I have been trying to digest and organize all the information that I received last week at the FGS 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I met some terrific people and attended some wonderful sessions/lectures.
I managed to do just about everything that I intended to do. Well, except win a door prize here and there. I’m just not one of those lucky people!
I learned so much that it will probably take me a while to go through all the notes that I made over the last week. I learned about what NOT to do on a website with Cyndi Howells, I learned how to cite my sources a bit better with Thomas W. Jones, and I realized that a common English/Welsh name like ‘Morgan’ should not intimidate me from Elizabeth Shown Mills.
I am working on the very last piece of advice that I received at the conference -
It was at the 5:00-6:00PM session on Saturday, from Paul Milner:
“You have to kill off Ann.”
Yes, Paul, I think I do.
You see, I attended his session: “English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret”. After the session, he took questions. I was armed with information from Thursday’s session with Elizabeth Shown Mills – “Smiths and Joneses: Success with Families of Common Name”.
My great-great grandfather was Edward Morgan. He is with Elizabeth Morgan, née Waite, in the 1861 Census, although they do not marry until 1867. My great-grandfather, William, is the first child born to the couple ‘officially’. I know that it is not another Elizabeth, at least for now, because John and Richard are the children in the house. A look at their birth certificates – John Waite and Richard Waite – lead me to believe that this is indeed my ‘Betsy’ Waite Morgan.
Oh – did I mention that Edward is 46 in the 1861 census and Betsy is 23? No? I didn’t?
My problem: I cannot go back any further on Edward. There are many Morgans in Gloucestershire at that time. With such an age difference, I have to surmise that he was married before. I looked at the 1851 Census and went to the previous page. I find an Edward and an Ann living next door to Elizabeth and her family! This is a good possibility.
Note to self: ALWAYS turn the page backwards and forwards.
I thought about this from Thursday afternoon until Saturday’s session with Paul. I was pretty sure that I would have to obtain the death record or index (and possibly a will) for the Ann Morgan that I had found. While that might not get me farther back, it will be one more step in that direction.
I raised my hand and told Paul and the others my dilemma. After a chuckle about Edward being 23 years Betsy’s senior, Mr. Milner stated:
“You have to kill off Ann.”
And there it was. I will be spending the next few days coming up with additional leads and killing off Ann.