I have now arrived home and am faced with the work of analyzing the mounds of information which I “harvested” on my trip through the Midwest. “Harvest” is the best word, because I recognize that my itinerary and timeline did not allow me to take as much care as I might want with each document at the time I gathered it.
So how will I do this?
- I have to focus on my portfolio for certification; therefore, I will separate the items which pertain to the portfolio first. There are three documents or sets which are important:
- Naturalization papers (first and final papers) of John/Jan Cornelius Bode.
- Church papers from Christian Reformed Church, Leighton, Iowa, founded by my ancestor in 1895. This is a more arduous task as transcription may be in order and there are many pages. It is possible also that nothing from these documents will make the portfolio.
- Study the will I found in courthouse and compare to online version which I am using in my transcription element of my portfolio. They are different, but how different?
- Negative findings are important too. I have to figure out how these work into my paper.
- I need to incorporate my new findings about Dirk Bode into my “Finding Dirk!” presentation which I am giving in October.
- New photos taken at the Peoria site of the buildings
- New photos taken of the grave of Dirk
- information from the conservator
- Information found in the probate and conservator packet including that the family visited Dirk while in the asylum, sent Christmas presents annually and “pin money” for him.
- Everything else.
- Scads of deeds, photos and even the funeral director’s notes on the automobile procession for my grandfather’s funeral (see above.) 
- Newspaper notices of the bankruptcy of my grandfather, particularly the loss of his bank in 1931/1932. (Note to self: actual court documents may be in NARA in St. Louis.)
- Investigation of the individuals at the Elgin Insane Asylum, looking for evidence of PTSD.
- Article on what one might find in court minutes at the county level. (I have no idea who might like to publish this one.)
I think that’s enough for a while! (Couple the above with a 1 week vacation in the San Juans with friends from OK, a 3 part Beginning Swedish Genealogy class starting October 26 and a number of Saturday presentations and seminars, including one in Indiana with Anne Staley–I think I will have a very busy Fall.)
What I have done since the last post: traveled to Seattle–14 hours of driving time from my brother’s place in WY. And unpacking the car–which is no mean feat when you realize I have been living out of it for six weeks. I am glad to be home, as is my cat!
 Kenneth F. Boughton, “Funeral Arrangements,” notes for the procession for Mrs. Chris Jacobson, (MS, Britt, Iowa, 7 September 1941); privately held by Betty (Jacobson) Anderson, [address for private use,] Downers Grove, Illinois, 2016. Ms. Anderson is the daughter of Mrs. Chris “Emma” (Anderson) Jacobson.