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.


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.

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.