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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Book Review: Firestorm at Peshtigo Wisconsin

I am reading a book suggested by a San Diego Genealogical Society Member. The title is "Firestorm at Peshtigo" and the authors are Denise Gess and William Lutz.  I have some ancestors from Door County, Wisconsin which was partially affected by this fire.  There are maps included in the book as research which was done on individuals involved in the area of Peshtigo.  I recognized the surname of Luther Noyes who was the publisher of Marinette and Peshtigo Eagle.  His parents were Dr. Isaac Noyes and Minerva Osgood.  He was born on December 17, 1830.  He was from the Chenango county which is the same county in which my ancestor Dr. George Riddell was born in Preston.
"The History of Chenango" lists several persons of the Noyes surname who resided in the county.
There are details about the following individuals in the book as well William Butler Ogden and Mahlon D. Ogden (also of Chicago), Isaac Stephenson of Marinettee and Menominee.  I am sure there are others, but these are a place to begin.  I will post the "characters" in this real life, true story as I come across them in this book.  The authors effectively use the newspapers at the time to enhance the information they present in this book.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall 2012 Research Plans

I have been diligently working on research guides for:
California, Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois. 

I will be atttending virtual webinars given by the SCGS as Jamboree Exention.  

I have been exploring the The NEGHS website which has some very useful "Thayer Family" resources from the colonial era for Branitree, MA when it was part of Boston County. 

Now I am waiting for the weather to cool off so I can start baking and making cookies