A Second Look at May

Happy first day of June! I hope you’ve already noticed that May was BIG Improvement Month here at where2look4ancestors. 95 new obituary transcriptions was just the beginning. I also added 100+ new resources to the Places-United States page and 45 to the Things page. Then I sprinkled a few new resources on the Places-Worldwide page for good measure.…

A Second Look at January

In November and December I printed calendars from Family Tree Maker and used them to create my genealogical research to-do lists for the upcoming month. The calendars added a sort of random focus to my family history research which I enjoyed, so I played the same game in January: 01 Jan 1858 – My 2nd great-grandfather Peter August…

Fond Father of Myrtle

From the Chicago Daily News January 28, 1920 page 30; Youngberg – Charles J., aged 58 years. Jan. 26 at home, 1421 E 75th st., beloved husband of Freda Youngberg, fond father of Myrtle Elvira and Lawrence Youngberg. Funeral Thursday Jan. 29 at 2:30 p.m. from late home to Swedish Mission Church, 74th st and…

Edna Cornelia Walton (1906-1993)

My grand aunt Edna Cornelia Walton (1906-1993) should appear in four publicly accessible census records. In family history research, one begins with the most recent information and works backward. The most recent census record available to us is 1940. Edna’s family is listed albeit a tad creatively: 34 year old Edna Hager’s marital status is…

Raymond Carl Johan Tolf 1891-1973

I started climbing my family tree in 1986 after reading an article in the Chicago Tribune. Raymond C. Tolf’s name was in the article. Everyone in my family referred to Raymond as Unkie. He was my maternal grandmother’s paternal uncle, the brother of Harry Tolf. Unkie and his sister outlived Harry and my grandmother and became sort-of surrogate…

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…

Pieces of String

“Human lives are not pieces of string that can be separated out from a knot of others and laid out straight. Families are webs. [It is] impossible to touch one part of it without setting the rest vibrating, impossible to understand one part without having a sense of the whole.”¹ This is as true in…