Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March Genealogy Goals in Review

It's finally the last day of the longest March ever. That means it's time to see how I did on my genealogy goals for the month.

Here were my goals:
  • Index 3 years of the Vevay Newspaper Index. I have 10 years to go and really need to finish it soon because I'm getting bored with it and want to do something new. Don't know what yet, but something else. In the past week I have really kicked this project into gear. I finished indexing 8 years this month. I have a year and a half to go and I am so glad to almost be done!
  • Finish using Ohio County, Indiana Death Records film from FHL by March 16 when it gets sent back. (I could renew it, but I'm almost done.) I got the last images that I needed at the beginning of the month and added all of them (and sourced them all) to my tree.
  • Complete blog series on the life of Alice Susan HILLIS. I think this series came out really well. I'm working on turning it into a story in PDF for my relatives and adding a few more private details to her story. I hope to wrap that up next week.
  • Start organizing, tagging and labeling digital photos in Picasa. (I'm tired of not being able to find what I want for my blog.) Yeah, so I didn't really do this. I think I might have added a caption to one photo. But I'm not sure of even that. Since I focused a lot of time on my indexing project, I didn't have time for this project. I hope to work on it next month.
  • Finish going through digital files in "To File" folder and get them filed finally! MOST of my images are filed. There are still a few random ones and a few that I am finding while doing my indexing project. But overall this has been finished. It's not a matter of keeping it that way.
I'm very happy with my progress this month. Once I finish my indexing project I will have more time to work on my photos. I've been indexing on my old laptop which I have kept downstairs and my new laptop has stayed on my desk upstairs. Once I finish indexing, my old computer is going to be retired (or put to other uses) and I'll be more likely to use my new computer when watching television. Labeling all these photos will give me something to help with my ADD.

How did you do meeting your goals?

Wordless Wednesday: WWII Just Hanging

Another post in my series of my grandfather's WWII photos from Alaska.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Angeline ECK WARNER

Here Rests in Peace
Angeline ECK
Wife of
Edward WARNER
Born May 22, 1840
Died June 18, 1873
Aged 33 y'rs & 27 d

Immaculate Conception Cemetery - Bastress, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania

This ECK is not currently in my family tree.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Follow Friday: Musings of MidwestAncesTree

This week's Follow Friday recommendation is for a new genealogy blog. Joan started Musings of MidwestAncesTree just two weeks ago and she is off to a great start.

Her blog post titles alone make me want to come back for more. Here are a few:
Spring (& Life) Cleaning; Passing on Those Genealogy Books - Great idea for passing on those books using Ebay.
Honoring the Dead from the Great War? Or why I feel like I have "Genealogy ADD"! - Don't we all have that!
Sunday Strollings Through Cemeteries

Good Luck Joan as you join the genealogy blogging community and I hope everyone will check out her blog.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week 12 - Archive and Library Sites

This week's 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy topic written by Amy Coffin is:

Check out the web sites for the Society of American Archivists, ARMA International, and the American Library Association. Genealogists can benefit from the educational opportunities and publications of other information-based organizations. You may not be an archivist, records manager or librarian, but you share the same interests. Look at the events these associations hold. Find the books they publish and see if you can request them through your library via Inter-Library Loan. You may also want to check out your state’s (or country’s) library association. If you’re a genealogy blogger, write about your impressions of one or more of these organizations.

The Society of American Archivists has their newsletters available for free online. The 3 latest issues are reserved for members only. This allowed me to get a look at some of what they offer. It is an interesting idea for genealogy societies that are keeping their newsletters behind member only walls. Make it a member benefit to get the latest issue, but offer the rest for free to everyone!

ARMA International offers lots of education on their website, including webinars. Although there is a cost for these, I love seeing organizations offering education for people everywhere.

Indiana librarians are represented through the Indiana Library Federation.

Not being a librarian I did not find a lot on these sites for my own personal research, but I am glad that these organization exist to support librarians who then can support me.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: WWII Cool Walk

Another post in my series of my grandfather's WWII photos from Alaska.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Viola and Lawrence DINCHER


Viola M DINCHER 1910-1960
Lawrence E DINCHER 1909-1963

Immaculate Conception Cemetery - Bastress, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania

This is an unrelated (as of now) DINCHER couple.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Follow Friday: Family Stories

This week's Follow Friday recommendation is Caroline Pointer's blog Family Stories.

Caroline's blog takes a look past the records to the stories behind her ancestors' lives.

Here are some of her recent posts:
Dancing With the Storms Part 1 and Part 2 - A look her ancestors' migration away from hurricane prone areas of Texas.
He Never Promised Me A Rose Garden
Being Ready
The List
One Jerk Does Not A Family History Make

Happy one year blogiversary to the Family Stories blog. I look forward to many more years and hope you will all check out this great blog.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week 11 - TGF List

This week's 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy topic written by Amy Coffin is:

Read the back posts from the Transitional Genealogists Forum. This is a message board for genealogists who are taking the steps needed to become professional genealogists. Even if you aren’t interested in that goal, you will benefit from the questions and answers provided on this excellent discussion list. If you have a genealogy blog, write about a question or subject from this board that was helpful for you.

I have subscribed to this list since this summer and have just lurked. Sometimes I find the discussions helpful, but often I just delete the emails. I love when the discussion focuses on research challenges. I love when new resources and books are discussed. I hate when it focuses on who is better or what organization is better. I also don't really like the email list format. It seems so outdated. It seems like the same few people control the lists most of the time. And I will never understand why people don't change the subject line from "digest mode" or change the subject line every time they post.

That said, if you can have time to deal with all the junk and know how to use the delete button, the TGF list can be helpful in answering your research questions and problems involved with doing genealogy professionally. But if you get caught up in the stupid stuff, you may never want to do genealogy professionally.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: WWII Group of 9



Another post in my series of my grandfather's WWII photos from Alaska.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Indiana and Ohio Genealogy Conferences

April will be a month of genealogy conferences and learning for me.

Last month I sent in my registration for the Ohio Genealogical Society's 2010 Conference in Toledo, Ohio. This year's theme is "Guiding Your Way Through The Past." The conference runs from Thursday, April 22 to Saturday, April 24.

Today I sent in my registration for the Indiana Genealogical Society's conference which will be held Saturday, April 10 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The theme is "Charting Our Course" and Dick Eastman is the featured speaker.

I am really looking forward to these conferences. If you are attending, let me know and we can arrange to meet.

Tombstone Tuesday: Stilla and George DINCHER


Stilla (or Otilla) DINCHER 1888-1930
George J DINCHER 1883-1997

Immaculate Conception Cemetery - Bastress, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania

This DINCHER is not in my family tree (at least not yet!).

Monday, March 15, 2010

Shades of the Departed - March Issue (With My Grandpa's Valentine)

Today the new issue of the fantastic online magazine Shades of the Departed was published. It's a great issue dedicated to women.

Also included is my Smile for the Camera entry from February. I love that valentine from my grandfather and just wish I knew who his valentine was that year. I love that footnoteMaven thinks it might be his truck. He always did love his vehicles! Thanks for including me.

Check out the March 2010 issue of Shades today.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Follow Friday: Elyse's Genealogy Blog

This week's Follow Friday recommendation is for Elyse's Genealogy Blog.

Elyse may be a young genealogist, but she has so many great ideas for the industry. I appreciate the ideas that she shares and her enthusiasm for genealogy really shines through.

Elyse recently lost her mother and her tribute to her mother's life was beautiful and very moving.

I am really enjoying her series on USGenWeb county sites. She highlights the county sites where her own research has taken her. So far she has looked at Cattaraugus county, New York and Carter county, Tennessee. I think more bloggers should be highlighting their research counties and not just their ancestor's names.

Check out some of her other great posts:
Genealogy Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
Are There Common Traits All Genealogists Share?
A Big Step: I've Written My First E-Book - about organization of genealogy documents

Elyse recently moved her blog to its own domain and it has a great new look and I hope that you will check it out.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week 10 - Family Search Pilot

This week's 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy topic written by Amy Coffin is:

Investigate Family Search Pilot, which is part of FamilySearch.org. This is a wonderful collection of records which literally grows every day. In the middle left of the page is a link that says “Browse our record collections.” Click it and pick a region. Search collections outside your research interest. Investigate the types of records collected all over the world and see how they differ from those with which you are familiar. If you are a genealogy blogger, pick a type of record from another country and share your observations about it.

I love Family Search Pilot. I have used it many times in the past and broken down some brick walls with it. I regularly check it to see what new images have been posted.

Some of the collections that have interested me include:
  • Norfolk Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1900. I was able to find lots of my ancestors here, but it does not include all parishes and there is no index. But the images are the best part anyway.
  • Indiana Marriages, 1811-1959. Unfortunately this is only an index, but the entries include the FHL microfilm number so you can easily order the film that you need and find the original document. This project is still in progress and does not include all counties. I can't wait for Dearborn and Switzerland counties to be added.
  • Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953. I can't tell you how many death certificates I have found here. I just wish that they could add 5 more years. I need 1958 for my great grandmother.
Other collections have helped me to find relatives of my ancestors as they traveled around the United States. I love being able to find these images for free online.

But I wish that there were more search capabilities on the website. Recently I have been trying to track down German church entries through the index only databases and have had trouble with the place names. The pilot site only allows you to search for places that they have added to their site. But there are many more and being able to narrow down my search would be very helpful. I hope as the site continues to grow and eventually comes out of beta that this issue will be resolved.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: WWII Charles Burguess

Another post in my series of my grandfather's WWII photos from Alaska.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Charles J EISWERTH


Charles Jacob EISWERTH was born 12 Sep 1873 to Lewis M EISWERTH and Maria DINCHER. He died 13 May 1916. He is buried in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Bastress, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania.

Charles J Eiswerth marker, Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Bastress (Lycoming), Pennsylvania; photo taken by DKE, 2009.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Life of Alice HILLIS - Her death

This concludes my series The Life of Alice Susan HILLIS, my great grandmother.

Alice's husband Dewey Francis BASCOM died 2 Jun 1975 at Mercy Hospital in Anderson, Hamilton county, Ohio. He was 77 years old.
The top portion of Dewey's funeral card.

Four years later, Alice died on 31 Jul 1979 in Deer Park, Hamilton county, Ohio. She was 83 years old.

For some reason she is listed in both the Ohio and Kentucky death indexes. I have yet to order her death certificates. I believe that she was living in Kentucky at the time with her son, but died in a Cincinnati hospital. For some reason, the family reported her death to Kentucky.

This is a portion of her obituary.

Alice and Dewey are buried in Arlington Memorial Garden in Kenwood, Hamilton county, Ohio. I still need to get a photo of their tombstone.

That concludes my series on the life of Alice Susan HILLIS. I hope you have enjoyed this series and I hope to do more in the future.

Note: I did not include full portions of Dewey's funeral card or Alice's obituary because they list their two daughters who are still living.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Life of Alice HILLIS - Grocery Business

This is part of my series The Life of Alice Susan HILLIS, my great grandmother.

Alice's husband Dewey was a truck driver and delivered fruit all over the country. He owned Bascom Produce in Norwood, Ohio.

Dewey employed a man named Roy SUCKLING. Dewey needed someone to take his daughter home. (I believe they were in Michigan and she needed to get back to Cincinnati.) Roy got the job. That's how my grandparents met.
My grandfather with a Bascom truck.

Eventually Alice and Dewey purchased a grocery store in Mount Washington, Hamilton county, Ohio.
This is my favorite photo of Alice and Dewey.

Next time we close the story of Alice.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Follow Friday: Our Georgia Roots

This week's Follow Friday recommendation is for Luckie Daniels' Our Georgia Roots blog.

Luckie's blog is a mixture of her own research and her ideas for the genealogy community. She has some great ideas about the African American genealogy community in particular. I love her honest opinions and calls to action.

This week Luckie had the opportunity to not only hear Dr. Henry Louis Gates speak, but the chance to ask him a question. She represented the genealogy blogging community well by showing that she is the "real deal." Check out her post and hear all about her excitement.

The Life of Alice HILLIS - Family Movements

This is part of my series The Life of Alice Susan HILLIS, my great grandmother.

My favorite census record that I have found so far is the 1920 US census of Dewey, Alice and Francis BASCOM in Aurora, Dearborn county, Indiana.
1920 U.S. census, Dearborn county, Indiana, Population schedule, Aurora, enumeration district 35, sheet 3B, dwelling 72, family 82, Household of Duey Bascom; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 01 Feb 2010), citing National Archives microfilm publication T625.

I love how it is "Duey", like Huey, Duey and Luey. I love how Alice is spelled out phonetically "Allis". I love how the enumerated didn't ask if Francis was a girl or a boy and assumed it was "Frances" and that meant the baby was a girl. Dewey was working as a truck driver.

Then the family moved to Rising Sun, Ohio county, Indiana where their son Robert was born. He died 7 years later.

A few years later, the family moved to Kentucky where my grandmother was born.

Another daughter was born a few years later in Ohio.

In the 1930 census, the family was living in Hamilton, Butler county, Ohio. Dewey was working as a truck driver for an express company.
1930 U.S. census, Butler county, Ohio, Population schedule, Hamilton, enumeration district 9-17, sheet 14B, dwelling 274, family 336, Household of Dewey F Bascom; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 01 Feb 2010), citing National Archives microfilm publication T626.

In 1935 the family left the Cincinnati area and moved to Plant City, Hillsbourgh county, Florida. I was shocked when my grandma told me this but then I found the Florida state census. Dewey was still a truck driver.
1935 Florida state census, Hillsborough County, Population schedule, Precinct 37, Plant City, 6, , Household of Dewey Bascom; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 17 May 2009); citing State Library and Archives of Florida microfilm publication S 5.

By 1937, the family had moved to the Cincinnati suburb of Norwood, Hamilton county, Ohio and Dewey continued working as a truck driver.

Next time we look at Alice and Dewey's grocery business.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Life of Alice HILLIS - More Tragedy

This is part of my series The Life of Alice Susan HILLIS, my great grandmother.

Alice lost her father, George E HILLIS, in 1917 and her mother, Mary Susan WASHBURN, in 1919. That was not the end of the tragedies in Alice's life.

On 16 January 1927, Alice's mother in law, Susan SANDERS died in Hamilton, Butler county, Ohio. She was cooking dinner when her apron caught fire. She died from shock caused by severe burns on her body.
Ohio, Death certificates, file no. 408, Susie Bascom, 16 January 1927; digital images, Family Search, FamilySearch (http://pilot.familysearch.org : accessed 2 February 2010); citing Ohio Department of Health records.

On 18 Feb 1930, Dewey and Alice BASCOM were faced with the death of their 7 year old son Robert. He died in Hamilton, Ohio from strep throat.
Ohio, Death certificates, file no. 7141, Robert Bascom, 14 February 1930; digital images, Family Search, FamilySearch (http://pilot.familysearch.org : accessed 1 February 2010); citing Ohio Department of Health records.

His obituary tells the story of a child who would be deeply missed by his family.
"Deaths," obituary, Hamilton (Ohio) Daily News, 17 February 1930, death of Robert Bascom; online images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 July 2009), Hamilton Daily News (Hamilton, Ohio).

The family could not afford a tombstone for little Robert when he was buried in Rising Sun, Ohio county, Indiana.

Then on 30 Mar 1934, Dewey's father, Willard Theodore BASCOM died in Hamilton, Ohio.
Ohio, Death certificates, file no. 14110, Willard T Bascom, 30 March 1934; digital images, Family Search, FamilySearch (http://pilot.familysearch.org : accessed 2 February 2010); citing Ohio Department of Health records.

Next time we look at happier times as we follow the family's movements.

The Life of Alice HILLIS - Her Parent's Deaths

This is part of my series The Life of Alice Susan HILLIS, my great grandmother.

Alice and Dewey had a happy moment on their wedding day on 10 January 1917.

But 3 months later on 31 March 1917, Alice's father died in Rising Sun, Ohio county, Indiana. George E HILLIS was 59 years old and died from valvular heart disease.

Two years later, Alice had to deal with the death of her mother. Mary Susan WASHBURN died 19 Apr 1919 in Cincinnati, Hamilton county, Ohio from a septic infection.

Their death records both state that they were buried in Rising Sun, Ohio county, Indiana. I have found no mention of their grave. I believe that the family did not have money for a gravestone from things that my grandmother has told me.

Next time we will look find more tragedy in the family.

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week 9 - Genealogy Blogs

This week's 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy written by Amy Coffin is:

Pick five genealogy blogs and read them every day. Meet new people and networking within the online genealogy community is a great way to expand your own research and experience. Reading the blogs of others will help you get to know others. Try to find some blogs that are out of your area of expertise. Lists of genealogy blogs can be found at Geneabloggers.com and Genealogue’s Genealogy Blog Finder. If you already subscribe to many genealogy blogs, find five new ones that are “outside the box,” perhaps in history or archives. If you have a genealogy blog, write about the blogs you discover and introduce others to them.

I am a huge fan of genealogy blogs and subscribe to many using Google Reader. So as part of this week's challenge I am going to look for blogs "outside the box."

Here are five that I found by using Geneabloggers:
Amy's They that go down to the sea - Great to find a blog that discusses the Niagara Falls region where I also have ancestors.
Larry Lehmer's Passing It On - Lots of great ideas for recording your personal and family history.

Ohio's Yesterdays from the Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center - Manuscripts Division - Exciting to see their use of the photos in their collection and the stories they hold.
Lisa's Are You My Cousin? - Lots of great treasures on her blog.

So maybe I started with the blogs that were of interest to me first, but I still found some great ones and hope to find even more!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Life of Alice HILLIS - Her Marriage

This is part of my series The Life of Alice Susan HILLIS, my great grandmother.

Alice Susan HILLIS married 10 Jan 1917 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn county, Indiana. Her husband was Dewey Francis BASCOM.

Dewey was born 6 May 1898 in Dillsboro, Dearborn county, Indiana. He was the son of Willard Theodore BASCOM and Susan SANDERS.

I currently do not have Alice and Dewey's marriage certificate. But I do have information about their 50th wedding anniversary.

They were honored at Jack & Klu's Restaurant Jan. 15, 1967 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in celebration of their golden wedding anniversary, according to a newspaper article about the event.


They celebrated their 50th anniversary with a wedding cake.

Next time we will look at the deaths of Alice's parents.

Wordless Wednesday: WWII Doyle Reed

Another post in my series of my grandfather's WWII photos from Alaska.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Life of Alice HILLIS - Family in the Census

This is part of my series The Life of Alice Susan HILLIS, my great grandmother.

George E HILLIS and Mary SUSAN WASHBURN had 3 children, Joseph, Francis and Sylvia before the birth of their daughter Alice Susan HILLIS in 1896.

Their fifth child was Vallie I HILLIS. She was born 16 Nov 1898 in Indiana. She would marry Fred HESS around 1923. She died 14 Jan 1994 in Rising Sun, Ohio county, Indiana.

In the 1900 US census, the family was living in Anderson township, Hamilton county, Ohio near Mary's father, Francis Marion WASHBURN. George was working as a painter.
1900 U.S. census, Hamilton county, Ohio, Population, Anderson township, enumeration district 278, sheet 5A, dwelling 81, family 87, Household of Geo E Hillis; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 04 January 2010), citing National Archives microfilm publication T623.

Around 1901, son George was born in Indiana.

Son Barrett Guy HILLIS was born 30 Dec 1906 in Indiana. He married Gladys B GIFFITH. He died 15 Jul 1995 in Montgomery, Hamilton county, Ohio and was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.

Another child was born May 1909 and died 7 Jul 1909 in Ohio county, Indiana.

In the 1910 US census, the family was living in Rising Sun, Ohio county, Indiana. George was working as a house painter.
1910 U.S. census, Hamilton county, Ohio, Population, Randolph township, Rising Sun City, enumeration district 134, sheet 6A, dwelling 16, family 16, household of George E Hillis; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 04 January 2009), citing National Archives microfilm publication T624.

On 29 Feb 1912, Alice gave birth to a stillborn son, Willard HILLIS in Cincinnati, Ohio.

According to the 1910 census, Alice and George had 11 children and only 7 were still living. Adding in Willard means that they had at least 12 children and only 7 lived to adulthood.

From the birthplaces of their children and their residences in the census, you can tell that the family moved around the Cincinnati area quite a bit.

Next time we look at the Alice's marriage.

Tombstone Tuesday: Lucetta ECK


My GGG grandmother, Lucetta SWOYER was born 26 Aug 1830 to Anthony SWOYER and Elizabeth ARNOLD. She married William ECK in 1850. She died 6 Mar 1905. She is buried in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Bastress, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania.

Lucetta Eck marker, Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Bastress (Lycoming), Pennsylvania; photo taken by DKE, 2009.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Life of Alice HILLIS - Her Birth

This is part of my series The Life of Alice Susan HILLIS, my great grandmother.

Alice was born on April Fool's day 1896 to George E HILLIS and Mary Susan WASHBURN. According to her daughter's birth certificate and what she told the family, she was born in Rabbit Hash, Boone county, Kentucky.

Although I have no record of her birth from that time, I have no doubts that she was born in Rabbit Hash. Just reading about the town on Wikipedia and on their own official website, I can tell that you would never make up being born there. Of course they weren't electing animals for mayor when she was born!

There is even a documentary about Rabbit Hash made in 2004 that caused my husband to make fun of my ancestors for many days. (Actually I think he is still obsessed with this town. Just wait until I find out about his ancestors!) It's even available to watch Instantly on Netflix.

Although I have yet to prove it, I believe that the family was living in Rabbit Hash near her HILLIS grandparents. Rabbit Hash is just across the Ohio River from Rising Sun, Ohio county, Indiana where the family would later live and where George reported being born.

Next time we look at the rest of the HILLIS children and the family in the census.

The Life of Alice HILLIS - Her Parents Get Married

This is part of my series The Life of Alice Susan HILLIS, my great grandmother.

To begin the life of Alice Susan HILLIS, we will start with the marriage of her parents. Of course could go back many generations to all of her ancestors, but that would take too long (and her father is my brickwall).

George E HILLIS was born in Rising Sun, Ohio county, Indiana in May 1857 to unknown parents.

Mary Susan WASHBURN was born 28 September 1866 in Vinton, Gallia county, Ohio to civil war veteran Francis Marion WASHBURN and Lovina MATTHEWS. In the 1870s, the family moved to Cincinnati. On the 19 December 1883, Lovina died when Mary was 17 years old. Mary had three younger sisters, Lizzie Gertrude (17 Oct 1868-24 Feb 1869), Myrtle Ione (3 Nov 1873-24 Mar 1951), and Sylvia Cynthia (29 Jan 1878-29 Jun 1934).

George and Mary were married in Cincinnati, Hamilton county, Ohio on 5 September 1886.
Ohio, "Marriage Record (1808-1931)," volume 99, page 416, no. 827, George E Hillis and Mary S Washburn, marriage on 6 September 1886; digital images, Hamilton County Probate Courty (http://www.probatect.org), Cincinnati.

George and Mary welcomed 3 children before their daughter Alice was born.

Joseph Mills HILLIS was born 24 Dec 1887 in Cincinnati. He moved to Texas and later to El Dorado, Butler county, Kansas. He married Margaret around 1922 and died May 1974.

Francis Marion HILLIS was born 13 Dec 1888 in Cincinnati and named after his grandfather. He married Mary Ann JOHNSTON on 6 Feb 1926 in Cincinnati. He died in Rising Sun, Indiana on 12 Oct 1977 and buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.

Sylvia C HILLIS was born 13 Aug 1892 in Kentucky and named for her aunt. She married Sidney Sayers CLEMENTS on 2 Oct 1915 in Cincinnati. She lived in Kentucky.

Next time we learn about the birth of Alice Susan HILLIS.

The Life of Alice Susan HILLIS

This week I will be working on a series of blog posts that will tell the story of my great grandmother, Alice Susan HILLIS for the 91st Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy.

The topic for the next edition of the COG will be: A Tribute to Women! March is women's history month and a great time to honor the women on our family trees.This is will be the 4th annual edition on this topic so we're going to change it up just a bit to keep it fresh... Write a biography about a woman on your family tree starting with a timeline of their life. The timeline can be a separate post that you link to from your biography (which can itself be a series of articles) but please just submit one post to the COG. If you haven't written from a timeline before you may find it a great learning/research experience! Since this topic will likely require more research and writing time you'll have a full month till the deadline. There will be no March 1st edition of the COG. The deadline for submissions will be March 15th. Thirty submissions will be accepted.

Alice Susan HILLIS was born 1 Apr 1896 in Rabbit Hash, Boone county, Kentucky. She was the daughter of George E HILLIS and Mary Susan WASHBURN. The family lived in the area around Cincinnati, Hamilton county, Ohio, spending time in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. On 10 Jan 1917, Alice married Dewey Francis WASHBURN in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn county, Ohio. This family also moved around the Cincinnati area and even spent a few years in Florida. Alice and Dewey had 4 children. One son died at age 7 from strep throat. Alice and Dewey eventually settled in Cincinnati and owned a grocery store. Alice died 31 Jul 1979 in Deer Park, Hamilton county, Ohio.

Timeline of Alice's Life

Posts will be:
Her Parents Get Married
Her Birth
Family in the Census
Her Marriage
Her Parent's Deaths
More Tragedy
Family Movements
Grocery Business
Her Death

Watch for new posts (that will be linked here) all week!

March Genealogy To Do List

This is what I need to do for March for my genealogy research:

  • Index 3 years of the Vevay Newspaper Index. I have 10 years to go and really need to finish it soon because I'm getting bored with it and want to do something new. Don't know what yet, but something else.
  • Finish using Ohio County, Indiana Death Records film from FHL by March 16 when it gets sent back. (I could renew it, but I'm almost done.)
  • Complete blog series on the life of Alice Susan HILLIS.
  • Start organizing, tagging and labeling digital photos in Picasa. (I'm tired of not being able to find what I want for my blog.)
  • Finish going through digital files in "To File" folder and get them filed finally!
Good luck to everyone on their March genealogy goals!

March Shout Outs

For the last two month's Apple at Apple's Tree has been doing shout outs to all the people who have commented on her blog. She supplies a link to their blog as a way of thanking them for visiting her site and taking the time to leave a comment. See her February and March Shout Outs.

I am going to start doing shout outs this month. This month I will list everyone who left a comment on a February post. Next month I will do better tracking my comments and post everyone who commented for March (even on older posts). In order to be included on this list, you must have a genealogy blog and it must be linked to your comment.

Thanks to everyone who visited my blog in February and special thanks to everyone who took time to comment.

Ros Bott - Tracing Ancestors in the UK
Amy Coffin - We Tree
Dr. Bill Smith - Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories
Lori - Genealogy and Me
Thomas MacEntee - Geneabloggers
Greta Koehl - Greta's Genealogy Bog
Sara Beth - Lessons From My Ancestors
John - Ancestry Chronicles
Linda - Flipside
Tonia - Tonia's Roots
Tri-State Ancestors and Beyond - Ancestors of Mine from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky & Beyond
Linda McCauley - Documenting the Details
Mindy - Roots and Branches
Renate - Into the Light
Michelle Goodrum - The Turning of Generations

Thanks again for the comments everyone and I hope that everyone will take a moment to check out some of these great blogs!