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

Peter O’Connell – Family Tree – Michigan

Before you continue I want you to know that you will be shown examples of how you should transcribe an obituary, how to label your files of items that you collect and finally how to document an information file for the tree. So this is not just a blog post about the O’Connell family, it… Continue reading Peter O’Connell – Family Tree – Michigan

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

Why does a source box come in but does not link to a Fact?

Have you ever wondered why some records on Ancestry dot com, come into a profile page but do not point to any fact when you click on them? When most Source boxes or Facts boxes are selected they have a line or lines that point to a corresponding Facts or Source box. We see that… Continue reading Why does a source box come in but does not link to a Fact?

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

Media Gallery – Ancestry dot com

As my readers know from past blog posts, I encourage genealogist to continue looking for newspaper items, even when nothing comes up in a search. I have found many items about the particular family members in the local newspaper once I found the initial item but I never realized how many items I had accumulated… Continue reading Media Gallery – Ancestry dot com

Small items in newspapers – Nettie Bedker

Small items in newspapers can provide the crucial clues you need to build a tree or a branch on your tree. The following small item from the 1913 Ludington, Michigan newspaper gave me two names (clues) and I was able to build a tree and populate it with 38 people and still have 225 hints… Continue reading Small items in newspapers – Nettie Bedker

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?

What IF?

Should a, Would a, Could a, What IF? History gives us some interesting topics for speculation. We read about the Lincoln Assassination and wonder what if he had lived, or never been elected? Here is such a story about Hitler. I have never heard this story but what if he had died in this train… Continue reading What IF?

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

Joanne Pioszak – Obit 1950 – plus 14 other obit

I saw an obituary for Joanne Pioszak in a 1950 newspaper and I created a family tree, on Ancestry.com, to hold the screen print of the obit. Once I created the tree, other family trees came up as hints for the Joanne tree and I was able view death dates for her relatives. Since I… Continue reading Joanne Pioszak – Obit 1950 – plus 14 other obit