Thursday, February 26, 2009

Blogging Prompt #7

Week #7: Share your holiday traditions. How did you spend the 4th of July? Did the fire truck ever come to your house on Thanksgiving? Share your memories of all holidays, not just the December ones.

Thanks to We Tree ( for the inspiration!

Other holidays when I was young, besides Christmas, seem pretty far from my mind, other than Easter. On Easter we would go to my grandparents house. Us three girls, dressed in pretty dresses, would look for Easter eggs in their backyard. Oh how the times of dressing up have changed! It was fun, I loved their backyard, there was always something to do. It had a wonderful pond and the ping pong table under a great patio. We would play croquet and jump on a pogo stick. After finding all of our eggs, we would want the adults to hide them again and again. If I remember correctly, I think we had ham for dinner, but regardless, we always had a wonderful meal that my grandmother fixed.

Fourth of July was simple. As an older child, we had a swimming pool in our backyard and we would have barbecues and swim all day with our friends. I can remember one time climbing on the roof to watch the fireworks at night. We would have sparklers, but never anything much more.

Although it wasn't on a holiday, we did have to have the fire truck come to my parents house one time. My daughter was maybe three and she had locked herself in the bathroom. She was pretty hysterical and we couldn't get her out. The fireman came and took the bathroom door off the hinges to get her out. It took many years before she could handle doors being closed behind her after that. When she started school, it was an issue, closing the classroom door. They had to leave it ajar ever so slightly to keep her happy. She wouldn't use public bathrooms, because the doors had to be closed. With time the trauma finally left her.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Worldless Wednesday

Tablecloth. July 1980. Pleasanton, Ca. Scanned photo. Privately held by Msteri, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday

Betty Sanchez headstone. October 27, 2008. Hayward, California. Digital Image. Privately held by Msteri, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

Betty Sanchez
b. 1906
d. 1993

This doesn't give much information does it? This is my grandmother. I will be applying for a delayed birth certificate for her, which I hope to get out this week. Her life was always very private, we never heard anything about her past.

I have her S/S application which states she was born in Rugby, Pierce, North Dakota. We always celebrated her birthday on August 18th and I know she passed on December 30, 1993. This was my maternal grandmother. She had one daughter and one son, each by different marriages. Growing up I was aware that she had been married three times. Once to my mother's father, once to her son's father and once to the man she was married to when she passed. Since she has passed, I have found another marriage, and there possibly may be one more from what I have been told.

My grandmother has had many names in her life. Her given name was Madie, but she also went by Betty. Her surname was Miner, but through marriages she has also used last names, DeMoss, Hill, Harding and Sanchez.

I am off to find more info about her and her life!

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Steve Danko's Radio Interview

Steve Danko and I have taken some online courses together and I have met him once. Today he was interviewed on KUSF 90.3FM, in San Francisco. He was interviewed by Zbyszek Stanczyk who is the host of Studio Poland, this particular radio station. I had the pleasure of listening to his interview.

They spoke of Polish genealogy and Steve's blog, Steve's Genealogy Blog. Beginning genealogy was discussed for the newbies as well as information on Polish specific research. The interview was reminiscent of information that I have been previously privy to regarding his research in the past few years. It reminded me of some of the photos he has shared with our class group.

I understand that 2:00pm pacific standard time when the interview posted, was unfortunately the only time we would have been able to hear this. That is just for this interview though. Watch for more from Steve!

The interview was very interesting and informative. If you have Polish ancestry, and even if you don't (I don't), be sure to check out Steve's blog. He lists his research and family information. Steve participates in carnivals and updates local genealogy events in the Bay Area. As with many other blogs, there is always something you can learn!

I just wanted to say congratulation's to my friend Steve! It was a great interview! Thanks so much for letting us know about this so we could listen! Looking for so much more from you! And, as I told you elsewhere, you have a great radio voice!

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

I Am So Honored!

I want to thank DianaR at Random Relatives for this wonderful award! I feel so honored! It was such a surprise, it made my day! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

The instructions for the Kreativ Blogger Award are:

1. Copy the award to your site.
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers. (how to choose only 7!!)
4. Link to those sites on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominate.

My nominees for this award are:

1. Apple at Apple's Tree
2. Gini at Ginisology
3. Amanda at A Tale of Two Ancestors
4. JoLyn at Uphill Both Ways
5. Janet at Janet The Researcher
6. Amy at Amy's Genealogy, Etc. Blog
7. Wendy at All My Branches Genealogy

It WAS tough to choose only seven!!!

Again, many thanks to DianaR for making my day!

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Blogging Prompt ~ Week Six

Week #6: Let readers in to your kitchen. Discuss your family’s favorite foods. What was a typical Sunday dinner in your childhood house? What did grandma make that had you coming back for more? Were there any dishes that the dog wouldn’t even eat?

Thanks to We Tree ( for the inspiration!

Hum. As much as I love food, there weren't many dishes that pop out at me as being favorites. We didn't have "typical" Sunday dinners. My first recollections are of my sister and what she would do to get out of eating her vegetables!

I can remember her having to sit at the table by herself as a young girl until she finished her food. Even having to sit in the laundry room with her food. I felt so sad for her having to stay there. She would have been about six to eight years old at the time. It seemed like an eternity she sat there.

Several years later, as a young teenager I remember her always taking her napkin and putting it in her lap, then slyly sliding her vegetables into her napkin so she could throw them away. It wasn't once or twice that she did this, she was always trying to get away with it. I do remember her getting caught a few times, but don't remember the consequences. She was an extremely picky eater as a youngster, and yet today she eats wonderful gourmet food, things I haven't even tried, and not sure I would with some of those foods. Her husband is a great cook and has introduced her to a variety of tastes to tempt her palate!

One dish my mother made was a casserole she devised herself, and I do fix it to this day. We had basic meat, potatoes, vegetables and bread for the most part, or things maybe that would stretch the dollar, as in the casserole.

My maternal grandmother supposedly was a real good cook in her younger days. Yet I don't remember her doing much cooking...I remember her and her husband eating at our house, not us eating at their house. If there was a dish she made that was passed down, I have no idea what it would have been. Strange, if she was such a great cook.

My mother's stepmother on the other hand was the one who hosted holiday meals, besides my mother. We always loved going there to eat. Mainly because she had SO much food to choose from. We always left her house stuffed! She made her own pies and whipped cream from scratch. I don't remember my mother ever making a pie.

My favorite thing I enjoyed that my mother fixed was stuffing. I think my whole family looked forward to that during the holidays. I make it now, but not sure it is JUST like my mother's. Those in my family that like stuffing look forward to it as much today as I did when I was a child.

One of the fun things I remember as a child was my father and his antics at the dinner table. My father has a GREAT sense of humor, but what I am about to tell you didn't sit well with my mother. When we had spaghetti for dinner, my father always had to have olives with dinner. He would tell a silly story, in a funny voice, involve the olives and all of a sudden he would put an olive on the table and smash it with his fist, and do it again and again. Us girls would laugh hysterically, and my mother would reprimand my father for "teaching us bad habits at the dinner table." In her heart I know she was laughing too.

Oh, and one final thought, we never had to eat liver! We lucked out, as my mother hated it!

So there you have it, a few memories from my family's kitchens!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Sunset. January 22, 2009 in Cabo, Mexico. Digital Image by Msteri. Privately held by Msteri {ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Library Docent And My Search

For some time now I have wanted to meet with a genealogy library docent. Being a working woman had made it difficult for me to do this at the times offered. Now though since I am not working, it finally happened!

Last week I met with a docent and found it very interesting. The library had moved it's genealogy section as it re-vamped the area. I had questions from the class I had taken, on how to research in the library.

The docent was very helpful. I pointed out the class questions I had and he forged forward into my own research without me even realizing what had happened. Why waste time on someone else's family? I could learn to use the library with my own questions about my personal genealogy.

We reviewed the genealogy area and I was curious about the map section and where it was in the library. As it turned out, we ended up using the maps for my research. The docent guided me in a couple areas of my research by sharing some computer links with me that I was unaware of and a few I was aware of, but maybe hadn't used to it's full potential.

One area of my research involved not being able to get a birth certificate for a relative. I had applied for it but the return reply stated one couldn't be located. I have a copy of the Social Security application which stated where my relative was born and her mother's name. This is the only proof I have of this birth. I want more proof. I have been looking closely at siblings, the people I believe are the parents and locations but haven't found any new proof or guidelines towards this birth.

The docent made a suggestion that I write to one of the genealogy societies in that area and see if they can be of any assistance. That is why we used the maps! We found an area close to the area I am involved with and consequently came up with a society to write to.

I have seen the docent since our original meeting and he asked if I had written to the society yet. At that point I hadn't. But, just so he knows, I have now done so! So I will see if I get any ideas or thoughts on how to continue.

It was suggested to me a few years ago that I may try for an amended birth certificate. During the time of the birth, it was on and off for a few years as to whether birth certificates were required. When they were actually required, it wasn't always governed and followed.

I wonder if this relative was born as they were passing through her area of birth. Maybe they weren't there long enough to file a birth certificate? But then there is a Social Security application, so I would assume there had to be proof of the birth certificate? Maybe the names I have aren't quite correct?

I will apply and see if there is an amended birth certificate and wait to see what I hear from the society I wrote to. I thank the docent for his assistance and look forward to seeing him again! It is always great to spend time with people from the library, genealogy societies, conferences and such, they may just have thoughts and or ideas for you too!

I welcome any suggestions that may assist me in this research, it is for my grandmother's birth certificate!

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Podcasts with Lisa Louise Cooke

One evening last week I was able to attend my local genealogy meeting, which is rare for me as I am usually babysitting my grandson. There are a few meetings that for one reason or another I am extremely interested in and I will elicit my husband to take over the babysitting duties so I can attend. This meeting was one of those meetings.

Lisa Louise Cooke from Genealogy Gems Podcast was the speaker for the evening. I had some contact with her a year or so ago via her blog. There were a couple situations where I felt I could possibly meet her, but I never thought I was going to meet her at one of our regular meetings AND she would be the speaker!

She did a wonderful presentation. She gave us the background as to how she eventually came to podcasting. She spoke about her podcasts and informed her audience how to listen to them. A Podcast, for those who may be unaware, is like listening to a radio show on your computer or IPOD. I have listened to several of her podcasts and they are always very interesting. One of my favorites was her interview with Kathy Lennon from the Lennon Sisters.

She explained where her life has gone in the last couple of years and wow, is SHE busy! She is an amazing person and it is nice to know more about her. I was fortunate to be able to introduce myself and speak with her after the lecture. Although I was patiently waiting for others to finish speaking with her, she saw me and my name tag and jumped in and acknowledged me in the midst of a conversation with an other woman. We were able to spend a few minutes chatting and I truly enjoyed the conversation.

Lisa Louise Cooke has more going on than podcasts! I am sure you are aware of her "Genealogy Gems Podcast" and her monthly podcast with Family Tree Magazine. Also, there is the Genealogy Gems website, the videos on YouTube, the newsletter and the blog! She is involved in expos and cruises and her own genealogy society among other things. Oh and did I mention a book? Best of all, almost everything she offers is free! (She does offer a premium membership, which entails a cost but offers even more information, and the book must have a price tag.)

It is my pleasure to share with you these Genealogy Gems related links:

Genealogy Gems Website:

Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast:

Video: How to Locate and Subscribe to a Podcast:

Video:Navigating Podcast Websites:

Download FREE itunes:

Podcast FAQ at Genealogy Gems:

Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode List:

Sign up for the Free genealogy Gems e-Newsletter:

Genealogy Gems Videos:

Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel:

The Genealogy Gems Newsblog:

Book-Genealogy Gems Ultimate Research Strategies:

Premium Membership:

The Family Tree Magazine Podcast:

If you haven't already done so, you might what to see what is going on at Genealogy Gems! I thank Lisa Louise Cooke for spending an evening with our local society and sharing a bit of her life and podcasting with us! I know there were members who weren't familiar with podcasting prior to this, and probably hadn't ever considered attempting to find out about them. I believe what they learned this particular evening changed many minds!

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Blogging Prompt ~ Week Five

Week #5: Talk about your genealogy adventures while on vacation. Doesn’t everyone plan a little genealogy visit during vacation? Take your readers along for the ride.

Thanks to We Tree ( for the inspiration!

This is from a journal I wrote in when I took my first vacation which involved genealogy. It covers 3 days, the genealogy part of the trip. It is a bit long, but you can read it in "Parts" if you wish, "Part 1, " "Part 2," and " Part 3." Enjoy!

Pennsylvania - October 2007

Journal-Part One

Sat. Oct 13th

We flew in to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Oct. 13th. It was an uneventful, nice flight. We rented a car and drove a couple hours north to the time-share we were staying at in Bushkill Falls. It was a tri level place, a little on the older side, 3 bedrooms and three bathrooms. Served our purpose just fine, even if it was a little large for just the two of us. Time-share exchanges are especially nice and great money savers, as our week there was only $160.00! Bushkill is a little resort town on the very eastern edge of Pa. We unpacked, found a place for some grub and pretty much called it a night.

Sunday Oct. 14th

We drove about 30-60 miles to several little towns I wanted to see, in and about where my grandfather and or family members were born and grew up. These towns are all in the Pocono mountains.

First we ventured to Hawley, Wayne County, Pa., a small town, 1,244 people in 1990, where we had breakfast at a small cafe and I took some pictures. I knew of this town from family members and a book I read that my grandfather’s niece wrote. The book is “Elaine” and the author is Marjorie (Watson) Bennett, she is my first cousin once removed. She wrote a fictional book with references to family members, names, towns, and the home where my grandfather lived. Another of my first cousins once removed, A. M., who lives 20 minutes from me in Pleasanton, gave me a transcription of sorts that explains the who, what, where and why’s of the book as she knew it. Marjorie was born in Hawley and grew up in Middletown, New York. She was born in 1926 and passed away just last year, in July 2006.

Next we headed on over to Rowland, Pike Co, Pa., population 1,527 in 2007. This was the main town I wanted to see. I was nervous, apprehensive, and excited all at once. I had seen pictures of the house my ggrandparents settled in after coming from Norway, but never in a million years expected to visually see it…… or did we find it? Did I really see it?

Well, in a blink of an eye, I think we drove through Rowland! We came down a hill and hit a dead end. You turned either right or left to go to other towns. But then, there on the left was what was the old Rowland P.O.! (Turns out the Post Office is no longer in use, it is actually in the store now). A store/restaurant next to it, first signs of Rowland! I went into the store and asked if they could tell me where the cemetery was. The people working there had only been there a short while, so didn’t have a clue. Apparently, coming to this area, we had driven through Rowland and never knew it, there weren’t any signs that say, “Rowland, pop ????”

Someone who was eating in there, heard the conversation and told me he knew the cemetery well, and gave me directions. He even asked who I was looking for, he thought he knew the whole place, which was small, but he didn’t know the Harding plots. I thanked him and on we went, the cemetery was just basically down the street and as A. M. had told me, a very obscure sign that points to the cemetery was hidden in the trees. We found it, turned up the road, which turned into a bumpy dirt road that took us through an open set of gates, and we were there. Well, I had no idea where to begin looking! B. drove slow across the front of the cemetery and I was scanning for names. We got to the end and had room to drive up the far side, so I asked him to go up a bit. All of a sudden there they were, my ggrandparents! Paul and Dagny (Dulin) Harding! I jumped out of the car, camera in hand and went to the site. I was overcome, just reading their names on the headstones. I spent some time “talking” to them and taking pictures.

I noticed the headstones around them and found a daughter and son in law buried there also. The daughter, Linda (Harding) Watson was buried next to her husband James P. Watson. On the other side of Linda was their daughter, Lois Watson who apparently only lived a little over 4 and a half years. I now will be seeking to find what she may have died from. What were the epidemics in 1931? Getting a copy of her death certificate would give me the answer however. Ordering this will be on my to do list! Linda and James had seven daughters, (can you imagine all girls?) and it looks like six of them made it to adulthood, as there was only one daughter buried next to their parents. I was busy taking pictures and taking notes, so happy to be a part of my family’s setting!

Journal - Part 2

Sunday Oct 14, 2007

I was anxious to find my g-grandparents home, so off we went, to hunt it down. As we left the cemetery, on the road leading out, there is a church, which I looked up quickly and realized that A. M. had been baptized there! Had to get my pictures of the church! I believe other family members must have been baptized there also, but as of now I don’t have much information regarding any of that.

We didn’t know where to begin looking for my grandfather’s house, so as we were driving down the road, back towards the store, there was a fishing store that had an older gentlemen working in it. B. suggested I try to talk with him as he may have been around awhile. I was out of the car and we were talking with this man in no time! He didn’t know the Harding place, but put a call in to his wife, and she knew exactly where it was and who the Harding’s were! Her uncle owns the property now. She said he was away and to go on over and look around, no problem, and with that she gave us directions, which again, was just down the way!

I can now relate to the book Marjorie Watson Bennett wrote entitled “Elaine”. I HAVE seen the house my family from Norway lived in when they settled in this country! It was just as in the pictures I had seen, but now I have my own pictures. The mountains, river, property and house all make sense to me as the story tells. It was beautiful and scenic. I can now see the children getting water from the river and bringing it to the house to use. I can picture “Elaine” sitting on “her” rock on the river. I have seen the towpath and can envision it as a path the donkeys used with carts to transport supplies. I can imagine the snow. I can see the store and church, feel the house with no electricity or warmth. I can envision the seasons, the travel, and the hardships of life that we are so accustom too. I can see the railroad tracks across the river at the base of the mountain, major business back in the day.

My g-grandfather, Paul Harding, had built I believe four cottages on his property that were rented out each summer. In 1955 the Lackawaxen River flooded and caused much damage, including taking out three of the cottages. Of course there were no cottages there now, but I could see where maybe they once stood. Paul had built a garage, where he did all his wood working. It was built on the side of the house, the property was just below the towpath, so that the roof actually was what you saw from the towpath. He made furniture in his garage, but skis are what he was known for making and selling. (I had an opportunity to actually see a few sets of skis he made at B.H.'s home in Sebastapol. B.H. is also one of my cousins once removed.) I was disappointed to see that the garage was gone on this property and in it’s place was a ready made shed, but I could envision how it must have been built.

Paul’s name before he came to this country was Paul Hardin Gustavsen. When he arrived in New York he simplified it to Paul Hardin, and somewhere along the road the “g” was added, making it Harding. Paul was a hard worker and felt there should be no down time or time for fun. Dagny was sickly, had many surgeries and passed away when my grandfather (George Clarence Milton Harding) was 14. My grandfather then went to live with an older sister and her family until adulthood.

A story passed down about Dagny; when my g-grandmother got off the ship in New York from Norway, she was told she should not be allowed to let anyone help her with her baggage etc, not to trust anyone. She therefore took charge of her own luggage and developed a hernia. She received surgery, and supposedly, there was a sponge left in her from the surgery, which caused her poor health from there on. I heard she had 14 surgeries after this. Most of the older children had to take care of the younger children as she was always ill. I am not so sure she had a sponge left in her, but that is the story.

I have also been told that Dagny came from a wealthy family in Norway. I want to learn why she chose to come to this country, where she had a tougher life. As I research my
g-grandparents in Norway, I will hopefully uncover where she came from and why she left.

Paul I know wasn’t happy in Norway and wanted to get away from a mixed family and start a new life in America. I believe that after he came here, he never wanted to refer to his “old home”, it was his past. He may never have spoken Norwegian after arriving here either.

We eventually left Rowland and drove through Lackawaxen and Milford (other towns in the book, and that I was familiar with one way or another) on our way back to the timeshare. In Milford I knew there was a library where I could do genealogical research. The one right in town was closed. We received directions to another library, out of the way, but B. got me there. Unfortunately, this library didn’t have the resources I was looking for, however I did find a book that shared information on Rowland with some pictures before the last big flood.

B. unfortunately wasn’t feeling up to par this day, but was a real trooper and took me everywhere I wanted to go, and never complained. I had a full day of genealogy and was in heaven. I was on an unbelievable high! Maybe my biggest genealogical day ever!

We drove back to Bushkill, found a place to eat and headed back to the timeshare. B. was out most of the evening as he wasn’t feeling well still, and I was on my high. I went through my notes I had brought with me and found that when we were in Hawley, I didn’t realize that I had family buried in a cemetery there that I had missed! So close and yet so far…………

Journal – Part 3

Monday Oct. 15, 2007

Upon awakening this next morning, I asked B. how he was feeling, he said he was better. We actually didn’t have any definite plans for this day. So we discussed what we wanted to do. When I told him that we were in Hawley and I missed some gravestones there of my family, he asked if I wanted to go back. You bet I did. My body was aching inside knowing I had missed this. After spending a full day of genealogy with me yesterday I was so beyond excited that he was willing to take me back and do some more!

As we drove the same road back towards Hawley, a nice country tree lined road, we noticed how much difference there had been in one day with the changing of the leaves. They were really just starting to change. The weather had stayed nice for so long that the changing of the colors was a little later than normal. But what a difference in one day, We envisioned what the complete change must be like.

We headed out from the timeshare and had breakfast at a little place just before you get to Hawley, called Wallenpauck Restaurant and CafĂ©. So far we haven’t been very impressed with any of the meals we have had, so we were hoping for better here. I had French toast, thinking that couldn’t be difficult to ruin, and it wasn’t the greatest either. Oh well food was not with us on this trip, so far anyway. B. said his meal was just so-so.

Now we were headed to Hawley, again. We went to the PO to try to find out where the cemetery was, and I found out there were at least three of them. I told the woman who was working there the dates I was looking for and we figured from there which one I probably needed to go to. It wasn’t far and we found it with no problem. This cemetery was rather large and I had no idea where to begin looking for these next headstones. There wasn’t anyone there who could look up a site for me either. Well, I had B. drive me around a bit, and again I was scanning the names of the headstones. Eventually I told him to just let me out as I needed walk it. I gave him the names I was looking for and he cruised in the car looking for them also. I walked about three or four rows, and suddenly, there they were!! I was so excited all over again! I wasn’t sure we were in the correct cemetery to begin with and to find them as easily as I did, again, was amazing to me. It was meant to be!

This part of my family was another of my grandfather’s sisters, Viola (Harding) Breithaupt. Viola was born in New York, were the Hardings were when they first came to this country. She was born in 1897, so she was a couple years older than Linda (Harding) Watson. There were 8 children in this family and my grandfather was born second to the youngest, in 1912. There were six daughters and two sons.

So, there I was amongst the Breithaupt headstones. I started with my pictures. To my disappointment, I found that you couldn’t read Viola’s death year. It had 19— and that was all, it was almost like the year was never completed. I was disappointed in this, and also in my pictures, as no matter where I stood I could only get pictures with shadows on the gravestones. There is a best time to take pix in a cemetery, but when you are on a schedule, I will take what I get.

So Viola and her husband, Jacob now have a place in my heart! They had a son, named Harding Breihaupt, who is lives in Reading, Pa. Another of my first cousins once removed! When Jacob and Viola had their son, Viola wanted to keep the Harding name in the family and therefore, he was named Harding Breithaupt! When my ggrandmother, Dagny passed away, the young children still at home went to live with other siblings. My grandfather, George Clarence Milton Harding, went to live with Viola and her family.

There were many other Breithaupt headstones. I took pictures of them all. I now need to figure out who is who. These are the names and dates of the other Breithaupts I found.

Jacob Breithaupt – 1838-1909
Christina Breithaupt – 1842-1926
Anna Breithaupt – 1882-1938
Godfried Breithaupt – 1874-1947

Viola’s (Harding) Breithaupt’s - 1887 –19??
Jacob Christian Breithaupt – 1885-1938

By Jabob C’s date; could Jacob be his father and Christina his mother? Anna, may be Jacob C’s sister. Godfried could have been a brother. There were several headstone’s in the area that just said Mother and Father, without names, could they be a part of this family? Ok, more research to figure this all out!

This cemetery was on a hill on the side of a main road, and as we left we saw deer wandering the grounds. It was so peaceful and serene with the sun on the hillside and the deer. As we left we realized we had passed this cemetery on the way to Rowland the day before. I remembered seeing it. There was a very old cemetery half a block or so prior to this one, and they were hard to miss. Drove right by it, and didn’t know I had family there. But we found them now!

Our next plan for the day was to go to Bushkill Falls. So off we were back to the resort area where we were staying. Bushkill Falls was a very nice attraction! You paid a fee to hike around the trails to see the Falls, and there were many hiking trails all around the falls. They had a museum of stuffed wildlife and a nice setting with different shops on the grounds. Bushkill Falls is called the Niagara of Pennsylvania. The falls were beautiful! We didn’t walk all the trails, as we got there later in the day and it was getting a bit nippy.

To end this day we again had to find somewhere to eat. There weren’t many places around Bushkill, but we found a little family style restaurant on the outskirts of Bushkill. We went in and were promptly seated, letting us know our server was on break and it would be a couple minutes we would have to wait. No problem we said. Well, our wait was eventful, as before we knew it the fire alarm went off. The firemen that arrived looked like babies, I felt so old! We were evacuated for a short time, they deemed all was good and back in we went. I ordered a hamburger, it was advertised as 100% Angus Beef, and I have to say that may have been one of the best meals I had on this trip. And guess what, as we were eating, the fire alarm went off again! Here comes the Fire Department… We didn’t have to evacuate the second time, and all was still good. Not sure if they had a short in the fire alarm system or they were trying to get out of working early that night.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Whales. January 29, 2009. Cabo Mexico. Digital Images. Privately held by Msteri [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Linda Harding

Linda Harding headstone. October 27, 2007. Rowlands Pennsylvania. Digital Image. Privately held by Msteri, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

Tombstone reads-

Linda Harding
wife of
James P. Watson
Jan. 20, 1899
Feb. 21 1976

Linda was my grandfathers sister. I never met her. In fact I never knew about her until I started this wonderful hobby of genealogy. I have many questions, one of which is, I wonder if she ever came to California to visit? What a shame if she did and I never met her.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Google Your Family Tree - Part 2

Having read chapters three and four of this book by Daniel M. Lynch, I thought it was time to give you another update.

Have you bought this book yet? If not I highly recommend that you do! Chapter three covers advance searching in Google. I learned so many more search techniques and commands. Well, I read about them, and now I think I need to make a cheat sheet in order to practice and remember all of them! I had never used the advanced search before so this was very interesting and productive information.

I haven't played with all of the options yet, but plan to do so before moving on in the book. I recommend you read the book from beginning to end and not jump around in the book, as I know some people do. The reason for this is because the book builds on what you know and you will have a better understanding and reasoning of putting together great queries. You will find some commands you can use with Google, but not with the advanced search option. Also, find out some special searches you can do, genealogy related, and not!

Chapter four covers language tools. Have you researched to the point where another language comes into play? This chapter tells you about finding the language tools page and the break down of understanding the page. It helps you in searching and translating into different languages, what the results mean, and the clues that can be found. It talks about a special part of the Google tool bar, Google worldwide, and "special relevance's" for genealogists. I happen to need translation of a letter written in Norwegian, so when my play time comes for this chapter, you bet I will practice also with this letter!

I am really learning so much information about Google from this book, I thank Daniel M. Lynch for writing it!

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Immigration Passenger Lists Post 6 ~ INS Naturalization District Numbers From 1933-1943

(Notes from a study group I attended)

Naturalization and District numbers changed between 1933 and 1943. As of the date of the study group there hasn't been a concrete list found which actually describes the changes that were made. Some district headquarters moved from one city to another. There may also have been boundary changes. These boundary changes may have had an impact on the "boundaries and jurisdiction" descriptions. The amount of districts grew during these years also. Not available are the descriptions of the new districts and there boundaries regarding districts 24 through 29, although some may seem evident.

At there is a list of the district numbers during these years. It lists the district number, INS Naturalization Offices and the District Boundaries and Jurisdictions. The list should be used to take the district number on a manifest to find the general geographic area in the United States. The link to this page is here.

(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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Friday, February 6, 2009

DearMYRTLE'S "Finally Get Organized February 2009 Checklist"

The next edition of DearMYRTLE'S "Get Organized" is out for February! I have been anxiously waiting for this month's plan. February's checklist is a little shorter, 12 pages, and Dear Myrtle says that is because this is a shorter month!

The excerpts she shares on her site are regarding "RSS" and "Taking care of family photos." Remember, you can download her plan and it is free! (DearMYRTLE suggests you view the plan from the site though as there are links to connect with) So, be sure to get on over to DearMyrtle and check it out how we can get more organized this month!

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Blogging Prompt ~ Week Four

I think I have two more blogging prompts to do in order to be caught up. Here is Week Four's prompt!

Week #4: Take a genealogy day trip and blog about it. Discover the local history and genealogy in your area. Take a trip to a cemetery or other historic location. Describe the day, what you learned, where you went, how it looked, how it sounded. Armchair genealogists will love the mini travelogue.

Thanks to We Tree ( for the inspiration!

Although I chose a rainy day to do this, I enjoyed my excursion today. I chose to visit a cemetery that is close to my home. I had been at this cemetery once before, but it was only to speak to someone regarding information needed for an associate business in another town. Today I visited as a stranger, because inquiring minds wanted to know!

I walked the whole cemetery, after I had completed a two mile walk earlier this morning. This particular cemetery is on a main street in my town. I pass it quite often, and always thought it was rather eerie, but then I think most cemeteries can strike me that way, at least originally.

You can hear the traffic from the street and the close by highway inside the cemetery. I tried to "tune out" the noise, and focus just on the cemetery. I thought this cemetery was a very old cemetery and that it wasn't used any longer for burials. I couldn't have been more wrong. There was a set up for a funeral, apparently today. I tried to view that area early, so I wouldn't be around for the service. I accomplished this, and was happy I didn't actually see the procession come in.

I was surprised to see many local "famous" names on different plots. Names of business families, coaches, teachers, and the like. There are other cemeteries locally where I felt these families would have buried. I was almost afraid I would find a grave of someone I was aware of or knew, and it would shock me. Thankfully, that didn't happen.

Groundskeepers were working, even in the rain. One walked fairly close by me, and I wondered if he would talk to me, but he didn't. I continued on, examining the grounds in the mud and rain.

I found it sad that some of the headstones can't be read any longer. I found it sad to see the babies that are buried there. I saw flowers thrown off the main roads in piles. Where these to be dumped? Why were they left there? Maybe the groundskeepers were cleaning up? I certainly hoped so, because it also made me sad to see these flowers tossed and not on grave sites.

Viewing the difference in tombstones over the years is quite interesting. To see the tall, monuments of yesteryear compared to the mostly flat headstones of modern day, certainly shows a difference in times. The largest of plots used for all family members, isn't as common now a days. Plots like this are primarily those of wealthy families. Then, there are the plots with no headstone, probably because of lack of money, or possibly because there wasn't a surviving family member.

It was different for me to explore a cemetery that was new to me, and one where I wasn't actually looking for a family member's grave site. It was unfortunate that it was raining, as it made it feel more dreary in the cemetery and difficult to take pictures without ruining a camera.

I left with mud on my shoes and pants. I left with questions in my mind regarding names I saw. I left with questions about my own headstone. What would I want on my headstone? What would I want it to say? The variety of stones and inscriptions were so varied. Have you ever thought of what you would want your headstone to be like? Have you ever wandered a cemetery for non genealogical reasons? Give it a try!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Playa Grande. January 29, 2009. Cabo, Mexico. Digital image by Msteri. Privately held by Msteri [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

Blogging Prompt ~ Week Three

Yes, I know, I am behind! I am going to catch up on these prompts, so bear with me!

Week three's blogging prompt is~

"Tombstone Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday, etc. Many genealogy bloggers post photos of grave stones on Tombstone Tuesday or a photo worth 1,000 silent words on Wordless Wednesday. Participate in these informal events or invent your own."

Thanks to We Tree ( for the inspiration!

I have participated in Tombstone Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday in the past! These are wonderful ideas for bloggers to do posts on! Although I haven't been participating as of late, you can expect to see more coming soon! I am not sure if I will participate in them every week, but I will participate again as you will see. Sometimes I have difficulty finding a picture I want to share with you, and sometimes I may have other ideas I want to blog about, but I will participate in each of these events again. The creators of these posts came up with wonderful ideas and they are not to be missed! Many bloggers have shared great pictures, stories, and Tombstone's with us and I know they will continue to do so, as I will.

You can find some of my previous Tombstone Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday posts in the archives listed in the right side column.

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Cutting Back on Spending? ~ Guest Post

Many thanks goes out to Barbara Poole for writing another great article to post to my blog! Now that I am unemployed I will be taking some of her advice! What timing for this article Barbara, thank you! Please read and enjoy, you too may find some of the suggestions she offers may be helpful for you!

Are some of you trying to cut back on spending? There are many hints of how to do that in the papers, magazines and on TV. But how do we cut back on our genealogy needs? Many of us, who own computers probably subscribe to one or two expensive genealogy databases, such as or the New England Historical Genealogical Society at These subscriptions cost $75 and up per year. If you want to drop your subscription, it doesn’t mean it has to be permanent. A short break from one of them could be a nice change for you. Several ideas on how to scale down are addressed below.

Many local libraries offer the two above subscriptions for the public to use. In addition, they may offer other databases such as HeritageQuest and obituary databases. Prior to going to a library, figure out exactly what you need to look up and bring genealogy group sheets or notes with you. You will need to be prepared, as some libraries limit your time on their computers. If you can go when school is in session that would be a plus, but don’t go during school vacation. Perhaps you could even call the library prior to going, and ask the librarian if it is crowded.

In addition you could subscribe to a much less expensive genealogy subscription or a society. Recently, I joined the Ohio Genealogical Society for $32, they have 6,000 members and have a website with several databases I couldn’t find elsewhere.

Subscribe to Dick Eastman’s weekly newsletter at , it is free (there is a plus+ edition that costs $20 a year). Quite often, he mentions new databases, or activities of different genealogy societies, you could check out those sites, maybe something will interest you. In October, Dick mentioned the genealogy resources at the Rochester, N.Y. Library. After checking it out, and seeing 15 records I wanted (but at $10 per copy, I couldn’t afford), I contacted a researcher who was listed on the Library site and I emailed the necessary information to her. In conclusion, she went to the library the following day, got all 15 newspaper articles (marriage & death notices), as well as three legal documents from the Surrogate’s office, all for $45 (and we couldn’t decide on a price, so I sent her that amount), she would have taken less! Fast service and a great price. I would never have found that information on one of the expensive genealogy subscriptions.

So if your subscription ends soon, why not let it and then search out new methods for getting information. You may not need several expensive subscriptions at the same time.

And, of course my favorite free methods of research are with, (FHL) and Google. If you haven’t used these sites in a while, you are in for a nice surprise. There is so much out there. Recently, I found out about a book at the FHL and really wanted it. A search on showed that only nine libraries had it. I wrote to four of them to see if they loan out the book, one did, Rutgers University. I filled out an inter-library loan request at my local library and am waiting to hear when the book comes in. I am not sure if there is a fee, but boy, if you really want a book, a small charge is worth it, I think. To get ideas for book titles, go to any library catalog, for example,,, or even Google. If you aren’t aware, there are now 26,000 Family History Library books online, they are digitized and you can read the entire book from home.

Have fun with your new resources and I hope the least expensive society or data base may end up being the most valuable to you!

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

"Google Your Family Tree" - Part One

I have to say that when I came home from vacation and found a comment on my blog from Daniel M. Lynch, the author of "Google your Family Tree," I was more than surprised! I was honored that he took the time to leave a comment on my blog! He commented about me taking his book on my vacation. The comment is posted after this article "New Items Going with Me On Vacation."

Now, how special is that? I have to say it made my day! Thank you Mr. Lynch for your comment and for making my day!

I wasn't able to read as much of the book as I would have liked while I was on vacation, but then I was on vacation! I did read the first couple of chapters out of fourteen and thought I would share my thoughts thus far.

The Dedication, Acknowledgements and Introduction were great reading! The dedication had me thinking of my grandson and wondering what the computer world will be like when he is my age.

The Acknowledgements Mr. Lynch listed were interestings as several of the names are people I am aware of.

Generally reading dedications and acknowledgements aren't very interesting, but I enjoyed these!

The Intro explains about the computer world and maybe what we can expect as genealogists. The book shares sample screen shots (which I always love as I am a very visual person) and is set up to use as a workbook also. URL'S are given that relate to what is being discussed.

Some of the basics of search engines are discussed such as structuring, name queries, and commands. There are key word phrases given that all genealogists should use when doing queries! The book explains the main page of Google and the results we receive on our queries. There are exercises to practice what is being shared.

Unless you are an expert with Google, I am sure you will learn and/or be reminded of certain aspects of Google. I took several pages of notes on these first two chapters alone, as you can tell, I am not an expert with Google! Not having my laptop with me on vacation I wanted to be sure that I remembered everything I read and plan to go back and do the excerises. The terms, techniques, and applications are what I plan to experiment and play with a bit before I move on to following chapters.

I sent a copy of this book to a friend at Christmas time and she informed me that the gift was a good "two for one gift." Her husband has also picked up the book and is reading it!

I am very anxious to continue with this book. Along with everything I learn I am sure I will develop some good genealogy habits as well. Every genealogist in my opinion should own this book! I say this not because Daniel M. Lynch left a comment on my blog, but because I am sure there is something everyone will learn from this book, no matter your experience. I did tell Mr. Lynch that I would let him know how I liked the book. So far I am LOVING it, can you tell?

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