Monday, January 27, 2020

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of January 20-26, 2020

Genealogists are great at documenting our ancestors’ lives but not so great documenting our own. I’ll write about what I’ve been doing the past week. This idea came from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing, who started this meme.

Blog Writing:

Webinars/Study Groups Attended:   
I attended the Thursday night study group and we discussed classes at SLIG and goals for the next year. Our Friday group was cancelled due to too many would be absent.  However, I met with Jacqueline at the Walnut Creek Library and we worked on genealogy and had lunch at The Silk Road.

I attended webinars this week:
  • “New Tools & Ideas for Research,” by Josh Taylor. His beginning about time management was very useful.
  • “Creative Hypothesis Development for Complex Genealogy Problems,” by Jan M Joyce for the BCG webinar. It was very interesting and she asked for audience participation a couple of times during the webinar for a unique approach.

Client Work:
I had no regular client work. I presented to the San Mateo County Genealogical Society (SMCGS) on Saturday, “Offline Research.” I was a substitute and the house was pretty full. I think it was well-received.

Big crowd at the SMCGS meeting

Volunteer Work:
At the History Center, I continued working on the collection about campaign literature from the 60s-90s.

Signups for the California Genealogical Society’s research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City in May that I'm leading is filling up fast. I have one and half rooms left. Wow! We had to adjust the Eventbrite sign up site to not be overbooked!

Own Work:
I continued working on preparing new lectures for the Adult School course which begins Feb 6. I have finished the census class (at least put it to rest to review in a week), and started on the Organization class. The last one will be records documenting death. It shouldn’t be too hard to do, plus it will be taught the last week, so if I don’t get to it before the start, I’ll still have time.

I also put together a Shutterfly book about our last trip to New York City in December.

I attended the play, “Glass Menagerie” at the Campbell Theater with three friends, Jamie, Elaine, and Dorrie. It was my first time seeing the Tennessee Williams’ play and the actors were all very good.

German on Monday nights started up again on Monday and I drove Nancy and Margo to class. We spent most of the time discussing our Christmas vacations.

Narcissus flowers are blooming in our yard. The weather has warmed up some and soon fruit trees will begin budding. I need to get some wildflower seeds out soon.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Favorite Toys as a Child

Calling All Genea-Musing Fans!

It's Saturday Night again --

Time for some Genealogy Fun!!

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has our weekly assignment:

1) Jen on Auntie Jen's Family Trees posted "Throwback Thursday Favorite Toys" on 23 January, and Linda S. thought it would make a good SNGF topic. I agree!

2) What are some (one or more) of the toys you played with as a child?

3) Share your favorite toy(s) with us in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook message. Please leave a comment on this blog noting where your conjectures are located.

Here is my post today:

Back in 2014, I followed a meme called "The Book of Me" created by Julie Goucher. We had lots of themes to write about and one of them was Toys & Games.

I see no sense in repeating that theme, so you can check out that link here. I hope Randy doesn't mind!

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Friday, January 24, 2020

52 Ancestors (2020) – Week 4: Close to Home – Nana Lived Near Us

This is my third year working on this year-long prompt, hosted by Amy Johnson Crow. I will write each week in one of my two blogs, either Mam-ma’s Southern Family or at My Trails Into the Past. I have enjoyed writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

When we lived on East 9th Street, in Pittsburg, California, in the late 50s and early 60s, my dad’s mother lived across the street and down the block some. As children, we thought it was grand to have Nana so close. She had been a school teacher and we loved it when she read to us or taught us cute little songs.

She lived on the east side of a duplex. It had just three rooms: living, kitchen, and bedroom, and a bathroom. In the living room there was a murphy bed. I was always amazed by a bed that folded out of the wall! It was a fun place to spend the night, but I was a little worried about it springing back into the wall while we slept.

Also in the living room was a bookcase with children’s books and school readers left over from at Williams School in Concord, where she taught. It was in the living room where we would sit around her and listen to her read. When we got old enough, we’d sit in her chair and read from the readers ourselves.

The kitchen was small. I don’t remember many details, but she would give us a treat: sugar wrapped in lettuce leaves. Heaven forbid now, but then it was maybe her way to get us to eat vegetables.

Now, I’m not sure how my mother felt about Nana living so close. I wonder how often Nana might have expressed her opinion about the way Mom did things (or didn’t do things Nana’s way). It probably was helpful being able to send one or two of us down to Nana’s house, so Mom could get some peace. There were four of us by then, with the youngest having been born in 1960.

Then there was my dad. He had been the baby of the family and maybe still a bit of a mama’s boy when he got married. I was pretty young when we moved to Walnut Creek and don’t remember exactly the dynamics between Dad and Nana. She ended up leaving Pittsburg and moving to Burlingame, I think, to be closer to her daughters.

Nana would still come to visit and stay with us a few days. She drove a black Volkswagen, made in the 50s with an oval back window. We loved that car and would fight over who got to sit in the cubby way back. She came to stay with us when our parents would take a short trip to Tahoe, and the two times our baby sisters were born. We also went to visit her, especially when she got too old to drive. Her apartment in San Mateo butted up to the public park and we had family picnics there.

Nana with the first 5 grandchildren. I'm sitting on her lap.

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