Stephen A. Powers, Part 1: Young Enough to Serve His Country

In recognition of the 160th anniversary of the Civil War in 2021, the following is part of a series highlighting my Civil War ancestors. Image of Stephen A. Powers from the "Atlas of Steuben Co., Indiana," Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co., 1880, page 43. An urgent memo from President Abraham Lincoln to Indiana Governor Oliver … Continue reading Stephen A. Powers, Part 1: Young Enough to Serve His Country

Family History at Your FingerTIPS: Research Ideas to Celebrate Family History Month from Home

Did you know that October is Family History Month?     It’s a great time to begin or continue research on your family tree, connect with family members, learn about your heritage, and record stories to share.  Don't let the COVID-19 pandemic stop you from continuing your research goals! Read on for tips on exploring your … Continue reading Family History at Your FingerTIPS: Research Ideas to Celebrate Family History Month from Home

1945 Banister Daily Diary Part 5: Final Thoughts and Ideas for Future Research

(Continued from 1945 Banister Daily Diary Part 4: Friends, Neighbors, and Family) Hello! If you are reading this post, hopefully that means you also read parts 1 through 4 of this series on the 1945 Banister Daily Diary. In case you missed it, part 1 discussed the personal lives and daily activities of Floyd and … Continue reading 1945 Banister Daily Diary Part 5: Final Thoughts and Ideas for Future Research

1945 Banister Daily Diary Part 4: Friends, Neighbors, and Family

(Continued from 1945 Banister Daily Diary Part 3: Senator Hooper's Murder and the End of WWII) Floyd and Lala Banister lived in a rural community, but they stayed actively engaged associating with neighbors and friends. Their 1945 diary records many examples of friends, neighbors, and family working together to lend a helping hand. Friends and … Continue reading 1945 Banister Daily Diary Part 4: Friends, Neighbors, and Family

1945 Banister Daily Diary Part 3: Senator Hooper’s Murder and the End of WWII

(Continued from 1945 Banister Daily Diary Part 2: Gerald and Jim) Floyd made it a point to recognize special family days and events in his diaries. In 1945, he noted the birthdays of each family member, major holidays, gifts received, and his 27th wedding anniversary with Lala. From time to time, he and Lala also … Continue reading 1945 Banister Daily Diary Part 3: Senator Hooper’s Murder and the End of WWII

1945 Banister Daily Diary Part 2: Gerald and Jim

(Continued from 1945 Banister Daily Diary Part 1: Floyd and Lala) July 22, 1945 diary entry. Gerald brought home a pig. Gerald When Gerald Banister is mentioned in the 1945 diary, he is typically doing something to help the family, whether it be giving rides, helping with chores, helping neighbors, or supporting his family during … Continue reading 1945 Banister Daily Diary Part 2: Gerald and Jim