Henrietta** was the sister of one of my direct ancestors. I wanted to gather her basic information and hopefully write a short bio on her. What I found was a complete dead-end.
In 1870 and 1880 Henrietta was living with her parents and siblings. I found her 1882 marriage to Douglas Crandall so I expected to find Douglas and Henrietta as a married couple in the 1900 census. Instead I found Douglas listed as a widower and living with his parents. Not good.
By 1910 Douglas is living with his second wife Ella. The census records clearly show that Henrietta was dead, right? Douglas is buried in the family cemetery but there was no marker for Henrietta nor is she in any of the other local cemeteries. Unfortunately, her death was before this state mandated death certificates. Her bio was a bit sparse but at least I knew who her parents were and who she married. I also knew she had three children with husband Douglas because two sons were listed on the 1900 census with their widowed father and a daughter, who had died at age 4 months, was found in the family cemetery.
The influence of strong, faithful women has been felt throughout history and continues to bless countless lives around the world.
Who are the women that shaped your family? Do you know their stories? Do you know what their lives were like? If not, celebrate Women’s History Month this March by learning about the inspiring women in your family tree. Read the articles below to find tips that can help.
Tuesday’s Tips provide brief how-to’s to help you learn to use the Legacy Family Tree software with new tricks and techniques.
Ancestor Colors? (Beginner)
One thing that y’all* should know by now is that I love color and I use all of the different color options that Legacy offers. I will also tell you that I am a bit of a dinosaur because when I started researching my family I didn’t own a computer. Everything I did was on paper and I had my file folders color coded to match what the Family History Library recommended. This color coding system is still a great organizational tool and you can now tie your Legacy family file to your paper filing system using these colors. One of our webinar speakers, Mary Hill, AG, was the person who designed this color system which the Family History Library adopted and published in one of the Research Guides back in the mid 1990’s. You can learn more about this filing system by watching Mary’s webinar, Get Organized Using the FamilyRoots Organizer Color-Coding System and by visiting her FamilyRoots Organizer Color-Coding System website.
*y’all – the correct way to say “you all”
Nutshell version: Your paternal grandfather’s line is blue, your paternal grandmother’s line is green, your maternal grandfather’s line is red, and your maternal grandmother’s line is yellow. You can see at a glance which line a person belongs to based on their color. Legacy allows you to color code your ancestors in this very same way.
The first thing you need to do is go to Options > Customize > View > Option 8.3. I want to see these colors on every view so I have all of the boxes check marked. Notice that this option has an (ff) behind it which means it is Family File specific. If you have more than one family file you will need to set this option on each one.
Every Friday we’re pleased to offer Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers a new bonus webinar just for them! This Friday enjoy “Ohio and the Early Gathering of the LDS Church” by Peggy Lauritzen, AG. If you’re not a member, remember the webinar previews are always free.
Ohio and the Early Gathering of the LDS Church
Note: This is not geared toward LDS members. Ohio was the first gathering place of the LDS Church. Eventually, those who joined with the its membership eventually found themselves displaced into Missouri and Illinois before their trek to Utah. The story of the LDS Church is a story of persecution. This lecture will focus on the members from both the United Kingdom and New England who were disowned from their families, and finished their lives in the western United States.