I have recently posted about Frederick Hudson and his wife Sarah Morris. The blog posts were transcriptions of the obituaries I found for them on my recent trip to Kansas. You can read them here: Frederick and Sarah. Both of the obituaries are the old school articles full of details and descriptive drama.
I was able to locate these obituaries on my trip because of the research I did before visiting the Kansas State Archives. My process was to first look at my family tree to see who lived in Kansas and what information I have for them. Next I checked online databases and family trees to see if there was any additional information (or hints) available about these people. Once that was completed, I spent hours combing through the online catalog for the archives to make a list of microfilm to pull.
I enjoyed the pre-research research. Not only did I identify holes in my research, I met a new cousin. When searching for Frederick Hudson on www.ancestry.com, I found an online family tree that included a photo of the entire family!!
I quickly emailed the owner of the tree. We have confirmed that we are third cousins with Frederick Hudson as our common ancestor. I asked and Carol gave me permission to download a copy of the family photo and use it on this website.
My direct line ancestors are Clemie Lou Hudson and her parents, Frederick Hudson and Sarah Jane Morris.
The first copy is one I have altered to identify each family member.
This copy is unaltered. The back of the photo reads:
Back Row L to R, Berry Hudson, George Hudson, Ralph Hudson.
Next row L to R, Sytha Lester Hudson Moore, Minnie Hudson Hetzer,
Frederic Hudson, Clemie Lou Hudson Lawbaugh, Sarah Morris Hudson,
Mary Belle Hudson Goodman Howard.
“This picture given to me (Edna Lucille Moore Conner), daughter of Sytha Lester Hudson Moore, by Frances Hudson, wife of Virgil Hudson after his death Jan 2, 1968. His father was Berry Hudson (Uncle Berry was buried in Northwest corner Elmwood cemetery K.C. Mo. 12th & Elmwood, 12th Street side of Elmwood Cemetery. Virgil Hudson buried in La Cygne cemetery. George & Ralph Hudson buried in LaCygne. Sytha Lester Hudson Moore buried in Mt. Moriah cemetery (block 10) K.C. Mo. Minnie Hudson Hetzer buried in La Cygne cemetery – so is Frederic & Sarah Hudson also Aunt Belle Hudson Howard.”