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    I recently became awareof two interesting websites that I’d like to share with you.

    

    Influenza Encyclopedia of 1918-1919 Website
    http://www.influenzaarchive.org/index.html
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    Have you ever wondered what life was like for your ancestor during the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918-1919?  The website The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918:  A Digital Encylcopedia provides the reader with essays, timelines and images from 50 U.S. cities during this epidemic.


    Salt Lake City Timeline on Influenza Encyclopedia Webiste
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    Here’s a screenshot of Salt Lake City’s timeline.  You can click on different dates to see what was happening at that time regarding the epidemic.

    A big thank you goes to the website Rootsonomy via their Facebook page for alerting us to this interesting website about the Spanish Flu.


    
    Bible Records Online Website
    http://www.biblerecords.com/
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    Wouldn’t it be fabulous to finally track down that elusive family bible you’ve dreamed of finding?  Perhaps the website Bible Records Online could help you out!

    Here is Bible Records Online’s description of their website:
    “Bible Records Online is a site dedicated to transcribing and digitizing the contents of family records that were written inside family Bibles and in other important documents from as early as the 1500s through today. Often, these were the only written records of births, marriages and deaths of a family, and these remain solid components to proving a family genealogy.”
     
    Bible Records Online Website List of Bibles by Surname
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    This is a screenshot showing the “Browse the Bibles” page of the Bible Records Online website.  Can you tell that I love the idea of family bibles finding their way home?

    Hope these websites prove useful to you in your genealogy research!

    Thanks for reading!


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    It looks like my Grandpa Debs and his family had a great time visiting with some extended family in Utah.

    A photo through the front window ~

    I wonder why my Grandpa decided to take this photo through the front window of the house.  Was it a candid shot?  Was he outside, saw the group at the window, and just decided to take their picture?  If so, what was everyone looking at outside?  Or was it a planned shot?  Did he ask them all to come to the window so he could go outside and take their photo through it?

    Pictured are my Grandma Willis Webster, my mom, my two uncles and two girls from the family they were visiting.   Looks like the kids were having a fun time with balloons!

    

    Debs Webster Family in Utah 1952
    Willis Webster, My Mom, and My Uncles
    with Extended Family in Utah - 1952
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    Teeter-totter time ~

    Is this a park or a backyard?  Whatever it is, it looks like fun!  My uncle is the little boy on the end of the teeter-totter.

    
    Webster Family in Utah 1952
    My Uncle (far left) with
    Extended Family in Utah - 1952
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    My mom is the girl on the teeter-totter in the photo below.  Is it just me, or are those some rustic-looking teeter-totters?  And there’s Great-Grandma Helena serenely sitting in the background.


    
    Webster Family in Utah 1952
    Webster Family with Extended
    Family in Utah - 1952
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    Yummy watermelon ~

    The two little boys are my uncles and the girl on the far right is my mom.  Great watermelon-eating technique guys!  Way to keep from getting messy! 


    
    Webster Family in Utah 1952
    Webster Kids (far right) with
    Extended Family in Utah - 1952
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    Thanks for joining my Grandpa Debs Webster and his family for some summertime fun in Utah!  Next stop is Manti, Utah.

    Thanks for reading!


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    Sepia Saturday provides an opportunity for genealogy bloggers to share their family history through photographs.

    Well, I'm taking you on a virtual trip to Brazil again today!  This vintage postcard of Recife, Brazil is a far cry from
    the somewhat sad scene of today’s Sepia Saturday photo prompt (shown at the bottom of this post).

    It does, however, show a woman near a body of water.  But that is where the similarity ends.  This postcard is part of my Grandpa Debs Webster’s collection of vintage postcards.


    Recife, Brazil Vintage Postcard pg. 1
    Recife, Brazil Vintage Postcard
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    Recife, Brazil Vintage Postcard pg. 2
    Back of Recife, Brazil Vintage Postcard
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    In case you are wondering just where Recife is located within Brazil, here's a map ~

    Recife, Brazil Googlemaps with arrow from snagit
    GoogleMaps.com
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    According to Wikipedia.org,
    Recife (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁeˈsifi] (listen), Reef) is the sixth-largest[1]metropolitan area in Brazil with 3,743,854 inhabitants, the largest metropolitan area of the North/Northeast Regions, the 5th-largest metropolitan influence area in Brazil, and the capital and largest city of the state of Pernambuco. The population of the city proper was 1.555.039 in 2012.[2]

    Recife is located where the
    Beberibe River meets the Capibaribe River to flow into the Atlantic Ocean. It is a major port on the Atlantic Ocean. Its name is an allusion to the coral reefs that are present by the city's shores. The many rivers, small islands and over 50 bridges found in Recife city center characterize its geography and gives it the moniker of the "Brazilian Venice."
    And now...sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights of Recife, Brazil.



    To see what other Sepia Saturday participants have written today, just click HERE.

    Sepia Saturday 149 October 27, 2012


    Thanks for reading!

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    My Grandpa Debs Webster and his family had a lovely respite from their road trip as they spent time with extended family, enjoying balloons, teeter-totters, and watermelon.

    But, it’s time to pile back into their crowded, non-air conditioned car and hit the road again.  Where to now?
      It's time to head south toward Manti, Utah.

    For those who don’t know just where Manti, Utah is, here’s a map showing it’s location.


    Manti, Utah from GoogleMaps.com
    Manti, Utah
    Googlemaps.com
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    While Grandpa Debs and his family were in Manti, they visited the LDS Manti Utah Temple.
     



    Manti Utah Temple
    Manti Utah Temple
    Photo from lds.org
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    And I’m so glad Grandpa took photos of their visit there.

    And now, here are the photos of the Manti Utah Temple from Grandpa Debs Webster’s 1952 Photo Album ~


    The beautiful Manti Utah Temple.

    
    Manti Utah Temple - 1952
    Manti Utah Temple - 1952
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    Looks like my Grandpa took a photo of a lovely flower bed.  Too bad it’s not in color.  It must have been so pretty!

    117 - Manti Temple 1952 Photoshopped and Image Adjusted
    Manti Utah Temple Grounds - 1952
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    A view from the temple grounds.

    118 - Manti Temple 1952 Photoshopped and Image Adjusted
    View from Manti Utah Temple - 1952
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    A group photo of the Webster family.

    119 - Manti Temple 1952 Photoshopped and Image Adjusted
    Webster Family at the
    Manti Utah Temple - 1952
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    Close-up of the Webster Family from the previous photo. Left to right: my two uncles and my mom, Helena Quillin, Willis Quillin Webster.
     
     
    Webster Family at the Manti Utah Temple 1952
    Webster Family at the
    Manti Utah Temple 1952
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    As I look at this photo of these immigrants from Brazil, I can't help but wonder what they thought as they traveled across the U.S.A.  It's important to remember that they didn't speak English. The only person in this family who could speak English was my Grandpa Debs, the person taking this photo.  This whole trip must have been quite an adventure for them, including this stop at the Manti Utah Temple.

    Amazingly, almost exactly 50 years after my Grandpa Debs took his photos of the Manti Utah Temple, I stood on the same ground he did and also took photos of this magnificent temple.  Our family was on vacation in Utah at the time and on July 25, 2002 we stopped there for a visit.

    Here’s a sampling of the photos I took.

     

    Manti Temple_0012



    Manti Temple_0001



    Manti Temple_0002



    Manti Temple_0006



    Manti Temple_0008


    I found this lovely Youtube video of the Manti Utah Temple, so if you’d like to see more photos of this beautiful temple, just press play -



    I hope you enjoyed this virtual trip to the Manti Utah Temple.  The next stop for Debs Webster and his family is The Grand Canyon.

    Thanks for reading!



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    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order) -

    1. Calif. cemetery-turned-dog-park keeps tombstone from burial site AND What Better Day Than Halloween... by The Graveyard Rabbit of the California Central Coast
    2. Murder in Macon AND Murder in Macon--Part 2 by A Southern Sleuth
    3. What Do I Do With All Of This Stuff: The Process of Processing by Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana via Archives.com
    4. Wordless Wednesday: A Tricky Treat by Jollett etc.
    5. Early American Roads and Trails: Tuesday's Tip by A Sense of Family
    6. Photo Manipulation Before Photo Shop by Maureen A. Taylor
    7. Copyright and Copy Wrong by Michael J. Leclerc
    8. Thankful Thursday - Happiness is a Dry Collection by The Last Leaf On This Branch
    9. Treasure Chest Thursday: Autograph Book by Attics and Old Lace
    10. Genealogy Toolkit: Were they workin’ on the railroad? by On Granny’s Trail
    New Blog Discoveries

    Thanks for reading!


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    Sepia Saturday provides an opportunity for genealogy bloggers to share their family history through photographs.

    Today’s Sepia Saturday photo prompt (at bottom of post) shows men in hats playing the Irish sport of "hurling." I don’t have a photo in my collection showing this unique Irish sport.  But I did find these two vintage postcards showing men in hats at a sporting event.

    The two vintage postcards I'm sharing with you today are from my Webster Grandparents’ collection. In 1955, Grandpa Debs and Grandma Willis Webster took a trip to Mexico. Why a trip to Mexico? One very important reason was to visit Debs’ sister, Carlota Webster Guerrero, who was living in Mexico City.

    While they were in Mexico, my grandparents visited Irapuato, which is a city in the state of Guanajuato. Again comes the question, why? Why visit Irapuato? Well, it turns out my "Traveling Dentist Great-Grandpa Frederick Webster" and his son, Debs Webster, once lived in Irapuato. For those new to my blog, Frederick Webster was my Grandpa Debs’ father. It looks like Grandpa Debs wanted to visit where he had once lived, however briefly, as a child.

    The two vintage postcards below show many men in hats. And they show the sport of bullfighting.  And while I've never actually been to a bullfight, I’m quite sure I’m not a fan of this sport. I just don’t like the whole concept of it. But, for some reason my grandparents bought these postcards in 1955. Who knows? Maybe they attended a bullfight.

    The interesting thing about this first postcard is that it looks like the bullfighter is a woman.
    

    Plaza Revolucion, Irapuato, Mexico Vintage Postcard
    Plaza Revolucion
    Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
    Vintage Postcard circa 1955
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    Here’s a close-up view of the woman bullfighter.

    Plaza Revolucion, Irapuato, Mexico Vintage Postcard
    Plaza Revolucion
    Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
    Vintage Postcard circa 1955
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    And here’s the other vintage postcard.

    Plaza Revolucion, Irapuato, Mexico Vintage Postcard
    Plaza Revolucion
    Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
    Vintage Postcard circa 1955
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    Here’s a close-up view showing lots and lots of men in hats…and a woman with a bonnet too!  Can you spot the bonnet?

    Plaza Revolucion, Irapuato, Mexico Vintage Postcard
    Plaza Revolucion
    Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
    Vintage Postcard circa 1955
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    To see more posts of men in hats, sporting events, random bonnets...or anything else our super Sepia Saturday participants have written about, just click HERE.
      Sepia Saturday 150 November 3, 2012

    Thanks for reading!


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    In a previous post, I introduced you to Sarah Amanda Waterman, my 2nd great- grandaunt, who lived to be 103 years old.  She was married to Richard Engle, a Civil War soldier.

    Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of Sarah and Richard’s daughters, Ella Eliza Engle.

    

    Ella Eliza Engle Gray
    Ella Eliza Engle Gray
    Photo Courtesy of Norma Gardiner
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    Ella was the first of seven children born to Sarah and Richard Engle.  She was born on June 16, 1858 in Plymouth, Ohio.  Ella married John O. Gray on April 7, 1880 in Blackhawk County, Iowa.  They were the parents of five children:
    1. Baby Boy – born in 1881
    2. Carl William Gray – (1883-1935)
    3. Earl Gray – (1883-before 1900)
    4. Mary Luella Gray – (1886-1969)
    5. Harold Edwin Gray – (1891-1973)
    Ella’s death certificate states she was a retired school teacher.  And according to the obituary for her mother, Sarah, in the South Pasadena Review newspaper, Ella was also the principal of the Marengo School in South Pasadena.

    Ella passed away on December 10, 1951 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.  She was 93 years old at the time of her death.  Ella’s grave is located at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California.


    Ella Engle's Grave Marker

    If you’d like to view Ella’s FindaGrave.com memorial page, just click HERE.

    Thanks for reading!


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    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order) -

    1. Big Finds in the Smallest Places by The In-Depth Genealogist
    2. Murder in Macon--Final Chapter-- The Trial by A Southern Sleuth
    3. Why I Recommend the NGS Home Study Course by A Sense of Family
    4. A different kind of census by The Legal Genealogist
    5. Telegram! by Who Knew?
    6. It's My Blogiversary! by Ancestors Live Here
    7. My Ancestry DNA Results AND See Full Results in the Ancestry.com DNA Test by The We Tree Genealogy Blog
    8. Workday Wednesday: The Pipeline Accident by Yvonne’s Genealogy Blog
    9. Pinterest Tutorial #1: Creating a Board & Pinning by Olive Tree Genealogy Blog
    10. Wordless Wednesday ~ Time Frame, Anyone? by Adventures in Genealogy
    11. Nearly missed my day.... by Geniaus
    12. Genealogy: The Next Generation by Ancestral Breezes
    13. Saved from Dumpster: Amazing map collection by UPFRONT WITH NGS
    14. The National Archives of Ireland Launches Genealogy Site by Genealogy Insider/Family Tree Magazine
    15. Follow Friday - An accumulation of my weekly research – 6 by Family Stories: Photographs and Memories

    New Blog Discoveries

    Thanks for reading!


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    Sepia Saturday provides an opportunity for genealogy bloggers to share their family history through photographs.

    Today’s Sepia Saturday photo prompt from the US National Archives (at bottom of post), is titled, "Photograph of Women Working at a Bell System Telephone Switchboard."  There are many directions I could have gone with this photo - women working, phones, switchboards, and more.  Today I decided to go with the general theme of "work.”

    The photo below is of my
    "Traveling Dentist" Great-Grandpa Watson Emory (Frederick) Webster at work in a dental office.  Those cute little kids with him are my Grandpa Debs (far left), Edna Lillie (far right), and Carlota (in dental chair).

    This photo was taken in Brinkley, Arkansas. It is dated January 10 – April 10, 1922.

       

    Watson (Fred) Webster with Carlota, Debs, and Edna at Dental Office in Brinkley Arkansas January to April 1922
    Frederick, Carlota, Edna Lillie, and Debs Webster
    at Dental Office in Brinkley, Arkansas circa 1922
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    I find the dates interesting.  Why was he there only from January 10 - April 10, 1922?  And why was he in Brinkley, Arkansas?

    My regular readers may have seen from my previous posts that I sometimes like to "break down" photos into smaller sections by cropping out certain areas of interest.  This photo has quite a few areas of interest to look at.

    First of all, we’ll spotlight the people in the photo:

    Here’s Great-Grandpa Frederick with dental instruments in hand ready to go to work! Notice the open window behind him? Nice view, huh?


    Watson (Fred) Webster at Dental Office in Brinkley Arkansas January to April 1922
    Frederick Webster
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    This close-up shows my Grandpa Debs and his big sister Carlota. These two were the only children of Frederick and Esther Webster’s five children who lived to adulthood.

    Carlota and Debs Webster at Dental Office in Brinkley Arkansas January to April 1922
    Carlota and Debs Webster
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    This is a very special photo of sweet little Edna Lillie, because according to my records, she passed away the next year in 1923. Wasn’t she a pretty little girl?

    
    Edna Lillie Webster at Dental Office in Brinkley Arkansas January to April 1922
    Edna Lillie Webster
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    Next up we’ll spotlight some interesting items in the dental office.

    According to the wall clock,  it’s about 10:45.  And from the sunlight shining through the windows, I’d say it’s about 10:45 in the morning.


    
    Wall Clock at Dental Office in Brinkley Arkansas circa 1922
    Wall Clock
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    Let’s take a look at the table by the window.  See all of the dental instruments? 

    
    Table at Dental Office in Brinkley  Arkansas January to April 1922
    Table at Dental Office
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    Could this be a suction bulb on the table?  If so, I wonder if this is an antique version of today’s dental suction tube they stick in your mouth so you don’t drown or embarrass yourself by slobbering all over.  When my kids were little, they went to a Pediatric Dentist.  At that office, they called the suction tube "Mr. Thirsty."  I wonder if this antique suction bulb was a 1922 version of "Mr. Thirsty."

    
    Antique Dental Tool at Dental Office in Brinkley Arkansas January to April 1922
    Antique Dental Tool
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    And here we have the dental chair.  Quite an antique by today’s standards!


    Vintage Dental Chair at Dental Office in Brinkley Arkansas January to April 1922
    Vintage Dental Chair
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    After taking a closer look at this chair, I noticed a couple of fascinating features.  First, I noticed the hand crank on the side. Isn’t that interesting? I wonder what it was used for.  Could it have been used to recline the chair?  Any other ideas?

    I also see that there are one or two levers, each with a flat top edge on them, extending from the back of the chair. I wonder if they were used by the dentist to lift and lower the chair.

    
    Close-Up View of Hand-Crank and Levers on Dental Chair at Dental Office in Brinkley Arkansas January to April 1922
    Close-up View of Hand-Crank and Lever
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    And no, I’m not trying to give you nightmares with these last two photos.

    I believe this is the dreaded dental drill.  (Insert scary music)

    Antique Dental Drill at Dental Office in Brinkley Arkansas January to April 1922
    Antique Dental Drill
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    See the small motor, and the drill hanging down to the left?  I wonder if this dental drill from 1922 made the same unnerving high-pitched whirring noise as the drills of today.
    
    Antique Dental Drill at Dental Office in Brinkley Arkansas January to April 1922
    Antique Dental Drill
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    Well, this concludes our tour.  I hope you’ve enjoyed your virtual visit to a 1922 dentist’s office!  And hopefully the last two photos weren’t too distressing.  If they were, and you feel the urge to run screaming from the room, I don’t blame you.

    But, before you bolt, take a deep relaxing breath, and check out what the other Sepia Saturday participants have written about this week by clicking HERE.


    Sepia Saturday 151 November 10, 2012

    Thanks for reading!



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    Source:  Lipton Sale Wikipedia.org
    This work is licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

    In commemoration of Veteran's Day, I wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of the members of the military who have selflessly served their fellowmen and this great country, the United States of America.

    I also wanted to list my ancestors who have contributed to keeping these United States a free nation.  There may be some I missed because I am not aware of their service at this time.  If that is the case, I hope to update this list later.

    Revolutionary War

    Luther L. Waterman– (4th Great-Grandfather) Surgeon

    War of 1812

    Asher Waterman– (3rd Great-Grandfather) – Capt. Nehemiah Gregory’s Company, Ohio Militia Regiment.

    Civil War

    Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster– (2nd Great-Grandfather) – Co. E, 74th Illinois Infantry Volunteers.

    Watson Emery Webster– (2nd Great-Grand Uncle) – Co. E, 74th Illinois Infantry Volunteers.

    Homer Clark Waterman– (2nd Great-Grand Uncle) – Assistant surgeon of the 4th West Virginia Infantry and in the 2nd West Virginia Infantry.

    Charles Wesley Waterman– (2nd Great-Grand Uncle) – Co. I, Ohio 116th Infantry.

    Lawrence C. Crippen– (Husband of my 2nd Great-Grand Aunt Lucy Mae Waterman) – Co. A, 92nd Ohio Infantry.

    Richard Engle– (Husband of my 2nd Great-Grand Aunt Sarah Amanda Waterman) – Co. G, 63rd Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

    Korean War

    Jan Albert Iverson– (My Father) – SP4 U.S. Army.

    Thanks for reading!


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    I have three awesome websites to share with you today.  And, yes, I found them on Pinterest!  So, thank you Pinterest for helping me expand my Genealogy Toolbox.

    This first website is great for those of us who have Civil War ancestors, or for those who are simply interested in Civil War history.


     

    Battlefields of the Civil War is a very cool website.  It's a map and chronology showing the major battles of the Civil War.  It even has an animation feature.  Press the play button to see what happens.

    Here’s a screenshot of the website’s start page.


     
    

    Battlefields of the Civil War
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    There is a slider bar at the top.  You can even grab the left and right slide handles to narrow down the dates enabling you to see what battles were fought within a specific timeframe.

    Hmm, I didn’t know there were Civil War battles fought in New Mexico.
     
    
    Battlefields of the Civil War
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    Let’s click on one of those battlefields.  The Battle of Glorieta Pass has a link to the Civil War Trust website.


    Battlefields of the Civil War
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    And after clicking on the Civil War Trust link for this battlefield, this is what you see.  There is information about that specific battle.


    Battlefields of the Civil War
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    Mapping the Emerald Isle:  a geo-genealogy of Irish Surnames is another awesome website for those who are researching Irish ancestors.  This website shows birth surnames by county from an 1890 census.

    Here’s the start page for this website.



    Mapping the Emerald Isle
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    Simply type or search for a surname on the dropdown menu at the left.  Here’s what I found with the Jennings surname.


    Mapping the Emerald Isle
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    Timeline of the Revolutionary War is a helpful website for those wanting to learn about the Revolutionary War.

    Here’s the start page for this website.



    Timeline of the Revolutionary War
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    Let’s say you want to learn more about The Sugar Act.  Just click on the link in the timeline, and this is what you will find.


    Timeline of the Revolutionary War
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    Well, that’s it for today’s tips.  I hope these three websites will be helpful to you in your genealogical pursuits.

    And thank you
    Pinterest for making me aware of these awesome websites!

    Thanks for reading!



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    My Grandpa Debs and his family are on the road again.  My uncle remembers that they visited Grand Canyon National Park on their way to California.

    Unfortunately, I don’t have any photographs or postcards from their visit there.    But, there are postcards from Las Vegas, Nevada in Grandpa Debs' Scrapbook.  These postcards were between the postcards from Utah and California.  Whether this means Debs and his family actually stopped in Las Vegas on their way to California, I don’t know.

    But, it would be a logical place to stop for food and fuel along their way to California, so I’m going to assume they did stop there.  With that in mind though, I’m not sure if they visited The Grand Canyon before they visited Las Vegas, or if it was the other way around.

    If they visited the Grand Canyon first, here's a map showing their possible route from Manti, Utah to the Grand Canyon. 



    Googlemap from Manti, Utah to Grand Canyon
    Googlemaps.com
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    The following photos are from the National Parks Service.  They are stunning views of the Grand Canyon.

    
    Grand Canyon Mather Point - NPS Public Domain
    Grand Canyon Mather Point
    NPS - Public Domain Photo
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    Grand Canyon Mather Point 2 - NPS Public Domain
    Grand Canyon Mather Point
    NPS - Public Domain Photo
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    Grand Canyon Mather Point 3 - NPS Public Domain
    Grand Canyon Mather Point
    NPS - Public Domain Photo
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    If Debs and his family visited the Grand Canyon before stopping in Las Vegas, here is a possible route from there to Las Vegas, Nevada.


    
    Googlemap from Grand Canyon to Las Vegas
    Googlemaps.com
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    And here are those Las Vegas vintage postcards from Grandpa Debs’ Scrapbook.


    The Tropicana Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada pg. 1



    The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada  pg. 1



    I Should Be Home Soon Las Vegas Vintage Postcard pg. 1

    Debs Webster and his family are getting SO close to their new home now, although I’m sure they didn’t look like that poor fellow in the last postcard.  The next stop on their road trip is California, the place they would call home for the rest of their lives.

    Thanks for reading!


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    Sepia Saturday provides an opportunity for genealogy bloggers to share their family history through photographs.
     
    Today’s Sepia Saturday photo prompt (at end of post) shows a library full of studious young men reading books.  The photo I am sharing today doesn’t show a group of young men in a library.  Instead it is a photo of an older gentleman, casually dressed, sitting outside.  It is a photo of my paternal Great-Grandfather, Carl Albert Gillberg.  Why this photo was taken and who took it, I can’t say.   What I can say is that I’m glad the photo was taken.  I found this special photo in one of my Grandmother Ingrid’s Books of Remembrance.

    Carl Albert Gilberg in Salt Lake City, Utah
    Carl Albert Gillberg
    in Salt Lake City, Utah
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    Carl looks like he’s reading a newspaper.  Wouldn’t it be fun to know what he was reading about?  Unfortunately, there is no date for this photo.  But there is a handwritten note underneath it, written by my Grandmother Ingrid Gillberg  (Carl’s daughter).  She wrote, “My Dad, sitting on the steps of our home on Grand Ave in Salt Lake City, Utah.”  I’m wondering if my Grandma was mistaken about this home being on Grand Avenue, because when I looked for Grand Avenue on Googlemaps, the only Grand Avenue in Salt Lake City is inside a cemetery.  (Since writing this post, Wendy Mathias of Jollett etc., informed me that there is a Grand Street in Salt Lake City.  After checking this out on Googlemaps, this looks to be the likely candidate for where this photo was taken.  Thanks Wendy!)

    This photo must have been taken sometime between 1909 and 1930.  I surmise this because Carl immigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1909 and by the 1930 census he and his family were living in Los Angeles, California.  Both the 1910 census and the 1920 census show Carl and his family living in Salt Lake City, Utah.  So, sometime between 1920 and 1930, Carl and his family moved to California.

    Carl was born in Stockholm, Sweden on January 8, 1882.  He passed away in West Covina, California on May 3, 1963 at 81 years of age.  He was a hard-working family man, and did his best to provide for his family.  As part of my research, I compiled a list showing Carl’s known occupations.

    Occupations for Carl Albert Gillberg:

    Before 1909 - According to Canadian Passenger List - Tinsmith in Sweden
    1910 Census - Laborer - Tending Mason
    1920 Census - Baker at Bakery Company
    1930 Census - Baker at Bakery
    1940 Census - Vegetable Peddler - Private Truck


    That last occupation in 1940 somehow makes me sad for Carl.  But, this was during "The Great Depression" so times were hard for most everyone.  According to the 1940 Census, Carl was engaged in Public Emergency Work, and was seeking employment.  I wrote a previous post about finding Carl and his family in the 1940 census.

    While Carl worked as a baker in Utah, he was able to bring home flour sacks which his wife, Hilda, used to make clothing for their children and quilts for the family.  I wrote a previous post about this.  If you’d like, you can read it HERE.  These were humble immigrants who did the best they could to provide for their family.

    This is a photo of Carl Albert Gillberg taken in La Puente, California in 1962, the year before Carl passed away.

    Carl Albert Gilberg 1962 in La Puente, California
    Carl Albert Gillberg
    1962
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    If you’d like to see “what’s in the news” with other Sepia Saturday participants, just click HERE.

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    This is the last photo in my Grandpa Debs Webster’s 1952 photo album, which holds the photos documenting their immigration from Brazil to the United States.  I suppose you could call this photo album a "photo travelogue" of their immigration story.  Ya, it’s pretty cool that Grandpa put this together!

    Thankfully, my Grandpa Debs wrote something around the edges of this photo to tell us a bit about it.  At the top he wrote, "Thanksgiving 1952."  And at the bottom he wrote, "San Diego  Casa do Jay" which means Jay’s House in Portuguese.  Jay was related to Grandma Willis by marriage.  He was an in-law to one of Willis' sisters.


    Grandpa Debs and his family arrived in the United States on July 7, 1952.  So, this would be their very first Thanksgiving in America.

    I can't say for sure if this was my Grandpa Debs' first Thanksgiving in America though, as he was the son of my
    "Traveling Dentist" Great-Grandpa Frederick Webster.  For all I know, Frederick and his family happened to be in America during Thanksgiving at some time.

    The Webster Family  Thanksgiving 1952 in San Diego California
    Thanksgiving in San Diego, California - 1952
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    I don't know the names of everyone in this photo, so I’ll just tell you who the people are that I do know.  Grandpa Debs is standing.  In front of him is my uncle.  Then, left to right is Grandma Willis, Helena Rohwedder Quillen, my uncle, and my mom shielding her eyes from the sun.

    I’m sure my Grandpa and his family had a lot to be thankful for on that Thanksgiving Day in 1952, as our family does 60 years later in 2012.

    Little Pilgrim from Clipartpal dot com public domain
    Little Pilgrim
    ClipartPal.com

    And now I’d like to wish all of you, my wonderful readers, a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with fun, family, and delicious food!

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    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order) -

    1. Sepia Saturday: Book 'em by Jollett etc.
    2. GRANDPARENTS - Saturday Night Fun by TWIGS and TREES
    3. Ancestry.com houses new community support site by GeneaPress
    4. Motivation Monday: My 200th Post! by A Patient Genealogist
    5. “Don’t Publish Ages” by A Family Tapestry
    6. Time to Pop a Cap in the Term "Drive-by Genealogist" by The We Tree Genealogy Blog
    7. The Guide To Sourcing Images Without Landing In Hot Water by Simply Zesty
    8. Blogging Genealogy: How do I figure out what to write? by Blogging Genealogy
    9. It's About Time, Facebook! by Marian’s Roots & Rambles
    10. Grand Theft Genealogy by Mascot Manor Genealogy
    11. Birth Record Databases Updated at FamilySearch.org by GenealogyBlog
    12. Solutions to File Format Challenges AND Getting Started with Digital Preservation by FamilySearch Blog
    13. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Welcomes Two Girls From Milltown by The Irish In America
    14. What Thanksgiving Looks Like by Family Stories
    15. I Am So Thankful ... by Genea-Musings

    New Blog Discovery

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    Sepia Saturday provides an opportunity for genealogy bloggers to share their family history through photographs.

    The Sepia Saturday photo prompt (at end of post) is a photo of Lala Williams and Elgie Crook.  In doing research on Google.com about Lala and Elgie, I found out the following:  When Elgie’s mother died, Elgie was sent to live with her uncle J. Shelby Williams, Lala’s father.  Elgie and Lala were first cousins, but Elgie grew up as a sister to Lala.

    The adorable photo of Lala and Elgie, cousins who were more like sisters, provides me with the perfect opportunity to share this sweet photo of my Great-Grandmother, Hilda Carlsson Gillberg, and her sister Hilma Carlsson Taylor.


    

    Hilda Carlsson Gillberg and Hilma Carlsson Taylor
    Two Sweet Sisters
    L to R -  Hilda and Hilma
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    I love how Hilda and Hilma are holding hands.   Sweet, sisterly love on display!  Unfortunately, I don’t have any information about when or where this photo was taken, but it’s so precious. 

    Hilda and Hilma were the daughters of Johan Erik Carlsson and Karin Johnsson.  Both Hilda and Hilma were born in Sweden and immigrated to the United States.

    Hilda was married to my Great-Grandfather, Carl Albert Gillberg, and Hilma was married to Charles Alvin Taylor.

    To see what other Sepia Saturday participants have written about this week, click HERE.

    Sepia Saturday 153 November 24 2012

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    This post is part of a series dedicated to the immigration story of Debs Webster and his family.

    On July 7, 1952, my Grandpa Debs Webster and his family boarded the S. S. Brazil in Santos, Brazil on their way to a new life in the United States.  When they arrived in New York, they bought a car and traveled across the United States to their final destination in Southern California.

    Here is the car Grandpa Debs purchased in New York.  It’s a 1951 Chevrolet Sedan.  My mom just recently showed me this awesome photo of the car with my uncles standing in front of it.  The car is parked in front of their new house in Pomona, California.  The lumber on top of the Chevy indicates to me that my Grandpa was working on some kind of project.  He was a very handy guy and always liked to have projects to work on.

     

    1951 Chevrolet Sedan
    1951 Chevrolet Sedan
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    My uncle (the boy on the left in the photo above) wrote an email to me about his memories of their immigration to the United States and subsequent road trip from New York to California. As you read what he said, please keep in mind that they were traveling during the summer.  Here's a little snippet from his email:
    "The trip was long—made longer by the heat!  We rolled down the windows and tried to be cooled by the wind as it passed through the car.  Unfortunately, the air was usually hot and we got little relief from it.  At the time, some people had a device that hooked on to the top of a window on their cars which they filled with a quantity of ice or dry ice (I really don’t know which).  This served as a scooping device that would chill the hot air from outside and circulate it inside.  This served as air conditioning in those days.  We had no such device!  Evenings were more comfortable, except that I found the concept of sleeping outdoors to be uncivilized.  After all, people were meant to sleep inside, or so I thought!  As I grew up I learned to enjoy camping out until being in Korea in the Infantry cured me of it forever!  Typically Pop would find a wide shoulder on the side of the highway where we could pull over and set up for the night."
    I was intrigued by my uncle’s description of the cooling devices attached to car windows.  I had never heard of such a thing.  I did a little research on the internet to see if I could find anything about these cooling devices.  And, to my surprise, I found not only information about them, but photos too.

    Wikipedia referred to this device as a car cooler.  The website stated , “A car cooler is an automobile window-mounted evaporative air cooler, sometimes referred to as a swamp cooler.  It is an early type of automobile "air conditioner."

    If you’d like to read more about this fascinating early air conditioner for cars, just click HERE.

    Below are photos of these car coolers from
    Wikimedia Commons.

    Car Cooler on 1950 Chevy From Wikimedia Commons Photo by Doug Coldwell
    Car Cooler on 1950 Chevy
    Wikimedia Commons - Photo by Doug Coldwell
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    Thermador Car Cooler Wikimedia Commons Photo by Doug Coldwell
    Thermador Car Cooler
    Wikimedia Commons - Photo by Doug Coldwell
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    Car cooler front view Wikimedia Commons Photo by Doug Coldwell
    Car Cooler Front View
    Wikimedia Commons - Photo by Doug Coldwell
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    As “cool” as these early air conditioners look, I’m so happy for the modern air conditioning systems we enjoy today!

    The next installment of my Grandpa Debs and his family’s immigration story will find them arriving at their sponsor’s home in Glendora, California.


    Thanks for reading!


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    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order) -

    1. Leftover Ancestors - 2012 Edition by Destination:  Austin Family
    2. Say ‘Prunes’, Not ‘Cheese’: The History of Smiling in Photographs by PetaPixel
    3. Instant Replay: A Big Game for the Big Day by A Sense of Family
    4. I'm Alive... but just barely. by Ancestral Breezes
    5. Baby Talk and The Theory of Relativity by Notable Characters
    6. Mappy Monday by Honoring Our Ancestors
    7. In Defense of Beginners by The Who Hunter
    8. Tuesday's Tip - Something For Everyone by The Last Leaf On This Branch
    9. War of 1812 Pension Digitization Fund Receives Generous $250,000 Donation by FGS Voice
    10. Do I Need to Blog Genealogy Every Day? by Blogging Genealogy
    11. Step by Step Summary of Personal Archiving by FamilySearch Blog
    12. The Path of a Beginner Genealogist by GenBlog
    13. ANCESTRY.COM LAUNCHES NEW WEB SITE NEWSPAPERS.COM by The Olive Tree Genealogy
    14. First Look at Newspapers.com by Dear Myrtle

    New Blog Discoveries

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