Coincidences in the Family Tree

I ran across the ads below while reading the newspaper. The April 7, 1884 issue of the Chicago Daily News to be exact. (What? You thought I was reading today’s paper?) Notice the duplicated ad in the center of the column? “Mrs. Mueller, Doctress and Midwife.” This reminded me of a previous post where I shared that for…

Ancestral Autographs

I shared here how much I enjoy seeing the signatures of my ancestors. A scrolled S, a curvy C, a typical T – any and all of these delight me and give me insight into the personality of my ancestors. The signatures of the ancestors or collateral relatives who are close to my heart are especially exciting to see.…

Why Not Real Estate?

Thanks to my wonderful cousin Sandy, I have a really neat picture of one of my collateral ancestors. And a new question. If real estate was the largest part of his business (an assumption based on it’s position on the window), why is insurance the only part of Otto V. Mueller’s business listed on line…

Behind the Camera

If there was a fire and I could save only one thing, it would be a box of pictures. These snippets of life are treasured moments of my ancestors and they mean the world to me. Many of the pictures in my collection are far from perfect. During my learning curve I often took blurry,…

Daddy in the 1940 Census

It’s hard to imagine my dad as a little kid. I’ve seen pictures. I’ve heard stories. But it’s the documents created during his lifetime that give me the most insight into what made Daddy the person he was. My dad was born during the Depression, the firstborn of four children. His father left when he…