Tuesday, August 7, 2007

NGS Home Study Class

I decided to go ahead and sign up for the American Genealogy Course through the National Genealogy Society. I decided to go with the grading option.

The course includes detailed instruction on genealogical subjects, evidence analysis,
source citation examples and explanations, bibliographies and reference lists,
strategies for conducting genealogical research onthe Internet, in libraries, and in archives,
new detailed instructions on newspaper research, censuses, vital records, migrations, and writing short biographies on ancestors, self-correcting exams,
samples of the assignments showing how they should be completed, and
online mail list for advice and research help.

I can't wait for it to arrive!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Miottel, Skibbe, Poundstone, and Clark

The hunt continues for those elusive ancestors and genealogy sources.

The Clark family settled in in the area of Lawrence, Illinois in the 1840's - they also resided in Avena, St. Elmo, and Vera, Illinois.

Originally from German the Poundstone's settled in Maryland, Ohio, Indiana and finally in Illinois. Bement and Monticello, Piatt County, Illinois are the locations that my Grandmother, Ruby Poundstone, grew up.

The Miottels have been a difficult family to trace. Census records have been found under Miottel, Miattel, Meotell etc. The family came to America in the 1860's from Vitrose, Lauenburg, Pommern, Germany and originally settled in Illinois.

The Skibbe's are also from Germany - the Posen, , Thüringen, area and Gross Duebsow, Pommern, Rheinland-Pfalz. Wilhelm Skibbe settled the family first in Chicago and later in Denham, Indiana.