Casefile Clues

25 September 2012

Rothweiler Hatches Chicks in Ice Box

Date: Monday, May 24, 1915  

Paper: Belleville News Democrat (Belleville, IL)  

  obtained on  Genealogybank.com
It was not quite what I was needing. However, there still were a few clues.

George Rothweiler apparently worked as a grocer in Belleville, Illinois, in 1915. If I had not known where he was living and what his occupation was, this would have been a big clue. The newspaper account also confirmed that he was living on the date of the chicken birth. I actually was searching on  Genealogybank.com George Rothweiler's father--also George Rothweiler. That George Rothweiler married Wilhelmina Trautvetter and the family lived in St. Louis. Fortunately while searching for newspapers I focused on Missouri and Illinois, given the position of St. Louis on the Mississippi River.

Remember that what is a clue depends upon you do not already know.

The end of the piece is cute, given the fact that we're searching the newspapers for family history. The article ends with the following:

Date: Monday, May 24, 1915  

Paper: Belleville News Democrat (Belleville, IL)  

  obtained on  Genealogybank.com
 I'm not certain place of birth qualifies as "ancestral lienage," but we'll leave that discussion for another time.