Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Judge Lindley's Court Room

I stumbled upon the following clipping from the St. Louis Republican online a couple years ago and just found it again while going through my files. It still makes me chuckle every time I read it.

I honestly have no idea about when this was printed or if we are related to the Judge Lindley mentioned in it. I do know that we do have distant Lindley relatives in the St. Louis area today, so it may be possible that we are related.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Obituary | Ruby M. Miller

The following are two newspaper clippings that are in the possession of my maternal grandmother. The publication date and newspaper origin are unknown for both obituaries. 

Ruby M. Miller

Relationship to Me: 
Maternal Great Grandmother

Transcription 1:  
Miller, Ruby M.
BOSCOBEL - Ruby M. Miller, age 94, of Boscobel, died on Friday, January 5, 1990, at the Boscobel Memorial Nursing Home. She was married on August 11, 1915, to Charles Miller. He preceded her in death on June 30, 1954. She is survived by two daughters, Genevieve Zintz of Boscobel and Audrey (Ray) Little of Bensenville, Illinois; a son, Bernard of Excelsior, Wisconsin; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mardella Flynn of Boscobel and Gladys Dyer of Lancaster; and two daughters-in-law, Doris Miller of Boscobel and Alice Miller of Genoa, Illinois. She was preceded in death by two sons, Byron and Verlin Miller. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 8, 1990, at 1:00 p.m. at BEEMAN FUNERAL HOME, Boscobel. Elder Lawrence Shedd will officiate. Burial will be in the Haskins Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, January 7, 1990, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at BEEMAN FUNERAL HOME, where a prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Transcription 2:  
Ruby M. Miller
     BOSCOBEL, Wis. - Ruby M. Miller, 94 of Boscobel died Friday, Jan. 5, 1990, at Boscobel Memorial Nursing Home.
     Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Beeman Funeral Home, Boscobel, with burial in Haskins Cemetery, rural Blue River. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Beeman Funeral Home, where the prayer service will be said at 7:30 p.m.
     Mrs. Miller was a homemaker.
     She was born on May 8, 1895, in Richland County, daughter of John and Estella (Haskins) Dyer. She married Charles Miller on Aug. 11, 1915, in McGregor, Iowa; he died June 30, 1954.
     She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, rural Soldiers Grove, Wis.
     Surviving are two daughters, Genevive Zintz of Boscobel and Mrs. Raymond (Audrey) Little of Bensenville, Ill.; a son, Bernard Miller of Excelsior, Wis.; 21 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mardella Flynn of Boscobel and Gladys Dyer of Lancaster, Wis.

Tidbits of Note:
I have listed several tidbits from these obituaries that caught my attention for one reason or another.

  • The lack of supporting details in the first transcription is enough to drive a genealogist to drink! It doesn't even mention her parent's names!
  • The second transcription tells a story and provides more details about where and to whom she was born, her marriage, her work, and her religion.
  • In my opinion the only thing the first transcription has going for it is that it actually includes the names of her sons and daughter-in-laws. I was shocked that the deceased sons and surviving daughter-in-laws were completely left out of the second one.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday | Charles and Ruby (Dyer) Miller

Tombstone Tuesday is one of the many blogging prompts supported by to help genealogy bloggers record their family histories.

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Charles Francis and Ruby Merle (Dyer) Miller

Relationship to Me: 
Maternal Great Grandparents

Resting Place: 
Haskins Cemetery, Richwood Township, Richland County, Wisconsin

Ruby M. 1895-1990
Charles F. 1891-1954

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday | Barzilla Gray

Tombstone Tuesday is one of the many blogging prompts supported by to help genealogy bloggers record their family histories.

Barzilla Gray

Barzilla Gray

Relationship to Me: 
Paternal 3rd Great Grandfather

Resting Place: 
Union Hill Cemetery, Mt. Zion, Crawford County, Wisconsin

Barzilla Gray

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Marriage Record | Amasy Lindly and Nancy Bickerstaff

The following marriage record was one of the documents my mother, sister, and I found while poking around the archive at the Jones County Clerk's Office, in Anamosa, Iowa. The transcription is below:

Line: 328
Husband: Amasy Lindly
Wife: Nancy Bickerstaff
Date: May 19, 1855
Officiant: H. (sp?) Stewart, Justice of the Peace

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Obituary | Barzilla Gray

Barzilla Gray

Relationship to Me: 
Paternal 3rd Great Grandfather

     Barzilla Gray, well known and highly esteemed resident of the town of Scott, died Wednesday, March 14th.
     Deceased was born in Ohio, March 18, 1852, coming with his parents to Richland county in 1863. In 1872 they moved to Iowa, returning to Wisconsin in 1876. July 21, 1878, Mr. Gray was united in marriage to Mary Pickett. They settled on the present homestead in 1882, where they have since resided. To them were born six children, 2 sons and 4 daughters: Mrs. Judson Wilkinson and Mrs. J.W. McDaniel of Scott, Frank of New England, N.D., Floyd and Lura at home and Mrs. Will Elliott, deceased. The wife and 5 grandchildren, with the above, survive.
     Deceased united with the M. E. church and was baptized 43 years ago.
     In failing health, Mr. Gray was taken to Parker hospital in Boscobel Feb. 24 last. For a period he continued to improve and hopes were entertained for his ultimate recovery, but unlooked for complications set in and the final summons came unexpectedly. Mr. Gray was the last one of his family.
     Deceased was an excellent man and worth citizen, respected by the entire community. In the home he will be mourned as a loving husband and devoted father.
     Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ernest Jeffrey, Friday, March 18th, from the home and remains were laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery at Mt. Zion.
     We desire to thank neighbors and friends for numerous acts of kindness and sympathy during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father.
     Mrs. B. Gray & Children

This is transcribed from a scanned copy of an original newspaper printing of Barzilla's obituary on The newspaper or publication date was not included in the image or supporting text.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

What's Your Ancestor Score?

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (SNGF) is a popular blogging prompt created and maintained by Randy Seaver over at This week's SNGF prompt is titled What's Your Ancestor Score? and his directions included:
1) Determine how complete your genealogy research is. For background, read Crista Cowan's post Family History All Done? What’s Your Number? and Kris Stewart's What Is Your Genealogy "Score?"  
2) Create a table similar to Crista's second table, and fill it in however you can (you could create an Ahnentafel (Ancestor Name) list and count the number in each generation, or use some other method). Tell us how you calculated the numbers.
3) Show us your table, and calculate your "Ancestral Score" - what is your percentage of known names to possible names (1,023 for 10 generations). 

My Response:

I used my online family tree at and manually counted the number of ancestors for which I have documented a first and/or last name. I then created the following chart in Microsoft Excel and used the built-in formulas to calculate my "ancestor score." I have hidden a few of the columns in the image below for ease of viewing.

Unlike Randy and many of the others participating in this edition of SNGF, my sourced tree only goes back 8 generations (my 5x great-grandparents). As you can tell in the table above, my "Ancestor Score" for 8 generations is 28 percent and I was actually surprised that it was as high as that!

I have spent the majority of my research time over the past few years concentrating on documenting the connections that my family has "collected" over the years. I'm finally starting to make my way back through my great-grandparents and have a 100% score through my 2x great-grandparents. I was very happy with my scores of 84 percent for my 3x great-grandparents and 52 percent for my 4x great-grandparents.

I still have quite a bit of work to do in researching my family tree. One of my research goals for 2014 is document two additional 3x great-grandparents, which will bring my 6th generation "Ancestor Score" up to 87 percent.