Saturday, September 27, 2014

Surname Saturday : Baldwin

The BALDWIN surname is in my maternal line.  The origins of the family are likely English.  This particular line of Baldwins were Quakers. 

Stories and history :

Ahnentafel # 959 : Ann Baldwin (1750-    ).  Ann's birth was recorded on 5th month, 18th day, 1750 at New Garden MM, North Carolina.  She married Samuel Millikan (1742-1817) on 6th month, 10th day, 1767 at New Garden MM, North Carolina.  Samuel was born December 11, 1742 in Chester County, Pennsylvania and died November 3, 1817 in Randolph County, North Carolina.  They were the parents of 10 children, recorded at Center MM, North Carolina. I do not know when Ann died.

Ahnentafel # 1918 : William Baldwin (c1720-1802).  William was born circa 1720.  He married Elizabeth Smith (c1730-1773) circa 1750. Elizabeth was born circa 1730 and died September 19, 1773.  They were members of the New Garden Monthly Meeting of Friends in North Carolina.  William married secondly to Ann Hunt on June 18, 1788 at New Garden.  William and Elizabeth were the parents of twelve children.  William died August 19, 1802 in Guilford County, North Carolina.

Surname Saturday – create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research. Surname Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Recently I began mining the website for additional information about folks in my database.  I set up a search in my Rootsmagic database for anyone whose death date in not blank and whose burial place is blank.

As I'm making my way through the database, I'm searching at the site to see if anyone has posted a memorial page for the individual who matches the information in my database.  I'm then adding the burial place to my database.  I've created a source template for the burial information as well.

The finished source might look something like this:

FindAGrave Inc., ( : accessed 13 September 2014), Joseph Allen (1733-1816) memorial.

Nothing spectacular, but it's something that I should have been doing or could have been doing for several years.  I've been a member at for a long time and have been a contributor.  As a free site, it has a lot of information and many times additional clues that I didn't have in my database.

As I make my way through the alphabet (right now I'm still in the "A" section), I am adding the final burial location for folks in the database, but also am adding birth, death and marriage information as I find it.  I'm making sure I source it right away so that I know where I found the information.  This information will be helpful in leading me to new clues on these people.

My goal is to get through Rootmagic  first with everyone that doesn't have a burial location listed, then go back and check those that I did already have with a burial location to see if they have a memorial page, add sourcing from FindAGrave and add any additional information.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Surname Saturday : Bacon

The BACON surname is in my maternal line.  The origins of the surname are English.

Stories and history :

Ahnentafel # 3329 : Lydia Bacon (1656-1717).  Lydia was born March 6, 1656 in Newton, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.  She married Samuel Pierce (1656-1721) on December 9, 1680 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  Samuel was born April 7, 1656 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  They raised nine children in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  Samuel died July 5, 1721 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  Lydia died December 5, 1717 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Anhentafel # 6658 : Daniel Bacon (1615-1691).  Daniel was born 1615 in Winston, Suffolk, England.  He married Mary Reed (1620-1691) in 1639 in Colchester, Suffolk, England.  Mary was born in 1620 in Colchester, Suffolk, England.  They raised eight children.  Mary died October 4, 1691 in Newton, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.  Daniel died September 7, 1691 in Newton, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

Surname Saturday – create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research. Surname Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Ancestry Hint : June Lambertson Obituary, 1951 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

Working through the 'shaky leaf' hints on my maternal side and came across a new one for my great-grandmother, June (Davis) Lambertson (1898-1951).   This hint was for an obituary in an off-site database, the Monroe County, Indiana Obituary Index maintained by the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington.

Taking a look at the site, June's obituary was published in the Bloomington Herald-Telephone in their March 21, 1951 edition.  I was previously unaware of this obituary, and have added it to my Rootsmagic database list of "to-do" items.

I wonder if the obituary is much different than the local ones that I've already written about from the Elwood Call-Leader?  Perhaps additional local family were mentioned in the Bloomington paper.

June was born the daughter of Ida Davis, but raised by her grandmother and step-grandfather under the Gilliland name in the Owen County/Monroe County, Indiana area.  June married June 28, 1917 in Monroe County, Indiana to Clemon Beals Lambertson.

At the time of her death, she would have been survived by a sister, Pansy, of Crawfordsville.  Was the obituary published in Bloomington so that distant cousins would see it?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Surname Saturday : Applegate

The APPLEGATE surname is in my paternal line.  The origins of the surname are unknown at this time.

Stories and history :

Ahnentafel # 159 : Elizabeth Applegate (c1758-    ).  Elizabeth was born circa 1758.  She married Cornelius Sutton (1750-1850).  Cornelius was born October 21, 1750 in Middlesex County, New Jersey.  They raised six children.  Cornelius died September 30, 1850 in West Union, Doddridge County, Virginia.  Elizabeth's death date and place is unknown.

Ahentafel # 318 : Benjamin Applegate (      ).  Benjamin married Rebecca Wall.  Nothing further known at this time.

Surname Saturday – create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research. Surname Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ancestry Hint : June Lambertson in 1929 Elwood Indiana City Directory

Reviewing the shaky leaves on my Ancestry "cousin bait" tree for my maternal great-grandmother, June Kirk (Davis) Lambertson the record for the family in the 1929 city directory of Elwood, Indiana.

1929 Elwood, Indiana City Directory (Binghampton, NY: The Calkin-Kelly Directory Company, 1929), page 131, Lambertson, Clemon; digital image, ( : accessed 20 August 2014).

While this wasn't the first time I had seen this record (I had previously viewed it at the Elwood Public Library), I was able to save the image to my computer and cite it in my Rootsmagic database and add the image to my Rootsmagic file.  I also attached the record to June's husband, Clemon, my maternal great-grandfather.

The record shows that Clemon and June lived at 1906 North F Street in Elwood, and that Clemon's occupation was that of a cabinet maker. This correlates to other information that I've uncovered stating that Clemon worked for the Sellers Kitchen Cabinets.

The directory also lists another Lambertson family, that of Orville J and Martha C, who rented a home at 522 North 14th in Elwood.  Orville was the brother of Clemon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cousin Bait Tree

I've added an additional tree to my profile, a "cousin bait" tree full of everyone in my database. This includes my family, Eileen's family, my daughter's family, my stepchildren's family and every one who I'm researching that I've been unable to connect to my main tree.  The name of the current version of this tree is entitled Travis LeMaster Genealogy - August 2014.  

I'm going to use this tree to find cousin and 'hints' from Ancestry using their shaky leaves to search the records and see ones that could be matched to my database.  I'm going to keep my Rootsmagic database as my primary database and will not add any images or attach records to this new tree.

I'm also keeping my current tree online LeMaster & Allied Families which I've been using to direct folks to who have connected to me through my DNA search.  I hope to eventually replace it with a more up-to-date version.

My plan is to systematically go through this new tree, review the hints and add the records to my primary database at Rootsmagic.  Once I've been able to update it enough, I will periodically replace it.

I'm taking a bit of a hint from Randy over at Geneamusings, though I've not gone so far as to have FamilyTreeMaker installed and have it synced.  I need to really dig into the features of Rootsmagic and utilize Ancestry's computers ability to search out records for me automatically.

This summer has been so busy that I really haven't done much in the way of family history research.  Hopefully this will inspire me to get back to it.