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.