Wednesday, July 30, 2014

52 Ancestors: #30 ~ Great-Grandpa Christopher

This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.

Christopher Iverson
Christopher Iverson

I don't know a whole lot about my paternal great-grandfather, Christopher Iverson. Yes, I know the basics, like birth and death dates and places. And I know the name of his wife and the names of his children, one of whom was my grandfather, Arthur Harry Iverson. I shared this information in July of 2013, so I won't repeat those details in this post. If you'd like to read that post, please click HERE.

I'm thankful to have the information that I do have about great-grandpa Christopher. But, what was he like? What did he like to do? Did he play any musical instruments? Did he like to sing? What was his favorite food? What did he do in his spare time?

Christopher was the son of a Civil War veteran. His father,
Iver Iverson, emigrated from Norway in April of 1858. Iver had a brother named Christopher. Was my great-grandfather named after his father's brother?

Christopher lived his whole life in Minnesota. The image below shows the places Christopher lived during his life. I was able to track him through federal and state census records beginning with the 1870 census and ending with the 1920 census. Christopher was born in 1868 and died in 1925. The numbers on the map show the order in which Christopher moved to and lived in these various locations in Minnesota during his life.


Google Map Showing Where Christopher Iverson Lived During His Life

Census records are valuable resources for many reasons, one of which is that they can tell us what our ancestors' occupations were. It turns out that Christopher was listed as a carpenter in the 1900, 1910, and 1920 census records. And the 1910 and 1920 census records specified what kind of carpenter he was. He was listed in those censuses as a house carpenter.

What was it like being a carpenter in Minnesota in the early 1900s? Did Christopher like his job? Or was it something he just did to provide for his family? Why did he decide to be a carpenter? His father was a farmer. Why didn't Christopher become a farmer too?

Interestingly, Christopher's older brother, Edward, followed in their father's footsteps and became a farmer. But, Christopher's younger brother, Oscar, became a carpenter.

I'll be introducing you to Christopher's brothers, Edward and Oscar, in future posts.

I may not know everything I'd like to know about my great-grandpa Christopher at this time, but I'm grateful for what I do know about him.

Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved


Sources:

"United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M9Q9-Q42 : accessed 25 Jul 2014), Cristoffer Iverson, Benson village, Swift, Minnesota, United States; citing sheet 7B, family 124, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240793.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Torning, Swift, Minnesota; Roll: T624_716; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0169; FHL microfilm: 1374729.

"United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWY1-W8P : accessed 25 Jul 2014), Christ Iverson, Mound, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing sheet 4B, family 90, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1820839.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Press Release: WikiChicks Genealogy News Network Officially Launches


I received the following press release and thought I'd share it with my wonderful readers.

WIKICHICKS GENEALOGY NEWS NETWORK OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES 
The WikiChicks Genealogy News Network (WikiChicks GNN), an engaging genealogical news service, has officially launched. “WikiChicks GNN is a new way for genealogists to stay informed of current industry news and relevant stories. By using social media tools we can provide information in a way that allows folks the ability to both read and share it easily with others” said Tami Osmer Glatz, co-founder of the group. “What I like about this concept is that it is a great example of how genealogists can come together, collaborate and make great things happen!” said Eowyn Langholf, co-founder. WikiChicks is different from existing community news services in that it is accessible through many platforms, and news is shared throughout the day, with evening digests of the day’s events created as a single blog posting.

WikiChicks’ goal is to share information of interest to genealogists daily via popular social media sources, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flipboard, and Storify.

WickiChicks’ postings combine aggregate information with new content. For those who don’t spend all day perusing social media sites, the team publishes the “Whaddya Miss” posting every weekday evening on the WikiChicks Genealogy News Network blog ,  www.WikiChicks.wiki. This segment includes all the day’s shared links and stories in one place.

Additionally, the WikiChicks team shares regular weekly columns on the WikiChicks.wiki blog,  such as Monday’s Muse, a collection of interesting genealogical tips, tricks and stories to motivate you for the week ahead; Tuesday’s ChickTips, featuring websites and resources helpful for research; Wednesday’s Spotlight, sharing personal stories and information about folk’s genealogical journeys; Thursdays Tweets, a collection of the week’s interesting and informative “don’t miss” comments from various genealogists on Twitter; and Friday’s Weekend Warmup, a recount of a few select news stories to get readers “warmed up” and ready to research over the weekend.

The website, www.WikiChicks.wiki, includes the blog, as well as an all-inclusive genealogy calendar of events, searchable by state or event type, such as conferences, webinars, etc.

Who are the WikiChicks?
The WickiChicks began as Eowyn Langholf and Tami Osmer Glatz.  The two met as team members for the collaborative family tree website, WikiTree, where Eowyn is the Forest Elf and Social Media Manager, and Tami is the Playground Manager & Courtesy Counselor (aka Community Assistant).

Tami’s contributions to the genealogy community have included the free Relatively Curious Internet Genealogy Toolbar, and presentations and classes on using the Internet for research while maintaining professional-level genealogical standards and practices.  Eowyn is smart, funny, wonderful, wildly successful working for a major published author & celebrity, and single. She recounts “Tami and I were manning the WikiTree booth at RootsTech, modeling our fashionably orange WikiTree shirts when Genea-Musings blogger Randy Seaver stopped by for a chat.  He took one look at us and said ‘You two must be the WikiChicks.’  We give him credit for the name and now refer to him affectionately as ‘Uncle Randy’”. 

Eowyn and Tami are pleased to announce the latest  contributor  to WikiChicks, author and researcher Gena Philibert-Ortega.  “Gena has been a part of so many aspects of the genealogy community, from her articles for WorldVitalRecords, to her being the genial hostess of the Genealogy-Wise online forums, to her behind-the-scenes research for Genealogy Roadshow, and so much more. Her breadth of knowledge is going to be a huge asset.”

About WikiChicks
The WikiChicks Genealogy News Network (WickiChicks GNN) is a free service that  provides social media posts to help educate and inform genealogists and family historians about news, events and research tips.  The WikiChicks’ GNN team share information of interest to genealogists daily via popular social media sources, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flipboard, and Storify.

To have your society or group’s events included on the Calendar, or to share  news and press releases, please email  info@wikichicks.wiki. To learn more about WickiChicks see their website at www.WikiChicks.wiki.

Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, July 25, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for July 25, 2014


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Kansas Civil War Soldiers Records by Beth Foulk, author of Genealogy Decoded
  2. New website you might like by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
  3. Curing Syphillis: Camp Garraday by Schalene Dagutis, author of Tangled Roots and Trees
  4. From Murder Scene to Picnic Spot by Michelle G. Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
  5. Digital Collections of Historic Newspaper Available on Veridian by Dick Eastman, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
  6. Doing Genealogy The Old Fashion Way in a New Fangled World…. by Generations Gone By's Weblog
  7. FamilySearch Releases Mormon Migration Record Collection by Ancestry Insider, author of The Ancestry Insider
  8. Adventures Diggin' for Genealogy Gold by Ruby Coleman, author of Genealogy Lines
  9. Survey results indicate genealogists join societies for camaraderie by Gail Dever, author of Genealogy a la carte
  10. Find Relatives on the BYU-EDU Relative Finder Website AND Forrest Gump Principle Strikes Again - The Frederick Sovereign (1786-1875) Drawing by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  11. FamilySearch Volunteers Set Historic Record by Emma Young for FamilySearch Blog
  12. Genealogy Research: Taming The Monster by J. L. Beeken, author of JLog
  13. Using Old Maps by Wayne Shepheard, author of Discover Genealogy
  14. “The Tiger’s Widow” and “Stories from the Battlefield” Book Launch by Jennifer Holik, author of Jennifer Holik – Author
  15. Blogs that help me by Kelly Martin, author of Wickliffe family history blog
  16. Blog Clean Up by Professor Dru, author of Find Your Folks
  17. Three Things You Might Not Know About Me by Jacqi Stevens, author of A Family Tapestry
  18. FOLLOW UP TO PHOTO DUPLICATION REQUESTS FROM FAMILY SEARCH by Diane Hall, author of MICHIGAN FAMILY TRAILS
  19. Giveaway!-My Memories Scrapbooking Software by Amanda, author of Miss E and Me
  20. Trying out Ancestry.com family tree by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Grandpa's Postcards
Jana's Place

Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

52 Ancestors: #29 ~ Basil Marion Webster, Another Uncle of "The Traveling Dentist"

This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.

Basil Marion Webster
Basil Marion Webster

Last week, I introduced you to George Washington Webster, who was an uncle of my great-grandfather, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster, a.k.a. "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog.

Today I'd like to introduce you to another of Frederick's uncles, Basil Marion Webster.

Basil was born on 22 January 1848 in Racine, Meigs, Ohio to his parents
Moses Augustine Webster and Amanda Melvina Carlisle.

As I mentioned in last week's post about George Washington Webster, my great-grandfather, Frederick, apparently lived with three of his paternal uncles at some time during his life. Basil Marion Webster was one of these uncles that Frederick lived with.1

Basil married Kittie B. Burnett, daughter of Isaac G. Burnett and Rebecca B. Bryant, on 15 July 1869 in Blairstown, Benton, Iowa.

Basil and Kittie were the parents of two children.

  1. Carl Gordon Webster (1870-1871)
  2. Nellie Webster (1872-1960)
According to the History and Genealogy of the Governor John Webster Family of Connecticut,2 Basil was a banker and had previously been a physician.

Basil lived most of his life in Iowa. He passed away on 6 March 1919 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa at 71 years of age. He was buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Council Bluffs, Iowa.


Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved


1 Hand-written history of places Frederick lived during his life. It was written in Portuguese and most likely written by Debs Warren Webster, Frederick's son.

2 Webster, William Holcomb, and Melville Reuben Webster. History and Genealogy of the Gov. John Webster Family of Connecticut, with Numerous Portraits and Illustrations. 1st ed. Vol. 2. Rochester, New York: E. R. Andrews Printing, 1915. 1184. Print.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for July 18, 2014


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Updates, Disclosures, and a New Employee... Oh My! AND Five Fabulous Family Reunion Ideas by Janet Hovorka, author of The Chart Chick
  2. Generations of Family Signatures by Kristin Cleage Williams, author of Finding Eliza
  3. 15 Gems You Can Find on Death Certificates AND Getting Around Salt Lake City by Kristina Rees, author of Losing My Census
  4. REMINDER FOR THE GENEABLOGGER WORLD WAR ONE CHALLENGE AND A REMINDER: THE FOURTH AMERICAN CIVIL WAR BLOGPOST CHALLENGE DEADLINE by Bill West, author of West in New England
  5. Sentimental Sunday: The Sad Demise of a Family Tradition by Carla Lee, author of Sassygenealogist
  6. Sentimental Sunday: Heritage Garden by Midge Frazel, author of Granite in My Blood
  7. Changes to the Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small
  8. Copyright and microfilm by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  9. Discovering a new cousin: Don Knotts by Becky Jamison, author of Grace & Glory Plus
  10. A Brick Wall Tumbles Down! With Tips! AND Oh no! My ancestor was illegitimate! by Elise Ann Wormuth, author of Living in the Past
  11. How’s That Bio? Tell Their Stories by Carol Bowen Stevens for Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genealogical Collaboration
  12. Creating an Ancestor Timeline on Pinterest by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  13. U.S. National Archives to use Wikimedia to publish documents and photos by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  14. Not So Wordless Wednesday: Another Great Google Find! by Andrea Kelleher, author of How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
  15. Findmypast and Wall to Wall introduce Who Do You Think You Are? Story! by Find My Past Blog
  16. IT WAS “TAKE YOUR DAUGHTER TO THE LIBRARY” WEEK… by Cari Taplin, author of GENEALOGY PANTS
  17. Reviving Your Tired Family History Blog by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
  18. How to Stop Spammers From Stealing Your Facebook Identity by Kerry Scott, author of Clue Wagon
  19. The FamilySearch Genealogy Mobile App by Lee Drew, author of Family History with the Lineagekeeper
  20. Dangerously Humid: 3 Die in NYC by Sheryl Lazarus, author of A HUNDRED YEARS AGO
  21. Relative Finder by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Grandpa's Postcards
Jana's Place

Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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