ancestral clues and lessons

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Rebecca (Tinsley) Newman (about 1820-1880s)

Rebecca Tinsley (Newman) was born about 1820 in Fleming County, Kentucky, and died (according to her daughter) “near to Moberly, Missouri,” in the 1880s. She married William Newman in 1839 in Rush County, Indiana. Some things I’ve learned about research from Rebecca: don’t assume people with similar names are one person. Early in my research, a […]

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Ancestral Clues and Lessons: William Newman (about 1818-1880s)

William Newman was born about 1818 in Kentucky most likely in the Bourbon County area and died in the 1880s (according to his daughter Nancy) “near to Moberly, Missouri.” He married Rebecca Tinsley in 1839 in Rush County, Indiana. Some things I’ve learned about research from William: Some people are movers. William and his wife […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: James Rampley (1803-1884)

James Rampley was born in 1803 in Harford County, Maryland, and died in 1884 in Hancock County, Illinois. He married Elizabeth Chaney in Coshocton County, Ohio, in 1830. Some clues and lessons I learned from researching James: Who did you buy that first farm from? James’ first land purchase in Illinois was from a James […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Anna (Dirks) Goldenstein (1861-1932)

Anna Dirks (Goldenstein) was born in 1861 near Coatsburg, Adams County, Illinois, and died in 1932 in Golden, Adams County, Illinois. She married Focke Goldenstein in Coatsburg, in the early 1880s. Some things I learned about research and life from Anna: Life is not always easy. Anna and Focke had a child, Johann, who died […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Focke Janssen Goldenstein

Focke Janssen Goldenstein was born in 1857 in Wrisse, Ostfriesland, Germany and died in Golden, Adams County, Illinois, in 1913. He married Anna Dirks in Coatsburg, Adams County, Illinois. Some things I’ve learned about research from Focke: the importance of migration chains. Focke’s parents and two siblings remained in Germany, but he was part of a […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Anke Hinrichs (Fecht) Habben

Anke Hinrichs Fecht was born in 1860 in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany and died in Elvaston, Hancock County, Illinois in 1941. She married Jann Mimken Habben in Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois in 1881. Some lessons and clues I learned from researching Anke: Take care with getting non-English names correct. For years, I thought Anke’s birth name […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Jann Mimken Habben

Jan Mimken Habben was born in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany in 1859 and died in Elvaston, Hancock County, Illinois in 1939. He married Anke Hinrichs Fecht in Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois in 1881. Some clues about research and lessons learned from Jan’s life: Make certain your mother has clear title to property before she bequeaths it […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Fredericka (Sartorius) Janssen

Fredericka Marie (Sartorius) Janssen was born in Adams County, Illinois, in 1865 and died in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1913. She married Jans Jurgens Janssen in Adams County in 1888. A few things I learned from Fredericka: Children can spend significant time with their grandparents even if their parents are alive. Fredericka is enumerated with […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Jans Jurgens Janssen (1856-1929)

Jans Jurgens Janssen was born in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany in 1856 and died near Basco, Hancock County, Illinois. He married Fredericka Sartorius in Adams County, Illinois, in 1888. A few things I’ve learned about research and life from Jans: Retirement is not always permanent. Jans retired to Golden, Illinois, and returned to farm life after […]