Remembering Our Ancestors’ Birthdays

Today, November 5th, is a special day around here. It is Bertille "Tillie" Anne Brand Klein's birthday! She was born on this date in 1914. Do you acknowledge your ancestor's birthdays? If so, how? I tend to only remember/acknowledge those relatives that I knew personally. My grandparents and my father are the birthdays that I remember. I take a moment to think of them and how they affected my life. I enjoy sharing photos with others on this special day in my loved one's life. Many times I am not the only one that remembers them and I thoroughly enjoy hearing others memories. Many times I hear stories that I had never heard before. That is a true blessing! As for Bertille aka Tillie, you, my dear reader, know her by her words. By her chronicling of her small town of Hecker during the … Read More >

Dreaming of RootsTech? Enter my GIVEAWAY for a chance at a FREE pass! Giveaway is NOW CLOSED!

Enter For Your Chance Here! As many of you know I have the honor of being a RootsTech ambassador for the 2019 RootsTech Conference. It is a mecca of all things genealogy! A chance to see amazing speakers plus be surrounded by those who appreciate the connections and sense of belonging that comes from researching your family's story. One of the perks of sharing all the goodness that is RootsTech is that I get to grant one of my lucky winners a FREE 4 day pass to RootsTech to be held from February 27 through March 2, 2019 (a $299 value)! Pass includes the following: Over 300 classes Keynote/General Session Expo Hall Evening Events Pass does not include the following: Transportation to and from Salt Lake City, Utah and/or the Salt Palace Convention Center … Read More >

It’s Try-It! Illinois Time! Don’t know what this is? Read on!

Do you live in Illinois? You might be able to access genealogy databases for FREE during the months of October and November!   Try-It! Illinois is sponsored by the Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse White, as well as the Illinois State Library. It offers library users the opportunity to discover and evaluate a wide variety of online databases.   The … Read More >

Giveaway Time on Facebook!

Join me over on my Facebook page! Did you know that October is Family History Month? Yet another reason I love this month! There is nothing better than the weather getting a slight chill in the air and cozying up with a soft blanket while reading a good book. Do you agree? Over on my Facebook page, I am running a giveaway for a copy of the newly released historical fiction book. … Read More >

RootsTech: What is it and why should you go?

What if I told you of a conference you could attend with 27,000 of your closest friends and all you talk about is family history? This place does exist and it is called RootsTech. I attended RootsTech (held annually in Salt Lake City, Utah) for the first time this past February. It was amazing and overwhelming and amazing and fun and amazing and mind-expanding and amazing. Did I mention … Read More >

Tillie’s News Diaries from the 1930s

Monday, Nov. 15, 1937

Went to Orlets butchering, had lunch, dinner & supper. killed 2, 1 for them & 1 for his folks, they helped & Jake, Uncle Fred & A. Mary, 255 – 184 they weighed. We came home did our work & went back again, played 2 games pinochle, Isd. came out to after work sugar cured there meat, then went home; getting colder tonite.

Sunday, Nov. 14, 1937

Cold. We went to mass. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stayed awhile; went home; came back again this eve; played 3 games pinochle.

Saturday, Nov. 13, 1937

Pap got crushing done. He went to Grosomann’s sale by Smithton & Bert [Bertille] went along with Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary to a sale at Belleville, mostly old & antique things; bought some fresh liver saussage [sic] from Schwaegels; sure is good 23¢ lb. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came down, played, 2 games pinochle; popcorn etc.

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