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Daily Updates for the Foreseeable Future

I recently found myself with some extra time, so I spent about a month methodically researching Gaspar Rorick’s descendants in a variety of online newspaper databases and transcribing a backlog of clippings that I have.  As a result, you can look forward to daily updates through the end of 2018. Keep checking back and enjoy!

Play Ball!

Opening DayIt’s one of my favorite days of the year — Major League Baseball’s Opening Day!  The Washington Nationals have been rained out in Cincinnati, so I’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get my baseball fix.   In honor of the return of baseball, today’s posts will be two stories about Lewis Bradbury, “professional second baseman” in Idaho in the early 1900s.  Enjoy!

Love is in the Air

In honor of Valentine’s Day, tomorrow will be dedicated to stories about engagements, weddings, and golden wedding anniversaries.  There’s even one 60th wedding anniversary story included.  There have already been a few today, but tomorrow will be a wedding bonanza.  Be sure to check in frequently tomorrow, as there are posts scheduled to appear throughout the day.

These articles can be a goldmine for researchers, describing what a wedding looked like in 1900 and listing the out-of-town guests in a way that provides clues to married names and family locations.

Thanks for reading.

A Note from Me

I don’t know why someone would want to spam a genealogy blog like mine, but I’ve spent the past week dealing with spam comments on virtually every entry I’ve posted. In the process, I believe that I inadvertently deleted one legitimate comment from a Walling family researcher who I know follows this blog. Please accept my sincere apologies, Mr. Vaughn.  You can look forward to a bunch of Walling content this week.

In the meantime, I continue to work through a significant backlog of transcription work from clippings I’ve accumulated through the years. I bought an external 3.5 floppy drive and recovered information from a stack of disks I’ve had collecting dust in my home office for years, not just genealogy research but some great writing samples from previous jobs, for example. It was like discovering a time capsule.  If you’ve got any mystery disks, I highly recommend it.  The suggestion came from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.

I’m also trying to go through all my content to insert “Read More” tags where appropriate and to link more entries that logically relate to each other.  It’s an ongoing process.

I continue to be committed to posting at least every Tuesday and Friday throughout 2018, but look for extras throughout the year. For example, in honor of Valentine’s Day, you can look forward to stories about weddings and engagements.

Thanks for reading.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I hope that you enjoyed my daily updates in December.  For 2018, my goal is to post at least twice a week, on Tuesday and Friday.  I do, however, have a significant backlog of obituaries and death notices and plan to post daily in January until I’m caught up.  After that, the content will become more varied again.

In addition, one of my goals for this site for the coming year is to write more about how and why I am so engaged in family history research.  I’d like to start with newspaper research, since I do so much of it. The historic newspaper articles that I have transcribed here add so much detail to the lives of the people that I’m researching.

I thought I’d share some of my favorite free newspaper sites that I have used to compile the material that you find here:

California Historic Newspaper Collection

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections

Historic Oregon Newspapers

Historic New York Newspapers

Chronicling America, from the Library of Congress

The Lake Orion Review (Michigan)

The Cass City Chronicle and Cass City Enterprise (Michigan)

Historic Quincy Newspapers (Illinois)

Happy hunting!