Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ancestry Saturday: Yearbook Photos

My Uncle Jimmy is top row, left in this 1968 Jackson High School photo of the Spanish Club.  His 1968 and 1971 yearbooks give a glimpse back to the last century.  Reembolosos estan infierno, Jim?

This tool is proving interesting and producing a range of interesting finds.

I discovered my brother's mother-in-law was Prom Queen in Brilliant, Ohio in 1966.
My brother himself didn't escape the time machine effect that has brought to still-living generations.  His Class of 1986 yearbook was one of only two from our high school to get scanned and indexed.  Too bad for him.

There's no telling how far Ancestry will go back.  My grandfather's Class of 1935 photo from UCLA is right there too.  His classmate, Lloyd Bridges, had 10 references in that year's yearbook.

The photos and yearbooks help to confirm not only what a person looked like back then, but they also help verify residence, high school graduation, narrow down age, and serve up countless other historical tidbits to perfect that family history.

For now, I think there's probably trouble to pay for posting these photos of my family.  Some day, though, future generations will appreciate having so many look backs available and so easily had too.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Ancestry Saturday: Was George F. Platt at the Battle of Lake Erie?

The records show George Platt was wounded while a seaman on the Brig Niagra at the Battle of Lake Erie.  With multiple sources, there's little doubt of that fact.

The mystery question is, "Was that George Platt the same George F. Platt who was my third great grandfather?"  There's evidence he may be.  I'm hoping I can find some certainty before the 101st Anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 2014.

Here's what I have:

The 132nd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Militia was among the regiments that were at Lake Erie in the Summer of 1813.  Many of those troops were "federalized" and many ended up on the U.S. fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie.

My third great grandfather, George F. Platt, was a War of 1812 veteran with his known service being with the 132nd Regiment's Second Company of the Pennsylvania Militia.

One pension record, though, states his service started in October 1813.  If that were true, he wasn't at the September 10, 1813 Battle of Lake Erie.  That date, though, was stated by his wife and daughter in affidavit's for his pension in 1868 so being off by one month in service start dates is very possible.

One county history book states that James Platt, brother of George F. Platt, was at the Battle of Lake Erie.  I can't find any James Platt, though, was among the Battle noteworthy seamen.  None of the muster rolls of the ships at the Battle of Lake Erie contain any other matching names to the 132nd Regiment, except that of George Platt.
Then, there's the George Platt who is reported at the Battle of Lake Erie aboard the Niagra.  Several sources confirm that.

But, as of yet, I cannot conclude that George Platt on Niagra was the same George Platt whose son Amos, had a son Royal, who had a son, Richard, who had a son John, and who had a son, Rick, me.

I'm looking.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ancestry Saturday: Odd Finds Along The Way

Looking for an obituary for a relative buried in Northwest Ohio, I found this tidbit.  The April 1879 story blames a fellow newspaper for the story "that a pig was born. . .with a face like a human child."

It doesn't, however, say whether the story was true.