Saturday, January 29, 2011

52 Weeks to Personal Genealogy Favorite Food

Week 5: Favorite Food. What was your favorite food from childhood? If it was homemade, who made it? What was in this dish, and why was it your favorite? What is your favorite dish now?
I like fish, when I was young I went fishing a lot, I caught crappie, perch, bass, and occasionally a trout. My mom or grandma would fry the fish in butter and we ate fresh fish. I have not been fishing in years now, just have not had the urge lately.
When Skippers opened a restaurant near us we had a lot of fish and chips at Skippers, but when Ivar's Acres Of Clams opened in the food mart of Northtown Mall I switched to the fish and chips at Ivar's. They have wonderful cod fish fish & chips. Went there tonight for fish & chips.

Saturday Night Fun Birth Day

It's Saturday Night - time for more Genealogy Fun!

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

1) What day of the week were you born? Tell us how you found out.

June 14, 1948 Flag Day
Monday from a perpetual calendar

2) What has happened in recorded history on your birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.
Found out using Randy's URL (thanks Randy)

1933 Lou Gehrig and Joe McCarthy thrown out of game, McCarthy suspended 3 games but Gehrig isn't, so he continues his streak at 1,249 games
1922 President Harding is 1st U.S. president to use radio, dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore
1917 General Pershing and his HQ staff arrived in Paris during WW I
1876 California Street Cable Car Railroad Co gets its franchise
1847 Robert von Bunsen invents the Bunsen burner
1834 Isaac Fischer, Jr. patents sandpaper
1834 Sandpaper patented by Isaac Fischer, Jr., Springfield, Vermont
1777 Continental Congress adopts Stars and Stripes replacing Grand Union flag
1775 U.S. Army founded

3) What famous people have been born on your birth date? Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.
Thanks for the URL Randy

1811 Harriet Beecher Stowe, author Uncle Tom's Cabin
1909 Burl Ives born Illinois folksinger- Actor
1921 Gene Barry, born New York actor Bat Masterson, Burke's Law
1925 Pierre Salinger newsman ABC, press secretary for John Kennedy
1946 Donald Trump born New York billionaire

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Indian Tent Lake George, MN

Two pictures from my great aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.
This picture has been cut off so can not read all it says at bottom.
??? & Tish at Indian Tent on
??ubeners grounds Lake Geroge 194? Another picture shows a W.H. Deubener, so I guess only the "D" got cut off.

The sign by the indian statue says He never took more than he needed.

Monday, January 24, 2011

COG #102 iGene Awards

The topic for the 102nd edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is: The Annual iGene Awards! This will be my first time for these awards, last year was my first full year as a blogger so now I have some articles to pick.

Best Picture The most popular picture I posted in 2010 is the Yellowstone Falls, but the Mount St. Helens Photos was the award winner.

Best Screen Play Small Town Boy goes to War. This was a tribute to my Uncle Leigh who went to war with the Army Air Corps and got air sick every time he left the ground, so he becomes an aircraft mechanic and is sent to Panama to work on the planes sent to guard the Panama Canal.

Best Documentary This group of 43 posts was not on my blog, but on the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Blog where I am on a team of bloggers. These posts were for the 75th anniversary of EWGS. All the EWGS Presidents.

Best Biography, I did not do many biographies, so this one on my Aunt Frances Hansen wins this award

Best Comedy. This is the best comedy post on DNA

Write up a blog post with links to your best articles in these categories and submit it to the COG! Thanks Jasia for the Carnival of Genealogy

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Early Spokane Pictures Online at Northwest Room

The Northwest Room Blog posted an article on the pictures that they have posted on the internet and plans to add many more.

Larry Cebula comments on the pictures at his Northwest History Blog

I am working on an upcoming project where I needed some early pictures of Trent/Front Avenue in downtown Spokane and I found a couple there that really show what I was looking for.
Note: Trent in downtown Spokane is now named Spokane Falls Boulevard, but it was still Trent when the pictures I was looking for were taken.

They have posted pictures of Spokane Streets, Spokane Homes, Spokane Parks, Spokane Bridges, the Spokane Fire, Spokane River and Spokane Views.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturday Night Fun Random Name

Hey genealogy buffs - it's Saturday Night and time for more Genealogy Fun! Play along with us and tell us about it.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to follow Chris Staats' rules (from Freaky Friday: Random Research Reports) for picking a random person's name and then doing some online research about that person. Here are Chris's rules:

1. Go to The Random Name Generator and click the red “Generate Name” button at the top of the screen

2. Go to and enter your generated name in the search box on the main search page. [Randy's add: If you don't have, go to and do it there - it's free.]

3. From the results, your research target will be the first census result for your generated name.

This is the first of 275 hits for Sam Crane at Family Search. This is his listing in the 1920 census. I am always glad when they give the film number for further searching. Sam is listed with his wife May and daughter Olive.

Name: Sam B Crane
Residence: Los Angeles Township Los Angeles City Precinct 216, Los Angeles, California
Estimated Birth Year: 1871
Age: 49
Birthplace: New York
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Birthplace:
Film Number: 1820115
Digital Folder Number: 4293715
Image Number: 01023
Sheet Number: 2
Household Gender Age
Sam B Crane M 49y
Spouse May Crane F 48y
Child Olive Crane F 24y

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy Home I grew up in

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

* Week 4: Home. Describe the house in which you grew up. Was it big or small? What made it unique? Is it still there today?

This is the house I grew up in, my parents bought it when I was about 18 months old and both lived there until they died. It is a story and a half with about 2/3 of house having a basement. It set on three lots in north Spokane. You can not see the roof in the picture, but it has a tile roof that is supposed to last as long as the house. When I was young pop bought some old telephone poles and made a swing in the yard they were about 20 feet high and had surplus rope pop bought from the navy surplus store.
When they bought the house it had a small one car garage, pop cut it in two and moved the one wall about 12 feet to the south, filled in with a new wall between where it was cut and added a new roof of the now two car garage.
If you look closely on the left of the picture is the first addition my parents added to the house, an office for mom to work in (she was a bookkeeper) and it was built by the carpenter that lived across the street. Later on they added on the north side about 12 feet, replacing the old porch that had been there with a bedroom and an addition to the kitchen.
It was located pretty good for us during school, it was three blocks to elementary school and four blocks to high school, but the junior high school was 1.4 miles away. When we went to junior high they would bus you if you lived 1.5 miles from the school and we were a block too close for the bus, so I rode my bike when ever there was no snow.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Kababeka Falls Again

Two pictures from my great aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.
Kababeka Falls Canada Aug 1942 Mrs. May & Tish

Kababeka Falls Canada Mrs. May & Anna August 1942

Don't know who Mrs. May or Anna are, Tish is the owner of the photos

Tombstone Tuesday Frances Woltermann

Frances (Hansen) Woltemann 1897-1946 in Columbus, Montana My dad's older sister, she died of cancer before I was born.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday Night Fun Roulette

It's Saturday Night again - time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) How old is one of your grandfathers now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an "ahnentafel"). Who is that person?

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog

Well my grandpa Hansen was born in 1870 in Humble parish, Svendborg County, in Denmark on the Laangland Island. So this year he would have been 141/4= 35.25 or 35.

#35 in my ahnentafel list was Maren Pederdatter, she was the daughter of Peder Rassmussen and Birth Catherine Nielsdatter

Maren was born 19 Dec 1778 in Hesselberg, Humble parish, Svendborg County, Denmark and died 9 March 1805 in Hesselberg.

Maren married Hans Anderson, son of Anders Hansen and Kirsten Madsdatter on 5 February 1804 at Hesselberg

Maren & Hans had one daughter Kristen, Hansdatter born 12 May 1804 in Humble parish.

52 Weeks to Personal Genealogy First Car

If you looked at the last post I did here you will see Gerald Madren as a witness to my parents marriage. Gerald and his brother Wayne owned Madren Brothers Studebaker dealership. Both my mom and dad had worked there at one time, but by 1965 Studebaker was on its last legs and had stopped making cars in the USA, they still were manufacturing them in Canada.
We went by the dealership often and one day in 1965 I saw a 1960 Ford Falcon sedan in the used car lot, so with my dad in tow we went and looked at it. Pop had been a mechanic for Madrens and knew what to look for in a used car. We asked for a test drive, and since the gas gauge showed nearly empty we pulled over to the gas pump Madrens had and added a dollars worth of gas (a little over 5 gallons). Pop had a route he tested cars when he worked for Madrens so off we went. The car performed well and so for $150 I bought my first car.
I took my sister for a ride and the gas gauge still showed nearly empty, so we stopped at a gas station and said fill it up. It took TWO gallons and the attendant wanted to know if we were just playing games. I said I just bought it and the gauge says it is nearly empty. That gauge never worked as long as I had it, so every 200 miles I would fill it up again.
It did burn a little oil so about 500 or so miles I would add a quart of oil. The first Falcons had a 6 cylinder engine the worked well, but if you did not change the oil regularly the oil port to the overhead valves would plug up and then you needed a lot of engine work. Mine had had good service so I never had that problem. The Falcon did have one problem when I got it, if you were in 2nd gear and let up on the gas to hold back, it would pop out of gear into neutral, so for a while I held my hand on the gear shift when I was in 2nd to make sure it stayed in gear. We finally pulled the transmission and fixed that, so I had a great running 1960 Falcon. I kept it about three years and traded it in on a 1962 Studebaker Lark. Got a $150 trade in. :) The Lark had a V8 and Disk Brakes and was a real going vehicle on the road.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Happy Anniversay to my Parents

Today would have been my parents 69th Wedding Anniversary. They were married on January 14, 1942 in my grandparents house and then the next day pop shipped out to Ephrata in the Army Air Corps. Eventually he went to England, Africa and Italy. I was going to make a copy of their marriage certificate which has been hanging on the wall of their bedroom for as long as I can remember. When I removed the cardboard back on the frame I found this booklet titled Holy Matrimony and this first image is pages 2 and three of that booklet.
Contracting Parties
Claude D. Hansen
Margaret I. Kelly
Officiating Minister
Virgil F. Halbig
Gerald L. Madren
Hilder E. Peterson
Ella H. Peterson
Ava L. Madren
Gerald L. Madren
Ella H. Peterson

This is pages 16 and 17 (the centerfold) and signed by the people at the wedding.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Kababeka Falls & Port Williams

Two pictures from my great aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.
Anna-Ruth (Hire)-Velta-Tish Kababeka Falls Canada July 1942

Ruth (Hire) and Velta at Port Williams Canada July 1942

Don't know who Anna, Ruth and Velta are.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday Fred J.G. Woltermann

Fred J.G. Woltermann 1888-1986 husband of Frances (Hansen) Woltermann at Columbus, Montana

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Saturday Night Fun Stats

It's Saturday Night again - time for more Genealogy Fun!!!

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

1) Go to your Blog Statistics website (e.g., StatCounter, Google Analytics, etc.) and find the page for "Keyword Searches" done on your blog.

2) Tell us some of the funniest or most interesting keyword searches and your reaction to them. Write your own blog post.

Well Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas Song album seems to be a top humorous keyword search. I wrote about that album in the Advent Calendar post on favorite Christmas Songs.

Interesting Keyword search was for Salt Lake City advent 2010. That post was about taking the Salt Lake City Christmas Tour with Leland Meitzler and the fun and great research we did.

Friday, January 7, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy Winter

What was winter like when you grew up? Winter was like the picture of me and my sister, looks like I was 3 or 4 and my sister two years older than me. My dads hat on the snowman.
Spokane has winter from mid to late November through February, usually some cold weather, some snow, melting and then start cycle over again cold, snow and melting. We have had some record years of snow in the 1950s and again in the late 1960s and the latest in 2007-2008. 2009 was almost a miss we had so little snow they were worried about lack of water next summer.
Spokane is in a very dry valley in eastern Washington and we depend on snow melting slowly for moisture to raise crops and to supply the cities if the area with water for the summer.
When I was young we did a lot of sledding on the street just west of our house. It was a dirt street then and had a nice hill a block south, and then a gradual hill past us down a block north. Crossing the street in front of our house meant we needed a lookout to look for cars, but there were a lot fewer then also. Not real sure when they paved the street, but they cut down the hill on the block south so it is just a real short hill now, and since it is paved a lot of traffic uses that street today also.
We also lived two blocks from school so an easy walk even in the snow. They did have short lunches in the winter so we ate at school, in the warmer weather they had long lunches and we could go home for lunch if we wanted.
Mom and grandma spent a lot of time in the fall canning, that tree just above my sisters head is an apricot tree and has a lot of apricots each year, mom also bought peaches and pears and canned them. So we ate a lot of canned fruit in the cold winter months.
In 1968-9 I was at the university in Pullman, Washington and that was a year of records, close to 4 feet of snow, -33 degrees (no wind chill then), and every school in eastern Washington closed except for Washington State University I was going to. The university had about 80% of its students living on campus and so easy for them to get to classes.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Kababeka Falls Continued

Two pictures from my great aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.
Kababeka Falls, Canada July 1942 Anna & Tish

Mrs. May, Tish and Anna at Kababeke Falls Canada Jul 1942

Still do not know who Anna or Mrs. May is.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

52 Weeks to Personal Genealogy New Years Memories

What was your new Years Traditions? Well my mom had to watch Johnny Carson every night, so on New Years Eve we watched Johnny Carson and the ball drop from Times Square. Most of the time I had a hard time staying up that late, but we managed. After my mom died we would get in the car and go watch the fireworks in Riverfront Park.
This year it was very cold outside, so we stayed home and watched the ball drop from Times Square on TV and then switched to the fireworks on the Seattle Space Needle, then I went to bed.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Missouri Volunteers Needed

A few of my followers know I have been helping index Washington State Records for many years from the Washington State Library, but today I received this request from a Missouri mail list I subscribe to. All of my mothers family were from Missouri before moving to Washington, so I hope they get a lot of volunteers. This is the same format the Washington State Library is using to digitize their records. Here is the message I got:

Hello All,

Were almost to the start of a new year, and you know what that means 1960
death certificates!!! Instead of transcribing the relevant information
from photocopies of the index, this year the Missouri State Archives is going
to try something a little different. Our IT department has set up an
application allowing volunteers to log in to a website to view actual death
certificate images. They will then be asked to transcribe the required
information from the images, directly into an online form found directly
below. This new process is set up as a double blind system, meaning each
certificate will be transcribed at least twice. If the first two
transcriptions match, the record will be approved. If not, the certificate
image will go to a third volunteer. If the third transcription does not
match either the first or second, it will automatically be sent to me for
review. Hopefully this new process will allow us to get an index online
faster and with greater accuracy than we have in the past.

If the above process sounds interesting and you would like to take part in
the project, send me a quick message and I'll add you to my list of
volunteers to contact once the website is live (likely sometime during the
second week of January). In the meantime, please feel free to contact me
with any questions or concerns.

Best Wishes,

Brian Rogers
Missouri State Archives
600 W. Main St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101


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