I can hardly believe how much time has gone by since my last post! My apologies as I know all of you are sitting on the edge of your seats in anticipation. But seriously, I’ve been keeping myself quite busy. Here’s the rundown! Client Research: I currently have several clients that I am researching for and have enjoyed the challenge that each one has presented. The first is a long-time family friend who has asked me to research her grandparents origins. Her grandmother was adopted and little is known of her origins. It will not be easy, but I’m on the case looking at ship passenger lists, newspapers, and even baptismal records from the local Catholic church. Such a challenge! My second client is working on a lineage application for the Ohio Genealogical Society’s First Families. In her case, it is a surprise for her husband. The challenge of this research is
FamilySearch to Make Millions of Obituaries Searchable Online Tens of Thousands of Additional Indexers Needed to Help Create an Every-Name Index to Millions of Obituaries FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESalt Lake City, Utah—February 7, 2014—FamilySearch is working with partners and the larger genealogical community to collect, digitize, and index millions of obituaries from the United States (with other nations to follow). This huge undertaking will ultimately make hundreds of millions of names of deceased individuals and information about their family relationships freely available for online research. Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch, announced this new initiative in his keynote speech yesterday as he welcomed record-breaking crowds to the 2014 RootsTech family history conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brimhall and special guest pirate mascot “Captain Jack Starling” utilized a well-known pirate theme of “dead men tell no tales” and added, “but their obituaries do!” drawing attention to the fact that obituaries tell the
Recently my friend Amy Crow, who writes No Story Too Small, challenged others to join her in writing about our ancestors each week. This is week 5 of the challenge and I am going to introduce you to my Great Grandfather, Myer Krueger. He is the father of my maternal grandmother, Shirley. Though I never got to meet him, he is the ancestor that I’m most intrigued by and his family has been my biggest brick wall. I take a break sometimes, but always return to learn more about him as I can. Here we go! Myer Krueger was born 10 January 1887 in the town of Lachawitz, Minsk, Russia1 (now Lyakhavichy, Brest, Belarus). His parents were Zebra “Zipe” Soloman and Ellya Kriger.2 He is supposed to have come over to America in July 19013 traveling from Liverpool, England to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then made his way to Michigan City, Indiana to
Recently my friend Amy Crow, who writes No Story Too Small, challenged others to join her in writing about our ancestors each week. This is week 4 of the challenge and I’m going to share some stories of my maternal grandfather, Edward Herbert Morse. I do not have many personal stories of him, but my grandmother wrote a lot about him so I will rely on her to share stories of his life. Edward Herbert Morse was the 5th child (3rd son) of Zuma Butts and Edward Babe Morse. Born on 4 March 1918 in Michigan City, Indiana. His father worked for the Michigan Central Railroad as a Switchman.1 They lived on Erie Street at the time of the 1920 census. By 1930 the family was living on Cleveland Ave and his father was working odd jobs. The Morse men were all seafaring folk and so the boys of the family continued
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