Friday, July 31, 2015

Kelleys Island To Get Historical Marker

Above is an image of Kelleys Island from Google Maps. Read here to learn more about the historical marker which will soon be placed at the site of the former German Reformed Church.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Baptism Record of my Dad and His Sister Alberta

While browsing through church records on Ancestry Library Edition, I came across the database entitled Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Records, 1875-1940. In this record group, I found my father and aunt's baptism records from Zion Lutheran Church in Huron, Ohio from the 1920s. Rev. William R. Lucht was the minister who baptized my dad and his older sister.

My aunt, Alberta Marie Orshoski, was born to Stephen and Emma (Yeager) Orshoski on October 31, 1926, and she was baptized in November of 1926. Her baptismal sponsors were Emma's parents, Andrew Yeager, Sr. and Lena (Piehl) Yeager. My dad, Paul Orshoski,  was born to Stephen and Emma (Yeager) Orshoski on December 1, 1927, and he was baptized on April 1, 1928. His sponsors were Andrew Yeager, Jr. and Dorothy Yeager, the sister and brother of his mother Emma. Alberta's record is number 12 on the image below, and Paul is found at number 17.

Below is a picture of my paternal grandparents and their first three children, Alberta/Bertie, Paul, and baby Wayne, about 1929.

While I did not learn any earth-shattering new information from these baptismal records, it was wonderful to see the record. It is hard for me to imagine this lovely family as being so young, since now all in the picture are deceased. I knew each and every one, and they were special to me, each in their own way.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Plaque Honoring Professor E.L. Moseley at Sandusky High School

This plaque which honors former science teacher Edwin Lincoln Moseley is on display at Sandusky High School. Mr. Moseley, known most often as Professor Moseley, taught science at Sandusky High School from 1889 to 1914. He often took his students out on field trips to learn more about the flora and fauna of the area. In 1914, Professor Moseley was named to the faculty of the Bowling Green Normal College, now Bowling Green State University. One of the earliest buildings on campus at BGSU was named for Professor Moseley.

Professor Edwin L. Moseley was on the science faculty at BGSU from 1914 to 1936. He  passed away on June 6, 1948. He is buried at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green, Ohio. To learn more about Professor Moseley, see these resources.

An outstanding biography, entitled Edwin Lincoln Moseley : Naturalist, Scientist, Educator, was written by Relda E. Niederhofer and Ronald L. Stuckey in 1998.  Professor Moseley was an amazing individual! After his death, it was learned that Professor Moseley had left a generous amount of money to BGSU, for scholarships for deserving college students at his beloved Bowling Green State University. A concretion which is still located in Sandusky, near Adams Junior High School,  was discovered by Professor Moseley near Mills Creek in 1911.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Oakland Cemetery Bandstand: A Community's Tribute to the Defenders of Our Country

Early this morning I took a look at the bandstand at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. For several decades, a speech is delivered here during the Memorial Day services. Around the top of the bandstand is the phrase:  A Community's Tribute to the Defenders of Our Country. Here is a view of the bandstand from the southwest.

This panel indicates that the bandstand was put in place in 1925.

The flag is at half staff, to honor the memory of the Marines and Sailor who lost their lives in Tennessee recently.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I Accidentally Found My Great Uncle's Birth Record!

While browsing through the newest databases in Ancestry Library Edition, I came across one called Virginia Birth Records, 1864-2014.  I entered my maiden name, as I recalled that some of my great uncles were born in Wise County, Virgina. The birth record looks as though it was re-created at a time later than Uncle Nick Orshoski's birth, because it stated that his mother was deceased. Of course, Great Grandma Julia Orshoski was alive when she gave birth to her son in 1912 in Wise County, Virginia.  The record appears to have been re-created from Uncle Nick's baptismal record from Sacred Heart Church. Even if you think you have every record that exists for a particular surname in your family, new records are being added all the time. Every now and then, run that name through a genealogical database, to see what new resources are now available!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Why It Sometimes is Good to Order the Vital Record

For a couple years, I have been assisting my co-worker Ron work on his New York roots. We determined that his great grandfather, Harry R. Davidson, was born about 1866 in New York City, and that Harry's father was John Davidson, a native of Scotland.

John Davidson is found in the 1870 Census with a wife named Hannah, and two sons, Henry, born about 1865 or 1866, and Frank, born about 1868. Moving ahead to the 1880 U.S. Census, we find John Davidson with sons Henry and Frank, ages 14 and 11. In this particular census year, his wife is listed as Johanna, and there are two other children, Caroline age 4, and Martha, age 2. This caused us to consider the possibility that between 1870 and 1880,  John Davidson's first wife died, and that he re-married, and had two more children.

A marriage record at, retrieved a marriage record that listed John Davidson marrying a Johanna Boole in Manhattan on March 25, 1875.

This leads us to the marriage record of Harry R. Davidson and Mary Crinnion.

They were married in the state of New York on December 7, 1883. If you look closely at the words next to the line mother's maiden name, it says that Harry's mother died years ago, but his stepmother was named Johanna Boole!

This leads Ron to a whole new line of members of the Davidson family that share his DNA! Hopefully the cousins can connect, and each line will have a more complete family tree. If you have the patience to wait for it, it may be very beneficial to you to order the original vital record for your ancestors, if possible.