Hi Geni GFR-ers!
Lisa is already a member of Geni and has a tree started but no connection to AJ yet. If someone wants to take her under their wing and see if they can help her find one that would be awesome.
Here's her profile: Lisa Goodgame
Lisa & friends
Very nice start to your tree, but we're going to need to take it further back.
Can we find dates & location for her parents?
I would be looking in the 1870 & 1880 census, available free on FamilySearch.org
Lisa Goodgame I found a great article dated October 26, 1997 in the Galveston daily news on Nevile and Darrell Goodgame
The article is headlined "Roots Run Deep" and includes a photo of them and their home.
SOURCE: Galveston Daily News; October 26 1997; pages A6-A7
Here's a raw extraction of the text without any corrections:
"The modest shotgun
house on Avenue QM has
been the center
of Nevil Goodgame's Hie for 75 years.
She grew up there. She spent her
early married years one block away and
went there every day for motherly ad-
vice and aide in raising her twin boys.
And she returned to it years later
with plans to live, grow old and die
there with her husband, Darrell.
To Goodgame, 77, the house is the
repository of perhaps 100 years of family
stuff, the gathering place for family
events and the central locale of family
history and lore.
"My father and grandfather built the
house with whatever lumber Grandpa
could scrounge up," Goodgame said.
"Grandpa was a packrat, always
bringing something home. They told
me there are timbers under here that
came from the original causeway. They
used to say that if a flood came, it would
float like a barge. I don't know if any of
that is true."
What is painfully true is that the
Goodgames' home is now the central
locale of what's shaping up to be a spin
doctor's nightmare as Galveston Col-
lege administrators urge the couple to
sell and move off the property so the
campus can expand.
The college has been trying to buy
the land for about three years, admin-
istrators say, and lately its letters have
included mention of eminent domain.
The Goodgames have so far been in-
"I know they have the power to take
our property," said Darrell Goodgame,
82, who goes by the nickname D.D.
T3ut they will have to get the police
and handcuff us and physically drag
us out of here. We just want to be left
alone until one of us dies, then they
can have it."
Kathryn Sullivan, vice president of
Administrative Services at Galveston
College, has the unenviable and per-
haps impossible task of moving the
Goodgames without looking like an ogre
employed by a heartless insti-
"We are trying to work with
the Goodgames," she said. "If
they would only sit down and
talk to us we could work some-
"This has caused me a great
deal of personal distress. I un-
derstand their feelings but this
expansion is going to happen."
The 3900 block of Avenue QX
is a short stretch of street that
dead-ends at one of the campus'
The college already owns six'cf
the eight houses on the block,
is near closing on the seventh
and needs the Goodgames land
to get the expansion under way
by early next year.
The expansion wiH benefit the
whole community by increasing
classroom space, parking and
perhaps the student center, Sul-
And it will change the neigh-
"Theirs would be the only-
house left on the street," Sul-
livan said. "It would be a very
strange situation. We have of-
fered to help them find a new
home or to move the house if
thafs the issue," Sullivan said.
And while Darrell Goodgame
is adamant that he and his wife
will not budge, Nevil offers a
glimmer of compromise.
This is my home and I have a
great sentimental attachment
to it," she said. "If they want to
offer me market value and
something for my attachment,
maybe we can talk."
Also I'm finding lots of info on your family including several death certificates, newspaper articles, and census records.
I would carefully transfer all of the info documented already on familysearch over to geni so that you and other can flesh out your tree further in attempts to connect it to AJ's.
Her is your starting place on familysearch:
And the same profile on geni: Ira Buerger
Thanks for your comments and contributions! Excuse my ignorance, because I am often quite confused by how Geni works, but Randy, I think that the people in the family tree search you linked to are already in my Geni tree. No idea what I need to do next!
There's also an extensive family tree of my mother's cousin's family (same great-grandparents, I believe) on MyHeritage, and I wish there were some way to link them together. Aren't Geni and MyHeritage part of the same company? If anyone knows if that's a possibility, please point me in the right direction :).
That article about my grandparents' (and great-grandparents') house is well-known to me. As a follow-up to the story, they did end up selling the house (which was a sort-of 2 bed/1 bath shotgun style on 4-foot piers) and it was moved to another lot in Galveston. They ended up moving to League City, over the causeway back on the mainland.
My grandmother was one of the police dispatchers for Galveston, and one of the first few women dispatchers for many years.
I will try to find the family tree she worked on to add more people. I have no idea where it ended up when she and my grandpa had to move.
Thanks for checking in.
MyHeritage, which is private / standalone trees, owns Geni, which is one interconnected "world family" tree. There is easy visibility between the two platforms but at this point "separate" data entry is needed.
An analogy is my cousin keeps our standalone tree on ancestry.com but our "connected" tree is Geni.
So - in order to connect, it is really, really hard (for me impossible) without more identifying data in the Geni profiles, and as mentioned, probably expanding your Geni tree further back.
I'm sure you wouldn't find it terribly hard to enter the data?
It looks like some of your family are already on Geni. If sent a request to merge Jerome Nathan Plantowsky. Completing/approving this merge will connect your tree to the Global Tree.
Lisa Goodgame connected http://www.geni.com/path/Lisa-Goodgame+is+related+to+A-J-Jacobs?fro...