Chicago Obituaries: January 11, 1905

Genealogists everywhere know the value of a well-written obituary. In the obits below, you’ll find Names of the deceased and names of others in their circle Nicknames, maiden names, married names of female family members Dates of death Possible dates of birth Addresses of homes Final resting places Connections to other cities and states Church affiliations…

Wanted – Married Couples

Tri-State Employment Co. posted the following advertisement in the classifieds section of the Minneapolis Journal on December 4, 1915: WANTED – MARRIED COUPLES “We have jobs at Dupree, N.D., Kilkenny, Minn., Cambridge, Minn., Cartio [sic], N.D., Roberts, Wis., Lanesboro, Minn., Benford, N.D., Bloomington Ferry, Minn. and Wilton, N.D., where they furnish separate house, give you…

Cards of Thanks

Obituaries are not the only death-related notices published in newspapers. Families would often post notices expressing their gratitude to others who helped them during such a stressful time. Savvy genealogists look beyond death notices. The “Cards of Thanks” column on the left appeared on page 11 of the Chicago Daily News on January third 1920.

Genealogy and the Personal Ads

How many genealogists have wished for a window into our ancestors’ lives? You’d be surprised at the reasons people in the 19th century used personal ads. Even in large cities, the personals got pretty…well…personal: Who is C.B.W. and why should he call 214? Did George Eheim encounter someone fraudulently doing business in his name? When did the…

Siblings Share a Headstone

Auntie died on this day in 1973. Six months later, her younger brother passed away. Auntie and Unkie lived together nearly all of their lives. It was fitting that these siblings should remain together even after death. Their headstone comes to mind every time another Find A Grave contributor asks me to link people as spouses. We can not assume…

Peter Swanson 1848-1937

From the July 1, 1937 edition of the St. Charles (Illinois) Chronicle; “PETER SWANSON The passing of Peter Swanson of 1042 4th street south Friday, after an illness of several weeks, removes an olden time and respected resident who has lived in this vicinity for nearly 70 years. Mr. Swanson was born in Sweden 88…