Monday, April 2, 2012

History of Samuel Claridge

Hi everyone,
I have decided to write another story since I have more feedback on stories than on my Family History Organizing system.
I am going to tell you about one of my Utah Pioneer Ancestors. I find my ancestors all filed away nicely in my document box. He is filed under 5g#20. Can you guess which generation he is in and what his Ahnentafel number is? (Send me a comment if you know the answer)
Ok, now for the story..........

Samuel Claridge was born in 1828 the 9th child of David & Elizabeth Claridge. He was born & grew up in Bedfordshire England. He left home when he was 14 yeard old. At age 17 he joined Protestant Church and there he met Charlotte Joy. She was born in 1819 and was 9 years older than Samuel.
Samuel was a Baker by trade and owned his own bake shop by the time he and Charlotte were married.
Soon after they were married they were baptized and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Less than 2 years after being baptized, Samuel, Charlotte and their 2 children immigrated to Utah. They joined the Joseph W. Young Company in 1853.

Soon after arriving in SLC, Brigham Young asked the Joseph W Young Company to continue on and help  settle Sugar Creek, now known as Nephi, Utah. The Claridge family lived there for the next 14 years and had 2 more children.

During this time a family from Ireland, by the name of John Hughes had joined the church and wanted to come out to Utah, but couldn't afford to take his whole family so he sent his son Johnny age 15 and daughter, Rebecca age 17 with an Uncle Thomas. After reaching SLC Uncle Thomas was unable to care for the children any longer so they were sent to live with a family by the name of McCune from Nephi.
Rebecca Hughes and Elizabeth Claridge became best friends and were always together.

In 1868 Brigham Young read off a few names that were called as missionaries to go settle the "Muddy".  Samuel's name was called out as one of the families that were asked to serve.
He accepted the call and left Charlotte behind in Nephi with the younger children and took their oldest daughter Elizabeth age 16, and their son Samuel Jr. age 19, and his second wife Rebecca and her 6 month old son and set out to settle the "Muddy." (To be continued!)

Friday, August 26, 2011

How can I help you get started with organizing your genealogy records?

   Good Morning everyone!

How many of you are ready to get started? I would love to help you with any problems you might be having concerning what to do with all the paperwork you have been storing up over the years. I am sure you have lots of documents, histories, pictures, stories, plus notes and "to do lists" that just keep getting buried because you are not sure how to keep them together?

If you are in the "Golden Years" of your life and you would like to stop doing genealogy someday and be able to hand over what you have done to someone else in your family, make sure they will know what you have done and what you still need to do.

Or, you have always wanted to get started doing genealogy, but just don't know the best way to get started, I am here to help you.

Let me hear from you. It's a perfect time of year to get started. Leave me some questions or comments so I know you want or need some help.

Until then,
Grandma SueBee


Monday, August 8, 2011

What you will learn in my classes

 What you will learn in my Organizing Class

One of the first things you will learn to do is to use a flash drive properly while working in your Family History program.I think the flash drive or gig stick or stick or whatever you call yours has caused more trouble with our programs because we really don't know why we need to use one.

You will also learn how the Ahnentafel numbering system works. I think it is the best way to keep track of everyone and what you have accumulated about that person. It is also perfect for Scandinavian names.
You know, the ones that change their last names every generation? Well, I have the perfect solution for those names.

Next you will learn how to put my Family History Workbook together.It holds your Pedigree Charts, and Group Sheets and any paperwork you are using for the Ancestor you are researching.
After you finish researching your Ancestor, then you will be putting that paper work, except for the Group Sheet in a Document Box.

I will teach you how to put together a Document Box exactly the same way as you have put your Workbook together. The nice thing about doing it this way is that whoever takes over your work after you have finished and you cant do it anymore, will be able to easily  pick up where you left off and know what you have done and what you still need to do.

You will learn many things about your Family History program that most people don't even know can be done to make your workbook easy and fun to use with your program.

I will also teach you how to continue after the 5th generation. That is where many many people have a hard time figuring out what to do next. There are many ways to accomplish this feat, but the way I make it work for me and now for you is fun and easy to just continue on with your work and you don't have to start dividing your families up in different books. I have always like to see the continuation of my lines. This way makes it so easy to do that you will wonder why you didn't think of it before I did.

And best of all I can show you  you can easily take all this newly organized  paperwork, pictures, documents, personal histories, pedigree and group sheets and make great gifts and albums etc from what you have organized.

Now, lets get busy and sign up for my classes. Time is waisting away!

Grandma SueBee

Saturday, August 6, 2011

We are the Clean Up Generation

This is the motto I use for Organizing my Family Records. Isn't it  Pretty? 

 What it has to say is very true, especially to the "Oldies but Goodies" Generation that I happen to be in.
You know, the ones who didn't grow up with the computer. The ones of us who would keep everything we found in a folder, binder, box, or whatever we could dream up to save for posterity.
Well, the trouble is that we have so much "Stuff" that we have been saving for years that we don't know what to do with it anymore.
We can't remember what we have or where we put it and are discovering very quickly that our children, etc. are not going to keep our treasures anymore anyway because we are in the computer age and they don't want to be bothered with all of this disorganized "Stuff" of ours so two things will happen.
 1. They will feel guilty about throwing it out when we are gone because we threatened them that we would haunt them if they did, so they will just put it up in the attic or basement or someplace and forget about it or,
2. They will just throw it out because they know they can start over with the modern "paperless" trail and they don't have time anyway to go through boxes of unorganized "Stuff".

 NOW, I am going to let you think about all this new information I have presented to you this morning and THEN I will post my next picture of what you will learn if you  take my Organizing Course. It will eliminate all this "Stuff" and put it together in such a way that your children will praise you because they will be able see all the time and effort you have put into your work over the years and it will make sense to them. They will see pictures, and documents, and histories of people they never knew they were related to before. Now, Isn't that an exciting thought??????

Have a great day!!!!
Grandma SueBee

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Organizing Family History Step 2

Moving on to STEP 2

If you are a new beginner  following #1 in yesterday's blog and you have been able to jot down some names, dates, and places, then you are ready to learn how to correctly enter this information on a Pedigree Chart.

So here is the correct way to enter in your information:

Name: Mary Anne Organizer
Birth:  5 May 2020
Place: Chico, Bowie, Oregon, United States
Marriage: 25 Oct 2040
Place:  Rockville, Washington, Ohio, United States
Death: 2 Jan. 2080
Place: Sutherland, Clark, Washington, United States

It isn't hard, it's just different, and before long you will have it down perfectly.
   a. After you have practiced that a couple of times then I want you to go up to the PDF file I have
inserted in my blog today and print out a blank Pedigree Chart and fill out as much information as you can about yourself and put that information on the middle left hand line
numbered 1.
   b. Continue to fill out information about your Dad on the line
above your line on the left side of the page, numbered  2 and your mother's full name using her MAIDEN name instead of her married last name and put it into 3 which is down below your name on the left hand side. Can you see it?

That should be enough until after the holiday. This will be a good time to take this chart with you if you are going to visit family members and have them help you fill out the rest of the chart. Its a little tricky to find the correct lines to put your family members on, but just follow the numbers and you will be fine. Here is a CLUE: Always make sure that the MALE name goes on an even numbered line, and the FEMALE name goes on the odd numbered line. Got it??? ........Good!
Let me know if you have any questions and tell your friends to come and do it with you.
Bye for now.
Grandma SueBee

Blank Pedigree Chart

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How do I start organizing all my Family History "Stuff" I have?

How many times have you wanted to get the important  "stuff" that you have accumulated over the years together, but feel so over-whelmed and frustrated that you just cant seem to ever get started?
Well, I am here to help you!

You will need a pencil and paper to write down you first assignment. YES, an assignment! and many more to come, so lets get started.
1. If you have never done any kind of Family History or Genealogy work before, then I want you to pick up your pencil and paper right now and make a list of everyone in your family that you can think of, and jot down the following information:

     a. Your full given name, birth date, and  place where you were born. (Town, County, State, Country)
     b. Your  Father, Mother, brother's and sister's, full given name, birth date, and place, same as above.  

Now, don't get upset if all you can remember is YOUR  information, and maybe part of your parents information. Just know, you will be spending a lot of time with me. I am patient and can take as much time as you need to get this project done. OK? Just do what you can and get back with me.

2. If you already have started doing Genealogy/Family History but you are to a point where you just cant
   keep it in any kind of order that makes sense anymore then I want YOU to stop what you are doing and
   gather up as many pedigree charts and group sheets you can find in your house & put them in a pile.
   Yes, as many as you can find. Big chore, but I know you can do it. It's the only way you can      
   successfully organize what you have.

I hope to hear from all of you soon, I want to know how you are doing.

The value of a Mother

Della Bernice Philpott McLaughlin

Have you ever just sat back and thought about how much you really know about your parents or grandparents as just people?  Someone that you spent a lifetime with, but really didn't get to know very well when they were alive?
Well, that has happened to me, and even though I have been interested in Family History for many years I just didn't see the value of who my parents really were until they were gone and I had to go thru their "stuff" to see what I could find of interest to keep my memories of them alive as well as pass on to my children and grandchildren.
I guess I was just too busy trying to find out who my dead relatives were.
Since Mother's Day is Sunday, I am going to reflect on what I have learned about my mother since she has been gone.
I have so many many questions to ask her. So many experiences she had that I wish I could have known more about.
My mother was born in her home in Provo Utah in 1919. For some reason she never was registered in the court house so she never had a birth certificate. I remember her being upset about that from time to time, but never realized why or bothered to ask her why. Now after many years of reading journals, viewing pictures, looking at documents and putting them all together I realize how important it was to her that she had physical, & visual proof that she really did exist. That she really was who she was told she was without any physical proof.
I remember her tears when she finally received a copy of her baptismal record to hold and treasure that at least she had something that she knew was hers that she could prove she existed from that point on. I wish now I could have ask her to talk to me about how she felt.
I remember the day I was going thru some of her things and found a Harmonica. A Harmonica, oh yes, I remember that. I vaguely remember her trying to play it one day when I was quite young. Oh how I wished I had asked her all about it. That I could have had a recording of what she tried to played that day. She barely had enough wind capacity to blow into it and make the music come out, but she did it anyway. (My mother suffered from lung problems she encountered from walking pneumonia, during her child bearing years.)
Years later as I have talked to different members of the family, they told me how much she loved to play the harmonica. How she spent years playing it for her friends and family.
She learned it from a couple of her great uncles that used to play them when they would get together and have church dances. Why didn't I ask her where she got it? Who actually taught her how to play it, and why didn't I insist on having her tell all her stories about it?

Will my children do the same thing with me after I'm gone?  Let me go ask them?