Live In-Person Stateline Genealogy Club LLC Presentations by Vicki Are Back!

Live In-Person Stateline Genealogy Club LLC Presentations by Vicki Ruthe Hahn Are Back!

18 Sep 2021

Finally, my first in-person presentations since Covid 19 shut them down March13, 2020!

See my Stateline Genealogy Club Facebook page for Upcoming Events on September 28 and October 8, 2021 at Beloit Public Library.

You can also access them, and the Zoom/Google Meet presentations that I have been doing, by going to my BLOG page…/statelinegenealogyclub…/170460

Official United States Postal Service abbreviations for State names through history

Official United States Postal Service abbreviations for State names through history


Vicki’s note – click on this link USPS to see this information, and more, about the Postal Service. I will also add this link to the BLOG tab “Genealogical Links and Helps” under “Abbreviations and Acronyms Used in Genealogy” and “States”.


State Abbreviations

On July 1, 1963, the Post Office Department introduced the five-digit ZIP Code. At the time, most addressing equipment could accommodate only 23 characters (including spaces) in the bottom line of the address.

To make room for the ZIP Code, state names needed to be abbreviated. The Department provided an initial list of abbreviations in June 1963, but many had three or four letters, which was still too long. In October 1963, the Department settled on the current two-letter abbreviations.

Since that time, only one change has been made: in 1969, at the request of the Canadian postal administration, the abbreviation for Nebraska, originally NB, was changed to NE, to avoid confusion with New Brunswick in Canada.

A list of state abbreviations since 1831 is provided below. A more complete list of current abbreviations, including all U.S. possessions, is available online at

Postal Abbreviations for States/Territories
1831187419436/196310/1963 – present
ArkansasAr. T.Ark.Ark.ARKAR
District of ColumbiaD. C.D. C.D. C.DCDC
FloridaFl. T.Fla.Fla.FLAFL
MichiganMic. T.Mich.Mich.MICHMI
NebraskaNebr.Nebr.NEBNB *
*to NE in 1969
New HampshireN. H.N. H.N. H.NHNH
New JerseyN. J.N. J.N. J.NJNJ
New MexicoN. Mex.N. Mex.NMNM
New YorkN. Y.N. Y.N. Y.NYNY
North CarolinaN. C.N. C.N. C.NCNC
North DakotaN. Dak.NDND
Puerto RicoP. R.PRPR
Rhode IslandR. I.R. I.R. I.RIRI
South CarolinaS. C.S. C.S. C.SCSC
South DakotaS. Dak.SDSD
West VirginiaW. Va.W. Va.W VAWV

Sources: 1831, Table of Post Offices in the United States; 1874 and 1943, United States Official Postal Guide; 6/1963, Postal Bulletin 20368; 10/1963, Post Office Department Publication 59, Abbreviations for Use with ZIP Code.

solving a Photograph Mystery – How to find the family it belongs to


Solving a Photograph Mystery – How to Find the Family it Belongs To

14Jul2021 later

by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

UPDATE- Success and very quick turn-around reuniting a family with it’s photograph! (Social media made it happen in less than 2 hours!) I have put the person “Memry Lane” in touch with sisters Sally and Julie by IM/PM so that she can arrange to get the photo to them.

She has an interest in history/genealogy and reaches out to families when she finds their family photographs. She contacted me as Stateline Genealogy Club LLC because I specialize in southern WI (Beloit) and northern IL.

So glad I was able to find the 2 sisters – one thru “Beloit WI Remember When” Facebook page, and 1 thru the “You Are From Beloit If” page.

Sally shared this photo of the older Etta with me. I think that the photo is about 1910-1912 from the clothes in the older Etta’s photograph and because she was born in 1893. Probably her high school graduation photo. I’m glad that it was shared, as It makes the story complete. What a beautiful, composed young woman.

See the original Posting below:

Any family descendants that want to claim this family photograph?

More identifying information is included below.

Please get in touch with me (by IM, personal message or email) so that I can connect you to the person who shared this with me.

Original Photograph

Reverse of Photograph
Cropped, enhanced copy of photograph

I received a private message asking me to share this photograph of what she said is a “Beloit” WI family and information that I have researched shows that it is. The person would like to get it to the family’s descendants and asked me to share it here.

I am posting this photograph on the (private, ask to join if you have Beloit connections) “Beloit Wisconsin, Remember When” Facebook Page, the “You Know You are From Beloit If” Facebook Page, as well as on my “” BLOG, and my Stateline Genealogy Club LLC Facebook Page .

((SP?) are my additions.)

Written on the back of the photograph is:

Left to Right:



Shureman Aunt(SP?) “Live” Yagla Anderson

Etta Yagla Hartman

^ My Mother

I am including the original photo, as well as a copy that I enhanced to get more clues. It appears that the woman has a cleft in her chin.

My best educated guess is that the photograph was taken anywhere from 1898 -1911. (In 1900, Etta was age 7.)

Here is how I came to this conclusion from the clues that I observed on this photograph and further genealogy search results that I found. It is hard to get many visual clues, as the photograph is not near full length.

The wireless rim eyeglasses have too long of a popular history to date.

The woman’s dress (Shureman Aunt? “Live”) is distinctive with the high collar and puffed upper part of the sleeves. The high collar style was popular from 1880s – 1914.

The sleeves of the girl’s dresses show this puffiness even more. Puffy sleeves were popular from 1895 until 1914. The upper puffed sleeve appearing to be made in 2 parts ( with a tight lower part) was especially pronounced 1905 – 1907. But many people continued to wear fashions long after they were popular.

It appears that the woman’s dress has large epaulets(?) studded with rivets or buttons. This might be from an earlier period, or from the later 1910 – 1914 period.

Phoebe, on the left, seems to have a dress/over dress/apron made from fabric of small gingham checks. Etta is wearing a dress made with dark colored fabric. Children before 1910 mostly wore delicate white muslin (for innocence). The sturdier, colored fabrics (worn from 1910 on) allowed girls to play with more abandon. The girls appear to be between the ages of 4 – 8.

The woman’s hairstyle is softer than the padded pompadour style of 1900 – 1910. It could have been from before, or after. Individuals did not always follow the fashions strictly, but kept to their personal preferences.

I did a brief genealogical search of the names on Beloit City Directories, and Although it is harder to track women as their names change, the writing on the reverse of the photograph include married names.

In the 1906/1907-1908 Beloit City Directories and 1910 US Census, there was an elderly “Elizabeth” (“Live”‘s namesake?) (widow of Godfrey) Yagla on 817 9th St, Beloit who had a son named Frederick W.

In the 1917 Beloit City Directory there was “Miss Etta Yagla” who worked at Yates Machine Co. and resided at 215 W Roosevelt Ave where Curtis M. (who worked as a mechanic at Fairbanks Morse Co.) and his wife Martha Yagla also lived. Curtis and Etta were siblings as shown below.

The 1900 US Census lists Etta F. Yagla, born 1893 (age 7) living at 834 Oak, Beloit, daughter of Carl and Jessie A Yagla, and shows her brother Curtis M (age 8) and Lester B (age 12).

The 1930 and 1940 US Censuses, and birth/marriage/death indexes show Etta F Yagla marrying Peter C Hartman and living in Chicago with their children Robert, and Helen Etta. Etta F died in 1949.

More sources show daughter Helen Etta born 1921, married Roy Linn (deceased) and then a Mr. Johnston. Helen died in 1978.

That’s as far as I was going to research this family. Hopefully it is enough information that someone will know some of the descendants of the people in the photograph so we can get it back into the family’s possession.

Contact me through Facebook IM/PM or by my email directly “”, as the email link through my BLOG goes to public comment.

(BHS) Beloit Historical Society reopening after Covid 19


Vicki’s note- things are looking up for the re-opening of in-person opportunities for genealogists after Covid 19. As more people get vaccinated, it becomes safer for institutions to open to unrestricted access to genealogical and historic records.

The Covid 19 pandemic is in constant flux so these re-openings across the country/world are dependent on how it develops. Hopefully enough people in the US get vaccinated asap to refute the variations that keep spreading to those not vaccinated, and so that we can share those very efficient vaccines with the rest of the world.

I just noticed that (BHS) Beloit Historical Society, Beloit Wisconsin, will be reopening to the public on September 10, 2021. The staff have been working meanwhile, and you can leave a voice message on their telephone for them to get back to you.

And if you can’t wait to see BHS, I am adding a link to their Facebook Page announcing an outside June 13 Car & Mechanic Show below.

Beloit Historical Society Plans Re-Opening

The Beloit Historical Society is preparing for a re-opening of its Lincoln Center facility at 845 Hackett St. for general visitation starting September 10th. We will be open Tuesdays – Thursdays noon – 4:00 and the 1st Saturday of the month (starting October 2nd) 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Appointments continue to be available. Contact us by phone to the BHS office (608) 965-7835 or email

This summer we are planning a few events that will be outdoors on the Lincoln Center lawn.

June 13 is a Car & Mechanic Show. Registrations of vehicles and display pieces are still available.

July 23 and 24 is a Thrift Sale fundraiser. Donations are being accepted now of items that need a new home. See the Events page for more details.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in-person again!

Donna Langford
Executive Director”

(From BHS Facebook Page):

“Beloit Historical Society5 hours ago

The Beloit Historical Society is hosting the Car and Mechanic Show this Sunday on June 13th! Join us with your friends and family, in person, to experience the world of cars and mechanics this summer. There will be a variety of different displays and speakers to interact with to learn more about cars and help you explore Beloit history. We are so excited to share this event with you so come stop by!
Call our office, view our Facebook events page, or our website for more info.

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(MCIGS) McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society 2021 Summer Genealogy Conference


Vicki’s note – this is a really worthwhile genealogy conference. Though I will miss attending in person, we all get a chance to easily “attend” via zoom for a very low cost!:

MCIGS 2021 Summer Genealogy Conference

We are very excited to announce that registration has opened for our 2021 Virtual Summer Genealogy Conference.  The event will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021.  Due to COVID restrictions, the conference will be held on Zoom.

Our speakers include; George G. Morgan, Drew Smith, Cyndi Ingle and Cari Taplin, a.k.a “The Genealogy Squad” as they are known on Facebook.  Each speaker will each present 3 one-hour sessions.  At the end of they day they will join together for a Q & A / Panel Discussion. For more information on their topics and schedule, please visit our website at or view the attached registration form.

$25 for non-members
Free! – for all MCIGS members

Registration can be done online at, or you may download the attached registration form and mail it in.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Claudia Conroy, our Registration Chairman at

Kind Regards,

Arlene Basten
McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society

(RCGS) Rock County Genealogical Society Zoom Conference Saturday, June 26, 2021


Vicki’s note – another low cost conference for a good cause:

(RCGS) Rock County Genealogical Society Zoom Conference Saturday, June 26, 2021, between 9 am and 3 pm.

Dear Friends of Rock County Genealogical Society;Please assist us by forwarding this information, including the attached Conference Brochure, to your members and friends.

Family History Scholarship Conference Webinar The Rock County Genealogical Society (RCGS) will host a live, all-day family history webinar on Saturday, June 26, 2021, between 9 am and 3 pm.

All proceeds from paid registrations go to the RCGS Scholarship fund which, each year, recognizes a promising area high school senior with an award of $500.

Speakers for this year’s Scholarship Conference are Lori Bessler, of the Wisconsin Historical Society Library and David Bradford, RCGS board member and webmaster.

Four hour-long topics include: Genealogy 101 – The Fundamentals of Family Research Finding Genealogy Collections Anywhere – Part 1, An Overview Finding Genealogy Collections Anywhere – Part 2, A Deeper Dive What did my Ancestor Die of? – Archaic Medical Terms, Finding and Interpreting Death Certificates.

This Live Zoom meeting is open to the public with paid registration and can be viewed from a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. Zoom invitation and extensive handouts are available upon registration

Thank you in advance for your kind support,Rock County Genealogical SocietyBrochure – 2021 RCGS Workshop_scholarship fund.docx

$25 RCGS member, $35 nonmember Zoom Invitation and Handouts become available via your registration confirmation email.

rcgswi.orgOnline Store of the Rock County Genealogy Society, rock county, janesville, beloit, wisconsin, publications, index, map, atlas, plat map, cemetery, newspaper, obituary, death, marriage, bride, groom, luther valley, declaration, certificate

Winnebago Boone County Genealogical Society June 3, 2021 Program


Vicki’s note – Zoom on in for this WBCGS program:

Winnebago Boone County Genealogical Society June 3, 2021 Program

WBCGS Zoom Meeting Program – Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.


“Censuses-Population and Special Schedules”

By Lori Bessler

WBCGS – Regular Meeting Program

Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.


Censuses are one of the most important tools to a genealogist. There are many types of censuses and this presentation will provide guidance on what censuses exist and where to find the certain information.

Lori Bessler is the genealogy and local history specialist in the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Library, Archives, and Museum Collections division. She presents a wide variety of talks and workshops for the general public, including: Genealogy: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced; Using; Using; Online Research; Where to Find Collections Anywhere and Everywhere; Immigration Research.

This is a ZOOM event.

Please email 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 or on Facebook at!

Free Webinar May 18, 2021


Vicki’s note- a free webinar program to sign up for:

Rock County Genealogical Society

The Frugal Genealogist

How to do Save Money while doing Family Research

A FREE Live Webinar
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 6:30 p.m.

15 HABITS OF HIGHLY FRUGAL GENEALOGISTSWatch this program live – only at the time and date shown
Presenter:  Thomas MacEntee, is a notable genealogy speaker who’s also a blogger, educator, researcher and author. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. Currently, Thomas shares many of his articles and videos for free at!
Program Description:A free program: “15 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists” will describe tricks to getting the best deals and bargains in the genealogy marketplace and embrace the “mind set” of finding the best ways to save money while researching your ancestors.
How to Register (for free):Register FREE for this meeting online at:–speakers to receive a confirmation email with sign-in links and conference codes to use on May 19th.
How to Participate:  This free live online program is offered to the public. Participants may watch and ask questions from their home using an Internet enabled home PC or smartphone. Simply click the Zoom registration link above and use the confirmation email to sign-in at the scheduled time with the conference ID code.

Take a tour of our website at and Join RCGS here for exclusive “members-only” benefits (and to feel good about yourself). Thank you & we’re looking forward to seeing you!Copyright © 2021 Rock County Genealogical Society, All rights reserved.
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Two Days to Save the only 3-story Cobblestone from demolition! Donate to Gofundme – May 12, 13, & maybe 14,2021

Two Days to Save the only 3 story Cobblestone from demolition! Donate to Gofundme – May 12, 13, & maybe 14,2021


Vicki Ruthe Hahn

Update 19May2021

The 3 story Cobblestone in East Troy Wisconsin is safe for now. $25,000 raised in less than a week to keep it from being demolished! See update from the GoFundMe effort here:…gofundme.comSave the Cobblestone, organized by Laurie BiersackThis Go Fund Me page is to benefit the Save of the Cobblestone fund. The funds will be used to se… Laurie Biersack needs your support for Save the Cobblestone

See original Posting here:

I just returned from the Annual Dinner meeting of the East Troy Historical Society, WI and heard an update on saving this historic Stage Coach Stop which may have been part of the Underground Railroad. There is major road construction of the RT ES/Main Street through the East Troy square which will impact the 3-story Cobblestone building on the corner of the square.

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The community has been working to save, refurbish, and use this beautiful building for years. A local investor has spent a lot of money on it over several years, but it will take a couple of million to complete it. The majority of crumbling issues are superficial, not structural. There are several interior systems and that need updated or repaired.

Good news- the East Troy Historical Society has facilitated negotiations with several major investors that are interested in coordinating renovation efforts and money, probably to refurbish the cobblestone building into a boutique hotel complex (30 minutes from Milwaukee, Wisconsin).

Bad news – the road construction is full on, and not going to wait for that to finalize. East Troy Area Historical Society (ETAHS) has gotten a promise that if $25,000 can be raised in 2 – 3 days, that the demolition will (probably) not happen. The money would be used to wrap the front of the cobblestone building to protect it, and the construction workers.

A GoFundMe page was created just hours ago by Laurie Biersack. If you ever wanted to save a unique (cobblestone) historic structure, please consider donating by going to this link:

Save the Cobblestone Go Fund Me Link

For more information on the fundraising project read the update from John Vilanj:

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The Demolition permit is issued for the end of this week, and the demo equipment is there waiting, pending this last chance effort:

If for any reason the GoFundMe is not successful (say it won’t be so!), the money raised would go to the East Troy Area Historical Society. I will add more information about this historic building as I can.

See also my “StatelineGenealogyClub Facebook Page.

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:

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 “” 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 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 or on Facebook at!

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