Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Saturday Challenge: How I Met Your Mother

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to: 1) Do you know how, when and where your parents met? 
Mom & Dad a few years later

Hmm. I know how my parents met, but I don’t know who introduced them. Does this sound like I’m going in circles? Well, it’s because over the years I heard the same story, but two different versions. Both involve a classmate of my mother’s and a friend of my father’s. This couple later ended up marrying each other.

Carrie Bockes married Gordon Bross

Katherine Potucek married Jerome Nast

Both of the women above were in my mother’s class at Skaneateles High School. Both men were from the Moravia area and were either in Dad’s class or within a few years of it. Therefore, I’m not sure which set of names belongs in this story, as I have heard both couples mentioned in the telling of it.

Dad was hanging out in the village of Moravia near his parents’ farm one evening. This was not unusual as there was a roller skating rink and a bowling alley that he enjoyed. Sometimes he would help out at the bowling alley resetting pins if the regular employee wasn’t there as this was the time before mechanized lanes. A friend of his approached him that night and asked him for a favor.

“Gordon, I need you to help me out. I want to go see my girl Friday night, but she won’t go out with me unless I bring a date for her friend.”

“Oh?” Dad said.

“She’s a nice girl, but she doesn’t have a boyfriend and Carrie/Katherine doesn’t want to leave her sitting home alone on a Friday night.”

Dad agreed to go along with him as a favor and they had a double date. The friend that would have been home alone Friday night, of course, was Mom. Both couples continued dating and often would go out together. As fate would have it, my parents got married before the couple that introduced them.

My uncle is pretty sure that the girl he remembers fixing his sister up was Carrie Bockes. But, I’m positive that when I was a child, Mom told me this story and she mentioned Katherine. At the time, my school bus driver was “Mr. Nast” and she was telling me the story about people that I knew.

Whichever couple it actually was, the people involved were part of a group of friends. The three women grew up in and around the small village of Skaneateles. They all ended up marrying men from the Moravia area, a few miles to the southwest of there.

Addendum: Jim, my oldest brother, remembers Dad definitely blaming Gordon Bross for that happening. He remembers the story being told about Laverne (Carrie’s middle name that she also went by) and Gordon Bross. That is more definite than my uncle’s vague memory and closer to the time happening. As I grew up with Jerome Nast as a bus driver and in school with his youngest daughter, that is likely how the people drifted in my memory.

Telling stories gets them recorded. Sharing them with others adds details and sometimes, like above, fills in where we don’t know the answer.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

David Kendall At the CNYGS Fall Meeting

This Saturday the Central New York Genealogical Society will have the first of its' fall meetings:

Monday, September 11, 2017

Suggett House Museum and Kellogg Memorial Research Center

Cortland County Historical Society
Suggett House Museum and Kellogg Memorial Research Center
Address: 25 Homer Ave, Cortland, NY
Phone: (607) 756-6071
Website: www.cortlandhistory.com

Approaching the home of the historical society on a side street in Cortland, you might be doubtful at first that you have found the right place. A Victorian house with a small sign in the front yard greets you. There is no parking lot. However, parking on the street is free and you just need to follow the signs for the correct side. Down the side street, you will find an addition on the back of the house. Here is the entrance to the society- both the museum and the research center. The door will be locked, but as the small sign reads, just press the doorbell and someone will buzz you in.

The entrance is a small hallway where it would be impossible to have a desk for a staff member or volunteer to sit at. A few years ago, there were a number of robberies of libraries and museums across New York State. The Suggett House was one of the victims. This is why the door is now locked.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday
Gift Shop 9:30 - 5:00
(Saturday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Museum and Research Center 1:00 - 5:00PM

There is a charge for using the Research Center as follows:
Assisted research free for members and students
For non-members, $8 for first hour,
$5 for each additional hour
Research by staff is $15 per hour.
Photocopying and postage additional
(It is 25 cents per photocopy.)

Restrictions, photocopies etc.:
You are not allowed to make copies yourself. However, I found that the staff and volunteers were very quick to make copies for me and did their best to get good copies. For example, one paper I wanted a copy of had writing close to the top and bottom edges. They made me two copies (for the price of one) of the page to make sure both top and bottom weren’t at the edge of the paper and cut off on my copy.

The Research Center, although small, contains a wealth of information about early Cortland. Cemetery records and early histories are on the shelves. If you are looking for general information about New York State or New England, they have many of the standard resources you would expect to find in larger libraries as well.

One of the great things about this center, as in many of these small historical societies are their vertical files. Information about families in Cortland are filed by their surnames. Correspondence by people from many years ago is kept and can be found in these files. If they grow too large, another folder is made or a notebook created to contain all the information. These can be goldmines for secondary research if someone was doing work on your family many years ago. Also, many newspaper articles are found within these files that you might not otherwise be able to find today.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Saturday Challenge- Ancestors Giving Researchers Grief

Randy Seaver's GeneaMusing's Saturday Fun Challenge for this week:
1)    The Family History Hound listed 20 Questions about your Ancestor, and I'm going to use some of them in the next few months.  

2)  Please answer the question - 
"Which ancestor gives you the most researching grief?"

Who is that person that gives me the most grief? Is it Leverett Lyman Wooster? Is it Lyman Leverett Wooster? Is it Lemuel Wooster? Is it L. L. Wooster? As you might surmise, these names apparently belong to one person born about 1786. He disappears again between 1855 and 1869. Yes, we don’t even know the years of his life.

We know he married a woman the name of Jerusha. Her family is completely unknown. They settled in Lysander, Onondaga County, New York in 1832 coming from Columbia County, New York. Well, actually I’m making a guess about that. According to a history of Onondaga County, Barclay Wooster did that. This is their son and I assume he brought his parents along when he did that. Why would I make this assumption? The census records for Leverett Lyman show a shift from Columbia County to Onondaga County between 1830 and 1840. Besides, it’s safe to assume Barclay did not come alone. At the time of his trip and settling in Lysander he was all of three years old! I believe we can be sure that the 1832 date is also that of his parents.

These are the vague facts that we gather about Leverett Lyman Wooster. He left very few records himself and we can better surmise where and when from records of others. The 1850 federal census for him indicates he was born in Connecticut; while the 1855 New York state census indicates Columbia Co, New York. Census and death records of his sons, Barclay and Dennis, show that their father was born in Connecticut.

We know that Jerusha died in 1841 from cemetery records. She was buried in the old Presbyterian Church Cemetery about a mile south of the four corners of Lysander. No marker remains. In fact, only a few broken fragments of markers remain for this cemetery. There are no records existing today for this cemetery other than readings of the cemetery from the early 1900s. Leverett Lyman likely was buried beside her. But the marker, if any existed, disappeared before an inventory was made.
The cemetery today

The 1855 census entry where he is living in his son, Dennis’ household, gives us an idea of his death date. This is the last time we find him in any records. In 1869, Barclay and Dennis are selling property as the heirs of Leverett L. Wooster. He must have died before then. The description of the property places it very near that of the above mentioned cemetery. It perhaps even included the cemetery at one time. Thus, we are even more confident that the guess he is buried next to Jerusha is true.

Yes, he’s the one that gives me a lot of researching grief. Little is known and few records remain about him. But, did I tell you about the marriage record we found? The only names for the bride and groom are: a daughter of David Munson married a stranger to town. I pity the poor researchers that are looking for these people. Oh, wait, I know who they are… Sarah, daughter of David Munson, married Ebenezer Wooster about then. We can't find a record of their marriage. This must be it! They are likely the parents of Leverett Lyman! Maybe it’s actually his parents who give me the most researching grief…

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

FamilySearch Updates!

And yet another news release. FamilySearch sent out an important update about their film rentals. There is still another week left to order and affiliate centers will be able to view the restricted films! Read the details below:


 UPDATE: FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm

Salt Lake City, Utah (30 August 2017), Thursday, September 7, 2017, marks the closing of an 80-year era of historic records access to usher in a new, digital model. FamilySearch is discontinuing its microfilm circulation services in concert with its commitment to make billions of the world’s historic records readily accessible digitally online. (See FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm). As its remaining microfilms are digitized, FamilySearch has provided additional information to users of its historic microfilm program. Find and share this news announcement easily online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.
FamilySearch, a global leader in historic records preservation and access, began microfilming historic records in 1938. Advancements in technology have enabled it to be more efficient, making an unbelievable tide of digital images of historic records accessible much quicker online and to a far greater customer base.
FamilySearch released a list of helpful facts and tips to help patrons better navigate the transition from microfilm to digital.
  • Patrons can still order microfilms online until Thursday, September 7, 2017.
  • After film ordering ends, if customers need access to a particular film yet to be digitized, they can express interest to have it added to the priority digitization list by contacting FamilySearch Support (Toll Free: 1-866-406-1830). 
  • All of the microfilm rented by patrons in the past 5 years have now been digitized by FamilySearch—over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images).
  • The remaining microfilms are being digitally scanned at a rate of 1,000 films per day and are projected to be complete by 2020.
  • New digital images are available as they are scanned in the FamilySearch.org Catalog.
  • Films currently on loan in family history centers and affiliate libraries are automatically granted extended loan status.
  • Affiliate libraries now have access to nearly all of the restricted image collections as family history centers.
  • Visitors to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City will still be able to order needed microfilms to use during their research visits.
Digital image collections can be accessed today in 3 places on FamilySearch.org, all under Search.
  • Catalog. Includes a description of all the microfilms and digital images in the FamilySearch collection. This is where all of FamilySearch's digitized microfilm and new digital images from its global camera operations are being published. A camera icon appears in the Catalog adjacent to a microfilm listing when it is available digitally.
  • Records includes collections that have been indexed by name or published with additional waypoints to help browse the unindexed images.
  • Books include digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries, including many books that were previously copied to microfilm.
For additional help, see Finding Digital Images of Records on FamilySearch.org, or watch this how-to video “Where are the digitized records on FamilySearch?
“FamilySearch is committed to meeting customers’ needs as much as possible during this transition to digital access,” said Diane Loosle, FamilySearch’s Director of Patron Services. “We really appreciate the wonderful feedback we have received since the initial announcement. It is helping us better facilitate customer experiences during this next phase.”
Loosle said FamilySearch's over 5,000 family history centers will continue to provide access to relevant technology, premium subscription services, and digital records, including restricted content not available at home. Centers have the option to return microfilm that is available online or otherwise not needed. As more images are published online, centers may reevaluate whether to retain microfilm holdings.
See Frequently Asked Questions: Digital Access Replacing Microfilms for more information.
About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Family Search Classes for September

It is almost September already, can you believe it? This weekend is Labor Day. Family Search has come out with their schedule of classes and webinars that they'll be conducting for free in September below:


 Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for September 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah (29 August 2017), The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for September 2017. A Nordic countries series (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden) will feature 21 classes for researchers from Monday, September 11 to Friday, September 15. Participants can attend in person or online. See the full schedule below. Find and easily share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.
Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don't forget. Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars.  Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends. All class times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).
If you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience. To access these, go to the archive for Family History Library classes and webinars.
Sat, 2 Sep, 1:00 PM
Investigación genealógica de Perú (Beginner)
Tue, 5 Sep, 10:00 AM
Family Tree Next Step: Attaching Sources in Family Tree (Beginner)
Tue, 5 Sep, 11:00 AM
Using Digital Libraries to Find Your German Ancestor (Intermediate)
Tue, 5 Sep, 1:00 PM
British Case Study (Beginner)
Wed, 6 Sep, 10:00 AM
French Language Indexing (Intermediate) (1½ hours)
Wed, 6 Sep, 12:00 PM
Ask Your United States Research Question (Beginner)
Thur, 7 Sep, 11:00 AM
Helpful Websites for Finding Your German Ancestor (Beginner)
Mon, 11 Sep, 9:00 AM
2017 Is the Year of Nordic Records! Learn What’s Coming (Beginner)
Mon, 11 Sep, 10:15 AM
The Who, What, Where, Why, and How of Nordic Records on FamilySearch (Beginner)
Mon, 11 Sep, 1:15 PM
Exploring European Feast-Day Calendars (Intermediate)
Mon, 11 Sep, 2:30 PM
Scandinavian-American Resources (Intermediate)
Webinar | MF B/C
Tue, 12 Sep, 9:00 AM
What’s New in the Swedish ArkivDigital (Intermediate)
Tue, 12 Sep, 10:15 AM
Name Searchable Databases in Swedish ArkivDigital (Intermediate)
Tue, 12 Sep, 11:00 AM
Submitting Names for Temple Ordinances (Intermediate)
Tue, 12 Sep, 1:15 PM
Swedish Naming Customs (Intermediate)
Tue, 12 Sep, 2:30 PM
Military Records in the Swedish ArkivDigital (Intermediate)
Wed, 13 Sep, 9:00 AM
Probate Laws and Records for Swedish Genealogy (Intermediate)
Wed, 13 Sep, 10:15 AM
Databases for Swedish Genealogy (Intermediate)
Wed, 13 Sep, 1:15 PM
Introduction to Icelandic Church and Census Records (Beginner)
Wed, 13 Sep, 2:30 PM
Finnish Immigration and Methodology: How to Tackle Finnish Challenges (Intermediate)
Thur, 14 Sep, 9:00 AM
Norwegian Church Records (Beginner)
Thur, 14 Sep, 10:15 AM
Norway: We’re Getting Married! Traditions and Records (Beginner)
Webinar | MF B/C
Thur, 14 Sep, 1:15 PM
Lensrekneskapsbøker in Norway (Intermediate)
Webinar | MF B/C
Thur, 14 Sep, 2:30 PM
Norwegian Migration and Immigration (Beginner)
Fri, 15 Sep, 9:00 AM
Danish Estates (Intermediate)
Fri, 15 Sep, 10:30 AM
Little Used Records on Arkivalieronline (Intermediate)
Fri, 15 Sep, 1:15 PM
Danish Tax Records (Beginner)
Fri, 15 Sep, 2:30 PM
Research in Copenhagen (Beginner)
Sat, 16 Sep, 1:00 PM
¿Qué, cuándo, y dónde? Los inicios de la investigación italiana (Intermediate)
Mon, 18 Sep, 10:00 AM
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tue, 19 Sep, 11:00 AM
Starting Family Tree: Research Help and Searching Records (Beginner)
Wed, 20 Sep, 10:00 AM
Spanish Language Indexing (Intermediate) (1½ hours)
Thur, 21 Sep, 1:00 PM
Scots-Irish Research (Beginner)
Mon, 25 Sep, 10:00 AM
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Wed, 27 Sep, 10:00 AM
Portuguese Language Indexing (Intermediate) (1½ hours)
Thur, 28 Sep, 11:00 AM
Finding Original Records: The Real Game of Hide and Seek (Beginner)
Thur, 28 Sep, 1:00 PM
Tracing Early LDS Church Convert Ancestry in England (Beginner)
Fri, 29 Sep, 1:00 PM
Your British/Irish Research Questions Answered (Beginner)

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.