The May issue of Going In-Depth magazine is out! My article begins on p. 12. Did you notice the title made the cover? How cool is that?
I'll be speaking for the Champaign County Genealogical Society at the Champaign County Historical Museum on Saturday, May 17, 2013 at 2 pm. The topic is Finding Eliza Jane. See my lectures page for description. Hope to see you there!
Why should genealogists attend conferences? Many reasons, but here's my top ten list.
1. It's a great opportunity to learn. Genealogy is a field that you must continuously learn in order to improve your skills.
2. Variety. The lecture tracks provide a tremendous number of topics and number of lectures to choose from and attend.
3. The speakers are the cream of the crop. Not only will you have a great selection of lecture topics, the lectures will be presented by some of the best genealogists in the country.
4. Special workshops are available so that you can learn more about a particular topic than time allows for in a lecture.
5. Special events are held on the evening before the conference and each evening during the conference. These include social gatherings and local tours.
6. Special luncheons are held each day for those whose are members of national and professional genealogical organizations or interested in these organizations. In addition to a nice meal and an entertaining, informative speaker, the luncheons are a great place to network with other genealogists with similar interests.
7. The Exhibit Hall has vendors who sell everything you can imagine related to genealogy. You will find the latest books and sometimes, hard to find books, software, techie gadgets, such as portable scanners, and many other items. Demonstrations of software, techie tools, FamilySearch indexing, and using websites, such as Ancestry.com and Find My Past take place daily. National, state, and county genealogical societies will be there with their books for sale and information about their societies. DAR, the Mayflower Society and other lineage societies have booths where you can get information about these societies and joining them. Much more can be found in the Exhibit Hall than mentioned here.
8. A syllabus and booth to purchase or order tapes/CDs of all of the lectures are provided. You can't attend every lecture but you won't regret missing some when you have the syllabus and can purchase tapes or CDs of those you missed.
9. FGS 2013 is being held in Ft. Wayne where the second largest genealogical library in the country is right across the street from the convention center and the conference hotels. The Genealogical Center in the Allen County Library will be opened later each evening during the conference so that attendees can do research without missing any of the lectures and daytime activities. You'll want to plan your visit to the Genealogical Center before the conference to make sure that you can make the best of your research time. Their website has the catalog and much more information on it to help you be prepared for your visit.
10. Visiting old genie buddies, making new friends, meeting genealogists whose work you've admired, and just spending a few days with people who all have a common interest in genealogy is the greatest joy imaginable.
I love going to conferences. I come home feeling relaxed like I've been on a vacation and with tons of new books, software, free brochures, or whatever I've gotten in the Exhibit Hall. I'm refreshed and ready to try out all of the new ideas I've learned and tackle those unfound and unsolved family mysteries.
Hope to see you and talk to you there!
My great grandfather, Nathan Carder described his grandmother as a little old lady who like to sit in her rocking chair on the porch and smoke her corncob pipe. He also told his children who passed it down to the next generations that she was full-blooded Cherokee Indian named Gooseberry. Nathan's daughter told me that it was written in the family bible that one of the grandmothers was a Cherokee woman with the "white" name, Mary and whose Indian name translated as Gooseberry.
The family bible was destroyed by the daughter who inherited it because she did not want anyone to know that she had Indian blood in her family. My dad also remembered the family bible before its destruction.
Although, no records state specifically that Mary was Indian, I have no doubt, because there is plenty of indirect evidence pointing to the conclusion that she was. She was probably Shawnee, though, not Cherokee, but the Shawnee were considered part of the Cherokee.
I would have liked to have met her and spent time with her. I would have liked to had her teach me her ways and about her people. I have so many questions I would have wanted to ask her.
Her name was Mary Elizabeth Goldsberry or so most of the records say. Many years later, when it was "safe" or, at least, safer, to be Indian, two of her daughters' death certificates gave "Gooseberry" as their mother's name. She was born on February 11, 1804, either in Ohio, Pennsylvania, or Virginia, depending on the record you consult.
She was born into a time of turmoil for the Shawnee people. Just ten years prior to her birth was the Battle of Fallen Timbers. The following year, the Greenville Treaty was signed and the Indians were placed under the protection of the U. S. government, meaning reservations were established and many Indians lost much of their freedom. More and more white settlers moved into their lands. The War of 1812 resulted in taking more of the Indians' lands and the establishment of more reservations. In 1830, the Indian Removal Act sent them to reservations in Kansas, but some did not go or escaped and returned to Ohio.
Those still living in Ohio had to deny being Indian and claim to be white or mulatto, anything but Indian. This was the world that Mary grew up in. What was this like for her?
Two years before the Indian Removal, she married William Dobbins, on August 7, 1828. They lived in Oldtown, Ross County, Ohio. Oldtown was the principal village of the Shawnees in Ohio-their capital. Their six children were born in Oldtown and they lived there until sometime in the 1840's. They moved to Pickaway County and continued to move. William died during this time and Mary's whereabouts are unknown until 1860 when she was living with her daughter in Montgomery County. She had remarried and had another daughter, but both her new husband and little daughter died before 1860. Whether they died at separate times or together from disease or an accident is not known.
Mary lived in the homes of her adult children for the remainder of her life. She lived it as a white woman, at least, publicly. In private, she taught her children about the Shawnee way of life or they remembered from when they lived in Oldtown as children. Her memory and the people she came from were passed down to each generation. Did she have to protect her children during those years following the removal? Did she have fears of what would happen to them because they were Shawnee? Did they move to hide who they were so they would be safe? What happened during those years? Did she, as many did, fear that she and her children would be taken to a reservation if her true identity was revealed? I would like to know.
The places she lived during her lifetime were all places where the clan of Tecumseh had lived. Was she of their clan and possibly related to Tecumseh? Perhaps, time and continued research will tell.
Mary died on June 26, 1889. When she died, she was living in Christiansburg, Champaign County with either William or Nelson, her two sons who lived there. She is buried in Smith Cemetery on the edge of Christiansburg near her daughter, Mary and her son, Nelson.
I'm thankful for all of the people who have heard me speak and enjoyed my talks enough to invite me back or come and hear me speak again at other places.
Here's my next speaking engagement:
April 28, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
Van Wert Genealogical Society
Brumback Library, Van Wert, Ohio
Talking to the Dead
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Hope to see you there!
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I love going to genealogy conferences. I love to learn, especially about my favorite subject-genealogy. The great thing about going to lectures and workshops at a major conference, such as FGS 2013, is that you are learning from the best of the best. Looking at the list of speakers lined up for the FGS Conference is like looking at an edition of Who's Who. Elizabeth Shown Mills, Thomas W. Jones, John Philip Coletta, Mark J. Lowe and the list goes on. Just having any one of these top genealogists presenting lectures would be enough for me to be eager to go.
Another reason I want to go to FGS 2013 is that they have special events for FGS delegates and a whole day devoted to
providing information and ideas to help genealogical societies grow and succeed. As an FGS delegate for 7 years, a genealogical society officer for 13 years, and a society volunteer for 15 years, I'm looking forward to the Focus on Societies on Wednesday.
In addition to learning from the cream of the crop, I love to go to the vendors' area. There you can find a huge selection of books, the latest software, and every product related to genealogy. An advantage of shopping in the vendors' area is that you get great bargains during the conference. Many of the vendors have special sale prices and there's no shipping and handling fees to pay as there are when you normally order this merchandise. I come home from every conference loaded down with goodies. Another neat thing is that if you buy a book at the conference, chances are that the author is one of the speakers and you can get your book autographed.
I'm looking forward to going to FGS 2013 because it is a huge gathering of people who all love genealogy and family history. There are no strangers, just other genealogists who you haven't met yet. I love talking in person to people who I've only previously connected with online and meeting up with old friends and acquaintances who I rarely get to visit except at genealogical events.
I'm also looking forward to going to FGS 2013 because it's in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Ft. Wayne is the ideal place to hold a conference or any other kind of genealogical event. I doubt if you need to ask why. Because the Genealogical Center in the Allen County Library is fabulous and it's right across the street for the conference center. The conference hotels are all in this area also. How much closer to perfect can it get?
Hope you're going and hope to see you there!
Chuck Carder and daughter, Debbie, 1975
April 11, 1931, a date I'll never forget. My dad, Charles E. Carder would have been 82 today. I wish I could celebrate it with him, but I can't. I will be thinking about him today and lots of my memories of him. He was the best dad anyone could ever have, in every way. Although, as a kid, I didn't always think so when he was being strict or punishing me for misbehaving. When I grew up, I was able to understand why he was strict sometimes and why he punished me sometimes. I knew it was because he loved me so much.
I knew kids who had no curfews and did whatever they wanted, even on a school night, and sometimes I was jealous of them. I was too young to realize that their parents didn't care enough about them. I'm so thankful now that mine did. The Lord only knows what I might have turned out like if my parents didn't give me rules and didn't lay down the law every now and then. Some of those kids who did what they pleased didn't turn out so well, although a few did because they refused to have the kind of life they had as a child.
I don't ever remember my daddy having a birthday cake. My mom tried to make birthdays special at our house. Strawberries would begin to appear in the stores around my daddy's birthday and he loved strawberry pie. Instead of cake, Mom always made strawberry pie for Daddy's birthday.
I remember one time, my grandma and great grandma, Daddy's mother and grandmother came up from Licking County, where they lived, to celebrate Daddy's birthday with us. Grandma Lou, Daddy's grandma, loved strawberry pie, too. Mom, who was usually a stickler for having balanced meals, made several strawberry pies that year and Daddy's birthday supper was all the strawberry pie you could eat, nothing else except some whipped cream to go on top. And eat we did. My mom's a great cook and we stuffed ourselves full of strawberry pie until we couldn't eat anymore.
I knew, even then, that my daddy was the best. I know that there's a big birthday party going on in Heaven today. I think that all of my family who's there are throwing him one. He's surrounded with those who loved him just as those of us still on this Earth did. Happy birthday, Daddy.
If you enjoyed this post, see Sentimental Sunday-Remembering Dad posted on 2/02/2013. If you enjoyed this post or knew my dad, please leave a comment or memory of him to honor what would have been his special day.
Are you ready for the FGS Conference? No? Well, no one else is, either but you should be preparing for it now.
Some of the conference hotels are sold out and others are close to it. If you're coming from a distance and need to stay in a hotel or motel, you need to be checking the conference hotels to see whether they still have rooms and reserve a room now. FGS reserves blocks of rooms in the official conference hotels providing conference attendees a nice discount on their rooms.
If you can't get into a conference hotel, then you need to be searching online and finding a local hotel or motel and book that room. According to the fact sheet on the FGS Conference 2013 website, they are expecting about 2,000 people attending the conference this year. I'll be discussing why in some of my posts. The conference offers so much and a great time is being planned for all who attend.
The other top of the list item for your pre-trip plan is to get registered. You can register on online or download a registration form and register by mail. Your local genealogical society and library may have registration forms also. The FGS Conference 2013 website also gives information about the speakers, the lectures, and everything else that will be going on. You can download the FGS Conference 2013 brochure, which lists brief descriptions all of everything at the conference in more detail.
If you are anything like me, you'll probably spend the greater part of an afternoon or evening just deciding what speakers and lectures you want to hear and what else you want to do while you're there. Now is the time to get these two vital steps taken. The earlier you book your room and get registered, the less it will cost you because you'll be able to get discounts on conference hotel rooms and probably many other local hotels and motels will be giving discounts for the conference attendees and you'll save $50 on your registration.
I'll be telling you the details about as any of the conference events, speakers, lectures, and other events as I can so watch for my posts with the FGS Conference Ambassador logo.
Click the logo in the post or on my sidebar to go to the FGS Conference 2013 website.
I've just become an Ambassador for the 2013 FGS Conference that will be held August 21-24 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. As an FGS Conference Ambassador, I'll be bringing you pre-conference information and news. During the conference, I'll let you know what's going on and afterwards, some of the highlights.
I've been a strong supporter of the work that FGS does and highly recommend going to the conference if you can. If not, then perhaps, you can order CDs of some of the lectures that you'd have like to have attended.
I've been the FGS Delegate for the Allen County Genealogical Society (Ohio) for the past 7 years and advocate support of FGS projects and that the Society take advantage of all of the great benefits provided by FGS for society management and growth.
One of these benefits is the annual FGS Conference. The conference has a track, Focus on Societies, on Wednesday, August 21st, however, the conference is not just about managing a genealogical society nor is it just for FGS members. It is for all genealogists. There is something for everyone and I'll be sharing that info with you.
Registration has already opened and you can register online at the FGS Conference website or by mail with a conference registration form. Make sure that you register before July 1, 2013 for a substantial discount.
FGS has a special website for the conference, in additional to the regular FGS website. You can get a full description of the conference and register online there. There is also an official FGS Conference blog that will bring you the latest pre-conference news. You can sign up for the blog on the FGS Conference website. They are also on Facebook and Twitter. You can reach the FGS Conference website at anytime by clicking the logo in this post or in the sidebar of this blog.
Stay tuned as I will be sharing more about the 2013 FGS Conference with you. Hope to see you there!
Several years ago, I joined the Daughters of Union Civil War Veterans. Any woman whose direct ancestor served in the Union forces during the Civil War is eligible to join. Joining DUVCW is a great way to honor your ancestor and assure that he is not forgotten.
Most of the able-bodied men in my family living during that time served. Here is a little info on my great grandfather, Francis Owen Cheney, who is the ancestor I honored by joining DUVCW.
Francis Owen Cheney
Co. B, 192nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Francis Owen Cheney was born on October 25, 1847 in McLean County, Illinois. His great uncle, Jonathan Cheney was the founder of the town, Cheney’s Grove in McLean County. Many of the Cheney family, including William and Rebecca (Love) Cheney followed Jonathan to Illinois. Three of their eight children were born there before they made their way back to Ohio where they remained for the rest of their lives.
On May 20, 1869, Francis, who was known as Frank, married Martha Jane Uncapher in Marion County, Ohio. She went by her middle name, Jane. She was the daughter of John M. Uncapher and Barbara A. Rimmel and was born on February 2, 1851 in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. Her family was Pennsylvania Dutch and she spoke their German dialect fluently.
Francis and Jane had nine children, Una Belle, Elizabeth Etta, Hillis Ray, Emma O., Silas, Haymond William, Elmer Albertus and Francis Elzie, who were twins, and my grandfather, Earl J. Cheney.
After the war, Francis lived most of his life in Allen County, Ohio but he lived in Marion County, Ohio for about two years and in Morgan, Cooper, Lafayette, and Benton Counties in Missouri for four years. Francis and Jane lived in Missouri shortly after they married. They probably went there because land was cheap. Either they were homesick or they did not prosper in Missouri because they returned to Ohio by 1872 where they moved to Allen County and remained.
While on duty at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in March, 1865, Francis, a private in Co. B, 192nd O. V. I., was disabled by disease of the lungs, heart, fever, and plurisy and treated at the hospital in Harper's Ferry. He was discharged at Winchester, Virginia on September 21, 1865.
In 1891, he was a resident of Allentown, German Township, Allen County, Ohio. He was 5' 9" and had a fair complexion, light hair, and hazel eyes. He weighed 145 pounds. In 1899, when he was a resident of Shawnee Township, Allen County, Ohio, he was 5'7". He applied for a veteran’s pension and received $8 a month. He was still a resident of Shawnee Township in 1902 and remained there until his death. In 1912, his pension was raised to $13.50.
Francis died on November 20, 1912. After his death, Jane moved into the home of her son, Francis Elzie Cheney, in Lima, Ohio. She died on November 27, 1931. Francis and Jane are buried together, a few feet away from his parents, in Shawnee Cemetery, Allen County, Ohio.
If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy the posts listed in the Ohio Civil War Ancestors category and the 3/17/2013 post in the Women's History category and my February and March, 2013 articles on Family History Daily. These can all be found through the sidebar on this page. Happy reading!