Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Celebrating a happy day

Today my mother, Cathy, celebrates her 60th birthday! My mother has always had a large influence in my life. She has shown unimaginable strength and courage and has always, always been there for me. Congratulations on reaching this milestone, you are loved!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Follow Friday - Favorites for December 6, 2013

Favorites is my weekly list of favorite genealogy, history and random finds from across the Net.
Flashback to the totally rad 1980s mall scene
View a teacher's collection of confiscated things
More on military Thanksgiving menus (I posted my own here)
What deceased rock legends would like if they were alive today
How photographs told the story of the Vietnam War
What kind of beard did your ancestor sport?
Tips on using the Ancestry.com Family History wiki
12 gift ideas for the genealogist in your life
Tips to find and share old family recipes
Mocavo is working on a little something to make cursive writing less sucky
More on the Ghost Army, Army of deception
Tips on using Blurb for blog publishing at The Armchair Genealogist
The Dead Person Whisperer at Threading Needles in a Haystack
Bill at West in New England tells us why he loves A Christmas Story

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving


A Thanksgiving menu from my father's Army days in Germany. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Matrilineal Monday - Lucinda McGonnigal

Lucinda McGonnigil is my third-great grandmother on my mother's side. She has the dubious distinction of having a last name that can be spelled a thousand ways, which has made research of her line a joy. She was born March 5, 1851 in Camden, Ray County, Missouri to Colonel Henderson McGonnigil and Mary Ellen Akers. She was the first of six children.
Colonel McGonigil is listed as a day laborer and a shop keeper. During the Civil War he was a bugler for the 6th Regiment Calvary Missouri State Militia. The family lived in Ray County, with a brief stint in Independence, Missouri in the 1860s. I have not been able to find any records for Colonel or Mary McGonnigil past 1870. I have not found them on the 1880 census, but their younger children were living with siblings so it can be assumed they had already passed.
Lucinda married James Madison Thomas on October 23, 1870. (Her sister Mary married her brother-in-law, Eli, in 1875). The couple had eight children, but I have only found seven.
James was a coal miner and Lucinda was a housewife. Lucinda and James had to deal with quite a lot of pain in their lifetime. They lost one child at a young age, another son Roller died at age 14 due to an accident, and their son Russell died at 29 from tuberculosis. But I know little else of Lucinda.

She lived in Camden, Missouri, other than that short stint in Independence, her whole life and died there of liver failure on January 26, 1912. She is buried in Camden Cemetery, Camden, Missouri.

Due outs for Lucinda:
1. Look for an obituary
2. Request a photo of her headstone through Findagrave.com
3. Try to determine what church the family attended and look for records there.

Other McGonnigil posts:
Surname Saturday - Megonnigil

Friday, November 22, 2013

Follow Friday - Favorites for November 22, 2013

Favorites is my weekly list of favorite genealogy, history and random finds from across the Net.
Check out MIT's amazing 3D gizmo
Taking a toddler to the museum: Why bother?
Native American code talkers receive Congressional Gold Medals
The last widow of the great war
Goodbye to the splendid 1930s world of Poirot
Penny reunites family members
Spanish-American war Soldiers' memorial at ABT UNK
Much ado about Benita and art nouveau at Many Branches, One Tree
Evernote tips at Angler's Rest
Four free websites to find old maps
Tracking down the owners of items left in a thrift store dresser
The technology that carried news of President Kennedy's assassination
San Francisco, before and after the 1906 fire

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Race car drivers

Little race car drivers: my mom, uncle and aunt.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Matrilineal Monday - Elizabeth Riffe

Elizabeth Riffe is my third-great grandmother on my maternal side. She was born in Ray County, Missouri on May 20, 1875 to Isaac and Martha (Good) Riffe. Her grandparents, Jacob Riffe and Ruth Martin, were the first couple married in Ray County and her great-grandfather, Isaac Martin, was a pioneer settler in the County. Isaac Riffe was a carpenter and wagon maker. The couple had five children.
Isaac served in the Civil War, assigned to the 4th Missouri Volunteer Infantry (Confederate). Martha Riffe died in 1880 leaving Isaac with five children under 12. This is also about the time that Isaac disappears from record. I can find no trace of his death. It can be presumed that he died early which could be one reason why his daughter, Elizabeth, married at age 15.
On March 20, 1890 Elizabeth married George Tate Dudgeon in Ray County. The couple were farmers near Millville, Missouri for the rest of their lives.

Sadly, I do not know much about Lizzie. But I am blessed to have a couple of photos of her.
A four-generation photo, probably taken around 1938. Lizzie is on the right.
Lizzie, right, with her daughter Minnie Lee.
Lizzie died on January 20, 1944 and was buried next to her husband in the New Hope Cemetery, near Millville, Missouri.

- Find Civil War record for Isaac Riffe
- Find obituary for Elizabeth Riffe

Missouri Historical Company. History of Ray County, Missouri. St. Louis: 1881. Accessed at Ray County, Missouri GenWeb page.