Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Ole T. Westby





Ole T. Westby's casket and burial. Ole T. was my great grand uncle, brother to my great grandfather Halvor Westby. April 28, 1928, I believe in Washington State.


This is one of the photos I recently scanned from my grandparents two boxes of pictures and documents.

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Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Happy 74th Birthday !



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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Those Places Thursday ~ An Ex-In-Law's House



This is a picture of one of my ex-sister-in-laws homes. They lived here years ago. The house just so happened to be right around the corner from where my ex and I lived. Also, directly across the street from this house is where my ex-brother-in law and his family lived. Definitely "all in the family" so to speak. It was very handy for the kids (6 cousins) to all hook up and play. If any of us needed help watching the children, it seemed one of the sister-in-laws would be able to do it.

The house has a swimming pool in the backyard, we had put one in ours also. There were many swim parties and family gatherings at this house. In fact one of my baby showers was held here. The house now has different owners and I have no idea who lives in it now. As far as I know, it has always been blue, maybe different shades of blue, but always blue. I took this picture a few years ago. We all lived in these homes when they were first built and it was a new tract. Oh...and I have "fondest" memories of us all putting in our landscaping! Those were the days...

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Unknown Boy ~ Sweden?




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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sentimental Sunday ~ The Roller Coaster of Emotions - Has it stopped on a High or a Low?


The past couple of months have been an emotional roller coaster for me. I hit some very low lows having dealt with three deaths in the family in such a short amount of time. I am reminded though that this wasn't the first time I have had this experience. During the years of 2008-2009 I also dealt with three deaths in the family in a fairly short amount of time, 10 months, 2 deaths actually occurring in the same month. This time the three deaths were in a two month period, and I lost my cat to boot. Unfortunately, there were other conditions that added much stress to my life during that time also that I am not about to go into. Let's just say every time I thought things were getting better, something else slapped me in the face.


Ok, this is not the point I am trying to make though, that we all deal with death and sometimes several in a short period of time. What was different for me this time is that when I was really down, something came along that made me want to do the genealogy happy dance! But that would be for a few minutes and then I remembered I was suppose to be very sad, and down I went again. I have never in all of my life gone through such different emotions in such a short amount of time, up down, up down.

Anyhow, I had a couple surprising, very exciting, up moments in the past two months also. One I would like to share with you now.

On September 20 at 9:37am, I received an e-mail comment for this blog. The comment was on a post I did in April 2009. It so happens that the post was "Blogging Prompt Post #12" that Amy Coffin devised for last year. Here is the prompt ~

"Use your blog to break down a brick wall. Posting may ring a bell with a reader. Maybe you will make a connection in five minutes. Maybe it will take two years. Either way, asking for help is the first step to knocking down that wall."

I wrote about my brick wall great grandmother in Sweden, Martä Lundberg. The comment I received about a month ago was from someone in Sweden who said they descended from Martä's brother and hope they could help me answer some of my questions! All GeneaBloggers know what it feels like when the Happy Dance comes around! I did it for a few minutes and then hurried to reply in case this person decided I took to long to reply or something. Maybe they were going away for a month and I wouldn't hear from them for a long time. I had to respond, quickly!
We ended up sending several emails back and forth that day, it was so exciting during such a trying time. This person is my third cousin once removed and his name is Janne Lundberg. He lives in Sweden and understands English and writes pretty well in English also! I am so fortunate! It was tough for me to have to let him know things were a bit rough for me at the time, but I did. We have written as we can, which has been wonderful and now I am trying to process most of the information he has sent me. I have a much clearer head now, so questions are being thrown at him left and right! I had to stop myself now because I am afraid I will scare him away! 


I would like to say that Janne has been a super understanding and a wonderful friend and cousin for the short amount of time I have known him through our emails. I am not sure who is more excited, him or me? Then to have to be patiently waiting on me....I thank you for that Janne! When you are so excited, you want info right away, I know! I was given permission to share this picture of him ~ 




Thank you for the picture! I think I see some of those Lundberg traits! Janne has joined the Heritage Happens "Followers" group so I know he will be very valuable if I happen to state facts that may be wrong, and I know also that he may be able to fill in facts I am unaware of. I look forward to sharing new information regarding my Lundberg line with you, thanks to Janne!


This most definitely ends on a BIG HIGH and I can chalk up another one to social networking! 


Thank you Amy Coffin for your blogging prompts! I hope there are many bloggers using them this year also, after all, look what happened to me! And Janne, my new English speaking Swedish cousin/friend, what can I say? Hugs to you, you are the best!!

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday Night Fun ~ Whose to Blame?

This week Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings posts this for Satuday Night Fun:

1)  Read Brenda Joyce Jerome's post Who or What Do You Blame? on the Western Kentucky Genealogy blog.  She asks these questions:

*  Can you identify person or event that started you on this search for family information? 

*  Did you pick up researching where a relative had left off? 

*  Did your interest stem from your child's school project on genealogy? 

*  If you have been researching many years, it may be hard to pinpoint one reason for this journey.

2)  Write your responses on your own blog, in a comment to this blog post, or in a note or comment on Facebook.  


I have been reading and enjoying some of the articles the GeneaBloggers have posted. While doing this I  remembered I actually did a post of my "Beginnings in Genealogy."


The person who is to blame in my case is Judy B. She was a co-worker who introduced me to Ancestry.com. I did not have genealogy of any sort handed down to me, nor did this hobby stem from any kind of school project. It started out of boredom! (Gee, I have been trying to think of the last time I was bored, this must be it ~ January of 2002!) My almost immediate discovery of family members on the web and my mother's passing a year prior both added to the initial interest of this very addicting hobby!


My third post on this blog dated Aug. 27, 2008 tells how I became hooked on genealogy,  "My First Discovery".  
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Those Places Thursday ~ Cooling off



This past summer, in the East Bay town of Livermore, California. Here you see my grandson cooling off in some of the fountains/springs on the corner of the main street in town. Although this was one of the mildest summers we have had, there were a few scorching days. After a bit of coaxing, he got the idea that this was fun and then it was tough to get him out!  Finally, a Slurpee (?), icee (?), Jamba Juice (?)...ok, now I remember, a "Smoothie" did the trick!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Unknown ~ Taken in Escanaba, Michigan



Please leave a comment if you have any clues regarding this photo! 


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Friday, October 1, 2010

Funeral Friday ~ Plants




Today we attend my brother in laws funeral and honor his life. Here is a copy of the obituary as it is printed in "The Independent" newspaper on September 30, 1910.

Ronald Dale Plants

Ronald Dale Plants passed away in Livermore, CA, Saturday, Sept 25, 2010, following a short battle with cancer. He was 58 years old. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. Ron touched so many lives with his great sense of humor, gentle spirit and positive outlook on life.

Ron was born in Oakland, Ca, on March 22, 1952 and graduated from Pacific High School in San Leandro. Ron spent most of his young life in San Leandro and recently relocated to Oregon. He was a retired cement truck driver who in his spare time enjoyed riding his Harley, spending time out doors, and enjoying the company of family and friends. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Ron is survived by his wife of 20 years, Lynne Fleming-Plants and his only son, Nicholas Plants, both of Livermore, Ca. He is also survived by his brother, Michael Plants and his sister Ruthann Fernandez, both of Dublin Ca. He was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Geraldine Plants, of San Lorenzo as well as his brother Leonard Plants of Hayward.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation Thursday, September 30, 2010 from 5:00-9:00 pm and a funeral service Friday October 1st at 10:30 am at Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery, 32992 Mission Blvd, Hayward Ca. The family asks in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society @ www.cancer.org.



Ron, such a blessing to have had you in all of our lives. The angels have you now, but you will forever be in our hearts. We love you!




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