July, 2007

I’ll Be Workin’ on The Railroad

[Posted from Kansas City, Missouri] Tomorrow evening, we board the west-bound Southwest Chief to head back to GeneaBlogie Headquarters. Despite the shaky start, it’s been a good trip and we return with a treasure trove of information that we’ll be analyzing and writing about in the coming weeks. One of the difficulties of a trip like this is that you …Continue reading →


What do I Do Now? Moral Dilemmas in Genealogy

[Posted from Kansas City, Missouri] I was doing a fairly simple chart for a particular family when I came across a public record of a somewhat recent birth that the family had not mentioned. There was no reason not to have mentioned it except to keep it secret. What to do? Should I put it on the chart and say …Continue reading →


A Couple of Uploads from Photo Grrl

Right: Our author takes a stroll off the train during a lenghty stop at Albuquerque. Left: Craig at St Louis Public Library, 7/23/07 Left: Kansas City Union Station, 7/19/07


Prairie Du Rocher, Illinois

Some Pleasant Surprises in this River Town Last Saturday morning, we set out for Prairie du Rocher, Illinois–me, the Geneablogie Staff Photographer (whom I’ve dubbed Photo Grrl, because it’s shorter and may annoy her), and two direct descendants of the French Negroes of Illinois, Edna P., age 86, and Edna W., her 67 year old daughter. Prairie du Rocher is …Continue reading →


Research Note: On the Ground in Cemeteries

[Posted from Kansas City, Missouri] I’ve spent several days in cemeteries on this trip and the following have proved useful: 1. Call ahead to ascertain the hours both the gates and the office (if there is one) will be open. 2. Stop by the office (if there is one) and interview the staff. Learn the history of the cemetery as …Continue reading →


Some Lessons Learned

On the first part of our on-going midsummer research trip, the following lessons became clear to me: Everything takes longer and costs more than estimates. Hauling octogenarians around on cemetery research in July heat is not necessarily a good idea, no matter how much they want to go. Socializing too much with old friends and acquaintances can be hazardous to …Continue reading →


We’re in Kansas City!

We made the trip from St Louis to Kansas City in record time this afternoon with the GeneaBlogie staff photographer (aka Photo Grrl) at the wheel of a 2007 Pontiac Firebird Grand Am. Photo Grrl went to college in Leavenworth, Kansas, several decades ago and is well-familiar with all the speed enforcement agencies between KC and St Louis. On this …Continue reading →


The Reserach Trip Gets Much, Much Better

[Posted from the St Louis Public Library, St Louis, Missouri] Life on our big research trip has gotten much, muuch better! On Friday, I explored the well-maintained genealogical collection of the St Louis Public Library at the central branch downtown, as well as the archives of the St Louis Post-Dispatch and the now-defunct St Louis Globe-Democrat. The complete archives of …Continue reading →


This Trip Has Got to Get Better Because . . .

. . . well, just because! [Posted from the St Louis Public Library, St Louis, Missouri]–So just after I completed the last post from Kansas City Union Station, Amtrak announced it was time to board the train for St Louis. Except that this day, it wouldn’t be a train, it would be a bus! Why? An Amtrak spokesman explained, “There’s …Continue reading →


Everything That Could Go Wrong . . .

. . . did. In which our hero finds himself on an Indian reservation without an Internet connection and speaks to an Indian with reservations 5,000 miles away. There was good news and bad news: Good news: On Monday, the GeneaBlogie research staff got a few hours’ extra sleep.Bad news: The reason we got some extra sleep was that the …Continue reading →

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