Thursday, January 31, 2013

Fanny Haywood

When we went to the temple this month, I thought it would be nice to prepare a bit in advance and learn what I could about the person I'd be doing the work for. It's always nice to at least start the year out by trying to be better, right?  Anyway, Fanny was the next card and when we found her a couple of years ago, it was as Mrs. Charles C. Dicks, we didn't know her maiden name.  However, that day when I did a search on her name I found them in the 1900 Census:

1900 U.S. Federal Census - Hamden, New Haven, Connecticut (page 73)
Charles Dicks, 62, August 1837, md 17 years, born England, immigrate 1873, 2nd marriage
Fanny Dicks, 43, May 1857, md 17 years, born England, immigrate 1881, 1st marriage, 2-2 children 
Mary E. Dicks, dau, 26, Oct 1873, single, born Conn.
Alfred C. Dicks, son, 4, Sept 1895, single, born Conn.
Earle M. Dicks, grandson, 3, May 1897, born Conn.
Arthur Dicks, grandson, 1, Sept 1898, born Conn.
Elyer Haywood, mother-in-law, 76, June 1824, 1-1 child, widow, born England

Look at that!  Her mother is living with them, so now we know her maiden name.  Just in case I didn't have time to reprint the card, I looked at the one behind it as well.  Elsie Maria Mathews is Fanny's daughter-in-law, who was born in Connecticut in 1885.  I was able to reprint the card, so Fanny's work got done, but I was with some friends and one of them did Elsie's work at the same time.  Going to the temple is always a special experience; taking a family name just makes it more meaningful.  And I was surprised (although I shouldn't have been) that taking some time to prepare and really think about what I was doing and the person for whom I was doing it really made a huge difference in how I felt while I was there.  I need to remember to do that always.
Now it's time to see if we can find more information on Fanny's mother.  Have you ever heard of the given name Elyer?  That's a new one for me.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Katharina Reichert

Over the past little while we've had some success doing family history work, and I thought it would be a good idea to chronicle some of the things that we've learned.  Hopefully it will inspire you to give it a try!

Wayne received a phone call from his brother asking if we could have a combined family night to try and help his son find some family names to take to the temple on their next youth baptism trip.  It would have been easier if we lived a bit closer, but thanks to technology we were able to bridge the 1300 miles without traveling!

Since I wanted this to be successful, I decided I should do some advance planning, and I started by staring at our lovely genealogy chart.  

I had to get a bit closer, and I decided to focus on Wayne's Dad's side since we've been working on his Mom's side for the past couple of years.
This is a nine-generation chart, and thanks to the efforts of our aunts and great-aunts, a lot of it has been filled in.  However, I noticed one gap in the 8th generation and that's where I decided to start.  (Yes, the chart is fading and needs to be re-done, but it still works for now.)
The "dead-end" was at Katharina Reichert, Wayne's great-great-great grandmother on the Youkstetter side.  Family records state she was born in Germany in 1796.  I plugged that information into the search field at familysearch.org and found a link showing her marriage to Johann Friedrich Speidel in 1823.  That was exciting!  Thank you, thank you, thank you to whoever indexed the Germany marriage records!  Even more exciting was the fact that her parents were listed:
     bride's father's name:     Gottlieb Friederich Reichert
     bride's mother's name:     Margaretha Barbara Schwab

In addition, I discovered the marriage records for several more of Friedrich's brothers and sisters, with the parents of their spouses listed.  A couple of them were already in NewFamilySearch, but several weren't, and so during our family night that evening, we repeated the search process and our nephew entered the new information while we walked him through the steps.  It was a productive two hours, and he reached his goal of finding family names to take to the temple.  (Okay, so some of them are in-laws of in-laws, but I love all of my in-laws and consider them family.  Besides, we're ALL going to be linked together before this is finished.)

Of course, now we have two new "dead-ends" so the work isn't done yet, but it's so gratifying to feel like we're making progress!