I will be presenting a free workshop, Completing A Lineage Society Application, sponsored by the Miami County Chapter, O. G. S. on June 22, 2013. It starts at 10:30 at the Ft. Piqua Conference Center, Piqua, Ohio in the library. Registration is requested, but not required. Hope to see you there.
I received a message through my "Contact Me" page from Loretta L. For some reason, no e-mail address was included so I will reply to Loretta here.
She inquired whether I'd ever run across her ancestors, Thomas and Elizabeth (Carder) Stone and their son, Carder Stone, of Rhode Island. I have seen these names, but my Carder research has not progressed back to that time or place so I have no information on this family.
I wish Loretta success in her research on them. If anyone can help her out, please leave a comment for her below.
The Family History Daily online newsletter has been placed on hiatus. The website will, however, remain online and the previous articles will still be available. If you did not get a chance to read my articles, you can find them by clicking here. Although, I enjoyed writing these articles, I am looking forward to having more time to catch up my other endeavors, including Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail. As you may have noticed, I haven't had much time to write on my blog. My current commitments seemed to have avalanched and I've been busy trying to catch up and to meet deadlines. Some items have been completed and checked off the "to do" list. These extra hours will help me to catch up and get back into getting new posts more regularly for you to enjoy.
Today, we celebrate Memorial Day. To many people, Memorial Day means a three day weekend, the beginning of summer, graduation, the Indy 500, and the kick-off for barbeque season. Traditionally, Memorial Day was May 30th and was called Decoration Day. It was a day held in observance to honor those who had died and had served their country in the military. It was known as Decoration Day because the graves of those being honored would be decorated with flowers and wreaths.
When I was a child, it had come to mean a day of remembrance of both the military and civilian dead. I remember going with my mom to place flowers on her parents' graves. In the years since declaring it a Federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May, some people have forgotten the purpose of the day altogether and remember it only as a three day weekend starting the summer season.
Let us not be those people who have forgotten the meaning of Memorial Day. Fly our flag on your porch to remind others what today is. Teach your children or grandchildren what this day means. Visit a military memorial or monument. Take some flowers out to the cemetery and decorate the graves of our loved ones and those of soldiers where no one has placed any. Take a moment and remember what the flags you see on the graves stand for. Reflect on the huge sacrifices made by those whose graves are marked with those small flags. Remember and honor those who served to keep this nation free.
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!
Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail
Deborah A. Carder Mayes is a genealogist and speaker in Northwestern and West Central Ohio. She has been researching her family history and actively involved in the genealogy community for over 19 years.
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