Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cleaning Up The Letter D

 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.

This week I finished the Letter D. Here were some of my finds:
  • I had 4 people with the surname Deitrich that married into my family tree. I knew that 2 of them were siblings. After looking at the census records, I was able to determine that George A Dietrich was the son of Jacob Deitrich. George married into my Dincher line and Jacob, along with his sister Anna Maria, married into the Eiswerth line.
  • Decided that when Benjamin Potter (age 62) married Polly Demaree (age 61) in 1849 he probably didn't marry a virgin. So I deleted the maiden name of Demaree for her. 
  • Found the marriage record of James Dunning and Nancy Craig in Boone County, Kentucky. They went across the river to get married. And now I'm up to 9 surnames found during the adventure!
  • While trying to track what happened to George William Dygert after his wife's death in 1932, I found that his wife lived until 1934. Grace Lavina Suckling died on 4 November 1934 (not 1932) after a car backed up over her. I found accounts of her death and marriage in the Niagara Falls Gazette, available online at Old Fulton NY Post Cards. I also discovered the Niagara Falls city directories on Ancestry and was able to track the family of Grace, her sister Hazel, and brother William Francis Elvey Suckling. Now I know when WFE Suckling moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan and I have an additional project to look him up in the city directories when I am at ACPL next.
  • Finding the Niagara Falls Gazette online made me search for all my surnames in that area. I was able to find 2 articles on the death of William Watson Suckling, Grace's father. Even though he died in St. Catharines, Ontario, his obituary ran in the NY paper. We are always told to search across borders for our ancestors, but I never think to search across country borders. Glad I did!

I made some great finds with the letter D. Now it's onto the letter E. Which is going to take forever just to get through all the Ecks and Eiswerths, not to mention the other surnames.

Other letter cleanups:


  1. You are doing a great job of cleaning up your database. I should really follow your example. LOL

  2. Intriguing title, I had to hop over to see what's cooking with letter D. and that is a good idea. What data base sounds technical?[smile]

  3. I actually laughed out loud when I read about Benjamin and Polly! I probably need to do the same thing for my database. Maybe I will *after* all my traveling this year! Good job!