Barry's Relatively Speaking: He's My Great Grandfather, Too!
Posted on Dec 09, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Ted shares the following experience.
I am a beginner in the hobby of genealogy and have enrolled in a class at night school. Our instructor, Carol Harless, is also a volunteer at the LDS library and she invited us to visit the library so she could introduce us to the files and machines. At our last class I told Carol I would be at the library the next day, if it rained; can't play golf in the rain. Well, it didn't rain and I played golf. However, I finished in time to get to the library before Carol was scheduled to leave. She introduced me to Louise Salmon who assisted me with the files and machines.
I have not been able to locate anything on my mother's father's family. I have his death certificate, a 1900 census index card on my mother's family when she was 12 years old;
and a very brief obit from a newspaper on his death. His name was Frank Douglas Mitchell, born in Illinois; his father was also Frank Mitchell, born in Vermont; he married Anna Vandecarr, who was born in Canada; he had a nephew named Charles Linder (as I could read it); and a sister named Louise Burman.
Louise introduced me to the AGI microfiche and showed me how to operate the reader. I searched for a couple of hours; copied quite a number of Mitchell names for future reference; and did not find any "good" leads. Then I went to the IGI file and on the first page I located this entry, "Mitchell, Franklin m.
Ann Vandecar on 10 May 1849 in Will County, Illinois." I took this information to Louise and asked if she thought it was close enough to send to Salt Lake City for additional information. She said she didn't think I would have to do that, "Franklin Mitchell is my great grandfather too." We are half second cousins. Louise is named after her aunt Louise Burman and her maiden name is Linton (not Linder as I had it). I don't think I will be so lucky in finding more of my ancestors.