Saturday, January 3, 2015

SNGF - Best Find of 2014, and Challenge for 2015

It's has been a quite awhile since I've participated in a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun mission  from  Randy Seaver at  Genea-Musings. This week's mission is:

1) What was your best research achievement in 2014? 

My best research achievement in 2014 was discovering more about my Finnish side on my maternal great grandmother's side.  It all started with the help of a Finnish cousin. Once I discovered the parish they came from and how the records worked, I discovered many cousins and ancestors. I wrote posts for both my Finnish 2nd great grandparents Matti Mattinpoika Haukijärvi and Britta Maria Juhontytär Polo. The record that help get my Finnish research started was the marriage record for Matti and Britta Maria.
Honkavaara & Polo Marriage
2) What research problem do you want to work on in 2015?

For 2015 I would like to find out more information about my Finnish great grandfather Jaakko Makie or Makela. I have very little information about him. All I know about him is that he was born in Finland about 1883, I'm not even sure where. I'm not sure of his correct name and spelling. He lived in North Dakota, USA by Towner county where his children where born. He moved to the Coteau area in Saskatchewan about 1911. Jaakko ended up in Rich Lake, Alberta where he died in 1964 and he is buried in the Fork Lake Cemetery.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015



May the New Year bring you happiness and many new discoveries.
Another year has gone and time to reflect on 2014 and prepare for 2015. My 2014 blogging year in review:

- I've had over 11,000 views in 2014. Not bad considering that it took me two years to have 10,000 views. 

- I wrote 38 posts most of them for the 52 Ancestor challenge started by Amy Johnson Crow of  No Story Too Small. Although I didn't manage an ancestor a week, I learned more about each one as I prepared the post. 

- I've started adding sources and their links if I can. It has taking me longer to get each post ready, but I'm learning more about how to do citations. 

- Jana Last from Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog included my blog in her Fab Finds for December 5, 2014. Thank you Jana.

-I had a DNA cousin add a comment with a translation for one of my Finnish photos posted on March 8, 2013. Thank you Jari. 

- My most popular post in 2014 was Workday Wednesday - The Public Benefit Boot Company. My posts about Robert's Roots always get lots of views like 52 Ancestors- Robert Stoddart and 52 Ancestors - Michael Lutz. My post about my Finnish 2nd great grandmother, 52 Ancestors - Britta Maria Polo (Honkawaara) had quite a few views. 

- Some of my family is now reading my blog. Our ancestors will live on if we share them and their stories. 

- I've added my blog to Pinterest.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

52 Ancestors - John William Landers - Greenbacker

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  Each week focus on one ancestor and post something about him or her.

Me - My Mom - Ruby Alberta Belknap - Bessie Beatrice Landers - James Robert Landers - John William Landers

My third great grandfather John William Landers probably had a great impact on his granddaughter, Bessie Landers and her brother, Fred and sister, Ruby. In the 1900 census, John and his wife Mary have their three grandchildren living with them on a farm in Mercer County, Illinois. John is stated as being 70 and Mary as 67.  They have had eight children of their own, four of them alive in 1900.  John is listed as a farmer and his grandson, Fred, is listed as a farm laborer. He owns the farm, but it's mortgaged. The children's father James R. Landers is living in a house in Aledo, Mercer, Illinois with his 2nd wife and their four children. 

To find out a little more about John W. Landers, there is a little biography in the book "The History of Mercer County" published in 1882.
John W. Landers


 
I wasn't sure what a greenbacker was. But after I read a couple of websites, I learned that it was a political party active between 1874 and 1889. It was named after the green currency used during the civil war. The party had some modern views about income tax, eight hour work days, and women rights to vote. Not sure what it means that he was religiously a liberal. 

John W. Landers and Mary Humbert's marriage can be found on the website FamilySearch. On March 21, 1853 they were issued a marriage license in Fountain County, Indiana. They were married three days later on March 24 by Thomas Lyons J.P. They were married for 56 years. 

John died in Abingdon, Mercer, Illinois on April 22, 1909. He's buried in the Keithsburg Greenmound Cemetery in Keithsburg, Mercer, Illinois. His wife Mary lives till 1924 and buried beside him. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

52 Ancestors - Andrew Danskine Aitken - Not Forgotten

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  Each week focus on one ancestor and post something about him or her. I've not posted for a while and I'm quite far behind. I was going to post this last month. But I figure even if I can post a few more stories it's better than nothing.

While searching for information on Danskine family members, I came across some information on Andrew Danskine Aitken. He happens to be my 1st cousin twice removed. He would have been my great grandmother's (Elizabeth Danskine) nephew.  Andrew was born in Airdire, Lanarkshire, Scotland on July 15, 1882 to Elizabeth's sister, Janet and Janet's husband,(John Aitken). He may have been named after his uncle Andrew Danskine who was a grocer and spirit merchant. Andrew never got to meet the uncle he was named after, as Andrew the grocer died at the age of 27 years old in 1875. Andrew grew up in a family of boys. He had two older step brothers William and James Danskine, an older brother John, and two younger brothers (Robert and Thomas Russell). Andrew was a young man of 25 when his aunt, Elizabeth and her family immigrated to Canada in 1907. 

The sad part of discovering Andrew was that he was one of the fallen soldiers of World War I.  He was killed in action on August 4th, 1916 in Egypt and is listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website as buried in the Kantara War Memoial Cemetery. He was a Second Lieutenant with the Royal Engineers, Lowland Field Company. Andrew, also, has a memorial at the New Monkland Cemetery in Airdrie, Scotland
Andrew was not only a solider, but he was an architect and teacher.
ANDREW DANSKINE AITKEN
     A.R.I.B.A.
Second Lient. L.D.R.E
Killed in Action in Egypt
4th August 1916 Aged 34 Years
 
 There is a biography and a photo of  Andrew on the Dictionary of Scottish Architects website.

More on the Danskine family:
Sunday's Obituary - James Danskin his great grandfather 

Source:
 Airdrie, Lanark, Statutory Births 1855-2013, birth of Andrew Danskine Aitken; digital image, ScotlandsPeople (http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk/: 12 November 2014); 651/01 0317.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

52 Ancestors - John William Smith - Dorest Carpenter & Joiner

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small issued the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.  Each week focus on one ancestor and post something about him or her.

Me - My Dad - Dorothy Eleanor Warry - Edith Elinore Smith - John William Smith

My 2nd great grandfather John William Smith was born June 17, 1841 and baptized July 18 at St. Peters church in Parkstone, Dorset, England. He was the only son of William Smith and Sara Hoare. John William was named after his grandfathers, they both happened to be John and his father William. His daughter Edith (my great grandmother) named her youngest son John William.

He grew up in a multi generational home in Parkstone, Dorset. According to census records John, his sisters (Sarah, Louisa, and Ann), and his parents resided with his maternal grandparents (John Hoare and Jane Cookman). His paternal grandparents (John Smith and Diana Payton) had both passed away before he was born.

John was occupied in the same trade as his father, William. All the census records state his trade as a joiner, carpenter or joiner and carpenter. There is an interesting article on London Lives website about carpenters and joiners. It gives a good description of the difference between a carpenter and joiner. It seems the joiner did finer work and needed a knowledge of geometry and math.  
  
When John was 24 years old he married Sarah Everton Wakeman on October 1, 1865 at the St. Peters church. John and Sarah raised their four boys and three girls in Parkstone.

John lived to the old age of 89, dying in Parkstone, Dorset. He survived his wife Sarah by 16 years. According to the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar on p. 406 (on Ancestry website) John William Smith died April 9, 1931. He was living at 31 Cromwell-road in Upper Parkstone, Dorset. Probate in Blandford July 16 to his sons, Horace Gordon Smith, a bricklayer and Sydney Hastings Smith, a florist. The effects were 728£ , 13s, 1d.


More about the Smith family:
  
 "England and Wales Census, 1851," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/SG2J-44P : accessed 14 Oct 2014), John W Smith, England; citing "1851 England, Scotland and Wales census," index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey. 

 "England and Wales Census, 1861," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M7LW-S1R : accessed 14 Oct 2014), John W Smith, Parkstone, Poole, Dorsetshire, England; citing "1861 England, Scotland and Wales census," index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 9, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey. 

"England and Wales Census, 1871," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V5RM-N8K : accessed 14 Oct 2014), John William Smith, Constitution Hill, Kinson, Dorsetshire, England; citing "1871 England, Scotland and Wales census," index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 10, folio 65, p. 13; Poole registration district, Canford subdistrict, ED 4, household 55, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 830893.

 "England and Wales Census, 1881," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X3K1-D94 : accessed 14 Oct 2014), John Smith, Kinson, Dorsetshire, England; citing "1881 England, Scotland and Wales census," index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 11/, p. , The National Archives of the UK, Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm .

 "England and Wales Census, 1901," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XS49-ZTH : accessed 14 Oct 2014), John William Smith, Branksome, Dorsetshire, England; citing "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 13, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

 "England and Wales Census, 1911," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X7KL-R7L : accessed 14 Oct 2014), John William Smith, Poole, Upper Parkstone Dorset, Dorsetshire, England; citing "1911 England and Wales census," index and images, findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk : Brightsolid, n.d.); PRO RG 14, county, registration district, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.