Monday, April 24, 2017

Good Business Decision - Joining Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce






Not that long ago I made the decision to join the Middletown Chamber of Commerce here in Middletown, Delaware.   As a small business owner I wasn’t sure where I would fit in or if this was even a good business decision. As of now I can say my experience has been good, starting with the Business Expo. What a wonderful opportunity this event was for me and my business, ARodesky Genealogy. I had the opportunity to hear so many wonderful, fun and interesting family stories. Plus I made a few business contacts that have already started to increase my visibility.  Lesson to be learned here is that sometimes it’s good to be a small fish in the big pond. Okay you can stop laughing I had to add a “corny” comment.



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Cemetery - Floating Coffins

Published the 24th of September in ?? in the Philadelphia Inquirer out of Philadelphia, PA
FRENCH TOWNS INUMDATED
A Cemetery Undermined and Coffins Float Down the River
     PARIS, Sept. 23 – The floods in the Department of Grad have caused much damage to property. On Sunday the river Rhone rose nineteen feet and the town of Beaucaire was flooded. At Vallerangue, on the Herabit, 39 miles northwest of Nimes, the river overflowed its banks and undermined a portion of a cemetery. A number of coffins were washed out, and together with their contents floated down the river.
     The Ardeche river is greatly swollen. At Aubenas a dike collapsed and the surrounding country was flooded. Houses were undermined by the waters and fell and the vineyards throughout the district were devastated. Three persons were killed.

     The Gardon River, in the Department of Gard has also overflowed its banks. The country along the river with its standing crops is an immense swamp. The Mousae bridge has been destroyed and the railroad and telegraphic services have been stopped. 
                                         (*above article found on Genealogy Bank website)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Spotting - Double Wedding Stelzer Family



Appeared on Thursday the 30th of September in 1897 in the St Louis Republic out of St Louis, Missouri

A DOUBLE WEDDING IN SOUTH ST. LOUIS
VALENTINE STELZER AND HIS
SON CHRISTIAN CELEBRATE THEIR
WEDDING TOGETHER.

It Was The Father’s Sliver Wedding
 and a Happy Time Was Had.


A wedding ceremony a little out of the or-
dinary was celebrated in South St. Louis
yesterday. Christian Steizer of 2620 Arsenal
street and Lena Brandschwede of 1615 South
Broadway were joined in wedlock, and on
the same occasion the silver anniversary of
the marriage of Valentine Stelzer and his
wife, parents of the groom, was celebrated.
The young people were married in the
Church of St. Francis de Sales at Texas
and Cherokee streets at 8 a.m. The old
folks also went through a church ceremony,
the blessings of the church being again
bestowed upon them. John Stelzer, a broth-
er of Christian Stelzer acted as best man
and Anna Drisler as bridesmaid for the
young people. Joseph Abele and Mrs. Al-
bert Reldermelster acted in similar capaci-
ties for the old folks.
A reception was held last night at the
Southwestern Turner hall at Texas and
Cherokee streets. It was largely attended
by the friends of both parties. A number
of handsome presents were received by
both couples. Some of the presents were
from Chicago, where the elder Stelzer lived
before they came to St. Louis.
The occasion was a triple celebration
for Valentine Slelzer. Besides being the sil-
ver anniversary of his wedding, the year is
the twenty-fifth anniversary of his arrival
in this country from Germany; and he has
been 25 years employed by the same firm.
He went to work shortly after his arrival in
this country for Fairbanks & Co in Chica-
go. Four years later he was transferred to
the St. Louis branch where he is now em-
ployed. 

(*above article found on Genealogy Bank website)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Presentations - Tracing Your African-American Roots



Tracing your African-American Roots

The journey starts here! Discover resources for researching your family history and genealogy. We discuss Slave Schedules, Voter Registration, Freedman’s Bureau, Plantations Records, Bill of Sales and much more. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday - Dodd Family




SGT. CLEMENTS N. DODD
CO. B
DEL. CAV.



       [1]1870 United States Federal Census from Middletown in New Castle County Delaware the state of Delaware shows Clement N. Dodd head of household, married, white, male, was born abt. 1838 in Delaware. It shows his occupations as carpenter, his personal property is valued at 200 dollars; he was 32 years of age. Margaret A Dodd wife to head of household, married, white, female, was born abt. 1846 in Delaware. It shows her occupation as keeping house; she was 24 years of age. William N. Dodd son to head of household, single, white, male, was born abt. 1866 in Delaware. It shows his occupation as at home; he was 4 years of age.  James M. Dodd son to head of household, single, white, male, was born abt. 1868 in Delaware. It shows his occupation as at home; he was 2 years of age.




      [2]1880 United States Federal Census from Saint Georges in New Castle County in the state of Delaware shows Clement N. Dodd as head of household, married, white, male, and was born abt. 1838 in the state of Delaware and both of his parents were born in Delaware. It also shows that his occupation was listed as carpenter/contractor; he was 42 years of age. Margaret A Dodd wife to head of household, married, white, female, and was born abt. 1845 in Delaware and both of her parents were born in Delaware. It also shows that her occupation is lady of the house; she was 35 years of age. William Dodd son to head of household, single, white, male and was born abt.1866 in Delaware and both of his parents were born in Delaware. It also shows that his occupation was listed as at school; he was 14 years of age. James Dodd son to head of household, single, white, male and was born abt. 1868 in Delaware and both of his parents were born in Delaware. It also shows that his occupation listed as at home, he is sick not walking has rheumatics in January; he was 12 years of age. Charles Dodd son to head of household, single, white, male and was born abt. 1870 in Delaware and both of his parents were born in Delaware. It also shows his occupation listed attends school; he was 10 years of age.  Anna S. Dodd daughter to head of household, single, white, female and was born abt. 1875 in Delaware and both of her parents were born in Delaware. It also shows her occupation listed at home; she was 5 years of age. Bessie Dodd daughter to head of household, single, white, female and was born abt. 1878 in Delaware and both of her parents were born in Delaware. It also shows her occupation listed at home; she was 2 years of age. Dodd son to head of household, single, white, male and was born abt. 1880 in Delaware and both of his parents were born in Delaware. It also shows his occupation listed at home; he was 3 months of age.




      [3]1900 United States Federal Census form Philadelphia in Philadelphia County the state of Pennsylvania shows Clement N. Dodds head of household, married, white, male, was born November 1837 in Delaware and both of his parents were born in Delaware. It also shows that his occupation was listed as a carpenter, he was unemployed for 3 months, he was able to read, write and speak English, and the home is rented. He has been married for 33 years and was 62 years of age. Margaret Dodds wife to head of household, married, white, female, was born October 1845 in Delaware and both of her parents were born in Delaware. Occupation is not listed, he was able to read, write and speak English. She has been married for 33 years, mothered 10 children and 7 are still living, she was 54 years of age. James Dodds son to head of household, single, white, male, was born January 1868 in Delaware and both of his parents were born in Delaware. Occupation listed as cigar dealer, he was able to read, write and speak English; he was 32 years of age. Hester E Dodds daughter to head of household, single, white, female, was born June 1878 in Delaware and both of her parents were born in Delaware. Occupation listed as shirt maker, was able to read, write and speak English; she was 21 years of age. Ellwood M. Dodds son to head of household, single, white, male, was born July 1881 in Delaware and both of his parents were born in Delaware. Occupation listed as printer, was able to read, write and speak English; he was 18 years of age. Mary H. Dodds daughter to head of household, single, white, female, was born March 1886 in Delaware and both of her parents were born in Delaware. Occupation listed as press feeder, was able to read, write and speak English; she was 15 years of age. James N Wine is listed as brother-in-law to head of household, married, white, male, was born August 1837 in Delaware and both of his parents were born in Delaware. Occupation is listed as salesman, he was able to read, write and speak English. He was married for 33 years and was 62 years of age.    




      [4]1910 United States Federal Census from Center Township in Grant County Indiana at the U.S. National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Members, Officers and Employees shows Clement N Dodd, widowed, white male was born abt. 1838 in Delaware and both of his parents were born in Delaware.  He is able to read, write and speak English; he was 72 years of age.





      [5]Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Death Certificate Index, 1803-1915 shows Clement Naughton Dodd date of birth is about 1840, born in Milton, Delaware. His date at death is 2n of May 1911 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania he was 71 years of age at the time of his death and buried in Middletown, Delaware. It also shows male, white, occupation as carpenter and married. His father is John Dodd with a birth place in Milton, Delaware. His mother is Margaret Wine with a birth place in Middletown, Delaware.




      [6]United States Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1953 shows a headstone application for the unmarked grave of a solider, Clement N Dodd, rank of Sargent, Company B with the 1st Delaware Volunteer Cav., date of death is May 2nd 1912. Cemetery listed is Bethesda M E Church in the city of Middletown state of Delaware with no emblem selected for the headstone.  It was shipped to Middletown, Delaware at New Castle County. The applicant listed and address was W.H. Dodd at 1210 N. Hope Street, Philadelphia, PA on the 23rd of April 1930.





[1] 1870 Untied States Federal Census Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 April 2016) Provo, UT, USA; Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2009. Middletown, New Castle, Delaware; Roll: M593_120; Page: 715B; Image: 656; Family History Library Film: 545619

[2] 1880 United Stated Federal Census Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 April 2016) Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2010. Saint Georges, New Castle, Delaware; Roll: 120; Family History Film: 1254120; Page: 256C; Enumeration District: 030; Image: 0232

[3] 1900 United States Federal Census Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 April 2016) Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2004. Philadelphia Ward 30, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1472; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0757; FHL microfilm: 1241472

[4] 1910 United States Federal Census Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 April 2016) Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2006. Center, Grant, Indiana; Roll: T624_351; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 0047; FHL microfilm: 1374364

[5] Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1803-1915 Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 April 2016) Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2011.

[6] U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 April 2016) Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2012. Microfilmpublications M1916, 134 rolls. ARC ID: 596118.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Including Adoption





I’m revisiting a past post only because it came up again, this time during a presentation at the Corbit Calloway Library in Odesa, Delaware. The word “adoption” isn’t new to many of us while doing our family research or research for a client. Put it appears to be one of those words that cause confusion while some continue to conduct their own family research.

“Do I include someone who is adopted in my family tree?”
“Do I include the biological parents of my grandfather?”


My answer was yes to both, but I know some are concerned that this might offend the step parent or the adoptive family members. For those conducting research for their own family you must weigh the affects it will have on all of those involved. But I reminded them if this is a family member and you consider them family then they should be included, that was my opinion. At the same time, I know while most conduct their family research their focus is directly on their “bloodline” and not the family members title. I gave a professional research example that when I come across an adopted family member (cousin, uncle or aunt) while conducting research for a client that I do include that family member. However, I do note that this family member was adopted.  I leave it up to all my clients that it is their choice if they wish to follow up on this notation and wish to research more on this family member. But if I find that a direct family member (mother, father or grandparent) is adopted then I feel obligated as a researcher to include the information about the biological family members. As I’ve always said once my research is completed and I review everything with the client it is up to them what they do with that information.