Monday, February 11, 2013

Travel Tuesday ~ "MY" Swedish Adventure ~ Förbereda ~ Cruise and Rosetta Stone ~ Post 3

A few trips to the travel agent later...and we have not booked anything, yet. We have however narrowed down a few things and realized a few things. My top revelation~

I do not need a cruise with any stops in Sweden!

That was a big revelation. Prior to this, we were looking at cruises which stopped at a couple places specifically in Sweden so I could visit certain people. My husband now fully realizes what my brain has planned for Sweden. Because he knows/understands my plans, we have come to the realization that we don't have to make my "choice stops" while actually on the cruise. In other words, we can always take a plane, train, reindeer (really? reindeer?) or whatever, in order to get where I want to go. Originally, I was following the cruise itinerary, choosing the cruises that docked in places I wanted to go. That way I was sure to get to those areas.

Now that my husband fully understands where I want to go and what I want to do and is willing to follow my plan, I have decided he should be the one to choose the cruise! That is only fair, right?

We have gone on the internet and poked around... again. By not including stops in Sweden, we are opened up to a few new cruises,  and can actually visit a couple extra places we wouldn't have seen otherwise. 

Now, we are waiting to talk with the travel agent, again. My husband went to do that today and found he was going to have an hour or more wait, so he will go back another time. We have a few questions and depending on the answers, it will help us make a decision on which cruise we take.


In other news, I have been studying with Rosetta Stone. I have been trying to study a little at least four days a week. Sometimes I have gotten carried away and spent many hours with it.

There was an online Rosetta Stone meeting a couple nights ago, and it was an eye opener for me. There was an explanation of the course and everything involved, the online world, games, meetings, etc. I would have missed so much with this program if I didn't sit in on this session. 

The speaker explained at one point that we "shouldn't" keep taking sessions over and over (as I have been doing) until we get 100%. There is a lot of repetition in the program so everything comes up again and again throughout the course. Now, how would I have known that if I hadn't sat in on the meeting? (But then again, there I was today, repeating sessions until I got 100%...I guess it is just how I roll...)

I learned after you have completed certain sessions you make an appointment in which you have the opportunity to speak with someone online for half an hour or so, in the language you are studying. Great practice, plus in the beginning especially (or so he tells us), we don't need to feel intimidated. (Uh, yea right...ok.)

Did I tell you, they have games to play in their online world? The games are played in the language you are studying. The thought kind of scared me originally, especially when I heard you play these games with others!

I attended the first online "game night" I heard about and I am glad I did. You can play games by yourself, or with another person. You need to have completed certain levels in order to do certain things and each session is set up for how far along you are in the program. Nothing was intimidating at all, at least not on the "single" level. In fact, the games are set up to encourage what you have learned. I tried each of the games to see how they worked and played them by myself. They were fun! One of the games made perfect sense to me, it is set up the same as if you were a kid learning English, same principle.

Even though there weren't many people online for the Swedish session that particular night, I was able to visit and share with a gal on the other side of the country, in English however. Maybe next time I will try a little Swedish...

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Those Places Thursday ~ Oneida, New York

The year was 1900 when I find my future maternal great grandmother, Gladys Amy Richmond living in Oneida, New York. Gladys is 16, living at home with her parents. Two siblings, Beryl and Mable also live in the home. Gladys is the middle child, Beryl is 19 and Mable is 11. 
The family lives on W. Dominick, in Rome Ward 3. Gladys is working as a "Cotton Winder." 

In the 1901 Rome, New York, City Directory I find John C. Miner, my future maternal great grandfather. When I see where he was living, a piece of this lifetime starts to meld together for me. He was living...yes, you guessed it ~ 214 Dominick, Rome, New York!

Can you guess what his occupation was while living here? Well, he was  a "Winder" also! 

William and Jennie Richmond, my great, great grandparents, probably weren't very surprised when their daughter Gladys eventually married John C. Miner.

This is an


 I found it on EBAY

I wonder what Gladys and John wound the cotton on at their jobs?  Reels such as this? Were reels and clamps only used in homes, or maybe work environments? I need to do more research.

  It would be fun to own one of these it if for no other reason than to remind me of the work my family did. If only I were made of money. 

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Travel Tuesday ~ "MY" Swedish Adventure ~ Förbereda ~ Questions ~ Post 2

"Travel Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt suggested at
 GeneaBloggers by Susan Donaldson of Family History Fun."  
Thanks to Susan you will now find this series posted under        "Travel Tuesday" 
the perfect prompt for this series! 

Now that the cat is out of the bag regarding "My" Swedish Adventure, I can share that I have been asked lots of questions, mostly by family members ~

When are we going? 
Do have the exact dates? 
How long will I be in Sweden? 
How long will I be gone? 
What would I like to do while in Sweden? 
Do I like to eat fish? 
etc., etc. ...

I was first asked by my daughter's mother in law when we will be going. It is only natural that she ask because she will be coming from Arizona to California to stay at our house while we are on my dream vacation. We are very fortunate to have her stay at our home and care for our deaf, aging dog as well as keeping an eye on the house. The plan works perfect for her, she gets to spend time with the grandchildren (the prince and the princess) and cover my "shifts" when I would normally care for them, plus she has a place to stay for free! This also gives her a place to go for quiet time too, if she so wishes. 

Of course, my family in Sweden is asking questions also. Working family members want to take the time off to be with us while we are there. Just like here, they need to put requests in for vacation time very soon to guarantee getting the time off. Min cousin, (my cousin) Jan writes ~ "Vi tar ut semester den veckan vi samtliga." Google Translation ~ "We take out holiday that week we all." I feel so honored!

I have given everyone involved a temporary time period of our vacation, which is the best I can do at this point. We plan on doing a bit more than just meet my cousins in Sweden. To make this trip more exciting for my husband (he still doesn't totally get the genealogy aspect), he wants to take a CRUISE

We (I should say "I") have chosen a cruise I would like to do from a 2013 cruise catalog. We have actually found a couple of cruises we would like to take, there are pros and cons with each cruise. Dates have become the main factor. We have a couple of travel agents making sure there isn't another cruise available covering what we would like to do at the right time. This is difficult for me, the waiting. I see something I want to do that works for me, I just want to go ahead and book it. My husband on the other hand is one to double check everything, which is good I suppose, there may be something I am missing.

Planning this trip also becomes a bit more tricky as we try to visit other friends and relatives as well. We have friends in London we would love to see and I would love to meet Yvonne Henriksson, a fellow GeneaBlogger who blogs at Swedish Thoughts. Yvonne was a strong supporter in my quest for the "Great Swedish Adventure." If it is at all possible, she is on my list of people to meet!

Most of you probably are unaware that my husband has a nephew who lives in Stockholm. Of course, he is on our list to spend time with also. He was born and raised in Costa Rica and we have not seen him since he was a child! He is now married, has two children and lives and works in Stockholm. 

Here I go, trying to cover as much territory as possible and see as many people as possible, all in a short amount of time. Leave it to me to continue to cram as much in a day as possible, even on vacation!

The one vacation where I can totally relax is when we visit my husbands family in Costa Rica. All other vacations we spend constantly on the go. Need to see all of the sights as we never know if we will be back!

Do you do the same, book yourself like crazy, or do you actually rest and relax on vacation?

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2013 Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Friday, February 1, 2013

Who inspires you?

This was this weeks topic for GeneaBloggers Open Thread Thursday was:

"Who inspires you?"

Who inspires you when it comes to genealogy and family history? Whether you are on the path to a professional career or setting up a business in the genealogy industry, or you pursue genealogy for the sheer pleasure and challenge, there must be some person, event or thing that inspired you. Let us know your “backstory” of genealogy inspiration.

GeneaBloggers states there is a "catch" however when you reply regarding this subject...

There’s only one rule to this week’s challenge: you can’t list me (Thomas MacEntee) as your inspiration. 

I want this to be positive. I want this to be informative as well as heartfelt.  

I do not generally participate in Open Thread Thursdays, only because of time. However, this topic crossed my path yesterday morning and intrigued me. I have thought on and off about it for a full day now. Let's see what I came up with.

First of all what is the definition of "inspire?" This is the response I received when I Googled "Inspire definition." There were many responses to this inquiry, I chose to use this one from Merriam-Webster - The Free Dictionary.

  1. Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: "his enthusiasm inspired them".
  2. Create (a feeling, esp. a positive one) in a person: "inspire confidence".

Let me say, what inspired me yesterday isn't what necessarily inspires me today. I have carefully crafted a list of ten things that have inspired me over the years and/or still inspire me.

  2. Thomas MacEntee (oops...was there a "catch" regarding this? I never was one to follow the rules...)
  3. Each of the 40 or so genealogy bloggers that blogged about genealogy before there was GeneaBloggers. They know who they are.
  4. The many wonderful online classes, and now webinars that I have taken over the years.
  5. My own blog.
  6. The cousins who have found me online.
  7. Followers of my blog.
  8. My immediate family.
  9. Questions that pop up in my head.
  10. The TV program in Sweden, "Great Swedish Adventure." (Those who followed the series of posts I wrote about this will understand-Severals posts are listed on the right side of the column starting March 2011. I am starting a new series of posts which you can read about here.
Those are my top ten at this point and time. I could list many more inspirations, but I thought I would limit it to ten. Now, I am off to yet another webinar...

Have you shared your inspirations? If so, please leave a link below, I would love to read to yours!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

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