Friday, July 30, 2010

Family Pictures, Artifacts and Organization

I spent yesterday and part of today labeling my framed family photos and artifacts (shadow boxes and framed artifacts).  I did my best to supply as much information as possible on the back of each photo frame.  I included name(s), date or time period,lineage and relationship to our family and corresponding file #.  I printed the information out on adhesive labels and placed them on the back of the photo or frame. 

I file everything by MRIN (marriage number) because I think of my genealogy by family.  I finally finished going through the whole house.  I have pictures in every room and in the hallways, I guess I never realized just how many photo's I had "hanging" around the house.    I also scanned every photo I had framed and placed a digital copy in it's corresponding computer MRIN file.  I took picture of my shadow boxes and framed artifacts and uploaded the photo's into the computer files.  See for information on how to use this filing system.    Finding a system that works for you is not an easy task.  You can read more about organization ideas at where Lorine McGinnis Schulze has posted her thoughts and has a discussion gong about organization (Follow Friday - thanks for such a timely post Lorine).

I still need to photograph the artifacts I have in the safe and the larger heirlooms I have in the house.  I think I will probably attach some sort of tag to these larger items and continue the process of having a digital image of the item placed in my digital files.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday

Henry Poundstone, my second Great-Granduncle, born 3 May 1840 in Bowling Green, Licking County, Ohio.  He died 15 Nov 1915 Young America, Cass County, Indiana.  Henry is buried in the Center United Brethren Church Cemetery in Young America, Cass, Indiana.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday

Daniel Zeck 1837-1900 and Caroline (Poundstone) Zeck 1848-1918
Young America Cemetery
Young America, Indiana

Monday, July 19, 2010

Poundstone Death Certificates

I guess I needed to go out of town for the death certificates I ordered to be delivered.  They were a pleasant  surprise after a long weekend of exploring in Arizona and New Mexico.  The good news is that I now have evidence that the five Poundstone's that I thought were relatives from Cass County Indiana are indeed my relatives.

I also was surprised that the clerk at the Cass County Health Department went that extra mile and included the birth locations of the parents on all five of the decedents death certificate. I should note that I ordered the genealogical certificates versus the certified original. 

George Washington Poundstone who is  my 2nd Great Uncle was killed by lightning.  The death certificate indicates that an inquest was held.  I guess I will add that to my list of items to locate.  I did locate a newspaper blurb from the Indianapolis Star:  In Cass County, George Poundstone, a farmer of Young America, was struck by lightening and killed.  "Buildings Overturned," The Indianapolis Star, 26 May 1918, p. 34, col. 4, Digital Images, Ancestry ( Accessed 16 Jul 2010), Historical Newspaper Collection.

I also need to verify George's burial location.  The death certificate lists Forest Cemetery, Deer Creek, Indiana.  I was told that he was buried at the Center Cemetery, a "fact" my relative swears too - even knows that they have seen his headstone there.  I think I will work on George for a bit today and then enter in the information from the other death certificates.  Clues lead to clues, gotta love genealogy.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Tucson History - St. Mary’s Hospital and Sanitarium

cir 1885                                                                                    

cir 1910

Dedicated in 1880, St. Mary’s hospital was fully supported by the residents of Tucson. Originally it had been planned as a school, however, the Bishop Salpointe decided to make the school a hospital as it neared its completion. The hospital opened with twelve beds, Dr. John C. Hardy, and four Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelot: Sister St. Martin Dunn, Sister Julia Ford, Sister Basil Morris, and Sister Mary John Noli.

A second story was added to the hospital in 1882. The physician staff grew by six and the hospital had the capacity of fifty beds by 1900.
The Arizona State Genealogical Society sells a book documenting admissions to the hospital 1909 to 1920.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Morris Durbin Estate 1822-1880

I finished scanning, transcribing and linking every piece of the probate file for 2nd Great Grandfather Morris Durbin.  The file did confirm his children by both marriages through the disbursements made from the estate. I consider that a big deal considering he had sixteen children with his two wives, fifteen of whom were alive during the process of the probate. I still need to do additonal research to locate the land records referred to by the file. 

There was an interesting payment of $50 at the same time and of the same amount of the payments that were made to the children to a man I have never heard of before.  I do not think that he is a creditor since the creditors appear to have been paid out a year earlier.  Ah, another clue to follow up on.

Now that I have almost finished up with this file it would be very convenient for the probate file of John Nicholas Poundstone to show up in the mail.  Let's hope for a little be of luck in that regard.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Morris Durbin Estate File

I have now scanned, transcribed, and read roughly half of the estate file.  Nothing too too  interesting yet but I do now have a copy of my Great-Great Grandmothers signature.  The next four pages in the pile are receipts of the estate with roughly six receipts per page.  I would love to be lazy and scan them in as a group but I think I will go ahead and treat them individually as they were created.  Two of the receipts are from the County Collector's Office of Fayette County Illinois for 1880 and 1881 personal proerty taxes.  It appears that he owned at least four parcels that the estate was taxed on.  Looks like I need to track down more land records.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Good, Bad and Ugly

I am still deep into reading the Probate file of Morris Durbin who died in 1880 in Fayette County, Illinois.  The file is somewhat large and I am entering each document into my database, transcribing it, scanning it reviewing it for clues to the family. 

I sent away for the probate file of John Nicholas Poundstone from Cass County Indiana today.  He died in 1900.  I also managed to fill out five requests for death records on Poundstone's in Cass County Indiana and mailed them off.  

I had the opportunity to share information with another Poundstone researcher.  I questioned her citations, or lack there of, and she said "I am more interested in the story aspect of genealogy than the documentation."  ARGH!!! That statement frustrates me so much.  I don't know how you can have a story without the facts.  Does genealogy have a story aspect without a basis of facts or information obtained from research? 

It reminds me of a patron at the library I met last Thursday.  She wanted to do research in Russia.  I asked to see her family information.  She did not use a database, forms or any form of organization.  I explained to her that she cannot do research in Russia until she has her researched finished in the United States.  She said she didn't care about the United States research.  She was carrying around original letters, information from her family being located in Canada (again original docs), and other original family photos and documents but had no idea what she had and did not have.  First I told her to stop carrying around the original documents and to make photocopies if she needed to carry them around.  I then told her to fill out family group sheets and a chronology of the information she had on her family.  Once again, not interested - only wants to do Russian research.  I hope at the very least she will copy the originals and stop carrying them around. 

My frustration level with others is high - I guess I will need to seek out my "real" researchers out for reassurance that I am not nuts, just surrounded by them.  Maybe it's the heat of summer frying the brains of so called researchers and story makers.