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28 December 2015

Military Monday: "The Great War": Military Registration Cards from Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa (John E. O'Connell born in Des Moines, Iowa)

This is my final "Military Monday" series of cards from Camp Dodge, Iowa until I can make it back to the Midwest to scan some more.

During a visit to the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa, I found their library had thousands of registration cards from World War I.  I scanned about 30 of them for names in my family tree (not necessarily related).  I have not found these in any database, anywhere online.

This card is for John E. O'Connell who was 26 years and 7 months old at the time of his induction at Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa on the 5th of April 1918.  John was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but at the time of his induction was living in Urbandale (a suburb of Des Moines).

(Although I have a relative named John E. O'Connell, I do not think this one is him.)

Have not been able to find the correct FindAGrave Page to match this John O'Connell.

27 December 2015

Sunday's Obituary: Anna Delia Thompson Dircksen (1910-1992) Nebraska

I am becoming the repository of many relatives' papers and obituary scrapbooks.  This is an obituary for Anna Delia Thompson Dircksen:
Ancestral Chart for Anna Thompson Dircksen



21 December 2015

Military Monday: "The Great War": Military Registration Cards from Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa (Frank O'Connell born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa)

During a visit to the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa, I found their library had thousands of registration cards from World War I.  I scanned about 30 of them for names in my family tree (not necessarily related).  I have not found these in any database, anywhere online.

So, for about the next year, I will be presenting them here.

This card is for my first cousin, 1x removed, Frank O'Connell.  He was 29 years old when he was inducted at Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa on the 23rd of February 1918.  He was living in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa at the time of his induction.

This is the FindAGrave page for Frank.


20 December 2015

Sunday's Obituary: Viola Specht, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, 1970

I am becoming the repository of many relatives' papers.  Among the papers I have found information on people who I do not believe are in my family tree.  Nonetheless, I don't want to destroy the information, so here it is.

This is an obituary for Viola Specht.  The link will open Viola's FindAGrave Page.


14 December 2015

Military Monday: "The Great War": Military Registration Cards from Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa (Dan J. O'Connell born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa)

During a visit to the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa, I found their library had thousands of registration cards from World War I.  I scanned about 30 of them for names in my family tree (not necessarily related).  I have not found these in any database, anywhere online.

So, for about the next year, I will be presenting them here.

This card is for Dan J. O'Connell who enlisted in the National Guard at Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa on the 10th of April 1917.  He was born in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa and was 22 years and 5 months old at the time of his enlistment.

I cannot find a FindAGrave page for this Dan O'Connell.

13 December 2015

Mary Ellyn Brady Cooper

Our family lost the most avid family history researcher yesterday.  Mary Ellyn Brady Cooper was born on the first of October 1927 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa and arrived in heaven to finally meet all those ancestors she pursued on the 12th of December 2015.  (For her official obituary, please check out the one posted on the Caldwell Parish Funeral Home site.)

Mary's middle name at birth was spelled "Ellen".  At some point she changed it to "Ellyn".


Mary's optimistic and positive attitude was evident every minute of her life.  She pursued her family history for over 50 years and left a wealth of hand written or typed family group sheets, ancestor charts, and notes. 




My heart aches, for I will miss her encouragement and love.  My heart is filled with joy that she has been set free of her pain.

Sunday's Obituary: Two obits: Livia DeCrescenza Albano & Emmert Boyd (Quad CIties)

I am becoming the repository of many relatives' papers.  Among the papers I have found information on people who I do not believe are in my family tree.  Nonetheless, I don't want to destroy the information, so here it is. (Links will open that person's page on FindAGrave.com)

This is an obituary for Livia DeCrescenza Albano (Mrs. Anthony Albano)
and
Emmert Boyd, Rock Island, Illinois.(no page on FindAGrave)

Sunday's Obituary: Guy Earl Blanchard , Medford, Oklahoma, June 1983

I am becoming the repository of many relatives' papers.  Among the papers I have found information on people who I do not believe are in my family tree.  Nonetheless, I don't want to destroy the information, so here it is.

This is an obituary for Guy Blanchard.  When Guy Earl Blanchard was born about 1898, in Michigan, his father, William, was 27 and his mother, Catherine, was 21. He had three sisters. He died in June 1983 in Enid, Oklahoma, at the age of 85.




11 December 2015

Funeral Card Friday: Caldwell Funeral Home Record 1940-1949 Page 14

On a recent trip to the Iowa Genealogical Society Library I came across a book of funeral home records for the Caldwell Funeral Home in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.  This specific book (which is not yet available at familysearch.org).  These records often contain the names of the parents!  YEA!


A little background:  The Caldwell Funeral Home was known as the Caldwell Brien Funeral Home at 23rd and University, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa,  when I was growing up during the 1960s.  They then added a location at 82nd and Hickman in Urbandale, Iowa, changed their name to Caldwell Raddatz Funeral Home, and now (2015) are known as Caldwell-Parrish Funeral Home.

The transcriptions of the funeral home records were done by Joyce E. Brown, who I believe was a volunteer at the Iowa Genealogical Society.

I thought I might try and match up some of the funeral records with FindAGrave pages OR IowaGravestones.org pages. (FindAGrave does not permit attaching anything like this to the FindAGrave Memorial).  Hope someone finds this and future postings from this book useful.  I had only copied a few pages.  Sometime soon I am guessing the entire book will be scanned by FamilySearch.org.

Harry J Berry (Son of Samuel Berry and Hannah McNally, wife: Elizabeth Berry.)

James W Holland (not related to my family's Hollands) (Son of Michael Holland and Mary Baskill, wife:  Mary Holland)

Marshall J Miller (Son of Marshall H Miller and Bessie Roarke, wife: Edith Miller)

Mrs. Martha Kelley Wells (Daughter of Charles Kelley; husband:  Joseph Wells)

Philemene Rusch (There is no FindAGrave Page nor IowaGravestones.org page) (Daughter of Unknown Barbish and Unknown Rupp)

07 December 2015

Military Monday: "The Great War": Military Registration Cards from Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa (John C. BRADY born in Prairie City, Iowa)

During a visit to the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa, I found their library had thousands of registration cards from World War I.  I scanned about 30 of them for names in my family tree (not necessarily related).  I have not found these in any database, anywhere online.

So, for about the next year, I will be presenting them here.

This is the card for John C. Brady who was living at 2517 Des Moines Street, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa when he was inducted on the 10th of September 1918 at Des Moines, Iowa.  John was born in Prairie City, Iowa on the 4th of November 1888.

Unable to determine a FindAGrave Page for John.

Camp Dodge Registration card for John C Brady

04 December 2015

Family Group Sheet Friday: David Calvin Hoover & Harriet Alice Armstrong; Iowa: Johnson County & Pottawattamie County

I have recently acquired many family group sheets that were part of a collection of a cousin from Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.  Since a lot of these are from extended family on her mother's side, not related to me, I wanted to be able to share them.

This is the Family Group Sheet for the family of David Calvin Hoover and his wife, Harriet Alice Armstrong and their nine children:

Family Group Sheet for David Calvin Hoover & Harriett Armstrong

Funeral Card Friday: Caldwell Funeral Home Record 1940-1949 Page 9

On a recent trip to the Iowa Genealogical Society Library I came across a book of funeral home records for the Caldwell Funeral Home in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.  This specific book (which is not yet available at familysearch.org).  These records often contain the names of the parents!  YEA!


A little background:  The Caldwell Funeral Home was known as the Caldwell Brien Funeral Home at 23rd and University, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa,  when I was growing up during the 1960s.  They then added a location at 82nd and Hickman in Urbandale, Iowa, changed their name to Caldwell Raddatz Funeral Home, and now (2015) are known as Caldwell-Parrish Funeral Home.

The transcriptions of the funeral home records were done by Joyce E. Brown, who I believe was a volunteer at the Iowa Genealogical Society.

I thought I might try and match up some of the funeral records with FindAGrave pages OR IowaGravestones.org pages. (FindAGrave does not permit attaching anything like this to the FindAGrave Memorial).  Hope someone finds this and future postings from this book useful.  I had only copied a few pages.  Sometime soon I am guessing the entire book will be scanned by FamilySearch.org.

Armando Gazzo  (Son of Charles Gazzo and Katherine Santaro)

Charlotte Haragan Brien (Daughter of Daniel Haragan, mother Johanna Fahey; wife of James Brien)

David E. Hurley (Son of John Hurley and Bridget Anglan; wife: Grace Hurley)

Edmund Ryan (Son of Patrick Ryan and Margaret Fitzpatrick)

Edward E Hanlon (no relation to me that I know of) (Son of Michael Hanlon and Katherine Byrne; wife, Nora Hanlon)

John James Costello (Son of Thomas Costello and Mary O'Conner, wife: Gertrude Costello)

Lucille Bernard (Daughter of Felix Bernal and Lorzal Galligos) (Gravestone shows her last name as Bernal).

Mary Connich Anderson (Daughter of John Connich and Bridget Murray)
There is no FindAGrave Page nor IowaGravestones.org page.