Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hello from the Sky

As you read this post, I am flying high above you on my way to Hamburg, Germany.  I have also pre-published a few posts from yesterday until tomorrow, as I will be in and out of wireless access.  I have my genealogy packed (well, saved on my computer), along with numerous magazines and books to keep me occupied.  I also have my flip digital recorder which I will be using to spotlight genealogy in Germany and surrounding countries over the next 5 months.  I hope you will follow along on my journey through German lessons to visiting ancestral villages.

Surname Saturday: Gress

Each Saturday this year I am posting one of my surnames, going in alphabetical order.  This weeks surname is Gress.  The names in red are my direct line ancestors.

<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Joseph (b. 1806) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->1-Joseph GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->b: about 1806, , , , Germany
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Eden " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->d: 1860, Eden, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe ":Caroline (b. 1810) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->+Caroline
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany:Baden " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->b: about 1810, , , Baden, Germany
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Eden " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->d: 1870, Eden, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Margaretha (b. 1834) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-Margaretha GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: about 1834, , , , Germany
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Georg (b. 1837) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-Georg GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: about 1837, , , , Germany
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Michael (b. 1841) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-Michael GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: about 1841, , , , Germany
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Joseph (b. 1841) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-Joseph GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: calculated 9 August 1841, , , , Germany
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        d: 18 February 1899, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "PASSEL:Sophia (b. 1846) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . +Sophia PASSEL
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany:Mecklenburg " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: January 1846, , , Mecklenburg, Germany
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        d: 27 May 1928, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Louisa (b. 1867) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Louisa GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: February 1867, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "SCHOULTZ:Theodore (b. 1863) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . +Theodore SCHOULTZ
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: December 1863, , , New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Jacob J. (b. 1869) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Jacob J. GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: 26 January 1869, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                d: 11 August 1932, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FINK:Elizabeth L. (b. 1867) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . +Elizabeth L. FINK
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: 6 July 1867, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                m: Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                d: 24 April 1957, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Chester E. (b. 1888) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Chester E. GRESS
                        b: June 1888
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:May (b. 1890) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-May GRESS
                        b: 19 September 1890
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                        d: 11 June 1970, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Walter L. (b. 1891) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Walter L. GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                        b: 6 December 1891, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Elsie (b. 1894) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Elsie GRESS
                        b: 13 May 1894
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Howard J. (b. 1896) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Howard J. GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                        b: 18 March 1896, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Beulah (b. 1898) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Beulah GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                        b: 27 January 1898, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                        d: 7 May 1968, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Vera Julia (b. 1900) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Vera Julia GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->  &nbs
p;                    
b: 11 January 1900, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Cheektowaga " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                        d: 2 February 1976, Cheektowaga, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Carolyn M. (b. 1871) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Carolyn M. GRESS
                b: about 1871
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "WILLIAMS:Ralph " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . +Ralph WILLIAMS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "WILLIAMS:Ethelyn " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ethelyn WILLIAMS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:John (b. 1873) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-John GRESS
                b: about 1873
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Eli (b. 1875) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Eli GRESS
                b: about 1875
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Jacob (b. 1845) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-Jacob GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: about 1845, , , , Germany
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Barbara (b. 1848) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-Barbara GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: about 1848, , , , Germany
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Johann (b. 1850) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-Johann GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: about 1850, , , , Germany
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:George (b. 1852) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-George GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: about February 1852, , , , Germany

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Final Tale-y of Genea-Blogger Games Medals

The 2010 Winter Genea-Blogger Games are coming to a close.  It has been an impressive two weeks here at A Tale of Two Ancestors and I hope I am able to continue at many of these things in the future.  Data Back-up and Organization are the two areas I will continue to train on so that I can get that Platinum next time.  My final metal count is:

Go Back and Cite Your Sources!: 50+ Citations - Platinum Metal


Back Up Your Data!: Task A, C, E completed - Not sure how this works... Bronze, Gold and Platinum

Organize Your Research!: Task A, E, F completed - Gold Metal

Expand Your Knowledge: Tasks A, B, C, D, E completed - Platinum Metal

Write, Write, Write!: Tasks A, B, C, E, F completed - Platinum Metal

Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness: Tasks A, B, E, F, G completed: Platinum Metal

Now, I stand in line with my fellow genea-bloggers, as we wave our flags and proudly wear our metals for the closing ceremony.  I look forward to taking a short break over the next couple days and then beginning my training for the Summer 2012 games (there will be Summer 2012 games, right, Thomas? ;-)).

Monday, February 22, 2010

Library Services to Older Adults

My second 1 credit course this semester is Library Services to Older Adults.  I decided to take this course due to my interest in genealogy, which is mainly populated by older adults.  It is being taught by Allan Kleiman, who is well known within this topic.

Our first assignment is looking at census records of an area to determine the older population there.  We will eventually be analyzing the services provided by a library in the same area to the older adults.

Curious about serving older adults in libraries?  Check out ALA's guidelines on the subject.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Smile for the Camera - Give Their Face a Place









For the women's history month Smile for the Camera, "Give Their Face a Place," I wanted to show the family resemblance of the Passel line.  I would love to know how far this goes back, as it is amazing to see yourself in photos of your ancestors.  Beginning at the top is my great-great-great grandmother Sophia Passel Gress, her daughter Carolyn Gress Williams (my gg aunt), her niece Vera Gress Whitehead (my g grandmother), her daughter Marlyn (my grandmother), her daughter Holly (my aunt) and me.  Can you see it?

A Tale-y of my GeneaBloggers Games Medals

Here is my Week 1 Genea-Blogger Games update.  I have done well in some categories and not so well in others, but have metaled in all categories, which I consider a win.  With a week left, I hope to accomplish a couple more metals, particularly a few more of the Platinum variety.
  1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources!: 39 Citations - Gold Metal
  2. Back Up Your Data!: Task E completed - Bronze Metal
  3. Organize Your Research!: Task E completed - Bronze Metal
  4. Expand Your Knowledge: Tasks A, C, D, E completed - Diamond Metal
    1. Footnote page for Marcantonio Maria Casillo
  5. Write, Write, Write!: Tasks A, C, E, F completed - Diamond Metal
  6. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness: Tasks A, B, E, F, G completed: Platinum Metal!!!

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Amazing New Genealogy Spreadsheets

Dick Eastman posted about CensusTools Spreadsheets today.  After reading the post, I want to check them out, as I love spreadsheets for data tracking.  I was not disappointed!  In fact, I can not express enough how impressed I am with this site.

Gary Minder writes "Ever try entering extracted census data into your genealogy program's primitive text editor? The mess and frustration led me to create my first spread sheet in 2001 so I could elec tron i cal ly preserve my data in an easy to view format."  I can not agree more and am loving the spreadsheets he created, particularly the research log, census trackers and the cemetery data form.  After downloading them and going through a few I donated his recommended $10 through PayPal.  This is the best $10 I have spent on genealogy organization material in a long time.

I highly recommend you go and check out his spreadsheets, as they will make your life much easier organizationally.  The research log lists over 125 types of sources to check for each person with a box next to each that you can check yes, no or not applicable.  If these sources aren't enough it is easy to change or add more, such as changing the US censuses listed to those in the country they lived in.  I would also recommend adding in Footnote, GoogleBooks, WOrldCat and a blog search for each ancestor under online sources.  I look forward to using this to make sure I have found all I can about each ancestor.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Handheld Librarian Conference 2 - Day 2

Day 2 of the Handheld Librarian Conference 2 started with a keynote by Joe Murphy.  Joe discussed how Twitter is the wave of the future and what librarians need to know about it.  He also brought up QR codes, which are codes that mobile phones can take a picture of and take the user to a link, photograph or document online.  These codes came up a lot over the course of yesterday and today and are something I am very interested in.  It is important for libraries to create a mobile culture, with wi-fi and a lot of power outlets.  It is also important that librarians help the public with managing privacy, something that is constantly changing in todays world.

Then I attended Developing Library Websites Optimized for Mobile Devices.  This was out of my realm of knowledge, but I did take away that you should check the site on as many different types of mobile phones as possible.

The second keynote was Allison Miller, an SU doctorate of professional studies student.  She discussed and gave examples of the  library websites and OPACs that are optimized for mobile users.  There are many SMS services and reference services available currently, as well.  More and more people are using smart phones on a daily basis and librarians need to give these patrons the information they want in the manner they want it.

The last presentation I went to was From Internet to iPhone: Making Philadelphia's Historic Photographs More Accessible.  Here, Deborah Boyer discussed the creation of PhillyHistory, which was created with the information from the city archives and helped to give access to images to anyone who wanted them, not just those who could go to the archives.  They also linked the photos to their spot on Google Maps.  The people who view the images can write comments, view a then and now of a location, and even view the images via an iPhone app when they are walking around the city.  Augmented reality will be very important in the future, in my opinion, and it is fascinating what Philadelphia is doing with it now.

That was the end of my day at the HHLib2.  It was a fantastic experience, especially following it on twitter and participating that way while watching the presentations at the SU library.  They are planning another conference in July and I hope SU will be able to offer it again.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Handheld Librarian Conference 2 - Day 1

SU was able to offer students free admittance to the Handheld Librarian Conference 2 (HHLIB2) at Bird Library, which I gladly took up.  On day 1 I attended the keynote by Tom Peters, Mobile Tagging and QR codes and the second keynote by Joan K. Lippencott.

Tom discussed the future of mobile reference.  Mobile phone usage is the fastest diffused technology in history and, as such, it is important for librarians to tap into this market.  Any information a library has should be available on a mobile phone with internet.  From catalogs and reference, to instruction and library tours, this is what todays students are looking for.  Additionally, he discussed items that to me, with my customer service background, seemed completely logical and forward-thinking.  Watching the comments, however, it is easy to see that not all librarians feel the same way.  It is important to go into the library and talk to patrons, not just wait for them to come to you.  This is well known in the retail world, as most people who have a question will not ask, but will just leave the store if they cannot find something.  It was interesting for me to see how my background will help when I am working in a library.

Mobile Tagging and QR(quick response) Codes was a fascinating workshop and has given me a multitude of ideas for the future. For genealogy, archives and historical societies, QR codes are a fantastic invention with many opportunities for use.  QR codes are black and white squares with embedded information that anyone with a cell phone can take a picture of and a link, document or photo will open through the internet.

Joan's keynote was on mobilizing the library for todays students.  The Net Gen, those born in 1982 to 1991, grew up with computers and the internet and expect to be able to find all the information they want there.  According to a recent poll, the one piece of technology a student would keep is the cell phone.  As such, librarians need to be using mobile technologies such as QR codes, twitter, and YouTube.  They also need to be using the words students use, like stressed or confused.  One example is Google's library guide, which speaks to students in terms they understand.  Libraries need to develop a plan and strategy for mobile services.  By doing so soon, they will be ahead of the curve, which is necessary in todays society.

After this presentation I had to leave to go to work, but I look forward to day 2 tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Brief History of Eberstardt, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany



My Happy Day at the FHC

Yesterday I had a very productive day at the Family History Center.  My films on Knockholt, Kent, England parish records came in, allowing me to find baptism, marriage, burial, and even birth dates in some lucky cases on my ancestors and their families.

I was looking for a few specific items: the baptism of Emma Bond Hayman, her marriage to Charles Whitehead the of marriage of of her parents, Richard and Mary, and the burial date of her father Richard Bond.  I was hopeful that I would find Mary's, maiden name, as well.

I was very surprised when I found out that Richard Bond 21 Feb 1841, as I had previously searched FreeBMD for his death certificate to no avail.  I searched again when I got home and found a Richard Bond, died Jan-Feb-Mar 1841 in the Bromley district of Kent.  I had done some research and knew Knockholt was in Sevenoaks district, except that I missed the part that said it was placed in Sevenoaks in 1969... oops.  Prior to that it had been placed in Orpington and prior to that, it was in Bromley (from 1837 - 1934).  A good reminder to do as thorough historical research of the towns my ancestors are from as I do for my genealogy research.

Although I did not see Richard and Mary Bonds marriage record, I did find baptismal records for their 14 children, including my direct ancestor Emma's birth date as well (15 May 1811, christened 9 Jun 1811) - thank you to the overzealous minister who wrote in both!  I also found many burial and marriage records.  I now have a lot of records on order from the GRO, which I hope will arrive in the next two weeks and may give me Mary's maiden name.  From there I will go back to the films to fill in my research.

Monday, February 15, 2010

A Tale-y of Day 2 and 3

Day 2 of the Genea-Blogger Games took a backseat to Valentines Day.  I had pre-posted my Wordle's on Saturday night, leading to a new medal in the Expand Your Knowledge category for completing task E.  Counts at the end of day two:

  1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources!: Bronze
  2. Back Up Your Data!: None
  3. Organize Your Research!: None
  4. Expand Your Knowledge: Silver
  5. Write, Write, Write!: Bronze
  6. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness: Silver
Day 3 went fantastically for my research and the Games.  I spent 3 hours at the FHC and found a lot of family information in the parish registers of Knockholt, Kent, England.  After I got home from work I went to adding it all into RootsMagic and sourcing it!  Counts at the end of day two:
  1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources!: Added 24 new citations to make a total of 35, earning the Gold!
  2. Back Up Your Data!: None
  3. Organize Your Research!: The 24 citations created 25 data entries (Task E), leading to a Bronze.
  4. Expand Your Knowledge: Silver
  5. Write, Write, Write!: Bronze
  6. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness: Silver
I ge
t out of work at 7pm tomorrow, giving me ample time to win some medals while I watch Olympians win some as well!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Family Word Mosiacs

In honor of Valentines Day I have created Word Mosiacs at ImageChef.  The first is for my paternal side and the second for my maternal side.

ImageChef Word Mosaic - ImageChef.com

ImageChef Word Mosaic - ImageChef.com

Happy Valentine's Day!

A Candy Heart for All of You!
Thanks for reading and commenting on my posts all year:-)
Made at from Candy Hearts

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Tale-y of my GeneaBloggers Games Medals

I apologize for the awful pun in the title of this (and the next 23) post(s), but I couldn't help myself;-)

Day one of the GeneaBlogger Games was a stunning success.  I had off work, so I began about 1am, went to bed after some pre-game planning and then spent the day doing genealogy interspersed with laundry and homework.  I have medaled in 4 out of 6 events and am just warming up!
  1. Go Back and Cite Your Sources!
    1. Citation Count: 11.  Currently at Bronze ranking with distinct possibility of Platinum
  2. Back Up Your Data!
    1. Task Completion: None, aiming for the Gold here, but may only get a Silver.
  3. Organize Your Research!
    1. Task Completion: None, despite all the source citation.  I should organize all those sources later this week.  Goal here is a Gold.
  4. Expand Your Knowledge:
    1. Task Completion: A(Make a GoogleMap of an ancestral town), which you can view here.  I will get a Platinum in this event, as I LOVE these types of activities!
  5. Write, Write, Write!
    1. Task Completion: F(Participate in a 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy Challenge), during which I made a GoogleMap shown here and helped me medal both #4 and #5:-)  I am aiming for a Platinum here, as writing is the whole point of being a blogger.
  6. Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness
    1. Task Completion: A(Comment on a new Geneaology Blog) - very easy with all the wonderful new blogs.  G(Use follow feature on Blogger-based Genealogy Blog) - did this after making comments above.  F(Join a society) - I received my membership kit for APG today.  Not sure yet if this counts, will have too look into it.  Currently at either Silver or Gold Level.  Anticipate Platinum Level by end of Games.

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week #7

Amy Coffin at the We Tree blog is challenging bloggers to become better genealogists, with a new prompt each week through her 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy:


Week 7:  Play with Google Maps. This is a helpful tool for determining the locations of addresses in your family history. Where your ancestral homestead once stood may now be a warehouse, a parking lot or a field. Perhaps the house is still there. When you input addresses in Google Maps, don’t forget to use the Satellite View and Street View options for perspectives that put you were right there where your ancestors once stood. If you’ve used this tool before, take sometime and play with it again. Push all the buttons, click all the links and devise new ways it can help with your personal genealogy research. If you have a genealogy blog, write about your experiences with Google Maps, or suggest similar easy (and free) tools that have helped in your own research.


I learned about the miracle of Google Maps for genealogy, particularly for timelines, while at the Genealogy Reference Desk Institute.  I have been meaning to play with them ever since and this weeks challenge gave me the perfect opportunity.  I recommend looking at the help articles, as they are very clear and concise and helped my greatly.



View German Ancestral Villages in a larger map



This is my map on my German (with a couple in the Alsace Region of France) ancestral towns.  I will be living in Hamburg - way up at the top if you scroll the map up - and hope to visit these places over the next five months.  If you click on the map, I listed each ancestral line who lived in each town so that I remembered who was where.  This is also one of my GeneaBloggers Games entries.

Surname Saturday: Fleeman

Each Saturday this year I am posting one of my surnames, going in alphabetical order.  This weeks surname is Fleeman.  The names in red are my direct line ancestors.

<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FLEEMAN:Adam (b. 1820) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->1-Adam FLEEMAN
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany:Hesse " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->b: about 1820, , , Hesse, Germany
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->d: 25 November 1889, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRISS:Barbara (b. 1824) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->+Barbara GRISS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "France " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->b: calculated 23 January 1824, , , , France
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->d: 1 October 1870, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FLEEMAN:Barbara (b. 1846) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-Barbara FLEEMAN
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: 13 February 1846, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        d: 1 January 1929, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FINK:Gottlieb (b. 1838) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . +Gottlieb FINK
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "Germany:Baden-Württemberg:Bretton " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: 1 October 1838, Bretton, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        d: 7 April 1910, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FINK:George (b. 1865) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-George FINK
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: 26 May 1865, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FINK:Elizabeth L. (b. 1867) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Elizabeth L. FINK
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: 6 July 1867, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                d: 24 April 1957, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Jacob J. (b. 1869) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . +Jacob J. GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: 26 January 1869, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                m: Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->            &n
bsp;  
d: 11 August 1932, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Chester E. (b. 1888) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Chester E. GRESS
                        b: June 1888
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:May (b. 1890) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-May GRESS
                        b: 19 September 1890
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                        d: 11 June 1970, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Walter L. (b. 1891) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Walter L. GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                        b: 6 December 1891, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Elsie (b. 1894) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Elsie GRESS
                        b: 13 May 1894
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Howard J. (b. 1896) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Howard J. GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                        b: 18 March 1896, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Beulah (b. 1898) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Beulah GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                        b: 27 January 1898, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                        d: 7 May 1968, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "GRESS:Vera Julia (b. 1900) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Vera Julia GRESS
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                        b: 11 January 1900, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Cheektowaga " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                        d: 2 February 1976, Cheektowaga, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FINK:Ella (b. 1869) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Ella FINK
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: 18 September 1869, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FINK:Edward (b. 1871) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Edward FINK
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: 23 December 1871, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FINK:Ida (b. 1873) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Ida FINK
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f Bspan><![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: 16 August 1873, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FINK:Emma (b. 1875) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Emma FINK
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: 9 June 1875, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FINK:Lydia (b. 1877) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Lydia FINK
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: 3 May 1877, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FINK:Louis A. (b. 1879) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Louis A. FINK
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: 16 July 1879, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FINK:Frank (b. 1882) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Frank FINK
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: 16 October 1882, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FINK:Edna (b. 1884) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Edna FINK
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: October 1884, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FINK:Walter T. (b. 1887) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Walter T. FINK
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: April 1887, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FLEEMAN:Mary (b. 1848) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-Mary FLEEMAN
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: about 1848, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FLEEMAN:Adam Jr. (b. 1850) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-Adam FLEEMAN Jr.
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: about 1850, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe ":Henrietta S. " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . +Henrietta S.
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FLEEMAN:Adam L. (b. 1884) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . . . . . 3-Adam L. FLEEMAN
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                b: calculated 3 April 1884, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->                d: 27 July 1884, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FLEEMAN:Elizabeth (b. 1853) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-Elizabeth FLEEMAN
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->    &nbs
p;  
b: about 1853, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FLEEMAN:Lewis C. (b. 1855) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-Lewis C. FLEEMAN
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: calculated 9 May 1855, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        d: 5 August 1874, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FLEEMAN:Caroline (b. 1858) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-Caroline FLEEMAN
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: about 1858, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "FLEEMAN:Charles (b. 1860) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->. . . . 2-Charles FLEEMAN
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->        b: calculated March 1860, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA
<!--[if supportFields]>xe ":Magdalena (b. 1826) " \f A<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->+Magdalena
b: calculated 7 May 1826
m: after 1870
<!--[if supportFields]>xe "USA:New York:Erie:Buffalo " \f B<![endif]--><!--[if supportFields]><![endif]-->d: 17 May 1874, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA

Friday, February 12, 2010

Let the Games Begin!

I love watching the Olympics every other year and will be following the games in Vancouver,particularly the skating, the skiing and the curling (which is a sport I have to take up, as it is the only way I will ever get to the Olympics;-))

Luckily, while I am spending all that time watching TV I can now participate in the Winter 2010 GeneaBloggers Games!  As a new contestant, I will carry my flag high:

My flag represents a part of my diverse heritage.  I was born and raised the the USA, the background flag in this conglomeration.  To me, the US represents diversity, a mix of cultures and backgrounds.  I also have the Italian and United Kingdom flags.  Growing up, Italian was the culture I most identified with and what my family most often talked about being.  In genealogy, the ancestors I have traced the most and with the most success are those from the United Kingdom, namely in the Kent area of England.

During the games I will be participating in a wide variety of events:

  • Go Back and Cite Your Sources!
    • During this event you will see me whirl through my RootsMagic program, catching up to un-cited sources and, with the help of Evidence Explained, getting them up to par.
  • Back Up Your Data!
    • After citing all my sources the last thing I need happening is all of my hard work disappearing, so I will be backing up all of my digital sources.  I will also be working on backing up paper sources, but I am not anticipating to medal very high on that.
  • Organize Your Research!
    • In this event, I will dive feet-first into my blue bin of genealogy paperwork and come out with binders and page protectors.  This event will be part two of the source citation biathlon.
  • Expand Your Knowledge!
    • Maps, timelines and wordles, oh my!  Watch as technology is used for the creation of new and unusual research techniques!
  • Write, Write, Write!
    • With all my new sources, organization and knowledge, I will astound judges and spectators alike in the number and frequency of blog posts - even when I am not there (the miracle of pre-publish).
  • Reach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness!
    • The games are all about connecting with others and what better way to do that than through Genealogical Acts of Kindness?
I hope you will watch my performance in the GeneaBloggers Games, beginning tomorrow, 13 February 2010, right here at A Tale of Two Ancestors

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week #6




Amy Coffin at the We Tree blog is challenging bloggers to become better genealogists, with a new prompt each week through her 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy:

Online databases at your public library. Search your library’s web site and see if your card grants you access to online databases. Libraries (even small ones) often have wonderful online tools including genealogy databases, historical newspapers and more! Take some time and play with these little perks that come with a library card. You just may get some help in your own genealogy research and gain some free research tools to boot. If you don’t know how to access online library databases or you’re not sure if your branch has them, ask a librarian for guidance. If you have a blog, discuss which databases (if any) to which your library subscribes.

Online databases are one of my favorite things my library offers.  My library breaks them down by topic, so I often look in genealogy, but make sure to look under other headings, too, such as newspapers and biographies.

 From home, I can access:
  • HeritageQuest
  • Newbank (which has the Buffalo News from 1989 - present, the most complete I have found online)
  • NewspaperArchive - National
  • Gale Newspapers
  • American National Biographies
  • Gale Biography Resource Center
  • Reference USA
At the library, I can access:
  • Ancestry
My mother has access to:
  • Sanborn Maps of New York 1867-1970
I hope one day they will get Footnote!

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week #5

Amy Coffin at the We Tree blog is challenging bloggers to become better genealogists, with a new prompt each week through her 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy:


Play with WorldCat.org. WorldCat is a massive network of library content that the public can search for free (user name and password not required). Not every library is a part of WorldCat, but the vast size of the network makes it an important genealogy tool. If you are looking for a specific book or publication, enter the identifying information into the WorldCat search box and see which libraries hold the item. You may even find that you can get the item through your library’s inter-library loan program. Don’t forget to search for some of your more unusual surnames and see what comes up. The goal is to play with WorldCat and examine its possibilities for your own research. If you’re already familiar with WorldCat, play with it again. The network and collection grow and change constantly. If you have a genealogy blog, write about your experiences with searching WorldCat for this exercise.


I love WorldCat! So much so that I have even downloaded their app to my iTouch and use it often to check if I can get a book I read about on a blog or magazine review.  As a college student, inter-library loan is tremendously easy - I can even do it from the comfort of my couch and they email me when the book or article comes in.  Although I did not find any of my surnames for books, I did come up with a few books on towns I am researching that I will have to order.

52 Ancestors: Angela Rosa Palmiero

Amy Johnson Crow at  No Story Too Small  began the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge in 2014.  I am playing along this year.  I wi...