Saturday, February 29, 2020

RootsTech 2020--Day 4-- Sat. Feb 29th

Day 4 of RootsTech 2020. Here is my take on Saturday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech

Saturday's Live Streams
Ancestry On the Go: Ancestry App Suite
Ancestry App:  Allows you to review hints on the go and / or just in your spare time.  You can add pictures to the gallery of your tree and also tag people in your tree.

AncestryDNA App:  Gives you a deeper look at your DNA results and is the fastest way to activate a DNA kit by scanning the code on the test rather than having to type it in.  You can view the map and the Genetic Communities on the App.  Also allows for easy sharing of ethnicity results. You can see DNA comparison and there is messaging within the app.

Peter Drinkwater talked about FindAGrave and the FindAGrave App.  It's hard to believe that the site has been around for 25 years.  You can browse the cemeteries, add photos and GPS coordinates.

FamilySearch App for Intermediate/Advanced Users—Todd Powell
Several great features on the app

  • Relatives Around Me
  • Map My Ancestors
  • My Contributions
  • Find My Ancestor(New User)

Using multiple screens, descendency research, and Source linker are easy to do on the go using the FamilySearch App.

General Session featuring Emmitt Smith
Emmitt Smith told the story of finding his ancestors who came from West Africa to Mecklenhurg VA on to Cleveland Alabama and on to Pensacola Florida where Emmitt's story began.  Be prepared to change and broaden your perspective. 

Healing and Family History-The Emotional Side of DNA—Robin Wirthlin
Families that have been separated for various reasons can heal as DNA can reunite the descendants.
Unexpected results cam cause many emotions.  It's not always a happy time.  Time can heal many wounds. 

Introduction to What Are the Odds? (WATO)—Leah Larkin
WATO is a sketch and share program that uses probabilities with DNA data to compare likely hypothesis for ways a targeted person is likely to connect to the Most Recent Common Ancestor that the DNA matches all have in common.   I use this tool when I'm helping other DNA testers with their unknown lineage/relationshps. 

Saturday's Hottest News
RootsTech 2021 will be Feb 3rd-6th with registration beginning in September of 2020.

A big THANK YOU to all who helped make RootsTech and #NotAtRootsTech possible. Be sure and check out the recorded sessions posted at

Friday, February 28, 2020

RootsTech 2020--Day 3--Fri. Feb 28th

Day 3 of RootsTech 2020. Here is my take on Friday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech

Friday's Live Streams

Discover Your Family with Interviews and Sources—Mat and Rachel Trotter
Great ideas for questions and people to interview.  She also mentioned a book called  My Life Story Question book.  Use a digital recorder and also take notes. Saving your work.  Thumbdrive, Google Drive Dropbox etc. FamilySearch Memories App lets you record memories.  Don't put off
A source is anything that has information in it. Census records, marriage records, newspapers can add a great deal of color and context to your ancestors stories.

2019: Year of the Copyright—Judy Russell
What is copyright is and why should we care?  Judy told us why the years 1909, 1976; and 1998 were so important.  Currently everything before 1925 is now in the public domain.  Copyright protection is automatic no mark is necessary. Common misconceptions were addressed.  You might want to download the handout for this session to refer to when you have questions on copyright.

General Session featuring David Kennerly—Sponsored by Canon
MyHeritage's  Aaron Godfrey told us about some of the latest happenings at MyHeritage(today's sponsor)  They have added 1.3 billion records from 25,000 directories covering the years 1860-1960.
If you haven't used the MyHeritage In Color™ tool to colorize your black and white photos you are missing out.  I used it to take the horrible cheeto color out of some of my color photos that were taken in the 1970s. MyHeritage also announced that they will be launching Genetic Groups for those that have DNA tested.  It groups DNA testers together by area with a visual display on a map.
David Kennerly gave a great talk and shared with us many of his great photographs.The history that he has covered with his photography is incredible!

City Directories and Other New Collections on MyHeritage—Mike Mansfield
An overview of the City Directories at MyHeritage and what information might be available in them.   Some of the larger cities in Europe published directories early on and I did not realize that.  Also they have added more newspapers.

Preserving the Fabric of our Families—Jennifer Hadley
This session was very informative and got me thinking about what I need to do to preserve items I've cross-stitched or embroidered.  Temperature, Humidity and Light all can cause damage.  While light causes fading, it also causes structural damage as well. 

Friday's Hottest News
For me the Hottest News of the day was Ancestry's announcement of the Civil War Stories project. 
You can find out more by visiting the Project Regiment page at Fold3 where they will post updates about what's out there and what's coming.  Also so those who are experts who wish to contribute information for the project you can do so by visiting Civil War Stories and taking the survey.  During the time of the Civil War all of my living direct ancestors were living in Tennessee which was pretty much a statewide battlefield and that is why this project is of such importance to me.  I want to know their stories.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

RootsTech 2020--Day 2--Thur. Feb. 27th

Day 2 of RootsTech 2020. Here is my take on Thursday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech

Thursday's Live Streams

Unlocking the Power of the FamilySearch Wiki—Danielle Batson, Jenny Hansen, Jeff Svare
This session was awesome!  Chocked full of great information about the vast number of pages and historical records articles available to help you with your research.  I love the Guided Research experience. While this is is great for the new researcher I feel like it would also keep any researcher on track.  I really had not realized how much information they had out there on the wiki.  Incredible!

German Research for the Everyday American—Karynne Moses
Items key to German research are
  • finding the spelling variations of the name
  • Learning to recognize/read the handwriting
  • Locating the town in Germany from which they came
  • Finding records for that home area
  • Navigating the records
Search for German Hometown  variations
A subscription site with German records a subscription site of Protestant records

General Session featuring Leigh Anne Tuohy

6.4 Million family tree added by users
108 million photos and documents added by users
1.8 Billion records added by Ancestry
There are now a total of 24 billion records available at Ancestry
All of the WWII Draft Cards are available on Ancestry

Leigh Anne Tuohy who is an advocate for adoption and whose story was the basis for the film "The Blind Side" gave a very inspirational talk.about what happens when you "invest time in someone and offer them hope." 

DNA, Genealogy, and Law Enforcement: All the Facts—Blaine Bettinger
This talk is not meant to be for or against LE using DNA databases or about whether you should or shouldn't opt-in but is to give you information about what is involved so that you can make an informed decision on what is right for you. Informed Consent is key.  Each of the DNA databases(This includes the 4 major testing companies and GEDmatch)  have their rules for how they deal with Law Enforcement  This is a complicated subject and you really need to download the syllabus in order to review them all  Get the RootsTech app and download the handout for this session. 

Tackling Difficult Chapters of our Family History—Cheri Daniels
Humanity is Complex.  Let's try to be empathetic because we really don't know what a person has been through on their journey.  Great points Cheri made.  I think one thing that she pointed  out which struck me was that we should resist the urge to hide the difficult chapters.  I firmly believe this.  

Thursday's Hottest News
For me today's biggest news was Ancestry's DNA Match tool which Crista Cowen introduced on Facebook Live Event  from the Ancestry booth at RootsTech today.  I think it's supposed to start rolling out over the next week.

Check out the recorded sessions posted at

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

RootsTech 2020--Day 1--Wed. Feb. 26th

Day 1 of RootsTech 2020. Here is my take on Wednesday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech

Wednesday's Live Streams

Making a Masterpiece:  How to Capture the Best Family Portraits--Jens Nielsen gave us a bit of background on the camera and photography and also had a very moving story about his Mother an why a photograph is so important to him and should be to us.  He says, "Genealogy without photography is like movies without sound."  David Ward talked more about the type of light and how it affects the outcome of our photographs. Drake Buseth talked about portraits--the photographing of people and how to add gestures to bring life to the photograph.  I know nothing about photography but they made it very interesting for me. 

What’s New at Ancestry—Crista Cowan
This was mostly a review of what Ancestry has added over this last year. The amazing thing is that they have added 1.8 Billion Records that's the most records ever added in a year. This includes updates in indexing to FindAGrave,  U.S. School Yearbooks, and Obituary index as well as records relating to the persecution of Jews.  You can find these Jewish records here along with many others.  A good majority of the records including the new Jewish resource previously mentioned do not require a subscription. 

Also featured were updates by Ancestry which were brought about by user suggestions.  Among those were updated profile page, improved member searches, and  a new message center.  Most US members should already have the new messaging center with a few exceptions.  (As of today I'm one of those exceptions)

Improvements were also made to the Family Tree portion of Ancestry including a new Hint management system which rechecks or refreshes the hints you receive.  Using DNA filters in tandem is now an option and you may search for your matches many different ways.  Filters are also available in the Thrulines portion of your account if you have DNA tested and have a linked tree.
There is also a  new map enhancement for the Ancestry App.  There are More announcements coming from Ancestry Thursday which Crista hinted at but could not talk about.  I'm really looking forward to hearing about those.

The Story of You on FamilySearch
A review of some updated features on the FamilySearch site including fan chart views.  Also the importance of recording our memories was stressed as well as what is happening with us today. One day we will be the ancestors.  FamilySearch also has a mapping feature that you can use to map your ancestors lives.

Adding Branches to Your Family Tree Using DNA—Angie Bush
Angie Bush discussed the tools available at AncestryDNA, MyHeritage and 23&me that you can use to combine your DNA results and your family tree research.    23&me's tool is Your Family Tree(currently still in beta) and is based solely on DNA. MyHeritage has Theory of Family Relativity™ and AncestryDNA's tool is ThruLines™ both of these require that you have a tree attached to your DNA test   I would love to be able to reject Theories or Thrulines that are incorrect but you cannot do this at either site yet as was pointed out.  You still need to evaluate the suggestions made by any of these tools.

Finding Your Elusive Female Ancestors—Julie Stoddard
Key Points:  Timelines are critical for researching female ancestors.  Search specific records.  Studying her family associates and neighbors with whom she interacted.  Find your female ancestor on every census record taken during the time she was living.  DNA evidence can be very helpful in researching an elusive female ancestor.  Obituaries can also be very helpful in determining the ancestor's maiden name.  Indexes are great but can cause a loss of context.Always look at original records.

Wednesday's Hottest News
For me today's hottest news has been the DNA Painter's New Feature. Jonny Perl announced that DNA Painter now allows you to overlay a selection of traits onto your chromosome map.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Purchasers at Noah Putman's Estate Sale Hopkins Co KY

A true amt of the sale of property of the estate of Noah Putman deceased.

Elizabeth Putman
Joseph Hight
Simson Putman
F.G. Creek
John Stuart
Miles Putman
J. M. Lamb
David Clark
B. M. Harris

Returned and Recorded 10th of December 1855.

"Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Hopkins > Will records, 1854-1857, Vol. 8 > image 116 of 251; county courthouses, Kentucky.

I thought maybe the Simson might be Simeon Putman son of Noah but that seems a bit young to be making purchases so perhaps that is Simpson Putman brother of Noah(see Noah Putman's will linked below).  I believe that the Miles Putman is Jesse Miles Putman son of Hiram Putman.  Miles would be Noah's nephew.  As always I'm open to discussion.

Links to this and other documents from Noah Putman's estate.  These links are from FamilySearch and you will need to create a guest account to view if you do not already have one.  That is free though and no membership is required.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Purchasers from Estate Sale of John Hight--1796

Those who purchased from the inventory of the
estate sale of John Hight 11th of February 1796. 
Franklin County, North Carolina.

Please note that some persons may have purchased multiple items.
See original list at the source listed below.

David King
John Finch
Harbert Hight
John Hight
John Pardue
Littleton Fuller
Philemon Hawkins
Daniel Ball
Henry Fuller
Solomon Bobbit
John Peace
Isaiah Smith
Charles More
Joseph Fletcher
Edward Finch
Samuel Young
Lweling? Jones
Jonathan Hight
Nathaniel Jarratt
William Hight
John Forkner
Samuel Young
John Goodloe
Shim Cook
John Parham
John Loyd
Turner Bobbitt
Devereaux Jarratt
Ezekial Hayes
Joseph Mangum
Gideon Macon
Daniel Ball
James M Daniel(maybe McDaniel)
George King
John Lawrence
Thompson Glenn
Robert Jones
Benjamin Hayes
James Hunt

"North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970," images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), Franklin > Inventories, 1789-1800 > image 72-74 of 104; county courthouses, North Carolina.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Charles Fuller Frizzell Jr(1896-1978).--My 4C2R

Charles Fuller Frizzell Jr. was the son of Charles Fuller Frizzell Sr. from my previous blog post and the grandson of the John Frizzell, Tennessee Supreme Court judge who is also mentioned in a previous blog post. Charles Jr. was born in Nashville and spent his earlier years there before the family moved to Atlanta and later New York.

In 1917 Charles was part of the 38th infantry and was promoted to 1st Lt. while in France. He received a distinguished service cross for his services in WWI in which he was several wounded, captured, and detained in a German prison camp. According to his military service card in Ancestry's New York Abstracts of WWI Military Service, 1917-1919, he was involved in the following engagements: Aisne, Champagne-Marne and Aisne-Marne. In 1919, he retired due to injuries he sustained while in service and returned to work as assistant agency superintendent of Royal Indemnity Company.

An article from 1945 notes that he was commanding officer of the Philadelphia Women's Army Corps Recruiting District until it was absorbed by the US Army Recruiting Service(1945) at which time he was appointed commanding officer over the US Army Recruiting Service of Eastern Pennsylvania

I was able to find an address for Charles Jr. for May 1950 in Ancestry's Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-1966. He filed this because he had went back into the Army from June 1942 to March 1946 during which time he worked in recruiting.  I took that address and Googled it and from there found it on Zillow(a real estate website) which included pictures of the home. It should be the same home, as the description given said that the home was built in 1930. Another address from the September 8th, 1918 edition of the New York Times Union Newspaper(at gave an address along with his name among those on the list of Prisoners of War. There is actually a history of that building on a website about New York Architecture. It's really interesting because the building was at one time, Headquarters for The Royal Insurance Company where Charles Sr. was Vice President at the time.

Charles F. Frizzell Jr. and his wife Phyllis Phillips Frizzell had 3 daughters--Phyllis, Rosemary, and Edith Lee.  Charles passed in 1978 and is buried in the Trinity Church Cemetery in Manhattan, New York along with family, and many other notable historical figures.

  1. Pennsylvania, Veteran Compensation Application Files, WWII, 1950-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Box Title: Fries, Henry W - Frost, Joseph A (Box 267) Image 1486 of 3690.
  2. New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919 [images on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. WWI Officer Cards > Friend, W-Gibney, R(Box 686) > Image 28 of 878.
  3. "Won a D.S.C. in World War" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN), Mar 22 1920, page 6, column 2. Image copy, : downloaded 12 February 2020)
  4. "Army Will Handle WAC Recruiting Hereafter"The Times-Tribune(Scranton, Pennsylvania), May 5 1945, page 7, column 3. Image copy, : downloaded 12 February 2020)
  5. "Mary Pattie Frizzell Dies of Pheumonia" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN) Dec 17 1918, page 8, column 6..Image copy, : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  6. "Mrs Emma F Christopher Dies in New Jersey" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN) Oct 4,1920, page 5, column 2..Image copy, : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  7. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 12 February 2020), memorial page for Charles Fuller Frizzell, Jr. (1896–1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 167544337, citing Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Neil Funkhouser (contributor 46781068) .

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Charles F Frizzell Sr. (1869-1947) --My 3C3R

Charles F Frizzell Sr, was the son of the John Frizzell--the subject of my previous blog post..

1869 Jan 16 Birth in Davidson Co., Tennessee, USA
1892 Jan 19 Marriage to Edith Miller in Nashville, Davidson Co., Tennessee, USA
1894 Apr Birth of daughter, Emma Frizzell in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, USA
1896 Sep 26 Birth of Son Charles F. Frizzell Jr. in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, USA
1905 Aug 28 Birth of daughter Mary Frizzell in Nashville, Davidson Co., TN, USA
1910 Residence in Nashville TN(505 Russell Street)
1911 Apr 18 Children visit friends in Chattanooga and will join parents in Atlanta, GA.
1918 Dec 15 Death of Daughter Mary Pattie Frizzell in New York , USA
1920 Residence in Manhattan, New York (790 Riverside Drive)
1920 Oct 3 Death of Daughter Emma Frizzell Christopher in New York, USA
1922 Organized the Indemnity Insurance Company of North America (Exec. Vice-President)
1930 Residence in Philadelphia Pennsylvania (6419 Overbrook Ave)
1933 Retirement
1933 March Trip on the U.S.S. Virginia with wife and Emma's son Richard C Christopher
1940 Residence in Philadelphia Pennsylvania  (6419 Overbrook Ave)
1947 Feb 26 Death Charles F. Frizzell Sr.

Charles did very well in the Insurance business and was Vice President of The Royal Insurance Company until he took the job as president of Newark Fire Insurance Company of Newark N.J.

Charles had two sisters, Mary Sophie Frizzell who married Joshua Henry Warman Ambrose and Maude Frizzell who married Lewis S. Hall. Both of his sisters are buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Nashville.

Note the three items I lived in the above graphic.  These are three interesting items that I didn't think about much having come from people who aren't world travelers(read that as farmers)  I really love this passenger list of US Citizens. Look at the information it contains!.  Ancestry also had pictures of the ship which happens to be the Mauretania, sister ship of the Lusitania. Charles' passport application contains a letter as well as a copy of the picture of he and Edith from his passport.


  1. "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 3 November 2017), Chas Fuller Frizzell and Edith Lee Miller, 19 Jan 1892; citing Davidson, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. 42, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 200,299.
  2. "Tennessee Births and Christenings, 1828-1939", database, FamilySearch ( : 27 January 2020), Charles F. Frizzell in entry for Mary Frizzell, 1905.
  3. "Society Personals" The Chatanooga News(TN) April 18, 1911, pg.8, column 5.image copy, : downloaded 4 February 2020) 
  4. "Mary Pattie Frizzell Dies of Pheumonia" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN) Dec 17 1918, pg.8, column 6..Image copy, : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  5. "Mrs Emma F Christopher Dies in New Jersey" The Tennessean(Nashville, TN) Oct 4,1920, pg.5, column 2..Image copy, : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  6. "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Charles F. Frizzell in entry for Mary Pattie Frizzell, 15 Dec 1918; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,322,439.
  7. "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Richard Charles Christopher Jr. and Emma Frizzell, 06 Apr 1918; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,642,914.
  8. New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line], Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010; accessed Jan. 4, 2020.; Entry for Charles F Frizzell and wife, New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island) >1820-1957 > Roll T715> 1897-1957 > 3001-4000 > Roll 3504 > image 957 of 1272.
  9. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007.
  10. Passenger Ships and Images [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007. accessed Feb. 4, 2020, Mauretania, 1907-1935.
  11. "C.F. Frizzell Dies, Insurance Aide" The Philadelphia Inquirer(Philadelphia, PA) Feb 27 1947, pg.10, column 3..Image copy, : downloaded 4 February 2020)
  12. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 04 February 2020), memorial page for Maude Frizzell Hall (3 Oct 1866–9 Feb 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131497010, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by S.J. (contributor 46931676) .
  13. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 04 February 2020), memorial page for Mary Sophia Frizzell Ambrose (17 Nov 1855–10 Jun 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 109709120, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Melody (contributor 47148339).