A picture is worth 1000 words, but often those words are difficult to read. Join us on April 14th when Simone Munson will present on tips and tools for photo identification. Her presentation will provide a brief history of photographic formats and then a deeper examination of resources, tools, and strategies for dating and identifying photographs. If you have inherited a large collection of unidentified family photographs this presentation will provide important information for tackling this daunting project.
Simone Munson is an archivist and librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society and has worked closely with the Society’s photographic collections for more than 10 years.
About 6 years ago I visited Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in New York. It was very rewarding and inspiring visit – knowing that millions of people from 1892 to early 1920s came through this immigration gateway.
I was able to learn and gather documentation that my maternal great-grandmother Marie Ursprung came with two sisters from Frankfurt, Germany to Ellis Island, in late 1901. She later married William Maas of Lake Geneva, in 1903.
In the most recent Wednesday, Capital Times there is an excellent article on recent efforts on diversity of reaching more people, with programming that shows the impact of various people/groups that have made Wisconsin such a wonderful place. I am proud of the Wisconsin Historical Society efforts to make its institution relevant to current audiences and diverse demographics.
Many of my ancestors settled in a small Central Wisconsin area by late 1880s. In those rural areas there are Atlas and Farm Directories for WI Counties, that include Township Plats with information on property owner, married spouse first name, children first name, section number, acres and years lived on location.
I was able to find in Juneau County, my relatives, neighbors and also learn new information that has helped to explain whom my paternal grandmother’s sister married after her first husband died and leaves her with two children and the farm. A neighboring property had a name that correlated with previous information on her second married surname. The man she later married was her neighbor who had a farm next to hers.
Love solving mysteries and gathering Genealogy Proof to support research and previous findings.
The Library of Congress has online collection that includes the complete seventy-one-week run of The Stars and Stripes World War I edition. The Stars and Stripes was published in France by the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) of the United States Army from February 8, 1918, to June 13, 1919.
Link: About Stars and Stripes Collection
Today at the Dane County Area Genealogical Society Program we had 47 participants come to our program that featured a Genealogy Reference Librarian at Wisconsin Historical Society. We learned about using Badgerlink.net, to help find digital links to Search Historical Newspapers across all States.
Also on the Wisconsin Historical Society website you can find “Guide to Wisconsin Newspapers 1833-2004” revised by Jim Hansen in 2017. There is a PDF version that is a great resource for learning about all known Newspapers in most communities in Wisconsin, even small towns, other language papers printed in the past by immigrant groups living in Wisconsin. There is much to learn by seeking and review of print paper in the past-many now digitized.
Library of Congress: Chronicling America
Fulton History: New York State
Recently doing research in Draper Papers Collection, at my local Archive, Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS).
Successfully found the document for client and viewed the original paper section at the Archives.
Here is a link to who Draper was and the importance of this collection for early American research that pertains to Revolutionary time and early Republic period.
Draper Collection Papers: https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Article/CS4103