Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Bowling with the Prince


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 Copyright © 2010  Cheryl Palmer

Monday, July 26, 2010

Carnival of Genealogy ~ Scrap Booking My Family History!

It has been quite a long time since I have participated in the Carnival of Genealogy and thought it was about time I catch up and submit an entry. Here is Jasia's post explaining this upcoming edition and the poster for this edition which was so beautifully made by footnoteMaven~




Call for Submissions! The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: Scrapbooking Your Family History! Here's a real challenge for you... Who's up to the task? Create a scrapbook page on any theme that suits one or more of your vintage photos. If you don't feel very artistic, lay a few photos down on a piece of colored paper, add a few captions, take a snapshot of it, and voila! You have yourself a digital scrapbook page! If you enjoy creating traditional scrapbook pages, take a picture of one you've done, and that works too. If you're up for creating something more artsy, buy a kit or make your own. Go for it! If you've never done scrapbooking before, this is the opportunity you've been waiting for! If you're an experienced scrapbooker, dig in and enjoy the creative process! The deadline for submissions is August 1st. Thirty submissions will be accepted. 


This was fun as I don't get to spend as much time on scrap booking my family history as I would like. I stole a few precious minutes from other projects just to make this page. I chose a paternal grandmother to highlight this time and decided to stay with a basic black and white theme, with just a hint of color here and there.  Hope you enjoy!







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Friday, July 23, 2010

A "Miner" Registration Card

Do you have a copy of your ancestors World War Registration Card?




John C. Miner, my great grandfather, lived in Washington when it came time to register for the war. John was born in November 10, 1875 in New York. By the time he and my great grandmother, Gladys, gave birth to my grandmother, they were living on North Dakota.

John was 43 years old and living in Ione, Washington when he filled out this Registration Card. He stated he was white and a native born United States citizen who was a teamster employed by U. S. Anderson. Being of medium height, medium build with dark brown hair, brown eyes and married to "Mrs. J. C. Miner" (don't you just love that they don't give you the spouse's first name?) in Ione, Washington, he certainly didn't seem to have any real special or different characteristics about him.

What this Registration Card does inform me, is that his birthday matches information I already had, so another source record for me. The Registration Card does not tell me that he was born in New York. I have this information from other records. For me, the most important information on this card it the verification that he and his wife were living in Washington in 1918. Until I found this card a few years ago, I didn't have any idea they ever even lived in Washington. I had suspicions, but that is all they were, suspicions.

This card also verified that John was still married. It not only gave me his employment at the time, but the name of his employer also. As average as he sounds, his physical description was exciting and new information for me also! Plus it was stated that he had not lost an arm, leg or eye etc. In other words he was in one piece.  I do not have a picture of John C. Miner, I had no idea what he looked like. I would love one day have that privilege, own a picture of my great grandfather. For now, I can put together a mental picture of this basically average man, and that is better than nothing!

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Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Unknowns/Hernoland

 

Do you recognize these people?

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Follow Friday Pays Off!

I want to thank my distant cousin, Randy Seaver, for choosing Heritage Happens for Follow Friday [#FF] last week. Not only was it a wonderful surprise but it also brought attention to my blog. One special person in Sweden was so very kind to leave a comment on my blog, along with some new information I did not have regarding my Lundberg line. Below is the comment~

Hi Cheryl,

After reading about your blog on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings, I checked it out and it is quite interesting! Thanks!

Since I’m a Swede, I thought I should see if I could find out a little bit more about your Lundbergs and this is what I found.

Erik Lundberg (born Jan 1st 1835 in Graninge) and Brita Svedberg (born Nov 1st 1848 in Viksjö) are indeed the parents of Märta Brita and her two brothers Albert Efraim and Olof Ferdinand. (Source: Viksjö AI:9 (1886-1895) page 300). Albert Efraim was born on Sept 1st 1881 in Graninge and died on Jan 8th 1951 in Viksjö. Olof Ferdinand was born on Oct 7th 1885 in Graninge. 

However, these were not the only two siblings of Märta’s (and there might be even more!). Her father Erik had another son Erik Jakob (born April 12th 1868 in Graninge) in a previous marriage and her mother Brita had a son Johan Otto (born May 15th 1878 in Graninge) out of wedlock before their marriage on April 4th 1880.

Märta Brita Lundberg left Viksjö for America on Nov 7th 1911 and she was travelling with her daughter Signe Kristina (born June 12th 1904 in Viksjö – out of wedlock).

Magnus

Now, is that awesome or what? Some of this information I did have, but some I was totally unaware of! I replied back to Magnus and hoped I would get a response via email. At this point however I haven't heard back. Such a wonderful thing to do for me! I would love to hear from you again Magnus if you see this, I owe you a proper thank you!

Randy, again, thank you! Thank you so much, this wouldn't have happened without you! This is a great example of how Follow Friday's can be beneficial! It is also testimony, again, to the fact that blogging does pay off! Genea-Bloggers and their followers are totally awesome!

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Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Saturday, July 17, 2010

SNGF ~ Who Do I Write Like?


A number of geneabloggers have already done this, but many have not and most of my readers have not either, so let's go for it!
Randy over at Genea-Musings has this weeks SNGF challenge ready for those who wish to particpate, it says~
"Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Find something that you have written that you are really proud of - the best of your work. Do an Edit > Copy of it.

2) Go to the website
 http://iwl.me/ and Paste your text into the waiting box.

3) Tell us which famous author you write like. Write it up in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog, or post it on Facebook. Insert the "badge of honor" in your blog if you can."
This ought to be interesting I have never thought about writing like anyone else before, so I am game! The post I chose is:

I chose this post because Randy just gave me a #FF yesterday on it so I thought I would see how this post came back. Well, it came back that I write like....



I write like
James Joyce
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!



Thought I would try another post just for the heck of it. This time I chose:

Treasure Chest Thursday ~ Doubt Social Networking benefits Your Genealogy?

This time my badge came back and said I write like, are you ready for this?


I write like
Mark Twain
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

So what do you think?


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 Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Those Places Thursday ~ The Old Jail

A year or so ago I went traipsing around Livermore, California taking pictures of some of it's historical sites. Here is one building I have been aware of for about 20 years. The business today is named "The Delinquent Dog" and is a dog grooming shop.


As you can see, this isn't a very big building. Over all of these years, I never stopped to think how The Delinquent Dog got it's name, or where the name came from. At least forty years or so ago, this building used to be the Livermore jail! Hence, "The Delinquent Dog!" Clever name, don't you think?


 This current photo shows the bars and doorways of the old jail and it's two cells. Each of the old cells are now used as bays to bath and groom the dogs. Here, you are looking at the cells from the inside back of the building, facing the front door.


The rooms, or "old cells" are missing their doors. From inside you can really see how old the building is. Years ago I was told about this building, and actually forgot the history until I did this excursion. This photo was taken as you enter the building and shows the second cell.


Take a look at this front door! It is metal and sure looks like it was a jail door! Once you unlock and open this door, there is another door which is more fitting for a business of today. You can see the glass door to the left in the picture.

 I wish to thank the owner of the "Delinquent Dog" for allowing me to take photos inside her business. I also wish to thank "the nameless person" who gave me some insight to this history, and actually spent time in the jail! 

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 Copyright © 2010 By Cheryl Palmer

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Do you know this woman?



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Saturday, July 10, 2010

My Clerihew



Randy Seaver has posted the SNGF (Saturday Night Genealogy Fun) for this evening and I have chosen to participate. Here are instructions, per Randy~


"Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Write a Genealogy Clerihew (and what is a "clerihew" you ask? See Jim Smith's post today for more details and his clerihew (briefly, a clerihew is a four-line irregular poem or verse that follows an AABB rhyme scheme. It is named for the birthday of Edmund Clerihew Bentley the inventor, aka writer, aka poet."). If you're feeling especially creative, write two or more!

2) Show us your genealogy clerihew in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook comment or update. C'mon, dazzle your readers and friends with your poetry and creativeness."


So without further ado, here is my Clerihew~   


Uncovering my ancestors, there are a few
This is a favorite thing I like to do
If I could put off cooking and cleaning
I'd spend my time doing something with meaning!


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Copyright © 2010 By Cheryl Palmer

Friday, July 9, 2010

What I do


Thomas McEntee started a new meme and has asked us GeneaBloggers to post:

A list  showing what you use in terms of technology to either run your genealogy business or pursue your family history as a hobby.

Thomas asks and states: "Why is this important?  Very often – especially if you work at home like me – we operate in a vacuum.  We have no idea what other people are using unless they mention it in an email or a blog post.  Or we have to ask for a recommendation."

Thomas has a great idea here and I have chosen to participate, so here is my list!

* Hardware: Sony Vaio,  Windows 7 ~ 17 in screen,  HP laptop with XP
* External storage: Seagate portable hard drive
* Online storage: Picassa
* Backup: CD's, Carbonite, Seagate
* Firewall: Kapersky
* Virus protection: Kapersky
* Spyware: Kapersky
* File cleaner: none
* Printer: HP 3750 All in One Printer
* Phone: Blackberry
* Mobile media: my phone
* Music player: Ipod
* Car audio: radio, CD player
* eBook Reader: none, prefer real books
* Browser: Google Chrome, Mozilla
* Blog: Blogger
* RSS: Google Reader
* Text editor: Microsoft Word 2003
* Graphics: Adobe  Elements Photoshop/Picassa
* Screen capture: Print Screen and paste
* Social media: Facebook, Twitter via TweetDeck, Linkedin, Genealogy Wise
* Social bookmarking: none
* Social profile: A little bit here and there.
* URL shortener: only what TweetDeck uses
* Office suite: Microsoft Office
* E-mail: Gmail, Yahoo, Comcast
* Calendar: Use a regular wall calender so hubby can see what I have going on.
* Accounting: Do not do this online anymore
* PDF generator: Adobe Acrobat
* Genealogy database: Family Tree 09, Roots Magic and about to try Legacy
* Genealogy tools: Ancestry, Library online, free online genealogy sites, tape recorder, jump drives, etc.
* Other tech stuff: Nikon D60 Digital Camera, Looking forward to trying AniMap from Legacy

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Copyright © 2010 By Cheryl Palmer

Funeral Friday #10 ~ Karl



I have scanned so many funeral cards and obituary's lately I have decided to post these items on Fridays, hence the title Funeral Friday. Some of these may not actually pertain to my family, however I wish to share what I have as they may be helpful to someone. Unfortunately, most of the newspaper obits do not list a date of print nor the title of the newspaper. I will try to give location and dates that may be helpful as I can.





In Memory of
LOUIS KARL
Born
January 4, 1898
Entered into rest
August 29, 1977
Services
Tuesday - August 28, 1977
2:00 p.m.
St. John's Catholic Church
Officiating
Fr. Walter Skoceylas
Alter Boys
Tom Beckerleg            Trig Karl
Pat McFarren                 Shawn Karl
Ronnie Beckerleg             Todd Karl
Honorary Bearers
William Nauber                 Harry Bettsen
Dennis Mondor                Clarence Boom
Les Severtson   Jack Lengel   Jack Starry
Pallbearers
Darryl Beckerleg         Tim Beckerleg
Gary Beckerleg          Curt Beckerleg
Randy McFarren            Danny McFarren
Interment
Akeley Cemetery
Arrangements
Jones Funeral Home
Park Rapids, Minnesota
    


The left inside of the card has a prayer. As of this date Louis Karl is not in my family tree.

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 Copyright © 2010 By Cheryl Palmer


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Puppy for Christmas




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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Breithaupt






This headstone is a bit tough to read because of the lighting, but it says~

Godfried
1874 - 1947
Breithaupt

In the 1900 Federal Census he is listed as ~

Gottfreid Breighthaupt ~

25 years of age, living with Jacob and Christina Breighthaupt, his parents, and a younger sister and brother, Anna and Jacob. Gottfreid and his family were all born in Germany, except for Jacob who was born in Pennsylvania. The family moved to the United States in 1882 and I imagine the spellings of the names changed  in order to be more consistent with the English language. As you know, this was such a common phenomenon, people immigrated to this country and changed their names and/or the spellings. In many cases Americans would spell immigrants names the way they heard them, not as they were actually spelled, thus inadvertently changing someone's name. 

Godfried is not actually related to me. His brother Jacob was my grand uncle in law. When I went to Pennsylvannia to see my ggrandparents home, I found the gravesites of several of the Breithaupt family in Hawley. 

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Copyright © 2010 By Cheryl Palmer

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy Birthday America!




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Friday, July 2, 2010

Funeral Friday #9 ~ Mrs. Theodore Larson

I have scanned so many funeral cards and obituary's lately I have decided to post these items on Fridays, hence the title Funeral Friday. Some of these may not actually pertain to my family, however I wish to share what I have as they may be helpful to someone. Unfortunately, most of the newspaper obits do not list a date of print nor the title of the newspaper. I will try to give location and dates that may be helpful as I can.

This obit, more than likely, was originally printed in a newspaper in northern Minnesota.



Fatally Stricken As She Prepares Sister's Wedding

Young Leaf River Mother Leaves Two Children, Husband

While helping her family pre-
pare for her sister's wedding,
Mrs. Theodore Larson, 29-year-
old resident of Leaf River town-
ship, became suddenly ill Thurs-
day afternoon and though rushed
to Wesley hospital she died a
few hours later from cerebral
embolism.
Funeral services were held at
2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at
the Trinity Lutheran church at
Sebeka. Rev. J. Alfred Olson,
pastor of the church and Rev. O.
J. Haukeness of the Lutheran
Free Church at Bluegrass offici-
ated.

Mrs. Theodore Larson is not in my family tree at this point.


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Copyright © 2010 By Cheryl Palmer

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday ~ Doubt Social Networking Benefits Your Genealogy?



I am here to tell you otherwise!

I have blogged before about cousin connections I have made through Facebook and my blog. This "Treasure Chest Thursday" I would like to share with you not an item, but a very gracious cousin who has given me many pieces of treasure! I met this cousin online in a round about way through Facebook, yes, the social networking site!

I was first contacted by a new cousin in N.Y. who found me talking about my Westby line. She forwarded me to another cousin in Minnesota who actually forwarded me to yet another cousin on Montana, whom I will be calling "Westby cuz."  "Westby cuz" and I have been emailing back and forth for close to a year now, sometimes several times a week. Such an amazing blessing is "Westby Cuz!" She is the true treasure!

"Westby cuz" has shared many family photos with me. Every photo has included a bit of history regarding the picture or person in the picture. Ninety nine per cent of the pictures have been labeled and dated also, can you believe it? I now have pictures of Westby relatives that I didn't even know existed. 




Remember all of the scanning I have been doing lately? Over a thousand of those scans are from the Westby line of my tree. "Westby cuz" has been helping me ID the unknowns in those photos. She has been graciously adding to my family tree and filling in some of those gaps. I am hoping some of the scans I am now able to share are new to "Westby cuz" and she can add them to her family tree.

A couple of days ago I was informed of the death of an aunt's husband, which made for a very solemn afternoon, as you can imagine. Later that day I received an email from my "Westby cuz" which had me doing the happy dance! Talk about up and down emotions that day!

So, what gave me the happy dance? Well, I have seen the name Ole Westby all over the internet when searching my Westby line. I have seen trees with Ole in them, inquiries regarding Ole, and Ole listed in several census reports. I have always felt that somehow this Ole must fit into my tree. I emailed "Westby cuz" a scan of a photo of Westby headstones I found in the old album above. Guess whose name was on the headstone? Ole Westby! I asked if she knew who it was. But of course she did! Ole was my ggrandfather's brother! Another photo of a headstone from that album, had "Thelma"  hand written on it. Neither "Westby cuz" nor I  knew who Thelma was, until now. Now that Ole has been connected, it looks as if Thelma may have been Ole's daughter in law. The pieces are coming together!

Because of this, another bit of family information has emerged that I was unaware of. Many times I have read about cousins marrying cousins and some of the strange and confusing connections within families. I never expected to have any of this within my family tree, but it looks as if there is! I have been informed that my ggrandparents were cousins who married each other. In fact, I was also informed that there may actually be more "crossed" connections there as well. The first connection explanation that was sent to me, I actually needed to draw out on paper to understand it, but I do now! To make matters more confusing, there were two Ole Westby's, and they lived close to each other. Now, how confusing would all of this have been?

I am very excited to work more on my Westby line. I am also so very grateful for all of the treasure my "Westby cuz" has been bestowing upon me! I may never have made contact with her if it weren't for that "social networking" site called Facebook. You will, undoubtedly, be hearing much more about my Westby family and my treasures!

*Update 7/2/2010 - new information from my "Westby Cuz" informed me that the picture I have of Thelma's casket full of flowers is NOT the Thelma that is newly discovered to me. The death dates do not coincide.
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 Copyright © 2010 By Cheryl Palmer