Dreaming of RootsTech? Enter my GIVEAWAY for a chance at a FREE pass!

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 genealogy specific ones are Fold3 (military records), Chicago Tribune Historical archives, Newspapers.com, MyHeritage Library edition (similar to Ancestry) plus many more!   So how do you access these great resources? First, contact your local library and ask for the Try-It! login and password.   Then go to http://finditillinois.org/tryit/. After you have logged in, click on SUBJECT … 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 >

Let’s Get Social! Genealogy and Social Media

Genealogy is more about making connections between the past and the present and sharing stories within the two then it is about the filling in the blanks of certain life events. Have you ever thought of using social media as a tool in the gathering of these stories and a means of making those vital connections? Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are just some of the outlets that you should be using … Read More >

Tillie’s News Diaries from the 1930s

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1937

Raining this morn. again a little, getting colder. Leo & Rose [Rosalia] came this eve. brought us apples & Mail Order; paps shoes everything allright, shoes a little big. The Ladies Aid have euchre at Kammler’s Hall tonite, we didn’t go; we played pinochle, 3 games.

Monday, Oct. 18, 1937

Raining all day. Leo Cortner was here looking for shoats. Pap got Bill Fritsche down to look at the furnace, cleaned it all out, had smoked so bad yesterday; couldn’t make much fire, warm again today, haven’t got fire in furnace now.

Sunday, Oct. 17, 1937

Went to mass; we had real sermon, church from 7:30 till 9. Raining all morn & all day & nite. Uncle Fred & A. [Aunt] Mary stopped awhile after mass. Wusthmark [sic – wurstmart] & free dance at Smithton.

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