Claim Your Ancestor #39: 16 children born; 9 were alive

One of the most important data points on many census comes from the questions that ask women how  many children they have had, and how many are currently alive.

This 1900 Census sheet is from one particular student's tree , but it represents women we can find in all of our family trees.

Do you know what happened?

Does your family discuss this?

You should investigate!

Claim Your Ancestor #38: Florist Soldier

 I am still working my way back through your tree and came across your ancestor's WW1 Draft Registration Card (hey everyone doing research: almost all men who were adults between 1915-1944 can be found this way*) and noticed he was a Florist.

Wait, better, he owns the shop.

Did you know about this?

Did he serve in WW1?

 We need to investigate!

Claim Your Ancestor #37: Sentenced to the Colonies

Is this Thomas Connell one of your people?

Did you know he was sentenced to come to come America?

And then .... look at the second document-- his request to be paid a Revolutionary War pension is rejected.  

This is treasure.    Let's discuss.

Read the part under "annotation" 

Thomas Cornell revolutionary war pension rejected for reasons not written

Claim Your Ancestor #36: The Seminole You Told Me You Were Looking for...

Did you mention you heard you were descended from a Seminole? Because I found something about it on ancestry.  Let's hunt through more records to confirm this!!!!

Claim Your Ancestor #35: Civil War -- Union; Florida


Does George Potter, CivilWar Veteran 1st Regiment belong to you??? 

Did you know you were descended from someone who lived in Florida and fought for the Union? What was his life like after the war, especially after 1877? 

 You should investigate!! 

Claim Your Ancestor #34: 21 children, 5 were alive in 1900

Hello, this is for the student who gave me a very detailed family tree, written in bright bold pink and green and purple and blue so I wouldn't get lost in the generations.

I was very surprised to find one of your ancestors (Susan Wingate - listed first on tree) on the census listed as a 45 year old widow who had 21 children and only 5 of which were alive.  That's heartbreaking.  I think about the region they lived in and I consider everything but disease and violence are the top of my list.

 Did you know about this?

We should explore.

Claim Your Ancestor #33: First Responder

Hello, your ancestor was one of the first to step forward to register for WW2. Note the date is 1940, over a year before Pearl Harbor.  Is this your great-grandfather?? Did he tell you stories about WW2?

Claim Your Ancestor #32: Like Venezuela, but somewhere else


 I found your ancestors migrating from the Canary Islands to the Creole-Cajun frontier of Louisiana.  Some stay in New Orleans, others head up the Mississippi River.

Your 6th great-grandfather (who probably hoped and or planned to live in Spanish or French borderlands) took place in starting new colony community that is calling itself "Valenzuela." 

I don't know what their slogan was but maybe "Like Venezuela, but not as close to Colombia."

You should go check that out.

Claim Your Ancestor #31: Loyalist

Did you wonder  why your family left New England for Canada in the 1770s?
You should investigate.

Claim Your Ancestor #30: Blanc-ing Out

More than half of the students I've been working with have traced an ancestor to some part of Canada in the 18th or 19th centuries.

Students, I found that your 5th great-grandmother was born in New Brunswick to a French sounding family (notice her father's name - LeBlanc) and when she married into your family she turned her own maiden name into "White."    

Does she belong to you?

PS You are officially from Acadia

Claim Your Ancestor #29: Marriage Bond. Literally, cash.

I found this marriage bond you might be interested in.  Dennis and James Thigpen are giving $500 bond for the marriage of Lewry/Lewcy Edwards and Dennis Thigpen.  

Where is Lewcy's dad on this bond?? Is she an orphan?  A former servant?
You should research this....

Claim Your Ancestor #28: Briggs

Does this WW2 private belong to you? 

In reviewing his record, they note that his height is "23" -- can you check that out for me???

Proclamation of 1763 #grading

"A set of guidelines for Europeans and terrorists"

Treaty of Tripoli #grading

"The Treaty of Tripoli stated that the US is not a Christian Corporation."

Battle of New Orleans #grading

"The Battle of New Orleans happens during the 7 years war, and separates France from Europe."

9:30 Class Exam #2 StudyGuide

Question 1: Connect:  Proclamation of 1763, Deism, Social Contract Theory, Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, Tennis Court Oath, Law of May 20, 1802, Toussaint L’Ouverture, Grito de Yara

Question 2: Connect: Waterloo, Battle of New Orleans, Monroe Doctrine, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Franco-Mexican War, Crimean War (Is it Russia’s “Battle of New Orleans?” …and do they win?)

Question 3: Connect: Industrial Revolution, New Lanark, Anna Catherine, Shakers, potato famine, Oneida, Millerites, Jack the Ripper, reconcentrados

I listed the terms in each question in a very deliberate order so that they lead into each other like Hegel’s Dialectic; be careful about discussing them in a different order than they are listed.

If you are doing the narrative option, you may either write your notes in lecture order or use break your essay into three parts, responding to questions 1 through 3. I expect a lot more details and specifics in your narrative than I would expect in the exam taken in class*