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  • More for Our Military Heritage!

    Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

    Some great new records have been added to Our Military Heritage!

    Offerings from the Civil War include the Jacob Treace pension, which include affidavits, marriage records and a medical history of Jacob.  James C. Leighty allowed us to post his biography of John Washington Leighty during the war, which includes a nice bibliography of his sources. And Albert Sisson has allowed us to post his copyrighted work on wartime activities of three family members, Francis Marion Sisson, Jacob Gould and Orin Gould, including family information before and after the war.
     
    We also have posted the Spanish-American War Log Book of the USS Badger by John W. Klinger, 1899, which includes a description of the ship, roster, log, programs, a page illustrating signal flags and a fascinating declination chart.

    Finally, we have three new American Veteran video  interviews with Dave Jones, about his experiences in the Army in Vietnam, Gary Becker, a Vietnam War Paratrooper and Ted Blanford on his service in Afghanistan and Iraq. These are wonderful additions to American, and Fort Wayne, history!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • National Archives Finding Aids Online

    Sunday, Aug 16, 2015

    It will come as no surprise to anyone who’s visited us or checked our Microtext Catalog, but we have quite a bit of National Archives microfilm. We have all federal census from 1790 to 1930 and all Soundex or Miracode films, of course, Freedmen’s Bureau records, major passenger lists, Native American material, and a great deal of military records, but we do not have everything that is available on microfilm from the National Archives and Records Serivice (NARA). For example, we don’t have "A3405: Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Ashtabula and Conneaut, Ohio, 1952-1974" or "A3423: Passenger and Crew Lists of Airplanes Arriving at Brownsville, Texas, January 1943-September 1964." Would you even know that these items existed?

    And what if you wanted to know about the people who were nominated for positions with the Customs office in Port Townsend, Washington? Would you know that NARA produced "Nominations: Letters From the Collector of Customs at Port Townsend, Washington, to the Secretary of the Treasury, 1865-1910” on microfilm? Would you know to check "M217: Attorney Rolls of the Supreme Court of the United States" for to see if an attorney had been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court?

    The Genealogy Center is in the process of scanning all of the National Archives and Records Service Microfilm Publication Guides to help you know what treasures might be available from the National Archives that The Genealogy Center does not own. Each guide tells how many rolls of microfilm are in the set, a brief history of the event surrounding the set, how the set is arranged and what is included.

    Of course, these guides are also helpful for learning about a set that The Genealogy Center does own. For example, The Center owns "Series M4: Letter Book of the Creek Trading House 1795-1816." The guide tells me that it is a single roll of microfilm, containing handwritten copies of letters sent by the agent of the trading house for the Creek Indians. It explains that Congress was in charge of regulating trade with the various Native American tribes, and that each trading house was in the charge of an agent with the authority to direct commerce in that area, and that skins, furs and other goods were shipped and sold. The Creek Trading House was in Georgia, and the guide also names the various agents, or factors, and the years they were in charge before it was sold to the Creeks. The guide also identifies related records that might be useful to researchers.

    There are already more than 500 of these guides available off of The Genealogy Center’s home page. Click on “Pathfinders” them go to “National Archives Finding Aids” to explore these great resources.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Allen County Material in Our Free Databases

    Thursday, Aug 13, 2015

    New material has been added to our Allen County Resources, some as additions to existing databases and some completely new material.

    One of our most popular databases, Allen County, Indiana and Area Obituary Index, now provides coverage through July 31, 2015 and includes more than 18,000 death event citations for area residents.

    More than 5,000 entries have been added to the Allen County Marriages, early 1980s to 2009, bringing that total to more than 67,000 records.

    We’ve been collecting Allen County Business Histories and now have thirteen available (B & B Loan Company, Casa Restaurant Group, Coney Island, D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Homes, Ellison Bakery, F. McConnell and Sons, Fox and Fox, Hartman Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning, Kelley Automotive, Milan Center Feed & Grain, The Oyster Bar, Poorman's Heating and Air Conditioning, and Vera Bradley). If you know of a company that would like their history included, please have them contact us.

    And, finally, indexes for the North Side High School yearbooks 1969-1980 have been posted, adding more that 37,000 new records to an index that totals 126,292 entries.

    Take a few minutes to search these new offerings!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Family Resources Added

    Monday, Aug 10, 2015

    Some great family resources have been added to our Free Databases recently for you to access.

    History of Descendants of John D. Boyle and History and Descendants of Edmund Hobart were found among the papers of Barbara Jane Rinehart Boyle by her daughter, complier by Martha B. Fraze. Admittedly undocumented, they are representative of family tradition type of history and extremely useful as starting points for research.
     
    Descendants of Andreas Hagenbuch, ca. 1715-1785 is another short family history, covering the family into the 1880s, but this one is well documented with extensive footnotes.

    Kloman Connections II by Eleanor Trapnell Kloman Wallace is more than 200 pages of information on various families connected to the Kloman family. Each family section ends with its own notes and bibliography, and the volume is keyword/name searchable.
     
    The Johnson-Greer family Bible is the record of the Clarence-Arthur Johnson-Sallie Charlotte Greer family covering 1859-2009. This file includes the images of the pages as well as a transcription of the information.

    The Willhite Family Records contains the family charts and handwritten notes of Howard E. Willhite of Brookville, Indiana, which he compiled in the 1970s and sent to Anita Willhite Fisher.
     
    Family births of the Betts, Bingham, Burrows and Page Family, mainly of Greene, Chenanago County, New York, are listed in the Tennyson Birthday Book, donated by Jacquelyn Ruttinger of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The volume is a day by day calendar with quotations from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s works on the left side, and space for a diary or notes by date on the right. The original owner, perhaps Eddie Bingham, noted the birth dates of family members in 1893, adding names and dates well into the 20th Century.

    All of these items are great examples of the types of material that other family historians share with us each day. What might you have to share!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More Evangelical Messenger Obituaries Indexed!

    Sunday, Jul 26, 2015

    One of the most popular of our Free Databases is the Evangelical Messenger Obituary Index, and recently another year, 1944, has been added to this collection. Thanks to the efforts of distant volunteer Anne Dallas Budd, there are 190,775 entries. The "Evangelical Messenger" was the English-language, weekly denominational publication associated with The Evangelical Church, and served a community of subscribers across many states. From this website, you can search for names, or browse through a chronological list of deaths. And remember, contact us with a list of obituary copies you’d like to obtain, provide your mailing address and, within a couple of weeks, we will send copies along with a bill for $2.50 per obituary. Check the index today!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Additions to Family Files and Resources

    Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015

    A few more family resources were posted to the Free Databases that might provide some clues for family historians.

    The first is the Hut Family Bible Transcription. The original Bible is now lost to this branch of the family, who do, however, own and shared an English translation of the German content written by Theodore Henry Hut, the eldest child of Ludwig and Addelhia Brandt Hut. The couple, Theodore and another, child, Johanna, came of the United States from Germany in 1837, and settled in Ohio. The Bible record is in narrative form and follows the Theodore, his parents, three wives and children through births, marriages and deaths. The item is truly a valuable document for the family and we are pleased it was shared with us, and you.

    The next item, transcribed and donated by Martha Bowes, is the Autobiography of Jane Ivison Scott Hanna, born about 1810 in Scotland and died in 1891 in Indiana. This account is dated 1877 and provides a fascinating look at her life before and after immigration.

    Shelley Cardiel found and “rescued” three photographs of the some of the children of Nicholas and Rosa Bauer Plain of Atlanta, Indiana. Ms. Cardiel also provided identifying information about the family through census and cemetery records, adding to the value of these photos.

    Barbara McCoy donated a copy of a family group record for the John Monroe Kirk family of Pennsylvania and Indiana, as well as an extended family photo taken in celebration of John’s 75th birthday in 1905. The photo features the descendants of John’s father and uncle, Jesse and Alexander Kirk.

    And last, Ms. McCoy also donated a family group record and family photos of Joseph Ray Guernsey and Flora Anderson Phrall, also of Indiana. There are several World War I photos of Joseph Ray, including one with a group of other (unfortunately unidentified) servicemen at Fort Dix in 1918. Take a look and see if you can identify any of the other men.

    We are very appreciative to be allowed to post these images, and welcome any that others may wish to contribute!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More Free Military History Sources

    Sunday, Jun 28, 2015

    Several new items have been added to Our American Heritage recently that you might want to peruse. The first is a photograph of the tombstone of Henry F. Frizzell, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient. Along with the photograph is a link to the U.S. Army Center of Military History for brief biographies of Frizzell and other Medal of Honor winners.

    Also uploaded recently were video interviews with a number of Twentieth Century servicemen and their families including  Don Theurer, World War II Army Air Corps; Vicki Khouli, Ominous Odyssey from World War II; Korean War Veteran Chuck Layton; Vietnam War sailor Dana Failor; Vietnam War Marine Bob IhrieBernie Lee, 22-Year Marine Corps Veteran;  Phil Plasterer, 82nd Airborne during the Afghanistan and Iraqi Wars; and an interview with Gerard Willis of the Allen County Council of Veterans. These are a fascinating look at big wars from front lines perspectives.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Our First Free Database for North Carolina

    Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015

    We now have twenty-six states covered in our Free Databases with the recent addition of an occupational association program for North Carolina. Although the four page program of the 1935 North Carolina State Association of Colored Graduate School Nurses is small, it contains the names of about three dozen people who were involved with the Association or with the meeting that was held on June 6th and 7th at the First Baptist Church of High Point, North Carolina. Talks included “Surgical Technique,” by Miss M. R. Searcy and a case study by Miss M. K. Long of the State Hospital. Other activities included a garden party on the lawn on June 6th and a sightseeing tour followed by a dance on June 7th. This is a wonderful source for anyone searching African-American professionals in the mid-1930s.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Fort Wayne Church Scrapbooks Available Online

    Sunday, Jun 14, 2015

    Two local churches have allowed us to scan and post their scrapbooks to our Free Databases page. Included are three scrapbooks from First Baptist Church and five scrapbooks from North Christian Church, both from here in Fort Wayne.

    The First Baptist Scrapbooks contain all types of church activities and news from 1949 to 1995, including selected members’ obituaries and wedding announcements, bulletins and photographs. The North Christian Scrapbooks also contain bulletins, photos, accounts of various church activities and news items pertaining to the church or to its members. Although the scrapbooks are not indexed, the contents listings for each of these eight scrapbooks will provide a valuable guide to anyone searching for news or members of these churches.

    Thank you to these two churches for allowing us to make these great resources available!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Death-related Sources added to Free Databases

    Thursday, Jun 11, 2015

    To start off with one of our most popular databases, the Evangelical Messenger Obituary Abstracts database just keeps growing, and now covers 1848 to 1943 with a total of 188, 555 entries thanks to Anne Dallas Budd, Rita Bone Kopp and Sally Zody Spreng.

    A collection of Obituaries from the Sullivan Daily Times and the Sullivan Union, Sullivan County, Indiana have been added to the Free Databases. Consisting of more than 17,000 images, this material covers many of the years from 1920-2013. These records were compiled by Donna K. Adams, Paula Jewell, and Mark Brown of the Sullivan County Public Library Genealogy/Local History Department, who have kindly allowed us to post them.

    Jim Cox has again donated Jay County, Indiana cemetery records for our Free Databases page. Hillside Cemetery and seventeen other small cemeteries (Bear Creek, Holy Trinity, Mt. Vernon, New Mt. Pleasant, Pleasant Hill, Praise Chapel, Sager, Springhill, Stephen, Stevenson, Stratton, Wayman, Wells, Wentz, Whaley, Whicker, Whiteman).

    From Noble County,Indiana, we have posted 281 images from the Oak Park Cemetery Record Book and 2681 records of Oak Park Cemetery burial permits. These records  include Potter’s Field entries and a cemetery map.

    And the Genealogy Tracers of Cleveland, Ohio (Alfreda Spratlen Barnes, Clancy Ware-Simpson, David Simpson, Carmine Vaughn Stewart, Gwendolyn Wynne Strayhan, and Henrietta English-West) have provided an additional 357 memorials consisting of 1661 images of Homegoing Programs and Memorials.

    We are fortunate that all of these great people are doing this wonderful work of preserving various death-related records and making them available to anyone through our Free Databases.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Additions to Free Family Resources

    Monday, Apr 20, 2015

     What do you do with the various family materials that you have acquired or written over the years? Are they displayed on bookshelves at home? Shared with relatives? Or stuck away in a box in the garage? The Genealogy Center has obtained several items that can show you the types of material that we are happy to post on our free Family Resources page.

    "William McKendree Lambdin: A Pioneer Methodist Minister and Educator of Texas," by T. Bradford Willis, DDS was published in book format in 2000, but Dr. Willis has given us permission to post it on our website so that anyone can view it.

    The Irving Family Tree was compiled in 1980 by Ian Alfred Lyon with addenda by Jan E. Irving and James M. Irvine in 2013 and 2014. This family tree includes family members from the late 1600s to 2014.

    Mary Hayes Griffin Ancestors is another family tree that has been scanned for posting. Mary Hayes Griffin was born in 1913, daughter of Willard Carl Griffin and Teresa Elvira Briggs. This short volume goes back many generations, and then forward from Mary to her grandchildren.

    These three items have also already been cataloged in our "book" catalog, to facilitate location by other researchers.

    The last item is Memorial Records of Leota May, concerning Leota’s 1971 death, including pall bearers, a register of family and friends and floral tributes, communications with the Batesville Casket Company, and memorial, sympathy and wreath cards. Aside from the valuable family information is the insight into funeral practices in Indiana in the 1970s.

    These great items are just a few examples of what we have been allowed to add to our Family Resources page. Do you have some items you'd like us to include? If so, please contact us.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Free Church Record Databases!

    Friday, Apr 17, 2015

    Thanks to our donors, we have added several church records and histories to out Free Databases recently!

    First off, we have a Brief History of Austin Avenue United Methodist Church of Waco, Texas, provided to us by compiler T. Bradford Willis, DDS. We also have the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Register from Kendallville, Noble County, Indiana.

    Finally, for the first set of Free Databases for New Jersey, we have four registers for Lutheran churches in Trenton: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Register 1967-1990s and Communicants, 1971-1991; Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church register, 1869-1889 and 1905-1956; Lutheran Church of the Saviour, 1899-1967; and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1851-1967. All of these items were provided by William Mennel, and posted with his permission.
     
    As always, we are very appreciative of those who allow us to post material here, and we welcome others to do likewise.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • More for Our Military Heritage!

    Thursday, Apr 02, 2015

    Through the generosity of our customers, we have added more than 200 images to Our Military Heritage!

    James and Marilyn Leighty generously allowed The Genealogy Center to post “Charles Byron Burley, Company C, 141st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry” which deals with a group known as the Alexander Volunteer Militia from Alexander Township, Athens County, Ohio, and includes information on the Burley family of Athens County.

    Other Civil War records include pension and/or service records for George D. Barkalow, 134th Ohio; George W. Barkalow, 148th IndianaJames Barkalow, 134th OhioIsaac Biggerstaff, 64th Ohio;  and John M. Clark, 46th Indiana.

    And finally, Lois Stifel has allowed us to post the World War II photos and memorabilia of  naval officer Saul Corush who served on the USS Missouri during the Japanese surrender.

    Thanks to all of these folks who have allowed us to share their soldiers with you!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Free Databases Offer More Cemeteries

    Thursday, Mar 12, 2015

    Almost 9500 new cemetery listings have been added to our free databases in recent weeks, including information from the Midwest and South!

    Twelve cemeteries have been added for Kentucky for Anderson County (Sale Family Cemetery), Calloway County (Parker Cemetery), Campbell County (Ball and Beall Family Cemeteries), and Warren County (Bolling Springs, Crandel’s Chapel, Galloway, Goshen, Penns Chapel, Pioneer, Plum Springs, and Sand Hill Cemeteries).

    We have added thirteen cemeteries for Michigan in Alcona County (Twin Lakes Cemetery), Alger County (Deerton, Grand Island, Holy Rosary, Munising Township, Rose Hill, Serenity Pines Cemeteries), Alpena County (Hope Lutheran, King Settlement, Long Rapids, Sanborn Township, and St. Catherine Cemeteries) and a Native American Catholic cemetery in Baraga County.

    And twenty cemeteries have been added in Louisiana in Allen Parish (Akins and Arkadelphia Cemeteries), Ascension Parish (Richardson Methodist Cemetery), Beauregard Parish (Arnold, Barrow, Bivens, Brushy Creek, Dr. Ross Carter Baby, Felice, Frusha, Green-Oakland, Hagar, Hennigan, Highland, Holly Grove, Jayhawkers, Lone Oak, Lyles Private, Nix Ferry Cemeteries) and Evangeline Parish (Caney Creek Cemetery).

    We are also adding the first digital resources from three new states, with Gillham Cemetery in Allen County, Kansas; Antioch and Beasley Cemeteries in Barbour County, Alabama and Abney Cemetery in Bibb County, Alabama; and Grant Cemetery in Ashley County, Arkansas and Scull and Van Camp Cemeteries in Arkansas County, Arkansas.

    As with all of our cemetery records, you can browse the specific cemetery or use our federated search on our homepage to search all of our Free Databases at once.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New Free Family Files!

    Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015

    Through the generosity of a number of individuals, three new and unique family collections have recently been added to our Free Databases Family Files and Resources. The first is Burden Family Reunion, minutes from annual meetings from 1899 to 1939. The Forbing Family Photos, earth twentieth century photographs (with identifying information from the reverse of the photos included) and post cards for the Frank Forbing family.

    The third collection is the George Ely Russell, Jr. Collection, whose research collection was donated to The Genealogy Center. Russell, a well-respected genealogist, maintained a collection of cards which recorded information on the wives and daughters of the extended Russell family. Russell Wives and Daughters is a searchable index to these scanned cards. This first installment includes more than 6700 cards, but more will be added as they are scanned. We thank George’s children for donating, and allowing us to make available, this valuable collection.

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • New School Records in the Free Databases

    Thursday, Feb 12, 2015

    We family historians know that sometimes a school record, yearbook or souvenir may offer a vital clue in discovering more about an individual. We are pleased to add two school-related items to our Free Databases, and to expand an index for another.

    One can now see the Alumni Booklet for Latty High School in Paulding County, Ohio, which lists all graduates from 1901 to 1952. From the index page, one can browse the book or click on a specific name to go directly to that page.

    The Gilead High School Alumni News from Miami County, Indiana is also available. The Alumni Directory covers 1912 to 1954, It includes photos, a history of the school, and brief biographies of those students who died in service of their country.

    We have also added almost four thousand entries from 1958 North Side (Fort Wayne) High School yearbook to the Allen County High School Yearbooks Index, bring the total number of entries in that index to 85,213. Thanks to our volunteers who continue to add to this wonderful and useful database!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Baer Field Resources

    Tuesday, Feb 03, 2015

    Fort Wayne’s military air base was opened in 1941, after a frantic summer of construction of more than 100 buildings. During World War II, more than 100,000 service personnel were stationed there, and it continues to be home to the 122nd Fighter Squadron.

    The Genealogy Center has added several items to the Free Databases collection that recall Baer Field history and people. The first is Bear Field, 1941-1991: 50th Anniversary, which provides the history of the facility in a booklet published in 1991. Next is Baer Field Memories, photographs and souvenirs of the World War II era. Fifty Years in Fighters: A Tribute to the 122nd Fighter Wing Indiana Air National Guard is a digital copy of the souvenir program of the 1997 Open House for the 122nd which contains history and images. The last item is Pilot Briefing Folio, Troop Carrier Command, Baer Field, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, a 1942, then-restricted informational brochure provided to new pilots coming to Baer Field, which includes a security memo, advice to pilots, emergency procedures, and a map of Baer Field.

    All of these provide a fascinating look at the military in World War II and profiles a Fort Wayne historic site. Take time to enjoy these additions!


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Louisiana Resources Available!

    Saturday, Jan 31, 2015

    The Genealogy Center is a long way from Louisiana, but we’ve never let distance stop us from collecting records, so if you are searching for ancestors in Allen or Beauregard Parishes in Louisiana, you are going to want to visit our free Other States Resources page to see the records for thirteen cemeteries which are now available. Donated by volunteer Jim Cox, the list includes Bond Cemetery and St. Michael African American Cemetery in Allen Parish, and Archie Clark, Burks, Foshee, Hoy, Peveto, Red Hill, Rigmaiden, Rougeau, Stretton, and Wingate Cemeteries and Squyres United Methodist Church Cemetery in Beauregard Parish. Each cemetery is browseable by itself, or can be searched through the federated databases search on The Genealogy Center homepage. Take a few minutes to examine these great new contributions!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • MORE Added Content to Our Free Allen County Databases

    Friday, Jan 16, 2015

    Two of our most popular collections in our Allen County Resources have had additions recently!

    Almost four thousand names have been added to the Allen County, Indiana Marriage Index, mid-1980s to September 2009, and the search capabilities have been expanded so that one can search by first names, as well as last, and using exact, fuzzy or Soundex. Copies of the applications are available in The Genealogy Center.

    Additionally, 19,630 obituaries have been added to the Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana Area Obituary Index 1841- Dec. 3, 2014. The index provides a citation for the obituary, and copies can be requested through the results website.

    Thanks to our wonderful volunteers who contribute their time to help us to grow these databases!

    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center

  • Don't Believe Everything You Read

    Friday, Dec 19, 2014

    by Sara

    When I first started working on my family history over 30 years ago, I was thrilled to find an already published book, The Kelloggs in the Old World and the New by Timothy Hopkins (hereafter referred to as the Kellogg book), that traced the line of my 3rd great grandfather, John Abel Kellogg (1842-1909), all the way back to an immigrant ancestor who came to the United States in the 1600s.  As new researchers, my mom and I were so excited to see our family (including the names of recent relatives) listed in this book, that we assumed it must be correct. Now as a more experienced researcher, I know that all information found in printed family histories should be verified independently, before accepting it as accurate, especially when the family history does not explain where the author obtained his information, as this book did not.

    I started to look over my old research on the Kellogg family recently and in the process, made a discovery that shook some of our previous beliefs (including our faith in the Kellogg book’s assertions) and has left us with a fair number of unanswered questions.
    I began by trying to find John, his parents Martin and Eliza (Eaton), and siblings Wealthy and Veron/Vernon Kellogg in the 1850 census. I found a John Kellogg age 8, living with his presumed grandparents, Thomas and Mary Kellogg in Huron County, Ohio, and a Martin Kellogg (right age and details) boarding with a Reaves family in Madison Co, IL (which agreed with the Kellogg book), but no trace of Eliza, Wealthy or Vernon Kellogg in this census year. Upon closer examination of the book, Eliza was supposed to have died on June 14, 1846, which would explain why the family seemed to have split up by 1850.  I checked Huron County, Ohio Cemetery Inscriptions to find out where Eliza was buried. There was a listing for Martin and Eliza’s 17 month-old daughter Mary E., who also died in June of 1846, but no tombstone for Eliza in the same cemetery or any other cemetery in the county. This seemed odd to me, although it is entirely possible that she had a stone at one time that has since been lost to the ravages of time, or that her stone was missed or misread in the cemetery inventory. So, I continued to research this family.
    Imagine my surprise to find Abel J. (John), Wealthy and Vernon in the 1860 census in Huron County, Ohio with an Eliza Kellogg, born 1818 in Vermont, as head of the household! Could this person be their mother? Censuses before 1880 did not state the relationships of persons living in the same household. Further investigation turned up other sightings of a mysterious Eliza Kellogg. In the 1850 census, Elija [Eliza?] Kellogg, born 1818 in Vermont, was listed with the Hiram Curtis family in Huron County, Ohio.  Her vital details indicate she was probably the same person as the 1860 Eliza Kellogg, but mistakenly transcribed by the census indexer at Ancestry.com as “Elija.”

    Son John Abel Kellogg moved to Barry County, Michigan by 1870. In the 1870 and 1880 censuses of Barry County, there was an Eliza Kellogg who lived in the County Poor House. In 1870 she was listed as born in 1830 in Ohio and a pauper, and in 1880 she was listed as from Baltimore Township (where son John lived) and ill with “scroffulia” [sic] or scrofula (a type of tuberculosis of the skin), no birth date or place given. No other Eliza Kellogg was enumerated in Barry County before or after these years. Between 1880 and 1894, son John moved to Montcalm County, Michigan. And oddly enough, an Eliza Kellogg, born 1821, place unknown, died in the Poor House there in 1896 of erysipelas (a skin infection).  No other Eliza Kellogg was found in online Montcalm records, except for a couple of Elizabeth Kelloggs who were married in that county, but with ages inconsistent with our Eliza.  Were these sightings coincidental; or were one, some or all of the Eliza Kelloggs that we found after our Eliza’s supposed death in 1846, actually the mother of John Abel Kellogg? I lean toward believing that they were all the same woman, but clearly more research is needed.

    If even one of these Eliza Kelloggs was our John’s mother, then the Kellogg book that we placed so much reliance on was either misinformed about the family details or tried to deliberately mislead readers about the fate of Eliza Kellogg.  Another fact that the Kellogg book may have gotten wrong is Eliza’s maiden name. The book says it was Eaton, but the only likely marriage record found in Ohio for this couple was for a Martin Kellogg and Eliza Payn(e) in Huron Co. Ohio in 1839.  There were multiple Martin Kelloggs in Huron County, but which one married Eliza Payne? What was our Eliza’s correct maiden name? Could she have been an Eaton who was married previously to a man named Payne?  More mysteries to solve.  

    Without a doubt, we have proven again through this incident that genealogical information found in published family histories should be verified, rather than accepted as gospel truth, especially when sources are not cited. Family histories or online family trees can be used as a great starting point for one’s research, but then the real work of proving or disproving the information found begins. My work will continue as I seek the truth about Eliza Kellogg and fact-check the remainder of the pertinent Kellogg information listed in the book.


    Posted by: ACPL Genealogy Center