Wedding Wednesday – George and Alma Skibbe

George Theodore Albert Skibbe (1896-1950) and Alma Theresa Spenner (1897-1995) on their wedding day, 20 Nov 1919 in North Judson, Starke County, Indiana.  They became the parents of four children:  Mildred born in 1921, Cecil born in 1923, Robert 1929 and George 1932.


Funeral Card Friday – Theodore Miottel 1860 – 1941

Theodore Miottel
DECEMBER 31, 1860
Passed Away
NOVEMBER 1, 1941
Services Held at

Tuesday’s Tip – Believe in your research

Pedigrees found on Ancestry and other sites are not always correct.  Any type of research found, whether on line or published, is just an accident waiting to happen.  Perhaps the best way to think of someone’s research is a story, a story that needs to be verified with your own eyes.

I recently sat down with a client and she showed me the information she had accumulated.  She had sourced someone’s research in her genealogy program and had taken the research as the ultimate correct source.  I asked her if she had reviewed any of the other researchers sources and she said she hadn’t.  Together we pulled up the tree on Ancestry, it appeared to have been copied from another tree, that tree had no verifiable sources.  She doubted her own research and had discounted it as incorrect for a silly belief that if it was on Ancestry it was true.  True she was new to research but I really thought I had drilled it into her head that she needed to see the proof herself – well I think she gets it now.

I want to elaborate just a little more.  If I see another researcher has sourced a death certificate, I would still obtain a copy of the certificate myself.   Why?  I need to verify that the researcher correctly interpreted the information.

Believe in yourself and the research you can verify.

Webinar – Mapping software for genealogists – AniMap, Centennia, and Map My Family Tree

Today I had the opportunity to attend a webinar sponsored by Legacy Family Tree and presented by Geoff Rasmussen. AniMap, Centennia , and Map My Family Tree software were covered.  

Animap shows historical county mapping. This is a wonderful tool for making sure you are researching in the correct location for your ancestor. Geoff also did a review of Legacy’s mapping and alerts for counties. I frequently use Legacy’s mapping tools in my research. Centennia software is a map-based guide to the history of Europe and the Middle East throughout the years. Centennia also includes what history was going on in the area during specific time periods. Map my Family Tree was the last topic Geoff covered. This software can show your family migration “live” through certain time periods with time scrolling. Geoff also had the software plot where his family members were born.

The most important lesson that Geoff shared was to know your jurisdiction for the time period you are researching. I think we all know this but don’t always put that knowledge into practice.

This is the second webinar I have attended for information to make my genealogical hunt easier. I have to say I like webinars. I like the fact that I don’t need to fight traffic, locate parking, or rush to get somewhere. Both of the webinars I attended offered information that did not require interaction on my part to further my knowledge. The drawbacks are lack of interaction and not meeting new people. I don’t think that webinar’s will ever replace a local seminar or conference, they will however give a lot a people learning opportunities that may have previously been unavailable to them.

The next webinar that Legacy is sponsoring is:
Helping Unlock the World’s Records – An Insider’s Perspective on FamilySearch Indexing
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT, you can register for the webinar and find out more information at

Thanks Geoff for the excellent webinar.

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy – Challenge #37 Watch Roots Television

Roots Television ( is a great place to learn.  There are several videos that I have viewed prior to this challenge and a few new ones that I just viewed today.  What is wonderful about the Roots TV is that there are so many choices.  You can garner information on techie tools, research processes, lectures, census record, DNA research or catch up on the PBS Ancestors series. I have enjoyed all of the DNA episiodes.      

I decided to watch the video on Google Scholar:  Genealogy Style.  I decided to go ahead and plug in a few names into the search and see what I could find – nothing!  Not exactly true a distant cousin wrote a few books on the Methodist religion.  Then I decided to run a few searches on google books and I hit a gold mine.  My Aunt Loretta Skibbe had several entries.

I also took the time to watch the photo restoration and using a scanner videos.  Roots TV offers a way to brush up on some skills, obtain new skills and share in the hunt of ancestors with other.  I highly recommend tapping into this source for inspiration and information.  

Thanks to Amy Coffin of We Tree ( for the challenge!

Treasure Chest Thursday – Drvaric Family cir 1915

Mathias (Mato) 1881-1934,   Ivana 1912-2004, and Mary nee Mlakar (1881-1965) Drvaric.  Ivana married Marko Yurmanovich – later changed to Urman – 9 Feb 1929.  I previously posted a copy of Marko (Yurmanovich) Urman’s citizenship paper.  The Drvaric’s and Urman’s settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to raise their families.

Madness Monday: Where is Sharon Cemetery in Indiana?

Snooping around old newspapers for clues to John N. Poundstone brought to light a death announcement in the Logansport Journal.  The article is as follows:

  John N. Poundstone an old and prominent citizen of Deer Creek township, died at his home at Young America at 5 a.m. yesterday at the age of 83 years.  The deceased had been a resident of Deer Creek township for forty-three years.  He leaves four sons and two daughters.  The funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. from the Presbyterian Church at Wheeling, Ind.  Interment in Sharon cemetery.
  John N. Poundstone obituary, Logansport Journal, Logansport, Indiana, 8 July 1900, page 5, column 3.

John’s death certificate lists his burial in Sherin Cemetery, location and date not included.

Wheeling, Indiana is located in Carroll County; Deer Creek is located in Cass County – they are near one another but I cannot find the location of a Sharon Cemetery.  

Several Poundstone family members have been buried in Beech Grove Cemetery in Carroll County Indiana.  Several of John’s children are buried in the Center United Brethren Church Cemetery in Young America, Indiana.  Beware Sharon Cemetery I will find you…….

Surname Saturday – The Logue’s

The Logue family has wound it way into my family history numerous times.  The Logue’s married Logue’s, Durbin’s, and Logsdons.  The three families appear to have migrated together via Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. 

Rachel Logue, (1837 Ohio – 1911 Illinois) my 2nd Great Grandmother married Morris Durbin (1822 Maryland – 1880 Illinois).  Rachel was the second wife of Morris.  They raised their family in Avena, Fayette, Illinois. 

Rachel’s parents were John J. Logue (1807-1866) and Sarah Larrison (1815-1880).  They too settled in Avena, Fayette, Illinois.

John Logue’s parents were James Logue  (1772-1844) and Mary Elizabeth Paine  (1781-1865), they too settled in Fayette County, Illinois.    The parents of James were James (1720-1831) and Mary Lawson (1732-1831).

Last name origin & meaning:
Irish (chiefly northern Ireland): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maol Mhaodhóg (also Ó Maolaodhóg) ‘descendant of the servant (devotee) of St. Maodhóg’