Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Little Saturday Night Fun

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musing has issued this Saturday Night Challenge:

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 25 June 1866 - 150 years ago.
2)  List your ancestors, their family members, their birth and death years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

Morris Clark (born was living in Petty, Lawrence, Illinois with his parents Henry and Frances and siblings Martha, Virginia, and Lene.

Morris Durbin was living in Howards Point (Avena), Fayette, Illinois with his wife Rachel nee Logue.  They had sons William, James, and daughters Mary Elizabeth and Harriet Durbin. 

Gustav Skibbe and Johanna nee Misch were living in Prussia.  Their son Wilhelm Gustav was born in 1857, making him nine years of age.  At is possible that Wilhelm had a brother by the name of George who was a few years younger.

Julia Skibbe nee Panzer was also living in Prussia.  In 1866, Julia would have been two years of age. Her father's first name is unknown, however, she was living with her mother Emilie Isles.

Theodor Miottel was six years of age in 1866, living in Lauenburg, Prussia. He was living with his parents August Miottel and Henrietta nee Kramp and his siblings Johan and Reinhold.  

Ferdinand Schuck and his new wife Caroline immigrants in the Chicago area.  They left Lauenburg, Prussia in 1854. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Charles Henry Clark 1870-1943Bess

Charles Henry Clark was born on 20 Feb 1870 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois, United States. His parents were Morris T. Clark and Mary Josephine Metz.  Charles was the only child born to the couple.  According to an affidavit dated 1-27-1891 by John Durbin, Charles was born on the Durbin Farm.  Charles’ father died less than three months after his birth.  His mother married Paul Baughman the afternoon Morris Clark, Charles’ father, passed away.    Paul and Mary had three children together.   Their union gave Charles a half-sister named Loney J. Baughmann,  two half-brothers Curtis and Joseph Baughman, two step-sisters Liza and Alnora Baughman and a step-brother James Baughman.  He appeared in the census on 3 Aug 1870 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois, United States in the Paul Baughman family including his mother Josephine, Liza, Alnora, and James.
The 1880 census information for the family was located in Fayette Facts, 1880 Census, transcribed by Alenia McCord, published by the Fayette County Genealogical Society in 1982.  The family was located on page 147.  The family is listed as Powel Baughman, Josephine, Charles (age 10), Christian (Curtis age 5), Lora (5 months). 
When Charles became of age he requested his father’s pension benefits from his service in the Civil War.  His request, unlike his mother’s request for benefits, was allowed.  Charles used the money to buy 40 acres of land, a team of horses, and a wagon. 
He married Mary Elizabeth Durbin on 30 Aug 1888 in Avena, Fayette, Illinois.  Charles was 18 and Mary Elizabeth was twenty-six at the time of their marriage.   The 1900 and 1910 census find the Clark family residing in Loudon, Fayette County, Illinois.
He lived 1524 N Clinton in Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States on 16 Apr 1930. Charles died on 15 Apr 1943 at the age of 73 at 1275 East Condit in Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States. He was buried on 17 Apr 1943 at Saint Bonaventure in Saint Elmo, Fayette, Illinois, United States. Saint Bonaventure Cemetery is 2 1/2 miles north of St. Elmo, Fayette County, Illinois.

Elizabeth "Bessie" Durbin Clark and husband Charles Henry Clark, unknown date
His obituary was published in the Banner Newspaper on 17 Apr 1943 in Saint Elmo, Fayette, Illinois, United States. C. H. Clark Funeral Services Held in St. Elmo:
Funeral services for the late Charles Henry Clark, former resident of Fayette county, were held at 9:30 o'clock Saturday morning at St. Mary's church in St. Elmo, with interment in St. Bonaventure cemetery there, Moran & Sons funeral home of Decatur in charge.

Mr. Clark, a retired farmer, died at his home in Decatur Thursday morning at 12:45 o'clock after an illness of several years.  He was 73 years of age.  He was born Feb. 20, 1870, in Fayette county, a son of Morris and Josephine Clark.  He was married in Vandalia to Mary E. Durbin, August 21, 1888.

Besides his wife he leaves two sons, Otis E. Clark of Stonington and Louis Clark of Blue Mound; a step-son, Charles Dial, of Brownstown; four daughters, Mrs. Lora Julius, Dalton City; Mrs. Jennie Tipsword, St. Elmo; Mrs. Nellie Tipsword, Beecher City and Mrs. Iva Jones of Decatur; a half-brother, William Magill of Pittsburgh, 33 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Saturday Night Fun with Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings: My Mom, Lorraine Clark

This Saturday's assignment:  Go through photographs you have of your mother and share one of your favorites. Tell us shy it's one of your favorites.  Visit for the challenge.

Mom and Spooky, cir 1968
Ah, my beautiful mother - allergic to cats but never without one by her side.  She always would take in a stray - anything she could do to save a cat.  We once saved a sick cat in Stonington Illinois and drove it back to Chicago, with the cat having diarrhea the whole way home.  The car smelled so bad!  Mom got her to the vet and "Ralph" (actually Ralphette) lived a loved and happy life with us.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Genealogy, Plagiarism, Ethics, and Belonging.......

A long time ago, when I was much younger, my mother gave me some sage advice.  She said keep company with the people you admire and want to be like.  It makes sense and perhaps that same advice should be used in our genealogy.

I wanted to become a better genealogist.  I enrolled in Boston University, NGS courses, ProGen and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.  I go to seminars, jamborees, conferences, SLIG and attend webinars.  I am picky about how, what, and with whom I study.  I pay for many of these opportunities and I want my dollars’ worth.  I talk to others about the events to find out if they are a worthwhile purchase.  I ran Boston University and National Institute through the BBB and read about them on the BCG Educational Preparation page    I check out who is speaking and what subjects were being offered.  I strike up conversations with conference attendees at events to find out who they liked and disliked.  I check out speakers prior to attending seminars.  You might be thinking sure you’re a private detective you do that for a living.  Hello, anyone can run a Google search, no excuses!

I always thought that RootsTech, NGS, SCGS Jamboree, and FGS vetted their speakers.  I was making assumptions, I was wrong.  RootsTech allowed Barry Ewell to lecture this past February.  I am so disappointed and so glad I did not attend.  A simple Google search on Barry brings numerous entries about plagiarism.  I think RootsTech needs to apologize and let all of us know they are rethinking their speaker selection.  My trust has been lost.

RootsTech brought innocent newbie genealogists to Barry.  Barry sold books with plagiarized content to his attendees who in turn told others about his book.  By not vetting there speakers they are allowing unethical behavior to continue.  What are we saying to new genealogists?  What are we teaching them?  We are teaching that stealing and unethical behavior is ok.  Is that what we want? 

Now we can’t all agree and we are all entitled to our opinions.  As genealogists we need to share opinions and thoughts, both negative and positive.  I recently removed myself from a genealogy blogging group that had an administrator that deleted comments of people that belonged to the group.  They were deleted because they spoke the truth.  I did however find a delightful replacement for the group called “We Are Genealogy Bloggers” .  Now folks you need to vet your Facebook groups.  Do not join just to join.  Make sure that the people in the group share your ethics and ideals.  Like mom said “be friends with the people you admire and want to be like”.  I encourage all of you to think about your decisions to belong to groups.  Belonging to a group that is unethical is not something I want to be a part of. 

What else can we do?  Lean forward during a lecture and let the person in front of you photographing slides know they are stealing from the speaker.  Educate fellow attendees, most do not know that what they are doing is wrong.  Be your own detective and make educated decisions regarding your education, money, and the people you hang out with.