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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Morning After

Yesterday was a busy day: taxes to pay in Royalton and Tunbridge, errands to run in WRJ and West Leb, and finally:Book Group! 

The stove installation man did not come so we had another sandwich supper:  Bob had some baked tofu on toast and I had some corned beef on straight bread(i.e not toasted).  The lack of stove guy was a real disappointment since I had just spoken with the Whole Foods Market Commissary on Monday and learned how they make their lovely CHEWY tofu and was gungho to make some. (The Golden Sesame Tofu logs at Whole Foods in Beford, MA are delicious!) Oh, well.  Maybe today is the magic day for the stove.

Around 6:30 I left for carpooling to the Book Group (discussing "The Tipping Point") from J and A's house.  Saw the grandkids for a minute and loved C's new 'peanut" theraball.  He gets pretty wound up on it and then pitches over on his nose...not the best thing to do.  L was a bit distressed that Mom was leaving her. E was totally absorbed in Bear Grylls and his fire-making exploits.  (I may have the name wrong...the show is Wild something.) 

We had a lively and interesting discussion and had a great time looking at K's loom and work.  She does STUNNING weaving!  I am so very impressed.  She loaned me a book on double weave, which I turned on the light to start reading when I got home (AT ELEVEN O'CLOCK!!!! and that isn't even the latest Book Group has run....!) but I was so tired that I got little out of it except admiration for such beautiful work.

This morning I  awoke with a headache and feeling droopy and logey.  I guess that is a sort of Book Group hangover.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Rainy Sunday

Today we came home from Church in a cold rain.  Because we moved out the old stove yesterday and the new one has not been installed yet we used the microwave to heat up some old soup.  Bob ate cream of butternut squash soup and I had sweet potato, corn, and kale soup.  They were both good.  He went home teaching and I took a nap until the phone rang.

Before HTing and napping we watched the birds on the porch for a while.  It was a fabulous bird day despite, or maybe because of, the weather.  We had blue jays, chickadees, sparrows, some little gray crested bird that we don't know yet, a couple of nuthatches, Mr. Cardinal and later Mrs Cardinal, and ***NEWSFLASH***a pileated woodpecker!  It was huge!  We had already had a small Downy woodpecker...at least that is what I think it was...smaller than the bigger Hairy woodpecker.  It pecked on a post on the porch then snuck in to grab a bite to eat from the birdfeeder!  Pretty funny.  A little later he was pecking on the window frame in the dining room.  Grandpa surprised him by knocking back...

The 'new' chair on the porch has been a great place to spend afternoons when the birds, and squirrels, are feeding.  So many birds come to visit.  It will be interesting to see who comes this winter.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Concord Family History Day 2010 is complete!

What a good day it was today in Concord, NH!  For me the day started early...including taking some medicine to keep the coughing at bay, and it worked.  Something called Musinex DM I think.   I took it last night and slept for the first time in almost a week.  The coughing did not start up again until I was driving home.

When I set up for the blogging class all seemed well at first.  The Methots had set the room up perfectly with a screen, a table with a projector ready to go, a power strip underneath the table readily available, and an extension cord.  It could not have been a better setup.  We did change projectors to the one that I brought but that was all.

The only glitch in the system came when I tried signing on to Blogger.  That, and all social networking sites, had been filtered out.  I got on the phone to SLC right away but did not succeed in getting the filter lifted in time for the first class.  The five people in that class were kind enough to say that the presentation was fine and would get them started.  Thank you to all of you and your generosity of spirit to make me feel better.

Shortly after the end of the first class the phone rang and it was SLC calling back to say I had to call a different group for help, which I did.  After Paul checked the firewall box for me I was able to give the needed info to the new group and eventually we were able to lift the filter for the duration of the rest of the conference.  You can imagine my relief when Blogger.com came up on the screen.

On to the second class where we were able to set up another blog...the Windsor County, Vermont Genealogy blog.  I plan to post documents and data I find in town clerk offices in various towns in Windsor County in case they might be as useful to others as they are to me.

Sitting in on the Brick Walls panel was enjoyable and interesting to see the knowledge of the other panelists as they strove to answer brick walls questions that had been submitted on the website prior to the conference.  Harry and Ellaine had done a LOT of preparation and had beautifully documented answers to hand to some of the class members.

Home safe and sound now, and resolved to get really rolling on family history work again!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Update on the gadget

Well, I keep checking but the odiogo gadget does not always work.  It does work for several of the blog posts, but not for all of them.  I only feel a little better about it because I went to a Legacy blog and found theirs did not always work, either.  I can only hope that whatever made it not work will be fixed.

So exciting! A blog and a podcast in one!

DearMyrtle's gadget/widget  which turns a blog into a podcast worked great on her blog so I tried adding it to this blog.  It works!  Yay!  Try it yourself!

Thank you again, DearMyrt!

OK, so I published this post and tried to listen, and IT DIDN'T WORK!  Having just told the world, or at least a bundle of my dearest friends about this success, my face is red.  Oh well, that is a pretty common occurrence for me...I botch so many things...In this case I really cannot figure out what I did differently to the post to make an error occur.  I have contacted the company.

The next newest post DID work!  At least for me...

If anyone reads this post, tries the "Subscribe to podcast" button, and it works...could you send me a comment?  Thanks.

Talking with DearMyrtle

A week or two ago I had registered for a webinar on the Legacy Family Tree website which was to be held last night.  When it came time for the webinar I was unable to connect and instead sat here working on this blog...with the afore mentioned lack of success.

Today I sent a message to DearMyrtle who read my message and responded very positively and quickly, even though she was participating in the FamilySearch Blogger event in Salt Lake City.  She shared with me her presentation at the webinar which I was able to study before the complete presentation was available at Legacy.  What a generous kind lady whose head is TOTALLY FULL of great genealogical and technological helpfulness. 

Thank you so much, DearMyrtle, for your invaluable help.

As I have been thinking about the Saturday family history day and the blogging class I am going to present, I have made some more concrete changes and hope they will be useful and helpful to all the people who come to class.

With good fortune I will add a new gadget or two to this blog.  Only time will tell...!

Time is running out for preparation....

For some time now I have been trying new things with this blog (in preparation for the Concord Family History Day), but have failed in my attempts.  Most notable failures have been adding a video.  Many, many failures. At this point I will stop knocking my head against the wall and add a photo just because I can...  Maybe even a cute photo.

Not a cute photo---it is  a BEAUTIFUL photo of a successful climb to the top of the mountain.  Don't they look happy!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Journal Writing

Did you want to start a journal but didn't have any ideas to help you put pen to paper? Here are lots.

I believe I found this list at website with "acucore" in the name, I think, but it seems to be broken and I deleted the address before checking it. Sorry. Red face here.

You might try googling "Journal Jars". You will find many more.


Describe a favorite childhood friend and some things you did with her.

Where did you live as a child? (city, country, suburb, etc)

How many brother and sisters do you have? Describe them. Tell a story about you and each of them.

What things do you enjoy doing today that you also enjoyed as a child? Describe then and now differences, etc.

What color was your house, your bedroom, your living room as a child?

Describe getting a Christmas tree with your family as a child, how did you decorate it, when did you put it up, etc.

Tell about any exciting experiences in scouting, etc.

Tell about your mother, personality, characteristics, stature, talents, family stories about her, etc.

Describe your Sundays as a mother.

What is the most important lesson, message, or advice you've learned that you'd like to pass on for others to profit by?

Describe a trip downtown as a youngster.

Tell about your teenage social life. Your friends, dances, movies, dating, church, etc.

What are your favorite: colors, flowers, food, activities, hobbies?

Do you remember any special feelings you had as a child? Fears, fantasies, etc.?

Describe the downtown of your childhood at Christmas time.

Describe your favorite dress/outfit..as a youth.

Tell about your favorite Aunt.

Tell about any ancestors you know about (dates, names, etc.) For historical purposes, add any stoires about them.

What church callings have you had? Which did you enjoy the most?

Tell something about each of your children, their personalities, their talents, their traits.

Tell about a frustrating experience you've had with a car.

Describe a childhood birthday.

How do you feel about winning? Losing?

Tell about family reunions.

Tell about each of your children: names, birthdates, and where, doctor, circumstances surrounding birth, characteristics and differences, raising them in your home, problems, joys, sorrow, accomplishments, etc.

What are you frightened of? Why?

Have you met or worked with any famous people? Where? When?

Did you receive your education somewhere other than school?

What are your most precious and deeply embedded values?

Describe your mother's wedding dress. What do you know about her wedding?

Describe a favorite vacation in your married years.

What is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to you? The worst?

If you could be an animal, which one would you choose and why?

Where is the most exciting place you have ever been to? What made it exciting?

What is the biggest lesson in life you found to be true?

What would you like to be remembered for?

Describe a childhood Christmas.

What were your fears, expectations, anticpations about getting married?

Did you go to college or have a vocational training? Where and when?

One word on how to live successfully.

What personality trait do you admire most and why?

How did you become engaged?

Did you and your father share any interests? Tell about your relationship.

What do you think about movies? What is your favorite movie and why?

Tell about a special date you had with a boyfirnd, your fiance. Describe a typical day during your high school years.

What is your greatest joy? Your greatest sorrow? Your greatest desire?

Tell about handed-down talents: food, clothespin dolls, willow whistles, pottery, quitling, whittling, meat drying, etc.

Did you have a favorite TV show as a child or youth? Describe it.

Oswego, New York resources

This is an old record and has probably been updated since I saved it.


Ye Olde Church Records

Here is a pdf of the records of the church in New Salem, Massachusetts. It is 56 pages long.


Rauner Library Hanover, NH 29 Nov 2005

In trying to clean up my email account I am putting some things here on the blog where they are accessible to all. These are some things I found in the Rauner Library at Dartmouth College.

Jennie M. Stevens, wife of Albert N. Merrill born in Enfield, NH according to Hanover VR birth certificate of Guy M. Merrill born 21 july 1881 in Hanover. They were farmers.

Ila May Merrill, born 12 Sept 1885 to Albert N. and Mary A. Hewitt Merrill in Hanover. Mother born in Pomfret, VT, father in Hanover, NH

Certificate of Marriage:

Arthur H. Merrill and Ada M. Foss, both of Hanover, he 28, she 22, marriage first for both, he traveling merchant, she a teacher, father of groom, Alvin I Merrill mother Esther D. Kinne, both born Hanover, Father of bride, Manassah B. Foss born Grafton, NH mother Minnie Fellows born Hanover. Date of marriage 20 April 1892 Hanover, NH Father of groom deceased remaining parents living.

Marriage Certificate:

Edwin P. Merrill and Mary A. Hewitt, he 23 she 19, both born in Hanover. Father of groom Nathaniel P. Merrill mother Lucy D. Chandler both born Hanover, Father of bridge Elbert Hewitt born Pomfret, VT, mother Augusta A. Merrill born Hanover. Marriage 1 Jan 1888.

Marriage Certificate:

Lorin K. Merrill res. Hanover and Addie Banker res. Vershire, VT, he 26, she 22 first marriage for both. His father Alvin I Merrill, mother Esther D. Kinne. Her parents David T. Banker and Mary Eastman both born Vershire. Married 30 Dec 1884 in Hanover.

Rufus L. Moses and Frances A. Benton were joined in marriage at Dartmouth College 6 March 1867. Residence of groom: Randolph, VT res. Of bride Hanover, NH Bride 24 groom 23. Birthplace of groom Calais, VT birthplace of bride Hanover. Groom's father Rufus P. Moses (born Walden, VT...a farmer) Mother Charlotte C Moses born ? Nanhunets, MA. . Bride's father James or Junas or Jonas Benton born Hanover...a farmer. Mother Calista Benton born Alstead, NH.

Marriage License:

Lester Edwin Merrill of Hanoiver, born Hanover, age 26 years father Edwin P. Merrill born Hanov4er, mother Mary Hewitt born Hanvoer.

Bride Marion Abbie Tuxbury of Newbury, VT born Newbury, father W. H. Tuxbury and Martha Brock...both born Newbury. License date 22 March 1920

Marriage Ralph Harvey Benton to Bertha F. Jones father Charles F Benton and Belle May Bickford he born hanover she born newbury vt. Bridges parents Willard H. Jones and Emily Simpson born Sheffield, VT...fathers birthplace unk

Marriage Harvey S. Benton to Martha M. Kenniston at hanover 31 oct 1858. His parents James Benton and Ccalista...Groom born Hanover bride born Conway, NH. Grooms mother born Strafford, VT Brides father Lane Kenniston. Of Conway, NH

Marriage Intention

Charles F. Benton Jr. to Lillian Lemay of Hartford, VT. Her father Moses Lemay of Hartford, VT morther Alvina Veyette born Braintree, VT. Grooms father Charles F. Benton born Han. And mother deceased May Belle Bickford born Newbury, VT Marriage took place 20 May 1911 in Hanover.

Marriage Certicate
Charles F. Benton and May Belle Bickford Her father Harvey J. Bickford born Glover, VT her mother Emma A Hadlock, deceased born Newbury, VT. Father of Charles F. Benton was Charles Benton and mother Elizabeth L. Bryant born Lebanon. Marriage at Enfield NY on 3 July 1887.```````````````````````````````

Genealogy publishing

Up early-ish this morning and found a message on email from the Genealogy Publishing list on Yahoo. There were a couple of useful posts regarding getting your book in print.

One link: http://otter-bay-books.com/guide-for-authors/ seems like a good place to start. There is lots of advertising text, but even that in interesting and useful in helping choose a publisher. This is just one example of a publisher. It has some guidelines for margins (their "Roadmap") that I will use in my own publishing efforts.

Another poster suggests using Lulu.com for 'publishing-on-demand'. I have heard of Lulu before but have not been there myself. It might be instructive to see what they have to say.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Looking for James UPTON

Today I was reading a newsletter from the Logan (Utah) Family History Center which mentioned posting our genealogical data online as well as posing questions about our ancestors. I decided to raise a question for a gentleman for whom I have given a bit of help over the years. He is looking for more information on James UPTON who was born about 1819 in Ireland. He married a woman named Sarah DESSIE. If anyone knows more specifics about James and Sarah, Peter would really be happy. Thanks.