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Good Morning Pluskers!!

For the next few weeks, I'm going to share a story of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness in my own backyard, in the hopes it inspires a few folks to save those letters, photo's and tidbits and try to find living family who would love to have these things for their own.

The story of Mrs. Rhodene Casey, from New Orleans,  starts in a little Antique Store near Pensacola, Florida and spans the years of 1913 through 1934. 

I was contacted via my website by a young lady named Monique who stated she had rescued these letters, and as I was in New Orleans, would I be interested in having them, and could I possibly find someone in the family who might want them?

Of course I said yes!!  I LOVE finding these types of things, and will willingly make every effort I can to locate someone who may want them.  

The first step we did after receiving these letters was to do a search on Ancestry.com and see if we could find Mrs. Rhodene Casey in census records.   Lo and behold....there she was!   From this I created a family tree for Rhodene.   

What is really awesome about doing this, is that I was able to put her life and her family in historical perspective,  with all the ups and downs, the births and deaths of family.....the hardships of those who went west and lived through droughts, dust, and more.

I will share her story....and in the end I will reunite these old letters with her family whom I did find!!  

Mrs. Johnson....I dedicate this story to you dear lady.  May I live to be 87 and STILL have surprises such as this.  :)
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Thanks so much +Leslie Lawson !!  I think it will be fun to share.  :)
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While I don't have Mexican Ancestors, my sister-in-law does...

Maybe you do to?    A great resource if you do!!  :)
 
Here are eight great websites where you can search or will help search for your Mexican Ancestors.
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Ancestry.com LLC Acquires Find A Grave, Inc.

What's your take on this?    I know for me, I will be rethinking my cemetery research and my photo's of the cemeteries I put up.

You have to wonder about all the copyrights in regard to obits, and photo's.   Will they be willing to pay the photographers for permission to use their photos?   

I am actually not happy about this at all personally...I see FAG going downhill with Ancestry in charge.  :(
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I agree 100% on the improvements needed +Leslie Lawson !  My worry is simply it will become limited access...It seems to happen with many of the things they obtained in the past other than Rootsweb.   With them already providing links to FAG,  one has to wonder what their ultimate goal actually is.    

I hope so also +Katie Chapman !   
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This could be some fun reading!!  :)
 
Do you have ancestors from Georgia? Do you want to see historic newspaper articles about them, for FREE? Check out this online newspaper collection and video tutorial for over 50 newspapers from the mid 1800s.

http://www.theancestorhunt.com/1/post/2013/09/research-georgia-newspapers-for-free.html

#genealogy   #newspapers  
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Are you ready to learn about Miss Rhodine Stevens Casey?   :)

I will do two letters a week, and try to show a bit of historical context on top of it.   If the posts seem to get to long...please let me know.  I've never blogged or such, and this is something new. So suggestions are welcome!!   I will be leaving the letter alone in all it's miss-spelled glory.

"To:  Rhodine Stevens....Minniapalis, Missouri
Date: Sep 1, 1910

My Dearest Rhodine
Your rec'd and S??
Darling Can't you write me a big long letter saying your just awful sick and want me to come and see you and that you cant get well until see me and co? kid
You know how to word it dont you.     God will for give us for dearie and devinely? to see you.   
and say write it so I can gett Mr. B read it you know. this is where the money com from now. Please write as soon as you get this as I am dieing to see you.
Write it really scarey as if you were really sick and could not hardy write may god for give us.
Your for ever.
Marie
Grand Island, Neb."

Rhodena Stephens/Stevens/Stevenson/Stephenson.

Born: 1886 in Wisconsin to Norwegian parents Ole Stephenson/Stevenson and Olena (Helen) Larson.

Interesting to note in the 1900 and 1910 census she is living in Wisconsin with her family.  Why is she in Minneapolis in September? Could she have been in school?  or maybe living with a sick family member?   I wonder if she was working and this is where she met her future husband?

Any ideas?   :)
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I have to admit this is a pet peeve of mine when looking at clients tree's that have added information from just a transcription.

Transcriptions are minimal, and only as good as the persons eyes who transcribed the information.   It's important to try and find the original and see if there is added information that may actually prove or disprove the Ancestors information.

I know for me, there have been many times, when after looking at the original, we find that the record does not in fact belong to the Ancestor we are looking for.  :)
 
Why is it important to see the original document, and not a transcription? Look at what I would have missed if I didn't see all the margin notes on this one document!
This is a short post about looking at the original documents when you are researching your family tree.  If you cannot get to the actual document, a scanned image will be second best.  This is why. Here is the Town Clerk's Re...
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This is a GREAT read for anyone looking for lost Ancestor Burial's in New York City!!!

What this lady is doing for Hart Island is long overdue and the more awareness she gets going for her project the more people will benefit.

"Hunt got involved with Hart during the 1980s, when the AIDS epidemic put the island into the public spotlight for the first time (the first New York child to die of the virus is buried here in the only individual grave on the island). Her book about the island was published in 1998, and represents the last time an artist was allowed to work on-site. Since then, Hunt has single-handedly acted as the sole legal and political advocate for families of the deceased buried here, and in the process, become the foremost historian and keeper of knowledge about the island."
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+John Swallow ..You might want to see this since you have added the app!!   :)
 
If you’ve ever wanted to add or edit a cemetery in BillionGraves, here’s how you can do it!
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Aye..thanks. Haven't manged to try it out yet...too damned many other things on the go right now...LOL
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I haven't been apart of +BillionGraves yet, but might have to with this new Android update to make things easier!

Here's your chance to make the app the best one out there!
 
Good news! The new Android update is just about ready! But before we release it to the general public, WE NEED YOUR HELP to test it out test it out on your phone to make sure it works correctly.

We need as many people using different Android devices as possible! Find out how you can help on the blog!
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It sounds like a bloody brilliant idea - something worthy o' everyone's involvement...as stated in the App info; someone out there lives next to the cemetery I need. And who knows, maybe the cemetery they need to search through is the one in my home town.
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