I know what you’re thinking but no, it’s not quite that dramatic. Last month in response to the A to Z blogging challenge, I posted some quilt designs that I had named after females in my family tree over on my quilting blog. Letter F was a quilt design for Fanny Lulu Williamson. [How could I pass up using a name like Fanny Lulu?] When I started the blog post, the information I had for Fanny in my genealogy software showed that she was born about 1861 in Rochester, New York. She was my 1st cousin 3 x removed—her father, Thomas Williamson was the brother of my 2nd great grandfather, William Henry Williamson. Information found on FindaGrave.com showed that Fanny Lulu had died in October 1887.

Find A Grave Memorial #41439483

Find A Grave Memorial #41439483

[There are a couple of glaring inaccuracies in the brief bio on the Find A Grave Memorial page
but I am going to save clearing that up for another post.]

Because Fanny had died fairly young, I wanted to list her cause of death in my quilting blog post. To find her cause of death, I used the Mt Hope Cemetery Interment Books available online because they have that information taken from the death certificate in them. According to the interment book, Fannie Williamson was 32 when she died of typhoid fever in 1887 which would put her year of birth about 1855—not 1861/1862 as shown in the 1870 and 1880 censuses. She was buried on 6 October 1887 in SE 1/4 410 R1—a plot owned by Thomas Knowles according to the Mt Hope Plot Map Books also available online. [See Note #1 below for links to these records online.] There are no other Williamsons buried near her which is unusual for my Williamson ancestors and given that her father owned a full plot, I questioned why she wasn’t buried there. Looking at this new information, it seemed unlikely that this Find A Grave memorial was for my Fanny Lulu Williamson.

Further searches on FamilySearch.org didn’t turn up anything concrete for Fanny before I posted her quilt design. She disappears after the 1880 New York Federal Census where she is enumerated in her father’s household as a dressmaker, age eighteen. In addition, the family trees on Ancestry.com are riddled with the [inaccurate] FindAGrave.com information. I surmised that she may have actually married rather than died young and knew further investigating would be needed.

Later I was kind of kicking myself that I had written brief biographical information about the women each of the quilts were named after but hadn’t thought to post that information over here for the 52 Ancestors Challenge. As you have probably guessed, I dug a little deeper to try and find out what really happened to Fanny Lulu. Her marriage record was the first find and without it, it would have been difficult to go further.


City of Rochester Marriage Records online at cityofrochester.gov

Here is what I have pieced together from later census and death records…

Fanny Lulu’s given name was Fanny Louise Williamson

  • born: 5 November 1862 in Rochester, New York to Thomas and Mary [Duckett] Williamson
  • died: 12 January 1926 in Detroit, Michigan
  • married: 14 October 1886 in Rochester, New York to:

John Nicodemus Hyle

  • born: 14 July 1859 in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania to Frederick and Margaret [Nicodemus] Hyle
  • died: 17 November 1947 in Marion, Ohio

John and Fanny had two children:

  1. Frederick Williamson Hyle, born: November 1887 in Pennsylvania
  2. Fanny Louise Hyle, born: 28 May 1891 in Pennsylvania



  1. Find A Grave Memorial #41439483 should be for Fannie Williamson, born about 1855. See Mt Hope Interment Book PDF and Mt Hope Cemetery Plot Map Book.


Cite This Page:

Erin Williamson Klein, “52 Ancestors #6 – Fanny Lulu: Back from the dead.” My Family History Files, 06 May 2014 (http://myfamilyhistoryfiles.com/williamson/52-ancestors-6-fanny-lulu-back-from-the-dead : [access date]).

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F is for Filesalphabet tree

In today and tomorrow’s posts I am going to show you how to Attach and Insert Files into [onto?] Pages in OneNote. I equate “attaching” with “linking.” I am linking to a File on my hard drive, another Notebook, Section or Page or linking to information on the web.

The first place I do this in each Surname Notebook is in the Table on the Direct Line and Non-Direct Line Sections for each Surname Notebook. Both Tables combined are a list of everyone I have entered in the Surname Notebook so far.




Making Text a Link is the same procedure you use in MSWord. Highlight the text with your cursor−in this case Margaret Pollitt. On the Insert Ribbon [menu], choose Link. I am using the “Pick a location in OneNote” option so I find my way to where Margaret Pollitt’s Page is located in my Williamson Notebook. When I Click > OK, Margaret’s name in the Table becomes a link to her Page in the Notebook.



You can Attach a File anywhere on a Page by placing your cursor wherever you would like the Link to appear. Click > Insert > Link. You can browse the Web or Folders on your hard drive for files to link to in addition to your Notebooks, Sections and Pages. I found the folder for my grandfather’s files on my hard drive and chose the census document I needed to attach in my Table. After I found the appropriate file, I changed the Text to Display to show the year and location of the census.



I linked to all the census documents I had for my grandfather.



Be sure to add to your Source Citations Page as you go along!!



Something I found annoying about the free version of OneNote 2013 is the inability to use File Attachment. Below, the PDF icons link to newspaper pages that contain articles about a great uncle that found himself in a bit of trouble in his early twenties. I used File Attachment in OneNote 2010 to add them to his Page. In the free version of OneNote 2013, this option is not available. I could insert a copy of the whole newspaper page using File Attachment but not the PDF icon link. One option to attach the file would be to create a Text Link using Link fron the Insert Ribbon and label it PDF.


In a later tutorial I will show you how to insert the individual newspaper articles as another option.



Cite This Page:

Erin Williamson Klein, “Attaching Files in OneNote.” My Family History Files, 14 April 2014 (http://myfamilyhistoryfiles.com/organization/attaching-files-in-onenote: [access date]).

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A bit about me

Erin Williamson Klein
New York > Nevada
Started my research in 1993

Aside from my own family history research, I also have The Williamsons in Rochester, New York: A One-Name, One-Place, One-Period-in-Time Study & Belmont, Nevada: A One Place Study

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Sourced Database Statistics:
230 people in Williamson branch
15 direct ancestors
72 families total
[number] people properly sourced
[number] remaining to be sourced
[percent] completed

Participating In

July 2014 Camp NaNoWriMo Winner Badge
Goal: 50,000 words in 31 days
Written: 50,233 in 30 days

November 2014 NaNoWriMo Participant Badge
Goal: 50,000 words in 30 days
Written: ## in 30 days
This explains my absence during July and now November. Part of what I wrote during Camp NaNoWriMo and November NaNoWriMo includes future blog posts. Now to get them edited and posted...