Reinhold Dargatz Border Crossing


Name: Reinhold Dargatz

Arrival Date: 25 Nov 1933

Port of Arrival: Eastport, Idaho

Age: 32

Birth Place: Millet, Alberta

Birth Country: Canada

Gender: Male

Race/Nationality: German

Record Type: Cards


Border crossing cards between the United States and Canada is an excellent way to track the movements of ancestors.

Reinhold Dargatz was the son of German immigrants. Herman F. Dargatz and Amelia Klukas immigrated from Hamburg German in 1895. They made their home in Millet Alberta where they had a large family.

Reinhold married a lady by the name of Martha M. Jesse in Oregon where they made their home.


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What’s In Your Shoebox?


Like many in the genealogy world, I utilize Ancestry from time to time. We all know Ancestry has a sizeable database that is enticing and is expensive.

Also like many genealogists I have limited funds. Sadly, my genealogy budget is tiny.

To keep costs down, as far as Ancestry is concerned, I keep my free account only paying for premium membership on a month to month basis as needed. I spend more per month; however, I save big throughout the year.

One of the features of Ancestry I use during my paid months is the Shoebox. For those of you who don’t know about the Ancestry Shoebox, it is a place where you can send bookmarked records for another time or if you are not sure a record applies to your tree.

Lately, my shoebox seems forgotten. This morning I scrolled down to the bottom of my Ancestry home page. There was the shoebox, neglected for quite some time.

I almost cringed as I clicked to open the shoebox. How many records are waiting for my attention? The number of pages at the bottom of the screen was mindboggling.

Eighteen pages!

At about ten records a page it means there are 180 records to sift through. That is days worth of work.

The bookmarks date back to summer 2013. Slightly horrified and sheepish are the words that come to mind.

To keep my shoebox in mind, I moved it up to the top of my home screen. Yes, you can customize your Ancestry home page to fit your needs.

Now, the shoebox is eye level reminding me of the records awaiting my attention.


New Genealogy Goal: Clean out my Ancestry Shoebox before the end of the year.

If you have an Ancestry account, ask yourself what is in your shoebox? What useful record is waiting for rediscovery?

What is your Shoebox number?





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Libraries as a Resource

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Today, I want to highlight the importance of libraries in genealogical research. Often, local and university libraries hold historical collections that may prove valuable in your search.

The value of libraries is not limited to historical collections. The librarians are equally if not more valuable. More often than not they know local history and can point you in directions previously unknown to you.

I urge you to get acquainted with your local library.

Libraries may have indexes online of obituaries along with many other records.

Recently while researching for a friend, I came across the Lexington Public Library. What an amazing library.

I emailed them with an inquiry about an obituary. Within two hours they responded with a digital copy of the obituary and the front page of the newspaper.

If you have research to be done in and around Lexington check out the library’s website. I was highly impressed and want to say thank you to all the workers there.

Here is a few library do’s and don’ts for beginners:

  • Do be polite. A little politeness goes a long way.
  • Do be specific. Librarians are busy people.
  • Do look at their online resources before you make a personal trip to the library.
  • Do ask questions if you are not sure.
  • Do remember to thank the librarian.
  • Don’t expect a librarian to help you with your entire tree or even a whole family. Choose one or maybe two (max) individuals to research.
  • Don’t get impatient. Again librarians are busy people.
  • Don’t treat librarians as your researcher. That is not in their job description.


Libraries are a tremendous genealogical resource. Are you utilizing your local library?


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J. R. Findsen

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A Gold Mine of Information


In the world of genealogy, there are many treasure troves of information. Family research is not just about birth and death records. World War I draft registration cards can be a gold mine of information for family tree work.

If you are new to the genealogy world, you may ask, “What are World War I draft registration cards?” Good question.

According to the National Archives, “On May 18, 1917, the Selective Service Act was passed authorizing the President to increase temporarily the military establishment of the United States.”

“The information included on each registration differs somewhat but the general information shown includes order and serial numbers (assigned by the Selective Service System), full name, date and place of birth, race, citizenship, occupation, personal description, and signature.”

To read more about the World War I Draft Registration Cards, click on the link.

Here is my quick list of information found on registration cards:

  1. Where they lived between the 1910 and 1920 US Federal Census years.
  2. The exact date they were born and where.
  3. Tells if they are a US Citizen, natural born or an immigrant.
  4. Their occupation.
  5. Where and whom they work for.
  6. A description of their family.
  7. Their ethnicity.
  8. Their marital status.
  9. Record of any previous military service.
  10. Any physical problems that would exempt them from service.
  11. A physical description.
  12. Their signature.


Now, that you can see the awesome of World War I Draft Registration Cards, you may ask where you can find this fantastic database.

Search for FREE here on FamilySearch.

Note: While FamilySearch is free they recently started requiring an account to see search results.

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