Like I state previously, my research has turned into ground zero…or it feels that way. Having to rebuild my entire software database is so daunting, as it looks like Mt. Everest to an ant!
In the past my research has always been about getting as many documents as possible… I mean that the whole point right? Evidence!
Well as I begin… And it’s a New Year… I’m setting goals this time & focusing on only one tree at a time. Thus this year all my research efforts & goals are going towards my husbands line: The Lees!
I opted for this family line because: 1- It’s my smallest tree on hard copy & Ancestry thus it’s a little less scary to start my rebuild. 2 – Because it’s brick wall comes early in historical perspective: 1900. 3 – I’ve had my first child, a boy! So his line is dad’s line :)
The brick wall & center of all research starts with Frank Herbert Lee who’s reported birth takes place in once Pryor Creek, OK, on 22 September 1900. I say “reported” because he had to get a delayed birth certificate of nearly 50 years after the fact!!
The delayed birth certificate said he’s the son of Frank Herbert (Herbert Frank) Lee of WI, & Clara Marie Nuahause of IL. Yes, both names were listed for the father. The father is said through family stories to be Cherokee & the mother is said to be Irish.
My suspicions are that these have been twisted. I mean, a Cherokee (as family legend holds it) born in Milwaukee, WI, before 1900? That would be very rare…wouldn’t it? And secondly, it’s most common for a man to travel to the location of the woman he marries &/or bears children with, with the first born birthed in the woman’s last known residence. I did say “most common”. Also “Nuahause” really doesn’t sound Irish to me…does it to you? It was even spelled “Nayhouse” on one handwritten family tree.
So begins The Year Of Lee! Follow along to see how this family unfolds these next 11 months :D