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December 2010 emails

  • Notes about Harvey and his surgery from Gloria Perryman
  • Memories about Nelda Griffiths wedding from Nelda
  • Rebuilt the wedding chronicles for Nelda Griffith breaking them up into different events and adding information about her first two apartments
  • Dr. Lawrence McGuire grave
  • McGuire Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas (cemetery 1932)
  • Margaret Tolan McGuire grave and dates
  • Harvey Cemetery, Sabine County, Texas (cemetery 1933)
  • Jesse Thomas Scruggs added
  • Mary Ann Scruggs added
  • Arabelle Harvey dates and possible grave
  • Will McGuire email about Laurence McGuire and his career.
  • Lawrence McGuire family in 1820 as mentioned by Will
  • Many facts from Will McGuire for the two Lawrence McGuires.
  • Info from McLemoreStrong website
  • Notes on self and family from Nelda Griffiths
  • This closes up all of 2010!



October 2013 emails

There were not many left after a year of chipping at them, but our goal is to get them all cleared, so here goes!

  • Bina Douthit added from Theresa Douthit
  • Evan Douthit exit story from Theresa Douthit
  • Hickory Grove Cemetery, Logan County, Arkansas (cemetery 1932)
  • Shared Baylus Powell 1900 residence event with Balis and appropriate family and deleted passed events including one to Barney Douthit
  • 1880 census for James Powell family
  • James Powell marriage in index corrected
  • 1860 census for James Powell family
  • Merged Barney Douthit file with full Douthit tree through Evan Douthit.
  • Deleted Barney Douthit file from Ancestry
  • Notes on Evan Douthit separation and Katherine residence clue from Teresa
  • Frank Farndell birth changed per Susan Farndell suggestion
  • Frank Farndell Soc. Sec. index
  • Frank Farndell in California death index
  • Frank Farndell parents added and cleanup of sources, notes, etc.

October 2010 emails

There were not very many left of these October 2010 emails, but what was there needed some serious consideration and checking! Hopefully this will not take too long!

  • Most of Claire Sass DeBauche email was handled, just a couple notes were added here and there to Fred Sass and his daughter.
  • Find A Grave memorial added to Dorothea Sass since mentioned by Claire
  • Notes on Nelda Griffith and travel
  • Corley family pushed back into early Virginia settlers hoping to make a connection to a published Corley record, but attempt was in vain.
  • That was not as bad as I expected. Most of the emails had been handled, just needed to be double checked before archiving. Job done!

Sept 2014 Emails

To start with we found Levi Morrill who had 14 children lived in reverse of 18 days! This must have been a remarkable thing to be born on the 18th of a month and then die on the 1st of the same month! We realized we would have our work cut out on this batch!

  1. Levi Morrill dates corrected
  2. Brownville Villiage Cemetery address rebuilt
  3. Evelin Morrill page cleaned up
  4. Sarah Smith Morrill page cleaned up
  5. Shephard David Morrill was another one that had only lived a day but had two wives! Amazing guy, until now… Dates fixed
  6. Nancy Maria Morrill grave
  7. Peter Morrill dates fixed and grave added
  8. Mercy Hall Morrill dates fixed and grave added
  9. John Wilcox and Mary Barber section expanded based on Ken Roberts’ family group sheets
  10. Albert Himmelsbach Darrow military service from Liz Jenkins
  11. Albert Darrow family group sheet from Liz Jenkins
  12. Capt. Albert Darrow photo from Liz Jenkins
  13. Jessie Darrow immigration fix from Liz Jenkens
  14. Jessie Darrow education from Liz Jenkens
  15. The two Silas Rich’s and Laura’s were merged so Virginia Rich would have one set of adoptive parents.
  16. Virginia’s birth year and husband’s last names added from Liz Jenkens
  17. Isadore Schiel birth date added from Liz Jenkins
  18. Patricia and Robert Schiel dates and updates from Liz Jenkins
  19. Eileen Darrow first husband and children from Liz Jenkins
  20. Eileen Darrow grave from Liz Jenkins
  21. George Darrow children from Liz Jenkins
  22. Portrait of Jessie Alice Edwards Darrow from Liz Jenkins
  23. Photo of Jakob Himmelsbach and Anna Stumpf from Liz Jenkins
  24. Al Himmelsback and family photo from Liz Jenkins
  25. Milo Sebastian family news
  26. Janet Alvis pointed out that comments were not being allowed in our blog, issue fixed hopefully!

October 20, 2014 update

Again, as we conquer the email backlog problem, it remains the top priority of the year. We have made substantial gains even with all the problems that have come this year! So even as the end seems to be coming into focus, we press on to reach the goal!

With the down time from the last bout with pneumonia, we are pressing forward has hard as we can, in hopes I will be able to get around a bit in the workshop some day soon, and will not have as much time to do family tree stuff.

We had a fall in our scooter on Monday. It was a nicer kind of fall, if any falls are nice. The scooter fell backward as I tried to go up the ramp to the house after a little spin around the neighborhood with my daughter, Deborah and Cindy. Deborah wanted me to get out while it was such a nice day and get some fresh air. I was very grateful. Fortunately, there was a man that stopped by and my two boys were home, so they were able to help me get up off the ground again. But the fall meant I am now down for the week mending again! All the better for this project!

Project Work

Website Upgrade

Not many modifications to the website software excite me anymore, but we just added one that did! It is a modification that hunts through all our FindAGrave and BillionGrave footnotes and digs out the information for it to check to see if it can produce an actual link to add to the webpage of every person! It is an amazing thing to watch it do its work and save me all that time coding in these things! It found 1480 of these links! Our hats are off to the folks that designed this and made it freely available to us!

Email Situation

  1. Emails needing attention: 106 (19 emails AHEAD of weekly goals). I have not been ahead of the targets for seven months!
  2. Emails cleared: 40

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 20
  2. Gravestones added: 2
  3. Faces added: 1
  4. Photos added: 5
  5. Locations added: 25
  6. Individuals added: 31
  7. Sources: 24
  8. New members: 1

September 2014 emails

We won’t have time to hit many of these emails this week, but we were anxious to get a start on them!

  • Anna Winters (i165791) grave from Marissa Thomas
  • Mt. Olive Church Cemetery, Johnson County, Georgia (cemetery 1929)
  • Riley Jackson added as husband
  • Williard and Charlotte Janes gravestone from Kylee Janes
  • Notes on Melvin and Larry’s names from Larry Macomber
  • Sarah Wickham death certificate from Cherie in OC
  • Sarah Wickham Rogers grave from Cherie in OC
  • Webster Rogers from FindaGrave
  • William Wirt Wickham grave
  • Serviah Wickham Benton grave, dates and husband
  • Hannah P. Spooner death record from
  • Rousevell Cemetery, Bristol County, Massachusetts (cemetery 1930)
  • Warren Spooner grave
  • Charles changed to Charlina Spooner and grave
  • Warren and Hannah Spooner marriage record
  • Catherine Beaver changed to Catherine Relyea and her parent’s names added from
    Regina Hoffman Fillinger. Important correction!

September 2013 emails

There are still 19 emails to handle from a year ago. We hope to take care of these this week. We also hope to squeeze in the emails from last month this week as well! But we will have to see how God enables and how industrious we become!

  1. Oscar Philip Tripp (i127093) family photo from Carol Winckler
  2. Removed bad pedigree link to Anne Bird (i38978) from Tom Macomber
  3. Checked to see if breaking link orphaned a group from the larger tree, there was no damage!
  4. Robert Napoleon Douthit wife and daughters from Wahnema Ruth Coburn
  5. John Franklin Burgess children dates and spouses added
  6. Susan Burgess gravestone from Angela Carnes
  7. Six and Twenty Baptist Church Cemetery, Anderson County, South Carolina (reconstituted cemetery 896)
  8. John Franklin Burgess dates corrected and cemetery added
  9. Eugene Burgess info
  10. Old Saint Raymonds Cemetery, Bronx County, New York (rebuilt cemetery 532)
  11. Carrie Kline grave
  12. Mattie Kline grave
  13. Minnie Kline grave
  14. Saint George Cemetery redone to be the newer name St. John Vianney Cemetery (cemetery 523)
  15. Friedrich Wurzburg family in 1880
  16. Fredrick Wurzburg family in 1870
  17. Fred Wurzburg family in 1900
  18. Charles Kline family in 1900
  19. Charles Kline family in 1910
  20. Charles Kline family in 1920
  21. Charles Kline family in 1930
  22. Charles Kline in 1880
  23. Michael Kline family in 1880
  24. Michael Kline family in 1870
  25. Michael Kline family in 1860
  26. Michael Kline Jr grave
  27. Oak Hill Cemetery, Rockland County, New York (cemetery 1928)
  28. Michael Kline Jr wife
  29. Michael Klein family in 1875
  30. Charles Kline death certificate
  31. Reversed headshot photos of Louis Morris Schunke and his brother William Lawrence Schunke from Marilyn Schunke’s sharp eyes!
  32. Gustav and William Schunke passenger list from immigration to US
  33. Gustav Schunke autobiography from Marilyn Schunke
  34. Portrait photo of Gustav from article sent by Marilyn Schunke
  35. Photo of Bethany’s Mens’ Chorus from article sent by Marilyn
  36. Photo of Pacific Conference of ministers from article sent by Marilyn
  37. Photo of Gustav and his second wife from article sent by Marlyn


October 10 Progress report

Tough week! I fell early in the week, so was in horrible pain and even more pain killing drugs for much of this part, but did make some serious headway! Glad the week is closing, and am looking forward to better days soon!

Project Work

General Data fixes

  1. Added email responder so any emailing me get notified that the email was received.
  2. Removed hundreds of empty marriages. If you own Legacy Family Software, you have to also own Microsoft Access, so the cost is much more than it first looks like!
  3. Cleaned up after a huge failure of Legacy Family Tree to merge a file and instead created 100’s of bogus marriages. There may be some left, so I must be on the watch again. This is not the first time this has happened. I did think they had fixed the previous problem, but maybe not! I hate buggy software.

Email Situation

  1. Emails needing attention: 138 (just 3 emails behind on weekly goals).
  2. Emails cleared: 36

Data Stats

  1. Documents added: 1
  2. Gravestones added: 0
  3. Faces added: 0
  4. Photos added: 5
  5. Locations added: 114
  6. Individuals added: 1061
  7. Sources: 3
  8. New members: 0

September 2012 emails

We still have 24 emails that have not been handled from two years ago, so the time has come to take care of this problem! Here goes:

  • Elizabeth Bitzer news
  • Donna DeCrosta family tree
  • The Taylor tree from Seth Taylor
  • LaVaugh Zimmer news
  • John B. Barrow places changed from Linda Fox
  • Many additions to the greater Adam Litwin family from Rodger Pape
  • Additions to Pastorates of William Schunke and Gustav Schunke
  • Ebenezer Hunt dates and second wife added from Jen Elkins
  • William Robinson Barr family and comments from Sumner Barr
  • Pine Grove Cemetery, Worcester County, Massachusetts (cemetery 1926)
  • William R. Barr grave
  • Sumner Barr grave
  • Susan Barr grave
  • Jane Barr Stoddard
  • Addison Barr grave
  • John and Harriet Macomber marriage
  • Capt. Sumner Barr death record
  • Susan Barr death record
  • William Barr death record
  • William Barr marriage record
  • William Barr birth record
  • Sumner and Susan Barr children birth record
  • Orrillia Pegg dates and grave from Mary Rains
  • Henry Whitbread name changed to AKA John Henry Whitbread and name of John Lawrence Whitbread added
  • Spent three days (36 hours) cleaning up and preparing the Daniel Benoit family tree for import. The tree had 35 people that I had, but adds a great deal of detail and breadth to the section. More time should be spent gathering more information not imported. About 1000 people were added.
  • Corrected the town the first five Schunke children were born in Germany from Marilyn Schunke
  • Corrected the town Gustave Schunke was born in from Marilyn Schunke
  • Corrected William Schunke birthplace from Marilyn Schunke
  • The Schunke parents formal names from Marilyn search
  • Louis Schunke full name, birth confirmed and baptism from Marilyn
  • Births and christening of oldest Schunke children from Marilyn

September 2009 & 2010 emails

It is time to start the processing of the September emails. We begin with 2009, and continue into 2010 emails with this batch.

  1. Terissa Macomber photo from Barbara Macomber via John Macomber
  2. Homer Bell Macomber children from Barbara via John
  3. Richard Bell remembrance from Barbara via John
  4. Vernon & Winnifred Macomber wedding photo from Barbara via John
  5. Vernon & Winnifred Macomber in 1990 from Barbara via John
  6. Vernon Macomber family from Barbara via John
  7. Kezziah Finney name, dates and husband
  8. Lynn A. Finney obituary from Trudie Sheffield
  9. Nelda Griffiths camping in 2010
  10. Nelda Griffiths news in Sep 2010