Monday, October 31, 2011

Mappy Monday -- 1940 Census Enumeration District Map - Texas - Erath County

1940 Census Enumeration District Maps - Texas - Erath County - ED 72-1 - ED 72-20
National Archives
I was looking at photos about baseball on the National Archives site when I thought to search for photos about Erath County, Texas, where my grandmother is from.  Up popped maps depicting the 1940 Enumeration Districts.  Wow, that will be helpful when the 1940 U.S. Federal Census comes out in 2012.  There will be no index immediately, so having a map to narrow down which ED to search page by page will cut my searching time down to a manageable level.

I believe my grandparents (Tom J & Pansy Johnston) and mother (Lela Nell Johnston) were living in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas in 1940.  The war hadn't started yet, so my grandfather was not yet in the U.S. Navy.  He would be working in some carpentry trade.
ED 72-1 to 72-4
There was also a description of these EDs:

My grandmother's parents, George Warren & Lela Ann Lancaster, were located in Ward 1 in the 1930 census at 1020 W Green Street.  That will be where I'll start first.  Perhaps Tom & Pansy will be living nearby.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - List Your Matrilineal Line(s)

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings asked us for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun to:

1) List your matrilineal line - your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!

2) Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.

My matrilineal line is:
  • Lisa Gorrell
  • Lela Nell Johnston (1934 Stephenville, Texas - 1992 Walnut Creek, California) married William J Hork
  • Pansy Louise Lancaster (1913 Stephenville, Texas - ) married Tom J Johnston
  • Lela Ann Loveless (1896 Conway, Arkansas - 1951 Stephenville, Texas) married George Warren Lancaster
  • Eliza A Rogers (1854 South Carolina - 1907 Faulkner Co, Arkansas) married Ebenezer Loveless

I had the mitochondrial DNA test done on my grandmother.  The Haplogroup is U5 which show Northern Europe.  This was not the result I expected.  Family stories always were we have Native American ancestry in our line.  I'm sure it's still possible, but just not through Eliza Rogers.  I still don't understand completely the results and my goal is to study mtDNA more for better understanding.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family