Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Interviewed for The Genealogy Professional Podcast

Last week I had the pleasure of spending an hour or so via Skype with Marian Pierre-Louis of new podcast The Genealogy Professional podcast. Marian had contacted me earlier about being interviewed for the podcast. Oh, what fun! We hit it off straight away, and discovered we have quite a few things in common. Our interview time flew by quickly, and before I knew it we were at the lightning round of questions.

Here's the link for this week's episode of the The Genealogy Professional podcast, Episode #6, featuring yours truly. I hope you enjoy it.

Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2014.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

What Are My Three Words for 2014?

A few years ago, I started following this exercise of Chris Brogan. Take three words and use them as your focus for your goals and efforts in the year to come. You can use these words in your business, personal and family lives.

My Three Words for 2014

Fresh - I'm taking a fresh approach on how I do business this year by making some changes to what I do, how I do it, and who I'm working with.

Fit - This just isn't a personal focus and goal, it's also a business one. It's time to cut out the distractions, make better use of my time, and get my get fit.

Fabulous - I'm working on improving my attitude in 2014. I'm aiming for fabulous - not in an arrogant, self-serving way - but in a grateful and positive way. I think having a fabulous attitude and approach will allow me to serve my customers, colleagues and contacts better in 2014 and beyond.

Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2014.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

He Was a Married Man

Edie Evans, circa 1915, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, digital image.
Original in possession of Kathryn Hogan, Windsor, Ontario, 2003.

The family story about Great-Aunt Edie remaining a spinster all her life was told to me as a young girl. The reason Edie Evans never married was that she had been engaged to a "Whitehouse cousin" but he had died in the First World War.  Who was this cousin? When and where did he die? What happened to him?

I started researching Edie's story a number of years ago when I was looking through a box of family heirlooms. Inside the box was a poster from the Walsall Pioneer, a newspaper from our family's hometown in England. On the poster were pictures of enlisted men from Walsall and surrounding area who had died, been wounded, been killed or were missing in action. One of those men on the poster was Lce.-Cpl. W.H. Whitehouse, died of wounds, Warwicks, (42 Walsingham -street), and beside his name was an "X" marked in black ink. Aha! He must be the Whitehouse cousin to whom Edie was engaged.

Supplement to Walsall Pioneer, 23 Sep 1916, Walsall, Staffordshire, England.
In possession of Kathryn Lake Hogan.

A bit more researching in my family files and online revealed Lance-Corporal William Harold Whitehouse was the son of Thomas Howard Whitehouse and Alice Gertrude Crutchley. Bill had been born about 1888 in Walsall, Staffordshire, England. In 1901, the family had been living at 77 Walsingham Street.
Bill has served in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He had died 15 September 1916 in France & Flanders.

At the time of Bill's death, Edie Evans was just shy of her twentieth birthday.

Last month, I was alerted to a new database of records that had recently became available on the UK Government website at https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/ These are wills that had been made by soldiers who had died in the Great War. A search for William Harold Whitehouse returned a positive match indicating he had made a will. I ordered the will.

A few days later, I received a message in my inbox that my will was ready. Whoo hoo! I downloaded Bill's will. Much of the information confirmed what I already knew: Bill was a Lance-Corporal in the 2nd Battalion...died 15 Sep 1916...
New information was that he had died at Paisley Hospital. And, he left his effects and estate to...

his wife and child. WHAT?! Wife and child??? Yes, his wife. Gertrude Matilda Whitehouse. Whoa. Wait a minute here. He was a married man? I guess so. The executor of the will was Bill's father, Thomas Howard Whitehouse. The will was dated 23 May 1916.

Will of William Harold Whitehouse, 1916, digital copy.
In possession of Kathryn Lake Hogan.

A quick search on Free BMD and I found an indexed marriage entry. Yes, a man named William E Whitehouse [italic emphasis added by me] had married a woman named Gertrude Allum. The marriage had been registered in the December Quarter of 1916 in Birmingham. Okay, that makes sense, since the Warwickshire Regiment was based out of Birmingham. But wait a minute..."my" William Whitehouse had died in September 1916. If this was the same man, then why was the marriage not registered until the last three months of 1916? I don't know. I need to order that marriage certificate.

What about Edie? Did Edie know? Did Edie know Bill had married another woman before he died? I don't know. And, unfortunately, there isn't anyone left to ask.

Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2013.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Free Access to Historic Canadian Military Records

Photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lest_we_forget.jpg

November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada. The opportunity you have been waiting for to research your Canadian military war ancestor has arrived. Until November 12th, 2013, Ancestry.ca is offering FREE access to all its Canadian Military Records collection.

Go research your military ancestor who served in the Canadian forces, and learn more about your family.

Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2013.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Did You Watch Genealogy Roadshow?

Genealogy Roadshow placard, photo by K. Hogan, July 2013.

Last night, PBS premiered its new genealogy television series, Genealogy Roadshow. I had the pleasure of watching it. I think the show is a blend of Antiques Roadshow, History Detectives and a little bit of Who Do You Think You Are?  Fast-paced, Genealogy Roadshow covers at least six different segments in each episode. The first episode was in Nashville, focusing on the history and people of the music city and its surroundings.

Kenyatta Berry, President of the Association of Genealogical Professionals, and D. Joshua Taylor, President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies are the presenters. The producers of GRS were spot-on choosing Kenyatta and Josh. Both are professional, personable and knowledgeable.

There are a number of things I liked about the show. Firstly, I liked that the guests were ordinary people, just like you and me. Further, like many of us with stories of famous ancestors, some of the guests learned their family stories were just that - stories.  It was disappointing for some of them to learn their family history provided no evidence to prove their relationship to famous people. Nonetheless, each guest did learn something new about their ancestry.

Secondly, I liked how the research was presented to the guests. Records were displayed on a large screen. Either Kenyatta or Josh explained what was found and the details of the guest's ancestor or relative. Great connections were made. Some guests learned they were related to famous people; others learned the important roles their ancestors played in the American Revolutionary War, Civil War or other aspects of American history.

Thirdly, I liked the historical background which was presented about Davy Crockett, Governor Peas, Jesse James and William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield. It helped put the guests' ancestors into historical perspective. The historians and genealogists who worked behind the scenes researching and collecting this information did a fine job.

Now, I did have a problem with the Davy Crockett segment.  When Josh  presented the guest with the information about his particular line of the Crockett family, he stated that the guest was probably related to Davy Crockett. Probably is not the same thing as definitely. And yet, when interviewed by the host, Emmett Miller, he said he was related to Davy Crockett. I would have liked to have heard the guest was going to pursue more research instead of taking that leap of faith.

Overall, the first episode of Genealogy Roadshow was terrific! If you missed it, it is now available online at http://video.pbs.org/video/2365079236/

Next week's episode is in Detroit. You won't want to miss it!

Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2013.