Monday, October 12, 2015

October 12, 2015 - 31 Days to Better Genealogy - Day 12

31 Days of Genealogy - Day 12

Day 12 - Research the Siblings

Your To-Do
Don't worry, I'm not going to make you research all of the siblings of all of your ancestors today! Instead, take a look at one of the ancestors you are currently researching. (Perhaps you have someone in mind from a goal you set on Day 1.) Look at their siblings and see how much documentation you have for them. Make a to-do list of the records you need to complete the "minimum" for the siblings: census records, birth records, death records, and obituaries. You might be surprised at the avenues of research before you!

Well, after hearing family stories for years, I took a look at the children of John Robson Richards and Euphrasia Hoover ... Otis Hoover Richards was a son, AND the one that made the Oklahoma Land Run! So, I've learned that looking at ALL of the relatives can be extremely interesting.  

John Robson Richards, born 09 August 1805, died 20 January 1879 ... married Euphrasia Hoover born 17 February 1845, died 01 September 1899

Fred S Richards, their youngest child, was my maternal great grandfather ... his brother Otis Hoover Richards, born 13 August 1867, died 01 January 1961 is definitely an interesting relative!  Just a few interesting historical tidbits:

Homestead Certificate 9569 for 160 acres in Oklahoma Territory ... I've even located his Masonic Records, and found he was initiated as an Entered Apprentice March 2, 1901, passed to Fellowcraft March 30, 1901, and raised as a Master Mason on April 27, 1901 ... He was elected Worshipful Master December 19, 1903 for St. Albans Lodge (and all of this was before Oklahoma Statehood) ... I'll definitely see what else Otis has done!

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