Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Mudlarking Along the Thames in London


If you've never heard the term mudlark or mudlarking, then you're in for a fun surprise.

London has hundreds of years of history and bits and pieces of that history are lodged in the mud along the Thames River running right through the city. I've been watching several of the mudlarking videos on YouTube and the things they find are so fascinating and history unearthed and right in their hands! 

Besides just pulling things out of the muck, sand and rocks, they look for words on the artifacts and then research the history of that company or tavern or whatever. So one can learn English/London history while enjoying "luck in the muck," as mudlarker Si-Finds says.  He or Nicola White are my two favs to watch. 

Give it a looksee on YouTube. Bet you'll be hooked as I've been. 

P.S. There is even a new museum in London containing many of these finds; if the item is over 300 years old, the finder is expected/encouraged to turn it in to the museum. 

Friday, June 25, 2021

Linda Morgan, EWGS Shining Star Volunteer


That is EWGS member, Linda Morgan, hiding behind the mask....... as required for entry and research at the MAC archives.  Linda is embarking on a huge but so worthwhile project: creating a much more thorough index to the New England Funeral Home (Undertaking Company) records. Yes, EWGS has a lengthy index on our website but Linda is creating a much better index. All with the blessing of Anna Harbine and Alex Fergus, resident archivists there at the MAC. 

Linda is indexing many more points of information from the dozens of boxes filled with binders/folders of that defunct funeral parlor's records. See what she's holding up? Each record take a whole page........... age, address, cause of death and more. 

She is going the extra mile and using the resources of City Directories and the Digital Archives and even Find-A-Grave to double check when she is unsure of the spelling.  This will be a super good index when she finishes.............. want to help her?  Let her know. 

Meanwhile, big hand-clapping for our EWGS Shining Star volunteer!

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Is A Name Appearing In The Newspaper Always Spelled Correctly??

 What is the correct name-spelling for "Grandma" Hibben?

Spokesman Review, 21 Mar 1922   ///   Here Since ’55; Dies; Poor Farm

Ox Team Brought “Grandma” Hibben to Washington.

Caroline “Grandma” Hebnier, who came to the Inland Empire 65 years ago and resided in Spokane county for the last 42 years, died Sunday at the county poor farm. She was 87 years old and one of the oldest inmates.

Superintendent J.S. McCormick sent the following report to The Spokesman-Review:

“Mrs. Hebnier was born in Berlin, Germany in 1835 but came to America when she was but 6 years old. They settled in Pennsylvania. She came to Washington in 1855, having crossed the plains with her husband behind an ox team.

“They settled near Clarkston but came to Spokane county in 1879 and settled southwest of the city in the direction of Medical Lake and Cheney.

“Mrs. Hebnier came here 14 years ago with her son, who died her about 12 years ago. She was known as “Grandma” Hebnier and was well liked by all. During the war she knit socks for the Red Cross and did what she could for the United States which she always claimed as her country.”

The funeral will be held from Shepard’s Undertaking company rooms. The aged woman had funds to pay for her burial.


Just for fun, I did some sleuthing to learn more about "Grandma" Hibben............. no luck, under either spelling. 

Nothing for her in our Washington Digital Archives.

Ditto for Ancestry.

Ditto for FamilySearch.

Ditto for Find-A-Grave

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Bowl & Pitcher: Spokane's Treasure---Been There?


Everybody in Spokane either has been to the Bowl & Pitcher Park or wants to go soon or should go! It's a one-of-a-kind-special feature on the list of things that make Spokane great. My first date with future hubby was a walk across that bridge. How about you? Bowl & Pitcher memories? 

Why is it called Bowl and Pitcher Spokane?
The Bowl and Pitcher are contains large basalt rock formations surrounding a turbulent Spokane River. Supposedly, several of the rock formations look like a bowl and a pitcher.
Rushing waters of the Spokane River go through and around the cave. The cave looks like a bowl placed on the side of it brim surrounded by other rocks. On the west side of the river, south of the bowl is a mass of basaltic rock that is shaped like a pitcher. This mass of rock is known as the pitcher of the park.

If you really want to read more about the geology of the Bowl & Pitcher, click to the link below (copy and paste if it won't click on).

Friday, June 11, 2021

Yeggman? Was Your Ancestor of That Profession?

 Thanks to Jim Kershner's 100 Years Ago Today in our paper a few weeks back, I learned about yeggmen.  So what profession was a yeggman? Perhaps a quote from his article would help:

"The area's gang of yeggmen struck again in the night. It broke into the safety deposit vaults of the Lamont State Bank in Whitman County and made off with thousands of dollars of bonds, securities and other valuables....."

Would you have guessed that a yeggman was a safecracker??? The article went on to state that "one crew of yeggs has been responsible for the theft of a total of $75,000 worth of securities." 

Would you be proud of a yeggman ancestor???? 

Butch Cassidy and Sundance were obviously yeggmen and were pretty cool. At least in that movie. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Keuterville, Idaho, anybody?

Yes, long time EWGS member (and past president), Jeanne Polumsky Coe, has an ancestral line going back to this bitty place in Idaho County, Idaho.  We were doing our volunteer indexing stint down at the MAC when we came upon an obit that stated that the fellow was from Keuterville. That sparked a lovely memory from Jeanne and she wrote up the story for us.

How Keuterville, Idaho, Got Its Name

By Jeanne Polumsky Coe, 2021

“The small town of Keuterville, in Idaho County, Idaho, was named after my great-grandfather,” wrote Jeanne Coe. “His surname was spelled KUTHER but the request for the town’s name change was garbled and the government spelled it Keuterville. It’s now a ghost town and I’ve not visited there in years.” 

This small town in Idaho County, Idaho, began as St. Peter.  The 1903 HISTORY OF NORTH IDAHO states “July,1884, the town site of Keuterville was preempted by Anton Hendricks, and the patent secured in 1889.  The first store was erected by Mr. Henry Kuether in 1888...The post office was established in 1888…(in the early 1880s) a considerable immigration of German farmers flowed in.” 

Like Mr. Kuther many of those farmers came to central Idaho from Illinois to take up farm land when the Nez Perce Indians were removed to the reservation.  The post office apparently was located in Mr. Kuther’s store as he was appointed the post master in 1888.  Another man by the name of Henry Fisher may have been the first postmaster but Henry Kuther was the first mail carrier (sources disagree).

A petition was sent by Henry to Washington, D.C., in 1888 requesting the town’s name change from St. Peter to Kutherville, but it apparently was misread as the Post Office Department granted the change to KEUTERVILLE and not Kutherville. 

At any rate, the town survives to this day with only a couple of businesses, a Catholic Church, a cemetery, and a few residents.  It is listed now as a ”ghost town” but is very popular during hunting season.  It is off the main highway from Lewiston to Boise but worth the side trip (St. Gertrude’s museum is on the way too).  

In 1985, the descendants of Henry Kuther, and his wife Katherine Herboth, gathered at Keuterville for a large family reunion which was organized by Shelley Kuther.   Many of Henry and Katherine’s descendants still reside in the area.  In researching my Kuther family, I must check all spellings:  KUTHER, KEUTHER, and KUETHER. 


Friday, June 4, 2021

Lee Pierce, Our Favorite Archivist

Lee Pierce is our best-known and favorite archivist and he will bring us up to date on the status of the Washington Digital Archives at our June 5th meeting. (A ZOOM meeting; click to our website for ZOOM directions.) 

I met with Lee in May (to donate a book and to have lunch at the Mason Jar in downtown Cheney) and we had a good visit. Lee is an ex-Marine, married with grown children and two granddaughters. He said he "loves being a paper archivist for Eastern Washington!"

I asked "how full is the physical archives?" He answered that they have 33,000 feet available and 29,000 are already filled. I asked about saving electronic records and particularly government emails. His answer: "This presents us with a problem that we don't yet have a good solution for..." I'm sure the powers to be are working on this.

I asked "when will the archives be open to in-person research?" Soon, hopefully, he promised. He smiled at me when he said "We've encouraged folks over 65 to participate in the SCRIBE indexing program." :-)  

Lee did explain that they do have a humungous project just waiting for volunteers to come help get it scanned and indexed. "We have 4300 binders or volumes of Property Record Cards, some 3 1/2 to 4 million cards. These were created and kept to justify property taxes and date from the 1840s to early 2000s. We hope to get students soon to come help with this.... images can be scanned and indexed in one fell swoop."

As we finished our sandwiches, Lee gave me this pearl:  "An archives is where truth resides." He says he considers himself an acolyte in the temple of truth.


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Arcadia Publishing: Want A Picture Book Of Your Hometown??


You really should click to this website and you will be amazed at the scope of the books published by Arcadia. There are books available for towns, places, hotels, events, ethnic activities and much more. All the book follow a format: same number of pages, same size, each to have certain number of photos, etc. And the average price is $22.00.

Arcadia lists 313 books for Washington State and 11 for Spokane.  (Early Spokane, Bridges of Spokane, Mount Spokane, African Americans of Spokane, Spokane Hot Rodding, Spokane International Railway, Spokane's Expo '84, North Western Journeys, Influential Women of Spokane and Cheney.)

My birth town is Kalamazoo, Michigan. Yep, there are four books for that place. We lived in Fairfield, California. Yep, one for for there. Dad was stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base (just east of Boise) in Idaho and there is a book for that!

Much of my family history involves St. Louis, Missouri and (of course) there are 78 books for that place. 

Do check this out. You might be surprised.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Only-In-Washington Humor


Coming home from western Washington a couple of weeks ago, I first spotted this highway road sign:

"Watercraft must take Exit 80."

My first thought was to laugh out loud and look for "Water Craft" zooming along on I-5.  (Kinda hard on the propeller too.) 

Then a bit further on was this one:

"Vehicles with watercraft must take Exit 80 for inspection."

Whew. That was a relief. 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Washington Laws In 1914


For $10 at a thrift store, I brought home a copy of Washington Laws Made Plain compiled by Hon. J.T.S. Lyle, Attorney-at-Law, Tacoma, Washington, and presented by the Okanogan State Bank, Riverside and Loomis, Washington.  It is  hoot!

MARRIAGE:  Marriage is a civil contract which may be entered into by males of the age of 21 years and females of the age of 18 years who are otherwise capable. (What does THAT mean?)

Then there was a paragraph of prohibited marriages between "nearer of kin" with the ending admonition that "If any person being within the degrees of consanguinity of affinity in which marriages are prohibited by this section carnally know each other they shall be guilty of incest and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for a term not exceeding ten years and not less than one year."

Here's the "dessert:"  No woman under the age of 45 years, or a man of any age, except he marry a woman over the age of 45 years, either of whom is a common drunkard, habitual criminal, epiletic, imbecile, feeble-minded person, idiot or insane person, or person who has theretofore been afflicted with hereditary insanity, or who is afflicted with pulmonary tuberculosis in its advanced stages, or any contagious venereal diseases shall intermarry or marry any other person within this state."

Goodness gracious indeed. 

Names In Spokane: Then & Now


Jim Kershner's column, 100 Years Ago Today, for 24 March 2021, was all about names...names in Spokane. He wrote:

"Spokane's 1921 Polk's City Directory ---- the era's version of a phone book --- had over 7000 more names than the 1920 directory, indicating that the city was growing.

Other factoids: the most common name in Spokane was Johnson (627 entries), followed by Smith, Anderson and Brown." 

While I certainly did not access that 1921 directory myself, I'd bet that except for a sprinkling of "foreign" names, they were mostly white-European. 

I personally think it's good and right that we're seeing names of ethic origins that too many of us have never heard of. Case in point: Tesfamariam Obgit Nehab's obituary appeared in our paper on 29 April 2021. This dear man had been born in Eritrea. His wife and four children survive him here in Spokane, all with distinctly Eritrean names.

I welcome that family and am sorry for the loss of their father and am glad that this family chose Spokane for their new home. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Tombstones Aren't Forever

 Diamonds may be forever but tombstones are most definitely not. I photo'd these two in Ocean View Cemetery, the west end of Port Angeles and looking right out over the Straights. The left one is barely readable and the right one is totally un-readable. So sad. Is is the location? Is it the material used? Is it nobody cares no more?? Think about your family's tombstones...................

Friday, May 14, 2021

Hardy Phillips: 1849 Cause of Death


Question: Why are genealogy friends important?? Why are genealogy society gatherings important? 

Answer: So we can network and toss out our questions!

On the 1849 Mortality Census, State of Georgia, I find husband's ancestor, Hardy Phillips listed. His cause of death?

What do YOU think?

It was "chronic" whatever it was. 

Tossing it out to several genealogy friends, I now believe it was TYPHOID F(ever). 

Get the message? "Ask and ye shall receive."

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Nurture Your Family Tree Online Or On Your Device Or Both?


Cyndi Ingle (who "purples" everything) gave a bang-up and comprehensive talk for Legacy Family Tree Webinars. This presentation is in their archive/library and I strongly suggest that a $49 annual subscription to hear/view this and 1000 others is worth your money and time.

Cyndi began by asking "where are you keeping your tree? Online or off line.... as in a program on your own computer. Or both? There is no right answer to this question; it is a personal choice. It's your hobby and it's okay to do it your want. You are not right or wrong."


A 6-page handout explains all the reasons Pro and Con for keeping or not keeping your tree online. Page six is a Comparison Chart of 14 different desktop software programs and the specifics for each...... cloud based? web based? crowd sources? mobile App? App system? Private/public tree? Fee/Free?

My take: I strongly suggest you think seriously about this. As I've said so often, do you want to leave a legacy or not? If you're doing family history solely for yourself, then don't worry about what will happen to your genealogy when you're gone. If you're doing it for your posterity, then MAKE SURE you're putting it/keeping it in a fashion that will be easy for descendants to find, to use and to appreciate. 

Friday, May 7, 2021

Livestock Brand Book: State of Washington


At a barn sale out beyond Wilbur, Washington, in a box of free books, I found a treasure! I found a Livestock Brand Book: State of Washington for 1966. According to the title page, the book contains 13,406 brands AND AND AND the name of the person for that registration. 

For example: On page 453 I found "Oswald, J.M. Spokane, Route 1, Box 51." This is my husband's uncle! (Third down on left.)

I'd be happy to look up your farmer family's surname and see if they had a registered brand and then to send you a copy. Just let me know. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Time For A Little Hygge??


Pronounced hoo-ga, I think we all could use a little hygge as we limp out from under all the COVID-19 ramifications of the past year. 

Although there is no literal translation, hygge alludes to a feeling of cozy intimacy and contentment. It's all about creating feelings of happiness, friendliness and wellbeing within everyday life. 

So how to Hygge Your Life?

  • Spend quality time with family and friends
  • Avoid multi-tasking
  • Remove stressors
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Go outdoors
  • Bring the outdoors in with plants
  • Don't deprive yourself
  • Pick up a book; put down the phone
This concept of hygge was originated with the Scandinavian peoples. I think they knew something we should learn. 

Friday, April 30, 2021

Why Join A Lineage Society?


Why would you want to join a lineage society? To have a monthly lunch date with like-minded friends? Or to honor and help perpetuate the memory of a patriotic ancestor?

Lineage societies are organizations created to honor a specific heritage or event and to document an ancestor's participation in that event. 

Those joining such societies must prove with documentation their descent from an ancestor involved or participating in historical events. That creates paperwork!! Such paperwork can be so valuable to future descendants seeking to know more about that ancestor. 

Click to www.lineagesocietyofamerica.com for a long list of such societies. Pick one to join that appeals to you and click to their website for details on how to join. 

I chuckled as I read through the list of societies:  Bloodlines of Salem? Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons & Daughters of the Kings of Great Britain? Descendants of Whaling Masters? Military Order of the Carabao? Noble Society of Celts?  Order of the Daedalians? 

There were lineage societies for Mayflower passengers, early New England towns, ethnic heritage and most military wars. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Early English Census Occupations (Funnies!!)

 So which of these occupations, as officially listed in the British census of 1881, would you wish was the occupation of YOUR ancestor????   Fatuous pauper? Fish-Bender? or maybe Electric Bath Attendant??

Friday, April 23, 2021

Why Care About Historical Societies??


Why Care About Historical Societies?

By Donna Potter Phillips, 2021

Why keep historical materials? Why, indeed, keep all this “old stuff?”  How did this idea begin?

A Massachusetts Historical Society online presentation in January 2021, with speakers Alea Henle and Peter Drummey, answered that question.

“Historical societies preserve the cultures of the early United States,” Henle stated, “by preserving the papers and artifacts that were in their everyday use.” Where else can you go to see (and perhaps touch) kitchen tools from 1889 or 1920?

How did the idea of historical societies begin? Before 1791, when the Massachusetts Historical Society began (as The Historical Society), there was no National Archives, no Library of Congress, no big history collections. There were collections in private hands but often these were sold and scattered when the family died out. Harvard University was the first to attempt to collect the scattered materials of our country’s history which were widely scattered, some even in Europe.  The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society was formed in 1804 and the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 1845. Many historical societies came from states, counties or towns wishing to mark their centennials. The Massachusetts Historical Society had as its original mission to collect materials pertaining to the whole of U.S. history but never had the money to ensure that mission’s survival. “It was only due to the dedicated officers and volunteers of these organizations that kept them alive,” said Henle.

Alea Henle showed a slide of a guest register from 1850 for the Connecticut Historical Society and remarked that in that year the Society had over 100 visitors! There were some folks who did value and seek out their history.

Today, historical societies are spread across the nation. As folks moved from east to west they took this idea with them. Initially they collected selectively and only what “they” (usually males of white European ancestry) felt was important. Native American and minority histories were not of much interest to the majority. Thankfully, that notion has long since disappeared for the most part.

Today, and I’m thinking of my own state of Washington where I have road-traveled the most, nearly every little town proudly has its historical society. And what’s in these places? Artifacts collected or donated from the people who lived there through time! If your ancestor lived in Okanogan County, surely the Okanogan Historical Society would have some item they used during their life time or something quite like it.

Historical societies are places housing the cultural history of America. The items in these places aren’t just “artifacts,” but are their things, their everyday things, the things they used.

 I must say that I have enjoyed with wide eyes and open mind each and every historical society I have visited.


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Finding Catholic Records In Washington



By Jeanne Coe, March 2021

 If you are researching Roman Catholic records in eastern Washington, first contact the parish where you believe your family may have resided. The Diocese of Spokane covers approximately all of eastern Washington from Canada to Oregon, from Idaho to the Columbia River. Each parish within the diocese has their own records (marriage, baptism, confirmations, sacramental records, parishioner records, etc.) but some may have been transferred to the diocesan office.  After checking with the parish of interest (if known), check the diocesan website (https://dioceseofspokane.org/archives2) to read a brief history of the diocese and what records are in their archives department and list of parishes.  Currently Rev. Mike Savelesky is archivist and available by appointment only at (509) 358-7300 or (509) 358-7336.  The diocesan office is located at 525 East Mission Avenue in Spokane. 


The two oldest Catholic churches in the area are St. Joseph’s on West Dean Avenue and Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral on Riverside Avenue.  The Cathedral was originally also named St. Joseph’s, so for records prior to about 1919 check both for possible records.  St. Joseph’s on Dean Avenue was established about 1890 and the building now standing was constructed in 1910.


Keep in mind when researching any church records, their primary mission is religious, so be patient when requesting access.  Their office hours may be limited and the records may be offsite.  Contact by phone or email will clarify what and when records are available.  Be specific as to what records and the time period you are interested in in order to help the staff find what you want.  Also, since most parishes are run by charitable donations, consider asking about the cost of copies and the time they spent finding what you want.  You might not be able to just peruse their records so ask about their procedures for research.


In the early years when there were few priests or churches, people wanting their marriages performed by the church or their children baptized, etc., they may have gone some distance from their homes to get the church’s blessings.  For instance, I know of one couple who traveled 30 miles from their homes to another state to get their marriage solemnized in a Catholic church.  So consider that also when searching for records. 


In Washington state there is also the Yakima Catholic Diocese that covers several counties of east central Washington.  Check out their website also if you are researching in that area.  The third diocese in Washington is the Seattle Archdiocese with an informative website.  The entire state of Idaho is in one diocese; see their website for information.  In the United States, Roman Catholic dioceses vary in size and location so check the internet for the area of interest. 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Irish Potatoes Or Inca Potatoes?



The potato (Solanum tuberosum) belongs to the solanaceae family of flowering plants. It originated and was first domesticated in the Andesmountains of South America.

The potato is the third most important food crop in the world after rice and wheat in terms of human consumption. More than a billion people worldwide eat potato, and global total crop production exceeds 300 million metric tons.

There are more than 4,000 varieties of native potatoes, mostly found in the Andes. They come in many sizes and shapes. There are also over 180 wild potato species. Though they are too bitter to eat, their important biodiversity includes natural resistances to pests, diseases, and climatic conditions.

Potato is vegetatively propagated, meaning that a new plant can be grown from a potato or piece of potato, called a “seed”. The new plant can produce 5-20 new tubers, which will be genetic clones of the mother seed plant. Potato plants also produce flowers and berries that contain 100-400 botanical seeds. These can be planted to produce new tubers, which will be genetically different from the mother plant.

Potatoes can grow from sea level up to 4,700 meters above sea level; from southern Chile to Greenland. 

One hectare of potato can yield two to four times the food quantity of grain crops. Potatoes produce more food per unit of water than any other major crop and are up to seven times more efficient in using water than cereals. They are produced in over 100 countries worldwide.

Since the early 1960s, the growth in potato production area has rapidly overtaken all other food crops in developing countries. It is a fundamental element in the food security for millions of people across South America, Africa, and Asia, including Central Asia.

Presently, more than half of global potato production now comes from developing countries.


 History of the potato

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The potato was first domesticated vegetable in the region of modern-day southern Peru and extreme northwestern Bolivia[1] between 8000 and 5000 BC.[2] Cultivation of potatoes in South America may go back 10,000 years,[3] but tubers do not preserve well in the archaeological record, making identification difficult. The earliest archaeologically verified potato tuber remains have been found at the coastal site of Ancón (central Peru), dating to 2500 BC.[4] Aside from actual remains, the potato is also found in the Peruvian archaeological record as a design influence of ceramic pottery, often in the shape of vessels. The potato has since spread around the world and has become a staple crop in many countries.

It arrived in Europe sometime before the end of the 16th century by two different ports of entry: the first in Spain around 1570, and the second via the British Isles between 1588 and 1593. The first written mention of the potato is a receipt for delivery dated 28 November 1567 between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Antwerp. In France, at the end of the 16th century, the potato had been introduced to the Franche-Comté, the Vosges of Lorraine and Alsace. By the end of the 18th century it was written in the 1785 edition of Bon Jardinier: "There is no vegetable about which so much has been written and so much enthusiasm has been shown ... The poor should be quite content with this foodstuff."[5] It had widely replaced the turnip and rutabaga by the 19th century. Throughout Europe, the most important new food in the 19th century was the potato, which had three major advantages over other foods for the consumer: its lower rate of spoilage, its bulk (which easily satisfied hunger) and its cheapness. The crop slowly spread across Europe, becoming a major staple by mid-century, especially in Ireland.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Recipes From 1831: Black Pudding Anyone?


EWGS Member Lynn Krogh shared some "delightful" recipes with me that she gleaned from a cookbook titled A Virginia Housewife, compiled in 1831. 

Black Pudding: Catch the blood as it runs from the hog, stir it continually till cold to prevent its coagulating; when cold thicken it with boiled rice or oatmeal, add leaf fat chopped small, pepper, salt, and any herbs that are liked. Fill the skins and smoke them two or three days; they must be boiled before they are hung up, and prick them with a fork to keep them from bursting.  

Maybe Yankee Cake would be more to your liking:  Dry half a pound of good brown sugar, pound it and mix it with two pounds of flour, and sift it. Add two spoonsful of yeast and as much new milk as as will make it like bread. When well risen, knead in half a pound of butter and make it in cakes the size of a half dollar and fry them a light brown in boiling lard. 

Or Broiled Eels?  "Clean the eels and cut off their heads and dry them. Rub them with the yolk of an egg strew over them bread crumbs mixed with chopped parsley, sage, pepper and salt. Baste them well with butter and set them in a dripping pan. Serve them up with parsley and butter for sauce.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Route Taken: "U.P.R.R. route by wagon"

 An 1878 application to join the Spokane Historical Society (housed in the Spokane Public Library) where Rev. Jonathan Edwards was on the Board of Trustees, was a delight to find. As was the newspaper story................

Name: A.L. Christian

Where born: Fondulac (sic) County, Wisconsin, March  30, 1852

Ancestry: Mother: French / Father: German

States settled in turn: Moved from Wisconsin to Washington

Married to: Juliaetta Gifford at Mondovi, Wisconsin on 4th day of Oct 1876

Children: 3 - Gifford A., Eva May and Mabel A.

Started to Washington: May 1st, 1878...5 months by wagon route

Where from: Mondovi, Buffalo County, Wisconsin

Route taken: U.P.R.R. route by wagon  (Union Pacific Rail Road)

Arrived at Spokane on 1st Oct 1878

First location in Spokane County was Stevens County, now Spokane

Final settlement: 40 miles south of Spokane, now Latch, was then known as Hangman Creek P.O.

Occupation: Farmer to H.D. NE 4th Sec 24 T21 R 44.

Religious preference: wife Baptist

Politics: Republican always

Present residence address: 1704 Mallon Ave, Spokane

Other wars:  Uncle John Christian was in the Civil War; also uncle Jeremiah Plennon in Civil War, both from Wisconsin

A bit in the newspaper:  3 Oct 1936, Pioneers Observe Wedding Anniversary

"M/M Henry Luppert, W 3214 Glass, Sunday honored Mrs. Eva May Luppert's parents, M/M A.L. Christman, who were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. M/M Christian wee married in Mondovi, Wis, October 3, 1876 and have lived in Spokane since 1878 comping here after spending a few years in Latah. 

They came west in 1878, crossing the plains in covered wagons as members of a party of 42 people who left Mondovi May 1, 1878. Mr. Christian has in his possession a copy of a diary of the trip......Gifford Christian, now deceased, was a baby in arms when his parents started across the country. They encountered terrific rain and thunder and snow storms. Their wagons leaked and they counted 25 poles struck by lightning. Death diminished their ranks and at one time they were in the midst of a band of Indians who were on the warpath.  All reached Washington Territory safely......

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Spokane History: Websites Abound


HistoryLink.org is just one website where you can find the tidbits and facts about Washington history. Another is www.SpokaneHistorical.org....

Other sources to learn about Washington's history include YouTube! Click to YouTube and do a search for Washington State History................ keep you entertained for hours.

Okay, maybe you don't really care about Washington State history. Your ancestry is in other states. I'd lay odds that whatever state you want to know more history about that they would have websites similar to these for Washington. Check it out?

Friday, April 2, 2021

Following Up On RootsTech Connect...... Don't Miss Out!


Did you realize that more than 1,117,000 people attended RootsTech 2021???  They were from 242 countries and territories (and there are only 192 sovereign countries in the world!!) and offered more than 1200 learning sessions????

Did you print out the 18 pages of those sessions and highlight the ones you want to watch, knowing you have a full year to do so??  (I did.) 

Will RootsTech be virtual again in 2022? I'd bet a nickel on it to be so. 

Click to RootsTech Connect to start learning now............ with 1200 sessions and only 365 days in a year, we're gonna have to watch 2 or 3 per day to get them all in!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

EWGS Spring Seminar Will Be A Big WOWEE!


P.S. By today, March 30, it's too late to submit your photos, but not to late to enjoy the day! Register at the www.EWGSI.org website. 

Spring Seminar
Saturday, April 3
Spring Seminar  (Seminar)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
We have 2 NATIONALLY known speakers!!
Karen Stanbary - Author/Lecturer will be presenting:
1) DNA: A Power Tool in the Genealogist's Tool Box - Learn the many ways DNA test results confirm and advance documentary research. Fun and entertaining lecture. All levels.
2) The Everleigh Sisters: A Case Study in Conflict Resolution - Minnie and Ada Everleigh, Chicago's most famous pair of sisters, fabricated many details of their lives in order to run their shady business. Learn to sort the fact from the fiction.
Maureen Taylor - The Photo Detective will be presenting:
Photo Detective Roadshow - EWGS members submit photos and Maureen does a live show weighing in on our mysteries! 
Please submit photos to Lynn Krogh at lynndenyse@msn.com and please include any information you know about the photo. Maureen will choose 10-15 photos to talk about and help solve your mysteries!
Cost is $25 for EWGS members and $40 for non-members.
Stay tuned for more registration information!

Friday, March 26, 2021

Church Records: What You Need To Know


Sunny Morton, on (YouTube's) Lisa Louise Cooke’s Elevenses with Lisa, 28 Jan 2021:

Sunny’s stated goal with her presentation was:  How might YOU use church records to answer your own genealogy questions?

In answer to Lisa’s question to her about what is the most unique thing about U.S. church records, Sunny’s answer was: their diversity!  “Think how many churches there are, even in a tiny rural town. Each one is unique, even if it is part of a bigger “mother” organization. It was a very U.S. “thing” for folks to do their own thing and that philosophy spilled over to their churches too. A group could, and often did, carve out their own church from the parent church.

Think of “church records” as looking through a lens at a uniquely American town, a unique ancestor and his unique time. “We’re always looking for things to make our ancestor more alive and more interesting………. We want more of his/her social history and church records might give us that part of his story.”

Think of the many and varied kinds of “church records:” registers, histories, jubilee celebrations and certainly the expected vital records. “Churches reflect the history of a town. Even if a person did not believe, nor was a member of a certain church, they might have joined friends/family in that church’s social activities …… maybe the only “fun” in town!

Sunny cited a study showing an immigrant’s home town is most likely to show up in church records…. Some 70% and way above any other kind of record.

TIP:  Be sure to research/check both civil and church records for vital records, especially marriage.

TIP: Many denominations have regional archives which could have records of a closed church…. IE, go from the top down if bottom up doesn’t work.

TIP:  Obituary might give church name; then go after the records of that church.

TIP: Part of a story she shared was using PERSI to find a list of members in a small rural (black) church……this list was published as a local group’s publishing of their local records.

TIP:  Cannot apply what record you find in XX church as something you’ll find in another denomination’s records. Must ask: why did that denomination keep records? And then ask where are they?

**In church records you might/can/will find many unique stories and often answers to stubborn, long-standing questions.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Ice Cream, Ice Cream, We All Scream for Ice Cream


Who invented ice cream? According to "Grandma" Google: 

An ice-cream-like food was first eaten in China in 618-97AD. King Tang of Shang, had 94 ice men who helped to make a dish of buffalo milk, flour and camphor. A kind of ice-cream was invented in China about 200 BC when a milk and rice mixture was frozen by packing it into snow.

Historians estimate that this recipe evolved into ice cream sometime in the 16th century. England seems to have discovered ice cream at the same time, or perhaps even earlier than the Italians. "Cream Ice," as it was called, appeared regularly at the table of Charles I during the 17th century.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Nearly one quarter of Americans will say "chocolate" in some form, with vanilla a close second. My favorite is a long-ago flavor offered by Baskin-Robbins, Mississippi Mud, the thickest, deepest, gooey-ist chocolate one could imagine. 

According to Costco Connections, July 2020 issue: "There's no end to the bizarre and wondrous ice cream flavors in the world."  Here are some examples:

Whiskey & Prune - Australia
Foie Gras - France
Beef Tongue - Japan
Squid Ink - Japan
Crocodile Egg - Philippines
Gin & Tonic - Spain
Garlic - United States
Lobster - United States

Which one would you not never try????