Find A Grave Contributors Answer More Questions

In December I posed three questions to Find A Grave contributors whose virtual preservation work I admire: How did you discover Find A Grave? What motivates you to contribute? What is your favorite way to contribute (i.e. photos, vital information, obits etc.)? Answers to those first three questions are posted here. In January I asked three more…

Françoise Adam: My Sixth Great-Grandmother

When I last wrote about my 6th great-grandmother Françoise Adam, I didn’t know very much about her. Her first husband Jean Bouché died in 1737. Françoise married my widowed 6th great-grandfather Jean Schmitt in Boulay, Moselle, Lorraine, France on 02 Sep 1739. The couple had at least three children. Shortly after the birth of her last child in…

1915 Obituaries: Dec 2, 5 and 6

The following notices of death appeared in the December 2, 1915 issue of the Minneapolis Journal; “DUNKLEY-Mrs. Anna, aged 91 years, widow of John Dunkley, died Thursday morning at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. F. H. Hale, 2316 Logan av N. She is survived by two sons and three daughters, William Dunkley of Minneapolis,…

Ice Delivered by Horse-Drawn Wagon

There’s a picture of a horse-drawn ice wagon on the Brooklyn Historical Society Blog today. It’s their Photo of the Week post which goes on to explain how ice was harvested from frozen ponds and delivered to individual businesses and home. Interesting information about the day-to-day lives of our ancestors. It was particularly interesting to me because my great-grandmother’s second…

Waking with the Dead

Coffee in hand, I head to my desk and start typing. Last name. First name. Date of birth. Date of death. Cemetery section. Photo number. Rinse and repeat. A second cup of coffee. More names. More dates. Lives begun. Lives ended. People buried alone. Families reunited for all eternity. Infants and centenarians laid to rest side…

Gail Borden Public Library

You may be surprised to learn how Elgin Illinois’ Gail Borden Public Library in got it’s name. I certainly was! According to Wikipedia, “In 1892, Samuel and Alfred Church, stepsons of [Mr. Gail] Borden and residents of Elgin, Illinois, purchased and donated the Scofield Mansion at 50 N. Spring Street to house a new library…