I FOUND HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s been well over a year since I last wrote about trying to find any information on my 2x great grandfather, George W. Rogers.  Roughly a month ago, I’d taken a free trial of newspaperarchive.com, and of course they only give you so many page views before you have to upgrade.  That particular night, I was trying to find when my paternal grandparents had been married.  No such luck on that score, at that point in time, anyway.  However, I did “upgrade” my membership, and I am ever so glad I did!  Let me walk you through what happened.

I upgraded my account, and continued searching for the surname Krinkey (my mother’s line).  A few days later, I’d pretty much determined that I’d gotten all the articles I was going to find on them, so I needed to go on to bigger and better fish, namely my father’s mother.  I was still determined to find out exactly when she and my grandfather were married, but with Rogers and Hansen being common surnames, I wasn’t having too much luck.  I finally figured out how to search just the country, state and city of interest on newspaperarchive.com, and along with my search criteria, found multiple articles about my great grandfather, Fred H. Rogers, including one in which he and my great grandmother, Edith, were celebrating 62 years of marriage!   The article that helped break through this brick wall, however, was the article headlined:  Feted for 84th birthday.  Now, on newspaperarchive, it gives a short preview of what is in the article, so I naturally looked, and it mentioned my great grandfather.  I opened it to look more closely, and hit a great bunch of information, because it listed several out of town guests who had come to help him celebrate his birthday, including a Mrs. Birdie Ecker of Luverne, MN.

This was back in 1960, so I presumed that Birdie was her husband’s name.  I then went to familysearch.org, and typed in Birdie Ecker.  First thing that popped up for me was a death index, which told me that Birdie wasn’t a male, but a FEMALE!  I was in shock!  Not only did the index give me her complete birth date, but also her death date as well.  Then I proceeded to try to find her in the census records. Only one popped up, the 1940 census in Luverne, Rock County, MN.  There, I obtained her husband’s name as well as those of her children, Ray and Shirley. Plus, it also gave me the state where she was born. I was in 7th heaven, let me tell you!   I entered those names into my database, and then proceeded to search for Birdie Rogers birth information.  The SSDI came up, and of course, it gives all names that the SSN is registered under.  This is where I learned that Birdie’s real name was Bertha Myrtle Rogers, and that her father’s name was George W. Rogers, and her mother’s name was Alice Ervilla Richardson.  A search for George brought up the 1900 census, showing the family living in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, SD.  Along with George, Alice, and Bertha, I learned of 3 other siblings, Iva, Claude and Ruby.  Claude’s birth year matched what I had been presuming from other records and information I’d been able to gather.

The only thing that I am now hoping to learn about my 2x great grandfather, besides when he passed away, is exactly where he was born!  In 1870, he was born in Canada (according to that year’s census). In 1872, on his oldest son’s birth certificate, he was born in Pennsylvania.  I haven’t located birth certificates for his other 2 children born to his first wife, my 2x great grandmother, but I’m sure there he was born somewhere else as well!  In 1886, in South Dakota, it didn’t give what state he was born, but in 1900 on that census, he said he was born in Colorado, along with Ruby (who was born approx. 1888).  Birdie gave his birthplace as Canada English on the 1940 census.

Until next time, after I’ve had a chance to look at more of the hints that are popping up on Ancestry!  Happy reading..


Planting Roots in America

Its been a while since I’ve written anything, and it’s time I get on some type of schedule for that. George W. Rogers, my gg grandfather, is still being the elusive sort. His son, Claude, who is my great grandfather Fred’s half-brother, is just as elusive. If it weren’t for the mention in g grandpa’s obituary, I wouldn’t have known about Uncle Claude at all. Nor would I know about the sister, whose name is currently unknown, married to Jay Chrisman.

So, as I have no progress to report on the Rogers clan, I thought I might discuss the initial planting of roots in America. It is appearing that my earliest ancestor from England was one John Tuttle, who may have arrived on the Angel Gabrielle in August 1635. The accounts state that most of the passengers and crew had gone ashore when a sudden storm came up and caused the ship to wreck. From wikipedia is the list of passengers that made the trip from England to the New World:

Passengers on the last voyage

    • Capt. Robert Andrews, Ship’s Master, Ipswich, Massachusetts
    • John Bailey, Sr., weaver from Chippenham, England to Newbury, Massachusetts
    • John Bailey, Jr., b. 1613
    • Johanna Bailey (possibly came on a later ship)
    • Henry Beck
  • Deacon John Burnham
  • Thomas Burnham
  • Robert Burnham
  • Ralph Blaisdell of Lancashire, settled in York, Maine
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Blaisdell
  • Henry Blaisdell
  • William Furber, age 21, London, England, settled in Dover, New Hampshire
  • John Cogswell & Elizabeth Cogswell and eight of their children, Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England, settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts
  • Samuel Haines, about age 24, apprentice to John Cogswell, settled in Greenland, New Hampshire
  • William Hook
  • Henry Simpson
  • John Tuttle, about age 17, Devonshire, England, settled in Chebacco Parish and finally Dover, New Hampshire (known to locals as “Shipwreck John Tuttle”)

Unfortunately, little is known of John Tuttle’s life in England before departure. However, upon arrival in America, he set upon obtaining land in Dover, and picked out an area in what is known as Dover Neck. He married, and his legacy in New Hampshire began. His wife, Dorothy Ernst, bore him 4 children: Thomas, John (known as Judge John), Elizabeth and Dorothy. Thomas was killed as a young lad of about 12.

Meanwhile, in another line, my Palmers to be exact, the earliest Palmer I have found thus far is Richard, born about 1725. I suspect in Virginia, because when I first started researching my tree back in 2003, I had gotten back to around 1511, in the Carolinas. However, back then I didn’t know about sourcing, or documentation, or even verifying and double, triple, sometimes even quadruple-checking facts and finding more than one source document to prove a birth, marriage or death. This time, I’m trying to do it much better! 🙂

Finding gg grandfather Rogers

I am on the hunt for my g grandfather Fred Harmon Rogers’ birth father, George W. Rogers.  Great grandpa’s mother, Julietta M. Holmes is easy to track down, as she appears in all the censuses, starting in 1850 with her parents, Harmon and Sarah A. Holmes, on til her death in 1925.  Its gg grandfather George that is giving me a runaround!

I first find him living with Juliette, her parents and siblings on the 1870 Wisconsin census for Monroe, Green Co., WI.  In this census, he stated he was born in Canada.  On his oldest son’s birth certificate, however, he states he was born in Pennsylvania.  It’s the same information that he gives on his succeeding 2 children’s birth records with wife Juliette.  By 1880, Juliette is using her maiden name, living in Monroe, Green Co., WI with sons Elmer T., age 8 and Freddy H., age 3,  and daughter, Annie May, age 5.

The next mention of George Rogers appears on both Annie’s and Fred’s marriage certificates, located in the indexes of the Wisconsin State Historical Society.  In Fred’s obituary of August 7, 1970, in the Madison, WI, The Capital Times, he is survived by a brother, Claude Rogers of Walla Walla, Walla Walla, WA, and a sister, Mrs. Jay Chrisman, of Takoma Park, MD.  Annie May married Charles H. Mikkelsen in 1894, and they remained married until his death, which I do not have.  Annie may have passed in 1965?  I believe they were living in California at the time.  This rules out Annie as being Mrs. Jay Chrisman, however.  In the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 censuses, both Annie and Fred give their father’s birth place as Pennsylvania.

I do not have a divorce date for George and Juliette, and am searching for this information.  George may have returned to Juneau county, where his 2 oldest children were born, or he may have taken off for another part of the state or left Wisconsin entirely.  I will keep searching, and update as I locate new information.

Swimming across the ocean

Yep, I finally took the plunge to journey overseas in search of my ancestry.  Thankfully, my recent immigrant ancestors came over between 1868-1896…. and from places like Prussia, Denmark and Norway.

I decided to first head towards Prussia, as this is my mother’s side and I had been neglecting them in favor of the easier to locate ancestors on my father’s side.  Not to mention, I’ve forgotten what little German I learned in high school!!  I also was avoiding my father’s father’s parents, as I don’t know Norwegian or Danish!

Other than learning that Friedrich “Fred” Krienke, wife Wilhelmine “Minnie”, and son Friedrich “Fred” left Hamburg, Germany in April 1868, for Quebec, Canada, I didn’t obtain much. I did learn, however, that Friedrich and Wilhelmine did NOT have a daughter as I thought.

So, onto next avoided ancestor:  Berthe Maria Anderson.  I learned lots about my g grandmother, **except** when she and my g grandfather Alfred Bernhardt Hansen were married and where.  Great grandpa is the last of my overseas voyages…. he was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and came to the United States between 1892-1896.  Back to g grandma, though.  Lots of wonderful help with locating records and translation from the Norwegian Genealogy page!

While still missing some facts, I now have g grandma’s parents’ names and the names of siblings! Norwegian naming patterns are very confusing.  And once here in the U.S., it becomes even moreso because of the number of Andersons, Olesons, Johnsons, etc., so my gg grandfather Andreas (Andrew) started using the name of the farm he last worked/lived at as his surname.  To complicate matters even further, the use of a particular surname is a matter of preference!!!!! So while my g grandma Berthe and 4 of her siblings chose to use the patronymic Anderson, her youngest brother Johanes chose to go by the name of the town his parents and older siblings had emigrated from, Nes.  I never would have known of him, much less located him, without lots of assistance!

Beginning blog

This is a test run, as I am planning on participating in a Genealogy marathon soon where I will need to showcase 52 amcestors in 52 weeks. It sounds like quite a challenge, and there are quite some noteworthy folks inhabiting space on family branches!

Unfortunately, I cannot give juicy details now-otherwise you’d have no reason to come back for a visit, now would you? 🙂 Til next time, ta ta!