Archive for Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Letter to the editor: Reader appreciates Remember When column

January 28, 2009

To the editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Mirror and Billie Aye for continuing to publish the “Remember When” column in the weekly paper.

I have been conducting a genealogy search for my

ancestors for about five years now and columns such as this prove invaluable to “budding” genealogists like myself.

It is not a well-known fact, but the 1890 Federal census was totally destroyed by fire in the early 1900s, leaving only church records, family Bible records, very limited state records and newspaper articles such as these to glean family information from.

My ancestors came from the states of Missouri, Iowa and Kentucky. My grandmother was an 1888 naturalized citizen, having been born in Germany, who came to this country to marry and settle in Kansas. It is an exciting journey taken with them, one that is never ending, but thanks to columns like “Remember When” for making it very rewarding.

Judy Ward,



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