There are many sites available that have lots of information available for a minimal fee or sometimes for no fee at all! The biggest and, arguably, the best is probably Ancestry.com. Fortunately for me, I have a subscription there and I am able to do some valuable searches from right here at my desk!
After using the Census to verify most of the information in Gladys’ letter and using Find-A-Grave to get a little more information, I decided to see what I could find at Ancestry. Perhaps I might be able to find the names of spouses and children of my grand-aunts and grand-uncles!
The first name on the list is that of Elbert. At this time I only have a birth date and a middle initial for Elbert. The birth date is December 3, 1883 and the middle initial is “J”. So, let’s see what happens if I put this in to the search at Ancestry. My first stop is to check out a Family Tree that has a “Elbert Johnson Stevenson” with the same birth date. It also has the same parents listed so it looks promising. The best part about it is that it has a death date of May 5, 1940 but there is no source! So, I go back to my search, refine it until it is looking in the Texas Death Records and find an Elbert Stevenson having died on May 5, 1940 in Marion Co., Texas. Voila!
Of course, as it is with everything, there is always a “Yes, but…” I have the record but the name is not Elbert Johnson Stevenson, it’s Elbert Jackson Stevenson. Is this the same person? Well, being as I love to jump here and there when I am researching, I now head over to the Family Search Labs site and look for an Elbert Jackson Stevenson in the Texas Death Records there. Why? Because they usually have scans of the actual death certificates so I might get lucky and find some good info!
My search results in a scan of the death certificate for Elbert Jackson Stevenson. It lists the parents as Emmet Stevenson and Dora Freeman. Yee Haw! I found him! Other information given that is helpful is that he is married, and the informant is Elbert J. Stevenson, Jr. It also gives his address as Jefferson, Marion Co., Texas and lists the cemetery where he is buried.
With this information I can now begin to look a little further and find more about Elbert!
I could list the results for each and every child of Emmit and Nettie but then that would mean this post would turn into a book! Instead, I believe I will now begin to start posting for each of my grandmother’s siblings, starting with the oldest (Elbert) and ending with the youngest (Ben). I will try to share with you how I started my search, what the results led me to and try to give all the info possible with the corresponding sources.
At the same time, I will be updating my FTM database and web site.
It may take a while to accomplish this all but, hey, I’ve got nothing but time it seems! I hope you will join me in my journey.