Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sharing Memories (Week 1): Introduction

52 Weeks of Sharing Memories
A Challenge seen on: 


A couple months ago, I started my version of the ever-so-popular 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks and I am having so much fun with it that I've been browsing other blogs for such fun ideas. This morning, I came upon The Olive Tree Genealogy’s Sharing Memories and love the concept!

I never really thought my stories and/or memories were important, but then I think- what if at least one of my ancestors had written a journal and it had survived all of these years and I was able to read it? As a genealogy and history fanatic, I would LOVE such a possession to be mine to read! It would be one of my most treasured items- to be able to read what they did on a day-to-day basis, what they went through, what heartaches and wonderful memories they had and shared with their family and friends!

We hear rumors of what our ancestors were like. I was told that my great grandfather was a very hard-headed individual who never smiled. What would his journal say about him?

I’ve always kept a journal- up until about a couple of years ago. I haven’t written in a long time but this project seems like a LOT of fun- especially if I could, one day, share it with my children, grandchildren, great grandchildren.

If you’re reading this and you love journaling, I encourage you to do the same in your blog or even in a book at home! J

New Tuesdays!

New Changes...

Hey everyone,

I've recently found a new "challenge" that I've decided to write instead of doing Tuesday's Tip-- I think it will be more entertaining (hopefully)- for myself and my readers! :) 

Lorine McGinnis Schulze from The Olive Tree Genealogy posted 52 Weeks of Sharing Memories on her webpage. I came upon it this morning and was instantly intrigued! 

SO... starting today, Tuesday's will now be Sharing Memories day! :) 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mappy Monday- Aldbourne, England

My 11th great grandparents- Thomas Mildenhall III (1630-1682) and Joane (Strode) Mildenhall (1634-1682) were married on 12 Aug 1649 at The Church of St. Michael or St. Michael's Parish Church (I've seen it spelled both ways) in Aldbourne, England. 

Aldbourne, England

Aldbourne is a village and civil parish about 6 miles northeast of Marlborough and 4 miles from Ramsbury in Wiltshire, England. 

The church, where my ancestors were married, is medieval and a "grade I" listed building. The nave and aisles were built around 1200 and the three-stage tower was added in 1460. 

I think Aldbourne is a beautiful small town! It has wonderful history, beautiful buildings and breathtaking landscape! Check it out! 


Aldbourne has a lot of history! During the English Civil War, Prince Rupert and his Cavaliers fought the Parliamentarian Army in Aldbourne on 18 Sep 1643, two days before the First Battle of Newbury.

During WWII, East Company of the US Army 101st Airborne Division was based at Aldbourne in the weeks before D-Day. East Company was featured in the HBO series Band of Brothers.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Baby Name Wizard

 On Nov 12, 2012, Randy from Genea-Musings posted a Saturday Night Fun challenge- Baby Name Wizard so I thought I'd try that to kill some boredom! 

Here is the challenge: 

1) Go to the Baby Name Wizard site and see how popular your name was over the 20th century, and how popular a baby name it is today. Check out your spouse, your children and your grandchildren (if you have some!) also. 

2) What does your name mean (find out on http://www.babynamewizard.com/baby-name)?

3) Tell us about it, and show us your graphs, in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, in a Facebook status or on Google+ Stream post.

Here's mine:

1) Carrie:  (Related names- Cari, Kari, Karrie, Carey, Carie, Carmela, Carri, Cary and Carys.

According to babycenter.com, Carrie is ranked #265 in 2014.
At it's peak, Carrie was #20 in 1880.

My husband James "Jim": (Related names- Jacques, Jamie, Jameson, Jamie, Jim, Jimmy)

According to babycenter.com, James is ranked #11 in 2014.
James has been #1 several times- especailly between 1940 and 1952.

My son Jack: (Related names- Jackie, Jackson, Jake, Jax, John, Jacky). 

According to babycenter.com, Jack is ranked #10 in 2014.
The last few years has been "Jack"s peak-- going as low as #3 in 2006.

2) Carrie means- Originally a short form of names such as Caroline, Carolyn and Carol. Carrie is now often used as an independent name. 

James means- "He who Supplants" - Hebrew origin. 

Jack means- Jack is short for John. The nickname became so popularized it became a name in it's own right.

Saturday Night Fun-- on Sunday lol

I always love Randy's (Genea-Musings) Saturday Night Fun! 

Last night's challenge- Where Were They 100 Years Ago?

1) Determine where your ancestral families were on 19 July 1914- 100 years ago

2) List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible). Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist? 

3) Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post. 

Here's Mine: 

~My 2nd great grandparents- Joseph Herman Jeckering (born 1870) and Rose A (Horn) Jeckering (born 1872) were living at 630 McLain St. in Dayton Ohio with 5 of their 7 children: Gerhard (born 1900), Cletus (born 1902), Martha (born 1906), Norbert (born 1908), and Elizabeth (born 1910). One child was born and died in 1912- stillborn, and then Irene (born 1913), died Jan 1914. The house is still standing today: 

Photo Courtesy- Google Maps

~My great grandmother- Josephine M. Dabuliewicz (born 1906) was living as Josephine Alexinas with John (born 1974) and Mary Alexinas (born 1880)- her adoptive parents and their son- George Alexinas (born 1905). Her father- Josef Dabuliewicz (born 1883) abandoned her after her mother died in 1913. I'm not exactly sure when Josephine went to stay with the Alexinas, but by the 1920 census, she was living with them at 616 Hark (?) Street. (The street name is questionable because the census was a little hard to read). I don't know if the house is still there or not. 

~My great grandparents- Earl Dwight Mendenhall (born 1894) and Edna Grace (Miles) Mendenhall (born 1894)-- it is unsure where they were in 1914 or if they were even married yet. They didn't have their first child until 1916 and he was born in Dayton, Ohio. 

~My 2nd great grandparents- Frank Buchanon Seaver (born 1856) and Harriett Olive "Hester" (Watson) Seaver (born 1856) were most likely living at 67 Hillbury (?) Gravel Rd. in Johnson, Indiana with their two children: Cleo Rose (born 1893) and Otto Watson (born 1901). (I say most likely because this was taken from a 1910 census...I don't know specifically 1914). 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Surname Saturday- Roling

Happy Saturday everyone-- It's the Weekend!

Today’s surname biography is Roling. My 6th great grandmother- Martha Roling- married Gerhard Jeckering.

Martha Roling
b. 06 Jan 1740            Engden, Germany
d. 06 Feb 1783                        Drievorden, Germany

Her parents were Heinrich Roling (1703- ?) and Maria Silies (1715-?). I’ve found as far back as Martha’s great grandfather- Johann Roling (b. 1625 in Drievorden, Germany).

There are several spelling variations for this name---Rolland, Roland, Rollan, Rolan, Rolend, Rollend, Rollen, Rauland, Raulend, Rollain, Raullen, Raullan, Raulan, Rolands, Rollands and many more.

There were several Roling individuals who immigrated to America.

U.S. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s

NAME                             BIRTH                   ARRIVAL

~R. Roling                        abt 1777               1847               
~Johann Roling                unknown              1801- 1802     
~Herman Heinrich Roling   unknown           1848                             
~Caphaia Roling               1827                    1849
~Moses Roling                  1828                    1849               
~Clemens Roling              1845                     1874               
~Bern Roling                     unknown             1846             
~Bernhard Roling              unknown             1846        
~G.W. Roling                    unknown             1851           
~J. Roling                          1852                    1874              
~Henriette Roling              unknown             1860   

There are many more with various name spellings, but I only provided the names with the same spelling as my ancestor (to keep it short).

This one is interesting because there are 505 total matches of individuals with the last name Roling buried—at first glance, it looks like a mixture of Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, Georgia, California, and Alabama.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Funny

TGIF People! :) 

I think most people can appreciate a good cat video/picture! :) This picture is so adorable and couldn't help but post! :) 

Hope you all have a wonderful Weekend!