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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 and Family Tree

My ward (congregation) has sure put me to work.  Since my assignment as family history consultant I have given a presentation about small and simple things you can do in family history for a women's class, started teaching a seven lesson class once a week, given a brief presentation to about 100 people about familysearch, and I am now preparing to teach two more classes to youth groups in the next couple weeks.  Oh and I'm working in our local family history center a few hours this week.

I'm feeling BUSY!

It's a good busy and it is exciting to be a part of it all!

Amid all these assignments I have had to quickly become very familiar with  And lucky me it had recently gone through a complete overhaul shortly before I was called.  I have worked with and I have searched records on but both of those are old hat to this new system. 
There are so many wonderful features on now.  Be sure to check them out!

Family Tree:
This is where you can keep track of your pedigree.  It is similar to but so much smoother and user friendly.  The ability to add sources is greatly improved over the new system.  Especially with sources that are coming directly off of  I've been spending a lot of time just adding sources to the information that is already on my tree.  It makes me feel so much better when information can be supported and verified by sources!

Photos and Stories:
This new feature is AWESOME!  You can find and/or share heritage photos on the website and link them to your family lines.  This is a great way to preserve and share important photos that you have inherited. I have been slowly working on adding the photos I digitized at my grandma's a few years ago.  My husband has benefited from other family members uploading photos and stories onto his family line.  He has a second cousin that is transcribing a personal history and we have been able to read the stories and share them with our children.  It is amazing to read about Josh's pioneer heritage and the sacrifices they made for their families and the gospel.

This is where you can gain access to all the millions of records being indexed by thousands of volunteers worldwide.  It is an amazing collection that is FREE and growing daily. has also made it really easy to find, prepare, request and manage the temple work for our ancestors.  So much better that when I started doing family history and you had to go to a FHC and work on a dos program. :P

Another thing I am really impressed with is familysearch's helpcenter.  They have dozens of videos to help you with familysearch, teach you how to do family history research, online research help, etc...
This has been particularly helpful as I have been learning about familysearch.

The ease and accessibility of this website and many more popping up all over the internet is a testimony to me of the importance of family work.  It is a blessing to be a part of this work that is accelerating a such an exciting speed.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Where Have I Been?

Goodness, it's been almost 4 years since my last post on this blog.  A lot of personal history has been made in those four years including a few highlights like moving across the country, buying our first home, and three additions to the family-- two children and a dog.  I've also been very actively involved with the youth group in my church.  Let's just say it hasn't been exactly the "season" for Family History Work.

Well, the seasons are changing a bit.  I am sadly no longer working with the youth but I have been reassigned as a family history consultant.  The external push I needed to get back into the swing of things!  I've dived back in but my skills are a little cold and the water is more like a river that has been constantly changing; I'm still trying to get my bearings.

I guess what I'm trying to say is
I'm Back!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Receipt of Levi Daniel's Estate to his Heirs

**Images taken by Gladys S. at the Clay County Courthouse in 2009.

Money to Nathan T. Daniel, Grandson of Levi Daniel

Febuary the 15th Ad 1861
Recd of George Daniels Administrator of the Estate of Levi Daniel Decd Twenty seven dollars annd five cents in full of Nathan T. Daniel Intrest of the personal Estate of said Deceased
Basel T. Daniel
Guardian of Nathan T. Daniel

Portion of Estate given to Mary A. Daniel, daughter of Levi Daniel
Estate of Levi Daniel Given to Daughter Mary a. Daniel 1859 Estimated Value
An estimate of the specific property allowed Mary A. Daniel, child of Levi Daniel, deceased.
One Bed bedstead and bedding  $25.00
One year provision  $45.00
Total amount: $70.00

The undersigned appraisers of the personal estate of Levi Daniel, deceased, do certify that the family of the deceased consisted of the said Mary A. Daniel, that the foregoing schedule of articles of personal property allowed by the appraisers and a true estimate of the value of the same respectively, and that being all she is entitled to, out of articles named is said statute in our judgement, it being suitable to the condition in life of the said Mary A. Daniel and are of value as above estimated.
Witness our hands and seals this 28th day of January 1859
[E]thelsed Nixon
William D. Carrell
William T. Smith
(Collectivily All) Appraisers

(back of document, note for filing)
Levi Daniel Decd
Childs Dower Bill
Recorded in Book
F on page 397
J. A. Apperson Clerk

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Alderson Family Photo

Three Generations

Photo taken end of 1902/beginning of 1903

Standing Left: Elva Alderson (Adams)- she married Ernie Adams son of Emma Daniels (sister of Arthur Daniels) i.e. she married the nephew of Ellen's husband
Standing Right: Estne Alderson (never married)

Seated Left to Right:
William Wesley Alderson
Lora Blanch Daniels (Barksdale) daughter of Ellen and Arthur Daniels
Ellen Otilla Alderson Daniels (My Great-Grandmother)-wife of Arthur Thomas Daniels
Frankie Helen Daniels (Monical) daughter of Ellen and Arthur Daniels
Isadora Winders Alderson

*original photo in posession of my grandma*

Monday, September 28, 2009

Pictures of Arthur Thomas Daniels family

Ellen Otilla Alderson Daniels, Robert N. Daniels, Arthur Thomas Daniels.
Taken in Salem, IL 1943 during WWII

J. Daniels, Ellen Otilla Alderson Daniels, Arthur Thomas Daniels, Robert N. Daniels, John D. Daniels
Findlay, Illinois about 1952
(House in picture is not their residence.)

Robert N Daniels, D. Daniels, J. Daniels, Arthur Thomas Daniels, Ellen Otilla Alderson Daniels w/ N. Daniels, John D. Daniels
Findlay, Illinois about 1952

(All the pictures are in the posession of my grandma.  Scanned 7-09)

Birthday Card signed by Ellen and Arthur Daniels

Birthday card for my grandmother from her in-laws, Ellen Otilla Alderson Daniels and Arthur Thomas Daniels.  Not dated.  Card still in her possession tucked in one of her bibles.

Birthday note to my grandmother dated 1956 from her mother-in-law, Ellen Otilla Daniels.

Obituary for John Dennis Daniels

Picture of John Dennis Daniels' obituary.  Original in the possession of my grandmother.  Newspaper unknown.


John D Daniels, 65, of Salem died 7:10 am. Tuesday, Good Samaritan Hospital, Mount Vernon; born Marion County; married Myrtle Mackey, Dec. 24, 1924, LaSalle County; leaves wife; son William, Salem; daughter Mrs. Maxine Smart, Maywood; brother Bob, Decatur; sister Mrs. Laura Barksdale, Iuka; four grandchildren; services 1 pm. Thursday, Bowman Funeral Home, Salem; burial Paradise Cemetery, Salem; call after 4 pm Wednesday.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Guardian's Bond for Minor Children of George Daniels

*** From Gladys's files
1883 Guardian's Bond for Minors of George DANIELS (2 Pgs)

Minor Children of George Daniels...
Florence Daniels
Edith Daniels
Arthur Daniels

Transcription to come :)

Tangent continued...

I was going through my comments again tonight and completing links in my summary posts when I came across the surname Mulvany.  Turns out Harriet Alice Daniels (eldest sister of Arthur Daniels and how Gladys connects into my line) married a George W. Mulvany Jr. and is located 10 pages down from Nancy L Alderson living with her sister Matilda Mulvaney in the 1880 Marion County census.  There is another Mulvaney family living a few doors up from them.  I imagine they are all related. 

It's pretty crazy how all the lines interconnect.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tangent from the Daniels Line

This evening I was going through some of the comments that Gladys has added to my blog with specific information about individuals and putting the information into the summary post and ended up on a major tangent that resulted in me finding more information on a completely different line.  [Happy Dance!]

I started looking at Edith L Daniels, sister to my great grandfather Arthur Daniels.  Gladys had posted some information about her spouse and children.  As a side note she included the information that Edith's husband was a widower with four children.  In the process of looking up the informaiton on Edith and her husband Henry I also looked in the marriage index for Henry's first wife.  Her name was Nancy L Alderson.  Ding ding... Red Flag!  Alderson is one of my family lines also in Marion county, Illinois.  Arthur actually married an Alderson.  Now my curiousity was peaked.  There aren't many Alderson's in Marion County, Illinois and most are somehow related.  The 1880 census finds Nancy Alderson living with her sister Matilda Mulvaney (another surname that rings a bell but I haven't pulled out of my memory were exactly it comes up yet) in Omega Twp, Marion County.  The 1870 census is Nancy L. Alderson living with her mother also name Nancy and brothers Samuel M, William W, and Elijah E. DING there it is!  William W. Alderson is the father of Ellen Otilla who married Arthur Daniels. 

I continued down the line of census' and looked at the 1860 for the Alderson family and find James C Alderson and his wife Nancy in Marion County with 5 children (I'll post the census images here eventually!) but there was still no mention of a Matilda Alderson (I looked up the marriage record for Matilda Mulvaney and her maiden name was indeed Alderson and she was married in 1857).  I went another census earlier and looked at the 1850, this time in Tennessee because many of the children listed their parents or themselves as born in TN (though the mother Nancy also had SC and Miss listed as birthplaces).  I easily found them in Maury County, Tennessee and there was Matilda the eldest daughter.  Interestingly there is only a 15 year age difference between the mother Nancy (23) and Matilda (8).  Nancy's age is fairly consistent throughout the census records.  James C Alderson is 32 years old in 1850.  Makes me wonder if Nancy could be a second wife??  Something to look into.  

Anyway thanks to the census and the fact that Nancy was living with her sister in the 1880 census I was able to pull the entire family together through FOUR census years.  Another line of research totally seperate from the Daniel/Daniels line though suprisingly more connected than I thought.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Letter of Administration and Administrator's Bond for estate of Levi Daniel

*from Glady's files*

Letter of Administration
Below is a letter of administration declaring that Levi Daniel died intestate (without a will) and gives George Daniels, his son-in-law, as the administrator of the estate.  The document says that Levi Daniel died on or about the 23rd day of December, 1858 in Clay county Illinois.  The document is dated January 3, 1859.

Source: Clay County Courthouse, P.O. Box 160, Lousiville, IL 62858. (I forget the Box #. It was a bunch of loose leaf papers.)

Administrator's Bond
George Daniels, Elmodan Walton, and Bazel Daniel of the county of Clay, Illinois are held and firmly bound to the People of the State of Illinois, in the penal sum of four hundred fifty dollars... The condition of the above obligation are such that George Daniels administrator of the estate of Levi Daniel deceased do cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said deceased...
Signed by George Daniels, Elmodan Walton and Bazel T. Daniel
January 3, 1859
Gladys was able to revisit the Clay County Courthouse located in Louisville, Clay, Illinois and take pictures of all the document she has xerox copies of as well as some additional documents located in the same file box pertaining to Levi Daniel and his estate.  Many more images to come!  I'm excited!

Below is a digital photo of the above mentioned Administrator's Bond.


Sunday, August 30, 2009

Note and Reciept for the Tombstones of Louvica Daniel, John Daniel and Levi J. Daniel

*From Gladys's files*

Death Dates for Louvica Daniel, her son John Daniel and her grandson Levi J Daniel

Source: Clay County Courthouse, P.O. Box 160, Lousiville, IL 62858. (I forget the Box #. It was a bunch of loose leaf papers.)


[...] July 5th 1858
Louvica, wife of Levi
Daniel died Nov the 12 57
Age 50 yrs [11]d
John Daniel died
May th 3, 1850
Age 21 yrs, 6 m, 3 d,
Levi J. Son of J & P
Daniel died Au 18
1848 Age 11 [yrs] 28 d  (could be yrs or Ms, months makes more sense)

Not sure what the rest of the notes are at the end that are upside down.  Clay co is mentioned.  I believe it is a filing note.


Receipt for the above Tombstones ordered by Levi Daniel

Source: Clay County Courthouse, P.O. Box 160, Lousiville, IL 62858. (I forget the Box #. It was a bunch of loose leaf papers.)

Receipt from Central Marble Works in Decatur, Illinois
Dated: 8 Feb 1858

It gives the place where the stones were to be deliverd but I am not sure what it says.  Any suggestions?

Marriage Record for Levi Daniel and Vicie Bishop

Another image sent to me from Gladys's files :)

Marriage Record for Levi Daniel and Vicie Bishop

Source: Fayette County Courthouse, P.O. Box, 401, Vandalia, IL 62471 in Book Old A , page 2
(Clay county was formed from Fayette county)

Date: 11 July 1924
Groom: Levi Daniel
Bride: Vicie Bishop
Certified by: John Whitely County Commisioner
Type?: Certificate

There are also a few others on the page that have "Daniel" for their surname.  Maybe related? Isaiah Daniel, Nancy Daniel, and Jinney Daniel

Friday, August 28, 2009

Death Record for George Daniels

Gladys sent me a load of emails today with images of various records pertaining to George Daniels, Levi Daniel, and their families.  I will post them this weekend. 

Meanwhile I was looking through some of the notes I brought home from my grandmas and came across one titled "Clay Co Register of Deaths"

George Daniels
Report No 543 date of report Aug 2, 1880
He was farmer born in England. Died July 5, 1880.  Resided IL 30 Years?
Died at Oskaloosa Ill of Rheumatic Fever
Buried July 6, 1880 Oskaloosa (Saswell Undertaker)

I'm not exactly sure where the information came from but I did not previously have a citation for his death date.

Update:  I posted this last night and this morning I get an email from Gladys containing images of the actual record!  There are two pages, scroll within the scribd window.

Clay co, IL Death Bk 1, pg 42

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Postcard from Arthur Daniels to John Daniels

Gladys emailed me after a day of me being frantically excited about what she was posting but unable to contact her and ask her questions. I am really excited to be collaborating with her. She is related through George Daniels' eldest daughter Harriet Alice Daniels, which means we share the same Great Great Grandparents. Small World!! She has already kindly sent me a copy of the postcard from Arthur Daniels to John Daniels that she mentioned in a few of her comments.

I have not yet been able to verify the relationship between Arthur Daniels and John Daniels. Gladys believes that John Daniels is Arthur's uncle and brother to George Daniels. If this is so it would be a breakthrough for George Daniels. I'm excited to see if we can prove the connection.

Dec 24 1913
To: Mr John Daniels of Sefatha, Kan

George King & Mollie are here from Ark. We are [sic] all well now Edith is hom and getting along fine I'll soon have enough coon skins to make a wner [sic]. coat but I need a horn a long horn

Arthur Daniels Iuka, IL

Note: See comment for original source for the postcard.  I received this copy from Gladys.