Showing posts from August, 2010

Madness Monday - 15 year probate of John N. Poundstone 1817-1900

A while back I sent a letter of inquiry to the Cass County Circuit Court in Logansport, Indiana to see if they had a record of my 3rd Great Grandfather's (John N. Poundstone 1817-1900) will and probate.  I am happy to report that I was sent a copy of the will filed with the court. I am sorry to report that the court only copied the will and did not copy any additional information from the probate process.

He listed his children by name (including the married names of his daughters), his wife, his belongings and land.  I have found in the past that not all my relatives have been so helpful. 

Young America, Cass Co. Indiana
July 25", 1895
In the name of the Benevolent Father of all I John N. Poundstone of Cass County Indiana being in reasonably good health and of sound mind do make and publish this my last Will and Testament and revoking all former Will by me made.
Item 1st devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Nancy Poundstone after my debts and funeral expenses are paid all…

Wordless Wednesday - VMAIL Birthday Wishes to father from son during the war


Tombstone Tuesday-Morris Durbin, 2nd Great Grandfather

Morris Durbin Saint Bonaventure Church Cemetery Saint Elmo, Fayette, Illinois

Surname Saturday - Yurmanovich/Urman

I have been unable to locate a definition of the last name of Yurmanovich.  I do know that my husbands family originated in Croatia.  Frank Yurmanovich changed his name to Urman on December 20, 1938 when he became  a citizen of the United States.  Frank was born December 29, 1907, the son of Theresa Geboy and Marko Yurmanovich.

Frank married Ivana Marie Drvaric in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 9, 1929.  They were the parents of  Robert Urman, father of my husband Gary.

Treasure Chest Thursday

My delivery from Hollinger Metal Edge, Inc. came today. Now I know my treasures will be safe for generations to come.  I bought the Document Preservation Kit and the Newspaper Preservation Kit for my over sized papers and heirlooms.

The Document Preservation Kit (item DGK) includes a document storage kit, cotton gloves, reinforced legal file folders, legal size envelopes, legal mylar envelopes, permalife bond paper, non fading black pigma pen, and a Family paper pamphlet.
The Newspaper Kit (item MNPK) includes an archival tan, acid & lignin free (pH 8.5), two piece box (23L x 17W x 2 1/2H) with a fully telescoping lid with reinforced Chrome metal edges, preservation folders  and a
black permanent Pigma pen.  I have

Hollinger Metal Edge Inc has wonderful products to keep any of your treasures safe, check them out at  I think my next purchase will be materials for textile storage.  I have some wonderful old linens, clothing and quilts that need some a…

Wordless Wednesday- VMAIL from big brother Bill to Lorraine Skibbe


Surname Saturday - The Durbin's

The last name of Durbin first appears in my family line through my father's grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Durbin (1861-1949).  She descended from Morris (Maurice) Durbin, 8 April 1822 - 10 February 1880, and Rachel Logue, 29 January 1837 - 11 Jan 1911. 

Morris descended from John Durbin, Jr (1794-1847) and Mary Weinbrenner (1804-1886).

John Durbin Jr.'s father was, of course, John Durbin (1763-1845) and his mother was Honora Logue (1761-1840). 

I am still researching this family line.  I could go on with possible ancestors of  John Durbin, however, I do not have any documentation other than hearsay.  It is time to do a little sluething on this line and dig up some  evidence that will extend my Durbin line.

William Skibbe at Portage Park, Chicago, Illinois


Case of the Poor Me's

I have had a case of the poor me's, one of my dogs passed away on Friday and today is probably the first day I have felt back to normal.  Wackie always laid by my desk and the office seems empy without her here.

I missed The Genealogy Search anniversary on August 6, the blog is now two years old. Reflecting  over the past few years,  I want to say thank you to Geneablogger for all the advice and friendship that came with joining this wonderful group. I recently joined Blogging for Ancestors and hope to meet even more wonderful folks.

I also want to acknowledge all the wonderful folks I have met through my blog, at conferences, and everyone that shares their genealogical blogs. I think we all learn a little something or find a little something we can relate to by reading others blogs.  I am looking forward to seeing what the next year will bring!

Wordless Wednesday - Mom at Navy Pier, Chicago cir 1937


Tombstone Tuesday


Blogs! Illinois State Genealogical Society and The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum

Love the blog and Facebook page for the Illinois State Genealogical Society and very happy to be a member of ISGS.  This is an an example of what every society should have available on  Facebook.  Check it out at!/ILGenSoc?v=wall.  The ISGS blog is located at  I wish other societies I belonged to had a blog and that one society I belonged that has a blog actually kept the blog up to date!

I am hoping to be in Illinois in October perhaps I can actually attend the ISGS Conference.  Love to meet the folks in the society.  I haven't been in Illinois in the fall in about 22 years - October is cold if I recall.  Might need to buy a coat!

The ISGS blog mentioned that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum also has a blog.  I have spent many an hour at the library taking advantage of the microfilm and books housed there. The  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum blog can be viewed at http://www.alplm.…

Sentimental Sunday - Edward Skibbe

My Uncle Ed Skibbe was born 27 Feb 1904, the eighth of ten children born to Wilhelm and Julia nee Panzer Skibbe.  He spent a great deal of time with his eldest brother, my grandfather William Adolph Skibbe.  At one time they operated the Skibbe Tire Company in Chicago, Illinois.  They were vulcanizers and mechanics that were available to fix tires and autos twenty four hours a day, each brother taking shifts at the garage.  Ed served in the army during World War II.
Though they were fourteen years apart, these two brothers lived and worked together on and off for years until Uncle Ed met the love of his life, Anne Verberg.  Anna Katherine Verburg was five years older than Ed.  They married in 1945 and spent their later years living in a house Ed built on Bass Lake in Indiana.  Childless,  Ed and Anne doted on their many nieces and nephews.  My family frequently visited Uncle Ed and Aunt Anne.  We played on the beach of Bass Lake under the careful watch of mom and Uncle Ed.  Aunt Anne a…