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Week 13: Sweets
March 29, 2011, 9:55 pm
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 13: Sweets. What was your favorite childhood candy or dessert? Have your tastes changed since then? What satisfies your sweet tooth today?

Sweets: I have always enjoyed sweets, but I don’t have a big sweet tooth. When I was growing up candy was a treat. When I was in Jr. High, we had an open lunch and we would go to the corner variety store in town, it was less than a block away. I remember a new candy that came out. It was a square piece of chocolate called the Ice Cube. I remember buying them on a fairly regular basis during that year.

I do enjoy pies, cakes, and cookies. I prefer pies with meringue, such as chocolate, coconut cream, lemon, and raisin cream. My mother made a raisin cream filling topped with fluffy meringue. I don’t remember it being made with sour cream. But our meringue was made with fresh egg whites, and there was a time when the eggs were beaten with a hand mixer, (not electric). Those meringues are few and far between today. I don’t care much for pies topped with whipped cream. I guess I was spoiled with the homemade meringue. I prefer a cobbler or crisp to a fruit pie. I can’t make a pie crust, and prefer the filling to the crust

A favorite cake is lemon cake soaked with lime Jello, and then topped with Dream Whip and lemon pudding. This is a cool refreshing treat in the summer time.

If I have a sweet today, it will probably be a cookies, and I prefer homemade cookies, because they are soft and chewy. An oatmeal cookie with raisins, is always good. I also like chocolate chip cookies, and a lemon cookie.

This past summer, I had my two granddaughters here for a few days. One of the activities was to make cookies. We made a raisin cookie that was a recipe of my mother’s. I helped them gather ingredients, measure, stir, and then on the pan to bake. It was a fun time. It gave me an opportunity to share a family recipe, with another generation of the family.

It is only occasionally that I will have a sweet with a meal. So I think that the sweet tooth of my youth, has looked for other types of treats. I eat more cookies than any other kind of sweet today.

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog ( has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (


Citing and Analysing
March 26, 2011, 9:10 pm
Filed under: New thoughts

You sometimes wonder, “Why do I need to know, where did this comes from, I’ll remember where I found this, How does it help me.”

I am working on Lillian Hale, and her life. She married Anthony Kimling, and later a John VanGundy. I was looking for more information on John VanGundy, and found the Van Gundy Family Tree. They had a Lillian Hale, but were not sure how she fit into the family. I was able to email, and tell them what information I had, with documentation, and why I felt, my Lillian Hale was the second wife of John VanGundy. When they responded back with some questions, I was able to answer, again with documentation and analysis, of why I believed we were talking about the same person. The person came back that they agreed with my analysis, of the situation, and we both had many of the same questions about the family. The daughter Agnes Mary Kimling, is listed as 17 year old on the 1930 Census with her Mother Lilly Hale, and John VanGundy, she is also listed as living with her father in 1918, on his World War I Draft Card. No records have been found for her birth, She has not been located on the 1920 Census, although both of her parents have been located. Where was this little girl in 1920. I am hoping to get some more information when I receive a copy of an obituary for Lilly VanGundy, that I have ordered. I also need to explore how to get the divorce papers, which may also help with this mystery.

It was exciting, to be able to share my thoughts and ideas.I had everything in place, and I didn’t have to go search for information, I knew exactly where to find it. To me that is what genealogy is all about. I was also able to share tip for another name on her list, and this name is from my husband’s side of the family.

I was able to do this because I took the time to cite my sources, and be sure I knew where they were. Also reading everything on the document, helps to do the analysis. So I know it is important to know where I got it, read it carefully, think about what it tells, and you will be surprised, what you may find.

SNGF – How many surnames
March 26, 2011, 8:49 pm
Filed under: SNGF

Randy Seavers: Genea-Musing has put out this challenge for this Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Go into your Genealogy Management Program (GMP; either software on your computer, or an online family tree) and figure out how to Count how many surnames you have in your family tree database.

2) Tell us which GMP you’re using and how you did this task.

3) Tell us how many surnames, and if possible, which Surname has the most entries. If this excites you, tell us which surnames are in the top 5!

4) Write about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

As a beginning genealogist, I don’t have tens of thousands of names, I have enough trouble keeping up with the names I do have. But I though this would be fun to see where I do stand. I use Reunion 9, having been an Apple user from way-way back.

I first went to my Index-it tells me how many names I have in my tree. I have 2,143 names in my tree. It took a few minutes to find the report to tell me about the last names, but it was under list, and Last Name: All people. I nice chart came up listing name, useage, earliest date, and living. Above the chart it gave me the number of unique last names – 539.

From this I reversed the order, and found the top ten names.

LANGSTON – 171 persons, from1575-1943
SANDERS – 162 persons, from 1765-2006
GROSSMAN – 115 persons, from 1715-2006
WHITFIELD – 89 persons, from 1730-1948
RICE – 50 persons, from 1801-1945
VOSS – 44 persons, from1836-1998
HIVELY – 44 persons, from 1832-1926
DEWITT – 26 persons, from 1883-1953
WEISLEDER – 24 persons, from 1820-1928
WAYLAND – 24 persons, from 1859-1928

Did have to go to the index, and put in just the last name and then see who was the newest member of the group. But that wasn’t hard to do. I sorted the Index by last name and all of the blanks came up first. I have 5 Ann, Anne, Anna, or Annie’s with out a last name, 3 Elizabeth, 3 Margaret, 2 each of Debbie , Geneva, Mary, Mildred and Matilda.

I did have 94 UNL, 7 UNF. So every family tree will have them. Also a lot of blank dates.

Enjoyed this little exercise, it came as a break from the writing I have been doing, and trying to be sure I have everything cited.

Of course I am continually adding new names, to the list, so try this again in year and see how I have grown.

Week 12: Movies
March 21, 2011, 2:35 pm
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 12: Movies. Did (or do you still) see many movies? Describe your favorites. Where did you see these films? Is the theater still there, or is there something else in its place?

Going to the movies, was not a big part of my live. It was not something I got to do on a regular basis. As I was growing up, we lived 15 miles from the nearest theater. Because of milking cows morning and night, my parents did not go to movies, so it was a special treat the summer my brother was home from college.

My brother would pay me to do the ironing, for the week and then take me to the movies on Saturday night. The only thing, I had to pay his way into the movie. Years later, I was “ticked” off, that he had played me, to get me to help more at home, and then use that money to get us into the show. Today, we can laugh about all of this.

The two movies I remember during that summer are “The FBI Story”, with Jimmy Stewart, and “The Will Rogers Story”. I went to the second one, thinking it would be about another Rogers, but did enjoy learning about Will Rodgers. I believe the theater is still in Mankato, but I haven’t been there for a number of years to be sure.

I do remember a couple of times going to the drive-in, but it was further away, and went with a group of High school girl friends. Those are long gone.

The first movie, we took our oldest son to see was “Star Wars”, to this day he is still a Star Wars fan.

Today, I rarely go to the movies. Partly because I don’t want to go by myself, and there are very few that I truly want to see. I did take my granddaughters to a 3-D movie last summer, and it was fun, enjoyed the kids reactions as much as anything.

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog ( has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (http://www.geneablog…

New Project: with my Granddaughter
March 12, 2011, 7:40 pm
Filed under: Personal History

This past week I was going through some of my papers from my family. My sister had given me a couple of things she had written about the herself and the family. As I looked at the Autobiography she wrote as an 8th grader (about 1951), I saw that it was not in very good shape, so I transcribed and scanned it. The story helped me understand somethings about my parents, and brother and sister. I don’t remember to much of that time as I was only 3.

After I completed this, I thought about what information will my grandchildren have about my life. Using some of the prompts from the my sister’s book and some from the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogyand History, I decided to start one of my own. I have contacted my granddaughter, who is 10, and asked if she would be interested in doing this with me. She has agree, so we will get started. I will send her a prompt each week, then she and I will write something about that prompt.

Some of my prompts are: How did you get your name? How did your mother get her name? (I will do her father). Who are your grandparents and great grandparents. What is your favorite toy? Favorite book. Other favorites, Organizations you might have belong? This are just a sampling of the list I have started for us. We started this week with a Profile for each one of us.

I am anxious to see how this goes, and hopefully she will have something for her children someday.

12 Mar 2011

Week 11: Illness & Injury
March 12, 2011, 7:23 pm
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 11: Illness and Injury. Describe your childhood illnesses or injuries. Who took care of you? Did you recuperate in your own bed, on the couch in front of the television, or somewhere else?

Week 11 is about illness and injury. I had the 3 major childhood illnesses during my childhood. I was in Kindergarten when I had a case of the chicken pox. Because I was to be kept in a dark area, during the day I got to stay in my parent’s room in their bed. Being about 5/6 I don’t remember to much more about this, except I was to stay a way from my father, as it wasn’t known if he had every had the chicken pox. (He must have had them at sometime because as an adult he had the shingles.)

I was in 3rd grade when I got the measles, not 3 day but the German ones. Because the class was putting on a play and I had the lead, I may have gone to school when I was contagious, but I wanted to do the play. But when the spots came out I missed the last week of school. I worried I might not be promoted because of this even though I had always had good grades. What a relief when I got my report card and I was officially in 4th grade. While I was sick I did stay on the couch, there was no TV, and I was limited on the amount of reading I could do.

One morning, when I got up for school and looked in the mirror, I had no neck. I had the mumps, both sides. So again I got to stay home a few days from 5th Grade to recover. During the day I got to stay on the couch and again, my reading was curtailed but I did survive.

I know that there are immunizations for all of these diseases today, and only a few children experience them, but sometimes we need to be slowed down, and have time to think.

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog ( has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (http://…

Genealogy Awesomeness
March 10, 2011, 7:52 pm
Filed under: Open Thread Thursday

I started exploring the Internet World of Genealogy just a couple of years ago.  I started by subscribing to Michael McNeill’s Genealogy Tip of the Day, and also received his Casefiles.  These tips and casefiles, have helped me with some of the rational for keeping track of my searches, and the tips are invaluable.  I have been able to share with him some of my successes, in my searches.  I was glad to see this site recognized in the top 40.

I found Geneablogger and was soon hooked.  I found Amy’s Blog Prompts for the past couple of years and when the new year started, I jumped in with my personal blog.

Thomas MacEntee was very kind and patient through my first stumbling attempts at getting included on Geneablogger.

I did a post for the 52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy, and was surprised to see a comment from Amy Coffin about my blog.

I have been listening to at least an hour of the blogtalkradio on Friday nights, I haven’t been “brave” enough to try to join the chat room.   I look forward to checking my GoogleReader for the new genealogy blog updates.

Ben Sayer has also been a great help with his videos.  I use Reunion 9 and the videos he has made have helped me improve my records.

Another group of people that should not be forgotten are the volunteers for Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness.  I have been able to get some information by making use of this organization.  I have been in contact with a lady and she has gotten me obituaries, and photos of headstones, and did some research for me when she was in Salt Lake City. I was very excited when she sent me copies of Declaration of Intent for people in my family tree. Those papers helped open some more doors, and well as bring up some new questions.

In addition to my family search, I also try to do some indexing for  I did about 25,000 records last year-indexing and arbitrating.  Most of the time I enjoy the challenge of reading some of the handwriting.  After teaching 3rd grade for 16 yrs, and working with Middle Schoolers for 18 years, I have learned to be able to interpret a lot of different handwriting.

If this weather ever warms up I plan on going to some neighboring towns and take photos of headstones.  I will post these on Find a Grave.

I have been very impressed with the people I have had contact with and their willingness to help me. I hope that I can in turn return the favor by helping others.

After watching what was happening at RootsTech, I am just touching the tip of the iceberg that is the world of Genealogy.  Having recently retired, I expect my Genealogy Journey is just beginning.

Thank you to all you on the forefront of Genealogy and Technology.  It can’t all be done with the new, we still need the old but help us keep a balance, and place to air ideas, and names as we look to our future through our past.

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