Miss Eliza Elopes

My great grandma Eliza Ann Sickler eloped with a ‘barkeeper’ named Thomas Sprague. Her daddy who was a prominent businessman decided to rescue her with the help of my future great grandfather before it was too late! The year was 1875 and Eliza was 19 years old.  This interesting fact and family soap opera was reported in a local weekly paper, over a series of weeks. Here’s the first installment of her story. I’m assuming the Sickler and French families were mortified to find this report in the local paper.

Eliza Sickler French age 19

Eliza Ann Sickler French

This tintype of Eliza Ann Sickler was probably taken on the day she got married since her married name is scrawled on the back. She doesn’t look too happy! Here’s the first newspaper installment:

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Genealogists… What method do you use to store your information? Are thumb-drives better than a DVD for your census, tombstone, newspaper articles etc.?  I’m just getting used to having a thumb-drive left permanently in the PC for my genealogy research storage. At first I thought I lost files from the old thumb-drive but they are all there of the ones copied last year. Now we have a 32 Gig one on which they were transferred. I hope this works out for me.

I Lost it All…

Our computer crashed a few weeks ago and I lost all my genealogical files. Thankfully we had downloaded all our files to a thumb-drive last year but all my new census pages, family photos, tombstone photos, and newspaper articles are gone! I have since learned my lesson! This week I will begin work at finding them and adding them back on a brand new 32 Gig thumb drive- MY own personal thumb-drive that is. Meanwhile I need to transfer my files from the old thumb drive onto the hard drive and then transferring onto the new thumb-drive.

On Labeling Genealogical Records — Brianna Audrey Wright

Earlier this year, on a complete whim, I wrote a post about my 3x great-grandmother, Minnie Igle Wildrick. I was browsing around on my family tree and for whatever reason, I kept returning to Minnie’s profile page. Okay, I said. Let’s begin telling your story. Little did I know that that post would bring me […]

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