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29 October 2011

Hooray. We Have Two New Relatives

Genealogy Discovery!

I've pleased to announce that I have a two new family members... my fourth great grandfather and his wife.  Here's how I discovered that David Smith and his wife Elizabeth Browning are my grandparents so far back.

Genealogy Research Notes
Notes from Conversation with Green Lawn Cemetery
Nov 24, 1976
In the late 1970s, my mother had that her Grandpa Andrew Nelson Smith  (1855-1933) was buried on the plot owned by a Philip Smith in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio. She knew that Philip was Andrew Nelson Smith his son and had a death record that said Catherine Dague was Andrew's mother. 

When visiting the burial plot of Andrew Nelson in 2010, I found saw tombstones for:

  • Mary E Smith (1834-1899)
  • Orlando Smith (1865-1928) 
  • Clara Smith (1869-1927)
  • Andrew Nelson Smith
  • Emma Smith
  • Marietta Smith
  • Harry Smith
  • Lura Smith
  • Lewis Brown
I didn't find stones for Philip, Earl, or the Tooill infant. (update, I've learned more about the Tooill infant)

With the cemetery information in hand, I began looking for other documents to detail the family. I discovered an 1860 US Census record for Philip and a few of his family members. 

Phillip Smith 1860 Census Blendon, Ohio.
"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 October 2011), Phillip Smith, 1860.

I knew that Philip had married Mary E Smith in June 1859, so Andrew and a brother named Charles must be from another wife. This I presumed is Catherine Dague as I had a record linking Andrew to this mother. 

Year: 1870; Census Place: Blendon, Franklin, Ohio; Roll: M593_1200; Page: 20A; Image: 43; Family History Library Film: 552699. Accessed through on 29 October 2011)
Once again Philip and Mary have Andrew and Charles as well as three other likely children in their home: McKindree, Orlando, and Louella. It's believed Orlando is the son listed in Philip's family plot with a wife named Claa. 

I used Member Trees for hints and noticed that many individuals had an L before Philip's name. I used this clue to see if I could find more records for Philip when additional records dried up. 

Using, I did discover a death record for a Leon Philip Smith that died in 1916. Could this be my 3rd great-grandfather?  

Leon Philip Smith Death Record
 Family Search, "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953" database, (http:/ : Entry for Leon Philip Smith, 24 August 1916

The informant is Mrs. Harry H Long. That is my 2nd great grandmother Lura Maude Smith! Lura and her husband Harry Howard had cared for Andrew Nelson Smith for a time after his second wife died. To see her name on Leon Philip's death certificate clicked the light bulb and confirmed that indeed Leon Philip Smith was my 4th great grandfather.

And what do you notice on this record? Parents names!!!! It's time to do a happy dance.

And it's time to start researching David Smith and Elizabeth Browning.

19 October 2011

Family History Class Helps Me Write a Book

Digital Scrapbooking Family History
Slide from my Digital Scrapbooking Class
This may seem strange but I'm thankful for the opportunity to speak at a Genealogy Conference this weekend. I was asked to fill in for a friend this past Monday. I'm thankful that I've been writing a book about Digital Family History Scrapbooking which will help me teach the class (I just need to remember to be BRIEF). I only have 50 minutes. I also am pretty sure that there will be digital novices and I need to not go completely technical on them. However, I'm hoping to share a brief overview of possibilities and the process of creating a digital scrapbook. Then, I plan on leaving a good chunk (15 minutes or so) of time at the end for Q&A.

This is a great opportunity to fine tune the book before publishing. It's a great opportunity to teach (which I love). And a wonderful opportunity to serve a friend. Plus I get to talk about Family History...

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BUT I have a decision to make. Since I'm filling in for two classes, that's two I'm unable to take at the Conference. I was able to make an easy decision of what class not to take when I was only asked to teach the am session. However, I'm really stuck. The afternoon session has two classes that I don't know which to pick. They are both offer the same hour earlier in the morning. So, I have to chose only one. The first is Digging Through Brick Walls and the second is German Research. I'm really sure which one to pick. The conference will provide the notes for all the classes, whether you take them or not. I just don't learn well from notes. Soo.... my brick wall happens to be a German. Which do I go to?