99 Genealogy Things

I read this on Amy Urman’s blog at http://thegenealogysearch.blogspot.com/. She got it from Valerie Elkins blog at Family Cherished.  Read Valerie’s blog to see where she got it from! Feel free to copy it and modify it for your own use.

Things you have already done or found – bold type
Things you would like to do or find – italics
Things you have not done or found /don’t care to.

  1. Belong to a genealogical society.
  2. Joined a group on Genealogy Wise.
  3. Transcribed records.
  4. Uploaded headstone pictures to Find-A-Grave or a similar site.
  5. Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents)
  6. Joined Facebook.
  7. Cleaned up a run-down cemetery.
  8. Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group.
  9. Attended a genealogy conference.
  10. Lectured at a genealogy conference.
  11. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society/local library’s family history group.
  12. Joined the National Genealogical Society.
  13. Contributed to a genealogy society publication. Working on an article right now.
  14. Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society (I am the Recording Secretary for the Maryland Genealogical Society).
  15. Got lost on the way to a cemetery. (Definitely got lost in a cemetery!) 
  16. Talked to dead ancestors.
  17. Researched outside the state in which I live.
  18. Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants.
  19. Cold called a distant relative.(No but I have sent them an email.)
  20. Posted messages on a surname message board.
  21. Uploaded a gedcom file to the internet.
  22. Googled my name (and those of ancestors – it turns up great info sometimes)
  23. Performed a random act of genealogical kindness.
  24. Researched a non-related family, just for the fun of it.
  25. Have been paid to do genealogical research.
  26. Earn a living (majority of income) from genealogical research.
  27. Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative.
  28. Contributed to one of the genealogy carnivals.
  29. Responded to messages on a message board.
  30. Was injured while on a genealogy excursion. 
  31. Participated in a genealogy meme. 
  32. Created family history gift items.
  33. Performed a record lookup.
  34. Took a genealogy seminar cruise.
  35. Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space.
  36. Found a disturbing family secret.
  37. Told others about a disturbing family secret.
  38. Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking). 
  39. Think genealogy is a passion obsession not a hobby.
  40. Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person. 
  41. Taught someone else how to find their roots.
  42. Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure. 
  43. Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology.
  44. Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher.
  45. Disproved a family myth through research.
  46. Got a family member to let you copy photos.
  47. Used a digital camera to “copy” photos or records.
  48. Translated a record from a foreign language. (Currently translating from a will written in French for the article I’m writing.)
  49. Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record.
  50. Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer.
  51. Used microfiche.
  52. Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
  53. Used Google+ for genealogy.
  54. Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors.
  55. Taught a class in genealogy.
  56. Traced ancestors back to the 18th Century.
  57. Traced ancestors back to the 17th Century.
  58. Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century.
  59. Can name all of your great-great-grandparents.
  60. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer (isn’t that what the computer is for?)
  61. Have found many relevant and unexpected articles on internet to “put flesh on the bones”.
  62. Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills. (I own two!)
  63. Helped someone find an ancestor using records you had never used for your own research.
  64. Visited the main National Archives building in Washington, DC.
  65. Have an ancestor who came to America as an indentured servant.
  66. Have an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 or Civil War.
  67. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
  68. Can “read” a church record in Latin. 
  69. Have an ancestor who changed his/her name.
  70. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
  71. Created a family website.
  72. Have a genealogy blog.
  73. Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone. (That’s how I started doing genealogy in the first place!)
  74. Have broken through at least one brick wall.
  75. Done genealogy research at a court house.
  76. Borrowed microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center(s).
  77. Found an ancestor in an online newspaper archive.
  78. Have visited a NARA branch.
  79. Have an ancestor who served in WWI or WWII.
  80. Use maps in my genealogy research.
  81. Have a blacksheep ancestor. (Sort of)
  82. Found a bigamist amongst my ancestors.
  83. Attended a genealogical institute. I have gone to GRIP several times.
  84. Taken online genealogy (and local history) courses. 
  85. Consistently (document) and cite my sources.
  86. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don’t live in) in search of ancestors.
  87. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes. (For the most part, yes)
  88. Have an ancestor who was married four times.
  89. Made a rubbing of an ancestor’s gravestone.
  90. Followed genealogists on Twitter. 
  91. Published a family history book. 
  92. Learned of a death of a fairly close family relative through research. (Learned about the death of Sheila MacEwan Thom (my 2nd cousin once removed) when we tried to contact her about my step-father’s death.)
  93. Offended a family member with my research.
  94. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.
  95. Have a paid subscription to a genealogy database. 
  96. Submitted articles for FamilySearch Wiki. (Worked on many Cecil County, Maryland pages.)
  97. Organized a family reunion. (A small reunion visit to family homesteads and church in Cecil County, Maryland.)
  98. Used Archives in countries where my ancestors originated.
  99. Converted someone new to the love of all things genealogy.
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Searching for Isidor Katz

My husband and I have been trying to find out more information about his grandfather’s Katz family.

There is a letter from Ed’s Uncle Sol that tells us that Sam Katz and his siblings were born in Buhusi, Romania to Abraham and Sarah Katz. We also have a copy of a letter written by Abraham and Sarah Katz’s granddaughter, Blima. She is the daughter of Rachel, Sam Katz’s sister. She states that there were 10 children born to Abraham and Sarah. The names we have for the children are: Samuel (we think he was the oldest child and b. 15 Aug 1886), Mary, Rachel, Isidor, F. (we couldn’t read the name), Zalman, Moshe, Elca, Hentza and one other who must have died young.

children of Abraham Katz

Ed remembers that Isidor Katz lived in New York City and married a woman named Rose. We decided to start a search for Isidor and see what we could find.

I found a World Ward I draft registration card for a man named Isidor Katz showing that he was born on March 17, 1892 in Buhusi, Romania. His present trade is a “taylor” and he has filed his first papers towards naturalization. His current address is 1160 Hoe Avenue in New York City and he is single.

It seems very possible that this man who is about the right age and born in the town in Romania where we know Ed’s family lived, may be Sam Katz’s brother and Ed’s grand-uncle. Now we also know that he is working as a tailor and has started the process towards citizenship before 5 June 1917. We know that he is still single in 1917 and where he is living.

Katz, Isidor_World War I draft registration

I also found his World War II draft registration card which provided the same birth date and place (Buhusi, Romania) and that he was now married to Rose.

Katz, Isidor_World War II draft registration

This information along with some census information made us feel pretty sure this man could be Sam Katz’s brother. I used Steve Morse’s One Step Webpages to find marriage information for Isidor Katz and Rose Bernhardt, hoping these were the correct people.

We already had the marriage certificate for Sam Katz and Sam’s second wife, Bertha Rosenberg. The marriage certificate provided the names of Sam’s parents as Abraham Katz and Sarah Siedman. Previously we had only known Abraham’s wife as Sara-Lea; now we had her maiden name!

Katz, Sam and Bertha Rosenberg_marriage certificate

When we received the marriage certificate for Isidor Katz and Rose Bernhardt, it confirmed our hopes. Both Isidor and Sam Katz listed their parents as Abraham Katz and Sarah Siedman!

Katz, Isidor and Rose Bernhardt_marriage certificate
We found that Isidor Katz died on April 25, 1985 in Dallas, Texas. He was buried in the Mausoleum Garden section of Hillcrest Memorial Park, 7405 W Northwest Highway.

Next steps:

  • Call the cemetery to get the exact burial location and request a photo. Ask the cemetery for any additional information they can provide – other family members in the lot, etc.
  • Order the death certificate through Vital Check or see if we can get it through FamilySearch or from the Vital Records office in Texas.
  • Send link to blog to other Isidor Katz researchers and/or family.
  • Look for obituary for Isidor Katz in Dallas.

If you know anything about this family, please contact us!


“U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 August 2014), Isidore Katz, b. March 17, 1892; citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, imaged from Family History Library microfilm, publication no. M1509, roll no. 1753998.

“U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 September 2014), entry for Isidore Katz, b. 17 Mar 1892 in Buhusi, Romania; citing Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration, Records of the Selective Service System, Record Group Number 147, NAI 2555973; The National Archives at St. Louis, Missouri.

New York, State of New York Certificate and Record of Marriage, No. of certificate 4171, Isidor Katz and Rose Bernhardt, 28 October 1917; The City of New York Department of Health, New York City.

New York, State of New York Certificate and Record of Marriage, No. of certificate 9857, Sam Katz and Bertha Rosenberg, 10 April 1927; The City of New York Department of Health, New York City.

JewishGen comp., “JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR),” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 August 2014), entry for Isidor Katz; This data is provided in partnership with JewishGen.org.

Ancestry.com, “U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 September 2014), entry for Isidor Katz; Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C..

Ancestry.com, “Texas Death Index, 1903-2000,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 September 2014), entry for Isidor Katz; Texas Death Indexes, 1903-2000, Texas Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit, Austin, TX, USA.

Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 September 2014), Isidor Katz, 051-10-4806, issued before 1951.

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Mitochondrial Ancestral Names, Dates, and Geographical Places

mitochondrial DNATesting your mtDNA uncovers the deep ancestral origin of your direct maternal line (your mother, your mother’s mother, etc.) and connects you with genetic cousins. Because your mtDNA has been passed on to you generation after generation by your direct maternal ancestors, it offers the most exact information possible for this line. [Description from the FamilyTreeDNA website.]

My mtDNA Haplogroup is K2a7 which is generally from the British Isles, France and Germany. I tested with FamilyTreeDNA and Mom tested with BritainsDNA. It was a little redundant for me to test after Mom had already tested but I wanted my results at FTDNA.

Apparently mitochondrial haplogroup K started in West Asia between 18,000 and 38,000 years ago. Today, Haplogroup K is common among Northwestern Europeans (British Isles, France and Germany). From what I’ve read, Haplogroup K did not appear in Europe before the Neolithic period and gradually came into Europe with early farmers and herders.

When working on the genetic genealogy for your family it is helpful to have some pre-made lists that you can share with potential cousins so you can try and figure out where you have a common ancestor.

This is my list of ancestral surnames for my mitochondrial DNA line. Not only is it handy to have this list ready, it also makes it very apparent to me where I need to do some more research. I definitely need to work on my Hardie and Thomson lines.

  1. Janet Mona MacEwan (1899-1951, Islington, London, England), m. Eric Morrell.
  2. Euphemia Thomson (1860-1919, Edinburgh, Scotland & London, England) m. Peter MacEwan.
  3. Margaret Hardie (1826-?, Leslie, Fife, Scotland & Edinburgh, Scotland) m. Robert T. Thomson.
  4. Janet Thomson (abt. 1787-?, Leslie, Fife, Scotland) m. James Hardie.

It’s possible that Janet Thomson and James Hardie had other daughters that I don’t know about yet. They would have carried the mitochondrial DNA down through their female lines as well.

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Viewing FamilySearch record images at a Family History Center

henry_isabelle_wardIn 1949 my grandfather, Henry Davis Ward, and my grandmother, Isabelle (Myers) Ward, lived at 900 N. Alexandria Drive in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California. Google provides a nice street view of the area now. (I’m not sure if the house you see in Street View is the same one they lived in or not.) That’s a picture of them to the left which I believe was taken at their Los Angeles home. Henry was an executive for Maryland Casualty Company and they moved to Los Angeles in 1943. Actually I think Henry moved out there first and then Isabelle joined him later.

Henry must have traveled to Phoenix, Arizona on the 24th of March to play golf, probably with some friends and associates. After a day on the golf course he died at about 9:30 pm on 25 March 1949. I knew some of this story because Mom had told me about it. [Did Mom know Henry or did he die before Mom and Dad met?] I also found Henry’s obituary using Proquest, available through the library’s website, which filled in some information and corroborated Mom’s story.

This image is availableI found a link to Henry’s death certificate in FamilySearch in the collection called Arizona, Deaths, 1870-1951. The description for this collection is “Published images and index of Arizona death certificates. The certificates are arranged in chronological order within each county.” Recently Ed and I have sent away for several records from various places, writing a check for each of them, so I was glad that I might be able to have access to this record for free. I got the message “This image is available: When using the site at a FamilySearch Center; To signed-in members of supporting organizations”. Okay, I can drive up to the Family History Center that is about 30 minutes away and get access to the death certificate.

Well, as it turns out, not necessarily. When I arrived at the Family History Center the four very nice and helpful women who were there did NOT have access to this record. Their suggestion, which turned out to be the best suggestion, was to go to Arizona’s website for ordering death certificates and send away for it. I was really disappointed since I was sure, at one of the genealogy conferences we attended this spring, I had heard about access to some online records from within a FHC.

So, I did some quick research when I got home and I found the FamilySearch Wiki page for Arizona Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues. First of all, it is important to note that you can, and should, always check the FS wiki page that provides more information about the record collection that you’re using. Here’s the one for the Arizona Deaths collection I was using. The wiki not only provides information about the collection but also problems that have been noted about it. One paragraph I found says the following:

“FamilySearch has limited rights, granted by the record custodians, to publish images from the Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951 collection for viewing online. Images for this collection are only available for viewing to members of the sponsoring organization (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), and at FamilySearch Centers. It is important to check with your FamilySearch Center before your visit, to verify that the center is equipped with the capability to view these restricted images on www.familysearch.org.”

This means that some FHC’s have access to these limited records and others don’t. It’s better to call the center first and make sure.

HDW Death CertificateI searched for Arizona death certificates and found the Arizona Department of Health Services website which includes a section for Genealogy and Vital Records. I searched for Henry Davis Ward who died in 1949, clicked on the result and wow, there was his death certificate! No charge. No waiting 6 weeks for it to be returned by mail. No checking my drivers license. I’m not sure why the death certificates are freely available here and restricted on FamilySearch but it must have to do with the agreement they set up.




  1. Always check the state website to see what is necessary to obtain birth, marriage and death certificates.. These days you never know what you might find and you might be lucky like I was.
  2. FamilySearch offers wonderful access to many documents. Always remember to check the collection’s page to find out what is and is not included in the collection. But also realize that there might be a page that discusses problems with the collection. Check that out too.
  3. Call your local Family History Center before making the trip to make sure they have access to the record images for a collection such as the one I was using.
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MacKay and Myers Gravesites in Loudon Park Cemetery, Baltimore

250px-Loudon_Park_Cemetery_Baltimore_MD1On July 5th, Ed and I headed off to visit Loudon Park Cemetery to see which family graves we could find and photograph. It was a warm/hot sunny day but what did I expect in July? Much better than rain but not necessarily ideal for taking pictures in a cemetery.

The entrance to Loudon Park cemetery is at 3620 Wilkens Avenue in Baltimore. Their phone number is (410-644-1900). A portion of the eastern section is owned by the Federal Government as Loudon Park National Cemetery, which was acquired in 1861 and holds the remains of 2,300 Union soldiers killed during the Civil War.[Wikipedia]. There is a Confederate section inside of Loudon Park Cemetery but separate from the National Cemetery.

Part of my plan was to try the BillionGraves app on our phones and see how the process worked. I installed the app on both of our iPhone5 phones and it looked pretty straight forward. Open the app, take a picture and upload to the BillionGraves website. You can add the inscriptions and other information later, from the photographs.

I called ahead a few days before to make sure it would be okay to visit on Saturday and that someone would be available to answer questions and give us a map. They ask that you check in at the office in the funeral home at the entrance to the cemetery. They will do two lookups for you but I had a list that I thought was fairly accurate. There are copies of their records at the Maryland State Archives and at Enoch Pratt Library and some records on FindAGrave.

The woman at the desk was very helpful. She gave us a map of the cemetery (similar to the one below) and enlarged the map for the exact sections we needed. Look closely and you’ll find sections Belmont and G. She also drew a path for us to follow through the cemetery. Good thing! She told us that Loudon Park Cemetery is the largest cemetery this side of the Mississippi River.

From earlier information I thought someone was buried in Lot 121 in one or both of the two sections but we didn’t find anyone. I need to follow-up with the office. It would have made sense to check with the office first but since they would only do 2 lookups I held off.

McKay, Joseph A and Grace F_grave marker_Loudon Park Cemetery_BaltimoreIt turned out that Belmont section, Lot 22 had the first set of graves we were looking for. I want to check with the office to see who purchased this lot (and lot 21) and who their records say is buried there. That might provide any names that I’m missing. We found:

  1. A large memorial for my great grandparents, Grace Forrest (MacKay) Myers (1858-1905) and her husband, Joseph A. Myers (1856-1919). They had nine children and three of them are buried here with them.
  2. Grace M. Ellinger (1880-1959) and Emanuel J Ellinger (1879-1920). Grace was Joseph and Grace’s oldest daughter.
  3. Genevieve M. New (1883-1950) and her husband Fred W. New (1882-1911). Genevieve was Joseph and Grace’s 3rd oldest daughter.
  4. Alexander Myers (1888-1947) and his wife Lillie L. Myers (1885-1939). Alexander was Joseph and Grace’s oldest son.
  5. A stone marked “Father.” The stone is knocked over and couldn’t be lifted. It is next to a stone marked “Mother.”
  6. A stone marked “Grandfather” and “Grandmother”.

Then we drove over to Section G. This is an older section in a corner that borders on Frederick Road and is divided into a small section by the sheds and a larger section up closer to the road. Lot 210 is located in the small section by the sheds, under a large tree, the second row from the shed and the 3rd lot from the interior road.

We found:

  1. William McKay Husband of Grace F. McKay Born Dec 7, 1830 Died July 27, 1900
  2. Grace F. McKay Wife of William McKay Born Sept. 12, 1831 Died Aug 4, 1925.
  3. Alexander S. McKay, the youngest son of William & Grace McKay. He died April 2, 1885 at age 15 years.
  4. James F. McKay Born Aug 3, 1860 Died Dec 20, 1890. It says “To my beloved husband.” His wife, Caroline Morse must have arranged for the stone. She and James had only been married for 6 years. She is not buried here and died 56 years later, in 1946.
  5.  “W. McK.” is a small stone in front of James F. McKay’s stone.
  6. Clifford C. Scott Died June 24, 1944. His wife Wilhelmina M. Scott Died Aug 24, 1945
  7. G. F. McK. is a small stone located close to the markers for James F. McKay, and Clifford C. Scott and his wife Wilhelmina M. Scott. I’m not sure whose child this might be.
  8. F. S. McK [I’m not sure about the first initial]. also located close to the other small markers.

My original plan included taking photos of as many of the stones that were close by as we could. Since it took a good while to find the family graves, we didn’t add many extras but here they are:

  1. John G Volz (1902-1986). His stone was right behind that of Fred New and was included in at least one of our pictures.
  2. There was a large stone with FORREST at the top. Since Forrest is a surname in the MacKay part of our family I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this stone. It was located in Section G where Lot 121 might be. Maybe it will turn out to be a related family! The names included Jacob Forrest (1814-1888), his wife Ann C. Mentzel (1815-1899), Edwin Forrest (1858-1918), Martha W. Forrest (1843-1925), Anna K. Forrest Parsons (1852-1934), and Maud B. Forrest (1862-1939).

By this time, we were hot and tired and definitely ready to go home. We didn’t get to:

  1. Colonel Harry Gilmor and his wife Mentoria Nixon (Strong) Gilmor in the Confederate section of the cemetery. (second cousin twice removed).
  2. Peter Zell (1804-1859), first cousin 6x removed

Who else we DIDN’T find:

  1. Edith Augusta (Myers) Neilson (2nd child) and her husband Robert Neilson. They both appear in the 1930 and 1940 censuses and I can find Robert as late as 1977 living in Cockeysville but I haven’t found anything else about Edith’s death yet.
  2. Wilhelmina (Myers) Ripley (5th child) and her husband Joseph Philip Ripley. She died in 1972 but I have not been able to find out where she was buried.
  3. Isabelle (Myers) Ward (6th child), my grandmother, was buried at St. Stephens Cemetery in Cecil County, Maryland, with her husband Henry Davis Ward, Sr.
  4. Carolyn (Myers) Whitehead (7th child) and her husband Allyn Gorman Whitehead, were buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
  5. Mary Elizabeth (Myers) Whitaker (8th child), and her husband Harold Ernest Whitaker.
  6. Joseph Albert Myers (9th and youngest child). I have his obituary which states he was buried at Loudon Park Cemetery but I didn’t realize it at the time of our visit. I need to find the section and lot for him.

Working with the BillionGraves app was very easy. Between us we added 28 images for 26 records.

Some notes:

  1. Loudon Park Cemetery had not been added as a cemetery but Loudon Park National Cemetery had been. It was easy to add a new cemetery. The National Cemetery is now a separate cemetery on BillionGraves.
  2. Taking photos was also easy. The hardest part is getting the right angle and keeping your own shadow out of the picture. It’s also difficult to see the screen on your phone with the sun glare but the pictures themselves turned out very well. You can add multiple pictures of the same stones and you can delete photos that don’t turn out well.
  3. We both uploaded our pictures as we went. Since Loudon Park Cemetery had not been added yet, it added them to the National Cemetery but that was easy to change from within the software after the correct cemetery was added. We did that later when we were at home.
  4. I added inscription information and other details to the photo records we created. By the time I got to Ed’s pictures the next day, someone had already added the basic information. Nice!
  5. I found out that you can link the information you add to BillionGraves to FamilySearch.
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Great Grandmother, Henrietta G. (Davis) Ward

These last few days have brought me several discoveries about my great-grandmother, Henrietta George Davis who married Thomas Veazey Ward in 1877.

I was looking through Delaware’s marriage records that are available at Ancestry.com. I wasn’t really looking for anything in particular but I searched for the surname Ward. I found the marriage return for Thos. Ward and Henrietta G. Davis. They were married on 16 Oct 1877.

Marriage Return

Marriage Return

I actually already knew that they were married in Delaware. When Mom was moving, we were going through some things in her closet and I found a newspaper clipping that gave this information:
“WARD – DAVIS. – On Tuesday, October 16th, in St. Peter’s Church, Smyrna, De., by Rev. Louis Walke, Thomas Ward, of Cecil county, Md., and Henrietta G., daughter of the late Henry Davis, of Talbot county, Md.”

I also found the marriage register for Thomas Ward and Henrietta Davis.

Delaware Marriage Records 1744-1912_marriage register for Thomas Ward and Hennie G. Davis

When I looked at the other search results that were coming up for Henrietta in Ancestry, I noticed a result for “Mrs Henrietta G Davis” which should not be my Henrietta since technically she’s Mrs. Henrietta Ward. I checked it out anyway. The database is the Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 .

It turns out that Henrietta was in the 32nd class of St. Mary’s Hall in Burlington, New Jersey and graduated in July 1868. In 1920, she attended the reunion in Burlington, New Jersey. The listing of people who attended the reunion states that her maiden name was Henrietta G. Davis, her married name was Mrs. Thomas Ward and her address in 1920 is Wilmington, Delaware.

This image shows her maiden name, her married name and address in 1920.
This image shows her maiden name, her married name and address in 1920.
The picture below is a postcard of St. Mary’s Hall.


So, then I looked again at the search results on Ancestry. According to the 1920 census, she lived in Talbot County, Maryland and now it looks like she also lived in Wilmington, Delaware around 1920, according to the St. Mary’s Hall Reunion list.

I have never been able to find where Henrietta died or was buried although I found somewhere that she died about 1923. One result on Ancestry was for a Henrietta J. Ward in the Georgia, Deaths Index, 1914-1927. That doesn’t fit with anything I know for Henrietta and the middle initial is not right. Still worth checking out.

Name: Henrietta J Ward [Henrietta J Davis]
Birth Date: 8 Nov 1848
Birth Place: Maryland
Death Date: 25 Mar 1923
Death Place: Atlanta, Fulton
Death Age: 74
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
Gender: Female
Father Name: Henry Davis
FHL Film Number: 2320603

The birth date 8 Nov 1848 matches exactly and not only says she was born in Maryland but that her father’s name was Henry Davis. That all fits with what I know. I started to order the death certificate through VitalCheck. The cost was going to be $54 so I decided to see if I could find it on FamilySearch and I was successful again. The actual image of the death certificate was there.

This is definitely Henrietta George Davis, daughter of Henry Ward, wife of Thomas Ward, and mother of Henry D. Ward, the informant.
Ward, Henrietta G._death certificate_1923_cropped

So now I know a lot more about Henrietta than I did before.

Henrietta was the 5th and youngest child born to Henry Davis, son of Isaac Davis, and Sarah Elizabeth Caldwell, daughter of Jabez Caldwell. She was 8 Nov 1848 in Talbot County, Maryland. The family lived in Talbot County, Maryland. Unfortunately both of Henrietta’s parents died by the time she was 15 years old.  Sarah died in 1862, Henry died in 1863, and her sister Mary died on the 22nd of March 1863. Two other sisters had died in the 1840s so the only ones left were Henrietta and Caroline. The family members who had passed away are all buried in the Old Wye Cemetery at Wye Church in Talbot County.

Henrietta and Caroline must have gone to live with their father’s brother, Col. George E. Davis, who lived in Kent county, Delaware but also owned land in Cecil County, Maryland.

It looks like Henrietta attended the all girls boarding school, St. Mary’s Hall in Burlington, New Jersey and graduated in July 1868. She came home to live with her uncle, George Davis, and his family in Kent County, Delaware. She appears on the 1870 census with her sister, Carrie C.(Caroline Davis) and the George Davis family, including his wife Mary Jane (Perkins) and two of their children, Mary K. (Killen) Davis and Elva Davis.

Henrietta married Thomas Veazey Ward on 16 Oct 1877 at the St. Peter’s Church in Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware. They were married by the Rev. Lewis Walk. Thomas and his twin brother William posted a bond for the marriage.

Thomas Veazey Ward was the last of the Ward family to own and live in the family homestead called Woodlawn, located on Sassafras Neck in Cecil County, Maryland. Shortly after he passed away in 1890, Henrietta sold the property and moved to Baltimore City by 1900. She ran a boarding house at 17 W. Franklin Street and lived there with her four children, her sister Carrie, and the boarders.

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MD Genealogy Society luncheon and Walking Tour of Green Mount Cemetery

Ed and I attended the Winter into Spring luncheon sponsored by the Maryland Genealogical Society last weekend. We had a very nice lunch at Michael’s Restaurant on Eastern Avenue in Baltimore City. There were tables of 8 and we really enjoyed the conversation with everyone at our table. It was interesting that we had connections through the library world and through Johns Hopkins.

The speaker was Baltimore historian and educator, Wayne Schaumburg, and he spoke about “Baltimore: The Monumental City”. He always has interesting information about Baltimore and this time he talked about some of the monuments around town. Wayne has a website called “Wayne’s Guide to Talks, Walks, and Tours of Baltimore.”

Ed and I decided to sign up for Wayne’s tour of Green Mount Cemetery in May. The information below is from his website.

The next set of walking tours through historic Green Mount Cemetery will take place on Saturday, May 7, 14, 21, 28. $Opened in 1839 as the city’s first urban-rural cemetery, Green Mount is the final resting place of Johns Hopkins, Enoch Pratt, William and Henry Walters, Mary Elizabeth Garrett, Theodore McKeldin, John Wilkes Booth, Betsy Patterson, Walter Lord, and other famous Marylanders. Tours begin at 9:30 a.m. from the main gate located at Greenmount Avenue and East Oliver Street, and are led by Baltimore historian and educator Wayne R. Schaumburg. Reservations are required. For information, call 410-256-2180, or email: wayne.schaumburg@gmail.com.

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