Happy Mothers Day -- My Umbilical Line

by Scott_J 9 years, 1 month ago

On this Mother's Day I thought it would be fun to post our matrilineal lines, in other words, our lines up through our mothers, and their mothers, and so on.

In the genealogy blogosphere, there's a meme going on this weekend to post about our maternal line, like Randy Seaver has done here.

This, by the way, is where we get our mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, which is passed in its entirety from a mother to her children. It just so happens that I purchased a DNA test from 23andme.com a few weeks ago when they had their $99 special. Though as I stare at this test kit to spit into, I admit I'm getting cold feet.

Have you had a DNA test of any type for genealogy purposes?

Anyway, here's my line, that I've also posted as a journal here on FamilyTreeCircles.

  • Scott JANGRO (that's me)
  • [living] BAKER m. [living] JANGRO
  • Dora Helen MCILWRAITH (1915-1982) m. Robert Slade BAKER
  • Margaret HOURIHAN (1890-1931) m. Robert MCILWRAITH
  • Frances Mary LYNCH (????) m. Thomas HOURIHAN

That's it! It ends quickly with the jump to Ireland, which is where the line ends. I don't even have documentation on Frances and Thomas.

This is where I get my Irish and Scottish blood. I wish we had more. Someday I'll make a trip to Ireland

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!

If you'd like to post your own matrilineal line as a journal, just start here.

My Maternal Line, HOURIHAN, MCILWRAITH, LYNCH of Ireland

by Scott_J 9 years, 1 month ago

Happy Mother's Day to all you mom's out there. I though it would be fun to post my maternal line (however short it is!)

- Scott JANGRO (that's me)
- [living] BAKER m. [living] JANGRO
- Dora Helen MCILWRAITH (1915-1982) m. Robert Slade BAKER
- Margaret HOURIHAN (1890-1931) m. Robert MCILWRAITH
- Frances Mary LYNCH (????) m. Thomas HOURIHAN

I've omitted my parents first names for their own privacy's sake since they're still with us. Though I'm pretty certain that's not difficult information to locate.

My matrilineal line ends very quickly as soon as we make the jump to Ireland (Cork county, I believe). I've got a cousin who's been more vigorously researching this line and he has not uncovered much, unfortunately.

Researching Irish surnames can be quite a challenge. There are a LOT of them here in Boston!

Mayflower Project: The Application Process

by Scott_J 9 years, 1 month ago

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'll be sharing the details of the application process to get my kids into the Massachusetts Mayflower Society. I assume this process is similar for other state Mayflower Societies.

I've got one line documented and approved for my membership, through Stephen Hopkins. There's a person in that line that is a "freebie" to William Brewster, Abigail DOANE. Her father (Israel DOANE) goes to Stephen Hopkins and her mother (Ruth FREEMAN) goes to William Brewster.

Back eight years ago I decided to make the second line to William Brewster official at the same time as getting my daughter Sarah inducted.

When you apply to the Mayflower Society, you're provided with a worksheet like the ones pictured below with the documentation that they have and the documentation that they are missing (and require).

Here's first few pages of the application worksheet that was given to me back in 2002. The historian's note indicated that the Society was now requiring more primary documentation, and she marked each required document with a star.

(later generations omitted to protect the living)

What I thought was going to be merely a formality of updating the latest documents for my daughter turned into having to get death certificates for ancestors back 7 generations well into the 18th century. I also knew from my grandparents research that the town records for Orleans, MA were destroyed in a fire.

My fortitude wasn't enough to take on a project that seemed like I was set up for failure right from the start and I gave up.

Trying Again

Eight years later, much has changed. Hopefully more records have turned up in the Society's library, and if not, at least the amount of information available both offline and online has expanded greatly. So I contacted the Mayflower Society again to inquire about requirements for documenting my Mayflower lines.

The current historian explained to me that they acknowledged that it was just unrealistic to get primary documentation all the way back to the Pilgrims. What they "want" for documentation is not the same as what they will "accept". However, they do require full documentation for the last three generations, including spouses.

He put together a new worksheet for me. Note this one is for Stephen Hopkins and the above one is for William Brewster, but they are the same since generation 7 and 6 respectively.

(later generations omitted to protect the living)

Note that they do now seem to have some additional information for Abigail SNOW, Benoni BAKER, and Vickery BAKER, and he's not asking for the missing death records for Elnatan SNOW and Phebe SPARROW. (phew!)

The wildcards here will be Priscilla WALKER and Joseph BAKER up in Northfield and Brookfield, Vermont. I don't have full confidence in the availability of these records, but this certainly feels more doable.

It looks like a roadtrip to Vermont is in my near future. Fortunately, Northfield is only a three hour drive from my home in MA.

1 comment(s), latest 7 years, 3 months ago

Getting into the Mayflower Society

by Scott_J 9 years, 1 month ago

Mass Mayflower Society.png
About 25 years ago, my grandfather purchased Massachusetts Mayflower Society Life memberships for my mother, my sister and me (having himself been accepted into the Mayflower Society about ten years prior).

If I remember the process correctly, there was little to do for my mother who actually took care of the correspondence. My grandfather was in and all we needed to do was provide some easily accessible birth certificates. It took a bit over a year for the actual approval process (I'm not sure why), but there wasn't any pushback that I recall. Just a lot of waiting.

Now I've got children of my own and I'd like to continue the tradition. About 8 years ago I embarked on the same process, (a) to get my daughter (my only child at the time) inducted, and (b) to document a second lineage to the Mayflower passenger William Brewster.

I provided the appropriate birth certificates and submitted the application with the $100 processing fee.

It was rejected!

It turns out that after 20 years, the Mayflower Society has become much more strict in their documentation requirements. The historian returned my William Brewster lineage papers all marked up with red stars where I was missing information. Further, even with my currently documented line to Stephen Hopkins, they cannot be admitted without further documentation.

They require all Birth, Marriage, Death and Divorce records for each person in the line. A tall order.

This was information not required for my Grandfather to get himself and two subsequent generations in. Now I've got three children, and more than ever I want to give them the same gift that my Grandfather gave to us.

It seems that I've got some work to do. And I know from personal experience, and listening to stories, that there are some pretty tough cases in the mix here.

Time has passed, and technology has advanced. We'll see if I can't get the holes filled. Maybe with a little help from my friends here on FamilyTreeCircles, Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere.

Will you follow along with me on this personal project?

I'll be documenting in detail what I am going through. Please follow along and see if you can't help me get through some brick walls as I attempt to complete the documentation of my lines to William Brewster and Stephen Hopkins.

At the very least, wish me luck!

Continue reading about my "Mayflower Project" here: The Mayflower Society application process...

3 comment(s), latest 7 years, 9 months ago

Spike Lee on Who Do You Think You Are?

by Scott_J 9 years, 1 month ago

Who Do You Think You Are - Crazy History - Video - NBC.com.pngIf you're in the U.S., did you watch this season's last episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" I haven't watched all the episodes yet, but this one, to me, was the most powerful. I guess that's why the saved it for last.

Film-maker and outspoken black-rights advocate, Spike Lee went on a journey to Atlanta, Georgia to learn about his slave roots on his mother's side.

As he uncovered his family history, he was confronted with some very powerful facts and ideas.

His GGrandfather Mars Jackson was a major land-owner after the emancipation, owning over 80 acres. He did not learn of why or how he lost that land.

His GGGrandfather worked in a Cotton Gin that was converted into a pistol factory. He was making pistols that were used against those who were fighting for his freedom.

That same GGGrandfather was taken by none other than General Sherman's army as they razed that town and pistol factory, and likely never heard from again.

His GGGrandmother was "Mulato" and likely the product of her mother being raped by their slave-owner.

He met his current, likely third cousin (twice removed), in real life and they had an emotional moment together on her sofa where they together faced the truths about the things that their ancestors did and lived through.

Thankfully, as far as I know, all of my ancestors were from New England and fought for the Union. I can only imagine how it must feel for genealogy researchers who have roots in the south to deal with the idea that their ancestors, not very long ago, had slaves and in many cases treated and traded them like objects.

As I watched this episode, I couldn't help but sing this verse of Ben Folds' "Rockin' the Suburbs" in my head.

     In a haze these days 
     I pull up to the stoplight 
     I can feel that something's not right 
     I can feel that someone's blasting me 
     With hate and bass 
     Sending dirty vibes my way 
     'Cause my great great great great granddad      
     Made someone's great great great great grandaddy slaves 
     It wasn't my idea 
     It wasn't my idea 
     It never was my idea 
     I just drove to the store 
     For some Preparation H

This episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" and the others can be seen on nbc.com.

Starting Over with Reunion for the Mac

by Scott_J 9 years, 2 months ago

Today, I decided to start fresh with my family tree and create a new one that contains only sourced records. I've got a tree that I've been building over the past 20 years that has over 1000 people in it. Big deal, because it is filled with the early mistakes that any newbie family tree researcher makes which is to merge trees from other researchers without regard for accuracy.

With that, I've created a new tree in my genealogy software and I'll be adding people slowly and deliberately, citing sources along the way as I pull the information from the old tree.

50E0F4A6-36CB-4D68-B7D2-770A6C1CFEF8.jpgI've also purchased a license of Reunion 9 for the Mac (I've switched to a Mac since I've been working on my tree in earnest). It figures, because Ancestry.com just announced FTM for the Mac after all these years.

Literally decades have passed without FTM on the Mac. I purchase software and merely hours later, Ancestry makes that announcement. The story of my life.

That's ok, as a Mac user I'm used to spending lots of money.

1 comment(s), latest 9 years, 2 months ago

Joseph A. Jangro of Florida, MA in 1900.

by Scott_J 9 years, 3 months ago

I found a Joseph A. Jangro in the 1900 census who lived next door to John Jangro (m. Nancy Jangro)

At the time of the 1900 census Joseph A was 48 and he is a widower. He lived with children Aleena Jangro (!5), Mary Jangro (13), Iris Jangro (13), and Nellie Jangro (7).

I don't think I know who this Joseph was. They lived next door to John and Nancy Jangro in Florida, MA in 1900 and both worked on the B&M Railroad. Were they brothers? cousins?

Joseph A. was born in Canada and may have moved down to US not too long prior. The oldest daughter Aleena was born in Vermont in 1884.

There's a Joseph P Jangro from the same western Mass. area born in 1880.

1 comment(s), latest 5 years, 3 months ago

Hattie Rugg

by Scott_J 13 years, 1 month ago

Does anyone know this person?

Her name is Hattie RUGG and it appears that this picture was taken in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

4 comment(s), latest 7 years, 3 months ago

My BAKER line has a dead-end at a BENONI BAKER who married ABIGAIL ADA...

by Scott_J 17 years ago

My BAKER line has a dead-end at a BENONI BAKER who married ABIGAIL ADAMS. Benoni was born in Orleans, MA in the early 1860's, not to be confused with the other very well documented Benoni Baker from the same timeframe.

2 comment(s), latest 9 years, 2 months ago