Friday, November 16, 2012

I Love Surprises!

Can you imagine my surprise when an unexpected package arrived for ME a couple of days ago? It is very rare that I get such packages. As a matter of fact, I believe the last two packages I received like this were both from the same person!

The person I received these gifts from is my cousin in Sweden, Jan Lundberg. He is so thoughtful this way. The book, which you see above is all in Swedish, authored by Ann Renström. SKOGSBYAR, translated means "forest villages." If you look at the photo header of this blog, you will see the area of forest where my ancestors originally came from in Graninge, Sweden. 

The landscape and home photos in this book remind me very much of photos my cousin Jan has shared with me of the area our family was from. Upon quickly scanning a particular photo of a woman with her children sitting outside, I was reminded this could have been my family. I see another photo of a woman with the last name Berglund. I have a friend married to a Berglund. They are not into genealogy, but I wonder, could they be related? 

A section of this book talks about the industry of the area with dates from 1737-1890. I see I will be spending a lot of time with this book. I will need to translate everything I am interested in, and at this point and it all looks so interesting!

Thank you so very much my cousin! Kram,Tack!

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 Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Those Places Thursday ~ Telemark, Norway

Information on my great grandfather in Telemark, Norway ~ 

Paul Hardin JOHANSEN   
  Sex: M   
 Birth: 08 Dec 1871  Place: Sannidal, Telemark, Norway
 Christening: 03 Mar 1872  Place: Sannidal, Telemark, Norway
  Father: Johan GUSTAVSEN
  Mother: Alette Maria PERSDR
Source Information:    
  Batch Number: C425926
  Source Dates: 1863 - 1873
  Film or Fiche Number: 278299
  Collection Details: Sannidal; Den Norske Kirke

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Genealogy and...Beads?

You never know where you will find genealogy-minded people. I spent about a third of this past week attending bead classes. The BABE, Bay Area Bead Extravaganza, event had arrived in Oakland, and I spent almost every minute of it in classes, verses spending my wad on the showroom floor. Well, that was supposed to be the plan anyway. 

The very first class I attended was bead crochet, I figured this was going to be a piece of cake as I have crocheted for years. What I found instead, surprisingly, was an awkward challenge. The funny thing was, I had actually worked some bead crochet on my own awhile back, and I found it wasn’t much different than what I had applied myself.

Project for the Bead Crochet class. November 2, 2012

Why was it so awkward then? I think changing the method of holding the crochet thread to easily maneuver the beads may have been the biggest challenge, I couldn’t get on a roll.

The class was small, 6 people. After the instructor shared the project we were to work on and instructions on how to accomplish it, we were on our own, crafting away. Naturally, conversation started up amongst everyone as they worked. I was on the silent side however because I hadn’t found my rhythm, so I just listened to the conversation instead.

One of the topics turned to hair. Colors and styles were discussed and all I thought was, wow I can certainly get into this conversation and share a thing or two! Thirty years of being a cosmetologist gave me the perfect excuse to share my knowledge. I however choose not to get caught up in that conversation as I still hadn’t found my rhythm.

The conversation topic changed many times but I stayed dedicated to my project. That is until the topic turned to genealogy! My ears, and my head popped right up as I stopped what I was doing to listen in.

My first thought was that the conversation was only going to be vague, talking about the nationalities people had heard they were growing up or something similar. Was I in for a surprise! Long story short, one of the women belongs to the California Genealogy Society!

Now, can you just imagine what I did next? I jumped on that one as we had never met before, and had lots to talk about. I even asked her if she attended the NEHGS seminar the week prior.

Need I say more about how much work got accomplished on my project from then on? You never know when or where you might run into a fellow genealogist! The class was fun all the way around, but I never did get my rhythm.

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Thursday, November 1, 2012

"NEHGS Comes West" and I Was There! Post #3

Have you ever heard Rhonda R. McClure give a presentation? How about David Allen Lambert? If you live on the east coast you probably have. I, however, am on the west coast and this was the first time I have heard Rhonda R. McClure. I met David Allen Lambert five years ago (I didn't realize it had been that long ago, until David told me) when NEHGS did a seminar for the California State Genealogy Society in Oakland. As proof that it was 5 years ago, I went back five years and easily found this picture filed in my 2007 folder ~

Barbara Poole gets full credit for this photo and for me meeting David Allen Lambert. She knows him personally and asked me to say hello to him when he was here in 2007. I caught her off guard and actually found time in my busy schedule to attend the event this year and Barbara again asked me to say hello to David. I caught him at the very beginning of the event and relayed her message. 

I was sure he didn't remember who I was when I first approached him, but he didn't hesitate and said he remembered me. Well then, I naturally needed to have an updated picture with David!

 I like this picture of him!

Both Rhonda R. McClure and David gave some wonderful presentations! I love getting new ideas and links and learning, don't you? I felt a bit uncomfortable for Rhonda when in the first class I attended, which was hers, an audience member openly argued with her about certain facts she was making. I am sure that threw her thoughts of her presentation off for bit. I couldn't image arguing with a speaker at a presentation. I don't even think I would approach a speaker afterwards with my thoughts, but that should have been the time to do it if there was a disagreement with information presented. Rhonda handled it all very professionally, and soon she was continuing with her presentation. I did take a photo entering one of Rhonda's classes, but unfortunately did not get a picture of Rhonda

I also took pictures of the president of the California State Genealogy Society ~ Jeff Vaillant, California State Genealogy Society Blogger ~ Kathryn Doyle, and others. Unfortunately, the pictures were either blurred or weren't close up enough to see them clearly.

The last class of the day I took was David's. He was asked to talk about New England Military Records. That could have been a half day topic. David tried to cover as much as he could in the amount of time given and therefore went through some things quickly. Even so, it was time for the session to be over and he wasn't quite finished. Those of us that chose to stay were able to hear him finish his presentation, and that was most of us. He was told by the society that his class time had ended, but he continued on still and finished. Perseverance, wow! I was impressed!

I was impressed with both of the speakers for this event, and am happy I was able to hear Rhonda R. McClure present for the first time. I just hope it isn't another 5 years until we do it again!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My Online File Organization

I have completed this task!  Nice feeling of accomplishment I must say. I have to admit, it wasn’t all that long ago that I went through this!

It was probably a little less than a couple years ago when I started my filing system. This plan seems to be working very well for me.

When I transitioned to a Mac at the beginning of this year I found that my files didn’t move over as nice and neat as I expected then to. Some files were in the system not once, or twice, but three times!

Not wanting to delete files without making sure I had a copy of everything that was in the folder, made for a daunting task that I was afraid I would never finish. Some folders had different items than the supposed matching folder while others were exact images of the duplicate folder(s).

I was gun ho to get this project done and surprised myself when I actually finished, much sooner than I expected.

I started alphabetically and moved down the list. There were many Surname folders that needed to be broken down further. I added a ton of folders to my file. I am hoping I will have a place to put everything as I get it and not have to worry about making more files for awhile. At least from now on, I would only need to add a surname folder as I find new surnames to enter in my tree.

I have been asked to share how I set up my system, so here is my outline.

I start with my main file ~

Family History File

(Main Folder that holds all of my genealogy files)

In this file I have approximately 235 files broken down by surnames, in alpha order:
Example ~ First  folder = Avery
Next folder = Bakken
                                                  Next folder = Barthle, etc. through the alphabet

Now, some of these surname files have been broken down further yet. Some families have so many people in them that it suits me better to give each child their own folder. Maybe I have a lot of information on a certain individual, they may get their own folder also.

Example ~ Harding, Alice
Harding, Bruce
Harding, Edna
Harding, Florence

Some of these broken down folders may be siblings of each other, cousins, or maybe not even in the same family (yet?). I have found I like having a folder for some females with their surname and another folder with the husband and her married name. Then I file pre marriage items in the surname folder and married items in the married couples folder. It makes for a quicker look when I want something.   

 Olson, Joseph
                                                          Olson, Mary
                                                          Olson, Nadine
      Olson, Veronica

Example ~ Nadine Olson gets married to John Hasenkamp. They would have a folder~

Hasenkamp, John & Nadine

But, Nadine still would keep her maiden name folder also. As I said though, I only do this with the ones I have a lot of information on, not all females.

And the final step ~ inside EVERY person or couples folder I have added five more folders. The folder names I entered may not be what you would want to call your folders, but you will get the idea.

Forms Charts
Vital Records

In essence, I have made my online folders very similar to my binders and how I organize them. Each of my binders is broken into categories, as now are my online files. Sometimes, I may add to an online folder for a person, such as: “Misc.” or “House” or “Personal” or whatever, when I have a lot of information on a certain individual and don’t it all listed under documents.

Because I started this a couple years ago, going through this time wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated. I had the right idea with the “NAME” folders, and I had added three of the additional folders to the inside of most folders already. This time I decided I wanted 5 categories, and I needed to break out some of my lines more which probably took the longest time. And, with each new family name folder I made, I had to make those 5 folders to put inside also. Plus, I had to go through all those duplicates folders, item by item (That may actually have taken me the longest time).

A little here and a little there, it is now complete! I should be able to easily add a name folder whenever I need one, and the 5 folders to go along with it, they will always be consistent, even if I know a person may not have been in a census yet. It is routine and the same straight across the board. One day these people may be in a census, and the folder will already be there. I do not plan on changing this routine anymore, so I should be set. 

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Monday, October 29, 2012

"NEHGS Comes West" and I Was There! Post #2

 If you missed Post #1 of this series, you can catch up HERE.

The seminar opened at 8:30 for Registration, Book Sales, Silent Auction and a Continental Breakfast which was then followed with a welcome message.

The event hosted eight classes that day. We were able to choose four to attend. Two classes were presented simultaneously during each session, which meant we were able to see four total sessions for the day.

The speakers were Rhonda McClure and David Lambert, each lecturing four classes.

Rhonda McClure’s classes were ~
      1.     Unique Resources In New York State Research
      2.     Researching New York City Ancestors
           3.     The Golden Door Has Locks Tracing Immigrant Ancestors
           4.     I Can’t Find It: Understanding Online Search Limitations (covering, FamilySearch and others)

David Lambert’s classes were ~
 1.     Beyond The Grave: Looking Past Your Ancestors Death Records
 2.     New Resources on for New England Research
 3.     Getting The Most Out of New England Vital Records Online, In Print and On Film
 4.     Researching New England Military Records

At the end of the second class, at noon, we were given a wonderful lunch, chicken, pasta, salad, veggies and rolls.  There was more time for book sales and the Silent Auction.

After lunch we attended our last two classes. To end the day there was No Host Reception, which was followed by dinner with a presentation by Brenton Simons, Red Alert! Save Your Family History Now!  The reception and dinner were held nearby at “McCormick & Schmick’s – Spenger’s Fresh Food Grotto” right there in Berkeley.

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2012 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved