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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Interests?

It is Saturday and time for fun over at Genea-Musings Randy has given us a mission.. and this is it..


Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

Tell us about your "other" hobbies or interests outside of genealogy and family history research, writing, speaking, etc.

Write a blog post of your own, respond with a comment to this post


Well here is more about me ...

I am married to a sweet man and am living in Texas for a few years. We lived in Minnesota until retiring and moving to California for three years.. Now in Texas for awhile.

We owned and I ran a used bookstore for 15 years in Minnesota and I loved my bookstore. We closed that down when we retired.

We have been buying books and other treasures for many years and selling on eBay.

I have a total of 13 grandchildren and wish I could see them more but do not want to be in the snow at all. And it snows in Minnesota alot and to long.

This last year I have started couponing and refunding heavy to save money and be frugal. I have another blog that goes into this.

I of course love to read and mysteries are my favorites. I have met Sue Grafton, John Sandford, Steve Thayer, Vince Flynn , Patricia Cornwell and James Patterson. I was especially thrilled to meet James Patterson and loved his smile. Be still this old ladies heart. My hubby likes to joke he was flirting with me and I wish it was true. Of course this was a few years back and a few pounds less.

Wayne Newton kissed my cheek and of course all the other ladies cheeks in the 70's after a concert in Duluth, Minnesota

I stayed up all night for Elvis tickets and saw him twice in concert and believe he is the true King of Rock and Roll.

So now you know a little more about me. Take a look if you like at the others at http://www.geneamusings.com/2010/01/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-your.html

Thanks For Stopping By... Grace

Friday, January 22, 2010

McCormick Zion Family History Pamphlet A True Treasure




This is a group of papers and photos I came across while getting organized. I had been given these a few years back and filed in the front of one of my family notebooks. This is copies of a family pamphlet entitled the " McCormic Zion record of himself and family. "
Has names and birthdays of his children. Included is a letter from the family member who has the pamphlet and a letter from my aunt Alice. Thanks to her hard work for years we got a good start on this side of the families history.

Included is a copy of the certificate of authenticity dated August 22nd 1988



This is a family treasure that is in the hands of a family member.



BUSY BUSY Getting Family Research Organized

Busy busy getting my family research books organized, I have so much to get organized and filed so I can continue on. Thing is I love to search and see what I can find. Will post some of those finds soon.
Yesterday I went to the thrift stores looking for books and what ever to sell on eBay ( suppliments our income) . I need some more three ring binders and found 2 for a $1.99 each. Both are in good condition and usable.
My Zion family is one main name and I had so many papers that my binders were stuffed. Last night I took out the other family names from that side of my family and filed in another notebook. I need to do the same with my Day family book next.
As I go through my note book I am putting in new larger tab divider sheets before the ancestors name. I can use the small tabs to divide their childrens sheets.
Then it is to piles of papers and start filing them where they belong.

Hope that your week is going good with your research and organization.

Thanks For Stopping By... Grace

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I Am Busy Getting Organized With My Family History

I am busy tonight working on getting organized. Went to Office Depot to get more ink and some Page dividers to separate my major family names. Every piece of paper I find I am loading into page protectors and putting in the right place.
So many names so little information found. I love my little corner in my office. Me and my papers. My computer, printer and books.

Hope that you are having a good night and busy with your family research or organizing.

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy Challenge 3

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge 3
Assess yourself! You’re great at researching everyone else’s history, but how much of your own have you recorded? Do an assessment of your personal records and timeline events to ensure your own life is as well-documented as that of your ancestors. If you have a genealogy blog, write about the status of your own research and steps you may take to fill gaps and document your own life.
This challenge runs from Saturday, 16 January 2010 through Friday, 22 January 2010.



I have taken very little time to write about myself in my family book. I have done very little journeying also. This is one area it would be helpful to work on. How I wish I had more from my ancestors in their handwriting. I have a few letters or cards from grandparents but nothing from my great grandparents. I was reading http://taylorstales-genealogy.blogspot.com/2010/01/52-weeks-of-genealogyweek-3.html posting. She has put into her family research all the places she has lived .. 18 of them .. will make it easier for her descendants in the future.
That could be an interesting task to do.
I could write about where I was when I heard John F Kennedy had died ( 9th grade gym class).
Where I was and my feelings about the 911. How I did not sleep for days.
How about how I met my first husband or my second husband. I am not sure my children even know when or where I met their father. ( I was 15 and went to a movie with my girlfriend, told our parents we were going to the library. He was 4 rows behind us , sitting with his buddies.
My " What If " ? What if I had gone to a junior prom with with Peter B instead of cancelling out because..... he did not sound excited when I called to say yes. How silly a girl I was.
" What If ? when Mike J asked to date me. What could of become of that? I did not date him because of silly reasons. I was a preachers daughter and was a good girl, but he wanted me to not wear makeup, not cut my hair, skirts longer. If only I had talked to my mom or grandmother about him. They may have encouraged me to go out with him.
He went to Vietnam and died. Who knows if that could of changed the course of his history but we will never know. I think of him now and wish I had at least given it a try. At least I would of gotten to know him better.
We all have so many " What If " in our lives. But then again we go the course of life we choose. That brings us the husbands we had and have. The children and grandchildren in our lives. The places we have lived and will live. The people we have met that have brought meaning into our lives.
So many things to journel so that some day our great great grandchildren will know more about us then we know of our great great grandparents.
For now I am printing out some of these posts. At least it is a start.

Are you reasearching and doing a time line of your life. I would love to hear your comments.

Thanks for stopping by... Grace

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Getting Organized with Family History in 52 weeks Week 3

We are at week 3 of getting our Family history organized. The following is our task.
1. Buy tons of top loading sheet protectors. I buy my at office depot. I buy most of my supplies there. I have a frequent customer card and get points for what I buy. I also turn in my used ink cartridges to them. They link this with my card and every 3 months I get a gift card to use at the store for what ever. Last quarter it was over $20.00, most came from my ink cartridges.

2 Now take all the papers from week 1 and put into your page protectors. File after the surname. If necessary make copies and put where needed after other surnames.

3. I put wedding certificates, birth certificates, letters right after the family group sheet. That way each family notebook becomes a wonderful book that family members will enjoy and understand. I have wonderful letters from my grandparents in Mylar sheets. That way I can enjoy reading them any time I want. They are save, protected and will not get lost among all the other papers. I never knew my father's mother and by reading her letters I get a sense of her. I only met my father's father twice and the first time as a young child. When I read those letters I see his reaction to my sister and me. I can read how my dad's brother's enjoyed seeing us as young children. These letters are greatly treasured and will be safely passed down for generations.

I also suggest making an extra copy of all the birth certificates, death certificates and filing in a file cabinet. That way if a distant cousin contacts you for a copy you can quickly make a copy for them. No need to take your family book to the copy store, that is if you do not have a home scanner.

Well that is our task for week 3. Once this is done and you get in the habit of putting these papers in your family notebook , you will hopefully do it as you find or receive a death certificate, copy of a letter or picture of an ancestor. As I find a picture of my ancestor's tombstone on http://www.ancestry.com/ or on http://www.findagrave.com/ I print a copy and put as the last page of that family member.

Just a couple of days ago I found the obiturary and grave stone of one of my great great grandmothers. You can read more of this if you like at http://myfamilyrootsrundeep.blogspot.com/2010/01/anna-woodmansee-milsap-my-great-great.html

Hope that you all have a wonderful week and that you find something out about a family member you did not know.
Thanks for stopping by... Grace