Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Treasure Hunt! A Challenge for Genea-Bloggers

I have a closet filled with stored treasures. Many long forgotten. In taking the Treasure Hunt! A Challenge for Genea-Bloggers I stumbled upon something I had carefully stored in acid free tissue paper in a Metal Edge box many years ago, BB, before blogging.

It is such a find that I'm going to create a whole series of articles around it on Shades Of The Departed.

To write the articles I had to buy a few books and some related treasure, naturally, but it's a big closet!

I'm so excited. Thanks to Denise, The Family Curator, for the challenge!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Time For A Distraction

Yes, it's been a tough week - time for a distraction.

One of my local bookstores has issued a challenge to its customers and I will pass that challenge on to you.

The rules:

1) Write your own story in book spines.

2) Use your own books. (No fair running off to the library!)

The challenge is based on the Sorted Books Project started in 1993. You should visit the project for inspiration.

Here Is My Contribution

And Here Are Two Of My Favorites

Should you decided to be distracted send me a link to your distraction in the comments below and I will update this article with the entire list.

It's harder than it looks.

Terry Thornton - Hill Country
(Terry Is A Natural)


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

"We've Kept The Lights On For You"

The GeneaBlogger Traveling Gnome has stopped for a visit with the footnoteMaven here in Preston, Washington. We're awaiting the posting of the Hill Country Getting to Know You Challenge October 1.

In the mean time we're getting to know each other and discussing all the places GB G's been.


I Couldn't Do It!

I received a link from Donna Pointkouski at What's Past Is Prologue concerning a recent article I wrote called Book Autopsies.

This link, Turn Unwanted Books into Vases and Furniture, carried on my theme about trends using unwanted books. Donna and I have both decided we would be unable to use books in this fashion.

Just to let you know, we here in Washington are ahead of the curve regarding trends; this is a book bench that's been in use at my favorite, out-of-the-way, dusty, creaky, quirky used bookstore since I moved here seventeen years ago.

A Book Bench
Recently Updated

I won't name the bookstore, as it's my Hidden Source. I have been unable to bring myself to check out the titles used.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

I Read It In The News!


The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is:

I read it in the news!

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Newspapers can be a wonderful source of family history information.
Share some aspect about your family history that you
learned about in a newspaper.

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Articles, advertisements, obituaries, classified ads,
photos... all are fair game if they appeared in a newspaper.

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Don’t be shy now, show us what you’ve got!

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What did you learn about your family from this information?
Was the information accurate?
How did you learn about this information... online search?
Perusing old newspapers?
A clipping saved by a relative?

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Fill us in on your family scoops... who in your family was in the news?

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The Deadline For Submissions Is October 1, 2008

Also, check out Jasia's post "FAQs About The Carnival of Genealogy," for all you need to know about submitting a post. First-timers always welcome and greatly appreciated!

Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using the carnival submission form or select the 57th Edition COG poster in the upper right hand corner of this page. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Love Is All You Need (and an internet connection)!

Last week, Elizabeth O'Neal of Little Bytes of Life , Sasha Mitchell of Memory Lane, and Dru Pair of Find Your Folks were gracious enough to select me for the "I Heart Your Blog" award.

At the same time, Sheri Fenley of The Educated Genealogist, nominated my companion blog Shades Of The Departed.

I have been having internet difficulties (again), so have been remiss in thanking them. Let me do that now.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! The four of you are terrific bloggers and I am honored you selected me. I love all your blogs as well! You entertain, educate and inspire me!

Here are the rules associated with this award:

1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog;
2. Link to the person who gave you the award;
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs;
4. Put links to those blogs on yours;
5. Leave a message on the blogs that you’ve nominated.

Here are just a few of the blogs I love:

1. Janet Hovorka - The Chart Chick
2. George Geder - George Geder Genealogy-Photography-Restoration
3. Brett Payne - Photo-Sleuth
4. Nikki-ann - Notes of Life
5. Naomi Stevens - Diary From England
6. Bob Franks - Itawamba History Review
7. Richard Cheek - The Cheek That Doth Not Fade

Now go spread the love!


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Yes, I feel the love!

I am having connectivity problems with my internet provider. The longest I had internet today was 2 minutes, 10 minutes last night.

I am so sorry, and will acknowledge all of you who nominated me for the I Heart Your Blog Award, fingers crossed, tomorrow.

The light is green, I'm hitting publish!

Monday, September 15, 2008

10 Essential Books In My Genealogy Library X 4 + 6

The 56th Edition of the COG hosted by Lori Thornton of Smoky Mountain Family Historian asks for 10 essential books in my genealogy library.

My office has books stacked from the floor to the ceiling and in every nook and drawer. I never met a book I didn't want for one reason or another. So selecting ten? Can't do it.

I consider myself a family historian and while that designation encompasses genealogical research, I break "family historian" into four categories; research, writing, history, and because of my family - photography. So I'm giving you my essentials in the four categories. I will not be including a description. The truth is I'm tired from so much Smiling For The Camera. Just know that I love each and every one listed.

In all four categories I must list Google Books and Safari Books Online at the Seattle Public Library. I could not live without them. The things I find in those two places continues to surprise and amaze me.

  1. Organizing Your Family History Search: Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical Research by Sharon Carmack
  2. The Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy, Third Edition by Val D. Greenwood
  3. Handybook for Genealogists 8TH Edition by Everton Publishers
  4. Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records by Kory Meyerink
  5. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  6. The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual by Board for Certification Of Genealogists
  7. Carmack's Guide to Copyright & Contracts: A Primer for Genealogists, Writers & Researchers by Sharon Debartolo Carmack and Karen Kreider Gaunt
  8. Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students Patrick Rael, Bowdoin College - This book is online and I love it!
  9. Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions by Don Williams and Louisa Jaggar
  1. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills
  2. The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers (14th Edition) by Chicago Editorial Staff
  3. Legacy : A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Personal History by Linda Spence
  4. You Can Write Your Family History by Sharon Debartolo Carmack
  5. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition by Merriam-Webster Plus 13 dictionaries from the 1800s to 1940s.
  6. The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said by Robert Byrne
  7. Keep It Real: Everything You Need to Know About Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction by Lee Gutkind
  8. Truman by David McCullough - Just For Inspiration!
  1. America 1900: The Turning Point by Judy Crichton
  2. The Historical Atlas of New York City: A Visual Celebration of 400 Years of New York City's History by Eric Homberger and Alice Hudson
  3. New York State Censuses & Substitutes by William Dollarhide
  4. The World of Carnegie Hall by Richard Schickel
  5. Finding Your Chicago Ancestors: A Beginners Guide To Family History In The City Of Chicago by Grace Dumelle
  6. Atlas of American Migration by Stephen A. Flanders
  7. Encyclopedia of Etiquette by Emily Holt - A Book of Manners For Everyday Use 1915
  8. Philharmonic: A History of New York's Orchestra by Howard Shanet
  1. Biographies of Western Photographers 1840-1900 by Carl Mautz
  2. Photographers: A Sourcebook for Historical Research by Richard Rudisill, Martha A. Sandweiss, and Peter E. Palmquist
  3. Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary, 1839-1865 by Peter E. Palmquist and Thomas R. Kailbourn
  4. Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865 by Peter Palmquist and Thomas Kailbourn
  5. Dressed for the Photographer: Ordinary Americans and Fashion, 1840-1900 by Joan L. Severa
  6. Collector's Guide to Early Photographs by O. Henry Mace
  7. Card Photographs: A Guide to Their History and Value by Lou W. McCulloch
  8. Cartes de Visite In Nineteenth Century Photography by William C. Darrah
  9. The Victorians: Photographic Portraits by Audrey Linkman
  10. The Expert Guide To Dating Victorian Family Photographs by Audrey Linkman
  11. Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Organize, Present, and Restore Your Precious Family Images by Maureen A. Taylor
  12. Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs by Maureen Taylor
  13. Scrapbooking Your Family History by Maureen Taylor
  14. Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter) by Katrin Eismann and Wayne Palmer
  15. Photoshop Masking & Compositing (VOICES) by Katrin Eismann
  16. Another 20 Photography Books
This does not include the magazines I read in each category and the historical magazines and catalogs I collect. Another day.

Perhaps I can see why Mr. Maven wants a divorce.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Seven Years Ago Today

This country's collective tragedy of 9/11 is far more vivid in my mind than where I was and what I was doing seven years ago today. What happened to me that day blurs. The impressions of the events on the East Coast have taken over as my memory. While they are far more clear than what happened to me that day, I have tried to recount what was my personal experience seven years ago today.

It was early in the morning here on the West Coast. I was in Portland. I was attending my masters of law program and was renting a house with three young men, all first year law students. I was still in bed when my daughter called. I was listening to her describe what was happening, when the young man from New York started banging on our bedroom doors. At the same time he was trying desperately to reach his family back home.

We all got up and gathered in the living room. No television, we were huddled around a small radio I had taken from my room. "Who would do this," one of the young men asked? "Osama Bin Laden would be my prime candidate," I answered. Then one of the other boys proceeded to explain how this was our fault based on our foreign policy.

A foreign policy lecture? Our fault? This was not the time or the place. I went to my room to get dressed. My husband called, he was watching TV when the second plane hit. He wanted me to come home. I told him I'd drive on campus and see what the schedule was and let him know. My daughter called again. Her company was headquartered in the World Trade Center. There was no contact with the people she spoke to every day and it would be days before she knew the fate of several in the WTC who had been friends. She was shaken and wanted me to come home.

Everything seemed to be in fast motion that morning. People moved faster, talked faster. Not quite panic, but certainly not calm. By the time I arrived at the Dean's office I had heard about the Pentagon. The law school was hosting a federal judges conference that day and I recognized what were surely FBI agents.

Not a good day to have that many federal judges in one spot I thought. The conference was canceled. By now, I just wanted to go home. The school left the decision to each student as to whether or not they would leave campus. I knew nothing would be accomplished in class and that my family needed my support and I theirs. I started for home.

Home was not just around the corner. Home was a three and a half hour drive. During the drive I heard from each of my children and my husband several times. About two hours into the drive I became ill. When I arrived in town I drove straight to the Emergency Room where my husband met me. I spent the night, probably the only person in the country who had not seen any of the coverage on television. Probably best, one of my nurses had assured me.

The next days would make up for that. Some of it vivid to this day. I have heard people say they try to put those images out of their mind. I do not. I consciously try to remember them. I remember them often. The young girl holding up the photograph of her father pleading for help in finding him, exhausted rescuers covered in dust, those who chose to jump to their deaths, and the collapse of a landmark, a symbol, our security. I remember. I will always remember.

Reprinted from a 2007 post.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Burton Holmes and His Pith Helmet

My Grandfather and His Straw

A Close-Up

The three men in this photograph are each wearing some interesting and unique head gear. Another photograph found with this one had written on the reverse, "Everywhere you go there's someone to take your picture." Usually those taking the photographs were Holmes and Greene.

E. Burton Holmes and E. Jesse Greene traveled the world together taking photographs and making films for the Burton Holmes empire. Always, I might add, dressed to the nines no matter where they were in the world.

Burton Holmes was a mega star of his day; for sixty years he was America's most famous travel showman. Yes, Burton Holmes traveled the world, but he didn’t travel alone. Producing the Burton Holmes lectures required the efforts of a close knit group of tough ground-breaking professionals. While much has been written about Burton Holmes’ career, little has been known about the men and women who traveled with him and contributed to his empire.

One of those men was my grandfather, Edward Jesse Greene. Greene left school at sixteen to begin his career with Holmes. Burton Holmes personally gave my grandfather an education in photography, travel, and the world. The stories of my grandfather and his association with Holmes, as well as his personal photographs are my legacy.

Their Crowning Glory is my ticket to the Carnival.


Holmes & Greene. Unmounted Photograph. Photographer Unknown. Unknown. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Preston, Washington. 2008


One Of My Favorite Book Blogs

This is one of my favorite book blogs. I'm always looking for historical and social information for my creative non-fiction family histories and my book on women wearing glasses; this site provides so much information I can get lost here for hours.

Digitized Book Of The Week
From The Library of The University of Illinois

Featuring news and highlights of the large scale digitization initiatives at the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a member of the Open Content Alliance, UIUC Library is digitizing and contributing to the Internet Archive books and serials from its collections that focus on Illinois history, literature, and natural resources; rural life and agriculture; railroad history and engineering; and works in translation. UIUC Library is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which has recently joined the Google Library Project. Visit the Illinois Harvest web portal to find more digital content from the UIUC Library. Description from the blog profile.

I enjoyed The Life of P.T. Barnum, Written By Himself, including his Golden Rules For Money-Making.

At the end of that time, after exhibiting in all sections of the country, we sold out the entire establishment – animals, cages, chariots, and paraphernalia, excepting for one elephant, which I retained in my own possession two months for agricultural purposes. It occurred to me that if I could put an elephant to plowing for a while on my farm at Bridgeport, it would be a capital advertisement for the American Museum, which was then, and always during my proprietorship of that establishment, foremost in my thoughts.

Also check out the Internet Archive listed in the blog's description above; another great place for books.


Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, LC-USZC4-13262]

Book Related Articles


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Book Autopsies

Lori Thornton - Please Avert Your Eyes!

One of my favorite magazines, Somerset Studio, ran an article on Brian Dettmer in its July/August 2008 edition. Brian is an artist who carves books, such as the one pictured above, into what are called intricately-detailed altered book sculptures.

Those of us who love to read, love books. Slicing and dicing them seems like sacrilege. Yes, I had a really difficult time with this art form, but it is so beautiful.

Dettmer seals, then cuts into old dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, science and engineering books, art books, medical guides, history books, atlases, comic books, and wallpaper sample books. With surgical tools, tweezers and steady hands, Dettmer approaches old books like a surgeon, meticulously slicing and cutting around illustrations and words inside the book’s body, removing parts of thin paper skin until what’s left looks like the book’s skeleton.

Recently, Dettmer has expanded his artistic process with folding, bending, or rolling one or more books before sealing and cutting them.


Brian had a twinge of guilt in the beginning, when he cut into a book, for the same reasons I think we all would. He says we feel guilty because we equate the physical book with the information contained inside it and that libraries and bookstores routinely discard large numbers of books. He uses those books to create this amazing art form.

Could I cut into a book? I don't know, but I'd love a book Brian's cut into.

You can see more of Brian's sculpture at:

Kinz, Tillou + Feigen

Packer Schopf Gallery

Toomey Tourell


Monday, September 8, 2008

"The Bookseller"

In honor of the next COG, hosted by Lori Thornton (Smoky Mountain Family Historian), I will be posting several book related articles until the 15th.

I start this series on books with the endearing story of "The Bookseller."

Eight Pages Of Beauty And Heartbreak

I fell in love with this short story of a bookseller in comic book format at scans_daily called Eight Pages Of Beauty And Heartbreak, "The Bookseller."

The story is written by Darko Macan and Tihomir Celanovic and translated by scans_daily. Scans_daily is a community for sharing comics.

Darko Macan was born in Zagreb and is a Croatian author and illustrator who has created and collaborated on comics, essays and science fiction and fantasy.

I think you will love this story as much as I do.


Sunday, September 7, 2008

Smile For The Camera - A Reminder


Smile For The Camera ~ A Carnival of Images

The word prompt for the 5th Edition of Smile For The Camera is Crowning Glory. Show us those wonderful photographs of hairdos and maybe even a few don'ts. Don't limit yourself to just hair fashion through the ages, got a great photograph of a hat, helmet, bonnet, or some other interesting headgear? Share!

Choose a photograph of an ancestor, relative, yourself, or an orphan photograph that is the epitome of Crowning Glory and bring it to the carnival. Admission is free with every photograph!

Your submission may include as many or as few words as you feel are necessary to describe your treasured photograph. Those words may be in the form of an expressive comment, a quote, a journal entry, a poem (your own or a favorite), a scrapbook page, or a heartfelt article. The choice is yours!

Deadline for submission is midnight (PT)
10 September, 2008.


There are two options:

1. Send an email to the host, footnoteMaven. Include the title and permalink URL of the post you are submitting, and the name of your blog. Put 'Smile For The Camera' clearly in the title of your email!

2. Use the handy submission form provided by Blog Carnival, or select the Bumper Sticker in the upper right hand corner.

See you at the Carnival!

Past Editions Of Smile For The Camera:

1st Edition ~ Mother Love

2nd Edition - Belles & Beaus

3rd Edition - Celebrate Home

4th Edition - My Favorite Photograph


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Ten Books For The COG


The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is:


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Tell us about the ten books you can't do without!

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Use a descriptive phrase in the title of your article and/or write a brief description/introduction to your articles in the "comment"
box of the blogcarnival submission form .

This will give readers an idea of what you've written about
and hopefully interest them in clicking on your link. This will no longer
be done for the authors.

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The COG will be hosted by

Lori Thorton

Smoky Mountain Family Historian

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The Deadline For Submissions Is September 15, 2008

Also, check out Jasia's post "FAQs About The Carnival of Genealogy," for all you need to know about submitting a post. First-timers always welcome and greatly appreciated!

Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy using the carnival submission form or select the 55th Edition COG poster in the upper right hand corner of this page. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.


Success Stories and Thorny Problems Workshop


"Success Stories and Thorny Problems Workshop"
with Deb Freedman, Susana Leniski, and Joseph Voss

Monday, September 8, 2008 Doors open at 7:00 PM
Presentations start promptly at 7:30 PM

Auditorium, Stroum Jewish Community Center
3801 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island WA 98040


About The Program

Learn about a rich new source on Ancestry.com, perfect for knocking down that last brick wall. You will be astounded by the discoveries of noted Tacoma researcher Deb Freedman

Learn about how Susana Leniski used a suite of genealogy tools (FOIA, One-Step Webpages by Steve Morse, Salt Lake City archives) to discover the hidden secrets of her husband’s Polish ancestry

Learn about the many sources of German vital records data and hear how Joseph Voss has helped people discover new relatives using these data sources

Free admission for JGSWS members, $5.00 for non-members.



Things are happening - just not fast enough.
Change is never easy!