Saturday Night Genealogy Fun~What Were You Doing in 1985?

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Technically, on 24 October 1985, I was 14 years, 4 months, and 3 days old.  Just about the same age as my youngest son is now.  I don’t recall being such a handful at that age as he is.  I was the oldest of 2 girls.  I would’ve been in the ninth grade, and, at that time, it was considered junior high school, not high school.  I recall trudging through classes and homework.  Michael Jackson and Duran Duran were popular bands, but I still liked groups like the Eagles and ELO and Meatloaf.  I was on the school newspaper.  And I attended my first prom that school year (but that was 1986 so forget I mentioned it). Not really interested in my family history, though that would’ve given me something to do! No internet then.  We had gigantic computers at school where the hard drive and monitor were all one piece.  No home PCs yet.  I was the rare kid, I guess, who actually went to the library and read every Stephen King novel I could get my hands on.

image Okay, picture from first prom, April 1986, taken by my late aunt

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun-Your Ancestors or Cousins Born on Your Birthdate

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My birthday is 21 June 19–. The first day of summer. The longest day of the year. Am I a Gemini or Cancer? I’ve always identified with Gemini.

So, I used my RootsMagic7 program and came up with a list of birthdays. Eight were in June, none share 21 June. The closest to my birthday is my maternal grandfather’s sister, Beatrice Elizabeth Ballard, who was born on 17 June. My mother has her name as a middle name; Beatrice died as a young child. We named our stillborn daughter Isabella Bea. The others who share June birthdays with me include both my mom and dad, John Ford, Peyton Pearson (son of Thomas), and William Maxwell (my paternal grandmother’s father).

I’ll be keeping an eye out for an ancestor or collateral relative who shares my birthday!

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun~(BSGO) Bright Shiny Genealogy Objects

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BSGO are items you happen upon in your research, somewhat serendipitously, and you must follow that lead, sometimes falling into a genealogy black hole!  Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn’t.

1.  I do stumble upon BSGO every once in awhile.

2.  My most recent BSGO was while looking through unindexed record sets on FamilySearch dot org.  I was looking at land records for Genesee County, NY, for the early 1800s as John Ford said his father bought land in the Holland Purchase about the time he was 7 (1815).  Lo and behold, I found land sold to Nathaniel Ford by an Archibald Bennett in 1816. !!! Since I had yet to connect Prudence Bennett, Nathaniel’s wife, to anyone at all, seeing these two names together in a land transaction gave me hope!  I took Archibald Bennett’s name and ran with it.  I found out Archibald Bennett had applied for a Revolutionary War pension from Decatur County, IN, in 1837, one of the witnesses being John Ford (I’ve established that John Ford was in Indiana in the late 1830s).  Archibald Bennett’s Rev War pension application gave his date and place of birth as being Antietam, Maryland, in 1762, and that he was recruited as a Frontier Ranger while living in Washington County, PA, during the Rev War.  The year of birth, 1762, made him too young to be Prudence’s father, so I’m guessing a brother or uncle.  At any rate, just finding that land record opened a lot of doors for me!  I imagine I spent a good hour chasing leads.

3.  If I find something promising, I go after it then and there if at all possible.  If not possible, I make a note of it in Evernote or jot it down.  It depends on the situation how disciplined I am about being mesmerized by BSGO. 🙂

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun~What’s Your Ancestor Score?

This is going back, well, a year (!), but I wanted to give it a try!  Here is the info over at Randy Seaver’s awesome blog,

In a nutshell, going back to your 11th generation (8th-great-GPs), you should have 1024 ancestors, or a total of 2047 people including yourself. I’ve went through my tree to see how many of those 2047 I can claim right now. And let’s just say, I’ve got my work cut out for me!

SNGF~Ancestor Score

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun~Do/Did Your Children Know Their Great-Grandparents?

I’ve been buried this week! My DAR application is getting involved now, as are my 2 Civil War lineage society apps! Plus, I need to get on the ball with scanning into the computer the documents I’ve found.

But, onto this week’s challenge!

1) My kids were born in 1997 and 2000. They met their paternal maternal grandfather, Harold C. Ford, and actually knew their maternal paternal grandmother, Florence W. Walker. We have pictures of the kids with both of them.

2) I was born in 1971, the first child of the last child on my mother’s side so my maternal maternal and paternal great-grandparents had passed quite some time before my birth, like in the 1950s. My paternal paternal great-grandparents had also been deceased for some time. My maternal paternal great-grandmother, Ida Cole Maxwell, was still alive at the time of my birth, but I never got to meet her unfortunately.

3) No grandchildren yet!

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun~Your Best Genea-Prize in August 2014

This week’s challenge:

This one was easy for me! I found an answer to a question I’ve had for some time regarding my 3rd-great-GF. Before he married my 3rd-great-GM, he was married before and the story was the first wife died early into that marriage. I found out that the first had not died and had actually remarried. So, I did some digging this August in the county where this took place and got my answer. See this post for more info!