Sunday, January 30, 2011

Similarities abound

January 30, 2011

I was transcribing this obituary for a web site, and I came upon several similarities to my life I thought I would jot them down.

The above is a link to an obit of a lady named Dorothy E. Premer. Dorothy and I have some similarities it seems.
1. We share a birthday: May 25 (not the same year)
2. We share a middle initial: E.
3. She was born in Wilcox; I had my first teaching job in Wilcox.
4. She was employed as a librarian in Bartley; I have wanted to be a librarian.
5. I grew up in Cambridge, so I know her sister and maybe a sister-in-law.
6. Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is the same one who did my dad's service (okay, it's the only one in town and Bartley doesn't have one that I know of)

I never met this lady but I think I would've liked her. Rest in peace.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Genealogy Fun

January 29, 2011

Thanks to Randy Seaver (geniemusings) for this idea. I like his Saturday fun ideas; I just don't always do them all.
1) What day of the week were you born? Tell us how you found out.

2) What has happened in recorded history on your birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.

3)  What famous people have been born on your birth date?  Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.

4)  Put your responses in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

1. 25 May 1973 was a Friday. I found out two ways. A few years ago my mom told me the doctor was leaving for Memorial day vacation and wasn't going until she had her baby (me). So Mom was induced on Friday and I was born, and the doctor could now take a nice long weekend. I also just verified by internet search.

2. On my birthday (1973) the U.S. launched the first Skylab crew. In 1961, President JFK sets goal of putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade. In 1986, Hands Across America, 6 million people hold hands from New York to California. 1977: Star Wars: A New Hope was released. I found all of these by internet search.

3. Several famous people share my birthday: Jessi Colter and Tom T. Hall from country music. I used to have a country music calendar with birthdays. Actors Mike Myers (of Shrek, etc.) is 10 years older than I am, and Sir Ian McKellen (of LOTR). Actresses Connie Selleca and Anne Heche, and also singer Lauryn Hill all share my birthday. None are the same age I am, Lauryn Hill would be the closest and she is 2 years younger.

Thanks for this idea. This was a fun history lesson brought to you by the internet.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday Night Genie Fun

Thanks to Randy Seaver ( for this one:
1) How old is one of your grandfathers now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an "ahnentafel"). Who is that person?

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook note or comment, or as a comment on this blog post.

5) If you do not have a person's name for your "roulette number" then spin the wheel again - pick a grandmother, or yourself, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children!

For me, my grandpa Alfred Jorgensen was born in May 1899, so he would be 111 years old if he was still alive. (My other grandpa Lester would be 99 years old if still alive.)
So 111 divided by 4 and rounded is 28. Person 28 in my TMG is Cole Allison.
1. Cole Allison is currently 10 years old.
2. Cole is my cousin's son.
3. Cole was the ring bearer in my wedding.
If I did person 25, that is a different cousin's son (surname still Allison).

This was rather fun, but I love math and genealogy. I think since I am younger than the average genealogist, maybe I should've gone another generation back, so I am not writing about a living person. However I don't think I said anything too much to give away too much identity to those people who like to steal that information.
Another note: Woohoo, my third post for January, so I have a bonus. If I get busy during a month, I will still be on schedule for posting.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Mystery (gravestone) Monday

Monday, January 3, 2011
I wasn't even going to blog today but I got to this gravestone that I can't read and I thought well I'll put it online for some other opinions.
I have a directory for this cemetery, so even if I get get some portions of it I can check the directory. However, the directory is incomplete and not always correct. I am correcting it as I go.
I think I can read Capt. and Lee, but not a whole lot else. I hate to rubbings, and it is mid-winter in Nebraska so there's little chance I'll get to do that any time soon anyway.
Please leave comments with your opinions. Thanks!
I can't figure out how to rotate that photo, so let me know and maybe I can reload one going the right direction, too.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Additional Goal for 2011

January 1, 2011
Happy New Year!

I thought of another goal I wanted to add, not that I'll get to it, but if I put it here I won't forget (or at least that's the plan).

11. Work on my husband's and my applications to SAR and DAR respectively.

Hope everyone is having a great first day of 2011. I am trying to start my genealogy goals today! Already did some on Findagrave and a few obit transcripts! SO much more to do!