It is approaching 3 years since the death of my 2nd cousin, Kim Carhart Hargens Hepburn. I was a Senior in High School when she was finishing up her English Degree at Wayne State College. She was in the "teaching program" which was what Wayne State was all about at that time - preparing teachers. Kim was doing her student teaching, now probably called an internship, with my Senior English Class. Here is the message she left for us. This message is still good today!
It is amazing how different your results can be between the various sites that you can use to find out your ethnicity using your DNA. Here is an example that compares the results for the same person from Ancestry (on the left) and MyHeritage (right). The original test was done using Ancestry DNA, then the raw data was uploaded to MyHeritage.
The initial reaction could be - are these results from the same test sample?
My estimates based on my research before DNA testing:
25% Cornwall (English)
This will definitely take time to unravel. Here are some questions for my follow-up research:
1. What is the classification of the ancestors who lived in Cornwall, England? They were there for hundreds of year up to about 1850. My theory is that Ancestry has them classified as "Southern England" and MyHeritage as "Scandinavian".
2. Are my "Miller" families (in Pennsylvania) from Scandanavia rather than Germany?
3. What ancestors are the Spanish/Portugese (Iberian)? Both tests have at least one great-grandparent that is of this ethnicity, yet my research to date has not found any ancestors from this region.
A good place to start will be to use the DNA match feature to see the ethnicity classifications for my known matches. More to follow...
I'm sharing some photos recently sent to my Mom from her good friend Bonnadell Koch.
This first picture is of my Grandmother, Dorothy (Meyer) Grone (left) with her niece and nephew, Anita (Victor) Rastede (right) and Arnold Victor (center). Arnold was born in 1919, so I estimate that the picture would have been taken about 1920. Anita would have been about 5 years old and Dorothy about 9.
This second picture is of three special ladies celebrating their birthdays in October 1962. The two ladies on the right are Bonnadell's grandmothers. In the center is Amanda (Voights) Lessman - Age 80 (born in 1882). On the right is Minnie (Wilamena Roeber) Brammer - Age 88 (born in 1874). The lady on the left is my great-grandmother, Dora (Roeber) Meyer - Age 91 (she was born in 1871 and is Minnie's sister). Thanks to Bonnadell for sharing these treasures!
I'm working on updating the Carhart One-Name-Study Web Pages. I have a branch of the Carharts in Alton, Madison County, Illinois that I am not able to find proof to connect to one of the New York Branches of the Carharts. The oldest resident is Richard H. Carhart, who was born about 1815 in New York. He married Elizabeth Boone before 1945, when their first son was born. Elizabeth was born in Dover, York, Pennsylvania. They are listed in the Census records in Alton, Madison, Illinois in 1850. Richard died at the very young age of 39. I'm hoping someone can help me with further information on Richard - who his parents were, why he died so young and why he was in Alton, Illinois in 1850. There sons were George Wilmont b. 1845, Richard Harrison b. 1846, and William N. b. 1853. It is very sad that he died when his children were 11, 7 and 3 years of age. His debts at the time of his death were over $1700, but his estate was paid in full after selling property and the children were taken care of without need of guardianship. I appreciate any further information that you all can provide!
In recent years there has been great interest in the life of Arthur Hawthorne Carhart. He was involved with the events that led up to the creation of the Wilderness Act and preserving Wilderness areas around Trappers Lake in Colorado. With my cousin Bill Carhart and family, I attended the celebration of Art Carhart and the Wilderness Act there at Trappers lake last year.
Tom Wolf wrote a biography of Art called "Arthur Carhart: Wilderness Prophet" in 2008. It was a great pleasure reading the book and learning more than I ever know about Art from my family.
I most recently received an email from Bruce Gill who is writing about Arthur's employment as Federal Aid Coordinator with the Colorado Game and Fish Department. It has been great corresponding with him. Based on his questions about the pictures of Art, I have updated the pictures with the date and photographer information where known. To see that information, let your cursor hover over the picture.
Click HERE for the link to Art's web page.
Today I completed the reconstructed tree for the Stephen Carhart and Eliza Rundell family. Here is the link:
US2 - Stephen Carhart and Eliza Rundell
I have also changed the settings on the Carhart One-Name Study Tree in Ancestry to be Public so if you are an Ancestry User, you can look at the same information there. As always, if there are any corrections, please let me know and I will make the changes!
Sharing some of my favorite pictures - one of my Grandmother Winifred Carhart on the right. And my Grandfather, John Carhart below holding the basketball in 1919. He had this picture in is office - most people who visited him there will remember the picture.
I have officially completed documenting the first "tree" of the Carhart One-Name Study:
Tree US1 is the descendants of Thomas Carhart and Mary Lord who married in 1691 in Staten Island, New York. This took me almost 8 months and includes over 2,240 individuals. The tree that is published on this sites does not include "living" people. If I could not find a death record, I used the 100-year rule, so I did not include information on those born in 1915 or later.
I have registered the "Carhart" name with the Guild of One-Name Studies. Basically, it means that I will assist people with queries they have about people with the name Carhart anywhere in the world. I am welcome to anyone who wants to assist with the research and publication of data. I am also planning on starting a DNA study to either prove or disprove my theory that all the Carharts in the world originated from the 1500s in Cornwall, England. I have been told that it normally takes about 10 years to get adequate numbers of DNA samples to be comfortable with the findings, so starting the study now makes sense. I am currently researching which DNA test(s) would make the most sense for the study and which company to use for the testing. If anyone wants to assist with this project, I would love to hear from you.
The next tree I will publish will be "US2" - the descendants of Stephen Carhart and Eliza Rundell who arrived in the United States in 1842 and settled in Wisconsin. This tree includes my immediate family and there are about 175 individuals to publish.
A large portion of my family research has been with Stephen Carhart and that portion of the Carhart family that came to America from Cornwall, England in the 1840's.
Stephen and Eliza (Rundell) Carhart settled first in Platteville, Wisconsin. They very much loved their new homeland and wrote home with encouragement for the rest of their families to join them in America. Most of both Stephen and Eliza's family did make the big decision to join them in Wisconsin.
Some of my favorite treasures are the letters that were saved so that we could actually know Stephen and Eliza's thoughts and dreams, which they wrote back to their families in Cornwall England. I hope you also enjoy reading them! Click here...
My first Blog. I feel like a one-year-old again...
Although I have been researching my family roots for over 20 years, there is so much new information becoming available everyday. Many of my dead ends are not dead anymore. The internet, Ancestry, and being able to communicate 24x7 with people around the the world instantaneously has actually made it so that you have more data than you can possibly sort through in a lifetime.
Several weeks before leaving for a family research trip to Germany in April, I ran across a new website with records provided by the Oldenburg (Germany) archives. The new information was from the request for German citizens to emigrate from Germany to other parts of the world. The records including birth and baptism locations. What a find and quite timely, may I add. We were able to walk in the towns where my great-grandparents (Grone, Meyer, Roeber and Koester) lived, were baptized and were married. This is a beautiful area of the world and I really appreciate that I experienced this trip with my Mom and Dad. We did see and learn so much, but also have so many more questions that are unanswered.
We really enjoyed the tour of the emigration museum in Bremerhaven. That is where a great number of the settlers of Northeast Nebraska embarked on their "new world" journey. One of my targets for future research includes digging into the immigration hub of Hooper, Nebraska where we see that hundreds of people from Germany passed through on their route to a new life in America.
This website will also host my Stephen Carhart family pages and well as the research findings for the Carhart One Name Study (will explain that one in another blog). I hope you enjoy and please email if you have questions, additions, or corrections.