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I am a retired Middle School Science teacher from Michigan spending 4 months each winter in Florida and learning about a whole new world.
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Friday, February 5, 2016

postheadericon GeneBloggers - Family Friends

A few months ago I started following Genabloggers (  In daily email, among other things, is a list of topic brain joggers each day for the many Genealogist Bloggers.  I am not dedicated enough to consider myself among those daily bloggers, but I thought I would play along sometimes.  Here are today's possible topics for a blog.
***Family Friends Friday
Family Recipe Friday
Follow Friday
Friend of Friends Friday
Friday’s Faces from the Past
Friday Funny
Funeral Card Friday

Family Friends.  When my grandparents were married in November of 1898 and living in Adrian, Michigan, my grandmother, just 17 years old at the time became friends with a neighbor who was also a new young bride.  That neighbor never had children of her own, but she and her husband were Godparents to my father when he was born many years after they were no longer neighbors.  I was familiar with "Aunt" Mildred Blaire, who visited Grandma for a week or so every year.  I believe Grandma visited her as often, too.  Aunt Mildred and her husband lived in Woodstock, Ontario and my grandparents in Michigan in the small town, Gibraltar, right on Lake Erie.
Here are my grandparents, Mildred and an unidentified young lady on a rock on the Eastern shore of Lake Erie in Canada.  Mildred's husband, Mark, was taking the photo.
This is my young father and "Uncle Mark" together at my grandparents' house on Fortune Street in Delray (now part of Detroit), Michigan.
My grandmother, Katie standing, and Mildred, seated, during one of Mildred's visits to Gibraltar, Michigan.  Both women were widowed by this time.
"Aunt" Mildred and "Uncle" Mark at their home in Woodstock, Ontario.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

postheadericon Genealogy Do-Over – Month 1 – January 2016

Setting Previous Research Aside:

This won't be too hard.  I am heading to Florida for the next 4 months and not taking previous research along...just my laptop.  Family Tree Maker isn't even on that computer.  I have my link to Ancestry on there, though, with previous research kept there.  I plan on following the workbook and lessons as much as possible being in a different location.

Preparing to Research:

Interested to find out what that entails and whether I can do that without my file cabinet of "stuff".  I am excited to start and see what I can accomplish.

I am excited to start!
Saturday, December 12, 2015

postheadericon To Do-Over or not to Do-Over?

With the breaking of the link between Family Tree Maker, my Gen- softwear, and Ancestry.Com, my main web site, I am at a loss.  I am so used to changes in my tree, after some research, copying directly to the other, that I am in a bit of a panic.  I have about a year to figure this out, but where to start.

However, along comes Genealogy Do-Over.  Maybe that is my answer.  Start all over.  I am afraid I have some broken links on Ancestry and, thus, on my Family Tree Maker (2014) tree.  I can't get the book until after the end of December.  I hope it comes before we leave MI for FL.

Perhaps I am not related to William Howard Taft.  Perhaps I don't have as many Mayflower links as I think.  Maybe I have more.  Maybe only one absolutely, for-sure ancestor fought in the Revolution.  Maybe more.

Maybe I can finally have a CLEAN tree with proper sources.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

postheadericon Lost and Found

Lost Cousins – A Genealogy Story

Johanna and Reinhold Oehring had seven children.  By 1880, only two were living.  Those two were Louis and Theresa, known as Tracy.  Louis and Tracy formed a strong bond, having watched their parents bury 3 of their siblings.  In 1883 and 1885, two more sons were born who lived.

Louis (my maternal grandfather) married first in 1873.  Five years later, Tracy married a Lutheran minister and had 3 children by him, Hilmar, Doris and Naomi.  Louis had two boys and 11 and 12 years later two girls.  Those seven cousins were very close with many visits between Louis’ family in Detroit and Tracy’s family in Kalamazoo, where her husband was pastor of a large Lutheran church.  There are even studio photographs of the cousins together from the early years. 
                                                                  Tracy's Wedding picture.

Emanuel, Tracey, Hilmar and Doris Mayer
3) Hilmar


2)  Sidney and Lyman Oehring with Hilmar and Doris Mayer

However, that is where the trail seemed to end.  The youngest of Louis’ children, Eunice, my mother, remembered her cousins and their good times but had no idea how or when the families became estranged.

I kept checking for information about the family while doing other genealogical tasks.  Then, one day, an obituary showed up, for Theresa.  She had died at age 39.  The Reverend had been left with three young children. 

In a year he remarried Mary Zink who had a son of her own.  That was also about the time Mother says they stopped seeing their cousins.  It appears that the new wife felt that it was better for the children to sever ties with their late mother’s family in order to build a stronger blended family.

This was where the trail ended again for many years.  Then one day, Laura Lou, a granddaughter of Louis, received a message from one Jennifer stating that they seemed to have common ancestors; Johanna and Reinhold Oehring.  The messages started flying.  Jennifer was the great-granddaughter of Theresa, granddaughter of Hilmar.  Since both women wintered in Florida there were meetings and exchange of copies of some precious photos including one picture of the Oehring family home in which Louis and Tracy were raised.


Another link has been discovered, a great-great-grandchild of Theresa’s, through Doris.  Slowly but surely pieces are being reassembled linking Louis and his beloved sister, Tracy, once again through the descendants’ searching.
Friday, September 18, 2015

postheadericon Old Photos

Over the last number of years I have scanned most of the really old photos I have.  I was the end of a long line on my father's side when my grandmother died, then my father so really old photos from his side were the start of my collection.  Then when we cleaned out my parents' house after they moved to Sr. apartments, all photos found around, here and there were collected into a bin or two and brought home with me.  My 3 kids and 2 grandchildren are way too busy to go over old photos with me.  I digi-scrapped some but I think spotlighting them here might be the best way to preserve what I know, suspect, or guess about some of those photos.  I will try to do oldest first.

Memorial Stone of George Aldrich, one of my 8th great-grandfathers, located in Mendon, Mass.

"In Memory of
Circa 1603 GEORGE ALDRICH 1683
one of
Mendon's founding fathers
Settled Mendon 7th month 1663
Dedicated by the
National Aldrich Association

St. Dunstan's Anglican Church in Cranbrook, England.  

January 12, 1591, Archbishop Whitgift appointed William Eddye to succeed as Vicar of St. Dunstan Church at Cranbrook.  He is my 7th great-grandfather born in England 1562 and died there, also, in 1616.

This is a photo taken in 2009 or so of the Newman Scarlett house, recorded to have been built by Newman in the 1700's on Maple St. in Tewksbury. It was just demolished in 2009.
 There is a book (ISBN B0006R3G) Newman Scarlett of Tewksbury, Massachusetts and his Descendants
 page 901
 Scarlett, Newman, Tewksbury.Sergeant, in a Tewksbury co. of militia commanded by Lieut. Thomas Clark, Col. Green's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 2 days.
 He would have been one of the famous "Minute Men". He served again later in the war.

 If you look at the vital records for Tewksbury Massachusetts under Births you will find under the FROST family a baptism record for a Newmen (spelled that way) adopted by Edmund Frost (jr).  This is the nearest to a birth record anyone has been able to find in spite of many professional genealogists of his line searching in the US and in England, where he claimed to have been born.

This headstone in a cemetery in Indiana is Newman's grandson, also named Newman, but called "New".  He is my 3rd great-grandfather.

This is Newman Scarlett (3) my 3rd great grandfather.  The writing on the back is that of my great grandfather, Horace Greeley Scarlett, Jr, originally named Almon but renamed after his father died of a gunshot wound.

Monday, November 3, 2014

postheadericon A Break-Through from Sweden

There are many genealogy groups on Facebook.  I first joined one dedicated to  There was a lot of negative and downright mean posts so I left that for Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.  When I asked a question there about my German heritage I was directed to the German Genealogy page.  Since I had questions about my Swedish heritage I joined Swedish Genealogy, also.  There were people in that group that were actually Sweden natives living there now.  I asked about a few of the words on this document:

The actual place of birth is "Born October 3, 1848 in Pershytte village, Hedemora parish, Stora Kopparberg County" (today Dalarna county).

That long first word before "Carl Andersson" (Hammunsegaresoneu) means "son of a man that owns his own small farm".  Who could have guessed THAT one!

I had included this photo in the post assuming that one of those boys was my great-grandfather.:

I received THIS comment that the photo of the two boys had to be taken after 1893 (Carl left in 1870) so probably his brothers.  Also the photo studio on the back was established in 1893.  Then he saw "1910" somewhere on the card so THAT was when it was taken.

One of the members did a little research and found one of the brothers stayed in Sweden, had 5 sons and 1 daughter, and lived in Hedemora during the time between 1893 and 1900.

I have NO idea what to enter as Charles/Carl's father's name.  I settled for Hammunsegaresoneu, the word for Man Who Owns His Own Small Farm...I can change it if more information becomes available.

Facial Recognition supports that these are Charles and his bride, Mary Ann.

I have their State of Michigan Return of Marriage.  That just states Charles was born in Hedemora, Sweden, and Mary Ann was born in Hereford, England.

 I guess I should join the British Genealogy page on Facebook.  At least there won't be translation problems, I hope.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

postheadericon Return to Gen-Sanity

With the disappointing and confusing results of my DNA test, I lost enthusiasm for genealogy for a while.  When I looked back at the results a few weeks ago I found it entirely different.  Now it says:

Europe 100%

  • Great Britain 41%
  • Europe West 38%
  • Scandinavia 8%
  • Europe East 8%
    Trace Regions 5%
  • Italy/Greece 2%
  • Ireland 2%
  • Finland/Northwest Russia < 1%

Now THAT"s better!

Comparing two unknown photos with other known photos I was able to determine that these two former mystery people were my great-grandparents, Mary Ann Powell (from England) and Carl Andersson (from Sweden).

 Carl emigrated first to England, then, 6 years later, to the US through Canada.  Mary Ann emigrated to the US through Canada at the same time and they immediately came to Adrian, Michigan and were married.  I have their "return of marriage" papers.

Carl (now changed to Charles Anderson) was 26 and Mary Ann, 22.  I believe the photos above were taken around the time of their marriage.  The date of wedding was given as November 12, 1874.

I also have Carl/Charles' papers applying, through his church to emigrate from Sweden.  It has a date that I can read as 1848 3/10 which must have been his birth date and matches with the age at the time of his marriage.  I still need to find a translator for this "old" Swedish language.

All-in-all, I was pretty happy with my findings.  Now I also just found a British census from when Mary Ann was 9 and in England.  The parents names match information I was given by my grandmother.  It gives Mary Ann's birth place and place of residence at age 9 as Bristol, England, not Hereford, as I had been told.  We had a book about Hereford that had passed down from my grandfather.  It was just word of mouth that she was born in Hereford.  Now I know better.