September 2019

What You Can Find on Location

   I've been planning research trips since 1975, and I'm still surprised at how much I can find on location that is not recorded online. On my trip to Michigan last week, I visited the Manistee Historical Museum, the Manistee County Library, and the Manistee County Courthouse (twice each over 4 days), and got photographs at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Manistee and Corfu Cemetery in Brethren Township.
   As I knew it would be, the Historical Museum's card index of articles in the Manistee newspapers since 1871 were especially helpful. Aside from a few scattered issues published in Google News Archive, these newspapers are not online. One article in the Manistee Daily News of Feb. 23, 1903 told of the founding of Manistee, Alabama by the Louiselle brothers of Eastlake, MI. The obituary for John William Dixon in June 1896 "at the home of his daughter Mrs. J. Severly of Corfu" stated that he was born January 6, 1820 in London England and was survived by a sister in England and thirteen children (5 sons and 8 daughters) to mourn him. That's a lot of information that is not online!

   If you're planning a research trip to a new location and want to be sure you hit all the bases, I recommend these links as starting points:

   FamilySearch Wiki
   Death Indexes
   Cyndi's List

What I've Been Doing
Organizing and analyzing the information I found in 4 days of research in Manistee, Michigan
*   Updating my DNA presentation for the Gig Harbor library on October 12
*   Planning my research and conference trips for next year  

What I'm Reading
 Code Girls, by Liza Mundy, is a fascinating look at a less-well known piece of World War II; the women who were recruited from high schools and colleges across the US to help American Forces break the codes and ciphers used by the enemy.
   Two other books I have really enjoyed reading recently are A Gentleman of Moscow by Amor Towles (imagine being confined to a luxury hotel near Red Square since 1922) and The Gown: a novel of the royal wedding by Jennifer Robson (the story of the women who embroidered Princess Elizabeth's wedding gown in 1947).
In the News
A secret compartment in antique box presents a mystery

A woman's quest to find out what happened to her Japanese grandfather after World War II

Want to become a better genealogist? Read academic journals!

Her journal was locked up for 70 years. She's being called the Polish Anne Frank
Upcoming Presentations

Gig Harbor Library
Saturday, Oct. 12th, 10:30 am
I Did the DNA Test, Now What?

See the complete list of my lectures on my website here.
New blog posts:
DNA News

DNA exonerates a man jailed for 20 years

DNA databases bring hope to Franco's "stolen babies"

Tell your doctor if you have Eastern European Jewish ancestry

DNA deepens mystery of lake full of skeletons

Successful DNA profiling of rootless hair shafts

The children of Donor H898 (and their parents) found that autism has a strong genetic component

There's no such thing as an anonymous sperm donor any more

Have your DNA results changed your life? Join this project.

Left: Manistee County Historical Museum
Right: Manistee County Library
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