Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My Sister's Move

A couple of weeks ago I had the great honor of helping my daughter's family move. Yes, I know the title says "My Sister's Move." We will get there soon, I promise. 

When I went to my daughter's house, just about everything still needed to be packed. She is so busy for sure, but still, so much to pack? Wow. I jumped in and quickly became one of the packers, movers and cleaners of the old house. I became shelf liner and cleaner at the new house, and unpacker also. This kept me busy for a good week or so. I was so happy when I was done, it was a lot of work in really a short amount of time. When I was done, I was done!

I want to know when the rules changed about moving? When did it become popular to pack and move on the same day? I have never heard of that before, and now it has happened twice in a very short amount of time. I knew though, after this one, I wasn't helping anyone else move for a very long time! I would only pack and move myself if that had to happen, but no one else! Summers are hot here in California, and moving is not fun in summer. Both of these moves were in the heat of summer but thankfully it wasn't 100 degree temps on those days, close, but we didn't hit the triple digits.

So why do I tell you all of this? As hot, miserable and tired as I was by the second move, I kept going. I did not stop because my sister needed assistance. It is like genealogy, we don't stop if we get hot, miserable and tired do we? We don't stop if we get to many piles of paperwork that need to be filed or have piles of scanning to do or if we decide to re-organise our system, do we? We may take a break, as I did, and then we keep plugging along, maybe helping someone else or asking for help for ourselves. We may stray away from brick wall issues for awhile, but we don't quit, we always come back. Once involved with our family tree we seem to get hooked. Which brings me to this~
As I was packing some of my sisters things I ran across a birth certificate for my maternal grandfather! I did not have a copy of that, nor did I know there was one within the family. The more I went through her things, the more I saw that I wanted to scan. I couldn't for the life of me understand why my sister had the items she did, after all, I am the family historian!  The more I thought about it though, I did understand how she probably came upon some of these things, but now I WANTED THEM!

We chatted and she was very willing to let me scan the items, and/or even keep certain things. She had a special place in her heart for one item though, and I can't say that I blame her. I promised I would give her back this particular album just as soon as I scanned it. It is an album I never knew existed until that very moment she told me about it and brought it out to show me. She thought I knew about it, but I didn't. I wasn't aware of many of the paper documents she held either.

There was a reason I was called to assist with this second move. A reason besides helping my sister, which is a given. I was suppose to find and learn of these items. I never would have thought my sister had such treasure. How lucky can I be? I was directed to receive this wonderful gift, as if I had "earned" the right to know about them... but why now? I may have been directed to these items because they will be so much further away from me now, maybe the opportunity will never come for me to see them again? Who directed me? I can not answer these questions, I am just grateful it happened. I learned something I never knew. I have new information to add to the "story."

My other sister lives on the other side of the country, now I am wondering what she may have in her possession...

I have scanned all of these documents (photos, certificates, and special treasures) and did so within the first few days of receiving them. I suspect I scanned a couple hundred items. My sister has moved a couple hours away, so I still have these pieces of treasure, until we meet again.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Funeral Friday

A couple days ago I became aware of a cousin who moved (temporarily) close to me, so close it is only 20-30 minutes maximum to drive there.

I was excited to hear she was back in the state and hoped we could get together. Then, sad news came, she was here to care for her daughter who had cancer. I have never actually met this cousin, or her daughter, but I took this news pretty hard. I offered to be of assistance in any way shape or form they might need me.

The next email came and I learned my cousin's daughter has  actually passed away. She was only 50 years old and battled cancer for 3 1/2 years. The news shocked me and I felt hopeless and extremely sad. I never had the opportunity to help them, or meet Pam. I know my cousin is having a very difficult time especially because the funeral is tomorrow, Friday morning at 10:30. The mass/service is in the town right next to mine. I want to go and support the family.

After I learned this today, my husband came home and informed me a past neighbor and friend has also passed away. He too had cancer. He had been given the gift of life 27 years ago by a family that lost their son. The family decided to donate his organs. Our friend received the sons heart. By being gifted this heart our friend was able to watch his children grow, and have their own children. He had a great life and we are grateful his time dealing with cancer was short. 

Upon reading the obituary for our friend I found out his funeral service is also tomorrow. His will be in the town I live in, half an hour later than the mass for Pam. 

I can not attend both of these services. I thought about my husband going to the friends (they were friends before I came into the picture) service and I could go to the cousins service.

Then, I looked at my schedule for tomorrow, and wonder why and how I aways squeeze so much into a day.

We will see what tomorrow brings. I know no matter what I will be carrying a heavy heart with me all day. 


© Annmarie Campbell

I took a trip to heaven
But only in my mind
I wanted to know what it's like
To leave all you love behind.
So I closed my eyes, and started to see
Just how beautiful heaven can be.

I could see the pearly gates of white
and behind them was the most radiant light.
I saw an angel as she was passing by
so incredibly beautiful that a tear fell from my eye.
Everyone looked perfect and with the angels they did sing
There are no earthly words to describe the beauty of their wings.

As I sat on a bench in the most incredible garden
I asked God for all of my sins to be pardoned
I took one last look at all of the beauty around
And when I opened my eyes, it was peace that I found.

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Conference of California Historical Societies

I have been a member of my local genealogy society for 6 years. Because I am so busy all of the time I hadn't been very active with the group until a couple of years ago.

That was when I received a phone call asking if I would consider being a board member. The rest is history. I am still a board member and I am grateful my job this year is more manageable for me than the one I had last year. If it weren't for the phone call, I am not sure I would be active yet with the society. I do what my job entails and try to help out more when and where I can, but still, my time is always so limited. 

Last month one of our society members was awarded a very prestigious, individual award. This award is a state wide award which was presented to him at the annual meeting of the "Conference of California Historical Societies."

George Anderson was awarded for helping "to nurture and preserve our priceless heritage." 

George has been a member of our society for many years, maybe dating back close to when the society first started. He has always impressed me with his knowledge. 

The evening of our board meeting last month George brought his binder which must have included almost everything he has helped with, participated in and even developed. I think I missed most of the meeting that night reading it. I would have been happy to have brought it home with me overnight so I could get the full depth of everything in that binder!

There always seem to be a project of some sort within most genealogy societies that could use assistance. Last year I added to my duties managing a group from within the society to index the 1940 census. What a great project that was! 

This year, I am currently waiting to hear more about the project I recently offered to help with. As soon as I have my instructions I will share more about that. 

Being so impressed with George's volunteerism over the years, I found a whole new energy and desire to volunteer more. I was actually amazed by the feeling that swept over me at the time. If he could do all that he had, I certainly could do a tiny fraction of that! Now, if I only can find more hours in a day...

Congratulations and thank you George for all of your energy, knowledge and dedication! We are so very proud of you! You are truly are an inspiration!

Do you volunteer with your genealogy society in any way? I would love to hear about what you do!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Those Places Thursday ~ San Francisco Public Library

Finally, someone to traipse around and do genealogy things with! 

Angela and I hooked up and took a trip to the San Francisco Library a couple of weeks ago. We each had been wanting to get a library card from there so we could use their online information.

Book sale at the library.

As much as I hate driving in the city, it wasn't a bad drive at all. We arrived without incident. As always parking is a premium in San Francisco. Many cars were parked in the middle of the street, here, there and everywhere. I followed suit and off we were, anxious to see the library.

We applied for our card, done on a computer in the lobby. It took no time at all to get our cards and off we went to explore.

The library has many off the wall angles and shapes.

Upon checking out the library, I thought I found some information on one my daughter's second uncles. The name was correct, the occupation was correct, so I asked if they would pull the file for me. After going through the file a couple of times we finally found what I was looking for and darn it, no, it wasn't him. It was fun though to get so excited thinking I found some information on someone and I really wasn't even looking for it. That's ok, this will be filed in my "searched but negative file." 

(It wouldn't surprise me a bit if I find out one day this particular person IS part of the family.)

We did get lucky and find a bit of information Angela was specifically looking for. Up on the sixth floor, where most genealogical information is found, we located a few addresses.  

We found a little vegetarian cafe on the corner, where we had a great lunch.  Before we knew it, it was time to head back home. We walked to the car where I found a parking ticket on my windshield. Not really surprised about it, but curious how much the charge was going to be.  

Upon checking out the ticket, I was initially surprised ~ $57.

Then, I thought about it. How can anyone put a price on a great day?

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday ~ California Genealogical Society

Members of the California Genealogy Society at Jamboree 2013.

Photo used with permission by Kathryn Doyle.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

My Newest Blog!

I have always taken lots of photos. I LOVE photos. It is not uncommon for me to take 500 plus photos a day on any adventure. From there, I try to get the "best" photos to keep and or share.

I find it difficult to share these photos at times and have debated about how may be best to do that. I have shared them on a website and in books, but still, many people don't get to see them.

I have opted to start a new blog, my Heritage Happens in Photos. This is a blog of photos I take during my personal adventures in life. Some photos may have been taken in the past, but most will probably be current. I am not an expert photographer or anything, I do it for fun. So, if you are expecting to learn something or see fantastic photos, think again. You may get lucky and learn what NOT to do from my errors, but that is about it.

 I took a cruise earlier this year to Alaska, I am posting photos of this trip. In fact, I have already started with photos from our departure point in San Francisco. I have also shared some photos from the Alameda County Fair.

I share ancestor photos here. Why not have a blog to share my "personal happenings" as it happens?

Care to take a peek at the link posted above? 

Hope you enjoy!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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Thursday, July 4, 2013


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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wordless Wednesday ~ Jamboree 2013

Emma and Angela 

(Ok this is REALLY the last one from Jamboree...)

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