Monday, April 14, 2014

52 Ancestors: #15 ~ Rollin Waterman Webster – Such a Dapper Young Fellow

This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.

Rollin Waterman Webster - Age 25 circa 1895

I love this picture of my maternal great-granduncle, Rollin Waterman Webster. Wasn't he dapper? I love his high starched collar and bowler hat. This photo was taken when Rollin was 25 years old, which would have been around 1895.

Rollin was a brother of my great-grandfather, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster. My regular readers may already know that I affectionately refer to my great-grandfather, Watson, as "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog.

Rollin and Frederick had another brother named Frank. This photo shows the three of them together. It was taken around 1884. On the back of the photo, my grandfather, Debs Webster, son of Watson (Frederick) and nephew of Rollin and Frank, wrote the following:

Webster Brothers

From Left To Right

Rollin  13 years                   Frank  18 years                   Emory (Fred)  20 years

Webster Brothers - Rollin, Frank, Watson (Fred) Webster circa 1884

Rollin was born on 21 October 1870 in Blairstown, Benton, Iowa to his parents Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster and Cynthia Maria Waterman. He was the youngest of six children born to Ebenezer and Cynthia.

Unlike his brothers, Frederick and Frank, Rollin did not become a dentist. Instead, he spent years working for the railroad. But, that is a topic for a future post.

Rollin married twice. His first wife was named Cecelia A. Jennings. She was from Ireland. They were married on 1 June 1901 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. They were the parents of four children. Sadly, she passed away on 7 May 1915.

Cecelia had a younger sister named Ellen who also emigrated from Ireland. And this is who Rollin married after Cecelia passed away. Rollin and Ellen were married on 26 June 1916 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. They didn't have any children.

Rollin spent most of his life living in Chicago. He passed away on 9 October 1962 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. He was just shy of his 92nd birthday. He is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.

I will share more about Rollin's life in future posts.

Thanks for reading!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for April 11, 2014

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. “Paying It Forward”: The Importance of Sharing the Slave History from your Family Trees Part Two AND Airing Your Dirty Laundry!! by Valerie, author of Genealogy With Valerie
  2. All Aboard! by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
  3. 2014: Most bang for DNA bucks AND Copyright, terms of use and Flipboard by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  4. How to Save and Print Images from Chronicling America by Miriam J. Robbins, author of AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors
  5. Data Mining and Screen Scraping – Right or Wrong? by Roberta Estes, author of DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
  6. Truth Revealed About African-American Undertaker Buried in Fairview Cemetery AND A Surprise Waiting Deep in Fairview Cemetery by Robin Foster, author of Saving Stories
  7. Heritage Scrapbooking: Sneak Peak by Devon Lee, author of A Patient Genealogist
  8. A Pressing Engagement by Sheri Fenley, author of THE EDUCATED GENEALOGIST
  9. 4 Bonus Postcards – Sepia Saturday by Kristin Cleage Williams, author of Finding Eliza
  10. Typhoid Falls on the Eggleston Home by Cynthia Mulcahy, author of We're All Relative
  11. 3 Writing Lessons from a New Genealogy Blogger by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
  12. More Ways to Use Evernote to Create Virtual Genealogy Binders by Lorine McGinnis Schulze, author of The Olive Tree Genealogy
  13. More Ohio Newspapers Added to Chronicling America! by Ohio Historical Society Collections Blog
  14. I’ve Moved…to by Lisa Lisson, author of Are You My Cousin?
  15. Genealogical Information Gleaned From Photographs by Lisa Lisson, author of Lisa Lisson
  16. Really? A Month? Yeah A Month! BUT....

"National Siblings Day" Blog Posts
  1. National Siblings Day by Beth Gatlin, author of So Many Ancestors!
  2. Really? There’s a National Siblings Day?! by Patricia Desmond Biallas, author of GeneaJourneys
  3. National Siblings Day by Sally Knudsen, author of Sally Searches
  4. National Siblings Day by Emily Kowalski Schroeder, author of The Spiraling Chains: Kowalski – Bellan Family Trees
  5. "National Siblings Day" -? Okay - here's mine! by Celia Lewis, author of TWIGS and TREES

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Grandpa's Postcards
Jana's Photo Journal

Thanks for reading!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Happy National Siblings Day!

Today is National Siblings Day. I saw something about it on Facebook and went to GeneaBloggers and sure enough, Thomas MacEntee, author of the GeneaBloggers website noted that today is in fact, National Siblings Day. He kindly included a link about it on his website. If you'd like to learn more about National Siblings Day, click HERE.

Patricia Biallas, author of the GeneaJourneys blog, wrote a blog post about National Siblings Day in which she shared several precious photos of herself and her siblings.

That inspired me to do the same thing here on my blog. So, I'll share a couple of photos of my brothers and myself.

This first photo was taken in Redwood City, California. I was probably about four or five years old.

I'm not sure where this photo was taken, but I think we were at a party.

I'm so grateful for my two brothers and I love them both very much.

Happy Siblings Day everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, April 7, 2014

52 Ancestors: #14 ~ Lura Elizabeth Webster - Daughter of a Civil War Veteran

This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small. 

Lura Elizabeth Webster
Lura Elizabeth Webster

This is Lura Elizabeth Webster.  She was one of the sisters of my great-grandfather, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster, a.k.a. "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog. Lura is also a direct ancestor of my sweet 3rd cousin Norma. Norma inherited the photo albums of our common direct ancestors, Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster and Cynthia Maria Waterman. I've shared pictures of these photo albums here on my blog. If you'd like to see them, click HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Lura Elizabeth Webster was born on October 4, 1862 in Winnebago, Winnebago, Illinois.  She was the second of six children born to Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster, who was a Civil War veteran, and his wife Cynthia Maria Waterman.

Lura married Paul Anderson Hammett on September 15, 1880 in Marysville, Marshall, Kansas.1 This is a picture of Paul.

Paul Anderson Hammett
Paul Anderson Hammett

Lura and Paul were the parents of seven children:
  1. Mabel Hammett (1881-1881)
  2. Claude Elmer Hammett (1882-1885)
  3. Edgar Allen Hammett (1884-1982)
  4. Olive Dell Hammett (1889-1962)
  5. Merlin Joy Hammett (1891-1965)
  6. Hazel Marie Hammett (1893-1941)
  7. Sidney Raymond Hammett (1900-1974)
Sadly, the two oldest children didn't survive to adulthood. Lura and Paul and their surviving children lived in Kansas for many years. They were living in Elm Creek, Marshall, Kansas in 1900.2

By 1910, Lura and Paul and their children had moved from Kansas to California. They are listed in the 1910 U.S. Federal Census living in Long Beach, California.3

Lura's husband, Paul, passed away on March 14, 1918 in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California at 62 years of age. Lura and Paul had been married for 37 years at the time of his death. It appears that Lura, along with some of her children, then moved back to Kansas after Paul's death.

On February 1, 1919, Lura married James Perry Burket in Marysville, Marshall, Kansas.4
  James happened to be the widower of Lura's sister, Lillian Dell Webster, who had passed away on August 28, 1914.  James Perry Burket passed away on March 28, 1919, only one month after he and Lura were married.

Lura was listed in the 1920 U.S. Federal Census living in Manhattan, Riley, Kansas.5 She moved back to California sometime after the 1920 census was taken.

On July 8, 1922 Lura married a widower named Jonathan James Serry in Los Angeles, California.6  I found them in the 1930 U.S. Federal Census living in Alhambra, Los Angeles, California.7 After twelve years of marriage, Jonathan passed away. He died on July 11, 1934 in Los Angeles, California.

Lura married again after the death of her husband, Jonathan Serry. Lura's fourth husband was William D. Colborn. Unfortunately, I don't have William and Lura's marriage date. By the time the 1940 U.S. Federal Census was taken, Lura was listed as a widow.8

Lura passed away on January 12, 1946 at 83 years of age in Alhambra, Los Angeles, California. She is buried next to her first husband, Paul Hammett, at the Marysville Cemetery in Marysville, Marshall County, Kansas.

Thanks for reading!

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1 Marriage Record for Lura and Paul
"United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 07 Apr 2014), Kansas > Marshall > ED 60 Elm Creek & Walnut Townships > image 12 of 27; citing NARA microfilm publication T623. Line 51.
"United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 06 Apr 2014), California > Los Angeles > Long Beach Ward 1 > 0037 > image 39 of 58; citing NARA microfilm publication T624. Line 5.
Marriage Record for Lura and James
"United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 06 Apr 2014), Kansas > Riley > Manhattan Ward 3 > 0127 > image 5 of 52; citing NARA microfilm publication T625. Line 43.
Marriage Record for Lura and Jonathan. "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 08 May 2013), John J Serry and Lura E Burket, 1922.
"United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 06 Apr 2014), California > Los Angeles > Alhambra > 1399 > image 3 of 23; citing NARA microfilm publication T626. Line 41.
8 "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 06 Apr 2014), California > Los Angeles > San Gabriel Judicial Township, Alhambra, Tract 476 > 19-664 San Gabriel Judicial Township, Alhambra City (Tract 476 - part) bounded by (N) Alhambra Rd; (E) Hidalgo Av; (S) Main; (W) Garfield Av > image 12 of 36; citing NARA digital publication of T627. Line 71.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

It's My 2nd Blogiversary!

Happy Birthday Cake - from Microsoft Office free images

Wow! Is it really my 2nd blogiversary already? Time has flown since I started this blog two years ago.

First of all, I want to thank all of you, my wonderful readers, for taking the time to read my blog posts.

Writing a blog isn't always easy and it does take time and effort. But the benefits far outweigh the costs.


The thought that someday my future grandchildren may read about their ancestors on my blog is exciting. It makes all of the time and effort I put into writing my blog worth it. I hope that my blog will bless the lives of my descendants.

One of the benefits of writing my blog is that I've come to learn about my ancestors as I write about them. They were real people with real lives. They were much like you and me. They had their likes and dislikes. They loved and were loved. They endured hardships and had trials of their own. It's an honor, a blessing, and a privilege to write about them. Each of our ancestors deserves to be remembered.

Cousin Connections and Vintage Postcards

Another blessing of writing my blog and having my family tree online is that I've made cousin connections.

A 2nd cousin on my dad's side recently found me on and contacted me by leaving a message on my blog's Facebook page. I'm now part of his family history group on Facebook, which is awesome!

Another cousin, this time on my mom's side, found my blog and then left a message on my blog's Facebook page.

Another possible cousin contacted me by leaving a message on my blog's Facebook page. We've sent messages to each other several times. It looks promising that she is a descendant of my 2nd great-grandfather's brother, Ole Iverson, who was from Norway.

And just last night I had a new cousin connection. I received an email message through WikiTree's private message system. This new cousin found her grandmother's memorial page on Find A Grave, which I am maintaining. I sent her an email and am now awaiting her response.

And, of course, I can't forget the exciting Engle Family Postcard Adventure that started on November 11, 2013. A very kind woman named Ann, who lives in Ireland, came across some vintage postcards that were sent to my 2nd great-grandaunt, Sarah Amanda (Waterman) Engle. Ann purchased the postcards, found me connected to this family by doing an online search, and left a private message via WikiTree's message system. Because of Ann, I'm now in possession of over 50 of these amazing vintage postcards from the Engle family. And I'm in the process of sharing them here on my blog. If you would like to read more of this story, click HERE.

In addition to cousins finding me through WikiTree, my blog, and Find A Grave, I've also had cousins contact me because my family tree is on I have found that it's been very beneficial to have my family tree online.


Statistics can be quite interesting. Last year on my 1st blogiversary I shared some of my blog stats. I thought I'd do so again today.

Referring Sites

These are the top ten referring sites to my blog according to Google Analytics.

Google Analytics Sources for Jana's Genealogy Blog from April 5, 2013 through April 4, 2014

These stats are from April 5, 2013 until April 4, 2014. Of special interest to me is number four – Pinterest. That really has been a surprisingly big referrer to my blog. Also, thank you Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings, John D. Tew, author of Filiopietismprism, and Cyndi's List for referring traffic to my blog as well!

These are the top ten referring sites according to Blogger.

Bogger Referring Sites to Jana's Genealogy Blog - All Time Stats dated April 4, 2014

Unfortunately, Blogger doesn't have the capability to limit these statistics within certain dates like Google Analytics does. So, these stats refer to the entire time I've had my blog. Pinterest is at number ten in this list.

Most Popular Posts

And now for my most popular blog posts.

According to Blogger's statistics, these are my top ten blog posts of all time -

  1. Tech Tuesday: ~ Ya, this is pretty cool!
  2. Tech Tuesday - OneNote For Genealogy ~ Research Bookmarks
  3. My Family Finder DNA Results Are In ~ Grandma Was Right!
  4. Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 13, 2013
  5. Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 20, 2013
  6. Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 6, 2013
  7. Follow Friday–Fab Finds for December 28, 2012
  8. 52 Ancestors: #4 ~ The Photo Album of a Civil War Veteran – Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster
  9. Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for August 2, 2013
  10. Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for November 1, 2013
My top ten list of all time is quite different according to Google Feedburner.
  1. Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for June 7, 2013
  2. Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for May 31, 2013
  3. Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for June 21, 2013
  4. "Left Forefinger Off"
  5. The Other Watson E. Webster
  6. Carl Albert Gillberg's Two Declarations of Intention
  7. Follow Friday–Fab Finds for March 22, 2013
  8. Happy Father's Day
  9. Thanks for Traveling Frederick! – A September 1913 Passenger List
  10. Will You Be Watching?
Again, thank you to my family members, friends, fellow geneabloggers and everyone else who has taken the time to read my blog posts. And thank you for leaving comments, sharing my blog posts on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, RebelMouse, and on any other social media platform. I appreciate it very much!

Thanks for reading!

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