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Getting Organized – Making Plans

 

Sometimes, when I feel overwhelmed, I don’t do a darn thing from my to-do list and instead, I tackle some sort of project that I’ve really wanted to get done but didn’t have time to do, and didn’t really need to do.  It is a super-weird-totally-nerdy-strangely-productive form of procrastinating.  Better than watching TV, right?  😂

So last week, I avoided my to-do list and tackled one of those wish list projects.  I went through my entire blog and updated a page you can find right up there☝🏻 at the top of my blog entitled, “My Ancestors“.

It is a list of every person I have written about or mentioned on my blog, mostly, with links to those posts.  I hope this will be helpful for extended family members to find things I have written that may be of interest to them.

It also helped me to see areas of my tree that I haven’t written much about and feel a bit more direction on how to prioritize a few posts I have had dancing about in my thoughts.

The day after I finished updating the page, my sister stopped by my house.  She mentioned a photo of our great grandma that she can remember seeing somewhere.  I whipped out my phone and was able to quickly look at each post about her and see the accompanying photos.  Awesome!

So, feel free to check out my new procrastination masterpiece by clicking the page link above – or here – or by scrolling on because I pasted that big beauty below.

 

Family members, please feel free to give me some input.  I made this page for you, so if you think it could use some adjustments, I am happy to hear your suggestions.  For instance, I am wondering if I should break up the last two lists into four – the same two categories, but broken up by maternal and paternal…?

 

FYI – I added three fancharts, seen above, at the top of the page with captions.  One fanchart is for my Dad, one for my mom’s mom, and one for her biological father.  I don’t generally mention him because he is still alive, and, well, I’m guessing the term “biological” probably clued you into the other reason.  The man I call Grandpa is still living so there is hardly any trace of him anywhere on my blog.

 

Happy Monday, I hope you are able to tackle some wonderful project that will make you feel awesome, very, very soon!  xoxo

 

 

 

 

Listed below are the ancestors and family members I have written about on this blog.  The list has four sections – Grandparents, Great Grandparents, Direct Line Ancestors, and Other Family Members.  All individuals are listed in alphabetical order by surname.  Women are listed by maiden surname.  If the individual is my current end of line person or brick wall (bummer!), their name is italicized and bright blue.  All ancestors who were an end of line person when I started this blog, but are no longer a brick wall, have this next to their name – 🎉, because that is something to celebrate!  Family members from my maternal side have a pink double heart before their name and family members from my paternal side have a blue heart before their name.

 

 

Grandparents:

 

💕DUVAL, Deane Alice

 

💙ELLIS, Mary Margaret

 

💙PETERSON, Ronald Skeen

 

 

Great Grandparents

 

💕COSTELLO, John

 

💕DUVAL, Francis Henry

 

💙ELLIS, Claude Albert

 

💙HUBAND, Blanche Octavia

 

💕MAFFIT, Hope Estelle

 

💙PETERSON, Rulon Powell

 

💙SKEEN, Naomi

 

💕YOUNG, Mary Brown

 

 

 

Direct Line Ancestors

 

💙AUSTIN, Louise Maria – my 3rd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Louise Maria Austin Cheney.

🎉💕BLACKBURN, Eliza – my 4th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Ann WhiteleyA Marrying Mess.

💕BOLES, James Thomson – my 4th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Helen Boles.

🎉💕BROWN, Andrew – my 4th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Andrew BrownFinding Andrew Brown’s Parents.

💕BROWN, Catherine – my 2nd great grandmother. Photograph Showcase:  James & Catherine YoungPhotograph Showcase:  The End of My Brown Family Pedigree in Photographs.

🎉💕BROUILLETTE, Esther – my 3rd great grandmother.  New United State Marriage CollectionPublic Member Ancestry Trees – A Mixed Bag.

💕CASTILLA, Vincenzo – my 2nd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – John Costello, Man of Mystery.

💙CHENEY, Hattie Margaret – my 2nd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Louise Maria Austin CheneyPhotograph Showcase:  A Fall Photo.

💙CHENEY, Joseph Thompson – my 3rd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Louise Maria Austin Cheney.

💙DAVIS, George Edward – my 3rd great grandfather.  Photograph Showcase:  Sarah is Calling to Me.

💙DAVIS, Susan Kaziah – my 2nd great grandmother.  Photograph Showcase:  Family PhotoPhotograph Showcase:  Frederick & SusanPhotograph Showcase:  Frederick & Susan EllisPhotograph Showcase:  Susan’s EyesPhotograph Showcase:  Sarah is Calling to MeFamily Reunion Bingo GamesA Special Christmas Gift & the Lesson FamilySearch Taught MeTreasures: Susan Kaziah Davis History.

💙DAYMOND, Rebecca – my 4th great grandmother.  Photograph Showcase:  Sarah is Calling to Me.

💕DEMERS, Marie Louise – my 2nd great grandmother.  Give Your Precious Photos Source Citations Too,

💙DIXON, Electa Philomelia – my 3rd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Lyman Stoddard SkeenFamily Reunion Bingo Games,

💙DOLBY, Maria Amanda – my 4th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Lyman Stoddard SkeenMemorial Day 2017.

💕DUVAL, Alexis, later known as Alexander – my 3rd great grandfather.  Give Your Precious Photos Source Citations Too,

💕DUVAL, Francis Cyprien – my 2nd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Francis Cyprien DuvalWhy Klondike is ruining my sleep…Did I Really Just Find What I Think I Found?52 Ancestors – Alice HydeAlaska – My FascinationIn MemoriumDoes baby Dorothy belong in my tree?Give Your Precious Photos Source Citations TooDear Genealogy Bloggers, I love you!,  Photograph Showcase:  In Uniform.

🎉💕DUVAL, Francois Simon – my 4th great grandfather.  Puzzling:  Ebee Duval.

💙ELLIS, Frederick William – my 2nd great grandfather.  Photograph Showcase:  Frederick William EllisPhotograph Showcase:  Family PhotoPhotograph Showcase:  Frederick & SusanPhotograph Showcase:  Frederick & Susan EllisFamilySearch Book Scanning ServiceFamily Reunion Bingo GamesA Special Christmas Gift & the Lesson FamilySearch Taught Me

💕FERGUSON, Janet – my 6th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – James Young and his convenient death date.

💙FOLKMAN, Jane Zina Petrina – my 2nd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Jane Zina Petrina FolkmanTell Me a Story – First RefrigeratorWho is Patricia?Photograph Showcase:  A Visit With GrandparentsFamily Reunion Bingo Games,

💙FOLKMAN, Jens Peter – my 3rd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Jane Zina Petrina FolkmanFamily Reunion Bingo Games,

💕FORTIN, Marie Emilie – my 4th great grandmother.  Genlighten.com.

🎉💕GAUTHIER, Marie – my 4th great grandmother.  Puzzling:  Ebee Duval.

💙HUBAND, Heber Albert – my 2nd great grandfather.  Photograph Showcase:  A Fall Photo.

💕HYDE, Alice – my 2nd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Francis Cyprien DuvalWhy Klondike is ruining my sleep…Photograph Showcase:  In Uniform52 Ancestors – Baby Girl HydeDid I Really Just Find What I Think I Found?52 Ancestors – Alice Hyde52 Ancestors – Ann WhiteleyAlaska – My FascinationIn MemoriumA Marrying MessArthur & Mary HydeDoes baby Dorothy belong in my tree?Incest?Give Your Precious Photos Source Citations TooPhotograph Showcase:  My Sister Alice.

💕HYDE, Henry Douglas McLenberg – my 4th great grandfather.  Photograph Showcase:  Which Grandfather Hyde?A Marrying MessArthur & Mary HydeIncest?.

💕HYDE, William Henry – my 3rd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Baby Girl HydePhotograph Showcase:  Which Grandfather Hyde?52 Ancestors – Alice Hyde52 Ancestors – Ann WhiteleyAlaska – My FascinationIncest?.

💕JERRAIN, Emma Esther – my 2nd great grandmother.  Photograph Showcase:  A Chain of MothersDNA Happy Dance & A New-To-Me Resource.

💙LAKE, James – my 5th great grandfather.  Family Reunion Bingo Games,

💙LAKE, Mary – my 3rd great grandmother.  Photograph Showcase:  Sarah Jane Marler and her DaughtersFamily Reunion Bingo Games,

💕MAFFIT, Seth – my 2nd great grandfather.  Photograph Showcase:  A Man with a PipeDNA Happy Dance & A New-To-Me Resource.

💕MAFFIT, Seth Potter – my 3rd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – An Unusual DeathDisappointing Death RecordNew United State Marriage Collection.

💙MARLER, Sarah Jane – my 4th great grandmother.  Photograph Showcase:  Sarah Jane Marler and her DaughtersFamily Reunion Bingo Games,

💕MARSDEN, Sarah – my 4th great grandmother.  Arthur & Mary HydeIncest?.

💕MCLAREN, Isabella – my 4th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Helen Boles.

💙MUDD, Joseph – my 4th great grandfather.  Photograph Showcase:  Sarah is Calling to Me.

💙MUDD, Sarah Esther – my 3rd great grandmother.  Photograph Showcase:  Sarah is Calling to Me.

💕PALLINA, Amelia – my 2nd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – John Costello, Man of Mystery52 Ancestors – Amelia Pallina.

🎉💕PERRAULT, Adeline – my 4th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Prudent Therien.

💙PETERSON, Peter “B” –  my 3rd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Peter “B” PetersonFamily Reunion Bingo Games.

💙PETERSON, Thomas William – my 2nd great grandfather.  Family Reunion Bingo Games.

💕POTTER, Laura Ann – my 4th great grandmother.  Public Member Ancestry Trees – A Mixed Bag.

💙POWELL, Ann – my 3rd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Peter “B” PetersonFamily Reunion Bingo Games.

🎉💕ROBERTSON, Janet – my 4th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – James Young and his convenient death dateJames Young On RepeatThe Mixed Up Case of the Two James Youngs & Janet Robertsons in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

💕ROBERTSON, Mary – my 4th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Andrew Brown.

💙SKEEN, Joseph (1876 – 1961) – my 2nd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Jane Zina Petrina FolkmanTell Me a Story – First RefrigeratorWho is Patricia?Photograph Showcase:  A Visit With GrandparentsFamily Reunion Bingo Games.

💙SKEEN, Joseph (1816-1882) – my 4th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Lyman Stoddard Skeen.

💙SKEEN, Lyman Stoddard – my 3rd great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Lyman Stoddard SkeenFamily Reunion Bingo Games.

💙SMITH, Philomelia – my 5th great grandmother.  Family Reunion Bingo Games,

💙TAYLOR, Joseph (1825-1900) – my 4th great grandfather.  Family Reunion Bingo Games,

💙TAYLOR, Joseph Allen (1848-1929) – my 3rd great grandfather.  Family Reunion Bingo Games,

💙TAYLOR, Lettie – my 2nd great grandmother.  Tell Me a Story – Divinity & the Great DepressionFamily Reunion Bingo Games.

💕THERIEN, Prudent – my 4th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Prudent Therien.

💕THOMAS, Ann –  my 4th great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Ann Vickers Young.

💙THOMASEN, Maren Katrine – my 3rd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Jane Zina Petrina FolkmanFamily Reunion Bingo Games,

💕VICKERS, Ann –  my 3rd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Ann Vickers Young.

💕VICKERS, James –  my 4th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Ann Vickers Young.

🎉💕WHITELEY, Ann –  my 3rd great grandmother.  52 Ancestors – Baby Girl Hyde52 Ancestors – Alice Hyde52 Ancestors – Ann WhiteleyA Marrying MessIncest?Photograph Showcase:  My Sister Alice

🎉💕WHITELEY, George – my 4th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – Ann WhiteleyA Marrying Mess.

💕YOUNG James (1876-1945) – my 2nd great grandfather.  Photograph Showcase:  James & Catherine YoungPhotograph Showcase:  The End of My Brown Family Pedigree in Photographs.

💕YOUNG James (1852-1916) – my 3rd great grandfather.  James Young On Repeat52 Ancestors – Ann Vickers Young.

🎉💕YOUNG, James (1824-1895) – my 4th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – James Young and his convenient death dateJames Young On RepeatThe Mixed Up Case of the Two James Youngs & Janet Robertsons in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

🎉💕YOUNG, James (1800-1870) – my 5th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – James Young and his convenient death date.

💕YOUNG, Thomas – my 6th great grandfather.  52 Ancestors – James Young and his convenient death date.

 

 

 

Other Family Members

 

💕BOLES, Barbara Crow – my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, granddaughter of Helen Boles and great granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  This and That

💕BOLES, Christina – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  52 Ancestors – Christina Boles.

💕BOLES, Elizabeth Montgomery – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  52 Ancestors – Elizabeth Montgomery Boles.

💕BOLES, Helen – my 3rd great grandaunt, daughter of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  52 Ancestors – Helen BolesThis and That,

💕BOLES, Helen – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  52 Ancestors – Helen Boles, the niece.

💕BOLES, Isabella – my 3rd cousin 2 times removed, mystery great granddaughter of Helen Boles, 2nd great granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  This and That

💕BOLES, Isabella Muir – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, daughter of my 3rd great granduncle Alexander Boles & Isabella MUIR Boles, granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  This and That

💕BOLES, James – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, son of my 3rd great granduncle Alexander Boles & Isabella MUIR Boles, grandson of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  This and That

💕BOLES, James – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, son of my 3rd great granduncle John Thompson Boles & Christina Montgomery, grandson of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  Memorial Day Tribute – James BolesMemorial Day 2017.

💕BOLES, James Thomson – my 2nd cousin 3 times removed, grandson of Helen Boles, great grandson of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  This and That

💕BOLES, John Thompson – John is my 3rd great granduncle, son of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  52 Ancestors – John Boles, the Disappearing Man,   Off to South Africa?Unraveling the John Boles Mystery – Part OneUnraveling the John Boles Mystery – Part TwoUnraveling the John Boles Mystery – Conclusion.

💕BOLES, John McLaren – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, son of my 3rd great granduncle Alexander Boles & Isabella MUIR Boles, grandson of my 4th great grandparents James Thomson Boles & Isabella McLaren.  This and That

💕BROUILLETTE, Dollie – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, daughter of Nelson Brouillette & Maggie Goff.  My New Treasure.

💕BROUILLETTE, Nelson – my 3rd great granduncle, brother to my 3rd great grandmother, Esther Brouillette.  DNA Happy Dance & A New-To-Me Resource.

💕BROUILLETTE, Telesphore – my 3rd great granduncle, brother to my 3rd great grandmother, Esther Brouillette.  Book, Book, & Book…A New Toy at the Library.

💕BROWN, Mary – my 1st cousin 4 times removed, granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents Andrew Brown & Mary ROBERTSON Brown.  ALL the Babies of Mary Brown Wood & Mary Brown Wood, Part 2 – So Much Death.

💕COSTELLO, David Anthony – my granduncle, son of my great grandparents Mary Brown YOUNG Costello and John Costello.  52 Ancestors – David Anthony Costello.

💕DOUGLAS, Maggie – birth name, Margaret Leckie McPherson Dempster, the wife of my 1st cousin 5 times removed.  Who is Maggie Douglas? Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart Four

💕DUVAL, Adelaide – my 2nd great grandaunt, daughter of Alexis Duval & Marie Louise Demers, my 3rd great grandparents.  Give Your Precious Photos Source Citations Too,

💕DUVAL, Alexander Valmore – my great granduncle, son of my 2nd great grandparents Francis Cyprien Duval & Alice Hyde.  Does baby Dorothy belong in my tree?.

💕DUVAL, Annie Marie Elvera – my great grandaunt, daughter of my 2nd great grandparents Francis Cyprien Duval & Alice Hyde.  Photograph Showcase:  In UniformDoes baby Dorothy belong in my tree?Incest?Treasures: Aunt Vera’s Scrapbook – A Perplexing Gem Riddled with Fact and FictionPhotograph Showcase:  Class Pictures 101 Years Ago

💕DUVAL, Baby Boy – my great granduncle, son of my 2nd great grandparents Francis Cyprien Duval & Alice Hyde.  Does baby Dorothy belong in my tree?.

💕DUVAL, Dolores Lenore – my great grandaunt, daughter of my 2nd great grandparents Francis Cyprien Duval & Alice Hyde.  Newspapers.com & a Runaway AuntDoes baby Dorothy belong in my tree?.

💕DUVAL, Dorothy – my great grandaunt, daughter of my 2nd great grandparents Francis Cyprien Duval & Alice Hyde.  Does baby Dorothy belong in my tree?.

💕DUVAL, Ebee – my 3rd great granduncle, son of my 4th great grandparents Francois Simon Duval and Marie Gauthier.  Puzzling:  Ebee Duval.

💕DUVAL, Leon Howard – my great granduncle, son of my 2nd great grandparents Francis Cyprien Duval & Alice Hyde.  Photograph Showcase:  In UniformDoes baby Dorothy belong in my tree?.

💙ELLIS, Beth Louise – my grandaunt, daughter of my great grandparents Claude Albert Ellis & Blanche Octavia Huband.  Photograph Showcase:  Ellis Family

💙ELLIS, Claudia – my grandaunt, daughter of my great grandparents Claude Albert Ellis & Blanche Octavia Huband.  Photograph Showcase:  Ellis Family

💙ELLIS, Dale Huband – my granduncle, son of my great grandparents Claude Albert Ellis & Blanche Octavia Huband.  Photograph Showcase:  Ellis Family

💕HUNTER, Sherry Grace – my 1st cousin 2 times removed, niece of my great grandfather Frank Duval, adopted daughter of Annie Marie Elvera DUVAL Hunter.  52 Ancestors – Sherry HunterThe Mess that Just Keeps on Growing.

💕HYDE, Albert – a mystery relative.  Who on Earth is Albert?

💕HYDE, Arthur – my 3rd great granduncle, son of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden.  A Marrying MessArthur & Mary HydeIncest?Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit HoleThe Mess that Just Keeps on Growing.

💕HYDE, Baby Girl – my 2nd great grandaunt, daughter of my 3rd great grandparents William Henry Hyde & Ann Whiteley, she is likely Rosey Hyde.  52 Ancestors – Baby Girl Hyde.

💕HYDE, John – my 3rd great granduncle, son of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden.  Incest?.

💕HYDE, Letitia Douglass – my 3rd great grandaunt, son of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden.  Incest?.

💕HYDE, Louis – my 3rd great granduncle, son of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden.  Incest?.

💕HYDE, Muriel Grace – my 1st cousin 3 times removed, daughter of Robert Hyde & Rosey Hyde, granddaughter of my 3rd great grandparents William Henry Hyde & Ann Whiteley AND granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden. Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit HoleDon’t Lose Track of Your Digital Files…Dear Genealogy Bloggers, I love you!The Mess that Just Keeps on Growing.

💕HYDE, Robert – my 3rd great granduncle, son of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden.  A Marrying MessIncest?Incest?! – An Update: ALWAYS Go To The Next Image!Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit HoleDear Genealogy Bloggers, I love you!The Mess that Just Keeps on Growing.

💕HYDE, Rose Elvera – my 1st cousin 3 times removed, daughter of Robert Hyde & Rosey Hyde, granddaughter of my 3rd great grandparents William Henry Hyde & Ann Whiteley AND granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden.  Incest?Incest?! – An Update: ALWAYS Go To The Next Image!Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit HoleThe Mess that Just Keeps on Growing.

💕HYDE, Rosey – my 2nd great grandaunt, daughter of my 3rd great grandparents, William Henry Hyde & Ann Whiteley.  52 Ancestors – Baby Girl Hyde52 Ancestors – Ann WhiteleyA Marrying MessIncest?Incest?! – An Update: ALWAYS Go To The Next Image!Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit HoleDear Genealogy Bloggers, I love you!The Mess that Just Keeps on Growing.

💕KINGHAM, Barbara Norma Robertina – my relationship to Norma is complicated.  Her relationship to her family is complicated.  She was raised by Rosey Hyde.  Incest?Incest?! – An Update: ALWAYS Go To The Next Image!Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit Hole,

💕KINGHAM, Harry Grant – husband of Rosey Hyde, my 2nd great grandaunt.  Incest?An Update: ALWAYS Go To The Next Image!Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit Hole.

💕MAFFIT, Hilan Thorne – my great grandaunt, daughter of my 2nd great grandparents Seth Maffit & Emma Esther Jerrain.  Photograph Showcase:  SistersWho Is On That Swing?Answer to “Who Is On That Swing?”

💕MAFFIT, Orrin Seth – my great granduncle, son of my 2nd great grandparents Seth Maffit & Emma Esther Jerrain.  52 Ancestors – Orrin Seth Maffit, A Child with Two Names?DNA Happy Dance & A New-To-Me Resource.

💕MARSDEN, Martha – my 4th great grandaunt, daughter of my 5th great grandparents William Marsden & Sarah Chambers AND second wife of George Whiteley my 4th great grandfather.  A Marrying Mess.

💕MILLAN, Catherine Lucille – my 1st cousin twice removed, daughter of Catherine Boles Young & William Millan, granddaughter of my 2nd great grandparents James Young & Catherine Brown.  Descendancy Research – A Story About Catherine LucilleGenealogybank.com.

💕MILLAN, William – husband of my great grandaunt Catherine Boles Young.  Descendancy Research – A Story About Catherine LucilleKate & Bill For Just 5 Years.

💙PETERSON, Darrell Skeen – my granduncle, brother to my grandfather, Ronald Skeen Peterson.

💙PETERSON, Janice – my grandaunt, sister to my grandfather, Ronald Skeen Peterson.  Uncle Darrell – Part II, A Life in PicturesUncle Darrell – Part XI, Family ReflectionsPhotograph Showcase:  Naomi as a Young MotherPhotograph Showcase:  A Rare MomentPhotograph Showcase:  Trusting ParentsPhotograph Showcase:  A Visit With GrandparentsPhotograph Showcase:  On the Cusp of the Great Depression

💙PETERSON, Lowell Skeen – my granduncle, brother to my grandfather, Ronald Skeen Peterson.  Uncle Darrell – Part XI, Family ReflectionsOne Last Tether.

💙PETERSON, Marilyn – my grandaunt, sister to my grandfather, Ronald Skeen Peterson.  Uncle Darrell – Part II, A Life in PicturesUncle Darrell – Part XI, Family ReflectionsTell Me a Story – First RefrigeratorPhotograph Showcase:  A Visit With Grandparents.

💙PETERSON, Wayne Skeen – my granduncle, brother to my grandfather, Ronald Skeen Peterson.  Tell Me a Story – “You have my mother’s eyes!”Uncle Darrell – Part XI, Family ReflectionsOne Last Tether.

💙SKEEN, Evan Folkman – my great granduncle, son of my 2nd great grandparents Joseph Skeen & Jane Zina Petrina Folkman.  Photograph Showcase:  A Visit With Grandparents,

💙SKEEN, Melba Trina – my great grandaunt, daughter of my 2nd great grandparents Joseph Skeen & Jane Zina Petrina Folkman.  Photograph Showcase:  Ronald & Melba.

💕WHITELEY, Alice – my 3rd great grandaunt and step-3rd great grandmother, sister to my 3rd great grandmother Ann WHITELEY Hyde, and second wife to my 3rd great grandfather William Henry Hyde.  Alaska – My FascinationA Marrying MessArthur & Mary HydeIncest?Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit HoleThe Mess that Just Keeps on GrowingPhotograph Showcase:  My Sister Alice

💕WILLIAMSON, Carole Rose – my 2nd cousin twice removed, granddaughter of Robert Hyde & Rosey Hyde, great granddaughter of my 3rd great grandparents AND great granddaughter of my 4th great grandparents Henry Douglas McLenberg Hyde & Sarah Marsden.  Rosey’s Girls – A Crazy Trip Down the Rabbit Hole,

💕YOUNG, Catherine Boles – my great grandaunt, sister to my great grandmother, Mary Brown YOUNG Costello.  Descendancy Research – A Story About Catherine LucilleKate & Bill For Just 5 Years.

💕YOUNG, George Vickers – my great granduncle, son of my 2nd great grandparents James Young & Catherine Brown.   52 Ancestors – George Vickers Young, A 98 year old ex-wife, and my shyness,  George Vickers Young Update.

 


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Advice Please ❤️

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I have finished filing thousands of precious letters between my grandparents, as well as letters from my great grandparents, extended family, and friends to my Grandpa during WWII and my grandparent’s respective missions.

I have begun scanning and transcribing.  What a joy!

But I am struggling with a few decisions.

Should I post the letters here or on their own blog?  I haven’t counted the letters, but there are thousands.  If I post them here, how should I alter my posting schedule?

Should I include everything?  My Grandma wrote the word destroy on a few of the envelopes.  You see, she inadvertently “Dear John”ed my Grandpa and was extremely embarrassed by that.  It wasn’t something she talked about.  Ever.  But my Grandpa told me all about it.  How do I handle those letters with respect to both my Grandma’s feelings and honoring the truth of their story?  (I really don’t think she had a reason to be embarrassed, it all worked out just fine in the end.)

Then there are a few letters written by Grandpa’s friends that don’t exactly paint the letter writers in the best light.  Do I include those?

Oh boy!  So many decisions.

So, I have a little survey here with these questions.  Feel free to answer on the survey or in the comments or both.  I would love any feedback that might help me choose a path forward.

 

Thank you!

 

 

 


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Major Milestone Right Here!

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Last week I filed and filed and filed letters.  Do you know what a treat it is to open letter after letter and see your grandparents handwriting?  To touch the pages they touched?  To hear their sweet and enduring love for each other?  It was completely joyful for me.

I am soooooo happy to say that I filed every single letter for the 5 1/2 years they wrote to each other!  Ten Hollinger boxes filled with letters.

(Of course, I still have the letters from the 1960s when my Grandpa was in graduate school.  But we won’t even think about those yet.)

As soon as I finish scanning Aunt Vera’s scrapbook – these letters are next on deck for scanning.  I think they deserve their own blog.  Maybe this fall.  😉

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These four boxes were mostly full on Wednesday when I started.  They look so beautiful empty, I might just leave them on my table for a day to enjoy their tender place in my heart.

 

Happy Monday, I hope you conquer a special genealogy project sometime this year – it is an incredible feeling!

 

 


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Don’t Lose Track of Your Digital Records – Give Them Distinctive Names

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Our world is becoming increasingly filled with digital files.  Documents, photos, videos, receipts, and so on – all digital.  For genealogists, it’s even worse.  We INTENTIONALLY look for as many documents as we can find about our family members.  Our file collections are massive.

Back in the good old days we had vast paper filing systems.  Some of us used binders, some file boxes or cabinets, and most of us used both.  Even diligent genealogists who have collections of paper files struggle to convert all of those files to digital formats.  It all takes time.  And time is precious.

Amy Johnson Crow recently published a post that includes an interview with Drew Smith.  They tackle the very important topic of organizing digital files.  The interview is a brief 7:43, but worth your time.

As I watched, I felt pretty good about my own system for naming files.  It is right inline with the things Drew talked about.  So I thought I would share my simple digital file naming system.  It looks a little something like this:

SURNAME, Forename Middle-name, YEAR Event Name

 

Pretty straightforward.  And so far, no two filenames have been identical in my digital files.  Let’s look at three examples.

SMELLIE, Agnes, 1909 Death Record

This is a Scottish death record.  There are three entries on the page.  The entry for my family member is the first entry on line 16 for Agnes Montgomery.  Agnes’ maiden name is Smellie, I always use the maiden surname, so my file name looks like this:

SMELLIE, Agnes, 1909 Death Record

 

HYDE, Muriel Grace and Walter E Groome, 1924 Marriage Certificate

This marriage record is for Muriel Grace Hyde and Walter E Groome.  Muriel is my blood relative so she takes the first place in my file name.  I only capitalize the surname of the person who is a blood relative.  So my filename looks like this:

HYDE, Muriel Grace and Walter E Groome, 1924 Marriage Certificate

 

Every now and again I am related to both parties in a marriage like in this example:

PROULX, Joseph and DEMERS, Anne Marie, 1919 Marriage Record, page 1PROULX, Joseph and DEMERS, Anne Marie, 1919 Marriage Record, page 2

This record is in French and split over two pages.  On the first page, the marriage entry begins on the bottom right and continues onto the next page.  Joseph Proulx is my 1st cousin 3 times removed and his wife Anne Marie Demers is my 2nd cousin 3 times removed and my 1st cousin 3 times removed.  I am related to both Anne Marie’s mother and father.  {And if you are wondering, Joseph and Anne Marie are second cousins to each other.}  Because I am related to both Joseph and Anne Marie, my two filenames look like this:

PROULX, Joseph and DEMERS, Anne Marie, 1919 Marriage Record, page 1

PROULX, Joseph and DEMERS, Anne Marie, 1919 Marriage Record, page 2

 

Using this file naming system works well for me.  I can easily find a file I am looking for just by typing in the surname.  If it’s a surname that is common to my tree, I type the surname, then a comma, then begin typing the forename until I see the file I need.

I may have a great file naming system that works for me, but organizing those files is another matter.  I haven’t had the need for folders so I haven’t created any.  They all go into one large “Genealogy Record Images” folder on my computer and external hard drive.  My back up is that I upload every file to my private ancestry tree and attach it to the correct individuals.  In the description section I add citation details so that I can retrace my steps if I need to.  I also upload images to FamilySearch as a secondary back up.  Well, I guess it’s more like a fourth back up.  😉

 

Do you have a file naming system that works for you?

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Happy Wednesday, I hope you make a fantastic, genealogy discovery today!  Then, give it a great file name that works for you.  😉

 

 


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Piles and Piles of Letters – JOY!

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Just a small portion of the letters.

In early December I was given all of the boxes of photos, journals, albums, letters, and memorabilia that had been kept by my Grandmother.  It was a joyous day and the joy has just kept spreading itself all over my genealogy loving heart these many months.

I was given the boxes, in part, because I was looking for a handful of specific photos to complete my family Christmas gift.  I was in a hurry and quickly went through every single box gathering what I needed.  It was almost painful to be in such a hurry.  There were soooooooo many unbelievable treasures in those boxes and I wasn’t able to soak much in.  I had a deadline.  As I was digging I found a shoe-box of letters.  I gave them a cursory look and thought, “Awesome, Grandma and Grandpa’s letters from WWII and their missions.  I can’t wait to go through these later.”

Well, in early Spring I pulled that box out and was devastated when I realized that it contained letters from my Grandpa’s friends and extended family.  Don’t get me wrong.  I knew they were special too.  But I know that my Grandparents wrote to each other for 5 years and that my Grandma kept all of those letters.  Where were they?

I was stressed.  I wondered if a box had gotten lost or if someone had pulled out the letters thinking they would do something with them.  I asked my uncles.  No one knew anything.  I decided before I completely panicked I needed to comb through all of the boxes again.  Much more carefully.  Just in case.

So last week I started going through the boxes again.  I found and rediscovered so many cool things.  Several boxes in, I found a binder filled with letters.  But they were from the 1960s while my Grandpa was getting his doctorate.  A cool find to be sure, and something I was hoping hadn’t been lost, but still not the letters I was searching for.

As I worked my way through every box, I got down near the end and pulled a box onto my bed and was completely baffled about the fact that it was taped shut.  What on earth?!  Somehow I had totally missed one box.  My heart started to pound.  I noticed a note on the side that said letters.  Could it be?

I opened the box and started shouting for joy!  Total and complete joy.  I was staring at 4 shoe-boxes FILLED with letters.  Plus several bundles that weren’t in shoe-boxes.  There are hundreds and hundreds of letters.

Sweet relief!

I am a bit embarrassed that the letters had been in my bedroom for a few months and all that time I had been worrying about them being lost forever.  Oh boy.

Once they were discovered, I started organizing.  It wasn’t hard because my Grandma had already bundled them by months.  I just had to get the months in order.

Next I started filing the letters in my new Hollinger boxes and folders.  I filed away until I ran out of paper folder inserts.  I need to order more.  Lots more.  It’s going to get expensive.  I wonder if my family members would want to chip in…?  I’m going to need so many before I am finished.  But I digress.

The letters cover a 5 year time period beginning when my Grandpa went off to basic training for the Marine Corps.  They follow his service in the Marine Corps and then cover the time while he was serving an LDS mission in New Zealand.  During his mission my Grandma also served a mission in California.  There is also an entire shoe-box of letters from my great-grandmother Naomi to my Grandpa.  I was so surprised and delighted by that discovery.  She left no journal, no personal history, and she died very young.  I feel like I’ve been given such a gift.

I plan to digitize the letters and share them with my family.  I may post them here, I need to ask my uncles how they feel about that.  Once everything is digitized, I will publish a book for my family members.  Well, maybe more than one.  It’s A LOT of letters and may need to be broken up.

Here are my questions:

1 – Should I include all of the letters in one collection chronologically?  Or, should I separate them and have one collection of letters between my grandparents, one collection of letters from my great-grandparents and one collection from extended family and friends?

2 – If I separate the collections for the purposes of the books I will compile, should I still share the letters online in one collection?

3 – Do you have any tips for dealing with a collection of letters this large?

 

I can’t wait to get started!  Happy Monday.

 

 


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How to Preserve Family Photos

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My Grandma’s boxes that I received late last year.   I also have boxes from my other grandparents.  So many boxes and so many wonderful photos.

Over the past few months I have been gathering bits and pieces of information about proper methods of archiving photos.  I have literally thousands and thousands of old family photos sitting in these and many other boxes.  There are so many of them that my efforts to digitize them have stalled a bit.  I want to be very organized about the entire process from start to finish for each photograph.  Because I haven’t quite settled on a plan for the end – the storage and organization methods – I have really slowed my digitizing.

I just watched something that may help me get my groove back.

Amy Johnson Crow shared an interview on her blog this week.  She interviewed Denise Levenick about the very thing I have been so concerned about – How to Preserve Family Photos.  Ironically, I have been trying to decide which of two books to order written by Denise about this topic.  Amy’s blog post helped me settle on which book I think will help me make my plan and gave me several great tips to start wrapping my mind around now.

If properly organizing, storing, and archiving family photos has been on your mind too, you may want to check out Amy’s blog post and get a little inspiration.

 

Happy Wednesday – I hope you make an amazing family discovery today!


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Ancestor Pedigree by Birthplace

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A few weeks ago a genealogist named J Paul Hawthorne started a trend that was making the rounds on Facebook and genealogy blogs quite heavily for a week or so.  He created a pedigree chart that only shows ancestor’s birth locations.  I was busy writing my posts about my great Uncle Darrell and didn’t make my chart until yesterday.

I have a lot of colors on that chart.  Lots of variety in birth places.  I’m considering taking it back a little bit further on my dad’s side to get it back to the countries of origin.

I am fascinated by this new visual way to consider my ancestors.

Have you made a chart?  You can find an excel template in this post.  I created mine using google docs.