A little promotion for Freeport Public Library (100 Douglas Street, Freeport, Illinois): One Book, One Freeport 2017; another excellent program from my local library. Click on image for more information.
In February of this year, I became the president of the Stephenson County Genealogical Society, which is a very cool volunteer job. For a genealogical society, we have a fairly good-sized membership with a great group of people and a small cadre of very active volunteers. And, we get to call the Frances Woodhouse History Room at the Freeport Public Library (100 Douglas Street, Freeport, Illinois) home. As local history rooms go, our library’s is one of the best (okay, the best) I’ve ever had the pleasure to explore.
SCGS meets the first Thursday of the month with the exceptions of January and July when there is no monthly meeting. The next SCGS meeting is Thursday, April 6th at the Freeport Public Library. The business meeting begins at 6pm and, though we usually follow our business meeting with a presentation, this Thursday we encourage all members and residents of Freeport to attend the Freeport Public Library’s One Book, One Freeport event, “Living History Portrayal of a Buffalo Soldier.”
You will hear of the experiences and challenges of life during Reconstruction from the son of a sharecropper of African- and Native-American heritage. This living history presentation reflects the life of a buffalo soldier in the U.S. Cavalry during the nineteenth century. Presented by Steven A. Cole. April 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Freeport Public Library.
At our June 1st meeting, SCGS welcomes back Scott Whitney, a retired math and science teacher, as President Ulysses S Grant with Peggy Whitney, elementary teacher, portraying First Lady Julia Dent Grant in public interview. All are welcome; there are no fees for SCGS events!
Scott Whitney, a retired math and science teacher, portrays Lt. General Ulysses S Grant Grant, or President Grant. Peggy Whitney, elementary teacher, portrays Mrs. Julia Dent Grant. The June 1st presentation for the Stephenson County Genealogical Society begins at 6:30pm (following the SCGS business meeting at 6pm) at the Freeport Public Library (100 Douglas Street, Freeport, Illinois) and will consist of a public interview of President and First Lady Grant.
Though this sample covers a single individual—my maternal grandfather, Philip E. Helferich—a family narrative traditionally covers an entire familial line from as far back as the client requests and for which documentation can be found. As will be clear almost as soon as you start reading, Philip was an …unusual fellow, with three wives during his lifetime. Philip’s life is reported in full (with information found to date), without a singular focus on the lives of any of his wives or children. This narrative could have begun with Johannes “Henner” Helferich and covered all of his children in brief with the exception of Johann Fritz, who would have a narrative similar to this one on Philip E. and whose entire family would be listed in brief with the exception of Johan Georg and so on.
A family narrative that follows the entire Helferich line from Henner (because he’s the earliest ancestor with enough proven documentation to warrant inclusion) to me! It would include a separate focus on:
Johannes “Henner” Helfferich, with brief documentation of his wife and children, including a focus on
Johannes Fritz Helfferich, with brief documentation of his wife and children, including a focus on
Johann Georg Helferich, with brief documentation of his wife and children, including a focus on
Görg Philipp, with brief documentation of his wife and children, including a focus on
Johannes “John” Helferich, with brief documentation of his wives and children, including a focus on
Philip P [Philipp?] Helferich, with brief documentation of his wife and children, including a focus on
George Lennis Helferich, with brief documentation of his wives and children, including a focus on
Philip Ernest Helferich, with brief documentation of his wives and children, including a focus on
Nola Deene Helferich Feinberg, with brief documentation of her husbands and children, including a focus on
Me (and my siblings, if wanted).
Yes. It can be a very long document but, as is clear from The Interesting Life & Times of Philip E. Helferich, it can also be a document rich with information that helps to bring our ancestors to life. Definitely much more interesting than a numbered list of ancestors. Think Who Do You Think You Are? in text; and then some. It is also important to note that few of our ancestors will have stories as …extensive as Grandpa Phil’s.
There is one additional thing to remember about any genealogical report. A good genealogist will provide the client with all of the documentation found and will be as sensitive as possible in reporting potentially difficult to accept information. If the client chooses to keep some information out of the final report—the one that goes to their family—a good genealogist will have an exchange with the client about the importance of being inclusive but, in the end, will respect the wishes of the client.
So, please enjoy P.E.’s interesting life and times—and, they were even a bit more interesting than is written here; if only documentation to support the stories was available!
Note: Unless otherwise requested, reports contain footnotes, not endnotes as in this version of The Interesting Life & Times of Philip E. Helferich. This narrative was originally created as the final assignment for the Professional Genealogist Study Group (ProGen). What is included here as a sample of a single-individual family narrative is the same report recreated to gift to Helferich family members and was written with endnotes.
All reports presented to clients will not only include footnotes to document where each document or piece of information was—and could be—found, but will contain either the original, paper or electronic copies of all documents.
Definitely one of the best descriptors of genealogists I’ve seen but I sure would like to credit the creator of this meme. Anyone have a clue?
It took a long time, but CPGen is now officially open for business!
There are still a few steps to climb before the doors are thrown open to the public but it won’t be long now. We’re working on a sample house history that has turned into an entire block history and there are a couple of other sample pieces that need to be prepped so that they can be placed on this site, but things are moving along.
We accept record-search requests for Stephenson and surrounding Illinois counties. If you are interested in having CPGen conduct searches for you, please go to the CPGen Fees & Services page for more information. CPGen does conduct some document searches in Stephenson County at no charge for the search (there may be document fees).
One more step accomplished!