August 15, 2013
My parents are celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary this month! Happy Anniversary! And totally unlike the modern spectacle marriages (so many couples have) they invited four people to their wedding. My grandparents.
These shots were taken afterwards at my parents East Lansing apartment.
August 14, 2013
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Today is my actual blogiversary. My ‘Hello World” post went live two years ago and I’m still writing… not as often as I want, but hey, I’ve managed to keep it up and I’ve had fun doing it. I’ve also had a lot of neat experiences that I think are a direct result of the blog and the people I’ve connected with through it.
I’ve been invited to speak (and write) for what I consider my home genealogical society—WMGS, at the annual Abrams Family History Seminar hosted by the Archives of Michigan, and most recently at the Ionia County Genealogical Society. Thank you all! Each was a fabulous experience!
I’ve also become one of the genealogy resources at my workplace and have a couple of programs in the works for them in the winter—which is kind of neat for a Readers’ Services Librarian.
And, as I’ve noted before, this experiment has helped me identify problems and holes in my research, helped me connect to new friends, relatives, and fellow genies in a new and fun way, and it’s kept me seriously working on something that both excites me and pulls me out of my comfort zone.
So, thank you all for a fabulous two years!
August 7, 2013
This one’s for my Bradley County, Arkansas family members—Trotters, Yorks, and Allied families. Daddy has this one labeled as Cousins 1946. I’m guessing it’s a shot from Arkansas but I can’t name anyone in the picture. Is one of the older girls Aunt Alfreda?
August 1, 2013
Things might get a little spotty here as I we work through changes at my day job—I can’t believe I missed Wordless Wednesday!—But hopefully I’ll be able to get reorganized quickly.
I don’t know if it will last or what he will retain but my almost nine-year-old nephew, inspired by his mother who has discovered
Ancestry.com, asked me if I would show him how to make a tree (online, of course) like his mom. So, last Sunday we met up at my parents and sat down with my laptop and got started. He quizzed/interviewed my parents for their full names and birthdates and birthplaces and the names of their parents. Taking the hint that my father was a Junior so his father’s name was probably…? It’s a bit of a trick question as my Grandpa changed the spelling of his name somewhere along the way.
My nephew then started a private tree in Ancestry that I’ve shared with his mother as a full editor so he can work on it with her as well. I was fascinated watching him enter in the information and think of more questions. And I was doubly impressed when he started really thinking out the hints that he was offered through Ancestry.com. He really looked at what the records said, pulling up the originals and actually listening to the stories I was telling—no, really, you have to understand, my leading complaint is that he doesn’t listen—so that he caught a few errors in the indexing before I got to them. He was reading through the page for himself, asking thoughtful questions, spelling things mostly on his own, and he didn’t want to stop for dinner—which was an issue because, among other things, I didn’t want Parmesan cheese in my laptop.
I am so thankful for that afternoon which has gotten me through a rough week. I had a wonderful time and I hope he did too!
July 24, 2013
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I don’t know who all is in this photograph but I know for sure that the standing girl in pigtails is my Great Grandmother Cora Packer, the woman with the boy in her lap is her mother Flora (Massy) Packer, the boy is her brother James Arthur Packer, and the girl sitting down in front is Cora’s sister, Pearl Packer.
Any Packer, Garbutt, Massy, or Cory researchers recognize anyone else?
From my great aunt’s photo collection.
July 17, 2013
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Summer finally found us and it’s getting hot!
Here’s a pool party from my past. My brother and I and our cousins enjoying fun in the sun! The small bucket was meant to be for cleaning off our feet before we got in the pool but evidently my cousin was happier on his own… It was a perfect fit at the time.
July 16, 2013
I didn’t want to let it go too long without saying that the second day of the Abram’s Family History Seminar was great! I attended two presentations by Dr. Thomas W. Jones (who I gushed about here). He presented “The Jones Jinx”—a case study on narrowing down ancestors with common names—which I’m still pulling great research ideas out of even though I’ve heard it before. Dr. Jones also presented on Probate Records—which I haven’t spent nearly enough time on. It was totally worth having someone walk through the steps and terminology of probate with examples of how this can help you in your research.
I also attended Dick Doherty’s “Cost Effective Research: Accessing Irish Records from North America” which gave me a nice list of records to find and tips on using them. I’m hoping to use them while further researching the Massy family as well as my Byrne/Cunningham/Dowdall lines which I’ve unfortunately been ignoring for the past few years.
And Karen Krugman’s session on sourcing offered interesting tips on sourcing for yourself—so that you can put your hands on an information source quickly should you need it again. She made a good point about the level of need for different researchers but also noted that while she had never intended to write a book she now has and that’s meant going back and having to track down source material from before she was adequately sourcing her research.
All in all, the two days were a success from my point of view.
Kudos to Kris R., the rest of the Archives of Michigan staff, and the Michigan Genealogical Council for a great seminar!
PS. Save the date for the MGC/MHF Seminar on Saturday, October 26th featuring Lou Szucs! Info forthcoming at the MGC site in August.