Month: March 2020

How Are Your Pre-1850 Skills?

In informal conversations with other genealogists and with my experiences in helping other researchers, there are two points in time where American genealogists experience research pangs: their first (or second or third) foray into pre-1850 research. their first (or second or third) foray into pre-American Revolution research (especially outside of New England). The everyname census […]


RIP Keith Neill

My father passed away on 7 March 2020 near his home in rural Carthage, Illinois. This is the obituary that we had published for Dad on the website of Printy Funeral Home in Carthage, Illinois. Keith I Neill, 78, of Carthage, passed away at 8:43 AM Saturday, March 7, 2020, near his home in Carthage. […]


A Real Grass Widow

<attempted humor alert> I have a relative who was a Grass widow. Yes, a Grass widow and not a grass widow. There is a difference. You see my ancestor was Johannes Grass and when he died in the 1880s, his wife survived him. That makes her a Grass widow.  The phrase “grass widow” has a […]