Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Genealogy Resolutions

I see that it has been a while since I have posted.  With all of work I do to maintain my Van Sickle Family site at Facebook, I tend to neglect the blogs.  I am tempted to make a resolution to post regularly, but I have other genealogy resolutions in mind:

1.  I have no ancestral information on my 4th generation grandmother, Mrs. Alce WORSHAM (nee JOHNSON).  I really need to do some digging into the JOHNSON family in Pike County, Missouri circa 1820.  That is awfully early in Missouri history.  Coupled with the fact that Johnson is such a common surname, I definitely have a challenge ahead of me.

2.   There are tons of records that I need to order for my BROWN family in Cedar County, Missouri.  The courthouse there was nearly destroyed completely in a tornado about 10 years ago.  I've had some trouble locating some records since that time.

3.  I really want to understand the lives of my Anabaptist ancestors.  My Brethren family was quite modern compared to Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite groups, but that was not always the case.  I am somewhat familiar with how my family help establish Brethren churches in Indiana and Missouri (see:  History of the Church of the Brethren in Indiana.  My 4th generation grandparents were Jacob and Hannah RONK).  I know too that many in the church struggled with the modernization of society that began in the 19th century.  Was this true for my family?  I'd love to read, "The Brethren During the Age of World War", but did you see the price?  Wow!

4.  Speaking of Mrs. Hannah RONK, her parents were Thomas and Nancy (nee DEVER) BROTHERS.  Who are Nancy's parents?  And does her DEVER branch somehow connect with my other DEVER branch- Henry and Elizabeth (nee MILES) DEVER of Hardin County, Kentucky?  I need to find some documentation!!!

What genealogy resolutions do you have for this year?

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