Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sunday Obit - Douglas John ABERLE

                                                    Douglas John ABERLE passed away

This is a discussion I had with myself: I never know whether it is proper to refer to him as my ex-Father-In-Law or just leave it at FIL. He is after all one of the two grandfathers to my two boy, and the father of my ex-husband. I have remarried and have a new set of In-Laws, If I call my husband my ex husband than should it be my ex FIL too. YES I have decided that he is in fact my ex-husband and my ex-FIL. BUT he is not an ex-father or ex-grandfather, so that is the difference.

                                         Doug had always been a  nice man, and he will be missed.

                                                       17 June 1921 - January 26, 2014

Obituary for Douglas J. Aberle       Passalacqua Funeral Chapel
Douglas J. Aberle, 92, of Benicia [CA] passed away Sunday in a local care home following a long illness. He was born in San Francisco and has called Benicia his home for the past 10 years.

He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a passionate french horn player, enjoyed traveling the world and was a fan of the 49ers, Giants and the University of Michigan.

Douglas worked as a Mechanical Engineer for Federal-Mogul Corporation for over 43 years before retiring in 1983.

Douglas is survived by his sons John [Doulgas] (Debra) Aberle and Walter [Bridge] (Patricia) Aberle, 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy [Bridge] Aberle in 2003.
Funeral services with Military Honors and burial will be private at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma [CA]. Family prefers donations to the Alzheimer's Foundation. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Bureau of Land Management

Another one of the topics from my 10 week class was on "Records from Bureau of Land Management". I haven't paid much attention because I don't think I have much in these records, but I always try everything.

The Bureau of Land Management provides access to federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States.  Of course my first question was where are the Public Land States? I went to the BLM website under FAQ and got my answer. I was curious if Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York or Connecticut had public lands. Only one of my states fits into this category:  OHIO. 

So the other states created out of the public domain are the lands now in the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

In class many of the others had their searches through the BLM website and found dozens of transactions plus cash sales. Jealous! Oh Yea! Now they can take those sales and plot it for movement - for migration. I put in my names of Ohio- GARDNER and DOUGLASS and no luck. I did run some of my other surnames _BRANFIELD, DIETZ, GEE and more - through the search and nothing came up. Not surprising. My ancestors from Ohio did not arrive till the 1865- 1880's and that might have been too late. Can't get a real feel for the time frames. 

Good Luck to anyone searching at the BLM website...........

So that takes care of that avenue for me unless there is something else I am not aware of.

So that takes care of that avenue for me unless there is something else I am not aware of. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Travel Tuesday - Classes to Jump Start Your Research Efforts

I am taking another 10 week series of Intermediate Genealogy Classes from the San Juan Adult Education Center with Glenda GARDNER-LLOYD. Glenda is also a charter member and the first President of     Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society and I consider her a friend of mine too. I have taken these series of classes several times in the past, starting with several years of the Beginning Series and now the Intermediate. I don't know everything and I am the first to admit that but who needs to take the same classes over and over. Well apparently I do along with many others. I really feel it is a way to re-focus research and/or jump start  and organize my research. We all need that little nudge every now and then and this is one of my ways to do that.

This past week Glenda's subject was "Cattle Brands and marks as a Genealogical Source". I said to myself so what, big deal and got my knitting out!! I was wrong, it is important in so many different ways and this is just another way to put more flesh on the bones of your ancestors. Goodness knows that I only have some ancestors with only their names, dates and location but with nothing else. Who the heck are they anyway?

Glenda said: "A cattle or crop brand was the American form of a family crest. It was burned into the hides of animals and bundles of tobacco and cotton (and some slaves too). It was engraved on table silver, monogrammed on family linens, painted on barns and mailboxes, built into gates and entrance structures, worn on belts and belt buckles, put on license plates and more."

She is from a ranching background and would know all about these things. Apparently there are town, county and state records for cattle marks. For state brand registrations, and brand inspectors.

This got me to thinking about my great grandfather Mounsey LITTLE in Dryden, Tompkins Co., New York-  and his cattle he brought from Texas/Kansas. Did he have a brand? What would it have been? ........... this is a newspaper article my father gave me years ago about my mothers grandfather ............


'THE POST STANDARD - 1935 - Pg 16 .... NEWS OF ITHACA' [Tompkins, New York]


Little conquers beasts with much food........  w/pictures
DRYDEN-- Back in '84, when the west was still the west and hordes of young men were heeding Horace Greeley's famous counsel, Mounsey Little left this community on a trip which took him into the cattle country of the Texas panhandle.
  Tho he saw his share of picturesque cowboys and Indians, the rugged and beautiful scenery of the west and the wild prairie and all the other attractions of 50 years ago, Mr Little's most cherished memory is of thousands of Texas beef cattle, milling on the flat and far-flung tablelands, an awe-inspiring sight to the man who began life in mountainous County Cumberland England, under towering Skiddaw, southern sentinel of Scotland.
  There is much satisfaction now for Mr Little, at 85, in the ownership of a small herd of Hereford cattle, brought east one year ago from the drought-stricken and famine-ridden Kansan plains to fatten in the lush meadows of his 55-acre garden spot on the Harford Road.
  CATTLE TRANSPORTED -  last summer, when the great drought created havoc in the mid-western plain states, when feed crops burned up and cattle were dying by the thousands on the stricken ranged, Mr Little seized the opportunity to fulfill a long-cherished dream. Thru his son he brought a carload of some 80 starving cattle to this richly fertile section.
  Mounsey Little chuckles now as he recalls how the starved and thirsty cattle, weak and weary from their long trek, bolted from the car on the railroad siding in his lower meadow. Taking no notice of the runway provided especially for their unloading, the cattle rushed from their car and plunged into the rich grazing of the pasture.
   Looking more like 'sun fish' than beef cattle, their sides flat and their backs bowed up from lack of belly weight to hold them down, the cattle fed ravenously and picked up weight from the first.
   ADDS OTHER FOOD.... the Little's speeded up recovery in this case by converting surplus farm produce into cattle feed. Mounsey Little produced 500 bushels of potatoes from his cellars to augment the pasture supplies and added about five big wagon loads of beets, dumped about the pasture where it would be handiest for the new boarders.
   Working patiently with the herd, now split up into three scattered pastures, the Little's have finally tamed a few of the wild cattle sufficiently to come and lick salt from their hands. It has been a slow but highly interesting process for Mounsey Little, who can't recall having seen any Texas cowboys getting away with such tactics out on the panhandle back in '84.

   Of the 80-odd head of starved cattle unloaded in the lower pasture last summer, Mr Little fairly gloats over the 10 fat heifers and a half-dozen eastern-born calves he has wrangled away from his son to brighten the rich green background of his neat farm with their white-splashed red coats.
   SEEN BY MOTORISTS.... still scary and almost as fleet as a herd of deer, the cattle range over the restricted Little farm from the tree-shaped watering hole in the foothills to the deep clover field near the highway where they attract attention from passing motorists.
   Mounsey Little was born in Bassenthwaite, County Cumberland in the rugged foothills of the Scottish mountains. As a boy, he roamed the northern English countryside, fishing for salmon in famous streams and never dreaming he would spend the greater part of his life far away in the rolling hills of Dryden town.
   Coming to this country in '72, Mr Little soon found his way to Dryden village where he set up a market in '76 and built a flourishing business thru 40 active years as a merchant. Just before the world he retired from business in favor of his son Joe Little, and took over the neat Little farm on the village limits on Harford Road.


Isn't this article a wonderful treasure to have! I just reread through this article again and there is so much great information. Wish all the articles could be this informative. 

Now a couple of questions asked by the class and answered by Glenda:
Did all ranchers brand their cattle? It depends. If the ranchers are sharing pastures then definitely they would all brand their cattle so they each could tell which cattle belonged to them. But if they have their own pastures they may not brand.

Would they brand their cattle when they bought them or after they get home? More than likely they would brand them where they bought them.........  so in my great grandfathers case that would be in Texas or Kansas or did he develop his brand while in New York and took it with him?

Gee whiz this is getting a little complicated.  I believe I will check the brand marks register, starting in Town of Dryden, then Tompkins County and then the State of New York. I need to figure out what the county seat was in 1884.   AND then I will look at records in Texas & Kansas.

                Any suggestions from anyone out there?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday's Faces From the Past- Extractions Every Friday

I love learning and growing and genealogy is no exception.

I volunteer for Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society Extraction Committee headed by our fearless leader Marilyn Ulbricht. We have partnered with the Center for Sacramento History in Sacramento California. It is a good relationship. Root Cellar SGS as a committee and individuals have been spending time at the Center extracting away for many years.

My current project (which it has been for the last year) is the
"Death and Internments for 1925-1929" in the Sacramento County.

As you can see the books are huge. We go page by page by page. It is a long process. Each entry is across both pages and probably about 50 entries per page. We create  a blank template for each set of books or documents for the information we want to capture.    I am using Microsoft Excel but any spreadsheet will do. Looking at this page the handwriting looks pretty good but this is not the case throughout the book- since there are different coronors throughout the years. I am sure they had no idea their words would be captured for future generations, otherwise they would have printed CLEARLY.

It is a long process for this project but it is very interesting, sad and funny too. There are so many stories to be told. I wonder about a lot of these people, how they arrived, what brought them here, what they did, who they knew, what contribution they made.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Travel Tuesday - from Massachusetts to Connecticut in the 1600's

"Leading Business Men of New Haven County[Connecticut] and an Historical Review of the PrincipalCities "
Boston: copyright 1887, by Mercantile Publishing Company,No. 3 Franklin Street, 1887

This is a digital book that I downloaded from THE LIBRARY in Salt Lake City. It gives a good accounting of the beginnings and history of the Colony of New Haven [Connecticut] from the early 1600's.


Centuries prior to the occupation of New Haven region by the whites, an Indian tribe the Quinnipiacs lived there, and gave it their name. I understand that this tribe was passive, not aggressive, hunted and fished and later lived in peace with the white settlers.
In 1614, the Dutch navigator, Adrian Block, on his famous voyage from the Netherland up the Sound, visited the Quinnipiacs. He was the first white man to discover the place, and gave it the name of "Rodenberg," from the appearance of the East and West Rocks. [I am not familiar with these rocks so will do some more research to learn more]
Early in September, 1637, a party of some twenty brave men sailed into harbor of Quinnipiac. They were Englishmen, from the colony of Massachusettes, who were exploring the southern shore of Connecticut for a suitable spot to establish a new colony. They were led by Theophilus Eaton. The party was satisfied and measures were immediately taken toward securing it.
The original town plots were divided among the several families. The amount of assignment differing according to the size of the families, and amount each had contributed to the common stock. Among the chief of the old families were the Eaton, Davenport, Newman, Andrews, Atwater, Gregson, Good, Turner, Gilbert, Fugill, Tench, Malbon, Chapman, Peck, Lamberton, Fowler, Marshall, Prudden, Yale, Cheever, Browning, Whitman, Osborne, Coggswell, Beecher, Hopkins, Punderson, Dixon, Kitchell, Tuttle, Marsh, Benham, Baldwin, Ailing, Tapp, Chittenden, Kimberly, Wigglesworth, Nash, Trowbridge, Potter, Thompson, Russell, Brewster, Mansfield, Hickock, Perry and Wilkes. Of the nine equal squares into which the town was apportioned off, centre was reserved for a market-place and common. [I have been to New Haven and been to the center of town - to the Green. The Green was originally a cemetery. Later it was dug up and the contents moved to various other cemeteries. I don't think that very good records were kept at that time. Now you can hardly read some of the stones. It is just very sad! Now the Green is just that a green lawned area surrounded by the churches and now the library] 
What a great bit of history for me......and of course there is lots more, this is just a sample. I am sure making a note to myself to check to see about other books written about the same exploration from the Massachusetts side. Good for me because here are four of my many surnames listed together and in the early 1600's with the impression that they all came down from the Massachusetts area. A new state!!!  Don't you just love it. I will add this and more to each family in my genealogy software. It sure adds a little more to the story. What a great beginning.................  

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Obituaries - FINISHED just in time to start AGAIN

OMG! I finished the packet of obituaries from the Ohio Genealogical Society.  I am really stoked!!

I am a long time member of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Mid year 2013 I read in their Publication that they were looking for help in extracting Ohio obituaries. It was being pitched to members that lived a distance away. You know the drill, there is something for everyone to do. Volunteer and help. Well I said that's me!!!  I can do this but will I really be able to do this from my home, since I am in Citrus Heights California and they are in Bellville, Ohio. Well, an email went to them immediately and an email came back saying YES, WELCOME and CHECK your mail in about a week. Boy was I excited. And in about a week I did receive a large manilla envelope stuffed with two file folders of obituaries.  There was a very well written letter of instructions, how to get online and into the Ohio Obituary Index on the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, a step by step process and who to contact for questions, comments, or problems. And yes, I did call for help once. And the good thing was there is no time frame or end date. ahhhh that is me breathing! That was good because I want to help but I am busy with other things too.

It turned out the packet included 80 pages in one file folder (1991) and 66 pages in the second file folder (1992). And you say that is not too bad and it isn't but there is not just one obit per page, there are from two to eight per page. Here is a page...........

I do extractions and transcribing every Friday AM for my own society in Sacramento California but this seems different, this allows me to help my home state. This helps me to feel like a real helpful member.  Yes! I am excited that I can do something like this from my home and hopefully make a difference. AND yes I am helping the state I live in and it makes a difference but being able to do the same thing from a distance is really great.

Every organization should look at their membership and their members that live a distance away and see how they can help, see how they can be included into the group. Give those members an opportunity to contribute. You do want to retain your membership? This is one way to look at.

And like I said, I have finally finished this packet and am mailing back tomorrow. I feel really good about the work I have been able to do. I sure enjoyed this opportunity and I let them know,  so they are sending me another packet. And life goes on. Isn't life wonderful!

Another resource for Ohio obituaries is the Rutherford B Haynes Presidential Center. [Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio 43420-2796- there is a physical building and grounds also] Click the Obituary tab along the top ribbon. Enter the information and see if that obituary you have been looking for is there. I put in my Great Aunt and found her. Unfortunately I already have her obituary but it was a good test. IF you find one you want, you click on it and you can order the copy. No the actual obituaries are not listed just the extracted information. 

This society seems to be one of many entering these documents. People are entering them directly from the town, city and county and area newspapers levels.  So I would say if a person died in Ohio in the past they are going to get picked up and entered into this system. YEAAAAAAAAAA!! 

Now I am waiting for my next packet of obituaries.............

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Surname Saturday - Digital Books

"Leading Business Men of New Haven County[Connecticut] and an Historical Review of  the PrincipalCities "
Boston: copyright 1887, by Mercantile Publishing Company,No. 3 Franklin Street, 1887 

This is one of five or six of the digital books that I downloaded from THE LIBRARY in Salt Lake City during RootsTech 2014. Two of my mothers [Mary Jane LITTLE] lines [BRISTOL and TROWBRIDGE] come together with a marriage in New Haven County, Connecticut area in the early 1600's. I believe that one of the lines -TROWBRIDGE came down from Massachusetts and then over from England, but not sure how or where the BRISTOL line landed- but that would be a different story.

Two names popped out..........

INTRODUCTORY PAGE: In the following pages will be found a brief review of the principal Business firms of New Haven. While the majority are old established houses and leaders in every sense of the word, we have mentioned others who though recently established, are, through their enterprise and ability deserving of notice. We commend these firms as a whole, to the favorable attention of all into whose hands this volume may fall, believing that they well represent the Business interests of the leading City in the State.
I don't recognize this Bristol. But this is way up in the 1800's so will need to do some more research to see where William Bristol fits in. My main Bristols are Daniel and Henry -brothers- in the 1600's in New Haven Connecticut ..........
HON. WILLIAM BRISTOL, from June 5, 1827 to 1828 (Mayor of New Haven)

I got really excited about this one till I realized that this too was in the mid 1800's not the 1600's........  so again I will need to do more research in the 1800's to determine which H. Bristol this is and if he is related.

page 202 H Bristol, Dealer in General Merchandise Main Street, Westville.—

This is one of the oldest mercantile concerns of Westville, the house having been founded by Messrs. Cooper & Paine, removing here in 1853. In 1860 this firm was succeeded by Messrs. Bristol AND McClune, and on the retirement of the junior member of this firm in

1888, Mr. Bristol became the sole proprietor.

The premises of this enterprising and reliable merchant comprise two floors of his large building, each 80x40 feet in dimensions, and the  establishment is throughout admirably adapted to the display and selection of merchandise, the convenience of customers and the dispatch of business.

The stock is always extensive, and consists of fine fancy and staple Groceries, Flour and Feed Produce, Provisions, Boots and Shoes, Gents!
wear, etc., and choice Wines and Liquors, foreign and domestic, for medicinal purposes. Everything desirable in this wide range of merchandise is supplied at lowest city prices and goods are warranted satisfactory, and full confidence is universally inspired by the business methods and worth of this representative dealer

The extent of Mr. Bristol's trade necessitates the employment of four competent clerks, and orders are promptly filled and goods dispatched to all parts of the town free of charge.

And to answer that question I hear coming through.........  I am researching from the current back. I have not researched all the siblings of all the families as I have gone back in time. But I will now.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

HOME AGAIN - the Road Home from RootsTech

Finally we have arrived home. Home from RootsTech Conference and THE Library. What a fantastic week. A lot, A LOT of great classes, lots of very interesting information from THE Library. I think that I have grown a generation, maybe two with the TROWBRIDGE family especially. A big help was the basic information that was presented on "Who Do You Think You Are" with Cindy Crawford. I am climbing her tree but fork off before the massive Dukes, Kings etc.

As you know, we drove to Salt Lake City from Citrus Heights California...... with good weather, roads being clear,  with breaks, gas, lunch it took just under 12 hours. Coming home it took about the same and we had awful weather quite a bit of the time......  so who knows why it is the same. Soon after we crossed over into Nevada from Utah........  it started raining, then a little heavier rain, then sleet and then snow......... to almost a white out. We did not see any snow plows on our side of the highway, just a lot of fresh snow...... so we followed way behind a truck. Most of the time all we could see were two faint red tail lights. It was a slow, cautious ride. When the truck exited at a rest stop we were faced with new fresh snow on the road where no one had driven on YET. Pretty scary!

Then it eased up, it started to sleet and then a little rain and then clear sky's through Reno and up towards Donner.....  then again it began to rain, then sleet and then snow........ no chains were required yet AND we were in a four wheel drive with brand new all weather tires. We came out on the other side before the chains required sign came out. So lucky........... Temps in Citrus Heights is in the mid 60's during the day compared to mid 30's in Salt Lake City.  Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!!

Now I need to get all my papers, material, notes, thumbdrive etc out and get it all organized and entered into my Legacy Family Tree genealogy program. This is going to be a slow process but I do want to get all of it in so I can see what still needs to be done and where to go next. I will be attending Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in San Antonio Texas. I hope that it will be up to date by then so I will be able to continue my research. There is suppose to be the thrid largest library there and looking forward to enjoy and research there. Don't have any ancestors or research in the southern states or the great state of Texas but I am hopeful. Looking forward to taking the river walk.

Anyway need to get started on organizing my new found information. More for another time.