Thursday, January 29, 2009

How Do You Cite A Museum Exhibit?

Good good good good citations
I'm pickin' up good citations
You're giving me excitations
Good good good good citations [1]

One of my favorite and most prolific GeneaBloggers, Lisa of Small-leaved Shamrock, always sends me the best citation questions. She really knows how to keep the footnoteMaven on her toes.

This time her question was no exception, although the citation was. Lisa wrote last week asking how to cite a museum exhibit. Such a unique question! In checking Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills, I found nothing I felt was appropriate. Elizabeth can not have thought of every situation. I turned to The Chicago Manual of Style and several university writing programs for an answer.

Here is how I suggest citing a museum exhibit in a source list/entry:

"Title of Exhibit." Name of Museum. Address of Museum. Date of Visit.


"Inside Ancient Egypt." The Field Museum. 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605. 22 January 2009.


[1] Wilson, Brian, and Mike Love. “Good Vibrations.” Lyrics. Good Vibrations, Single. Brian Wilson, 1966. Copyright ©1966 & 1978, Brian Wilson and Mike Love. Lyrics Freak ( : accessed 18 October 2007).

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

You Really Do Know Her!

One evening a few weeks ago I received an excited phone call from my Grandson Dillon. The District's mobile library had visited his school and he had checked out two books about genealogy. He told the traveling librarian that this is what his Grandmother does. One of those books was Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs.

"Grandma," he said, calling me on the phone that evening. "I want to read something to you." He read several paragraphs he had found particularly interesting about photographs. He's been very interested in photographs and photography for quite some time now. For Christmas last year his Grandfather and I had given him a digital camera.

"Dillon, what's the author's name," I asked. "Maureen A. Taylor," he answered. I then told him I knew Maureen, which really impressed him, and that I would send her an email telling her how much he liked the book.

"It's a great book, Grandma," he answered. "I'll let you look at it." I didn't have the heart to tell him I already owned it and had read it from cover to cover.

I did email Maureen. A whole new generation, I told her, see the impact you have! She asked if I thought he would like a signed copy of the book. I told her he would love that! I emailed my daughter telling her what was coming and asking her not to spoil the surprise.

A package arrived for Dillon this week. Now when you're nine the arrival of a package addressed to you is a thrilling event in itself, but when he opened the package he went wild! Maureen had sent him the book Uncovering Your Ancestry; plus Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors (her children's introduction to genealogy), those essential white gloves, and a magnifying glass. But best of all Maureen signed the books to Dillon and hand wrote a note to him, which he read to me over the phone (it was beautiful and full of encouragement).

The Gift of a Lifetime!

"You really do know her," he said. I had to laugh! I told him he could take it to school for "show and tell." He informed me he was too old for show and tell, instead he could call the school and schedule a lecture. His mother is doing that for him.

"Do you know she's the Photo Detective?" he asked. "I'm going to be one too!" I hope he is this excited about photographs and genealogy all his life.

That night, using Through The Eyes, he interviewed both his parents. Using the magnifying glass he checked out several photographs asking his mother to identify the women wearing glasses. (He knows how to get to Grandma.) The white gloves? He used them when he touched the photographs, but he wouldn't allow anyone to look at Maureen's books unless they were wearing the white gloves as well.

Maureen, I can't thank you enough for the generosity of your gifts, for treating Dillon in such an adult fashion, and for being such an inspiration to me as well as to Dillon.

Maureen responded to me by saying, "I love reaching out to kids. After all, I'm doing what I do due to supportive adults. It really is all about paying forward." Yes, another generation, led by the perfect example of paying it forward. Thank you, Maureen, I could not be more grateful.

Maureen Taylor, did you know she's The Photo Detective, can be found at The Photo Detective Blog and Family Tree Magazine's Photo Detective with Maureen Taylor. She also has a website for children called, Family History Kids, about making family history fun for children.

Let's all pay it forward.

I'm doing the genealogy happy dance.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Dancing With The GeneaBloggers


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

"The Happy Dance. The Joy of Genealogy."

Almost everyone has experienced it.

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Tell us about the first time, or the last time,
or the best time!

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What event, what document, what special find has caused you
to stand up and cheer, to go crazy with joy?

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Write 'em up and let us know!

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If you haven't ever done the Happy Dance, tell us what
you think it would take for you to do so.

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The Deadline For
Submissions Is
February 1, 2009

Attention All COG Participants

Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any articles you plan to submit 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. Introductions for your articles will not be provided for you due to the volume of articles submitted. Thank you!

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 63rd 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.


Friday, January 16, 2009


The "S Word" - Sledding

Creating a Winter Essay right now, knowing how I feel about the "S Word," is rather difficult. Been there, didn't enjoy it, don't want to talk about it.

So I decided to select a rather benign photograph of winter as my essay. The photograph above is of my husband's grandparents when they were courting. They were sledding in Salem, Oregon, and there wasn't a great deal of the "S Word" around. Grandpa Palmer isn't even wearing a coat. Probably because compared to the plains of Eastern Montana this was balmy.

They were smiling then, but sledding would soon cease to be a courting ritual and become a necessity. It took both the newlyweds to run the farm in Eastern Montana, in all kinds of weather. When your first born is twins and you have chores to do, you have to fashion a method of taking them along. During the winter months, Grandma Palmer put the twins in a basket, bundled them up, attached the basket to a sled and pulled the sled behind her. It amazes me they lived, any of them.

I really have nothing to complain about.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

An Update On Sisters and Where I Live

SISTERS is having a flood sale -- everything in the shop is 25% - 75% off.

Sisters Has The OPEN
Sign On
And They Are OPEN!

I stopped by my favorite antiques store and took these photographs. If you visit the Sisters Blog you can see some heart-breaking photographs of the interior. I admire Patty so for her grit and guts during a difficult time here in the Pacific Northwest.

These are our neighbors. They all need our support through our business during these tough times. Shop all the businesses Patty has listed below.

Another update from Sister Patty:

We spent all day packing stuff up and moving it into a RUBY'S rental truck (U-Haul in Issaquah) to transport it to a recently vacated space just on the east side of Graybeard's Gilman Antique Gallery. Thanks to our wonderful property manager, Bryan Briscoe, for allowing us to utilize this space for our "stuff" while we wait for the clean-up crew to rip up the soaked carpet and cut out at least two feet of drywall!

What a challenge! We had been planning a major overhaul in the shop -- remerchandising, repricing, refurbishing, all those "re" words -- but we had hoped it would be at our pace and not mandatory!

Please -- we all need your support now more than ever! Lombardi's Italian Restaurant will be closed for at least 10 days. Leathers is just about back to normal as is West Coast Armory. Casual Dining (Lee) is working so hard to get things back to normal, and is still open. Noel, the owner of Graybeard's Gilman Antique Gallery has worked non-stop since Wednesday and is open for business, despite all the work that is going on. And Sisters... you might have to climb over hoses and cords and deal with squishy floors -- but we are open as well! Again -- please shop us! We need you!

The Entire Shopping Center
Looks Like This

The Sea of Mud

It Covers Everything

The House on My Street
Undermined In The First Flood
Now About To Become A Part
Of The Raging River


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Found Behind The Freezer

When my husband's Grandmother Palmer died, her photographs and books were given to several members of the family. I was a rather new member of the family at that time and hadn't developed my interest in family history. I didn't receive the books or photographs.

The house where Grandma Palmer lived was rented and a succession of people moved in and out. When the old freezer on the porch finally died the family gathered a work party to remove it. The old freezer hadn't been moved since the day it had been installed many years before.

Wedged behind that freezer were two old velvet photo albums. My husband's uncle had looked through both albums and determined he didn't know any of the people in the portraits, so they went into a box in a closet. On one of our trips home to visit the family that uncle offered the photo albums to me. I gladly accepted.

The photographs are beautiful, but most are not identified. It looks as if one of the albums had originally identified the family members on the album pages rather than on the back of the photographs. Most of the photographs had been removed from the album, put back in the wrong slots, or given away. Matching the written names to the photographs is practically impossible.

But it is this album that contains the photograph that is the submission for Smile. I love this photograph. The only thing that could be better would be if they were wearing glasses.

Who Are You?
I Really Want To Know!

The hats are to die for. That isn't dots on the lovely ladies' faces. Those hats all have veils.

Symbolism is apparent in this photograph. Notice one of the women holds a photograph.

One of the women holds a letter she is reading while the women to her left reads over her shoulder and the woman to the right stares at the photograph.

The envelope lies on the floor.

Is the symbolism of this photograph that the three women have a connection to someone who is not pictured with them? Do they hold that persons' photograph as a reminder of them? Have they received a letter from that person and the photographer would like it to appear that they are so excited that they have dropped the envelope in their haste to read the letter? The letter, the photograph, and the parasols are probably not photographic props as is the background and chair. A semi-educated guess.

There is only one album page in this particular album that identifies three women by name. The album page reads; Elsie Wallace, Lula, & seated Bessie Sutter. It seems to fit the photograph we are looking at, but I can't be certain.

The photograph above is of Wallace Grayson Suter (the young photographer in my Maria Bash Spirit Photography Hoax article), Lulu Mae Suter, Elsie M. Suter and Bessie Florence Suter. Comparing this photograph to the three beautiful women above appears to show distinct similarities. Are they the same three women in both photographs? I can't be certain.

The photographs were taken by the same photographer in Neligh, Nebraska. More research will tell if the two photographs are of the same three women. I really want to know. And more than that, I want to know what my photograph signifies.


Three Unknown Women. Relf, Neligh, Neb. Card Mounted Photograph. Unknown year. Privately held by the footnoteMaven, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Preston, Washington. 2008.

Four Suter Children. Relf, Neligh, Neb. Cabinet Card. Unknown year. Privately held by the Stephen Coulter, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] De Moines, Iowa. 2008.


Friday, January 9, 2009

What If Hamlet and Jane Austin were on Facebook ?


Here's just a taste of the Hamlet Facebook News Feed Edition.

Hamlet thinks it's annoying when your uncle marries your mother right after your dad dies.

The king poked the queen.

The queen poked the king back.

Hamlet and the queen are no longer friends.

Hamlet became a fan of daggers.


And certainly not to be outdone, what if Jane Austen had access to technology and social networking. Let's check in with the Bennet family on Facebook.

Lydia Bennet became a fan of Officers.

Caroline Bingley tagged Jane Bennet in her note Visit us at Netherfield.

Jane Bennet finds herself very unwell. :(

Elizabeth Bennet is going to stay at Netherfield with Jane.

Elizabeth Bennet is improving her mind by extensive reading.

Charles Bingley created an event: Ball at Netherfield.

Elizabeth Bennet thought that the pigs were got into the garden, but it was only Lady Catherine and her daughter.

Yes, I'm Blodging.


What Happens When The Snow Melts and You're Hit By A Pineapple Express!

You flood! Yes, the snow is gone. It has filled the rivers and then we are hit by torrential rains. I have never seen anything like it in my life. Thousands of people are without electricity. Some who stayed in their homes in the two towns (Fall City and Snoqualmie) nearest to me are stranded. We are far enough above the river that our home is safe, but just down the road (the only one in and out) the Raging River has threatened and we have our first slide. My electricity, true to form, is off and on. Here's a photo of the road near my home. Here are more photos. If it says Fall City, Snoqualmie, Carnation, or Tolt it's near me.

Many of our friends are not as fortunate. Below is an email from the women who run one of my favorite antique stores in Issaquah - Sisters. They have flooded. They are a little shop with ceilings just shy of 12 feet. They advertise 14,000 cubic feet of display space because of the treasures on the floor. I purchased one of my favorite photographs of women wearing glasses here, and some beautiful books.

Read the description of life in Western Washington and thank your lucky stars you're dry. This story is unfortunately typical of homes as well as businesses.

Sisters is located in Gilman Square
In the middle of Issaquah, WA

"We spent Wednesday afternoon and early evening bagging sand, laying heavy plastic down on the ground and up the walls/doors/windows about 4 feet. We layered 2-3 sandbags along the base to keep the plastic up so we wouldn't flood if Issaquah Creek went over its banks. Most of us have been through these flood threats before and didn't think we would actually flood.

I kept checking the flood hotline for updates on the creek and it seemed to be okay. It wasn't until my last call around 6:00 a.m. Thursday that I learned 7th Avenue, (the street behind the shop just to the west) had been closed. We came down an hour or so later to check things out. When we arrived at the entrance of Gilman Square, the parking lot was totally flooded and water was pouring out onto Gilman Blvd (the main street in our town). A truck parked in front of Lombardi's (the restaurant in town famous for its Garlic Festival - Myrt, I'll bet you've eaten here) was up to its windows with water. From the street, we couldn't tell if water had actually risen above the plastic and sandbags in front of our store.

I think it was some time after 1:00 in the afternoon that I was finally able to get to the shop without water going over my knee-high boots. I looked through the window to find nearly a foot of water throughout the shop. Once I pulled back the plastic and moved sandbags I was able to open the front door. This unleashed a virtual river of water. As I stood there in disbelief, I grabbed a small suitcase, bowls with shells, a tray with butter pats, and Christmas ornaments as they floated by. Once the water was through flowing we were left with about 3 inches of standing water. We spent the afternoon using Shop Vacs to suck up all the water and started dragging out rugs and other items we could salvage.

The landlord brought in a company late yesterday afternoon that "cleans up" after disasters like this and assesses the damage to the building. They placed two huge dehumidifiers in the shop that pull the moisture out. It was about 6:00 or so when we had to quit for the day and let the machines start doing their jobs. As necessary, they will use professional equipment to pull out water as well. We do know that all carpeting has to be pulled up and replaced. If the drywall is badly damaged, they will cut it out and replace that as well. The company will be back Friday morning after 8:00 to start work again.

We aren't exactly "Business As Usual" but we are determined and will start this major restoration project today. . ."

Image courtesy of Sisters Inc.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

9th EDITION Smile For The Camera - A Reminder

Smile For The Camera
10 January 2009

The word prompt for the 9th Edition of Smile For The Camera is Who Are You - I Really Want To Know? Show us that picture that you found with your family collection or purchased, but have no idea who they might be.

Someone took the time to be photographed, someone took the time to send it to a loved one, someone didn't take the time to identify the photograph. And you really want to know who they are. Bring it to the carnival. Share! Maybe one of our readers can help. 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 January, 2009


There are two options:

1. Send an email to the host, footnoteMaven. Include the title and permalink URL of the post you are submitting, your name, 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!


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

One Of A Genealogist's Most Important Tools

What would you say it is? Money? Free Time? Equipment? Resources?

I think it's luck. Good old fashioned, feed the one-arm bandit, kind of LUCK. I would like to say, however, that luck is only good if you're paying attention. Here's a perfect example.

I've spent the last three weeks writing a series of articles on a cabinet card for Shades. I've read the census, three books, and 174 newspaper articles. My eyes have begun to fog over from all the reading.

Although the murder the card is an integral part of occurred in San Francisco, the newspaper articles blanketed the entire country. I read everyone, as you never know what small but priceless jewel may be contained in them.

I read an article in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. When I finished the article I scanned the entire page; a habit, routine and custom of mine when researching. To the right of my article this caught my eye:

Carrollton, Mo., November 10

A.H. Hale and Miss Mattie R. Tull were married in the Christian Church of this city, this morning, Rev. G. W. Hatcher officiating. The groom is the eldest son of Congressman Hale, and a promising lawyer. His bride is of one of the most respected families of our city, a beautiful and accomplished young lady. They left for the East on a bridal tour.

St. Louis Globe-Democrat (St. Louis, MO) Thursday, November 11, 1886; pg. 2; Issue 172; Col C

This little tidbit may have a connection to my Great Great Grandfather John Campbell of Carrollton, Missouri, whose daughter Hattie married a Tull. When her sister Jennie died in childbirth she raised Jennie's son Frank who became the family historian and the owner of that photograph.

I am chasing the Tull family in the fervent hope that I will one day find that photograph of John Campbell.

So always be aware of your good LUCK!


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Just Don't Use The "S" Word - I've Had It!


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

A Winter Photo Essay!

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Show us those wintertime photo(s)!

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Snaps of your ancestors or family members!

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Tell the story that goes with them!

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Winter is here!
Record it - Celebrate it!

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The Deadline For
Submissions Is
January 15, 2009

Attention All COG Participants

Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any articles you plan to submit 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. Introductions for your articles will not be provided for you due to the volume of articles submitted. Thank you!

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 64th 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.