Monday, September 28, 2020

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of Sep 21-27, 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 twenty-eight (28) weeks of semi- “lock down” due to Covid-19. I did phenology at the meadow. I took some things to Goodwill and visited at Salvation Army store. I went to volunteer at the History Center on Tuesday. And I took photos at Heather Farm Park on early Friday morning where I hardly saw anyone. Margaret is still here but went to visit her friend in Tracy. Elizabeth and her dachshund, Doobie, came for the weekend.


Blog Writing:
Blogs posted this past week:

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 39: Should Be a Movie—Lorene Hork Traveled the World with Three Chums  I wrote about how my aunt and three of her girlfriends traveled Asia and Europe after a tour of work with the U.S. Army in Tokyo in the 1950s.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your“7 Generations in 1”.  We created family trees in an excel file coving seven generations. I did one each for my and my husband’s family.

Study Groups Attended:   
I attended fewer study groups this week due to the company I have at home:

  • Monday Morning Group. Fourteen came to share their genealogy work. We talked about recording in Word, DNA, and obits.
  • Jacqueline and I met for a little over an hour and talked about a variety of things.
  • All four of the Amigos met. We talked about land records and Stewart’s problem in NY.
  • Thursday Group met with three of us. Linda had news to share.
  • Five of us met in the Friday Cert Discussion group and we started on another article for discussion, which Josh led.

Webinars Attended:
I got in quite a few webinars this week, two of them live. The four Tom Jones talks were presented at the San Diego Genealogical Society on behalf of the Sacramento German Genealogy Society. I couldn’t attend live and watched the recordings this weekend.

  • Creating an Effective Index by Matt Berry, the last of the CGS Writing Series
  • Finding & Using Digitized Manuscript Collections by Annette Burke Lyttle
  • Combing Sources to Identify an Immigrant Origin by Tom Jones
  • Building a Credible Lineage Despite Multiple Research Barriers by Tom Jones
  • Overcoming Research Barriers: A Case Study by Tom Jones
  • Finding “Unfindable” Ancestors by Tom Jones

Client Work/Presentations:
No client work this week except to submit the last invoice for the project I finished. I continued working on the lessons plans for the two Adult School courses I start teaching next week.

Volunteer Work:
I visited the History Center on both Tuesday and Ben and I moved all of the library books into two areas: keep and not keep. On Wednesday the CCCHS board had a special board meeting to select the new executive director.

Own Work:
No genealogy research done this week.

We took more items to Goodwill. None of the charity deposit areas will take more than a bag or two at a time. Too many people are clearing out their own homes and not enough are buying items from the stores.

I attended my classes via Zoom at the Acalanes Adult School. I have photography, Advanced German Conversation, and Intermediate German Conversation. I’m still in Nancy’s Monday Night German class, too. I also have a ukulele lesson each week via Zoom.

I am still reading, though I have not had any time this week. I hope once the classes I’m teaching are finished I can get back to reading and writing.

  • The Color of Law
  • White Heat: The New Warfare, 1914-1918
  • Send Us a Lady Physician: Women Doctors in America 1835-1920
  • Twilight Whispers

Photo of the week: Heather Farm Park (Walnut Creek) natural pond area. I turned in these two for the photography class.

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your "7 Generations in 1" Chart

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

It's Saturday Night again -

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!


Our assignment today is from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing:

1. DNAsleuth (Ann Raymont) created a 7-in-1 chart showing 7 generations of ancestors on one page several weeks ago - see her blog post at  In her post, there is a link to her Word document if you wish to use it.

2.  Linda Stufflebean's husband, Dave, took the concept a step further, and created an Excel template of the 7-in-1 chart.  You can download Dave's file from my Google Drive at  Linda's chart is in (I opened it to "Editor" so you can download it and work with it).

Here is an image of the blank 7-in-1 chart:

As you can see, the left column is the Generation number, and the other columns are for ancestors of Gen. 1 listed in columns for each grandparent.  So the chart covers Ancestors #1 through 127 in an ahnentafel list or a large pedigree chart.

3.  The challenge tonight is to fill out your 7-in-1 chart and show it to us.  I used the spreadsheet, added the ancestor numbers while adding the names (starting with 1 = me, 2- father, 3= mother, etc.).   I added the names and birth-death years (if known) for the first 7 generations.  Then I colored the boxes by birth place by countries, and saved my chart as an XLS file.  I then saved my chart as a JPG by using the Windows Snipping Tool to create the image. This task took me an hour to complete, so plan ahead!

Here is my post:

I did two of them, one for my family and one for my husband’s family. I didn’t use the same colors in both charts for the same countries.

And here is my husband's family:

That was a lot of work. I probably should have put in the Ahnentafel numbers in, too.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

52 Ancestors-Week 39: Should Be a Movie—Lorene Hork Traveled the World with Three Chums

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.

In 1952, my paternal aunt, Lorene E. Hork, applied to work for the U.S. Army in Japan. She wrote home often telling of her adventures and these letters were saved by the family and put together in a binder. I wrote about her adventures in Japan here.

Where her year was up, she resigned, and with three girl friends (Anne Ankers, Mitzi Seale, and Donna Oehm) that she met there in Tokyo, embarked on the start of a around the world adventure. I have written several posts about their adventures:

    Travel--Lorene’s First Leg

    Dear Diary—Taipei, a Continuation of Lorene Hork’s Trip

    Transportation: Lorene Traveled Around the World Part III

    Travel: Lorene Traveled Around the World Part IV

The next stop will be Cairo and from there, they would go to Rome, then Paris, and finally sail home on the Queen Mary. I plan to write more posts about the details of the trip. As time went on, they were running out of money, and she was pretty lucky to get the spot on the Queen Mary.

Surely the adventure of four young women traveling on their own in the 1950s would make a wonderful movie. They enjoyed the sights, meeting young men along the way, and sampling local food and drink.

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