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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Family's Increase

Well Randy at Genea-Musings is making us think tonight and realize how very little I know.
Randys message was ... Hey, genealogy fans, it's Saturday Night! Time for some Genealogy Fun!

Your task, if you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music), is to

1) Pick one of your four great-grandparents - if possible, the one with the most descendants.

2) Create a descendants list for those great-grandparents either by hand or in your software program.

3) Tell us how many descendants, living or dead, are in each generation from those great-grandparents.

4) How many are still living? Of those, how many have you met and exchanged family information with? Are there any that you should make contact with ASAP? Please don't use last names of living people for this - respect their privacy

5) Write about it in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or in comments or a Note on Facebook.

I am choosing my great grandparents William Albert Day ( 1867 1920 ) and Carrie ( Lockwood ) (1870 1946 ) Day

They had 8 children ( all deceased) I met all of them but Dewey who died about 1927

2. Grandchildren 14 Probably met everyone here but not sure. (Not sure if all deceased. )

3. Great-grandchildren 23 (1 deceased for sure a baby brother of mine )not sure about other lines.

4. Great-great-grandchildren 12

5. Great great great grandchildren 10 is all that I know at this time. This is my direct line and missing information on other lines.

that totals 67 known count
From the descendants report for my great-grandparents Day I did not count the spouses of descendants of my great-grandparents, since they are not descendants.

Makes me see how little I know. Need ways to get information and try and meet some of these cousins.

Through http://www.ancestry.com/ I have made contact with a distant cousin in this line. Her grandfather Morris and my grandfather Bill were brothers. We will meet some day.

Need to find more information on decendants of

Morris ( 1891 1985) and Evelyn ( Monson 1894 ) Day

Bernard ( 1896 1977) and Lela ( West ? 1974) Day

Dewey ( ? abt 1927 and Bernice ( Johnson) Day

Gladys ( 1899 1979 ) and Fred White

Lester ( 1902 1955) and Helen ( Wingert) Day

Grace married never had children (1900 1993 ) and FairFax never married

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Great Grand Uncle Elic

Today my great grand uncle Elic Lemuel Coleman would be 141 years old if alive.
He was born Oct 13 1868 to John Henry Coleman and Alta Cheuvront and passed away Nov 1 1944.

He was married twice, first to Alta Elliot and then to Dora Shelton. He had a total of eight children. The 1900 census has him renting, a carpenter and living in Nebraska.

Picture is of John Henry, Alta and their 5 children.

The birthday boy is top row first on left. How handsome he was. Standing next to him is my Great Grandma Mabel Coleman Hall.

These old pictures are treasures from the past. I am so thankful that those family members who have them share with us who do not. This picture is from a family history book.

Happy Birthday Uncle Elic. Your family is thinking of you today.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Feeling Overwhelmed With So Many Photos

It has been over 10 years since I gathered family photos from my mother's place in Duluth, Minnesota after her death to take to my home in St. Paul, Minnesota.

My plan was to organize and separate them. Some for me, my sister and my two cousins. A few would go my brother in an album made by me for him to enjoy.

Here I still am with piles and piles of photos I brought from Minnesota to my move to California.

Late last year I started to finally start to sort them. I put up 3 card tables in my bedroom and made piles and filled small boxes and envelopes. Then we moved from California to Texas to be closer to my sister and her family. As an added bonus we are closer to Minnesota where our children are.

As we packed for our move, I gathered all the photos up and put into boxes. Here I sit again with piles around me. Most have no names on them but I can identify a large number of them, but if something happens to my generation, no one would know " Oh that is a picture of Great Uncle Al and Great Aunt Merle." This picture is Great Grandma Catherine, Grandma Grace and ?"

I have to get this started and done. I need to stop procrastinating finally really begin.

Anyone else have or has had this dilema and what are you doing ? Or what did you do about this situation? Do I just put in an album identifying or do I take time to scrapbook. I have not done much scrap booking. What I did do is not very good I have to admit but would enjoy giving it another try.
These photos are of my mother, Aunt Daisy and Grandma Grace. My mom is the youngest of all three. Probably taken in Olgavie or Mora, Minnesota.