Wednesday, March 26, 2014
I began this blog shortly after moving to Texas; walking, seeing and living as my ancestors had over 100 years before. Okay maybe not so much the living....but I needed them. I needed their presence in my life. I was at a standstill and didn't feel as though I could go forward. Moving to Texas was one of the best decisions I ever made!! It did help me to get to know more about my ancestors and where they lived, what they did, saw etc.
In the process I have tried to journal my findings and happenings along the way. Today I went back and read my first entry. Oh how I forgot about that day! But after reading the entry the flood of memories came flying back. It also makes me sad, as Ralph Love has passed on. But what a great source of information he was to me. It is a similar reason that brings me back to my blog today.
Sometimes when you write you wonder if anyone ever really reads it. Maybe that is where I got with this blog. I felt no one ever read it. Oh how silly I am!! I have had several contact me because of this blog. I have written about my Moore Family mostly, but I have also written about my Schoenbohm family which is my grandmother's family. I had one cousin email me and tell me, "I think we are related but I never knew this about my Great Grandfather! I am going to ask my Mother!" She was referring to the story about the "Dueling on the Stairs". Click the link for the story.
One of the posts I added two years ago was that I was looking for descendants of "Woodfren Grady Moore." I had little hope of ever finding anyone. Uncle Grady died very young and it seems very suddenly. I was told he was beaten to death for not joining a union in Minnesota. But what is on his death certificate and that does not jive. I knew he had married an Anna Cummings and they had two children. After Grady's death, Anna remarried, change their names to Thoele and that is where the trail went cold.
A Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago I returned home and found an email with the subject "Are you still looking for descendants of Grady
Moore?" I sat in shock for a few moments and replied as quickly as I could YES!!! Re reading the email Paula said she had married into the Moore Family. I instantly threw up a red flag and tried to make the connection of how she was related to Grady. In going back to re-read the email again I had another message from a Sharon Moore. In opening it up I gasped! I had found Grady's Granddaughter, well she found me.
It was so interesting in talking to Sherry because we had similar information and she had documents I didn't have and I have documents she didn't have. Together I believe we can tell Grady's story. She even has a picture!! She said not a good one, but a picture. I tagged in her a few photos in my Family History Album on Facebook and I knew she had not seen most of them. She saw photos her great grandparents for the first time. I love when I can do that for my cousins! I have been able to do it a few times!!
I will be updating this blog more regularly because there has been much progress and much I need to tell for those who may be searching this line as well. We have cousins gathering in Taylor, Texas next month that will all be meeting for the very first time. How wonderful is that? I unfortunately cannot attend due to my health. But I will be there in spirit.
So please if you are even thinking about doing a blog, DO IT!! I have people all the time tell me I wish I could find the information you do, or find cousins like you do. You need to put your info out there and when the time is right they will find you.
Stay Calm and Keep Blogging!!
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Our first week was a simple introduction of me and I had all students fill out a survey. I think one of the things you must learn in Family History as a teacher is where everyone is, what the goals are, and a little about them (phishing out the fears!) We must be teachable in both directions! I had to learn form the beginning as I know we all do. Even 35 years later, I don't know all there is to know about Family History and still stumble when trying to find a record. It often times take a group effort.
One of the things I love to hear is when someone says they are related to someone, and another will pop up and say, "Hey so am I!" Been there and done that. Makes me Snoopy Dance!!
We are very blessed here in Provo (yes I have moved back to Utah) in that we have a wonderful Family History Center at BYU and also have a training center in Provo where classes are only $5. If you ever make a trip to Provo, I highly recommend coming and taking time for these all day classes. Well worth the time and money!!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Friday, June 29, 2012
I thought I had found a granddaughter, but it was not the right person. So now I am going to cyblerland in hopes that someone may decide to start working on Grady's tree. If you are PLEASE CONTACT ME!! I have much information for you, but not enough for me on Grady!!! No picture, only bit and pieces of his life.
By the way, the W in Grady's name stands for Woodfren. Now you know I am legit!!! Sorry Uncle Grady for revealing your secret!!!! Thank you all who have helped in the search thus far!!!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
I found my grandfather on the 1900 census living with siblings and grandparents. I turned to the volunteer who had been so kindly helping me and said,
"Why are they living with their grandparents?"
"The parents have probably died at this point, so the children are with the grandparents." She replied.
"Nooooo! How will I ever learn who my great grandparents were?" I asked?
"You may never know and that is something you will have to accept" said the volunteer.
I did not like that answer. So for the next 32 years on and off, I went in search of who were my Great Grandparent Moore's. I would eventually learn they were Jack and Minerva Moore. But to break through on Minerva's line and find out who she was, was a long journey.
In 1999 my dad passed away, and because of that I connected with one of my cousins. Two years later, visiting Plano, Texas I was able to sit down and visit with her sister. It was odd, even though I knew who Lynn was I had no clue who Jennie was. I always felt so estranged from my family It was though I was thrown to this life and said, "Here survive if you can." I learned things about my father this day that made me break down on the plane going back to Utah. I was confused. Why did I have such a passion for this family I did not know and did not seem to bring me any joy? Why was my curiosity so high about them?
Because I knew more of the Moore Family History than any of my newly reconnected Aunts and Cousins, I decided to write a family history. I realized each one of us had a bit and we needed to combine it all to tell their story. I was really looking for pictures. One suggestion led me to contact my Uncle Ed. There I hit the jackpot. Uncle Ed sent me a box full of genealogy. I know to anyone else it was just papers and pictures. But I will forever be grateful to him sending me that box.
In the box was a letter from my Great Aunt Ellen (my grandfather's sister) to him and my grandmother. She clued me in on where to find a picture of my great great grandmother Mary D Moore. But for me the most exciting part were the words "my grandparents were Virginia Lyon and Cornelius J "Buck" Cain. My great grandmother was a CAIN!!! I cried. I am sappy like that. At this point I had been researching my grandfather's siblings, and learned with in a short more time (even without the box) I would have learned the name of Minerva Cain Moore.
In 2009 I sold everything and came to Texas to research my Moore's. Shortly there after my mom passed away. With her passing and finding many Moore records I had been looking for, I felt it was the time to work on my mom's family. For the next two years I made great leaps and bounds on my Campbell's, Thenne's and McGinniss's. I would only stop for the Moore family when I was asked questions, or receive an email from a potential cousin.
The one thing that always bothered me about Jack and Minerva is that I could not find where they were buried. I knew it had to be in Taylor. I had a "maybe" death date for Jack, and knew when Minerva died. But still no graves. Finding their graves, brings them full circle and you are able to have closure on that part of your life. Throughout my whole journey on this genealogy road, I have found many many surprises. I found my Great Uncle Lee had a first marriage we did not know about. In blogging about him, I was able to connect with descendants from that line. I have stood in the store my ancestors built in 1865 in Mooresville. I met my great uncle who could tell me much of the Moore history, and even had my picture in the same newspaper where stories had been written about my great grandparents and ancestors through the years. But the one thing that saddened me, was that I did not know where Jack and Minerva were buried. It was something I thought I was coming to accept, but yet in my nightly prayers I asked for their guidance to help me find their graves.
And that is what happened on Monday March 19, 2012, WE found their graves. I had connected with one of Minerva's great nephews, Burney. He had done much research on the Cain family and did not know anything about Minerva. She was not found on the 1900 Census, her mother was listed as 4 children, with two living. They assumed that Minerva had died. She had. But no one knew about the Moore family she left behind. Burney bless his heart, in our conversation asked me the golden question, "So where is Minerva buried?" I still get a lump in my throat. I did not know. In all my research, this is one are I failed. I felt I had looked over every rock there was in Taylor. I only knew her death date. A few minutes later he emailed me some results for FindaGrave.
I am very familiar with FindaGrave, I have been there often. I also know I checked FindaGrave for Jack and Minerva's graves, but never found them. There was another Minerva Moore buried in Williamson County, but I knew it was not my Minerva. Because I also sat on the Williamson County Genealogical Society Board (WCGS), I was also familiar with the Cemetery Project and combed through the cemeteries. When I saw they were buried in the Hargis Cemetery, I thought how could I have missed them? I knew it was a cemetery that had been documented and put on FindaGrave. Retracing my steps I saw where next to Hargis (on a spreadsheet we kept for WCGS) was the name Moore in parenthesis. Did I not Google them as Burney did since November 2010? I could have sworn I did. How did I ever miss that? I think it must have been added later. That is what I claim anyway to protect my sanity.
On the spreadsheet was only 13 graves, now listed on FindaGrave was 35 graves. In contacting both photographers for the cemetery, I learned a bit more information. The first pass of the cemetery was in such array photos were take as best from the front of the cemetery. My Moore family was located in the back. It took Jon Christensen with his great love and passion for this work, to dig his way through the cemetery and photograph the stones. There is this cemetery lied, NJ Moore (my great grandfather), Rebecca Burleson Moore (NJ 's first wife), Thomas and Mary Moore (two children of NJ and Rebecca's), and Mary Moore (NJ Mother and my great great grandmother). Also listed were some Meeks relatives by marriage.
I cried. My heart was full. f you ever think there are no records, or at a wits end of trying to find that one small piece of information, ask your ancestors for their help. They do now where the records are. They will help you!!! Last but not least, RIP in my Moore family!! To say we have had a journey is an understatement. But we have brought them full circle and now they will never be forgotten again. Here are the pictures to the graves. Thank you FINDAGRAVE.COM!!
|Rebecca Burleson Moore|
|Thomas J Moore (Son of NJ and Rebecca)|
|Mary Moore (daughter of NJ and Rebecca)|
|Minerva Cain Moore|
|Mary D Williams Moore (Mothe of NJ Moore wife of Thomas A (TA Moore))|
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Finding Current Descendants Part II
I am told quite often I am “lucky” when it comes to finding long lost cousins and those we do not know existed. Luck is not part of my life, I feel it comes from doing some good detective work and like anything else takes know how and practice. In genealogy we always start from what we know and that is what I have done. With finding both my THENNES and MAKOSKY cousins I started with what I knew; the surname and the hometown.
I had searched for the MAKOSKY’S before but could not find them on Facebook. I started with my four cousin’s names and they are not on Facebook, but one of the wives are. Did I know their wives names? No, but I was able to piece information together to find what I needed to find them.
The first place I went to was www.zabasearch.com. Zabasearch is not a database but a search engine that goes out looking for public record and compiles them into a list for you that may give you some additional info for your research. Not all the time, but sometimes it will list:
1. Middle initial
2. Birth month and year
3. Previous known addresses
4. Date of compiled report
When I looked for my cousins, I found three of the four here with middle initials. I knew approximate years and ages, but nothing exact until this info. Finding Jimmy with his middle initial was crucial for being able to find the right MAKOSKY.
With this information I then went to www.whitepages.com. White pages are a more recent list of where people are and can also give you more information on the people. Here I found wives names and for Jimmy was able to verify it was the right one I was searching for because part of the household also listed his parents. A cool side note here, if you are searching on a nickname such as Jim but the person is listed as James, Whitepages is smart enough to detect that and search for the combination of Jim’s.
So from this simple detective work, I took this information back to Facebook, typed in MAKOSKY and 170 popped up. I had the names of the wives and on the second page there was Jimmy’s wife. I instantly emailed her and received a reply and now we are connected.
So is Facebook a Good Thing or Bad Thing? In many, many ways it is a good thing. It is a great tool to help people re-connect and stay connected from far away. The downside for me and so many others, just like genealogy it can become addicting. If you do not have a Facebook page due to worry about privacy issues, then don’t post your private information! I will be interested to see how many of you decide to connect with Facebook, or maybe already are and have found long lost cousins. I know I am not the only one!!!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Finding Current Descendants
In the last year I have found TEN living families that are descendants from my Moore and Thennes line. I have found cousins I did not even know existed. How did I do it? By doing exactly what I have explained in the previous blogs on descendancy research. In the beginning it was cluster research where I sniffed out my grandfather’s brothers and sister in order to find out more about him. So cluster research and descendancy research go hand in hand.
Three branches of my family I found via their family trees. Remember I go searching for trees for my ancestors every few months or so. One branch of my tree came walking into my local Family History Center! No lie- we share the same third great grandparents, Nathaniel Jackson Moore and Rebecca Adams. Her great great grandmother was a sister to my great great grandfather.
The remainder five lines I found on ….Facebook! Yes Facebook!!! Let me tell you it does help to have “different” names to be able to search. Moore is a common name, but my Mom’s maiden name of THENNES is not. Shortly after my mom passed, I decided to go on a mission and learn about her father, my grandfather Fred Thennes. Now I know this has little to do with my Texas Moore History, but the concepts behind them are still the same.
With this line, I simply typed the name THENNES in to Facebook. I have been told any search under 1,000 is doable. Ha Ha This was under that number so I began to look at what had pulled up. The second name I clicked on did not have a THENNES last name but I figured her maiden name was Thennes. In looking at her profile, I saw that magical word of Michigan and the home town of my mom. I instantly emailed her, her reply to me was “How do you pronounce our name?” There are many different ways that people pronounce it, but only those in the family seem to know the right pronunciation. I passed the test and she accepted me as family. (Family branch 1) I had many questions because I had only met my grandfather once for just a few seconds and I truly wanted to get to know who he was. She told me she would ask her father my questions. When I did not hear anything from her in a couple of weeks, I posted on her wall. There her mother (Family branch 2) saw it and directed me towards her GRANDMOTHER (Family branch 3)!!! Her grandmother directed me to her first cousin and also sister in law (Family branch 4) who not only knew my Grandfather the best but took care of him. I learned a great deal about my grandfather. Not only did I come to love a man I never knew, but gained so much compassion and respect for him. I thought how sad how our remarks and judgments keeps us apart from people we would probably love if only given the chance.
Another line I found on Facebook also belongs to my Mom. I only knew one set of cousins growing up and that was my MAKOSKY cousins in Michigan. We spent many a summers in Michigan and they many a summers in Iowa. I had always wondered what became of them, especially Ricky. Tomorrow, I will tell you how I once again connected with this family on Facebook, but how it took a little bit of detective work to get to that point.
Facebook really is a great tool to connect with people. I know there are all the Privacy Issues, but my simple reasoning is if you don’t want people to have you phone and address DON’T LIST IT ON FACEBOOK. I have been on now for over two years with never a problem. I am actually very glad such a thing exists because it is a great way to gather long lost friends and family and connect with them!