Sunday, November 30, 2008

Who's number 1000?

Well Randy Seaver came up with this little tidbit for us to play. We are to go into our family tree and look up who is the 1000th person that was entered. I figured I wanted to play!

So off I went earlier this evening, thinking this would be fun and easy information to find out, and half an hour later I gave up. I waste so much time on things I can't figure out! I have Family Tree Maker 2009. I went to Edit, Find Individual, entered Reference ID in the first box and 1000 and clicked on find. Guess what I got, nothing! Ok, so then I went and tried it for 100 and guess what I got? Nothing. Same thnig when I tried ten.

So then I went to help and tried to figure out why they weren't coming up. It shows in my index how many people I have in my tree, so why doesn't it come up when I search this way for them? Ok, I poked around and around and finally said oh well. Seems I come across so many things that should be so simple to do or figure out and it never works out that way for me. I felt like picking a person from my tree to say was my 1000th person, after all who would know?

I would!

Looks like I will have to look more into this on a rainy day!

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Traditions or Not?


As a child I believe my family made it's own traditions. I really don't know of any that were truly passed down.

Christmas Eve was always spent at my maternal grandfather's house. They had an artificial flocked tree that they never took down! Each season when Christmas was over they moved the tree into a spare bedroom and threw a sheet over it. Then the following Christmas out it came and the sheet disappeared. My grandmother did most of the shopping and my grandfather wrapped all of the presents. I actually have a package of bows that my grandfather wrote on that has never been opened. He passed away in 1979.

Usually there would be my family, my aunt and her family and my grandparents for Christmas Eve. Maybe between eight to thirteen of us. I always was very excited about going there, they got us the best presents! Grandpa played Santa and enjoyed handing out the presents.

After gifts were opened we normally had a ham dinner. Grandma cooked so much food and we were always stuffed after we ate. My sisters and I helped clear the table and do dishes afterwards. Christmas Eve in itself could have been Christmas for us, it was a full evening, we ate well and we were always spoiled.

By the time we got home us kids were either asleep in the car or immediately passed out after hitting our beds. We were never awake enough to hear or try to see Santa, we were always sawing logs! And I can never remember leaving out cookies and milk either......

Christmas morning my mother spent preparing food for dinner. We never opened our gifts until afternoon. One o'clock was the time my maternal grandmother and grandfather came over. This was tradition as every year us kids had to be patient and wait all morning long before we ever got close to those gifts!

After gifts, we went off to play with our new things, and a couple hours later we would have dinner, which was always turkey and the fixings.


(I have two daughters - one is J and the other is C )

As an adult I have started my own traditions. I have been a Christmas fanatic. I decorate like crazy, which no one in my family has ever done. I started having Christmas Stockings after J was born, we never had stockings when I was growing up. I made J's first and only stocking. To this day almost 30 years later, she doesn't want a new one, and I keep thinking she really needs one.

Christmas Eve is left to each of us to do as we choose, visit relatives, friends go to church, whatever everyone wishes. Christmas Day starts at our house about eight am. We put on Christmas music, have coffee or hot chocolate and attack the stockings. After this we usually need refills, bathroom breaks and stretches and then we start on gifts. C usually plays Santa. The gifts all get passed out and then they are opened one at a time. This process can take anywhere from a couple to three hours.

Breakfast is on the agenda next. We clean, cook and eat. Then J and her family leaves to visit some friends. During this time I start preparing food for dinner.

Mid afternoon J and her family comes back, other family members and friends come by and we exchange gifts. At this point most are here for dinner. After dinner everyone is ready to crash.

J asked me yesterday if I was going to put out all my decorations this year. (The last couple years I have been a bit laid back and pretty much only had the tree.) This was the hint that she missed the crowded house where everywhere you looked there was Christmas. I told her I would do better this year. So, I have already started decorating in the house!

Something new J. and I are going to do this year is spend a day making cookies. I generally don't bake much, as I will eat whatever is baked, but this year we decided to get together and bake for some gifts. Who knows maybe another new tradition? If C didn't live so far away she would be baking with us too!

This was written for the 61st edition of the Carnival of Genealogy.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Show and Surprise!

As promised I wanted to show off my new paint job on my baby, the Harley. I received the bike back with the new paint, seat, motor and diamond cuts about two weeks ago. Spent a good five hours the following day spit shining. I enjoy cleaning the bike, I tend to be meticulous and love seeing the shine when I am finished. I waited for a day when the sun was out a bit to take a few pictures, however the pictures do not do justice to the bike. Without the sun actually beating on the paint and getting a close up shot, it is difficult to really see what it does. Anyway, here is an all around shot.

The paint looks so subtle, but you can see the chrome fairly well. The new seat is slicker and flows with the bike. My rims I bought a few years ago, and after the spit shining, they were shining nicely.

Here is a close up where you can see the color a bit and the style of the paint. The basic colors are purple and green, however the colored paint is cameleon paint, which changes colors in the sun. When the light shines on it, you will see blue, copper, purple, green, and variations of each.

Rather difficult maybe to see in the picture also is the fact that I had my heads what they call "Diamond Cut". This is something I have admired for five or six years and always admired.
When the heads were shipped back my mechanic told me, "Wait until you see these! You won't want them on the bike, you will want to wear them on your arms!" Bling! Bling! They sparkle!
The heads were sent to southern California to "Diamond Heads" to be given the "Show Cut." The tank and fenders were sent to Arizona to Mike Love's "Custom Paint" to be painted and pin stripped. Both did a fantastic job!

Here is a closer shot of the paint job, and actually my custom rims too! Today, kinda last minute, we decided to take my bike to Faultline Harley Davidson in Fremont to a ride in bike show. What the heck, put it in the bike show just for fun. They had three groups that the bikes were classified in. There was the Touring, Softail, and Unlimited groups. My bike is a Fat Boy Softail (2003 anniversary model) so that was the group it was entered into. The customers and people who came to the show were the ones who voted on the bikes.
A few hours later the owner of the Faultline Harley came out into the middle of the parking lot to announce the winners. Low and behold, I won first place in the Softail Division! I was stunned and thrilled at the same time. I won a $150.00 gift certificate from the dealership. For a last minute decision and a bit of a brisky ride over there, I was sure happy I entered the bike! What a great day and great ride!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Julie Cahill Tarr at Gen Blog,, started a meme naming two things you are thankful for. I am late in getting this done for her time table, for this I apologise! However, I still would like to participate. It is the season to be grateful, and I think Julie had a wonderful idea! Because I am late in my posting, (by one day I believe) I won't be tagging another, but feel free if you haven't already done so, to post your own thanks!

First, I want to say I am very grateful for "all" of my family. The family I have spent my life with and all the "new" family members I have met or been re-acquainted with. The last couple of years my family has really grown! The support, love and affection I receive from each and every one of them makes my life complete!

Second, I would like to thank all of my friends, online friends and geneabloggers who have supported me in all aspects of my life. Again, the support is unbelievable!

What would we do without family and friends? Thank you, thank you, thank you all for being there through the good times, and the bad, and all of my challenges.

I wish each and every one of you reading this blog a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Please make it safe and healthy one!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tombstone Tuesday~Paul and Dagny Harding

Paul and Dagny Harding Tombstone. Date October 27, 2007. Location Rowlands, Pennsylvania. Digital Image. Privately held by Msteri, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2008

My trip to Pennsylvania last year was primarily to see the house and area where my ancestors settled in this country. Paul and Dagny were both born in Norway. They came to this country at different times in their lives, met here, married and had 8 children.

Paul's birth name was Paul Hardin Gustavsen. When he came to this country he dropped the Gustavsen and went by Paul Harding. I have heard that he wasn't happy in his homeland as there was a blended marriage and lots of children in a small house.

Dagny Dulin on the other hand supposedly came from a family of wealth and therefore makes it more intriguing to me to find out why she left her home in Norway.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Tagged Again!

Looks as if a new game of tag has been going around and I have been tagged, twice. Once from Sheri at Family Twigs and again by Linda from Lancaster at From Axer to Ziegler. So here we go!


*Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
*Write a blog post about these eight things and post these rules.
*At the end of the blog post, list eight people to get tagged.
*Leave a comment on their blogs telling them they have been tagged.

Eight things about me~

1. I do not like to shop. Never have, never will. The only shopping I enjoy is Christmas shopping/and or buying for other people. My husband loves that I hate to shop, saves money that way!

2. I do not watch TV. I do not find there is much that interests me on TV. If there is something on rare occasion I do want to watch, I am usually doing something else as I am watching/listening.

3. I enjoy working Soduko puzzles. They are relaxing to me.

4. I use to do scrap booking and would love to start doing it online.

5. I have a list a mile long of things I want/need to learn.

6. I still want to retire! Never enough time.

7. I enjoy going to a good movie in the winter.

8. I have a great "househusband," since he has retired I have trained him well, he cooks and cleans and shops etc.

Eight people I am tagging~all have blog listings on the right side of my blog.

1. Steve at Steve's Genealogy
2. Jessica at Jessica's Genejournal
3. Professor Dru at Find your Folks
4. The Olive Tree Genealogy Blog
5. Elizabeth at Little Bytes of Life
6. Sheri at The Educated Genealogist
7. Bill at West in New England
8. The Practical Archivist

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Numerous Names, States, and Dates

Brick Walls. Seems I have been hearing a lot about them this week. Many have been fortunate and been able to break through those brick walls recently. I congratulate you if you are one of those who are so fortunate!

I can't say I have a brick wall at this point. I have a relative who is making me work hard, but not a brick wall, at least not yet. I haven't been able to find a birth certificate for this relative. Where she was born and when, happened to be around the time it wasn't mandatory to keep birth records. It is possible there is a delayed birth certificate, which I haven't tried for as of yet.

Of course, this being a female only makes researching slightly more difficult. The real confusion is that she has been married at least four times and possibly five. I have found and know of four of these marriages. I do not have the actual marriage or divorce dates. I know there are two children, their names and their fathers names. I know she lived in at least 5 states, possibly 6 or 7. Her maiden name is an extremely common name.

I thought I knew both of her parents names. After some trouble trying to find this family in the censuses, I started researching her siblings, there were two, and hit pay dirt. From the censuses I found that both of her parents went by names that were not their given names. To make matters more difficult, she went by a name herself that was not her given name! And a couple of these names weren't even derivatives of their given names.

Many nick names, many states, many married names. I have a good flavor of her family and her life, however I am not satisfied, I am looking for more. I want the dates, the states and all the names. I want the history and the best proof possible for all of my facts. Isn't that what is is all about, we want the whole enchilada!

The real challenge will be when I research her father...........John Miner.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wordless Wednesday ~ I don't think it's a Relative

White Faced Monkey. Date April 2008. Location Jungle in Costa Rica. Digital Image by Msteri. Privately held by Msteri [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

What A Wild Week!

I have been a little side tracked this past week. Some new adventures and some old. The old is an ongoing illness I have had for quite some time that I can't seem to shake (it has been a couple years) but I am working hard as possible to clear this up.

One of the new adventures, I attended was an event by Sylvia Browne. I was invited by a friend. Fifteen of us went in three cars. We had a great amount of fun! The speaker before Sylvia Browne was Colette Baron-Reid, with whom I had connections! As far as psychics go, I had never had any personal affiliation with one, but I know they have been helpful on cold cases and such.

I also went to my first ever meditation class. I didn't get to the point of total relaxation as I know you should, but I enjoyed the meditation time non the less. My daughter asked me to join her as she has been taking yoga and meditation for awhile now and believes it would all be good for me too. My hesitation is the monthly fee.

My husband and I did a PGR (Patriot Guard Ride) on Friday evening. The Patriot Guard motorcycle group meets and greets our military at the airport when they come home from duty and escorts them to their homes where there is generally a big celebration. We have been involved in this just this year, and have really enjoyed the happiness we have brought to our service men and women. This last ride was more personal however as this was a woman who had gone through school and sports with our daughters. She was wounded in Iraq, unconscious for 9 months, been in 4 hospitals, and lots of rehab. It was her 29th birthday, she was leaving the hospitals to finally go home and she never had "The Official PGR" escort. With more than 50 motorcycles, we surprised her as she was out with her family for dinner, and escorted her home. Others were at the house waiting to surprise her. There were many presentations and pictures taken. She was very gracious and thrilled by it all. She is still in a wheelchair and has short term memory loss, so we hope the photos will help her to remember. As usual, it was a great turnout.

I also received my Harley back with it's new custom paint job. I spent most of the afternoon detailing the bike, but it was to late to put it in the sun to get a good picture afterwards. It turned out beautiful and I am very pleased.

My husband celebrated a birthday this week, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my hubby! All of this and some Christmas shopping, work, my grandson and dinner with friends made it a tough week for me to blog.

In a future post I hope to tell you more about the Sylvia Browne show, share pictures of my Harley, and one day discuss my illness. It has been a very busy week, whew!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wordless Wednesday ~ Mono Lake

Mono Lake. Date 2006. Location California. Digital Image by Msteri. Privately held by Msteri [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2008

Tombstone Tuesday ~ George Harding

George Milton Harding. Date June 2006. Location Oakmont Memorial Park, Lafayette, California. Digital Image by Msteri. Privately held by Msteri, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2008

My last post was of my grandfather as an infant. Here is his final resting place. B.1912 D.1979.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Oh, Baby!

George Clarence Milton Harding. Date 1913. Location Rowland, Pike, Pennsylvania. Scanned copy. Original privately held by Msteri, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2008

This is my maternal grandfather I believe a little over a year of age. He was the seventh born of eight children, and was the second of two sons. I found this photo in my mother's photo album. The lower right corner apparently had been ripped, you can see the tape if you look closely.

The first born child was a son and then there were five daughters, my grandfather and then another daughter. I am very happy to have this photo in my collection and just love the outfit!

Submitted for the 7th edition of "Smile for the Camera" carnival.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Final Class in this Series

This final class was on Immigration and Naturalization records. It covered how to do your homework to help find immigration records and the types of records that may give you clues. There was a bit of history given on Naturalization Records. Naturalization Records are divided into two categories because of the Steerage Act of 1819. The Steerage Act stated that all passenger lists of all arriving vessels to the United States were required to be given to the local Collector of Customs. The categories are divided as prior 1820 and after 1820. Each category was discussed regarding searching for these records, what you can expect, and what information you will find. Points of interest include~

Passage of the first Naturalization Law was in 1790.

The Naturalization Service was created in 1906.

Ideas of places to search~

Filby's index
Visa Files
Alien Registration Records
Certificates of Registry

As a bonus we received information on "Genealogy in the 21st Century" which covered~

Internet and Online records
Continuing Education
Evaluating an Ideal Genealogy Program
Books to learn from and improve genealogy
Books every genealogist should read
Adhering to Genealogical Proof Standards
Back Ups

We were instructed not to be "people collectors." In other words, verify and follow up on the information you receive on people, don't just collect names and dates.

It was sad knowing this was the last class, and yet exciting also. Extremely informative classes, great instructor, lots of hype and excitement, all of which I will miss. Exciting however in that I am looking forward to progressing with what I have learned. With classes over, maybe I can find a couple hours a week of free time to do this!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Laura Fleming (nee Hohimer) ~ Wordless Wednesday

Laura Fleming (nee Hohimer). Date Unknown. Location Oklahoma. Digital Copy. Privately held by Msteri, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Special People, Special Jobs

Today we attended the funeral of my friend's father. It was a nice service, as nice as a service can be. It was interesting for me though as the service was held at a mortuary I had never attended before. It just so happened to be the mortuary my ex-husband worked at maybe 40 years ago. He was actually married to one of owners daughters when he worked there.

I can remember him talking about it, but darn if I remember much. I remember him saying it was an emotionally tough job and he wasn't cut out for it. He did the embalming. I never could picture him doing this job. Being at this mortuary though made my mind jump back to the past to try to imagine what my ex must have gone through with a job such as this. He had told me when we were first married that he still had "the kit" and I told him I never wanted to see it. The stories he has, I wish I could remember, but maybe that was my way of not dealing with what his job in the past had been. He didn't work at this job for long, but how long I don't know. Maybe 6 months, a year, two? How long is not to long? My guess is six months to a year and a half as I don't believe he was married very long to the daughter, and I know he didn't like the job.

This is a unique job and I believe it takes a certain type of person to handle it. Everyone has a job to do, and so many things we just take for granted. Funeral homes for instance do their jobs, we see the end results. How often do we think of what their jobs entail?

I would love to hear of other "different" jobs that you or your family have been involved with. What other jobs do we not think much about? What jobs are unique, or take a special personality to handle?

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Update CD's and DVD backups!

Backing up your genealogy as we all know is extremely important. The first of the month has been what seems to be the reminder to make sure you are on top of this! It is the beginning of a new month, so as others say, time to back up!

I wanted to suggest another thought to this. I have been working on organizing photos on my laptop and need to make backups of these also, along with my other work. Upon doing this, I pulled out my DVD case and noticed that several of my copies are hitting or have hit the five year mark of having been made.

Now is the time also to think about updating any of those CD's or DVD's that may have been made several years ago. The information, documents and pictures I have backed up on these I would sure hate to loose due to a CD or DVD having gone bad. I have heard that after 5 years the quality starts to deteriorate. I am not sure if this is still holds true, but I think I will be safe and make sure mine are updated!

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