Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Back to Blogging After a Fun Week with Family

Last week was pretty quiet here on my blog. As I mentioned in my previous Fab Finds post, we had family coming to visit. Well, they left on Sunday evening and so I'm pretty much back to my usual routine now.

Maybe I shouldn't say "usual" routine because I'm also in the midst of wedding preparations. Our third-oldest son is getting married in June. So exciting! The wedding and reception is out-of-state, but we will be having a wedding open house here where we live.

More exciting news: in addition to the upcoming wedding in June, we have another wedding to look forward to. Our youngest son is also engaged. He's getting married in September. Our family is growing, and it's all so wonderful!

Last week our daughter and grandson stayed with us while our son-in-law was on a business trip. Our son-in-law also stayed with us before and after his trip. We had lots of fun together.  It was wonderful! I was able to spend a lot of time with our adorable grandson. During the week we went to the park, played with toys, read books, and just had a good time.

Our daughter and I also spent time on wedding preparations, which I really appreciate. She is making the beautiful labels for the candy buffet and the cupcakes for the wedding open house in June.

Our little grandson has me (Grandma) wrapped around his little finger. I mean, how can I say no to him when he says, "Up, up" while he reaches his cute little arms up to me? Of course I'm going to pick him up. Then when I do, he points to where he wants to go. We go to the pictures of family members and when he points to them, I tell him who they. We go to the curio cabinet and I name the various items inside. We go to the refrigerator because he wants to hold one or two of the pretty magnets there.

He especially likes the magnet with the picture of Jesus Christ on it. When we ask him who He is, he says, "Jesus" in his cute little toddler voice.

If you've been following our home improvement adventures on my personal blog, Jana's Place, you may remember that we recently had carpet installed throughout our home. In preparation for that, we had to remove everything from the floors of the closets, everything from the curio cabinet, and everything from bookcases. It was a pretty huge job. There were boxes and pieces of furniture in our garage, back patio, and even in our kitchen/dining room area.

The carpet has been installed and we have unpacked quite a few of the boxes, but we aren't quite done unpacking yet. So, that's another thing to do around here in addition to the wedding preparations.

I began writing this post yesterday up to this point. This morning we received news that my sweet mother-in-law, Jean Last, passed away. She had suffered from Alzheimer's/Dementia for many years. She was 90 years old. I will share a post about her in the near future. She was an exceptional woman.

Thanks for stopping by!


© 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, May 13, 2016

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for May 13, 2016

NOTE: There will not be a Fab Finds post next week due to family coming to visit. Fab Finds will resume on May 27, 2016. Thank you for your patience!

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Family History and the Daffodil Principle AND How to Improve the FamilySearch Family Tree by Applying the Genealogical Proof Standard by Diana Elder, author of Family Locket
  2. Where the Common Feel Famous by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
  3. Genealogy for Millennials: 4 Reasons to Start Blogging Your Family History Today by Amie Bowser Tennant for RootsBid Blog
  4. FamilySearch for 8-year olds by Jana Greenhalgh, author of The Genealogy Kids
  5. Spreadsheet Magic - Importing Data From Ancestry.com by Mary Kircher Roddy, author of Searching For Stories
  6. Cousin Russ helps me share a new idea for Genealogy Collaboration by Becky Jamison, author of Grace and Glory
  7. Cite This For Me by Dick Eastman, author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
  8. Are In-person Genealogy Events Dead? AND 5 Unspoken Laws of Genealogy by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the Amy Johnson Crow Blog
  9. Searching for Ethel by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, author of Anxiously Engaged
  10. Family History Consultants: Inspiring Others in Family History by Nicole Dyer, author of Family Locket
  11. The First Time I Saw my Mother by Genealogy Jen, author of Repurposed Genealogy
  12. Ah the joy! by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
  13. Heirlooms and Hand Me Downs – Who Cares?! by Lori Samuelson, author of Genealogy At Heart
  14. Would you like to contribute to the Honor Roll Project for Memorial Day 2016? by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy
  15. Trello - another tool for Genealogy by Hilary Gadsby for Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genealogical Collaboration
  16. Sepia Saturday: All the News That's Fit to Print by Wendy Mathias, author of Jollett Etc.
  17. Family Bible Has Arrived! by Colleen G. Brown Pasquale, author of Leaves & Branches
  18. How to Take a Break From Your Genealogy Research by Laura, author of Almost Home
  19. Have You Ever Had a Genealogy “Duh Moment?” by Elizabeth O'Neal, author of Little Bytes of Life

RootsTech 2016 ~
NGS 2016 ~

The past two week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview on GeneaBloggers.com

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere Since My Last Fab Finds Post

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

Thanks for reading!


© 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Monday, May 9, 2016

Exploring the Person View on the FamilySearch Tree App

In a previous post, I shared a tutorial about how to add sources using the FamilySearch Tree app. Today I'd like to show you some other neat features of this app. I'll take you on a little tour, if you will, specifically about the features while you're on the Person view of a specific ancestor.

On the person view, there are different tabs across the top. See them? Details, Spouses, etc.

Here's the Details view.

The Spouses view shows Amanda's spouse as well as their marriage information and their children.

Here's the Parents view.

Here's the Sources view.

The Photos view. I'm thankful to have this photo of Amanda.

The Stories view. As you can see I haven't uploaded any stories about Amanda.

I also don't have any audio listed for Amanda.

The Charts view. You can download PDF charts from here. How cool is that?

The last tab is the Ordinances tab which shows LDS Temple ordinances performed for that person.

I hope you check out the FamilySearch Tree app. It really is wonderful.

Thanks for stopping by!


© 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mother's Day 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

This is a photo collage showing three generations of mothers in my family tree. I made it using PicMonkey.

Left to Right:
Top Row: Hilda Maria Carlsson, Esther Matus Villatoro, Willis Quillin
Middle Row: Ingrid Anna Gillberg, My Mother
Bottom Row: Anna Christopherson, Rosalia Rodrigues Vasques, Sarah Vasques Madeira

My Paternal Side

Grandmother: Ingrid Anna Gillberg.
Great-grandmothers: Hilda Maria Carlsson and Anna Christopherson.

My Maternal Side

My mother: Elizabeth
Grandmothers: Sarah Vasques Madeira, who died when my mom was a child. Willis Quillin, my step-grandmother, but the only maternal grandmother I knew and who for me was Grandma.

I'm grateful for my mother, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers and I thank them for their love, sacrifice, and service.

I'd like to share this wonderful Mother's Day video with you all. I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for stopping by!


© 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Monday, May 2, 2016

Now I Know Iver's Burial Date

In February I received an email from Ancestry.com saying that there were possible record matches for people in my family tree. One especially caught my eye. It was a hint for my 2nd great-grandfather, Iver Iverson, who was born in Norway and immigrated to the United States in 1858. He was a US Civil War veteran and settled in Minnesota.

This hint for Iver turned out to be a burial record listed in the church records of the Rolling Forks Lutheran Church in Glenwood, Pope, Minnesota. Rolling Forks Lutheran Church was previously known as the Chippewa Lutheran Church. The name was changed to Rolling Forks Lutheran Church in 1958, according to Minnesota Reflections

TIP: If you have ancestors from Minnesota, check out Minnesota Reflections. It's part of the Minnesota Digital Library and contains thousands of images and documents. You can access the Minnesota Digital Library by clicking HERE. On the Minnesota Digital Library website, click on the Projects tab and you'll see Minnesota Reflections in the list.

Here's a screenshot from Ancestry.com showing Iver Iverson listed in the church record.1 I also included a screenshot of the column headings, which are in Norwegian.

This is a screenshot from Ancestry.com containing the information about this record.

I created a Find A Grave memorial page for Iver in 2012. Iver's tombstone was photographed by Jim Olsen and was added to Iver's Find A Grave memorial page several years ago. I'm grateful to Mr. Olsen for the photo. To see Iver's memorial page, click HERE.

Thanks for reading!


© 2016 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

1 Ancestry.com. U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940 [database on-line]. Accessed 23 February 2016. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Iver Iverson, Page 428, Image 166. Original data: Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. ELCA, Birth, Marriage, Deaths. Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Chicago, Illinois.



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