Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Too-Too Thursday - Checking Out the Kochs

Yesterday's Wedding post sent me on a search for more information on the Kochs and Kraemers. I've found a little, but not specifically what I was searching for. For instance, I was searching for a death notice for Caroline Schwartz Koch, and found her husband's death notice. There were two Caroline Kochs buried at the cemetery where Theodore, Caroline's husband is buried. One died in 1934 and the other in 1944. I've got Caroline on the 1930 census, but by 1940, her hubby is noted as widowed. I may have to go back and do a search of the newspaper by date to find her.

Likewise, while searching for her daughter, Gertrude Koch Kraemer, I found Gertrude's husband and one of her sisters. But no Gertrude and no idea when Gert died. I guess, I will just add these items to the to-do lists!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Koch and Kraemer

On May 27, 1915 in Lancaster, New York, Miss Mary Gertrude Koch married Mr. Joseph Kraemer. She was my second cousin once removed.


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Post Holiday Musings

The weather has been hot and humid here in mid-TN with lots of rain interspersed. Fortunately, Saturday evening was spectacular and we enjoyed dinner with younger daughter and her boys. Boys as in man and boy.

I didn't want to include the following into my Memorial Day tribute, but have to say that I am outraged with the way the Veteran's Administration is handling the lack of care being given to our veterans. This has been a long time problem, but the news lately is just so disgusting with the secret wait lists. If this is how we treat our veterans, those who put all on the line for us, what will happen to the rest of us? And how can those responsible live with themselves knowing that they could refer those patients to doctors in the private sector. Shame on them. There is just absolutely no excuse for this.

Rant over.

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Memorial Day

 The above list are those who passed. I would also like to thanks all the living veterans of past wars, conflicts, and just those who served their country, especially Kevin and my nephews Patrick and Steven.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Wendy & Rob

Today is the 21st wedding anniversary of DH's cousin Rob and his wife Wendy! Wishing you many, many more!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sympathy Saturday - Stella Mary Zalot

I can't believe it's been 21 years since my husband's beloved Tash died. She was his mother's sister and lived with his parents in the home where DH grew up. On the day she died, she was getting ready to go on a weekend trip. She'd been happier than she had been in years.

Both my daughters were close to their great aunt Stella Zalot. Younger daughter wrote what is included in today's post. Younger daughter was 10 at the time, and read it at Tash's funeral.

Aunt Tash.

The time has come to say goodbye to someone we all love. We'll treasure her forever, and never let her go.

The gentle way she took our hands, and said everything would be all right will sit in our hearts forever.

She always lent a helping hand, she always led the way. She's touched our hearts in so many ways, it's way too much to say.

My final words to her, wherever she is right now will never change, because, Aunt Tash, I love you!

On the day of her funeral, it took a few minutes to figure out what was wrong - her eternal smile was missing. No matter what was going on in her life, she always had a smile.

We miss you Tash!

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Friday, May 16, 2014

I Love Updates

Legacy Family Tree finally fixed one of the things that was really bugging me - the ability to tab from field to field in their source writer. Hooray! I've been waiting for this for a long time. Thanks Legacy Family Tree!

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Too-Too Thursday - Too Much Paper

My husband sent me on a quest today for notes I had taken during a webinar hosted by Legacy Family Tree and given by Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers and speaker extraordinaire. The topic was 7 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists. After sifting through all the layers, I found said note and gave to DH.

Really, there was way too much paper to search through.  And right now there is so much going on in our lives, its hard to focus.

So tonight, what did I do? Nothing with the paper, that's for sure. Instead I saved some images of California marriages.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Percival & Snow

On May 14, 1765 in Harwich, Massachusetts, Capt. John Percival married Miss Mary Snow. He was my second cousin 7 times removed. They are notable for being the parents of  Mad Jack Percival, the only commander of the USS Constitution - that's Old Ironsides to you - to sail her around the world, wreaking havoc!

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Engagement Tuesday - Mine!

DH and I got engaged 35 years ago today! At least that is what we think happened. His proposal was very round-about and I forgot to say yes!  

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Too-Too Thursday - Tangents

Yesterday's post was about the Eichinger-Schwartz marriage.  When I chose them, I noticed I did not have death dates for them. Neither appeared on the SSDI, but I finally found them on Find-a-Grave. That led to a death notice and obituary for him, but sadly not for her. Really, it mostly added paper to the pile.

I took care of those papers today. I also dispatched a couple of census records for a family in Kentucky. I also found two more census records for this family and they are about to be linked!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Schwartz & Eichinger

On May 7, 1902 in Lancaster, Erie, New York, Mr. Robert Eichinger and Miss Clara Katharina Schwartz were married. She was the daughter of August Schwartz and Mary Josephine Kibler, and was my second cousin, once removed.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

It Just Gets Worse

Oh my, I haven't worked on my family history this month at all. Well, maybe one sheet of paper. But the pile on my desk just gets worse and worse. I MUST sit down in here and really make a concerted effort to organize.

It gets worse when I read a tip somewhere and just have to try it out. Now I am working on a way to pull up all the divorced people in my database to make sure that their divorced status shows up on the screen. Hmmm. That may become a to-do list item.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Planning - Maybe

DH and I are in the process of planning a trip. Not sure where - we are still negotiating that - and not sure when. My idea of a trip is to Salt Lake City. DH doesn't like to fly. In fact, he is dead set against that. The thing is, I am not sure either of us is up to driving that far. So instead, we are tossing other ideas around. And of course, like a lot of men his age, he may change his mind. And maybe a shorter trip this year may lead to a longer road trip next year.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Freaked Out Friday - Those To-Do Lists

I am glad to say that DH and I have been chipping away at our to-do lists. Unfortunately, for me anyway, none of them are genealogy related. My attention span still is kind of short, so when I do get a chance to go in my office, I don't usually get much done. Yesterday, that included changing the calendar on my desk to May and doing some backups. I'm working on the pile-o-paper, one sheet at a time lately. I did manage to scan the photos that came with the Christmas cards and link them to the appropriate people in my database! That's progress!

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Where Did I Leave It?

It's been such a long time since I worked on anything, I am staring at a piece of paper and wondering what the heck - why is it on my desk. This is bad. It makes me afraid to delve further into my piles-o-paper. I so need to get organized again. I really hate the disorganization that has been my life the last few months.

Please share tips for what you do when you've been so long away from your desk that you don't know where to start!  Thanks!

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