Archive for April, 2008

Memorial/dedication service help needed

Monday, April 28th, 2008

I have had a project in the works for a few years now….it was my goal to find out where my husbands 3rd great grandfather was buried so that I could see if he had a grave marker that notated his service during the War between the States, it took me almost 2 years to find where he was buried and he had no stone at all. I gathered all the necessary paperwork and ordered the free stone from the VA and it is back now and awaiting the monument company to install it for me.

This means I can start planning the memorial service and I’d really like to hear from people that have done this kind of thing before. I have a few ideas in my head and I have 5 months to get it planned (the service is set for September) but I REALLY want this to be something special….so if any of you out there have ever done this, or know someone that has planned one, I would really like to hear from you on what you did and how you went about it.

He didnt die in the war…he served almost the entire war and was at the surrender in 1865. He died in 1923.

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Did Indiana woman get away with murders?

Monday, April 28th, 2008

LAPORTE, Ind. - Asle Helgelien didn’t believe Belle Gunness’ claims that his brother, missing for months after answering the widow’s lonely hearts ad, had left her northern Indiana farm for Chicago or maybe their native Norway.

Suspicious after a bank said his brother, Andrew, had cashed a $3,000 check — a large sum in 1908 — the South Dakota farmer came to LaPorte and discovered his brother’s remains in a pit of household waste.

A century later, modern forensic scientists hope to solve once and for all what appears to have been a web of multiple murders, deceit, sex and money orchestrated by a woman dubbed Lady Bluebeard, after the fairy tale character who killed multiple wives and left their bodies in his castle.

Many locals believed Gunness staged her death in a farmhouse fire, 100 years ago Monday, before Asle Helgelien’s arrival to cover up years spent poisoning and dismembering more than two dozen people.

Forensic anthropologist Andi Simmons grew up in the area east of Chicago hearing tales of the LaPorte black widow.

“There was always a sense of, what if she’s still out there? What if she’s lurking around,” said Simmons, who decided to explore the case as part of her thesis.

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Online Death Certs

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

The LDS has got several states death records and/or certs online (not the image as far as I can tell, but fully transcribed)

Be sure to read the description to see what is and isnt included in each collection

Ohio 1908-1953
Texas 1890-1976
Utah 1904-195
Washington 1904-1960
Georgia 1919-1927
Ontario 1869-1947
West Virginia 1853-1970

they also have the social security death index

you have to register to be able to use the search

AC Discussion

Add AC to your iGoogle

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Go HERE to get instructions to add Ancestrally Challenged to your iGoogle page!!!

Tombstone found on boat a mystery

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

What do you do when you find a century-old tombstone aboard your houseboat?

Robert Payne had to answer that question last weekend when a cleaning person called him to Charleston City Marina after finding an 1894 baby’s marble tombstone in a cabinet on his rental boat.

The marker, which is about 14 inches tall and weighs about 75 pounds, bears the inscription:

Infant son of R.W. & E.J. Hypes

Born Nov. 2, 1894 Died Nov. 29 1894.

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Would you like to know anything from the descendant of the boy in the iron coffin?

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

I have just been notified by Deborah, from the Smithosonian, that Linda Dwyer has agreed to send me a picture to post on the website, she has given Linda my email address and I’m *hoping* that she wont mind answering a few questions so I can conclude my story!!!

If there is anything you’d especially like to know from her let me know and I will try to ask her. I already plan on trying to cover the…”Were you interested in genealogy before this” kind of questions.

heh….Im so excited!!!

if there is anything you’d like to know from Ms. Dwyer, please login and post your question here    Putting a face on William White

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