Weekly Planner: Share a Family History Find

Have you located a record that might interest another family member? Why not take a couple of minutes to make a copy and send it to them? By keeping the lines of communication open, you are staying connected with family members who may be able to help you out with your research down the road. And who knows, they may respond with an important memory that the record prompted. Try it!

18 thoughts on “Weekly Planner: Share a Family History Find

  1. My father was a minister. When he died I got a lot of his old sermons. Most of them were for Sunday morning, but some of them were for funerals. He labeled his sermons with the date they were preached, the date they were revised, place or event where they preached, and the congregation size.
    I did a search on Ancestry for all the names of the deceased. Two of the funeral sermons were for people in Family Trees. One of the two did not have a death date. I could not give the death date, but I could give the burial date.

  2. I just now have transcribed a poem that my grandmother wrote well over 100 years ago. (I don’t have an excuse for taking so long!) It is a story about a 15 year old Minnie Quay that committed suicide in Forester Michigan in 1876. They didn’t know each other, but my grandmother obviously heard the story and wrote a poem that strikes me an a little angry and sad. I have shared it with family, and on the internet, hoping that someone will have more information, and perhaps, a link to her family. I have found one newspaper article from Livingston MI, and death information and her burial site. Nothing more. But the poem’s reason for her suicide does NOT match the ghost story reason. A man from the internet has written and says he will ask his wife’s uncle about it, since uncle’s mother used to recite a poem about Minnie Quay. And now they have a copy of the poem as well. Believe me, don’t just share with family, sometimes others have all the details!

  3. I like your suggestion and have been sending bits and pieces to relatives for about a year, but I neglected at first to keep a list of what I sent to whom. Now do keep a list so I don’t send duplicates.

  4. I have been most fortunate to be on the receiving end of several important family finds – One a 73 page family tree dating back to the early 1700’s. From another family member, I have also received genealogical information on both sides of my mother’s family, plus many documents and several copies of old family photos. In return I have returned the favor by sending family photos, documents, etc. to both of these most generous ladies. Some of this information was used when writing “Windows into the Past, A Collection of Family Stories”, a recently self-published book. It was written in collaboration with my husband and a delightful associate. Isn’t genealogical research fun!

  5. I always share results with my family. It acomplishes several things. 1) Lets family know I care enough to share the results of my efforts with them. 2) Lets family learn more about our common ancestors. 3) It gets some of them quite excited – even if they will never do research themselves. 4) It may trigger someone to share what he/she has and then we all benefit.

  6. As my folks were divorced I did not know much about my paternal family, who were from England, Scotland and Canada. On the I locatged my grandmother’s birth certificate; I have a copy of it. I learned that my grandmother, Rosa Muriel Mary Neale, was the oldest of six children. After a few months I found out that the entire family had immigrated to Ontario, Canada, where my dad was born, on the Norseman in 1906. Then I lost track of the family, except, of course, for my grandmother, who married John Brown from Scotland. I found that my great-grandfather, an electrician, was electrocuted on the job in 1919 in Ontario, having been a widower at that time. The other Neale children were Nellie Jean (1883, London), Edward James Capel Neale (1885. Toronto), Mary Ethel Neale (1886, Toronto), Kate (1888, London) and Daisy Beatrice (1889, London). Their parents were George and Mary Jane (Croft) Neale. Do you know of them? I obtained all of this information on the Internet.


  8. I have found copies of the history of the town and surrounding area that I grew up in, and I have been sharing this in a weekly newspaper every week. These copies have never been published by the man that researched the information many many years ago. I believe if you can share this information with as many people that you can, it will never get lost.

  9. I am researching a small town that I grew up in and a lot of folks have been asking if I knew if there were pictures of the church, the town hall, the schools that are no longer in existence in the town that I grew up in.
    So I decided I had a mission to try and find these pictures and to put them out to the public in a picture book of the town so that our children and their children would know what the town looked like in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
    In visiting the older folks and putting my request on as many of the Maine message boards, web sites and in local newspapers that I was looking for old pictures of homes, businesses, how people lived then, and even pictures of their ancestors I found a lot of information. I sent e-mails to all that I knew from the family reunion that I organize every year, asking them as well.
    Every day brings pictures via mail of the little town, and buildings that I have never seen. It also brings stories of families growing up in the town, and I even found where my ancestors lived when they first came here. I have talked and e-mailed with folks all over the United States, found new cousins, and more pictures to add to my family history and to the history of the town.
    I am meeting so many folks, and taping their stories as they share their pictures of their families and homes with me. . I even found a portrait of my great grandfather that I did not know existed till now and my son even looks like him.
    I have been going through many years of scrapbooks that an older resident saved on the goings on in the area. I have found my grandmother’s obituary, news stories of the train wreck that a cousin had and did not have a write up on it, pictures of people working and other items that have been published and saved. A lot of local gossip in the scrap books but very interesting to read especially when you happen to know some of them.
    I hope to publish this someday, but it will be hard to choose what pictures to use, as there are so many wonderful ones to choose from.
    By doing this I am learning more of the local history and am enjoying sharing it with the folks who really want to know how it was back then.
    If everyone did this with their towns to get these pictures and information out, they would never get lost and just thrown away. It needs to be done before all of our older folks pass on. They have such wonderful memories to share with the

  10. I have obtained a great deal of information on Alfred Thomas Vardy who was born in Dorsett England in 1848. He came to Australia in about 1866 If anyone is tracing these decendents please contact me. Cheers Marg

  11. Minnie had a sister Amanda and her decendents still live in “Forester” which it is a township now, it’s 4 miles north of Port Sanilac, Jim and Debbie Thompson are the current owners of the Quay family home the last that I heard. And there are many different versions of the poem.

  12. I have been a fan of the Minnie Quay legend and family history for 3 years…of all my research and knowledge I have come to believe that anything is possible with this town and family history. I go to visit her gravesite and the school house and the house claimed to have been hers rarely. Most of my research is done online, and by asking around Forester of those who tell the long tale over the decades passed. I admire so much about this story..I feel connected somehow..but not sure exactly what..I would like to make connections to open the house claimed to have been the Quay tavern as a memorial museum that tourists and other researchers could enter and show what lies beneath all legends and ghost stories..and the truth behind the Quay family..it would make great pleasure I am sure to all who follow up on this legend.

  13. From what the locals say, the home that is said to be the ‘Quay House’ is a hoax. Minnie Quay never lived there. She lived on Lake Street and their house was demolished by the 1920s. This information comes from an interview with a Forester elder and was published in the Port Huron Times Herald on 3/24/2004.

  14. Im doing a project on Minnie Quay in U.S History and to me this story creeps the heck out of me, but its very interesting to me.

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