Friday, March 30, 2012

1940 Census - Simplified! has simplified the instructions for locating our relatives in the 1940 census. Isn't this great? Just a few more days and we can search the real thing!

1940 census

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's In Your Genes!

Poulsbo Parks & Recreation has published their Spring and Summer brochure of courses available for the next six months, or so. They're offering a wonderful selection across the board. I'm sure there is something for everyone.

I am slated to teach a beginning genealogy course. I'm very excited to do this! I'll be covering all of the topics I've had the opportunity to present through Family History Expos in various locations. Here is the blurb:
This is a great class for beginners, as well as researchers with more experience; especially if you need a refresher or updated information. I'm looking forward to it. We'll have a lot of fun. I guarantee it!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Etta Eye

Etta Eye
February 6, 1879 - May 6, 1910

Cowger Cemetery
Doniphan County, Kansas

Etta was the wife of Robert Eye. They married in about 1896.
They lived in Burr Oak Township, Doniphan County.
They had three children: Ivy, William and Chester.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

1940 Census - Almost here!

The digital images of the 1940 census are set to be released on April 2, 2012. Have you decided who you'll be looking for? Do you already know where they were living? The census is indexed to the enumeration district level, so if you have a location, you can find the enumeration district using tools available on the 1940 Census page at the National Archives website

There is also a 3:13 minute video at the 1940 Census website which gives a great introduction to the project, as well as some tips. The web address is: This is also a National Archives page, but has a special url to access census info directly.

Oh! What will we find? Prepare now to have the greatest success possible.

And don't forget to sign up as a volunteer indexer. The more, the merrier!

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Backward Glance - Claire Elise Marguerat

One of the people I have loved the best, and who loved me back, was Claire Elise (Marguerat) Hoyle. She was my grandma. Her life began in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, on May 14, 1903. She was born into affluence, and spent at least the first seven years of her life living with her paternal grandparents, Eugene and Grace (Coryell) Marguerat. Her grandfather was always an important, kind and influential person in her life. She had a great love for him and loved to share stories about his life. He died in 1907. Claire and Helen may have lived in Chicago as late as 1915, when their grandmother passed away.

Claire's parents were Henri Debonneville and Mabel Elizabeth (Ament) Marguerat. They were married in Chicago in 1902, but divorced in 1908. Claire had a younger sister, Helen Amelia, who was born on August 15, 1905, also in Chicago. In 1910, both Claire and Helen were enumerated with their grandparents and their father. Mabel had moved on, probably to Montana, where she filed a homestead claim in 1913.

Abbie (Martin) Ament, Claire's grandmother, had a bakery in Froid, Montana, for a couple of years. Mabel and her daughters visited there; Claire also worked in the bakery. Mabel had a sister in Beach, North Dakota, Bessie, who was a photographer. Her husband, Charlie Welch, was also a photographer.
In 1918, Claire's mother married Frank Markey. They were married just two years, but the girls attended school in Glendive with Frank's surname. After proving up the homestead in 1920, Mabel sold it in October 1921. She had married Alfred Rowe in January 1921.

In 1922, two corporations were formed in which Claire and her future husband, John Richard Hoyle, were both principals. One company was called 'American Ranch and Trading Company;' the other was called 'The Canadian Rocky Land and Ranch Company Limited.' They were ranching businesses. I've never found any other reference to these corporations, but it shows me that Claire and Jack were acquainted for at least three years before their marriage on June 20, 1925, in Lewistown, Fergus County, Montana.
Claire Marguerat, Jack Hoyle, Helen Marguerat
After their marriage, Claire and Jack moved to Seattle, King County, Washington. They lived in various locations there throughout their marriage. They had five children, all of whom were born in Seattle and all of whom are still living. Their children are Helen Priscilla, Jack Richard, Frank Orris, Robert Carlisle and Ethel Clarise.

Claire loved little children. She was very interested in education of all kinds, mentioning specifically Montessori schooling for children. She was a good cook, providing nutritious and varied meals for her family. She also made great bread. Music was also important to her, and her children learned to play the violin and the piano. They also sang. For many years, Claire supplemented her income by making telephone surveys.

In her later years, Grandma lost her eyesight. She continued to be interested in her family and the world about her. She died on February 1, 1999, in Seattle.

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