Showing posts with label Federation of Genealogical Societies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Federation of Genealogical Societies. Show all posts

13 July 2013

Surname Saturday - A Shorter List?!

Good Saturday, Everyone!

Well, I thought it was time for an update to my list of Surnames. I'm getting ready to head to Ft. Wayne, Indiana for the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2013, so I'm working on a Research Plan that will focus on filling in the direct lines I haven't researched before. For the foreseeable future, I will not be working to actively gather evidence on collateral lines; my goal is to finish my complete tree, four generations out, by the end of this year. Going forward, my plan is to tackle one line in the 5th generation coming forward to the present every six months. I may need more or less time, but since I haven't used the genealogical proof standard in my research in the past, I feel like it's a reasonable goal.  

Having said that, I'm keeping the lines of communication open for ALL my lines. I'm very happy to say that I have some new cousins in my Leatherman and Barnes lines; I'd love to add more! So, if you would be so kind to share this post out to your extended social media network, I'd be very grateful. And, if you leave me a comment with a link to your blog, I'll be sure to reciprocate! 

The surname list is in two parts: the first part are my direct proven lines, those that I've satisfied an exhaustive search or have complete evidence to ensure accuracy. The second part are my direct lines that I'm still gathering evidence to prove. 

Direct Line Surnames of Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana (proven; p = paternal, m = maternal):

ALSTAETTER (ALST√ĄTTER) p - origin from 1827, Darmstadt, Germany
BARNES p - origin from 1846, OH
BEIGHTLER p (also BEIGHLER, BEIGLER, BIGLER) - origin from ~ 1803, PA
COSGROVE p - origin from 1860s, Ireland (confirmed through paternal DNA)
DURKIN p - origin from 1863, England (line to Ireland, paternal DNA)
GARRETT (GARRET) m - origin from 1824, NY (location not confirmed) (matrilineal DNA)
GREENE m - origin from 1753, RI
JEFFREY m - origin from 1829, Scotland (location not confirmed)
LEATHERMAN p - origin from 1825, OH
NICOL (NICHOL) m - origin from 1837, Toronto, Canada (Canada West)
POWELSON m - origin from 1785, NJ
RICHARDS m - origin from ~ 1790, (may be OH/KY, location not confirmed)
WAGNER m - origin from 1806, Moselle, Lorraine, France
WERSEL m - origin from 1805, Utrecht, Netherlands

Direct Line Surnames of Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana (researching; p = paternal, m = maternal):

AMRINE (AMERINE) p - origin from ~ 1807, possibly PA (with Beightler)
BRINKMAN m - origin from 1790s, daughter born in Utrecht, Netherlands (with Wersel, Valkenburg)
BURROWS (BURROWES) m - origin from 1712, NJ (with Greene)
GEERLING m - origin from 1750s, Netherlands (with Wicart, Wersel)
HENSGEN m - origin from 1808, France (with Wagner, Wersel)
MEEKER m - origin from 1750s, NJ (with Burrows, Greene)
MESSLER  m (may be derivative spelling) - origin from 1780s, location unknown (with Powelson)
METSELSER m (may be derivative spelling) - origin from ~ 1720, location unknown (with Powelson)
PENN m - origin from before 1789, MD (with Richards)
TUNIS m - origin from 1750s, location unknown (with Meeker, Burrows)
VALKENBURG m - origin from 1771, location unknown (with Brinkman, Wersel)
WALLACE m - origin from 1780s, unknown location (with Greene)
WATERS m - origin from 1720s, location unknown (with Burrows)
WICART m (WIKART, WIEKART) - origin from 1750s, Netherlands (with Geerling, Wersel)

I hope everyone has a fabulous Saturday. It's a gorgeous day here in cow country and I'm heading out into my yard to do some much needed cleanup. Seems to be a trend...

Have you created a surname list to share? Do you like to 'hoard' names, or do you have a plan you follow? How do you find cousins to share the evidence you've acquired with?

17 June 2013

Motivation Monday - Midwestern Gem Shines for FGS Conference 2013, August 21 - 24

Holy Smokes! It's already the middle of June! Our weather here in north central Illinois hasn't exactly been summer-like, which has created the impression that it's still Spring. But the calendar says differently so it's time to get motivated and really start looking at what's coming up in the next few months.

The most important thing on my schedule, other than another birthday for the U.S., my hubs and I, is the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2013 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Ft. Wayne? Omigosh, yes...!!! It's the place I talk about to anyone who'll listen because it is the second largest genealogical library in the United States. That's right...outside of Salt Lake City, the Allen County Public Library is the next best place to research your (or your client's) family.

What makes ACPL so fabulous? Hmmm...where to start? The library itself is centrally located in downtown Ft. Wayne, Indiana. While it's not exactly a big City, Ft. Wayne is relatively easy to get to, and once there has a great mid-western feel to it. The Library itself is open and light and the staff has always been warm, welcoming, and incredibly helpful. One word of caution: if you want to view microfilm, bring fingerless gloves and something made of thinsulate or a parka. Not kidding. Seriously. The cold isn't so bad because the machines have USB connections for flashdrives, so you don't have to worry about bringing cash for copies. Now that's winning!

There is an incredible collection of family histories that really are the highlight of the Library. What's more, you can have your OWN history created: all you have to do is bring along the materials that you want published and the library will make two bound copies, one for you and one for the Library shelves (not instantaneously mind you, there's a backlog but for free it's worth the wait). I call it a physical version of Ancestry/FamilySearch; the volumes run the gamut from very old handwritten pages without sources of any kind to well written, professional genealogies, any of which can provide just the right item that will help you move forward in your own research.

Did I mention the fabulous Irish Pub moments from the Library? J K O'Donnell's has great service, fabulous food and, for those who may want to have an adult frosty beverage, a nice selection of brews and wines?

Oh, yeah...the Conference...heh. The lineup of speakers is top-notch and too lengthy to fit into a single post, so I'll follow up with posts with more details about the 'guts & glory' of it in the next few days. In the meantime, you only have until July 1st to get the $50 discount on registration. $50 would buy a few folks a nice meal at O'Donnell's. Just sayin'...