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Excel and Genealogy

Jefferson County Genealogical Society held a workshop this weekend presented by Mary Kircher Roddy   Exel-lence in Genealogy.  I had noticed quite a few webinars lately were being presented on this subject and thought, “I know Excel, maybe this is something I should be looking into.” The class had a wide range of family historians from beginners to professionals along with a wide range of individuals familiar with Excel. Once we were through some of the basics of Excel in the remaining two hours Mary was able to show us lots of ways to use Excel for genealogy.

One of the cleaver things she showed us was how to insert the search results from Ancestry, Family Search and others into our spread sheet. Once we had done that we could sort the information by any of the fields.

So putting this into practice I was interested in finding all the Irish immigrants in Pike County Pennsylvania in the 1850. William L. Dougherty my 2x great grandfather had come from Ireland sometime prior to 1842. Understanding that rarely did an individual come by themselves to some arbitrary location, my sister and I had thought to investigate the others in the area to see if we could discover who William was, exactly when he arrived and perchance what became of him.

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So I did a search of Ancestry’s 1850 Census of those born in Ireland living in Pike County, Pennsylvania. This is just a fraction of the individuals that I was able to import to an excel spread sheet. From this I can start researching and making notes on this data sheet about the individuals: when they came, who they came with,  where they came from, and where they where in later census.

The second tip I am putting into practice is the tracking of records. Currently I have a Document Log for each individual.

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But if I combine those logs in a Spread sheet by families I might be able to see more patterns or holes.

I like to use colors to designate families. Blue my fathers fathers line and Red my mothers fathers line. It was a system that the original family research binders I bought utilized and I have stayed with it.

 

 

 

 

So now I can use colors to designate other patterns. This may help in finding those family members that went missing. I can already see that I might try looking at Port Jarves for Solomon in 1880.

i’ve used other programs such as Clooz but have spent time typing in data that I never got beyond the imput. What tools are you using to help handle data?

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52 Ancestors #10 – Clark Dougherty A surprise from the Internet

This week I am going to talk about Clark Dougherty my great grand uncle on my maternal line.

Clark Dougherty

Clark Dougherty

Clark was the second son born to William L. Dougherty and Jane E. (nee) Westfall in 1844 in Lackawaxen, Pike County, Pennsylvania. In the 1850 census Clark is listed as 4 years old. In the 1860 census Clark is listed as 16 years old.

That was the extent of what I knew about Clark other then the mentions of him in the family letters (circa Civil War era). I had spent quite some time looking for Clark in other census, since Clark was not as popular a forename as John or William I thought he would be easier to find, wrong.

In the 1990’s I had started a family history free website on Rootsweb prior to Ancestry.com taking them over. Through that web site a woman researching a Clark Dougherty contacted me. What a thrill! She turned out to be Clark Dougherty’s 2x great grand daughter. She had lots of information that she so generously shared. It seems that Clark, a Pennsylvania native and brother of a wounded Union Soldier, joined the Confederate Army (date unknown). What a surprise for me, but it was the story of that war we hear over and over again of brother against brother. For me this made it more real and not just a phrase often used to describe the war between the states. There are lots of questions I would have for both my Union solider and my Confederate soldier. Ah, to just have the opportunity to sit and visit with them about their personal experiences and the reasons for their choices. But me I’m a 100 years to late.

Clark E. Dougherty  (fourth from the right, standing)

Clark E. Dougherty
(fourth from the right, standing)

 

Clark E. Dougherty & John Lyle Dougherty

Clark E. Dougherty & John Lyle Dougherty

My cousin had not, at that time, found any information on his war time records but had several photos she shared plus lots of family information. Her records show Clark born on March 5, 1844.

After the war we know (thanks to cousin Kim) that Clark went back to Pennsylvania.  We have not been able to find him in the 1870 census but Kim was able to find him in the 1880 Census. Here he is listed as C.E. Dougherty (34 years old) a Candy and Baker Manuf. in Wilkes Barre, Luyene Co., Penn., born in Penn., father born in Ireland and mother born in Penn., living at 114 South Main Street. Clark is shown married to Sarra (Sarah) (26 years old) a Prop. Candy & Baker Manuf. who was born in Penn. as were both of her parents. Also listed in the household is;  S.W. Dougherty (26 years old) brother to Clark and working as a clerk, born in Penn., father born in Ireland and mother born in Penn. (could this be Solomon?) , R.L. Seaman (24) brother-in-law also a clerk, born in Penn. the same as are both parents., one servant Mary Black (22) born in Penn whose parents were both born in Ireland, (2) boarders John McCurtrie (34) a baker of bread and Etta Schunk (18) a Baker Apprentic. The Baker is from Scotland and his apprentice is from Penn. Also in the house for the census is a visitor Ada Rowland (22) born in Penn, as are her parents.

1880 US Census Wilkes Barre, Luyene Co., Pennsylvania

1880 US Census Wilkes Barre, Luyene Co., Pennsylvania

There is no 1890 census and in the 1900 census I have not been able to locate him, but Kim once again has Clark in the 1897 city directory for Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

 

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania City Directory 1897

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania City Directory 1897

 

 

So he has moved to Florida and his wife and son (same directory) have moved to Teedyuskung. Pa.

Sarah Dougherty Wilkes Barre 1897 Directory

George F. Dougherty Wilkes Barre 1897 Directory

My cousin Kim made the notes on the above items. All my information on Sarah comes from cousin Kim. Sarah was born Oct. 28, 1853 in Hawley, Pa. daughter of George Seaman and Jane LaBar. She married Clark on June 10, 1872 in Port Jarvis, New York. (Remember that is right across the Deleware River from Lackawaxen, Pa.) She has George F. Dougherty born Sept. 27, 1873 in Wilkes Barre, Pa., but he is not in the 1880 US census with his parents, a mystery I want to eventually solve.

So on with Clarks history. Alas no Clark indexed in the 1900 census, but Cousin Kim once again finds Clark in the 1910 US census

1910 US census Fitzgerald, Ben  Hill County, Georgia

1910 US census Fitzgerald, Ben Hill County, Georgia

Clark E. Dougherty is listed as 88 years old (has to be a mistake). Under number of years present marriage, 10. Trade or Profession is listed Engineer in a CarShop and he owns his home, born in Penn. His wife  is listed as __ Ida G. (29), mother of 1,  born in Georgia and both her parents are from South Carolina. On the next page is listed Harry H. Dougherty, son, 8 years old born in Florida, father born in Pennsylvania and mother born in Ga. So definitely the son of Clark and Ida.

The final information is Clarks death in Fitzgerald, Ben Hill, Georgia on December 22, 1920.

Special thanks to my cousin Kim for so graciously sharing her family research with me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

52 Ancestors: #4 My Brick Wall

We all have them our brick walls, and this one has been stumping us (my sister & I) for decades.

William Lyle Dougherty b: 1818 (1)

William Lyle was our maternal 2x great grandfather.
In the 1850 US census Wm  L. Dougherty age 36 can be found in Pike county, Pennsylvania.

1850 US Census Pike Co., Pennsylvania

1850 US Census Pike Co., Pennsylvania

He is married to Jane E. age 28, with John Lyle age 6, Clark 4, and William E. 2.

In the 1860 census Jane E. Dougherty 38, is alone with John 18, Clark 16, William 12, Alvey 7, and Solomon 7.

1860 US Census Pike Co., Pennsylvania

1860 US Census Pike Co., Pennsylvania

Where is William L. Dougherty?  William Dougherty is a rather common name in Pennsylvania during this time period,  while I found many William Dougherty’s in Pennsylvania I could not locate one that I could say was ours.

We have searched for death records and divorce records to no avail. On our family history research trip to Pennsylvania in 1994  I visited the court-house in Milford, unfortunately  in Pike County Pennsylvania they have very few records. We visited cemeteries and we were fortunate to find Jane E.’s grave in a small church cemetery along with her daughter Malvina from a later marriage but alas no William.

Milford. Pike Co. Pennsylvania

Milford. Pike Co. Pennsylvania

While in Pennsylvania we visited the historical archives at the Library in Port Jarvis.  They had on file a handwritten  Westfall family tree.

Westfall Family Tree

Westfall Family Tree

Here we see Wm. L. Dougherty and below his name are the dates 1814- 185_ (suggesting a date of death in the 1850’s).

Well that is a clue but no answer.

Later on one of our trips to Salt Lake City Family History Library we found in a Family History of New York  book(1) the following.

Family History of NY

Family History of NY

In 2003 I heard from a 3x great granddaughter of William L. Dougherty  whom I had been unaware of and she was able to shed quite a bit of light on Williams son, Clark but nothing further on William. She contacted me through my Family History web site

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/-putnamsisters/

I have lost contact with her and would love to hear from her again. Kim, we need to share and get caught-up.

In looking for Wm. L. Dougherty I have searched Naturalization papers in Pennsylvania, again too many William Doughertys. I have searched boat passenger lists and have a possibility but without an arrival date I can not verify.

I would like to find a record of his death.  I do see where on the Internet on a Public Ancestry  Family Tree  they attached a death date from a William Dougherty who died (drowned in a river) in Philadelphia, about the right time that my William goes missing in the 1860 census. If that is our William what was he doing in Philadelphia and what proof do they have that he is Jane’s husband?

I would like to know when he arrived in this country. In looking at the Census records for his father-in -law I found that he (John Westfall) employed many Irish laborers. Was this how William meet and married Jane? Were any of the Irish working for his father-in-law in the 1850 census on the same boat with William when he came to the United States? We have been trying this line of search but have not found any connection.

I have looked for the marriage of Jane to her second husband ( Ferdinand Chamberlin) but Pike County marriage records only go back to the early 1900’s.

I am stumped. My sister and I also tried to jump the pond but without that arrival date and port of departure the time frame of connecting William Dougherty to the hundreds of Doughertys in Londonderry has been disappointing.

I have tried various forms of the spelling for Dougherty again no luck. Any Ideas?

Footnotes:

1.) Family History of NY, Vol. IV, New York Family Histories, page 220

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