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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fanny Crail Halley

I received a phone call yesterday from an Anne Marie Mistretta. She explained she is involved in the Crail Ranch Conservators and wanted to know if I was Kathleen Halley related to Fanny (Crail) Halley, I said that I was and asked how she found me, she said she was researching the Halley surname and she came across my web site, then googled me! Anna Marie explained that the Crail Ranch is a historic site and that she was researching the ancestry of the Crail family. 

Fanny (Crail) Halley is my 2nd great grandmother, and the sister of Augustus Franklin Crail, who established the ranch. She told me she had pictures of Fanny, her two daughters, and Fanny’s brothers. She e-mailed them to me! I was so excited; I now know what they look like!

                                  Fanny (Crail) Halley - unknown date                                    Martha & Mary Halley – unknown date
                                                                                                                            I do not know which one is Martha or Mary

Fanny’s brothers

Augustus Frank Crail –unknown date                           Albert Crail –unknown date                               John Crail & family – unknown date
       Established Crail Ranch

A brief history about the ranch

In 1902, Augustus Franklin Crail moved his family to Gallatin Canyon Basin (now called Big Sky), after he purchased a small cabin and a 160-acre homestead. The Crails raised wheat, cattle, horses, and sheep. The home stead was occupied by Crail family members for nearly 50 years.

In 1950, Emmet, Augustus son, sold the ranch; the ranch was sold at least two more times.

In 1982 the Historic Crail Ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places through efforts of a group of Big Sky residents.

In 1997 The Crail Ranch buildings and about one acre of land was turned over to the non-profit Big Sky Community Corporation as a community resource.

The Crail Ranch Conservators mission is to preserve and maintain the ranch as a heritage property and to promote it as an educational resource.

The Conservators are also working on several projects, besides establishing a Museum and preserving the Ranch’s collection of historic artifacts, photographs and documents, they are also researching the ancestry of the Crail Family.

To read more about the Historic Crail Ranch please see the web site at

When my grandmother passed away a few years ago, I inherited all of her pictures. Among the pictures was a photograph of women with no name written on the back. I believe this now to be Fanny.

             Picture from Anna Marie                                              Picture from my grandmother

Do you think they are the same women?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


A family member had documented that a marriage between Joshua Halley and Sally Jennings happened in Clark County, Kentucky on 24 May 1805, but did not have the actual record or source location.

I ordered two rolls of microfilm from the Family History Center:

Clark County, Kentucky, marriages, 1792-1851 Bell, Annie W.B.

Marriage bonds of Clark County, Kentucky from the formation of the county in 1793 to 1850 Doyle, George F. Clark County (Kentucky). Clerk of the County Court.

Out of the two the Marriage bonds of Clark County, Kentucky had them listed! I am glad I ordered both of the films.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Israel Halley

Indiana 1860 Mortality Schedule

I found out how my 3rd great grandfather died in 1859, thanks to the Indiana 1860 Mortality Schedule. I found the  Mortality Schedule's on the Indiana Memory Digital Collections web site at  under Indiana State Library Treasures of all places!
Also listed was his daughter who died at the age of 21 of Scrofula, just a few months before he died of "Liver complaints".

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Genealogical Crime Mysteries!

Has anyone read these books?

Family history was never supposed to be like this... When American genealogist, Jefferson Tayte, accepted his latest assignment, he had no idea it might kill him. But while murder was never part of the curriculum, he is kidding himself if he thinks he can walk away from this one. Driven by the all-consuming irony of being a genealogist who doesn't know who his own parents are, Tayte soon finds that the assignment shares a stark similarity to his own struggle. Someone has gone to great lengths to erase an entire family bloodline from recorded history and he's not going home until he's found out why. After all, if he's not good enough to find this family, how can he ever expect to be good enough to someday find his own? Set in Cornwall, England, past and present, Tayte's research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark family secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and they will stop at nothing to find them.

Inspired by the author's own family history...

To the Grave follows American genealogist, Jefferson Tayte, as he uncovers the disturbing consequences of a seemingly innocuous act in 1944 that was intended to keep a family together, but which ultimately tore it apart. His research exposes hidden pasts and the desperate measures some people will take to keep a secret.

Sitting in a hotel room at gunpoint, facing an impossible decision, Tayte is forced to wonder how his latest assignment had come to this. Five days earlier, after a child's suitcase arrives unexpectedly at his client's home in Washington DC, Tayte embarks upon a journey that takes him back to England as he tries to unravel the story of Mena Lasseter - a girl whose life has become a family mystery.

Hoping to reunite his client with the birth mother she never knew she had, having no idea that she'd been adopted, Tayte's research draws him back to wartime Leicestershire and the arrival of the US 82nd Airborne, which irrevocably changes the course of Mena's life. But as Tayte tries to find out what became of her and why she was separated from her suitcase all those years ago, he soon finds that he is not the only one looking for her. Someone else is determined to get to Mena first and it quickly becomes apparent that their motive is a secret worth killing for.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Ancestry Insider: Intends to Acquire

The Ancestry Insider: Intends to Acquire announced Wednesday that they have signed an agreement to purchase for $100 million plus assuming some of their ...

Tuesday, April 24, 2012