Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Butcher, Baker - What Did Your Ancestors Do? Ancestral Occupation Geneameme.

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 NSW Rail Carriage built by my great great grandfather, John Morrison c 1890
The diversity of ancestors' and relatives' occupations is quite fascinating. To think that we have become who we are today as a result of the many lives and occupations before us is mind boggling. This is what prompted me to do an alphabetical list of my known ancestor occupations.  I have included occupations of siblings of my ancestors and added other relevant information, such as surnames, timelines and illustrations where I felt it significant. Simply the name of an occupation on its own is interesting enough if you do this geneameme. I have not included the job of every ancestor and I expect that this project will be an ongoing one. I'm certain that listing the occupations my ancestors will give me much food for thought for future blog posts however. I have found it fascinating to list the wide range of jobs my forebears participated!

Now, unless you have a Xylophone player or an undertaker in your family you may not be able to fill in the entire alphabet, but you can always come back to it when you do find that elusive occupation for  U, X or Z! (German ancestors do help with the "Z" occupations).  I hope you enjoy sharing the occupations of your own ancestors as much as I did. 

A: Aircraft Manufacturer (Rex Morley HOYES, Southampton WW2)
     Agricultural Labourer (Ag Lab) (England)
     Accountant (ABSOLOM, Middlesex, England mid 1800's)

B: Bailiff ( Bertrum GAIRE, Bailiff of Morpeth, Northumberland UK, 16th and 17th Century)

MY ancestor Bertrum Gaire would have well known Morpeth Castle c 11th century.

     Builder (John MORRISON, Nottinghamshire, Australia, late 19th century)

Strathfield Council Chambers built by John Morrison, 1887

      Bootmaker (Jacob HÄBERLING, Ottenbach, Zurich, Switzerland, 19th Century)
      Besitzer (Assessor) (SIEGLER, Baden Württemberg, Germany, 1800's)
      Bondsman ( DAWSON, Nottinghamshire, late 1700's)
      Bobbin Winder (HOYES, Nottinghamshire,1851)
      Barrister's Clerk (WESTON, London mid 1800's)
C: Carriage Builder (John MORRISON, Strathfield 1880-1900)
     Coal Miner,  MCDADE, BONNER, Scotland 19th Century

Coal Mining 19th Century Image Wikipedia Creative Commons ©©

     Carpenter, (TURNER, Ipswich, Suffolk, England)
     Carter (RENNIE, Scotland)
     Charwman (TURNER, St Marylebone, London, 1850)

D: Dressmaker (WESTON, Kensington, London 1850)
     Dairy Maid (GAIR, Northumberland, 1851)

E: Engine Driver (EVANS, Rosario, Argentina, 1880)

F: Farmer, ( WHITE, THOMPSON, CLAKE, ireland, NERGER, Darling Downs, Bauer, Maryborough, Australia, Gair, Northumberland England)

G: Gold Miner (NERGER, Gympie. Queensland, Australia)
     Gardener (GAIR, Heaton Park, Northumberland, 1830)

H: Hand Loom Linen Weaver (HOYES, Nottinghamshire, England, 1851)
     House Servant (WESTON, London, England)

I: Interior Designer (REECE HOYES Brisbane, Qld, Australia)

J: Jute Bag Sewer (MCDADE, Greenock, Glasgow, Scotland 1871)
    Journey Carpenter (Morley, Middlesex, London, England, 1851)

K: Kiln Burner (FRASER, Scotland)

Remains of a Lime Kiln Image Creative Commons ©©

L: Law Clerk (WESTON, Greys Inn, London, 19th Century)
     Labourer (England, ireland, Scotland, Australia)
     Letter Carrier (SEALEY, London, 1871)

M: Miller ( MORLEY, Marston and Hougham, Lincolnshire, England)
      Musikant (Musician) (SIGLER, Tiefenbronn, Germany)
      Mill Worker, (MCDADE, Glasgow, Scotland)
      Mason Journeyman, (CAMERON, Glasgow, Scotland)

By Anonymous - L'Iconographie de l'Orgue et du Clavecin, 18th century book, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3852490

N: Needlewoman (WESTON, London, England, 1850's)
     Nurse (MORRISON, Queensland, Australia 1900's)

My Morrison family of Nurses who ran the private hospital in Cooroy. Image in the possession of the author. Originally courtesy of the Pomona Museum.

O: Opera Singer (HOYES, Leo, New Zealand and Australia)

P: Publican (FRAYNE, Singelton, NSW, Australia)
    Pantry Boy (FRAYNE, Dublin, Ireland mid 1800's)
    Pianist (MCDADE, Scotland, Australia)

Colin John McDade (my father) Photo in the possesion of the author.

    Parish Relief (BERRY, Nottinghamshire, England 1850's)
    Plumber (HOYES, Nottinghamshire, England 1861)
    Physician (FERRIAR, John M.D., Manchester, UK, late 18th early 19th C)


R: Rail Workshop Manager (MORRISON, Ipswich Qld, Australia)
     Railway Porter (PILMER, Glasgow, Scotland, 1851)

S: Siebmacher (SIEGLER, Sieve maker for wine making, Germany, 16 and 17th C)
    Schuhmacher, (HÄBERLING, Ottenbach, Switzerland early 1800's)
    Surgeon, (Arthur GAIR, Alnwick, Northumberland, mid 18th C)
    Sugeon, Edward Manton WESTON, London and Venezuela, mid 19th C)
    Sexton, ( Edward MANTON, St Mary's Islington, London, 18th C)
    Shepherd, (NERGER, Prussia and Darling Downs, Auatralia)
    Ship's Agent (WESTON, St Clement's Dane, London 1850)
    Soldier (FERRIAR, Carabobo, Venezuela early 1800's)

T: Turncock (MCDADE, Brisbane, Qld, Australia)
     Threadmill Worker (CAMPBELL, Paisley, Glasgow, Scotland 1936)



W: Weaver (William Hoyes, Newark, Nottinghamshire, early 19th C)



Z: Zimmerknecht (Interior Painter) (Germany)

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Genealogical Research and the Need for World Peace

What happens to our genealogical research when our race, our culture, our ancestors…. have been eradicated by nuclear war, oppression, and/or cruelty?! 

Over the centuries, many evil leaders have ignored the humanity of other people, sometimes their very own citizens.  This has been a fact of history --can we make history stop repeating itself?  Can we become more civilized, kind and inclusive?  Have we made progress or not? 
I would not even attempt to chronicle all the events that spring into my mind when I contemplate these atrocities!  From ancient times, people have conquered and destroyed each other.  In the Middle East and in China, warriors were brutal to other cultures. Rome devastated their share of people and cultures also. None of our ancestors were probably spared in any 3rd or 4th generation being scarred by conquering, war, slavery, or ethnic cleansing. The British/Americans  in their conquering of Native Americans, and selling people into slavery. Hitler and his unfathomable execution of and cruelty to Jews in the Holocaust---the horror goes on and on it seems. Even now we have ethnic cleansing of their Rohingya minority going on in Myanmar, and Isis encouraging the killing of Christians, Jews, and Muslims all over the world. Do you think you could document your ancestors who are living in refugee camps all over the world as they flee violence?   

In America, Africa, Europe –all over the world—white nationalists—white supremacists work to instill fear in the hearts of anyone other than “white” citizens!  African Americans, Jews, Muslims, Hispanics, Asians.  World leaders like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, Hassan Rouhani, Mugabe….and others, seem bent on spewing hate and torture through war on many of us innocents all over the world! 

So, what happens to our ability to do genealogical research when people die or are enslaved for years?  We have a great and terrible example for us when we look at the difficulty of conducting African American genealogical research.   It was only a few years ago that I really got involved in doing genealogical research of different cultures. Part of that was due to my having done my DNA and finding more ties to other cultures than previously perceived by this southern American white Christian woman had dreamed of having.  I not only learned that I was the descendant of a melting pot of world citizens, thank you very much, but that I had blood relatives, ancestors who were Jews-- and their Nazi persecutors!! Horrors! I also met and became friends with some of my African American cousins –themselves the descendants of my white great, great, great, great, great, great…grandparents who owned their own enslaved grandparents!  More horrors! In my own genealogical research—were colonial American settlers who fought and killed Native American Indians—because they wanted their land, I am sorry to say,—and there were the shameful slave owners, and breeders!  In our genealogical research we glorify our ancestors who fought in wars—the Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, WW I and II, Vietnam!  Really? I did as well…but I am rethinking my values—at the same time, we have to take a stand and stop evil leaders from ruining us! I am proud of those who fight for the right reasons—but who decides what is right—what is good or evil?

Now that I realize how hard it is to do African American genealogical research, because of their oppression! Only a few slave names were ever recorded—their first names might have been listed on property tax forms or in wills where they were willed “in perpetuity along with their descendants”!  Only in the 1870 census in America—260 + years after the first colony at Jamestown was founded, were most African Americans named fully and counted as free people in our country!  Ten to twelve generations of ancestors –lost, unaccounted for—due to their oppression!  Unfathomable cruelty! Even in 1870, women –black and white could not vote, had no voice in their governance.  Disenfranchisement, erasure, violence, killing and maiming—prejudice—wow, isn’t it amazing that we can trace anyone in our past?

Maybe those of us who are into DNA and genealogical research –and there are millions of us worldwide now—thanks to Ancestry, FTDNA, 23 and Me, Gedmatch, My Heritage, WikiTree, Family Search, Genealogy Bank, and so many more—maybe if the millions of us stood up to be counted—stood up and said “Enough! Enough Killing! Stop the Hate! We want peace on earth. We want our children and grandchildren –and our 7th great grandchildren to know who we are and to have a world to live and create in.” –maybe we could change the current war cries.  We know the leaders of the world think of us as faceless – but we know we are important in the chain of ancestors and cultures, of people!  

Women's march, Washington, DC, Jan. 2017,

Write, march, shout…most of the world is full of normal, kind people who love children, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, and friends.  Most of us smile and greet each other—and we help each other --- even with our genealogical research!  Maybe WE need to make the rules and set the norms for a while!  Let your voice be heard—and let your descendants be proud of the person you were! We must find a way to topple the leaders who hate and want to eradicate and humiliate us and others.  We must champion those who are cooperative, inclusive, and caring! We have work to do, so we can continue to have genealogical research to do….and descendants to do it!

Letting my voice be heard…Helen Youngblood Holshouser, Nov. 29, 2017

Sunday, 19 November 2017

What Is It That Will Get You To Write Your Stories

While I am working at the Family History Center, I frequently have people come in and ask what we do. The basic answer is to assist people in finding their ancestors. A frequent reply to that is "my Grandmother has already done our tree".  "Wellll", I say, "have you written your stories? Who can tell them like you do? Who knows them and will care to tell them if you don't."
From my own experience, my Hero wrote his "Personal History", but it was a factual history, i.e. I was born... He did not include any of his "stories" of what made him the person he was. His good fortune was I was a good listener and in my grief, I wrote the stories that made him come alive again to his children and will help his grandchildren to know him.
What help me to write his stories was I found a group called GeneaBloggers on the Web and their memes gave me the platform to write those stories. GeneaBloggers has transitioned into GeneaBloggers Tribe, but still has the prompts for those that have a hard time zeroing in on a topic or thought.
Another point is, if you procrastinate, you might lose the capacity to remember and or write those personal memories. Just saying...
I, personally, am going to pick up with my stories now and if it triggers one of the Hero's then I will write that too.  Please, if you have only been concentrating on other's stories or professional instruction, teaching, et cetera, pause occasionally and begin writing your own stories. This is a plea on your behalf and those that come later.
PS Did you ever think that your story that includes others, rarely is a story about only one person, could help another learn about their family member too.
'Til next month... keep writing.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Preserving and Procrastination

What happens when a Family History historian hears about a problem with archiving pictures and doesn’t act upon that information until sometime afterwards? 
I know I am talking to the choir, so I will just say one word…disaster.
Recently I have begun working with a long term genealogist and local historian in my community to begin archiving his years of work and accumulation of both pictures and records.  The first thing he brought out to identify, digitalize, and catalog, was his wife’s old pictures that had been carefully put in the old Sticky Album Pages. He knew that the sticky paper could cause problems with the pictures, but had procrastinated removing them to a safer medium.

What we found was the pictures had actually melded with the sticky backing and could not be easily removed without a risk of the picture tearing. The color pictures had faded although the black and white ones were not affected in appearance. Polaroid pictures did not stick. 

The first task was to work on breaking the glue bond. He kept saying I cannot believe the pages have welded together. The work was tedious, to follow the instructions per the recommended video by the Smithsonian Institute for saving your pictures from sticky paper.
We cut the hard board sheets the pictures were glued to and then proceeded to ease the pictures off with a thin blade or floss, which ever was working.

I then scanned the pictures and sorted them according to date, and family. We are now in the process of putting the originals in new acid free albums and storing according to Surname and Place if applicable.

The moral of my short story is don’t put off what you know you NEED to do because in the long run it will cost you more time.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Rootstech 2018

The Return Trip

I have previously written about my trip to Rootstech/FGS 2015.
In February 2018 I shall be making another trip to Salt Lake City for the Rootstech conference.

I have taken time out since Rootstech started to watch the live streaming each year. However, after attending in 2015, I really miss the buzz of spending almost a week with other genealogists.

It is not just the conference with all the variety of learning sessions available. But the opportunity to meet up with online friends and make new ones.

I have registered to get the Early Bird Price and reserved my hotel room. I am in the process of arranging my flights and then there is travel insurance and ESTA to organise. So although it is almost five months away I have plenty to do in the meantime. 

I should arrive on Sunday evening and hope to get almost 2 days to research in the Family History Library. Getting there early means I can take advantage of the Tuesday check-in and not miss any of the four days.

This is a great theme, for only today I made a connection, to a fellow WikiTree genealogist. With all the divisions in the world, being able to connect and belong to one great community with a common goal, is the best feeling in the world.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Scottish Ancestors and Living Cousins

Having my DNA done on Ancestry several years ago, led to a chapter of my life's journey I could never have imagined. While researching my family's genealogy, I began meeting other researchers, some of whom also happened to be related to me biologically --proven through DNA.  We had to figure out just exactly how we were related however!  That was the adventure.  Soon it became obvious that we needed a place where we could talk to each other easily, share discoveries, ideas, and get to know each other. That's where social media, especially Facebook, came to be so valuable. On Facebook, we could form a group, in this case people interested in Hogg/Hogue/Hogge research especially, and most of us were related to each other., and soon became friends.  On Facebook, it didn't matter if we were from Europe or America, we could talk, share, and compare discoveries easily. Across America also, from New York to Virginia to California, and Wisconsin to Florida!  What a wonderful experience.  

Lately I have been studying the Hogg DNA Project which has been going on for about ten years I think.  The study was directed and articles authored by Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD.  Enough people have joined the study, that some conclusions have been made and published.  You can access the data that I draw from for this post at these links: "Hogg DNA Project Project Results"   Another well-organized site by Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD, and one full of great family information and links, is:  "Hogg DNA Project A List of Hogg Lines"

wanted to see if I could organize our family group on Facebook, according to the latest developments in the Hogg DNA Project.  I understand that Dwight has identified at least twenty different DNA groups of Hogg descendants in the United States! Wow! Hogg was a popular name in Scotland!  Dwight says that the name Hogg originally described a yearling sheep, so when surnames began, and were generally based on vocation or location, many sheep herders took the name Hogg. They just adopted the name, and now, some 500 years later, we are trying to figure out who is related to whom! What a great adventure!  

One of our group members, a cousin from Wisconsin, Ron Hogue, shared another definition that I like and have found true for the family. 

Our Hogue Family Facebook group currently has 62 members. We are always open for new cousins. Some in the group are not related to us, but "friends" of the family, like Douglas Moncrieff, a professional genealogist from Scotland who has helped guide our research tremendously.  

Most of the members of our group belong to the Hogg DNA Project 
Group I1, cluster 1.  This group connects nine family groups whose DNA show that they share a common ancestor. A few folks in our Facebook group are related to each other, but by DNA not actually related to the I1 groups. By the way, that is not 11 (eleven), that is the letter I, like in Ireland, and the number one,"1". Hard to tell if you are not familiar with the rankings. This is how I believe our group is organized.  
 I. These nine different family lines have matching DNA and all belong to the Hogg DNA Project I1 cluster 1 – according to Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD, Sept. 2017: 

   1. MD1765a descendants of Alexander Ogg of Maryland, b.ca.1745 
----Line including Iris Elizabeth Ogg first wife of George Combs
      who married as his     2nd wife Helen Marie Youngblood who 
      descends from linePA1755a and is this author's paternal Aunt. 
 2. NH1703a descendants of William W. Church b.1855 Montpelier VT 
----Line including our members Leona and Joann  
 3. GA1770a descendants of James Hogg Sr. of Savannah GA b.1740 
----Line includes our members: Betty , Jerry Carla  
 4. PA1754a descendants of Robert Hogg b.1721, Southern Scotland 
----Line including our member Carol. 
5. PA1755a descendants of Robert Hogg b.1725, Scotland d.1747, PA 
-----includes most members of our family group including:  
Ali Holshouser Orcutt, sister of Annie Holshouser, both daughters of Helen Youngblood Holshouser. 
Alice Youngblood, wife of Cecil Hogue Youngblood. Brother of Fulton Youngblood, and Helen Youngblood Holshouser 
Allison, Donna's daughter 
Barry, Bev, Beverly 
Bonnie - adult children Billy, Kristin, and Jennifer. Tammy  
Charles, Cheryl, Cyndi 
Dee, Donna 
James, brother of Wynn; Jennifer, Ron S's daughter; Jessica, Joanne 
Mae, Marcia, Maria, Michelle 
Rebecca, Robert, Ron H., Ron S. 
Sherry, Stephanie, Sue B., Sue N., Suzy N. 
Vickie, and her 3 adult children Tracy, Tabitha, and Travis, and four adult grandchildren-- Courtney, Casey, Scottie, and Kimberley  are members.  

6. PA1825a descendants of James Hogue b.1825, Pennsylvania-no members in our group yet.  
7. RI1690a descendants of John Hogg b.1690 RI-no members. 
8. NI1777a descendants of James Hogg of Northern Ireland b.ca.1777--no members. 
9. IL1825a descendants of John Hogg, d.1825, Vermilion Co. IL—no members. 

It is interesting to note, that in the book, The Genealogy of the Jackson Family, by Hugh Parks Jackson, Hugh Hogue Thompson, and James R. Jackson, 1890, it is stated that the first immigrant in DNA line PA1755, Robert Hogg, b. 1725 in Ayrshire, Scotland, died 1747 in Pennsylvania, was one of nine brothers!  Is it coincidence that nine different but related families form this one DNA group, I1 cluster1? This is one area needing more research.  

II. A close match to this group, is a DNA group called   I1 cluster 2.  As I understand it, cluster1 and 2 probably share a common ancestor, but maybe 1000 or 2000 years ago! It includes the lines:
    1.  IR1755, Descendants of Samuel Hogg, b. 1755, d. bef. 1802, Ireland.  Includes our Facebook Group Member Dory 
    2.  IR1764, Descendants of the Widow Elizabeth Hogg, b.ca. 1764 County Donegal, Ireland, died in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.  

III. One of the most well-known Hogg lines is SL1580. 

    1. SL1580 and NJ1682 include "descendants of John Hoge b.ca.1580, Musselburgh, Berwickshire, Scotland -- John Hoge was the ancestor of William Hoge, b.1660, MusselburghBerwickshire, Scotland, who migrated to America in 1682 on the ship Caledoniaarriving in Perth Amboy NJ, marrying Barbara Hume, d.1745, in Frederick Co. VA. We refer to the descendants of William and Barbara by the code NJ1682." Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD. 

In our Facebook group we have several members whose DNA matches this group of Hoggs:  Amanda, JoAnn, and Lee Hogg Williams.  

IV.   Perhaps the most famous Hogg line of all Hogg lines is SL1640.  
    1.  line SL1640 includes "  descendants of Walter Hogg of Prestonpans, East Lothian, Scotland, b.ca.1640 -- Walter Hogg was the ancestor of many Selkirkshire and Roxburghshire Hoggs, including James Hogg, The Ettrick Shepherd, (a famous poet). The lines previously identified as SL1698 and SL1753 have been combined into this line." --Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD  

   In our Facebook group we have two members from this famous DNA group, Helen B. and Nancy. 

 V.   Some of the earliest Hogg family members came to Colonial Virginia, and have records recorded in the Virginia Colony as early as 1657. In the Hogg DNA Project, this group is identified as:  

   1.  line VA1657:  "descendants of John Hogg of New Kent Co. VA -- John Hogg came to Virginia in 1657 as headright to Capt. Leonard Chamberlain (C&P Vol. 1, p. 346, 451). He settled in New Kent Co. As a result of the DNA study, we have learned that line NC1720, descendants of Gideon Hogg of Caswell Co. NC, and line VA1790, descendants of Sampson Hogg of Virginia and Indiana, are part of this line. Consequently, we have merged those trees into this tree." --Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD 

In our Facebook group, our own Gary H. is a descendant of this group. 

 VI. A second but unrelated Hogg family in early Virginia was:  

1. line VA1658: descendants of William Hogg (Hoges) of York Co. VA -- William Hoges is first mentioned in the records in York County in 1658. (By DNA this line is NOT related to line VA1657-"descendants of John Hogg of New Kent Co. VA -- John Hogg came to Virginia in 1657 as headright to Capt. Leonard Chamberlain (C&P Vol. 1, p. 346, 451). He settled in New Kent Co. As a result of the DNA study, we have learned that line NC1720, descendants of Gideon Hogg of Caswell Co. NC, and line VA1790, descendants of Sampson Hogg of Virginia and Indiana, are part of this line." --Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD. 

This line, VA 1658, includes my own cousins, children of my mother's sister. My main Hogue line is through my father.  My mother's sister married a man named W. R. Buck, and his mother's line shares this DNA line as well.  Of course, I am only related to my first cousins, not their father's line of ancestors. Still, it is an interesting connection. 

VI.   Hogg DNA Line VA1745  
      1.  descendants of James Hogg of Edinburgh Scotland -- "The traditional story is that James Hogg of Scotland, b.1680, was father of James Hogg, Thomas Hogg, and Capt. Peter Hogg who came to Virginia in 1745. Capt. Peter Hogg served with Washington in the French and Indian War. The records show that Capt. Peter Hogg considered Thomas Hogg Sr. to be his brother, but DNA from descendants of Capt. Peter Hogg do not match DNA from descendants of Thomas Hogg Sr. We presume that Thomas Hogg Sr. was a half-brother (with different fathers) of Capt. Peter Hogg and James Hogg."-- Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD 

This line includes our treasured group memberDee Horn 

Isn't it amazing!  Due to the popularity of DNA testing in genealogy; the hard work of scientists like Henry Dwight Hogg, PhD, in organizing and completing DNA studies; and the ease of meeting people as never before by internet programs like Facebook, Ancestry, and many more sites, we are able to meet cousins all over the world, and trace our ancestry back many centuries.  The Scottish people must be amazing, because the people in our Facebook group, all descendants of Scots, are amazing—what a joy and a gift to know them!  

Until we meet again, Helen Youngblood Holshouser

"Sharing Love with Family, Hoggs and Kisses" 
by artist and family member Lee Hogg Williams
- available as a puzzle or a dry erase board along with other fun items