A long time ago, I inherited a bunch of antiques from my grandmother that I never quite knew what to do with. Some of these items were pretty interesting, some were kind of junky, and most were handmade ceramics bearing her name on the bottom. Since I had no real interest in them at the time, and no way to display them that would fit with my own taste in home décor, they remained boxed up and in the basement for years.
The Uncorrupted Heart: Journal and Letters of Frederick Julius Gustorf, 1800-1845 is a wonderfully written travel journal by an educated German gentleman who came to America in the 1830s. His desire was to investigate the German immigrants who had settled in Illinois and Missouri and to see how they were getting along in America. Gustorf also wanted to compare his experience with those of other German authors.
Over the past few months, MGC staff have been working very hard developing some new classes for our customers. Many of our new classes are hands-on, and we think everyone will enjoy getting to actually use some of the Online Resources that will help you with your genealogy research.
Recently, I visited the open ice skating rink at Crown Center in Kansas City. I was pleasantly surprised to see people of all ages. I started skating. Naturally, I started thinking and comparing my experience with how it could have been in the past. Did our ancestors enjoy any such pastimes?
How do you find room for 150,000 one page letters in one canvas mail bag?
You microfilm it! This is what the U.S. Post Office Department did during World War II. It was a space saver to the tune of 36 mail bags or 2,530 pounds. From June 15, 1942 to April 1, 1945, this space was used for essential cargo needed for the troops overseas. There were a total of 556.5 million letters going to service persons and 510 million sent home from the front.
Did your ancestors come from Ireland? Do you want to see if you can find out where in Ireland he or she came from? Do you want to know what their lives were like in Ireland? Or maybe, you are just stuck? If you are just starting out, find as much as you can about your ancestor using United States records/place of arrival records. Finding a clue that will give you at least a country of origin in Ireland is a must.
Our branch manager, Cheryl, has just recently returned from being in Utah at RootsTech 2014, their fourth annual conference focusing on the cutting edge of technology in the genealogy field. I remember last year at this time when I took advantage of the RootsTech classes online and watched some of them live, providing me with new ideas and technology directions to “chew on” for months ahead.
The Martin family of Opelika, Alabama was growing and prospering in 1926. The patriarch, Barnett Martin (known everywhere as “Dad”), and his wife Mollie had 7 living children, the oldest of whom were grown and married. One day in June, 46-year-old Mollie suddenly collapsed and died of a brain aneurysm.