Monday, June 1, 2020

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of May 25-31, 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.

I have completed eleven weeks of “lock down” due to Covid-19. I left the house only to do phenology at the meadow and walks to the mailbox. Otherwise, I’m meeting people on Zoom.

Genealogy
Blog Writing:
Blogs posted this past week:

Study Groups Attended:   
Many online meetings again this week:
  • Our Monday Morning Group met for ninety minutes. As always, we had sharing and questions and answer time.
  • I met with Jacqueline for our weekly talk about our own genealogical projects.
  • I attended the Facebook Certification Discussion Group and another newly certified genealogist gave her story to certification.
  • All of us 4 Amigos met on Wednesday for more catching up. We heard about Linda’s webinar but also spoke other things, too.
  • Just Linda and I were on for the Thursday evening discussion group. We spoke about CGS’s plans for webinars and I volunteered to be on the committee to help. They will need one or two people per webinar to act as hosts. I spoke about the upcoming webinar I am doing and Linda suggest I create a speaking contract.
  • My Friday Cert Discussion group met with six of us. We discussed our progress in our projects and then discussed briefly the NGS article form the most recent journal. I think if we’re going to discuss these articles, we need either questions or write out comments ahead of time. Josh sent his comments about our citation discussion the previous week and it was very helpful. He and I continued discussing it via email over the weekend.
  • 3 Amigos met to discuss the Writing Family History class we’re taking at the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. We took the final exam and passed with 100 percent. This class did not live up to our expectations. The questions seemed to focus more on genealogy and the gathering of information than about the process of writing the family history.

Webinars Attended:
  • Using the Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence by Jill Morelli for the Florida State Genealogical Society.

Client Work/Presentations:
I gave the last part of the last class on offline research for the CGS Intermediate Skills class. I spent the first part of the class having the participants discuss their future plans they created.

Volunteer Work:
I finished the Writing Stories presentation for the CGS Writing Series we’re going to present. We also decided to start the series in August.

Own Work:
I rewrote my article for the Nugget and discovered that the critic editor also has ancestors from Huntington Township in Ross County, Ohio. I will take the time to see if her ancestor’s name is listed in Frederick Bishop’s estate papers.

Other:
I spent this week loading files from my old computer to the new one. It is time consuming when I only have a 16 GB thumb drive. Luckily, I have two thumb drives and could load one up while the other is downloading. Most of the files to be moved are genealogy files.

One of my German classes had the last class. Thursday’s class will end this coming week. My Monday class will probably continue through the summer.

I went to Phenology at the meadow and only had time for one walk, which I did to check out the progress of the demolition of John Muir Elementary School.

The Pacific Coast Region (PCR) of the National Model Railroad Society (NMRA) had their business meeting on Friday. I am a board member for the Coast Division and we gave out awards at the meeting. I gave our Coast Division Member of the Year to Ronnie LaTorres.  I also attended the NMRA 2021 Convention Committee meeting on Thursday which we conducted on Zoom. 

I did some gardening and took a few photos of some native plants that are blooming.





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Monday, May 25, 2020

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of May 18-24, 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.

I have completed ten weeks of “lock down” due to Covid-19. I left the house only to do phenology at the meadow and walks to the mailbox. Otherwise, I’m meeting people on Zoom.

Genealogy
Blog Writing:
Blogs posted this past week:

Study Groups Attended:   
Many online meetings again this week:
  • Our Monday Morning Group met for ninety minutes. As always, we had sharing and questions and answer time.
  • The NGSQ study group met on Tuesday morning and we discussed Trish Hackett Nicola’s article, “The Two Deaths of Arthur J. Crim.” Jill Morelli was the moderator and she had different kinds of questions this month—more pertaining to standards and portfolio.
  • I met with Jacqueline for our weekly talk about our own genealogical projects.
  • I attended the Certification Discussion Group and listened to another CG give her story.
  • Three out of four of the 4 Amigos met on Zoom for more catching up.
  • All of us were together for the Thursday evening discussion group.
  • My Friday Cert Discussion group met with five of us. We discussed creating citations and determined we couldn’t go wrong, especially with portfolio work, modeling them after Evidence Explained.
  • 3 Amigos met to discuss the Writing Family History class we’re taking at the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. We are very disappointed in the course—it does not really discuss how to “write” – more about genealogy in general and publishing.
  • I attended the Military Research Education Zoom meeting on Saturday and shared the two new books I received in the mail: The Hello Girls and 8th Air Force Base Air Depot: Burtonwood.
  • I attended Book Club at Gena's House this week and was able to share the two above books as well as the fiction book I'm reading: A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny. Perhaps I should keep track of the books I'm reading, too.

Webinars Attended:
  • Discover the Holdings of German Archives by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, for the BCG at the Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Four live webinars with the NGS Live. I really enjoyed the live Q&A after each recorded session. Yvette Hoitink had a Facebook Watch Party and it was great having discussions during each of the presentations.
  • Validating Unsourced Online Information by Thomas W Jones
  • Breaker Boys and Spinner Girls: Child Labor Laws and their Records by Judy G Russell
  • Turning Witnesses into Evidence by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  • What If? Learning About DNA Through Case Studies by Blaine Bettinger

Client Work/Presentations:
I updated the last part of the last class on offline research for the CGS Intermediate Skills class which I will give this coming week.

Volunteer Work:
I attended the Sacramento German Genealogical Society’s Zoom board meeting and may perhaps become the secretary. They did get several volunteers to join the board.

The board of the Contra Costa County Historical Society met this week. The meeting lasted a little longer this week and we’ve made good progress on the search for a new executive director.

Own Work:
I continued working on the two-part presentation/class for CGS on writing for our Writing Series. The PowerPoint presentation is almost complete and then I’ll work on the handout.

I need to rewrite my article for the Nugget and hope to get it done this coming week.

Other:
I got a new Win10 computer and it’s been a struggle getting it up and running. Right now, I have both computers running and when I discover a file I need, I use a thumb drive to transfer it over. I did manage to get Office, Affinity Publisher, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and RootsMagic working. The camera on the new computer is crisp and the ability to have virtual backgrounds without a green screen is fantastic. I have saved a few images to use.

Attended all two of my online German language classes. I have reading to do for tonight’s class.

I love getting out of the house to go to Phenology at the meadow and to go for walks to the mailbox with my husband. Saturday, we spent extra time checking out a different neighborhood.

Heard from both daughters this past week and both are doing fine, as can be expected. Margaret is now being paid by her employer and Elizabeth’s job may start up soon, as things start to open up. I’m happy just staying home. Meeting online meets my needs.




Copyright © 2020 by Lisa S. Gorrell, My Trails into the Past. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Share a Childhood Memory

It's Saturday Night

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Randy Seaver’s mission for us this week is:

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:
1) Have you written your memoirs yet? If so, please share with us one story from your childhood. If not, then start your memoirs! The story could be a memory of your family life, your schoolwork, your neighborhood, etc. It doesn't have to be a certain length - just something you recall.
2) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a post on Facebook. Be sure to leave a link to your work as a Comment to this post..
Here's mine:

First Trip on a Plane
I took my first trip on an airplane with my grandmother (Nana) in the summer of 1969. We went down to southern California, primarily to attend a wedding of Nana’s great-niece, Christine. We stayed three weeks with Nana’s sister, Loretta, in Pomona. We then were driven down to San Diego to stay a week with Nana’s oldest daughter, Lorene.

We flew from San Francisco International Airport, perhaps on Western Airlines or maybe Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA). I don't remember. We landed in Ontario, where we disembarked using stairs. Nana took a pair of grandchildren each year to southern California and this was the third time, but for some reason my cousin, Dick, didn't come with us. This was the last trip she took with grandchildren. I think that either she or her sister were too old to travel.

Me with my Nana at the San Francisco Airport

My mother said southern California would be very warm, so my suitcase was full of t-shirts and shorts, along with a bathing suit. Well, I found out they have the same morning fog we have up here that doesn’t burn off until the afternoon. Whenever we went somewhere, I was freezing until the sun came out.

I visited with second cousins, too. These were the children of my dad’s first cousins. We went to Hollywood, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Long Beach, and Disneyland. In San Diego, my aunt took us to Old Town, Mission San Diego, and Sea World.

Nana and me with some of my 2nd cousins
It was fun hanging out with Nana’s sister. Nana and Aunt Loretta would tell stories about their childhood that had me laughing so hard. I truly wished I had been interested in genealogy and had the foresight to record or at least write down these stories. I do not remember a single one—only that they were very mischievous girls.

Aunt Lorene had a Volkswagen Beetle and drove us all around San Diego. One time, she was pulled over by a policeman. I don’t remember what she did wrong, but she talked him out of giving her a ticket—because she worked at the DMV. Another time, we ate at a Chinese restaurant and she spoke a few words of Japanese to our waiter and he answered back! She had spent a year working in Japan in the 1950s.

Me with my aunt, Lorene at Sea World
It was a great trip but there were times I was lonely, and I missed my friend, Beth. To make up for that, we wrote letters daily and included puzzles we made up. I sure wish I had those letters still.

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