I have had the priviledge for the past 20 years while working at a public library to specialize in assisting others in there genealogy research.
I would like to share experience I had recently. I received a request from an email wanting obituary for certain person dying on certain date in the town.
I looked thru our local newspapers. Some times people dont give you that exact deafh date or they give you the burial date. So its usually good idea to go backwards and forward. Well this particular paper was 1931. I scanned pages as somes in older issues they put obits in the classified sections. I even waited few days went back and still couldn’t find her in the newspaper.
Our death index in genealogical room only went to 1916. This person wasn”t in any of the local cemeteries. I tried findagrave nothing there gsve me any leads
I went to ancestry and could not find her on any ones family tree. I finally decided to go to the Illinois Statewide Death Index. The person wanting this information thought she had died in Henry County but the Statewide index indicated she had died in Peoria County. So it pays to think out of box and think where hospitals are.
I sent this person where she died and gave her the public library so she could obtain her obituary.
I love doing research and ehen you help someone up hill you get there faster yourself. Continue reading →
I drive to work everyday. Sometimes I listen to music CD, sometimes I listen to my scriptures and sometimes I just do a lot of thinking.
Today I was one of those thinking days. I was doing some comparisons –
We were bottle fed when we were babies, then we progress to drinking out of a glass. Then we are at work and the rule of thumb is no open drinks at the desk, so we go back to bottle with squirt top to drink out. Have we really adapted to adulthood when we seem to be progressing backwards?
My next thought was our mothers had to blend our food so we could eat, they called it baby food. So are we not much different now then we were before. We now blend fruit and vegetables and seeds/or fruit together along with protein powder Then few of us are excited about the everyone is calling Smoothies – isn’t that really glorified baby food in an adult, grown up world. Just something to think about. What is your take on this?
A class you wish you would have taken? I wished I had taken class on how to solder jewelry and learned from my grandmother when I was younger. I waited till she was not able to do it. But when I retire maybe I will be able to find a class at a local college or someone that can teach me under their wing. Sometimes families are not as patience with you as others that are not related to you
Are you scared of heights? Yes, but my husband is too. I am the one that climbs up the ladder to clean out the gutters on daily routine
Are you a good cook? If so, do you consider yourself a chef? I think my cooking is enough to get us by. But I would say that I am not a chef by no means.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? I had a lady that came in couple of weeks ago to use the library she had a prosthetic on her left leg. I wanted to tell her that she was brave soul to walk around in shorts, but felt it wasn’t the right time. She came in to use the library again today, she came to the desk to have her copy released to be printed. I told her today that she was brave. Then she told me she was lucky to be alive. I had imagined that she had been in a car accident. But she went on to tell me that she was living in Florida and they have high rate of water moccasins in the state that can literally kill you .She stepped on one, he felt the warmed of her body and bit off her toe and kept pumping venom into her body. She almost lost her life, She lost her leg and later her husband became the care giver and she has separated from her husband and he got custody of their kids. But she is doing much better up here and she does visit them. I told her I would keep her in my prayers. I am sure she has her good and bad days. I also told her that she might be able to help someone else that may face the same thing she did.
I had another lady that was very nervous as her husband had lost his job, they tried to pay their rent but the landlord wanted it full. They came home to Illinois and she feared they would have to live in their car or be on the street. Things are looking up for the both of them now. I am sure it prayers. The husband has gotten a job up here. The wife may go to work at Goodwill as she has hand that had gotten crushed in car door and is limited as what she can do. I know they need faith and prayer of others. Things are looking up for these two people, her mother’s heart has soften and they are saying with them until an apartment comes ready for them to move into. God is good. I am thankful for the relationship i have with my Father in heaven as well.
In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search, mazes, logic or numeric puzzles, something else, or nothing? My family always had puzzles sitting around the living room to work on. Everyone would get involved from time to time. I think it has helped me to look at genealogy in different light because of working on puzzles.
List at least five favorite treats and it doesn’t necessarily have to be food.
I think taking back roads and taking different roads and not really knowing where you’re going but the scenery on country roads are usually out of this world.
I like to listen to country music on highway when hubby isn’t in the car
I like going to flea markets
Going to ocean, smelling salt water, walking on board walk. We did that when I was younger we would go in the summer time and stay at the shore. Walking in the sand.
I like to visit cemeteries and upload request from Findagrave.com to help others find their family members.
What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)
My favorite dogs are muts or german shepherd mixed breed or cute dog that hits my emotional strings.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.
Having my daughter come over to my new house and painting a room for me. Her daughter asked her mother – are we working for gramps and grandma and her mother said no, we are helping them out that is what family does.
I met my next store neighbor’s little girl Alivia. She called me “grandma” right off the bat. I guess it was my white hair. Later I found out her grandmother doesn’t have white hair. But then her mother had her start calling me Mary. I thought it was cute at the time. Made me feel special.
I have been out shopping for a new counter top for my kitchen and hit a sale so was very appreciative of this.
What would you name the autobiography of your life? I have written quite a lot of my early life and and then I keep a journal everyday too of my comings and goings. The Title of mine is “Mairby’s Travels” on the front of my life history is a suitcase.
Which do you prefer sweet, salty or buttery? I use to die for sweets, but after having lost some teeth I don’t go near sugary items as I am trying to save the teeth I have left and my waist line is lot thinner now because of that too. I now tend to go towards salty things but keep it light with Mrs Dash. I think that is probably good for me as I normally drink distilled water and my husband keeps telling me that I need more minerals.
What’s the finest education? I was not very good in high school, my grandmother found a college for me to attend that kids that didn’t have high scores. I only lasted 2 years at this 4 year college. I soon found that I was interested in being an Interior Designer so I left this college and went to a vocation school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I graduated with an Associate Degree, then I got married there during the last part of my school year. Even thou I didn’t become Interior Designer as I felt I had some language or I wasn’t smart enough – I ended up helping my landlord fixing up his restaurant and I also worked at lightning store and helped customers pick out lights for their homes. Then I went back to school later in my life and took of a library technical assistant position. During my years as LTA, I had an opportunity to transfer to the reference department. Helping patron find books or subject matters. I also have really enjoyed helping others finding their ancestors, we have a genealogy dept. So I could tell you stories of folks that have come in and left with 3 and 4 generations of information they didn’t have before. This job is much like an Interior Designer where one has to interview to see what a person is after.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? I was looking forward to my daughter and her family coming to visit us. Our granddaughter’s had a birthday last week, although we didn’t celebrate on her birthday we celebrated on Saturday instead. I have made a chocolate cake and made butter frosting and more so we could use cake tips and decorate it together. I showed her how I do it and she designed her own cake topping. She did a good job. She used the different tips and she mixed up the colors she like and we went from there. I think it was fun and I think she enjoyed herself as well. She likes to play hide and seek so we did that too. We also took a walk around the block and that was fun walking with her too.
Tell us about your first bicycle or car? My first bike was a Huffy and it came from cousin of my grandmother, her name was Lee. I am unsure my age but I will guess I was about 9 or 10. I remember my dad putting his hand on the back rim and we lived in a new housing development on a hill. So when he left go I was flying down the hill and could not believe that I was actually going down by myself. That I had gotten the hang of balancing myself on this bike. Dad had run along side of me to keep me balancing until the time came he thought I could handle it myself. I remember riding all over the place finding new adventures.
What fictional world or place would you like to visit? Chronicles of Narnia, I loved the fact you could go into the wardrobe and come out into a whole different place.
If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do? I think I would like to be able to time travel and visit some of my ancestors. The personal assistant could remind me of things I still want to do etc.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?
If aliens landed on earth tomorrow and offered to take you home with them, would you go? (remember this is SYW, they are friendly aliens) If E.T. came down I go home with him and see what his abode looked like but I would want to come back to earth definitely.
How tall are you? Are you satisfied with your height? I am 5′ 6″, and have always been satisfied with my height. My first husband was 6’5″ and my second husband 6’3″. I have always liked tall men. Not sure why. My father was average height.
Do you think you could live without your smartphone (or other technology item) for 24 hours? I have already had to do that several times in winter when we had no electricity and it we have a storm our internet goes out so we have to find something else to do besides being on our phone or computer.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? I had an opportunity to teach some Jr. Highs during their summer school hours how to use family search and findagrave. I think the teacher is on fire now as she found another generation back that she didn’t know so I was excited to teach and enjoyed helping the kids find their information too.