Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Update on the way to #fgs2016

I ran away from last Monday.  Day 1 I drove from Tucson to Guyman, OK.  I stayed at a  Holiday Inn with great beds. After a good night's sleep, I began day 2.  I drove from OK to Madison,WI.  It was a long drive but I made it!  Day three started with some scrambled eggs before hitting the Wisconsin Historical Society in downtown Madison.

Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison WI

Such a pretty place to be!
I searched microfilms and pulled a bunch check of books.  I left at 6 pm.  I didn't even stop for lunch! I located marriage, birth and death records. I also found quite a few obituaries in Milwaukee's Polish newspaper.

Fancy microfilm readers.

Now I just need to translate them.  I met some great genealogists in the library and really enjoyed walking around downtown and on the University campus.  Good news, I got my 10,000 steps in and I enjoyed every step of it.

Tomorrow I head to Concordia Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois. I plan to tramp among my relatives and view a wonderful old German Cemetery.  I'll check in soon...

Friday, August 12, 2016

#FGS2016 Almost ready for my road trip!

I am driving to #FGS2016 from Tucson, Arizona.  My first goal is to make it to Madison Wisconsin and research at the Wisconsin Historical Society.  The target of my research is my husband's family - Drvaric, Drezdzon, Drezdon, Dresdon, Mikolajczak, Kwiecienski.  I have my research list made and ready to go.

The next target is Forest Park, Illinois to visit  cemeteries where family are buried: Concordia, Forest Home  and  Wunder's cemeteries.  Then on to Ridgewood Memorial to visit my Grandparents graves in Des Plaines.  I may look up some old high school friends and visit the old neighborhood.  

While I am in the area I am going to stock up on some bright green or Chicago Relish as it is also called.  Never heard of Chicago relish?
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Boy, I miss my Chicago Hot Dogs - nothing in Arizona comes close to a real Chicago dog.

The next stop will be in Southern Illinois to visit with relatives in Stonington, Decatur, Taylorville, Findlay and Rochester.

I plan on traveling to both Fayette and Piat counties to locate some court records - I am going to look for copies of all the women my Grandfather Clark married.

I must make time to go to the Illinois Regional Depository in Springfield to nose around records in the counties my family lived in..  I also have an appointment at the Abraham Lincoln Library to see some letters about the settlement of Avena, Illinois.

I will be playing tour guide for good friend Leslie Carney who has never been to Illinois.  I am planning to take her to the Abraham Lincoln Museum (a favorite of mine), the Lincoln Tomb, the Lincoln Home and a free walking tour of downtown Springfield.

I end at the #FGS2016 for several days of fun and interaction with my fellow researchers.

I will keep everyone up to date on my travels, I leave on Monday!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Skibbe's

Great Aunt Anne Skibbe, Grandfather William Skibbe, and Lorraine Clark Skibbe on her wedding day.  Note the apron - Mom put out a spread for guests. January 1961

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Citation Check!

I thought it would be prudent to print out my source list.  I must be a very good girl because my report was over 300 pages!  My idea was to look at the sources to locate spelling errors or citations that needed a little tweaking.  It seems that things look perfect on RootsMagic (I call that entry blindness) but I have found some errors on my reports.  My top mistakes are spelling and number flipping.

It appears that the majority of my mistakes show up in the detail section.  I think the best way to review is to review a few pages everyday.  So wish me luck,!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Not Quite Wordless Wednesday: My favorite pictures of my mother as a child Lorraine Violet Edna Skibbe Clark Navy Pier

Navy Pier, Chicago 1938

Navy Pier 1938

Navy Pier 1938

Not Quite Wordless Wednesday: My favorite pictures of my mother as a child Lorraine Violet Edna Skibbe Clark Navy Pier

Navy Pier, Chicago 1938

Navy Pier 1938

Navy Pier 1938

FGS 2016

I am so excited for the FGS conference in Springfield, Illinois.  I will be driving from Arizona about two weeks prior to the conference. The best part about getting there earlier will be visiting with family before the conference.  I will be picking up a picture of my grandfather from a cousin, my dad's yearbooks, and who knows how many other treasures I will find.

I have been working on my list of repositories and listing what documents I need to search for.  I have also contacted an aunt and some cousins so that I may scan their items.  I am also working up some interview questions for my family members.

My best friend will be traveling to the conference and will be in Springfield the Sunday before.  I am looking forward to playing hostess for the area.  I plan on dragging her to all my favorite places. 

I will be sharing my lists of favorite places to research along with my favorite places to visit in in coming blog posts.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

findmypast free military access 27 June to 4 July 2016!

Findmypast is making their entire military collection free from 27 June to 4 July 2016.  Get your list together to do some serious searching.  Findmypast has a wonderful collection of Veteran Administration pension payment cards, 1907-1933.  I have found several treasures in it.  Findmypast will let you search for your ancestors in their Military Service & Conflict database.  Subtopics for Military Service and Conflict include Boer Wars, Civil War & Rebellion, First World War, Other Wars & Conflicts, Medal Rolls and Honours, Regimental & Service Records, Second World War, Service Records (another favorite), and Vietnam War.


Also found on my Grand Uncle Virgil Poundstone's passenger list coming back from the war for readjustment to Fort Sherman, Illinois aboard the General Th Bliss.  He is listed as T/Sgt, no. 6769216, service CE, Mos 822, ASRS 85.  Now I just need to find out what the acronyms stand for  to update Virgil's history.  

Have fun and take advantage of's offer and search for your families military records!