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This was posted on another list I subscribe to, and thought it might offer
helpful advice for those of us who feel at a dead end.
Thanks for your submit Sharon, Im sure many of our friends will find it
>With so many listers looking for ancestors in small towns (under 2000
>residents, usually including cats, dogs and horses ) of the Dakotas,
>Minnesota and even Wisconsin, I thought I could share how I have obtained
>much information without knowing anyone personally in the town. But I
>thought I should clear it with you first before it goes on Norway list.
>appropriate and of use, print, if not, delete. Thanks. The Norway web
>is fantastic. Keep up the good work.
> You say you have come to a dead end with your ancestor as he/she
>lived in a very small town in the Dakotas or Minnesota? Don't know who to
>contact in this little burg? Or if they would even answer if did know
>someone? This may be the time to "blitz" the town.
> In small towns, it is a case of everyone knowing everyone else, who
>everyone back to the beginning of time and are still talking about them.
>There are no street addresses, very few stop signs and probably no signal
>lights. Dogs and kids roam free, and it takes an hour or better to go two
>blocks to the grocery store to pick up a quart of milk. Why? Because
>everyone you meet on the way has to yak about something and if you don't
>stop to listen, you might miss out on the biggest news of the day. This
>was my home town!
> Most of these towns are nearing or had their 75th or 100 annivesary.
>These people love to celebrate, and they go all out. First and formost is
>a history book of the town. Some towns even include pictures of the
>orginal settlers and not so original settlers. Each family has the
>opportunity to write a story (some are hard to believe) regarding their
>coming to settle in the town, where they came from and the names of all
>their kids and what happened to them. The Fathers of the town council
>appoints a committee to write to various other families that one time lived
>in their hamlet to send their stories for publication too. This is the
>book(s) you want to get your hands on. Your family may or may not be
>included in the book. It depends on the family....maybe your ancestors
>didn't want to be published! But never fear, someone in town knew them or
> Send a blizzard of letters to the town. Address them to Supt of High
>School, Funeral Home (they may or may not have one...but write one anyway),
>local librarian, Lutheran Church (or whatever denomination), local
>newspaper, town mayor, town sheriff, fire dept chef, banker, dentist, 4-H
>leader, Homemakers Club President, Masons, Eastern Star, drugist, newspaper
>editior (again, may or may not have one, but write anyway) and to anyone
>else you could think of that may reside in a small town. You can skip the
>town drunk....he won't remember anyway. However, don't forget to send one
>to the Postmaster. He is going to see all these letters coming from the
>same place and is going to be mighty curious. Might as well clue him in
>right away. Besides, he may know something. .
> What should you write? (1) Ask for history of the town...could you
>obtain one/all (some towns had 50th celebrations too) of their celebration
>books? Are there any pictures of the town? (2) Then mention the people you
>are interested in finding. Give whatever information you have about them
>such as their date of birth and death, where they came from, when they
>lived in this little town, who their spouse was, if any of their children
>were born/bapatized/married there. (3) Now ask if they can answer the
>following questions you are looking for regarding these relatives (list
>you want to find) and close asking for any other information, news
>pictures, school annuals etc regarding these relatives and their family.
>(4) Lastly, if they can't help, ask them to forward your letter to someone
>they think might be able to help in your quest.
> Send a SASE with each letter and you will get better response. I don't
>know why people hate addressing envelopes.....me included! The key is to
>send lots of letters....a whole flurry of them.....all at the same time.
>The people will start yakking with each other and pretty soon the whole
>will know you and someone will respond to your request. I did this with
>a town in Wisconsin. The librarian send me loads of stuff, and she gave
>letter to the president of the cemetary association who went beyond the
>of duty and took pictures of the family tombstones. Several other people
>responded with information that I wouldn't have found in the county or
>records. It was great!
> So don't give up on a small town.......give them something to talk
>sharon from Texas