16 May 2022

World War I Draft Registration of Chas. George Zobel

 Source: "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," [database on-line], Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 June 2014), entry for Chas. George Zobel Registration Number 82; United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. 

I like World War I draft registrations for the information it provides about the person. I have used this information to further my research. 

Chas. George Zobel is my second cousin, once removed. One might wonder what I could gain from so distant a relative. The Zobel family has been a great source of information for my Fredrich family. Chas. grandmother, Henriette Fredrich Zobel, is the sister to my great grandfather, Johan August Fredrich. It was through Henriette that I found her and J. August's parents.

The above draft registration provides clues to learn more about Chas. I learned that in 1917 he was employed by MSC,State Michigan, Lansing, Michigan. I believe MSC was Michigan State College. I could look for further information there.

Also, he spent three months in the Michigan National Guard. Another line of research for me.

I learned about Chas's hammer toes that prevented him from serving at the time. I have never found any military records for Chas. and do not think he ever served.

World War I draft registrations are easy to find. Don't overlook them in your research. You never know what you might find.

15 May 2022

Archives of Michigan Holds Genealogy Seminar

Every July the Archives of Michigan hosts a great genealogical educational experience. The dates this year are Friday, and Saturday, July 8th and 9th.

The Barbara J. Brown Family History Seminar, co-sponsored with the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council, will be a hybrid experience this year meaning it will be held virtually and in-person. Dr. David McDonald will be the featured speaker this year. Dr. McDonald's presentations include:

  • Polly's Family: From New England to the Plains & Beyond
  • Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma's Census Church Go? 
  • Research in the Old Northwest Territory
Dr. McDonald is a certified genealogist (CG) with more than 45 years of research experience. He has taught at both institutes, SLIG and GRIP, as well as numerous national conferences. Dr. McDonald's complete bio can be found here.

Other speakers and their topics include
  • Annakathryn Welch, Archive of Michigan-Anatomy of Coroners Records 
  • Daniel Earl, Professional researcher-Ancestors in Context: Putting History in Your Family History
  • Kris Rzepczynski, Archives of Michigan-Discoveries in the 1950 Census 
  • Judy Nimer Muhn, Professional researcher-No Dead Ends: Finding Your Way Through Family Roadblocks
  • Jessica Trotter, Researcher and Blogger-Occupational Records: Finding Work Related Paper Trails
  • Chelsea Heisler, Librarian at Marshall (MI) District Library-Bringing History to Life: Engaging with Your Community through Local History and Family Stories
  • Matt Pacer, Library of Michigan-Library of Congress Digital Collections for Michigan Researchers
And if that is not enough attendees will be treated to an Archives of Michigan tour with Mark Harvey, State Archivist.

I bet you are asking how much this is going to cost. The cost for the two-day seminar with all the programs listed above is just $45, for either in-person or virtual! I will be going, will you?

For more information, including registration, go to either the Michigan Genealogical Council's website or the Barbara J. Brown Family History Seminar page at the Michigan.gov website. Registration deadline is July 6.

Obituary of Albert Guhse


Albert Guhse, former Manistee resident, died Friday evening at the American Legion hospital in Battle Creek.  He was 52 years old.

Mr. Guhse was born in Manistee on May 26, 1892.  When he was about 25 he left to make his home in Ludington.  Later returning to Manistee to work as a plumber for the firm of Lloyd & Smith before moving to Bay City.  He had been confined in the hospital for the last year.  

Surviving are two children, Irene and Gilbert.

The body was brought here this noon and funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Bradford funeral home.  Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery.

Source: Manistee News Advocate, (Manistee, Michigan), 1 May 1944, page 3; column 7 & 8, microfilm owned by; Library of Michigan, Lansing, Michigan.

My notes about the obituary. The obituary was published in the Manistee News Advocate, Manistee, Michigan. Albert Guhse died in Battle Creek, Michigan. Prior to his illness he lived in Bay City, Michigan.

He died at the American Legion Hospital of tuberculosis. The American Legion Hospital was originally the Roosevelt Community Center. It was built during World War I at Camp Custer, now Fort Custer. In 1921, it became the American Legion Hospital serving mostly tuberculosis patients. It has since been torn down. An article about the hospital can be found here.

The body was brought to Manistee and burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Manistee, Michigan.

13 May 2022

Where is the French Heritage Corridor?

Credit: Wikipedia Commons-Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

Did you know that a French Heritage Corridor (FHC) is being developed? I learned about the FHC in the Spring 2022 Edition of the Michigan Genealogical Council Newsletter. The newsletter is available on the front page of the MGC's website and is free for anyone to view. The article about the French Heritage Corridor is on page 12.

The French Heritage Corridor is a creation of the French Heritage Society (FHS) Chicago Chapter. According to their website, "the mission of the non-profit FHS is to promote l’amitié between the United States and France; to raise funds for restoration projects in France and the United States; and to provide educational exchange and internship opportunities for university students in France and the U.S." 

The Chicago chapter's emphasis is on the following Midwest states-Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. The FHC initiative will focus on these states as well.

Michigan will be part of this initiative and I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this project. Seven Michigan organizations have expressed an interest in the project. Hopefully, more Michigan organizations will come on board as more is learned about the FHC. The seven organizations are:

 Alliance Française de Kalamazoo French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan

 Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project

 Joseph L. Peyser Endowment for the Study of New France

 Mackinac State Historic Parks 

 Monroe County Museum System 

 Niles History Center (Fort St. Joseph Museum)

 River Raisin National Battlefield Park

French Canadian ancestry is a big part of Michigan's history. The French Heritage Corridor will celebrate this history for all to explore.

If you would like more information, check out the following:

1. Michigan Genealogical Council Spring 2022 Newsletter

2. Kankakee Daily Journal

3. French Canadian Heritage Corridor .pdf

01 May 2022

My May Ancestor's Celebrations



The first of the month is a good time to share anniversaries of births and marriages from my family tree. Below is the list of people and their anniversaries. No living people are included in my list.

1 May 1666

Aaron ROWLEY (356)

1 May 1787

Jacob MAUST (235)

1 May 1822

Elizabeth MAUST (200)

1 May 1830

Samuel J. LIVENGOOD (192)

2 May 1917

Donald Leroy GRAF (105)

3 May 1710

Seth BEAL (312)

4 May 1917

Mary Louise FENN (105)

6 May 1660

Hannah POOR (362)

6 May 1858

Mary MAY (164)

6 May 1883

Harry GLOVER (139)

6 May 1924

Margaret May KLINGELSMITH (98)

8 May 1823

David Samuel MAST (199)

8 May 1875

Johann August FREDRICK and Louise Fredrike ZASTROW (147)

8 May 1938

Carl Henry TRITTEN and Kathryn Louise FREDRICK (84)

10 May 1691

John MAYO (331)

10 May 1728

Simeon ROWLEY (294)

10 May 1864

Christina Sophia WATT (158)

10 May 1866

James F. SHAW and Estella J. FENN (156)

10 May 1910

John Richard WATT and Agnes Pauline ANDERSON (112)

11 May 1606

Constance HOPKINS (416)

11 May 1923

Hilda Marie GRAF (99)

12 May 1882

Frank H. GLOVER and Hattie Lodema FENN (140)

13 May 1604

Elizabeth HOPKINS (418)

13 May 1836

Samuel Stillman GLOVER Jr (186)

14 May 1667

Hans Georg ARTZ (355)

14 May 1697

Matthias PUFFER and Mary SPURR (325)

14 May 1730

Rev. Peter LIVENGOOD (292)

14 May 1779

Johann Peter GRAF (243)

15 May 1866

Louis Baird GLOVER (156)

16 May 1881

Sophia WATT (141)

16 May 1883

David WATT and Catherine MCGEE (139)

17 May 1770

Elizabeth STEWART (252)

17 May 1941

Claude Raymond GLOVER and Edythe Sarasin BOOKER (81)

18 May 1600

Peter MAST (422)

18 May 1827

Sarah Salisbury GLOVER (195)

19 May 1680

Hannah MILBOURN (342)

19 May 1864

Mary Jane GLOVER (158)

19 May 1934

Leslie KASKINEN (88)

20 May 1763

Joseph MAUST (259)

20 May 1783

Ann Matelda Nancy BOWLES (239)

20 May 1864

Anna B. YUNGBLUTH (158)

20 May 1871

Sarah Winnifred GLOVER (151)

20 May 1925

Richard Lewis FREDRICK (97)

21 May 1632

Ralph SHEPARD and Thankslord PERKINS (390)

21 May 1684

Edward CLARK (338)

21 May 1702

Abigail CLARK (320)

21 May 1840

Vinera Josephine GLOVER (182)

21 May 1908

Dorothy June WEBER (114)

21 May 1931

Jack TRITTEN (91)

22 May 1881

Jacob GRAF and Sarah Catherine LARRISON (141)

22 May 1899

Jean GIBSON (123)

23 May 1667

Stephen HOPKINS and Mary MERRICK (355)

23 May 1924

Wayne Everett JOHNSON (98)

23 May 1962

Gregory Todd FREDRICK (60)

24 May 1801

John Christian LIVENGOOD (221)

24 May 1835

Richard Mackey WAMSLEY (187)

25 May 1837

Daniel W. GLOVER (185)

26 May 1840

Heinrich "Henry" GRAF (182)

26 May 1892

Albert GUHSE (130)

26 May 1915

Fred TRITTEN (107)

28 May 1954

Norman KURTH (68)

30 May 1923

Infant Son KLINGELSMITH (99)

31 May 1701

Nathan CLARK and Jemima JEWITT (321)

31 May 1781

Paul PIXLEY and Sylvia PHILIPPS (241)

31 May 1788

William Augustus BEGOLE (234)

31 May 1801

Amelia "Milla" GLOVER (221)

31 May 1801

Polly "Mary" GLOVER (221)

31 May 1921

Rachel Leona KLINGELSMITH (101)


30 April 2022

Dyers in the News: For Sale-Two Heifers

Source: "For Sale- Live Stock," Want ad, Daily Telegram (Adrian, Michigan), 21 January 1911; page 7, column 2, Sale of two heifers by William Dyer; online images, Genealogy Bank (www.genealogybank.com : accessed 10 March 2015), Historical Newspapers.

Transcription: FOR SALE -Two heifers, one 11 months old and one 14 months old. William Dyer, half mile east Raisin Valley seminary. 1-19-3

Why would the above want ad be important for family history researchers? It is just a want ad for two heifers, no big deal, right? It was a big deal to me!

It wasn't so much that he was selling heifers. I am sure farmers sell a lot of livestock. It was where he was selling the heifers-half mile east of Raisin Valley seminary. One might assume that was William's farm, but I have made assumptions in the past only to find out I was wrong. 

The above want ad led me to land record research in Lenawee County, Michigan and yes, this was the farm that William was living on at the time in 1911. 

William B. Dyer left the farm by 1920 when he was living in Adrian, Lenawee, Michigan, according to the 1920 U.S. Federal Census. William's death certificate stated that he had valvular heart disease for many years. William died 16 March 1922 in Adrian, Michigan.

Williaml B. Dyer is the son of William G. Dyer and Mary Ann Swallow, my third great grandparents. William B. is the sister of my second great grandmother Adeline L. Dyer Glover (1838-1917).

This want ad helped me to find William in the years between the census's. Don't overlook small details like a want ad in your research. You will be surprised what you can find.

27 April 2022

The Last Will and Testament of Kasper Graff

Kasper Graff is Johan Caspar Graf, my maternal, second great grandfather, of Miami County, Indiana, United States. He lived from 1827 to 1869.  He was married to Mary (possibly Wrightweasner), but is not listed by name in his will. Caspar and Mary had eight children, all of whom are listed in his will.

The witnesses to Caspar's will were John Bernhart and Jonas Stepler. I'm not sure who John Bernhart was, there were many John Bernhart's in the 1870 Census, one year after the signing of Caspar's will, but none in Miami county. Jonas Stepler, age 25, was a neighbor of Caspar and Mary Graf.

Source: Will Records, Circuit Court, Miami County, Indiana, 1889-1925; Author: Indiana. Circuit Court (Miami County); Probate Place: Miami, Indiana. Will Records, Court of Common Pleas, and Circuit Court, Vol 1, 1853-1876 pages 389 and 390. Found at Ancestry.com. Indiana, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.


Kasper Graff’s Will

On the name of the Benevolent father of all I Kasper Graf of Miami County In the state of Indiana do make and publish this my last will and testament

1st I give and devise to my beloved wife in lieu of her interest in my lands the farm on which we now reside in the county of Indiana and state of Indiana. Containing about forty 40 acres during her natural life, all the stock and household goods furniture provisions and other goods and chattles (sic) which may be thereon at the time of my decease during her natural life as aforesaid, she however selling so much thereof as may be sufficient to pay my just debts, and also to sell out of my personal to the amount of Fifty Dollars which I give and bequeath to my son Jacob Graf in lieu of his share hereafter mentioned.

On the death of my said wife the real and personal Estate aforesaid to give and devise to my Eight children to be equally divided between them all, them and their heirs forever I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Guardian of all of my children, Jacob Graf, Caroline Graf Philbenia Graf Philip Graf Henry Graf George Graf Valentine Graf and Elizabeth Graf until they each arrive at the age of twenty one years or intermarry but in case my wife should again marry her Guardianship of said children shall cease and determine upon her intermarriage

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 25th day of March in the year 1869.


Kasper x Graf


Signed and acknowledged

By said Kasper Graf as his

Last will and testament

In our presence and by

Us in his presence

   John Bernhart

   Jonas Stepler



State of Indiana

Miami County

Be it remembered that on the 12th day of April 1869, John Bernhart one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and testament of Kasper Graf late of said County deceased personally appeared before John A. Graham clerk of the court of common Pleas of Miami County in the state of Indiana being duly sworn by the clerk of said court upon his oath declared and testified as follows that is to say that on the 25th day of March 1869 he saw the said Kasper Graf sign his name to said instrument in writing and for his last will testament and that thi deponent at the same time heard the said Kasper Graf declare the said instrument in writing to be his last will and testament and that the said instrument in writing was at the request of of the said Kasper Graf and with his consent alerted and subscribed by the said John Bernhart and Jonas Stepler in the presence of said testator and in the presence of each other as subscribing witnesses there to and that the said Kasper Graf was at the time of the signing and subscribing of the said Instrument in writing of full age that is more than twenty one years of age and of sound and imposing mind and memory and not under any coercion or restraint as said informent verily believes and further informent says not

                                                                                                     John Bernhart

Sworn to and subscribed by the John Bernhart before me John A. Graham clerk of said court at Peru, the 12th day of April 1869

                  (seal)                                  In attestation whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed                                                                             the seal of said court

                                                                                                   Jno. A. Graham Clerk

State of Indiana

Miami county

                                                                        John A Graham clerk of the court of common Pleas of Miami county Indiana do hereby certify that the within (annesced) last will and testament of Kasper Graf has been admitted to Probate and duly proved by the testimony of John Bernhart one of the subscribing witnesses there to that a complete copy record of said will and the testimony of the said John Bernhart in proof thereof has been by me duly read and recorded in Book No 1 at pages 389 & 390 of the Record of Wills of said County. In attestation whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said Court at Peru this 13th day of April 1869                             Jno A Graham Clerk CC P. Ind

25 April 2022

WWI Draft Registration of Albert Guhse


Source: Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Entry for Albert August Guhse.

Albert August Guhse, the son of August Guhse and Ottilie Fredrich, is my first cousin, twice removed. He was living in Ludington, Michigan at the time of his WWI registration.

Some of the facts about Albert Guhse includes being a plumber for the Ludington Plumber Company, being a Private in the Infantry of the Michigan National Guard, and he was blind in his right eye.

24 April 2022

Leslie Kaskinen Obituary

Leslie J. Kaskinen,  86, of Bellaire, passed away on February 19, 2021 at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, TX.

He was born on May 19, 1934, in Manistee, MI, the son of John and Saimi (Hagelberg) Kaskinen.

Les was raised in Kaleva, MI and went on to serve in the Army National Guard in the late 50’s.   

His life revolved around his family and work.   He owned and operated Leslie Leasing in Bellaire for many years as well as multiple other companies from Bellaire to Kaleva and in between. He held memberships at  Bethany Lutheran Church in Kaleva, Hope Lutheran Church in Bellaire, Lions Club in both Kaleva and Bellaire as well as the Chevrolet Dealer Counsel.    He and Jean loved to travel and covered most of the world in their 64 years of marriage.

On March 3, 1956, in Onekama, MI, he married Norma “Jean” Fredericks who survives.

Also surviving are 2 children, Rhonda (Lloyd) Williams of Hemphill, TX, Brent Kaskinen of Bellaire, a brother Arlie (Doris) Kaskinen of Bear Lake, MI, 2 step-grandchildren, Justin (Sandy) Williams of AL, Alex Williams of AL, and a step-great-great grandson Lonnie Williams.

He was preceded in death by a son Mark Leslie Kaskinen, a sister Ila Wuorinen, Brother Norman Kaskinen and his parents.

Visitation will be on Monday, March 1, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

Funeral services will be private at the Hope Lutheran Church in Bellaire with Pastor Wade Seaver officiating.

Burial will take place later in the spring when weather permits at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kaleva.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Hope Lutheran Church, PO BOX 160, Bellaire, MI,  49615.

Arrangements are being handled by the Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

Online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.

The above obituary is for my Uncle Les. He was married to the youngest sister, Norma "Jeannie" of my mother. He split his time between Central Lake, Michigan and Texas, where his daughter, Rhonda, lived. He became ill in the Winter of 2021 and never recovered. Rest in Peace, Uncle Les.

23 April 2022

My Dad's Exemplary Sportsmanship Example

I mentioned before how I enjoyed hearing stories from my dad's athletes. My dad was a coach for 50 years, having coached in Brethren, Kingsley, Deckerville, Harbor Beach and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Denton, Texas. He loved sports and he loved coaching. I wrote about how he was drawn to coaching at Fort McClellan, previously.

One of my dad's athletes shared the news article below about a track meet held in Unionville, Michigan. The article is from a 19 May 1955 newspaper.

The article was about a Northern Thumb C Conference track meet. Originally, the Conference title went to Deckerville, my dad's team, but dad was one who kept his own scores, and asked for a retabulation of the scores. This recheck showed that Deckerville was given a sixth place that they hadn't earned. The winner was Unionville.

These comments were posted on a Deckerville Facebook page. I enjoyed reading the comments. The poster, one of dad's athletes wrote, "Our Coach Glover... ETHICS and Character above winning! What a Class Act. (He also got results) and "He was confidently Quiet! On reflection, I can’t remember him raise his voice. He made us listen by being quiet!"

Another post said, "My husband, Harleigh Class of ‘54, spoke often of Coach Glover. He sat the bar high for his players. Integrity and good sportsmanship was his goal. This is just one reason sports play such an important part in a good education."

Other comments included, "he was a great man" and "I was lucky to have known him".

My dad lived his life like this. He was a Class Act! He was honest, sincere, and he displayed those traits in his everyday life. He did the right thing in life and this article displays the father I knew.


21 April 2022

Western State Teacher's College, Kalamazoo, Michigan Census

April 1, 2022 was a day that genealogists had waited ten years for. It was the day the 1950 United States Federal Census was released. I was one of those genealogists. I had my enumeration districts ready for the people I wanted to find. My dad was on the list. I checked for him thinking he would be recorded living with his parents in Hazel Park, Oakland, Michigan. He wasn't there. Was he in college? I knew he graduated in June 1950. It was time to read the enumerator's instructions for college students in this census.

The instructions stated, "College students were to be enumerated where they lived while attending school, rather than where their homes were located."  Off to Kalamazoo I go. My dad attended Western State Teacher's College, as it was known in the census, and now known as Western Michigan University. In 1950, the majority of the campus was on Oakland Drive.

Finding the enumeration district for the college wasn't too hard. I started out using Steve Morse's guide and was searching Oakland Drive at the college. I wasn't finding what I wanted and for some reason I scrolled down to the "W" and found Western State Teacher's College as a separate street option. Bingo! ED 89-40 was what I needed or so I thought. 

Vandercook Hall is number 12 on the map, on Oakland Drive, overlooking the football field.

I knew my father lived in Vandercook Hall, on campus, because he told a graduation day story about being in bed at Vandercook Hall and hearing the band playing out his dorm room window. He almost missed graduation. Graduation was held on the football field.

You can see number 40 is for Western State Teachers College, but my dad lived in Vandercook Hall which is in 89-41. I was glad I could use the enumeration district maps to discover this. Vandercook Hall is the "I" shaped building to the right of the athletic field.

Now, I was ready to look for his entry. Bruce Glover is enumerated on page 3, line 20. I didn't learn anything new from this entry, but it was fun finding him. 

20 April 2022

Where in the World is Susanna Koenig Fredrich?







4 Jan 1810

Wolfhals, Preussen



26 Dec 1828

to Christoph Fredrich in Glinke, Preussen




Daughter, Justine, in Gorzyn, Posen, Prussia




Son, J. August Fredrich in Gorzyn, Posen, Prussia



21 Oct 1872

Through Quebec, Canada to Manistee, Michigan




Manistee, Manistee, Michigan, United States




Manistee, Manistee, Michigan, United States



4 Nov 1906

Manistee, Manistee, Michigan, United States


Where in the 

If you would like sources for the facts, please leave a comment or email me at brae957@gmail.com