Tuesday, April 10, 2012

1940 Census

I have enjoyed finding my relatives in the 1940 Census. I still have not found my mom's family in the 1930 Census, and thought for sure I would not find them in the 1940 Census until Tennessee had been indexed. I searched anyway, browsing the enumeration districts looking for familiar streets.

Finally I knew streets and my mom's family had to be near.  Silverdale Road, Tyner Road, and Lee Highway. I was so excited when I saw names of people I remembered, people from church, people I remembered from when I was a child.

In my mind I tried to imagine the area in 1940. I'm sure it was a very different place from the place I grew up in the 60's and 70's. Where I knew roads and houses and sub-divisions there would have been farms in 1940.

Then I came across Friarson Road? Could this be Friar Road? Mom had always said it was Friar Rd. then McCutcheon Road. Then I saw people I knew! At the bottom of the page were my grandparents!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Memory Monday

If you follow my photo blog HERE you have already seen these pictures but I wanted to tell a little more about these beautiful pictures. These peony bushes have been in our family nearly 100 years.  Mom is almost 88 and her mother got the flowers from her mother- in - law. My great grandmother, Sallie Ziegler had them at her house/store building in North Chattanooga. My grandmother got some and moved them to their house in Eastdale, then East Brainerd and then the Tyner section of town. This is where I remember them growing up they were in my side yard, they were in this yard for about 50 years.  Always so pretty and smelled so good. My grandmother always wanted to take some to the cemeteries when they bloomed. 
When mom and dad moved in 1989 they moved them and gave my brother and I some. Mine have never done as well as the ones at mom's house. I enjoy them so much and spend time on memory lane while they are blooming.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

1940 Census and So Much More!

It is only Tuesday but this has been a GREAT week for genealogy research. In case you haven't heard the 1940 Census has been released, you can check it out HERE
The records were released on Monday but the web site was VERY SLOW! They said to make it easier look your family up on the 1930 Census and get the enumeration district number, from the Archives.gov site you can put the 1930 numbers in and they will give you possible 1940 numbers. I spent a lot of time getting the 1940 numbers and bookmarking them. Never got any images to appear on Monday.
This morning when I tried things were much faster and in a matter of minutes I found my dad's family!! I also found my great grandparents on mom's side, my husband's great grandparents and a great aunt. Pretty good for one morning! Most of my time was spent on my husband's great grandparents. I had 5 possible ED numbers to check.I started with the one with the fewest pages and worked my way through. Well on page 64 of 64 of the last group there were his great grandparents.

Yesterday, while searching the 1930 Census I realized I never found my mom's family in the 1930 Census. Has all of the 1930 Census been indexed? Mom's family moved several times when she was young but always in Hamilton County, Tn. I've tried searching my mom's name, her brother's names and her parent's names. The last name must have been recorded wrong, Ziegler.

I even tried looking up a family I knew that lived near them, but didn't find my mom's family. Maybe they were moving and got missed during the 1930 Census.
I also spent some time on Family Search and found my husband's grandparent's marriage certificate!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Forgotten Memorial

Recently we have read about the improvements that will be made at Market Square-Patten Parkway since we weren't sure where this was we did a Google search. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Hamilton County on May 1, 1980. After seeing the images I knew we have driven by many,many times but didn't know anything about the area. I always thought it looked like a quaint small town street in the middle of downtown. I took my camera and stopped in one morning to get a few pictures.
There is a Memorial in the middle of the Parkway for the men who died from Hamilton County during World War II.  When I saw this I remembered my aunt telling me about my uncle's name being on a Memorial in downtown Chattanooga. I don't think she told me where it was. Looking down the names I saw my uncle Eugene D. Kelly
I'm so happy that I now know where the memorial is located and can pass this information on to my children.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Adorable Little Girl

Mom looks to be about 2 or 3 in this photo.
She was born in 1924.

Friday, February 24, 2012

1930 Census Great Grandparents - Will and Sallie Ziegler

William G. and Sallie Ziegler - Great Grandparents and Great Aunt Christine Ziegler

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Great Grandmother in the 1930 Census

Nancy Kelley was my great grandmother.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

1930 Census

Fay Kelley with her 6 children and her father, David Newby at the time of the 1930 Census.
Looking forward to finding them in the 1940 Census.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Grandfather and Girlfriend?

The man in this photo is my grandfather, John H. Ziegler. I believe this is the same girl in the photo yesterday. The back of this photo says John Ziegler and girlfriend.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Interesting Picture Postcard

I thought this was an interesting photo postcard.
The man on the right is my grandfather, John H. Ziegler. Don't know the other two.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mother - Daughter

I recently scanned some pictures and found this cute picture of Mom with her mother in May 1960.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Flip-Pal Scanner

Just a little update on my progress with the Flip-Pal which I received for Christmas, so far I love it, it's easy to use, it is fast and makes very good scans.
This photo was scanned with the Flip-Pal. I scanned the photo in 2 sections and then used the Flip-Pal program to stitch the photo together. Looks good I think. I have been using the Flip-Pal to scan some albums.  The only think I can complain about is that you have to use  other photo editing programs to crop out the white area when the photo isn't as large as the scanner bed.

Friday, January 6, 2012


Another photo of mom from her cousin, I'm so happy to get these pictures, we didn't have a copy of this. It is always neat to see the pictures others in the family have of your family.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

School Days 1941-42

Recently my mom's first cousin sent me some pictures of the family which she thought I would like to have! I don't think I remember seeing this one of my mom, she would have been about 17 years old. Mom said that she made this dress.

My new photo blog is
365 Pictures of 2012
check out my photos of my cardinal collection

Monday, January 2, 2012

My Goals

My goals for 2012 are to do a better job blogging here on Genealogy Fun. I hope to do some research. Scan more pictures with my FlipPal. I have also started a photo blog 365 Pictures of 2012. I know another blog is the last thing I need but this just seems like fun.
I was reading Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay , 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy,week one Blogs.
I was reminded that my first follower was Terry Snyder at Desktop Genealogist Unplugged. She isn't blogging now but I still miss her. My second was Becky Jamison at Grace and Glory. I guess you always remember your first followers, they were both so helpful. I was lost when I first started my blog. Since then there have been so many wonderful bloggers, I do not want to name them because I wouldn't want to leave anyone off the list.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Blog!

I have enjoyed several photo blogs during 2011 so I've decided to start a photo blog for 2012.

365 Pictures of 2012

Don't look for anything exciting, just the every day things around us.