Of the arts and self-employment…

Wow, has it really been that long?  I guess it has.  I’ve spent the majority of my time trying to get my photography business going and wasn’t able to devote much of any of my time to personal projects this year.  But through all of it, I haven’t forgotten about my research.

20 years ago today…


So there we go leaving the reception in style on our first car ride as a married couple on August 2, 1992.  The Continental was owned, restored and driven (in an appropriate chauffeur’s uniform) by a friend of Jennifer’s father.

New cousins, but no way to contact them

I’m trying to find out a little more about my Brown line this week.  I’ve traced back to my second great grandfather James M. Brown (b. circa 1853, Bloomington, Indiana).  I can’t quite get much farther back yet except that the 1880 U.S. census says his parents were both born in South Carolina.  I found a potential lead on more information in the Ancestral File database on FamilySearch, but I have no way to contact the contributors.  Aaaarrrrgggghhh!

A couple more answers but more questions in Denver…

I can’t seem to get away from looking at records from Colorado this week.  I’m still waiting for the 1940 census index for Colorado, but still trying to find more information from the area.  Today I searched for a cousin in Jennifer’s Dunn line, Roy J. Dunn.  I found him with some unexpected family members.

More Mosleys but in Philly…

For the longest time, I’ve had George H. Mosley (b. 1799, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d. 12 Feb 1872, Troy, Doniphan, Kansas), his wife Letitia Parsons (b. 28 Feb 1802, Philadelphia; d. 8 July 1850, Philadelphia) as the end of the Mosley line in my database.  I haven’t gone farther back yet (maybe there’ll be something once more of the 1812 pension files are online), but I found out a little bit more about them this week.

Mosley matches in Colorado

I’ve been waiting for the 1940 U.S. census indexing to finish Colorado this week.  The progress map shows that the state is fully indexed, but the index isn’t quite available to search yet on FamilySearch.  So today I took a quick look at the other record sets available for Colorado and found some new information in our lines…

Saved by sounds-like spelling

So as with other branches of the family, I’m going back through record sets on FamilySearch to find more documentation on the people I already know about.  Today I worked my way back to the family of John Schenbeck (M; b. 29 Oct 1798, Hesse Darmstadt, Germany; m. Katherine Oesch; d. 24 March 1865) and further reinforced one of the reasons I like to search from FamilySearch…

Today’s new document

Well, I was hoping I could have a good April Fool for this weekend, but with the crazy busy way things have gone since November, it didn’t quite work out this year.  Instead, I’ve got a new (to me) document to share that furthers my research a little and gives me several more questions to answer.

Is he the guy?

Genealogical research often seems like a detective story.  In our house, we watch a lot of detective stories on television and we’ve taken a line from Monk, one of our favorite shows of the genre, and applied it to other shows.  As soon as we guess who the villain is, we say “he’s the guy.”  Or if we disprove someone as the villain, we say “he’s not the guy.”

Today I took a quick look on FamilySearch to see if I could find anything on the elder Aaron Lowe, who I wrote about earlier this week.  One newspaper item that I showed mentioned he lived in North Carolina from about the time of the revolution and moved to Georgia in the 1830s.  There are four entries in the U.S. census indexes that could be him, but I don’t yet know for certain.  Using “Aaron Lowe” as the name and “North Carolina” as the place and 1780 to 1820 as the year range, I see four entries for Aaron Low(e) living in Pasquotank, North Carolina, in the 1790, 1800, 1810 and 1820 censuses.  The images are at Ancestry, so I’ll have to go to my local library to look at them, but I’m left to wonder… is he the guy?

Aaron A. Lowe begins to reveal himself

Yesterday, I posed the question asking who was Aaron A. Lowe.  One of the references in that article described an entry for Lottie Horne’s death in the Macon Telegraph.  I hypothesized that Aaron could have been Mary Lowe’s brother.  I haven’t proved that yet, but today I found a little more about Aaron and his family with another connection to Orrin C. Horne.

Who was Aaron A. Lowe?

I finally have some time this evening to do a little more looking around in my family history research.  Picking up from where I left off last time, which was looking at census records on my Horne line in Georgia, I found some new (to me) information in the Find-A-Grave database for Orange Hill Cemetery in Hawkinsville, Pulaski County, Georgia.

More information on the Rice line from 1870

Earlier this week I learned that my local public library allows access to Heritage Quest through my library’s website.  It originally wouldn’t let me log in and I had to visit my local library branch to learn that my card had been expired (probably since I haven’t had a chance to use it for some time).  A few minutes later I had a new card and could log in through the website again.

Where have I been and what am I working on?

Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here.  I noticed in the last year or so that I tend to work on all my projects in waves.  I’ll work on building my model railroad for a month or two, then I’ll sort stamps for a few weeks, then knock a couple books off my reading list, then spend some time with my record collection, then do some volunteer work, and….  You get the picture.