Fanny Belle Kough was eighteen years old when she began her vocation of keeping house, as noted on the 1880 United States Federal Census:Becoming the wife of Hatch Harman on 16 December 1879, Fanny Belle kept house for a man more than twice her age and his eight-year-old son from a previous marriage. Eventually, Fanny Belle would also keep house for the five children she and her husband would have together. The daughter of an Irish immigrant and a Kentucky native, Fanny Belle lived forty of her forty-two years in Hickman County, Kentucky. Her final resting place was in the beautiful, tree-lined Oakwood Cemetery in Hickman County, just a few miles from where she was born.Fanny Belle and Hatch Harman lived during a time of certain cultural expectations and familial patterns. One of those expectations was painted in bold colors on the 1880 United States Federal Census. Nearly every wife enumerated on the census reported her occupation as “keeping house.” What did “keeping house” …Read more
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The Hoyt Public Library in Saginaw, Michigan In family history research, when it is discovered that a family lived in a particular town for an extensive length of time, contacting the local library and historical society can be a great investment of a genealogist's time and potentially yield great dividends. For instance, when we found that a family lived in Saginaw County, Michigan for over three generations, we looked at the Saginaw County library website to see what resources they offered. Come to find out, they offer an excellent obituary index compiled from the old local newspapers. We searched the index by the ancestor's surname and came up with nine pertinent obituaries. These obituaries provided priceless information about family members.For another research project, we found that a family lived in Bristol, Pennsylvania for three generations. We contacted the local museum and the curator was able to answer questions about cemetery locations and provide a detailed history …Read more
As a Project Manger, Elly Catmull helps clients set goals for Legacy Tree research projects. Here is some helpful information to a question Elly answers a lot: "How long will it take to build my family tree back as far as possible?"If by “as far as possible” we mean as far back as the records go – which is usually considered around 1500 unless you connect into royalty – the answer is: a very long time!First, consider the exponential rate at which family trees grow the further back they go. Generation 1 is only one person: yourself. Generation 2 is only two people: your parents. However, Generation 3 is four people, Generation 4 is eight people, Generation 5 is sixteen people, and Generation 6 is thirty-two people! This only usually goes back to the mid-1800s for most people alive today.It is around generation 16 that you reach about the year 1500 in a typical pedigree. A family tree that goes 16 generations back on all lines would include 65,535 people (see …Read more
A younger RobinWe love that genealogy celebrates people as whole individuals - not just people in their vocations or locations but as people who had parents and ancestors, people who were born, grew up, married, and experienced life. We love that concept so much that our new site (making its debut later this month) will include our staff members' childhood photos to reinforce the celebration of individuals and their whole lives on this planet.Robin Williams made a significant contribution to our culture and to the world, and beyond that he was a person like every person - one with ancestors who came before him, one with hopes, with struggles, and with successes.Anselm J. McLaurinRobin Williams was born in Chicago on July 21, 1951. His middle name of McLaurin comes from the maiden name of his mother's grandmother - Stella May McLaurin. She was the daughter of senator and Mississippi governor Anselm J. McLaurin. The McLaurin name was passed on in the middle name of Stella's daughter, …Read more