Friday, July 30, 2004

French Emigration Indexes

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From the Research Outline at
Many Germans beither lived in Elsaß-Lothringen (Alsace-Lorraine) or passed through it to emigrate. The following sources help identify many of them.

Alsace Emigration Index. The Family History Library has compiled an index of persons who emigrated from or through Elsaß-Lothringen from 1817 to 1866. About half the names are from southern Germany. The alphabetical index gives the emigrant's name, age, occupation, place of origin, residence, destination, passport date, and source microfilm number. Not everyone who emigrated via Alsace is in this index. The index is easiest to find in the Author/Title Search of the Family History Library Catalog under Alsace Emigration Index.Look this term up in the glossary. It is also listed as:

France. Ministre de l'Intrieur. Registres des émigrés, 1817-1866 (Index of emigrants, 1817-1866). Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1977. (FHL films 1125002-7; computer number 403094.)

Alsace Emigration Books. Cornelia Schrader-Muggenthaler used the Alsace Emigration Index, other emigration records, passenger lists, genealogies, genealogy periodicals, and newspaper articles to compile the following index:

Schrader-Muggenthaler, Cornelia. The Alsace Emigration Book. 2 vols. Apollo, Penn.: Closson Press, 1989-1991. (FHL book 944.38 W2s; computer number 549007.) This index has over 20,000 entries, mostly of 1817 to 1870 emigrants.

More books on the subject:

  • Burgert, Annette Kunselman. Eighteenth Century Emigrants from the Northern Alsace to America. Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1992. (FHL book 974.8 B4pgp v. 26; computer number 684917.) This book is still for sale from the publisher, Picton Press, and as such are not available on microfilm or microfiche through the FHL lending system. It is also available directly from the author,at: AKB Publications, 691 Weavertown Road, Myerstown, PA 17067. *** Excellent book! ***

  • Alsatian Connections, by Doris Wesner. Covers 5 villages in Krumme Elsass (Hilly Alsace): Dehlingen, Diemeringen, Butten, Waldhambach, and Ratzwiller. Closson Press, 1995

  • Emigrants from France (Haut-Rhin Department) to America. Part 1 (1837-1844) and Part 2 (1845-1847) by Clifford Neal Smith. 84 pages. Republished 2004, ISBN 0806352329. Available from Genealogical Publishing Company.

  • Liste nominative des Haut-Rhinois ayant émigré en Amérique (1800-1870) by Dominique DREYER

The books may be available via Interlibrary Loan; ask your local librarian. Support your local author -- buy genealogy books! Read the entire Research Guide, too. :-)

Every now and then, go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. - Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519

Monday, July 26, 2004

Your Local Family History Center

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Once you have searched the Family History Library Catalog, and found the film number you need to order, what then? You will need to locate the nearest Family History Center (FHC) and visit the center to order your film. To find your nearest Family History Center, go to If you are facing a long drive, please call ahead to make sure that the Center is actually open. They are kept open by volunteers, and open hours may have changed since the last website update.

Family History Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Each is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, or "the Mormons") and are in local Mormon churches. Each local FHC provides access to most of the microfilms and microfiche that are available in Salt Lake City. Books do not circulate unless they are on film, however. It will cost you about $5.50 for each roll of microfilm ordered; microfiche is about 15 cents per sheet. Microfiche stays in the FHC once it is ordered in, so it's a great bargain. Film, on the other hand, stays in the FHC for about a month. You can pay for 2 extensions, after which (in most FHCs) it becomes "Permanent Loan." If it is a film you know you want permanently available to you, ask about paying for that up front. All films and fiches will be used in the FHC itself; not to be taken home.

While you're there, browse the books, fiches and films available in the Center. As long as the person who ordered the film isn't using it at the moment, you can use anything there. Most Centers also have some genealogy CDs available, some computers, and both film and fiche readers and copiers. If you would like your local center to be open more hours per week, volunteer! Volunteers do not have to be LDS, and users will not be subjected to any proselytizing.

If you have never visited an FHC -- do so! There are so many resources available to you that are not, and may never be, on the Internet.

Above all things, never be afraid. The enemy who forces you to retreat is himself afraid of you at that very moment. - Andre Maurois

Deja Vu (All Over Again)

Did you hear 'em talkin' 'bout it on the radio
Did you try to read the writing on the wall
Did that voice inside you say I've heard it all before
It's like Deja Vu all over again

Day by day I hear the voices rising
Started with a whisper like it did before
Day by day we count the dead and dying
Ship the bodies home while the networks all keep score

Did you hear 'em talkin' 'bout it on the radio
Could your eyes believe the writing on the wall
Did that voice inside you say I've heard it all before
It's like Deja Vu all over again

One by one I see the old ghosts rising
Stumblin' 'cross Big Muddy
Where the light gets dim
Day after day another Momma's crying
She's lost her precious child
To a war that has no end

Did you hear 'em talkin' 'bout it on the radio
Did you stop to read the writing at The Wall
Did that voice inside you say
I've seen this all before
It's like Deja Vu all over again
It's like Deja Vu all over again
- John Fogerty
©2004 Cody River Music / ASCAP

Thanks to Brian for finding these lyrics, and this link to John Fogerty's homepage.

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand. - Woodrow Wilson

The Stars


Earthlights: Thanks to Joan Gallo for sending this link to me.

Safely Observing the Sun: Thanks to AstroAlert for this link.

Galaxy with dustbunnies!:
Margaret found this one.

Sky & Telescope have a wonderful site and free email newsletter:

We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery. - H. G. Wells

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Download/Read the 9/11 Report as PDF file

The 9/11 Commission Report, by National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States:

Sid Steward, PDF guru, has it "optimized for faster download, ... including bookmarks and other PDF add-ons. His site offers a fast full text search of the PDF with links that will open the file and hit those bookmarks," according to Glenn Fleishman. Found on BoingBoing.

My question is -- will our elected representatives in Washington DC read and heed and ACT on this, or merely use it as partisan ammo? We are less free these days because of travesties like the Patriot Act, but certainly no more SAFE. In fact, since our soldiers are being killed at an almost daily pace, I would say we are much LESS safe these days.

I welcome your opinion in turn.



US National Records and Records Administration

Current news - "In the fight at the National Archives between democracy and secrecy, right now secrecy is winning.":
   We can only hope that a professional remains at the helm, rather than Bush's political hack appointee.

The online site is more useful to the genealogy research every day! One can

Learn about the National Archives holdings - Archival Research Catalog (ARC):

View electronic records - Historical Documents Online:

Order document reproductions online - Order Forms for Military Service and Family History Records:

There are also local programs available at the Regional NARA facilities:

The truth is out there. - Fox Mulder

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Genealogy Search Engine

Genealogy Today reports:

TreEZy is a selective search engine. It attempts to limit the index to sites that are pertinent to genealogical and family history research. It does this by applying intelligent filters during the indexing process, followed by a manual site screening effort. It then further filters sites based upon amount of original content. All of this cuts down the extraneous results that often occur in using a general Internet search engine:

Also see Google Advanced Search for Genealogy:

Example is leadership. - Dr. Albert Schweitzer

Saturday, July 17, 2004

National Election

The election is a necessity. We cannot have a free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forgo, or postpone, a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered us. - Abraham Lincoln

Monday, July 12, 2004

Banned Books

How daring are you? Do you read "bad books"?

Here's what to do: Copy the following list into your journal. Bold the books that you own or have read. Pass it on.

1984. George Orwell.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain [Samuel L. Clemens].
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll.

Analects. Confucius.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne Frank
Arabian Nights or The Thousand and One Nights. Anonymous.
Beloved. Toni Morrison.
The Bible.
Brave New World. Aldous Huxley.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Dee Brown.
The Call of the Wild. Jack London.
Canterbury Tales. Geoffrey Chaucer.
Catcher in the Rye. J.D. Salinger.

The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies. Vito Russo.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Roald Dahl.
Clan of the Cave Bear. Jean Auel.
The Color Purple. Alice Walker.
The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Jacob and Wilhelm K. Grimm.

Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. Galilei Galileo.
Different Seasons. Stephen King.
A Doll's House. Henrik Ibsen.
Don Quixote. Saavedra Miguel de Cervantes.

Earth Science. American Book.
The Egypt Game. Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury.
The Figure in the Shadows. John Bellairs.
Gone with the Wind. Margaret Mitchell.
Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck.
The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher. M.C. Escher.

Grendel. John C. Gardner.
Gulliver's Travels. Jonathan Swift.
Hamlet. William Shakespeare.

The Happy Prince and Other Stories. Oscar Wilde.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya Angelou.
It. Stephen King.
James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl.
King Lear. William Shakespeare.

The Koran.
Le Morte D'Arthur. Sir Thomas Malory.
The Life and Times of Renoir. Janice Anderson.
A Light in the Attic. Shel Silverstein.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis.
Little House in the Big Woods. Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Little House on the Prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The Lorax. Dr. Seuss.
The Lords of Discipline. Pat Conroy.
The Martian Chronicles. Ray Bradbury.
My Friend Flicka. Mary O'Hara.
The Odyssey. Homer.
On the Origin of Species. Charles B. Darwin.
Paradise Lost. John Milton.

Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry.
The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock and Roll. Jim Miller, ed.
The Satanic Verses. Salman Rushdie.
Slaughterhouse-Five. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Song of Solomon. Toni Morrison.
The Stand. Stephen King.
The Talmud. Soncino Pr.
To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee.
Tom Jones. Henry Fielding.
Twelfth Night. William Shakespeare.
Uncle Tom's Cabin. Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Vasilissa the Beautiful: Russian Fairy Tales.
Welcome to the Monkey House. Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Where the Sidewalk Ends. Shel Silverstein.
Where's Waldo? Martin Handford.

The Witches of Worm. Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
A Wrinkle In Time. Madeleine L'Engle.
Zen Buddhism: Selected Writings. D.T. Suzuki.

List provided by

Banned Books Online:

The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000:
Reasons for the Challenges:

Along with banned books, there are now banned ideas such as evolution:
What's next, the atomic theory?

An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all. - Oscar Wilde

Sunday, July 11, 2004

The Scotts of Harden

I looked for Harden in Scotland for many years, because my ggggrandmother Jennie SCOTT was said to be "of Harden." Today I decided to Google for 'Scotts of Harden,' and guess what -- the Scotts of Harden are famous! See The Great Historic Families of Scotland -The Scotts of Harden:

The Scotts of Harden - Ettrick & Yarrow Valleys, Scottish Borders:

Aikwood Tower, A Brief History:

History of the Scott Family:

Clan Scott Society:

Border Clan Scott History and Genealogy:

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow grow, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. - George Washington

Ontario COWANs, 1871 Census

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Canadian Federal Census of 1871, Wellington South (Ontario Index) ArchiviaNet:
I need to read these films! I left out the Irish Cowans.


Sex: Male
Age: 54
Birthplace: SCOTLAND
Religion: Canada Presbyterian/C. Presb.
Origin: SCOTCH
Occupation: FARMER
District: WELLINGTON SOUTH ( 033 )
Sub-district: Puslinch ( A )
Division: 1
Page: 22
Microfilm reel: C-9945
Reference: RG31 — Statistics Canada


Sex: Male
Age: 36
Birthplace: ONT
Religion: Evangelical Union
Origin: SCOTCH
Occupation: CARPENTER
District: WELLINGTON SOUTH ( 033 )
Sub-district: Guelph Township ( B )
Division: 3
Page: 18
Microfilm reel: C-9945
Reference: RG31 — Statistics Canada


Sex: Male
Age: 51
Birthplace: SCOTLAND
Religion: Canada Presbyterian/C. Presb.
Origin: SCOTCH
Occupation: FARMER
District: WELLINGTON SOUTH ( 033 )
Sub-district: Guelph Township ( B )
Division: 3
Page: 18
Microfilm reel: C-9945
Reference: RG31 — Statistics Canada


Stray: Individual bears a different surname than the head of the family
Sex: Male
Age: 20
Birthplace: SCOTLAND
Religion: Canada Presbyterian/C. Presb.
Origin: SCOTCH
Occupation: LAB
District: WELLINGTON SOUTH ( 033 )
Sub-district: Guelph Township ( B )
Division: 1
Page: 18
Microfilm reel: C-9945
Reference: RG31 — Statistics Canada

COWAN , BETSY JANE - Does anyone know which family Betsy Jane was a member of?

Sex: Female
Birthplace: ONT
Religion: Canada Presbyterian/C. Presb.
District: WELLINGTON SOUTH ( 033 )
Sub-district: Guelph Township ( B )
Division: 2
Note: Schedule Two: deaths in the preceding twelve months ending 2 April 1871
Microfilm reel: C-9945
Reference: RG31 — Statistics Canada


Sex: Male
Age: 46
Birthplace: SCOTLAND
Religion: Canada Presbyterian/C. Presb.
Origin: SCOTCH
Occupation: FARMER
District: WELLINGTON SOUTH ( 033 )
Sub-district: Guelph Township ( B )
Division: 2
Page: 14
Microfilm reel: C-9945
Reference: RG31 — Statistics Canada

There is another group of Cowans in Waterloo South:


I need to sort all these Cowans out.

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities. An optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. - Reginald B. Mansell

I Will Seek Beauty All My Days

  I will seek Beauty all my days

Within the dark chaos of a troubled world I will seek and find some Beauteous thing.

From eyes gone dim with weeping will shine a Light to guide me, and in Sorrow's Hour I shall behold a great High Courage.

I shall find the wonder of an infinite Patience, and a quiet Faith in coming Joy and Peace.

And Love will I seek in the midst of Discord, and find swift eager hands out-stretched in welcome.

I shall seek Beauty all my days, and in my quest I shall not be dismayed.

- Aumonier

Thanks to Catherine Cookson who reprinted this poem in her book Our Kate.

A setback is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. - Henry Ford

NIDS - National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United Kingdom and Ireland

NIDS is a scholarly resource on microfiche, which "attempts to identify the exact reference numbers for collections in British archives, libraries, and museums. You can sometimes get data (genealogical fact) from the index...[NIDS] often gives an every name index of the resource." Send off a letter to have the archive, library or museum copy certain pages of certain books or manuscripts, plan your research trip, hire a researcher.

At, > Search > Family History Library Catalog > Film/Fiche Search, put in # 6341118 for a name and subject index. Portions of NIDS can be ordered, and the entire collection of fiche is available at the FHL in Salt Lake City, and in Los Angeles FHC. Many large universities will also have this resource.

Remember, when you order fiche, it stays in the FHC permanently. See the British Isles Family History Society - U.S.A. Guide to British Isles Research for more information about how to use NIDS.

Ireland: Richard Hayes MS Sources for the History of Irish Civilization - estate records, family history. # 1440939 FHL Catalog. Periodicals: 0973222-320.

Smith's Inventory of Genealogical Sources:*%2C0%2C0&title=Smith%27s+Inventory+of+Genealogical+Sources&pretitle=Smith%27s+Inventory+of+Genealogical+Sources

Thanks to Linda Merle for sharing this information with the

If you don't know [your family's] history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. - Michael Crichton

Friday, July 09, 2004

John BAYSINGER, wives and children

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John BAYSINGER born Dec 1872 Indianola, Warren County, Iowa, died 4 May 1942 Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. John was the son of Elias Henry BAYSINGER and Sarah Maria GOOSIC. He and second wife Minnie are buried Laurel Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk Co IA.

Married 1. Viola STEPHENS born 20 Aug 1874

Marriage license issued 3 Jul 1893. Thomas E. Parker, age 31, attested in an affidavit to John being 22 and Viola being 19, therefore of legal ages (Book H, page 92, Warren County Records).

Warren County Marriages for Certificate #161: John Baysinger and Viola Stephens were united in marriage 3 Jul 1893 by Elder D.W. Shackles at his house, witnessed by Mrs. R. Shakle (not Shackles?) and Ann Jones. Marriage recorded 2 Oct 1893, along with several others performed by Elder Shackles.

Viola filed for divorce Oct. 11 in the District Court of Warren County. Judgment, No. 1149 granted 20 Nov 1893. Viola was represented by attorneys McGarry and Brown. John Baysinger didn't contest the divorce. He paid the various fees connected with filing, attorneys, trial, etc., amounting to $5.50. The final entry on the page indicates that he didn't pay that $5.50 judgment until 24 Nov 1900, however. Copies of these records are in the possession of cousin Terri. Viola married 2. John HANOUSEK.

Their children:

1. Arthur born 27 May 1894 Otter Township, Indianola, Warren Co. IA, married 25 Jun 1925 Sylvia Viola HANOUSEK in Everett, Snohomish Co. WA, died 12 Aug 1990 Everett, Snohomish County, Washington.
SSDI: ARTHUR BAYSINGER 27 May 1894-12 Aug 1990. SSN: 535-14-1286, issued Washington.

Arthur's WWI Draft Registration:

Name: Arthur Baysinger
City: Not Stated
County: Nodaway
State: Missouri
Birthplace: Iowa; United States of America
Birth Date: 27 May 1894
Race: Caucasian
Roll: 1683432
DraftBoard: 0 (Same source info as Carl's, below)

2. Evada Florence, born to John Baysinger and Viola Stephens on 27 May 1896, died 6 Nov 1967. When she was adopted by Viola's second husband, John HANOUSEK, she became Florence Evada Hanousek. She married Nicholos ANGELOFF.
SSDI: FLORENCE ANGELOFF, 27 May 1896 - Nov 1967. Last res. Snohomish, Snohomish Co., WA 98290. SSN: 532-24-3535, issued Washington.

Married 2. Minnie Catherine DISNEY born born c1877 in Crawford Co. AR, daughter of William Briggs Disney & Mary C. WALTERS. They married 24 Apr 1894 in Indianola, Warren Co. IA. (Valorie has a copy of this marriage record). Minnie died Apr 1959 Des Moines, Polk Co. IA.

Before Minnie married John Baysinger, they had a child 1. Carl born Sep 1893 Warren County, Iowa, died 1947 Josephine County, Oregon. Carl married Nellie Myrtle GREGG b: 29 Nov 1886 Palmyra, Warren County, Iowa. d: 13 Apr 1977 Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California.
SSDI: NELLIE BAYSINGER, 29 Nov 1886-Apr 1977. Last res: Capitola, Santa Cruz Co. CA 95010. SSN: 571-14-7751, issued California.

Carl Baysinger in 1930:
Age: 35 years
Estimated birth year: 1894
Birthplace: Iowa
Relation to Head-of-house: Head
Race: White
Home in 1930: Johnson, Polk, Missouri

Image Source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Johnson, Polk, Missouri; Roll: T626_1219; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 10; Image: 0041. He has a wife Nellie, and children Harold, 15, Hellen, 14, Sarah, 12, and Ella May, 6, with him and Nellie. The children are all born in Iowa. According to cousin Dan benDan, "The family moved to southern California for a while and then to Josephine County, Oregon."

On his WWI Draft Registration, Carl states that he was born 22 Sep 1895, which is Anna's birthday. Was this deliberate deception, or did he believe that he and Anna were twins?

Name: Carl Edward Baysinger
City:Not Stated (actually Carlisle)
County: Warren
State: Iowa
Birthplace: Iowa; United States of America
Birth Date: 22 Sep 1895
Race: Caucasian
Roll: 1643361
DraftBoard: 0

Source Information: World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:, Inc., 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls.

After Minnie married John Baysinger, they had

* 2. Anna born 22 Sep 1895 Otter township, Cool, Warren County, Iowa. Died 12 Feb 1956, buried 16 Feb 1956 in Queen's Park Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This is my grandmother.

She married 1. 22 Aug 1914 in Des Moines, Polk Co. Iowa - Harvey McBEE, b. 6 Oct 1891 in Cainsville, Harrison Co. Missouri, d. 4 Jun 1964 in Fillmore, Saskatchewan, Canada, buried Jun 1964 Queens Park Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Anna divorced Harvey 13 Mar 1945 in Calgary. She married 2. 22 Sep 1951 Paul Peter POROSKY at Grace Presbyterian Church, Calgary, Alberta. His occupation: Butcher, at Packing House. Widower, age 50 in 1951, Greek Catholic, living at 622 8th Ave. East, Calgary, Alberta. Born in Velkilazi, Czechoslovakia. Son of Andy Porosky, born in Czecheslovakia, and Mary Zeller. He could read and write.

3. Leonard M. Baysinger b: 25 Apr 1897 Otter Township, Warren County, Iowa d: 2 Feb 1898 Otter Township, Warren County, Iowa.

4. William L. b. 20 Nov 1898 Otter twp d. bef. 1900 census

*1900 Census reports Minnie had 4 children, 2 living (Carl & Anna)

5. Iva E. b: 20 Jan 1901 Otter Township, Warren Co. IA d: 13 Oct 1979 Runnells, Polk Co. IA. (Otter twp has dob 20 Jan 1900 AND 1901!)
SSDI: IVA NORTHWAY, 30 Dec 1900-Oct 1979. Last benefit: Carlisle, Warren Co. IA 50047. SSN: 485-22-1586, issued: Iowa.

Iva married Fred NORTHWAY, had 5 children.
SSDI: FRED NORTHWAY, 20 Dec 1899-Apr 1975. Last res: Runnells, Polk Co. IA 50237. SSN: 484-05-0635, issued Iowa.

Fred's WWI Draft Registration:

Name: Fred Clarence Northway
City: Not Stated
County: Polk
State: Iowa
Birth Date: 20 Dec 1899
Race: White
Roll: 1643347
DraftBoard: 0 (Source same as Carl's)

6. Ernest Paul b. 3 Sep 1902 Otter twp d. 1936 Des Moines, Polk Co. IA

1930 Census: Paul Baysinger
Age: 27 years
Estimated birth year: 1902
Birthplace: Iowa
Relation to Head-of-house: Head
Race: White
Home in 1930: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa

Image Source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa; Roll: T626_675; Page: 23A; Enumeration District: 44; Image: 0620.

He is enumerated with his wife Loretta, and son Clarence, 3, and daughter Lois, 1.

SSDI: CLARENCE R BAYSINGER, 12 Oct 1926-2 May 1995. Last residence Des Moines, Polk Co. IA 50317, Last benefit: Des Moines, Polk Co. IA 50317. SSN: 484-18-7054, issued: Iowa. Obituary:

7. Ralph b. 1909 d. 1958 Des Moines, Polk Co. IA

Ralph in the 1930 Census: Ralph Baysinger
Age: 24 years
Estimated birth year: 1905
Birthplace: Iowa
Relation to Head-of-house: Head
Race: White
Home in 1930: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa

Image Source: Year: 1930; Census Place: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa; Roll: T626_677; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 70; Image: 0613.

He is enumerated with his wife Lovey, and sons Kenneth & Roland, ages maybe 2 & 9mos and 1 & 9 mos? Lovey b. Missouri, sons b. Iowa

SSDI: KENNETH L BAYSINGER, 14 Sep 1927-27 Apr 1995. Last res: Roseville, Placer Co. CA 95747. SSN: 480-20-6312, issued Iowa.

After Ralph's death, Lovey married an UMPHLEET. See the thread starting here:

8. Charles b. 24 Nov 1909, d. 15 Apr 1995.
SSDI: CHARLES W BAYSINGER, 24 Nov 1909-15 Apr 1995. Last residence Des Moines, Polk Co. IA 50317. SSN: 719-18-3343, Long-time or retired railroad workers

I don't see Charles in 1930.

9. Ray b. 1911 died in infancy

10. Robert b. 12 Jul 1912 Pleasantville (Marion Co. IA?) - was not enumerated with the family in 1920.

11. George b. 1 Nov 1914 Otter Township, Warren County, Iowa. d: 27 Jan 1916 Allen Township, Warren County, Iowa.

12. Katherine b. 8 Aug 1917 Hammondsburg, Warren Co. IA d. 1936

The Ancestry index finds no Katherine or Catherine Baysinger in 1930.

Here is the family in 1920: John Baysinger
Age: 47 years
Estimated birth year: 1872
Birthplace: Iowa
Race: White
Home in 1920: Allen, Warren, Iowa (Carlisle town)

Roll: T625_517, Page: 2A, ED: 210, Image: 0207

With John is Minnie, 43, Iva, 19, Paul 17, Ralph, 13, Charles, 10, Catherine, 2. Living with them are my grandparents Harvey McBee & Anna, with Kenneth, 2, Kathleen, 2, and John, newly born. I cannot find John and Minnie in 1930, although they were living in Des Moines by that time.

I would love to correct any incorrect information that I have here.

Have no fear of perfection -- you'll never reach it. - Salvador Dali

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Persons missing in Algeria

List of dossiers and files of the persons who disappeared during the last days of French sovereignty of Algeria, conserved in the Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Liste des dossiers ou fiches des disparus en Algerie durant les derniers mois de la souveraintl française et conservé dans les archives du Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres:

Thanks to Jacques de Guise for sending this link to the lists. He adds, "There are some interesting names which have, or have not been en-Frenchised such as COPP for KOPP. Other names you will find are ACKERMANN, BALZINGER, EBERLE, KOHLER, JOST, KOP, LANSAMMAN, MAYER, NAGLE, WOLF....there will not be that many Alsatian names. Be careful however, as some of those Spanish or French or some of those Algerian names could hid an Alsatian name!

A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. - John A. Shedd