January 18, 2022
On this day in 1871 the Deutsches Reich, or German Empire, was proclaimed from a group of 26 disparate entities. According to Wikipedia, they included four kingdoms, six grand duchies, four duchies, seven principalities, three free Hanseatic states, and one imperial territory.
My ancestors hailed from the western side of the … Continue reading "The German Empire and German Americans"
June 16, 2021
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.
The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Company was established … Continue reading "Add Context to Your Ancestors’ Lives with Sanborn Maps"
June 3, 2021
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 on the other two. … Continue reading "Three Young Women, Gone Too Soon"