May 24, 2015

Surprise! My Aunt’s Given Name Was Jeanette!

Jeane Moline birth certif copy

If you remember, I said in a previous post 

Was It Eleanor Jeane Or Jeane Eleanor Moline?

that I was sending for my Aunt Jeane Moline Davis’ birth certificate to see what name her parents had given her.

First of all, I have to say, I had a lot of the information in order to be able to fill in the date, parents, etc., which made it pretty easy for the Health Dept. in Olympia to find the right person I was looking for. I was able to order online one day and I got the certificate the next day.  I should say, I only live an hour away from Olympia, so that was probably the reason for the fast service.

Now, here was the surprise: My aunt’s first name was neither Jeane or Eleanor, but Jeanette.  All my life though we always called her Jeane.  This brings me to the next mystery then.  My own mother was originally named Mildred Alice Moline.  Just to make this harder though, the birth certificate for Jeane shows no middle name! Ugh!

The middle sister was named Joyce Lorraine. I’ve never sent for her birth certificate but I have her military records showing her legal name (I presume).  I don’t remember the exact year but before 1965 my grandfather filled out an affidavit that changed my mom’s name to Joan Alice Moline.  So, the daughters were officially Jeane, Joyce and Joan. Or, as the Swedish relatives would probably say, “Yeen, Yoyce and Yown”. 😉

I’ve added the full image (minus the ‘copy’ info) to Jeane’s profile on Ancestry.

 

The Carstairs Family Dirt

I suppose you’re thinking that this is going to be about some dastardly deed done by someone in the Carstairs family. Wrong!

No, instead, this is the story of the David C. and Isabella (Small) Carstairs family, who are originally of Scotland, and are my sister-in-law Kathy’s Great-great Grandparents.

Actually, this is about where this branch of the Carstairs family settled here in Washington state near Matlock in Mason County. I have not pinpointed the time by finding them in the census, but I do know that they were residents of Washington according to the Territorial Censuses of 1887 and 1892.

As it turns out, the land where they farmed and raised sheep had some very distinctive soil, probably left over from when the last glacier pulled out and headed north. Carstairs Soil

My point is, when you are looking for family information, you never know what kind of dirt you will find. Real, or the gossipy kind. In any case, keep your mind open when you are doing Google searches or the kind, because that is how I found out about the soil being named for the Carstairs family and the land where it is found.

carstairs-descendants-by-carol-wilkerson

The above is a Genealogy Report format of 3 generations of this family. Please contact me for any additions, connections or corrections. webduckie AT yahoo DOT com