Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Genealogy Vacation

I have recently returned from a twelve day vacation to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, Mitchell, South Dakota, and Stanton-Red Oak, Iowa.

Conference
In Minneapolis, I attended the three-day International Germanic Genealogy Conference hosted by the local society, Germanic Genealogy Society. This was the first conference and in 2019, our local society, Sacramento German Genealogy Society, will be the hosts! I met lots of genealogists from around the country and the world. Especially exciting was meeting in person, Ursula Krause from Berlin. Some of the classes I attended:
“Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories” – Ursula C. Krause
“World War I Era U.S. Alien Registrations” – Paula Stuart-Warren
“Meyers Orts Gazetteer” – Fritz Juengling
“Die Pfalz: Understanding and Researching in Palatine Records” – Richard Haberstroh
“Baltimore: The Golden Door for Immigrants” – Debra A Hoffman
“Pioneers and Colonists: Background of Germans in Eastern Europe” – James Beidler
The conference was a huge success, and the excitement and buzz heard between the classes was very encouraging. 



Research
After the conference, my friend, Yvonne, and I rented a car to travel through parts of Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska. She had some research to do in Owatonna, Minnesota, and I had some to do in Mitchell, South Dakota and Stanton, Iowa. We also got a little sightseeing done, too. More on that later.

Research in South Dakota concerned my homesteading Gleeson and Sullivan families. I visited Holy Family Catholic Church looking for a marriage record. At the Carnegie Resource Center, I found maps of the farming area and addresses and photos of residences in Mitchell. The register of deeds office in the courthouse was the biggest find. I spent part of two days there pulling and copying deeds.


Research in Iowa concerned my husband’s Lundquist families who settled in Montgomery County. Stanton is a quaint little town. We visited the two cemeteries for photos of the markers. Since the Swedish Cultural Center would not open until 1 p.m., we had an early lunch in town. There I read the newspaper I’d purchased at the gas station (love reading local news) and saw that the Red Oak Library had just digitized the local newspapers. We got in the car and drove over to Red Oak to check out that collection. I found about two dozen articles of interest and received those copies. The local historical society has a museum that was open and visited there, too. They also have many archival materials and I may be writing to them soon for some help.


Sightseeing Adventures
I love just driving along the highway and stopping whenever something looks interesting. We stopped at Sioux Falls and visited the falls.


Of course, in Mitchell we had to see the Corn Palace. We also toured the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village.


A trip up to DeSmet to visit the Ingalls homestead was very worthwhile. The South Dakota prairie is so expansive!

A suggestion to visit the National Music Museum in Vermillion at the University of South Dakota was the best. There were so many interesting old musical instruments on display. With ipods, we were able to learn of its history and listen to music being played on the instruments.



In Omaha, we visited the Lorenzen Garden and Durham Museum. Between the two, I clocked in over 12,000 steps!



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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - 100 Word Genealogy Challenge


Randy Seaver has another great challenge:

1)  This SNGF is based on the 100 Word Challenge (https://100wc.net/) that school children are participating in around the world.  They are given a word or phrase to write a story about in one hundred words.

2)  Write a short 100 word story using the phrase ",,,the most interesting ancestor I have..." in 100 words. 
The most interesting ancestor I have is my aunt, Lorene Ethel Hork (1923—2013). As our “fun” aunt, she loved hearing stories about our lives. But she lived a great one herself. She worked as a civilian for the Army  in Japan after World War II. Eighteen months later, she and three other young women traveled around the world visiting Asia, the Middle East, Egypt,  and Europe. She returned in 1953 aboard the RMS Queen Mary. Living in San Francisco and San Diego, she worked for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the same place as her husband, Wally Waldron.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Genea-Bucket List




Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Challenge this week is:

Knowing that a "Bucket List" is a wish list of things to do before death:

What is on your Genealogy Bucket List?  What research locations do you want to visit?  Are there genea-people that you want to meet and share with?  What do you want to accomplish with your genealogy research?  List a minimum of three items - more if you want!

I do have some places I’d like to visit that concerns my genealogy research. I don’t necessarily need to research there but would love to walk on the ground where our ancestors lived. I’d visit the churches and learn about the history of the area at the museums. Perhaps I’d buy a souvenir or two as well.

Ireland:
County Cork where my Sullivan line came from and County Tipperary where my Gleeson and Tierney folks came from.

Germany:
Lippe county, in particular the towns of Oldenhundem, Kirchhundem, and Altenhundem in Westphalia where my Hork family came from. There, I’d see where the Sommers, Troesters, and Voss families lived.

Kusel in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. My husband’s Wollenweber line is from here.

Unterhausen in Wuerttemberg, Germany. My husband’s Voehringer line is from here.

Poland:
Poszan in Poland that was called Schneidemuehl when Germans lived there. My Sievert family came from there in 1852.

England:
County Cornwall, where my husband’s Davey line is from.

Sweden:
Åsenhöga, Jönköping county, Sweden where my husband’s Nilsson (later called Nilsen) line came from. Also Grolanda, Skaraborgs county, Sweden, where the Lundquist (their American name) family came from.

My daughters have been to Åsenhöga, Jönköping county, Sweden but the other places have not been visited yet. Looks like a month-long vacation at least to hit all of these places.

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