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May 12 - May 19, 2006

Question:  Which is your favorite Forensic Genealogy quiz and why?
We are very pleased with the response to our second survey. There were a variety of
pictures chosen as favorites, some predictable, some surprising. Here are the answers
that we received. In each case, click on the thumbnail to see a larger image, and click
on the link below it to go to the contest results.

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our dedicated fans who surf in every week and make our quizzes so popular. Click on
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Michael Pfister

Quiz #11 - Lincoln's tomb - you helped me out on this
one but the bug bit. Since then, I look forward to
checking out each new quiz, and pass up many, but
some of them hit the spot, particularly when I employ the
tips you gave me.

Mike is referring to Quiz #11. The quiz picture was
Lincoln's tomb in Springfield, IL. This was a picture I
had for five years, and could not identify it until I spoke
with Norm Hellmers. a retired employee of the National
Park Service. The moral of the story is it OK to ask for
help from an expert when you need it.

Maureen O'Connor

King Zog's wedding. Although I did not have the right
answer, I liked that this one had surprise audio.

Zog was the Prime Minister (1922-1924), President
(1925-1928), and King (1928-1939 and 1943-1946
the latter period in name only) of Albania. A picture of
King Zog's wedding to Countess Geraldine Apponyi  was
featured in Quiz #49. The first hint we gave was an
audio of the Albanian National Anthem. The second hint
gave the words to the anthem, in Albanian. Tricky, aren't

Kelly Fetherlin

Favorite 1: Quiz #27 Newton & Hatch, 18 Sept 2005.  
One I didn't have an answer, and maybe nobody had an
answer, but, it was very thought provoking.
Favorite 2: Quiz #54, One Man Band, 25 March 2006.
Many answers!

Quiz #27 was probably the hardest quiz we have had. It
depicted three men outside a bar that we believe was
located in Albany, NY. Although we found city
directories that listed a Newton and a Hatch owning a
bar and a liquor store in Albany next door to each other
late in the 1890s, we were unable to find a listing for  
them owning a bar together at a 161 address. The picture
of the Newton and Hatch saloon was submitted by Gwen

Quiz #54 featured a picture of a one-man-band. Our
quizmasters did an excellent job in locating several other
cabinet cards that depicted the same musician, one of
which identified him as Charles Crawford, "The Musical
Wonder". We found his patent for his "Picaphone", the
instrument he is pictured with. This photo was featured
courtesy of David Lepitre.

Stan Read

Quiz #47 Belgian Orphans-It was difficult to solve.
The most challenging quizzes are the most enjoyable to

The picture of the Belgian Orphans was obtained from, a great forum for posting
unidentified photos. We found a companion photo of
presumably the same group standing outside the Hdqtrs
of Le Comite National pour Secours et Alimentatoin
(National Committee for Help and Food), an
organization responsible for supplying food to Belgium
during WWI. The background wsa identified as the
Argonne Forest, probably the spring after WWI ended in
November 1917.

Pat Snyder

I like them all, but this latest one [Quiz #60] sort of hit
the spot. Like I said in my reply, one of my son in laws is
a Haskell. Did you know that there is a Haskell University
in Lawrence Kansas? It is a junior college for Native
Americans. I learn so much when I go looking for the
answers to the quizzes. You challenge my mind--a
necessary thing for us senior citizens

Quiz #60 featured the Haskell Free Library and Opera
House, "described as "the only library in America with
no books" and "the only opera house in America with no
stage". There is a line down the middle of the floor
where the library and the opera house straddle the
international border between Canada and the U.S. The
photo was submitted by David Lepitre.

Jim Kiser

The last quiz [Quiz #59] with the Newspaper was of
course my favorite because the "student" found more
events then the mentor.  It did take a lot of diggin tho as
did this one.

Susan Fortune

Although I've only done 3 quizzes, my favorite was the
"Ma Barker Shootout."  I really had to work at it, but it
was do-able.  This one was very easy.  I didn't even
attempt the one with the camera equipment!

Jim did an outstanding job on Quiz #59, earning far
more extra points than even I did for his research into
Prohibition in the State of GA, the social Security Act,
Ma Barker and her gang, and of course, the Lindbergh
kidnapping. These were all in the headlines of this
newspaper quiz.

Pinky Palladino

Carrie Nation. I enjoyed rereading the histories of Carrie
and Lizzie. took a while to come up with the "AX". It
wasn't a bad hair day, just a slow brain day.

Margaret Waterman

#53 Carrie. I had trouble with this one, Lizzie Borden and
George Washington were obvious but Carrie was not
known to me and I had trouble trying to figure her out. I
liked the challenge.

I like Quiz 53, too!  The little girl sitting on the bar is my
grandmother Margaret Rose Bernard (Sept 17, 1903 -.
April 27, 1993). The woman and man to the right of her
are my great grandparents Louise Gauthreaux (1886-
1932), and Joseph Alfred Bernard (1880-1940). The
woman to the left of the photo is my great great
grandmother Rose Ulmer (1854-1919). The man to the
far right was Tom, a man who worked for and lived with
the family.

Carol Phillips

Quiz #52 - I love the interactive map!

Carol is referring to the interactive map of Houghton,
MI, featured in Quiz #52. (See the link to the right). The
quiz asked what did the picture on this site have to do
with a dog named Meeme. The answer is that Meeme was
the black water spaniel and best friend of Douglas
Houghton, for whom the town was named. The quiz was
suggested by Dale Neisen.

Bobbie Sims

The blacksmith/wheelwright photo. Because it sparked so
much dialogue, and because it was so evocative of the
often hard and bare life of American pioneers.

Richard Cleaveland

I liked the one with the blacksmith...took some real
thinking (not sure I got that one). It involved a lot more
than an Internet search. Although it surprises me how
few people really know how to use the 'net. The best
use, in my view, is to Google the obscure error notices
by the various programs. 99% of the time they answer
the question. Did you know that <grin>?

Bobbie and Richard are referring to Quiz #42. Christine
Gregg, who submitted the photo, recently found another
picture that is presumably the blacksmith Christopher
Rulason when he was younger. See the picture along with
a note from Christine to the right.

Gena Philibert Ortega

Quiz 51, She Was Pasted In. I think this is the type of
photo that a genealogist is most likely to come across so
I think it's important that they know about this practice.

Pegeen Soare

The one where the picture of the dead girl was added to
the original family portrait. It was the only one I could
solve <g>.

Debbie Sterbinsky

I think I like #51 best this time, the paste in photo. #57
runs a close 2nd. This one was new for me, I had not
paid that much attention to pasted photos before. I
learned a lot on this one. The chicken dinner was just fun
to look up.

Eva Royal

For my favorite quiz, #57 the Chickenmobile took
the most research for me, and I enjoyed finding the 9th
mobile.  I think my favorite quiz though was #51 "What's
Wrong with this Picture”.  I chose this since I had
created pictures in my family like these and I felt most at
home here. Thanks for the Link on this site. All the
quizzes that I have entered were informative and I have
learned more than I could have imagined.

Quiz #51 featured a photo of a family that included a
daughter whose picture was added later.  The daughter
had died earlier that year, so they used her graduation
picture to have a photo of the whole family together.
Apparently this was a common practice in the early
1900s. The quiz led to an interesting discussion on
"faked" pictures. The picture was submitted by Cathy

Judy Pfaff

The one with the chicken car. Because I just got a kick
out of all the information on the candy bar and the
vehicles used to advertise it. It is amazing that a title of
"chicken dinner" meant such good things during the
depression. Good enough to name a candy bar after the

Delores Martin

I guess Antoine’s and the chicken truck.  I don’t really
have a particular favorite because I like looking at the old
pictures.  I like reading the results of the quizzes because
I like history.

Quiz #57 featured the Sperry Candy Co.'s 'Chicken
Dinner Candy Bar'. Quiz #56 featured a picture of
Antoine's Restaurant in New Orleans. No, there is no
connection. Antoine's does not serve, nor ha ever served,
Chicken Dinner Candy Bars. The picture of the Chicken
Dinner Candy truck was submitted by David Lepitre.  
The picture of Antoine's was submitted by Bill Stafford at
the Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge.

David Lepitre

Quiz #45. It was the first one, found while trying to solve
the mystery of the lady in the white leotard. (Arcaris
Family) I was hooked. I never though of her as a target
girl but was trying circuses.

Mary Fraser

The Arcari quiz-- head and shoulders above the rest. It
was just a thrill to hear that Colleen and David had
located descendants of Sig. Arcari, and to see in "real-
time" photos some of the knives that he used in his act,
and to realize (again) that history really is a living,
breathing, vital "now". It was also meant a lot to me to be
able to be part of giving back the Arcaris family a part of
their history.

This is my personal favorite. We had so much fun
researching the Arcaris family, and with the help of The
Great Throwdini (David Adamovitch), locating The
Great One's great grandchildren. The best part was when
David ("Throw") came out to California and we got to
meet him in person when he was to make an appearance
on I've Got a Secret. While he stayed with us, he gave us
world champion knife-throwing lessons. We used lumber
from the house next door as our target. Don't worry, it
was under construction at the time.
Quiz #11
Quiz #49
Quiz #27
Quiz #54
Quiz #47
Quiz #60
Quiz #59
Quiz #53
See the quiz photo at
Quiz #52
Quiz #42
I am finally back at home after
months of ramming around
the county. Among my
sister-in-law's family pictures
I found a tintype of a bearded
young man with blacksmith
tools. Because there was also a
tintype of his mother in the
same collection and because
he was the only known
blacksmith in the family, I
think this is a young
Christopher Rulason. You
may recall that my operating hypothesis was that the
man in the blacksmith shop was Christopher taken
several years later.

Love your stuff,
Quiz #51
Quiz #57
Quiz #56
Quiz #45
Rosena Arcaris
Niece of The Great Arcaris
submitted by David Lepitre
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