Monthly Archives: August 2010

Esmond, South Dakota

Grain elevator in Esmond, South Dakota. Location where Jacob Lohr, my husband’s grandfather lived in the late 1930s. (I hope the “keep out” sign, visible on the gate, wasn’t displayed then!) Esmond, South Dakota (population 4) is a town of … Continue reading

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Taking my Genealogy With Me

For a few years I’ve used the Pocket Genealogist ( software on my HP ipaq 2495b. It’s worked very well. The paid version allows for input, but the free version is still worthwhile, too. I liked the feature of being … Continue reading

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Putting the Great in Grandparents

A recent conversation reminded me of the very human side of genealogy, as seen through the eyes of a child: Dee, a cousin and friend of mine has several grandchildren. Recently Emily, aged 5, wanted to call her “great-grandmother” since … Continue reading

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Irish challenge

Is this the end of the line? Or, will the “luck of the Irish” prevail? My husbands great-great-grandparents, Robert Green (from Knockaderry, County Limerick) and Mary Kelly (from Ballingarry, County Limerick) were married 16 Feb. 1836 in Ballingarry. Parish records … Continue reading

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The Younger Generation Finds a Connection

Mike, a first cousin once removed, recently contacted me for some information on the line of ancestry we share. I was absolutely delighted that a member of the next, a/k/a “younger,” generation is interested in our family history.  He is … Continue reading

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Looking at the Swedish Ancestors

New home purchase?  No, this is the American Swedish Institute (ASI)  in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which we recently visited with my husband’s cousin, Betty.  Built by Swan J. Turnblad in the early twentieth century and, since 1929,  home of the ASI.  … Continue reading

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Fred Schwans family, Bridgewater, SD

Photo of Fred and Jeanette (Sievers) Schwans family, taken ca. 1915 at their farm home, rural Bridgewater, South Dakota.  From left: Dora, Bertha, Martha (with hat), Frank, Ella, John.  Jeanette holding Tom (“A.W.), Fred.  All member of this family are … Continue reading

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Finding siblings

Since I know the names of many of my ancestors, I have been using the Pilot Record Search at to locate the siblings of them.  This works well if I have the names of the parents, a marriage date, … Continue reading

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The Lost Has Been Found

If it’s not misplacing these poor ancestors, it is putting them in the wrong part of the chart! The Iowa Genealogical Society (IGS) creates these name tags as a fund raiser.  In ordering the  first one, I did the Big … Continue reading

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Great Google Genealogy Finds

Google genealogy goldmine finds. Continue reading

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