Wednesday, July 23, 2014

US Marine Casualty Cards


Earlier this week I got my copy of Family Tree Magazine and I was reading an article that led me to World War II History Network and from there I found a link to an article about the United States Marine Corp making their casualty cards searchable.  You can find the database at Casualty Cards Database.

Fred Thomas, my husbands great uncle, was in WWII and in the Marines.  I searched the database and found :


On the first page it states : While the cards for World War II through Korea are not classified, however, they can often be very graphic.  Therefore, to maintain the dignity and honor of the Marines, the individual cards will only be released, upon request, on a case by case basis.  To request a card, please send an email to history.division@usmc.mil or a request in writting to:
 
United States Marine Corps History Division
Attn: Reference Branch
3078 Upshur Avenue
Quantico, Virginia 22134.   

I immediately sent an email {about 12:30 am because I don't sleep} requesting more information and did not really think much more about it.  The next morning I had an email with the images attached!!!  I almost deleted it because I did not recognize the email address...so glad I did not!!  There was a pdf file attached and it included 5 pages of card images for Fred Thomas.



On the card that has his death information on it does not say what kind of wound he died from, instead there is the number 8-46-001.  Now I am on a mission to find out what this code means.

Clicking around the internet and reading all there is about genealogy is a wonderful thing!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun on Sunday Night!


On Saturday Randy Seaver posted Saturday Night Genealogy Fun at his Genea-Musings blog.  Randy's mission was as follows:

       1)  Have you done a good job of citing your sources in your genealogy management program or online family tree?  How are you doing?  How many source citations do you have, and how many people are in your tree?  What is the sources to persons ratio?

       2)  Which master source (e.g., 1900 U.S. census, Find A Grave, specific book, etc.) do you have the most citations for?  How many?  How did you figure this out?


       3)  Tell us in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or on Facebook or Google+ in a post.  Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your post on this blog post.

In Legacy I did a Source Citation Report.

Legacy Source Citation Report screen.

It took a little bit of time going through my report...thankfully it was only 20 pages long.

I have 152 sources in my database and 2,913 individuals in my database. [Some do not have sources but I am working on this right now.]

My top three are Find A Grave with 197 individuals, a Descendant Chart for Johannes Siegfried from a cousin with 83 individuals, and The Argus [Newspaper from Benton, Pennsylvania] with 57 individuals.

I do not care for how the report looks.  I wish there was an option to put it in either alphabetical order or in numerical order by how many individuals you have for the source.

Source Citation Report
Cleaning up my citations is an ongoing project that I have been working on for a few weeks now.  I am no where near being done but I am finding where I am missing information and sources so I am working on cleaning this all up.  [I figured I better do it now before this database gets any larger.]









Monday, April 7, 2014

Citing Ancestry.com Member Trees in Legacy Family Tree

I have been following Russ Worthington's posts at Family Tree Maker User about citing Ancestry.com Member Trees in FTM and I found a way to do the same in Legacy.  A way that works for me at least.

I chose to add a generic source and then from the drop down menu Online database.


The Source List Name is the name that you see in your source list for easy retrieval.  I put **USE THIS ONE** to make it stand out until I get the others cleared out.

I left the fields for author last name, author given name, author suffix, date and agency/creator blank to get the results that I wanted. Click save and move to the detail section.


In the item of interest field I put the name of the Member Tree in quotation marks, family tree by member name, profile for with birth and death information in parenthesis.


My citation now look like:

Footnote/Endnote Citation:
"Public Member Tree," database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 Apr 2014), "davis /ritter/farver Family Tree" family tree by Sharon Lucille Davis, profile for John McKinney Buckalew (b. Feb 1866 d. 1936). 

Subsequent Citation:
"Public Member Tree," database "davis /ritter/farver Family Tree" family tree by Sharon Lucille Davis, profile for John McKinney Buckalew (b. Feb 1866 d. 1936). 

Bibliography:
"Public Member Tree." Database. Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com. www.ancestry.com. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

William Andrew Siegfried -- #7 of 52


William Andrew Siegfreid is my 2nd great grandfather.  He is the son of William Henry and Eve Greenzwig Siegfried.

William was born 21 October 1857 in Millport, Lower Towamensing Township, Carbon county, Pennsylvania and he died on 16 February 1927 in Sugarloaf Township, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania.

William married Emma Lydia Shellhammer in 1880.  They had the following children:

  1. Otto Siegfried
  2. William Edger Siegfried
  3. Arthur Siegfried -- I'm not sure if this is really another child or if he is Archibald...more things for my to do list!
  4. Archibald (Archie) Siegfried
  5. Cassia Siegfried
  6. Charles Crawford Siegfried
  7. Darwin Wesley Seigfreid (my great grandfather)
  8. Gertrude Siegfried
  9. Harry Siegfried
  10. Harty Titus Siegfried
  11. Hattie Siegfried
  12. Dorothy Siegfried
County Historical Maps of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, Pa.: Archives Publishing Company of Pennsylvania, Incorporated, (donated) 1950). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

I found William living in Luzerne county on the 1880 census in Black Creek, the 1900 census in Sugar Loaf, the 1910 census in Sugar Loaf and the 1920 census in Sugar Loaf.  I do now know when or why he moved 

I also know that William is buried in Red Rock Cemetery, Red Rock, Luzerne county, Pennsylvania.
Photo by Glenn Piper 
I want to know more about this family!  I will continue searching for more clues.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Saturday Genealogy Fun On Monday!

I'm finally getting around to doing this.

On Saturday March 22, 2014 Randy Seaver from Genea-Musings posted Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Many Surnames in Your Database.

Randy's mission:

1)  Go into your Genealogy Management Program (GMP; either software on your computer, or an online family tree) and figure out how to Count how many surnames you have in your family tree database.

2)  Tell us which GMP you're using and how you did this task.

3)  Tell us how many surnames are in your database and, if possible, which Surname has the most entries.  If this excites you, tell us which surnames are in the top 5!  Or 10!!  Or 20!!!

4)  Write about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a status or comment on Facebook, or in Google Plus Stream post.

This is one of my favorites; I like looking at statistics about my database.  I use Legacy 8 and there is a new button that says statistics and gives you a lot of great information about your database.


Clicking on the Statistics Report brings up the Family File Statistics window:


This tells me:

  1. total number of individuals is 2876
  2. total number of unique surnames is 608
  3. top 10 most popular surnames are:
    1. Siegfried -- 195
    2. Masteller -- 164
    3. Unknown -- 87
    4. Kinley -- 82
    5. Hunter -- 70
    6. Thomas -- 68
    7. Everitt -- 67
    8. Wenner -- 66
    9. Savage -- 47
    10. Hartman -- 43
   4.  total number of unique given names is 1794
   5.  top 10 most popular given names are:

    1. Elizabeth -- 45
    2. John -- 42
    3. Unknown -- 41
    4. Catherine --36
    5. Daniel -- 32
    6. Mary -- 30
    7. Henry -- 29
    8. Sarah -- 27
    9. Jacob -- 26
    10. William -- 25
 I really thought there were more people in my database than that.  As you can see I have a LONG ways to go!

NOTE:
If you have been following blog you know I have fallen off the wagon with 52 posts in 52 weeks.  I will update with a new post shortly.  I am just going to pick up where I left off and will hopefully catch up with an extra post some weeks.

Happy Searching!!


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Harold Elwood Seigfreid -- #6 of 52


This is my great grandfather, Harold Seigfreid.

Harold was born in Shickshinny, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA on 5 May 1918 to Alonzo Elwood and Edna Mae Gensel Seigfreid.

On the 1920 census Harold is living with his parents and he is 1 year 5 months old.  They live in Foundryville, Briar Creek Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, USA.

On the 1930 census Harold is living in Philipstown, Putnam, New York, USA with is parents and he is 11 years old.  Also living in the household are his brothers Walter and William Seigfreid and his Aunt (his mother's sister) Myrtle Gensel Meeker with her husband Owen and daughter Mary.

In 1932 Harold leaves school; he is only 14 years of age.

In 1934 Harold started working in the mines.  He worked at the Stackhouse Coal Company in Shickshinny, Pennsylvania from 1934 to 1937; the Glen Alden Coal Company in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania from 1937 to 1941; the Salem Collieries in Shickshinny, Pennsylvania from 1945 to 1948.

On 27 Nov 1938 he marries Hazel Alice Killian; they have two sons Byron and Howard (my grandfather).

1918 - 1995

He also served in WWII serving with the U.S. Army in the 473rd Infantry in the Italian Campaign in the European Theater.  He was a Field Lineman laying  and maintaining permanent and semi-permanent field telephone communication systems.

Harold is in the first row, the second from the right.


He owned and operated a saw mill in Shickshinny Valley, Pennsylvania until 1980 when he retired.

I spent a lot of time with my great grandparents.  They lived out the road from us while I was growing up.  My sister and I would go there after school and we would all have dinner together.  On Sunday's we went to Sunday School and Church with them and on most Sunday's we would go out to eat.  They were there always no matter what!!  I miss them both very much!!






Friday, February 7, 2014

Elizabeth Jane Savage Thomas -- #5 of 52





Elizabeth Jane Savage is my husband's 3rd great grandmother.  She was born in Columbia County, Pennsylvania on 1 May 1821 to Henry and Elizabeth (Frantz) Savage.  









Elizabeth married Joseph Thomas(#2 of 52) on 19 June 1854 and they had the following children:
  1. Daniel W. Thomas
  2. John W. Thomas
  3. Joshua Eugene Thomas
  4. Parvin Oscar Thomas
  5. Ella G. Thomas
  6. William James Thomas
  7. Anna E. Thomas
When Joseph was killed in April of 1865 in the Civil War Elizabeth continued to take care of their children.  She did not remarry.  She remained in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania where I found them in the 1860 Census.  From the List of Pensioners I found that in 1883 Elizabeth was getting $8.00 a month to care for her family. 


Elizabeth died in April of 1890 and she is buried in Dodson Cemetery in Huntington Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania with other members of her husbands family.

I don't know anything else about Elizabeth.  I do however have the pension file to go through more thoroughly and hopefully I will be able to learn a little more about Elizabeth.