Glimpses in Time Blog

Santa Fe Hospital (Part 1)

The Santa Fe Hospital in Topeka, Kansas was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2016 recognizing the building’s significant role in healthcare for the State of Kansas and specifically, Santa Fe railroad employees.[1]  Located near downtown Topeka when it was constructed, the hospital was an integral piece

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The German Empire and German Americans

On this day in 1871 the Deutsches Reich, or German Empire, was proclaimed from a group of 26 disparate entities. My ancestors hailed from the western side of the Prussian empire near Coblenz, the Duchy of Nassau, the Kingdom of Hanover, and the Electorate of Hessen.  Lately, I’ve been

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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

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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

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Three Young Women, Gone Too Soon

Several months ago, a friend from Florence, Missouri, asked if I knew about the deaths of three women in the United Church of Christ Cemetery.  All three had been married but died as young wives.  She wondered if I knew their stories.  I knew one, and immediately went to work

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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

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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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