Month: October 2020

Ancestry’s Keyword Search…An Occasional Trick

Ancestry’s “California, Death Index, 1940-1997” is one of those databases that contains data elements that are not indicated in the search screen. The query box for this database includes: First, middle, and last names Date and place of birth (location based on Ancestry’s “geographic drop down list”) Date and place of death (location based on […]


Migratory Clues in Yearbooks?

The 1925 Carthage College yearbook’s reference to Clara Engelhardt indicated that “this year her thoughts wander to Philadelphia.” There’s no mention why the student at the Illinois college was thinking of Pennsylvania. On the surface, it is difficult to determine just what is causing Clara to think of Philadelphia. Yearbook comments are not always based […]