Monday, January 1, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: January 1

For the new year I thought I would become better acquainted with the individuals in my family tree database by following the vital events in their lives on the calendar.  Every day I plan to post the births, marriages, and deaths that fell on that day.  As I am doing research for (very) extended family members, not everyone in my database is actually related to me.

I have already discovered that finding this information directly in Family Tree Maker, my primary family tree program, does not work well.  The first results for a search for "January 1" or "1 January" are years with no months or dates.  I looked at the index of names, which shows birth and death dates, but there's apparently no way to export that information.  So I saved a GEDCOM file and imported it to Reunion.  The latter gives much better results than FTM but still isn't perfect — it returns those people with the correct month, but it doesn't seem to be able to also find the specific date.  No matter, it's a vast improvement.


Jacob Longanecker, son of Daniel Longanecker and Sarah Mack, was born January 1, 1811, probably in Pennsylvania.  He is my 3rd cousin 5x removed on my Sellers line through the Macks.

Catherine Sellers, daughter of John Leonard Sellers and Elizabeth Wenger, was born January 1, 1835, probably in Pennsylvania.  She is my 3rd cousin 4x removed.

Florence Walton, daughter of Jerome B. Walton and Susan Sellers, was born January 1, 1868, in Union Township, Auglaize County, Ohio.  She is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

Charles Cooper Stradling was born January 1, 1895 in Texas, Middlesex County, New Jersey.  He was the husband of my paternal grandmother, Anna Gauntt.

William Kester Allen, son of Cyrus Kunze Allen and Clara Barton Shinn, was born January 1, 1908 in New Jersey, probably in Bordentown, Burlington County.  He is my 4th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Allens.

I have been told that Baby Boy Gordon, son of Joe Gordon and Sarah Libby Brainin, was born January 1, 1915 in Manhattan, the first child of my maternal great-grandparents.

Kathleen Lynn Allen was born January 1, 1955 and is my 5th cousin once removed.

Brian Hise was born January 1, 1972 and is my 3rd cousin once removed.

Kaleb Appleton was born January 1, 1999 and is my 1st cousin 3x removed.


Henry Rohr and Polly Sellers were married on January 1, 1797 in Abington, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  Polly is my 1st cousin 2x removed.

John Wengard Sellers and Mary Melissa Conkle were married on January 1, 1829 in Allen County, Ohio.  John is my 3rd cousin 4x removed.

John Timothy Heath and Mary Etta Smith were married on January 1, 1884, probably in Warren County, New York.  They are the great-grandparents of my aunt Mary.

Thomas Daniel Swain and Rachel Anna Armstrong were married on January 1, 1912 in Burlington, Burlington County, New Jersey.  Rachel is my great-grandaunt and the sister of my great-grandmother Laura May Armstrong.

Moshe Amine and Florence Meckler were married on January 1, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York.  Florence is my grandaunt and the sister of my grandfather Abraham Meckler.


Hattie Lorena Fuller, daughter of Joseph L. Fuller and Sarah R. Weaver, died January 1, 1914 in Warrensburg, Warren County, New York at the age of 26.  She was the grandmother of my aunt Mary.

Cecil Deacon Lucas, son of John Deacon Lucas and Idella May Nixon, died January 1, 1998 at the age of 91.  He was married to Nora Elizabeth Eckman, the sister of my grandaunt Bertha Poinsett Eckman and granduncle Edwin Bunting Eckman.

Fred Adams, son of John White and Alma Adams, died January 1, 2000 in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio at the age of 76.  He is the granduncle of my not-quite-cousin Angela Williams.


  1. This is a great idea. I have done "On This Day" posts and focus on one event and tell the story of that person. Rootsmagic has an Anniversary Report that lists marriages and births but not deaths. When I first started reading, I thought you were going to include all events, ie land purchase, etc. I think one would have to create a custom report to get that kind of information.

    1. I thought about trying to capture all events, but even in Reunion that doesn't seem to work. I think RootsMagic is much better at finding this type of information, but I haven't installed it yet on my computer, and right now I have no idea where the program is in the hundreds of boxes filling my house. One of these days!

  2. This post is participating in the Genealogy Blog Party for August 2021.

  3. This is a great tool to use as cousin bait. I love your mother and child image, too.

    1. Thank you! I have had a couple of cousins notice things, so that's working!

  4. I love this idea! I may have to steal it for 2020.


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