Thursday, December 22, 2016

Frank T. Ryder Family Summary and Timeline


Perhaps this summary will make it easier to follow this summary describing Frank's family terms:

Frank Thomas Ryder (1889-1957)
     Father:  Fred Ryder (1861-1923)
     Grandfather:  Azariah Rider (1836-1895).
     Grandmother:  Mary Jane Jacobs (1837-1914)

     Great-grandfather:  Thomas J. Rider (1812-1880)
     Great-great-grandfather: James Rider (1777-1828)
     Great x3 grandfather:  William Rider (1730-?)


      Grandmother:  Mary Jane Jacobs (1837-1914)
      Great-grandfather: Norman J. Jacobs (1811-1891)  
      Great-grandmother: Sophronia Abbott (1816-1899)

      Great-Great-grandfather:  Aaron C. Jacobs (1781-1855)
      Great x3 grandfather:  Johnathan Jacobs (1745-1822)

     
     Great-grandmother: Sophronia Abbott (1816-1899) - Details in a future post

Photo Collection of the Gearen Children

Photo Collection of the children of James Edward and Dora Curtis Gearen

This file must download to be viewed.  Click the link above.

Katy Ryder Finnegan assembled these photos of Ruth Harriet Gearen Ryder's siblings in 2006  according to Katy's handwritten notes on the reverse.  I believe the photos were taken at different times.  The birth and death dates for each child are attached next to their photos.  It is likely that all were taken in Sioux City although the oldest may have been born in Illinois.

The photo quality here is not excellent because it is a photo of a digital photo but Katy treasured this collage and it is worth sharing it with you on that alone!  Thanks to Kathleen Finnegan Hiatt for sharing it.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The 1955 Ryder Easter Egg Hunt - A Quest For The Gold Egg


http://youtu.be/LaRIAWJOihA

Jim Finnegan 's 8mm movie camera was busy on Easter 1955!  At the Ryder's Rockbrook Boulevard house that Easter, there was an egg hunt with a special prize for finding the egg with the gold cross.   Easter must have been late in 1955 because the yard was in full bloom, no one wore a coat and there was a pretty stiff breeze which otherwise might have required coats.  Such beautiful dresses on the mothers and daughters! 

Unfortunately, I cannot recall hearing the other event details about who dyed the eggs, who made the little white purses to save the eggs, who hid them or what the special prize was.   It would be a fair guess that it was Bernie but I cannot remember which year she went to college at Mount Loretto in Colorado.  She was not included in this footage.  It could have been that handsome, fast moving Uncle Tommy who appeared briefly.   My guess is that the prize was a small amount of cash because there was so much other candy around then. I have a vague recollection of quarters, probably a tidy sum in 1955 but I am not sure which eggs had that prize. 

This video has not been time stamped or added names, but I will do that if you wish. 

Here are a few other notes: 

•Womens' hair styles were quite a bit shorter than in previous years!

•I cannot identify the owner of the red car in the driveway.  Can you remember?  

•The couple in the blue sedan which backed out of the driveway was Jim and Jeanne Ryder.  Nice hat.    There were cars parked up on the street and one was our new dark green Ford sedan.  

•There were no Quinns in the video and I am not sure if they were just too young or had moved.  Any ideas?

•I count 11 cousins in this one.  Correct?

I (finally) learned how to split the video clips and I did edit this.  An earlier part was from Katy and Jim Finnegan's apartment Easter morning and a later part was exterior footage of Jim and Jeanne Ryder's Bellevue Blvd. house.   I will post that soon because part of it may have been Rockbrook Blvd. and part Bellevue Blvd.  Both had deep sloping backyards and many trees.  You may be able to tell. 

Happy Easter everyone!   





















Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Re-Post: Ryder Family Videos by James J. Finnegan Vol. 1 Title 1

This is a second attempt to get the You Tube video to open.  This is almost 16 minutes long.

In addition to research, photos and personal recollections, there is a video record of our Ryder family which was created by Jim Finnegan with his 8 mm camera in the 1950'sand 60's (often with a light bar on the top of his camera as I recall, leading to some eye-shading and giggles).  I am not certain that these are in correct date order but it's apparent from the children's ages what approximate dates each was taken.

The film was transferred several years ago by Kathleen Finnegan Hiatt from 8mm tapes to DVD's and in January, 2016, by the Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York video service DiJiFi to .mpg4 format videos.   They are uploaded to a YouTube Channel and the permanent link is inserted below.

With the permission of the Finnegan cousins, here is the first of the videos. This is my first experiment with YouTube and I know the link below works.  It is possible that ads and or music may pop up.  If I can find out how to avoid them, I will repost  This is the method I could find for videos over the 100 MB limit on Facebook.  Click on your screen with a mouse or finger with tablet or smartphone and a slider appears which will allow you to drag ahead to a specific location.

This is our family and people related to them and the places, parties and times of the 1950's and 1960's.


Time Stamp List:

Ryder Family Videos by James J. Finnegan
Title 1, Vol 1

Start Maureen Finnegan
0:17 Katy Ryder Finnegan and Maureen's breakfast
0:31 Bath in the kitchen sink
0:53 Walking her doll, reading a book, toys, toy phone
1:30 Dressed up for reading
2:06 Dial Phone
2:27 Old Fashioned snow suit with mittens on a string
2:42 Waving Goodbye
2:48 Fast asleep
Pause
Christmas at Rockbrook
3:15 Presents under basement tree, Knotty Pine family room
3:35 The Big Table, food, pie, utensils for a big crowd
3:44 Ruth Gearen Ryder making a plate for Frank
3:50 Katy Ryder Finnegan 
3:54 Bob Wear, Jeanne Walden Ryder, Tommy Ryder
4:00 Frank Ryder and John Ryder
4:06 Bernie Ryder
4:10 Patty Ryder Quinn
4:14 Franny Ryder Wear, Tommy Ryder, Ruth Gearen Ryder
4:25 Tim Quinn
4:29 Jim Ryder joking
4:30 Jim Wilmes and Peggy Willmes
4:38 Mary Ryder Wilmes 
4:43 Presents!  Ruthie Wear, Susie Ryder, Sherry Wilmes
4:50 Tom Ryder, Tim Quinn
4:54 Bobby Wear, Franny Wear, Katy Ryder Finnegan
4:59 Connie Wear, Sherry Wilmes
5:03 Tim Quinn, Tom Ryder, Ruthie Wear
5:12 Peggy Wilmes, Mary Ryder Wilmes
5:16 Sherry Wilmes, Ruthie Wear, Connie Wear
5:24 John Ryder, Jim Ryder, Jeanne Walden Ryder, Frank Ryder
5:28 Ruth Gearen Ryder, Mary Ryder Wilmes, Jim Wilmes
5:30 Jack Quinn
5:35 Bernie Ryder
5:40 Ruth Gearen Ryder
5:41 Jim Wilmes
5:43 Tommy Ryder
Frank Ryder and Ruthie Wear
5:54 Ruth Gearen Ryder gets a beautiful lamp with a bow
6:06 Franny Wear
6:07 Bob Wear, Connie Wear
6:09 Jim Ryder, John Ryder, Susie Ryder (?)
6:11 Franny Ryder Wear , Jeanne Walden Ryder
6:13 Bob Wear, Jeanne Walden Ryder
6:15 Mary Ryder Wilmes 
6:17 Jack Quinn
Bernie Ryder, Katy Ryder Finnegan, Patty Ryder

Christmas at Finnegans' apartment
6:41 Red Wagon
6:45 Sled
6:49 Many toys
Maureen pretty in pink
Straight to Raggedy Ann doll
Geraldine Finnegan, Maureen, Grace Finnegan
Stroller, Katy and Geraldine return from Christmas Mass?
Katy
8:22 Lovely dinner table at Mrs. Finnegan's
Grace, Mrs. F., Geri and Maureen, Grace, Jim Finnegan, Maureen
End
Pause
9:25 Easter Lillies, Basket and Bunny
Beautiful dress and dancing
Rockbrook 
Jeanne Walden Ryder
10:40 Jim Wilmes
10:54 Frank Ryder
10:58 Patty Ryder Quinn
11:04 Unknown, Bernie Ryder, Patty Ryder
11:07 Jim Ryder and Jeanne Walden Ryder
11:12 Mary Ryder Wilmes and Jim Wilmes holding Laurie Wilmes
11:15 Jack Quinn
11:21 John Ryder , Peggy Wilmes
11:26 Tom Ryder
11:28 Sherry Wilmes
11:29 Susie Ryder
11:30 Susie Ryder
11:30 Ruth Gearen Ryder
11:36 Frank Ryder - Where did he get that shirt?
Katy Finnegan
Unclear, Twitty their dog!, Many aproned women
11:45 Unclear - Ruthie Wear, Sherry Wilmes
11:50 Laurie Wilmes
11:53 Bobby Wear
11:56 Connie Wear, Peggy Wilmes
11:59 Ruthie Wear
12:01 Susie Wear in white gloves
12:05 Maureen, Laurie Wilmes + tumbler from home delivery cottage cheese
Peggy Wilmes, Connie Wear
12:21 Laurie Wilmes
12:28 Tommy Ryder stopping someone very small in a corner

Spring Tulips - Easter?  
The Rockbrook Neighborhood Post
The Purple Mercury 
The house, green and white striped awnings, yard in full bloom
13:26 Maureen running through the yard
13:31 John Ryder, Maureen Finnegan, Tom Ryder, Susie Ryder, Wears?
13:41 Tommy Ryder, Connie Wear
13:45 Freank with Tom Ryder and John Ryder
13:59 John Ryder, Ruth Gearen Ryder, Franny Ryder Wear
14:03 Susie Ryder
14:08 Ann Walsh
14:20 Franny leaving
14:26 Jim Finnegan with Maureen Finnegan
14:41 Maureen with stroller in the driveway
14:53 Tom Ryder takes a stroller
15:00 John Ryder
15:04 Jim Finnegan and Maureen
15:09 Jim Finnegan inspecting and admiring roses
15:18 Katy Ryder Finnegan and Maureen Finnegan
15:21 Jack Quinn holding Tim and Patty with Christine Quinn
15:36 Tim and Christine with Jack's help
15:45 Tim Quinn
15:51 F.T. Ryder Mailbox - 1506
The End




Monday, January 18, 2016

Ryder Family Videos by James J. Finnegan Vol. 1 Title 1

In addition to research, photos and personal recollections, there is a video record of our Ryder family which was created by Jim Finnegan with his 8 mm camera in the 1950'sand 60's (often with a light bar on the top of his camera as I recall, leading to some eye-shading and giggles).  I am not certain that these are in correct date order but it's apparent from the children's ages what approximate dates each was taken.

The film was transferred several years ago by Kathleen Finnegan Hiatt from 8mm tapes to DVD's and in January, 2016, by the Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York video service DiJiFi to .mpg4 format videos.   They are uploaded to a YouTube Channel and the permanent link is inserted below.

With the permission of the Finnegan cousins, here is the first of the videos. This is my first experiment with YouTube and I know the link below works.  It is possible that ads and or music may pop up.  If I can find out how to avoid them, I will repost  This is the method I could find for videos over the 100 MB limit on Facebook.  Click on your screen with a mouse or finger with tablet or smartphone and a slider appears which will allow you to drag ahead to a specific location.

This is our family and people related to them and the places, parties and times of the 1950's and 1960's.


Ryder Family Videos by James J. Finnegan Vol.1 Title 1

Time Stamp List:

Ryder Family Videos by James J. Finnegan
Title 1, Vol 1

Start Maureen Finnegan
0:17 Katy Ryder Finnegan and Maureen's breakfast
0:31 Bath in the kitchen sink
0:53 Walking her doll, reading a book, toys, toy phone
1:30 Dressed up for reading
2:06 Dial Phone
2:27 Old Fashioned snow suit with mittens on a string
2:42 Waving Goodbye
2:48 Fast asleep
Pause
Christmas at Rockbrook
3:15 Presents under basement tree, Knotty Pine family room
3:35 The Big Table, food, pie, utensils for a big crowd
3:44 Ruth Gearen Ryder making a plate for Frank
3:50 Katy Ryder Finnegan
3:54 Bob Wear, Jeanne Walden Ryder, Tommy Ryder
4:00 Frank Ryder and John Ryder
4:06 Bernie Ryder
4:10 Patty Ryder Quinn
4:14 Franny Ryder Wear, Tommy Ryder, Ruth Gearen Ryder
4:25 Tim Quinn
4:29 Jim Ryder joking
4:30 Jim Wilmes and Peggy Willmes
4:38 Mary Ryder Wilmes
4:43 Presents!  Ruthie Wear, Susie Ryder, Sherry Wilmes
4:50 Tom Ryder, Tim Quinn
4:54 Bobby Wear, Franny Wear, Katy Ryder Finnegan
4:59 Connie Wear, Sherry Wilmes
5:03 Tim Quinn, Tom Ryder, Ruthie Wear
5:12 Peggy Wilmes, Mary Ryder Wilmes
5:16 Sherry Wilmes, Ruthie Wear, Connie Wear
5:24 John Ryder, Jim Ryder, Jeanne Walden Ryder, Frank Ryder
5:28 Ruth Gearen Ryder, Mary Ryder Wilmes, Jim Wilmes
5:30 Jack Quinn
5:35 Bernie Ryder
5:40 Ruth Gearen Ryder
5:41 Jim Wilmes
5:43 Tommy Ryder
Frank Ryder and Ruthie Wear
5:54 Ruth Gearen Ryder gets a beautiful lamp with a bow
6:06 Franny Wear
6:07 Bob Wear, Connie Wear
6:09 Jim Ryder, John Ryder, Susie Ryder (?)
6:11 Franny Ryder Wear , Jeanne Walden Ryder
6:13 Bob Wear, Jeanne Walden Ryder
6:15 Mary Ryder Wilmes
6:17 Jack Quinn
Bernie Ryder, Katy Ryder Finnegan, Patty Ryder

Christmas at Finnegans' apartment
6:41 Red Wagon
6:45 Sled
6:49 Many toys
Maureen pretty in pink
Straight to Raggedy Ann doll
Geraldine Finnegan, Maureen, Grace Finnegan
Stroller, Katy and Geraldine return from Christmas Mass?
Katy
8:22 Lovely dinner table at Mrs. Finnegan's
Grace, Mrs. F., Geri and Maureen, Grace, Jim Finnegan, Maureen
End
Pause
9:25 Easter Lilys, Baseket and Bunny
Beautiful dress and dancing
Rockbrook
Jeanne Walden Ryder
10:40 Jim Wilmes
10:54 Frank Ryder
10:58 Patty Ryder Quinn
11:04 Unknown, Bernie Ryder, Patty Ryder
11:07 Jim Ryder and Jeanne Walden Ryder
11:12 Mary Ryder Wilmes and Jim Wilmes holding Laurie Wilmes
11:15 Jack Quinn
11:21 John Ryder , Peggy Wilmes
11:26 Tom Ryder
11:28 Sherry Wilmes
11:29 Susie Ryder
11:30 Susie Ryder
11:30 Ruth Gearen Ryder
11:36 Frank Ryder - Where did he get that shirt?
Katy Finnegan
Unclear, Twitty their dog!, Many aproned women
11:45 Unclear - Ruthie Wear, Sherry Wilmes
11:50 Laurie Wilmes
11:53 Bobby Wear
11:56 Connie Wear, Peggy Wilmes
11:59 Ruthie Wear
12:01 Susie Wear in white gloves
12:05 Maureen, Laurie Wilmes + tumbler from home delivery cottage cheese
Peggy Wilmes, Connie Wear
12:21 Laurie Wilmes
12:28 Tommy Ryder stopping someone very small in a corner

Spring Tulips - Easter?  
The Rockbrook Neighborhood Post
The Purple Mercury
Thehouse, green and white striped awnings, yard in full bloom
13:26 Maureen running through the yard
13:31 John Ryder, Maureen Finnegan, Tom Ryder, Susie Ryder, Wears?
13:41 Tommy Ryder, Connie Wear
13:45 Freank with Tom Ryder and John Ryder
13:59 John Ryder, Ruth Gearen Ryder, Franny Ryder Wear
14:03 Susie Ryder
14:08 Ann Walsh
14:20 Franny leaving
14:26 Jim Finnegan with Maureen Finnegan
14:41 Maureen with stroller in the driveway
14:53 Tom Ryder takes a stroller
15:00 John Ryder
15:04 Jim Finnegan and Maureen
15:09 Jim Finnegan inspecting and admiring roses
15:18 Katy Ryder Finnegan and Maureen Finnegan
15:21 Jack Quinn holding Tim and Patty withChristine Quinn
15:36 Tim and Christine with Jack's help
15:45 Tim Quinn
15:51 F.T. Ryder Mailbox - 1506
The End





Saturday, January 16, 2016

James Edward Gearen - Documents, Names, Dates and a Mystery


James Edward Gearen Portrait

Our maternal great-grandfather, James Edward Gearen was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1859.   This was discussed family history and it is confirmed by thiese birth certificate documents from the Rhode Island Secretary of State which also states his parents names - Patrick Gearen and Catherine Crowley.





112 India Street, Providence, Rhode Island is now India State Park.  It appears to sit at the high end of the Providence River off  Rhode Island Sound.






It is helpful but as you will see, the names are so common that it is not helpful in pinpointing his father Patrick's birthplace and his ancestry.  A typical place to begin clarifying this would be a marriage certificate.  James and Dora (Eldorah Virginia Curtis, 1864-1943) were married in Chicago on December 20, 1882, and then moved to Sioux City sometime after that.  s.

Marriage License
Marriage License James Gearen and Dora Curtis married 20 Dec 1882

It is not yet clear where his parents Patrick and Catherine were married but James had an older brother, John F. Gearen, who was born about 1858 according to an index entry for his Iowa death certificate which also confirms the same names of his parents. John F. Gearen's birth date and place cannot yet be specifically confirmed. There is no helpful information there.

A typical piece of useful information would be U.S. Census reports.  The 1910 United States Federal Census indicates that Patrick arrived in 1855 and his wife Catherine arrived in 1846.

Still another would be an immigrant passenger arrival manifest.  This New York Passenger Arrival List lists a Patt Geran arriving in New York in 1956.



Is this Pat(t) Geran the father of James?  Does it provide any other information? It depends on connection to other facts.

James died from a year-long period of pernicious anemia in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa on January 27, 1923. Patrick's death certificate was obtained from the Iowa Historical Society.  The date is close to the dates associated with Jim Gearen's family story which is connected to the Pat Geran arrival in New York because of the dates and the Buckleys also arriving then.  







Patrick Gearen, his 87 year old father, died the very next day January 28, 1923 of a cerebral hemorrhage, according to this certificate. The heartbreaking coincidence of their deaths was also a story that was passed along in family history and it was reported in the Nebraska Business Journal from Lincoln Nebraska (re-accessed through Ancestry.com on November 29, 2015) :

Nebraska State Journal, January 29, 1923
















James' second youngest son Joseph (1895-1964), who was born in Sioux City but lived in Chicago at the time of their deaths, provided the information for this death certificate.  He stated that Patrick was born March 17, 1836.  However, according to Joseph, Patrick's parents were Patrick Gearen and Mary Earl.

That's important information.  That birth date March 17, 1836 and the maiden name Mary Earl of his mother conflict with the date associated with the Patrick Gearen of Boherbue, County Cork, Ireland in Jim Gearen's family history story (posted in the Facebook closed group for Ryder family history).   I have ordered the Family History Library microfilm of this death certificate and hope to view it soon to explore this further, however since this is an image and not an index it is not promising.

Using the RootsIreland.com genealogy site on January 4, 2016, I found a Patrick Garan born in Donnecmore, in the parish of Imogeela in County Cork.  The church baptism record lists his father as Patrick Garan and his mother as Mary Farrell and the baptism date as July 20, 1835, 18 months earlier than the date on the death certificate.  Is it possible that Mary Earl's last name could be a derivation of Mary Farrell?  So far, there is no confirmation of that.  There also was no exact or close variation of any Patrick Gearen with the birth date of March 17, 1836 on RootsIreland.com, FindMyPast.com or MyHeritage.com, or Ancestry.com.

A Patrick Geran was born in the Boherbue Catholic parish in the townland Urrihill but his parents were Patricius Geran and Maria Buckley (Catholic parish records were still written in Latin). Those names correspond with the passenger arrival manifest from 1856.  The date of birth for this Patrick is September 1, 1839. There are no corresponding dates for a Patrick Gearen (or any other spelling) in any of the above listed genealogy record sources.

In 2015 the National Library of Ireland published Catholic Church records online and I accessed them on November 3, 2015, so they were not available online at the time Jim Gearen completed his research, planned his trip and visited Tim Guerin and the Boherbue town historian Francis McCarthy [Interestingly, McCarthy is the surname of Ruth's husband Frank T. Ryder's mother Mary Catherine McCarthy but I missed that until recently!].

Francis McCarthy's story told to Jim Gearen about the three brothers is very likely confirmed by another document retrieved through FindMyPast.com - a page from Griffith's Valuation.  Perhaps Frank McCarthy the historian had access to this during Jim Gearen's visit.  The Irish censuses beginning with 1821 were destroyed in the Dublin fire in 1922 so Griffith's Valuation is a a tax report used as a "census-substitute" from 1853.  There were three Gearen men of the same name living on the same plot in the parish in 1853 and there were many Buckleys nearby, as there were on the 1856 passenger manifest.

Griffith's Valuation 1853

So how much uncertainty does this new information about Patrick's surname spelling, date of birth and his mother's name create?  My spirits sank when I found the date and mother's name conflict after my delight at finding parents Patricius and Maria Gerin in the church records of Urrihill.

There are at least six spellings of the Gearen name here and on other records I have seen. There are many possibilities and all lead to more uncertainty.  Perhaps there was a clerk's error or phonetic transcription in the information from Joseph for the death certificate. Perhaps it was her middle name not her surname.  Perhaps the surname spelling changed several times over the years. So, there is not sufficient to prove his parents and place of birth, and research will continue.

Here is still another example of the uncertainty, The Griffith's Valuation report used the surname spelling Gearen.   Both James and Patrick's death certificates use the spelling Gearen.  But then there is a document for Theresa Gearen, James' youngest sister. Theresa's surname spelling is Guerin on her February 27, 1932 death certificate which was obtained from the Iowa Historical Society. Theresa's parents and her sister-in-law Dora Virginia Curtis Gearen's names are also spelled  Guerin on the certificate.  The family Jim Gearen visited in Boherbue, Cork, Ireland spelled their name Guerin.  



Dora Virginia Curtis Gearen
Dora (about whom very little known except that she was likely born Eldorah Virginia Curtis in Virginia) is our great-grandmother, James E. Gearen's wife. She provided the information for the death certificate. This is also the only place I have seen Dora's married name spelled Guerin.   There are many photos of Dora and a separate gallery will be done in another post.  [Another longer story can also be done about Dora whose father according to discussed family history was a Confederate soldier from Virginia. National Archives documents confirm that there was a Confederate soldier John Wesley Curtis.  John Wesley Curtis was briefly a Confederate soldier discharged for health reasons but other information is not yet available]

It is possible that James and Dora could not read or write and that all the persons who completed any forms about them used phonetic spellings or pronunciation of the name.  It is also possible that there is a naturalization document for Patrick that spells the name Guerin. I have not yet found that document, if so.  Naturalizations were filed in state courts and clerks' offices in the late 1850's and early 1860's so many local searches will be necessary.  Since it is not known where they may have moved between Rhode Island and Illinois before moving to Sioux City, it will require a careful search.

There were more than 350 different Patricks with one or the other spelling of Gearen on the genealogy site FindMyPast.com during the middle 1800's in southwestern Ireland.  Looking for other records that might narrow that down will continue to be challenging.  So far, I am unsuccessful in finding a marriage record in Ireland or the U. S. or the naturalization papers for Patrick which might provide any other information about his parents.  [My experience with other relatives has been that only a signature was required as late as the 1880's in Iowa.]

Wherever John was born in Ireland or in the U.S., in 1860, Patrick and Catherine (1835-1914), James  (age 1) and John Gearen (age 3) lived in Bloomington, Illinois according to the federal census.

 


After working as laborers, furnace, stove and boiler tenders and other occupations according to census reports, James and his younger brother Thomas worked with their older brother John F. Gearen in his plumbing company.  The 1888 City Directory for Sioux City shows J. F. Gearen at 412 Pierce Street.  


There is an interesting story of these years during which the Gearens arrived in Sioux City in a genealogy for the Dankenbring family at: Sioux City Development in 1880's and 1890's [accessed on January 16, 2016, there is one broken link for one photo but the description of the development of Sioux City seems to be a good summary].  There are other historical items at Sioux City History.org.

This photo was among photos found in my mother's collection which, of course, was part of Ruth Harriet Gearen's.  The reverse side of this photo has a pencil inscription "T.H.Gearen, 215 Myrtle Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa".  It has no date stamp or photographer name and does not identify the others in the photo.

T.H. Gearen, 215 Myrtle Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa

James E. Gearen and many of his family are buried in Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City in a mausoleum called the "Old Crypt".  Photos provided by the cemetery administration are not great but they went beyond their responsibility to provide them.

The search will continue for documents related to Patrick and Catherine Crowley about whom, regrettably, very little is known so far except a 1910 federal census report which states that she was born about 1838 and arrived in the U.S. in 1846.  Genealogists sometimes refer to problems finding proofs for individuals as "brick walls" and others just as challenges.  I am hopeful about finding information about these grandmothers. What lives they must have lived.





Sources:

James Edward Gearen portrait:  From the collection of Ruth Harriet Gearen Ryder, his daughter; date and photographer uncertain but certainly before 1923.  I have this portrait and the portrait for Dora Virginia Curtis Gearen.

Birth certificate and registration:  State of Rhode Island and Providence Planations, Copy of Certificate of Birth, Birth Registered in the City of Providence, Rhode Island for the Year Ending 1859, certified January, 2013.

Marriage Index Record:  Cook County, Illinois,  Marriages Index, 1871-1920, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., Provo, Utah, USA,web address:  http://www.ancestry.com..  FHL Film Number 1030128

Marriage Certificate:  Originally added to Ancestry.com by Chris Charvat without citation.  I also received a copy from James Gearen in 2013.  It is likely this came from the IRAD (Illinois statewide records system).

1910 Federal Census for Patrick and Catherine Gearen:  1910 United States Federal Census, Sioux, City, Woodbury, Iowa, Roll T624_429, Page 5A; Enumeration District: Image 1207.  Online Publication - Provo, Utah, USA. , Opeations, Inc., 2006, Original data - Thirteenth Census of the United States 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T264, 1,178 rolls).  Records of the Bureau of Census, Record Group 29, National Archives, Washington, D.C.   

Passenger Arrival Manifest:  New York Passenger Manifests, 1820-1957,  Year: 1856; Arrival: New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, Microfilm Roll:  M237_164; Line: 1, List Number: 595.

Patrick Gearen Death Certificate:  State Historical Society of Iowa, Research Center, 600 East Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, Record O97-13441, Box D2590.  Requested September 15, 2016.

James Edward Gearen Death Certificate:  State Historical Society of Iowa, Research Center, 600 East Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, Record O97-1340, Box D2590. Requested September 15, 2016.

Theresa Guerin Death Certificate:  State Historical Society of Iowa, Research Center, 600 East Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, Record J97-0183, Box 2685.  Requested September 15, 2016.

Nebraska Business Journal Obituary:  Column 6, page 2, January 30, 1923, Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Nebraska.  Originally accessed March 20, 2012 on Ancestry.com

Griffith's Valuation:  Accessed on Archives.com, January 16, 2016,

Census Year: 1860; Census Place: Bloomington Ward 4, McLean, Illinois; Roll: M653_204; Page: 513; Image: 515; Family History Library Film: 803204

Burial: Crypt 268, Old Mausoleum, Calvary. Photo by a caretaker and Barb Queen, Office Manager of the Sioux City Diocesan Office of the Propagation of the Faith on September 4, 2014.  









  
    


Thursday, January 7, 2016

New York Public Library New Digital Collection Releases

http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/

The New York Public Library (NYPL.org) has released 180,000 new digital images that will be very helpful to genealogists.  In addition, they are creating a Remix Residency program to encourage creative uses of their collections.  This information is a selection on their main webpage.  Fascinating!