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

Google Family Connect - 72
Networkblogs - 11

Most read post, Genealogy Serendipity Moments, May 13, 2011 - 1400 views

Dates of the current top ten posts viewed:
2011 - 3
2012 - 4
2013 - 1
2014 - 1
2015 - 1

Pages and views
Portland, Oregon World War II - 2390
Daniel Tidd Article - 1013
Calendar - 781
GFO Bulletin Articles - 743
Adril Gates Article - 662
Book Reviews - 631
Amos Tidd Family Article - 585
Lectures - 573
Book Wish List - 510
Ole A. Brown Article - 488

Traffic Sources -
Referring Sites
Google.com - 5882
gophergenealogy.blogspot.com - 2293
networkedblogs.com - 645
geneamusings.com - 363
facebook.com - 235
blogegon.com - 149

gopher genealogy - 61
aarpdiscount - 61

United States - 38074
Germany - 4533
France - 3407
Russia - 3330
Ukraine - 2946
Canada - 795
United Kingdom - 647
Lativa - 569
Turkey - 537
China - 428

By Browsers
Firefox - 21999 (33%)
Internet Explorer - 20303 (30%)
Chrome - 14549 (21%)
Safari - 5639 (8%)

Operating Systems
Windows - 50719 (75%)
McIntosh - 7334 (10%)
Linux - 3493 (5%)

The statistics make me feel that even though my writing has slowed to a crawl in the past year people keep viewing the past posts and pages on a regular basis. My goal for the coming year is to at least double the amount of articles. There is certainly plenty to write about, but sometimes life just gets complicated. Putting one's mind in the mood for writing is critical. Usually the hardest part is just getting started. The comments and followers have remained fairly limited, but steady. Almost all comments have been positive and usually with an interest about a particular family written about.

The most read post, Genealogy Serendipity Moments, May 13, 2011 - 1400 views, is one of my earliest written posts. Serendipity moments are also a focus of the blog in general.  The top viewed posts by years are fairly consistent and show that as time passes some of the older posts continue to be viewed.

The most read page, Portland, Oregon World War II - 2390 views, is one of my earliest articles written for the GFO Bulletin. It may be being used as a reference article for classroom instruction. The other nine pages have views of about 500-1000. Four of the pages are articles written about ancestral families. The others include the calendar of classes taught, a list of Bulletin articles written, a list of book reviews written, lectures information, and a book wish list.

Of the six referring sites, Google.com with 5882 hits and gophergenealogy.blogspot.com with 2293 hits are the most productive. The other four seem to occur due to a review of a blog posting. Any referrals are greatly appreciated. The Keywords for searches, gopher genealogy and aarpdiscount, both with 61 hits, are interesting. There is no known connection to aarpdiscount unless it was a brief mention of their discount for an ancestry.com subscription.

The audience portion of the statistic is very informative. The United States seems to be where the most viewers live. The four European countries seem consistent, but Canada and the United Kingdom are much smaller than expected. The last three countries come from areas where one might expect less viewers.

The different browsers and operating systems were somewhat surprising. With Windows at 75% and McIntosh at 10% it would seem to indicate what type of computer systems viewers are using. Handheld devises were minimal.

Statistics certainly do not drive the purpose of the blog, but they do give a writer an opportunity to review the impact of certain aspects of the blog. For me the love a writing continues to be putting into words the serendipity moments and results of researching family history. Thank you for being a part of that audience and for your support and encouragement.

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 familysearch.org is the result of forty years of work. As mentioned in the last post our family tree database has not been placed on ancestry.com. 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.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Thankful for Family History

Family History is significant to so many people. The three most recent projects to fill my time revealed wonderful connections. Two have Native American roots. Two also have history that occurred very near to our new to us home. It takes hours compiling a family history from online resources, and yet that is only the beginning of understanding those families. Viewing pedigree charts that show five generations of basic information we ponder about the families each of those couples represent. Generations pass away and the descendants represent even more families.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Celebrating Life and Family Reunions

Today is my mother's 82nd birthday and she has been gone for over two years. So much has happened in those two years that I am still trying to recover. This year we sold her home, bought a new to us home and are in the process of selling our home from before. Each step of the way there is always the thought that I should call my mother as she would enjoy knowing about the changes. My children say she already knows and is keeping track. This spring my mother-in-law passed away, so we adapt once more to having a loved in a better place. The older one becomes the shorter this life seems to be. While children, grandchildren and possibly great grandchildren seem to extend the joy we know, in the end we will all pass on to the better place.