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Blog posts October 2015

What a great weekend,,,,,,,,

October 19, 2015


I had a great weekend!!  First, I got a good start setting up the Mac in the office and getting rid of the old PC desktop.  I sure do have a lot more elbow room now.  :-)

But the best part of the weekend was breaking through more brick walls in my Smith line!!  Smith, such a common name!!  It makes for very tedious work, studying names and dates and areas.  I bet there were at least 50 Philip Smiths all living within a 50 mile radius of each other during the same time frame.  I love the digging, comparing and figuring it out in the end.  I love that challenge!!  I am good at it.  I can find the tiniest of hints and details to put the case together.  Sometimes it takes a while and other times it can come pretty quickly.  I love to do this not only for a hobby but I am truly blessed to be able to do this for my career as well.

So, the last I knew my grandmother, on my mother's side of the family, Anna E Smith Parker Angerman's father was named John A Smith and he was born in Pennsylvania.  And that is all I knew.  Pennsylvania is a big state and John Smith is a very common name.  And when I first started out, I did not know that much.  Anyway, I found some old newspapers online that provided snippets of information.  I also found his grave on and some other information here and there.  Long story short I discovered his father's name was Philip Joseph Smith  and he went by "Joseph".  I then found his death certificate,  Oh dang, I am good, LOL

   On the death certificate is Philip Joseph Smith's wife's name and father's name, age of death and location and of course date of death, and occupation.  It says his dad's name was "Philly Smith"  Philly I am sure is a nickname for Philip, so he must be a Jr.  His wife's name was Mary.  And he was a chauffeur.  He died at the age of 90 from Influenza and Double Pneumonia.  Date of death was 25 October 1918.  So that gave me a birth year of 1828.

Plug that additional info into the family tree at ancestry and more hints pop up  I found his memorial which had a copy of his obit/death notice.  Yup, his father was Philip and mother's name was Ellen.

So now I have the names of not only my great-great-grandparents but also my great-great-great-grandparents.  And all records indicate that both my 3 x great-grandparents were born in Ireland.  They were born sometime between 1800 and 1810 and were married and in the US by 1828 when Philip Jr, my 2 x great-grandfather was born.

Next time I start digging it will be for records in Ireland and also ship manifest to see when they might have arrived in the US.

Don't discount old newspapers, they provide a wealth of information!!

Until next time,,,,,,,,,,,,

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October 17, 2015


After trying several things and not being satisfied with any of them I have decided there was way too much on this site and it made it confusing.  So this site is going back to strictly research and genealogy.  But don't worry if you are still interested in my ceramics and other works of art you can still find them on  just follow this link:     My primary business is researching for the oil and gas industry.  I love this work and I am exceptionally good at it.  The artworks I create are more of a hobby but I do enjoy them as well.

Until next time,,,,,,,,,,,

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