#TBT Fined for Operating a Taxi Without Permit

!Header 10.20.1941

Yankton Press & Dakotan
October 20, 1941 (evening); p. 2, col. 5

fined-for-operating-taxi-without-permit-p2-col-5FINED FOR OPERATING TAXI WITHOUT PERMIT

SIOUX FALLS, Oct. 20 (AP) — Mrs. Jennie Hurd, Sioux Falls, was called a “wildcat operator” by the Judge who sentenced her to 30 days in jail and fined her $200 for operating a cross-country taxi service without a permit.

The state charged she operated regularly between Sioux Falls and Los Angeles as a common carrier without a public utilities commission permit.  Mrs. Hurd denied the charge, claiming she made only occasional trips and secured passengers to share expenses.

A group of railroad officials interested in the case attended the hearing here before Municipal Judge Ransom L. Gibbs, who told Mrs. Hurd the evidence showed she had been making a business of hauling passengers.

I purchased roughly 25 original issues of the Yankton (South Dakota) Press & Dakotan, dating from 1938 to 1946. I am systematically going through every issue and will be posting the articles that include the names of individuals. I am happy to email full-size scans of any article. Feel free to ask.

Top 5 Online Genealogy Education Platforms

It used to be that if you wanted to learn anything related to genealogy, you had to physically attend classes at a national conference or one of the institutes, fighting crowds and maybe not even being able to find a seat.  Now, it’s becoming easier to find more educational opportunities online.  Let’s be honest; if you had the opportunity to attend a genealogy class/lecture/workshop and the only choice you had to make was whether you wanted to put on pants … well, I know what my choice would be.

Here are my Top 5 online educational resources (pants optional):


Webinars are probably the most well-known online learning platform.  Many genealogy societies, libraries, and archives offer free webinars from time to time.  Even some software developers are offering free webinars – at least for a period of time before they go behind a pay wall.  Some of these include:

Legacy Family Tree – these webinars are free to view live and for roughly one week after the live broadcast.  After that, the webinars are only available with a reasonably-priced monthly or annual subscription.
FamilySearch – they’ve changed their site a little recently.  The Learning Center is now the “Help Center” and you just have to type in what you want to learn about it you’ll get a list of available articles and lessons provided free of charge.
Ancestry.com – Ancestry offers free webinars on various topics from specific record groups to DNA through their Ancestry Academy.
Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) – BCG offers free live webinars.  Most are available for purchase after they have aired, but some remain free.

Several genealogical and historical societies offer free webinars.  These are just a few:
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Illinois State Genealogical Society
Southern California Genealogical Society

Check out GeneaWebinars for a constantly updated calendar of events.


A wiki is a website that allows collaborative editing of content and structure by its users.  This can be good or bad.  Just like our genealogy research, it all depends on the validity of the information, whether sources are provided, and whether those sources can be verified.  Here are just a few:

FamilySearch – many of the wiki pages are sponsored by local genealogical or historical societies, and many include links back to record groups within FamilySearch.
Wikipedia – not genealogy-specific, but it does come in handy when researching historic events or places.
Ancestry.com – In addition to Ancestry content, Ancestry’s wiki includes full text of both The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy edited by Lou Szucs and Sandra Luebking, and Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources edited by Alice Eichholz, PhD, CG.


National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) – NARA is holding their 4th annual Virtual Genealogy Fair October 26-27.  Each lecture in the event is free to view live on YouTube, and then the entire day will be available for free on YouTube afterward.
DearMYRTLE – She really does so much for the genealogy community, including her “Wacky Wednesday,” “Genealogy Game Night,” and “Mondays with Myrt” hangouts.  She has also done study groups covering (among others) Elizabeth Shown Mills’ QuickLessons, British Military, and both the Mastering Genealogical Proof and Genealogy and the Law books.  Her hangouts are interactive and continue to feel that way if you’re not watching them live.  Highly recommended.
Family Tree DNA – their webinar schedule has been suspended for a while, but their previously recorded webinars are available for free.

secondlifeVirtual Reality

SecondLife – a virtual world where you can attend genealogy chats and study groups and be whoever you want to be.  A Family History Chat is held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays and an NGSQ Study Group is held on the 4th Thursdays.  You can learn more about SecondLife here.


Podcasts have become one of my new favorite free educational platforms.  I can listen to them while I’m cleaning, driving, or walking the dog.  Many genealogy-related podcasts are available through various smartphone apps such as iTunes, Audioboom, Stitcher, or SoundCloud, or online via the podcast website.  Some can even be directly downloaded to your computer or other device for listening when it’s convenient.  Here are a few that I listen to:

The Genealogy Guys – Drew Smith and George G. Morgan (authors of Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques) have had their podcast for over a decade – like, before it was even cool.  Drew has another podcast called “Genealogy Connection” where he interviews leaders in the genealogy community.
Genealogy Happy Hour – Amy Crabill Lay and Penny Burke Bonawitz are “two blondes and a bottle” who discuss genealogy over a glass(es) of wine (each episode features a different bottle of wine, so … yes).
Genealogy Gems – Lisa Louise Cook is always on top of current technology and how we can use it for genealogy.
The Genealogy Professional – For those who are thinking about becoming a genealogy professional, or those who already are, Marian Pierre-Louis shares best practices through interviews with other genealogy professionals.

Cyndi’s List also has links to several genealogy-related podcasts.

http://www.theindepthgenealogist.com/idevaffiliate/idevaffiliate.php?id=102Bonus: Digital Magazines

I might be a little bit biased, but the best monthly digital magazine for genealogy education is – without a doubt – Going In-Depth, with articles and regular columns about nearly every facet of genealogical research, from getting started to writing your family history and everything in between.  (Psst … the bi-monthly Getting Started column is especially spectacular!)


Feel free to comment with your favorites!


Ancestor Spotlight: Edward John Lanctot (1921-2011)

ed-lanctot-as-a-childI don’t have many memories of my grandfather, as we moved across the country when I was only 5 years old, so I mostly remember my grandfather as an adult, and – I’ll regret it for the rest of my life – I didn’t see him as often as I should have. In the few memories I do have, I remember him being one of the kindest, loving, no-nonsense people I’ve ever known.  He loved to play baseball.He was a master carpenter, and (fortunately) I have a couple of pieces that he made: a knick-knack shelf and a side table.  These were made before I was even born (and that was a while ago), so there’s some quality craftsmanship for you.

In my quest to “Do-Over” my genealogy research, I’m putting together timelines to help me see what I have and (more importantly) what I’m missing.  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

30 Jul 1921Edward John Lanctot is born in Casper, Natrona, WyomingBirth certificate
1925Lived in Yankton, Yankton, South Dakota1925 SD state Census
1930Lived at 500 E. 8th Street, Yankton, South Dakota1930 U.S. Census
abt 1934Attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Yankton, South DakotaOral interview with Maxine (Slowey) Lanctot
1935Lived in Yankton, South Dakota1935 SD state census
1940Lived at 705 Pine Street, Yankton, South Dakota1940 U.S. Census
1940Enlisted in the South Dakota National Guard, 147th Field Artillery, Battery E and are mobilized to Fort Ord for trainingNewspaper clippings from scrapbooks
29 Jan 1941U.S. Army Motor Vehicle Operator's Permit No. 2074813 issued to PFC E.J. LanctotCopy of original permit
Jul 1944Resides at Ft. McDowell, Camp Reynolds, Angel Island, San Francisco, CaliforniaOral interview with Maxine (Slowey) Lanctot
14 Aug 1944Edward John Lanctot and Clare Maxine Slowey are married at Sacred Heart Church in Yankton, South DakotaMarriage certificate; marriage notice
Sep 1944Lived in Little Rock, ArkansasOral interview with Maxine (Slowey) Lanctot
Mar 1945Granted emergency furlough from Camp Blanding, Florida due to death of Maxine's little brother Newspaper clipping
1950Re-enlisted with the South Dakota National Guard to serve in the Korean War*
1953-2011Purchased house in Portland, OregonOral interview with Maxine (Slowey) Lanctot
1973-1976Industrial Education teacher at Benjamin Franklin High School, Portland, OregonBenjamin Franklin H.S. Yearbook
8 Jul 2011Edward John Lanctot dies in Portland, OregonObituary; personal knowledge
13 Jul 2011Burial in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, OregonPersonal knowledge

ed-lanctot-at-workThere are a lot of gaps in my timeline (obviously).  These are blanks I’ll need to fill in my talking to family and finding documentation.  I know that after he was discharged from the National Guard following World War II in 1945, he re-enlisted with the National Guard in 1950 to participate in the Korean War.  I have attempted to get a copy of his service record from the National portland-2011-022-800x711Personnel Records Center (NPRC), but was told that it had been destroyed by the fire in 1973, making it one of the “B” files.  Fortunately, NARA is working on cleaning and preserving the damaged records, and I can only hope that one day soon my request can finally be fulfilled.
In the meantime, I will continue to add things to my master to-do list, including following up with NARA for those records.


Genealogy Snapshot

Name: Edward John Lanctot
Parents: Louis Phelisa Lanctot and Mary Alice Schneider
Spouse: Maxine Slowey
Surnames: Lanctot, Schneider
Relationship to Jenny: Maternal Grandfather

  1. Edward John Lanctot
  2. Jenny’s dad
  3. Jenny


#TBT Eastern Halfbacks Now Pace Scorers

!Header 10.20.1941
NEW YORK, Oct. 20, (AP) — Touchdown outbursts by a pair of eastern halfbacks brought them a tie for the lead in the national collegiate football scoring race.

Milt Jannone, ace halfback of the “little Michigan” eleven which Forrest Evashevski has built at Hamilton college, broke loose three times for touchdowns, boosting his point total to 60 for three games.

His total duplicates that of Courtney Driscoll of Marshall, who counted twice last Saturday.

eastern-halfbacks-now-pace-scorers-p5-col-3I purchased roughly 25 original issues of the Yankton (South Dakota) Press & Dakotan, dating from 1938 to 1946. I am systematically going through every issue and will be posting the articles that include the names of individuals. I am happy to email full-size scans of any article. Feel free to ask.


The Ancestor Snapshot Box – what a fantastic idea!

You may (or may not) have noticed in my last Ancestor Spotlight post that I had a nifty little box at the bottom that gave a “snapshot” of my ancestor’s life, along with their relationship to me and a roadmap from me to them.


Thanks to a series of posts from Colleen Green, I was able to create that box so I can just stick it at the bottom of any post I want. It basically serves as a TLDR (too long, didn’t read) for cousin bait.  I’m okay with that, because if someone IS related to me I want them to figure it out right away, go back and read the entire blog post, and then leave me a comment about the trunks full of documents and ephemera in their attic that they are totally willing to share.

If they aren’t related to me, I certainly don’t want them to waste their time.  It’s a win-win.

Colleen Green’s posts:

WordPress for Genealogy: Adding a Lineage Snapshot Box to Blog Posts About Ancestors, Part 1
WordPress for Genealogy: Adding a Lineage Snapshot Box to Blog Posts About Ancestors, Part 2
WordPress for Genealogy: Adding a Lineage Snapshot Box to Blog Posts About Ancestors, Part 3

One difference between mine and Colleen’s is that I have to paste it directly into the HTML editor for each blog post where I want it to appear.  Colleen uses a WordPress plugin that is no longer available, and I’m not sure (yet) how to get it basically automated to the point where she is (so, Colleen, if you happen to see this …).  Well, that and I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to HTML or CSS or any of that behind-the-scenes website-y stuff.  I am still able to put my ancestor info in there and create links and everything, and it looks pretty, so …

Another difference is that I don’t create “categories” for each of my ancestors for the links.  I do a search on my blog for that ancestor and then I use the URL for the search results as the link.  Occasionally I will just link directly to my WikiTree profile an ancestor instead.  Sometimes I may do both.

In any case, I thought this was a pretty cool idea to include at the end of blog posts that are about your ancestors, especially if you’re chumming the water for cousins.

Genealogy Snapshot

Name: [Insert Ancestor Name & Link]
Parents: [Insert Father Name & Link] and [Insert Mother Name & Link]
Spouse: [Insert Spouse Name & Link]
Surnames: [Insert Surname & Link], [Insert Surname & Link], [Insert Surname & Link]
Relationship to Jenny: [Insert Relationship to You]

  1. [Same person from Name field]
  2. [Insert Ancestor Name & Link]
  3. [Insert Ancestor Name & Link]
  4. Jenny