Not quite the photo I was looking for – this is my grandmother as a young mother holding my mother born April 7 1912 in Minneapolis Minnesota
Searching For Ancestors April 23, 2018
Ancestry.com has introduced a new feature whereby they find all your ancestors. All I have to do is click a few highlighted boxes and presto, each generation unfolds. So instead of tediously jotting down names and dates and fathers and mothers etc., I can now hit keys on my keyboard in the right sequence and a new ancestor appears. This is a beta version of a new program. I’m not sure I like it or that it’s good for me. It certainly saves paper and notebooks but it is so impersonal and mechanical. By handwriting names and dates etc. I felt I was getting to know each ancestor a little bit, and I had to do a bit of thinking and digging to connect the dots.
My ancestor count has soared as a result of this new program. I was close to 8000 ancestors on my tree – now in just a few days of using the new program the count has soared to close to 9000. And I have to follow up on new names that have appeared in my sublist of immigrant ancestors. And the additional coats of arms – well I’m overwhelmed.
On the plus side, this feature – beta search for a glowing green symbol and tap the key – should in theory give me more time to search for the information I’m really interested in. The names and dates of birth and death are just the start. I want to know where when and how they lived, etc.
A Proud Grandma February 3, 2018
Grandson Ethan is in third grade and he and his 150+ classmates had an assignment where they had to interview a senior relative about what their life was like when they were in third grade. Well today was presentation day where proud parents and grandparents gathered to see the results. Our grandson Ethan interviewed me as his senior relative and here is his presentation of the results. I thought he was quite clever in his presentation and his interpretation – but no cleverer than his many classmates of such a variety of ethnicities. it was a fun day for all concerned – especially the sampling of favorite recipes from the many countries represented. Ethan’s favorite recipe was for Irish Apple Cake which he and his mom made.
Ethan explaining his project to his mom/mum Susan. If he had asked me what was my favorite recipe I would have said Apple Crisp – which is kind of like Irish Apple Cake. But Apple Crisp is straight out of Betty Crocker. Ethan has a mixed heritage from Ireland and North America.
Ancestor Count Update July 21, 2017
The ancestor count has now reached 6000. Can you believe it? And I’m not finished yet.
Church in Bury St Edmunds Suffolk England
A Work In Progress June 20, 2017
From the piles of papers I’ve accumulated in my genealogy research I am now compiling a list of my immigrant ancestors who came to America – who, when, what year, etc.
Following is my draft so far: Sorry, I’m having trouble copying the Word document
PreMemorial Day Visit May 31, 2017
On the weekend before Memorial Day I was visiting home territory in Boston Massachusetts. While there I visited the cemetery in Winchester where my father and my maternal grandparents and great aunt are buried. I had been wanting to do this for a long time. My last and only previous visit to the Winchester cemetery had been 60 years ago in August 1957, the day of my grandfather’s funeral.