Thursday, April 26, 2012

Flip-Pal - Coupon Code

If you are  thinking of buying a Flip-Pal......


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Monday, April 23, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - The Urman Family 1966

Michael, Steve, Janice, Gary, Bob and Julie 1966 - Michael's first communion?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Confessions of a "Flip-Pal ohalic"

Ok.it's true, I am a "Flip-Pal ohalic".  I think I have crossed the line from avid user to nut case.  I have written previously about my use of the Flip-Pal - I truly adore the little scanner.  Today we had a society meeting and I told some of the folks at lunch about my latest faux pas with my sweet little scanner.  One of the gals suggested I write about what I did on my blog so here I go.  My dear Aunt passed recently.  I knew I would be traveling to Illinois and naturally I packed my Flip-Pal (we always take trips together).  While were at the funeral home for the family visitation I noticed that some of my cousins had brought photo albums to the funeral home. Yes you guessed it - I went out to the car and grabbed my Flip-Pal.  Now my mother gave me that don't do it look, Dad shook his head but yes I grabbed one of the albums and started scanning pictures.



The process was going well.....  I was scanning the photos while in the album - I did not remove any pictures and then I was noticed.  One cousin came over and asked me what I was doing, then the next one and the next one.  Now I had a crowd, great!  So I told them - hey just kinda block me so I can get these scanned Ok guys?  I was on the second album when another cousin joined the group and loudly said '"Hey, she's scanning with a little machine!  Come see!".  Well at that point I had to shut down my little scanfest.

So I did not get all the photos I wanted that day.  Luckily I was at lunch at one of my cousin's and the albums surfaced again.  I finally finished scanning the photos I wanted.  What can I say?  I guess my new motto will be have scanner will scan.

If you are interested in becoming a Flip-Pal ohalic please visit Flip-Pal.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

1940 Census - Skibbe Family Chicago

So the good news is I located my mother and her family in the 1940 Census living in Chicago.  The bad news is I still have not located my father's family in Southern Illinois.  They are not living were my father believed they had been living.  Now he thinks perhaps they may have lived in Kincade or Morrison rather than Stonington.  Guess I need to do a little more research on those rascally Clark's.

Mom's family was in the same location that was listed on her birth certificate.  It appears they moved just one year later in 1941.  Boy did I luck out finding them on my first try!

Here is a snapshot of the census entries and then the full pages located below the short version...






Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Great Grandpa Ora Pearl Poundstone WWI registration card

Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Census Updates from 1940census.com


Here’s what’s been accomplished so far just in the first week:
  • More than 113,000 volunteers are working to index and arbitrate
  • More than 12.3 million names have been indexed.
  • More than 5.3 million names have been arbitrated.
  • Total number of names indexed and arbitrated is 17,720,076.
  • 22 states have been posted for indexing.
  • 4 states are 75% or more complete
  • 1 state (Delaware) has been completely indexed and is ready for posting.
And counting!
These stats reflect the excitement of those who are involved in this indexing effort.  Congratulations to everyone involved and let’s keep working! Haven’t started indexing the 1940 Census just yet?  Now is the perfect time – check out the weekly contest post from earlier today to find out how you can win an iPad by beinUg a part of the indexing crowd.
Happy Indexing!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Free Upcoming Webinars - Friends of the National Archives - Southeast Region


Free Webinar - Monday, April 9th, 2012
  
The Friends of the National Archives-Southeast Region, Inc., are please to present Records of the War of 1812 with archivist Shane Bell.

Monday, April 9th, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm Eastern
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Future Webinars
  • May 14, 2012: Social Networking: New Horizons for Genealogists with Thomas MacEntee
  • Jun 11, 2012: Railroad Retirement Records & CCC Records with Maureen Hill 
You can visit the National Archives-Southeast Region web page at web page.

Ancestry 1940 Census Update

News flash.......  Ancestry has just announce that they have Delaware and Nevada indexed and ready for searching on their website.


Ancestry also has an enumeration-district finder and a free downloadable guide for locating your family in the 1940 Census images.















Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ancestry 1940 Census Update............

Ancestry is predicting that they will have every page - approximately 3.8 million of them - posted not later than 2 p.m. EST this Friday.  What exciting news!


Ancestry has also been posting videos on YouTube to help you navigate through the census images.  Visit their videos at Ancestry YouTube videos.  Give the videos a try they are quite informative.


Ancestry is also making a presence on Facebook.  The release of the 1940 census has triggered a plethora new genealogy enthusiasts. Check the Events Tabs on Facebook for Livestream broadcasts and Tweet chat opportunities.  You can check it out at Ancestry Events Facebook.


The Ancestry Sticky Notes blog page is posting tips and tricks for the census.  They are also looking for stories and pictures.  You can  email them to1940stories@ancestry.com and they will be posted to Ancestry's 1940 Stories section and possibly to their interactive map. To view the interactive map visit  it at http://map.ancestry.com.


Ancestry has been indexing since the images have been available.  I'll let you know when the first state is indexed and available.







1940Census.com Updates

Time to warm up those fingers and start helping to index the 1940's census.  You may register to index at Getting Started.  There are wonderful contests and prizes for donating your time and fingers to indexing!  To find out more please visit The 1940 Census.

There are currently thirteen states available for indexing:
Delaware is 95% complete and should be completed shortly.
Virginia
Kansas
Oregon
Colorado
Florida
Mississippi
Louisiana
Oklahoma
Alabama
Minnesota
New Hampshire
California
Pennsylvania

The coming weeks shall bring the following states available (the order of release is subject to change):
Texas
New York
Illinois
Indiana
Utah
Missouri
North Carolina
Ohio
Washington
Georgia
Idaho
Maryland
Nebraska
Tennessee
Kentucky
Arkansas
Massachusetts
Michigan
Nevada
South Carolina
Wisconsin
Arizona
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Iowa
Maine
Montana
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Vermont
West Virginia
Wyoming
Alaska Territory
Hawaii Territory
Guam
Panama Canal Zone
American Samoa
US Virgin Islands
Puerto Rico


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

1940's Census - Ancestry

Ancestry Insider Blog has a chart of showing which sites have uploaded which states.  You can view the post at Update 1940 Census.  It's cool to see the progress of the different companies. The order of speed that the companies are posting so far are MyHeritage, Ancestry.com, and lastly FamilySearch.

1940 Census Taker interviewing a family at a mobile home park.

I am still anxiously waiting for my Illinois relatives to show themselves.  I guess I better get back to some indexing so I can help move the project along.  For those of you that are interested, you can help index the census through FamilySearch.org.  It is very easy to do and a page of 40 names doesn't take long at all.  Join in the 1940 Census indexing by visiting getting started  For the latest indexing news at FamilySearch visit 1940 Census.


Wordless Wednesday - Bob, Steve, Michael and Gary 1966



OK, the picture has a date on it of 1966 but Gary assures me it was more like 1968.........

Monday, April 2, 2012

1940's Census - Ancesty tools.

The wait is not over!  I had hoped to access the 1940 Census but a quick search of Ancestry shows that none of my areas have been uploaded!  Now I have finally received access to the 1940census.archives.gov (it took quite awhile to log into the site) and they also have not yet uploaded the areas I need to view.


In the meantime I do want to share with you some of the tools available at Ancestry for the 1940's census searcher.  First of all they have a chart of the progress of the 1940 Census.  Their chart my be found at Progress of the 1940 Census you will need to scroll down the page and locate the chart on the left hand side.



They also have a search to help locate your family and a 1940's-era records search (the 1940 Census is not included) at America 1940.  

You can also advise Ancestry of the states that you want to research at State Notification and they will email you when they are available.  Talk about a time saver!

You may wish to try Ancestry's U.S. Enumeration District Maps and Descriptions, 1940 to get a bird's eye look at where your family lived.  

While your waiting for your images to be uploaded do some exploring on Ancestry!