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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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Happy National Family History Month!

In memory of-

Hugh Cecil Ament
b. 8 October 1874
Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa
d. 29 February 1920
Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa

The Ament family has been heavily researched over the years. There is a great deal of information with excellent documentation. That said, there are still things we don't know. 

Hugh is the son of Joseph Pettus and Catherine A. (Robbins) Ament. He is my first cousin four times removed. He was baptized privately on 30 March 1875 because he was sickly (Submitted by Eleanor B. McCleary, "Holy Baptism Records," database Ament family.) However, he lived to serve in the United States Navy, enlisting in Boston, Massachusetts in 1890.
On the 1920 census, taken 10 January, he is a patient in Monson State Hospital in Monson, Massachusetts. It says he is epileptic, and single. He died on 29 February that same year and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine. Where did he die? Massachusetts? Iowa? Maybe this search will reveal. I have no idea what else might be in cyberspace for Hugh.


Proof of Hugh's death, condition, and location~

There is some information at Wikipedia about the hospital here
Also, it may be haunted! Check this out. ;)

Poor Hugh! He is buried where many of the Ament family members are buried, though; so, a family member must have retrieved his body.

Remember, this is a very short search. I'm intrigued, and will continue searching. Enjoy!

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