Ancestry and FamilyTreeMaker

The biggest buzz in genealogy at the end of 2015 is Ancestry’s decision to stop providing their FamilyTreeMaker software at the end of 2015.
If you have FTM on your computer already, then you can continue to use the program. It will be like going back to the olden days, when Ancestry sold the program and CDs with data on them, and that was all you had for searching from Ancestry. Ancestry will continue to provide support for the program and sharing features (like TreeSync) until the beginning of 2017.

My guess is that Ancestry is going to push cloud-based storage of trees that are created on the website. But since much of the website data is duplicative of other websites, more information is digitized and accessible for free, and their foray into DNA is, in my opinion, less than helpful, I wonder what Ancestry will do to maintain its income stream.

As always, back up your family tree files in gedcom format. I will post more about alternative programs for creating trees that are compatible with FTM as I learn about them.

Happy 2016!

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Frank Delos Tyrrell. Pilsen Czechoslovakia. 3 Sept 45

Pilsen Czechoslovakia Mon 3 Sept 45

Dear Sis Geo and kids:

It seems as though I have a hell of a time settling down long enough to write a letter but I make a stab at it whenever possible.

Since I have been in Division Hq I have been traveling a lot. Last week on Mon I flew to another div. Hq near Beyreuth then on Tues I flew to Salzburg and to Linz both of which are in Austria. Then on Wed up into Czechoslovakia and on Thur I flew down to a town near Munich. Fri I came up to Pilsen for a few days to arrange some business with another division. I expect to finish and return to Division tomorrow so I can take a 1 day leave to the Riviera or into Switzerland. I am really seeing this God forsaken country. I’ll see it well enough so I won’t have to come back.

I got a letter or note from Amy Peterson the other day requesting me to fill out a form for the Preb Guiding Light, helping hand or something of the sort. What the hell, has Amy gone off the deep end? I would have filled it out and returned it but unfortunately I lost track of the slip. Not that I want the magazine, paper or whatever it was. So if , when you see her, you will tell her I lost the slip but you don’t think it would pay to send it because I may be coming home in Nov and papers are very slow in coming. The De Smet news is always from a month to six weeks and longer in reaching me.

How is Wanda’s husband getting along? He has a reason to be bitched off for the Jerry’s weren’t nice. But I doubt if he has seen men in a condition of some Tommies that my Bn helped free. They had been prisoners since Africa. I figure any one getting out with his health was lucky as hell. [This was likely at Polleben.]

Don’t take the concentration camps lightly. Newspapers and movies can’t begin to describe them, all they are are pictures. I have a pretty strong stomach and have seen a lot of horrible things but by god that turned me inside out. [Terry is likely describing the liberation of Nordhausen.]

Nope, the longer I stay over here the more I wonder just what the hell this..
war settled. [there appears to be a break or missing page] An American never will understand how these people think or how to treat them. We are different from the people here (except the German) as day and night.

Enough bitching for one night.

Love Terry

P.S. I hope to be home in time to use those shotgun shells.

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Daniel T Nelings Account Book

The following are names in the account book of Daniel Thompson Nelings. DT Nelings worked as a plasterer in Iowa and also in South Dakota when he moved there with his family. This account book was from plastering work done in and around National, Clayton County Iowa. Jun- July 1867.

Daniel T Nelings AccountBook,   DTNelingsacctbook_40001,  DTNelingsacctbook_pt3,  DTNelingsacctbook_20001

Axelmier (p. 7)

S. Banfman (p. 16)

S. Banjiman (p. 19)

David Banshaw  (p. 16)

G. Barstow (p.3)

Sam’l Blow (p. 21)

G. Branshy [sp] (p.3)

E. Brant (p. 25)

Nat Brunson (p. 4, 26)

The Iowa State Census for 1856 has a 42 year-old N.S. Brunson living in Windsor, Fayette County, Iowa.

A.C. Buck (p. 15)

The US Census for 1850 has a 24 year-old Albert C. Buck living in Farmersburg, Clayton County, Iowa.

J.P.L. Clark (p. 2, 5)

The 1870 US Census has at least 2 John Clarks living in Clayton County Iowa. One in Lodomillo and the other in Cass/Strawberry Point.

A.M. Cortes (p. 13)

The 1870 US Census has an Allen M. Cortes living in Farmersburg, Clayton County Iowa and working as a farmer.

John Covey (p. 20)

The 1870 US Census lists 2 John Coveys in Clayton County. Both live in Mendon, and they appear to be father (71 years old) and son (37 years old).

Danford Edey (p. 3, 7)

The 1870 US Census has a 43 year-old Danford Edey living in McGregor Iowa.

Mr Finey (p. 1)

Parker Hall (p. 30)

US General Land Office Records shows a purchase of 40 acres by a Parker Hall in Sperry Township in Clayton County in 1859.

Norman Hamilton (p. 20)

The 1870 US Census shows a 39 year-old Norman Hamilton in Farmersburg Iowa.

Heley (p. 12)

Holensworth (p. 5)

The 1856 Iowa State Census has an Elias Holensworth living in Farmersburg Iowa.

A. Hulnise (p. 1)

H. Hutsons (p. 23)

Wm Ibel (p. 4)

The 1870 US Census has a 26 year-old William Eibel living in McGregor, Iowa.

James Jack (p. 4, 28, 29)

James Jack was the neighbor of Daniel T. Nelings in Farmersburg Iowa. He is probably the brother of David Jack, the husband of Mary E. Nelings and uncle of Jessie Annette (Jack) Hooper.

Charles James (p. 25)

The 1870 US Census has a Charles James living in Millville, Iowa.

James Joans (p. 30)

The 1870 US Census has a 59 year-old James Jones living in Farmersburg Iowa.

Wm Keley (p. 29)

John Knight (p. 27)

The 1870 US Census has a 36 year-old John Knight living in Farmersburg Iowa.

M.A. Knight (p. 4)

Krandton (p. 11)

Wm Linton (p. 18)

The 1870 US Census has a William Linton living in Farmersburg, Iowa.

T. Lockwood (p. 9)

Calven Miller (p. 4, 24)

C. Morgan (p. 9)

E. Murphy (p.1)

David Nickels (p. 12)

The 1870 US Census has a David Nickols living in Farmersburg, Iowa.

A. Palmer (Halmer?) (p. 1)

The 1870 US Census has an Asal B. Palmer living in Farmersburg, Iowa.

John Pace (p. 5)

The 1860 US Census has a J.B. Pace living in Millville, Iowa.

James Parch (p. 1)

The 1870 US Census has a James Parch living in Boardman Twp, Iowa.

O.D. Pettit (p. 5, 28)

George Ranshow (p. 17)

Leonidas Renshaw (p. 16)

The 1860 US Census has a 17 year-old Leonidas Renshaw living in Farmersburg, IA.

T. Rousk [sp] (p. 3)

Rutter/Ruther (p. 1)

Simeon Scott (p. 14)

P. Shaler (p. 10)

Edwin Shirman (p. 17)

Barton Smith (p. 6)

David Smith (p. 12)

Fred Smith (p. 26)

Benjamin Smith (p. 7)

Dr. White (p. 18)

A. Woodart (p. 2)

Alison Woodward (p. 2)

W. Woodward (p. 13)

The 1870 US Census has a John W. Woodward living in Strawberry Point IA working as a carpenter and joiner.

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Alexander W. Perry marries Abbie Cheney

“A noon wedding occurred in Mankato today. Mr. Alex W. Perry and Miss Abbie V. Cheney of Amboy were married, the ceremony taking place at the Stahl House, Dr. C. Line of the Methodist church officiating.” The (Mankato) Review, Nov 9, 1897.

Mankato Paper Social

Stahl housestahl

The Stahl House is now a wine bar, and is at the corner of Riverfront Dr and Plum St. Street View Stahl House

Abbie Cheney’s family came from Rutland County Vermont, the same county that James Perry came from. There were a number of Cheneys who also lived in the Mankato area, including Rapidan. In fact, Rapidan lists a Perry W. Cheney as a barber (no known connection to Abbie Cheney or the Perrys in my family).


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James Samuel Perry–three families

One of the biggest recent shockers in my family history has been about my great-great-great grandfather, James Samuel Perry.

For the longest time, my dad and I were trying to find out about James Samuel Perry. We knew that he married Lydia May SMITH in Rockford, Illinois in 1853. Their oldest son, Charles James, was born in Savannah, Illinois in 1854 and the rest of the children, including my great-great-grandfather, were born in Minnesota. Between 1860 and 1870 James Perry disappeared.

A couple of years ago, based on family trees and emails from people on, we found out that he left Lydia and his children in Winnebago, Faribault County, Minnesota and moved back to Illinois with Jennie Emma Elwell.  He then married Jennie and they had three daughters, one (Daisy Perry SMITH) who lived to adulthood.

Just this summer my dad discovered evidence in family trees on Ancestry that suggests James Samuel Perry had a marriage and family before Lydia in 1853. The 1850 US Census in Johnsburgh, Warren County, New York lists a Samuel Perry, born in 1819 in Vermont, living with his wife Mary, infant daughter Mary, son Benjamin, father Sardis, and sister Amanda M. Perry. Like my ancestor, this Samuel Perry worked as a tailor. My dad found an article that stated that Samuel had left the family and was missing about 1853, leaving his family and another son, Oliver Hazard Perry.

As a side note, Oliver Hazard Perry lived in various places in Nebraska, including Cozad, and died in 1922 in Jerome, Yavapai County, Arizona. He was a photographer and died in a fire fueled, in part, by the chemicals used in developing film.

Lessons learned:

  1. Behavior repeats. If a person has left one family it makes sense to consider that s/he has left other families. Don’t rule out information that otherwise fits simply because that information includes another family.
  2. Always take screenshots or save information that is found once!
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Frank Delos Tyrrell. Somewhere in Germany. 13 April 45

Somewhere in Germany 13 April 45

Dear Sis and Family:

Just a note to let you know I am O.K. I don’t have much time to write to anyone now days for when we are pushing we go night and day catching a cat nap when we can. You get so damn tired you loose all sense of time dates and days. I hope that it ends soon. When you get that tired you get careless and that’s what I did the other day and damn near for mine from a sniper. I think I learned my lesson and it wan’t happen again. From now on I shoot first and ask questions later. They are a dirty sneaking bunch of rotten bastards. They are whipped and know it but still keep on fighting. Well one consolation, they can’t keep it up much longer. Although I don’t think the country will ever fall like it did on the last war I think we are fighting a war of occupation right now. I think we will have to occupy the whole country by force and hold it the same way.

Sorry to hear that you couldn’t make the trip to the coast.  I will be stopping in when we go through if they don’t ship us to the CBI theater before we have a chance to breathe.

Pass my letter or the news I am O.K. on. I don’t expect to write. I do well to get one off to Midge more than once or twice a week.



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Frank Delos Tyrrell. Somewhere in Luxembourg. 1 Nov 44

Somewhere in Luxembourg  1 Nov 44

Dear Sis, Geo and Kids:

I have a Nazi flag all packed ready for mailing if I ever get the chance. It is rather large but only made out of cotton. I have been on the look out for a large silk one.

It looks like this damn thing might drag out for some time. I understand that the people back home had the war won when we were tearing across France. I don’t see how they can be so damn foolish. This is a dirty rotten mess. I hope to hell Tommy never gets a look at anything like it.

To keep our mind off from fighting we raise a lot of hell when he have the chance. I guess the best way to describe it would be to say we do everything that would be prohibited in the States. I have drank more champagne than I ever saw in America. I got a little hot one day a couple of months ago and cleaned up around $1400.00. What a time for a couple of weeks until I counted up and only had around $1000.00 left so I started sending some home to Midge. I sent her around $700.00 and keep enough for a couple of parties.

I am going to look for another game one of these nights and see what happens. Don’t mention this to Midge as she still is in the dark about where the extra dough comes from.

We are entitled to wear three battle stars on our campaign ribbon, and I have been given the bronze star. Not much an award, about as low as they come, but it brings back memories of a hole I will never be in again if I can help it. I don’t mind seeing the bastards killed, but I would sooner have it at a little longer range.

Good night for now.


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