Glimpses in Time Blog

The 1917 Halifax Explosion

One hundred and five years ago today the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was rocked by the largest non-nuclear, man-made explosion with the equivalent of 3,000 tons of TNT.  More than 325 acres were immediately destroyed from the shockwave emanating from the collision of two ships in the harbor.  Approximately

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Fred Rasa & the Bank of Florence

On April 8, 1918, the Bank of Florence was founded by a group of local businessmen in Florence, Missouri, a town of approximately one hundred men and women.  The organization was formed with H.A. Bremer as president, F. H. Rasa, vice-president, and P.W. Buehler as cashier. Frederick Henry Rasa,

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Grandpa Siegel & His Cars

November 5th marked the 135th birthday of Carl Christian Siegel, my maternal grandfather.  To celebrate I wanted to highlight one of the things I have noticed while digitizing family photos- grandpa liked cars!  There are many photos of Grandpa and his family with cars so I thought I would share

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Corrillie Fletcher Ray Patterson Percival Spencer (1881-1967)

Fifty-five years ago today, a woman named Corrillie Spencer passed away when she was eighty-six years old.  She was the second wife of Richard Allen Spencer (1881-1973), my great grandfather.  Recently I have begun to research Corrillie’s life.  She was known to my family and many others as “Aunt Rillie”

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A Year of Firsts

One of the first rules of genealogy, long neglected by genealogists is to write down your own stories.  On this German Unity Day, as falling leaves and temperatures finally reach Alabama, memories of my Year of Firsts, thirty (!) years ago flood my mind. But the beginning of the story,

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A Nearly Forgotten Cemetery

How do you find a cemetery record that is not online at FindAGrave, BillionGraves or any other online database?  Look it up in a book!  Our ancestors were traced and recorded by amateur and professional genealogists for generations before us and often we are lucky enough to spot their footsteps

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Do you have an ancestor who served in the military during WWI or WWII? You might check to see if a local photographic studio took photos of men and women before they left. Many did. Photographic studios may have left their photographs and records to a museum, library or historical organization. Check the hometown business resources!  #familybusiness #familybusinessresearch #smalltownresearch #historicalphotos #wwi #wwⅱ #newspaperresearch #oldnewspapers #newspapersdotcom #oldphotos

Do you have an ancestor who served in the military during WWI or WWII? You might check to see if a local photographic studio took photos of men and women before they left. Many did. Photographic studios may have left their photographs and records to a museum, library or historical organization. Check the hometown business resources! #familybusiness #familybusinessresearch #smalltownresearch #historicalphotos #wwi #wwⅱ #newspaperresearch #oldnewspapers #newspapersdotcom #oldphotos ...

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Grace Valentine Kembel Spencer on the right side with (I think ) one of her sisters holding kittens ca. 1932. 🐈‍⬛ #romamarygrace #gracekembel #kembel #lacledecountyhistory #nebomissouri #oldphotographs #familyhistory

Grace Valentine Kembel Spencer on the right side with (I think ) one of her sisters holding kittens ca. 1932. 🐈‍⬛ #romamarygrace #gracekembel #kembel #lacledecountyhistory #nebomissouri #oldphotographs #familyhistory ...

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Have you searched newspapers for your ancestors? Sometimes we get lucky and find a photo of them as the subject of a human interest story. This is Grace (Kembel) Spencer showing off her blooming amaryllis. ❤️ The source is Grace’s hometown paper the Tipton Times, December 13, 1984, from newspapers.com.  #tiptonmo #tiptontimes #grace #newspapers #dot #newspapersdotcom #RMG

Have you searched newspapers for your ancestors? Sometimes we get lucky and find a photo of them as the subject of a human interest story. This is Grace (Kembel) Spencer showing off her blooming amaryllis. ❤️ The source is Grace’s hometown paper the Tipton Times, December 13, 1984, from newspapers.com. #tiptonmo #tiptontimes #grace #newspapers #dot #newspapersdotcom #RMG ...

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The Raiffeisens in America including my great grandmother Charlotte. I’m working on a blog post now about her brother Julius.

The Raiffeisens in America including my great grandmother Charlotte. I’m working on a blog post now about her brother Julius. ...

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Happy 116th wedding anniversary to great grandpa and grandma Robert and Alice (Adams) Kembel. This is the earliest photo I have of them after the first two children Hazel and Wilma were born. It would be a few years before Grace, the fourth of their nine children.

Happy 116th wedding anniversary to great grandpa and grandma Robert and Alice (Adams) Kembel. This is the earliest photo I have of them after the first two children Hazel and Wilma were born. It would be a few years before Grace, the fourth of their nine children. ...

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Good to know that our ancestors had bad hair days too…even when their photo was being taken for the county atlas! Bet he wasn’t thinking, “Gee, I might need to comb this crazy so my descendants (and total strangers) don’t see me this way 150 years from now.”

Good to know that our ancestors had bad hair days too…even when their photo was being taken for the county atlas! Bet he wasn’t thinking, “Gee, I might need to comb this crazy so my descendants (and total strangers) don’t see me this way 150 years from now.” ...

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Newspaper research can provide a lens into your ancestor’s life including what they ate and drank. Soft drink 7 Up was developed by a St. Louis man named Charles Leiper Grigg. Grigg’s originally named his lemon-lime soda “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda.” It was released in mid-October 1929, two weeks before the stock market crashed, marking the beginning of the Great Depression. #brandhistory #7up @newspaperscom #americanhistory #genealogy #materialculture #newspaperresearch

Newspaper research can provide a lens into your ancestor’s life including what they ate and drank. Soft drink 7 Up was developed by a St. Louis man named Charles Leiper Grigg. Grigg’s originally named his lemon-lime soda “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda.” It was released in mid-October 1929, two weeks before the stock market crashed, marking the beginning of the Great Depression. #brandhistory #7up @newspaperscom #americanhistory #genealogy #materialculture #newspaperresearch ...

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In my latest blog post, I look back at 2023 and hint at what is to come in 2024. Check it out!
https://romamarygrace.com/genealogy-ten-years-on/

In my latest blog post, I look back at 2023 and hint at what is to come in 2024. Check it out!
https://romamarygrace.com/genealogy-ten-years-on/
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Happy New Year from 100 years ago! Here’s to a healthy 2024 filled with peace and joy!

Happy New Year from 100 years ago! Here’s to a healthy 2024 filled with peace and joy! ...

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