Friday, January 13, 2017

A Fresh Look At The Road To Family History Priorities and Progress

     Staying focused on my priorities in family history research can be tough.  There are constant shiny objects attracting me that are oodles of fun to follow.  Oh, don’t get me wrong.  For me, enjoying the search and discovery is certainly a huge part of the reason to do this.  But, sometimes I feel the need to get back on the main highway.
     So I’ve slowed for a few minutes to bring the road into my scope again.  Where am I?  What locations in the family history would I like most to visit soon?  Which families might I have flown by without notice?  Where have I made some inroads in the past year? Who would I most like to know more about, if at all possible?
     image In order to help me get some of these answers I went back to one of the basics.  I created my own pedigree chart once again to see the overall situation. (Click on the image to the left for larger version.)  After comparing older charts, I’m happy to say that I can see the history growing.  Of course, my history has a few more roads to travel.  But Wow! Look at the people here that are a part of all of us in this family group. (The 4th and 5th great grandparents in the Risch line didn't make it to this page.)
    Also, in my opinion, taking a look at this pedigree chart lays out the landscape.  I can decipher some overall goals for this next year.  Those 2nd and 3rd great grandparents’ open spaces are sending loud messages.  Come find me.  
      To use this tool a little further, I put red X’s next to the surnames, or surname blanks, that I’ve decided to make priorities.  I’ll post a copy on my bulletin board where I see it all the time. Maybe those challenges will be louder that way. 
      Some of these names on the To Do list, such as Beerman, Kamp and Kraut, have had only a minimum of focus over many years of researching. Yes, those surnames are three of my ladies.  I’m realizing that this may be the year for enhancing the stories of my 2nd great grandmothers.  They’re waiting for my burst of energy. 
      This chart also reminds me of research I’ve already begun.  There are a few stubborn family members lurking in the forest that I abandoned in mid-stride.  I’ll reconnect those research projects and see where they lead this time.  Such as the Kuhn/Birkenstock Project where I had great success in 2016. I know there’s a strong lead to be followed on the marriage of Martin Kuhn and Katherine Birkenstock in Neustadt, Kurhessen, Germany.  Time to jump into those church records from the Family History Library. 
 For a quick summary of those red X’s that make up the new surname research priorities:
           ----  Albers         ----  Beerman        ----  Birkenstock     
           ----  Kamp          ----  Kihn (Keen)   ----  Kraut        
           ----  Kuhn          ----  Wilmsen

   To Martin, Kate, Maria, Elizabeth and Valent, and all of those yet unknown:  I’m on my way.  I can already feel the wheels turning and making progress down the road.
   Are there any fellow researchers interested in the folks on my list of priorities?  I’m happy to share information, ideas or just connect.
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    Related Posts from the Past:
    Birkenstock Project
    Our Niehaus History

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Cutting Bark For Postal Cards, 1940, Rosemary Weber Album: Wordless Wednesday (Almost)

RW Photo Album, Cutting bark for postal cards, 21 June 1940
     I’m so thankful for the photos that memorized these experiences.  This is a photo from my mother, Rosemary Weber’s, photo album from the 1930s and 1940s.  She was a young woman in her 20s, working as a secretary in Indianapolis and traveling with her friends when possible.  The story behind it could be thousands of words.  But for today it will speak for itself, mostly.  Mom has written “Fri, 6-21-40, morning.  Hosteling.  Cutting bark for postal cards.  Near Plymouth, N.H.”
     My background comments are brief:
--  Two of Mom’s friends are shown cutting bark from a birch tree while they were on a bike ride.  Mom isn’t pictured.  I’ll presume she took this photo.
--  The group of friends from high school went on trips to various parts of the United States, staying in hostels, riding bicycles, exploring and having a great time.
     Do you think it’s possible they could make post cards from this bark?  If so, none of those cards survived.  I’m happy that the photo’s here to tell me about my Mom as a young woman and those times.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Thanks From Indiana Ties: Research Websites For Fellow Family Historians

       At Harry Adam Weber, owner of Weber & Zimmer Dry Goods, Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN, 1889 - 1912the end of 2016, the bicentennial year of our State of Indiana,  I’m happy to say that my Indiana Ties website is still growing and providing nutrients for our family history.  This year of researching, analyzing and writing was a sunny merry-go-round ride.  For example, I stepped into the surprising Birkenstock records in Ruhlkirchen, Hessen;  learned details of my father, Frank Niehaus’s, birth that enhanced the hazy picture of his mother and gained a stronger understanding of  Henry A. Weber’s family from his Last Will and Testament. There are so many experiences to think about over the year; but meeting new cousins is definitely a topper. Such as the niece of World War II veteran, Roy Albers, who wrote to introduce herself and say she enjoyed the blog. And a Niehaus cousin from Tennessee who’s offered to share his father’s historical records.  Finding these new family stories took me on some very interesting journeys.  I’m hoping for many eye-opening and gratifying interactions with other family members in 2017.
    During this year I have also added my page for Nancy’s Finding Aids (see tab above).  This list is a great assistant for me when I need reminders of handy research locations. As I sign off for 2016, I’m listing a few more of the websites that I’ve found helpful and sometimes just plain fascinating.  I hope they provide a bread crumb or two on your path to those personal family stories:
  --   Indiana Township Maps  --  Indiana’s Official Digital Data Center.  Need a map of a certain section of Indiana? This site also includes helpful tools, such as an inflation and cost-of-living calculator..  Dearborn Co Depot, Aurora, IN
--   Locations of Railroad Genealogical Materials --  Helpful information on railroads around the country, including links to historical societies and museums.  
--   National Park Service: Civil War --  Compendium of collections and databases, including a search for your civil war ancestor.
--   Online Indiana Death Records & Indexes: A Genealogy Records Guide – Compilation of Indiana records from specific counties that relate to death.
Thanks for visiting Indiana Ties.  Please join me in 2017 and let me know what’s on your mind.  Happy New Year!

copyright © 2016, Nancy Niehaus Hurley

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Another Twenty Year Flashback -- Niehaus Family -- Wordless Wednesday (Almost)

      It’s intriguing to stick with this twenty-year time frame, so I’m flashing back again to 1996. These photos sure do bring back memories.  Here’s my Mom with all of her children at a Christmas gathering at my house on Woodstone Court in Indianapolis.  I sure wish Mom hadn’t closed her eyes at that exact time that the picture was taken.  But isn’t that just how it goes! The story is on our faces and I think this shot may be one of the best for “wordless.”
Christmas 1996, Martha Niehaus Fleetwood, Donald Frank Niehaus, Nancy Niehaus Underwood, Linda Niehaus May - with Mom, Rosemary Weber Niehaus seated.
Seated in front:  Rosemary Weber Niehaus
Standing, sisters and brother: Marti Fleetwood, Don Niehaus, Nancy Underwood, Linda May

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Copyright © 2016, Nancy Niehaus Hurley

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Flashback Twenty Years – Family and Friends: Wordless Wednesday (Almost)

       Reminiscing...How fortunate I’ve been to have these ladies in my life for so many years.  It’s truly unbelievable that this photo of my two super sisters and two fantastic friends was taken in November, 1996.
I’m thankful that we’ve shared all these years and have many good times ahead still. 
Nov 1996: front row, Marti Fleetwood, Janine Schumm. back row: Nancy Hurley, Karen France, Linda May
Front row: Marti Fleetwood, Janine Schumm
Back row: Nancy Hurley, Karen France, Linda May

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Death Certificate: The Details of Henry A. Weber’s Life As It Ended 10 December 1938

Death Certificate of Henry Adam Weber, 533 S. Alabama St., Indianapolis, IN, 10 Dec 1938 
     A person’s death certificate can provide a cameo of their life, all in one small document.  Henry A. Weber’s is in that category. First, we learn that he died on 10 December 1938 at 7:15 a.m. at 533 S. Alabama Street in Indianapolis (The Weber home for 40 years where he and his wife raised 11 children.). This death certificate tells us about Harry’s wife, Mary, who preceded him in death.  It lists that he was a retired dry goods store owner.  And his parents names and birthplaces are included.  He was a victim of chronic myocarditis, with influenza contributing to his death at age 79.  Other information about the informant and burial are also in the section under “Personal and Statistical Particulars.”  (A full transcription of the death certificate is below.) 
     Isn’t it interesting to have these documents containing the details of our ancestors’ lives. 
Indiana State Board of Health Death Cert. #36758
Henry A. Weber
Place of Death: Marion County, Center Township, Indianapolis, 533 S. Alabama
Date of death:  10 Dec 1938
Time of death: 7:15 a.m.
Cause of death:  Chronic myocarditis
Contributory: Influenza

Personal and Statistical Particulars:
Wife: Mary A. Weber
date of birth: 12 Sep 1859
Age: 79 yrs, 2 mths, 28 days
Profession: Dry Goods Store Owner
Business:  Retired
Birthplace: Indpls, Ind
Father: Adam Weber
Birthplace: Germany
Mother's maiden name: Amalia Micol
Birthplace: Alsace Lorraine
Informant: Harry Weber
Address: 2160 Singleton St.
Place of burial: St. Joseph Cemetery
date: 13th Dec 1938
Undertaker: Grinsteiner
Was body embalmed: Yes
dated 13 Dec 1938
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Related posts:
  An Exciting Family Find:  Weber & Zimmer Dry Goods
  Henry Adam Weber’s Will: 11 Children Included
  Marriage Return: Henry A. Weber, Mary A. Keen
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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Kuhn Cousins, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1938: Wordless Wednesday (Almost)

       Cousins, cousins – good times!  This gathering of Kuhn Family was on the occasion of the 25th wedding anniversary of Harry Lawrence Weber and Otillia “Tillie” Catherine Kuhn, parents of of six of these folks and aunt and uncle to the rest.  I know from my mom and aunts’ stories that the Kuhn cousins had a great time whenever they came together.  As seemed to happen often, the party was at the home of Julia (Kuhn) Hinz, Tillie’s sister, on Talbott Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.  You can barely see Julia on the right edge of the photo.  She probably thought she wasn’t in the shot.  The cousins range in age from the youngest, Harry J. Weber, at age 11 at the left front, to Gert Hinz at the right front, age 21.Kuhn Cousins pose at Julia Hinz' home in 1938
Home of Julia Hinz, June 13, 1938:
Harry Weber, Dolly Weber, Pauline Hinz, Peg Weber, Antoinette Sauer, Helen Kuhn, Gin Weber, Mildred Stuckey, Rose Weber, Dot Hinz, Gert Hinz.
Back row: Dick Sauer, Future Mrs. Dick Sauer, Bob Weber (peeking through in the middle) and Ray Hinz.

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Related Posts that you may want to read:
Tillie Kuhn Weber: Ladies In My Line
2016 Weber Kuhn Reunion

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