Thursday, October 6, 2016

This is what has been keeping me busy for the last month.

This is what has been keeping me busy for the last month. These are posts from facebook.

August 28, 2016 ·
We are about half-way done with the first phase of sorting boxes of mixed documents, photos, etc. for the Scappoose Historical Society. We hope to finish it by the second week in September. We began on August 23, 2016. It is great to work with some very nice people. It helps me to get out and learn new things. Now I am also working on some family history research about the Watts family and their relatives. I always love a new challenge!

September 10, 2016·
Another busy week. I spent two days working at the Watts House for the Scappoose Historical Museum. We finished up the boxes (about twenty) and everything is now in tubs. The next step will be placing much of it in notebooks by type, dates and people. There are six tubs, two large, two medium and two small. There are also two small tubs downstairs that hold old newspapers. Yesterday I went with a friend to St. Helens for lunch, to visit the St. Helens Public Library and then to the Caples House in Columbia City. We had tea and then toured the historic buildings at the Caples House. What a great historic treasure. Today we went to the 25th anniversary celebration of the Genealogical Society of Washington County open house. It is so good for me to get out of the house and be around some wonderful people. We did an "ask the expert panel" and people had some great questions for us. Now I am tired and resting.

September 27 , 2016 ·
By the end of this week I will have spent 60 hours working at the Watts house in Scappoose, Oregon. In that time I have sorted through twenty boxes of stuff: pictures, documents, agendas, personal history pages, etc. We are down to six tubs. One for the Columbia County collection (one notebook), one for the Scappoose Historical Society Board collection (two notebooks), two for the Scappoose History collection (two notebooks), and the last two tubs with pictures of people, places and things. It has been a long process, but the results are incredible. Now they are preparing for the Christmas tours and soon I will take a break. It will be hard to stop the flow of energy that is taking place.

October 6, 2016
Today I worked at the Watts house historical museum and finished organizing the last tub. This was the Board agendas, minutes, letters, and many pages of documents. At this point there are three notebooks. One from the founding of the society in 1974 to 1999, one from 2000 to 2004 and one from 2005 to 2007. We gained another box on Saturday for records from 2013-2016 which we are going to put in a tub and go through after the holidays. There is a great deal of historical data with regards to the society, the city and local people. As might be noted there are no known records from 2007 to 2013. For the next couple of months I will work from home on building the family history of the people who lived in the Watts house or were their extended family and friends.

In the past weeks the family information was entered into a computer database. With the books sold by the society we found 182 people and 54 marriages. Today we are at 697 people and 233 marriages found within this collection.  

Saturday, June 25, 2016

DNA - Just what does that mean?

DNA, just what does that mean to you and how will it help you in understanding your family tree?
To me it is diagnosing possible family connections, negotiating the information provided, and applying that information to your compiled family tree.

Since the first of the year our family has participated in two autosomal tests through and then transferred the results to FTDNA to attain more possible matches. It has been exciting to find people we match to in our family connections, comparing the information provided and then applying the information to our compiled family tree. The tests are for my husband and myself and we hope to soon have the results for a third test. These tests provide ethnicity estimates and matches from all lines of our family tree. While we have no compiled family tree at or FTDNA, our family tree for those who are deceased is available at

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Verla Jean Zollman LeBlanc Rametes

My mother-in-law, Verla Jean Zollman LeBlanc Rametes, passed away a year ago. For almost thirty six years she was a powerful influence in my life. She demonstrated what it means to be tough and determined. It takes a super woman to raise five sons, who grew to become honorable men. She was patient, understanding and considerate of all. Many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren received a quilt at birth and other treasures throughout their lives. Having new babies in the family was a great occasion for Jean. Her life was filled with family, friends, church acquaintances, and fellow workers, etc. She had pluck and was not feint hearted when work was required of her. We loved watching her humming birds and the squirrels that came to visit. Her greatest wish was granted in that she lived out her life in her own home. Now she is off to her eternal home and no longer is bound by her earthly infirmities. We all look forward to receiving a warm hug from Jean when we see her again.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Celebrating Five Years of Blogging

After five years I believe writing a blog is one of the most rewarding aspects of doing family history and genealogy work. To celebrate here are some current statistics as of today, 24 April 2016.

Pageviews for all-time 67,406
Pageviews for today, April 24, 2016 - 72, last post February 28, 2016
Months with the most pageviews
April 2103 - 1764
March 2014 - 1747
January 2016 - 1503

Blog Archive, posts per year
2016 - 3
2015 - 12
2014 - 37
2013 - 56
2012 - 105
2011 - 80

Comments - 100

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Fascinating Connections through DNA

When my friend read about our recent AncestryDNA results, she mentioned how interesting it would be to see how many connections were made for someone who had well researched family tree. Being an adoptee, her research for her birth family has been a struggle. While my personal database still has much work to done on it, our online information at is the result of forty years of work. As mentioned in the last post our family tree database has not been placed on Now that we are finally jumping into the DNA tool for advanced genealogy and family tree work, there are very few copies of my work for our family posted online. Finding DNA connections is fascinating and many of the people matching our results are found in my personal database. Viewing their family trees present some very similar links, but some have been totally different than our known ancestors.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tasks to Be Done and Bucket List Accomplishments

Today is February 18, 2016, six weeks since my last post. One might wonder what I have been up to in all that time. Several genealogy tasks and bucket list items have been accomplished. The first major step was going through all the boxes of books and finding a place for them in our home. There are still five boxes holding books, but they are sorted and will move into the space that will come as I continue organizing our home. My mother had a huge collection of books and they were culled to those that had her name, a relative's name or a friend's name in them. Beyond those there were a few that out of curiosity will be read and then donated. Some books went to family members, friends and relatives. It feels so good to be past that task.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Genealogy Books and a Happy New Year

It has been two months since my last post. During that time my focus has been on genealogy books. Our local society, the Genealogical Forum of Oregon, had a book sale that was irresistible. The email announcement notifying of a sale of 50% off the list price certainly caught my attention. The accessible list of books in PDF format was 41 pages. When I finally got around to looking at the list I was up most of the night. Using a copy and paste system a list of 42 books, some multiple sets, was created as a word document.