November 22, 2014

2011 Memorial Day – Veterans

Yates and Allied Families

 

Wilkerson and Allied Families

On every Memorial Day I remember all of my family members who have passed on. Not all of the people in this collage have passed, but many of them have.  I feel it’s important to thank our veterans whenever we can, and so I post this picture and thank our family members for their service.

If you are a member of either family and have served in the military, please come by and leave a comment with your branch of service and era in which you served.

 

Adding An Ethnicity Fact In Family Tree Maker

FTM fact window

Isn’t it amazing how our friends in the genealogy community can open our eyes to not only new tools, plugins, and other handy blog add-ons?  And, they do the same thing when it comes to making genealogy programs work for 21st century researchers.

As an example, George Geder at Geder Genealogy has done a whole series this week on genealogy software and how it needs to change to reflect the needs of blended families, etc..  I was left asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?”.  One suggestion that he made really hit home with me:  the ability to add ‘ethnicity’ to a person’s individual profile.

I’m still using FTM 2006, so I can’t speak to more recent versions, but I was able to add a new fact quite easily, and it might be something you would like to add also. Here’s how I did it:

Add Fact

The Add Fact dialog box lets you add a new fact to an individual or marriage record.

To select from the existing fact list, click the down arrow attached to the Type field and select the Fact Type from the list that appears.

To add a new Fact Type, enter a brief description in the Type field. [ I added Ethnic Origin as my fact name] Note that there are separate Fact Type lists for individual and marriage records, and that a new Type added to one list will not be added to the other.

Enter the Date and Place or Description information in the appropriate fields; then click the OK button to save your new Fact.  Entering date for ethnic origin wasn’t relevant exactly, so I left it blank, but in Place or Description I added African American for this particular family member.

By adding this new fact category, I will now be able to add more detailed information about family members.  Since our families [mine and Jim’s] are predominantly Caucasian, denoting ethnic heritage will only be added when it’s a known fact.

The above photo was taken in May 2000 when my cousin Tracy Prantl Richardson turned 86 (near center in pink sweater) and my cousin Fran Prantl Harbeston’s widower Herb (front row, right of Tracy) Harbeston turned 90.  Everyone in this photo is related by blood or marriage. I too am in this photo just back from Herb in the second row.

When my first cousin Gordon Yates married his wife Christl Messerschmidt in 1976, our family was enhanced by Christl’s Indonesian ethnicity. (Photo above was taken in 1996; left to right: Dustin, Gordon, Brett, uncle Wally and Mike Yates.

And the ladies of the Wally Yates family – 1996: L-R Sandy (Boom), Stephanie, Twyla, Jennifer, Sarina and Christl Yates.

Celebrate Your Differences

One last note, I think we should celebrate our differences, not let them divide us.

Two Upcoming Centenarian Birthdays In Our Family – Tracy Prantl Harbeston passed away in 2007, but Herb Harbeston turned 100 on May 20, 2010.  The other centenarian was one of my Breedlove cousins.

Two Upcoming Centenarian Birthdays In Our Family

Herb Harbeston

Two Hundred Years Of Living

We are delighted to say that we’ll have two people in our family turning 100 this year!  First, is my cousin Fran Prantl Harbeston’s widower Herb Harbeston who will turn 100 on May 20th.  Here’s what his son Jack wrote about his father:

“When Herb was born, in 1910, the average life expectancy was 47 years, so he has managed to beat the odds, to put it mildly.  To give you an idea of the changes Herb has seen in 100 years, consider that when he was born women couldn’t vote, there was no social security, no income taxes and no big government.”
“Homesteads of 160 acres were free, you just had to live on the land for five years and improve it.  Transportation was by horse and wagon, and trains.  Herb’s mother, Becky and her sister Millie both homesteaded in the Colombia [River] Basin about 1890.  Becky and her first husband homesteaded a wheat ranch in the Palouse, near Pullman.  Becky had to give up the homestead when her husband contracted TB, and went back home to Brandsville, Missouri, to die.  Millie settled south of Quincy, near what is now I-90, and eventually moved to Vantage where her husband operated the ferry across the Columbia River.”

“In 1932, with a wife and child, and another on the way, with no vocational skills and an unemployment rate pushing 50%, Herb migrated to Washington, staying first with Millie, and then a series of farms, which included herding sheep.  That was nearly 80 years ago. ”

May 2000 Birthday Gathering

Ten years ago (has it really been that long?) we all gathered together for a celebration of Herb’s 90th birthday, along with his sister-in-law Tracy Prantl Richardson‘s 86th.  Tracy passed away in 2007, and she is missed by all who knew her.

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Opal Breedlove Hudson

Our other centenarian is my cousin Opal Breedlove Hudson who resides out on the Washington coast in an assisted living facility.  Opal is the daughter of  Sarah Ellenor (Forrest) and Thomas John BREEDLOVE.  She was born in July of 191o near Brandsville, Missouri.  I hope to attend the celebration for Opal this year too.  We’re waiting for more definite details on dates and location.

 

How To Find Inventors In Your Family

breedlove-washer

Yesterday, I found out that one of my family members has a new invention. You may hear about it later on this blog, but in the mean time, just for fun, I did a search on the U.S. Patent Office website to see if there are any other inventors in our family. I plugged in a few surnames for my family just to see how the site works. Then, I focused on one surname, Breedlove, knowing from family records that at one time there had been a Breedlove washing machine. The search on the patent site is very broad though, so I just did a Google search for the washing machine and got results that showed up on Patent Storm.

I think I like the Patent Storm site a little better because you can search by surname, which to a genealogist is like waving a red flag. :) The results after entering the search name Breedlove on Patent Storm brought up 33 hits. Not all of the results are inventors though, it looks like some of them are users of the site. But, it’s interesting to see that Patent Search also includes their geograpical location. I signed up for this site (Free) and I am not entirely happy that my name and location can show up in someone’s search results, but someone could do the same thing just looking in the White Pages online.

There are probably other searchable sites online for patent searches, but today I am just focusing on these two. Here is what the Patent Storm says about its site:


Welcome to PatentStorm

PatentStorm has a new look and new functionality.

PatentStorm offers full-text U.S. patents from the U.S. Patent Office, including advanced patent search capabilities and full image retrieval in handy PDF format. Whether you are an inventor, a patent attorney, a patent agent or just curious about how things work, this site is for you.

Our full-text patent database goes back to 1976, when the U.S. Patent Office began converting its patents to full text. Everything we offer is free.

PatentStorm is a sister company of Storming Media, a Washington, D.C.-based company that makes Pentagon information more accessible, and LegiStorm, which provides transparency to the operations of the U.S. Congress. If you have any ideas about this site or any other comments, please do not hesitate to write us.

While Patent Storm searches back to 1976, the U. S. Patent Office site searches include the capability to search Issued Patents (PatFT) (full-text since 1976, full-page images since 1790) and Published Applications (AppFT) (published since 15 March 2001).

As it turns out, I don’t think any of my Breedlove ancestors invented a washing machine, but I do know from family documents that there was a washing machine with the surname on it.

Drop back by and let me know if you find any inventors in your family! (No, Al Gore did not invent the Internet!)

 

 

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