Henry Miller Hutchison

The most frustrating part about genealogy is not having a lot of context for certain relationships and events. But when you have enough details on paper, you can fill in the blanks with your imagination.  And that is one of the best parts of genealogy. Here’s a good example. Alexander Campbell Hutchinson (my 2nd great […]

Cursive Handwriting Mysteries

I’m terrible with cursive writing.  We only spent a couple weeks on it in elementary school, then moved on. My 8 year old self thought it was a complete waste of time. My least favorite part of genealogy is deciphering handwriting.  For goodness sakes, why weren’t most vital records printed, neatly? Here are my current hang-ups. Slave, […]

Catherine Aspery – Solved?

I think I may have actually figured out who her parents were and where she came from.  Here’s how it went: Thomas Aspery I started researching Thomas Aspery a couple weeks ago, from the list I made of possible relatives (see previous post).  He had the same uncommon last name, was born in England, same […]

Hutchinson Mystery Men

  William Hutchison – 3rd Great Grandfather (for family reference, this is Robert Lee Updegraff’s great grandfather) Missing 1900 census Unknown death date (estimate  Unknown birth date (estimate 1821-1825) No actual sources for connection to parents (DNA has confirmed though) Williams parents were Forgus Hutchison (1798-1860) and Jane Campbell (1800-1872). William appears in the Census from 1850-1880 […]

Friedhof Pörtschach

Greetings from Austria! What better time to research my dad’s family history, then while on vacation in his hometown!  I’m really starting from scratch  and was hoping to visit the church archive and interview some older family members while on vacation.  Upon contacting the Archiv der Diözese Gurk (Catholic Church Archives), I found out that you […]

Who is this?

I had this photo labeled as James Joseph Murphy, but I’m starting to think this may be someone else.  James J Murphy died in 1917 at 36 years old.  This man looks a little older, don’t ya think?  To give some comparison, the photo on the right is actually James J Murphy. The hair part […]

James J. Murphy-Mystery SOLVED

The mystery of James Joseph Murphy is SOLVED!  A million thanks to Ken W. who located the marriage record of Margaret Richards and James Joseph Murphy.  This marriage record was found at Family Search and is the glue to all the questionable details that were lingering about.  I stopped using the Family Search website about […]