Saturday, June 26, 2010

Remembering Terry ~

Terry William Bennett  
~   8 June 1965 ~ End of watch: 26 June 2003 ~

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Seven years ago today, Terry, our dear friend and my husbands partner on the SDPD Motorcycle Squad, was taken suddenly while on duty.   

Surviving: Terry's two young son's and his wife. Terry is missed deeply and will forever be remembered.

~ Rest in Peace "Tigger" ~

The wonderful thing about Tiggers.....Is Tiggers are wonderful things.....Their tops are made out of rubber.....The bottoms are made out of springs.....They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy.....Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun.....But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is.....I'm the only one.....The wonderful thing about Tiggers.....Is Tiggers are wonderful chaps.....They're loaded with vim and vigor.....They love to leap in your laps.....They're jumpy, bumpy, clumpy, thumpy.....Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun.....But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is.....I'm the only one.....Tiggers are cuddly fellows.....Tiggers are awfully sweet.....Everyone else is jealous..... That's why I repeat.....The wonderful thing about Tiggers.....Is Tiggers are wonderful things.....Grrrrrrrrrrrrr ! ! ! !
Terry's nickname was Tigger

Winnie the Pooh

Friday, June 25, 2010

Jamboree Memories 2010 ~ Saturday and Sunday's Events ~

My GeneaBlogger Flair ~

Saturday, June 12, 2010 ~

After a full nights sleep, we met Elyse of Elyse's Genealogy Blog, Cheryl Palmer of Heritage Happens, and A.C. Ivory of Finding My Ancestors for breakfast in the Daily Grill. We ate fairly quick as we had early classes.

Elyse needed to be over at the Bloggers Summit, Session One class by 9:30. Elyse was one of the speakers on the panel and our class started at 10:00 a.m.. What a great class, speakers were: Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers, Destination: Austin Family, High-Definition Genealogy,  Steve Danko of Steve's Genealogy Blog, Elyse Doerflinger of Elyse's Genealogy Blog, Miriam Midkiff of AnceStories and Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings.  This class was all about how to start a genealogy blog. 

Blogger Summit, Session Two started right after session one so we just stayed put.  This panel of speakers were: Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers, Destination Austin Family, High-Definition Genealogy,  Craig Manson of GeneaBlogie, Schelly Talalay Dardashti of Tracing the Tribe, Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems Podcast, Family Tree Magazine Podcasts, and Kathryn Doyle of the California Genealogy Society and Library.

Session Two covered how to keep your blog going, marketing, and how blogging is beneficial to your genealogy research and possibly being profitable. Both sessions had great speakers that we all have come to know. It was also fun having all of the geneabloggers in one place getting together.

Holly Hansen, Amy Coffin, FootnoteMaven (behind Amy)

Steve Danko and Becky Wiseman

After session two of the Blogger Summit, we all headed over for Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems Live Podcast, featuring interviews with Chris Haley, Maureen Taylor of The Photo Detective Blog and Suzanne Adams of Unfortunately, I had to leave about 15 minutes into the show. Steve and I had to be at a wedding in San Diego, returning to the Jamboree later that night. It was still a fun day at the Jamboree even though my day was cut a bit short there.

Photo held and owned by Gini Webb
A.C. Ivory of Find My Ancestor, Chery Palmer of Heritage Happens, Gini Webb of Ginisology, Miriam Midkiff of AnceStories, Ruth Himan of Genealogy is Ruthless Without Me (I am sorry, I don't know the person on the end's name), Barbara Renick...thank you Miriam! 

Sunday June 13th, 2010 ~

We got up early and headed for the "Bloggers Lounge". Instead of a full on breakfast we grabbed a muffin from the Coffee Bar right there in the lounge.

Cheryl, A.C. and myself headed for our first class: Timelines and Chronologies: Secrets of Genealogical Success, given by Geoff Rasmussen. I have to say, this was my favorite class and I learned quite a bit. Geoff really held a great lecture using the "Legacy" genealogy software (which we received a complimentary copy in our GeneaBlogger bags!!).  I really like how this program has such a great timeline feature and each event in a persons' life when entered, can be displayed chronologically.

Timelines can give you so much more info than say a family group sheet or pedigree chart can. Timelines are vital to our genealogy research. Geoff explains, "successful genealogy research largely depends on three factors: correct name, correct time period,  and the correct locality".

Elements of a Good Timeline
~ Year of the event
~ Event name
~ Locality, displayed in reverse order
~ Citation
~ Transcription of the document
~ Age of the individual at the time of the event

You are able to see if you have an age or date out of place. Legacy displays all potential incorrect localities and dates in your database...I am anxious to try it out.

Geoff also used AniMap, a software that displays maps of county boundaries for each state for all years for the United States and parts of Canada. AniMap will plot the locality on a map showing the jurisdictional boundaries of the time period.  The AniMap program is amazing. This program will also measure the distance between two localities, and will perform radius searches. When Geoff was showing us, I got the goosebumps and knew I had to have this program...right after the class...Cheryl, A.C. and I ran there and got in line to purchase AniMap and I am very happy I did, I know Cheryl and A.C. are too. I haven't had a chance to play with mine yet but very much looking forward to that too.

After class and buying AniMap, Cheryl, A.C. and I headed back over to the "Bloggers Lounge" where we found, Thomas, Amy, Holly, footnoteMaven, Miriam and many others. We sat and chatted and caught up on emails, blogging, Facebook, etc.. A.C. sat and helped me change my puter over to Google Chrome...thank you A.C., I love it. Took a little getting use to but I really do like it, much better than IE 8.

Amy Coffin, Holly Hansen, A.C. Ivory, (standing) Cheryl Palmer and Thomas MacEntee

Cheryl Palmer, FootnoteMaven, Gini Webb

FootnoteMaven taking a photo of someone!

After hanging out in the lounge until about 1:00 p.m., Steve and I said our goodbye's and headed for home. He works graveyard so he needed to get a few hours of sleep in before work.

I was sad to leave such great friends, old and new. We really had a great time, and I already look forward to next years Jamboree. If you haven't been able to attend the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, please try and make it next year, you won't be disappointed. Hope to see you there.

I want to thank Paula Hinkle and everyone who worked hard all year long to make the Jamboree a memorable event. Thank you to Thomas, Amy, Holly, Joan and Denise for our bloggers bag and all that you guys really took care of us.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Rest in Peace Nurse Shain

~ Edith Shain, the nurse in the famous V-J photo, passes away at 91 years old ~

Photo owned and held by Gini Webb ~ March 20th 2010 

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Not so Wordless ~

This statue proudly stands at the "Embarcadero" in our San Diego Harbor near the the "USS Midway".

When my brother and his wife came to visit me in March 2010, we strolled along the Embarcadero and took several photos of this statue.

This statue was created from the famous photo taken of the Sailor and Nurse on the 14th of August 1945 in New York's Time Square, celebrating the end of World War II.

The original photo was taken by: Alfred Eisenstaedt and featured in Life Magazine.  It wasn't until 1970 that the identity of the nurse was known.  Edith Shain wrote to the photographer saying she was the woman in the photo. You can read the full article here.   The sailor's identity is still unknown. Edith Shain according to the article passed away on Sunday June 20th, 2010. She was 91 years old.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Jamboree Memories 2010 ~ Arrival and Friday's Events

The Southern California Genealogy Society 2010 Jamboree was an incredible event. I met so many new bloggers and met up with many that I had met at last years Jamboree. I really hope those that were not able to make it this year can make it next year! It sure would be nice to have all geneabloggers together.  I already have the days marked on my calendar!

I haven't had a chance to post sooner, trying to get back into the swing of things and reality! My granddaughter is graduating fifth grade on Monday, June 21, 2010, there has been a school activity each day this last week, so this post is a little late coming.

Thursday afternoon/evening June 10th, 2010 ~

After getting settled in our room at the Burbank Marriott Hotel, I headed down to the "Bloggers Lounge" to meet Cheryl from Heritage Happens...we had met at last years Jamboree. We had a bite to eat together in the Daily Grill catching up on everything and sharing our plans for our next few days ahead.

Jamboree 2009 (don't have a photo of just us this year so I am using last years photo this year!) 
Gini Webb and Cheryl Palmer

After a bite to eat we met up with footnoteMaven creator of Shades of the Departed, Becky Wiseman of Kinexxions, Miriam from AnceStories, Randy Seaver and his wife Linda (Angel) of  Genea-Musings and Craig Manson of GeneaBlogie in the "Bloggers Lounge", Thomas from GeneaBloggers was just checking in. What a great time we had just sitting around and chatting with each other. It's actually much more fun doing that than classes!

Cheryl Palmer, footnoteMaven, Gini Webb
Jamboree 2010, bloggers lounge
Thursday evening

Linda "Angel" Seaver and Craig Manson of GeneaBlogie 
                Thursday evening - Jamboree 2010
Becky Wiseman and Cheryl Palmer                                                                Gini Webb and Becky Wiseman
Friday - Jamboree 2010

We were also able to pre-register for the Jamboree on Thursday evening to avoid the large line on Friday. That sure made it nice and we were able to just head straight for classes Friday morning. We got our name tags (pre-beads and ribbon) - (2 photos above taken on Friday), Syllabus and welcome bag. The bag was very nice to carry lots of stuff around in! I also brought my rolling backpack for my laptop, by the end of the Jamboree, I had stuff everywhere.

Friday June 11th, 2010 ~

Got up bright and early Friday morning...didn't sleep but a few hours! Our hotel neighbor (non Jamboree person) decided to get up at 3:30 a.m., put heels on, clop around relentlessly, and bang things all over the place until 6 a.m.. I wasn't going to let that get to me, nor lack of sleep was going to get in the way of a great Jamboree day!

Amy Coffin, Holly Hansen, A.C. Ivory, Cheryl Palmer, and Thoma MacEntee

Steve and I had breakfast in the Daily Grill (courtesy of Marriott Hotel due to our noisy neighbor). I then met up with Cheryl and the other bloggers in the "Blogger lounge" where we had the GeneaBloggers meet up. Thomas over at GeneaBloggers, Amy at We Tree, Denise from The Family Curator and Joan Miller of the Luxegen Genealogy and Family History blog created the wonderful GeneaBloggers bag with lots of goodies in it, all I can say is we were very lucky geneabloggers! Thank you Thomas, Amy, Denise and Joan for all you did for us! 

Cheryl and I headed over to have our photos and documents scanned by, what a wonderful job they did, they scanned each and every photo and document I had, and put it on this cute little thumbdrive, absolutely free of charge...thank you so much! I love it. thumbdrive holding all of my precious Haf photos and documents
Jamboree 2010

 After dropping our photos and documents off to, Cheryl and I did a bit of walking around the exhibit hall. We sat with Janet Hovorka from The Chart Chick and Generation Maps, with Janet's help, I was able to make my own pedigree chart using ChArtist. I love the program and plan to use it more often. The possibilities are endless and it's very user friendly. 

Then it was time to attend Lisa Louise Cooke's "What You Must Know To Save Your Research From Destruction" class.  I realized how important it is to have a "Genealogy Directive"...great class. You can download a free copy of the the Genealogy Directive by going to her site Genealogy Gems, after scrolling down, on the left hand side, click on Directive for OGS and print your own copy...thank you Lisa.

Directly after Lisa's class, I headed over to a class Thomas MacEntee was giving on "Google Docs". I learned quite a bit in this class but I really need to work with it and become familiar with all of the applications it has to offer. 

After class, Cheryl and I stopped by and picked up our photos and documents that were scanned for us. Several of the other bloggers were not attending the Chris Haley banquet that evening so we all went across the street to a Greek restaurant and had dinner. It was nice sitting around exchanging cards and chatting. After dinner we all ended up back at the bloggers lounge and hung out together for a bit...great way to end a pretty exciting day.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~


I had a wonderful surprise from Terri Kallio over at "The Ties That Bind". Terri was so kind to repair this old and dear photo of my Oma (grandmother) and my great grandmother, Margarete. Thank you so much Terri, you did a beautiful job and I am smiling ear to ear!

Here is the restored photo by Terri ~

As you can see, Terri removed what looked like a tear on my great grandmothers dress, starting at her neck and on down to the top of her arm. Looks wonderful! I love this photo.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday ~

Inspiration Lake
El Camino Memorial Park, San Diego, CA
May 31st, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2010 ~

I am excited to be heading out tomorrow morning (Thurs 10 June, 2010) for the 41st  Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree! This post "Jamboree: Getting Into the Spirit" on the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree blog, elevated my excitement even more! Paula Hinkle has done an amazing job, thank you Paula.

I did attend last year, it was the first genealogy related event I had ever been to and it was outstanding. I met so many geneabloggers that we usually connect with on-line normally.  I can tell you, they are all as wonderful in person as they are in the blogoshpere.

The geneablogger presence this year is going to be huge,  Thomas over at GeneaBloggers created a list of  "Who'll Be At #SCGS10 Jamboree". I am very much looking forward to meeting new bloggers and can't wait to see my blogging friends I met last year.

Left to Right: Randy Seaver at Genea-musings, Craig Manson at GeneaBlogie, Thomas MacEntee at GeneaBloggers, Jay Holladay, Elizabeth O'Neal at Little Bytes of Life, Amy Coffin at We Tree, footnoteMaven (behind me) of  FootnoteMaven and Shade of the Deaprted, The Ancestry Insider, Leland Meitzler.
Front: Kathryn Doyle CGSL/California Ancestors, Leslie Mehana, Elyse Doerflinger of Elyse's Genealogy Blog, Gini Webb at Ginisology (myself) and Cheryl Palmer of Heritage Happens.  Jamboree: Son of Blogger Summit 2009.     

Amy over at We Tree had a wonderful post "The Rock Star's Guide to Genealogy Conferences",  to getting organized and ready for the Jamboree, thank you Amy, your post really put things into perspective for me. I feel I am much more prepared, unlike last year! I created a spreadsheet listing the lectures and classes I intend to take and the vendors I want to visit this year. Last year I only had one full day, this year I will be attending all three days so I will get to do and see much more.  I know I won't miss seeing Janet Hovorka at Generation Maps and FootnoteMaven's "Shades of the Departed" will be featured on the "TwitterTron"!! It's going to be fun.

I am pretty much ready to go. I have my photos and documents ready for my 15 minutes of scanning with I signed up for. I am almost completely packed with the exception of last minute articles. My laptop will be packed up at the last minute. I am going to try and do some posting, however, there is no guarantee, I may be having too much fun and will leave the posting to when I get back! Camera battery is charged and ready for the many photos I intend to take. Hopefully, I haven't forgotten anything...I will be hitting Randy up over at Genea-Musings, for some of those M & M's, my favorite!

Looking forward to seeing you there...and the geneabloggers that are uable to attend this year will be very missed, you all will be with us in spirit.