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Genealogical Guffaws & Ha-Ha History

Time once again for The Online Genealogist to dip into his bag of garba- er, TRICKS and bring you the “best” and “funniest” items you will ever “see”!  Gotta love the quotes; no disclaimer required!

For you newbie readers of this garba- er, BLOG, that would be any family history-related tidbit found in print, such as newspapers and city directories.  But mostly, newspapers and city directories.  Most anything that fits into the “Ya just can’t make this up and if you did; why would you want to?” category.

And newspaper marriage combos are my favorites!  I could be so lucky to find most humorous pairings like STRAW-HOUSE, MOORE-RONN or KNOTT-PFUNNIE; so instead, you get this garba- STUFF!  From the Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Bklyn Eagle 18600810a Church-Church

Two Churches married by a Rev. Bell… in a church!

Not living up to his name…

Bklyn Eagle 18600801a Elder

…and an oxymoronic exit from this earth…

Bklyn Eagle 19260127 Lively death

Ah, yes – a Lively death.

On the flip side, here’s a boring couple for ya…

Bklyn Eagle 18601201a Moore-Knapp

They’re a hit a parties!  Zzzzzzz.

Besides the splotchy print, what is wrong with this marriage announcement?

Bklyn Eagle 18610520a Doherty-Rev. Pise

Score 50 points if you answered “Wait a minute!… Who’s gettin’ married here??”

Fortunately, it was corrected the next day.

Bklyn Eagle 18610521a Doherty-O'Donnell

…after a lengthy tongue-lashing from the furious bride, I’m sure!

Well, well, well…

Bklyn Eagle 18620307a Crowell-Cornwell

Many confusing introductions at THAT reception.  Ya think??

Is this a marriage or chess commentary?!?

Bklyn Eagle 18700203a Bishop-Trappall

Of course, BISHOP-KNIGHT would’ve been funnier.  Though maybe not for Miss Owatta Knight.

This is probably more common than you’d think…

Bklyn Eagle 18620528a Walsh-Walters

…marrying the girl that sat behind you in school!

What’s worse than two families flipping out, worrying about the upcoming marriage?

Bklyn Eagle 18600906a McFarland-Ashfield(x2)

…having to go through that hell, times two!!

Jeez, the McFarlands and Ashfields took up so much room that last newlyweds Arnold and Amaret were left with SQUAT!

Not looking for Lois and Clark; but super, man.

Bklyn Eagle 18700429a Kent-Lane

From the 1915 (!) Lebanon, NH city directory, it’s not Sam Carpenter, house-builder, but…

Directory Lebanon 1915 175a

Staying in Lebanon, but this coming from the Granite State Free Press.

GSFP 19420914 01a

We can only hope!

Here’s another “Fire the ad agency!!”-worthy ad in the Norwich Bulletin

Norwich Bulletin 19141113 07a

See comment below barber Pat… above.

It’s May 18, 1861 and this Bangor Daily Whig ad says Uncle Sam is NOT looking for soldiers to sign up for the barely-started Civil War.

Bangor Daily Whig 18610518 02a

“You’ll never see combat!  Only fifes and/or drums!!”  Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

And the typesetter is getting a little tipsy at the Omaha Daily Bee

Omaha Bee 19150612 18a Crooked Type

Oh, today’s e-editors have NO idea.

Should you be worried if your newspaper editor may also be QUACKING?  From the Bradford page in an 1858 Vermont atlas…

Dr. Editor Mann

Voodoo doctor?  Super, Mann!

Even so, sounds better than his colleague Dr. Farr; a mechanical dentist.  I can hear the machinery nearing a patient’s mouth now.  Oh, the screams.

And the July 19, 1856 issue of the Boston Transcript shows that it was NOT a good day to be a George Russell in New England.

Boston Transcript 18560719a

And so ends this Ancestry.com-free blog posting!!!

JohnBrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

TOG WEB

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Darling Ross, and other curious names found in our genealogy research

Darling Ross

How would you like to be a guy and have to go through life with “Darling” as your first name?  “Hey, how ’bout hitchin’ up that team of horses?…Dar-ling!”  And did Mrs. Ross call him “Darling” or “Dahhhhhhrling”??

As family history researchers, we see unusual names like this quite frequently, giving us a chuckle as we quickly scan by, looking for the non-Darling Ross names in the search for our elusive ancestors.  The difference with me?  I save them… for posting here later on!

So, how did Mr. Ross end up with Darling as his first name?  Longtime genealogists will surmise that it’s not based on his sparkling personality; more likely a mother’s or grandmother’s maiden name.  Colonial surnames were sometimes used as first names for later children.  If I were researching our darling Darling here, I would surely be looking at possible Darling families living nearby.

But enough with the helpful hints – on with the silliness!

Appropriate names are always fun.  What ELSE would you expect this fellow to do for work?

Federal Census 1850 Carpenter 2

From the 1923 Bristol, CT Directory, a confused worker…

Bristol CT Directory 1923 61aIs he an employee or is he the BOSS?

Do you think this Norwich, CT family has a problem trying to sit still?

Norwich Bulletin 19150121 09a

And of course, staying in Norwich, we can’t forget marriages.

Isn’t this one of those Pacific Islands in the middle of nowhere?

Norwich Bulletin 19150218 07a

Is this a couple or a birdwatching guide?

Norwich Bulletin 19140928 07a

This second couple went WAY out of their way to offset “what people may think”.

Norwich Bulletin 19140930 07a

…and this couple, uhhhhh – didn’t!

Norwich Bulletin 19141014 07a

Happiness and Gaiety, not far behind!

Norwich Bulletin 19141104 11a

But in the 1919 Brockton, MA Directory, someone is not quite sure.

Brockton Directory 1919 86 DionAnd ending off with a couple in Buxton, ME… marriage expectation a bit too high?

Living & Loving 2Was the Dunnel of Love, but now Mrs. Love Lane.  Living and Love in church records – yes!

 

Amongst our Living, I’d Love to research family histories for you!

 

TOG WEB

johnbrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

 

“It jumped up to 60% of genealogy records online overnight!” and other comical items

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Yes, it’s time for more geneologyuks!

I came across some entries within the 1890 Boston city directory that gave me a chuckle.

Isaac was the only one that did NOT get a name-appropriate job…

Boston Directory 1890 1158a Sellar

“Henry A. Sellar, clerk”…we all nod in agreement.

I can understand the laborer, but are you sure you want an inexperienced carpenter or boilermaker??

Boston Directory 1890 966a Newby

Are they referring to the cans or the company itself??

Boston Directory 1890 678a Intelligent

For DUMB-ASS tin cans, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

Do you think Joseph’s surname caused confusion for some?

Boston Directory 1890 976a Nope

“Could you tell me your last name?”  “Nope!”  “Why not?!?”

And only we baby-boomers will get this one…

Boston Directory 1890 983a Oates

Shouldn’t he be “Holland Oates, musician”??

Let’s go back 10 years to 1880 for more fun marriage notices from The Sun (New York City).

If only these names were switched…

NY Sun 18800118 05a

This could be the beginning of a sonnet…

NY Sun 18800123 03a

And who said “Three’s a crowd”??

NY Sun 18800126 03a

Yes, that one looks quite odd; until you actually read it.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Sometimes I can go for several newspaper issues without finding some good combos and names, but I hit the jackpot here on Jan. 31, 1880!

NY Sun 18800131 03a

Are we sensing a THEME here?  (Be even funnier if the first two couples were switched – heh.)  And we also get a bonus combo with some Hudson River wordplay!

I’ll leave you with this divorce notice; no explanation required – ha!

NY Sun 18800130 03a

In a JAM??  We all nod in agreement.

And if you’re having trouble finding those 65% of genealogy records online, I can help!

TOG WEB

johnbrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

It’s a Mocavo Two-fer!

Mocavo

First, big news that Mocavo has been purchased by FindMyPast.

Here is the full announcement on their home page.

I’m almost ashamed to say that I’m not subscribed to Mocavo or FindMyPastAlmost.  I mean seriously, how many of these paid-subscription websites must a genealogist cough up the bucks for?  And with some of them, you do some serious coughing!  But that’s for another post…

Funny that those two were next on my “genealogy sites to subscribe to” list, but only if I really really really really needed to.  As Mocavo is more of a search engine, I’ve been able to locate the information on my own, after their Free Forever search comes back with the results.  Same for the newspapers on FindMyPast – many are already available online for free.

So, what does this marriage mean for us?  A bad name like FindMo’Cavo??

Well, to start, a combined website/yearly subscription would be nice!  *COUGH COUGH*  (The till is dry.)

I’m sure FindMyPast and Mocavo joined forces for the very reason I’ve yet to subscribe to either; they really don’t have enough exclusive material to warrant the extra expense.  It’s almost like they’re trying to snatch up the “scraps” that Ancestry and FamilySearch (and to an extent, Fold3) don’t want.

FMP/M will have plenty to say in these coming months.  But will their combined efforts be enough to get me off the fence?

And did you know Mocavo will scan your genealogy-related books, diaries, photos, etc. for FREE?  (Love that word.  FREEEEEE.)

Simply click that Contribute button on their navigation bar.  (Or you could always just click the clickable “Contribute” I made right there.)

I recently found two local town landowners’ annual reports at a church rummage sale and mailed them to Mocavo for them to scan.  Upon doing so, they’ll add these to their collection of OCR searchable items for ALL!  It’s a GREAT service and I’m hoping that many subscribers (or not) will take them up on this offer.  So, keep an eye out, as there’s lots of genealogical stuff out there for scanning!

One very nice Mocavo niche is the central availability of such annual town reports, many of which contain births, marriages and deaths recorded during that past year.  (Obviously, better chances of seeing those for smaller towns.  Cities will simply give you the grand totals.)  Though again, with some digging, you can find most of these annuals online elsewhere..,yes, for free.

But you probably don’t want to send Mocavo anything that’s near and dear to your heart.  Especially books, as they say they need to remove the binding for better scanning, which makes perfect sense.  Read the fine print.

I’ll let you know when “my” town records come up online there.  (Supposedly, they’ll contact me AND give me credit for the data.)

So, let this be an open challenge to FindMyPast/Mocavo

Knock me off the fence!!!

 

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Speaking of newspaper marriage announcements…

I think it’s about time for some comic relief; genealogical in nature, of course!

As a young pup, National Lampoon’s “True Facts” was the source of much amusement for me.  Mostly consisting of dumb criminal stories and funny business signs, they would frequently include newspaper marriage/engagement announcements with comical pairings of the groom’s and bride’s surnames.  Such as “Black-White” (if Jack Black was engaged to Betty White), “Trapp-Dorr”, “Goode-Fellows” and so on.

When browsing through newspapers, I keep an eye out for such combos and collect the better ones, as they’re always good for a chuckle.

Here are some I found recently manually browsing through The Sun (New York City) circa 1874-1875, looking for a particular marriage.  [Note: I tweaked a few of these in PhotoShop for readability ONLY; none of the print itself was altered!]

Let’s start off going to Ohio by way of Iowa…

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But neither are Italian…

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Would you do business with this backwards investment firm??…

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Aw, that’s sweet…

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Here’s hoping their marriage turned out this way…

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Exactly what many of us do…

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Give us a smooch!…

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Trading in one “Wolf” name for another!…

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Not my first choice for a restaurant hiring…

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Because that white stuff ain’t good for ya!…

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And I had to include this one merely for the bizarre look of it…

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It’s not bigamy, but QUADamy!  And look who one of the grooms is – ha!

And did you know that The Sun also published DIVORCES?  (Helpful genealogical tip of the day.)

Here are two such “conflicting” notices…

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More like NO Moore, as in…

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Nearly all of the DIVORCED notices I came across looked like the above, with just one surname for both.  So I nearly fell off the chair when I saw these!…

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Yes, we needed that extra clarification – ha!

And, no – I didn’t find the marriage I was originally seeking, though did have a fun time LOOKING!

 

If you need any marriages, divorces, births, deaths researched, drop me a line!

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