July 5, 2015

Genealogy Re-posts from Pentimento – 1

In a previous blogging life, I posted all my articles on Pentimento, including some genealogy-related ones. Now that I have changed iPentimento over to predominantly a genealogy blog, I am going to migrate some of those genealogy post links here. No sense letting them languish somewhere else when they can all be found here in one place. And so, without further adieu…

A New Genealogy Kid On The Block  An introduction to the (pay) service called GenealogyAgent.

FamilyLink Yourself  Review of the FamilyLink site.

Alternative Affordable Genealogy Sites From Family Tree  I am a big fan of Family Tree Magazine!

Yes, There Are FREE Ancestry Databases  If you think you can’t use the Ancestry site because it’s a paid site, think again! :)

What Constitutes Fame?  One of the early pioneers of Oregon is buried in Mt. View Cemetery. William Holmes (in my eyes) was a famous person in his time, but the Find A Grave website disagreed with me. See what they had to say.

Let’s Go Visit Dead Fred Another one of my favorite genealogy-related sites, Dead Fred’s site lets you upload information on where your ancestors are buried, as well as pictures and tributes too.

PSU offers space for Portland’s archives Hats off to PSU for creating space for Portland’s archives.

Medal of Honor could be back in family soon | IndyStar.com This was a great story.

How I Am Related To Robert Bruce  Yes, I really am related to Robert the Bruce. Read how!

Genealogy Blog Finder and More  If you haven’t visited this page yet, you might be missing a genealogical breakthrough.

Would You Donate To Me?  Read the article written by me and tell me what you think about it.

More links will be coming in a following post!

Get Your Family History Book Ready For Christmas Now

I can tell you from experience, there is no point at which you will arrive and say, “I have finished my family tree”. That said, if you’ve been thinking of putting together a book to give to your family this Christmas, the time to get organized is now. Hold off on looking for “one more thing” and just resolve to make a book out of what you have now.

While this is an affiliate link ad, I am most sincere about getting your family tree into book form.  Ancestry’s Family History Books were not available when I wanted to publish my own family tree, so I had to do it myself. I did use the Family Tree Maker program’s book section to do it, but I still had to go to Kinkos and ended up with less than wonderful looking photo pages. If it wasn’t for all my cousins and immediate family paying for their books up front, it might never have gotten done.

Maybe you’re just beginning your genealogical research and wondering which program you should use to compile all that you find. Why not try the latest version of Family Tree Maker (2009). Ancestry has a super deal right now as you can see from the above ad. I am a subscriber to Ancestry Magazine and one year for free will be of tremendous help to you.

Wordless Wed: Way Back When

Amanda and Wesley Wilkerson

 

Amanda (Bean) and Wesley Loren Wilkerson, Clinton, Iowa circa 1950’s? Wes had just come from work and needed a drink, I guess. :) We seem to have quite a few family pictures taken in bars.

WA State History – The Fire Lookout Builders

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“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire”, so they say. Roadside signs here in Washington state give the forest fire danger level each summer and fall. They say it rains here in Washington all the time, and the locals let you believe that so we don’t have more people moving here, but the truth is, it gets pretty dry by late July and lasts into August and September at times. Forest fires have always been a part of life here in the Pacific Northwest, and always will be.

My first memory of my dad working for the State Forestry Service was when I was about 5 or 6. Of course, I took it more personally because when Dad was away on a job Mom would let us have cool things like pancakes for supper. Looking at it as an adult, I imagine that Dad probably hated those jobs building fire lookouts for the State. It was darn hard work, even for a young guy in his 30’s. One of his recollections says when he worked at the fire lookout in Raymond, “It rained every day!”.

The reason this topic is even on my family history radar is because I am transcribing a list of jobs my dad worked on throughout his life as a carpenter. In that list he mentions several of the lookouts he helped build, and I was just astounded at the sheer number of them. Some had been built decades before and were being upgraded in the mid-1950’s when he was involved, but some might have been new construction.

Somewhere, I think we might have a picture or two of some lookouts he worked on, but I found a really nifty site today that lists some of the lookouts with pictures of them when they were still in service. The website is: 

The photos on the page are indexed and I would like to show some of them here, but they are private and only viewable on the pages.

Here is a link to some of the WA state lookout towers by region. A few that Dad (W. G. Yates) worked on are: Squally Jim at Pe Ell; Entwhistle (Dad’s first job for the Forestry); Coyote Mountain; Crawford Mountain; Deep Creek, Ladd Mountain, Raymond, Capitol Peak (gone now; Dad said you could see the Pacific Ocean on a clear day!); Elk Rock – near Mt. St. Helens; and even one here in Port Orchard. The logo above is from Rex’s site and I have made it a link to his main page if you would like to give him a visit.

This is just tiny glimpse into one man’s work accomplishments and contributions. Dad was of the G.I. Generation since he was born in 1920 and a WWII veteran. I miss him every day.

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