Wedding Wednesday:Unknown Wedding ca. 1918

For one side of the family, even for the very old photos, Grandma drilled into me who the old folks were pretty well. On the other, however, I have many photos that are a mystery.  Maybe future photo recognition technology or further deduction will shed light on the past, but for now, the subjects of this photo remain, achingly, a mystery.

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Wordless Wednesday: Circus Folk

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Tech Tuesday: The Wayback Machine (Archive of the Internet)

Did you once cite a source and only record the web address where you found the original information, only to find that 3 years later the site no longer exists? Well, weep no longer! Once something is on the internet, it is out there for good. You need to pay a little visit to The Wayback Machine at

This little tool will take you back in time to see, most likely, several versions of the website you once found, and all you need to do is have the web address to find the info you depended on.

A couple of years ago a distant cousin assured me that his information was safe and sound on his own website, so I didn’t bother to record it myself and only referred visitors to my website wanting his information to his website. Now, with his website no longer active, I just used the wayback machine, copied his information, and incorporated it into my own. Problem solved.

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Tombstone Tuesday: Nelson and Mary Anderson, Swedish Immigrants

I can say with reasonable certainty that almost all of my ancestor families were in the United States before the Revolutionary War. These two are two of my three known ancestors who were not from pre-Revolutionary families. Great-great grandparents Nelson and Mary Anderson, or as they were known prior to August, 1869, Nils Petter Andersson and wife Maria Charlotta Persdotter, came from Sweden on a steam ship that had been a blockade enforcer for the Union Army but had reentered commercial service after the Civil War.  Three days after disembarking, a very pregnant Mary had their second child, the first born in America, Ella Josephine Anderson, in New York City.

After stopping for a few years at the Swedish settlements around Jamestown, NY, the Andersons followed a somewhat unusual migration path through eastern Virginia and thence to the north central Missouri town of Shelbyville, MO. When Nils died in 1917, their children gathered (even Ella, who had married that “lazy Virginian,” James Absalom Waller “Abby” Smith), and laid him to rest with honor at the edge of the local town’s cemetery. Mary lived about another decade, but as my grandmother, Mary (Anderson) Lamberson recalled, her grandmother, for whom she was named, never really knew much English.Nelson Peter Anderson laid to rest, 1917

I visited their gravesite for the first time in 2008, and the gravestone, though no longer at the edge of the cemetery, still looks exactly the same.

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Surname Saturday: Lamberson

Today I am focusing on my main dead-end relative, Timothy Lamberson. (Most details of this relative and “The Other Timothy Lamberson” can be found on my website.)

Timothy Lamberson married Rebecca Ferguson in May, 1814, in Madison County of the Illinois Territory. He is also there in the 1818 Illinois “Statehood” Census, but moved to the Missouri Territory after 1818 and so was in no census in 1820. He appears in the 1830 Pike Co., MO, Census and filed a will April Fools Day, 1831 (though he didn’t seem to be kidding).

Prior to this, I have no record of Timothy that I can be certain of. HOWEVER, There is another Timothy Lamberson in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, in 1809. He owned land, paid taxes, got married and had a son, all of which is documentd. He also is mentioned in the will of his son Timothy, Jr., ‘s grandfather, Samuel Mosser. Samuel Mosser died in 1811, and in his will he provides for his grandson Timothy Lamberson’s education and welfare until such time his father, who had removed west alone, “should return and collect him [Timothy Jr.].”

So I have the potential for a connection to this previous Timothy Lamberson but nothing more substantial than a possibility. Besides these two and a couple of their later descendants, there are absolutely NO other Timothy Lambersons in any record I have seen whatsoever before 1860 or so. Of course what I’m interested in is before about 1820, and there are literally no references to this name or its variants besides these two characters, and very few of those.

Right now I’m trying to figure out what records I could possibly look at for the Indiana Territory (as this area was referred to at the time) to see if Ohio’s Timothy Lamberson filed for divorce. Elizabeth Mosser Lamberson promptly remarries in 1813, so if they are the same, there should be a divorce filed somewhere, and it’s not in Tuscarawas County.

Does anyone else have ideas? Like I said, I have this documented on my website. Just follow the links above.

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INDEXING ALERT: Familysearch Needs Your Help!

Goal for September

We are slightly behind in reaching our goal of 200 million records completed in 2010. To give ourselves a boost and help us get closer to our goal for the year, we want to challenge everyone to make the month of September our most productive month ever. So far March 2010 has been our best month, with 21 million records completed in just one month.

The question is, “Can we complete 22 million records in one month?” Yes! We believe we can, but we need help from everyone. Whether you can index or arbitrate 50 more records per week or month, or 5,000 more, every contribution large or small is vital. One person cannot do this work alone.

via FamilySearch Indexing Newsletter.

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Follow Friday: Of Trolls and Lemons

Well I just started blogging and participating myself, so I can’t help but feel I’m cheating since my opinions haven’t really formed yet.

HOWEVER, if I had to recommend someone else’s blog right now, I would have to say it’s Astrid’s Of Trolls and Lemons. Wow. I mean, WOW. Beautiful. She has lately been on a tour of Norway, her father’s (I believe) homeland, and she’s taking all who stop by along for the ride. Interspersed with unbelievable pictures of her trip are documents she’s found related to her family at the sites she’s visited where her ancestors lived.

If everyone’s this good, then I’m going to have to give up sleep to see them all.

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Genealogy Goals For The Fall

Inspired by Astrid’s blog, “Of Trolls and Lemons,” who was inspired by Tina Lyons’s “Gen Wish List,” I am making a Fall genealogy to-do list. Here’s mine, in no particular order:

  1. Organize my website Lamberson surname project into groupings of likely related families as promised.
  2. Open and sort at least 3 boxes’ worth of backlogged and unsorted data, sort it and incorporate it into my research.
  3. Scan at least 3 photo albums from my recently deceased grandmother’s collection and tag and package the photos for distribution to my cousins/
  4. Update my existing family pages on my website.
  5. Make family pages for the branches not currently well represented (e.g., Wright, Reeves, Whitledge, Winn, Isley, Willis families).
  6. Improve mapping and graphics included.
  7. Work out the search engine results so they go directly to the subject in question not just the right page.
  8. Scan in lots of the Swedish records I have copied and insert them into my database.
  9. Consider the ProGen course as well as other online offerings (including the online offerings I just heard about but haven’t looked through).
  10. Participate in as many of my fellow genealogists’ blogs as I can.
  11. Apply new techniques to some of my old lines I haven’t worked on for a long time (like the Andrews and Carroll lines).

Well for me, that’s quite a list, but making it will certainly help me achieve the goals I want to meet. What does your fall genealogy to-do list look like?

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UPDATE: NSSAR Library, Louisville, KY

As promised, today I contacted the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution for an update about their nearly completed new research library facility at their national headquarters in Louisville, KY.a graphic of the new facility as planned

Rae Ann Sauer (email), NSSAR Archivist, confirmed for me that they will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new facility for their membership on 25 September, 2010. They project that it will take about 3 weeks to move in, though, so they expect to be open to the public around Oct. 18.

The NSSAR’s library collection includes about 58,000 volumes including state & local histories and a large percentage of family histories, both published and unpublished. They also offer access to the major online databases and HeritageQuest for the in-house user, and their card catalog can be accessed via the internet for those who would like to preplan their visit. Access is free to SAR/DAR members and I believe $5. per day for nonmembers (please see their website for details).

The NSSAR has long-term plans to renovate a second building at the same location and move their headquarters, but they expect this to take several years.

Being the national headquarters for the Sons of the American Revolution, this library is of national scope, and it’s worth a look, particularly if you’re nearby. They’re excited about their new facility, and so am I. If you’re anywhere near Louisville, I encourage you to have a look.

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We Are All Cousins: A Video by Elizabeth Shown Mills

With a hat tip to the National Genealogical Society as well as Dick Eastman, here’s a little video clip from noted genealogist Elizabeth Shown Mills reminding us not to put our ancestors (or anyone, for that matter), into a box. Good stuff.

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