Friday, January 29, 2010

10 Reasons to Miss Dollhouse

From io9:

10 Reasons We'll Miss Dollhouse

Season finale airing at this very moment, which I'm DVR-ing so I can re-watch other recent episodes (and maybe Epitaph One) before the last episode.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Madness Monday, or Census Frustrations Part II

I'm trying to post along with the GeneaBloggers daily themes often enough to keep this blog going forward. Madness Monday is a theme I've struggled with, since I haven't yet uncovered any (certifiably) crazy ancestors. So this madness is in the form of a brick wall (sort of) and isn't directed at a particular person, but a family group.

I know there are perfectly valid reasons for people not to show up in a given census. I've been trying to find my great-great-grandmother, Adeline Emma Stone, her parents, and brother in the 1850 census. Mainly my determination derives from having found her or otherwise accounted for her whereabouts in every other census through 1930 (except 1890, of course) and I'm frustrated by this gap.

Adeline was born in 1849 in Schooley's Mountain, New Jersey. In the 1860 census, her family was in New York City. Her father, John Cameron Stone, married Adeline Emma Bridge in 1846 and died in 1862. I feel like I have a huge hole in this group by not finding them in one of the two censuses they were together, but I've had no luck turning up any of them at all. I browsed the Schooley's Mountain census for 1850 and found a family with remarkably similar names (mother & daughter Adeline, last name "Neighbor" of all things). But this family reappears in Schooley's Mountain in later censuses.

I haven't given up, but at least want to learn more about the family to come up with a plausible explanation for their whereabouts. Probably my next step is reverify her birth date and location, which I got from the Stone family genealogy, Simon Stone Genealogy: Ancestry and Descendants of Deacon Simon Stone of Watertown, Mass., 1320-1926, by J. Gardner Bartlett (1926).

A New Computer Revolution is Rising Around Us | Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

I love the variety of genealogy content in Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, but especially love Dick Eastman's terrific technology articles. He takes the time to explain technologies completely and give good examples to illustrate his points.

One of today's offerings is about collaborative online databases and what he terms the "peer review" process in shared genealogical data. I've got a renewed energy to do some clean-up in my Reunion data and re-harmonize with a couple of the cloud services I'm experimenting with.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Marion Constance Greenleaf, 1871-1900


Marion Constance Greenleaf died of typhoid fever December 24, 1900 at the age of 29 years. The eldest child of Richard Cranch and Adeline Emma Stone Greenleaf, Marion was born in Hamburg, Germany, and lived a good portion of her life in Lenox, Massachusetts at her parents' home, Windyside. Notices of her death in the New York Times describe Marion as having a beautiful soprano singing voice, singing at "private musicales" and having studied vocal culture in Europe.

[1] "Miss Marion Greenleaf Dead. Succumbs to Typhoid Fever at Her Parents' Home in Lenox." New York Times, Dec. 25, 1900.
[2] "What is Doing in Society." New York Times, Dec. 26, 1900.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Census Frustrations

I read an interesting post on The Unofficial Footnote Blog not long ago, comparing the ongoing census projects of FamilySearch with Footnote. Not surprisingly perhaps, a number of commenters questioned the purpose of additional census projects, particularly of Footnote, when Ancestry.com seems to have such a lock on the completeness of the data.

I wondered this myself, but interestingly enough, was able to find some ancestors using the Footnote census for 1860 who are eluding me in both the 1850 and 1860 censuses on Ancestry. Once I had the citation in Footnote, I could browse to the page in Ancestry and find the elusive ancestors. (I like using Ancestry to track records and compile complete-ish timelines for the folks I'm working on.) Seeing the corresponding transcription in Ancestry, it was pretty apparent why I hadn't found them -- the surname had been transcribed as "Greenley" instead of "Greenleaf" and the frustrating thing was, the original image was pretty readable both in penmanship and imaging.