Saturday, June 28, 2014


Having decided if you can not break through a brick wall maybe we should try going over one.

See that balloon way up high in the sky.  It prompted me to have a few stray thoughts about

Maybe we should do more than cluster research, and direct line and collateral line research.  Yes, I am saying that with clarity of mind.

Having one fact that we feel was true and non biased, I have decided to jump over all the other data.

Going back to a Dr. George Schweitzer moment.  That old fashioned draw a circle around the point of known. Work out from the center.  Only I had already done that so taking that circle and worked from the other end. finding some intriguing information.  I suspect we just did not draw the circle out far enough for the time frame we were looking in.

We also were following the family stories not facts.  O yes, write those stories down but then  you have to prove them.

At least information on the names were found.  Many collateral married into surnames were also found.

Going back to the development of the state, re aligning what town was in what county at that time (meaning year).

Some of the pieces seem to be falling in alignment with what we have known as possible fact.

Hoping to find and dig into a Churches records if they still exist.  It will involve three of them.
Two of the same faith, one separate faith, but faiths of people changed according to what pastor was available in what area for people to profess their faith.

Their was also traveling Ministers at times through out the early part of our country.

Overlapping the more current county for the past county, and the county even before helps to see how the boundary may have moved but the person may not have moved far. Or they may have jumped for miles.  We must keep an open mind.  We have trouble doing that, yes we do.

We need to look at what was happening in that area when they lived there.  Were they building a canal, running barges up and down a river, working coal mines, or other mines?  The economy of an area had
a lot to do with what our ancestors did.

Can you imagine changing from a successful Miller to a Farmer for your families sake? With the rumor your father was a Doctor/Dentist?  That both your father and grandfather were Rev War Veterans. They run wagons with supplies for the troops. Family story.

So jump over the brick wall, branch out and see what you may find. I started with just the surname, then the area, you can too.

John H Myers b 09 Dec 1809 Harrisburg, PA, Death 23 Aug 1865 in Troy Grove, LaSalle, ILL

Moved to Perry County, PA and married Sarah Elizabeth "Jane" Foulk,  Some of family is buried in church yard behind where they were married.  Later they moved to Illinois. He was only there a few years before he died. At this time his children had started scattering and had to come home for the funeral.

IN BIBLE,( not printing rest of what was in Bible.)
Fathers name was Valentine Myers
Grandfathers name was Phillip Myers

Supposedly, Phillip came to USA as a child with his father Valentine Myers, from Swiss German border. Have data can not prove it is our Phillip.

Sarah Elizabeth "Jane" Foulk,    John's wife b 28 July 1813 Fishing Creek Valley, Rye Township, Perry Co. PA   died 21 March 1860 Troy Grove, La Salle Co. ILL.

Monday, June 23, 2014

General Research Ideas and Places to Look

 Amazing that everyone or seems as that, has a topic about research and beginners.  It must be, because Summer has arrived and Spring is past.

Liking many of the lists that various organizations proposed for Genealogists to use, I take exception with the format of the list.

A new attendee will follow the list down the page and some of these lists will lead them to a slow trail and maybe defection.

We have the ability to make Genealogical Research as expensive or non expensive as we wish.

Having followed the Card Catalog at the LDS Library and it was alphabetical, it left my brain thinking.

Their catalog topics seems well placed generally. Just review what they had for Iowa and it will give you some clues.

We need to be careful when we make lists.  The new person will pick it up and go down it in order, more often than skipping around.  Sometimes they remake the list to their needs but feed back does not indicate that is happening often.

 We should always start with ourselves.  What do we have in our home, our files, our pictures our documents, and stories?  What nicknacks bring memory of some one? What did you inherit hanging on the wall or setting by the door?  What lays on the bed or on a table?

To start research you should always start with what is available to you.  I called it the Laundry Basket Approach.

Then reach out to find more clues, contacting family members, well known and hardly to non known.
The social media's of today can make this easily possible.  You do not need to use them for social chat but for research.

Having joined a certain counties Media page, meeting many new distant cousins and pictures are being swapped and named and discussed.  Years ago you had to go to the Reunion or the site to hope to get a list from the Genealogical Group of whom was hunting a certain name. Yes, you should still do this method but add the social media  groups to this search.  Does not cost a dime just mostly your time.

Having my funny bone tickled by one Genealogical Media that went all the way to item 5 before they listed we should all start at home.

Here is my List in order of research for Beginners.

1. Home, self, family, pictures, knicknacks, letters, documents.

2. More Home, Inherited items from family members gone, blankets, quilts, vases, pictures,
high chair, rocking horse, cabinets, old radios, phonographs, Bibles and family memory books.

3.  More home sources,  old newspaper clippings, birth announcements, baby books, wedding or anniversary books. School certificates, church certificates, church notices, Birth Certificates, death Certificates, Marriage Certificate, Divorce, Annulment and any other of kind items.  Military Records, do not forget them.  We have been at  indirectly at War for over 100 years so there is much to look for.

I have my Grandad's wallet with his last Drivers License in it. Mom kept it.

4.  Do not forget the garage, barn or shed.  Did you get a tool that was your Dad's or Grandad's?
What about Grandma's sewing machine?  (Old Hammers and some screw driver sets are worth lots of money. That is a side bar to genealogy.)

5. Once you have inventoried what you already have, you are probably amazed at what you have accumulated.

6. Remember to do this when a death brings more information into your home.  It helps to soothe the soul while your mourning to remember the good times these items remind you of.

7.  Now your ready to venture out into the world, hoping you have joined and attended a local
Genealogical or Family History Group, as one of the first things out side of the home.

8.  Attend their meetings  and learn the tricks and tips others have mastered.

9.  Check your local library and with the library in region the person came from for assistance.
This is so important.  If you can join that society for further assistance it may really help you. Joining  was one of the biggest positives I did.

10.  Family History Center in your area for further help is many times very helpful. Also in the region of person living.  It seems all FHC's have different data in their local facility. Yes much can be ordered to be sent your local facility, but much here is free.

11.  FHC's can give you access to the Census Records, and many others we have already mentioned.

12,  FHC's may have a film or book on the Land Records, Tax Lists, Church Records, Probates, Wills,
Estate, Guardianship, Boundary changes. They also have Biographies and many other titles look at the Iowa References on previous blog, for ideas.

13. BOUNDARY CHANGES yes you must watch for this in your research whether it is by town, county or state and country.  Yes, USA had all of these happen.

14. Almost all religious groups have a home base for original records, though some have been destroyed or never kept.  You will need to look up that home base.

15.  There are many other records to replace the 1890 census that was destroyed by fire.

16.  You can log on a computer at home or a library and access the site that is free.
Even though it is affiliated with what is on this page is free. Surname Lists, Place Lists,
Religious groups, and so much more that is free.

17.  Look for Newspaper articles, Occupations, School's records, Medical Records, Cemeteries,
Court Case Files, Business Licenses, Doctor's Directories.

18.  Read all the lists for research formats, but work them to start from home then outward. You may have something at home you would not need to get from elsewhere.

19.  Anyone can join the FHC and access much data once you have signed in. They also will order data for you for a nominal fee.

20. The book by Val D. Greenwood should be requested for birthday or Christmas for your assistance.   The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy 

Here is hoping this helps and will share more in the future.

All Rights Reserved. 6-23-14


Sunday, June 22, 2014

More IOWA Information

Always my favorite place to start is .

We are so lucky both these states have been updated and kept in good shape though they need help with many counties.

My family in the not far distant pass came from Iowa and much current family still lives there.

My hope this next trip is to visit their archives in Des Moines.

Most of my husband’s family still is here, enjoying the snow and grumbling at the lack of rain in the summer.   HA HA HA

I have many 2nd cousins that reside in this state. Soy Beans and
Corn and Hogs and Cattle and Chickens are very prevalent there.

The Ledges is a beautiful park. The longest rail bridge is in this state.  It is also the highest.

It is a state of flat land, man does it have lots of that for the corn and beans and other grains they grow. The southwest corner is a bit craggly and filled with many ravines.   There is a good chance the nw is the same.  The eastern seems mostly grain fields.  I keep flying over this part.  

Lots of family down below I could wave to.

The picture above does not do the park justice, the  different color of the ledges is magnificent.

My husband was born in this county.  I have been to the Kate Shelly High Bridge in 1970.  IT is being replaced but still named the same.

Boone Historical Society and Museums.

click on this.

Being part of the Wisconsin Territory  when organized in 1836,  taken from  the Michigan Territory. 

More data here.

Birth Records were started in 1880 and marriage records very greatly.  Death records 1880 mostly but not always kept.

A neat feature for Iowa Genweb is the Lookup Cities and Towns. 

Another neat feature that cuts down my writing is the sourcing of links they provide on their site.

Genealogy Search Engines and  Category’s are here.

They still use the Books we  Own site for sharing knowledge. 

I have found much help using this site since the early 1990’s.

Locating cousins, close cousins, and many distant ones also.

Genealogy Search Engines
Libraries and Books
Maps and Geography
Vital Records
Volunteer Look-Ups and Professional Genealogists
Heritage & Cultural Centers
Other Iowa Genealogy Resources Lists.

               List of All RootsWeb Search Engines

               USGenWeb Project Home Page Search Engine

               Surname Helper—Search for a Surname

               Internet FamilyFinder—    ***
*** Ancestry dropping service of this site.                

They have a State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries.

 message boards, bios, queries and documents.

 How about Bios of your ancestor?  That is a project they are doing.

 Join them and share an ancestors bio for future generations.

Drake University, many of my family went there and many of husbands’ family is going there.

There are many Universities and colleges that have data you can find and use.


Court House my Grandparents grew up with.

A lot of historical information off this site.


The Iowa Genealogical Society Surname Index A digital volume of volume 5 is available from the FHL Catalog entry.

State Historical Society of Iowa

State Historical Society of Iowa

Waterloo Courier   

Having gone to google and put in  Iowa Genealogical Societies
You  will come up with enough links to occupy you for a week to a month or year.

 A great book is the one written by George Schweitzer on Iowa research if you can find one. I believe he retired four or more years ago.

FHC Information on Books for Iowa

977.7  Clayton Library  Houston Public Library, Texas
977. 737  Waterloo Courier 6 vol.
Naf            29 Nov 1859 to 11 May 1865

929.273  Appanoose VR Ancestral TapestryV1b3     Gnacinska

929.273  Boone, Bremer, Blackhawk, Butler,      L86          Chickasaw

977.273   Iowa Floyd Military

977.783  History of Marion County, IA

929.273  Committee Review  Hamersby & Allied H179h     Families N

974.0    census
v6- v8

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Iowa Research Places and Documents to Find.



1.     Historical Societies in the State
2.        Libraries in the State, County and towns.
3.       State Archives
4.       Genealogical Societies
5.       University Libraries
6.       State College Libraries
      Court Houses
      Land Records Offices

l      List of Resources

7.       Church Records
8.        Land records
9.        Probate Records
10.                  Estate Records
11.                  Adoption Records
12.                  Prothonotary Records
13.                  Tax Records
14.                   Medical Records
15.                   Foreclosure Records
16.                   School Records
17.                   Business Records
18.                   Wills
19.                   Cemetery Records
20.                   Mausoleums
21.                   Military Records
22.                   Military Medical Records
23.                   Books,  Newspapers, don’t limit search to local, early papers carried        data from 100 + miles away.
24.                  Church Bulletins
25.                   Obituaries
26.                  Ads in the paper
27.                   Church Archives for various Religious Faiths
28.                   Society Quarterlies
29.                   Extended Family (distant kin)
30.                   If recent death, neighbors of the deceased.
31.                   Civil, State and Federal Records
32.                    Ship Manifests
33.                    Embarking and Debarking Records
34.                    Citizenship records
35.                     Application for Citizenship
36.                    Use a Time Line for finding missing data

1. by   State and by county and look in the archives


3.   Check Blogs for Surnames
4.    Online papers,
5.    Online books, ie NEHGS etc, NGS, ANCESTRY.
7.    societies listed at are many)
8.    surname groups
10.                   23 and Me
11.                   Maybe for DNA before 1 September
12.          before 1 Sept.

13.                   Eastern United States Re#D9A0F0


          Lineage Societies ie
       one of my favorite sites.
   good list posted here and I have this site.

          Lost Colony Research Gr#11278FB

Links to various online gazetteers are found at under regional resources, and
  by state and county  remember to look in their archives.

Information that can be purchased or found in various libraries.

1989 Physicians Obituaries, an obituary index to the Journal of the American Medical Association; by Thomas Jay Kemp - Item #GPC3144 - 1 in stock - 50% off – shelf worn 
 ( There are many books about Physicians if you go  looking)

Important to show ..

*** Reasons for joining book sellers sites are many. 
1.   You can see  what is there about your area or name
2.   Compare to what your library may have or can order, interlibrary loan
3.   Society to order the book if it covers enough people.
4.   Always gives new ideas of where to look, we do  not normally think of.

 This is a good start for places to look and visit and read about.

 Please start using some books for your finds. Try your Local Family  History Center or local Library or Genealogical Library