Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

My Maternal Grandmother Minnie Elizabeth Spahn with a friend.  Her writing on the bottom of the picture.

Another new picture from my cousin. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Minnie Elizabeth Spahn

Nursing School Graduation 1905
My Maternal Grandmother

Another new picture from my cousin.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Happy 20th Anniversary

On Friday the 13th of March 1992 my husband  I made the big step of getting married.  Today we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary.  We  even celebrate any Friday the 13th as a lucky and special day for us.  Ever since we were married I wanted to make a scrapbook of our wedding pictures.  The pictures where taken by our brother-in-law Bob.  Below are a few of the pages I have made so far, there are a few more I need to make.  I only started them a couple of months ago.  Well better late than never.

At my town home before

On the Temple grounds

After the ceremony

At our reception

There are more pages but I didn't want to bore you too much!

It has been a wild ride and I am glad to be
celebrating this special occasion.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Adventures with FHL

One day while surfing on Ancestry I found an index of a birth register for my  maternal grandmother Minnie Elizabeth.  I was excited to see it was available on a Family History Library file.  So I looked it up at the Mesa Regional Library and found out it was not available locally but I could order it online.  So I did.  Easy!  I received my email confirmation that it was ordered, and then that it was sent but I never received a call that it had arrived. 

Great Grandfather Frederick Spaahn

So on another day my cell phone rings, I don't receive a ton of calls on my cell phone.  This very nice person was on the other end telling me my film has come in.  That was the good news, the bad news was it went to a local stake center instead of the Regional Center.  The next piece of bad news was that their viewer has been down for two weeks that is why she is just calling me now, plus they don't have a machine to make a copy of it like the Regional Center.  And on top of that they are only open four hours a week. 


I can not imagine how I made the mistake of having it go to the wrong place, but I obvious did.  Lesson learned double check to make sure it is coming to the right place!

Great Grandmother Anna Betz

I made arrangements to meet her down at the stake center.  About a day before she called I thought I really don't need that index I already have her birth certificate.  But it was obviously two late and who knows it might tell me something I don't know.

Line 54 is the right line

It did tell me some things I didn't know, her father's occupation was listed as Cigar Manufacturer.  She was delivered by a Mid Wife, I must admit it took me a couple minutes to figure out what MW stood for.  Her mother had 8 children and only five were living.  My grandmother was the youngest.  Grandma didn't have a name on the index and the last name is a variation of what I had.

At the end I was happy I did order the film. 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Be Involved

In your local Genealogy Society!

I have been a member of Family History Society of Arizona for about 2.5 years.  I go to the monthly meetings and to the annual meeting.  Yesterday was the annual meeting for 2012 and the guest speaker was Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems

It was a wonderful day! 

I learned lots!  I did some networking, answered questions for someone just starting a blog and all in all had a good time.  More important than having a good time and learning is the motivation and inspiration you recieve to keep working on your family history.
That is a wonderful benefit of your local society.  There are more, so check it out!

I might not make it to the 1500s on my ancestors but I can make sure what I have is good and accurate information and pass it on to my decendents in an interesting manner to keep or get them interested in their own family history. 

Lisa Louise Cooke & myself 3.10.2012

Thanks to FHSA for doing such a great job organizing the Spring Meeting and if you ever have the chance to see Lisa go for it!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My Indexing Party

To do my part to encourage indexing besides telling people how easy it is to index and how to do the download for the indexing software.  I am having some friends over to index on Saturday the 7th in the afternoon.  I have a quilting class to teach in the morning so I have the afternoon now booked for my little indexing party!! 

If you live near by and have a lap top come on over! 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

William Thomas Chaplin

New picture of my Maternal Grandfather,
recently sent to me by my cousin.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Who am I Looking for on the 1940 Census

I had seen a really well written post by someone, I am sorry I don't remember who but she listed the people she was looking for on the 1940 Census.  I was impressed with the idea.  So here is my version. 

My Dad
George J Hartmann 
College Point or Whitestone, Queens, NY
My Mother
Edith I Chaplin
Brooklyn, Kings, NY
My Mom
Annette C Corkish
Boston or Nantucket, Mass
My Grandparents
George & Mary Hartmann
College Point or Whitestone, Queens NY
My Step Grandparents
Alfred & Mildred Corkish
Nantucket, Mass
My Grandmother
Minnie E. Chaplin
Brooklyn, Kings, NY
Great Uncles
Bertram, Herbert, Walter V Chaplins, William, Fredrich, Peter Hartmann, Joseph Jirak

Aunts & Uncles
Bea, Bill, Em, Richard

I don't have a large family but these are the priniclpe people I will be looking for.  The folks with the living localtions are the people I want to find first.  I will have to look at Enumeration District Maps as my next project.