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Progress – September 27th

Well, this update is not about the book because I am on book hiatus until the end of October. [Insert crying face emoticon here] I have too many other projects on the stove cooking at the moment to devote time to the book. I am frustrated by this lack of time. I want to be able to focus on the book completely instead of stealing a moment here or there. But the time just is not there at the moment, and I have to be realistic.

My main focus is writing my proof argument for my ProGen Study Group. The first draft was due September 25th which I turned in a few days early. After I wrote mine, I had to review the four papers of my group mates. We have such different writing styles and research problems. It is great to see what we are all working on. This next month we have to take the comments and suggestions of our group mates and polish up our first drafts into the final arguments.

I chose a research problem which I have been working on for 20 years, since I first starting working on Gladys’ family. One branch of her family has Quaker ancestry which stretches back to the early days of Pennsylvania and William Penn. Due to all the various migrations across the eastern part of the United States in the early years of the nineteenth century, some records are non-existent. The purpose of a proof argument is to gather indirect and direct evidence together in one place, and to write an argument “proving” whether or not events occurred. In my case, I have been searching for the parents of Alfred M. Dicks, Gladys’ great grandfather.

I believe I have a very solid argument. My first draft was 18 pages long, and over 6,000 words. I received some good feedback from some of my study group mates, and now I am beginning to make some corrections and additions. It is also my plan to publish the argument as an eBook when I am done in October.

In my genetic genealogy work, my father’s mtDNA results came in last week. I have two exact matches, but I think they are several generations too far away to help me at present. Mitochondrial DNA is the type of DNA which was used to prove that the bones buried under a parking lot in England belonged to Richard III. My goals are a little less lofty, but no less important to me. I am hoping to prove the connection between Sarah Ann (Jewell) Rea and her parents with mitochondrial DNA. The most plausible candidates are John P. Jewell and his wife Mary (Hoagland) Jewell. My father’s haplogroup is H1g1. This haplogroup appears to be more common in Germany and the Northern European countries. If Sarah’s mother was Mary Hoagland (who was of German ancestry), and I can find another of Mary’s descendants who matches, then I may have solved this mystery.

Last night, as I was searching for more information about Crawford and Clark counties (in Illinois) where Gladys’ family lived, I discovered that the Marshall Public library has begun digitizing the local county newspapers, back to the 1850s. This is AMAZING news! I have been stymied by the lack of records access in these two counties for the last two decades. I finally had to step away from the computer at midnight, but I could have gone on for hours more. The website says that they are still scanning and adding more newspapers, so patrons should check back often! [Can you see me doing Snoopy’s happy dance?] I was able to find the obituary of Gladys’ great grandmother, Belinda C. Foster, which previously I had only been able to find in a transcription, and many other little tidbits of gossip about my ancestors.

I will leave you with a small sample from the weekly news gossip column of West York, Illinois, from March 1896, announcing the marriage of Gladys’ parents.

Foster-Lawhead Marriage Announcement, 1896

Clark County Herald (Marshall, Illinois), 11 March 1896, p. 5, col. 2.

©2014 Deborah Sweeney.

Post originally found: https://genealogylady.net/2014/09/27/progess-september-27/

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award, April 2013

As I am staring at the calendar (which tells me that April is almost gone), it is hard to believe that I have been blogging for almost six months. I am only a few weeks shy of that momentous anniversary. During these months, I have been awarded several blogging awards. This week I was given the honor of the Versatile Blogger Award by Linda Arthur Tejera who writes the blog Living With My Ancestors. Thank you very much Linda!

The rules for this award are similar to several others:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog. (check…see above)

2. Nominate 15 blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award, link to their page, and leave a comment notifying them of the  newly bestowed honor. (check…see below)

Since I currently follow and read a bunch of blogs, and I have nominated several of them for awards in the last few months, I decided to pick blogs that I have not previously nominated. Many of them are newer or smaller blogs, so check them out. In no particular order…

1. Finding My Civil War Ancestor
2. Homethoughtsfromabroad626
3. Rosanna’s Genealogical Thoughts
4. Don’t Forget Where We Came From
5. Gran’s Family History
6. Judy’s Family History
7. Chips Off the Old Block
8. Charnwood Genealogy
9. Ghosts In Gray
10. A Stitch in Time
11. Brooklyn in Love and at War
12. Forgotten New England
13. Hughes’ Views & News
14. This Bird Does It
15. Edith and Paul

The last step (3), is to share seven things about yourself…so here it goes.

1. I just submitted my last paper for the BU Genealogical Research Certificate program this week.

2. I signed up as a professional member of APG (Association of Professional Genealogists), also this week. Which means, I will now accept paying clients.

3. My final paper was a client research report. We had to go to a local repository and find a diary or letters that were written prior to 1900. I found an amazing diary written by a 17 year old girl in the 1850s. I really want to do some more research and perhaps write a paper on my findings (to submit to the local historical society/library).

4. Another assignment I had to do this spring was a Genealogical Proof Argument. By using indirect evidence, I had to “prove” a relationship or identity. I used my great…grandmother Ruth Reynolds and I “proved” who her parents were. I am seriously thinking of submitting my argument for publication in a scholarly genealogy journal. I’ll keep everyone posted on this one.

5. My house is an absolute disaster. Where’s my maid?!?! oh wait, yeah, that’s me….

6. I am currently reading George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. I’ve watched both the 1st and 2nd seasons on DVD now, but don’t have HBO. I guess I’ll just have to read the rest of the books while waiting for the 3rd season to come out on DVD, although my husband says that after the first book, the series and the books digress.

7. I really love Glee. I generally don’t watch much television. Given the option, I would probably play on the computer or read a book instead of watching television. I was a theatre major in college and in graduate school and I love musical theatre. I know the show is completely unrealistic but it is fun. This week’s episode featured two songs from musicals that were on Broadway when I was a kid, and I actually saw them! “At the Ballet” from A Chorus Line and “Little Girls” from Annie.