Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Congratulations Jasia and Randy!

Two of my favorite blocks in the Genealogy Bloggers Quilt, CreativeGene and Genea-musings, are central to an article in the July 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

Both Jasia's (CreativeGene) and Randy Seaver's (Genea-musings) blogs are extensively quoted in a branching out Special Report entitled Disappearing Act? Local genealogical societies are reporting steadily shrinking membership, by Diane Haddad.

I have read Jasia's blog articles on the decline in genealocial society membership and was extremely impressed by them and the creative ideas she offered. So much so, that I have emailed the link to many of the societies I work with.

Those articles were the inspiration for a new avenue of promoting one of the genealogical alumni associations to which I belong. We volunteered for our local Public Broadcasting Station during their Pledge Break. Those who volunteered wore our organization's colors and logo and our organization was given time on-air to do a promotion for the group. It was a success in getting our organization and what we do in the public eye.

As we have come to expect from Randy, he gives his common sense approach to the subject. "It isn't all online," Randy is quoted as blogging from the perspective of a society member. There is an excellent discussion of his blogging regarding adjusting programs for those with little time.

Congratulations you two, the world is listening. Now everyone pick up a copy of Family Tree Magazine and read it for yourself.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Take Your Mom To The Carnival!

In honor of Mother's Day (May 13th) the topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be "Moms" or "Mums" for Nikki-ann.

Share something about a special mom. The deadline for submissions is May 15th.

You can submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using the carnival submission form or by clicking on this month's poster for the COG in the upper right hand corner of my sidebar.

A very special "thank you" to Jasia who is the glue that holds the COG together. She is amazing, and even more so under her recent circumstances. If there is anything the footnoteMaven can do to share the load, Jasia, please do not hesitate to ask.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Lillian E. Salter - PS 69 - January 31, 1912

Certificate of Graduation

Lillian E. Salter

Lillian E. Salter, my grandmother, was the only child of Louis Salter, the Superintendent of Carnegie Hall. She graduated from Public School 69, an elementary school, on January 31, 1912. You can see her graduation certificate above.

Lillian shared the same penchant for collecting autographs as did her father. Upon her graduation, Lillian collected the autographs of her fellow classmates in a small autograph book left to me by my mother.

The sentiments reflect the times - a kinder, gentler time. I am fortunate to have the autograph book and would love to find the descendants of some of those who signed, so that they could have a copy of what their ancestor wrote. If you are a descendant, please email the footnoteMaven, and I will gladly send you a digital copy of what was written.

A Page From Her Autograph Book

To Lillian
When twilight draws her curtain,
And pins it with a star,
Remember that you have a friend,
Though she may wander far,
Your loving friend,
Bella Kaufmann

In the paths of life,
If you need an umbrella,
May you have to uphold it,
A handsome young fellow.
Sincerely yours,
Muriel G. Hewitt
(coming to lunch)

To Lillian:
Never forget the fellow that
played center on 69 Basketball
Team - And the battles won.
Daniel Long
P.S. 69
(one of only two male classmates who signed)

Lillian's female classmates:

Rebecca C. Beuowitz
Esther Burll
Violet Heaslip
Elizabeth Lucey
Alice Sangster
Bella Kaufmann
Mary Cepriano
Amy Huston
Marian Manley
Jovita Weehas
Agnes Bahr
Frances Cohen
Marguerite Kerr
May McGuiness
Lottie Wendel
Edna Boyce
Alice Doyle
Nellie Savin
Hellen Moore
Ottilie Sensmig
Agnes Brownw
Marion Eiter
Esther Lieberman
Martha Prevot
Susan Haight
Marion A. Smith
Ida Bennett

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