28 February 2009
This is not good news for researchers who frequent the either of the California State Libraries, the Sutro in San Francisco or the State Library in Sacramento.
The Guvenator says this will remain in effect from 1 February 2009 to 30 June 2010.
The 11th Edition of Smile For The Camera is all about Brothers & Sisters. Were they battling brothers, shy little sisters, or was it brother & sister against the world? Our ancestors often had only their siblings for company. We are asked to show those photographs which we feel best describe a sibling relationship.
The photo above was taken about 1919 in Altoona, Wilson County, Kansas. The boy on the left is my grandfather Darrell and the boy on the right his brother Paul. Take a look at those tricycles wheels - no rubber tires. Darrell is about 2 1/2 years old and Paul about 4 1/2 years old when this photo was snapped.
The photo above is circa 1923 in Altoona, Wilson County, Kansas. Again, my grandfather Darrell on the left and his brother Paul on the right. Darrell is about 6 years old and Paul 8 years old when this was taken.
It is the photos below that are my most favorite of all. Darrell married my grandmother - MaryEllen Harris - in 1935. Paul married his wife Irene Ayers in 1935. They each had their first child the following year. A girl for Darrell and Maryellen and a boy for Paul and Irene.
27 February 2009
Craig's meme instructions are quite simple:
"List the surnames you are researching and the general localities. Then tell the names of your “Most Wanted Ancestors,” that is, the ones you most want to find behind that brickwall."
The first list I have is the surnames of my family. I am going to list them a little differently, listing them by geographic area first then the surname.
LINCOLN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
SURRY & YADKIN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA
DES MOINES COUNTY, IOWA
ELLIS COUNTY, KANSAS
SOUTHEAST KANSAS - BOURBON, ALLEN, ELK, WILSON, ANDERSON & NEOSHO COUNTIES
The other list I want to present is my SIL's that I am researching:
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
OK, I showed you mine......Let's see yours!
Stefani Evans, CG writes a genealogy column for The Las Vegas Sun. Her latest article is all about the ProGen group . You can read the article here . She does a fantastic job of explaining all about us. It puts such a positive light on genealogy and reinforces the importance of a genealogical education.
23 February 2009
My paternal 2nd great grandmother is Mary Elizabeth Hobrock Borgstadter. She was born 26 December 1861 in Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois to Henry Hobrock and Mary Thron. She was the second of 14 children.
Henry Hobrock (age 63) and Mary Thron Hobrock (age 68) c. 1900
In the March 2009 issue of the Stanislaus Researcher, editor Susan Parks has written an article about how we can continue with our ongoing genealogical education by reading genealogy blogs. The article puts five genea-bloggers in the spotlight: ThinkGenealogy by Mark Tucker, DearMyrtle's genealogy blog, Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, Gene-Musings by Randy Seaver and yours truly The Educated Genealogist.
The Researcher is the newsletter of the Stanislaus County Genealogical Society in Modesto, California. You can read the latest issue of The Researcher here .
Could it be that blogging is finally finding it's way into the hearts of the genealogy community? Many thanks to Susan Parks for the recognition.
18 February 2009
Olive's Granddaughter who is the author of a new-to-me geneablog called Grandma's Stitches has awarded The Educated Genealogist with the Kreativ Blogger Award. Olive's Granddaughter says that I will motivate and energize all who read my blog. Well I will try to live up to that claim. Maybe now I'll get more of you dancing in the frozen food section at your local grocery store. Ah come on...I'll bet every time you put those tater tots, cool whip and ice cream into your shopping cart you think of me!
I'm in one of those whacky goofy moods today, however I am obligated to now pass this award on to 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
footnoteMaven - She is Kreativity with alot of Klass!
What's Past is Prologue - Being friends with Donna helps me earn those "Get Out Of Hell Free" cards.
ThinkGenealogy - Clever Mr. Tucker is one smart cookie.
Desktop Genealogist Unplugged - Terry is an inspiration, the world is a better place because of her. No longer am I a closet crankypants, she opened the "Vat of Crabbiness" for all to wallow in!
Genea-Musings - footnoteMaven did such a great job turning Randy into Genea-Santa I wonder ...hey fM ! Can you turn him into the Easter Genie?
Creative Gene - Jasia this award has your name all over it.
Destination: Austin Family - After seeing Thomas dressed as a leprechaun it must be true that he is "magically delicious"!
10 February 2009
1. What was your school's full name, where was it, and what year did you graduate?
I attended 3 different high schools:
1. Freshman year - Oliver Wendall Holmes High School, San Antonio, Texas
2. Sophmore, Junior and 1/2 Senior year - California High School, San Ramon, California
3. 1/2 Senior year - Bullard High School, Fresno, California , 1976
2. What was the school team nickname, and what are/were your school's colors?
1. Huskies , green and gold
2. Grizzlies, orange and black
3. Knights, blue and silver
3. What was the name of your school song, and can you still sing it? I was a cheerleader not a song girl. It was enough that I remembered the cheers.
4. Did you have a car? How did you get to and from school?
Oh yes, I had a Fiat Spider. It was canary yellow with a black ragtop convertible. I got a loan from the credit union where I was working. I looked so cool in that car. My brothers warned me not to buy it, that it was a piece of crap, but I didn't listen. Six months later it died.
5. Did you date someone from your high school? Or marry someone from your high school? Were you considered a flirt?
Yes, No, Maybe
6. What social group were you in?
I wasn't a nerd or a geek, I was a freak. I was a blonde cheerleader who got straight A's, loved to read and loved history and civics classes.
7. Who was/were your favorite teachers?
My history teacher - Mr. Turnipseed.
8. What did you do on Friday nights?
I was a cheerleader so football games in the fall and basketball games in the spring.
9. Did you go to and have fun at the Senior Prom? Yes.
10. Have you been to reunions, and are you planning on going to the next reunion? No and Maybe.
09 February 2009
Darrell K. Skillman, Mary D. Skillman, Maryellen Harris Skillman
Garnett, Anderson County, Kansas 1937
There they were, just a walking down the street, my grandparents and my mother. What a handsome devil my grandfather is. And my grandmother , well that dress is so...so..so "Lucy Ricardo-ish" don't you think? Actually their clothing is very typical for the time.
How this photo came into being was also very typical in small towns in Kansas. The economy at the time prevented many people from coming into photography studios to have formal portraits taken. So many photographers took to the streets with their cameras. They would take photos of people and give them their business card. When the card was presented at the studio a week later, it could be purchased for a modest price. This was called sidewalk or street photography.
In larger urban places like New York City, where there was an abundance of tourists, this was a profitable business. As you can well imagine, it was also a breeding ground for scam artists. In 1944 there was a huge problem with sidewalk photographers swindling U. S. servicemen who were on furlough in New York City.
07 February 2009
04 February 2009
02 February 2009
Glad to see you found your way back. On with the story.....
SIL's ancestors came to San Francisco around 1857. They are all German Jews from Bavaria -Heller, Walter, Bachman, Sachs, Neuman, Ehrman, Fleishman, Dinkelspiel, Shainwald, Fleischhacker, Sinsheimer, Hellman, Strauss....Well you get the idea. SIL's collateral lines can be found in New York City ( Blun, Eising, Straus, Rothschild, Seligman, etc.) and Portland, Oregon (Meier, Frank, Ehrman and Hirsch).
Countless passport applications, census records, city directories, newspapers and social registers were used to record the addresses of her family from 1857 to 1930. These are both business and residential addresses all located in San Francisco.
After I finished plotting over 60 different addresses, I sat back and looked at the map. What a story it tells.
The red stars are where SIL's immediate families of ancestors lived and the blue stars are the residences of the more distantly related lines.
Cropped from the map above, this area shows where the families first built their homes and businesses. The time period covers from about 1857 to 1885.
Around 1885, they left their businesses in the same place, but moved their residences west. You can clearly see the group moved almost as one to an area now known as Pacific Heights.
My original thought was for SIL and I to spend a day in the city taking a walking tour of the addresses. I realize that things have changed and probably none of the homes are still standing, but the idea was to get a feel for things, a sense of place.
Through my research I found that in the early years in San Francisco, the most economically successful Jewish families formed their own exclusive circle, comprised of interrelated clans linked by blood, marriage, and business.
In her book, "Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California", Frances Dinkelspiel discusses the "Reckendorf Aristocracy."
Stephen Birmingham writes - "They have referred to themselves as "The One Hundred"... They have been called the "Jewish Grand Dukes". But most often they have simply called themselves "Our Crowd."
In an historical essay by Kate Shvetsky entitled "The Gilded Circle", members had a strict code of behavior: 1. Make money 2. Marry one's own kind (German Jewish) 3. Belong to Reform Temple Emanu-El or to no other congregation 4. Acquire tastes of people of rank.
I was hooked on SIL's family from the time I realized how much a part of the history of San Francisco they were. Learning that they were also part of the social elite now has got me hooked, line and sinker!