This is another book that my mom found while I was visiting WA this past summer.

It belonged to my grandma, Eleanore Bergman.

She was a nurse and I’m sure that she used this in her studies or work.

As you can see, it went through a fire.  I’m assuming that this was probably a fire that happened in our storage unit when I was a little kid and we were in a trailer while building our house.  A lot of our things ended up with black marks on them.  (I believe that the fire was in the next unit, so nothing actually burned.)

2014-07-24_0014Here is the publication information.2014-07-24_0015

And my grandmother’s writing inside.  She worked at Swedish Hospital in Ballard (Seattle).  I love that it includes a date: 14 September 1942.  She married my grandpa, Donald Sanchez, the following July.  I think that they were dating at this time.2014-07-24_00162014-07-24_0017Even though there isn’t much genealogical information to glean from this book, I’m glad that my mom still has it.

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While I was visiting my parents’ in Washington this summer, my mom found this book that belonged to her father, Donald Sanchez.

It has seen better days.  The cover is quite faded.
2014-07-24_0008And you can’t even read anything on the spine.


The inside is in pretty good shape though.

It’s called “The Oregon Trail Sketches on Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life”, by Francis Parkman.  It’s an account of a 2-month summer tour in 1846 of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas.  It was first published as a book in 1849.


I love that my grandpa’s childhood signature is written in the cover.

And it also shows a couple of his addresses, which is helpful:

816 10th Ave Seattle, WA

6008 McKinley Place  Seattle, WA2014-07-24_0012

But my favorite part is the doodling.  I guess he liked planes. 🙂


I’m actually thinking that I might put this book on my “to read” list.  It sounds interesting.

Do you have any books that belonged to your ancestors?  Do they have writing or doodles in them?

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Eugenia was my great-grandmother.  She died long before my parents even met, so I never had the privilege of knowing her.  She immigrated from Sweden in the early 1910s and settled in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

On a recent trip to WA state, I went and found her gravestone.

Eugenia V.C. Bergman (The name on her birth records was Charlotta Eugenia Viktoria Klarstrom)

1888-1960 (I have heard dates as: 4 Jan 1888 – 18 Apr 1960

She was buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Seattle.



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My favorite papers in a Civil War pension are usually those that give information on a marriage or children’s birth dates (especially when I haven’t been able to find them elsewhere).

I am trying not to overlook the information that can be gleaned from the less interesting pages – and in an inch thick pension packet, there can be many.

This is an affidavit from a physician stating John Edwards’ health in 1929.  It gives me a picture of his health in the years before he died in 1931.

Here is some of the information gleaned:

Mental condition – fair

General Physical condition very poor

Clinical findings

Rheumatism of arms and Legs

High Blood Pressure systolic 180 diatolic 110

Chronic Nephritis (Brights)

Patients physical condition (High Blood Pressure and chronic nephritis necessitates Complete Rest – and therefore care by another person.

It sounds like he was not in good health during his last few years.



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My maternal grandmother’s family came from Sweden in the early 1910s.  They settled in the Ballard neighborhood in Seattle.

While I was visiting my parents in Washington this past summer, we made a trip to Seattle and I finally got a chance to visit the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard.

My little Vikings had a good time….

2014-10-23_0006There was an entire section on immigration, which I found really interesting.  It was neat to see what their experience may have been like.  I do sometimes wonder what my great-grandparents’ reasons were for immigrating.

Another section focused on life in the Northwest – logging, fishing, etc.

The top floor had separate exhibits on each of the Nordic Countires: Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, and Finland.

This piece really amazed me.  I guess I never thought about how much work went into something like this.  Doesn’t it look complicated?  I’m in awe.


I really liked the exhibits on traditional folk clothing.2014-10-23_0008

My son really liked the boats.2014-10-23_0009

And my kids were all so excited about the Lego Viking world.  Of course they want to try it at home.


If you haven’t already, I highly recommend going to local museums in the areas where your ancestors lived – it’s so helpful in painting a picture of what their lives might have been like.

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