The purpose of this book is twofold: One, to follow through with a partial dream of two acquaintances of mine who passed away before the completion of writing a book on Jeremiah Milburn, Isaac’s father. Their names are Beverly Murphy and her sister Toni Krainock. In addition to wanting to write a book they also had a religious conviction to find their ancestors because of their Mormon faith. A tremendous note of gratitude goes to them for the “Millburn Connection” newsletters written in the 1980’s and their gedcom, a family tree computer file with thousands of names, which can be accessed with the use of commercial software or the free Mormon genealogical software. It contains the relationship charts of all the Mil(l)burns and relations of our line of Milburns.
My personal goal has been to talk to people who knew the subjects of my research and also to scan documents and pictures in their homes and in libraries as people and documents can easily slip away from you. Individuals I have interviewed have over the course of time become ill and passed away. In the case of the documents in Palo, a small town near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, my cousin’s trunk, located in his basement, with many pictures and documents, was flooded and destroyed with the Cedar River flooding. Also in that flood many of the old documents of the downtown Linn County library were destroyed. Deeds back to the mid 1800’s kept in the Records office located on an island in the middle of the Cedar River were destroyed. Fortunately, I was able to borrow and take home my cousin’s documents and scan them a couple years prior and had researched the libraries and records to my satisfaction before these mishaps.