Friday, May 29, 2009

"Where I Have Lived Series" becomes "Those Places Thursday"

I have been asked a few questions about the photos I have been posting regarding this series, so I thought it would be a good idea to explain these pictures and why I am sharing them. In the process I have also decided to make some changes regarding these posts!

A couple of years ago I decided I wanted to take photos of all of the places I have ever lived, at least the ones I was aware of! I spent three days driving, photographing and viewing these places. I was fortunate enough to have lived in the same basic vicinity most of my life which cut on travel, time and costs.

It has been very interesting for me to see the changes some of these dwellings and areas have gone through. Some areas and homes improved and some went downhill. Most have been painted and look quite different from when I lived there. Of course, many years have passed, so these dwellings were bound to have changed. When I was very young, one or two areas where I used to live are not good areas currently, so I enlisted my husband to drive along with me. I am not sure he understood the importance to me of why I wanted these photos, or why I would go to these areas, but he was a good sport about it!

As I was in different areas, I also took pictures of some of the homes where my grandparents had lived. One house in particular was very nicely fixed up and even had an added second floor! One home I had no recollection of at all.

How many times have we enjoyed looking at pictures of the homes our ancestors lived in? One day someone may want to know where I actually lived! Even if no one really wants to know, I have REALLY enjoyed revisiting and digitizing these places. Some are of apartments where I have lived, one is even of a duplex. A couple are of houses where I may have lived for just a couple of months that were owned by family or friends, which I call "transitional homes." I can think of one or two places I haven't photographed yet, (one of which I have been to the general area, but can't remember exactly where this house is, and the other, I haven't been to yet, but may have some trouble remembering this exact house also) so will have to do that one of these days. Wow, I have lived in many places! Hopefully, I will also find photos of some of these places when I actually lived there, and I can show you a "Then and Now!"

Have you taken photos of the dwellings where you have lived? Are you curious about how they may look now? Are they even standing still? Do you have photographs of these dwellings when you actually lived there? What about the schools you, your relatives and ancestors attended? Do you have photos of those? Job sites or places of employment?

Upon doing this post, I have decided to change the name of this series to "Those Places Thursday" and post this series on, gee, I suppose Thursdays would be good! I will now be able to share information with the pictures I post, which will clarify and explain what you are viewing. I look forward to sharing "Those Places Thursday" with you, and invite anyone who may wish to share "Those Places" too, to do so on their blogs starting next Thursday!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wordless Wednesday ~ Where I Have Lived Series (3)

House. March 25, 2007. San Lorenzo, Ca. Digital Image. Privately held by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Busy Making Memories!

I just wanted to let you know that I have been busy making memories!

First and foremost, I have been helping my daughter with her new daughter! Adjusting to another little one in the house and recovering from surgery was an adjustment for her, but all is well!

I've also been helping a friend with plans for her daughter's wedding. Shopping, sewing and decision making. It has been fun!

A few days ago, my other daughter, from Tennessee, arrived with her boyfriend, who we met for the first time. Lots of family time, meals and sightseeing, it has been great. The boyfriend is wonderful too!

To top things off, I pulled muscles in my back, so now that is laying me up a bit. (This has however given me a few moments to update you here!)

We were planning on going away for the upcoming weekend, but with my back it looks highly unlikely, as we were going away on the motorcycles.

I will have lots to catch up on after this weekend and look forward to my normal routine. Gee, do I have a normal routine? I guess not, but more fun can be had that way!

June and summer are almost here! Hopefully this means everyone is having better weather! Time to make more of your own family memories?

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Blogging Prompt #18

Showcase a favorite blog or blogger. This is a great way to share some blog love and introduce readers to new genealogy writers. Thanks to We Tree for the inspiration!

Instead of showcasing a favorite blog or blogger (there are so many I couldn't choose just one) I thought I would showcase a new to me blog. If you are doing Irish research, you need to follow this one, Irish Genealogical Research. I have Irish in my lines but haven't researched in Ireland as of yet. Even though I am not ready to research there, I have found this blog to be informative and fun to follow. Who knows, maybe by the time I am ready to research in Ireland, I will be a step ahead of the game! The more I learn as I go along, the easier it will be by the time I am actually ready to go "Irish."

Articles on Irish research, history, surnames, places, and researchers are an example of what you will find. You will find a link to Irish genealogy message boards, which I haven't been to yet but look forward to exploring.

This article, among others, "Irish History-Three Reasons You Should Be Studying It For Your Genealogy Research" sold me. It is very well written and gives much food for thought! I will be following!

Even if Irish isn't in your blood, I suggest you take a peek, as it may just give you some new ideas or thoughts about the blood line you do need to follow!

Speaking of Irish blood, if you haven't been to Small-leaved Shamrock you are missing out. Small-leaved Shamrock is also the home of "The Carnival of Irish Heritage and Culture." This is not a new blog, but it is a must for those with Irish Heritage. Even though Lisa has taken a hiatus from blogging for a bit to work on some spring cleaning, there are many articles to catch up on until Lisa returns.

I am sure there are other Irish blogs that I am not aware of, if you know of any please leave a link! Happy Irish researching!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wordless Wednesday ~ Where I Have Lived Series (2)

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

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Claude and Francis Fanzago

Claude and Francis headstone. May 12, 2009. Livermore, Ca. Digital image. Privately held by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

A few days ago, when my initial plans fell through, I decided to play around on I chose a few names from my tree that I hadn't done much, if any, research on. I searched to see if I could find where some of these people may be buried. Accidentally, I found the grave of Claude(Claudio)and his wife Francis. I didn't have a clue who these people were, but I instantly did some work to find out. You see, Fanzago is a very familiar name to me. My daughter's ggrandmother, Marie, was born Marie Fanzago.

I found out Claudio was Marie's brother, so he is my daughter's great grand uncle! I haven't researched this line at all yet, so when I found Claude it was a fantastic surprise! I have no idea how many Fanzago's there are, or have been in California, but it is an unusual name, so I hoped there would be a connection, and there was! The thing that surprised me the most though was the fact that he was buried in the town I live in.

Claudio and his sister Marie were both born somewhere in Italy. Marie was about three years older than Claudio. Their father, Carlo, and their mother, Leona also gave birth to Giuseppina. She was about five years younger than Claudio. I need to do more research to find out if there were any more siblings, and to find out where in Italy they stem from.

I am thrilled to have found this grave site and additional information for this line! And just think, it was all accidental!

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day! ~ Before I was a Mom

Before I was a Mom, I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom, I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.
Before I was a Mom, I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom, I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom, I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.
Before I was a Mom, I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom ...
(author unknown)
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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Beyond Words!

I truly am beyond words! Two awards in two days! This time Greta at Greta's Genealogy Blog has awarded me the 2009 Friendly Blogger Award! I thank you Greta for bringing me this award and thinking I am a "Friendly Blogger!" I think you are pretty darn friendly too! You have already received this award or I would give it to you too! Instead I will choose seven other friendly bloggers! This are my choices~

Steve - Steve's Genealogy Blog

Julie - GenBlog

Thomas - GenaBloggers

Stephanie - Irish Genealogical

Kay B - Kay B's Place

Tipper - Blind Pig And The Acorn

Craig - GeneaBlogie

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What a "Lovely" Surprise!

I had a great day today with my daughter and grandchildren. I often wonder, what could be finer? Maybe a day in Carolina? OK maybe not, but I think this was just as wonderful and such a surprise! Kay at Kay B's Place sent me a message today saying that she chose me to receive an award for having “One Lovely Blog”. Thank you, Kay! This just added to my already wonderful day! I am pleased you think enough of my blog to choose me! Now, I am asked to to pass this “One Lovely Blog Award” on to seven blogs and their authors. When you receive yours we hope you will take the time to read some new blogs or revisit some of your favorites. Then the instructions are simple - just nominate 7 other blogs. Oh, it so tough, it is always difficult to name just a few...
These are the seven I choose ~
Drusilla Pair ~ Find Your Folks
Gini Webb ~ Ginisology
Apple ~ Apple's Tree
Lindalee ~ Flipside
Thank you all for such "Lovely" Blogs! And a special thank you again to Kay for nominating me!
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Wordless Wednesday~Where I Have Lived Series(1)

Apartments. March 25, 2007. Hayward, California. Digital Image. Held by Cheryl Fleming Palmer. [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009
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Saturday, May 2, 2009

DearMYRTLE'S Get Organized - May 2009

Here we are into another month of 2009, yes it is May! This means that DearMYRTLE has posted her Finally Getting Organized Plan for this month! Are you ready to tackle the next plan of attack? You can find her May edition here! Links to the previous four months of organizational plans on this page also in case you need access to them. Happy organizing for this month!

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Spreading the Wealth on My Harding Line, and More!

I have had a full genealogy day! I took the opportunity this morning to send an email with some pictures to my cousin (once removed). These were pictures my new found online friend shared with me this week. I asked for permission from him to send her some pictures which I had scanned of his a couple years ago. My new found friend gave me a hint today that if this cousin wants to e-mail her, he could. So, I let him know what she said and we will take it from there.

I have met three of my first cousins once removed from this family (Harding) line in the last few years. There is actually one more that I haven't met yet, but have e-mail contact with. It has been such a joy to meet and have contact with these family members. As I have stated before, most of the last few years I have spent meeting family members (from more than one line) and oh what a joy that has been! To think I probably wouldn't have met any of these people if I hadn't gotten involved in family history is so sad. I have met the most wonderful relatives and I thank them for accepting me!

This afternoon I went to the Family History Library in my town. I had been there once before, but only for a quick overview about a year or so ago. I decided today to find out more about the FHL. I was greeted by a member of the genealogy society I belong to. He showed me around and explained all of the equipment, rooms, drawers of film and books to me. Then, he sat with me and showed introduced the sites that were available on the computer and actually did some searches on my gggrandfather (from yet another, completely different line) and the civil war. I spent 3 hours there today, and just played around with the sites. I actually found information on this gggrandfather and some unexpected information on a couple other lines. It was great fun, and I was sorry I had to leave, but they were closing.

When I came home, there I was again, on the computer checking email when I found mail from another cousin, a sister to the one I emailed this morning. She had been forwarded the pictures I sent her brother and she became intrigued. I immediately sent all the information I had received from my new online friend, to three of my cousins, as it looked as if there was interest.

The first cousin I had contacted about sharing photos and such, used to be involved in genealogy. I was at his home a couple years ago and he was kind enough to share information about my ggrandfather with me, pictures and documents. At that time I know he didn't have much interest in genealogy anymore. The pictures I sent him today interested him I believe as he forwarded them on to his sister. I don't know if this will provoke a true interest in genealogy again or not. I am not sure if he wants contact with my new friend or not. Maybe he doesn't want to be bothered. And, if he doesn't, that is okay by me, I understand. I just hope that one way or another I can connect with him again and learn more about my ggrandparents. I know he has a box full of genealogy, if not more. I wouldn't want to see his work go to waste!

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Blogging prompt - #17

Week #17: Make a research task list. Posting these items to will help you get your tasks done, and may encourage readers to do the same.

Thanks to We Tree ( for the inspiration!

I have been doing these blogging prompts not because I can't think of anything to write about, but because they help me to accomplish something, make me focus on my genealogy. I would like to thank Amy again for this wonderful idea she has come up with, a blogging prompt a week! I tend to get a bit behind sometimes with them, but so far I have been doing them all.

Here is my research task list~

(I just noticed my list disappeared on this post, not sure what happened to it! Decided I am going to add a new one! 5/6/09)

1) Research birth information to send for birth certificates for the Harding children.
2) Research to find how to obtain Madie Miner's birth certificate. (ongoing issue)
3) Find where Paul and Dagny were married.
4) Look for newspaper articles on Harding's.
5) Research, locate and visit Lagorio gravesites.

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Dulin's In Norway, I Have Crossed The Ocean! Translation Time!

I have always been told that a part of my family came from Norway. This is one of the first bits of information I have received that proves I do. This is the 1875 census which shows Dagny and her family in Skein, Telemark, Norway. I wish to thank my newest online friend (KC-R) who was so kind to exchange information with me on my HARDING line!

Kretsnr Krets Gate Gardnr Gardseigar By
9 1 9 Henrik Ibsens Gade 29 Bryggeriet (forr. Joh.?? Borcksønner) Skien
Personnr. Hushald Førenamn Etternamn Kjønn Fam. stilling Sivilstand Yrke Fødd år Fødestad Bostatus Trussamf. Etasje

140 1 1 Hans Dulin m hf g Hypothekbankens Kommissionær participant i Ølbryggeri 1830 Vingers Pr. b Hovedbygningens


141 2 1 Hanna Eline Dulin f Blom k hm g 1837 Gjerpens Pr. b
142 3 Anna Sophie Dulin k d ug 1864 Christiania b
143 4 Søren Blom Dulin m s 1865 Skien b
144 5 Einar Dulin m s 1866 Skien b
145 6 Magnhild Dulin k d 1867 Skien b
146 7 Haakon Dulin m s 1870 Skien b
147 8 Sverre Dulin m s 1871 Skien b
148 9 Dagny Dulin k d 1872 Skien b
149 10 Roald Dulin m s 1873 Skien b
150 11 Gunvor Dulin k d 1874 Skien b

Isn't this wonderful? You bet it is! There is only one problem, I have no idea how to read Norwegian! I can make a guess or two about what some of this says, but in this business, no guessing allowed!

I have really, actually, hit pay dirt, family across the ocean! This means I have my work cut out for me, translation is in order. Of course key words will help immensely with translating this, but I do have to make some guesses for fun!

Let's see how close I may be in the translations. Here are my guesses.

I see Dagny's siblings, parents and all of their birth dates, which I did not have. I believe I see where they were all born and the job my gggrandfather held at the time, although I am not sure what it is, something maybe referring to commissioner of a bank? In Norway, what would a commissioner have been? Maybe an owner, part owner, manager?

The single initials after each name, what would they stand for? I have a feeling it states their sex, and possibly if they are married or single? Maybe the first numbers before the names are the numbers of the person the census taker counted and the next number would be the person in the household after the head of the household as we would say. Ok, I have jumped around here a bit, but it has been fun! Enough of the guessing though. My next step will be to translate this!

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