Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Finally, the last advice that if your Industry doesn’t use social media, neither should you. Well, on this note, you might find your society doesn’t want to use social media, but I would advise against that option. How are people going to find your society? Many societies have “static” webpages and when I mean static, they don’t change regularly. Some I have noticed don’t even change for years, a big mistake. But that is for another Blog, social media sites such as Facebook allows you to post current events or activities for the world to see. If your society is an active society perhaps people want to come and join. Social Media is a great place to post your meetings, your programs, your speakers, your classes, your trips, your projects, and any other information. Your website might tell this information but social media is like a press release and gets the information out around the time of the event and is like a reminder for your followers.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
On my latest “library” treasure hunt I came across a great collection featuring the Keyes and Hentz families. Unfortunately we found no information about who donated the material or when. After trying to contact two local Keyes families listed in the phone book and having no luck, I did a search on ancestry.com for persons researching this family and emailed several of them. Two people responded and were very interested in the material. After they discussed it amongst themselves, a family member in Georgia was willing to share the material with others and the box was shipped to her.
This is a fascinating family which includes authors, poets, and artists as well as military, political and
Our journey begins with a journal written by Marianna Hentz in beginning in 1861, her journal begins with a family history relating to Nicholas Arnould Hentz in France during the French Revolution. Nicholas was an appointed member of the National Convention in 1789, this convention eventually led to the Revolution. He became a General for the Revolution and was imprisoned in the Castle of Ham, which was a famous prison which contained many famous prisoners including Napoleon III. The prisoners were allowed some freedom and Nicholas lived under an assumed name of Arnould. After the
Revolution he was ordered to leave the country within 30 days, along with all the survivors who signed the warrant for the execution of Louis XVI.
Nicholas and his family left from Havre, France for New York where they landed March 25, 1816, with the little fortune which survived the Revolution. His descendants and their families are listed in detail in the book. The remainder of the book is filled in longhand, details of the politics behind the Revolution, quotes from Nicholas and perhaps many historically significant events. Since the writing is quite small and lengthy, although quite legible I will leave it to historians to sift through.
The next generation sees 4 children who include Nicholas Marcellin Hentz noted artist, entomologist, identifying 124 species of spiders, medical doctor and Professor of languages at several Universities. He married Caroline Lee Whiting, noted novelist, most noted for her opposition to the abolitionist movement. She was a major literary figure in her day, often compare to Harriet Beecher Stowe, her contemporary but opposite in feeling on slavery. Her Feelings would come into play in later years in the family during and after the civil war.
Nicholas Marcellin Hentz and Caroline lee Whiting had 5 children, one of whom died early. Their daughter Julia Louisa Hentz married into the Keyes family and became a well-known poet in her own right. Her poems earned praise throughout the Confederacy during the Civil War. There were copies of many of her poems in the box of material as well as poems by several other family members. One envelope contained some family letters written by Julia from Brazil after the War. They were marked as original and the only ones "Known to exist".
A copy of a 212 page typewritten manuscript titled "Our Life in Brazil" was included in the box. (It was printed in the Alabama historical quarterly, vol 28, no. 3-4, pages 127-339 which can be found at this link ttp://digital.archives.alabama.gov/cdm/compoundobject/collection/quarterly/id/928/rec/80)
There was also a published short story titled "When Americans were Emigrants". This story was published by a Kansas City Paper, June 16, 1912. It is quite an interesting short story about the history of this family and others during the time shortly after the Civil War. I retained a copy of this story for our library plus a copy will be published to our blog at a later date. Most families returned to the United States after several years in Brazil. (If you have family from the South that disappeared after the civil war you might look into this possibility.)
Two copies of another interesting booklet titled "A Sailor's Manuscript", published by the University of Pennsylvania, dated 18 Dec, 1859 were found in the box. It depicts a history of the Keyes family, coming from England. One copy was retained for our library.
Many items in this box are duplicates of material found in collections owned by The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and The University of Alabama. They are important historical documents.
Of equal importance is the rich history and detailed family trees found in this collection.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
2nd Vice President
Dr. Gibson, a Lake Havasu resident from the early 80's to his death in 2000 was renowned expert in early data processing and business automation. he co-authored a number of business education textbooks and classroom resources with his colleague Lynn Straub while they were on staff at San Diego State University. His wife Rosemary was co-authored of some books with her husband. Dr. Gibson was considered to be about 20 years ahead of his time in business automation and was named Professor Emeritus of Information management at San Diego State University after his retirement.
Dr. Gibson and his wife were world travelers, including Africa and Central America, where they were often involved in research project relative to the evolution of business methods within various countries. Dr. Gibson was very generous with his resources, The Presbyterian Community Park on Avalon Ave had its origins in his Generosity.
The couple left no children or known relatives according to his January 16, 2000 obituary. Further research found that Dr. Gibson was born in Worthington, Minnesota on April 5, 1906 to James and Genevieve (Jennie) Gibson. He has two sisters, Ermie (1906), Ruth (1908) and a brother Dyerald (1913). He married Rosemary Pierce in Las Vegas on June 16, 1956. His given name was Ernest Dana Gibson.
Treasures in the Box
1950 Yearbook-DEL SUDOOESTE COLLEGE which is now known as San Diego State College. The book is in fair to poor condition with many pages stuck together. Dr. Gibson is listed as a Professor of Commerce at the school during this time.
Rosemary Bower Pierce was born February 15, 1914 in Trafford, PA to Howard Leroy Pierce and Mary Elizabeth Bower. She was the only surviving child, a set of twins died as infants prior to Rosemary's birth. Rosemary died February 17, 1978 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Most of the material in the box relates to Rosemary Pierce's family. a full genealogy book is included giving education, church and political affiliations, birth, death, marriage, children and occupations of her family members. The bulk of the research began with her father and there is a full folder containing correspondence between Mr. Pierce and the Gloucester County Historical Society, Woodbury, New Jersey, (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~njgchs/) during the 1940's.
The Pierce family seems to be early settlers in New Jersey and are of the Quaker Faith during this time. Their roots lead back to England.
- Typewritten listings of Gandy Family Bible, from 1798 to 1914 plus another listing from Wolf Bible from 1797 to 1882.
- Type letter dated 1945 with family stories.
- Copy of the last will and testament of James Poarce, dated 1694. This will was found in the Books of Wills, Secretary of State's Office, Trenton, NJ, pg 138. I found this person on Ancestry.com spelled this way, the name was later changed to Pierce.
- Pierce family notes
- Pages of real estate papers, maps, etc.
- Large group of vital stats from Trenton, NJ about the Pierce family
- Album with Pierce family data and photos from early 20th century to 1940's
- Album with Pierce family data, 1st page is interesting giving history of Puritan (New England and Quaker Pennsylvania relationships)
- Album with Harris family data tied to Gandry family
- Listing of Settlers of Fairfield, NJ, dated March 2, 1912
- Land records search by Hazel Simpson, letter to Howard Pierce, dated Oct 28, 1942.
- Correspondence to Howard Pierce regarding deeds, plats, research.
- Typewritten letter to "Barbara" from "your Uncle" presumably Howard Pierce. Lots of good family information and history, dated 1945.
- Handwritten letter from Howard Pierce to Mrs. Theodore C. Schumacher
- Misc. handwritten notes, regarding Pierce family
- Typewritten notes Pierce family 4th thru 8th generation - 1768 to 1920 1 page of 2nd gen 1694
- Typewritten history of Gandy family of West Jersey, 1635 to 1932 including lists from Gandy Bible and Wolf Bible - 2 copies, original and Xerox copy
- List of marriages in Cumberland and Atlantic counties since 1848 to 1876.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Therefore, when I received an email from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (AmericanAncestors.org) that talked about what is NEW at the Online Learning Center, I thought I should share this with my genealogical society.
The library will be closing soon for summer, since many of us travel during the hot summer months of Arizona. Thus, our share sessions, general meetings and special interest groups will be halted too. But our learning doesn't have to stop just because the library will be closed.
Check out the following:
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So whether you will be traveling or staying this summer, try to fit a little learning in each and every week. Life is short and before you know it, summer will be over and what will you have to show for it? Come back in the fall or next spring and share what you learned through online learning!
Monday, April 28, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
However, my profile picture is not of me but a generic picture that I found on the web that reflects my genealogy interest. I do not want my friends sending me request to the wrong account. However, if they do, I can always send them a request with my “real” Facebook account and explain that the other account I use only for my genealogy interest.
I am really liking my Genealogy Facebook account because I am not being side tracked by all my friends and family posts. Don't get me wrong, I love my family and friends, but my time that I use for genealogy is rare and precious plus I won't get distracted by seeing that someone has passed me on Candy Crush and won't be tempted to try to pass them!
Saturday, March 8, 2014
- Christina Law died Oct 15, 1869 age 58 yrs 10 mo 2 da.
- James Law Sr died Mar 8th 1883 age 80 yr 4 mo
- Lizzie Augspurger died Aug 5 1883 age 27 yr 9 mo 5 da
- Maud Hulse died at Avondale Dec 27 1913 age 32 yr 10 mo 2 da
- Henry Dusinberg died at Cincinnati Feb 2 1920 age 66 5 mo 19 da
- William Dusinberg died Dec 23 1929 at Sandborn, Ind
- James S Law died Jan 11 1939 age 84 yr 5 mo 11 days in Trenton.
Elizabeth could be the future Lizzie Augsberger.
In conclusion: These five bible pages gives quite a lot of information about the Couple of Emma Disenberg and James S Law. It also gives both sets of parents names and many siblings along with their children and even grandchildren. My wish is that the family of Emma and James finds this blog and are able to expand their research.