This old is new(s) to me

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Just a quick blog today,

I finally have some time and enough finances (making my money work for me, not the other way around, is working well) to continue paying for Ancestry.com, for the “world” membership — and Fold3 and Newspapers were included. Great value and already I have found documents I didnt know existed.

During the move, it has been a good source to have Ancestry and My Heritage websites, to keep our families ancestral lines there and gather more information. Yes, I still have nearly everything genealogy stored away still.

For example:

I knew my dad was not allowed in the military. I was told, it was because he was the youngest of many brothers who were already enlisted.

What I did not know was that my dad had registered to fight for our country.

Fold3 had the copy of his registration card.  Yes it was his, my dad has a very distinct signature.

Interesting what one finds after a little breather.

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I’mm baaaack.

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Moving to bare land and starting from the ground level takes much longer and much more time than one would think. Thus blogging has taken a step back while life goes on.

So what have I discovered in my spare time about this wooden silo?

This brick wall is solid and I’m not getting through or around it. Researching a little one purpose in life so far grain silo has proven to be most difficult.

shipWhat have we discovered?:

The wooden Silo is:

1.  made of wood and the wood is most likely Douglas Fir,                                                                                                                    tight grain, soft and a white wood
2. the nails have flat heads, and from what I am able to gather from a nail expert,                                                         seem to be about late 1930’s into the 1940’s
3. the only documentation on the property is dated 1907
4. the era of wooden silo’s tends to be around 1870 to 1950’s, though steel bins began                                                                       the early 1930’s to present time

more about silos and grain bins

history of cgc bin storage program 1933 -1975 – naldc
https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/download/CAT10848608/PDF

and this web page has some great photos and videos

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Steel Grain Bins: Construction

http://industrialscenery.blogspot.com/2016/12/steel-grain-bins-construction.html

here is an abstract of something I thought you might find interesting

(1920) History of the Silo, The (AJ)
https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/aj/abstracts/12/5/AJ0120050175?access=0&view=pdf

So, where does that leave us on this treasure map of adventure?

capturetheflagMap

We have come to the end of the search. I wasn’t able to gain any more information relating to the wooden silo itself, and without doing a complete and in-depth family history [which I currently have neither the time nor the request, of or from, the family who owned the property] we are going to leave it as it is.

The complete reconstruction will not be moving forward until next spring~ as construction is rampant in the area and schedules are full until then. For now, it is set to hold its curves during the winter and allowed to rest a while longer before spring activity stands it upright and puts it in full use again.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Greetings of the Holidays!

 

 

 

Thanks to
http://clipart-library.com/discovery-cartoon-cliparts.html
for the ship image

What would you take?

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With all the wildfires and forest fires going on this August and September of 2017, many people are displaced from their homes, praying and wondering if they will have a home to go to when the fires have either burnt out on their own, or have been put out by the many firefighters and volunteers fighting the fires. Many people have had little notice to leave their homes, some are waiting to hear if they need to leave and to find a place to live until it is safe to come back to their homes, if their homes will even be there.

Sep2017https://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/firemap.aspx

(This article gives a timeline of the fire)
“The Latest: Coast Guard closes Columbia River due to fire – The …
https://www.washingtonpost.com/…environment/…fire…/f7df5910-9298-11e7-8482-8d…
10 hours ago – The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the Columbia River to all vessel traffic … has closed an interstate highway and forced hundreds to leave their homes. … People at the White River Campground are being encouraged to leave.”
septfire2017 http://www.oregonlive.com/wildfires/index.ssf/2017/09/eagle_creek_fire_rages_in_colu.html

“Washington residents on evacuation notice after fire jumps Columbia …
http://www.kgw.com/news/local/washington/…on…fire…columbia-river/471357268
13 hours ago – More than 100 people are at a shelter run by the Red Cross in Stevenson, Wash. … It’s pretty surreal but the view of as we were leaving the house which … from the Eagle Creek fire flew all the way across the Columbia River …”

“Eagle Creek fire grows overnight; rescue underway for hikers …
http://www.oregonlive.com/…/eagle_creek_fire_grows_overnight_hikers_still_trapped.html
3 days ago – Gallery: Hikers trapped by Eagle Creek fire reunited with friends and family … trailhead, after a fire broke out near the popular Columbia River Gorge trail. … of Interstate 84 are being told to immediately leave their homes. … A portion of the Eagle Creek Trail had been closed for weeks due to another fire, the …”

“Ash covers Oregon cities, wildfire smoke chokes West | The Columbian
https://www.columbian.com/…/interstate-84-remains-closed-due-to-eagle-creek-fire/
13 hours ago – The Eagle Creek fire has been burning in the Columbia River Gorge since Sept. … to warn residents on the Oregon side of the river to leave their homes. … 84 was closed in both directions because of thick smoke and falling ash and … People living in about 700 homes in and around the Columbia River …”
It is not just here locally, but across the world, too:
“As many as 37,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes and are … because of wildfires in 2003, when more than 50,000 people were … B.C. wildfire resources ‘stretched’ as around 37,000 residents forced to …https://www.thestar.com › News › Canada”
“Up to 40,000 people face being told to leave their homes as 34 high …
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/…/40000-people-told-to-evacuate-grenfell-tower-fire/
Jun 26, 2017 – UP to 40000 people face being told to leave their homes over fire safety …”

Would you be prepared for a natural disaster?, an earthquake, a fire, a flood, a tornado? What would you take at a moment’s notice – besides your family and pets? Is “it” easily accessible to grab and go? Is “it” packed away somewhere?

bagsarepackedhttps://justsuminspiration.com/2015/11/19/going-somewhere/
Perhaps you have “it” in a safe so if you have to go, you don’t have to worry about it while you are gone? Perhaps “it” is in a storage unit somewhere that is not in danger, or burnt_gun-safe-300x225
http://gunsafereviewsguy.com/articles/myths-about-gun-safe-fire-ratings/ 9 Myths about Gun Safe Fire Ratings

Perhaps the storage unit is in danger, but you and your family are not?
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http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2014/08/RS11370_ARCHIVES_stacks-lpr.jpg

When your health is on the line, do you even think about “it”, or have you prepared ahead of time so you won’t have to worry about “it” when emergencies do arise. Disasters are never comfortable to think about, but you have precious memories that need to be cared for . Now is the time to prepare and plan ahead to protect what you have, so you can share it with many generations of descendants. Pass along to them the ways in which they can be protected. So many documents, photos, letters, and items have been lost to fires and flooding because of no protection or little protection or of not understanding how to protect them. Now is the time to learn all you can, in an affordable and manageable way to protect your family treasures. You can contact your local genealogical society, museum, archival center, library or even search on-line for ways to best protect the items you have.

columbiagorgefire2017http://www.oregonlive.com/wildfires/index.ssf/2017/09/eagle_creek_fire_rages_in_colu.html

Air Quality is important too:

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Love letter from another Mother, for Father’s Day

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DNAsurprise

I have my own opinion about draft dodgers, but I didn’t have to walk in their shoes, so it’s not my place to say one way or another. The fact is, we are all human beings and all in need of the same courtesies,  unconditional love that we want for ourselves.

But, this story is not about that, it is about life itself:

DNA test produces surprise and new family ties.

                I was reading the paper this morning, [what else to do on an early morning at a hotel], and as I thumbed through the sports page, here was the “>continued from 1c” part to the title above. I went back to the page, 1c, and began to read why there would be a DNA test results in the sports section. I was surprised to read the unfolding story that began in 1947. Earlier really, as far as life stories go. If a certain young man had not chosen a career in baseball, none of this story would even exist.

                I don’t want to give away the story with it’s twists and turns, and surprises of its own, please read it for yourself. It’s about adoption and not having the desire to find birth parents, because the adoptive parents were exactly that, parents. It’s about a doctor stating, You need to find out your family medical history. It’s about a life that began, but ended before it could be born. It’s about lives connecting that didn’t even know each other existed. It’s about …an epic love letter. It’s about more than all of this.

“God knows it hurts to let go, though,” the letter ends. “My thoughts and love will be with you three forever. Take care.”

And, it’s not the three you might assume.

This is one read you need to read it for yourself, here:

USA TODAY, Thursday, June 15, 2017

pages 1c and 4c

Titled – Major league revelation

[you will have to click to go to the right page and then grab the article and scroll up to read it]

http://ee.usatoday.com/Olive/ODN/USATSample/default.aspx

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Conducting an Interview with a Family Member

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Conducting a Professional Family Video Interview  From

Discovering Your Past – Episode 2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lTLbFgJE6g

discoveryourpast(if the links do not work, type in to Youtube search Discovering your past – Episode 2)

 

Pre-production – preparation

What kind of questions to ask – lots f good resources out there, here are two

(a)Family Tree Magazine sites http://www.familytreemagazine.com

(b)UCLA Library Center for oralhistory.library.ucla.edu

ii)  ask open ended questions

(a)what was it like in the town you grew up in

vs

(b)what town did you grow up in

iii) ask the interviewee (before you get there, or as you are setting up) to gather some old heirlooms and photos about the house that you might have always wanted to know about and might have been afraid to ask

(a) who is that in this photograph, how did you get the photograph, why do you keep it

(b)what is this item, where did it come from/how did you get it, why do you keep it, what is going to happen to it when you no longer want it or need it?

(c)item – tell me about the person that owned it before you got it.

iv) this may bring back memories or information they may have forgotten about or make connections they hadn’t thought about before.

v) see 2.v) below – Artist in the family – what to do ahead of time of the interview

Production – the interview itself  – Have the person you are interviewing state their full name first

i)ask permission to film or tape first

ii) with video

(a) you get to see reactions, –some are camera-shy, find a way to hide it, with their permission

(1) make sure batteries are charged up

(2) make sure you have a clear place for electricity and bring an extension cord

iii) with audio

(a) cell phones, recorders, digital or other — see 2. viii)(b) below

(1) make sure batteries are charged up

(2) make sure you have a clear place for electricity and bring an extension cord

iv)notebook

(a) maybe they can write down the names and places accurately

(b) perhaps write down subjects or items you want to come back later in the interview

(1) make sure you have multiple working pens or pencils and erasers

v)Telephone interview

(a/b) audio record both sides of the conversation and/or use notebook to write it all down

vi) are they a painter, artist, writer? Do This Ahead Of Time

(a) Painter–have them paint a family tree ahead of time if they want to

(b) Author–have them write some stories down ahead of time

(c)Artist — use their medium to portray a family event or member

vii) how to do the interview

(a) chronological

(b) as you talk about things

(c) ask followup questions

viii) take breaks, this can be a lot for anyone

(a) ice cream

(b) a walk around the room — this may be a good time to keep a digital recorder in your pocket

(c)drinks of water or teas, no liquor,

(d) check notes to see what you have covered, to see what you need to cover, to remind yourself in case a question had come up and you want to go back to it.

(e) be courteous, don’t keep on a subject that the person doesn’t remember at the time or want to talk about it, gentle nudges only, keep them as comfortable as possible and

(f) ask them if there are questions they wanted you to ask about

(1) Is there something that you thought I would ask and am surprised I haven’t asked about?

(2) Is there something that you want to ask me about?

Post Production – Analysis

i)What information did you find in the interview itself

ii)Do this ASAP, even sooner

(a) look at 15-20 minutes at a time

(b) look at one subject at a time

(1) if the subject takes longer than 15-20 minutes, break it up into 15-20 min segments

iii)Facts – separate what you talked about into 4 different groups

(a) facts (my father was born…)

(b)I think facts (I think my grandfathers middle name was Alexander – something to look up later)

(c)Stories for Research (my mother used to work on Steel Pier)

(d)Historical Tidbits (the trolleys in Atlantic city were called “Gitneys”(?), all of the streets are named after states, so I knew all the states because of those street signs)