Saturday, January 15, 2022

Eleven Years of Blogging

Yup, that's right!  Today is my 11th blogiversary.  It almost slipped by me, because I have not been keeping up with my blog as well as I would like.  I keep trying to get healthy, and that just doesn't seem to be working.

I was surprised when I saw how many posts I managed to write last year:  265!  That's sorta kinda close to one post every other day, which I don't think I've accomplished before.  It was primarily due to picking up again on my project to write about every birth, marriage, and death that I have in my genealogy database.  And I hit that total even though the last date I documented was November 15, which is when those annoying health problems popped up again.

So now I'm behind on that again, behind on Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, even behind on my end-of-the-year thank yous and statistics.  On the other hand, I did finally write about my Revolutionary War ancestor Moses Mulliner, which I had been intending to do for several years.  I also described the detective work I did to track down my father's youngest half-sister, so I could give her several photos of herself and her mother.  But I have a lot of catching up to do when I get my energy back, which I fully intend to do soon.

Like I always say, hope springs eternal!

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your Genealogy Database Statistics


I am far behind on my regular family tree event posts, but I found some time this evening to look at the statistics in my family tree program for Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission:  Impossible! music), is: 

(1) If you have your family tree research in a genealogy management program (GMP), whether a computer software program or an online family tree, figure out how to find how many persons, places, sources, etc. are in your database.  (Hint:  The Help button is your friend!)

(2) Tell us which GMP you use and how many persons, places, sources, etc. are in your database(s) today in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook comment.


NOTE:  We last did this in August 2017.

This is the first time I remember Randy including information about the last time we had done a topic, and I'm so glad he did.  I was able to quickly find the pertinent SNGF post from August 2017, and it even had a link to the previous year's post on the same topic.  So now I can do some comparisons.

I'm also happy Randy mentioned how to find the information in programs other than Roots Magic, because, yeah, I had forgotten where to look again.  Thanks, Randy!

This time around I am using Family Tree Maker 2019.  At some point after August 2017 my computer crashed, taking Family Tree Maker version 16 with it.  I was hobbling along using Reunion, but not only had it not imported everything from the GEDCOM (which I had expected), I never really warmed up to its interface.  And then I won a free copy of FTM 2019, yay!  So I installed that, and I've been reasonably happy since (although I still like version 16 better).

Anyway, here is the sreenshot when I follow Randy's instructions by going to Plan and clicking More:

Comparing 2017 to 2021:

Size
• 2017:  6,940 kb
• 2021:  11,540 kb
• Increase of 4,600 kb

Total Number of Individuals
• 2017:  7,971
• 2021:  10,111
• Increase of 2,140 individuals

Total Number of Marriages
• 2017:  2,659
• 2021:  3,572
• Increase of 913 marriages

Average Lifespan
• 2017:  57 years 7 months
• 2021:  60.8, which equals 60 years 9.6 months
• Increase of 3 years 2.6 months

Earliest Birth
• 2017:  1540, Ebert Mack (from my adoptive Sellers line)
• 2021:  1540, Ebert Mack
• The same!

Text Records
• 2017:  73,002
• 2021:  not given (which is okay, because I never figured out what it was)

Total Number of Generations
• 2017:  18
• 2021:  15
• Decrease of 3 generations

Total Number of Different Surnames
• 2017:  2,003
• 2021:  2,815
• Increase of 812 surnames

My database in 2021 has additional statistics not reported in this manner in 2017, due to the change in my version of Family Tree Maker:
• Most Recent Birth Date
• Facts
• Places
• Sources
• Templates Used
• Citations
• Media

The one thing I don't understand is how my number of generations went down from 18 to 15.  I still have the Sellers/Mack lines in the database, so I'm very confused.  They didn't change the way they count generations, did they?  Maybe I'll send a question to MacKiev about it.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Events in My Family Tree: November 15

Frances Williamson was born on the 38th wedding anniversary of her maternal grandparents, Joel and Catherine Armstrong.  Joel died in 1854; Catherine died between 1860 and 1870, so she may have lived to see her granddaughter born.

Births

Reuben Cooper Gaunt, son of Reuben Lewallen Gaunt and Jane Weatherby, was born November 15, 1845 in New Jersey, probably in Burlington County.  He is my 2nd cousin 3x removed via the Gaunts.

Frances Williamson, daughter of Amos Williamson and Rebecca Armstrong, was born November 15, 1861 in Columbus, Burlington County, New Jersey.  She is my 1st cousin 4x removed on my Armstrong line.

Maud Elizabeth Gaunt, daughter of Jacob B. Gaunt and Sarah C. Plume, was born November 14, 1894 in Moorestown, Burlington County, New Jersey.  She is my half 3rd cousin 1x removed via the Gaunts.

Morris Gordon (originally Moishe Gorodetsky), son of Avigdor Gorodetsky and Esther Leah Schneiderman, was born November 15, 1908 in Kishinev, Bessarabia, Russian Empire (now Chisinau, Moldova).  He is my great-granduncle.

Roscoe Freeman Hutson, son of Earl Morris Hutson and Catherine Corenne Utley, was born November 15, 1915 in Brookston, White County, Indiana.  He is my 6th cousin 1x removed on my Gauntt line through the Hutsons.

Oren Wilson Clark, Jr., son of Oren Wilson Clark and Anna G. Gaunt, was born November 15, 1917 in La Fontaine, Wabash County, Indiana.  He is my 4th cousin 2x removed via the Gaunts.

Beatrice Furman, daughter of Benjamin Furman and Sarah Meckler, was born November 15, 1921 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  She is my 1st cousin 1x removed on my Meckler line.

Virginia Carolyn Petersen was born November 15, 1941 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.  She was the wife of David Lester Gauntt, son of Irving Lester Gauntt and Mildred Hoffman Childs, who is my 5th cousin on my Gauntt line.

Jane Anne Gaunt, daughter of Burman J. Gaunt and Gretchen K. C. Hopman, was born November 15, 1945 in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.  She is my 6th cousin via the Gaunts.

Jonathan Wade Mallow, son of David Wade Mallow and Mary Alice Gauntt, was born November 15, 1953 in Maryland.  He is my 2nd cousin on my Gauntt line.

Karla L. Behr, daughter of Jack Behr and Sarah Clarice Higgins, was born November 15, 1961 in Yuba County, California.  She is my 6th cousin on my Gauntt line via the Higginses.

Kenneth Spencer Perlman was born November 15, 1969.  He is my 3rd cousin.

Michael L. Gaunt was born November 15, 1973.  He is my 3rd cousin.

Marriages

Joel Armstrong and Catherine Stackhouse were married November 15, 1823 in Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey.  They are my 4x-great-grandparents, and I unfortunately have not yet learned the names of either of their parents.

Cornelius Corbin Gaunt, son of Ner Gaunt and Elizabeth G. Miller, and Waymon P. Rochell were married November 15, 1914 in Lawrence County, Tennessee.  Cornelius is my 3rd cousin 3x removed via the Gaunts.

Karl Perlman (originally Perlmutter), son of Eli Maishe Perlmutter and Ethel Nowicki, and Paula Geller were married November 15, 1923 in Manhattan, New York County, New York.  Karl is my 2nd cousin 2x removed on my Nowicki line.

Seymour Lipstein and Ruth Pollack, daughter of Isaac Pollack and Bessie Brainin, were married November 15, 1947 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  Ruth is my 1st cousin 2x removed on my Brainin line.

Richard J. Kelly and Lois Elaine McStroul, daughter of Fred Lincoln McStroul and Belle Silberman, were married November 15, 1958 in Clark County, Nevada.  Lois is the 1st cousin of my aunt Mary McStroul and her sister Jean McStroul and the 1st cousin 1x removed of my 1st cousin Todd Meckler and my not-quite-cousin Angela Williams.

Andrew John Fertig and Jenepher Hlynn Ellis were married November 15, 1986.  Jenepher is my 2nd cousin 1x removed.

John Kushner, son of Myrim Kushner and Chaye Golubchik, and Hazzel Dubek were married November 15, 2005 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  John is my 3rd cousin 1x removed on my Gorodetsky line via the Golubchiks.

Deaths

Rachel Gaunt, daughter of John Gaunt and Elizabeth Kirby, died November 15, 1870 in Gloucester County, New Jersey at the age of 70.  She is my 3rd cousin 4x removed via the Gaunts.

Michael L. Gaunt died November 15, 1973.  He is my 3rd cousin.

Israel Garfinkel, son of Yikusee'ael Koifman Gorfinkel and Sora Rivka Mekler, died November 15, 1985 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at the age of about 73.  He is my 2nd cousin 2x removed on my Mekler line.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Events in My Family Tree: November 14

My cousin Ruth Anne was my father's niece, even though he was only six years older than she was, because her mother, my father's oldest half-sister, was 21 years older than he.

Births

Ann Gaunt, daughter of John Gaunt and Elizabeth Kirby, was born November 14, 1818 in New Jersey.  She is my 3rd cousin 4x removed via the Gaunts.

Anita Lou Gaunt, daughter of Charles A. Gaunt and Pearl E. Cory, was born November 14, 1928 in Skiatook, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.  She is my 4th cousin 2x removed via the Gaunts.

Miriam Jaffe was born November 14, 1930 in Bronx, Bronx County, New York.  She was the wife of Donald Lawrence Lederman, son of Gabriel William Lederman and Anna Gordon (originally Chantse Gorodetsky), who is my 1st cousin 2x removed via the Gorodetskys.

Jose Ramon Castañeda was born November 14, 1937 in Habana, Cuba.  He was the first husband of Ruth Anne Appleton, daughter of Chester Lewis Appleton, Jr. and Ruth Carrie Stradling, who is my half 1st cousin on my Gauntt line via the Stradlings.

Billy Joe Slentz, son of Earl Leroy Slentz and Mildred Juanita Duncan, was born November 14, 1943 in Rusk County, Texas.  He is my 6th cousin on my Gauntt line via the Slentzes.

Jennifer Anne Gaunt, daughter of David Clinton Gaunt and Carole Larene Porter, was born November 14, 1969 in Portland, Jay County, Indiana.  She is my 6th cousin 1x removed via the Gaunts.

Stephen William Guy was born November 14, 1985.  He is my 6th cousin 1x removed.

Marriage

Jack R. Stephens and Nancy J. Mich, daughter of Francis William Mich and Janet Edna Weaver, were married November 14, 1970 in Plumstead, Ocean County, New Jersey.  Nancy is my 5th cousin 1x removed on my Gauntt line via the Weavers.

Deaths

Henry Olt died November 14, 1907 in Burlington County, New Jersey at the age of 34.  He was the first husband of Elizabeth H. Gaunt, daughter of Reuben Lewallen Gaunt and Lucy Bounds, who is my 3rd cousin 2x removed via the Gaunts.

Jennifer Anne Gaunt, daughter of David Clinton Gaunt and Carole Larene Porter, died November 14, 1969 in Portland, Jay County, Indiana, having lived less than one day.  She is my 6th cousin 1x removed via the Gaunts.

Mary Elizabeth Mount died November 14, 2002 in Rockledge, Brevard County, Florida at the age of 98.  She was the wife of Verling Milton Votaw, son of Joseph Willet Votaw and Florence E. Barnett, who is my 4th cousin 2x removed on my Gauntt line through the Votaws.

Events in My Family Tree: November 13

Like the Walter Clayton Gaunt family on November 12, the Millstein familly has two births and a death on November 13, but over three generations instead of siblings.  Harriet Farbman and her uncle Samuel Millstein were born on November 13, and Sarah (Gordon) Millstein, Sam's mother, died on November 13.

Births

Elizabeth Colson French was born November 13, 1831 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.  She was the wife of John Gaunt, Jr., son of John Gaunt and Elizabeth Kirby, who is my 3rd cousin 4x removed via the Gaunts.

Samuel Millstein, son of Nathan Millstein and Sarah Gordon (originally Gorodetsky), was born November 13, 1917 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  He is my 1st cousin 2x removed via the Gorodetskys.

Harriet Farbman, daughter of Murray Farbman and Etta Millstein, was born November 13, 1939 in Bronx, Bronx County, New York.  She is my 2nd cousin 1x removed on my Gorodetsky line via the Millsteins.

Gay Melody Gaunt, daughter of Daniel Gaunt and Lorene Black, was born November 13, 1950 in Ventura County, California.  She is my 6th cousin via the Gaunts.

Donna Jean Phillips, daughter of Cecil Thurman Phillips, Jr. and Martha Ann Surran, was born November 13, 1954 in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky.  She is my 4th cousin on my Gauntt line via the Surrans.

Luann Abell, daughter of Kenneth Leroy Abell and Emma Evelyn Gaunt, was born November 13, 1957 in Kings County, California.  She is my 5th cousin 1x removed via the Gaunts.

Coleen Marie Allen was born November 13, 1963.  She is my 5th cousin 1x removed.

Joel Richard Kent III was born November 13, 1976.  He is my half-nephew.

Michelle Morlack was born November 13, 1977.  She is my 5th cousin 2x removed.

Brittany Elkins Payne was born November 13, 1989.  She is the 1st cousin 2x removed of my aunt Mary McStroul and her sister Jean McStroul and the 2nd cousin 1x removed of my 1st cousin Todd Meckler and my not-quite-cousin Angela Williams.

Marriages

William Pearsall and Elizabeth Gaunt, daughter of John Gaunt and Jean Satterthwaite, were married November 13, 1786 in Little Egg Harbor, Burlington County, New Jersey.  Elizabeth is my 1st cousin 6x removed via the Gaunts.

Jacob Isaac Socherman and Robin Michelle Cohn were married November 13, 1994.  Jake is my 4th cousin 1x removed.

Death

Sarah Gordon (originally Gorodetsky), daughter of Victor Gordon (originally Avigdor Gorodetsky) and Esther Leah Schneiderman, died November 13, 1992, possibly in Bronx, Bronx County, New York, at the age of about 97.  She is my great-grandaunt.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Events in My Family Tree: November 12

Three children of Walter Clayton Gaunt and Lulu May Sherman are on today's list of events.  One had a birthday on November 12, one had a husband whose birthday was November 12 (and coincidentally who also had the surname Sherman), and one had a husband who died on November 12.

Births

George Leonard Schwier was born November 12, 1865 in Versailles, Ripley County, Indiana.  He was the husband of Lillie Belle Dorrell, daughter of James Dorrell and Florence Thackeray, who is my 4th cousin 3x removed on my Gauntt line via the Thackerays.

John Gaunt, son of Walter Clayton Gaunt and Lulu May Sherman, was born November 12, 1905 in Portland, Jay County, Indiana.  He is my 5th cousin 1x removed via the Gaunts.

Ida Bogus was born November 12, 1907 in Manhattan, New York County, New York.  She was the first wife of Harry Herman Mackler, son of Morris Mackler (originally Meckler) and Minnie (originally Mushe) Zelda Nowicki, who is my granduncle.

Lillian K. McElwee, daughter of David P. McElwee and Mary Virginia Gaunt, was born November 12, 1910, probably in New Jersey.  She is my 2nd cousin 2x removed via the Gaunts.

Warren Steward Sherman was born November 12, 1911 in Portland, Jay County, Indiana.  He was the husband of Merle Gaunt, daughter of Walter Clayton Gaunt and Lulu May Sherman, who is my 5th cousin 1x removed via the Gaunts.

Jenepher Hlynn Ellis was born November 12, 1968.  She is my 2nd cousin 1x removed.

Tracey Jean Myers was also born November 12, 1968.  She is my 5th cousin 2x removed.

Gina Randall was born November 12, 1983.  She is my 3rd cousin 1x removed.

Marriages

Aytch M. Johnson and Carolyn Ann Clark, daughter of Neil Gaunt Clark and Wilma E. Norris, were married November 12, 1983 in San Diego County, California.  Carolyn is my 5th cousin 1x removed on my Gauntt line through the Clarks.

Mark Russell Sellers and Sandra Nicole Farrier were married November 12, 2011.  Mark is my baby brother.

Deaths

Mary Ann Claycomb, daughter of George F. Claycomb and Hannah Holmes Gaunt, died November 12, 1895 in Noble County, Indiana at the age of 36.  She is my 3rd cousin 3x removed via the Gaunts.

Jennie May Snellings, daughter of Doma Snellings and Alice Crawford, died November 12, 1930 in Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia at the age of 25.  She is the 1st cousin 2x removed of my not-quite-cousin Angela Williams on her Crawford line.

Frederick Dunstan, son of Frederick Cleworth Dunstan and Martha Winn, died November 12, 1932 in Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey at the age of 64.  He is my great-granduncle.

Edward Harry Gauntt, son of Mark Lewallen Gauntt, Jr. and May Ethyl Lake, died November 12, 2001, possibly in Riverton, Burlington County, New Jersey, at the age of 81.  He is my 4th cousin 1x removed on my Gauntt line.

Robert R. Williams died November 12, 2004 in Portland, Jay County, Indiana at the age of 84.  He was the husband of Miriam Gaunt, daughter of Walter Clayton Gaunt and Lulu May Sherman, who is my 5th cousin 1x removed via the Gaunts.