June 22, 2009

Changing your name?!

Posted in genealogy at 1:11 AM by Kris P

Oh come on, if things weren’t hard enough to find in genealogy, then the rumor now circulating is that Daniel Smith (husband of Catherine Naomi Magee), changed his last name from Schmidt.

How do I even go about finding if this is true or not?!


June 20, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – when will I die?

Posted in genealogy at 9:15 PM by Kris P

Given that I have a rather normal point of view, I’m a nonsmoker, currently 31 years old, and have a BMI of <25, my projected death date is….

February 8, 2057

So I’ll be 79 years old when I die, does this take into account genetic dispositions towards some diseases, accidents, mass murderers?

June 19, 2009

Verified at last!

Posted in Daughters of the American Revolution, genealogy at 5:35 PM by Kris P

I just got word that DAR has approved me. They’ll formally approve me on July 9th, and give me my membership number.

I’m so excited. Now to work on my mother’s side.

June 18, 2009

Oh my god, the hilarity!

Posted in genealogy at 2:33 PM by Kris P

So I’m looking through marriage records of Washington County, VA trying to prove yet once more Ann Sharp Laughlin….and I come across this:

Koontz, Dorathy   60

(Note: Vulgarity is irresistable to certain types of mind. In variantions of this name, look where no gentleman should ever look, but many do. All respectable married women know what I mean. A divorce was recently granted a very nice woman on the basis that her husband was too sissy to avail himself of this free and delightful oppurtunity.)

If anyone else wants to see this for yourselves: Washington County Marriage register 1782-1820, p 92. You can find it in the Card Catalog of Ancestry.com.



June 14, 2009

You’ve got to be kidding me…

Posted in Daughters of the American Revolution, genealogy at 9:55 PM by Kris P

I get a call yesterday amidst all the calls I’ve had to make and recieve yesterday. It was the registrar of the local DAR chapter. Apparently questions are coming up on my application and they are sending me a letter.

GAH! What did I not prove properly? What generation was lacking? What do I have to prove? Even Darlene doesn’t know. She said she’ll call Washington tomorrow AM and see if she can glean any information before we get the letters, so we can start ahead of time on getting the  proofs needed.

Ugh! I wonder if it is something with my grandmother’s application that is being questioned? Or what generation did not have enough proofs?

*gnaw gnaw gnaw* I want to know now!

June 13, 2009


Posted in genealogy at 12:43 PM by Kris P

 Despite all the stuff going on in my life with my living family, I have been able to get copies of death certificates of my mother’s father, grandfather and grandmother on her paternal side. Right now though, that’s where that line ends, as they came directly from Russia and Poland at that point.

The family rumors surrounding that side of the family speak of cruelty and a level of degradation that I shudder away from. I have their death certificates, and a copy of the passenger manifest from the ship that her grandmother came on as a child from Poland. That’s all I need or want from that side of the family. Case closed.

Now I can focus on her maternal side, which is proving to be a wealth of information.

June 12, 2009

Sorry for the lack of posts

Posted in genealogy at 8:49 PM by Kris P

My uncle whom I wrote about in the Carnival of Genealogy post has undergone surgery a week and a half ago and isn’t doing as well as we’d hoped. All my concentration is going into him right now.

June 8, 2009

Monday Madness – Just because its in a book…

Posted in genealogy, Madness Monday at 10:36 PM by Kris P

How do I know, really really know, who their parents were? Its all the Genealogical Proof Standard. And yet, the GPS isn’t good enough for lineage societies, like the Daughters of the American Revolution.  So when I’m doing research, for just my family….should I go for the GPS, or the lineage society version?

I could of course go for the GPS, and let whoever comes behind me do the real money work, like ordering all the death certificates, etc. At least until I can actually afford to start getting them.

These things get expensive!

June 7, 2009

Famous Ancestors…

Posted in genealogy at 10:15 PM by Kris P

22. Dish the dirt on your celebrity ancestors. Don’t have a movie star in the tree? Then talk about ancestors famous for other reasons. This is your chance to be an historical gossip columnist!

Hmmmm….I really don’t have any celebrities in my tree that I know of. A great grandmother that married at 15, that’s kinda juicy.  Yes, Edgie Lee Pope married her husband, Jasper Emmett Smith in 1916.  She was born 26 jan 1901.

Ancestry.com has the following Louisiana Marriage Index:

Name: Edgie Pope
Spouse: J. Emmett Smith
Marriage Date: 18 Mar 1916
Marriage Place: Washington

Also, her father Earnest L. Pope supposedly ran off with a family friend or cousin that he impregnated. I was hoping, as I mentioned in an earlier post that perhaps he had died of a horrific accident, but I found him in the Louisiana Statewide Death Index:

Name: Earnest L Pope
Death Date: 27 Mar 1941
Estimated Birth Year: 1875
Age: 66 Years
Gender: Male
Race: White or Mexican (White)


Parish: W. Carroll
Certificate Number: 4572
Volume: 10
Title: Louisiana Statewide Death Indices 1940-1944


My mother’s side always has the interesting freaks…*laughs*

Louisiana Birth certificate news

Posted in genealogy at 3:19 PM by Kris P

From the Times Picayune:

BATON ROUGE — Gay rights advocates fell one vote short Wednesday of derailing a bill designed to affirm that the state will not issue birth certificates listing the names of two unmarried parents who adopt a Louisiana-born child in another state.

The Senate Health & Welfare Committee’s action moves House Bill 60 to the full Senate floor, one step away from final passage. Gov. Bobby Jindal supports the measure, as does the Louisiana Family Forum, a conservative Christian organization, and the state’s council of Catholic bishops.

Sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Perry, R-Abbeville, and carried in the Senate by Sen. A.G. Crowe, R-Slidell, the bill comes during an ongoing federal court case concerning a Louisiana birth certificate.

U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in December sided with two California men who sought a revised birth certificate listing both of them as the father of a Shreveport-born toddler they adopted in New York in 2006. The case awaits action by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has stayed Zainey’s order for a new birth certificate.

Perry’s bill would clarify that any birth certificate revisions would recognize only parents who would qualify to adopt under Louisiana law. That includes single adults and married couples, but not unmarried couples, regardless of sexual orientation.

Kyle Duncan of the Louisiana attorney general’s office said the case and the bill are about federalism. The U.S. Constitution, which generally requires that states recognize the decrees of courts in other states, should not force Louisiana to alter its records practice, Duncan said.

“This is not a case about discrimination,” he said.

Several witnesses disagreed, saying the bill unnecessarily denies some adopted children an accurate birth certificate. Parents who are not listed on the birth certificate could struggle registering their adoptive child for school or providing the child with health and life insurance benefits, they said, with those issues magnifying should the listed parent die.

Thomas Robichaux, another adoptive parent, said an unlisted parent could be denied the right to visit or make health decisions about a hospitalized child.

“What kind of hate do you have to have in your heart to keep a parent from their child?” he said.

Crowe steered clear of the constitutional issues.

“This is still a family values country, and it has continually been attacked,” he said. “And I’m not going to sit by and let it happen.”

Sens. Yvonne Dorsey, D-Baton Rouge; Cheryl Gray Evans, D-New Orleans; and David Heitmeier, D-Algiers, voted to defer the bill. Sens. Sherry Smith Cheek, R-Keithville; Dale Erdey, R-Livingston; and Ben Nevers, D-Bogalusa, voted against that measure. Committee Chairman Willie Mount, D-Lake Charles, broke the tie. On the final vote, Heitmeier joined the supporters to move the bill on, relieving Mount from casting a vote.

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Bill Barrow can be reached at bbarrow@timespicayune.com or 225.342.5590.

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