Thursday, July 28, 2016

TBT- Photos of Yesteryear- Sally "Essie" Crosby

Spotlight photos from my extensive photo archive 
Today is it
Sally Estella "Essie" (George) Bruce Crosby [1879-1958]
My Great-Great Grandmother

Essie Crosby in front of the Winnebago School- 1930s

Sally Estella "Essie" was the first child born to Myron George & Viola Jewell. Raised in Central City, Iowa by her Father & Grandmother Elmira Jewell, following her mothers death.

Essie was first married to Owen Rutherford Bruce, and after a tumultuous 16 year marriage they were divorced. The day her divorce from Owen was granted, Essie married LeRoy "Roy" Crosby and they immediately after moved to Minnesota.

Essie raised a total of 5 children and was an important figure to grandchildren as well. After many years living in Winnebago, Minnesota, Essie & Roy moved out West to California where their daughter was living.

Essie died after suffering a stroke on September 2, 1958. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

North Star 2016- Minnesota Genealogical Conference

Alright Minnesota Area Genealogists, it's time to plan for the Fall genealogy conference that is sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

Friday September 30th & Saturday October 1st 

The Minnesota Genealogical Society always puts on a terrific workshop! The speakers are some of the brightest & most knowledgeable in our field. 

If you're like me, Summer is flying by at break neck speed... already nearly August, and I haven't accomplished 1/10th of the things I'd hoped to... and my genealogy has been no exception. The mini research trips I'd hoped to take & the massive organization projects are all still pending.

However, we all have plenty of time to schedule & plan for the upcoming genealogy conference! Coming after Labor Day & the hubbub of the previous months, it will be a wonderful way to cap off our "Summer Adventures" and maybe even give us some genealogy direction for the upcoming Midwest Winter we will be enduring! 

  • Have you attended genealogy workshops before? If not, it's a wonderful way to expand your genealogy education AND meet fellow genealogists!
  • Are you a member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society? If not, you should consider it. The price is reasonable, you get access to many resources AND members get a 'discount' for conferences.
  • Might you have other genealogist pals who'd enjoy this too? If so, share this with them. Gather a group & carpool. 
  • Think you're too much of a novice? Or too much an expert? Trust me. You aren't either of them. There's always something to learn in this great hobby of ours! No one knows too much or too little to find the conference a great time!
You can view the itinerary for the conference & speakers bios right on the MGS website.  Please check it out, there look like some great topics!

Points I should mention:

  • Early bid registrations ends on August 23rd. 4 weeks. Don't delay.
  • Apparently Minnesota is hosting the Ryder Cup Golf Tournament. If you need lodging, don't delay. 
  • The Edina location of the conference is very easy & very accessible.
  • Support your hobby & support your fellow genealogists.
See you there! Make sure to say 'hi'

TBT- Photos of Yesteryear- Stephen Luther Nelson

Spotlighting photos from my extensive photo archive
Today it is
My Great-Great Grandfather's older brother
Stephen Luther Nelson [1863-1933]

Stephen Luther Nelson was born just outside of Twin Lakes, Minnesota, the third child born to Ole & Mary Rosetta (Grinolds) Nelson. His mother died of cancer when he was just a teenager.

He was married to Inga Isaacson and eventually they, along with their 3 children, moved to South Dakota. 

In 1933, just shy of his 70th birthday, he died from complications of heart problems