Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dust Storm - Wordless Wednesday

The other day we had a pretty big dust storm blow through. This time someone (Husband) was paying attention and sent me out to grab some pictures. I stayed out as long as I dared to.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My Addiction-Wordless Wednesday

This week's theme on the Digital Photography School blog is My Addiction. I just couldn't resist this one!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Rest of My Find A Grave Story

Artwork by Wackystuff
Last fall, I wrote about stumbling upon my great-great-grandmother, Elisabeth Georger's grave on Find a Grave quite by accident. A visit to Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles where she is buried followed. A search for her gravestone ended unsuccessfully (although we were able to find her husband, Nicolas J. Georger).

All of this came about due to the efforts of a Find a Grave volunteer.  Thanks to the continuing efforts of this dedicated volunteer, who originally transcribed Elizabeth's tombstone, she was able to determine which of her relatives Elisabeth was most likely buried near. With that information in hand, husband and I made a trip to Calvary Cemetery while in Southern California for another softball tournament last month. I'm happy to report we found Elizabeth's headstone. I'm even happier to report that it only took us a few minutes!

As luck would have it, Elizabeth was buried in the same section of the cemetery as her daughter, Marie Lieber. We spent quite a bit of time in the rain last fall looking for Marie unsuccessfully, so we knew where not to look for Elizabeth.  As it turns out, we came within 50 or 60 feet of Elizabeth's gravesite on that rainy day last fall.

I am happy to finally be able to honor my great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Georger, and will be eternally grateful to the Find a Grave volunteer who originally transcribed and posted her stone.

Unfortunately, there's still the little issue of what year Elizabeth died, 1891 or 1892,  and more importantly what caused her death at such a young age.

Related Posts:
To cite this article:

Goodrum, Michelle. “The Rest of My Find A Grave Story-Tombstone Tuesday.”  The Turning of Generations, 23 August 2011. : accessed [access date].

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Interlink Your Blog Posts - 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog

Tonia's assignment for this week is to interlink your blog posts. I love this assignment for two reasons.
  1. Since I tend to write my posts in series, I already use this technique to refer readers back to previous posts in the series.
  2. My post for tomorrow,  The Rest of My Find A Grave Story, is one that I wrote last week and it fulfils all three of the techniques Tonia recommends as ways to add links to your old posts:
    • In post links - This is one that many of us do all the time. Myself included.
    • Updates - That's just what The Rest of My Find A Grave Story is.
    • Further Reading - I'll admit I debated on this one but I went ahead and included links at the end of the article to the previous posts on my little adventure. I wasn't sure if that was a good way or not. Tonia says, "Darren suggests that adding manually-chosen links can be more relevant for the reader." Whew.
Tonia also gives us an extra action item as a way to prepare us for things to come. I can't wait!

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Blogging Tips From Other Bloggers - 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog

This week's assignment from Week 7 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog over at Tonia's Roots is to write a post linking out to another blog or blogs. Since I'm behind, in that I didn't do last week's assignment, I thought I'd use the Week 6 topic (learning from successful bloggers) assignment to "jot down 3-5 key points" that you want to apply to your blog (with some adjustments) and then link out to fullfil this week's assignment. I'm finding I need to be creative to do all I want to do and keep the plate from overflowing at the same time. So here goes.

I learned several things from other bloggers that I am interested in applying to my blog. I hope they help you in your blogging.
  1. In his article, The Commonsense Time-saver We All Missed, Stephen Guise discusses setting up a toolbar folder containing commonly used links you use in writing your blog posts. It will save you time and allow you to remain focused when composing your articles. To this I suggest including (or setting up a separate document that you open whenever writing a post):
    • commonly used programs like Paint, Photoshop Element, Word, etc.
    • Folders you routinely access. For me it's a Photos folder.
  2. The title of this article says it all: 3 Questions to Ask Before You Publish Your Next Blog Post.
  3. You won't see me putting images on the left side of my blog anymore. 5 Simple Font Changes to Boost Readers, Comments, and Shares on Your Blog explains why. I also changed my font size.
  4. Finally, Cheryl's Heritage Happens post on the Week 6 assignment had a tip that grabbed my attention. Cheryl writes, "Under How To Write An Article 20 Minutes, I was intrigued by the statement that said not to hold those best ideas until later, write it now." It made me realize that I've lost some really great posts (or at least some of the pizzaz) because I didn't do it right away when the inspiration was fresh. The article has some other excellent points; I'm all about saving time these days.
I hope these points and the related articles help you in your blogging.

To Cite This Post:

Goodrum, Michelle. “Blogging Tips From Other Bloggers - 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog.”  Michelle Goodrum. The Turning of Generations, 19 August 2011. 2011.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

On The Outside Looking In - Treasure Chest Thursday

One of the last things we found tucked away in the Family Home was our childhood rocking horse. I can vividly remember sitting in this cute horse rocking away, my little feet on the foot board and my little hands on the bar looking out to where ever I imagined my rocking horse taking me. It's rather strange now for I can only stand on the outside of our rocking horse, look in and remember. My feet are so big I can't even fit one foot in the rocking horse now.

Our rocking horse has a spot now where the next generation of children can occassionally hop in for a ride.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

A Look at a Cash Entry Land File - Part 9

This is the last document in William Ballenger's Cash Entry Land File. If you would like to catch up on the first 8 posts, you can scroll to the bottom of this post for a list of the prior articles.

What I learned:

Apparently William didn't already own 320 acres and had the right to claim pre-emption on this property.

Item of note: The register, when filling out the form, spelled William's last name with an i (Ballinger). When William signed the form himself, he spelled Ballenger with an e. (The inconsistency of the spelling of Ballenger/Ballinger is nothing new. I just try to stay on my toes!)

Next Up:  A summary and the rest of the story.

The transcription is below and an image of the original is below that.

I, William H. Ballinger, claiming the right of pre-emption under
the provisions of the act of Congress, entitled "An act to appropriate the proceeds of the
sale of the public lands, and to grant pre-emption rights" approved September 4, 1841, to
the SW 1/4 ,, SW 1/4 sec. 17 & SE 1/4 ,, SE 1/4 Sec 18, & NE 1/4 ,, NE 1/4 sec 19
& NW 1/4 ,, NW 1/4 quarter of section number 20, of township
number 1 North, of range number 70 west, subject to sale at
                      , do solemnly swear that I have never had the
benefit of any right of pre-emption under this act; that I am not the owner of three hun.
dred and twenty acres of land in any State or Territory of the United States, nor have I
settled upon and improved said land to sell the same on speculation, but in good faith to
appropriate it to my own exclusive use or benefit; and that I have not, directly or indi-
rectly, made any agreement or contract, in any way or manner, with any person or persons
whatsoever, by which the title which I may acquire from the Government of the United
States should enure, in whole or in part, to the benefit of any person except myself.

Wm Ballenger [his actual signature]

I , --C---cott of the LAND OFFICE at Denver City Co T
do hereby certify, that the above affidavit was taken and subscribed bafore me, this
3 h/11 day of = April A.D. 1865

G-- C---cott

Previous Installations:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Look at a Cash Land Entry File - Part 8

It's time to get back to William Ballinger's Cash Entry (preemption) land file. We have a couple more documents to look at. If you would like to catch up on the first 7 posts, you can scroll to the bottom of this post for a list of the prior articles.

This document is a statement by a Calvin W. Ward stating he knows William and that he built a home on the property and has been residing on it. The transcription is immediately below my comments in italics and an image of the document is at the bottom.

What did I learn from this document?
  • William settled this property 5 December 1864.
  • The house he built (15 X 20 feet) is approximately the size of two horse stalls.
  • Who is Calvin Ward and what sort of relationship does he have to William Ballinger? Calvin is now on my Persons of Interest List relative to William Ballinger.

Arapahoe Co
Col. Ter       ss

I Calvin W. Ward
do solemnly swear
that I am well ac
=quainted with William H. Ballinger
who is the head of a Family &
a Citizen of the United States. and
an inhabitant of the SW1/4,, SW1/4
sec. 17. & SE 1/4,, SE 1/4 sec. 18. & NE 1/4
of NE 1/4 sec. 19 & NW 1/4 of NW 1/4 sec. 20
Township 1. North of Range 70
West. that the said Ballinger
entered upon and made a settle
ement in person on said land in
the 5th day of Dec. 1864, he has
on said land a log house
15 X 20 feet with roof door
and windows and floor. and
is a comfortable house to live
in. Also some lumber polls &
// posts on said land.
And has continued to reside
on said since his first settle
ment therein and is now living
in said house on said land
where he makes his exclusive
home and he did not re
=move from his own land
in the Territory of Colorado
to make [can't read - s__n] settlement
Sworn and        Calvin Ward [his signature]
subscribed before me this
3 11/11 day of April 1865      

CMM[?] Clnlcott[?]

Previous Installations:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

Subsequent Installations:
Part 9

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Out For a Walk - Wordless Wednesday

I ran into this group while out for a walk in Eugene, Oregon. They were pretty excited to see me.

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