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

Using information off of a newspaper obituary

How much information do I need to create a branch on my tree? Have you ever found an obituary in the newspaper which contains information but none of the information is complete? This… Continue reading

1875 Mark Twain

Celebrity generosity is nothing new as this 1875 newspaper item clearly shows. Link to the newspaper item: =================== Ann Arbor, Michigan The Peninsular Courier – Mar 12, 1875 See to the left of… 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

The Secret Life of Plants – 1905

Back in the 1970’s our little community of organic gardeners; in Lansing, Michigan, was all a buzz about the new book called “The Secret Life of Plants”. [The following picture comes from Wikipedia… Continue reading

Civic Pride 1936

I was looking through some old newspapers articles and this one caught my eye. As I read this 1936 Wyoming article I was thinking how things haven’t changed much; we want to preserve… Continue reading

Bride & Groom reunite after 35 years

I thought this May 7, 1935 news item would be of interest to the readers. Bride & Groom reunite after 35 years The subject of the item is Dr. J. W. Lytton of… 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

An Indigestible Egg

An Indigestible Egg April 13, 1878 A correspondent writing from Odin, Ill., sends us the following incident:… Flint, Michigan April 13, 1878 Saturday The Sunday Democrat – Apr 13, 1878 Column to left… 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

Blockading 1909

Well, here is something I never heard of. From “The Dispatch – Wednesday Nov 24, 1909, Lexington, N. C.” “Jim Sprat, a white farmer living on the Catawba river in Mecklenburg county, was… Continue reading

Gen. Cronje Boer War 1900

Front Page News – War! Most of us in the United States, in the modern world, know something about the Boer War but only in passing. Or we have some idea about the… Continue reading