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Many sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed! It has been a
pleasure working with you! :-)
Here are the updates for April:
* Roy Meyer sent in great photos of Adolph and Anna Schmid and the
Schmid Food Products Co. as well as 15 obituaries.
* Linda Kestner submitted lovely photos of Roger & Jennie Vickery.
* Megan Heffelman has shared her ancestor's Civil War diary with
us...in the "Military" section...
* Steve Frank contributed data about his ancestors M. L. Frank and
his brother, Luther Frank, who were Civil War veterans.
* The Brimfield Obituary index has been added to include the years
September 1909 - September 1912....thanks to Janet Bledsoe.
* Elise Haugen transcribed an 1890 biography of Henry Mansfield.
* Jeff McCoy transcribed the 1902 biography of Louis/Lewis Heid.
* Gaile Thomas transcribed 11 biographies from the 1890 book.
* Iris Miller added more data concerning relatives buried at the
* Debbie Schmidt-Martin submitted information about the Schmidts
buried in the North Bluff section of the Springdale Cemetery. I
also added 32 tombstone pictures for this section.
* Your host (that's me :-)) updated Hollis Cemetery with 42
* More "Brickwalls" and "Surnames" have been added.
These are from Bill Dollarhide, a long-time genealogist. He founded
the Genealogy Bulletin, has published numerous books on the subject of
genealogy and writes a genealogy blog among other things.
1. Death certificates are rarely filled in by the person who died.
2. When visiting a funeral home, wear old clothes, no make-up, and
look like you have about a week to live -- the funeral director will
give you anything you ask for if he thinks you may be a customer soon.
3. The cemetery where your ancestor was buried does not have
perpetual care, has no office, is accessible only by a muddy road, and
has snakes, tall grass, and lots of bugs... and many of the old
gravestones are in broken pieces, stacked in a corner under a pile of
4. A Social Security form SS-5 is better than a birth certificate
because few people had anything to do with the information on their
own birth certificate.
5. Leave no stone unturned -- tombstone, that is.
6. The application for a death certificate you want insists that
you provide the maiden name of the deceased's mother -- which is
exactly what you don't know and is the reason you are trying to get
the death certificate in the first place.
7. If you call Social Security and ask where to write for a birth
certificate, tell them it is for yourself -- they won't help you if
you say you want one for your great-great-great-great-great-great
grandfather who died in 1642.
8. When you contact the state vital statistics office in your home
state and ask if they are "on-line," and they respond, "on-what?", you
may have a problem.
9. A census record showing all twelve children in a family proves
only that your ancestors did not believe in birth control.
10. Work from the known to the unknown. In other words, just because
your name is Washington doesn't mean you are related to George.
11. With any luck, some of the people in your family could read and
write... and may have left something written about themselves.
12. It ain't history until it's written down.
13. A genealogist needs to be a detective. Just gimmy da facts Ma'am.
14. Always interview brothers and sisters together in the same room
-- since they can't agree on anything about the family tree, it makes
for great fun to see who throws the first punch.
15. The genealogy book you just found out about went out of print last week.
16. A good genealogical event is learning that your parents were
17. Finding the place a person lived may lead to finding that
person's arrest record.
18. It's really quite simple. First, you start with yourself, then
your parents, then your grandparents... then you QUIT... and start
teaching courses in genealogy.
19. If it's not written down, it ain't history yet.
20. In spite of MTV, computer games, or skate boards, there is
always a chance your grandchildren will learn how to read someday.
21. "To understand the living, you have to commune with the dead...
but don't commune with the dead so long that you forget you are
living!" (from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John
22. It is a known fact that St. Peter checks all your Family Group
Sheets for accuracy before you are allowed to enter the Pearly Gates.
23. Locating the county where your ancestor lived is the first step
in finding records about the time he was hauled into court for
shooting his neighbor's dog; threatening the census taker with a
shotgun; or making illegal corn whiskey behind the barn.
25. When leaving town for genealogical research, you will always
find information on the ancestor for whom you brought no notes.
26. When in a courthouse miles from home, you will always find the
breakthrough court record at 4:55pm on Friday afternoon.
39. Genealogy is the examination of the maximum amount of data in
the maximum amount of time for a minimum result.
43. If you can remember your ancestor's marriage date but not your
own, you are probably an addicted genealogist.
44. Genealogy is an addiction with no cure and for which no 12-step
program is available.
45. I'm crazy about genealogy, but not necessarily yours.
SMITH LEWIS M/W UNK 0030715 1916-11-25 PEORIA
( Limestone TWP )
Is there anyone that can find an obituary for Lewis Smith who died November
Thank You Very Much!
Eddy A. Flick
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eddy Flick" <eddyflick(a)comcast.net>
Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 7:45 AM
Subject: Re: [ILPEORIA-L] Genealogy Podcast
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Cheryl Rothwell" <historysleuth(a)gmail.com>
> To: <ILPEORIA-L(a)rootsweb.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2006 10:19 AM
> Subject: [ILPEORIA-L] Genealogy Podcast
> > I know. You don't even have an iPod or clone. But read on.
> > .
> > You can go to the web site, click on it and listen right on your
> > computer at that moment.
> > You can save it and listen to it later on your computer.
> > You can burn many of them to a CD and listen to it on a CD player --
> > the kind you listen to other music on in your music system or a
> > portable -- that plays MP3. [Older ones might not.]
> > You can save it to a flash drive and insert it into a small and
> > inexpensive flash drive player to carry with you when you are jogging.
> > Maybe you have a newer vehicle with a CD player that plays MP3 so you
> > can read while stuck in traffic.
> > Everyone has a way to listen to podcasts. Once you figure out the best
> > way for you you'll find there are thousands of things you can listen
> > to besides music.
> > The Genealogy Guys, George Morgan and Drew Smith, create a podcast
> > every week on genealogy. It's a 30 minute discussion. Morgan is the
> > author of How to Do with Your Genealogy and he writes a column on
> > Ancestry.com called "Along Those Lines." Smith is a librarian, author
> > and lecturer. You can read a synopsis of each podcast and download
> > only those of interest or you can download them all. I suggest the
> > latter because, as we all know, the synopsis doesn't really cover
> > everything that is the entire thing.
> > www.genealogyguys.com
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Can anyone help me regarding LEWIS SMITH and his wife MARY? There are 38 Lewis Smiths on the Illinois Death Index. The MARY SMITH below that died on 28 June 1931, died in Peoria County, but she is buried at Lewistown, Fulton County, Illinois. I am not sure yet, but I think one of these two LEWIS SMITHS is Mary's husband. If I could get an obituary for Mary and Lewis, it would help me clear up this mystery.
I will appreciate any help or suggestions. It would also be very helpful if I could find them on the 1930 Census.
Thank you very much,
Eddy A. Flick
SMITH LEWIS M/W UNK 0030715 1916-11-25 PEORIA LIMESTONE TWP 16-11-26
SMITH LEWIS F M/W UNK 0720399 1934-07-15 PEORIA LIMESTONE TWP 34-07-16
SMITH MARY F/W UNK 0720314 1931-06-28 PEORIA LIMESTONE TWP 31-06-28
SOURCE: ILLINOIS DEATH INDEX
SMITH, LEWIS F GRIGSBY, MARY E 10/29/1881 00E/0143 00000257 FULTON
SOURCE: ILLINOIS STATEWIDE MARRIAGE INDEX, 1763-1900
I have an old greatgranddaddy name of Sebastien Birling age 62 on the 1870
census living alone with my grandmother age 18 in Richwoods. In my 80's
I am unable to go down there and research this old fella..... He was of
Catholic faith......from Alsace Lorraine France.....
If anyone researching the "B's" and running across this ole' fella I would
sure appreciate it letting me know where he is buried......Have had good
luck with the Catholic Diocese in other states in researching this family
but not Illinois.
I know. You don't even have an iPod or clone. But read on.
You can go to the web site, click on it and listen right on your
computer at that moment.
You can save it and listen to it later on your computer.
You can burn many of them to a CD and listen to it on a CD player --
the kind you listen to other music on in your music system or a
portable -- that plays MP3. [Older ones might not.]
You can save it to a flash drive and insert it into a small and
inexpensive flash drive player to carry with you when you are jogging.
Maybe you have a newer vehicle with a CD player that plays MP3 so you
can read while stuck in traffic.
Everyone has a way to listen to podcasts. Once you figure out the best
way for you you'll find there are thousands of things you can listen
to besides music.
The Genealogy Guys, George Morgan and Drew Smith, create a podcast
every week on genealogy. It's a 30 minute discussion. Morgan is the
author of How to Do with Your Genealogy and he writes a column on
Ancestry.com called "Along Those Lines." Smith is a librarian, author
and lecturer. You can read a synopsis of each podcast and download
only those of interest or you can download them all. I suggest the
latter because, as we all know, the synopsis doesn't really cover
everything that is the entire thing.
Is there someone who can locate an obituary for me:
His name was Lewis F. Smith, died July 15, 1934 Peoria, Illinois ( Limestone Township )
Thank you very much,
Eddy A. Flick
SMITH LEWIS F M/W UNK 0720399 1934-07-15 PEORIA LIMESTONE TWP 34-07-16
Here's a ongoing web site on genetic genealogy.
I've listed to lectures and read on genetics, DNA and genealogy. It
seems to me it has potential but it is still expensive, inexact and
does not provide a great deal of information. However, prices are
coming down and the science is improving daily. Who knows? In three
years it may be THE way for genealogy. Thus it is important for
genealogists to know what is going on in this field.
Greetings Listers! Please pardon the interruption, and if you've recieved
this message on another list, please delete with my apologies.
I just want to remind everyone that the National Genealogical Society
Conference In The States is being held in Chicago this year, from June 7th
thru June 10th! If you've never been to a national genealogical conference
you really need to make it to this one. It doesn't matter if you're brand
new to genealogy or have been doing it for years - this conference has
something for everyone!
This is an excellent opportunity to brush up on your genealogy skills -
great speakers and programs. And also to take advantage of the wonderful
research facilities available in the greater Chicagoland area. Those of us
who had ancestors who lived in, or migrated through the Midwest can find
valuable resources at places like the Newberry Library and the National
Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Great Lakes Region to name just
You can save money with Early-Bird Registration by April 21st. If you would
like a registration brochure just let me know and I'll see that you get one
mailed to you, or you can find all the information and even register
online - see the link below! If you belong to a Genealogical or Historical
Society that would like to exhibit I can help with that too. If you have
any questions just write to me off list!
If you are going I'd love to hear from you - it would be nice to meet and
put faces to names I've been seeing on the Illinois mail list. Time to plan
for some summer fun with genealogy! Hope to see you there.
Beverly Levine Smallwood
Publicity Committee Member
NGS Chicago 2006
Registration Online and Questions Answered
At the Conference Website:
Visit the Host Societies Blog at:
Follow the links from the blogspot to the Chicagoland Genealogical
Consortium for volunteer info and the e-show link for online registration.
Hi Sue...Elmer Horner is indexed as E. M. Horner in the 4th Ward of Peoria
page 142 in the 1900 census. He was a ~roomer~ in what appears to be an
unrelated household. It says he was born July 1869 and was 30 years old...born in
Iowa, with father born OHio and mother born in Illiinois.
Then, David Horner in 1900 is in Tazewell, Fondulac page 78 as a boarder, age
20, b Dec. 1879 ,in Illinois. Father born in Ohio and mother in Ohio.
In 1910, David is indexed as David Harner, age 34 page 63 of Tazewell Co,
Washington...occupation servant, born in Illinois and both parents shown as born
in U. S.
I also found a David Horner in 1920 Tazewell, Washington page 97, as a hired
man, age 44 born in Illinois...with both parents shown as born in Illinois.
If I find anything else, I will post again.
Hope this helps you.