At the Bur in the Leah of the Forest

In a previous article, 1518 Wilson Avenue, I wrote that the 1940 census recorded Lawson Scott living as a border with William and Louise Watts in an apartment in Chicago. To quote myself: William and Lawson were both employed as “wreckers” in the “building wrecker” industry, with Lawson apparently having left behind his wife to…

1518 Wilson Avenue

And now, another tale of Chaotic Genealogy, when the records lead us into unexpected directions. Family Tree Maker recently gave me a Shaky Leaf icon for William M. Watts, a son of James Madison Watts and Sylvannia Bohannon. A Shaky Leaf indicates that FTM has found a potential record match. I clicked on the leaf…

Chaotic Genealogy

Here’s an example of how genealogy research can lead a person into unplanned directions. Yesterday, I was searching the website of the Sikeston Standard Democrat for news on Grahams and related families living in the area. There’s a lot of family in that part of Missouri! I saved several obituaries to be added to my…

Tidying Up The Gray Home

The following article has been updated today: The Many Wives of Patrick, Part Three: Mary Frances Graham This is the first GA article to  include data and an image from the just-released 1940 Census! Woo! Added section headings by decade to make the article easier to follow. Added a photograph of Mollie’s grave marker. Added…

1940 Is Coming!

Next Monday, 2 April, the National Archives will make available the 1940 United States Census. While the images will be available immediately online, the census will not yet have a searchable index. FamilySearch and Ancestry.com are both spearheading the indexing effort. See their respective sites if you wish to be a part of the indexing…

Nona Elizabeth Graham

The ninth child and sixth daughter of John and Matilda Graham was born on 7 December 1907 in Red River Township, Searcy County, Arkansas, and she was named Nona Elizabeth Graham. 1910 Nona was first recorded on the 1910 census at the age of three, living with both parents and her seven siblings on the…