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Amy Johnson Crow, of No Story Too Small continues the challenge to the geneablogging world to write a blog post weekly on one ancestor. This could be a photo, a story, biography, or a post on the weekly theme. To read her challenge please go to Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 2015 Edition. Feel free to join in at any time! The theme for this week is “Luck of the Irish” and can be about an ancestor who was lucky or an Irish ancestor.
I have not discovered a single Irish ancestor lurking in my family ancestry. So it leads me to wonder – where does the red hair come from? My paternal grandmother had red hair and so does my niece. My sister, my daughters, and I all have auburn in our hair. My grandmother, Ella House Amore, was the daughter of James Emory House and Frances V. Ogan. Yes, that woman – whose parentage is a complete mystery. (See Mystery Surrounding Frances V. Ogan).
So, if she wasn’t dropped on the doorstep by aliens – perhaps her parents were leprechauns. I’m all out of ideas at this point. I suppose it would be too much to ask that maybe Frances and Maureen O’Hara share the same biological ancestors? Nah, probably not.
Which leads me to gush over how I adore Ms. O’Hara! I love her pairing with John Wayne in “The Silent Man” or “McLintock!” or “Big Jake” or “Rio Grande” – she was stubborn, strong-willed, and passionate in her beliefs. Well, now that I think about it . . .
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*** Disclaimer: I am NOT an official Rootstech blogger.
*** Furthermore, I am NOT at Rootstech.
(I am not even near Salt Lake City, Utah, or a Family History Library)
BUT – I am reading blog posts from “official” Rootstech bloggers and others, like me, who are not there, but wish they were!
I am playing “Words with Friends” with Sheri Fenley of The Educated Genealogist, who in turn is also playing WwF with Colleen McHugh of Genealogy Wise. And the madness continues . . .
I am scouring Facebook for photos – found some of Elyse Doerflinger of Elyse’s Genealogy Blog and footnoteMaven. Waiting to see a picture of Elyse in her tiara. Will Sheri post her tiara picture? Does Randy or Thomas have tiaras? Or Crowns?
If you are looking for the secret treasure clue – I do not have one on my blog because (in case you missed the beginning of this post) – I am NOT an official Rootstech blogger.
Apparently, there will be no sleeping at Rootstech. (see I am reading Facebook status updates – this just in from Elyse). Can you imagine what 4000 sleep-deprived genealogists will look like on Sunday morning when everything is said and done? Those are the pictures I want to see!
I can’t wait to see how the Genealogy Idol contest plays out. Will it be Elyse? Marian? Elizabeth? or Michael? Two from home and two at the conference. Will one of the judges be mean and nasty like Simon? Oops, sorry, he’s no longer on THAT show. So if Steven Tyler shows up and I wasn’t informed, I will not be happy! Will Thomas channel Bert Parks and sing: “There he/she is . . . Ms/Mr Genea-Idol . . . ”
For the rest of us . . . I guess we”ll just sit at home, watch streaming video from the conference, read Facebook status updates and blog posts from official bloggers, play Words with Friends, and dream about attending the conference in person . . . one day.
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The genealogical version of this disorder usually happens during research. For the last several days I’ve been actively entering sources into my family tree database (FTM 2011). I decided the best place to start would be my parents. Since my father was born before the 1930 Census was taken, I thought I’d find that and enter the information. This is what happened:
Ok, so I’m looking for Grampa Amore in the 1930 census. I’ll click on the US Federal Census database in Ancestry and from there choose 1930. So now I’ll enter Lloyd Amore, lived in Coshocton County, Ohio and make sure to restrict all to exact matches. Search. What? Nothing? Hmmm. Maybe I should put choose restrict to exact matches and similar spellings for the first name because I’ve seen his name spelled with one “L”. Still nothing. Ok, well let’s try William because in several spots that’s what he lists as his first name instead of middle name. Well, there’s my great-grandfather.
Do I have the 1930 Census information for him? Not really. I have the year but I want to put the exact date the census was taken. Click through to the original image – save to the computer. Now I’ll just make sure that I add this source to everyone in the household. Oh, look, someone’s name is spelled wrong. I’ll leave a comment so it can get fixed. There’s several things over to the right that look like they pertain to my gr-grandfather. Wow – what’s that? Civil War registration for Ohio? That must have been for his father – my 2nd great-grandfather. That’s new. I need to look at that. I should go ahead and enter that information and source before I forget.
I don’t have exact dates of some of the censuses for him. Maybe those items on the right will help me find what I need. Do I have the Find A Grave information for him? I’ll look at Find A Grave just to make sure that no other persons in my Amore branch have been added lately. Let me click on my Grandma Amore’s listing. I haven’t linked her with her parents yet. I better do that now before I forget.
Time has gone by and I realize that I’m linking children with their parents on Find A Grave. By the time I return back to my Grampa Amore – still never finding the 1930 census for him, a couple of hours have passed and I realize that it’s way past my bedtime.
So – I did manage to get some things organized in my database and online, but I’m not being very linear about it! As Scarlett O’Hara said, “Tomorrow is another day.”
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