27 February 2022

Obituary of John Zobel

I have John Zobel to thank for helping me discover more about my Fredrich family. It was the 1862 marriage of Johan Zobel and Henriette Fredrich, that I found on Poznan Project, that provided me with the name of her father, Christoph Fredrich. Henriette Fredrich is the sister of my great grandfather, Johan August Fredrick (h).

Johan John Zobel was born 23 November 1834 and died 31 October 1921. His obituary was found on the front page of the Manistee Daily Advocate.


Transcription: JOHN ZOBEL, 87, HERE 51 YEARS, TAKEN BY DEATH

PASSES AWAY AT 8:30 THIS MORNING AT HOME, 182 LINCOLN STREET

OPENED CLOTHING BUSINESS IN 1889

WORKED IN WOODS WHEN HE FIRST CAME TO MANISTEE-RETIRED 13 YEARS AGO-WAS MARRIED 60 YEARS

In the death at 8:30 this morning of John Zobel, 182 Lincoln St., Manistee lost another pioneer. He had lived in Manistee 51 years and was 87 years old.

Death was due to general debility. About a year ago Mr. Zobel fell critically ill with pneumonia, but recovered. Later he began ailing and for the last five weeks had been in bed. He was able, however to be up for a short time Saturday.

In business 20 years 

Mr. Zobel 32 years ago opened the clothing and shoe store which is now operated by Charles Zobel & Sons. He retired from business 13 years ago.

Mr. Zobel was born in Guhringen, West Prussia, Nov. 23, 1834. He came to the United States in August, 1870, and a month later moved to Manistee. For a year he worked in the lumber woods, when he suffered an accident.

He was in the woods during the big Manistee fire. His trunk and belongings were buried in a pit by his boarding house landlord, at the mouth of the river. When he came down from the woods he found the trunk but the contents were gone. The trunk was still in his possession.

                                            Joined by family 

A year and a half after he came to Manistee his family which had been left at New York, joined him. He went into the clothing business in 1889, with his son Charles, in a building at Poplar and River streets, on the site now occupied by the Manistee County Savings Bank building.

Later the business was removed into the place which is now the Woman's Shop, which building he owned until his death. In 1894 the business was moved into the Cameron block. Although he retired from the business, he retained an interest in the building.

Mr. Zobel was married 60 years ago last May. Besides his widow he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William Walter and Miss Ottilie Zobel, and three sons, Charles, Henry and Julius Zobel. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive him.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.

 

Source: Manistee News Advocate-Manistee Daily Advocate, 31 October 1921, Front page, column one, newspaper owned by Manistee County Historical Museum, Manistee, MI. 

25 February 2022

Canadian Attestation Record of Victor Tyson

Source: "Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918," database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 June 2014), entry for Victor Tyson; Number 2378593; Original data: Canada. "Soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918)." Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4930 - 35. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa. Now at ancestry.com under Canada, World War I CEF Attestation Papers, 1914-1918. 

My great aunt, Adeline Glover, married Victor Tyson one hundred years ago, on 25 Feb 1922, in Marquette, Michigan.

Victor was born in Gosforth, England. During the First World War he served overseas with the 44th Canadian machine gun battalion and was wounded in action.

I found Victor's attestation record where he agrees to serve the Canadian Over-seas Expeditionary Force, at Ancestry. He was living in Superior, Wisconsin and his paper was stamped U.S. Recruit.

These attestation papers provide a lot of information about Victor. Birth date, birthplace, residence, occupation, and father's name are listed. If you have United States ancestors it is worth your time to check the World War I CEF Attestation Papers for your ancestor, especially if they live in a state that borders the United States. 



 

23 February 2022

Finding and Using Archives of Michigan Circulars

The Archives of Michigan has finding aids for their collections. These finding aids are called circulars. I have used the Archives' circulars while preparing for a trip to the Archives of Michigan. 

I was having trouble finding the circulars on the Archives' website and I put Google to work for me and found almost all of them. You can use the links below with the circular number to get a .pdf copy of the circular.

Use the Answer Catalog to Find Archives of Michigan records

The circulars can be used to see what is available at the Archives of Michigan. The next step would be to use the Answer Catalog to find more information. 


Using the catalog I searched sanilac tax assessment records.


Use the drop down menu and select LM Archives of Michigan 
to receive Archives of Michigan materials only.


The search results returns the items available.


Click on "see full record" on the right side of the page. It will bring up the description, record group (RG) number, summary, finding aids, and subject words. You will notice that the finding aids tells you there is a guide describing records available in the reading room of the Archives of Michigan. Keep track of the title and record group number. Use it when you get to the Archives and use the in house finding aids to narrow your search.

Using the information in the full record enables you to know if they have the dates that you are looking for. Looking for this information before heading to the Archives of Michigan will save you time once you arrive.

For more information on preparing for a visit to the Archives of Michigan, check their website.

Archives of Michigan Circular Links

Good luck checking out the circulars.

 Circular No. 2 – Land Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular02_49679_7.pdf

 Circular No. 3 – Correctional Facilities https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular03_49682_7.pdf

 Circular No. 4 – Military Records I: War Records  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular04_49684_7.pdf

 Circular No. 5 – Land Area Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular05_49688_7.pdf

 Circular No. 6 – Probate Court Records  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular06_49689_7.pdf

 Circular No. 7 – Military Records II  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular07_49691_7.pdf

 Circular No. 8 – Records Relating To Youth https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular08_49693_7.pdf

 Circular No. 9 – Census Records I: State Enumerations https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular09_49695_7.pdf

 Circular No. 10 – Naturalization Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular10_49699_7.pdf

 Circular No. 11 – School Records  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular11_49700_7.pdf

 Circular No. 12 –

 Circular No. 13 – Railroad Records. https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular13_49702_7.pdf

 Circular No. 14 – Legislative Records I: Special Committees https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular14_49703_7.pdf

 Circular No. 15 – Corporation Records  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular15_49704_7.pdf

 Circular No. 16 – Rural Property Inventories  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular16_49706_7.pdf

 Circular No. 17-

 Circular No. 18 –

 Circular No. 19 – State and Local Vital Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular19_49707_7.pdf

 Circular No. 20 – Civil War Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular20_49709_7.pdf

Circular No. 21 – Licensed Professions http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular21_49711_7.pdf

 Circular No. 22 – Infirmaries, Sanatoria and Poor Homes https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular22_49715_7.pdf

 Circular No. 23 – Depression-Era Agencies  https:// www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular23_49718_7.pdf

 Circular No. 24 – Election Records - Statewide  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular24_49720_7.pdf

 Circular No. 25 – Mining Records

 Circular No. 26 – Public Officials https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular26_50012_7.pdf

 Circular No. 27 – Military Records III: Local  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular27_50001_7.pdf

 Circular No. 28 – Lumbering, Logging, and Forestry

 Circular No. 29 – African-Americans - Government Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular29_50003_7.pdf

 Circular No. 30 – Native Americans https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular30_50002_7.pdf

 Circular No. 31 – Photographic Collections https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular31_50007_7.pdf

 Circular No. 32 – Roads and Bridges  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular32_50013_7.pdf

 Circular No. 33 – Pollution  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular33_50009_7.pdf

 Circular No. 34 – Libraries

 Circular No. 35 – Records Relating To Women  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular35_50019_7.pdf

 Circular No. 36 – Government Records Relating to the Handicapped https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular36_49980_7.pdf

 Circular No. 37 – Circuit Court Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular37_49972_7.pdf

 Circular No. 38 – Business Records  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular38_49970_7.pdf

 Circular No. 39 – Records of Politicians https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular39_50008_7.pdf

 Circular No. 40 – Associations and Organizations. https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular40_49968_7.pdf

 Circular No. 41 – Minorities III: Asians and Hispanics https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular41_50004_7.pdf

 Circular No. 42 – Commissions  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular42_49973_7.pdf

 Circular No. 43 – Task Forces, Councils and Boards https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular43_50018_7.pdf

 Circular No. 44 – Architectural Plans and Drawings  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular44_49966_7.pdf

 Circular No. 45 – Census Records II: Special Enumerations  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular45_49971_7.pdf

 Circular No. 46 – Shipping and Navigation  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular46_50015_7.pdf

 Circular No. 47 – Bounties, Premiums, Subsidies, and Relief https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular47_49969_7.pdf

 Circular No. 48 – Pardons, Paroles, Warrants, and Extraditions https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular48_50005_7.pdf

 Circular No. 49 – Parks

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular49_50006_7.pdf

 Circular No. 50 – Aeronautics  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular50_49965_7.pdf

 Circular No. 51 – Fishing Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular51_49977_7.pdf

 Circular No. 52 – Investigation Records. https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular52_49996_7.pdf

 Circular No. 53 – Studies

 https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular53_50016_7.pdf

 Circular No. 54 – Fairs and Expositions

 Circular No. 55-Manuscript Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular55_50000_7.pdf

 Circular No. 56-Committees https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular56_49974_7.pdf

 Circular No. 57 – Confidential Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular56_49975_7.pdf

 Circular No. 58 – Game and Wildlife

 Circular No. 59 – Swamp Lands

 Circular No. 60 – Public Land Grants and Private Claims https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular60_50010_7.pdf

 Circular No. 61 – Diaries, Daybooks and Personal Journals https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular61_49967_7.pdf


 Circular No. 62 – Scrapbooks and Albums https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular62_50014_7.pdf


 Circular No. 63 – Account Books and Ledgers https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular63_49963_7.pdf

 Circular No. 64 – Genealogy Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 



21 February 2022

World War I Draft Registration of William Tritten


 Source: "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," [database on-line], Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 November 2014), entry for William August Tritten; 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. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.


My great aunt, Mary Graf Tritten, married William August Tritten in 1913. William registered for the World War I draft registration in 1917 and listed wife and children as the reason for not serving.

The above draft registration shows William was born 16 June 1888, in Onekama, Michigan or at least I think that is what it says. What do you think?

He was employed as a carpenter with E. M. Power Co. at Junction Dam, which is now Tippy Dam. 

William and Mary Tritten had eight children: Ruby, Evelyn, Fred, Lloyd, Helen, Lester, Verna, and Jack.

18 February 2022

Book Review: Michigan Genealogy Sources & Resources by Carol McGinnis

Anyone who has roots in Michigan should have a copy of Carol McGinnis's "Michigan Genealogy Sources and Resources." I have had the second edition of Carol's book for quite a few years now. 

McGinnis's book is a fine example of a professionally written state specific guidebook. Although dated, a copyright of 2005, it still has information relevant to Michigan genealogists today. Chapters one and two provides the reader with historical information. Chapter one covers Michigan History. Chapter two covers why settlers came to Michigan.

Chapter One, "the earthly paradise" begins pre-statehood with the early exploration of the state by the French. The history continues with the changes after the French and Indian War. The history of Michigan during the Northwest Territory days up to statehood is included. This chapter provides a concise history of the early days of what is now Michigan. A historical highlights timeline is included at the end of the chapter.

Chapter Two, 'The Settlement of Michigan" tells the tale of how and why people settled in Michigan. Factors influencing settlement starts with the fur trade, the opening of the Erie Canal, and the emergence of new industry for lumber, copper and iron ore mining.

McGinnis tells of recruitment efforts and the establishment of an official emigrant agency which sought to encourage emigration from European areas, especially Germany.

Other pull factors such as religion, lumbering, mining, and manufacturing are written about in detail. Records that give clues about immigration and migration completes the chapter.

I know you are thinking a book that is seventeen years old can't be of value when there is so much on the internet today. I disagree. Michigan Genealogy is a well-researched, well written book on Michigan genealogy resources. I have turned to it a number of times in my research and writing.

The next four chapters, three through six, covers the records themselves. Chapters on vital records, alternative sources for vital records, census records and their substitutes, and land and court records are written specifically for Michigan researchers. Text and charts are included in these chapters.

Chapter Seven, "Digging Deeper", gives the reader an idea of what other types of Michigan records are available and where to look for them. These include manuscript collections, business records, institutional records, criminal records, coroners' files, orphans and orphanages, organizational records, territorial records, depression era records, disasters, life in Michigan and records in Canada. Each section of this chapter tells what is available for Michigan.

Michigan has a rich cultural heritage. From the Native Americans to the French to African Americans to European and Middle Eastern settlers, Michigan is one of the most diverse states. Chapter Eight, "The People of Michigan" shows the diversity that is within our state. Ethnic group's resources are included.

Chapter Nine, "Michigan Online", is the one chapter that would need to check the resources on your own. Using a search engine of your choice makes it easy. Many of the URLs have changed but inputting the title of the resource into a search engine will provide you with the current website. 

"Counties and Their Records" is the subject of chapter ten. Michigan has eighty-three counties, and each county has historical and contact information included. The contact information should be verified before using it.

The chapters conclude with genealogical collections and historical and genealogical societies. The collections available in the libraries, archives, and county repositories completes the resources available for Michigan research.

The book concludes with notes, sources, and an index. Overall, the book is an excellent resource. I have seen McGinnis's book on many genealogy syllabi when it comes to Michigan research topics.

The wealth of information in "Michigan Genealogy Sources & Resources" will get you started with your Michigan research and be helpful the further you dig for your Michigan Roots.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Michigan Genealogy, go to Michigan Genealogy at genealogical.com and use coupon code mcmi for 20% off the hard copy or .pdf copy. The coupon code is good through March 7th.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any form for writing this review. I purchased my own book many years ago. I was asked by Joe, Marketing Director at Genealogical.com if I would be interested in writing a review on my blog and I said, yes!

 


17 February 2022

The Anniversary of Bruce Glover's Birth 96 Years Old

 Today, celebrates the birthday of my father, Bruce Glover. He would have been 96 years old. There are days when I want to call him and tell him something he would enjoy hearing about.

The 2022 Super Bowl between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals would have pleased him immensely. My dad was a Detroit Lions fan in all kinds of weather. Matthew Stafford was a former Detroit Lions quarterback. He took the Rams to the Super Bowl in his first year on the team. My dad always felt that Stafford was a great quarterback, he just needed a better team to lead. 

My dad passed away in September 2018. He is missed by myself and my family. Here are a few pictures of him through the years. Happy Birthday, Dad.

Bruce Glover, Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Bruce Glover, 1940's

Bruce, Audrey, Brenda, Linda Glover 
in Ferndale MI, at his brothers Hank home, circa 1960


Bruce and Brenda Glover, 1958


                    Bruce Glover, 1930's                        Bruce Glover, 1926


15 February 2022

Grave of Former Mayor of Ypsilanti Henry P. S. Glover

HENRY P.S.

GLOVER

1837-1912


Ypsilanti Mayor, Henry P.S. Glover, is buried in Highland Cemetery, Ypsilanti, Michigan in Block 100, Lot 20, Grave No. 6.

One article of particular interest is a short biography of Henry P.S. Glover.  Henry Pierce Strong Glover was born to Charles Williamson Glover and Mary Ann (Powers) Glover in Webster County, New York on 3 March 1837.  He married Nancy Jane Kishler, 17 Apr 1860.  Mayor Glover died 21 Feb 1912, in Ypsilanti.  The article tells when he came to the Ypsilanti area, where he lived, and businesses he owned.  Mayor Glover was described by the Ypsilanti Gleanings as, "Surely one of Ypsilanti's most distinguished citizens." I would agree.

Henry P.S. Glover is the son of my third great grand uncle, Charles Williamson Glover.

13 February 2022

Obituary of John Leonard Fredricks


John Leonard Fredricks


John Leonard Fredricks, age 90, husband, father, grandpa, great grandpa, and friend, of Blanchard, Michigan passed away on October 13, 2019 at McLaren Central Michigan, Mount Pleasant. A funeral service will be held Friday, October 18 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Remus, Michigan at 2:00 pm with Pastor Jonathan Voss officiating. Burial will follow at Decker Cemetery, Blanchard. Visitation will be held at the church Thursday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on Friday from 1:00 pm to time of service.


John was born January 10, 1929 the son of Otto and Daisy (Graf) Fredricks. John was the eighth of twelve children and was raised on a farm in Brethren, Michigan. A member of Heavy Mortar Company, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. John served as a Sergeant in the Korean War from 1949 to 1952, where he earned the Silver Star for gallantry in action. Upon his return, he married the love of his life, Louise Guenthardt on April 7, 1956 at The Trinity Luther Church of Onekama, and the two grew their family to include six children.


John began his career as a hardworking electrical journeyman lineman around the state and eventually landed in Blanchard working for TriCounty Electric Company as a strong leader for 34 years.


John was a faithful fan of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, and University of Michigan Wolverines, where he was honored as Veteran of the Game in 2017.


John enjoyed spending time outdoors and was a passionate hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed many hours in the blind, boat, or on the ice with his brothers, children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. John's other pastimes included gardening, particularly picking that first ripe tomato, tractor pulling, and bowling until the age of 88. John enjoyed life and was always ready for the next adventure.


As an active member of the American Legion Guy Stanton Post 240 in Blanchard, John marched in the Memorial Day parade through the age of 89. John was honored by his community as a member of the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight to Washington, DC in 2017. His patriotism has been a consistent model for his six children and their families. He was dearly loved by his community.


John's faith played a significant role in his life. He was an active member of St Paul's Lutheran Church in Remus where he served over the years in many roles.


Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Louise; children, Cheryl (Steve) Gaudard, Brian, Jeff (Jacki), Dan (Mickie) Mary (Bruce) Eldred; special nephew, Mike (Des) Wood and sons Austin, Andrew, and Carson; grandchildren Amy (Chris) Weber, Matt (Taylor) Gaudard, Carrie (Derek) Castellon, Darcy Doerr, Beth (Chad) Fletcher, John (Sara) Fredricks, Tyler (Shelby) Fredricks, Sarah Fredricks (Preston Taylor), BJ (Amanda) Simon, Andy Fredricks (Josie Licari), Cody (Kayla) Woolworth, Connor Woolworth, Danielle (Trent) Karcher, Emily Eldred, Breanna Eldred; great grandchildren, Ethan, Carter, Brock, Saylor, Meadow, Aiden, Callie, Chloe, Paityn, Presley, Dylan, Wyatt, Colton, Baby Gaudard; brother, Richard (Mickie) Fredricks; sisters, Audrey Glover, Jeannie (Les) Kaskinen; sister-in-laws Alyce Fredricks, Nancy McIntyre; and many nieces and nephews.


John was preceded in death by his son Greg; siblings, Harold, Kathryn Pihl, Marie Kurth, Lola Brown, Robert, Leona Wagoner, Ray, Norman.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Post 240 or St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Envelopes will be available at the church.


https://www.janowiczfamilyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/John-Fredricks-37532/ (Accessed 20 Jan 2022)



10 February 2022

Using Maps in Genealogy-Gorsin, Posen, Prussia


Source "Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1567-1945," database, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 11 March 2018), entry for Johann August Fredrich; Mikrofilm Sammlung. Familysearch.org; Lutherische Kirchenb├╝cher, 1567-1945. 

Every genealogist wants to find the place of birth for their immigrant ancestors. I know I was doing a happy dance when I found where my maternal great grandfather was born. Johann August Fredrich was born 14 January 1845 in Gorsin, Bromberg, Posen, Prussia. I found this information in a baptismal record. The information from the church record allowed me to look for more information on Gorsin. 


The first place I looked for information was meyersgaz.org The entry for Gorsin can be found here. You can see a historical map at Meyers Gaz, too. The red placemarker is where Gorsin is. I zoomed out on the Meyers Gazetteer map in order to see where Nakel was. Nakel is on the left side of the map. The church in Nakel is where Johann August was baptized. 


Another tab on Meyers Gazetteer is Ecclesiastical. Information about area churches is included on this page. The Protestant church in Nakel is 5 miles from Gorsin.


Today Gorsin is Gorzen, Poland and Nakel is Naklo nad Notecia, Poland.

09 February 2022

The Marriage of Carl Henry Tritten and Katherine Louise Fredrick


 Carl Henry Tritten and Katherine Louise Fredrick 
on their wedding day, 8 May 1938

Carl Henry Tritten, born 3 February 1909, son of Charles Tritten and Augusta Rosenow married Katherine "Kate" Louise Fredrick(s), born 6 September 1918, daughter of Otto August Fredrick(s) and Daisy Ellen Graf on 8 May 1938.

Carl and Kate were married at Trinity Lutheran Church, Onekama, Onekama, Michigan by Pastor E.A. Storm. Trinity Lutheran Church was, and still is, the site of many Fredrick Family occasions. Attendants were Lorence Grabowski, friend of the groom, and Lola Fredrick(s), sister of the bride. 

Source: "Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952," database on-line, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 January 2022), Citing the marriage of Carl Tritten and Katherine Fredericks, 8 May 1938; Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867–1952. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics.


My mother, Kate's younger sister, Audrey remembers her sister was going to go to nursing school in Muskegon. She chose to get married instead. Audrey and Kate's father was not happy that Kate didn't go to nursing school. Eventually, Kate received her R.N, but it was many years later. 

Carl and Kate Tritten home circa 1983. The front inset door 
was the entrance to the store at one time. 

Carl was a store proprietor in Brethren, Michigan. The store was at the front of their home. Once the store closed Carl and Kate turned it into a family room. I remember staying with them as a child and I thought the room was huge. The home stayed in the family for many years. The last time I visited Brethren, Michigan the home was a pizza place. 

A note about the surname Fredrick: I have found Fredrick, Fredricks, and Fredericks in records pertaining to the family. For years I have used the Fredrick name because that is what is on my mom's birth certificate. My cousins say their dad's birth certificate has Fredricks. One brother has Fredericks. I search for all variations when looking for records.


08 February 2022

Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research 6th Edition Book Review


The Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th Edition, edited by Michael J. LeClerc is one of my most used books. I received it as a belated Christmas gift from my parents, in 2012. It's hard to believe it is ten years ago. I have ancestors that settled and/or lived in four of the six states in the book, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The other two states are Maine and Rhode Island.

I saw that a sixth edition was being published, but I didn't know if I wanted to get it or not. I decided since I use the fifth edition a lot, I better get the sixth and stay up to date on New England Research. I am glad I did. The book is a must have one for those with New England ancestry.

Browsing through the latest edition shows more color making it easier to find the information needed. The Preface of the book states that the resources, repositories, and organizations for each state were updated because a great deal has changed since 2012, especially as more resources become digitally available. An expert from each state reviewed the chapter pertaining to their state to make sure the information was factual.

Other updates included making the book user-friendly with color coding and tabs. State maps showing county boundaries is at the beginning of each state section, which I like. A table of contents was added at the beginning of the state sections showing page numbers where each record group can be found. This will help me because I had a lot of sticky notes in the previous version. The book updates the regional and statewide collections of major repositories for each state giving you the latest information. The preface says county maps show town boundaries and towns in bordering counties, but I don't see a difference from the last edition. The county information box was updated to include probate district and deeds. All these updates make for a very user-friendly book. 

The "Using This Book" pages x-xii are great. Pictures of the pages are now included. Explanations of each part of the state chapters are helpful for getting the feel of the book. The uniformity in layout from one state to the other makes it easy to find information no matter what state you turn to in the book.

Having the latest edition with up-to-date resources helps those who have New England Research. This is a must have resource for anyone researching the New England area.

 


05 February 2022

Searching the Michigan State Census Records



Census records are some of the first records genealogists look for when starting their research. State census records can be used in addition to Federal Census records when researching. 
Michigan has state census records but are not complete for all counties. The first couple of times I used the state census records I was frustrated because I couldn't find any of my relatives in the Michigan Census.  Eventually, I got around to reading about the State Census collections and discovered why I couldn't find my ancestors in it: the county they lived in wasn't online. Duh!  Tip: Check what is available in the collection before searching.

What Michigan Census Records are Available?

The Counties and Years Available for the Michigan State Census Records, 1827-1874 are:
  • Branch (1857, 1874)
  • Clinton (1864)
  • Eaton (1845, 1854, 1864, 1874)
  • Houghton (1864, 1874)
  • Lenawee (1845)
  • Kalamazoo (1874)
  • St. Joseph (1845)
  • Sanilac (1864)
  • Washtenaw (1827, 1845, 1854)

The Counties and Years Available for the Michigan State Census Records, 1884-1894 are:
  • Baraga (1884)
  • Barry (1884, 1894)
  • Bay (1884, 1894)
  • Benzie (1884)
  • Gratiot (1894)
  • Hillsdale (1884, 1894)
  • Ingham (1884, 1894)
  • Iosco (1894)
  • Jackson (1884, 1894)
  • Kalamazoo (1884, 1894)
  • Kent (1884, 1894)
  • Keweenaw (1884)
  • Lake (1884)
  • Lapeer (1884, 1894)
  • Lenawee (1884, 1894)
  • Livingston (1894)
  • Menominee (1884, 1894)
  • Midland (1894)
  • Montcalm (1884, 1894)
  • Muskegon (1884, 1894)
  • Newaygo (1884, 1894)
  • Ottawa (1884, 1894)
  • Roscommon (1884)
  • Sanilac (1884, 1894)
  • St. Clair (1884, 1894)
  • St. Joseph (1884, 1894)
  • Washtenaw (1884, 1894)
  • Wayne (1884, excluding Detroit)

Where Do I Find Michigan State Census Records?

The places to check for links to the Michigan State Census are 

03 February 2022

The Gift of an Autobiography

 

LIFE AS I’VE KNOWN IT


One of the best gifts my dad, Bruce Glover, gave me was a copy of his autobiography, Life As I've Known It.

My father was a humble man who didn't speak about his accomplishments much. In fact, after his death one of his student's told me, "I didn't know your dad was in the Battle of the Bulge" My dad taught history and didn't share his military story. That is who my dad was.

The senior living place where my parents lived, Story Point-Portage, has a wall of veterans. My dad is included. He never felt he deserved any veteran recognition because he didn't 'do' anything in the war. I told him numerous times, you did! Anyone who was hunkered down on the front-line in the Ardennes forest during World War II deserves recognition.

My dad died in 2018 and I plan to share some of his story with my readers. I hope you enjoy getting to know this wonderful man, who I am proud to say was my father. 

Below, in his own words, my dad talks about elementary school.

Elementary School

    "I do not have many recollections of my early childhood prior to Kindergarten. I guess I was a highly active, little, tot and judging by pictures from that era my favorite outfit was knickers and must have had an early affliction for sports as I was usually holding a ball of some kind in my hands.  I entered Kindergarten, in fall of 1930, and only remember that when rest of kids at recess were playing tag or in the sandbox, I was out watching the older kids play softball, chasing their foul balls, and hoping they might ask me to play, which they never did. Where I acquired my love of sports, I do not know. My dad, who had an artificial leg because of chasing to catch a train, fell under the wheel, and his leg was severed just below the knee at 18 years of age.


     

Dad was not a sportsman at all except for fishing which he enjoyed doing on our vacations in the UP.  He could sit out in a rowboat all day smoking cigars and fishing. As a 4–5-year-old, nothing was more boring to me, and I guess that’s why I never enjoyed fishing. Mom played basketball in high school, so I guess that’s the genes I inherited for sports. She attended most of my home games in Junior High and High School, while Dad never saw me play. Whether it was his leg or just using it as an excuse I don’t know, but Dad would drive us anywhere but never participate himself. My brother’s only sporting interest was golf, which I previously mentioned..."





In these two paragraphs I learned a lot.

  • he wore knickers
  • his love of sports started early
  • his dad had an artifical leg from a train accident
  • he didn't like fishing 
  • his mother, my grandmother, played sports in high school 

This is just a small portion of my dad's autobiography, Check back for more stories from my dad.

02 February 2022

Finding Information on Michiganology that was on Seeking Michigan

Where Did Seeking Michigan Go?

Many genealogists used SeekingMichigan.org when researching their Michigan family. Seeking Michigan is no longer available to researchers unless you use Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Michiganology replaced it. 

Michiganology is the free digital platform of the Archives of Michigan. The Archives of Michigan is the record keeper of important documents pertaining to Michigan. These records include keeping all the records having to do with the business of the government, including records of genealogical interest. A list of government departments and their record coverage is here. https://michiganology.org/index.php?name=SO_116ceb56-8917-48a5-a9a9-62cf4a53bfad This is one reason that the Archives migrated to a new platform. The new platform will be able to store many more documents than Seeking Michigan could have. The upcoming Naturalization and Probate records will make this change exciting.

In addition to Michiganology, the Michigan History Center website https://www.michigan.gov/mhc/ has an Archives of Michigan section. The Michigan History Center encompasses the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan History Museum at the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo, Lansing, MI. Other museums and historic sites are part of the Michigan History Center. The way I understand it is the databases will be stored on Michiganology and the business of the Archives will be at the Michigan History Center. For example, if you are looking for a guide on military records, it would be found at the Archives portion of the MHC website. If you are looking for death certificates, they would be found on the Michiganology website.

Can you find everything that was on Seeking Michigan at Michiganology and Archives of Michigan Michigan History Center? Yes, but finding it is a challenge. Using the Wayback Machine I was able to see what was once on Seeking Michigan.



To use the Wayback Machine, go to Internet Archive. Type www.seekingmichigan.org and click "browse history" or enter button.


 A timeline of years is at the top of the page. I chose 2018. A monthly calendar shows and the blue circles are the dates that Seeking Michigan was archived. I selected the last day of the year for my use.

Seeking Michigan had headings Seek, Discover, Look, Learn, and Services. I have taken the five headings and their subheadings and created the list below. Next, I found where the information is currently, January 2022. If there is no URL listed for a subheading that means I haven’t been able to find the information.. Some items are being reformatted and will be available at a later date. I used Michiganology, Archives of Michigan and Google to find the same information.

This is a work in progress and as I found new information I will update it.

Seeking Michigan

Michiganology

Archives of Michigan

Seek

 

 

About

 

https://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,9075,7-361-85148_85779-463960--,00.html

Guides

 

Being reformatted

      Getting Started in Genealogy

 

 

      Vital Records

https://michiganology.org/vital-records/

 

      County Records

 

Upcoming

   Immigration and Naturalization

https://michiganology.org/naturalization/  (incomplete)

 

      Military

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs https://michiganology.org/uncategorized/SO_4450ae0d-f082-48ed-a285-9271b35c5996

 

Indexes

The indexes are being reformatted and are incomplete at this time.

 

   Detroit News Index

https://michiganology.org/the-detroit-news-archive/

 

   Naturalization Index

 

https://michiganology.org/naturalization/ (incomplete-more to come)

 

   Military Index

 

Being reformatted

   Civil War

https://michiganology.org/civil-war/

 

   Civil War List of Principals and Substitutes

RG 59-14

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/hal_mhc_sa_CWPrin_Abbey_Dillon_135181_7.pdf

 

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/hal_mhc_sa_CWPrin_Disher_KnappE_135183_7.pdf

Last names A-K. Available

 

Michigan Civil War Graves Database

https://web.archive.org/web/20180902234835/http://www.suvcwmi.org/graves/

 

 Grand Army of Republic Posts

 

 

Being reformatted

Record Group 63-19

 Grand Army of Republic Membership Rosters

 

Being reformatted

 Spanish American War Medal Recipients

 

Being reformatted

      WWI Guest Register

 

Being reformatted

      WWII Honor List

https://web.archive.org/web/20171203232857/https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/michigan.html

 

   Photograph Index

 

Being reformatted

      Portrait Collection

 

Being reformatted

      Civilian Conservation Corps

 

Being reformatted

      General Photograph Collection

 

Being reformatted

Events

 

https://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,9075,7-361-61086_66302---,00.html

Programs

 

https://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,9075,7-361-61086---,00.html

Visit

 

https://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,9075,7-361-85148_85780_92246-493712--,00.html

Contact Us

 

https://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,9075,7-361-85148---,00.html

County Clerks

Offsite at https://web.archive.org/web/20190105025933/http://michigancountyclerks.us/contact

 

 

 

 

 

Discover

 

 

All Collections

https://michiganology.org/uncategorized/SO_6e94eaa7-d9e6-4f65-93a6-1b9e9be9ea73/

 

 

   Death Records 1897-1920

https://michiganology.org/vital-records/

 

   Death Records 1921-1952

https://michiganology.org/vital-records/

 

   Architecture

/https://michiganology.org/uncategorized/SO_f4fadd9a-16f5-4af5-b770-c3288fabc8df/

Conduct a search within this collection.

 

   Civil War Battle Flags

https://michiganology.org/civil-war/

 

   Civil War Manuscripts

https://michiganology.org/uncategorized/SO_8e15bc0c-b6d0-4aed-957e-3e3786d40ac4/

Conduct a search ‘civil war’ within this collection. Over 1500 items online

 

   Civil War Photographs

https://michiganology.org/civil-war/

 

   Civil War Service Records

https://michiganology.org/civil-war/

 

   Civil War Volunteer Registry

https://michiganology.org/civil-war/

 

   Early Documents

https://michiganology.org/uncategorized/SO_e36948d6-0951-484e-8afd-989b7f31c351/

 

 

   Films

Audiovisual materials available at https://michiganology.org/index.php?name=SO_fdb466ec-8e3c-4836-8382-674379793de0

 

 

   Governors of Michigan

 

https://www.michigan.gov/formergovernors/ Incomplete

   Early Photography

https://michiganology.org/index.php?name=SO_fdb466ec-8e3c-4836-8382-674379793de0

Search within this collection, over 1700 images available

 

   Lighthouses and Life Saving Stations

 

 

   Main Streets

 

 

   Maps

https://michiganology.org/index.php?name=SO_fdb466ec-8e3c-4836-8382-674379793de0

Search within this collection, over 6,000 maps are online.

 

   Music of Michigan

River Street Anthology https://michiganology.org/riverstreetanthology/

 

   Oral Histories

Use the search feature in the middle of the home page or at the top right corner at https://michiganology.org

 

 

   Rural Property Inventories

https://michiganology.org/?s=rural+property+inventories

 

 

   State Census 1827-1874

https://michiganology.org/index.php?name=SO_582893d9-fe09-4945-8f2a-230f8d7d3a7f

 

 

   State Census 1884-1894

https://michiganology.org/index.php?name=SO_582893d9-fe09-4945-8f2a-230f8d7d3a7f

 

 

   Surveyor Notes

https://michiganology.org/index.php?name=SO_b2ac8f99-b597-447a-9f8b-6930f813c70d

 

 

   Surveyor Plat Maps

 

https://www.michigan.gov/dtmb/services/maps/static/general-land-office-plats

 

 

 

 

Look

 

 

   Historical Stories

Discoveries in the Archives: https://michiganology.org/series/discoveries-in-the-archives/

 

 

 

 

Learn

https://michiganology.org/subjects/

 

   Statehood

https://michiganology.org/stories/steps-to-statehood-for-michigan/

 

 

   State Capital

 

https://www.michigan.gov/som/government/state-capitol

 

   State Symbols

 

https://www.michigan.gov/som/about-michigan/state-facts-and-symbols

 

   Governor’s Decisions

 

Https://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,9075,7-361-85129_85968-424045--,00.html

 

This is from 2017 and not all links work.

   Museum Programs

 

https://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,9075,7-361-85147_87196---,00.html

The museum special programs are on hiatus due to Covid-19.

 

 

 

Services

 

 

      Research Requests

 

https://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,9075,7-361-85148---,00.html

 

         Annual Report

 

 

         Appeals Court

 

 

         Certification

 

 

         Circuit Court

 

 

         Corrections

 

 

         Land Patents

 

 

         Legislative History

 

 

         Military Records

 

 

         Naturalization

 

 

         Probate Court

https://shop.michiganology.org/products/probate-court-research

 

 

         Supreme Court

 

 

         Survey Notes