Monday, December 28, 2009

.....and Tombston-ing Tuesday-ing

I'm just going to post some headstones that I took pictures of at SouthLawn Cemetary here in Tucson.

Monday, December 21, 2009

and Tombstone-ing Tuesday

Edwin E. Ellefson was born in 1880, the first generation of Rochester MN Ellefsons that were born in the States VS. his father who was born in Norway.  Edwin is also the Great Grand Uncle of my husband Keith.

Edwin was the youngest son of Engbret Ellefson (B. 1848, in Norway) and Martha Olive Gresseth (B. 1851, Norway), the third of 5 children and the youngest son.  He married Bertha A  and they had 6 children.

Friday, December 18, 2009

...and Friday Following Amy

For my very first "Friday Follow" post I wanted to give Gene Pool props to Amy Coffin, over at We Tree. Amy describes herself and her blog thusly:

Welcome to my blog, where I chronicle my own adventures in genealogy and hopefully inspire you to do the same.

Genealogy is not boring. It is more than just dates. Each fact, each discovery is a piece to your ancestral puzzle. As you study your family's history, a picture emerges of your past and provides purpose for your future.

Amy has managed to keep me inspired me to join ProGen and to create my own Genealogical blog. She also introduced me to Footnote.

You should really check her out

Friday, December 11, 2009

..and searching for "Tote" Carson

Next to my husband and my son's, right now Knowlton "Tote" Carson is the most important man in my life.

I was introduced to Tote by way of an old photo album, and have been researching him for the past few weeks. It's slow going but I have managed a few high points.

I have managed to contact one of his daughters and interviewed her twice. She provided the death date of her mother and the nicknames of her maternal grandparents (always good to have notated in the family history). She also clued me in on why I couldn't locate any info on Tote's mother...apparently she and his father divorced in the 20's (that's the NINEteen 20's, folks) while Tote was in college. Wow.

She also explained that why I hadn't been able to contact the oldest daughter. She's apparently in a nursing home due to illness.

On the plus side (it's a plus from a research perspective, but it's also kind of sad on a historic level), I found more Tote treasures at a local thrift store. I found an alumni medal presented to a "Mrs. K.E. Carson" of Kansas during the 1959 reunion of the Rainbow Division (42nd Division of the US Army). I also found two small silver pocket knives that were inscribed with Knowlton's nickname and last name. One of them also had the birthdates of Mrs. Knowlton Carson, his two daughters, one son and three grandaughters (two of which have since passed.) I personally loved them, but I was sad that they were in a thrift shop, having been sold for a pittance.

I suppose I might have to get used to this.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Dear Genea-Santa

Dear Genea-Santa:

I know I don’t have a lot to show, but I really have been a really good Genea-Girl this year….It was a slow start.

I decided that I want to pursue my certification (CGRS) and possible start researching family histories professionally. I joined ProGen, and the National Genealogical Society. I have used my love for social networks to join Geneawise to learn from others.

I know that there are right ways and wrong ways to research, Genea-Santa…but I believe that networking with other Genealogists is a good way to learn what do to and how to get past stumbling blocks.

I also developed a new non-familial project. I found a photo album from a Knowlton Carson, and am going to be researching that family line. I hope to use him as the basis for my certification. So far I have found his parents, his Paternal Grandparents, his wife, her parents, and his children. I have even attempted to contact both of his daughters and am hoping that they will be gracious enough to let me interview them.

So there you have it my dear Genea-Santa, all I really want for Christmas is an interview with both of his daughters to provide some more clues.


(AKA, Da Momma)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Advent Calender--> Day 3, Christmas Ornaments

It's strange, I don't remember any generational christmas ornaments growing up. I remember making ornaments as a child, especially those pipe cleaner candy canes that I could hang on the tree. Pipe cleaners shaped like the canes...then those triangle-shaped beads that you group together by twos in alternating colors of red and white...and then those homemade dough ornaments. I remember making a star cutout ornament with that dough and a tree, and then I remember painting the things...but that was when I was 5 years old. But I don't remember seeing any ornaments from my mother's childhood.

How Odd. I supposed that also explains why I had to start over again when I became an adult. It never occurred to me to ask my mother for any when I moved out.

I will have to break that tradition and let the girls take one or two (or even more) when they move out....they can start over, but they should start out with family ornaments.

Advent Calender-->Day Two, (or it's all about the Food, Baby)

I decided to participate in the Advent Calender from GeneaBloggers but realized that I had to skip the first day. I am hoping to post each day as a small diversion from my current Genea-project.

We'll see how it goes.

Growing up, my mother would make tons (I'm almost being literal here) of Chocolate Chip cookies to give as gifts. Somehow I didn't think that my parents had that many friends to warrant 100+ Dozens of Cookies, each of them baked by my mother, who was juggling cookie sheets and trying valiantly to keep my dad and I from filching a cookie here and there. Who would have thunk that my mother could keep track of that many cookies, to the last damn chip no less. She KNEW when one was missing.

Either that or she was an exceptional guesser.

Regardless, I had the Toll House Chocolate Chip recipe memorized by the time I was seven. Mom actually toned down the cookies by the time I was eight. That's when she discovered the jet-puffed marshmallow creme and the "heavenly Fudge" recipe on the back of the label.

There was no stopping her after that.

It was kind of like Bubba from the Forrest Gump.."Shrimp cocktail, Shrimp Scampi, Fried Shrimp, Boiled Shrimp, Shrimp soup..." only with my mother it was the Jet-puffed Fudge. Mint, Orange, With nuts, Cherry, Raspberry..She might have been a tiny bit pathological, but the jury is still out on that.

There were also the savory foods for the holidays....Always Turkey, potatoes, Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Packets of brown gravy mix. And the Candied Yams.

The Yam's were a tradition from my greatgrandmother. The one that passed two months prior to my birth. I had to eat them every year both on Thanksgiving and Christmas, to honor said Grandmother. The kitchen counter was set up like a buffet and there was always that 3 quart square casserole dish. Silently judging your worth by the scoop you put on your plate. A dish full of cinnamon laced, light orange glop, piled high with canned whipped cream.

I was an unworthy kid. I hated that dish. The high point of my first Christmas as an adult was that I didn't have to make Candied yams. My mother has made it a point to bring a dish anytime she comes over for the holidays. I don't eat it, the kids aren't fond of it, and Keith can't stand it. Needless to say the dogs like when my mother comes by on the holidays.

My girls will hopefully add Macaroni Salad to their holiday list as they grow older. They will probably ditch the Green Bean Casserole....we shall see.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

...and searching for Surnames

I want to locate any fellow Orella's. It's the Orella line that initially hooked me into the genealogy path....Orella is the family of my father's, paternal Grandmother, Dariel Antonia Orella Hadsell. Sadly I never met Dariel, however, I felt sometimes that I must have known her as much as Grandpa Bill talked about her.

If you have any input or feedback or info on an Orella in your life, let me know!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

...and giddy with excitement

OMG OMG OMG.........I fell into a FANTABULOUS Genealogical find....Keith and I were went into an antique shop that is in town...he found this handmade photo album. The photo album's owner is one Knowleton Carson of Kansas City. He was in WWII, which is why Keith loves the album. (For those those who are new to me, Keith's passion is WWII militaria, primarily German and Japanese. It's pretty compatible with my passion for Genealogy....) I have decided to use this as the basis for being certified as a CGRS. WHOHOOOOOOOO!!!

I will update this as I learn more about the Carson's...but I am so excited.

Monday, August 3, 2009

..And learning about the Blenman's

I was at the Pima County Antique fair today and I found some old pictures that I thought were very interesting.

I thought maybe if I posted the pictures here that perhaps anyone looking for Blenman family members would appreciate them.

Apparently, the Blenman family has some big business here in Tucson.  There is an elementary school named after Charles Blenman, who was a judge here in Pima county.

Here is a picture taken of Mrs. Charles Blenman (first name Louisa) taken in 1915, in San Fransico, California.
Lousia Blenman

Below is another picture taken in San Fransico, dated 1912, with Louisa and Son Charles, Jr..  Charles is 14 months  at the time the picture is taken.

Louisa Blenman and Charles Jr.

Below is a picture of Louisa, Charles Jr. and youngest son William (noted on back of picture as Billy) dated 1915.

Lousia and children

Census Records for 1930 has the family living in Pima county Arizona.  At this time, William is 16, and Charles Jr is 18.

I was unable to locate pictures of Charles Sr, who was a lawyer from England, myself; however, I did find this Picture of Charles Sr. Charles Sr, died in 1936.  In 1878, Charles established the only known example in the world of a San Francisco Victorian home built in Territorial-style of adobe mud, called the Blenman house, in Tucson.

According to the St Petersburg Times dated April 19, 1941, Charles Jr (now a Lieutenant in the US Navy) married Ms. Rhea Loomis.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

..and looking for Bonnie (Parker)

Everyone knows who Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow is.

My current task is to connect one Opal Parker of MN to Ms. Bonnie Parker of TX.

I'm not having any luck so fair....But verbal family history indicates that Bonnie Parker is Opal's niece.  I just haven't been able to connect it yet.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

..And gasping for air

Not much to write's been a rough week...for more details visit my primary blog

I hope to have more to post with my genealogy.  But I am beat for tonight.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

..and Meeting The In-laws

I finally was able to scan some old pictures of family. I found one of Keith, his dad and his grandmothers.

In the picture below, on top we have Robert Earl (father in Law) and Keith. Sitting we have from left to right, we have Hazel (Keith's great grandmother) and Gladys (Grandma) and Amber (Keith's oldest daughter).


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

..And procrastinating

I started out the day thinking I would be able to devote it completely to researching the family. Nah, didn't work out that way. I had to run some errands this morning, then when I came back I had to watch the kids (that's 4 young school age kids, a 18 month old and a 6 month old, oy), then a family member from out of state showed up and here it is at midnight and I just decided to drop a quick note in blog to snivel at the way my day turned out.

Which leads me to my next question for my fellow Waders out there....How to you practice time management when you are researching? Do you research during a set time every day? Think about it and let me know...

Friday, July 17, 2009

..And reviewing products

So the FaceBook group Genea-Bloggers sent me an event invite to blog about the software I use to "Process"(?) my genealogy stuff.

I'm in the middle of the road and use Family Tree Maker 2009. I was using the 2005 version prior to that because it had been that long since I had actively been working on the stuff for the Gene Pool. (Have I mentioned that I am a procrastinator?). I like the program well enough. I like the fact that it interfaces with flawlessly. The Only real issue I have with the program is that if I lose my internet connection while the program is open, I will not be able to "reconnect" to the internet within the program. I have to close the program and open it up again for it to realize that my connection has come back. Beyond that, I haven't had any issues with it. I haven't tried any of the other programs simply because Family Tree Maker has always been sufficient to meet my needs. To be honest, I'd be afraid that my files wouldn't transfer if I switched, even if I back them up to .ged files.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

..And Laughing

Okay nothing too major today, just some Gene Pool funnies that I have found whilst roaming around looking for dead people.

One Liners:

  • Heredity: Everyone believes in it until their children act like fools!

  • I trace my family history so I will know who to blame.

  • Genealogy: A hay stack full of needles. It's the threads I need.

  • A family reunion is an effective form of birth control

  • Old genealogists never die, they just lose their census

  • So many little time!

  • Whoever said "seek and ye shall find" was NOT a genealogist


Top 10 Indicators that you've become a GENE-AHOLIC - Author unknown

  1. You introduce your daughter as your descendent.

  2. You've never met any of the people you send e-mail to, even though you're related.

  3. You can recite your lineage back eight generations, but can't remember your nephew's name.

  4. You have more photographs of dead people than living ones.

  5. You've ever taken a tape recorder and/or notebook to a family reunion.

  6. You've not only read the latest GEDCOM standard, but also you understand it.

  7. The local genealogy society borrows books from you.

  8. The only film you've seen in the last year was the 1880 census index.

  9. More than half of your CD collection is made up of marriage records or pedigrees.

  10. Your elusive ancestor has been spotted in more different places than Elvis! 

Monday, July 13, 2009

...And tripping over details

It occured to me that I needed to focus my genealogy stuff seprately then my Letters from Home stuff.  Ergo, Welcome to Wading in the Gene Pool.  It was going to be just the title of a post then I realized that I could do so much more with it. 

So my question is this:  If you start a tree with your child, then the tree branches out to your line and your spouses line...then branches out further with the grandparents and so on and so on until you have 50 different names you are researching.  At what point do you say "I am doing the tree for the Ellefsons, and a tree for the Hadsells..." so that the overall file is not huge!

I have two trees listed on Ancestry and they have some overlapping people, but the focus is for different sides of the family.  I plan on having a primary file with EVERYTHING but for publishing and sharing purposes, I don't want to share  Hadsell informaiton if someone says they are only interested in the Ellefson's even though they are both a part of my tree.

What are the guidelines?  Any hidden rules?