Honoring a Veterans Service: Mathew Szubinski’s WWII Story

[Medals in featured image (right to left): : American Defense Service Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon w/ 2 Bronze Battle Stars, Bronze Star Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/ 2 Bronze Battle Stars, and Work War II Victory Medal]

Mathew Emil Szubinski was my great uncle and my mother’s godfather. He was the youngest of four children born to Vincent Szubinski and Stanislawa “Stella” Muszynski, born in 9 Jan 1913 in Chicago, Illinois. (1)

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Genealogy Lessons: Using FamilySearch to Effectively Search for Family

Many people are not using FamilySearch at all or only doing simple searches. But, there is so much more. These Genealogy Lessons include case studies to demonstrate the instructions and steps for Putting Lessons into Practice. FamilySearch is one of my favorite genealogy search tools and I want to share why.

This intro video provides an overview of the FamilySearch segments so you can decide which to view first.

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Genealogy Lesson 5: Location Search

At a glance, see what is available in FamilySearch for your targeted research location.

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Handout for all the FamilySearch Genealogy Lessons available for $5.
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Genealogy Lesson 4: Browse Published Collections

Find collections you missed or lost track of in FamilySearch. View an image when you’ve only seen the indexed details. Dive a little deeper by browsing the published collections in FamilySearch.

Genealogy Lesson 4: Browse Published Collections

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Genealogy Tip: Take a Break

Stepping away from your genealogy can bring inspiration, perspective, and connection. Take quick breaks each hour or longer breaks if you’ve been cooped up for a while.

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Happy Anniversary Henry & Sarah

186 years ago today, Henry Hays, my 4 times great grandfather, married Sarah Eakle, in Washington County, Maryland. I am grateful for their union, the children that were born, and the fact they later moved to Illinois. Without all those steps my father, most likely, would not have met and married my mother.

Henry Hays is the ancestor that I am most curious about and that has me the most stumped.

It is believed that he was born in Washington County, Maryland in 1808. But, the earliest mention I have of Henry is in the marriage index for Washington County, Maryland. And, the earliest original record I’ve found for Henry Hays is a land purchase in 1843.

Nothing before their marriage in 1832.

I am curious about Henry’s earlier life and about his parents. Ultimately I would love to know the nationality for Hays. It could be English, Irish, Scottish, and even French.

If you are researching Henry or another Hays / Hayes line from Washington County, Maryland, let’s connect. If you’ve taken a DNA test, let me know which ones. Depending on what you’ve taken, we can compare results.

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WWI Research Ideas

Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to Janis Minor Forte discuss records generated by the WWI selective service registration process. The DuPage County Genealogical Society hosted her talk, “Even Gangsters Had To Register: WWI Draft Cards and the Selective Service Records They Produced.”

I never knew that so many documents were created beyond the draft registration cards. The big questions is whether they were kept by an ancestor’s home county. Continue reading WWI Research Ideas

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