Trying to behave, but it’s so easy to be distracted…

So I should be working on the handout for the genealogy class I am teaching on Tuesday, but I was distracted by the website for requesting SSA-711 Internet Requests for deceased Individuals Social Security Application. You can order onilne at, it took less than fifteen minutes to order four records.  I ordered records for Frank Urman, Ora Poundstone, Otis Clark, and William Skibbe.  Now I wonder just how long it takes for them to process the requests made on line.

Technically I was just looking for websites to share with my class when I started doing requests.  I guess  better stay off the internet and immerse my self in my word processing program and just get it done so I can play so more.  I am already thinking of other relatives that I could order requests for.  Save me from myself…


"Stealing" or Posting without citing the original source – Ora Pearl Poundstone

I had a surprise when researching on, a death certificate that I posted on my blog and on Ancestry was posted to the grave of my Great Grandfather.  I don’t mind the image being there, I do mind that some guy by the name of Max  Turpin that did not credit the source to anything but himself.  The image, unaltered from my scan of the original, including the state of Illinois processing date is shown on Findagrave. Now I have posted the picture on my blog (this one) and on both places that clearly show my name.  I would have even uploaded the picture to Findagrave, that is not the issue.  The issue is taking someone’s image and saying that it is yours!  When people are so blatant about taking credit for someone thing that they did not procure – what exactly does that say about their own research.  Other postings by Mr. Turpin regarding my family include census records and marriage records that are not cited.  Perhaps he found this information on Ancestry or Footnote or Family Search – who knows because the man does not cite his sources.  Now perhaps Mr. Turpin is just being “helpful” but to truly be helpful he needs to learn to cite his sources.

Ordering a Naturalization File on line

Well I finally ordered Frank Urman’s naturalization file today.  The whole process was painless and quick.  I just typed in the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services web address –, searched for genealogy requests, hit the button on the right that said online request and after filling out a few answers my request was made.  Luckily I have Frank’s original naturalization certificate so that I did not need to spend extra money on a search request.  The cost of the file was $20, not a bad amount for the information possibilities the file may contain.  The whole process took less than 10 minutes.  The government does appear to be back logged with requests – currently they are working on requests from December but I can wait.

Here is hoping that in a few months I can further my research of Frank.  Frank officially changed his name from Frank Yurmanovich to Urman during the citizenship process.

Clark Family Reunion, research in Indiana and Illinois on the Poundstone line

I am trying to plan a quick trip to Cass County Indiana while visiting Illinois for our family reunion.  Problem is I don’t know when it is!  I also need to hook up with some cousins and do a little courthouse stomping in Illinois.  All of that and try to keep expenses down!  Let’s hope the family firms some plans up soon – I also hear that one of my cousins children is getting married soon and another cousin’s child is getting married in June.  Kinda feel out of the loop here in Arizona (or maybe I just annoy my cousins too much for an invite to the weddings!)  I know I will need at least a day in Cass County to do some Poundstone research.  I would like to have a few days to visit Cousin Zena and her folks and do some research and then there is the Clark/Damery family – I certainly need a few days to catch up with them and  do a little digging around.  Here is what I wish to accomplish for my Poundstone line-

My Cass County Indiana list includes:  doing research on a town called Poundstone Corner, checking the courthouse for probate files for John Nicholas Poundstone – originally file in 1900 – settled in 1915 per newspaper account;  a will for Henry Poundsotne (son of John) died 1914, George W. Poundstone (son of John) died 1918.

My Piatt County Illinois list includes:  Will for Richard Poundstone (son of John) died 1919 ,  will for Ora Poundstone (son of Richard) died 1960,  will for Josiah Earnest Poundstone (son of Richard) died 1916,  will for John Newton Poundstone (son of Richard) died 1950.

I need to locate a Cass County Historical Society or museum, locate a local library and check out other research prospects in the area.  If anyone has any ideas for me please let me know.

Now I need to decide what I am going to search on for my Clark side while I am in Illinois.  I will begin that list soon.

Stonington High School Basket Ball Banquest 1947

Lloyd Clark, row 2, first person on  left side.  The following names are signed individually on the back of the photo:  Carrol D. Covington, Leroy Durand, John [unreadable], Carole Sue Williams, Anne Pucket?, Richard Stahr, Joe DeMichael, Donnie Blakeman, and Stub E. Coffey

Learning on the web – Webinars, RootsTV, and YouTube – Too Cool!

How awesome is it to get to attend a genealogy class sitting at home.  I have attended approximately ten webinars so far and I just love the convenience.  If you are looking for a chance to learn a few new tricks I would subscribe to GeneaWebinars at  This blogspot  is put together by Myrt, DearMYRTLE (otherwise known as Pat Richley).  Now I am sure that the blog’s webinar listings do not include everything available in the world – Myrt certainly has round up a huge plethora of offerings.  She lists upcoming webinars and archived webinars that are still available for viewing. 

I like to keep an eye on Legacy and RootsMagic’s webinars.  Legacy has some wonderful speakers including Thomas MacEntee (he’s the man), Dear Mrytle, Janet Hovorka, Leland Meitzler, and of course Geoff Rasmussen.  RootsMagic offers a vast array of how to use their software webinars.  There are many other organizations and companies that have offerings including Ancestry, Family Search, Relative Roots, and Dear Mrytle.  Family Tree Magazine offers both free and paid webinars.  Ancestry was quite a few archived webinars on an array of topics sure to interest you.

Don’t forget to check out RootsTV at for genealogy videos on several subjects.  Look through the offerings and you’ll see information on photos, scanning, citations, DNA and research to name a few.

YouTube also hosts genealogy videos.  You can listen to Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems, view organization videos, Google for genealogy, DNA information..there are just too many to mention.  Check out the videos at and enter genealogy in the search box to see what is available.

North Judson News (Indiana) – Skibbe family

I am the proud owner of several editions of the North Judson News (Indiana) thanks to an E-Bay auction. North Judson is the largest town near Wayne Township in Starke County  where my great grandparents, Wilhelm and Julia Skibbe, settled near after becoming citizens of the United States.  Prior to moving to Wayne Township the Skibbe’s resided in Chicago from  about 1887 to 1899.  Wilhelm lived in Laurenburg Germany now LeBork, Poland prior to coming to the United States. The family lore states Julia was living in Berlin prior to her marriage to Wilhelm.

There is one newspaper edition from 1897, one from 1898, six from 1908 and one from 1921.  Researching archival solutions for the papers I learned just how highly acidic newspapers are.  The acidity in the paper is what turns the paper darker and brittle.   Newspaper clippings can be de-acidified with the use of Bookkeeper Deacidification Spray.  The spray neutralizes the paper to buffer it from future destructive acids. The creases in the newspapers have accelerated the breakdown of the paper.  I have carefully unfolded the papers and  weighted them down to preserve them flat.  I purchased a box and folders from Hollinger to keep the newspapers safe for the future.
I need to order some additional folders and some more cotton gloves. Stinky the Cat has decided that the gloves are the best toy ever.  She has even figured out how to open drawers to remove them from my office.  Maybe I should just purchase a pair just for her and figure out some way to lock the drawers in my desk.

I am looking forward to reading the papers.  I of course would love to find some information on my family but any clues to the area would be interesting.  I will share some of my more interesting finds as I review the editions.

Tombstone Tuesday – Pearl Belle Hale Birch Clark (or Grandpa’s Clark’s 3rd wife)

Pearl Belle Hale Birch Clark was Grandpa Clark’s 3rd wife.  She is buried with her first husband Chauncey R. Birch at the Harshbarger Cemetery (also known as Lake Fork Cemetery) in Atwood, Piatt County, Illinois.  I find it interesting that she is buried with her first husband with no mention of her remarried name of Clark.  Grandpa’s name is listed as Odes Elmer Clark on her death certificate shown below.  She died of  pulmonary tuberculosis at age 22.  Their marriage date has not yet been located.  Grandpa Clark was living with his 2nd wife’s family in January of  1920 (the Butts), Viola Gladys Butts Clark died in  February of  1920 and Pearl died in May of 1924 – so sometime between Viola’s death and Pearl’s death they were married.  I will need to search the Piatt County Courthouse marriage records the next time I get to Illinois.