Saturday, October 31, 2009

Weekly Rewind

Weekly Reading

Following yesterday's post about apple butter I was pleased to see Judy Shubert write about Making Pear Butter at Food Gratitude.

Just in time for Halloween and to celebrate both National History Month and Polish American Heritage Month, Jasia has been sharing a series of the legends of the town of Wojnicz, Poland at Creative Gene. I've enjoyed them all but my favorite was The Devil's Transport. Let her know which was your favorite.

Also in time for Halloween was Sheri Bush's, Looking Into the Eyes of Old Tom At Last at Twig Talk. Read to find our just what "table walking" was.

Thomas MacEntee at Destination: Austin Family had a nice series on his quest to reunite a baby book with a family member. There are links to all the parts of the series on the first article, Search for the Living - Honing Your Research Skills.

At Ganny's Genealogy, Pam has a series on land records and how she has abstracted them and what she plans next. She shares some great links. In part 6 she says, "Although land records may be a familiar tool for professionals, many others are intimidated by the process, don’t know what they might learn from it, or haven’t even considered using land records." Land records were the first records I actually found that weren't online! If you are intimidated by the records or don't know their value be sure to read her series.

Have you killed off your Ancestors?
Kathryn Lake is working at killing off hers at Looking4Ancestors. Why is it important? Read her article to find out.

I passed on Randy's last SNGF as it just didn't inspire me. Herstoryan on the other hand found just the inspiration she needed to write about her grandmother's scrolls and her attempts to follow the leads her grandmother left.

MoSGA Messenger had a great link to Civil War Animated Battle Maps. I've been to Franklin, TN a few times and found the Battle of Franklin map fascinating.

Adirondack Almanack had a great link too. This one took me to The Old Salt Blog and The Naval Defeat that Saved the Revolution. It was at Lake Champlain that my ancestor, Captain Daniel Carlisle, was cashiered so I found this especially interesting.'s relatively new Member Connect feature was received with a mixed response. I liked it then and I like it even more now. They have added Enhancements to Member Connect.

Carnivals and Roundups

The 5th edition, of A Festival of Postcards is up at A Canadian Family. The theme was Quadrupeds and there were a lot of interesting entries. Evelyn Yvonne Theriault did a nice job pulling it all together.

Randy Seaver's weekly Best of the Genea-Blogs, at Genea-Musings, highlighted one of my posts. Thanks Randy! Go see which one and what else he found interesting.

John Newmark's Weekly Picks at TransylvanianDutch highlighted some of my letter transcriptions. Thanks John! Have you read any of John's transcriptions of the tape made by his grandfather and uncle?

There were several great posts written for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. The topic is musical instruments and the deadline is midnight tomorrow. It will be hosted at Janet the Researcher.

Also due tomorrow are entries for the 16th edition of the Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture. The topic is Irish Portraits and will be hosted by Lisa at Small-Leaved Shamrock.

My Week

I really enjoyed chatting at ScanFest but I got very little scanning done.

It was a fairly quiet week but as usual I am struggling to keep up. I did work on my indexing project a little. I went to the cemetery hoping to fulfill a find-a-grave request. I haven't found the stones yet but I did enjoy my walk on a rare, beautiful day. I spend enough time walking the cemetery that I have a good idea based on names and dates where to look and I like to wander and find them that way but I guess I'm going to have to get a plot number so I can find them before the snow starts.

After transcribing the letter written by Marshall Warner I contacted the man that had added his memorial at find-a-grave. He is a distant cousin of Marshall's but he was able to put me in touch with one of Marshall's great-great-grandchildren. I still haven't heard anything back after attempting to contact descendants of Jeanette Belote.

I did get some more family members linked at find-a-grave and added some pictures.

Not a very productive week.


Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

Thank you very much for mentioning the Festival of Postcards. Putting it together is one of my greatest joys and I'm always hoping that new people will find out about it.
You are generous to spend some of your precious time introducing us to each other!
Evelyn in Montreal

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Evelyn - You're very welcome. I do not have much of a post card collection myself so I enjoy seeing the collections of others.

GrannyPam said...

Thanks for the mention , Apple. I did offer the index to Wexford County GenWeb, and they are going to link for now, till the entire table is filled in. Here's hopping that something in what I post if valuable to others.

Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

Pam - A link should work nicely. Why are we so addicted to genealogy when so much of it is mind numbing typing! LOL You do have a very worthwhile project going.

Jasia said...

Thanks for the mention Apple! I'm glad you enjoyed the series of legends :-)