Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pearl Alice Kemmerer Ice (1891 - 1914) - Find A Grave Memorial

Pearl Alice Kemmerer Ice (1891 - 1914) - Find A Grave Memorial

Working on adding information about this person to my Yoho genealogy file today.  She was the spouse of Absalom Warren "Bay" Ice.  I had him in my file as: Warren Absalom "Bay" Ice.  The tombstone shows; A.W. Ice.

Her information is on FindAGrave.  I noticed that I can post to Google Blogger with a click of a button while on FindAGrave.  I'm testing to see how this works.

Dick Henthorn
28 September 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

FindAGrave FAQ

I'm trying to learn more about how to use FindAGrave,

I'm searching for a User's Guide or a good tutorial.

Here's a link to the FindAGrave FAQ.

Dick Henthorn
26 September 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Today I decided to create a FindAGrave account.

I noticed some errors. For example: one record showed the birth and death month of an infant as, 17 Aug of some year.  When I looked at the photograph of the tombstone the day and month was clearly, 7 Aug.  In another case, the middle name of the father was, Evert and the middle name of a son was Everet. I want to be able to quickly communicate with the person who posted when I notice a problem.

I'm working on extracting some information about the West Virginia families of: Hostutler and Wildman.  There are links to Richmond, Yoho and Lemley.

Become a FindAGrave Member

Dick Henthorn
24 September 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Congers of Peninsula, Summit Co., OH

I worked on a FindAGrave project to extract information about members of the Conger family of Peninsula, Summit Co., OH who are buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery at that place.

I was surprised when information on one of the tombstone photos lead me to additional information about Dr. George Corlett Radcliffe and his wife, Alice C. Huston.  William C. Huston, also a doctor, was the father of Alice.  He was married to Fannie Stillman Conger.

1-William C. HUSTON Dr. (-)
+Fannie Stillman CONGER (26 Dec 1868-23 Feb 1946)
. . . . 2-Agnes HUSTON (-)
. . . . 2-Alice C. HUSTON (13 Oct 1888-11 Oct 1941)
. . . . +Dr. George Corlett RADCLIFFE (16 Jun 1874-22 Mar 1938)
. . . . 2-Eunice Elizabeth HUSTON (-)
. . . . 2-Irene H. HUSTON (-)

Dick Henthorn
19 September 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Unknown Burial Dates

Often you can find and record the date and place of death.  It's not so easy to determine the date of burial.  The name and place of the cemetery is also often available and should be entered in the burial field. Missing, in many cases, is the date of burial. It's possible to extrapolate the month and year of burial from the death information.

This situation creates a problem with RootsMagic.  When I record only the month and year of burial the program doesn't handle the burial date in chronological order in the detailed reports.  That is to say, the burial information is inserted into the "text" of the report before the death information.

There is a solution to the problem.  It's somewhat tedious to deal with this issue. RootsMagic has a "Sort date" field.  To force the burial date to appear after the death date I need to enter a full date in the "Sort date" field. For example, if a person died on 15 Dec 1969 I would enter this date in the death date field.  In the burial date field I would enter, Dec 1969. In the "sort date" field for burial date I would enter, 30 Dec 1969, thus forcing the burial date to sort after the death date.

Did I write about this before?  If I did, I suppose it indicates that my memory isn't very good and that this little problem drives me nuts.

Dick Henthorn
13 September 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Conger Research Challenge

On page 39a of The Conger Family of America, Vol. 1, Maxine Leonard states:

CHARLES CURTIS CONGER 1851 married Abbie Grant, niece of Ulysses S. Grant.

There is no source citation. As of September 2014 I wasn't able to find any information on the Internet that would support this relationship.

Here's what I know:

  1. Charles Curtis Conger was born on 23 Jan 1851 in Oneida, Knox Co., IL.
  2. Abigail "Abby or Abbie" Adelia Grant was born on 21 Apr 1853.
  3. The couple had two children: Norma Grant Conger and Clara Hurd Conger.
  4. Ulysses S. Grant was a Civil War General and later President of the United States.
  5. U.S. Grant had two brothers: Samuel Simpson Grant and Orville Lynch Grant.  It appears that Samuel might not have married.  Orville married but I didn't see any children listed.

Here's my Conger Research Challenge.

  1. Link Abigail Adelia Grant to one of the brothers of U.S. Grant.
  2. Provide the name of Abigail's mother.
  3. Cite sources to prove the link.
Can you help me solve this challenge?

Dick Henthorn
9 September 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

State Names

When I started doing genealogy I decided to use the two-character Postal Service codes for the state names.  Later, I read posts and articles that recommended writing out the state names in full. My latest genealogy program, RootsMagic seems to support this view.  I noticed this when I used the Name Gazetteer.

At this point I'm unwilling to change.  I've made one concession. When the only place name I have for an event is a state name I write out the state name in full.

Dick Henthorn
8 September 2014