29 April 2011

The Story Teller

 I found this on a couple of different websites, but the link above actually has the author information at the bottom. I found it moving and inspiring.


 The Story Teller

My feelings are in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.
 
To me doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called as it were by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do.
 
In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud of us? How many times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.
 
It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who am I and why do I do the things I do?
 
It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh. It goes to doing something about it.
 
It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to what we are today.
 
It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up, their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.
 
It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do.
 
With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us.
 
So, as a scribe called I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.
 
That, is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.

27 April 2011

Wordless Wednesday - "That's My Great-Grandmother"

Arlene (Hetrick) Rienerth, ca 1946
I love looking at this photo. My daughter saw me looking at it and wanted to know who it was. I told her it was her great-grandmother. She wants to see it often now and says "That's my great-grandmother" in her 3 year old little voice. She wishes she could sleep over at her house... so do I.

© copyright Monica Palmer, 2011

26 April 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - William John Perry (1896-1964)

William John Perry (1896-1964)
 William John Perry was born 13 May 1896 in the Azores Islands, which are part of Portugal. According to the family story, he came to America when he was 12. He settled in Lompoc, California and opened Perry Auto Shop, which is still run by family today. He died on 19 Feb 1964 in Lompoc, California. He was predeceased by his wife, Lena, and infant daughter, Helen. His grave marker is located in the Catholic section of Lompoc, Evergreen Cemetery in the Perry family plot.

Source: Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery (Lompoc, Santa Barbara, California), William John Perry marker, Catholic Cemetery, Lot 257, Grave 10; personally read and photographed, 15 Sep 2008. 
© copyright Monica Palmer, 2011

25 April 2011

Motivation Monday - DearMYRTLE's March 2011 Organization Checklist

I have completed the next section of DearMYRTLE's Organization Series, 2011 March Organization Checklist! I have done almost everything on this segment of the Organization series, with the exception of joining a Second Life genealogy chat. I will be starting a class with National Institute of Genealogical Studies in May called Social Media for the Wise Genealogist and I've put any new experiences in social networking on hold so that I can experience them with the class.

I have been distracted from the tediousness of entering in the paperwork I have on hand into my genealogy program because it's, well... tedious. I really need to get back on track and this is my motivation this week. Since I am a stay at home mom and life does seem to interrupt my genealogy pursuits, I will focus on attacking the paperwork in small spurts and hopefully make some headway by the end of the week. I think I need to get working on that before moving on in DearMYRTLE's series.

So I will be hunkering down and trying to make a dent in the paperwork. Since entering some of this information that I had already looked at, I've already discovered some information I hadn't known before! Living proof of the "Go back and check your information from time to time" tip!! I am excited to find more and this is my inspiration! Wish me luck!

© copyright Monica Palmer, 2011

20 April 2011

Wordless Wednesday - The House That Grandpa Built

My great-grandfather, George Rienerth, was a brick mason and built and/or helped to build several of the houses on that side of the family, including his own. According to a family member (whom I also obtained this picture from) this house is a combination of stucco and brick. It was on McClurg Road in Boardman, Mahoning, Ohio. It is no longer there to my understanding.
McClurg Road

19 April 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Lena Perry (1902-1939)

Lena Ann Perry 1902-1939
Lena Ann (Lucas) Perry, born 18 Oct 1902 in San Luis Obispo, California to Frank & Emelia (Wages) Lucas. She married William John Perry ca 1922. She died 09 Aug 1939 due to childbirth. She is buried in Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery in Lompoc, California.

Source: Lompoc Evergreen Cemetery (Lompoc, Santa Barbara, California), Lena Ann Perry marker, Catholic Cemetery, Lot 257, Grave 9; personally read and photographed, 15 Sep 2008.

18 April 2011

Motivation Monday - DearMYRTLE Feb 2011 Organization Checklist

I finally completed all the tasks in DearMYRTLE's January 2011 Organization Checklist. I have to admit I am not completely sold on transferring all my files into Dropbox. I love Dropbox and it's capabilities, but there are several reasons why I do not want to transfer all of my stuff there.

  • I already have links in my Legacy program connected to where all my media is currently located. If I switched them all it would take a lot of work to go through my program and switch everything over. 
  • I don't want to pay for space on Dropbox. I have a hard enough time justifying the money I spend to my non-genealogist husband without adding to it. I don't think my multitudes of media will fit in the free 2 GB provided. 
  • I don't want some of my personal information in the "cloud." I have it on my hard drive and feel that it is safe on there. I am not convinced of the safety of my information on the "cloud." If I put some stuff in Dropbox and others on my hard drive it is then breaking all my information apart and I currently have it all under one parent file "Family History" (with plenty of subcategories). 
I do like the convenience of having some of that media available, so I am considering making copies of some of it and filing it in Dropbox, but I haven't made any final decisions yet due to the lack of determining which would be important enough to copy.

So I am moving on to February's Checklist. I have yet to participate in a Scanfest. Unfortunately, my alarm on my phone went off for yesterday's Scanfest during the movie Hop that I was watching with my daughter during our Girls Day Out. I don't regret missing it because it was time well spent with my little girl! So I will have to schedule for the next one and hopefully remember the day before instead of 10 minutes before it starts!

February's checklists consists of choosing a genealogy program, volunteer indexing, joining mail lists, getting started on photos, and continuing to work on the genealogy binders. As I read through the checklist, I've realized I've already done everything on this list! I actually have been in the process of categorizing, scanning and organizing my photos for some time now. It is as huge project because I have always been an avid photographer! I managed to check everything off the list in the 5-10 minutes it took me to read it!

I am doing my data entry differently than she is recommending it since I already had a system set up and will just continue to use that. So this week I will continue to work on getting those papers entered into my Legacy program and move on to the DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog: 2011 March Organization Checklist! I'm hoping to be completely caught up by the time she posts the May Checklist!

04 April 2011

Motivation Monday - DearMYRTLE's Jan 2011 Organization Checklist

I know this is April, but I just started frequenting Twitter and realized that DearMYRTLE has a checklist for getting yourself organized from a genealogy standpoint in the year 2011. I am a little late to the game, but I'm starting with the January 2011 Checklist so that I can go in order. Luckily, I've already done the majority of it, but the one thing I do have to change is my hard copy filing system.

When I started using Legacy I found this website with a filing plan that has a customized plan for Legacy as well as other genealogy programs. I started implementing it and it was effective enough. It used a numbering system based on marriages that were assigned to each family group. You would file all the paperwork for that family group under a tab with their marriage number. The only real issue I had with it was that there were A LOT of numbers! There was also a lot of dead space in my binders where I didn't have very much paperwork, if any, on certain family groups.

When reading DearMYRTLE's checklist, I loved her idea of having your genealogy binder read like a coffee table book. What sold me though, was her comment about someone else coming in on the scene and not understanding my system. I don't think my husband would be able to walk in and know that he had to look up each family in an index system to find their number and pull them all separately. And if I told him that, he'd probably walk right back out again! So I decided to switch to DearMYRTLE's plan so that it's more user friendly. I now have stacks of paper all over the floor to be sorted into the new system. Then I will be done with January and can move on to February's checklist!

03 April 2011

Sunday's Obituary - John Rohr (1845-1918)

The LaCrosse Chieftain, LaCrosse, Kansas; Thursday, March 21, 1918

John Rohr
John Rohr wa[s] born in Marienthal; Samareske Goperna, Russia, May 5, 1845. He came to America in 1877, locating at Topeka, Kansas. In 1878 he moved to Victoria, Ellis county, Kansas. In 1884 he moved to Liebenthal, Rush county, Kansas, which was his home when he died, March 14, 1918, at the age of seventy-two years, ten months and fourteen days.

He was married twice in Russia, his first wife died and he married his second wife in 1867. From this union there were ten children, four of whom survive him, two sons, Peter and John Rohr, and two daughters, Mrs. Mary Drehr and Mrs. Anna Linenberger. There are also a number of grandchildren.

Funeral services were held in the Liebenthal Catholic church by Father [there appears to be missing information here] 1918. He was buried in the Liebenthal cemetery. His wife passed away several years ago.

John Rohr was one of the pioneers of Rush county. He endured all the privations and hardships of pioneer days, with less complaint than the average man. He was an honest, hard working christian man.

Mr. Rohr was among the first Big Timber Germans with whom we became acquainted in the early days and we are pleased to state that we were always friends.

The funeral was well attended, many friends coming from neighboring towns.