A 32 year old woman died of alcoholism at the county hospital according to the front page of the December 20, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News:
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“Prominent business and professional men from all parts of Chicago and from several other cities were present” at the funeral of John Worthy according to this article from the December 15, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News:
The following deaths were mentioned on page 2 of the December 10, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News; John Lawrence Conley, John J. Egan, Johanna O’Connor and Edward Wegforth:
Page 9 of the same paper contained part two of two of the obituaries reported in the December 10, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News; Ida Allers, Joseph Bechmier, Mabel Clifford, George Conrad, Phillip Dorsheimer, Mrs. Robert Elliott (nee McCane), Bryan Ginley, C. H. Henry, Barbara Junius, John Kane, Margaret Laflin, Richard Moll, Addie Ferry Neely, Catherine Sullivan, William Steiner, Catherine Springsguth, Thomas Schanstien, Charles O. Von Berner and Mary Byron Walsh:
You see, genealogists researching in Scandinavian countries generally encounter the patronymic naming practice early on. Since Tolf was the first name I added to my family tree, I was fortunate not to have the extra challenge of ever-changing surnames.
According to Ancestry.com, Tolf was not a common name in America in 1920:
There are 12 generations of Tolf ancestors in my family tree beginning with:
*my immigrant ancestors settled in Batavia, Kane, Illinois in 1878
Does the surname TOLF appear in your family tree? Perhaps we’re related!
Please email me at where2look4ancestors [at] gmail [dot] com
The following names of recently deceased persons appeared on page 13 of the December 5, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News; Ella Quill, John William Berg, Ella Blaney, Patrick Cotter, Bridget Daly, Bridget Kearns, Annie V. Kane, Ida Mueller, F. Mahlman and Eliza Spence. See the image below for complete obituaries.
I recently told you I had taken the first step in an
enormous and overwhelming home office reorganization project.
My goal is to have all my genealogy files organized before the end of 2015. As I mentioned in Fun with Genealogy Files Part 1, space is of the essence. Smaller spaces work best when as the saying goes, there is a place for everything and everything is in its place.
And, surprisingly, I have already reaped results from Step One! That definitely inspired me to take another step toward my lofty goal.
Remember my first step? I created place holders (hanging files and manila file folders) for each of my direct line ancestors. This established a specific place toward which all loose papers could be directed.
But the goal isn’t to just shuffle those loose papers around. I need to establish long term storage for every family tree-related document that is worth saving.
Toward that end I’ll make liberal use of cloud storage. Both my hard copy files and my cloud storage have to house my genealogy records in such a way that I can retrieve any item in mere minutes. And immediately know the next step to take when researching each ancestor.
So, I would need to decide which documents are worth saving. And for whom. And then figure out how to save them.
I started by revisiting my Genealogy at a Glance spreadsheet.
As you may recall at the end of Step One, I felt Step Two was obvious: I needed virtual place holders for each of my direct line ancestors that matched my hard file place holders.
No problem I thought, I already have those folders started.
But when I opened my Family Tree folder in Dropbox, my shoulders sagged. I was faced with a mess created years ago while merging old and new computers. That included naming folders with crazy suffixes to avoid inadvertently deleting important files. To make matters worse, I had also created folders that shouldn’t exist.
Folders that shouldn’t exist? Allow me to explain.
If you’ve been involved in family history research for any length of time, you know one clue equals at least ten pieces of paper. Resource notes, letters, documents, hints, clues, dead ends, false starts, records and more accumulate in mere seconds. Some will need to be reviewed at a later date. Sometimes the later date brings a different thought process, and soon there are multiple files that all basically serve the same purpose.
But ultimately every piece of paper boils down to a specific leaf on the branches of your family tree, right? When I think about my genealogical next steps, they nearly always stem from a particular ancestor.
Which meant that “Correspondence” file pictured above housed many unrelated items. Items like a form requesting copies of a probate file, a congratulations-on-the-new-baby-please-send-vitals letter to a cousin, a follow-up letter regarding photos loaned to an uncle. Their only similarity is that they all relate to someone in my family tree.
So… the probate file request, the new baby vitals, and the photo-related letter should each be filed with the person to whom the form relates. The person is the reason I’ll think of those items. “When did I request the probate file for Jacob Mueller? What address did I put on the letter to cousin Sue? What photos did I lend to Uncle Tim?
At this point in the process I have to ignore files that don’t bear a direct line ancestor’s surname. It’s hard to do because I really want to clean up the mess I created!
FIRST I needed to create virtual place holders for each of my direct line ancestors to match my hard file place holders. I started with the alphabetical list of maiden names on my Genealogy at a Glance Spreadsheet.
One by one I created a folder for every name on my spreadsheet. It went faster than you might think and the finished product looks so pretty!
Okay, okay – I know only the top row looks pretty. :) But real progress is being made, I’m another step closer to my goal, and I know what I have to do next.
I’ll share that next step in an upcoming edition of Fun with Genealogy Files!