17 March 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - George Gates 1810-1877

   George Gates, my 4th great grandfather is buried in Roselawn Cemetery, Preble County, Ohio.  George is a mystery man - as I have no clue who his parents are.  With him dying 22 OCT 1877, there was no real death certificate so locating parents names isn't possible that way.   Let me tell you what I do know. 

  George was born 17 JAN 1810, from calculations based on his age at the time of death (67y/9m/5d).  Some sources say he was from Adams County, Pennsylvania others say Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 

  I have two "obits" for George, one I know the source of, the other came in an email, but the address so longer works.  They basically give the same info -

   George Gates, died October 22, near Lewisburg, age 67 years 9 months, 5 days. Born in Adams Co., Pennsylvania in 1810, emigrated to Ohio in 1827.  Married Feb. 13, 1840. Had 9 children. Totally blind for 4 years.  Buried at Lewisburg.
   [This "obit" was found in my obits in an email letter.  Email address is no longer working.]
  From the Dayton Daily Journal, Nov. 2, 1877, Pg. 1, Col. 6:
  "GATES, Near Lewisburg, Preble County, Ohio, Oct. 22, 1877. Mr. George Gates, Aged 67 years 9 months 5 days."

So as you can see neither leads me to his parents.  Here's the rest of what I know....

He marries Luezer (yep, that's her name!) Fowler, daughter of Joseph Fowler on 13 FEB 1840 in Preble County, Ohio. 

They are the parents of 9 children - 
Hannah Angeline (my ancestor), Minerva, Oliver, Elzina, Francis, George, Mary, Martin and Elmira.  All married and had families except Mary Isabella. 

Luezer is buried with him as well.  But her stone and story are a different day, different blog entry.

Do you know George?  IS he perhaps in your file?  Maybe your ancestor married into the family?
Can you help locate the family that George came from?  I'd love to hear from you if you do!

Happy Researching!

16 March 2015

Monday Musings

Happy Monday to everyone!  Hope your weekend was great.  The snow is melting here and temps are on the rise. Maybe winter is on the way out!  One can hope eh?

Spent much of this past week working on linking and naming images.  Seems as though that is a never ending process.  I use it not just for genealogy but for recipes as well.   Once I type them in to my recipe data base I link the scanned images to the recipes.  Works great!

On the genealogy front,  I'm cleaning up my digital files and image folders.  Somehow, there's always a duplicate or two.  So I'm getting rid of some, recropping some and some just linking.

Going to work on some genealogy this morning.  Have more digital images that I want to take care of.  Its nice not having tons of papers laying all over, but the number of images can at times be overwhelming.  In the long run it will all be worth it when I am done.

The next major project is going thru every photo and making sure they are linked as they should be.  I don't anticipate this taking more  than 2 years or so, working an hour or two every day.  But it will be worth it.  Going to start with all the cemetery & headstone images first.

Oh well,  keeps me out of trouble for the most part, and I know when I'm done it will be an awesome thing.   I'm doing a wee bit of research here and there, mainly figuring out the "unknown's" in my file.  I keep a file of the unknown's with the surnames I am working on.  Basically in the area's where I know our lines are, I come across a headstone or a death certificate or obit and I try to figure them out and add them to my regular file.  Love the challenge of figuring those out.

Maybe the luck of the Irish will be with me today while I work on some of those...  one can only hope eh?

Happy Researching!

09 March 2015

Monday Musings

Spent the weekend on identifying some Ligon's I found on the Georgia death records over at Family Search.  I can't say it was easy - but I do love a good challenge. 

Out of the eight I started with I have only one I still can't identify and add to my Ligon data base.  Not bad for a weekend's work! 

I've been working on re-organizing, cleaning,  and rethinking how I do some things.  I'm also STILL working on all the images I had scanned over the past year.  I'm about half way thru, cropping, naming and linking them in my data base as I go. 

This doesn't include the several hundred scanned recipes that I am also typing into my cookbook software, where I have well over 100,000 recipes already typed in.  I've been collecting recipes for well over 30  years.  The newest have images attached as I've found them.  Makes for a nice searchable file.

I inherited a new desk (few months ago) from my daughter.  It was originally my late father in law's desk so its been around a while. But its HUGE.  Lots of room, several drawers and did I say tons of desk top space.  So I have room for my dual monitors and more!  LOVE IT!   One of the best things is the large "file" drawer on the right bottom.  I've turned that into my space for the copies or papers & folders I am currently working on.  As I am going thru folders in my file cabinet and I find things I want to focus on or look at again,  I place them there and I can stay focused without having tons of stuff laying all over my desk.  Important!

It's tax time so of course its been busy with tax clients coming & going alot!  We've also got a new grandson (#5), Joshua Mark Luotonen who was born January 29th.   What a cutie! 

Time to get busy - the daily chores are done, time to get focused and get some stuff done. 

What challenges are you working on in your genealogy??

Happy Researching!