Bill West's Blog – June 2010 Archive (5)

DIGGING UP ALEXANDER AUGUSTUS BARKER

So last night after posting my response to Randy Seaver's SNGF

challenge of "A Prolific Dad" I decided to run the names of some

of my Barker ancestors through FamilySearch's Record Search.

When I put in my the names of my 3x great grandparents

Nathaniel Barker and his wife Huldah Hastings, I found this

surprise:…

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Added by Bill West on June 20, 2010 at 7:39pm — 3 Comments

THE MARRIAGE OF PHILIP JOHN WEST AND CLARA FORD (ELLINGWOOD) TIDWELL

Last week I had success finding information on my mother's

family at FamilySearch Record Search and since then I've

gone back and tried looking up other family members. This

morning I entered my great grandfather Philip John West's

name in the search box and Maine as a location. I was

hoping to find a record of his marriage to my great

grandmother Clara (Ellingwood) Tidwell. but apparently my

streak of genealogy…

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Added by Bill West on June 14, 2010 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

ANSWERS AND QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WEST BROTHERS

Prior to following up on the link Randy Seavers gave to the

Ancestry.com collection of the Federal Nonpopulation

Census Schedules 1850-1880, I hadn't really given much

thought to how my West ancestors made their daily living.

I knew the regular census images said they were farmers

which seems to have ended with my great grandfather P.J.

West. My grandfather Floyd Earl West Sr was a lumberman

and his brother Clarence…

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Added by Bill West on June 12, 2010 at 7:30pm — 10 Comments

THE WHEREABOUTS OF LEONIDAS WEST

I've been discussing three of John Cutter West's surviving sons

lives in the 1870s and 1880's using the Federal Nonpopulation

Schedules 1850-1880 for the state of Maine. Asa, Jonathan and

Hiram West did quite well for themselves, in my estimation. But

there was a fourth brother, Leonidas. Where was he in all this?



The answer is simple: like many young veterans of the Civil War,

he went West. Leonidas was the youngest son and probably

didn't receive a very… Continue

Added by Bill West on June 3, 2010 at 10:38pm — No Comments

BEEP BEEP!

All genealogists have one: a brickwall. Alright, there may be a lucky

few upon whom the Gods of Genealogy have smiled who don't have a

brickwall. These are probably the same people who got A's on their

trigonometry finals. But the rest of us, we have brickwalls, ancestors

whose names, or places of birth, or parents elude us. Finding the

missing information and smashing through that brickwall to the

ancestors beyond it is the Holy Grail of genealogy. And… Continue

Added by Bill West on June 3, 2010 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

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