formerly located in Joliet, Illinois - ca. 1920.
(Curran) Alden practiced genealogy for some time as her favorite
avocation. She tried many times to interest my mother, my
brother, or myself in our family history, but none of us felt the
slightest interest. But after my mother's sudden death in
October, 1931, there came a change. She left many papers on
family history which had to do more or less with her membership in the
D.A.R. [Daughters of the American
Revolution - George, III] and Colonial Dames [National
Society of the Colonial Dames of America - George III]. These
papers concerned in large part the proofs of ancesatry entitling her to
membership in the two organizations.
My brothers Tan and Will decided, for some unknown reason, that I was
the one to determine what to do with these papers. So they sent
the entire batch to me. As I examined them, my sentiments changed
gradually from indifference to interest, and almost before I knew it, I
was launched on a new career, genealogy, which I followed closely for
about six years. The reasons for this were what appeared to be
unsolved mysteries regarding the oorigin of a certain three of my
ancestors, as follows:
Langford, my great-great grandfather, whose ancestry, Cousin Mary
Alden was unable to solve.;
Robertson, great grandfather of my maternal grandfather, Daniel Alexander Robertson;
3. Lilias Mackintosh, mother of my maternal Grandfather Robertson.
I eventually solved all three of these problems, with the able
assistance of my older brother, Nathaniel
Pitt Langford [nephew
and namesake of N.P.
Langford of Yellowstone
fame - George III]. This opened
up such a large number of my ancestors that I compiled a list of them
by families. I donated the original
manuscript to the Newberry
Library of Chicago and sent copies of digests to ten of the
country's leading libraries. My son, George, Jr., joined me in
this avocation, concentrating on the ancestry of [Sydney
Holmes - George, III] his mother.