Month: July 2011

Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness

My ggg-grandfather was married to Mary Smith. I never focused much on her because, well, her name was Smith. Anyway, I should have focused on her side sooner since I’ve discovered so much about them the past couple of months – ever since I received her father’s War of 1812 pension records. I discovered through these records that Mary’s mother was Rebecca Firestone. Rebecca’s father is Daniel Firestone. Fortunately, there’s been a lot of research done on the Firestones – just not Rebecca descendants.  That’s been left up to me, but that’s okay, I’m up to the challenge.  It’s only taken 9 years…

Anyway, to show generational linkage to satisfy the DAR, I need proof.  Other people’s research is NOT proof, even if everyone seems to use it as fact.  So how to show this link?  Wills!  A will is perfect for this, and I’ve seen a Daniel Firestone will cited, but no one has posted the actual will.

The DAR representative told me about this website called Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.  If you are not in the area and need help, there are people registered on this website that offer to help you out.  How’s that for awesomeness?

I filled out a request for the will yesterday, and I received a response this morning.  By this afternoon, the researcher (Deb) contacted me saying she copied the will for me.


Double wow.

How’s that for a quick response?

A sincere thanks to Deb for her assistance. I hope the will contains the information that will show the link that I need.


Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

My ggg grandfather was Adam Frederick Ernest Sanders.  I was recently back in Galena Illinois and was able to find his obituary that was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on 9 Oct 1891.  I also went to the Galena courthouse, but there is no death certificate on file.  His wife Catherine (Fuch) is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, so he’s probably buried there.

Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

Transcription of obituary:

A.F.E. Sanders

After a long illness with dropsy of the heart Mr. A. F. Sanders passed away this morning, at his home on Hill street. His demise had been expected, and all of his family save one sone and one daughter, who live in the West, were with him when he died. Deceased was born in Germany, May 3, 1827. He came to this country when a young man, and located in Galena forty years ago. Ten years later he engaged in the grocery business which followed from that time until his death. At one time he was in business down town but of later years he has had a store on the hill. He was an honest, upright citizen, a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran church and of the German Benevolent society.

Mr. Sanders was married in the East forty-two years ago and his wife survives with five children – Edward, who lives in the West,; Ernest, of Dubuque; Margaret, who is the wife of City Marshal Fairweather; Henry, who lives at home, and Sarah, who is married to Al Hanson, and lives in Calumet, Wash.


When I first started researching my family tree, I had one goal – trace my heritage with the goal of joining the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Well, almost 10 years have past and I am *this* close to having the proof.    Of course,getting the proof will probably take awhile.  I have to get will and probate records. I also have to deal with a name change.  Explaining that through proof should be interesting.  The revolutionary war records spells my ancestor as “Firestine” and most of the documents I have state it as “Firestone”.  Fun!  Anyway, it will probably take another year, but I feel that my goal is within reach!  At least, it’s closer than it was a decade ago.