McKnight / Guilds Mystery Part I

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.

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.

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.

And the mystery continues here.

Bless your ancestors!


(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. 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.