I’m researching my family heritage… using different ways to decipher all the information out there besides just using ancestry.com. I’m presenting a Beginner’s Guide to Genealogy class in a couple of weeks, and figured a few examples of thinking outside the box might come in handy!
I know for a fact my great grandfather, William Carroll Burton, had a grocery store in (I believe) Paris, Texas. I have a postcard of it… all blown up and hanging on my wall. I’m scooting around ancestry.com and find one of the long lost sons (long story) listed as “merchant”. OOOOH, *another* clue! I search Hugo, Oklahoma and grocers and boom! Up pops “Golden Rule Groc. Co., Hugo, Oklahoma. W. C. Burton and Son”
Whooooooeeeee! It doesn’t quite match up with my vaguely remembered story… but, yes, W.C. and Son are advertising in the Hugo Husonian newspaper in 1913 and 1914. I’m still looking on when they bought and sold the place… but a little further research and ta-da!
I find a vintage postcard of The Golden Rule Grocery, Hugo, Oklahoma in 1909. Now, I’m not sure yet when they bought that store… or really, much of anything yet, but I imagine the store didn’t change too much when my great grandfather and great uncle(s) ran it a few years later (Note the Choctaw Flour advertisement on the wall!). How the store in Paris, Texas fits in… yeah, I’m working on that too!
But, still, what fun!
So I figured this qualified for a #tbt.