Author Archives: debbiemieszala

Records of the Skies: Obtaining Airplane Records

My last post featured tracing a former “family” airplane to its modern owner in order to share photographs and information. Tracing a family artifact, no matter the size, helps to flesh out fragmented stories, produces facts to weave into a … Continue reading

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The tiny Ercoupe caught my father’s eye in 1950. In 2017, that seventy-one-year-old airplane reminded me of the goodness in others. Of hope. 

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Missouri: Adoption and Original Birth Certificates, Take Three

If you have an interest in original birth certificates from Missouri, take note.

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Relocating for Religion: The Christian Catholic Church and “The Leaves of Healing”

Faith healing. A flat earth. The promise of a Utopian society.[1] If not for a religious sect whose doctrine makes me squirm, I would not be alive.

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Illinois State Library Offers Free Trial Databases

It’s that time again. This marks the eighteenth year for the Illinois State Library’s free trial database program, Try-It! Illinois. Users of over 5,000 Illinois ILLINET libraries are allowed trial access to numerous databases.

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Cherished Tokens

We first bagged those things that made my mother appear familiar. It was a logical place to begin. Her clothing was nearest the door. Discarding and donating the clothes of a dead woman has its ghosts.

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Hawaii Opens Adoption Files

Hawaii has a new law.

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