Sunday, January 30, 2011

Climbing The Family Tree: Research Updates

There have been a few successes this week:

  • FindAGrave volunteer located the tombstone of Ralph Morgan LeMaster (1902-1977).  Ralph is the son of William Clifford and Lella Edith (LEWIS) LeMASTER.
  • Received an email from the Pike's Peak Library District, the research was negative regarding a fire at the Victor Opera House.  Newspapers check were from Sep. 27th through Sep. 30th, 1920.  They suggested I contact the Cripple Creek District Museum for more information.
  • Discovered I have connections with a fellow GeneaBlogger, Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy blog.  We connect with our Woodbury and Philbrick lines - there are probably more early New England connections.  That's one of the benefits of reading other bloggers posts, you have the opportunity to discover connections.
I have enjoyed looking at the stats for my blog, noting which posts are popular, and what search terms are bringing visitors to the blog.  The 'most popular posts' widget on the right side of the blog has now been updated to only show for the past 30 days versus 'all-time'.  That should increase the variety of the posts displayed.

Interesting search terms that have brought visits to the blog this month:

  • "mary west" + "nathaniel chew" - my paternal 4th great grandparents.  Would love to have more information on them.  Please contact me!
  • history pics of portland indiana - I do have a few old postcards of Portland on the blog, and so many of my ancestors were from this area.
  • "sebastian haley" + lydia ann - my paternal 3rd great granduncle and aunt.  Another individual I would like to know more about.  He was active in founding the Mt. Zion church in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana
  • armscamp speedway - this was a speedway in Alexandria, Indiana.  I've been told that my grandfather helped test cars there, but haven't verified it yet
  • johann wilhem leymeister - The German immigrant, whose descendants have become Lemaster over time.  No known connection with my family
  • snappy turtle cookies - I have the recipe right here.
  • levi wardlow ohio - Would love to talk to this person, and help me sort out the Wardlow/Wardlaws in SE Ohio
  • phillip young patriot dar - my paternal 4th great grandfather.  Philip was a War of 1812 veteran, his father, Charles, was the Rev. War veteran.

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