Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Glacier Park Sign

Ran out of Yellowstone Park pictures so now I will start with Glacier Park pictures from my great Aunt Latisha Vanderpool's album.

Van and Mr. Russell September 27, 1941

Van was Charles C. Vanderpool uncle of my grandmother and Latisha's husband, Mr. Russell was husband of Cora Easter Russell, Aunt of my grandmother.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday Nigh Fun Why I pursue Genealogy

Hey genealogy buffs - it's Saturday Night - time for more Genealogy Fun!

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

1) Think about the question: "Why do I pursue genealogy and family history research?"

The Reason I started was to find out more on our ancestors after a family reunion, and since then the genealogy bug got me and I like researching.
To find my roots.
See how my family fits in with history.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Carnival of Genealogy Swimsuit Issue

This picture is my sister Jacque and me in a small pond at my grandparents house. I hope I was wearing a swimsuit here, but it does not show in the picture.
I was really surprised I could not find another picture of me in a swimsuit. I know there is one here somewhere that has me and about 7 or 8 other children at the lake home of a friend, but I have not found it yet. My parents bought a lake lot when I was about 6 years old and we built a cabin there and I have went swimming each summer since then. Problem is I am light skinned and sun burn easily, so I nearly always wore a t-shirt when I was swimming. I found a few pictures with me in a t-shirt but the t-shirt covered up my swim suit. Glad we have sun screen today.

These next two pictures are of my great aunt Latisha, Vanderpool (Tish in the pictures).

I don't know who Mrs. May is. This one says after our Finn Bath
They were taken at Lake George, Minnesota in August 1942.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Snow in July!

One more picture from my great Aunt Latisha Vanderpool's trip through Yellowstone Park July 21-28, 1915

"Brownie" in Grand Canyon (of the Yellowstone River)
Snow on 26th of July 1915

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday Night Fun Dad's

Hey genea-funsters, it's Saturday Night! Time for more Genealogy Fun.

Your mission for Father's Day, if you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Determine who is one of the most prolific fathers in your genealogy database or in your ancestry. By prolific, I mean the one who fathered the most children.

Orville and Bessie (Kieth) Travis

Well that is very easy, my grandfather Orville Travis b.18 Sep 1864 Lawrence Co., Illinois, d. 5 May 1948 Spickard,Grundy,MO. His first wife Dona Vanderpool b. 26 Nov 1873 and d. 5 Nov 1900 Mill Grove, Mercer, MO. Dona had 7 children, died just after number 7. Orville then married Bessie Kieth b.26 Feb 1886 and d. 29 Jan 1975 in Trenton, Grundy, MO. Bessie had 10 children with Orville, so a total of 17 kids. My grandmother was #2 and almost outlived all 16 others, only two of the other 16 outlived my grandmother.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Grand Canyon Guides

One more picture from my great Aunt Latisha Vanderpool's trip through Yellowstone Park July 21-28, 1915

Our Guides taken in Grand Canyon (of Yellowstone River). Snow balls in our mouths
Remember this is July!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Saturday Night Fun Google

Hey genealogy enthusiasts - it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun!!

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

1) Go to http://www.google.com/ and enter a search term and click on the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.

2) Try your name, your local society, favorite genealogy terms, whatever you want. Do at least three, and as many as you want if you have time. Be creative! Have fun!

3) What did you learn from this exercise?

I have been Googling myself for a while, mostly it finds my blog posts or the Charles Hansen that is a musician telling about his work.

I Googled Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, and the EWGS blog was on several posts, our new website #7, but the old website was #1. Found several articles on our society programs, and publications we sell.

Googled Washington State Genealogical Society, and their website was #1, several articles on the society, and even one on last summers state genealogical conference here in Spokane.

I googled John Jackie Vanderpool and found nothing new on that brick wall.

I learned there is more than one Charles Hansen, and it is hard to change a website and have the new one found by the bots. I still have not seen any of the articles I have written monthly, but I guess google does not either.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vantage, Washington

Sunday we left Ocean Shores heading back home, and just as we left the rain started and it rained all the way to North Bend and then showers up the pass, but once over the pass it pretty well stopped. Since we left late we stopped across the Columbia River at the top of the hill at the overlook for the horse sculpture by David Govedare. The first picture is the bridge at Vantage, and we were very lucky coming across the river, the wind was behind us, blowing us up the bridge towards the hill.

This picture has the bridge and also the dam downriver that makes the lake here and also generates a lot of power for this area.

This is a picture of the horse sculpture "Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies" by David Govedare. They may finish his sculpture, see the story here.

This is a picture of the clouds south of the overlook at sunset.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ocean Shores, Washington

On Saturday it was not raining so we decided to head for Westport, Washington about 50 miles from Ocean Shores by road to do some shopping. We stopped by this fence to watch the loading of a barge with wood chips.

This is the pile of wood chips they were using to load the barge.

View of Aberdeen Washington harbor

Stopped at the maritime museum at Westport, and it is mainly in an old Coast Guard building, but out back is this second building with this fresnel lens. It was ordered from France to upgrade the lighthouse located about 40 miles north of Westport back in the 1800s. The lighthouse used kerosene for the light source and the lighthouse could be seen for about a mile before this lens was used, after they added this lens you could see the kerosene light for 20 miles out at sea. The French packed the lens in barrels of molasses, and sent it around the horn and up the west coast to Washington. They also sent a cleaning solution to soak the lens clean after it arrived. (Red wine).

This is the working lighthouse at Westport, for $5 you can climb to the top and check out the view. We skipped that climb. It was a pretty good hike just to get to the lighthouse.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Ocean Shores, Washington

When we went back to see the high tide it was getting close to sunset.

If you look close on the left you can see the logs that floated in were now close to the water.

Waves crashing against the jetty.

Close to sunset now.

After our neighbor mowed their lawn the deer went across the street to the unmowed lawn there to graze.


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