May 29, 2015

You Don’t Know Everything About WordPress…Yet

 

 For WordPress Beginners and Veterans – A Handbook!

 

I know some of you are thinking of starting a WordPress self-hosted blog, but it seems rather overwhelming, doesn’t it? I thought it was when I began this blog in 2007. I had no clue what to do at all. I just knew that WordPress was the best blog platform to use. Believe it or not, there is a lot of information out there to help you get started. But most of the time it’s spread all over the Internet and Googling it is time consuming. That’s why I’m sharing the below article with you. Even if you are a current WordPress author I bet you will find something useful to use from this handbook.

 

I don’t think it’s possible to know too much about blogging with WordPress, do you??  With that in mind, and much more profoundly written than I ever could, I would suggest that you keep and read this super valuable article by Devesh entitled The WordPress Handbook – 55 Resources For First Time WordPress Users.

 

 

 

 

 

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1933 Seattle: Gunner Moline – Owner of Moline Furniture Co

Molines in 1933 Seattle2

The Value of City Directories for Genealogists

Many times we have to hunt through records using first names with one surname in order to document each family member. One way to speed up the process is to check city directories for the one surname and see which first names are listed. Many times you get lucky and find not only the family member’s name, but also their spouses too, as well as their occupation or place of employment.

In looking at the 1933 Seattle, Washington city directory I found almost all of my Moline family using this method. From this image I’m able to determine the address of my Great Uncle Gunner and his first wife Lillian Tapping Moline. The address for their furniture company can be compared to an envelope we have to see if the two are the same.

Also shown in this list is my G-Grandfather Emil J Moline and his second wife Hannah Wilhemina living in the long-time family home at 114 Boren Ave North.

There’s a bit of a mistake for the listing of my grandfather Elvin B. Moline. They have him listed as “Edwin”. He is living with is second wife Lillian Vera Epstein Moline at 202 North 42nd Ave.

Last, but not least, is my aunt Signie Moline who is shown to be a stenographer for Yamashita Shipping Company. At this time she is a renter at 1118 5th Ave.

When this directory was released it’s possible my grandparents had already moved to Bordeaux, Washington where they would reside from 1933 until 1941.

 

The Importance Of Considering All Surname Spellings

Jas K Gats -Yates family 1870 TN

Surname Spellings: It’s All In The Eye Of The Beholder

Early on in my genealogical research I was under the impression that it was best to look for the spelling of my maiden name Yates using just those letters. Boy, was I proved wrong almost immediately. While looking in census records for my ancestors with that surname I have found it spelled as Yates, Yats, Aytes, Yeats, Gates, Gats, to name just a few. Actually, the surname Yates refers to “gate keeper” so it wasn’t too far off to see it as Gates.

A lot of this confusion has to do with some illiterate census takers, and (sorry to say) transcribers who just couldn’t read the census takers scribbling. For instance, the Aytes transcription was because the census taker had made a big loop at the beginning of the Y and so to the transcriber it looked like an A. I may never have found my kin in Tennessee if I hadn’t had a kind soul in the Roane County Genealogical Society find the alternate name.

Searching the 1940 US Federal Census (to be released April 2nd, 2012)

With just this one example, I hope that it will encourage you to consider all spellings of the surname for which you are searching. Use your wildest imagination when you do it!

If you will be transcribing the The 1940 US Census, please use your best assessment when it comes to probable name spellings too.

Living On The Edge Of The Census

1895 June, Moline, St. Paul, MN

1914 Chelton Ave, St. Paul, MN – 1895

Sometimes, you just get lucky and find a census record for your family members that shows the actual street address of the house they lived in. I was very lucky to find this census record for my Great-Grandfather John Emil Moline showing their address as 1914 Chelton Ave, Ramsey, MN.  The date is June 1895.  That corroborates the information on a photo I have from my Moline family that shows their house and has the notation the same address.

**UPDATE**

This is the house the Moline family lived in at the time of this 1895 census.

Who Are Those Other Two People?

Listed in the same household are two “extra” people.  I wonder who Mick Lund, age 28 could be; I suspect that Hulda S. Swanson, age 14 might be a servant. But as they are both from Sweden, are they relatives or just employees?

Living On The Edge Of The Census

Normally, but not always, you will find at least the location of where a family is living listed on the left edge of the census page. Even if it’s just a street name, it gives you a clue, and might prove handy later when you can put the location together with another document or photo.  Also, when you put the street name in your records, make sure to also add the date of the census record too.  If it’s given, having the month and day can help you pinpoint whether or not you have the correct family and approximately when they were born. Census records are rich with information and you have to scan every single bit of it to extract the “gold”.