Friday, January 29, 2010

...and having a Surname (Barefield) Saturday

My choice for Surname Saturday for this week is Barefield. This is the surname of my maternal grandmother "Gram Mary."

Name: Mary Louise Barfield
Born: November 26, 193* (I promised I wouldn't publish her real age since she's still alive.), Kansas

Name: Delores Aileen Barefield (Sister)
Born: 07 Jan 1930, in Salinas, Kansas

Name: Robert Boyd Barefield (Brother)
Born: March 13, 1923
Died: May 13, 2003 Minneapolis Kansas

Name: Thelma Barefield (Sister)
Born: 1925 Boston MA

Name: Wiliiam Leroy Barefield (Father)
Born: August 06, 1894,
Died: About 1969, Salinas Kansas

Rumor has it that Leroy's folks came from Alabama but I haven't been able to research that far yet...

...and following Find my Ancestor

I have had a hard time getting into the blogging/genealogy mode this week between real life (ie, spending all day today running errands and just plain working. I happened across a blog that I found interesting. Initially, what drew me to Find My Ancestors, was the alternate perceptions and experiences from the Mesa Family History. I really enjoyed the summary of the classes that were attended (which were not the classes that I attended). It's always nice to get the cliff notes when you aren't able to attend the class.

I also really enjoyed the post Genealogy... Isn't that for OLD people?. Check it out

Thursday, January 28, 2010

....and I'm just clarifying here

so one last thought before I shut down my computer tonight. I was told today that the title of my blog sounded like some bio-engineering, genetic techno-geek-ish thing... I'm a big fat rock right now and I'm sitting in the middle of my gene pool. I am a product of my gene pool, of my mother and father and of their mother's and father's and so on and so on. Eventually time and history will wear me down to a pebble but that's okay. My children are products of their gene pools, which is linked with mine and their respective fathers. Then they get to be the big fat rocks, and my little pebble-ish self will be at the the bottom of their pool.

It's not bioengineering's history, of the family kind....

And if I introduce myself to you as "Hi, my name is Staci and I see Dead People," no, I am not psychic. I'm a genealogist here folks...It's my job to see dead people by way of their family stories and stuff.

Geesh..see what I get for trying to be clever? for trying to be "punny?"

I know I'm not the only genea-fanatic who has a similar sense of humor...c'mon, share with me here folks....out with it...what the are the little in jokes, snarky comments and Punnies that you use with non-geneafans?

..and settling in after the Expo and the Move

I want to thank y'all for following me to the "new and improved" 'Pool.'  I hope to accomplish much in the way of research, learning and hopefully helping others the way others have helped me. 

I wanted to touch base on the trip to the Family History Expo in Mesa this past weekend.  It was my first "event" and I had a blast.  I met some awesome folks and learned some new things as well.  I think that the most important thing I learned is that there is a whole lot of flexibility in the Genealogy community and that everything is not hard and fast and cookie cutter-ish.  Mucho Fun and Excitment.

I have been boring my co-workers at the "day job" to death with my recent obsession with genealogy (I say recent, it's not...I've been working on my own tree since I was 18 (which was *cough* twentyoneyearsagoholycowdidIjusttelleveryonemyage?).  Most recently was the desire to do more, to research more,  and to just plain learn more.  In any case, I was challenged today by one of the guys I work with to research his history.  I say challenged because his paternal line is from the Middle East, and his Maternal line is Swedish.  I think (and I'm not 100% sure, but I think) that his thought process is that with the current political climate in the state that it is, there is not a lot, if any middle eastern resources available online for genealogy.  I hope there is SOME out there because I got cocky and told him that while it would be challanging, it wasn't insurmountable.  What WAS I thinking?

I should probably learn to keep my dang mouth shut more.  But the reality is that I just can't quit from a challange.  It may take me a while...but eventually I'll find something. 

I hope.

That's it for now...if you have the time, let me know what you think of the way I have the 'Pool' set up...any thoughts or feedback is appreciated.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

...and having a Wordless Wednesday

This is the Nana Percy that I remember

This is the Percy before...with her mother Lulu Harris and sister Millicent.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

...and suffering from Monday Madness

I am going batty, completely, unadultratedly (yes, I made that word up) flippin' batty. I've decided to devote my free time this week to working on Carson family history....and I can't find anything on Pearl Ann (White) Carson (mother to my project, Knowlton Carson)...

It shouldn't surprise me that I can't find any mention of her past about 1925. After speaking with Knowlton's youngest daughter (Pearl's Grandaughter), I found out that Pearl and William Edmond Carson divorced while their only child Knowlton was away at college. I'm hoping that another interview with the granddaughter might yield some more clues because I have no idea if Pearl remarried or if she went back to her maiden name. It's like she dropped of of the face of the earth after 1925.

It's probably a testament to my noobnishness (wow, a totally modern computer geekish thing for me to say) that I haven't been able to research this further....I'll keep plugging away at it...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

...and having a Wordless Wednesday

These are the reasons I wade in the gene pool. I want them to know where they come from and to have a sense of pride about those that have come forward and paved the way for the greatness that they will have in their lives.

Monday, January 11, 2010

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

I went to Eastlawn Cemetery over the weekend searching for pictures for Find a Grave and I found this stone on my way out. What captured my attention was that the gentleman was a member of the 42nd Rainbow Division in WWII. So was the subject of my project Knowleton Carson. I haven't had the opportunity to do any research on this person yet but it it just captured my attention.

...and doing the happy Dance because I won!!!!!

So many thanks to Thomas over at Geneabloggers. I just won a pair of tickets to the Family History Expo in Mesa Arizona. I'm so excited! I can't wait to go....What makes it even better is that I found out today and tomorrow just happens to be my birthday...Happy birthday to me!!!!