Follow Friday: This Week’s Favorite Finds

I can’t believe how busy I have been lately.

I’m usually quite the hermit – not that I’m antisocial or anything, because I’m not.  But at our past duty stations, I just spent a lot of time at home (especially the 3 years I was holed up in my house in Alaska).  Things are different here.  I seem to know half the neighborhood and there are always functions and parties to go to.  I’m really enjoying meeting so many great people and actually having an active social life.  It makes it hard to get much research done though.  Add to the social functions the fact that I’m trying to walk about 40 miles a week and I don’t have a lot of free time left.  It’s just a different season of life I suppose and it soon shall pass too.  Who knows where we’ll be living this time next year.  Maybe I’ll be a genealogy hermit again.:)

Here are a few good reads:

And a couple of pictures from this past week…

I had the privilege of taking pictures of the sweetest little baby that lives down the street.  It really makes me want to have another one……


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  • Sheryl - January 27, 2012 - 8:13 am

    Thanks for the mention of A Hundred Years Ago. And, the photos are awesome. They are so thoughtful, artistic, and well-designed.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 27, 2012 - 12:26 pm

      Thanks Sheryl! And you’re welcome for the shout out. I’ve been enjoying the diary entries – I really wish I had someone’s journal. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Wallen Logsdon - January 27, 2012 - 9:05 am

    Thanks so much for the mention of Old Stones Undeciphered and my short lesson on the historical treatment of epileptics, and I LOVE those baby toes!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 27, 2012 - 12:25 pm

      You’re welcome!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • shaz - January 27, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    I hope you get to SLC some day in the not too distant future. But be warned, it can be overwhelming on your first visit. On my first visit in 1988 I ran right down to the International Floor B-1 and tackled the Dutch microfilms. It helped that I already knew the village of my 3rd great-grandfather, Jan Killewinger. Within hours and with help from two Dutch-speaking folk at the reference desk, I had 5 or 6 generations of my ancestors.

    On many, many trips since I have run down my Dutch,Bavarian and Polish ancestors as far back as the records go, as well as my husband’s Swedish branch. Unfortunately, no films exist for much of his Pomeranian (German) ancestors.

    I once spent two weeks at the Library and came home exhausted. Not a good idea and now I don’t stay more than 3 to 4 days on a visit. I find that for every day IN the Library and spend a FULL WEEK at home digesting and entering my finds into my database.

    And by the way, I probably mentioned awhile back — my 2nd great-grandfather, John Haskin, was shot and killed by his brother-in-law.
    According to the news article: It appears that Kinney was jealous of Haskins, suspecting him of undue intimacy with his wife, which was the cause of the quarrel. Haskins died confessing the crime of which Kinney suspected him. The latter is in custody.” (Custody didn’t last too long, however, as Kinney was found in the census only two years later.)ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 27, 2012 - 2:46 pm

      I know that I’ll make it there someday! I will take your advice and try not to get too overwhelmed – maybe focus on a couple of specific lines. I have a bunch of German ancestors to search for so that seems like it might be a good place to start.
      While I of course don’t wish for a murder in my family tree, it would be kind of interesting. :)ReplyCancel

  • Denise Levenick - January 28, 2012 - 9:05 pm

    Thanks for the FF shout-out. Wish you were coming to SLC so we could meet-up. I sure hope to solve a few mysteries while I am there!ReplyCancel

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