Statistics as of 12-15-2017

Statistics

 Description  Quantity
Total Individuals 1,033  
Total Males 533 (51.6%)  
Total Females 499 (48.31%)  
Total Unknown Gender 1 (0.1%)  
Total Living 592  
Total Families 378  
Total Unique Surnames 342  
Total Photos 185  
Total Documents 47  
Total Headstones 15  
Total Histories 0  
Total Recordings 0  
Total Videos 2  
Total Census 59  
Total Sources 278  
Average Lifespan1 64 years, 236 days  
Earliest Birth (Joseph James 1778  

 

 Longest Lived1  Age
Sarah Jane McHenry 105 years  
Ellis Wheeler 100 years  
Charles A. Wheeler 100 years  
Madie Fletcher 98 years 175 days  
Alberta (Menzies) Bausal 94 years 68 days  
Nancy (LINSON) BASSAL 94 years 34 days  
Sallie E (LOWE) SIMMONS 93 years 358 days  
Daisy Smith 93 years 284 days  
James August MEACHAM 91 years 202 days  
Elias Fletcher 91 years 126 days  

 

1  Age-related calculations are based on individuals with recorded birth and death dates. Due to the existence of incomplete date fields(e.g., a death date listed only as “1945” or “BEF 1860”), these calculations cannot be 100% accurate.

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Traditional Genealogy Records

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Death records are important in adding information to our Individual Profile (IP). Today more and more of these can be found online. Our main goal here is to find an obituary or death notice, which contains valuable information about someone in the family circle. These notices generally include names of all immediate family members—including married names of daughters, name of funeral home, and possibly the name of cemetery. The following are useful in searching for death information. Death certificates have been required in most locales since early in the 20th century. The key information shown often includes parents’ names, name of cemetery and funeral home, as well as date of death. VitalChek lists where to send for vital records including (birth, marriage, and death) in the USA.

Social Security Death Index (SSDI) lists over 70M individuals whose deaths have been reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA) in the United States. It mostly lists individuals who died after 1962 and who had a social security number (i.e. who were in the work force) and allows searches by name or another field. The database gives the individual’s Social Security Number, birth date (as reported to the SSA by the applicant), the date of death (usually just the month and year), where his or her last benefit was sent (not the place where the death occurred), and the state where the original application to the SSA was made (not where the person was born). Once you know the month of death you can search elsewhere for the death notice or obituary. You can search the SSDI at FamilySearch™.

Obits and death notices can be found in the local newspaper where the death occurred or where the person lived. These newspapers are usually found on microfilm in your local library. You can call the library directly and ask the reference librarian for help in finding what you need. Alternatively, you can ask your own local library to see if they can obtain the specific microfilm via inter-library loan. There are many newspapers that now have online indices, which also can be searched. You can either talk to the local librarian or search Cyndi’s List for a current list.

Another option is a group of volunteers who do obituary lookups. Check the Obituary Lookup Volunteers website. Once you know the name of the cemetery, you can contact it and ask for any records on file on the deceased and for the name of next of kin. Generally, in an effort to protect the family, they will not provide this information. They will, however, often be willing to forward a letter from you to that individual. Similarly, funeral homes maintain records that have information about the next of kin, sometimes even with addresses and phone numbers.

While we have focused only on a narrow set of records here, many additional ‘traditional’ genealogical records can add clues to our search. These records include marriage, birth, census, city directories, property, and many others. Again, as you do more of your family research and discover more of these documents, you will be able to go back to your search for more living relatives.

Surnames

ADAMS
ALLEN
AMPEY SMITH
AMPEY WOODY
AMPEY YOUNGER
AMPEY
BANKS
BARBEE
BARNES
BAUSAL DAVIS
BAUSAL MCCOMBS
BAUSAL SIKI
BAUSAL
BELL GREEN
BELL
BERRY
BETTS
BOSHAW
BRADLEY AMPEY
BROOKS WHEELER
BROOKS
BROWN GOSS
BROWN
BROWN JR.
BRUNSON
BUCK MEACHAM
CAMPBELL
CARMEN
CARTIER
CHANNEY
CHEZA
CHILTON
CLEMMONS
COLEMAN
COLLINS
COOK BARNES
COOK
COOKE
COPELAND
CORBIN CAMPBELL
CORBIN
COX SIMMONS
CUFFEE MYLES
CUFFEE
CUMMINGS
DABNEY
DADA
DAVENPORT STEWART
DAVENPORT
DAVIS SUTTON
DAVIS
DEVOULD
DILLON
DISHMAN
DORSEY
DOWDELL

DURKINS
ELDRIDGE
ELTON
EPPERSON ALLEN
EPPERSON
ESTES HOLLOWAY
ESTES
EVANS
EWING
EZELL
FARMER
FLETCHER MYLES
FLETCHER
FLETCHER BROADIE
FRANCE
FRANKLIN
FRANTZ
FRIDAY
FULLERTON
GANISON ROBERTS
GANISON TIDWELL

GANISON
GANTT
GARLISCH
GAULDIN PITTMAN
GERARD
GILLESPIE MYLES
GILLESPIE
GILLUM MYLES
GINN
GRAY BAUSAL
GRAY
GRAY WILLIAMS
GREENE
GREER
GRICE
GROSSMAN MYLES
GRUNDAY
GRUNDY HALL
GRUNDY
HALL DAMANI OPUSUNJU
HALL FLETCHER
HALL INGRAM
HALL JOHNSON
HALL WALKER ROBINSON
HALL WILSON
HALL
HAMILTON HOLLOWAY
HAMILTON
HAMILTON-HOLLOWAY
HANES
HANNA MYLES
HARDIN
HARRIS LOWE
HARRIS MAXWELL
HARRIS MYLES
HARRIS
HAYWOOD
HENDERSON JOHNSON
HENRY
HERARD MERCHANT
HERRON
HILL
HINES KING
HITE
HOLDER
HOLIDAY
HOLLOWAY KING SMITH
HOLLOWAY MENZIES
HOLLOWAY
HOLLOWAY
HOWELL
HUMPHREY TABOR
HUMPHREY
INGRAM
IRBY PERRY
IVERY LOWE
JAMES FULLERTON
JAMES
JEFFERSON
JIMERSON
JOHNSON HARRIS
JOHNSON KING
JOHNSON KING GANTT
JOHNSON MCMILLON
JOHNSON STOKES
JOHNSON
JOINER WHEELER
KEYS ADAMS
KEYS PEEPLES
KEYS STANSBERRY
KEYS TABOR FRIDAY
KEYS
KIMBROUGH LOWE
KING HARRIS
KING MORAN
KING MYLES
KING WAGNER
KING
KING
KRUEGER
LAPOINTE
LAYTON
LEAKE BAUSAL
LEE
LINSON BASSAL
LINSON
LITTLE
LOVETT
LOVEY
LOWE EPPERSON
LOWE SIMMONS
LOWE WHEELER KEYS
LOWE
LYNN-MYLES
MARSHALL DAVIS
MAXWELL
MCCORMICK
MCCULLUM SIMMS
MCCULLUM
MCGUIRE
MCHENRY
MCMILLON
MEACHAM BOSHAW
MEACHAM CARTIER
MEACHAM
MENZIES BAUSAL
MENZIES RUFF
MENZIES
MERCHANT MCCAMBRY
MERCHANT MOSLEY
MERCHANT PARVATON
MERCHANT WILLIAMS
MERCHANT
MILLER MYLES
MILLER SMITH
MILLER
MIMS
MITCHELL
MOODY
MOORE
MORAN
MORRIS
MUN
MYLES BELL
MYLES BRUNSON
MYLES GANISON
MYLES LAYTON
MYLES MCCULLUM
MYLES SAWYER
MYLES TALIAFERRO
MYLES
MYLES
MYLES-NALLS
NEAL TABOR PAYNE
NEUMANN
NIMELY
NIMLEY
OAKES
ODOM STAFFORD
ODOM
OPUSUNJU
PAPAZIAN BROWN
PARKER KING

PAYNE HALL
PAYNE
PEEPLES
PERRY
PHELPS
PHOEBE TATUM
PITTMAN
POLLARD
POLLOCK BELL
POLLOCK
PORTER
PRICE JAMES
PRICE
PYRON MYLES
RAMSEY
REAM
REECE MYLES
REECE
REED SAWYER
REED
ROBERTS MERCHANT
ROBERTS
ROBERTSON
ROBINSON COOKE
ROBINSON LAPOINTE
ROBINSON SEARCY
ROBINSON
RODDEN
RODRIGUEZ GANISON
RODRIGUEZ
RUFF HOLDER
RUFF
SALTER MCMILLON
SANDERS
SANFORD BRUNSON
SAWYER NIMELY
SAWYER
SCHUESSLER
SCOTT
SEARCY
SHARP
SHERROD
SHUMATE
SIKI
SIMMONS BARBEE
SIMMONS BROWN
SIMMONS DABNEY
SIMMONS GINN WALKER
SIMMONS HARRIS
SIMMONS HILL
SIMMONS MILLER
SIMMONS MYLES DAVIS
SIMMONS ROBINSON
SIMMONS WILLIS
SIMMONS
SIMMONS
SIMMS
SMITH BAUSAL
SMITH WILLIAMS JEFFERSON
SMITH
SOMMERS GRUNDY
SOMMERS
SOMMERS
SPRINGER
STAFFORD
STEPHENS WAGNER
STEPHENS
STEWART
STOKES
SUTTON
SWAIM
SYKES
TABER
TABOR BROWN
TABOR PAGE
TABOR SIMMONS
TABOR
TABOR
TALIAFERRO
TATUM
TATUM BASSAL
TAYLOR
THOMAS DEVOULD CORBIN
THOMAS HERRON BAUSAL
THOMAS HOLIDAY
THOMAS
THOMPSON
TOLIVER
TUCKER
WAGNER
WALKER
WALLS

WALTON PITTMAN
WALTON
WASHINGTON MYLES
WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON-BROWN
WATKINS STOKES
WATSON MYLES
WATSON
WEATHERSPOON BAUSAL
WEATHERSPOON
WHEELER DORSEY
WHEELER EVANS
WHEELER FRANKLIN
WHEELER
WHITE
WHITSON
WILLIAMS MYLES
WILLIAMS
WILLIS
WILSON WASHINGTON
WILSON
WILSON SR.
WOLFERSBERGER ELDRIDGE
WOODS CORBIN
WOODS
WOODY
WRIGHT SIMMONS

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Search all of your family storage areas, in and out, from top to bottom of the home. Include the attic, storage closets, basements, garage, trunks, safe, deposit boxes, and so forth. Encourage your relatives to make similar searches in their storage areas.

Your second cousin, great-aunt, or other relative may already have gathered some family information. Most families have at least one relative who keeps track of cousins’ birthdays, anniversaries, or deaths. Learn who that relative is. When information is found, offer to pay for the cost of photocopying and postage.

We can gather the family history information others in our family have already prepared by:
• Asking our family members if they have any written information about the family, including ancestral maps, ancestral books, letters, stories, family group records, pedigree charts, school records, certificates, pictures, and artifacts such as wood carvings, tapa designs, etc.
• Ask if you may have a copy of what they have.

Be sure to ask your parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends of the family for help in finding. If there have been multiple marriages, be sure to ask members or descendants of those unions. They just might have the very letter, document, book, or story for which you are searching.

Official Documents

  • Certificates of birth, marriage, and death
  • Wills, deeds, and property records
  • Military service and pension documents
  • Passports
  • Naturalization documents
  • Medical records
  • Licenses (business, marriage, fishing, driving)
  • School records
  • Insurance policies

Books and Albums

  • Family Bibles
  • Scrapbooks and albums
  • Baby and wedding books
  • Books of Remembrance
  • Photograph Albums

Personal Writings

  • Journals and diaries
  • Personal histories and biographies
  • Letters and cards

Printed Notices and Announcements

  • Newspaper clippings and obituaries
  • Announcements of births, weddings, and anniversaries
  • Programs (award ceremonies, funerals)
  • Family reunion notices and records

Certificates

  • Religious records
  • Fraternal or society records
  • Occupational awards

Family Reunion Planning Checklist

6 Months Before

Determine interest of family members. Send out a family poll (by e-mail or by post) to gauge interest in a reunion, get an idea of how many people would attend, and find out what dates and locations would work best.

4 Months Before

Ask for help. You’ll need to find dependable and enthusiastic relatives who could take charge of:

  • Finding a park, beach or other outdoor location for the event.
  • Planning a menu, assigning dishes and other food items to each family. Arranging for extra cooking and/or grilling facilities. Or finding a caterer.
  • Decorations, invitations, and signs: Putting one person in charge of printed materials will help ensure a consistent theme for the event.
  • Activities and entertainment: An athletic relative might take charge of the volleyball net and provide a boom box with music.
  • Family history: Putting together a family tree is a great way to incorporate your heritage into the event. You might also consider creating a small family newspaper to highlight recent family events, special facts, and history.
  • Photography and/or video: You’ll want to record this event for posterity.
  • Cleanup: Solicit several folks for this massive task!

Research locations and facilities.

  • Research places that cater to a variety of interests, age levels, physical abilities, and financial resources.
  • Ocean or lakeside family parks are ideal; there are things to do on both water and on land — activities to keep kids busy and lounging opportunities on the beach for grown-ups.
  • Many vacation areas and state parks have a “destination manager” who can help you with the details of your reunion.

Finalize the date and location. Find out what amenities will be available: drinking water, swimming pool, grilling facilities, changing rooms, indoor space (in case of rain), picnic tables, etc.

Finalize plans for reunion favors, video, family history pamphlet, or T-shirts. Family members will want something to remember this grand occasion.

  • Ask an artistic family member to design a T-shirt, hat, sweatshirt, or other personalized clothing item.
  • Pull together resources for your family history or video.
  • If you decide to give out favors, disposable cameras and matchboxes are two budget-friendly options that can be personalized for your event.

3 Months Before

Come up with a reunion schedule, theme, and approximate cost per person.

Send invitations.

  • Include finalized times, locations, maps, driving directions, costs, and a schedule of events.
  • Include a sign-up option for specific activities, if necessary.
  • Include assignments for relatives who have volunteered to bring food or other items.
  • Include a request for photos and/or stories you would include in the family history or video.
  • Include an RSVP date, along with an e-mail address, phone number, or mailing address to which they can respond. Ask family members to provide their accommodation or arrival information, if appropriate.

Follow up with volunteers and dole out tasks as appropriate.

Schedule events and activities.

  • Secure professionals or locations for your activities. For example, reserve a softball field, hire tour guides or yoga instructors.
  • Purchase items you’ll need for any crafting activities.

Schedule and plan meals.

  • Create a list of all the meals you’ll be eating or the food you’ll need.
  • Assign one food item to each relative.
  • Contact restaurants to see if they’ll accommodate large groups and make reservations then if necessary.

2 Months Before

Start a list of those who have confirmed their attendance, where they’ll be staying, and when they’ll be arriving.

Reserve rental equipment such as a podium, microphone, tables, or chairs.

Confirm restaurant reservations and provide your latest guest estimate.

Make final purchases.

  • Craft supplies
  • Decorations
  • Favors, personalized T-shirts, disposable cameras, or other items you plan to give out at the reunion.
  • Other _____________________________

Order copies of family history or video.

1 Month Before

Confirm with relatives who are bringing food or other supplies.

Confirm meeting places.

Confirm activities.

Confirm sleeping accommodations.

2 Weeks Before

  • Contact restaurants with a final guest count if necessary.
  • Contact volunteers with specific tasks to confirm times, locations, and the final guest count.
  • Photographer/video
  • Activities coordinator
  • Decorations and signage
  • Meals

Review your final to-do list.

Buy last-minute decorations and supplies.

Create signs and banners.

Make arrangements to donate leftover food to a local shelter or food pantry.

2 Days Before

Review reunion minutiae with committees.

Pick up any rental equipment, like chairs, tables, etc.

Prepare final payments and tips for any professionals and help you’ve hired, like the caterer and wait staff. Put these together in separate envelopes so you can quickly hand them out as needed throughout the event. Keep in mind that you can send extra tips later if their performance was exceptional. Otherwise, a 10 to 15 percent tip is customary if it’s not included in their charge.

The Day Before

Set up and decorate.

Get some sleep!

Within 2 weeks of the event, you’ll need to:

Write thank-you notes to special attendees, relatives who donated time and money, and any other people who helped make your event a success.

Develop film. Be sure to get CDs made so you can upload photos to ofoto.com or shutterfly.com. This way other family members can purchase copies of your photos.

Donate or distribute leftover favors, decorations, family history pamphlets, etc.

Within 4 weeks of the event:

Follow up with videographer and photographer to find out when materials will be ready for distribution.

Send an e-mail or mass mailing to all who attended, summarizing the festivities, thanking them for attending, and telling them where they can purchase photos, videos, or any other follow-up items from your event.

Miles Luther SIMMONS Newspaper Clipping

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“Illinois, Cook County, Obituaries, ca. 1970-1990,” database with images, Miles Simmons Sr, 1979; citing Cook, Illinois, United States, South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society, South Holland; FHL microfilm 1,907,511.

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Types of Family Structures

Types of Family Structures

 

Family Structures

The following types of families exist today, with some families naturally falling into multiple categories. For example, a single parent family who lives in a larger, extended family. While these types of families are distinct in definition, in practice the lines are less clear.

Nuclear Family

The nuclear family is the traditional type of family structure. This family type consists of two parents and children. The nuclear family was long held in esteem by society as being the ideal in which to raise children. Children in nuclear families receive strength and stability from the two-parent structure and generally have more opportunities due to the financial ease of two adults. According to U.S. Census data, almost 70 percent of children live in a nuclear family unit.

SingleParent Family 

The single parent family consists of one parent raising one or more children on his own. Often, a single parent family is a mother with her children, although there are single fathers as well. The single parent family is the biggest change society has seen in terms of the changes in family structures. One in four children is born to a single mother. Single parent families are generally close and find ways to work together to solve problems, such as dividing up household chores. When only one parent is at home, it may be a struggle to find childcare, as there is only one parent working. This limits income and opportunities in many cases, although many single parent families have help from relatives and friends.

Extended Family

The extended family structure consists of two or more adults who are related, either by blood or marriage, living in the same home. This family includes many relatives living together and working toward common goals, such as raising the children and keeping up with the household duties. Many extended families include cousins, aunts or uncles and grandparents living together. This type of family structure may form due to financial difficulties or because older relatives are unable to care for themselves alone. Extended families are becoming increasingly common all over the world.

Childless Family

While most people think of family as including children, there are couples who either cannot or choose not to have children. The childless family is sometimes the “forgotten family,” as it does not meet the traditional standards set by society. Childless families consist of a husband and wife living and working together. Many childless families take on the responsibility of pet ownership or have extensive contact with their nieces and nephews as a substitute for having their own children.

Stepfamily

Over half of all marriages end in divorce, and many of these individuals choose to get remarried. This creates the stepfamily which involves two separate families merging into one new unit. It consists of a new husband and wife and their children from previous marriages or relationships. Stepfamilies are about as common as the nuclear family, although they tend to have more problems, such as adjustment periods and discipline issues. Stepfamilies need to learn to work together and also work with their exes to ensure these family units run smoothly.

Grandparent Family

Many grandparents today are raising their grandchildren for a variety of reasons. One in fourteen children is raised by his grandparents, and the parents are not present in the child’s life. This could be due to parents’ death, addiction, abandonment or being unfit parents. Many grandparents need to go back to work or find additional sources of income to help raise their grandchildren.

Average percent DNA shared between relatives

Average percent DNA shared between relatives

 

To help in interpreting your DNA Relatives results, the following summarizes the average percent DNA shared for different types of relationships according to our simulations. You may notice that several relationships share the same average percent DNA.

Relationship Average % DNA Shared Range
Identical Twin 100% N/A
Parent / Child
Full Sibling
50% Varies by specific relationship
Grandparent / Grandchild
Aunt / Uncle
Niece / Nephew
Half Sibling
25% Varies by specific relationship
1st Cousin 12.5% 7.31% – 13.8%
1st Cousin once removed 6.25% 3.3% – 8.51%
2nd Cousin 3.13% 2.85% – 5.04%
2nd Cousin once removed 1.5% 0.57% – 2.54%
3rd Cousin 0.78% 0.3% – 2.0%
4th Cousin 0.20% 0.07% – 0.5%
5th Cousin 0.05% Variable
6th Cousin 0.01% Variable

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September 18, 2008
Kalamazoo, MI

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Nantko Boltjes – Angie M. (Boltjes-Grimm) Skinner

http://www.eickhofffuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3663035&fh_id=13273

Angie M. (Boltjes-Grimm) Skinner

Angie M. (Boltjes-Grimm) Skinner, age 92 of Three Rivers died Sunday April 10, 2016 at Three Rivers Health. She was born in Groningen, The Netherlands on Sep. 15, 1923 the daughter of Hendrik and Anna (Robbes) Boltjes. She was a longtime Vicksburg resident and employee of Simpson Lee Paper Company.

Survivors include three sons, Richard (Linda) Grimm of Three Rivers, Steven (Kelly Gray) Grimm of Vicksburg, and Louis (Carol Chamberland) Grimm, Jr. of Mendon; daughter Barbara Grimm (Allan) Brown of Three Rivers; 10 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and brother, Henry Boltjes of Comstock. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, James Jay Grimm; and two husbands, Louis Grimm Sr. and Harold Skinner; sisters Minnie Paulson and Henrieatta Nuyen; and brothers, Harm, Herman, and Nantko Boltjes.

A graveside service will be held 11 am Wednesday April 13, 2016 in Vicksburg Cemetery. Assistance was provided by the Eickhoff Funeral Home of Mendon. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.eickhofffuneralhome.com