Blogiversary~3 Years!

And I’m still here!  For the past 3 years, I’ve worked as hard as I have been able to to forward my genealogical education and experience.  I have to take the next step at some point…certification.  I knew I wanted to get my oldest son through graduation before going “on the clock,” and that has now happened.

It’s time.  I need to take that next step.  I must take that next step.

But, first…

I’ve decided to group my accomplishments and goals under my Four Cornerstones.

 <—To refresh your memory! *I need to change my name on that image…oops!

Time to review:

EDUCATION LOCAL HISTORY PROFESSIONALISM RESEARCH

Started this blog on 24 Jun 2014.

Became the county genealogist for Henry County through IGS in August 2015. Local History/Professionalism

Became the newest board member of the Henry County Historical Society & Museum in September 2015. Local History/Professionalism

General public meetings of ECIGA officially began in February 2016 (inclement weather canceled our very first meeting in January 2016). Education/Local History

Attended the IGS Conference in April 2015 and 2016.  Attended the Society Management Seminar in April 2015, 2016, and 2017. Education/Professionalism

Became NSDAR member in April 2015, Corresponding Secretary for my chapter 2016-17. Professionalism/Research

Elected Vice President of the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (ICHAP), term begins 1 July 2016.  On 1 July 2018, I move to being the President. Professionalism/Education

Attended INDAR State Conference (May 2017).  Did it!

Begin genealogical courses through DAR. Completed GEP I, II, and III! Education/Research

What I Want To Accomplish (June 2017-2018)!

Practice writing proof summaries and proof arguments. Have been working on these!

Write article for IGS Quarterly. Working on it!

Complete yearbook for Sarah Winston Henry NSDAR Chapter, 2017. Working on it!

Attend District INDAR meeting (August 2017). Planning on it!

Plan two-part workshop for ladies interested in joining DAR. Happening this summer!

Complete New Horizons course through DAR.  Working through that this year.

Order syllabi and/or presentations from FGS 2016 and APG PMC 2016. Planning on it!

Applied for waiting list for an upcoming ProGen Study Group!

Go ON THE CLOCK! MUST DO!!! After ProGen!

Long-Term Goals

Add two more of my ancestors to SCWFI (John Ford and Lyman S. Ford). Still working on it!

Begin working on NSDAR supplemental for William Ballard (born 1715). Need to do!

Finish studies through NGS (got this in under the wire! Signed up for the NGS Guide to Documentation and Source Citation!). Still need to do final course!

Attend FGS Annual Conference in 2018!  ECIGA plans to join FGS October 2017!

Attend APG’s PMC (Sept 2016, 2017). Really wanted to go but the Bicentennial Torch Relay goes through Henry County the day after and I don’t think I can squeeze both in.  Want to go in 2017 but too expensive (Washington DC).  Wait for it to come back around to Fort Wayne!

Join PALAM (Oct 2017). Need to do!

Planning for Henry County Bicentennial in 2022!

Go “on the clock”??? See above!

Apply for First Families of Ohio (James A. Fowler and his wife Elizabeth Devore). Need to do!

Compose my Project Pioneer project for young-at-heart folks in the senior living community to help them get their family trees online at FamilySearch.org. Working on it!

Here’s to another great year!

Something My Descendants Will Dread

I’m changing my name.

And that’s if I have any direct descendants.

Most women, after getting a divorce, keep their married name.  I’m bucking that tradition.  Not only that, but instead of using my first name, I’ll be using my middle name!  The first third of my life I went by a kid-like nickname, the second third of my life I’ve gone by my full first name, and for what is most likely the third third of my life I’m going off the rails!

Right now, I’m going through the legal process of changing it, so I’ll answer to just about anything!

In the very near future, just call me A. Kaye Ford.

Webinar~Fire Insurance Maps…Google Maps of their Day! Plus Graduation!

Hosted by: Hamilton County (OH) Genealogical Society (thank you!)

Presented by: Jill Morrelli, CG

First, let me say I *big puffy heart* love Sanborn Fire Maps!  In my humble opinion, your genealogical research is lacking if you do not use this resource.  It is, in a word, indispensable!  So, when I heard about this webinar, I signed up immediately!  Right now, I’m creating a project using a story my grandfather wrote about a typical day in his life in 1933 when he was a high school senior.  He worked for a movie theater in the downtown area of our hometown, and his story is about him running an errand and running all about the downtown area, checking into different businesses and seeing different people.  He wrote this from memory for his 50th class reunion in 1983! I’m using the 1924 Sanborn Fire Map for our hometown to plot these businesses, as well as the contemporaneous city directory.  I’ve even created his avatar who will walk his remembered trail! That is his senior class picture attached to a generic body.  I think he’d approve!

Another way I’ve used Sanborn Fire Maps is to locate where my ancestors lived in Cincinnati prior to the interstates being built.  They lived very near the Ohio River.  I have used these maps in conjunction with Cincinnati’s city directories, which, again, another indispensable resource.  These ancestors rented a building and ran a dance hall out of it; I was able to find that location on a Sanborn Fire Map.  It is yet another structure no longer standing.

A third way I’ve used Sanborn Fire Maps is to find where my early Ohio ancestors lived in Butler County, Ohio, in a town named Darrville.

In Richmond, Indiana, the actual bound map books are at the Morrisson-Reeves Library.  The maps are on linen pages, making the book heavy.  When a new map was published, the old book was supposed to be destroyed but many were not.  If they were, however, the linen pages would be recycled as clothing (!) and the leather binding used on boats.

Public health service (see John Snow’s 1854 cholera map of London)

Purpose for fire insurance maps: Carriers insure for loss; not concentrating the coverage; want to know the risk for a particular building

No owners’ names! Will find building type, address, railroads and viaducts, names of additions, etc.

Map books large and heavy!

Great Fire of London, 1666: The beginning of fire insurance (1710); fire insurance in US by 1728, written in London

1790: First map published in Charleston, SC

1815: Lithographs to produce multiple maps; maps had to be drawn in a mirror image!

1850: Map created of NYC business district (George Hope)

1850: Map standardization with the companies to provide maximum info on the map

Black and white (mostly seen online), colored (usually Sanborn), colored and corrected (have layers of tiny papers when changes were made)

Daniel Alfred Sanborn (1827-1883), did 50+ maps from 1867-68!

A surveyor (“strider”) recorded each building in very fine detail

Maps were colored by hand!

Find digitized Sanborn Maps on Library of Congress website!  Also check Google, local libraries, and Indiana University.

Maps created for fire insurance companies where they had clients so some cities/towns with no clients were not mapped.

Always review the first page of a city’s/town’s map, lots of info!

Read the key for color coding!

Read the key for dwelling types!

Special Risks: Manufacturing

Who uses these maps? Urban historians, writers, architects, historic preservationists, genealogists! Also house historians and collectors.

You can analyze businesses using directories and censuses.

Use Google Maps to compare how neighborhoods appear.

Maps can also be used to analyze disasters (Fall River, Massachusetts, 1928).

So glad I was able to sit in on this webinar!  Now I’m off to check for maps online!

Before I forget, this happened:

Big day for all of us!  We extremely proud of his accomplishments thus far and what his future holds! Way to go Ben!!

Busy Weeks Ahead!

I finally had an inspiration!  I need to write an article for a genealogical journal in Indiana, but I was having trouble deciding what to write about (since I want to put together a portfolio for BCG I can’t write something and then use it for the portfolio).  So, I thought about my family and finally decided on my great-grandmother’s roots.  She was one of 9 daughters, no sons.  Her father and grandfather moved back and forth across the Midwest, from New Jersey to Ohio to Iowa, back to Ohio, into Indiana, back to Iowa, and finally back to Indiana!  I’m compiling data right now to put this together.

Yes…busy weeks…my son is graduating and has 6 full days of school left and then a plethora of senior activities to keep us hopping until June 4.  Not to mention an ECIGA meeting this week, DAR Youth Citizenship Presentations coming up plus the state conference, historical society board meeting and manning the table during our Memorial Day Festival, and meeting with my friends at the assisted-living center to help them with their family history research. Whew! I will be so ready for a breather come June!