Thursday, January 27, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday – Edith Elinore Smith’s Birth


This treasure was given to me by my aunt and uncle.  I’ve been fortunate to have them past on treasures each time I visit.  Sometimes it’s photos, sometimes documents, or sometimes a story or two.  

Edith Elinore Smith is my great grandmother.  She married Alfred William Warry in Poole, Dorset, England on August 2, 1897.  This is a Certified Copy of an Entry of Births.  Points of reference for her birth records:
  • 1.        Name of child- Edith Elinore Smith
  • 2.       Place of birth- Constition Hill, Kinson
  • 3.       Date of birth- 4th August 1876
  • 4.       Sex- Girl
  • 5.       Father’s name- John William Smith
  • 6.       Father’s Profession- Carpenter and joiner
  • 7.       Mother’s name- Sarah Everton Smith formerly Wakeman
  • 8.       Informant- John William Smith, Father, Constitution Hill, Kinson

England, certified copy of an entry of birth for Edith Elinore Smith, born 4 August 1876; citing 7/226, Poole registration district and Canford Subdistrict; Registrar for the District of Poole in the County of Dorset
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Surname Saturday-Robert’s Roots-LUTZ

This is a surname on my husband’s maternal side.  Of course the Lutzs are from Nova Scotia.  Following the Lutz back starting with Robert’s great grandparents Azie Elvison Lutz and Florence Odessa Palmer-George C Lutz and Bertha Barbara Barkhouse-Rufus Lutz and Margaret Clem-William Lutz and Mary Ann Brown. There is a story about William Lutz and Mary Ann Brown that we’ve seen during our research and is mentioned in the book “New Voices on the Shores, Early Pennsylvania German Settlements in New Brunswick” by Rainer L Hempel.  William and Mary Ann left New Brunswick in the 1800s because the family didn’t approve of Mary Ann or a family disagreement.  They crossed the Bay of Fundy in a flimsy boat and were never heard from.  Their families assumed they perished.  But generations later their descendants were discovered in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.   
“New Voices on the Shores, Early Pennsylvania German Settlements in New Brunswick” by Rainer L Hempel is a very informative book for anyone with ancestors of the Lutz, Ricker, Wortman, Steeves, Teitz, and Sommers.  It gives a great background to the Lutz family and their struggles in Germany and their immigration to Pennsylvania and then New Brunswick. 
Where to find this book:
If you want to buy a copy for yourself,  AbeBook usually a couple of copies for sell.
To borrow the book you can get it from inter library loan, (Canada Library and Archives has a list of where it can borrowed).

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Surname Saturday-Robert’s Roots-FOSTER

This is my husband’s surname, and the surname I adopted when we were married (20 years ago).  What puzzled Robert was who were the Fosters and where did they come from?  He was more interested in genealogy at this time than I was.  So when we were in Nova Scotia visiting the in-laws in 2003, he just had to look to at the genealogy room in the Kings County Museum.  With a bit of help from the friendly volunteers, he was able to find his Foster line.  So who were they and where did they come from?  The Fosters are very Canadian.  Benjamin Foster, his wife Sarah Woodward, and their children came to Granville, Nova Scotia from Massachusetts, USA in 1760.  Benjamin is a descendant of Reginald Foster of Ipswich, Massachusetts, originally from England. 

The Kings County Museum in Kentville, Nova Scotia is a great place to find family histories of the area. It’s filled with interesting exhibits and friendly, helpful volunteers.  Although we’ve only had the chance to go a couple of time, we have found great information each time.  We look forward to a visit next time we visit the in-laws.  One of those treasures you can’t find online.

“History of the County of Annapolis, Nova Scotia: Including Old Port Royal & Acadia” by W.A. Calnek has a write up about the Fosters in Annapolis.  You can see the whole book on our roots, as well as other histories in Canada.

“Foster Genealogy”, an amazing book by Frederick Clifton Pierce in 1899.  The book is 1089 pages complied at a time when there were no computers.  You can see the whole book on Internet Archive.