5 Generation Birth Locator Chart

It’s very useful in genealogy research to know where your family members were born and it gives you hints as where to look when you are searching. Tonight as I read an article from Olive Tree Genealogy about a 5 Generation Birth Locator Chart, I couldn’t help myself and had to start making some charts of my own.

I think I might also do this for deaths, both places and cause of death. I would also like to do one for cemeteries.

Birth place chart
5 Generation Birth Locator starting with myself.

Bless your ancestors!



Journey Through My Tree: Nicholas Robb

Today is Veteran’s Day here in the U.S., so I thought that I would choose a veteran for my next Journey Through My Family Tree series.

Nicholas Andrew Robb

Birth: 23 November 1907 in Michigan

Death: 29 August 1946 in Detroit, Michigan

Relation to Me: Great-Aunt’s Husband

Parents: Nicholas Robb (1882 – 1970) &
Mary Turner (1882 – ?)

1. Helen Robb Bertrand (1910 – ?)
2. Bernard Robb (1913 – 1987)
3. Allen Robb (1915 – ?)
4. Iola Isabel “Robbie” Robb Rotto (1916 – 1996)
5. John J Robb (1918 – ?)

~1910 (age 3): Living with his Father and Mother in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.

~1920 (age 13): Living with his Father, Mother and 5 siblings in Detroit.

~1930 (age 23): Living with his Father, Mother and 5 siblings in Detroit.

~1936(age 28): Marriage to Dorothy Irene Mielke on 24th October in Detroit.

~1940 (age 32): Living with his wife Dorothy in Detroit.

~1943 (age 35): Enlisted in the United States Navy Reserves on 21st July.

~1945 (age 38) Discharged from service on 28th Nov.

~1946 (age 38): Died on 29th August. Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Detroit.

Application for Headstone or Marker

My grandmother told me that Nicholas died after coming home from World War II due to injuries he received. Her recollection is that Nicholas fell off a ladder while on a ship and badly cut his shin. Less then a year after he came home, he died of a blood clot.

My Aunt Dorothy was only 17 when she married Nick, who was 28. Aunt Dorothy converted to Catholicism before she and Nick married and during that time lived with our Great-Great Uncle and Aunt, Walter Eugene and Margret Mielke.

To see more of the journey through my family tree go here.

Bless you ancestors!


A Journey Through My Family Tree: Eliza Emily Basham

Birth: 1870 Chigwell, Essex, England

Death: Unknown

Relation to Me: My 2nd Great-Aunt

Parents: Charles Basham (1844 – 1916) &
Mary Anne Brewer (1852 – 1907)

1. Henry Charles Basham (1872 – 1949)
2. Mary Elizabeth Basham (1874 – ?)
3. Sarah Ellen Basham (1876 – ?)
4. Florence Basham (1880 – ?)
5. Ethel Daisy Basham (1887 – 1859)
6. Edith Margret Basham (1889 – 1987) (My Great-Grandmother)

~1870: Christened on 30 Jan in Chigwell, Essex, England.

~1871 (age 1): Living with her Father, Mother and Grandmother (Elizabeth Brewer) 14 Hainault Road, Chipping, Epping Forest District, Essex.

~1881 (age 10): Living with her Father, Mother and 4 siblings at 14 Hainault Road, Chipping, Epping Forest District, Essex.

~1890 (age 20): Birth of daughter, Catherine, on April 16 at Union Workhouse, Theydon Garnon, Epping, Essex.

~1894 (age 24): Marriage to Maurice Clarke on 8 July at West Ham, Essex.

~1896 (age 26): Birth of daughter Mabel Ellen Clarke (christened in Chigwell, Essex on June 7th)

No more information following the 1896 birth of her second daughter.

To see more of the journey through my family tree go here.

Bless you ancestors!


Grandpa’s Best Friend

I have old box of pictures from my Grandma’s house. Some of the pictures, she gave me a little bit of info with. In this set is my Grandfather Oscar Rowan Lindsay, his mother Edith Basham Lindsay and his best friend Bob Scroder.

I have old box of pictures from my Grandma’s house. Some of the pictures, she gave me a little bit of info with. In this set is my Grandfather Oscar Rowan Lindsay, his mother Edith Basham Lindsay and his best friend Bob Scroder.

This is what my Grandma wrote “Oscar’s best friend’s name was Bob Schroder and he was killed in World War II serving the Canadian Army..”

Bob and his mother
Bob and his mother 1942
Bob 2
Back of the photo says: Bob Schoroder in Stratford, Ontario, Canada; was killed in WWII
Bob 4
Oscar’s mother, Edith Lindsay, Oscar and Bob’s mother
Bob 5
Oscar’s mother, Edith Lindsay, Bob and Bob’s mother
Bob and GGrandma
Edith Lindsay and Bob
Oscar and Bob 2
Bob, unknown female and Oscar
Oscar and Bob
Oscar and Bob
Unknown Female
Bob 1

If anyone has any idea who these people are please let me know. I would love to get these pictures back to Bob’s family.

Happy Searching!


McKnight / Guilds Mystery Part I

I love a good mystery, especially when it comes to genealogy. I have been reading a lot of Genealogy Related Mystery books lately and it got me thinking about some of the mysteries in my family tree. One of the biggest is a story my daddy has told me all my life, that I could never prove. Well last night, I couldn’t sleep, so I dived into the mystery and got some answers! My Daddy always said that our last name should have been Giles (his spelling), but that an adoption had occurred that made us McKnight’s. Last night as I was researching, I found a marriage record for Beatrice Mae Jones, my great-grandmother, to a Jay Guilds (pretty similar sounding to Giles) on 10 Nov 1922. Unfortunately for me, I do not have full access to ancestry.com right now to get the actual marriage certificate. However, what information I could gleam off the index listing leads me to believe this is the right one. Now fast forward to the 1930 census. Grandma Beatrice is living with her father, Charles Arthur Jones, Stepmother Goldie Guilds (notice the last name?) and her three children, Bernard (my grandfather), Wilma Mae, and Richard (Dick).

Guilds-Jones 1930 Census Record
1930 Census Record for Beatrice Guilds (1)

Hmmm…her husband is nowhere to be found on this census, which isn’t entirely unusual in the 1930’s during the great depression. I haven’t found a census entry for Jay yet, but I am still looking. However, when I searched Beatrice’s name I did find this:

Divorce Decree for Jones-Guilds
Divorce Decree for Jones-Guilds (2)

Wow, my jaw hit the floor when I saw this! I couldn’t believe it especially the cause of divorce “Extreme and repeated cruelty; non-support.

One other interesting thing about this mystery, did you notice the name of Beatrice’s step-mother? That’s right Goldie Guilds. Goldie is the younger sister of Jay C. Guilds. I having a feeling that made for some interesting family gatherings.

While the mystery isn’t completely solved and I may never know what exactly happened between Beatrice and my biological great-grandfather, Jay, every brick wall knocked down gets me closer to finding my family.

And the mystery continues here.

Bless your ancestors!


(1) Year: 1930; Census Place: West Bloomfield, Oakland, Michigan; Roll: 1019; Page: 29B; Enumeration District:0138; Image: 1119.0; FHL microfilm: 2340754. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

(2) Ancestry.com. Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Michigan. Divorce records. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan. rolls.

Surnames Saturday – Basham

Basham Name Meaning

English: habitational name of uncertain origin. It may be from places in Norfolk and Suffolk called Barsham, from the genitive case of the Old English word Bar meaning ‘wild boar’ + Old English word ham meaning ‘homestead’.

Edith Margret Basham is my great-grandmother. This is her paternal line:
1.  Edith Margret Basham

b. 05 Dec 1889, Chigwell, Essex, England

d. 07 Sep 1987 West Bloomfield, Oakland, Michigan, United States

m.  Oscar Rowan Lindsay;1911 West Ham, Essex, England

*Baby Girl Lindsay b. 18 Nov 1916  Stratford, Perth Ontario, Canada

*Oscar Rowan Lindsay b. 21 Nov 1917 Stratford, Perth Ontario, Canada

2.  Charles Basham

b. 11 Mar 1844, Haverhill, Essex, England

d. UNK

m. Mary Anne Brewer; 10 Oct 1869, Chigwell, Essex, England

*Eliza Emily Basham, 1870, Chigwell, Essex, England

*Henry Charles Basham, 13 Mar 1872, Chigwell, Essex, England

*Mary Elizabeth Basham, 1874, Chigwell, Essex, England

*Sarah Ellen Basham, 1876, Chigwell, Essex, England

*Florence Basham, 1880, Chigwell, Essex, England

*Ethel Daisy Basham, Oct 1887, Chigwell, Essex, England

*Edith Margret Basham (see above)

3.  John Basham

b. 20 May 1810, Maldon, Essex, England

d. UNK

m. Susan Evans; 25 Dec 1883

*Elizabeth Basham

*Robert Basham

*Maryann Eleanor Basham, 1835, Maldon, Essex, England

*Charles Basham (see above)

4.  Thomas Basham

b.  1778

d. UNK

m. Sarah Ong, 7 Apr 1800, Maldon, Essex, England

*Thomas Basham, 1803, England

*William Basham, 1806, England

*John Basham (see above)

*Daniel Basham, 3 Oct 1813. Maldon, Essex, England

*Sarah Basham, 21 Jan 1815, England

*James Basham, 7 Jun 1818, England

*Mary Basham, 21 Apr 1821, England

*Henry Basham, 21 Apr 1821, England

Surname Saturday – create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research. Surname Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Happy Searching!


Wordless Wednesday – Edith Learning To Drive


Back of photo: “You can just see Oscar and I [Edith] in the car, I am learning to drive myself.”

Edith Basham Lindsay and Oscar Lindsay

I believe this was taken in the early 1920’s.

Happy Searching!