When researching, have you ever found someone in your family tree whose information seems a bit off? Something doesn’t quite fit? A thin thread of nothing, which must be explored? Happens … Continue reading An Intriguing Thread
This past summer I had the opportunity to meet a distant Bausman relative when I traveled to Steamboat Rock, Iowa. Janice showed me amazing Bausman family photos. The one I’m … Continue reading Bausman Brothers
For the past several years, I’ve been working on a family history book of my maternal grandparents, Stanley “Spud” Davis and Marian Bohnsack. After my grandma died late last year, … Continue reading Publishing My Family History
Who knew I’d get so excited to find out that my ggg-grandfather Levi Lightcap’s brother Isaac was a bigamist? But boy, am I glad! And I’m not referring to the moral ramifications of his deception. I’m talking about the genealogical gold mine that I received after requesting Isaac’s Civil War pension file from the National Archives. After both of Isaac’s widows applied for his pension, a paperwork bonanza ensued. A special investigator starts sorting out the mess, and who wins? ME! (Definitely not the wives, and that’s a story I’ll address another time.)
As I’ve stated before, my mom and I have been researching the Lightcap family for YEARS. It’s been absolute torture trying to figure out the children of John and Mary Lightcap, parents of my ggg-grandfather Levi Lightcap. All the research has used indirect evidence. Let me tell you, indirect evidence is frustrating.
I created this chart (off-line) of all the people I believed siblings of Levi but couldn’t prove most of them. With no direct evidence, only circumstantial, the last thing I could do was publish my speculations.
So I was absolutely delighted when reading through Isaac’s papers to find a letter which confirmed years of research. A nephew of Isaac’s wrote a letter to government investigators listing the names of all John and Mary Lightcap’s children, including birth dates – information taken directly from a family bible. Eureka!
I’ve updated the children of John and Mary Lightcap. Isaac Lightcap is now my favorite ancestor of all time!!!!
People start genealogy researching their family history for many different reasons. Mine was pretty simple. I wanted to join the Daughters of the American Revolution. I wasn’t sure when I … Continue reading Daughters of the American Revolution Application Approved!
I’ve been working identifying the family of my great-grandfather, John Joseph “Jack” Strelesky, for quite some time. To say it’s been challenging is to put it mildly. Jack was one … Continue reading Frank and Fannie (Hainey) Strelesky Family Chart
I’ve been wanting to visit Singer Catholic Cemetery in Guilford Twp, Illinois. Clement, the infant brother of my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman, is buried here. I tried to find … Continue reading Singer Catholic Cemetery