Crowning Glory Indeed!

Eighth Grade Graduating Class, St Rita’s Academy, 1934, St Louis, Missouri Front Row left: Edna Mary Micheau Submitted for Smile for the Camera, 5th Edition, at Shades of the Departed Photography by Ladd’s Studio, 5972 Easton Avenue, St Louis, Missouri Original Privately Held by Craig Manson, Carmichael, California


Update: An Attempted Act of Genealogical Kindness

The Union, a newspaper published in Grass Valley, Nevada County, California (about 48.6 miles north of the GeneaBloggcast Center, according to Google Maps) continues its series on the World War II letters from a sailor to his wife back home. A number of folks have volunteered to try to find an appropriate relative to whom the letters might be given. …Continue reading →


My Favorite Photograph

This was supposed to have been a post for the 4th Edition of Smile for the Camera at Shades of the Departed, but I missed the deadline. (Somewhere along the line, about three weeks ago, perhaps, I slid behind schedule and have been running to catch up! We’ll see what that means for the Games!). In any event, I decided …Continue reading →


Update: The Missouri Insurance Company

Over on our soon-to-be-vacated blogspot.com site, my Brayboy cousin Karen Burney had this to say in the comments: Craig, that is a great artifact. Sorry to be the “Devils Advocate” but thought I would share some thoughts on why these policies were so popular and seemed a good investment then and even now. First, as you point out, the primary …Continue reading →


The Missouri Insurance Company

In the first half of the twentieth century, it was a common practice of many immigrant families and African-American families to purchase life insurance policies on their infant children. Indeed, as late as the 1990’s, a well respected baby food company was sponsoring such insurance policies. Why would someone purchase a life insurance policy on an infant? Isn’t the textbook …Continue reading →


Carnival Carousel: Harvesting & Sharing the Bounty

Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, I’ve been blessed with a bounteous trove of genealogical riches, nearly more than one person can handle. We’ve been slowly and carefully going through boxes of documents and photographs (and at the rate we’re going, we’re likely to spend the next 15 years at this! For this Carnival, I thought I would give you …Continue reading →


Carnival of Genealogy: 106 Years in America–And More!

One ancestor I’m really trying to learn more about is my great-great-grandfather William (“Billie”) Sanford. He was born in 1809 in Virginia and died in 1916 in Texas at the age of 106! A book I read says that he is the oldest person buried in the “colored” section of the Old City Cemetery in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas. (170 …Continue reading →


New Midwest Genealogy Center Opens

The Kansas City Star reports that the ribbon-cutting and dedication of the new Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri, was held today. As regular readers know, that’s right in the heart of my maternal homelands. I’m quite eager to visit on my next trip back! But, until I can see it in person and blog about it, here’s the next …Continue reading →


William George Micheau, 1880-1949

Born 31 Dec 1880, Prairie du Rocher, IllinoisDied 15 Nov 1949, St Louis, MissouriOccupation: Barber*Parents: George Micheau, Sr. & Mary Emma RoySpouse: Clara Robinson (or Roberson), 1885-1938 *“It will doubtless be observed by the reader, that a majority of our colored aristocracy belong to the tonsorial profession; a mulatto takes to razor and soap as naturally as a young duck …Continue reading →


A St Louis Belle

19 year old Edna Mary Micheauon her wedding day1940

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