Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Resolutions Reviewed

 2010 was a pretty good genealogy year for me. I didn't complete all my goals, but I was able to do somethings I never imagined. Let's see how well I did on my written 2010 resolutions:

  • Finish fixing source citations in database and organize digital files (just my grandma's line to go, too bad it's half the database). Totally got this done. Database is all sourced (except for a few things that got skipped) and digital files are all organized.
  • Finally order some film from FHL. I ordered around 6 films from FHL this year. I have found some great information about my ancestors and most importantly, obtained original sources.
  • Gather more original sources and find more ancestors and their stories. Lots more original sources were added to my tree and I found tons of more ancestors. My favorite newly found ancestors are the parents of my brick wall ancestor, George E. Hillis. Finding his family gave me 5 generations in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.
  • Visit a cemetery or local library for information on my ancestors. Thanks to my dad not wanting to do everything on my list on his trip to central Pennsylvania to visit his family, I was able to tag along and visit two cemeteries and the local library. It was a great trip that finally extended my lines into Germany.
  • Write up some of my research as ancestor narratives to give to family. (I would like to do one a month, but I'll say that I want 6 done by the end of the year since I don't know how easily I will be able to put them together.) This is the one thing I totally let slip away. Even though I had stories to write, I just never did them. I think I did 3.
  • Finish Vevay Newspaper Index (18 years to go). Finished this in March. It is now available on my website as well as a members-only database for the Indiana Genealogical Society.
  • Attend genealogy conferences (should be attending Indiana Genealogical Society conference in Fort Wayne, Ohio Genealogical conference in Toledo and hopefully FGS in Knoxville, Tennessee). I was able to attend all of these conferences. Can't wait for more next year!
  • Attend Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana meetings. I attended most of their meetings. Love the speakers they are able to get.
  • Attend other genealogy events at the Allen County Public Library. Apparently spent too much time doing that as Curt Witcher decided to put my time to use. (More on that later this year.)
  • Continue working on National Institute of Genealogical Studies courses. I have been doing this, but I am in need of some motivation to finish the last intermediate course. I started it in April and have one year to finish it. And I just am not feeling it. Hopefully I will finish it in January (of course I have said that since October.)
  • Attend monthly NGSQ study group chats. I started these and then decided they weren't for me. Too much nit-picking of the articles and not enough discussion of what made them good.
  • Figure out exactly where I want this blog to go. I did that, but then I think I decided to change it again.
  • Continue my monthly to-do lists and get others to participate. Dropped them around the end of the year and made seasonal goals instead. Hope to get back to them again.
  • Write more about my own research findings and family memories. Although I have done this, I really should have done more. Nobody knows about tracing my Eiswerth ancestors to Germany or all the wills that I found on microfilm. Need to work on this some more.
  • Comment on other genealogy blogs more. I have commented more, but reading genealogy blogs on my iphone makes it harder to comment. So depending on if I read something on my phone or my computer determines if I leave a comment.
  • Continue to gather family stories, photos and memorabilia. Done!
  • Convert grandfather's 8mm movies to DVD. Done! Except my family is taking too long to tell me what is on each reel so that I can make an insert to explain the videos.
  • Get husband to work on his own family tree some more. Does taking him to genealogy conferences and making him attend beginner's courses count? Also does giving up on him ever doing it and doing it myself count? Cause then I totally accomplished this.
I did better than I though this year. Of course I let the blog drop off at the end of the year. It was supposed to make me finish somethings, but I ended up just finding more to do. Hopefully 2011 will be even better!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Viola and Benjamin STEPPE

Immaculate Conception Cemetery
Bastress, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania

Viola A (Deitrick) ECK
Raymond L ECK

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas Greetings from The Aleutian Islands 1944

Another post in my series of my grandfather's WWII photos from Alaska.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Miranda and Benjamin STEPPE

Immaculate Conception Cemetery
Bastress, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania

Miranda Steppe

Benjamin Steppe

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Margaret and Edward STEPPE

Immaculate Conception Cemetery
Bastress, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania

Margaret V
Edward C

Family Tree Magazine's 40 Best Blogs - Voting Time!

I was delightfully surprised to find that my blog "Gen Wish List" had been nominated for Family Tree Magazine's 40 Best Blogs. That you to everyone and anyone who nominated me. There are so many wonderful blogs on the list that just being a part of it is an honor.

This blog is in the cemetery category, which is a little weird. But I think it has to do with my lack of blog posts besides Tombstone Tuesdays that I set up in January. It doesn't feel right to be in that category when I don't intend to so as many tombstone posts in the next year. But then I kind of think we should just vote for the 40 best blogs across all categories and then Family Tree Magazine can categorize them in their post. But maybe that is just me.

Please take some time and visit all the blogs that were nominated and then vote for your favorites.
Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20.

1. Please choose FIVE Blogs from the EVERYTHING category.

Clue Wagon,
Creative Gene,
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter,
Elyse's Genealogy Blog,
Family History Tracing,
Greta's Genealogy Bog,
Olive Tree Genealogy,
Relatively Curious About Genealogy,
Roots and Rambles,,
The Educated Genealogist,
The We Tree Genealogy Blog,
You Go Genealogy Girls,

2. Please choose FIVE blogs from the CEMETERIES category.

Cemetery Explorers
Digital Cemetery Walk,
Escape to the Silent Cities,
Gen Wish List,
Granite in My Blood,
Over Thy Dead Body,
The Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal,
Tombstone Territory,

3. Please choose FIVE blogs from the TECHNOLOGY category.

Ancestry Insider,
Dienekes' Anthropology Blog,
Family Oral History Using Digital Tools,
Genealogy's Star,
GeneaNet Genealogy Blog,
Moultrie Creek Gazette,
Renee's Genealogy Blog,

4. Please choose FIVE Blogs from the HERITAGE GROUPS category.

Acadian & French-Canadian Ancestral Home,
Anglo-Celtic Connections,
Black and Red Journal, http://www,
Donna's Ireland blog,
George Geder Evangelist for African Ancestored Genealogy,
Georgia Black Crackers,
Help! The Faerie Folk Hid My Ancestors,
Luxegen Genealogy,
Of Trolls And Lemons,
Scottish GENES,
The French Genealogy Blog,
The Knowles Collection,
The Scottish Emigration Blog,
Tracing the Tribe,
Wandering and wondering (a'spaidsearachd agus a'meĆ²rachadh),

5. Please choose FIVE Blogs from the RESEARCH ADVICE/HOW-TO category.

Family History Research Tips,
Gena's Genealogy,
Genealogy Tip of the Day,
NARAtions: The Blog of the United States National Archives,
Paula's Genealogical Eclectica,
Personal Past Meditations,
Shades of the Departed,
The Armchair Genealogist,
The Family Curator,

6. Please choose FIVE blogs from the LOCAL/REGIONAL RESEARCH category.

Alberta Family Histories Society Blog
Brooklyn Historical Society Blog,
California Genealogical Society and Library Blog ,
Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Blog,
Grey County Historical Society,
Itawamba History Review,
Midwestern Microhistory,
MoSGA Messenger,
My Ancestor's Name,
New York History,
Sandusky History,
St. Vincent Memories,
Utah Genealogical Association Blog,
Virginia Historical Society Blog,
Williams County, Ohio Genealogy,

7. Please choose FIVE blogs from the NEW BLOGS category.

Adventures in Genealogy Education,
Climbing My Family Tree,
Have You Seen My Roots?
Heritage Zen,
Journey to the Past,
My Tangled Vine,
Nolichucky Roots,
Old Stones Undeciphered,
Pursuits of a Desperate Genie,
Roots Traveler,
Sassy Jane Genealogy,
The Faces of my Family,
The Family Recorder,
The Mashburn Collection,
The Scottish Emigration Blog,
The Turning of Generations,

8. Please choose FIVE Blogs from the MY FAMILY HISTORY category.

Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors,
AtlasFamily.Org Blog,
Begin With Craft,
Everything's Relative,
Finding Josephine,
Finding Our Ancestors,
Gene notes,
Greta's Genealogy Blog,
Little Bytes of Life,
Mississippi Memories,
My Channel Island History,
Nutfield Genealogy,
Reflections From the Fence,
Slovak Yankee,
Tangled Trees,
The Accidental Genealogist,
The Internet Genealogist,
TJLGenes: Preserving Our Family History,
Tonia's Roots,
West in New England,
What's Past is Prologue,

Monday, December 13, 2010

FGS back in Fort Wayne for 2013 and 2017

So I learned about the FGS conference being held in Fort Wayne again way back in September of 2009. But then I never saw any official announcement. Last week at the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana's monthly meeting, this article was shared about how the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center is boosting Fort Wayne's tourism industry.

I missed out on FGS the last time it was in Fort Wayne in 2007 because I started my genealogy research in the spring of 2008. So I'm really looking forward to not having to travel far to participate in a national conference. FGS has already booked the Grand Wayne Center for its 2013 and 2017 conferences.

The other great part of the article is that it calls Curt Witcher as "rock star".

Thomas MacEntee Joins FGS Voice Team

I was happy to hear recently that Federation of Genealogical Societies added Thomas MacEntee as their team. He will be writing on the FGS Voice blog about marketing and technology strategies for genealogy societies. Here is the FGS press release.

He has already written two posts:
Data Backups for Genealogical Societies
The TechSoup's On: Do You Have Your Bowl?

I look forward to more ideas from Thomas about how genealogy societies can improve. You'll find his posts on the FGS Voice blog under the tag "Gen Soc(k) Hop".

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Helena and John STEPPE

Immaculate Conception Cemetery
Bastress, Lycoming county, Pennsylvania

Helena M
John T

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

There's one in every family! - Opposites - COG 100

It's the final day for submissions to the 100th Carnival of Genealogy. Congratulations and a big thank you to Jasia for being a leader in the genealogy blogging community and coming up with 100 topics for everyone to write and read.

I wasn't sure what I was going to write about until yesterday while driving to work. I thought about the video my aunt gave me this summer of my grandparents' wedding day in the fall of 1946. My favorite part of the video is when my grandparents are standing for formal photos with my great-grandparents. On the one side are my Oma's parents. Her father is doing a jig, while his wife looks on slightly embarrassed, but laughing none the less. Now I thought about how we all have one member of our family who is goofy and doing weird things. But then I realized that that describes my entire family.

So then I thought about the other side of that video, my Opa's parents. While my great grandfather, Eugene Eck, is dancing and having a good time. Edward Eiswerth is standing straight and I'm pretty sure he's wondering what his son was thinking marrying into this crazy family. Don't we all have that one serious relative who refuses to join in the fun?

There's one set of opposites in every family. Enjoy the video below of the two sides of my family tree. (The fun starts at the 2 minute mark.)