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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Have You Thought About The YMCA Records For Your Genealogy???

It was established in 1844 by George Williams in England , he was a draper's shop assistant. To give young men an alternative to life on the street.

Was one of your family member's a member??       Checck out this YouTube video.                                                                                     

Monday, January 19, 2015

History of Post-Mortem

Post-Mortem Photography

This was a common practice of American and European culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It helped the grieving process.

Before the invention daguerreotype in 1839 they only was to have a picture of one self or family was to commission a painter to make a portrait, and this was costly.

In 19th century death commonly occurred in the home and was a part of everyday life. It became common to take post-mortem pictures especially of infants and children. It was usually the only photo they had of their loved one. They were keepsakes of their dearly beloved. In the Victorian Era the mortality rate among infant and children was was extremely high.

Later when Cartede Visite was invented you could have multiple pictures from a negative. 

In the beginning they would take close up pictures of their dearly de-parted, later pictures of loved ones in their coffins.

As time has gone on people would take pictures of the funeral and the grave site. 
Many people still practice this tradition.

I find this very important in our genealogy research. I do ask before hand if pictures can be taken out of respect for the direct family members. I have come to find that most are very accommodating and gracious.

Beware I have posted several post-mortem photo's below. They placed flowers around the bodies to keep smelling the decaying bodies.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My Thornton Relatives

My Great Grandparents John Edgar Robertson & Mary Ursula Becker had 10 children and of these children their daughter's Louise Cecelia Robertson & Marie Margaret Robertson married brothers, Edward Joseph Thornton & Alphonse James Thornton.

Here is their story:

Lousie Cecelia Robertson was born on 10 Sep 1898 in Sioux City, Woodbury,Iowa She died 21 Feb 1971 in Des Moines, IA. She was called Lula. A lovely lady.
Funeral was at St. Theresa Catholic Parish in Des Moines, IA. She married 3 Sep 1917 in Sioux City, IA to Edward Joseph Thornton. He was born 29 Sep 1892 in Hubbard, Nebraska. To Edward James Thornton & Ellen Louise O'Conner. He died 3 July 1974 in Sioux City, IA. They had 6 children. 

1) Lawrence Clarence Thornton born 10 Sep 1918 died 19 Oct 1936 in Sioux city, IA

2) Darwin Edward Thornton (Whom wrote a family history I have). Born 14 Apr 1920 in Sioux City, IA

3) Evelyn Louise Thornton born 7 Sep 1922

4) Gerald Dwayne Thornton born 16 Aug 1924 in Sioux City, IA

5) Edward Joseph Thornton born 27 Dec 1926

6) Infant died May 1924

Marie Margaret Robertson was born 12 Aug 1899 in Sioux City, IA and married Alphonse James Thornton on 24 Nov 1915 in Sioux city, IA. She died 9 March 1989 in Sioux city, IA. He was born 4 Sep 1889 in Hubbard, NE and died 26 Apr 1959 in Sioux City, IA. He loved baseball, listened to the games on the radio and managed a local team. Swore a lot and had a veggie garden for canning. She had curly hair, she cut them all off when she was small. Her father called her "Dolly" she was the baby longer than any of the other children as 2 boys passed away between her and brother Clyde. She had 10 Children.

1)Bonnie Eugene Thornton born 19 Feb 1917 in Sioux City, IA. He died 2006 in Rock Island, IL

2) Robert Joseph Thornton born 7 Sep 1918 Sioux City, IA. Died April 1959 in Rock Island, IL. Married Ina Mae Katherine Belknap born 17 Dec 1919

3) Darlene Louise Thornton born 7 Aug 1921 Westfield, IA

4) Charles Anthony Thornton born 6 July 1922 in Westfield, IA

5) Elizabeth Jane Thornton born 26 May 1924

6) Alphonse James Thornton born 29 Jun 1925 in Westfield, IA

7) Mary Ellen Thornton born 16 March 1932

8) James Edgar Thornton born 27 Aug 1932 in westfield, IA. Married Teresa Lynn H Gaultois on 23 Dec 1952 in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

9) Jeanne Elaine Thornton born 17 July 1934 in Westfield, IA. Married Don Codella, have 2 children.

10) John Edward Thornton born 17 July 1934 in Westfield, IA and died 23 July 1934 in westfield, IA.