Category Archives: Saturday Night Fun

2012 Blog Caroling

Its that time of year again, Christmas Carols being sung where ever you go. Please join FootnoteMaven and the other bloggers in this wonderful tradition of sharing your favorite Christmas Carol by posting lyrics, you-tube video, etc. of your favorite Christmas Carol.

Randy from Genea-Musings has added this as his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun as well.

Last year, I post O Little Town of Bethlehem, you can read it here.

I thought this year I would share another of my favorites (I went to private school, I have many favorites), Silent Night.

Silent night, holy night

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon Virgin Mother and Child

Holy Infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace

Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!

Shepherds quake at the sight

Glories stream from heaven afar

Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!

Christ, the Saviour is born

Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night

Son of God, love’s pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth


SNGF – List Your Matrilineal Line

Randy at Genea-Musings has put out the call for some Saturday night fun. He says:

“Hey genealogy buffs – it’s Saturday Night again — time for more Genealogy Fun!!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) List your matrilineal line – your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!

2) Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.

3) Post your responses on your own blog post, in Comments to this blog post, or in a Status line on Facebook or in your Stream at Google Plus.

4)  If you have done this before, please do your father’s matrilineal line, or your grandfather’s matrilineal line, or your spouse’s matriliuneal line.

5)  Does this list spur you to find distant cousins that might share one of your matrilineal lines? ”

So I took a gander at my line, or lack thereof…To protect the identity of my living relatives, I am going to start this with my maternal grandmother.

a. Zedith Marie Lachney (17 Mar 1933 Raleigh Co, WV – 31 Dec 2009 Trinity, AL) married William H. Richmond Jr.

b. Mary Jane Hilton (14 Dec 1903 Perry Co, OH) – 18 July 1992 Seminole, FL) married Joseph Lachney

c. Susie Kerr (12 Feb 1876 Arlington, OH – 11 Sep 1943 Beckley, Raleigh Co, WV) married John James Hilton, Sr.

d. Margaret Garlinger (Feb 1849 – Somerset, PA – Dec 1910 Perry Co, OH) married John Kerr

e. Mary Hashsmith (1815 PA – 1870 Bairds Furnace, Perry Co, OH) married Adam Garlinger

As far as I know, no one has had any DNA testing done. Being a female in this line, it only makes sense that I should be the one to do this. Add another thing to my long line of to do lists.

My fathers matrilineal line is as follows:

a. Margaret (Ida)  Jaeger (1 Jan 1919 Cook Co., IL – 15 Apr 1980 Chicago, Cook Co, IL) married 1) Frederick Fischer 2) Ambrose (Larry O’Connell)

b. Ella Martha Marie Jonas (12 Apr 1898, Cook Co, IL – 11 Oct 1956 Cook Co, IL) married Frederick Jaeger

c. Marie Lustgens (10 Mar 1862 Germany – 28 Aug 1944 Morton Grove, Cook Co, IL) married Wilhelm/William Jonas

Again, as far as I know, no one has completed any DNA testing on this line either. I do have a few aunts that I can ask to do this for me. Seems I could send them a Christmas gift and hope they will take it.

Thanks Randy for keeping all the genealogists busy, and having fun with the research we have completed.

SNGF – 16 Great Great Grandparents

From Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings:

Ah, Genea-folks, it’s Saturday Night again – are you ready for more Genealogy Fun?

Your mission tonight, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  List your 16 great-great-grandparents with their birth, death and marriage data (dates and places).  [Hint – you might use an Ancestral Name List from your software for this.]

2)  Determine the countries (or states) that these ancestors lived in at their birth and at their death.

3)  For extra credit, go make a “Heritage Pie” chart for the country of origin (birth place) for these 16 ancestors. [Hint: you could use the  chart generator from Kid Zone for this.] [Note: Thank you to Sheri Fenley for the “Heritage Pie” chart idea.]

4.  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a post on Facebook or google+.

Here are my 16 great great grandparents:

16. John O’Connell, son of Denis Connell and Helen Teahan, was born Nov 1857 in Droumtarrife Parish, Co. Cork, Ireland. He died, 26 Sep 1931, Fair Haven, Rutland, VT, USA and married Bridget Curran before 1880 in the USA.

17. Bridget Curran was born April 1862 and died 1895 in the USA. I have no specific records to prove dates. Though I believe that her birth was in Tralee, Co. Kerry Ireland. Without proof though, I still will not connect the record I have to her.

18. Hilaire Fontaine was born Jan 1857 in Stanstead Plain, Quebec, Canada to Jean-Baptiste Fontaine and Sophie Simoneau. He died 10 June 1895 Worcester, Washington, Vermont, USA. He married Marie Cote’ before 1877. Hilaire changed his name to Alexander Springer after 1880 when he moved to the USA.

19. Marie Elizabeth Cote’ was born Feb 1858 in Quebec, to Francois Xavier Cote’ and Felicite (last name unkown at this point). She died about 1966, USA. Marie remarried after the death of her husband to Joseph Robichaud and then a Mr. Gagnon.

20. Herman Jaeger, I have no other information on him

21. Mrs. Herman Jaeger, I have no name and no further information.

22. William Jonas was born in 1863 in Germany, parental information unknown. He died after 1910 in Cook County, IL, USA (no specifics at this point). He married Marie Lustgens in 1886.

23. Marie Lustgens was born about 1863 in Germany, she died after 1930 in Cook County, IL, USA (no specifics at this point).

24. John Eldridge Richmond was born 20 Sep 1875 in West Virginia, USA to William Harrison Richmond Sr and Martha Jane Dick. He died 31 Mar 1955 in Raliegh Co., West Virginia, USA. He married Nettie Ann Warden 24 Dec 1896, Raliegh Co., West Virginia, USA.

25. Nettie Ann Warden was born in West Virginia, USA to David J. Warden and Malissa A. Williams. She died 3 Feb 1968 in Raliegh Co., West Virginia USA.

26. James E. Walker was born around 1861 in Ohio, USA to Washington Walker and Lucinda Delong. He died after 1938 (no specific information). He married Melvina Rollins before 1880 (place unknown).

27. Melvina Rollins was born 10 Jan 1860 in Ohio, USA to John Rollins and Sarah (last name unknown). She died 28 Dec 1938 in Johnson, Kentucky, USA.

28. Joannes Lachney was born 26 Jul 1860 in Iglo, Hungry/Spisska, Nova Ves (Slovakia) to Martinus Lascni and Catharini Minarcsik. He died 29 Jul 1922 in Clinton, Vermillion Co., Indiana, USA. He married Susanna Gajdos before 1886 (place unknown).

29. Susanna Gajdos was born 2 Feb 1861 in Iglo, Hungry/Spisska, Nova Ves (Slovakia). Parental information unknown. She died 8 Mar 1924 in Indiana, USA.

30. John James Hilton  was born 2 Aug 1869 in Jackson Co., Ohio, USA to John James Hilton and Hannah Elizabeth Faircloth. He died 12 May 1947 in Besoca, Raleigh Co., West Virginia, USA. He married Susie Kerr around 1893 (specifics unknown).

31. Susie Kerr was born 12 Feb 1876 in Arlington, Ohio, USA to John Kerr and Margaret Garlinger. She died 11 Sep 1943 in Beckley or Oswall, West Virginia, USA.

I am excited to be able to post the information that I have. It is obvious from analysis of the information that I still have much to do on these ancestors.


If any of these individuals are in your family tree, please leave a comment and let me know.

SNGF – My Best Adventure

Once again, Randy at Genea-Musings presents:

It’s Saturday Night again (I know, you just celebrated New Year’s Eve – are you home for the night?) — time for some Genealogy Fun (what else is there?)!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Decide which of your (many?) genealogy research adventures was your “very best” (your definition).

2)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Status report or comment on Facebook.

My best adventure to date has been my East Coast trip with my aunt and cousin. We traveled from Chicago to Boston to visit the final resting places of our ancestors, have a little fun and finally to meet my paternal Grandfathers first cousins.

The trip was fun and we found everyone we wanted to in each of the cemeteries we visited. But, the best part of the trip / adventure was stopping in Black River, NY to meet the cousins. We met two of Grandpa Larry’s first cousins who are not both 80+ years. They really did not have any information to add to the tree but were very interested in what I had found so far.

The reason is has been my best adventure so far is because many, many years ago I was told we still had family in NY and I did not believe it. How happy I was to actually find the family that is still there. A few other family members have tried to trace this line in our family and no one has been this successful. I am so glad I was able to trace the family as far as I have and hope to continue to find new family members there. Keeping my fingers crossed that they will all return the letters I send out (still waiting on one I sent out over a month ago)!

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – My Hallowe’en Personality

Saturday night has rolled around and it is time for SNGF! Thanks to Randy at Genea-Musings for keeping the fun in genealogy and our blogs.

Here is the mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Go take the Hallowe’en Personality quiz at

2)  Post it on your own blog, as a comment on this blog, or on your Facebook page.

3)  Tell us if this is “right on” or note.  Have fun with it!

Here’s mine:

You’re a friendly person, but not the life of the party. You like making someone else’s day – and you’ll dress up if you think of a really fun costume. 

You definitely think of yourself as someone who has a dark side. And part of having that dark side means not showing it.

Your inner child is stubborn and a bit bossy.

You truly fear the dark side of humanity. You are a true misanthrope.

You’re prone to be quite emotional and over dramatic. Deep down, you enjoy being scared out of your mind… even if you don’t admit it.

You are a traditionalist with most aspects of your life. You like your Halloween costume to be basic, well made, and conventional enough to wear another year.

Pretty much nailed my personality to a “T!”

Who is to blame

On Saturday, Randy Seaver put out his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, over at Genea-Musings.

“Hey geneaphiles – it’s Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun for all Genea-Musing readers.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and we need more of you to do this, otherwise it may end…), is to:

1) Read Brenda Joyce Jerome’s post Who or What Do You Blame? on the Western Kentucky Genealogy blog. She asks these questions:

* Can you identify person or event that started you on this search for family information?

* Did you pick up researching where a relative had left off?

* Did your interest stem from your child’s school project on genealogy?

* If you have been researching many years, it may be hard to pinpoint one reason for this journey.

2) Write your responses on your own blog, in a comment to this blog post, or in a note or comment on Facebook.”

Here is my reply to the questions:

1. There is no one person that started me on my research into our family history. Both my maternal and paternal grandmothers were very close with their sisters. With only brief memories of my paternal Grandma, Margaret (Ida) O’Connell, most of them take place visiting sisters. They would get together and play cards and talk. On the other side, my Grandma, Zedith Richmond (who passed away last Dec.) and her sisters would get together when possible. When they did, there was card playing, many stories of growing up in the mountains of  West Virginia and tons of laughter.

Because of both of these ladies, I wanted to know more!

As for an event that started the research, the death of my maternal Grandpa, William Richmond really pushed me to start the research.  See the About Me section of my blog to read more.

2. I did not pick my research up from another member of the family. Though they have greatly added to the research by responding to many emails!

3. I honestly do not remember a school project on genealogy. but, my sons project got an “A” back in the early 2000’s because mom had so much great stuff to add to the project.

4. I started this journey to find out about the family I came from, who were the people that came before us. What I have discovered is who I am, where some of my features come from and why I am the person I have become.

Our families lived hard lives and had overcome great struggles. They did not shelter their children from these struggles, instead they used them to teach their children that they can overcome any obstacle. To be strong through out their life and teach their children the same. Faith is all we need to continue to overcome any obstacle.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, Brick Wall Ancestor (post 2 of 2)

After spending yesterday with my family celebrating a birthday and my sons going off to college, I came home and went through all of my information I have on John O’Connell and his family. I also went through my brickwall problem that I laid out on GenealogyWise in September 2009, I reread all of the replies, searched for some of the tips I had received from others and even added a new reply. I also blogged about this previously, you can read more here at, My Brickwall Ancestor, John O’Connell. Though most information is posted in both of these links, I will still give you all the information I have gathered thus far, with all of the sources as well.

In 1892, John O’Connell and wife Bridget are living in Granville, Washington Co., NY. John is a Quarrysman and was listed as a citizen. Living with John and Bridget are their  6 children, Hattie, Lizzie, Dennis, John, Daniel and Kate.

In 1900, John is raising his 6 children (Elizabeth, Dennis, John W, Daniel, Kate and Mary) alone, in a rented house, in Kingsbury, Washington Co., NY. By this time, he is a widower and has not remarried. Here we learned that John was born in Nov 1857. John is now working at the Grinders Pulp Mill. Sons Dennis and John are also working as laborers. With all information John has given for this census, he also states he was born in NY, as were his parents.

In 1905, we find John living in Kingsbury, Washington Co., NY on River Street. John is still listed as a widow and is raising his children alone. Here he has 4 children with him and 1 grandchild; Daniel, Mary, Lizzie Cossy and her daughter Irene (?).

By 1910, John has moved his family to Mark (?) Street in Hudson Falls, Washington Co., NY were they still rent their home. Most of the children are gone, daughter Hattie has returned to live with her father, with her she brings her husband Fred Langdon. There is also a son, Dan living there. The record shows that Dan is a Langdon, and son of Hattie and Fred. But if you look at the ages of Hattie and Fred, Hattie would have been 8 at his birth. This fits more with her brother Dan, who was 5 when she was 12 in the 1892 NY State Census. John is now telling us the he and his parents were all born in Ireland. My how 10 years changes things.

For the longest time, this is where my census information stopped on John and his family. I had speculated that he remarried a woman named Marie who is buried in the same area of the cemetery John is in, but I had no real proof to support this theory.

On my recent trip east, I stopped at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, to look up whatever information they might have on my O’Connell line. In my research here, I found a marriage index for a John O’Connell. It states that on 9 Apr 1915, John O’Connell and Marie Goyette married at St Paul’s Catholic Church, in Hudson Falls, NY. Witnesses to this event were Rev. L. Guerin and Marie Louise Groulx. No other identifying information is listed and the church has no other records.

I also found a death index for St Paul’s Catholic Church, here I found a listing for Mary Herring (I knew she was a child of John and Bridget from Dennis’ obituary). In this death index, it states the residence of Mary Herring was “Chesapeake, MD; Edw. B. Cheney, son.”

So, I took the information and did some more research last night, because until now, John has escaped me in the 1920 and 1930 census records. When I went through my GenealogyWise discussion, GeneJ, advised that I should seek information from the 1920 census in Nassau, Rensselear, NY. Listed there is a John and Marie O’Connell, plus with them is daughter Mary Cheney and her son Bruce. Well none of this fit, until now. I have added this information to my tree on ancestry and I am happy to finally have found John in the 1920 census. Now, I just need to find him in 1930 and I will be happy.

The 1920 census also shows that John had become a farmer in his latter years and he finally owned his home. This record also states he had become a “naturalized” citizen, but no year was given.

John died 25 Sep 1931 and rests at St Paul’s Catholic Cemetery in Hudson Falls, NY.

Information I am looking to gather on John:

  • Who are John O’Connell’s parents?
  • When did he arrive in the USA?
  • Where in Ireland is he from?
  • Where did John and Bridget marry?
  • Where did John die?
  • Besides the index of the marriage record for John and Marie, will I be able to find the actual?

Places and items I still need to do some research on:

  • land Records, now that I know John owned some land, it is time to start looking at these records
  • city directories to fill in none census years
  • vital records, see what I can find for each member of his family
  • probate records
  • hopefully ship records (if I ever get enough information to find it)


John O’Connell household, 1892 New York State Census, Washington County, population schedule, town of Granville, page 1, line 5; ( 23 Sep 2009.

John O’Connell household, 1905 New York State Census, Washington County, population schedule, Kingsbury township, page 18, line 9; ( 10 Mar 2010.

John O’Connell household, 1900 U.S. Census, Washington County, New York, population schedule, town of Kingsbury, enumeration district 138, supervisor’s district 5, sheet 10, dwelling 7, family 179, National Archives, ( 16 Dec 2008.

John O’Connell household, 1910 U.S. Census, Washington County, New York, population schedule, town of Hudson Falls, enumeration district 109, supervisor’s district 6, sheet 9A, dwelling 299, family 169, National Archives, ( 16 Dec 2008.

John O’Connell household, 1920 U.S. Census, Rensselear County, New York, population schedule, town of Nassau, enumeration district 16, supervisor’s district 10, sheet 3, dwelling 64, family 64, National Archives, ( 31 Jul 2010.

O’Connell-Goyette marriage, 9 Apr 1915, arranged by date, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, New York, American-Canadian Genealogy Society (index), New England Historic Genealogical Society, 25 Jun 2010

John O’Connell burial, St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery, New York, American-Canadian Genealogy Society (index), New England Historic Genealogical Society, 25 Jun 2010

Mary O’Connell – Herring burial, St. Paul’s Catholic Cemetery, New York, American-Canadian Genealogy Society (index), New England Historic Genealogical Society, 25 Jun 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, Brick Wall Ancestor (post 1 of 2)

Randy Seaver at Genea Musings states:

“Awake and arise, you wonderful Genea-Musings blog-readers, and know that it is Saturday Night – time again for more Genealogy Fun!

We all have “brick wall ancestors” – those for whom we cannot find a complete name, or identify a set of parents. By posting information about a “brick wall ancestor,” someone mght find your post and be able to contribute to your knowledge about that ancestor.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I sincerely hope that you do) – is to check your files and sources, advance to your keyboard, and:

1) Identify one of your “brick wall ancestors,” and tell us about him or her. What do you know? What would you like to know?

2) Tell us about this person in a blog post of your own, a comment on this blog post, or a Facebook comment or note. Be sure to leave a way for readers to contact you.”

Here is my SNGF reply,

I have put some thought into this weeks “Fun,” which ancestor do I write about? John  O’Connell, I have been stuck here for a long time! Bridget Curran, I seemed to have shed a bit of light on her in my recent trip, hopefully. Do I highlight the of them, they were married after all. Or, do I go out on a limb and pick someone else? My thought is to sit down and go through all information I have on John and his family. Go through each census record and transcribe the information onto a census form for each census I have and then pull it all together again, then add in the things I learned while on my trip east. Check back later this evening (maybe early tomorrow to see what I decide to do) and see how it all turns out.

SNGF The Time Capsule

It has been awhile since I have participated in Saturday Night Genealogy Fun and tonight’s mission looked interesting. Thanks to Randy at Genea Musings for his great ideas and bringing fun into our research. Here is what Randy asks us to do this week:

“Your mission, should you deign to accept it (come on, it’s fun!), is to:

1) Go to the dMarie Time Capsule Website –

2) Select a date in your family history that you want to know about. You might pick a birth date or wedding date of your parents or grandparents.

3) Enter the date into the search form, and select the news, songs, toys, books and other things that you want to feature.

4) Share the date, why you picked it, and the results of your Time Capsule study on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a comment or post on Facebook.”
I picked 30 March 1888, this is the birthday of my paternal great-grandmother. I chose Rose because her line has been the family I have been recently working on and I feel some connection with her.

Friday, March 30, 1888
Top Songs for 1888
Peer Gynt Suite Berceuse
Capriccio Espagnol Drill Ye Tarriers Drill
L’Internationale Polovetsian Dances
Over the Waves Scarf Dance
1888 Prices US President
Bread: $0.02/loaf Grover Cleveland
Milk: $0.17/gal US Vice President
House: $5,750 No Vice President
Avg Income: $600/yr
Hot New Toys in 1888
Gund Soft Toys Tiddledy Winks

SNGF – Family Timeline

Randy at Genea Musings has once again given out a great task to Genea Bloggers, today he has asked that we:

1) Open up your genealogy family tree software (you do have family tree software, right?) and:

2) Create a timeline for one or more of your ancestral families. The design is yours to create – make it as intricate or beautiful as you wish. – you should be able to find detailed instructions. 

3) Show us your creation in a blog post of your own, as a comment to this blog post, or in a note or comment on Facebook. Tell us which software you used, too.

I started my  timeline with Marie Cote, my Great Great Grandmother, I have not included spouses, but have included direct descendants of Marie’s for 4 generations.

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