Our own Medal of Honor recipient in the family was John Whitmore. His medal was lost in one of the two house fires his family suffered. So sad to have these family artifacts lost to fire or just misplaced. It breaks my heart to see the lack of family pride and honor some people show too.
I know of many family photos just tossed in the garbage because the descendants didn't want to deal with them. My husband's grandfather burned his wife's family photos because he was "mad' that she up and died!
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Iowa. Proud birthplace of Johnny Carson. John Wayne. And John Fremont Krizer.
Legendary funnymen. American film icons. Proud fathers. All heroes. All part of Iowa history - and more importantly, family history. Ready to learn more about yours?
Search the new Iowa State Census collection. The world’s largest online collection of family history resources brings you another great way to connect with the generations before you. And this time, it's all about the great historical residents of The Hawkeye State.
What could you discover in this collection? Search the 14.1 million names in the Iowa State Census Collection and you could find out who your ancestors were, where they lived, whom they married and so much more. You can also discover clues that will lead you to other records featuring even more detail about your family.
If you don't hear from me today, it is because I am wallowing in these records! Whoohoo! -- Webduck
Whenever people are just beginning their own genealogy, they always hope to find they are connected to someone famous. When I began my own genealogy quest, I just hoped to find out more about my most recent lineage, and I never even gave it a thought that I would find myself connected to royalty. Still, it is pretty neat to find that you are connected. In my case, one of the people I am connected to is Robert Bruce. The one I speak of is the Robert Bruce born in 1210 in Scotland. By my Family Tree Maker program's calculations, I am his 24th great granddaughter.
Charles and Miriam had 10 daughters, one of which was Elizabeth Jane Smith, my GG-Grandmother who married Eli B. Pentecost in Kentucky in 1850.
Elizabeth and Eli Pentecost had 7 children. I descend from their daughter Mary Elizabeth Pentecost, who married Harvey Lawson Smith in TN in 1874.
Mary E. and Harvey also had 7 children. I descend from their youngest daughter, Minnie Caroline Smith who married Will K. Yates in Missouri in 1917. Will and Minnie's oldest child was my father, William G. Yates who was born in 1920 in Missouri.
I stumbled upon a very interesting blog the other day. It is called "tn type" (quotes mine) and it is a blog about Roane County, TN genealogy. Roane county is where my Yates and associated families are traced back to. I suspect that I have a lot of good information that I could share with anyone who might be researching these surnames: YATES, MORRISON, KELSEY, BALL, HOLMES, REGISTER, ABSTAN/ABSTON, EDGEMON, HENDRIX, BREEDLOVE;
My Great Grandfather, Jim Yates migrated to Howell County, MO with his half-uncle Gideon P. Morrison's family in 1884. Jim's sister Myra also migrated with them. Jim Yates married Cerilda Breedlove in 1885. This photo is of Cerilda, Jim and in the back, Jim's sister Myra Yates. Myra died in 1888 at the age of 22, probably from tuberculosis.
There is no possible way I can post the migration patterns of all these families, but if you email me I would be happy to answer questions, share information and photos.
If you have an interest in Roane County, TN, please do take a look at TN Type's webpage.
In honor of Women's History Month 2007, I would like to tell you a little bit about my aunt Joyce Moline Huntley. She was born in Seattle, Washington in October of 1921 to parents Elvin and Hulda (Nordgren) Moline. She was the middle daughter of three girls, Jeane, Joyce and my mother, Joan Moline.
When Joyce was a month shy of her eighth birthday, her mother Hulda was killed in downtown Seattle by a hit and run driver. That was in 1929, and in 1932 Joyce's father Elvin remarried to Lillian V. Epstein, a registered nurse who would prove to be a profound influence in Joyce's life.
Joyce and her two sisters, moved to a small lumber town in Thurston county, WA in 1933 when their father took a job as a lumber salesman for Mumby Lumber Company in Bordeaux. Growing up in a small lumber town meant that your horizons were somewhat limited. Unless, you were a young woman with a mind of your own.
After ending her academic career at Rochester High School, Joyce went on to nursing school, and as a registered nurse to Alaska to work in a clinic there until WWII began. Joyce enlisted in the US Army Nurse Corps at the beginning of the war and was discharged after serving in the European theater and being awarded for her service in Belgium.
Joyce married Frank Huntley in the early 1950's and their only child Casey was born while they were living in (then) Formosa. Joyce passed away in 1990, and I presume that her husband Frank is now deceased as well. We have lost track of her daughter Casey, and if she reads this, please know that we think about you often and would love to hear from you.
We are honored to say that Joyce is a part of our family history. Thank you Joyce for your service to our country.
The 2007 Theme, "Generations of Women Moving History Forward”. If you would like to link to this article , or if you write one about how a woman helped move history forward, please let me know.
(c) CJW 2007
If you haven't visited this page yet, you might be missing a genealogical breakthrough. It is called Genealogy Blog Finder and I have been using it quite often lately. I just did a locality search for Roane County, TN, where my Yates family is traced back to, and came up with TN Type. The first listing that comes up is about the Deatherage family in that county. My GGG-Grandmother Deborah Holmes was married a second time to William Deatherage Morrison. I am not connected to the Deatherage's by blood, but I do research that name to find connections to my family.
Would you donate to me? I don't mean for no particular reason, but if I found a genealogical record for you, and it saved you time, and probably *money, wouldn't it be worth it to pay for it? If I find a record or records for you, you could donate what you feel it is worth ($1, $5, $10 or more?). If I don't find anything, then obviously you pay nothing. I have included a PayPal link on the top of my main page that can be used to make a donation. (You will have to sign up for a PayPal account).
I have been thinking of how I can pay for my Ancestry subscription and do the things I really like to do, like genealogical research. I have a full subscription to Ancestry which includes the UK , Canada and some German records, and many, many more.
Who is in your family tree? Do you have names, dates and locations, but you don't know where to start? Let's give this idea a try and see if I can keep up with the requests!
One thing though. Please don't contact me and ask for all the Smiths in the United States or anything. If I am going to be able to find your ancestor, I need specific information to begin my search. And, it might take me a while to find records and email them to you. By records, I am referring to anything from actual census images to citation text in a database.
*If you didn't have to pay for a full subscription to Ancestry.
I am not a certified genealogist, just a family historian who loves genealogy. I make no guarantees to find your family history. I will not be able to provide refunds. Your donations will be gratefully accepted and received. If you email me about this offer, please put " Genealogy Lookup Request" in the title of your email. Thanks!
Link: Cyndi's List - U.S. - Vital Records. On this list you will find vital records by state, as well as associated records. Hope this helps with someone's genealogy research. If you haven't visited Cyndi's list before, bookmark it and use it as one of your starting points.
Link: SOS, Missouri - State Archives: Birth and Death Records. If you are a family genealogist with research that needs to be done in Missouri, this is a "must see" site. I have used it several times to check for death reacords, and in one case, I uncovered a family mystery.
One of my Great aunts had migrated to Missouri from Tennessee using the name Myra Yates. I knew the date that she died, and so I did a search for her death record. What came back was two names, with the same death dates. BUT the names were not Myra Yates, but rather Deborah Yates. That was her grandmother's name. So who had given the information, and was her real name Deborah and not Myra. In earlier census records I had found Myra's name in TN and she was called other names too, such as what I knew was to be her middle name. Genealogy can be very confusing without the documentation.