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Power-Up SIG Notes: Genealogical Numbering Systems

    • Why?
      • Primarily – Written family histories
      • For some – filing systems
    • Systems
      • Ahnentafel (ON en TAH full) (ancestor table)
        • For numbering ancestors in a pedigree chart
        • Base person is 1. Father is 2. Mother is 3.
        • Any person’s (n) father is n x 2 and mother is n x 2 + 1
        • No numbers for anyone else
        • If you want to sound extra geeky, call it the Sosa-Stradonitz System
      • Dollarhide (William Dollarhide)
        • Adds to Ahnentafel for other descendants
        • Base person’s grandfather is 4.0. His siblings are 4.1, 4.2, 4.3
        • Has additional characters for step, half, second marriage, etc
      • Register (New England Historic and Genealogical Society Register)
        • For numbering descendants
        • Only people with descendants get a number
      • NGSQ or Modified Register (National Genealogical Society Quarterly)
        • Everyone gets a number
      • Henry (Reginald Henry)
        • Base person is 1.
        • Children get parent’s number plus an extra digit at end (11, 12, 13, 111, 112, 113…)
        • Problems with more than 9 kids!  (some use X, A, B, C, some use (10))
      • D’Aboville (Jaques d’Aboville)
        • Used a lot in France
        • Like Henry, but uses periods between generations (1, 1.1, 1.2, 1.1.1, 1.1.2…)
      • Meurgey de Tupigny (Jacues Muergey de Tupigny)
        • Generations get Roman numeral, individuals get numbers
        • I, II-1, II-2, III-1, III-3
      • De Villiers/Pama
        • Like MdT but uses letters instead of Roman numerals
        • A, B-1, B-2, B-1.C-1, B-1.C-2, B-2.C-3
        • Used in South Africa


New Items: Wichita Eagle Ledgers

When the Wichita Eagle was cleaning out its building in preparation for the big move, the staff found some old ledger books.  They looked interesting, so they offered them to us, and we eagerly accepted them.  They offer a detailed, financially-nerdy look into the operation of our local paper.

  • General ledger 1929-1947, 1948-1953, 1960.  These books show the everyday revenues and expenses for the paper.  There are pages for Marcellus and Victor’s personal expenses and pages and pages of information on what it cost to license comics, set type, engrave pictures, and supply street newsstands.
  • Assets and Equipment ledger (1955-1964.) This ledger records all the purchases, modifications, repairs, etc for the buildings, vehicles and equipment.  Here you can find out that they bought a Brown Copper Etching machine in 1944 and that they used Hoe presses to print the paper.
  • Payroll ledgers (1956-1960.) These ledgers record the payroll for the army of people who created and distributed the paper.  Want to know how many women worked for the paper?  How many people worked in the mail room?  Now you can find out!

At the moment, we have no plans to digitize these ledgers, but you are welcome to work with them here at the library.  They’re upstairs in the vertical file room.

New Items: The Sunflower, by Winter General Hospital, 1944

We were recently gifted two issues of The Sunflower, a little magazine published by Winter General Hospital in Topeka during WWII.   Winter was opened in 1943 to provide medical care to serve soldiers from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and the Dakotas. The veteran’s hospital specialized in patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders.

The July 22, 1944 issue includes:

  • a description of the medical clinic operation,
  • a story about the first D-Day casualties to arrive at the hospital (Pfc. Guy D. Hamar, Pfc. Boyd Cummingham, Pfc. Charles Avery and Staff Sgt George Kohler)
  • gossip about the patients and staff
  • a profile of “personality of the week” T-5 Jesse D. White
  • a profile of “this week’s interesting patient,” T-4 Kenneth V. Turner
  • and a marriage announcement for Frances Streit and Pfc. Wayne Culburtson

The August 5, 1944 issue includes:

  • a description of the new laundry service — with photos!
  • the names of the 12 performers in the upcoming USO show (Stubby Kaye, Joan Lee, Donna Jean Exline, Jo Clarice Humphrey, Charlotte Ray, Connie Bie, Marlowe Quick, Beverly Peterson, Gloria Gove, Suzanne Wright, Helen Anderson, Jean Broshears, and Rosemarie Beishir)
  • a profile of a “crocheting patient,” Cpl Vincent Mersolias
  • a profile of “personality of the week” S-Sgt Frank McWhirter
  • more gossip
  • introductions to two new Red Cross staff members, Marion Brewer and Helen Huttig
  • a profile of “this week’s interesting patient,” Pvt. John Darcy
  • and a marriage announcement for Mae Blaylock and Pfc. Bill Basye

Good stuff in here!  Come to the library if you’d like to take a look.   And, now that we know they exist, we’d love to have some more of these nifty little magazines!