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!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Little Saturday Night Fun

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musing has issued this Saturday Night Challenge:

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 25 June 1866 - 150 years ago.
2)  List your ancestors, their family members, their birth and death years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

Morris Clark (born was living in Petty, Lawrence, Illinois with his parents Henry and Frances and siblings Martha, Virginia, and Lene.

Morris Durbin was living in Howards Point (Avena), Fayette, Illinois with his wife Rachel nee Logue.  They had sons William, James, and daughters Mary Elizabeth and Harriet Durbin. 

Gustav Skibbe and Johanna nee Misch were living in Prussia.  Their son Wilhelm Gustav was born in 1857, making him nine years of age.  At is possible that Wilhelm had a brother by the name of George who was a few years younger.

Julia Skibbe nee Panzer was also living in Prussia.  In 1866, Julia would have been two years of age. Her father's first name is unknown, however, she was living with her mother Emilie Isles.

Theodor Miottel was six years of age in 1866, living in Lauenburg, Prussia. He was living with his parents August Miottel and Henrietta nee Kramp and his siblings Johan and Reinhold.  

Ferdinand Schuck and his new wife Caroline immigrants in the Chicago area.  They left Lauenburg, Prussia in 1854.