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Good Genealogy Read

Love reading books fiction/non fiction with a genealogy theme.
Just found this author and plan on making his books part of my summer reading list.

The Spyglass File by Nathan Dylan Goodwin

Morton Farrier was no longer at the top of his game. His forensic genealogy career was faltering and he was refusing to accept any new cases, preferring instead to concentrate on locating his own elusive biological father. Yet, when a particular case presents itself that of finding the family of a woman abandoned in the midst of the Battle of Britain, Morton is compelled to help her to unravel her past. Using all of his genealogical skills, he soon discovers that the case is connected to The Spyglass File—a secretive document which throws up links which threaten to disturb the wrongdoings of others, who would rather its contents, as well as their actions, remain hidden forever.

1918-1919 Influenzia deaths

I have been doing some volunteer work for Portland Metro Pioneer Cemeteries office. My current task is to look up names on copies of death records (supplied by Friends of Multhnomah Cemetery who spent many hours in Salem, OR making copies) and determine the location in the cemetery where the person is buried. That way we can place a copy of the death record in the appropriate person's file.

As I have been working on this project I found something very interesting which got me to thinking.

There are many records for stillborn babies & prematurely born babies who died during the time period of 1918-1919. I came across a few (see sample below) which indicate that the cause of death was due to the mother suffering from influenzia.
I wonder if all the statics we read about the thousands who died in the US from the 1918-1919 epidemic include the stillborn and prematurely born babies who died? Also how many of the stillborn births were as a result of a mother having influenzia but a Doctor or corner did not indicate the mother's sickness on the death record of the infant?

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Maui cemetery

Visited the Hanakaoo cemetery today which is south of Lahaina, Maui. I can' seem to find any info about it. It appears to be a Japanese cemetery.

My husband commented that it wouldn't be a real vacation if I didn't drag him to a cemetery. :-D

Jan 12, 2012 - A friend sent me the following... the cemetery is filled with the remains of Asian and Filipino immigrants who made their way to Hawaii to work on the sugar and pineapple plantations.

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On vacation this week in Maui. May have an interesting post later today. Until then I'm just enjoying the sunshine.

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1951 Headstone advertisement

The advertisement below was found in a February 1951 Workbasket Magazine.


I too use the BillionGraves iPhone app.  Below is a great posting by Lynn Cassity about using it to "Pay It Forward".

Originally Published for Dearborn, Missouri (Area-Info.net Dec. 31, 2011)

Paying It Forward with an app

By: Lynn Cassity

Trekking through a cemetery in December is not something one can normally do in the Midwest. But this past week I spent a few minutes in the oldest cemetery in St. Joseph, MO, taking photos of headstones. I do this to ‘pay it forward’ for genealogy help I’ve received over the years. It also combines my interests in genealogy, photography and technology.

To do this I use an iPhone app from BillionGraves.com, a company with a mission. Their aim is to photograph and transcribe headstones throughout the world for family historians. The app for iPhone and Android uses the phone’s camera to take photos of the tombstone and uploads the photo to BillionGraves’ database. There the photo awaits volunteer transcribers to enter the data into a searchable database. This makes family data available with just a few keystrokes instead of a journey of many miles. The program also uses Google maps to locate the cemetery with the GPS coordinates attached to the photos uploaded.

I’ve added small rural cemeteries to the database and my families’ tombstones. When logging into BillionGraves this week I saw that someone, or perhaps a team of people, has recently added over 1500 headstones at the National Cemetery at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Another worthwhile project and hundreds of those photos are waiting for transcription.

The program is free and can be searched by going to BillionGraves.com and creating an account and then searching. The genealogy treasure trove of family information, headstone photos, and cemetery location and satellite pictures is available to all. I’m hoping someone in Kentucky will find this app and take photos of my ancestors buried there. This simple app makes it possible for all genealogists to ‘pay it forward.’
at the IOOF cemetery in Coburg, OR

One of the photos I posted to Billions Graves from the IOOF cemetery in Coburg, Oregon.  (Peri)

January 1, 2012 -- Goals for the year

* Keep  a Gratitude Journal (I want to pay better attention to the small things people do for me not just the big things). And to say "thank you" to those people.

* Create a "Bucket List" (places I want to visit or things I want to experience before I die)  and cross off at least 2 things on it.

* Cut Calories but not taste. Maybe take a cooking class at the community college.

* Take more walks and participate in atleast one 5K walk for charity.

* Clean out and reorganize one drawer or part of a closet in my house or office every month.

* Write a narriative history about atleast 2 of my family members

* Have a weekend get away with some girl friends

* Communicate more with my neices & nephews, including sending them a personal note on their birthday

* Volunteer for the pioneer cemeteries in the area, researching, writing & documenting the "residents" 

* Make a quilt

* Help someone discover the thrill of finding their ROOTS

* Regularly do something (what ever the need may be at the time) to give a hand up to someone in need, remembering how blessed I am and sharing what blessings I can.

* Tell the people in my life as often as I can that they are loved and appreciated.

Writer's block

Sometimes when I sit down to put the wonderful stories I have learned in my research to paper I find that I struggle to finish the story because I am so preoccupied with making sure I have the proper sentence structure, grammar, punctuation.

I came across this quote recently and when I read it it was as if someone had smacked me across the back of the head...

The unconscious creates;  the ego edits.  (Stanley Kunitz,1905-2006, American poet).

I have found a wonderful writing instructor who says "just write".  "Be a kid."  "Tell stories."  "Later, once the story is on paper, you can go back to rewrite and edit."

So in 2012 I'm going to let the kid in me come out and tell her stories.  Then when she is done I'll let someone else do the editing for me.  ;-)

Goals for 2012

It is the time of year again when I start thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2012.

This last year I had an epiphany of sorts.

In years past I have been concerned with getting my research on the Mercer Girls published. Then a little voice in my head told me that as important as that research is it is not as important as passing on to my family members the stories and histories of our family.

This year around Memorial Day I spent 8 days in Butte, MT with a cousin of my husbands researching the Muhich family. We were able to piece together the story of how this branch of the Muhich family came to America from the country now known as Slovenia.We also learn of the trials and tribulations of working as a miner in Butte at the turn of the 19th centry.

My father-in-law was to celebrate his 75th birthday in June. He knew nothing about his grandfather's journey to America or his life as a miner. So, I gathered all I had learned and collected and put together a booklet, in narrative form, to tell him about his heritage. I made several copies (so that everyone in the family would have one) and presented it to him at the celebration of his birthday, with all of his children & grandchildren present.

I'm pretty sure I saw the glimmer of pride in his eyes as he read about a grandfather he had never met.

Over the past few months I have been working on a similar project for my sister-in-law about an immigrant ancestor she knew nothing about but who was a well known citizen in the early days of Seattle. This was my Christmas gift to her this year.

I still want to publish my research on the Mercer Girls in a formal format, because I know it is valuable information, but it is not my first priority. I have been researching & lecturing about these women for over 15 years so their stories are out there and have been told. All you have to do is google "Mercer Girls" and you will most likely find something that will link you to my research.

There are many family's stories that haven't been told and I owe it to my family and to our future generations to tell and preserve them.

So the first goal that I'm writing on my list for 2012 is to research, write & share more of MY FAMILY'S stories.