Category Archives: Genealogy How To’s

Genealogy e-newsletters worth a look

Recently a reader asked me to provide some tips about how people new to genealogy can learn more about how to uncover their own amazing true stories of their family’s history. One way is to subscribe to several genealogy-focused electronic … Continue reading

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October is Family History Month!

Family History Month was first observed 10 years ago. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch introduced a resolution on September 12, 2001, to designate the month of October as Family History Month. Hatch had circulated a draft for months, but formally introduced … Continue reading

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The 72-year wait is almost over!

According to, on April 1, 1940, there were just over 132 million people living in America. Today, about 87% of Americans can find a direct family link to one – or more – of them. Are you one of … Continue reading

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Mark your calendars

What’s happening on April 2 in 2012? Well, to those of us who are avid genealogists, it’s an important day. That’s when the 1940 U.S. Census becomes available online to the public. For those of you that aren’t genealogists, there … Continue reading

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A case of mistaken identity…

I received an interesting note from one of our readers recently that confirmed some of my own suspicions. As you know (if you read my last post!), our cousin from St. Louis, Jeff Trares, located a photo of John Sebastian … Continue reading

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John W. Palm (1881 – 1925): Part 1

Remember when I started this series of blog posts I said that only two members of the St. Joseph band had no apparent connections to the KNAPP-KLINE clan? I lied. Not intentionally, of course. But while researching the coronet player … Continue reading

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Cletus J. MAY (1888-1945)

Cletus John MAY, the serious-looking young man with the base drum,  was born 10 July 1888 in Portage County, Ohio. He was the son of John L. MAY and Mary J. PAULUS. Cletus’s mother, Mary J. PAULUS, was the daughter … Continue reading

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Peter J. Trares – 1st photo of a Trares ancestor!

I ran across a family tree on the other day that featured the first photo of a TRARES that I have run across during my research. I showed it to Mark and he saw the same thing I did … Continue reading

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The bridge from Germany to the U.S.

One of the sites that was made known to me through a Google search is called The Birkenhördt Project. It is a non-commercial site devoted to documenting all genealogical relationships in the Southern Palatinate and the French district of Bas-Rhin. … Continue reading

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Don’t speak German – not a problem!

I just love living in the age of technology! For example, I am to the point in my genealogical research that I need to start looking at German records. Unfortunately, I don’t speak German, despite being half German myself. I … Continue reading

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