Who is Mrs Elmer Hile? – Michigan – 1927

Don’t you just hate it when the newspaper item has the woman’s name as Mrs., and not her given name? I ran into that problem while working on a Sep 1927 news story on the Ludingtion, Michigan newspaper. Here is the story I saw. The News Item: Notice that here we have the full item… Continue reading Who is Mrs Elmer Hile? – Michigan – 1927

Lester G Hansen – Ludington Michigan

Here is another example of how finding one small newspaper item will lead to many other family items in the newspaper. I saw a small item in a Ludington newspaper which told of the death of Lester, and so I went looking for his obit.  I found it. I took screen prints of the two… Continue reading Lester G Hansen – Ludington Michigan

1913 – Calumet, Michigan – deaths

Update: 27 Oct 2020Again on Facebook, another good friend, Rosemary RitzGerald Franklin posted about a book she just finished reading. The book is a historical fiction based in Calumet, Michigan. Her Post:Rosemary FitzGerald FranklinOctober 23 at 10:31 AM ·“I just finished this book. Excellent! It’s historical fiction. I highly recommend it!…” The Women of the… Continue reading 1913 – Calumet, Michigan – deaths

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

Obituaries in different newspapers

Sometimes you will find an item in the newspaper for a relative and you found it by doing a search, which will pick up the person’s name in the newspaper or by reading the newspaper page by page and seeing the relatives name but it is not highlighted to be picked up. [Below is an… Continue reading Obituaries in different newspapers

Search Engines

I saw this web title “Michigan Cemetery Transcriptions” and I wanted to review it, so I put it in a Yahoo search and got a lot of hits. Since there were so many Michigan web pages on the list of hits, I posted the results on my FB page for my genealogy friends. I then wondered… Continue reading Search Engines

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

Linda Schrock – 1961 – first date

My first ever real date was when I was in 8th grade back in 1961. I asked Linda Schrock to go to the movies with me… not some regular film at the Redford Theater but a big screen showing at the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit. The movie was “West Side Story”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Side_Story_(film) My father… Continue reading Linda Schrock – 1961 – first date

Old Newspaper links

I saw this link on a Michigan FaceBook genealogy group page and thought others would like to see it. https://www.cmich.edu/library/clarke/Pages/Michigan-Digital-Newspaper-Portal.aspx I will have to so some work on this and include only the free web sites. Maybe this will be my next project. Thank You.  

Group Pages on FaceBook

Here is what the FaceBook Genealogy group pages can do for YOU. Besides posts of old photos and posts of people asking for help with a brick wall, a FaceBook group page can provide the many additional sets of eyes, to help answer your questions. In the example below you will see 16+ people replied… Continue reading Group Pages on FaceBook

How To Transcribe a news item

Many people will clip an obit from a newspaper and will put it on the tree or post it on a web page but they do not know how to transcribe the information into a useable format. I’ve struggled with this over the many years of working with newspaper items but I now have an… Continue reading How To Transcribe a news item

1855 – Sexton report – Ann Arbor, Michigan

I found an 1855 newspaper Sexton report that has the names and ages of people who died in 1854.  I created a screen print of the newspaper item and posted it on the Ancestry dot com Message Board. Link to the newspaper item: Sexton Report I then transcribed the report: Soloman Mann 30 y 8… Continue reading 1855 – Sexton report – Ann Arbor, Michigan

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?

Genealogy – Re-Blog – Hunt

The blog page “The Ancestor Hunt” has a good list of new Ancestry dot com additions to their collection. These are the categories they added in Dec of 2016. http://www.theancestorhunt.com/blog/ancestry-new-and-updated-collections-december-1-31-2016#.WG_7xLngp9k I thought my readers would like to know about it, if they hadn’t seen it already. Thank You.