Saturday, June 9, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Best Genealogy Research Find in May 2018

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

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

What was your best genealogy "research find" in May 2016?  It could be a record, it could be a photograph, etc.  Whatever you judge to be your "best."

2)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, or in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.
Here's mine:

I am crafting a genealogy presentation titled "Discovering George W. Seaver's Life Story" and did a search for more records for George (you may recall that he was the guy who ran away from his wife in 1899 - a list of blog posts is in The Rest of the George W. Seaver Story - Part VIII: More Family Information (posted 20 March 2018)).

I found that after he was discharged from the 2nd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery regiment that he enlisted in the United States Army in 1867, and was discharged in 1768.  

The entry for George W. Seaver is:

From this, I learned that he enlisted in the U.S. Army 8th Cavalry, company I on 7 May 1867 in Boston  and was discharged on 27 March 1868.  Also, this is the only record I've found that provides a birth place of Watertown, Wisconsin.  He was age 21 (actually 19 when he enlisted), and was a machinist.  He had hazel eyes, dark hair, a dark complexion, and was 5 feet 7-1/4 inches tall. 

The source citation:

"U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914," digital image, ( : accessed 11 May 2018), 1867 > P-Z, image 104 of 252, no. 1076, George W. Seaver entry.


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

I was doing the happy dance at the end of April and part of May, working on this one.

Janice M. Sellers said...

My best research find is a little unusual.

Seeds to Tree said...

In 1979 my aunt gave me a copy of the family pedigree chart. She knew her grandfather's name, Anton Smarsty his two sibling's names and his parent's names, Stephen and Franciska Smarsty. They came from Germany, but he was born 1859 in Kattowice, which is now in Poland. For 38 years, we could not go "farther back". In April, I was aimlessly googling and happened to search Kattowice archives and found a Catholic church diocese archives website where there was a FORM in ENGLISH to fill out and mail in if you wanted your family researched (for a fee). I did that and 10 days later, a researcher emailed me for further details. He noted one record that indicated Anton was from (not necessarily born) in Gross Kotorz Poland and had a brother named Micheal. THOSE Catholic records are on microfilm at and about half are available online if you go to an affiliate. I got extremely lucky. In May I spent 5 days a week 3 hours a day immersed in a treasure chest of 24,000 unindexed records written in Latin, Polish or German and found lots and lots of family names and other information going back to the mid-1700's. More than 300 names. I am doing the happy dance! In the meantime, the researcher sent me 7 birth, marriage and death certificates and much information about the family members who lived in Kattowice, finding the two siblings, spouse and children. The records at their archive stop in 1900. All for about $100, a bargain! Oh! and the original spelling of the name is Zmarzly.