Most family records have Almo Clark Price as Elmer Price….
Most family records have Almo Clark Price as Elmer Price….
This page has been put together to give you some ideas on how to conduct research into your roots. The suggestions contained here are simple ideas that have worked for me–some of them may not be helpful for you, as all of us develop our preferences for the way we work. Use those you find helpful.
Determine how you’re going to record the result of you research. In most cases, this is a matter of deciding which software to use, and again, this is a matter of preference. I used Family Tree Maker for while and I also have been using Lagacy I like both of them. I find it useful to use a word processor–but of course I am a perfectionist, such as WordPerfect or Word, to make additional notes, such as a listing of records to search for next time I visit the Library or any of my “Foot” research (which I will talk about later). Many times you will find yourself gathering information that doesn’t relate to a particular person, but rather fills in background information for a geographic area or a group of people-this sort of information is easiest tracked in a word processor. If it is easier for you to use a pad of paper then use that. I sometimes use legal-paper when I do “Foot” research. I then use this format: First, the keyword; such as a surname, place, etc. Second, the Source; e-mail address, reference citation, etc. Third, the Note; the data itself. I can’t say it enough…MAKE SURE YOU SOURCE EVERYTHING!
Start With What You Know
Enter, either into your genealogy program or by hand, all of the information that you have from personal knowledge of your family history. Wherever possible, make not of where events took place, as geographical data plays a very large part in tracking down ancestral information. Document your sources thoroughly, even if your data comes from your personal knowledge! When you’ve exhausted your own knowledge, move onto you family members. A Tape recorder is often a useful tool, particularly when “interviewing” the older family members–*small note, some older family members do not like to be taped. Try not to make your question too vague, a more specific question (i.e.: “Do you remember Uncle George and his wife Aunt Bertha?”, etc.) usually returns a better answer with more information. Keep in mind that some of what you hear from your family members may be more along the line of ‘Family Legend’ rather than actual fact, but even such legends may provide clues to further avenues of research. Do not discard, out of hand, ANY information you gather.
Family Bibles are usually the most informative of heirlooms, there are others which may provide a wealth of information as well. Old history books, particularly local histories, may include notes in the margins indicating a relationship to a family member. photo albums are often invaluable, especially if names are included. One of my own treasures is a stack of papers found in my great-great grandmother’s bible. One of the papers was an obituary of her brothers, giving me an additional family member to add to my research.
Probably the best available for resources exists in your local Library. They have extensive collections of microfilm and microfiche copies of historical and genealogical data from all over your area and around the United States. Local libraries have census records, local newspapers, pre-compiled genealogies and other compiled genealogy related material. Most local libraries have a “GENEALOGY” section, where they might have a surname index, or genealogies already compiled with researchers name and address or phone number. You will come to a point in your research that you don’t know what to do next, you might want to check out your State’s State Library. Each State has a Library that covers the whole state. Research that can be found there are: Pre-compiled genealogies, census records, newspapers, ships index, birth, marriage, and death indexes and much more genealogy related material. The only differences between the local and State library is that the State covers the whole state.
OK, you’ve put together everything you know so far. Now What? Now it is time for my favorite part of the research “FOOT” Research. The “foot” research includes: Funeral Homes, County Courthouses, Churches, and Cemeteries (and sometimes the occasional Family Reunion).
Funeral Homes provide material such as Death Certificates and much more. I have recently gotten my grandmother’s sister’s death certificate from the local funeral home, it gave me her birth, death, what she died of, who her parents were, when her funeral was, where she was buried and that her middle name was “Arla” NOT “Arlene.”
County Courthouses sometimes limit the use of there material so call ahead. I couldn’t find my great grandfather’s death in the index, I had an obituary, but couldn’t find it anywhere in the death index. I went to the courthouse and look through the year, and guess what?…There it was!!
Churches, most churches keep thorough records.
My favorite “foot” research is the Cemetery. Some cemeteries have put together indexes in the form of books, (most libraries have them), some people have put together an on-line index of the cemetery; however, if you can’t find it talk to the Saxon of the cemetery you are looking for.
Lurena M. “Rena” Tyrrell was born on September 30, 1888, in Ontario, Ontario to Sarah Jane Coulbeck, age 31, and James Albert Tyrrell, age 23. We find her in the 1891 & 1901 Census living with in Ontario, Canada.
Lurena arrived in the USA in 1905. In 1919 & 1921 her sisters, Mildred & Elizabeth, both died. In 1924, 1929, 1930 & 1931 she was living in Kalamazoo, MI.
She married Lyman Andrew Wilkinson on June 12, 1929, in South Bend, Indiana, when she was 40 years old. Lurena M. “Rena” Tyrrell and Lyman Andrew Wilkinson were divorced on December 4, 1937, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, after 8 years of marriage, no children from this marriage. She then married Fredric Lee Snook on April 19, 1940, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when she was 51 years old. Sometime either before Fred or after, she also married W. D. Cook “Woody.”
In 1953 & 1956 she was still living in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Lurena died on May 20, 1960, in Galesburg, Michigan, when she was 71 years old.
While researching my husband genealogy, I found a French connection. I’m new to French Research, so some of it seems very different to me. The French language is scary!! Wish I would have paid more attention in French class!! I’ve got it from Wisconsin > Quebec, Canada > France (that’s where the name changes!) The name Londo changes to Languedoc in Quebec, then in France to Cazalet Languedoc to Cazalet de Languedoc to Cazalet. And they lived in Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France…. gasp!!
When Julia Philomena Londo was born on June 4, 1863, in Ahnapee, Wisconsin, her father, Alfrederick, was 29 and her mother, Philemon, was 29. She married, Charles Harrison Root, on July 24, 1880, in Jacksonport, Wisconsin. They had 14 children. She died on October 4, 1919, in Cadillac, Michigan, at the age of 56, and was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Flint, Michigan.
When Alfrederick “Frederick” Alderick Londo was born on February 2, 1834, his father, Antoine, was 32 and his mother, Almira, was 20. He married Philemon Burbey on July 4, 1855, in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. They had 19 children in 27 years. He died on May 22, 1928, in Allouez, Wisconsin, at the age of 94, and was buried in Wausaukee Evergreen Cemetery, Wausaukee, Marinette , Wisconsin.
Frederick Londo enlisted in Company K, Wisconsin 21st Infantry Regiment on 12 Aug 1862.Mustered out on 02 Mar 1863.
He is found in the US Federal Census’ of 1850, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, & 1920 all in Wisconsin. Also in the 1890 Veterans Schedule Census in Egg Harbor, Door County, WI
Antoine Joseph a Londo Languedoc was born on August 3, 1801, in Quebec City, Quebec to Anne Madeleine Pinard, age 19, and Joseph Antoine Cajolet de Languedoc, age 21. Antoine married Josette Lamirande on February 6, 1827, in Baie-du-Febvre, Quebec, Canada and they had 4 children. He then married Elmira/Almira Champeau and they had 12 children together. He died on August 4, 1852, in Brown County, Wisconsin.
Joseph Antoine Cajolet de Languedoc was born in 1780 in Quebec, Quebec, Canada to Marie Francoise Faucher Chateauvert, age 43, and Jean Baptiste Cazelet de Languedoc. He married Anne Madeleine Pinard on February 8, 1790 (I’m not sure if this is a right date, because that would make Joseph 10 years old. So either his birth date or marriage date is wrong). Joseph died on April 18, 1835, in Vaudreuil, Quebec, when he was 55 years old.
This is also where I start to find a lot of French connection, and the change in the names. Francois Cazalet from Montpellier, Languedoc, France is Joseph Antoine Cajolet de Languedoc‘s 2nd great grandfather & my husband’s 9th great grandfather.
As winter quickly approaches I am spending more time researching and less time on Facebook. Christmas will be so much fun with a 5 month old in the house. Shelbi is starting to sleep through the night, YAY! Napping we haven’t gotten down yet…
The focus of my research has been on www.ancestry.com, and checking out their “hints” for family members. Back in April my husband got me a 6 month membership for my birthday. It’s been AWESOME!! I love it!! I have started to connect the Lash & Lane lines together! And as always, collecting & researching stuff for the Barkhamsted Lighthouse tribe (That’s the Webster, Wilson, Chagum line).
My main focus are finding a few brick walls.
Mary J. Reinhart (also spelled Rinehart) was born in December 1831 in New York. She married Lyman C. Lash on December 9, 1848, in Grand Blanc, Genesee, Michigan. They had five children in 20 years. She is in the 1850 Census in Atlas, Genesee, Michigan with her husband & newborn daughter Emily. 1860 Census in Oregon, Lapeer, Michigan with her husband & 3 children Emily, Jane & George. 1870 Census in Richfield, Genesee, Michigan with her husband & two children George & newborn named Frederick (who is their adopted child named John Henry Lash). 1880 Census in Richfield with her husband & son John. Their children were (from oldest to youngest) Emily, Jane, Hester, George & adopted son John. She died in 1893 in Michigan, at the age of 61, and was buried in Union Cemetery, Richfield, Genesee, Michigan.
And speaking of Mary & Lyman’s adopted son John Henry Lash another of my brick wall is John’s birth mother. Phoebe Lash Dowd. Phoebe Lash was born on October 24, 1841, in Ontario, New York, the only child found of William Lash (according to her death certificate). In the US Census 1850 & 1860 she lived with Austin Felt & Betsy (Nee: Lash) Felt in New York as Phoebe Lash. She married William John Dowd between 1865-1866 and they had two children together, Etta Elena Dowd (1866 – 1941) & John Henry Lash (1869 – 1942). Sometime before John was born William Dowd died of gangrene. In 1870 she & Etta lived in Genesee County, Michigan with Austin & Betsy again. She then married William E. Lash (son of Morgan Lash & Lydia Brown) and they had four children together between 1875 and 1883. Their children were (from oldest to youngest) Cora A., Olive, Francelia, & Peter Irving. She died on February 24, 1917, in Wolcott, New York, at the age of 75, and was buried in Wayne, New York.
Recently a friend asked me to “teach” her how to find her ancestors… my advice was to “start with yourself, your parents, your grandparents, their siblings, their cousins… then you can dig deeper.” With that advice I realized that I have some major gaps in my more recent genealogy.
This photo of the girls by the old car is my grandma Lash with her siblings & cousins. I realize I have lots of empty spots under their names. I have filled out my grandma’s information but not her sisters or cousins. My grandma said it was taken at her mother’s (my great grandmother Elizabeth Webster) funeral, so it was in July 1921. Right to left I will place what I do know about each child in the photo.
Maxine M. Mohney (in the dirty looking dress, I think she is like me, I’m sure she was all clean & as soon as possible she got in the dirt… yep that’s how I was LOL!) She was born in 1916 in Michigan. She was the 3rd daughter of Nora Delle Webster & James Clarence Mohney. I found her in the 1930’s Census living with her sister Ruth & Ruth’s husband Clarence Cook in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI. I found her marriage record in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI to March Carlton Haas on 12 Nov 1933. According to the 1940’s Census she was living with her mother & step father Arthur & Nora Jackson and her husband March in Vicksburg, Kalamazoo, Michigan, it also states that in 1935 she lived in Kalamazoo. I found her sister Ruth’s obit and Maxine had already past away, so I tried to find anymore information on her and I found on the Social Security Death Index the following information, She was born 19 Sept 1917, died 6 Jan 1989 and the State her SSN was issued was Iowa.
Alice Janetta Webster (in black dress with white colar – also photo to the right with Edith) born February 24, 1908 in Lawton, Van Buren County, MI oldest child to Bert Alvin Webster & Elizabeth Ann Tyrrell. I found her in the 1920 Census with her parents in Genesee County, MI. The first marriage record I found of her was to Richard Charles James Beck in Essex, Ontario, Canada at the age of 18, information about him & their marriage is hard to find and he remarried, they had one daughter Gertrude. Sometime between 1930-1937 she married she married Ulric Albert Flintoff, I find her in the 1937 City Directory in Flint with Ulric. She married Frank Glimos on July 26, 1947 in Genesee County, MI. He died in 1962 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, MI. Alice died March 1, 1977 in Genesee County, MI of cancer. She is buried in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Flint, Genesee County, MI (same cemetery as her parents). Alice & my grandmother Edith were very close & spent a lot of time together.
Ruth Carol Mohney (white’sh dress with the baby in front of her – mother Ruth Ann was named after her; the photo to the right is Ruth) was born December 3, 1909 in Lawton, Van Buren County, MI. The oldest child & daughter of Nora Delle Webster & James Clarence Mohney. First record I found of her was with her husband Clarence Cook in the 1930 Census in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI. Clarence & Ruth must have divorced, since he died in 1968 & she married Jack C. Haas in 1938 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI. Ruth died on March 26, 1999 at the Lifecare Center in Plainwell, Allegan County, MI, her funeral was held on March 28, 1999 at the Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren Funeral Home Vicksburg Chapel in Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, MI. Ruth was buried at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Lawton, Van Buren County, MI (as well as her 2nd husband Jack.)
Rosetta “Betty” Webster (the baby in front of Ruth; she is the little girl to the right) born 5 months before her mother Elizabeth died on February 13, 1921 in Lawton, Van Buren County, MI. Youngest child/daughter to Bert Alvin Webster & Elizabeth Ann Tyrrell. She moved in with her Aunt Nora after her mother died. Betty died on September 24, 1929 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, MI of Primary Lobar Pneumonia (Aka: Tuberculous). I haven’t found where she is buried, but I am assuming Kalamazoo or Flint. I would love to find out more about her, but since she only lived 8 years, it’s harder.
Edith Irene Webster (in black sailer type outfit; this is my grandma Lash) she was born August 31, 1914 in Lawton, Van Buren County, MI. She is the second child/daughter of Bert Alvin Webster & Elizabeth Ann Tyrrell. She married Ray (Roy) Lash on December 31, 1936 at the Mt. Morris Methodist Church in Mt. Morris, Genesee County, MI. They had 12 children, and lived in Flint, Genesee County, MI until they moved to Chesaning, Saginaw County, MI in 1960’s. She lived in Chesaning until the time of her death on June 21, 2007, where she passed away at her home surrounded by loved ones. She is buried in Wildwood Cemetery in Chesaning, Saginaw County, MI next to her beloved husband Ray. I have many memories of my grandma. She told me that she loved hummingbirds because her mother loved them, that Elizabeth (called Lizzie) had a vine outside her kitchen window so the hummingbirds would come. Edith also loved butterflies because her mother thought they were beautiful.
The last child is Lurena W. Webster (she is looking down) she was born on August 14, 1919 most likely in Lawton, Van Buren County, MI (haven’t found the record, grandma told me the birthdates of her sisters). She was the 3rd child/daughter of Bert Alvin Webster & Elizabeth Ann Tyrrell. She married a Mr. Papple (can’t find any record of this yet), but when she married her 2nd husband Howard B. Welch on June 14, 1945 in Genesee County, MI she was Lurena Papple. Howard died in 1955 in Genesee County, MI & is buried in Gracelawn Cemetery in Flint, Genesee County, MI. Lurena later married Harry Quinn on September 22, 1984 in Genesee County, MI. Lurena was named after her mother’s sister Lurena Tyrrell & also my grandmother named one of her daughter’s Lurena. Lurena died January 19, 1996 in Genesee County, MI and is buried in Gracelawn Cemetery.
Oh boy does genealogy have anything to do with LUCK? I think so. I was just playing around and trying to get my sources all in line, so I went to http://www.familysearch.org/ It said James G. Neff born in Michigan married Hattie Gainer on 03 July 1880 in Dryden, Lapeer County, Michigan.