Showing posts from January, 2011

Happy 50th Anniversary Mom and Dad!

It was fifty years ago today, January 28, 1961, that my parents Lloyd and Lorraine (nee Skibbe) Clark married.  How wonderful to see a marriage last.  My father has a tendency to make up silly songs, one such song he sings as he picks up the dog poop (full out when I was a child, the neighbors used to slam their windows shut) but doesn't talk too much ; Mom can cook zucchini 150 different ways and loves to talk - on the phone or in person. Some how the two of them combined their quirkiness to create a workable marriage.

PS - Did I mention Gary married me knowing that I sing silly songs especially to my animals and I talk to much?  Hopefully we will find each other just as unique as my parents have found each other, love you honey!

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Home, describe the house you grew up in.

The house I grew up in was located at 2105 W. Lincoln in Mount Prospect, Illinois.  It was not the first house we lived in but it was the home we had for the majority of my childhood.  The house was a good size, brand new and in a new subdivision.   The front hallway had a black slate floor and  a fountain to the right of the front door.  The home also had a sunken living room.  The family room was open to the kitchen and had dark paneling throughout.  The kitchen also had access to the dining room that overlooked the sunken living room.  The home had three bedrooms and two bathrooms.  It was one of two ranches built in our subdivision.  Our family lived in the home from about 1969 to 1983 when my parents moved to Arizona.

My father built a deck onto the back of the house and installed a gas grill for barbecuing.  Our yard was big with a large vegetable garden behind a big oak tree.  None of the homes in the neighborhood had fences and we kids would meet up were the back yards met to …

Wordless Wednesday - Great Uncle Arthur and Great Aunt Susie Despain


Arizona Family History Expo - Fun and informative

First off I need to thank the ladies from the Phoenix Family History Library that attended Irene Winterburn's presentation "Google Tips and Tricks for Finding Treasures" - not only were you the nicest folks but  the fact that you thought I was ten years younger than I am - well, we are friends for life!  Irene's presentation reminded me of a few Google tools I tend to forget to use and opened my eyes to a few tricks I need to start using.  Please visit her blog for some wonderful genealogy tips.  One such tool I forget to use on Google is the ~ (tilde) which when included in a search will find similar words.  For example Skibbe~genealogy will also find Skibbe family history, family tree, genealogical, etc.  Irene and I also attended Jason Harrison's "Mark Twain's Death Solves Mystery: The Value of Using Newspapers in Research". His presentation was well done and informative.  Now I just need to block out everything els…

Arizona Family History Expo - I'm tired!

What a fun day.  I ran into Michelle Goodrum of while standing in line at the registration booth, and my day just got better and better!  Lisa Louise Cooke gave a wonderful opening speech inspiring us old dogs to learn some new tricks.  My next stop was  to Organizing Your Genealogical Research with Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS.  Nancy had a unique way of labeling her files - I may start to use some of her tips but the thought of redoing everything is a little overwhelming.   If you change the name of a file you would need to relink it to your family history software, perhaps not a bad idea if it make things easier to locate.  Both Lisa Louise and Nancy spoke of Evernote so I think I will seriously need to give it a try.  Right before lunch I attended Tips and Tricks for using Family Search and then lunch near the blog house.  I reconnected with Colleen McHugh of and Mark Tucker of and Michelle Goodr…

Wordless Wednesday-Almost.... Wilma Clark

Wilma Clark age 5,  cir 1941 (my dad's little sister)

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy - Week 3 Cars

Week 3: Cars. What was your first car? Describe the make, model and color, but also any memories you have of the vehicle. You can also expand on this topic and describe the car(s) your parents drove and any childhood memories attached to it.

I learned how to drive on a Toyota Cressida.  After I obtained my driver's license reality was put forth, my parents gave me the keys to my own vehicle to drive.  The car - a 1977 Chevy Nova, three on the tree, with just an am radio and vinyl seats- was not anywhere close to being a Toyota Cressida.  No lumbar support, no stereo fm, and it had a clutch.  I could not believe that this was the car I was expected to drive, I didn't even know how to drive a manual transmission car.  The scariest thing was the car starting in reverse.  The first time I started it up and lifted my foot off the clutch I flew backwards down the driveway.  That is when I decided that it was not important to drive.

Anyway, I finally learned how to drive the car…

Update on Clark Research........................

Yesterday I sent off two more death certificate requests, one for Charles H. Clark and the other for Elizabeth Durbin Clark.  I also reviewed the records I have for them and added to the list of to do's to following:
*Search the Macon County courthouse for probate file for Charles.
*Search the Fayette County courthouse for probate or any other court records for Elizabeth and possibly Charles if his records are not located in Macon County.
*Visit Saint Bonaventure Church in Saint Elmo, Fayette, Illinois for church records for Charles, Elizabeth and
their family.
*Locate the family in the 1920 census
I hope to have the family located in the census soon.  The other tasks may need to wait until I visit the area in June.  My next thing to do is to locate other family tasks that I can accomplish while visiting on my next trip and send out letters to relatives asking them to bring their old pictures to the reunion for scanning and sharing with the family. I think I may need to buy one of…

Saturday Night Fun- Ancestral Name List Roulette

It's time for some Saturday Night fun, the mission below is issued from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings

The assignment:
1) How old is one of your grandfathers now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."  

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an "ahnentafel"). Who is that person?

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook note or comment, or as a comment on this blog post.

5) If you do not have a person's name for your "roulette number" then spin the wheel again - pick a grandmother, or yourself, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children!
Here's mine…

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week 2 Winter

Week 2: Winter. What was winter like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.

I grew up in the town of Mount Prospect located in Cook County, Illinois.  We had wonderful snow storms when I was little.  My brother and I would make forts, throw snowballs, and snowmen.  As I became older I was not thrilled to be the target of snowballs that my brother and the neighborhood boys would throw at us girls.  I do remember sledding with friends down a big hill near our home.  Snow days were another source of fun, I loved staying home when it was cold.  Nothing could top a day reading, watching tv or just hanging around the house.  The morning after a storm we would sit in front of the tv or listen to the radio to hear the list of schools that were closed for the day.  Later when I was in high school I realized the cost of snow days - more days in school when the whether is nice!

Snow lost it's appeal wh…

Wordless Wednesday - Angels at Holy Hope Cemeterty Tucson, AZ

Holy Hope Cemetery, Tucson, Arizona

Tombstone Tuesday - Stanslawa Mikolajczak

Mother Stanislawa Mikolajczak 23 April 1866 7 September 1918 Saint Adalbert Cemetery Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

RootsMagic Webinar

This afternoon I attended the RootsMagic Webinar, Getting Started with RootsMagic.  Although it was a basic overview I still learned a few tricks that I didn't know.  Now I am looking forward to the more advanced webinars that will be offered.   The webinar is available online for download if you would like to view it.  The next webinar offered by RootsMagic will be Publishing a Family History on January 11th.  An important webinar coming up will by the Sources, Citations and Documentation on on February 4th - I would sign up soon since several webinars are all ready full.

Thomas MacEntee left a message on my blog that he will be teaching a Build a Research Toolbox webinar for Legacy Family Tree on April 6, 2011 at 1pm CST. Check LegacyFamilyTree website for signups in the near future.  I have never attended a conference class or webinar that Thomas hasn't taught this girl a new trick or two.

I had also planned to attend the RootsMagic group at UMC this afternoon but decide…

Treasure Chest Thursday, Frank and Eva Urman home purchase, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Purchase agreement for home purchased by Frank and Eva Urman (Urman is the name Frank Yurmanovich changed to after he obtained citizenship in the United States).  The home was located at 2146 E 22nd Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The agreed purchase price in 1941 was $2,975.  I did a Google map search and unfortunately the home no longer exists.  I hope I can track down a picture of the home one of these days.

Google for Genealogists Webinar sponsored by Legacy Family Tree

I just attended the Google for Genealogists Webinar by Thomas MacEntee sponsored by Legacy Family Tree.  I thought I was using Google for the maximum potential, boy I was wrong.  While I have been using many of the Google features Thomas shared quite a few others that I should be taking advantage of.  The webinar is free from the Legacy Family Tree for the next 30 days and will then be available for purchase.  Now I think the banana bread the husband was looking forward to and the few client tasks I need to do may need to wait while I "Google play" for awhile.
I encourage everyone to check out the webinar offerings at both Legacy Family Tree and at RootsMagic for help learning the either software program.  Legacy Family Tree also has several more non software webinars coming up such as one with newspapers and another chasing the females in your family tree. 

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Wordless Wednesday - My baptism


52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - New Year's Day

Thank you again Amy Coffin at We Tree for the genealogical prompts for the new year. The prompts provided by Amy are an easy way to work on your personal genealogy week by week.  Week 1's prompt is New Year’s- Did your family have any New Year’s traditions? How was the New Year celebrated during your childhood? Have you kept these traditions in the present day

I don't remember much of a tradition regarding celebrating New Year's Eve.  Mom and Dad used to invite friends over to share a New Year's Day meal that was shared with friends. I remember playing board games and just having fun with everyone that was at the house.  When my children were younger we invited folks over for a New Years day meal and played games.  Now that the kids have moved out Gary and I are in bed at our usual time although I think we made it to 11 this year and woke up around midnight because of the fireworks. (This is the first year that you could buy …