Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Murder at Markham
Patricia Houck Sprinkle is a Christian author who has been picked up by major publishers. She is much better than your average Christian fiction author. My friend loaned me her copy of Murder at Markham. It appears to be part of a series featuring Sheila Travis, the widow of a diplomat to Japan. The book had enough red herrings to keep you guessing about its outcome. I was a little dissatisfied in the conversation on the last few pages of the book after the mystery had been resolved. I suspect that it was just a set-up to the next book in the series, but it "left you hanging". Overall, it's a pretty good read.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
The Family Vault
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Social Networks are Shrinking
Strange Product of the Day
Friday, June 23, 2006
On the National Register . . .
Italy Trip Pays Off
Largest DNA Database?
These are photos from the town of Carlock in McLean County, Illinois. As a librarian, I had to take a photo of the library (which was closed over the lunch hour). I had discovered that Abe Lantz, my great grandfather, was postmaster of Oak Grove which became Carlock. I know this was not the post office at that time and that it was run out of his store. The last photo is of the Christian Church which is where the family attended after he married Laura Lucy Taylor. (He was Amish before that time, and Laura was Methodist.)
Tired of Driving
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
McLean County, Illinois
The other hassle in downtown Bloomington is that the parking is only for 90 minutes so you have to go move your car every 90 minutes. I had seen a parking enforcement guy when I parked the first time so I knew I'd better move in 90 minutes.
After visiting those, I made a trip to the Denman Cemetery where many of my Taylors are buried. Their graves are the ones nearest the road, but I discovered that someone needs to bring a weed eater to tend to their graves. The rest of the cemetery is well-kept. It's just my ancestors' graves that are in need of TLC. There were also some broken and missing markers in that corner of the cemetery. I'm pretty certain that my great grandmother's sister's grave is among those with lost markers. I didn't find it, and I looked through broken markers.
After that I toured the town of Carlock where my great grandfather had a dry goods store. It's pretty small, but I did see the church where the family attended.
I definitely need to make another trip to McLean County in the future, but my time was limited. I'm now in the Chicago area for the National Genealogical Society's Conference in the States.
I will try to upload photos of my McLean County trip sometime later.