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Honoring Lomita Veterans

For a few years of my life, I lived in a little town near the beach in Southern California.  The city of Lomita, California was founded in 1907.

For Veteran’s Day, I want to especially honor the Lomita Veterans.  My goal is to transcribe this memorial so that a family member or descendant of these  veterans may find this.  This memorial may be the first step in telling the stories of these veterans and their lives.

Lomita Veterans Memorial

World War I

Clyde Chester Blain – USN

World War II

Jerry Angelich – USA
George Reynolds Baker – USNR
Robert Barker – USAAF
Thomas Walter Beecham – USN
Raymond Bodam – USMC
Robert Brumpton – USN
Richard Cox – USA
Jack Cheek – USN
Martin Devries – USN
John Logan Egnew – USN
Robert Fenton – USA
Lory Garcia – USA
Bill Glover – USN
Chelsea Hamilton – USA
George Henderson – USN
Pete Hernandez – USA
Gordon Jacobs – USN
Richard Johnson – USN
Alvah Don Johnson, Jr. – USA
William Luedke – USA
Melvin Martin – USN
Clyde Maxwell – USN
James Meadows – USMC
John Mulkern – USN
Manuel Muro – USN
Charles Richard O’Brien – USA
Walter Owens – USAAF
Kristi Palica – USA
James Peightal – USNR
Floyd Ramsay – USA
Albert Reading – USCG
Allen Rider – USN
Dick Rider – USA
Pearl T. Roomsburg – USA
Marcus Rowin – USA
Wayne Sammon – USN
Jim Sanders – USN
Robert Schreib – USMC
George Stambaugh – USNR
Miles Stubblefield – USN
Malcom G. Tadlock, Jr. – USN
Eddie Tapie – USN
Jess Taylor – USA
Leonard Vorhis – USN
Norman E. Wilson – USN
Bob Wolverton – USN

Korea

Stuart Clark – USA
Donald Dana – USA
Charles Duncan – USA
Joe Hooker – USA
Duane Parsons – USA
Bobby Spratt – USA
William Teuchert – USA
George Washburn – USA

Vietnam

Jerry D. Atkinson – USMC
Richard A. Baglio – USA
Robert R. Bohler – USA
Perry Bozeman – USA
Curtis Brockinton – USA
John T. Carrol – USA
Dennie Ray Carter – USMC
Michael B. Carter – USMC
Michael F. Cook – USMC
Leon T. Culverhouse – USMC
Samuel R. Durham – USA
Alan R. Guymon – USA
Richard W. Hastings – USN
Don Ray Heimark – USA
Frederick R. Horridge – USMC
Richard L. Keeler – USN
John Lortz – USA
Raymond D. McGlothin – USA
Steven W. Musgrove – USA
Glen A. Musguire – USMC
Chester O’Brien – USMC
Alan P. Sandoval – USMC
John Roy Tighe – USA
John G. Turk – USMC
Leslie James Watson – USA

Global War on Terrorism

Jose Gutierrez – USMC
Sergio Rafael Diaz-Varela – USA

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Organizing: Event or Lifestyle?

Right now, I am student teaching.  My life has been going to school, teaching lessons, go to methods courses, write lesson plans and repeat.

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While I am writing lesson plans now as practice and to prove my competence for my teaching credential (the event), I will always write lesson plans in some form.  Writing these plans, even if they aren’t as detailed and formatted the way my university likes then to be, will keep me prepared an organized.  Writing lesson plans will.be a part of my lifestyle for the rest of my career.

The same idea applies to our genealogy research as well.  You can either look at organizing your genealogy stuff as an event – something you only do once – or you can view it as a lifestyle.  If you try to view organizing as an event, your stuff will look pretty and seem functional for a short amount of time before the old habits come back and things get out of hand again.

Or you can view organizing your genealogy stuff as a lifestyle.  Sure, no one likes filing but you gotta do it.  No one likes renaming downloaded files and putting them in the right place.  No one likes taking meticulous notes or recording where you have searched.  But if you don’t do it, you will waste time looking for stuff you have already done.

So which will it be?  An event or a lifestyle?

Photo: Flickr User Rubbermaid Products

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Surname Saturday: Bunton

It’s Surname Saturday and I’m going alphabetical through my surnames each week.

This week’s surname is Bunton.  My earliest known Bunton ancestor is William Bunton.

Surname Saturday Bunton

William Bunton was born around 1780 in North Carolina and died before 1860.  He married Francis Griffen and lived in Johnson County, Tennessee.

My ancestral line to William Bunton is:

1.) Elyse Doerflinger

2.) Thomas Dugger (living)
3.) Sharon Doerflinger (1959-2010)

4.) Herbert Hoover Dugger (1927-2003)
5.) Nancy Jean Rogers (1924-2002)

6.) Monroe Dugger (1885-1951)
7.) Matilda Clawson (1886-1935)

8.) James L. Clawson, Jr. (1858 – ?)
9.) Edna Jane Vines (1860 – 1930)

10.) James L. Clawson, Sr. (1837 – ?)
11.) Sarah Ellen Potter (1834 – ?)

12.) Peter Potter (1800 – ?)
13.) Martha Patsy Bunton (1807-?)

14.) William D. Bunton (Abt 1780 – 1839)
15.) Francis Griffin (1780 – 1860)

 

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Where Were They 150 Years Ago?

Every Saturday, Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings creates a little challenge for all the genealogy bloggers out there.  I’ve decided to participate in this week’s challenge:

“1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 1 September 1863 – 150 years ago.

2)  List your ancestors, their family members, their birth and death years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.” ~Randy Seaver, Genea-Musings, 7 Sept 2013.

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Most of my ancestors living in 1863 would be my 2nd-or-3rd-great grandparents.

1.) Benjamin Smith Dugger (1835-1885) & Charlotte Asher (1843 – ?), my 2nd-great grandparents were living in Johnson County, Tennessee.  Charlotte was likely pregnant with the couple’s first child, Sarah Dugger, while Benjamin Smith Dugger was out fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War.  At some point during the Civil War, Benjamin deserted his Confederate unit and joined a Union unit in West Virginia.  After the war, Benjamin married Rachel Lantz and settled in West Virginia – seemingly never returning home to Tennessee.  The story for Charlotte gets rather sad – she has 5 more children (father’s unknown but there are some guesses that only DNA will solve) and lives the remainder of her life in poverty.

2.) James L. Clawson, Sr (1835 – ?) & Sarah Ellen Potter (1834 – ?), my 3rd-great grandparents, were living in Carter County, Tennessee.  Later in the month, James joins Company E, 13th Tennessee Regiment for the Union.  Meanwhile, Sarah is at home raising three children: William Clawson, James L. Clawson, Jr. (my 2nd-great grandfather), and Martha Clawson.

3.) William Madison Morris (1827 – 1904) & Julia Ann Downer (1831-1912), my 3rd-great grandparents, were living in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio or Sullivan, Sullivan County, Indiana.  In 1861, William served 3 months in the military in Ohio for the Union.  Meanwhile, Julia is at home raising Alice, Hattie, William, and John Morris (my 2nd-great grandfather).

4.) Adolph Carl Doerflinger (1851  – 1938) and Augusta Baumeister (1853 – 1921), my 2nd-great grandparents, were not yet married and were probably living somewhere in Germany.  Adolph immigrates to the United States in 1868 and settles in St. Louis, Missouri.  Augusta immigrates to the United States in 1871 and marries Adolph in St. Louis in 1874, a year after the birth of their only son, Maximillian Adolph Doerflinger (my great-grandfather).  The couple later divorces after Adolph’s affair with a woman that worked in his saloon.  Adolph marries his mistress and moves to California to raise a new family while Augusta then moves to Washington.

5.) Antone Kepper (1847 – 1898) & Rosalie Lena Friederike Endres (1845 – 1908), my 2nd-great grandparents, were married and living somewhere in Germany with their children, William A. Keppler, Adolph Keppler, Marie Keppler (my great grandmother), Ernest Keppler, and Annie Keppler.

6.) Fredrick Harney (1846 – 1911) & Margaret Becker Steinmetz (1842 – 1894), my 2nd-great grandparents, were not yet married and had not yet immigrated to the United States.  Margaret would have been married to Frank Steinmetz and living in Austria.  Fredrick would have been living somewhere in Germany.

7.) Stephen Weston (1831 – ?) & Mary Morgan (1835 – ?), my 3rd-great grandparents, were most likely living in Llantwit Farde, Glamorgran, Wales raising their son Daniel Weston (my 2nd-great grandparents).

8.) John Coombe (1837 – ?) & Esther Mary ? (1832 – ?), my 3rd great grandparents, were probably living in St. Peter, Carmarthenshire, Wales raising their children: Elizabeth Francis Coombe (my 2nd-great grandmother) and John H. Coombe.

I’m sure there are more ancestors living during this time, but these are the main ancestors living in 1863.  Where were your ancestors living in 1863?

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How I Use OneNote to Organize My Genealogy

OneNote is possibly one of my favorite computer programs ever.  It keeps my life organized.  It keeps my genealogy organized.  It keeps me sane.

OneNote is a note-taking program created by Microsoft.  If you have Microsoft Office, there is a pretty good chance this handy program is sitting on your hard drive.  If it wasn’t included in your Office purchase or you just don’t have Office, you can download it from Amazon for $49.99 or buy the PC Key Card for $65.00.

What makes this program so awesome, you ask?  Well, it’s simple really.  OneNote organizes everything from the random bits of information to full thought processes when working through a problem.  It can hold text, pictures, PDFs, video, audio, tables, and just about anything else you can think of.  And it’s all searchable and can be synced to your phone, tablet, and the web so you can take it all with you wherever you go.

Honestly, I’m not sure how I lived life without it.

OneNote Overview Photo

OneNote is set up just like a three ring binder – only digital.  On the right hand side, you’ll see all of my “notebooks”, which are essentially binders.  Along the top, you’ll see “Sections”, which are essentially tabbed dividers.  To the left are pages and subpages.

When it comes to my genealogy, I like to create tabbed dividers for the surnames I’m working on.  Then I can create pages and subpages with document images, research plans, lists of documents to order, etc.  Here is just a short list of how I use OneNote to organize my genealogy:

  • Transcribe records – I’ll often put the image of a document in a page and then transcribe.
  • Create research plans
  • Write out theories on difficult problems – this helps me document my thought process.
  • Create lists of microfilm or documents to order
  • Create timelines using tables
  • Create research logs
  • Store correspondence with cousins
  • Analyze documents before entering them into RootsMagic (my favorite genealogy program ever!
  • Write random helpful notes to myself
  • Keep information about my society members
  • Keep links to my favorite genealogy websites
  • ….and more!

OneNote has become the place where I put nearly everything and free up my brain.  It keeps it all in one searchable place and syncs to my devices so I can take it with me on the go.  OneNote is easy to use and has the familiar Microsoft OneNote feel to it.  If you are looking for an easy to use program to organize your genealogy, I highly recommend OneNote.

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Confessions of a Geneablogging Perfectionist

Blogging has become a little difficult for me lately. Not because my blogging platform has been glitchy. Not because I don’t have things to write about or share. Not because life is crazy busy.

No, blogging has become very difficult for me because I’m a Geneablogging Perfectionist.

That’s right. I can’t seem to press the “Publish” button unless I feel the article is perfect. The picture is perfect. The flow is perfect. The time is perfect. Everything must be perfect.

Baking perfectionists?

But I’m breaking one of my cardinal rules of blogging right now: Blogging should be fun, enjoyable, and should be about sharing. My perfectionist ways have made blogging a chore and unpleasant. It has prevented me from sharing.

So, I’m here to tell you that my perfectionist ways are gone and if you are also plagued by Geneablogging Perfectionism, there is hope. You can be cured. You are not alone.

My name is Elyse Doerflinger and I am a recovering Geneablogging Perfectionist.

Photo: Historic Photograph Collection (San Jose Public Library California Room) on Flickr used via Creative Commons 2.0 License.

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Surname Saturday: Asher

It’s Surname Saturday, and I’m going alphabetical order through my surnames each week.


Word cloud made with WordItOut

This week’s surname is Asher.  My earliest known Asher ancestor is John Ellet Asher (Abt 1808 – bef 1860).

My ancestral line back through John Asher is:

1.) Elyse Doerflinger (1989-living)

2.) Thomas Dugger (living)
3.) Sharon Doerflinger (1959-2010)

4.) Herbert Hoover Dugger (1927-2003)
5.) Nancy Jean Rogers (1924-2002)

6.) Monroe Dugger (1885-1951)
7.) Matilda E. Clawson (1886-1935)

8.) Benjamin Smith Dugger (1835-1885)
9.) Charlotte Asher (1843- )

10.) John Ellet Asher (1808-bef 1860).  John Asher was born in Tennessee and lived in Johnson County, Tennessee during his lifetime.
11.) Louisa Estep (1815- )

Are we cousins?  Contact me so we can share!

 

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Treelines.com – The Getting Started Stories Contest

I am SO excited to announce this contest because Treelines is possibly my new favorite genealogy website.  Last weekend while at Jamboree, I was able to talk to Tammy Hepps, the founder of Treelines, and get some demos.  And let me tell you: not only do I love the concept of a site helps you tell your family stories, I love that Treelines makes it easy to do!

The rules for the contest are simple: Create the story of how you got interested in genealogy and publicly share it on Treelines by July 19.  Make sure your story is interesting and conveys how you got obsessed with this hobby.  The stories will be judged by Tammy Hepps and Maureen Taylor, the photo expert.

And 3 (count ‘em, 3!) winners will each win personal consultations with Maureen!  Woo Hoo!

So get on over to Treelines and get your entry in!  And while your there, really explore the site and let me know what you think.  I’m super excited to start making stories there and see how the site takes off.

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Jamboree: Thursday’s Review

All the fun of Southern California Genealogy Society’s Jamboree begins today – at least for me.

Today is actually Family History and DNA: Genetic Genealogy in 2013 which is a joint conference by the Southern California Genealogy Society (SCGS) and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG).  I did not register for the “DNA Day” but I was able to go to the DNA Lunch with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. as the speaker.

And I have to say, it was a great lunch.  The food was okay and I was able to sit next to Richard Aurand Sherer and Brandt Gibson.  After the food, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. took the stage and gave a great lecture.  He was funny and told some amazing stories that really captured the audience’s attention.

(If you don’t know who Dr. Gates is, he is an expert in genetic genealogy, the author of many books, and the host of PBS’s Faces of America.  And?  He revealed today that they will begin filming season 2 in the fall – and Ben Affleck has agreed to be on the show!  Yay!)

Honestly, I didn’t take many notes during the lecture – I was too busy listening.  However, here are the notes I took:

  • Y-DNA is only for males and traces the father’s father line.
  • Mitochondrial DNA is for males and females and traces the mother’s mother line.
  • While talking about common family myths in genealogy, Dr. Gates said: “Every family story is important to record because sometimes, where there is smoke, there is fire.”

The day is definitely not over and while I’ve seen many of my genealogy friends, I know many more will be coming in tonight and tomorrow morning.  And since I spent more time talking than eating at the lunch, I’m gonna go grab some food.

Thanks to Cyndi Howell (or Cyndi's List fame), I got a picture with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Paula Stuart Warren.

Thanks to Cyndi Howells (of Cyndi’s List fame), I got a picture with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Paula Stuart Warren.

Check back here: I’ll be blogging as much as I can (these things exhaust me and there is so much to fit into such a short amount of time!).  Also follow me on Twitter (@GenealogistElys), on Instagram, and Facebook.

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Quick Tip: Try Cluster Research (Video)

It’s summer time… so you know what that means?  I’m BACK!  My first semester of my teaching credential program has ended and this summer will be the summer of genealogy and blogging!  And I’m also back to making videos!

So today, I want to share with you a quick tip video all about cluster research.  (And if you like it, subscribe to my Youtube Channel!) Check out the video below:

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