Fire insurance maps can be a useful resource in helping you learn more about your family history--we'll show you how!At the time of the 1880 census, 44-year-old stonemason Frederick Richter and his 41-year-old wife Wilhelmina were living on Beecher Street in Indianapolis. Also in their household resided daughters Matilda (age 17), Anna (13), and Rosa (7) and sons Frederick (age 10) and Harry (5). Their oldest daughter, Louisa (21), and her husband, John Heimbeck (23), were also living with them.Only four households were listed on this small block, of which the enumerator noted no house numbers existed. One household was that of 39-year-old Antone Richter, his wife Catharine, and their four sons—perhaps relatives of Frederick. Frederick, Wilhelmina, and Antone had all been born in Prussia. Catharine had been born in Wurttemburg, and Louisa’s husband John in Hesse-Darmstadt. They were in familiar company, as their growing southeast-side neighborhood was filled with other German …Read more
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In this article we explore several vital record substitutes you can use in your genealogy research when vital records are not a research option.Today, the United States Legislature governs US vital record-keeping including registering births, marriages, and deaths. These vital records make it easier to follow a paper trail from parent to child and extend our genealogies back several generations. However, some states did not mandate vital record recording until the 1900s. Because of this, in certain states we do not have primary records before 1900 that capture each person’s birth date, place, year, and parents. And for some of the states that did require information to be recorded, those records no longer exist for a variety of reasons. How can we continue family history research if the vital record doesn't exist? In this article, we'll share three vital record substitutes you can use to identify earlier generations and extend your family history.Let’s use one of our …Read more
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Maggie Stevenson was born and raised on the east coast of Scotland, in the historic Kingdom of Fife. She studied English Language and Literature at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. After graduating she qualified in TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language - and spent three years living and working in the south of Italy.After several years in Italy she returned to the UK and worked for a non-profit organization supporting homeless individuals. She worked as an assistant to the fundraising team, communicating with donors and organizing fundraising initiatives as well as managing the publication of fundraising campaigns.In 2002 she relocated from London to San Francisco with her husband and young son, primarily for her husband’s work. In 2005 (now with 2 small sons) they moved from the west coast to the east coast and lived in Manhattan for 8 years. They also spent many happy weekends in Woodstock, New York.In 2013 she returned to the west coast and San …Read more