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Monday, September 26, 2011

Gold Star Mothers, Rootsweb Mailing Lists and Military Cemeteries

This week's tips and hints are an eclectic group. I am never sure when I start my weekly blog if I am going to follow the week as laid out in my calendar - Everyday Genealogy or freelance a bit. This week I mixed it up a bit.

Sunday September 25
* Gold Star Mother's Day
* Find out more about the American Gold Start Mother's, Inc. at their website -

Monday September 26
* There are many memorials in Washington D.C. but if you cannot make it to our Capitol, you can still visit the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial virtually.
* Visit The Virtual Wall.

Tuesday September 27
* The United States has 24 burial grounds on foreign soil.
* Visit the American Battle Monuments Commision at

Wednesday September 28
* If you are doing Irish Research The National Archives of Ireland has an online searchable database of the 1910/1911 census.
* Access the database for FREE at:

Thursday September 29
* Looking for a Genealogy Glossary? Check out Dick Eastman's Encyclopedia of Genealogy

Friday September 30
* Using mailing lists on
* Search the archives of the mailing lists for answers before you post a question on a mailing list.
* Birthday of Earl Pahlke - my dad

Saturday October 1
* If you are doing research in Chicago and cannot get there yourself check out

Take Care,


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Dennis Maish

Dennis Maish, 63, of Blackduck, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, in Blackduck.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at Cease Family Funeral Home of Blackduck.

The pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Cody, Nick, Lenay, Tiffany, Zack, Tori and Tara.

He was born Dec. 14, 1946, to Alvern and Marian Maish in St. Paul. He attended school in Marengo, Ill. He joined the U.S. Army in April of 1964, and was discharged in 1967. He married Glenda Finnan, Aug. 9, 1997, in Blackduck, where they made their home. He was a truck driver and drove truck for Transport America for six years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching NASCAR. He also loved spending time with his family and most of all his grandkids.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda Maish; his children, Norman (Jeannie) Maish, Denise Garrigan, Dennis Maish, Dale Maish and Jenny (Don) Jones; seven grandchildren; a great-grandson; a brother, Greg Maish; two sisters, Jackie Heelein and Sandy Peterson and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Steve Maish and his grandparents.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Passports, Land Patents and Online Classes

I always get excited when I have email from Facebook, Ancestry, Rootsweb or Findagrave. One way or another I know that I am going to be connecting with family members I may not have seen in decades or never knew existed.

This month I have been very fortunate to reconnect with family via Ancestry, have photo requests fulfilled on Findagrave and connected with family on Facebook! The trick to all this 'connecting' is just 'being there'. If you are not using all of these sites your genealogy toolbox is missing some essential tools.

Sunday September 18
* Facebook and Genealogy: Scan old family photos and post them on Facebook. It will encourage family members to share their memories and maybe upload some of their own!

Monday September 19
* Passports were issued by the State Department starting in 1810 through 1925.
* They were not mandatory but suggested by the Federal Government.
* If you ancestors traveled out of the United States during this time period visit:

Tuesday September 20
* Family Tree Magazine – get the tricks and tools to advance your research.
* Find articles, forms, classes and more - Visit:

Wednesday September 21
* Online classes are available via the Family Search Learning Center
* Take the 5 Minute Challenge, Learn about Courthouse Research and more.
* Visit: The Learning Center
Thursday September 21
* The first state census for South Dakota was taken in 1895.

Friday September 22
* Doing research in Ontario and Upper Canada Genealogy and History?
* Visit:

Saturday September 23
* Land records can help solve genealogy mysteries or dispel myths. Search for Land Patents and Surveys on the General Land Office Records website.
* Visit:

Time to check my mailbox and see if there are any new messages from long lost relatives!

Take Care,

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Ida Schwemm Lyons

Daughter of Joseph and Julia Emme Schwemm
Sister of Fred Schwemm

Chicago Daily News
July 5, 1966 page 42
Ida Lyons (nee Schwemm), wife of the late Willard F., fond mother of Byron, Malcolm and Willard, grandmother of seven, great-grandmother of four.

Funeral Wednesday, July 6, at 1:30 p.m., at Schroeder-Westfall Chapel, 3807 N. Lincoln Av. Member of Alice Chapter no. 561 OES, and Royal Neighbors Camp No. 3053. Eastern Star Services Tuesday, 8 p.m. Interment Irving Park. 281-3450


Barrington Review - February 6, 1897
Barrington Locals
Miss Ida Schwemm had the misfortune to slip and fall on the sidewalk Monday afternoon, breaking her left arm.

Nunda Herald - Thursday February 18, 1897
"About the Neighborhood"
Miss Ida Schwemm, of Barrington, fell on the icy walk and broke her arm.

Barrington Review - March 3, 1900
Barrington Locals
Miss Ida Schwemm of Mayfair spent Sunday here with relatives.

Barrinton Review - April 7, 1900
Barrington Locals
Miss Ida Schwemm of Mayfair visited relatives here Sunday and Monday.

Barrington Review - June 2, 1900
Barrington Locals
Miss Ida Schwemm of Mayfair spent Decoration Day in Barrington.

1900 Census - Ida is listed as a servant in the household of William and Ella Snyder. The Snyders have three young children. There is a note in the Barrington Review, dated October 1901 - Mrs. W.H. Snyder of Mayfair visted her father Edward Lamey, Wednesday.

Barrington Review - August 16, 1901
Miss Ida Schwemm of Mayfair visited with relatives here from Friday until Tuesday.

Barrington Review - June 2, 1910
Mrs. Ida Schwemm Lyon and children of Chicago visited her brothers and their families here this week.

Barrington Review - July 12, 1917 pg. 5
Mrs. William Lyons was taken to the Swedish Hospital, Chicago, Friday and underwent an operation Saturday. She is doing nicely. Mrs. Herman Schwemm is caring for her children.

Barrington Review - July 31, 1919 pg. 5
Mr. and Mrs. William Lyons and family of Chicago, who had been visiting here since Saturday with Mrs. Lyons' brother, Herman Schwemm, and family, returned to their home Wednesday.

Barrington Review - July 7, 1921 pg. 5
Mr. and Mrs. William Lyons of Chicago were guests' at the Herman Schwemm
home on Cook Street over the Fourth. Their son, Malcolm, who accompanied them, remained for a more extended visit.

Barrington Review - July 7, 1927
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lyons and family, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Lyons, and Mr.and Mrs. Charles Weinert and family of Chicago were Sunday and Monday guests of Mrs. and Mrs. Herman Schwemm of Cook Street.

Barrington Review - July 5, 1928
Mr. and Mrs. William Lyons and son, Willard, of Chicago, spent Sunday at the Herman Schwemm home on S. Cook Street.

Barrington Review - August 20, 1929 pg2
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jahnke of Lake Street, Mrs. Philip Hawley of Hough Street, and Mrs. Herman Schwemm of S. Cook Street visited at the Wm. Lyons home in Chicago, Sunday.

Barrington Review - July 5, 1928
Mr. and Mrs. William Lyons and son, Willard, of Chicago, spent Sunday at the Herman Schwemm home on S. Cook Street.

Ida Schwemm Lyons with her brother Willam Schwemm at his farm in Crystal Lake

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wyoming, New Sweden and a Day You Will Never Forget

I will always remember where I was when President John F. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated. I also remember watching each of the Mercury manned launches in my school gymnasium starting with Alan Shepard and ending with "Gordo" Cooper.

Those events happened when I was young and impressionable. September 11 happened when I was an adult and I was able to understand that the world had just changed.

If you missed it, here is Paul Simon's performance of Sound of Silence on Sunday September 11, 2011.

Sunday September 11
* 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
* Visit "United We Serve" and find out how to get involved:

Monday September 12
* Family History Archive - a searchable collection of published genealogy and family history books.
* Visit and / or contribute:

Tuesday September 13
* Google Tip:
* Looking for a photo editing tool or a great place to share your family photos? Check out Picasa 3:

Wednesday September 14
* Researching in Wyoming? Find census records, town and county histories and more at the Laramie County Library.
* Visit the Special Collections:

Thursday September 15
* The Swedes, led by Johan Printz were the first settlers of New Sweden and established the capital, New Gothenburg in 1643.
* This location is just south of present day Philadelphia.

Map of New Sweden ca. 1650 by Amandus Johnson>

Friday September 16
* Rhode Island State Census records were taken every 10 years from 1865 to 1935
* Check out the Rhode Island State Census Transcription Project
* Check out other New Horizons State Genealogy Projects

Saturday September 17
* Planning a research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City?
* Request a Lunch Pass when you arrive at the library each morning. It will give you access to the cafeteria at the Church Office Building 2 blocks away.

If you did not attend the FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) Conference in Springfield last week many of the sessions are availble on CD for a fee. Check out Fleetwood Onsite Conference Recording
Take Care,

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - LeRoy A. Schwemm

Crystal Lake Herald - October 5, 1939

LeRoy A. Schwemm, formerly of Algonquin and well known here, was killed Saturday in a tractor accident on the Public Service Company model farm near Mundelein. A coroner's jury returned a verdict of accidental death although the manner in which Schwemm's body got between the tractor and the plow will likely never be known.

Plowing for more than an hour, Schwemm had reached one corner of the field. Whether he was thrown from his seat or was making an adjustment is not known. His body was found in a sitting position with the heavy tractor wheel revolving, it having worn a gaping wound into his side. Mud prevented the tractor from being able to pull the plow over Schwemm's body. Neighbors noted that the tractor had been standing still for more than a half hour with the motor running and went to investigate.

Schwemm was born November 14, 1909 in Algonquin, and was well and favorably known. He was married June 20, 1936 to the former Marion Ebel who with a 6-month daughter survives. Other surviving relatives are: Mr. and Mrs. Wm Schwemm of Crystal Lake; seven brothers - Emil, Edwin, Alvin, Raymond, Gordon, Leslie and Howard and one sister, Esther.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Schwemm home in Mundelein, and at the Lutheran Church in Libertyville. Burial was at Algonquin.

Leroy and Marion Ebel Schwemm with daughter Jean

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wikis, British-Canadian Research and Labor Day

I have just returned from vacation on Lake Mille Lacs in Minnesota. The weather was beautiful and I actually caught a fish! The unusual part of the vacation was that there was no television and or Internet access. As a result I was watching the sunset instead updating my blog...

Sunday September 4
* Anglo-Celtic Connections Blog: A great blog for British-Canadian Research.
* John Reid, author, has a blog post documenting the Top Genealogy Site Rankings. There were a few on the list I either did not know about - or had forgotten!

Monday September 5
* Labor Day
* The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board will provide information for deceased ancestors who worked for the railroad industry after 1936. If you had an ancestor who work 'on the railroad' visit their site:
* The Lake County Illinois blog has a great post about what Labor Day is about: Labor Day - The Working Man's Holiday
* Birthdate of Florence Anna Schwemm Pahlke - my grandmother

Tuesday September 6
* Genealogy Glossary: Wiki
* A website that gives visitors the ability to contribute, comment and correct content.

Wednesday September 7
* The Boxer Rebellion which began in 1899 was an uprising of the Chinese against outside influences. It ended on this date in 1901
* Researching an ancestor who may have served in this war then visit these sites:
* Military History at -
* The Boxer Rebellion and the U.S. Navy, 1900-1901

Thursday September 8
* FamilySearch Wiki – Free family history research advice for the community, by the community.
* Visit:

Friday September 9
* California became a state on this date in 1850
* Researching early California ancestors? Spanish censuses (padrones) began in 1790.

Saturday September 10
* The Town of Leesburg Virginia has online databases and manuscripts.
* Visit the Thomas Balch Library on the Town of Leesburg website.

Personally I am requesting my first reformatory record from the state of Minnesota. Keep your fingers crossed - it could be a great story!

Take Care,

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Mary Hannah Anderson

Biddeford-Saco Jounal, Tuesday, 26 Sep 1967, Page 2


Miss Mary Anderson

Miss Mary Anderson, 83, of 179 Hill St., Biddeford, died yesterday morning at her residence following a lengthy illness.

Born in England, May 15, 1884 she was the daughter of Joseph and Julia Pierce Anderson.

Miss Anderson came to the United States at an early age, and attended Biddeford schools. A graduate of Household School of Practical Nursing, Boston, she was employed at Emmerson Hospital, Concord, Mass., for several years, worked most of her life in the Boston area and worked in the Biddeford area for a short time, retiring 25 years ago.

She was a member of Rebecca Lodge, Soco, Adah chapter, Order of the Eastern Star of Biddeford and a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Biddeford.

Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Sara Chasse, Fairhaven, Mass., Miss Jessie Anderson and Miss Elizabeth Anderson both of Biddeford; two brothers, Richard Anderson, Biddeford, Frank Anderson of Goose Rocks Beach and Florida and several nieces and nephews.

A requiem Euchrist and burial office will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow from Christ episcopal Church, Biddeford, with the Rev. Gerald Burtt, priest in charge, officiating. Internment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Biddeford.

Friends may call at the Dennett and Craig Funeral Home, 365 Main St., Saco, today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.