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City directories: Just boring phone phonebooks?

Genealogists know that city directories are not simply phone books, rather that these resources were created for businesses to get access to customers and vice versa. They are genealogy gold ready to be mined! Ralph L. Polk, the most widely known publisher, began his business with 1872 Evansville, IN directory,

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Santa Fe Hospital (Part 4)

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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Santa Fe Hospital (Part 3)

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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Santa Fe Hospital (Part 2)

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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Happy Birthday Ellis Ray Spencer!

My Grandfather Ellis Ray Spencer was born to Richard Allen and Leona (Howell) Spencer this week one hundred and ten years ago (Feb 20, 1912) in Plato, Laclede County, Missouri. He was the first son born into the family of nine children. Here is a glimpse into his life.

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Sometimes your phone just needs to match the shag carpet! 😂😂😂

Sometimes your phone just needs to match the shag carpet! 😂😂😂 ...

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Consider this!  How often do you use directories for your research?  The 1905 Missouri Community & Business Directory is an excellent example of a source worthy of your time.  This map from the directory shows major cities, railroad routes, distance and cost for travel.  Analyzing transportation cost and availability can help to understand whether out family was able to visit, date, attend important family gatherings. [Source: Internet Archive]. #missourihistory #historicmap #historicmaps  #romamarygrace #familyhistory #citydirectories #historiccontext #familybusinessresearch #RMG #historicresearch #businesstravels

Consider this! How often do you use directories for your research? The 1905 Missouri Community & Business Directory is an excellent example of a source worthy of your time. This map from the directory shows major cities, railroad routes, distance and cost for travel. Analyzing transportation cost and availability can help to understand whether out family was able to visit, date, attend important family gatherings. [Source: Internet Archive]. #missourihistory #historicmap #historicmaps #romamarygrace #familyhistory #citydirectories #historiccontext #familybusinessresearch #RMG #historicresearch #businesstravels ...

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Do you use postcards in your family research?  This example shows the importance of researching the family business as well as individuals.  I bought these two postcards a few years ago in LaGrange, GA. I fell in love with them because of all the rich history they exhibit.  The more I studied them, the more I learned. 
The top card shows a group of men holding papers and bottles of beer. They seem to be celebrating. A new brewery establishment? Certification of adherence to Germany’s Reinheitsgebot (beer purity law from 1516)? Awards won in competition? - These are just a few of the ideas that run through my head.  Additionally, there are a couple of number groups both may represent dates (1903 & 1907), but that is unclear, while the papers they are holding are definitely important. One on the far left has been annotated by the sender, but I haven’t figured out what it says...yet!
The second card is of the train station restaurant in Puchheim, Germany.  The fact the sender has scratched out the name of the previous owner provides the clue that perhaps that the new owner/operators are pictured and that they are known to the sender.  The women are wearing long skirts covered with aprons, a second clue of restaurant proprietorship.  I love the bicycles, a reminder of one method of transport in Puchheim around the turn of the century.
All of those clues came from analyzing the photos on the cards before I translated the text.  Sometimes it is helpful to assess those clues, then add the text.  Both cards are in German and were sent to Franz Kickingerder. The top card was mailed August 18, 1907. The lower card was mailed on June 5, 1907 from Puchheim, Germany to Philadelphia. If Franz's descendants were unaware of the date he emigrated to the United States, these postcards show it was between these two dates. Magic!
 #traindepot #oldpostcards #historicpostcardcollection #historicresearch #GenealogyResearch #germanheritage #germanimmigrants #germanculture #germansinamerica #familybusinessresearch #oldphotos #smalltownresearch #postcards #RMG #historiccontext #puchheim #puchheimbahnhof #puchheimort #deutschland🇩🇪 #deutschlandistschön

Do you use postcards in your family research? This example shows the importance of researching the family business as well as individuals. I bought these two postcards a few years ago in LaGrange, GA. I fell in love with them because of all the rich history they exhibit. The more I studied them, the more I learned.

The top card shows a group of men holding papers and bottles of beer. They seem to be celebrating. A new brewery establishment? Certification of adherence to Germany’s Reinheitsgebot (beer purity law from 1516)? Awards won in competition? - These are just a few of the ideas that run through my head. Additionally, there are a couple of number groups both may represent dates (1903 & 1907), but that is unclear, while the papers they are holding are definitely important. One on the far left has been annotated by the sender, but I haven’t figured out what it says...yet!

The second card is of the train station restaurant in Puchheim, Germany. The fact the sender has scratched out the name of the previous owner provides the clue that perhaps that the new owner/operators are pictured and that they are known to the sender. The women are wearing long skirts covered with aprons, a second clue of restaurant proprietorship. I love the bicycles, a reminder of one method of transport in Puchheim around the turn of the century.

All of those clues came from analyzing the photos on the cards before I translated the text. Sometimes it is helpful to assess those clues, then add the text. Both cards are in German and were sent to Franz Kickingerder. The top card was mailed August 18, 1907. The lower card was mailed on June 5, 1907 from Puchheim, Germany to Philadelphia. If Franz`s descendants were unaware of the date he emigrated to the United States, these postcards show it was between these two dates. Magic!

#traindepot #oldpostcards #historicpostcardcollection #historicresearch #GenealogyResearch #germanheritage #germanimmigrants #germanculture #germansinamerica #familybusinessresearch #oldphotos #smalltownresearch #postcards #RMG #historiccontext #puchheim #puchheimbahnhof #puchheimort #deutschland🇩🇪 #deutschlandistschön
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Pictured here are my 2x g-grandparents all of whom emigrated from Germany or were first generation Americans.  I don't have photos of my grandmother's maternal line, but they or their parents joined the movement to leave their homeland in the 1800s for the promise of a better life in a new land.  I have started a new series of articles on my German immigrants so check out my blog post to read more.  And let me know about your Germans!
 #familyhistoryresearch #FamilyHistory #familyhistoryoninstagram #myfamilyhistory #Siegel #FlorenceMO #RomaMaryGrace #GenealogyResearch #germanheritage #germanimmigrants #germanculture #germansinamerica

Pictured here are my 2x g-grandparents all of whom emigrated from Germany or were first generation Americans. I don`t have photos of my grandmother`s maternal line, but they or their parents joined the movement to leave their homeland in the 1800s for the promise of a better life in a new land. I have started a new series of articles on my German immigrants so check out my blog post to read more. And let me know about your Germans!

#familyhistoryresearch #FamilyHistory #familyhistoryoninstagram #myfamilyhistory #Siegel #FlorenceMO #RomaMaryGrace #GenealogyResearch #germanheritage #germanimmigrants #germanculture #germansinamerica
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In honor of International Picnic Day, here is one of my favorite picnic shots.  This was taken on July 26, 1925 at Gravois Mills, MO.  My grandparents, Carl and Roma (Rasa) Siegel, who had yet to marry, were present.  We found several snapshots from this day so I feel it had some significance to them.  Neither are in this shot, but it is still one of my favorites.  I think Carl & Roma may have been courting.  Others present include at least two of Carl's sisters.

In honor of International Picnic Day, here is one of my favorite picnic shots. This was taken on July 26, 1925 at Gravois Mills, MO. My grandparents, Carl and Roma (Rasa) Siegel, who had yet to marry, were present. We found several snapshots from this day so I feel it had some significance to them. Neither are in this shot, but it is still one of my favorites. I think Carl & Roma may have been courting. Others present include at least two of Carl`s sisters. ...

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One of the primary documents of my grandfather Carl Christian Siegel’s life is his baptismal certificate signed 122 years ago.  Carl’s parents were first generation Americans whose parents had immigrated from Germany. Many spoke German at home, went to schools taught in German, and worshipped in German churches. Grandpa’s early school books and bible given to him for confirmation years later were all in German.  How did he feel in 1914 when the U.S. declared war on Germany? It is a question I’ve  been pondering for a while.  See my recent blog post about being German in America, a new series. 
#wwi #oldnewspapers #oldphotos #newspapersdotcom #smalltownresearch #photo #historicalphotos #RMG #historiccontext #florencemissouri #familyhistory #germansinamerica #smalltownresearch #germanimmigrants #germanheritage #germanculture #GenealogyJourney #genealogy #historicalcontext #smalltownresearch #GenealogyResearch #germanevangelical #germanevangelicalchurch #morgancounty #myfamilyhistory

One of the primary documents of my grandfather Carl Christian Siegel’s life is his baptismal certificate signed 122 years ago. Carl’s parents were first generation Americans whose parents had immigrated from Germany. Many spoke German at home, went to schools taught in German, and worshipped in German churches. Grandpa’s early school books and bible given to him for confirmation years later were all in German. How did he feel in 1914 when the U.S. declared war on Germany? It is a question I’ve been pondering for a while. See my recent blog post about being German in America, a new series.

#wwi #oldnewspapers #oldphotos #newspapersdotcom #smalltownresearch #photo #historicalphotos #RMG #historiccontext #florencemissouri #familyhistory #germansinamerica #smalltownresearch #germanimmigrants #germanheritage #germanculture #GenealogyJourney #genealogy #historicalcontext #smalltownresearch #GenealogyResearch #germanevangelical #germanevangelicalchurch #morgancounty #myfamilyhistory
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For a throwback Thursday here is one of my favorite photos of Roma Rasa (grandma on the right) and one of her best childhood friends Hazel Mitchell ca. 1924. 
#RomaMaryGrace #FlorenceMO #farmlife #genealogy #Siegel #morgancounty #familyhistory #myfamilyhistory #roma

For a throwback Thursday here is one of my favorite photos of Roma Rasa (grandma on the right) and one of her best childhood friends Hazel Mitchell ca. 1924.

#RomaMaryGrace #FlorenceMO #farmlife #genealogy #Siegel #morgancounty #familyhistory #myfamilyhistory #roma
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If you found this in your ancestor’s belongings what would you do? This is no normal postcard, it was given to an American business representative traveling in Japan. If your ancestor is still living ask them (today!) about it. This tiny clue could open a whole new avenue of research. 
#familybusiness #smalltownresearch #familybusinessresearch #historicalphotos #old #posts #oldpostcards #historicpostcards #historicpostcardcollection #travel #businesstravels #traderepresentative #japan #japantravel #GenealogyJourney #genealogy #historicalcontext #GenealogyResearch

If you found this in your ancestor’s belongings what would you do? This is no normal postcard, it was given to an American business representative traveling in Japan. If your ancestor is still living ask them (today!) about it. This tiny clue could open a whole new avenue of research.

#familybusiness #smalltownresearch #familybusinessresearch #historicalphotos #old #posts #oldpostcards #historicpostcards #historicpostcardcollection #travel #businesstravels #traderepresentative #japan #japantravel #GenealogyJourney #genealogy #historicalcontext #GenealogyResearch
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This is my Dad on our family horse, Red ca. 1976 in Ashland, MO.  When I wrote a post earlier this week I searched through my photos for Grandpa Carl Siegel on a horse. My quick search turned up over 100 photos of family members with horses. I grew up with this one! 
I remember the day Dad brought him home. He looked so beautiful and would do the “Tennessee Walk.” He was a gentle horse who loved us and we him. Over the years he became notorious for his stubborn personality. He decided he would no longer lower himself to ride in a trailer, which is a little difficult when you need to take him somewhere! He also had an amazing sense of home. We could be miles away, but the moment you turned him toward home, you’d better be ready for a fast trot because the race was on. 
Once when I was riding him by myself, he was in an ornery mood. I fell off once with his help. He just stood there looking down at me. 😂  I decided not to get back on, but walked home.  When I got there Dad asked why I wasn’t riding. He wasn’t happy I had allowed Red to get the better of me so he decided to take him out for a short ride to have a little chat. Well, Dad learned that I wasn’t the only one Red was willing to dump! 😆. Cheers to our family horse and the man who brought him home. 
#spencerfamily #RMG #farmgirl #familyhistory #romamarygrace #ahorsenamedRed #ChristianCounty #AshlandMo #boonecomo #horsesofinstagram #horses #mystory #1970s #paradephoto #paradephotos #familyhistory #genealogy

This is my Dad on our family horse, Red ca. 1976 in Ashland, MO. When I wrote a post earlier this week I searched through my photos for Grandpa Carl Siegel on a horse. My quick search turned up over 100 photos of family members with horses. I grew up with this one!

I remember the day Dad brought him home. He looked so beautiful and would do the “Tennessee Walk.” He was a gentle horse who loved us and we him. Over the years he became notorious for his stubborn personality. He decided he would no longer lower himself to ride in a trailer, which is a little difficult when you need to take him somewhere! He also had an amazing sense of home. We could be miles away, but the moment you turned him toward home, you’d better be ready for a fast trot because the race was on.

Once when I was riding him by myself, he was in an ornery mood. I fell off once with his help. He just stood there looking down at me. 😂 I decided not to get back on, but walked home. When I got there Dad asked why I wasn’t riding. He wasn’t happy I had allowed Red to get the better of me so he decided to take him out for a short ride to have a little chat. Well, Dad learned that I wasn’t the only one Red was willing to dump! 😆. Cheers to our family horse and the man who brought him home.
#spencerfamily #RMG #farmgirl #familyhistory #romamarygrace #ahorsenamedRed #ChristianCounty #AshlandMo #boonecomo #horsesofinstagram #horses #mystory #1970s #paradephoto #paradephotos #familyhistory #genealogy
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#OnThisDay one hundred and twenty-seven years ago my great grandfather Frederick Henry Rasa married Elizabeth Marie “Betty” Schupp. Their first child William was born 1898. Betty and their second son Frederick died during the birth on April 16, 1900.  By the time the census take came in June, Fred and his son Willie were living with three servants two farms away from where Fred was born. Two of the servants were Jesse (25) and Louisa Schupp (24), likely relatives of his late wife. While the girls were listed as housekeepers, they probably helped care for Willie.  This photo is Fred and Betty’s wedding photo.
[photo colorized, corrected, and enhanced with tools at MyHeritage]
#historical #GenealogyJourney #genealogy #smalltownresearch #GenealogyResearch #farmgirl #florencemissouri #romamarygrace #myheritage #myheritageincolor #onthisdayinhistory

#OnThisDay one hundred and twenty-seven years ago my great grandfather Frederick Henry Rasa married Elizabeth Marie “Betty” Schupp. Their first child William was born 1898. Betty and their second son Frederick died during the birth on April 16, 1900. By the time the census take came in June, Fred and his son Willie were living with three servants two farms away from where Fred was born. Two of the servants were Jesse (25) and Louisa Schupp (24), likely relatives of his late wife. While the girls were listed as housekeepers, they probably helped care for Willie. This photo is Fred and Betty’s wedding photo.

[photo colorized, corrected, and enhanced with tools at MyHeritage]

#historical #GenealogyJourney #genealogy #smalltownresearch #GenealogyResearch #farmgirl #florencemissouri #romamarygrace #myheritage #myheritageincolor #onthisdayinhistory
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