Monday, June 30, 2014

52 Ancestors: #26 ~ Frank Summers Webster, Brother of "The Traveling Dentist"

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

Frank Summers Webster
Frank Summers Webster

Today I'd like to introduce you to my maternal great-granduncle, Frank Summers Webster. He was one of the brothers of my great-grandfather, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster, a.k.a. "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog.

Isn't this a great picture of Frank? Look at his tie and that high starched collar. My grandfather,
Debs Warren Webster, wrote on the back of this picture. He stated that this photo of Frank was taken by D. P. Thomson, 610 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

Unfortunately, there's no date on the picture. But, after doing a little research online, and thanks to my grandfather's description on the back of this photo, I think I can safely say that this photo of Frank was taken between 1881 and 1891.


According to the book, Kansas City, Missouri; Its History and Its People 1808-1908,1 Mr. D. P. Thomson, who took this photograph of Frank, had his photography studio located at 610 Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri from 1881 until 1891. He then moved his studio to 1002 Walnut Street in 1891. And in 1907 he moved his studio to 1118 Walnut Street. These locations were all in Kansas City, Missouri.

Now, let me tell you a little bit about Frank Summers Webster.

Frank was born on April 19, 1866 in Blairstown, Benton, Iowa to his parents,
Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster and Cynthia Maria Waterman.

By the time Frank was fourteen years old in 1880, Frank, his parents, and siblings were living at Otoe Reservation, Marshall County, Kansas.2 By March 1, 1885, the family was living in Marysville, Marshall, Kansas.3

On July 24, 1895, Frank married Mildred Melton in Clinton, Henry, Missouri. Mildred was the daughter of Richard H. Melton and Almira Parks. Mildred was born in Missouri and that's where Frank and Mildred ultimately settled, living in Jasper County, Missouri for at least the last 30 years of their lives.


Frank and Mildred were the parents of one child, a daughter named Christine, who was born on April 15, 1898 in Wymore, Gage, Nebraska.

Frank passed away on February 25, 1939 at Carthage, Jasper, Missouri. He was 72 years old at the time of his death.

Both Frank and Mildred were buried in
Englewood Cemetery in Clinton, Henry, Missouri.

Thanks for reading!


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1 Ancestry.com. Kansas City, Missouri : its history and its people, 1808-1908 [database on-line]. Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Whitney, Carrie Westlake.. Kansas City, Missouri : its history and its people, 1808-1908. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1908. Page 479.
2 ]"United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MF5H-BBC : accessed 28 Jun 2014), Frank S Webster in household of E P Webster, Otoe Reservation, Marshall, Kansas, United States; citing sheet 161C, NARA microfilm publication T9.
3 Ancestry.com.. Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. 1885 Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-146. Kansas State Historical Society. Line 11

Friday, June 27, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for June 27, 2014


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. VITAL RECORDS–HOW TO REQUEST THEM AND KEEP TRACK OF THOSE REQUESTS by Diane Hall, author of MICHIGAN FAMILY TRAILS
  2. PAGE 26 - 1800s Paper Money Curiosities by Celia Lewis, author of TERWILLIGER SOUVENIR ALBUM
  3. Free Family Record Forms from the Library of Congress Web Site by Dick Eastman, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
  4. Findmypast buys Mocavo by Findmypast Blog
  5. Thinking of 9/11 AND In Praise of Indexes by Jill Ball, author of GeniAus
  6. Free Kindle App – Read Kindle Books on Any Device! by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  7. Is this a WIN-WIN? Findmypast acquires Mocavo by Sue Maxwell, author of Granite Genealogy
  8. Is Your Oral History Dormant? by Robin Foster for The In-Depth Genealogist
  9. TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Awarded to the Family History Library by Tamra Stansfield for FamilySearch Blog
  10. A word of wisdom . . . BACKUP! by Ruth Hogan, author of Ruth's Ancestors
  11. Why WikiTree's Cemeteries Project is a Good Use of Time by Lianne Lavoie, author of Stories of a Canadian Family
  12. 3-2-1 CITE! - FamilySearch Indexing Challenge by Pat Richley-Erickson, author of Dear Myrtle
  13. WikiTree DNA Confirmation Aid Results by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  14. Vintage Postcards in Photos by Bernfeld Family, author of Bernfeld Family of Galicia & More
  15. The Enemy Was Coming by Michelle G. Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
  16. The June issue of Going In-Depth is available!! by Cindy Freed, author of Cindy Freed's Genealogy Circle
  17. My Native American DNA. Say what? by Yvette Hoitink, author of DUTCH GENEALOGY
  18. Happy Blogoversary by Erin, author of Know Their Stories
  19. That's Not My Name! by Heather Collins, author of OF TREES & INK
  20. The Benefits of Blogging by Leslie, author of THE PEOPLE OF PANCHO

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 Place

Thanks for reading!


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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

52 Ancestors: #25 ~ Grandpa Arthur as a Child

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

Arthur Harry Iverson was my paternal grandfather. He passed away when my dad was only six years old. I've written about him several times here on my blog. In those blog posts, I shared interesting information and photos. I've provided a list of the blog posts I've written about Arthur at the bottom of this post.

So, rather than write a detailed post about him today, I'm going to share a precious photo of him when he was a young boy. He was three years old at the time this photo was taken, which would mean that this picture was taken around 1913.



I love this photo, not only because it shows my grandfather as a child, but also because my great-grandmother, Anna Christopherson, is in this picture. This is one of only two photos in my possession in which my great-grandmother, Anna Christopherson, is pictured.

I'll be sharing what I know about Anna Christopherson in a future post.

What I've written about Grandpa Arthur:


Found Clark Gable’s Mechanic in the 1940 Census!
Tombstone Tuesday–Arthur Harry Iverson
Wedding Wednesday–Arthur Harry Iverson and Ingrid Anna Gillberg
Those Place Thursday - Speaking of Camping….
Workday Wednesday–Arthur's On the Job! ~ Part 1
Workday Wednesday–Arthur's On the Job! ~ Part 2
Workday Wednesday–Arthur's On the Job! ~ Part 3
Happy Grandparents Day!
Grandpa Arthur and His Mandolin

Thanks for stopping by!


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Monday, June 23, 2014

Eunice is Famous Thanks to Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective

Eunice Amelia Paulk
Eunice Amelia Paulk

I'm thrilled and honored that Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective, featured my ancestor, Eunice Amelia Paulk, in her article yesterday on the Family Tree Magazine Blog. Here's the link to this wonderful article. I hope you will check it out.

Solving Old Photo Mysteries: Clues in Curls

Also, please check out Maureen Taylor's awesome website by clicking the link below.

Maureen Taylor, The Photo Detective.

Many thanks to Maureen Taylor for her wonderful article about Eunice Amelia Paulk.

Thanks for reading!


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Friday, June 20, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for June 20, 2014


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. The Rainbow Fan Chart by Emily Kowalski Schroeder, author of Growing Little Leaves
  2. Ancestry responds AND Safer image searches by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  3. Volunteer Grandpa by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
  4. Y-DNA Test Results ~ A Non-Paternity Event? by Elizabeth Handler, author of From Maine to Kentucky
  5. VBlogging, Facebook and Google+, Oh My! by Pat Richley-Erickson, author of Dear Myrtle
  6. Finding Rhode Island Cemeteries by Midge Frazel, author of Granite in My Blood
  7. Tuesday's Tip: Looking at Divorce Records by Miriam J. Robbins, author of AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors
  8. You’re Never too Young to Enjoy Discovering Your Family’s History by Glen N. Greener for FamilySearch Blog
  9. New GeneaBloggers Facebook Group . . . and more! by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  10. Best Facebook Comments Re: Ancestry.com DDoS Attack by Diane Haddad – Genealogy Insider for Family Tree Magazine Blog
  11. Wedding Wednesday~100 Years! by Cheri Hudson Passey, author of Carolina Girl Genealogy
  12. Crafting Genealogy: To the Letter – Family Photo Collage by Cindy Freed, author of Cindy Freed's Genealogy Circle
  13. 8 Theories on the REAL Reason for the Ancestry.com Outage by Kerry Scott, author of Clue Wagon
  14. 100 by Amy Coffin, author of The We Tree Genealogy Blog
  15. Announcing “How-To DNA” – A Multimedia How-To Guide for Genetic Genealogy! by Blaine Bettinger, author of THE GENETIC GENEALOGIST
  16. The Lengths I'll Go To/In Which I Ruin My Manicure by Ellie, author of Ellie's Ancestors
  17. It’s my 2nd blogiversary! by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
  18. Why Genealogist Should Use ACME Mapper by Lee Drew, author of Family History with the Lineagekeeper
  19. Pop’s 100th Birthday by Yvonne Demoskoff, author of Yvonne's Genealogy Blog

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 Place – I hope you'll join me on my new blog.

Thanks for reading!


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Monday, June 16, 2014

52 Ancestors: #24 ~ Francisco Matus Villatoro

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



I've decided to finish telling you about the Matus Villatoro family with today's 52 Ancestors post.

My maternal great-granduncle, Francisco Matus Villatoro, was the only son born to Nicanor Matus and Raymunda Villatoro. His sisters were Esther (my great-grandmother), Catalina, and Crecenciana.

Unfortunately, I don't have an exact birth date for Francisco. But, based on his marriage record, he was born around 1900 in Arriaga, Chiapas, Mexico.

Francisco was married to Emma Vera on March 7, 1925 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. The image at the top of this post is from their marriage record.

Francisco and Emma were the parents of three sons and one daughter. Because Francisco and Emma's children may still be living, and for privacy reasons, I won't be listing their names here.

I really don't know much more about Francisco. His marriage record did say that he was a farmer at the time of his marriage.

I don't have a death date or place for Francisco or his wife Emma. Emma was born in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. It looks like Francisco and Emma lived there for at least a while, because all of their children were born in that city. Perhaps Francisco and Emma ended up living there for the rest of their lives. It looks like I need to check death records for Tuxtla Gutiérrez to see if I can find Francisco and Emma's dates of death.

Thanks for reading!


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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Father's Day 2014



Tomorrow is Father's Day. I'd like to wish all of the dads out there a very Happy Father's Day!

My dad, Jan Albert Iverson, passed away five years ago. This is a photo of my dad and me taken when I was almost three years old. It's one of a series of photos taken in a photo booth in Portland, Oregon.

Happy Father's Day dad. We all miss you!

Thanks for reading!


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Friday, June 13, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for June 13, 2014


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. 70th Anniversary of D-Day AND Celebrating a Centenarian: Henry Roy Tucker by Schalene Dagutis, author of Tangled Roots and Trees
  2. Granite in my Blood Turns Eight by Midge Frazel, author of Granite in My Blood
  3. Tossing Grandma's Antique China in the Trash... by Nicholas Weerts, author of The Dead Relative Collector
  4. Shortcake, Muffins, To Brighten Carpet - Gramma's Webster's Spelling Recipe Book - Family Recipe Friday AND Am I Crazy? by Nancy Messier, author of My Ancestors and Me
  5. 358...More than a Number by Michelle G. Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
  6. Transfer DNA Results or Retest at Family Tree DNA? AND Stavanger, Norway, Land of Misty Fjords by Roberta Estes, author of DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
  7. How to Use Your Tablet to Make Genealogy Research Trips Easier AND "Retirement" Tips for Ancestry Y-DNA & mtDNA, MyCanvas and MyFamily.com Customers by Diane Haddad – Genealogy Insider for Family Tree Magazine Blog
  8. Not Just Flag Day for Me by Nancy H. Vest, author of Nancy H. Vest
  9. Recent Feedly Outage: Always Have an Exit Strategy for Your Data by Thomas MacEntee, author of Hack Genealogy
  10. 5 Tips For Interviewing a Family Member with Dementia by Lisa Lisson, author of Lisa Lisson
  11. Why did I travel 3128 to attend the SCGS 2014 Jamboree? by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy
  12. Mixing Genealogy and Mental Health – Rarely Easy, But Can Be Done AND Successful Meeting of Genealogy and Mental Health by Paul, author of Ups and Downs of Family History
  13. Wedding Wednesday: A Question of Nationality by Melanie Frick, author of Homestead Genealogical Research
  14. The MyCanvas Retirement Problem - Saving as a Set of PDF Files by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  15. Learning: Plotting Family Cemeteries on Google Maps by Heather Collins for Young & Savvy Genealogists
  16. RootsTech Announces Special Hotel Rates for 2015 Conference by Amy E. Smith for FamilySearch Blog
  17. New FamilySearch Add On: Find-a-Record by Ancestry Insider, author of The Ancestry Insider
  18. Another Unexpected Find, My Cousin! by Ellie, author of Ellie's Ancestors
  19. Happy birthday, Mom! by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
  20. Why, Ancestry? Why? by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  21. Scary Tombstones for Friday the 13th by Barbara Poole, author of Life From The Roots

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

Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings has put together a list of blog posts about the recent SCGS Jamboree -

In Case You Missed It….My Contribution to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Thanks for reading!


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Monday, June 9, 2014

52 Ancestors: #23 ~ Catalina Matus Villatoro

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

Catalina Matus Villatoro

In last week's 52 ancestors post, I introduced you to my maternal great-grandaunt, Crecenciana Aurora Matus Villatoro. Today, I'd like to introduce you to her sister, Catalina Matus Villatoro.

Unfortunately, I don't know a lot about Catalina. My records indicate that she was born around 1900 in Chiapas, Mexico. I know that she didn't pass away until sometime after July of 1955.


In July of 1955, my grandparents, Debs and Willis Webster, traveled to Mexico. During their visit, Catalina gave them this photo of herself. She wrote in Spanish on the back of the photo. Catalina signed it, "With all affection, your Aunt Catalina." She also wrote the date and place on the back of the photo as July 16, 1955 Arriaga, Chiapas.

I don't know the name of Catalina's husband. But I know she had three children with the last name of Arriola. She mentioned her children in a letter sent to my grandfather.

Based on the dates these children were born, they may still be living. So for privacy reasons, I won't include their names in this post.

The letter in which Catalina mentioned her children was dated 22 January 1955. Here's her signature from that letter. It is a two-sided hand-written letter. That's why you can see the writing from the other side of the page.


Catalina Matus Villatoro Signature

Catalina's letter is written in Spanish. I will most likely share it here on my blog. But I need to get a full translation first.

Thanks for reading!


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Friday, June 6, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for June 6, 2014


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. The Death of Microfilm by Dick Eastman, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
  2. WHAT NEXT? WEDNESDAY – NEW SERIES by Jenny Lanctot, author of Are My Roots Showing?
  3. Celebrating Blogiversary #3 by Elizabeth Handler, author of A Jewish Genealogy Journey
  4. Sneak Peek: My Soon To Be Released Book “Ancestors In A Nation Divided” AND Crafting Genealogy: Put Them On A Pedestal by Cindy Freed, author of Cindy Freed's Genealogy Circle
  5. Genome Mate – A New Tool in my DNA Toolbox by Tonia Kendrick, author of Tonia's Roots
  6. TLC Reveals Celebrities for New Season of Who Do You Think You Are? AND Ancestry.com Pulls the Plug on Several Sites by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  7. The Beauty of mtDNA and MitoSearch in WikiTree by Peter J. Roberts for WikiTree Blog
  8. No Place for the Sick by Michelle G. Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
  9. Phillips Andover in the Early 20th Century (June 5, 2014) by John D. Tew, author of Filiopietism Prism
  10. A Surprise Find by Jill Ball, author of GeniAus
  11. Old tourist guides can help us learn about our ancestors AND A story about a 100-year-old postcard and why we should scan and share our historical documents by Gail Dever, author of Genealogy a la carte
  12. Confessions of a Haplogroupie™ by Sally Knudsen, author of Sally Searches
  13. Death from a Splinter by Ruth Hogan, author of Ruth's Ancestors
  14. Oh no! It happened again! by Diane Weintraub, author of Nuts From the Family Tree
  15. How Fate Met His End by Karen Thornton, author of CHASING HANNAH
  16. Remembering Pvt. Louis Bass by Angela Y. Walton-Raji, author of My Ancestor's Name
  17. THE GENEABLOGGER WORLD WAR ONE CHALLENGE by Bill West, author of West in New England
  18. Sometimes, Good Things Come Unexpected by Ellie, author of Ellie's Ancestors
  19. Three crowns of Sweden -- for what do they stand? by Ancestor Mysteries
  20. May Update by RootsMapper Blog
  21. WWII: Stories of the Lost by Pat Richley-Erickson, author of DearMyrtle

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

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed It….My Contribution to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Monday, June 2, 2014

52 Ancestors: #22 ~ Crecenciana Aurora Matus Villatoro

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


Crecenciana Aurora Matus Villatoro
Crecenciana Aurora Matus Villatoro

I'm sticking with the "Matus Villatoro" family again for this week's 52 Ancestors post. Today I'd like to introduce you to my great-grandaunt, Crecenciana Aurora Matus Villatoro. She was the youngest of four children born to my maternal 2nd great-grandparents Nicanor Matus and Raymunda Villatoro Vasques.

Crecenciana was the youngest sister of my great-grandmother, Esther Matus Villatoro. Esther was married to my great-grandfather, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster, a.k.a. "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog.

I know a little bit more about Crecenciana than I do about her parents.

Crecenciana was born on 14 September 1900 in Arriaga, Chiapas, Mexico. She moved to Brazil sometime after her sister, Esther, moved there with her husband Frederick.

Crecenciana was very kind to my grandfather, Debs Warren Webster, and to his daughter (my mom). In fact, Crecenciana helped to care for my mom after my mom's mother, Sarah, passed away. My mom was only four years old at the time of her mother's death.

Crecenciana married Theodor Reinacher on 5 July 1932 in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. This is a photo of her husband Theodor.

Theodor Reinacher
Theodor Reinacher

Theodor and Crecenciana didn't have any children of their own.

Crecenciana passed away on 29 July 1973 in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was buried in Gethsemani Cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

I have several photographs of Crecenciana. I'll share them in future posts.

Thanks for reading!


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