Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Vaccine Recovery 2021


Vaccine Recovery 2021

Before I had the two Covid vaccine shots I worked hard to finish up projects and organize my office. The first shot was okay with some discomfort mostly to my hands and feet related to my neuropathy. The second shot has thrown me a curve ball. After two phone visits with my doctor I gave up and had an office visit. It turns out that my sciatica has been activated and generating a lot of pain. My hands and feet continue to be aggravated. Nine days of discomfort with lots of sympathy from the doctor. She ordered pain patches, rest and patience. Now I look around my office with little energy to consider doing much. Even the 677 page book on the History of Woburn is a challenge. The next 830 page book on The History of Lexington is not due to arrive for another month.  I am working very slowly on probate documents from 1696 and it is a struggle. Anyone want to give a try at transcribing it?

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Roots Tech 2021 Friday Day 2

For Day 2 I tried to listen to all of the Key Note speakers I missed the day before. There were 24 Key Note speakers and 8 Heritage Highlights which I saw only the second one. My favorite speaker was Sharon Leslie Morgan. Then I added to my Playlist for future viewing in the coming year. Of the 1,000+ sessions within eight different tracks there is quite a variety available. Some are a series of sessions. I choose 127 sessions, which means viewing two or three a week. They do vary in length. It is highly recommended that the overall list be examined prior to such an event. One thing about a virtual conference with so many new components is there is little time during the actual event for organizing. There were not really any structured breaks, so knowing the overall schedule one wants to follow is important. 

I spent a lot of time working in Relative Finder. What I loved about the Relative Finder was finding that I match with Pat Richley-Erickson , Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, David E. Rencher, Thomas MacEntee, Judy G. Russell, Karen Stanbary, CG, Thomas Jay Kemp, Tom Jones, Randy (CA),  Ce Ce Moore and over 46,000 others of the one million plus who attended this historic conference. Surely one of the miracles of this pandemic. This group all connect with me and the Tidd family. Another large group of matches are eleven for the Rounds and Strong families. Many of us hope this feature is available in the future!

Roots Tech 2021 Saturday Day 3

It was certainly a great conference. The last session with Elder and Sister Holland was the best. What a sweet couple and their special family. The entire conference was wonderful. From the Main Stage to the Song Contest excitement filled this experience. There were 1500 songs submitted and one could view the musicians and participate in voting. The Graphics, the staging for the interviews, great transitioning were all key to the flow of the conference. The total number of registrants was over one million and from 226 countries. Be sure to check out the Expo Hall, Discovery and Activity Pages. The Guide Me section is extremely helpful and if you have questions use the Help button.  

To the coordinators and everyone who worked so hard at creating this first class experience, Thank you so very much!


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Roots Tech Wednesday 24 February 2021

Roots Tech Wednesday 24 February 2021 and Thursday 25 February 2021

Just spent two hours at Roots Tech and did not even get to the exhibit hall! The first keynote speaker was great, but there were Internet difficulties with reception problems. Then I moved on to the view some of the pages. On the first page it shows there are 501,203 participants and a map of the 226 places they are globally from. In the Connections portion there are 267,803 people with a total of 55,838,115 matches having been made. There is a map showing where matches are concentrated. The best surprise was when my youngest daughter showed up as my closest match. I have a total of 300 matches, one close relative, two 3rd cousins, twelve 4th cousins, some 5th cousins and the rest 6th and beyond. There is a map showing all of them being from the United States. Then I just kind of looked over the website and took a tour of the Family History Library to see how things have changed there. I will try later to view the keynote speaker. My final stop was the Song Contest where I listened to twelve artists in three categories perform their songs. They are very talented. I look forward to seeing who the winner is. I submitted three, one for each category. Now to get some rest so I will be ready for a full day tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Post 400 - Organization a Lifetime Project

 Organization is a lifetime project requiring timely updates! The gophers have been very helpful. I have accomplished a lot in the past year.

In the lateral files are all of my personal family history notebooks. There are 15 totes in total. There are 5 boxes from my mother's estate. They are all sorted and labeled. The totes include 4 of my mother's, 2 of her mother's, 1 for the Tidd family, 1 for all of my other ancestors, 1 for the Watt's family, 1 for the Strong family books, 1 for clients, 1 for office decorations. There are 3 for miscellaneous things of mine. There are also six boxes of miscellaneous stuff from other ancestors. After working intently on the Tidd family book this past year I need to go through that tote and sort all of the materials for them, of which there are a few research notebooks as well as the main family notebook. Its a long and winding road. What Covid-19 has taught me is that being at home is a very good thing as long as I get out occasionally. Going down memory lane can be very therapeutic.

This is post 400. This year celebrating ten years of writing on gophergenealogy.blogspot.com

Susan Waters The gophers are the two stuffed animals sitting on my printer. They encourage me, motivate me, and like to travel when that is an option. Many genealogists have such able staff in their home offices.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Record Setting Celebrations

 It really was a record setting day for me. This week should be a record setting week. Counting down for views on my blog gophergenealogy.blogspot.com. It will be ten years in April and it is amazing to say we are at 199316 views as of this morning. Only need 684 to go!!!

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This week is record setting for me in doing genealogy work. My six week community school class is finished. Got great news from Poland for a client. Provided back up PAF for friends visiting from Utah. Put a wrap on the next issue of the Bulletin for GFO as the current issue editor. Lunch out with our group that inlcudes a Catholic, a Quaker and a Mormon, acutally discussing religion and research being done for one of their families. A quick trip to another friend's home to exchange genealogy books and materials. The newly organized office is wonderful to work in as I pursue more projects. And this is only Tuesday!

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Organizing Family Collections 2021

 I just had a 2016 post show up in my feed. It is just six months after our move and it lists my projects that need to be worked on. Here is what I have accomplished and what I have yet to do. This year I made more headway than in all the other four years before that combined. Something about staying home and having hours to work on these tasks. Looking forward to accomplishing the rest soon!

Projects Completed:
2'X2' stack of papers from multiple ancestral families sorted
resulted in four totes: our ancestors research, Tidd family research, Client research and Watts family research.
Fifteen boxes of children's school work and other items sorted
Ten totes of my mother's things sorted
Postcard collections sorted and put into notebooks
Forty albums of my mother's pictures condensed into ten albums and shared with siblings

Projects to complete:
Five boxes of children's school work and other items sorted
Five boxes of my mother's things to sort
Eight boxes of family keepsakes to sort
Five boxes of family pictures from 1992 to sort and put into albums
Ten picture albums to be redone from magnetic albums

Writing the annual family newsletter

We will see where I am by the end of 2021.

Oregon Research Resources


Oregon Research Resources


Oregon History Timeline



Oregon State Archives



Oregon State Archives – Oregon Historical Records Index



Oregon State Archives – Early Oregonian Search



Oregon-California Trail Association



OCTA Paper Trail



Oregon State Genealogy-Government Resources



Oregon Historical Society – Research and Library



The Oregon Encyclopedia – Oregon Historical Society






Familysearch.org - Oregon, United States Genealogy, Migration Routes, online catalog




Genealogical Forum of Oregon – online catalog



Oregon History and Genealogy



Oregon Genealogical Society



Oregon State Library



University of Oregon Knight Library


Cyndi’s List United States – Oregon



Legends of America



Champoeg Meetings



Oregon Trail



Oregon Trail Historic Routes



Hawaiian passenger lists



Jason Lee, Protestant Christian Minister for Methodist Episcopal Church


St. Paul Mission Historical Society, collections of digitized records




The Early History of the Catholic Church in Oregon by Msgr. Patrick S. Brennan



Catholic Sentinel Archives



Catholic Church records of the Pacific Northwest: compiled by Harriet Duncan Munnick



George Brown French Prarie Historian, donated his collection to GFO



Msgr. Wilfred P. Schoenberg – The Historian of the Catholic Church in the Oregon Country



Catholic Pioneers of the Oregon Country



Oregon Catholic Historical Society



The Oregon Indian reservations have websites that include some historical info:

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde - Grand Ronde Tribal History Curriculum





Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation



Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs



Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians



Cultural areas of pre-Columbian North America [Alfred Kroeber]








Thank you to Gerry and Connie Lenzen for many of the links to Catholic and the Oregon Indian Reservation information.