Saturday, January 22, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Best Family History Discovery This Week

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

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

 Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I hope more of you do than participated in the last several SNGF challenges), is to:

1)  What was your best family history or genealogy discovery (or discoveries) this past week (or month if you choose)?

2)  Post your responses on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post.  Be sure to comment and leave a link to your post on this post.

Here's mine:

 I have several "small" but  useful ones:

*  I found Yearbook photos on for my brother Scott from San Diego High School in 1972-3.  He was in a school choir and on the baseball team.  I captured the photos and sent them via email to him.

*  While doing the 52 Ancestor post on Thursday night, I wondered if Lydia (Batherick) Brigham's father had a probate record.  He did, so I downloaded 12 images from American Ancestors and saved them to the David Batherick file folder.  Unfortunately, it did not include anything (like a will or distribution) that identified his daughter, Lydia, but I'll use it for Amanuensis Monday with the account and inventory in the estate file.

*  After this week's Amanuensis Monday transcription, I was curious if Jonathan Forbes, the brother-in-law of Phinehas Brigham, had purchased more of the Moses Brigham estate.  I found several more deeds that showed Forbes bought the whole of Moses Brigham's Jr. portion of his father's estate, and also Jr.'s portion of his mother's estate.  Jonathan Forbes married Sarah Brigham, the oldest child of Moses and Lydia (Maynard) Brigham.  So it looks like the Brigham house "stayed in the family."  It probably housed most of the family at last through the death of Phinehas Brigham in 1802, or even later.

*  I updated my spreadsheet list of AncestryDNA matches noted as "Common Ancestors" using the updated Greg Clarke tool (see Downloading My AncestryDNA Match List With Google Sheets).  I now have 451 AncestryDNA ThruLines, and since the tool provides the list of Notes associated with the ThruLines, I found one ThruLine that I had not seen before.  I added a Note for that match, evaluated the line back to the Common Ancestor, found it was pretty well documented, and added the line and the match person to my RootsMagic database.  Now I have another project to find all descendants of that line from the common ancestor.  


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

I had fun in newspapers this week, particularly NewspaperArchive.

Liz said...

Here's mine:

Thanks, Randy!


ByAPearl said...

Here's my contribution.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's mine:

Unknown said...

My grandmother, Alice Walker, was born in a hotel in Hill City, South Dakota, in 1891. Her grandfather, Walter Walker, was manager of the hotel, owned by the Harney Peak Tin, Milling and Manufacturing Company. The hotel cost $2,000,000 when it was built about 1890. I found another newspaper article last week about the company which found itself being sued by its English investors in New York State court. I haven't yet found record of the outcome of that suit. The cost of the two-story, with basement, hotel seems excessive. In 2009 I was in the hotel for my grandmother's 118th birthday. The building is well made, not large, and likely much graft was included in the $2 million cost.