Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Spotlight on EWGS member Carol Anderson.

EWGS would be in big trouble without all the energy, help and involvement of Carol Anderson. She helps with the Program Committee, the Outreach Committee and seems to be everywhere, knowing everything and helping everybody. 

Carol and hubby Dennis live in a darling little bungalow on the Spokane South Hill where she has hosted many committee meetings. Her Lemon Scones are to die for. 

Carol was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Her parents, Dorman Westcott hailed from Norfolk, VA, and her mum, Nancy Best, from Newark, NJ. One thing you may not know about her is that she is a Spokane Master Gardner! 

Her maternal lines extend from New Jersey and Pennsylvania back to Poland. Her father's lines from Virginia and New York to England. She says she's been very lucky to have visited Virginia, England and Poland and "I'm planning to do more!" (I know she and Dennis are planning a trip to Iceland; do you have Icelandic ancestors, Carol?)

Ancestry is her most-used genealogy website; her favorite color is purple and favorite dessert? Ice cream! In her words: "I am a nut for DNA research! I am learning how to "paint" my DNA and finding so many cousins!" 

Carol says that the words that best describe her are family-centered. Love it!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Blackboards, anyone?

I had scheduled a promo post for tomorrow's Spring Seminar. I did delete that post because the Seminar has been rescheduled; stay tuned to the EWGSI.org website.  Here's a goodie for you:

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

YouTube: A Resource You Should Use

"YouTube is a free video sharing website on the internet. The website lets people upload, view, and share videos. ... Videos can be rated with likes or dislikes, and viewers can subscribe to channels they like. Videos can be commented on if viewers log into their own accounts."

This is the posted official definition of what YouTube is, but what might it mean to YOU?

To me, YouTube means that FamilySearch offers me 298 videos to watch on my laptop or iPad or phone from the comfort of my chair. YouTube means I'm offered 298 learning opportunities from FamilySearch on YouTube. 

Ancestry offers me 1108 videos!  MyHeritage offers 383 videos. 

These little videos rang from minutes to just over an hour. At Walmart I bought a pair of $12 earphones which I plug into my iPad to hear better what I'm watching. 

And if I get brain-dead from too much genealogy learning I can always see what Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund is up to, or learn that chopped up banana peels soaked in water make a very good fertilizer water for houseplants. :-)

Try it out for yourself. I think you'll enjoy what you find and see. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

EWGS Facebook Group: Did you know?

I'm delighted to help spread the word that EWGS now has an Interactive Facebook Group page.  The moderators (EWGS members) have the say in who joins because we want this to be an EWGS group. Here you can post questions and ask questions.... of a genealogical nature, that is. So click to Facebook, look for the Eastern Washington Facebook GROUP (not just "page") and ask to join. It's fun, it's free and it's easy to do. Come join us.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Interment.net...... What Do You Know About This Resource?

Many EWGS members remember (the late) Maggie Rail and her "energizer-bunny" dedication to photographing tombstones all over the area and uploading them to this website: www.interment.net.

I mistakenly thought this was Maggie's personal project but clearly it is not when it contains "25+million" records! 

As of a blurb posted on 1 Feb 2020, Interment.net has published 176,172 cemetery records covering 41 cemeteries across 12 states, 1 province and 2 countries and these are not available for free viewing to the general public by visiting www.interment.net/new.htm

Those of you who have been in my classes might remember my advice: If it's free, take two. So go take two looks for your ancestors place of rest at Interment.net.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Pompeii: Did You Have An Ancestor There?

Well, whether or not you did have ancestors living in Pompeii, you'll want to see the exhibit on this Italian city destroyed by ash from Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Somebody's ancestors perished in that horrific event as evidenced by the body casts left behind. 

This exhibit will only be at the MAC through May 3rd, so better get to going.  Click to www.northwestmuseum.org for all you need to know to plan your visit. 

P.S. If any of you have visited the actual site of Pompeii, I'd love to hear from you and share your reminiscences with others.