Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Genealogy Journal - 04/14/09

Ah, finally a genealogy day, and no baseball game to interfere with my genealogy fun!

After reading email and blogs and Twitter, I posted Tombstone Tuesday - Obadiah Sawtell (1648-1741) in Groton MA and then captured screens and wrote Working in RootsMagic 4 - Post 10: Creating a Box Chart. I got cleaned up and took the tax returns down to the Post Office. Done! Back home, I started on my Lamphear work. I transferred the deed and court record indexes from my flash drive to the desktop computer, then made MSWord tables for each item, plus the 1830, 1840 and 1850 census data for Lamphear/Lanphear/ Lanfear/etc. in Jefferson County NY. I transferred all of the tables into an OpenOffice presentation file so that I can add them to my presentation. All of this took several hours. I sent an email to my CVGS colleagues about the April programs, and answered a few emails. At 3:15 p.m., I went out to cut the front lawn before it rains again.

I came back in and watched TV and took a nap, then we had dinner and I was back on the computer at 6 p.m. After reading everything, I wrote Book Review - "In Search of Your German Roots" since I finished this book yesterday watching the Padres game. I still have several others to review! I looked for and found the xerox copies of the pages from Della's scrapbook and scanned 8 of them, because they have items concerning Devier J. Smith. After scanning, I rotated, cropped and brightened the items, including three playbills from 1887 which list my great-grandparents, Della Smith and Austin Carringer. I went back into the USGenWeb site and captured some Jefferson County NY maps that - one shows a Lamphear house in Wilna in 1864. I wrote a piece for the Carnival of Genealogy about my uncle Ed Seaver, and scheduled it for Wednesday. Then I wrote this post. I still need to put the images, maps and lists into my presentation for 4/25.

Genealogy today was 10.0 hours - 0.5 hour doing email, 0.5 hour reading blog posts, 0.5 hour reading Twitter/Facebook, 0.5 hour on CVGS things, 3.0 hours preparing and writing five blog posts, and 5.0 hours working on the Smith/Lamphere research for the presentation.

1 comment:

Twincol, aka Linda said...

Randy, I am blessed to have run into your original post at Ancest.com related to your Lamphear name change research and ultimately ended up here. I found a name change doc for my family member, as well, the reason (I believe is the column) being "*", meaning "private." So I followed you to the Wisconsin Legislature "Journal of Proceedings" and lo and behold, actually found my year; 1862. (This find, BTW, was at the very top of the Google Search, which suggests to me that Google intuitively snagged it WITHOUT my having put a year in the current search, then running it up to the top of stairs, after my earlier research elsewhere. This is all "private," of course. Both frightening and fun, eh? I don't get to live long enuf to see where this all takes us, sadly.) Aaanyway, I then FOUND MY LEGISLATION PASSAGE FOR MY FAMILY MEMBER! WOOHOO!

My question to you is where did you go to find out the "why" for the name change. There is no reason in my listing, as in yours. My British emigrant ancestor with 9 children, widowed within a week of their arrival, just disappears. I can find nothing, nada (yeah, I'm a Californian, too), zilch, after the 1855 State and 1860 Fed Census! This name change is 12 years post-arrival, with Mom and ALL children, including those over 20 years old. Now the family name is such that it may have proven difficult to live with on this side of The Pond, although well-respected in England. It would have been painful for me to live with, for sure. Otherwise, I've not a clue as to the reason for the change, other than possibly a marriage I cannot find.

There was some suggestion, I believe, that the historical society library might be able to provide documentation and I can use my local library card to access that option. Can you give me some guidance, wisdom, you obsessive old guy?

Please, please, please . . . . Linda, an obsessive old girl in Central California