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.
Confession: I am not a huge Neil Gaiman reader. I respect his reputation, and I have enjoyed the Doctor Who episodes he’s written. But other than Good Omens, the book that he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett, I have not read anything by just him. Until now!
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.
25 of My Favorite Children’s Picture Books and How I Keep Track of Them
We all have books from our childhood that were our favorites. Some of us have a running list of favorite children’s picture books. I belong to the second category, and I love a good picture book. Some books will always be favorites of mine, but the rest change as new books come out. I keep track of my list with goodreads.com.
So, let's play a game. I'm going to read your mind. Yes, for real. Okay, are you ready? When I say board game, what do you instantly think of? Got it? Yep, your brain said Monopoly. Or Clue. Maybe checkers. Candyland? Be honest, most of you thought Monopoly, didn't you? I knew it!
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.