Something about Susan Caroline Bough

Not everyone has the luxury of scholars documenting the story of your ancestor.  However, Dr. Elizabeth Rezende discussed in a lecture, at the St. Thomas University of the Virgin Islands Campus, “Susan Bough, negotiating through a Man’s World of Business in the Danish West Indies, 1905-1920. Dr. Rezende, Adjunct Professor, taught Anthropology and Caribbean History …

SNGF -My Ancestral Birth Chart

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver.   The challenge is to create a five or six generation ancestor chart that shows your ancestor's birthplaces . As I was looking at the ancestral birth charts on Randy’s Genea Mussings  blog, I was struck by the participants ability to identify 5 generations.  I took note of the …

52 Ancestors #43 Oops George fell!

Amy Johnson Crow “no story too small” suggested that we write about “An ancestor who made an ‘oops,’ or one that you made while researching.   Week 43– OOPS!   George A. Bough (1806 – 1856) Although, there have been many oops over the years of my genealogical research that required pruning and other measures,  I …

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #3 –Caroline Gasper-Bough (1894-1970) A Tough Woman.

This year's challenge by Amy Crow is another weekly blog for 52 weeks about 52 ancestors  This weeks theme is on "TOUGH WOMAN" Caroline Elizabeth Gasper-Bough was my maternal grandmother. She was born in 1894 on St. Croix, Danish West Indies, and was the daughter and only child of Victoria Richard (1877-1899) and Stephen Gasper …

Friends of friends Friday- Grandmother purchases Granddaughters Freedom, St. Croix, DWI, 1817

In 2007, the VI Ancestry Discovery Group hosted “VI Family Tree & History Exhibit,” on St. Croix. I was among the 75-plus presenters sharing my family history in public for the first time. Gathering, collecting data and working with Project Coordinator Veronica “Ronnie” Phillips; I began to think about not just what; but also how …

Census Sunday – USVI 1857 (danish period)

Whenever I look at the 1857 census which I retrieved from ancestry.com, I recognize that the composition of the household is of a different time; a time when families lived together. Today, the ancestors could not possibly conceive in their minds, how most families are not living together and rather live apart in distant places. …

Workday Wednesday-The Cigar Maker

No doubt I had looked at the 1870 census many times before, and saw that my ancestor Esram Bough’s occupation/trade was listed as a Cigar Maker, but this time was different. I noticed that most of the ancestors of the family (George A. Bough) sons’ occupations were: Clerks, Shoemakers, and Taylors throughout the 1800’s. I …

Tuesday Tip: Tracing Danish West Indies Ancestors

As I become more involved in doing research, I have found that looking for variant spellings of names has proven instrumental in finding the genesis of a family.  A surname could have many variations, but originate from one source. If you can trace your roots back to the Danish West Indies, there is a website …