Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Learn the basics of genealogical research - Kitsap County

Are you interested in learning more about your family history? 
Do you want to know about your ancestors and their lives? 

For folks in Kitsap County, I have some classes scheduled at the Village Green Community Center in Kingston THIS MONTH!  I would love to have you join me as we discuss the basics of sound genealogical practices, and review some of the most useful web sites for family history research. You can find more information here. It'll be a lot of fun! 😊

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Facets of FamilySearch

Fun with

‘Facets of FamilySearch’

On April 20th, I had the privilege of making a presentation to the Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society on the many facets of FamilySearch. I am a member of this society, so it is always especially fun for me to have the opportunity to speak. So many friends and familiar faces!

I enjoyed sharing the basics of the web site and answering questions. We also discussed some of the lesser-known research techniques that will help users locate information they might otherwise miss.

Wonderful topic! Great questions! I love what I do! 

~ Joleen

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Thursday, December 28, 2017


Today, I took a big leap; at least, for me. I joined the Association of Professional Genealogists! I am excited to be a part of this amazing group of professionals. I look forward to the associations I will enjoy because of this organization.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Happy National Family History Month!

In memory of-

Elizabeth Sutton
b. 10 October 1713
Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey
d. abt 1750
Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey

I also have that her parents are John and Elizabeth (Conger) Sutton. The above information is what I will start with in this five minute exercise. This was received many years ago from a distant relation who had documented very well the family information she researched and willingly shared. I am grateful for the hours and hours of work she did to locate the data we have. I will see if I can find anything new to add to this record. Here goes!


Only undocumented information, but worth pursuing.

At FamilySearch, Elizabeth has a record showing her married to John Molleson, Jr. There are six children included in the record. At, in the time allotted, I found only undocumented family trees, none of which included a marriage. If she did die before 1750, which seems plausible, I believe I will need to do a much more specific and time-consuming search of records local to where she lived, including church records. Also, searching out information about her husband may be beneficial, too. I am totally willing to do that, if I can locate them. So, signing out, for now.

You win some, you lose some; but, it is never wasted time!

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Happy National Family History Month!

In memory of-

Olivia Josephine Cowger
b. 9 October 1856
Wapello County, Iowa
m. J. Fletcher Livezay
d. 25 November 1929

Olivia is the daughter of Gustavus C. and Susannah (Cowger) Cowger (yes, her maiden name is correct; they were cousins). She is my third great grandaunt. Because I know quite a bit about her parents, I have a fairly well documented history of Olivia's growing up years. Today, I choose to see what I can discover about her adult life.


That was a surprisingly frustrating exercise! 
  • There was no record for Olivia that I could locate in either Find A Grave or Billion Graves. I searched for her husband, too, hoping to locate her through him. Neither of them showed!
  • There is, as expected, a record for Olivia in FamilySearchFamily Tree. Her husband's full name is John Fletcher Livezey (note the different spelling). In a Google search, there were several references to a person with that name being involved in lawsuits in Indiana. Could very well be him.
  • FamilySearch also has a link to the 1910 census for her family. They lived in New Castle, Henry County, Indiana. They had four Roomers and a Servant in the household, no children residing with them. It does record that Olivia had four children and that they were all living. She and John had been married 35 years. Their home is a ‘Boarding House.’
  • Their son, John William, was married in 1908 in Henry County, giving his residence as New Castle. Their son, Harry, was married in Henry County in 1913. His residence is recorded as Battle Creek, Michigan. The other two children included in the Family Tree record are Alfred and Addie.

I’m sure a little more searching and surfing will be more satisfying, but for the purposes of this project – “Th-th-that’s all, folks!”

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