12 April 2014

4 busy months of genealogical education for me

I just updated my large wall calendar that I see each time I walk into my office. I have a busy next four months. I hope you will be able to join me at one or more of these places where I will be lecturing. Be sure to click on the links for full details on the hotels, registration and all the presentations at each event.
  • June 6-8, Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, Burbank, California. My presentations are: 
    • Manuscript Finding Aids: Locating Migrating Family Records
    • Research Reports for Ourselves: More than a Research Log
    • What Next? Hands-on Research Planning
  •  July 20-25, Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My presentations are in two of the courses:
    • Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper: (12 sessions)
    • Becoming an Online Expert: Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives (2 sessions)
  •  August 3-8, GRIP on the Road in Orchard Lake, Michigan (suburban Detroit). My presentations are: 
    • Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper: (12 sessions) 
    • Bridging the Gap: New England to the Midwest, 1780-1840 (2 sessions)
  •  August 27-30, Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, San Antonio, Texas. My presentations are: 
    • The Dotted Line: Sign Before Other Steps
    • Volunteering from a Distance
    • Research Gems: Southern and Western Historical and Sociological Journals

11 April 2014

Proven: A private railroad car for L. F. Slaker

A family story is proven! Many years ago, I was told a similar story by two older relatives. Last night I found the proof of the story. The story was that my Great Granduncle Louis F. Slaker was so important with the Omaha railroad (Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Omaha  Railway) to have his own private railroad car. I have researched and documented much about the Slaker (Schleicher) family in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, California, Washington and other places. Louis served the railroad in many capacities, including several division supervisory roles. Louis' sister Emma Slaker Stuart is one of my paternal great grandmothers. Louis is usually found as L. F. Slaker.

Newspapers in many localities reports railroad activities and also local news related to railroad personnel. It's been a great way to follow other Slaker and Stuart family members through their movements in Wisconsin and Minnesota as they worked at various railroad jobs. L. F. Slaker appeared more than other family members due to his job level.

Earlier tonight I found that aforementioned proof. A local news item in one newspaper mentioned his private railroad car. I also found other mentions of this car, visiting family, job changes, vacations, and more in local news columns.

Worthington Advance [MN], 24 February 1905, page 5, column 2

The full article newspaper can be viewed at the Library of Congress' Chronicling America website.