Harriet V (Hill) Olney tree

As my readers know I create trees using the information found in newspaper items such as obituaries, anniversaries, weddings, marriages and odds and ends like “first baby of the year”. When I do find an item I like to see if I can find other items for the family and using the family tree hints… Continue reading Harriet V (Hill) Olney tree

Alta May Bullock Boals

The domino effect does not only happen in world history, as we saw in the call for acceleration in the Vietnam War. The allies, who had fought, side by side, in World War I, World War II and Korea were afraid of the growing threat by the communist regimes around the world. They calculated that… Continue reading Alta May Bullock Boals

1925 – Scotch Forced to Emigrate

The news items in old newspaper sometimes give you information about why people moved from one country to another. Here is a 1925 newspaper account of why seventy thousand people migrated from Scotland.   from the newspaper item: “… the Lincoln Journals (says) …The hard times in Scotland come as a part of the general… Continue reading 1925 – Scotch Forced to Emigrate

Capture info off of newspaper obit – in text format

Here is another example of how I capture the information off of a newspaper obit. Notice the structure of the text layout; name, dates, parents, family members, bio info, interment – Also notice the file name I create, on Notepad, to hold the obit text. Ruth Lundquist age 24 born: 15 Aug 1907 died: Aug… Continue reading Capture info off of newspaper obit – in text format

Ludington, Michigan newspaper dates

Watch the dates on newspaper items; some can be very tricky. I was cleaning up some of my old files for my “Family Tree List” and I saw a news clip on a tree which was dated March 27, 1971. The item said Harry T. Stolberg was surprised for his birthday. The news clip was… Continue reading Ludington, Michigan newspaper dates

Why did they have City Directories?

At a talk I was giving, on the use of City Directories in genealogy, I was asked the following question. “Why did they have City Directories and who published them?” My response was “City Directories were published by some wealthy company as an advertisement tool. Businesses would pay to have their name included in the… Continue reading Why did they have City Directories?

Romelia Beebe Obit Dec 1983 – Ludington, Michigan

Don’t forget to include all your relatives on your tree, even the unmarried ones. I saw an obituary for a Miss Romelia Beebe, age 93 in a 1963 Google News Archive newspaper collection. Upon closer inspection I noticed that they had the date wrong on their collection title. The actual date of the newspaper is… Continue reading Romelia Beebe Obit Dec 1983 – Ludington, Michigan