Category Archives: Daughters of the American Revolution

Continue to Dream Big

With the starting of my business, founds for genealogy have been very limited. There are so many things that I would love to do, I just do not have the ability to do what I want, when I want to. As I was thinking about all the things I wanted to do with my genealogy research today, I wondered how many other people are in the same situation. Money is too tight to do what you want, what would you do with your research if the funds were unlimited. The sky is the limit, it is you own personal Who Do You Think You Are? show.

For me, there are a few things I would like to complete.  Here is my list:

  1. Verify my Richmond line, according to a distant cousin our line goes into the line of Thomas Rogers from the Mayflower. As I looked through the trees that show this, I saw some flaws and would like to be able to verify it for sure.
  2. Continue my documentation for the DAR. I started this about two years ago and I need extra cash to order some records. I know my Richmond line goes into the Revolutionary War because I had someone from the SAR document the line for my son. Not that we ever sent the paperwork in, again money has been too tight for the extra’s.
  3. Go to County Cork, IRE and continue my O’Connell research. Last year, I learned that John O’Connell was born in County Cork. I would like to visit the area and see where the family came from, visit the local Catholic Church and see if they can assist in finding more records. Plus, I need to find out what happened to John’s mother, Helen Teahan. I have no records of her besides the baptismal record for John.
  4. Visit France, I love the fact that I have Canadian – French ancestry and would love to go back through France and see the areas my family came from.
  5. Finally, I would love to have a few more DNA tests taken. I would like to have an O’Connell male take the YDNA test and I would like to take the MtDNA test to follow my maternal line.

So, what would you do if money was not an issue? Remember DREAM BIG!

My Process for Entry into the DAR

Today I went to our local FHC and met with a representative for the DAR. I sent my request in through the DAR website on 13 Jan 2010. Just under a month ago, though it seems longer. 
At our meeting today, we went through my family tree and she entered it into the DAR system. I was then told what sources I will need to send this information to their genealogist to go through. I have most of the marriage records I need, I will need to find a few more birth and death records and I will be ready to send everything in. From what I understand, the DAR gives out the DAR #’s in April and July. According to the representative I spoke with, she believes I will be able get  in on one of those groups. I hope this will be the case. Tomorrow evening I will start ordering the few vital records that I need to get this process moving.

Odds and Ends For Now

The last few weeks have been rough. As my readers know, I buried my Grandmother last week. I have so much I would like to say about her, as a person, woman and grandmother. Yet it seems when I sit and try to write, nothing comes out the way I would like it to. So, I have decided to let it sit for a bit and maybe, when I am less emotional I will be able to say what I feel I need to say about her. 

There has been a lot going on otherwise in life, this week I won entry for two into the Mesa, AZ Family History Expo. I entered a photo into the Luxegen Genealogy and Family History website. I entered my photo from the Hurt Family Cemetery, that I posted in October 2009. This is the link announcing my win. I am extremely excited about this. Thanks again to the Luxegen Genealogy and Family History.

Last but not least, I read a blog post by Amy at We Tree about Sticking My Toes in the DAR Pool and decided it was time for me to do the same. I filled out the Prospective Member form, clicked send and on its merry way it was sent into the DAR. Over the past few months, I had met a gentleman by the name of Bob, through GenealogyWise who stated he would assist anyone in searching for their patriot for the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). He found my patriot in one day and took my tree back 100 years! I was so excited. I have been sitting on my son’s forms for the SAR for about a month now (due to family illnesses). I am hoping to get them mailed out this week. Once Bob found my patriot, I started looking for the marriage license and Birth Certificates of the family members so that when I applied to the DAR, I would have the documentation that I needed. I need one more marriage certificate, but that one is for my parents, that will be easy to obtain. I wish that the DAR and SAR shared the same standards for proving your patriot. The SAR requires birth certificates to prove the line, no marriage certificate needed. 

I will continue to blog about the process for both SAR and DAR as our family goes through them.

Weekly Prompt #16 Goals, Not just resolutions anymore.

We have been asked to write down our genealogy goals. So we can look back and see what we’ve accomplished. Thanks to Amy at We Tree, for you great ideas to keep us writing. Thanks to Genea Bloggers for reminding us of these great ideas.

In the beginning of the year, I put together some goals for my research. Before I talk about new goals, I think we should review the old ones.
1. Find out who the parents are for John O’Connell. (No progress as of yet, see post on my brickwall ancestor)
2. Find out who the parents are for Bridget Curran O’Connell.(no progress yet)
3. Place the remaining 2 O’Connell’s at St Paul’s/St Mary’s Cemetery into the family tree. (no progress yet)
4. Go to NY and visit the cemeteries and get photo’s of grave markers (St Paul’s/St Mary’s, Black River and Mount Carmel). Plus meet the family I have found. (planned for June with my Aunt)
5. Continue to blog my research and findings on a regular basis. (continuous work)
6. Start more in depth research on the Springer line. (have not started yet)

Ok for the 6 goals that I started the year with, I have only progresses on 2. Not so good. But, it is not for lack of trying. I just have not had a successful search for these items. As everyday passes, my research has moved to different family lines. So, I truly do want to work on the first 6 goals still, I want to add a few more.

7. Katherine Stuart, need to document this relationship which I have just started working on yesterday. According to other online family trees, she is a direct ancestor. According to legend “she is a descendant of King Charles”.
8. I have been thinking about applying to DAR, need to make a decision and work from there.
9. Want to find who the Mason was that sponsored Nettie Warden to the Order of the Eastern Star.
10. Need to make Contact with the Warden side of my family. Email went out, waiting on reply!

Newberry Library, Chicago’s Family History Center

Today we had beautiful weather, a great day to be outside and enjoying the many sites Chicago has to offer. Instead, I opted for a day of research at Newberry Library. First and foremost, drivers beware, parking is costly! Parking meters are now $2.00 per hour with a 2 hour maximum. Local parking garage is $6 for the first half hour and $19 for 2-10 hours. So, if public transportation is an option I suggest taking it. Beware, the library does not allow any bags into the reading rooms. 

As you walk into this impressive building you are greeted by security. You must show your reading card and sign in. If you have any bags on you, security will promptly point you to lockers. Once you have signed in and passed security you follow the stairs to the second floor, which is where they house their genealogical materials. You must check in here with the librarian and he/she will assign you a desk to work at. Each desk seats four people, the staff does a great job at making sure they spread everyone out. It always seems like we are there alone!

The staff is overly helpful. I spent probably a good half hour with their historian today. I was seeking assistance with my Russian research, that I seem to ignore daily. My mother in law’s Grandfather was in the Russian White Army and came to the USA in 1916 (with his family). He was here working with the Russian Artillery Commission. You can read this previous post for information. I did learn today that once the Czar was overthrown the Russian Embassy began paying the salary of the Russians that ended up losing there salary due to this.  They were then given the job of assisting the Russians that were coming to the USA. The Embassy continued paying them until mid 1920′s. What I am trying to find is how Anatoly Porai Koshetz arrived in America, with his family. I have not been able to find any records through Ellis Island, either on Ancestry or Ellis Islands websites. My question was should I continue to look here or should I be looking in Russia. His suggestion was to continue with research in America. He believes something will surface. So for now, I will do that.

What I really want to share with you is the history of the collections in this building. As I stated earlier, this was not my first visit to the Newberry Library. Some of the books/folio’s we requested to look at today were very old, and in great condition. I want to tell you about my 3 favorite.

  1. First I browsed a book form the late 1800′s. The pages seemed to be made of cloth instead of paper. It had a very silk like feel to it. 
  2. I also looked over a few folio’s that were family tree’s, one from the 1800′s, it was the Royal lineage of England. I was in awe as I opened each flap of it. 
  3. Last another family tree folio which was also of the Royal families. This one was from the 1700′s. The tree itself went a few generations before “King Jesus” . 

They were all amazing to look through and honestly I feel privileged to have been able to hold and go through each one of these items. I appreciate the great job Newberry does in preserving history.

Besides the great conversation and research trips from the Historian, my research did not prove to be anything great today. I found a few marriage dates for some collateral lines. Found two ancestors in the DAR index. But that’s about it. 

I have one question for all of my fellow researchers that have their tree uploaded on Ancestry. How do you differentiate your direct line ancestors from your collateral lines? I know in some programs, such as Reunion you can “mark” these ancestors. I need some assistance as to how to make it easier to search my tree on Ancestry. My sister-in-law and I had a 20 minute conversation on the way home as to how we can make this more efficient. Any advice?

DAR

Within the past few days, I have found my ancestor that fought in the Revolution. I have requested a look up from the DAR to confirm. A special thanks to Nancy who has helped with this. I really appreciate it.

John Black

b.12 Dec 1755, Blacksburg, Montgomery, VA

d. 14 Jul 1849, Blacksburg, Montgomery, VA

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