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. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

...Having a not so Wordless Wedesday with Nancy W Swinehart

Nancy (Worst) Swinehart

Born Aug 24, 1845 in Ashland Ohio.
Died August 17, 1907
in Chester Ohio

Married to Benjamin Franklin Swinehart on November 30, 1865

Children:

Clara Swinehart
Verna Swinehart
Ralph Swinehart
Ray Swinehart

Parents:

Samuel Worst
Mary Martin

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

...Looking at a Tombstone Tuesday with a few that served in WWII

So one of the ways that I encourage Keith to help me take pictures for Find a Grave is by agreeing to focus my pictures on those who's Tombstones are those of former soldiers.

Today's post is dedicated to my hubby who is my partner is historical crime (research only):


Edmund P Crowley
Born Apr 9, 1908
Died Mar 8, 1977
US Army World War II

Katherine H Crowley
Born Oct 5, 1915
Died Mar 2002















David O Coulter
Born Oct 29, 1906
Died Dec 12, 1968
From Ohio
PVT Quartermaster Corps  World War II


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Helen Bailey McComb
Born Jun 10, 1920
Died Oct 26, 2969

Ensign (NC) US NAVY
World War II

Monday, February 15, 2010

...and having fun with Wordle

So I decided to try out Wordle tonight as part of my participation in the Winter 2010 Geneablogger Games ("Expand your Knowledge" category, Task E).  Sadly I thought my surnames would appear to be more...but I only have a few on my tree that are not "one offs."  I suppose it's my own short sightedness to only include the "Major" pebbles in the gene pool (or the major branches of the family tree if you will).

I will probably play with this again prior to the end of the games, but this is not terribly bad for a first try....
What do you think?


surname Graphic created at Wordle.com

Saturday, February 13, 2010

..and having a Surname Saturday with the Liles

Every family has a skeleton in their closet and a black sheep.  Mine may have been my beloved Percy.  Rumor has it she was not married to my Grandma Dorothy's father. Doorthy's birth certificate had to be corrected at least once to my knowledge.  The copy that I have lists one Virgil Lile, age 32 from Kansas, as the father of my Grandma Dorothy in 1927.  Beyond that I have no more information.  I'd love to get more info, but I don't know how to confirm the info I get since I have so limited of information as it is AND it's a corrected birth certificate, so I can't be 100% sure that it's legit. 

What's odd is that growing up, You never could have convinced me that Percy was such a rebel.  Heh.  She's just looking down on me from up on high and still keeping me on my toes 20 years after she left me.   Gotta love that woman.

...and joining in the Winter Geneablogger Games

I've decided to participate in the 2010 Geneablogger Winter games over the course of the next two weeks.  It sounds like a lot of fun and it should be enough to keep me writing...which explains why I am going to compete in the "Write, Write, Write!" Category.  I also look forward to participating in the "Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!" Category.  I am a big believer in the concept of paying it forward, especially in the world of genealogy, because all of my progress has been based on the kindness of others...other family members who have waded in the pool before me, all the folks that have entered data into the indexes on Ancestry.com, my fellow genea-bloggers who teach me, inspire me and nag at me when necessary to stay focused and remind me that I CAN do this.


This is going to be fun!!!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

..And thinking of where to find old pictures.

So I have come to the realization that I am an obsessive type of person.  I don't mean crazy obsessive...but enough to have my own little persnickety quirks that I deal with.  With that said it's no surprise that one or two of the quirks relates to my genealogy research and/or my contributions to the Genealogical community.  Let me explain....

I have a thing about old pictures...I have started posting some of these in the 'Pool, as I get them and scan them....they are almost always the start of a new genealogy project.   I usually find these pictures at a local antique market that occurs in Tucson once a month.  I don't buy all the pictures that I see.  Often I just get the ones that are in a group, with a series of family pictures.  I was able to do this with the Blenmans from here in Tucson.  I found a series of pictures of the Blenman family and was interested in learning more about them so I did some research. 

I prefer pictures with some sort of identification or story included.  Often this is written on the back in faded pencil and I keep hoping that if I post these on my blog that someone will find the useful, maybe find a relative.  It's probably silly on my part but it makes me feel like I am contributing.

Which brings me to the thing that Vexes me the most about buying pictures at an antique market.  The fact that I CAN buy them.  It's like being able to buy your families memories.

But that is probably just my issue. 

Friday, February 5, 2010

..and Friday Following Elyse's Genealogy Blog

As a fairly new genealogy blog, I am constantly spending what free time I have looking to other blogs for inspiration and guidance, both for data gathering/backup and also just general blogging functions.  Most often I find the guidance from tenured bloggers such as Olive Tree, We Tree, and Geneabloggers.  But I have also found one blog from a  younger blogger (still highly tenured, however), who has insight and poise and just a lot of nifty information....for my second Follow Friday I give you Elyse's Genealogy Blog.  Take a few minutes and go introduce yourself.  You will find lots of great information.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

....and doing the Tuesday Tombstone thing...Shoup

 
 Gravestone of William R Shoup and his wife Lena (Behymer) Shoup. (my Great-Great-Great Grandfather and Great-Great-Great Grandmother.  These are the GrandParents of  My Nana Percy.  Photo courtesy of my second cousin, 2 times removed, Jerry Olivera.