31 March 2022

Have You Ever Conducted Research in Talbots? I Have

During my Great Big New England Genealogy Tour a few years ago, one of the places I wanted to go to was Hingham, Massachusetts. The Hingham Historical Society Archives at Old Derby Academy in Hingham has many records on my Fearing, Hobart, Beal, Hersey, and Mayo families. 

Unfortunately, renovations were being done at Old Derby and I had to go to an offsite building, the Talbots Headquarters on Beal Street, in Hingham. I had arranged an appointment ahead of time and was met by the society's archivist, Michael Achille. Kirk and I had to go through security and we were escorted through Talbot's. The walk to the records took us through the working area of Talbots. It looked like they may have been working on catalog or website layouts. Rows and rows of outfits were laid out. The outfits were being photographed. 

Once we arrived at the temporary archives research area, a large room with cage like security for the records and tables for researchers, I had to sign an agreement that I would not share any photocopies of what I found. You won't see any pictures of what I found in this post.

Archives of Hingham Historical Society

I was hesitant about finding resources that would further my research, but the temporary archives did not disappoint. The archivist, Michael, was extremely helpful. He had pulled a few items for me ahead of time. Once we talked, he was able to find more resources for me.

Loring Notebooks

The biggest and best record in the collection is the Loring Notebooks. There are 150 plus notebooks with a wealth of family information. Michael had pulled the ones relating to my surnames. The Loring Notebooks have handwritten genealogy transcriptions, tax records, real estate records, and newspaper gossip pages. Other primary sources include who lived in the historic homes, when they lived there, who were their neighbors, did they have servants, and how wealthy were they. I spent most of my time going through these notebooks. 

John Fearing, James Hobart, and Peter Hobart homes are still standing in Hingham. I recorded their addresses in order to drive by the residences. One thing about Hingham homes is if it is a historic home, it has a special marker on the house.

John Beal House, Built in 1877, Hingham, Massachusetts 

Source: From the Historic American Buildings Survey at Library of Congress. No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government

More from the Hingham Historical Society Archives

The next treasure was a Beal ledger book. The Beal family arrived in Hingham, Colonial America, in 1638, from Hingham, England. 

Photographed by Brenda Leyndyke

Other finds included wills, published histories, and online resources. A few online resources I found helpful included:

One book in their archives, Not All is Changed-A Life History of Hingham, by Lorena Laing Hart and Francis Russell Hart was recommended. Due to time constraints, I was only able to peruse it, but Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center has a copy and I have it on my list to look at next time I go to Fort Wayne.

One thing I learned on my New England genealogy tour was to search for unique archives. The Hingham Historical Society Archives at Old Derby Academy is a gem that should be included on any Hingham ancestors research list.


29 March 2022

Gravestone of Nancy Jane Kishler Glover 1837-1920

Normally, I wouldn't research four times removed cousins, but on a trip to Highland Cemetery, Ypsilanti, Michigan there were numerous Glover's buried there and I took pictures of them all. Once I got home, I tried to place the names on the gravestones within my family tree.

One gravestone was for Nancy J. Glover. Nancy was the wife of Henry Pierce Strong Glover, my first cousin four times removed. Nancy was born Nancy Jane Kishler. Henry's grandfather was Alexander Glover, my fourth great grandfather.

Highland Cemetery is a beautiful cemetery, and their office staff is exceptional. I stopped at the office to ask where the Glover plot was. Not only did the office worker show me on the map, but she also copied sexton cards for me. This must be the most friendly, helpful, cemetery office I have ever been to.

 Highland Cemetery, Ypsilanti, Michigan Sexton Card

Source: Sexton Card, Highland Cemetery (943 N. River Street, Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States) to Brenda Leyndyke, photocopies of sexton record cards and pictures, June 2014, Sexton cards for Amos C. Blodget (Author's note: Amos C. Blodgett married Sarah Salisbury Glover, Henry's sister.)


Nancy Jane Kishler Glover is buried in Block 100, Lot 20, Grave 5. 

27 March 2022

Obituary of Ronald Graf, Bear Lake, MIchigan

It is hard enough when one of the older generations in a family dies, but when it is someone in your own generation, it is tough. My first cousin, Ronald Ray Graf died at the age of 62, after a courageous fight with cancer. He was one year older than I.

Ron's obituary was found at the Terwilliger Funeral Home website: http://www.terwilligerfuneralhome.com/obituary/ronald-ron-graf

Ronald “Ron” Ray Graf, 62, of Bear Lake, died peacefully Monday, May 6, 2019, at home with his loving family by his side.  He was born August 1, 1956, in Washington, Iowa, the son of Raymond and Leona (Fredricks) Graf.

Ron worked for Martin Marietta Materials, in Manistee, retiring as Packhouse Production Supervisor after more than 40 years of employment.    

The most important things in Ron’s life were his faith and his family, both of which saw him through his long and valiant battle with cancer.  He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Onekama, and he cherished time spend with his family and friends.  He was an avid Detroit Lions, Detroit Tigers, and University of Michigan Fan, and he loved old cars and his dogs.  He will be remembered for his warm personality, genuine smile, and his caring heart.  He will be missed.

On May 14, 1993, Ron married Lynn Bromley who survives him.  He is also survived by: his son, Cody Graf of Onekama; his daughter Marla (Derek Kolk) Picardat of Manistee; his grandson, Andrew Picardat of Manistee; his sisters, Nancy Miller of Kalona, Iowa, and Rose Marie (Ken) Slagle of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his in-laws, Bob and Marge Bromley of Manistee; his uncle, Carl Mikolajczak and family; his goddaughters, Daisy (Darien Ripple) Fredricks of Rockford and Amy Jo Weber of Mt. Pleasant; special friends, Paul Walerych, Tony and Kathie Vartyak, Jim Hilliard, and the Keillor Family; his work family at Martin Marietta; his church family at Trinity Lutheran Church of Onekama; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.      

Ron was preceded in death by: his father, Raymond Graf; his mother, Leona Fredricks Graf Wagoner; his stepfather, Robert “Bob” Wagoner; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM, Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Onekama, with Pastor Jacob Sherry officiating.  Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM, Friday, May 10, 2019, at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva.

 Memorial contributions may be made to Munson Hospice.

The Terwilliger Funeral Home, in Kaleva, is in charge of arrangements. www.terwilligerfuneralhome.com

Leona Fredricks Graf, Raymond Graf, 

Ronald Graf

Ronald Graf High School Graduation Class of 1974

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Graf
Lynn and Ron

26 March 2022

Mabel Louis Ruff Glover Birth Anniversary

Aunt Mabel, Moi, and my sister, Linda, 1958

My aunt, Mabel Louise Ruff Glover, would have been 101 years old today. Aunt Mabel was one of my favorite aunts. She was married to my dad's half-brother, Frances’s "Hank" Glover.

I have a lot of fond memories of my Aunt Mabel. We would visit Aunt Mabel and Uncle Hank when they lived in Ferndale, Michigan and later Troy, Michigan. My uncle worked for General Motors, and they lived in South Africa and Brazil for a while.


The picture to the left was taken on Easter, 1962, at Uncle Hank's and Aunt Mabel's home in Ferndale. Uncle Hank, Aunt Mabel, and their son, Stu, are behind my mom, and Grandma Bell. My sister Linda and my self are in front. I'm the short one.

 We would only see Uncle Hank and Aunt Mabel once or twice a year, but I remember their homes in Ferndale and Troy. I remember their big shepherd, Shep, who was fierce when we pulled in the driveway and as tender as could be once he knew we were friends not foe. 

 Through the years when they lived out of the country, we would only see them when they came back to the United States. It was always an exciting time going to see them or when they would come to see us. 

 My Aunt Mabel was a kind, generous woman. She was a great host and a great cook. I have many of her recipes. Once at a stopover in London on the way to South Africa she bought china. She needed it for when General Motors executives visited South Africa. She would have dinner parties for them. After my aunt's death, Uncle Hank gave the china to my mom. My mom gave it to me when she downsized and moved to a senior living facility. I think she did that because I was supposed to get my Grandma Bell's china after she died, but Grandma's second husband was too stingy to ship it. 

 Aunt Mabel was born March 26, 1921, and died 15 April 1986 at the age of 75.

23 March 2022

Book Review: Roots for Kids by Susan Provost Beller

I was gifted two books from Genealogical Publishing Company to review. Both are by author Susan Provost Beller. One is Roots for Kids A Genealogy Guide for Young People, 3rd Edition and the other one is Roots for Kids Finding Your Family Stories.

Roots for Kids A Genealogy Guide for Young People is an introduction to genealogy and was updated in 2020. A lot has changed since the first publication of this book, in 1988. Beller says the material can be used in three ways: as a twelve-week enrichment class; as a four-to-five-week mini course; and as a self-taught genealogy course. The book is comprised of twelve chapters that covers family, local, state, and national records, analysis, evaluation, and ends with an ultimate field trip where Beller tells her own genealogy story.

Reading the book, I felt for it to be used as a self-study book, the student would have to be a very motivated, self-starter learner. There is a lot of reading in each chapter. It would work well with adult guidance, but I think it would work better as a teacher's guide for classes or mini lessons.

The book is filled with the author's experiences and stories, definitions, charts, and homework. The homework applies to information you will use in the following chapter. The information is presented in an orderly manner, the way genealogy research should be done. Each concept builds upon another.

The 102-page book is filled with all the information a beginning genealogist would need. For independent learners, I would recommend this book for motivated fourth graders, but it would be better for middle school age students and above. For classes and lessons, I would recommend it for fourth grade and above. Again, it is for beginning genealogists. Those who have already conducted family history research would find the book redundant.

Chapters Include:

  1. An Introduction to Genealogy
  2. You and Your Family
  3. Your Parents' Family
  4. Asking Questions: Genealogy as Oral History
  5. Putting It All Together
  6. Kinds of Records Found Locally
  7. Finding Local Records on the Internet
  8. Kinds of State and National Records
  9. Finding State and National Records on the Internet
  10. Evaluating Your Information
  11. Research Around the World on Your Computer
  12. The Ultimate Field
Appendices including Blank forms and Resources for Researching Your Family

No matter who uses the book, I am happy to see that there are resources available for children and teens who want to pursue their family history. It is an area where more is needed.

2. Roots for Kids Finding Your Family Stories is a companion piece to the Roots for Kids book above. It contains short easy to read chapters that can be used individually or a class writing prompts. The first eleven chapters includes a story, an explanation of what is of genealogical value in the story, definitions, and tips on how to get the information for a story. The last few chapters explain how to organize your stories, records that help, and information if you want to go further in your research.

This book could be used as a stand-alone if the person has some knowledge of conducting genealogy research. It could be used in a class setting, a group session, or for individuals. 

The stories told keeps the readers interest and will spark curiosity in the reader. It even sparked my curiosity to write family stories about heirlooms. Some children may enjoy the story aspect of genealogy rather than just the facts. Wherever one's interest lies let them start. The important thing is to keep their interest. 

Chapters Include

  1. It all begins with one story
  2. "Witch" people are my family?
  3. Fact and Fiction
  4. Where were you when?
  5. Everyone's favorite topic-Food
  6. Butch, Baker, Chandler understanding last names
  7. First names can tell stories, too!
  8. Home, sweet home!
  9. Mapping your World
  10. George Washington visits Disney World
  11. You are one in a million!
  12. Organizing your stories
  13. Things that can help
  14. Take a family field trip to your past
  15. History is, after all, just lots of stories

Susan Provost Beller Roots for Kids books are needed when it comes to engaging young people in genealogy research. You can't go wrong with either of these books if you are interested in children and teens learning more about their family history. Do you need help engaging your youngsters in genealogy? This would be a good place to start.

If you are interested in purchasing either of these books, go to Genealogical.com

Disclaimer: I received review copies of each of books, but the opinions are mine alone.


21 March 2022

WWII Family Soldiers in the News

Living in Battle Creek, Michigan afforded me the opportunity to search the Battle Creek Enquirer for historical news. I found many articles about my first cousins, once removed who grew up in Battle Creek. 

Jack and James Tyson, sons of my grand aunt, Adeline Glover Tyson McKie, were soldiers during World War II. Many articles were printed about them during the war. 

The Battle Creek Enquirer had a regular column, News of Our Men in the Service. One of the articles was about Jack Tyson. It told that he was to get sick leave. Here is the translation.

To Get Sick Leave-Pfc. Jack Tyson is expected here on a 10-day sick leave today from Camp Macall, N.C., where he was injured in a football game two weeks ago, shortly after his return to camp from a furlough spent in Battle Creek. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Tyson of 1835 West Goguac. Private Tyson is a paratrooper attached to a field artillery battalion. His wife, the former Miss Rosalene Richardson, who has been residing with him at Hamlet, N.C., will accompany him home. Private Tyson has been in the army nine months and is a former employe(sic) of United Steel & Wire Co.

Source: To Get Sick Leave, Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, United States, 29 November 1943, page twelve, column two, digitized images. Found online at Willard Library.org 

15 March 2022

Gravestone of Charles Waldo Glover

Charles was a popular name in the Glover line. Thank you to his parents, Samuel S. Glover Jr. and Adaline Dyer Glover for giving him a unique middle name of Waldo. Here is Charles gravestone in Fairview Cemetery, Bear Lake, Manistee, Michigan.



1859 Masonic Symbol 1927

My research, based on Charles' father's civil war pension, Charles' marriage record, and Michigan death certificates, gives his birth year as 1858.

13 March 2022

Burton L. Watt, Marquette, Michigan Obituary

My dad's maternal uncle, Burton Watt, or as we called him Uncle Burt was a wonderful man. Burt would visit us when we lived in Deckerville, Michigan. His daughter, Jean, lived in Flint and the whole family, Uncle Burt, Aunt Fran, Jean, her husband, Ed Schuler and their daughter, Kathy, would drive over to see my dad. This is such a short obituary for the 101 years that he lived. I will have to honor him in another blog post. Burton L. Watt's obituary transcription from the Marquette Mining Journal, 11 March 1994, page 5A, column 6:

Burton Watt
Traverse City-Burton L. Watt, 101, of Traverse City, died Sunday, March 6, 1994 in Traverse City.

Surviving are one granddaughter, Kathryn Philibeck of Marquette; one great-grandson, Thomas Philibeck of Marquette and one great-granddaughter, Stefanie Philibeck of Marquette.

Mr. Watt was preceded in death by his wife, Dora (Frances) Nelson Watt in 1992; a daughter Dorothy Jean Schuler in 1975; one brother and five sisters.

Cremation has taken place.  A memorial service for Burton and Frances will take place at 11 a.m.  April 27 at the Skandia United Methodist Church.  A lunch will follow at the church.

12 March 2022

Where in the World is William Powers of Vermont and New York?

 Where in the World is William Powers?

Where in the World is William Powers?






14 January 1777

Bennington, New Hampshire, British America




Lucinda “Lucy” Pixley




Vernon, Windham, Vermont, United States




Seneca, Ontario, New York, United States

Roll 33, Page 834



Ontario county, New York 



22 October 1813

Possibly Ontario County, New York


Where in the World is William Powers?

Obviously, I have a little more research to do for my fourth great grandfather, William Powers. He died young at the age of 36 from injuries suffered while serving in the War of 1812. His wife, Lucinda "Lucy" Pixley applied for a pension in lieu of bounty land. 

I found William Powers pension records on Fold 3, but do you think it would give a marriage date and place for William and Lucy? No. It did give me a marriage date,"on or about the 10th of February 1818, and name of her second husband, Walter Hyde. William left six children under the age of 15.

William Powers is a common name and I have yet to single my William out in the 1790 and 1800 U.S. Federal Census. The other record I would like to find is William's and Lucy's marriage. 


10 March 2022

My Mother's Birthday

 Audrey and Brenda, Circa 1958

My mother, Audrey, celebrated a birthday today. She is in great health, and I was able to spend the afternoon with her. She lives in an independent apartment about 6 minutes from me.

Neither one of us is ready to go into a restaurant to eat so I stopped at one of her favorite places, Ziingo, in Portage, Michigan. My mom calls it the Thai place. It is more Asian fusion, but I know what she is talking about.


Today's Ziingo Choices

The workers guide you through your order. There is a chalkboard of the daily options. I started with two bowls of pad Thai noodles, added chicken, veggies, and sauce for me. No sauce for my mom. I declined any appetizers, but crab Rangoon is one of my favorites. Last you can add fresh items to the top. I chose spinach for me and carrots for my mom. I delivered it to my mom's apartment, and we enjoyed lunch together. It was delicious.

Since Covid entered our universe, I haven't been able to spend a lot of time with my mom. The senior living place where she lives has strict covid protocols. Even today, I had to sign in via a tablet and have my temperature checked. I am not complaining, I am happy they are keeping their residents safe. There has been a case or two here and there, but they are doing a great job with protecting their residents. Masks are required in the common areas, but once I got into my mom's apartment I could take it off.

I enjoyed my afternoon with my mom. She doesn't use the computer, so I showed her some pictures of her great grandchildren that were on Facebook. I showed her a picture of a friend of hers from when my mom and dad lived in Deckerville. Her friend is 95 years old, and she went on a snowmobile ride. The home where her friend lives videotaped it and put it on their Facebook page. Next, she started asking me if so and so died, so I used my phone and googled a few people for her. Next, I went to two funeral homes that were in small towns where she lived, and she looked at a few obituaries.

It was a different way to spend her birthday, but she is quite isolated from her aging friends that live far away. My dad was the computer person and she never wanted to learn how to use the computer. She didn't even like reading things on the computer. My dad would print it for her.

My mom isn't a big cake person, so I bought lemon bars for her. She loves lemon desserts. One year I made her a lemon meringue pie for her birthday. Since it was just the two of us, I didn't want that much dessert. While we were eating the kitchen sent up three homemade cupcakes with birthday greetings. She will be in a sugar coma if she eats all that. I told her to share them with her friends.

I am fortunate that I still have my mom to celebrate on her birthday. I am the only one of four children that lives in Michigan. The birthday may not have been like they were years ago, but I was happy to celebrate with her.



07 March 2022

The Gift of an Autobiography-Fort McClellan, Alabama

The post I wrote about military newspapers, Using Military Newspapers in Your Research, got me thinking about my father's time at Fort McClellan, Alabama. My dad wrote about his time at Fort McClellan in his autobiography.


     "The most beautiful sight I think I ever witnessed up to this time of my life occurred on the voyage home when our ship entered New York Harbor and for the first time I saw the “Statue of Liberty.”  What excitement to finally be coming home to see Mom, Dad, and all my friends. I was given a two-week furlough before an assignment at Fort McClellan, Alabama as a physical Training and Bayonet Instructor. We all figured it would only be a matter of time before we would be heading to the Pacific Theater. I did not have enough points to get out yet. While at Fort McClellan I also coached and played on a company basketball team in the evening for recreation. We didn’t have a very good team. At the end of the season there was a post championship tournament in which the seven regiments stationed there selected all-star teams from their regiments. Colonel Reeder, the Regimental Commander of the 7th Regiment, of which I was a member, asked me to coach the team which I gladly accepted. We had two weeks to practice, pick our team and get ready for the Tournament.

      The 3rd Regiment won practically every year and were heavy favorites as they had some college players, including one who played some at Notre Dame. I was discouraged when I held our first couple of tryouts as there seemed to be hardly any talent at all. Then one night I heard a knock on my door in the Officer’s quarters and a Captain from another company in our Regiment said he just got a shipment of new trainees fresh out of New York high schools and they wanted to play basketball and was there any openings. I would have accepted anyone at this time and told them to report to the gym the next night at 7 o’clock. Five boys reported and all of them had either played together or against each other in New York City schools.

     WOW ONE TRIP UP AND DOWN THE FLOOR AND I HAD MY STARTING FIVE. Jack Gilcrest was a 5-10 guard who could shoot the eyes out of the basket. An Italian lad named Pommerano was 6-2 had all the moves in the middle, shooting, passing, and rebounding. The other three boys were equally impressive, and they blended as a team as if they had played together all their lives. To make a long story short we won the tournament breezing handily through the first two games and whipping the 3rd Regiment in the finals by two points. I, along with the team, was the Toast of the Regiment as a result. My biggest contribution was probably staying out of the way and letting them play. I honestly believe this experience was a catalyst for launching my coaching and teaching career at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, following my release from the service.

     While at Fort McClellan the War in the Pacific ended in August 1945 with the surrender of the Japanese forces. I was honorably discharged at Camp McCoy north of Wisconsin on May 2, 1946, after 33 plus months of service. I left the service with the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, a Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and a World War II Victory Medal."


I wanted to find out more about the tournament he coached and since I am not able to go to Fort McClellan at this time, I thought I would see if there was a Facebook page for Fort McClellan. I found one, Fort McClellan Memories. I posted the paragraphs from my dad's autobiography and pictures of the tournament asking if anyone knew of any newspaper archives available. I did get a couple of interesting comments. One was from someone who had worked at Fort McClellan and said the gym was Miller Gym. Another thought the records were archived at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. This led me to more ideas for research. I will share my findings as I get replies from a few written inquiries.

My dad's autobiography has been a gift that keeps on giving. I am happy he wrote and published it. He gifted it to every family member. Since his death, in 2018, I have been asked by his former athletes and students if they could get a copy. I have shared it with those who ask. 

 Picture Information: The picture is one that was in my dad's collection. Bruce Glover is the last one on the right. I do not know who was in the picture with him and my father didn't remember their names.

04 March 2022

Are You Using These Genealogical Sources?

Are you satisfied with low hanging fruit genealogical sources, or do you strive to dig deeper with your ancestry? Most genealogists will tell you to start your research with the census. The census is readily available online and easy to use. Other easy sources to find are death and marriage records. I consider these low hanging fruit sources, ones that are easy to find.

Digging deeper or using records that are tougher to use and harder to find are important when doing genealogy research. I used to think if I could fill a five-generation pedigree chart with names, birth, marriage, and death data I would be happy. The more I research the more I want to know. I am not satisfied with 'just the facts'.

Some records aren't used as often as they should. How many of the records below do you use regularly in your research?

Genealogical Records to Pursue

Land Records-you either love them or hate them. Usually, land records are easy to find. They are recorded at the county or state level and have been archived. Family Search and Ancestry have numerous land records in their databases. I will admit I like the information I find in land records, but do not enjoy reading them. Reading them on microfilm is even more challenging. Once I read so many land records on microfilm, I think I got motion sickness.

Land records are important because they show where your ancestor purchased or sold land. Remember they may not have lived on that land. They can show family relationships. Finding, using, and understanding land records provides valuable information.

A tip I received from Rhonda McClure at the New England Historic Genealogical Society was to add all the land bought and sold. If the numbers aren't equal, there is more to find.

Voter or Poll Records-qualifying to vote can provide records of interest to genealogists. Potential voters must prove residency. I have seen addresses, ages, previous voting place, and naturalization information in these records. Voting records are held at the city, town, or township level.

Criminal Records-do you have an outcast in the family? Look in newspapers and court records for more information. Information gleaned from these records can lead one to other records of importance.

Probate Records-Probate records are coming online more these days. I know Calhoun county, Michigan has microfilmed their probate records and the index is available online at Willard Library, Battle Creek, MI. The Archives of Michigan is in the process of scanning all the probate records in their possession and will be available at Michiganology when completed.

Tax Records-Benjamin Franklin says nothing is certain except death and taxes. Tax records are the first ones to be re-recorded in the case of a fire or damage. The government wants their money, and the taxpayer doesn't want to pay twice. The taxpayer will bring receipt of tax payment to the assessor. Information varies on what is recorded, but they are well worth finding.

Manuscripts-genealogists underutilize manuscripts because they are harder to find, or one doesn't know where to look. Finding aids are important when looking for manuscript material.

  • World Cat-provides the researcher with access to over 10,000 libraries and archives. Information varies, but look for a diary, oral history, church membership, and other records. I found church records for Ypsilanti Presbyterian Church by using World Cat. They are stored at Bentley Historical Library at University of Michigan. 
  • NUCMC-National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections leads the researcher to archival and manuscript materials. Once you learn how to search at NUCMC a world of resources is open. Repositories include historical societies. Family letters, bible records, plantation owners, tax lists, marriage records, and more can lead you to your family.
  • Archive Grid-is a great resource for unpublished resources. Finding a diary, school record, or store ledger is a genealogical gem for those looking for them. The difference between Archive Grid and World Cat is that Archive Grid is for unpublished resources and World Cat covers published resources.

Most manuscript collections are not digitized, but the catalogs listed above will lead you to the repository. Next, you will need to plan a road trip or contact the repository for access information. 

If you haven't explored manuscripts, please do, you won't be disappointed. I have found items I had no clue existed by being creative in my search. A few examples of my searching included: Manistee Lutheran minister, Lemke; lighthouse keepers in Michigan; Ypsilanti MI Presbyterian church records, justice of peace records for Detroit, Michigan, Governor Begole records, and so many more.


02 March 2022

My March Ancestors



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 March 1699/1700

Joseph FULLER (322)

2 March 1742

Ambrose SALISBURY (280)

2 March 1763

Christina LIVENGOOD (259)

2 March 1800

Mary KINGSLEY (222)

3 March 1636

Uli MAST (386)

3 March 1693

Hans MAST and Anna MISHLER (329)

3 March 1742

Anna Margaretha GERMANN (280)

3 March 1837

Henry Pierce Strong GLOVER (185)

4 March 1671

Mehitabel OSGOOD (351)

4 March 1772

Elihu ROWLEY (250)

4 March 1787

Mary SCHROCK (235)

4 March 1846

Daniel C. FENN and Jane E. POOR (176)

4 March 1871

Julius ZOBEL (151)

4 March 1886

Jean Ethel WATT (136)

6 March 1789

Alexander GLOVER (233)

6 March 1805

Anna Caroline KONIG (217)

6 March 1838

Adaline L. DYER (184)

7 March 1796

Charles Williamson GLOVER (226)

7 March 1865

Samuel MAST (157)

8 March 1646

John HASELTINE and Joan ANTER (376)

8 March 1941

Carl Edward MCDONALD and Betty Leona BOND (81)

9 March 1727

Jonathan ROWLEY and Anne FULLER (295)

9 March 1891

Laura Myrtle MCGEE (131)

9 March 1893

Edna May MCGEE (129)

9 March 1935

Raymond Paul GRAF and Virginia MILLER (87)

10 March 1743

Moses POOR (279)

10 March 1766

John "Hans" SCHROCK (256)

10 March 1845

Frank Cushman BEGOLE (177)

11 March 1817

Fredrick BEGOLE (205)

11 March 1861

Gustav Ernst RADKE (161)

11 March 1883

Annie Eliza "Mabel" MCGEE (139)

11 March 1889

Laura Myrtle MCGEE (133)

11 March 1917

Francis Mae GRAF (105)

13 March 1915

Margaret Ruth CHALMERS (107)

14 March 1689/90

Jonathan CLARK (332)

14 March 1699/1700

Joseph POOR (322)

17 March 1779

John LIVENGOOD (243)

17 March 1844

Harriet M. A. "Annette" GLOVER (178)

18 March 1789

Huldah ROWLEY (233)

19 March 1843

George DYER (179)

20 March 1653

Mary ROWLEY (369)

20 March 1756

Alexander GLOVER (266)

20 March 1867

Silas R. FENN and Elizabeth BUSH (155)

20 March 1906

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