I am a bargain shopper. I use the ads to look for sales, and then I use coupon websites to save even more. My favorite part is when I check out and the cashier looks at the bottom of the receipt and tells me how much I saved. I feel like a really great shopper. Wouldn’t it be great if you got a receipt that printed out your savings every time you checked out books or used other materials at the library? The computers won’t do that, but there is a way to figure out your savings.
I guess one doesn’t really think about death much until it hits close to home. My best friend, Ted, passed away in 2003. He was the father of a childhood friend, and we became very close. He had such a wonderful mind with his lifetime of knowledge; we would sit and talk for hours about anything and everything. I remember him well, but for those people who would want to know more about him in the future, an obituary doesn’t quite cover all that he was. If we don’t write down or record all these memories, future generations won’t know all that we were in life.
My father’s family insisted the Rinke’s came through Ellis Island. Everybody did, right? I could find nothing for the extended Rinke family in the index (Soundex) for New York landings for 1820 – 1943 (Family History Library Film). That was a long time ago, when I first started genealogy and believed every family story had to be true!
If you are researching a person who died in Missouri between 1910 and 1962, you are in luck, because you can view a digital copy of their death certificate online at Missouri Digital Heritage. Go to: http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/, and click on “Search Death Certificate Database.” You will be prompted to fill in boxes with last name, first name, county, and year for the basic search.
I decided to take a break from the never ending searching of records to learn more about specific geographic areas where my ancestors had lived. One town in particular, Stoughton, Massachusetts, had a lot of connections to my father’s side of my tree. I had heard through family stories about my ancestors who lived there, but I didn’t know much about the town. I decided to see what MGC might have on that town or surrounding area. I searched the catalog for Stoughton and received a result for a book titled Images of America: Stoughton.
Very early on the morning of Friday, Sept. 23, 1910, Rock Island Train # 27 left Norton, KS westbound with a final destination of Denver. The train consisted of four Pullmans, two chair coaches, a smoker, a baggage car, and a mail car. One of the passengers in the smoking car was Harvey McIntire, a resident of Rexford, KS who was returning from Concordia, where his wife was recovering from surgery. Harvey was a father to thirteen children, the youngest aged two. Around 2 a.m., the train barreled into a torrential rain going at full speed, not suspecting the trouble that lay ahead.
Trains not only played an important part in United States history, they also played an important part in keeping my family connected. My Great-Aunt Margaret Wiley attended nursing school in Independence, Missouri, graduating in 1919. The only problem, she was born and raised in St. Louis. The train brought her to Independence on her initial voyage, but trains also brought visiting family. Margaret traveled back to St. Louis to visit frequently and soon, life on the “Western Frontier” lured both of Margaret’s younger sisters to Independence.
“I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” is still popular American folk song, and it was sung to me all through my childhood. But Eldon Lyons, my husband’s great-uncle who was a Union-Pacific engineer, lived it almost all his adult life. Born April 12, 1921 in Glasgow, Missouri, Eldon started his career with the Missouri-Pacific Railroad in 1946.
Social media can be a confusing beast. Anyone new to social media will often wonder what they’re missing and how to filter out the noise. Welcome to the big world of hashtags. What is a hashtag? It is a topic label that, when clicked, will show you all the other conversations going on that share the same label on your social platform of choice. For example, the SyFy channel aired a new movie a couple weeks ago, and it was all the rage on Twitter with the hashtag #sharknado.
Every summer, we headed to Arkansas to see Grandma, Grandpa, and the extended family. There were so many fascinating things to occupy a child’s mind: Strip-pits for swimming, long walks down dusty roads, and lightening bug jewelry. Now, the grandkids get together and ask, "Do you remember?" Some of the bits and pieces that come back: Grandpa carrying a revolver to the Coal Miner’s Union meetings; dishes that came on the ship from Germany with his grandmother; the mule that tore the front porch off the house. That’s all, just bits and pieces.