While cleaning out the attic several years ago, Candy found a box of photographs. She began to write older family members to identify who they were and their relationship to her, which started her on the genealogical road. Some were identified; some remain a mystery to this day.
Her most exciting find was her grandmother on a passenger list. Why? Because it was a twenty year search that started with the wrong port. Instead of landing in Galveston, her grandmother actually landed in Baltimore.
When I asked if she had any brick walls in her genealogy, she just laughed and said, "Everyone runs into family brick walls! You just need to scale them or go around them."
Candy's main responsibility at Midwest Genealogy Center is answering the ton of queries and emails we receive every day. (See our Research Policy for details on how you can query.) The resources she finds most useful are our microfilmed newspapers and our obituary indexes. She also uses the city directories, periodical collection, and the census indexes. If she is not in the microfilm, she is up in the stacks of books!
If you cannot find Candy in either of these two places, look for her at a computer, scrolling through our databases such as America's Genealogy Bank, Ancestry, Heritage Quest, or Fold3 among others, looking for those elusive answers to queries. Missouri death certificates can confirm death dates for obituary requests.
She is a busy lady with years of research experience and a valuable resource here at the Midwest Genealogy Center.
Charlotte M. & Candy N.
Midwest Genealogy Center