Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - "Problems" in your genealogy database

 From Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings:

It's Saturday Night -- time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Open your genealogy software program (on your computer or online), and use the Help function to determine how to make a "Problem Report" or "Data Error Report" (or something similar).

2)  Create a "Problem Report" or "Data Error Report" in your software for the persons in your tree (either everyone in the tree, or for a selected number of generations of your ancestors. 

3)  Tell us what type of problems or errors that your report found.  Tell us how many errors were found.  Tell us what problem or error surprised you. 

In Family Tree Maker 2011, the Data Errors Report is under "Publish" and then "Person Reports."  

When I first ran the report, it was 60 pages long.  Then I noticed that the vast majority of those errors were missing birth or marriage dates.  Well, I know there are a lot of people in my database that I don't know their birth or marriage dates, so I went into "Errors to Include" and unchecked those particular items.  My new report was only 4 pages long.  I did include all the individuals in my database.  

Here are the errors included on the report:

62  This individual's children sort order may be incorrect.
  8* The individual has the same last name as her husband. 
  6  The birth date occurred more than one year after his/her father died.
  5  The name may include a nickname.
  2  The name may include a title.
  2  The marriage occurred after the death date of the individual or the spouse.
  2  The birth date occurred before his/her mother was 13.
  2  The birth date occurred before his/her father was 13.
  2  The burial date occurred before his/her death.
  1  Residence date occurred before individual's birth date.
  1  The birth date occurred after his/her father was 80. 

Grand total = 93

I don't think that's bad for the approximately 3,600 individuals in my database. Were there any surprises?  No, not really.  When inputting that many figures, I am bound to enter some wrong dates somewhere!  However, they must be corrected.  Something else to add to my to do list!

*(I know at least one of these is NOT an error because both parties had the same last name when they married.  I'll have to check the others.)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Grandma's Diary, Part 16

(To read prior entries from my maternal grandmother's 1933 diary, please click on the tab "Posts by Topic" and then go to the topic "California."  All posts are listed there.)

Key:
The writer is Ethel Ranney Tapley.
Alice is her sister.
Kenneth is her brother.
Her parents.
          H = her boyfriend, Hazel Avery Plumlee
          Delma = Hazel's little sister
          Earl = Hazel's brother
          Verda = Earl's wife
          Dorothy Lee = Hazel's niece (Earl's, child)
          Otho is Otho Hesser, her father's cousin.
          Viella is Otho's wife.
          Uncle Jont is Jonathan Hesser, Otho's father and her father's uncle.
          Aunt Kate is Sarah Katherine Hall Hesser, Jonathan's wife and Otho's mother
          Herman (Williams) is Alice's boyfriend.

Sun., April 23:  "Took Alice, Ruth & Kathryn to S.S.  I went for ride with H, Ben & Lillian.  Ruth, Kathryn & H. here to dinner.  In the eve. took Earl's & went to Lucile's church."

Mon., April 24:  "It is foggy.  Mama & I called on Millers.  Then we helped clean the M.E. Church kitchen.  H. & I made boxes in the eve."

Tues., April 25:  "Mama went to a W.C.T.U. dinner.  I helped H. make boxes.  In the afternoon Mama & I went to town.  Alice & I & H. ate supper at Trowbridges & Alice & I stayed all night as Mr. T. is at San Fernando."

Wed., April 26:  "I helped H. make boxes all day.  In eve. ate supper at Trowbridges.  Alice & I stayed all night.  H. & I made boxes in the eve.  We made altogether 600 boxes today."

Thurs., April 27:  "We came home about 7:AM.   I embroidered in morn.  I took Verda to town in afternoon.  Brot Alice home on way back.  I ate supper at Hazels."

Fri., April 28:  "Dad went to work.  It rained & he came home bout noon.  H. came over.  We went down to K. camp & got some gas.  We made some candy."

Sat., April 29:  "Still raining.  Alice & I made a baby quilt.  Cooper's came over for a little while.  H. came over in eve.  We went to Redlands & saw Delma."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Pets

Week 17:  Pets. Did you have any pets as a child? If so, what types and what were their names. Do you have pets now? Describe them as well. If you did not have pets, you can discuss those of neighbors or other family members.

On my mother's side, I come from a long line of cat lovers:

Bessie Carter Ranney, my great-grandmother
Alice and Ethel Ranney, my grand aunt and grandmother


Linda Tapley, my mother

Me with my Gracie kitty
When I was growing up, I think we always had a cat.  There was.J J., the orange tabby that always climbed into my Uncle Hugh's car whenever he visited.  There was Scamper who was black and white and just the smartest little thing.  She stole everyone's heart who came in contact with her, including my father and Uncle Dempsey.  There was Sugar, another black and white kitty.  I know there were more, but I just can't think of all their names right now!  They were always a source of joy and happiness. Every child needs a pet to tell her troubles and secrets.

As an adult, I didn't waste any time getting my own cat.  My first was Mary.  She was my heart; the sweetest girl on earth.  I lost her to cancer in 2004.  She was 16 years old.  Next was Patches - the absolute meanest cat that ever lived.  She just passed away in 2010 at the ripe old age of 20.  There was Hannah, who passed through our lives for only a short while.  Kimmie, a Maine Coon, came along with Hannah and also passed away last year at age 21!  Now we have Gracie, age 7, Trixie, age 7, and Zeus, age 3.  Gracie is so sweet; I swear she channels Mary.  Trixie is a very smart cat - almost too smart - and very skittish.  Zeus is... going to be the death of me.  He is into everything, wild, crazy, exasperating, and very laid back, which is a good thing since we yell at him so much. 

Just last year, I got my first dog, Daisy.  I was never a dog person.  I did not dislike dogs; I just had never been around them.  Daisy stole my heart and is definitely spoiled rotten. 

I cannot imagine my life without my "babies" in it. 

Mary, 1988-2004
Patches, 1990-2010

Hannah, ??-2007

Kimmie, abt 1989 - 2010
Trixie, born 2003

Zeus  
Daisy, born 2007
 (Can you tell who I take pictures of????)

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: William Louis Schwalls


William Louis Schwalls
Son of George W. Schwalls Sr. and Lincelia Claxton Schwalls

My great grand uncle.
He is laid to rest at
Minton's Chapel Advent Christian Church Cemetery
Kite (Tom), Johnson County, Georgia.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: B O Tapley and L K Tapley loan

My cousin shared these loan and court papers he had concerning our grandfathers, Bennett Olin (B.O.) Tapley and Lusion Keman (L.K.) Tapley, who were brothers.  For an unknown reason, they borrowed $150 from a J. H. Rowland.  My favorite part is what they used for collateral:



"STATE OF GEORGIA -- Johnson County.

$150.00                Wrightsville, GA. Jan. 29, 1921

    On Sept 1st after date, I, we or either promise to pay to
J. H. Rowland or order, the sum of
One Hundred fifty & No/100 DOLLARS
value received; with interest from maturity date at the rate of 8 per cent, per annum; and if collected
by law I agree to pay ten per cent, additional attorney's fees  And I expressly waive
and renounce for ______ and family any and all homestead and exemption rights I have under the
laws of the State and of the United States as against this debt.  And to secure the payment of this note;
and in consideration of One Dollar in hand paid I hereby mortgage to the said
J. H. Rowland heirs and assigns the following property to wit:

one light bay mare mule medium sized

about 7 years old named Laura.


I expressly waive and renounce all rights of homestead and personalty as to the above de-
scribed property, and covenant that I have the right to convey it as above, and that it is not
otherwise encumbered.  Provided, however, that should I truly pay the above note at
maturity, then ths mortgage to be null and void, otherwise to be in full force and effect.

    Witness my hand and seal                    B. O. Tapley      (Seal)
J. K. Mixon J.P.                                   L. K. Tapley        (Seal)
1326th Dist. G. M.                       __________________(Seal)
Johnson Co. Ga."

It appears that they defaulted on the loan, and Mr. Rowland took them to court in 1923 to recover his money.


Demand to Appear
                          
Complaint 
I do not know if they ever paid the money back or if the mule was repossessed.  Another story that I would love to be able to ask the details.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday's Obituary: Mrs. John Drake

While doing some research at the Dublin, Georgia, public library, I came across this snippet from the October 22, 1935 edition of the Dublin Courier-Herald:

Mrs. John Drake was Emma Vermell Harrell Drake, my great-grandmother.  There were three reasons I could deduce this:  (1)  Her husband was John William Drake; (2) She died October 19, 1935; and (3) She was buried at Poplar Springs.  For the time, this is a very short obituary.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Genea-Wish List

It's Saturday Night again - time for lots more Genealogy FUN!!

From Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings:

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Think of the genealogy related wishes you have - what education, database, or information would make your genealogy research dreams come true?  Be specific - as many wishes as you want to list!

2)  Tell us about some of your genea-wishes in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

Here's mine:

(1)  I wish some records would appear that told me who the parents were and the birthplace of my great-great-grandfather, George W Schwalls Sr.

(2)  I wish I had enough money to travel around and do research on all my family lines whenever I wished.

(3)  I wish I had just 15 minutes with several of my ancestors to ask them any questions I wish I knew the answers to!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Grandma's Diary, Part 15

(To read prior entries from my maternal grandmother's 1933 diary, please click on the tab "Posts by Topic" and then go to the topic "California."  All posts are listed there.)

Key:

The writer is Ethel Ranney Tapley.
Alice is her sister.
Kenneth is her brother.
Her parents.

          H = her boyfriend, Hazel Avery Plumlee
          Delma = Hazel's little sister
          Earl = Hazel's brother
          Verda = Earl's wife
          Dorothy Lee = Hazel's niece (Earl's, child)
          Otho is Otho Hesser, her father's cousin.
          Viella is Otho's wife.
          Uncle Jont is Jonathan Hesser, Otho's father and her father's uncle.
          Aunt Kate is Sarah Katherine Hall Hesser, Jonathan's wife and Otho's mother
          Herman (Williams) is Alice's boyfriend.

Sun.,  April 16 - Easter:  "Alice, H. & I went to S.S.  Hessers were here to dinner.  Kenneth came about 5 am.  He stayed till next morning.  H., Joe & Caroline & I went to Palm Springs.  In evening H. & I tried to put a jig-saw puzzle together."

Mon., April 17:  "It is quite cold this morning.  We washed.  I went with H. to Yucaipa.  Ate dinner with Verda.  Saw Clara & Clint.  Went up to Plumlees & H. made a table to make boxes on.  Alice got her diamond." 
 
Tues., April 18:  "It is cold & rainy.  H. came over a little while in the morning.  I went to Yucaipa for groceries.  H. came over in the eve. & we put a jig-saw puzzle almost together."


Wed., April 19:  "Snowed a little during the night.  In the evening we went to see where a fire was, & found it was a brush fire.  H. came over for awhile."

Thurs., April 20:  "It is still cloudy & cold.  We got our first strawberries today.  I took mama to Hessers & they went to Missionary Meeting.  I went to Yucaipa.  Saw Lucile & Clara.  Went up to Plumlees & helped Mrs. Plumlee quilt."

Fri., April 21:  "Alice won a dollar & a plant for writing an essay on Roadside Beauty.  H. came over in the evening & we went up to the Packing House & made 50 boxes."

Sat., April 22:  "It is quite warm today.  Uncle Jont is very ill.  We went to San Berdo.  Stopped at Norahs & Uncle Jonts.  I got a permanent.  H. took me home.  Alice, H. & I went to Hessers to a party in the eve."

And this week, a bonus from the child "Liz" who wrote on April 16, 1974:  "My cat died, in Jacksonville, Fla. On clide Street.  he was two years old."  How sad. 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Restaurants

 
Week 16: Restaurants. What was your favorite local restaurant as a child? Where was it located, and what was your favorite meal? Did you know the staff personally? What is your favorite restaurant now?

 
My favorite restaurant from as far back as I can remember was McDonald's.  My daddy would take me there.  I would stand in the middle of the bench truck seat, sidle up to him, slip my little arm around his neck and pronounce, "My froat [throat] is thirsty!"  Meaning:  I want to go to McDonald's.  It was a rite of passage when I graduated from a hamburger to a Quarter Pounder when I was 9 or 10 years old.  To this day, I eat too much McDonald's.  Their french fries are the best!


However, other than Daddy taking me to McDonald's occasionally for lunch, we never ate out except when on vacation.  My mother worked every day, all day, drove over 30 minutes home, and cooked supper every night.  I don't even recall eating out while growing up - even on those annual North Carolina vacations - though I know we had to eat.  But at home, eating out just wasn't done.  Which may go a long way in explaining why I do not like to cook and eat out a LOT. 

I don't actually go to many restaurants now and sit down to eat a meal.  Mostly, I pick up food and bring it home to eat in front of the TV.  However, when we do go out, invariably it is to the local Mexican restaurant, Pacho's.  They are by far the best Mexican restaurant I've ever been to, and every friend or family member we've ever taken there agrees.  I have one friend who comes over occasionally to scrapbook, and Pacho's is the ONLY place she wants to eat lunch when she's here!  I used to know all the staff by name; however, we don't go as much anymore and there has been turnover.  One of the managers there is wonderful and always has time for a hug and chat when we visit. 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Linnie Schwalls Perdue



Linnie Schwalls Perdue
second child and daughter of George W. Schwalls and Lincelia Claxton Schwalls
Wife of John J Perdue
She was my great grand aunt.

DOB Feb 17, 1869
DOD Aug 18, 1917

laid to rest at
Minton Chapel Advent Christian Church
Kite (Tom), Johnson County, Georgia

Monday, April 18, 2011

Amanuensis Monday: Solomon Page and Elizabeth Scoggins Marriage License


"S Page & E Scoggins

Georgia, Washington County.  To any minister of the gospel Judge Justice of an Inferior Court or Justice of the Peace you are hereby authorized to join Solomon Page and Elizabeth Scoggins in the holy State of Matrimony according to the constitution and laws of the State and for so doing this shall be your sufficient License having made my hand and seal this 14th day of July 1839.      

                                                                                                            S A Currigan CCO

Georgia Washington County. I do certify that Solomon Page and Elizabeth Scoggins were duly joined in matrimony by me this 14th July 1839                                            

                                                                                                          R Whitefield, JP"

Solomon Page and Elizabeth Scoggins Page were my great-great-grandparents.  They were the parents of Rebecca Page Tapley, my great-grandmother.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday's Obituary: Lola Tapley Dawson

Lola Tapley Dawson was the daughter of Franklin Morgan Tapley and Laney Minton Tapley.  Her father and my grandfather were brothers; thus we were first cousins, 1x removed.

Lola passed away May 9, 1964.

This obituary is an example of how much joining GenealogyBank.com has helped me in my research.  I could not find where Lola was buried.  I did not know that after her first husband had died, she had remarried.  Even if I had known, I did not know her new last name.  However when searching on GenealogyBank, I am able to include key words in a search; thus, by including "Tapley" as a key word, I was able to find Lola's obituary... which told me her new last name was Dawson.  Of course, finding her obituary told me where she was buried.  And knowing her last name pointed me to another article about Lola.

It seems that Lola had some difficult times in her life.  After being married to her first husband, Virgil Powell, for 38 years, he passed away in 1950.  Only eight years later, in 1958, her only child, Virgil Willard Powell, died from a heart attack at the VERY young age of 42.

Lola and her first husband, Virgil Powell.  
In 1959, she was involved in what had to have been a terrifying auto accident:


I hope the remainder of her years were less trying for her.











Can anyone give me an idea of when this photo was taken??

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Add ons, Re-dos, and What I dos

Earlier this week, I wrote a blog post about my Civil War ancestors.  I spent about two hours writing this post and about a day later, I realized that I left out my Ranney ancestor who served.  Was it a Freudian slip perhaps?  My Ranney ancestor fought on the Union side so I would be admitting to the world that I'm part Yankee!  ;) 

RANNEY
  Comfort Ranney
Born February 7, 1838, Comfort was the only son produced from the marriage of Luther Boardman Ranney and Sarah Maria Carter Ranney.  He was my great-great-grandfather.

Comfort enlisted April 2, 1862 at age 24 as a Private with Company D, 61st Ohio Infantry Regiment.  I do not have a copy of Comfort's Civil War file, so there is another item on the to do list!  I do have a history of the regiment, and they fought in the following battles:  2nd Battle of Bull Run, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg before being sent south and taking part in the assault on Missionary Ridge, the Atlanta Campaign, Kennesaw Mountain, and the action at Resaca, Georgia.  The unit also started out with General Sherman on his march to the sea until they marched up to North Carolina where they were consolidated with the 82nd Ohio on March 31, 1865.


Site of the battle. Photos taken 2009.
I have been unable to locate any record of a pension application made by Comfort. 

In looking further at the book "The Drake Family of Washington County, Georgia" by Charles Edward Francis Drake, I learned more information about my Drake family's service during the Civil War and research I wish to do to add to my sources.  I will write more (and re-do what I shared earlier) on what I find at a later date.

I wanted to share that I have found three "new" cousins in recent months.  A cousin on my Page side (my great grandmother's, Rebecca Page Tapley, side) found me online and contacted me.  She led me to another Page cousin who has done extensive research on the family.  I am very excited about that because I know almost nothing about the Pages, and honestly, I was a little intimidated to start researching them because of the common surname.  My cousin provided lots of information to me, and I am looking forward to assimilating it into my family tree.

My latest cousin that I have found is on my grandmother Nealie Drake Tapley's side of the family.  Barbara's grandmother and my grandmother Nealie were sisters.  I actually looked her up online and wrote her a letter.  Turns out she only lives on the other side of Atlanta from me.  She called me yesterday, and we really enjoyed talking.  Now I HAVE to get me a Flip Pal so I can go visit her and scan some photos.

I have also connected with a cousin who, while I always knew she was out there somewhere, I had never been in contact with her.  Her grandfather and my father were brothers.  We have hit it off.  She lives way up in New Hampshire, so Skype is my new best friend.  I have learned a lot about that part of the Tapley family.  The best part is we laugh so much.  What a blessing to come out of my genealogy work.    

And what have I been doing lately, genealogy-wise?  Besides trying to stay caught up on my e-mail and blog reading (a never-ending battle), I have a couple of large Family Tree Maker projects going.  First of all, I am trying to link media, such as photos and documents, to each of my ancestors or family members in FTM.  (Thanks, DearMYRTLE!)  In addition to linking them, I am also adding or correcting source citations for said media and all other facts for each person.  I started with myself and am working my way up.  I have made it all the way to my paternal grandfather.  This is a huge job that I am doing in small chunks.

My other project in FTM is to correct burial place citations so that I can print custom reports for each cemetery I wish to visit.  In this way, I can grab the list and go when I know I am going to a particular cemetery (another great idea from DearMYRTLE), and I will know whose headstones to look for.  Another huge project that I am doing a little at a time.  I did manage to print off two cemetery reports today.  In one cemetery of mostly Drakes, I have 60 graves to find and photograph!  I had better plan a couple of days for that trip!

I have attended a few great webinars recently and have tons of notes I want to follow up on from those.  Plus notes from blog postings I have read.  Plus... and plus....  you get the idea.  Lots to do and not enough time to do it all.

I am headed to NGS in Charleston, South Carolina next month.  Also, I am attending Megan Smolenyak's first seminar in Georgia in June.  (Visit her website here.)  She will be doing an all day seminar in Homerville, Georgia (that's WAY down in south Georgia) for the Huxford Genealogical Society.  I am fortunate that my sister does not live far from Homerville and she does genealogy, too!  We've planned to make a weekend of it. 

So a lot going on.  I'd love to hear what you're working on!  Please drop me a comment and share.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Grandma's Diary, Part 14

(To read prior entries from my maternal grandmother's 1933 diary, please click on the tab "Posts by Topic" and then go to the topic "California."  All posts are listed there.)

Key:

The writer is Ethel Ranney Tapley.
Alice is her sister.
Kenneth is her brother.
Her parents.

          H = her boyfriend, Hazel Avery Plumlee
          Delma = Hazel's little sister
          Earl = Hazel's brother
          Verda = Earl's wife
          Dorothy Lee = Hazel's niece (Earl's, child)
          Otho is Otho Hesser, her father's cousin.
          Viella is Otho's wife.
          Uncle Jont is Jonathan Hesser, Otho's father and her father's uncle.
          Aunt Kate is Sarah Katherine Hall Hesser, Jonathan's wife and Otho's mother
          Herman (Williams) is Alice's boyfriend.

Sun., April 9:  "Alice & I went to S.S.  Folks went down to park to eat with Livengoods.  H., Joe, Caroline & I went to Barton Flats."

Mon., April 10:  "We washed.  Dad sawed wood.  H. came over about 11 & helped.  Alice & I took Verda to town in H. car.  Alice, H. & I went to Trowbridges for ice cream in eve.  H. stayed all nite."

Tues., Apr. 11:  "Dad & H. sawed wood all day.  Mama, Alice & I went to Berdo.  Went to the show.  Got our Easter hats.  H. went with H. Wallen & Joe Fox to Barton Flats for couple nights."

Wed., April 12:  "Viella cut Alice's & my hair.  Clara waved our hair.  Livengoods came up for dinner.  H. came down from the mountains to get some groceries.  Dad worked on conservation work."

Thurs., April 13:  "We washed.  Dad worked on the conservation work.  Herman came about 5:30 pm.  He brot a jig-saw puzzle & I put it together."

Fri., April 14:  "Herman & Alice went to Lake Arrowhead.  H. came down from the mountains. H. & I made some ice cream in afternoon.  Herman stayed all night.  H. & I went to Yucaipa for awhile."


Yucaipa from Flag Hill, 1930s (Courtesy, Yucaipa Valley Historical Society)
  Sat., April 15:  "Herman went home about 7:30 am.  I finished another crazy quilt block.  H. came over & we went to Joe's.  Took Joe to town with us.  We saw Clara a little while."