St Louis

Who Is This Man?

This photograph was found in St Louis, Missouri, along with many others depicting members of the Micheau family of Prairie du Rocher and Sparta, Illinois.  No living relative among those that I interviewed had anyy idea who he might be.  Is this a family member? A friend? How old? Occupation? Just what is his story? When was the picture taken …Continue reading →


Family on Television

My families will be getting some television exposure this fall. First, on Tuesday, November 11, ABC Family Channel presents the two hour season finale of Lincoln Heights, which stars Nicki Mischeau as Jennifer Sutton, wife of police officer Eddie Sutton. Nicki is part of the “French Negroes of Illinois” families that settled in St Louis.  An experienced character role player, …Continue reading →


Who Am I? Another Orphan Postcard

This photo postcard was found in family pictures in St Louis, Missouri.  Living family members do not recognize the man. He may be from St Louis, or possibly from the Southern Illinois region encompassing Randolph, St Clair, Union, Monroe, and Jackson counties. One clue as to the time frame is on the reverse side.  There around the stampbox are the …Continue reading →


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 →


Update: The Missouri Insurance Company

Over on our soon-to-be-vacated 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 →


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 →


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


Lynne "Angel" Harvey, 1916-2008, Good Day!

As both my regular readers know, I’m an old radio guy–that is, an old guy who used to be on the radio (more than thirty years ago!). So I was especially saddened to read the following press release from Washington University in St Louis. Following in bold type is Washington University Press Release May 6, 2008 — Legendary news producer …Continue reading →

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