Long lost photos of the past: The Clark Family


I found a few gems while looking through the photos from my Aunt Maxine’s estate.  It appears that a good deal of pictures of the family were in her possession.  I scanned some negatives and pictures of the collection while I was visiting in Illinois.

To the left is a photo from the 1940’s.  I believe the child to be Leo Otis born in the early 40’s.  Grandma (Rudy Pearl Poundstone Clark) and Grandpa (Otis Elmer Clark).


This photo appears to be of the same time period.  Wilma is on the left, then Leo Otis, and to the right David “Kent” Clark.  

The family was enumerated in 1940 in Bear Creek, Christian County, Illinois.*

Leo Otis was born in Stonington, Christian County, Illinois just a few years after the enumeration.  It does appear that the family stayed in the same county for a number of years.  

I will be posting more finds as time permits.  




 *1940 U.S. census, Christian County, Illinois, population schedule, Bear Creek, enumeration district (ED) 11-4, p. 3B, household 52, family of Otis Clark; database with digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 March 2016); National Archives microfilm publication T627, roll 767.

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2017 Happy New Year

In 2015 my eldest daughter died – I was positive that 2016 would be a better year.  Well, January 1st 2016 I broke one ankle and dislocated the other. The entire year of 2016 was spent recovering.  I had surgeries, a lot of recouping, learned to walk again, and quite frankly spent a bit of time being numb. On a positive note I had time to spend on my ProGen assignments. I also had time to complete some courses at the National Institute of Genealogical Studies.  I did learn that one one should not put finishing touches on a presentation while under the influence of pain killers.  2016 was  probably the most difficult year to be a sole owner of a company.  I had to rely on my family and friends to drive me around which is a little difficult when one is a Private Investigator.

I am positive that 2017 will be an an improvement over 2016.  I am looking forward to a much healthier year.  My first genealogical talk will be on January 18 for the Voyager Genealogists.  I am doing one of my favorites talks, The Paper Trail of Death…..

SLIG will take place later in January and I will be torturing Rick Sayre and Judy Russell while I dive into The Family History Law Library.

This year’s blog post’s will include my “findings” and “treasures” located on the way to the FGS Conference in Springfield in 2016.  I had several stops along the way and found quite a few records.
I cannot wait to share my finds.