Monday, November 28, 2011

Musings On A Munday Some People are Just Really Nice

While working on my Evingham/Smith/Gilpin lines in Buffalo County Nebraska I've spent a lot of time on the USGenWeb Project for Buffalo County, Nebraska. The county coordinator for the site is Mona Houser and she has been amazingly helpful to me. The site contains a wealth of information and Mona always responds to me quickly. You can tell she truly enjoys participating in the GenWeb Project and goes above and beyond to help! She not only looks up what I ask for, she looked in other books index to see if there was anything else I might want and there was. Thank you Mona I really appreciate all of your help!

On this same site was a link to the Fort Kearney Genealogical Society. I knew they had access to marriage books for the 1800's in Buffalo County, that were indexed on the Buffalo County site. I sent an email to the address listed on the site and requested two marriage records, one from 1885 and one from 1887. When I hadn't received any type of reply after three weeks I thought that this must be one of those small societies that only check their email once a month, so I settled into wait.  Then about four weeks after I sent the email I received an envelope from June (I won't use her last name as it's not published on their site) with copies of both of the marriage records I requested! Of course I was very excited but what had me dancing was one of the marriage records showed the mother's maiden name and we all know how valuable that little tidbit is!

I printed a copy of my original email and wrote a note on the back thanking June and letting her know how much I appreciated her help. The next week I received a thank you note in the mail from June. SHE was thanking ME for my note. She said that she was glad to know that something she had done as a volunteer had helped someone else and that made her feel like she was doing something worthwhile.

How cute is that?? How nice is that? How many times does that happen?

Some people are just really nice.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Family History Scrapbook Sunday

I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!

I'm a week late in posting my pedigree pages for the Family History Album Class! I should be posting the assignment for week 3, but life and my JOB got in the way :). Maybe, hopefully I will catch up but I'm not making any promises because the holidays and more out-of-town travel is in the near future.

Jennifer at The Scrappy Genealogist organized a group of Geneabloggers who want to incorporate digital scrapbooking into telling their family story.  Jessica Sprague offers self-paced, online classes in various topics surrounding digital scrapbooking. It is her Family History Album Class that is our guide for this project. And here are my pedigree pages for Week 2 of the class.




Be sure to visit the sites of the others taking this class and see how they apply what they have learned to their Family History Album.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

NGS Video Becoming a Genealogist

Don't read the title of the video and make the assumption that this is a "how to" video. It's not that at all. It is a wonderful story and you will be glad you watched.

 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Some Gave All



Image background contains a letter from David Emery to his father and step-mother (my grandmother) shortly less than one year before he was killed in action during WW II.


David is buried at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thank A Veteran


Billy Joe Mills
United States Air Force

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Brothers In Arms


Carol Vanderman
Howard Vanderman
Lionel Vanderman

Monday, November 7, 2011

WW I Doughboys


Frank S. Allen

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Family History Album Class Title Page

Jennifer at The Scrappy Genealogist organized a group of Geneabloggers who want to incorporate digital scrapbooking into telling their family story.  Jessica Sprague offers self-paced, online classes in various topics surrounding digital scrapbooking. It is her Family History Album Class that is our guide for this project.

Week 1 of the class covered gathering and organizing the documents and photos that we would like to feature in our album. Our first assignment was to complete the Title Page which I am sharing below.


Included in our class fee were digital downloads of background papers and embellishments. Jessica provided a title page template for our use, then we were instructed to use the the papers and embellishments provided to make the page our own.

The biggest challenge in this assignment for me was working with a layered template in Photoshop Elements. I've been using MyMemories for my digital scrapbooking and truly appreciate how easy it is to use after working with Elements on this page. I am hopeful that by the end of this class I will know my way around Elements and feel comfortable using it regularly.

Be sure to visit the sites of the others taking this class and see how they apply what they have learned to their Family History Album.





Weekly Updates from GHLL

New Genealogy and History Data posted for week of November 7 - November 13, 2011.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Events in Genealogy

Genealogy Calendar of Events for November 2011


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