Missouri


Happy Mother’s Day, Haplogroup L3!

Yes, a genetic genealogy remembrance of Mitochrondrial DNA Day! Here are my mothers (my matrilineage), as far as I know them, with their spouse’s name in [ ]: Lillian Gines (living)[H.V. Manson] Annie Florida Corrine Long (b. 1902, Kansas City, MO; died 1986, Kansas City, MO)[Wm. E. Gines Mary Elizabeth Johnson (b. 1870, Clay County, MO; died 1946, Kansas City, …Continue reading →

Genealogical Customer Service Kudos

I had to order a copy of a Missouri birth certificate on short notice recently.  I ordered it through VitalChek.   Now the trick is not  to order birth certificates from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in Jefferson City, which is the main repository.  Instead, order them from Kansas City or St Louis, which both have statewide records.  …Continue reading →

Love Letters from Prairie du Rocher: Epilogue

1. Joseph Perry Micheau and Edna Julia Lewis were married on 27 November 1913, at St. Francis Xavier Church, in Carbondale, Illinois.  They were married for 62 years before Joe died in 1975.  On their 50th wedding anniversary in 1963, they received a special telegram from Pope John XXIII. 2.  She was, at the end of the day, a practical …Continue reading →

Valentines Day: Love Letters from Prairie du Rocher

Joseph Perry Micheau (born 23 Feb 1888, Prairie du Rocher, Illinois; died 15 Nov 1975, St Louis, Missouri) was a descendant of the French Negroes of Illinois–originally slaves from Jamaica brought to Upper Louisiana  by French entrepeneur Phillipe Renault in the 1720′s.  The Micheau family represent well the social and cultural lives of the descendants of the French Negroes of …Continue reading →

St Louis History: Charles W. Steiner, 1860-1950

From Centennial History of Missouri, Vol. III (St Louis-Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1921) Charles W. Steiner, president and treasurer of the Steiner Engraving & Badge Company, of St. Louis, was here born October 5, 1860, the son of Otto and Mrs. Katherine (Oehler) Steiner, who came from Germany to the new world in early childhood. They were married in …Continue reading →

Black History Month: Knights of Peter Claver – St Elizabeth’s Branch, St Louis, MO

During November, which is Black Catholic History Month, I wrote about the Knights of Peter Claver.  A few days ago, I came across this badge from St Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in St Louis.  St Elizabeth’s was a parish established especially for black Catholics by Fr. John Markoe and his brother, Fr. William Markoe, both Jesuits, during the term of Archbishop …Continue reading →

Black History Month: A Strange Letter and an un-Fair Move?

Sometime after their marriage in 1913, Joseph P. Micheau and his wife Edna Lewis moved their family from Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, to St. Louis, Missouri. According to Joseph’s 1917 draft card, they  lived at 4210 Cote Brilliant and then apparently at 3128 Fair Avenue. The 1920 census places them on Fair Avenue.  Later, however, they moved to 1923 Whittier, …Continue reading →

Black Catholic History Month: The First African-American Priest

In recognition of Black Catholic Hisotry Month, we reprise a popular post from 2008. Originally Published at GeneaBlogie on Tuesday, February 12, 2008. Who was the first African-American Catholic Priest? The answer is . . . it depends on who you ask. And sometimes the same person will give two different answers! The contenders are Father James Healy (1830-1900), ordained …Continue reading →

Black Catholic History Month: Gunsmoke & Catholic Genealogy

Originally appeared on Monday, November 13, 2006 at GeneaBlogie Updated: photo added; some dates corrected An almost sinful obsession of mine after genealogy is watching Gunsmoke [TVLand, most weekends; also early mornings during the week; check local listings (Update~11/04/09: Gunsmoke is not currently running on TVLand)]. Some weekends, it seems as if the time passes and little gets done except …Continue reading →

Good Schools A Staple of Ancestors’ Lives

This was produced for the 17th edition of “Smile for the Camera” I really don’t have much in the way of  photographs on my ancestors’ school days.   I have in the past posted school census records from the very early twentieth century in Milam County, Texas, where my gg-grandmother and her descendants lived.  But I know virtually nothing about my …Continue reading →

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