Elizabeth C. (Lambertson) Hershberger (1915-2006) was my maternal great-grandaunt. What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about her.
1. Vital Records
1.1. Birth Certificate
Elizabeth was born June 15, 1915 in Hamilton County, Indiana. I do not yet have a copy of her birth certificate. Will have to add that my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper
Will need to search contemporary newspapers to see if mention was made of Elizabeth's birth.
1.1.2. Bible Record
I am not aware of any surviving Bible records for the Lambertson family. Will continue to reach out to extended family members in hopes that one does exist.
1.1.3. Baptismal Record
I am not aware of a baptismal record for Elizabeth, though I do not know the church affiliation of the family at this time.
1.1.4. Adoption Record
There is no indication that Elizabeth was adopted.
1.2. Marriage license
Elizabeth was married in 1934 in Miami County, Indiana to Ralph Hershberger. I do not yet have a copy of the marriage license, nor the exact date of the marriage.
1.2.1. Marriage notice in newspaper
Will need to search out mention of their wedding in contemporary newspapers once I determine the exact date of their marriage.
1.2.2. Anniversary notice
Once I have determined their wedding date, I will able to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if their wedding anniversary was mentioned. Their 25th anniversary would have been in 1959.
1.2.3. Divorce decree
There is no indication that Ralph and Elizabeth were ever divorced.
1.3. Death Certificate
Elizabeth died on March 23, 2006 in Elwood, Madison County, Indiana. I do not have a copy of her death certificate. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.
1.3.1. Obituary in newspaper
I need to search out area newspapers and obtain a copy of her obituary.
1.3.2. Funeral home records
Once I obtain a copy of her obituary, I can research funeral home records to see what information those records might contain.
1.3.3. Tombstone photograph
My database shows that Elizabeth was buried in the Vinson Cemetery, Van Buren Township, Madison County, Indiana. I do not have a photograph of the tombstone, and will add that to my list of "to-do" items.
2. Census Records
2.1. Federal Census Records
2.1.1. 1940 Federal Census
On April 25, 1940, Elizabeth was enumerated in the Ralph Hershberger household in Liberty Township, Howard County, Indiana1, as Elizabeth Hershberger, wife, age 24, born in Indiana. Living in the same household were husband Ralph, age 30, born in Indiana, and son Douglas Allen, age 3, born in Indiana, as well as hired girl, Margaret Trotter, aged 12 born in Missouri. In 1935, the family was living in Miami County, Indiana. No occupation was listed for Elizabeth, and she had completed 1 year of high school.
2.1.2. 1930 Federal Census
On April 2, 1930, Elizabeth was enumerated in the Charles W. Lambertson household in Sharpsville, Tipton County, Indiana2, as Elizabeth C. Lambertson, age 14, single, born in Indiana. Her father was born in Ohio and her mother was born in Indiana. She had attended school within the year, could read and write and spoke English.
2.1.3. 1920 Federal Census
On January 14, 1930, Elizabeth was enumerated in the Charles W. Lambertson household in Elwood, Madison County, Indiana3, as Elizabeth C. Lambertson, age 4 years 6 months, born in Indiana. Her father was born in Ohio and her mother was born in Indiana. She could speak English.
2.2. State Census Records
The State of Indiana conducted state census in 1853, 1857, 1871, 1877, 1883, 1889, 1901, 1913, 1919 and 1921. These, however, were merely for the purpose of determining legislative apportionment.
2.3. Agricultural Census Records
I have not yet investigated these types of census records to see what light it might shed on the Lambertson or Hershberger farm.
3. Military Records
3.1. Draft Registration
Not applicable, as Elizabeth was female.
3.2. Pension Records
I am not aware of any military service by father or husband that would have made Elizabeth eligible to receive a military pension.
3.3. Service Records
Not applicable, as Elizabeth was female.
4. Land Records
4.1. Deed Records
Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Miami, Howard and Madison Counties, Indiana to see what records might mention Elizabeth. Will add this to my "to-do" list on my next research trip.
4.2. Plat map / county map
Miami County, Indiana published plat maps in 1936 and 1940 that might be relevant to my research.
Howard County, Indiana published plat maps in 1937 and 1949 that might be relevant to my research.
5. Supplemental Records
Supplemental records available to research for Elizabeth include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records. Will add these to my "to-do" list for future research trips.
1. 1940 U.S. census, Howard County, Indiana, population schedule, SD 5, sheet 15B, enumeration district 34-37, household 337; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com: accessed 12 February 2013); National Archives, Washington, D.C.
2. Charles W. Lambertson household, 1930 U.S. census, population schedule, Sharpsville, Tipton County, Indiana, ED 80-9, SD 6, sheet 1B, dwelling 17, family 17; National Archives micropublication T626.
3. Charles W. Lambertson household, 1920 U.S. census, population schedule, Madison county, Indiana, Pipecreek Township, ED 138, SD 84, sheet 6, dwelling 138, family 143; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 449.
This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.