My dad collected a bunch of old postcards, but only one Thanksgiving postcard. I was looking through the photo album from my grandma and found this postcard. It was pasted in and so when I removed it you cannot read any of the message on the back.
I have not done a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun in a while so here is this one.
Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) This is a fun meme co-hosted by McGuffy's Reader and 15 and Meowing (thanks to Suzanne McClendon on the P.S. Annie blog for the links). 2) Fill in the blanks for these four statements: 1. One Thanksgiving tradition I have is __________________________. 2. Black Friday ______________________________________________. 3. The best part about Thanksgiving Day is _______________________. 4. One Thanksgiving, _________________________________________.
Eating a big dinner and then making TV dinners with all the left overs.
Black Friday is for staying away from all the stores.
It is quiet an peaceful most all day, watching TV and smelling everything cooking.
My grandmother wanted to make mince meat pie, and she always used deer meat, which she ground up and put in the mix for the mince meat pie before baking. One Thanksgiving, she was short on time so she just forked up the deer meat and mixed it in. It cooked very tough and you could hardy chew it up, so we always asked if she used forked up deer meat after that.
Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!): 1) My friend and colleague J. Paul Hawthorne started this on Facebook, and many geneabloggers have already done it. 2)
The challenge is to create a five or six generation ancestor chart
that shows your ancestor's birthplaces. You can download Paul's sample
chart (an Excel spreadsheet) available at : http://bit.ly/1RjfZEZ. Pat Richley-Erickson created another spreadsheet (5 or 6 generations), available at: http://bit.ly/5n6GenBirth. 3)
These are spreadsheets (use Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice or Google
Sheets or similar), so you will have to enter text in the cells and then
use the background and font color features to make it correct and look
colorful. You could make your own in some other program also. 4)
Use your genealogy program to figure out which state or country your
ancestors came from, then enter the data into the correct cell. Make an
image of your spreadsheet - I used the Windows Snipping Tool, and saved
the image as a .jpg file. You could make a screen capture of your
spreadsheet and save it as an image also. 5) Share your Ancestral birthplace Chart with the genealogy world on your own blog
Been a while since I did a Saturday night Fun post, so here is my ancestors birthplace spreadsheet.
Although my dad was born in Minnesota, his family moved to Montana when he was three years old and he had no recollection of Minnesota. He grew up in Montana and moved to North Idaho after he was full grown. My mom had a similar experience as she was about four when her parents left Missouri and settled in Spokane where she grew up.
1) What are your genealogy education
plans for 2016? Local society meetings or seminars? Regional or
national conferences? Week long institutes? Genealogy cruises?
Podcasts? YouTube Videos? Webinars or Hangouts On Air? Magazines?
Websites? Blogs? 2) How much time do you invest in Genealogy Education? Why do you do it? 3) Tell us about it in your own blog post
I am planning on going to the Washington State Genealogical Conference June 18, 2016 in Tacoma. I try to go to all of the Eastern Washington Genealogical society monthly meetings. I was thinking of going to the Northwest Genealogical Conference in Arlington again, but I will skip it this year. We wanted to go see our cousin in Missoula, Montana this fall and the Montana Genealogical Society is having their conference there September 22-24, so I think I will go there instead of Arlington. It is 30 miles further than Arlington, but all on the interstate, while getting to Arlington is mostly 2 lanes and a lot of winding mountain roads. I watch some YouTube Videos, went to a couple Hangouts on Air, read several genealogical magazines and close to 300 blogs.
I don't spend a lot of time in education any more, should do more on the newer technology.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to: 1)
What was your best research achievement in 2015? Tell us - show us a
document, or tell us a story, or display a photograph. Brag a bit!
You've earned it! 2)
We all have elusive ancestors. What research problem do you want to
work on in 2016? Tell us where you want to research and what you hope
to find. 3) Put the answers in your own blog post
1) Well I kind of fell into the research achievement, I received an E-Mail from Family Search that a source had been added to my family tree on Family Search. Huh, did not remember I had a tree on Family Search. I clicked on the link and sure enough I did have a tree on Family Search and someone had added a source to one of my ancestors. I did send in my GEDCOM to Ancestral File years ago and that was where my family tree came from. I started looking around and some of the people in my family tree had many sources, census, marriages, births and deaths. Many had pending hints and I found a lot of information on the children of a lot of my ancestors I had not even looked for. I found many duplicates, merged most of them into one person. Found hints on many more so I need to do a lot of research to see if some of the UN-sourced information is correct. And all of this is a work in progress as all the new digitized information that is added to Family Search weekly is checked by their computer and may show up as pending hints for more sources on the family trees at Family Search. 2) Well for several years I have looked for Thomas D. Kelly born April 25, 1827 near Louisville, Kentucky, and I guess he is my most elusive ancestor. Hope to find his parents. My PML searches on Roots web have been giving clues, but so far nothing close.