Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of April 16-22, 2018

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing started this meme and I loved the idea. 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.

Family
Saturday we had the memorial service for Thelma Gorrell, my husband’s mother. The service at Northminster Church in Sacramento went very well with Peggy officiating. I read some readings that Thelma picked out. Several people spoke up about memories of Thelma that made us smile and cry. At the reception, we viewed a beautiful power point tribute created by her niece, Maddy. It was a nice way to have our final good-bye.


Genealogy
Blog Writing: I wrote this week’s 52 Ancestors post about Emil Carlson’s poem about his feelings after his wife died. Also wrote a On This Day post about my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary.

Class/Webinars
I attended four webinars and discussions this week:
  • the laws of war, especially the Civil War, by Judy G. Russell
  • writing for the APG Quarterly with the APG Writers SIG by Mary Penner
  • making your case with DNA and documents by Patti Lee Hobbs
  • the Black Pro Gen Live discussion about Tennessee research

CCCHS History Center. Completed several queries and worked on some on the finding aid.

BCG Cert Discussion Group: We had no discussion this week. I have studied past research reports to see if any are suitable for the portfolio. I probably need to find a new project.

Own Family Research: I worked on my great-uncle John Cyril Sullivan. I still want to find his service record, what might still be available after the 1973 fire. I had requested before but they said there was no record. What I did this week was create a complete timeline about his life—forcing myself to review what I already knew. In the process I found he enlisted under the name Jack Cyril Sullivan. So I send a letter back asking them to check under that name. Fingers crossed.

Family History Library Trip. Sunday was the beginning of the California Genealogical Society’s trip to Salt Lake City and the Family History Library. Six of us left Oakland on Delta and arrived to warm Salt Lake City weather. We visited Harmon’s grocery store for some snacks and later everyone met at the Olive Garden for our first group dinner. It was a success. The conversations at the dinner were lively and it will be a great trip.

2018 CGS SLC Trip participants at Olive Garden
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Lifespans of Your Third Great-Grandparents


Randy Seaver of GeneaMusing has another great Saturday Night Genealogy Fun task:

1)  We each have 32 3rd great grandparents.  How did their birth and death years vary?  How long were their lifespans? 

2)  For this week, please list your 32 third great grandparents, their birth year, their death year, and their lifespan in years.  You can do it in plain text, in a table or spreadsheet, or in a graph of some sort.

3)  Share your information about your 32 great-great grandparents with us in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.  Please leave a link to your information as a comment to this post.

Note:  Only list those you know about.  If you don't know many of them, do your 16 2nd great-grandparents.

I decided to do the 32 third great-grandparents of my daughter, so that my husband’s and my 16 great great-grandparents are both listed. Her paternal are in blue. Her maternal are in green.

Amos Gorrell (1804-1890), 86 years
Leah Wollam (1800-1873), 73 years

Daniel Shotts (1804-1875), 71 years
Mary Ann Bishop (1806-1896), 90 years

Thomas Davey (1807-1886), 78 years
Mary Nicholas (1811-1893), 82 years

Ludwig Wilhelm Wollenweber (1822-1873), 51 years
Philappina Margaretha Voehinger (1834-1913), 78 years

Jonas Nilsson (1839-1915), 75 years
Marta Larsdotter (1838-1907), 69 years

Anders Peter Johansson (1822-1887), 65 years
Anna Larsdotter (1831- ), unknown

Anders Eliasson Lundquist (1821-1882), 60 years
Cajsa Florine Pehrsdotter (1812-1885), 72 years

Karl Johan Ericksson (1831-1912), 81 years
Stina Maja Samuelsdotter (1837-1927),  89 years

Joseph Heinrich Horoch (1804-1857), 53 years
Maria Catharine Trösster (1813-1874), 60 years

Vincent Sievert (1823-1890), 66 years
Susanna Raduntz (1832-1911), 79 years

Jeremiah Sullivan (1811-1888), 77 years
Mary Sheehan (1822-1892), 70 years

John Gleeson (1835-1915), 80 years
Margaret Tierney (1835-1920), 85 years

Reuben Mack Johnston (1841-1924), 83 years
Olivia Jane Jones (1859-1914), 55 years

Peter Hayden Hutson (1853-1930), 76 years
Sarah Helena Selman (1858-1916), 57 years

William Carl Lancaster (1873-1946), 73 years
Martha Jane Coor (1873-1942), 69 years

A. Ebenezer Loveless (1851-1929), 77 years
Eliza A Rodgers (1854-1907), 53 years

The longest lifespan was 90 years. The shortest was 51 years. The average lifespan for 31 people was 72 years.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 16: Storms–The Despair of Sorrow-MTIP

I am 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’m looking forward to writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

After the death of his wife, Emil Carlson wrote this poem in his autobiography:
Emil & Wilhelmina

                It is Fall.
                Storms are raging in my breast
                shadows hang before the sun
                and hides its light.
                In vain the heart seeks comfort,
                it is Fall.
                All is lost
                which gladdened me before.
                The summer’s last rose is broken
                and hidden in the world’s bosom.
                The well of happiness has dried up,
                all is lost.
                The sun has gone down,
                the shadows grow longer and longer
                I hide myself in its darkness
                and my life’s path envelopes
                til all appears dark.
                The sun has gone down.    

His wife, Wilhelmina Nilsen Carlson, died Oct 5, 1898 of typhoid fever. It was just ten days after the birth of her youngest son, Ernest.  Not only had he lost his beloved wife, he now had to care for an infant. He already had an older son, Thure, who was two.

It was in this sadness that he had to make a decision—a decision that separated the brothers for life. Wilhelmina’s brother Johan and his wife, Ida Sophia, adopted Ernest as their own. Emil returned to Sweden, where his sister raised Thure. Two years later, he received a letter outlined in black. Johan Nilsen had died.

There was only one thing Emil felt he should do: return to America and marry the widow, Ida Sophia Nilsen. They were married nearly fifty years. 

Emil lived to over one hundred. His faith was strong. He gave service to his church, Bethany Covenant Church, as a church deacon, Sunday school teacher, and serving on the building committee. 

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

On This Day - The Anniversary of William J Hork & Lela Nell Johnston, 19 April 1953

Today would have been the 65th anniversary of my parents. They were married 19 April 1953 at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church in Concord, California. The Walnut Creek Sun has a very nice story about the wedding.

Lela wore an antique taffeta dress, an ice blue picture frame hat with open crown, blue gloves, and white shantung silk shoes. Her bridesmaid was Barbara Boyenger. The best man was Bill's brother-in-law, Eugene Soares.

Family Photo on the Wedding Day - Queen of All Saints Church steps
A party with cake and punch was held at her parents' home, Tom J. and Pansy L. Johnston at 307 Nancy Lane, Pleasant Hill.

On their way for a honeymoon, Lela wore navy blue linen dress with white trim. She carried a navy blue bag and wore a white linen jacket, white gloves and navy and white spectator shoes.

Off on their honeymoon
Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of April 9-15, 2018

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing started this meme and I loved the idea. 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.

Baseball
My first game at AT&T Park to see the San Francisco Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks. My girlfriend, Beth, and I purchased these tickets back in November and we were sitting up on the third deck—way out in left field. We always ride BART in, meeting at MacArthur station near 6 pm and then riding the Muni streetcar to the ballpark. This evening we decided to have pizza and entered the stadium at the bleachers area where I can get a gluten-free flatbread pizza. Once loaded with our dinner, we take a ride up the elevator, though this time we got off at the club level—to my surprise. Beth had something to show me. She showed something from her iPad to the guard and we entered. Low and behold, she and Brad bought season tickets and he was there with Beth’s sister, Victoria. They are very cool seats and I hope I can sit there for a game or two this season. As for this game, the Giants won in the 9th, 5-4.

Enjoying the end of a Giants' win!

Genealogy
Intermediate Class. The sixth and last class in this six-week series was about off-line research. I’m going to miss going over to the Family History Center to teach this class. This class was one of the best—everyone was so enthused and participated wholeheartedly.

CCCHS History Center. I now have staff. John G. is working on the Finding Aid with me and he will be a great addition to the team. Our board meeting was this week. One of the topics was a possible publishing project. I’m to investigate how CGS published their books.

BCG Cert Discussion Group: We had no discussion this week. I have not worked on my portfolio at all. Perhaps I’ll be able to do some work this coming week.

Blog Writing: I wrote this week’s 52 Ancestors post about taxes and Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun about the states and provinces I’ve visited.

Class/Webinars
I attended a class on California Land Records by Melinda Kashuba at the California Genealogical Library this week. It was a great class and she brought such wonderful maps for us to look at. Learning about Mexican land grants will be very useful for researching early families in Contra Costa County. I found the map below very interesting--showing all the rivers in northern California.
Map of Mining District
I also met with one of the participants who is coming on the Salt Lake City Trip. He wanted help in determining what to work on at the library. I also had a quiet day while doing Desk Duty at the library. It gave me time to work on the Mississippi tax records I’ve been working with.

German
I am taking two classes this quarter. We have a new teacher at the Acalanes Adult School and I think it will be nice to have new ideas and to listen to a new person speaking. I had to concentrate hard—she didn’t speak much English, not even when reviewing grammar!

Music
I found music for “Hallelujah” to play on the ukulele. It has both words and chords as well as music to pick. With three verses, I can play a wide variety of ways.


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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- My Visited States/Provinces Map

1) What states in the USA and what provinces in Canada have you visited or lived in?

2) Either list, or make a map of them (at the https://www.gasfoodnolodging.com/visitedstates/us-canada/ website) and indicate the following:

* red for states/provinces where you've not spent much time or seen very much.
* amber for states/provinces where you've at least slept and seen some sights.
* blue for states/provinces you've spent a lot of time in or seen a fair amount of.
green for states/provinces you've spent a great deal of time in on multiple visits.

3) For extra credit, you could make a map to show where your ancestors resided at any time (e.g., in 1900), or perhaps where your 16 great-great-grandparents or 32 3rd-great-grandparents married, or where your ancestors were born, all with an appropriate legend.

I have been to 46 states and 6 provinces. I made three trips across Canada (two aboard a bus and on aboard a train) and have traveled many times across the U.S. on Greyhound and Amtrak. The states in green I have visited more than once or I traveled around the state seeing sights.


Hawaii probably should have been pink or orange, as I have only visited Oahu. I need a trip to Alaska and to New England to grab the remaining states.

My extra credit map shows my daughter's great grandparent's birth locations. Pink for the maternal side and blue for the paternal.


Joseph Norman Gorrell, Missouri
Matilda Pearl Davey, Kentucky
Nils Arthur Nathaniel Nilsen, Ohio
Agnes Hilma Carolina Lundquist, Iowa
William Cyril Hork, Montana
Anna Maria Sullivan, Montana
Tom J Johnston, Texas
Pansy Louise Lancaster, Texas


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Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of April 2-8, 2018

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing started this meme and I loved the idea. 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.

Genealogy
Intermediate Class. The fifth class in this six-week series was about probate records. I created three exercises and I think they were received well. It did take about two hours, so maybe next time, I’d cut one of them out.

Webinar & Hangouts:
I attended the class, “Southern Church Records” by J. Mark Lowe, through the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. It was four sessions over two weekends. I got a lot out of the class and some great resources. I really enjoy listening to Mark.

CCCHS History Center. I got a chance to work on the Finding Aid and made some good progress. We had no customers, so it was quiet.

BCG Cert Discussion Group: We discussed the NGS Quarterly article, “Working with Historical Evidence: Genealogical Principles and Standards,” by Elizabeth Shown Mills.[1] Her article gave us a somewhat historical timeline of how the Genealogical Proof Standard came about. Many of the footnotes had sources that look interesting to read! We'll discuss the next article in the same issue next week.

Blog Writing: I am caught up with the 52 Ancestors posts. I have completed Week 13: Homestead about my grandparents’ cabin at Boulder Creek. Week 14 is about maiden aunts and I focused on my great-great aunt, Helena Gleeson.


Vacation
I spent four days attending the Pacific Coast Region of the National Model Railroad Association’s convention in Rohnert Park. I participated in clinics, layout tours, and the banquet.
  • I learned how to take better photographs with a cell phone by touching the screen just where you want the focus to be, and with an SLR by blending photos in Photoshop.
  • I learned some tips to weather freight cars and wood structures.
  • I also got a tip on where to buy benchwork from Sievers, which is prefabricated wood parts that can be put together, plus a challenge to buy one set and get started on my own layout.
  • I visited several owner’s layouts. One represents the San Francisco waterfront and another the route between Oakland and Sacramento. One is just getting built and will be able to hand dozens of operators, and another is completely built and scenicked, that many operators run monthly.
  • I also bought a wood model of a barn and I hope to build a small diorama with it.




Next year, the convention will be in Sacramento, May 1-5. I’m looking forward to it.



[1] Elizabeth Shown Mills, “Working with Historical Evidence: Genealogical Principles and Standards,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 87, no. 3, September 1999, p. 165. 

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 14: Maiden Aunts

I am 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’m looking forward to writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

My aunts all married, so I have no maiden aunts, though one had no children. However, my grandmother, Anna Sullivan, had three aunts who never married: Elizabeth M. Gleeson, Helena M. Gleeson, and Margaret T. Gleeson.

One thing these sisters had in common was they were school teachers. In 1900 in Anaconda, Montana, Helen M., Elizabeth M., and Margaret Gleeson were living together at East 5th Street. Helena was the school superintendent, while her sisters were teachers.[1] City Directories give more detail: Helena M. was principal at Bryan School, located at 4th Street at the southwest corner of Washington, and Margaret was a teacher at Prescott School, located at Park Avenue at the southwest corner of Elm, in 1902.[2]

Focusing on just one of the sisters, Helena lived in Anaconda most of her adult life. She started out as school teacher and then became principal at Bryant School. The Anaconda newspaper, Anaconda Standard, had numerous articles about Helena’s working and social life.

In 1898, Helena M. Gleeson was on the Democratic ticket for the Superintendent of Schools.[3] She beat the Republican opponent, Jessie Blackstone by 1,203 votes.[4] Before she could serve as Superintendent, she had to file a $5000 bond at the office of the county clerk and recorder and L.J. Baker, W.M. Thornton, A.P. Cloutier and J.T. Quigley were her bondsmen.[5] She taught her last day of school for two years on 24 December.


She began her first day on the job on 3 January 1899, succeeding Miss Anna Quigley.[6] Her monthly salary was $125.[7] Over the years she was responsible for many things, especially the testing of teachers.

In September at the county Democratic county convention, three nominations were named for County Superintendent of Schools: Helena M. Gleeson, Mary McLaughlin, and Inez Elliott. After the first ballot, McLaughlin had 57, Elliott, 53, and Gleeson, 17. Miss McLaughlin was chosen on the second ballot.[8]  November of 1900, Mary A. McLaughlin was elected for the next term of superintendent. She resigned as principal of Bryan School and Helena applied for the vacant principal position.[9] She was elected by the school board to replace her.[10]

Besides teaching, she was a member of several clubs. One was the Literary Club. At one time she presented a paper on “The Grimm Brothers” where she “recounted the different writings of the Grimms and the effect they produced upon the people of that age. The different styles in which they wrote and the various subjects they handled formed a very interesting portion of Miss Gleeson’s paper.”[11] She was also an active singer. She performed in plays and sang at church.[12]


Helena enjoyed traveling and spent her summer breaks visiting California, Oregon and other parts of Montana.

After her retirement, she moved to Los Angeles to be near her sisters, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Mary Martha Gilbert.[13] She lived to eighty-five years old, dying 4 November 1950.[14] She is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles.

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[1] 1900 U.S. census, Deer Lodge County, Montana, population schedule, Anaconda City, ED 16, Sht 5, line 46, digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Jun 2011), citing NARA T623.
[2] Anaconda City Directory, 1902-1903, p. 148, Helena M & Margaret Gleeson, (R.L. Polk: Helena, Montana, 1902), digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 7 Apr 2018).
[3] “Deer Lodge County Democratic Ticket,” The Anaconda Standard, 27 Oct 1898, p. 5, col. 1; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 7 Apr 2018).
[4] “Anaconda News,” The Anaconda Standard, 11 Nov 1898, p. 5, col. 1; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 7 Apr 2018). Also “The Vote is Counted,” The Anaconda Standard, 19 Nov 1898, p. 5, col. 1; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 7 Apr 2018).
[5] “Miss Gleeson’s Bond,” Anaconda Standard, 4 Dec 1898, p. 5, col. 2; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 7 Apr 2018).
[6] “New Men Will Step In,” Anaconda Standard, 3 Jan 1899, p 3, col. 1; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 7 Apr 2018).
[7] “Report of the Proceedings of the County Commissioners of Deer Lodge County, Montana,” The Anaconda Standard, 15 Mar 1899, p. 3, col. 1; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 7 Apr 2018).
[8] “Democrats of Deer Lodge in County Convention,” The Anaconda Standard, 18 Sep 1900, p. 3, col. 1; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 7 Apr 2018).
[9] “For the Bryan School,” Anaconda Standard, 21 Dec 1900, p. 4, col. 1; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 7 Apr 2018).
[10] “Miss Gleeson Chosen,” The Anaconda Standard, 29 Dec 1900, p. 4, col. 1; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 7 Apr 2018).
[11] “Miscellany Day in the Literary Club,” The Anaconda Standard, 27 Oct 1901, p. 5, col. 3; digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 7 Apr 2018).
[12] Anaconda Standard, p. 3, digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 7 Apr 2018). Also “Engaged,” Anaconda Standard, p. 3, digital image, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 8 Apr 2018).
[13] Los Angeles Directory Co's, Los Angeles City Directory (Los Angeles, California: n.p., n.d.), 1942, Eliz R Gleeson: 924.
[14] California Death Index, 1940-1997, Helen Mary Gleeson, 1950, rootsweb.com/ca/death/.


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Monday, April 2, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of March 26-April 1, 2018

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing started this meme and I loved the idea. 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.

Genealogy
Intermediate Class. The fourth class in this six-week series was about military records. The time was just right, but I need to create some kind of exercise with this class so it’s not all lecture. I worked on the next lesson about court records over the weekend. 


Webinar & Hangouts:
I listened to one webinar “Formulating a DNA Testing Plan,” by Blaine Bettinger. On Wednesday morning, I participated in the DearMyrtlestudy group working our way through Val Greenwood’s Researchers Guide to American Genealogy. Marceline and I were the moderators and except for some dead air space, I think it went well. Cheri helped out by speaking freely about the homework, too!

Oakland FHL: Volunteered again this week. I held my place at the center desk, taking care of receiving money for copies made by patrons. I got a little time working on some locked digital films for the client’s work.

CCCHS History Center. Finished up the last of the deed collection for the client and sent them to him. A DVD of all of the images will be created next week when Scott gets back from vacation.

BCG Cert Discussion Group: We met this week and everyone in the group was present. We discussed our progress with the certification process. Dennis is probably the furthest along. He hopes to be finished soon. I need a client report and will actively seek out someone to do some research gratis.

Client Work: I finished up the 5th research report for a client. Most of the resources I was using are from San Francisco. Since the 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed all the vital, court, and probate records, it was hard to put together thorough research. I had to use four different newspapers found on three different online websites. I probably put in more than ten hours (more like twenty) but still only charged him for ten.

Blog Writing: I am behind on the 52 Ancestors. If have completed Week 12: Misfortune about Martin Gleeson with a mill accident. I also got in a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun post in.

Family
I celebrated my birthday quietly, first at the intermediate class, then in German Discussion class. I worked on the second piece of birthday cake over four days. It was so rich that just a few bites at a time were perfect!

My daughter, Elizabeth, came down for a birthday dinner at Kobe in Pleasant Hill where we had the hibachi grill. We all ordered seafood: Elizabeth and I had prawns and scallops while Norman had lobster and scallops. It was very tasty!

On one of the walks this week, I took some photos of spring blooming flowers. These give me a great smile to see bulbs blooming. My own California Poppies are starting to bloom, too.



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Sunday, April 1, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 12: Misfortune: Martin Gleeson’s Accident

I am 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’m looking forward to writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

The Bend Bulletin, 18 August 1924
Martin Gleeson had an accident while working at the Brooks-Scanlon planing mill in Bend, Oregon. According to the Bend Bulletin:

The injury of July 24 came when a board going through the planer split, and a large jagged splinter was thrust into Gleeson's hip. Infection lowered his vitality and he was in no condition to make a successful fight against pneumonia, contracted later.[1]

The death certificate gave the cause of death as “myocardial degeneration, contributed by infected wound buttock” and the doctor also stated an operation on 28 July 1924 had preceded death.[2]

The injury at the mill was on July 24 and his death was 18 August. 

Another obituary, in the Mitchell Evening Republican, stated additional information about the injury, calling him a victim of blood poisoning:

According to letters received by John Gleeson last week, his brother was injured when a band saw in the mill broke. A splinter was deep into Mr. Gleeson's hip and poisoning resulted.[3]

Martin Gleeson was 65 years old at the time of his death.[4] He married Hanna Kane in 1893 and she died in Mitchell on 3 Feb 1917.[5] They were the parents of three children: Marguerite, Florence, and Frederick. He had been a farmer in Mitchell, South Dakota, before moving to Bend, Oregon.  Funeral was held at St. Francis Church and he was buried in Pilot Butte Cemetery.[6]

It was over three weeks between the injury and his death. There must have been great pain to his hip area during that period. Today with antibiotics, he might have survived the injury.



[1] "Fatal Complication Sequel to Injuries," The Bend Bulletin, 18 August 1924, Martin Gleeson.
[2] Oregon State Board of Health, Certificate of Death, Deschutes Co, 1924, Martin Gleeson.
[3] "Martin Gleeson, Pioneer of City, Poison Victim," Mitchell Evening Republican, 19 August 1924, Martin Gleeson obituary; Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com/ : accessed 15 June 2016).
[4] St. Philips Church, Richmond, Carleton Co, B2, Feb 1859, Martin Gleeson "Ontario, Canada, Parish registers, 1836-1917," digital images, FamilySearch  (http://familysearch.org), film 1304679.
[5] "Mrs. Gleeson Called Beyond ,” Mitchell Daily Republican, Sat, Feb 3, 1917, pg 5.
[6] "Fatal Complication Sequel to Injuries," The Bend Bulletin, 18 August 1924, Martin Gleeson.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Which Ancestors Were Born on This Date?


Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has a new mission for us:

1) Which of your ancestors were born on this day, 31 March? How can you find out? Tell us how you did it.

2) If you don't have an ancestor born on this date, then select another date in March and list those.

3) Share your findings in your own blog post, or in comments on this blog post, on Facebook or Google+.


I have no direct ancestors with a 31 March birthdate, but there were quite a few people in my RootsMagic database who were born on this date. I left off those who are still alive.

My Husband's Line

Elizabeth Bishop was born in 1769 to Heinrich Bischof and Catherine Schreyer and the sister to  Norman's direct ancestor, Frederick Bishop. She was likely born in Pennsylvania or Maryland. She was his third great grandaunt.

Carolina Samuelsdotter was born in 1826 in Tidersrum, Östergötland län, Sweden to Samuel Persson and Maja Stina Jonasdotter. She was the sister of Norman's third great grandaunt, Stina Maja Samuelsdotter. Stina Maja's daughter, Matilda came to the U.S. and married Per Alfred Lundquist.

Isaac Newton Gorrell was born in 1833 in Pennsylvania to Jesse Gorrell and Sophia May Forney. He was Norman's first cousin 3 times removed.

My line:

Sallie Eugenia Mathis was born in 1860 to John Wesley Mathis and Laura M. Kethley. She was my third cousin 3 times removed.

Loretta Louise Tierney was born in 1883 in Carleton County, Ontario, Canada to John Tierney and Mary Ann Burrows. She was my second cousin 3 times removed.

Louisa Germaine Sievert was born in 1885 in Joliet, Will County, Illinois to Augustus Sievert and Martha Streich. She was my second cousin 2 times removed.


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Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of March 19-25, 2018

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing started this meme and I loved the idea. 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.

Genealogy
Intermediate Class. The third class in this six-week series was about land records. I covered both federal and local land records and created a couple of exercises. It took nearly 2.5 hours. I don’t think I have that much time at the Oakland class. I’ll have to cut something, I’m sure.

History Center. Had a busy week at the History Center. Tuesday, I spent time working on the client’s work, and making copies for the high school event on Thursday. Sixty-plus students from Deer Valley H.S. came to the center as one of three stops (they also visited Alhambra Cemetery and the John Muir house). At the center there were five groups they rotated through and my station was in the county room. I spoke about the tax assessment books, showing them Mrs. Louie Strentzel Muir’s tax pages. We did this four times for each group and there were three groups. All of us were exhausted! On Friday, I went to the County Recorder’s office to get some copies of deeds for the client.

Students from Deer Valley High School at the History Center
Presentation. I presented about Focused Research at the Sacramento Public Library. There was a great turnout. I love involving the audience during the presentation and I had a dozen people who participated. I hope I encouraged some of them to try making research plans.
Being introduced to the audience

Family
Saturday was a busy day. I attended a memorial service for a friend’s husband, and then came home to find out my mother-in-law, Thelma Marie Nilsen Gorrell had passed away.  She was 92 years old and had failing health, so it wasn’t a surprise but still very sad to learn of her passing, especially because she lived in Idaho and I hadn’t seen her since last July. She was such a wonderful person and a great mother-in-law, taking my mother’s place after she died. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.



We also celebrated an early double birthday—my sister, Danna, and my own. Our birthdays are six days apart and we're both Aries. It’s a sister celebration, which includes the nieces, too. My sister, Sabrina, was the host and made a very delicious dinner and cake. It’s great to be a year older!


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of March 12-18, 2018

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing started this meme and I loved the idea. 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.

Genealogy
Intermediate Class. I presented the second class on Naturalization and Immigration. This is a great group of students. They stay very focused and all of them attempted last week’s homework. I still need to add some kind of exercise for this class before I teach it again in May.




History Center. Tuesday, I got started on the gentleman who queried the historical society about men who owned land in east county in the swamp and overflow lands. Lots of land and tax records about them. Wednesday, I attended the monthly board meeting. On Saturday, I worked again for four hours, working primarily on the finding aid. It was good having some un-interrupted time to work on it.

Presentation. I presented about German Genealogy at the Mt. Diablo Genealogical Society on Friday. They had a full house—over sixty people. The presentation went fine, except I somehow opened the wrong PowerPoint file and slides I expected weren’t there and slides I had deleted were! But I just passed through them quickly and went on. Lots of people came up for questions afterwards and others asked questions during lunch. I enjoy having lunch afterwards.



Client Work: Got started this week on my long-term client work, working primarily on San Francisco records. I also helped a friend by looking over some research she’s working on for a lineage society. It’s so hard when you think you know the linkage between generations but have no real proof, just some genealogy written years ago. It will probably take using indirect evidence and writing a proof argument. First the evidence has to be collected by following the siblings and FAN club. At least she has a plan of action now.

Blog Posts
My blog work for the week was only 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: https://mytrailsintothepast.blogspot.com/2018/03/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-week-11-lucky.html.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 11: Lucky: How We Loved to Play Games

I am 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’m looking forward to writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

One pleasant memory I have of childhood was playing games. My mother loved to play games and loved playing them with us. A favorite location where we played was the kitchen table.

Board Games
When we were young, we played board games such as Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, and Sorry. As we got older, we played other board games such as Scrabble, Monopoly, and Clue. I never got the feeling that my mother or father let us win. I was always pretty competitive. I liked to win but when I didn't, I just tried harder the next time.

Card Games
Card games started out with young children’s games of Go Fish, Old Maid, and Crazy Eights. We had a special deck of cards to play Old Maid, but when we didn’t, we used a regular deck and removed all the face cards except one queen. As we got older, we learned to play Rummy, War, Blackjack, and Solitaire. I especially loved playing double Solitaire with my mother.

Made up Games
One favorite made up game was a word game. Today you can buy this game called Scattergories. We took a piece of paper and drew a six by six grid. On one side we wrote down some categories such as girl’s name, animal, state or country. On the top we wrote out letters. These letters we got from closing our eyes and choosing letters from an article in a magazine. This way, the letters chosen were random. I  loved this game. It could be played anywhere as long as you had paper and pencil. I didn’t always get words in every square but it was fun to try. As we aged, our vocabulary grew and the game got easier.

Dice Games
Two dice games we played were Yahtzee and Liars Dice. My father loved playing Liars Dice and it was a completely different skill to learn.

Now
As an adult, my favorite games are Scrabble, Boggle, and playing cards on the computer, especially
Hearts. Once when my daughters accompanied us on a train trip in England, we played Hearts with real cards and it was great fun. My daughters also loved playing games and made sure we played all the same games I played as a child with my family. As they grew up, the games grew into Life, Monopoly, Trivia Pursuits, and Apples to Apples.

I have also played Boggle and Scrabble with my mother-in-law, Thelma and sister-in-law, Sylvia. I've played a Facebook Scrabble-like game with a former co-worker. And I've played Yam-slam and Farkle with a girlfriend. 


Playing games is a great past-time!  


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Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri, Week of March 5-11, 2018

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing started this meme and I loved the idea. 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.

Genealogy
Monday, I started the 6-week Intermediate Class sponsored by Contra Costa County Genealogical Society and the Concord Family History Center. The class is two hours long and held at the Concord FHC. There are six participants and the first lesson was about forming good research questions, creating a research plan, and then completing a research report after the research.

Tuesday, I worked at the Contra Costa County Historical Society’s History Center. I’d been gone over six weeks, so there was a lot of work to catch up on. One query looks very interesting and I look forward to working on it next week.

Wednesday, I began a new volunteer position at the Oakland FamilySearch Library. A bunch of members of the California Genealogical Society have volunteered to help keep the evening hours at the FamilySearch library. I worked the main desk where we collect money for copies made. I found some great newspaper articles about my Hork, Sullivan, and Quigley families from NewspaperArchive.com.

I also met with some of the participants of the CGS Trip to the Family History Library in April. I was pleased that several of them have great plans for research in the library.

I attended the Contra Costa County Genealogical Society’s meeting on Thursday, where the presentation was on Names, primarily first names, nicknames, and naming patterns.

I met with the certification study group on Friday and we discussed what we had done that past week and about the probate chapter in North Carolina Research. I had worked some on the development activities portion of the portfolio. I was working the desk at the library of the California Genealogical Society. I had no customers in the hour of the meeting.

So each day of the week, I had a genealogical activity. The weekend was to stay at home, where I worked on the lesson for the second week of the Intermediate Class, and participated in Game Night at DearMyrtle.

My blog work for the week included two installments of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 9: Where There’s a Will and Week 10: Strong Women and a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun post on six childhood memories.

Lessons

I did have a German conversation class on Monday and a music lesson on Thursday, where I brought my ukulele. I’m trying to learn to read and play by notes and I have a great new book that helps me. 


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