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Archive for September, 2008

After reading Leslie Albrecht Huber’s article in the October 2008 edition of Family Chronicle, I began to wonder how many of us have a favorite ancestor (or two)! As Leslie writes, “There can be no favorite children or even grandchildren. But, the rule doesn’t apply to our ancestors.”

As I ponder this question, I’ll give you a chance to think of who your favorite ancestor might be.  Is it an ancestor who you know quite a bit about?  Or someone who is a complete mystery?  How did you learn of this person?  Post to your site and send me an email at wendy.littrell@juno.com or a message on Facebook with a link to your post.  Deadline will be October 12th and I’ll post a round-up on October 15th.

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Denise at The Family Curator has posted a Treasure Hunt Challege for Genea-Bloggers. The course of action is simple:

  1. Select Your Destination
  2. Make a plan (treasure map)
  3. Post the plan on the blog before September 30 with an email to Denise that includes a link
  4. Tackle the project
  5. Post an article about finding the treasure
  6. Send Denise an email with a link to the final post by October 20

As I began to think about all the ephemera and research notes in my file, on the computer, and elsewhere, I wondered where I could begin looking.  My plan of “attack” is this:

  1. Go through the big box of letters I have
  2. Locate papers on land transactions (I’ve seen them but haven’t paid that close attention to them)
  3. Look for the names of property owners/sellers and the dates and research them
  4. Gather information about the property – where it’s located, if I can get a satellite (or any) image of land
  5. Post my findings

Hopefully I’ll learn some fascinating new information!

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Prairie Chapel Church & Cemetery
Coshocton, Ohio
Photographed by Gene Amore
Original owned by Wendy Littrell (address for private use)

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Another Shout Out

Since I’m impartial to family/social networking sites, I guess I’ll be contacted by all of them to promote their sites. I received a comment from D. Sharma from MyHeritage who mentions: We’ve some unique features like photo-tagging and apart from that some other nice things.

So if you are looking for this type of website, please check it out.  Their privacy policy is about the same as the others on the internet – just be cautious about private information.

Again – I am not pro or con – just wanted to alert you that this site was out there in case you are interested.

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On Saturday morning we went to the local computer/electronics/appliance store to find a new printer.  Ours is maybe 10 years old (I don’t even remember when we bought it!).  As my husband pointed out this is our 3rd printer since we’ve been married – 20 years – which isn’t bad in the grand scheme of things.  Of course our first printer was a dot matrix – remember the perforated lines on each side that you had to tear once your document printed out? And it was only black ink.  I’ve had the Epson Stylus 880i and really like it (still do even if it is putting great big inky marks all over the page!).  So I told the rep trying to interest me in another big name printer that I was partial to Epson.  I did find an all-in-one (no fax though as we really don’t need that).  Bought some extra ink and then home to hook it up and install the software for it.

I used the scanner on Saturday and Sunday and it is quite fast.  I won’t get rid of our flatbed scanner becaues it has a slide and negative attachment.  Since I still have oodles of slides to scan, it will still come in handy.  Plus it is larger than the new all-in-one and I can scan my scrapbook pages on it as well.

I’ve also added some more records to Find-a-grave and a member tree on Ancestry (even though I’m not a paying subscriber, I was invited in to this member tree). I just figure that the more information I flood the web with, the easier it will be for people who are looking for mutual ancestors to find me.

Also, for so long I’ve kept my maternal and paternal lines on separate gedcom files (don’t ask why I even did that!) so this weekend I merged everything into one big happy family file. Oh the joy – oh the headache – now I have to merge all those duplicated individuals and then go back and fix family relationships. Why am I doing this again?

I’ve also tried to catch up on reading the submissions for the 5th Edition Smile for the Camera hosted by footnoteMaven at Shades of the Departed (awesome job, by the way!), the Family Heirloom meme hosted by Julie Cahill Tar at GenBlog and the 55th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy hosted by Jasia at Creative Gene.

In between all of that, I have real life issues – I have family in the Southwestern area of Ohio (around Dayton) and they’ve been without power since Sunday afternoon.  I haven’t been able to contact my mom – who has an electric phone (?!?!) but have talked with her neighbor and received an email from my cousin.  So I’ve been a little freaked out about what’s been going on up there.  Apparently Ike whipped around us here in North Texas and headed straight for the midwest.  You can read about the damage here. Good thoughts and wishes please!

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A Book I Need

As I’ve been reading through many of the submissions that will be in the 56th Carnival of Genealogy – 10 Essential Genealogy Books You Own (which will be hosted by Lori Thornton at Smoky Mountain Family Historian), I’ve discovered that almost everyone has the book, Evidence Explained: Citing Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth S. Mills; Boston: Genealogical Company, Incorporated, 2007.  This is one book that I am going to have to buy!  Some of the customer reviews on Amazon include: “This is the ‘bible’ of genealogy citation.” - J. Grah and “…by far the most comprehensive resource I have seen for accurately and effectively citing sources.” - Brad Combs, PhD.  One reviewer even said that whenever a new book by Elizabeth S. Mills will be released, they put in an advance order.  Obviously, I’ve been missing out on a great resource so I’ll be looking for a used copy (is there such a thing?) to add to my genealogy library.

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I’m “Heart”-ed A Lot!

I’ve once again been tagged with the “I Love Your Blog” award!  A. Spence at Spence-Lowry Family History gave me this award.  Thanks!  Since I’ve been tagged once and these awards seem to circle through out the genealogy blogs, I will do as I did before -

If you are a regular (or first time!) reader of this blog – consider yourself tagged!  Just give me a link back & go on to award to others.

Again, thank you, A. Spence!  Will be adding a link to your blog soon!

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