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The Book: Progress Report – June 6, 2014

Book CoverThis week the manuscript has expanded to 45 pages. There are currently 21,917 words and 142 footnotes. I am not sure I have ever written anything this long before. I am not counting the 89 page book that I wrote in 1998, although I probably should. The 1998 book was my first genealogy history book. Titled The Descendants of Jacob Troxell, 1797-1885, the book was a very basic genealogical report of Jacob’s descendants. I catalogued known descendants through the seventh generation with 857 individuals! Perhaps I should rephrase my initial statement. I have written a longer document. However, it was written early in my career as a genealogist, and although I used a modified register system, my sourcing was very limited. I used about thirteen different sources in my bibliography, and did not footnote or reference each fact. I have certainly learned a lot in the last 14 years. One thing I did know back then was how important it is to share your work. I donated two copies of my book to libraries in Indiana. You can even find my book listed on World Cat.

My biggest discovery this week is that I tracked down where great Uncle George died. Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis is one of the largest cemeteries in the country. This year marks their 150th anniversary. They have a part time genealogist/historian on staff to handle requests. For a reasonably modest fee, one can order burial records for individuals buried at the cemetery. They also have a great online burial locator. Over the years, I have used it quite a lot. But until this year, I had never ordered an actual burial record. For those of you who followed along with the saga of William B. Schwartz, I decided that I needed to give this service a try. I knew William and his wife Mary Victoria were buried there so I started with them. The cemetery sent me a copy of William’s burial certificate which included his death location and cause of death. (He died from the rupture of an aortic aneurism). They don’t have this information for all their burials, only those prior to 1917. I ordered William’s death certificate from the state of Indiana at the same time. The burial certificate is more legible than the death certificate. I would not have been able to decipher much from the death certificate so I am glad I ordered both. After ordering William’s burial certificate, I decided to give Uncle George’s a try. I was crossing my fingers that Uncle George’s burial certificate would give the location of his death. The gamble paid off. He died in Oak Park, Illinois. I even found him on the Illinois State Archives Death Index (once I knew where to look). I am not exactly sure what he was doing in Oak Park, but I suspect he was probably visiting relatives when he died.

This week, I continued to add burial notes and footnotes to the manuscript. Hopefully, I will be done soon! I attempted to write a brief biography of one of the male descendants from the fifth generation who never married. His obituary is one that arrived in the mail this week. I found his high school yearbook, gleaned some great information and a photograph as well.

Yagerlehner, Glenn - Caldron (Central High School), 1929, p. 13 (detail)

Central High School (Fort Wayne), Class of 1929


© Deborah Sweeney, 2014.
Post originally found: https://genealogylady.net/2014/06/06/the-book-progress-report-june-6-2014/

The Book: Progress Report – May 30, 2014

I feel like I did a lot of work this week, and I didn’t get to work on things as much as I wanted to.

I read a great article from Vita Brevis (one of the blogs of AmericanAncestors.org and the New England Historical and Genealogical Society). Author Penny Stratton wrote about preparing your genealogical project for publication. Her two bits of advice this week were on the importance of writing a table of contents and coming up with a title. I already came up with a working title last week but had not written a table of contents. I also noticed this week that my father has a title of contents for his book which he uses as a checklist to track his progress. So I got to work and came up with a basic working table of contents for my book. I may have to change the subtitle of my book at some point since I do not intend to write about ALL of David’s descendants in this book. Perhaps I should just add a Volume 1 to the title….

Table of Contents

The manuscript has now increased to 38 pages. I haven’t really begun writing any of the individual biographies yet. It is hard when I keep feeling like I can still find more information. It seems so final to write a person’s biography. At some point, I will just have to do it. Instead, this week, I began adding burial information to each individual’s biographical section, as well as writing the footnotes for those facts. I am a little tired of writing Find A Grave, database and images…. but it needs to be done. The gaps in my research are more apparent this way. Overall, I do know where most of the descendants are buried, but I am missing a few. So more research to add to my to-do list…. I have not quite finished this task but will hopefully be done next week.

I received the four obituaries that I ordered last week and ordered another set. I discovered that one of the female descendants had a marriage I was not aware of. She is also one of the descendants with missing burial information. Another obituary gave me a death location. Even though this person lived most of his life in Fort Wayne, and was buried there, he actually died at the home of one of his children in New Jersey. Who knew?!? Well, now I do. One of my death certificate requests came up as a bust. One of my great grandfather’s brothers lived most of his adult life in Indianapolis. He was also buried there but apparently he did not die in the state of Indiana. The Department of Health cannot find a record of his death. This just proves how important off-line research is. Not everything is available on-line, and if you want to really to discover the details of ancestors’ lives, libraries and archives are still our most valuable asset for research. So now, I have to figure out where Uncle George actually died.

I also need to write up a generic questionnaire to give to various family members to help them tell stories about their parents or grandparents: for everything from, where did your parents get married, did they have an obituary, where did they go to school, and what did they do for a living. Most people freeze when you just ask them…so just tell me about this person. Having actual questions can help narrow down and focus the memories.

© Deborah Sweeney, 2014.
Post originally found: https://genealogylady.net/2014/05/30/the-book-progress-report-may-30-2014/

The Book: Progress Report – May 23, 2014

Book CoverI am going to try to write a fairly regular progress report to keep myself motivated while writing the Jegerlehner history. So here is this week’s report:

I have finished the basic outline of the descendants of David Jegerlehner for five generations. The outline is 29 pages long, and lists 254 descendants (and an uncounted number of spouses).

Here is a breakdown of this week’s facts:

Generation 1: David and his wife Magdalena
Generation 2: three children (all biological)
Generation 3: thirty-one grandchildren (all biological). The first grandchild was born in 1863, and the last was born in 1885.
Generation 4: eighty-two great grandchildren (eighty biological and two stepchildren). The first great grandchild was born in 1883 and last was born in 1920.
Generation 5: one hundred thirty-seven great great grandchildren (one hundred twenty-six biological, seven stepchildren, and four adopted children). The first was born in 1912, and the last in 1958.

Generations 6 and 7 (and 8) will not be included in this book but will be a project for another time.

This week I have ordered two Civil War Pension files and 3 cemetery records.   I have received 4 obituaries (Allen County Public Library) and three death sketches from JAMA.

In the past month, I have received assistance from two of my most awesome librarian friends, Celia Ross, from the University of Michigan (Kresge Business Administration Library) and Noelle Boc, from the Tewksbury Public Library (where she is the best children’s librarian EVER!). My father’s cousin Steve has provided me with more family documents, including copies of the biographical pages from the Yegerlehner family bible. Amberly who writes the blog The Genealogy Girl did a look-up for me in some Swiss records on microfilm at the BYU library. There are also countless other anonymous people who have assisted me from places like Find A Grave.

The Jegerlehner family has some amazing people in its ranks, including an astronaut, several mathematicians, and an United States amateur chess champion. Of course, my personal favorites are a librarian and a dramatics and musical arts instructor, from the early half of the 20th century. I wish I could have met them.

It is time to start digging deep into the family history, like never before! If you are a Jegerlehner, Yegerlehner, Yagerlehner, Yeagerline, Yagerline, Yegerline, Yagerlener, or Yager-Lehner descendant, please let me know! I am looking for family stories to embellish the cold hard facts (birth, marriage, death, etc.)

© Deborah Sweeney, 2014.
Post originally found: https://genealogylady.net/2014/05/23/the-book-progress-report-may-23-2014/