Gaylord Fact Finders Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 1524

Gaylord, Michigan 49734

Volume 13, Number 4                                                                                                                                             April, 2000


Officers for 1999-2000: Committees:
President Donna Marrs Obituaries/Vital Records Donna Marrs
Vice President  Marleah Muzyl Marleah Muzyl
Recording Secretary Mary "Dell" Krueger Membership
Corresp. Secretary Donna Marrs Social Patricia Moehring
Treasurer Jackie Skinner Newsletter Donna Marrs

Patricia Moehring

Past-President  Uilani Clifton Programs Sue Giessel
Inter-Society Liaison  Donna Marrs
These officers and Past-President comprise our executive board. MGC Delegates Donna Marrs

Marleah Muzyl

Publications  Sue Giessel
Historian Pat Moehring



Publisher of "The Keystone" is the Gaylord Fact Finders Genealogical Society, a non-profit organization. Publication is in January, April, July, and October. 
     Membership dues are $10.00 per individual (or $ 12.00 per family), and are due by the May meeting each year. If the dues are not received, that member will not receive the July issue of "The Keystone." Regular meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month (August - November, and March - June) at the Otsego County Historical Museum, 320 W. Main, Gaylord. Correspondence should be sent to the address shown at the top.

The first issue of "The Keystone", was prepared in July, 1987, by Marleah Muzyl. For the last several years, she has printed and distributed our publication. Now, after nearly 13 years, she is resigning from "The Keystone" staff!!! Patricia Moehring has volunteered to assume these responsibilities from Marleah. For all of these years, we can only offer our thanks to Marleah for a great job, well done in her usual efficient manner, and we also offer thanks to Pat for continuing the fine precedent set for her. We feel confident that she will also continue this responsibility in great form.

This issue includes some medical terms, a short family history, some unusual research sources, fifteen sources for maiden names, incorporation dates of some northern cities and  villages, and some up-coming events.

Library Corner

Roots for Kids Call #J929.1 Bel

By Susan Provost Beller

"Many youngsters are curious about their heritage. They know their parents; if they are lucky, they are  living with both of them. If they are very lucky, they know - maybe even live with - one or more grandparents. But the average elementary school boy or girl (in the fourth through sixth grades, say) only knows about living relatives. This book will help them learn more, to dig more deeply, to understand, how to do the research necessary to create a simple family tree. It will give them both the tools and the appetite to learn more about their roots, to uncover the stories and events that make them and their families unique.

"Roots for Kids" is based on a twelve-week course the author developed for her fourth grade class. Each chapter is based on a forty-five minute classroom session. While the book is suitable for adoption by teachers seeking to supplement their middle school social studies curriculum with material on family history, its principal use will be by and with individual young people. The book is written at a level appropriate to its audience. The author moves slowly and carefully, as she takes young readers through an introduction to genealogy, to discussions of their families and their parents' families ... learning how to ask questions (oral history) ... researching local state and national records ... using libraries and historical societies ... much more.

"A native of Bristol, Vermont, Susie Beller has been involved in genealogical research for more than sixteen years. In addition to her teaching experience with young people, she has taught advanced genealogy courses to adult education classes."

(taken from the jacket)

We Welcome New Members -

#174 Donald R. Moss, 7806 Blue Grass Dr., Parkville, Missouri, 64152
Researching Moss, Grubbe, Schlienz, June
#175 Diana Joan Severns, Box 589, Cottage Grove, Oregon, 97424
541-942-0536 e-mail
Researching Grubbe, Lockwood, McCormick



New e-mail

Patricia Moehring -

Marleah Muzyl - We need yours now!!!!!

Annette Killebrew -


MORE DISEASES (fatal and otherwise) -
Ague Fever
Air swellings Air or gas in intestines
Anchylosis Stiff joint
Androsis Too  little perspiration
Aneurysm A permanent abnormal, blood filled dilation of a blood vessel resulting from disease of the vessel wall
Anthrax A carbuncle or boil which is larger and more painful than a boil.
Arachnitis Inflammation of membranes in the brain.
Ascites Dropsy of the belly; a collection of water in the stomach.
Bad Blood Syphilis.
Barber's Itch Ring-worm of the beard.
Bilious Colic Tortuous pain in the belly.
Bloody Flux Dysentery - inflammation of the bowels; colitis.
Blue Disease A blue tint to the body. Body warmth is reduced to hampering breathing; usually fatal.
Bright's Disease Albumen in the urine.
Brain Fever Intense headache; fever, vertigo, intolerance to light and sound.
Bronchorrhea Bronchial flue.
Brown Tail Rash Rash on the skin caused by gypsy moth. Hairs are carried on the wind and lodge in the pores of the skin.
Bronze John Yellow fever.
Childbains Sore swelling on the foot or hand caused by exposure to cold.
Child-bed fever Blood poisoning during pregnancy.
Clap Gonorrhea.
Confinement Undergoing childbirth.
Costiveness Constipation.
Cretinism Abnormal condition marked by physical stunting and mental deficiency, caused by severe thyroid deficiency.
Crusted Tetter Impetigo.
Debility Weakness, infirmity.
Devonshire Colic Painter's Colic.
Dry belly-ache Painter's Colic.
Dysentery A disease characterized by severe diarrhea with passage of mucus and blood, usually caused by infection.
Dyspepsia Indigestion.
Egyptian Chlorosis Hookworm.
Endocarditis Inflammation of the heart and its valves.
Erysipelas An acute disease with fever, associated with intense inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues caused by a shortage of red blood cells.
False Measles Rose rash.
Fatty Liver Cirrhosis.
Fits Convulsions.
Flatulent Colic Wind colic.
Glandular Fever Mononucleosis.
Gravel A deposit of small masses in the kidneys and urinary bladder.
Green Sickness A green tint to the skin of a young girl in puberty.
Grippe (or LaGrippe) Influenza (flu).
Idrosis Greatly increased perspiration.
Indican in the urine Poisonous material thrown back into the system.
Infantile Debility Marasmus.
Infantile Spinal Paralysis Polio.
Jail Fever Typhus.
King's Evil Scrofula, swelling of the neck glands.
Lock Jaw Tetanus.
Lumbago Rheumatic pain in the back.
Lung Fever Pneumonia.
Lung Sickness Tuberculosis.
Milk Crust Red itchy pimples on face or scalp of infants, which burst and exude a sticky fluid forming a yellow crust.
Milk Leg Phlebitis. Inflammation of the leg beginning two - seven weeks after giving birth.
Milk Sickness Trembles - nausea, vomiting, debility, peculiar breath odor.
Mother's Marks Dilation of minute blood vessels.
Mortification Complete death of part of the body, changing it to black, stinking mass.
Neuralgia Acute pain radiating along the nerves.
Osmidrosis Perspiration with a peculiar smell.
Painter's Colic Colic with slow lead poisoning.
Palsy Uncontrollable tremor of the body or a part of it.
Pellagra Diseased caused by eating spoiled corn. Vomiting, diarrhea, swollen and sore tongue and red ulcerated mouth, rash on the body, and body sores.
Phlebitis Tenderness or hardness of infected vein.
Piles Hemorrhoids.
Plague (Black Death) Bubonic plague.
Pleurisy Inflammation and mucus in lungs.
Podagara Gout.
Pott's Disease Tuberculosis of the spine.
Pox Syphilis.
Puerperal Pertaining to childbirth.
Purple Disease Rash of spots on body, small, round and bright red, changing to purple or dark-red in irregular livid patches.
Putrid Fever Typhus.
Pyemia Blood poisoning from pus in the blood.
Quinsy Streptococcal tonsillitis.
Rheumatism Inflammation of the joints.
Saint Vitus' Dance Nervous disorder which creates involuntary contractions.
Sciatica Painful condition in hip and/or thigh.
Ship Fever Typhus.
Spotted Fever Spinal Meningitis
Saint Anthony's Fire Erysipelas
Summer Complaint Infantile Cholera
Typhus Contagious disease transmitted to man by bite of fleas, lice, etc.
Uremia Toxic blood in the urine.
Wind Colic Distressing pain in the bowels.
Will Sorter's Disease Anthrax.
(Much of these definitions came from the MGC newsletter of Nov. 1999)


A short family history
by Annette Laflamme Killebrew

    July, 1996 was the first time we came to Gaylord. We moved here from Bellflower, California. We lived in California for four years and three months. My folks were living in Atlanta, Michigan at the time, and we came to visit them. While visiting, my husband was reading the newspapers looking for a job. We liked Northern Michigan rather than southern Michigan, were we used to live. He saw an advertisement for help needed at U.S. Plywood. It was their two-week summer shut-down. He applied for the job, and then we left for "down below" to my sister's to see if, by any chance, someone had called him for the job. We were there a few days and he got a call to come to work at U.S. Plywood.
We bought a small house east of Sparr, on the corner of Gibbs and Sawyer Roads. Our children attended Johannesburg School. In March 1975, U.S. Plywood Champion Paper had a lockout and many men were out of work. We sold our house and moved to Rogersville, Tennessee. His brother and family were living around there, and we did follow each other from state to state. Our oldest son did graduate from Johannesburg-Lewiston School in June of 1975. We moved to Tennessee in September. My husband took an early retirement from TRW the end of April, 1991, and we came back to Gaylord.
Most of our children had jobs, gotten married, and had children of their own and did not come back with us. Made me very home-sick but we were hoping in time that they would follow us, but never did to this day. We go visit them a few times a year and they enjoy coming back for a visit here, love the great outdoors in the summer as it isn't so hot, and hunting with their father in the fall. They miss not having us close, but like us up here, so they can come back to their "ole stomping grounds." In time we may move closer to get away from the snow and the drive down there will be getting to much. My husband was born and raised in West Tennessee, and our children are in East Tennessee. I was born in Royal Oak, Michigan. My folks are both gone now, but do have a brother and sister in Michigan and a few other states.

FOUND at Springfield, Kentucky court house, basement:
Marriage of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks 10 Jun., 1806, on file at court house.
Surety: Richard Berry, Guardian; married 12 Jun., 1806 by Jesse Head.
Actual bond in locked security on first floor.

SOME unusual research sources -

City directories - Chamber of commerce - Voter's lists - Tax Roles - Officials' Biographies - School Records - School Census - College Alumni Associations - Society Registers (DAR, lodges, farmers, etc.) - Military claims - Steamship rosters - telephone directories - Railroad pension applications - labor union records - accident reports - geographical dictionaries - atlases - Prison admissions - State Dept. of Corrections - State Census - Court Records for name changes, guardianships, etc., - witchcraft trials - Doctor's journals - Medical licenses - World War I Registration Card Requests from National Archives, East, in Georgia.


(From Detroit Society for Gen. Research magazine, Vol. 48 #4)

1. Failure to make accurate references - from whom and where they were found;
2. Failure to give credit to the source from which material was copied;
3. Failure to check out records in publications and proving the facts before including them;
4. Failure to identify towns, counties, and states, so locations mentioned are clear;
5. Failure to recognize the importance of researching all date of female lines;
6. Failure to use only standard abbreviations, and to be consistent throughout.

CLUES IN MILITARY MARKER REQUESTS - Military grave markers are not provided unless requested by survivor of the veteran. That request made for a deceased relative or ancestor could contain important genealogical information.

A copy of the marker request can be obtained from:
Office of Memorial Programs (402A), National Cemetery Systems, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C. 20420.
Also that office can supply the location of a burial in any National Cemetery.
(From Niagara Co. Genealogical Soc., New York, April - June, 1997)


All fifteen ways will not work on the same person; it depends on the time, place, and where the person lived. Try for three proofs, but get at least two. You'll find it may not be to difficult. (Jean Waller)

  1. Lady's death certificate - within last 100 years;
  2. Death certificates of all children - living into 20th century;
  3. Her obituary - Check to see if father or brother survived her; one out of five obits give clear indication of her maiden name;
  4. Marriage record, as well as children's marriage records;
  5. Printed church records, or printed marriage records (in books or journals);
  6. Unpublished church record of marriage;
  7. International genealogical index (IGI);
  8. Divorce papers;
  9. Newspaper indexes (especially in burned counties);
  10. County histories;
  11. Widow's military pension;
  12. Family genealogy of spouse;
  13. (Middle names of children?);
  14. Wills and probate records;
  15. Queries.


Cheboygan 1889 Mackinaw City 1882
Petoskey 1895 Kalkaska 1887
Traverse City 1895 Mancelona 1889
Mackinac Island 1899 Bellaire 1891
Onaway 1903 Boyne Falls 1893
Charlevoix 1905 Central Lake 1895
Boyne City 1907 Elk Rapids 1900
East Jordan 1911 Vanderbilt 1901
Gaylord 1922 Wolverine 1903
Harbor Springs 1932 Alanson 1905
Grayling 1935 Pellston 1907
Ellsworth 1938
(Extracted from East Jordan News Herald May 6, 1954)






April 29, 2000 "Ships' Passengers Lists" at Library of Michigan and Presidents' Workshop

May 6, 2000 Eaton County Genealogical Society presents Dr. George K. Schweitzer and Shirley Hodges at Holiday Inn South, Lansing, Mich. Cost is $30.00 including lunch.

July 20 -22, 2000 "Genealogy in the New Millennium" Conference at Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana.