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The new MESSAGE BOARDS are, at this time, programed to do
what they call Gateway the new postings to the message
boards. This means that each time someone posts a query or
an obituary etc. it will be sent to the mailing list for
that particular county or surname.
As you see these messages there is no indication as to where
they came from, just one of the things which needs to be
changed eventually. One day I think we will like these new
boards but right now almost everyone is confused.
First Beverly Boileau copied this history, then Joe DeGisi
put it on a web site. We need to thank them both for this.
We will be putting it on the Mills web site in the future.
The problem here is that our search engine will not search
out names on the current web site. That will have to wait
until we can transfer it to Mills County.
I have read this whole history from start to finish. Because
I am very interested in the History of Mills County I really
enjoyed the stories and reading about the ancestors of many
of the people I have had correspondence with the past
Thanks to Bev and Joe.
Cay and Margaret
I have digitally converted and posted on-line a transcription of a
history of Mills County, written in 1876 by D.H. Solomon, and
published serially in Mills County newspapers in that same year.
Beverly Boileau transcribed the history, from copies of the original
newspapers in 1980.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ms. Boileau, for her foresight in
obtaining this material in 1980, her hard work in re-typing it and
creating a surname index, and her generous permission to make it
available on the internet.
THANK YOU, BEVERLY!
This material will eventually be posted at the Mills County IAGenWeb
site. Until that time, it will available in draft form at the web
Ms. Boileau's surname index is at the end of the 41-page document.
Of course you can also search for a surname of interest by using
your browser's 'find' function, but I recommend consulting the index
as well becasue of variability in name spellings. I apologize for
the lack of formatting, but I am not a web author. I give full
permission for you to save the material for your personal use (only)
If you have any problems accessing the material, or questions,
please contact me (Joe) OFF-LIST at:
Please do NOT contact Cay, Margaret or others associated with this
Mills County list or the Mills County IAGenWeb site, as they are not
involved with this particular posting and are busy enough with other
Enjoy! The first several pages of the material are fairly dry, but
then the author proceeds into some very interesting and colorful
Mills County history.
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I don't agree with this thinking. All that I have ever
posted on the GenConnect Boards or will on the new Boards is
information that is in the public domain because it is
either old enough to be out of copyright (such as 1881 and
1901 biographies) or records from the courthouse considered
to be open to the public if they are old enough.
When you post a query, that is yours, however if you copy
from a newspaper, such as a recent obituary, and do not have
permission to post it, that might be a no no. You should not
copy work that someone else has done and post it anyplace.
There are other things which should not be done but common
sense usually tells a person what is the right thing to do.
We will just continue as we have done in the past with the
GenConnect Boards. I don't think there are any big changes.
Just figuring out all the new bells and whistles is enough
to keep us busy for a while.
If you think I am wrong, let me know.
> Whatever is posted on rootsweb, usually cannot be expected to follow the
> rootsweb common sense rules of posting. I would not post anything in
> violation of copyright,
> or public domain. In layman language, if you did not write it yourself, do
> not post it.
Forgot to say....change Cambria County to either Fremont or
Mills, whichever you are searching. Don't contact those
CC's, rather write to me with questions.
These instructions might be appropriate for today but
tomorrow might bring changes. I would like to have your
input as to whether you have made a successful posting.
Some of you have asked for more clarification concerning the
changeover from GenConnect to the new Message Boards. I do
not know all the answers but here is a URL you may click on
which gives a more complete explanation than I could give
Remember that things are still changing every day with this
system and hopefully it will all settle down one day and we
can get back to posting.
The URL is:
Need info on John Washington BAKER b GA about 1816. His first wife was Martha
Garrison, b 1826, d 1868, bur Glenwood Cemetery, Mills Co., IA. He married my
Sarah Ann Hodgin in Oct 1869 in Mills Co., IA.
They are in the 1870 and 1880 (in Rawls Twp) and 1895 (Silver Creek Twp,
living with Mattius Stout, probably a grandson) Census in Mills Co., IA, and
then I loose track of them. They are not buried in Mills Co. Sarah was also
married to (1) William Cox Cedar Co., MO 1946 and (2) Stephen Hodgin Cedar
Co., MO 1852.
Norma in Tacoma WA
I am searching for Margaret Mae Rickabaugh and/or Mary Rickabaugh,
daughter(s) of Peter and Margaret Sutton Rickabaugh. She is listed in
her father's July 31, 1913 obit as Mrs. Mary Anderson of Mills County,
Iowa published in the Opinion, Glenwood, Ia. newspaper.
Peter's obit that ran in the Mills County Tribune, lists a Mrs.
Margaret Anderson of Omaha as a surviving daughter.
When Peter and Margaret's daughter, Jennie Rickabaugh Mc Clure died 12
April 1920, the Mills County Tribune listed one of the surviving sisters
as Mrs. Mae Anderson of Omaha.
When the mother, Margaret Sutton Rickabaugh died 9 Oct 1927, in Omaha,
Neb., the sole survivor was Mrs. E.O. Anderson of Omaha.
I have searched the marriage records of Mills County but did not find a
listing for her .
I do not have a birth date and am unsure where she was born. Peter and
Margaret had eleven children and when Peter died in 1913, his obit
states 7 children preceded him in death. I only have two confirmed
birth dates for the children. 1856 for Clara Ellen Rickabaugh Haynie
and 1858 for Jennie Rickabaugh McClure.
Since Margaret/Mae/Mary was the last surviving member of this family,
she is a vital link in my research. Does anyone recognize this family?
Any and all help would be deeply appreciated.
Joyce Beaman Buzzelli
> One thing the new boards do not do is allow your e-mail
> address to be shown. You have to respond to a query with a
> reply and back and forth that way.
I want to tell you and others about a little trick I just learned today
about the new boards. What you say is the way it worked with the old
Ancestry boards. You could not get the address of the person unless
they incorporated it in the query. They have fixed this problem with
the new board. There is a little message on both the top and bottom of
the page that says "Print Message". If you click on that, you will get
the name and address of the person posting the query. If you want a
hard copy of a message, you can then print it from that page and have
the address as part of your file--or you can just respon privately to
I think we are all learning about these new boards. It is hard to have
Rootsweb make changes like this when we were all accustomed to the old
way. I was afraid this was going to be the way it would go when
Ancestry bought Rootsweb.
You are right. I just found this myself about 15 minutes
ago. I am sure there will be many other things we will
discover in the days ahead - maybe this won't be so bad
As we find out some of the answers why don't we post them to
the list. We don't want to fill your mailbox but I am sure
some will appreciate help.
> Dear Cay,
> > One thing the new boards do not do is allow your e-mail
> > address to be shown. You have to respond to a query with a
> > reply and back and forth that way.
> I want to tell you and others about a little trick I just learned today
> about the new boards. What you say is the way it worked with the old
> Ancestry boards. You could not get the address of the person unless
> they incorporated it in the query. They have fixed this problem with
> the new board. There is a little message on both the top and bottom of
> the page that says "Print Message". If you click on that, you will get
> the name and address of the person posting the query. If you want a
> hard copy of a message, you can then print it from that page and have
> the address as part of your file--or you can just respon privately to
> the query.
> I think we are all learning about these new boards. It is hard to have
> Rootsweb make changes like this when we were all accustomed to the old
> way. I was afraid this was going to be the way it would go when
> Ancestry bought Rootsweb.
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If you have tried the new message boards I am sure you are
thoroughly confused. I am not yet comfortable enough that I
can give advise on how to use them.
I see that many people are inadvertly subscribing to the
BOARDS-L list which is for Administrators and of course have
been getting tons of mail and are very unhappy. Be careful
when you register that you don't get involved in the
I have been trying to copy all wills, obits and bios which
have been placed in the past on the GenConnect Boards. So
far I have most of them back to 1999 and am making an index.
One thing the new boards do not do is allow your e-mail
address to be shown. You have to respond to a query with a
reply and back and forth that way. Some have incorporated
their e-mail address within their query so it doesn't get
deleted. That system does help the spam problem but is
frustrating in other ways.
We will all become familiar with the proper way to use the
new Boards in the future and it might be a great system when
we learn it all. There wasn't nearly enough preliminary work
done on these Boards, like beta testing and asking for input
from Administrators and County Coordinators before putting
them in use.
I really can't answer questions now because I don't know
many of the answers. Just hang in there and we will get it
Margaret is still on vacation and out of touch, she is the
brains of this partnership, so we will await her return.
All of the USGenWeb County Coordinators are stunned by the
removal of the GenConnect Boards which are being replaced by
new Message Boards. If you have information which you had
intended to post on the Mills County GenConnect Boards
please hold it until we figure out just what we are going to
do about retrieving the obits, bios and wills which had been
I think the queries will have to be accessed elsewhere but
we hope to have our own pages for the obits, bios and wills
on the Mills County web site.
I have worked this morning for 2 hours just trying to figure
out their new system. I have retrieved some of the later
obituaries but if you have copies of the obits you posted
please hang on to them. You might have to submit them again
when we get our Mills pages organized.
Of course all this new material is very slow to access
because everyone is trying to find the county material we
had assumed (never do this) was ours.
If you want to have a try go to:
then follow these steps (and there might be easier ways, I
just haven't found them yet)
1. Click on Localties
2. Click on United States
3. Click on States
4. Click on Iowa
5. Click on Counties
6. Click on Mills
You might eventually get there then you can read the most
recent postings, all boards have been combined. When you
finish with that page you can click on next, etc.
Past messages from the beginning of GenConnect should be
I guess there is a way to access surnames and other
keywords, I haven't tried that yet.
So, in the midst of all this confusion please bear with us.
This will take months to sort out and retrieve all our
obits, bios and wills to post on our own Mills web site.
Several letters from other County Coordinators indicate they
are planning the same strategy.
There are many things I haven't figured out yet and Margaret
is on vacation so we haven't had the opportunity to talk
about all this.
Posted on: Mills Co. Ia Queries Forum
Reply Here: http://cgi.rootsweb.com/~genbbs/genbbs.cgi/USA/Ia/Mills/10484
Would like a lookup for obituary of William James Whittington who died
in February 1945. Possibly in either Malvern Leader or Glenwood Times.
Trying to trace family members.
Glenwood Township 1860 census transcription is now on line.
It is our plan to have a new township ready for you to view
each week...sometimes we might not make it, as often happens
with plans. Margaret is on vacation for two weeks so maybe
that will be our first miss.
Posted on: Mills Co. Ia Queries Forum
Reply Here: http://cgi.rootsweb.com/~genbbs/genbbs.cgi/USA/Ia/Mills/10483
Surname: Jones, Gibson
Seemed to have missed a VERY important news article when on my Gen trip
to Iowa ---- Would someone please look up the following article for me
and e-mail me the content. Would GREATLY appreciate it.
BF & Forence Jones
June 26, 1884
Thursday, July 3, 1884
Thank you a head of time! :o)