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How to create a Fan Chart but first—Missing someone in your family tree?

First of all go to and register if you have not already.  If you are registered, sign in.

Click “See Me and My Ancestors”and you will see a screen like this:  (I have blacked out names to keep things semi-private)

This view is called “Family Pedigree with details”.  There is also the “Family Tree” view.  To change views click “change view”:

Under “Change View” a menu will appear, click “Family Tree” to see your tree like this:

This view requires Adobe Flash so you cannot see it on the iPad.  This view is really nice because you can click and drag to see different parts of your tree, yet you can still view each individual’s personal information by clicking “View: Details” in the sidebar.

I prefer the Family Pedigree with Details view so I will go back to that view to continue this tutorial.

Look at your family tree and you will see your name (and your spouse’s name if you are married) in italics in the first spot:

All of your living ancestors will be in italics and all the deceased will be in regular print as you can see below.  You will not be able to see any personal information of any living relative unless you add it (it’s a privacy protection issue).

If you do not see your spouse, children, parents or grandparents and they are living click the blank (“Add child/spouse/mother/father”) where they should be and you will get a screen that looks like this:

Click “Add New Individual” at the very top of this screen and enter in that person’s information.  This is just for your tree, no one else will be able to see this information because the person is still living.  Once you have entered your living relatives (your spouse, parents, grandparents) you will then be linked up with the rest of your deceased relatives.  When adding deceased ancestors ALWAYS click “Find Existing Individual By Name” (the second tab in the picture above).  Always search for them first, because they may already be in the familysearch database.  If you just add them, you will be creating a duplicate.  If you do not find them on the familysearch database, then go ahead and add them and do their work!!

Now you can create your fan chart!

Go to and click “Login”:

Enter in your username and password for and click “Sign In”:

You will then be taken back to the CreateFan website.  Click “Create”:

The CreateFan website will access your family tree using your username and password to create the fan chart for you.

Click “Save File” then click “OK”.

A PDF of your fan chart will then be downloaded onto your computer and this download queue should pop-up:

Double-click on the fan chart to see it.  And there it is!  Now you can easily see 9 generations of your ancestors. See any blanks??  Start searching for those missing names!



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Jacob Zollinger Life History Part 4


In 1864 the town site was changed and laid out into blocks as it now is. The lots and farming land were divided by the Bishop­ric and in the same year the people moved and began to build their homes in their own lots. Our lot, through a trade with Ulrich Haderli, was a corner lot which is now oc­cupied by my son, Lawrence D. Zollinger.

By 1864 the mines in Montana were oper­ating. Freighters and miners who came into our erea to buy produce opened up an outlet for our farm products. Flour and salt sold for $1.00 per pound at the mines. Eggs were $2.00 per dozen and wheat $6.00 per bushel. From the sale of our produce we bought a wagon and a span of mules.

We rented some land from Daniel Lau and planted it into wheat. With no spring rains it didn’t germinate and we had to re-plant and water it up. After irrigating this crop five times that season, it froze before it was ripe. We then had another problem to contend with. The grasshoppers and sometimes the crickets ruined our grain crop in 1868, leaving only a small corner of wheat un­touched. That year we had only thirty five bushels of grain which we sold for $5.00 a bushel. These ravenous insects infested our fields for a number of years. We tried in every way possible to destroy them but with no success.

In the ward they had weekly teacher’s meetings where all things pertaining to welfare of the community were discussed.  People were appointed to work on irrigation ditches, build roads, bridges, meeting and school houses and to visit the members of the ­ward. A week later they reported their labors after which their new assignments were made.  That is the way the communities were built up by a system of cooperation through which they learned how to live and share with another. In expressing himself in regard to working for the welfare of others, my grandfather said, “I was so busy with community affairs that I never knew the time when I could work for myself.”


The people had no tools to work with and were too poor to buy them. My mother gave me five dollars for a pick which the blacksmith, Fred Theurer, made out of a steel rim of a wagon wheel. This pick was in constant use. When anyone laid it down, another would pick it up and go to work. The 6 mile canal south of Millville was dug with a pick and shovel and was finally finished with the aid of ox teams.  I also helped on the Busenbark ditch west of Providence.

Construction Work


I took a leading interest in building this Canal. It brought water from the Logan River up over the hill into River Heights, then in a south east direction towards Providence. The most expensive part of this canal was the section along the hill side, the soil being a clay sand-shale formation which would not hold water when highly saturated and giving us trouble with the canal bank washing out.  As water master I would walk along this canal several times a day to see that everything was alright. One night I dreamed that the ditch washed out. I awoke, jumped on my pony and hurried to the canal, to find it going out. I ran to the head gate and shut off the water and saved the ditch from a costly break.


We hauled the rocks for the walls from the canyon and the east bench. The rock for the corner stones andthe window frames came from Hyrum. I hauled the lime rock, which was burned for the lime, from Spring Creek Canyon east of Providence. I had a difficult time finding two just the right size and

strength. They were hewn by hand by Jacob Fuhriman Sr. Henry Bullock was the carpenter and the masonary work was done by James H. Brown.


A two story rock building

A large group of us worked on it all summer and had scarcely finished it when school started. I was also one of the first trustees on the school board and had to visit the parents of the children to get the means to pay the teachers.


I helped to build the Tabernacle and the Logan Temple. Wheeling up rock in a wheel­barrow to the second story day after day was hard work. The stone used in building the temple was hauled from Green Canyon, north­east of Logan in Franklin, Idaho. Bishop Fred Theurer and I were among those who hauled the rock with a span of mules. One of my mules was named “Coyote”, he had only one ear.


The following information was taken from the book, The History of a Valley, page 172

” When the transcontinental railroad reached the borders of Utah in 1868, Cache Valley Citizens obtained employment in the construction of the Union Pacific line from Echo, Utah to Promontory and the Central Pacific from Ogden to Corinne and west around the great Salt Lake. These projects provided employment for an esti­mated 5000 persons largely Mormons under contract agreement with Brigham Young who let sub contracts to bishops from Cache Valley on the north to Utah Valley on the south. The pay ranged from three to six dollars per day for men and ten dollars a day for a man and team,”

I worked for the Central Pacific with a team of mules moving dirt to shape the road bed for the laying of ties a few months in the fall of 1868, returning home just before Christmas. That winter I hauled ties out to the railroad. I hauled one load to Corine Utah for which I received 15 cents each. I had a knack for cutting railroad ties. The trees were cut down and cut into lengths and hewn flat on two sides, then pulled by mules to the road for loading. I cut 50 ties in one day. Others cutting 35 or less would watch me to learn how to do it. One observer seeing he was no match for me said, “He can cut more ties than Joe Campbell can saw.”

The Railroad

The summer of 1869 I went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad with a group of men from Hyrum, Utah. We loaded our mule teams and wagons on the train at Corrine, Utah.  I and McBride worked our teams together on the plow building the road bed for the track between Echo, Utah and Fort Bridger, Wyoming. At a 4th of July celebration at Fort Bridger, I had my first and last taste of “Four Roses.” We finished our work there on October 15th and took our outfits and started home, I had two lively teams of mules on my wagon. We followed the Weber River in­to Ogden Valley and then took a course up over the mountain and down Avon Canyon into Cache Valley, using long ropes to let our wagons down in places too steep to drive. Without a trail or road signs to guide us we made it home in good shape.

Emilee’s notes:

Click here for a map of the Providence-Logan area showing the Upper Blacksmith Fork Canal.

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Jacob Zollinger Life History Part 1

I was given a binder of information from my mother’s side of the family and in this binder I found a very valuable and precious life history.  I loved reading it so I want to share it with all of you.  I scanned it and converted it to text so that it could be searched.  I have pages 9-22 so there may be more out there that I don’t have.  I will publish it in parts to keep it at a manageable reading length.  Enjoy!

Origin of the Zollinger name

The Von Zollikon of Lutikon owned many Large possessions which in 1488, fell into the hands of an old woman. She made a dona­tion of goods to the church of Hombrechtikon for the salvation of her soul. The many who had been living on these estates then became rentors and not owners as before, having to pay fees to the church. In 1432, Johns de Zollikon de Gruningen, had many possessions in Itzikon near Gruningen and a cousin, Johannes de Zollikon de Lutikin, in 467, lived on the farms in Lutikon.

 Later the name changed and the noble (Von de) disappeared. The following surnames then came into use in the 15th cen­ary: Zollicon, Zollingcon, Zolliker, Zoll­yker, Zolligker, Zolliger and Zollinger. Here in Lutikon, my llth great grandfather was born in 1486 and in 1500 the surname Zollinger was found in Hombrechtikon, the birth place of my 9th great grandfather, Jacob Zollinger, in 1540.

 No mention is made of nobility, knight-food or noblemen after 1268. “However, the -record states that a Herman Von Zollikon, citizen of Gruningen, possessing a large area of the hills of Zollikon then called Zollikerberg, sells this forest area to the monastery of Oetenbach in 1449.

 In 1408, the town of Gruningen became, by purchase, a part of Zurich, the people became ordinary citizens and there were no more Von Zollikon in Gruningen after that. That is to say, nobility passes andthe name changed. The noble (Von de), meaning the noblemen of the housed Zollikon, disappear.”

In his book, ” A Guide To Genealogical Research,” Archibald F. Bennett indicates that the surnames now in use were derived from five different sources: 1. Patronymics or Sire names, 2. Place or locality names, 3. Occupation, trade or professional names, 4. Descriptive or nick names, 5. Names of animals and natural objects.

In our historywe have an example of a locality name. The name Usteri was taken from the town of Uster. The oldest ancestor of Elizabetha Usteri, my great grandmother, was Hans Von Usteri, born in Uster about 1460. After he had moved to Zurich the people called him Hans of Uster. He took the name of Usteri from the town of Uster where the family originally came from.

The following are surnames of people of Swiss descent, living today, whose surnames were derived from one or another sourcethat is mentioned above:

Fuhriman – teamster                        Schmidt-blacksmith

Kaufman – salesman                         Kuhfuss – cow foot

Hauptman – headman                         Spuhler – Singer

Schiess – sharp-shooter                    Ech – corner

Rinderknecht – cow servant                 Vogal – bird

Stauffer – a steep place on the mountain        Niederhauser – of the lower houses

Hockstrasser – an elevated place

Theurer – expensive article

Baumgardner – tree gardner

My progenitors,from my llth great grand­father, who was born in Lutikon, Zurich, Switzerland, down to my great grandparents, Johannes and Elisabetha Usteri Zollinger, are a matter of record on proven pedigrees and on family group records. Johannes and Elisabetha were the parents of seven children, Jacob Zollinger, my grandfather, being the youngest.

In the history which follows, given by my grandfather, Jacob Zollinger,then in his ninetieth year, I have made some insertions such as dates, names of individuals and places not before mentioned. I have also, when I thought necessary, altered his word­ing to give better connotation. In doing so I have exercised the greatest of care to con­vey the meaning intended. Other facts and experiences remembered by his son, Lawrence D. Zollinger, are also added. Every effort has been made to present exact historical information and wherever possible the words of grandfather, Jacob Zollinger, are quoted as they came from him. They will be found set apart in quotation marks.


My parents, Johannes and Elisabetha Usteri, were a very religious people. My mother came through a line of very prominent people who lived in the town of Zurich for 400 years. Three of her ancestors were ministers of the gospel, four were professors of theology and five were university pro­fessors. Other relatives were merchants, members of the city council, millers, doctors captains and a poet. My grandmother was a very prayerful woman and every time she came to see us she always told my mother to always attend to her prayers.

My early life on the farm


My parents taught us children to work and to be obedient. We had to go to school five and one half days a week and also had to take some lessons from the minister that didn’t interest me at all. In my early youth I had little time to play as I always had to help at home. At the age of twelve I attended school only one day a week and spent two hours with the minister and the rest of the week was spent helping my father on the farm milking cows, feeding cattle and other work that a boy of my age could do. My father kept cows because they were the most profit­able animals. With them he did all the work on the farm as well as selling the milk which they produced.

At the death of my grandfather, Heinrich Zollinger, my father inherited part of his father’s farm, Then he purchased two thirds of the Zollinger home which was at this time more than one hundred years old. We shared our large house in Urdorf with my sister’s family. The other half was occupied by our cousin and her family. The church and the cemetery were just over the wall from our house. I remember there were two large walnut trees growing in the corner of the church yard. Buried in this area were all the suicides. On the west side of the wall was a row of prune trees. My chums and I would pick up the ripe fruit on our side of the wall but were afraid to get the fruit on the other side.

My father bought more land and from his farm he sold cattle, grain, potatoes, peas, prunes and apples. From a grape vineyard located on a sunny slope, which produced excellent quality grapes, we made and sold wine. The produce from the farm, at first, had to be transported to market, a distance of six miles, by father and the older girls, on their heads.

My mother thinking there wasn’t enough money coming in, began weaving silk for a large firm in Zurich. The girls were also taught to weave and there were also some men who kept the looms in good repair. As a

rule no one outside of the city was allowed to do this kind of work, but as no one ob­jected, the business became a profitable one. The woven silk material was sold in 35 yard lengths.


One of the things I liked to do was to go swimming on Sundays with my chums.  On one particular Sunday, as soon as the preacher said amen, out the door we went to the river near by to swim. This was of course against the wishes of my mother. She was always quite strict with me and had told me to stay home that Sunday. When we boys were prepar­ing to leave the swimming hole a group of younger boys came to swim. One of these boys, a cousin of mine then eleven years old, also had the name of Jacob Zollinger. He got too far down in a whirlpool and was drowned. When the news of his death reached the near­by town of Dietikon by the river, my parents who happened to be there on business, think­ing it was I, became very much alarmed. As you may guess they thought it was I who was drowned. However, they were very much re-leaved upon returning home to find me safe and sound. I got a good slapping from my mother.


Not everyone could afford a wedding wit all the old fashioned customs.  When my eldest sister, Anna, was married to Hans Ulrich Haederli, they put in their order to the cabinet maker to have him make them a wardrobe, bedstead, chairs and table. They then engaged the miller who had four fine horses to go after their furniture. On the way back the wardrobe fell off and was broken. The cabinet maker who was along went back and took his wife’s wardrobe to replace the one broken. Anna Barbara, next to the oldest of my sisters, rode in the wagon with the newly weds, south to the city limits, the groom throwing money to the children who followed. The young couple then paraded to the hotel. A sucession of parties were given in their honor which began at the hotel and then moved from house to house for a period of three days. Almost a year later, Anna Barbara was married to Konrad Meyer, October 12, 1857. She died 7 weeks later, December 5, 1857 at the age of twenty-two. My brother Johannes was one month old when he died.”

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Find a grave

Recently I learned about a wonderful site called Find A  It is a huge database of graves that was created by volunteers who go to cemeteries, take pictures of headstones and enter the information into the database.  You can create memorials for people who have passed with pictures, stories and information that can be accessed by others.  Most importantly you can search the database for your loved one’s final resting place and hopefully find a missing clue in your family history.  Here are a couple of examples from their feedback page:

June 30, 2011
Find A Grave is such a wonderful site and I am continuing to add memorials from our local cemetery.  Just this week I heard from a woman who thanked me for adding her mother to findagrave.  Her mother died at age 31 and the daughter was only five at the time of her mother’s death.  She did not know where her mother was buried.  I love hearing these stories and hearing from relatives of other memorials I have added.”

Feb 13, 2007
Dear Find A Grave,
Sometime back my wife and I added some photos of various graves to Find A Grave, and last week we received a note from a viewer asking why we added one particular grave of a person in a national cemetery. We told her about our respect for our country’s deceased and our desire to honor them. Her response, which is why I share this with you, says it all. She replied:

As his daughter, which he never knew, may I say thank you for your kindness? Back in November, I was able to visit the cemetery!!!! I found it comforting to view, in person, what I had seen online….Thanks to you and your efforts!!!!!!!! Your ‘hobby’ as well as your desire to honor others….brought deep emotion as well as assisted with closer on my part! Again I THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

This is why I think Find A Grave is one of the best web sites on the internet. Thank you all for the work you do.
Best wishes,
[name witheld]”

For some it is a hobby to go to their local cemeteries, photograph the graves and then enter the information on the website so that their relatives will be able to find them.  Anyone can become a member of the site and search the database for free.  You can also request photos and volunteers in that area will go to the cemetery and search for your loved one among the graves.  People are able to find their loved ones and then in turn help others by contributing to the database.  It is so awesome!

All you have to do is click “Join Now” to become a member and then start searching.  You can search by name, date and place or you can search a specific cemetery if you know it.  It is such a great resource so I just had to share it with you!

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Immigration and Travel Collection Free Access Week Through September 5

Go to and search their immigration and travel collection for free until Sept 5!!

I did a quick search for Francis Kane and found the Manifest for the Ship Agnes of New York leaving Liverpool and arriving in New York on 11 June 1845.  My ancestor Francis Kane is at the bottom of the page along with Mary Kane and Solly Kane.  I believe this is my ancestor because Francis and Mary were both born in Ireland but their first child was born in New York City in 1847.  It was exciting to see their names but I still have so many questions…like who is Solly? or was it Sally?  and was Mary really only 13?

And then I looked at the rest of the manifest…..There are several Kanes and several McGinleys (Mary’s maiden name is McKinley)…so who is everyone?!  I wish they would explain relationships but they don’t at all.  They didn’t even get the genders right on several of them.  Susan is labeled as a male and most of the women’s occupations are “spinster”.  I don’t know if these are really my ancestors…the birth years don’t quite match up….I am still searching!


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