Researching my Mother's paternal side of the family. Most of this research has been done through visits to the library in Pike Co., IL., and Monticello, Piatt Co., IL. It has been done through visits to the cemetaries in these two counties finding family members, and by contacting the few family members who are still alive and living in Monticello, Piatt Co., IL. I have also posted requests on the Internet and been successful in finding some distant cousins through this media. It is challenging at times to connect family members, but it is always rewarding when successful contacts have been made. My Mother was not very knowledgeable of this side as her father died when she was only 13 years of age. Her parents moved from Ill. to Ohio when she was about 11 and so she had little contact with cousins. Talks with her father and grandfather at a young age, was about all that she had. She had never visited the town where her father and grandfather lived most of their lives. So, did not have that background to build upon.
I have, also, researched my Mother's maternal side of the family. She had more solidly documented that side of the family, plus she had maintained contact with cousins still living in Illinois, even though she had moved away with her parents in about 1917. I had written to some of my cousins as a young girl, so when I began to research that side of the family I had reference persons to write to; talk with and share notes with. Plus, early in my research I found the Illinois cemetery and church of my great grandparents. A trip to their local library gave me much of my local information. A trip to the county courthouse yeilded a copy of my grandparents marriage certificate. That provided much family information for me. Another advantage was that the county in which she was born has been diligient in preserving much of the early history and some of the buildings from the late 19th. and early 20th. century.
Much of my research has been done by personal visits to the local areas where the family lived, plus information drawn from visits to the local libraries in those counties. Families that record some of their history through Obituaries, photos with identification on the back, and stories shared with the younger family members, adds much to building a family legacy. In our mobile society it is not as easy today, as it was in years past, to trace our roots if there is no records to draw from.
At the present time I am focusing on trying to find my Gr-gr-gr-grandfather. Two of my cousins and I, have found him living in Kentucky but have not been able to document too much of his life there. We have documented him on the Ky census. Through the LDS library we have also located a probated will listing his children when he died. He has no wife listed, so evidently she had predeceased him. The local library there has not been cooperative in helping us, so an on-site visit is necessary. A personal visit there is still projected for the future. If anyone out there has any information on Elijah Cole, Sr., in Anderson Co., Kentucky, please contact me at my e-mail address.
In approximately 2003, a cousin in Delaware was contacted by a professor at the University of Kentucky concerning a historical search that was going on by the Professor and his wife, also a University Professor. They were doing an archealogical dig at the old homestead of Elijah Cole, Sr. in Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, KY. This homestead is just west of Lexington and the research and digging for Artifacts was under the Professor's direction. Much documentation has been found that this is the homestead and plantation of my GrGrGrGrandparents, Elijah Cole, Sr. There is an old family cemetery on the property. It has yielded much documentation of names and dates of family members who lived, died and are buried on the property. My cousin and his wife met with the Professors and received an on-site tour of the old homestead in the summer of 2004. Th