Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tuesday's Tip - I.O.O.F. Research

Yesterday I posted a little about my great-grandfather's diary. I didn't mention that several entries imply he belong to the Belmont Lodge I.O.O.F 1149. I dug around a little and found a link where I can send for information:

 I.O.O.F. Genealogy | Family History Research

Since I have all the information they need, I'll have to send of a research request and confirm his membership. Just rounds out his life a little bit.  Maybe this will help you if you have an ancestor who was an Odd Fellow.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Diary of Hugh C. Kennedy

My great-grandfather, Hugh Crawford Kennedy, kept a diary in 1913 which has remained in possession of a family member. I had the privilege of transcribing it a few years ago. It mostly contains trivial events from a genealogical standpoint. The weather and household projects are often mentioned, as well as local visits from family members. But there are a few interesting days:

Friday, Jan 10
Rain a miserable day.
Telephone installed at my Home.

Tuesday, Mar 4
Warm and Rain
Inauguration day. Grover Wilson takes his seat as president of the United States. May he rule Justly, Impartially to the people of the land. As upon his righteousness much depends.

Tuesday, Mar 25
Warm and Rain
Hecter the Public School Superintendent arrested in connection with charges made by a young lady named Fisher. Investigation to prove the truth by court trial.
Much Rain – Awful Flood in the State of Ohio. Thousands of lives lost and millions of property damage.

Tuesday, Apr 1
Cold winds and cloudy
Grand jury heard the testimony of Ms Fisher regarding charges made by her against Mr Hecter Supt of Board of Public Education

Tuesday, Apr 22
Very nice and warm
 Have extremely bad cold in the head
 School children all over the city go out on strike against supt. D. L. Hecter demanding his resignation on account of the scandal between him and Ethel Ivy Fisher.

I imagine getting a telephone was very exciting. A presidential inauguration is always newsworthy. And if any genealogist researching D. L. Hecter or Ethel Ivy Fisher runs across my blog, they may be interested. I may have to research how this turned out just to satisfy my curiosity. Hugh Kennedy lived in Pittsburgh at this time.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thankful Thursday - West Virginia Department of Culture and History

I would like to express my gratitude to the West Virginia Department of Culture and History.  The vast majority of my ancestors are from West Virginia. The Archives and History portion of their site has provided me with many vital records for my ancestors. To access these images, go to their web site. Then click on "Archives and History" along the top. Once there, the vital records are under the listing for "Births, Deaths, and Marriages (Database)". Do explore their other databases and the rest of the site as well. Note, these images are also indexed through the Family History Library with links to the images.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday's Tip - HeritageQuest Training Materials

You may know that Heritage Quest is an online genealogical database that contains family and local histories, the complete U.S. Federal Census,  PERSI, the Revolutionary War Pension Applications & Bounty Land Warrant Applications, and the Freedman's Bank Records.

You may know that you can access it for free at your local library, and possibly from home if your library allows.

But did you know that ProQuest has some great training materials on the web? Go to:
and scroll down to the Genealogy section. I enjoyed the HeritageQuest Online FAQ and the HeritageQuest Sample Searches. You may also enjoy the HeritageQuest Online Database Guide.

Happy Reading!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Motivation Monday - New Blogging site

My latest goal is to create a new blog where I would post much more frequently than I do here. I have a background in technology and would like my new blog to be about genealogy and technology. I'd like to post about hardware such as scanners and mobile devices and apps.

I'd also like to post series of posts about specific software applications. The first being Microsoft OneNote. I think there is great potential for OneNote as a genealogical tool. I'd like to do a series on Picasa or another photo management tool as well.

I'd like to do some tutorials of various genealogy software programs. And maybe some reviews.

Stay tuned to see if I get motivated. If I do, I'll announce it here first.

“Motivation Monday” is a Daily Blogging Prompt at GeneaBloggers, hosted by Thomas MacEntee.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Mrs. Amelia McDonald

Mrs. Amelia McDonald

  Mrs. Amelia McDonald died at the home of her son, Homer, of East Oakmont, Monday night, May 29, after a two-month illness.
  Mrs. McDonald, 77 years old, was born in Barber County, W, Va., and had lived here 16 years. She was the widow of Franklin McDonald.
  Surviving are four sons, Homer and Raymond of East Oakmont; Howard of Wilkinsburg and Woodrow of Akron, Ohio; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
  Friends were received at the Charles L. Gordon Funeral home and interment was on Thursday afternoon at Parsons, W. Va.

Amelia was my great-grandmother. She was born 12 November 1866 in Barbour County, WV.  She was the daughter of William Auvil and Nancy Valentine Auvil. She married Benjamin Franklin McDonald on 18 December 1884 in Barbour County.

This obituary came to me as a clipping from an unknown newspaper dated 2 June 1944.  She lived in the Pittsburgh area when she died. I haven't had a chance to track down the newspaper.

“Sunday’s Obituary” is a Daily Blogging Prompt at GeneaBloggers, hosted by Thomas MacEntee.