Monday, June 4, 2012

Talk about paperwork

So I wanted to go back to Amos and keep working on him.  I went as far as I could with his 2nd wife and him, but I wanted to know more about his 1st wife Amy F Timbrel and their child whom he had left behind.  While looking at Amy I found that her last name was Mitchell and that I had a marriage date for her and Amos.

Before I go any farther in my story of Amy let me tell you what I have had in my "collection" since last fall.  In August, I ordered microfilm from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT.  It was birth, marriage and death records from Mahaska County, Iowa, from the time they started keeping records to the beginning of the 1900's.  I worked from August 2011 to March 2012, combing through all these records.  I made copies when I ran across my family or anyone connected to my family.  But after spending 2 days a week and endless hours going through the microfilm, I just didn't have it in me to come home to sort and organize my new finds.  Call it laziness, sloppiness...whatever but I was done.  So I spent 8 some odd months accumulating this massive amount of information.  I stare at it everyday and everyday I leave it be.  I figured when I got desperate enough I would go deal with it.  WELL, today is that day.  :)

I pulled out my stack of papers last night and took one look at it and said "I'll deal with this tomorrow", apparently that's my solution to this mess. LOL.  I had some last minute stuff to get ready for my cousin's graduation this weekend (insert YAHOO!! for my cousin Trevor Brown's great accomplishment of making it through high school) so I spent a good portion of the day working on that.  However, I still had this pile of papers taunting me on the table.  I started tackling it tonight.  WOW!! I have my work cut out for me but it will be so worth it in the end.

Now the Mitchell family was never on my radar while I spent hours perusing all these records.  But as I now go through them all again, I am so lucky that I am finding them on records with my other family.  These records sometimes have up to 40 names or more.  It takes time to go through each sheet.  But I will make it.

So you may not hear from me for a while for two reasons:
1. I am leaving on Thursday to go home to Gabbs for Trev's big day.
2. When I am home (here I mean) I will most likely have my head buried in a mountain of paperwork....and loving every minute.

I will see you next week sometime! ;)

Page 1 of Amos & Amy's Marriage record
Page 2 Mahaska County, Iowa 28 Mar 1897

1 comment:

  1. I can't seem to get my last two pictures to load correctly. Not sure what I am doing wrong but there you have it. Sorry for the neck crink.