October, 2006

Other Surnames: Klohe

In addition to my own family names, listed above, I also do research on families of certain people close to me, a fact which I have not heretofore mentioned in this space. KloheThe line of this family which I am following is descended from Martin Klohe, born on 19 July 1843, in Gommersdorf, Mosbach, Baden. According to one source, his …Continue reading →


Product Review: GenealogyBank.com

GenealogyBank.com is a new offering from Newsbank Inc., a company known to many researchers and archivists. This site is an amalgamation of several products. It offers historical newspapers, historical documents, historical books, obituaries, and a version of the Social Security death index. It’s just recently gone live and I decided to check it out. Some of the content on GenealogyBank …Continue reading →


Finding the LeJays: Parlez-vous Francais?

I have written before about the difficulty I have had finding the Lejay family. My great grandmother was Sylvia Lejay Gines and her mother was Syntrilla Brayboy Lejay. I believed that Sylvia’s father’s, and Syntrilla’s husband’s, name was Lewis. I know that they’re connected to both Louisiana and South Carolina. Finding records of them has been very difficult especially in …Continue reading →


Sacramento Professor Claims to Find Lost Jefferson-Hemings Daughter

It’s rare that I find a genealogy story in my local newspaper. But today’s Sacramento Bee has got a good one. We’re all familiar with the controversial story of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. It is said that Jefferson had children by his slave Sally Hemings (whose name is often misspelled “Hemmings.”) Four of those children survived into adulthood, three …Continue reading →


William "Billy" Sanford, 1809-1916

Over the last couple of days I have told little bits of the stories of some of the relatives whose death certificates I’ve recently received. The death certificate I was most thrilled to receive, however, came today: that of William “Billy” Sanford. He was my great-great-grandfather. His four daughters included Betty Sanford, who married Otis Manson. Their youngest son was …Continue reading →


Welcome to the Planet: Jonathan Khalil Edwards!

Jonathan Khalil Edwards made his first appearance on Earth a little after 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10, 2006, in Oxnard, California. He is the son of Tamila and Jamal Edwards of Ventura, California. Tamila is the daughter of Donna and Terry Manson of El Paso, Texas. Jonathan arrives just one day after the 11th birthday of his cousin, Dallas …Continue reading →


Carl Manson, 1893-1983, and Izola Manson, 1911-1995

Carl Edward Manson was the first child of Otis and Betty Manson, born January 2, 1893 in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas. After leaving Rockdale, he lived for a while in Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas, where he worked as a Teamster. For some period of time he was married to a woman I can only identify as Mary M. At some …Continue reading →


Death Certificates: California and Texas

I noted a few days ago that things were bit slow around here in part because the state of Texas had been uncharacteristically slow in providing the death certificates per my latest request. I had requests in with the State of California as well and they were also uncharacteristically slow. But then, as these things are wont to happen, a …Continue reading →


Genealogy Courses from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies

Last night I stumbled across a site called the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. This is a program offered through the University of Toronto, which is said to be Canada’s largest University and seems to have a decent reputation as a research institution. The Institute confers certificates in genealogical studies. These certificates can be country specific or general. The courses …Continue reading →


Death Certificate–Betty Sanford Manson

I was going to save this particular topic until I had some more information. But as I said a few days ago, things have been a bit slow around here, in part due to the uncharacteristically lethargic response of the Texas vital statistics unit to my latest requests. So when a death certificate arrived today, I decided to to move …Continue reading →

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