The 1790 census was the premiere census in the new United States. Do not worry about differences in style. Each enumerator could create his own table for recording the information about the families to be counted, but the information had to be consistent recorded. Only the head of the household was named, everyone else was reduced to a hack mark, free and slave.
"During World War I, millions of women contributed to the war effort, not only through volunteer service but by entering the labor force as nurses, agricultural laborers and factory workers. Here, a woman works in the converted Baldwin Locomotive property in Eddystone, Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River south of Philadelphia. After April 1918, 3,000 women participated in a work force of 15,000 to manufacture Enfield rifles for British and American troops". -Library of Congress Online Exhibit
The Library of Congress just restored an old photograph album belonging to Emily Howland. On the very last page was this photograph, never seen before. Enjoy the entire article and video on the LC blog.
Heirlooms come in all sizes. I am lucky enough to have my husband (bless him!) haul around my grandparents' 1894 bedroom set of solid red oak. It has quite the history of begetting, birthing and dying. Even my sisters were born in it, however I was the first born in a hospital.
I visited FamilySearch.org to be greeted by a message sharing this photograph of a relative, Joseph Hammond Brinton. He was a missionary in the Sandwich Islands in 1896, and then to Great Britain in 1905 with Heber J. Grant. In this photograph Joseph is on the far left of the center row. Heber J. Grant is centered in that row, a bit separated from both sides. Joseph is the son of David and Harriet Brinton, a Utah pioneer who traveled from Nauvoo, Illinois to the Cottonwood area of the Great Salt Lake region of the Utah Territory. Notice that the photograph identifies the men. Good for the person who remembered to write their names. I would have never known my relative without that. Thank you, whoever you are!
Not only did Camp Lewis materialize in only 3 months, mushrooming over a thousand structures, but the recruits descended on the training camp in hoards with many using their civilian clothing during drills. Such a drill is immortalized in this postcard. Postcards were "in." This one shows the recruits drilling. Military men would purchase postcards of their photographs in uniform for mailing home. Not a bad idea even today! I thought you would enjoy seeing this one.
The history of the military base now called Lewis-McChord began as Camp Lewis. It was built in 90 days, ready for the recruits of the Wild West Division, the 91st. The Joshua Bates of the book Evidence is Lacking.Yet I Still Hope was in the group that arrived on September 22, 1917.
This video, Camp Lewis History, is a brief overview of the base's history with am emphasis on its establishment in 1917.
This year marks the 100th year anniversary of Camp Lewis.
This video shows training at Camp Lewis. The title says this is 1936, but the dress and uniforms shout much earlier. Training at Camp Lewis Video.
I must admit. I loved plowing through indices, table of contents and card catalogs for family history discoveries. It is no wonder that a Masters of Education in librarianship called my name, like a siren perched on a shoal of tomes. Advanced research and reference assignments took me to three university and college libraries for just the right answer, correctly cited of course.
As I look back, my interest in family history has percolated for years. Each summer my parents loaded the Chevy for the pilgrimage to Utah. I spent the trip assigned to three major duties: read the road map and tell the parentals which road to take (I realize now that they knew the way....rascals); record each "Li'l Stinker billboard joke along the road through Idaho; and sleep to hurry the trip. The trip took two long days with an overnight stop at LaGrand, Oregon with the first destination in Utah at Uncle Parley's and Aunt Lucille's in North Ogden.
Then we would drive up the canyon to Peoa, until Grandma Brinton passed away. I remember her unusual home with clarity. We walked directly into the front room with its bevy of truly gorgeous wood furnishings and treasures behind glass. To the left was the kitchen with its eating area, and the back mud room with a door to the fields and chinchilla cages and Weber River lane. Back in the front room there was a door back to the "bedroom complex" an large room with one large bed ruling in the middle of the room. To the immediate right of the door was a little bed cubby that was always mine, a lovely cocoon in which to sleep. Grandma slept in a little bed room directly through the large bedroom, her favorite place to sleep. In 2013 my sister and I drove to the Brinton home only to see an empty field, the house sinking into the ground long ago. Nonetheless, the elderly man next door even remembered the Brintons and our mother, "Ruthie" Bates who married our father. The drive to Wanship did not include family as our Grandpa Bates lived with alternate children, until he passed away in our care in 1957. Their home looked a bit forlorn, but since has been improved and remodeled to still welcome a family today.
Then came the coupling of italic calligraphy and the "four generation project" of the eighties (it is back). I scripted my five generations so that my parents could simply submit mine to the Ancestral File in Salt Lake City. It was fun penning the names and dates and places associated with my ancestors. My mother showed them to all her friends.
It's December 9, 2018 and past time that I finish this entry. Before helping my parents submit our 4/5th generation sheets, I enrolled and enjoyed Religion 261, Beginning Genealogy, at Brigham Young University. The dizzying resources at the Harold B. Lee Library on campus and the resources of the Genealogy Library (Now the Family History Library) in Salt Lake City helped me conquer the class in a way that would have taken so much more time at home. The reason was that the search was done through books, letters, magazine articles, compiled lists by local genealogists, and preserved by exact note taking and photocopying. Now we luxuriate in miraculous online databases of digitized parish records, birth certificates, draft registrations and so much more that volunteer photographers and volunteer indexers make available to us. Our notes are saved on thumb drives, and our family trees on online repositories.
I just finished my term of service as the local Family History Center in my town, and I miss it terribly. Well, outside of staffing substitutes! I am currently cleaning up a family in Wales, 1700s, with 42 children. No, that was not a typo. Thus far I have removed 16 of said children who were conveniently born miles and miles away in other parts of the UK, and have removed children who were born when the mother was 82. It has been a labor of love minimizing this hardy woman's family down to a handleable and deliverable number. Bless her Welsh heart!
I know. A strange post title.
But I just had carpel tunnel surgery on Monday and there was "the episode of the wiggly vein" that made the day, perhaps the week, for my admitting nurse. As she expertly inserted an intravenous needle she gasped (never good) as she witnessed my legendary trick vein curving backwards so that the needle could not do its job. Poor girl had to compress the gigantic needle hole in my hand for at least 10 minutes as those needles are far from fine. So the surgeon entered and she explained what happened and why the second needle was relocated. The anthestesialogist listened to the same. I realized she had to keep them apprised of the situation, but it just became funnier and funnier to me. I know she gave a needle by needle account at lunch as well.
It dawned on me that publishing is like that willful vein. Sometimes the person writing is not as in change as one would hope.
When I began this process of sharing my inquiry lesson with the world, I had no idea of the steps ahead of me. Sure, spelling, grammar, the Oxford comma, and layout were expected. There was the wiggle of how to publish. I would never self-publish! I self-published. Wiggle. I was comfortable with desktop publishing. Not so much with the magic of prepping the document for publishing outside my own desk. Wiggle, wiggle. Promotion? What?? I am ready to start my next project. Promotion? Like, my book is becoming a corporal? Wiggle. Asking for reviews, getting standard book numbers, sending off the book to governing bodies. Yikes!
But as is often the case, you rise to the occasion and realize how much you have learned. I know there is more to come with this venture. Oh dear!
If you are not attending RootsTech 2017 at the SLC Salt Palace, you can still enjoy many of the sessions Wednesday through Saturday via live streaming.
I am a Family History Center Director, former young adult librarian, researcher and avid family historian. I believe that deep reading of primary sources divulge amazing results.