Nov 26, 2009
Oct 4, 2009
Oct 1, 2009
Aug 5, 2009
Jun 27, 2009
I can assure you that it's easier to have kids in your 20's and 30's than it is to have grandkids in your . . . ummm . . . late 30's, so I'm off now to rest.
Jun 3, 2009
much like my Grandma Faye!)
Apr 25, 2009
Here we are. Front row, L to R:
Claire and Grace Breckenridge (Shannon & Paul's girls)
Juliette and Jenna Ingram (Jay & Jill's girls)
Boppa (aka Bill Toole) in the middle.
Back row. L to R: Shannon, me, Jay, Jay's wife Jill and Shannon's husband Paul Breckenridge.
Mar 27, 2009
Feb 28, 2009
Wow! This was a big day for me at the Family History Expo this weekend in St. George! I spent all day yesterday, went early today and stayed till the prizes were awarded at 5:15 this evening! My English genealogy records classes were great. I learned a few more tips while viewing the censuses, and tried to take classes to cover the areas I'm working on now. I was able to work in 11 classes over the two-day expo.
My Google classes (took three that incorporated Google in some way) were awesome. I already have a gmail account for this blog but didn't know there was so much that can be done with it - including a telephone account where Grandma can call you and leave a VoiceMail which you can hear on your computer and even download as an audio file into your family tree software. Here's just one of the many tips I learned today to whet your appetite for the next genealogy expo in your area.
To search for only your target on a particular website, type the target name, then the word "site": (with the colon behind site) and the URL. For example:
"James Parks" site:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/
I think the "hits" are better than Rootsweb's own search feature. You can use this on any website for any subject or topic, and it saves search time.
I very much enjoyed the speaker on Virginia. What an expert she is!! Apparently Virginia is one of the, if not THE, hardest state for research, mainly I believe because it was originally much of the east coast except for Maryland and NJ. Later it split up into Kentucky and Tennessee and West Virginia, etc. so finding the records is tedious and most are not online, more’s the pity. Wouldn't you know James Parks was born in Virginia! But I have this professional genealogist’s name now and if we need her once we find just where in Virginia James Parks was born, I know where to go for the answer. [I hope we won't need her because research there is so tedious and time consuming that it's expensive.] She has compiled several books from her years of gathering records, but they were expensive and I don't yet know just where in Virginia we're headed. Maybe one day it'll be something to think about - certainly less expensive than flying back to Virginia and trying to find all the various courthouses and historical societies that might or might not have information for us.
One of the interesting things she said was, if you have ancestors who settled early on in Virginia, then they’re likely from wealthy families. Frequently 2d, 3rd and 4th sons, etc. of the wealthier Scottish and Irish families who did not inherit the family property came to Virginia where they had large spreads, some with slaves, some big in tobacco farming, etc. Virginia was settled by people of means. So that’ll be interesting. Maybe our Parkses only hit Virginia on their migration path, but they were at least there when James was born around 1790.
My last class of the expo was on identifying old photos and it was a hoot. The speaker has written books, and has good stories on a lot of photos. She did a PowerPoint presentation with quizzes for us on how to look for clues. I had purchased a couple of books on identifying old photos from one of the vendors as that’s an area where I need to do some studying.
Last, but certainly not least, I won a prize in the final drawing that apparently amounts to about $160! I got a full annual membership to World Vital Records and a copy of the book on Google advertised on their home page. They were out of the copies they'd brought to the expo because it sold so well, so they will mail me a copy of the Google book, and my subscription to the website should start on Monday. Here’s the site:
I don’t know much about the site yet, but I’m hoping it will be really helpful in pulling up records over the next year while I search for BMD [birth, marriage, death] records on Parkses and maybe even find more on my Burrill ancestors. All in all, though, we frequently heard speakers say: "the records are on Ancestry," and I do have a world subscription to Ancestry.
All in all, it was a very satisfying day, after which I had dinner out with my hubby at the Parrothead Island Broiler, always a yummy place to go. :))
Feb 23, 2009
Feb 22, 2009
My great grandfather Phelps married a Libby, whose mother was Angelina Riley, and I believe Angelina brought to the Parks family its coloring, the olive skin and dark eyes. Aunt Bonnie provided this photo of GG Angelina. I have some tracing of the Rileys to do yet. I’ve only gotten them back as far as Maine in the early 1800's. With a name like Riley, we may have another generous dose of Irish in the Parks family.
[Great Grandparents George and Mary Jane Tullis Burrill]
My Dempster genealogy is in a holding pattern right now. I’ve gotten the Dempsters back through my dad, Grandpa Henry and Great Grandpa John to Scotland and my 4th great grandfather Andrew Dempster, born 1738. In the process of Scottish research, I met a fourth cousin, Jill, whose Dempster ancestors settled in Michigan. She now lives part time in Michigan and part time in England where her husband has a home. She has sent photos of the Lesmahagow area of Scotland where our Dempsters originated. She’s a delightful person and very giving with the research she has completed on her branches. She is, after all, a Dempster!!
Feb 21, 2009
[Carly, Juliette, Claire, Aidan, Grace, Jenna, Ellie]
And here are the others who didn't make the above photo:
Feb 20, 2009
[Me at 6 months!]
Life is good, retirement is good, and it's definitely enjoyable to be able to indulge my genealogy and scrapbooking hobbies. I'm currently working on my own family history albums, from my dad's side (Dempster -Burrill) to my mother's side (Parks-Phelps).
I'm currently web sergeant for Bill's Marine Corps League detachment and two clubs at SunRiver St. George. I'm enjoying the HTML learning curve.
Bill has had a full two years as founding Commandant of the Utah-Dixie Marine Corps League Detachment. It's been a wild ride but very satisfying. From only a few months after formation, his detachment has been the largest in the State of Utah. His term will be over June 09 when we hope to relax and "get back to business." He's also been involved in a coalition of veteran groups in Utah, so no grass has grown under his feet since we've "retired." Well, maybe not grass - desert rocks??