Anchor Ancestors

To help connect to Hays & Hayes “cousins” and share research, I’m developing profiles of my Anchor Ancestors. You may call them brick walls, but I prefer to think of these ancestors as the anchors to my family research.

If you wish to share your Anchor Ancestors with a broader audience, send me a profile. Please use source citations for your life events whenever possible. You can include:

  • Interesting stories you’ve discovered
  • Research questions you are pursuing
  • Links to other profiles of this ancestor (ie. FamilySearch and WikiTree)

I held back on posting Anchor Ancestor profiles earlier, because I was waiting for the profile to be perfect. But, that is hard in genealogy. Instead of perfect, these profiles show the story I’ve built, the evidence I’ve collected, and the questions I still have.

Let’s help each other untangle our roots and tell our Hays & Hayes Anchor Ancestor stories.

Check out the current list of Anchor Ancestors.

Juneteenth

In recognition of Juneteenth, I will watch “BlackProGen LIVE! EXTRA: Juneteenth 2020 Celebration” Live on YouTube at 3 pm central today. I hope you can join us at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaimL-PvrlE.

Yesterday, I participated in Florida State Genealogical Society’s webinar “7 Proven Strategies-Identifying Slave Ownership & Reconstructing Families” with Janis Minor Forté. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Janis present a few times before. Her overview and examples were very helpful. FlSGS offers the handout and recording to members, but the membership fee is only $25.

RootsTech 2020

Not able to travel to the big show, check out the RootsTech 2020 Free Livestream Schedule. I’m looking forward to hearing several great topics on research plans, DNA, and interviewing. What are you looking forward to? #NotAtRootsTech

“All times are listed in mountain standard time. If you need help calculating the time difference to your time zone, visit TheTimeZoneConverter.com.”

If you are attending RootsTech, check out Trace.com Coaches’ Corner in the Expo Hall. “Back by popular demand, the Trace.com Coaches’ Corner in the Expo Hall is the place to go if you’re looking for one-on-one mentoring from an expert genealogist. Bring your biggest roadblocks or dead ends, and receive personalized help.”

Reasonably Exhaustive Search for George’s Probate

When reviewing the research I’ve done on my 4th great grandfather, I realized that my citation for his probate was incomplete. GASP!

Not a big surprise to me. My earlier research attempts were a bit slapdash. I also haven’t spent a ton of time of this one line, but that changes this year. If I had stopped at the initial search of Ancestry’s “Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998” collection, I would only have a part of the story.

A case study follows for why we should conduct a reasonably exhaustive search and a few tips for digging below the surface of online collections.

Continue reading Reasonably Exhaustive Search for George’s Probate

2019 Goal Achieved

For the past 3 years, I’ve been using my version of 52 Ancestors to keep my from being overwhelmed and to make noticable progress. After 12 years of genealogy research, converting gedcoms from different platforms, and early indiscriminate adding of hints, my source citations had been a mess.

Previously when I had a free moment, I would use random.org to generate a number that I could match to an ancestor’s ahnentafel  number.

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Best of 2019 from Hayska.org

The posts that were visited most often cover a wide range of topics including: WWII, social security applications, naturalizations, and organization. I look forward to connected with you and helping you tell your families stories in 2020.

If you are looking for information or have a question that isn’t covered in Hayska.org, contact me.

Honoring a Veterans Service: Mathew Szubinski’s WWII Story

[Medals in featured image (right to left): : American Defense Service Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon w/ 2 Bronze Battle Stars, Bronze Star Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/ 2 Bronze Battle Stars, and Work War II Victory Medal]

Mathew Emil Szubinski was my great uncle and my mother’s godfather. He was the youngest of four children born to Vincent Szubinski and Stanislawa “Stella” Muszynski, born in 9 Jan 1913 in Chicago, Illinois. (1)

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Genealogy Lessons: Using FamilySearch to Effectively Search for Family

Many people are not using FamilySearch at all or only doing simple searches. But, there is so much more. These Genealogy Lessons include case studies to demonstrate the instructions and steps for Putting Lessons into Practice. FamilySearch is one of my favorite genealogy search tools and I want to share why.

This intro video provides an overview of the FamilySearch segments so you can decide which to view first.