geni's getting on my nerves again

I'm still playing around with geni.. (

Why do they show in law relationships when blood relationships exist? It's so annoying. I don't care about my mom's 3rd cousin's ex husband's family's relationship to me.

Example:  Diane K. H____(K__) is your cousin's husband's fourth cousin's wife. In reality, she's my 6th cousin by blood. It should say that instead.

Also, why does it primarily show married names and not maiden names of females? It gets confusing when you have a lot of people in your tree..



man, geni's annoying

I finished Volume D of the Cumberland County Orphans Court minutes! I believe that puts me finished through 1862.

I held 2 chats at

I'm finishing up my presentation on a certain aspect of the probate process for a genealogy event that's coming up soon (email me for details if you are interested)

I've been using geni with my friend Steve. There's no way I could enter my tree on geni because their limit's too small for my 105k people. However, I've been helping him out and adding some people to my tree. I find geni annoying because it's so slow and inefficient for my brain's data processing. When you have 105k people, you type fast. I gave up on Hannah Stretch and just sent him a PDF with her 3 husbands and children for him to enter. I could not find the 'add a husband' button.

Steve and I have also been playing the "we have to be related somehow" game. So far we might be the only two people not related with Salem/Cumberland county ancestors. I just need to find out one of my 4th great gmom's parents to see if Blackwood was her maiden name.. and then we might be related. Just to let you know, Cumberland County Clerk of 1869, "wife of Thomas Bennett" is not an acceptable entry for parents' names!




Cumberland County Ghost Stories

There's been a bit to do in the Bridgeton Newsregarding ghost stories. The Cumberland County Historical Society is putting on a ghost story walk. One resident wrote in that he had only heard of one story after living there his entire life.

Today's BEN Column said:

"I can only speak for me. I don't believe in ghosts! That said, two faithful volunteers, Bob Francois and Wright Horne have agreed to lead our seasonal walk around Greenwich on Friday evening at 7 p.m. and have the $5 donation go to the mission of the Historical Society.

"Bob Francois is very good at giving the historical tour up the street and Wright is the ultimate storyteller. The evening will be educational and entertaining and with an occasional surprise I would not bring my young grandchildren.

"As to ghost stories, much has been written, but not documented.

"George Loper wrote many stories about the hauntings in Greenwich and four of them are retold on the back of the Bait Box menu.

"Stories about other world events have always traveled around the village.

"I think, in the flavor of the season, a walk in the dark of night might be someone's cup of tea.

- Joan McAllister

Cumberland County Historical Society
P.O. Box 16
Greenwich, NJ 08323
Phone: 455-4055

Well, George G. Loper III is a distant cousin of mine. The reason that he has encountered so many ghost stories is that our ancestors are haunting him because he has published inaccurate and undocumented info about our family. It's really sad when I come across one of his articles.




Recycling irregular tombstones

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I've noticed there's a '10 things' meme going around the genealogical blogger community. I've been tagged, but I don't do memes. Do my readers really want to know 10 things I was doing 10 years ago and 5 things on my to do list today? I don't even want to know what I was doing 10 years ago (something about classes...).

My to do list today, as everyday: Find Dead People.



Sleesman Family

While still reading through the Orphans Court Minutes (I'm up to 1847!), I came across Peter Sleesman's entry. One of my cousins was mentioned as an heir, so I thought it odd since I knew Peter had a daughter who lived past 1870 (but she lived in Cincinatti and then Indiana).

So I googled and found this post. I'm reposting it here since the email address is no longer valid and maybe you, Carol Stevens, formerly, will find this post in google one day and it will help you. (and you will hire me for more research)



Christopher SLEESMAN/SCHLESSMAN died intestate Cape May NJ in 1776. He had arrived in America 1751 and married 1756 in Philadelphia, wife was Catherine ARS, who re-married a Michael BOWERS in Cumberland Co NJ. I am looking for info about any issue of the SLEESMAN-ARS marriage. No info was in Orphan's Court that I am aware of. I have seen name as SLIZMAN/SLEASMAN/SLEAZMAN/SLEAMAN/SLEEMAN as well as the above. Thanks! 17 Jan 2001, Carol Stevens,


I know where Catherine is buried (next to her son Peter and his wife) and.... that.. yes.. there is info in the Orphans Court, just not in Cape May. They're trickly little suckers moving back and forth across county lines.

I found your dead people.



Swimming in Comptons

I've been going thought the hundreds of pages of Orphans Court Minutes for Cumberland County, NJ. I'm around page 300 of 800 of Volume C (1842!). I've spent about an hour trying to place the 12 children of David Compton with the correct mother (3 options to choose from!). Now I have the 3rd wife living in Philly in 1842..



Cumberland County Women's Hall of Fame

The newly formed Cumberland County Women's Hall of Fame is looking for nominations. I have nominated my 4th cousin 3x removed Anna Robeson Reeves. I've been going through my collection and photocopying magazines and programs for the application. or more information, read this article in today's Bridgeton News.

Anna Robeson Reeves

(30 Mar 1865 – 12 May 1962)

Anna Robeson Reeves was born March 30, 1865, in Philadelphia, PA, to Rev. Henry Reeves and Sarah Jane Kennedy. She was unofficially known as Bridgeton’s “dean of artists” according to Bridgeton’s We Women magazine. The magazine also stated that she was crucial to putting Bridgeton on the “Art Map.” Reeves was also member of the Seven Oaks Club, one of the earliest women’s clubs formed in Bridgeton.

While living in Philadelphia at age nine, she began her artistic studies at Mr. Winner’s private studio. Her family moved back to Bridgeton, birthplace of her father, in 1881 when he was placed in charge of the Ivy Hall School for girls. She graduated from Philadelphia’s Academy of Fine Arts and studied under many famous masters such as William Sartain and William M. Chase. Other artists she studied with included Breckenridge, Wagner, Lathrope, Cecelia Beau, McArthur, Vance Swope, John F. Carlson, and Henry B. Snell.

Reeves also taught classes at Fort Edward, New York, and spent eighteen years teaching at Ogontz School in Pensylvania. She was the pioneer stimulating influence in the development of art interest in Bridgeton and taught well-attended private classes.

In 1913, her studio was at 108 East Commerce Street, corner of Commerce and Pearl Streets. During the holiday season, she sold Christmas cards, calendars, watercolors, oil paintings, and decorated china. By 1939, her studio had moved to 23 New Street.

In 1935, with Mrs. Gertrude Albertson Huber, Reeves initiated the first Civic Club Art Exhibit in the library. This started the annual National Art Week Exhibits in Bridgeton. She remained active in National Art Week Committees over the coming years. In the Fifth Annual Art Exhibit in 1940, she also exhibited four oil paintings and a decorated tray. The Bridgeton Civic Club presented her work in observance of National Art Week, November 3-8 in 1952. Sixty-four of her oil paintings and four painted tapestry watercolors made in Italy, Switzerland, China, and Bridgeton were exhibited.

Having never married, Reeves was able to support herself in a patriarchal society with her art. She passed away May 12, 1962, in Bridgeton at age ninety-seven and is buried in her family’s plot at Broad Street Cemetery.


Selling Out

If you want to watch some family members sell out their ancestor, stop by a certain cemetery in Queens on Oct 11th.



Genealogy Happy Dance!

I just found proof of who a client's ancestor's parents are! I've been looking for for a few months!

3 lines of text from 1809 in an Orphans Court Book.

I just earned my retainer.

Genealogy Happy Dance time!


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