Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Family History Guide

Take a look at this new website, The Family History Guide.

A friend recommended The Family History Guide because I teach classes on FamilySearch's Family Tree. There are a lot of resources on the website for teachers/trainers/lecturers but if you click around a bit you will find there is a lot of information for users too.

For example, scroll down to the Sudent Guides on the Training Modules page. Nice!

Also, look at Projects. There are 14 goals related to Family Tree to make it better for you and for everyone else. Hint: You can use Legacy to help accomplish these goals since Legacy can directly sync to the Family Tree.

This website is not owned or operated by FamilySearch or the LDS Church but this looks like it is going to be a great resource.

The Family History Guide is in the running for the 2016 RootsTech Innovator Showdown  Make sure you watch their promo video.


Copyright © 2016 Michèle Simmons Lewis

Saturday, February 6, 2016

All it took was a little persistence Part II

You can read the original post HERE.

My grandfather’s complete medical file from 1948-1949, 75 pages worth, arrived yesterday from Germany on a CD.  I am not going to give any specifics about what I found in these papers.  I will only say that they were loaded with information, information that made me very sad and made me want to investigate his life even more.  I have requested his German military records.  The process to obtain them can take up to one year. 

I am also heading into another direction, Poland.  My grandfather was an ethnic German but was born in what would become Poland. His mother and father were also born in this area (Łódź Voivodeship) and both of their ancestral lines were in this same area for several generations.  I have this information from a 2nd cousin in German who did the leg work.  However, the research is not complete and I want more information about my grandfather’s childhood and the family’s journey to Germany proper before World War I broke out.  Tensions were high in the area against the Germans so the family was forced to flee.  My grandfather would have been about eight years old.  When he was 16, his mother and rest of the remaining family had to swear their citizenship to Prussia/Germany since they were known to have come from what was now being controlled by the Polish.  These citizenship papers were found in the effects of one of my grandfather’s brothers.  Supposedly my grandfather’s father was killed on the journey back but I have no proof of this, only that his wife was listed as a widow on her citizenship papers.

My grandfather’s life is something you would read in a book.  He has a real story to tell and I hope that one day I will be able to tell it for him.

Copyright © 2016 Michèle Simmons Lewis

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Update to Mystery Marker

Here is the original Mystery Marker blog post.

Now the update: I received Katie’s death certificate in the mail.  She was already widowed when she died so her husband is not named.  I was able to confirm her parents.

The informant on the death certificate was J. W. Warden and he was listed as a “son.”  So was Katie married twice?  I checked the Mississippi marriage index and found Katie Hickman and Harry Warden who married on 16 Jan 1917 in Forrest County. 

Katie would have been 17 years old so this would probably be her first marriage.  This would explain why I didn’t find a Hickman – Simmons marriage in the index (I did check).  It is a moot point because I can’t find a Warden – Simmons marriage either.

However, I still have a lot more info on Katie than I had.


Copyright © 2016 Michèle Simmons Lewis