Monday, August 30, 2010

A Maven and Her Tooth Were Recently Parted


I pray thee, peace. I will be flesh and blood;
For there was never yet philosopher
That could endure the toothache patiently,
However they have writ the style of gods
And made a push at chance and sufferance.

Much Ado About Nothing, 5.1, 21-39

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Quote Me

"Punctuation herds words together, keeps others apart. Punctuation directs you
how to read, in the way musical notation directs a musician how to play."

~ Lynne Truss ~

How do you punctuate quotes?

I hope the answer to that question would be, correctly. But, as I travel around the web I find that isn't always the case.

Here are the rules, so that as we blog or write our family histories we will always get it right.

Quotation marks are used to set off dialogue, quoted material, titles of short works, and definitions. Do not use quotation marks with quoted material that is more than three lines in length. In this case the material should be indented in what is called a blockquote.

Use quotation marks to set off a direct quotation only.


"When will you arrive?" Mom asked.

Mom asked when you will arrive.

Where a single quotation mark is nested within a double quotation mark, the punctuation is inside the single quotation mark.


“Admit it,” footnoteMaven said. “You haven’t read ‘Shades Of The Departed.’ ”

Periods and Commas:

Periods and commas always go inside quotation marks, even inside single quotes.


The sign changed from "Walk," to "Don't Walk," to "Walk" again within 30 seconds.

Mom called to Susan, "Hurry up."

Susan said, "Mom said, 'Hurry up.'"

Question Mark

If the question is within the quotation marks, the question mark should be placed inside the quotation marks.


Mom asked Susan, "Will you be home after school?"

Do you agree with the saying, "Fortune favors the prepared"? (Here the question is outside the quote.)

NOTE: Only one ending punctuation mark is used with quotation marks. The stronger punctuation mark wins. Therefore, no period after prepared.

When you have a question outside quoted material AND inside quoted material, use only one question mark and place it inside the quotation mark.


Did Mom say, "Will I be home after school?"

Exclamation Point:

An exclamation point should be placed inside quotation marks only when it is part of the quoted matter, just as the rule for a question mark.


The performer walked off the stage amidst cries of “Brava!”

She actually wants me to believe the manufacturer’s claim that her watch is “water resistant to 300 meters”!
Colon or Semi-Colon:

When a colon or semi-colon appears at the end of a quotation, put it outside the quotation mark.
John Wayne never said, "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do"; however, he did say, "A man ought to do what's right."


"Now go out there and quote with wild abandon!" fM said.

The above rules of quotation mark usage are the standard in the United States,
punctuation varies in other countries.


"Quotation marks relative to other punctuation and text,"
The Chicago Manual of Style Online, accessed August 22, 2010,

"Quotation Marks,", accessed August 22, 2010,

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

All The Leaves Are Brown & The Sky Is Grey

GREENE, Richard B. "Dick" 70, born in Flushing, NY on March 30, 1940, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 11, 2010. He is survived by his wife Karen; two sons, Raymond and Robert; his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter, Erin, Scott and Briley Fleeman; a sister and brother-in-law, Lucy and Holmes Hallock of Long Island, NY. He also leaves two step- children and their families, Nicole and Mike Arnold, Tony and Michele Manatine, and 4 step-grandchildren, Jordan, Dylan, Taylor and Alyssa. He will always be remembered for his love of God, family, and friends and, of course, his talents as an artist and chef, his love for racing (NASCAR #11), and dancing, which he did so well. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo, Florida, at 1pm on July 31st; immediately following there will be a gathering of family and friends. My Mother's brother.

Almont and Bob
Out for a ride!

,Robert Bob 84. On Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, three years to the day after Mom left us, looking out into a beautiful summer day with Happy Trails playing in the background, Dad swung up on Prince and rode off to the other side.

Robert Bob Harvey was born Jan. 10, 1926, in Gleason, Wis., the sixth of eight children born to Fred and Gertrude Harvey. In October of that year, the family moved to Bainville to be closer to family. He started school at the Harvey School and went through the eighth grade in Dixon. He later attended Flathead County High School.

In 1943, he began a 60-year career raising and selling Christmas trees. In 1945, the family moved to the West Valley area, and he took over the family farming when his father s health began to fail. In 1951, he married an east coast city girl, Katherine Willaman. With Bob on his beloved Prince and Kathy on Little Joe, they enjoyed competing in O-Mok-Sees around the area.

They had three children, Gail, Rick, and Sara, and raised them in the West Valley area. He farmed, ranched and raised Christmas trees for 60 years, until his health just wouldn't let him anymore. He was the last remaining charter member of the Flathead County Sheriff's Posse. He was involved in the posse as long as he was able, and it was a source of great pride for him.

In the 1950s he rode in the Calgary Stampede with the posse. He carried many a flag in the parades around the valley. He worked at the fair and enjoyed doing security at the local football games. He enjoyed visiting Syke s, sitting with people from all walks of life and solving the world s problems over ten-cent coffee.

Family was extremely important to dad. He worried about them, looked after them and loved having everyone together. A family gathering, complete with a rendition of Dunderbeck, was about as good as it could get for him. It is believed that he was happiest out riding his horse on a sunny day, checking his cows. He looked forward to the first baby calf of spring and raised about every other sort of farm animal there was, at one time or another.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kathy; six of his brothers and sisters; a son-in-law; two nieces; and a nephew. He is survived by his children, Rick of Billings, Gail Drew and her husband, Bruce of Kalispell, Sara Martin and her husband, Tony of Kalispell; and two grandsons that he was absolutely devoted to, Bret Martin of Williston, N.D., and Randy Martin of Kalispell. He was Uncle Bob to too many nieces and nephews and their families to count. He loved us all. While his absence creates a great void, he leaves a legacy of devotion to family. Hang and rattle, Dad! A celebration of Bob s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 9, at the Stillwater Free Lutheran Church. Mr. Maven's Uncle. Obituary posted at The Daily Interlake.

The Harvey Family Historian

FOY, Adelaide Mary Harvey, 93. Adelaide Mary Foy died peacefully in Middleton, Idaho, on the afternoon of Friday, June 25, 2010. She was born Oct. 24, 1916, on her parents homestead outside of Bainville, Mont., the second child and first daughter of Frederick R. Harvey (1885-1968) and Gertrude Louise Burton (1893-1969).

Left - Torrance and Adelaide at college.

Her father was minister of the Congregational church at nearby Intake, and he also worked as a circuit preacher, serving Savage and Plevna. Between 1919 and 1926, her family lived in Genoa Junction, Elcho, Gleason and Dudley, all in Wisconsin, where she attended primary schools.

In 1926 they returned to Bainville, and subsequently she entered high school there, staying in town during the week, working for her board and room. She graduated from Bainville High School in 1933. She attended Intermountain College at Helena, where she experienced the destructive 1935 earthquakes that destroyed the college buildings, finishing her teacher's certificate the following year in Great Falls, where Intermountain had temporarily relocated.

She began her career as a teacher in a rural school outside Bainville in the fall of 1936. In 1937 her family moved to Dixon and she taught in rural schools in the area. In 1942 she married James Beauford Jim Foy, owner of a barber shop in Ronan. The two of them spent the war years working in the Kaiser shipyard in Portland.

Their son David was born in 1946, and their daughter Judy followed in 1948. In 1948 they relocated to Hot Springs where her husband operated the Rainbow Barber Shop, and where she took up her teaching career again in 1952. She furthered her education by attending summer school in Missoula and studying by correspondence. She was a talented and skillful teacher, becoming elementary principal in 1964, the same year she was awarded her master's degree in education from the University of Montana. The family moved to Columbia Falls in 1964, where she continued teaching until she retired as vice principal in 1979.

She remained active in community affairs and, in 1991, was named Montana Senior Citizen of the Year. She and her husband traveled widely in North America after retirement. She was predeceased by her husband; her brothers, Torrance, Almont and Bill Harvey; and her sisters, Nellie Richardson and Lucille Palmer.

She is survived by her brothers, Bob and Dale Harvey, of Kalispell; her son, David, of Calgary; and her daughter, Judy Luce, of Caldwell, Idaho; her grandchildren, Mandi Heinle and Ken of Hathaway, Mont., and Cory Luce and Tera of Boise, Idaho; and great-grandchildren, Kassidi and Kadie Heinle, Jasper and Cody Luce, and Jeff Wood of Henderson, Nev.

Adelaide was part of a large and loving family. They were an important part of her life and she enjoyed researching and sharing the family s history and genealogy and just spending time with them at the many family gatherings throughout the years. She will always be loved and remembered by her family, friends and the hundreds of students whose lives are better for having experienced her generous heart, her kind and loving spirit and her undaunted positive attitude. A celebration of Adelaide s life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 5, at Lakeside Chapel in Lakeside. Mr. Maven's Aunt. Obituary posted at The Daily Interlake.

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Tip For The Real World

A small, much used Xerox photocopier in the li...Image via WikipediaOne of my favorite sayings is "Fortune favors the prepared." While our online world is wonderful, it doesn't always have everything we need. Sometimes we have to enter the real world. They have some wonderful resources available in those brick and mortar buildings. But we need to enter "prepared."

You're at your local library, courthouse, or historical society and you're working the copying machine. Behind you is a line of people coughing, restless, looking over your shoulder and asking you how long you're going to be. They want you to hurry.

But if you hurry, you may miss some really important information. Information pertinent to your source and that essential citation.

Here is something I bring with me to save time and money ( yes, I'm cheap). My tickets.

I create a word document tailored to the resource (books, magazines, wills, directories, etc.) I will be researching. In this example, I was copying a photographic article in a magazine and would be researching a couple of books, so my tickets are geared to those resources.

This ticket is created from the source citation examples in Evidence Explained. I have a binder and I keep two copies of each set I've created. Just in case I find a resource I wasn't expecting.

Word Document

Now, you can always copy the title page for the book or magazine. Making a copy takes time and costs. They're still in line behind you. Or you can copy the information by hand to each page. Not efficient.

So, prior to using the copy machine, I fill out one of these tickets. Then I place the ticket on the front page of my article, face down in the copy machine, being sure not to obscure any important information. You can reuse the ticket, placing it on each page of the article, in the event that the stapler is out of staples and you drop your pile of copies on the way back to your table (Yes, I've done this.), or on one page only.

Fill out the information once,

use a dozen times.

Now I have all the information necessary to write a source citation, and I know which real world repository holds the resource.

It works for me. Do you have a great copying tip? Put it in the comments, please.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

My Personal Good-Bye

He called me Miss CommonTater and I called him Spud. The last in a long line of shared running jokes. The most prolific concentrating on frogs; don't ask.

We talked about writing, we wrote poetry. We discussed politics, we shared things that will go with me to my grave. We disagreed, we made-up.

This is my last email to Terry:


OK, so you’ve given me a good laugh.

You are as anti-social as I am which is why I love you.

Miss CommonTater

If there had to be a last, I'm so glad it ended with I love you.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Scratch Your Research At The COG


97th EDITION OF THE Carnival Of Genealogy

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

Research From Scratch!

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Here's an opportunity to put on your research caps and
delve into a whole new family history.

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The challenge is to get some basic information about an ancestor
of a friend, neighbor, co-worker, etc. and put in 3-5 hours of
online research using whatever sources are available to you.

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Write up your research process including whatever
web sites/ blogs/ databases you access, what you learned,
and a synopsis of how far you were able to get.

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You do not have to reveal names. If the family of the ancestor
you are researching would prefer you keep your
findings private, please do so.

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You do not need to "make a case" with the evidence you find.
No one is grading you.

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This is just intended to be a fun exercise in researching beyond
our own family lines... you know how fun beginning
research is when you haven't hit a brick wall yet!

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The Deadline For Submissions Is
September 1st
30 submissions accepted

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Attention All COG Participants

Read Also The Changes To The COG In 2010

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 97th 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.