News Bits –’s Genealogy Readers’ Choice Awards 2013

Hi everyone! I just wanted to post a quick news bits item. has their Genealogy Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 available for you to vote on.  I just finished my voting for today and am excited to see what the final results are!

Voting is open now until midnight (EST) on March 19, 2012 according to their website.  We can vote once per day in each category and there are 11 categories.  It’s not the easiest to navigate so let me give you this tip, when after you vote and you get to the results page, scroll or look down a few lines and you will see a link to “All Genealogy Awards”.  Click on it and it will take you back to the main page with the list of all of the categories. 

I voted in all categories but two and that was due to the fact that I didn’t use the services listed so I couldn’t consciously vote in those catagories.  Did you vote???  What did you think of it?  Let me know.  I love reading comments!

Have a great day!!!


1940 Census

You can help with the indexing of the 1940 Census by joining the 1940 US Census Community Project.  I’m indexing and can’t wait to start working on it.  Are you helping index the 1940 Census?

I’m not in it, but are you?  Are your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents in it?  My dad is in it, along with his siblings and his parents.  Hopefully I will also find my great-grandmother, and my grand uncles.  That is who I will be looking for.

Who will you be looking for in the 1940 Census?  Comment and let me know.

A Sunday outing…

                This past Sunday was an exceptional day for me.  As a mother of a teenage daughter, it is rare for me to get truly “Me” time.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter and my husband, but it has been a while since I had “Me” time.  This past Sunday the planets aligned.  My daughter was with her father that weekend and my husband had to work.  The morning and afternoon were mine…..all mine!!!

                I decided to go to the local farmer’s market and to have some breakfast nearby.  My breakfast was delicious and I love knowing that the items I purchase at the farmer’s market went to local proprietors.  I purchase honey sticks for my tea from the “honey-man”; asparagus for dinner that night from one of the several vegetable stands, and I even bought ½ dozen of tamales from a food vendor for lunch at work the next day for me and my husband.

                As I was walking and looking at all of the booths, I came across one that saddened me.  This proprietor, the name of the business escapes me at the moment, sold comic books, actions figures and vintage books and toys.  As I moved through their stand, a big blue plastic bin in the back kept calling to me.  I went to see what was in it and to my dismay, it was filled with some not so old, and some really old photographs.  These photos were part of someone family history and it sadden me to see them here, all thrown together, unprotected.  I was shocked and dismayed at what I had seen.  I started to go through some of them and found a small handful that I believed I could, after some research, return to a family member one day.

                I purchased 8 photos and postcards and decided right then and there that I will try to accomplish the goal of finding the proper homes for them.  If I couldn’t, then I would just add them to my collection.   Most of them have names, the post cards have addresses, and there is one that is an official Navy photograph, with a stamp to that effect on the back of the photo.  I am a bit bummed that there was one picture I couldn’t purchase because I didn’t have enough money.  It cost $5 and I only had enough for the 8 that I had.  This photo was actually a page of photos.  You know those old photo albums that were black paper.  Most people glued the photos to the page in that era.  Well that is what this was.  It had several smaller photographs but from what I could tell, they were military from 1918!!  This page of photographs would have proved harder to find the family it belong too because there were no identifying names that I could work with.  I thought it was interesting though, interesting enough to go back this next Sunday to try to find it and purchase it.

                I will be posting about my efforts in finding the families that these photos belong to and will keep you updated on the progress.  If I do find the families, and if I can get their permission, I will post the photograph.  Even though I purchased these photos and they are in my collection, I don’t feel right posting the photos because it doesn’t belong to my family and I don’t want to violate anyone’s privacy rights.  So keep an eye out for my posting on these photos in the future.

Happy Anniversary/Valentine’s Day to Tiburcio and Vicenta Luna

Happy Anniversary and Valentine’s Day to my grandparents, Tiburcio and Vicenta Luna.

Tiburcio and Vicenta Luna (Used with permission)
When I obtained a copy of my grandfather’s Immigration file from the INS about 10 years ago, I found out that my grandfather had married my grandmother on Feburary 14, 1918. 
Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Anniversary Grandpa and Grandma!

Open! Open! Open!

I made it into Pro Gen 15!!  Starting tomorrow, I will embark on a focused genealogy journey to learn how to be a more professional genealogist!  I can’t wait to start.  It’s like that commercial where I am standing at the glass door looking in, saying “Open!” “Open!” “Open!”

I will post more about my experiences and assigment if and when I can.  Woo Hoo!!!  I can’t believe I made it!  Congratualtions to everyone in ProGen 15!