June 2021

Sanborn Maps Can Add Context to Your Ancestors’ Lives

Sanborn Maps are great tools whether you are new to genealogy or a professional researcher. The maps are essential if you are doing building or property research; however, for genealogists these maps offer valuable contextual clues to how and where our ancestors lived.  Even if your kin did not hail from a large city, Sanborn Maps are worth your time.

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Richard Tolliver Southard: A Resilient Life

For many years I have been drawn to the story of my third great uncle, Richard Tolliver Southard (1844-1934). His early life had to have been traumatic, seemingly always in turmoil.  The challenges to his family began before his birth and would last through the early years of his marriage when he and his wife lost three of their four young children.  His is a story of pioneer life on the Missouri prairie. 

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A Giant Pickle and a Lady “Waiting” for Him

Ever since I was a kid, I have loved postcards.  I think my ancestors instilled in me a desire to travel and in previous centuries getting a postcard in the mail allowed one to get a glimpse of that faraway place.  I have a collection of cards sent to other family members as well.  When my grandmother Roma died, we found hundreds of postcards in her farmhouse.  Recently I have been examining my collection for a new project and I have found several great genealogy nuggets!  This one titled, “A Carload of Cucumbers.” For the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Oct 2-8 [1909] is one of my favorites.

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