Sunday, June 18, 2017

It’s Official! I Proved it!

Last September I submitted my maternal family synopsis form to the Alden Kindred of America in order to certify my Alden lineage and become a member of the Alden Kindred of America.   (See post Which Historical Societies Will You Join? ).  Since then I have worked to obtain the documentation necessary to prove that I am truly a descendant of John and Priscilla Alden.  I worked with the Alden Historian to determine the generations I needed to provide documentation on. 

As you go back farther and farther you wind up in a time period when towns were not yet required to maintain birth, death and marriage records.  Some records are difficult to find and alternative sources are needed.  Portis’ and Nettie’s death records were hard to find as I had conflicting information on where they had died.  Another interesting outcome was that I realized I didn’t have copies of my immediate family’s, including my own, important vital records.  As we search for the records on our illusive ancestors we often forget about our own records.

And here’s the proof that I succeeded:


My lineage:
John and Priscilla Alden
Rev. Noah
Marvin M.
Portis M.
I am so very honored to be descended from John and Priscilla and all they fought for and accomplished in this amazing new world. 
I’m also looking forward to meeting many of my newly found cousins.   YEA!!!!

Next on my Genealogy ‘To Do’ List…..  join the Mayflower Society, the DAR…..

If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,

Friday, June 9, 2017

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 2017

The 48th annual Genealogy Jamboree began yesterday with a DNA day entitled Diving Into DNA-a full day of sessions all about DNA and genealogy.  Today marked the first of 3 days of this year’s Jamboree entitled Hunting Your Heritage.  The Southern California Genealogical Society, who put on this amazing event, expect over 1500 people, a combination of volunteers, attendees, speakers, and exhibitors.  Yesterday, I was able to attend 4 sessions on topics such as the Y-DNA of the British Monarchy to Genetic Genealogy Year in Review 2017.  It is amazing to see how far the field of Genetic Genealogy has come in just the last year as reported by Blaine Bettinger.

Today, I was able to attend a 2 1/2 hour special workshop and 3 additional sessions.
My first session was a workshop entitled Third Party Tools for Autosomal DNA by Blaine Bettinger.  What a great workshop and well worth the extra workshop fee.  Blaine is a great speaker and instructor who taught us about many of the features and tools in the programs GEDmatch and DNAgedcom.  It’s absolutely amazing how the ‘Tools’ in these programs can help you make sense of and interpret all those results from the DNA testing you have done. (Thanks to all my family members who have helped with this research by donating their DNA Smile).  Blaine helped us in this ‘hands on’ workshop use these ‘Tools’ with our personal DNA results to begin interpreting how our ‘matches’ can direct our genealogy research.  I like these ‘Workshops’ when we are not just learning but also ‘doing’ and using the knowledge we have just learned. 

Another session where I learned some new techniques were in a session entitled Facebook: A Tool for Genealogy Research by Thomas MacEntee.  Thomas is an engaging speaker, who I enjoyed at a full day seminar for the San Diego Genealogical Society in January, and I was pleased to hear again today.  We tend to think of Facebook as a connection for keeping in touch with our friends but there are so many ways it can help us with our research whether it’s searching for Family groups with our Surnames or Genealogy Groups in the areas or states we are researching as a way to help us find answers or to find cousins and make those new connections.

The last session I attended was entitled Types of Township Records by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen.  Peggy is a speaker I think I could listen to for hours and totally lose track of time.  Peggy spoke about the first ‘township’ records which began in England and were records kept in a parish chest or strongbox.  She spoke of records we generally don’t think of looking for in a township such as tax records, school records, cemetery records, land records, etc. that can help tell our ancestor’s story.  She showed us how you can use locations on a land record in and google earth to find the present day location of land owned by your ancestors. I look forward to the next workshop of hers I can go to…perhaps for the San Diego Genealogical Society?

Other Jamboree highlights
  • Yesterday, I was able to see and thank Drew Smith and George Morgan (of Genealogy Guys and Genealogy Connection podcasts).  If you haven’t had a chance to listen to their podcasts I highly recommend you do.
  • There is an Exhibit Hall full of vendors and Society representatives.  I stopped by the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) booth to learn how to start my applications for the 5 Revolutionary War Veterans I have identified recently in my family tree.  Another one of those items on my Genealogy ‘To Do List’.
  • While learning some new ways to look at my DNA results I was able to figure out how a DNA match I had on Ancestry connected into my family tree and a cousin I didn’t know I had …is found.  YEA!!
  • A great dinner with my son who lives nearby!

If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Obituary-Portis M. Coolbaugh, Civil War Soldier

american flag 1863
This Memorial Day, as we remember those who have fought for our Country, I chose to remember my maternal 2x great-grandfather Portis M. Coolbaugh.   He served as a Union soldier from 26 February 1862 until 1 March 1865.

from the newspaper The Bradford Star Thursday, October 27, 1910
Coolbaugh Portis 1910 Obit
Mustered Out-
Portis M. Coolbaugh died Oct. 16, 1910 at the Women’s Relief Corp Home in Oxford, N. Y., of cancer of the liver, aged 65 years.  Deceased was a native of Monroeton, where he spent his early life and from which town in March, 1862, he enlisted in Company C, 107th P. V. and served until the close of the war.  He had for many years resided at Waverly and Lockwood.  He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.  The remains were taken to Lockwood for interment.

Remember to look beyond your ancestors information.  On the same page in the newspaper I also found this add:  (click on images to enlarge)
Civil War Book Add
Looks like this would be a very interesting read but it seems like there are only 5 copies at Libraries in the US-they are in the Library of Congress, the NY Historical Library, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, one in Minnesota and one in Springfield, Illinois.  Ugh….Somehow I’ll have to see if I can see it one day and see if Portis is mentioned in it.
*I owe a big thank-you to the volunteers at the Bradford County Historical Society for finding this clipping and some other wonderful information for me.  Remember that a Historical Society is a great place to find things that you probably can’t find on the internet.  You can hire someone to help with your research when it isn’t possible for you to be doing it in person.

If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday’s Obituary–William Marshall Cornell

I had believed my maternal great-grandfather William Cornell (see post Can Census Records Add to What I Know About William Marshall Cornell?) who lived in Spencer, New York had also died there.  But as frequently happens I was unable to find his death certificate through the Spencer Town Clerk.  Recently I found the following Obituary for William:
Cornell William 1962 obituary
from the newspaper Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York) dated January 28, 1962 and found on

I notice in the above obituary that there is a son Nathan listed, however, there was no son Nathan and son Earl is not listed. 

Research lesson learned...always look for an Obituary before you spend the time… finding the contact information for the Town where you believe your ancestor died, sending the required fee and personal information ...only to find out...your ancestor died elsewhere…ugh!  Now I know where to find his death certificate.

If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Can Census Records Add to What I Know About William Marshall Cornell?

I thought I’d take a look at how much information I can learn about my maternal great-grandfather William Marshall Cornell from the Census records I can find.
Cornell William young photo Cornell William photo
photos of William Cornell
William was born on 28 September 1879 in Alpine, Schuyler County, New York to Joseph Cornell and Charlotte Bailey Cornell.

William married Nettie Emily Coolbaugh (see post) my maternal great grandmother, on 11 February 1900.  They had 6 children-3 boys and 3 girls: Earl, Earnest, Gertrude, Arthur, Bessie and Edna (my grandmother).

1900 US Federal Census- 1 June 1900 in Hector Township, Schuyler County, New York.  William (19 years old) and Nettie (18 years old) were living with a Boarder named Guy Williams who I believe is William’s brother.  William’s occupation was Day Laborer.  He is listed as being unemployed for 3 months.  He and Nettie were listed as married for a year.  William and his parents were listed as having been born in New York.  Nettie and her parents are listed as being born in Pennsylvania.  No children.  All are listed as being able to read, write and speak English.  William is Renting a House.

1910 US Federal Census- 20 April 1910 in Genoa Town, Cayuga County, New York.  William M. (29 years old), Nettie E. (27 years old), son Earl J. (9 years old), son Earnest G. (7 years old), daughter Gertrude B. (6 years old), son Arthur B. (4 years old), daughter Bessie (2 years old), Father-in-Law Portis M. Coolbaugh (65 years old), Mother-in-Law Harriet H. Coolbaugh (60 years old).  William and Nettie married 10 years.  Portis and Harriet married 35 years.  William and Portis’ occupations were listed as Laborers on a farm.  At the time of the census William was working but Portis wasn’t (had been out of work for 4 weeks).  All can read and write English.  William rented a house.  Portis was a Veteran of the Civil War.  Nettie had 5 children alive at the time of the census and 5 children born.  Harriett had 4 children alive and 5 born.

From a newspaper dated 29 January 1920 “Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cornell have received a letter from their son Earl, who is in the American Army in Germany…”
William’s wife Nettie died in 19 February 1925 while they were living in Ithaca, New York.

1925 New York State Census- 1 June, 1925 in Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York.  William (44 years old), occupation- Carpenter, son Earnest (age 23 years old), occupation-Chauffeur; daughter Edna (10 years old), at school; son (Census says Fred J.?) Earl J. (24 years old), occupation-Chauffeur; daughter (Census says Calise E.?) must mean Bessie E. (Census says 32 years old but Bessie was 17 years old then), occupation-Housekeeper; son Arthur B. (19 years old), occupation-Hawaii B. Battery D: 8th Artillery).  sister Gertrude was listed with her family right before William’s listing so they must have lived next door to each other.

William married Edith R. married about 1928 and they lived in Spencer, New York.

1930 US Federal Census-  22 April 1930 in Newark Valley Township, Tioga County, New York.  William (49 years old), age at first marriage 20. wife-Edith R. (43 years old), age at first marriage 24 years old, daughter Edna C. (15 years old), Arthur B. (24 years old), daughter-in-law- Genevieve A. (19 years old), (Genevieve and parents born in Idaho), step-daughter Hilda N. Kilstrom (13 years old), Hilda & mother born NY and father born in Sweden.  William’s occupation was Farmer on a General Farm, Citizen of US, currently employed and not a Veteran.

William’s wife Edith Rea Cornell died in Spencer, NY on 24 June 1933 at the age of 46.

From a newspaper dated 8 March 1934 “ William Cornell announces the engagement of his daughter, Miss Edna C. Cornell, to James J. Hammond of Brookings, South Dakota.  Date of marriage not set.”

1940 US Federal Census- 10 April 1940 in Spencer, Tioga County, New York.  William (60 years old) and Housekeeper Elizabeth Mead (48 years old), divorced.  Highest grade of school completed-William 8th, Elizabeth 5, live in same place, William’s occupation- Delivery Man, Industry- Coal. 

I was able to find some additional information about William’s life from newspaper clippings dated -
    • 22 June 1944 – “William Cornell visited his daughter, Mrs. Andrew White, in Ithaca, Sunday.”
    • 6 July 1944 – “Mrs. Iva Curkendall of Newark Valley visited her brother, William Cornell, last week.”
    • 22 November 1945- “Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cornell of California are here for a few weeks, visiting his father, William Cornell.”

William died on 27 January 1962, Waverly, Schuyler, New York.
Places William lived
  • I always find it amazing to see what I can learn from census records when I transcribe them.  It’s amazing to see the jobs William had, who was living with him and the places he lived.  It looks like in each census he was living in a different place.
  • A map of the areas that my ancestors lived always helps me understand where they lived.
  • I was also able to find some newspaper clippings that add to the story.
  • I wonder where and how William and Nettie Cornell met?
  • William lived his life within the boundaries of a relatively small area of Upstate New York.

If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday-Daniel and Eleanor Warner

Warner Daniel Eleanor 1895 gravestone
Daniel Warner
Born   June 9, 1818               Died   June 15, 1895
Eleanor Howell
His Wife
Born   May 15, 1825                  Died   March 7, 1895

Baiting Hollow Cemetery, Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County, New York
(See previous post on Eleanor Howell Warner)

If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Eleanor Howell Warner

When I was growing up there were times when I would go for Sunday afternoon rides with my paternal grandparents Agnes and Olin Warner.  I remember one time when we wound up at the Baiting Hollow Cemetery.  I walked around with my Grandfather and he pointed out various stones and told me who people were and how we were related.  (Oh, how I wish I’d written things down but I was probably about 10-12 years old.)  I remember him showing me his grandparents graves and saying how Daniel so missed his wife Eleanor when she died that he died about 6 months later.  I remember him telling me that Daniel needed a pulley system at the end to help him get out of his chair. 

What do I know about Eleanor:
Eleanor (Howell) Warner photo (2)
Eleanor Howell Warner

My paternal great-great grandmother Eleanor Howell Warner was born 15 May 1825 to Jemima Luce Howell and Daniel Howell in Baiting Hollow, Suffolk, New York.
At the age of 17 years old Eleanor married Daniel Warner, also of Baiting Hollow, on 19 October 1841. 

Warner Daniel Eleanor 1841 marriage Bible
This is from Eleanor’s Bible.  I wonder if this is her handwriting?

Eleanor and Daniel (see post) had 13 children: Allen Monroe, Francis Maria, Josephine Amelia, Martha Rosalie(see blog post), Eunice Elizabeth, Mary Agnes, Julia Howell, Waldo Daniel, Charles Henry, Eleanor Blanche, John Benjamin, Eugene Goldsmith, and Franklin Everett.  All lived to adulthood and married except Josephine who died at age 2 and Julia who died at age 18.

Justine Warner Wells, great grand-daughter of Daniel & Eleanor, reported in her book The Descendants of Daniel Jr. & Eleanor Howell Warner of Baiting Hollow LI, NY and the Warner Ancestors in England and America “The home that the Warners occupied and in which THE 13 may have all been born was situated on the North Road, the main route passing by fertile fields and farmhouses.  Likely built by Daniel himself, with the help of neighbors and relatives; it was a simple three-bay home with a half-house extension to the side.  The central chimney, a handsome doorway and under-eave trim add a touch of beauty to the structure.  It still stands, moved twice, now on Osborn Ave. 1/2 mile from its original site.”

Eleanor died at the age of 69 years old on 7 March 1895.  She was married for 54 years to Daniel who died 3 months after her.

Warner Eleanor Howell 1895 death notice
from the Riverhead News dated 7 March 1895
  • I hope to one day be able to actually see Eleanor’s Bible in person.
  • I wish I could find more pictures of Eleanor. 
  • I have been in the house that was believed to be their home.
  • I believe the teapot in Sentimental Sunday-The Teapot (see post) probably belonged to Eleanor either as a Wedding gift or purchased when she set up her own home.                       
                                          This May 15th is the 192nd Anniversary of Eleanor’s birth.  Happy Birthday!!
old fasioned flower bouquet

If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,