Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Review of 2017

Sixteen of my twenty-eight posts for 2017 focused on the Watts house and the collections created from the major organization project that started in August 2016. There are still a few things that require finishing touches, but for the most part the work on the collections is finished. We are currently having the pictures digitized by the Columbia County Museum volunteer staff. Their staff has been very supportive of this project, offering time doing the inventories and then sharing materials in their collections. Patricia Oberndorf, who I met originally at a local Association of Professional Genealogists meeting and works at the Columbia County Museum, got me involved with the Scappoose Historical Society. We encouraged joint meetings of all the Historical Societies of Columbia County and they now meet on a quarterly basis. These meetings are very productive and we share what is going on with each society and within the county. Some societies from neighboring counties have also joined us. Next month we are meeting in Clatskanie, Oregon with lunch and a talk by someone from the Oregon State Archives.

In the coming year we hope to finish inventorying the few remaining items, review the thirty notebooks created, look for material to digitize and purchase the lateral, fire proof and water resistant file cabinet. That cabinet will hold all items that are irreplaceable and others unique to materials not found elsewhere. The County Museum will have copies of the items digitized and we will work together to create an online website where we can share our materials. Eventually we hope to have a computer and copier/scanner set up for local researchers to use. When this phase is completed we will focus on family histories of local families and creating tours of the city of Scappoose.

We were pleased to receive a generous donation from Senator Betsy Johnson for the purchase of the lateral file cabinet. I felt compelled to offer a gift in return. Two notebooks were created, one for each of her parents, with their genealogy printed from a database based on online information about the families. These were delivered to her this month. She is very generous in our community and we appreciate her support in many ways.

Recently we were visited at the Watts house by John Watts Clothier, his daughter, granddaughter and her child. They enjoyed a tour of the house and were pleased to find it well cared for. In the previous year John shared with me the family genealogy he planned to place online. Just before finding out they were coming I finally started comparing his information with the database created while going through all the materials in the house. This was finished just prior to their arrival and they received a copy of the list with additions and corrections. Then he was given a copy of the descendants list from the database and a flash drive with all the materials from the computer file for the family and the house. They were pleased with the materials and he made copies of the flash drive for the other family members.

Now that the month of Christmas Tours at the Watts house is wrapping up it feels like we have truly contributed to the Scappoose Historical Society this past year. One highlight for me was the visit of our local APG members for one of our APG meetings. They had a tour of the house and then we went to St. Helens, Oregon for lunch at the Klondike Restaurant. After lunch some went on a tour of the Columbia County Museum.

The APG meetings were set up locally for morning coffees by Leslie Lawson so we could share our work and interesting information to support one another. These have been one of the best benefits of being a member of APG. The President of APG joined with us by Skype at one meeting and we enjoyed visiting with her for a few minutes. Being a genealogist, especially one who works professionally, can be an isolating job. Being able to meet with like-minded people is instrumental in learning things that we can all benefit from.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

24 Days of Gratitude 2017

November 2017 Days of Gratitude
November 1 at 7:13am ·
Welcome November. What a great way to begin sharing my gratitude in posts for this month. Yesterday we had a great time with three of our children and our granddaughters. They had a great time walking our neighborhoods in Scappoose. David made gingerbread cookies and they decorated them. For dinner we had toasted cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Over 100 trick or treaters, small, large and in between. One dinosaur in the street must have been over six feet tall. During all this I was notified that I won a large collection of genealogy products from Genealogical Bargains through Thomas MacEntee. Needless to say I am grateful for all I am blessed with.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Blog Update

This morning I randomly looked at my blog gophergenealogy.blogspot.com and was shocked to find the following update. There were 50,000 in February 2015. In January 2017 there were 100,000. Will it make 150,000 by this January?
Pageviews all time history
137,541
United States 88587
Russia 10302
Germany 7068
Netherlands 5110
France 4498
Ukraine 3414
Canada 1156
United Kingdom 728
Poland 604
Turkey 596

Thank you to those who take the time to read my posts. It truly is a miracle that I am writing. The past couple of years have involved so many volunteer hours at the Watts House and in Columbia County, Oregon. I am speaking less and working more for clients. On Wednesdays I volunteer four hours at the local Family History Center. This week I am returning to Gladstone Family History Center to do two classes on research at familysearch.org in Spanish. We will see how I do with my rusty Spanish. It will be great to visit with so many genealogy friends. Please come if you are able, free and a free lunch. From 9-3. Information and syllabus available at http://milwaukiefamilyhistoryconference.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Watts House Collection - 31 Research Notebooks Available

 Watts House Collection - 31 Research Notebooks available at the Watts House

Watts Family
Watts, Nessly, Jacoby Family History
Blue notebook -
       Scappoose, Oregon Historical Sketches by J. G. Watts
       Watts/Price Store Ledger Book
       Cash Book, Ledger for Water Accounts July 1941-June 1942
       Journal Ledger for Water Accounts July 1942-June 1944
       SE Ledger for Water Accounts June 1945-February 1946
       Journal Record Taxes 1948-1949
Watts Family Encyclopedia by Van Watts
The Watts House copied from Columbia County Historical Society
Watts/Becker Scrapbook copied portions from Columbia County Historical Society
Watts (From Benjamin F. Watts) Overland Journal copied from Columbia County Historical Society
Francis H. Watts and his Family copied from Columbia County Historical Society
Dorris Watts and Scappoose History by Caroline Dorris copied from Columbia County Historical Society
Oregon Columbia County Records 1854-1958, Watts Deeds, Marriages, Records Index
Watts Land Records Government Land Office
William and Lena Burg Family History Research
J. P. West Family History Research
Scappoose, Oregon Information Notebook 1
Scappoose, Oregon Information Notebook 2
Columbia County, Oregon Information Notebook
U.S. Federal Census/State of Oregon/Columbia County
Oregon Centennial 1959 Governors, misc.
Oregon Centennial 1959 Recipes, etc.
Oregon Centennial 1959 Native Americans
Oregon Centennial 1959 Oregon Highlights
First Congregational Church of Scappoose, Oregon Books 1890-1984
Watts House Library Books Inventories: Scappoose Public Library, Watts House transferred books, Books at Watts house before transfer
Scappoose, Oregon Garden Club 1956-1972
Small Ledger Book probably from J. G. Watts, Level 1, Book 3, Cash Book
Scappoose, Oregon Important Documents (in tote)
Scappoose, Historical Society Board Information Notebook 1
Scappoose, Historical Society Board Information Notebook 2
Scappoose, Historical Society Board Information Notebook 3
Family Pictures and People in the Community (in tote)
Family Pictures and People in the Community (in tote)

Still to work on:
Four totes - 2 for Scappoose information, 1 for pictures and 1 for Scappoose Historical Society Board

Five flat totes - Pictures sorted and ready for scanning
Some of the notebooks are just printed copies while others contain items relevant to the topic.  

Monday, October 16, 2017

Some Book Serendipity at GFO Seminar

Saturday I attended the seminar in Milwaukie, Oregon at the Milwaukie Center, with CeCe Moore as the speaker, put on by the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. It was a fantastic program on DNA research. The speaker was so motivating in encouraging me in wanting to do more of this type of testing and discovering more about my ancestors. We had a wonderful lunch and enjoyed visiting with so many friends. Then I bought way too many books, but I am prepared for reading when I take breaks from working on the DNA results. Thank you to my friend Tricia Oberndorf from St. Helens for driving and helping me cart the books home.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Watts Books at the Watts House with Signatures of Family Members

Watts Books at the Watts House with Signatures of Family Members

Acres if Diamonds by Russell Herman Cornwell, John D. Moore & Co., published 1901, Philadelphia, singed in fire, J. G. Watts.

American Cookery, The Boston Cooking School Magazine, April 1934, Property of Mrs. Watts, Gardening Section.

Baxter’s Practicle Up to Date Receipt Book for Bakers, 1896/1922, signed by author, Mary A. Ewing.

Call Julii Caesaris – Commentarii by George Stuart AM, Eldredge & Brother, Philadelphia, 1863/1867, J. G. Watts March 1884.

English American Literature by Truman J. Backus, New York, 1881, donated by J. G. Watts, inscribed “a present to Rose by a friend.”

Fortieth Anniversary of the Statehood of Oregon by State of Oregon, W. F. Leek State Printer, Salem, Oregon, to J. G. Watts County Clerk 1898-1900 with picture.

Good Morals and Gentle Manneers by Alex M. Gaw AM, American Book Co., New York, 1873, Mrs. J. G. Watts.

History of the Great War Vol. 1-8, New York, 1916, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Henry Collier, June 24, 1941.

McGuffey’s High School Reader by Van Atnwarp, Bragg & Co., New York, 1889 to Mr. J. G. Watts when County Superintendent of Schools, 1891

New Normal Mental Arithmetic by Edward Brooks, Sower Potts & Co., Philadelphia, 1873, James G. Watts December 9, 1880.

Old Fashioned Roses by James Whitcomb Riley, Bobs-Merrill Co., Indianapolis, 1912, Mary A. Ewing 1940.

Oregon Native Son Historical Magazine, Native Son Publishing Co., October 1900, singed in fire, J. G. Watts.

The Harvard Classics, New York, 1909-1914, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Henry Collier June 24, 1941.

The Library of Universal Literature by Frank Crosby, New York, 1900, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Henry Collier, June 24, 1941.

The Life and Works of Washington Irving Vols. 1-2, by Pollard & Moss, New York, 1893, donated 1955 by H. E. Burns father of Archie Burns, who was a grandson of Wm. Watts, Scappoose, Oregon.

The Orthoepist by Alfred Ayres, D. Appleton & Co. New York, 1880/1888, J. G. Watts.


The Shakesperein Reader by John W. S. Hows, New York, 1881, signature and notes by J. G. Watts, PHS 1887.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Scappoose, Oregon Historical Sketches

Scappoose, Oregon Historical Sketches
Good History 25 names, BK No 1, Pioneers
Historical Sketches 1824 – 1940, J. G. Watts, 1940, Front page
Susannah Rice 437 NE Multnomah St. Portland
List Names for 1830, 1840, 1850