Thursday, April 30, 2015

My Visit to Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia for Horace Rivers and Family

Earlier this month we went to Savannah to support another Parrot Head Club's fundraiser for prostate cancer in the form of a pub crawl. It was a lot of fun but I did manage to get some genealogy done as well. This is the first of the two families I was looking for at Bonaventure Cemetery.

I went to Bonaventure Cemetery looking for the 2nd great paternal uncle of my son's via their paternal grandmother, Ursula Floride Plowden. I was disappointed to find that there were no headstones for Horace or his wife, Adele Lewis Rivers. There were only two tombstones. One was for his son, Marion Pinckney (1884-1931) and the other belonged to his sister in law, Edith Irene Lewis (1870-1891). 

This is a view of the entire plot for the Rivers family. The elaborate tombstone in the back is for Edith Irene Lewis who died at age 21. The other stone is for Marion Pinckney Rivers who died in 1934. It was very wet and drizzling during this visit.

Horace Rivers was born March 4th,1858 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina to Constant Henry Rivers and Mary Elizabeth Minott. He married Adele "Addie" Lewis about 1882 (I have not found a specific place as of yet). Horace and "Addie" had three sons, Marion Pickney Rivers born in 1884 and died in 1931. Herbert T. Rivers born in 1885 (no death or marriage records as of today) and Horace Rivers, born in 1890 and died in 1932. They also had two daughters, Mary Rivers born in 1888 (no death or marriage records as of today) and Edith Lewis Rivers born in 1900 and died in 1969. Edith married George Hawkins Unchurch in 1922 and they had two daughters. 

Horace Rivers was born on June 10th, 1890 in Savannah, Georgia. He married Marguerite Virginia Walker (no marriage record as of today) and they had one son. Marguerite died on June 13th, 1930 from complications after her appendectomy in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Horace died from angina on September 1st, 1932 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Both are buried at Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina. This left their son Lewis, an orphan by age 5. I found Lewis in the 1940 US Federal Census living in the home of Harry I. and Marie W. Shingler listed as their adopted son. 

The picture above is the tombstone for Edith Irene Lewis. I only know that she was born on January 9th, 1870 in Charleston County, South Carolina and that she died on September 12th, 1891. I don't know if she died in Savannah or not but I am hoping that on my next trip to Savannah, the cemetery may have more information. The telephone number listed for the cemetery connects you with the city of Savannah as they own Bonaventure Cemetery.

Marion Pinckney Rivers was February 24th 1884 in Savannah, Georgia. On June 16th, 1908 in Savannah he married Henrietta Ruby Williams. They had one child, Marion Pinckney Rivers, Jr who was born in Savannah in 1912 and died in 1966. According to his death certificate, Marion died of a coronary occlusion. I have been unable to locate a death certificate for his wife Ruby but I believe she may have remarried or perhaps moved to another state which will make finding her more difficult.

As you can see in the above picture it is clear there are other family members buried in this plot. There are no tombstones just small area which makes me wonder if some of Horace & Adele's children died in early adulthood. There are two children, Herbert T and Mary Rivers that were born in 1885 and 1888, respectively. They are both accounted for in the 1900 and the 1910 federal census records however, after that I lose track of them. I have scoured marriage and death records to no avail for them both. 

It is a rather large plot and there is evidence that others were there as well. The only people I know for certain who is not buried there is Horace Rivers, Jr. and his wife, Marguerite Walker Rivers. I will be making another trip to Savannah to do more research at the cemetery in June. Hopefully I will find some more answers.


Kiosk, Bonaventure Cemetery, 330 Bonaventure Road, Savannah, Georgia 31404
Phone: 912-651-6843

Death Certificates, Vital Records, Public Health, RG 26-5-95, Georgia Archives, ( : 27 April 2015)
Digital Collection: Georgia Death Certificates, Horace Rivers 10 September 1922

"Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955," database & image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 April 2015), entry for Adel Lewis Rivers, Died 18 October 1931;citing FHL microfilm 1,876,782.

Georgia, Deaths, 1928-1939, database & image, Family Search ( : 27 April 2015) entry for Marion P. Rivers, Died 25 June 1931 citing Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States, CN-31-15076, Georgia Archives, Morrow.

South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1943, database & image, Family Search ( : 27 April 2015) entry for Horace Rivers, 1 September 1932, citing Charleston, South Carolina, fn-13209, Dept. of Archives and History, State Records Center, Columbia; FHL microfilm 1, 943,783.

South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1943, database & image, Family Search ( : 27 April 2015), entry for Marguerite Walker Rivers, 13 June 1930, citing Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, fn-9513, Dept. of Archives and History, South Carolina, State Records Center, Columbia; FHL microfilm 1,913,723.

United States Census, 1940, database & image, Family Search ( : 28 April 2015), entry for Lewis W. Rivers in the household of Harry I. Shingler, James Island Township, Charleston, South Carolina, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 10-73, sheets 1A, family 5, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 3795.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Babysitting Adventures with Easton!

Hi Everyone,

For the next several weeks I will be babysitting my grandson, Easton, a couple of days a week. Of course, it is absolutely my pleasure to spend so much time with him! Easton is only a year old but we have so much fun together. He has learned that he can flip Cheerios on the carpet, loves the sound of voice echoing, and loves playing outside!

Flipping His Cheerios

I normally try to post at least 3 days of the week however, chasing after a one year old takes precedence over research and posting any day!  I hope to be back on track next week.

Thank you one and all for reading my blog, your support and encouragement!


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Les Chasseurs Volontaires de Saint Domingue

 Closeup view of the statues for the memorial, Les Chasseurs Volontaires de Saint Domingue.

This week marks the 240th anniversary of the beginning of the American Revolution. While visiting Savannah, Georgia this weekend I came across a memorial monument in Franklin Square, at the intersection of Montgomery and St. Julian Streets, that captured my attention. Why did it capture my attention? Because I had never heard their story and how they fought in the American Revolution. After reading the panels I decided I wanted to bring this story to my blog. Much to my dismay, there is very little information available about these events.

The monument honors a regiment, with 10 companies of more than 500 men known as "Les Chasseurs Volontaires de Saint Domingue" (Volunteer Hunters of Saint Domingue), who fought in the American Revolution. All of these men who volunteered were from the island nation of Saint Domingue (now known as Haiti).  These were free men of color and they were of African descent. This unit of light infantry men fought in the Battle of Savannah between  September 16th, 1779 and October 18th, 1779. After the Battle of Savannah many of these men were dispatched to other military posts. Some of these men would later become key figures in the in Haiti's fight for it's own independence over the next twenty-five years.

The Battle of Savannah was one of the deadliest battles of the American Revolution. Savannah was occupied by the British, a military tactic that the British hoped they could use to return Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia to their control. America with her allies, the French  were attempting to reclaim the city. These men, under the command of General Benjamin Lincoln and Admiral Charles Henri d'Estaing were involved the battle that occurred on September 24th and the Siege of Savannah that took place on October 9th, 1779. As the American and French troops were forced to retreat, the brave men of the Les Chasseurs laid down cover fire in which many lives were saved.

Many of these brave men remain anonymous even after 240 years. The following is a list of the men who are known to have fought at the Battle of Savannah: Pierre Astrel, Louis Jacques Beauvais, Jean-Baptiste Mars Belley, Martial Besse, Guillaume Bleck, Pierre Cange, Jean-Baptiste Chavannes, Henri Christophe, Pierre Faubert, Laurent Férou, Jean-Louis Froumentaine, Barthélémy-Médor Icard, Gédéon Jourdan, Jean-Pierre Lambert, Jean-Baptiste Léveillé, Christophe Mornet, Pierre Obas, Luc-Vincent Oliver, Pierre Pinchinat, Jean Piverger, André Riguad, Césaire Savary, Pierre Tessier, Jérôme Thoby, Jean-Louis Villate. Of these men, Henri Christophe would become a leader in the struggle for Haitian independence from French colonial rule which ended in the year 1804. Henri Christophe would become King of Haiti and one of the first rulers of African descent in the western hemisphere.

On April 25th, 1944, former Secretary of State Cordell Hull (1871-1955) under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commemorated a plaque at the Cathedral of St. Marc, in Haiti in honor of the Les Chasseurs Volontaires de Saint Domingue. The plaque reads, "Nous payons aujourd'hui tribut au courage et a l'esprit des Volontaires Haitiens de 1779 qui risquerent leurs vies pour la cause de la liberte dans les Amériques." and in English reads, " Today we pay tribute to the courage and spirit of those Haitian Volunteers who in 1779 risked their lives for the cause of American Liberty".

A monument was raised in Savannah to honor the brave men of Les Chasseurs Volontaires of Saint Domingue and was the project of the Haitian American Historical Society. The monument was originally designed for six figures but only four were unveiled in 2007 and the remaining two figures and the monument were unveiled in October of 2009. The life-sized bronze figures were sculpted by artist James Mastin.

The following pictures are of each of the eight panels of the monument going clockwise.

 Panel # 1

Panel # 2

Panel # 3

Panel # 4

Panel # 5

Panel # 6

Panel # 7

Panel # 8

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Haitian Revolutionary Soldiers ( : 20 April 2015)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 15 How Do You Spell That?

I cannot tell you how many times a day that I am asked to please spell my name! In case you haven't noticed my last name it is spelled K-O-G-U-T-K-I-E-W-I-C-Z, all the vowels but "A" and it is my married name. The next question I am asked is how do you pronounce that? One of my husband's cousins told me that when she would put reports together for her husband she would put the pronunciation next under or beside his name. If you were in area where there is a predominant Polish or Eastern European population you would pronounce our name as Ko-vay-ka-vitch however, here in the south it is pronounced Ko-gut-ke-witcz, two very different pronunciations.

 My husband's grandfather, Casimir Kogutkiewicz is on the left and his brother Martin is on the right. Photo Courtesy of Patricia R. Kogutkiewicz

My husband is a second generation Polish-American. His grandparents, Casmir Kogutkiewicz and Josephine Araszyn came to the United States in 1906 and 1912 respectively. They each settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and married circa 1914. They raised a family of seven sons and one daughter. I have very little information on Josephine and so far she is proving very difficult to get to know. I have been working with my husband's 2nd cousin since 2013 on the Kogutkiewicz line and we have made headway but there is still much that needs to be done for me to consider the search beyond "exhaustive".

The eldest child and only daughter was Valeria (1915-1997), Roman W. (1916-1973) was the eldest son followed by Sigmund Joseph (1917-1988), Theodore (1919-1919), Raymond (1920-1921), Leon Peter "Leo" (1921-1990), Eugene J. (1924-2005) and my father in law, Henry Casmir "Hank" Kogutkiewicz was the baby of the family. Roman, Sigmund, Leon, Eugeune and "Hank" all served in Army during World War II.

My husband's grandparents Josephine (Araszyn) & Casimir Kogutkiewicz c. 1940's Milwaukee, WI

While serving in World War II in the European theater, "Hank" kept a small photo scrapbook where we found these pictures. From what my husband and I can tell of these photos it would appear that his Dad, spent time in France. We are not completely sure of how long he was stationed there or where else he might have been stationed at this time. We need to get a copy of military records. At some point, "Hank" was stationed in Greensboro, NC where he met his future bride, Ruth Orea Butler. "Hank" and Ruth would have been married 64 years this month. 

Above: My husband's parents, Ruth Orea (Butler) and Henry Casimir Kogutkiewicz c. late 1940's Greensboro, NC

My husband's parent's on their wedding day, 7 April 1951 Greensboro, NC

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 14 - Favorite Photo

This week for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks the theme is "Favorite Photo". I have so many favorites but I have narrowed it down to pictures my paternal and maternal grandmothers. Both of them died way too early. I wish that they had been around much longer than the few short years I was able to spend with them. They are in my top 15 list of ancestors I wish I could interview now, if only it were possible! They both led very different lives, came from different backgrounds and different areas of Kentucky. 

Peggy Scott Rich

The photo on the left is my paternal grandmother, Peggy Scott Rich. This is a high school picture of Peggy circa 1929-1930. Peggy was born on June 2nd 1911 in Erlanger, Kentucky, to Robert Lincoln Rich and Lillian Bergamot Lanahan. 

My grandmother's parents divorced when she was a young girl. She was the second eldest daughter of four girls. Peggy married my grandfather, William Elmer Williams about 1930, while in her senior year of high school. They eloped and used a variation of their names, I have had no luck in finding their marriage records. 

Peggy's paternal lines are very deep rooted in northern Kentucky and are primarily of English descent. While Peggy's maternal lines are of Irish descent with her maternal grandfather a first generation Irish-American. 

Their first child is my Aunt Sally was born in 1931 and my Dad was born four years later in 1935. My paternal grandparents didn't have a lot of time together as a married couple because my grandfather died of tuberculosis in August 1935, just 8 months after my Dad was born. My Dad and his sister were shuffled back and forth between their Mom in Florida and her sister Helen Elizabeth "Libby" Rich Buck

Losing my grandfather after such a short time and two children under 6 must have been very difficult for Peggy. She found a job working for Pan-Am and worked in Miami where she met her second husband, Glendell L. Hammond while he was stationed in Miami during World War II. They were married in 1944 in Broward County, Florida. She and Glen had one daughter.

I have many memories of my grandmother but what I remember most is that when we went to visit her she always had a pack of Pall Mall cigarettes (the red package) and the mini bottles of Coke-Cola she always let us drink. Peggy died of lung cancer at age 62 in Polk County, Florida on December 30th, 1973. 

Mary Myrtle Behrle

The photo to the left is my maternal grandmother, Mary Myrtle Behrle. Like my paternal grandmother Peggy this is also her high school picture, circa 1930-1931. She was born on May 2nd, 1913 in Louisville, Kentucky, the only child of Dr. Raymond Alexander and Pauline M. "Lena" (Orth) Behrle. 

Myrtle married my grandfather, George Kenneth Rueff on September 26th, 1936 in Louisville, Kentucky. Their first child is my mother, Nina, followed by my Uncle Kenny and my Aunt Bonnie. Myrtle never worked outside of the home. 

Myrtle is German through and through! Her maternal grandfather was born in Kentucky shortly after his parents immigrated to the United States from Germany while her maternal grandmother was her immigrant ancestor and also from Germany. 

I also have many wonderful memories of Myrtle. She smoked Bel-Air cigarettes, she wore what she called "pedal pushers" or capris pants and sneakers. She would always make us "brown cows" better known as an ice cream float. We went outside to play we could not go further than the houses on either side of her house, even as teenagers! The year before she died I went to visit Myrtle with my Mom who was attending her high school reunion. I remember that summer so well especially when my cousin Becky, instead if asking our grandmother for permission to go to the shopping center with the boy next store we asked our grandfather who of course said yes! Myrtle was not happy with us that day. 

Myrtle died of cirrhosis on her 41st wedding anniversary, September 26th, 1977 in Louisville, Kentucky she was 64 years old. 

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 13 - My Mormon Pioneers - Charles Coulson Rich - The Later Years

Charles C. Rich's legislative duties in Salt Lake City and his church responsibilities kept Charles's life full and added to his family income. Charles would leave in April 1862 for a mission with Amasa Lyman to Europe. They would return in late summer or possibly early fall of 1862. 

In September 1863, Charles was called upon to begin the colonization of the Bear Lake Valley region. He made two trips to the Bear Lake area in August and September 1863 to explore the area and begin plans for colonizing the area. In June 1864 the Rich family moved to Bear Lake. The photograph of Charles to the left is from The C.R. Savage Collection at the BYU Harold B. Lee Library Digital Collection.

In 1879, at age 70 he began organizing an expedition to build a Mormon community in Star Valley, Wyoming about 40 miles from Bear Lake. I would imagine that his decades of experience in planning & organizing large expeditions, as well as his knowledge of building Mormon communities would have make him invaluable. At around this same time, Charles was involved in the building of the Temple in Logan. He and the settlers of the Bear Lake community were tapped to supply labor and supplies for the building of the Logan Temple. This was a great sense of pride to the Mormon community. Charles and those who followed him were never idle for very long. They were always given new challenges and new opportunities as a result of these challenges.

Charles suffered his first paralyzing stroke in October of 1880. This first stroke affected the left side of his body and he nearly lost his ability to speak. As was his nature he fought to reclaim his capabilities of movement and speech. When news of the stroke was learned, Church President, John Taylor stayed in constant communication with Charles's eldest son Joseph C. Rich. President Taylor also sent for Charles's wife, Sarah DeArmon Pea Rich and her family so that they could get to Bear Lake and be with him and the rest of their family. Joseph reported to President Taylor that he had had a conversation with his father and that it had been decided that it was best if he returned to Utah for the winter. However, Charles was requesting the advice of fellow Church brethren for their advice in the wisest course of action and that he would abide by their decision.

So in early November 1880 the Rich family including Mary Ann and Emeline began their trek to Logan, Utah. They then boarded a train in Logan bound for Salt Lake City. Charles would spend the next for months receiving treatments and recuperating at the home of his first wife, Sarah DeArmon Pea Rich, the only one of his wives who still lived in Utah. Emeline wrote in a letter to Charles O. Card, (founder of Cardston, Alberta, Canada, the first Mormon settlement in Canada) she described Charles's condition as a gradual improvement in his limbs and appetite. She also said that twice a day she would get him to sit up in chair for two to three hours each time and that his speech was improving as well.

When Charles returned to Paris, Idaho in late January or early February of 1881, the Union Pacific Railroad Company provided Charles with a private car which would take him to Evanston, Wyoming. Upon arriving in Evanston, he was met by his sons who would take their father by wagon back to Paris. They arrived in Paris on February 22nd, 1881. Many of the settlers of Bear Lake were there to greet their highly respected leader.

Through the tender loving care of his wives, who made him as comfortable as they possibly could, saw little change in Charles's condition. Not long after arriving back in Paris, Charles began putting his affairs in order to the best of his ability. He struggled to pay his debts that were incurred from his illness. He wrote his will and left instructions for his funeral and burial. One source of strength during this period in Charles's life were the letters he received from his friends. One such friend was Niels Wilhelmsen of St. Charles, Idaho. Niels was in Scandinavia serving on mission and he wrote several letters to Charles in which he expressed his thanks for the many encouraging letters he had written to Niels.

It was also during this time that his thoughts turned to his family. He and his fifth wife, Emeline Grover lost their eldest son, Thomas Grover Rich in July 1878 when he was thrown from a racehorse. His second wife, Eliza Ann Graves had passed away in June of 1879 and his daughter Phoebe Jane with his fourth wife, Sarah Jane Peck died of typhoid fever in October of 1879. At this point in time, 14 of his children were deceased. His wives Sarah DeArmon Pea, Eliza Ann Graves, Emeline Grover and Harriet Sargent each lost one child either in infancy or childhood. His third wife, Mary Ann Phelps, lost four children and his fifth wife, Sarah Jane Peck, lost six children. The pain and loss of child is never easy but during the time period of the 1840's and the 1870's the infant mortality rate was very high on the western frontier. 

Charles would continue to have "attacks", I am thinking that these attacks were likely  mini or mild strokes between late 1880 and his death in November 1883. By October of 1881, Charles was completely paralyzed and confined to bed. These "attacks" would have left the state of his health in fragile circumstances in these last years. In April of 1883, President John Taylor and several of his church colleagues were in Bear Lake Valley and stopped to visit Charles and described him as being feeble. They returned in mid summer of the same year to find that Charles was confined to his bed and no longer able to speak. He lapsed into unconsciousness in November of 1883 and died on November 17th, 1883. 

Charles left specific instructions for his burial and requested that his wives wash and prepare his body as was the custom of the Church. He would have been dressed in the customary white clothes along with his Mormon Temple clothes. His funeral was on November 20th, 1883 and attended by many people from his community and the surrounding area as well as by many officials of the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints. He is buried in Paris Cemetery, Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho.

Charles Coulson Rich led an extraordinary life. A life that saw him as leader. He fought for his beliefs in Missouri and Nauvoo where he was a general with the Nauvoo Legion and again in the Mormon War of 1857. He answered the call of the Church for many missions that took him all over the Midwest, Utah, California, Idaho and England. These missions caused him to be away from his family from weeks or months to a few years. He helped to settle the city of San Bernadino, California and the community of Bear Lake Valley, Idaho.  He served as a politician for two years in the Utah Territorial Legislature for Davis County.  Charles lived his life to the fullest and with distinction, devotion and dedication in his belief of God, his family and the foundations of the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints. At the time of his death in 1883, Charles had been an Apostle in the Church for more than three decades and was third in seniority behind then President of the Church, John Taylor.

He knew the movers and shakers who formed and built the community known as the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints. He knew the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr., as well as his father, Joseph Smith, Sr and brother Hyrum Smith. He knew Brigham Young, the first President of the Church and answered his call time and again to settle and build communities in San Bernadino, California and Paris, Idaho. When President Young called Charles to go on a mission to England he went and spent nearly two and half years away from his family. The Charles C. Rich Family Association held a memorial hike and dinner in April of 2014 to honor Charles and other settlers of the Bear Lake area which also coincided with the 150th Anniversary of the Rich family's move to the area.

This is not the end of Charles Coulson Rich's story however, it will be the last piece for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge for now in regards to Charles and his family. I am currently working on several pieces that specifically deal with areas of Charles life that I have only briefly touched on in previous posts. These pieces will be posted in my blog series, My Mormon Pioneers at a later date.

Title: [Charles G. Rich bust portrait], Call Number: MSS P 24 Item: 149, Photographer:Savage, C. R. (Charles Roscoe), 1832-1909, Photographer: Charles Roscoe Savage, Collection: Charles R. Savage Photographic Collection, Original Publisher: Fine Art Bazar, Salt Lake City, UT, Date of Original: ca. 1870-1875, Electronic Edition File Name: 207_MSS_P_24_B2_F7.jpg , Digital Publisher: L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Date Digital: 2004-07; ( : accessed 5 Sept 2014) LDS Pioneer and Handcart Companies, 1847-1856 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:, 2013. Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013.
Charles C. Rich - Mormon General and Western Frontiersman, Leonard J. Arrington, Brigham Young University Press, Provo, Utah, 1974, pp. 293-296, PDF Download digitally imaged at _ Family Search_ ( : accessed 14 September 2014).
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Workday Wednesday

My great grandfather, William Joseph Rueff, Jr founded The Rueff Sign Company in 1912 in Louisville, Kentucky. That company is still in business 103 years later and is still run by the Rueff family.  The company made a variety of signs for all manner of businesses. My great grandfather's cousin, Henry Joseph Rueff founded The Henry J. Rueff Company which was a lighting and fixture company.

Photo Courtesy of George K. & Barbara Rueff, Jr.

Photo Courtesy of George K. & Barbara Rueff, Jr.

Source: [ ULPA MSD.033.158], Metropolitan Sewer Collection, 1981.03, Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. 7 February 1928,  Digital Image ( : accessed 8 April 2015) Southeast corner of 5th Street and Chestnut Street, Henry J. Rueff Co.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

The Genealogy Do-Over: The Best Thing I Did for my Genealogy

Last week I wrote a post about what I learned in the Genealogy Do-Over, see that post here, ( Over the weekend I was reading the posts on Facebook and seeing how overwhelmed many of the newcomers felt. I would like to tell you about my experience and why I consider the Genealogy Do-Over the best thing I ever did.

Using library books and buying several helpful genealogy books I taught myself how to do genealogy. I used the research and writing skills I learned in high school and college to help me as well. I've been active in genealogy for 35 years, more than half my life. Then about four years ago I discovered Legacy Family Tree Webinars. I was like a sponge and my first webinar was Google for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee.

Last year I started blogging about my family and my research. I had already started my own approach to a Do-Over when Thomas announced he would be creating a group on Facebook specifically for his concept of a Genealogy Do-Over. So I put mine on hold and joined his group, it was the best decision I have ever made!

With the guidance of Thomas's weekly syllabi, I began with myself and worked backwards. I am starting with my direct line only and I am back to my 3rd great-grandparents. I can honestly tell you that the hardest thing for me to do throughout this journey was setting aside my research and trying to use a spreadsheet for a research log! I am still trying to use that spreadsheet but I like my paper log better, (sigh). Another thing I realized was that I was already using some good techniques I just didn't know they had official names such as cluster and collateral research.

I know that this experience is the best thing I could have done not only for myself but for  my research and the generations who will come after me and say, "Wow, Dawn, knew her stuff!". I have been thinking of becoming a certified genealogist for the better part of a year now. This experience has shown me that I am ready to proceed to the next step in achieving that goal.

Ask yourself the following questions, (1) what do you want from this experience and (2) what are your goals for this experience. Once you know the answers you will be able to get the most out of the Genealogy Do-Over experience with Thomas!   

To those of you who are now starting your Do-Over journey with Thomas my advice to you would be:

  1. Don't jump ahead of the schedule if you can help it.
  2. SLOW down, take your time because there is no reason to rush
  3. Ask questions, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed and/or your not sure about something.
  4. Don't be afraid to reach out to the wonderful genea-community that this journey has to offer. 
  5. Enjoy this EXPERIENCE and remember to breathe.
Please feel free to look over my posts regarding the Genealogy Do-Over ( and if you need a help or someone to bounce ideas off of you can message me on Facebook or send an email to me at

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