Sunday, February 28, 2010

This Week in the Family History - February 28 - March 6

1 Mar 1875 (135 years ago) Thomas Jefferson Lanier was born in Alabama (either Chambers or Randolph County. (grandfather)

6 Mar 1738/39 (271/272 years ago) Nehemiah Hopkins was born. (6th great-grandfather, Hopkins Line)

6 Mar 1806 (204 years ago) John Covey Howard was born in what was then Knox County, Kentucky. (2nd great-grandfather, Hopkins Line)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Winter 2010 GB Games - Closing Ceremony

The games are over and the medals have been awarded but before everything can get back to normal around here the medals must be displayed.

See how all of the participants did at GeneaBloggers.



For Category 3 - Gold 

For Categories 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 - Platinum

 


 
Now it's time to use what I've learned during these games and (hopefully) keep up the progress with organization. 

Surname Saturday - Owens

Today's surname is Owens, the name of one of my great grandmothers. (I've included Ahnentafel numbers to make the relationships clearer.)

7. Emma Ewers Taylor (my maternal grandmother)

15. Emma Jane "Emmie" Owens
Born 16 Apr 1882, Freedom, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Married John Cook Taylor 16 Jan 1900, Freedom, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Died 17 Mar 1968, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Buried Elmwood Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

[Emma Jane's parents were 1st cousins so they have the same Owens line starting with their paternal grandfather. Both of them and their fathers are included to avoid repeating most of the Owens line again later.]


30. Madison Crawford "Matt" Owens [Emma Jane's father]
Born 4 Jun 1836, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Married Cecila "Celia" Owens 7 May 1863, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Died 21 Mar 1920, Freedom, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Buried Roberts/Old Freedom Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
31. Cecila "Celia" Owens [Emma Jane's mother]
Born 27 Apr 1839, Freedom, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Died 18 Nov 1908, Freedom, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Buried Roberts/Old Freedom Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

60. Alfred Owens [Matt's father]
Born 20 Sep 1803, Wilkes County, North Carolina
Married Rebecca Mullins, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Died aft. 1880, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
62. Wesley Owens [Celia's father]
Born 20 May 1801, Wilkes County, North Carolina
Married Louis A. Mullins, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Died Apr 1876, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

120/124. David Owens [father of Alfred and Wesley]
Born 21 Sep 1759, Halifax County, Colonial Virginia
Married Winefred Mullins 16 Dec 1780, Wilkes County, North Carolina
Died 1822, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

240/248. William Owen
Died bet. 1785-1788, probably Wilkes County, North Carolina

480/496. William Owen
Born abt. 1672, Southwarke Parish, Surry County, Colonial Virginia

960/992. Bartholomew Owen
Born England
Married Joanna (maiden name unknown) abt. 1666

Click the links above for more information on each ancestor. If you are connected to this family, e-mail me.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Winter 2010 GeneaBlogger Games - Final Medal Count

It's the last day of the Winter 2010 GeneaBlogger Games so time for the final medal count.

1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources - PLATINUM MEDAL
50 old source citations were re-written according to standards outlined in Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

2. Back Up Your Data - PLATINUM MEDAL
Task E requirements were met.

3. Organize Your Research - GOLD MEDAL
Completed Tasks C, D and E. Also made some progress in Tasks A and B just not enough to complete either task.

4. Expand Your Knowledge - PLATINUM MEDAL
Completed all five tasks.

5. Write, Write, Write - PLATINUM MEDAL
Completed Tasks A, C, D, E, and F.

6. Reach Out and Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness - PLATINUM MEDAL
Completed Tasks A, B, C, D, F, and G.

I have to say that I appreciate the efforts of Thomas and everyone else involved in organizing this event and I'm glad I decided to start a blog in time to participate. It's been fun plus I've gotten some much needed work done and learned several new things. It's also put me on the road to better organization and hopefully that will last at least until I get all the filing caught up.

My original goals were 2 Platinum, 1 Gold and 2 Silver medals so no one is more surprised than me at the final count of 5 Platinums and 1 Gold. I credit my success with being retired and living in a small town where there is nothing else to do. Now, if someone will just offer me a medal every month for keeping my office straight and finishing my filing . . . .

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Winter 2010 GB Games - Progress Report #13

Thursday (Feb. 25rd) was Day 13 of the competition. One more day to go. Here's the list of categories and the tasks I've completed so far:

1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources - PLATINUM MEDAL
Completed 50 new source citations.

2. Back Up Your Data - PLATINUM MEDAL
Task E: Completed (Maybe. See post " Let's Talk About Data Backup")

3. Organize Your Research. (Gold Medal earned so far) Nothing accomplished in this category today.
Task A: Organize at least 20 hard files or ancestral items into folders, boxes, envelopes, containers, etc.
15 completed on 2/24.  
Task B: Organize at least 20 digital files into folders, label, add metadata, add descriptions, add tags, etc.
6 files completed 2/18 & 2/24. 

Task C - completed 2/19 
Task D - completed 2/18 and 2/23 
Task E - completed 2/22 

4. Expand Your Knowledge - PLATINUM MEDAL 
Task A - completed 2/13
Task B - completed 2/14 
Task C - completed 2/16
Task D - completed 2/16  
Task E - completed 2/15  

5. Write, Write, Write - PLATINUM MEDAL
Task A - completed 12/19 
Task C - completed 12/13 
Task D - completed 2/15 
Task E - completed 12/13
Task F - completed 12/13

6. Reach Out and Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness - PLATINUM MEDAL
Task A - completed 2/15 
Task B: Post one or more gravestone photos at Find A Grave.
Added 14 photos. I have to say that Find A Grave is one of the best free sites for genealogy. According to their stats, I've added 161 photos (counting today's) and manage 81 memorials but I still have lots of headstone photos that I should add. I've found numerous photos that were helpful to my research and have had researchers in Georgia, Kansas, Illinois and Florida fill requests for me. In return I try to fill requests for cemeteries in my area as often as possible. If you are taking a research trip and plan to visit any cemeteries it's always a good idea to check for Find A Grave requests that you can fill while you are there.
Task C - completed 2/19 
Task D: Assist another researcher with a research request or lookup.
Sometimes you don't even have to leave your computer to fill a request for another researcher. I've been waiting for the weather to clear so I could make some headstone photos to fill requests for local cemeteries posted on Find A Grave. The weather still isn't cooperating so today I checked several cemeteries I have photos from in my collection and found 3 requests for headstone photos I already had. 
Task F - completed 2/19
Task G - completed 2/15 

Winter 2010 GB Games - Progress Report #12

Wednesday (Feb. 24rd) was Day 12 of the competition. Here's the list of categories and the tasks I've completed so far:

1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources - PLATINUM MEDAL
Completed 50 new source citations.

2. Back Up Your Data - PLATINUM MEDAL
Task E: Completed (See post " Let's Talk About Data Backup")

3. Organize Your Research. (Gold Medal earned so far)
Task A: Organize at least 20 hard files or ancestral items into folders, boxes, envelopes, containers, etc.
Filed 15 hard copy records - not medal worthy yet but when it comes to filing and me, that's big progress. 
Task B: Organize at least 20 digital files into folders, label, add metadata, add descriptions, add tags, etc.
2 files completed 2/18. 
Scanned and organized 4 more files for a total of 6. (Actually scanned more than than but haven't finished organizing them so they don't count yet.)

Task C - completed 2/19 
Task D - completed 2/18 and 2/23 
Task E - completed 2/22 

4. Expand Your Knowledge - PLATINUM MEDAL 
Task A - completed 2/13
Task B - completed 2/14 
Task C - completed 2/16
Task D - completed 2/16  
Task E - completed 2/15  

5. Write, Write, Write - PLATINUM MEDAL
Task A - completed 12/19 
Task C - completed 12/13 
Task D - completed 2/15 
Task E - completed 12/13
Task F - completed 12/13

6. Reach Out and Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness. (Diamond Medal earned so far)
Task A - completed 2/15 
Task C - completed 2/19 
Task F - completed 2/19
Task G - completed 2/15 

Treasure Chest Thursday - Granny's Basket

This basket was handmade from the branches
 of a Willow tree by my great grandmother, 
Emma Jane Owens Taylor around 70 years ago.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Taylor Family

The Taylor Family, abt. 1906
Front: Emma Jane Owens Taylor, John Cook Taylor holding Hartford
Conn Taylor; Back: Susie Taylor, Gracie Taylor, Emma Ewers Taylor

Emma Jane and John were my great grandparents. Emma (my grandmother) and Hartford were their children; Susie and Gracie were John's daughter's from his 1st marriage. Their mother died when they were both young children.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Winter 2010 GB Games - Progress Report #11

Tuesday (Feb. 23rd) was Day 11 of the competition. Here's the list of categories and the tasks I've completed so far:

1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources. (PLATINUM MEDAL)
Completed 50 new source citations.

2. Back Up Your Data. (PLATINUM MEDAL)
Task E: Completed (See post "Let's Talk About Data Backup")

3. Organize Your Research. (Gold Medal earned so far)
Task B: Organize at least 20 digital files into folders, label, add metadata, add descriptions, add tags, etc.
2 files completed 2/18

Task C - completed 2/19 

Task D: Organize at least 20 digital photos into folders, label, add metadata, add descriptions, add tags, etc.
4 photos completed 2/18
22 more photos completed for a total of 26 and completion of this task.

Task E - completed 2/22 

4. Expand Your Knowledge - PLATINUM MEDAL 
Task A - completed 2/13
Task B - completed 2/14 
Task C - completed 2/16
Task D - completed 2/16  
Task E - completed 2/15  

5. Write, Write, Write. PLATINUM MEDAL
Task A - completed 12/19 
Task C - completed 12/13 
Task D - completed 2/15 
Task E - completed 12/13
Task F - completed 12/13

6. Reach Out and Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness. (Diamond Medal earned so far)
Task A - completed 2/15 
Task C - completed 2/19 
Task F - completed 2/19
Task G - completed 2/15