17 April 2016

Well, this is interesting.

I had a few minutes to wait for the coffee pot to finish perking before starting my morning reading ritual, so I went to ancestry.com on my ipad, because, sometimes it is nice to cut out all the page clutter, right? I started with my tree, and began to review the information - a kind of refresher on the lesser knowns. I got as far as the Dikemans, reading through nodding to myself, checking sources, eliminating those annoying factoids that ancestry likes to add to fill in the gaps, and came upon this.

My great uncle Russell Stanley Dikeman was born in Afghanistan?

What? Ancestry.com you've got some explaining to do. I'm 99.9% certain he was born in New Haven, CT, where his parents were living at the time of his birth. (Although it would conveniently explain a certain ethnicity that keeps showing up in my dna mix).

This is a new development.

Well, let me put it this way - I would have noticed it before now, had I put Afghanistan in the record of Russell S. Dikeman.  Russell was born in 1875.

I have always felt a little sad about him. He died at the age of two in 1877. In New Haven. He is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery with his parents Oscar and Lillian Russell Dikeman.

Oddly, when I went to my computer to look into this, I found that Russell Stanley Dikeman was not listed as being born in Afghanistan. And he was also listed as Infant son Dikeman. Ooops time to clean up his record. I think everything is as it should be now.

I wonder if there are any more jewels in my ipad family tree?

21 March 2016

Ever check out your own birth certificate?

I was sorting through papers the other day, as one does in an effort to clear a workspace, or try to fit just one more piece of paper onto an overstuffed pile of to be filed papers.

Ah, that's where I put my birth certificate! 

For some unknown reason I read it through again - though, honestly, I do remember the particulars of my birth day. What I had not registered in my brain before, is what my father's occupation was at the time.

My father was a sales engineer with Revere Corporation of America. Huh, that I did not know. The Revere Corporation of America was based in Wallingford, CT. Not too far from where my family lived at the time in Woodbridge. According to the Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections, the corporation designed and manufactured "electronic weighing and force measurement systems for industry; load cells for industrial and aerospace electrical engineering applications; readout and control instrumentation; inventory control systems." Later, my father went to work for Northeast Engineering Co., also based in Wallingford. By the 1960's, my father had gone off on his own to build a small company manufacturing fluid dynamic control switches - some of which I actually assembled on school vacations. He later sold the patent he had and moved on to other interests. 

Ah, the things we learn when we really read our documents!