Jane Williams Cutler Taylor
Saturday, December 7, 2013
t is frustrating to live far away from states that possess courthouses holding your ancestors’ records. Fortunately, there is a website called Sampubco (http://www.sampubco.com) where you can order records from the comfort of your home.
Sampubco has the following types of records from a variety of states:
- Will Records
- Probate Files/Surrogate's Files
- Naturalizations and Declarations of Intent
- Letters Testamentary
- Letters of Administration
- Miscellaneous Orders and Decrees
- Petitions for Administrations
- Proofs of Wills
- Cemetery Burials
If you use this website, please be sure to read the instructions carefully. For example, if you place an order correctly, you will not hear back for a few weeks. There is no immediate confirmation of order. However, if you fail to follow the instructions, you are notified immediately. I waited patiently and, sure enough, a few weeks later, my order was e-mailed to me.
I found it helpful to go to the Site Map page (http://www.sampubco.com/Sitemap.htm). Here you can see what documents and states are available, look at indexes and print order forms. I was really pleased to see that there are numerous New York resources. Under “New York Counties Will Testators Indexes” for New York, Oneida County, I found references to the following records of interest:
- George Bowles in Westmoreland (NY-33-44-419). George Bowles was my paternal 3rd great grandfather.
- Marilda S. Miller in Westmoreland (NY-33-35-129). Marilda Scripture was my paternal 3rd great grandmother.
- Amelia Parks in New Hartford (NY-33-25-379). I have been speculating that Amelia was my maternal 3rd great grandmother, and I was eager to see her Will.
Under “New York Counties Will Testators Indexes” for New York, Chenango County, I found the following record:
- Levi Cutler, Sherburne (NY-9-DD-39). Levi was my maternal 3rd great grandfather.
As you can see, these are all direct ancestors, and Wills are excellent genealogical sources. I don’t live in New York, so it is hard to run over to the courthouses to gather this information. Sampubco provides an excellent service.
This week my documents arrived, and I now have copies of the Wills of four of my 3rd great grandparents. The cost was only $48, a bargain!
Here is some of the knowledge I have gained or confirmed from these Wills:
- At the time George signed his Will, Angeline was his wife. Charlotte Andrews, my 3rd great grandmother, was deceased at that time.
- George had a daughter named Harriet Scripture, my 2nd great grandmother.
- He also had daughters named Sarah Bryden, Charlotte Deland and Dinah Ford.
- Sarah Bryden’s son, David B. Bryden, was appointed executor of the Will.
- George left no property to his son, George P. Bowles.
- Two of the witnesses (John H. Taylor and Elmer Waters) were my ancestors .
- George was able to sign his name on the document. (1)
- Wesley H. Lottridge, husband of my 3rd great grand aunt Dolly Cutler, was appointed executor.
- Levi’s wife, Nancy Eliza Miller, my 3rd great grandmother, was deceased at the time Levi signed his Will.
- Levi's daughter was Fany Jenks.
- Levi had sons named Levi Cutler and David Cutler.
- The names of the witnesses to the Will. These people may be ancestors also.
- Levi was able to sign his name on the document. (2)
Marilda S. Miller
- Marilda Scripture Miller had only one child, Marquis Scripture, my 2nd great grandfather.
- Marquis Scripture was named executor.
- The names of the witnesses to the Will. These people may be ancestors also.
- Marilda’s nephew was William Miller, son of Theodore and Susan Miller.
- Marilda signed her name on the document. (3)
- Although the index stated that Amelia’s last name was Parks, on the Will it is listed as Park in every place except the first paragraph.
- The names of the witnesses to the Will. These people may be ancestors also.
- Amelia gave property to her daughter, Caroline Marsh, my 2nd great grandmother, whose husband was Cyrus Marsh, my 2nd great grandfather.
- Amelia had sons by the names of Albert M. Park and Benjamin Park.
- Albert M. Park was named executor.
- Amelia’s husband’s name was Earl Park.
- Amelia gave her mark as a signature. (Perhaps she was from another country.) (4)
This information is a springboard to further research. For example, I took the name “Albert M. Park” and put it into Old Fulton NY Postcards (www.fultonhistory.com) and was able to pull up several articles about Albert and his family. Because the name “Albert Park” is fairly common, by narrowing it to “Albert M. Park” I was able to hone in on the right person quickly.
I can’t wait to investigate what other documents can be ordered at Sampubco (http://www.sampubco.com). Check it out!
(1) Last Will and Testament of George Bowles, 9 Apr 1891, recorded 6 July 1891, pp. 419-420, Oneida County Surrogate’s Office, Utica, New York (e-mailed document number NY-33-44-419 from Sampubco.com).
(2) Last Will and Testament of Levi Cutler, 25 Oct 1889, recorded 18 May 1891, pp. 39-41, Chenango County Surrogate’s Court, Norwich, New York (e-mailed document number NY-9-DD-39 from Sampubco.com).
(3) Last Will and Testament of Marilda S. Miller, 15 Jul 1876, recorded 2 Jul 1884, pp. 129-131, Oneida County Surrogate’s Office, Utica, New York (e-mailed document number NY-33-35-129 from Sampubco.com).
(4) Last Will and Testament of Amelia Parks, 28 Aug 1874, recorded 7 Nov 1874, pp. 379-380, Oneida County Surrogate’s Office, Utica, New York (e-mailed document number NY-33-25-379 from Sampubco.com).
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
n Black Friday, Fold3 members were offered the opportunity to subscribe to Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com) for half price. The normal annual cost is $79.95. Ancestry.com subscribers also get discounts on Newspapers.com. I love browsing through historical newspapers, so I took the plunge and bought a subscription. Here are my thoughts on this purchase:
Ancestry.com launched Newspapers.com in 2012. If you are an Ancestry.com subscriber, you know that there are newspapers on Ancestry.com. Frankly, I have held off on joining Newspapers.com because I wondered how different the newspapers on Newspapers.com would be from what Ancestry already carries.
There are 68 California newspapers on Newspapers.com. Ancestry.com appears to have 60 California newspapers. My husband has ancestors from the Covina/San Bernardino area, and I was able to find quite a few articles on his family in the "Covina Argus" and in various San Bernardino papers. Ancestry.com does not have Covina papers or San Bernardino papers.
Score one for Newspapers.com
My Bowie, Brashear, Magruder and Prather lines lived in Maryland. Newspapers.com has 19 Maryland newspapers; Ancestry.com has 22.
I searched in "The Frederick Post" on Newspapers.com for Brashear and received 29 matches. When I searched on Ancestry.com in "The Frederick Post" for Brashear I received 3,266 hits. A search for Bowie showed a similar discrepancy between Ancestry.com and Newspapers.com.
I was not pleased with the Maryland collection on Newspapers.com.
I then went to Michigan to see what I could find on my husband’s family from Holland, Michigan. Newspapers.com carries the "Holland Evening Sentinel," but so does Ancestry.com. I got 252 hits for Hadden on Newspapers.com and 326 hits for Hadden on Ancestry.com.
A few of my ancestors lived around Adrian, Michigan. Newspapers.com carries "The Daily Telegram" from Adrian. I searched for Chester Beal, a distant cousin, and received 6 hits, including an obituary for May Florence Stevens, who was married to a Beal. May is a descendant in my Scripture line. Ancestry.com does not carry newspapers from Adrian.
Many of my ancestors were from New York. To my dismay, Newspapers.com does not carry the Utica, New York newspapers, which are filled with news about my family. Utica was a major publishing center at one time, and there were many Utica papers.
I also have numerous ancestors from Chenango County, New York. Newspapers.com carries The Norwich Sun, which covers the area around Chenango County; however, this paper is already on Ancestry.com.
They also have various Syracuse papers but, again, Ancestry.com has many Syracuse papers.
In summary, I am not happy with the New York newspaper collection on Newspapers.com.
Next I went to Tennessee to see if I could find some news about my Brashear ancestors who lived in Perry County, which is located between Memphis and Nashville. Newspapers.com has a few Nashville and Memphis papers, and I was able to find a couple of articles about my 2nd great grandfather, Thomas M. BRASHEAR. These newspapers are not on Ancestry.com.
Score one for Newspapers.com.
I found that Newspapers.com was an intuitive, easy to use website. If you are an Ancestry.com subscriber, you can save your findings to your Ancestry.com tree, a very nice feature. You can also clip an article and place it in a clippings file that can be viewed by others, thus creating the possibility for collaboration. You can also save searches, and you will be notified when they add something that matches your search.
You will get varying results depending on the state and city you are researching. I was very disappointed in the small number of New York newspapers.
In my opinion, Newspapers.com needs to add more papers and more years for their existing papers. For approximately $40, I suppose I got my money’s worth, but I would not pay full price at this time.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
|World War II Army Officer Cap Device|
My father wore this "officer cap device" on his hat during World War II. To be perfectly honest, I wasn't sure what it was at first, but my husband explained it to me.
If you'd like to know more about World War II collectibles, the following book might help:
Warman's World War II Collectibles: Identification and Price Guide by John F Graf (available on amazon.com).
Saturday, November 16, 2013
am fortunate to have easy access to the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan (313-481-1401). While the library emphasizes records on the history of Detroit and Michigan, there are countless resources on the Great Lakes region, New England, the South, the Mid-Atlantic states, as well as foreign countries. There are books, microfilm, maps, photographs, business records, scrapbooks, military records, manuscripts, census schedules, vital records, church records, family histories, newspapers and more. For a list of the many resources, see the PDF files located at the bottom of the page on this link: http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/featuredcollection/burton-historical-collection
When you first enter the Burton collection you will see banks of card catalog drawers—just like in the old days. (You can, of course, search for items online.)
I stopped here to perform some surname searches. After jotting down my findings on a piece of paper, I entered the main room and asked a librarian for guidance. She needed to obtain a few of the items offsite.
In the meantime, I browsed the stacks. Some of the books I chose to review were:
- 7,000 Hudson-Mohawk Valley (NY) Vital Records: 1808-1850 by Fred Bowman and Thomas J. Lynch
- A Brashear(s) Family History, Descendants of Robert and Benois Brasseur by Charles Brashear
- History of the Town of Stonington, County of New London, Connecticut by Richard Anson Wheeler
- The Roster of Confederate Soldiers: 1861-1865 by Janet B. Hewett
- State of Vermont: Roster of Soldiers in the War of 1812-14 by Herbert T. Johnson
- Vital Records of Putney, Vermont to the Year 1900 by Ken Stevens
Some periodical articles I found of interest were:
- “Early Church Records in Madison County, New York” by Roberta Kincaid, Tree Talks, March 2006, Vol. 46, no. 1, p. 3.
- “Genealogical Research in Oneida County, New York” by Mary Anne Buteux, Tree Talks, March 2007, Vol. 47, No. 1, p. 3.
- “How to Write a Page Turning, But True, Family History” by Leslie Albrecht Huber, Crossroads, September 2010, Vol. 5, p. 10.
- “Mug Books: Boon or Bane?” by Joyce H. Cook, Tree Talks, March 2009, Vol. 49, No. 1, p. 3.
- “Seventh-Day Baptist Church of Brookfield,” Tree Talks, Sep 2009, Vol. 49, no. 3, p. 149. (Here I found a number of references to my Crandalls, Burdicks, Babcocks and Clarks.)
At my request, a librarian brought me a clipping file containing references to the surname “Scripture.” In the clipping file, I discovered a newspaper article about Dulcie Scripture, a former Detroit resident, who was Miss Illinois in 1969. In this article I learned, among other things, that she was the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. George Scripture of Hamilton, Ohio. (1) Because the Scripture surname is so unique, it is possible that Dulcie is a distant cousin.
A quick Google search turned up a picture of Dulcie. See http://missillinois.homestead.com/Formers.html.
Another Google search found an obituary for Rev. George Scripture who, apparently, was born in Chittenango, Madison County, New York, five miles from my home town. See http://www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com/obits/obituary.php?id=372409
Another article from the clipping file was an obituary for Charles M. Scripture, a Detroit architect, who died in 1982. (2) This was filled with genealogical information and will be a great source for further research.
As you can see, The Burton Historical Collection does not just contain Michigan information.
If you don’t live near Detroit, you can still enjoy some of the benefits of the Burton via the Internet. For example, if you look at the right side of their Biography and Genealogy page (http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/research-resources/databases/biography-and-genealogy), you will see a database search box. Click the drop down menu to Biography and Genealogy. Here you will find a Biography and Genealogy Master Index. Enter the surname you are searching. I used “Scripture” and received 8 hits. One of them was a citation to Who’s Who in America for William Ellis Scripture, my 1st cousin 4 X removed. Another database you can search from home is Heritage Quest Online (http://www.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/index). Here you can search census records, books, PERSI, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank and the U.S. Serial Set.
Brief, factual questions can be answered via the Ask-A-Librarian link: http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/specialservice/ask-librarian
If you would like newspaper articles, see this link: http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/specialservice/detroit-newspaper-search-0
As a courtesy, the Burton provides a list of researchers you can hire:
I can’t wait to go back and explore more of the Burton’s holdings.
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(1) "Miss Illinois Honored," Detroit News, Detroit, Michigan, September 8, 1969.
(2) “Charles M. Scripture,” Detroit News, Detroit, Michigan, August 17, 1982.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
I found this photograph in one of my grand aunt's photo albums. It was probably taken in Utica, New York. I can't say for sure the identity of the three people, but I suspect that the ladies are my aunts. The young man on the right, possibly one of my uncles, appears to be holding a walking stick/cane. I love the hats and the old train in the background!
Trains were an important means of transportation back in the early 1900s. My Aunt Winifred WILLIAMS married a train conductor, Frederick Boyser.