Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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Now that's a grand inheritance!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I remember my grandmother using a phrase to describe a repaired little rip on a skirt, and making light of it, saying, "You'll never see it on a galloping horse." When I asked her about it, she said her mother (my great grandmother) used to say it quite often with the children at home.
Another word my grandmother used was, "fiddlesticks!" She'd say this when something went wrong or she forgot something.
Recording these sayings is valuable to readers and quite interesting. It helps us to know our ancestors better and appreciate the era they lived in. And it is important to record them because they're too often forgotten!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
In my search, I've asked questions of friends who's family's were also part of the groups that migrated south for freedom to practice plural marriage, but still haven't verified any family names on any records. This is what I'm currently searching and the information I've gathered so far is really quite eye-opening.
In the late 1800's, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who chose to practice plural marriage in the United States were fined up to $500 and imprisoned for up to 2 years. In order for this practice to continue, families migrated north to Canada and south to Mexico to establish settlements or colonies. Land was purchased from the government and the people went to work turning barren land into beautiful, growing communities. Homes were built, crops planted, a church building and schools erected, and a church organization established, all typical of Latter-day Saint communities. Any visitor to these colonies would see order and a welcoming atmosphere. The colonies in Canada were easily established and flourishing after only a few years, while those in Mexico experienced a bit of a rough road with many trials involving bandits and government deception.
It is in one of these colonies in Mexico, that my family line is taled to be: the Jones family. Birth records show them to be in one colony, Oaxaca, but after a devastating flood, families are reported to have joined another colony. Movement from one place to another due to weather and lack of resources make it hard to track who went where. This is where some kind of record or hard evidence is needed, and that's where I'm at in my search.
Note: Plural marriage, or polygamy, was declared to be officially discontinued in 1890.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
One of the first things we learn at home as toddlers is how to share. Little children are quite possessive with toys, clothes, food, etc., until they learn that they must share with others, which, for some is a hard lesson to learn. But, they eventually learn it.
So why is it that when children grow into adults, they begin to revert back to stingy practices again? "What's mine, is mine!" "Go get your own!"
Such was the case with my grandmother when she asked a niece for some information on her family line. The niece wouldn't release ANY information, and even said that she didn't have any records (which was untrue). Stingy!
Granted, a lot of time goes into researching, paying for, and entering birth/death records on official sheets for a book of remembrance or journal, but at the very least, a relative could be pointed in the same direction to get the same information.
My husbands' aunt spend countless hours and money researching, documenting, and compiling a huge book of remembrance for her family's line that went back as far as she could find information (which took years). When she was finally done, she offered the compiled book to her sisters for the cost of the book/pages/copies. What a great gift to offer her sisters. Of course, each one paid for a book and it remains a treasure to each, to be passed down through their children.
I had the opportunity to copy an entire book, complete with pictures, of a 1-1/2 inch thick book of remembrance for my sister-in-law. I scanned pictures, retyped passages, cut, pasted, and mailed to her this labor of love at my cost, so she would have the same information as I had. Even though it took a few months to complete, I felt happy that I could do it, and she was very grateful to receive it. I was thrilled that she saw the same value in this book that I saw, and I felt that it put us on common ground with regard to the excitement of learning about our ancestors.
However, sometimes, it can be hard to let go of the important information we've spent hard hours finding, so someone who hasn't lifted a finger to help, or who hasn't seemed interested, can take it and file it away, never to look at it again.
The point of doing genealogy, writing journals, and creating a history of our families is so that SOMEONE will appreciate it and we'll know we've done well for ourselves. Because, by and large, people don't really care much about their roots, or keeping tally of their experiences. Those who do, always recognize and cherish the value of a joural, and can appreciate the time and work that goes into such an endeavor as a compiling a book of remembrance.
Sharing goes a long way in building families stronger. Lesson for the day: Don't be stingy, BE GENEROUS!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
BLOGS: Family or personal blogs are a great way to track your happenings, especially if you include pictures. Since the idea is to always back up your records, blogs are perfect for journaling. Just print out your blog and paste it in your journal notebook. You may have to adjust the chronological order, but it turns out great.
CALENDARS: Sheet calendars, pocket calendars, daily planners, anything that has your detailed schedule triggers memories that you can add to when writing a journal, or simply use it as is (depending on the size) and add more details.
A CHECKBOOK? The register is another great source for recalling memories. Use it as a bulleted outline for writing. For variety, cut out a page and paste it into your journal to remember those great times. Or even better, use the cancelled check from a memorable purchase: your first sofa in your apartment; the crib you bought for your first child; the check to the orthodontist for braces! Be creative!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The FamilySearch.org website offers a Personal Ancestral File program that can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer to make keeping your familys' records easier. PAF, as it's called, allows you to record your information on forms which can be printed blank, with or without pictures, and you can view pedigree charts, family group sheets, individual records, and more.
Then, you can visit FamilySearch.org to search census indexes, and many other records, online to add to yours. Valuable resource!
The Family Group Record has more space for writing details, and is relatively simple to understand. If there are more than three children, copies can be made.
When a husband or wife has been married more than once, a number is added next to the name to indicate a previous marriage. A separate family group sheet is filled out for the previous marriage with any children born to the union, and is filed in printed form in a notebook behind the current marriage and family.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Let's start with the PEDIGREE CHART. THE BIG FOUR!
This chart holds four generations, and each column is a generation.
Your name goes on line #1. Notice that under each numbered line there's space to fill in dates and places - "Born/Christened, Place; Married, Place; Died, Place."
Fill in YOUR full, legal name on Line #1, (the left middle line) with your birthdate and place, marriage date (if it applies) and place, and ignore the death date and place. Write the full name of your spouse on the line labeled "Spouse of #1," if that applies.
Example: Martin John Smith, 3 Mar 1966, Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.
Okay, now on Line #2, (the line just above your name) write your FATHER'S Full Name, including any extensions like, Junior, or titles like, Dr., Capt., etc.
Example: Dr. John Quincy Smith.
Then, on Line #3, (the second line just below your name) write your MOTHER'S full, MAIDEN name, which was her last name as a child. Example: Mary Ann White
When there were other marriages, the husband's or wife's names should reflect a previous marriage.
If John was married previously, add a "(2)" next to Mary's name, indicating that Mary is John's second wife. If Mary was married previously, add a "(2)" next to John's name.
Example, Dr. John Quincy Smith (2), meaning John is Mary's second husband; or Mary Ann White Smith (2), indicating that Mary is John's second wife.
Clear as mud? It'll be easier to understand when the family group sheet is discussed.
When filling in dates, it is common to write: dd/mm/yyyy (ex. 10 Oct 1834), and places of birth, marriage, and death should always include city, county, and state.
Ex: Portland, Multnomah, Oregon.
Okay, with lines 1, 2, and 3 filled out, the first column is finished! Sometimes, the next column (lines 4, 5, 6, and 7) can be challenging, and the last column even more difficult. But with a little perseverence, you'll have completed a Four Generation Pedigree Chart!
Friday, September 26, 2008
Anytime during the day, we can touch base via the internet and pass along news, thoughts, and just about anything. It's a fun way to keep in touch. Create your own site with free backgrounds and within minutes be ready to add news, upload pictures, make comments, etc. Or, upgrade to a better level (for a fee), and get more choices of backgrounds and less advertising.
For us, it's been great! Give it a whirl!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Recap: I bought a 2-inch, 3-ring binder to begin our book. I had some white and pastel colored card stock, and some miscellaneous scrapbook paper, along with some fancy-edged scissors, and a few glue sticks (which work better than regular glue). I added some copies of some of our favorite music, put recipes on cutsie card stock, dressed up a few other pages, and every once in a while, the kids will look at the book and remember things we did as a family. I'm not a scrapbooker, so my pages are "interesting." I've tried to remind the kids that this is OUR family book, for the FAMILY (not just another "Mom" project), and anything they'd like to add should be included. The book is kept in a safe place (almost too safe, because sometimes I forget where it is - out of sight, out of mind), but still accessible. It has been fun, so far, to add events to our book.
The only hard part is to choose WHAT to include, and remember to add pages. The days and weeks race by. So I decided to choose one day a week to spend evaluating the week's activities and collect, cut, paste, and write about the happenings in our family to add to our book.
This is something that'll add quite a bit of variety to our family when all the photo books come out for a reunion, and hopefully others will be sparked to copy.
(Okay, so I wasn't going to share pictures, but how else will you see how I did it?)
Frustration is quite common. Just walk away for awhile, leave it alone, take a vacation, give it a rest; and when your mind is clear again, you can pick up where you left off and move forward.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
One family history web site, called "The Family History Store" has several selections of smaller pedigree charts you could display on the wall of your home. When you visit this site, click on the "Charts" tab, then the "Misbach Genealogy Charts" picture to see the 15-generation chart. You can enlarge it to get a better look.
The 15-generation chart is invaluable for the "at a glance" ancestry we claim.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
After recording on a computer program some family names on a pedigree chart that extended back some 7, 8, or 9 generations (and some lines went even further back), I somehow lost the entire file! I think it got deleted accidentally while trying to download and save some other files from the internet. I had been compiling information from old family records onto one master pedigree chart, and had really been making some fantastic progress; in fact, I was getting close to finishing!
I do have a hard copy (pedigree charts and family group sheets I copied as I filled them out, and put in a notebook), but now I have to start all over with the computer program. I should have copied it onto a flash drive, but didn't. A few months ago, I tried to burn a CD with all the information, but the file was too big to put on the CD, so I just forgot about it.
Good thing I had this notebook with all the family group sheets and pedigree charts in it! Now, the daunting task of re-entering the information onto the computer program again!
Lesson for the day: BACKUP ALL COMPUTER PROGRAM FAMILY FILES!!!!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Then, over the next few days, when memorable things occur, write it down and include, if possible, something that represents why it is memorable. For example, on the first day of school you could include a wish list from a teacher, a copy of that first paycheck on a new job, the receipt from a barber after the haircut that left way too much on the floor, or the business card from a real estate agency you were impressed with. After glueing or taping these things on paper, and writing notes, even brief notes, about them, put them into a three-ring notebook. As time goes by, you can dress up the pages if you want, or leave it as is. At least, you'll have a personal history, a family history, a book of memories to look at and remember.
For more serious matters, there should be a separate place to keep important documents like birth certificates, immunization records, citizenship records, death certificates, wills, vehicle purchases, financial information, etc. These records/documents should be kept in a safe place, all together where they can be reached easily. File folders or expanding folders work great for keeping important papers together. Copies of these documents can be added to your book, if you so desire, and will be interesting to thumb through much later.