Saturday, September 21, 2013

Genealogy Fun = New Discovery

Each week Randy Seaver of GenaMusings brings Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. The last challenge helped with the discovery of a new resource.

Here was the original "genealogy mission":

1) We're going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Research tonight ... what is your first name? [This is the easy part!]
2) Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like RootsMagic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the first person in your alphabetical name index is with a surname starting with the first two letters of your first name (e.g., my first name is RAndall, so I'm looking for the first person with a surname starting with RA). [If there are no surnames with those two letters, take the surname after that letter combination.]
3) What do you know about this person based on your research? It's OK to do more if you need to - in fact, it's encouraged!
Using the instructions I discovered Adelia Patton Dean. She was the wife of my husband's 5th cousin 1x removed, Edwin C. Riggs. It was great fun learning about her life by way of vital records. With the help of census records, death records and city directories her life came to life.

After writing the post I decided to do a little extra research. That is when Edwin's obituary was discovered. It was indexd on the JoCoHistory website. Next I filled in the form to request an email copy. Yesterday morning this is what I found!

Edwin's obituary with a photograph! Doing the genealogy happy dance. Thanks, Randy! Love discovering new family history while having genealogy fun.

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