A Fortune Awaits Him

A young sea-faring man disappeared but his parents never forgot him. Whether you are a Chicagoan or a descendant of one, I think you’ll enjoy the last sentence in the article below. It appeared on the front page of the Chicago Daily News on November 15, 1894:

My Family History Month 2013

According to FamilySearch Blog, “October has been officially listed as Family History Month within the US.” There are great ideas there and elsewhere on the ‘net about ways in which we can celebrate or encourage the exploration of family history. Reading some of the tips made me think about my own research of late. The…

Death or Divorce?

I’m trying to determine if my 1st cousin thrice-removed had been widowed or was divorced before her 2nd marriage. Myrtle H Youngberg and John L Miller were married 01 Jul 1910 in Michigan at a popular destination for elopements: None of the John Millers in the 1910 Chicago city directory seem to be a good match for the John…

Reasons to Research

How many names are in your tree? How far back have you gone? If you’ve ever told anybody that you are climbing your family tree, chances are you’ve heard these questions more than once. The answer I’d like to give? Ugh. Why? Because I’m not a collector of names and dates; I collect stories. Some…

Family Story Examined

According to family lore, Herman Mangels drank often and his wife was tired of his drunkenness. She was supposed to have told him that the next time he came home intoxicated, he would be sent outside to sleep on the porch. As fate would have it (the story continues), Herman’s banishment occurred during a cold Chicago…

October Birthdays in My Family Tree

Happy October birthday to the leaves on my family tree including my dad, who would have been 81 on October 25th; and to my grandson and my niece, my cousins Cynthia and Rosemary, and my grandaunt Lucy. Happy birthday to Anna, David and Frank – my first cousins once-removed, to James – my first cousin-twice removed, and to Kyle…