Time to Connect

The Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Mayflower Society, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims all require applications that connect you to a historical figure in a particular situtation.  My first adventure doing this was for my mom.  No one had ever proven her relationship to a American Revolutionary Soldier.  Yea, I could have taken the easy way out and just picked a different relative, but she wanted to document her relationship to James Barber.  The easiest way to connect is to contact the society with your proposed connection. If someone else has already done all the hard work you can add on to thier work – if not you have to do it all from scratch.  Well we did James Barber from scratch.  It was both rewarding and frustrating.  This was a first for me and it took many many sources of documentation just to connect four generations.  Federal Census, Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, and Old Books Published by Ancestors.

Recently I was challenged by another person (thank you Lynn) to connect to the Mayflower passengers.  Below is a quick trail of what I could put together in about 2 hours.  Its not nearly complete but gives you an idea of how the paper trail works.  I still have one hole in the list marked with (??).  Fortunately, the Cory Society has a book that may fill that blank.  Without the years of research I have this would have taken months if not years to fill out – but here it is.  To be successful, try to follow this format and find other examples at the links to the societies above.  Happy Connecting!

     Daniel Curtis McMindes (birth certificate) son of
     Mother Betty Jean Hayes married Robert Charles McMindes (marriage certificate)
     Robert Charles McMindes (birth certificate) son of
     Mary Naoma Boyd married Willis Parker McMindes (marriage certificate)
     Mary Naoma Boyd (death certificate) daugher of
     Emma Bell Gurn married Charles Calvin Boyd (death certificate Mary Naoma McMindes nee Boyd)
     Charles Calvin Boyd (page 16, Generation of the Upright, Edward Norton Cantwell published 1911) son of
     Naomi Cantwell married James BB Boyd (page 15, Generation of the Upright, Edward Norton Cantwell)
     Naomi Cantwell (death certificate) daughter of
     Sarah Cory (page 15, Generation of the Upright, Edward Norton Cantwell published 1911) married
     Thomas Cantwell (death certificate Naomi Boyd nee Cantwell )
     Sara Cory (??) daughter of
     Elizabeth McGuire married Aaron Cory (SAR National Number 38789 dated 16 Nov 1923)
     Aaron Cory (SAR National Number 38789 dated 16 Nov 1923) son of 
     Naomi Freeman married Abner Cory (DAR Pl 1:666 Abner Cory)
     Naomi Freeman (Generation IV pf 189, George Soule and his decendants for four generations, Fifth Edition published by the General Society of Mayflower Decendants 2006)
     The DAR reference above and the annotation in the Mayflower Society publication lead back to George Soule as an ancestor.
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I have been toying around with the idea of starting a service to help people after they pass.  I would provide the ability to ensure that your stuff gets treated, and you if you wish, how you want it treated after you pass.  No heirs – do you really want some random state of federal agency deciding how your things should be handled?  Heirs but no one you like – make sure they are not going through your stuff and just dumping everything or worse yet giving it to their sticky fingered kids to play with.  Interested???  contact me!


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The Frost is off the Ground and Moving Day is at Hand

When I first started my family research I never thought I would be re-learning history.  I was a horrible history student.  In fact, I still dont think I could name all the states in North America.  I needed more clues.  After I found all the easy stuff no one was alive to tell me where to look for the hard stuff.  So I started with mass migrations.  And for one reason or another all my families moved to California.

My families had all moved to California in the early 1850’s and early 1900’s.  And I had some clues from where with death certificates and family stories.  One jumped ship in San Francisco and stayed.  A couple moved from New York by way of the Panama Canal when gold was found.  One rode a covered wagon from Oklahoma to Los Angeles and worked as itenerate farmers until landing in Lincoln Ca.  Some moved west to Washington and than south to California.  But I think the most romantic was a story of romance.  Olive Lillian Barber wrapped bandages to send to WWI American forces in France and put her name and address in one.  Charles Arthur Hays got the bandage, came back from France after the end of the war and occupation, they were married in new york and moved to Clovis Ca.

The mass migration from the California Gold Rush was easy to understand.  There was opportunity.  One of my families lost its patriarch comming through Panama.  Charles Gurn caught feaver and is burried near some creek on the Pacific Ocean side of the Americas.  Others split away from families stayed and never looked back.  But, the hardest for me to track was Perry Hays, the father of the WWI hero mentioned above.  I needed Perry’s story to connect back to the others in his family.  For three years it was a dead end.  I would switch back and forth researching families, but every time I touched this one it would stop in Clovis California at about 1900.  I started to try to put myself in his shoes.  His son was born in Washington in 1895.  The family story is that his wife, Laura Jane Foster, was to wed someone else and her father refused, so she ended up marrying him.  After two children, he said that he had enough, put all the change in his pocket on the table and left. 

So, why?  Why go through all that, move so many places, and give up?  This story was also a story of opportunity, but not for Perry.  The Hays clan owned alot of land in Missouri.  Many of our ancestors moved for better conditions.  When those stories failed, some moved back, some stayed and persisted.  I think Perry just plain gave up. 

So what opportunities would take a man from Missouri, to Washington, to California? And one day it occured to me.  The Rail Roads!  I had to learn the history of rail roads to understand the movement.  But most of the large rail lines had already been built.  Why was this an opportunity for Perry?  Sure enough though, most every stop was at the beginning or end of construction of a rail line.  Perry Hays wife’s family ran lumber mills.  The mills were necessary to build the rail lines and the buildings a booming America craved.  Local trunk lines were still big business.  Now it was going to be a race.

Clovis was started in 1890 as a freight stop for the San Joaquin Valley Rail Road.  Logical – the Foster’s showed up around 1900 with our very young WWI hero in tow and one of the primary business’ around Clovis in that early time was lumber.  Now we know why they went to California.  Why did they leave Washington?

Rosalia finally got a rail line.  In 1886 the Palouse branch of the Northern Pacific Rail Road reached Rosalia. I knew from Federal Census that the Fosters were in Missouri in 1880, but there was no trace of them in Washington and than I found an online source for Washington deaths.  In 1894 Thomas Hays passed in south east Washington.  His place of residence is listed as 4 miles north east of Latah.  His death certificate is much like Perry Hays death certificate.  They knew his name and that was about it.  The evidence would indicate that the Hays Clan followed the Foster Clan.  The Fosters out of opportunity and the Hays making opportunity when they arrived.  Laura Jane Foster Hays followed her father from Missouri, to Washington, to California.

Finding this connection is what started my search for Thomas Hays and almost instantly to my ancestors back to 1804 in South Carolina and East Tennessee.

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Time for Something Mynderse

The tail of two genealogies.  It may have started with an english norm.  Apparently, when the dutch came to the new world, they came equiped with first names only.  The English, being organizers and catalogers demanded that they pic a last name.  Some chose the place that they hailed from, some chose Mynderse.  As I start my research anew I find that Minderse, Mynderse, McMinderse, and McMynderse are very interchangable in 1700 New York.  So my search continues.

My DNA is Norse, Holland, Dutch.  My bretheren’s DNA is German.  Both passing through Europe on the way to the new world.  I have searched for a McMindes for decades.  Now begins my search for a Mindes.  The tantelizing information in the 1790 Federal Census records shows both name intermingling in New York interchangably.  And thus I start my new journey to find my Mynderse bretheren.

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The history of McMindes in the US goes back to approximately 1730.  At that time there were McMynderse and Mynderse.  The saxon/german roots were Mynderse and previously Mense.  These were the invaders of brettaniai.  War L0rds conquering a land to be conquered by others.  The Mynderse are the historical partons of the McMindes lineage.  My lineage is different.  McMynderse were of the deep deep english isles.  My son thinks it cute.  We were Viking rape babies.  How do I know this???  Read the previous post!  My DNA is native to the english isles.  From Christopher and Gideon on down is native to germany.  This I can prove!

I honestly would like to do more research in to a church in england with our name on its walls, and the birth place of our origin.  I would love to find more McMindes willing to do the DNA research for us to find all of us.

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A cousin of mine suggested that my great great grandmother was a whore.  Being  the person that I am, thus started my journey.  At 16 instead of going to the game or out with friends, I chose to take a 1 hour bus ride to the National Archives and spend my free time flipping one page at a time through the Federal Census images.  I had pages and pages of potential great grandfathers that were hard to track and harder to prove.  In this day and time the electronic media at least makes the bus ride un necessary.

Through the years what I found was this: a) the first hand knowledge of my cousin (raised by my great grandfather) was right in most respects, b) my great grandfather was born in Wisconsin, c) he was born in 1851, d) he didnt know who his mother or father were, e) he did grow up in Boxley (which turns out to be Boxley Post Office, Addams Township, Hamilton County, Indiana) and to this day is so named.  The last clue from my cousin was that he had an uncle Fletcher.

My cousins assumption was developed in cooperation with a man named Cordtz (again remembering that at this time in history you had to go to the National Archives and go page by page to find anything) was that my great grandfathers mother was actually an unmarried mother who gave her last name to her bastard child.  Shortly before his death I think he might have regreted some of those words as he discovered the 1860 Federal Census that had him living with William Kennet and his wife Louisa.  The family that he supposed was his was not.  She was not the child of Gideon McMindes.

So what can we take from this?  Some how Albert Gideon McMindes at the age of 9 was living with the William Kennet Family in Indiana.

So back to the point of this post.  Everything at a dead end, I started a Facebook page for McMindes.  Out of a few hundred McMindes, I found two that represented 2 of 3 McMindes lineages, paid for DNA testing, and compared results.  Bottom line they matched perfectly, but not to me.  Be careful what you wish for my readers.  And where do I go from here?

There is one more line that is poorly documented.  One of four boys went west with the Mormon Pioneers and never married.  He is burried in the pioneer cemetery in Utah.  So instead of asking Why his mom was a daughter of a McMindes, technology has brought us to the point where we can ask – Was he the son of William McMindes, who is burried in Fairfield Cemetery in Utah?  This I think will be my last quest to find my ancestors.  To, one day, be able to sample and analyze the DNA of my potential ancestor and find my true roots.

Why William?  There were actually 3 Williams in Wisconsin/Indiana at the time near Albert’s birth.  William from the Gideon Lineage.  William who is mysteriously in the 1860 Federal Census living very near relatives.  And William that is from the James Lineage who goes to Utah.  He never marries.  For a devoutly religious man to not go out and multiply is not the norm in a society that promotes multiple marriages to increase the population of zion.  Why would he ignore the mandate of his religion?  Why would he travel back and forth to Wisconsin and Indiana transport the faithful to the new world?

As plausible as that my great grandfather was a bastard child, is as plausible that the tradegy of moving to the new Mormon Territory tore this family apart and a small child was left behind.

As I am older now and not past the suggestion that led to a life of searching – I dont quite know what to do.  I would hope someday to exhume a small part of William McMindes, do forensic testing, and put this possibility to rest.

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political banter

I am greatly sorry for having to add this here with our family searches.  I am military and from a long line of military families.  Want to end the endless fights.  We need to understand motivation.  1) Bring our boys and girls home – we miss them, 2) Dont bring them home to uselessness, put them on the boarders to protect us – why – cuz the billions in american money spent there will be spent here, not oversees, boosting our economy and not theirs. If foreign nations want protection they can do it like we did when we were being created – they can pay for it, 3) if anyone hires illegals – they have to follow the law, 4) if anyone commits welfare, medicare, medicade, social security fraud and gets caught – they dont ever get it ever again – even if they need it., 5) the irs pays 10% to anyone reporting TAX fraud, we should pay $500 to anyone that reports welfare, medicare, etc fraud if the info leads to a conviction.  Honestly folks – we dont have enough government employees (and dont want enough) to audit the whole system.  So why not post a bounty on the offenders and pay the honest people reporting them?

I have other ideas, I appologize for this rant ahead of time.  But really.  Where are we going in this world that our forefathers would appreciate?

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Social Security Death Index

Wow, what a powerful resource.  The Social Security Death Index is a free search of the ones that have past and were lucky enough to have survived the last great depression (the one before 2008).  I periodically check the index and go back to my records to find out who is still alive and who is not.  I went back this week to find  something very saddening.  A family with my last name in my town, that lost 2 twin 3 year olds at the same time.  Oh my gosh.  How devistating!!!  These young kids, didnt even have a chance at life.  Still this is a great genealogy success.  In days past the young may not have even have had a name.  Due to our wonderful governments need to track each and every one of us, they now do.  I am caught up in both the feelings of loss with these children/babes, and the feeling that ironically somehow they now have a place in recorded history forever.  Check it out.

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Start with What you Know

The Federal Census is an easy way to start looking for your ancestors.  The 1940 census will be available in April of 2012 making the start a little easier for this generation.  It should help greatly for finding post WWI and pre WWII individuals. 

Currently the only starting point is the 1930 census and you will need to know the NAME, BIRTH YEAR, Approximate PLACE of RESIDENCE of the person you are looking to find.  It does help greatly if you know who they were living with and other details about thier lives.  Someone alive in 1930 would be 82 in 2012 so for some of you that would be your grandparents or great grandparents.

There are many pay sites and many ways to search the census.  I dont advocate for any particular site and hesitate to even mention the one I use but this site is a good site to start with – Family Search and its free!

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My New World

Finding my way in the cyber wilderness is much like a pioneer making thier way to the brave new world.  Closing my eyes and leaning forward.  Lets see where this goes.

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