This is a challenge for my family members that follow the blog and anyone else who wants to participate. Since Halloween is almost upon us tell me a story of a Halloween you remember. Feel free to email some pictures to share as well.
Recently I have been spending less time on my family tree and more time helping a friend with hers. Her relatives have been illusive so I have learned some new hunting tricks. She had one family that we were able to find passenger log, US directories, SSI records and even draft cards, but not one single census record. Now knowing the census takers went around and phonetically spelled people names we figured the last name must have been completely misspelled (it was a long one). So how do you find a census record that doesn’t want to be found?
You use the US City Directories.
We had the directories for the years 1924, 1926, 1927, and 1935. Now while none of these address are the same, they are all in the same area. So we begin our search in the 1930 census. When you go into ancestry, click the search tab and then look for the census records. Then click on the census year you want to search and you will get a page that looks like this.
What you want to do now is go to the right side where it says Browse this collection and add your state, county and township. Which will give you all the districts in that area. Now what I did was use the US directories to find the streets that were lived on. For this example I am going to use my Great Great Grandparents. I know they lived on School Street in 1930.
You will notice that school street is one of the listed streets under district 221. So that is where we begin the search. This next screen shot shows the beginning of District 221 and the census records that follow.
Once you pull up the district you will have to look thru each page to find your ancestors. Keep in mind that there may be 50 pages or more in that district. You will just have to be patient when you look, but it does work.
While we did not have the exact location of my friends relatives during the census year, we used an educated guess based on the US City directories and the past streets they lived on and found her ancestors in both the 1930 and the 1940 census.
However the reason we couldn’t find her ancestors wasn’t just simply a misspelled last name. They whole census page was mislabeled in Ancestry. When you hovered over there names different names came up. So make sure you are carefully looking at the records and what they say.
Elizabeth Jane Flannery is my third cousin two times removed on my maternal grandmothers side. She was born on September 6, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Ennis) Flannery and the sister of Mary, Thomas, and John.
Elizabeth graduated from Newton High School and attended Northeastern University.
She was a bridal consultant and sketch artist from 1947-1950 for Bonwit Teller. In 1950, she moved to New York to become a buyer for DePinna Department Store. She then started her own public relations firm, Flannery Associates.
Elizabeth was a well known commentator for fashion shows in New York, Westchester County and the Hamptons. Herfondest account was McCall’s Patterns.
She retired to Cape Cod in 1983 and resided in Chatham. Elizabeth died on April 25, 2002.
For week 9 we are going to go to my 3rd great Uncle on my Father’s side. Francis was the son of the first Dr. Joseph and Mary Frances (Briggs) Murphy. His was the brother of Dr. Joseph Briggs Murphy, Sister Mary Mechtilde (Mary Ellen), James Montgomery, Charles Albert, Agnes Louise, Dr. Charles Oscar Murphy, and Sister Mary Leonie (Ida).
Francis was born on the 23rd of December 1864. I have been unable to locate a birth record for Francis, but his birth date was on his US Passport Application.
He attended St. Mary’s College, Montreal, Canada and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1886. He was house physician for City Hospital of Boston and was in general practice in Roxbury’s South End.
He married Anne Margaret Scott on August 20, 1901 and they had one child. Annette Scott Murphy was born on the 8th of March 1905. Before he married Anne his sister Ida took care of his home.
During his life he traveled several times to Bremen, Germany.
Francis dropped dead suddenly while visiting a patient on November 2, 1919 in Boston of Chronic Nephritis and Organic Disease of the Heart.
Jeanette Tisdall (Hall) Whittle was born on January 12, 1903 in Newport, Rhode Island to Lillian May (McIntosh) and Charles Alfred Hall. She had four brothers, Charles, Robert (who died at age 10), Joseph, and Frederick.
In about 1923 at the age of 20 she married Frederick Thomas Whittle at Emmanuel Church in Newport, Rhode Island. Together they had five children; Leroy, Jeanette, Margaret, and Mary Louise (Twins), and William.
She had 21 grandchildren and would start knitting them Christmas presents early in the year.
Jeanette was a Nurse at Reed and Barton Silver in Taunton, Mass. Her daughter Jeanette and MaryLou were also nurses. When she retired from Reed and Barton her daughter MaryLou took over her position.
Jeanette died on May 14, 1973 in Taunton, Massachusetts at the age of 70.
Jeanette liked to have family get togethers with her children and grandchildren, and cousins. She also liked to visit her brothers in Newport she would take her grandchildren to Newport Beach on weekends in the summer where her brother Roy and his wife Emmy always were.
She was one of eight children; Francis, Harold (died in 1st year), Harold, Mary, Katherine, Anastasia , Edgar, and Dorothy (Dot).
She married Charles Albert Seekell on September 24, 1924 at the age of 25. Together they had two children. Jeannette and Charles Albert.
She died on May 28, 1941 at the age of 42 in Taunton, Massachusetts. She is buried in Saint Francis Old Cemetery.
Olivia (Olive) Lawrence (Dias) Cunha was born on July 10, 1905 in Taunton Massachusetts to Lucianno Lawrence and Julia (Roza) Dias. It has taken me a while to find her actual birth record. When I did find it it listed her as Olivia Lawrence.
She had 9 brothers and sisters.
In 1926 Olive married John Silvia Cunha the son of Joseph and Maggie Silvia Cunha, in Taunton, Massachusetts. Together they had six children Margaret, Clarence (Buster), John Jr., Russell (died before his 3rd birthday), Gilbert, Roger, and Carol. They were married for 38 years before he died in 1964.
I have one picture of Olive and her husband John. It was taken at the wedding of their son Gilbert (my grandfather) to his wife Margaret Whittle (my grandmother).
Olive and John moved around. Here are just some of the directories I found.
Olive died on March 24, 1986 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. She is buried in Saint Josephs Cemetery Taunton, Massachusetts.