What Have You Been Working On?

Zella

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I really enjoyed the responses to the genealogy resolutions thread from earlier this month and thought it might be fun to have a thread to post updates on when you don't feel like making an individual thread about what you're currently working on.

This week, I've been trying to follow up on a possible lead about one of my non-CW ancestors. He was a boy during the war and had a bit of a crime spree in Western North Carolina during the 1870s and 1880s before being "accidentally" killed during a card game. :rolleyes:

Someone on Ancestry posted that one of his victims was an uncle, so I'm trying to fact-check that claim. Along the way, I think I figured out his wife was also a cousin, but I'm also double-checking that. :laugh:

So . . . what have you been working on this week?
 

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Zella

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I made a straight line genealogy along parents, grandparents, gg and so forth for several lines. Now, am going back and adding other children beside my direct line and their spouses and their lines. Sort of like I set up the trunk, then added branches and now attaching the leaves!
Very nice! :smile:

That's a long-term goal, though probably not one I can realistically achieve this year.
 
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I have early American New England ancestors so it will take me time to get to the Civil War; but I did find this from the American Revolutionary War.

Yesterday I was going through my genealogy which led me to The Wyoming Massacre. The British Rangers of Capt. John Butler, along with the Iroquois Confederation warriors and British Loyalist began their fight against the "Connecticut Yankees" that had settled in Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley. in July of 1778. I discovered 2 ancestors that were in the actual fight - one managed to escape and lived through the ordeal (he was among the 60 to survive), and the other tried to escape into the Susquehanna River only to be captured by the Indians and became one of the 227 scalped and slain. A little bit of history I never knew.
 

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I have early American New England ancestors so it will take me time to get to the Civil War; but I did find this from the American Revolutionary War.

Yesterday I was going through my genealogy which led me to The Wyoming Massacre. The British Rangers of Capt. John Butler, along with the Iroquois Confederation warriors and British Loyalist began their fight against the "Connecticut Yankees" that had settled in Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley. in July of 1778. I discovered 2 ancestors that were in the actual fight - one managed to escape and lived through the ordeal (he was among the 60 to survive), and the other tried to escape into the Susquehanna River only to be captured by the Indians and became one of the 227 scalped and slain. A little bit of history I never knew.
Wow, that's fascinating, Donna!
 

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I have early American New England ancestors so it will take me time to get to the Civil War; but I did find this from the American Revolutionary War.

Yesterday I was going through my genealogy which led me to The Wyoming Massacre. The British Rangers of Capt. John Butler, along with the Iroquois Confederation warriors and British Loyalist began their fight against the "Connecticut Yankees" that had settled in Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley. in July of 1778. I discovered 2 ancestors that were in the actual fight - one managed to escape and lived through the ordeal (he was among the 60 to survive), and the other tried to escape into the Susquehanna River only to be captured by the Indians and became one of the 227 scalped and slain. A little bit of history I never knew.
Can i ask who they were?
My 6th Great Grandfather Obadiah Gore had seven sons ( my 5th great Grandfather Samuel was one) engaged in the Revolutionary war, a fact of which Colonel Stone speaks about in his history of Wyoming as "The most remarkable in the history of man. That a father and six* (*Colonel Stone says six, the number was seven) sons, including two sons-in-law, should be engaged in the same battlefield, is rarely, if ever, known. Five corpses of a single family sleeping upon the cold bed of death together the self-same night! What a price did that family pay for liberty!"
 

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This year so far I have found 7 cousins from 3 families on my Mother's side of the tree. Still working on all their service but 1 was KIA at Chancellorsville, 1 was wounded twice, once at Fredricksburg and again at the Wilderness, 1 died of typhoid, 1 was wounded at Port Republic VA, 1 died of a leg wound received July 3rd at Gettysburg, 1 transfered to VRC but I need to find out why and 1 made it to the end of the war. Overall those families got pretty beat up.
 

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This year so far I have found 7 cousins from 3 families on my Mother's side of the tree. Still working on all their service but 1 was KIA at Chancellorsville, 1 was wounded twice, once at Fredricksburg and again at the Wilderness, 1 died of typhoid, 1 was wounded at Port Republic VA, 1 died of a leg wound received July 3rd at Gettysburg, 1 transfered to VRC but I need to find out why and 1 made it to the end of the war. Overall those families got pretty beat up.
That's impressive! :smile:
 

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That's impressive! :smile:
It continues to amaze me how ancestors of both my parents stepped up to serve. I have found 56 so far counting uncles and cousins and including 5 Grandfathers that served. Those 56 come from 16 families. Most were in the Army of the Potomac but there were a few scattered out West and one that was with Sherman on the March to the Sea. Since some of these families had a lot of kids I still have work to do. But now I have decided I need to start a better file system on where they served. It is getting too hard to remember who did what where and when.
 

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I been working on my husband's ancestors who fought in Civil War. In particular, Dudley, Alexander and James Polk Tribble. They are cousins to my husband.. They share same great many times grandparents, George Tribble Sr. and Dinah Meador.. Need to do more connecting and need more documentation.
 

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It is hard when cousin line for me. Takes more connecting than if grandparents. Any advice from any of you?
I know others with far more experience will be along with good advice, but my main advice is to be aware of repeating names and to follow the siblings (if they have them). LOL

Seems like repeating first names were more common then, and it can be easy to have a passel of cousins/uncles with the same name. I'm sure they used nicknames or middle names as a way to tell them all apart, but unless you have letters or diaries, those can be lost to time. It was a terrible hindrance with one of my NC Confederate/Unionist families.

Fortunately, the various branches of the family had moved to other counties, so I was able to use location to pinpoint my bunch versus the cousins. Also since families tended to follow each other into regiments, though not always, that can be a good lead. (Actually, just looking at a general roster for various regiments was quite helpful because so many families tended to enlist together.)

In any event, if there's more than one sibling in a family and you get stuck on one of them, try to follow one of the other ones. Can often lead you to more info on the one that stumped you.

Oh and of course if you get stumped, please feel free to post about it here or as a thread in the forum. I'm always amazed by the stuff folks here can hunt down. :smile:
 
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There is one line on my mother's side of the family tree and one line on my father's side that have been giving me fits for years and I've been trying to fill in the gaps in those lines. If anyone knows anything about Perry family history in Franklin/Wake counties in North
Carolina and Moore family history in Charlotte/Prince Edward counties in Virginia, feel free to contact me. Curse those common surnames, especially when families like to use repeating first names in conjunction with them for every generation in a family!
 
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Curse those common surnames, especially when families like to use repeating first names in conjunction with it for every generation in a family!
The struggle is real! I want a time machine to have a talk with some of my ancestors about their naming practices. :giggle::cry::bounce:

Please feel free to post on here or start a thread in the forum to ask away about anything that has you stumped. Like I was saying to Donna, I'm always amazed by what the folks on here can find. :smile:
 

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There is one line on my mother's side of the family tree and one line on my father's side that have been giving me fits for years and I've been trying to fill in the gaps in those lines. If anyone knows anything about Perry family history in Franklin/Wake counties in North
Carolina and Moore family history in Charlotte/Prince Edward counties in Virginia, feel free to contact me. Curse those common surnames, especially when families like to use repeating first names in conjunction with it for every generation in a family!
I feel your pain. I have some brick walls that I have tried to break down for decades. Once you get back before 1850 you lose the names of children on the census and it becomes a lot harder to tie kids to parents. Even church records can be difficult because of the aforementioned over use of first names. I screw up once where two cousins both named Henry each had a son Henry born the same year and baptized in the same church. I still wonder if I got that straight. Some of my best success has been going to county courthouses and searching old wills. Many wills name children and sometimes even spouse name. you can learn a lot from a will.

As far a Ancestry.com goes if you use it take it with a grain of salt. Last week a leaf showed on one of brick walls. A glimmer of hope. Long story short as with so many people on Ancestry too many leaps of faith were made. After about 5 hours of research I determined that it was not fact but fable. They had added a daughter (my brick wall) that in three different documents did not appear with the family. And their only source listed was Ancestry family files.

Good luck with your search.
 

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@ARW RootsMagic7 has MILITARY FACT in the person page and you are able to add documents (Word) to the NOTE tab of the MILITARY fact. In the PUBLISH feature, you may create a book with pages of TEXT that RM7 will include in the CONTENTS page and the INDEX.
Nice robust software.
 

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There is one line on my mother's side of the family tree and one line on my father's side that have been giving me fits for years and I've been trying to fill in the gaps in those lines. If anyone knows anything about Perry family history in Franklin/Wake counties in North
Carolina and Moore family history in Charlotte/Prince Edward counties in Virginia, feel free to contact me. Curse those common surnames, especially when families like to use repeating first names in conjunction with them for every generation in a family!
Have a look here for Franklin, North Carolina: https://www.familysearch.org/search...ranklin, North Carolina" +any_year:1500-1950~

and for Wake, North Carolina: https://www.familysearch.org/search...e:"Wake, North Carolina" +any_year:1500-1950~

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