Tuesday, June 30, 2009

SoCa Jamboree 2009 - Post 2

I haven't informed you of the classes I took on Friday and I would like to do that now! Did you know there were over 100 classes offered at Jamboree?

Friday morning only, there were a few "Pre-Jamboree" Sessions which ran from nine until noon. I chose a session titled "Introduction to Genealogy-Advanced Beginners." Parmenter was the instructor. I thought this class was geared to intermediate genealogy, but I found it to be more for beginners.

After registration, which started at noon, it was time to see some of the bloggers floating around and a chance to mingle before the classes officially started.

On Friday, I took DearMyrtle's "Finding Digital Items in the Family History Library Catolog." It was very informative, and I especially liked the fact that DearMyrtle presented it and I was able to listen to her speak! I haven't had much success with Family History Library as of yet, but I am hoping a few new things I learned from Myrt will help me with at least one of my lines. I was honored to have a picture taken with DearMyrtle the following evening, and spent some time speaking with her then. She posted to her blog an e-mail and picture I had sent her a few years back, before I ever even thought of starting a blog! The picture of me was when I was a baby and I wanted DearMyrtle to see who I am now! It was a nice visit! I even thought my husband may have known her fiance's brother, as he lived in the town we lived in, and they both played softball, and were both pitchers. But I asked my husband and it isn't clicking, maybe the brother played in another town or league. I was almost disappointed.

The second class I attended that day was a class given by Wendy Debout Elliott titled, "Buried Treasure-Lost in Print." I felt bad for Wendy when she realized she brought the wrong information to place on the screen for this class. So no pictures through this class (I like visuals, but that was ok) but she kept us engaged! She spoke of old writing and how the letters were and can be mistaken for other letters of the alphabet. Many, many examples.

The final class I took on Friday was a class given by Leland Meitzler, "Finding your Family in American Newspapers and Periodicals." Leland sure has a great time presenting his class! One thing I really liked, he projected himself so there was no way anyone couldn't have heard him. He was interesting in that he shared some personal information and gave us many ideas to think about when researching family using newspapers and such.

Again, I must say thank you again to Denise Levenick and Thomas MacEntee for putting together the goody bags for the geneabloggers! On Friday it seemed there was so much to do, it was a great thing to have some snacks to get by on as I never had breakfast or lunch! Such a wonderful idea, and saved my day!

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Welcome to Heritage Happens!

I am blogging to share my experiences researching my ancestors. I have been blogging for about 10 months and have found the rewards to be tremendous! I have been collecting family information for the past eight years or so.

Unexpected and exciting connections with cousins who have found my blog have made me do the genealogy happy dance many times! Some of these cousins I wasn't even aware of. Others I may have been aware of, but didn't know their whereabouts.

I have met, either online, or in person, several other bloggers. Bloggers are the most giving people! Through them I have gained information I wouldn't have otherwise. We all share the same passion for genealogy.

This blog is also another avenue of organizing information regarding my ancestors that will someday, hopefully, be of interest to my descendants.

I hope you enjoy the stories, photos and information that I share with you here. Maybe, you will even learn a thing or two, or decide to start your own blog! Enjoy!

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SoCa Jamboree 2009 - Post One

My first full day is in! What an awesome day! I have met so many people, and even ran into a few people I knew! Can I first say that Geneabloggers are the best? Wow!

Sheri Fenley and I are roommates for the weekend. I played chauffeur yesterday and drove us down to Burbank. We took our time and stopped whenever we wanted. We arrived in Burbank about 5:00. We enjoyed our ride down and chatted way the whole time. I do think though by the time we arrived we were more than happy to get out of the car! We checked in, unpacked, relaxed a bit and then went about to find where Jamboree was being held. We are not staying at the Marriott where Jamboree is. We then went looking for a drug store, and Sheri introduced me to Marie Callendar's Banana Split Pie! We bought some, but waited to eat it until we came back to our rooms and ordered room service for dinner. Darn good food too! We prepared for our day today and before we knew it we were out like a light, at least I was!

This am we arrived at Jamboree early, and the fun really began! We forgot Sheri's Birthday hat, but people recognized her anyway. Have to see if we can find it for tomorrow. I spent the day at classes, meeting people, meeting more people, and attending more classes. The classes were good, the people are great!

If I can remember them ALL I will try to name everyone I have met! So glad to meet you all!

Thomas MacEntee
Diane Arnold
Gini Webb
Randy Seaver
Elizabeth Swaney O'Neil
Amy Coffin
Craig Manson
Janet Hovroka
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Bruce Buzbee
Illya D'Addezio
Dick Eastman
Elyse Doerflinger
Paula Hinkle

These people I have met before and ran into again-nice to see you all!

Steve Danko
Lisa Louise Cooke
Kay Speaks
Susan Goss Johnston

If I have missed anyone, please let me know!

After a wonderful day Sheri and I proceeded for dinner and headed back to the hotel to prepare for tomorrow's day. More classes, shopping, Face2Face, and a dinner with all the Geneabloggers!
Denise Levenick and Thomas made a special bag for each of us geneabloggers. A bit of food and nice surprises! Wow, I thank them both!!! Thomas also has us all wearing Mardi Gras Beads, and they are wonderful. The California people got the ones that had Palm Trees on them! Pix later....

The Jamboree is so well organized and seems to be running smoothly. I want to give a special thank you to Paula Hinkle for all the hard work she has spent on preparing for this and for keeping us updated with information on the website! I followed every post and enjoyed them. And to all of the other organizers and volunteers, presenters, speakers, etc. Awesome job!

Ok, time to unwind for now, need energy to keep up with everyone tomorrow!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Worless Wednesday ~ Harding's

Harding's and descendants. Unknown date. Possibly Pleasanton, California. Scanned copy of original on March 30, 2009. Privately held by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

So Cal Jamboree

Preparations have finally started for me! I am attending the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree which is this week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This will be my first major genealogy event that I will be attending, and I am really looking forward to it! I have started pulling all of my paperwork together, confirmations, reservations, schedules, etc. I have downloaded all of my pictures off of both of my cameras and charged the batteries. (I am so about pictures!)

Today I tried to make a real commitment to classes for Saturday as another blogger will only be attending on Saturday and I would really like to spend as much time as possible with her! I had my schedule temporarily set up awhile back, but need to be more committed now. I thought about how many classes I had originally chosen to attend and realized that I would be attending so many classes that I wouldn't be spending enough time with the vendors! So now, with trying to finalize my plans, I am actually scheduling some time to visit with the vendors.

Besides the classes and all there is to learn, the vendors and all there is to see, there will be thirty plus (last I heard) genealogy bloggers in attendance, with so much fun awaiting! This will be a sight to see! Several, major, well known bloggers will be in attendance and I can hardly wait to meet them all! I hope somehow we can get a picture of all of us in a group. It will be a honor to be among these most talented bloggers! It has come to my attention that one of these bloggers (I shouldn't be a name dropper, but what the heck, I will give you a first name, shhh don't tell though .....his first name is Thomas) is going to have us all in Mardi Gras beads, so if you are attending, you will most certainly know who the bloggers are!

There are a few get together's that have been set up for the geneabloggers, so I have a feeling you will see quite a few Tweets, Facebook comments and blog posts about this event!

The Jamboree is about five hours south for me, in Burbank, California. Not that far so I will be driving. I will be honored with the presence of another genealogy blogger for the ride down and back. I will save the information of who this is for later and blogging, but will give you a hint I guess..."very funny!"

My laundry is done, just need to pack. We will be heading down and starting some fantastic memories on Thursday! I hope to collect a lot of pictures, learn from some of the best, maybe do some shopping (NOT my most favorite thing to do, but when it comes to genealogy, how can you go wrong?) and meet some fantastic people! I already can't wait to post about this event, and it hasn't even started yet! The excitement has though...stay tuned!

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DearMYRTLE'S Get Organized - June 2009

As of my last post, I hadn't seen DearMyrtle's June post listing for "getting organized." Since that last post, I have been extremely busy, and haven't had the time to blog, sure have missed it! And, I missed when Myrt's post was actually posted! So let's get caught up!

This month DearMyrtle officially covers these topics~

Displaying ancestral artifacts
Heirloom gardens
Scanning old documents

Although June is getting along in time, you can still catch up, so be sure to go to this link and read how to be organized this month, before next month's edition comes out!

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Those Places Thursday

Snooty Fox Apartments, March 25, 2007. San Leandro, California. Digital Image. Privately held by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

Thank goodness I took a photo of the name of these apartments as I wouldn't have remembered it on my own. The Snooty Fox! What a name, huh? Oh, and what a place!

This is the first place I moved to when I moved out from my parents home. I originally moved in a two bedroom apartment with two other girls. Eventually one of the girls moved elsewhere and the other one and I lived here, actually in two different apartments, for quite awhile. I felt so proud of myself that I was able to move out when I was eighteen, and had a career!

The layout was grand. When you walk into the complex,(through the gate here and to the left) you notice all of the apartments surround a pool. Every apartment (within the square of the pool) had a balcony that looked out to the pool.

This was the party apartment complex! Wow, were there some parties! I specifically remember one that was a 50's party, with 50's music. At Christmas a group of us from the complex got together and went Christmas Caroling. We always ended up at someones apartment each night.

When I lived here I had major tooth issues. I ended up having to go to the hospital to have wisdom teeth pulled. It was thought that I had a blot clot in my jaw, and so they wanted me in the hospital. When I woke up, all I saw was blood, I thought they hit the blood clot and I was bleeding to death! I passed out. Of course, that wasn't the case.

I had my first car when I lived here. If I remember correctly, it was a blue 1966 Chrysler De Soto. What a tuna boat! Of course I was so proud to have bought this car with my own money, my dad helped me pick it out. I wanted a lot of car around me, to be safe. My girlfriend didn't have a car, so thank goodness I did!

Along with the new apartment, I eventually gained a new boyfriend also who lived in the same complex, and my parents disowned me because of it. He was twice my age! The more I was told I shouldn't have this boyfriend, the more I was determined to prove them wrong! We were together for a couple of years. The "forbidden" boyfriend and I lived in a few different places, which I will share along this journey of "Those Places Thursday!"

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wordless Wednesday ~ The Prince

The Prince. April 21, 2009. Shadow Cliffs, Livermore, California. Digital Image. Privately held by Cheryl[ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Plants

Plants. January 1, 2004. Chapel of the Chimes, Hayward, California. Digital Image. Privately held by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009.

Chester Plants was born June 27, 1929. He passed away on March 23, 2003. Geraldine was born March 14, 1929 and passed away on June 10, 1999.

Chester and Geraldine were my brother-in-law's parents. Although they are not related to me, I wanted to share with you and memorialize for my sister's family.

I didn't have the opportunity to spent much time with Geraldine, so I never really got to know her. I found her living in Denver, Colorado when she was about a year old, so maybe she was born there.

Chester's Social Security was issued in West Virginia. I did have the opportunity to know Chester. He was a wonderful man and we got along very well. He loved to tell me stories about when he had motorcycles and how they would keep warm when riding, bundling up in newspapers!

May you both rest in peace.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Puckerbrush Award for Excellence

To my surprise and amazement and shock, I was notified today that Becky from Grace and Glory awarded me with this: "The Janice Brown Puckerbrush Award for Excellence!" I feel so honored! Thank you Becky! I am humbled beyond words.

I borrow this explanation of the award (as Becky has also done) its origin, and purpose:
The award was created in honor of genealogy blogger Janice Brown by Terry Thornton, author of "Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi", who explained that "Janice told us all about the word 'puckerbrush' in an article she posted August 27, 2007 at "Cow Hampshire". Terry elaborated a bit further in a comment: 'On any land allowed to go fallow and left untended, a wild assortment of wild plants grow – in some areas, this wild growth results in such a thicket of plants that it is almost impossible to push your way through the growth. So it is with the growth of blogs --- so many that it is impossible to read them all. But in the puckerbrush eventually a few plants/trees become dominant and influence all who view them through the thick surrounding puckerbrush. And it is those outstanding blogs whose influence spreads beyond just the surrounding rabble of puckerbrush that I'm honoring.' Terry issued this challenge: Henceforth these awards will be called the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Award for Excellence. All blog authors are hereby challenged to name the ten blogs which have influenced their writing the most and list them as a tribute to Janice --- the Janice Brown Puckerbrush Blog Awards for Excellence.
Now I am privileged to pick ten blogs that have influenced me, and honor them with this award!
3. Judith at Genealogy Traces
4. Sheri at Twig Talk
7. Jessica at Jessica's Genejournal
8. Julie at GenBlog
10. Craig at GeneaBlogie
These blogs have either brought me to starting my own blog, or have continued to teach me, or have entertained me, or have left me wanting for more! Thank you all! Now it is your turn to choose ten blogs.
Again, I thank Becky for making me feel so honored! If she not already been chosen I would have chosen her!
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Those Places Thursday ~ Sanchez Home

Sanchez home. March 25, 2007. Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo, California. Digital Image. Privately held by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

This is the last home my maternal grandmother lived in before she passed away. At this time her name was Betty Sanchez, she was married to Raymond Sanchez. They were married as long as I can remember. I do not have the information of when they were married. I am still working on a birth certificate for my grandmother.

This home was on the pathway to the high school I attended. Many times walking home from school I would stop and visit my grandmother. When she became legally blind I felt so bad for her because she couldn't drive anymore. I vowed when I received my drivers license I would help to drive her everywhere! In the meantime, a bus stop, which was a house or two down from her home, provided transportation for her when my mother wasn't available.

In the backyard was a wonderful apple tree, green apples! We enjoyed picking and eating them, when there weren't worm holes in them. They were my favorite.

I helped clean my grandmother's house when I was a teenager. When she became legally blind, (she had cataracts, but I am not sure that was the exact reason she was legally blind) it was difficult for her to see dust and dirt. I specifically remember cleaning her phone, and cupboards in the kitchen. I wonder why I distinctly remember cleaning those things?

Grandma owned a console radio and record player. I would turn on the radio and change stations for her when I was there cleaning. She loved listening to talk shows, and I remember her listening to "old fuddy duddy music." (What else would a teenager think?)My mother took care of her bills, wrote the checks.

When my grandmother lived in this house, it was painted a light color and the front door was always open. The house had three bedrooms, my grandfather slept in one and she in another. I can't remember much about the third bedroom.

I don't remember her having a photo album one, it was as if she didn't have any. I do not have a single picture of her as a child or teenager. If she did have any, I wonder what happened to them? My sisters and I and one cousin are the only descendants from my grandmother. There is so much information we need to learn about her.

The picture of this home brings back many wonderful memories for me.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wordless Wednesday ~ Flower

Flower. May 22, 2009. San Jose, California. Digital Image. Privately held by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

Monday, June 1, 2009

More New Cousin Contact Info!

I received an email last night which gave me contact information for three more cousins once removed! Now, how exciting is that? Again, I have to thank blogging for this information, as it was through my blog that this gal originally found me!

I was given addresses, and phone numbers for these three people. Also, two of them had email addresses. Can you imagine my happiness to read this email? My brain immediately moved forward, being rushed with questions I wanted to ask each of them. Slowing myself down was tough to do, after all I don't want to scare these cousins away!

These three people are my grandfather's (Harding) sister's children (Norton's). I have no idea of their age, and or health. After I calmed down from my excitement, I knew I needed to drop an email to each of the two I had addresses for. The first email seemed to go through no problem. The second one, the address wasn't valid. I checked to make sure I had the correct one that was given me, which I did, as I had copied and pasted it. I did notice at that time that the address is an AOL address. Hasn't AOL disappeared? Didn't it turn into Comcast, or am I mistaken? I am going to try sending this second email to a Comcast address and see if it goes through.

I will get in touch with the person who sent me the information and let her know the one address isn't valid. She just received the information herself and is traveling so will be unaware of this fact. She has been traveling to Pa. where each of our families settled from Norway. She is hoping to maybe get a chance to meet a cousin or two of mine.

I am waiting to hear back from the first email I sent last night, hoping for exciting things! Today I will try changing the AOL to Comcast email and see if it goes through. I do have phone numbers, so if I can't make contact with these emails, I will try the phone numbers.

I have made contact with so many cousins in the past couple of years I can't believe it. There have been abt. 15 first cousins and 4 first cousins once removed, and if I make contact with these three, that will be 7 first cousins once removed! Aunts and uncles, gee, I have met or been reacquainted with 5. And I wonder why I never get a chance to do any research? I am entering information from all of the contacts I have been making!

Wish me luck with this set of three!

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