Monday, September 26, 2016

Amanuensis Monday: Myrtle Vanevery and Delta Sigma Sorority

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

I continue my project to transcribe family letters, journals, newspaper articles, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin - some I never met - others I see a time in their life before I knew them.

Below I transcribe a couple newspaper articles from the St. Louis Star and Times mentioning my grandmother, Myrtle Vanevery Deutsch (1900-1951).

St. Louis Star and Times, June 26, 1933, p. 6.

DELTA SIGMA OFFICERS 

Miss Florence E. Slatery, 5879 Delor street (left), as national president, today opened the annual convention of the Delta Sigma Sorority at the Coronado Hotel. Above (right), is Mrs. David Campbell, 5927 Kingsbury avenue, national treasurer, and below is Miss Myrtle Van Every, chairman of the committee in charge of a bridge luncheon to be given tomorrow afternoon at the Glen Echo Country Club in honor of visiting delegates. The Delta Sigma is a national philanthropic organization. More than 200 delegates and local members are attending the convention, which will continue with business sessions and social entertainment until Thursday evening.
St. Louis Star and Times, Sept 13, 1933, p. 14

Sorority Has Rush Tea

Missouri Alpha Chapter, Delta Sigma Sorority, began its fall rush season Saturday with a tea at the home of Miss Florence Slatery, 5879 Delor street.

In the receiving line were: Miss Esther Linquist, national secretary of the organization, and Miss Myrtle Van Every, president of the local chapter. Chapter officers presided at the tea table, decorated in pink and lavender, sorority colors.

Invitations were issue to the following rushes: Misses Dorothy Burscheid, Naomi Burton, Inez Green, Mildred Johnson, Terrye Kuntzsch, Evelyn Leatherbury, Melba Proctor, Marle Townsend, Lillian Woodruff and Mrs. Richard Hauk.


Notes:

1. Both of these articles were found in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch archives There are actually four newspapers in the collection: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1874-2016), St. Louis Star and Times (1910-1950), St. Louis News (1978),  St. Louis Times (1978-1979). When the archives were first released earlier this year, the Star and Times articles weren't searchable.

2) I'd seen references to her activity in the Delta Sigma sorority previously, but this is the first article that mentioned she was President of the local chapter. And this is also the first article that identifies Missouri as the Alpha Chapter.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Weekly Genealogy Picks and Calendar

Highlights from news stories and blog posts I have read in the past week that deal with my overlapping interests in Genealogy, History, Heritage, and Technology.
  • September 25
    • Start of Banned Books Week (US)
  • September 26
    • European Day of Languages (EU)
  • September 27
    • World Tourism Day (UN)
  • September 29
    • Meskel (Ethiopian Orthodox/Eritrean Orthodox)
    • Michaelmas (Christian)
  • September 30
    • International Translation Day (International Federation of Translators)
  • October 1
    • Navaratri Oct 1-10 (Hindu)
    • Muharram - New Year (Islam) (starts at sunset)
    • International Day of Older Persons (UN)
  • October 2
    • International Day of Non-Violence (UN)
    • Rosh HaShanah - New Year (Jewish) (starts at sunset)
  • October 3
    • German Unity Day (Germany)
  • October 4
    • St. Francis Day (Catholic)
    • Beginning of World Space Week (UN) (Oct 4-10)
  • October 5
    • World Teacher's Day (UN)
  • October 6
    • German American Day (US)
  • October 9
    • National Day of Commemorating the Holocaust (Romania)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

George Washington Did Have Children. Two of them.

I have heard it repeated countless times by trustworthy genealogists that George Washington had no children. Today I found out that is untrue. After marrying Martha Dandridge Custis, he adopted two of her grandchildren from her first marriage.

A child by blood is not more of  a child than a child by law.

If I interpret the above link - Organizations Acknowledge George Washington's Biracial Family Tree - correctly, it is new information, or at least confirmed rumor, that Washington's adopted son had children with slaves. However, it isn't new information that the adopted son had children through marriage.

George Washington Parke Custis married Mary Fitzhugh in 1804, and their child, Mary Anna Randolph Custis, married Robert E Lee. Here's a chart of their descendants for three generations.

I first learned of this news story at: ExtremeGenes

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Weekly Genealogy Picks and Calendar

Highlights from news stories and blog posts I have read in the past week that deal with my overlapping interests in Genealogy, History, Heritage, and Technology.
Upcoming holidays - religious and secular, national and international - for the next two weeks
  • September 18
    • National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (US)
  • September 19
    • International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Geek)
  • September 21
    • International Day of Peace (United Nations)
  • September 22
    • New Years Day (French Republican Calendar)
    • Equinox (Wicca/Pagan)
    • Hobbit Day (Geek)
  • September 26
    • European Day of Languages (EU)
  • September 27
    • World Tourism Day (UN)
  • September 29
    • Meskel (Ethiopian Orthodox/Eritrean Orthodox)
    • Michaelmas (Christian)
  • September 30
    • International Translation Day (International Federation of Translators)
  • October 1
    • Navaratri Oct 1-10 (Hindu)
    • Muharram - New Year (Islam) (starts at sunset)
    • International Day of Older Persons (UN)
  • October 2
    • International Day of Non-Violence (UN)

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Be extra careful with geographical names

Just received a comment on an old post correcting an error I made several years ago.

I recorded a residence as "Houston, Texas" when the census record is for Houston County, Texas. The city of Houston is in Harris County. The county is about 100 miles north of the city. This is also a reminder that recording both City and County whenever possible is important.

I retrieved the census record in my early research and have never re-viewed it. I hope I wouldn't make that mistake today.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Updates to Family History Documents

I updated the Family History Documents page, adding a couple of new discoveries.

1) Mary Blackadar Piersol's book, Records of the Van Every Family; United Empire Loyalists (1947) is now available online. The copy that was scanned was a copy that the owner had handwritten a few notes, including additional names.

2) Sixty Years in Southern California (1853-1913), containing the reminiscences of Harris Newmark (1916) is also available online. [It's unclear if I am related to this family, however, a few individuals are mentioned in this work who were briefly in St. Louis, but left before my ancestors arrived.]

3) I updated the link to an article by Gary Boyd Roberts on Notable Descendants of the Immigrant Stoughton Siblings of Massachusetts. (I've updated this link a few times. The New England Historic Genealogical Society seems to have a habit of reorganizing their website.)

Pelion Van Every - Genealogy in the Comics

I wonder how I am related to the fictional character, Pelion Van Every, from the classic comic strip, "The Heart of Juliet Jones." The below strip appeared on November 28, 1961. [Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch Archives]

I like how this comic suggests not all family stories are accurate.

It's impossible to know where the cartoonist came up with the surname Van Every. He may have known someone with the surname, or have borrowed it from the famous historical novelist and Hollywood screenwriter, Dale Van Every.

The character Pelion Van Every appears to have only been a part of the strip between November 1961 and February 1962. Juliet Jones is researching the history of the fictional town of Devon, and seeking descendants of co-founders Pelion and Dundee. She ultimately introduces Pelion Van Every to Dundee Greer. And, well, I don't want to spoil what happens next.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Weekly Picks and Calendar

Highlights from news stories and blog posts I have read in the past week that deal with my overlapping interests in Genealogy, History, Heritage, and Technology.
Upcoming holidays - religious and secular, national and international - for the next two weeks
  • September 10
    • Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day (Islam)
    • World Suicide Prevention Day (World Health Organization)
  • September 11
    • Start of Eid al Adha - Sept 11-14 (Islam)
    • Auditor's Day (Church of Scientology)
    • Grandparents Day (US/Canada)
    • National Day of Service (US)
  • September 12
    • Saragarhi Day (Sikhism)
  • September 14
    • Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Orthodox)
  • September 15
    • International Day of Democracy (United Nations)
  • September 16
    • National POW/MIA Recognition Day (US)
    • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (United Nations)
    • Constitution Day (US)
  • September 18
    • National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (US)
  • September 19
    • International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Geek)
  • September 21
    • International Day of Peace (United Nations)
  • September 22
    • New Years Day (French Republican Calendar)
    • Equinox (Wicca/Pagan)
    • Hobbit Day (Geek)