Just to let everyone know, we have a monthly event called Heritage Scrapbooking that is open and free to the public. It’s always on the 1st Saturday of every month. If you are interested in participating, please come join us. You can share your ideas, meet new people, have a good time away from home, and learn from each other.
There is a growing trend towards using DNA testing to help trace one’s ancestry. But what types of information can be discovered using one of the many products on the market that are DTC (Direct to Consumer)? Are they worth the expense, and can they fill in information relevant to your family tree? There are currently several hundred genetic tests of many different types in use, with more being developed all the time.
My mother told me that her grandfather, Charles Curnow Ladner, fought in World War I and was missing in action. She said her grandmother believed that he suffered from shell shock and would one day come walking through the door. He never did return from the war, and my mother never knew what happened to him. I decided to find out. World War I service records are available, so I got a copy of my great grandfather’s dossier. His service records contained not only service information, but also letters that my great grandmother, Emily, had written.
Here at the Midwest Genealogy Center, we remember our veterans every day as we utilize the resources available in our building (books, microfilm/fiche, and periodicals), in our online databases, and even the Internet.
Want to know how to cook for hundreds of soldiers or sailors? While recently searching for a coworker whose grandfather was a Navy cook on the U.S.S. Missouri, I stumbled across these little gems online. Just Google "U.S. Army" or "Navy Cookbook," and you will find out exactly how much it took to feed a unit of hungry fighting men. With minimum portions of about twenty and usually around one hundred or more; the sheer amounts of ingredients are a bit hard to fathom.
If your family is like mine, when the holidays are getting ready to roll around, they start to ask, "What gifts do you want for the holidays?" When this happens, remember your genealogy wish list. Here are some ideas that might delight anyone working on their family tree.
Have you hit a brick wall in your Genealogy research? Need help translating that German document? Having trouble with FamilyTree Maker? The Midwest Genealogy Center may be able to help. We have staff members and volunteers that will meet with you by appointment. This free service does not replace the assistance of a professional and/or paid researcher, but in many cases, our staff and volunteers may be able to help you break through that brick wall in your research.