Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cleaning Up The Letter C

I've started a project cleaning up my database. Whenever I finish a letter of the alphabet, I'll write a blog post to report about what I learned about the surnames that start with that letter.

I'm moving right along with this organization project. I only have 2 main families in the Cs, so I was able to get through them quickly. Plus I had already done a lot of work on the Cleveland family when I entered the source details from the family history where I initially found most of the information on that line.

Here are some highlights from the C surname cleanup:
  • Still can't find Charles Caldwell in the 1830 and 1840 censuses. But I did find his wife, Rachel Washburn, living with possibly her husband's family in the 1870 and 1880 censuses. I had already found her in 1850. In 1870, she was listed as blind. I was also able to find her in the Athens County (Ohio) Home from 1876-1877 thanks to Julie's Genealogy website that includes an index to the records from the home.
  • Laura Cleveland and William Tubbs were in Athens County, Ohio in 1840 and 1860. Finally found them in 1850 in Illinois by searching for their daughters.
  • Deleted Henry Bruner from my tree because he never actually married Emeline Dunning. They got a license, but no marriage. I still don't have the original record for this license, but it goes to show which index you use can make a difference in your assumptions. The first index I used just named the parties and date of marriage, but the second one had notations when the marriage return was not found.
  • Found the marriages of Ruth Brown to James Ward and Elizabeth Brown to Jesse Russell in Brunswick Maine. I was able to trace my Brown family thanks to Sons of the American Revolution applications.
You might notice that half of the C clean up is actually Bs. That's because I make a notation in Evernote of items I need to find on my next trip to the Allen County Public Library. So even though I was done going through the Bs in my database, I still had some research to do.
On to the letter B!
Other letter cleanups:
Unknown surnames
Letter A


  1. I'm curious that you deleted Henry Bruner. Having a licence but no marriage would have prompted me to find out more about him!

  2. I'm curious that you deleted Henry Bruner. Having a licence but no marriage would have prompted me to find out more about him!

  3. Shelley,
    I deleted Henry because Emeline married Dennis F Philips less than a year after her license to Henry. At that time, she used the name Dunning. For that reason, I am assuming that they were never married. I have never found Henry in any other record. If he had died, she should have used the Bruner name in her marriage to Dennis. I did leave mention of the marriage license in Emeline's timeline.