Monday, December 31, 2012



Wow,  our life has just begun

It may seem late on the calendar

O, but to much chatter and banter

The clock still ticks and the sun still spins

The world goes round and we  begin

A new endeavor, another round of try

A grey hair, a weak grin,  skin so dry,

Wow, our life has just begun

Just waiting for the setting sun.

Susi Pentico

Reach for the stars
Dangle thoughts of Mars,

Play for the moon
It shall soon be noon,

Look to each day with positive thoughts
Let not walk in dire, sad lots

Reach to each other for support and for care
For soon, our time will have shown grey hair

Hug your children and your friends
Go out of your way and make new ones

Life is to short to set and moan,
Get up and give a loud groan

Fight to live and to love and to care
For soon our time will be there

Susi Pentico

Saturday, December 29, 2012

More Jones Information

More Jones Information

Noel JONES b abt 1785 in NY   wife Susannah.
Posted in Rensselaer Co. Court Records the birth of their son.

NOYES JONES b 31 March 1809,(tombstone says 1808).  also in 1810 census as only child w parents.

Marries Susan Madison  b 24 March 1818 Mass? NY? VT? marriage supposedly took place in Mass near Holyoke 1832.

Noyes moves to Nunda, Ill  and after CW moves to Chickasaw Co. , Iowa area.
All children born in NY before leaving around 1857 after 1855. 1 Son dies young (teen in NY area/family said MASS)

Noyes dcd 17 April 1881 Chickasaw Co. area  Susan dcd 13 Feb 1881 Chickasaw Co.  IA Oak Hill Cemetery, Nashua, Chickasaw Co. IA.


Henry George  b NY 3 Sept 1834  d 25 Sept 1912  Oak Hill Cemetery, Nashua, Ia also.

Noel    b 1835-7 born Mass  dcd  MASS NY?

Arvilla   b NY m Addison after Alfred Johnson, brothers

William Harrison b abt 1841 NY d 31 Dec 1862 Murfreesboro, Tenn Battle of Stones River

Calvin Fay  b  15 May 1843   d 12 Sept 1910 Oak Hill Cemetery, Nashua, IA w Hannah Young
also at Battle of Stones River, Tenn. my line, and Don's line.

Jennie  b 1847  NY   m Fred Apel  daughter Francis

Lucy  b abt 1848  NY   m William FULLER

Charles b 1850 NY  d 26 Sept 1916 IA m Betsey BARTLETT had Fanny b 1871 IA & others

Dad knew the Family of Charles and Betsey and daughter Fanny Jones DREW and her husband William H Drew in Wheatland, WYO. their children were Fred, Howard L. and Harold H and Inez L.

Fred Drew m Vida HULSE (?) Spelling
had Elton and Decima -  Elton died in car accident near Casper, Wyo. Decema was alive in Colorado about 10 years ago when I contacted her. spelling varies on her name Dicema, or Decima.
I have more data on the DREW lineage also from NY to Iowa.

Picture is of Donald Jones, Susan Jones Pentico, Gerald O Jones dcd my Uncle.

Donald's father was LaMonte Earnest JONES, my Grandad's Carl Fremont Jones brother.

Appreciate hearing from anyone related to these families.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Alva E JONES Additions. My Great Uncle.

 Alva E Jones (Edgar)    Father Calvin Fay JONES Mother Hannah  Young JONES

On Alva's W W 1 Draft Registration it states he is 44 years of age. He is an Auto Dealer, Self Employed.  Maybe Edsel?

His birth is listed as November 15, 1874.   Happy belated Birthday Great Uncle Alva.
Wife is Zelia Jones Nashua IA. ( I have her maiden name as NOBLE.)
Serial No. 1220   Order No. 507
14-1-14 C Registrar's Report.
He had blue eyes and light brown hair..  Medium build, medium height.
He was registered on 12 Sept 1918. County of Chickasaw, State of Iowa New Hampton IA.

1880 Census
Alvie  age 5 born IA
Bradford, Chickasaw, IA
Father Calvin Jones  b NY
Mother Hannah Jones *Young* b ILL
at home
Calvin Jones 27
Hannah Jones 30
Nora Jones 10
George Jones 8
Alvie 5
Walter 3 m

1905 State Census
residence 1905 Chickasaw IA
 1915 State Census
 residence 1915 Chickasaw IA - Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa)
Mason City Globe Gazette( Mason City, IA)
Charles City,-- Alva E. Jones was honored with a party on his 87th birthday a the Chautauqua Guest Home where he is a resident.  Three of his daughters who were present for the occasion were: Mrs. S. V. Ohm, Floyd; Mrs J. W. Timmons and Mrs Charles A Griztner, Plainfield,
His other children are Marie Jones, Osage; Howard, Mt Vernon, Ill; and Harold, Indianapolis, Ind.

Alva Edgar JONES b 15 Dec 1874 Chickasaw IA
dies 30 Dec 1963, Charles City, Floyd, IA - The Nashua Reporter (Nashua, Iowa)
9 Jan 1964  Alva's Obit in paper.
ma Zelia Noble 31 March 1897 in Nashua,IA
survived by four daughters and two sons: Mrs. Carl Gritzner, Plainfield, IA
Miss Marie V Jones, and Mrs. Sid Ohm both of Floyd, IA, Mrs Jess Timmons, Charles City;
Howard L Jones of Mt. Vernon, ILL and Harold A Jones of Floyd.
Also surviving 8 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his wife in  1939, a daughter Mildred, in 1949, four brothers and a sister.

Family if you see this please contact me.

Alva JONES son of Calvin and Hannah JONES

Alva Jones and wife Zelia A Jones

I first learned of Alva in a college book listing he was at school there. It is packed away in a box from about 20 years ago.

Then expanding my research, cold calling was applied and I located some kin of his with the help of the Chamber of Commerce in Nashua, IA.

Later Charles Jones sent me data from his files out of Nashua, Ia area.

Alva shows in the Iowa State Census 1875 & 1905.

Alva is also with Zelia in the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930.

He shows for draft in WW1.

1900 census they had Hazel N aged 2.  It is her Grandson that we shared much information with.
Charles Gritzner.
Also they had Howard L  2/12.

1910  Bradford, Chickasaw, IA
Hazel 12
Howard 10
Marie 8
Mildred 6
Ethel M 2
1920 Bradford, Chickasaw, IA owned their home
Alva E 45
Zelia 31
Howard 19
Marie 17
Mildred 15
Ethel 12
Bernice 7
Harold 5

1930 Charles City, FLoyd, IA
Alva E 55
Zelia A 50
Howard L 30
Marie V  28
Mildred L 25
Ethel M 22
Bernice L 17
Harold A 15

1940 Charles City, Floyd, IA
Alve (a)  65
lived on HUDIN
H # 202
no farm
Charles City, Floyd, IA
st No. 8A
household 208
with daughters
Marie V 38
Mildred L 35

 I would love to hear from more of this family.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Arvilla JONES Johnson

Lois Arvilla JONES JOHNSON is daughter of Noyes and Susan Madison JONES
She is sister to Calvin Fay  JONES.
She is wife of both Addison brothers.  1870 Census  Iowa
Addison 33 NY Arvilla, 30 NY Emma 6, Annah 4, Charles 2 ch born IA.
 1880 Census Iowa
Alfred Johnson  43, NY Arvilla 42 NY, Emma 15, Anna J 14, May 12 Charles F 11, Arthur J 3

Riverton, Floyd, IA.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday in IOWA JONES, Calvin and Hannah Young Jones

As I am still looking for Calvin Fay Jones, grandmother, we are filling in the blanks on various areas on  my want list.

Today I will post Calvin Fay JONES tombstone and his wife Hannah Young JONES.
Remembering that Calvin's lineage is this:
Noel JONES b abt 1785 NY wife Susannah  ( last name not known)
source Rensselaer Co. NY Court House records, written in the book.
Noyes JONES birth is recorded by Noel and Susannah JONES

Noel states Noyes birth was 31 Mar 1809. He is father and Susannah is his mother.

1810 census shows NOEL, wife and 1 minor small child.  Petersburg, Rensselaer Co. NY.
No data on them found again.  DID disease take them? Did he die in War of 1812 since this is a family that bears arms often?  Did she die and he starts a complete new life with other people.
I think I find Noyes with Abel in the census due to his age and what is either his Grandfather or Great Uncle.  Abel's children are mature but he suddenly has a young man in his household.

Noyes marries Susan Madison around 1832 and has children in NY. 1 child in MASS.
Last child recorded was 1850 in NY was Charles.  By 1857 they are preparing to move to ILL.

Calvin and his brother William Harrison JONES fought in the CW in the same ILL  unit.
William Harrison is buried in Tenn.

Calvin died in 1910. Grandad (Carl Fremont) shared stories about his father though very few. He was a young man by the time his father  died.  My Father was born 3 years after his death.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Calvin Fay Jones, GAR, 1843-1910 & W. Harrison JONES 1841-1862

Calvin Fay JONES born in Petersburg, New York.
Died in Chickasaw, Iowa area.  GAR

He moved to Nunda, Illinois as a young man with his parents and family.
They left a large collateral family behind and many also came west already ahead of them.
He and his brother William Harrison Jones enlisted from  Nunda to serve in the War at Aurora, Ill.
Calvin lost his brother at Murfreesboro, Tenn.(Stones River) I have Calvin's service and medical records papers. They served from the same unit.

Calvin was buried, and given up as dead.  A family near, heard his moans and found dirt moving and dug it away and took him in and nursed him back to a bit of health. He walks back to Ill. He re-enlist to
to serve about 10 weeks and was mustered out again. Fought for 30+ years to get his pension back.I have copies of all the letters that were written to verify he was who he was. At least I think they are all of them, in his file.

I understood him to be a very kind gentle man and was well liked by all. My Grandfather looked much like his Dad but Calvin had blue eyes.  My Dad had the blue eyes also, and color of features as his Grandfather but different build. Calvin was thin and wiry. Dad was more stocky.  Grandad was thin and wiry also.

Calvin took a musket ball into the lower left chest and lost all the lower ribs front and back as I understand the medical data. Grandad said you could set on his lap and put your fist in his stomach and your knuckles showed on the back of his back.

Calvin and his sister Arvilla took possession of the land of his parents. I do not have the results of whom got the land at his demise.  In time, I hope to.

His family moved to Chickasaw County, Iowa area with other families.  1 sister stayed in ILL and was married, there.

Family moved around in Belmont, Floyd, Butler, Chickasaw County.  I have pictures of the tombstones.

Calvin F Jones
IL 36 Inf H
Oak Hill
Cemetery Location:
Nashua Chickasaw IA
Lot 24; s/o Noyes and Susan

Cousin Ed Roberts sent me data on William HARRISON JONES. I have picture of where he is buried in files somewhere.

William H. Jones (First_Last)  GAR
Regiment Name 36 Illinois Infantry
Side Union
Company H
Soldier's Rank_In Pvt.
Soldier's Rank_Out Pvt.
Alternate Name
Film Number M539 roll 46
Killed in Civil War Stones River Battle on dec 31 1862.  Refer to Calvin Fremont Jones notes for additional details.

MIDDLE NAME:        
COMPANY:         H
DATE OF BIRTH:        
DATE OF DEATH:         12-31-62
GRAVE NUMBER:         N-5569


36th Regiment, Illinois Infantry

Organized at Aurora, Ill., and mustered in September 23, 1861. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., thence to Rolla, Mo., September 24-29, 1861. Attached to Dept. of Missouri to January, 1862. 2nd Brigade, Army of Southwest Missouri, to March, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Army of Southwest Missouri, to June, 1862. 1st Brigade, 5th Division, Army Mississippi, to September, 1862. 37th Brigade, 11th Division, Army of the Ohio, to October, 1862. 37th Brigade, 11th Division, 3rd Corps, Army Ohio, to November, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Right Wing, 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to October, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 4th Army Corps, to August, 1865. Dept. of Texas, to September, 1865.

SERVICE.-Duty at Rolla, Mo.,till January 14, 1862. Expedition against Freeman's forces November 1-9, 1861. Curtis' Campaign against Price in Missouri and Arkansas January to March, 1862. Advance on Springfield February 2-13. Pursuit of Price into Arkansas February 14-29. Battles of Pea Ridge, Ark., March 6-8. At Keitsville, Mo., till April 5. March to Batesville, Ark., April 5-May 3. Moved to Cape Girardeau, Mo., May 11-22, thence to Hamburg Landing, Tenn., May 23-29. Occupation of Corinth, Miss. May 30. Pursuit to Boonevilie May 31-June 6. Duty at Rienzi till September 6. Moved to Covington, Ky., thence to Louisville, Ky., September 6-19. Pursuit of Bragg into Kentucky October 1-16. Battle of Perryville, October 8. March to Nashville, Tenn., October 16-November 7. Duty there till December 26. Reconnoissance toward Clarksville November 15-20. Reconnoissance to Mill Creek November 27. Advance on Murfreesboro, Tenn., December 26-30. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. At and near Murfreesboro till June. Expedition toward Columbia March 4-14. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 24-July 7. Occupation of Middle Tennessee till August 15. Passage of Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Battle of Chickamauga, Ga., September 19-20. Siege of Chattanooga September 24-November 23. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. March to relief of Knoxville November 28-December 8. Operations in East Tennessee till January, 1864. Regiment Veteranize January 1, 1864, and Veterans on furlough till March. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11. Buzzard's Roost Gap May 8-9. Demonstration on Dalton May 9-13. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Adairsville May 17. Near Kingston May 18-19. Cassville May 19. Advance on Dallas May 22-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Buckhead, Nancy's Creek, July 18. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Loveioy Station September 2-6. Pursuit of Hood, into Alabama October 1-26. Nashville Campaign November-December. Columbia, Duck River, November 24-27. Spring Hill November 29. Battle of Franklin November 30. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. At Huntsville, Ala., till March, 1865. Operations in East Tennessee March 15-April 22. Moved to Nashville and duty there till June. Moved to New Orleans, La., June 15-23. Duty at Headquarters of General P. H. Sheridan, Commanding Dept. of the Gulf, to October. Mustered out October 8 and discharged at Springfield, Ill., October 27, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 11 Officers and 193 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 
Officer and  127 Enlisted men by disease. Total 332.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thankful Thursday, Hannah Young Jones

Nashua  Recorder, 30 September 1941

Nashua, Iowa
My Great Grandmother  Hannah Young JONES

Friday, November 2, 2012


Iowa, Jones Kin and Research

This weather of a late brought about a strong need to check my files and see what is current and what is missing.  This is normally an Every January Thing.  Yes, I attempt every January to go through my tree and see what is missing and what has been found.

Why both you ask?  Because it shows you the progress you have made, when you may feel you have made none.  Mom was a stickler for showing your accomplishments. Of course, that is a building esteem thing.

Thing may not be the right word but it fits. Esteem is a funny critter to work with, in us humans.

So I am learning when January comes this year I will have done more than I expected in many areas, not enough in others.  That is not new either, we still are humans.

So my recent adventure sent me looking for a George MADISON and wife Hulda J Madison, which I strongly believe is Susan Madison JONES brother.  In so doing I found him yet and still only that one time in the 1870 census near Susan Madison Jones and her husband NOYES JONES.

In looking for him I went back to my list of kin in this area and have acquired with the help of a friend researcher in Iowa, photos of my ancestors graves, land records not previously searched, and now looking for maybe an Obit for NOYES JONES or SUSAN MADISON JONES.  Actually I will take any obit on any of this family in search of clues.

I did get a tidbit that implied George or at least his son George H MADISON may have gone back east not liking Iowa lifestyle and married. Found by friend researcher in Family Search, I never find anything there. Only with Sister Ruth when LDS on Robinson Ave. SD, CA did we find stuff with her awesome help.

I have Marriage records, death records, family personal stories, pictures shared and had hoped by now to track down the picture of Noyes JONES and Susan Madison JONES that hung in  Walter Charles Gritzner's Grandparent's home when he was young.  His mother was HAZEL JONES GRITZNER, I believe my files in box will show she was the daughter of Alva Jones and Zelia Augusta Noble.
Alva was born 15 Dec 1874 and died 30 Dec 1963. I did not find him before his death and I was looking too.  I have Walter's obit etc.

I have Alva's college records, I have much data that Walter shared with me. I know have pictures of his tombstone and hers. I did not think to ask for Walter's not sure if one up yet.

Nora, b 1870 May, d 1958 March. the oldest of Calvin and Hannah's children m Iver JEPSON, had many children and moved a few times too, Cousin Ed Robert's is from her.

  George b 1872  whom mar Belle Fox had children and moved away for a bit also, I am told.  Need to dig out the boxes of research prior to computers.

 Walter Jones b 1880 d 10 Dec 1846. He shows on the 1880 Census as 3 months. Marries Elizabeth Spooner then had: Ruth, Calvin and Fay.  I am in touch with one downline descendant of this line.

LaMont(e) Earnest Jones b 14 August 1882 Pearlrock IA d 1 Feb 1939 California. married
Lulu Maybelle Torrey she born 2 June1884 d 19 July 1953 California.
He is my Grandfathers' closest brother.  I can tell stories about what they did.  He was seriously injured in a race to a cattle grate and later was a grocer and then moved west to work.  He had 6 children and I talk with the youngest one ever so often. He also lives in CA.

Carl Fremont  b  10 Oct 1888 Iowa, died 12 March 1962 Casper, Wyo.  was married to his wife,
Victoria Mae (Ida) Foulk 18 Jan 1913 in Albert Lea, Minn. Have Certificate.  She dies in Cheyenne, Wyo. 1990? I saw her the year before she died.  She divorced Carl and later in life married
Charles NORRIS the State Senator for Wyoming.   After his death she remained a widow.
She lived with me for several months at a time and I got to know her quite well.
They had 6 children, they are all gone now but one girl.

As I post the names of the children and their children it is hoped I will find some missing links to this family of Calvin Fay's and Noyes Jones.  Calvin's mother is ever elusive  but you  never heard anyone say a bad thing about her or towards her.  Susan Madison JONES where are your parents and siblings?

For all my cousins help I say thank you.  I have met some and hope to meet more of you.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Jones Descendants at Gathering in 1903

This was at a family Reunion for the JONES family in NEW YORK. Sept 1903 Volney JONES home
Aurelius, Cayuga County, near Fosterville. 3rd of Sept. 1903.

Volney is son of Noel JONES b 1813 Petersburg, Rensselaer Co. NY.  It is NOEL's 90th Birthday.
Noel's father was Archibald JONES m to Prudence Smith, lived 20 m east of Troy.
Noel is the Grandson of NOEL JONES whom married a Whitford.
According to my records that makes him the son of Silas Jones and Susanna Sweet JONES.??
Still looking for my NOEL's father?  b abt 1785 in NY  whom is related to all these people. YDNA verified. Family records verified but actual parent a blank. Grandfathers letter to Grandson did not mention whom the Dad was.

Any help appreciated. Thanks Melanie for this help.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Noyes Jones Family Puzzle, Wife's Family Missing

The Noyes Jones Family Puzzle, Wife's Family Missing

Since I have decided to ask for some help on this lineage, I am going to post some data here.

I would love the family of this man to locate the pictures that hung in Hazel Gritzner's hall in her home
in Iowa. Grandson had no idea who got the picture of NOYES and SUSAN JONES from his Grandmother's.

Noyes Jones was born in 1809 according to court records in Petersburg, Rensselaer Co. NY in court minutes. Tombstone shows 1808.
He shows on the  1810 census with his parents NOEL JONES and SUSANNAH (?) JONES.
Names were pulled from Court records in courthouse entry.

Some time around 1830 Noyes (Nois) marries Susan MADISON, family papers say near Mount Holyoke, Mass. No proof found after 30 years of digging.

Noyes JONES dies 17 April 1881, Nashua, IA area Bradford Twp.area, Riverton, Floyd, area.

Susan Madison was born around 1818 in possibly Mass or NY or VT. Children all give different places.

Her tombstone shows this 24 March 1818  for birth and 13 Feb 1881 for death.  They die in Iowa.
Their tombstones are in Chickasaw Co. Iowa,  Oak Hill Cemetery.

Henry (George) born 2/3 Sept 1834  in NY, d 25/26 Sept 1912  burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Nashua, IA. heirs

NOEL born about 1835/7 Mass.  on 1850 census Petersburg, Rensselaer, NY (he did not come west)
Family says he dies in Mass as infant but he is 13 on this  census (yes a minor is called Infant)

Daughter Arvilla b abt 1840 NY d  Iowa marries first Alfred then Addison JOHNSON. heirs

William Harrison, b  abt 1841 NY dies 31 Dec 1862 Stones River Battle, Tenn. buried there.

Calvin Fay* b 15 May 1843 Rensselaer Co. , NY served in CW with brother Harrison, Nunda, ILL
for residence at time of service, moves to Nashua, Ia with family after war. marries etc.

Jennie b 1847 Rensselaer Co., NY m Crystal Lake Ill in 1864 to Fred Apel,   remained in ILL. heir

Lucy b abt 1848 Rensselaer Co., NY marries William FULLER have minimal data. heirs

Charles Edward  b  9 Sept 1850 d 26 Sept, 1916 m Betsey BARTLETT, both b NY, lived Ill, Ia heirs
As far can be determined their last child was born in New York, 1850,  showing in the 1855 NY Census. Some papers say F for middle initial. Took his nephew and future bride to Blue Mound, Minn to marry in 1913, told me by the bride and the groom.

* My line.

Susan Madison, b  Mass, NY, VT between 1812 and 1818 from all the data I have garnered.

Tombstone gives b and d dates.  In 1870 a George Madison shows up as a neighbor also from NY.

George Madison b abt 1823 in NY  age 47 in 1870 Riverton Floyd, IA

wife Hulda J Madison  36 

 George H Madison 10 

 1870 Census

Noyes and Susan JONES show up just above them on census. They do not show up on the 1880 census.

I also suspect that the WILLIAM MADISON in neighboring county may be older brother.

Any help appreciated. It also seems that the JONES's always lived on borders and boundaries. A trait that remains until currently. Even Dad's land was border land, Sonoma,Marin Co. California.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Motivational Monday, Let's Try Something New

Motivational Monday, Let's Try Something New

 A site I have used for more than 20 years.
 The Pennsylvania Line recommended it long ago and I have ordered maps from them since the early 1990's.
 U. S. Geological Survey topographical maps that accurately portray the complex geography of the nation. 
 To much data to put here go to the site and go through all the links.
Midwest Genealogy Center | - Mid-Continent Public Library

Midwest Genealogy Center
3440 S. Lee's Summit Road
Independence, MO 64055-1923
Phone: 816-252-7228

A genealogists dream come true for mid continent research.

Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records
 88 million grave records so far
 Cemetery data
 Even a discussion forum
 Famous Grave Search

 A word of caution if your transcribing please let the deceased by gone a month at least, before you
post on the site. A few days is much to soon.

City of Carlsbad - Cole Library

1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

 1 floor is  all Genealogy based books and maps and data.
 Lots of data to share for genealogists. Great friendly helpful people too.

Interesting site that everyone is talking about it.  It also says that  the Digital Library of Georgia 
has announced the availability of Mercer Cluster Archive, an on line newspaper for Mercer University's Macon campus. 1920-1970 time frame.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Follow Friday and Other Things

This week has  been busy with reading, gathering, sorting and attempting to sort out what may be worthy for my Classes.  It seems there are several new blogs, several new places to search and other assorted sources to utilize.

Having read a couple of tips for improving the Genealogy Tree for family to enjoy and make presentations more interesting.

 Here is one:  Use Google Maps To Track Your Ancestors Travels ~ Teach Me Genealogy

 The idea you can set down on a graphic map in your computer system the places your family have lived and it will show the migration of some of the lines as they take place, is to me very exciting.

Thanks  Sarah.

American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement
Thanks Wisconsin Historical Society.

Today on Facebook someone was trying  to find a town in Russia, I wonder if this site might not help them and we should be aware of  it anyway.  From Russia with Faith and Hope. | Indiegogo

Thanks Nick  from Belgorod, Russian Federation.  Also if anyone can help please let him know.

Now a new found place to look for data in the New England area of the USA, try this site, several I have sent link to are having success,  especially in New York region.

New Horizons Genealogy - Specializing in New England and New York Colonial American Ancestry

Generous Genealogists  A site set up to assist those who used RAOGK site since the mentor there has passed on.  Their scope is broader and their goals are wider. The About Us page says much.
About Us | Generous Genealogists

Even an AP for the I phone, I Pad,Pod has been released to help people with Jewish Surnames.
It is called FambleThe game can be accessed at:

Also Huntingdon Library has opened an exhibit about the Civil War that we should be aware of.
Major Civil War exhibit opens at Huntington Library in San Marino - Pasadena Star-News

Sunday, October 7, 2012

New York Resources

New York Resources shared by Shirley Becker

Shirley is a New York born researcher with many dead ends in New York.  She gave a great talk at
the Lemon Grove Library Wednesday evening. Sharing many urls for researchers to use to help break their brick walls.  Url's shared below with her permission.

Below is the list of urls she shared.

SITES    Hall of Records      Tri County site

Upstate NY genealogy

inventory of known repositories
 “Search over 5,692,000 Old New York Historical Newspaper Pages”

Northern NY Library Network

The New Netherland Project
Information on settlement by Dutch

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

The New York State Archives Cultural Education Center on Madison Avenue in Albany. There it cares for and provides access to more than 130 million documents that tell the story of New York from the seventeenth century to the present.

Where To Get Copies of Birth And Death Certificates In NYS

Where To Get Copies of Marriage & Divorce Certificates In NYS

New York State Department of Health
New York USGenWeb Project
NY State Archives

Immigrant ships  Transcribers Guild

Irish immigration at Ellis Island in historic passenger records 

Irish Immigrants in America during the 19th Century

Dutch Reform
Holland Company info
Quakers NY wills
NY Gravestones


Town maps for a central area of NY
From cyndislist  1895 (huge and detailed)
American Memory Panoramic Maps 1847-1929 - New York
From the Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress.

An Interesting site Please explore

A commercial site dealing in New York State history as well as genealogy books. Also has a page of New York State genealogy societies and other helpful resources

Association of Public Historians of NY State
Preemption line information
Enchanted Mountains Genealogy Society
Three Rivers
History From America's Most Famous Valleys

Long Island Genealogy
This is a large site covering Long Island, New York resources, and Genealogy information.

Rootsweb Town Search

And not to forget my friend's site :

Let us know if this helps you find some clues and answers.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

RAOGK's Converted to Generous Genealogists.

RAOGK's Converted to Generous Genealogists

For those looking to find RAOGK's site, it has passed on, as it's creator has also 2011, July.

The great thing is someone has worked hard with others to create a new venue for this need.

Linked in  at the Genealogy Guild shared this information .

Generous Genealogists

Look around join, share and be a helper.  I am thrilled to see this endeavor taken on and continued
by our genealogical community.

Here is hoping if we give an hour a day, once a week even we may be able to help others.

Mark Rabideau thanks for this post.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Society Saturday Bonita-Sunnyside Library Workshop

Society Saturday
Bonita-Sunnyside Library Workshop

This event was our Fall Seminar, it was free to all who came and enjoyed.

It started with an introduction by President Gary Brock.  He then introduced
Sam Seat to give an over view of what our hopes were to help the attendees.

Sam gave a great presentation on the use of a 5 Generation Chart, various online
resources for research, and explained a basic overview of some genealogical computer programs
 to add one's research to after basic information placed on paper and pencil chart form.

He reinforced that you can do much genealogy with out joining a paid site. He supplied urls for many sites to assist one in doing research and he did mention a few of the paid sites also.

Paper and Pencil is used to start, so that you can correct and change as you are learning. Once it is determined correct it can be put into a Genealogical Program, ( Roots Magic, Family Tree Maker, My Heritage or Reunion).  Those were the ones shown on the computers for people to see how they work and the ease of use for storage of your information.

Roots Magic, Family Tree Maker are for PC users, Reunion is for MacIntosh users. My Heritage is a cloud computing program that is free up to a certain amount and then fee based afterwards. It can be used on either computer styles, PC or MAC.  Yes, there are many more programs but those were the presented ones by members of the society to help others get started or to understand some of the mechanics of the program they are using.

Bernice Heiter was there to help with French Canadian research and her assistant was Bobbie Lane whom both are Daughters of the King.  It was noticed that there were people that took advantage of that source of knowledge.

Randy Seaver helped people with Roots Magic, Kevin Brown helped with My Heritage, Ken Robison shared data on Family Tree Maker, Shirley Becker showed the Reunion Program for the MAC users.

Susi Pentico used her I Pad to help a new member find his Grandmother on Ancestry in the census records for Puerto Rico.

A brief mention of the many tools in the ultra modern world that genealogist can now use: I-Phone, I-Pad, NoteBooks, LapTops, other Cell phones with Applications added.  Of course we have regular computers also.

Librarian Hielde Kraus, gave an over view of the County Library System and they do still have Ancestry available in their sites. She also mentioned we should use all our libraries for resources because there are many advantages to using libraries.  She talked about online Catalogs, and other  sources they have we do not have access to at home. JSTOR they do not have but our local universities should have it and we are eligible to use a universities libraries as tax payers.  I will mention World Cat here as another source for libraries.  Actually there are many, so drop by a library and ask.

JSTOR is a Journal Storage program encouraged and used by Universities and many colleges. It is
a very expensive program so lower level system many times can not afford it.  Since early genealogical data was stored in journals it is an ideal element to use for research.

 A Drawing was held for the door prize and other gifts donated to the society after both the morning and afternoon session.

We had at least one new member sign up whom I met and helped do research. We had many new faces in the morning session.

We had more attendees in the afternoon but no new faces. We were glad to see them come and learn about the programs and how to research and use the Electronic Storage Programs for their data.

Refreshments were provided for throughout the day.  Thanks Karen.

Thanks to all whom attended and shared and we hope you enjoyed it and would like to do it again.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Genealogy for Virginian's and Carolina Folk

Scanning through the mail, being exposed to new and different sources on a steady basis, this one seemed important to genealogy.

 I was pleased to learn about this article in the Science Daily, which often has data regarding genealogical matters.

 Hoping this is interesting for you also.

Old deeds, witness trees offer glimpse of pre-settlement forest in West Virginia

What a great way to help find the  long ago land boundaries and places and what the difference the land is with and without the trees.

Surely, without trees there is probably less water also. So an entire make up of the land can make some great changes.

 My friend Roberta Estes who has more than one blog has been doing some great digging up of data on some of the early lives of the Virginia, and Carolina peoples.  She tracks some great stories about some well known and not so well known Indian's of importance.

This piece describes the Buncombe County region that did at one time lie next to Tennessee. Haywood County took away that distinction but it is one of the gaps into the Blue Ridge Mountains.
This piece is bound to help those in early research years to maybe know where to look for more information.

You may want to follow Roberta on any of her blogs. This one comes from the Native Heritage Project.

 The Indian Path in Buncombe County | Native Heritage Project

On Sep 18, 2012, at 10:34 PM, Roberta Estes wrote:

Of course Susi, the more people we can help, the better.  So spread the


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Seminar coming 22 Sept Bonita Sunnyside Library.

Some learn how to get started with Genealogy and Family History.  Come learn about the programs available for computers to help you. Find out what a 5 Generation Chart has on it, a Family Group sheet's information, research forms,  they help you keep track of where you stopped and want to go back to when researching{books at libraries, on line} besides at home.
Meet some of the members of the society that are hard at work to make  our community a better place.
We have been around more than 25 years. We are non profit, we furnish scholarships and speakers to the schools in the community.   Come Meet Us, Come Join Us, and Enrich Your Life.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Research Topics That Crossed My Desk.

  Research Topics That  Crossed My Desk.

On the blog for the the Lemon Grove attendees and anyone else needing information I have been posting various links to various research sites.

Scan back through some past topics and find some great sources.

 Seems lots of good things are happening in the Scottish research department.
 Having received another site to look at yesterday. Thinking I was exposed to this site before but tucked  it away and  forgot to share it.

It is a mix of information on Scotland and it's ancestry. 

Then Dick Eastman brought up an interesting topic. With the way the Internet and Computer
Systems are changing I can really see this being a potential problem. Recalling they recommended 
putting your pictures on a CD, preserve them forever. Yes, they are preserved, but will you always be able to access them?

No idea how long is forever, was going to be and when the system changes you can no longer see the CD. So the topic Dick Eastman brought up was a valid one. To read about it follow this link.

Having blogs and a website on the internet. It was a very interesting topic.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Interesting to Try

Randy's suggestion to try.  

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wordless Wednesday Not

Memories of my Aunt.  Muril Jones Collins Isrealske

Aunt Muril was a sister to my father, Ray Dee Jones, Sr.   I am told I met her when I was very small.

 I remember her on our visits to Colorado and I recall them visiting us during the War in Petaluma, CA., many years earlier.  She was married to Uncle Joe (Jack Collins).  I can not remember the stories I was told about his War Service but some of it was definitely not good.  I remember my Uncle got me a GI Joe doll. Nothing like what you see today. Mom said I went no where with out my Uncle Joe doll.

Muril and Joe had two lovely girls, a wee spoiled at times but great cousins. (Gee, are not we all spoiled a bit by our parents.)
One girl married and had two girls, marvelous young women. I have known them since they were young. They have their own families now.
One girl married but no children.  Lots of fun and she showered her Mom with lots of love and attention.

My Aunt, is now gone. She passed last Friday.  Her burial services are today.
Uncle passed many years ago.

 I will miss her for we spent many hours on the phone over the years. Fortunately I have cousins I can talk to now.

Love you all.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Saturday Night - Ancestors Roulette - TUTTLE

 This is about the Tuttle family that migrated south to Georgia and then back up to Kentucky and into Iowa.

 Patience Tuttle is number 37 on the Roulette Wheel.   Her father was JAMES TUTTLE, (Jr.) b 16 July 1767 Montgomery Co., Virginia. He died 10 May 1860, in Wayne, Kentucky.  First wife was Nancy.  Married abt 1794 ? She dies 1813.

Patience is her seventh living child. She has 11 known siblings.  No wonder she dies so young, she is wore out.  Step Mother is Milly GROSS whom had 2 more children as siblings.

 Patience Tuttle, born 1806 in Elbert, Georgia, US. She married John Morrow in Wayne County, Kentucky on 18 May 1820. Sourced.

Rebecca Morrow daughter born 1821 in Kentucky later moves with family to Henry Co. IA.
She marries John C Scott who is also from Kentucky and originally from Halifax Co. VA 1770's. sourced.

Tuttle tidbits:Tuttle farm in NH up for Conservertor ship granted from King in 1623?  Data posted on my  Facebook page was in Newpaper August 27,2010 New England paper

Patience Morrow 30 - 300 20 2 - 2 - - - 12 150 0 - - 800 120 - Marion Henry Co. IA

Patience Morrow
Marion, Henry, Iowa
Enumeration Date:
12 Sep 1850
Schedule Type:

Quoted from Wayne County, Kentucky, Pioneers, Vol 4, p. 135 (J. B. Bork, 1974) John Morrow made boat used in this 
court hearing.

Thursday, August 23, 2012



 Besides Thankful, it could be Thriller, Treasure Chest and Thrifty Thursday.

 We are thankful for our friends, who come fix things, we are thankful for other genealogists whom find our blog and help us learn more about our kin. 

 Thrifty because it only cost time to put the blog together after the research had been done and sharing it with others. 

 Treasure Chest because the data  is new to us and will help move us to our final goal of whom they were and where they truly came from, with in a reasonable length of time.

Thriller because of all the twists and turns it has taken in 50 years to get this far and finally seeing the
results surface and become real. One document in Union Co. Pennsylvania, a census find in Jersey Shores, Pa in 1830. Remembering to do the George Schweitzer thing of expand the research by the 50 mile mark until you locate the lost.  Yes, George S. it worked again.  

 So grateful I was able to attend so many of the talks that George S. gave over the years to help us then floundering buddy genealogists.

 A Those Places Thursday because without the place we would not have found the clues to make 
 the connections to tie up family lines.  Jersey Shores and Union County, Pa. 

 Yes, we have an  interesting family name. Yes, Pentico is in the Italian book of names. 
 It would be interesting to track this line farther back than Germany, some day and see if it was  
 Russian earlier or Italian, Penticoff - Penticuff implies a potential for that.  Some variants are: Bennihoff, Bennygoff, Pentico, Penticuff, Penticoff, & Penticope.

 So one document led to another and then led to others digging into this line of many confluted spellings.  We even suspect Penticoast can be ours also. I will share the many spellings of this great family, later. First, I want to see how many may respond.  

 YDNA led us to adopted out children whom were kin. 

 This morning I received a note from someone in Union Co. PA with information and I am so looking forward to learning more about this family.

 It would be awesome, if more of the kin ,answered this blog and shared some of their family information.  The Pentico Book is great but it starts off on a fallacy which we have proven. Truly believing the  33 letters she did not use because they did not agree with the other writers was probably more close to the true story.  Most of the things mentioned, happened but not when or where mentioned and by earlier generations of these ancestors.  We have been here since mid 1700's not 1820.

Do share you information and help us build a great resource for future generations.  Thanks.