Monday, November 29, 2010

Nominate your Favorite Blogs!


Have you been nominating your favorite blogs? Tomorrow, November 30, 2010 is the deadline for nominations for Family Tree Magazine's 40 ~ 2011 Best Genealogy Blogs! Be sure to get your nominations in here!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 




Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Win a Copy of RootsMagic 4!


Amy Coffin from We Tree is going to be giving away a couple of RootsMagic 4 programs! She has received them from attending conferences and has more programs than she needs. You can find out the details on how to enter the give away at her blog post here. Good Luck!

I had an extra RootsMagic 4 program also and thought about using it as a gift through this blog, but then I learned my new found cousin in Sweden did not have a genealogy program, so I mailed it to him. We will both have RootsMagic 4 now and it will be easy to share information. The language barrier would be enough to have to work through, although so far so good as my cousin understands, reads and writes English pretty well!

Keep in mind Heritage Happens will be giving away a genealogical "something" (I haven't decided yet what it will be) too after the end of the year and I total the responses on my posts! The one who has made the most comments by the end of the year will win!

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Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Saturday, November 27, 2010

There's One In Every Family...COG's 100th Edition! The "One" in my Family


Here is Jasia's topic announcement for the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy~

And the topic for the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is… “There’s one in every family!” Bring your stories of colorful characters, unique heirlooms, mouth-watering recipes, most dearly beloved pets, whatever! Interpret as you like. Every family has “special” individuals, you know, the ones with a green thumb, the black sheep, the lone wolf, the blue-ribbon cook, the story-teller, the geek! I know you have treasured recipes and amazing heirlooms you’ve yet to share! Tell us about them and become a part of history in the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy! The deadline for submissions is December 1st. 
(Jasia's full announcement for the 100th COG is listed below my post) 

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My 100th COG Edition entry post

THERE IS ONE IN EVERY FAMILY...COG'S 100TH EDITION! THE "ONE" IN MY FAMILY


Who is the "one" in my family? My post is about a man who was born February 10, 1929 in Norway. This man is Hallgeir Brenden and happens to be my second cousin once removed. My second great grandparents, Halvor Jonson Sjøli and Kirsty Pedersdatter Bakken were Hallgeir's great grandparents. I chose Hallgeir because he is the most famous family member that I am aware of at this point and time in my research. I learned about Hallgeir last year via e-mail correspondence with a very special cousin from Montana. 

Now you know who I chose, but why did I choose to post about this cousin? What makes Hallgeir the "one" in my family? Well, he was a Norwegian cross country skier from Tørberget in Trysil.



Now, Hallgeir wasn't just any ordinary skier, he was an Olympic cross country skier! Hallgeir won Olympic gold medals in the 1952 (18km event) and 1956 (15km event) winter Olympics. The 1952 winter Olympics, also made Hallgeir a silver medalist in the 4 x 10km relay.

After his Olympic gold medal win in Italy, Hallgeir was photographed with Sophia Loren. Being photographed with Sophia Loren would be another reason to qualify as "one in every family" in my books.


Hallgeir also won at the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Norway three times. This festival is partly ski jumping, that is the event that he won in, ski jumping that is not the event he won in ~ he won as a cross country skier in the 18 km: in 1952 and  15 km: in 1956 and 1963, and, this is not all he won!

Hallgeir was the only one to win the Olympic, FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and Holmenkollen events at 18 km and 15 km. In 1955 he was  awarded another medal. This time he received the Holmenkollen medal.

This cousin of mine was apparently very athletic. In 1953 and 1954 he competed at the national level in athletics and won the 3000 metre Norwegian Steeplechase!

In 1952 he had also received the Egebergs Ærespris. This is a prize (a bronze statuette) that is awarded to Norwegian atheletes who excel in more than one sport.

In 1960 Hallgeir again won a silver medal at the winter Olympics in Squaw Valley. The picture below is of Hallgeir later in life photographed with his trophies. I still find it hard to believe this is a relative of mine!



           In Norway, a statue was placed in his honor. "OL-GULL" means "awards won".




Hallgier passed away in September 2007. Even though I never knew him, I am proud to say he is a cousin!



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I would like to congratulate Jasia from Creative Gene for the 5th Anniversary of her blog and the upcoming 100th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy! Jasia is one of the major bloggers who has inspired many of the GeneaBloggers you see posting today, myself included. Jasia, congratulations to you on this wonderful event, your 100th COG! I am really pulling for your dream to come true! I apologize for being so late posting mine, life since summer has been very much in the way of my blogging, but I HAD to make SURE to do this post!

 Time is closing in on the deadline of this special edition. If you haven't yet posted to this carnival, won't you please take a few minutes and help make Jasia's dream come true by writing a post,
 "There's One in Every Family"? 

                                                                          
Jasia's original 100th Edition announcement:
Call for Submissions! As I mentioned in a previous post, I am asking all who have participated in past editions of the COG to participate in the 100th edition. It’s a FAMILY REUNION! There will not be the usual cap of 30 submissions for this edition. Instead there will be a floor of 100! I will not attempt to write comments nor choose a featured author this time around. I’m asking all of you to help me out here and make my dream come true. I would like to have 100 or more submissions from my friends, my COG family members, for this 100th edition. It’s a tall order, yes. It hasn’t been done before and therein lies the challenge. Can it be done? Only your time and efforts will determine that. I know there are many more than 100 authors who have participated in the previous 99 editions of the COG. I need at least 100 of you to step up and write a blog post to submit to the COG to make my day, my week, my month, and my blogging career. I don’t know how many past participants are reading this edition so I’m hoping you’ll help me get the word out. Please share this info on FaceBook, Twitter, GeneaBloggers, Second Life, your own blogs, mainstream media, the 4 major TV networks, genealogy conferences, and wherever past COG participants may gather!

And the topic for the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is… “There’s one in every family!” Bring your stories of colorful characters, unique heirlooms, mouth-watering recipes, most dearly beloved pets, whatever! Interpret as you like. Every family has “special” individuals, you know, the ones with a green thumb, the black sheep, the lone wolf, the blue-ribbon cook, the story-teller, the geek! I know you have treasured recipes and amazing heirlooms you’ve yet to share! Tell us about them and become a part of history in the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy! The deadline for submissions is December 1st.

Submit your blog article to the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using our carnival submission form. Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any articles you plan to submit and/or write a brief description/introduction to your articles in the “comment” box of the blog carnival submission form. This will give readers an idea of what you’ve written about and hopefully interest them in clicking on your link. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.


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Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer            


Sources: Special cousin in Montana, Google, Wikipedia

Thursday, November 25, 2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!




Yes, I have many things I am thankful for! Here are just a few, genealogically speaking ~

                                                                H - Headstones
                                                                A - Archives
                                                                P - Photographs
                                                                P - Public Trees
                                                                Y - Y-DNA

                                                                T - Timelines
                                                                H - Historical Stories
                                                                A - Ancestry dot com
                                                                N - Next of Kin
                                                                K - Kentucky Records
                                                                S - Social Networking
                                                                G - Genealogy Societies
                                                                 I  - Immigration Records
                                                                V - Vital Records
                                                                 I  - Interviews
                                                                N - Naturalization Records
                                                                G - Google Reader, maps, books…etc!

"Thank you" blog followers, you are so wonderful and I am very grateful for you! Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the "3 F's" ~ "family, friends & food!"  

I also wish to say HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY to my grandson, the prince!



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 Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Harding




Harry &
Florence
Harding

(My grand aunt and uncle. Brick purchased and placed in Pleasanton, California)





Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Monday, November 22, 2010

Amanuensis Monday ~ The Hohimer Farm




Thank you to John Newmark from the TransylvanianDutch blog for supplying this Monday theme for us GeneaBloggers. Taken from John's blog, he posts this as the definition of Amanuensis:

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

I have chosen to transcribe this letter and an explanation of the picture which is posted below. The letter was written by my grandfather's cousin and the Hohimer farm was that of my 2nd great grandfather.

             




                                               
(These two letters explain the picture)

(First Letter)
June 24, 1991
Dear Hal:
The enclosed letter was written by my brother Harold this year. He is 96 years old. The pony Ned, was given to Harold by aunt Jina when Harley neglected to care for Ned in a manner satisfactory to aunt Jina's thinking as to how a horse should be cared for. Harold was about 9 years old at the time. He became my pony some 10 years later. When I was about 8 years old
I was riding him bare back when he "shied" at a tumble weed, I fell off and broke my arm. I guess Ned lived to be about 28
or 30 yrs old, maybe older. He was alive in the early 1920's. I enjoyed talking to you last week. Sorry to have awakened you
Sunday. (Maybe not very sorry) 
Sincerely
Howard
*This was grandpa Hal's favorite cousin, Howard Straughn.

(Second letter)
The Picture
Grandpa Hohimer's farm home 2 miles south of Yale. It was 120 acres. Three 40ies in a row. Two weeks after the Sept 22, 1891 race at the opening of the Sac and Fox  Indian Reservation  He was in Guthrie examining the the records in the Land Office and found that this tract had not been filed on. He rode over there, about 50 + miles, from Guthrie and found a cow boy camped on it. The cow boy offered to leave for $25.00. Grandpa gave him the money and returned to Guthrie and filed on the land. Grandpa was a carpenter and with some help built that house. There was a ford on the Cimarron River 1/2 mile from his land and for many years, until they built a bridge, it was called the Hohimer Ford. He sold the farm in 1906 and took two residential properties in Yale as part payment. He had quite a large bee yard just east of the house. He is wearing his bee hat.

The Picture

LtoR
Ned (later given to me), Harley, Joe Fleming, Aunt Laura and baby Midge, Pup Joe's dog, Orvil, Melvina Hohimer, William Elias Hohimer

Harold


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Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Unknown Woman; Could She Be a Westby?



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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ancestry.com Press Release - National Geographic Digital Media



ANCESTRY.COM CREATES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DIGITAL MEDIA

New Features Bring Further Discovery of Family History Online

PROVO, Utah, November 16, 2010 – Ancestry.com is pleased to announce it has created a strategic alliance with National Geographic Digital Media to help individuals make new discoveries in their family history. As part of the relationship, NationalGeographic.com will host a family history experience online, developed by Ancestry.com, which enables visitors to learn more about researching their genealogy and provides specific tools for them to search their ancestral roots located on the Genographic Project website.

“We are always looking for unique ways to connect with people interested in their family history and have forged a great alliance with NationalGeographic.com,” said John Pereira, Vice President of Business Development, at Ancestry.com. “With our development of this new experience on the Genographic Project website, we believe we can help individuals understand how exciting family history can be as they find further success in discovering their own family history.”

The new feature is an add-on to National Geographic’s existing Genographic Project Web portal that helps chart the migration history of the human species using DNA analysis. This additional online experience offers the ability to start an online family tree, tips on how to get started with researching family history and links to important historical record collections that are searchable on Ancestry.com.

For anyone interested in learning more about their ancestors, or to experience the family history tools offered by Ancestry.com and National Geographic, visithttp://bit.ly/ACOMonNatGeo

About Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than one million paying subscribers. More than 6 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 20 million family trees containing over 2 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local websites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.

About National Geographic Digital Media
National Geographic Digital Media (NGDM) is the multimedia division of National Geographic Ventures, the wholly owned, taxable subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest education and scientific nonprofit organizations that works to inspire people to care about the planet. Holding many top industry awards, NGDM publishes Nationalgeographic.com; produces short-form video for broadcast markets; manages marketing and content partnerships across broadband, mobile, gaming and other consumer digital platforms; and provides video and film footage to commercial, theatrical, educational and other digital footage markets.


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Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Family Tree Magazine's 40 Best Genealogy Blogs Contest!





 Family Tree Magazine announced its 40 Best Genealogy Blogs contest for 2011!


Last year, by some miraculous reason, Heritage Happens was honored to make the top 40 Best Genealogy Blog  list! I was stunned, and it was truly amazing!  This year we have so many new and awesome blogs out there! Of course, we still have the "seasoned"  blogs available also. This year it becomes so much tougher though because there are now something like 1200 (?), or more, blogs to choose from! I have my favorites, and I bet you do too.

I understand that we will not be able to choose Genealogy GemsGenea-MusingsDearMYRTLE or GeneaBloggers as a choice for the top 40. Nor will we be able to choose any of  Thomas MacEntee's several other blogs, I have lost count how many he authors now, 10? Maybe it is 12? 

Anyway, each of these blogs authors, Lisa Louise Cook, Randy Seaver, Myrt, and Thomas are all panelists for this years contest. They have chosen the categories and the qualifications. Congrats to you all for being on the panel!

November 30, 2010 is the last day to nominate your favorite blogs for this contest. When you choose a blog be sure to select the category and why you believe it should be in the top 40. There have been some changes in the contest so you may wish to read the rules for this year.

There are 8 categories this year. I like the groupings. They are:

1. Local/regional genealogy
2. Heritage Groups (ethnic)
3. Research advice/ How to
4. Cemeteries
5. My history blogs
6. "Everything" blogs
7. Technology
8. New Blogs

Now, to take some time and make some choices!  There really are so many great blogs! I have a few in mind already. How about you? Make sure you take the  time to make your decisions and vote here. The winners will be very grateful to you!

I wish everyone good luck and I look forward to seeing this years winners! It just may be YOU!

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Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Have you heard?


"Who Do You Think You Are?" is returning for it's second season starting January 21st. I can hardly wait to hear whose ancestral trail we will be following this year! To see last years celebrities and the discoveries along their genealogy trail, be sure to check out the online web page of  Who Do You Think You Are? Who would you like to see on this years program? I personally, am not much of a TV person, and only go to the movies occasionally so it is rather tough for me to choose someone, however, the first person that popped in my mind (and I don't know why) is Cher. I would love to see someone like Cher on the program. It would be great fun to hear about her "Indian" roots! Who comes to your mind?


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Friday, November 5, 2010

The Trials & Tribulations of My First Quilt & More!



The new Genea-Quilters blog which Myrtle and Genea Philbert Ortega have started and contribute to has sparked my own interest again in starting my very first quilt. I am very happy to say that I have actually, finally, started my first quilt! I have wanted to make a Harley Davidson quilt for several years after seeing a few of them made. My husband  has often said I would never make one, but he should know by now, you never say never to me! Besides, if I make quilts they may be passed down to my descendants and become heirlooms!

Between my husband and I we have many many Harley shirts saved through the years. I kept saying I was going to make a quilt one day! I also have bought and saved Harley scarves from different stores we have visited all over the country. This means I will be making at least one more Harley quilt sometime in the future.




Eventually, I would like to make an ancestors quilt and an antique, maybe lacy looking quilt. These will be further down the road however as I have an awful lot to learn about quilting. I took a quilting class maybe 10 years ago, but never did anything with what I learned, so now I am starting new!

I should probably take a class again, but no, I have to learn how to do things the hard way. If you are a friend of mine on Facebook, you may have already read about me cutting through my dining room tablecloth and pad, while cutting out T-shirts. I couldn't find my rotary cutting mat, so I used several pieces of cardboard to do my cutting on, but now you know that cardboard wasn't strong, or thick enough. This is part of my "learning the hard way." Maybe sharing this will prevent someone else from making my mistake. I actually had to laugh. Thank goodness I didn't ruin anything I was really attached to.



I had picked out and cut 12 Harley shirts that I wanted to use for the quilt. I cut different colored borders to frame each block, and sewed them on. Now, as I read more I find that the seams are suppose to me 1/4 in. and mine are 1/2 in. Already? I need to start ripping? This may take me a long time to make...but, hey, I finally started! Oh...I have since found my cutting mat too. The trials and tribulations, already, of my first quilt...I don't think you will want to hear anymore, this could end up being the "ongoing saga!"




I wanted to share the site of a quilting blog I found online. It may help you use some of the scraps of material you have laying around. This blog is ~ Selvage Blog, making quilts and things with the "scrappiest" of fabrics is how I look at it. There is a link on this site for  "Creative Talk Radio" where selvages are discussed. On this blog I also found a link to the "Online Quilt Museum." Here you will find many exhibits and galleries of handmade quilts. You can sign up and actually have your own exhibit if you so choose. If you are interested at all in quilts and or quilting, you may want to see this museum! And, so you know, I have no affiliation what so ever with Selvage Blog, Creative Talk Radio, or Online Quilt Museum. I have enjoyed finding and exploring these sites and thought you may also!

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Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Family Tree Maker for Mac


I received this press release from Ancestry.com.....




ANCESTRY.COM UNVEILS NEW FAMILY TREE MAKER FOR MAC


#1-Selling Family History Software Now Available in Mac Version

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., November 4, 2010 – Ancestry.com today announced the launch of Family Tree Maker® for Mac, the new Mac version of the world’s No.-1 selling family history software. Family Tree Maker for Mac provides an easy way to save and organize your family tree conveniently on your Mac computer and has a variety of tools that can help you share your discoveries with family and friends.

“Family Tree Maker for Mac has been a long-requested feature from our customers.  We are committed to delivering the same powerful experience on the Mac that millions of Family Tree Maker customers have been enjoying for the past 20 years,” said Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product for Ancestry.com. “We couldn’t be happier to provide yet another way for our members to interact with Ancestry.com and discover, preserve and share their family history.”

Family Tree Maker for Mac combines intuitive tools with robust features and flexible options, making it ideal for family history novices and experts alike.  A dynamic user interface and integration with Ancestry.com makes it simple to create family trees, record memories, and organize photos, videos and audio clips, plus share ancestors’ stories. It’s even possible to explore family migration paths by viewing timelines and interactive maps that highlight events and places in ancestors' lives.

The first step is to start a family tree by entering and organizing family history information. From there, a myriad of features help you bring your family history to life:
·         Grow your family tree – Search Ancestry.com directly from Family Tree Maker and seamlessly merge historical records and important information you find into your tree. Family Tree Maker for Mac comes with either a free trial or subscription to Ancestry.com.
·         Organize photos and documents in one location – Add photos, documents, audio, video and other media files to the people in your tree to help make their stories even more fascinating.
·         Create family books, charts and reports – Publish beautiful keepsakes and books to share with friends and family.
·         Craft slideshows – Create slideshows from photos in your tree.
·         Cite the right information – Standard source templates make it easy.
·         Explore family migration paths – View timelines and interactive maps, highlighting events and places in your ancestors' lives.
·         Track information – Powerful sourcing tools let you document and rate each citation.
Family Tree Maker for Mac is now available for purchase online at http://www.familytreemaker.com starting at $69.99. The program is also available in select retail stores, including Apple Stores, Amazon, Office Depot, and Office Max.
System requirements for Family Tree Maker for Mac include:
·         Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
·         Intel-based Mac
·         Hard Disk Space: 500MB for installation
·         Internet access is required for all Web integration
Family Tree Maker for Mac is built on the functionality of Family Tree Maker 2010, the PC-version of the software, and is constructed from the bottom up to take full advantage of the Mac platform in terms of technology and user experience. 

Early this year, Ancestry.com expanded to another Apple® platform: the iPhone®. With the launch of its  Tree To Go iPhone application in January 2010, Ancestry.com now gives users access to generations of family history at every turn. From their iPhone, users can easily upload photos, update sources and edit trees. The Tree To Go iPhone application is available for iPhone and iPod touch® for free through the iPhone App Store or iTunes®.

About Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with nearly 1.4 million paying subscribers. More than 6 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 20 million family trees containing over 2 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.


End of Press Release.



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 Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Those Places Thursday ~ Scobey, Montana


This is a picture of my grand uncle in law, Thorbjorn Grotte, working the land in Scobey, Montana, in the early 1900's. Farms back then were much smaller, but were the farmers whole livelihood. I wonder how much trouble they had with their equipment... such slow, hard work...

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