Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saturday Night Fun Bloggers GeneaMeme

1) Read Jill Ball's post The Bloggers GeneaMeme on her Geniaus blog.

2)  Copy the questions into your own blog post, or into a word processing document, and answer the questions.

  1. What are the titles and URLs of your genealogy blog/s? Mikkels Hus and Early Spokane Obits and More
  2. Do you have a wonderful "Cousin Bait" blog story? A link to a previous blog post might answer this question. Not Really
  3. Why did you start blogging? Is there someone who inspired you to start blogging? I became one of a team of three bloggers on our Eastern Washington Genealogical Society blog, And Miriam Robbins was the person that inspired me.
  4. How did you decide on your blog/s title/s? Mikkel is a family name, starting with Mikkel Madsen, Hans Mikkelsen, Anton Mikkel Hansen and Me, Charles Michael Hansen, Hus is Danish for House. My other blog was to post the Spokane obits I have collected over the years, and sometimes there are very interesting articles on the same page as the obits.
  5. Do you ever blog from mobile devices? No
  6. How do you let others know when you have published a new post? I guess they read it on their blog reader.
  7. How long have you been blogging? I think it was 2008 when I became a part of the EWGS team bloggers.
  8. What widgets or elements do you consider essential on a genealogy blog? Like the Google analytic.
  9. What is the purpose of your blog/s? To post information on my family and other interesting posts. The second blog is to post the Spokane obits I have collected. Who is your intended audience? Spokane researchers.
  10. Which of your posts are you particularly proud of? The series I did on the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair.
  11. How do you keep up with your blog reading? Feedly Blog Reader is pretty fast.
  12. What platform do you use for publishing your blog/s? Blogger
  13. What new features would you like to see in your blogging software? none I can think of.
  14. Which of your posts has been the most popular with readers?  Well 8 of the top 10 are on the Seattle Worlds Fair and the top one is on the Seattle Space Needle.
  15. Are you a sole blogger or do you contribute to a shared blog? Both shared blogger on EWGS blog, sole blogger on Mikkels Hus and Early Spokane Obits and More
  16. How do you compose your blog posts? Online in Blogger
  17. Have you listed your blog/s at Geneabloggers? Yes
  18. Which resources have helped you with your blogging? Spokane Library
  19. What advice would you give to a new Geneablogger? Start your own blog, it is easy and fun.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday Picket Fence

Another photo from my great aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Saturday Night Fun Anton Hansen Timeline

1) Have you created a Timeline for one of your ancestors using a genealogy software program (e.g., Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic, Legacy, Reunion, etc.) or an online family Tree (e.g., Ancestry Member Tree, FamilySearch Family Tree, Geni, MyHeritage, etc.), or in a spreadsheet (e.g., Excel)?

2)  If not, try to create a timeline using the program/website of your choice.  If so, create another one for the ancestor of your choice!

3)  Show us your Timeline creation, and tell us how you did it.  Which program/website, the process you used, and how you captured the images to display your timeline.

Well I had not created a timeline since I stopped using Family Tree Journal a very good DOS program. Ancestral Quest has not had a timeline in it till version 14, but it is there now and kind of fun to do. Pick the individual you want and hit TIMELINE. Here is the Timeline for my grandfather Anton Hansen.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday Flower Hat

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

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wordless Wednesday Bridge

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

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogical Fun Great Grandmother Roulette

1) What year was one of your great-grandmothers born?  Divide this number by 125 (use a calculator!) 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" - 
your software will create this - use the "Ahnentafel List" option, or similar). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?

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

Well I picked Dona Vanderpool born in 1873/125= 14.984. Actually all my great grandmothers gave me #14 plus a fraction and rounded up all would be 15, but I dropped the excess and got #14.
Number 14 is Orville Travis, husband of Dona Vanderpool his first wife. Together they had 7 children and there are some big gaps between babies so maybe they had a few die young. Soon after child #7 Dona died and Orville married Bessie Keith. Orville and Bessie had 10 children, so Orville had 17 kids by his two wives. Orville was born in Lawrence county, Illinois September 18, 1864. My grandmother Cleo was baby number 2 of 17 and the last baby was born 33 years after Cleo was born.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Wordless Wednesday Toast

Another photo from my Great Aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Nightmare

This SNGF is based on the question:  "What is your genealogy 'nightmare?'"  Have you had a "bad" genealogy dream?  Or have a worst genealogical "fear?"  Or have you had a terrible experience concerning your genealogy research?  

Well a genealogy nightmare does not sound like fun, but years ago I had a terrible experience. I had found a Mayflower ancestor and joined the group associated with that ancestor. They were asking for a GEDCOM  of all the descendants of this ancestor, so I sent my GEDCOM. A few weeks later that same GEDCOM appeared on multiple websites including all my living cousins, I E-Mailed the group to see what had happened and one well meaning volunteer had put these GEDCOMs on a website and several people copied the data, but not the information on who submitted the data. I went to a few of the websites and asked that the remove the living people, and got chewed out royally since they all said they had got this information from public domain sites and I did not have any right to ask to have any of the information removed. So I asked them to tell me what the special codes in the notes were, and not a single one could come up with what those codes meant. You see the key to those codes was sitting on MY hard drive since I had written them I told them none of the information I had written was public domain. Nothing happened, I have not checked lately, but I assume that they are still there with my codes still intact.


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