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

Fishing in Salt Lake

So…I went fishing. I was hoping to catch a big fish or two. I had a methodical laundry list of non-digitized books and microfilms as bait for big fish. And what did I catch? Nothing. Yes, my trip to Salt Lake City was a bust. About the only thing I accomplished was validating that my … Continue reading Fishing in Salt Lake

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