Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thriller Thursday - Charles A. Watkins Family

 Charles Allen Watkins was my grandfather John S. Percival's cousin. He was born December 31, 1887 in Richmond, Missouri. He married Elizabeth Drake and they had two children, Martha and Charles. This is the newspaper account of  their deaths.

Four In Family Drown in River

Fort McPherson Captain, His Wife, and Two Children Die When Auto Plunges Into the Coosa River.

Center, Ala., July 3. (AP) -- Captain C. A. Watkins of Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Ga., his wife and two children were drowned last night when their automobile plunged into the Coosa river, at the Leesburg ferry, near here. The bodies of Watkins and his five year old daughter have been recovered.

According to information obtained here, Watkins and family were on their way to Nashville ans Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., to visit Mrs. Watkins' mother, Mrs. Boyd L. Drake.

It is presumed that Captain Watkins was unfamiliar with the highway at this point and did not realize he was approaching a river crossing.

The ferryman, who was on the other side, immediately summoned aid and the automobile was dragged out of the stream after about 30 minutes.

The body of Watkins' five-year old daughter was found in the machine and that of the army officer in the water nearby. Search will be continued tomorrow for the body of his wife and two year old son.


Atlanta, Ga., July 3 - (AP) - Inquiry at Fort McPherson late tonight developed only that Captain C. A. Watkins, his wife, young son and daughter, reported drowned near Center, Ala., were absent from camp on an automobile trip. Their intended destination was unknown.

Captain Watkins was a resident of Atlanta.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

My Heritage Book Matching

Legacy Family Tree offers free webinars. Friday's was presented by Mike Mansfield from My Heritage and was title New Book Matching Technology at MyHeritage.  It was very informative and I just had to try it out.

I chose the name Alexander Maitland, figuring it would find stuff on my great-great grandfather, born in 1839 in Toronto and died in 1924 in Missouri. Sure enough, it did, it brought up the 1914 History of Northwest Missouri, but only two pages. Alex's bio extended over 4 pages. The nice thing about their book matching, it gives you the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) in a nice copy and paste available box, which you can than copy and paste into your genealogy program. You can print the page, you can download it, and it works just fine.

If you would like to watch this webinar, the link is here at Family Tree Webinars.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

If They Can't Read It?

 I found this page (The Basia Project) as a link on the Poznan Project. The Basia Project is wonderful for looking up indexed records, mainly because there is a link to the scan of the actual record. And they aren't limited to just marriage records like the Poznan Project. It includes birth, baptism, marriage and death records, both church and civil records.

I found a marriage record for Anna Klijewska, daughter of Leon Klijewski and Appolonia Pilarska. It sort of blew me away since I never found a birth record for her. Anna married Valentin Jednoral, or maybe General or Genczal or Jednoralski. I'm not really too sure because who can read the darn record, and obviously the indexer can't! And I thought Ancestry's indexing was the worst.

The sampling is rather limited at this time, but who knows when the information will show up that you need.

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