Last week I posted pictures of the St. Andrew Cemetery in Tipton, Missouri.

On my first trek through the cemetery, I couldn’t seem to find my 3rd great-grandparents, John Henry and Margaret (Kuttenkuler) Becker. I knew that they were there. I even had a picture of their gravestone which I found online. I completely missed it though. I had a van full of kids that needed to use the restroom, so we took a short drive down the road for a pit stop. I talked my husband into driving back to the cemetery again so that I could find the stone. I was determined.

I managed to find it right away this time. I’m not sure how I missed it the first time through, because it wasn’t very hard to find.

John and Margaret were married in Tipton in 1858.  They were both born in Germany, like many other people in the area.

Here is a picture from their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  They are in the middle, surrounded by family.:)

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Last week, I met with the sweetest little lady in her 90’s.  She has been a member of the DAR for over 60 years. Wow!

I now have the paperwork I need to fill in for my application – and I have a lot of work to do.

I’m realizing that there are many simple documents that I don’t have.  Things I’ve overlooked because I already had the date.

I called my mom and asked her to look through her things to see if she had certificates for her parents, since she ended up with my grandma’s papers.  I may have to order them instead…

I have been on an ordering frenzy.  Birth certificates.  Marriage certificates.  Wills and Probate Records.  I can’t wait until the documents start appearing in my mailbox.  It’s kind of like Christmas.:)

I’m hoping that I’m able to find everything that I need to prove my line.  Luckily, I have two ancestors that are fairly close on my tree, so if I can’t find the documents for one, perhaps I can do the other instead.

  • Amy Coffin - October 28, 2010 - 10:28 am

    Good luck with your DAR application!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - October 29, 2010 - 2:49 pm

    Good luck, Jenn! My Genealogy Society just did a class on SAR so SAR & DAR is fresh in my mind! My family is far too new in the US to have a chance and I think Rick’s side is too new for SAR, but he stands a better chance than I do! Keep us updated! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen - October 29, 2010 - 3:57 pm

    I will definitely keep you updated! It’s going to be a long process, I can already tell. Where did most of your family come from Cherie? I have some “newer” Americans – my Grandma’s family was from Sweden, but I have many lines that were here in the 1600s also. It’s kind of nice to have some of each. :)ReplyCancel

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Week 43: Brush up on your knowledge of citations. The most detailed element of genealogy is also the most important. Take some time to review articles, books and web sites on the subject. If you have a copy of Elizabeth Shown Mills’ Evidence Explained, you can read it as part of this challenge. If you do not, consider getting the book, then review some of these pages and the links they contain: Genealogy Source Citations Quick Reference by Thomas MacEntee at (this is a PDF file), Citing Sources at Cyndi’s List and Documenting Your Research / Citing Your Sources at Bloggers, do you have a favorite book, web site or tool for helping you craft quality citations?

This is something that I really need to work on right now.

For a while, I was entering so much information into my database, so often, that I had no problems doing my source citations.  I rarely had to look at my cheat sheets to remember the proper way to do it.

I kind of took a few years off of genealogy research though.  I would work on it here and there, but didn’t really get a huge amount done.  Having babies and more babies and a husband deploy for a year left me with little free time.

Here I am with my research back in full swing and I find that I’m having difficulty in doing my source citations.  It’s taking me much longer to get them done (even with the Source writer in the Legacy program).  I still have a Rubbermaid full of papers to go through and re-enter into my program (I started my database over from scratch a number of years ago because I wanted everything properly entered and cited and still haven’t completely caught up).  I think I need to devote a couple of weekends to data entry and then I will be up to speed again on my source citations.:)

I have a copy of Evidence!, but I’m considering purchasing the Source Citations Quick Reference to keep close at hand while I’m entering my data.

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