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How did I find?
January 3, 2011, 6:33 pm
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I had found George Herman or Herman George Weisleder in the 1910 and 1930 Census, why couldn’t I find him in the 1920 Census. How do you narrow down a census for a large city. I had found him listed in a Buffalo City Directory living at 304 Sycamore. Now Buffalo has a lot of Districts. I went to Google Earth and located 304 Sycamore, and the streets surrounding it. Then as most of the enumeration districts listed the streets bounding the district, I was able to zero in on the enumeration district that 304 Sycamore would be listed. When I found the entry, the last name was Weisler, so it was not coming up in searches for Weisleader. It is amazing what can be found using various sources.

It also shows that he is widowed with 2 children, Lois and Kenneth.

New Study
January 3, 2011, 3:59 pm
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I have enrolled in a class from FamilyTree University. I have looked at the first week’s lesson. The course is Source Documentation 101: How to Cite Genealogy Sources Accurately and effectively. Lesson 1: Why Should I Cite Sources? I hope to become more proficient in recording my sources.

After all of these years of telling students to cite their source, I am finding out how important it is to cite my sources for information relating to my genealogy. It is a pain, but from experience, it needs to be done. The reading for today reminded me that one reason to cite, is to be able to find the information again. More than one I have found some documentation and then, spend a lot of time trying to find it again. The internet should make it easy. HA HA.

One item that was provided, helped me to see where a specific bit of information fits in to the citation. The URL was listed as the call number, when I think about it, that makes sense. The call number is the “street address” for the book, so the URL is the “street address” for the website.

One question I have is how to cite a source, that I have several different pages I use. Is it one source, or is each page a separate source. I hope to have an answer for this, when I complete this course.

Looking forward, to working through the 4 lessons, and reading Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian by Elizabet Shown Mills.

I will continue to work on the Weisleder family, I am getting close to finalizing the information I have on each member. Then will go back and proof. The only problem with genealogy, you always find some information that will change the data for some one you had worked on earlier.

Week 1: A Special New Year’s Day
January 2, 2011, 2:07 am
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Our wedding

In 1975 I made New Year’s Day a very special day. My husband and I were married on Jan. 1, 1975. That meant celebrating our anniversary every New Year’s day. We had planned on getting married on Jan. 11 that year; so, Jan. 1 was not our first choice for a wedding date. At Thanksgiving my Mother was given the news that her cancer was back. My brother, who lived in a western state, called and gave me some options.
1. Have the wedding as planned, they would fly in the day before and out the day following.
2. Or they would come back for 2 weeks to spend Christmas with the family, then leave after the wedding.

Since my husband -to- be wanted the wedding to be in ‘75’ for tax purposes. I started exploring the possibilities of getting married on Jan. 1. The minister and the church were available, and all of the arrangements could be changed to have the wedding on Jan. 1, 1975. So option two was our choice. I had to reorder all of the invitations and napkins, etc that had a date on it, and get everything ready 10 days earlier.

My family gathered for our last Christmas with our family. We had not celebrated with my brother for a number of years, since they lived so far away. Family time was enjoyed except my sister’s children brought the flu home from school. It took it toil on the family through out the week.

New Year’s Day 1975 rolled in, about 3am, the flu hit me. My wedding day had arrived and I didn’t care. I did manage to get up after a few hours and get through the noon dinner, and the wedding at 2 that afternoon. Otherwise it was a beautiful day for Kansas in January. It was 40º out and we didn’t need coats or jackets. My now husband did take all of the men from the wedding party to my house in their rented tuxes and moved my piano to the truck. I wasn’t too happy about that. I was exhausted at the end of that day.

The next morning we awoke to 8” of snow, with my piano out in the truck. It did survive. And that is another story. I returned to town to finish a job and on Jan. 11, we had a blizzard. We wouldn’t have gotten married on that day.

We celebrated together for 14 years on Jan. 1. I lost my husband after 14 ½ years. So Jan. 1 is a bittersweet day for me. But I now have another reason to celebrate New Year’s Day. A great-great niece was born this morning about 4am.


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