Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Seeking Michigan

I found this great website, that lets you search for, view & print death certificates in Michigan from 1897-1920! This is an awesome tool for Michigan Genealogist. It's been around since 2008 (I believe) and they have more history than just death records such as photographs, maps, spoken histories, and documents. I especially love the Civil War photographs & records!!

Happy Hunting! :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Genealogy slump

We all go through times when we just can't find anything or life takes over & we don't have time to research all that we want to. I have been there. This last year & a half has been crazy here in the Carsten house. My husband Marty is still recovering from Meningitis, but he is doing GREAT! A year ago our little foster baby J left our home & our hearts are broken. We felt the most joy we could have ever felt when we adopted our 2 foster children Z & S. We left our home church of 11 years to follow what God has for us.... and in return have found some of the greatest friends ever!

In July I feel 3 different times, broke a couple toes, and ruptured two disc. Spent the summer healing & loving on my kids... and now we are knee deep in football/cheerleading... ugh!! Hoping school starting will give me some chances to do some genealogy research.

Much love,

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Search my records on Find-A-Grave

Search Sherry Carsten's cemetery records at by entering a surname and clicking search:

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Time for Summer/Brick walls

Hello all... I've been really busy this winter. Ready for camping this summer... we've got a couple of family reunions already planned. For Marty's side, we have the Martin family campout in June & the Carsten family reunion in July. My family hasn't done a reunion in a long time. Would love to do a Vincent family reunion. But I did find that there is going to be an Aldrich one in July... that will be interesting! :)

Aldrich Brick Walls

ALDRICH/ALDRIGE/ALDRIDGE--AARON ALDRICH, b. Abt. 1810 in NY. Married Almira LOCKWOOD bef. 1835 prob. in NY. Children: George William, Susan, & Anna. George m. Arabella HAMILL in St. Charles, Saginaw County, MI; Susan m._____ALBACH of West Milbrook; Anna m._____CORNELL of Washington.

ARABELLA HAMILL (Photo to the right is Arabella, can't remember where I got it from or who); b. August 14, 1850 in Lansing, MI. Married George ALDRICH on February 18, 1866 in St. Charles, Saginaw County, MI. d. August 07, 1920 in Pontiac, MI. Her parents were William D. & Triphena Arabella [MORTON] HAMILL. However she was adopted. Her real name was Faith Charity. There was also a little boy that was adopted by William & Triphena. Would like info on both her adopted family and her biological family.

ALMIRA (or ELMIRA LOCKWOOD), b. March 04, 1823 in NY. Married (1) Aaron ALDRICH/ALDRIGE/ALDRIDGE Bef. 1835 prob. in NY. Married (2) William CRAIG in Michigan. d. June 28, 1901 in Corunna, Shiawassee County, MI. Death Record in Shiawassee County Court House says her parents were Mr. DOGE of Corunna and Unknown. But the 1850 Sharon, Washtenaw County, MI census says that Mary LOCKWOOD lived with Aaron & Almira ALDRIGE at the age of 50 being born in NY. The 1860 of St. Charles, Saginaw County, MI census say Mary LOCKWOOD lived with William & Almira CRAIG at the age of 63 being born in NY. Any information on the parentage of Almira/Elmira or Mary LOCKWOOD would be appreciated.