Before My Time is about the ancestry and extended family of my four grandparents: John Samuel Krentz (Indiana/North Dakota), Margreta Tjode Hedwig (Gertie) Buss (North Dakota), Rosmer Pettis Kerr (Pennsylvania/Michigan), and Evelyn Elvina Hauer (Michigan), and other topics in genealogy and family history.

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Friday, February 03, 2017

The Kerrs in Crawford County, Pennsylvania

There's some interesting (and very confusing!) Kerr family history in Our County and its People: A Historical and Memorial Record of Crawford County, Pennsylvania by Samuel P. Bates (Boston: W. A. Fergusson, 1899). I've opened the book to page 293, the chapter on Titusville. Of further interest is the chapter on Oil Creek Township, beginning on page 551.

A comprehensive surname index appears below in a separate book window.



I've opened the index to the Kerrs. The pages are unnumbered, but this seems to be the 49th frame.



Monday, November 21, 2016

Resources for Dating Old Photographs: Photographer Directories

Chicago Photographers 1847-1900 - book online at Internet Archive - lists known photographers and their dates and places of operation

Directory of Early Michigan Photographers  from University of Michigan - lists known photographers and their dates and places of operation (PDF)

Directory of Photographers 1856-1979 Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan - lists known photographers and their dates and places of operation - Grand Rapids only

Directory of Minnesota Photographers from Minnesota Historical Society -  lists known photographers and their dates and places of operation

Wisconsin Photographers Index from Wisconsin Historical Society - lists known photographers and their dates and places of operation (PDF)

How to Identify and Date Real Photo Vintage Postcards - a quick reference guide and extensive postcard-back images with date ranges

The Cabinet Card Gallery - weblog

Laurel Cottage Genealogy - weblog



Rockford, Illinois City Directory 1920

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tennis, anyone?


This photograph from the Alice Wilcox Collection is a tintype measuring 2.5" x 3.5" which has no accompanying paper mat and no identification. Tintypes were popular in the 1860s and 1870s but continued to be used into the 2oth century. I'm not a fashion expert and maybe someone else can do a better job of dating this photo by the clothing these two women are wearing, but I'm thinking it's much later than the 1870s... maybe the 1910s? I would guess the women are about college age.

Most of the people in this collection of photographs seem to be from Illinois or Wisconsin. Reader, if you recognize the people in this picture, please leave a comment or, better yet, use my Contact form to open a private email discussion on the subject.

Friday, November 18, 2016

More Grace?


This unidentified cabinet card is from the Alice Wilcox Collection. Like my previously identified photograph of Grace Pettis, this one was also taken at the Armstrong studio in Rockford, Illinois. Here are the two portraits side-by-side:


The ear contours look a little different, but I suppose that could be due to lighting. Other facial features seem very similar to me. What do you think?

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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