05 December 2016

Daniel Floyd Sackett dies

Daniel Floyd Sackett, one of the group of Sackett researchers who "met" through the original Rootsweb surname list, shortly leading to the setting up of the Sackett mailing list, has died at the age of 63. His obituary appears on the Missoulian (Montana) website. 

In the 1990s, Daniel compiled in an early version of Family Tree Maker a detailed database of American Sacketts, and it was these records that became the basis of the databases now on the Sackett Family Association websites.

Sackett historian Thurmon King remembers Daniel well. They met with Ruth Rawlings, another early member, when Daniel came from Missoula to Richland, WA, to make copies of documents held by Ruth.

30 November 2016

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:
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Chris Sackett
TSFA Webmaster

31 October 2016

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:
  • New members 547 Linda Martinez, 548 Michael Clark
  • Added The Sackett Book Project.
    A Sackett book is being compiled, to be published on completion as an e-book. The book will contain genealogical sketches of all known early Sacketts up to the generation that includes the grandchildren of Simon Sackett the colonist, with further generations added in subsequent editions.
    The book will present the records in a logical genealogical sequence, enabling the reader to trace the history of the family through time, generation by generation.
    The Sackett Book Project page lists those Sacketts so far identified for inclusion in the book, arranged in the order of the book. Names are linked to person pages, and there are "Previous | Next | Index" links on each individual's page.
See Change Log for all updates to the website.

Chris Sackett
TSFA Webmaster

25 October 2016

Still no end in sight to mailing list failure

Apart from a couple of brief periods in September, the Sackett mailing list on RootsWeb/Ancestry has now been out of action for more than two months. This follows a period of intermittent working and a few days of major problems when RootsWeb's spam filters failed.

RootsWeb's failure to keep users informed of their progress in fixing the problems only adds to everyone's frustration. The most recent information on their website, billed as “Current Issues on RootsWeb” and dated 29 August, is nearly two months old.

An enquiry today elicits the information that they are "upgrading their technical infrastructure", and that "everything should be working as normal again" when the upgrade is completed. Unfortunately, they have no idea when that might be.

31 August 2016

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:
See Change Log for all updates to the website.

Chris Sackett
TSFA Webmaster

31 July 2016

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:
See Change Log for all updates to the website.

Chris Sackett
TSFA Webmaster

24 July 2016

Death of Association member Rear Admiral Albert M Sackett

Sackett Family Association member Albert M Sackett has died at the age of 95. Albert was an occasional contributor to the Sackett mailing list and kept in touch with individual members. At the time of my last correspondence with him early last year, he was still playing golf aged 94.

Rear Admiral Albert Monroe Sackett served in the US Navy for 40 years. During his career he fought in three wars: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

His genealogical sketch in Notable Sacketts on the Sackett Family Association website includes a detailed obituary—compiled no doubt with meticulous accuracy as Albert wrote it himself!

01 July 2016

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:
See Change Log for all updates to the website.

Chris Sackett
TSFA Webmaster

03 June 2016

J E Sackett identified as Jacob Edwin Sackett, son of Orsemus

A long-standing mystery of the identity of J E Sackett, found in numerous newspaper stories in the 1880s as the proprietor of the Dime Museum in Minneapolis, has been solved. Despite his obvious gift for self-promotion, he was only ever referred to by his initials.
It had been assumed that a bizarre marriage announcement in New Zealand, "Married. Sackett–Brewer—Mr. J. E. Sackett, Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A., to Miss Margaret Brewer, Melbourne, Victoria. No cards. No cake. Nobody's business." also referred to the same man.
Recent research findings, in particular a divorce in Denver, Colorado, and the 1896 will of Orsemus Sackett, have established that J E was Jacob Edwin Sackett, a son of Orsemus. Father and son were not close—indeed, Orsemus was not close to any of his sons, cutting off all three of them (Jacob, Henry, and Fitch) with a derisory $1 inheritance each.


01 June 2016

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:
Featured Sackett
  • Jacob Edwin Sackett (c1850–1898), flamboyant impresario who sought his fortune by entertaining the masses with everything from freak shows to opera. The "J E Sackett", found in numerous self-publicizing stories in Minneapolis newspapers and in the bizarre marriage announcement in New Zealand (No cards. No cake. Nobody's business.), is here identified as a son of Orsemus Sackett (1826–1896), the eccentric inventor and newspaper vendor of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Chris Sackett
TSFA Webmaster

30 April 2016

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:
See Change Log for all updates to the website.

Chris Sackett
TSFA Webmaster 

01 April 2016

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:
This update includes transcripts of records of Sacketts enumerated in the UK National Register compiled at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. The Register was used for the issuing of identity cards and later formed the basis for the National Health Service when that was established after the War. Records of living people remain redacted.

Nearly all the Sacketts found in the Register have been identified, and their person pages updated on the Sackett Family Association website.
  
See Change Log for all updates to the website.

Chris Sackett
TSFA Webmaster

01 March 2016

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:
  • New members 522 Steven Solberg, 523 Carolyn Kramer
  • Added British Army Service Records, 1760–1915 (15)
  • Added Google Maps links to places on person pages. The link text is a superscripted G after the place name. The place name itself links to a list of Sackett descendants having events at the same place (down to county level).
  • Added Mobile-Friendly functionality to the website. Although not recommended for viewing a site of this complexity, most pages now display reasonably well on small screens, e.g. smartphones.
See Change Log for all updates to the website.

Chris Sackett
TSFA Webmaster

31 January 2016

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website has been updated with the following:
 See Change Log for all updates to the website.

Chris Sackett
TSFA Webmaster