Wednesday, October 31, 2007

El dia de los muertos

El dia de los muertos or Day of the Dead (November 1, even though I'm posting this on October 31) is a day when Hispanic people honor loved ones who have passed away. I am choosing to honor my Grandmother Lockhart for Day of the Dead by posting this fabulous picture of her and telling you what I love about her. Grandma Lockhart had a very soft personality or way of being in the world. I grew especially fond of her the last couple of years she was alive. Even though she didn't remember people she still had the essence of her personality, and part of that was a good sense of humor. I have posted a family tree showing her maternal line back a few generations. Scroll down past the web cams to view this. Please feel free to post memories of Grandma, or anyone else you would like to honor.

Update: I have moved Grandma's picture to just after the webcams and music section.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Genealogy Success!

I must take back what I said about finding information on the Wingerters. I went to the genealogy library today and Angela came with me and I found lots of information on the Wingerters. I found dates, places, and yes, entirely new people to add. Well, technically, they were Klines, and Buncutters, etc. but Wingerter descendants. They are mostly descendants of Fanny Wingerter, but some for Mary (both sisters of David Wingerter, my 2nd great-grandfather). If you are interested in this information, just let me know and I will send it to you.

I promised that I would have things you could do to research the Wilson line in my next genealogy post, so here it is:

Actually, I would probably contact Aunt Marie and see if she would send me a GEDCOM file of her Wilson genealogy.

Without having done that, you could try and find more information on George Francis Leconte and Mary Ann Osborn, parents of Elizabeth Mary Ann Leconte, who is my 2nd great-grandmother. I have that she was born May 27 1872 in Fulworth Rents, England. I remember from the research I did a long time ago that this is in St. Alban's Parish in London, England. Elizabeth died June 12, 1933 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada (where grandma was from). So look in the parish records in 1872 to find her birth and christening and her parents listed. It might give more information about the parents that you can use to figure out when they were born and where.

If you would rather research the Wilson line (grandpa instead of grandma), we trace our Wilson line back to Thomas Wilson (born about 1658 in Overton, Flintshire, Wales) and his wife Mary (born 1662). Their son was William Wilson (born Mar 3, 1684 in Overton, Flintshire, Wales). I don't know if they were English or Welsh, but if you try to find Thomas' parents it's likely his dad was William (thus the surname Wilson) but that is not necessarily the case. Also, you might find Thomas listed as Thomas ap William, ap meaning "son of". I've never researched Welsh records, so no clue as to how you go about it, but I would try looking in parish records. It would be great if you could find a death date for Thomas.

But that would be a really difficult research project to take on. I was going to suggest a more do-able research project, but really, the Leconte line is the do-able one. Though I would still strongly suggest contacting Aunt Marie before doing anything, no need to duplicate work that has already been done.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

It worked :(

So the storm that is coming in this weekend has totally ruined my camping plans. Nevertheless, I am not completely giving up on camping yet for the year. Dad and I are going to try and go the second weekend in November, maybe to Zions, weather permitting. Anyone wanna come along?