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 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 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, 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

Originally posted on Jake Fletcher's Genealogy Project:

I searched 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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Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques

A visit to the local public library prompted me to check out some books on Genealogy methods and techniques. When I glanced through George C. Morgan and Drew Smith’s Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, I knew it would help me because it would offer suggestions on new ways to discover our ancestors. Logically, they begin with how to organize and effectively tackle a genealogy brick wall. First, the research goals needed to be identified specifically, so I took a half hour or so to write out my genealogical interests.  One method that has prompted great results is their version of an ancestral timeline. By creating a chronology of events and record appearances for each ancestor, the genealogist can better visualize the brick wall and how to solve it. For me, it takes all the over processing in my head into writing and will serve as a primary reference when I conduct research.


George C. Morgan and Drew Smith’s guide Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques has been invaluable and in the near future, I will try some other techniques like experimenting with census search engines, i.e. The FAN (families-associates-neighbors) method of research is good for those who have spent a exhaustive amount of time on a particular ancestor or brick wall because we forgot that our human relationships make their way into record books too.

Volunteer Work for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants


After my internship in Plymouth, Massachusetts and deciding I wanted to focus more on genealogy, I contacted the General Society of Mayflower Descendants to express my interest in getting involved. i was supposed to start this Monday, but the weather forced me to stay home, but I have gotten a good head start using the internet for my first project.

The society would like to know more about the history of the Mayflower Society House (formerly Edward Winslow House) including the property and it’s past owners. I will be examining census data, city directories, local newspapers (particularly the Plymouth-based Old Colony), and more. The history of the Society house is intriguing and parallels the grandeur of this 18th century mansion.


To my excitement, an internet search yielded some help from a fellow blogger.

Much gratitude to the author for this interesting information and in helping with my project.