Current Updates to the

Woodford County Site

 

 

February 27, 2009  
Illinois Ancestor's Tombstone Project

Additions to the Interactive Tombstone Site

The Illinois Ancestor's State-wide interactive tombstone project is still growing unbelievably fast. The project currently covers 72 counties, up from 59 counties at last report, with over 49,000 photos, compared to 29,546 photos.  And you can search for surnames in all the counties with a single search engine on the statewide home page.

Click here for the State-wide Interactive Site

Woodford county now has 41 cemeteries, up from 37  cemeteries, and over 2500 photos compared to 1,302 pictures at last report.  And a name search from the Woodford County home page covers the Woodford County cemeteries, too.

Click here for the Woodford County Interactive Site

 


Biographies Amy Robbins-Tjaden contributed a biography
 Brick Walls and Surnames As always, there were several additions to these pages.  Don't forget to check them periodically.
Cemeteries Three major cemeteries were opened:

Gene Gangloff contributed 36 headstone photos for Black Partridge Cemetery, opening that Cazenovia township cemetery for addition contributions.  Click here for the Black Partridge cemetery.

Joann Armstrong with the collaboration of Jennie Quirim donated a major cemetery study for the Baptist Cemetery in Washburn, which includes: consolidation of all previous records, a historical record of the land acquisitions, including legal documents; Headstone pictures for a large majority of the burial sites; Burial listings by surname, including relationships, and by gravesite.  And much, much more.  Click here to view this comprehensive effort.

Ken Drennen contributed headstone photographs allowing us to open Mount Vernon cemetery in Linn Township. Click here for Mount Vernon cemetery.

Ken also contributed "starter" photos for Bethel cemetery in Cazenovia township.  Click here

Additional countless headstone photographs were contributed by a myriad of volunteers and researchers.  Especially notable were the number of photographs donated by Gene Gangloff for St. Joseph's and Evergreen cemeteries and Ken Drennen for Olio township.

Family Trees A new feature "Family Trees" has been in the planning stage for some time.  Marie-Frances Bayles finally pushed the issue by submitting three of her family trees which shamed me into finally doing something.  As it turns out, it is quite easy to post the contributions, so please take a look at what we have with an eye toward submitting your own trees.  (Thanks Marie) Click here
Marriages and Births Amy contributed three wedding or anniversary write-ups, and Lisa Peckenpaugh another.
Obituaries Amy was the sole, but prolific, contributor with 58 obituaries and one obituary picture.
Photographs Amy also contributed a class picture for the Class of 1954, Minonk-Dana High School.  Click here.
  If I failed to acknowledge a contribution, or messed up a count, it was purely incompetence and not intentional.

Many thanks,

Bill 

 

October 14, 2008  
Major Changes Major web site changes since the last update:

The Illinois Ancestor's State-wide interactive tombstone project is growing by leaps and bounds.  The project currently covers 59 counties, with 29,546 photos.  And you can search for surnames in all the counties with a single search engine on the home page.

Click here for the State-wide Interactive Site

Woodford county alone has 37  cemeteries in the project, with a total of 1,302 pictures.  And since the last update, the Woodford County web site navigation has been updated to tie the current burial lists and tombstone photos together.

Click here for the Woodford County Interactive Site

 


   

Ooooh Noooooo

In preparing to come to Illinois, I transferred my E-mail and Woodford County files to my laptop.....and discovered after I was here that I had destroyed my E-mail flag system which I use to determine the status of donations. I simply can't tell if a donation dated before July 22nd was accounted for in the Latest Updates as of July 22nd, or if it was put on line since then.  My sincere apology for this goof.  I do promise to do better to make sure you all get proper credit.

I can tell by E-mail date which contributions I received and put on line since July 22, which are:

Surnames and Brick Walls As always, there were several additions to these pages.  Don't forget to check them periodically.
This 'N That Amy Robbins-Tjaden contributed a fascination 1942 news article about buried money in Woodford County.

Click here to read the story

History, Maps and Such Amy contributed a 1920 Plat for Clayton Township
Lost 'N Found Ken Drennen contributed a family picture he would like some help in identifying.  Click here to help him out
Marriages and Births Amy contributed 8 wedding newspaper write-ups, and Lisa Peckenpaugh contributed a wedding picture with a 25th anniversary picture.
Families and Homesteads Beth McMahon submitted family pictures for the Rippel and Miller families
Obituaries/Cemeteries Amy contributed 46 obituaries and four pictures and a funeral card for obituaries on line.
  As I previously said, in addition to the above contributions there were several dozen other contributions put on line which I simply lost track of.  My sincere apologies. Many thanks for your contributions, and for your patience until I can get them all posted.  If I failed to acknowledge a contribution, or messed up a count, it was purely incompetence and not intentional.

Many thanks,

Bill 

 

July 22, 2008  
Major Changes Major web site changes since the last update:

In 1917, an Index of the Farmers and Breeders in Woodford County was published.  This index listed the names of the farmer and his spouse, the township and section where they farmed, the acreage owned or rented, the property owner, and how long the farmer had been in the county. A literal genealogy goldmine.

Amy Robbins-Tjaden has transcribed this information into a spreadsheet which is has now been uploaded to this web site.  Just click here.

And a second major change:

Janine Crandell has developed a software program which lets Illinois Ancestor researchers upload their own cemetery headstone pictures.  Many of the Woodford County cemeteries already have significant entries and are ready for researchers to begin to upload.  Although I haven't gotten these sites integrated into the navigation system for this web site, here are links where you can begin.  I'll catch up with you soon. 

Click here for the State-wide Interactive Site

Click here for the Woodford County Interactive Site

 


  Here's a more detailed list of your contributions since the last recap.  This includes those contributions which are now on-line.  We also thank you for your contributions to the "backlog", and will acknowledge them when they are posted.
Surnames and Brick Walls As always, we have had several additions to each of these pages.  Don't forget to check them periodically.
Biographies Patricia Ellis contributed a biography and a picture for the biography section.
Marriages and Births Amy added five additional newspaper marriage announcements
Obituaries/Cemeteries Beth McMahon contributed an obituary, and Amy contributed 63 more.
  Again many thanks for your contributions, and for your patience until I can get them all posted.  If I failed to acknowledge a contribution, or messed up a count, it was purely incompetence and not intentional.

Many thanks,

Bill 

 

March 8, 2008  
Major Changes Major web site changes since the last update:

Thanks to Amy Robbins-Tjaden's hard work, we added burial lists for two new cemeteries: Panther Creek Cemetery in Roanoke, listing 168 ancestors, and the "New" Apostolic Christian Cemetery, also in Roanoke, listing 732 ancestors.  (Yes, there is an "Old" Apostolic Christian Cemetery too, for which we haven't posted any data yet.) These lists, as well as all of the obituaries and headstone pictures on this site are searchable from the search engine on the Home Page.;

 


  Here's a more detailed list of your contributions since the last recap.  This includes those contributions which are now on-line.  We also thank you for your contributions to the "backlog", and will acknowledge them when they are posted.
Surnames and Brick Walls As always, we have had several additions to each of these pages.  Don't forget to check them periodically.
Family Websites LouAnn Cameron has notified us that she has added a significant amount of Woodford County genealogy data to her family web site.
History, Maps and Such Amy Robbins-Tjaden donated four El Paso township plats from 1873 to 1920
Schools Rod Ranney contributed furnished some interesting insights on his attendance at the Morsetown School.
Marriages and Births Amy added  2 newspaper marriage announcements
This 'N That Pat Ellis contributed a link to Cass Irving's biography to supplement the 1909 newspaper article she had previously submitted titled "When Metamora was the Center of the Universe"
Obituaries/Cemeteries Keith Lindgren identified the Civil War record for one of his relatives buried in the Jinings Cemetery

Kris Murray contributed four obituaries and Marjorie Welsch contributed an obituary and a photo.

Gale Red, coordinator of the Illinois Confederate Graves project, and our old friend Steve Slaughter, identified several Confederate Army veterans buried in Panther Creek and other Woodford County cemeteries.  Details on their efforts to identify Confederate Veterans buried in Illinois cemeteries are included in the Brick Walls Page.

Amy contributed 22 obituaries, the Panther Creek and New Apostolic Christian Church burial lists, and ten headstone pictures.  If she's not exhausted from typing, she should be.

  Again many thanks for your contributions, and for your patience until I can get them all posted.  If I failed to acknowledge a contribution, or messed up a count, it was purely incompetence and not intentional.

Many thanks,

Bill 

 

December 1, 2007  
Major Changes Major web site changes since the last update:

A Lost 'n Found page was added to aid in identification of some of our ancestors whose names have been forgotten.  So far there are 24 pictures there, and it's still growing. Click here to help us put names to these great pictures.

With special thanks to Marjorie Grebner Welsch, we added the WWI Memorial located in the Eureka Courthouse, which identifies the approximately 1,050 men and women who enlisted for that war in Woodford County.  As far as we know, this is the only such list available on the internet. Click here to locate your WWI Woodford County ancestor.

The St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery page was added which includes a burial list of 358 of our Woodford County ancestors, and a burial list was added to the Clayton township cemetery page which included 363 ancestors.  This brings the data available to Woodford County researchers to 418 obituaries, 364 headstones, and burial lists for 6,495 ancestors.  All of these obituaries, headstones and lists are searchable from the search engine on the Home Page.;

A souvenir history of the Morsetown School, titled "1857 Morsetown 1957,
One Hundred Years" was added to the Schools page. Click here to view the book.
 


  Here's a more detailed list of your great contributions since the last recap.  This includes those contributions which are now on-line.  We also thank you for your contributions to the "backlog", and will acknowledge them when they are posted.
Surnames and Brick Walls We have had several additions to each of these pages.  Don't forget to check them periodically.
Lost 'n Found Marie-Frances Bayles contributed two photos to the lost and found project, and Amy Robbins-Tjaden contributed 16 photographs.  Additionally, six other photos already on the web site elsewhere were added for a current total of 24 photos.
Biographies LouAnn Cameron contributed three biographies and a family homestead picture

Kris Murray contributed three biographies

Amy Robbins-Tjaden contributed a biography.

Schools Rod Ranney contributed a fascinating souvenir book commemorating the Morsetown School's centennial celebration in 1957.
Marriages and Births Amy added  2 great wedding pictures
Military Marjorie Grebner Welsch made two special trips to the courthouse to contribute the pictures of the World War I memorial, and to identify some of the "illegible" names in the initial pictures.  Many thanks for the great contribution, Marjie.
Obituaries/Cemeteries

Amy contributed 2 obituaries, the Clayton township burial list, and the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery burial list to greatly enrich our data base.

Families and Homesteads Amy contributed 2 individual pictures, and pictures of the Seggerman and Johnson families.  and Keith Lindgrin contributed an additional Jinings family photograph.

Marie contributed six photographs of the Bailey, Ostler families

  Again many thanks for your contributions, and for your patience until I can get them all posted.  If I failed to acknowledge a contribution, or messed up a count, it was purely incompetence and not intentional.

Many thanks,

Bill 

 

October 19, 2007  
Major Changes In the last month these major web site changes have been made:

You can now browse our list of 26 cemeteries by either Cemetery name, or by Township;

A Secor Cemetery page was added, which includes a burial list of 1,497 of our ancestors.  This brings the data available to Woodford County researchers to 416 obituaries, 364 headstones, and burial lists for 5,774 ancestors.  All of these obituaries, headstones and lists are searchable from the search engine on the Home Page.;

A Morsetown School section was added, which includes a 1932-1933 student picture; and

We have started to add 25th and 50th anniversary photos to the wedding pictures with two donations so far.

Coming soon will be a "Lost 'n Found, but not identified" page to make identifying "unknowns" in our pictures easier.


  Here's a list of your generous contributions since the last recap.  This includes those contributions which are now on-line.  We also thank you for your contributions to the "backlog", and will acknowledge them when they are posted.
Surnames and Brick Walls We have had several additions to each of these pages.  Don't forget to check them periodically.
History, Maps and Such Marie-Frances Bayles contributed a 1920 Plat for Kansas Township
This 'N That Pat Whorral-Ellis contributed a 1909 newspaper article titled "When Metamora was the Center of the Universe", which published a letter by the Reverend C. W. Whorral reminiscing about Woodford County's "early days."
Biographies Amy Robbins-Tjaden contributed 2 biographies
Schools Rod Ranney contribute 2 pictures and a newspaper article on the Morsetown School.  One of the pictures is of the students for the 1932-1933 school year.
Marriages and Births Marie added 2 Wedding Pictures, and Amy added 3 Wedding newspaper stories, 9 wedding pictures, and a gold and silver anniversary photo, both of which were added to the wedding pictures of the couples.
Obituaries/Cemeteries

Marjorie Grebner Welsch contributed 4 Gabetown headstone photos

Pat Ellis contributed two funeral cards which are in the obituary section

Rod Ranney contributed his personal observations on the "Morsetown versus Morris Town" cemetery name with considerable authority, as he grew up near there.

Amy contributed 18 obituaries, 1 obituary photo, 4 headstone pictures and a burial list of 1,497 of our ancestors in Secor Cemetery.

Photo Albums Amy contributed a photo to the military page, 2 photos to the snapshots page, and a photo to the group pictures
  Jeanne Meister, contributed a 1907 group photo of the Lourdes Young Ladies Society to match the 1907 Lourdes Ladies Society picture already there.  This picture is especially interesting in that all the young ladies, and the names of their "future" husbands are identified.
Families and Homesteads Amy contributed 2 family pictures, and Keith Lindgrin contributed 4 photos and two old legal documents to establish a Jinings Family page.
  Again many thanks for your contributions, and for your patience until I can get them all posted.  If I failed to acknowledge a contribution, or messed up a count, it was purely incompetence and not intentional.

Many thanks,

Bill 

 

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