Photo Corner: Franz Schulte and John Francis Timmons

Franz (Frank) Schulte, born 11 Dec 1844, died 11 Oct 1900

Contributed by Sue Palmer
Franz (Frank) Schulte, born 11 Dec 1844, died 11 Oct 1900, buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit. He came to Jackson, Michigan from Felbecke, Prussia in 1868 aboard the SS Weser. Around 1890 he opened a drug store at 255 St. Aubin Street in Detroit – this photo was taken inside his store.

John Francis Timmons, b. June 1879 d. January 1849

Contributed by Michael Timmons
Michael’s grandfather, John Francis Timmons, b. June 1879 d. January 1849 1949. Photo taken in Florida, during the Spanish American War. The war ended before his unit (the “Fighting 69th) saw combat.

Quote for Today

Juliana's favorite IrisTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~ Mark Twain

Weekly Planner: Start a To-Do List

Last week, the Weekly Planner suggested we Inventory an Ancestor, so this week let’s take the next logical step and formulate a plan for filling in those blank spaces in our inventory. Narrow down time frames for vital records using a timeline and other information you have gathered. Write down reasons why you may have been unable to locate the record and then form a research plan. With your to-do list you’ll be prepared to move your research forward–or better yet, backward!

Ethnic Newspapers, by Michael John Neill

Antje Fecht Obit from the Ostfiresische Nachrichten, June 1900Those of us with non-English speaking immigrant ancestors are sometimes dismayed by the small amount of genealogical information found on them in local newspapers. One way to potentially overcome this problem is to utilize American newspapers in your ancestor’s native language. Many large (and sometimes not so large) cities with substantial immigrant populations had newspapers printed in the immigrant’s native language. Ignoring these papers could result in significant information being overlooked.

Why Use Them?
It might have been that the only people who “cared” that your ancestor died, married, etc. were fellow natives of his or her home country. An ethnic newspaper may include more details about your ancestor than the local English-language paper.

When Antje Fecht died near Carthage, Illinois, in 1900, there was no obituary in the local weekly paper. Not even a one-line death notice. Her obituary in a German language newspaper was fairly detailed and included her date and place of birth, information on her immigration, and the Bible text from which the funeral sermon was given. Continue reading

Tips from the Pros: Build a Research Tool Kit, from George G. Morgan

Prepare yourself for library research visits by building a take-along tool kit. Pretend you are headed off to school because, after all, this is just another academic research trip!

Include a small stapler and staples, zipper-lock sandwich bags containing different size paper clips and rubber bands, several sharpened pencils, an eraser, small notepads with pages you can clip to others, a lined pad or notebook with pages for copious notes and transcriptions, and a zipper-lock sandwich bag with a variety of coins and dollar bills for copy machines and microfilm printers.

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Your Quick Tips

Monumental Clue
After reading so many of your Quick Tips, I have decided to submit one that I had used so many years ago in researching my Cruzen families in Greene County, Ohio.

I was at a loss to locate the whereabouts of the siblings of my great-grandfather. While I was visiting the county seat of Xenia, I picked up the local telephone book and scanned the ads for the monument companies in that area. One particular company stated that they had been in business since 1867 and so I paid them a visit. It was here that I found a tombstone ordered for a brother and delivered to Lima, Ohio. Additional information was gleaned from this knowledge and I continue to use this idea.
Shirley A. Cruzen Stevens,
Dexter, Michigan Continue reading

The Year Was 1903

Iroquois Theater fire article from The year was 1903 and in Washington, D.C. a group of twenty-four charter members adopted a constitution to form the National Genealogical Society. Throughout its rich history, its membership has swelled to well into the thousands, with members around the world.

It was a year of innovations. The Wright brothers made history that year with their famous flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina Henry Ford, along with eleven other industrialists formed the Ford Motor Company and production began on the Model A. As the business progressed, Ford’s assembly lines helped to make automobiles more affordable.

The Canadian and U.S. governments, with the aid of an international tribunal, settled a boundary dispute, which had been fueled with the discovery of gold in the Klondike region of the Yukon in 1896.

In Kansas, heavy rains in the last few weeks of May brought on historic flooding in the Missouri, Kansas, and lower Republican River Basins. In the aftermath, homes were washed away, along with many bridges, one of which held the water line that supplied Kansas City, Missouri with water. Details of the flood can be found online in a USGS document comparing it to the 1993 floods, and in an online article from the Kansas City Star. The Kansas City Public Library also has a collection of photographs from the disaster online.

The year ended with another Midwestern disaster, as the newly built Iroquois Theater in Chicago caught fire during a crowded holiday matinee. Although the fire was extinguished by the fire department within a half hour, the panic that ensued and the explosive flames and smoke fed by scenery and curtains killed over 600 of the 1,900 patrons in the theater.

The cinema was still in its infancy in 1903 and audiences found thrills in “The Great Train Robbery” when it was released that year. The literary world found another classic in Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, which was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post in June and July of 1903. 

Click on the newspaper clipping from the Historical Newspaper Collection to read more about the Iroquois Theater fire in an article  from  the “Daily Nevada State Journal” (Reno, Nevada), 31 December 1903.

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Photo Corner

Jessie Honey and sisters, Catherine and Martha, ca. 1905-06Contributed by Patricia Schmidt:
Patricia Sullivan’s grandmother, Jessie Honey (right, married name Sullivan, born 1896), and sisters, Catherine (middle, born 1903) and Martha (right, born 1898), ca. 1905-06, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts


 Willard Griffith, 1917


Contributed by John Mainprize
John’s grandfather, Willard Griffith, “taken in 1917 just after he enlisted in the Army. A month or two later they kicked him out because he was underage. He was born on 11 June 1900.”


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