Grandpa’s Best Friend

I have old box of pictures from my Grandma’s house. Some of the pictures, she gave me a little bit of info with. In this set is my Grandfather Oscar Rowan Lindsay, his mother Edith Basham Lindsay and his best friend Bob Scroder.

This is what my Grandma wrote “Oscar’s best friend’s name was Bob Schroder and he was killed in World War II serving the Canadian Army..”

Bob and his mother

Bob and his mother 1942

Bob 2

Back of the photo says: Bob Schoroder in Stratford, Ontario, Canada; was killed in WWII

Bob 4

Oscar’s mother, Edith Lindsay, Oscar and Bob’s mother

Bob 5

Oscar’s mother, Edith Lindsay, Bob and Bob’s mother

Bob and GGrandma

Edith Lindsay and Bob

Oscar and Bob 2

Bob, unknown female and Oscar

Oscar and Bob

Oscar and Bob


Unknown Female

Bob 1


If anyone has any idea who these people are please let me know. I would love to get these pictures back to Bob’s family.

Happy Searching!


McKnight / Guilds Mystery

I love a good mystery, especially when it comes to genealogy. I have been reading a lot of Genealogy Related Mystery books lately and it got me thinking about some of the mysteries in my family tree. One of the biggest is a story my daddy has told me all my life, that I could never prove. Well last night, I couldn’t sleep, so I dived into the mystery and got some answers!

My Daddy always said that our last name should have been Giles (his spelling), but that an adoption had occurred that made us McKnight’s. Last night as I was researching, I found a marriage record for Beatrice Mae Jones, my great-grandmother, to a Jay Guilds (pretty similar sounding to Giles) on 10 Nov 1922. Unfortunately for me, I do not have full access to right now to get the actual marriage certificate. However, what information I could gleam off the index listing leads me to believe this is the right one. Now fast forward to the 1930 census. Grandma Beatrice is living with her father, Charles Arthur Jones, Stepmother Goldie Guilds (notice the last name?) and her three children, Bernard (my grandfather), Wilma Mae, and Richard (Dick).

Guilds-Jones 1930 Census Record

1930 Census Record for Beatrice Guilds (1)

Hmmm…her husband is nowhere to be found on this census, which isn’t entirely unusual in the 1930’s during the great depression. I haven’t found a census entry for Jay yet, but I am still looking.

However, when I searched Beatrice’s name I did find this:

Divorce Decree for Jones-Guilds

Divorce Decree for Jones-Guilds (2)

Wow, my jaw hit the floor when I saw this! I couldn’t believe it especially the cause of divorce “Extreme and repeated cruelty; non-support.

Well by the time the 1940 census came out my Grandma Beatrice is married to Henry J. McKnight. All of the children from Beatrice’s first marriage, along with the child that Beatrice and Henry had together are living with the couple.

1940 Census Record for McKnight Family (3)

1940 Census Record for McKnight Family (3)

My Grandpa Bernie and my Uncle Richard both went by McKnight for the rest of their lives, even on their social security card, so I am assuming that at some point after marrying Beatrice, Henry adopted all of them. My dad’s middle name came from my Grandpa Bernie’s younger half-brother Alton.

One other interesting thing about this mystery, did you notice the name of Beatrice’s step-mother? That’s right Goldie Guilds. Goldie is the younger sister of Jay C. Guilds. I having a feeling that made for some interesting family gatherings.

I don’t know I lot about Beatrice, Henry and Jay. What I do know is that Beatrice and Henry owned a laundry mat in Pontiac and that they lived quite close to where my Dad grew up. He told me when he got in trouble, he would ride his bike over a couple of streets to his grandmas.

While the mystery isn’t completely solved and I may never know what exactly happened between Beatrice and my biological great-grandfather, Jay, every brick wall knocked down gets me closer to finding my family.

Happy Searching!!!


(1) Year: 1930; Census Place: West Bloomfield, Oakland, Michigan; Roll: 1019; Page: 29B; Enumeration District:0138; Image: 1119.0; FHL microfilm: 2340754. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

(2) Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Michigan. Divorce records. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan.

(3) Year: 1940; Census Place: Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan; Roll: T627_1801; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 63-105. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.


Happy Birthday, Grandma!!

Today is my Grandma’s 89th Birthday!! She’s had an amazing life, and I wish her a many, many, more birthday’s to come.


Lucille at the Beach

Lucille at the Beach circa 1948

Gram and Me

Gram and Me

Happy New Year’s and My New’s Years Goals

Happy New’s Year everyone!

I have three new goals for 2013:

1) Post something genealogy related at least once a week in my blog

2) Completing Fat Mum Slim’s Photo A Day Challenge

3) Get Healthy (Yeah, I know, that’s one I say every year and fail, but I’m really going to try this year)

To get started on my 2nd goal, here is my first photo for the month of January:

Rainy, Grey Day in Alabama

Rainy, Grey Day in Alabama

Hope everyone has a great start to 2013!!!


Merry Christmas to All

Merry Christmas!
Here’s some pictures from my Mom’s first Christmas!

Baby's First ChristmasOscar, Lucille, and Donna Lindsay

Baby’s First Christmas
Oscar, Lucille, and Donna Lindsay

On the couch (L-R)Aunt Audrey, Uncle, Bill, Ross, Aunt Marion, Corinne, Grandma MielkeOn the floor: Aunt Helen, Uncle George, and Baby Martha

On the couch (L-R)Aunt Audrey, Uncle, Bill, Ross, Aunt Marion, Corinne, Grandma Mielke
On the floor: Aunt Helen, Uncle George, and Martha

Martha Mielke

Martha Mielke

Corrine, Martha, and Ross

Corrine, Martha, and Ross

Corrine and Martha

Corrine and Martha

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas with lots of special memories!
And remember to record those memories, so that someday when your children look back at the pictures, they can tell their children about those special traditions!

Wordless Wednesday (Not So) – Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

Today would have been my Grandfather, Oscar Rowan Lindsay’s, 95th Birthday. Happy Birthday, Grandpa!!! We love and miss you very much!!

Wordless Wednesday – Augusta F Mielke Death Certificate

Augusta F Mielke Death Certificate

My great-great grandmother Augusta F Strauss Mielke’s death certificate.

Courtesy of the Michigan State Library.

Happy Searching!


John L Mielke Death Certificate

This is my great-great grandfather’s death certificate.

Happy Searching!


Courtesy of the Library of Michigan.

Treasure Chest Thursday – I’m a Big Sister!

If you haven’t figured out by now, I love old pictures! These are more from my “treasure” box.

My mom’s first of two younger sisters was born in 1952. My grandma says that mom loved being a big sister.

Happy Searching!


© Finding Mielke, 2012

Travel Tuesday – Queen’ s Hotel Port Elgin Ontario

The Queen’s Hotel was owned in the 1940’s by Mr. and Mrs. McPhearson, who were great friends to my great-grandmother Edith Basham Lindsay. Every summer, they would drive from Detroit to Port Elgin to spend a month there.

Post card from the Queen’s Hotel Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada

Oscar, Mr. McPhearson, Edith, and Mrs. McPhearson outside the Queen’s Hotel Port Elgin, Ontario

Oscar and Edith outside the Queen’s Hotel, Port Elgin, Ontario

Happy Searching!



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