Friday, October 5, 2012

Follow Friday: Webinar with 23andMe & AAGSNC


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The African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC) (http://www.aagsnc.org) is proud to announce it's first public webinar on November 14, 2012 at 6pm PST!  The webinar, Roots Revealed: Going Deeper with 23andMe, is a follow up to a members only webinar that took place earlier this year called Understanding 23andMe.

During Understanding 23andMe, AAGSNC's Outreach and Education Committee provided practical tips and tricks for understanding DNA results obtained from 23andMe's Roots into the Future Project so they can be successfully applied to genealogy research.

Interest in genetic genealogy is at an all time high, especially for those with African ancestry who participated in 23andMe's Roots into the Future Project.  Roots Revealed: Going Deeper with 23andMe aims to show researchers focused on African ancestored genealogy:

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* How to narrow down a last slaveholder who could be an ancestor
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This free public webinar is being offered by the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC) and is limited to the first 200 registrants.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Unknown Markers

For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring photos from Toone's Chapel Cemetery, in Tulip, Arkansas in my Tombstone Tuesdays Posts. I took these pictures back in 2004, so the quality isn't that great. Most of the people buried in this cemetery are related to me or my family.

There are a number of Headstones that I am unable to read, so if anyone can recognize these, please let me know.

Minnie?
Born
Aug
Died
Mar 17 _
Could be the same as above.
Broken Headstone
Born
Oct 25,1883




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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: William Warren

For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring photos from Toone's Chapel Cemetery, in Tulip, Arkansas in my Tombstone Tuesdays Posts. I took these pictures back in 2004, so the quality isn't that great. Most of the people buried in this cemetery are related to me or my family.

William Warren
Born Feb 7, 1881
Died Aug 25, 1921
Will Do Chamber - 3511
Kingsland, Ark
William was the first child of David, Sr. & Mary Warren. He was born in Tulip, Arkansas on 7 February 1881. William married Mattie D. Bailey, daughter of Calvin  Bailey & Mattie Shavers on 20 November 1904. Other then his headstone in Toone's Chapel, his World War I draft card and his 1900 &1910 US Census entries; I haven't been able to locate anything on William. William died on 25 Aug 1921. He was my 1st Cousin, 3x removed.

William's World  War I, Draft Card:
U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Willie D. WarrenW

For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring photos from Toone's Chapel Cemetery, in Tulip, Arkansas in my Tombstone Tuesdays Posts. I took these pictures back in 2004, so the quality isn't that great. Most of the people buried in this cemetery are related to me or my family.

Willie D. Warren
March 18, 1904
Sept 6, 1940
I haven't been able to locate any additional information on Wille Warren, I can only assume he is related to my WARREN line in Dallas County, Arkansas. His death date does fall within War World II, but he doesn't have a military headstone or is listed in the Military collection on Ancestry.com. Any additional information is welcome/

Monday, September 17, 2012

1861 Slave Map of Dallas County, Arkansas

This is a portion of a map made in September of 1861, showing the number of slaves within the Southern States, based upon the1860 US Census. This map was created by the U.S. Coast Survey, the predecessor organization of the current National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), for President Abraham Lincoln to assist him during the Civil War. The full map and the history behind it, can be found here.

Map entitled “Map showing the distribution of the slave population of the southern states and the United States” was created in September 1861 based on statistics from the eighth Census,
My family has been in Dallas County, Arkansas; since before it's creation in 1845. They were the ones who worked to clear the area for the newly settling population. Some fifteen years later in 1860, the Census enumerates them only by age and color, under the name of the slave holder, leaving you to wonder who each of these persons were.
According to the 1860 US Census, the State of Arkansas had a population of 435,427; with 324,323 Free persons, and 111,104 persons considered a Slaves or 25.5% of the population were slaves by the start of the Civil War in 1861.

Also from the Map entitled “Map showing the distribution of the slave population of the southern states and the United States” was created in September 1861 based on statistics from the eighth Census.
The figures on each of the counties in the map, represent the percentage of slaves per every 100 inhabitants of that county. According to the map, 42.2% of the population of Dallas County, Arkansas were slaves in 1860.
I admit that I haven't done much research on the time period before 1870, but looking at this map and the 1860 Slave Schedules, leads me to believe I need to do some additional research to locate more information on who these slave persons were, and on the slave holding families. Here is a list of the persons with slaves, who were living in Smith Township, Dallas County, Arkansas during the 1860 US Census; (taken from Ancestry.com. 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls.):
  • W. L. Somerville
  • Tyre H. Brown
  • B. M. Smith
  • Peyton M. Bass
  • E. B. Williams
  • Thos J. Reed
  • A.R. Banks
  • Jas T. Stenerson
  • Nat G. Smith *
  • Berry Watson
  • Elizabeth Eaton
  • E. H. Eaton
  • H. Mattock
  • May Thasher
  • Josaphen Thasher
  • Nat R. Tunstall
  • H. N. Nunn
  •  B. J. Bordell
  • Geo D. Alexander
  • H. L. Taylor
  • John S. Cheatham
  • Naomi Nix
  • Mary Harville
  • Barabara Nix
  • R. Vanderslice
  • Asbury Thompson
  • Henry Hunter
  • Hector McNeil
  • John B. Phillips
  • Ellen Neeley
  • Jesse McAlester
  • John A. Rupell
  • Maurice Smith *
  • Elizabeth Barber
  • Thas J. B. Neeley
  • B. F. Baird
  • W. L. Baird
  • W. A. Young
  • Madison Badgett
  • George Wilson
  • Alex Wilson
  • E. H. Green
  • Alex Butler
  • Albert G. Butler
  • John Gibson
  • W. C. Ballard
  • L. D. Cooper
  • Wm L. Pattillo *
  • W N Smith *
  • Sallie W. Smith *
  • Samuel A. Smith *
  • F. H. Smith
  • N. H. Hunter
  • Samuel W. Smith *
  • Wm Smith *
  • Jas S. Pattillo *
  • O. Wilder
  • William Dyer
  • Sanford Reamy
  • W. A. Lea
  • John N. Amis
  • Howell L. Taylor
* Person known to have a connection with my family post Civil War, which leads me to believe they were the slave holding family before the Civil War.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: David Warren


For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring photos from Toone's Chapel Cemetery, in Tulip, Arkansas in my Tombstone Tuesdays Posts. I took these pictures back in 2004, so the quality isn't that great. Most of the people buried in this cemetery are related to me or my family.

David Warren
Dec 8 1885
Aug 10 1942

I don't have any additional information on this David Warren. I know that I am related to a David Warren Sr., but the dates on this headstone do not match either the Senior or Junior David Warrens I have in my database.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Hazel V. Smith

For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring photos from Toone's Chapel Cemetery, in Tulip, Arkansas in my Tombstone Tuesdays Posts. I took these pictures back in 2004, so the quality isn't that great. Most of the people buried in the cemetery are related to me or my family.

Rest in Peace
Mother
Hazel V. Smith
1906 -1981
Hazel V. Smith nee Sloane was the first child of William Andrew Wesley Sloane & Mary Bertha Smith. She was born on 14 November 1906 in Tulip, Dallas County, Arkansas. Hazel met and later married Eddy J. Smith on 20 September 1929 in Dallas County, Arkansas. To this union was born nine, make that thirteen children, all are living except for one five. Hazel died at the age of 75, in August of 1981 in Malvern, Hot Spring County, Arkansas. Hazel was my Great Aunt.

From out of the Ashes..

I am back from my extended absent.  I have moved to another city, stated my own business selling Thirty-One Gifts, (you can check the products here,) and I am just now getting back into the routine of things. My daughter has started First grade, so it has given me some extended time during the day to work on my genealogy and sort out my backlog of genealogical piles, at least that is the plan.

Since moving back in June, to my new house, I was able to attend a family reunion in July and I restarted the Family Newsletter. If you are interested in getting on the mailing list for The Chronicles of the Smith-Sloan Family newsletter, please contact me. I am happy to report that, my new office is twice the size of my old office and I am looking foreword to the day when I everything is updated, unpacked and organized.

I was also able to connect to some new cousins and research some new leads, which I will share on here shortly.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Sam M. Smith

For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring photos from Toone's Chapel Cemetery, in Tulip, Arkansas in my Tombstone Tuesdays Posts. I took these pictures back in 2004, so the quality isn't that great. Most of the people buried in the cemetery are related to me or my family.

 Sam M. Smith
US Army
World War II
Aug 1, 1921
Sep 24, 1977

Sam is the eighth child of Jimmie A. Smith and Lula E. Bailey Smith. He was born in Tulip, Dallas County, Arkansas and died in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Oscar Hawkins

For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring photos from Toone's Chapel Cemetery, in Tulip, Arkansas in my Tombstone Tuesdays Posts. I took these pictures back in 2004, so the quality isn't that great. Most of the people buried in the cemetery are related to me or my family.

 Mr Oscar Hawkins
Born Aug 14, 1919
Died Feb 23 1972
At the age 53 years
Sadly Missed

Oscar Hawkins is the 9th child of Junius Hawkins Sr. and Maggie Pattillo Hawkins. Oscar was born in Smith Township, Dallas County, Arkansas and died in Dallas County, Arkansas. He has three living children. Oscar is my second cousin, two times removed.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Hugh Hawkins

For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring photos from Toone's Chapel Cemetery, in Tulip, Arkansas in my Tombstone Tuesdays Posts. I took these pictures back in 2004, so the quality isn't that great. Most of the people buried in the cemetery are related to me or my family.


Hugh Hawkins
Dec 20 1903
May 7 1971

Hugh Gill Hawkins is the oldest child of Junius Hawkins Sr. and Maggie Pattillo Hawkins.  He was born in Dallas County, Arkansas and died in Leola, Grant County, Arkansas. Hugh had six children, two are now deceased. Hugh was my 2nd Cousin, twice removed.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Monest Smith

For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring photos from Toone's Chapel Cemetery, in Tulip, Arkansas in my Tombstone Tuesdays Posts. I took these pictures back in 2004, so the quality isn't that great. Most of the people buried in the cemetery are related to me or my family.


Mr Monest Smith
Born Jan 12, 1928
Died Nov 15 1970
At the age 42
Sadly Missed

Friday, May 25, 2012

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Otis Lee Smith

For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring photos from Toone's Chapel Cemetery, in Tulip, Arkansas in my Tombstone Tuesdays Posts. I took these pictures back in 2004, so the quality isn't that great. Most of the people buried in the cemetery are related to me or my family.

 Mr Otis Lee Smith
Born Nov 22 1947
Died Sep 26 1977
At the age 29 years
At Rest

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: David Lee

For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring photos from Toone's Chapel Cemetery, in Tulip, Arkansas in my Tombstone Tuesdays Posts. I took these pictures back in 2004, so the quality isn't that great. Most of the people buried in the cemetery are related to me or my family.

 David Lee
Feb 18, 1966
Apr 25, 1986

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Vanessa Smith

For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring photos from Toone's Chapel Cemetery, in Tulip, Arkansas in my Tombstone Tuesdays Posts. I took these pictures back in 2004, so the quality isn't that great. Most of the people buried in the cemetery are related to me or my family.

Headstone Photo of Vanessa Smith, taken at Toone's Chapel Cemetery,
Tulip, Arkansas. July 2004
In Loving Memory
Vanessa Smith
Oct 5, 1956 - Nov 23, 90

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Birthday Grandpa!

Happy 102nd Birthday!

My maternal grandfather, Floyd Eli Poole was born 5 May 1910 in Magnolia, Arkansas, he would be 102 today if he was still living.  His mother,  Lula or Leola (Stephenson) Poole died in his birth. His father, John Poole was left with eleven children to raise on his own. My grandfather told me, he had a hard life, being passed among his siblings while growing up, and moving from Arkansas to Arizona, then finally settling in California, while looking for work. It was here in California, that he met and married my grandmother, Ethel Jones, and they raised seven children together.


Every summer, my sisters and cousins would spent the summer months at their farm in Lemoore. We have so many good memories of swimming all day in the irrigation ditches, riding bikes, and running bare foot around the farm. During the summer months, Lemoore could reach in the 100s everyday, so when it's that hot, there isn't much you can do to cool off, but spend the day in water. Some days, we would all jump in the back of Grandpa's old blue Ford truck, (long before seat belt laws of today), and ride to the "Corner Store," to load up on candy and junk food. The hot wind, as we rode down the highway, would dry us off enough to enter the cold air-conditioned store, so we could buy our treats. Once a week, we would make the longer trip to "Town," or Hanford, where we were expected to wear shoes and clothing, not just our swimsuits. There, Grandma, would buy the groceries for the week and we would go to Thifty's and get $.25 scoops of ice cream, that would melt in the hot summer day, before we returned to the truck.
Grandpa died 26 February 2002 in Marysville, California; at the age of 91. You are missed!

Floyd & Ethel Poole

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Those Places Thursday: Toones Chapel

Toones Chapel is located in Tulip, Dallas County, Arkansas. It is the name for both the church and the cemetery, that is located on this plot of land.  Toones Chapel Church was build in 1914, and is part of the African Methodist Episcopal directory.

Toones Chapel A. M. E. Church
Photo taken by me
I am not sure when the first burial occurred, but, I did find a headstone for Louella Smith; daughter of Alexander & Lucy Smith, who died 06 April 1888.  When I photographed the headstones, back in 2004, there were a number of missing and broken headstones. The cemetery is still in use today.

Toones Chapel Cemetery
Photo taken by me

Most of my family from the area, attend the Church and are buried in the Cemetery. The Smith -Sloan Family Reunion is held on the church grounds every July. Below is a Google Map of the current location.


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Tombstone Tuesday: Rosa Smith

For the next couple of weeks, I will be featuring photos from Toone's Chapel Cemetery, in Tulip, Arkansas in my Tombstone Tuesdays Posts. I took these pictures back in 2004, so the quality isn't that great. Most of the people buried in the cemetery are related to me or my family.

Rosa Smith
Died
Feb 15, 1916


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday: Albert Cary WW1 Draft Card

World War 1 Draft Card for Albert Cary
Albert Cary was the husband of Lelia Sloan. Lelia was the daughter of David & Margaret "Peggy" (Evans) Sloan, and my first cousin, three times removed. I haven't found much more information on Albert. I was able to locate a World War II Registration for a Albert Cary living in Chicago, Illinois, but with a different spouse named. Since I haven't done much research in Divorce records, I am not sure if they are the same person. The Card is below:

World War 2 Draft Card for Albert Cary
I am wondering what you think; are these two draft cards for the same person?

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Connecting with a Cousin

Sometime ago, I was listening to a podcast by Lisa Louise Cooke, from Genealogy Gems; talking about connecting with living cousins. I guessed I filed that piece of information away in my brain and forgot about it, until I was searching for some additional information on my great-aunt Mary Annie SLOANE. Mary was my paternal grandfather's sister.

Photo of Mary Annie Sloan, from author's collection.

Mary was born 24 Nov 1913 in Tulip, Arkansas to Mary Bertha nee Smith & William Andrew Wesley Sloane. In 1946, Mary married Ulicious Glymph in Grant County, Arkansas (see marriage record below).
Marriage Record of Ulicious Glymph & Mary Annie Sloans
"Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NMPC-N3B : accessed 7 April 2012), Ulicious Glymph (1946).
UPDATE: Ulicious Jr. & his brother, are not actually children of Mary Anne Sloan & Ulicious Glymph Sr.; but are the children of Ulicious Sr., and his first wife Anna Bee Hannon.
To this union, two children were born: Ulicious Glymph Jr.(who died in 2004); and a still living son. Mary died on 26 Apr 1990 in Tulip, Arkansas. She is buried in Toones Chapel Cemetery, Tulip, Arkansas. Mary married two additional times and had two additional children; Alvester Hawkins, (who died in 2001) & another living son. In a effort to learn more about Mary, I tried to research her spouses.

 I did a quick search for the name "Ulicious Glymph" in Google and I was able to located a website researching the Glymph line. On the first page of the site, was listed some contact information and I quickly wrote a letter to the web site creator in hopes of finding a match in their Ulicious and mine. On Thursday night, I recieved a phone call from the wife of the web site creator, and found out they were the one and the same Ulicious Glymph. Happy Dance!

Well, you might ask, who is this new cousin? My new cousin, is the niece of Ulicious & Mary Glymph, on the Glymph side. She & her sister contacted me based on a letter I sent to her brother-in-law, who had created the website! It turns out, her family and I, both grew up in the Bay Area and they still live there, not far from my Dad and Grandmother's houses. She also states, she has cousins in my neck of the woods. What a small world we live in!

My new cousins, sent me a 14 page document listing back seven generations of the Glymph line. This line extends from Arkansas and back to Newberry, South Carolina. I was doing a quick reading of the family history, she sent to me, and was even able to locate a additional marriage between one of her family members and mine!

So, take this as a reminder to keep looking for living relatives, not just collect the names of the dead.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Sylvester Giles

Headstone of Sylvester Giles at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery, Vallejo, California
Sylvester Giles was born 20 August 1894 in Fountain Hill, Ashley County, Arkansas to John Henry and Alice Ophelia (Besely) Giles. Sylvester was my great granduncle. I do not recall ever meeting him, even though he lived near us. Sylvester enlisted in the Army during World War I, and served as a Private First Class. Sylvester died 15 Feb 1980 in Richmond, Contra Costa, California. He was buried in Sunrise Memorial Cemetery in Vallejo, California.

Sylvester's Registration Card


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Andrea Westbrook

Headstone of Andrea Westbrook at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery, Vallejo, California
I actually do not know who Andrea Westbrook is. I came across her name when I photographing headstones of other family members in Sunrise Memorial Cemetery. I am hoping that by posting this here, I will find a connection. 
All that is known about Andrea is that she was born and died in 1974. If you know anymore, I would love to hear from you.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Follow Friday: Reclaiming Kin Blog

Reclaiming Kin: Taking Back What was Lost
I would like to introduce you to a great blog called, Reclaiming Kin: Taking Back What was Lost by Robyn. Robyn has done an excellent job in providing research tips and tricks, to help us find our lost relatives, Along the way, I have learned about some new research avenues, to pursue in my own family.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Ervin B. Smith

Headstone of Evern B. Smith at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery
Evern Burnes Smith was born 23 July 1921 in Leola, Grant County, Arkansas to Mack Henry and Cloudia Bell (Giles) Smith. Evern married Elizabeth Johnson, and had three children. Evern died 26 January 1963 in Richmond, California. He is buried in Sunrise Memorial Cemetery, Vallejo, California.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Willie E. Sloan

Headstone of Willie E. Sloan, taken by me;
at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery, Vallejo, California
Willie Ervin Sloan was my Uncle, he was born 11 October 1942 in Tulip, Dallas County, Arkansas to Jesse Sloan and my Grandmother. Willie died 10 April 1963 in Richmond, California; at the age of 20. He had one daughter. Willie is buried in Sunrise Memorial Cemetery in Vallejo, California.

Willie Ervin Sloan; cir 1960.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Flip-pal St. Patrick's Daily Deals


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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Cloudia B. (Giles) Smith

Headstone of Cloudia Bell (Giles) Smith; taken by me
at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery, Vallejo, California
Cloudia Bell Smith, nee Giles was born on 5 November 1898 in Fountain Hill, Ashley County, Arkansas to John Henry and Alice Ophelia (Besely) Giles. She married Mack Henry Smith on 15 September 1917 in Carthage, Dallas County, Arkansas. Cloudia and Mack were my great grandparents and they had fifteen children together.
 I remember seeing Mama Cloudia, as she was called, at my grandmother's house during the holidays as a child; she died when I was 12. I also remember going to her funeral, but not much else about her. Cloudia died on 15 Feb 1985 in San Pablo, Contra Costa County, California. She is buried in Sunrise Memorial Cemetery, along with her husband, Mack; and their daughter Corine Westbrook and son Evern B. Smith.

Photo of Cloudia Bell (Giles) Smith

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: John Henry Westbrook

Headstone of john Henry Westbrook; taken by me,
at Sunrise Cemetery, Vallejo, California
John Henry Westbrook was born on 17 August 1918 in Carthage, Dallas County, Arkansas to Fred, Sr. and Eldora "Dora" Westbrook. John married my great aunt Corrine Smith on 12 March 1939 in Carthage, Arkansas; and they had one son. John and Corina moved to Richmond, California during World War II; where John worked at the Kaiser Shipyards as a Welder. John died on 1 July 1998 in Pittsburg, Contra Costa County, California. John is buried in Sunrise Cemetery, along with his wife Corine.

Photo of John Westbrook in Richmond, California

Monday, February 27, 2012

Motivation Monday: 1940 Census

the1940census.com
There are only 35 days until the 1940 US Census will be released on April 2, 2012. This Census will be released without a index, but with our help, we can have it indexed in no time. The 1940 US Census Community Project is looking for individuals or groups to volunteer and help create this index. The indexing software can be downloaded here.

I have already downloaded and indexed some records; and it was very simple and fast. I worked on the World War 2 Draft Cards for Arkansas, and found it very fun and rewarding. Right now, you can practice on Indexing for the 1940 Census by downloading a practice batch.

For more information and to download the software, visit the1940Census.com.