Relatively Speaking . WARDian Relativity: Genealogy in the 21st Century. What is Genealogy?. Genealogy is ‘the history of the descent of a family’ It’s about collecting and preserving family history. Why is genealogy interesting?.
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Genealogy in the 21st Century
Amos Jackson, 1824-1917
Typical Pedigree Chart, from Genealogical Research Associates (used without permission)
‘Half 6th cousin three times removed of the husband’
Beth’s Ancestor Report, in Ahnentafel format
(generally in the 1600’s)
Our earliest ancestors
Receipts found in the family Bible of Henry H. Haggard
1909 Subpoena involving one of Henry Haggard’s daughters
Sample from a microfilm of the census of 1850. Entries are all handwritten, film quality varies. Originals no longer exist.
Typical county history. Many were prepared during the Nation’s Centennial, or that of the town
I have no idea who these people are
& Records Administration
Civil War Payroll records of Amos Jackson (from the National Archives Trust Fund)
The LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT, houses the world’s largest collection of genealogical records
Frank and Fred Williams at the Williams Feed & Grain, Timewell, IL - circa 1942
Patent issued to John Knouff of Wilmot, IN in 1917 for a ‘Grindstone Attachment’
Mary Grace Ward & Levi Bennett Ward - 1906 wedding photo
In about 1928, the Central Lake farmhouse burned to the ground after Mary Ward unwrapped a new set of dishes and the wrapping paper caught fire from the stove. The rest of the summer, the family lived in a tent on the farm. When winter set in, the family rented a house in town. Levi Ward worked as a laborer rebuilding the nearby YMCA lodge (which had also burned recently), and saved bent nails & other odd scrap to use in building a new house, which they returned to about 1930.
Tent on the farm after the farmhouse burned, c. 1928. Note the 1925 Chevrolet touring car
Stanley R. Ward, at the new farmhouse near Central Lake built by his father - July, 2000
The well on the Central Lake farm went dry in about 1932. A Dowser came up from Bellaire, MI, and walked the farm with a dowsing rod balanced across his shoulders, waiting for one side or the other to dip. The spot which the rod repeatedly dipped toward regardless of the direction of approach (about 50 yards from the old well) was selected to dig and drill. Water was struck at this spot, and at a shallower point than the old well.
An electric pump has replace the original, but the
‘new’ well on the farm still flows – July, 2000
William Fuller, living at the mouth of the Miami river near present-day Cincinnati, was kidnapped by Indians in August, 1791 and held in the Upper Wabash valley.
He escaped after two years, killing Tecumseh’s half-sister in the process of his escape. He was pursued by Indians all the way to Detroit, where he was hidden by friends.
His eventual return to his family, who had given him up for dead, was nearly four years after his capture.
From an account in theLawrenceburg, Ind.. “Independent Press”, Jan 16th, 1852
Amos Jackson spent the winter of 1861 at Camp McKim, MD (from the letterhead of the commander, 6th MI Regiment)