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Grandma's Embroidered Kitchen Towels

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  I attended Thomas Jones' GRIP (Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh) class last week titled, "Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation." Normally the classes are held at La Roche University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but due to Covid the past 2 institutes have been virtual. The classes started at 9:30AM east coast time which meant 6:30AM west coast time. It was tough getting up each morning to be at my computer by 6:30AM. The course was how to write citations and the logic behind the process. This is an area I have really struggled with and needed to take this course. The beginning of the week the classes kicked my butt. There were sections that I literally struggled with. The homework each night focused on the different parts of the citation we learned during the day. Getting through all of the examples was difficult by the time my brain turned to mush and was telling me I needed to sleep. I would at least get through three or four of the exercises. As much as

June 21 – 27, 2021

JAUNTS  No jaunts this week due to GRIP (see below) VOLUNTEER WORK AND MEETINGS GRIP (Genealogical Institute of Pittsburg) – I was in GRIP all week. This year it was virtual again. It's normally held at La Roach College in Pittsburgh. I like the convenience of virtual but miss the camaraderie of attending in person, hopefully next year. This year's class I attended was, "Answering the Call of Uncle Sam: Research in Military Records" taught by Sandra Rumble and Jonathan Deiss who are excellent instructors. This covered wars in the 19th century meaning any war prior to WWI. We had lots of hands on exercises and documents to review. I have to say this was the best institute session I have attended. I hope I can put what I learned to practice. I have a few ancestors that I need to send for their CSMR (Compiled Service Military Record). I need to get on the ball! GRIP also offered free evening presentations. I attended three of the four: What’s New at the Family History Li

Week of June 14 – 20 2021

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FAMILY Our great niece Addison's 11th birthday was this week. We face timed with her and the rest of the family. I can't believe she is 11. Where did that little girl go? VOLUNTEER WORK AND MEETINGS Met with Adelle & Linda about RemCom. Linda is stepping back from committee but this was planned all a long. I will miss her input but can always contact her with questions.  Attended CGS webinar "Using the National Archives Website." Great handout with lots of links.  GRIP Welcome call was Sunday and I was able to attend even thought it was Father's Day. The call was only 30 minutes.  LISA  CALL Met with Lisa but for the life of me I can't remember what we talked about.  AMIGOS CALL (LISA, LINDA, STEWART) Same here. Can't remember what we talked about and that is really sad.  JAUNTS Spent Saturday afternoon with our neighbors Barbara and Noel. Barbara taught us how to make her incredible caesar salad dressing.  Adam took us to Page Mill Winery for Father&#

June 7, 2021 – June 13, 2021

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FAMILY Elton came over for BBQ on Sunday. He helped his Uncle BBQ and says he learned a lot. We love having him over and the three of us can talk for hours. We are so proud of him. VOLUNTEER WORK AND MEETINGS Hosted zoom class for CGS "Getting the Most Out of Fold3" with Anne Gillespie Mitchell.  LISA  CALL Lisa explained to me how to approve blog posts and how to answer in return. Discussed chapters 4-6 of Zotero for Genealogy. AMIGOS CALL (LISA, LINDA, STEWART) Meet with the Amigos even though we were staying at Jessie's Grove winery.  JAUNTS June 9 – 11 we took our first RV trip to Lodi. We stayed at a Harvest Host Winery, Jessie's Grove. We had a great time. It was windy but we didn't let that stop us. They have the original land grant framed on the wall of the tasting room which I thought was very cool. The winery cat, Ditto, adopted us and even came into the RV and made herself at home. She took numerous naps on one of the chairs. We tasted at 2 other winer

May 31 – June 6, 2021

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Family Tuesday June 1st was my step-son Adam's 39th birthday. He had a get together at Nido's in Oakland. There were about 10-12 of us. We enjoyed Mexican food and margaritas. It was fun meeting his girlfriend for the first time.  Garden The wildflower seeds I planted are starting to bloom. They are so pretty. The 3 flower photos below are from the wildflower seeds.  The green bean seeds I planted last week are starting to come up. I might try to can some this year.  Volunteer Work & Meeting Spent about 3 hours this weekend scheduling surveys for CGS upcoming classes. I still have 4 more for July to schedule.  I  hosted a CGS webinar Tuesday and met with a presenter for a future date I'm hosting this month.  Lisa Call Lisa spent the weekend pulling land records for one of her Lancaster ancestors. She shared the spreadsheet she put together.  Discussed ordering docs from NARA when they open again.  Talked about doing a round table for CGS.  Amigos Call   (Lisa, Linda, St

A Bit About My Grandfather's World War II Service

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This is an excerpt from a paper I have been working on for the past year and a half about my grandfather's World War II service. He served with L Company 406th Infantry Regiment 102nd Infantry Division. Growing up, I didn’t realize my grandfather served in World War II. My Uncle Jimmie Griffin started doing our family genealogy between 1970 and 1980. In the early 1990’s he passed his research onto me. At that time, I had no idea what I was doing but he had put together family group sheets for most of the family and gathered quite a bit of information. During this time of my life I was interested is discovering if I had any Civil War veterans in my family tree. I was able to confirm that my 3xgreat grandfather on my maternal side did serve in the Civil War. When I shared this information with my Uncle Jimmie, he then informed me about my grandfather’s World War II Service.  Uncle Jimmie stated he didn’t know much about Grandpa’s time in World War II because Grandpa said it was confi

May 24–30, 2021

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Family Had a zoom call with Ashlee and Behr. He is crawling now and so quick and into everything. He is too adorable. They will be moving back to California next month and can't wait. We are so excited!! She gave me their new address and I looked it up on Google maps while we were talking. I can't wait to see them.  Skylar called to let us know she and Jake are moving to Texas. She will finish her Vet Tech schooling out there. She wants to practice Equine vet medicine and feels she has a better chance of finding a job in Texas due to the amount of ranches there. The prison that Jake works at is closing and he wants to go into Law Enforcement. They both have researched this decision a lot and feel Texas is the place for them.  Lisa Call This week we decided to get into the program Zotero. We both ordered the book and downloaded the free software. We will read the first 3 chapters on the book and discuss when we meet next Monday.  Zotero for Genealogy: Harnessing the Power of You