Wells Family Genealogy

The study of my Family Tree

30 Jan 2012 – A Handy Genealogy Tool January 30, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — jgeoghan @ 12:51 pm

So I have to mention a cool little thing I found on-line at the website www.timeanddate.com/date/

This website has calculators that can come in hand when trying to calculate ages of people from older headstones.  Say your headstone says something like “Died April 13, 1812 Aged 45 Years, 3 Months and 2 days”   You go into their “Date calculator: Add to or subtract from a date” and enter in the death date and then subtract the amount of years, months and days and it calculates that that person would have been born on or about Sunday, January 11, 1767.  Yes you could have figured it out on your own but I don’t know about you but it would have taken me a bit to do the math.

They also have a calculator that will give you the amount of time between two different dates.  You could use it to figure out exactly how old someone was when they died down month and days or use it to calculate any number of other events.  I actually calculated how old I was and celebrated my 15,000 birthday last fall.  15,000 days that is.  So much more exciting than 41.


26 Jan 2012 – Wells Civil War Draft record from Hopkinton, RI January 26, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — jgeoghan @ 11:58 am

It’s been a while since I posted.  It’s not that I haven’t been busy working on my research but that I was reading a book that I highly recommend to anyone called Genealogical Proof Standard, Building a Solid Case by Christine Rose.   It showed me that my research needs to be more fully fleshed out, that everyone in my database should have some citation with it.   Most of them do but not in a concise and consistent fashion.   This is what I’ve been working on, going over my notes and sources.   One benefit that I have found is that while going over my closer relatives in my database, I’ve found that a lot more records has been added to familysearch.org and ancestry.com since I last looked for them.  Here is a good example of a record I found this week on ancestry.com for the Wells family of Hopkinton, RI.  It is a Civil War registration page from June 1863 with the Wells’ from Hopkinton including Jonathan R Wells, Denison Wells, Augustus L Wells and Edward L Wells.

Here is my transcription if you would like to copy it into your database:

U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865, State: Rhode Island, Congressional District:  2nd.  Vol 2 of 2, Class 2/3, Enumerated on June 1863, Page 121 (ancestry.com)

Name: Wells, Jonathan R … Residence: Hopkinton … Age on 1 Jul 1863: 44 … Occ: Manufacturer  … Place of Birth: RI

Name: Wells,Denison… Residence: Hopkinton … Age on 1 Jul 1863: 41 … Occ: Operative … Place of Birth: RI

Name: Wells, Edward L Jr. … Residence: Hopkinton … Age on 1 Jul 1863: 40 … Occ: Manufacturer … Place of Birth: RI

Name: Wells, Augustus L … Residence: Hopkinton … Age on 1 Jul 1863: 41 … Occ: Manufacturer  … Place of Birth: RI