Photograph taken at Fort Frederick State Park in Maryland
Sometimes we get so involved in the big picture we miss the little details. This fact came to light while composing a recent blog post.
Following the GeneaBloggers Sunday's Obituary prompt I have begun to transcribe family newspaper clippings. An added bonus is discovering new information while entering each article.
Last weekend's post called Sunday's Obituary - Mary Matilda Starr Stock brought to light an exciting piece of family history. The article lists the organizations Mary had been part of throughout her life. There we find her as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution!
My next step was to search the DAR database where I discovered the above record.
The following is the lineage I have in my records for Mary:
Patrick McSherry married Catherine Gartland
John McSherry, son of Patrick and Catherine Gartland - married Margaretta Black
Andrew McSherry, son of John McSherry and Margaretta Black - married Eve Norbeck
Sarah Matilda McSherry, daughter of Andrew McSherry and Eve Norbeck - married Alfred Platt Starr
William Francis Starr, son of Sarah Matilda McSherry (husband's 2nd great grandmother)and Alfred Platt Starr - married Anna Louise Steffy
Mary Matilda Starr, daughter of William Francis Starr and Anna Louise Steffy
I am sure this news will be of interest to my daughter, who is also a descendant of the patriot Patrick McSherry.
As a newbie to genealogy I realize how my inexperience can cause me to overlook important details. This is why I have connected to more seasoned researchers.
Through webinars, Facebook, Twitter, and blogging you will find others happy to give guidance. In fact during a recent workshop the presenter advised "look closer at the records in your files. You may already have the answer".
Indeed I did!
If not for the prompts Thomas MacEntee provides at GeneaBloggers this information may never have come to light. Thanks, Thomas!