Thursday, September 15, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday Funny

"Diary of A Census Enumerator," comes from the 9 June 1880 issue of Puck, a 19th century humor magazine. You can find Puck and more humorous articles through Google Books. Rob Weir of my Boston University Genealogical Research Group originally shared the article on Facebook. I hope you enjoy the humor!

Page 239

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Those Thursday Places

Riverview School

Riverview School was located in Village of Riverview, Cook County, Illinois. The photograph was taken in 1915 and was the school that my grandmother, Henrietta Danker, attended. Her teacher was Miss Zeuch whom I suspect to be a relative. I have a collection of one-hundred year old letters that Henrietta wrote to her Aunt Emma and Uncle Oscar Solum and are presently the subject of my Monday posts. 

The school opened as a two-room frame building in 1893. At that time, the Village of Riverview was an industrial town with many factories. I know there were also many farm families including my Danker ancestors. Fires consumed many of the factories and as a result Riverview lost its industrial base.

In 1925 the town of Des Plaines annexed sleepy Riverview. Riverview School was replaced in 1938 with a brick structure and in 1945 Riverview School became South School. Two generations of my family attended Riverview: Henrietta Danker and my father are Riverview School scholars! 

Dad is wearing the striped socks in the first row.
Grandma marked him with blue pen.
She also marked his cousin whose name escapes me.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Danker and Duntemann women on the Danker Farm.
Riverview, Illinois (Now Des Plaines, Illinois)
Henrietta Danker is wearing the plaid dress.
Her mother, Julia, has a hat on.
about 1915

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Amanuensis Monday - Henrietta Danker to Oscar and Emma Solum - November 1, 1916

Henrietta Danker, age 9, lived in Riverview, Cook, Illinois. Riverview is now Des Plaines, Illinois. She was writing to her Aunt Emma and Uncle Oscar Solum of Chicago, Illinois.

                                                                                                  Nov. 1st 1916

                                                       Dear Auntie and uncle.
                                                       I havent got much to
                                                       say but I want to thank
                                                       you for the halloween
                                                       present but when we 
                                                       got it the paper was
                                                       tore and everything was
                                                       upset Anna Schumann
                                                       was here yesterday and
                                                       for once we didnt fight
                                                       You better come out once
                                                       more then after while
                                                       we will have more time.
                                                       Bring uncle Oscar along
                                                       and he can eat all the carrots
                                                       he wants Come and get some 

                                                      Your neice Henrietta
                                                      Thousands of kisses
                                                      and hugs from mamma
                                                      and I

Travel Tuesday

As Dorothy Gale once proclaimed, "There's no place like home."

That statement is especially true when it comes to researching my family tree. It is not necessary to venture far from my childhood home to find an abundance of research material for both my maternal and paternal lines as my ancestors didn't venture far from home. They stayed put for generations. With the exception, of course, of my immigrant ancestors who bravely crossed the Atlantic Ocean.

My British and German immigrants arrived in New York, made their way west and settled in a small rural area northwest of Chicago and just south of O'Hare International Airport. At the time of their arrival O'Hare was a vast prairie.

The Des Plaines History Center has been my "Go To" repository for ancestors dating back from the 1850s to present time. I only need to travel about twenty minutes to research a repository filled with information about MY family. I have been blessed with the convenience. I can't speak out enough of the importance of historical societies and centers to family research.

That doesn't mean I haven't traveled distances for research for I have. In fact, I am itching to hit the road and research other repositories and history museums. Until that time arrives, I am one lucky researcher to have such quality resources so close to home.

Happy researching....


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sunday's Obituary

Here are three obituaries for one person, Richard William Dollen. The most obvious inconsistency is in the spelling of his last name. These obits remind me to always search surnames with spelling variations or wild cards. 

These three obits have also humbled me. I considered myself a fairly decent researcher, until they taught me a BIG lesson. 

I had been wondering where Richard attended grammar and high school and had spent a great deal of time and effort into researching schools in his Chicago neighborhood. You can only imagine my shock when I finally got around to looking at his obituaries that were neatly stored in my binders. 

Finding information about his grammar school and high school in his obituary took me by surprise. His mother must have wanted to alert fellow classmates of this death. 

I ate humble pie that day! 


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Laying the Organizational Groundwork

There are times when I open up just to see what is going one. It is a curious mind type of look: Nothing serious just poking around research fun.

Then there are days that I research with something specific in mind. I ask a question and try to find the answer. That is productive research as it keeps me focused.

Focus is what keeps me on task. I must admit, once again, that I am a sucker for the Bright Shiny Objects. It is the goal that holds my focus. I try to  ignore the BSOs,

Thomas MacEntee offered up a spreadsheet to record those BSOs that need exploring at a later date. I chose not to reinvent the wheel and will use his spreadsheet as an organizational aide. I presently record the BSOs on tiny pieces of paper or on the back of the nearest envelope. They get put into a pile. The pile keeps on growing as does my disorganization.

Now where did I put that piece of paper?

Have a Happy Day!


Monday, January 4, 2016

January 2016 Go-Over Organizational Plans

I have decided to participate in the Go-Over rather than the Do-Over as I would like to develop a solid plan for organizing my data.

Just three days ago, I proclaimed that I was a fairly good researcher and that I needed help with tracking research and source citation. True. Still true. However, I also stated that I was certain other faults were waiting to be discovered and discovered they were. The Do-Over Workbook has been helpful in my journey of self discovery.

As of 4 January 2016 this is what I must do to become better organized…

      Find a quiet place to work and dedicate a segment of the day solely to genealogy. This time will be morning to mid-day. I PROMISE NOT TO RESEARCH IN THE HOURS BETWEEN 10 P.M. AND MIDNIGHT.    

      I will organize myself prior to researching by setting a research goal and planning my research. I will create research logs and to do lists. I will organize my computer files.

     “Bright Shiny Objects” will not distract me. Those BSOs are deadly! For eight years I have been diagnosing myself with Attention Deficit Disorder. The longer I have been at genealogy the more difficult it has been for me to stay on task. I have switched from one ancestor to the next. One tree to the next. I blamed it on ADD and have come to realize that I have been afflicted with The Bright Shiny Object Syndrome. 

Better get to work.