Zoom Presentation – April 10, 2021 – “How to Find the Genealogy of a House and Those That Lived in It” by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

Vicki’s note – Great news! I am starting genealogy presentations again. I have been too busy with Covid 19 face mask making, and family business until now. My first presentation in one year is the Zoom meeting below. I am looking into doing other Zoom meetings for other groups/libraries.

Eventually, we can all meet together in person. I have gotten my 2 Covid 19 vaccines, and when we can meet depends on how many others get vaccinated, how soon, and the virus variants. I am hopeful that it will be safe to meet late summer or early autumn.

Be looking for announcements here, on my BLOG link Page under top tab “2021 Programs for Stateline Genealogy Club LLC, Vicki Ruthe Hahn”, and Events on my “Stateline Genealogy Club Facebook Page”. All of the programs planned for 2020 after March 13 were canceled. Some of them may be presented in 2021. I will keep you posted.

10Apr2021 – update! If you missed my Presentation below, host WBCGS recorded it. If you join WBCGS (only $15 per year) you can view the recording for the next 2 months. Click on the WBCGS membership link here: https://www.wbcgensociety.org/membership.html?fbclid=IwAR0jGz8S_uXMl-AiAWFXAnvB17SMRcDYzfgtY7NQewx_UrwNdjxiuLtTUKs

Winnebago Boone County Genealogy Society ( WBCGS), Rockford Illinois – Zoom Meeting Program – Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

“How to Find the Genealogy of a House and Those That Lived in It”

Presented By Vicki Ruthe Hahn

WBCGS – Regular Meeting Program

Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 1:30 P.M.


Using genealogy techniques of house architectural clues, local history, legal documents, and stories, to learn more about a building and all of its occupants.

Vicki Ruthe Hahn is a retired librarian and the creator of the blog “StatelineGenealogyClub.Wordpress.com” and founder of the Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library. She has her BA and MLIS from the University of Illinois. Vicki designates herself as the “Stateline Genealogy Sorter” (SGS). With a background in anthropology, history, clothing history, and teaching, she sorts out mysteries, rediscovers histories, weaves stories, and helps people with their family genealogy and local history, specializing from Central Illinois to Central Wisconsin.

Please email wbcgensociety@gmail.com to get your ZOOM link BEFORE NOON on the day of the event.  Your sign in information will be emailed to you a few days before the event.

For more information, call Diane at (815) 543-2287

Visit us at our NEW website www.wbcgensociety.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/WBCGS!

Other Travelers Part 10 – Tracing the 1918 Flu Epidemic

Other Travelers Part 10 – Tracing the 1918 Flu Epidemic

(Originally posted)  02Apr2018

(Part of an On-going Series – “Other Travelers”)

by Vicki Ruthe Hahn – SGS Stateline Genealogy Sorter

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(Re-issued 05Mar2020 : I have seen worldwide fatality rates of 3 – 5% for the 1918 Spanish Influenza (mostly young adults).  This may help us get perspective on the current Covid-19 Corona virus with what I hear so far are Worldwide death rates of 2 -3% (mostly elderly people).   The rate may actually be lower as many cases were not reported in China at the beginning.  “The death rate from seasonal flu is typically around 0.1% in the U.S.”  – Read an additional article from Lifescience.com about Covid-19 compared to flu here.)

Have you gotten the flu this season?

Not the 24 hour stomach flu (which is bad enough), but the upper respiratory Influenza A or B?  Flu has hit this year especially hard, killing several children. But it is nothing close to the amount of deaths in the Pandemic of 1918.

Perhaps your ancestors were affected by that epidemic – one hundred years ago this year?  Whole families were wiped out.


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Let’s get some insight:


From Standford Children’s Health:

“What are the different types of influenza?

Influenza viruses are divided into three types designated as A, B, and C:

  • Influenza types A and B are responsible for epidemics of respiratory illness that occur almost every winter and often lead to increased rates of hospitalization and death. Public health efforts to control the impact of influenza focus on types A and B. One of the reasons the flu remains a problem is because the viruses actually change their structure regularly. This means that people are exposed to new types of the virus each year.
  • Influenza type C usually causes either a very mild respiratory illness or no symptoms at all. It does not cause epidemics and does not have the severe public health impact that influenza types A and B do….
  1. A person infected with an influenza virus develops antibodies against that virus.
  2. The virus changes.
  3. The “older” antibodies no longer recognizes the “newer” virus when the next flu season comes around.
  4. The person becomes infected again.

The older antibodies can, however, give some protection against getting the flu again. Currently, three different influenza viruses circulate worldwide: two type A viruses and one type B virus. Vaccines given each year to protect against the flu contain the influenza virus strain from each type that is expected to cause the flu that year.

What causes influenza?

An influenza virus is generally passed from person to person through the air. .. with infected person who sneezes or coughs. The virus can also live for a short time on objects …can get the flu virus by touching something that has been handled by someone infected with the virus and then touching his or her own mouth, nose, or eyes.

People are generally the most contagious with the flu 24 hours before they start having symptoms  (emphasis mine) and during the time they have the most symptoms. That’s why it is hard to prevent the spread of the flu, especially among children, because they do not always know they are sick while they are still spreading the disease. The risk of infecting others usually stops around the seventh day of the infection.”


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Most entertainments, churches, social clubs, libraries, movie houses, etc. were eventually shut down.  But they tried wearing masks for awhile!

Officials Wearing Gauze Masks

Milkmen(?) braving the Flu to deliver milk to stores, and to people’s homes

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The Flu Epidemic rapidly made many children orphans, dependent on the care of others.

Many families died of neglect or starvation, remaining isolated in their homes, afraid to come out for supplies or medical attention.  Some neighbors were afraid to enter the homes of those who were sick.  So many medical doctors were in the War, ill, or overwhelmed.  anyone with medical training was asked to help, and some communities recruited  volunteers to care for the sick.

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From Standford University, by Molly Billings, June, 1997 modified RDS February, 2005:

“The influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 killed more people than the Great War, known today as World War I (WWI) … It has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in recorded world history. More people died of influenza in a single year than in four-years of the Black Death Bubonic Plague from 1347 to 1351. Known as “Spanish Flu” or “La Grippe” the influenza of 1918-1919 was a global disaster…

In the two years that this scourge ravaged the earth, a fifth of the world’s population was infected. The flu was most deadly for people ages 20 to 40. This pattern of morbidity was unusual for influenza which is usually a killer of the elderly and young children. It infected 28% of all Americans (Tice).

An estimated 675,000 Americans died of influenza during the pandemic, ten times as many as in the world war. Of the U.S. soldiers who died in Europe, half of them fell to the influenza virus and not to the enemy (Deseret News). An estimated 43,000 servicemen mobilized for WWI died of influenza (Crosby). 1918 would go down as unforgettable year of suffering and death and yet of peace…

The effect of the influenza epidemic was so severe that the average life span in the US was depressed by 10 years.   (Emphasis mine.)…

In 1918 children would skip rope to the rhyme (Crawford):


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History is reflected in children’s games, and in songs.

(“Ring-around-the Rosie” is NOT from the time of the Black Plaque!)

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The mandatory gauze masks were not always very effective.  There is the story of 4 women who wore masks while playing cards one evening.  By the next morning three of them were dead from Influenza.


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In an effort to boost the War effort, President Woodrow Wilson (and others) initially tried to ignore the pandemic, and suppress news about it.  How depressing that so many of those who survived the war, ended up dying of influenza.  Whole shiploads of military men were affected, some never making it to serve in the War.

The cause of most of the deaths in this pandemic was the secondary pneumonia.  There were no antibiotics.  Influenza frequently has secondary infections – strep throat, ear infections, Pink Eye, etc.  But this time it was more than that. (see explanation below.)

Be alert if you see several people in your ancestor’s family die suddenly, and within a few days of each other, especially if between September 1918 and about June 1919.  A death certificate may not mention flu/influenza, but pneumonia, etc. as cause of death.  Or there might not have been a police officer/medical person/undertaker/county recorder available to make any registration. (see explanation below.)  Some members of the family may have been buried in a mass grave with no records.

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From History.com

The first wave of the 1918 pandemic occurred in the spring and was generally mild. The sick …experienced … typical flu symptoms….

However, a second, highly contagious wave of influenza appeared with a vengeance in the fall of that same year. Victims died within hours or days of developing symptoms, their skin turning blue and their lungs filling with fluid that caused them to suffocate….

Despite the fact that the 1918 flu wasn’t isolated to one place, it became known around the world as the Spanish flu, as Spain was hit hard by the disease and was not subject to the wartime news blackouts that affected other European countries. (Even Spain’s king, Alfonso XIII, reportedly contracted the flu.)

One unusual aspect of the 1918 flu was that it struck down many previously healthy, young people—a group normally resistant to this type of infectious illness—including a number of World War I servicemen…. Forty percent of the U.S. Navy was hit with the flu, while 36 percent of the Army became ill, and troops moving around the world in crowded ships and trains helped to spread the killer virus.

Although the death toll attributed to the Spanish flu is often estimated at 20 million to 50 million victims worldwide, other estimates run as high as 100 million victims. The exact numbers are impossible to know due to a lack of medical record-keeping in many places.

…Even President Woodrow Wilson reportedly contracted the flu in early 1919 while negotiating the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I.

When the 1918 flu hit, doctors and scientists were unsure what caused it or how to treat it. Unlike today, there were no effective vaccines or antivirals, drugs that treat the flu. (The first licensed flu vaccine appeared in America in the 1940s….)

Complicating matters was the fact that World War I had left parts of America with a shortage of physicians and other health workers. And of the available medical personnel in the U.S., many came down with the flu themselves.

Additionally, hospitals in some areas were so overloaded with flu patients that schools, private homes and other buildings had to be converted into makeshift hospitals, some of which were staffed by medical students.

Officials in some communities imposed quarantines, ordered citizens to wear masks and shut down public places, including schools, churches and theaters. People were advised to avoid shaking hands and to stay indoors, libraries put a halt on lending books and regulations were passed banning spitting… the Sanitary Code.”

The flu took a heavy human toll, wiping out entire families and leaving countless widows and orphans in its wake. Funeral parlors were overwhelmed and bodies piled up. Many people had to dig graves for their own family members.

The flu was also detrimental to the economy. In the United States, businesses were forced to shut down because so many employees were sick. Basic services such as mail delivery and garbage collection were hindered due to flu-stricken workers.

In some places there weren’t enough farm workers to harvest crops. Even state and local health departments closed for business, hampering efforts to chronicle the spread of the 1918 flu and provide the public with answers about it.

By the summer of 1919, the flu pandemic came to an end, as those that were infected either died or developed immunity.

Almost 90 years later, in 2008, researchers announced they’d discovered what made the 1918 flu so deadly: A group of three genes enabled the virus to weaken a victim’s bronchial tubes and lungs and clear the way for bacterial pneumonia.

Since 1918, there have been several other influenza pandemics, although none as deadly.”


The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic was world wide:

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The ultimate “other Travelers” in this story are the viruses and bacteria that exploded throughout the world for those 15 months 1918 – 1919.

PBS has a very good “American Experience” documentary of the topic

Aired January 2, 2018

Influenza 1918



The American military in World War I and the influenza pandemic were closely connected. Influenza spread in The crowded conditions of military camps in the United States and in the trenches of the Western Front in Europe. The virus traveled with military personnel from camp to camp and across the Atlantic military transit ships.  September – November 1918, influenza and pneumonia sickened many in the military at the height of the American military involvement in the war.  This affected the war.

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Public Health Rep. 2010; 125(Suppl 3): 82–91.


(read the entire article by clicking the links above.)

“…the virus traveled west and south, arriving at Camp Grant, Illinois, on Saturday, September 21, 1918, with 70 hospital admissions. “So sudden and appalling was the visitation that it required the greatest energy and cooperation of every officer, every man, and every nurse to meet the emergency,” wrote one observer.4 (p. 749) Hospital admissions rose to 194, then 370, then 492, to a high of 788 admissions on September 29. Hospital officials summoned all officers on leave, converted barracks to hospital wards, and by “extreme effort” expanded the hospital capacity from “10 occupied beds to a capacity of 4,102 beds in six days.”4 (p.751)

Influenza still overwhelmed every department. The hospital laboratory resorted to local civilian facilities to perform specimen tests. Camp ophthalmologists saw patients with conjunctivitis, an influenza complication, and ear, nose, and throat specialists saw those with other dangerous secondary infections. As individuals became seriously ill, camp officials sent out “danger” or “death” telegrams to families and loved ones, but soon they received so many return calls, telegrams, and visitors, they had to set up a separate hospital tent as an information bureau. Medical personnel were not immune. Eleven of the 81 medical officers fell ill, and three civilian and three Army nurses died. The epidemic even caused the Medical Department to drop its prohibition on black nurses so that Camp Grant called African American nurses to care for patients. The women had to wait, however, until separate, segregated accommodations could be constructed.”


National Archives: World War I Centennial

As the largest repository of American World War I records, the National Archives invites you to browse the wealth of records and information documenting the U.S. experience in this conflict, including photographs, documents, audiovisual recordings, educational resources, articles, blog posts, lectures, and events.

Veteran’s Service Records:





Commemorating the 1 year anniversary of Covid 19 pandemic declaration


Vicki Ruthe Hahn

Although one definition of “commemorate” is “to celebrate”, (which we don’t in this case), more accurate meanings are “to observe”, and “to memorialize”. I think of graduate commencements and see this as the start of a new beginning. What do we know now that we didn’t, and how will our lives change after the worst of the threat is starting to wane with vaccinations? Just as new graduates, we can only guess at how our lives will change in a post Covid 19 / vaccines world. (I get my second Covid 19 vaccination soon, and hope that you too are doing your part for yourself and for the world.)

My heart goes out to those who have suffered the virus, those who have long-term effects, or who have lost loved ones. We truly are just now learning the ruin that this virus can do to our bodies if infected, even with no symptoms. More than half a million needlessly dead, just in the United States, due to criminal denial and procrastination. How will that statistic of top in the world per capita Covid deaths and infections affect our history?

All of our lives have changed. We will see many cultural and life-style changes persist, and on-going Covid 19 vaccine boosters for new variants (like the annual flu shots). Are your leaving clues and documenting these historic times for your descendants? How are you doing the life writing of your family history, and commemorating your lost friends and family? What has it been like day by day to live in these hard times?

I wonder what my grandchildren will think of this year in the future. I told them, “you are living through historic times, remember them.” I know that they were mostly confused, scared, lonely, and bored – unable to understand why they could not (mostly) go to school or shopping, see their friends or their grandparents. I have my first plane trip booked for May to see some of my grandchildren (and their parents). (Although I have been doing some safe friend and family interactions, and grandchildren hugs, throughout.)

I have read that there is not much written about the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic because, “people were ashamed of what happened/sad”. Now we can understand what our grandparents and great grandparents went through. What evidence will our descendants have of our 2020 Covid 19 experiences? You may want to read my previous Posting, part of a series, “Other Travelers Part 10 – Tracing the 1918 Flu Epidemic” The Covid 19 Virus has been a worldwide “other traveler”!!

Will the Roaring 20s be re-created in the 2020s?

Since I am retired, I was able to bunker down at home to avoid most contacts with the public. I was very frustrated in trying to find a safe way to contribute in this time of need, and then had the added incentive of wanting to help with supporting democracy and protests for racial equity, and people without-of-work poverty. I found my answer was sewing and giving away 1,065 face masks with WFMW Wisconsin Face Mask Warriors! You can read my Postings: “Covid 19 Face Mask Warriors” , “Covid Face Mask Warriors Commemoration One Year Later”, and “ Covid 19 WFMW Face Mask Memory Quilts – Making Lemonade Out of Lemons! ”   .

My family remembers talking about the Covid 19 Virus spreading in China, Europe, … in December 2019 and January, February, early March 2020 as we got together frequently at hospitals/ nursing homes for our Mom, and Sister (then funeral) . The Virus was all so far away, and then it wasn’t!

The World Health Organization WHO’s Official Declaration of COVID-19 Pandemic  was March 11, 2020. Yet March 13 is the date that I remember, as it was the last in-person program that the Stateline Genealogy Club LLC had at the Beloit Public Library BPL.

The program was on newspapers in genealogy, and few attended due to the new Covid 19 Virus scare. The Library staff had done a good job super-cleaning the computer lab for our use, but I still felt nervous as I leaned in head-to-head to help each person at their laptops. We can’t tell which, if any, of us might be contagious before/if symptoms show.

I was notified at the end of that meeting that it was the last program at the Library until further notice; that the Library would be closing down temporarily .

So I had plenty else to do by making face masks, doing POA/Executor paperwork for my 3 relatives who passed away in 2018 – 2020 (not Covid 19), keeping my working husband and myself healthy, and keeping up with the explosive news cycle.

Now I finally have time to learn how to DO (instead of just attend) a Zoom program of PowerPoint. I am hoping that I will be able to safely do in-person programs again at area libraries and genealogy societies by this autumn 2021, if not, then early 2022.

Keep tuned for more about that soon. Look on my BLOG (go to my website “statelinegenealogyclub.wordpress.com“, click on the tab Page “Genealogy Links and Helps” > “2021 Programs for Stateline Genealogy Club LLC – Vicki Ruthe Hahn”. And also look for updates on my Stateline Genealogy Club LLC – Vicki Ruthe Hahn Facebook page.

Covid 19 WFMW Face Mask Memory Quilts – Making Lemonade Out of Lemons!


Vicki Ruthe Hahn

Early in 2020, The Wisconsin Historical Society WHS asked for Wisconsin citizens to write journals of their experiences with the Covid 19 Corona Virus Pandemic to be added to their collection as an important part of WI history for Covid 19 era history.

I did not write a journal as I was busy making face masks as part of the (temporary) Facebook WFMW Wisconsin Face Mask Warriors group. Instead I sewed a WFMW Wisconsin Face Mask Warriors Memory quilt.

It is 55×56″ and made from scraps of the 1,065 cotton face masks that I sewed & gave away. The quilt includes a history of the WFMW Group of 6,500 volunteers who sewed over 1 million masks made for Wisconsin first responders, etc. The quilt also shows instructions for the procedure that I made for one of the preferred face masks.

I used the special Iron-on Epson Copy paper to copy the pattern and photos onto. The photos and documents must be flipped horizontally before printing to make sure that the words and pictures read correctly because the copy is ironed onto fabric in reverse. I just googled how to do the flipping. This is a technique that you can use for your own family history memory quilt.

Several of the WFMW sewists used my pattern/procedure as one of the “official” mask patterns for the group. I created it because there did not seem to be another pattern that incorporated the preferred 2 different fabrics for front and back. It also made the best use of cotton fabric scraps that were in most sewists “stash”. Other recommended patterns were Froedtert, Leah Day, fitted contour masks, Deaconess, Olson, and 10-Minute.

The quilt was a fun way for me to draw a line under the frantic need for making face masks and wanting to sew anything else. It was a way for me to use all those great leftover fabric scraps from my own stash and from fabric donations from others. Making a beautiful (lemonade) quilt out of the lemons of bad-news virus. Enjoying the colors of the fabric made it easy and I enjoyed arranging them artistically for the quilt.

The Wisconsin Historical Society WHS recognized the historical importance of my Memory quilt as a first-hand history and has done me the honor of accepting this quilt, a face mask, and documentation to add to the WHS collection.

It is the beginning of a time for real hope of getting back to normal.

See also my Postings  Covid Face Mask Warriors – Commemorating One Year Later ”   and ” Commemorating the 1 Year Anniversary of Covid 19 Pandemic Declaration 

Covid Face Mask Warriors – Commemoration One Year later


Vicki Ruthe Hahn

Wisconsin Face Mask Warriors WFMW was a group of volunteers providing free, hand-made cotton cloth face masks from their own (or donated supplies) to the essential workers, and to those who were the most vulnerable and least supported within our communities or from the state of Wisconsin” in response to the Covid 19 Corona Virus Pandemic, 2020.

March- Started by Liz Benecke. “With limited resources of commercial PPE personal protection equipment available to hospitals to protect their employees, regular folks stepped up & provided masks to those frontline workers who were battling a new and sometimes deadly disease.”

April – Volunteers grew to over 3000, donating time, effort, love, and fabric stashes to make hand-sewn masks to protect our state – sewists, delivery drivers, coordinators, pattern/procedure creators, fabric cutters, ironers, face mask extender crafters, 3-D extender printers, etc. 

WFMW leaders created an interactive Facebook page and 10 Zones of several counties each (managed by volunteer leaders) to coordinate requests and volunteers’ time, talents, and resources.

Drop-off sites were established to exchange donated supplies and finished face masks/extenders.  Many of the supplies were also in short supply with wide demand. I became the WFMW coordinator for Walworth County, Zone 10, Wisconsin and set up a drop-off site at my Church in East Troy for my several volunteers. ST James United Methodist Church donated materials, supplies, a location, prayers, and moral support.

June – Volunteers grew to over 6.500; “the entirely volunteer and donation-based group could not keep up that level of production long term. Needs and face mask availability had changed, fatigue had crept in, and the availability of masks to front line workers (and the populace in general) had increased.”  The statewide WFMW group no longer accepted requests or volunteers.

August – only a few School requests were still being filled. 

September – only a couple of Zones were still active.

Over 1 million cloth face masks were sewn and donated throughout Wisconsin. Only a few accepted patterns were used – including my face mask pattern.

The volunteers had done an amazing amount of work in 6 months with a scarcity of resources. Many volunteers learned to sew, or came back to sewing, to make face masks.  Some sewists made thousands of masks each. WFMW volunteers supported, taught, and celebrated each other in their efforts.

We felt proud of what we helped to accomplish.  WFMW gave us a way to feel in   control in a scary time, have a creative distraction, and to contribute significantly in   helping and protecting others.

 Vicki Ruthe Hahn 

Zone 10 Walworth County Coordinator                                                                   

  I  Sewed and gave away 1,065 face masks to Walworth County (and beyond) first responders, front-line workers, homeless, family and friends, and anyone who needed one.

There were similar groups independently started in most other states as well. The WFMW was very strong and effective as other local/regional sewing groups in Wisconsin converged with it and coordinated for an organized state-wide effort.

From the face mask fabric scraps I made the following:

WFMW Memory Quilt made by Vicki Ruthe Hahn, November 15, 2020       

WFMW Memory Quilt Wall-hangings made by Vicki Ruthe Hahn, February 15, 2021 – one as a thank you for my ST James UMC Church, and one for  my sewing room.

This is a follow-up to my April 8, 2020 Posting “Covid Face Mask Warrior

See also my Postings  Covid 19 WFMW Face Mask Memory Quilts – Making Lemonade Out of Lemons! ”   and ” Commemorating the 1 Year Anniversary of Covid 19 Pandemic Declaration 

Below is one version of a WFMW face mask extender that my volunteer Tracy Cromey made to take the face mask elastic off of the backs of the health care workersears . This avoided the sore rawness of having to constantly wear a face mask for safety against the Virus. Another version was made by 3-D printing a plastic double-hook, like a Monkey in a Barrel. The Administrator at one of the Hospitals told me that he saw medical staff wearing these “My Little Sweet Pea” face mask extenders everywhere in the Hospital.                          

Wisconsin Historical Society holds one of the top five genealogical Collections in the U.S.


Vicki’s note – Looking forward to going to Wisconsin Historical Society WHS again for genealogy research . WHS has a nice summary on how to do genealogy research and links to other resources.

Wisconsin Historical Society holds one of the top five genealogical collections in the United States. Materials from all 50 states, as well as Canadian provinces, make the Library-Archives invaluable for research on a national and local scale. Examples of nearly every type of genealogical resources can be found – from vital records, military records, to passenger lists, to census records. We have many resources to help connect you to your family’s heritage. Learn more: http://wihist.org/3ryVNor

List of Genealogy Abbreviations Found in Records


Vicki’s note – FamilyHistoryDaily.com is a helpful organization of short podcasts and articles on genealogy. I have them on my personal Facebook feed and listen to / read them as short lessons frequently.

This particular article is something we don’t often see – a practical list of abbreviations used through history in (vital) records. Many are unfamiliar to us, so this is even more important.

I am adding the link below to my BLOG tab – “Genealogy Links and Helps” under the alphabetically arranged heading “Abbreviations & Acronyms for Genealogy“:

List of genealogy abbreviations found in records –


WBCGS – Regular Meeting Program – march 6, 2021


Winnebago Boone County Genealogical Society, Rockford IL Program:

“50 Google Hints, Tips & Tricks for Genealogists”
By Dave Bradford

Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 1:30 P.M.
This program provides a handout describing 50 Google search techniques that can supercharge your web research. It goes on to describe a dozen of the most powerful search tools in detail, so that your genealogical (and other) Google searches produce fewer and more relevant results. Using genealogical examples, it will demonstrate how to get a few hundred, rather than millions of results with your ancestors well-represented in the first 20. Dave Bradford is a UW grad with degrees in medicine and business who speaks regionally to history and genealogy groups about technology and medical topics. He has been a member of the Rock County Genealogical Society and the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center for more than 25 years and has served board chairperson and secretary of the RCGS. He is currently the long-term webmaster for the Society. He and Janet Bradford have indexed multiple atlases, plat maps and out of print historical books. Along with many others, David assisted with the renovation of the Charles Tallman home in Janesville which serves as the current Library and Archives for the Rock County Genealogical and Historical Societies.
Email wbcgensociety@gmail.com to get your free ZOOM event information. Your sign in information will me emailed to you a few days before the event.
For more information, call Diane at (815) 543-2287
Visit us at our NEW website www.wbcgensociety.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/WBCGS!

Roots Tech 2021 is Free – Feb 25 – 27

I am busy watching RootsTech Connect next couple of days. Here is the link if you want to join in too:

25–27 FEBRUARY 2021
IS LIVE! Join Now
RootsTech Connect is finally here! We’re kicking off three huge days of discovery, learning, and connection starting now. Click the link below to join the world’s largest online family celebration event. Throughout the conference you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other attendees, watch inspirational speakers on the main stage, enjoy great learning opportunities, and interact with vendors from around the globe. If you have any questions or need any help, simply click the “Connect” button in the bottom corner of your screen and then select “Ask Us Anything.” We have a team of people ready to answer your questions or point you in the right direction so that RootsTech Connect is meaningful for you. You’re also invited to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where we’ll be sharing fun highlights from the conference. Join Now I hope you enjoy RootsTech Connect! Jen Allen, event director

Chicago Illinois history/genealogy Links

Chicago Illinois history/genealogy Links

27Jan 2021

Vicki Ruthe Hahn

Vicki’s note – These are some sources for Chicago history that you may want to explore. They offer a chance to (virtually) “attend”history/genealogy programs in this time of restricted interaction and confinement I will add them to the Genealogy Links and Helps tab on the Home page https://wordpress.com/view/statelinegenealogyclub.wordpress.com

under “BLOGs, Newsletters, Online Magazines, Podcasts, User Groups, & Facebook Groups for Genealogists (Free)”.

You can also view recordings of their live presentations. They are free, but they do offer you a chance to donate since they are not able to do their full work due to Covid 19.

Thanks Diane for sharing them.

Mysterious Chicago Facebook group – live programs


Mysterious Chicago – cemetery tours, off-beat historical tours, and more from author Adam Selzer. Adam does short live videos daily, longer ones Thurs and Sun of Chicago history and cemeteries. He was a tour guide until the Pandemic hit us.

Effing Chicago Facebook Group – live programs


“Effing Chicago is a collective of professional tour guides running tours that are just as informative, but with more swearing and stuff.” They do live videos about once a week.

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