Michigan – county names

Here is a re-post of an excellent article by Emily Bingham. “How each county in Michigan got its name” http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/02/how_each_county_in_michigan_go.html I hope this give you new information to help you understand the history… Continue reading

Maine 1861… or is it ?

So you found the marriage announcement or you found the birth of a family member in the old Maine newspaper. Or you do a happy dance because you finally found that obit for… Continue reading

Detective Joe Peterisino – 1909

In 1909 it was the Italians who were the terrorist in New York City. A New York police detective goes to Italy to secure evidence against the Black Hand and is murdered. I… Continue reading

Preston County, WV – newspaper

When you are working with an old newspaper, looking for your family members items (births, marriage, anniversary, deaths and obituaries) don’t over look other topics of interest. In my work with the Google… Continue reading

Clifford W Welder 1986 obit – Penn

  The number thirteen (13) may be unlucky for some, but not for this family tree story. I found an obit for Clifford W Welder, in a 1986 Reading, Pennsylvania, newspaper. I took… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Israel Zangwill

When searching for your family members in old newspapers, take the time to capture photos or drawings of other people, just in case their family might like to have the item. I was… Continue reading

The Blind Slave Girl

This morning, Friday, February 17, 2017 as I lay in bed waiting for the sun rays to shine through the window and announce a new day, my thoughts turned to the blind girl… Continue reading

Tramps on the railroad – 1900

If you can’t find information for a relative on the tree, then maybe he or she was a tramp, who was killed and buried in an unknown grave. Here is a story that… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

21 Jan 2017 March

Somethings are too important to just post on a one time web page. Those important things must be put into a more permanent platform. This is one of those important moments in history. … Continue reading

Symbols Found on Gravestones (Headstones)

I was on FaceBook and saw a posting with a web site for Headstone symbols. I had seen a similar web site before and thought I would find it and include it on… Continue reading

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… Continue reading