Gaylord Fact Finders Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 1524

Gaylord, Michigan 49734

Volume 13, Number 3                                                                                                                            January, 2000


Officers for 1999-2000: Committees:
President Donna Marrs Obituaries/Vital Records Donna Marrs
Vice President  Marleah Muzyl Marleah Muzyl
Recording Secretary Mary "Dell" Krueger Membership
Corresp. Secretary Donna Marrs Social Patricia Moehring
Treasurer Jackie Skinner Newsletter Donna Marrs

Marleah Muzyl

Past-President  Uilani Clifton Programs Sue Gissel
Inter-Society Liaison  Donna Marrs
These officers and Past-President comprise our executive board. MGC Delegates Donna Marrs

Marleah Muzyl

Publications  Sue Giessel
Historian Pat Moehring



Publisher of "The Keystone" is the Gaylord Fact Finders Genealogical Society, a non-profit organization. Publication is in January, April, July, and October.
Membership dues are $10.00 per individual (or $ 12.00 per family), and are due by the May meeting each year. If the dues have not received, that member will not receive the July issue of "The Keystone." Regular meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month (August - November, and March - June) at the Otsego County Historical Museum, 320 W. Main, Gaylord. Correspondence should be sent to the address shown at the top.

This issue includes some abandoned tombstones, a census problem, table of distances, Gaylord Fact-Finders publications, postmasters of Vanderbilt, some lodge addresses, and some up-coming events


WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?                                                                                                         Call # J929.1 Hil
By Suzanne Hilton

"lf you trace your family back as far as 1625, you will discover thousands people who are directly related to you. Even if you go only half that far, you'll find surprises galore in searching for the people whose genes you bear.  It's a way of discovering yourself!"

 "No ancestor is lost, as long as he or she has a descendant who would like to meet him, says the author of this intriguing and inclusive book. And she proves it—showing you how to do the detective work called genealogical research—how to find your own identity down the byways of your personal past, in the ancestors whose traits you bear."

"You begin simply, constructing a miniature family tree by questioning elderly relatives. You learn to make family group record and research charts, interview, write for information, find your way around a genealogical library, use indexes and specialized reference books and newspapers. You see history and geography with new eyes!" 

(taken from the jacket)

We Welcome New Members -

# 174 Donald R. Moss 7806 Blue Grass Dr., Parkville, Missouri, 64152 816-741-5196
Researching Moss, Grubbe, Schlienz, and June.

New Address -
Annette Killebrew
179 Stewarts Hill Dr.
Rogersville, Tennessee 37857


Gaylord Fact Finders Genealogical Society  has recently  added a NEW PUBLICATION: ANTRIM COUNTY, MICHIGAN HEADSTONES is now available at a cost of $40.00, (including shipping and sales tax) available from our mailing address. This publication has 417 pages, covering 15,817 headstones in Antrim County, and is presented in a county-wide format, (rather than 32 separate listings).  All names are sorted alphabetically, so 32 indexes do not have to be checked.  The book includes a county map showing location of the cemeteries, directions to each cemetery, along with a photo identifying the cemetery, the oldest grave in each cemetery, and a map of each cemetery, as well as a map showing the location of Antrim County (Where in the world is Antrim County?) and a brief history of Antrim. 


At the end of November, 1999, the genealogy world in northern Michigan was "shook up" when the news announced that 8 tombstones were found abandoned outside a cabin in Kalkaska County. 

The names on the tombstones are as follows:

  1. Gerald E. Simon, April 30, 1948, Jacqueline Wojda.

  2. Earl C. Swartzlander, 1928 - 1996.

  3. Joseph J. & Stella H. Laux, 1892 - 19??, 1892 - 1937.

  4. Bessie Lee Armstrong, Nov. 21, 1928 - May 16, 1994.

  5. Andrew Pollauf, 1894 - 1965.

  6. Chet Padley, 1926 - 1997.

  7. Joseph Szczur, 1879 - 1948.

  8. Sister M. Susanne Nawrocki, 1915 - 1995.

Listeners were requested to contact the police in Kalkaska with information concerning the burials of the above persons.  Calls were received indicating that these stones came from Southern Michigan, Ohio, and even New York. After contact with the cabin-owner, who was stationed over-seas, it was learned that these stones were "type-o's" containing erroneous data. The question remains; What is the intended use of these stones?

A request has been received for information concerning causes of death used in "days of yore". These were in our January, 1997, publication of 'The Keystone", but it appears that it bears re-publication at this time. 

(This is all I can think of at this time. Should anyone come across any that are not listed here, please advise, and we shall include it. In the meantime, try to avoid the above AT ALL COSTS!!!!!)

Addison's disease An affliction of the adrenal glands.
Apoplexy A stroke, or cerebral hemorrhage often caused from hardening of the arteries.
Asphyxia An acute shortage of oxygen, often resulting from drowning, shock, gas poisoning, or diseases such as pneumonia or bulbar polio, which paralyze the muscles that control breathing.
Atrophy Withering of body tissues.
Bacterial Endocarditis A bacterial infection of the membranous tissues, surrounding the heart.
Blackwater fever A disease caused by parasites in the blood; a form of malaria.
Blue baby A newborn baby with a congenital heart defect causing the blood in the baby's veins to have an oversupply of unpurified blood, giving a blue color to the skin.
Carcinoma A malignant tumor.
Cerebral hemorrhage Bleeding in the brain from a ruptured blood vessel.
Cholera Any of several diseases of man and domestic animals. Usually marked by severe gastrointestinal symptoms.
Cholera Infantum/Infantile cholera See above. Especially relating to infants.
Cirrhosis Hardening of the tissues in an organ; the liver, kidneys, stomach, or lungs may be affected by cirrhosis of the liver.
Consumption A progressive wasting-away of the body, especially from pulmonary tuberculosis.
Coronary thrombosis A blocking of the coronary artery of the heart, caused by clotting of the artery itself.
Croup A spasmodic laryngitis especially of infants marked by episodes of difficult breathing and hoarse metallic cough.
Degeneration A disease characterized by enfeebled and worsened condition.
Dropsy Edema; An abnormal excess accumulation of serious fluid (water) in connective tissue cavity; a watery swelling.
Edema See dropsy.
Embolism Blocking of the blood stream by a clot or clump of fatty or other material, such as bacteria, cancer cells, or any extraneous material; an embolism in a vital organ such as the brain or heart may cause sudden death.
Gangrene Destruction of a portion of body tissue brought about by cutting of circulation to the affected area; frostbite, crushing wounds, burns, or poisoning may result in gangrene.
Hemorrhage Excessive bleeding.
Hodgkin's Disease A fatal disease, the cause of which is unknown, characterized by swelling of the lymph glands of the neck and fever, gradually spreading to other parts of the body including the liver, spleen, and sometimes the bones.
Leukemia A blood disease, also known as cancer of the blood, wherein the white blood cells increase enormously in number.
Malaria A disease that is caused by a sporozoan parasite in the red blood cells and is transmitted by the bite of anopheline mosquitoes, and is characterized by periodic attacks of chills and fever.
Marasmus A wasting disease that affects infants, causing them to be unable to assimilate food properly.
Measles A highly contagious disease caused by a virus.
Myocardial Infarction Damage to the heart muscle due to cutting of its blood supply.
Phthisis Wasting away of body tissues, a former term of tuberculosis.
Poliomyelitis An infantile paralysis; an acute infectious neuro-muscular disease
Q fever An infections disease caused by a rickets-like micro-organism transmitted by the bite of ticks from infected animals.
Rubeola See measles.
Sarcoidosis A disease in which tumors appear on the skin, in the lymph nodes, salivary glands, eyes, and sometimes in the lungs and bones of the hands and feet; no effective cure has been found.
Scarlet fever An acute infectious disease of childhood caused by a streptococcus, a type of germ resembling a chain of beads.
Sclerosis Hardening of tissues in which nerve tissue hardens and degenerates.
Scrofula Swellings of the lymph glands of the neck; tuberculosis of lymph glands especially in the neck.
Senility The physical and mental infirmity of old age.
Septicemia Blood poisoning.
Spinal Meningitis Inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
Thrombosis Clogging of a blood vessel, caused by a clot.
Toxemia Poisoning of the blood stream.
Typhoid fever An acute infectious disease caused by a typhoid bacillus.
Whooping cough/Pertussis An acute infectious disease mostly affecting pre-school children whereby a violent cough develops.
Wilm's Tumor A malignant tumor of the kidney, mostly in young children.
Xeroderma A severe dry, rough skin with scaly condition.
Yellow fever An acute infectious disease caused by a mosquito borne virus.
Unknown The dreaded fatal condition which snuffs out life, and is incomprehensible and indefinable by man.
(This is all I can think of at this time. Should anyone come across any that are not listed here, please advise, and we shall include it. In the meantime, try to avoid the above AT ALL COSTS!!!!!)

The Genealogical Society of Utah does not film divorce records, since divorce is not recognized in their belief and faith.

e-Mail addresses of some of OUT members:

Jackie Skinner

Janet and Don Rechlin

Dell Krueger

Dick Krueger

Sue Giessel

Consider some of the things that may be "wrong" in census records and that will probably add to the confusion of the beginning genealogist. Problems are likely to be found in records of 1850 or later, and usually will involve individuals born in the 18th or early 19th century.  Did your older ancestors that were alive in 1850 really know where they were born? Probably although it seems unlikely to us today.  The birthplace for many born of this era may have really been born in just one state. Later information may show that they were born in another state. Example, Maine didn't become a state until 15 March, 1830.  Before that it was part of Massachusetts.  Many of Alabama's earliest settlers came from the Carolinas, Virginia, as well as from Tennessee. The State of Virginia creates confusion for people born within its borders. In many cases, it has to do with the location in Virginia that they wee born. Think about this...People born in nine other states could actually have been born in Virginia!

1. ILLINOIS was claimed by Virginia from 1781 until 3 Dec., 1818

2. INDIANA was part of Virginia from 1798 until it was admitted to the Union on 11 Dec., 1816.

3. KENTUCKY was part of Virginia at the beginning of the Revolution in 1775, until it became a state on 1 June, 1792.

4. MARYLAND was considered part of Virginia's frontier region from 1775 until 1792, even though Maryland was one of the original 13 states, and had been a colony since the early 1620's.

5. NORTH CAROLINA (the northern portion) was claimed by Virginia from 1728 until 1779 and as far back as 1700 all of North and South Carolina were considered as Virginia's southern border region.

6. OHIO - In 1778 Virginia claimed the "Ohio Country" and even set aside bounty land in the south-central part of the state for her Rev. War veterans. Virginia gave up claim to this land when Ohio was admitted to Union on 19 Feb., 1803.

7. PENNSYLVANIA - Southwest of Pittsburgh was claimed and heavily settled from 1752 to 1786 by Virginia.

8. TENNESSEE (west of North Carolina) was claimed as part of  Virginia from 1760 until 1803. This was long after Tennessee had become a state on I June, 1796!

9. WEST VIRGINIA was part of Virginia from before the Rev. War until the Civil War.  West Virginia became a state on 19 June, 1863.  In 1861 the region separated itself and declared to be a new state known as "Kanawha" so this unusual name might appear as the birthplace of an ancestor. 

One needs to think about the time period of their ancestors birth, and then start checking maps and histories. If possible, figure out exactly where that ancestor was born. Remember, not all "wrong" areas or regions claimed by other states have been named above. You may find other such localities. Ages on the census records can also be misleading.  If the census taker couldn't get the age of a person, he might have guessed.  If no one was at home, he might have asked a neighbor.  You get the picture.  This is how census records might add to the confusion for the genealogist. (Abstracted from an article by John W. Heisey in Antique Week, 15 July, 1991.)



Blessed are the great-grandfathers, who saved embarkation and citizenship papers, for they tell WHEN they came. 
are the great-grandmothers, who hoarded newspaper clippings and old letters, for they tell the STORY of their time. Blessed are the grandfathers, who filed every legal document, for these provide the PROOF. 
are the grandmothers, who preserved family Bibles and diaries, for these are our HERITAGE. 
are fathers, who elect officials that answer letters of inquiry, for—to some—the ONLY LINK to the past. 
are the mothers, who relate family TRADITIONS and LEGENDS to the family, for one of her children will surely remember. 
are relatives, who fill in family sheets with extra data, for to them we owe our FAMILY HISTORY. 
is any family, whose members strive for the PRESERVATION of RECORDS, for this is a labor of love. 
are the children, who will never say, "Grandma, you told that old story twice today." By Wilma Mauk


1 Mile = 80 chains, 320 poles, rods, or perches, 5,280 feet
1 Chain - 4 poles, rods, or perches, 66 feet, 100 links
1 Pole, Rod, or Perch = 25 links, 16 ½ feet
1 Link = 7.92 inches
1 Square Mile = 640 acres
1 Acre = 10 square chains, 160 square poles, rods, or perches, 43,560 square feet
1 Square Chain = 15 square poles, rods, or perches, 10,000 square links
1 Square pole, rod, or perch = 272 ¼ square feet


Gaylord Fact Finders Genealogical Society
Publications for sale:
1. Otsego County Naturalization Record Index $ 4.00
2. Otsego County 1880 Federal Census - Every name index $ 5.00
3. Otsego County 1890 Federal Census Index to schedules enumerating Civil War veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War $ 1.50
4. Otsego County Cemetery Headstone listing (County-Wide) $ 20.00
5. Delayed death records index for Otsego County 1934 - 1947 $ 1.50
6. Listing of Michigan County & Township Addresses $ 20.00
7. 1995 MGC Seminar Syllabus (Including surnames) $ 5.00
8. Antrim County, Michigan Head-stones (County-Wide) $ 40.00
All prices include shipping and sales tax, and may be ordered from:
Gaylord Fact-Finders Genealogical Society,
Box 1524, Gaylord, Michigan 49734


An editor's lament:

If we print jokes, some say we are silly. If we don't some say we are too serious. 
If we print original matter, we lack variety. If we don't we are too lazy to write it.
If we print news, some say we are nosey. If we don't, some will be offended. 
If we print contributions, it's full of junk. If we don't, we don't show our appreciation.
Like as not, someone will say we swiped this. 
Well, we did! From another bulletin! No telling where they got it!


Name Date Appointed
Henry C. Peckham June 24, 1880
Henry L. Bonner February 21, 1881
Charles Berry September 22, 1885
John Elder April 16, 1889
Orlando Steele April 15, 1893
George Skelton April 9, 1897
James I. Berry July 3, 1902
Henry G. Zickgraf March 2, 1903
Edwin H. Hodges September 24, 1913
Mary A. Carpenter June 14, 1937 (Declined appointment)
Olive E. Bergey August 3, 1939
Orlo E. Alexander February 19, 1960
Raymond R. Grizzel June 25, 1961
Edgar A. Richards June 27, 1962
Norman G. Wilhelm October 2, 1971



As indicated in the Encyclopedia of Associations, at Gale Research Co., Book Tower Detroit, Michigan):

ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS (IOOF) - Sovereign Grand Lodge, 16 West Chase St. Baltimore, Maryland 21201

SUPREME LODGE OF KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS (SLKP) - Pythian Building., Room 201, 47 N. Grant, Stockton, California 95202  

WOODMEN OF THE WORLD (WOW) - 450 Speer Blvd. Denver, Colorado, 80204  


Regarding the "Citizenship" column on US Census -  
NA means that person is naturalized;  
PA means declaration of intent papers have been filed;  
AL means alien;  
NR means not reported.


End of February, 2000 at Detroit Public Library, features a certified genealogist from Ireland. Sponsored by Irish Genealogical Society.

May 6, 2000 Eaton County Genealogical Society presents Dr. George K. Schweitzer and Shirley Hodges at Holiday Inn South, Lansing, Mich. Cost is $30.00 including lunch.

July 20 - 22. 2000 "Genealogy in the New Millennium" Conference at Grand Wayne Center. Fort Wayne. Indiana. Registration Booklets due in Fall, 1999.