Celebrating the Holidays 100 Years Ago in Champaign County, Illinois

Image by Vincent Ciro from Pixabay This Christmas blog post is two weeks too late! I thought this might make a good article for a quarterly, but here it is instead on my own blog. Try to catch whatever remains of the Christmas spirit in the air and enjoy! Do you ever wonder what theContinue reading “Celebrating the Holidays 100 Years Ago in Champaign County, Illinois”


Picture in the public domain at the Library of Congress (ppmsc 01699 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsc.01699). #OhioHistory #GoldMining When I began going through census records of Cross Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, using the FAN method (Family/Friends, Associates, Neighbors) to find more information about my ancestor George Lewis, I came across three men whose occupation was given asContinue reading “GOLD DIGGERS IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, OHIO”


DAVID RUMSEY AND HIS MAPS I love maps. All kinds of maps. Old maps from the days of “terra incognita” to modern-day Google street view maps. The calendar I used last year showed pictures of medieval and renaissance maps and I have a box (somewhere!) full of old gas station maps of various states withContinue reading “WEBSITE WEDNESDAY”


Election Eve on November 4th, 1952, Urbana, Illinois.  My mom’s favorite meal is coming out of the Magic Chef oven – pork chops with dressing.  My mom wasn’t able to be here for this meal so Grandpa snapped a picture of Grandma to send to her.  My grandparents would have been happy with the resultsContinue reading “EISENHOWER, PORK CHOPS, AND GRANDMA”


CYNDI’S LIST You may already know about this wonderful resource for genealogy links online known as “Cyndi’s List” (https://www.cyndislist.com/).  When I first started doing online genealogy in the late 90s, I ran across this website and I loved it.  Searching online was vastly different than it is today and finding a compendium of source linksContinue reading “WEBSITE WEDNESDAY”

Can Anybody Choose Just One?

Do people really have ONE favorite photo?  One and only one?  I am participating in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors challenge and this week the challenge is rough – pick ONE favorite photo. Should I pick one of a beautiful landscape from a vacation, the sunrise coming over the foothills as seen from my backContinue reading “Can Anybody Choose Just One?”


TOMBSTONE TRANSCRIPTIONS FROM INTERMENT.NET It’s Wednesday again!  Where does the time go?  We’ve had some snow here in the Colorado foothills and I’ve heard there were snowstorms in other parts of the country.  It’s winter and it’s cold outside.  It’s a good time for indoor hobbies – like genealogy.  (Actually, I could do genealogical researchContinue reading “WEBSITE WEDNESDAY”


I am taking part in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors Challenge this year.  This week’s theme is “Namesakes”. It is a very common practice to name children after relatives.  In my own family, the middle name of Arlen or Arleen has been passed down to successive generations.  I have the same name as my great-grandmotherContinue reading “FRANCIS ASBURY: METHODISTS AND MY FAMILY”


BYU FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY WEBINARS I love watching webinars.  Before COVID, I thought webinars would not be the ideal medium for learning because I learn more through reading than with someone speaking.  I found out I was wrong.  I do retain many things from listening to a speaker, viewing the slides, perusing the syllabus, andContinue reading “WEBSITE WEDNESDAY”


I am participating in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.  This is week 2 and the topic this week is Legends. Most families have some sort of story or legend about their ancestors, some really cool tale about famous people their family members knew, about a family fortune won and lost, about someContinue reading “AMEY AND THE OUTLAWS”