Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Found grave of baby Bella Storck?

Found on JOWBR on JewishGen this evening, but not on Ancestry:

http://data.jewishgen.org/wconnect/wc.dll?jg~jgsearch~model2~[jowbr]J_NY_2_RECNUM78497


Run on Tuesday 28 August 2012 at 20:32:38 Mtn

Name
(Other Surnames)
Place of Birth

Place of Death
Date of Birth

Date of Death
Hebrew Name

Hebrew Date
Age

Burial Date
STORCK, Bella





1y 

04-Dec-1906 
No Image Available
PlotSpouseFather

Mother
CommentsCemetery Name / Section

City / Country
63 - Moses Montefiore Benevolent Society 

Bayside Cemetery / Undesignated and Other Sections

Queens, NY / USA

Friday, February 24, 2012

My Thoughts on Digital vs. Paper

In response to post by Marian Pierre-Louis:

For a new problem, I open a new tab in a spreadsheet where I already have a mix of "standard" tabs I use per project (my personal research being 1 project) & "free-form" tabs.

The standard tabs are:
- table with individuals as rows vs record types as columns, boxes colored to indicate whether record found / should exist / doesn't apply for this individual
- tab per set of parents, showing table extract of any located records about each and their children before marriage, for comparison & annotation

Examples of free-form tabs are:
- combo research plans / logs (eg cemeteries, BMD records), in table format
- table of responses from DNA matches, by type, contact info, ancestor names / locations
- ongoing research or brick wall, eg is Anna, Susanna, Anna Susanna 1, 2, or 3 people?, or several possibilities for ship arrival record annotated with pluses & minuses

Can easily flip from tab to tab as needed, to images of original documents or software program or Word with timeline in different windows. Working with paper, eyes can only see one image at a time, too :-). Digital is easier to share with others, and harder to misplace, and with something like Dropbox, automatically backed up and synch'ed to other devices.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Formats I use for my genealogy data

Following in response to post by Marian Pierre-Louise:

As the family historian, for a far-flung low-tech family, Ancestry fit our needs for software program: other family members can get free ids - and without downloading software - view annotated tree I created, with documents and photos linked to each individual. And I like Ancestry tools for research, creating, & sharing. Personally, I love Legacy, but as no one in my family will download even free software, I'm the only one who'd use, at least till the next generation gets into genealogy.

Last year I also started this blog to share same info in a different format, a table format that older relatives follow better, including when & how I made each discovery, and analysis included.

As a strong visual, early on, for data analysis, I developed a spreadsheet (combo research plan / log, & annotated data transcriptions on different tabs) and a word document (combo timeline / location list with maps), that both work well for me, and also get raves from my clients.

For my personal research on the road, I kept paper copies in manila folders - less bulky to pack and tote than notebooks - but now that i have an iPad that's handier than laptop, I can reference there faster than paper folders.

In preparation for my 1st visit to Family History Library while at RootsTech, I spent January reviewing all my data: found very little to update - and already had a tab of all family NY BMD annotated with which available at FHL including film number, that served as my work plan on site - but while reviewing I did notice something in transcriptions tab for an immigrant ancestor, that helped me locate an elusive ship arrival record - which includes name of an unknown cousin, whose family I'm now researching, back in relation to my ancestor, & forward for possible unknown living cousins!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Virtual cedar chest

Thanks to Geneablogger Anita Wells for the wonderful idea of creating a virtual cedar chest, with photos of family heirlooms - scarce in my family, so I especially treasure the few items we do have:



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Grandfather William Schlegel - Prussian permission to emigrate document

My father had no idea this existed, until my aunt gave this to him shortly before she died.



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Grandmother Sarah Schwartz - Glass fruit bowl

Per my mother, this was an inexpensive purchase made in NYC for everyday use, it is the ONLY remaining possession of my grandparents that I know of.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

This Is The Face of Genealogy

For the inspiration for this post, read “The Face of Genealogy” by Thomas MacEntee.



The above photo is my great-grandmother Emma Pauline Vogelsang Schlegel of Kolmar-im-Posen, Prussia, with her 2 youngest children, mailed to my grandfather who'd earlier immigrated to Manhattan. 

And two years ago when my genealogy researching turned up a living USA descendent of another sibling who'd immigrated to Manhattan a few years apart, this descendent had the same photo!


The above photo is my great-grandfather John Decker, who passed away when my father was 8 years old, so Dad was able to tell us a few things about him, such as he was very proud of his job on a street-car, and indeed, all the photos we have of him are in uniform. 

My father knew nothing about John's parents; I was able to discover through genealogy research, that they immigrated from Bavaria to Manhattan sometime before 1843, where US Census shows 3 sons born, youngest being my great-grandfather.

Friday, May 20, 2011

10 - Decker / Meyer or Baker ? - 2GP3

2012 Feb: While in Salt Lake City at RootsTech, at the Family History Library I located the death records for Margaret Decker & her 3 sons (who died in 1893, 1896, 1910, 1930), which provided the following info:
- no parents for Margaret or George; mother of Henry = Martha Meyer, of John = Margaret Baker
- reconfirms Margaret & her parents all born in Germany
- Margaret arrived at age 25 (difference between listed age of 80 & years USA & NY 55)
Listed age of 80 consistent with birth year of 1814 from censuses of 1850, 1870, 1880.
Using 1814 as birth year, then Margaret's arrival at age 25 would be approx. 1839, preceding birth of sons in New York beginning in 1843.

Death record for George lists as widowed, hence no mention of his wife as a Greenwood heir.

2011 ??: From Greenwood cemetery records, which provided the following new info:
- Children Emma & John listed as Greenwood heirs, at death of George; no mention of wife
George age 22, single, living with mother & brothers in 1870 census; not found in 1880 census, & died before 1900 census ... so could have married any time after 1870, and children could have been as old as 25 at his death.

11 - Koester / Bicker ? - 2GP4

2012 Feb: While in Salt Lake City at RootsTech, at the Family History Library I located the 1911 death record for Mary Koester, which provided the following new info:
- father listed as Herman Bicker; mother not included; reconfirms all born in Germany
- Mary arrived at age 17 (difference between listed age of 83 & years USA & NY 66)
Listed age of 83 would mean Mary born in 1827 which only fits with 1910 census, but not earlier censuses of 1880 & 1900 which both indicate that Mary was born in 1841, and husband in 1830.
Using 1841 as birth year, then Mary's arrival at age 17 would be approx. 1858, just preceding birth of daughter Louisa in New York in approx. 1858 also.