Genealogical Research Process Flowchart by Marc McDermott

Help with Genealogical Proof Standards (GPS)

Isn’t it funny how one insignificant thing can lead to something clever and resourceful?

I received an email from Marc McDermott of the Genealogy Explained website regarding a link on my page to the Board for Certifications of Genealogists, Genealogical Proof Standards (GPS) that was broken. The BCG had redesigned their site a few months back, and for some reason it never occurred to me that my link would become broken from that redesign. I want to thank Marc for pointing it out to me, especially since my Google services missed it. Read more… “Help with Genealogical Proof Standards (GPS)”

Jesse W. Steele Death

Mother ‘O Mine – Locating the Parents of Jesse W. Steele

Death of Jesse W. Steele
“Soldier Mangled by I. and G.N. Train,” Houston Post, 13 February 1917, p. 7, col. 1.

“[I]t will be beyond the skies when Jesse W. Steele, private, company G, Third Texas Infantry, kisses the lips of that ‘mother o’ mine,’ for Monday Morning at 11 o’clock he got his summons to appear before the Great General in the final court marshal.”[1]


The newspaper article from the 13 February 1917 Houston Post describes how Jesse Steele, traveling home on a ten day furlough from the army, tried to hop on an International and Great Northern freight train.  In the stead he fell underneath the wheels and was killed.[2]

This raises the question, who was the “mother o’ mine” referenced in the article? Read more… “Mother ‘O Mine – Locating the Parents of Jesse W. Steele”