Thursday, June 21, 2018

For the Researchers in the Family and family.

Having gotten an invite to attend a Seminar up the coast I wanted to  post it here. Because friend James Tanner also has commented on this topic today.

Understanding it is a a resource we do not use and. or are not familiar with.

Also understand it was not always easy access.

Here is what James T said.

I have written about the Digital Public Library of America or DPLA quite a few times. Their free online images, texts, videos, and sounds have grown to 22,361,822. They have many valuable family history resources and lot more. Recently, they launched a new online resource, the Open Bookshelf. Here is a quote from their announcement.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the launch of Open Bookshelf, a digital library collection of popular books free to download and handpicked by librarians across the US. The collection currently has more than 1,000 books, with new titles added daily. Open Bookshelf is designed both for libraries and for readers: it is currently available to libraries through the DPLA Exchange and to readers via the SimplyE mobile app. 
Open Bookshelf contains an exciting, diverse collection of titles spanning a myriad of genres. Readers will find: the classics they know and love, from Austen to Twain, updated for EPUB 3.0 format with beautiful covers; the best Creative-Commons licensed works from innovative authors like Cory Doctorow; freely available textbooks and academic titles representing the push for open scholarship; and an exciting multicultural children’s collection.

“With Open Bookshelf, free-licensed ebook content will no longer be a second class citizen in libraries,” said Eric Hellman, president of the Free Ebook Foundation. “The Free Ebook Foundation is thrilled to be contributing feeds from to the project." 
Open Bookshelf titles are selected by DPLA’s Curation Corps, a team of librarians and information professionals representing communities across the US. They have built the collection on a title-by-title basis, using their expertise to add books readers will enjoy.

Ventura CountyGenealogical Society is doing a mini seminar on this also. Posted below from their invite.

Free Family History Mini-Seminar
Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the
Camarillo Library Community Room 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo, CA

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and the HathiTrust Digital Library are two relatively new innovative resources to incorporate into your family history research. Both house and provide gateways to consortia-shared rich digitized collections that can be accessed online and on your mobile devices for free. Well-designed navigation and collection organization, combined with advanced search and discovery features, make it easy to quickly and effectively locate materials relevant to your research focus, and its mapping and time-focused features make it possible to gain a better understanding of the types of records available for different places and times. HathiTrust’s innovative reading features make it easy to quickly locate your ancestors in its extensive collection of public domain published family histories and historical materials. You will walk away from this lecture with two new favorite websites for your research toolkit.

They also have another topic to  present see further data here.

Colleen Greene, MLIS, is a librarian, educator, and web developer. She is the Marketing Librarian and Digital Humanities Specialist for California State University, Fullerton, and teaches an online graduate-level genealogical methodology course for San Jose State University. Her teaching focuses on Mexican and Hispanic research, DNA, methodology, search strategies, emerging technologies, and society marketing and communications.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Inez Mae Scott Hoffman, Surprise, Surprise


   Having just looked at Grandma's Mtdna data on line for the first time in a while, I have a surprise for you Grandma.  Your Indian is showing.

    Grandad Hoffman would just love to hear that and so what my Uncle Gerald O Jones.

     The stories they told of your love for the Indians makes this all to priceless to let it slip by.

     Your Scotch and Irish shows but some very interesting other lineages show up also.

      Calling your son in the morning and sharing this data. I do not think he has looked at it for a      while.

       Great Grandad Franklin Hoffman is laughing in his mirth over this I am sure.

       To think the picture book could not be brought into the home because it had a picture of an Indian in it.  My, my. my.   Mom was I ever surprised to see that some of my conjecture for her
(Grandma's) feelings seems to have been accurate.

       Yes Mom, you were correct, your Irish-Scotch, German, Indian etc heritage would play havoc with your moods on various days.

         I suspect Bulah Beal has since learned much the same since I located a link to their family tree long before our Mom passed but Mrs. Beal had.  Fred Beal and I worked on it, her son.

         Interesting the conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan helped me to bring to light things that we just took for granted but never thought to look at in real world.

         People on the east coast tend to be closer to the home grounds and dig differently than those of us that are so far away we have to find a common ground and build up to go back to the beginning.

         Why would I remember this, well in Grand Rapids there are two city blocks that are near identical to, two city blocks in Petaluma, CA.  Those houses are identical.  I had to go around the block again to see if mind playing tricks on me.

         Did they move from Grand Rapids to Petaluma,? use the same architect?  Has anyone ever notice the buildings the same in two different places before.  O yes, barns were copied we know that but large homes. I just have never seen that before.

          But by going east, having seen it and being exposed to different ways to look at research was a real eye opener. It makes Land Records even more important but also Architectural  designs a note to ponder.

          Let alone those hidden blood lines that are  popping up to my delight and Grandad's.
Sorry Grandma but I do still love you.  It just established more Indian heritage for me.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Father's Day Enjoyed 2018 Style

  Father's Day was enjoyed by my husband, our children's Father.  Those who lived near that could come and share food and companionship arrived after Church events etc.   Son away called and chatted.  I called him back after giving his Dad his gift.  It brought about that impish grin he gets.

The grandson did the BBQue of Burgers and Dogs, he also furnished them.  Candy made Potato Salad and upside down pineapple cake for Dad for the week. Bj furnished chips, Pork and Beans and other items needed.  Ed brought a Coconut Cream pie which is both his and Dad's favorite.  Peggy supplied chips and her special dip, which Alicia absolutely loves, also an very interesting Salsa that Mary couldn't stay out of. : > ) Bob came to eat while he is remodeling a home for a friend near us.

Alan called us also and shared time with his Dad. He is recovering from Sinus and an Busy Busy week. Was great to hear his voice.

Steve and Clementine, brought Grandad a picture of the two Great Grands and himself. The picture frame was done by Clementine. The picture was posted on Facebook earlier.

The hummingbirds if they ever return in force got another new feeder sure hope we see more than the one soon.

Going to hang one in front tree. If we can keep the cats out of the bird nest and tree.

Cats need kept at home. Having presented him with more books to read, Mr. Patterson and Janet Evanovich, we trust he had a great day. He is still smiling.

In three weeks we will be married 59 years.  Yes, DAD it did last.  Love and Miss you too.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Information to Stir the Pot

 I am going to post various web sites for you to look at.

Some affect our heritage some is just ancient history.

New sites to look at and ponder.

27 Public Libraries and the Internet Archive Launch “Community Webs” for Local History Web   New Findings

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

More Jones Blathering, but found good data.

As you may know my trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan came with a few twists.   We had a great time and even walked across the Grand River to President Gerald Fords' Museum. Listened to singers and toured the Museum.

Amazed as to how seeing things of that time frame brought back genealogical things that had not been thought of.

Attended various talks that were felt would help our members with some of their troubles. Talked to various vendors and gave a few cousins some hugs.  We get to meet ever so many years it seems.

Meet a couple of Facebook friends and shared information. Missed many cousins that were there but did not ever cross their path. Tis okay maybe a next time they will cross paths. Did locate one new member to the family.

Later due to ailment of son I stayed longer and on a good weekend with sons to watch their Dad, daughter in law and I went to Ft. Wayne to the Library.

Having located the data I needed for four years was very excited. DIL found data on her Alexanders and was thrilled.  

If you have Alexander from Maryland, Virginia to North Carolina to Georgia and on westward please contact Liz or I.    She is stuck on Adam Alexander of NC to Georgia.  Only about five listed  : > )

She also has Allen and Moody to add to this mix.

The books I needed did divulge  some data on Teague Jones and other family members.

Brought back about 20 pages on various members of the family: Jones,
Berry, Hamilton, Allen, for starts.  Also found data on Foulk /Follk for PA and Lee for VA.

O yes some on Richard Higgin's also ie Higgen's.

More to follow when I get caught up. email is still causing fits so bear with me.     Liz is