52 Weeks To Better Genealogy – Challenge #44 – Giving Back

The challenge Week 44: Research ways to give back to the genealogy community. The challenge is to examine some different ways genealogists can donate time and effort in kind. Find-a-Grave (http://www.findagrave.com/), Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (http://www.raogk.org/), FamilySearch Indexing (http://www.familysearch.org/eng/indexing/frameset_indexing.asp), the World Archives Project (http://landing.ancestry.com/wap/learnmore.aspx), Unclaimed Persons (http://www.unclaimedpersons.org/) and the USGenWeb project (http://www.usgenweb.org/) are all dependent on volunteer effort.  


I have worked worked with  Unclaimed persons, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness and Record A Grave organized by Jon Anderson.  John posts cemetery transcriptions that we volunteers transcribe to  ancestry.com, findagrave.com, and interment.net.  I really enjoy working with him. 


I have volunteered for RAOGK, however I have a sour taste in my mouth from one requester.  I searched the major newspapers and historical society for a obit for a lady.  I emailed her back to tell her I am still looking and to advise her that so far I had not located anything. She wrote back and accused me wanting money to release the orbit.  I have not responded to her email, obviously she is not quite right in the head.  Other than that incident I have enjoyed “spreading the genealogy love”.   Just think of all the records we could make available by each of us volunteering a few hours a week! 


Thanks to Amy Coffin of We Tree (http://wetree.blogspot.com/) for this topic!  Love ya Amy!

George and Alma Skibbe Wedding picture 1919- identities of the ladies in second row.

I previously posted the above picture of George and Alma Skibbe on my blog, now with the help of my cousin Marge I can identify the ladies in the second row of this picture.  From left to right:  Margaret Edith (Skibbe) Harris (Cousin Marge’s mom at age 20, sister of groom), Clara (Scholkopf) Hoberer, Adeline (Spenner) Hankey (sister of the bride), and O’tillia (Spenner) Schultz (sister of the bride).  Now we need to see if Clara is a relative to either family or perhaps just a friend of the bride.

Tombstone Tuesday – Reinhold, Emma and Arthur Miottel

Great Granduncle Reinhold R. Miottel, Great Grandaunt Emma Ladwig Miottel, and 1st Cousin twice removed Arthur Miottel. Burial is located at Saint Paul’s Cemetery in Revillo, South Dakota.   Reinhold and Emma  raised nine children.  Their children were Katerina, Emma, Bertha, Clara (same as my grandmother, Clara Miottel – Clara must be a family name),  Walter, Richard, Amanda,  Reinhold and Arthur.

Mystery Monday

I found this photo among the pictures my Mother had removed from my Grandmother’s photo album.  My mother believes that it is her mother on the far left and her step sister Helen Conour’s children, along with her mother’s step mother Emilie Blank Miottel.. I have doubts about the lady on the right being Emily.  I wonder if the family often had coffee in the backyard or is this is just for fun.  That is not a tea pot – could those children be drinking coffee?

Tombstone Tuesday – Zeck

Daniel Zeck and his wife Caroline nee Poundstone.  Young America Cemetery in Young America, Cass, Indiana.  Daniel and Caroline were married 7 Mar 1867 in Cass County, Indiana.  They had four children:  Inus, Nora, Delbert and Everett.  Caroline is my 2nd Great Grand Aunt, she is the sister to my 2nd Great Grandfather Richard Poundstone. 

Tombstone Tuesday – Nellie Lapearl Clark Tipsword and Edward R. Tipsword

Grand Aunt Nellie Lapearl (Clark) Tipsword and her husband Edward R. Tipsword. 
Grand Aunts Nellie and her sister Jennie married two of  the Tipsword brothers.  Nellie married Edward, Jennie married John.  Nellie and Edward along with John and Jennie are buried at the Spring Hill Cemetery in Beecher City, Effingham, Illinois.