February 2019

If you are having a difficult time discovering more information about your ancestor, maybe it is time to contact someone local to your ancestor.

Do a search online for a local genealogy or historical society.  Someone there may be able to answer questions that you have.  (If not, they may be able to point you in the right direction.)  Also, look on Facebook.  Is there a county group there?

You never know what someone local may be able to do for you.



Here is the obituary for Frank H. Bringe.  What information is found?

  1. He was 71 years of age
  2. He resided at 1335 E. Culver (possibly Phoenix, Arizona)
  3. Funeral was in Memory Chapel of A. L. Moore and Sons Mortuary at 333 W. Adams
  4. Luke Greenway American Legion Post was officiating
  5. He was a native of Ohio, and had resided “here” for 20 years
  6. He died in a Phoenix hospital
  7. Two brothers survived him – George of Woodville, Ohio, and Fred of Elmore, Ohio
  8. Burial was in Fresno, California

Some of what is not found:

  1. When he was born (do not know date of obituary)
  2. Where he was residing (possibly Phoenix, Arizona, since died in Phoenix hospital)
  3. Where in Ohio he was born
  4. Who were his parents?
  5. Why he was buried in Fresno, California

Some research determined that the Memory Chapel was in Phoenix, Arizona; Frank Bringe was born in Sandusky County, Ohio, in March 1891, and he died in February 1963; he had brother (in 1963) George John Bringe (brother Fred had died in 1961); the parents of Frank were William Charles Bringe and Sophie Spade Spady.

Do not expect an obituary to be totally correct and to “tell all” about a person.


When scanning photos, or postcards, be sure to scan both the front and back of the photo.

Here is the front and back of a postcard.

As one will see, the front is sending “Birthday Greetings”.  When one looks on the back of the card, one sees that the greetings are for Lloyd, and that the date of the greetings is 17 March 1911.




This card was found in the papers of an ancestor – Lloyd Champion.  And, he was born 17 March 1896.

If only the back of the card had been scanned, one would not have known that 17 March was his birthday!


Do not assume that the widow of a deceased man is the mother of his children.

She could be the mother of all, some, or none of the children.  You will need to locate other records that will aid in knowing whether or not she is the mother of the children.

And, just because you are sure of the name of the mother of the children, do not assume that the widow is the mother.  I had one male ancestor that was married twice.  And, both of the wives had the same first name!

Be careful!


Whenever you discover a new record, if you write the citation right then you will have it.

It is important to always have a citation for a record.  If you do not create the citation at the time that the record is discovered, you may not have all of the information that you will need.

Information that is needed for a citation:  what is the collection (which book, census, historical record, deed record, etc.), where is the record found (if online, the URL should be included), the date the record was accessed, etc.  If the record is from the census, be sure to include the page numbers of the census, as well as the microfilm number and roll number.

An excellent resource for how to write citation is Evidence Explained, by Elizabeth Shown Mills.


For the month of September, hubby and I made an extended trip to the Northeast United States.  As you know, I reside in Indiana. So, the trip was quite lengthy! Since we were traveling through New York, we stopped at five family burial grounds.  One of these was for the Champion family, and four concerned the Lyon family.

The cemetery we visited in Starkville, NY, was the Champion Cemetery. The cemetery was located in a field behind the volunteer fire department building. There were some familiar names on gravestones, and also some not so familiar.

In my previous posts, I have told of examining various wills and land records.

I have found several maps of the time period of the Champion family in Stark, Herkimer County.  Here is a map of Starkville in 1859 (from historygeo.com).  If one labels the roads in the map it is much easier to understand it.  The main road heading a little left of due south is the current Wagner Hill Road.  The road to the left of this road is the current Route 80, and the road to the right of Wagner Hill is the current Elwood Road.

These two maps are of Starkville in 1868 (from historicmapworks.com).  The main road heading a little left of due south is the current Wagner Hill Road, and the road to the left of this is the current Route 80.  On one of the maps is the labeled “Fam Cem.”.  This is the Champion Cemetery.

You will see some of the same names on both maps.

In the United States Census for 1860, Elisha Champion (son of Dan and Ruth) was an Innkeeper.  The value of his land was $4000 (as compared with $1200 in 1850 and $500 in 1870 – in both 1850 and 1870 he is listed as Farmer).

Having these two maps will aid in learning through land records who may have owned the land where the cemetery was located.

Now to look at more land records!


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