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Still Here!

Carter & Harrison, bear lake, 2014

My little fellas, Bear Lake, 28 June 2014

I’ve been itching to get back to my blog – there are so many things I have to say, and so little time!  Here are a few of the big genealogy things that have been on my mind:

  • I created a fabulous mini book for our family reunion to help the great grandchildren learn more about our family.  It was awesome!  And even better, the kids loved it and worked on it.
  • Facebook groups for genealogy – which are your favorites?  They can be great and well, not so great.
  • FamilySearch indexing day was amazing.  I’m so impressed with their final numbers!  My two teenagers participated.  Can I just say I was completely surprised?  It turns out my 13 year old is pretty excellent at deciphering old handwriting.  Now I just need to figure out how to get him actually interested…  Did you join the fun?
  • Today is Pioneer Day.  I have lots of Mormon Pioneers in my tree.  Today is a tender day for me as I consider the many hardships they endured.  Last night my 13 year old offered our family prayer.  Among other things he said, “Please help us to remember the real meaning of Pioneer Day.”  Such a sweet moment for my mother heart.  I love this quote – “Can we somehow muster the courage and steadfastness of purpose that characterized the pioneers of a former generation?  Can you and I, in actual fact, be pioneers [today]?”  – Thomas S. Monson.  Do you have any Mormon Pioneers in your tree?
  • I have one more LARGE family reunion this summer.  I am one of the three people in charge.  I need to come up with some sort of activity, some family history type activity.  I have a few ideas brewing…
  • Who Do You Think You Are? started back up!  My favorite show.  Do you watch?
  • My family and I have discovered a new {to us} show on Netflix – Alaska The Last Frontier.  I am in love with this show because I have three generations in my family that were involved with homesteads in Alaska.  There were two homesteads, one was completed, one was not.  The one that was completed was started by my 3rd great grandfather Henry Hyde.  He died before it was completed so his wife Alice Whiteley Hyde completed it without him.  Watching this show has really opened my eyes to how difficult life is in Alaska.  I am gaining new respect and admiration for this part of my family with every episode I watch.

I’m still here, soaking up every bit of genealogy goodness I can find in the world.  See you in a few weeks!


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Summer!

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My Fellas

Summer has arrived at our house.  I suddenly find my spare time reduced to a sliver.  There are big things going on at my house.  My oldest started his first job – hooray!  I’m busy running everyone around, going to the library, and the park, and on walks.  I have to fit in lots of board games, and play-doh time, and coloring.  I get to find ways to distract my almost 13 year old from the ‘I’m bored!’ statement.  I’m moving from one kid to another all day long.

We also have a big reunion coming up in a few weeks.  We have lots of company coming over the next three weeks.  And a few other pretty major things eating up time.  I’m still fitting in genealogy almost every day.

But.

I have run out of time to write about it.  And to read about it.

So, it’s summer break on my blog.

That doesn’t mean I won’t post all summer, just that I will only post when I have time.  This Fall, I’ll be back in full swing.

Happy summer break!

ps- Don’t I have beautiful children?


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Photograph Showcase: By the Cash Register

Estelle Duval

Estelle Duval

At one time, my great grandparents owned a restaurant called The Coffee Cup.  It was located somewhere in California.  A few years later my great grandmother worked as a waitress in a restaurant in Washington State near Aberdeen.  I’m not sure which restaurant this photo was taken in.  I have a feeling it might be The Coffee Cup since she is standing with the register open in such a casual manner while her photo is taken.  I love the detail on the hem of her apron.  I imagine it was difficult to keep her clothing so white.


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Ancestory Story – Amelia Pallina – 52 Ancestors

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A portion of my great grandparent’s marriage record.

Amelia Pallina is my 2nd great grandmother.  Except for the thing is, I don’t know for sure that’s her name.

I know that she exists because I know her son exists.  He is John Costello, my biggest brickwall.

So what do I know about Amelia?  Not much, let’s break it down.

  • I have the above marriage record for her son John that states her name is Amelia Pallina and that she was born in Barcelona, Spain.
  • I have an entry in the front of my mother’s baby book that matches this marriage record.
  • The 1920 & 1930 US Census for John list his mother’s birthplace as Spain.
  • I have a few oral family stories stating that she was the mother of 4 children, John and 3 daughters.

When I look at my tree, my eye always goes right to Amelia’s name.  It is my most recent dead end.  She is a mystery, a woman hidden by mist.  So hidden in fact that I can only see her outline.  And it’s pretty hazy.

Amelia, who are you?  Is that your name?

 

I also wrote about John Costello here.


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FamilySearch News

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FamilySearch has announced two features that have me excited.

First up is ‘Hinting’.

Yep, just what it sounds like.  They are working on their own version of the shaky leaf that Ancestry uses.  If this sounds intriguing to you, you will need to participate in Family Tree on FamilySearch in order to use this feature.  It hasn’t been launched yet but is scheduled for ‘soon’.  You can read more here.

Second up are some tools new to the Descendancy View – ‘Data Problems’ and ‘Research Suggestion’.

In Family Tree you can change the view to Descendancy View for one of your ancestors and then click your way through their posterity in list format by expanding and closing things.  It gives you the ability to take a top down approach from one of your ancestors and see if all of their descendants are accounted for.  Off to the side there are now little icons that will indicate if the system believes there is a ‘Data Problem’ or if it has ‘Research Suggestions’ for you.  I have seen several that say things like, ‘Possible data problem, this individual lived for more than 120 years.’  Then I can go right to the person and check it out.  Either I have really awesome genes or someone made a little typo and I need to fix it.  You can read more about these new tools here.

Those FamilySearch folks have been working hard to make their website a powerful, free tool for genealogists.  Have you tried out Family Tree?  What do you think of it?

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