30 November 2010

Searching for that One Fact to Finally Confirm ... or Deny

I am searching for that one fact to confirm or deny that my girls are descended from Native Americans. At this point I don't believe it to be true but their father's family is quite adament about it and I can recall his Uncle John telling stories about this woman.

This woman would be LOUISE SHARP. According to the Census Records she was born in 1836 in New York. Both her parents supposedly were also born in New York. She married DANIEL DEYOE of the near Lexington, Greene County, NY Deyoe Family. It is a huge family who can trace their lineage back to early 1700s.

Uncle John used to say that Louise was really LONESTAR and that she was a Mescalero. Now - being of Slavic and Irish descent - I have to admit that my Native American research was minimal (if that) until I heard this story. Evidently the Mescalero are the warring branch of the Apache Tribe. You don't see too many Apache in New York state so I asked Uncle John about that and he said ...

DANIEL DEYOE fought in "the war" and found himself a native bride and brought her home with him much to the dismay of the family. I can find NOTHING to substantiate this claim.

Daniel and Louise had two boys - one of whom was MORGAN DEYOE. Morgan ended up in Philadelphia and married JULIA COURSAULT. Records show that Louise moved in with Morgan after Daniel passed.

Every record I have found so far on Louise shows that she was born in NY and her paretns were born in NY and she was white. Every record.

... so the search continues ...

16 November 2010

How to Request Copies of C-Files for Genealogy Research | eHow.com

How to Request Copies of C-Files for Genealogy Research | eHow.com

C-Files are naturalization certificate files. Everyone who was naturalized between 1906 and 1956 has a C-File, which includes a copy of the declaration, petition and certificate of naturalization. The government collected and preserved all this vital information on our immigrant ancestors over the years!

12 November 2010

Ancestry.com Offers Military Records Free this Weekend

In honor of Veteran's Day, Ancestry.com is offering FREE access to its military related databases. I pulled up "Pennsylvania Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-1999" and typed in my church cemetery in Chester County. I got two hits: a Frank P Mascuilli and a Nicholas Turczyn. The "Record of Burial Place of Veteran" offers name, birth date, death date, burial date and location as well as service time, branch, rank, and serial number!

A few other databases available for FREE right now are:

World War II Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945

U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

U.S. Military and Naval Academies, Cadet Records and Applications, 1805-1908

California, WWI Soldier Service Cards and Photos, 1917-1918


Veterans Day

10 November 2010

How to Research Lancaster County, PA Family History | eHow.com

How to Research Lancaster County, PA Family History eHow.com

Welcome to Jeanne's Genealogical Gems

Welcome to Jeanne's Genealogical Gems! As I delve deeper into my family history and that of my clients, I intend to offer helpful research tips and techniques, genealogy news items, family history research, and some localized history. If you have questions that you would either like me to answer here or if you would like to discuss privately something more detailed, please email me at jeanne.eckman@comcast.net.

I have been tracing my family history for more than 20 years. While most of my family has stayed in the same general area in Pennsylvania, my research has taken me to my ancestral homelands of Ireland, Austria-Galicia and the Ukraine, to name a few. From time to time, I will also include some short articles concerning genealogy or local history that I have written for various sites.