Archive for April, 2008

Another Shout Out!

And if you didn’t get here through my website – then you need to go check that out!


It has lots of information about my family history.

And if you are a stickler for “is my surname there?” because you’re a little ADD or too impatient then I’ll list those:













Word of caution: Those aren’t the only surnames in my family file.  There are a lot of collateral lines with different names.  Some I have information on and some I don’t.  You’ll never know just by glancing at the above and discounting it.  Go check it out and let me know if we are related!



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Yep – you read that right!  A Harnessmaker!  Wanted to list the occupations of folks in my family history file so I spent a little time yesterday evening going through the list.  I haven’t input some occupations yet so this is really an incomplete listing.  Most of the occupations I’ve found either through censuses or obituaries or my own personal knowledge.  Most of the women in the censuses were usually “house keepers” or “house wives” or “homemakers” and that would be a ton of them.  I didn’t count those.  So here are some interesting facts:

The Top Occupations included: Farmer (38), Minister (11), and Teacher (8).  The ministers included 1 Nun, 1 elder in a church, and ministers who were evangelical, circuit riders, Officers in the Salvation Army, “First Church” (don’t know if that was Baptist or what), and Methodist.  The teachers included a principal and a college president.  Other occupations included:


Attorney           3

Business owner (store, distillery-2, printing, grocer -2, company, billiard parlor, metal fab, )

Military 3

(Indentured-1) servant – 3

Shoemaker       5

Railroad           2

Miner               7

Harness maker/miller-3/

Stone mason


Painter              3

Baseball player

Stock buyer

Carpenter -5/farmer

Clerk (store) (office girl)


Postal worker (post mistress, postmaster)



Farm hand        3

Steel worker

Seamstress       3

Engineer           3

Salesman (wholesale groceries -2, candy company, herff jones-2, clothing company, paint)


Furnaceman (pottery)

Nurse               2

Ran a boarding house


Machinist (press operator) 4

Laborer            5

Barber              2

Auto mechanic

Telephone operator      2

Delivery man

Logger             2


Hostess restaurant


Textile mill worker -2

Institutional cook

Civil service -2

Real estate broker/sales

Truck driver




Medical receptionist




Graphic artist


Justice of the Peace

Casket maker

Office girl

Bank employee

Investment companies

Some people had two or three different occupations in their lifetime.  I’m not talking about doing the same type work at several different locatons.  My grandfather was a coal miner, a machine press operator for a novelty company, and a house painter.  My other grandfather started off as a “chauffeur” – not a limo driver – before going into the military for most of his life.  He also was a volunteer Fire Chief and employed with the Civil Service after his retirement from the military.  I think that researching the occupations is interesting.  Go find out what “chauffeur” was back in 1920 or what a Teamster was (not the same kind that Jimmy Hoffa was!).  Some are pretty self-explanatory.  What did you come up with?

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Shout Out!

If you’ve never browsed through Cyndi’s List (http://www.cyndislist.com) – you really need to!  Quit using the search engines on her site & start browsing!  She has tons of information on anything you might want – from Military to Immigration to Migrations to Occupations to Odds & Ends to Surnames to Censuses and on and on!  And if you are only looking for that ONE site to give you everything – well there isn’t such an animal.  Research takes a lot of time and effort!

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They Died How ?

Two websites have digitized death records now.  One is the Familysearch.org labs search site (http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html) – you have to register first and wait a couple days before you can start accessing the records there.  The other one is the Missouri Death Records site (http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/birthdeath/).  No registration is required for that one.  Since I’m searching for ancestors and collateral family lines in Ohio, I use the Familysearch.org Labs Search site to access digitized Ohio Death Records from 1908-1953.  First off, I found people in the family I didn’t know existed!  Through that site, you don’t even have to input the name of the deceased – you can input the father’s last name and mother’s maiden name to see the death records of their children.  Careful – as sometimes there are misspellings.

Most of the deaths have occurred due to either heart problems, artherosclerosis (I think they called this “hardening of the arteries” back in the day!), and some died of cancer.  The children are the saddest.  Three children of one woman died of “malnutrition”.  Now, I’m not judging or anything as I’m sure that in the 1920’s some of these folks just didn’t have the money or crops to feed so many people.  Some of these babies were born too early and lived from a few hours to a few weeks.  I can’t even begin to understand the parents’ heartbreak to lose one child let alone many.  In this century, with the technology available, many of these premature babies or “malnourished” children, would have greater than a fighting chance of surviving. 

I’ve also oncovered at least one suicide – by the wife of a great-uncle.  The cause of death was listed as shotgun blast to the head.  What was happening in this woman’s life that she felt she had no choice but to do that?  Had she been ill?  Had she been experiencing some mental health issues?  Had she and her husband quarrelled?  There is also the man who died from “accidental” carbon monoxide poisoning from his automobile as he dwelled in it”.  Say what?  How was he “dwelling” in his car?  Had his wife thrown him out and he was staying the car and running the engine to keep warm?  Had he gotten stuck somewhere and by running the engine, the tailpipe was closed and the poisonous gas filled the interior of the car?  Or was the coronor feeling some pity toward the man’s family and knew that if he listed the death as anything but accidental the family would be ostracized?  I guess no one will ever know.  Another man died after falling from a high story building.  Was he washing windows, engaged in construction, or standing there looking out an open window and fell?  How does one “fall off a building” accidentally unless it was one of the above.  There were a couple of car accidents or other types like the young boy who died after a horse fell on him and he was crushed. 

And how about those parents whose children were stillborn – why didn’t they name them?  Were they afraid to?  Was it “easier” after the child’s passing if a name wasn’t attached?  My dad’s baby sister doesn’t have a name on her grave.  She’s just listed as “infant of” in the cemetery records.  Yet, everyone in the family knows what her name was.  Could it have been too painful at the time of the birth and death to name her and it was later, after the burial, that my grandparent’s gave her a name? 


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New Genealogy Blog!

Welcome to “All My Branches” – my blog on genealogy.  If you happened to stumble upon this new blog by accident and are looking for just the “daily routine” of Hello . . . Is This Thing On?  You’ve come to the wrong blog!  You need to go to http://wendylittrell.tripod.com/helloisthisthingon . 

I will be updating as often as I come across new genealogy stuff – technology, websites, info on my family history, other genealogy blogs, etc.

I also have a genealogy website where you can check out more information:  http://wendylittrell.tripod.com/allmybranches.html

See ya in the “gencircles”!

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