William Watson SUCKLING birth

I ordered a birth certificate for William Watson SUCKLING at the beginning of April. He is Grandpa's grandfather who was born in England on April 28, 1860. I found a record of his birth in the England and Wales Birth Index online. It only told his name and quarter of birth in the index. I wanted to see if the information that I had from the Suckling family bible was correct and also to see if I could really get a record from England. It worked great and all the information on the certificate matched what was in the bible, including birth date and parents names.
My next step is to order the marriage certificate of William Watson's parents John Elvey Suckling and Caroline Rice. I believe that I have found them in the index because I found a record for each of them that is Norfolk, England and on the same page. The index is very limited and doesn't give the name who a person married, only the name of the bride or groom, the quarter of the marriage and location. I hope that this record will have the names of their parents so that I can continue my search out to another generation.

Allen County Library

I am very lucky to live so close to a wonderful genealogy library. The Allen County Public Library (the county Fort Wayne is located) has lots of resources at their main library. They just renovated it and reopened it last year. Mike and I hadn't been down there to see what it was like yet, but this family tree project gave me a reason to go. I got Mike to go with me to check out what was there and figure out how to get there. I brought with me a list of two books that I wanted to look at while there. I wanted to find the marriage record of Willard and Susan Bascom in Ohio county, Indiana. They are grandma's father's parents. I found the book, but I didn't find them in it. Maybe they were married in another county. More searching for me.

I also looked at a book of Lycoming county cemeteries. I found Edward Charles and Catherine Eiswerth, Lewis and Mary Eiswerth and Michael and Mary Dincher all listed at the Immaculate Conception cemetery in Bastress, Pennsylvania. I'm sure I could have asked Opa for this information, but it was neat to find it in a book.

We also looked at a random roll of microfilm just to see how it worked. It is amazing how they took pictures of so many different documents. But I much prefer to look at the images on my computer. Too bad that everything isn't scanned and available online yet. Someday maybe.

I can't wait to go back to the library and do some more research. But I really do need to get myself organized and find out what I want to look at and plan my visit before I go next.

The Dincher Family

So I looked at what Dolly had sent me from Helen and I started searching the census for the Dincher family. Helen had the name of Mary Dincher Eiswerth's parents: Michael F and Mary Schilling. I easily found them on the 1880 census living in Limestone Township. Their daughter Mary was not living with them because she was already married to Lewis at that time. Actually she is listed further down the same census page along with two other Michael Dinchers.This census also shows that Frank had lung fever (aka pneumonia) at the time of the census.

Then it came time to be a little more creative in searching. I searched for any Michael born within 2 years of 1825 (his actual birth year according to Helen's research) in the 1870 census. I didn't find anyone in Lycoming county that matched the family, so I searched Limestone township and found "Micheal Dinger." Still no Mary though. (She would have been 20 years old and not married yet -- something for me to search for later.)
You can also see that their estate was worth $1000 and their personal property was $500.

Next came the 1860 census. I found the family listed under "Dencher" this time. Mary was a 10 year old child and living with her family.

I then searched for the 1850 census and found them under "Dinger" again. Michael and Mary were living in Limestone Township with a one month old daughter Mary.

Michael died in 1897. With no 1890 census available, I searched the 1900 census and found Mary Dincher living with her son Frank's family and son Peter and listed as a widow. Lewis and Mary Eiswerth are listed on the previous page.
The 1900 census also shows the birth months of Frank, Mary and Peter. It tells us that Mary was the mother of 9 children of which 6 are still living. The 9 children are Mary, Margaret, John, Elisabeth, Magdalene, Catherine, Barbara, Franklin, and Peter.

Lewis and Mary Eiswerth

On Tuesday, I tried to figure out who the parents of Edward Charles Eiswerth were. I looked at what I thought was his WWI and WWII draft cards. I also looked at the draft cards of John E and George M Eiswerth. I found that George and Edward had both used their father, Lewis Eiswerth, as their next of kin on their WWI draft cards. On the WWII draft card, George used Edward's name. The connections were starting to form with the family.

I started searching the census records for a Lewis Eiswerth with the children that I had found on John E Eiswerth's obituary: John, Edward, George, Elizabeth and Agnes.

Of course nothing can be so easy as just finding the record. I had to look for everyone named Lewis that lived in Pennsylvania. Finally I found a Lewis Eisenworth in Limestone Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania on the 1880 census. He was living with his wife Mary and children: Charley, John, Elizabeth, and Trasy. The birth years matched what I had already found out about John and Elizabeth. Below is a portion of that census.

Then I searched the 1900 census for a Lewis. (The 1890 census records burned in a fire in 1921 and are not available.) I found a record for a Lewis with wife Mary and children: Edward, Augustus, and Agnes. Below is a portion of that census.

Yesterday I received a package of genealogy goodies that Dolly had gotten from Helen (Thanks!). This new information confirmed that my research on Tuesday was correct and that I had found Lewis and Mary and their family. I still need to look at all that Dolly sent me and see treasures it holds.

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The Beginning

Hey all! I decided to create a blog so that I can easily share all of my genealogy findings with everybody. Whenever I find something new, I'll try to remember to post it here. Please leave comments so that I can continue to learn about the family and open new paths to find more.

I'm going to start with the first thing I found in the census data. I easily found the family of Eugene and Magdalena Eck by searching for Oma. If only everything could be that easy. Here is a picture of their portion of the census. (Click on it to make it bigger and clearer.)

They owned their home at 294 Woodland Ave and it was valued at $12,000. The census also states that Eugene J Eck was a letter carrier for the US government.

I hope you all enjoy this first discovery. Check for more soon.