Mystery Monday – Two Z’s or Not two Z’s -Drezdon or Drezdzon

Two Z’s or not two Z’s – that is the question.  My mother-in-law swears her maiden name has always been spelled Drezdon.  I have been tracing  her line back and searching for any and all for clues.  Starting with her – last name spelled Drezdon on her birth certificate.  Obituary for her father George  spelled Drezdon.  George’s birth certificate Drezdzon – father’s name on the same certificate spelled  Josef Drzdzon.  George’s death certificate Drezdon.   George’s father- Joseph – birth record spelled Drezdzon.  Joseph’s World War I draft registration card Drezdzon; old man draft Drezdon.  Census records for Joseph 1910 and 1920 – Drezdzon.  Census records for John – 1910 -Drezdzon.  St. Adalbert Cemetery in Milwaukee lists Joseph and John with the last name of Drezdon.  I am thinking that my next search should be on John Drezdzon or Drezdon to locate his naturalization records.  I should also track down the church the families attended, perhaps they can shed some light on the case of the double z’s.

WWI draft
WWII draft

Family History Expo Mesa – Day 2

I finally had a chance to make it through the vendor area!  There are some wonderful products.  I talked to Amy Herzog at  again because she was such a pleasure to talk to yesterday.  I will soon be taking the plunge into the digital world.  I also had the chance to talk to the Creative Continuum. They are a short run publisher and family history publisher.  They also have a series of three CD’s to teach photo retouching.

The Underhill’s of Creative Continuum

Rebecca Vastine and son with a sample of her wooden family chart

I also wanted to let everyone know about My Vintage Roots.  They make amazing wooden family charts.  You can see additional samples of their skills at  They are an Arizona company located in Prescott.

Speaking of charts, if you want a family chart produced on paper you should head over to Janet Hororka’s   Family Chartmasters.  She had many samples displayed at the expo and she has been producing beautiful charts for the last several years.  Janet also has a blog at The Chart Chick.  

Jill Woodbury’s talk If Frannie is Buried There, Who is Patricia?, was interesting and entertaining.
The last session I attended was a program by Arlene Eakle.  Arlene, as usual, had some eye opening sources for researching – this time in Pennsylvania.
 Sherri Hessick, Amy Urman, & Colleen McHugh-Tucson Troublemakers and Pima Count Genealogical Society  members
All and all I had a wonderful time at the Expo.  I know from the folks I had a chance to talk to that they had a positive experience and learned some new tricks.  See you next year at the Expo!

Arizona Family History Expo – Newspapers in Research

I had the opportunity to review  Bret Petersen’s syllabus Using Newspapers in Research: You sNews.  I like to attend and review  presentations that I think I know quite a bit about – mainly because I always “re-learn” or find out new ways to research.  For example, I had forgotten about the NewsLibrary and the Library of Congress Historic Newspaper Collection Chronicling America websites.

He mentioned one of my favorites (due to my Illinois roots) the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection.  Genealogy Bank and  Newspaper Archive were also mentioned.  Another good jumping off point for locating newspapers is Cyndi’s List – Newspapers

Bret also discussed sources available only at library’s.  The Pima County Library has a subscription to America’s Obituaries & Death Notices, America’s News and Heritage Quest Online.  You will need a Pima County Library card to access the databases They also have a page containing hyperlinks to: 
  • Chronicling America — Search and view newspaper pages from 1860-1922
  • Ebsco Image Collection — More than 400,000 photos, maps & flags
  • Newspaper Source Plus — Newspapers, TV & radio news transcripts
  • NewsBank — Arizona Daily Star & over 500 newspapers from across the country
  • ProQuest Newspapers — Arizona Republic
  • Tucson Local News Portal — An up-to-the-minute news feed, with local jobs and obituaries from NewsBank
  • The library at the University of Arizona, which is free to use onsite, has a subscription to Paratex which is a 19th Century Masterfile section of the website containing  over 60 fully searchable reference databases and indexes including pre-1925 newspapers, indexes, periodicals, books, patents and United States and United Kingdom government documents.  There are many other databases available that may benefit a genealogist but restricted databases are only available to students and faculty. The University of Arizona also has a vast collection of newspapers on microfilm and a genealogical book section.
  • My examples are those that benefit a researcher in Tucson.  The Arizona State University and the Maricopa County Library also have collections that would benefit genealogical researchers.  I am not  familiar with their collections but I am sure a simple internet search would yield similar information at these two facilities.  

Family History Expo Mesa Arizona – Opening Day

What a wonderful  day.  The Expo brought renewed acquaintances and new friends  I really enjoyed seeing fellow Pima County Genealogy members .  The opening keynote by Arlene Eakle was very enjoyable.  Arlene shared several ideas and stories of researching.

I took the opportunity to hear Lisa Louise Cooke speak twice.  Once on Evernote and again on  Common Surname Searches in Google.  Each  I hear her talk I learn something  new or remember something I had forgotten about.  I am ready to download Evernote and formulating new searches on Google.

Colleen McHugh did a presentation during the diner hour in the Ballroom.  Michelle Goodrum and I happily helped Colleen out my passing  and gathering  entries for her drawing for RootsMagic5 that the folks at RootsMagic so nicely donated.

Colleen McHugh  during her dinner time presentation

The last  program of the day was by Ruth Maness, AG.  Her topic was “What Do I Do Now?  Tools For Effective Family Tree Analysis.  She  took us through the research process, first looking at what we have and then trying to fill in the gaps of missing research.  She also pointed out the different regional and denominational  records that may be located.

I also broke down a purchased some software to begin digital scrapbooking.  They assured me the even I could  make beautiful pages with my family photos.  As usual Roots Publishing has  warmed u up my credit card – I purchased a book for myself and for my dear friend Barbara Salyer.

I also had the opportunity to purchase Lisa Louis Cooke’s new book  Everything  You Need to Know About How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers – and had it personalized to Princess Amy!  Thank you Lisa!

Family History Expo – Vendors

So happy to see some of my favorite vendors will be at the Expo.  Arlene Eakle is not only delivering the keynote speech, she is also lecturing and has brought  The Genealogical Institute with her in booth #3.  Arlene’s methods are very helpful in locating those missing ancestors, be sure to check out her booth.  The Stories To Tell booth is back.  Stop by and see Nancy and Biff Barnes, two of the nicest folks around for help with your families story in booth #35.  Lisa Louise Cooke and her daughter will be manning the Genealogy Gems Podcast booth. Look for Lisa Louise’s new book How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers – hurry she only has a limited amount of her new book.  She has also authored several other books to help you with your research.  Visit the Genealogy Gems Podcast in booth #6.  Family Roots Publishing will be in booths #38-#41- I have a friend with a birthday coming up and that is where I will be looking for the perfect book to add to her collection.  I also plan on learning more about digital scrap booking so I will be visiting Digital Scrapbook Memories in booth #20.  I am looking forward to seeing my favorites and see what’s new in the vendor arena.  I will keep you posted!

Family History Expo Mesa – Here I come!

Watch out Mesa I am on my way tomorrow! I am packing a bag and I thought I would share some of my favorite things to bring to a conference.

Business cards – both for my business and my blog
Pre-printed return address labels – save time entering drawings and filling out forms
RootsMagic to go USB stick
Water bottle
Cooler with drinks and lunch/dinner/snack options
Pad of paper
Pens, pencils, highlighter
Questions for Ask the Pros

Don’t forget to bring your family history book to be scanned.  FamilySearch will scan your book and give you a digital copy on a flash drive they will provide.

See you there!

National Archives – Genealogy Lectures YouTube Videos

National Archives Press Release January 4, 2012
For the first time, the National Archives has launched online videos of its most popular genealogy “how to” workshops. These videos cover “hot topics” in genealogical research such as census, immigration and military records. Now, these popular workshops led by National Archives experts are available on the National Archives YouTube channel [].
The National Archives-produced Know Your Records video shorts cover the creation, scope, content, and use of National Archives records for genealogical research. “The National Archives is proud to make our most popular genealogy lectures available online and ready for viewing by anyone, anywhere, at any time,” said Diane Dimkoff, Director of Customer Services.
Genealogy Introduction: Military Research at the National Archives: Volunteer Service (8:22) []
Archives specialist John Deeben discusses compiled military service records at the National Archives.
Genealogy Introduction—Military Research at the National Archives: Regular Service (6:11) []
Archives Specialist John Deeben explains how to use Army and Navy registers of enlistment and rendezvous reports for research.
Genealogy Introduction—Military Research at the National Archives: Pension Records (9:04)
Archives Specialist John Deeben discusses how to research military service using pension records dating from 1775 to 1916. Deeben shows samples of both Revolutionary War and Civil War pensions.
Genealogy Introduction—Immigration Records at the National Archives (11:57)
Archives Specialists Katherine Vollen and Rebecca Crawford provide an overview of immigration records from 1800 to 1957, including Customs Service and Immigration and Naturalization records, as well as records of ports and border crossings.
Genealogy Introduction: Census Records at the National Archives (11:57)
Genealogy expert Constance Potter shares tips and strategies for researching U.S. Federal Census Records 1790 to 1930, and explains how they can be used for genealogical research.

Background on “Know Your Records” programs

The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. The Know Your Records Program offers opportunities for staff, volunteers, and researchers to learn about these records through lectures, ongoing genealogy programs, workshops, symposia, the Annual Genealogy Fair, an online genealogy tutorialreference reports for genealogical research, and editions of Researcher News for Washington DC area researchers.