Favorite Photograph

Favorite Photograph

 

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I have many photographs in my possession from the middle 1800’s all the way to 2018. With the invention of Facebook, I can highlight my pictures and tell stories about them. I entertain family, friends, and the public across Facebook’s spectrum.

My 2nd Great Grandfather, Joseph Franklin Ackerman, was a fiddler player from Harrison County, Indiana which is located on the Ohio River right across from Louisville, Kentucky. The picture I have picked out is the Ackerman family standing on the steps of their home with bespectacled Joe Ackerman proudly holding his fiddle, a serious strong man in the middle, along with Joe Junior or Ed Ackerman, another son, leaning on the strong man.

Joe Senior was born on December 10, 1846 in Floyd County, Indiana. His father and mother were born in France, and migrated to Pennsylvania where they settled and had 2 children. They moved to Floyd County, Indiana and from there, moved to Harrison County, Indiana.
Joe Sr. and sons were house painters and chicken farmers. Local newspaper kept up with Joe and his boys of what building or house they were painting that day. Further research into Joe Sr. life shows he was in the US Infantry during the Indian Wars, serving from 1869 to 1871.
Newspaper articles chronicle his comings and goings across the Ohio River visiting family in Kentucky, and family from Kentucky coming to visit in Indiana. Newspapers reported all the parties where he played his fiddle. Friends and relatives danced through the night to Uncle Joe’s fiddle playing along with his son and friend accompanying him with a banjo and guitar.

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Here I sit trying to set up my new laptop my husband gave me for Christmas. I will have to buy Microsoft Word program since the laptop does not have this program. I decided to use the 30-day trial, and then figure out the next step of whether buying or subscribing to the program.

Another ‘start’ for me is my New Year Resolution writing and publishing short stories and essays. To start this adventure, I decided to use the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks as an inspiration to write. Next step is to buy a Writers Almanac to see where I may send my writings. This serves as killing two birds with one stone, the revenue I hopefully will receive will help pay my student loans off and will make me sit and write during the week.
The last ‘start’ for me will be organizing my family history into a written story, as I will try and combine the 52 weeks into one big story. As we all know, we are never finished with our researching, but it is nice to pull it together every 40 years or so to show off what we have found.

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Update on Arsinoe Martin’s Gravestone

FB_IMG_1515893775382As previously posted on this blog, there is a go fund me site to raise money for Arsinoe Martin’s gravestone. Arsinoe was a Civil War nurse from Elkhart County, Indiana and we have named our Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic Circle #78 after her.

The gravestone has been replaced, and here is the new stone’s debut!

 

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Here I sit trying to set up my new laptop my husband gave me for Christmas. I will have to buy Microsoft Word program since the laptop does not have this program. I decided to use the 30-day trial, and then figure out the next step of whether buying or subscribing to the program.

Another ‘start’ for me is my New Year Resolution writing and publishing short stories and essays. To start this adventure, I decided to use the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks as an inspiration to write. Next step is to buy a Writers Almanac to see where I may send my writings. This serves as killing two birds with one stone, the revenue I hopefully will receive will help pay my student loans off and will make me sit and write during the week.
The last ‘start’ for me will be organizing my family history into a written story, as I will try and combine the 52 weeks into one big story. As we all know, we are never finished with our researching, but it is nice to pull it together every 40 years or so to show off what we have found.

 

#52ancestorchallenge

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Raising money for a gravestone adventure

Click on.the gofundme me page and consider donating a dollar or two to help replace an.old broken stone.

The lady that is buried there is Arsinoe Martin, who was a Civil War nurse from Elkhart County, Indiana. She was a Patriot and had great empathy for “her boys” who she nursed. She died from typhoid which she contracted from the field hospital. She died at home and is buried in a small cemetery here in the county.

https://www.gofundme.com/arsinoe-martin-civil-war-memorial

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National Society Daughters of the American Revolution promo video

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This a video about the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Beth’s Lament~~Find A Grave and Ancestry.com

Ever since ancestry.com has bought Find A Grave.com, I have had the ‘ancestry.com public tree peanut gallery’ come and visit my memorials. They either make duplicate graves in the right cemetery, or duplicate graves in the wrong cemetery. They hook me up to other ancestors who I forgot to add, on my own. They make nicknames for my ancestors and they usually post the wrong information about them.

Live and let live, and let them play this new-fangled “genealogy game” they have discovered.  At least the “researchers” cannot “play kill” anyone in the “game”, the “game characters”  are already dead. Once a week I pick out an unsuspecting ‘public tree peanut” to email explaining that the info they have could be wrong, and offer them documented information. Sometimes I tell them how pleased I am when I see all my ancestors pictures taken from Find A Grave and ending up on their public tree with no reference to me, the original poster of the picture. I try being tolerant to other’s research practices. After all, it could be their ancestors, also.

I have only received two replies, and the first man apologized for not mentioning me. Never in my email did I allude to the fact he “lifted” my pictures. I emailed back and told him not to worry, and to enjoy the pictures any way he felt fit. I also offered 40 years’ worth of research, but he never wrote back.

The second gentleman who responded told me “it is my wife’s line,” and he was “sorry.” Whatever that means. I wrote back asking who to contact to fix the mistakes, but have received no reply.

Once a week I brace myself and check my memorials on Find A Grave. This week I find out some man decided to take three different pictures of my 3rd great grandmother’s stone, which has fallen. He even managed to get his foot in the first picture, which adds a touch of charm to the chaos.

The picture I have posted was when it was standing in all its glory. This was in 2006, and a very good picture, even if I do say so myself. The words on the stone are readable, and it is very austere standing there through the decades and century.

When I see my 3rd great Grandma’s stone laying there on the ground on my memorial page, it bothers me, especially when I already had a good picture posted. I wrote a Find A Grave public message to the man who took the broken stone pictures, and asked him if he descended from our family and if he lived in Hamilton County. I continued to explain how I was planning to come to Hamilton County probably in the spring to ask the sexton of the cemetery on how to fix the stone.

No reply from the picture taker, and I am not able to delete the pictures he posted. So there the pictures sit, taking up space for other pictures that I would like to post.

Somehow or the other, along with being politically correct, I have to figure out how to tell him that if he is not family, he doesn’t need to add to my memorial when I have already documented my ancestor.

How do I explain this genealogy concept? Is it any of my business if he uploads duplicate pictures on my memorials? Should I just accept the chaos and quit posting any genealogy on the internet?

Questions to ponder…..and it won’t matter a hill of beans if I actually come up with a good answer.

 

 

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