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Prince George’s Co., Maryland, 1864 Civil War Draftees (Part 2)

Extracted from Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md., 26 Sep 1864, pg. 1

Drafted on 24 September 1864, Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland

First District

  • William H. Martin, shoemaker
  • Thomas Waters, colored, Laurel
  • Charles E. Rogers, laborer, Beltsville
  • George Johnson, slave of Henry Mitchell, Beltsville
  • Henry Myers, laborer, Beltsville
  • Wm. Baker, blacksmith, county
  • Jas. Shields, laborer, Beltsville
  • Jas. Kelly, machinist, Laurel
  • Lewis Ridgely, col’d
  • John Talbert, farmer
  • Franklin Franklin, colored, Beltsville
  • Thomas Brent, slave of Richard D. Hall, do.
  • Samuel Thompson, farmer, Laurel
  • Wm. Robinson, colored
  • Matthias Harman, farmer, Beltsville
  • Joseph Stevens, colored, do.
  • Thos. Brashears, machinist, Laurel
  • James Kiernan, laborer, Beltsville
  • James McCauley, machinist, do.
  • John F. Waters, laborer, Laurel
  • Wm. Done, laborer, White Oak Bottom
  • Samuel Green, col’d, Laurel
  • Wm. Briggs, colored, Beltsville
  • Jas. Woods, laborer, do.
  • Wm. Benson, laborer, Laurel
  • John Thomas, colored, Beltsville
  • Notly Johnson, slave of Mrs. Nancy
  • S. Rufus Belt, storekeeper, Beltsville
  • Joshua Scott, laborer, Laurel
  • Patrick Connery, laborer, Beltsville
  • Jackson Kelly, carpenter, Laurel
  • Samuel Owens, farmer, Beltsville
  • Samuel Jackson, colored
  • Dennis Johnson, slave of Benjamin Beckett, Collington
  • George W. Duvall of G., farmer, Beltsville
  • John Baker, colored, Beltsville
  • Robert Walker, farmer, do.
  • Benj. Robinson, laborer, do.
  • Wm. Ewin, machinist, county
  • Peter Dugan, laborer, Beltsville
  • Amos Beall, slave of Mrs. J. W. Brown
  • John Sharewood, farmer, Beltsville
  • James Kelly, laborer, do.
  • Thomas Lynch, laborer
  • Henry Lantz, laborer, Beltsville
  • Dr. Benjamin Dorsey, farmer, do.
  • Eugene Luber, laborer, Laurel
  • John Turner, blacksmith, Beltsville
  • James E. Darnall, clerk, Laurel
  • Truman Thomas, colored, do.
  • Wm. O. Harvey, farmer, Beltsville
  • Hiram Harden, laborer
  • Saml. D. Carr, farmer, Laurel
  • Thomas Reed, laborer
  • Joseph Blackston, colored, Beltsville
  • George F. Donaldson, weaver, Laurel
  • Wm. T. Byon, farmer, Beltsville
  • Wm. Flanagan, laborer, do.
  • Ambrose Lillybridge, miller
  • Charles T. Tison, farmer, near Laurel
  • James Smith, laborer, Beltsville
  • Wm. Harding, do., do.
  • Martin Tigle, farmer, Laurel
  • George Pinion, colored, Beltsville
  • Robert Riley, laborer, do.
  • George W. Page, do., do.
  • Wm. Williams, slave of Mrs. Lizzie D. Jackson, Washington, D. C.
  • John Gleed, colored
  • George W. Clark, farmer, Vansville
  • Rezin Gaitior, colored
  • Joseph Miles, laborer, Laurel
  • Jeremiah Hall, laborer
  • Wm. O. Belt, student
  • Edward Batty, colored, Laurel
  • Leonard J. Mills, minister, Beltsville
  • Henry Marshall, machinist, Laurel
  • John Moreland, laborer, Beltsville
  • Samuel Ward, do., Laurel
  • David Thomas, slave of Rev. P. Waters, Laurel
  • Francis E. Morrison, bar-keeper
  • John Adams, laborer, Beltsville
  • Wm. Wright, slave of Alex. Keech, Hyattsville
  • James Simms, clerk, Beltsville
  • Michael McLaughlin, laborer, Beltsville
  • James Chalk, moulder, county
  • Jos. Jones, laborer, Beltsville
  • John Prout, colored, do.
  • William Curvan, laborer, do.
  • Chas. Robinson, colored, Laurel
  • John Etchinson, laborer, do.
  • Jacob Jones, colored, Beltsville
  • Wm. R. Mitchell, farmer, Laurel
  • Patrick Dermetay, laborer, Beltsville
  • George D. Swall, slave of Isaac Scaggs, do.
  • Aloysius Hopkins, laborer, do.
  • Saml. T. Earnest, laborer, Laurel
  • John Beam, farmer, Beltsville
  • William Stolkett, slave of Richard Jacobs, Patuxent
  • George H. Hall, storekeeper, Laurel
  • Owen Dawson, laborer, Beltsville
  • Israel Bash, slave of Wm. W. Hall, Beltsville
  • William R. Baker, laborer, do.
  • William Smith, colored
  • William H. Young, machinist, Laurel
  • J. N. Young, clerk, do.
  • John Hawkins, slave of Mrs. Lizzie Ward
  • Moses Bradley, colored
  • Thomas Bowie, of R., engineer, Beltsville
  • Wm. Matthews, machinist, Laurel
  • Robert Shipley, laborer, do.
  • Edw Herbert, farmer, Beltsville
  • John Hammet, slave of Dr. Benj. Berry, do.
  • Joseph Hopkins, laborer, do.
  • John Vermillion, Sr., laborer, do.
  • Octavius Knight, clerk, Laurel
  • Samuel Johnson, colored
  • Joseph Patch, farmer, Beltsville
  • Fred. Lyber, laborer
  • John Thompson, do., Beltsville
  • Thos. Robinson, colored, Laurel
  • Wm. McDonald, laborer, Beltsville
  • Pat’k Burns, do., do.
  • Joseph Harrison, colored
  • John D. McPherson, lawyer, Beltsville
  • Rich. H. Carrick, farmer, do.
  • And. Bell, Hyattsville, slave of Israel Jackson
  • A. C. McDaniel, minister, Laurel
  • Jas. Cagle, farmer, Beltsville
  • John Miller, farmer
  • Thos. Rowland, colored, at William Minnix’s
  • John R. Taylor, laborer, Beltsville
  • Walton Johnson, farmer, do.
  • Jno. Davis, laborer, county
  • James Clark, carpenter, Good Luck
  • Thomas M. Taylor, laborer, Beltsville
  • Joshua Kirby, farmer, do.

Second District

  • Augustus Beckett, slave of Nicholas C. Shipley
  • — Lee, (white,) age 38, county, at Clemson’s
  • Jacob Adams, colored, farmer, Captain Newman’s
  • Barney Connelly, laborer, county
  • John Scott, laborer, do.
  • John Moore, colored
  • William —, colored
  • Adam Green, colored
  • Robert Topkins, slave of Mrs. Mary B. McCubbin
  • Benj. Lanham, farmer, county
  • John McCloud, engineer, county
  • Wm. Magruder, slave of Lewis Magruder
  • Thomas Johnson, slave of Thomas Berry
  • — Knox, colored, at J. W. Wright’s
  • Benj. Griffith, slave of Mrs. Nath’l Suit
  • Henry King, farmer, county
  • George Prescott, slave of Henry T. Scott
  • Francis Shields, slave of Nicholas C. Shipley
  • Peter Smallwood, slave of Maria P. Dan
  • Columbus Tuttle, shoemaker, Bladensburg
  • Samuel King, planter, county
  • James W. Wilson, miller, Bladensburg
  • Charles Williams, colored
  • James J. Lovejoy, laborer, county
  • Robert White, slave of George W. Berry
  • Wm. Hanson, slave of Mrs. Albert D. Berry
  • Vernon Dorsey, clerk, Bladensburg
  • John Joy, Jr., farmer, county
  • Jno. M. Hayes, farmer, county
  • John Tucker, overseer, county
  • John Thomas, slave of Fielder Magruder
  • Samuel Brown, slave of Mrs. Alfred Wells
  • Thos. Gorham, colored, at Mr. Rowe’s
  • Barton T. Soper, laborer, county
  • Robt. Barris, colored, farmer, at J. C. Read’s
  • Richard B. Beam, farmer, county
  • Geo. M. Balls, laborer, county
  • James E. Cook, occupation none
  • John Mason, slave of Capt. J. Barney
  • Benj. Scaggs, colored, county
  • Wm. Snowden, colored
  • Zachariah Mangum, laborer, Bladensburg
  • Lorenzo Scott, colored, gardener, at C. B. Calvert’s
  • Andrew Lynch, stonemason, Bladensburg
  • John Hawkins, colored
  • Edward Philips, farmer, county
  • Zachariah Berry, of Zach., planter, county
  • Thomas Harwood, slave of Mrs. Alfred D. Berry
  • George Knight, colored, servant at Rev. Dr. Pinkney’s
  • John W. Morsell, oil store, county
  • George Taylor, miller, Bladensburg
  • John O. Duvall, farmer, county
  • Elisha Jones, farmer, county
  • Nace Calvert, colored, at Mrs. John E. Berry’s
  • Levi King, teamster, Bladensburg
  • Lewis Ma[...], planter, county
  • Daniel Bell, slave of Zachariah Berry, of Z
  • Jacob Compton, slave of Thos. E. Berry
  • Spea[?] Johnson, colored
  • William Norton, slave of Benj. O. Lowndes
  • Philip Hanson, slave of Charles Hayes
  • Elijah Gregory, farmer, county
  • Edward Lint, of Jesse, overseer, county
  • Edward Wood, slave of Edward H. Calvert
  • Charles Hoehn, shoemaker, Bladensburg
  • Jos. Kennedy, farmer
  • John E. Jones, farmer
  • Samuel F. Clark, farmer
  • Henry Owens, slave of Robert Clark
  • Odell W. Hilleary, farmer
  • Charles B. Harris, physician, county
  • Henry Freeman, blacksmith, county
  • Bradley Jones, farmer, county
  • Wm. Barnes, col’d, farmer, at J. C. Read’s
  • David Fall, colored
  • Wm. M. Wilson, planter
  • James Adams, col’d, farmer
  • Wm. Howard, slave of Willett Hilleary

Third District

  • Ignatius Nalley, overseer, near Upper Marlborough
  • Jno. Duvall, laborer, near Long Old Fields
  • Joseph Gordon, slave of Mary Bowie
  • Thos. Smoot, blacksmith, near Upper Marlborough
  • Peter G. Grimes, sheriff, Upper Marlborough
  • Jno. H. Turner, slave estate of R. Magruder
  • Sameul [sic] H. Crawford, carpenter, near Upper Marlborough
  • John Clark, slave of Mary W. Hilleary
  • John Wells, age 20, clerk
  • Thos. Bell, slave of A. M. Berry
  • Gilbert Gorden, slave of Mary Bowie
  • John Sweeny, overseer, near Long Old Fields
  • Thomas Sweeny, overseer, near Long Old Fields
  • Philip Mayhew, overseer, Upper Marlborough
  • Frisby Dent, slave of H. W. Clagett
  • Chew Burgess, slave of W. Hilleary
  • Geo. H. Richardson, laborer, near Long Old Fields
  • John Clifton, slave of Eliza D. Graham
  • Wm. Henson, slave of Gen. Thomas F. Bowie
  • Wm. H. Osborn, farmer, near Upper Marlborough
  • John Henry Stewart, slave of Zadoc Sasscer
  • Hilleary Butler, slave of J. A. Osborn
  • Allison Nichols, slave J. T. Sasscer
  • George Davage, slave of estate of Z. B. Bell
  • Alexander Barnes, slave of Thos. H. Osborn
  • William Beall, slave of R. S. Hill
  • Daniel Gant, slave of M. S. Plummer
  • Wm. Hodges, slave of Wash. J. Beall
  • Thos. Simpson, laborer, near Long Old Field
  • Samuel Crawford
  • Robert Green, colored, near Croom
  • William Dayton, slave of R. S. Hill
  • Frank Young, slave of estate of Z. Sasscer
  • Wm. H. Sasscer, farmer, Upper Marlborough
  • Otho Berry, slave of estate of R. McGregor
  • Geo. H. Bunnell, clerk, Upper Marlborough
  • Benjamin H. C. Bowie, farmer, near Upper Marlborough
  • Edward D. Young, laborer, do.
  • A. F. Brooks, age 20, clerk
  • Rezin Williams, slave of E. G. W. Hall
  • Frank Brown, slave of R. B. B. Chew
  • Frank Booth, slave of Fender Suit
  • John L. Thompson, overseer, near Upper Marlborough
  • John Sheckles, age 27, teacher
  • Cato Crawford, slave of Thos. Clagett
  • Wm. Albert Brooks, age 25, Upper Marlborough
  • Robert Blackiston, slave of W. B. Bowie
  • Lewis Fritch, coachman, Upper Marlboro
  • John F. Young, laborer, Upper Marlboro
  • John W. Brown, baker, Upper Marlboro
  • Richard O. Hodges, farmer, Upper Marlboro
  • Wm. F. Bowie, farmer, Upper Marlboro
  • Wm. Bowie, slave of estate of R. McGregor
  • Thos. Hammond, slave of Eliza C. Bowie
  • George H. Randall, laborer, Long Old Fields
  • John Lee, slave of Wm. P. Pumphrey
  • Jas. Jones, of James, farmer, near Long Old Fields
  • Washington Marlow, slave of Wm. F. Berry
  • John W. Bowie, farmer, Upper Marlboro
  • John Schell, carpenter, Upper Marlboro
  • Geo. C. Merrick, lawyer, Upper Marlboro
  • George Woodward, slave of John Hodges, Sr.
  • Timothy Ryard, laborer, Upper Marlboro
  • Robert Queen, slave of estate of Dr. R. W. Brown
  • Philip Galloway, slave of John Hodges, Sr.
  • Botelor Stalor, slave of Samuel M. Brooke
  • Horace Wells, colored, near Upper Marlboro
  • Cornelius Gordon, slave of Mary Bowie
  • John B. Farr, blacksmith, Upper Marlboro
  • John Hall, colored, near Upper Marlboro
  • John Dorsey, slave of Mary Bowie
  • Clifford N. Bowie, age 24, gentleman
  • Joseph Butler, slave of estate of H. C. Scott
  • Thos. W. Anderson, merchant, Upper Marlboro’
  • William Fisher, overseer, Upper Marlboro’
  • J. Lansdale Ghieslin, clerk, Upper Marlboro’
  • James Harris, age 34, clerk
  • Robert W. Selby, overseer, near Croom
  • J. W. Mayhew, age 35, laborer
  • Robert Turner, slave of estate of R. McGregor
  • Levi Gant, slave of C. L. Young
  • Rafe Harrison, slave of Major J. F. Lee
  • Pompey West, slave of estate of Z. Sasscer
  • John H. McCullough, Clerk, Upper Marlboro’
  • Nat Wood, slave of Charles B. Calvert
  • Thomas Proctor, colored, hostler, near Upper Marlboro’

Prince George’s Co., Maryland, 1864 Civil War Draftees (Part 1)

Extracted from Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md., 31 May 1864, pg. 1

Drafted on 30 May 1864, Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland

Fourth District

  • Lewis Pyles, slave of Jno. Y. Berry
  • Geo. Johnson, slave of Dr. J. H. S. Skinner
  • Benjamin T. Wilson, near Croom
  • William Davis, colored, near Nottingham
  • Jacob Curtin, near T. B.
  • Daniel Hanson, slave of James S. Bowie
  • Samuel Revis, slave of T. G. Fenton
  • Frank Robinson, near T. B.
  • Mortimer Tayman, near Croom
  • David Crack, slave of Mrs. A. Brooks
  • William L. Woodburn, near Nottingham
  • Richard Thomas, slave of Fielder Bowie
  • Noble Herd, slave of Henry S. Mitchell
  • John H. Gant, slave of Fielder Bowie
  • Nathan Duckett, slave of Joseph H. Turner
  • Ebenezer Russell, slave of James Nailor of Jas.
  • James Pickney, slave of Dr. Clagett
  • John P. Hall, near Horsehead
  • Wm. Carroll, slave of Mr. J. H. S. Skinner
  • John Mackall, slave of James Nailor of James
  • S. R. Gordon, near Croom
  • Wash. Gray, slave of estate of E. L. Perry
  • Jas. Thomas of Jas., near Brandywine
  • Ignatius Fletcher, slave of Wm. Duvall
  • Frank Griffith, slave of Fielder Bowie
  • Henry Hager, slave of Henry S. Mitchell
  • Edward Ford, slave of James J. Bowie
  • Mortimer Grant, slave of Fielder Bowie
  • John Addison, colored, near Brandywine
  • Thos. Silby, near Nottingham
  • Anthony Addison, slave of estate of Wm. M. Bowie
  • Wm. Kyler, colored, near Nottingham
  • Richard Curtis, slave of E. G. Perry
  • Thos. Diggs, slave of Wm. H. Burch
  • John Hall, slave of estate of Jas. Baden
  • Upton Bruce, slave of Mrs. S. Bruce
  • John Hamilton, slave of Clement D. Hill
  • John W. Hays
  • James Thomas, near Croom
  • Edw. Lynch, do.
  • Jesse Allen, slave of Jno. A. Pumphrey
  • Richard Windsor, near Brandywine
  • Alex. Grose, slave of R. D. Burroughs
  • Leonard Taylor, near Croom
  • Wm. E. Peach, near Nottingham
  • Wm. E. Duvall, do.
  • Joe Cosey, slave of Clement D. Hill
  • Enoch G. Perry, near Nottingham

Fifth District

  • George Diggs, slave of Wm. Lyle
  • J. J. Lumis, T. B.
  • James Tayman, near Surratt’s
  • Emory Monroe, Ackuk Church
  • Jas. Cogy, slave of Mrs. M. E. Edelin
  • Edward Bowie, slave of John H. Hardesty
  • Madison G. Gibbons, slave of Matthew N. Hoff
  • Jas. Martin, near T. B.
  • Thomas F. Cassidy, Broad Creek
  • John Beasley
  • Lewis Conner, slave of Enock Shorne
  • Richard Bell, Piscataway
  • Charles Dickson, slave of John B. Edelin
  • Henry Butler, colored, Fort Washington
  • R. L. Hatton
  • Henry A. Young, near Farmington
  • Rezin Beander, slave of Nancy Goles
  • Saml. Stewart, slave of Mrs. M. E. Edelin
  • George Chase, slave of Sarah Marshall
  • John Thorn, Franklin
  • Wm. Harren, Piscataway
  • August Campbell, slave of R. W. Hunter
  • Wm. Davis, slave of B. [or R.] D. Hatten
  • John Briscoe, slave of Benedict
  • D. T. Carroll, Piscataway
  • Wm. T. Robinsen
  • John Hunter, near Broad Creek
  • Wm. Crook
  • Wm. J. Tabbritt, Fort Washington
  • Alfred Locker, slave of the estate of R. S. Jenkins
  • Charles Boswell, Farmington
  • Walter W. Thorn, Ridge
  • Nich. Queen, slave of W. H. Gwynn
  • Claggett Thorn, Franklin
  • J. Chipebase, Ackuk Church
  • J. Goddard, Broad Creek
  • James Warring, slave of the estate of J. H. Lowe
  • Warren M. Ives, T. B.
  • John Ballman, Broad Creek
  • Samuel Edelin, slave of P. R. Edelin
  • Henry Pickney, slave of Saml. Cole
  • Wm. Jefferson
  • Wm. A. Gibbons, T. B.
  • Saml. Hawkins, slave of E. H. Wyville
  • Benj. Kidwell, T. B.
  • Alfred Marshall, slave of Henry Bowling
  • Geo. E. Gwynn
  • Noah Wesley, colored, Piscataway
  • J. Y. Bryan, Ridge
  • Franklin Tiffett
  • Henry Harrison, colored, Piscataway
  • Oliver Hawton, Bryan Landing
  • Edward Fry, Ridge
  • Joshua Butler, Bryan Landing
  • Ben. Marlow, slave of Nathaniel

Sixth District

  • Clayborn,slave of Judem Wallace
  • Edwd. Kemp, near Green
  • Richard Brown, Crawford Mill
  • Jos. T. Payne
  • John H. Lowe, Long Old Fields
  • Gilbert Grace, slave of Thomas R. Berry
  • Richard Lynch, slave of Bradley Stansbury
  • Charles Brown, slave of Joseph Bird
  • Stephen Hall, slave of Wm. Bayne
  • E. H. Nigh, Long Old Fields
  • Robert Locker, colored, near Long Old Fields
  • Wm. Thomas, slave of Thomas Ryan
  • Grafton Copper, slave of Thomas R. Berry
  • Jeff. Burgess, near Long Old Fields
  • William Brent, Long Old Fields
  • Thomas Savoy, slave of Calvert Brown
  • John Carroll, slave of John S. Talbott
  • Milburn Baily, slave of Thomas W. Soper
  • Simon Gray, slave of Richard Q. Bowling
  • Alexander H. Grime
  • Francis Talbott
  • Rich’d Wikler
  • George Grace, slave of Thomas R. Berry
  • Wm. Hutchinson, near Long Old Fields
  • Solomon Blackwell, slave of Thomas Brooks
  • Norris Smith
  • Lewis Roagey, slave of Wm. Bayne
  • John Washington, slave of Allen Dodge

[next, Draftees of 24 September 1864]

Just for Fun – “I’m My Own Grandpa”

These song lyrics are hilarious!  And I have seen some family trees that show the same convoluted reasoning.
 
"I’m My Own Grandpa" – Lyrics by Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe
 
Oh, many, many years ago
When I was twenty-three,
I was married to a widow
Who was pretty as can be.
This widow had a grown-up daughter
Who had hair of red.
My father fell in love with her
And soon the two were wed.
 
This made my dad my son-in-law
And changed my very life.
For my daughter was my mother
‘Cause she was my father’s wife.
To complicate the matter,
Though it really brought me joy,
I soon became the father
Of a bouncing baby boy.
 
This little baby then became
A brother-in-law to Dad,
And so became my uncle,
Though it made me very sad.
For if he was my uncle,
Then that also made him brother
Of the widow’s grown-up daughter
Who of course is my step-mother.
 
CHORUS
I’m my own grandpa
I’m my own grandpa
It sounds funny I know
But it really is so
Oh, I’m my own grandpa
 
My father’s wife then had a son
Who kept them on the run.
And he became my grandchild
For he was my daughter’s son.
My wife is now my mother’s mother
And it makes me blue
Because although she is my wife,
She’s my grandmother too.
 
Now if my wife is my grandmother
Then I’m her grandchild,
And every time I think of it,
It nearly drives me wild.
For now I have become
The strangest case you ever saw
As husband of my grandma,
I am my own grandpa.

Family Bible – Haight/Fite (Schuyler Co., New York)

I bought this small Bible on eBay last year.  I would love to return it to the family.
 
The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  London: Oxford University Press, undated.  The book contains the New Testament and the Psalms.  It measures approximately 10 cm x 7 cm x 2 cm.  Inside the front cover is written "Charles Haight" and "1908".  "Charles Haight" is scribbled over, and the initials "M J H" and the name "Mary Jane" and date "1908" — apparently in a child’s handwriting — are written.
 
The following entries are handwritten on the blank pages in the back:
 
Helen Mae Fite
Born April 24, 1906
————————
Charles Nathan Haight
Born Aug. 9, 1900
————————
Married July 7, 1924
————————
Richard Charles Haight
Born Apri. 26, 1930
Baptized Oct. 19, 1930
by Arthur B. Hess
————————
Mary Jane Haight
Born Sept 6, 1934
Baptized June 9, 1935
by Rev. Clayton Griswald
 
 
The 1930 U. S. Census contains the following family:
Charles Haight, age 29, b. New York (both parents b. New York)
Helen [Haight], age 23, b. Pennsylvania (both parents b. Pennsylvania)
[1930 U. S. Census, Schuyler Co., New York, population schedule, Watkins Glen village, Dix township, ED 49-5, SD 13, pg. 17A, dwg. 429, fam. 429; NARA microfilm T626, roll 1647]
 
The Social Security Death Index has the following entries:
Charles Haight, b. 9 Aug 1900, d. Sep 1982, Watkins Glen, Schuyler Co., New York; SS#094-03-8038
Helen F. Haight, b. 24 Apr 1906, d. 14 Mar 1998, Watkins Glen, Schuyler Co., New York; SS#061-20-1815
 
There is a Richard C. Haight listed in the U. S. Public Records Index on Ancestry.com, living at Sebring, Highlands Co., Florida.

Charting Social Relationships

Though every genealogy lecturer and “how to” book now espouses cluster genealogy — that is, of course, the extension of your research into the associates of your ancestors — no one seems to have come up with a good way to keep track of this.  The most important tools of the genealogist, i. e. the pedigree chart and the family group record, in fact, seem to tell us the opposite:  that the only “important” people are our direct ancestors, and possibly their siblings.  Why hasn’t anyone come up with an easy way to chart the social relationships so vital to cluster genealogy?
There are a few tools that can help us.  My personal choice in genealogy software, The Master Genealogist (now in version 7), seems best suited for this among the various software brands.  Most reviewers and users shy away from TMG due to what they call “a steep learning curve”, but in my opinion, once you figure it out, this is the most powerful and flexible program.  The large manual helps a lot, and I have personally called the author of the program and received step-by-step instructions for how to do a task I was having trouble with.  The feature of this software that is relevant to our current discussion is the “WITNESSES” tag, which allows you to connect indirect parties to any event.  These events will then display in the timeline view of both the direct parties and the witnesses.  Another feature that is new to version 7 is the “ASSOCIATES” view window.  This window can display on your screen alongside the timeline of events and family group windows, and lists the other parties to your ancestor’s events.
But these features, though a huge step in the right direction, still far short of allowing one to view the social dynamics of our ancestor’s world — the true goal of cluster genealogy.
Another development — believe it or not — came not from the mind of a genealogist, but a psychologist!  Genograms were developed by family therapists as a way of charting family relationships.  These genograms share the basic form of a descendant chart for three generations (children, parents, and grandparents), but also allow for additional connections to be made with non-relatives.  Each link is coded according to the type of emotional relationship; for example, “close”, “friends”, “estranged”, “bitter”, etc.  While this can help in providing context when discernible, it will be difficult for the genealogist to take full advantage of this aspect of the process.  However, the allowance to attach additional associates and connections is a strength that should be pursued further.  The software GenoPro is designed to closely follow the genogram process, and has an extremely graphical interface, but falls short in its power as a pure genealogy program.
Personally, I have tried several other options.  MS PowerPoint has an organization chart template that works relatively well, but the limitation to the size of the “slide” will not work when attempting to chart a relatively large social group.  I have had better success using MS Word, with its WordArt functions, to draw circles and lines.  The text and page size can be adjusted as needed, but it is also a very time-consuming process.
I have found a potential solution in — once again — another field.  The mindmapping software CAYRA (www.cayra.net) was designed for “mindmapping”-style brainstorming and note-taking, but appears to be almost perfectly suited for the task at hand.  A little bit of tweaking, and I think it would be perfect.  I recommend all who are interested to download the free software and use it, at least for its intended purpose for which it is quite useful.
There is to my knowledge no other solution to this problem, but there is a demand for the solution!  Software programmers — if you are reading this — what are you waiting for?

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