Daughenbaugh Family Photographs

An anonymous distant cousin, who we are related by my 4x great grandfather, Jacob Daughenbaugh, sent me a large collection of original photographs that came in the mail, many of them are well preserved in booklets [dont know the proper term]. While I have my own family photographs from the same period, the collection from this family is much more charming and I am very happy to have received this today.

Also today involved witnessing an historic document, in fact, it was the original manuscript of the first deed ever recorded in Plymouth Colony. Plymouth County held a grand opening ceremony for it’s new registry of deeds building and it is amazing that the original records of the 17th century have survived in the County. This contained William Bradford’s original handwriting and the signatures of John Billington, Edward Winslow, and Cuthbert Cuthbertson. Volunteering can lead to great experiences and I’m glad to be helping Mayflower Society with the history of the Society House, formerly known as Gov. Edward Winslow’s House, the great-grandson of Pilgrim Edward Winslow.

Working on My First Hired Research Case

It’s been an exciting couple weeks as I am deep in a very challenging, but also very fun research case. It’s an amazing feeling to be hired; I’ve put in a lot of time to my genealogy skills. I’m glad I took the time to prepare and study important textbooks on Professional Genealogy so I feel somewhat ready to do this. Hopefully I will be posting about my own ancestors’ again soon.

Reading list:

Professional Genealogy, Elizabeth Shown Mills

Genealogy as Pastime and Profession, Donald Lines Jacobus

The American Genealogist and National Genealogical Society Quarterly

Of Plymouth Plantation, William Bradford

New England Regional Genealogy Conference (NERGC)

This year, I am planning on attending my first genealogy conference. The speakers and their topics look awesome and for someone who wants to make a career out of genealogy, it’s a must. Networking is a high priority across the board. This led me to a simultaneous decision to attend the next meeting for Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG). I have become much more interested in these genealogical organizations since volunteering for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Looking forward to studying my ancestors after a short hiatus.

Society Publications are Important Sources for Genealogists

While working on the history of the Winslow House, a main body of sources that i need to mine for data is the Mayflower Quarterly. This publication is made by General Society of Mayflower Descendants and is printed tri-monthly. While reading statements made by the Mayflower Society House Committee (also known as Plymouth Committee), I found myself reading the reports of the Historian General. In most cases, these reports pertain to the quality of membership applications and in some cases they feel it necessary to establish guidelines for lineage papers. Other information that would be of interest to genealogists are corrections in the society’s genealogical data. The Historian General’s job is to assess proof and therefore some ancestors are occasionally re-identified.

This has been a fun volunteer research project. I am looking forward to getting back to my own ancestors next week.

1919 Illinois Obituary Identifies Daughenbaugh Siblings

We as genealogists are grateful that our ancestors put in the extra money to publish obituaries that list living relatives. An anonymous user transcribed the obituary of Elizabeth Daughenbaugh Carson and posted it on roots web.com back in 2010

“[ILWAYNE] Daugenbaugh/Carson Obituary”

Decatur, IL “Herald” Thursday, September 25, 1919, page 3, column 7

Elizabeth Carson Dies Here Wednesday

Had Been a Resident of Decatur for Eight years; Ill Only Since Monday.

Elizabeth, wife of William Carson, 2083 North Main street, died in the  
family home Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock. She had been in failing  
health for many months but acutely ill only since Monday. With her family she 
had been a resident of Decatur for the last eight years.

Elizabeth Daughenbaugh was born in Armstrong county, Pa., Dec. 7, 1852.  
She was married to William Carson in Wayne county, Ill.; 42 years ago. The 
surviving members of the family in addition to her husband are her two 
sons, Joseph W. and Richard E. Carson of Decatur, and one step-daughter, Mrs. 
Ida Tuggle, of Macon. Her surviving brothers and sisters are Martin  
Daughenbaugh of Springfield; William Daughenbaugh of Cisne, and J.E. Daughenbaugh 
of Larned, Kans., her sisters: are Mrs. Margaret Jackson of Little Rock
Ark.; Mrs. Mollie Dingman of Niantic; and Mrs. J.W. Williams of Riverside,  
Cal. Mrs. Carson was a member of the Congregational church. The time of the 
funeral has not been announced but it probably be Friday.

Source: Online Message Board, “[ILWAYNE] Daughenbaugh/Carson Obituary,” 11 Apr 2010, IL-WAYNE-L Archives. Obituary is transcribed by anonymous author (e-mail listed only) and is recorded from The Herald (Decatur, Illinois), Thursday 25 Sep 1919, page 3, column 7. [font stylization added]

This source is extremely significant as a source of proof. It identifies all six living siblings, their current residence, and what maiden name the women took. Mrs J.W. Williams’ real name is Mary Anne Daugenbaugh and she is my 3x great-grandmother.

There are now plenty of leads to follow!

Copyright (c) 2015 by Jake Fletcher

Olswang Vital Records

Jake Fletcher:

Always check for cemetery records. After receiving copies of the death records, an important clue would lead me to more genealogical sources of the Olswang family. Margaret Olswang’s death record said she was buried in “Montefiore Cemetery, Queens”. Montefiore Cemetery is a large Jewish Cemetery on Long Island and has a well kept website. Most valuable to genealogists is the searchable database of tombstones. In one search, the Olswang Family was located.

I now had a death date for my second great-grandfather, Jacob Olswang, 14 Mar 1950. He was born just past the italiangen.com New York City Death Index that ran up to 1948. Also valuable was the synagogue association provided by the tombstone database. The Olswang Family went to the “Conservative Synagogue of Jamaica”, named after the neighborhood of Jamaica in Queens, New York. The Olswang’s first came to Brooklyn but settled as a family in Queens, the census lists their address as 170-17 Cedarcroft Road. Were they in the neighborhood of this synagogue? A research of the address places the Conservative Synagogue of Jamaica at 169-82 Wexford Terrace, Jamaica, NY. A quick check on Google maps shows that the Olswang’s residence and synagogue was only a mile away from each other. Most families belong to their neighborhood religious place of worship. The Conservative Synagogue of Jamaica left this address in 2004 and merged with other local congregations. My next step is to learn more about Jewish genealogy.

1. Jacob Olswang (14 Mar 1950), Tombstone database entry, Interment # 71926, Montefiore Springfield L.I. Cemetery Society, Montefiore Cemetery, Queens, New York, accessed online at http://www.montefiores.com/Montefiore/jewish-cemeteries-new-york/locator/visitorview.php?intnum=71926, 16 Feb 2015.
2. Ibid.
3. “Google Map Screen,” 170-17 Cedarcroft Road, Jamaica, NY to 169-82 Wexford Terrace, GoogleMaps©, accessed online (shortlink).
4. Tommy Hallisey, “Flushing temple to house three wedded congregations,” TimesLedger, (Queens, New York: 10 Jun 2004), accessed online at http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2004/24/20040610-archive67.html

Originally posted on Jake Fletcher's Genealogy Project:

I searched italiangen.org for New York City Vital Records.  I was looking for more genealogical information on the family of my second great-grandfather Jacob/John Olswang. Under the database of  New York City Death Records 1891-1948, I found death certificates for his second son and his wife.

Olswang, Arthur

Age of Death: 43 years old

Date of Death: 10 April 1942

Certificate No. 2870

Queens County


Olswang, Margaret

Age of Death: 64 years old

Date of Death: 23 Oct 1939

Certificate No. 7217

Queens County

I sent in request forms for the original records, and am curious as to what other genealogical clues the record will reveal. There age and date of death conflict with the years of birth that I have, but only by about a year.

Copyright (c) 2008 by Jake Fletcher

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