Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - W. H. Perdue and Ada A. Perdue

Marker for
William Henry Perdue
Birth: Aug. 13, 1868
Death: Jan. 7, 1912
New Salem Cemetery
Fannin County
Texas, USA

His wife, Ada Adelia [Peraman] is buried in this plot as well but she does not have a marker.

Photo courtesy JoLynn Mangum Cooper Self, Find A Grave contributer.



FAG Memorial - William Henry Perdue

FAG Memorial - Ada Adelia Perdue






Birth certificate asks more questions then it answers!

Yesterday night while searching through the Footnote 1930 census, I stumbled upon the birth certificate for Guy Edward Perdue.

Guy is the youngest son of William Henry Perdue and Ada Adelia [Periman]. Ada is my "favorite" brickwall. I've previously blogged about her here.


Image Information
Publication Title: Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-10, 1926-29
Publisher: FamilySearch
County: Fannin
Year: 1906
Given Name: Guy Edward
Surname: Perdue
Father Given Name: W H
Father Surname: Perdue
Mother Given Name: Ada Adelia
Mother Surname: Peraman
City: Honey Grove Tex R # 9




Hoping that this birth certificate would finally give me the correct maiden surname for Ada, I quickly opened and scanned the document to see the information listed for Guy's mother. Instead of what I expected, I found a so called "corrected" birth certificate and another spelling variation for Ada's surname. [Peraman]

So with no quick or clear answer to my original question, I took a closer look at the certificate. First thing I noticed was that the corrector did not add/change Guy's father's full name. Why? Wouldn't this be important if you were going though the trouble? Second thing I noticed was that Ada's age at Guy's birth is typed over at least twice. Is is 33, 34 or ? Interesting that the certificate lists both number of children born and living as seven (7). I only know of six children.

Lastly, two questions: Who was/is the informant for this corrected birth certificate, C. J. Graves? And why was it necessary in 1945 for Guy to have a corrected birth certificate?


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday


Original photo. Privately held by Dorothy Bynum [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] New Mexico, 2009

'Friends of Find A Grave' Sponsorship Event

This week, Find A Grave got a major upgrade. They got a new server! I'm very happy with the results. Adding memorials, photos, etc. is blazing fast.

One of my fellow FAG contributors, suggested that this upgrade certainly was not free to founder, Jim Tipton. So to show support for the free site and to help defray the costs of the new server, a sponsorship event was setup.

The details of the "Friends of Find A Grave" Sponsorship Event can be found here. The goal is 400 sponsored memorials on or before March 31, 2009.

If you are a contributor or use Find A Grave to do any family history/genealogy research, please consider sponsoring a memorial.

RootsMagic 4 is HERE

I got mine! Did you get yours??

The long awaited RootsMagic 4 is available for purchase today! See the official announcement on the RootsMagic Blog - RootsMagic 4 Family Tree Software Officially Released

Per the blog and website, regular price of RootsMagic 4 is $29.95. For existing RootsMagic and Family Origins users the upgrade price is $19.95. There is also a special offer for users of several other software programs, they get the "upgrade" pricing as well, until May 31, 2009. See RootsMagic website for complete details. (Upgrade details)

RootsMagic offers other great software as well. Go here for free trials of them all.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Marker of Mattie Hunter

Mattie Hunter
Wood Cemetery - Jonesboro, Coryell County - Texas, USA

Tombstone reads:
In Memory of
Mattie H. Hunter
Wife of E. Crew
Born Aug 22, 1864
Departed this life
Feb 22 [?] 1880
'Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life,

[Headstone broken, verse might have ended with 'and may enter in through the gates into the city']


Mattie Hunter was my second great grandfather's (Elisha Crew) 1st wife.

I did not find out that Elisha had another wife until I found this stone. She is buried with Elisha's 2nd wife and her family. I have no further information on Mattie.



Saturday, March 21, 2009

Randy's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -Your Paternal Grandmother's Patrilineal Line

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver (Genea-Musings)

Here's the challenge in Randy's own words:

Provide a list of your paternal grandmother's patrilineal line. Answer these questions:
* What was your father's mother's maiden name?
* What was your father's mother's father's name?
* What is your father's mother's father's patrilineal line? That is, his father's father's father's ... back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?
* Can you identify male sibling(s) of your father's mother, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.



Here is mine:

My father's mother was Viola Perdue (1897 - 1980), born in Sash, Fannin County, Texas.

My father's mother's father was William Henry Perdue (1868 - 1912), born in Illinois.

His father was Benjamin Franklin Perdue, born abt 1841 in Tennessee.

His father was Atkins Perdue, born about 1800 in North Carolina.

His father was Patram Pardue, born about 1760 in Virginia.

Viola Perdue had 4 brothers:
Roy Haskel Perdue (1894 - unknown) - don't know much about Roy
Doyle Leonard Perdue (1901 - 1984) - one male heir - possibly living
John Franklin Perdue (1903 - 1947) - unknown descendants
Guy Edward Perdue (1906 - 1987) - 3 male heir's - none living

Just goes to show that even on close relatives, I have tons of work to do. I do believe that there is a DNA study already being conducted on Perdue surname (and variants) but I must confess, I've not followed the results.

I love these challenges though, it really makes you focus on what information you have in your research and where the "wholes are".

Wordle for US states of my ancestors

Expanding on the Surname Wordle's done by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch and Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings, I decided to do one on the states where I found my ancestors. The basic results are below. I only did my main 11 surnames, so this is not complete but it is accurate.



I always knew my relatives were from or at least came through Texas.

In the next week or so I plan to do more of these including many more surnames. Let's see if I get any "surprising" results.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - 18 Mar 2009 - Unknown "Benny"

Written on back of photo: "Benny"
Developers stamp includes: "made by fox co. San Antonio, Texas"

Original photo. Privately held by Dorothy Bynum [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] New Mexico, 2009
Digital image. Privately held by Jeff Bynum [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] California, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Rigsby Marker - Oliver Springs Cemetery, De Leon, Comanche County, Texas


This marker was cause for both the "Happy Dance" and some cursing (whoops... did I really say that?!)

Let me explain: I was looking for my great-grand mother, Allie Crew (nee Rigsby). I managed to find her death certificate (Thank you Family Search Pilot!) and posted her memorial to Find A Grave with a photo request for her marker.

Sometime later, her marker was added and to my amazement she was buried under one stone with several of her kin, including her step-father, Dock Rigsby; her mother, Bethey; her sister, Ada; Ada's son, Lee and Joe Rosson, Bethey's father. (Thus causing the "Happy Dance".)

Also buried under that marker is Will Rigsby. William Hiram Rigsby is Allie's father. This was passed down to me and seems to in line with a Rigsby researcher I've worked with. The problem is no one knew when or where William died. Finding the name Will Rigsby on this stone was amazing but there are no dates! (Thus the cursing!) The Oliver Springs Cemetery doesn't seem to have any records of the burials. (Several researchers have been kind enough to look through the local library but the only thing there is a tombstone transcription list.)


(Photo courtesy of Find A Grave member, Linda Gilchrest)

Find A Grave Memorial for Allie Crew.
Find A Grave Memorial for Bethey Rigsby.
Find A Grave Memorial for "Dock" Rigsby.
Find A Grave Memorial for Will Rigsby.
Find A Grave Memorial for Joe Rosson.
Find A Grave Memorial for Ada Miller.
Find A Grave Memorial for Lee Miller.

Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces Meme

I saw this over at Craig Manson's Geneablogie. It is a great idea and a wonderful way to get all those surnames out to the blogosphere.

Here are the directions directly from Craig:
List the surnames you are researching and the general localities. Then tell the names of your “Most Wanted Ancestors,” that is, the ones you most want to find behind that brickwall.

Thomas MacEntee over at Destination: Austin Family added the following formatting information:
...use ________ Surname hoping this will allow more people using Google and other search engines to find my post. Also I am using _______ County for the same reasons. (I will be using this formatting style as well.)

So here goes....


Names and Places

ASH Surname: Texas (Coryell County), Tennessee,

BYNUM Surname: Texas (Hutchinson County, Fannin County, Tarrant County), Tennessee (White County), North Carolina( Lincoln County), Arkansas (Madison County), Virginia (Surry County).

CREW Surname: California (Tulare County), Texas (Eastland County, Erath County, Taylor County), Alabama, Louisiana (Winn Parish), North or South Carolina.

HEFNER Surname: Texas (Bosque County, Hutchinson County, Hunt County), Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama (Cherokee County)

HICKS Surname: Texas (Bexar County), Missouri (Schuyler County), Iowa (Appanoose County), Tennessee

HILL Surname: Kentucky (Livingston County), Tennessee

MONTGOMERY Surname: California (Tulare County), Texas (Kendall County, Bexar County), Tennessee, Kentucky.

PERDUE Surname: Texas (Fannin County, Tarrant County), Illinois, Tennessee.

PERIMON Surname: Arkansas (Crawford County), Texas (Fannin County)

RIGSBY Surname: Texas (Tarrant County, Comanche County),Arkansas (Garland County), Tennessee (DeKalb County), North Carolina

ROGERS Surname: Texas (Fannin County), Tennessee (White County), Kentucky

ROSSON Surname:Texas (Comanche County), Tennessee (Hickman County), Georgia

SCHMIDT Surname: California (Tulare County), Texas (Kendall County, Comal County), Germany - Prussia.

SPANGENBERG Surname: Texas ( Comal County, Kendall County), Germany

Most Wanted Ancestors
Ada Adelia Perimon - my great-grandmother. She was born on 2 November 1870 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas. She married Williams Henry Perdue about 1892 (place unknown). She died 4 March 1941 in Fannin County, Texas and is buried in the New Salem Cemetery, Fannin County, Texas with her husband. She has no marker however. I've previously posted all the records I have for Ada here.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The 99+ Genealogy Things Meme

Sometime ago I was pursuing various genealogy blogs and came across "The 99+ Genealogy Things Meme". I put it in the back burner to do it later, so after much contemplation it finally got done. Thanks to kinexxions and all the other contributors for a great meme. As you can see by all the green, I've got a lot of work yet to do.

The list should be annotated in the following manner:

Things you have already done or found: bold face type

Things you would like to do or find: italicize (color optional)

Things you haven't done or found and don't care to: plain type



1. Belong to a genealogical society.

2. Researched records on site at a court house.

3. Transcribed records.

4. Uploaded tombstone pictures to Find-A-Grave.

5. Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents) .

6. Joined Facebook.

7. Helped to clean up a run-down cemetery.

8. Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group on Facebook.

9. Attended a genealogy conference.

10. Lectured at a genealogy conference.

11. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society.

12. Been the editor of a genealogy society newsletter.

13. Contributed to a genealogy society publication.

14. Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society.

15. Got lost on the way to a cemetery.

16. Talked to dead ancestors.

17. Researched outside the state in which I live.

18. Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants.

19. Cold called a distant relative.

20. Posted messages on a surname message board.

21. Uploaded a gedcom file to the internet.

22. Googled my name.

23. Performed a random act of genealogical kindness.

24. Researched a non-related family, just for the fun of it.

25. Have been paid to do genealogical research.

26. Earn a living (majority of income) from genealogical research.

27. Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative.

28. Contributed to one of the genealogy carnivals.

29. Responded to messages on a message board or forum.

30. Was injured while on a genealogy excursion.

31. Participated in a genealogy meme.

32. Created family history gift items (calendars, cookbooks, etc.).

33. Performed a record lookup for someone else.

34. Went on a genealogy seminar cruise.

35. Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space.

36. Found a disturbing family secret.

37. Told others about a disturbing family secret.

38. Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking).

39. Think genealogy is a passion not a hobby.

40. Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person (Unclaimed Persons).

41. Taught someone else how to find their roots.

42. Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure.

43. Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology.

44. Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher.

45. Disproved a family myth through research.

46. Got a family member to let you copy photos.

47. Used a digital camera to "copy" photos or records.

48. Translated a record from a foreign language.

49. Found an immigrant ancestor's passenger arrival record.

50. Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer.

51. Used microfiche.

52. Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

53. Visited more than one LDS Family History Center.

54. Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors.

55. Taught a class in genealogy.

56. Traced ancestors back to the 18th Century.

57. Traced ancestors back to the 17th Century.

58. Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century.

59. Can name all of your great-great-grandparents.

60. Found an ancestor's Social Security application.

61. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer.

62. Used Steve Morse's One-Step searches.

63. Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

64. Helped someone find an ancestor using records you had never used for your own research.

65. Visited the main National Archives building in Washington, DC.

66. Visited the Library of Congress.

67. Have an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower.

68. Have an ancestor who fought in the Civil War.

69. Taken a photograph of an ancestor's tombstone.

70. Became a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.

71. Can read a church record in Latin.

72. Have an ancestor who changed their name.

73. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.

74. Created a family website.

75. Have more than one "genealogy" blog.

76. Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone.

77. Have broken through at least one brick wall.

78. Visited the DAR Library in Washington D.C.

79. Borrowed a microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center.

80. Have done indexing for Family Search Indexing or another genealogy project.

81. Visited the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

82. Had an amazing serendipitous find of the "Psychic Roots" variety.

83. Have an ancestor who was a Patriot in the American Revolutionary War.

84. Have an ancestor who was a Loyalist in the American Revolutionary War.

85. Have both Patriot & Loyalist ancestors.

86. Have used Border Crossing records to locate an ancestor.

87. Use maps in my genealogy research.

88. Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK.

89. Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors.

90. Visited the National Archives in Kew.

91. Visited St. Catherine's House in London to find family records.

92. Found a cousin in Australia (or other foreign country).

93. Consistently cite my sources.

94. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don't live in) in search of ancestors.

95. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes.

96. Have an ancestor who was married four times (or more).

97. Made a rubbing of an ancestors gravestone.

98. Organized a family reunion.

99. Published a family history book (on one of my families).

100. Learned of the death of a fairly close relative through research.

101. Have done the genealogy happy dance.

102. Sustained an injury doing the genealogy happy dance.

103. Offended a family member with my research.

104. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.

Surname Wordle

Yesterday Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings posted his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - do a Wordle. I'm in for some fun so mine are below.











That was a lot of fun!

Thank you Randy for the suggestion!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

RootsMagic 4 Public Preview

After a long wait, RootsMagic 4 is ready for public preview.

Read Bruce Buzbee's press release on the RootsMagic Blog


To participate in the public review, you will need to sign-up by filling in your name and email address at the RootsMagic website.
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