Sunday, January 10, 2016
Now I don't usually do New Year resolutions, but with this year I do have some goals in mind that are doable.
1. Finally take a research trip to Arkansas and Louisiana and try to find any record on what happened to Celia Autrey Sample (1859-1907). I believe I have a good circumstantial case that she is my great grandmother, but I'd still like to find one more good piece of evidence. Also, I'd like to find out about her death and where it occurred.
2. According to family stories Edward Vincent McFadden (1889-1977) had a wife before he married Mary A. Curley between 1940 and 1942. So far I have found nothing that indicates he had and earlier marriage.
3. I do plan to work more on my writing this year and hopefully will have something publishable at some point. I have notes, timelines and sketches written down but now want to put them together into an interesting narrative or case study.
4. I'm debating on attending the NGS conference in Florida this year. I plan on deciding within the next week or so. It would be helpful to network since I want to get out of my comfort zone and start taking clients.
5. I will also re-start my effort to become a certified genealogist. In a previous life I was not supported in this endeavor. But as Oswald Cobblepot once said to The Batman, "things change" so now I can tackle things I had put on the back burner.
6. I do plan to be more active with posts on here. It will be good practice for my writing.
I feel 2016 is going to be a very good year.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
|Pittsburgh Monday 14, 1927|
A gas tank explosion about 20 minutes to 9. Lots of damage done and people killed. The whole city shook, glass broke every where. Our house shook. I didn't know what had happened. I was in laundry washing.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
I have been bad about posting lately, but hopefully can get going on this again.
Also, apparently I skipped #13.
|The parents of Dennis are not named but are listed as "residents of the State of Ohio"|
|States Dennis had live in the US for 67 uninterrupted years at "Coal Center, Roscoe, Monongahela & Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania). Also lived in State of Ohio."|
Finally, the death certificate for Dennis, names his parents as Edward McFadden and Alice Collum. Both are also said to have been born in Ireland. The informant was Cornelius McFadden (1903-1977), ninth child of Dennis and Elizabeth.
|Allegheny County, Pennsylvania-1924|
So far, I have been unable to locate any possible candidates Edward, Alice or Dennis in the immigration records. I'm hoping if I can focus on Ohio, something may turn up.
Washington County, Pennsylvania, “marriage license no. 133,” Dennis McFadden-Lizzie Newland, 18 February 1886; digital images, Family Search ( : accessed 8 February 2013).; Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, death certificate no. 11973 (1924), Dennis C. McFadden; Department of Health, Pennsylvania
Monday, June 2, 2014
Otto Schildhauer was my maternal 2nd cousin once removed. While researching some collateral family members, I have come across a few individuals that I have been able to locate quite a bit about with minimal research time and effort.
One of these individuals is Otto Schildhauer (1898-1959). I have been able to find a pretty good summary of his life just searching newspapers.
Also, when people talk about the lack of privacy these days, I like to bring old newpapers up. It's a good illustration that social networks really aren't a new idea. It's only the technology that has changed.
|Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, Ohio, 7 June 1898|
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Schildhauer of Buckingham street, a twelve-pound baby boy.
|Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, Ohio, 12 Jan 1900|
The little child of Mr. Herman Schildhauer is quite sick at 349 Buckingham street.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
I have fallen a little behind on this challenge, but hopefully can catch up fairly soon.
While visiting my parents last week, my mother gave me another family journal that she came across while organizing their new place.
At first we thought this diary belonged to my grandmother, Ruth MCFADDEN Webb (1905-1985), but after reading several of the entries it appears to have beem my great grandmother's, Hannah BITTINGER McFadden (1846-1890).
There are two articles that deal with the illness and death of 10 year old Charlie McFadden (1891-1900) which I had previously posted about here: Charles McFadden.
|Clipping 1: Charles, 10 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis McFadden is very ill with catarrhal fever.|
Clipping 2: Charlie McFadden died yesterday
morning. The little fellow suffered
awfully during the last few days of
his illness. Catarrhal fever, followed
by pneumonia and spinal trouble,
made his case a difficult one to treat.
He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis
McFadden and was ten years of age.
Catarrhal fever is an infection that affects mostly ruminants, cows, sheep, etc. according to the Merck Veterinary Manual. I checked A Medical Miscellany For Genealogists by Dr. Jeanette L. Jerger and What Did They Mean By That: A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical Terms Old and New by Paul Drake. Neither listed catarrhal fever.
Why was his death still not talked about among family members? Family lore has it that Dennis was an alcoholic and abusive to his family. Because of this I had considered the possibility that Charlie may have died at the hands of his father which would have been a reason why the memory of him was hushed up. Since other siblings died at young ages, yet were freely discussed among family members through the years, it seems especially odd that Charlie was not remembered.
Unfortunately, the newspaper clippings do not include the name of the publication or the dates the articles were published. According to the 1900 & 1910 census the McFadden family lived in Roscoe, Washington County, Pennsylvania. I will focus on newspapers for that area and hopefully I can find the publication information and possible a little more about Charlie's death.
I was also considering using Charles as my case study for when I officially begin working toward certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Fortunately, I have several other ancestors that would make for good case studies that I can use for this project.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
When I became serious about pursuing my genealogy, my parents gave me a box that had a lot of pictures and letters from my grandmother Ruth Eileen McFadden (1905-1985) along with some items of my grandfather Clyde Lee Webb (1898-1987).
Among the items in this box was a journal that my grandmother kept that began at the end of 1975 and ended at the beginning of 1977.
I don't know if she kept diaries or journals throughout her life but this is the only one that made it to today, whether on purpose or by accident.
Here is a page from her journal from 38 years ago this month.
|11-17 April 1976|