Surname Saturday: Bunton

It’s Surname Saturday and I’m going alphabetical through my surnames each week.

This week’s surname is Bunton.  My earliest known Bunton ancestor is William Bunton.

Surname Saturday Bunton

William Bunton was born around 1780 in North Carolina and died before 1860.  He married Francis Griffen and lived in Johnson County, Tennessee.

My ancestral line to William Bunton is:

1.) Elyse Doerflinger

2.) Thomas Dugger (living)
3.) Sharon Doerflinger (1959-2010)

4.) Herbert Hoover Dugger (1927-2003)
5.) Nancy Jean Rogers (1924-2002)

6.) Monroe Dugger (1885-1951)
7.) Matilda Clawson (1886-1935)

8.) James L. Clawson, Jr. (1858 – ?)
9.) Edna Jane Vines (1860 – 1930)

10.) James L. Clawson, Sr. (1837 – ?)
11.) Sarah Ellen Potter (1834 – ?)

12.) Peter Potter (1800 – ?)
13.) Martha Patsy Bunton (1807-?)

14.) William D. Bunton (Abt 1780 – 1839)
15.) Francis Griffin (1780 – 1860)



Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Where Were They 150 Years Ago?

Every Saturday, Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings creates a little challenge for all the genealogy bloggers out there.  I’ve decided to participate in this week’s challenge:

“1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 1 September 1863 – 150 years ago.

2)  List your ancestors, their family members, their birth and death years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.” ~Randy Seaver, Genea-Musings, 7 Sept 2013.

Pedigree Chart

Most of my ancestors living in 1863 would be my 2nd-or-3rd-great grandparents.

1.) Benjamin Smith Dugger (1835-1885) & Charlotte Asher (1843 – ?), my 2nd-great grandparents were living in Johnson County, Tennessee.  Charlotte was likely pregnant with the couple’s first child, Sarah Dugger, while Benjamin Smith Dugger was out fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War.  At some point during the Civil War, Benjamin deserted his Confederate unit and joined a Union unit in West Virginia.  After the war, Benjamin married Rachel Lantz and settled in West Virginia – seemingly never returning home to Tennessee.  The story for Charlotte gets rather sad – she has 5 more children (father’s unknown but there are some guesses that only DNA will solve) and lives the remainder of her life in poverty.

2.) James L. Clawson, Sr (1835 – ?) & Sarah Ellen Potter (1834 – ?), my 3rd-great grandparents, were living in Carter County, Tennessee.  Later in the month, James joins Company E, 13th Tennessee Regiment for the Union.  Meanwhile, Sarah is at home raising three children: William Clawson, James L. Clawson, Jr. (my 2nd-great grandfather), and Martha Clawson.

3.) William Madison Morris (1827 – 1904) & Julia Ann Downer (1831-1912), my 3rd-great grandparents, were living in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio or Sullivan, Sullivan County, Indiana.  In 1861, William served 3 months in the military in Ohio for the Union.  Meanwhile, Julia is at home raising Alice, Hattie, William, and John Morris (my 2nd-great grandfather).

4.) Adolph Carl Doerflinger (1851  - 1938) and Augusta Baumeister (1853 – 1921), my 2nd-great grandparents, were not yet married and were probably living somewhere in Germany.  Adolph immigrates to the United States in 1868 and settles in St. Louis, Missouri.  Augusta immigrates to the United States in 1871 and marries Adolph in St. Louis in 1874, a year after the birth of their only son, Maximillian Adolph Doerflinger (my great-grandfather).  The couple later divorces after Adolph’s affair with a woman that worked in his saloon.  Adolph marries his mistress and moves to California to raise a new family while Augusta then moves to Washington.

5.) Antone Kepper (1847 – 1898) & Rosalie Lena Friederike Endres (1845 – 1908), my 2nd-great grandparents, were married and living somewhere in Germany with their children, William A. Keppler, Adolph Keppler, Marie Keppler (my great grandmother), Ernest Keppler, and Annie Keppler.

6.) Fredrick Harney (1846 – 1911) & Margaret Becker Steinmetz (1842 – 1894), my 2nd-great grandparents, were not yet married and had not yet immigrated to the United States.  Margaret would have been married to Frank Steinmetz and living in Austria.  Fredrick would have been living somewhere in Germany.

7.) Stephen Weston (1831 – ?) & Mary Morgan (1835 – ?), my 3rd-great grandparents, were most likely living in Llantwit Farde, Glamorgran, Wales raising their son Daniel Weston (my 2nd-great grandparents).

8.) John Coombe (1837 – ?) & Esther Mary ? (1832 – ?), my 3rd great grandparents, were probably living in St. Peter, Carmarthenshire, Wales raising their children: Elizabeth Francis Coombe (my 2nd-great grandmother) and John H. Coombe.

I’m sure there are more ancestors living during this time, but these are the main ancestors living in 1863.  Where were your ancestors living in 1863?


How I Use OneNote to Organize My Genealogy

OneNote is possibly one of my favorite computer programs ever.  It keeps my life organized.  It keeps my genealogy organized.  It keeps me sane.

OneNote is a note-taking program created by Microsoft.  If you have Microsoft Office, there is a pretty good chance this handy program is sitting on your hard drive.  If it wasn’t included in your Office purchase or you just don’t have Office, you can download it from Amazon for $49.99 or buy the PC Key Card for $65.00.

What makes this program so awesome, you ask?  Well, it’s simple really.  OneNote organizes everything from the random bits of information to full thought processes when working through a problem.  It can hold text, pictures, PDFs, video, audio, tables, and just about anything else you can think of.  And it’s all searchable and can be synced to your phone, tablet, and the web so you can take it all with you wherever you go.

Honestly, I’m not sure how I lived life without it.

OneNote Overview Photo

OneNote is set up just like a three ring binder – only digital.  On the right hand side, you’ll see all of my “notebooks”, which are essentially binders.  Along the top, you’ll see “Sections”, which are essentially tabbed dividers.  To the left are pages and subpages.

When it comes to my genealogy, I like to create tabbed dividers for the surnames I’m working on.  Then I can create pages and subpages with document images, research plans, lists of documents to order, etc.  Here is just a short list of how I use OneNote to organize my genealogy:

  • Transcribe records – I’ll often put the image of a document in a page and then transcribe.
  • Create research plans
  • Write out theories on difficult problems – this helps me document my thought process.
  • Create lists of microfilm or documents to order
  • Create timelines using tables
  • Create research logs
  • Store correspondence with cousins
  • Analyze documents before entering them into RootsMagic (my favorite genealogy program ever!
  • Write random helpful notes to myself
  • Keep information about my society members
  • Keep links to my favorite genealogy websites
  • ….and more!

OneNote has become the place where I put nearly everything and free up my brain.  It keeps it all in one searchable place and syncs to my devices so I can take it with me on the go.  OneNote is easy to use and has the familiar Microsoft OneNote feel to it.  If you are looking for an easy to use program to organize your genealogy, I highly recommend OneNote.


Confessions of a Geneablogging Perfectionist

Blogging has become a little difficult for me lately. Not because my blogging platform has been glitchy. Not because I don’t have things to write about or share. Not because life is crazy busy.

No, blogging has become very difficult for me because I’m a Geneablogging Perfectionist.

That’s right. I can’t seem to press the “Publish” button unless I feel the article is perfect. The picture is perfect. The flow is perfect. The time is perfect. Everything must be perfect.

Baking perfectionists?

But I’m breaking one of my cardinal rules of blogging right now: Blogging should be fun, enjoyable, and should be about sharing. My perfectionist ways have made blogging a chore and unpleasant. It has prevented me from sharing.

So, I’m here to tell you that my perfectionist ways are gone and if you are also plagued by Geneablogging Perfectionism, there is hope. You can be cured. You are not alone.

My name is Elyse Doerflinger and I am a recovering Geneablogging Perfectionist.

Photo: Historic Photograph Collection (San Jose Public Library California Room) on Flickr used via Creative Commons 2.0 License.


Surname Saturday: Asher

It’s Surname Saturday, and I’m going alphabetical order through my surnames each week.

Word cloud made with WordItOut

This week’s surname is Asher.  My earliest known Asher ancestor is John Ellet Asher (Abt 1808 – bef 1860).

My ancestral line back through John Asher is:

1.) Elyse Doerflinger (1989-living)

2.) Thomas Dugger (living)
3.) Sharon Doerflinger (1959-2010)

4.) Herbert Hoover Dugger (1927-2003)
5.) Nancy Jean Rogers (1924-2002)

6.) Monroe Dugger (1885-1951)
7.) Matilda E. Clawson (1886-1935)

8.) Benjamin Smith Dugger (1835-1885)
9.) Charlotte Asher (1843- )

10.) John Ellet Asher (1808-bef 1860).  John Asher was born in Tennessee and lived in Johnson County, Tennessee during his lifetime.
11.) Louisa Estep (1815- )

Are we cousins?  Contact me so we can share!


Share – The Getting Started Stories Contest

I am SO excited to announce this contest because Treelines is possibly my new favorite genealogy website.  Last weekend while at Jamboree, I was able to talk to Tammy Hepps, the founder of Treelines, and get some demos.  And let me tell you: not only do I love the concept of a site helps you tell your family stories, I love that Treelines makes it easy to do!

The rules for the contest are simple: Create the story of how you got interested in genealogy and publicly share it on Treelines by July 19.  Make sure your story is interesting and conveys how you got obsessed with this hobby.  The stories will be judged by Tammy Hepps and Maureen Taylor, the photo expert.

And 3 (count ‘em, 3!) winners will each win personal consultations with Maureen!  Woo Hoo!

So get on over to Treelines and get your entry in!  And while your there, really explore the site and let me know what you think.  I’m super excited to start making stories there and see how the site takes off.


Jamboree: Thursday’s Review

All the fun of Southern California Genealogy Society’s Jamboree begins today – at least for me.

Today is actually Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013 which is a joint conference by the Southern California Genealogy Society (SCGS) and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG).  I did not register for the “DNA Day” but I was able to go to the DNA Lunch with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. as the speaker.

And I have to say, it was a great lunch.  The food was okay and I was able to sit next to Richard Aurand Sherer and Brandt Gibson.  After the food, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. took the stage and gave a great lecture.  He was funny and told some amazing stories that really captured the audience’s attention.

(If you don’t know who Dr. Gates is, he is an expert in genetic genealogy, the author of many books, and the host of PBS’s Faces of America.  And?  He revealed today that they will begin filming season 2 in the fall – and Ben Affleck has agreed to be on the show!  Yay!)

Honestly, I didn’t take many notes during the lecture – I was too busy listening.  However, here are the notes I took:

  • Y-DNA is only for males and traces the father’s father line.
  • Mitochondrial DNA is for males and females and traces the mother’s mother line.
  • While talking about common family myths in genealogy, Dr. Gates said: “Every family story is important to record because sometimes, where there is smoke, there is fire.”

The day is definitely not over and while I’ve seen many of my genealogy friends, I know many more will be coming in tonight and tomorrow morning.  And since I spent more time talking than eating at the lunch, I’m gonna go grab some food.

Thanks to Cyndi Howell (or Cyndi's List fame), I got a picture with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Paula Stuart Warren.

Thanks to Cyndi Howells (of Cyndi’s List fame), I got a picture with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Paula Stuart Warren.

Check back here: I’ll be blogging as much as I can (these things exhaust me and there is so much to fit into such a short amount of time!).  Also follow me on Twitter (@GenealogistElys), on Instagram, and Facebook.


Organizing Tip: Complete The Cycle

I have a confession: I’m an organizing junkie.  I read organizing blogs.  I watch organizing videos.  I read organizing books.  I’m seriously addicted to the idea of organizing.

Did you notice that?  I love the idea of organizing – but I don’t like the process and the work involved to get and stay organized.  In fact, getting organized is kinda fun.  Invigorating actually.  But the staying organized – well, that’s a whole other ball game.

But as I get prepared to start student teaching in the fall and plan a wedding and move in with my fiance, I have put organizing as a whole new priority.  I need to de-clutter, give everything a home, and put it all away so that I have more time to do fun things like research my ancestors!
And my favorite tip that I’ve picked up in all my obsessive organizing years is this:

Organizing Tip: Complete the Cycle

So, if you print a report out, file it.  If you are scanning pictures, name them and digitally file them away.  Complete the cycle.  Don’t stop half way.

And it’s so easy to stop half way – to sit that freshly printed report down on your desk with the best intentions of filing it later.  But then later never comes and pretty soon you have a hefty stack of paper on your desk to file.  And then you avoid that stack like the plague and hope it magically files itself.  But this ain’t a Harry Potter movie – those papers aren’t going to put themselves away.

You have to put them away.

Same goes with finding a new record – analyze it and then enter into whatever genealogy program you use.  Name the record.  Give it a home and file it away.

But what if you’re thinking, “But Elyse, I don’t *have* a cycle for _________“.

Well then, you, my dear reader, are in luck!  Stay tuned for the next post when I talk about how to create a cycle for a genealogy or family history task.


Quick Tip: Try Cluster Research (Video)

It’s summer time… so you know what that means?  I’m BACK!  My first semester of my teaching credential program has ended and this summer will be the summer of genealogy and blogging!  And I’m also back to making videos!

So today, I want to share with you a quick tip video all about cluster research.  (And if you like it, subscribe to my Youtube Channel!) Check out the video below:


My Genealogy Workflow

Genealogy workflow is how a genealogist does research, documents it, and records it.  In the next few blog posts, I’m going to be talking about my personal genealogy workflow in hopes of inspiring or helping others develop their own genealogy workflow.

Genealogy Workflow - Digital Images

Today’s Topic: Digital Records.

Step #1: Find a record on a website (like or FamilySearch), online database, or a microfilm record that I’ve saved via a flash drive, or other book/document/record that is captured with a digital camera or scan.

Step #2: Save the image to the appropriate surname folder in DropBox.  If the record has more than 2 pages (like a military file), create a folder for the record within the appropriate surname folder and then save each page as an image.

Step #3: If the picture needs annotating (like highlighting the particular parts of the image that are related to my ancestor or to add a source citation), I use the Chrome add-on, Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Annotate

Step #4: Transcribe and analyze the digital record in Microsoft OneNote (AKA: The program I can’t live without!).

Step #5: Enter fact(s) in RootsMagic with source.

Step #6: Add notes, transcription, and possibly theories to fact notes.  Add ideas of where to look next to person notes.

Step #7: Add the information to WikiTree.  This step is especially important to me when I am collaborating with another researcher.  [Note: I add the new information manually to my WikiTree profiles.  I uploaded a GEDCOM in September 2010 – the GEDCOM import made the biographies ugly and not easy to read.  So I’ve been slowly going back and editing each profile for readability – starting with my brick wall ancestors and the ancestors I’m currently working on.]

Some Notes & Comments:

In my pursuit to be an all digital genealogist, I almost never print anything out.  Paper takes up space and right now, I just don’t have the space.  Plus, I figure my future children will not want to inherit binders full of stuff and it will sadly, be tossed.  So for me, digital is the way to be.

OneNote is my favorite for tracking my thought process and writing down my hypothesis.  I use it because I can add images, screenshots, and text – which makes writing out my thought process much easier.  Plus, it’s all searchable.  Once my hypothesis is written out, I copy it into my RootsMagic database for either the person or the fact (sometimes both) note fields.