Theodore Sanchez and Patricia Melhus were my great-grandparents.  They lived in Minnesota and later Washington state.  I never got a chance to meet either of them.  They died 15-20 years before I was born.  There is so much I would have loved to ask them!

  • Trevor Sanchez - December 10, 2010 - 2:45 am

    Theodore was my grandpa that taught me how to tie my shoes. He lived with us a short time in 1960-61. He had a lot of patience to be able to teach a little boy the story of the rabbit, and show how it looped in and under the other strings. He was a good man.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - December 10, 2010 - 9:52 am

      I didn’t realize that he had lived with you guys for a while! How neat that he taught you to tie your shoes. :)ReplyCancel

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I don’t have a picture of what I’m treasuring today.  I’m too lazy to go take one at this moment in time.  Honestly, it wouldn’t be that interesting anyway.

I am treasuring the plastic bag full of slides I brought home from my mom’s house this past August.  Apparently, they were much cheaper than getting pictures printed out and so for a number of years, when my mom had film developed, she ordered slides instead of prints.

This has resulted in me missing out on huge chunks of childhood pictures, because really – who pulls out a slide projector and watches slide shows on the wall?  Does anyone still own one of these that actually works?  My mom still had all of the slides in carousels, but the projector was toast.

Anyway, my job is to buy a slide scanner and get all of these images digitized so that we can actually enjoy them!!

I am thinking that it might be what I ask Santa for Christmas this year.:)

Have any of you all had success in converting your slides to digital images?  Any suggestions on which scanner to buy – or which one to stay away from?

  • Cherie Cayemberg - November 4, 2010 - 7:25 am

    Jenn – I’ve got this slide/negative converter (it does both…I imagine most do):

    http://www.amazon.com/Innovative-Technology-Negative-Slide-Converter/dp/B00264GNR2/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1288869517&sr=8-5

    It was one of the few Amazon.com had when I was looking for one a year ago, but they seem to have bunches now. I would actually suggest looking for one of the others. Mine technically works, but not consistently. It freezes up for no apparent reason and then other times it works for hours without pooping out. Now I had that evil Windows Vista program on my computer, which has been replaced this summer. It was supposed to work with Vista though…haven’t tried it since I chucked Vista. There is also no customer support (tried emailing them twice…no phone number included on the instruction manual…and they never returned my emails). Also the instruction manual is like 2-inches x 2-inches…that’s NOT an exaggeration! Oh, and it’s also 2 pages long. So there really was nothing in there to help you with the product.

    When it works, I’m happy with the outcome. When it misbehaves, I want to chuck it against the wall. Thanks, though…I now have a tech tip to blog for next time! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen - November 4, 2010 - 6:07 pm

    Thanks for the heads up Cherie! I had looked at them about a year ago and there didn’t seem to be too many out there, but it definitely looks like there are more available now! :)ReplyCancel

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I’m not very good at keeping these “Wordless Wednesdays” wordless.  I don’t like not explaining what is in the picture.

This one has been scrolling around on my banner since I started this blog.  I thought that I would mention who is in it.

These are the 4 eldest children of Theodore and Patricia (Melhus) Sanchez.  They are as follows:

Pearl Matilda born in 1901
Geneva Margaret born in 1904
Frances Juanita born in 1906
Luella Gertrude born in 1907

Based on that, I’m assuming that this picture was taken around 1908.

Even though my grandpa isn’t in this picture (he was born in 1918), I have always really loved it.  I can’t get over how humongous their hats are, and  I can’t help but imagine what my own kids would look like with those on their heads.  They could not have been very comfortable.:)

  • Kellie - November 3, 2010 - 8:42 am

    The little bonnets are just precious!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - November 5, 2010 - 11:17 am

    Jen,
    The smaller girl on the right looks like Ellie!
    And look at the little one on the left-it’s NICK! LOL!
    How cool to seem family resemblence from so many years ago!
    :)MichelleReplyCancel

  • Jen - November 7, 2010 - 10:37 am

    You are so right Michelle! It’s amazing to see the family resemblance, isn’t it? The Sanchez genes were definitely dominant. :)ReplyCancel

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I love that whenever I let a line sit for a while, something eventually pops up.  New records are always being added.  Databases are being indexed.  I can’t even keep up with all of the information that I find.  I guess that it’s better than finding nothing!!

I popped onto Ancestry for a minute and found this gem.  It’s my great-grandmother’s naturalization record – complete with picture!!

(This was one of MANY naturalization and emigration records I found tonight.)

Now I can go to bed and feel like I accomplished something (genealogically speaking) today.:)

  • Amy Coffin - November 3, 2010 - 11:42 am

    Congratulations on the find!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - November 3, 2010 - 8:35 pm

    Jenn, that’s just awesome! I’ll have to check out those records! Congrats on your find!ReplyCancel

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Here are the Kuttenkuler gravestones I took pictures of while I was at the St. Andrew Catholic Cemetery in  Tipton, MO.

  • Cherie Cayemberg - November 2, 2010 - 9:45 am

    Awesome way to post several tombstones! I like it!ReplyCancel

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