Sunday, August 23, 2009

George Rogers - My Biggest Brickwall

Note: I have put my sources on the bottom of this post, in the order that I referred to them. Each source is numbered. I have included some links to that links directly to the image, but you must have a subscription to be able to view it. I tried to include as must information and be as specific as possible in this post.

My biggest brick wall in my genealogy has always been my great grandfather, George M. Rogers. My hope is that by writing this out, I will get new ideas as to other places to search. I also hope that anyone else out there looking for George will be able to connect with me and we can share information. I'd also be happy to take any suggestions or comments - I am here to learn!

Back Story

I know very little about George and the few stories I have from family members haven't helped me at all - and truthfully, I am not even sure if they are true. Unfortunately, my dad's side of the family does not talk much about family and no one seems to know much. There aren't many older people alive on my dad's side of the family - only my aunt and my dad.

George's Story

George M. Rogers was born about 1882 in James County, Tennessee (Sources 1-5)

I don't have George in the 1900 Census. My guess is that he might be in Tennessee (he was born there) or Arkansas (he enlisted into the army in Little Rock, Arkansas.

However, I have George enlisting in the Army in Little Rock, Arkansas on the 7 of November 1904 (Source 3). His occupation before signing up is listed as farm hand, which makes me wonder if his family lives on a farm. Here is where it gets interesting though: under the remarks section of his enlistment record, it says "Disclid Nov 6, 07 at Fort Mott, NJ ???????". I can't read most of what it says in this section, so if anyone wants to help me out by telling me what this section says I would greatly appreciate it (click here to see the image on

George reappears in 1908 by enlisting in the army in Missouri. (Source 4)

George then appears in the 1910 U.S. Census at Fort Casey, King County, Washington. He is a soldier. (Source 2)

George reenlists into the army in 1911 in Missouri. According to this source, he is honorably discharged on Sept 26, 1914. (Source 5)

I believe George served in WWI (that is what I've been told by family members and I have some old notes my grandma wrote that correspond to this). But I have yet to find a service record for this. However, I think it will just take me longer to find his service record since his name is so common.

I have not been able to find George in the 1920 census. To be honest, I have no idea where he would be.

I believe George married my great grandmother, Julia Margaret Morris around 1923 (Source 1).

George and Julia's daughter, Nancy Jean Rogers (my grandmother) is born on 13 Dec 1924.

George, Julia, and Nancy appear on the 1930 U.S. Census in Seattle, King, Washington (Source 1).

My Goals andQuestions to be Answered
  • When was George born exactly?

  • Did George have any siblings?

  • Find George in the 1900 U.S. Census.

  • What was the names of George's parents?

  • Find a marriage record for Julia and George.

  • Where is George buried?

  • When exactly did George die?

  • Why was he in Arkansas when he first enlisted with the military?

  • He was a postal worker in 1930 - are there any records that come from this?

  • Did he serve in WWI?

  • Did he recieve a pension for his service in WWI (assuming he served)?

Closing Notes

As you can tell, I do not have much on him. I know I have not exhausted all avenues of possible records - which is half of the reason I wrote this post. I wanted to lay everything out - be able to see what I have and what I don't in an attempt to lead me to other possible sources. Still, if anyone has any ideas, suggestions, or comments I would love to hear them. I am open to everything.

To be honest, I think George intimidates me because he has such a common name and so little is known about him. I need to break this cycle of fear and learn to face these brick walls head on.

Sources (source notes in italic):

Source 1: 1930 U.S. Federal Census

1930 U.S. Federal Census, King County, Washington, population schedule, Seattle, Block Number 5439, enumeration district (ED) 189, Sheet 1B, Line 76, dwelling 25, family 25, George M. Rogers; digital images, ( : accessed 23 August 2009); National Archives and Records Administration, T626.

Note: George is married to a Julia. George and Julia have a daughter named Nancy J. - Nancy is my grandmother.

Source 2: 1910 U.S. Federal Census

1910 U.S. Federal Census, King County, Washington, population schedule, Fort Casey, Coupeville Precinct, enumeration district (ED) 3, Sheet Number 9B, Line 69, dwelling 253, family 256, George M. Rogers; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 23 August 2009); National Archives and Records Administration, T624.

Note: Lists all soldiers as being part of "85 d Company" on the left side of the columns.

Source 3: Army Enlistment - 7 Nov 1904

Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Record Group 94, "U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914," digital image, Ancestry, ( : accessed 23 August 2009), George M. Rogers, enlistment date: 7 Nov 1904, number 1454; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M233, 81 rolls.

Note: enlisted in Little Rock, Arkansas by Capt Wallace for a period of 3 years. He was born in James County, Tennessee. He is 22 years and 2 months old. His occupation is farmhand. He has blue eyes, dark brown hair, and tan skin. He is 5ft, 7 1/2 inches. He is in regiment G.J. E. Artry

Source 4: Army Enlistment - 7 Aug 1908

Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Record Group 94, "U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914," digital image, Ancestry, ( : accessed 23 August 2009), George M. Rogers, Enlistment Number: 1568, Enlistment Date: Aug 7 1908; citing Original data: Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M233, 81 rolls.

Note: enlisted at Jefferson Bks, Missouri by Capt Gregory for a period of 3 years. Born in James County, Tennessee. Age: 25 years, 11 months. Occupation: Clerk. Blue eyes, dark brown hair, fair skin. Height: 5ft 6 1/2 inches. Regiment: C.A Remarks: "Dis Aug 6, '11 at Fort Casey, Washington

Source 5: Army Enlistment - 27 Sept 1911

Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Record Group 94, "U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914," digital image, Ancestry, ( : accessed 23 August 2009), George M. Rogers, Enlistment number: 1905; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M233, 81 rolls.

Note: Enlisted Sept 27, 1911 in Jefferson Bks, MO by Capt Bryan for a period of 3 years. Born in James County, Tennessee. He is 29 years and 1 month old. His occupation is a soldier. He has blue eyes, dark brown hair, and medium fair skin. He is 5 ft ?in tall. Regiment 8 Inf Q.M.C. Company H. Hon Dis Sept 26 1914

Monday, August 17, 2009

Madness Monday - James L. Clawson Jr.

My latest madness caused by an ancestor is my great-great grandfather named James L. Clawson Jr.

My madness comes from the mass amounts of unsourced and misinformation that is on the web for this line. My main frustration is that I have contributed to this misinformation before and despite my best effots to try and fix my newbie mistakes, I know that I will never be able to fully correct everything.

When I first began my research, this was a line that I commonly researched. I loved how easy it was to copy and paste information from other trees in and FamilySearch. I was copying and pasting faster than I could keep up with and I never checked for sources. I rarely gave credit to the tree that I gained the information from. I didn't look at the information to see if it even made sense (a lot of did not). To rub salt into the wound, I began spreading this incorrect information all over the web - in fact, I was posting my family tree anywhere I could put it.

So last year, when I started my family tree from scratch (in order to make sure my research would be fully sourced and as complete as possible), I was forced to become face to face with a lot of my misinformation. While I've been posting the correct information that I've found thus far (and always including my sources), I still have a long way to go.

Just yesterday, I messaged 7 people through about James L. Clawson Jr. I asked questions about the sources that people had to support a specific fact or event. I got my first response late last night. That response outlined an old tree that I had submitted to FamilySearch - and oh was it was full of incorrect information.

To be honest (and this is a bit embarrassing to admit), I almost cried in frustration. I know that I spent the first 5 years of my genealogy experience copying and spreading wrong information that was nearly completely unsourced. Yet, despite my best efforts over the last year to correct my wrongs, I haven't even made a dent.

So I replied to the first response and included the correct information, along with source citations for what I have. I also apologized for the wrong information that I had previously posted. I then offered to send him a .pdf file that includes what I have on the line if he wanted to provide his email.

So in my quest to find more information (that is correct and sourced) about my great-great grandfather, I am also on a quest to correct the misinformation out there. Oh it is going to be a looooooooong quest.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

My Ultimate Genealogy Goal - SNGF!

It's time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun again! Randy Seaver of the Genea-Musings blog has come up with a very thought provoking challenge for this week. (Read the instructions here)

Here are my answers:

My ultimate genealogy goal is to research my family tree with as many stories, details, pictures, and records that I can find. With my research, I want my descendants and relatives to understand where they come from.

As I age, I watch my family, especially my extended family, grow farther and farther apart. Our family get-togethers are less frequent and the family traditions are beginning to disappear. Ever since the "rock" of the family died in 2007, things have been different. Despite the efforts of some, things are just not the same. As our family traditions begin to disappear, I am desperately trying to record them.

But I need to organize all of the information that I collect into some form so that it will be meaningful to someone. I would like to create a general book on my genealogy. Then, I would like to create a book on my Dugger line (and indirect lines) from Tennesee, North Carolina, and Virginia. Finally, I would love to write another book on my German lines; Doerflinger, Keppler, and Harney.

I am still young, so I hope that I have at least 5 decades left to do this research (I'll be 70).

While I feel that I am definitely actively researching, there is a lot of priorities that I could change to make my goal a reality. If I quit blogging, facebook, reading blogs, and all of the other forms of social networking, then I would probably complete my goal a lot sooner. However, I am not willing to give up the social aspect of genealogy because it is just too much fun!

But honestly...I need to start focusing my research in order to accomplish more with my research. I really want to complete this goal.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

How I Use Zoho To Stay Organized

Disclaimer: This article contains information about a website called Zoho. While I very much like the website, my opinion was not swayed by the company in any way. I was not contacted by the comapny to write about them or was I paid in any way for writing this article. Honestly - I just love this website and find it extremely useful.

One of my biggest problems when doing research is that I am doing research all over the place. I never know when I'll have free time at my boyfriend's house to do a search or when I'll have free time after studying to do a search or two. When I am researching, I used to write everything down on regular lined paper but I didn't always want to lug around all of my paper to all of these different places. I knew I had to come up with another way of doing things.

As I was brainstorming ideas, I remembered a website that my boyfriend's dad told me about: Zoho is a website that provides a huge variety of "collaboration and productivity apps" for free! These apps include a word processor, a spreadsheet creator, a presentation creator, an email service, a notebook (similar to the old Google Notebook), a wiki, a planner, and more! Each of these apps are free of charge and everything you save on there can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection. This was exactly what I needed.

So I took my the ancestor that I was working on at the time, Friedrich Harney, and began to create my notes in Zoho Writer (the word processor). The sheet I create is unique and fits my needs perfectly because it is 100% adaptable. I included a breakdown of the major events in Friedrich Harney's lifetime, along with a breakdown of the sources for each event. This is extremely helpful since I hadn't picked up my Harney line in a long while and I couldn't exactly remember why I thought certain things about him. On this sheet, I also write about what I need to discover about him and any theories I have about him. This sheet provides me with an "at-a-glance" look at Friedrich Harney as a whole - including what I have on him, what I am missing, and any theories I may have. Another benefit? I can easily print this page out and place it in my notebook.

I also created a research calendar for Friedrich Harney in Zoho Sheet (spreadsheet program). If I wanted to I could create a Zoho Notebook for him that includes "clippings" from different websites. I could use Zoho Chat to collaborate with another researcher without having to download an instant messaging program like AIM or Windows Messenger. The possibilities are huge and adaptable to your needs.

In an age where everyone is beginning to move things online, I highly suggest that you check this website out. You can login with either a Google or Yahoo account, or you can create a Zoho account (I recommend doing this since it is required to have a Zoho account when using their apps in Facebook, etc.).

Sunday, August 9, 2009

SNGF on Sunday Morning

Since I was not feeling well last night, I have postponed my SNGF until this morning.  Oh well - better late than never!

Here are the directions for this week's SNGF (originally posted on Genea-Musings):
1) List your 16 great-great-grandparents in pedigree chart order. List their birth and death years and places.

2) Figure out the dominant ethnicity or nationality of each of them.

3) Calculate your ancestral ethnicity or nationality by adding them up for the 16 - 6.25% for each (obviously, this is approximate).

4) If you don't know all 16 of your great-great-grandparents, then do it for the last full generation you have.
5) Write your own blog post, or make a comment on Facebook or in this post.
My only problem is that I don't know all of my great-great grandparents.  My biggest brick wall of all is of my great grandfather, George Rogers.  I know very little about him and nothing about his parents.  I also recently broke another brick wall on my great-great grandparent generation through another researcher, who is sharing information with me faster than I can verify it all and type it in!  Therefore, with these gaps in my family tree, I have decided to post the generation of my great grandparents (I know all of them!).

Here are my 8 great grandparents and all of their information.  In parentheses, I've included the ancestry for that person.  If the ancestry is in italics, then the ancestry is an educated guess since I don't have proof.

Monroe "Bum" Dugger: born on 20 Jan 1885 in Tennessee; married abt. 1908; died 21 May 1951 in Tennessee.  (English)

Matilda E. Clawson: born on 21 Mar 1886 in Tennessee; died 8 Aug 1936 in Carter County, Tennessee.  (English)

George M. Rogers: born abt. 1883 in James County, Tennessee; married abt. 1923; died in 1950s in Washington (English)

Julia Margaret Morris: born 28 Nov 1893 in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri  (English, French)

Maxamillian Adolf Doerflinger, Sr: born on 7 Jan 1873 in Missouri; married 17 Sept 1902 in Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana; died 16 Oct 1960 in Sacramento.  (German)

Marie Keppler: born Apr 1876 in Germany; died 16 Oct 1958 in Seattle, King County, Washington.  (German)

William Fredrick Harney: born abt. 1880 in Indiana; died 29 Oct 1956 in Seattle, King County, Washington (German)

Ethel Janice Weston: born Mar 1894 in Washington.  (Welsh, English)

Since I only did my great grandparents, I have to calculate my ancestry by using 12.5% per person (6.25% when two origins are listed).

Here is my ancestry: 37.5% German, 50% English, 6.25% Welsh, and 6.25% French.

This weeks SNGF is very eye opening.  I've realized just how many holes are in my genealogy and how I need to refocus my energy to fill in those gaps.  I think there are parts of my family tree that are too intimidating to tackle because of some sort of research challenge.  Therefore, to force me to face my fears, I am going to be writing about each of these ancestors, just to show to the world (and myself) where the holes are.  With each writing, a plan will also be included of places that I can look to find the answers.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Dynastree Now Offering Free 14-day Trial

This is a press release from, which I felt was appropriate to share since I just did a review of the website. Please forward any questions about the website to Nils Schnelle,'s press contact (her contact info is included in the press release).

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This gives users the opportunity to test the many additional premium
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It is now possible to create different kinds of lists from the family
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The new features also include the possibility to upload documents of
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Furthermore, the hinting on dynastree has been improved. The number of
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access the actual matches to find possible relatives and collaborate with

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