RootsTech 2019 News and Updates

As many of you know, I am a 2019 RootsTech Ambassador. What that means is that I get to share with you all the wonderfulness that is RootsTech when it happens (February 27 - March 2, 2019) as well as give you the inside scoop of the speakers and contests that will be occurring. It was announced last week that Saroo Brierly will be the keynote speaker for Friday, March 1st (there is a different keynote for each day of the conference). Did you see or hear of the 2016 Oscar Nominated movie Lion? It is based on Mr. Brierly's life as an accidental orphan in India who is adopted by an Australian couple. The movie is excellent and I am so excited to hear Mr. Brierly's talk. What is neat about RootsTech Conferences and their keynote speakers is that not only do you get to hear their story … Read More >

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 … 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 >

Tillie’s News Diaries from the 1930s

Thursday, Dec. 16, 1937

Raining again all day; some weather. Pap went to see Fr. Spor’s at Red Bud paid $8. pew rent. Went to Hecker, got 50 lbs. flour. Mehrmann got 7 doz. eggs .28 [cents]. It sure is foggy, it’s so thick, can’t see very far at all, last nite same way.

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1937

Washed, ironed curtains, dining room. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary were up this morn. Rain this eve.; ice is going away, warm all day. Pap got his hair cut. Walter Wittenauer was here yesterday morning. Eggs are 27 [cents] here now.

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1937

Baked cookies, molasses, oatmeal, Nut carmel [sic]. Icey [sic] as ever this morn. & all day so foggy tonite; not so cold 34. There was so many people killed & died of injury from the ice.

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