The Casbon Electric Company

I haven’t posted a new blog in quite some time as I have been busy with other genealogy projects. When I learned that the October theme for the Guild of One-Name Studies Blog Challenge would be “Family Business” I decided it was time to write a long overdue post about the Casbon Electric Company of… Continue reading The Casbon Electric Company

Rural Routes in Porter County, Indiana

Have you ever seen a postcard or letter addressed like this? Postcard from Kate (Marquart) Casbon to her younger sister Mary Jane "Dot" (Marquart) Dye, May 1913; the postcard mentions Kate’s three sons, Leslie, Lynnet, and Loring, and two of Kate and Mary Jane’s brothers, George and Ed; author’s collection (Click on image to enlarge)… Continue reading Rural Routes in Porter County, Indiana

The Casbon Family Reunion, October 1901, Valparaiso, Indiana

Casbon family reunion 24 October 1901; author’s collection (Please! Click on image to enlarge and see names) I’ve had this photograph for so long that I don’t remember where or who it came from. I believe I was given a copy sometime in the 1990s when I was just starting my genealogy research. Many of… Continue reading The Casbon Family Reunion, October 1901, Valparaiso, Indiana

Color!

At this moment, most if not all of my readers are practicing some form of “social distancing” because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. I hope you are all staying well and coping with the difficulties associated with this historic situation. With today’s post, I have a suggestion that will hopefully lift your spirits and alleviate… Continue reading Color!

Sunday School

This is my eighth post in the Guild of One-Name Studies blog challenge 2020. Many genealogy researchers have learned that old books can be a valuable source of information about their ancestors. Many books that are no longer protected by copyright have been digitized and are available online. The three book sources that I use… Continue reading Sunday School

Grandpa’s Reader

This was my grandfather Leslie Casbon’s (1894–1990) Third Reader. I know it was his book, because he wrote his name inside the front cover. It must also have been used by his brother, Lynnet (1899–1983), whose name is written inside the back cover. Since Leslie was the oldest child of Lawrence (1865–1950) and Kate (Marquart, 1868–1959)… Continue reading Grandpa’s Reader

Leslie Casbon, Valparaiso High School Class of 1914

Getting distracted by “bright shiny objects” or BSOs is generally considered a bad habit in genealogy research. Such distractions can interrupt an organized plan of research, wasting valuable time and resulting in a disorganized mess of unrelated facts. While I generally agree with this view, I think a case can be made that pursuing BSOs… Continue reading Leslie Casbon, Valparaiso High School Class of 1914

501 Academy Street, Valparaiso, Indiana

My trip to Indiana earlier this month for a family reunion was a great time to meet people, dig into old records, and see many of the places associated with Our Casbon Journey in America. It was the first time I had spent any significant time here since childhood. The best part was being able… Continue reading 501 Academy Street, Valparaiso, Indiana

Bundy School, Porter County Indiana, 1907

My father asked me to do some research on the Bundy school, located in Morgan Township, Porter County, Indiana. I found this photo on the facebook page for the Porter County Museum. [1] (Click on image to enlarge) The caption reads: 1907 image of the Bundy School in Morgan Township.Top Row: Grace Hubbel-teacher, Grace Lemster,… Continue reading Bundy School, Porter County Indiana, 1907

The Collage Explained

The photo collage at the top of every blog page is composed of different images related to the Casbon journey. Here are the stories behind the images. Background: Map showing "Meldreth." (Click on image to enlarge) This is from a 1945 British Ordinance Survey map.[1]. The earliest I've been able to trace my ancestors is the 16th… Continue reading The Collage Explained