Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Anthony ZWEIER

Anthony Zweier
Dec. 23, 1858
In the 68 year
of his life

Immaculate Conception Cemetery
Bastress, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

Photo taken by Tina Lyons, July 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Elizabeth ZWEIER

Wife of
Anthony Zweier
Feb 1 1863
65 Yrs & 7 ds

Immaculate Conception Cemetery
Bastress, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

Photo taken by Tina Lyons, July 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Mary BAUER ECK

To the Memory of
Mary Bauer
wife of Joseph Eck
Who Departed This Life
May 1 1848
Aged 58 years and 6 months

Immaculate Conception Cemetery
Bastress, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

Photo taken by Tina Lyons, July 2011

FGS 2011 - Husband Edition

Special thanks to my husband for allowing me to drag him to Springfield and the FGS 2011 conference.

Apparently touching Lincoln's nose is actually good luck because the husband was in a good mood for the whole trip. Here is a list of some of the things he did for me during the conference:
  • Attend the Old Fashioned Prairie Social (and let me have ice cream for dinner)
  • Take photos at the press conference
  • Drive me home late at night
  • Pick me up lunch
  • Pass out membership forms at the IGS table
  • Talk to genealogists
Now I have to let him get a sword at the Renaissance Festival. So maybe Lincoln didn't have anything to do with it.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Will of Valentine Blitz

LAST WILL OF Valentine Blitz

I, Valentine Blitz of Williamsport, County of Lycoming, and State of Pennsylvania, being of sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all wills by me at any time heretofore made.

First: I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid by my Executors herein after named, as soon after my death as convenient.

Second: I devise to my daughter Anne, her heirs and assigns my house and lot on Hughes Street, in the City of Williamsport, said County, which said lot is bounded on the South by said Hughes Street, on the west by lot sold by me to Charles Snyder, on the North by Roberts Alley, and on the East by lot of Mrs Zeviesell. This devise is made upon condition, that she, the said Anne, pay to my other six children each the sum of one hundred twenty five and 57/100 dollars, within two years after my death, without interest for the first year, and with interest at four percent, for the second year. These payments of one hundred twenty five and 57/100 dollars to each of my said six children are hereby charged upon the above described real estate and herein devised to my said daughter Anne.

Third, I give all my household goods to my said daughter Anne, as she has earned a good part of the money with which many of articles of these household goods were bought. But she shall give to my son Adam any one of the beds with bedding which may be in my house at the time of my death, whenever said Adam shall get married. And the said Anne shall also give to my daughter Maria any one of the beds with bedding, which may be in my house at the my death, whenever said Maria shall get married.

Fourth: My son William owes me the sum of nine hundred and fifty dollars, which sum less one seventh of the same he is to pay to my executors, and of the six sevenths so paid to my executors, he is not to have any share in the distribution of the residue and remainder of my Estate.

Fifth: All the residue and remainder of my estate, real, personal and mixed of whatever kind or nature, or wherever situate, I give and bequeath to my seven children, share and share alike, except that my son William is not to have any part of the amount to be paid by him to my executors, as provided in paragraph “Fourth” hereof.

I hereby appoint my said daughter Anne and my son-in-law Frank Gaus, executors of my last will.

Dated at Williamsport the 9” day of December A.D. 1897.
Valentine Blitz {Seal}

Signed, sealed, published and declared by Valentine Blitz the testator above named, as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, who in his presence, and in the presence of each other, and at his request, have hereunto set our names as witnesses.
F. Deedmeyer
D. J Durwachter

Valentine Blitz (1898), Will Book: volume 9, page 153-4; Lycoming County Genealogical Society Library, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

FGS 2011 - Day 4

Saturday was the last day of the FGS 2011 conference. The first session I attended was "The Parish" with Audrey Collins. Usually questions during sessions annoy me, but not with Audrey. The questions answered were just as good as the presentation. Maybe it was just the accent.

Next I went to "Porkopolis to Bonanza Farms: Midwest Historical Geography for Genealogists" presented by J. H. Fonkert. This session looked at lots of maps to show how agriculture, weather and technology affected how the Midwest was settled.

The sessions before and after lunch were a workshop by J. Mark Lowe entitled "Developing a Basic Research Plan." These two hours went so fast. It was nice to get some hands on work and start thinking through research plans. Of course I think that I'll use Evernote instead of Mark's index card strategy to keep my research plans organized.

During lunch, I sat at the Indiana Genealogical Society's table. Lunch on Saturday was the most traffic that the exhibit hall received except for right after it opened. All the Ancestry Day attendees were there and it was a good time to be manning the table.

I skipped the last two sessions and when the exhibit hall closed we headed back to Fort Wayne. I made sure to thank Paula Stuart-Warren and Josh Taylor on my way out for an awesome conference. Paula's already thinking of ways to put me to work for the FGS 2013 conference in Fort Wayne.

Friday, September 9, 2011

FGS 2011 - Day 3

Day 3 of FGS 2011 started with Linda Woodward Geiger's "US territorial Papers, 1789-1873: Records of the Frontiersman." I'm going to check on these records when I return and see what I can find that relates to my ancestors in Indiana before statehood. Then I attended "Pioneer Genealogy: Tracing Your Ancestors on the Midwestern Frontier" with James Hanson. There was no projector set up and I realized when he started that there were no slides. But he had plenty of information to share and was engaging even without visuals. I'm going to look for some records on Indiana units in the Indian Wars soon. Next was Tim Pinnick's "Maximizing Your Reach: Research in University Libraries." This was an excellent talk that made me want to check what is available in university libraries in my area. A good tip is to become a friend of the library with a donation and take advantage of longer borrowing times and Interlibrary loans. After a quick lunch with my husband, I went back to the exhibit hall to check on the IGS table. My husband sat at the table while I wondered to the bloggers in the media hub. I kept checking and some people stopped by the booth. So I migrated back and saved hubs from their questions and got a few more members. Then I attended "Using Correlation to Reveal Facts That No Record States" by Tom Jones. I skipped the next session and hung out at the IGS table and talked to more potential members and also fellow board members. The last session of the day was Debra Miezala's "Lessons from a Snoop: Collaterals and Associates." She had many case studies that showed how to track down your ancestors by looking at those around them. Best part of the day: seeing my high school Spanish teacher. She followed me into the first session and asked if I had been her student. I didn't recognize her right away and checked her name badge. I went to school in Ohio and her name badge said she was from Indiana. So I figured she thought I was someone else, but then she mentioned Lakota and I remembered her name and face. Small world.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

FGS 2011 - Day Two

This morning started with a breakfast and panel sponsored by 1000memories.com. The discussion was about getting youth involved in genealogy. Dear Myrtle and Josh Taylor were on the panel along with 1000memories co-founder Jonathan Good.

Next was the opening session of the conference. It was announced that over 2000 genealogists have descended on Springfield, making it the biggest FGS conference to date.

Michael Maben, president of the Indiana Genealogical Society, presented a check $24,234 to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions campaign. This check included $12,117 donated to the project through IGS. IGS matched all those donations. Ancestry is matching all donations, so over $40,000 dollars will go to digitizing the War of 1812 pensions (available for free on Fold3).

Here is a photo of Michael presenting the check to Pat Oxley at the press conference that followed the opening session.
IGS board members with the check and Pat Oxley.

My first session was "The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames" presented by Tom Jones. Best part - Someone asked a question about how he organized all the research he has done on unrelated or unknown Jones lines. His response: "Poorly." I can't tell you how much applause there was to find out that Tom Jones isn't much better than the rest of us.

Then I had lunch with Melissa Shimkus, a librarian at the Allen County Public Library, and Susan Clark of Nolichucky Roots blog. Plus my husband.

Next I attended Craig R. Scott's session "Reasons for Not Serving in the Civil War." Craig is a wealth of information about all topics. I loved that he took questions before the session even began.

The last session of the day for me was "The Curious Case of the Disappearing Dude" by Debra Miezala. She was very entertaining and reminded us to search many types of records to find where else to search. I look forward to hearing more of her sessions at the IGS annual conference in April.

Then it was time to head to the exhibit hall for the Society Showcase. I worked the IGS booth with our Southwest District Coordinator, Connie. We had a lot of fun meeting potential members, current members and discussing ideas for our society.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

FGS2011 - Day One

Today was the first day of the 2011 Federation of Genealogical Societies' Conference. I spent the morning driving to Springfield from Fort Wayne. The trip would have been better if we didn't have to come to a complete stop on 69 for some unknown reason. The first stop of the day was Lincoln's Tomb. (Like any good genealogist I went to the cemetery first.) then we stopped at the Cozy Dog Cafe for their original corn dogs. (This was the only thing I found in Springfield that interested the husband. No moonshine here.) Then we checked into the hotel and rested a bit. Finally it was time to go to registration. I picked up my conference bag, name tag and other goodies. then I went back to the hotel and dumped out the bag, got out what I needed and ditched the bag. My husband kept saying it looked like a nice bag, but I didn't need to carry something that everyone else had. On the way to the first session, I met up with some of the folks from Ancestry that I met at Ancestry Day in Fort Wayne in July. They wanted to know where I was to collect the War of 1812 donations that morning after Curt Witcher talked about the project. Apparently the donation of $1005 that I collected from the attendees at Ancestry Day is now legendary. Then it was time for my first session: Paula Stuart-Warren's Publicity for Society Events: Simply Supercharged. Paula had some great ideas that will hopefully serve me well as a member of the Indiana Genealogical Society's 2012 Conference Committee. My favorite thing she said was "family gets in the way of family history." All those family events really take our time away from our research. Paula put us in small groups to plan out a one page conference flyer. Well, it just so happened that I was sitting next to Melissa Shimkus from the Allen County Public Library. She had shown me flyers for the National Black Genealogy Summit that Curt Witcher wanted her to pass around. So I decided to pass off those four page color flyers as our group's effort. Paula was amazed that we had brought a color printer, but said we should have made our flyer more than a month in advance of the event. Then she went back up to the podium and mentioned our group's "effort" to everyone and on the tape. Of course then we had to share our awesome publicity skills with Curt, who just gave us the look like we were crazy. Of course this was mostly my doing and I shouldn't blame Melissa too much. Melissa and I attended Amy Johnson Crow's talk called "Finding and Keeping Volunteers" next. Amy talked about the need to outline the roles for volunteers and find the right people for those jobs. She always has wonderful examples to add to her talks and this one was no exception. I especially liked the reminder to change passwords when a volunteer quits or as a last resort you have to fire them. I skipped the last session to grab a snack and take a nap. Then it was time for the Old Fashioned Praire Social. It was fun to talk to fellow bloggers and IGS board members. I am going to attempt to make a list of everyone I met later (when not writing on my iPad so I can link better.) I look forward to tomorrow's events.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - William B SANDERS

Wm B Sanders
died Feb 26 1875
aged 74 y 1 m 26 d

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

Monday, September 5, 2011

Will of Valorous Morse

In the Name of God Amen.
            I Vallerous Morse of the County of Boone and State of Kentucky being of sound mind and disposing Memory and calling to Mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with. I give and bequeath the same in manner following that is to say

1st after my death I desere that out of the perishable part of my Estate all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid

            2nd all the rest of my estate both real and personal of whatever nature or kind it may be I give to my wife Mary R Morse to use and enjoy as she may desere proper during the term of her natural life

3rd Such portion of my estate as may remain undisposed of at the death of my wife said Mary R Morse I desere shall be equally divided among my three daughters manually[?] Rachel M Simon Louisa Vanness & Margaret G Griffith which I give to them and their heirs forever

And Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my wife Mary R Morse Sole Executrix of this my last will and testament and desire no security shall be required of her.

Note Having Made an advancement to my Daughter Susan B Hillis it is not my intentions to give her any thing more

In witness whereof I hereto set my hand this 27” day of March 1883
Subscribed as witnesses in presence of Vallerous Morse and at his request and in presence of each other
Charles H Acra
James A Dilson

Boone County, Kentucky, Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977, Vallerous Morse page 187-8; "Will records, 1876-1897, Vol. 13," digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: accessed 24 August 2011).

Thursday, September 1, 2011

IGS to Participate in FGS Society Showcase

One week from today I'll be in Springfield, Illinois representing the Indiana Genealogical Society at the Society Showcase during the Federation of Genealogical Societies' annual conference.
IGS will be one of 22 societies participating in the first ever Society Showcase. The Society Showcase event will be on Thursday, September 8 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Praire Capital Convention Center as part of the extended Exhibit Hall hours. The special society tables will remain in place Friday and Saturday. 

IGS board members will be staffing the booth Thursday night and selling memberships. Stop by to talk about the society and consider becoming a member.

See the full list of participating societies on the FGS Conference Blog: http://www.fgsconferenceblog.org/2011/08/society-showcase-participants.html