Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all my American friends a happy Thanksgiving.  Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Grandpa Gordon Laws R.C.A.F.

Grandpa Gordon Schuler Laws in his R.C.A.F uniform.  This photo was taken about 1941 in Marysville, New Brunswick, Canada.

Template's fixed!

Looks like my template is working ok now.  :-)  Thank you to the support at Artisteer for helping me fix the code conflict!
I still have a little tweaking to do with the header.  I'd like to add a few more photos under the text.  Ahh in time!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Template Problems

I'm working on the blog template and having some issues.  (sigh)  I made a template I just love but for some reason it's conflicting with my twitter and networks blogs java script.  So I had to take it off for now.
So if you see any weird looking things around the site, it's just me trying to fix everything. :P

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Supper ~ Fried Potato Patties

I don't remember my Grandma Hilda Laws (nee Anderson) cooking much when I was growing up.  But there were a few things she enjoyed making.

Grandma was born in 1916 and living through the depression made her a thrifty woman.  One of my favorite meals as a child focused on using left overs.  I still love these and making them brings back memory's of standing beside my Nana while she cooked up a few batches of her Fried Hash Potato Patties.

This really isn't a recipe more of a method.  
Chop up a medium onion and stir into left over mashed potatoes.  If you have any left over meat cut this up fine and stir in.  She often would use left over ham, or tuna.  Mix this all together well.  
Form mixture into patty shapes and fry until golden brown on each side.  Top with some salt and pepper and enjoy!

These are sooo good and a great way to use up left overs.  

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sorting Saturday ~ Hard Drive Organization

When I started working on my family tree again this fall I started gathering a large number of images and data.  I started with a 2 week trial membership on Ancestry and downloaded all the BMD records and census images that I needed.  As long as things were attached to my Ancestry tree this was easy to keep track of.  But when I switched to using a offline family tree program, I now had a huge amount of data and needed to find a way to organize it.
Then I stumbled onto a podcast called Hard Drive Organization.  This lined up with what I was thinking and gave me some good tips to get started.

What I have done is create a genealogy folder inside my Dropbox folder.  Then I have a surnames folder inside that.  Now were I changed things from the suggestions in the podcast, I don't group all the family's with the same surname under one folder.  Instead I group by they husbands last name.  I find this is easier for me to find a record quickly rather then searching though all the items for one family branch.

Inside each family folder I make sub folders for birth, marriage, census and any other unique data needed.  I'm still working my way through a mountain of images, getting them organized and linked into my RootsMagic program.  I will be glad when it's all done!  But one good thing about redoing all of this is I'm going over each record and finding new information I missed the first time I read them.

Friday, November 19, 2010

My Journey To The Past

My journey to the past isn't something that would be pictured in a science fiction book or movie.  It is a journey of tracing my ancestors one step at a time.

When I was a little girl I loved history.  I loved to read about times past and far away places.  I was equally curious about my family's history.  Often you would find me looking through old photo albums asking who this person or that was.  Many of my questions went unanswered, but my interest never went away.

I remember the first time genealogy came up in school.  It was my grade 8 year and we had to pick a family member to research.  I decided to pick my Grandfather Gordon Laws.  Grandpa Gordon passed away when I was very little so I don't have any memories of him.  Learning about where he lived and the many jobs he had during his life helped me to feel closer to him.  Then again in a high school history class we had a family tree project.  That time I worked on a different family line.  I still have the notes I made back then, I found them recently tucked into memory box I put together long ago.

Since I restarted my family history study this fall I've discovered something wonderful.  There is a huge genealogy community on the internet.  I've met so many helpful people and also been very blessed to find some family members.  I'm looking forward to sharing my family stories with you as I continue my journey into the past, to preserve it for my children.

Researching Family In Sweden?

I would love to hear from anyone who's researched family in Sweden.  One of my Great Grandfathers, Oscar Anderson was from Sweden.  He died in New Brunswick, Canada shortly after WW1 when his children were very young.  I will be posting more about Oscar soon.

I would love to hear what your favorite Swedish resources are.  Books, online sites, genealogical societies etc.
Most of my research has been in Canada, USA and the UK so this in new territory for me.

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy ~ Genealogy Gifts

This weeks challenge in the 52 Weeks To Better Genealogy is what genealogy gifts you would like for Christmas.
Well since I've just restarted my family search this past year, there are quite a few things on my wish list.  Although things are tight and these will likely be spread out over a few years.

Local history books for New Brunswick, Canada and Ontario Canada.
A subscription to Genline a Swedish genealogy database.
Memberships to:
New Brunswick Genealogy society
Grey Bruce Ontario Genealogy society
Personal Historian
Passage Express

But most of all, for all my family members to send me letters with family stories, photos and genealogy info!  As all the other data is great, but I treasurer family stories above all.

Welcome to my new blog

I have been researching my family history on and off for 18 years. I took a long break while life was busy. This past fall I decided to pick my searching back up and I'm so glad that I did.
I've enjoyed reading many genealogy blogs the past few months and decided to start one myself. I've had many blogs for homemaking and craft topics but this will be my first family history one.

The primary surnames I'm researching are Mills, Badgerow, Grummet, Anderson, Laws, Robinson, Robichaud and Gallant.