I recently discovered at FamilySearch.org the Will Records for Jo Daviess County, Illinois, 1829-1926. It’s part of the Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970, collection. I started going through the books individually looking for relatives’ wills. I’ve found about 20, but searching is a pain since the wills haven’t been indexed. Fortunately, all but one of the books have a list of names in the first few pages of the books. The images quality is great. To make my search easier, since I know I’ll need it in the future, I started a spreadsheet which lists the names from different will books. I’ve only started a few days ago, but since it will take some time to enter the names, I thought I’d start sharing the information sooner rather than later. If you see errors, let me know.
I’ve been organizing my great-grandfather John Joseph Strelesky’s parents and sibling information in a worksheet. Included is any birth, marriage, death, and burial information that I have.
I took an unexpected and extended break due to illness. I was terribly sick for a couple of weeks, and last week I spent catching up on work that didn’t get done the previous two weeks. So this is my first post of April!
Over the weekend, I attended my first Daughters of the American Revolution event. There was a speaker who, in character, talked about what it was like for a Union soldier during the Civil War. He dressed in period costume, showed us his gun, and a bunch of other accoutrements. It was very informative. Last year, this same guy must have portrayed a Revolutionary soldier for the group if any wonders why he was portraying a Civil War soldier.
On a side note, I learned the assassination of Abraham Lincoln occurred on April 14 (Good Friday in 1865). He died April 15, 147 years ago. Now the date is known in the U.S. as Tax Day!
While ill, I continued to do a bit of genealogy research. I’ll discuss my intrepid research of an unidentified photo in an upcoming post.