Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tranquil Tombstone: Immaculate Conception Cemetery, NJ

Mary, John & Thomas R.

This stone is shared by spouses, John Brady & Mary McCartin,
and their grandson Thomas Ronald Brady

Immaculate Conception Cemetery

30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair, New Jersey

John Brady 14 July 1864 Ireland - 28 Nov 1957 NJ

Mary McCartin Brady August 1868 Ireland - 19 July 1958 NJ

Thomas Ronald Brady 24 July 1926 - 17 October 1949

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Index Cards: Useful Genealogy Tools

There are lots of genealogy tools that involve technology. I read about them in genealogy journals, blogs & websites. I have tried many of them. However, I also use many tools that have nothing to do with technology.

I confess to having a desk drawer full of notepads, envelopes and index cards. I have index cards in multiple sizes and colors; lined, unlined & grids. I have to avoid the index card aisle in office supply stores so I don’t buy more.

A few ways I use index cards:

DNA matches.
Recently I did an Ancestry DNA test. I was very excited when I went on Ancestry and saw the long list of matches but I soon realized it would be hard to keep track of contacts, their relationship to me & messages between us. I thought about using a spread sheet to keep track but decided to use index cards. I can sort them alphabetically, according to family lines or by state. Naturally I use pink for my mother’s family & blue for my father’s family. Hopefully my index cards will help me organize and understand my matches more clearly.

I have a pile of large index cards for cemeteries. Each card has the cemetery address, office hours & etc. Then I list the relatives who are there.  I can sort them by location or family names. It is easy to carry the cards along on cemetery trips.

Book Planning.
I use index cards to help organize the book I am writing. I have a large cork board where I tacked up cards for each section with chapters beneath. As I finish a chapter I add a “Done” sticky note. It helps me visualize the book and keeps me on track.

Do you use index cards for genealogy? How do you use them? I am always eager to find new uses for my drawer full of index cards.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Census Sunday: Charles & Margaret Ott in LA

Charles Ott was my my 3rd great grand uncle, born in South Carolina and moved to Louisiana. I recently connected with a cousin through Ancestry DNA who led me to information on his family.

Charles Ott
10 Oct 1799 SC - 20 Jan 1867 LA
Son of Jacob Ott III & Margaret Jackson

1850 US Census, LA, Washington Parish.
Charles Ott, 51 b SC, farmer, $3,000 property value
MA 37 b VA [Margaret Ann Tate]
Children all b LA
Francis 21
Saml 19 Lab
Charlotte 16
Serepta 12
Mary 10
Ema 8
Davis 5
Charles 3
Walter 0
Margaret 73 b SC [Margaret Jackson Ott, mother of Charles]
Neoma 40 b SC [Naomi Ott, sister of Charles]

1860 US Census, Louisiana, Washington Parish, Ward 2, Roberts post office; page 18; Ancestry.com.
Charles Ott, 60 b SC farmer
MA 47 b VA [Margaret Ann Tate]
Children all b LA
Serepta 21 school teacher
Mary A 19
Ema A 17
David J 13
Charles D 11
Walter F 10
Elbert W 5
Adolphus E 2
Mary M 2

1880 US Census, LA, Washington, Edward Dykes; SD 1, ED 194, Page 38
Margaret A. Ott [widow] 67 b VA; keeping house
Serepta A., 41, at home
Charles D., 32, farmer
Elbert W., 24, farmer
Adolphus E., 22, works on farm
Emma Porter, 34 [daughter, widow]
William E. Porter, 17  b MS [grandson]
James E. Porter, 14 b LA  [grandson]
Ella V. Porter, 11 b LA [granddaughter]

Charles Ott & Family
1 Charles Ott b: 10 Oct 1799 Orangeburg, SC, d: 20 Jan 1867 Mt. Herman, Washington, LA
... + Margaret Ann Tate b: 1813, m: 09 Dec 1828, d: 1887
......2 Frances Jane Ott b: 21 Dec 1829 LA, d: 18 Jul 1906 LA
......2 Samuel Edward Ott b: 06 Dec 1830 LA, d: 09 Jun 1922 in Osyka, Pike, MS
...... + Elenor Esther Addison b: 08 Jun 1835, d: 30 Oct 1929
.........3 Thomas Charles Ott b: 25 Jan 1854, d: 04 Dec 1927
.........3 Susan Mary Ott b: 1855, d: 1870
.........3 Margaret L. Ott b: 04 Apr 1865, d: 24 May 1959
......2 Lumanda Louise Ott b: 1832, d: 1834
......2 Charlotte Ingaba Ott b: 1834 LA, d: 1897
......2 Sarepta Ann Ott b: 1838 LA, d: 1921
......2 Mary Amanda Ott b: 06 Dec 1840 LA, d: 22 Oct 1913 Mt. Hermon, Washington, LA
...... + Lorenzo Dow Snell b: 19 Jun 1827, m: 1866, d: 14 Feb 1903
.........3 Charles Edward Snell b: 1867, d: 1941
.........3 Francis Annie Snell b: 1868, d: 1916
.........3 Wilber Aaron Snell b: 1872, d: 1960
.........3 Newton Everette Snell b: 1876, d: 1948
.........3 Roy E Snell b: 1880, d: 1892
......2 Emma America Ott b: 1843 LA, d: 1904
...... + Joseph Porter
.........3 William E. Porter b: Abt. 1863 MS, d: Unknown
.........3 James E. Porter b: Abt. 1866 LA
.........3 Ella V. Porter b: Abt. 1869 LA
......2 David Jackson Ott b: 1845 LA, d: 1905
...... + Rose Ella Virginia Powell b: 1857, d: 1921
......2 Charles D Ott b: 1848 LA, d: 1915
......2 Walter Thomas Ott b: 1850 LA, d: 1948
......2 Elbert Weston Ott b: 1855 LA, d: 1924
......2 Adolphus Everett Ott b: 1858 LA, d: 1931
......2 Mary M Ott b: 1858 LA

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tranquil Tombstone: Bearman, NJ


Benjamin H Bearman
March 15, 1884 - May 14, 1961
Faithful. Sincere and Kind

Anna (Gartner) Bearman
November 1, 1890 - March 28, 1970
At Rest with Ben

Riverside Cemetery, Saddle Brook, New Jersey

Anna's Family:

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Forget Me Not: Retired Police Officer

William Francis Brady 
12 Nov 1912 NJ - 1986 NJ
Son of Bartholomew Anthony Brady & Mary Agnes Reddan

William F Brady, 2nd from right, 1950s

East Orange Police Officers, NJ

William F. Brady, 73, of Point Pleasant, died yesterday at home. He was born in East Orange and lived there before moving to Point Pleasant 16 years ago. Mr. Brady was a policeman for the East Orange Police Department, for 26 years, retiring in 1970 as a sergeant. He was a communicant of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Point Pleasant Beach; and a member of the Retired Policeman and Fireman’s Association, and the American Association of Retired Persons. Surviving are his wife, Velma Betko; three daughters, Dr. Patricia, North Brunswick Township, Maureen Piel, Newburyport, Mass., and Christine Fielding, Fort Pierce, Fla., and a grandson. Van Hise & Callagan Funeral Home, Point Pleasant Beach, is in charge of arrangements.

William F. Brady. (1986, April 9). Ashbury Park Press; New Jersey Library, Trenton, NJ.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

5th Blog Anniversary& Word Puzzzle

I am celebrating five years of blogging! 
Time to have a slice of cake, a cup of tea and to enjoy a game. Want to try a word game? Read my clues & see how you do.

1.    Places I visit to find vital records, census records, maps and much more.
2.    I have many of these, mostly spiral, to record my research and make notes when I interview relatives.
3.    I make these with fellow bloggers and ‘new’ cousins.
4.    Places I visit to find histories, city directories, newspapers and more.
5.    Whenever I can I do this so I can stand in the places my ancestors once lived.
6.    The last resting place.
7.    I have albums full of these, carefully labeled with names, years and places.
8.    I love hearing my relatives share these. Recording & sharing them keeps them alive.
9.    Most people in the genealogy community are great at doing this which helps everyone.
10. The best place to learn. I attended the NGS –-- in Richmond.
11. Our relatives are the characters and this is the setting for our stories.


Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tranquil Tombstone: Carberry in NJ


In God's Care

Margaret 1910 - 1961
Anne 1887 - 1965
James 1907 - 1966

Calvary Cemetery, Paterson, New Jersey

Family of Margaret Mary Brady Carberry: