One obit yields a dozen – Kirkpatrick Kirk – Michigan

Don’t you just hate it when the newspaper item says Mrs. instead of the woman’s first name? I know I’ve posted about this before but this post is different because it took me a long time to find Mrs Charles Beattie first name. Normally I can find the woman’s name within the obituary or on… Continue reading One obit yields a dozen – Kirkpatrick Kirk – Michigan

Family Tree – Elbert “Bert” Bynum

On the last blog post Newspapers and Their Dates – Alabama, I talked about the dates on old newspaper and how on some scanned newspapers there are more than one issue under a single date. On one of the blog post screen prints I circles a name on the obit page, Mr Bynum: After I… Continue reading Family Tree – Elbert “Bert” Bynum

Hansen Family Trees

In the last blog post “Lester G Hansen – Ludington, Michigan“, I said I would look into how the various trees, that have Hansen’s on them, are connected. I created a folder to hold the various loose folders that I had to review; Hans I, James, and John Jorgen Heilsen Hansen and I used this… Continue reading Hansen Family Trees

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

Martha E Jett – age 81 – obit Jun 1950 – Virginia

Once again I found one (1) obituary and with that one obit, I was able to create a tree that has 164 people on it. The obituary I found in the The Free Lance-Star was for “Mrs. Martha E Jett” who died in Stafford County, Virginia on June 11, 1950. There was only one (1)… Continue reading Martha E Jett – age 81 – obit Jun 1950 – Virginia

Direct Ancestor – tags on trees

I posted the following on FaceBook and got many comments on the topic; both pro and con, so I thought I would share it with a different audience. For my genealogy friends – Tags on trees – I came across an interesting tag on a family tree and I thought others might like to see… Continue reading Direct Ancestor – tags on trees

GEDCOM from Ancestry dot com

Someone asked me how to create a GEDCOM file off of Ancestry dot com. They wanted to export their tree to some other platform and did not want to type everything over again. I told them to create a GEDCOM file and move the data that way. That is when they asked “How”. The first… Continue reading GEDCOM from Ancestry dot com

1,363 Family Tree Names and surnames table – Update – Jan 04 2020

Update: 04 Jan 2020 PDF file of tree names – Mionsiog Family tree list 04 Jan 2020 Time to celebrate (written in 2017) because I have completed my MIONSIOG Family Tree project. As my readers know, I look for stories in old newspapers and when I find an interesting one, I create a family tree… Continue reading 1,363 Family Tree Names and surnames table – Update – Jan 04 2020

City Directory Dates

When you are working with a City Directory collection, make sure you have the correct dates on both the photo copy collection and the actual city directory being photo copied. I was working with a New Jersey city directory in Ancestry dot com and found that the title of the collection did not match the… Continue reading City Directory Dates

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

Tree for Mary Jane Mathews Basore – obit 1898 – Ohio

On May 31, 1898 there was a small obituary for Mary Jane Mathews, aka Mrs. M. J. Basore in the “Mansfield Daily Shield” newspaper. The next day June 1, 1898 another item about her appeared in the newspaper but this one also contained a biography of her father Rev. William Mathews. (See below for links… Continue reading Tree for Mary Jane Mathews Basore – obit 1898 – Ohio

Using Excel as a genealogy tool – 1934 Hotel Fire in Lansing, Michigan

Updated: 28 Jun 2020 – new ideas on how to use the tool are given at the end.  When I create a family tree and have a sufficient number of people on the branches, I copy the list of people off of the Ancestry.com “Find Person – list of all people” drop down menu and… Continue reading Using Excel as a genealogy tool – 1934 Hotel Fire in Lansing, Michigan

Old Photos – Arleen S Scheiderer

I bought some old photos at an art show and I am now trying to find an owner. Update 27 Sep 2016: I had created two trees when I first started going through the estate items; one for Arleen Scheiderer and the other for the Ferguson family. I have now been able to connect the… Continue reading Old Photos – Arleen S Scheiderer