As I mentioned in the previous post, I had opened the Card Family database into Legacy.  I had to do a lot of cleanup, especially in locations, and re-familiarize myself with the contents.

I had made the connection between my wife and my cousin, and originally figured that she was the wife's 6th cousin.  However, there was a logic problem with one of the common ancestors, William Henry Hawley.  At this time I cannot remember the exact problem, but with a careful comparison of records at FamilySearch and also FindaGrave, he was connected in a different way to the lineage.

The common ancestor changed from Henery Hawley (1767-1826) * Mary Woodin             (1771-1838) Married 17 Mar 1799


Joseph Hawley (Mar 1602 - 20 May 1690) * Katherine Birdsey (1626 - 25 Jun 1692) Married 1646 [1073]

This brings us in time to the earliest white settlers of New England.  Elias Sill Hawley of Buffalo, New York, compiled a comprehensive HAWLEY genealogy over 40 years of research on descendants of Joseph Hawley of Stratford, Connecticut, and published THE HAWLEY RECORD in 1890.  This has been posted online at RootsWeb at THE HAWLEY RECORD.  They have an official homepage as well - Society of the Hawley Family.

However, the notation at FindaGrave gives good information about the early Joseph Hawley.  According to this he came to Boston in 1629, but it doesn't say how or from where.  These questions then led to an examination of early days of New England and the Mayflower (1620-1621).

I used the site Olive Tree Genealogy website that provides a list of early ships (

There is no Hawley listed as passenger or crew on the Mayflower according to  There are some names that do appear that are of interest and will be addressed later.

The next ship is the Fortune( 1621) to Plymouth.  Again we turn to Wikipedia, and again we see no Hawleys.  But there are names to explore further.

The next ships are the Ann and the Little James - England to Plymouth 1623.  Again no record on Wikipedia.

The same applies to the Winthrop Fleet 1630. 

I ended my search here.  There does exist a Wikipedia page for him and states "The Curtiss Genealogy of 1903 states that Hawley sailed to America in the ship Planter in 1635".
So the original information may have been incorrect, but then this would also appear to be as well as an examination of the passenger lists for this ship at Olive Tree Genealogy, for both 1634 and 1635 voyages, do not mention him.

The search will go on some other time...........
                                                                                         ..........but there was some success elsewhere.

I made an amazing discovery just a week or so ago.

In my blog Winter Works 01/24/2013, I discussed the family line that I had tracked to the USA.  I found a 3rd cousin, H. Louise Westergard (nee Werner).

I decided to transfer my Card Family database to Legacy and see what could be done with it.  This is my wife's maternal family line with strong Mormon roots, and a lineage going back to the 1600s with Richard Card.  The database has approximately 30,000 entries and was the first database I worked on many years ago before there was anything like Ancestry or FamilySearch.  I think Rootsweb was around and the Family Tree Maker website.  I don't ever remember there being discussions about citations and sources.

There were some familiar surnames in the lineage of Louise that also appeared in the Card database, but there did not seem to be any real link.  I worked with FamilySearch and some other online sources and gradually added some family lines that were missing.

Voila!!  Suddenly the connection was there!

Not only is Louise my 3rd cousin......SHE IS MY WIFE'S 6TH COUSIN!!

I emailed her, posted it on Facebook and told my family.   The reaction?   Like a wet rag.

Makes me wonder why I do this at all.  I guess it is for my own amusement; and to keep me off the streets, out of the bars and other activities that cost money.  It satisfies my interest in history and my roots.  I am a bit of a packrat and this allows me to collect without taking up real space.

This space does not produce the desired relationship chart so it will be posted on my data website.


It has been awhile since my last post, but since no one seems to visit here it doesn't really matter.

In May I decided to give Legacy a try as my genealogy database manager.  One of the reasons was that it creates webpages from the data it contains.  I loaded in one of my db's, I think it was the Cranachid, and began to learn my way through the basics.  It worked out well and I liked the webpage output.

Shortly after, FamilySearch opened their access to non-church members.  Legacy interfaces with FamilySearch and I was able to obtain, and provide, more information on this database.

Gradually I opened new databases for the Hornung and Heldt families,  cleaned up the locations, added (and provided) information to FamilySearch.  I also made the FamilyTree which gets updated as you make the links between your database and FamilySearch.

I learned how to make citations and try to have as many pieces of information verified as possible. 

One thing that I like in FTM over Legacy, is the ability to drag-and-drop images.  This ability made it so much easier to add the images of documents to individual events in FTM.  The upside of this is that I have to organize my document images more rationally in appropriate folders and subfolders.  This way I can like them to events in Legacy easier.

Then came an upgrade to Legacy when they were certified to FamilySearch.  Now we just have to wait for Legacy 8, promised to be available this year.

I have been using Zotero add-on for Firefox for about a year now. I have adapted the fields for my own purposes.

In library column I have several folders and subfolders of the family lines I am researching. I also have a folder that is called working files. These contain the webpage sources that I have clipped. Once I have reviewed them and input them to genealogy program I save them to the appropriate family folder.

The far right column has the download info.

Item Page
Title = the website info directly downloaded when you click Create Webpage item
Author = name of the ancestor - surname,christian name(s)
Abstract = event i.e. birth, marriage, death, etc.
Website Title = any other information from the website needed to identify source, such as collection, database etc.
Website type - don't use this one as yet
Date = use if the year of the document is not on the original document
Short title - don't use
URL = automatically added
Accessed = automatically added
Language = use this from time to time if the language of the document is not the norm, which in my case is German. Some of the documents are in Russian and I enter this so that I can send them to a translator, when I find one.
Rights - don't use
Extra = I use this for the page number

From the Title, Website Title and Extra I can make a pretty good citation in the genealogy program for the source of the document.

As I use this mostly in two archives with scanned images of church records, the folder for an entry has an image of the document. I open this in Paint, use the rounded rectangle tool plus red colour and highlight the entry for the ancestor. I then save the image as a .jpg with the filename being the name of the ancestor (surname, christian names) if it is a birth. If death I just add death to the name; or, if it is a marriage I use both names.

examples: Smith, John David
Smith, John David - Jones, Emily
Smith, John David death

I would copy the newly labeled file to an appropriate documents file and the naming protocol would file them together. If one or more has the same name and I catch this early I might add the year of birth to the name.

The last couple of weeks have been spent exploring a plethora of Reformation connections.  I re-established contact with a gentleman in Germany with whom I had contact several years ago.  He provided me with long and complicated family tree, in text format for his connections to Johannes Mathesius.
I also purchased Legacy Family Tree as I liked some of the features it provided, especially the making of webpages.  More of this will come later.
I also "stumbled" upon the German Wikipedia and it has proven to be a font of information on lineages, and also pictures.  A great many of my ancestors weave in and out of the events of the Reformation.  They also weave in and out of their families.
As an example, I found that Christina Strauch [37671] (1652-1711) is directly related to Lucas Cranach the Elder in three different ways.

Relationship Chart Christina Strauch [37671] is the 3rd Great-Granddaughter of Lucas (The Elder) Cranach [86]
Common Ancestor * Lucas (The Elder) Cranach [86] (1472-1553) * Barbara Brengbier [136] (Abt 1485-1540) Married 6 Jan 1508 [16] |
| * Lucas (The Younger) Cranach [134] (1515-1586) Magdalena Schurff [135] (1531-1606) Married 24 May 1551 [44] |
| * Augustin Cranach [133] (1554-1595) Maria Samuela Selfisch [91] (1558-1626) Married 26 Nov 1577 [43] |
| Aegidius Strauch I [106] (1583-1657) * Euphrosina Cranach [97] (1590-1665) Married 20 Jan 1607 [47] |
| * Augustinus Strauch [486] (1612-1674) Dorothea Sophia Lentz [37672] (1621-1655) Married Aug 1643 [37411] |
| * Christina Strauch [37671] (1652-1711)

Christina Strauch [37671] is the 4th Great-Granddaughter of Lucas (The Elder) Cranach [86]
Common Ancestor * Lucas (The Elder) Cranach [86] (1472-1553) * Barbara Brengbier [136] (Abt 1485-1540) Married 6 Jan 1508 [16] |
| Caspar Pfreundt [32] (1517-1574) * Anna Cranach [29] (1527-1577) Married 13 Dec 1549 [15] |
| Conrad Fluth [35] (1538-1608) * Anna Pfreundt [34] (Abt 1545- ) Married 30 Jan 1570 [19] |
| Prof. Dr. jur. Benedikt Carpzov the Elder [6237] (1565-1624) * Anna Fluth [36] (1573-1598) Married 1 Sep 1590 [11480] |
| Friedrich Lentz [37673] * Maria Carpzov [6246] (1598-1640) Married [37412] |
| Augustinus Strauch [486] (1612-1674) * Dorothea Sophia Lentz [37672] (1621-1655) Married Aug 1643 [37411] |
| * Christina Strauch [37671] (1652-1711)

Christina Strauch [37671] is the Wife of 2nd Great-Grandson of Lucas (The Elder) Cranach [86]
Common Ancestor * Lucas (The Elder) Cranach [86] (1472-1553) * Barbara Brengbier [136] (Abt 1485-1540) Married 6 Jan 1508 [16] |
| * Lucas (The Younger) Cranach [134] (1515-1586) Magdalena Schurff [135] (1531-1606) Married 24 May 1551 [44] |
| Prof. Dr. theol. Polycarp Leyser the Elder [103] (1552-1610) * Elisabeth Cranach [90] (1561-1645) Married 17 May 1581 [14] |
| * Prof. Dr. theol. Wilhelm Leyser I [383] (1592-1649) Regina Tetzel [6249] (1602-1631) Married 11 Feb 1622 [11482] |
| * Wilhelm Leyser II [6251] (1628-1689) Christina Strauch [37671] (1652-1711) Married 23 Apr 1667 [37410]

There may be more, but this is a good example of how tightly knit the Reformation Family was.
Many American genealogists endeavour to connect to the Mayflower or the Revolutionary War.  Those of us with European backgrounds have considerably more events to connect to any of our ancestors.

In my case the major event is the Reformation.

Through working in the descendents of Lucas Cranach the Elder, I have discovered many major players in events of the times, including an indirect link to Martin Luther for whom there are no direct descendents.

The results of what I have learned so far are detailed on my website on the Reformations Connections page.
It is amazing what you can learn from fellow researchers and random searches.  The German and English Wikipedia were extremely helpful in filling in lineages and also providing a lot of information about many of these individuals.  Doctors, lawyers, preachers, printers and artists all had their roles to play.

It's been awhile since I provided any update, but that doesn't mean that I have been idle.

The major development has been making contact with a line of cousins in the US.  Well, third cousins actually.  Leonid Issajeff married my great grand aunt Auguste Emilie Julianne Heldt.  One of their sons, Theodore Werner Issajeff, emigrated to the US in 1902.  Auguste tried to emigrate in 1905 but she and two of her daughters were rejected for medical reasons and were returned to Europe.  She eventually died in Riga, Latvia in 1913.  Theodore's son, also Theodore Werner, dropped Issajeff as his surname and used Werner instead.  This is the line that I found.  He married Afton Thornton who died 23 Jan 2012.  I had been curious about this line and accidentally stumbled across her obituary in the online edition of Desseret News.  I signed the guestbook at the funeral home asking for family to contact me.  I heard nothing for a year so earlier this month I emailed the funeral home directly, and lo and behold, I received an email from my third cousin Louise Westergard, the daughter of Theodor and Afton.  She had been handed over the role of family historian from her mother.  I was able to provide her with a lot of information about the Issajeff and Heldt families and I look forward to getting updates about the family in the US.
I have just uploaded the Cranachids database to my website .

These are the descendents of Lucas Cranach the Elder who is my 14th Great Grandfather.  Some of his other notable descendents are Wolfgang v. Goethe, Manfred v. Richthofen, and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.  There are probably plenty more to discover as the lines are developed.  I have been in contact with two other Cranachids who are my 14th cousins.

 I have also made a page that displays my connection to major figures of the Reformation, including Lucas Cranach.  Unfortunately no direct connection with Luther, but he and Lucas were godparents to each others children

Well summer has flown by and the first snows have fallen, though they did not stay.  The golf clubs are put away and the patio furniture is set aside.  Time for the winter activity of reading and genealogy.
Recently there has been a Canadian version of  "Who Do You Think You Are?"  Either we are not that important, or we get our point across better; because, the show is only half an hour long.  Needless to say, but the process involved in these cases is skipped over in order to fit the time frame.  The stories are just fascinating but there is much missing..
I also found the original UK version online and watched a couple of the episodes.  I did not recognize a lot of the names listed but I did see the one with Amanda Redman as I am a big fan of the series "New Tricks".
Will be posting soon about what I have discovered recently regarding my research on the descendents of Lucas Cranach, the Reformation painter, and my 12th great grandfather.
Hard to believe that over a month has passed since my last post.  I have been busy with the Church records at the Estonian and Latvian archives.  I had always thought that I was 1/8 Swedish from the Link family side.  But, it turns out that they come from Latvia (at least as far back as I have tracked).  That's probably what a lot of genealogists find; that family myths are either proven or not.
I have added several hundred names to both data files, more than doubling what Opa Heldt had done in the sixties.  I have image files for many of them and have started an Excel spreadsheet of direct ancestors to record what events I have records of, and which ones are missing.  Hopefully this will be helpful in narrowing down searches.  For the past month I have picked a family, then a country and then a town; and start scrolling through the records.  I use Zotero to save the sites and information, and then do  some editing before entering the data and media into FTM.  I will try to do a step by step of this procedure that seems to work very well for me, and post it either here or the website. I have many records that are in Russian and need to have these translated.