Friday, October 2, 2015

Occupation: Stevedore

A stevedore is a skilled dock worker specializing in the task of loading and unloading a ship; placing cargo carefully in the hold to ensure the ship will remain stable at sea and not list or capsize due to an imbalance in the hold while keeping it in the proper order to accommodate unloading at different ports. The process of loading and unloading could involve rigging and tackle to hoist cargo into the hold and the building and placement of planks and gangways.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

A Victim of the Great Influenza Pandemic

Cousin Robert Francis Wachalac
son of Joseph & Mary (Vlcek) Wachalac

U.S., Adjutant General Military Records, 1631-1976

Buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery
Saginaw Co., Michigan
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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Most Interesting Land Record Find

This 1780 Henry County, Virginia, land record for 5th G-Grandfather Reuben Nance has two fun facts:
First, it was issued by Thomas Jefferson, then Governor of Virginia;
and second, it is dated 4th of July.

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 It was especially nice that it is recorded in the deed book on one single page.
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

1783 Burial Record for M.Marguerite (Cardinal) Dupuis

Marie Marguerite Cardinal b.1752 
daughter of  Francois Paul Cardinal & Marguerite Perras
Married Rene Dupuis on 12 Feb 1770 at St-Constant Laprairie (Quebec)
Died 28 Aug 1783
Buried 29 August 1783 
St-Philippe, Laprairie

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Vaughn E. Calhoon of Normal, Illinois

Vaughn E. Calhoon
Son of Alvin Otis & Grace Susan (Casteel) Calhoon

The Pantagraph, 9 Aug 1949

Buried in Park Hill Cemetery
Bloomington, McLean, Illinois

This is the same cemetary where his parents are buried.
(photos from findagrave)

Grace Susan is the daughter of 
James P and Arra A (Bacon) Casteel
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Creed C. Casteel of Ohio

Creed Clayton Casteel
son of James Polk and Arra Amanda (Bacon) Casteel
Born 6 March 1893 in Hettick,  Illinois
Resided in Newbury, Ohio
Died 15 July 1959 in El Paso, Texas

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Newspaper: El Paso Herald
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Buried in Newbury Center Cemetery, Newbury Township, Ohio
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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Flag Day

National Museum of American History - Kenneth E. Behring Center

Click HERE to learn more online 
or visit the Smithsonian Museum of American History.
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ruth Freeman Welcheck of Ohio - Problem Solved.

I was searching for Ruth (Freeman) Welcheck, the spouse of John J Welcheck.  I last saw the couple in the 1920 census.  Then nothing more on Ruth  (John dies Feb 1930 and their son is residing with the Welcheck grandparents in 1930 census).
Then, finally, I locate a short legal notice in a 1931 newspaper referencing Ruth Tishel formerly Welcheck, and with that clue I was able to find the following:

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A lot of questions are answered in just this one record.
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Saturday, May 30, 2015

1689 Morris / Bom Marriage Announcement

From the 1689 Philadelphia Quaker Monthly Meeting Minutes:

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Marriage intentions of Agnes (Moij) Bom, widow of Cornelius Bom,
 to Anthony Morris;
both of residents of Philadelphia
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Birth Date Calculator

Here is a handy tool to help determine birth date when only the age at death and the date of death are known.

         click here: 
 Birth Date Calculator