30 June 2011

Learned alot at DearMYRTLE

With nearly 500 public followers, and perhaps many more anonymous followers, DearMYRTLE is a fun site for any genealogist to visit.

I really liked this particular post.

DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog: Finding the date of last Thursday and six other challenges

In the post, "Ol' Myrt" shared a new genealogical discovery that she made. Then she asked readers to leave a comment about six additional things that she should do after finding the obituary. I loved the true teacher in the blogger's heart. Instead of just telling us what she'll do next, she asked the readers to offer suggestions.

Kudos to those who left suggestions on what to do next. I didn't really have any good answer. I guess that's the 'still learning' in me. So, I also gained a lot of additional insight into what the next steps would be following an obituary find.

I'm so glad there are genealogist who not only share their information, but also teach. I hope I can find other posts like this to include on my blog for two reasons: a) in case someone else hasn't seen it and b) so I can remember the post.

28 June 2011

Tech Tuesday: Family History Scrapbook



In my post Plans for Family History, I touched briefly on my goals of presenting my family history research in a 'kid' friendly format. I recently created a 33 page heritage scrapbook with Penny as the focal point. I created a photo family tree, a time line, and descendent pages. I then included pages on her parents, and four grandparents. Then I included things about her life: birth, youth, sisterhood, twirling, high school photos, wedding, and married life.

I hope to share some more pages from the album. I'm really impressed with the turn out. I will note that I decided to print this out as the 'standard' 12x12 scrapbook size. I'll admit that it's cool that the book is so large. But, that's the problem. The book is so large. I can't find a good place to store it. It's a bit awkward to handle. I may someday try the 'new standard' of 8x8. However, I've been doing scrapbooking at the 8.5x11 size for many years and I'm most comfortable with that size. We'll see.

I used Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 to create my customized pages. I know there are many heritage album places (or scrapbook album) available for the novice scrapbooker. I don't like the rigidity of these services. I also don't like how they do not enough space for content. And a heritage album needs content!

Anyway, stay tuned for future postings from Penny's album.

Tech Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt from GeneaBloggers, the genealogy community's resource for blogging. It is used by many genealogy bloggers to help them tell stories of their ancestors.

22 June 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Robert and Adeline Zumstein




Robert Walter Zumstein and Adeline Snyder were married on 21 Aug 1894 on a farm near Smithville in Wellandport, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada. They are the parents of several children including my great grandfather Robert Victor Zumstein.


Adeline, the daughter of John Snyder and Caroline I. E. Lane, was born on 6 Jan 1870 in Smithville, Lincoln, Ontario.

Robert, the son of Heinrich Zumstein and Catherine Hendrick, was born 14 Aug 1868, Gainsborough, Lincoln, Ontario, Canada.

Sources available upon request.

Wedding Wednesday is a daily blogging prompt from GeneaBloggers, the genealogy community's resource for blogging. It is used by many genealogy bloggers to help them tell stories of their ancestors.

14 June 2011

Tech Tuesday: Family History Archive

Have you seen this? I can't believe the progress that genealogy has made since the digital era. I loved searching for my families on the Family History Archive site. In searching briefly for two family lines, I saw so many different family history files. There were some really great books. They gave me a tremendous insight into writing a family history book of my own. Other files were just a page or two. Perhaps they are a clue for someone, somewhere.

Anyway, it's another great resource if you need to find some histories on-line.


I attempted to find the Geiszlers and the Zumsteins and came up short. I used the surname search box and got no results returned. I tried a full text search (even though the site warned that I might get too many results). Well, the Zumsteins didn't result in much. I did find several Geiszlers in North Dakota. Unfortunately, I have yet to establish a connection with those Geiszlers yet. So, if I ever do find a connection to those Geiszlers, I know where I can find some great online resources!

I didn't attempt to search the Brown or Long lines. Something tells me that I'll really have to sift through a lot of items to see if anything pertains to my family.

Anyway, I didn't know this was available, so I'm sharing this link to remember it's there and to share with others who might know it exists. Happy hunting!

Tech Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt from GeneaBloggers, the genealogy community's resource for blogging. It is used by many genealogy bloggers to help them tell stories of their ancestors.

08 June 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Parents of Emily Stone Peak

This is Emily Jane Stone Peak's death certificate. After all of these years of citing it as the source of her death date, I finally looked at it again. Her parent's names and birth date are on the certificate as well as Emily's home address! It pays to look at these certificates again and again!

Wordless Wednesday is a daily blogging prompt from GeneaBloggers, the genealogy community's resource for blogging. It is used by many genealogy bloggers to help them tell stories of their ancestors.

07 June 2011

Tech Tuesday: Ohio Postcard Collection

My Geiszler and Brown family lines have been located in Ohio for at least 100 years. I came across this website Ohio Postcard Collection where you can see images from all across the state of Ohio. I love how the website has sorted the pictures by collection. The only thing missing is the approximate date the post cards were created or that the images depict. That would help me put everything into perspective a little better. Perhaps I'm missing the dates that are there. Nevertheless, I look forward to sharing this website with my mother, who was raised in Ohio, and seeing what memories she has of the various sites of her hometown.

So, I've been hoping to figure out what to do next after my survey of available research on Ancestry.com. I suppose this gem was at least one answer to my query.

Tech Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt from GeneaBloggers, the genealogy community's resource for blogging. It is used by many genealogy bloggers to help them tell stories of their ancestors.

03 June 2011

Follow Friday: Northern Kentucky Views

Bernie Spencer has created a wonderful website called Northern Kentucky Views with pictures and explanations galore of the various counties in Northern Kentucky. I was able to view historical pictures of Bellevue and Southgate both in Campbell County. I learned that Bellevue has several beaches along the Ohio River!

The website also has pictures from Boone, Bracken, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Mason, Owen, Pendleton, and Trimble counties.

If you're looking for some pictures to understand or enhance your Kentucky history, this is a wonderful place to visit!

Follow Friday is a daily blogging prompt from GeneaBloggers, the genealogy community's resource for blogging. It is used by many genealogy bloggers to help them tell stories of their ancestors.

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