The Wisconsin Historical Society Press one-day ONLINE-only sale Dec. (5) 6

Vicki’s note – 12/5/2017 a chance to get some good Wisconsin history books, etc.:

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Give History for the Holidays, during one-day ONLINE-only sale Dec. 6
Shop our Annual Friends & Family Sale Dec. 6!

Pick up history for the holidays during our one-day, ONLINE ONLY, Friends & Family Sale Dec. 6! All Wisconsin Historical Society Press books, Wisconsin Historical Images prints, select gift shop items, and Wisconsin Historical Society gift memberships will all be 40% off all day*.
40_ Off Friends _ Family Sale 2017 online only

This year’s Friends & Family sale has MOVED … to an online-only location to allow our friends and family from everywhere in Wisconsin and beyond to enjoy our one-day deep discounts on books by well-known authors Jerry Apps,
Michael Perry, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Jack Mitchell,
John P. Kaminski, Michael Edmonds, sportscaster
Jessie Garcia, and much more. Learn more about the upcoming sale at Friends and Family Sale 2017.

Dec. 6: All Day
Location: Everywhere!

2017 Friends _ Family Sale Dec. 6

Visit our Online Store on Dec. 6!
Access the Sale at www.wisconsinhistory.org/shop
Attention Society members — Shop One Day Early!
You can access the sale today AND tomorrow at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/ffsale. Just enter the code FAMILY17 when you complete your order and 40% will be taken off any participating books, images, and gift store items.

*Shipping Charges Will Apply*

For more information, contact Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Marketing Manager Kristin Gilpatrick at 608-264-6465 or kristin.gilpatrick@wisconsinhistory.org.
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, publishing the best of Wisconsin history and culture since 1855 in support of the mission of the Wisconsin Historical Society.
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Finding the (ED) Enumeration District numbers on a Census – More Information

Finding the (ED) Enumeration District numbers on a Census – More Information

11-28-2017 Vicki’s Note –  Here is more information from this Family Tree magazine article.

I did find some of my Ancestor’s ED numbers on these sites.  They lived in a rural area, so no house address was found.  The maps are not complete, but if you find one, it may help you understand the geographical relationship of ED areas to each other/neighborhoods.:

Research Roadmap: Enumeration District Maps

https://www.familytreemagazine.com/premium/research-roadmap-ed-maps/

“What are enumeration districts? Since 1880, the US Census Bureau has divided states into numbered enumeration districts (EDs) to organize enumerators’ efforts. Each ED was sized such that one census-taker (enumerator) could count the population there in a day. You can find ED numbers for your ancestor’s hometown using the Unified Census ED Finder tool.”

“Most surviving ED maps are at the National Archives and Records Administration. On Family­Search.org, you can browse a collection of these maps from the censuses taken between 1910 and 1940, organized by state and county.”

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Further information can be found on my May 26, 2017 BLOG posting – click below:

How do I find out what the dwelling number was on a street by using the (ED) Enumeration District numbers on a Census?

Mayflower Society & DAR/SAR – Patriot to Passenger Project

November 28, 2017

Vicki’s note – helpful site found by Katherine Kemnitz, Genealogist.  I’m looking forward to exploring this site, as I have just found an ancestral connection to President John Adams and to some Mayflower passenger.

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Mayflower Society & DAR/SAR –

Patriot to Passenger Project

 

There is a partnership between the Mayflower Society and DAR/SAR – they have created a database connecting proven DAR/SAR Patriots to passengers on the Mayflower. It was a great find – thought it might be helpful to folks.
Katherine Kemnitz

The Patriot to Passenger Project

The Patriot to Passenger Project is a growing published list of Patriots who descend from Mayflower passengers in an effort to build a bridge between other heritage societies.

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As more and more information becomes available on the internet, descendants are reaching out to connect their Revolutionary War Patriot with the Mayflower Society.  Many Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution Societies (DAR and SAR) are asking if they also have an ancestral tie to a Mayflower passenger and are interested in finding how they may become a member.

The Patriot to Passenger Project is a growing published list of Patriots who descend from Mayflower passengers, in an effort to build a bridge between other heritage societies. So many of our Mayflower members are also members of other lineage societies such as DAR, SAR, Colonial Dames, etc.  We often see many of our friends at these other meetings.

The Patriot to Passenger Project is a way to help others find their link to a Mayflower Pilgrim and also benefits our Mayflower members to discover other Mayflower lines of descent so that they can submit supplemental applications to honor and recognize all of their ancestors.

This project is a work in progress. If you have any ideas, thoughts or suggestions, please contact Muriel Cushing at Flash1620@comcast.net.

Click here for the Patriot to Passenger database. >>

Rockford IL Sons of Norway Juletre Fest – Reservations Needed Today (or soon)

Vicki’s Note – Here is an invitation to an ancestral cultural Christmas Event.  Patty has attended the Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library regularly, and has had great success in reaching out to her Norwegian relatives via Facebook, email, in person, and by joining this Sons of Norway Club.  You might want to talk to her sometime about how her techniques.  I know that she has received family information and photographs from folks in Norway that she had not known before.

Patty says that they will take reservations a few more days after the 11-28-2917 deadline.

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Rockford IL Sons of Norway Juletre Fest

Please pass this information around to the Genealogy Club or anyone you feel would be interested. It is being hosted by Sons of Norway Rockford Valhall 5-168

I am the new publicity director for our Sons of Norway Lodge.

Juletre Fest Is a wonderful Christmas Party with a Scandinavian Buffet

dinner, Norwegian Santa (Julenisse), Story time and Craft time for the kids,

Singing and Dancing around the Christmas Tree.

Hope to see you there as well as many new face.

Thank you

Patty Hendrickson Klawitter

 

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Sons of Norway Christmas Fest
 Annual Valhall Juletre Fest

Stockholm Inn

2420 Charles St, Rockford, Illinois
Details
Sons of Norway Valhall Lodge Annual Juletre Fest
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Stockholm Inn – 2420 Charles St – Rockford, ILSchedule of Events:
4:pm – Children crafts
5pm – Scandinavian Buffet Dinner
6 pm Program
Storytime: ‘The Brave Little Puppy’ by Lori Evert
Singing & Dancing around the Christmas Tree
Arrival of Julenisse with gifts for the children

Adult Members: $20.00 Non Members $22.00
Young adults (ages 11-16) $15.00
Children (ages 4 – 10 yr) $9.00
3 and under – Free
Reservations Required by Wednesday, Nov 28th, 2017
Contact:
Richard (social director)or Christina Fairchild (815) 624-4478

Cyber Monday and Black Friday DNA Test Sales

Cyber Monday DNA Test Sales

11-26-2017

http://blog.familyhistoryhound.com/black-friday-specials/

Black Friday DNA Test Sales

11-24-2017

Vicki’s note – Here are some Black Friday Sales :

From Family Tree DNA –  $49  and up depending on type of test –

per Hound on the Hunt, Diane T-J:

http://blog.familyhistoryhound.com/this-weeks-treasures/

From 23and Me:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G7PYQTM?tag=livescience01-20

From MyHeritage:

https://www.myheritage.com/dna?utm_source=black_friday_sale_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=legacy_email&utm_content=link2

From Ancestry.com:

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=dna%20test%20ancestry

 

 

 

 

2018 Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library Programs

by Vicki Hann 11-22-2017

2018 Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library Programs are now set.  They are below, and always available on the tab at the top of the BLOG.

(Sorry, I have been off for a few weeks after knee surgery.  More posts will follow as I recover more.  I will be back to work after the December 8, 2017 program.  That webinar/program will still happen.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving and  Christmas holidays.)

2018 Programs for Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library                                  

 2nd Fridays of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse BLVD, Beloit WI

January 12, 2018 “Family History for Beginners, and Detective Techniques for Experienced Genealogists”, by Vicki Ruthe Hahn  – Effectively find the most that you can about your family history with hands-on exercises, & examples.  Be successful using basic genealogy research methods. Learn how to: search archives & on-line, record evidence, organize your genealogy, use timelines & “FAN” clubs, analyze records, & find missing clues based on what you know, etc.

February 9, 2018 “How to Use FamilySearch.org”, by Nancy Ritter, Beloit Family History Center

March 9, 2018 “The PaperLess Genealogist, Organize Your Genealogy with Digital Files”, webinar by Denise May Levenick – Archiving Photographs and paperwork.

Tuesday March 27, 2018 Bonus Program “Emily’s Story – The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider” A Presentation by Clark Kidder. 7 – 9 p.m. BPL Meeting Room.

April 13, 2018 – Polish Ancestors – Place Names and Websites; Two FamilySearch.org webinars.

May 11, 2018 “My Genealogy Do-Over – A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes”, webinar by Thomas MacEntee –  Follow experienced genealogist Thomas MacEntee as he re-starts his genealogy research from scratch and includes sound research practices and methodologies which he has learned over the years, as well as new templates and the latest technology, to create a better body of family history.

May 25, 2018 Oakwood Cemetery, Beloit 9 a.m. – Bonus 4th Friday Tour – Robert Pokorney III

June 8, 2018 “What is the difference between Amish, Quakers, Mennonites, and Hutterites – for my Family Genealogy Search?”  Several webinars explaining the differences.

June 22, 2018 – WHS Wisconsin Historical Society Tour and Research – Bonus 4th Friday Leave Van Galder bus station at 7:30? a.m. Arrive at 9:00?  Lori Bessler’s tour.  Library stacks close at 4:30, Library closes at 5:00.

July 13 2018 “Remembering Frances Willard; an Internationally-renowned Leader in the Temperance & Suffrage Movements, From Janesville WI” by Elizabeth Martiniak and Julie Orvis

August 10, 2018 – Familysearch Wiki for Nordic Countries, FamilySearch.org webinar by Liv Anderson – Teaches how to best use the wiki when doing Scandinavian Research

September 14, 2018 “Research Your Overseas Ancestors Without Going ‘Across the Pond”, by Vicki Ruthe Hahn  – Learn how to find your immigrant ancestors’ information in U.S. records, in over-seas on-line genealogy databases, and in other, mostly-free, resources. How histories and maps help track their immigrations. What to do about language barriers.  Emphasis on England, Ireland, Germany, and Norway.

October 12, 2018 – “Downtown Rockton Illinois Devastated by Fire on October 31, 1907”, by Steve Balsley

November 9, 2018 – “Genealogy Clues found in Obituaries and Funeral Home Records”, by Betsy Swisher

December 14, 2018 – “Laurence Ousley of the Beloit Public Library – Researching and Writing an African-American Family Life Story”, by Vicki Ruthe Hahn 

 

Rootsweb Surname List Ends Oct 24, 2017!

Vicki’s note – I just found this out.  Be sure and use this resource before it disappears. 

Rootsweb.com is the oldest & largest free award-winning Internet Genealogical community.  Searchable database.  Submit Your Family Tree free to WorldConnect Project (by using a GEDCOM).

I notice that it is now “an ancestry.com community”.  FindAGrave.com is also now owned by Ancestry.com.  So far it is still free.  I hope that Rootsweb.com continues to be free. 

10-22-2017

Rootsweb Surname List Ends Oct 24, 2017!

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http://home.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

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“We will be discontinuing

the Rootsweb Surname List (RSL)

and Genealogy Forum

(found at http://genforum.rootsweb.ancestry.com)

features on Tuesday Oct 24, 2017.”

 

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What’s New at the NARA – United States National Archives and Records Administration?

Vicki’s note – mostly from the NARA site. 

Here is a NARA hint from our speaker Katherine Kemnitz, genealogist, from last weeks program on “Formating, Printing and Self-Publishing a Book”.

In her research on  NARA, Katherine noticed that she had a hard time finding her soldier ancestor Clem.  She discovered that between 1877 – 1900s that the NARA hired extra clerks to catalog all Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans.  The clerks would combine several soldiers of various names into one folder with one name, if those soldiers were only short -term enlistments, and only on one pay record.  The only way to see the other soldier’s (names/information) was if someone looked into the folder.

There are so many free tools and resources at NARA.  Click on the links.:

October 16, 2017

What’s New at the NARA – United States National Archives and Records Administration?

 

https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy

What’s New?

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

October 25, 2017

On Wednesday, October 25, the National Archives will host the fifth virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers can participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube.

All of the session videos and handouts will be available from             this web page free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience.

Are you going to miss the live broadcast? We have you covered! The video broadcasts and the presentation materials will continue to be available after the live event.

NARA is hosting its 5th annual Virtual Genealogy Fair on October 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The fair will be broadcast live from YouTube.

The Genealogy Fair is NARA’s biggest genealogy event of the year and will feature sessions that offer advice on family history research for all skill levels.

The topics include:

– Federal government documents on birth, childhood, and death

-Recently recovered military personnel files

-Japanese Americans during World War II

-19th century tax assessments

-A special presentation on taking care of your family heirlooms

 

Can I start my family history research by typing a name in the search box?

Our search box will not help you find information on a specific person.  However, we have many tools and resources that can lead you to information about our holdings.  Many of our records have been digitized and are made available by our Digitization Partners.

A Fun Photo Discovery

A Fun Photo Discovery

by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

SGS Stateline Genealogy Sorter

I was able to date (my 2 x Great Grandmother’s) Lucy Adams Leighty’s dress from researching and presenting my program several times on “Contemporary Fashion through the Decades – How to Identify Our Ancestors’ Timelines  by What They Wore, When”.   I am learning the time periods of some of the historic styles by sight.

Here is Lucy Adams Leighty’s 1897 dress:

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My sisters and brother have been working on a 600+ pages family photograph book; Chris is creating the book, all of us donated photographs, two of us (Melodie and I)  are editing and doing genealogy research (as fast as we can) to fill in gaps, and I have been writing family stories about our ancestors based on research.  So much for waiting until I semi-retire someday and have more time to do all that!  🙂
Greg, our third cousin from Pennsylvania, has been invaluable in donating old family photographs and filling in family history.  We connected due to an Ancestry.com DNA test match.
If the “book” is ever published on paper, we would have to split it into 2 books.  The cost would be about $1 per page through the program that my sister is using.  We may just print one copy and give everyone else a DVD or electronic version.  What a great way to preserve family history.  The very last revision needed from me was to write a story to go with these photos.
My niece Andrea had done research on this dress for her college costuming history class.  She had surmised that Lucy made the special dress for her own wedding (in 1867).  This is not the correct style for that time period.  And Andrea had put in examples of 1890s dresses. 
Hint – don’t let preconceived notions of family stories detract you from the evidence, “i.e. “This must have been Gt Gt Grandma’s (1867) wedding dress.”  Keep your mind open to see the possibilities.  Look for clues and pieces of the puzzle that fit together.
While writing this history story last night, I discovered the fun photo discovery:
I was right – the dress is from 1897!  Lucy sewed the dress for her to wear as mother-of-the-bride at her daughter’s wedding!
Lucy Adams (probably) beautifully sewed this dress herself.  It’s style of fitted sleeves with a small puffed upper “leg of mutton” is from about 1897, when Lucy would have been age 60.  She married William Smith Leighty on March 29, 1867. They had five children in 20 years. Lucy and her husband were farmers in Morgan, Ohio.
Lucy may have worn a small bustle with the dress, as the back is longer by about an 1 1/2 inches.  It has a one-piece fitted bodice with hook and eye closure, and full skirt which was a little less full than the style (as a cost savings?)  The special fabric – a print of white flower sprigs on dark blue/black,  and the black lace collar, indicate that she made it for a special occasion, probably her daughter Annetta’s wedding.
One of Lucy’s children was our paternal Great Grandmother Annetta Leighty Jewison.  Annetta married Charles Oscar Jewison on February 17, 1897, in McDonough, Illinois. They had three children during their marriage, including our paternal grandmother Muriel Helen Jewison Ruthe.
Great Great Grandma Lucy would have used this as a Sunday dress afterward.
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