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…

Chicago Research – Batavia Illinois

Batavia Illinois is a lovely suburb about forty miles west of Chicago. The oldest city in Kane County, Batavia was founded in 1833 and many old buildings remain, giving visitors a sense of the community’s rich history. The Fox River runs through the center of town and shady well-kept parks are located along its banks. The town has…

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…

August Birthdays

Happy August birthday to my incredibly wonderful husband and to our beautiful granddaughter, to my sister, my paternal grandfather, my uncle Bob, my cousin Bill, my grand-uncle Bud, and my first cousin once removed Faith. Birthdays among my (possibly) German Clarkes: A second great grand-aunt Zora E CLARKE was born in Maryland on the 19th of August…

July Anniversaries

Ancestors in my family tree who married this month include: 01 Jul 1910 Myrtle Alvira YOUNGBERG and John L MILLER in St Joseph, Berrien, Michigan. Myrtle was a first cousin thrice-removed who married Joseph when she was 18 years old. Just a few years later, she married Joseph Philip FRIEND, a Motion Picture Machine Operator.…

July Birthdays

Happy July birthday to my niece Christina; nephews Drew and Justin; cousins Cynthia, David and Ernie Lynn; 3rd cousins once-removed Dave, Jim, Pat and Steve; 4th cousin John; 4th cousin once-removed Angel; and my Aunt Karen. Birthdays among my Swedish Carlsons: My 2nd great-grandmother Maja Stina KARLSDOTTER was born in Börstil, Uppsala, Sweden 02 Jul 1839. Four of her six children immigrated…

June Birthdays

Happy June birthday to my daughter, my niece Cynthia, my grand-niece Kortney, my 2nd great-grandmother Bengta Jönsssdotter (23 Jun 1866 Västerstad, Malmöhus, Sweden), my 2nd cousin Elena, my 3rd cousin once-removed Susan, and my 4th cousin once-removed Carter. Birthdays among my (possibly German) Clarkes: My great-grandmother Ellen Gertrude Clarke was born in Springfield, Clark, Ohio 09…

May Birthdays

Happy May birthday to my favorite grandson, my cousin Alan, grandaunts Barbara and Marie, my granduncle Marv, my 2nd cousins Parick and Sean, my 3rd cousins once-removed Dianne and Judith, and my 4th cousins Mark and Renae. Birthdays among my German Bukmakowskis: A distant cousin Elsie Louise Caroline DOMKOWSKY (Carolina BUKMAKOWSKI’s granddaughter) was born in…