Sorry for the quality of the photo - I borrowed it from the internet.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
We are planning a visit to the Philadelphia area for this fall. It will be my first time in the area which is extrodinary considering that I have been married to a Philly native for 26 years! Because his parents had retired and moved to Florida by the time we were married, there's never been any trips "back home" for us.
We are going to attend a wedding in New Jersey and I want to visit New Castle Delaware and Philadelphia. I have ancestral connections, on my dad's side, to New Castle (in the 1600's) and I want to see the liberty bell and independence hall. Jerry wants to do some visiting in Pennsylvania so not sure if we will have time for Atlantic city or Valley Forge (or Gettysburg).
I'm excited because this will all be new for me. Anyone else have suggestions on must see places in the area? I ordered visitor's guide but they are both kinda shopping oriented.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
103 Genealogy Things
1. Belong to a genealogical society – yes, 3
2. Joined a group on Genealogy Wise – never heard of it
3. Transcribed records - yes
4. Uploaded headstone pictures to Find-A-Grave or a similar site – many, I’m kind of a grave geek
5. Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents) – more than 4
6. Joined Facebook – yup
7. Cleaned up a run-down cemetery – couple times
8. Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group – ???
9. Attended a genealogy conference – conference, no but did take a college class
10. Lectured at a genealogy conference – gave a genealogy speech in college and helped others as a volunteer at the FHC
11. Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society/local library’s family history group – no me, no speeches except in college speech class
12. Joined the National Genealogical Society – meant to do that
13. Contributed to a genealogy society publication – couple times
14. Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society - yes
15. Got lost on the way to a cemetery – not since GPS
16. Talked to dead ancestors – talk to them often, especially the brick walls
17. Researched outside the state in which I live - yes
18. Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants - no
19. Cold called a distant relative – yes
20. Posted messages on a surname message board – not in a while but used to do it often
21. Uploaded a gedcom file to the internet – same answer as above
22. Googled my name (and those of ancestors) – like everyday
23. Performed a random act of genealogical kindness – have helped others
24. Researched a non-related family, just for the fun of it – I’ll research anybody who shows up on my radar but only for a couple hours since I have my own work to do!
25. Have been paid to do genealogical research - no
26. Earn a living (majority of income) from genealogical research – I wish
27. Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative - yes
28. Contributed to one of the genealogy carnivals – a what?
29. Responded to messages on a message board – yup, sometimes years after the original post
30. Was injured while on a genealogy excursion – bug bites count?
31. Participated in a genealogy meme – just this one so far
32. Created family history gift items – yes but should do more
33. Performed a record lookup – hundreds, maybe a thousand
34. Took a genealogy seminar cruise – where do I sign up for that?!?!?!?
35. Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space – or worse, had two wives each in a different county of same state. Can’t think of any other answer for a particular dilemma.
36. Found a disturbing family secret – I am not easily disturbed. Found that others change “facts” so as not to reveal a disturbing family secret.
37. Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking) – a little.
38. Think genealogy is a passion and/or obsession not a hobby – it’s not a hobby, it’s a pilgrimage
39. Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person – for work, not for genealogy.
40. Taught someone else how to find their roots - yes
41. Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure - yup
42. Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology - yes
43. Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher – my favorite is removed
44. Disproved a family myth through research = oh yeah
45. Got a family member to let you copy photos - yes
46. Used a digital camera to “copy” photos or records – yes when desperate
47. Translated a record from a foreign language – nope, my relatives are dumped at the water, so to speak.
48. Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record – they pop up on ancestry but I haven’t used them much…I only research the
49. Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer – in the olden days but those microfiche machine make me seasick
50. Used microfiche – I still own some ;)
51. Visited the Family History Library in
– yes and it was so overwhelming I didn’t find as much as you would think. Salt Lake City
52. Used Google+ for genealogy – don’t know what that is but I do Google ancestor names
53. Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors - no
54. Taught a class in genealogy – not a class
55. Traced ancestors back to the 18th Century – easy enough
56. Traced ancestors back to the 17th Century - harder
57. Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century – hooked into others research because I don’t research outside the
58. Can name all of your great-great-grandparents – and where they were born and died and of what
59. Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer – nah, I need the computer for that
60. Have found many relevant and unexpected articles on internet to “put flesh on the bones” – I’m a bones girls, prefer dates and facts over stories
61. Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills – no, hummmm
62. Helped someone find an ancestor using records you had never used for your own research - yes
63. Visited the main National Archives building in
– no way, I understand that
neighborhood is dangerous. Or is that the Washington archives? Washington,
64. Have an ancestor who came to
as an indentured servant – believe so but cannot prove it America
65. Have an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 or Civil War – yes to all, many in each
66. Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone – who hasn’t?
67. Can “read” a church record in Latin – no but I’ve learned early American writing (like F for double s’s)
68. Have an ancestor who changed his/her name, just enough to be confusing – every other generation on one line
69. Joined a Rootsweb mailing list - several
70. Created a family website – yes
71. Have a genealogy blog – a brick wall blog
72. Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone – only for about 2 second then dove right in
73. Have broken through at least one brick wall – several, one somewhat recently
74. Done genealogy research at a court house – via phone/mail to the court house
75. Borrowed microfilm from the Family History Library - tons
76. Found an ancestor in an online newspaper archive – don’t think so
77. Have visited a
branch - ? NARA
78. Have an ancestor who served in WWI or WWII - yes
79. Use maps in my genealogy research – can’t stand using them
80. Have a blacksheep ancestor – think so
81. Found a bigamist amongst my ancestors – no proof yet
82. Attended a genealogical institute – I wish
83. Taken online genealogy (and local history) courses – not online, at a college
84. Consistently (document) and cite my sources – for my work but I do save others that I have not personally documented
85. Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don’t live in) in search of ancestors – nope, I quit when I find a ship
86. Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes - yes
87. Have an ancestor who was married four times – don’t recall
88. Made a rubbing of an ancestor’s gravestone – just photos
89. Followed genealogists on Twitter – not fond of Twitter
90. Published a family history book- I never feel “done enough” for that
91. Offended a family member with my research. – yes, I am quite insensitive about that
92. Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts – via internet to distant relative
93. Have a paid subscription to a genealogy database - several
94. Submitted articles for FamilySearch Wiki – no, never “done enough”
95. Organized a family reunion – gosh no
96. Converted someone new to the love of all things genealogy – I’ve tried
97. Have done the genealogy happy dance – yes and the song and the scream
98. Visited the DAR Library in
– love it Washington D.C.
99. Have done indexing for Family Search Indexing or another genealogy project – I did something once a long time ago, may have been that
100. Visited the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana – I wish, I have been looking for a family in 1870 Indiana census for abt 20 years
101. Had an amazing serendipitous find of the "Psychic Roots" variety – what?
102. Visited the Library of Congress - no
103. Belong to a lineage society – didn’t we start with that?
Friday, April 26, 2013
We only visited one of the Smithsonian museum while we were in Washington DC earlier in the month and I chose the National Museum of the American Indian. I have a soft spot for tribal/Native museums after having worked for the Alutiiq Museum & Archeological Repository in Kodiak.
The exterior of the building.
Mom with one of the scriptures outside the museum
A woven boat???
Paddles made by Jerry Laktonen
A Yupik mask
Ceramic made by Pomonkey tribe members - I took this for an old work friend whose father is a member.
I believe this was the outside of the Rasmussen theatre
The museum was awesome. A nice exhibit of many different cultures. What I found most impressive was that it taught history and then on another floor it was more of a "who we are now" type exhibit. I believe that's an important distinction that Native peoples are current, not past.