Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday Night Fun 1940 Census Prediction

Hey genea-census-holics... it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (come on, you know that you want to!), is to:

1) Pick one of the persons from your ancestry who should be in the 1940 United States Census.

2) Using the column headings below (from 1940 United States Census Questions), predict what the entries will be in each column.

3) Share your predictions on your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook status or a Google Plus post.

Here's mine:

I'm picking my mother, Charles R. Kelly my grandfather. Here are my predicted column entries :

* State: Washington
* Populated Place: Spokane
* Ward of City: fifth Ward
* County: Spokane
* Township or other division of county: Spokane city
* Block Nos.: ???
* Enumeration District: 10

1. Location - street, avenue or road: Crestline St.
2. Location - house number: 4903

3. Number of household: ???
4. Home owned or rented: O [mortgage paid off 1934]
5. Value of home (if owned) or monthly rental (if rented): $600
6. Does this household live on a farm? No
7. Name of person: Charles R. Kelly
8. Relationship of this person to head of household: head

9. Sex: M(ale)
10. Color or Race: W[hite]
11. Age at last birthday: 49
12. Marital Status: married

13. Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940: No
14. Highest grade of school completed: 12

15. Place of birth: Missouri
16. Citizenship of foreign born: [blank]

17. Residence on 1 April, 1935 - City or town: Same place
18. Residence on 1 April, 1935 - County: USA
19. Residence on 1 April, 1935 - State or foreign country: Washington
20. On a farm? No

21. Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov't. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): Yes
22: If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): No
23. If neither at work nor assigned to public emergency work. ("No" in Cols. 21 and 22), Was this person SEEKING WORK (Yes or No): No
24. If not seeking work, did he HAVE A JOB, business, etc.? (Yes or No): Yes
25. Indicate whether engaged in home house-work (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot): [blank]
26. Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 40
27. If seeking work or assigned to public emergency work. ("Yes" in Col. 22 or 23); Duration of unemployment up to March 30, 1940 - in weeks: 0

28. Occupation: Trade, profession, or particular kind of work, as frame spinner, salesman, rivet heater ,music teacher: Switchman
29. Industry: Industry or business, as cotton mill, retail grocery, farm, shipyard, public school: rail road
30. Class of worker: ???
31. Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 50

32. Income in 1939 (12 months ended December 31, 1939): Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): $1000
33. Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary (Yes or No): No
34. Number of farm schedule: [blank]

Thursday, March 29, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Local Genealogy Society

Week #13 – Local Societies

Week 13. Local Societies: Local genealogical and historical societies are the lifeblood of genealogy. Members and volunteers give their and money to preserve local history and promote family history. Tell us about a local society for which you are thankful

Well I belong to four local societies, three in areas I am researching and the local one here in Spokane Washington, Eastern Washington Genealogical Society founded in 1935 and still going pretty strong after 77 years. What is so good about EWGS? The members that are willing to volunteer for extractions, indexing, helping at the library, serving on committees, being board members, writing newsletters, articles for the Digital Digest, helping with the EWGS website, the EWGS blog, EWGS Facebook page, bringing cookies to the meetings, and on and on. The collection was pretty heavy in New England research, but has become more and more specific to Eastern Washington. We are so glad to have a great working relationship with the Spokane Public Library where our collection is housed, and where we meet most months, and they have a Northwest room filled with early North west resources, collected by the library for over 100 years, and local newspapers on microfilm from about 1880 to the present.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saturday Night Fun #1 Song

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

Tonight, we're going to go down memory lane a bit.

1) What was the #1 song on the day you were born? Or on your birthday when you were 18? Or when you married? Or some other important date in your life.

2) Go to and enter the date and select from UK, US or Australia record lists. Note: the first date available is 1 January 1946.

Alternatively, go to and enter the month and date and see a list of songs for each year since 1940.

Well on my birthday June 14, 1948 it was Nature Boy by Nat King Cole
On 18th birthday June 14, 1966 it was When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge
On April 2, 1940 Census Day it was In the Mood by Glenn Miller

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday Night Fun Surname Frequency

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

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

1) Go into your Genealogy Management Program (GMP; either software on your computer, or an online family tree) and figure out how to Count how many surnames you have in your family tree database.

2) Tell us which GMP you're using and how you did this task.

3) Tell us how many surnames are in your database and, if possible, which Surname has the most entries. If this excites you, tell us which surnames are in the top 5!

Well I did not find a list that would count surnames, but with just a few over 2000 names it is not hard to see the largest surnames in my Ancestral Quest database.
149 Hansen
79 Dillingham
42 Soule
38 Travis
36 Names
35 Forsyth(e)
26 Chandler
26 Doty
24 Cooke

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Genealogy Road Trip

Week #10 – Genealogy Road Trip

Week 10 – Genealogy Road Trips: No two genealogy road trips are the same but they’re always fun and meaningful. Describe a memorable trip in your past. Where did you go? What did you find (or not find)? Did you meet any new cousins? What did the trip mean to you and your family?

This road trip started out as a plane trip and then we rented a car. My dad had a reunion of his army group, the 354th Service Squadron in Rockford, Illinois in 1999 and as he was getting pretty old at 93 and we saw that it was pretty close to Crystal Lake, Illinois where his parents were married and his grandparents lived and were buried. They did not have anything scheduled for Saturday morning so we headed for the Crystal Lake library and found several articles on the wedding of pops parents. The one that pop really liked was when they described his dad as a prosperous farmer from Minnesota. His dad never became prosperous, he was a farmer from Minnesota, and barely scraped by all his life. We also found the obits for his grandparents and they said they were buried in the Union Cemetery in Crystal Lake, so we headed for the cemetery.

This is the sign by the road and you can see in the background the monument below which is a tribute to the Union soldiers from Illinois and the battles they fought in during the Civil War.

We pulled in and stopped at a wide spot, and got out and fanned out looking for the tombstone of pops grandparents. There was three of us, pop, my sister and me and I headed back towards the road and found some very old tombstones, and then my sister yelled she found the tombstone of S.P. Dillingham and Eliza his wife, just about 3 feet from the car. It was facing the other direction or we could have read the inscription from the car. Here is that tombstone.

While Stanislaus P. Dillingham was the right age to be in the Civil War but he did not serve, and for a long time I could not figure out why, till I found out he had bad legs and could not march or stand for longer than 10 minutes, so I guess he was medically unfit. I have seen the Civil War area of a couple of our local cemeteries and they have several, but the Crystal Lake cemetery had a lot more, it is sad to see so many young men that died in war.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Saturday Night Fun Time Capsule

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to respond to Bill West's Genealogist's Time Capsule Challenge - read his post on West in New England. Answer these questions:

1. Make a list of what you would put in a time capsule and why you'd choose each item.

2, What would you use for the time capsule? Where would you have it kept?

Well lets start off with the current newspaper (may not have newspapers much longer)
some old tools from my great grandfathers tool box
a 100 watt light bulb (looks like they will disappear soon)
a stack of 5.25 inch floppy disks (I know they are obsolete now)
a few 8 track tapes (might be a collectors item in the future)

Well I guess a nice plastic storage box to keep them all in, but where to keep it will be the hardest question, maybe donate to the local historical society.


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