Saturday, May 24, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Go On a Genea-Scavenger Hunt

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) You're going on a scavenger hunt - for records of one of your relatives.  You can pick a relative who lived in the 1800 to 2000 time period.  A brother of one of your ancestors might be best (since males don't change their surname).  Or the husband of a sister of your ancestor.  
Tell us the name of your chosen relative. 

2)   Go to FamilySearch and search for records for that relative.  Start on the Search page -  Search any way you want.   

3)  Tell us what you found in the FamilySearch record collections.  Did you find something new about that relative?   

4)  Write your own blog post, comment on this post, or write something on Facebook or Google+.

Here's mine:

1)  I chose Robert Auble (1830-1920), born and died in New Jersey, and brother to my second great-grandfather David Auble (1817-1894).

3)  A search for Robert Auble on FamilySearch born between 1825 and 1835 in New Jersey, died 1920 in New Jersey, resulted in:

*  1920 U.S. Census for Blairstown, Warren, New Jersey ( gave me a second wife for Robert (age 90, born N.J., no occupation) named Amanda (age 74, born in N.J.).

*    1910 U.S. Census for Blairstown, Warren, New Jersey ( showed Robert (age 78, has own income) and Amanda (age 54, born in N.J.), with 9 years of a second marriage.

*  1905 New Jersey State Census for Warren County, New Jersey ( shows Robert (age 70) and wife Amanda (age 49).

*  1900 U.S. Census for Blairstown, Warren, New Jersey ( showed Robert (age 66, born Jan 1834, a capitalist), son Theodore (age 36), daughter-in-law Mary E. Auble (age 33), and grandson Raymond (age 5).

*  1885 New Jersey State Census for Blairstown, Warren, New Jersey ( shows Robert, Ellen, Elizabeth, Theodore, and Frank (no ages given).

*  1870 U.S. Census for Blairstown, Warren, New Jersey ( shows Robert (age 40, a blacksmith), Ellen (age 34), George (age 14), Elizabeth (age 12), Theodore (age 6), and Franklin (age 3).

*  1860 U.S. Census for Blairstown, Warren, New Jersey ( shows Robert (age 30, a blacksmith), Ellen (age 24), George (age 4) and Emma (age 2).

*  1850 U.S. Census for Frelinghuysen, Warren, New Jersey ( shows Robert (age 20, a blacksmith) residing in home of Benjamin Poyers (age 35, a labourer).

*  There are four entries for births of children to Robert and Ellen Auble - a female in 1858, Theodore in 1864 (see, a male in 1867, and a female in 1873.  From the census records, I can identify those children as Elizabeth/Emma, Franklin and an unknown daughter.

*  There is a marriage entry of Robert Obble and Elen E. Hartman on 6 December 1855 in Hardwick, Warren, New Jersey (see  

*  I wondered about the 1880 U.S. Census, and searched without a birth year range and easily found, in Blairstown, Warren, New Jersey (, Robert Auble (age 40, boarding house) with wife Ellen (age 40, keeping house), daughter Lizzie (age 19), and son Frank (age 12).

*  I looked at the FamilySearch Family Tree for Robert Auble and found him in the tree, and someone identified as randyseaver1 added records in November 2012 and a user named Sterling George did several merges in November 2013.  I see that the son Franklin was deleted in a merge with Theodore by Sterling George, so I need to fix that.

I did not find the death of Robert Auble in 1920 - I looked in my database and saw that I have a very poor copy of a New Jersey State Death record that I obtained many years ago from another Auble researcher.

Having found all of the information above, I can add the second marriage with Amanda ???? in about 1901, and can add census events for 1850 to 1920 for Robert Auble, his wives, and children.  I can also trace some of the children after their marriages and add content about them.  These are all cousins of mine that may appear in an autosomal DNA test.

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GeneGinny said...

OK. That was frustrating. Here's my blog post:

Dana Leeds said...

Thanks for the challenge! I randomly picked a brother of an ancestor & came up with a new record which gave me new information. Great challenge!

Tessa Keough said...

Okay Randy - another great SNGF mission. Here is my entry

Lynn David said...

I decide to go looking for my great-grandfather's brother, Peter Celestine WETZEL, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and I did find the 1860 census for him and 4 city directory entries for his wife (after his death) in Indy.

But then when that search went dry I switched to a search on their mother, Mechtild ZAEHRINGER, back in Bombach and Bleichheim, Baden. I ended up finding her ancestry back two generations in Bleichheim, Baden.

I guess that wasn't too bad.