Motivation Monday – Where did it go?

This GeneaBloggers prompt appeared as I was scrolling through my GoogleReader.  Usually I enjoy the posts in the assorted blogs and almost always find something I can use in my research. This morning, though, I have lost the “genealogy motivation.”

I was planning on writing another Military Monday post but I couldn’t find any motivation over the week-end either!  I guess that means it’s time to take a break.

Does this happen to you?  What do you do to get the motivation back?

Follow Friday – 1940 U.S. Census-Looking for Grandmother Seaver

As I said yesterday, I am interrupting my series on making a research plan for Little Eddy (Edward Dwyer) in the Civil War to search the 1940 Census.  Ancestry.com recently made new states available, including Missouri.  Some of my great-grandparents have been eluding me and I have been impatiently waiting for Missouri to be searchable in hopes of finding them.  After spending much of the day looking for various relatives, I was glad to read a post by Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings about his search for his grandmother.

When the 1940 Census images were made available in early April, I easily found both sets of grandparents.  Of my great-grandparents, five died before the 1940 Census.   Of the three remaining, there were two great-grandmothers, Martha Gahr and Emily Cowan, and one great-grandfather, John A French (he had remarried when his children were young so I count his wife as a great-grandmother, too, even if not by blood).  I found Martha Gahr in April by browsing the images; she was in the county where she was supposed to be.  The others I could not find.

With the indexes, John A French and his wife Vernie were easy to find.  They were in Kansas City, Missouri, but not where I had thought.  All of their information was correct, including John’s birth in Indian Territory and his attending one year of college (at Drury, in Springfield).  Vernie had attended two years of college, which I did not know.  I’ll have to ask my mother about this.

Emily Cowan was not in the small town in Missouri that I had supposed when I first looked at the images.  My mother then told me that Emily had moved to Saint Louis to live with her younger son Claude (my mother’s uncle).  I could not find Claude without an index, but with the index he and his family came right up.  But Emily is not there!   As Randy did in his search for his grandmother, I tried all of my census tricks.  She is not to be found.  Perhaps she is one of the names mangled by the enumerator and/or indexer.  I expect FamilySearch to have the Missouri index available soon so hopefully I will be able to search there before long.

Otherwise, I guess Emily will be like Randy’s grandmother, “…one of the 3% that were missed in the 1940 U.S. census.”  Perhaps she was visiting a sister.  I will have to look and see if she turned up with any of them.  For the past several hours (Thursday evening) Ancestry searches have not been connecting very well — lots of spinning.  Maybe everyone was happy with the states that were added and has been searching like crazy.  I hope that tomorrow will be a better day!

Ancestry.com: Problem Loading Page

Thrifty Thursday – new states added to 1940 Census at Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com has added twelve more states which can be searched for free.  I found out about it from today’s genealogy insider’s blog post.

So I’m interrupting my research plan for Little Eddy to look for my Missouri relatives!  Hopefully I can find my elusive great grandparents:  3 of them have been hiding from me!

The genealogy insider also has links to the full list of states available on FamilySearch.org as well as on Ancestry.

Hope you enjoy this great information which is available free!

Forming a Research Plan for Little Eddy, Part II

Yesterday, I started making a research plan to find out more about Edward Dwyer’s service in the Civil War.  I wrote down what I know of Edward’s early life and his service in the Kansas and Missouri regiments in the Union Army as well as his 1866 entry in a Saint Louis city directory.  This leads me to many questions, which I am going to work on today.

Edward had just turned 15 when he enlisted in the 8th Regiment Kansas Volunteers, Company K,  and was mustered in as a private on 02 Jun 1862.  He was born in Saint Louis, Missouri, and lived there all his life; he was a resident of Saint Louis when he enlisted.  Why did he choose a Kansas regiment?  There were several officers from Saint Louis and Patrick Callahan enlisted the same day as Edward as a private, was promoted to musician and was discharged the same day as Edward.  What was their relationship?  How old was Patrick?  Did he lead Edward into this great adventure?  What did Jeremiah and Anna think of this?  Did they know?  Edward was a young-looking 15 if the photo is any indication.  According to a later muster and description roll when he was 17, he was only 4 feet 8 inches tall.  It is hard to believe that a recruiter would not have known that he was under age!

What information is available for Kansas volunteer regiments?

What happened when Edward and Patrick were discharged in Nashville on 04 Jun 1863?  Did they return to Saint Louis?

Did Edward enlist prior to 29 May 1864?  He would have just turned 17 the week before.  Was this a cut-off for joining?  Did Patrick join again with him, or what happened to him?

Edward’s Muster and Descriptive Roll lists his as plumber.  Did he learn this skill while he was (presumably) home between Jun 1863 and May 1864?

Would the signed order (S.O.) of General Canby exist anywhere?  What type of information would it contain?

Where did Edward go when he deserted?  How long was he gone?  What happened to his drum?  Did a sentence of General Court Martial result in anything other than the loss of pay?

Edward was only back with Company A about six weeks when he was mustered out.  Did he not have to serve the entire three-year period of his enlistment because the war had ended?

Finally, who was A.W. French and what was his relationship to Edward?  What is this card referring to?

If you missed the other parts of Edward’s story, here are links to them:
Military Monday – Little Eddy the Drummer
Military Monday- Edward Dwyer in the Civil War, continued
Tuesday’s Tip — Forming a Research Plan for Little Eddy
or his family’s stories:
Mystery Monday – Jeremiah Dwyer, county Tipperary to Saint Louis, Missouri
Mystery Monday – Anna Rooney, county Clare to Saint Louis, Missouri
Workday Wednesday – Jeremiah was a Drayman

Tuesday’s Tip — Forming a Research Plan for Little Eddy

The last two Mondays I have written about Edward Dwyer in the Civil War, Little Eddy the Drummer and Military Monday- Edward Dwyer in the Civil War, continued.  Yesterday I looked at Edward’s Missouri service, using the Civil War cards which I had downloaded from fold3.com when I had a subscription.  I didn’t do anything with the information then, but now I’m trying to use my time without subscriptions (this journey of Genealogy in the Recession) to further my research in other ways and to write my family history.  Last Friday, I highlighted some of the things that I learned in Marian Pierre-Louis’ webinar “”Plan Your Way to Research Success.”  Today, I’m going to begin work on creating a Research Plan for Edward Dwyer — feel free to add your comments or e-mail me at 1footplanted@gmail.com with any suggestions.

The first thing about a Research Plan is to focus on one person — Little Eddy — keep the focus narrow — find out about his military service — and write down what I know:

Edward Dwyer, born 22 May 1847, in Saint Louis, Missouri 1

In 1860 Jeremiah Dwyer and his family were living in St Louis Ward 7, St Louis (Independent City), Missouri.  The household included Jerry, 40, drayman, $3000, $400; Ann, 34; Edward, 12; Mary, 9; Laura, 2.  Edward and Mary attended school within the year. 2

8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company K
mustered in as a private 02 Jun 1862 [age 15]
promoted to musician
discharged 04 Jun 1863, Nashville [age 16]
Patrick Callahan, also resident of St. Louis, same dates 3

7th Regiment Missouri Infantry, Company F
enlisted 29 May 1864, St Louis, musician [age 17]
enrolled for a period of 3 years
bounty due $100, credited 8 ward St Louis
joined as recruit with consent of guardian
mustered in 25 Jun 1864, Memphis
Detached as musician at Gen. Hosp. Nashville Tenn
transfer 04 Dec 1864
to
11th Regiment Missouri Infantry, Company A
Deserted 30 Sep 1865
Returned from desertion 01 Dec 1865.  Stop one month pay sentence of a G.C.M.
Muster-out 15 Jan 1866, Memphis, Tenn
Clothing Account due soldier $11.77   Bounty paid $180; due $120.
Age 17
Stop one months pay proper sentence of Court Martial.
Stop $5.00 for one drum complete.
Reference to A.W. French 4

1866, Dwyer Edward, student Bryant, Stratton & Carpenter’s College, Olive, cor. 5th 5

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1 Baptism record from St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, on microfilm at the St. Louis County Library, Frontenac

2 U.S. Federal Census, 1860. St Louis Ward 7 , St Louis (Independent City), Missouri, page 169; Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004.Original data – United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls..  Accessed on Ancestry.com (date unknown).

3Extracted from Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kansas, Vol. 1. – 1861-1865.Leavenworth, Kansas: Bulletin Co-operative Printing Company, Chicago. 1867. http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/statewide/military/civilwar/adjutant/8/k.html Eighth Regiment Kansas Volunteers – Infantry, Company K

4 NARA M405 Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Missouri, Record Group 94, State: Missouri, Roll 0473, Eleventh Infantry, Cr-D; Roll 0441, Military Unit Seventh Infantry, D-Fi. Accessed on fold3.com (date unknown).

5 City Directories for St. Louis, Missouri, 1866. Publisher Edwards Greenough & Deved. Page 340. Accessed fold3.com Sep 2011

Military Monday- Edward Dwyer in the Civil War, continued

Last week I wrote about Edward Dwyer in the 8th Kansas Volunteer Infantry Regiment that served in the Union Army during the Civil War:  Little Eddy the Drummer.  Edward served from 02 Jun 1862 to 04 Jun 1863; he was mustered out in Nashville, Tennessee, having turned sixteen on 22 May.  Did he then go home to Saint Louis?  I’m not really sure.  I’ve been going over the records that I downloaded from footnote.com (now fold3) some time ago.  I remember being excited to find Edward Dwyer, but something must have taken me away from his story.  Now I don’t have access to those records, and it’s frustrating.  But I’m going to try to put together what I have.

First I made a spreadsheet of his service records (I’m a spreadsheet person, if you haven’t guessed.  I make spreadsheets of everything, including clothing purchases, especially on sale and with a coupon!).

Here is the Muster and Descriptive Roll for Edward Dwyer, Musician:

I love the physical description given:  hazel eyes, dark hair, light complexion, and height 4 feet 8 inches!

Occupation Plumber is an important clue that he is my Edward Dwyer as I have later Saint Louis City Directories where he is listed at the same address as his father Jeremiah and Edward’s occupation is given as plumber.

On the Muster and Descriptive Roll, he is 17 years old, and the remarks state “Joined as a Recruit with consent of Guardian.”  I wish that I had these types of records for Edward’s service in the Kansas Regiment when he had just turned 15 years old!

So, looking at the muster rolls, I am immediately faced with a contradiction:

Although both of these cards clearly state that Edward enlisted 29 May 1864 in St. Louis, Mo, the second card states that he appears on Company Muster Roll for Feb 29/64 to June 30, 1864.  Would the muster roll for the entire company show him as an additional enlistment during this time period?  Or was Edward in the company prior to May?

He continues to be on Muster Roll cards for July & Aug 1864 and Sept & Oct 1864.  The next card for Edward Dwyer, Music, Co F, 7 Reg’t Missouri Inf. is a transfer to 11th Mo Infty.  Roll Dated Nashville Tenn Dec 14, 1864; it gives the same enlistment and muster in information as previous cards.

The next group of cards is for Edward Dwyer, Musician, Company A, 11th Missouri Infantry.  The summary card says “See also 7th Mo Inf.”  On the Muster Roll for Nov & Dec 1864: Joined for duty and enrolled May 29, 1864, St. Louis, Mo, period 3 years; absent; Detached as musc. at Gen. Hosp. Nashville Tenn.  Transferred from 7th Mo Inf Dec 4/64 S.O. 153, Gen Canby”

Edward is present on Muster Roll cards for Jan & Feb 1865, Mar & Apr 1865, May & Jun 1865, July & Aug 1865.  The Sept & Oct 1865 card has remarks:  Deserted Sept 30″/65 and lists the supplies missing (I think): one Shelter Tent, one Drum Complete, one Knapsack Haveret [haversack?] one canteen

On the Nov & Dec 1865 Muster Roll card, Edward is again present.  Remarks:  “Returned from desertion Dec 1″/65.  Stop one month pay sentence of a G.C.M.” [General Court Martial]

The last card is a Muster-out Roll, Co A, 11 Reg’t Missouri Infantry, dated Memphis Tenn Jan 15, 1866.  Muster-out to date Jan 15, 1866.  Last paid to June 30, 1865.  Clothing Account:  due soldier $11.77.  Bounty paid $180; due $120.  Remarks:  “Age 17.  Stop one months pay proper sentence of Court Martial.  Stop $5.00 for one drum complete.”

Looking at all of this information, I definitely need to do more research into the Civil War, especially desertion and court martial.  I think that it was not an uncommon occurrence.   I would love to know more about Edward, Little Eddy:  Where did he go?  Was he gone from Sep 30 to Dec 1 (2 months) or only the one month that they stopped his pay?  Apparently he returned with most of the supplies, but what happened to his drum?

Also, when did Edward enlist in the Missouri Infantry?  He was mustered out of the Kansas Regiment 04 Jun 1863 in Nashville.  Did he remain in Tennessee until he joined a Missouri unit, or did he return to his family in Saint Louis?  The Muster and Descriptive Roll says that he enlisted in St Louis, Mo, May 29, 1864, but was mustered in June 25, 1864, in Memphis.  And then, there is the Muster Roll for Feb 29, 1864!

Edward enrolled for a period of 3 years.  He was mustered out of the 11 Reg’t Missouri Infantry, Co A, on Jan 15, 1866 so he did not complete his three years.  Were enrollment periods adjusted once the War ended?

There is also the question of Patrick Callahan, the other musician from St Louis who was mustered into the Kansas Regiment on the same date as Edward and also discharged at the same time in Nashville.  I would like to check the Civil War records to find if Patrick also joined the Missouri Infantry companies that Edward did.

And one final intriguing card, that I must have overlooked the first time:


Who might this be?  And is there any connection to my French family?

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Source:
National Archives Catalog Title:  Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War, compiled 1890-1912, documenting the period 1861-1866
Publication Number: M405
Record Group 94
State:  Missouri
Roll 0473, Eleventh Infantry, Cr-D
Roll 0441, Military Unit Seventh Infantry, D-Fi
Accessed from footnote.com, date unknown

Follow Friday – Follow-up on the Research Plan webinar, by Marian Pierre-Louis

This week’s Legacy Family Tree Webinar was “Plan Your Way to Research Success” by Marian Pierre Louis.   As usual, the topic was terrific, the host Geoff Rasmussen was great, the price was right (free!) — and the hour and a half with Marian flew by as she gave tips, examples, motivation and more on using research plans to make our genealogical searches more effective and more efficient.  Marian presented a wonderful webinar and I highly recommend it.

On Thursday Marian wrote about it in her blog Marian’s Roots and Rambles: Follow-up on the Research Plan webinar.  She includes a link to the archived webinar, which will be free for about ten days.  There are also links to purchase the CD or a bundle, and a coupon code for a discount good through Monday, July 23.

Here are some of the important points that I took away from the webinar:

  • Search only one person or one family unit (not extended)
  • Keep the focus narrow
  • Keep the focus more narrow the less you know (e.g., for a brick wall ancestor)
  • Writing your research plan necessitates writing what you do know
  • This will lead to what you don’t know
  • Go to FamilySearch wiki or something similar to find what records exist during the applicable time period and location
  • Create a plan to find the information, using research plan forms

Marian’s webinar gives examples of the forms she creates for some of her own research plans.  She uses Microsoft Word for these forms.  I would probably use a spreadsheet.  Marian stressed the importance of using whatever helps you — you need to make it work for the way you organize and think.  Don’t get hung up on the way other people make their research plans. The important thing is to take control of the research process and use forms to help identify what you know & what you don’t know to lead to what you WANT to know.

This webinar is what I needed to think through the use of a research plan.  It will help me focus on creating smaller research projects.  Another important thing that it reinforced is my need to write what I have found, including conclusions, reasons, next steps, stumbling blocks, and why I am perplexed about something.  Then when I come back to that family and that individual, it will be easy for me to remember what I learned and what else I need to search for.

I hope that you will check out Marian’s blog and her webinar.  She has lots of practical advice that you can use in your research.  Here is an example of what you will find.

Thank you, Marian, for a great webinar!

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You may also want to take a look at the list of Legacy’s upcoming webinars.  There are some great ones coming up in the next few weeks that I don’t want to miss.