Tuesday, March 6, 2012

...And looking for the Wilkins girls....


Meet Grace (older child on right) and her sister, Alice Wilkins.  According to the cabinet card, Grace was born in 1878 and Alice was born in 1880.  

I did a search of census records found a potential match in the 1891 England Census, but the dates are a bit funky...in this Census record Alice was born 5 years later then the info on the photo states and Grace was born in 1881, not 1878, in  Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.

Anyone want to find more info?  Up for the challange?




Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

...And starting over

So it was a stark realization that I hadn't made a post on this blog since April 24th, which is over 8 months ago...real life snuck up and took all of my focus.

But real life makes Momma kinda cranky without a productive outlet, so I'm starting over.

Here are my New Years resolution:


  • Have one meaningful post no less then twice a week.  
  • Index at least 750 records with Family Search every week to two weeks.
  • Discover a new fact or record about an existing member on my Tree and upload it to my WikiTree.
So that's it...I'm trying to keep it simple....I was given the opportunity to be a blogger of Honor at the last Family History Expo, and then I lost the focus...My goal is to get it back.

Wanna join me?


Sunday, April 24, 2011

...and adding my $.02 to Making Money by way of the Gene Pool

Thomas MacEntee has sure stirred up a hornet's nest this week with his series Genea-Opportunities (Let's make lots of money).  And I gotta take my hat off and say "GREAT JOB, THOMAS!!!!" 

I will be the first to admit that I  am regrettably a part time genea-blogger and while I actually am blessed to have a "real day" job that I enjoy going to 5 days a week, I'd rather be making enough money doing what brings me the most satisfaction doing, which is anything genealogy related.  I love taking pictures for Find a Grave, I love helping with indexing for two different organizations, I love finding old pictures and documents, and then trying to research the people in the pictures and documents, I like finding a new family line in my gene pool.  But the reality of MY life is that there just isn't enough time in a day for me to work a 40 hour work week, to bear part of the responsibility of supporting a nine person household, and to do all that I love doing from a genealogical perspective at the level that I'd love to do it.  Something has to give, and most often it is my genealogy. 

I enjoyed reading the entire five day series that Thomas did, but I really had to read his final entry a few times.  As always I was impressed with his astute observations about the aforementioned hornet's net.  I made me realize that there is so much about this community that I still do not know or am not familiar with.  By those who chose to label, I am not a genealogist...I'm a family historian.  Well okay, I actually do not have a problem with that label.  Except that is not all that I am.  I am also a photo collector and a researcher.  I do more work on other projects then I do on my one tree.  And I have more then one tree...I have one for myself and my two girls...then I am working on one for myself and my son (different father and family history then my daughters), and then THAT line has another blood line that my ex didn't grow up with....then there is the one for my youngest daughter that I have no blood relation too. 

The Mind just boggles at the thoughts. 

So it occurs to me...that I am unlabel-el...unable to be labeled.  Yeah that's it.  I defy labels.  Mwahhhhaa.

Thomas, I want to thank you for having the courage to talk about the one of the big Three things you don't talk about.  This was an OUTSTANDING!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

...remembering TV (52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History)

Mine was the generation of "latch-key" kids who grew up in front of the TV, learning to read with Big Bird and Kermit the Frog, and dancing with Morgan Freeman and Rita Moreno on the Electric Company... I grew up watching CHiPS; Starsky and Hutch, Star Trek, BattleStar Galactica, and of course Happy Days, and Buck Rogers.

I could go on for hours and talk about all the TV I grew up watching.  I mean seriously, I am known at work as being the pop culture queen for the late 70's and 80's.  If it was on TV or on the radio, I probably about it or heard about it.  However there is one TV show that stands out the most for me was a relatively local show.

Growing up in Southern California, one of the most known television  stations was KTLA, which was broadcast to most of Southern California.  In the 70's, Sunday Mornings meant The Popeye show. The Popeye show was hosted by Tom Hatten and I LOVED THAT SHOW.










I watched it every week.  What I loved most was the character of Wimpy ("I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today") and the fact that Tom would take letters from fans that contained a squiggle, a doodle of some kind and create a carton character  out of it.  Three hours of Popeye extolling the virtues of Spinach and saying "I yam what I yam."

KTLA had another gem that marked my childhood.  Every major city has their own commercial icon.  On KTLA it was "CAAAAL Worthington and his dog spot."  The commercials were parodies, and the dog Spot, was never actually a dog.  Most often it was tiger or an elephant, although I believe, Spot was even a seal.  What was funny, (or at least it is amusing to me) was my childhood interpretation of the lyrics of the Cal Worthington jingle.  The jingle was sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and you know it"  and went, "If you want a car or truck, go see Cal, if you want to save a buck, go see Cal," with the "go see Cal" refrain repeated at least 15 times.  With the outstanding lyric interpretation that only a 3 year old child can have, I always thought that the jingle went "If you want a car or truck, pussycow, if you want to save a buck, pussycow."  What the heck a Pussycow was I have never figured out, I guess I just thought it was a nonsense word.  In fact it was not until I went online a few months ago to show my kids old videos of the commercial that I realized that Pussycow was "go see Cal."

What can I say, I was three.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

...and sharing some orphan photos

I often come across photo's at the antique fairs that I visit.  I try to rescue as many as I can but I have a preference for those that are labeled with a name or a date...because I like to do research...but occasionally I come across those that just speak with me even without the labels.

This one is just one that belongs in the AWWWWW category.








My eight year old daughter scanned this photo and said that this lady looked "creepy,"  I told her that this 76 year old woman just had a face only a genealogist could love.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

..and wooping it up at the Arizona Family History Expo, Part 2

I started my initial review of the Arizona Family History Expo, that occurred last weekend in Mesa Arizona, two days ago and realized that all wouldn't fit in one blog post. I just had too much fun....


So after the Keynote address with Lisa Louise Cook, my daughter and I went to set up with the other Bloggers in the Exhibition Hall, in the area aptly referred to as "the BlogHouse." We arrived other then the other Bloggers of Honor, so we commandeered another nearby table, which I referred to as the auxiliary "Bloghouse." I have to admit I was having issues with my laptop, so it took me longer to log in. I needn't have worried. My fellow Bloggers of Honor were having issues logging into the Mesa WiFi system. After a few minutes and a timely rescue by Grant, the Wonder tech, we were all blogging and twitting.

And then I saw it. I saw the FlipPalbooth!!!! In my defense, I actually considered being a good girl and waiting until my tax refund came in at the end of the month before ordering the Flip Pal online. That consideration lasted all of about 30 seconds before I abandoned my poor daughter to race over to the Flip Pal booth and bought my new Genealogy "BLING." Five minutes later, and $170 poorer, I was giggling like a school girl.

Thankfully, while I was off spending money, Mary Bowden, from Me and My ancestors came over and sat down with my daughter and ohhh'd and ahhh'd over my new toy. If you have the opportunity to visit Mary's Blog, please do so. She's a warm, intelligent, personable person and she has a fantastic blog. She also has (much to my camera shy Daughter's chagrin and my amusement) a picture of me and my daughter in the background during the Expo. Fantastic!!!!! Thanks Mary! You are awesome!

Monday, January 24, 2011

...visiting Tombstone Tuesday, William Dewey and Dariel Hadsell.


William Dewey "Bill" Hadsell,Sr. (My Dad's Paternal Grandfather)
Birth: Nov. 21, 1898 Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 3, 1989 Santa Maria, California, USA

Dariel Antonia Orella Hadsell
Birth: Mar. 10, 1900 Santa Barbara County California, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1961 Santa Barbara County California, USA

Sunday, January 23, 2011

..and wooping it up at the Arizona Family History Expo, Part 1

So for those of you not playing the home game...and who haven't been laughing at me when I act like a goofball for the past three months....this weekend was the Family History Expo in Mesa, Arizona. This was the second year that I was able to go, and the first year I was invited to be a Blogger of Honor.

If you have even a minor interest in researching your family history or wanting to indulge in a genealogical obsession AND you are presented with a chance to attend any of the Family History Expos, go. Seriously, just go. You won't regret it. You will meet a variety of Genea-folk out there from the beginners with a passing interest to die-hards who have been to every event in the past several years.

This year I took my 23 year old daughter to the Expo, as my hubby was not able to make the trip. We rented a car on Thursday and woke up at 4 am to drive up from Tucson to Mesa. We arrived in time to listen to the Keynote address by Lisa Cooke...really enjoyed the address. I stayed behind a bit to introduce myself to Holly Hanson....

From there it was time to make my way to the Exhibition hall to the "Bloghouse"...but more on that tomorrow. Stay tuned for another post on my experience at the Family History Expo!!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

....and starting the New Year on a high note

I am having a great year, even it's only two days into the new year. I got promoted at my "Day" job, I got up this morning and spent the morning with the hubby going to the antique fair...then took a long nap. My 40th birthday is on the 12th, and I'm going to MEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSAAAA on the 20th and 21st!!!!

Can you tell I'm excited? AND...and..and...

Amy over at We Tree has yet another 52 week series of Blog Prompts called 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History hosted by Thomas over at Geneabloggers.com.

Amy, if I haven't told you lately, you are a genea-goddess! I will post each week...that is my goal for the year.

Happy New Year folks!!!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

..Win tickets to the Family History Expo in MESA!!!


Do you want to go to the Arizona Family History Expo January 21-22, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona (value $150 total)?

If so, leave me a comment letting me know why you want to go. All comments should be left by Midnight January 1st. At out of the comments left I will draw the name on January 2nd.

I can tell you that one of the most exciting things that occurred in my genea-life was going to the Expo last year and meeting other Genea-bloggers!

To learn more about the Arizona Family History Expo on January 21-22, 2011, go to www.fhexpos.com or call 801-829-3295. Early Registration is $65, and Door Registration is $75. You can also choose to register for one day ($40) or you can just attend a few classes ($12/class).

Sunday, November 28, 2010

..and pondering humor and politics


 The following was sent to me from a family member via email.  I don't know where or from whom it originated.  I'm posting it because it's loosely genealogy related and funny.


No matter what side of the AISLE you're on, THIS is FUNNY and very telling! 
It just all depends on how you look at some things..


Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California , was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Congressman Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows  in Montana territory: 


On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.'

So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.


Harry Reid:
 


Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:
 

"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory . His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."


Now THAT's how it's done, Folks! 
 
That's real POLITICAL SPIN




Monday, September 20, 2010

...and visiting the Tombstone of Orrin on a Tuesday.


Orrin Juel Ellefson
1915-1992
Grandview Memorial Cemetary
Rochester, MN

(Also known as Keith's Paternal Grandfather, my grandfather in law)



...and meeting the Hohenstein's, Part 2

Thankfully, I Lucked into a day off of the day job today and decided to devote the day to genea-stuff. I spent 3 hours indexing the 1930 census at Family Search.  I've got some more posts pre-done and decided to create my own little blogging prompt.  Woot for me! 

So without further ado, here is the start of Monday Meet....and it's only appropriate that I begin with part two of "..and meeting the Hohenstein's" 


[Part One of the Hohenstein's series, inspired by Amy over at We Tree, can be found here.]


 Edwin's mother did a fantastic job preserving his grade school report cards. The one above is from third grade.


 Take a look at Edwin's class picture from grade school.  Edwin is second from the right on the top row.  Everyone is so serious.  Wow.





Edwin's Graduation Card


Edwin's Senior picture.  Edwin is dead center in the middle row.


Here's a copy of the future Mrs. Hohenstien's high school admission certificate. 

I hope you are enjoying meeting the Hohenstien's.  Jennie was a very thorough scrapbooker and this book is a perfect capture of the life they had together.

Monday, September 6, 2010

...and meeting the Hohenstein's, Part 1.

Back in April I introduced you to Jeannie (Dewey) Hohenstein.  I had obtained a copy of her wedding memory book and her eighth grade graduation certificate at a flea market in South Tucson.  Last week, I went back to the same flea market and stumbled across this scrapbook (I stand corrected, Keith actually found it.  I was too busy eating an awesome chicken Quesadilla at Sergio's little food stand).  Always on the look out for new genealogical/historical projects, I looked at this and realized that this belonged to Jeannie.  It contains report cards from Jeannie's husband, Erwin Hohnstien school days, as well as school pictures, news paper clippings of their married life together, and information from their children. 

I believe that one of the primary reason I created Wading in the Gene Pool was to explore my own genealogical research but also to provide an online resource for others family lines.  Maybe there are non Arizona Hohenstien's out there trying to research their family history and they stumble by the pool and learn about their family.  Who knows?


Taking inspiration (as I often do) from Amy over at We Tree, I decided to post pictures from each page of the scrapbook a few at a time, until I have completed the scrapbook.

So without further ado, Ladies and Gentleman, may I please introduce Jeannie and Erwin Hohenstien....

Below is the front of the scrapbook



 On the inside cover of the scrapbook there is a notation from Jeannie Hohenstein:
"This Scrapbook was put together in spring of 1983 by Jeannie Hohenstein from clippings and school stuff we both had saved all our 69 years-- with (ed: possibly "help from our parents") mostly Erwin, but we were married on November 25, 1937. This is to be kept in case some parts are needed later--in Tiffany and Holly's lifetime.  Also the obituary's and clippings of interest and celebrations.  I'll continue to on through 83 and to 84 and etc.  This is Book #1 in case I make some more later if I run out of pages and God lets me stay active and alive.  I am Joyce's mother--Tiffany and Holly grandma."


The first page of the scrapbook contains three Valentine's Day cards from Erwin as well as a hand colored Santa Claus.




That's it for now.  Page 2-5 to follow soon.




Monday, July 26, 2010

...and searching for VonAchen's in Santa Maria

After having paid tribute to my Nana G I decided that since I remember her passing I should probably had a photo of her tombstone in my collection of family photos.  Find a Grave to the rescue!!!!

Please say hello to Nana G and my great grandfather "Denny" (Vonachen/Grumbles)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

...and Wishing all a Happy Fourth!

I haven't posted since Mother's day and I feel horrid about it.  It's difficult to maintain a blog, work on family history, raise 6 children and work full time.  Oh and get sleep.  Sleep is good.

Since my last post, I have gone to the monthly antique fair several times and collected pictures that will eventually make their way to my scanner and most likely be post here at the pool. 

I have also made the decision to change software for my history.  I have used FTM for so long, and I think it's making me stagnant.  I am leaning towards Legacy but I'm still undecided..

I have also taken a few pictures for Find a Grave that I am happy about.  I plan on going to SouthLawn tomorrow for more pictures.  I am a little depressed that the request that I submitted for Keith's stepfather hasn't been claimed yet though (Macon County Memorial Park, Illinois). 

That's it for now, I will be posting pictures this week for Tombstone Tuesday!!!

Happy Forth of July!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

...and paying homage to the Mother's before me

Lena Behymer (b. 1869)





Lulu Crystal Harris (Daughter of Lena Behymer and William Shoup)



Mardell Pearl (Percy) Percell (on the right) and Dorothy Mae Wheeler (on the left)
Dorothy Mae is my Paternal grandmother and Percy was my Great Grandmother.  (Also the daughter of LuLu)

Monday, May 3, 2010

...and considering the double edged sword

So it occurred to me yesterday that while Genealogy is my passion, my hobby is collecting old photographs.  I prefer anything older then 1950 but I'm a sucker for anything that tells a story.

Which brings me to a self imposed dilemma.  I collect the old pictures because I want to scan them and post them to the blog and maybe, a descendant of one of the subjects will find it and have a copy in their connection.  I live in Southern Arizona with no family history here...All of my ancestors are from Southern California, or Illinois or Kansas basically.  All of my research has been done online.  It is very important to me that I provide the documents that I have online because I can't be the only internet genealogist in the world.

So I have my hobby, and I'd like to think that my reasons for purchasing the pictures are noble.  But then again I have a fundemental issue with people who sell family pictures for profits.  There has always got to be some familhy member willing to take the family photo album.  There have been family feuds over who gets what pictures of Great Aunt Camillia with her pet Shepard Butch..how could somone just sell a piece of family heritage?

Am I a hypocrite?  I mean, I'm providing the market for someone to sell a piece of their family heritage, right?  I don't think so...I think it boils down to perserving a legacy.

Which brings me to my next post tomorrow.  I met a wonderfully articulate gentleman at the antique fair yesterday.  I'll tell you more about him tomorrow.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

...and meeting Jennie Dewey (Circa 1928-19370)

I went to the flea Market today and found some interesting documents for one Ms. Jennie Dewey, who graduated from 8th grade in 1928, from Custer County (Nebraska) Public School district 278.




















Nine years later, Ms. Dewey became Mrs. Erwin Hohenstein in a ceremony at her Groom's parents home.

This was documented in her bridal book:






















Sunday, April 18, 2010

...and am Ancestor Approved!



I was blessed enough last week to be awarded the Ancestor Approved  Award by Linda over at Documenting the Details (Thanks Linda!!!!!).  As part of the award, I have to write down 10 things about my ancestors that  I have learned/been amazed by/or just flat been blown away by.  I then will pass the award to ten other genea-bloggers that are also deserving of this honor.




  1. The first thing I learned that I was Castillian Spanish.   For me that was just amazing.  It is what started me on my genealogical journey as an adult. Discovering my Orella Line.  I have many thanks to share with my fellow Orellas, especially Michael and Elizabeth.
  2. I learned that an oral history is vital to encouraging the next generation to retain the family history.
  3. I learned that Twins really do run in my family.  I had thought that my girls were fluke twin babies until I researched my Grumbles line and realized that my Great Great Grandmother Amanda had two sisters that were twins.  
  4. My Hadsell ancestors have their own island in Norway!
  5. I learned that Kansas has a whole lot of different counties!  And I have Barefields, Hadsells, and Shoups.
  6. I realized that my Grandpa Hadsell was the key to my interest in family history and picture taking.  The Orella's were the key I needed as an adult but Grandpa Hadsell was the spark from my childhood.
  7. I learned that the women in my family were all spirited and rebellious.  And here I thought it was just me.
  8. I learned that I am much like my Nana Percy.  I remember being in awe of the woman who could keep my dad's friends and himself in check when she was under 5 foot tall, and they were affectionately known as the Wrecking crew.  Now, I'm just proud to know that she lives on in myself and my daughters.
  9. I have learned that there are a whole lotta Ellefson's in Minnesota and Wisconson.  My Hubby is cousin, son, or brother to just about all of them.  I still am working on connecting those dots.
  10. I am learning that my Grandma Dorothy was a helluva lot more complex then I ever thought.

Here are the folks that have Genea-blogs that I read, that inspire me, that keep me honest and keep me sane when I can't post or if I just need a different perspective.  Some of these have already received an award, but I feel that they deserve a second...

  1. Amy at We Tree
  2. Thomas at GeneaBloggers
  3. John at Anglo-Celtic Connections
  4. Randy at Genea-Musings
  5. Elyse at Elyse's Genealogy Blog
  6. Mary at Mary's Musings
  7. Liz at The Ancestral Archaeoligist
  8. Kelly at Family History Fun
  9. Jennifer at Climbing my Family Tree
  10. Katie at The Gene Cleaner


    Monday, April 12, 2010

    ...and running way behind on so many things

    Real Life is killing my already shabby time management skills.  I will be posting double (or trying to) this week to make up for the fact that I have completely NOT posted in over a week.

    Here are some things you can look forward to seeing from me this week, in addition to any of my normal genea-prompts:
    • The official acceptance of a special award that I received last week that I have failed to post on due to real life getting in the way.  
    • Some Scanned photos that I recently purchased at an antique fair.  Maybe they belong to someone you know.  I will also include some links that I have found for dating older pictures (with the help of my 7 year old budding Genealogist.)
    • Some thoughts on recording family history that isn't always so favorable.  (This is of particular interest to me, since my partner is a collector of WWII German militaria. )
    • Some Ideas that I have on developing a love of genealogy in my children
    • Updates on my Carson project (I am going to send the photo album that started this project to Knowleton Carson's living daughter.)
    • The first (of many, I hope) letter to my children and grandchildren regarding the importance of recording family history and maintaining an oral history.
    • Scanned images of a School "autograph" book belonging to Lucielle O'Coin dated 1935.  This contains names and address of the students who signed the book and how they knew the owner of the book.  Very cool.
    • A Tribute booklet produced by Moore Mortuary in Denver Colorado, for a John M Wells from 1952.
    That's the ideas that I can remember I have had for upcoming posts.  I have managed to go from no ideas to many ideas...Now all I have to do is find the time to write the darn things!!!


    Let me know if you have any thoughts on these, I may include them in my posts...I plan on starting this list no later then Wednesday

    Friday, April 2, 2010

    ..and Friday Following Documenting the Details.

    Inspiration comes in all forms.  For fellow Geneabloggers, it can be someone who share the same research path you do, walks the same roads, visits the same cemeteries looking for ancestors.  It could be someone who uses the same database program that you do.  

    This week, the Gene Pool is find inspiration in Linda McCauley's Blog "Documenting the Details."  Linda is a veritable font of ideas on documentation and details (hence the name of the blog.)  I was following her blog sporadically prior to the 2010 Winter Geneabloggers Games.  She posted consistently during the games and astounded me with the thoroughness of her posts.  

    I enjoy reading her regular weekend posts namely her "This Week in Family History."

    Please take the time to visit Linda's blog.

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    ...and having a Wordless Wednesday with the Grandparents


    This is a Wedding picture with my grandfather Harley James Hadsell and Dorothy Mae Wheeler taken March 18, 1948.  Harley died in August 1951.

    Monday, March 29, 2010

    ..and having a Tombstone Tuesday with Clarence Purcell


    Clarence Albert Purcell, Father of Mardell Pearl Percell (Aka Nana Percy)

    ...and fighting Monday Madness

    I had intended to express my frustation at not being able to locate my Great-Great Grandfather Clarence Albert Purcell on the 1880 Census, or anything else...Or the fact that I can't connect Henry Shoup to Jacob Shoup...

    It didn't dawn on me that until I was beating my head against a wall adding information from a census record that I was positive I had already added, that I had Clarence Purcell listed Not once, Not Twice but THREE times.  And I had family attached to all three instances.

    Oy vey.  My solution was of course to merge duplicate people in the program (FTM) but then the duplicates that were being pulled up by the program, while valid duplicates that needed to be merged, were not Clarence Purcell.

    Needless to say, I spent the next hour getting rid of the duplicates, which entailed making myself as the home person in the file and then deleting any duplicates that indicated "no direct relationship to" myself.

    So for this week, the family nut case (C'est Moi)..is me.

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    ..and having a Wordless Wednesday with the Family Shoup


    My great great Grandma LuLu  (mother to my Nana Percy) is in the middle of the back row...  (photo courtesy of my cousin Jerry Olivera)