Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday – Theodore Montgomery Family Portrait

Montgomery Family

Back left: Alonzo “Lonnie” Montgomery, Pearl Montgomery, Harry Montgomery

Front left: Oda Montgomery, Theodore Montgomery, Rosetta “Rose” Montgomery, Sarah Jane Hicks Montgomery

Date: circa 1902 in Tennessee.

[Missing from this photo is Ida May Montgomery.  Per the 1900 census, Sarah was the mother of nine children and only 6 of them were living at the time.]

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday – Scarlett part 2

Last Thursday, I you the contents of a box that included my homemade dolls.  You can find that post here.

I found two photos of Scarlett both taken in 1978 per the writing on the back.  The photos are “old” and “pinky” now.  I did the best I could in trying to clear them up.

Scarlett and twin  

I call this photo, “Scarlett and her twin”.  I believe this is the doll my mom still has.  I think she is green but it is so hard to tell from this photo.



 Me Scarlett

This is me on Christmas morning after church holding my two favorite presents that year, Scarlett and a new purse.












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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday – Unknown Bynum Photo

The subjects in this photo are unknown to me.  The negative, which is a negative of a pretty badly torn up photo, was given to me by my first cousin once removed before her death.  From what I can remember of the situation, she told me “these are Bynum’s” and that was all.  I’m hoping that by posting the photo someone maybe able to help me date the photo so I can narrow who these Bynum’s might be.

Bynum negative


This is a scan of the negative.  I’ve inverted it so it looks like a photo.












Bynum negative close up

Here I’ve enlarged and enhanced the negative as best I could.  If you can help with this photo in any way, please contact me either by submitting a comment below or clicking the contact button.


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Sunday, May 16, 2010

My Favorite Genealogy Websites, Free Geni Programs and Online Trees

Recently a friend asked me if I would recommend some genealogy websites. So I feel compelled to post the sites I use most often and find the most worth while in my online research. I’m sure these sites will be nothing new to those of you who have been doing this for awhile but I hope others not so familiar with online genealogy research will find them useful.

Ancestry ( Ancestry- The self-proclaimed “world’s largest online resource for family history documents and family trees” with “over 4 billion records”. You can try the databases and family trees free for 14 days. The current member subscription rates are: U.S. DELUXE MEMBERSHIP Annual $12.95/month*, Three Month $16.95/month*,Monthly $19.95/month and WORLD DELUXE MEMBERSHIP Annual $24.95/month* ,Three Month $27.95/month*, Monthly $29.95/month.

FamilySearch Record Search ( -FamilySearch Record Search There are millions of indexed records available for free with more records being added all the time. Many of the indexed records include actual images. The FamilySearch website is a service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and thousands of volunteers through out the world .

The USGenWeb Project ( - USGenWebFrom the website: “Volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone. Organization is by county and state, and this website provides you with links to all the state genealogy websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties.”

Footnote ( -Footnote They currently have 65,146,000 historical images digitized. “We are able to bring you many never-before-seen historic documents through our unique partnerships with The National Archives, the Library of Congress and other institutions.” This is a paid site. Through the month of May you can view the historical newspaper collection for free. They also offer an “All-Access Membership for 7 Days Free”. Current subscription rates are: Annual $79.95/year or Monthly $11.95/month.

Find A Grave ( -FAG With over 45 million grave records, this is the “go to” grave search site. This site is free. You will not find all the graves you are searching for as it is completely done by volunteers. “Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc.” As stated in the sites FAQ’s “Find A Grave's primary purpose is a graves registration website. It’s secondary purpose is a memorialization/remembrance site and it’s tertiary purpose is a genealogical resource.”

Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records ( -Death Indexes Joe Beine’s awesome directory is the first place I go to see what is available in the state I’m researching. From the website: “This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery & burial records. “

Cyndi’s List ( -Cindi's list The be-all and end-all of genealogy related links! From Cyndi's List FAQ: “What is Cyndi's List? * A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet. * A list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. * A free jumping-off point for you to use in your online research. * A "card catalog" to the genealogical collection in the immense library that is the Internet. * Your genealogical research portal onto the Internet.”


In addition to the above sites, I thought I might add two more categories, Free Software and Online Trees. Below are my picks.


Free Genealogy & Family Tree Software:

RootsMagic Essentials (

Family Tree Legends (

Legacy Family Tree (

Note: There are many free genealogy software programs that are not mentioned here. Feel free to add your favorite in the comments section. My personal preference would be RootsMagic. I am using the current paid version, RootsMagic4.


Online Genealogy & Family Tree Trees

Ancestry - mentioned above

Geni (

TribalPages (

Note: Again, these are my favorite online tree sites and I have a tree on each. There are many, many more available. Feel free to add your favorite in the comments section.

Good Luck on your ancestor hunt!

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday – Another almost forgotten box full of stuffed dolls

About a week ago, I was looking for a box of stuff that I knew would help My Young Man with his homework project.  I found that stuff but as it turns out it didn’t help My Young Man at all. (sigh)  In searching the house, I also found a box of homemade keepsake treasures I’d saved from the trash can when my mom and dad moved.  They are presented here in all their worn-out but very much loved glory.


My lion (I’m sure he had a name but it’s long forgotten) and my sock monkey.  I’m pretty sure both of these items were made for me by my grandmother, Gladys Jane Montgomery Crew.












My mother made this doll for me when I was about three or four.  She also had a name but again, it has been lost to time .  My friends and I played with this doll a lot and her body shows lots of wear, as evidenced by her “shoe”.  This doll has a removable dress and possibly had other clothes that were made for her as well.  (If there were other clothes, I no longer have them.) 









This is Scarlett. She is another one of my mother’s creations. According to mom, she saw an ad for the pattern in a magazine and ordered it the summer of 1978.  After making one, my father liked it so much he took it to work to show his co-workers.  Apparently, his co-workers like it as well and put in orders for them requesting particular eye color, hair color and dress color.  Mom says she made about 25 or so dolls that year.  A majority of them she sold as Christmas presents to dad’s co-workers for $35.

I watched my mom sewing these dolls and begged to have one.  Mom made one for me and presented it as a Christmas gift from “Santa”.

Here I am removing Scarlett from the Christmas Tree.



Below you can see Scarlett with her many layers of clothes and a close-up of her face.



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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Nearly Wordless Wednesday – Pearson’s Only Photo

Yesterday I posted my second great granduncle’s tombstone and death certificate.  Today, I thought I’d post the only photo I have of Pearson.


Pearson Montgomery

Pearson Clifford Montgomery

Date unknown.  Place presumed to be San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday – Pearson Clifford Montgomery

Pearson Montgomery Tombstone

Born: 22 August 1852 (per marker) – 22 August 1854 (per death certificate) in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Died: 6 February 1949 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

Burial: 8 February 1949 at Locke Hill Cemetery in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Pearson was my second great granduncle or brother to my second great grandfather, Theodore Jonas (or James) Montgomery.  Pearson never married and never had children that I can find.  He took care of my second great grandmother, Sarah Jane Hicks and her children after Theodore died.

I have not been able to find an obituary for Pearson but I did find his death certificate, which is below.

Death 038

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Matrilineal Line

Randy over at Genea-Musings has posted our weekly assignment. Here’s the mission for this week:

1) List your matrilineal line - your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!

2) Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.


Here is my matrilineal line:

a) Me – Regina

b) My Mom

c) Gladys Jane Montgomery (04 October 1914 in Boerne, Kendall, Texas - 24 January 2002 in Truth or Consequences, Sierra, New Mexico) Married Virgil Cancil Crew.

d) Mina "Minnie" Schmidt (27 January 1894 in Kendalia, Kendall, Texas - 12 August 1960 in Porterville, Tulare, California) Married Oda Theodore Montgomery and Edwin Theodore De Laney.

e) Alvina Spangenberg (15 June 1871 in New Braunfels, Comal, Texas - 18 January 1930 in Boerne, Kendall, Texas) Married Hubert Schmidt.

f) Anna Marie Wersdoerfer (Abt. August 1843 in Germany – Date unknown) Married Hermann Spangenberg.

g) Anna Schmidt (Abt. 1812 in Germany – Date unknown) Married Joseph Wersdoerfer and Alois Hofacker.


I have not had a mitochondrial DNA test. I’ve only recently become interested in having a DNA test done but the cost is prohibitive at the moment.

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