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The Lighter Side / Irish immigrants to New York - Potato Famine
« on: Sunday 17 March 24 15:24 GMT (UK)  »
"With assistance scouring records from dozens of his students and a professional genealogist, Anbinder documented more than 1,200 famine immigrants’ lives in detail over time — looking beyond the moment they arrived on US soil and showing what happened to them afterward."

United States of America / What became of Elmer G. Mitchell?
« on: Sunday 17 March 24 05:58 GMT (UK)  »
Elmer Gentry Mitchell was born on 28 December 1893 in Johnson County, Indiana, the son of Emerson Mitchell and Sarah J. Hoops.  His mother died in 1899.  Elmer was recorded on the 1900, 1910 and 1920 censuses with his widowed father in Johnson County.  Emerson Mitchell died on 28 July 1921.  I have found no record of Elmer after 1920 - no census, no marriage, no death.  Where did he go?

United States of America / Waldo Fish and Fur Company
« on: Sunday 03 March 24 17:05 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for any newspaper reference to Asel Waldo or the "Waldo Fish and Fur Company."  This company, if it actually existed, operated in Wisconsin [Marquette, Columbia and/or Dodge Counties] in about 1905-1915.  From about 1915 to 1930 it operated in Traverse County, Minnesota and adjacent Roberts and Marshall Counties, South Dakota.

Asel Waldo was variously described as a fisherman, a commercial fisherman or a fish and fur merchant.

The Lighter Side / Another Googling success
« on: Saturday 02 March 24 06:13 GMT (UK)  »
You just never know what you're going to find with Google.  Today I turned up a report of a kayak trip on Chapman Creek which flows through Chapman's Marsh and into Buffalo Lake (a wide meander of the Fox River) just north of Endeavor, Wisconsin.  Chapman Creek and the marsh were presumably named after gg-grandpa B.H. Chapman whose farm was just to the south on the high ground above the marsh.  He settled there in 1849.  The creek is now essentially a highly modified drainage ditch.  Nevertheless, the report has a lengthy description, numerous photos and a video, so it gives an idea of what the marshland was like in the old days.

As an added bonus, the trip ended at the boat landing in Endeavor - the only close-up photos I've ever seen of the actual landing.  In the 1880s-1890s, the landing property was owned by Ann Brown, the wife of B.H. Chapman's son Cecil Chapman.  This was important because Cecil was my g-grandfather's brother-in-law, and the family connection gave him ready access to the only landing along this stretch of the Fox River.  This was essential for his lumber business.

Moral of story - keep Googling.

United States of America / Obituaries, Portland, Oregon
« on: Sunday 11 February 24 17:33 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for obituaries of James C. McGoorty (b. 1858 in Wisconsin; d. 14 January 1943) and his wife Ann E. McGoorty (b. 1868 in Wisconsin; d. 17 July 1939).  Both died in Portland, Oregon, and their obituaries were published in The Oregonian.

United States of America / Washington marriage, 1904
« on: Sunday 04 February 24 06:03 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone find a record of the marriage which terminated in this divorce?  Since the notice was published in a Washington newspaper, I assume that it refers to Grant County, Washington but it's possible that it was Grant County, Oregon.  I haven't been able to find a record of the marriage in either state.

United States of America / William McFarland - obituary, New York, about 1876
« on: Saturday 27 January 24 02:03 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for an obituary or an account of the funeral of William McFarland, born 1817 in Maine. Based on the attached newspaper article, it is likely that he died in 1876 in New York.

United States of America / Civil War sailor
« on: Saturday 13 January 24 02:58 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for the service record of Henry Frederick Price, sometimes called Harry Price.  If his grave marker is to be believed, he served in the Union Navy on the USS Carondelet, but I can't find him in a list of Civil War sailors.  The Carondelet was an ironclad gunboat which patrolled the Mississippi River.

According to his death certificate, Henry was born in England in about 1837 and came to the United States in about 1847.  In civilian life he was a carpenter and lived in Brooklyn, New York.

The Lighter Side / Princess Caraboo of Javasu
« on: Wednesday 03 January 24 19:25 GMT (UK)  »
What a great story.  Are there any descendants of Mary Baker here on RootsChat?

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