Category Archives: Chicago History

A Marital Union at the Dawn of the Civil War

It was April 14, 1861, just two days after the first shot was fired at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, which ignited the American Civil War. What was happening in your family history on that date? For me, it was the … Continue reading

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An Overdue Salute to an Unsung Hero

There’s a pair of photos in the family album of my uncle, George Donar, which as a child, I could never quite figure out. In the studio portrait, he’s a very young man–a boy really–dressed in a sailor’s uniform. In … Continue reading

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When History and Family History Intersect

Over a year ago, GeneaJourneys readers were introduced to Grace Desmond (1891-1972)–a  gifted pianist at the turn of the last century, who just happens to be my  aunt. Our family knew nothing of Grace’s fascinating past which I was fortunate … Continue reading

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