Sunday, 19 November 2017

What Is It That Will Get You To Write Your Stories

While I am working at the Family History Center, I frequently have people come in and ask what we do. The basic answer is to assist people in finding their ancestors. A frequent reply to that is "my Grandmother has already done our tree".  "Wellll", I say, "have you written your stories? Who can tell them like you do? Who knows them and will care to tell them if you don't."
From my own experience, my Hero wrote his "Personal History", but it was a factual history, i.e. I was born... He did not include any of his "stories" of what made him the person he was. His good fortune was I was a good listener and in my grief, I wrote the stories that made him come alive again to his children and will help his grandchildren to know him.
What help me to write his stories was I found a group called GeneaBloggers on the Web and their memes gave me the platform to write those stories. GeneaBloggers has transitioned into GeneaBloggers Tribe, but still has the prompts for those that have a hard time zeroing in on a topic or thought.
Another point is, if you procrastinate, you might lose the capacity to remember and or write those personal memories. Just saying...
I, personally, am going to pick up with my stories now and if it triggers one of the Hero's then I will write that too.  Please, if you have only been concentrating on other's stories or professional instruction, teaching, et cetera, pause occasionally and begin writing your own stories. This is a plea on your behalf and those that come later.
PS Did you ever think that your story that includes others, rarely is a story about only one person, could help another learn about their family member too.
'Til next month... keep writing.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Preserving and Procrastination

What happens when a Family History historian hears about a problem with archiving pictures and doesn’t act upon that information until sometime afterwards? 
I know I am talking to the choir, so I will just say one word…disaster.
Recently I have begun working with a long term genealogist and local historian in my community to begin archiving his years of work and accumulation of both pictures and records.  The first thing he brought out to identify, digitalize, and catalog, was his wife’s old pictures that had been carefully put in the old Sticky Album Pages. He knew that the sticky paper could cause problems with the pictures, but had procrastinated removing them to a safer medium.

What we found was the pictures had actually melded with the sticky backing and could not be easily removed without a risk of the picture tearing. The color pictures had faded although the black and white ones were not affected in appearance. Polaroid pictures did not stick. 

The first task was to work on breaking the glue bond. He kept saying I cannot believe the pages have welded together. The work was tedious, to follow the instructions per the recommended video by the Smithsonian Institute for saving your pictures from sticky paper.
We cut the hard board sheets the pictures were glued to and then proceeded to ease the pictures off with a thin blade or floss, which ever was working.

I then scanned the pictures and sorted them according to date, and family. We are now in the process of putting the originals in new acid free albums and storing according to Surname and Place if applicable.

The moral of my short story is don’t put off what you know you NEED to do because in the long run it will cost you more time.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Rootstech 2018

The Return Trip

I have previously written about my trip to Rootstech/FGS 2015.
In February 2018 I shall be making another trip to Salt Lake City for the Rootstech conference.

I have taken time out since Rootstech started to watch the live streaming each year. However, after attending in 2015, I really miss the buzz of spending almost a week with other genealogists.

It is not just the conference with all the variety of learning sessions available. But the opportunity to meet up with online friends and make new ones.

I have registered to get the Early Bird Price and reserved my hotel room. I am in the process of arranging my flights and then there is travel insurance and ESTA to organise. So although it is almost five months away I have plenty to do in the meantime. 

I should arrive on Sunday evening and hope to get almost 2 days to research in the Family History Library. Getting there early means I can take advantage of the Tuesday check-in and not miss any of the four days.

This is a great theme, for only today I made a connection, to a fellow WikiTree genealogist. With all the divisions in the world, being able to connect and belong to one great community with a common goal, is the best feeling in the world.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Scottish Ancestors and Living Cousins

Having my DNA done on Ancestry several years ago, led to a chapter of my life's journey I could never have imagined. While researching my family's genealogy, I began meeting other researchers, some of whom also happened to be related to me biologically --proven through DNA.  We had to figure out just exactly how we were related however!  That was the adventure.  Soon it became obvious that we needed a place where we could talk to each other easily, share discoveries, ideas, and get to know each other. That's where social media, especially Facebook, came to be so valuable. On Facebook, we could form a group, in this case people interested in Hogg/Hogue/Hogge research especially, and most of us were related to each other., and soon became friends.  On Facebook, it didn't matter if we were from Europe or America, we could talk, share, and compare discoveries easily. Across America also, from New York to Virginia to California, and Wisconsin to Florida!  What a wonderful experience.  

Lately I have been studying the Hogg DNA Project which has been going on for about ten years I think.  The study was directed and articles authored by Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD.  Enough people have joined the study, that some conclusions have been made and published.  You can access the data that I draw from for this post at these links: "Hogg DNA Project Project Results"   Another well-organized site by Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD, and one full of great family information and links, is:  "Hogg DNA Project A List of Hogg Lines"

wanted to see if I could organize our family group on Facebook, according to the latest developments in the Hogg DNA Project.  I understand that Dwight has identified at least twenty different DNA groups of Hogg descendants in the United States! Wow! Hogg was a popular name in Scotland!  Dwight says that the name Hogg originally described a yearling sheep, so when surnames began, and were generally based on vocation or location, many sheep herders took the name Hogg. They just adopted the name, and now, some 500 years later, we are trying to figure out who is related to whom! What a great adventure!  

One of our group members, a cousin from Wisconsin, Ron Hogue, shared another definition that I like and have found true for the family. 

Our Hogue Family Facebook group currently has 62 members. We are always open for new cousins. Some in the group are not related to us, but "friends" of the family, like Douglas Moncrieff, a professional genealogist from Scotland who has helped guide our research tremendously.  

Most of the members of our group belong to the Hogg DNA Project 
Group I1, cluster 1.  This group connects nine family groups whose DNA show that they share a common ancestor. A few folks in our Facebook group are related to each other, but by DNA not actually related to the I1 groups. By the way, that is not 11 (eleven), that is the letter I, like in Ireland, and the number one,"1". Hard to tell if you are not familiar with the rankings. This is how I believe our group is organized.  
 I. These nine different family lines have matching DNA and all belong to the Hogg DNA Project I1 cluster 1 – according to Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD, Sept. 2017: 

   1. MD1765a descendants of Alexander Ogg of Maryland, 
----Line including Iris Elizabeth Ogg first wife of George Combs
      who married as his     2nd wife Helen Marie Youngblood who 
      descends from linePA1755a and is this author's paternal Aunt. 
 2. NH1703a descendants of William W. Church b.1855 Montpelier VT 
----Line including our members Leona and Joann  
 3. GA1770a descendants of James Hogg Sr. of Savannah GA b.1740 
----Line includes our members: Betty , Jerry Carla  
 4. PA1754a descendants of Robert Hogg b.1721, Southern Scotland 
----Line including our member Carol. 
5. PA1755a descendants of Robert Hogg b.1725, Scotland d.1747, PA 
-----includes most members of our family group including:  
Ali Holshouser Orcutt, sister of Annie Holshouser, both daughters of Helen Youngblood Holshouser. 
Alice Youngblood, wife of Cecil Hogue Youngblood. Brother of Fulton Youngblood, and Helen Youngblood Holshouser 
Allison, Donna's daughter 
Barry, Bev, Beverly 
Bonnie - adult children Billy, Kristin, and Jennifer. Tammy  
Charles, Cheryl, Cyndi 
Dee, Donna 
James, brother of Wynn; Jennifer, Ron S's daughter; Jessica, Joanne 
Mae, Marcia, Maria, Michelle 
Rebecca, Robert, Ron H., Ron S. 
Sherry, Stephanie, Sue B., Sue N., Suzy N. 
Vickie, and her 3 adult children Tracy, Tabitha, and Travis, and four adult grandchildren-- Courtney, Casey, Scottie, and Kimberley  are members.  

6. PA1825a descendants of James Hogue b.1825, Pennsylvania-no members in our group yet.  
7. RI1690a descendants of John Hogg b.1690 RI-no members. 
8. NI1777a descendants of James Hogg of Northern Ireland members. 
9. IL1825a descendants of John Hogg, d.1825, Vermilion Co. IL—no members. 

It is interesting to note, that in the book, The Genealogy of the Jackson Family, by Hugh Parks Jackson, Hugh Hogue Thompson, and James R. Jackson, 1890, it is stated that the first immigrant in DNA line PA1755, Robert Hogg, b. 1725 in Ayrshire, Scotland, died 1747 in Pennsylvania, was one of nine brothers!  Is it coincidence that nine different but related families form this one DNA group, I1 cluster1? This is one area needing more research.  

II. A close match to this group, is a DNA group called   I1 cluster 2.  As I understand it, cluster1 and 2 probably share a common ancestor, but maybe 1000 or 2000 years ago! It includes the lines:
    1.  IR1755, Descendants of Samuel Hogg, b. 1755, d. bef. 1802, Ireland.  Includes our Facebook Group Member Dory 
    2.  IR1764, Descendants of the Widow Elizabeth Hogg, 1764 County Donegal, Ireland, died in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.  

III. One of the most well-known Hogg lines is SL1580. 

    1. SL1580 and NJ1682 include "descendants of John Hoge, Musselburgh, Berwickshire, Scotland -- John Hoge was the ancestor of William Hoge, b.1660, MusselburghBerwickshire, Scotland, who migrated to America in 1682 on the ship Caledoniaarriving in Perth Amboy NJ, marrying Barbara Hume, d.1745, in Frederick Co. VA. We refer to the descendants of William and Barbara by the code NJ1682." Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD. 

In our Facebook group we have several members whose DNA matches this group of Hoggs:  Amanda, JoAnn, and Lee Hogg Williams.  

IV.   Perhaps the most famous Hogg line of all Hogg lines is SL1640.  
    1.  line SL1640 includes "  descendants of Walter Hogg of Prestonpans, East Lothian, Scotland, -- Walter Hogg was the ancestor of many Selkirkshire and Roxburghshire Hoggs, including James Hogg, The Ettrick Shepherd, (a famous poet). The lines previously identified as SL1698 and SL1753 have been combined into this line." --Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD  

   In our Facebook group we have two members from this famous DNA group, Helen B. and Nancy. 

 V.   Some of the earliest Hogg family members came to Colonial Virginia, and have records recorded in the Virginia Colony as early as 1657. In the Hogg DNA Project, this group is identified as:  

   1.  line VA1657:  "descendants of John Hogg of New Kent Co. VA -- John Hogg came to Virginia in 1657 as headright to Capt. Leonard Chamberlain (C&P Vol. 1, p. 346, 451). He settled in New Kent Co. As a result of the DNA study, we have learned that line NC1720, descendants of Gideon Hogg of Caswell Co. NC, and line VA1790, descendants of Sampson Hogg of Virginia and Indiana, are part of this line. Consequently, we have merged those trees into this tree." --Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD 

In our Facebook group, our own Gary H. is a descendant of this group. 

 VI. A second but unrelated Hogg family in early Virginia was:  

1. line VA1658: descendants of William Hogg (Hoges) of York Co. VA -- William Hoges is first mentioned in the records in York County in 1658. (By DNA this line is NOT related to line VA1657-"descendants of John Hogg of New Kent Co. VA -- John Hogg came to Virginia in 1657 as headright to Capt. Leonard Chamberlain (C&P Vol. 1, p. 346, 451). He settled in New Kent Co. As a result of the DNA study, we have learned that line NC1720, descendants of Gideon Hogg of Caswell Co. NC, and line VA1790, descendants of Sampson Hogg of Virginia and Indiana, are part of this line." --Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD. 

This line, VA 1658, includes my own cousins, children of my mother's sister. My main Hogue line is through my father.  My mother's sister married a man named W. R. Buck, and his mother's line shares this DNA line as well.  Of course, I am only related to my first cousins, not their father's line of ancestors. Still, it is an interesting connection. 

VI.   Hogg DNA Line VA1745  
      1.  descendants of James Hogg of Edinburgh Scotland -- "The traditional story is that James Hogg of Scotland, b.1680, was father of James Hogg, Thomas Hogg, and Capt. Peter Hogg who came to Virginia in 1745. Capt. Peter Hogg served with Washington in the French and Indian War. The records show that Capt. Peter Hogg considered Thomas Hogg Sr. to be his brother, but DNA from descendants of Capt. Peter Hogg do not match DNA from descendants of Thomas Hogg Sr. We presume that Thomas Hogg Sr. was a half-brother (with different fathers) of Capt. Peter Hogg and James Hogg."-- Henry Dwight Hogge, PhD 

This line includes our treasured group memberDee Horn 

Isn't it amazing!  Due to the popularity of DNA testing in genealogy; the hard work of scientists like Henry Dwight Hogg, PhD, in organizing and completing DNA studies; and the ease of meeting people as never before by internet programs like Facebook, Ancestry, and many more sites, we are able to meet cousins all over the world, and trace our ancestry back many centuries.  The Scottish people must be amazing, because the people in our Facebook group, all descendants of Scots, are amazing—what a joy and a gift to know them!  

Until we meet again, Helen Youngblood Holshouser

"Sharing Love with Family, Hoggs and Kisses" 
by artist and family member Lee Hogg Williams
- available as a puzzle or a dry erase board along with other fun items