Category Archive: Genealogy

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Many record collections are available but do you really know how to use them? One of those collections is the Associated Press (AP) Name Card Index which has lots of good information but… Continue reading

Spirits in Rhode Island

Sometimes when I am looking for the dead I find spirits.       I will let you decide which item to read.   Thank You. Jose from Clarkston, Michigan   Link to… Continue reading

The Story of T/Sgt Jack D. Patzke, USAAF

The Story of T/Sgt Jack D. Patzke, USAAF Personal:  Jack Donald Patzke, born 8 February 1924 at Cass Lake, Cass County, Minnesota, USA, of parents Frank Julius & Myrtle Bertha (Shively) Patzke. Killed… Continue reading

The Mitchell and Patzke families

Family trees show “the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” of a family’s history. Some families have more than their share of the “Bad and Ugly” and can seem to be reliving the… Continue reading

Spooky – SAR

It’s Halloween so I should not be surprised about how spooky the following story seems. I have not been reading other people’s blogs lately but today I read one about immigration documents. That… Continue reading

Records, Forms and Applications

Where can I find information about a family member if I don’t have any family records available? Family records such as birth, baptism, marriage and death are very important records to have but… Continue reading

Small Items in Newspapers – Hazelton 1949

Do not overlook small items in newspapers. They may be small but they can lead to a wealth of information. I was looking for an obituary in the 1949 “Roundup Record-Tribune & Winnett… Continue reading

1959 Yellowstone earthquake – Revisited August 2019

Update 10 Aug 2019: see below, at end. Also updated the Provost entry on 30 Aug 2019, per the request of Jackie of California. On January 1, 2013 I posted a little story… Continue reading

Why you should add data to other branches of the family tree.

Why should I add information to my tree when it is not even my family branch? That is a good question and I will try to answer it with a few examples. (See… Continue reading

William R. Mack Killed – 1913

“…having found two trees I was satisfied with my work and I thought I was done with this particular newspaper item, but I was wrong.” In March of 2013 I was reading an… Continue reading

Belinda Easlick of Elsie, Michigan – 1972

I thought that a 1972 wedding announcement with a lot of information would yield a real family tree for the bride or groom, but I have not been able to find a home… Continue reading

A picture can be your confirmation

Back in 2012 I found an obituary in an Arkansas newspaper which contained a lithograph portrait of William L Walker. I did not know how to capture a screen print back then so… Continue reading

Fatal Calamity 1873 – Mrs. Wolverton

One of the most lamentable and terrible accidents ever recorded in these columns, took place on Monday night, at the residence of Mr. Dennis Wolverton, in the Township of Grand Blanc (Michigan). As… Continue reading

NUMBERED AMONG THE DEAD

While helping Luanne; writer of The Family Kalamazoo (A genealogical site devoted to the history of the DeKorn and Zuidweg families of Kalamazoo); to find newspaper items about the Spanish American War; I… Continue reading

Coosa River Project

William Patrick Lay & Alabama Power Company A story that I find in an old newspaper will often lead to another more interesting story. That is the case with the William Patrick Lay… Continue reading