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.

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!

Honor Night

I have been given the honor of presenting the local chapter DAR Good Citizenship Award to a 6th grader this week.

daraward

I actually remember this being awarded when I was in 6th grade. I also remember being a bit disappointed when I didn’t win it. So, here’s to you, Karma! On a much more serious note, I’m thrilled to be giving this award to a deserving kid this year.

Qualities exhibited by the student:

Honor: Honesty and high principles

Service: Cooperation, meritorious behavior, bringing honor to school or community

Courage: Mental and physical, determination to overcome obstacles

Leadership: Ability to lead others, good sportsmanship

Patriotism: Fundamental Americanism

So exciting!

My Experience Using a Pro Genealogist for Document Retrieval

Background: I’ve been wanting to order my 3rd-great-GF and 2nd-great-GF’s compiled military service records (CMSR) and Civil War pension records from NARA for some time now.  It was cost-prohibitive to me in that it would take literally months for my request to be filled and even then the people who are contracted to copy do just that, copy what’s in the file in whatever order it’s in (not really reading the article looking for further clues).  Not to mention the fact that I was concerned I’d send the wrong file numbers to NARA and waste my money.  So, on the advice of a member on the APG list to contact fellow APG members in the DC area willing to do lookups and searches at NARA, I did just that.

In 17 days, I had over 230 pages from the files of John Ford and Lyman S. Ford.  The genealogist I hired is Pamela Loos-Noji, Ph.D. who gave permission to share her name and services here.  My copies were sent to me via Dropbox, which I then saved to my computer.  Excellent copies of the documents and in order!  And, really, what I paid to Ms. Loos-Noji is comparable to what I would’ve paid NARA.

To put it mildly, I am thrilled!  So thrilled, in fact, that I will most likely use her services again in the future for my other ancestors with Civil War military history (I’m looking at you, Paul Mayer!).

jf_0046 Written by John Ford himself!

lyman_0078 One image from Lyman S. Ford’s file

I haven’t had time to explore all the images and analyze anything so I chose one of John’s in his own handwriting and a random image from Lyman’s file.

Needless to say, I am extremely pleased with the results.  Check out apgen.org if you need to find a pro to do some work for you!

Blue River Valley Genealogy Society

Deep breaths…

Deep breaths….

I’ve never done anything like this before but was inspired by the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society at the IGS Conference, so…

http://www.BRVGS.info

I hope there are a few kindred souls in my neck of the woods who would enjoy doing something like this…I hope I’m not the only one.

I’m going to contact the WVGS and see if they will be our mentors…a model…our guides.

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Now, back to indexing…

UPDATE: As it turns out, you can be a society of one! Gotta get this ball rolling!

And sometimes, the evidence is just staring you right in the face…

Update:

Regarding my recent post, trying to determine if Nancy Pearson Ballard did in fact have a middle name of ‘Ann’, it hit me like, well, a ton of bricks a couple nights ago…her initials. She left the evidence right there for me!

N.  .P

She signed her inscription in her book this way, telling me and and anyone else who happened upon the book that she was middle name-less. I wondered if it was faded ink since the P is not complete; I think she just didn’t finish the P, might’ve been called away for whatever reason. Things like this make one wonder what was happening with Nancy at the time.