November 27, 2014

2012 Genealogy Goals

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I’m going to do my best to set some attainable goals for my genealogy for next year and actually try to attain them.

Blogging: I’m going to try to include more Wilkerson genealogy articles on this blog.  I have so many about my own family, but perhaps I can get some of Jim’s family to visit and join in some conversations.  I hope to share some family pictures too.  Maybe there are some the family has that they would like to share also?

Family Trees: I need to go through and merge duplicate people.  As someone else said, “that may take me all year”. :)

DAR goal: I’d like to get going and send in my documentation to my DAR Chapter at Ozark Springs, MO to get Richard Osgathorpe (Osgatharp) recognized for his service during the Revolutionary War. I actually have a copy of his pay vouchers.  I think I stand a very good chance of getting him in the roll of Patriots.

That’s about the gist of my goals. I think those three will be time-consuming enough, don’t you?   What are your genealogy-related goals for next year?

 

Is There Such A Thing As Too Socially Connected? Nope!

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Article first published as Is There Such a Thing as Too Socially Connected? Nope! on Technorati.

Facebook, Twitter and now Google+? Aare we just like dogs chasing our social networking tails?  Obviously, those three are just a very abbreviated example of all the ways to be socially connected, but have you ever considered just how “out there” in the social universe you really are?

In just the last week my friends and I on Facebook have been discussing how we spend so much time on keeping up socially online that we aren’t spending that time doing what would be more productive or valuable.  Have you kept track of how long it takes you to check into Facebook, read the updates from family, friends and business associates? Now, multiply that by all the other sites you check daily, or at least weekly.  We all know they’re referred to as “time wasters”, but are they really?  No matter what, when you submit a written word anywhere online that is a form of “social networking”.

Put Your Online Social Life On Auto Pilot

Can you put any of them on automatic pilot, so to speak?  My niche happens to be in the genealogy world.  Even there I find myself sharing links, promoting other genealogy blogs and tweeting with hashtags like #genealogy #history and most recently #SCGS11 for the Southern CA Genealogical Society 2011 Jamboree in Burbank this month.

Here’s what I do to keep in touch and yet not have to do anymore than hit the submit button.

On my iPentimento | Genealogy and History blog (WordPress self-hosted), when I post a new article it automatically is sent to Twitter which in turn also submits it to Facebook. It was as simple as giving permission to either site to perform that action.  This is built right into the WordPress backend.

Plugins on my blog enable me to add links to my own previous articles, as well as new products, blogs and share reviews.  Here are some of the plugins I use:

AddThis: An oldie, but a goodie because it makes it super easy for your reader to share your content with others. It’s also great to utilize for adding blog juice (SEO) to your site. AddThis

CMF Ads: I’m able to display other blog’s 125 X 125 link ads and they in turn host a link to mine. It’s kind of like a blogroll but with images. (Ben Barden) CMF Ads

CommentLuv: the big daddy of social commenting just launched a new version and it’s now possible to leave comments on CommentLuv enabled sites and no longer worry about getting ‘banned’ when the CL server isn’t able to pick up your feed. As a plus, CommentLuv just this week is now hosted by a new server that’s more efficient than ever. (Andy Bailey) CommentLuv

TwitterLink Comments: Another nifty social plugin by Andy Bailey but it’s purpose is to reward your commentor with a place to add their Twitter name. It’s a plugin to show a link to follow the comment author on twitter if they have entered in their username at least once in the comment form. TwitterLink Comments

Thank Me Later: Automatically sends a ‘thank you’ e-mail to those who comment on your blog. This plugin engages the visitor by reminding them to check back for responses or new blog posts. Thank Me Later

WordPress PlusOne This: New plugin by Dennis Hernandez it automatically adds Google’s PlusOne button to your posts. WordPress PlusOne This

The point here is that getting your presence out there in the online social world involves a little initial effort to adopt all the ways to initiate it, but once you do, it’s almost automatic.

 

 

 

 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Weather

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It was a dark and stormy night… but I’m going to cheat a little bit for this week’s blogging prompt for 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Weather and do a link to a previous post I did on Disasters which included my recollection of the Columbus Day Storm when I was in junior high school.

iPentimento | 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Disasters

Week 18. Weather. Do you have any memorable weather memories from your childhood? How did your family cope and pass the time with adverse weather? When faced with bad weather in the present day, what do you do when you’re stuck at home?

This challenge runs from Saturday, April 30, 2011 through Friday, May 6, 2011.

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog (http://wetree.blogspot.com/) has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (http://www.geneabloggers.com/52-weeks-personal-genealogy-history/).

Moline Family Home – Seattle 1942 and 1986

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The Moline House on Queen Anne Hill

There’s no date written on this newspaper clipping, so I will have to estimate it was written some time around 1942.  I surmise that by knowing that my grandparents, “Al” and Eppie (Epstein) Moline, left their previous residence in Bordeaux, Washington when the mill there closed in 1941.

War was imminent, but it may have been a boom time for my grandfather who was a lumber salesman her in the Pacific Northwest.  Lumber was still in high demand for the war machine that was being called into action as World War II began.  PT boats especially, were large consumers of engineered wood. Grandpa had his own lumber company whose name, appropriately enough, was E. B. Moline Lumber Company.

The Marriage Spot

My mom was just eighteen in 1941.  She lived in this house with her parents all during the war years.  On February 5, 1944 my parents were married in this room, in front of this fireplace.

 

You Can Go Home Again

In about 1985 my mother and I made a pilgrimage to this house so she could show me where they had lived.  Miracles of miracles, when we reached the house they owners were having some remodeling done in the upstairs bath (a jacuzzi tub was being hoisted through the bathroom window when we arrived!) and since the house was pretty ‘wide open’ to the workmen anyway, we were allowed to tour a few of the rooms.

Mom was thrilled to be able to show me her room upstairs and tell me what it was like to live there.  I think it especially pleased her to show me the living room and fireplace where she and Dad were wed.  I was totally taken by the sunroom just off the living room, but she let me in on a little backstory: her step mother didn’t like that room much because it would get so hot at certain times of the year.

I can just imagine my grandparents hosting parties and playing bridge in this house.  Eppie was an RN and had worked at Swedish hospital before she married Grandpa.  She had also worked as a private nurse at one time for Mrs. Silverstone whose husband Emmanuel (Manny) was the district manager for the Crescent Spice Company.

1951 Hawaiian Passenger List – Elvin and Lillian Moline

A Seattle Adventure With Mom

 

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