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    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
    1. #MyColorfulAncestry for Kids by Emily Kowalski Schroeder, author of Growing Little Leaves: Genealogy for Children
    2. Why You Don’t Want to Toss Grandma’s Buttons in the Trash by Denise Levenick, author of The Family Curator
    3. A Little Thing That Went Viral... #MyColorfulAncestry by J. Paul Hawthorne, author of GeneaSpy
    4. In Your Easter Bonnet AND Picture This! by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
    5. Viewing Our Ancestors By Location, A Good Visual Exercise by Jenna Mills, author of Desperately Seeking Surnames
    6. 5 Hidden Treasures for Ohio Genealogy AND Breaking Out of Your Genealogy Comfort Zone by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the Amy Johnson Crow Blog
    7. How to Color Code Your Genealogy for Places by Dan Bodenheimer, author of The Cousin Detective
    8. Crippin & Co Photographer – photo reunited! by Simon Last, author of Charnwood Genealogy
    9. MY FIVE GENERATIONS ANCESTRAL OCCUPATIONS CHART by Bill West, author of West in New England
    10. To watermark or not to watermark? This is the question! by Heather Wylie, author of The Unexpected Discovery
    11. Mystery Monday: Hiding in Plain Sight by Wendy Mathias, author of Jollett, Etc.
    12. Sometimes you just have to scratch your head by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
    13. Patience, Grasshopper by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
    14. Seven Tips for Writing a Family History by Yvette Hoitink, author of Dutch Genealogy
    15. Looking at Locations by Linda McCauley, author of Documenting the Details
    16. Reigniting the spark AND 12 Golden Rules of Genealogy by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
    17. 8 Steps for Protecting Water-Damaged Photos by Maggie Mora for Ancestry Blog
    18. My FamilySearch Service Mission - Month One: The Call by Melyssa, author of The Golden Age of Genealogy
    19. Why Do We Do Genealogy? AND How Mobile Were Our Ancestors? by Lorine McGinnis Schulze for Legacy News
    20. My Haplogroup Tree by Lara Diamond, author of Lara’s Jewnealogy

    RootsTech 2016 ~

    This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview on GeneaBloggers.com

    New Blog Discoveries

    In Case You Missed Them….My Contribution to the Blogosphere Last Week

    Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
    Jana’s Place

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    Sweden Household Examination Book - Lista AI 18, 1881 - 1885

    I received an email from MyHeritage telling me that there were new record matches waiting for me to review. One of them caught my eye. It was a record match for my 1st cousin 3 times removed. Her name is Hulda Sofia Carlsson and she was born in Lista, Sodermanland, Sweden on 18 May 1883.

    There were actually several record matches for me to review about Hulda. One of them was this Sweden Household Examination record at the top of this post. It lists her as a child in the household of her parents Carl Gustaf Carlsson and Anna Katarina Persdotter (my paternal 2nd great-granduncle and aunt). This specific record is for the time period between 1881-1885. 1

    I noticed in this record that a son named Frans Gustaf was listed in the family as well. He's listed on line 8 and his name is crossed out. His death date is at the end of line 8 in the red box below.

    Sweden Household Examination Book - Lista AI 18, 1881 - 1885

    Frans was previously unknown to me. I didn't have him in my Legacy database. It turned out that FamilySearch did have him in their database, but didn't have any parents listed for him. I was able to attach him to his parents in FamilySearch and I added him to my database as well.

    Little Frans Gustaf has been waiting a very long time to be found. He was only 5 months old when he passed away on 19 February 1885. He was born on 9 September 1884 in Gillberga, Sodermanland, Sweden. I'm so grateful I was able to find him.

    Through further searching in the Sweden Household Examination Books for the family of my 2nd great-granduncle and aunt, Carl Gustaf Carlsson and Anna Katarina Persdotter, I was able to find another previously unknown to me daughter. I will share information about her in a future post.

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved



    1 "Sweden Household Examination Books, 1880 - 1920," database, MyHeritage, accessed 2 April 2016, Huda Sofia Carlsson in household of Carl Gustaf Carlsson, Lista, Sodermanlands, Sweden, citing line 7, page 95, Bjorsater under Soder Eka, Book Lista AI 18, 1881 - 1885, image provide by ArkivDigital.

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    Wow! It's already been four years since I started this blog. Seriously, time has just flown by. So many amazing things have happened since I pushed the publish button on my first blog post four years ago.

    Blogging has enriched my life in so many ways and has provided me with many wonderful and exciting opportunities.

    Here are some highlights from last year.

    Blog Book

    I created my first blog book using Blurb.com and on April 14, 2015 I shared my excitement about receiving my blog book in the mail in my post My Blog Book is Here!

    New Website

    I decided to create a website using Weebly.com. It's basically a site to share the many places I can be found online. I wrote about it in my post My New Website.

    Presenter

    On Saturday, May 16, 2015, I taught a class at our local "Discover Your Family Day." I wrote about that in my post My "Family History Blogs and Social Media" Class. I've also taught that class at two other Family Discovery Day events and I'm scheduled to teach it at the Fresno Genealogical Society monthly meeting in June.

    Official Blogger

    In May of 2015 I received an email inviting me to be an official blogger for the BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy, which was held July 28-31, 2015. That was such a delightful surprise. What an honor to be invited to this event. I wrote about it in my post Official Conference Blogger ~ 2015 BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy.

    RootsTech 2016 Ambassador

    In the fall of last year, I received another exciting email. This time it was congratulating me on the fact that I was selected to be a RootsTech 2016 Ambassador. What an honor! On September 17, 2015, I wrote about it in this post RootsTech 2016, Here I Come...As an Ambassador!

    Meeting Fellow Genealogy Bloggers

    I've met so many wonderful people in the genealogy community both online and in person. Attending the BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy and RootsTech 2016 gave me the opportunity to finally meet genealogy friends that I had only known online.

    Official GeneaBloggers at RootsTech 2016 Photo
    Photo Courtesy of Michelle Goodrum

    BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy
    Left to Right: Me, Janet Hovorka, Peggy Lauritzen
    Renee Zamora, Me
    Lynn Broderick, Me

    BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy
    Left to Right: Janet Hovorka, Valerie Elkins Me, 
    Sue Maxwell, Me 
    Me, Ancestry Insider, Lynn Broderick

    Tweets by RootsTech and FamilySearch

    I was thrilled and honored that RootsTech and FamilySearch shared a couple of my blog posts on Twitter. So cool!







    I was especially flattered by the very nice compliment by RootsTech at the bottom of the tweet above.

    FamilySearch Blog Included My Tweet

    I was flattered and excited that one of my RootsTech tweets was included in the article RootsTech 2016 Recap: Tweets Tell the Story of this Amazing Family History Event. This article appeared on the FamilySearch Blog on February 12, 2016.

    Brief Appearance in the April 2016 LDS World Report Segment About RootsTech

    The other day my husband got a text from a friend telling him that he saw me in the World Report between General Conference sessions. We were watching General Conference on BYUtv and missed the April 2016 World Report. Thank you Eric for the heads up! In the World Report, there was a segment about RootsTech beginning at the 38:30 mark in the video. I can be seen sitting in the Media Hub inside the Expo Hall.




    Thank You!

    Thank you to my husband and family for supporting me as I share my family history through blogging.

    Thank you to my wonderful readers, for taking the time to read my posts, liking and sharing my posts on various social media platforms, and for leaving comments. I appreciate all of you!

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    The following is a press release from MyHeritage ~


    MyHeritage Releases Exclusive Book Matching Technology for Family History

    MyHeritage users to automatically receive relevant excerpts from digitized books that reveal information about their ancestors and relatives

    TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, April 7, 2016 — MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, has launched today a revolutionary addition to its suite of technologies: Book Matching. This innovation automatically researches users' family trees in historical books with high precision.

    In April 2012 MyHeritage launched SuperSearch™, a search engine for historical records, which has since then grown to include 6.6 billion historical records, including birth, marriage, death and census records. By implementing its vision of enhancing genealogy with technology, MyHeritage then developed a line of unique and sophisticated technologies that automatically match the records from the search engine to the 32 million family trees uploaded by its users.


    In December 2015, MyHeritage expanded its data collections to include digitized historical books, with an initial corpus of 150,000 books of high genealogical value. This collection was tripled last week to 450,000 books with 91 million pages. With a team of more than 50 dedicated curators, MyHeritage aims to add hundreds of millions of pages of digitized books to the collection each year.


    As of today, MyHeritage users will receive matches between profiles in their family trees and the books from this collection. The Book Matching technology analyzes the book texts semantically, understanding complex narrative that describes people, and matches it to the 2 billion individuals in MyHeritage family trees with extremely high accuracy. This breakthrough technology is the first of its kind, and is exclusive to MyHeritage.


    Book Matching has produced more than 80 million matches, and this number will continue to grow as the collection grows and as the family trees on MyHeritage continue to expand. Book Matching is currently available for English books, and the technology is being enhanced to cover additional languages. In addition, de-duplication technology is being added in the next few weeks to remove duplicate books that have been scanned and OCRed more than once by different sources.


    “No one has ever done this before," said MyHeritage Chief Technology Officer, Sagi Bashari. “Our Book Matching technology reads hundreds of thousands of books for you, every hour, comparing them to your family tree and pointing you to relevant excerpts about your ancestors with almost no false positives. MyHeritage is the first to offer full semantic text analysis in this way, and the genealogical breakthroughs speak for themselves. You will be amazed at the value of books for your research."


    “I've personally seen what this new technology can do, using my own family tree,” said blogger and lifelong genealogist Leland Meitzler. “It found well over 500 books with information on my family, most of which I'd never seen before. All kinds of ancestors and relatives can now be added to my tree! To say that this new search technology changes everything would be an overstatement, but not by much.”


    Genealogist James Tanner said: “This advanced technology from MyHeritage opens up a whole new world of research possibilities that were almost completely unavailable in the past. I have always valued the content of the older genealogy books because the people who wrote them were contemporaries with my ancestors. Being able to search these books on a large scale will change the way most of us have been doing genealogy and our attitude towards the books that have been there all along but were not searchable.”


    Dick Eastman, of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, summed up MyHeritage’s latest innovation: "MyHeritage Book Matching is like having a huge library at your fingertips, with a twist; there is a magical librarian who tells you exactly which books have information about your ancestors."


    Book Matches are available at www.myheritage.com and are generated automatically for any family tree built on the website or imported into it. A Data subscription is required to view Book Matches.


     About MyHeritage

    MyHeritage is the world's fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground­breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com


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    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
    1. Family History Magic & Involving Your Family! AND Relish those Thank Yous by Amberly, author of The Genealogy Girl
    2. Genealogy & Food: Beware the bugaboo of cutting-edge technology. A recipe for disaster? by Scott Phillips, author of Onward To Our Past
    3. Friend of Friends Friday~Finding Their Names by Cheri Hudson Passey, author of Carolina Girl Genealogy
    4. NGS 2016: Presentation Composition by Jill Morelli, author of Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal
    5. Getting The Facts Right: Ancestors Who Amended the Records by Jake Fletcher, author of Travelogues of a Genealogist
    6. Genealogy Tip of the Day App – FREE! by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
    7. Tuesday's Tip: How to Index Your Family's Documents by Marian Burk Wood, author of Climbing My Family Tree
    8. 3 Reasons Why You Should Know Your Local History by Tyler S. Stahle for FamilySearch Blog
    9. Wait! What?!! What To Do When An Unexpected DNA Match Happens by Melyssa, author of The Golden Age of Genealogy
    10. The Family History Guide is Now Available Online by Dick Eastman, author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
    11. Oh, the advantages of having my family tree online at my blog! by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy
    12. My latest Excel spreadsheet by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
    13. ALL Databases on American Ancestors FREE, April 6-13, 2016 by Julie Cahill Tarr, author of Julie’s Genealogy & History Hub
    14. Don't Overlook Alternate Genealogy Records by Lorine McGinnis Schulze, author of Olive Tree Genealogy
    15. 5 Ways to Prepare for Your Courthouse Research Trip by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the Amy Johnson Crow Blog
    16. The name game by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
    17. The Wonderful World of Webinars by Diana Elder for Family Locket
    18. The Family History Guide now in all 4800+ Family History Centers by James Tanner, author of Genealogy’s Star
    19. Letters offer Front Row Seat to Behind-the-Scenes Adventures in Life on the Road with Chautauqua, c. 1911 by Patricia Desmond Biallas, author of GeneaJourneys

    RootsTech 2016 ~

    This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview on GeneaBloggers.com

    New Blog Discoveries

    In Case You Missed Them….My Contribution to the Blogosphere Last Week

    Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
    Jana’s Place

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

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    Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster

    This past weekend has been very exciting for me. I've found some fascinating and previously unknown information about my maternal 2nd great-grandfather, Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster.

    While researching Ebenezer on the MyHeritage website, I decided to click on the Books and Publications collection. Results that I'd never seen before were listed.

    In two of these results, Ebenezer was mentioned in the book The True Republican, Illustrated Edition, of Marysville, and Marshall County, Kansas, 1890. The first mention showed Ebenezer in a list of prominent citizens in Marshall County, Kansas.1



    The second mention was this paragraph on Page 42.2


    The paragraph transcription is as follows:
    E. P. C. Webster is patentee of the Webster dehorning chute. There are a large number of these chutes in use all over the west, and are an invaluable acquisition to a stock farm. It is a machine that all ranches should possess. Mr. Webster is a thorough business man and an energetic, honorable citizen.
    Wow! I love this paragraph. It's so cool to learn that Ebenezer was well-thought of in the community. And that first sentence was a real eye-opener. Ebenezer had a patent? I did a Google search, and yes, Ebenezer was granted a patent. There it is listed at the top of my search results in the screenshot below.


    Clicking on that link gave me the following page.


    This page included information about Ebenezer's patent. The patent was filed on May 22, 1888 and granted on April 15, 1890. Up in the top right side of the page are two buttons, one to view the patent as a PDF file and one to download it as a PDF file.

    Images of Ebenezer's patent are also included. 



    It's so cool to see Ebenezer's signature under Inventor on each of these pages. Ebenezer wasn't the only inventor in the family. His son, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster, (my great-grandfather, aka "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog), was also an inventor. I shared that discovery in my blog post Talented Tuesday - My Great-Grandpa Was An Inventor? 

    I've learned so much more about Ebenezer and his invention, The Webster Dehorning Chute, this past weekend. I'll share those discoveries in future posts.

    By the way, did you know that Google has a patent search? Yep. Perhaps your ancestor was granted a patent too. To search the patents on Google, click HERE.



    Thanks for reading!


    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved




    1 Runneals, Clark. "The True Republican, Illustrated Edition, of Marysville, and Marshall County, Kansas, 1890 - Compilation of Published Sources - MyHeritage." The True Republican, Illustrated Edition, of Marysville, and Marshall County, Kansas, 1890 - Compilation of Published Sources - MyHeritage. Ebenezer P. C. Webster, Page 21. Web. (Accessed 9 Apr. 2016)


    2 Runneals, Clark. "The True Republican, Illustrated Edition, of Marysville, and Marshall County, Kansas, 1890 - Compilation of Published Sources - MyHeritage." The True Republican, Illustrated Edition, of Marysville, and Marshall County, Kansas, 1890 - Compilation of Published Sources - MyHeritage. Ebenezer P. C. Webster, Page 42. Web. (Accessed 9 Apr. 2016)

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    In yesterday's post, Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster ~ Inventor of The Webster Dehorning Chute, I shared my excitement at discovering that my maternal 2nd great-grandfather was an inventor and was granted a patent.

    I realized later that I didn't include Ebenezer's full patent in my post. I included images of his invention, but not the actual patent. So, today I'd like to share Ebenezer's patent. I've also included a transcription of Ebenezer's patent in case it's difficult to read it in the images below.






    Transcription of Ebenezer's Patent

    Ebenezer P. C. Webster, Of Marysville, Kansas.


    Dehorning Apparatus.


    Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 425,478, dated April 15, 1890.

    Application filed May 22, 1888. Renewed August 21, 1889. Serial No. 321,457. (No Model.)


    To all whom it may concern:


    Be it known that I, EBENEZER P. C. WEBSTER, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of Marysville, in the county of Marshall and State of Kansas, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Dehorning Apparatus, of which the following is a specification.

                This invention relates to improvements in dehorning apparatus for holding cattle during the operation of dehorning them and to prevent them from injuring themselves by falling down after their heads have been tied up in position for the dehorning operation.

                The prime object of this invention is to have a chute for holding the animal not only against the possibility of falling or lying down, but also holding its head immovably in the most advantageous position for dehorning. Another object is to have the chute of such a character that animals of all sizes may be held thereby without alteration thereto and from which the animal may escape by walking out the front end after being dehorned instead of backing out, as has heretofore been necessary. A further object is to combine with such a chute a halter of peculiar form and a windlass, also attached to the chute, by means of which the animal’s head may be immovably held at an angle to its body and in the best position for the successful performance of the dehorning operation. I attain these objects by the devices illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which –

                Figure 1 represents a side elevation of a dehorning apparatus embodying my invention; Fig. 2, a perspective view thereof; Fig. 3, a front elevation, parts being broken away; Fig. 4, a transverse vertical section on the line 44 of Fig. 1, looking in the direction indicated by the arrows; and Fig. 5, a detail perspective of a part of one of the stanchions, showing my halter attached thereto.

                Similar letters of reference indicate the same parts in the several figures of the drawings.

                Referring by letter to the accompanying drawings, A indicates the upper cross-timbers, B the lower cross-timbers, and C the vertical standards, of my chute, there being preferably three of each of the cross-bars and six of the standards, each pair of cross-bars being united by a pair of standards and the entire frame connected and held together by means of longitudinal side timbers D, attached to the standards, and the floor-board E, attached to the lower cross-bars, so that the whole constitutes the stationary frame of my chute, having a generally rectangular shape; but I may here state that the frame of the chute may be constructed in any convenient manner so long as it forms a support for the operative parts thereof, the main object being to provide a strong and simple structure in which to drive and hold the cattle. This chute is permanently boarded up between the two rear standards on each side thereof, as shown at F, so as to form a closed passage leading to the movable side portions of the chute in which the cattle are held during the operation of dehorning. These movable portions or wings consist of two pairs of vertical bars G, pivoted at their lower ends, as shown at H, to the front pair of the lower cross-bars and connected by short longitudinal bars I and boarded up between them, as shown, so as to form close frames occupying the entire space between the front and middle pair of standards. Below the center or about the lower line of the body of an ordinary-sized animal these movable sides incline inwardly toward each other – that is, toward the center of the chute—leaving a narrower space between the sides at the bottom or level with the floor E than at the top, the boards of these movable sides being preferably laid vertical, so as to prevent the animals catching their feet in the cracks thereof.

                Journaled between the front and middle upper cross-bars, at the center of length thereof and extending longitudinally of the chute, is a shaft J, to which is secured, near the ends thereof, one end of ropes or cords K, the opposite ends of which are attached to the upper ends of the vertical bars G of the movable sides, while near one end of the shaft is mounted thereon a ratchet-wheel L, with which engages a spring-actuated pawl M, pivoted to a stationary portion of the frame, the forward end of said shaft being provided with radial spokes N, a pilot-wheel, crank-arm, or any other device by which said shaft may be rotated. By rotating this shaft the upper ends of the movable sides may be drawn toward each other, swinging on their pivots, as shown by dotted lines in Fig. 4 and in full lines in Fig. 2, and will be locked in any adjusted position by the spring-actuated pawl, which latter, however, may be disengaged and the parts returned to their normal position whenever it is desired to release the animal.

                At the forward end of the machine, between the front pair of cross-bars, extend vertical stanchions O P, the one O being fixed and the one P hinged or pivotally connected at the lower end thereof, as shown at Q, to the lower cross-bar or floor of the chute, while the upper end thereof projects into an oblong groove in the upper cross-bar, where it engages one end of a notched lever or latch-bar R, pivoted in said cross-bar, the outer end of which projects beyond the cross-bar within easy reach of the operator, so that it may be depressed and the opposite end elevated, so as to release the end of the said stanchion and permit it to swing down on its pivot. The said latch-lever is spring actuated, so that the notched end thereof has always a tendency to remain in engagement with the end of the stanchion when elevated, and the notches or teeth therein are so inclined as to permit the insertion of the stanchion without manipulating the lever, but which will lock the stanchion in any position to which it is moved after being engaged thereby. It is between these stanchions that the neck of the animal is held during the operation of dehorning, the adjustment to the necks of animals varying in thickness and its removal out of the path of the animal, so that the latter after being operated upon may pass out of the forward end of the chute instead of being backed out, as would otherwise be necessary, the said pivoted stanchion being preferably located in the center of the chute, while the fixed stanchion is located to one side thereof, and will therefore not interfere with the exit of the animal.

                On the fixed stanchion is sleeved a ring a, free to slide up and down thereon, to which is secured one end of my improved halter, which consists of a looped rope or strap b, both ends of which are attached to said ring, and are connected near the ends thereof by the cross-pieces c d, the looped end of said halter being passed around a loose vertical roller e, journaled to one of the forward standards and hooked over pins f or some projections upon a windlass g, journaled in a supplemental frame h, hinged to the said front standard, the journal of said windlass being provided at its outer end with a crank-handle I, by means of which the windlass is operated. This windlass is designed to be adjustable in its bearings, so as to operate on cattle of different heights, and for that reason the supplemental frame is provided at each side thereof with journal-plates j k therefor, the former being provided with a vertical series of sockets into which the end of the journal of the windlass projects, while the latter is provided with a corresponding series of half-bearings or hooks into which the opposite end of the journal may be inserted without the necessity of removing the crank-handle. The nose of the animal is inserted into the space l, between the ends of the loop b and the cross-piece c, while the cross-piece d lies across the brow of the animal below the horns, the loop end being then brought across the top of the animal’s head and caught on the hooks fupon the windlass, and the slack in the loop taken up thereby, so as to draw the animal’s head to one side and in a slightly-inclined position, as shown by the position of the halter in Fig. 2, in which position it is impossible for the animal to move its head, the windlass, ring, and the fixed stanchion serving to immovably hold him in the desired position. The supplemental frame, in which the windlass is journaled, is hinged to the standards in such manner that when not in use it may be folded back out of the way; but when thrown forward in position for use it will be as firmly held as if rigidly secured to the standard.

                In the practical use of my apparatus the animal is driven into the chute from the rear end thereof, while the adjustable sides are extended in their normal position and the hinged stanchion drawn to one side, so as to permit the passage of the animal’s head through the forward end of the apparatus, after which the stanchion is brought up into position and adjusted so as to fit the size of its neck and firmly locked in that position, after which, by means of the shaft J, the adjustable sides of the chute are brought together until they bear snugly against the sides of the animal, in which position they are likewise locked by the pawl and ratchet, as before described, after which the head of the animal is inserted into the halter and the looped end thereof attached to the windlass, when, by operating the latter, the animal’s head will be drawn to one side and in a slightly-inclined position and there firmly held during the dehorning operation.

                By the use of my chute not only is the animal prevented from injuring or in any manner interfering with the work of the operator, but it is so securely held in position that it cannot hurt itself by falling or being thrown down while its head is tied up in position for dehorning, which frequently happens with the old methods of securing the animal and generally results in the permanent injury, if not death, of the animal by breaking its leg or neck. In conclusion, I may state that this chute is of a size which may be readily placed upon the body of a wagon for transportation; or the bottom cross-bars may be provided with axles for mounting the structure upon wheels, from which it may be removed when in operation, while still another, but not so convenient, construction might be formed by mortising and bolting the joints in such manner as to make the parts readily detachable and what is commonly known as “knockdown frame.”

                Having described my invention, what I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is –

    1. In a dehorning apparatus, the open-ended chute and the adjustable sides thereof, in combination with a fixed vertical stanchion in the forward end thereof to one side of the center, an opposing movable stanchion pivoted at its lower end to the center of the forward end of the chute, a socket for the upper end of said stanchion, and a notched lever for locking said end in the socket, whereby after the dehorning operation the movable stanchion may fall and an animal be permitted to pass out through the forward end of the chute, substantially as described.

    2. In a dehorning apparatus, the open-ended chute and a pair of vertical stanchions at the forward end thereof, one of said stanchions being fixed and the other adjustable, in combination with a halter having a ring attached thereto and sliding upon the fixed stanchion, and a windlass, also secured to said chute to one side of the stanchions, upon which to wind the free end of said halter, whereby the animal’s head may be firmly held at an angle to its body, substantially as and for the purpose described.

    3. In a dehorning apparatus, the chute, the fixed stanchion O, and the adjustable hinged stanchion P in combination with the halter having the ring a, loop b, and cross-pieces c d, substantially as described.

    4. In a dehorning apparatus, the chute, the movable sides thereof pivoted at the lower  edges to the chute, a shaft journaled in said chute above and midway between said sides, cross-pieces connecting the upper edges of said movable sides and the shaft, a ratchet-wheel mounted on said shaft, and a spring-actuated pawl engaging said wheel, in combination with a pair of stanchions at the forward end of said chute, one of said stanchions being fixed and the other adjustable, a halter attached to and sliding upon the fixed stanchion, and a windlass, also secured to said chute to one side of the stanchion, upon which to wind the free end of said halter, substantially as described.

    5. In a dehorning apparatus, the chute, the hinged movable sides thereof, a shaft J, ropes K, connecting said sides and shaft, ratchet-wheel L upon the said shaft, pawl M, engaging said wheel, fixed stanchion O, an adjustable hinged stanchion P, and notched lever R, in combination with the halter having a ring a, sliding on a fixed stanchion, loop b, and cross-pieces c d, hinged frame h, adjustable windlass g, and journal-plates j k, and the roller e, secured to the chute-frame between said windlass and the stanchions, substantially as described.


                            EBENEZER P. C. WEBSTER.

    Witnesses:

                GEO. T. SMITH,

                W. A. CALDERHEAD.



    I definitely have more fascinating finds relating to Ebenezer's patent. I'll share those in future posts.

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved


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    Earlier this week, I shared the news that my 2nd great-grandfather, Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster, was an inventor and that he was granted a patent. If you missed that post, you can read it by clicking HERE. This was such an exciting find! Definitely worthy of a genealogy happy dance!

    As I did more research about my 2nd great-grandfather's patent, I found more interesting information related to his invention. One of the neat things I found was this advertisement. It was found in a couple different publications. The one I'm sharing today was found in The Advocate on the Chronicling America website.1


    Transcript of Advertisement
    THE GREAT WEBSTER DEHORNING MACHINE
    Patent Claims Allowed Dec. 10 and Oct. 14, 1888.
    The best invention in the world for catching and holding cattle to dehorn or brand. Write to E. P. C. WEBSTER, Marysville, Kansas, for his nicely illustrated Catalogue on dehorning, enclosing stamp. Agents wanted everywhere not occupied.

    It's just so amazing to find an advertisement for Ebenezer's invention. I wonder how many people purchased his dehorning machine.

    I have even more fascinating information about Ebenezer and his invention to share with you in upcoming posts.

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved



    1 "The Advocate. (Meriden, Kan.) 1889-1892, January 23, 1890, Image 10."News about Chronicling America RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.

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    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
    1. Let’s Have a Blog Party! AND Join the April 2016 Genealogy Blog Party! by Elizabeth O'Neal, author of Little Bytes of Life
    2. Create Your Own . . . Clip Art by Susan Petersen, author of LongLostRelatives.net
    3. Military Monday - A different kind of summer soldier by Brandt Gibson, author of Brandt’s Rants
    4. Tombstone Tuesday Tip: Transcribe On Site AND Using the Notes Section on FamilySearch by Devon Noel Lee, author of A Patient Genealogist
    5. The power of the deadline by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
    6. Did Your Ancestor Have a Pet? by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
    7. Millennials Share Their Favorite FamilySearch Tools for Preserving Family Memories by Greg McMurdie for FamilySearch Blog
    8. FAMILY CHARTMASTERS • 7 GENERATIONS. by True Lewis, author of Notes To Myself
    9. I’m afraid of public speaking by Genealogy Jen, author of Repurposed Genealogy
    10. The Chiropodist Couple by Joanne Cowden, author of Researching Relatives
    11. One of the Best Boys I have Ever Known by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
    12. Tuesday's Tip: They May Have Moved by Beth Gatlin, author of So Many Ancestors!
    13. I Wanted to Know More and I Found a lot from a Great Cemetery Database by Barbara Poole, author of Life From The Roots
    14. Creating a Memorial to Your Loved One – A Review of “Passed and Present” and Giveaway! by Diana Elder for Family Locket
    15. A Visit to an Alsatian Village by Melanie Frick, author of Homestead Genealogical Research
    16. Announcing the ISGS 2016 Ancestor Photo Contest by Illinois State Genealogical Society Blog
    17. How Endogamy Looks in Practice by Lara Diamond, author of Lara's Jewnealogy
    18. When You're Adopted, Which Ancestors Do You Choose? by Melyssa Webb, author of The Golden Age of Genealogy

    RootsTech 2016 ~

    This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview on GeneaBloggers.com

    New Blog Discoveries

    In Case You Missed Them….My Contribution to the Blogosphere Last Week

    Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
    Jana’s Place

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    The following is a press release from MyHeritage ~


    MyHeritage Community allows users to post requests for assistance with their family history research and receive help from the global 81-million-strong MyHeritage user community


    TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah, April 19, 2016 — MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, announced today the launch of MyHeritage Community, a new online Q&A hub that fosters family history research collaboration. MyHeritage Community is built as an image-oriented forum integrated into the website for users to help one another solve genealogical challenges, such as translating documents, deciphering handwritten letters, identifying unknown people in photos and searching for elusive ancestors.


    With more than 81 million users around the world registered on MyHeritage and 42 languages supported, MyHeritage Community is uniquely positioned to serve as a meeting place for people trying to solve genealogical mysteries, and other people willing to help them. Users looking for assistance can post requests in the MyHeritage Community to get expert genealogy advice or benefit from native language expertise and local geographic familiarity. For example: a user in the United States with roots in Germany can post an image of an ancestor’s handwritten letter written in Kurrent — old German handwriting — and ask for help deciphering it. Another user from Germany can then translate it and add first-hand information on the town from which the letter was posted.


    Volunteerism is an important value in the world of genealogy. Since the recent release of the MyHeritage Community, inspiring cases of users helping other users continue to surface. Examples include a user who posted a request for information on her relatives from a specific region in Italy and received pinpointed advice down to the address of the relevant office to contact; a user who asked for a translation of a church certificate from Portuguese to English and received a full translation and in-depth explanation of the purpose and origin of the document; plus many more.


    “My definition of a genealogist is someone who — after consuming most research directions for his/her own family — helps other people research their family tree, just because he/she loves it so much,” said MyHeritage founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet. “Many genealogists are generous with their time and knowledge, and eager to help others explore their family history. The new MyHeritage Community allows people to help each other, making our service even more useful and effective.”


    MyHeritage Community is free, and is accessible at www.myheritage.com/community.


    About MyHeritage



    MyHeritage is the world's fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground­breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. www.myheritage.com


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    In a previous post, I shared the exciting news that I found little Frans Gustaf Carlsson in a Sweden Household Examination Book. He was the son my 2nd great-granduncle and aunt, Carl Gustaf Carlsson and Anna Katarina Persdotter. I also mentioned in that post that I had also found a previously unknown to me daughter of Carl and Anna.

    Today I'd like to share information about this daughter. Her name was Alma Josefina Carlsson.

    I found her listed with her parents in this Sweden Household Examination Book from Lista, Sodermanland, Sweden for the years 1886 - 1890.1


    Sweden Household Examination Book - Lista AI 19, 1886 - 1890

    Here's a cropped view of the page.

    Left side of page:


    Right side of page:


    This document gives us so much information. It states that Alma Josefina's birth date was 8 April 1887 and she was born in Lista, Sodermanland, Sweden.

    Take a look at the line above Alma Josefina. Another sister named Alma is listed there - Alma Charlotta. Her name is crossed out, just like little Frans Gustaf Carlsson's name was crossed out in the document I shared in my previous post. This document states that Alma Charlotta was born on 23 December 1885 in Lista, Sodermanland, Sweden. It also states that she passed away on 2 October 1886 under the column "Dod."

    I already had Alma Charlotta in my database, but not her sister Alma Josefina. So, this was a wonderful discovery for me.

    I have found that it is very important to look through all of the years of the Sweden Household Examination Books for the families you are researching. They can contain a wealth of valuable information.

    I was able to find my 2nd great-granduncle and aunt, Carl Gustaf Carlsson and Anna Katarina Persdotter, and their family in several Sweden Household Examination Books. In another one, I found additional information about Alma Josefina. I'll share that in a future post.

    Thanks for reading!

    Jana

    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved




    1 "Sweden Household Examination Books, 1880 - 1920," database, MyHeritage, accessed 3 April 2016, Alma Josefina Carlsson in household of Carl Gustaf Carlsson, Lista, Sodermanlands, Sweden, citing line 9, page 95, Bjorsater under Soder Eka, Book Lista AI 19, 1886 - 1890, image provide by ArkivDigital.

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    NOTE: Fab Finds may be on hiatus next week. I’m in the midst of some rather large home improvement projects right now – tile and carpet installation, and fireplace remodel.

    We have already had the tile replaced in our entry hall, as well as tile installed on our brick fireplace. New carpet will be installed the first week of May. There’s a lot of preparation that goes along with carpet installation, including removing all books from bookcases, removing and packing away items from the curio cabinet, clearing things out of closets, etc.

    Also, we have a son who is getting married in June. Yay! I volunteered to make their wedding video. I’m in the process of gathering photos from digital files. I also still need to do a lot of scanning from photo albums for the video. Once that is finished, the happy couple will need to choose the photos they want in their video. I need to get my part of this project done soon so they have time to choose the photos in time for me to make the video. Whew!

    So, with all of this in mind, I may or may not be able to publish my weekly Fab Finds post next week. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
    1. Kids can be genealogy teachers by Jana Greenhalgh, author of The Genealogy Kids
    2. Finished Family Line Questioned...Part II by Amie Bowser Tennant, author of My Kith N Kin
    3. Is There A Difference Between a Death Notice, an Obituary Notice and a Burial Notice? by Dawn Kogutkiewicz, author of The Other Side of Scarlet
    4. Minnesota Death Records by Nichelle Barra, author of Copper Leaf Genealogy
    5. 10 Easy Mother’s Day Gifts Using Old Family Photos by Nicole Dyer, author of Family Locket
    6. Something in the House to Eat by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
    7. The Great Canadian Genealogy Summit by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
    8. The Importance of Recording Your History by Lori Samuelson, author of Genealogy At Heart
    9. EBAY SUCCESS – YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT I FOUND TODAY! by Linda Stufflebean, author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
    10. The benefits of being a packrat… by fhtess65, author of writing my past
    11. The GenBlogParty Has Started! by Elizabeth O'Neal, author of LITTLE BYTES OF LIFE
    12. AncestryDNA alert by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
    13. Moveable Feastdays in Norway by Martin Roe Eidhammer, author of Norwegian Genealogy and then some
    14. Success! Finding Wrongly Transcribed Names on Census Records AND Bandwagon: An Incredible Photo by Dana Leeds, author of The Enthusiastic Genealogist
    15. Family History: From Blog to Book by Lynn Palermo for MyCanvas Blog
    16. The Truth About Peanut Butter Cookies AND School Snack Picture: Family Collectibles Identified by Vera Marie Badertscher, author of Ancestors in Aprons
    17. Another interesting DNA dilemma by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
    18. RootsMapper by Amberly, author of The Genealogy Girl
    19. Mother's Day Infographic by Janet Hovorka, author of Zap the Grandma Gap


    RootsTech 2016 ~

    This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview on GeneaBloggers.com

    New Blog Discoveries

    In Case You Missed Them….My Contribution to the Blogosphere Last Week

    Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
    Jana’s Place

    Thanks for reading!

    Jana

    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster
    In a previous post, I shared the exciting discovery that my maternal 2nd great-grandfather, Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster, invented a dehorning chute. He was granted a patent for his invention on April 15, 1890.

    While doing a search for Ebenezer on Google, I was excited to find a paper that was written by him. It was published in the Report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture published in 1890.1

    This publication and Ebenezer's paper can be found in Google Books by clicking HERE. In this publication, Ebenezer's paper was introduced as follows:
    "The next subject to enlist attention was a paper from the veteran dehorner E. P. C. Webster, of Marysville, which paper will be found on the following page."
    The title of Ebenezer's paper was Should Dairy Cattle Be Dehorned?

    Here are screenshots of the paper. A transcription follows.

    Page 1

    Page 2

    Transcript of Ebenezer's Paper.


    Should Dairy Cattle Be Dehorned?

    By Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster


    Should dairy cattle be dehorned? Yes; why not? I suppose the subject of dehorning is at the present time receiving as much attention as any subject pertaining to our stock industry. I have no doubt there has been some bungling work done, and that there has been some very unfavorable reports circulated. But it is essentially true that those reports are either false or the fruits of imperfect work. Either the operator did not know where and how to cut, or he did not hold the subject in a proper manner to perform the operation. But I am thoroughly convinced that the loss reported from dehorning has been greatly overdrawn.

                It is hardly possible that an intelligent man at the present time needs any time or space to prove to him that dehorning pays; so I will speak mostly on the manner of performing the operation. I was very ignorant on the subject when I began to dehorn cattle. All I knew was that I wanted to rid my cattle of the miserable horns. I commenced as low as anyone, and have studies up and practiced, until today it is a wonder to me how I ever dehorned so many cattle under such unfavorable circumstances. But such seemed to be the necessities of the case, that I had to do it some way. As I always was very careful, I happened not to kill any animal up to this time, not out of 30,000. I consider that very remarkable—almost a miracle. I have found that experience and some knowledge of cow anatomy is a great help, and the more experience the better. Some good common sense will do no hurt.

                Before a man commences he should know what he wants to do, and how to do it, and the reasons why.

                I believe in specialists as applied to dehorning, the same as any other profession, on the principle that the more a man does in a certain line the more expert he becomes. And the more he as to do the better instruments and appliances he can afford to have.

                I cannot believe Mr. Haaff’s plan, “every man his own dehorner,” is conducive to the best results, for this reason, that if every man bought his book and studied and followed it, by the time he got his own cattle dehorned he would only then be a beginner. The consequence would be the cattle would all be dehorned by beginners, and in the nature of things, no one would be as well pleased in the end as though he had hired a specialist with all the improved appliances to come and do his work at ten cents per head. I take this ground, and here I stand firm on the principle that no man can strike it right every time without some practice. And then he must have some way to hold his subject, so that a good surgical operation can be performed, knowing first where to cut, then being able to do it as exact as a carpenter saws to the scribe, so that he may not only gain the maximum speed, but reduce the pain to the minimum. Mr. Haaff, the great originator, has told the people that the horns can be removed, and fought it through on that line. But how to do it practically and satisfactorily, has been left to your humble servant.

                He says, cut down at the matrix. I take exceptions right at this point. Cut the bone off at the matrix or above it, and there we are very liable to have trouble as a result. In the first place, a long, tedious sore, because the matrix, in trying to throw off a bony cap to cover the cavity, and the skin at the same time is trying to grow over it. And here an inflammation is set up by the contending forces of nature, which extends through nervous sympathy to all the adjoining structures. So, as a consequence, the animal’s jaws will be sore, the sides of its neck will be sore; in short, all the muscles to which the fifth pair of nerves ramify will be sore.

                But if the matrix be dissected out clean, there is no longer a cartilaginous ridge for the skin to raise up over. There is no attempt at bony growth, but the skin grows right over the wound in a healthy animal, at the rate of about an eighth of an inch daily, and heals over as smooth and with as little suppuration as any common wound, until the flesh meets and there is scarcely a scar left to mark the spot. Then in that case we have a perfectly symmetrical head instead of a broad, square-topped head with stubs on each side, which not only look ugly, but strengthen the skull and increase the tendency to butt a thing that otherwise never would be attempted. Another thing, cutting too far out results in excessive bleeding in some cases, because outside of the matrix the blood flows through bony channels and the saw does not stop them, but behind the matrix those blood vessels are in the flesh and the mangling tendency of the saw closes them. The saw should be so constructed that the horn can be taken off with the greatest ease and the fewest strokes; should be long enough to give a good natural-stroke motion to the arm. It should have a strong steel back, with handle set low, so that the cutting edge is on a line with the forearm, and wide enough between back and blade to allow it to curve out at the proper time, so as not to sever the vein that runs across the ear.

                As for its being cruel, I say if the animal is properly held and the operation properly done, it is humane in the highest sense. There are many painful operations inflicted on our animals that are vastly more severe than dehorning, but such are the customs and necessities that we don’t stop to ask whether or not they are painful. Dehorning will become as general as castration all over the world in time, and the people will become so used to muleys that horns won’t be fashionable and won’t look well. Then the cry of cruelty will have been forgotten. Painful or not, we should dehorn. Better hurt 20,000 cattle than to have one person killed. This reminds me that I dehorned a Jersey bull that had hooked a woman in the mouth, knocking out six front teeth and tearing her cheek open to the ear. Then there are other minor reasons for dehorning. (1) The saving of a vast amount of loss of stock. (2) The saving of time and space in handling and housing. (3) The great saving of feed.

                It has been said that dehorning would injure the milk and butter qualities of the cow and her progeny. That is something that has no foundation for argument. You might as well say that the dismemberment of a hoof or tail or an ear would affect the milk-producing functions. People ought to take a common sense view of such things. I can say that I have lived with dehorned cattle for four years, and I know that my cows never did do as well when they had horns as they have since dehorning.

                Here are the words of Mr. Huse, of Manhattan: “My cows are Shorthorns. If any differences, they give more milk than they did before. If I was milking a hundred cows I would dehorn them by all means. I consider dehorning a great kindness.”

                Mr. I. N. Coard, Pawnee City, Neb., says: “Dehorning did not injure my cows in the least. It is the kindest act that can be performed in cattle.”

                Clarence F. Hunt, Superintendent for the dairy department of the Windsor farm, Denver, Colorado, says: “Dehorning is here to stay. We milk now one hundred cows, consisting of full-blood Holsteins, Jerseys and Swiss, and grades of all breeds. Since dehorning they have done better than before.”

                Alden E. True, of Paxico, says: “Dehorning did not injure the milk qualities of my cows in the least; I think dehorning cannot interfere in that direction. I regard dehorning as a great benefit to cattle-raisers and dealers. It is a kind of work that has a right way to be done, and I am sorry to say that there are many cattle that show conclusively that there is a wrong way.”

                H. M. Kirkpatrick, Exchange, Kansas City, says: “I am greatly pleased with the results. It did not interfere in the least with the milk. Of mine, some were fresh, some were strippers, some within a few days of calving. Some were pure-bred Holsteins and Jerseys. Not one lost a calf or a feed. It is a satisfaction now to see them feeding together like so many sheep, none fearing former bosses.”

                Various gentlemen, well qualified to form an intelligent opinion, have expressed themselves in explicit terms, signifying that dehorning has not and cannot injure the milking qualities of milch cows, while many have reported a considerable improvement. Personally, I do not consider the horns as having any bearing on the question. In my opinion, the improvement came from the fact of the cows becoming more docile, in consequence of being dehorned.

                Governor Hoard’s theory on the nervous temperament is unsupported by any facts.
                The best age to dehorn cattle is from six months to a year old, and the time that I would advise is any time when there is no danger of being fly-blown. I never knew of cold weather producing any bad effect. Rich breeders who have specially fine herds may have good and valid reasons for not dehorning, and in that special domain I do not wish to be considered an aggressor.

    ***End of Paper***

    It really is fascinating to read something written by an ancestor. I wouldn't have known anything about Ebenezer's paper if I hadn't searched for his name on Google.

    So, here's a tip for my fellow genealogists: search for your ancestors on Google. Also, make sure to use name variations in your searches. Ebenezer was listed in this publication as E. P. C. Webster, not Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster. In a search using "Ebenezer P C Webster" this publication was not listed in the results. I'm not sure if this publication would have been listed in the search results if I hadn't searched for "E P C Webster."

    Here's another tip. Search in Google Books for your ancestors too. You never know what you may find.

    Thanks for reading!

    Jana

    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved



    1 Report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture. Topeka: Kansas Publishing House, 1890. E P C Webster, Page 47. Google Books. University of Michigan, 2008. Web. 27 Apr. 2016.

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    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
    1. Family History Blogging: Leaping into the Online World by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
    2. My Grandmother on the S.S. Nea Hellas by Carol Kostakos Petranek, author of Spartan Roots
    3. Five Keys to Leaving a Visual Legacy for Future Generations by Andrew and Rachel Niesen for FamilySearch Blog
    4. Century Old Chautauqua Friendship Comes Full Circle by Patricia Desmond Biallas, author of GeneaJourneys
    5. Using AncestryDNA as Research Guidance by Marian Pierre-Louis, author of Marian’s Roots & Rambles
    6. How to Preserve Family Photos AND How to Preserve Your Genealogy Research by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the Amy Johnson Crow Blog
    7. Learning About The Census by Emily Kowalski Schroeder, author of Growing Little Leaves
    8. Were You in the Newspaper and You Didn't Even Know It? by Dana Leeds, author of The Enthusiastic Genealogist
    9. Visiting Prussia for the Time-Traveling Genealogy Blog Party by Nancy Loe, author of Sassy Jane Genealogy
    10. 4 Easy Ways to Label Family Photos by Denise May Levenick for Ancestry Blog
    11. Protect Your Family Photos & A Giveaway! AND Top 10 Resources to Help Date Your Old Photographs by Lisa Lisson, author of Are You My Cousin?
    12. School+Genealogy: Our Civil War Ancestors by Melissa Corn Finlay, author of The Finlay Family
    13. Texas Land Records and Taxes by Christine Manczuk, author of Ancestry Island
    14. Stories and Leaves: A Ward Family History Tree by Devon Lee for Family Locket
    15. free family tree (free download) by Allison Kimball, author of simple inspiration


    RootsTech 2016 ~

    This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview on GeneaBloggers.com

    New Blog Discoveries

    In Case You Missed Them….My Contribution to the Blogosphere Last Week

    Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
    Jana’s Place

    Thanks for reading!

    Jana

    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    In February I received an email from Ancestry.com saying that there were possible record matches for people in my family tree. One especially caught my eye. It was a hint for my 2nd great-grandfather, Iver Iverson, who was born in Norway and immigrated to the United States in 1858. He was a US Civil War veteran and settled in Minnesota.


    This hint for Iver turned out to be a burial record listed in the church records of the Rolling Forks Lutheran Church in Glenwood, Pope, Minnesota. Rolling Forks Lutheran Church was previously known as the Chippewa Lutheran Church. The name was changed to Rolling Forks Lutheran Church in 1958, according to Minnesota Reflections

    TIP: If you have ancestors from Minnesota, check out Minnesota Reflections. It's part of the Minnesota Digital Library and contains thousands of images and documents. You can access the Minnesota Digital Library by clicking HERE. On the Minnesota Digital Library website, click on the Projects tab and you'll see Minnesota Reflections in the list.

    Here's a screenshot from Ancestry.com showing Iver Iverson listed in the church record.1 I also included a screenshot of the column headings, which are in Norwegian.



    This is a screenshot from Ancestry.com containing the information about this record.


    I created a Find A Grave memorial page for Iver in 2012. Iver's tombstone was photographed by Jim Olsen and was added to Iver's Find A Grave memorial page several years ago. I'm grateful to Mr. Olsen for the photo. To see Iver's memorial page, click HERE.

    Thanks for reading!

    Jana

    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved



    1 Ancestry.com. U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940 [database on-line]. Accessed 23 February 2016. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Iver Iverson, Page 428, Image 166. Original data: Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. ELCA, Birth, Marriage, Deaths. Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Chicago, Illinois.

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  • 05/07/16--15:15: Mother's Day 2016

  • Happy Mother's Day!

    This is a photo collage showing three generations of mothers in my family tree. I made it using PicMonkey.

    Left to Right:
    Top Row: Hilda Maria Carlsson, Esther Matus Villatoro, Willis Quillin
    Middle Row: Ingrid Anna Gillberg, My Mother
    Bottom Row: Anna Christopherson, Rosalia Rodrigues Vasques, Sarah Vasques Madeira

    My Paternal Side

    Grandmother: Ingrid Anna Gillberg.
    Great-grandmothers: Hilda Maria Carlsson and Anna Christopherson.

    My Maternal Side

    My mother: Elizabeth
    Grandmothers: Sarah Vasques Madeira, who died when my mom was a child. Willis Quillin, my step-grandmother, but the only maternal grandmother I knew and who for me was Grandma.

    I'm grateful for my mother, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers and I thank them for their love, sacrifice, and service.

    I'd like to share this wonderful Mother's Day video with you all. I hope you enjoy it.


    Thanks for stopping by!

    Jana

    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    In a previous post, I shared a tutorial about how to add sources using the FamilySearch Tree app. Today I'd like to show you some other neat features of this app. I'll take you on a little tour, if you will, specifically about the features while you're on the Person view of a specific ancestor.

    On the person view, there are different tabs across the top. See them? Details, Spouses, etc.

    Here's the Details view.



    The Spouses view shows Amanda's spouse as well as their marriage information and their children.



    Here's the Parents view.


    Here's the Sources view.



    The Photos view. I'm thankful to have this photo of Amanda.


    The Stories view. As you can see I haven't uploaded any stories about Amanda.


    I also don't have any audio listed for Amanda.


    The Charts view. You can download PDF charts from here. How cool is that?


    The last tab is the Ordinances tab which shows LDS Temple ordinances performed for that person.

    I hope you check out the FamilySearch Tree app. It really is wonderful.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Jana

    © 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    NOTE: There will not be a Fab Finds post next week due to family coming to visit. Fab Finds will resume on May 27, 2016. Thank you for your patience!

    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
    1. Family History and the Daffodil Principle AND How to Improve the FamilySearch Family Tree by Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard by Diana Elder, author of Family Locket
    2. Where the Common Feel Famous by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
    3. Genealogy for Millennials: 4 Reasons to Start Blogging Your Family History Today by Amie Bowser Tennant for RootsBid Blog
    4. FamilySearch for 8-year olds by Jana Greenhalgh, author of The Genealogy Kids
    5. Spreadsheet Magic - Importing Data From Ancestry.com by Mary Kircher Roddy, author of Searching For Stories
    6. Cousin Russ helps me share a new idea for Genealogy Collaboration by Becky Jamison, author of Grace and Glory
    7. Cite This For Me by Dick Eastman, author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
    8. Are In-person Genealogy Events Dead? AND 5 Unspoken Laws of Genealogy by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the Amy Johnson Crow Blog
    9. Searching for Ethel by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, author of Anxiously Engaged
    10. Family History Consultants: Inspiring Others in Family History by Nicole Dyer, author of Family Locket
    11. The First Time I Saw my Mother by Genealogy Jen, author of Repurposed Genealogy
    12. Ah the joy! by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
    13. Heirlooms and Hand Me Downs – Who Cares?! by Lori Samuelson, author of Genealogy At Heart
    14. Would you like to contribute to the Honor Roll Project for Memorial Day 2016? by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy
    15. Trello - another tool for Genealogy by Hilary Gadsby for Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genealogical Collaboration
    16. Sepia Saturday: All the News That's Fit to Print by Wendy Mathias, author of Jollett Etc.
    17. Family Bible Has Arrived! by Colleen G. Brown Pasquale, author of Leaves & Branches
    18. How to Take a Break From Your Genealogy Research by Laura, author of Almost Home
    19. Have You Ever Had a Genealogy “Duh Moment?” by Elizabeth O'Neal, author of Little Bytes of Life

    RootsTech 2016 ~
    NGS 2016 ~

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    Last week was pretty quiet here on my blog. As I mentioned in my previous Fab Finds post, we had family coming to visit. Well, they left on Sunday evening and so I'm pretty much back to my usual routine now.

    Maybe I shouldn't say "usual" routine because I'm also in the midst of wedding preparations. Our third-oldest son is getting married in June. So exciting! The wedding and reception is out-of-state, but we will be having a wedding open house here where we live.

    More exciting news: in addition to the upcoming wedding in June, we have another wedding to look forward to. Our youngest son is also engaged. He's getting married in September. Our family is growing, and it's all so wonderful!

    Last week our daughter and grandson stayed with us while our son-in-law was on a business trip. Our son-in-law also stayed with us before and after his trip. We had lots of fun together.  It was wonderful! I was able to spend a lot of time with our adorable grandson. During the week we went to the park, played with toys, read books, and just had a good time.

    Our daughter and I also spent time on wedding preparations, which I really appreciate. She is making the beautiful labels for the candy buffet and the cupcakes for the wedding open house in June.


    Our little grandson has me (Grandma) wrapped around his little finger. I mean, how can I say no to him when he says, "Up, up" while he reaches his cute little arms up to me? Of course I'm going to pick him up. Then when I do, he points to where he wants to go. We go to the pictures of family members and when he points to them, I tell him who they. We go to the curio cabinet and I name the various items inside. We go to the refrigerator because he wants to hold one or two of the pretty magnets there.


    He especially likes the magnet with the picture of Jesus Christ on it. When we ask him who He is, he says, "Jesus" in his cute little toddler voice.

    If you've been following our home improvement adventures on my personal blog, Jana's Place, you may remember that we recently had carpet installed throughout our home. In preparation for that, we had to remove everything from the floors of the closets, everything from the curio cabinet, and everything from bookcases. It was a pretty huge job. There were boxes and pieces of furniture in our garage, back patio, and even in our kitchen/dining room area.

    The carpet has been installed and we have unpacked quite a few of the boxes, but we aren't quite done unpacking yet. So, that's another thing to do around here in addition to the wedding preparations.

    I began writing this post yesterday up to this point. This morning we received news that my sweet mother-in-law, Jean Last, passed away. She had suffered from Alzheimer's/Dementia for many years. She was 90 years old. I will share a post about her in the near future. She was an exceptional woman.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Jana

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    Jean Last

    My dear mother-in-law, Jean Last, passed away yesterday morning.  She was 90 years old. She had suffered from Alzheimer's Dementia for many years.

    Before Alzheimer's Dementia took hold, my mother-in-law was a very well-read, sharp-minded and knowledgeable woman. She was a gospel scholar and taught early-morning seminary for a total of 30 years. Seminary is a gospel class taught to high school students. The course of study centers on the scriptures. She also taught the adult Sunday School class, called Gospel Doctrine, at church for many years as well.

    My mother-in-law was also very politically active. She even ran for congress twice!

    Jean was a brilliant woman. She was also kind and compassionate, and was a wonderful mother and mother-in-law.

    She is now free from her frail body. What a joyful reunion she must be having now with her husband, Charles, and other family members.

    Charles and Jean Last
    1969

    We love and miss you Mom Last! But, we know that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, death is not the end. We can all be together again someday.

    I'm so grateful that families can be together forever.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Jana

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