1950 U.S. Federal Census

I have not been a good writer these past few weeks. It seems life got away from me a little. There have been a lot of articles written in the past few months on the April 1 release of the 1950 U.S. Federal Census. Honestly, I wasn't planning on writing anything about it. I was … Continue reading 1950 U.S. Federal Census

Iowa – A glimpse into the lives of our ancestors

Dorothy Schwieder, professor of history, Iowa State University, wrote a brief summary of Iowa’s history which can be found on the State Library of Iowa’s webpage.  Iowa records June 1833 as the date for the first white settlement.  Iowa became a state in 1846.  Xaver Aleck arrived in the 1850s, and the Gage’s and DeJean’s came around 1880 … Continue reading Iowa – A glimpse into the lives of our ancestors

Bearded

One thing that seems to be a tradition in my family is facial hair. We come from a long line of bearded or mustached gentlemen. Not all of them were bearded, of course. But my father is a bearded man and, as a result, I have an affinity for beards. Even my husband sports a … Continue reading Bearded