Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Taffy our Great Dane, Me ready for church choir, and Matt cir 1967

Taffy our Great Dane, Me ready for church choir, and Matt cir 1967

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM): Christmas Stories

When we were little, every Christmas my mother would have us listen to "The Cinnamon Bear" radio show.  We would listen almost every day starting after Thanksgiving to the adventures of Paddy o'Cinnamon and siblings Judy and Jimmy Barton.  The Barton's lost their Silver Star that belonged on their Christmas tree.  The radio show takes you through the adventure as Jimmy and Judy try to recover the star in Maybeland.  They run into the Crazy Quilt Dragon, The Wintergreen Witch, Penelope the Penguin and many others.

I know my brother and I would listen attentively while the show aired - it was a station in Chicago that replayed the original.  The show originally broadcast in December of 1937.  The radio show is available at Cinnamon Bear.  

“The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at”

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM): Memories of our family Christmas Tree

Memories of our holiday tree.............

First and foremost were the German glass ornaments that we were not allowed to touch until we were in high school.  Always high up on the tree - the ornaments were collected by my mother's family.  I knew they were old and special to my mother and quite frankly they scared me.  I knew if one of them broke we were in big trouble.

One of the oddest things on our tree was our baby rattles.  Mom saved each of our rattles and used them as ornaments.  I don't know where my brother's are, I have my rattle on my tree.  I wish I would have thought to save my children's rattles to add to the tree.  Perhaps I can add my grandchildren's to mine one day.

My mother also added Hallmark ornaments to our tree.  She started buying one for each of us yearly.  When we moved out of the house we had a few ornaments to call our own. My favorite ornament was not a Hallmark, it is a Fozy Bear ornament my mother bought me at some point in the 1970's.  My mother also purchased several Paddington The Bear ceramic ornaments that grace our tree today.

Dad usually put the tree up the first week of December.  The tree was artificial due to the numerous allergies of trees in the house.  The key was to stay out of the living room while Dad was putting the tree up.  The branches were color coded with tape on the branches.  Every year some of the tape would fall off and Dad would put up some of the branches in the wrong places.  Mom supervised from the dining room which had Dad mumbling under his breath until the tree was in place.  The best part was decorating and putting up the tinsel (which included the annual throwing of the tinsel by my brother).  

“The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at”

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Make a Timeline for an Ancestor

Tonight's assignment - Make a timeline for an ancestor.  Please see Randy Seaver's blog at for information!  Thanks for the challenge Randy! 

Here is my timeline for my third great grandfather John Nicholas Poundstone:

I used RootsMagic to create my timeline.  I then saved the timeline and endnotes to a PDF and used the snipping tool to create a jpeg to upload to my blog.  

I now see that I need to correct my endnote 27 - somehow the citation is incomplete.  Good thing Randy had us do the task, now I can correct poor Great Grandpa's citation!  Interesting to note the probate for John N Poundstone was settled about fifteen years after his death!   


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FGS: Connect.Explore.Refresh - Planning for the experience FGS 2015

I have been coming up with a plan to make FGS and RootsTech conference the best they can possibly be.  It is a three part plan that will hopefully come together and provide the experience of a lifetime. I am also keeping in mind sometimes it is OK to fly by the seat of your pants. I missed out on  Geneablogger time at the SCGS Jamboree by trying to fit in every possible class.  What you learn socially is just as important as what you learn in the sessions. 

Part one of my plan:  Preparing for a visit to the Family History Library.
 I have been reviewing my database looking for research holes that could potentially be solved by locating information at the FHL.  I have been looking through the catalog for books and microfilm and organizing that information for the most efficient use of my library time.  I like to organize my research for each floor and then by area.  I have decided to add additional days to my visit for the library.  I did not want to allocate any FGS or RootsTech time for researching.

Part two of my plan:  Planning my conference time.
The number one reason for my attendance at the FGS conference is to help our society.  The tracks that interest me the most are Genealogical Society Leaders and Visionaries, the 21st Century Genealogical Society for Today and Tomorrow, Benefits & Projects, and Technology for the Future.  I am still debating whether or not to go to one or more of the luncheons.  I do know that I will not be able to attend every session that I wish to on Wednesday – why or why do they offer such tantalizing classes at the same time!    The offerings Thursday through Saturday will help better my skills as a genealogist.   I have had the opportunity to hear quite a few of the big name speakers at NGS and at local seminars.  I think I will do a little research on some speakers I have not heard and give some of them a chance.  I really am looking forward to some new speakers and topics.  The topics that interest me the most are DNA, Technology, Connecting to the Past with Military Commemorations, Standards and Practices, and A Retro Look at Organizing and Planning.

Part three of my plan:  Meet New People, Socialize and find a Seminar Speaker for 2016
This will be my first FGS conference but not my first conference.  The NGS conferences and SCGS Jamboree I have attended have brought many new friends and connections.  I had the pleasure of meeting folks from Arizona at the SCGS conference that have in turn attended Pima County Genealogy Society functions.  Taking the time to talk to people at the conferences have lead me to information on making our website,  incorporating  social media,  and so many ideas that benefit my personal research and the Pima County Genealogy Society.   

I guess I need to make a part four of my plan.  This Arizona girl is thinking she will freeze in SLC in February.  Time to do a little research on the weather.

Wordless Wednesday: The Skibbe's - Mom, her parents and Aunt and Uncle, cir 1950

Bottom Row:  Lorraine and her father William Skibbe
Top Row:  Aunt Ann, Clara (Lorraine's mom) and Uncle Edward Skibbe cir 1950
Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day: My Military Ancestors

Otis E Clark
Lloyd E Clark
Harold Clark

William Skibbe Sr
William Skibbe Jr