Showing posts from April, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - My Grandchildren

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Does Your Genealogy Blog Need To Be Added To My Blog List?

I have now gone through my blog list and updated it. I deleted those blogs whose links were changed or deleted. I have approximately 100 blogs listed, and knowing there are at least 300 more, I have decided it would take to much time for me to go through and find addresses for each of those blogs. So, what I have decided is this, if you have made it to my blog and you notice your blog is not listed on my blog list and you would like it to be added, please leave me a comment or email me with your blog address, and I will add it to my list. Thank you for stopping by! Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Spring Cleaning and Updates

I have spent a good portion of the evening doing some spring cleaning of my blog. I am proceeding to go through the blog links I have to make sure they are current and still working. I am about half way through them, so not done yet. I have also added a few new blog links. There are so many blogs now, I am not sure I will ever get through them all, but I am certainly going to try. I understand there are over 400 genealogy blogs that belong to the Genea-Bloggers group alone. I recently joined Twitter, maybe a few weeks ago? I am still learning to use it but so far it is fun, handy and informative! I have added some information from my Twitter account to the side panel of this blog. If you have a Twitter account you can follow me, my user name is Cherpal. My Facebook account has also needed some tender loving care so I have worked a tiny bit with it. I need to clean it up and respond to so many requests still though! Please feel free to add me as a Facebook friend. You can find me on Fac

Looking Bleak...

I am not trying to be a pessimist, but things may be looking a little bleak as far as receiving Madie Miner's birth certificate. I just looked at my bank account and the check has not been cashed at this point. It has been two and a half weeks. I will keep my fingers crossed that they are just busy and haven't been able to research for it yet. Still have my hopes up! Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts.

Blogging Prompt - #16

Week #16: Goals. Not just for resolutions anymore. Write down your genealogy goals. Then you can look back and see what you’ve accomplished My Goals~ 1. Finish scanning documents 2. Somehow, obtain my grandmother's birth certificate 3. Enter all recently acquired information into my Family Tree 4. Work on sources in my tree 5. Locate some specific graves 6. Remove all pictures from non archival safe photo albums and scan those pictures I want scanned (This will be a major project) 7. Visit the Family History Library 8. Attend the SoCal Jamboree 9. Transcribe records and letters I have received that are in Norwegian 10. Attend more society meetings 11. Catch up on others blogs and leave comments (some I have trouble trying to leave a message on regarding their post, and others I tend to read, but get to busy to take time to leave a comment) 12. Do the weekly blogging prompts in the correct weeks! (I may have gotten behind a few times, but I am still doing them!) 13. File the box of

Blogging Prompt - #15 - Lundberg, Fleming

Week #15: List some vital signs. Talk about specific birth, marriage and death certificates. Topics may include misspelled names, fudged dates, other anomalies that stand out in your records. I don't have many marriage certificates, and just a few death certificates. I primarily have birth certificates. Off the top of my head I can not remember anything specific that stands out with any of the birth certificates I have. They are closed up in my safe right now, and it would take me awhile to pull and look at them at this point. I do not have them all scanned yet, but this is a good reminder to scan those documents which haven't been. I can comment on my own birth certificate however. I grew up as Cheryl Fleming. For the first sixteen years of my life that is how I knew myself. Then one evening my mother came in my room to talk to me. She was having a very difficult time telling me what she wanted to tell me, it took awhile. When it finally came out, she explained that my birth n

I Am Doing The Genealogy Happy Dance!

It has been awhile since I have done the genealogy happy dance, but I sure went at it today, and what fun I had! I had someone contact me who found me through this blog. (Reminder that blogging is good!) We shared information and pictures. The funny thing is, she is not related, at least as far as I know. She is doing some personal research and ran across my GGrandfather, Paul Harding (Gustavsen), here in my blog, which intrigued her for the project she is working on. She emailed me and the rest is history! Our families at one point or another knew each other. She had a picture she shared of my family, which I already had. But, she shared so much information that I didn't have. She was trying to find my GGGrandfather but was having difficulty. I hadn't researched any of this myself yet, although I was given some info regarding this several years ago. We collaborated and she found him in Norway. She sent me so much information! I found that some of my information I had bee

Wordless Wednesday

Dad's yard. Auburn, California. March 28, 2009. Digital photo. Owned by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Annette N. Fleming nee Harding

Annette N. Fleming gravestone. Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery, Hayward, California. October 27, 2008. Digital Photo taken by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009 Annette Neva Harding was born October 23, 1936 in Oakland, Alameda, California. She passed away as Annette Neva Fleming on January 7, 2001 in Hayward, Alameda, California. Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! Cheryl

Blogging Prompt - Week #14

Week #14: Talk about the different types of technology you use in your genealogy research. Whether it’s a new search engine, a special application, or anything else “2.0,” let readers know what you’re working with, and how it’s working for you. I use Family Tree 09 Software for my family tree. I have spent most of the past year or two collecting pictures, information from newly found family members, scanning and organizing besides taking classes. Because I have been focusing on all of this, I haven't actually done a lot of research per se. Technology wise I would have to say I use the most, besides my blog. I have made a few connections with my blog, so that is very exciting. I have found quite a number of censuses on Ancestry and other information. (I have also been transcribing censuses) Besides this blog, I have a Facebook Account and have recently added a Twitter account, which I am still becoming familiar with. I really like reading others blogs along with with th

A Genealogist's Life! (SNGF)

It's Saturday Night Fun with Randy Seaver and Genea-Musings ! The following is from Randy~ It's Saturday Night - are you ready for your weekly dose of Genealogy Fun? I hope so! I was reading my 450 blog subscriptions on Bloglines this morning (not all post every day, of course) and noticed Robert Baca's post Poetry and Genealogy. Aha, said I, that's a SNGF challenge! After all, Genea-Musings readers are surely the most creative, playful, helpful and intelligent folks in the genealogy world. Here's your challenge for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: 1) Create a poem - rhyming, free verse, doggerel, limerick, etc. - about genealogy research, whether general or specific. 2) Post it on your blog, on Facebook, in Comments to this post so all of the world can appreciate your creativity. Have fun! Ok, I, decided to have some fun with Randy so here is my poem~ A Genealogist's Life Genealogy, oh to describe it Searching relatives and their story We uncover information bit b

DearMYRTLE'S Get Organized - April 2009

I had been watching for the April post on Dear Myrtle's site for some time, but didn't see it had been posted. Of course when I tend to be busy and away for a bit (my granddaughter being born) it posted! So, I am not sure when it posted to her site, but I found it last night and wanted to get the April edition's link out to you. I apologize that it is so late in the month, means lots of catching up to do. Here is the link for the April edition . Remember, if you can organize at least something, it is better than nothing! Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! Cheryl

Our Newest Addition!

I have been pre-occupied as of late. Easter of course was a big day in itself. The following day my daughter was scheduled for a planned C-section. Our new granddaughter was born Monday morning. Her name is Olivia Giselle. She weighed in at 7 lbs 4 oz and was 19 3/4 in. She was born with a ton of hair, and very dark! Completely different from my grandson. She has long fingers and toes and is beautiful! My grandson spent the nights with us. During the days I was at the hospital helping my daughter, especially when her husband needed a break or couldn't be there. On Wednesday late evening mom and daughter were allowed to go home. As she puts it, she came to "the half way house" the first night. This was my house, the next step to her going home! The plan was her husband and son would go home and she and the baby would stay with us so I could help her. Turned out they got here so late that the grandson was asleep, so he stayed also. What a surprise he had when he woke up to

Happy Easter!

Easter. April 11, 2009. Digital Image by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] Ca. 2009 Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! Cheryl

Archive of Free Genealogy Documents

Have you been over to Genealogy Bank's archive of free documents yet? There are passenger lists from 1819/1820, naturalization lists printed in newspapers, Navy Obituaries for 1883 and more. You will even find a newspaper article of the first Mother's Day and the first Father's Day. When you head over to Genealogy Bank's website which is here , all you need to do is type in your full name and e-mail address in order to get access to the free documents. Give it a try, you never know what you may find! Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! Cheryl

Applying for a Delayed Birth Certificate #2

As you may remember I applied for a Delayed Birth Certificate for my grandmother from the State of North Dakota, and my application and paperwork were returned. You can read that post here . This morning I called the North Dakota Department of Health and spoke to the woman who returned my application. I asked her how in the world is anyone suppose to put a stamp in the tiny area they want the Notary's Seal placed? (The area they give the Notary to place their stamp is just under 1/4 inch in height. I measured the stamp and it is just over 3/4 inch in height.) This woman told me that they can't accept applications without the stamp where they want it. She said they get asked that all the time, but people find a Notary who has a stamp that will fit in that area. So I asked her why, if they want the stamp there, don't they give you a larger area? She had no answer. In the end she informed me that the stamp can be placed over the Notary's signature, no problem. I explained

Tombstone Tuesday - Roger Breyhan

Roger Breyhan Headstone. March 20, 2009. Lone Tree Cemetery. Digital Image. Privately held by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009 Roger Edward Breyhan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on November 5, 1936. He passed of a massive heart attack on April 20, 1997 in Alameda County, California. Roger was my “Uncle In Law” whom unfortunately I never had the opportunity to meet. I recently found out he was buried at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward. My aunt was kind enough to take me up there to show me exactly where he rests. Thanks for stopping by! Wishing you success in all of your genealogy treasure hunts! Cheryl

Blogging Prompt #13

Week #13: Have expertise in a specific area of study? Share your knowledge! If you’ve lived in the same town for 60 years, you have something to share. If you’re a librarian in your day job, you have something to share. If you read Civil War history books for fun, you have something to share. If you’re walking on this Earth, you have something to share. My expertise in a specific area of study does not, unfortunately, involve genealogy. I am still in the stage of learning with this field. I try to grasp everything I can from all of the wonderful blogs I read and enjoy. As I go along and learn, I do try to share what I have learned. I have shared about Immigration records a bit, Dan Lynch's "Google Your Family Tree," information from classes I have taken, and some of my own genealogy. I have assisted "newbies" in blogging, and trust me I am no expert on blogging, however I can get them started! Beyond that, I know where to refer them! My tip would be for &q

Saturday Night Fun! Show Us Your Genealogy Space!

Randy over at Genea-Musings has been challenging Genea-Bloggers to some Saturday night fun. I have wanted to participate but have found that Saturday nights are generally inconvenient for me. I saw that Thomas over at Destination Austin Family chose to do his post today in order to get better photos for the post. What a great idea I thought! Why can't I post the following day? I think I will! So here you have my first post for Saturday Night Fun! Here is Randy's challenge for last night: Here's the challenge for tonight: 1) Take a digital picture of your Genealogy Space - whether it is a table, desk, bookcase, whatever. Take more than one if you want. 2) Show off your Genealogy Space to all of us in a blog post showing your digital pictures. If you aren't blogging or don't want to show us your pictures, go to 3) below without passing Go or collecting another ancestor. 3) Tell us something about your Genealogy Space. How long does it take you to find something? Are

Blogging Prompt #12 - Lundberg, Soderlund

The blogging prompt for week #12 is ~ "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." The brick wall I want to share with you is one I really haven't attempted to research to much yet. The research will involve jumping to another country and this will be new to me. My great grandmother is Marta Brita Lundberg. I posted a photo of her here . This is what I know about her. She was born December 23, 1883, in Viksjo(I have seen this spelled many ways) or Lerum, Sweden. I believe she died in 1925 in Viksjo. When she was 21 she gave birth to a daughter, Signe Kristina Lundberg (1904). When she was 26, she gave birth to her son, Hjalmer (Erik) Lundberg (April 4, 1909). I believe they were both born in Viksjo. I do not know who the father(s) were of these children. They were each given their mo

Wordless Wednesday

Granddaughter's baby afghan. Date February 23, 2009. Digital Image by Cheryl. Privately held by Cheryl [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] California. 2009