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)

    Tuesday, March 9, 2010

    ...and having a Tombstoning on Tuesday with Katie Bell

    Katie Bell Grumbles Mackie was born 07 Mar 1892, in San Saba County, Texas.  She was the 9th child (of 14) born to Charles Edward Grumbles and Tommie Harrison.

    (Photo courtesy of my newly found cousin Katie Towerton)

    Sunday, March 7, 2010

    ...and paying tribute to "Nana G or Fred"

    My great Grandmother's full given name is Gladys Iva Roberts.  I grew up calling her Nana G.  My mother called her Fred.  I'm not sure why, and I don't think I ever got an answer from my mother as to why she referred to Nana as Fred, she just did.

    I was the first great grandchild of my generation...that may have been why I felt closer with my great grandparents comparatively speaking then with my grandparents.  I must have been particularly spoiled and/or doted on...this is the only picture I have of my Nana G, with me at 4 years old, who passed away in 1983:

    One of the things I remember about Nana G, was that she was a 7th day Adventist...and every Saturday she met with her "Dorcas" church group.  I remember often hearing her talk about the other ladies, and I remember visiting the group at the church...often mending donated clothes.  Nana G used that opportunity to teach me how to hand sew.  Nothing spectacular just a simple little line stitch, just enough for me to make a small 3 by 3 square "quilt block."

    Nana G was really sick, with cancer when she passed.  My mother and I had flown back to Santa Maria to spend some time with her while she was in the hospital.  Mom decided after a week to have me fly back alone and she stayed for another week.  Nana stayed with us the entire time of my visit.  I flew back home and my mom called me that night at home and said that Nana had passed away while I was in flight.  I have always chosen to believe that she waited until I left to say goodbye. 

    I was 12 then, I'm 39 now.  I miss Mom's Fred.  I wish I had more pictures of her.  But as luck would have it, I have managed to reconnect with a cousin, who has pictures of both my Nana G and her brother Roby...I look forward to sharing those images of such an astounding woman.

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010

    ...and having a Tombstoning on Tuesday's...

    When I am taking pictures Southlawn in Tucson, I am always interested in interesting tombstones.  This one spoke to me for some reason.

    Friday, February 26, 2010

    ...and notating one more day's progress

    One more day to go...I'm pretty happy with my results, considering I didn't have the time I wanted due to being sick last week; however, I'm still pleased.

    Expand your knowledge:

    Task A: Use Google Maps to map out an ancestral location.  Create a map that you can then embed into a blog post.  To learn more see Google Maps and Carnival Posts at Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers.   

            Completed on February 20, 2010


    Task C: Create a memorial page for an ancestor using either Footnote’s Create A Page feature or their Facebook application I Remember.

             Completed February 26, 2010

    Task D: Visit tutorial and learning pages of popular websites such as Ancestry.com or FamilySearch’s excellent articles repository.

            Completed on February 19, 2010

    Task E: Create a surname visualization using Wordle, Word It Out or a similar application.  Post the graphic to your blog.

            Completed on February 15, 2010

    Qualifications for “Expand Your Knowledge”:

    •    Complete any four tasks – Diamond Medal   


    Write Write Write:

    Task A: Write a summary of what your blog is about and post it on your blog – you may not have done this since you started the blog and it is a great way to have new readers learn more about your site. If your blog uses the Blogger platform, consider using the new Pages feature as described in Blogger Announces New Pages Feature.

            Completed February 21, 2010

    Task C: Prepare several posts in draft mode and pre-publish them.

             Completed February 24, 2010 (three posts for next week)

    Task D: Write a brief biographical sketch on one of your ancestors.
           In progress.

    Task E: Create a page on your blog listing surnames, ahnentafel reports or using some other topic.  This will help new visitors to your blog understand your area of research.  Again, consider using the new Pages feature as described in Blogger Announces New Pages Feature.


              Completed on February 26,2010

    Task F: Participate in a 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy Challenge.

            Completed February 20, 2010, (Week 7, playing with Google Maps)

    Qualifications for “Write, Write, Write!”:

        * Complete any four tasks – Diamond Medal

    6. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!

    Task A: Comment on a new (to you) genealogy blog.  See the New Genealogy Blogs tag at GeneaBloggers for the newest blogs.

          completed February 26,2010

    Task B: Post one or more gravestone photos at Find A Grave.

       Completed February 25, 2010

    Task C: Invite other genealogists to join Facebook, GenealogyWise, Twitter or some other social media network where genealogists meet.

        Completed February 20

    Task D: Assist another researcher with a research request or lookup. See AnceStories “Random Acts of Kindness Week” posts for ideas for this item and Item E

     Task E: Participate in an indexing project.

        This is pretty much something that is done almost daily.  I participate in indexing project for both ancestry.com and Family search.  It's not a lot over the course of a week, but it's something.
        Complete.

    Task F: Join a genealogical, historical, heritage or lineage society.

    Task G: Use the Follow feature on a Blogger-based genealogy blog and follow one or more blogs.


                  Completed on February 25, 2010

    Qualifications for “Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!”:


        * Complete five or more tasks – Platinum Medal    

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    ...progressing in the Games

    My progress as the games head into the last two days....

    Expand your knowledge:

    Task A: Use Google Maps to map out an ancestral location.  Create a map that you can then embed into a blog post.  To learn more see Google Maps and Carnival Posts at Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers.   

            Completed on February 20, 2010

    Task B: Create a timeline related to one of your lines of research, a specific ancestor or location.  Get creative using a free application such as TimeToast. Post your timeline on your blog.

    Task C: Create a memorial page for an ancestor using either Footnote’s Create A Page feature or their Facebook application I Remember.

    Task D: Visit tutorial and learning pages of popular websites such as Ancestry.com or FamilySearch’s excellent articles repository.

            Completed on February 19, 2010

    Task E: Create a surname visualization using Wordle, Word It Out or a similar application.  Post the graphic to your blog.

            Completed on February 15, 2010

    Qualifications for “Expand Your Knowledge”:
    •    Complete any one task – Bronze Medal
    •    Complete any two tasks – Silver Medal
    •    Complete any three tasks – Gold Medal
    •    Complete any four tasks – Diamond Medal   
    •    Complete any five tasks – Platinum Medal --> Goal

    Write Write Write:

    Task A: Write a summary of what your blog is about and post it on your blog – you may not have done this since you started the blog and it is a great way to have new readers learn more about your site. If your blog uses the Blogger platform, consider using the new Pages feature as described in Blogger Announces New Pages Feature.

            Completed February 21, 2010

    Task B: Participate in a genealogy or family history related blog carnival. See the AnceStories post February 2010 Calendar of Events for a list of these carnivals and their submission URLs and deadlines.

    Task C: Prepare several posts in draft mode and pre-publish them.

             Completed February 24, 2010 (three posts for next week)

    Task D: Write a brief biographical sketch on one of your ancestors.
           In progress.

    Task E: Create a page on your blog listing surnames, ahnentafel reports or using some other topic.  This will help new visitors to your blog understand your area of research.  Again, consider using the new Pages feature as described in Blogger Announces New Pages Feature.

    Task F: Participate in a 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy Challenge.

            Completed February 20, 2010, (Week 7, playing with Google Maps)

    Qualifications for “Write, Write, Write!”:

        * Complete any one task – Bronze Medal
        * Complete any two tasks – Silver Medal
        * Complete any three tasks – Gold Medal
        * Complete any four tasks – Diamond Medal
        * Complete five or more tasks – Platinum Medal Goal

    6. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!

    Task A: Comment on a new (to you) genealogy blog.  See the New Genealogy Blogs tag at GeneaBloggers for the newest blogs.

    Task B: Post one or more gravestone photos at Find A Grave.

       Completed February 25, 2010

    Task C: Invite other genealogists to join Facebook, GenealogyWise, Twitter or some other social media network where genealogists meet.

        Completed February 20

    Task D: Assist another researcher with a research request or lookup. See AnceStories “Random Acts of Kindness Week” posts for ideas for this item and Item E

     Task E: Participate in an indexing project.

        This is pretty much something that is done almost daily.  I participate in indexing project for both ancestry.com and Family search.  It's not a lot over the course of a week, but it's something.
        Complete.

    Task F: Join a genealogical, historical, heritage or lineage society.

    Task G: Use the Follow feature on a Blogger-based genealogy blog and follow one or more blogs.


                  Completed on February 25, 2010

    Qualifications for “Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!”:

        * Complete any one task – Bronze Medal
        * Complete any two tasks – Silver Medal
        * Complete any three tasks – Gold Medal
        * Complete any four tasks – Diamond Medal
        * Complete five or more tasks – Platinum Medal     Goal 

    Monday, February 22, 2010

    ...and progressing in the Games #1

    This has been a difficult week for me blogging-wise, as I have been fighting the flu. I realized halfway through the week that I inadvertently was competing in an extra category that I didn’t originally plan on (Expand your knowledge). 

    Here is the progress I have made in the past week:

    Expand your knowledge:

    Task A: Use Google Maps to map out an ancestral location.  Create a map that you can then embed into a blog post.  To learn more see Google Maps and Carnival Posts at Bootcamp for GeneaBloggers.   

            Completed on February 20, 2010

    Task B: Create a timeline related to one of your lines of research, a specific ancestor or location.  Get creative using a free application such as TimeToast. Post your timeline on your blog.

    Task C: Create a memorial page for an ancestor using either Footnote’s Create A Page feature or their Facebook application I Remember.

    Task D: Visit tutorial and learning pages of popular websites such as Ancestry.com or FamilySearch’s excellent articles repository.

            Completed on February 19, 2010

    Task E: Create a surname visualization using Wordle, Word It Out or a similar application.  Post the graphic to your blog.

            Completed on February 15, 2010

    Qualifications for “Expand Your Knowledge”:
    •    Complete any one task – Bronze Medal
    •    Complete any two tasks – Silver Medal
    •    Complete any three tasks – Gold Medal
    •    Complete any four tasks – Diamond Medal   
    •    Complete any five tasks – Platinum Medal --> Goal

    Write Write Write:

    Task A: Write a summary of what your blog is about and post it on your blog – you may not have done this since you started the blog and it is a great way to have new readers learn more about your site. If your blog uses the Blogger platform, consider using the new Pages feature as described in Blogger Announces New Pages Feature.

            Completed February 21, 2010

    Task B: Participate in a genealogy or family history related blog carnival. See the AnceStories post February 2010 Calendar of Events for a list of these carnivals and their submission URLs and deadlines.

    Task C: Prepare several posts in draft mode and pre-publish them.
        I typically schedule my Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday Posts but I have been slacking this week.  I’ll pick it up tomorrow.

    Task D: Write a brief biographical sketch on one of your ancestors.
        In progress.

    Task E: Create a page on your blog listing surnames, ahnentafel reports or using some other topic.  This will help new visitors to your blog understand your area of research.  Again, consider using the new Pages feature as described in Blogger Announces New Pages Feature.

    Task F: Participate in a 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy Challenge.

            Completed February 20, 2010, (Week 7, playing with Google Maps)

    Qualifications for “Write, Write, Write!”:

        * Complete any one task – Bronze Medal
        * Complete any two tasks – Silver Medal
        * Complete any three tasks – Gold Medal
        * Complete any four tasks – Diamond Medal
        * Complete five or more tasks – Platinum MedalGoal

    6. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!

    Task A: Comment on a new (to you) genealogy blog.  See the New Genealogy Blogs tag at GeneaBloggers for the newest blogs.

    Task B: Post one or more gravestone photos at Find A Grave.

        In progress, this will be completed on February 25, 2010

    Task C: Invite other genealogists to join Facebook, GenealogyWise, Twitter or some other social media network where genealogists meet.

        Completed February 20

    Task D: Assist another researcher with a research request or lookup. See AnceStories “Random Acts of Kindness Week” posts for ideas for this item and Item E

     Task E: Participate in an indexing project.

        This is pretty much something that is done almost daily.  I participate in indexing project for both ancestry.com and Family search.  It's not a lot over the course of a week, but it's something.
        Complete.

    Task F: Join a genealogical, historical, heritage or lineage society.

    Task G: Use the Follow feature on a Blogger-based genealogy blog and follow one or more blogs.

    Qualifications for “Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!”:

        * Complete any one task – Bronze Medal
        * Complete any two tasks – Silver Medal
        * Complete any three tasks – Gold Medal
        * Complete any four tasks – Diamond Medal
        * Complete five or more tasks – Platinum Medal     Goal

    Saturday, February 20, 2010

    ...and playing with Google Maps

    This post is the blogging equivalent of killing two birds with one stone...I am completing the another task under the Category of "Expand your Knowledge for the Geneabloggers Winter Games
    but I am also participating in Week 7 of "52 weeks to better Genealogy."

    I had played with the Google Maps functionality previously but nothing serious.  For purposes of this post, I decided to look up my childhood home in Orcutt California.  My parents bought a house located at 730 Union in Orcutt, California when I was 5 years old.  One of the things I like about Google Maps is the street view.  In this case, when I typed in "730 Union Street, Orcutt, California" and then went to the street view, this is what I saw:





     See that yellow house...that's the one.  For some reason Google Maps centered on the alley behind the house, but that was my backyard growing up.    Of course when we lived there the house was brown, with darker brow trim. 

    I was trying to find out how to get a view of the front of the house.   I tried to follow the arrows and zoom around the block. 

    I got a nice picture of the side view of Woody's house.  Growing up Woody and his wife in their mid 40's to 50's, and Woody's passion was rocks.  Collecting, polishing, sorting by color, shape, tumbling, and polishing some more.  This is the view coming out of the alley.  My house is forward and to the left.


    This is the front of the house.  Remember it used to be Brown, not yellow.  Although now that I remember, my bedroom walls were yellow.  When I was a growing up the concrete with the basketball hoop on it was all lush green grass and there were no palm trees.




    I was getting frustrated that every time I wanted to restart the map view again, it kept dropping me to the first view in the alley, and then I had to navigate  back to the front of the house. 

    I discovered that you can view a split image in the maps, so that you see a street view and the map view at the same time.  Once you have access to the map again, you can drag the little person Icon to the correct location.  In this case, if you look at the bottom of the map view, the alley is at the bottom of the screen.  Originally the person icon was in the alley way at the bottom of the map view.  I drug the person icon to the correct location at and was able to "jump" from the alley to the front of the house in one move.




      Pretty nifty, no?  I thought so.