Granddad Daniel Grant Varner

Granddad Daniel Grant Varner
Daniel Grant Varner (front, far right) and siblings with spouses

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New family members found in my Cobb and Smith lines - Continuing Find A Grave research

This past week I continued my research using Find A Grave.  It was a very fruitful week with several new leads and a few photos found.  Find A Grave has again proved to be an invaluable source.

In the Cobb line I was able to confirm the birth and death dates for one set of GGrand Parents (Catherine Bird Means and William Burnston Means).

I also located the burial location (and birth / death dates) for several extended cousins.


  • William Zachariah Bird Sr
  • Eliza Ann Derrick Bird
  • Margaret M Bird Brown
  • William Zachariah Bird Jr
  • William M Billy Means 
  • Missouri A Cox Means
  • Estella Means Holley
  • James Alvis Cobb
  • Edwin Cobb
  • Mary Francis Bishop Cobb
  • Martha Catherine Warren Cobb
  • Henry Franklin Cobb
  • Mary Elizabeth Hogg Cobb


For the Smith line I located the burial locations (including birth / death dates for this grand uncle and aunt and a first cousin.

  • Fletcher Lindsay
  • Charles F Lindsay
  • Mae L Lindsay

In all I found nine tombstone, two individual and one family photo.  Fortunately the photographer granted use permission on their Find a Grave profile page.

This past week I also continued my arbitration of indexed records for Family Search.  There is finally a project being worked for Missouri obituaries.  So far this month I've submitted slightly more than 2,000 records.

I've been keeping up with sourcing my information in my Roots Magic database but I've not been updating my trees on Ancestry and Family Search.  I've got quite a bit of work to do there.  Plus I just looked at Ancestry and I now have 508 new un-reviewed hints (plus a lot of older ones as well).

I may need to consider stopping the arbitration and concentrate more on my research and updating various trees.  Once the Missouri Obit project is completed I'll stop for awhile and try to get everything caught up again.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

More Find A Grave research for the Varner line in Pennsylvania

Another hectic week has passed.  Now that I'm caught up with the Vansant Road Cemetery records I have been able to spend some time in other areas.  We did have a cemetery board of directors meeting this week and that went very well.  Things are starting to turn around at the cemetery.

I did some indexing on Family Search.  I was actually arbitrating the indexed Obituary's.  Didn't do a lot just enough to keep fresh.

It has not been a real productive week for research.  However, I was able to work some time in.  I was working primarily in Find A Grave,  I found memorial pages for nineteen family members.  Four of which were new people that had to be added to the file. Within the memorials six of them had tombstone photos and four of them had enough information to lead me to the death certificates.  I added two new surnames to the file (Bacon and Bell).  The Bells are Sarah Varners family.  They were mostly in the Juniata County, PA.  The Bacons are through the Anna Varner Dunkel line.  This family had skipped all over the country (mostly in Colorado, Montana and Missouri).

I have determined that Find A Grave is an extremely valuable resource for genealogical research.  Even though it cannot be considered primary source material the information is there to lead you to primary documentation.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Working in Find A Grave

This past week I have spent my family history research time in Find A Grave.  

I ran a report out of my Roots Magic system that showed all those with a death fact and no burial fact.  Then I ran a report for all those with a burial fact which I exported to Excel where I then ran a comparison against a  list of people with a Find A Grave source.  After removing those that had a Find A Grave source I then combined the two lists.  That gave me my work list for Find A Grave.

This weeks research time was spent searching Find A Grave for people on that list.  I found memorial pages for 18 people and only 4 people searched with no pages found.  Also most of the memorial pages had tombstone photos added.  So far so good.  

This next week I hope to spend more time on research and less on indexing.  I really only spent one afternoon this past week on research.  I did more indexing this week than I originally planned to do.  Got caught up in the flow.  Also, I now have my work process flow established and a good Evernote template as well as a source template setup in Roots Magic so that should speed up the process.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Summers coming to an end, hoping to get restarted on genealogy

It has been an exceedingly busy summer for me.  I have spent a lot of time on non family history volunteer activities.  However, these are activities I really enjoy and would recommend them to all who like genealogy.  The major thing's I've been doing:

1.  RECORD INDEXING - Even though I am not a Mormon (LDS) I do enjoy indexing records for Family Search.  I've especially enjoyed working on the various obituary collections they are doing this year.

2.  CEMETERY VOLUNTEER - A local cemetery, Clinton Memory Gardens, has been changed to a not for profit cemetery and renamed to Vansant Road Cemetery.  I am currently serving as President of the board of directors.  We have a lot of work to do at the cemetery.  It was not in good shape.  Lot's of grounds cleanup and record maintenance to do.  This has been a very time consuming effort.

3.  VACATION - My wife and I took her brothers ashes to Arlington National Cemetery for inurnment.  This was combined with this years vacation.  Spent some time in Virginia and the Carolina's.

I am currently wrapping up a couple of major projects that I've been working on for the cemetery.  It is my hope that by early next week I will be able to restart my genealogy research again.

I've decided that once restarted I will focus on missing burial records.  The first step will be to check all deceased against Find A Grave.  My thinking is that if I can locate the burial place I will know where to search for obituaries and death certificates.  For the first pass I will create a Roots Magic report listing all people with a death fact and no burial fact.  Once that is worked I will then create a report for all burial facts with no sources.  I've not looked at this yet so I'm not sure how to create thsi report.



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ancestry DNA results received and taking a break

It's been several weeks since I've written anything but I've not been completely idle.  Just not spending much time on research at the moment.

About two weeks ago I received my Ancestry DNA results.  The results seemed to confirm the research I have so far uncovered.

Europe 99%  as follows:

Europe West  42%
Primarily located in: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein
Also found in: England, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic
Great Britain  36 %
Primarily located in: England, Scotland, Wales
Also found in: Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy
Ireland  6 %

In addition to the above Ancestry matched my DNA with others on Ancestry.com who have taken the DNA test.  Two third cousins were identified and numerous fourth cousins.  I have been in contact with one of the fourth cousin already and we are comparing our family trees trying to find the common ancestor we share.

I had mentioned in an earlier post that I had started Indexing on family search again.  I enjoyed working on the 1940 census and some draft registrations but hadn't done anything for quite awhile.  To make a long story short I started indexing the Obituary projects.  Well I'm hooked again.  Not only am I indexing records again but I've now became an arbitrator as well.  I've spent almost all of my free time working on the German immigrant obituary project for the last several weeks.

I really need to make some time and contact some more of the cousins that showed up with my DNA match and I need to set aside some time for some researching as well.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Completed BONEY / BOONIE family of Pennsylvania Ancestry hints and Family Search Indexing

The last few weeks I have not spent much time working on the family history.  I have become very interested in Family Searches new indexing project of US Obituaries, spending two or three hours each day on it. These are very confusing records.  Not an easy indexing project but I am really enjoying it.

I was able to finish all of Ancestry's shaky leaves hints for the Boney / Boonie family.  This family alone expanded my family tree by over 90 people.  For the most part the family was exceptionally well documented.

The Boney/Boonie family is connected to the Varner family by Mary B Varner (1830 - 1911).  Mary married Israel Boney (1820 - 1893) somewhere around 1847.  I have not been able to find any sort of marriage document so this hypotheses is based on census, birth and burial records.  Mary B Varner was the daughter of my Great granduncle John Peter Varner and Barbara Leckenton.

The Boney/Boonie family that I have studied have, for the most part, appeared to have stayed in the Juniata / Snyder County, Pennsylvania area.  The only thing that I have done for this family is taken the shaky green leaf hints from my Ancestry Member Tree, verified them and updated my family tree.  I have done no further research, so this represents only the low hanging fruit.  I am sure there is much more to be learned for the family and I hope to one day be able to return to them and further document the family.

As always if I can help someone who needs more detail on the information shown below either leave a comment on this post or visit my Ancestry tree  Don Varner's family tree.

Here is my Roots Magic descendant report (modified the names for the living) for Israel Boney.:
Descendant List of Israel Boney 20 February 2014
1-Israel BONEY (LD29-4NT) (23 Nov 1820-1893)
+Mary B. VARNER (LD29-H4P) (1 Dec 1830-5 Sep 1911)
. . . . 2-Isaac BONEY (LDZ1-Y78) (abt 1848-bef 1948)
. . . . +Mary LNU BONEY (L68J-5Z4) (abt 1850-bef 1950)
. . . . . . . . 3-Margaret "Anna" BONEY (L68J-GCX) (Jan 1870-bef 1970)
. . . . . . . . 3-John A. A. BONEY (L68J-PPZ) (abt 1879-bef 1979)
. . . . 2-Eliza BONEY (LDZ1-YKK) (abt 1848-bef 1948)
. . . . 2-Christian BONEY (LHPM-R7Z) (22 Aug 1850-2 Feb 1948)
. . . . +Louisa LNU BONEY (abt 1860-bef 1960)
. . . . . . . . 3-William Steward BONEY (20 Jul 1878-21 Jun 1963)
. . . . . . . . +Mary Matilda "Mollie" KLINE (27 Aug 1879-18 Jan 1958)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Earle E BOONIE (abt 1896-bef 1996)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Minnie V LNU BOONIE (abt 1893-bef 1993)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living female BOONIE (abt 1922-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living male BOONIE (abt 1923-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living male BOONIE Jr (abt 1931-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Charles Elmer BOONIE (abt 1899-bef 1999)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Irene Wilson WAREFIELD (abt 1902-bef 2002)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living female BOONIE (abt 1922-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Carmon Frederick BOONIE (9 Sep 1923-14 Jan 1984)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Sarah BANKS (27 May 1924-12 Jul 1969)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Wayne E BOONIE (7 Jan 1925-4 Jan 2005)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Glenn Elder BOONIE (31 Jan 1926-25 Dec 1997)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living female BOONIE (abt 1928-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Charles E BOONIE Jr. (abt 1929-bef Jan 2010)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Wesley A. "Bo" BOONIE (30 May 1932-3 Jan 2010)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Living female KOCH (abt 1930-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Living male BOONIE (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Living female BOONIE (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Living male STIEHLER (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-Living female BOONIE (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Living male GUYER (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Mary E BOONIE (abt 1934-bef Jan 2010)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living male BOONIE (abt 1936-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living male BOONIE (abt 1938-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Paul BOONIE (-bef Jan 2010)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-David C BOONIE (abt 1908-bef 2008)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Stella D BOONIE (abt 1910-bef 2010)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Dorthy E BOONIE (abt 1912-bef 2012)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William Steward "Steward" BOONIE Jr. (22 Sep 1913-29 Nov 1982)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Carl W BOONIE (19 Jul 1915-15 Aug 2007)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Rosaline "Rosey" BAKER (14 Sep 1917-17 Sep 2003)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living female BOONIE (abt 1936-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living male BOONIE (abt 1937-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living male BOONIE (1 Jan 1937-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living male BOONIE (Mar 1939-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living female BOONIE (aft 1940-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Living male GOSS (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living female BOONIE (aft 1940-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Living male ZIEBER (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living female BOONIE (aft 1940-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +Living male FINIZIO (-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Living female BOONIE (abt 1918-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . +Living male TROXEL (abt 1918-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-Living male TROXEL (abt 1938-)
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Wayman F BOONIE (7 Jun 1921-22 Jan 2000)
. . . . . . . . 3-Betsy BONEY (abt 1879-bef 1979)
. . . . . . . . 3-Ammon J. BOONIE (abt 1898-bef 1998)
. . . . . . . . 3-Rachel J. BOONIE (abt 1900-bef 2000)
. . . . 2-William BONEY (L6C4-DSL) (abt 1852-bef 1952)
. . . . 2-Barbara BONEY (L6C4-D79) (abt 1854-bef 1954)
. . . . 2-John Aaron "Aaron" BONEY (LD29-CH5) (8 Jan 1856-12 Aug 1943)
. . . . 2-Lydia BONEY (L6C4-DD5) (abt 1858-bef 1958)
. . . . +Henry Howard SHAWVER (1855-1930)
. . . . . . . . 3-Jane H. M. SHAWVER (abt 1878-bef 1978)
. . . . . . . . 3-Daniel J SHAWVER (Sep 1879-bef 1979)
. . . . 2-Uriah BONEY (LD29-CSG) (1863-1934)
. . . . 2-Caroline Emeline BONEY (LD29-4KH) (1866-20 Nov 1877)
. . . . 2-Susanna Matilda "Matilda" BONEY (LD29-HQM) (18 Dec 1867-19 Dec 1877)
. . . . 2-Leah BONEY (MTTF-VLW) (27 Nov 1869-12 Mar 1939)
. . . . 2-Joseph Jerome BONEY (LD29-4GS) (13 Mar 1874-10 Nov 1877)
. . . . 2-Mary Maggie Savilla BONEY (LD29-HSC) (1876-20 Nov 1877)


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Boney / Boonie families of Snyder County, Pennsylvania

I have spent the last several weeks working on the Boney / Boonie families of Snyder County, Pennsylvania.
My first cousin (once removed) Mary B Varner married Israel Boney and they had thirteen children.

My Ancestry Member Tree hints jumped from around 390 to 570+ after adding this family.  I have spent over three weeks trying to clear the hints on this family alone.  I have added 52 people (Boney / Boonie) to my tree.  After I clear the hints on immediate family I end up adding more people which in turn generates more new hints.  I now have over 580+ hints to work through.  At the rate I'm going this will take another month if not two.  The Boney's have proven to be a very prolific family.  Thankfully they have all (so far) pretty much stayed in the Snyder County, PA area.

Here is the family narrative report so far.  Keep in mind this is a work in progress.  Any change suggestions are most welcome.  If the death date says BEFORE and just a year that indicates that I have not yet found the actual death information.

1.  Israel BONEY12 was born on 23 Nov 1820.3 He appeared in the census on 1 Jun 1850 at Beaver Township in Union, Pennsylvania, United States.4 He appeared in the census on 13 Jun 1860 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.5 : , Jun 1863, Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.6 Israel appeared in the census on 1 Jun 1870 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.7 He appeared in the census on 22 Jun 1880 at Adams Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.8 He died in 1893 at the age of 73.3 Israel was buried in 1893 at Union Cemetery in Troxelville, Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.3
Mary B. VARNER1, daughter of John Peter VARNER and Barbara LECKENTON, was born on 1 Dec 1830 at Fayette Township in Juniata, Pennsylvania, United States.910 She appeared in the census on 1 Jun 1850 at Beaver Township in Union, Pennsylvania, United States.4 She appeared in the census on 13 Jun 1860 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.5 Mary appeared in the census on 1 Jun 1870 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.7 She appeared in the census on 22 Jun 1880 at Adams Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.8 She appeared in the census on 26 Apr 1910 at Lewis Township in Union, Pennsylvania, United States.11 Mary died on 5 Sep 1911 at the age of 80 in Pennsylvania, United States.910,12 She was buried on 8 Sep 1911 at Union Cemetery in Troxelville, Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.10,12 She was also known as Mary B. Boney.

Israel BONEY and Mary B. VARNER had the following children:

            +2              i.   Isaac BONEY, born abt 1848; married Mary LNU BONEY, bef 1870; died bef 1948.
              3             ii.   Eliza BONEY was born about 1848.45 She appeared in the census on 1 Jun 1850 at Beaver Township in Union, Pennsylvania, United States.4 She appeared in the census on 13 Jun 1860 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.5 Eliza died before 1948 at the age of 100.
            +4            iii.   Christian BONEY, born 22 Aug 1850, Juniata, Pennsylvania, United States; married Louisa LNU BONEY, bef 1880; died 2 Feb 1948.
              5            iv.   William BONEY was born about 1852.5 He appeared in the census on 13 Jun 1860 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.5 He appeared in the census on 1 Jun 1870 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.7 William died before 1952 at the age of 100.
              6             v.   Barbara BONEY was born about 1854.5,7 She appeared in the census on 13 Jun 1860 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.5 She appeared in the census on 1 Jun 1870 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.7 Barbara died before 1954 at the age of 100.
              7            vi.   John Aaron "Aaron" BONEY1,7 was born on 8 Jan 1856.13 He appeared in the census on 13 Jun 1860 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.5 He appeared in the census on 1 Jun 1870 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.7 Aaron died on 12 Aug 1943 at the age of 87.13 He was buried after 12 Aug 1943 at Union Cemetery in Troxelville, Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.13 He was also known as John Aaron "Aaron" Boonie.13
            +8           vii.   Lydia BONEY, born abt 1858; married Henry Howard SHAWVER, bef 1878; died bef 1958.
              9          viii.   Uriah BONEY1 was born in 1863.14 He appeared in the census on 1 Jun 1870 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.7 He appeared in the census on 22 Jun 1888 at Adams Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.15 Uriah died in 1934 at the age of 71.14 He was buried in 1934 at Union Cemetery in Troxelville, Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.14
            10            ix.   Caroline Emeline BONEY1 was born in 1866.16 She appeared in the census on 1 Jun 1870 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.7 She died on 20 Nov 1877 at the age of 11.16 Caroline was buried after 20 Nov 1877 at Union Cemetery in Troxelville, Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.16
            11             x.   Susanna Matilda "Matilda" BONEY1,7 was born on 18 Dec 1867.17 She appeared in the census on 1 Jun 1870 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.7 She died on 19 Dec 1877 at the age of 10.17 Matilda was buried after 19 Dec 1877 at Union Cemetery in Troxelville, Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.17
            12            xi.   Leah BONEY1 was born on 27 Nov 1869 in Troxelville, Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.18 She appeared in the census on 1 Jun 1870 at Beaver Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.7 She appeared in the census on 22 Jun 1880 at Adams Township in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.8 Leah died on 12 Mar 1939 at the age of 69 in Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.18 She was buried after 12 Mar 1939 at Union Cemetery in Troxelville, Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.18 She was also known as Mary Boney.7 
            13           xii.   Joseph Jerome BONEY1 was born on 13 Mar 1874.19 He died on 10 Nov 1877 at the age of 3.19 He was buried after 10 Nov 1877 at Union Cemetery in Troxelville, Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.19

            14          xiii.   Mary Maggie Savilla BONEY1 was born in 1876.20 She died on 20 Nov 1877 at the age of 1.20 She was buried after 20 Nov 1877 at Union Cemetery in Troxelville, Snyder, Pennsylvania, United States.20