September 2, 2015

Who Do You Think You Are Review – Martin Sheen


I’ve enjoyed the Who Do You Think You Are program from day one, and so admittedly, this is a biased opinion from me.  I’ve been trying to determine just what has changed this season, and I think I can say the show seems a bit more streamlined. Not so much of the “how to’s” as other years, but still very interesting to see where each person gets their documentation.

It was interesting to see the parallels between the lives of Sheen’s two multiple grandfathers with both of them fighting for rights and freedoms that they believed in, and the consequences they had to endure.

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I found out an previously unknown bit of information on my own Yates family this week. My grandfather Will Yates’ youngest sister Cerilda Eller Yates had a husband who was murdered. One of Cerilda’s descendants shared that information with me.

I was confused about a death record for Cerilda that listed her correct birth date and location, but had her name as Betty Burnley. That first name is about as far away from her actual first name as you can get, and I found out from my cousin that she changed her name so that the people who murdered her husband Earl Deshay wouldn’t be able to find her! I’ll post more about his if I find new information.

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Eli Thadeus Smith 1891 – 1913

Harvey L. Smith

The Harvey Lawson Smith Family circa 1914

It’s sad when anyone dies young, and quite often even after death their likeness can still be included in family photos as evidenced in the image above.  My grandmother Minnie Caroline Smith (young lady in the middle in white) was just nineteen when her next older brother Eli died of tuberculosis in 1914. Eli T. Smith had died the year before but a skilled photographer was able to insert his image into this family photo for posterity.

Harvey Lawson Smith 1855 – 1899

The father in this family, my Great Grandfather Harvey Lawson Smith, was also deceased, having died in 1899 of spinal meningitis after he spent time nursing a male friend who had been ill with that disease.

The Scourge That Was Tuberculosis

There was no prevention of the TB in those days, and it affected others in my Yates family too, but no others in this family at the time the picture was taken.  Eli had been working at the Pease flour mill in the West Plains, Missouri area when his condition worsened and he was confined to bed at the home of his mother and step-father James William Milburn Yates.  Jim Yates’ own younger sister Myra was a young victim of TB dying at age twenty-two in 1888.

Eli Thadeus Smith Death Certificate Found

Since I began my Yates genealogy the middle name of Eli Smith had just been the middle initial T.  While searching  the Missouri State Archives death records this weekend I was able to obtain a PDF copy of Eli’s death certificate.  The informant on the record was Eli’s mother Mary Elizabeth ( nee Pentecost, Smith) Yates which makes the documentation of his middle name to be accurate.  At last, I was able to fill in his middle name as Thadeus.

Eli Thadeus Smith death certificate (PDF)

Sources:

Missouri State Archives

Yates and Allied Family Tree on Ancestry (free to view)

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MyFamily Confusion With Old And New Sites

MyFamily choices

MyFamily button

Years ago, when I first subscribed to Ancestry, they had free MyFamily sites. I had two of them in those days: Yates and Allied Families, and Wilkerson and Allied Families.  I happily added tons of census records, photos, and any other sundry that pertained to our history.

Then, MyFamily decided this was a pretty lucrative deal and they began charging for what initially had been free.  Their sweetened offer now though was more storage space, so I signed on at $29.95 a year for both sites. Generous family members chipped in, and we continued on for a few more years.  This seemed like a good way to create a ‘repository’ of sorts for each group’s records. More than once my cousins and Jim’s were able to recover pictures when their computer’s failed them.

Skip ahead to present day. I had let my subscriptions lapse when I knew that our income would be tighter after Jim retired. The sites were still there, but ‘dormant’. Recently, since I had some new information and contacts, I created a new site named Old Bordeaux Washington in tribute to the little logging town in which my parents had grown up.  As a paid site, it has its own site address, making it much easier to find.

Admittedly, I’m not the sharpest knife in the bulb drawer, but it is is almost infuriatingly complicated to have TWO MyFamily ‘generation’ choices:

MyFamily choices

Even if I have paid and free sites, and old and new ones, I would just like to be able to universally login to them all! Is that too much to ask? No, but in order to do so I have to migrate my old sites to the new format. Granted, not impossible, but definitely tiresome. Oh, and I have to admit, I am just a teensy bit scared of doing it because I’m afraid if I try it I’ll lose all the info on the old sites.  Whoever said doing genealogy was easy?

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