FIND YOUR GERMAN ANCESTORS – Hedberg Public Library Program Feb. 4, 2020
Vicki’s note – I am planning to attend this program and tour the newly remodeled Hedberg Public Library Genealogy area.
Vicki’s note – I am planning to attend this program and tour the newly remodeled Hedberg Public Library Genealogy area.
Vicki’s note – A bit of catch up in posting articles. This proposed August 2019 change for an Ancestry.com business change is from Dick Eastman’s BLOG referring to a Bloomberg.com on-line article.
I am not sure of all of the financial lingo, but it is a reminder to all of us that on-line genealogy sites are more vulnerable to being changed or eliminated. I also did not find a more recent update on what Ancestry.com did about the proposed plan.
It is safer to have your own software family tree downloaded on your computer (lots of choices of companies). That way you can also have it as your master, and share to various on-line database search/family trees if you want. Much less vulnerable to change that way.
Even though the Family Tree Maker software got sold from Ancestry.com to another company. Humm, ancestry.com again. The company in recent years bought up HeritageQuest, FindaGrave, Fold3, etc. We must keep our eyes on the giant that we rely on.
Dick Eastman’s BLOG is worth following. I will put a link in my BLOG tab “Genealogy Links & Helps” under “BLOGS….”
“Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter”This is the most popular online genealogy magazine in the world, as measured by Alexa.”
” Ancestry.com Owners Aim to Extract $900 Million Payout With Loan
From an article by Davide Scigliuzzo in the Bloomberg.com web site
“The owners of Ancestry.com Inc., the DNA analysis and family tree company, are turning to a well-tested private equity play for taking cash out of a company: topping up on debt.
“An investor group led by Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC and private equity firm Silver Lake Management LLC is looking to pull out more than $900 million from the company through a special dividend mostly funded by new borrowings. They are also seeking approval for another one-time distribution before year-end.”
The same article also states:
“Both Moody’s and S&P Global Ratings lowered their outlook on the company in response to the latest dividend plans and a slowdown in revenue growth.
“S&P said it will be difficult for the company to continue to grow revenues from its core subscription service at the same pace it did in the past, because of limitations on the size of the market and high churn.”
You can read the full story at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ancestry-com-owners-aim-extract-160436335.html.”
Dick Eastman has a more recent, related posting from Forbes that shows that DNA health or medical testing will take a more importance role as part of Ancestry.com’s business model.
Ancestry.com as its chief revenue officer. In the announcement, Linton’s mandate is described as “… to grow the company and he will be responsible for marketing and product.”
The announcement also gives a clue to Ancestry.com’s business plans: “…as the company expands from its genealogy roots into its genetic DNA offerings.”
You can read the full announcement at: https://tinyurl.com/eogn190926.
Farmers Insurance CMO Starts New Role As CRO For Ancestry. Is This A New Trend?
Fresh off the Press – On this day of the dozens, (12/12)
(Ongoing – refer to the tab at the top of the Blog to see the 2020 Programs)
2020 Programs – Stateline Genealogy Club LLC, Vicki Ruthe Hahn
@ (BPL) Beloit Public Library
605 Eclipse BLVD, Beloit WI 53511:
All welcome. Free resources & support for learning/researching family history.
Tuesday March 10; 6:30 pm, “Contemporary Fashion through the Decades – How to Identify Our Ancestors’ Timelines by What They Wore, When” presented by Vicki Ruthe Hahn.
Friday March 13; 10 a.m. – noon (in Library Computer Classroom – laptops available) “Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors – How to Use BPL’s LibraryEditionWorldNewspapers.com” presented by Vicki Ruthe Hahn
Friday April 10; 10 a.m. – noon “Which DNA Test? How to Use the Results in Your Genealogy Research”, Two Webinars
Friday May 8; 10 a.m. – noon “Organizing, Scanning & Preserving Print & Digital Photographs”, several Webinars
June? – Road Trip to Newberry Library, Chicago. Sign up, carpooling with shared gas costs, Meet at BPL. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. plus travel time.
Friday September 11; 10 a.m. – noon “Commemorating Mayflower Landing 400th Anniversary & Advanced Searching on AmericanAncestors.com”, Two (NEHGS) New England Historical Genealogical Society webinars
Friday October 9; 10 a.m. – noon “Finding Your German Ancestors with Maps & Gazetteers with A Little about Great Britain also” presented by John Wasserstrass
Tuesday October 13; 6:30 pm – “Haunted Stateline Historic Houses – How to Find Their History, the People Who Lived in Them, & Those Who May Still Be There!” presented by Vicki Ruthe Hahn – genealogist, and Sherry Blakeley – fiction author with paranormal experiences & psychic abilities (reflected in her cozy mystery books.) Her books will be there to buy & signing.
Friday, November 13; 10 a.m. – noon “Regional Soldiers Getting Ready for WW1 & WW2 at Military Training Camp Grant, Rockford Illinois” by Vicki Ruthe Hahn
BLOG – Contact Information, Links & Helps: “statelinegenealogyclub.wordpress.com”
2020 Stateline Genealogy Club LLC Programs
Presented by Vicki Ruthe Hahn
At Other Stateline Locations:
Saturday March 7; 1:30 p.m. – (WBCGS) Winnebago Boone County Genealogical Society, at Spring Creek United Church of Christ 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, Illinois 61114
“Contemporary Fashion through the Decades – How to Identify Our Ancestors’ Timelines by What They Wore, When” Bring photographs, pictures, or historic articles of clothing to learn how to identify the year.
More to be added!
Vicki’s note – a surprising connection of one of our founding fathers to (Wiota) Wisconsin, the Blackhawk War, and to historic lead mining in Galena Illinois. Read the full here.l article by clicking
” WIOTA — He was educated for a time at West Point, became a skilled surveyor and drove cattle from central Illinois through the wilderness to feed hungry troops in what is now Green Bay.
William Stephen Hamilton later came to what is now Lafayette County in 1828 to mine lead. He also ran a grocery store, established a post office and built a school, as well as a fort to fend off intruders during the Black Hawk War.
Hamilton, who founded one of Wisconsin’s earliest settlements, is also our state’s connection to “Hamilton” the musical…”
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Vicki’s note – two free programs in two months to help you explore how to search for your Revolutionary and Civil War military ancestors. Learn research techniques, even if you don’t join a Lineage Society.:
1) Burlington Genealogical Society Workshop – free Workshop: Monday 6 – 8:30 pm November 18, 2019 (more information below)
“Lineage Groups – Proofs for DAR, SAR, Colonial Dames, Etc.” Presented by Ruth Anderson
Stateline Genealogy Club LLC, Vicki Ruthe Hahn at Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse BLVD, Beloit, WI 53511
Demonstration of (NSDAR) National Society Daughters of American Revolution website “Build an App”; Requirements for proofs; info on other lineage groups.
Research tips, methods, best websites,locating information,
+ interesting displays of ancestor’s military service by Genealogical Society members.
Research presenters include Judith Schulz and Judy Rockwell.
Public invited, free. Memberships available, donations welcome.
by Vicki Ruthe Hahn
(SGS) Stateline Genealogy Sorter
May 31, 2017
Vicki’s note- Photo posted by Horse.com on Facebook.com. I wrote this Posting based on information found at http://www.mulemuseum.org/history-of-the-mule.html, Wikipedia.com, Amazon.com, and Horse.com, and excerpts of commentators’ information. This is an addition to Memorial Day tributes to all the human war veterans:
American soldiers paying tribute to all the horses that lost their life in World War I.
The photograph was taken in 1917 at Camp Cody, New Mexico. The men kept fainting from the heat that day, so it took 8 hours to take the picture. This shows a Cavalry unit – 650 officers and enlisted men of Auxiliary Remount Depot No 326.
The photo taken in 1918 was officers and recruits standing in the shape of the Liberty bell.
Horse, mules, and donkeys were “drafted; they did not volunteer. They acted against their nature by running toward guns shelling fire. They suffered horribly in the U.S. Civil War, and World Wars. The Allied forces had millions of horses, and countless mules and donkeys, which died from gunfire, wounds, starvation, thirst, exhaustion, disease, bad weather, miserable conditions, and exposure.
WWII German pack horses – similar conditions for pack mules and all wars.
Hugh Lofting fought in the trenches during World War I. He created the idea for “The Story of Doctor Dolittle” (published in 1920) when he observed the lack of compassion shown to the horses on the battlefields. While he served, Lofting wrote stories about Dr Dolittle in his letters home to entertain his children.
Pack mules made the U.S. Army (and other countries’ armies) mobile. Mules had tremendous stamina, and carried food, supplies and ammunition to battles, returning with wounded soldiers.
WWII U.S. pack mule
Mules were critical in the Civil War. The Union Army had (purchased) about one million mules. The South only had about half as many mules, most of which the soldiers brought from their farms. The Southern farms then did not have mules to do plowing. Some historians suggest that the shortage of mules might have contributed to the South ultimately losing.
Mules were used in World War I and (less in) World War II. They could go where rough terrains were not usable by motorized vehicles. About 8,000 mules died in those wars. Enemy submarines targeted supply ships carrying mules to destroy supplies and the means of transportation.
Six Mules hauled 2,000-pound wagons that were loaded with 3,000 pounds of cargo (including mule’s feed). In mountainous areas a train of 50 (plus) mules (in single file), carried 250 pounds each, and traveled 60 miles a day.
“War Horse” is a novel by Michael Morpurgo, made into a Broadway play, and a movie. The story, based on true events, is a tribute to all the horses that died in WW I. The horses in the play were puppets operated by three puppeteers.
“Animals in War”, by Jilly Cooper, has many true stories about the devotion and loyalty of horses, mules and donkeys to their military masters during war.
At the ends of the Wars, cavalry soldiers could not bring their horses home and officers ordered them to shoot them.
The army kept its horses and mules into the late 50s.
Did any of your military (cavalry) ancestors have the care of horses, mules, or donkeys?
My Mom’s three brothers served in World War 2; one was at Pearl Harbor. This is a much longer Posting than usual, because it so important. I have worked most of today on writing it. I do not want to create hate messages here, and only want to understand what my Uncle went through on that day. Here is the story of all three of my WW2 Veteran Hero Uncles:
Birth 18 NOV 1919 • Manorville, Armstrong, Pennsylvania
Death 11 APR 2005 • Tacoma, Pierce, Washington
Note that Uncle Pete had been serving in the U.S. Navy for eight 1/2 months before Pearl Harbor happened. He was there that day 75 years ago.
You can see (on the right) my Uncle Pete with his cute dimples, warm smile, and attentive shining eyes. He was a very loving person, my favorite uncle (as well as my other favorite uncle, Uncle Karl :), and a very handsome, involved, and intelligent man throughout his life. He lived too many miles away, (from my childhood home near Rockford, Illinois), in Tacoma, Washington, but I always loved being with him when he and his family visited his nearby hometown family home in Polo, Illinois.
You can see that he was a fun-loving person. Uncle Robert explained that he got his nickname “Pete” while a boy playing on the farm. He had declared that he was “Pump-handle Pete, the handy-man”, and the name stuck.
His brother, my Uncle Allen, also joined the Navy. I never knew him, He died on a ship off the East Coast of the U.S. during WW2. It was said to have sunk due to a hurricane, but my Mom always says that there was suspicion that it was due to a German submarine torpedo.
My Mom is still angry that her favorite brother Allen went to war, when, “He didn’t have to. He was married and had three children.” He would have been exempt.
Birth ABT 1916 • Illinois, United States
Death 13 SEP 1944 • At Sea near Battery Park, New York City, New York, USA on the U.S.S. Warrington in a violent Atlantic storm in September 1944.
Note the star in my Grandparent’s Polo, Illinois house window that signified that there was a son in military service, (Uncle Pete)? I’m not sure if Allen and Irene’s baby girl was born yet, or if she was in Grandma’s house. That, and their clothes, dated the photograph.
The story of the sinking of Uncle Allen’s ship is recounted by Commander Dawes, who was the commanding officer just before she sunk, & some of the survivors in this book. My Mom read “The Dragon’s Breath, Hurricane at Sea” after I bought it for her. The ship sailed in the South Seas, etc. The author had a very good grasp of what was wrong with the ship. My Mom read that there had been problems with the hatches not fastening correctly due to lack of navy preventative maintenance. This warship was pretty messed up before the hurricane. It may be the incident that made the navy change its preventative maintenance procedures later.
Mom says that the book eventually goes to Allen’s three children.
Uncle Allen probably felt the call of duty, and also wanted to help his country. One of his two brothers had already joined the military, and the other was planning to. Uncle Allen reported to duty for the U.S. Navy in May 6, 1944. He died on-ship September 13, 1944.
My cigar-chomping, motorcycling Uncle Karl had joined the Army from the farm where he was a farmhand:
Birth 10 NOV 1913 • Bloomsburg, Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 5 MAY 1995 • at home – 1519 S Burchard AVE, Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois, USA
Uncle Karl, my favorite uncle (as well as my other favorite uncle, Uncle Pete :), had a fun, teasing love for me and my siblings. He never had any children of his own, so he and Aunt Grace spoiled us with lots of attention when we visited them in nearby Freeport, Illinois.
Pearl Harbor map of the location of the United States battleships in “Battleship Row”. The ships next to each other were connected by three set of ropes across the feet of water separating them. Some of the sailors from sinking ships tried to escape by climbing those ropes to the other ships.
Note that my Uncle Pete’s battleship USS Tennessee (“Moderately Damaged”) is located parallel to the USS West Virginia (“Sunk”), next to the USS Arizona (“Sunk”), and near the USS Oklahoma (“Sunk”). Uncle Pete does not mention this in his article below, but he and my Mom have told me that when he and his crew members came up to the deck at 2 p.m. after the bombing attacks, they tried to “jump” from their USS Tennessee battleship to the nearby sinking ships to try and save some of the other sailors. He and his buddies actually landed on the Arizona. He picked up a quarter from the desk. It was hot to the touch, as he put it into his pocket. Uncle Pete’s commanding officers ordered them to come back and stay on their own ship so that they would not also die.
(Information that I clarified by visiting my Mom and Sister on the holidays.)
Recently, I watched the PBS specials on the USS Arizona, and the USS Oklahoma. I now have a much better understanding of the horrors of Pearl Harbor, what my Uncle Pete went through, and why U.S. President Roosevelt declared war the next day.
The battleships were lined up in a row, because Pearl Harbor is shallow, and the Navy thought that they were safe from attack by Japan (or Germany?) The Japanese then engineered torpedoes that had temporary wood boxes built around the torpedo propellers so that the boxes broke off upon impact in the water. Then the torpedoes evened out horizontally to hit the ships, instead of embedding straight down into the shallow harbor bed.
Japan also made mini submarines so that five of them could attack from the Harbor water. U.S. Navy miss-communications, and other advance warning mistakes compounded the damage. The Japanese pilots did not expect to survive, and were surprised at the ease of the attack.
The specials mentioned that the U.S. sailors could see into the eyes of the low-flying Japanese pilots and gunners as they strafed the battleship decks and those sailors from sinking ships who braved jumped into the water covered with burning oil. Very few survived on the USS Arizona, as they were trapped below deck under the flipped thick hulls. Other sailors tried to rescue them by cutting hulls with torches, but it sucked all the air out of the water-filled cavities and suffocated those trapped.
Electric saws were then used to cut through some spots that freed a few sailors, but there was the threat of causing more explosions, so they stopped. This is the saddest thing that I learned – many of the trapped sailors died up to 2 weeks later (of exposure, lack of water, food, and air) December 20 or 21; after the last knock from under the deck was heard.
Those who survived Pearl Harbor had to live in the whole area under blackout restrictions – with the only light being that of the USS Arizona as it burned for two days.
Uncle Pete told me that he was not able to speak about his horrible experiences in Pearl Harbor, until he was in his seventies. He decided that he needed to speak at schools so that children would understand what World War 2 was like. He got a lot of support as a member of the Washington Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. (Be sure and read the associated article at the end of this Posting.)
Pete also told me that he could never buy any car or device made in Japan, but he was understanding about others wanting to. I have just recently read the sentiment from a WW2 veteran that “The Japanese people have changed, and are good people now.”
I was able to “rescue” and digitize this 2000 “Recalling Pearl Harbor” article from the Tacoma Washington News Tribune, which Uncle Pete gave to my Mom. I have transcribed the words below, as I could not find the article on-line. Note – some of the links are gone, as the dying veterans leave no-one to maintain the websites:
“Tacoma Washington News Tribune, “Recalling Pearl harbor” 2000
Pearl Harbor veteran Robert Bennett will participate in memorial services today in Bremerton and Keyport. Shown in the inset with his crewmates in 1941, he’s at lower right.
(Insert) On the Internet, Pearl Harbor stories: the Washington chapter of the Pearl harbor Survivors Association has posted a handful of stories on its Web site at mytown.koz.com/community/phsa.
59 Years Ago: Survivors association teaches new generation about war with Web site, in-school program, by David Wikert, The News Tribune.
Robert Bennett fought the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor for hours before he even saw it.
A sailor aboard the USS Tennessee, Bennett spent most of the attack below deck, loading ammunition for American guns that blistered paint off their barrels in their ceaseless firing.
Bennett heard the explosions. He felt his own ship sway under the force of bombs that sank the nearby USS Arizona.
When he finally emerged from below, it was to the sight of great billowing black clouds that signaled the doom of more than 2,300 and one of the worst military defeats in U.S.history.
“There were 3 or 4 million gallons of oil on the water, burning.” Bennett recalled. “It was an awful sight.”
Bennett and other survivors of Pearl Harbor have been telling such stories for 59 years, and with god reason.
The Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor drew America into World War II. It was a defining moment for the country and for thousands of U.S. servicemen and civilians who lived through it.
Now Washington survivors of the battle are collecting their stories for publication on the Internet. It’s part of their ongoing effort to remind younger generations of the sacrifices made by their grandparents and great-grandparents during World War II.
The Washington chapter of the Pearl harbor Survivors Association has posted a handful of stories on its Web site (mytown.koz.com/community/phsa) and plans to post more.
State chairman Bob Graves of Bellevue said the survivors association has more than 500 members in Washington and nearly 9,000 members nationwide.
But the average age of Pearl Harbor survivors is about 80, and Graves said hundreds die each year.
“We’re getting old,” said Graves, who is on the young side at 76. “I just had a bout with cancer of the bladder, but I’m still alive.”
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All the more reason, Graves believes, for survivors to tell their stories while they can.
In addition to the Web site, Pearl Harbor survivors speak to civic clubs and visit area schools. Graves said that the children are fascinated and ask great questions.
The stories they hear are much like Bennett’s tales of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary circumstances.
A 22 year-old gunner’s mate from Polo, Ill., Bennett was asleep aboard the battleship USS Tennessee when the attack began at 7:55 a.m. More than 150 Japanese aircraft had surprised U.S. forces.
Bennett heard the call to battle stations but didn’t believe it.
“I said general quarters on a Sunday morning in port? Then I hears our 5-inch guns fire.”
He spent the next several hours transporting ammunition to those guns. He remembered one of them fired 375 rounds.
“The gun fired so much it burned the paint completely off the barrel,” he said.
The Tennnessee was moored near the USS Arizona, and Bennett felt his own ship sway as the Arizona exploded.
The Tennessee took two hits, suffering relatively minor damage. But it was surrounded by oil fires, and when the Arizona’s magazines exploded, the Tennessee was showered by flaming debris. Crews extinguished several fires.
Bennett made it onto deck about 2 p.m. The sight was grim. Fires burned out of control. Nineteen U.S. ships were sunk or severely damaged.
At nearby Hickam and Wheeler airfields, 80 navy aircraft and 97 Army planes were destroyed. And more than 2,300 sailors, Marines and soldiers lost their lives.
Today the survivors of Pearl Harbor tell their tales and speak to children and march in parades. They’re pleased by the attention. But Bennett resists the “hero” moniker that is often bestowed on them.
“We’re not heroes,” he insisted. “We were there. We done our duty at the time. That’s what we figure.”
Reach staff writer David Wickert at 253-274-7341 or firstname.lastname@example.org. “
What the U.S.S. Arizona, (anchored near my Uncle Pete’s ship – U.S.S. Tennessee), looked like sinking. (Photos from Pearl Harbor Survivors Association):
MONDAY, DEC. 8, 2014
Note – My Uncle died at 85 in 2005, so he may have been one of those mentioned by the author in the article below, but I think he was in a different Washington chapter.
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