Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Ruby, Virgil, Susannah and Richard Poundstone


Ruby Poundstone age 5, Virgil Poundstone age 2,   with their grandparents Susanna Zeck Poundstone and Richard Poundstone cir 1913.

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This one just can't be wordless!  Here is a photo shared by my cousin Tim Clark showing my Grandma Ruby Poundstone Clark at age five, her brother Virgil age two and her grandparents Susannah and Richard Poundstone.  I think the photo was taken in Bement, Illinois where the family lived during most of my Grandmother's young life.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Travel and research update

I am in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, the current home of my parents.   I have confiscated mom and dad's pictures and I have been busy scanning.  I can't wait to share some of the pictures I located.  I found one of my Uncle Bruce, my Aunt Maxine's high school graduation, some interesting pictures of my Aunt Wilma and Uncle John, some wonderful blackmail pictures of my cousins.  

I visited Illinois prior to North Carolina and had a wonderful time catching up with my family at the reunion. The picture above was shared by my Cousin Zena of her Grandfather, Grandmother, Aunts and Uncles.  My Grandfather Otis Clark was her Grandfather Charlie Dial's half brother.  

I visited the folks at the Decatur Genealogy Society Library in Decatur, Illinois. They have a nice sized library that includes periodicals, Illinois county books, state books, and clip files.  The best part of the library is the people that volunteer their time there.  I met Cousin Zena Richardson there and we met a new Durbin cousin that helped us make photo copies and research the Durbin line.  If you have a chance you can visit them at 1255 W. South Side Drive or visit their website at  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ildecgs/index.htm.  Cousin Zena was so impressed she went a head and joined the society. 



Friday, June 22, 2012

Scanning at the Family Reunion and Flip-Pal Summer Solstice Coupons

I have been giving my Flip-pal a workout.  I am happy to say that I have some new family photos thanks to my wonderful cousins and my Flip-pal.  The family reunion netted a good bunch of photos from the Dial and Clark family.  Cousin Tim rounded up a few photos I had never seen before including one of my Grandmother at age 5!  I am looking forward to sharing my finds here on my blog.  If you are getting ready to visit family you will want to get yourself a Flip-pal.  Below are the latest deals offered for the mobile scanner, happy scanning!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wordless Wednesday -

Violet Gollnick Lundquist with sister Lorraine Skibbe Clark

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Janice and Bob Urman, 55 year anniversary this June 15th!

Nancy adjusting Janice's veil before the wedding.
Janice and Bob Urman at the reception



Away they go!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Genealogy Education - learning more about new topics

Crista Cowan from Ancestry Aces provided the following blog prompt:


When you encounter a new location, a new time period, a new religion, or a new military conflict in your family history where do you do to learn about it so you can do better genealogy research?  What are your favorite resources for genealogy education?

First I consult the books in my personal library.  I have built up my library to roughly over 100 books.  Some of my favorite standbys include:

Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide

Census Substitutes & State Records Vol 1 and 2 by William Dollarhide

The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy by Val D. Greenwood

Land and Property Research in the United States by E. Wade Hone

Online my favorite sites include:

U.S. GenWeb http://usgenweb.org/

FamilySearch, the Learning Resources area, specifically the Research Wiki  https://www.familysearch.org/learn

Ancestry also has a Wiki, located under the learning center tab along the top of the page.  It utilizes information from the The Source and The Red Book, both great sources of information for a genealogist.

My other resources include state and county genealogy societies, state and county historical societies, and state and county archives.

There are so many sources to increase your knowledge of genealogy.  One of the best would be a local genealogy society.  Our society has mentors, special interest groups for specific topics and monthly learning opportunities.  The National Genealogy Society has learning opportunities along with state and local society's.  Conferences, seminars and webinars are another great source for education.  I like to attend the NGS Conferences, the Family History Expos (http://www.familyhistoryexpos.com/) and hopefully one day will make it to the Jamboree in California.  

Thanks to today's technology you can attend  a webinar, many with big name genealogists often for no or little cost.  RootsMagic, Legacy, Illinois State Genealogy Society, Southern California Jamboree, and Dear Myrtle are a few of the folks offering webinars to advance your skills.  You can also watch videos from YouTube, The National Genealogy Society, and  Genealogy Gems.  Then there are the podcasts!  Give Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems and Family Tree Magazine a listen or  try The Genealogy Guys or Family History:Genealogy Made Easy.  The podcast can be found at itunes and can be downloaded on a mp3 player or an ipod.  You can also burn them on to a CD.  


The important thing is to continue learning - it doesn't matter how you do it.



Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Lloyd Clark, Marine

Lloyd Clark seated on left with two unknown marines, May 1955. 

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Top Ten List: What I Wish I'd Known When I Got Started In Genealogy

A blog prompt  from Crista Cowen of   "What I Wish I'd Known When I Got Started In Genealogy" got me thinking of all the things I wish I had known.  So here are my Top Ten:

 1.  Never add anyone's research to your database until it has been thoroughly researched and sources have been checked.

 2.  Interview the living as soon as possible, they won't always be there, do it now!!!!!

 3.  Read every line of every form, document, and always look at the original yourself.

 4.  Always record your research, both positive and negative findings.

 5.  Cite your sources.

 6.  Research your location thoroughly.  Find out if and when state and county boundaries changed.  

 7.  Re-run your searches on the internet. New information is constantly being added to the web.


 8.  Never take no as an answer from the courthouse.  Try another day and another clerk.


 9.  Learn to utilize your genealogy software to it's full potential.


10. Never accept just one sources as gospel. For example, a death certificate is only as good as the information the informant provided.