July 24, 2017

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy – Challenge 47 – Genealogy Gifts

Genealogy Gifts Wish List

As inspired by GeneaBloggers and The We Tree Genealogy Blog

I already have many genealogy related tools and books because I’ve been “at it” quite a few years now.  There’s always new technology and books I could add to my genealogy treasure trove though.  Some of the things on my wish list would be:

An iPod Touch or other iPod model. I haven’t ever researched what model would be right for my needs.  I’d like to be able to listen to Podcasts and put some of my Agatha Christie books in one so I can listen to them if I’m traveling.

I’d like to own some books as they relate to my family. One in particular I can’t get in its entirety is The Osgatharp Family by Betty Foor. I have ordered some copies from my local library through inter-library loan, but I can’t get the whole book because of copyright laws.  I’d also like to own Cumberland County, Kentucky – Yesterday and Today. I know it’s out of print, so this is just a big wish on my part.  One that isn’t out of print that is available on Amazon is Early Missourians and Kin: A Genealogical Compilation of Inter-Related Early Missouri Settlers, Their Ancestors, Descendents, and Other Kin,Vol 1 & by Roy Burgess (Author).

All the rest of the things I would like to have are not really appropriate for a gift list.  I wish my office area was more usable; I wish all my genealogy files were in one place, and all my books were on shelves or in cabinets easy to access.

Last, but not least, I wish I could find Miles Yates and Joshua Wilkerson.  Now, those are BIG wishes! 🙂



Our Ancestor’s Moving Experiences

While we were on our vacation to California we stopped in Oroville to visit my aunt and uncle and do a little sight-seeing. We did the former, but not the latter. One of the places I would have liked to have seen was the Pioneer History Museum but we ran out of time in the two days we were there.

We really wanted to see the museum because Jim’s great-great grandfather

Joshua Wilkerson

was one of the 1849 miners who came to that area and found gold.  We really always wish we could find a picture of him as a young man, but finding that would be like finding gold wouldn’t it? 🙂

Even though we missed that destination, as we rode along those thousands of miles I began thinking of just how our ancestors moved all their things for those same distances.  I know, we all think of those pioneers on the Oregon Trail and how they had to dump some of their precious belongings along the trail, but what about later, before moving boxes and supplies in our present era?

I know people had trunks and probably wooden boxes to safeguard their treasures, but it might surprise you to know that cardboard boxes came into their own as early as 1874, when G. Smyth built the first single sided corrugated board-making machine. Also in 1874, Oliver Long improved upon the Jones patent and invented a lined corrugated cardboard.

While it may have been some time before cardboard boxes were widely used, it’s intriguing that the invention has been around for that long, isn’t it? Do you own any old trunks or boxes from earlier times?


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The invention of paper and the history of papermaking machinery.

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