FindAGrave.com

I started contributing to FindAGrave.com this week.  It's a wonderful tool for research, and decided I needed to contribute to the website.  Check out my profile.  Currently I'm working on my Dad's side of the family, so I've added Lightcap, Strelesky, Sanders, and Uhlrich records. … [Read more...]

Firestone Genealogy

Headstone: Rebecca (Firestone) Smith

So, I've been researching Mary (Smith) Lightcap's parents, Christian and Rebecca (Firestone) Smith.  Rebecca's parents are Daniel and Anne (Lang) Firestone.  There has been a lot of research done on the Firestones - thank goodness! Sometimes it seems that I'm the only person researching certain family lines.  How wonderful to make a family connection where research has been done and where the research has been CITED.  I don't know how many times I come across research and there's nothing to back it up.  I HATE that. George Ely Russell compiled Firestone genealogy … [Read more...]

Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness

My ggg-grandfather was married to Mary Smith. I never focused much on her because, well, her name was Smith. Anyway, I should have focused on her side sooner since I've discovered so much about them the past couple of months - ever since I received her father's War of 1812 pension records. I discovered through these records that Mary's mother was Rebecca Firestone. Rebecca's father is Daniel Firestone. Fortunately, there's been a lot of research done on the Firestones - just not Rebecca descendants.  That's been left up to me, but that's okay, I'm up to the challenge.  … [Read more...]

Death: John Thomas Davis

John B., Margaret (Hicks), and John Thomas Davis

John Thomas Davis was the brother of my great-grandfather, Percy Davis.  He was born in Council Hill, Illinois, on March 8, 1878.   Both my mom and grandma thought it odd that no one ever talked about him.  His death was very mysterious. I haven't been able to find any articles but this one about his death.  Originally my mom thought that the Watertown mentioned in his obituary referred to Watertown, Wisconsin.  We couldn't figure out what he was doing there, but it made sense. However, when the information on his death certificate became available on Ancestry.com, … [Read more...]

Obituary: Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap

Eunice Strelesky

Eunice StreleskyEunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, daughter of John Joseph "Jack" and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, on December 21, 1915, and died on November 15, 1998, in Dubuque, Iowa.   The picture at the left is her 1933 high school graduation. My grandmother's obituary was published November 18, 1998, in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), page 6C.  The obituary incorrectly states that my grandparents married in 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa.  They actually married on March 17, 1936, at St. Mary's Church in Freeport, … [Read more...]

Happy 90th Birthday!

Marian (Bohnsack) Davis

Not only is it Easter Sunday - today my grandma turns 90! Marian (Bohnsack) Davis was born in Schapville, Illinois  on April 24, 1921. I wish I could be with her to celebrate, but she's in my thoughts and prayers! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! … [Read more...]

Unidentified Photos from Viola Bausman

Viola Edith (Bausman) Davis

My great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman, left a lot of photos when she died in 1974. Her daughter-in-law - my grandmother- Marian (Bohnsack) Davis has had them since Viola's passing.  Well, now my grandma is 90 years old and suffering from Alzheimer's. When I went to visit her a few weeks ago, I went through boxes of old photographs.  My mom also went through tons of photos.  There are so many beautiful and unidentified pictures that it's heartbreaking. I recently added 21 of these unidentified photos to my flickr page.  If anyone looks familiar, … [Read more...]

Davis – Blewett Information

About the year 1770 a man by the name of --- Painter brought his small son to a family by the name of Kempthorn who lived in Cornwall, England and left him for them to care for.  He went to the continent and sent back money to pay for the child's expenses.  Mr. Painter appeared to be well to do.  After about 5 years, the money stopped and it was assumed that he had died.  The Kempthorn's were evidently poor people and could not afford to keep the child so he was adopted by a man named Davies.  This boy's name was probably Jacob, and he married Elizabeth who lived to be … [Read more...]

Discovery: Picture of Lawrence Bausman Family?

Studio:  J.H. Woods; Beatrice, Nebraska

Last week, I went back to Scales Mound Illinois to visit my grandmother.  My grandma has my great-grandmother's, Viola Bausman Davis,  photo collection.  I thought I'd seen all the photos, but I was wrong! I discovered beneath several boxes of photos this gem.  And when I say beneath several boxes, I mean that literally.  It was the only item in a brown paper sack with about 10 boxes of photos sitting on top of it.  No wonder I missed it when I looked at those photos over the past 15 years. Isn't it lovely?  On the back is written "think this is Lawrence … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carolina Sophia (Wulff) Bohnsack

Lena Wulff

Obviously, I"ve had a lot of luck finding obituaries about the Wulff family.   This time, I came across my great-great grandmother's, Carolina Sophia Wulff,  from the Freeport Journal-Standard, Sept 30, 1949, page 16. The portrait of Lena is a scan of a copy.  I do not have the original, have never seen the original, and do not remember how I received this image.  Probably through an ancestry.com contact. I'm not sure what's going on with the photo.  It sort of looks like the paper is curling. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Lena Bohnsack Elizabeth, Ill., … [Read more...]

Obituary: Mary Bohnhoff Wulff

While I was researching the Wulff's, I came across this obituary for Mrs. Henry (Mary) Wulff on page 4 of  the Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday, May 19, 1958. Her relationship to me: wife of 2nd great grand uncle. Transcription of obituary: Stockton—Mrs. Henry (Mary) Wulff died Sunday about 5:15 p.m. from a heart attack suffered at the home of her son, Arthur of rural Stockton. The former Mary Bohnhoff was born Feb. 8, 1875, in Thompson Township, Jo Daviess County, the daughter of John and Henrietta Weich Bohnhoff. She married Henry Wulff Sept. 12, 1894, in … [Read more...]

Research block: Levi Lightcap

Levi Lightcap Headstone

Have you ever hit a wall with your research of an ancestor?  I have, many times, but my current stumbling block is Levi Lightcap, my 3rd great grandfather. More specifically, I'm having trouble identifying his parents.   All I know is that he was born in New Jersey.  Other than that, it's pure speculation as to who his parents and siblings are. I've been stumped so much that I set up an appointment in July to meet with a researcher at the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  For those unfamiliar, this is the largest repository … [Read more...]

Family History

I’ve been researching my family history for about 10 years, give or take.  About 5 years ago, I gave up using software that needed to be installed on a computer. Instead I use ancestry.com’s system.  It allows for me to collaborate with my mom about research and let other family members look at it.  If it was only on my computer, I would not have the collaborative opportunity.  Whether this is  a good or bad thing is open to debate. Anyway, one of the drawbacks to using a proprietary system like ancestry.com is that those who are not subscribers cannot access … [Read more...]

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