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Monday, August 18, 2008

1787 Documents Located

What a day I've had. What a sense of American pride I have today.

As you may be aware, our country is celebrating the 221st anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution on September 17. Did you know you can see some of the original documents pertaining to the framing of this great document all while sipping your coffee in your jams?

Wow. Who knew? I stumbled onto this find this morning and am inspired to share this link with you. We all need to honor and protect the Constitution. Dig in and look at some of the documents. You'll see records of votes, delegate credentials, drafts and some other interesting pieces. Come on, you didn't expect me to give away all the secrets, did you?

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and spend some quality time with the founders of our great nation. Spend some time reflecting on this great land. Then, get on your knees and thank our Creator for this land.

If you want to read some more, look around the Fayette Front Page for more articles on the Constitution. You can find them in Hooked on History and in Patriotic Potpourri. Keep an eye on these as we get closer to the big day.

You won't be disappointed......

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

USCIS Establishes Genealogy Program

Thought I'd pass this along to you. This is a new service which was just announced August 13.

Customers can now turn to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for help in researching their family’s immigration history through the agency’s new Genealogy Program.

USCIS maintains historical records documenting the arrival and naturalization of millions of immigrants who arrived in the United States since the late 1800s or and naturalized between 1906 and 1956. Until today, the process to request these records was handled through a Freedom of Information Act / Privacy Act (FOIA) request.

“In many cases USCIS is the only government agency that has certain historical records that provide the missing link which genealogists or family historians need,” said Jonathan “Jock” Scharfen, USCIS’ Acting Director.

The agency anticipates interest in genealogy to continue to grow. In the past four years alone, USCIS received more than 40,000 FOIA requests for historical records. The new genealogy program will create a dedicated queue for genealogists, historians and others seeking genealogical and historical records and reference services that generally require no FOIA expertise. As a result, USCIS will provide more timely responses to requests for records of deceased individuals.

Individuals may submit genealogy records requests by using the new forms, G-1041 -Genealogy Index Search Request, and G-1041A - Genealogy Records Request. Both forms are available on the new USCIS Genealogy Program page at: The fees include:

Genealogy Index Search - $20
Copy of a File on Microfilm - $20
Copy of a Textual File Copy - $35.

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

When Time Stops...

What? Can time stop? You betcha...

Time does stop for me. Just ask my kids. I can become so immersed when I'm on a fact finding mission that I see nothing. Not only do I not see the world around me, I don't hear.

Just in the past couple of days, while I've been looking more intently on Barnet VANDERVORT and Elizabeth HENRY, the kids keep trying to get my attention. Whines of "I need to turn off the lights," or "Are you going to make dinner?" erupt from their precious little mouths.

"How can you be hungry or tired? I've only been here for 10 minutes." Well, I stand corrected. They pulled me away from my research after four hours! Yep, time does stand still for me.

Guess it must be that genealogy virus raising its tentacles to grab me!

Yesterday, my new found cousin sent a link to me of a site of which I was unaware. Thought I'd pass it on to you in the event you want to take a look. My cousin had posted some pictures of old. So, here I am today, studying every feature on their face, their hair and their clothing.

"What's that? You need clean clothes?" Arggh-- guess I have to come back to the present before I get can back to the past.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

30 Years and Here They Are!

Since my last post today, a comment was sent regarding Barnet VANDERVORT and Elizabeth HENRY!

Yes, yeppers, yesirreeeeee!!!

I am most certainly talking about Barnet VANDERVORT b. 1777 in NY and d. 1871 Muskingum Co, OH. His wife, Elizabeth, was b. 1778 on her father's farm which is located in what is now Allegheny Co, PA. Elizabeth died and is buried with Barnet in Muskingum Co, OH. And somewhere around here is a picture of their tombstone!

I have been told by another descendant of theirs I made contact with 2 years ago that they had 10 children. So far, I have only documented four of them.


So, please allow me to tell you that it truly is never too late to look for your roots. And I'm happy to say someone else in my blood line has contracted the genealogy virus!!

Cousin of my Irish blood--- I can't wait to share the family with you.

Gone, Yet Remembered

I started yesterday with such high hopes. There she was, a cousin of mine who I had just located... even if it is a mere 30 years later.

My efforts of yesterday did pay off. Although not how I wanted.

Mrs. Gordon Charles BROADBENT has been found-- sorta. She was Margie Alberta ADERTON and was born in 1905 in Oregon. Chances of finding her still breathing, kicking and with her memory intact are slim. Actually, I suspect the Margie A BROADBENT who died in 2002 in Oregon is my gal.

Now to see if I can locate her obit. My contact of yesterday hadn't done any research on her lines, but he did send me the files he had. It was those files who led me to locate her death. My contact of yesterday did not know if she had any descendants. Now I will try to determine that. I can also look to her siblings' children and grandchildren to see if they have the genealogy virus coursing through their blood.

Rest Margie-- while I tell you of your roots. Yes, you are descended from Barnet VANDERVORT and Elizabeth HENRY. Elizabeth was the daughter of John HENRY (1750-1838) and his first wife, Sara SMITH, daughter of John SMITH of Hopewell Twp, Washington Co, PA. John HENRY was an early settler of Lower St Clair in Allegheny Co, PA and is buried at the St. Clair Cemetery.

It's a rich history for all of us. Just gotta wonder, is it ever too late for the genealogy virus? I think not.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Hot on the Trail-- 30 Years Too Late

Arrrrgggghhhhh. The sound coming from my throat filled the air. No, no, no. It just can't be.

Maybe I should go back in time just to catch up to today. I was cruising around some thirty year old genealogy journals when--- bingo-- there's familiar names jumping off the page. In the query section of the 1977 Western PA Genealogical Society Quarterly Journal, there is a notice of someone looking for my family.

I know for whom they search. They search for the oldest daughter of my 4th great grandfather. I can help. I can put them in touch with one of her descendants.

But the request is from 30 years ago! So I quickly type in my request to the WPGS to see if they can tell me if this lady is still a member. Oh, by the way, I am a card carrying member of the WPGS as well as a member of their First Family Section. So, you see, I am entitled to hold my head high. Yeah, right.

Anyway, the last address they have for her is in CA from 2002. Gee, guess when I joined? In 2003.

I've been searching for her. I found her husband who died in 1971 in Santa Clara, CA. I can't find her. But then, I don't have her first name. Chances are she, too, has gone on to meet her kin in spirit.

I did find someone on one of the paid sites who has her husband in his tree and I checked their tree to see one of the surnames the lady was searching for. I've madly jotted off an email to the tree owner to see if he has information on her. Now, I sit and wait.

The lady, Mrs. Gordon C. Broadbent, sent out her message 30 years ago for info on Barnett VANDERVORT and Elizabeth HENRY.

Mrs. B, I've seen your request, and I'm here to help fill the gaps. Even if is thirty years later.