31 December 2008

Wreaths Across America



Arlington National Cemetery - photo by James Varhegyi



A few weeks ago, I wrote a little piece on a wonderful organization called "Wreaths Across America". I belong to El Toyon Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and on December 13th we participated in the wreath laying ceremonies at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine, California. Yesterday, the lady who took photos, gifted me with some to remember the occasion. The article appeared on my other blog - The Educated Graveyard Rabbit, but it was such a great experience I want to share it with you here on this blog.





San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Gustine, California






The Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard at Sharpe Depot conducted the services.







Yes, that's me on the right.






My stepfather - Lyle Dean Hartley






Past Regent for El Toyon Chapter NSDAR









Husband of El Toyon NSDAR chapter member





REMEMBER the fallen
HONOR those who serve
TEACH our children the value of Freedom


This is the motto of Wreaths Across America, a nationwide project, started by one man who simply wanted to show his remembrance for fallen soldiers.
The Wreaths Across America story began over 15 years ago when Worcester Wreath Company (a for-profit commercial business from Harrington, Maine) began a tradition of placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery during the holidays.
Humbled with a new understanding about the impact the Arlington Wreath Project has made, not only in honoring the dead, but recognizing the sacrifices of the living, Morrill Worcester - President of Worcester Wreath Company committed himself to doing more, by reaching out across the country.
On Saturday, December 13th, along with members of El Toyon Chapter NSDAR, I went to the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Gustine, California to attend the wreath laying ceremony. It was a very moving experience. We laid wreaths on the graves of my step-father Lyle Dean Hartley, a past regent of El Toyon Chapter NSDAR Esther Bonta and the husband of a chapter member Milton Farley.




A little about San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery - In 1989, the Romero Ranch Company donated land to the Department of Veterans Affairs for the creation of a National Cemetery. The first phase developed 105 acres of the land, and was completed in May 1992, giving enough space for the interment of over 20,000 remains.There is a small military museum on site, which has exhibits of uniforms, medals, and other memorabilia.


The California Korean War Veterans Memorial, erected in 1998. It consists of 16 five foot tall granite monoliths arranged in a circle. Engraved on each monolith is the name of the 2,495 veterans from California who died during the Korean War.




The 11th Airborne Memorial is a granite and bronze monument that was dedicated on May 11, 2002, in honor of all airborne soldiers. The sculptor was William Porteus, a member of the 511th unit.

24 December 2008

New Year's Resolutions



The 63rd Carnival of Genealogy asks us for our New Year Resolutions for 2009.


At the top of my list is to complete my portfolio and send it to the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Becoming a board certified genealogist is top priority for me in 2009.
Next on my list is to find Pauline's whereabouts from 1875 to 1905 and to come to some conclusion the reason she used the name Helen Hunt.
More member participation is another goal I have for the San Joaquin Genealogical Society here in Stockton, California. I am the editor for the society's newsletter and I hope to use this position to meet this goal.
Membership to the DAR for Mummy Dahling. I am already a member (registrar for my local chapter) through my father's side of the family.
I turn 50 in 2009 and need to complete my list of things to do before I turn 60. A few items I do have already include:
1. Learn how to Belly Dance.
2. Ride camels with Brenda Dougall Merriman.
3. I have been a passenger on a motorcycle, now I want to drive one.
4. Take Elizabeth Shown Mills' class at Samford and pass with flying colors.
What are your goals for 2009?

Merry Christmas!


The Proximidade Award



Elyse's Genealogy Blog has given The Educated Genealogist the Proximidade Award. Thank you Elyse!



"These blogs invest and believe in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers, who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

I am passing this award on to:

Before My Time
Kathy's Genealogy Blog
Kinexxions
Little Bytes of Life
We Tree
Nordic Blue
Janet The Researcher
Chapter & Wurst

22 December 2008

Three Unknowns






The 9th Edition of Smile for the Camera is coming up soon. The prompt is "Who Are You - I Really Want To Know".

If we have any photos in our collection that are unknown to us, we should put them on our blog with as much information as we know about them.

In my entire collection of family photos, I have only three that are UFP's (unidentified family photos). Maybe they belong to your family?



The first is a lovely family photo that includes a nun. Oh how I wanted to be able to claim this as my own family. (You know how I feel about the sisters!). I have absolutely no information about this photo.




I call this second photo "The Two Brothers". This photo has a little clue that was written on the back - "Sunday Morning on Maple". Again, no idea who these charming young men are.





For all you football fans, the third and last photo I have is something I like to call "The Jock". Some one left us a little clue on the back of this photo as well - "D. Boldt Bachman". Or at least that's what I think is written there. No explanation on how this made it into my family photos.





If there is a possibility that one or more of these photos belongs in your family, just let me know and I'll be happy to send it on it's way to you!


21 December 2008

Donna Is A Poet And Now Everyone Will Know It!


Donna Pointkouski who is the author of the blog "What's Past Is Prologue" has written a genealogical Christmas poem that blew me away.


How does she do it?


Donna is a very talented and gifted writer. Take a few minutes out of your day for some Christmas cheer over at Donna's place.

Saturday Night Fun On Saturday Night!


I can't believe that I finally get to play along with the funmeister, Randy Seaver, on Saturday night instead of later in the week. This week the game is called "Saturday Night Fun - The History Edition".
PART I
What day of the week were you born? Tell us how you found out.
I was born on a Monday.
Monday's Child Fair of Face.
I have always known this to be true. All my life I was told that I was born on "Easter Monday." But for those of you who do not know what day of the week you were born on, Pro Genealogists has a very nifty calculator to figure it out for you.
PART II
What has happened in recorded history on your birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.




30 March 1533 - Henry VIII divorces his 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon














The Barbie doll, invented by Ruth Handler was first introduced to the world on March 30, 1959 at the American Toy Fair in New York City sporting a ponytail and a black-and-white striped swimsuit.















30 March 1858 - Pencil with attached eraser patented by Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia











30 March 1955 - 27th Academy Awards "On the Waterfront" is awarded best picture.







30 March 1867 - US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (this works out to be 2¢ per acre). Secretary of State William H. Seward was the dealer maker. Critics attacked Seward for the secrecy surrounding the deal, which came to be known as "Seward's folly." The press mocked his willingness to spend so much on "Seward's icebox" and Andrew Johnson's "polar bear garden."


How did I find this information? I knew about Barbie because she and I share the exact same birth date and birth year. As soon as Barbie hit the shelves, my mother ran out and purchased one for me. It was the beginning of a collection that now numbers well over 350.


The other 4 items were obtained from the same place as Part I, Pro Genealogy website which had yet another really nifty tool called "This Day in History"
Thanks Randy for another delightful evening of diversions.

20 December 2008

Facebook Fiasco!


Today - Saturday, December 20th - Facebook.com has been offline all day. Is anyone else experiencing the same thing? When I go to their website I get this message :

Sorry, an error has occurred.
We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.


I am surprised at myself, however, getting hysterical over a damn socializing website.

But how am I to know what is going on with everyone? Oh my, whatever shall I do?
UPDATE: I followed the instructions that "anomonyous" left me, using the https instead of http and Voila, I made it in the door to Facebook! Thank you.

19 December 2008

The Problem With Pauline - Part 8


Sorry to have kept you waiting. You were waiting for more of "The Problem With Pauline" weren't you? Could it be that you have not heard of Pauline?

GASP!

Well for those who haven't or those needing to catch up you can do it here:
"The Problem With Pauline" :
Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 , Part 5 , Part 6 , Part 7

I still have not made the trip to Boise, Ada County, Idaho or to Kansas City, Missouri to conduct the onsite research I need, however I have made progress. I have managed to add more pieces to this puzzle which in turn has doubled my list of items to find in the courthouses of both cities (no surprise here).

A quick review - Pauline Sheern/Sharon is an ancestor of mine. Her father and my 3rd great grandfather are brothers.

I am going to present the problem a little differently than before. I did indeed find Pauline in Boise, Idaho using the name of Mrs. Helen Hunt (widow of Geo. B.), but the earliest year I can place Pauline/Helen in Boise is 1905.

Oh where, oh where is my Pauline hiding for almost 30 years? (1875-1905)

Let's forget about her for the moment and concentrate on her parents (John Philip Sheern/Sharon and Mary Brice), siblings (Eugene, John J., Joseph Francis, Ada Kathryn and Winnifred "Minnie") and husband Dr. George B. Sanford.

Below, is a timeline of sorts. I have listed all my information and clues found to date on the above people. The names are presented exactly as found in the source.

Let's start with Dr. George B. Sanford:


1875 - Oct. 7 - Pauline marries George B. Sanford (a dentist) in Neosho County, Kansas. I located both of them in the 1875 Kansas State Census in Neosho County.
1875 to 1879 - George B. Sanford moves from Neosho County, Kansas to Kansas City, Missouri.
1879 to 1882 - K.C. city directory lists Dr. Geo. B. Sanford, dentist, res. - 1121 Pacific and his dental office 620 Main, over the post office in rooms 1 & 2
1880 - June 11- The census enumerator found Dr. Geo. B. Sanford living in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. His address is 620 Main Street, age 40, born in New York, married, dentist. No Pauline nor any wife is enumerated with George.
Pauline's parents, an older brother, 2 younger brothers and 2 younger sisters are still living in the same place in Neosho County, Kansas when the census comes knocking on their door. No Pauline there either.
1880 - Sept. 29 - Dr. Geo. B. Sanford, the dentist, is arrested for "obstreperous conduct". (OK , I had to look this one up. It means: marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness; stubbornly resistant to control.) It seems he took his little dog into the Art Exhibition Hall at the annual Kansas City Fair. When asked to remove said dog, he refused. At the insistence of the manager, Sanford is arrested but released as soon as they arrive at the police station. Unable to leave well enough alone, Sanford demands the officers badge number and "made some emphatic gestures" causing the officer to re-arrest him. Dr. Sanford was released the next day.
1882 - K.C. city directory - dental offices and res. Located 910 Baltimore Avenue, south of 9th. A bonus - also says he is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery.
1882 - August 17 - newspaper reports "Sanford Divorce Case Takes a Queer Turn". In the middle of a divorce, Mrs. Sanford brings a suit against her husband for $120 that is in an account at The Bank of Commerce. Mr. Sanford withdrew the money and gave it to her. They become reconciled and were going to skip out leaving their attorneys in the lurch. Attorneys caught wind of their actions and "attached them".
1883 - K.C. city directory Sanford's dental office now at 708 Main. Also Pauline's parents, 1 younger brother and 2 younger sisters move to Kansas City.
1885 to 1887 - K. C. city directory Sanford's dental office now at 1023 east side of Main between 10th and 11th (new no. 1017)
1885 - July 22 - George B. Sanford is issued a permit to build a $250 barn on Laurel Avenue.



1889 to 1891 - K.C. city directories reveal some interesting roommate combinations. During the years 1889-1891 the following people lived at

514 Oak - Minnie Shearn (Pauline's sister), John P. Shearn (Pauline's father), Rudolph Markgraf (Pauline's brother-in-law), Arthur Raffington & J. H. McNeil

1422 East 5th - George B. Sanford, Arthur D. Raffington, Christopher Null - All 3 are dentists, sharing the same office space

721 Main - Christopher Null and George B. Sanford - both dentists, sharing the same office

1890 - April 5 - Pauline's sister Ada Kathryn Sheern/Sharon marries Rudolph Markgraf (a well known architect in Kansas City). The witnesses who swear to Ada's age are George B. Sanford, brother-in-law and Mr. Arthur Raffington.
1892 - April 23 - George B. Sanford announces in newspaper that he is removed to 87 Main.
1894 - June 15 - Dr. George B. Sanford, the dentist, is arrested on charges of Embezzlement after a man who was employed as an office boy by Dr. Sanford pressed charges. Frank Waitt came to Kansas City looking for work. He went to an employment agency who sent him to Dr. Sanford. Dr. Sanford proposed that for a sum of $200 (to insure the boy's honesty) he would hire Waitt as an office boy and pay him $10 per week. The money would be returned if at least a 10 day notice was given should Waitt decide to leave Dr. Sanford's employ. The boy only had $70 which he handed over to Dr. Sanford. He would be paid no wages until the balance of the $200 was paid. The next day someone convinced Waitt that he would never see his money again. The boy became suspicious of the dentist and gave his 10 day notice. At the end of the 10 days he asked for his $70 to be returned and Dr. Sanford refused. A warrant was swore out and Dr. Sanford was arrested. Justice Shannon will hear the case next week. The newspaper gives dental office address as 18 1/2 West 12th Street.
1894 - Nov. 11 - K.C. city directory - dental office - 1032 Main, over Goodyear Rubber Co.
1895 - Dec. 6 - Arthur Simmons, a dental student, is charged by Lillie Marks with having laid violent hands on her and attempted to restrain her from leaving the dental offices of Dr. George B. Sanford, 1032 Main Street, until she paid a fee of $1 which she claims never to have contracted. She asserts that she went to the office to consult Dr. Sanford, who was absent, and that after waiting for some hours she became tired and started out when Simmons is alleged to have ill treated her.




1898 - Sept 16 - Pauline's sister Minnie marries Frances Vestal. Witnesses swearing to her identity is Geo. B. Sanford, brother-in-law, and J. H. McNeil.
1905 - April 2 - George B. Sanford sues his neighbor for piling refuse by the front door of his home. Sanford claims the stench is so bad that he and his wife have to move. He loses the case.
1907 - Sept. 9 - newspaper article about Dr. George B. Sanford who is the secretary of the Kansas City Post Graduate Dental College at 14th and Grand Avenue. Dr. Sanford discusses the need for a dental clinic for school age children. The clinic would provide free exams and services for the children. Dr. Sanford had started such a clinic in Milton, Pennsylvania and says it would certainly work in Kansas City.
1910 - April 19 - Census - Kansas City, 420 Laurel Avenue -George B. Sanford, age 70, divorced, born New York, dentist, owns home free of mortgage.
1920 - August 20 - Kathryn Markgraf, daughter of Ada and Rudolph dies at the age of twelve. Dr. Geo. B. Sanford is listed as one of the mourners who attended the services.
1928 - December 30 - George B. Sanford dies at the age of 86 in the Kansas City General Hospital of epidemic meningitis. He died all alone. The record clerk at the hospital was the informant on his death certificate - almost every line on the form is completed with the response "Don't Know". George was living at a charity ward called Helping Hands before he died. Carroll & Mast were the undertakers. He was buried in Leeds Cemetery, Jackson County, Missouri.
The Leeds site was home to a municipal jail and a tuberculosis hospital in the early 1900s. Prisoners, the poor and victims of an influenza epidemic that hit Kansas City in 1918 were buried here, in what was then known as the municipal cemetery. In this open field, the graves are unmarked. Not a single sign indicates that thousands are buried just a few feet below the surface. It is now a Kansas City Police Department shooting range.

George had obviously considered himself a member of the family. Referring to himself as the brother-in-law of her sisters, attended family functions such as weddings and funerals. Even the other dentists he shared an office with at one time or another were mixed up with the Sheern/Sharon family.

Poor old George sure had his share of trouble with the law and maybe a problem with the bottle. But about 1907, it seems like he was on his way to becoming a changed man. He is on the Board for the Kansas City Post Graduate Dental College. He becomes a champion for school age children regarding dental health. He owns his home free of a mortgage.

But something happened to poor old George after he reached his acme. How awful to die penniless, childless, and all alone. Then the final indignity of an unmarked, pauper's grave.

WHERE IS PAULINE??????


Photos from the Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri.

What Are Your New Year's Resolutions?




63rd Edition Carnival of Genealogy

New Year's Resolutions!

What plans do you have for your genealogy research next year? How about for your blogging? And don't forget how you are going to be better organized.

Write 'em up and share it with the rest of the world.

The Deadline For Submissions Is January 1, 2009


Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using the carnival submission form.

Also, check out Jasia's post "FAQs About The Carnival of Genealogy," for all you need to know about submitting a post. First-timers always welcome and greatly appreciated!

Who Are You?


The 9th Edition Smile for the Camera - Who Are You? - I Really Want To Know.

Show us that picture that you found with your family collection or purchased, but have no idea who they might be.

Deadline for submission is midnight 10 January 2009

HOW TO SUBMIT: There are two options. 1. Send an email to the host, footnoteMaven. Include the title and permalink URL of the post you are submitting, your name, and the name of your blog. Put 'Smile For The Camera' clearly in the title of your email! 2. Use the handy submission form provided by Blog Carnival.

17 December 2008

62nd Edition COG - 3 Wishes


The 62nd Edition Carnival of Genealogy - 3 Wishes

Jasia over at Creative Gene has outdone herself once again. She has taken the wishes of 36 genea-bloggers and turned it into a bloggeranza you won't soon forget.

Grab your favorite cup of cheer and get on over to the carnival!

Blog Caroling Gift From footnoteMaven



Well the footnoteMaven promised something special for the blog carolers and she has outdone herself this time!
Head on over to fM's place and have a look!

Thank you fM Baby!



Who Is Frances Dinkelspiel ?





Frances Dinkelspiel is the author of this wonderful book "Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California". Her book, published by St. Martins Press, just recently hit the shelves of bookstores everywhere.



Isaias Hellman is the great great grandfather of Frances. About 8 years ago she wanted to learn more about her family history and started looking at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. There she found literally dozens of boxes full of papers about Hellman.


From her website :

Frances is a fifth-generation Californian who grew up in San Francisco. A graduate of Stanford University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Frances spent more than 20 years in the newspaper business, working as a general assignment reporter for a broad array of papers, from the Syracuse Newspapers in upstate New York to the San Jose Mercury News in northern California.
In 1998, Frances took a leave of absence from the Mercury News to focus on writing personal essays. One day she decided to go to the California Historical Society in downtown San Francisco to peruse some papers of Isaias Wolf Hellman, her great great grandfather. She was astonished by what she saw: her relative had been business partners with many of the iconic men of the 19th century: Collis Huntington, Henry Huntington, Meyer Lehman, Levi Strauss, Harrison Gray Otis, and Edward Harriman.
Frances quickly decided that writing about Isaias Hellman’s life was far more interesting than writing about her own life. She quit her newspaper job and embarked on a decade-long journey to discover the details of Hellman’s amazing business career. Frances went through more than 50,000 pages of archival documents, including letters, receipts, copy books, court cases, and newspaper articles.


Best news of all for me? Remember the research I posted about my sister-in-law's family? You can find them here, here and here . Well....Isaias Hellman had a daughter Clara. Clara married Emanuel Heller. Emanuel is the brother of SIL's 2nd great grandfather!
This book is rich with California history with an insiders look at the San Francisco Jewish community which began in the 1850's.
Reviews of this book can be found at:

16 December 2008

Dear Genea-Santa.....



Dear Genea-Santa,

I've tried so hard to be good this year. I've been late with a few projects (like this one) but still managed to turn them in. Your elf Jasia said that we could have 3 wishes - 3 items from our ancestors.

First, I would wish for the original deed to the land that was owned by my 3rd great grandmother, Angeline Fulton Solomon. This land was located near Tescott, Ottawa County, Kansas.

Second, I would wish for the location of the tombstone of James Arthur Solomon, my 3rd great grandfather.

And for my last wish, I would like to have a photo of my 3rd great grandfather Daniel Derondo Delaney.

14 December 2008

The Next Best Thing

That new family tradition I was trying to start? Up on the rooftop click click Boom! (Thanks TK!)

Well, it just didn't work out. Besides, we were suppose to do this project as a family unit and the cowards bailed on me! And another thing, I do not have a camera. Well that's not true - I have a 110 Kodak Instamatic that still has a roll of film in it from 1972. And while I'm on a roll, I do not have a laptop or or a projector or one of those laser pointer things. Hell, I believe that I am the only human being on the planet that doesn't have a cell phone!

I am going to work on them for next year's decorating. In the meantime, I will share my picture book with you. I gathered all of these photos to glean ideas from for my own yard and roof.

Aren't they just the grooviest yards ever!



























































12 December 2008

Santa Baby, I'm Blog Caroling



Santa Baby,

Just slip a sable under the tree

For me

Been an awful good girl

Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa baby,

a '54 convertible too

Light blue

I'll wait up for you, dear

Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Think of all the fun I've missed

Think of all the fellas that I haven't kissed

Next year I could be just as good

If you'll check off my Christmas list

Santa Baby,

I want a yacht and really thats not

Alot

Been an angel all year

Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa honey,

one little thing I really need

The deed

To a platinum mine

Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Santa cutie,

and fill my stocking with a duplex

And cheques

Sign your 'x' on the line

Santa cutie, and hurry down the chimney tonight

Come and trim my Christmas tree

With some decorations bought at Tif-fa-ny

I really do believe in you

Lets see if you believe in me

Santa Baby,

forgot to mention one little thing

A ring

I don't mean on the phone

Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

Hurry down the chimney tonight

Written in 1953 by Joan Javits, "Santa Baby" was first sung by Eartha Kitt.

11 December 2008

Fa-La-La-La Blog Caroling Is Coming




The footnoteMaven's Christmas Tradition Of Blog Caroling is tomorrow, Friday, December 12th. Post your favorite Christmas song on your blog and then make a comment on her blog to let her know you are joining in the fun.

You can view last year's A Choir Of GeneAngels. She promises something new for this year. fM always throws a great party so don't be the only genea-blogger who misses out.

10 December 2008

Picture Puzzle


This happy family is my grandmother Maryellen Harris and her parents Hazel Bertha Berry Harris and Hillery T. Harris. My grandmother is the only child they ever had, but she told me that they had more fun together than a family of 10.

It appears from this photo they are having a great time being silly. The banjo Hillery is playing looks so small in his big hands. Speaking of hands, I'm not sure what Hazel is doing with hers, but she is laughing.

As for my grandmother - what is the paper or book in her hands? I have tried to blow this up but it is too fuzzy. Maybe Santa will bring me a good photo editing software program for Christmas.

In the meantime, here is some information on the three stooges above that may help us find out what Maryellen is holding.

The photo was taken about 1924-1926. The house is in Allen County, Kansas just outside the town of Elsmore. The little family of 3 were pretty well off financially. Hillery was a supervisor for the Kewanee Oil Company (no longer in business). Hazel did not work outside the home.

I'd love some help on this - anyone out there have a better photo program than I do? CSI where are you when I need you!

UPDATE: Jasia over at Creative Gene was kind enough to take a good look at this photo and says that Hazel has a harmonica in her hands and Maryellen is holding up a song book or sheet music of some sort. She wasn't able to make out the picture or title though. Well, wadda ya know, musicians in my family! Thank you Jasia for your help.

"...And The Stockings Were Hung By the Fire With Care"


The 8th Edition of Smile For The Camera will be hosted by the footnoteMaven. The theme for this edition is "Stocking Stuffers". I usually do not wait until the last day to submit my photo to this carnival, but I was having a hard time finding a suitable photo. With some divine intervention, I stumbled upon this cartoon.


So...I would like to place this cartoon into the stocking of my 2nd grade teacher - Sister Mary Anastasia. I am sure that Sister has passed on by now, she was as old as dirt when I attended Mary Immaculate Catholic School in Pacoima, California. I will never forget her. She had wooden rosary beads as big as my fist. She wore them around her waist, the end with the cross swinging like crazy as she barreled down the hallways chasing after one kid or another.


ps. For those who may be worried about my eternal salvation, just remember - I had divine intervention on this one so I feel confident that I won't go to hell for this one anyway.

09 December 2008

More About The Educated Genealogist

Boy oh boy. Thomas over at Destination: Austin Family sure has me pegged. The newest meme entitled "Forty Things About Me" asks you to name 3 people who you think will complete this meme (question #20). Thomas named Apple, Miriam and yours truly.

Well...it's very close to being a "Double-Dog Dare" and if you know me at all, I never walk away from one of those. So buckle up and let's take a ride!

Forty things about me :

1. Do you like blue cheese? Noooo!

2. Have you ever done something you regretted? Yes.

3. Do you own a gun? No.

4. What flavor of Kool Aid was your favorite? I still drink Kool Aid and I like the pink lemonade and the grape flavors.

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? No.

6. What do you think of hot dogs? I like them with chili and cheese.

7. Favorite Christmas movie? The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Coffee with 2 cream and 2 sugars.

9. Can you do push ups? I can do A push up.

10. Favorite hobby? Gardening and reading. Bet you thought I was going to say Genealogy didn't you! Well I do not consider it a hobby for me. It is a profession that I have worked hard to be good at. Well, it will be a profession once I have a paying client!

11. Do you have A.D.D.? No.

12. What's one trait you hate about yourself? I am too tight with the purse strings. My boys say that I squeak when I walk.

13. Middle name? Louise - Who wants to be Thelma?

14. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?

a) I absolutely have to finish my Pro Gen homework - I am 2 days late already.

b) I have to finish decorating the roof of my house.

c) When I got married to Mr. Right, I didn't know that his first name was Always.

15. Name 3 drinks you regularly have? Dr. Pepper, Kool Aid pink lemonade and every now and then a shot or two of Jose Cuervo.

16. Current hate right now? Selective Stupidity.

17. Favorite place to be? On the beach.

18. How did you bring in the New Year? Which one?

19. A place would you like to go? With Brenda to go camel riding. It is on my list of things to do before I turn 60.

20. Name three people who will complete this:
Julie Tarr , Wendy Littrell and Amy Coffin

21. Do you have slippers? I have 10 pairs of slippers. What? Well you certainly do not expect me to my wear pink bunny slippers with my lime green jammies!

22. What shirt are you wearing? Are we supposed to be fully clothed when completing this meme?

23. Do you like sleeping on satin? No, I slip right off the bed.

24. Can you whistle? No, but I am not giving up.

25. Would you be a pirate? Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Jose.

26. What songs do you sing in the shower? This week it is "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" which I alternate with "Love Shack"

27. Favorite girl's name(s)? Sophia

28. What's in your pocket right now? See question #22

29. Last thing that made you laugh? My cat (Piggy-cat) getting stuck in the Christmas Tree this morning.

30. Favorite bed sheets as a child? Now what kind of question is that to ask a child!

31. Worst injury ever? I broke the index finger on my right hand in 4 places. It is crooked to this very day.

32. Do you like where you live? Yes.

33. How many TVs do you have in your house? 4

34. Who is your loudest friend? Danelle

35. How many dogs do you have? Zero.

36. Does someone have a crush on you? I hope so!

37. What is your favorite book? Anything by Anne Rice or Stephen King

38. What is your favorite candy? Chocolate Malt Balls

39. Favorite Sports Team? None.

40. What song do you want played at your funeral? This is a tough question for me to answer right now. I promise to answer this one at a later time.

07 December 2008

Saturday Diversions on Monday

Last week I told you that my Saturday nights are fun and exciting so I would have to play any sanctioned genea-games on another night.

Well my Saturday nights are still fun and exciting but find that I am free today to play. This week there are 2 great games to play.

Lori at
Smokey Mountain Family Historian found a Christmas meme for us to reveal more about ourselves.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper until I run out, then gift bags.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Always real. They smell sooo good.

3. When do you put up the tree? The weekend after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down? The day after New Year's.

5. Do you like eggnog? No.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Barbie Dolls. They are still one of my favorite gifts.

7. Hardest person to buy for? My mother.

8. Easiest person to buy for? My sons.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes. But I only have 1/2 of the baby Jesus.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? I have not decided this year. In the past I have always mailed them.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? None.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? The Grinch who Stole Christmas.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I do a little all year long.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Pie!

16. Lights on the tree? Yes

17. Favorite Christmas song? We Three Kings and Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? This year travel.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? It depends on how much christmas cheer I have had that day.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? One on Christmas Eve, the rest in the morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Those who are Bah Humbug and don't let me enjoy the season.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? All of them.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Prime Rib.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? You'd laugh if I told you.


Now on to the next genea-game.



Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings is at it again. Fun and games at the genea-cave. This week it is a Treasure Hunt genea-blogger style. Here are the rules:

For each person listed below, provide the name of the spouse of the person and the genea-blogger to whom they are related.

Please post the answers on your blog (if you have one), or in the comments section of Randy's blog if you don't have a blog. That way it doesn't matter who was first, only that you played the game well.

A bonus question: Who in your ancestry has a very unique name? Tell us - amaze us with the creativity of your ancestors!



1) Emma Priscilla Libby - This comes from West In New England. Emma Priscilla Libby was born June 2, 1849 in Medford,Middlesex, Mass. She married Hugh Martin of Nova Scotia, Canada in November 1869, and they also lived with her parents, Varanus and Ann Smith Libby. Emma and Hugh Martin had one daughter, Elizabeth E. Martin, born about 1872 in Lowell.


2) Cerena Whipple - Can be found at
Apple's Tree. Married 1st to Isaac Davis; 2nd to William D Nichols; 3rd to Amos M Quinby or Quimby.


3) Elenor L. Vreeland - Belongs to Mariam at
AnceStories She was married to John Wallace Lewis.


4) Abbie Ardell Smith - belongs to the host of our hunt, Randy at
Genea-Musings. Abbie was married to Henry Austin Carringer.


5) Daniel Derondo Delaney - Why this is my 3rd great grandfather! He is married to Ellen Collins and you can read all about him
here and over at my companion blog - The Educated Graveyard Rabbit.


6) Ophelia Elizabeth Nix - I recognized this name right away as belonging to Terry Thornton at
Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi. Ophelia is married to William Alfred Hollingsworth.

Well that was such great fun. I can't wait to see what he comes up with for next week!



05 December 2008

On Superheros and Clever Mr. Tucker

Mark Tucker over at ThinkGenealogy has an interesting proposition for all Super Heros and Genealogists. He asks, "If Superman were a genealogist instead of a super hero what would he stand for?"

Mark challenges us to give 3 reasons why we do genealogy. Each reason must begin the sentence with “As a genealogy super hero, I lead a never-ending battle…”

Here is my response I gave to his challenge.

As a Genealogy Superhero, I lead a never-ending battle to:

1. Turn county clerks everywhere away from the dark side

2. Save genealogists everywhere from the evil metermaids lurking outside every repository in the nation waiting to ruin a great research day with a parking ticket

3. Change public opinion that genealogists are not geeky nerds - we can Happy Dance anyone under the table!

Take a few minutes to visit Mark's blog and add your own response to his challenge

Genea-Santa and The 3 Wishes


The 62nd Edition Carnival of Genealogy is one that just shouldn't be missed.

This is your chance to write a letter to Genea-Santa.

Make a list of 3 gifts you would like to receive this holiday season from 3 of your ancestors. These have to be material things, not clues to your family history (we're talking gifts here, not miracles!).

Do you wish your great grandmother had gifted you a cameo broach? Or maybe you'd like to have the family bible from great great grandpa Joe? How about a baby doll that once belonged to your dear Aunt Sarah?

This is a fantasy so you can dream up gift items. They don't have to be actual items that you know your ancestors owned. However, they do have to be historically accurate to the time period in which your ancestor lived. Do your research. No asking for a new computer from your great grand aunt! Genea-Santa wouldn't like that ;-)


The Deadline For Submissions Is December 15, 2008


Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any articles you plan to submit and/or write a brief description/introduction to your articles in the "comment" box of the blog carnival submission form. This will give readers an idea of what you've written about and hopefully interest them in clicking on your link. Introductions for your articles will not be provided for you due to the volume of articles submitted. Thank you! Also, check out Jasia's post "FAQs About The Carnival of Genealogy," for all you need to know about submitting a post. First-timers always welcome and greatly appreciated! Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using the carnival submission form.