The Family Connection To Benjamin Franklin Bryant

At this point you might be saying, You just weaved this lovely story of the daughters of Harriet Bryant in your last post, but you haven't made any mention of son Benjamin Franklin Bryant and you said he is related to the family! Well... you're right. I haven't made any direct mention of Benjamin, because there is no direct evidence (that I have found). Benjamin left home early and never left a census record or any obvious clues of his relation, not even in an obituary or death record... but his daughter did, and so did his niece! Helen Lorina Bryant was born 14 April 1847 in what conflicting records believed to be Madison, Lake, Ohio (1850 census says OH, death record says NY) to parents Benjamin Franklin Bryant and Elizabeth Gilbreath. Helen Lorina married William Henry Harrison Bryner in Lake county 25 Dec 1869. On the 1870 census we find Harrison and Helen living with Harrison's mother and siblings 3 doors down from Helen's grandmother Harriet Platt in North

The Harriet Bryant-Platt Family

UPDATED 21 Sep 2013: Harriet was born, to parents unknown, in New York state 06 Feb 1802. This is where she eventually marries William Bryant around 1820. Their only known son Benjamin Franklin Bryant was born 15 Jul 1822, followed by four daughters Harriet M. Bryant born about 1823-4, Sarah C. Bryant born 2 Apr 1827, Frances Amelia Bryant born 23 May 1832, and Helen Augusta Bryant born Oct 1834. It is believed that after Frances Amelia's birth in 1832, the Bryant family picked up and moved to Ohio, most likely along the border of Pennsylvania in Trumbull county (I believe this because future censuses report that Helen was born in Ohio & her son Charles notes she was born in Petersberg, Mahoning, Ohio. It should be noted that Mahoning County did not exist until 1846 when it was formed from Trumbull & Columbiana Counties.) William Bryant dies sometime between 1832-1840, when and where is unknown, but the 1840 census places the Bryant family in Warren, Trumbull, Ohio, s

The Date Book

In 2012 my mother discovered a date book tucked away in a desk my parents had received from my paternal grandmother. Knowing I had become the family historian of sorts, she passed it along to me, certain I'd be interested. The first page of that little book explained it was a gift from Helen Christian to her grandmother Frances Jane Dodge-Christian, who was the daughter of Sarah Bryant-Dodge. Frances (or Frankie as she was known) used the book to catalog a vast majority of the birth dates and death dates of her existing family, and it seems a close friend or two as well. Her daughter Mona kept up this practice for a few years after Frankie's death, adding entries of her own to the book. I spent weeks confirming names written in the book and matching them against my database. When I came to a name I didn't recognize I jotted the information down and started my own research into that person, finding what I could about their family, spouse and parents to see if any names

DIG: Try Breaking That Brick Wall From The Other Side

So I know I've been away for a little while, but it's actually for a good reason… I've been hard at work expanding my tree! I decided to continue my research and work forwards as well as backwards. The intention being that this will hopefully assist living cousins and relatives that are creating their own family trees. (The accurate kind, you know, with a few sources thrown in for proof.) I figure some of this stuff would otherwise take someone new to genealogy months to uncover. This all started with the same box of photographs from my grandmother that got this blog moving to begin with. Discovering these photos lead me to search for the lost relatives contained in them. That then led me on a quest to try and track down descendants of those relatives; the kind who might appreciate the photos. The project had been such a success that it got me thinking… maybe I should step back a generation or two and search for other cousins as well!

Caroline Marie Mortensen and the Greeshauge Family Name

Marie's Denmark Baptism Record Caroline Marie Mortensen (known as Marie) was born 12 Jan 1864 to unwed parents Jens Mortensen and Ane Christensdatter in Ersted, Aarestrup, Denmark (Hornum District of Aalborg).  On 25 Mar 1864, Marie was baptized in Aarestrup Church. According to her baptism record, Jens father was bricklayer Morten Nielsen and Ane was living as a lodger with a man named Thomas Otte of Stubberup. Marie was raised in Ersted, a small village about 2 km northeast of Aarestrup in what is now the region of Nordjylland. While Marie was born to a single mother, by the time Marie turned 7 in 1871, her mother Ane met and married Peder Nielsen Munkholm, also of Aarestrup. Over the next five years together the family would welcome Marie’s 3 step-siblings: sister, Ane Kathrine, brother, Niels Christian, and sister, Maren. Marie's 1880 Denmark Census By the time the 1880 census rolls around Marie is 16 years old. She is living at what is documented as Ersted

DIG: A Great Free Starting Point For Family History Noobs

FYI: Noob means "newbie" or being brand new to something. I remember when I first started my research: I was so green, I thought was all that was out there. I thought that after I put all my information in my tree and my free trial ended, I'd need to pay what I felt were absurd prices (which have gotten more reasonable in the past few months if you buy a subscription BTW) to keep working online. Truth is, there are many FREE resources out there that provide a vast amount of free records to search and you just need to know where to start looking from. My personal workflow (now this is my preference and not the only way) is to use's online tree and attach all the records I find to it. This way, not only am I collecting records for myself, I am also making my information available for distant relatives to search and from there hopefully make new family connections and continue growing your tree. If you are confused, signing up for an acc

DIG: Family Search Help and Genealogy Gems

Are you looking for more expert advice, a bit more entertainment, or maybe the ability to get your family history fix on the go? Check out family history sleuth, author, speaker, genealogist, podcast host, tech & search-guru (did I miss anything) Lisa Louise Cooke and her website . When Lisa's not on the road teaching at seminars (and even when she is), she hosts a podcast about every 2 weeks call the Genealogy Gems Podcast. Here she updates listeners on the recent news and happenings in the world of genealogy, answers your questions, passes on helpful tips, and talks with other industry leaders. For those of you who don't know what a podcast is, think a pre-recorded radio broadcast that you can download and listen to at your own convenience on either your computer or your iPod/mp3 player. The show is available FREE from the iTunes store (under podcasts) or via her website where you can download the files directly or listen directly in the web browser.