NGS Conference and the Family History Library

The conference starts in the morning and I can’t wait.  I drove in from Tucson to Salt Lake in about twelve hours on Sunday.  I have spent time at the library both on Monday and today.  I found a great great grandparents will and probate records on microfilm, spent about three hours reading parish records in German with no luck, and located some land and genealogy information that I copied and have not yet sat down and reviewed. 

I also took the time to enjoy the tulips in the square, took a tour on the Beehive house, wandered down Main Street, and really enjoyed the city – until the winds started.  Luckily I found a Rite-Aid on Main Street and bought allergy and decongestant medication.  The dust blowing around forced me to take out my contacts and switch to glasses.  Here’s hoping the weather improves in the morning.


Madness Monday – My Richard Poundstone

I have spent a lot of time untwisting the Richard Poundstone branch of the tree into the actual two Richard Poundstones that existed in Illinois.  I cannot begin to tell you how many Ancestry trees, family search trees and websites have combined the two Richard’s.

My Richard was born in 1838 Ohio.  He married Susanna Zeck 7 Feb 1861 in Cass County, Indiana.  The 1850, 1860 and 1870 Federal Census show his residence in Deer Creek, Cass, Indiana.  The 1880 Federal Census  shows Richard and Susanna in Whitmore, Macon, Illinois.  The 1900 Federal Census show a residence of Cerro Gordo, Piatt, Illinois.

The “other” Richard Poundstone appears to have been born sometime between 1836 and 1840 in Pennsylvania.  The variance in birth dates suggest that there may yet be another Richard Poundstone’s records in question.  This Richard married an Emma.  They are listed in the 1863 Federal tax lists in Illinois and the 1870, 1880 and 1900 Federal Census in Farm Ridge, LaSalle, Illinois.

The Richard’s both served in the Civil War.  The “other” Richard served the Union in the 10th Illinois Cavalry and then in the 15th Illinois Cavalry.  I also located a Richard Poundstone that served in the Civil War that enlisted in Chicago.  My Richard Poundstone continues to elude the tracing of Civil War records.  He is listed as a veteran of war at the cemetery he is buried at.  Could there have made a mistake?  Could family stories be but a story?  I have spent so much time untwisting the Illinois Richard Poundstones that it just occurred to me that my Richard would have served the state of Indiana not Illinois.  Guess I need to start my Richard’s Civil War record search again in Indiana.

I also need to do some additional research on the “other” Richard to see is our family trees do at some point intersect.  The connection must be sometime prior to 1870.

I am happy to announce I was awarded the Ancestor Approval Award by Jo of Those Who Went Before @  The award originated from Leslie Ann Ballou at Ancestors Live Here @  I am thrilled to share my blog, even happier to know that followers enjoy reading it.

Recipients of this award are asked to list ten things about their ancestors that have surprised, humbled or enlightened them and also to pass the award on to ten genealogy bloggers that they feel are doing their ancestors proud.


       1.  I was surprised that my paternal grandfather had been married three times between 1918 and 1924 prior to his marriage to my Grandmother.  One wife died of TB, the other two perished in the flu epidemic.

3.    2.  I was enlightened when I located both of my mother’s Grandfather’s naturalization records at the Cook County Court House in Chicago, Illinois.  I had been told that one of her Grandfather’s resided in Indiana, never filed in  Illinois and that the other had filed after the Cook County stopped accepting naturalization requests. 

4.    3.  I was surprised to learn that my 2nd Great Grandmother buried a husband, baptized my Great Grandfather and married her new husband within eighteen hours.

5.    4.  I was surprised to find out that my 2nd Great Grandmother (same as above) was married to a bigamist prior to her marriage to my 2nd Great Grandfather.  The bigamist husband was brought to trial, found guilty and sentenced to prison. 

6.   5.  I was humbled to learn that Great Grandmother Mary Elizabeth Clark nee Durbin had been raped as a young girl, became pregnant, and raised the child named with the rapists’ last name.  She always told her grandchildren to live without shame.

7.   6.   I was surprised to learn that my Great-Granduncle Reinhold Miottel had been reported to the FBI as a German sympathizer.  Apparently when he drank he spouted about how much he liked old Germany (Prussia) – rantings not well received during wartime.

8.    7.  I was enlightened after reading the court filings of the Macon County Attorney’s office regarding the murder of my Uncle Bruce Clark.  My Uncle was murdered in 1968 – his murderer arrested in 2009 – trial to begin 1 June 2010.  I never understood the brutality of his death or why the family began fighting among each other.  At one point it appears that the sheriff accused one of my uncles and then a cousin of being involved in the murder.  Funny how after forty years the evidence they had then was actually used to arrest the real killer.    

       8.  I was surprised to find out my Maternal Great-Grandmother died of Arsenic poisoning.  The arsenic was a treatment for Bright’s Disease.
       9.  I was enlightened to discover that my mother’s sister who was adopted was actually my mother’s cousin.

10. I was surprised to find so many living relatives through blog posts and posts to sites such as Ancestry. Connections to my living relatives has brought me deeper into my family’s past!
Ø  Amy Coffin – We Trees
Ø  Colleen McHugh – The Oracle of OMcHodoy

Diana R – Random Relatives

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy – Challenge #14

Use a different search engine for your online genealogy research. Google is quite popular, but other search engines may provide different results. Try Yahoo! Search (, Bing (, (, Dogpile (, and even Clusty ( Pick an unusual surname and search it in different engines. Make note of the top 10 page returns for each. If you’re a genealogy blogger, share your observations on this experience.

This is a subject I have been sharing with people for years!  As a private investigator I use different search engines for different reasons.  What folks need to keep in mind is that each search engine is designed with a different focus by the developer.  The same goes for databases I use in my business.  You need to play and explore to see what search engine will get you what.  

Ah the thrill of the internet search, so many ways to locate information.  Don’t forget to run searches on blog sites, Facebook, and other social sites to locate information.  I recently searched my investigator databases to locate a subject – I had no luck.  I turned to Facebook located him and positively identified him through pictures posted with his parents names!  Social networks have become a place to share your genealogy.

I also recommend calendaring searches on websites every few months.  Information changes daily on the web, don’t get left behind by only searching a website once and calling it a day.  A search for a surname may yield no results today but may supply a hit in December.  You can set up  Google alert  to search subjects at intervals and have the results sent to your mail.

A comparison of the results showed that two of the  search engines produced blog results, the other three did not.  One produced a higher amount of hits outside the United States.  One search engine brought up newspaper reports from California.  All of the search engines produced links that related to genealogy.

Thank you Amy Coffin for another challenge. 

Treasure Chest Thursday

I recently had to break into the treasure chest (The Bank) to pay for the archival framing of my Grandfather’s souvenir sweetheart pillow from WWI purchased in France.  I previously posted a picture of this treasure on 4 March 2010.  I paid extra to have additional stitching put in to support the lace, extra for the museum quality glass.  In two weeks I will have my treasure returned to me safety mounted to preserve it from additional harm.  My mother kept it folded in quarters in a cedar chest.  I am looking forward to having this treasure displayed on the wall rather than hidden away.  
I have found that family treasures that I display in my home generate stories and information sharing.  This happens not only with family members but guests in my home.  I have learned about other grandfathers’ war experiences, the lives of my family members, and traditions within and outside the family.
The clerk at the framing shop also shared her stories her family heirlooms.  She had items on display at her home and her aunt’s flapper dress she was planning on framing.
The cost of preservation may seem like we need to find some buried gold, but I am happy to pay the price for the heirloom’s future.  What it gives back to me is much greater than the price of preservation.