Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy 2nd Blogiversary to Gen Wish List

Today is the 2nd blogiversary for this blog that I started on 30 June 2009. I had another blog before that, but this is where I refined my blogging goals.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading. I've met wonderful genealogists through this blog. And the best part has to be all the cousins who I have found. I look forward to many more years of genealogy blogging and lots of new friends and relatives.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Annis RICHMOND POTTER

Annis Potter
died Sep 25 1848
aged 61 y 5 m 25 d

Annis is the daughter of William Richmond and the wife of Benjamin F Potter.

Photo taken May 2011 at Bovard Cemetery in Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana by Tina Lyons.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Benjamin F POTTER

Benjamin Potter
Died 16 Mar 1859
Aged 72 y 16 d

Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Photographed by Tina Lyons, May 2011.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Trip to Switzerland County, Indiana - Part 2

Yesterday I posted about part of my trip to Switzerland County, Indiana last month. I promised to write more about my cemetery adventures, so here goes.

There are two family cemeteries across the street from each other in Cotton Township, Switzerland County. Most of my ancestors from the area are buried in those two cemeteries. On this trip, I wanted to map each cemetery on this trip and update the transcriptions that were published in 1982. The transcriptions were correct for the most part, but it was organized in alphabetical order and lost the relationships of where people were buried.

We got out of the car and I let my husband choose which task he wanted: to photograph the stones or map the cemetery. He chose mapping and I gave him some graph paper and he got out his clipboard, pencil and eraser and was ready to go. I also had copies of the previous cemetery reading. At each stone, we found the name in the old transcription and numbered it, added the number to the map and took a photograph.

We first went to Littlefield Cemetery, the smaller of the two.

Then we went across the street to Bovard Cemetery.

We were fairly successful. Of course the gravestones most deteriorated from the elements were my ancestors' stones. We found some new graves of people buried since the 1982 cemetery reading. We also found 2 stones of my ancestor's children that were not in the index. These stones had been broken and repaired. I'm guessing that they were underground in 1982 and therefore not found.

One of these stones was for Jane Bovard, daughter of Robert and Margaret Bovard. I didn't even know they had a daughter named Jane, but I should. I have an abstract of Robert's naturalization that states all his children. There was a missing comma between Martha and Jane and I had assumed that it was one daughter named Martha Jane. I was glad to add Jane to my database. We also found the stone for her brother John. I knew John died before the 1870 census, but I never found his grave. Now I have and he died in 1867.

I submitted the maps and indexes that we created to the Indiana Genealogical Society as a free database. I also added the photos that I took to Find A Grave.
Bovard Cemetery on Find A Grave
Littlefield Cemetery on Find A Grave

It was a great trip even though my husband turned into a redneck. (I forgot that he would need sunscreen.)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Trip to Switzerland County, Indiana - Part 1

Last month I got my husband to take me on a research trip to Switzerland County, Indiana. All I had to do was take him to his ham radio convention. So you can tell already how much I wanted to go to Switzerland County.

As we crossed the border into Switzerland County, I told my husband (who was driving) to turn around so that I could get a picture of the sign. But he just gave me a look and kept driving. Then I informed him that I finally felt at home being close to where my ancestors lived. His response was "I hope not." Lucky for him I need high speed internet access to actually feel at home.

Our first stop was the Switzerland County Public Library. I used my camera to make copies of the relevant family files that they had.

Then we went to 3 area cemeteries to find my ancestors. Our first stop was the New Liberty Cemetery to find the Dunning family. We found most of them and some you could even read.

Then we went to two family cemeteries that were across the street from each other. Littlefield Cemetery had about 25 stones and Bovard Cemetery contained about 70. I'll write another post about our adventures here.

On the way out of the county, my husband was nice enough to let me get a photo of the Switzerland County welcome sign.

We spent the night in Cincinnati at my parents' house and then went to the radio convention the next day. It was a good trip and my husband even said that Switzerland County wasn't too far from my parents' house. Maybe I'll get another trip out of him someday. I mean I didn't even have time to explore the court house or research in Ohio County, Indiana.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Generations Project - Does Anyone Care About Regular People?

When Who Do You Think You Are? was on TV this year, everyone in the genealogy community was ecstatic. Everyone was tweeting and blogging about it. Everyone was commenting about each episode on Facebook. Radio shows were devoted to it. Everyone was excited to see genealogy on television.

Yet everyone complained that they wished that regular people were show on the episodes. There is another show that does this well. But for some reason the genealogy community doesn't talk about it. The Generations Project on BYUTV has been showing episodes about regular people doing their genealogy for the last 12 weeks. But I haven't little to no discussion about the show this season.

Does that mean that genealogists don't really care about watching regular people research their genealogy? If it's not on network TV during prime time, does it not matter? 

I've watched every episode of The Generations Project (25 episodes in 2 seasons). I watched them all online on their website. I have enjoyed watching real people research their ancestors' lives and learn more about themselves. Am I the only one that was watching? Why haven't you been watching?

I do have to mention that the publicity for the show this season was lacking. Their Facebook page was rarely updated. Plus they kept moving the start date of the season. Did everyone just forget about it or does no one really like it?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Isaac BOVARD

June 27, 1872
54 y 7 m 26 d

Buried in Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana
Photographed by Tina Lyons - May 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Attending #SCGS11 Jamboree - Virtual Style

I couldn't make it in person to the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree, but I still feel like I'm a part of it.

Yesterday, I followed along with the #scgs11 Twitter tag. I looked at the syllabus material available on the Jamboree's iPhone app. I listened to Thomas MacEntee record a live show of Geneabloggers Radio in the middle of Blogger Island.

Today I watched most of the sessions that were streamed live on the internet thanks to RootsMagic. I followed along on Twitter some more and read more syllabus material. I even took a tour of the virtual exhibit hall in the Jamboree app.

Tomorrow I'll follow along with the attendees some more and hope to see lots of blog posts about everyone's experiences at Jamboree.

I'm exhausted from a wonderful day of watching the videos and reading about what everyone at Jamboree has been up to. I'm sure it will take a while for all the bloggers to write about their experiences since they will be sure to be exhausted from all the fun they have had. The virtual attendees may have had technical problems and limited access to the syllabus material, but who can complain when it was all free?

One day I'll get to Jamboree in person. But until then I'm glad to have a taste of it right in my own home. Thanks SCGS, RootsMagic, the speakers who allowed their syllabus material or talks to be shared and all the geneabloggers!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fort Wayne Ancestry Day 2011

Ancestry will be in Fort Wayne on Saturday, July 23, 2011 to present a full day of classes along with the staff of the Allen County Public Library. The registration cost is only $20.

On Friday, July 22, you can pick up your registration packet at the Hilton Fort Wayne and chat with the experts from Ancestry and ACPL. The reception is from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

Saturday's classes include:
9:00 AM     Insider Search Tips for
10:15 AM  How to Find Civil War Roots at
11:15 AM  Lunch break - catch a bite at restaurants nearby and/or talk with the experts                  
1:00 PM     Hidden Treasures of The Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne
2:15 PM     A Dozen Ways to Jumpstart Your Family History Project
3:30 PM     Ask The Experts Panel

Over 500 people have already registered for the event. Register soon to reserve your place.
Disclosure: I am volunteering at the event and will receive a complimentary registration for my time.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - R B, Olive and Jessie BASCOM

R. B. Bascom
3 Nov 1839 - 10 Mar 1907
Olive Bascom
22 Feb 1847 - 10 Dec 1926
Jessie F. Bascom
7 Mar 1873 - 19 Oct 1904
Quietly Sleep Beloved Ones

Littlefield Cemetery - Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Photo taken by Tina Lyons, May 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

Marriage of Roswell Washburn and Leura Cleveland

Roswell WASHBURN and Leura CLEVELAND are my 4th great grandparents. They were married in Athens County, Ohio on 24 November 1824.

State of Ohio, Athens county, I hereby certify that on the 21st day of Novr 1824, I joined together in the holy state of matrimony Roswell Washburn and Laury Cleaveland both of lawful age, given under my hand & seal this 21st day of Novr 1824 By Elam Frost Justice of the Peace

Date of License: 1824 Novr 15th

Athens County Ohio, Ohio, County Marriages, 1790-1950, page 5, Roswell Washburn and Laury Cleaveland, 21 November 1824; digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 June 2011).

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Registration in for #FGS2011

Yesterday I submitted my registration for the Federation of Genealogical Society's 2011 Conference in Springfield, Illinois. The conference will take place September 7 through 11.

I look forward to seeing many of the people I met at last year's conference, meeting more genealogy bloggers in person, hanging out with genealogists and learning tons.

Let me know if you'll be at the conference. I'd love to meet up with you. And if you are thinking about coming don't forget that the early bird registration discount ends on July 1st.

Summer Genealogy Goals

School is almost out. Counting today, there are 9 more days. I'll be working most of those days, but I ready to get my summer genealogy goals into high gear. Last year my summer goals got disrupted by a research trip to Pennsylvania and other surprises. So although I hope to do really well with my goals this summer, I also hope that some unexpected things happen to my genealogy.

Here are my summer goals:
  • Original Records
    • Order FHL microfilm for Eiswerth line in Germany and probate records for Switzerland (and maybe) Ohio Counties in Indiana
    • Download marriage images from FamilySearch for Ohio marriages in my family tree and husband's tree.
    • Research trips to Rabbit Hash, Kentucky; Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio; Butler County, Ohio Archive; Indiana State Library
  • Scanning
    • Finish scanning Suckling slides (only 28 more boxes to go)
    • Scan slides and photos in parents' collection
  • Education
  • Writing
  • Stuff I should have finished in May
    • Switzerland County cemetery photos online and indexed
    • Finish transcribing/translating records for husband's Alsace line.
Lots of goals for the summer. With a summer free from work, I should be able to get lots done (unlike all of spring). Of course these goals won't get done if lots of records for my ancestors become available online. Fingers crossed that I don't get my goals done because I get side tracked.

What are your genealogy goals this summer?