11 May 2017

NGS Conference - Happy, Happy, Happy!

I am so happy I made the decision to attend the National Genealogical Society Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Not only are the classes wonderful but seeing old friends and meeting new ones has been just the kick I needed to get my genealogy mojo back.

Left to right:  Leslie Carney, Cheryl Hudson Passey, Amy Johnson Crow, Amy Urman and me.  Thanks to J. Paul Hawthorne for taking the photo!

Jay and I share Wilson and Faulconer ancestors from Bourbon County, Kentucky.  We are on a mission to get them straightened out!

I met some new friends:  Ari Wilkins, Claudia Breland, Luana Darby, Shelley Bishop.

Ari is a library associate at the Dallas Public Library which is where Lloyd Bockstruck worked for many, many years.  I adore that man!

I hope to see more old friends tonight at the ProGen Meetup and the APG Meetup:  Annette Burke Lyttle, Angela McGhie, Barry Kline, Roger Moffat, Michael Hait.

Speaking of Progen, I was told today that they have formed the class of ProGen 33!  I am so proud to be an alumni of the very first ProGen class back in 2008.  If you have not completed this course, run as fast as you can to their website and sign yourself up.  It is an 18 month long commitment, but you will be glad you did it!

01 May 2017

North Carolina Here I Come!

Next week at this time I will be in Raleigh, North Carolina to attend the National Genealogical Society Family History Conference.

It's been some time since I attended a national conference and I am so excited to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones.

What I am really looking forward to is boosting my genealogy mojo.  Doing research for clients is pretty much a solitary venture.  By the time I realize what a vacuum I've been in, my genealogy mojo is in a very sad state indeed.  I am sure that a week of immersion into all thing genealogy will do the trick. 

Most all of my ancestors came from North Carolina.  Surry and Wilkes counties in the north and Lincoln, Gaston and Cleveland counties in the south.  I am hoping to spend some time in the North Carolina State Archives and State Library.

Hope to see you at the conference!

30 January 2017

Proof Summary - GPS Study Group Homework

Genealogy Proof Standard Study Group
Homework Chapter Five - Writing It Up
Sheri Fenley

Reference: Christine Rose, Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case 4th Edition Revised, (San Jose, California: CR Publications) 2014.

For this last assignment, we were asked to write a proof statement, a proof summary or a proof argument.  I chose to write a proof summary.

Who were the parents of Nancy A. McGee who was born 6 January 1846, married Remalih A. Brisendine 27 September 1863 in Putnam County, Missouri and died 18 January 1911 in Webster County, Missouri?

R. A. Brisendine, Nancy's husband, was the informant on her death certificate.  He named her father as Andrew J. McGee but did not know where he was born nor did he know the name of her mother.

Nancy's death certificate stated that she was born 6 January 1846 so the 1850 census would be the first one she should appear in.  She was found living in the household of her parents, Jackson and Phebe McGee, and siblings William (18), Thomas (17), Reuben (14), John (9), Jackson (7), George (5), and Sarah (2).  All of the children were listed as being born in Indiana.

In 1860 Nancy (14) is living in the household of her older brother William McGee (27) and siblings George McGee (16) and Sarah McGee (12).  Nancy and her siblings are all born in Indiana.

A marriage record was found for Jackson McGee and Phebe Carmichael who were married 10 May 1832 in Monroe County, Indiana.

A probate record was found for Sterling Carmichael in Monroe County, Indiana, which names as one of his heirs "Phebe McGee, late Phebe Carmichael who intermarried with And McGee."

Death certificates were found for Jackson McGee, Jr., John McGee and William McGee (siblings of Nancy).  All name their parents as Jackson McGee and Phebe Carmichael.

The parents of Nancy A. McGee Brisendine were Andrew Jackson McGee and Phebe Carmichael.

Missouri State Board of Health, death certificate no. 5046, Nancy A. Brisendine (1911); Bureau of Vital Statistics, Jefferson City.
1850 U.S. census, Effingham County, Illinois, pg 11 (penned), dwelling and family 48, Jackson McGee household.
1860 U.S. census, Chariton Mills, Liberty Township, Putnam County, Missouri, pg 12 (penned), dwelling 88, family 70, Wm McGee household.
Ancestry.com. Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Works Progress Administration, comp. Index to Marriage Records Indiana: Indiana Works Progress Administration.
Ancestry.com. Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, Monroe County, Order Boof D-F 1847-1852, pg 422.
Missouri State Board of Health, death certificate no. 22120, Andrew Jackson McGee (1911); Bureau of Vital Statistics, Jefferson City.
Missouri State Board of Health, death certificate no. 29907-a, John R. McGee (1917); Bureau of Vital Statistics, Jefferson City.
Missouri State Board of Health, death certificate no. 15166, William Alexander McGee (1923); Bureau of Vital Statistics, Jefferson City.