Thursday, September 30, 2010

Carnival of Genealogy Brick Wall breakthrough

Well this brick wall took a long time to break down. I actually had solved the link years ago, but I was not able to prove it. My grandmothers Dillinghams go back to New England in 1632, and one of my ancestors Melatiah Dillingham had married a Betsy Chandler, daughter of Enos Chandler and the Dillingham information gave a date for the birth of Betsy Chandler. Chandler records had Enos as a lieutenant in the Continental Army and his wife was Elizabeth Soule a descendant of George Soule of the Mayflower, but they listed his daughter as Elizabeth and no birth date for her. The Soule Mayflower family was researching the 5th generation of George Soule and it lists Elizabeth Soule that married Enos Chandler and it listed his children and their birth dates. Elizabeth Chandler's date was different from the Dillingham Betsy Chandler, so were they the same person. I was pretty sure they were the same person and Melatiah and Betsy had a son Enos Chandler Dillingham (he wrote a book on the Chandlers and I would love to find a copy of that book). So when the 6th generation book came out I ordered it and the page below shows Betty/Elizabeth Chandler married Melatiah Dillingham and that is official according to the Mayflower Society. So this page below added a SAR connection for my dad's side of the family, and three more Mayflower ancestors.

This page is from the 6 generation book on George Soule revised by Louise Walsh Throop, M.B.A. and is the first edition: part Two. Like I said I pretty much had all the information on this page before, but this makes the proof of the research I had done years ago.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Leonard at Yellowstone

Another picture from my great Aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Leonard Yellowstone Park Aug. 1941

Tombstone Tuesday Laura Kelly

Laura E. (Skinner) Kelly 1874-1966

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Saturday Night Fun Birth Place

Hey, genealogy readers and champions - it's Saturday Night - time for more Genealogy Fun!

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

1) Pick one of your ancestral lines - any one - patrilineal, matrilineal, zigzag, from a famous ancestor, etc. Pick a long one if you can.

2) Tell us which position in the birth order that your ancestor was in each generation. For example "third child, first son." Also list how many children were born to these parents.

Charles Hansen, second child 1st son (2)
Claude Hansen 4th Child 2nd son (5)
Anton Hansen 5th Child, 3rd Son (10)
Hans Mikkelsen 3rd child 1st son (6)
Mikkel Madsen 1st child (1) Note Mikkel's father Mads Christensen died before Mikkel was born and before he married Mikkel's mother.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2010 WSGS Conference Day 2

Saturday started a little early as we had to pack up and move the mini home as checkout was at 1 p.m., so we got going and found a pretty level place at the church parking lot.

Registration started at 8 am and then we wandered into the vendors room. If you look close you can see two EWGS members. I did not even notice them until I downloaded the pictures to my computer.

The first session started with introduction of Diane Van Sliver Gagel at 9 and her first subject was How did our Ancestors go West? Very interesting talk on canals, railroads and wagon trains. Then a short break and vendors visit, and the next session was Women and the Law, Researching our Female ancestors. Probably my favorite subject Diane talked about all day. Next was Lunch and the Annual WSGS meeting. This part also had a bunch of awards to members of the local societies and a special one to Sam Reed the Washington Secretary of State who has done so much to help all Washington researchers.
This lineup is the volunteers that were present to receive their award. The tall gentleman above the lady in blue was the representative for Sam Reed since Sam could not make the conference.

After lunch of sandwiches, salads, and brownies by the church our first session was Ancestors in the Attic: Finding and sharing Family Photos. Diane said to check with all your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc., cousins for photos as you never know what photos they have.

The above picture is Jim Terry of Legacy shuffling the submissions for the notebook computer and Diane Van Skiver Gagel the main speaker.
At the break they selected the raffle prizes and Jim Terry of Legacy Family Tree selected the winner of the notebook computer; Susan Faulkner of Kennewick won the notebook.
The last session was Social History and Genealogy, Filling in the Gaps. Very interesting session on how and where to find what was happening during the time your ancestor lived. The example Diane used was coming on the Erie Canal and then landing in Ohio, what was that like and what was available for immigrants on arrival. Then all too soon the conference was over, I did have a yellow sticker on the back of my nametag which gave me a centerpiece from the lunch tables or a flower in several of the rooms. I really did not have a place for a flower so I donated my flower to one of the local volunteers that really wanted one.
It started to rain during our last session and continued for a couple of hours as we left Chehalis, and one shower was so heavy I slowed a lot so I could see. My sister and I stopped at her lot at Ocean Shores for Saturday night and Sunday and Monday morning I headed home. This is a picture of the wind farm up the hill from Vantage. They are all pointing west as there was a nice tail wind all the way home. :)

Wordless Wednesday Upper Falls of Yellowstone

Another picture from my great Aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Upper Falls Yellowstone Park August 10, 1941

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

2010 WSGS Conference Day 1

Thursday September 16th I left Spokane heading for the WSGS Conference at Chehalis, Washington. I headed on I-90 almost to Ellensburg, then south towards Yakima and then on highway 12 which goes to I-5 just south of Chehalis, Washington. Highway 12 goes over White Pass and while the weather was pretty nice till we crossed White Pass coming down on the west side we were above the clouds and off in the distance was this snow covered mountain.

We stopped at the La Wis Wis Campground and stayed the night there. It was raining lightly that night, but by the morning it had quit.

If you look closely at the middle of this picture you will see a bridge and it was a narrow one lane bridge just slightly wider than our mini home.

This is the small creek that went under the bridge about 50 feet from where our mini home was parked.

September 17th we headed down the pass further and stayed at Lewis & Clark State Park. I had to be to the board meeting at 1 p.m. and was not sure where the Bethel Church was, so after dinner I headed for the church and attended the board meeting. We got a tour of the site for where the conference was to be held, and that church is huge. WSGS used 4 rooms and all were large and roomy. If you look closely down the hall in this picture you will see the room for the vendors. After the board meeting the board members and family got together at the Rib Eye Restaurant for a get together meal.
At 6:30 p.m. registration started and then at 7:15 p.m. Steven Morrison from the Olympia Genealogical Society and his topic was OUTLAW GENEALOGY, Finding the Outlaw in your Family. His outline contained the Story of the McCarty Gang and a book by Charles Kelly The Outlaw Trail A History of Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch. 1996. My sister Jacque noticed that right away as our grandfather was Charles R. Kelly, but he died in 1954 so could not have written this book. Steven is a very good teacher and his subject was very interesting and a good case study in finding missing ancestors.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Yellowstone Falls

A couple more pictures from my great Aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Grand Canyon Yellowstone Park

Falls Yellowstone Park 1941

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wordless Wednesday More Bears

Another couple of pictures from my great aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.

Bears Yellowstone Park Aug 1941

Feeding of the Bears 1941, On back it says Feeding of the bears and sea gulls.
This practice was stopped years ago as it was deemed to be harmful to the bears to feed them garbage. Today they let the bears fend for themselves and they are much healthier.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Saturday Night Fun What's My Line

Hey genealogy buffs sitting there in your pajamas (or whatever) on a Saturday Night - it's time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I REALLY hope that you will, because I know how creative my genea-readers are) , is to:

1) Create a Title and outline an episode of your own Genealogy television show. Be funny, crazy or serious, it doesn't matter!

Well my TV Show would be What's My Line, a panel show with a host, contestants and a panel of four genealogical experts trying to guess the contestants lines back to their immigrant ancestors. Who should be the host? How about Randy Seaver, I think he would make a good host.


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