Tuesday, April 14, 2015

150th Anniversary of the Assassination of President Lincoln

Today, 14 Apr 2015, marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC.

Everton Conger played a role in tracking down John Wilkes Booth.  Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the part he played.

Everton Conger

Here are links to other articles I posted in the past.

Everton Judson Conger

Everton Judson Conger

Everton Judson Conger

Here's the FindAGrave link

[Note: I noticed that there is a broken link to one of my Conger reports included in the Wikipedia article. What a surprise!  [I didn't post that link.] I'll need to do some review to determine if I can fix this problem.  Perhaps an ancestor report for Everton Conger would be more appropriate.]

Dick Henthorn
14 April 2015

Where Do I Fit?

I am often asked by people interested in Henthorn genealogy, "Where do you fit into the genealogy of brothers, James and John Henthorn?"

Here's a reply I wrote today after John Blankenship, who is part of The Amos Tree asked the question.

In 1957, when we lived in Wichita my mother received a letter from Norma Henthorn of Bethany, OK asking where we fit into the Henthorn family tree.  Mother replied to the letter.  Roy and Norma were working on their genealogy effort The Amos Tree.  Years later, probably around 1987, I obtained a copy of that work and one other publication that Norma did with Professor Raymond Bell of Pennsylvania.  I was never able to establish a correspondence with Roy and Norma.  I tried.  I keyed the information from both documents into my genealogy program which at that time was, Personal Ancestral File.
Two Henthorn brothers, James and John were in Maryland in the mid-1730's. They were located on the west bank of the Susquehanna River in the area of present day, Harve de Grace, MD.  Later, they moved up the west bank of the river to Wrightsville, PA where Thomas Cresap, famous Maryland frontiersman, operated a ferry across the river.
Your family descends from one of these two brothers.  I'm not sure when they separated in their westward movement. One curious thing is that both branches showed up later around Idabel, OK. 
got interested in working on the genealogy of James and John when I got in touch with Mary Josephine (Henthorn) Bolerjack of Danville, IL who was working on your Henthorns.  We collaborated for many years and donated one 750-page genealogy to the LDS library in Salt Lake.  That's available on microfiche for use at any Family History Center where someone requests that it be sent.  The Amos Tree is also available for use at Family History Centers.
Some say the Henthorn brothers came from Ireland.  There is no documentation to support this. I'm not saying it isn't true. In my opinion it is more likely that they came from England (see the next paragraph).
Now to the question you asked. I don't fit into either line. In the mid-1850's my family came from the area of Crompton and Oldham which is now part of greater Manchester, England.  They were weavers and first settled in New York State.  Later they moved to Fishhook, Pike Co., IL where they farmed.  My grandfather, Charles Holt and his brother, John Douglas moved west to the area around Aurora, Hamilton Co., NE where they farmed.  I was born in Lincoln, NE while my father was going to grad school at the University of Nebraska. I grew up in Bellevue, NE and moved to Wichita in 1953-54 when my father got a job with Boeing.

Dick Henthorn
14 April 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

RootsMagic User's Group

There is a new RootsMagic User's Group on Facebook.

Here's a screenshot of the announcement. You'll need to be a Facebook member to join. The URL for requesting membership is included in the screenshot. Key the URL into the Facebook search box at the top of the Facebook screen.

Dick Henthorn
4 April 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Don Knotts of West Virginia

Yesterday, folks on Facebook, were talking about the genealogy of comedian/actor Don Knotts of West Virginia.  As usual, what they posted was difficult to follow. I begin to think that I had one of his ancestors in my file. I asked for clarification. I was able to compare the answer with the information available on FindAGrave. It matched.  I did in fact have an ancestor in my file.

I keyed in enough of the available information to allow me to easily generate an ahnentafel report for Mr. Knotts. As time and interest permits I'll return to the FindAGave information and fill in more details.

Dick Henthorn
31 March 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lemley and Headlee

The Lemley and Headlee families lived in the area of Mount Morris, Greene Co., PA.  There were a number of marriage between the two families

Eva Catherine Yoho, daughter of Johannas Yoho and Susanna Catherine Lau, married George Lemley, the son of David Lemley and an unknown mother.

Because of my interest in the Yoho family I also worked on the Lemley family for many years.

In the last couple of days there has been some discussion of the Lemley family on the Greene county Group on Facebook.

I'm working on a project to add information from FindAGrave to what I have about the Lemley and Headlee families.  At this point I have enough information to produce a 695-page descendant report for George Lemley and his descendants.

Dick Henthorn
25 March 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sharing Genealogy Files Via Facebook

In the last few months I have been doing some genealogy on Facebook. While it is possible to share a file within a Group, by uploading to the Group, this isn't always convenient.  Sometimes I want to share a PDF, RTF or TXT file privately.

It can be done.  However, the process is somewhat tedious and not user friendly.

In this post I'll attempt to describe the process of sending a file, or files, as an attachment to a Message.

Click on the talk bubbles in the blue bar at the top of the screen.

Click on "See All" at the bottom of the drop down box.

Click on "New Message" or on a recipient's profile photo on the left side of the screen.

Fill in the "To" line, then look at the bottom of the screen for "Write A Message" or "Write A Reply," depending on whether you are starting a new message or responding to a message thread already started. Notice the paper clip and "Add Files," below the box where you write your message. Click on "Add Files" once for each file you want to send.  I recommend leaving the "Press Enter to send" box unchecked.  That is to say, use the "Send" button when you have your message ready and the file or files attached. This will prevent inadvertently sending the message if you press the Enter key while writing the message.

If you are the message recipient, to download the file go to your messages. Find the message with the attachment.  Click on "download" to the right of the file name.

Issue I Encountered Because Of My Setup 

I'm using the Chrome Browser so what I describe here(between the rows of asterisks) probably won't be an issue on your computer. When I click on "download" my browser uses a Chrome PDF Viewer extension to display (preview) the file. That is to say I have to take additional action to get the file to download.  The top of the preview screen looks like this. 

After the file displays I need to click on the right most icon on the PDF Viewer menu bar. (The one with the up-seeking arrow.) This is followed by clicking "Open Original" which downloads the PDF to my computer. 

After I disabled the PDF Viewer extension there wasn't any issue with the download. When I clicked on "download" the file immediately downloaded to my download folder.


Suggestions for changes or additions to what I wrote would be appreciated.

Thanks to Marv Byard and T. Vernon Anderson for helping me with the testing and learning exercise.

Dick Henthorn
8 March 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015


I've been making good use of the memorial posts that others have done on FindAGrave. I thank them for their efforts.

I've created a few Virtual Cemeteries and I have shared suggestions for corrections with some of the people who posted.

I haven't created any memorials myself.

I'm frustrated by the number of inconsistencies I'm finding in what folks post. I'm not sure yet what is causing so many problems to crop up.  My initial inclination is to blame the problems on the failure to proofread the work.

Checking three things would improve the quality of what's being posted.

  • The dates of birth and death posted at the top of the memorial with
  • Dates of birth and death listed in any shared obituary information with
  • Dates of birth and death shown on any tombstone photographs.
If there's a typo fix the problem.  If the dates come from various sources and you can't be certain which is correct, make a comment in the "text" to let your reader know that you are aware of the inconsistency.

Dick Henthorn
5 March 2015