Posts Tagged ‘Saturday Night Genealogy Fun’
by Sherry Stocking Kline
March 19, 2011
Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings says: “It’s Saturday Night – time for more Genealogy Fun!!!”
So, it’s time for you to read Randy’s post here: Genea-Musings: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Contribute to the Genealogisms Dictionary.
Have you ever experienced Genea-Dipity?
You know, one of those serendipitous moments, when you have spent hours and hours in your genea-cave searching through page after web page of on-line genea-crapola, and then there it is!
One of those unexpected rare pieces of good luck, a Genea-Dipity! A Serendipity!
You’ve done it! You’ve found the one thing you thought you’d never find, the one fact, the one photo, the one really cool piece of information that makes you do a ‘happy dance,’ gives you a “genea-gasm,” and keeps you piecing together family puzzles and filling out the blanks in your family tree!
What was your “genea-dipity” this week?
And what new word can you add to the “Genealogism’s Dictionary.”
Sherry Stocking Kline
October 30, 2010
Hi Genea-Zombie Friends! As Randy Seaver says, it’s Saturday Night, and time for more fun!
Hey Genea-Zombies, it’s Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:
1) Go take the Hallowe’en Personality quiz at http://www.blogthings.com/whatsyourhalloweenpersonalityquiz/
2) Post it on your own blog, as a comment on this blog, or on your Facebook page.
3) Tell us if this is “right on” or note. Have fun with it!
So, here is mine! Go take your Halloween Personality quiz at: http://www.blogthings.com/whatsyourhalloweenpersonalityquiz/ .
You See Halloween as Scary
You’re a friendly person, but not the life of the party. You like making someone else’s day – and you’ll dress up if you think of a really fun costume. (Ok, so far, so good. this really does sound like me. I haven’t dressed up in some time, but plan to again in the future. I am a friendly person, but really, really don’t want to be the life of a party, and actually prefer small gatherings to large parties.)
No one quite understands you, but everyone also sort of worships you. And that’s exactly how you like it. (Nope, none of this. )
Your inner child is open minded, playful, and adventurous. (My inner child does enjoy watching the granddaughters dress up and enjoy Halloween, but am mostly a traditional person.)
You truly fear the dark side of humanity. You are a true misanthrope.You’re prone to be quite emotional and over dramatic. Deep down, you enjoy being scared out of your mind… even if you don’t admit it. (This does not fit me. I do not enjoy being scared ‘out of my mind,’ and am not a ‘drama queen.’
You are a traditionalist with most aspects of your life. You like your Halloween costume to be basic, well made, and conventional enough to wear another year. (I would like my costume well made (I can sew) and would like to come up with something that I’d be willing to wear for more than one year. I think, given the family history interest that I have, that it would be fun to come up with a famous or semi-famous local person, and portray them.
However, all the famous, or infamous people that we hear about from here were associated with Caldwell, Kansas, the cowtown south and west of here, and I would have to be a cowboy, dance hall girl, or ‘lady of the evening. Maybe a cowgirl, I can twirl a rope, and still have my boots from my riding days…
by Sherry Stocking Kline
October 19, 2009
Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings issued this challenge on Saturday night! I’m a bit late, but I don’t want to miss out on all the fun, so here goes!
Hey geneaphiles – it’s Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun for all Genea-Musing readers.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and we need more of you to do this, otherwise it may end…), is to:
1) Read Brenda Joyce Jerome’s post Who or What Do You Blame? on the Western Kentucky Genealogy blog. She asks these questions:
* Can you identify person or event that started you on this search for family information?
* Did you pick up researching where a relative had left off?
* Did your interest stem from your child’s school project on genealogy?
* If you have been researching many years, it may be hard to pinpoint one reason for this journey.
2) Write your responses on your own blog, in a comment to this blog post, or in a note or comment on Facebook.
Maybe I was always a little interested in family history, but after Hobart Stocking, a professor from Oklahoma researched, wrote, and published the Stocking Ancestry, I became more interested, and shared the information with my husband’s family. And that’s when my father-in-law, Melvin Kline, stated that he wished someone would research their family tree.
And He Kind of Hoped They Wouldn’t, Too…
And, he said, he kind of hoped maybe they wouldn’t, too. He said that he was afraid of “what we might find.”
The story that he had always heard went like this, “three brothers came west, fought along the way, and never corresponded again.”
And because there wasn’t any correspondence between Pop’s family, and his grandfather’s family, at least that he knew of, he believed the story to be true, and he was afraid that we’d find out that his grandfather might have been the the person who caused the problem.
But still, he really wanted to know.
Who could possibly resist a puzzle or a challenge like this?
Not me, for sure, so I took up the quest and along the way became ‘hooked’ on genealogy and preserving family history.
I was woefully ignorant of how to get started, so it was quite a long time before I learned about at least one ‘family feud’, learned where the family had migrated to Kansas from, and ‘met up’ with some distant cousins.
Unfortunately, by that time, my father-in-law had passed on, and I really wish he were here so that I could say “Thank you” to him for starting me on such a fun and addictive hobby/pastime/obsession.
But I’d like to think that somehow, he knows.
Sherry Stocking Kline
February 20, 2010
It’s Saturday night! Time for some more Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver! He wants us to tell him about our genealogy “Happy Dances!”
Hey, it’s Saturday Night (again), time for some Genealogy Fun! Your mission, if you decide to accept it, is to: 1) Think of any number of genealogy events or moments that make you have a genealogy happy dance, an ah-ha moment, or a genea-gasm. 2) Tell us about them in a blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a comment on Facebook.
I didn’t even know there was a Corson book!
Here we go! I just did a Happy Dance this past week. When I was doing a few minutes research on my own father, I found he was listed in the Corson Family Book!
I didn’t even know there was a Corson book! I love family history books, especially the kind that adds in some tidbits about the people, like what their occupation was, and if they served in the Civil, Revolutionary, War of 1812, Spanish-American War, etc, etc..
I love a ‘peek through the window’ of their lives…
And while I just love filling in the blanks on ancestral charts, I love it even more when I find a newspaper clipping, story, or a family history that gives me a peek ‘though the window’ into their lives.
Corson was the maiden name of my Dad’s grandmother, Margaret “Maggie” Corson McGinnis. And this is a line I’ve just simply not researched much at all, so this may be a fantastic springboard for further research.
Most of my “Happy Dances” haven’t been posted about yet, but that sounds like a fun course of future action!
More Happy Dances…
The Day the Genealogy Serendipity Angels Smiled… is one of those moments when you really believe in Genealogy Angels. The day I called the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center, hoping to learn a bit about our family history, and connected with a real, live, living cousin. It just doesn’t get any better than that!
by Sherry Stocking Kline
February 6, 2010
It’s Saturday Night – time for some Genealogy Fun!! It’s also Super Bowl Eve…
Many American residents are focused on Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIV to decide the championship of the National Football League. After 20 weeks of play, the Indianapolis Colts (16-2) are favored by 5 points over the New Orleans Saints (15-3) in the game to be played in Miami, Florida in an outdoor stadium on real grass, starting at 3:30 p.m. (PST). The pre-game hype, er, programs, starts on Sunday morning on CBS.
So, your mission, if you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible theme), is to:
1) Tell us about your dream game of the Super Bowl of Genealogy?
* Where would it be played?
* What teams would play?
* Who would be the head coaches?
* Who would be the stars of the game?
* Who would win?
* Who are the cheerleaders?
* If you were playing in the game, what would be your dream play?
2) Who do you think will win the NFL Super Bowl Colts-Saints game on Sunday? Your score prediction, please!
3) Post your thoughts on your own blog, on a Facebook comment or Note, or as a comment on this blog post.
1. My Dream Bowl Game of Genealogy!
Since this is a dream game, I can make up my own rules, and have my own players, right?
So here we go…
I hate to name players, teams, and coaches by name in this, my Genealogy Bowl Game, because I might leave out someone important, and someone that I cared about very much.
In MY Dream Game, we’d all be Winners…
And in MY Dream Game, we’d all be winners. (Note I don’t feel that way about football, basketball, baseball, etc., I’m definitely into winners and losers in that game.)
So, in my Dream Game we would all be at the Super Bowl of Genealogy. In my Dream Game, it would be held at Salt Lake City, because I’m dying to go there and because we may want to run into the library to locate more facts, figures, and information.
What would make our Super Bowl awesome is that our coaches would be the most knowledgeable Genealogy speakers and authors, many of the names we know, and many that maybe we’ve never heard of, and they would all be there to share their wisdom and knowledge with each of us. (and unlike real life, we’d all have time to go to each speech/talk/demonstration without having to choose one and miss one!)
And at my Dream Game, each of us would share our knowledge…
And at my Dream Game, each of us would share our knowledge, wisdom and our time helping each other break down the brick walls that haunt each of us.
At my Dream Game when we entered the Bowl, there would be a giant database of interconnected surnames and data, and we would be able to tap into this in minutes, and break down brick wall after brick wall. (Someday, this may be the internet!?)
Each of us gets to Cheerlead the others on to victory…
Each of us gets to be a cheerleader, and cheer when the others ‘win’ the game, solve the puzzle, break down the brick wall. (Much like we do on Twitter now!)
My Dream Play, right now, would be to break down the brick wall that lets me tell my mom who her great-grandfather was. And I would seriously also like to find out where my Laird and McGinnis family originated. (This is my Dream Play, I can have TWO, right?)
I have to confess to not caring who wins the Super Bowl, nor do I even know who is favored, but I’m going to guess that the Colts will win. Remember, this is just a guess…
Happy Saturday night everyone, and Happy Super Bowl!
by Sherry Stocking Kline
by January 30, 2010
The following is from Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings! It is our Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge! Don’t forget to cue up the “Mission Impossible Music”
Hi SNGF fans – it’s Saturday Night, time for some major Genealogy Fun!!!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:
1) Open your genealogy software or family tree program of choice and make yourself the highlighted person.
2) Find out how to create a Calendar to show birthdays and/or anniversaries of yourself and all of your ancestors (or all relatives, or all persons – your choice!). The “Help” button is your friend here!!! It can be done in all of the current software programs.
3) Create your calendar. Pretty it up if you want. Save it. Can you show us a page from your calendar – say January 2010?
4) Which of your ancestors (or relatives, or descendants – your choice!), if any, were born on 30 January?
Have fun with this. How can you use this information during the coming year?
I have to confess it took me longer than 30 minutes, and that just for one program! I chose Legacy, though I do have Family Tree Maker 16, and also the free Roots Magic software. I’ve read great things about Legacy, and so wanted to try it out, and a cousin swears by RootsMagic, so downloaded the free software.
But I digress…
I just did one photo and one calendar page, and I’ve scanned the photo page and will post it here:
When I first began entering my family into my family tree programs, I did it in a way that I wish I hadn’t.
I created a separate file for each surname. I know that I can combine them all into one comprehensive family tree and I plan to but I’ve not done it – yet.
Five or six years ago, I bought Broderbund’s Calendar Creator and because I already have the birthdays of all family members (from all my trees!) and friends and neighbors that I would send cards to and it’s very simple to create a new one each year by just adding new photos I may stick to using it.
However, if there is a way to have Broderbund’s Calendar Creator tell me that today is Susie and Joe’s 25th anniversary, or next month it’s Kris’s 50th birthday without me manually entering it, I’m not aware of it, (which doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist!) and that was a nice feature when I printed out the calendar from the Legacy software.
And from the short time that I played with it, it looks like the calendar creator in Legacy is pretty similar to the one in Broderbund, and if I had spent a little more time, my Legacy calendar would have looked much nicer!
Related post: Stocking Family Genealogy
It’s Saturday Night! And below is the SNGF Challenge from Genea-Musings Randy Seaver!
Cue up your “Mission Impossible” music, or maybe you really ought to turn on your favorite Christmas Songs! Either Way, Enjoy!
Welcome to SNGF — it’s Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun!
We had a great response last week to our Dear Genea-Santa wish list – thank you all for posting – perhaps you can use that post as a start for the upcoming Canrival of Genealogy with the topic of “Dear Genea-Santa.” My apologies for duplicating the theme last week.
I think that we all want lots of imaged and indexed databases online for our pajama-clad viewing pleasure… so for this week’s SNGF, let’s express our wishes for databases we want the genealogy companies to bring to us:
1) Define one or more genealogy or family history databases, that are not currently online, that would really help you in your research. Where does this database currently reside?
2) Tell us about it/them in a blog post on your own blog or GenealogyWise or Facebook, in a comment to this blog post, or in a comment to this post on Facebook.
This one is really easy.
I’ve sat at my computer in sweats and jammies in the wee hours many nights just wishing that every small-town’s newspaper where my ancestors (and my family here, for that matter!) lived in were on-line and available for research.
Just think! You could do your census and then check for the obituaries!
Indexed, too? Oh, be still my heart!
The problem with that is, I believe, financial. For the companies who are making this kind of wonderful technology available. Say for Ancestry.com to want to do this, they would probably want to justify the numbers.
So just how many descendants might be looking?
Many of my ancestors lived in very rural areas, and the tiny town newspaper I might be searching for might be serving a population of less than 500. Maybe even a lot less.
I figure my great-grandfather now has somewhere between 2 and 3 hundred descendants. If everyone in my tiny town of Mayfield, Population then about 100, (area population maybe another 3 to 4 hundred) population now about 100, (area population probably a bit lower now) had 200 descendants looking, they might only be talking about 3,000 to 5,000 individuals at the max who might be looking?
Anyone want to guess with me?
On the other hand, there are always peripheral family members researching family, so could the number looking be higher?
And my tiny town had a newspaper for less than a year, so it wouldn’t take them long to scan, so is that a plus or a minus?
On the other hand, if there were actually 5 to 6 thousand plus individuals involved what percentage of those would be researching and paying a monthly or yearly subscription to access this information. And will those numbers ever justify scanning the small-town newspapers? I sure hope so!
Anyhow, that’s my wish, Santa!
Anyhow, that’s my wish, Santa, so I hope you and your elves can make this happen. (That’s Kansas, Santa, land of the South Wind, and I’ve got lots of ancestral ties to Illinois, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, too)
Dare I hope that the new Kindle-type technology that Apple and various others will soon have available might just include the capability to view this info while sitting at home or at your favorite brick and mortar library?
Dare I to dream?
If so, I may just start on my 2010 Christmas list right now….
Sherry Stocking Kline
December 5th, 2009
Thanks to Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings we can let the kid in us out to play tonight while we write our letters to Santa!
Hey, fellow geneaholics, it’s Saturday Night, and time for lots of Genealogy Fun!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission: Impossible music), is to write a nice letter to Genea-Santa Here are the directions:
1) Write a letter to Genea-Santa and ask for only ONE thing. It could be hardware, software, a missing family Bible, a record that you desperately want, etc.
2) Tell Genea-Santa what a good genea-girl or genea-boy you’ve been this past year and give examples.
3) Exhibit your posts on your own blog, in a Facebook post commenting on this note, or in a Comment to this blog post.
So – go forth and write your letter!
Thank you for all the great Genealogy gifts you have given me this year, the impromptu family gatherings we’ve had, the marriage licenses I’ve found, and tombstone photo I located on DeadFred.com, and most especially my Twitter and Blogger friends who have welcome me and helped me join their genealogy community!
And Please, Santa, help them get their genealogy wish list this year.
Who was my Great-great grandfather Jones?
Santa, I know times are tough right now, and even Santa and his elves are cutting back. So, the one thing I’d love to know, the one record I’d like to find, is who was my Great-grandfather Willis Washington Jones’ father?
I promise I’ve tried to be a good little genea-girl this year, Santa, and tried to help others when I knew an answer to a question, tried to encourage other genealogists when they were running into brick walls, and forwarded neat information on Twitter.
I wrote a “how-to-get-started-doing-genealogy” blog post to help someone interested in locating their ancestry. I also brought home a box of ‘orphan photographs’ from a garage sale to try and locate a good home for them. (Still working on that!) And I was asked to help locate a living relative/descendant so someone can return some photographs and memorabilia. (This has proved to be tough! Several deaths and no living descendants thus far.)
I’m sorry Santa that I didn’t get more tombstone photographs uploaded to DeadFred.com. I promise to do better next year, Santa, and I’m sorry that I got a little behind keeping track of the births, marriages, and graduations in my dad’s side of the family.
Santa, I promise that I will start sending out new questionnaires along with my Christmas card!
And Santa, along with the butterscotch cookies and milk I’m leaving out for you, I’m giving you a large economy size bottle of Tums ‘cuz I just read that you have to eat 87 million cookies on Christmas Eve…
Thank you, Santa!
Hi Everyone! It’s Saturday Night and time for a little Genealogy Fun from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings! (I think Randy forgot to cue the Mission Impossible Music tonight, so if you miss it, go ahead and cue it up!)
Did you ever wonder what celebrities you looked like?
No? Well, me either, but if you’ve been dying to know, Randy’s found a software app that can answer that question!
Check it out below!
It’s Saturday Night again – are you ready for some Genealogy Fun?
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to find which celebrities that have the same facial features that you (or someone else you choose) have. Here are the directions:
3) Upload a photograph with your face (or another person’s face) to the site (the face must be at least 100 x 100 pixels) and click on the “Run face recognition” button.
4) Select a collage template, and the faces (up to 8) to go into the collage template. Click on “Next” and “Preview” your template, which should bring up the template for you to review. You could click on “Save” and it would go off to your selected social networking site.
5) Figure out how to show your collage on your blog or social network site (I have my own process defined below).
6) Tell us which celebrities that you (or your selected person) look alike – write your own blog post, make a comment to this post or on Facebook.
7) Think about how you could use something like this as a Christmas gift.
I don’t know who many of these folks are, but am honored to be compared with Jacqueline Bisset and Olivia de Haviland.
I keep looking at the guys and decided that the software picked up on three things, my smile, my glasses, and my chubby cheeks!
O.K., so when you can stop laughing, go to My Heritage and download your software and find your celebrity look-alikes!
Sherry Stocking Kline
November 21, 2009
For me, it’s a sniffly sneezy, Saturday night. I’m on the mend, but Kleenex still needs to be on stand-by.
Here is our Saturday Night Fun Challenge from Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings! Have Fun!
Hey, genies, it’s Saturday Night, time for some Genealogy Fun!!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it (where’s my Mission Impossible music…drat, lost it), is:
1) Who is your MRUA – your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor? This is the person with the lowest number in your Pedigree Chart or Ahnentafel List that you have not identified a last name for, or a first name if you know a surname but not a first name.
2) Have you looked at your research files for this unknown person recently? Why don’t you scan it again just to see if there’s something you have missed?
3) What online or offline resources might you search that might help identify your MRUA?
4) Tell us about him or her, and your answers to 2) and 3) above, in a blog post, in a comment to this post, or a comment on Facebook or some other social networking site.
My most elusive mysterious ancestor and the brick wall I most want to break down is my Great-grandfather, Willis Washington Jones.
What do I Want to Know?
Who was his father. If his last name wasn’t Jones, it would certainly be a lot easier.
If I could find a marriage license/record for his mother and father, it would certainly be a lot easier.
If he had been on a census with a Jones mother and father, it would be a lot easier.
Here’s What I Know, and What I Think I Know…
He was born in Kentucky, according to his death certificate and most census records, though one granddaughter thought he was born in Illinois. He may have been born in Barren, Edmonson, Hart, or possibly even Metcalfe County and he died in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.
Reviewing some of the following info for Willis, I see a couple of gaps I have that I can probably fill without too much travel involved.
But if anyone out there has a lot of Jones’ family info in one of the above counties, I’d sure be interested! I’ve nearly come to the conclusion that I need to gather all Jones’ info for those counties in that era, and see if I can by process of elimination figure the puzzle out.
I do have one question that I would like an opinion on, on the 1860 census that my great-grandfather Willis is on, (see below) he is listed at the very bottom of the list, and not with what I believe are his half–siblings.
Any comments would be welcome! Does that mean that Elizabeth is probably not his mother. (Either an obituary or death certificate names her as his mother, and yet, never a mention of his father.)
She, her husband, and one of her daughters also moved to Kansas, and lived near Willis for a time.
The following is part of a ‘cheat sheet’ that I’ve typed up to take with me when I’m out and about researching.
Willis Washington Jones – Misc Info
Born: Mar. 28, 1853 in Kentucky.
Willis’ mother was Elizabeth Laird Jones (Elizabeth’s parents were Hezekiah Lard/Laird and Patsey Carter.)
I have no idea who Willis’ father is.
I have no proof that Elizabeth married anyone named Jones before she married J. R. U. Crabb. (5 March 2012 – I have now viewed the marriage certificate for Elizabeth and her second husband, J. R. U. Crabb and her name is listed as Jones.) So, apparently Elizabeth did marry Willis’ father, and either they divorced, or his father died while he was very young.
Willis last name was Jones on the census as a child, and ever after.
1860 Census in Barren County
Is Willis with his mother and a stepfather, J.R.U. Crabb, or is he an orphan taken in by this couple?
1860 Census Page 87 – Metcalfe County, KentuckyPost Office – East Fork4th of July, 1860
J.R.U. Crabb – 28 – Male
Elizabeth – 28 (1880 census says born in KY, mother born in South Carolina)
Daniel U – 02
Patsy S – 1/12
Patsy C. Crabb – 60 – North Carolina
Willis Lard – 25
Catherine Piper – 17
Amanda Gooden – 12
Willis Jones – 7 – born Kentucky
I have not found Willis on the 1870 Census
Willis W. Jones married Martha Ellen Smith, daughter of Charles and Virginia (Hawley) Smith on 27 June 1876 in Barren County, KY.
They were married by Minister Bertram at his home. (later, in 2005, a new-found cousin, Nancy Bertram Bush, told me the minister was Ephraim Bertram, a circuit minister.)
Martha Ellen Smith was born Sept 03, 1852. She died on July 23, 1898.
I do not know where she is buried, but believe it to be in Kansas, Oklahoma, or possibly even Arkansas, as I’ve been told they had a strawberry farm in Arkansas for a time.
No one living knows where the strawberry farm was in Arkansas, and I question the person’s memory who gave me that information. I’ve done no research in Arkansas – yet.
1880 Sound-Ex Edmonson Co., KY, Brownsville Dist.
Jones – Soundex# – is 520
Roll 40 – Kentucky T-570
Jones, Willis White, Male, 27 years
Jones, Martha E. Wife Age 28 Born KY
Jones, Evan B Son 3 KY
Jones, Pearl dghtr 1 KY
1880 Census – Edmonson Co., KY
Jones, Willis white Male 27 married Farmer
Jones, Martha white Female 28 married housewife
Jones, Evan B white Male 3 son
Jones, Pearl white Female 1 dghtr
Willis W. Jones remarried and had more children, and he died Sept 26, 1929 in Sapulpa, OK (this is certain, I have the death certificate), he is buried there, and some of his descendants live there.
1910 Oklahoma Census – Sapulpa Township 47, 47(There was a third son later, William)
Jones, Washington W. Hd Male Age 57 born KY fthr brn US. mtr brn U.S.
Eliza C. wife white Age 40 # of yrs of present marriage 2 (or 7 not a good copy)
Bessie B age 18 born KY mtr & ftr born in KY
Vechel N. age 6, born Oklahoma parents born KY
Richard T age 1, brn Oklahoma parents KY – Willis Lard
This seems like such a lot of information, but hope springs eternal that someone with the answers will find this post, and contact me.
The thing that makes this more unlikely, is that I doubt that my Great-grandfather Willis had any more full siblings who would have the information that I need.
If you are reading this after googling one of the names listed above, We need to talk! Please leave a comment, so we can share info! Thanks….