Friday, September 19, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 19, 2014

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Sepia Saturday: Confessions of a Facebook Stalker by Wendy Mathias, author of Jollett Etc.
  2. DNA ownership AND Gold, silver, bronze: USA by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  3. Just Pin It! The Power of Pinterest for Family History by Ellen Bahr for FamilySearch Blog
  4. Orphans and Orphan Trains AND 8000 Historic Norwegian Maps Online by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  5. Prepare Your Family History to Survive Fire Season by Denise Levenick, author of The Family Curator
  6. 9 Hints for Better Genealogy Interviewing by Valerie Hughes, author of Genealogy With Valerie
  7. Join GeneaBloggers as an FGS Ambassador by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  8. Private Spaces by Jeff Hawkins for FamilySearch Blog
  10. Rockstar Genealogists – Tickled Pink and Paying Up by Roberta Estes, author of DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
  11. FamilySearch Offers an Interactive World Map for Searches by Robert Kehrer for FamilySearch Blog
  12. Help! Where Are My Ancestors Newspaper Articles? AND Small Town Papers - Another Useful Historic Newspaper Research Site AND 9 Clever Newspaper Research Techniques for Genealogy by Kenneth R. Marks, author of THE ANCESTOR HUNT
  13. How to: Maybe someone should write that down…the Prequel by Kassie Ritman, author of Maybe someone should write that down…
  14. New FamilySearch community groups on Facebook by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
  15. Rockstar Genealogists: Silver and Bronze Medalists AND Rockstar Genealogist: Gold Medalists by John D. Reid, author of Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections
  16. BYU Family History Library Classes on YouTube by James Tanner, author of Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad…
  17. How to Use a Thesaurus as a Genealogy Keyword Tool by Mary Harrell-Sesniak for GenealogyBank Blog
  18. Family Recipe Friday - Never Fail Chocolate Cake by Pam, author of Our Own History

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

This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview

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

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

Thanks for reading!

© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Very Nice Surprise – The One Lovely Blog Award

Last week I received a very nice surprise. I was nominated for the "One Lovely Blog Award" by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings.

Here are the rules for this award:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog
  2. Share Seven things about yourself 
  3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!)
  4. Contact your bloggers to let them know that you've tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award
Thank You

Thank you so much Randy! I truly am honored to be nominated by you!

Seven Things About Me
  1. I'm the oldest of three children. I have two younger brothers.
  2. I was named after my father, Jan Albert Iverson. His first name plus the first initial of his middle name equals my name, Jana.
  3. I used to watch football with my dad when I was growing up and actually used to play tag football with the neighborhood kids. I still like football to this day and enjoy watching college football with my husband.
  4. When I was a kid, my brothers and I, and other neighborhood kids, would ride our bikes to a creek that was behind a nearby elementary school. We would play there and catch crawdads (crayfish) and pollywogs (tadpoles). We would also play lots of games outside during the summer with the neighborhood kids. Those were such fun and carefree days! My brothers and I knew it was time to come home when my dad would whistle.
  5. I got my first job the summer after I graduated from high school. I got a job at Standard Oil/Chevron Corporation at their corporate office building in the financial district in San Francisco, California. I worked in the Word Processing Department. I took several business courses in high school, including four years of typing. I can still type at a pretty fast speed to this day. My latest online typing test score was 87 words per minute. While at the Word Processing Department, I worked as a Typist, Senior Typist, Word Processing Operator, Data Entry Clerk, Proofreader, Computer Operator, and I even worked for a brief time in the Photo-Typesetting Department. Before I got married, I was able to take some educational leave so I could attend Brigham Young University. I worked at Standard Oil/Chevron Corporation until my husband and I had our first child.
  6. While I attended Brigham Young University, I took ballroom dance classes. I love dancing!
  7. While my husband was completing his Electrical Engineering degree at U.C. Davis, I had my own little typing business for a while. I was a stay-at-home mom, but this was a way to earn a little extra money for the family. We had two small children by the time my husband graduated. My typing business was called "The Last Word" typing service. (Yes, a play on our last name, haha!) My clients were college students.
15 Bloggers I Admire

Oh, this is a hard one. There are so many awesome blogs out there. It's quite difficult to choose only 15. Thankfully, because I write a weekly Fab Finds post, I still have the chance to feature many of the wonderful blogs I follow and admire in future Fab Finds posts.

Also, I know some fellow bloggers don't really appreciate receiving awards. I hope they won't mind if I nominate them anyway, since I do admire their blogs. With that said, here's my list (in no particular order):
  1. Jollett Etc. by Wendy Mathias
  2. A Southern Sleuth by Michelle Ganus Taggart
  3. Growing Little Leaves by Emily Kowalski Schroeder
  4. Mexican Genealogy by Moises Garza
  5. The Legal Genealogist by Judy G. Russell
  6. Grace and Glory by Becky Jamison
  7. Ancestors in Aprons by VeraMarie  Badertscher
  8. Are My Roots Showing? by Jenny Lanctot
  9. DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy by Roberta Estes
  10. Genealogy With Valerie by Valerie Hughes
  11. The People of Pancho by Leslie G. Robertson
  12. Who Knew? by Debi Austen
  13. Genealogy à la carte by Gail Dever
  14. Organize Your Family History by Janine Adams
  15. No Story Too Small by Amy Johnson Crow
Contact Bloggers 
I will be contacting the fifteen bloggers on my list, unless they see this post and contact me first.

Thanks again Randy for nominating my blog for the "One Lovely Blog Award!"

And thank you to all of my wonderful readers. I appreciate you stopping by and reading my blog. And thank you for your comments too. I know your time is precious, so the fact that you take the time to read and leave comments means so much to me.

Thanks for reading!

© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

52 Ancestors: #37 ~ Phebe Barker – Wife of a Revolutionary War Surgeon

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

My maternal 4th great-grandfather, Dr. Luther L. Waterman was a surgeon during the Revolutionary War. This is the second page from his pension file.

I've written about Luther before on this blog. Today, I'd like to introduce you to Luther's wife, and my 4th great-grandmother, Phebe Barker.

Phebe Barker was born on 22 August 1756 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut. She was the daughter of Dr. John Barker and Phebe Hyde.

Phebe married Luther Waterman on 1 January 1778 in Franklin, New London, Connecticut. They were the parents of nine children.

  1. Samuel Waterman (1778-1857)
  2. Erastus Waterman (1780-1859)
  3. Child Waterman (died 1784)
  4. Jerusha Waterman (1786-1867)
  5. Phebe Waterman (1789-?)
  6. Asher Waterman (1791-1875) [my 3rd great-grandfather]
  7. Eusebius B. Waterman (1795-?)
  8. David Bassett Waterman (1798-1851)
  9. Lucinda A. Waterman (1803-1879)
I love pension files! They can provide so much valuable family history information. The page from Luther Waterman's pension file at the top of this post says the following:
Left Side of Page


Phebe Waterman decd. widow of Luther Waterman who died on the 9 Sep 1807 of Athens Co. in the state of Ohio who was a Surgeon in the Co. commanded by Captain --- of the Reg commanded by Col Webb in the Conn (? Page ripped) for 15 months increased from $300 p. ann.
Inscribed on the Roll of Cincinnati ? the rate of    Dollars    Cents per ann. to commence on the 4th day of March 1834 (? Page ripped) on the 2 Feby. 1843 the day of her d (probably death).
Certificate of Pension issued the 22 day of July 1844 and sent to A. Ray   (P ?)
Arrears to the 4th of "
Semi-annual allowance ending
Right Side of Page
A? Notified See Let
July 22 1844
Pay to Samuel, Erastus, Asher, Eusebius B., David B. Waterman, Jerusha Smith, Phebe Pierce, & Lucinda Bicknell, children of Phebe Waterman deducting the amount already paid under said (?)
Lt. A. G. Brown
May 26/55

Isn't the right side of this pension file page especially wonderful? It lists the children of Luther and Phebe, including the married names of their daughters.

Luther passed away on 9 September 1807 in Cazenovia, Madison, New York. Most of Luther and Phebe's children had moved to Athens County Ohio, by the time the 1850 federal census was taken.

I found this interesting paragraph in The Waterman Family, Volume 1, Descendants of Robert Waterman of Marshfield, Massachusetts through seven generations.1
"The widow Phebe Waterman and her children settled on a farm near Coolville, Athens County, Ohio. It is now on Route 7 out of Coolville. There they laid out a private Waterman graveyard, which is now (1938) on the farm of Mr. John Humphrey, originally part of the old Waterman purchase. One goes from the house through two pastures to reach it. Here there is a stone to the widow, the inscription on which reads: "Phebe Waterman, Consort of Dr. Luther Waterman and daughter of Dr. John Barker, died Feb. 2, 1843, in 87th year."
I wonder if the old Waterman graveyard still exists. If so, I think it would be really amazing to visit it someday.

As was stated in the paragraph from The Waterman Family book, Phebe Barker Waterman passed away on 2 February 1843. She passed away in Troy, Athens, Ohio.

Thanks for reading!

© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

1 Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. The Waterman Family. Vol. 1. New Haven, CT: E.F. Waterman, 1939. 297. Print.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 12, 2014

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Personal property: none AND Vote for someone else! AND Year 13… never forget by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  2. Who Is Your Favorite Genealogy Rockstar? 2014 Voting Now Open by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  3. Announcing the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research by Michael Hait, author of Planting the Seeds
  4. Asylum and Bigamy and Vanishing..…Oh My! by Valerie Hughes, author of Genealogy With Valerie
  5. My Own One Place Study by Cindy Freed, author of Cindy Freed's Genealogy Circle
  6. Keys to the Asylum by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
  7. Using Time Lines as a Family History Writing Tool by Diane Hewson for Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genealogical Collaboration
  8. A New Look for the Traditional Pedigree View on Family Tree by Robert Kehrer for FamilySearch Blog
  9. One Lovely Blog Award by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  10. Whose Clothing Were They Wearing? by Amy, author of Brotman Blog
  11. Motivation Monday: In A Genealogical Funk by Emily Kowalski Schroeder, author of The Spiraling Chains: Kowalski – Bellan Family Trees
  12. Find A Grave Celebrates 100 Million Photos On Site! by Kristie Wells for Blog
  13. A New Puzzle Piece by Leslie, author of THE PEOPLE OF PANCHO
  14. The rest of the story by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
  15. A sibling DNA match by Shelley Crawford, author of Twigs of Yore
  16. What Does a Penitentiary Record Look Like? by The Enthusiastic Genealogist, author of The Enthusiastic Genealogist
  17. BYU's Family History Technology Lab AND Relative Finder AND Virtual Pedigree Pre-release or Elastic Paper by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  18. Where Were You? by Amberly, author of The Genealogy Girl
  19. Massachusetts Remembers 9/ll With Memorial and Names by Barbara Poole, author of Life From The Roots
  20. Remembering 9/11 by Beth Gatlin, author of So Many Ancestors!
  21. 11th September 2001 by Julie Goucher, author of Anglers Rest

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

Monday, September 8, 2014

52 Ancestors: #36 ~ My Great-Grandmother - Rosalia Rodrigues Vasques

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

I believe this is a picture of my maternal great-grandmother, Rosalia Rodrigues Vasques. I cropped it from a larger group photo, which I will share at a later time.

I introduced you to Rosalia's husband, Alvaro Borges Da Silva Madeira, in a previous post. If you missed that post and would like to read about Alvaro, who was a Naval Engineer in Brazil, click HERE.

Rosalia was born 4 September 1857 to her parents Mathias Rodrigues Vasques and Margarida De Farias Correa. Rosalia was christened on 8 December 1857 in São Pedro, Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Rosalia and her husband Alvaro were the parents of five children.
  1. Maria Isabel Vasques Madeira (1890-?)
  2. Agrippina Vasques Madeira (1894-?)
  3. Alvaro Borges Madeira (1895-1960)
  4. Lucia Vasques Madeira (1896-?)
  5. Sarah Vasques Madeira (1900-1942) [My Grandmother]
My records indicate that Rosalia passed away on 24 April 1930 in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil at 72 years of age.

Thanks for reading!

© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved



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