a land grant or lottery?) Part of it is the world history as well. Not everyone’s family has been here for decades or centuries. Why did they come? (My husband’s family were French Huguenots as best we can tell who left and went to Germany and came from there to America. Religious reasons?) Another reason is the tricks of the trade. It’s interesting to see the actual documents they find and to find out what else is out there that I haven’t even run across yet in my searching. (Did you know about the Salt Lists from the Civil War? Yep, found Georgia ones with family listed!)
You’d be surprised what they learn and where they go in search of information. What would YOU like to learn? Tune in and see if you can find out more from them, too!
“John Wilson – colored help” is about all I knew, it’s all Gunga wrote…
It’s been several months now since I snagged the boxes and envelopes from my Tata’s apartment. (Tata is what I call my grandmother, my mom’s mother.) Heehee… I’m a stinker and still have them, but she doesn’t mind! Some of them were actually her mother’s, my Gunga. The one above being amongst those from Gunga herself. All Gunga had written on it was that his name was John Wilson and he was colored help. I still would love to find out who his family is. I would love to share a copy of this with them. But I still have some investigating to do.
After some work, here’s a few things I’ve managed to deduce… I think?! This photo appears to be from about 1920- 1930. The plant in the back is castor bean. Possibly sold to or used by the local pharmacist, whom Granpapa Elijah Jr happened to be related to. I managed to find him in some census records and draft cards with a little help. He was a drayman for Granpapa Elijah Jr’s grocery story, Cochran Grocer, there in Cochran, Georgia. his birthday appears to be November 15, 1873. He was married to a Phebe Ann Porter as best I can tell, but I’m not sure the daughter (Lela Verseois Porter) is his and not just hers since the last name is Porter.
I’ll have to comment more if I find more at some point… but PLEASE leave a message or contact me if you have information!! Thank you…