If you are not familiar with what Ancestry does, they have all of the census information (as long as the census is older than 70 years, this is exciting because it means that this year the government will release the 1940 census information-Trust me, this IS exciting!) You can obtain this information for free but it usually involves visiting a library and then looking up on microfilm and index and then finding the appropriate roll that you need. Try and look for more than one person or through more than one census and it will take you all morning and you'll get motion sick from the microfilm (at least I do). At $155 a year, this service is worth EVERY penny. They also have tons of other info such as birth, death & marriage records, old newspapers and more.... If you are ever interested in genealogy, this is the place to go. The Mormons also have a pretty super site which is completely free. (Familysearch.org) It's not as good, but it will get you started.
Apparently you should not get me started....Genealogy is one of the subjects that I can easily kill 3 hours with. I can be working on it and look up and really wonder where the time went. I started doing this before I had my daughter though and it was easy to find 3 hours to spare. Since I had her I've let my Ancestry subscription lapse as I can never seem to justify the cost for the time I'll be able to do it. It's silly really. But I know how it sucks me in. Each year I use my free 2 week trial and think "I really should renew this.." Maybe this year...
Anyway, recently I started to wonder if possibly FE's initials were not, in fact, AE.
I've had quite a hard time finding anyone with the name F E Filsinger. I knew the 1910 census would be helpful because I know where my guy lived.
Sure enough. On the 1910 census, at 504 Stinard Ave, Adam E Filsinger lives with his wife Bessie Filsinger!!! I think I almost shouted when I found it. I also found him in the 1880, 1900, 1910 & 1920 censuses. It was like a goldmine. Along with that I found a TON of other information about him. I can't tell you how tickled I am over this! This guy was easier to find than a good many of my own relatives.
Henceforth, I shall call him Adam!
PS. I do plan on writing about more than just this diary but I've had a busy week!