Sunday, August 14, 2016

William W Underwood (1889-1971) WWI Veteran

William Walter Underwood
b. 22 Sept 1889 in Carlinville, Macoupin, Illinois
son of Joseph Hamilton & Rachel (Howard) Underwood

Willamette National Cemetery
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Time to Volunteer & Give Back to the Genealogical Community

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Occupation: Linen Draper

An ancestor's occupation as described in a vellum Indenture: 
Mortgage of 130 acres of marshlands and premises situate in the Level of West Maytham in the Parish of Rolvenden, Kent for securing £250 at 5 per cent dated 17 July 1705, Thomas Sharpe, Linen Draper of the ancient town of Rye, Sussex, to Mrs Elizabeth Collington

Draper: originally a term for a retailer or wholesaler of cloth that was mainly for clothing; dealer in fabrics

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Friday, June 3, 2016

1937 Wedding announcement for Orien Casteel & Josie (Cox) Jackson

Orien Grover Casteel
b.12 Mar 1888
son of James Polk & Arra A (Bacon) Casteel

November 7, 1937 - Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, Illinois)

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

 Remembering those who have died while serving our country.

Freedom Is Not Free

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Will of Rose (Kollain) Filock (1888-1921) of Jamesburg, New Jersey

Finally, I was able to find a record relating to the death of Rose (Kollain) Filock who died in 1921 due to complications from childbirth, but no death record could be located in the New Jersey archives.  The addition of wills and probate records on has finally provided me with the source record I've been seeking.  Click on the images below to read Rose's short will,  probated 4 May 1921.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Ireland Under Martial Law, 1916-1921

Announcement from Findmypast: Explore Ireland under martial law
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

This Day in History - Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

On this day in history in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.  Just five days earlier, the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, General Robert E. Lee, surrendered to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant and the Union Army of the Potomac, and the Civil War was drawing to a close.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Finding Family History in Local History Collections

Using the University of Illinois Illinois Harvest website's online collection of State and County local histories, I was able to search by County name and locate the following book:    

"Portrait and biographical record of Macoupin County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with biographies of all the governors of the state, and of the presidents of the United States" 

Published in 1891, this book is available in electronic format. Clicking on the link on the search result page takes me directly to the reader and there I found the following biography on our Casteel relation:



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Monday, April 4, 2016

1935 Rhode Island State Census Record for Henry Lefebvre

Henry Lefebvre 
b 16 May 1907 in Rochester, NY
 son of Horace and Philomene (Thibault) Lefebvre

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