Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Eugene Lundberg

Eugene M. Lundberg headstone. Date June 4, 2006, Place Oakmont Memorial Park, Lafayette, California. Digital Image by Msteri, privately held by Msteri. [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2008

Eugene's date of birth was June 2, 1931. He had the special honor of being born a twin. His unfortunate death at the age of 34 was due to a fatal car accident on November 5, 1965.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Immigration Passenger Lists Post 4 ~ Markings in the Name Column

(Notes from a study group I attended)

When you see an annotation in the name column you would assume it always referred to the immigrants name. Many do, but many do not relate to the name directly. Sometimes the name may need to be corrected but there are times information is recorded there that refers to a question that the immigrant inquired about himself.

Before 1924 there weren't any "Reentry Permits." So if an immigrant wanted to travel abroad, there wasn't any guarantee that he would be able to get back in this country. The immigrants would call the Immigration Service to try to receive a letter, pass or some sort of a guarantee they could reenter this country. When you see a "V/L" or " V L" annotated on a manifest, this refers to verification of landing. Sometimes there may be numbers following these letters and they refer to where the actual letters, requests, were filed. These files however no longer exist.

These notations are very informative as we will then know that the immigrant may be on another passenger list, the trip back to the U.S.

After July 1, 1924 when an immigrant wanted to make a trip out of the country and wanted to be allowed back into the country, they could apply for a permit. In this application the original port needed to be named along with the date and ship the immigrant arrived on. This was used for verification purposes. After paying a fee and waiting for the verification process, the immigrant hoped the verification came before they departed. During the verification process the clerk would either mark the passenger with a "P" or "Permit". Sometimes you may actually see a city listed stating where the applications took place.

Clarifying or correcting names helped to confuse those of us who look at the manifests and try to make heads or tails of them. Sometimes the name correction would be written directly above the name, or beside the name. Other times the name only may be crossed out and the correction entered. Usually when a name was crossed out it was due to a standard bureaucratic procedure. Many times immigrants had difficulty when applying for naturalization and the name didn't match the name on the immigration passenger list. If there was an error on the manifest the person could apply to have it fixed, and once approved a government clerk would correct the record. This meant crossing out the name and writing in the new one. Rare cases may show a date added also.

(This study group followed the article "A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations" by Marion L. Smith, Historian, U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service. With assistance of Elise Freedman, Flora Gursky and Eleanor Bien.)

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

My Next Class and My Day

Today was a busy one for me, although I really don't know to many days that aren't busy for me! It started with my wonderful grandson waking me up this morning. We were able to spend some time together before I headed out to my class at the Jr. College.

Two hour classes just fly by, it amazes me still. Today the instructor covered censuses. She went
through each Federal Census with us and shared what was available on each. She covered how the census takers took their census information, and where it went afterwards, and the copies that were made. We all know that the 1890 census information is extremely minimal, however we were displayed a census from this time period which showed a friend of the instructors whole family! Our instructor was with her at the National Archives when she found this. Must have been so very exciting!

We were instructed to make sure we took note of the enumerator, actual dates the specific census was taken and where the family was from. Sometimes the enumerator may actually be related to your family.

Wild cards and samples were given to show us how to try to find the people we can't find using their full name. We went through Soundex and played with a few names and codes.

Special schedules, websites, links and pointers were given to us also regarding the Censuses. Keeping track of all research is important so you don't go in circles. Again, a very informative class, and I took 5 pages of notes!

Pop Question ~ Which Federal Census can you actually search for an occupation?

I came home wanting to get on the computer and play in the censuses, but lo and behold, my grandson was still at the house! He spent 8 hours here and I spent the rest of the time with him. It is always such quality time with my grandson. I love watching every move he makes and how much he changes every time I see him. I see him about every other day and have him for several hours on those days and feel very fortunate to be blessed with so much time with him. After quality time with him...........

I was off scanning! Knowing that I can't make Scanfest tomorrow I decided to have my own. Three hours later, I had enough. I made a good dent in my project, so that was a great feeling. I hope the special Scanfest tomorrow is a hugh success, I am sure it will be great fun! Wish I could be a part, but maybe next time.

As my day comes to an end I wanted to give you an update on my class. I didn't get the opportunity to play in the census records as I would have liked, but...as I remember from one of the greatest movies ever ..."Tomorrow is another day!"

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Getting To Know Me, Getting to Know All About Heritage Happens

Terry Thorton at Hill Country of Monroe County ~


put out a challenge to bloggers a few weeks ago. There are so many new bloggers that he decided it would be great to do a post about each of our blogs to help introduce everyone. With so many bloggers and so little time it is difficult to get to know the new bloggers, follow and keep up! I totally agree!

I happen to be one of the newest bloggers, only started my blog a month ago. I have been following many wonderful blogs for about two years. I really enjoy the carnivals and memes and the Genea-Bloggers Games were fabulous! I decided I wanted to be in on the fun, and knew blogging would be a great way for me to organize and share my work.

Terry asked us to share three posts that we feel are the "Brightest", "Breeziest" and "Beautiful". Now, for me, I do not have many posts to choose from so I will do my best to choose something for each category that I hope will be fitting!

Brightest ~ Classes Here I Come! http://heritagehappens.blogspot.com/2008/09/classes-here-i-come.html My reason for choosing this is because the classes I am taking will make me "brighter" and smarter. I plan on continuing my education in regards to genealogy and Family History.

Breeziest ~ For this I chose "Dagny's Hat". http://heritagehappens.blogspot.com/search/label/Dagny%20Dulin I had fun putting together a little poem in regards to Dagny and her hat for the 5th Edition of Smile for the Camera.

Beautiful ~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Lois Marie McGuire is my choice for this category.
http://heritagehappens.blogspot.com/2008/09/lois-marie-mcguire-wordless-wednesday.html This picture of her, http://heritagehappens.blogspot.com/2008/09/wordless-wednesday-lois-marie-mcguire.html I think is beautiful and the post itself shows my appreciation of having had a "written" relationship with her.

This blog will take you on a journey of my progression and stumbling blocks. I intend to have fun and learn. Blogging gives me the avenue and discipline to write the bits and pieces of my life and my predecessors. In my life and yours, Heritage did Happen!

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HD Fat Boy ~ Wordless Wednesday

The picture I posted yesterday was of my Harley Davidson Fat Boy. It is the 100 year anniversary model which I bought brand new in 2003. Yes, I ride a Harley. After seeing Sheri Fenley's post at The Educated Genealogist (http://sherifenley.blogspot.com/2008/09/primer-on-setting-goals-and-reaching.html ) and her ride on the Harley (great post Sheri) I thought I would share some of my experience with Harley's and the fact that it is never to late to learn anything!

My husband wanted a Harley back in 1998, so for Christmas I gave him the down payment to get one. He was stunned. I am a firm believer that you do things while you are able, who knows what tomorrow may bring? So he bought his Harley and we never expected I would ride with him. Never say never!

I asked him after he had the bike for a bit to take me for a ride around the corner. He did and I never thought I would get on a bike again! When we turned the corner to go up the hill, I made the mistake of looking down at the road and saw how close I was to the street! I thought, I value my life, this is to scary!

A few weeks later I asked him for another ride, but this time not going up the hill, and I didn't look at the ground. Much better! Kind of fun! Eventually I was a full time passenger and we needed to get a bigger bike, which we did.

After a year or so I decided I wanted to learn to ride, in case something ever happened to him and I needed to get help. My hubby agreed that it was a good idea and I enrolled in a motorcycle course. I passed the test and earned my motorcycle license! This only led to wanting my own bike...

I learned to ride on a old Yamaha 125, out on some country roads. To make it tougher, I had never driven a stick in a car, so that concept was also new to me. About the time I was really enjoying and having fun on this garage sale toy that we paid $75.00 for (it didn't have a key we had to use a dime and kick start the thing) my husband took it away! He said I was to comfortable and it was time to buy me a Harley! Now I got really nervous. Spend all that money, what if I crash?

But that is what we did, I bought a brand new 1999 Harley Davidson Sportster! Yes, I laid it down once, but I was at a stop and picked up my feet before I gave the thing gas, so over I went. Had some nice looking young men help me and my bike up in my embarrassment before my husband could even turn around! This was my first time on the city streets, and the only time I have gone down.

Moving forward, in 2001 I decided I wanted to ride to Sturgis, South Datoka, make the most memorable trip of a lifetime on the Harley. At first my husband thought I was nuts! He said "Well, we could trailer the bikes and ride in the last 100 miles." I told him "No way! I was riding the ride!" He replied with "Then we need to get you a bigger bike." Next thing I knew I had a brand new 2001 Harley Davidson Low Rider. We made the trip to Sturgis that year, over 4000 miles, and yes it was a trip of a lifetime!

In 2003, I test rode a Harley Davidson Fat Boy and loved it. This is the model I have always admired most. Never in a million years did I think I would ride one! Having been gone a LONG time on the test ride, I think my husband got a bit nervous. I enjoyed it so much I kept going and didn't want to come back! He told me that if I liked that ride so much he had a bike to show me. Off we went and there was this gorgeous brand new Fat Boy he showed me on the showroom floor at a dealer. I can't explain how I felt seeing this bike. We bought it and it has been home with me ever since.

Over the years we have made many journeys on the Harleys. We have been to Mexico (several times), Canada and of course Sturgis. We have been to the Grand Canyon, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Zion, Bryce Canyon, the Colorado Rockies, the Grand Tetons and more. We have done Hollister, and Reno numerous times. I have seen more of California than I ever would have seen without a bike, there are backroads I never knew existed.

I am a bit spoiled but I am not complaining! I have had three brand new bikes and now, I am getting my bike custom painted! I actually bought the paint job while in Hollister back in July. Because we ride quite a bit, I wanted to hold off on having it done so I could make several of the trips we had planned. Now the time has come and my baby will be torn apart in the next few weeks. I have added lots of chrome and rims and things, but one thing I have always wanted was Diamond Cut Heads. So now that the bike is going to be torn apart anyway, I am having my dream done also! I will be without my bike for awhile, but I am so very excited to get it done.

I wanted to share a picture of my bike, I know when it gets done it will be like a brand new bike and I will want to show it off! Also, I wanted you to know that it is never to late to learn anything! I learned to ride after my children moved out and and were on their own. As of last year I have a stick shift VW that I call my "puddle jumper" for around town. Heck, any more I leave the good car in the garage and drive the puddle jumper to work everyday, it is fun!

And now my new project ~ I am learning all I can about genealogy!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wordless Wednesday ~ HD Fat Boy

2003 Harley Davidson Fat Boy, Date May 11, 2008, Msteri's home, California. Digital Image by Msteri, privately held by Msteri. [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Augusta McLean

Among my searches through the internet a week or so ago, I ran across a post "Tombstone Tuesday". I liked this idea and later decided it was something I would like to follow suit with. I wish I knew who to give credit to on this initial find, but in all honesty I didn't make note of it at the time. I searched the net again last night to try to find who started "Tombstone Tuesday" and found Amy's Genealogy, etc. Blog, http://familytrees.wordpress.com (or use the link in my blog list to the right) which contained postings with this heading. I am not sure if she was the originator or not, although I believe she stated she started this. I sure hope Amy, or whoever may have started this doesn't mind me following their great idea! (If it wasn't Amy and you know who it was, please inform me in the comment section so I can be sure to give credit where credit is due!) Amy if you started this, I LOVE the idea!

Augusta McLean Memorial. Date, June 4, 2006. Oakmont Memorial Park, Lafayette, California. Digital Image by Msteri, privately held by Msteri. [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2008.

The tombstone I have chosen for this post is of Augusta McLean. Augusta was my maternal grandfather's mother in law. Even though she wasn't in my direct line, she was our ggrandmother to my sisters and I. As long as I can remember she was part of our family and has left me with many memories. Thank you Nana for the memories!

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Monday, September 22, 2008

My "Getting Serious Class"

Having now attended my second in this series of eight classes, I have more homework! Can you imagine that?

I am still trying to complete homework from the first class, the scavenger hunt in the library. The library has been a bit intimidating to me. I assumed all my answers would be in the "genealogy section", and I have learned there is so much more in the library to assist us in genealogy research. Learning what resource you need and what is available is tough work! Although it is taking me awhile to do this assignment, I am bound and determined to complete the task. Sometimes I feel I can go on the internet and find the answers, but I am tying my hands and won't allow myself to "cheat".

My second class was as rewarding as the first. Derivative evidence was a hot topic. I knew what derivative evidence was, but I didn't have a clue as to the vast amount of resources there are available to assist you in finding this evidence.

Thanks to homework I now have two additional scavenger hunts to work on. One in the Family History Library, again I have no experience here, and the other is an online scavenger hunt. I am thinking the online scavenger hunt will be much easier for me, although I found out there are many resources available on the web I haven't come close to exploring yet.

A couple of small goals I wanted to accomplish were to use the Library and Family History Center, so this class is just fantastic! I don't know how anyone can ever know all of the references that are available. It is truly overwhelming.

I have learned that it doesn't matter if I have 25,000 people in my family tree. If I only have 100 people and have done legitimate research and sourcing, I will have accomplished so much more. My work will be taken more seriously, and with proof documents and sourcing anyone can easily check my research.

As I have said before, when all I have done is drain people's brains, drive the laptop census crazy, scan til the scanner starts smoking, attempt to source and organize until it makes me talk to myself, I had no clue....................................there is so much more to family history and genealogy than I ever could have imagined. It isn't that I haven't accomplished anything until now, because I most definitely have. It is that now I am ready to move forward. The zest this class has given me compares to when I made my first genealogical discovery, the excitement, desire, anticipation and will has exploded all over again!

If there is an area you may want to explore or learn more about, check out the classes in your area (or online), you just may get another whole new burst of excitement and energy! And while I have all of this exuberance in me, I best get to some of that homework!

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Immigration Passenger Lists Post #3 ~ Markings for Passenger Lists

(Notes from a study group I attended)

When an immigrant was detained or held for a special hearing there would be letters noted on the manifest prior to their names. Here are some of those letters you may see and what they mean. Take a look at a manifest and see if you notice any of these markings.

"D" ~ In New York this would mean temporarily detained. In Philadelphia it would mean that the person was held for a Board of Special Inquiry.

"X", "D" and the word "Held" ~ This could either mean they were temporarily detained or had a Special Inquiry Hearing.

"S.I." and "B.S.I." ~ Meant that the immigrant was held for a hearing.

Most passenger lists didn't give information regarding what happened at those hearings. The New York and Philadelphia ports do have some other records regarding these detentions and hearings, but they are limited. Philadelphia's records for hearings and detainment cover 1882-1909. New York has less extensive records but after 1903 their records were attached to the end of the passenger lists. So if you notice a passenger was detained after 1903, be sure to check the end of the manifest for additional information.

If you find an immigrant in Philadelphia that was detained between 1882-1909 you should check the Regional Archives in Philadelphia, most hard copies of these records are kept there.

Some records from 1893-1909 can be found on microfilm as National Archives Publication M1500.

Jewish immigrants should look at the HIAS records at the Philadelphia Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies located in the Jewish archives.

This study group followed the article "A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations" by Marion L. Smith, Historian, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. With Assistance of Elise Freedman, Flora Gursky and Eleanor Bien.)

Look for future posts regarding these lists to find out what else I learned!

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Lois Marie McGuire ~ Wordless Wednesday

Yesterday's picture posting was of my grandmother. The date labeled on this picture was so far off it didn't make sense to me, therefore I left the date out. (I will be making a phone call to verify the time frame of this photo!) I could venture a guess as to when I think it was taken, but I chose to verify the actual time frame first. This is a perfect example why I am going to pick up a couple of books on dating photos, one at least will be a Maureen Taylor book.

Grandma Lois lived out of state so we didn't see her often. I was blessed with having a close relationship with her, we wrote old fashioned "ink to paper" type letters to each other for many years. I believe I started writing to her when I was in middle school. By the time I was in high school we were sending letters every week.

I often wonder what kept her writing back to me and what she must have thought of my letters. I seem to remember complaining a lot to her, but she always wrote back! I looked forward to her letters very much and only wish now that I still had them.

As I matured and had a life of my own, our letters became less frequent. Life was busy, I wrote as often as I could. We were lucky to hear from each other every couple of months, and sometimes it was longer.

After my grandmother passed away, some of the letters I had written to her came back to me. Interestingly though, the ones of that complaining teenager didn't find their way back.

Even though we were many miles apart I was blessed to have had the relationship I did with my grandmother, we knew each other and followed our lives together. It was beautiful, she was beautiful and I was the lucky one!

Oh, how I wish I had just a few of those letters now..........

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wordless Wednesday ~ Lois Marie McGuire

Lois Marie McGuire, Age Unknown, Date 1944. Location Oklahoma or California. Digital Image. Privately held by Msteri, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2008

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Classes, here I come!

I attended my first genealogy class last Saturday that I am taking at the local community college. I assumed this first class would cover the basics of this field and it wouldn't be difficult. There again what do they say about assuming? The lesson did cover all the essentials on beginning genealogy, and I found I have so much to learn!

This is why I am taking this class, I want to do everything genealogically correct. Discussion included organization, standards and guidelines, and how to research.

I have worked hard over the years to be organized, and have redone my files and methods a few times. I discovered Saturday that how I am currently organized will eventually burden me with tons of paper duplication.........ho hum.....here we go again!

The instructor actually gave me kudos though on my current organization method! I would not need to change my basic system. I was so thrilled thinking I didn't have to go through a whole reorganization process again! I am pretty proud of myself for being as organized as I am! (Saves me on some homework too!) My computer files are set up the same as my paper files, so again no need to change that either.

I have run across the issue of paper duplication so understood this could be a real problem. Luckily, the teacher made this an easy fix for me, as I can adapt how I file my records without changing my system. I can also adapt my records accordingly on my computer, simple enough.

When discussing the Genealogical Standards and Guidelines, I found many were basic common sense. We didn't cover all the standards and guidelines I am sure but what we did cover was a great beginning! This class is all about sound practices and research, just what I am looking for.

I am embarrassed to say, most of my research has consisted of using the Internet. Over the years I have been collecting information from family and newly discovered family members. I have also spent numerous hours scanning, transcribing and organizing along the way. I have taken several online courses but have mostly been a "learn as I go" type of person. I was ready for more structure; hence this class.

Tonight has already changed all of that. Part of our homework assignment consists of traveling to the library and finding answers to a variety of questions the instructor posted. Problem solving involving research in many different types of records. I knew this would be tough for me. I spent two hours exploring the library's holdings and tried to act as though I were experienced and knew what I was doing. There are just way to many books in that building!

In the end I was able to accomplish maybe half of my assignment, the toughest ones are still ahead. I am more than thrilled to learn how to use the library for my research, I KNOW in the future this will be such a benefit. The best part of my library experience was realizing several answers to these questions could have been found on the Internet, but I was learning to find the answers in the library! It is sad to think with our advanced computer age, we can get so behind in the real world. I can't wait until I feel accomplished enough to go into a library and REALLY know how to research. Practice, practice, practice!

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

I have been Awarded!

I am in absolute amazement! I have been tagged by Sheri over at TwigTalk! This is the first time I have been tagged. Many very well known genealogy bloggers have been tagged and it has been fun watching the process move along. I never expected this to come to me, especially since my blog is new. I am honored beyond belief that Sheri has thought enough of my blog to tag me!

Many thanks over and over to you!

The rules associated with this tag are as follows:

1. Can put the logo on his/her blog
2. Must link to the person who gave the award
3. Must nominate 7 other blogs and link to them
4. Must leave a comment on each of the nominated blogs

I need to nominate seven other blogs, and here are my nominations ~

1. Find Your Folks by Professor Dru
2. GenBlog by Julie Cahill Tarr
3. Elyse's Genealogy Blog by Elyse Doerflinger
4. Spence-Lowry Family History by A. Spence
5. The Chart Chick by Janet Horvorka
6. Genealogy Lines by Ruby Coleman
7. Bluebonnet Country Genealogy by Ruth Stephens

Finally, I will now leave comments on each of these blogs!

Thank you again to Sheri for including me in this tag, I am truly honored!

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

10 Essential Books in my Genealogy Library

I have to admit that there are many books I would like to add to my personal genealogy library. One of the next book purchases I plan to make will assist me in dating photos. I am anxious to read the posts for this Carnival, I know I will be adding to my wish list!

I chose to list the first books I purchased when starting my genealogy research. Some are, in my eyes, mandatory books and others are for my personal research and may not be useful to others. For me these were essential (and not in any particular order) ~

1. The Source ~ A Guidebook of American Genealogy, edited by Lorretto Dennis Szucs & Sandra Hargreaves Luebking
2. Evidence, Citation and Analyisis ~ Elizabeth Shown Mills
3. Red Book ~ 3rd edition ~ American State, County and Town Sources. Eichholz
4. How to do Everything with your Genealogy ~ George Morgan
5. Elaine ~ Marjorie Watson Bennett
6. Nell ~ Marjorie Watson Bennett
7. Swedish Roots ~ Clemensson, Andersson
8. Genealogy Online ~ 7th edition ~ Crowe
9. Genealogists Companion & Source Book ~ 2nd edition ~ Crowe
10. Evidence Explained, citing history sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace ~ Elizabeth Shown Mills

Elaine and Nell were written by my first cousin once removed, Marjorie Watson Bennett. These books are fiction, with some twisted truth. Elaine was centered on my grandfathers era, where he lived and branches of his family. Nell, wasn't as applicable to my family although places and names were related, in a round about way. Elaine and Nell gave me the desire to visit where my ggrandfather settled, and since I have now been there, I can relate so much more to these books.

Evidence Explained was actually a later purchase, as it was published more recently. For me this was a must have! The other books I purchased were great purchases as they have assisted me to this wonderful addiction I now have!

This was written for the Carnival of Genealogy ~ 10 Essential Books in my Genealogy Library.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Immigration Passenger Lists Post #2 ~ Passengers Not Sailing

(Notes from a study group I attended.)

Have you ever noticed the different ways passengers of ships were noted on a manifest if they did not board for travel?

You may first think of the line drawn straight through the name, which would seem pretty apparent that this particular passenger wasn't aboard. There are records of passengers who did not board the ship and did not have a line drawn through their name however.

Many times notations prior to a persons name may indicate also that the person did not board. A variety of notations could have been made regarding this. It may say "Cancelled", "Not Shipped", or "N.O.B.", meaning "not on board". It could also say "Did not sail", or be stamped with "Not shipped". And those straight lines, it didn't always mean the passenger wasn't aboard! A wavy line through the name may have been used instead.

We need to be careful when we see a passenger's name with a line through it. It didn't always mean the passenger didn't board! The passenger may be aboard the ship and their name moved to a different list. So, if we are pretty sure the particular person was aboard this specific vessel, make sure to check other lists! This passenger may be on a list such as "Records of Detained Aliens", "Records of Aliens held for Special Inquiry", or maybe even a "Second Class passenger list".

Sometimes a person may have gotten ill and or changed their plans about travel. Sometimes the cancellations were made so late that a new list couldn't be made prior to shipping. Whatever the reason, it was still very important for the ships to keep very accurate records of their passengers. Remember, there was a head tax the ships had to pay on their passengers.

Be sure to watch for other lists for the departures, and make note of the annotations.

(This study group followed the article "A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations" by Marion L. Smith, Historian, U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service. With assistance of Elise Freedman, Flora Gursky and Eleanor Bien)

Look for future posts regarding these lists to find out what else I learned!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bright Shop ~ Wordless Wednesday

On my first real genealogical/vacation trip my husband and I went to Pennsylvania. I was looking for the home my ggrandparents settled in after they came to this country.

In the blink of an eye we went through the small town I was looking for. Suddenly we came down a hill, hit a dead end, and noticed the old post office that clearly stated it was the "Rowland P.O." This P.O. wasn't being used any longer, I am sure they built a new one in the newer part of town. Rowland's population was 1,527 in 2007, and the town no doubt needed a bigger, better P.O.!

Having missed the landmarks I was looking for from my directions, we needed to stop and ask for assistance. Across the way was a very old, small building we drove past as we were turning around at the end of the road. It was a fishing/bait shop. My husband suggested I stop and ask there. I was thinking out loud..."the man I saw in the window was quite old and he wouldn't know anything". My husband stated, "Who better?". Silly me, of course!

We pulled over and went into this cute, old, tiny shop and spoke with the gentleman there. Once we went in and saw him, he wasn't as old as he looked in the window as we were driving by, a sign of my aging eyes! I explained where I was trying to go and he said he didn't have a clue, but, he knew his wife would know! Ok, now we are on to something! He was very kind and called his wife. Absolutely amazing was the fact that she knew my family name and the house and exactly where it was! I started feeling the excitement rise in my body. Oh... I am finally going to get there!

To make things even more coincidental, the wife continued on with her husband stating that, the property is now owned by her uncle. Wow, small world. Apparently her uncle was away for some time and she gave us permission to go and look around the property. Next we found out that the property was just down the road, almost not worth getting in the car to go to!

I wish I could remember this man's name who was so helpful to us. I believe I have it written somewhere but it is buried under mounds of paper. He was kind enough to let me take a picture of him and his business. He was very happy going to work every day, and I wondered how many customers came through his establishment in any given period of time. The location was perfect, right on the river......but hardly a sole in sight.

This gentleman and his wife gave me the final instructions on finding my great grandparents home, and to think I didn't want to stop in at that old bait shop!

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Bright Shop

Bright Shop Fishing Supplies. Photo taken by Msteri, October 14, 2007. Location, Rowlands, Pennsylvania. Digital Image. Privately held by Msteri,[ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Family Tree Maker 2009

Well I opened my e-mail this evening and there was my Thank You from Family Tree Maker along with my free upgrade for Family Tree Maker 2009! I was excited and surprised to see this so soon! I did receive a notice (as all registered FTM 2008 owners did) a couple weeks ago that this would be forthcoming, but seeing is believing!

Personally, I have appreciated and enjoyed my FTM 2008. I am one of the lucky ones who didn't have issues with this version. I may not be as advanced within my tree as others and that could be a reasonable explanation as to why I haven't missed the items that disappeared. My needs at this time have been satisfied and I have been very pleased. Knowing the future would bring new advancements for FTM, it wasn't an issue for me to wait for upgrades.

Although I am sure by now others must have already posted this information on their blogs, for those who have not seen the information I will list the improvements stated that were made, but won't go into details of each ~

New Reports, New Charts, New Functionality with Publishing, Improved Data - Manipulation Tools, Improvements within Research Tools, Import Improvements, Place Improvements, and Source Improvements.

Also stated, we will get the following updates and more automatically as they become available ~

Book Building, Better Ancestry.com Member Tree Integration, Improved Relationship Calendar, Source Templates based on Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills, and many others.

The new source templates are very exciting to me. I own Elizabeth Shown Mills book, Evidence Explained. I want to properly site my sources and if the new template follows the book, it will guide me even better with proper sourcing!

I believe FTM made a good marketing decision by giving free versions of 2009 to owners the 2008 version (especially those who have not been satisfied) and I for one will continue being a faithful customer!

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Dagny's Hat

Source ~ Dagny Dulin, age unknown, date unknown, location unknown. Digital Image. Privately held by Msteri River, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California 2008

Dagny Dulin came from Norway
We still don’t know her whole story.
It is said she left a family of money
Came to the states, which I find funny.

If we knew when this picture was taken
It would help, of that I am not mistaken.
She looks young and I am sure is in the states
But I hesitate to guess for any mistake I may make.

This post though is for “Crowning Glory”
So I won’t continue with this story.
We will check out her hat decked in feathers
Which I am sure is not made of leather.

I wonder, did this hat came from her country
Or did she get it in the U.S. upon her entry?
A hat like this to take and travel
Keeping it safe would be a marvel.

The only picture I own of Dagny in a hat
I treasure this and really think that
Even though she may not be smiling
Her hat gives her some real styling!

Although this photo has been cut and marked with tape
Not taken care of properly, not in the best shape
I chose this photo for you all to see
This is my great grandmother in her Crowning Glory!

Written for the 5th Edition of Smile For the Camera ~ "Crowning Glory".

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Creative Commons

I was so close in adding Creative Commons (which covers copyright issues) to my blog, but just couldn't quite get it there. Thanks to Thomas MacEntee over at Destination:Austin Family (link in my blog roll) for helping me get through the final stages! He was the bomb! Bear with me as I am still tweeking on this blog!

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Followers Gadget

Upon checking out what could be added to my blog, I found the "Followers" gadget. I thought it would be a fun to have this one, but hesitated not knowing how big it would be (didn't want obtrusive!) and hadn't remembered seeing it on any other blogs. They may have been there, but I hadn't noticed.

Later this evening I was reading others blogs and happened to notice it on Jessica's Genejournal, http://www.jessicagenejournal.blogspot.com, or click on the link in my blogroll. Not obtrusive at all, I liked it. After I joined her "followers" list and added the gadget to my blog.

If you would like to be added as a follower of my blog you will find it below my blog archive on the right side. I would love to see you there! Thanks Jessica for the demonstration for me!

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Joseph John Fleming-Wordless Wednesday Post 9/2/2008

The picture posted was that of my great grandfather, Joseph John Fleming. He was brought into this world in Blaine, Pottawattomee, Kansas and was of Irish and Canadian heritage. Born 4 November 1875, he was the seventh child blessed to his parents. He eventually migrated to Payne County, Oklahoma and married 1 July 1900. Two daughters and a son were born from this union. He was a laborer and a fireman for an oil refinery.

I remember him as a child. Funny how children perceive things. I remember thinking he was so special because he was so old! I just wanted to stare at him in amazement. He would sit in a chair at my grandfather's house, very observant to all his surroundings. I admired him as I had heard he was so sharp "for his age". The best part was when we talked to him, we got to "yell"! Actually, it was tough for us kids to talk to him as we really had to work at it, we weren't allowed to talk loudly like that to anyone else so it was out of character to try to do so with our great grandfather. He was very hard of hearing at this stage of his life. I remember sitting on his lap and feeling that he really enjoyed us children. I am lucky to have known him and savor my memories.

He passed away 17 Dec. 1966 in Santa Barbara, California at ninety one years of age.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Wordless Wednesday ~ Joseph John Fleming

Joseph John Fleming, age 82 years, 1957. Location Unknown. Digital Image. Privately held by Msteri, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2008

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Back to School

I signed up today to take an eight week course on genealogy. It is actually two four week courses. The first class is more on the beginning level, I am not one to ever say I know it all, so I am sure there will be plenty I will learn!

The second four week course is more advanced and I know I will be learning a lot from this segment.

I am really interested in taking classes at the present time, so I am looking forward to this one. The class starts next Saturday, they are two hours classes. I will keep you up to date on how they go! I am hoping to accomplish more and more as time goes on, with my blog and my family tree. In order to do so, classes will be very helpful!

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Immigration Passenger Lists Post #1 ~ Markings on the Manifests left Margin

Apparently I never posted the first article in this series. It was written on September 1, 2008. I started this blog on August 25, 2008, and had only posted six times at that point. I was still learning the blogging world and never realized it wasn't actually posted. This evening I ran across the draft. So, with my apologies, I am posting it now, February 8, 2009.

(Post #1 from study group I attended)

Last week I attended a study group which was full of new information for me. The group was studying immigration passenger lists. How many manifests have we looked at? What have we noticed on them? Probably the ships name, peoples names, where the immigrant was coming from and where they were headed to. The date and other information depending on what manifest you are looking at.

There are many different types of lists of manifests. I saw examples of "States Immigrant Inspector at Port of Arrival ," "List of United States Citizens," and "Record of Aliens Held for Special Inquiry".

There is so much more than the basics that we can actually learn from each of these manifests. If you look at a couple of different manifests as an example, you may notice numbers, markings and or lines drawn through names and such. All of these markings have a meaning, and we can interpret many of them.

For instance, on the far left column prior to the numerical numbering of the names, you may see a number, 2-7 digits long. These numbers were used as an ID number. They were also called a "contract" number. The steamships used these numbers to match with other important documents. Sometimes a passenger didn't have one of these "contract numbers" and there may be markings showing that.

You may see the numbers in consecutive order or you may not. It is unknown if these numbers may have been taken from a passengers ticket (hence, maybe the first matching to a document?) or where they came from. The numbers didn't have a meaning with United States records, their meaning was with records that were helpful to the ships. The numbers were also sometimes used as a "Head Tax", and may have been a single digit. These numbers referring to a "Head Tax" were from earlier lists, before the shipping companies made a special area just for "Head Tax."

There may be markings whether the passenger wanted a receipt for paying his tax. Sometimes the passenger might actually argue having to pay the tax and maybe it would be noted on the list also. If the passenger was only going through the United States to get to his final destination and he got off the ship and back on he would receive the tax money back that he had paid.

The markings on these lists were very important to the ships lines. One example; the steamship companies would know how many "Head Taxes" had been paid and what the ship had to pay accordingly.

Look for future posts regarding these lists to find out what else I learned.

(This study group followed "A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations" by Marion Smith, Historian, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. With the assistance of Elise Friedman, Flora Gursky, and Eleanor Bien.)

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