This is an ongoing list of projects relating to genealogy and family history research. I'll try to update this regularly. Please feel free to post suggestions for new projects. Let me know if I should clarify anything or if you would like to help with any of the projects listed below. I'll delete projects as we complete them.
Last updated: June 5, 2014
We need to enter the dates of temple ordinances for all of our ancestors. This requires checking the church website and entering the data into our website. This will enable us to determine which family members have not had temple work done yet. I’ve done a little of this using the new familysearch website. One of the tricky things is that some people have had the work done multiple times.
We’re always looking for scanned images of census records of our ancestors. So far I’ve focused primarily on direct ancestors (not siblings), going back to the 1850 census.
We’re always looking for scanned images of death certificates of our ancestors. So far I’ve focused primarily on direct ancestors (not siblings).
Headstones and Cemeteries
We’re always looking for photos of headstones of buried ancestors. So far I’ve focused primarily on direct ancestors (not siblings). We’ve already obtained lots of photos from find-a-grave.com, to which new photos are regularly uploaded. We should continue searching for photos of ancestors on that website, and we should also take photos of headstones not available there. For example, grandma has mentioned that there is a cemetery in Yura, Peru, named “Calderón” for her grandfather (Mariano Calderón
), where many of our Calderón relatives were buried.
Alexander Family Line
In late 2013 we were contacted by Charles Alexander, who has done a lot of research on the Alexander line of our family. The big mystery right now is Philip Alexander
(his birth and parentage). One theory was that he descended from Massasoit, but that theory seems to contradict DNA evidence. Charles Alexander theorizes that Philip’s father was Nathaniel Alexander, whose father was George Alexander, who came from Scotland. We’re keeping an eye on this.
Rondot Family Line
Right now we have information on this line going back to Claude Francis Rondot
(born 1793 in France). I have seen family trees taking this line way back into France, but no supporting evidence yet.
Ervin Family Line
In 2012 we were contacted by Thomas Ervin and Rene Ervin, who shared information about our ancestor Jeremiah Ervin
. It appears that Jeremiah was adopted or at least lived in the household of John P. Waters in Indiana. Jeremiah’s mother appears to have the maiden name “Bowser” or “Bouser”, which line we should continue to research (this may be a German line).
Pedro Domingo Murillo
According to Aunt Aida’s book (“El Apostol del los Andes”), Nestor Peñaranda
is a great-grandson of Pedro Domingo Murillo, who was a well-known Bolivian patriot and martyr. I scanned a book that was published in Bolivia called “Estirpe y genealogía del protomártir Pedro Domingo Murillo” by Arturo Costa de la Torre, which contains a great deal of genealogical information about Murillo. We need to establish the link between Nestor Peñaranda and Pedro Domingo Murillo, and then we need to go through this book, translate it from Spanish and enter the information into our website. I’m sure we can also find additional information about Murillo from other sources. We may be able to get some help from mom’s cousin, Beatrice Peñaranda Montalvo, who lives in La Paz and has been involved with temple work there.
We traced a line of ancestors from grandma’s Tamayo family going back to royal European families, especially to the house of Burgundy. These lines go back to Hugh Capet, Charlemagne, etc. I believe most of this data can be obtained from Band II of the Europäische Stammtafeln. I ordered the 1984 edition (from the third series) and scanned most of it. We still need to finish entering the data into our website. This takes lesser priority than other projects because most of the temple work for this period has probably been done. This is more of an “historical interest” project.
Journals/Diaries of Oliver Boardman and William Huntington
These should be accessible from our website. It would be best to have scanned images as well as transcribed text.
so let it be written... so let it be done.