Category: Granny’s Ancestors

People from my family

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy – Challenge 6

I just had to get in on this week’s “Better Genealogy” challenge: Play with Google Maps. This is a helpful tool for determining the locations of addresses in your family history. This post is also written to fulfill Item 4A  and item 5F in the GeneaBlogger’s Winter Games. After her father, David H. Herrington died …

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What is Happening in the Genealogy Department

I am lucky enough to have collected a group of internet cousins along the research path. One of them is an especially meticulous researcher, who uses (heaven forbid) older methods and new technology to produce amazing results. Let me say that again, she uses all the avenues available to her to facilitate her research. I …

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Just Keep Looking

Many years ago, I read the films for births, deaths and marriages for Wexford County, Michigan, where my ancestors lived from about 1878 forward. The films were of poor quality, and completely unreadable in some places. I found records for many of my ancestors, including the marriage of my great-grandparents, Jane “Jennie” Johnston and William …

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Treasure Chest Thursday – The Service Flag

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Treasures and Curiosities

You may or may not be familiar with the Blue Star Mothers, an organization of mothers of service members. I recently read the history of the Blue Star Mothers, and learned that the group was organized in Flint, Michigan. I am a Michigander, and finding the group’s Michigan connection made me proud. I saw the …

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Family Portrait – William Kaiser and Elizabeth Long Family

William and Elizabeth (Long) Kaiser were my 2nd great-grandparents. This photograph was send to me by my cousin Jan Largent Blake; the names of the subjects were recorded on the back Thanks Jan! I have added the names where they can be seen. You may click this thumbnail to enlarge the photo. The photo was …

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The Will of William Kaiser, Sr.

William Kaiser, sometimes called William Kaiser, Sr., to distinguish him from his son with the same name was my great-grandfather.  He was born in Ontario, Canada in 1862, and died in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan on 10 Oct 1909.  William married Elizabeth Long about 1857. This Will, Petition for Probate, Inventory of Personal Property and …

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Honoring My Mother

Mother left us for a better place on June 6, 2007. I was fine for a while, and the not fine, and then fine. I rode the roller coaster of life and found joy in daily routine, family and friends, my garden and my genealogical research. A year ago today we buried her ashes at …

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Wexford County Deeds

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Land Records

Several years ago I read some deed indices in Wexford County, Michigan, looking for transactions for our ancestors. Papa had to travel to Cadillac, the county seat and our former home, for work, so I just hitched a ride and had him drop me at the courthouse. I did not go just once, I went …

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Jane Johnston’s Locket

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Treasures and Curiosities

This locket was given to me on Christmas, by my Aunt Jane Yearnd Devereaux. Aunt Jane was my father’s sister, her full name at birth was Margaret Jane Yearnd. This note which accompanied the locket describes three items, I will get to the others in later posts. Inside the locket Here is a larger photo …

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Winnie Kaiser Yearnd Funeral Book – 7

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Winnie Kaiser Yearnd Funeral Register

In addition to my grandmother’s wedding book, I also am the custodian of the register created at her funeral. I will also post all the pages, with comments when I feel may be relevant. The ninth scan starts the pages of the visitors register. There are seven of these pages, and they read like a …

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