Friday, November 22, 2013

Which Way Did He Go #5 - Found him, George

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Genealogy tip for today:  To Recap How To Find Where-Did-He-Go-George

When we have ancestors that moved, or just disappeared “off the face of the earth” we have to become detectives and try to figure out this mystery. There are several factors to take into consideration to help us solve it.

Census Records: Looking at census records for all states can sometimes reveal where people are. Maybe they show up in a state you weren’t expecting. I discovered that a whole bunch of my family moved and settled in Michigan. That had never been passed down in our family. However they may have moved between census records, so then you have to try other tactics.

Neighbors: Families didn’t normally move somewhere unless someone had come back and said ‘Paradise is over here…’ So, using the “cluster theory” try tracking relatives or neighbors.

Transportation and Migration Trails: Depending upon the time period, look at what the transportation routes were and where did they go. Note they normally went from east to west or northeast to south in the U.S. Established routes may give you clues to consider.

Major Events: Family events can cause people to move or show where they had moved. Places of birth, marriage, or death, sometimes divorce ties the family down to that particular spot, at that particular time. If they don’t show up on a census in ‘this’ state, check your records and see if they lived in ‘that’ state where an event took place.

Major Events: History – Catastrophic events such as the Great Depression, Hurricanes, floods, other storms, even war can uproot a family and cause them to leave an area, i.e. start looking elsewhere. Don’t waste time looking ‘here’ for now. Many left New Orleans after Katrina and moved to other states where they had family. In similar situations, find out where the relatives lived.

Economy & Industrialization: If the economy was bad people moved where they could find work; if the weather was bad (e.g. drought) people moved off the farms. When the Industrial Revolution came people flocked to the cities! If you can’t find home ownership/land records, this is a good indication they rented because they had to move a lot. Census records by the way (some years) will give occupation. This can clue you to what was happening in their lives, if something came along that greatly affected it.

Family Lore: Although this can’t be used for proof it can be a clue. There usually is some bit a truth in stories passed down through the generations. The fun is figuring out what part is true and what part got misconstrued. So keep these in the back of your mind as you do your looking. Someday you may have that Aha! Moment when you realized what Grandma meant when she said Miss Susie moved north and married a Yankee. Maybe north was North Carolina.

Some things we didn’t touch on this week are the city and farm/rural directories. Although they are relatively new, century wise, they do go back quite a ways, even into the 1800’s, maybe even earlier. If you are researching in the last two centuries, see if you can find a directory that was published for that area. You just may find your feller in one of those.

All in all, you just have to think outside of the box. What was going on in their life? What was going on in the country at that time? What life events were happening? Think about your own experiences. If you have moved a lot yourself, stop and think what the causes were. They had the same life struggles that we have today. You just may have to change the date and location and everything else will (hopefully) fall into place.

Are there some other situations that you have encountered that impacted a move? Leave us a comment and help add to the collection of information on this topic.


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1220 After promising to go to the aid of the Fifth Crusade within nine months, Frederick II is crowned emperor by Pope Honorius III.
1542 New laws are passed in Spain giving Indians in America protection against enslavement.
1757 The Austrian army defeats the Prussians at Breslau in the Seven Years War.
1847 In New York, the Astor Place Opera House, the city's first operatic theater, is opened.
1902 A fire causes considerable damage to the unfinished Williamsburg bridge in New York.
1915 The Anglo-Indian army, led by British General Sir Charles Townshend, attacks a larger Turkish force under General Nur-ud-Din at Ctesiphon, Iraq, but is repulsed.
1919 A Labor conference committee in the United States urges an eight-hour workday and a 48-hour week.
1928 British King George is confined to bed with a congested lung; the queen is to take over duties.
1935 Pan Am inaugurates the first transpacific airmail service from San Francisco to Manila.
1936 1,200 soldiers are killed in a battle between the Japanese and Mongolians in China.
1942 Soviet troops complete the encirclement of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad
1948 Ho Chi Minh's Democratic Republic of Vietnam requests admittance to the UN.
1963 Lee Harvey Oswald assassinates President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. Lyndon B. Johnson becomes president.
1964 Almost 40,000 people pay tribute to John F. Kennedy at Arlington Cemetery on the first anniversary of his death.
1973 Great Britain announces a plan for moderate Protestants and Catholics to share power in Northern Ireland.
1980 Eighteen Communist Party secretaries in 49 provinces are ousted from Poland.
1982 President Ronald Reagan calls for defense-pact deployment of the MX missile.
1986 Justice Department finds memo in Lt. Col. Oliver North's office on the transfer of $12 million to Contras of Nicaragua from Iranian arms sale.
1988 First prototype of B-2 Spirit strategic stealth bomber unveiled for public viewing.
1989 Lebanese President Rene Moawad killed when a bomb explodes near his motorcade in West Beirut.
1990 Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher confirms the end of her premiership by withdrawing from the leadership election of the Conservative Party.
1995 The first feature-length film created entirely with computer generated imagery – Toy Story – premiers.
2004 The Orange Revolution, protesting a primary election believed to have been rigged, begins in the Ukraine. On Dec 26 Ukraine's Supreme Court orders a revote.
2005 Angela Merkel becomes the first woman ever to be Chancellor of Germany; the former research scientist had previously been the first secretary-general of the Christian Democratic Union.
2008 Hamas and Israel begin a cease-fire following eight days of violence and 150 deaths.


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1. Unfading; everlasting.
2. Of deep purple-red color.
3. Of or related to the amaranth.

From amaranth (an imaginary, undying flower), from Latin amarantus, from Greek amarantos (unfading), from a- (not) + marainein (to fade). Ultimately from the Indo-European root mer- (to rub away or to harm), which is also the source of morse, mordant, amaranth, morbid, mortal, mortgage, nightmare, ambrosia, and premorse. Earliest documented use: 1667.


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Today’s Recipe

Holiday Cooking



1 cup crushed gingersnap cookies (about 20 cookies)
1/3 cup finely Diamond of California Chopped Pecans
1/4 cup butter, melted
4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened, divided
1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
Chocolate syrup, caramel ice cream topping, whipped topping and additional crushed gingersnap cookies, optional


Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.  
In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, pecans and butter. Press onto the bottom of prepared pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.



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