Category Archives: genealogy

Meeting “new” family members

One of many neat things about doing family history research has been getting in touch with so many family members that I hadn’t talked with before. For example, I have enjoyed calling and visiting with Aunt Gertrude and Uncle Jerry … Continue reading

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Living in the trees

For quite a while I’ve been lurking in the shadows, watching as a new web company called Geni.com developed their site. What is Geni? It’s is a “social networking” site, sort of like Facebook or MySpace, but designed around family … Continue reading

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Getting to know John Becker

I’ve already written in detail about the murder of John A. Becker in 1917 in Chicago. But my main purpose in researching him was to try and see if I could find out what he was like as a person. … Continue reading

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The story behind the story

If you want to learn about how I found the John Becker story, or if you’re interested in what methods I have used to trace the Becker family tree, please keep reading.

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The murder of John Becker

Ninety years ago, a sailor was found dead in Chicago, bloodied but still warm. His name was John Andrew Becker and he was my great-great-great-uncle. As I mentioned in a previous entry, I have uncovered many names as I have … Continue reading

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Beckers in North St. Louis

Just a little spinoff project from my family research. I’m making a map from all the addresses I can find on death certificates, censuses, etc. You can see that in the first part of the 20th century, the Beckers were … Continue reading

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Tragedies in the tree

I spent Christmas evening with my extended family on the Becker side. It’s the first time in a number of years that I could make it to this celebration, since most years I have to work at the newspaper in … Continue reading

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It may be fall, but the leaves and branches are growing on my family tree

A few months ago, Yoli brought home a MacWorld magazine from the library, which contained a review of some genealogy software. This little review sparked something in me and piqued my interest in family trees. I knew that certain branches … Continue reading

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