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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
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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 a…

Tombstone Tuesday - Augusta Tross Eichhorn

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Augusta Tross Eichhorn, 1877 - 1939

Congratulations Fab Forty!

Congratulations to my fellow genea-bloggers who made Family Tree Magazines Fab Forty list!  Keep up the amazing blogging!!!

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.

Smile for the Camera - Give Their Face a Place

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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.
Go Back and Cite Your Sources!: 39 Citations - Gold MetalBack Up Your Data!: Task E completed - Bronze MetalOrganize Your Research!: Task E completed - Bronze MetalExpand Your Knowledge: Tasks A, C, D, E completed - Diamond MetalFootnote page for Marcantonio Maria CasilloWrite, Write, Write!: Tasks A, C, E, F completed - Diamond MetalReach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness: Tasks A, B, E, F, G completed: Platinum Metal!!!

Freedom to Read Week

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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 sou…

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 ex…

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, a…

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…

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:

Go Back and Cite Your Sources!: BronzeBack Up Your Data!: NoneOrganize Your Research!: NoneExpand Your Knowledge: SilverWrite, Write, Write!: BronzeReach Out & Perform Genealogical Acts of Kindness: SilverDay 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:Go Back and Cite Your Sources!: Added 24 new citations to make a total of 35, earning the Gold!Back Up Your Data!: NoneOrganize Your Research!: The 24 citations created 25 data entries (Task E), leading to a Bronze.Expand Your Knowledge: SilverWrite, Write, Write!:…

Valentine's Day Family Word Mosiacs

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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.



Happy Valentine's Day!

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

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!Go Back and Cite Your Sources!Citation Count: 11.  Currently at Bronze ranking with distinct possibility of PlatinumBack Up Your Data!Task Completion: None, aiming for the Gold here, but may only get a Silver.Organize Your Research!Task Completion: None, despite all the source citation.  I should organize all those sources later this week.  Goal here is a Gold.Expand Your Knowledge: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!Write, Write, Write!Task Completion: F(Participate in a 52 Weeks to …

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 f…

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
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Let the Games Begin!

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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…

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 a…

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 y…