Saturday, May 29, 2010

-------------Introducing cousin-----------------------------Martha Jane Good Caswell--------------

My great grandmother Celia Melinda Carter Hayley penciled handwriting throughout her hand held Bible. From these handwriting notes I have been able to piece together some validation and verification to other vital statistcal information to collarborate the death certificate, and other documents are indeed the correct person to the correct name, place and time. Not long ago I started adding this verified handwritten data to the internet.
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A small sample of Great Grandma Celia Carter Hayley's handwritten notes found in her Bible.

SNFG Using a relationship calculator decide how two people are related in your family tree.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver - your Relationship Calculator
Hey genealogy buffs - it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (come on, don't be a party pooper...) is: (NOTE FROM RUTH Randy is not shy to call us names if we do not join in this work, oops I meant to say fun......

1) Open up the genealogy software program of your choice.

2) Think about two special people in your family tree (your parents? your spouse? a famous person? a distant cousin? yourself?).

3) Use the Relationship Calculator in the software to determine the relationship between the two special people. If you don't know where to find the Relationship Calculator, go to the Help button and find out. Follow the directions!

** ANOTHER NOTE FROM RUTH (Typical ultra engineer instructions from Engineer Randy "go to the Help button and find out" LOL )

4) Tell us about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a comment to this post on my blog, or in a Note or comment on Facebook.

I have a new friend/cousin/facebook friend whom is an absolute genealogical gem.

Martha Jane Good Caswell

Third cousins twice removed with common ancestors John L White and Elizabeth Roberts and Fifth Cousins once removed with Leslie Wesley Needham and Amy Roselle as our most common ancestors.

We are double cousins. Because Amey Needham is John White's mother, and John White's daughter, Elizabeth Jane White is my father's father's mother's mother. Amey's sister Martha Needham married Wyatt Mooring who's daughter, Eliza Jane Mooring is John Christopher Hayley's mother.

So when I compared Amey and Martha --- the relationship calculator said sisters. But when I extended our trees to include Martha Jane Good Caswell and myself --- we are third and fifth cousins.

Finding Martha Jane Good Caswell has been a big plus for my research. My Elizabeth Jane White was the last of several children born to John L White and Elizabeth Roberts. Elizabeth Roberts dies shortly after giving birth to Elizabeth Jane. All the children were separated shortly after.

Just one day after having this information for at least 40 years I put Elizabeth Jane White's data on the Internet. I started receiving a rapid fire of emails from Martha Jane Good Caswell. She explained to me how for over 20 years the family had searched for this lost baby that was removed from her siblings as an infant and was never heard from again.

These are the success stories we cherish. These are the endings that allow us to smile as we think of Elizabeth's siblings smiling down at Martha for finding their "lost baby sister".

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