Monday Madness: The only madness here is the hairdo I in this picture – ugh!

1988, obviously a year that I wore my hair in an unfashionable way and jeez  those glasses – who let me walk around like this!.  This is one of the first costumes I ever made.  Jessica had to be Snow White.  The costume turned out quite well and was passed on to a little girl down the street that was also crazy for Snow White.   This was our fist year living in Tucson, Arizona.


Family History Expo Mesa Arizona

Looks like we will soon have information on the Family History Expo in Mesa that will take place January 20-21, 2012 at the Mesa Convention Center.  I encourage everyone to attend.  The event brings classes on skill building, professional research assistance, new technology, vendors, networking opportunities and loads of fun.

This is an event that will allow you to meet people with similar interests.  I urge you to meet your fellow Expo attendees, after all genealogists are the friendliest people in the world.  Networking through the last three expo’s I have had the privilege of meeting fellow Geneabloggers, researchers experienced in locations that I research and  Bruce Buzbee who straightened out one of my RootsMagic files that I had somehow messed up.

It looks like the Early Bird rate will be $75 if paid prior to November 30, 2011.  That is a bargain price of less than $40 a day.  The event is all day Friday and all day Saturday.  The website promises to be updated soon.  Check this link for current information on the event:  Family History Expo Mesa Arizona

Hope to see you there!   

Help! Entry for marriage prior to marriage how to cite

Here is a copy of my third great grandfather’s marriage record.  The date of the source entry is January 24th 1838 with further information stating a marriage of January 25th 1838.  I am going to stick with the January 25th date because that is the date from his obituary and bible record.  How can the entry be dated the day before?

Now on the citation should I note the entry date of 24 January 1838 and the  marriage date of 25 January 1838?

FamilySearch, Entry for John N. Poundstone and Magdeline Hampshier dated 24 January 1838, married 25 January 1838, Perry County, Book 1, Entry 228, page 247, FHL Film 910669 ; index entries derived from digital copies of original and compilted records.

Thrifty Thursday – A Few Free Government Resources

I wrote this post for the Pima County Genealogy Society blog at and thought I should share the information here on my personal blog..

Part of researching is knowing where to look.  A good source for state maps with counties included are available through the census division of the government.   State maps with counties dated 2000 are available at

The government has also produced a “Using Maps in Genealogy” document by the United States Geological Survey at

Also available at the census site is a link to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services genealogy program pamphlet.  It can be viewed at

Additional genealogy resources on the census site may be found at

Happy hunting!

Tuesday’s Tip – Try and Try Again

My mother is in town visiting Tucson so I sat her down and went over some of her family information.  I asked her when her parents were married, where, and who married them.  Her answer – I have no idea.  They never celebrated an anniversary.  I knew (or hoped) that their marriage was prior to their son William’s birth in 1923. I wrote to the counties my grandfather had lived in Indiana, no records.  I wrote to Cook County in Illinois and had a record search performed – no record.

I had been running searches for their marriage month after month and put it a side for awhile.  After talking to Mom I ran a search on today and guess what!  A marriage record for Clara Miottel and William Skibbe in the Cook County Illinois Marriage Indexes, 1914-1942.  The index lists a marriage date of September 14, 1921.  According to Ancestry they posted the marriage records 17 October 2011.  The lesson learned today – run those searches over and over until you have an answer.  Thinking back on it I probably should have calendared the search for the marriage record quarterly or semi annually instead of sporadic insane searches every now and then.  I think that I will sit down with my list of searches to do and do just that – calendar them and follow through.  You never know when that database will show up on, or some other site as the records become available.  Ancestry’s recently added databases listing can be found at

Now I need to send for the record and hopefully I will get the correct record.  After a negative response from the Clerk, a marriage license request for my parents that states they were married in a Catholic church (they were married in a Lutheran church) that was obviously incorrect – I am hoping for a real and correct record this time from the clerk.  Wish me luck.

“Cook County, Illinois Marriage Indexes, 1914-1942,” database on-line, ( : accessed 10 October 2011), entry for Clara Miottel and William Skibbe, 14 September 1921, Cook County Register Serial No. 0922407.

Thrifty Thursday -Favorite Free Ohio Genealogy Resources

I have been researching in Ohio for the Izor, Poundstone, Zeck and a few other families.   I found the following resources to be very helpful in my search for family records:

Ohio Death Certificate Database 1913-1944 is free to view and $7.00 to order death certificate copy.  Which is a good buy since some of the counties charge more than $7.00.

Preble County Ohio genealogical and historical records at has scans of the original records attached.  It seems a good deal of my relatives came through or lived in Preble County.

Free Ohio Genealogy Society databases (more information available for members) :

 The Ohio Memory website has sources from 354 repositories including grave registrations, deeds, and military records, visit and run a few of your own searches.

Mystery Monday – Family wiped out in a period of a month due to trains!

When researching my Skibbe family in Chicago I came across this article in the newspaper article.  I later sent for the Coroner’s report that I will share at another time.  I cannot find any connection to my Skibbe’s.   Here is the sad story of a family destroyed by train accidents.

  Two hours after paying for the burial of their son, who was killed by a train a month ago, Mr. Skibbe, his wife, and their little daughter were killed by a Burlington train at Sixteenth street and Ashland avenue yesterday.  They were riding in a carriage owned by the undertaker they had just paid.

Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1963); Aug. 1, 1903; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Chicago Tribune (1849-1985) page 2.

Recommendation of Coroner’s Jury at Inquest of  Skibbe Family –
Censure for Burlington Road.

  Reduction in speed of all trains entering Chicago on tracks which are not elevated was the recommendation made by a coroner’s jury yesterday.  The jury also censured the Burlington railroad company in connection with the death three weeks ago of Albert Skibbe, Mrs. Elvina Skibbe, and Dorothy Skibbe, 9 years old, the evidence showing that the train was moving at high speed.
  In arriving at the verdict the jury held that many grade crossing accidents resulted from the high speed at which some trains enter the city and recommended that the speed be reduced as a precaution against similar accidents.
  Skibbe lived with his family at 847 Girard street, and he and his family were killed while driving over the crossing at Ashland avenue and Sixteenth street.  According to Deputy Coroner Hyland the jury also believed that the towerman should have been in his place and that the gates should have been down.

Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1963); Aug. 13, 1903; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Chicago Tribune (1849-1985) 

Family Recipe Friday – Aunt Peggy’s Dishpan Cookies

Here is another one of Aunt Peggy’s cookie recipes.  I make this one almost every year.

Dishpan Cookies
2 c brown sugar
2 c white sugar
2 c liquid shortening
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups four
1 1/2 c quick oatmeal
4 c corn flakes
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
Cream sugar, shortenings, eggs, and vanilla.  Mix together flour, oatmeal,baking soda, corn flakes and salt.  Gradually mix into the sugar mixture.  If dough is stiff, add a small amount of milk.  Dough should look dry but hold together.  Roll into small balls.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 325° for 8 to 10 minutes.