I’m finally ready to make an effort with my genealogy research. I think for a while there I was just all over the place and that kind of overwhelmed me. So now, I’m making a plan!
The first thing I did was read through Thomas MacEntee’s “The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook.” He gives a lot of great suggestions about just letting go of previous research and starting over with best practices. While I’m not going to completely abandon the work I’ve already done, I am setting it aside for now and starting with clear research goals and procedures in mind.
Here’s what I’ve come up with for keeping track of my current research…basically its just a binder with a bit of organization. I’ve made a binder for my mother’s side of the tree and my father’s side of the tree. This is my mother’s side binder:
The first page is a pedigree chart where I’ve added numbers for each family group. As you can see, I don’t have a lot of information for this side of the family as research in Brazil is difficult! Each number (1-16) has it’s own divider where I’ll place all the notes associated with the research for that family group. I also have a spiral notebook for random notes as I do the research.
Here’s what is behind tab #4 – The Joaquim Pedro DA SILVA family. The family group sheet comes first and I printed it out with all the information I have in my RootsMagic database. I’m sure that not all of this is correct, thus the reset. The plan is to go through and verify or reject all the “facts” and add as much information to each family group before moving backward in time.
Each family group “starts” at the date of marriage for the parents, so in this case 15 Sep 1948 OR 8 Jun 1932 (looks like I’ll need to do some research here!). So any birth information or other “facts” for the parents from prior to their marriage would go into the tab for their parents’ family. All the kids information would remain here until they are married – then they’d get their own tab.
This binder is just for the direct line research. So for example, I am descended through their eldest daughter Lindalva, who along with her husband are tab #2. I haven’t quite decided how I’ll handle information organization for the other siblings post marriage (maybe another binder?).
Even More Data
The next item in each family tab is the research log. This will list all of the research I’ve done, date, location, and result. Hopefully this will help me keep track of everything and not redo unnecessary work or waste time figuring out what to do next. Right now I have a general log for the whole family but I may divide this up by “fact.”
Finally, I’ll include any notes at the end. Here’s a table listing all the possible birth dates/locations for my Grandmother, the records where I may find the entries and the results of my search.
Eventually, I hope that all of this information will be synthesized and added to my database. The idea is that these are the rough drafts and when I’ve “verified” a “fact” it can be added to the database. I’d also like to include all “negative” facts that I’ve disproved and research notes so I’ll have to look into that and make some plans.
Thoughts or suggestions on streamlining the process? I’m going to try it for a while and see how it goes.
Slowly but surely making my way back in time with the Joe & Vilate Ranson family…now in the 1920 US census. This time four children are living at home ranging in age from 5 to 14 years old.
1920 U.S. Census, Rich County, Utah, population schedule, Randolph Precinct, Randolph Town, enumeration district (ED) SD 1, ED 93, sheet 6A, dwelling 101, family 108, Joseph H. Ranson household; digital images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : downloaded 28 July 2014).
1920 US Census
Utah, Rich County, Randolph Precinct, Randolph Town
SD 1, ED 93, Sheet 6A
13 January 1920
Lines 39-44. 3rd East Street
Farm. Dwelling 101, Family 108
Line 39. Ranson, Joseph H. Head, Male, White, 34, Married, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: England, English. Mother POB: England, English. Can speak English. Manager, Telephone Co, worker.
Line 40. —–, Vilate E. Wife, Female, White, 36, Married, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: England, English. Mother POB: Missouri. Can speak English.
Line 41. —–, Ervie. Son, Male, White, 14, Single, attended school this year, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: Utah. Mother POB: Utah. Can speak English.
Line 42. —–, Zentha. Daughter, Female, White, 13, Single, attended school this year, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: Utah. Mother POB: Utah. Can speak English.
Line 43. —–, William A. Son, Male, White, 10, Single, attended school this year, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: Utah. Mother POB: Utah. Can speak English.
Line 44. —–, Robert. Son, Male, White, 5, Single. POB: Utah. Father POB: Utah. Mother POB: Utah. Can speak English.
Randolph, Utah is a tiny little town. At the time of the 1920 US census there were 758 people living there. According to Wikipedia there were 464 people living there.
Here’s the Google Maps view of the town of Randolph, with the marker at 3rd East Street where the Ranson’s were living.
And here’s the street view at that location. The census doesn’t give me a house (in this case Farm) number so I’m not sure where along this street they lived. At the time there were only 5 families living on that street. Today, it would appear that it doesn’t look much different!
Now, moving back in time to the 1930 census we find a son, Robert – age 15, living at home with them.
1930 U.S. Census, Ogden City, population schedule, Ogden City, Precinct 52, 5th Ward, enumeration district (ED) ED 29-56, SD 1, sheet 1A, household 29, family 29, Joseph H. Ranson household; digital images, Family Search (familysearch.org : downloaded 28 July 2014); NARA.
1930 US Census
Utah, Weber County, Ogden City, Precinct 52, 5th Ward
ED 29-56, SD 1, Sheet 1A
3 April 1930
Lines 25-27. Gramercy Avenue 2765
Household 29, Family 29
Own, $3500, radio, not a farm.
Line 25. Ranson, Joseph H. Head, Male, White, 44, Married, 19 years old when married. Didn’t attend school this year, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: England. Mother POB: England. Can speak English. Electrician, Railroad Shops, worker. Employed, not a veteran.
Line 26. —–, Valate E. Wife, Female, White, 46, Married, 21 years old when married. Didn’t attend school this year, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: Illinois. Mother POB: New York. Can speak English, not employed.
Line 27. —–, Robert. Son, Male, White, 15, Single. Attended school this year, can read and write. POB: Utah. Father POB: Utah. Mother POB: Utah. Can speak English, not employed.
The family is still living at the same home that they were living in in 1940. Interestingly, while the property value is listed as $3500 in this census, it was listed for $3000 10 years later in the 1940 census. I guess that speaks to the effect the Great Depression had on housing values.
I went to the Family History Library yesterday to do some research on the RANSON line but had this marriage license look-up in my RootsMagic to-do list. Since I was there, I thought I might as well pull up the microfilm.
William and Ada Rose, about 1905
William Taylor (b 1871) and Ada Rose Taylor (b. 1872) – yes they have the same last name, they are 1st cousins once removed – were married on 3 September 1890 in Logan, Utah Territory. Their marriage license was registered in Weber County since they were both from that county.
Weber County, Utah, “Marriage Licenses 1887-1946”: certificate no. 493, issued 30 Aug 1890, William Taylor and Ada Rose Taylor, certified 3 Sept 1890; FHL microfilm 1324660.
The People of the Territory of Utah County of Weber
To any Person legally authorized to solemnize Marriage Greeting.
You are hereby Authorized to join in
Mr. William Taylor of Harrisville
in the County of Weber and Territory of Utah
of the age of nineteen years and Miss Ada Rose Taylor
of Harrisville in the County of Weber and
Territory of Utah of the age of eighteen years the father
of said William Taylor having given his consent to said Marriage
Witness my hand as Clerk of the Probate Court and the seal of said Court
this 30th day of August, A.D. 1890
[signed] Daniel Hamer, Clerk of the Probate Court
By ____ Deputy.
Territory of Utah,
County of Cache
Thereby certify that on the Third day of September in the year of our Lord one
Thousand eight hundred and Ninety at Logan
in said County, the undersigned an Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
did join in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony according to the laws of this Territory William Taylor
of the County of Weber Territory of Utah and Ada Rose Taylor
Of the County of Weber Territory of Utah.
[signed] William Taylor [signed] Ada Rose Taylor
In the Presence of [witnesses]
M.W. Merrill (Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
I can now add William and Ada’s signatures to my stash. I’m planning on making a signature family tree so this will help. I love seeing the handwriting of the people of researching!
I’m not sure what the marriage age restrictions were at the time and why William’s father had to give permission for the marriage. 19 and 18 years old is young, so that might be why…some additional research is needed on that.
According to FamilySearch they were sealed in the Logan LDS Temple on 3 Sept 1890 so I assume that is where they were married civilly as well (if it was like my sealing they just signed the certificate and then were sealed).
Why, its the study of the Lund's, of course! I am jumping in to researching our family history and seeing where it takes me. We are the Lund's. We come from Lund's, Ranson's, DeMacedo's, Lima's, Anderson's, Warner's, Ferreira's, Da Silva's and beyond! Since my own side of the family is from Brazil, it is quite difficult to track things down. Troy's side, on the other hand, has proven to be much easier. So, I'll be jumping back and forth and all around to learn about where we come from.
Are you related to us? I'd love to learn more about you and share what I know about our common ancestors!