Friday, February 26, 2010

Final Standings - Winter 2010 GeneaBlogger Games

Category 2: Back Up Your Data! - Completed Task C = Gold Medal
Category 4: Expand Your Knowledge - Completed Tasks B & E = Silver Medal
Category 5: Write, Write, Write! - Completed Task C = Bronze Medal
Category 6: Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness! - Completed Tasks A & G = Silver Medal

This was a fun exercise.  I realized I can do so much more with the skills I have and the family history I already know.  

Congratulations to all the competitors!  Thanks to GeneaBloggers for a great Winter Games!

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Timeline - Sarah Jane Hicks Montgomery

As part of the Winter 2010 GeneaBloggers Games, I made this timeline using timetoast.

While this certainly was a fun project, I really do not see the usefulness of these kind of timelines except for those without any other kind of genealogy software.  It was very tedious inputting all the information, especially since it was already in my genealogy software. 

But on the plus side, it sure is pretty and would have been nicer if I could have more photos to add to the events.  People dropping by the blog would certainly find this much more pleasing to look at then the standard "print-out" timeline.

For whatever reason, I can't get blogger to display the timeline, even though it shows up in the "preview".  So here is the link: Sarah Jane Hicks Montgomery

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Dad's Note

This is a note my dad left me when I went off to YMCA camp one summer, probably around 1986.  I keep a copy of it with me all the time.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Bynum Children

Here is another photograph I never saw before courtesy of cousin, Arliss Ceccarelli.

 Written on the back: "3 Bynum Kids Neva on the left; Barton middle, Nora on the right".

These would be the last three children of Sam Bynum and Lula Hefner.  Barton was born 12 October 1902. Nora was born 23 December 1906 and Geneva "Neva" was born 28 January 1909.  All in Texas.  

I have no idea when or where this photo was taken.  Guesstimating their ages, I'd say it was taken about 1915. 

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Greenbury Anderson Hicks

 Greenbury Anderson Hicks and his wife, Teresa Agnes Digman/Dignan.

Greenbury was born 2 November 1829 in Greene County, Tennessee.  He died 18 April 1900 in Scott Bar, Siskiyou County, California.  He is buried in Scott Bar Cemetery.

Greenbury was a Scott Bar pioneer.  He owned a gold mine and a general store.  The family house is a historical landmark.

This portrait of Greenbury and Teresa taken by Louis Herman Heller between October 1864 and January 1869.

Marker photos courtesy of  Find A Grave contributor, Dave Jones.
Portrait courtesy of late Hicks researcher, Terry Wilcox.

Find A Grave Memorials:

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Photocopies Needed - Can you help??

While looking at a family photograph, I noticed it had a photographers mark. 

Based on the name and the location of the people in the photo, I was able to find out some information about the photographer using Google Book Search.  The book I found is Pioneer photographers of the Far West: a biographical dictionary, 1840 - 1865 by Peter E. Palmquist and Thomas R. Kailbourn. 

I went to WorldCat to find a local library that had the book so I could check it out.  Funny thing was, WorldCat only gave me libraries in United Kingdom, Germany and France.  What!?  I know that is not right.  Now off to the Los Angeles Public Library website to see if they have a copy.  BINGO!  LAPL Central Library has a copy... unfortunately it is reference only.  No check out.  BUMMER!

So here's how you can help me, if you are planning a library trip would you please see if the library has this book?  I'd like copies of the entry for Louis Herman Heller.  In the 2000 edition of the book it is three pages long, from page 288 to 290 and includes a photo of Mr. Heller.  I'd pay for the postage and the photocopies, of course.

Thanks a bunch!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Recap - Winter 2010 GeneaBloggers Games

Here is my progress so far.  Not as many medals as I hoped but I still have more then a week to rack 'em up!

Winter 2010 GeneaBloggers Games
Competition Categories


2. Back Up Your Data!
Task C - My entire computer is backed up everyday using Mozy online service.  I also try to participate in the monthly GeneaBloggers "Data Back-up Day".
Does that mean I get a Gold Medal??

4. Expand Your Knowledge
Task E - Created a new surname visualization.  
Bronze Medal

6. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness! –
Task A - Commented on three new (to me) blogs.
Task G - Added two new blogs using the Follow feature. 
Silver Medal

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New Surname Visualization

I made this new visualization using

I think I'll add it to my blog sidebar with my flag. 

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Opening Ceremony - Winter 2010 GeneaBloggers Games

I'm really excited to be competing in this year's games. Walking into opening ceremonies, the Kinfolk News flag is flying.

 My flag is a little different from the other competitors because I chose not to represent my global connections.  My research is focused in the United States thus my flag is mainly made up of "Old Glory".  Those of you with Texas connections will recognize the blue field and "lone star" on the end of my flag.  A majority of my family was and is southern so I felt it fitting to use a symbol of the south, the "Bonnie Blue Flag".

I plan to compete in all six categories. 

1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources!

2.  Back Up Your Data!

3. Organize Your Research!

4.  Expand Your Knowledge

5. Write, Write, Write!

6. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!

Since this is my first competition, my goal is simply to medal in each category.  These categories are really going to push me genealogically for the next two weeks.  

Good Luck to all the competitors!

Copyright © 2010 Regina De León. All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A James Family Connection? or How did this get so out of hand???

I've heard a story that my gg grandaunt, Melvina Hicks was married to William James, son of Drury Woodson James and cousin to Frank and Jessie James, the outlaws. 

It seems that this story started when a Hicks researcher (who is unknown to me) found a marriage certificate/document in Tombstone Arizona for a Melvina Hicks and a William James.  I have not seen this document and the Hicks family researcher that I was in touch with (Not the researcher that found the marriage certificate.), had not seen the document either, as far as I could tell.
What we do have is a marriage certificate for a marriage in Schuyler county, Missouri on 11 February 1874 between Melvina Hicks and James H. Dunn. 
 Click to enlarge photo.
Source Information: Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007. Original data: Missouri Marriage Records. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives. Microfilm.

This fits the timeframe and place for Melvina Hicks, daughter of Andrew Hicks and Rebecca Lasley. 
Click to enlarge photo. 
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Fabius, Schuyler, Missouri; Roll  M593_804; Page: 307A; Image: 619; Family History Library Film: 552303.
Source Information: 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data:1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
Melvina would have been about 16 years old when she married.  

Reportedly, the "Tombstone, AZ" marriage certificate was dated a short time later, maybe a month or so.  This led to the speculation that this was the same Melvina and that due to his involvement or relation to the "James Gang", Mr. William James changed his name to James H. Dunn while he was in Missouri.  The couple then went to Tombstone, AZ to be married because having used an assumed name, they were not legally married in Missouri.

The story behind the chosen name of James Dunn goes something like this:   James was his real last name and his mother was a Dunn, thus the name James Dunn. (I have no idea how to explain the H. for the middle name.)
So there you have it James H. Dunn becomes the cousin of Frank and Jessie James, William James.

But this simply can not be the case if the James family information on William James is correct.

Yes, there was a William James who was the son of Drury Woodson James and Mary Louisa Dunn and the cousin of Frank and Jessie James but according to the James family genealogy website (S T R A Y  L E A V E S    A James Family in America since 1650) William Alfred "Willie" James was born in 1869 in San Luis Obispo, CA.

He would have been 5 years old when he married Melvina.  That just does not work!

I think James H. Dunn was simply James H. Dunn.  No connection to the James family.

As for the Melvina Hicks who married William James in Tombstone, AZ, she remains a mystery. 

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

National Institute for Genealogical Studies gets 24 intensive short term courses

Here is the news release I just received from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.  

NEWS RELEASE: GenClass instructors merge 24 courses with the 150 existing courses at National Institute for Genealogical Studies!

GREAT NEWS! Lots of new topics & new courses available through the National Institute... As of February, you will see a new 'type' of course offered at the Institute --- INTENSIVE SHORT TERM courses.

* Intensive --- packed with lots of very helpful information, research techniques & tips;
* Short Term --- most will be four (4) weeks in length;
* Instructors --- experts in their field of genealogical research;
* Live Meetings (optional) ---  four (4) optional 'real-time' online meetings with your Instructor and fellow coursemates;
* Direct Communication --- consult directly with your instructor via e-mail;
* Feedback --- discuss specific topics through various online or offline threads;
* Assignments (optional) --- although there may be some personal assignments to enhance a technique, submitting them is completely optional;
* Exam (none) --- no final exam to be completed;
* Inexpensive --- under $50;
* One-on-One Advice --- Book an appointment with your instructor to discuss in-depth individual research problems (additional fee).
(The above may vary by course; check the course description for details.)

Below is a list of the new courses, the instructor and their first anticipated start month. Check online for a full description of the course, actual dates courses are offered throughout the year and to complete your registration. (Go to
, click on menu item COURSES, click on COURSES again, click on INTENSIVE SHORT TERM view, click on name of course).

START DATE: February 15
Research: African-American Ancestors; Michael Hait

Investigation: Adoption Records; Linda Rakita
Investigation: Lost Friends and Family; Linda Rakita
Research: English Ancestors-The Basics; Sheena Tait

Brick Wall Research; Lisa Alzo
Research: Australian and New Zealand Ancestors; Kerry Farmer
Research: Female Ancestors; Lisa Alzo
Research: Native American Ancestors; Barbara Benge

Research: Jewish Genealogy on the Internet; Micha Reisel
Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Family Story

Research: Canadian Genealogy on the Internet-Part 1; Pat Ryan

Research: Canadian Genealogy on the Internet-Part 2; Pat Ryan
Research: Salt Lake City, The Largest Genealogical Library-Part 1; Pat Ryan

START DATE: August 2
Research: Canadian Genealogy on the Internet-Part 3; Pat Ryan
Research: Jewish Ancestors-Basic Introduction; Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Research: Salt Lake City, The Largest Genealogical Library-Part 2; Pat Ryan

Electronic Resources-Family Tree Maker 2009-The Basics; Cindy Rowzee
Electronic Resources-Family Tree Maker 2009-Advanced; Cindy Rowzee
Jump Start your Genealogy; Lisa Alzo
Organizing Your Family History; Cindy Rowzee
Research: European Ancestors-Part 1; Lisa Alzo
Research: European Ancestors-Part 2; Lisa Alzo
Research: United States-Great Lakes States; Lisa Alzo
Research: United States-Northeastern US; Cindy Rowzee

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