Showing posts with label family research. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family research. Show all posts

Thursday, March 6, 2014

What I Want in a Search Engine

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You may have heard the thunder, the roars, the pain. has finally killed off the "Old Search".  Now it is the "New Search" with some enhancements borrowed from the "Old Search".  Social media has been screaming for hours.  Even yours truly got in a lick, err, word, or two.

Some researchers have already cancelled their subscriptions, for good reasons, the best of which, may be, "if the research is not fun any more, then I am moving on".  I respect that reason.

There is a campaign to start emailing "A".  I applaud those that do so.  Good luck.

Other than the few comments I made on social media and this post, tossed together in a case of exhaustion and stupor, I don't think I am going to do much.

I am not going to cancel my subscription at this time.  I am, as I said,  "not ready to bail and cut off my own research to spite them, but, I am sure you will all hear my screams of agony when I get doing some heavy duty research."

Sitting here in Tana this evening, reading all the screaming and yelling, I asked myself, just what it is it that I want from a search engine/data base.  The answer:


Simple, eh??

Let me type in Wallace Lashbrook, born ca 1851 in Illinois, and click.

Give me Wallace Lashbrook born ca 1851 in Illinois.  Don't be giving me the Wallace Lashbrook that was born in Michigan, or a Wallace with records from the UK.

If I ask for Wallace Lashbrook born ca 1851 living in Minnesota for any census enumeration, that is what I want.  I don't really care about lots of other hits for residences in Missouri, Michigan or Louisiana.  If I want to broaden my search limitations to include other states, I can do that.  But, if I want Minnesota that is ALL I want to see.

What I want is excellent indexing, so when I search, I get what I seek.  Ashbrook is only Ashbrook IF it is actually written that way.  Sashbrook, in my many years of researching Lashbrook, has only rarely been recorded as Sashbrook.  It was Lashbrook written with fluid pretty handwriting.  That is NOT a "S".  Tis a "L".  Look close.  Learn to read the old handwriting if you are going to index.

Yep, I just want RESULTS!

Fix the indexing.  Fix the search engines so that they really give me what I want.

Both are flawed at "A" right now.  They have been.  For years.

And, yep, I will probably keep on researching at "A" and paying that subscription fee, which keeps going up, even tho the indexing is NEVER improved and the search engines are FLAWED, cause, to be brutally honest, they are one of the big players.  If I want to continue to do online research instead of dragging Man, Jolly and Tana to every courthouse in the union (which I would love to do, but, face it, is totally unreasonable and just is NOT going to happen), then, I sorta need "A".  That said, I went two years with no "A", and ya know what, it just was NOT that hard to do without.

Yep, I just want RESULTS!   Fix the indexing, fix the search engines, fix em so I don't spend frustrating hours trying to figure out where you tucked away Wallace and his kin.

RESULTS!!  Simple.  "New Search".  "Old Search".  Whatever "Search".  Just give me RESULTS!!

* In case you may have wondered, yes, indeed, there is a Wallace H. Lashbrook, I maintain his Find A Grave Memorial.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

You Know You Are an Addict When:

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Since our return to the stick built I have been doing a bit of file (and file cabinet) cleaning.  Filling trash bags, finding lots of scratch paper (if it has one clean side, it IS scratch, eh?).

I found this handout from a seminar attended many many moons ago.  There is no source.  I have not attempted to find one.  Sorry.  If you know the source, leave a comment.

Just a share for my fellow researchers, who will get this.  OHHH, and number 5 and 8 may help you date this!  (We now desire scanners and high speed internet!)

You Know You Are an Addict When:

1.)  You brake for libraries.

2.)  You hyperventilate at the sight of an old cemetery.

3.)  You would rather browse in a cemetery than a shopping mall.

4.)  You would rather read census schedules than a good book.

5.)  You are more interested in what happened in 1689 than 1997.

6.)  Savage, Torry, and Pope are household names, but you cannot remember what to call the dog.

7. ) You can pinpoint Harrietsharm, Hawkhurts, Kent, but can’t locate your state capital on the map.

8.)  You think every home should have a copier and a microfilm reader.

9.)  You know every register of deeds in the state by name, but, they lock the doors when they see you coming.

10.)  You store your clothes under the bed, because your closet is full of books and papers.

11.)  All your correspondence begins with “Dear Cousin”.

12.)  You have traced every one of your ancestral lines back to Adam and Eve, have it documented, and still don’t want to quit.

* All graphics found on the internet years ago and the source data has long been lost.  Apologies to the websites and owners.  Thank you for all your work.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Old Papers and Lashbrook Finds

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From the Nebraska Advertiser, published on April 17, 1896 at Nemaha County, Nebraska.

Column titled:  Miscellaneous.

"While Mrs. Lashbrook and her daughter Nellie were recently out taking a pleasure ride at Fairmont a neighbor's dog ran out and frightened their horse so that he became unmanageable and ran away, upsetting the buggy and throwing both ladies to the ground.  Nellie sustained a broken leg and Mrs. Lashbrook a badly sprained ankle."

It so happens that there are two young ladies that can be identified as Nellie Lashbrook living in Nebraska at this time.

One is Nellie E. Lashbrook Brady Lashbrook, born in 1862 in Illinois.  She married Melvin G. Brady in 1878.  Melvin died in 1881.  Nellie then married her first cousin George L. Lashbrook in 1887 in Franklin County Nebraska.  George and Nellie were living in Harlan County Nebraska in 1896.  

The Nellie in this account is not Nellie E. Lashbrook Brady Lashbrook.

The Nellie in the account is Nellie Ethel Dorathea Lashbrook, born 1881 in Lancaster County Nebraska and not married until 1904.  She was living with her parents, Royal Lashbrook and Mary Lamka Lashbrook in Fillmore County in the 1900 census and probably by 1890 as Royal is listed on the 1890 Veterans Census for Fairmont Township, Fillmore County, Nebraska, page 003, per index books.

Nellie married Clarence Nichols in 1904 in Fillmore County Nebraska.  Clarence and Nellie had 6 children.

Her memorial at Find A Grave, is here.

I DO so love old newspapers! And, this was a wonderful little tidbit to discover.


Saturday, August 31, 2013

WHICH Lashbrook is this??

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I recently added a new pay site to my genie research war chest,  I found a discount offer in my email, and since we are home for a bit, I tried, but, I could not resist the offer.

So, as soon as I paid, I started with my most wanted, always the Lashbrook clan.  I found in the first couple of hours, two wedding announcements, and the report of a car accident, wonderful tidbits to add to the database.  (The injuries in the auto accident were serious, but, not fatal.  So glad as Man and I were able to visit this couple many many years later, they were gracious and kind and sharing.  They are now both gone, but we have fond memories of our visit.

Then this morning I found in "The Anaconda Standard", (Anaconda, Montana), 22 February 1903 • Page 2, this little jewel:

"They All Go To Prison

Sopkane, Wash., Feb 21. John Nolan, who attempted to hold up a man named Lashbrook on Main avenue in this city, was sentenced by Judge Richardson this morning to two years in the state prison.  Nolan's excuse was drunkenness.  Carl Heffner and E. F. Williams were sentenced to one year each for stealing goods from freight cars.  They were partners of Lee, who, when arrested, broke away from the officers and leaped into the river and was drowned."

OHHH, which Lashbrook???

Despite the frustration over this particular article, I am excited to review the newspapers offered by  Never can have enough newspaper articles on those ancestors!

* As noted, I have paid for my subscription to this web site.  They did not ask me for a review, I get no freebies, I did have a discounted membership offer, which I greedily took advantage of.  Please see my Disclaimer tab at the top of this blog for more disclaimers.

** I will be reviewing my data base, I have suspects, Mr. Lashbrook, I am hunting ya down.

Monday, August 12, 2013

THE Trip, THE Encore' :: WILL Be Back

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I know, I said that last time I posted.  That we are traveling hard, and I am just not up to posting trip posts at this time.  I will be back.  But, in the meantime, this is me in the evenings and in the morning with my cup of German coffee.  (Only I do NOT have red hair!  LOL)

I have been working on cleaning out old email, which of course leads to some more research at some of my favorite web sites, such as Find A Grave and  Each find leads to something else, and something else and  - -  on and on - -

This morning I was introduced to a new to me website, I am enjoying their search engine, and in fact, I just found something new to me.  See that W. H. Lashbrook, yep, Man's ancestor!  From The Minneapolis journal., June 12, 1902, Page 6, Image 6 (Chronicling America).  Thank you Elephind.

So, we are a little over half way home from Glacier National Park.  We drive a few days, stop a couple of nights, rest, and then drive some more.  We have been able to make quick stops at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.  Talk about places that are about as different as can be!

Yep, we are still out here trucking around, served up with a side of research.

* Clip art thanks to ClipartHeaven.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Found Those Hiding Turners, Yes, I Did, FINALLY!

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Yes, I still research (you know, genealogy, family research) now and then.  It is harder to find a hunk of time while we are traveling and enjoying the USA and shooting hundreds (well, thousands) of photos and blogging about it all, however, now and then, I just need to get some balance in my life and do a few hours of research.  Gotta have 15 to 20 web pages open, the photo digitizing program, the data base, and several other programs all going at the same time.  Flipping back and forth, recharging the batteries (mine) and hopefully kick starting the brain into function.

And, then there are these souls residing in my data base that I just cannot seem to stop researching.  Their stories have open ends, even tho I know they have passed to the great beyond.  Every time I pass their names in my data base, I search a little, wonder, why are you hiding, where are you??  Some just need to be found and will not leave me alone until I do.

Such is the story of Una Margaret (Grettenberg) and her hubs, Fred A. Turner.  I wrote about her parents way back in 2009.

I had Una's delayed birth record.  (Side note, I have never really figured out who Carrie the cousin who signs this document is, maybe I'll work on this again soon.)

Over the last few days, I have been reviewing the Lashbrook clan, adding some new names, finding a few here and there on Find A Grave and I even found the image (thank you FamilySearch) of Una and Fred's marriage.  I had the information from an index, but, there is nothing like the image, eh??  (This is the best I could do with this image, the online copy was so faint I could barely read it, but, I COULD read it!)

So, last night, I started again, over several hours I tried to chase down a suspected date for Una's death, I had this date, but could not verify it.  After a bit of deep digging, I found that some California deaths are at FamilySearch.  I finally found the correct data base (don't ask how long that took, what was I saying about trying to keep my brain functioning??  SIGH).  I actually found the certificate number, something that is missing from the online indexes.  Score!

I checked out the California Voting Registers at  Collected some interesting data there.

Actually did a map search (Google) and looked at the house of the last address I could find using street view.  IF the map showed me the correct house, well, today, a very pretty, well kept home sits at that address.

Eventually I wandered around the online services and located this death notice for Una.  Score!

Note, no information on burial or interment.  Well, we all know, one step forward, one sideways.

I also suspected a death date for Fred, and using the same data base and a little more sideways searching, I located a death notice for him.  Score!

Ah, ha, a bit of information on the interment.  Yep!  I was able to find a web site for the funeral home, attempted to write them an email. FAIL.  The email bounced in seconds.  However, there was a link to the blue social media page, and yes, I went there and yes, I sent them a message.  No response yet.  Fingers crossed.

I then did a generalized web search and hit a bonanza.  Transcribed by V. Gerald Laquinta. Found at the web site for Los Angeles County Biographies.  Thank you.  Well done!  Due to possible copyright issues, I will put a bit of the full biography here, and you can read the rest, here.

"For many years one of Alhambra’s leading businessmen and a civic leader of top rank, Fred A. Turner has seen the city grow and prosper since he first began to serve Alhambrans as a funeral director in 1913.  Associated with Pierce Brothers, the largest firm of funeral directors in the West..."

And, the last paragraph of that wonderful transcription, yes, you heard a few WOOTS from Carol!

 "Mrs. Turner, the former Miss Una G. Grettenberg, is also a native of Iowa, from Mitchell County.  She has been active on the Alhambra Library Board for close to twenty-five years."

There are some loose ends on this research, such as considering ordering Una's death certificate, as the index has her mother's maiden name all wrong, I sure would like to see that.  And, there is this article I found this morning in the Los Angeles Times archives from 1961 when Fred was awarded Man of Year Award Alhambra in 1961.  Might have to spring the $$ for that too.

But, in my heart I feel I have finally found their story and told their story.  Score!

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