• Tough Times Hits The Yerks Family of Mount Pleasant

    By Published On: March 24th, 2011Categories: Found Relatives, Surname: Yerks, Uncategorized

    After months looking for the final resting place of William Yerks (b. 1801) and his wife Maria (b. 1803), I decided to pursue a lead that I had dismissed long ago because I just couldn’t see how it could be related. Several years ago, I came across a record at the Find-A-Grave website that listed

  • Our Beattie Family Tree Just Grew Larger!

    By Published On: November 23rd, 2010Categories: Found Documents, Found Relatives, Surname: Beattie

    Yesterday, I decided to revisit beta.familysearch.org to look for any possible new records they may have added to their database.  My first query was for the “Kelty” surname in Manchester, England.  The Kelty surname is on my fathers side.  Bingo!  I quickly found some new related birth records.  Since I was not really prepared to

  • Frank Edward Smith, Estranged Father Of Three, Found!

    By Published On: July 22nd, 2009Categories: Found Relatives, Surname: Smith

    I have finally found the elusive Frank Edward Smith, estranged husband of Jean Louise Baron Smith and estranged father to Marie, Patricia and Eileen Smith . Frank Edward Smith was born February 27, 1893 in Humboldt, Iowa to Hiram Gregg Smith and Julia Geeslin Smith.

  • Great Grandson of Leta Smith Found…. Sort of…

    By Published On: July 17th, 2009Categories: Found Relatives, Surname: Smith

    After the major "Smith" family break through earlier today,  I came across a very interesting geneaology query posted on July 14, 2001 at the genealogy.com Smith surname forum: I am looking for any information on  Hiram Gregg Smith. He died sometime before 1913 in Iowa and was married to Julia Ann Geesline in 1884 in Humboldt Co., Iowa. They

  • Smith’s of Humboldt, Iowa Discovered

    By Published On: July 17th, 2009Categories: Found Relatives, Surname: Smith

    For the last several months I have been researching Frank E Smith, Colleen's great grandfather.  Having access to limited online resources, it was difficult to find any information beyond Census Records.  But with the Census info I had and the help of Martha Schmitdt of the Humbolt Genealogy Society, I have finally discovered some concrete

  • The Roach Family Discovered!

    When I first started doing my genealogy research, I learned that my great, great grandfather, Henry Lewis, married a woman named “Anna Roche”. In fact, my great aunt, Grace Lewis” gave me the first first insight into a family that I had only heard of by name. “Anna Roche was born in Brooklyn, but her

  • The Brother’s Tierney

    By Published On: May 29th, 2009Categories: Found Relatives, Found Treasures, Surname: Tierney

    Several weeks ago, I received a phone call from Lynn Williams in response to a letter I had sent her, telling her that I believed we were cousins through the Tierney branch of our family tree.  She confirmed that she was the granddaughter of Irene Tierney.  Irene is the daughter of Thomas W. Tierney.  Thomas W. Tierney

  • Could One Big Mystery Be Solved Concerning The Brother of Anna Roach?

    We know that Anna Roach (b.abt 1838 in ireland) immigrated to and lived in New York City. She married Henry Lewis of Wales. Her mother lived with her for a while in the 1860’s, carefully caring for Thomas, Anna’s newborn 4 lbs. son and my great grandfather, by “putting him in a little cigar box

  • Another Beattie Cousin Found!

    By Published On: March 13th, 2009Categories: Found Relatives, Surname: Beattie

    The other day I was contacted by a John Beattie who responded to my online inquiry about Beattie's in and around the Birkenhead area of England. He confirmed that his grandfather was John Beattie, son of Charles Belford Beattie of Kirkudbright. Charles had moved to Birkenhead, England along with the many of his siblings (see: