One of my very favorite blogs is Ancestoring's Ask A Genealogist by Michele Simmons Lewis. In it, Michele gives tips and advice on how to research ancestors. She's knowledgeable and writes in a comfortable style as if she's talking to you. Her explanations are always clear and easily understood. She says that her tips and advice are for the beginning and intermediate family historians but there is much for the advanced genealogist to learn or have the memory refreshed . Michele covers a variety of topics. Her posts are informative, well written articles. If you like to read blogs that help improve your genealogical skills, are always interesting and never boring, this is one you definitely want to add to your reading list.
Geneabloggers has some new writing prompts for 2013 for bloggers to use as suggestions of topics to write about. I sent in a few of my suggestions and Thomas MacEntee, the brains behind Geneabloggers, choose one of my suggestions-Wishful Wednesday. Since the idea originated with me, I think it's only fitting that I write a post on this topic.
Wishful Wednesday is a prompt to write about an ancestor that you would have liked to met. I would have to choose John M. Carder as one of the ancestors that I would most like to have met.
John was my great, great grandfather. I have done so much research on him that I do actually feel like I knew him. John was born in Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley. He came to Ohio with his parents and siblings in the mid-1830s by wagon train. He was about 14 or 15 at the time. Although the trip may have been a difficult journey, I'm sure that it was exciting to a young boy like John. He had probably never been far from his Virginia home and now he and his family were traveling all the way to Ohio. The trip was most likely a big adventure to John and his siblings, although that may not have been the way his parents saw it.
I would have liked to been on that journey and seen it through the eyes of the younger members of the Carder family. To travel through the beautiful mountains of Virginia and see their splendor, then to reach the wide Ohio River, and board their wagon and possessions onto a barge to cross the river.
They would now be in a new state, territory unknown to them, and terrain much different than the home they left behind in Virginia. John never looked back. He spent the rest of his life in Ohio. I would have liked to ask him about that journey. What it was like, what did they see along the way? Did they encounter any danger from wild animals or rock slides? Did they get to stop along the way and visit any of their relatives who had moved farther west along the road from Virginia to the Ohio River? Did they stop and live in any other counties before making their way to Greene County? So many questions that only John, his parents, or siblings could answer. Perhaps, in time, through continued research, some of those questions will be answered.
I will be presenting the meeting program for the Allen County Chapter, O. G. S., this afternoon, at 2 p. m. at the Allen County Museum, Lima, Ohio. My topic is Uncle Sam's Records. On Tuesday, February 19, at 7 p. m., I'll be presenting a program for the Shelby County Genealogical Society at the First Church of God in Sidney, Ohio. My topic will be Talking to the Dead. If you're in the area, hope to see you there!
Today is 2nd Blogoversary of Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail! Yep, the blog is 2 years old today. I'd like to thank my faithful readers who have made it possible for it to continue and hope that you'll all be here next year when Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail celebrates its 3rd Blogoversary.
Have you heard about Family History Daily, the new online genealogy newsletter? I will be one of the regular writers on it. Melanie Mayo, the brains behind Family History Daily, hope to bring together family historians from diverse backgrounds to showcase a range of genealogical articles and blog posts. Anyone who'd like to share a tip or strategy or family story is welcome to post on the blog. Check out it out!
Charles E. Carder, 1931-2002
My dad was a great man. Not in the sense like Washington or Lincoln or because he was my dad, but because of the kind of person he was. He was the kind of guy that liked everyone and everyone liked him. I don't ever remember anyone who didn't like him.
Dad could talk to anybody about anything. He made whoever he was talking with feel like what they had to say mattered. He cared about people and it showed.
My dad had a zest for living. He made the best of every day and lived life to the fullest. He was interested in so many things and in what mattered to others. He was once asked by a former co-worker what his secret was. Dad replied, "Always have something to look forward to, to make it worth getting out of bed." And he did. He always had a project or two or three. Whether it was fixing something around the house or helping someone with theirs, going out to the range and practice shooting for a match, working on one of the six books he authored, writing the newsletter for one of the clubs he belonged to or serving the clubs' needs as an officer, or the city as a councilman and council president.
When our town was having a lot of problems, he ran for office because he cared about his friends and neighbors and wanted this to be a great place to live. Everyone saw how much he cared by how hard he worked, spending his own time and money trying to work for the good of everyone.
Everyone said what a smart man he was, but Dad always claimed that he wasn't very smart. He always said, "It's not what you've got, but how you use it." I learned so much from my dad. His self-made set of standards that he believed-have something to look forward to, a reason to get up in the morning, and use the brain God gave you for something other than a hat rack and apply yourself. Find things you enjoy and do them. Think of someone other than yourself and do something for others. Fame and fortune do not make a great man. These are the differences between an average man and a great man. And he was.
He moved on to a better place 11 years ago, February 1, 2002. I still hear his laugh and see his smile. Someone once said they were sure he's up there doing Heaven's newsletter and he probably is.
My mom's sometimes said, "You're just like your dad." which translates into "Why do you have to always be taking on something else? Why can't somebody else do it? You're going to get too many irons in the fire." She didn't mean it in a complimentary way but that's how I took it.
Proud to be your daughter and call you my daddy, miss you, and love you always.
I'm so excited! I've been selected as a new columnist at The
In-Depth Genealogist, the popular online genealogy magazine. My column will be called Beyond the Obituaries. It will be about alternative resources that can be used when you can't find an obituary or death certificate, they don't exist, or don't contain
the information you need. it will discuss nearly 100 other resources that you can search for as alternatives to obits and death certificates or use iin addition to them for extra information. Each resource will be discussed in-depth in an individual article. Of course, obituaries and death certificates will be discussed, too.
I hope that readers will learn to think outside the box and search for these alternative resources if they can't find the most commonly used sources or information they need in them.
You can follow my column and my blog posts at The In-Depth Genealogist and here at Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail.
Have you heard about the Family History Writing Challenge? It is the creation of Lynn Palermo, better known as The Armchair Genealogist. Lynn created the challenge to help family historians stop procrastinating and start writing their family history. During the challenge, participants commit to writing a minimum of 250 words about their family history. By the end of the 30 day challenge, participants should have a good start on writing up stories on much of that research they've done and be in the habit of taking the time to consistently write their findings up. Lynn helps participants overcome their biggest writing challenges and guides them on the writing process with weekly messages. There is also a forum for participants to ask questions, share their experiences, and help each other. 2013 will be the third year for the challenge.
I'm excited to be a part of the challenge this year. I'm hoping to make some progress on the book I started writing a couple of years ago on my dad's family history. For more information, go to The Armchair Genealogist or click on the badge on my sidebar. Maybe I'll actually get that book finished and my family will be able to quit asking when it will be ready for them to read!
"Jacob Copus Dies Sunday," (Delphos, Ohio) The Delphos Herald, 20 September 1920, p. 2.
I love obituaries from old, small town newspapers. They gave more detail and plenty of info to write a good story about the ancestor in you family history. This obituary for my 2nd great grandfather, Jacob Copus, gives the details of the day he died and a biographical sketch of his entire life. This is what I'd consider the perfect obituary. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they all contained this much information?
Cecil and Earl J. Cheney on the day when they won groceries in 1942.
In 2001, I received a note with this picture enclosed from my aunt Betty. In the note, she tells that her parents would get dressed up every Saturday to go to the Lyric Movie Theater in Lima, Ohio. Their favorite movies were the westerns. On the way to the theater, they would stop at Nesbitt's Candy Shoppe and get peanuts and candy to snack on during the movie.
My aunt remembered the day this picture was taken because when Grandma and Grandpa Cheney went to the movies that evening, Grandma won a basket of groceries, which tickled her to no end. Grandma didn't have to go grocery shopping that week!
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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 since 1998.
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