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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Yes, Library Cards Can Be Genealogical Documents!

As we've moved into the digital age, library cards have become a thing of the past. Someone asked me just the other day if a library card could be considered a genealogical document and I said, "Why, of course! If it has a name, date, & place on it, then I would consider it a genealogical document." Just think of all the library card treasures that could still be floating around out there! Please rescue them for future genealogists.

For example, a girlfriend gave me a book out of her homeschool library her children had read, because I am studying about steamboats on the Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. She must have picked it up at a book sale somewhere as it was stamped with the name of the former repository -- Saint Augustine School.
Although there are no family members of mine or my husband's on the library card below, I have transcribed the names and dates for a future generation to find. The stamp inside the book cover has given the school's name and address and the little card inside the library card pocket has given clues to a child's name, when the child attended school there, what they were interested in at the time, and what classroom they were in.

Due Date -- Borrower's Name -- Room Number
5-22-1966 -- Mike McMurray -- 205
1-19-1968 -- Joe Davis -- 206
11-25-1968 -- Tom Turner -- 205
2-5-1969 -- Marie Brancato -- 206
10-27-1971 -- Mark Seilold -- 205
no date -- Shahon -- no room
Library Card for: Frontiers of America Series: Steamboats to the West. By Edith McCall. Children's Press, USA., 1959.
Repository: Saint Augustine School, 1800 East 79th St, Kansas City, Missouri.

Update (9-21-2016): This library card has been added to the Jackson County, MO USGenWeb site and approved here! My very first contribution!

More to Read:
1. I have found many of the riverboat pilots mentioned in the book on Findagrave and added them to a virtual cemetery here. I eventually hope to find information about a ferry and/or other boats my 3rd great-grandfather may have traveled on.
2. "Finale: St. Augustine's, KCMO" By Curmudgeon. Blog post.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Rush, Stout and Wyckoff Allied Family Tree

Penelope Van Princis Kent Stout (1622-1732) + Richard Stout (1615-1705 = 10 children
#9. David Stout (1667-1732) + Rebecca Ashton (1672-1725) = 8 children
#4. James Stout, Sr. (1694-1727) + Catherine Simpson (1692 - 1749) = 7 children
#2. James Stout, Jr. (1715-1754) + Jemima Howell Reeder (1719-____) = 6 children
#1. Abel Stout (1740-1797) + Williampy Wyckoff (1750-1782) = 7 children
#2. James Abel Stout (1770-1855) + Abigail Holloway (1777-____) = 6 children
#2. Margaret Stout (1802-c. 1880) + Henson Rush (1794-1848) = 6 children
1. James M. Rush (1826-1890)
2. Ephraim Henson Rush (1828-1895)
3. John William Rush (1831-1904)
4. Joshua Rush (1832-____)
5. Amanda Jane Rush Loveall (1835-c.1880)
6. George O. Rush (1838-____)
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Pieter Claesen Wyckoff (1625-1694) + Grietje Corneli Van Ness (1627-1689) = 11 children
#6. Cornelius Pieterse Wyckoff (1656-1746) + Geertje Charity Simonse Van Arsedalen (1659-1746) = 4 sons
#1. John Cornelise Wyckoff (1682-1746) + (1.) Geertje Stryker (?) = ?
(2.) Neeltje Roelofse Schenck (1683-1757) = ?
Jacobus Jan Wyckoff (1725-1800) + Catlytie (Catelyntie) Gulick (1722-1775) = 9 children
#4. Williampy Wyckoff + Abel Stout (1740-1797) = 7 children
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More to Read:
1. Penelope Stout on Wikipedia
2. Penelope Stout's Memorial on Findagrave,  6082496
3. Stout Family History. By Captain Nathan Stout (1748-1826). Philadelphia, PA, 1823.  
          (Source received from Treva Poe.)  
4. Bill Stout's Rootsweb List of 12 Generations of Stout Descendants.
          (Source received from Treva Poe.)
5. Penelope: A Novel of New Amsterdam. By Jim McFarlane.
6. The Story of Penelope Stout: As Verified By the Events of History and Official Records.  Thomas Hale Streets, 1897 reprint.                            
7. As Good as Dead: The Penelope Stout Story. By Paula E. Phillips. 2006
8. David Stout's obituary on Fold3 (this David Stout was a grandchild of Penelope?).
9. Abel Stout, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) genealogical records.
10. The Stout Family of Delaware. By Thomas Hale Streets. Reprint paperback, 2015.
11. Stout & Allied Families. J. D. Stout. Privately published, Chariton, IA, 1991.
12. Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie. By John Mack Faragher.
13. William Bowne, of Yorkshire, England and His Descendants. By Miller K. Reading. p. 8
14. Wyckoff House Museum, Brooklyn, New York. Genealogy CD available.
15.  Cornelius Pieterse Wyckoff, Franklin Twp., New York.
16. The First Record Book of the Society of the Daughters of Holland Dames. June, MCMVII.
17. The Rush Report. By Gaynelle Jenkins Moore. 2003.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Reunion Checklist

What to bring to your next family reunion:

  1. A first aid kit.
  2. Bug spray.
  3. Business cards.
  4. Camera.
  5. a Donation to help defray costs of annual family cemetery care, renting the park shelter and stationery/postage for reunion reminders.  
  6. Family historians = bring your laptop, scanner or recording devices and/or spiral notebook and pen.
  7. Family memorabilia to share = photo albums with ancestors or new family members;  or scrapbooks of newspaper clippings to announce baptisms, births, deaths,  graduation, honors, marriages, sporting events, etc.
  8. For Pool, if open to public = entry money, modest bathing suits, flip flops, beach towel, sunscreen, water bottle. Optional = nose plugs, ear plugs, swimming cap, flotation devices, and money for the snack bar.
  9. For Potluck = main meal, sides, dessert, iced drinks in cooler, picnic tablecloth and table clips, disposable dinnerware, paper towels or napkins, waterproof matches, plastic trash bags.
  10. Lawn chairs.
  11. Musical Instruments = if you can play a kazoo, pick a banjo, guitar or a fiddle or sing, by all means, bring it on!
  12. Name tags.
  13. New Address? = Bring a sticky address label with it for me!
  14. Samples of your handiwork, recipes, seeds or plant starts to share.
  15. Sign-up sheet on clipboard and pen.
  16. Sun and Heat Protection = Caps, fans, hats, sunscreen, water bottle.
  17. Toiletry items = paper towels, toilet paper, water in a jug, and wet wipes (in case the park’s johnny-on-the-spot runs out or if the water hydrants are shut off like last year). Two ideas: a. cut a fist size hole out of the top of a clean milk jug or bleach bottle, leaving the handle on, to carry toilet paper and a small pkg. of wet wipes to the concrete commodes.     b. Poke holes into the screw-on lid of a milk jug with an ice pick, fill jug with water, and fasten lid for washing up. Fasten a roll of paper towels to the lid of a cooler with a bungee cord.
  18. Toys for the young'uns like badminton rackets, balls, bats, Frisbees, Pitch,  and squirt bottles.
  19. TV Trays (if city double books the shelter by mistake again) = Food and Drink park.
Be There Or Be Square! :)

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Decoration Day

Facsimile of US Flag
In the Rush family, I have observed that Decoration Day is practiced religiously. I don't know how it came to be such an important tradition in the life of this family, but it has been practiced every year by both David's grandparents and continuing the custom, his parents. 

 Right after I met David, I was invited to come down to meet his grandparents and to their Decoration Day commemoration picnic at the Rush Chapel Cemetery. I was unfamiliar with this ritual of eating together at a cemetery, because my immediate family did not observe it nor did any in my circle of friends. Most of our family members were scattered across Kansas and Oklahoma and we only saw them twice a year -- during Christmas and mid-summer holidays from school. Only after I had become a member of the Rush family, did I learn there had been a pioneer Methodist church on the spot where their picnic was held that had been torn down sometime in the 1960s. Family came from near and far to decorate the graves of their loved ones with flowers and it was almost a family reunion of sorts. Since the cemetery is located in hilly terrain between Mary's Home and Tuscumbia, Mo., when driving between all the parked cars on the downhill slope of the gravel road became somewhat of a problem, someone suggested moving the family reunion to Eldon where it has been held every year since then at the Air Park, however, decorating the graves is still practiced. 

Recently I learned about how Decoration Day came to be. It seems that on May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Commander-in-Chief, John A. Logan, Jr. of Illinois, by General Order No. 11, had assigned May 30, 1868, as a memorial day which was to be devoted to the strewing of flowers on the graves of deceased comrades who had died in the defense of the country during the Civil War. The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a national organization begun in Decatur, Illinois on April 6, 1866 for former Civil War Union soldiers and sailors who served between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865. It was organized to preserve brotherly feelings between veterans and to provide for those in need of assistance -- orphans, widows, and disabled servicemen.

Ironically, John A. Logan, Jr. was the son of Dr. John Logan, Sr. whom Logan county, Illinois was honorably named for as suggested by his friend, Abraham Lincoln. My third-great Grandfather, Elder Martin White, was the first elected representative of Logan and (Dane) Christian Counties in the Illinois State House of Representatives (1840-42) after they were divided from Sangamon County, IL. 
Decoration or Memorial Day has come to be a national holiday, not only for decorating soldier's graves but also for decorating the graves of family members who have passed on. To David's knowledge, there were no GAR members in the Rush or allied families, however there were several who fought on the Union side, namely Jacob Bittle, Granville Carrinder, Wm. S. Golden, Levi Morgan, Rufus B. Roberts, James M. Rush, John Wm. Rush, and Alexander Sullens. 

 More to Read:
How Rush Chapel Came to Be
2) The Photographic History of the Civil War: Armies & Leaders. Edited by Robert S. Lanier. Fairfax Press, New York, 1983.
Elder Martin White biography

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ancestor Trading Cards

I just found the coolest thing on Pinterest -- Ancestor Trading Cards. This website will tell you how it's done:

Update (4/20/2016) : These cards are similar to the Kansas State Historical Society's Trading Cards: click here for details about them.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Paper Trail: Postcards

What’s the official name for postcard collecting? Deltiology. Postcards are the third-largest collectible, behind coins and stamps according to the Flea Market Style magazine. Postcards reflect history and cultural customs with pictures that depict buildings, travel destinations, advertising, and photographs of people like your ancestors.

To date old postcards, therefore getting the approximate date your ancestral photograph might have been taken, this list gives the general times as to when these type of cards became available or were popular.

US Post Cards -- to 1898

Private Mailing Cards (1898-1901)

Undivided Back (1901-1907)

Divided Back (1907-1915)

White Border (1915-1930)

Linen (1930-1945)

Chrome (1939-Present)

Real Photo Postcards (1900-Present)
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I compiled a "Paper Postcard Unit Study" for our son when he was homeschooled. Click here if you would like to review it.
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Update: There will be a Postcard Show coming to Lenexa, Kansas on June 24-25, 2016. My hubby and I went to one in Lenexa several years ago and I could not believe the variety of postcards that were being sold. In addition to the historic genre, they had artsy postcards and papers as well. Check out this website for other shows being held near you. You might just find a missing relative's photo, a photo of their business, the church they attended, or an event they participated in just like the postcard we found on vacation below. This mountain in Colorado was named for one of my hubby's distant Stout cousins, Zebulon Montgomery Pike. To read a short biography of his life, click here.

D. Noble. Cooper Post Card Co., Colorado Springs, CO, USA.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Missouri Cemetery Law

Here is the current Missouri Law concerning protection of cemeteries and the consequences of defacing or destroying any part therein:

From the Missouri Revised Statutes -- Chapter 214, Cemeteries, Section 214.131 (passed into law in 1987).

Tombstones, fences, destroying or mutilating in abandoned family or private cemetery, penalty--abandoned or private burying ground, is defined as

214. 131. Every person who shall knowingly destroy, mutilate, disfigure, deface, injure or remove any tomb, monument or gravestone, or other structure placed in any abandoned family cemetery or private burying ground, or any fence, railing, or other work for the protection or ornamentation of any such cemetery or place of burial of any human being, or tomb, monument, or gravestone, memento, or memorial, or other structure aforesaid, or of any lot within such cemetery is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. For the purposes of this section and subsection I of section 214.132, an "abandoned family cemetery" or "private burying ground" shall include those cemeteries or burying grounds which have not been deeded to the public as provided in chapter 214, and in which no body has been interred for at least twenty-five years.

Source: "History Spotlight: MoSGA Fights to Protect Abandoned Cemeteries." By Martha Henderson, MoSGA Historical Director. Show Me State Genealogical News, Columbia, MO, Spring 2014. Vol. 35, No. 1.