Monday, April 23, 2018

A Bit More Information about the Slater-Tomlinson Wedding - December 25, 1885

We've already seen this maternal great grandparents' marriage license but thanks to a small item in a local newspaper we now know where their wedding took place:

[25 Dec 1885, Page 1 - The Eureka Herald and Greenwood
County Republican at]

I wasn't able to locate a picture of the hotel but here's an ad for it a few years later:

[9 Jun 1888, Page 4 - The Severyite at]

A reminder:--here's a portrait of the happy couple that was probably taken at about the time of their marriage:

[Courtesy of Olive Slater-Kennedy]

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Drive: Boats in Collioure, France - September 2009

The brilliant light here in this sun-drenched town on the shores of the Mediterranean is what drew early 20th century artists like Matisse, Chagall, and Picasso.

Lest the visitor miss the references Collioure  has erected large labeled rectangles framing the views as depicted in works by various artists.

[All from my personal collection]

Bonnie and I, together with friends Jessica and Rita, only spent one night here but it was definitely worth the trip!

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there" - Leslie Poles Hartley

From The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.), 29 Mar 1903, unpaged [image 68]; digital image, Chronicling America: Library of Congress ( : accessed 21 Apr 2018.

I started out today intending to post about paper dolls in advertising in the 1800s/1900s.  I have long been aware of their existence, as I collected paper dolls as a child and had a Dover publication on that topic.  When I looked up "paper doll" this morning in Chronicling America it confirmed my suspicion that newspapers also occasionally printed paper dolls to interest the younger readers, as the above graphic shows.

But I was derailed from today's topic by the ludicrous and totally random comic below the paper doll:

Let's just say that title would not be allowed today.

The quality is so bad on this image, but it looks like they ended up dismembering him??

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Friday, April 20, 2018

School Days: Sixth Grade - 1958/59

Other than being another year older than in our last school photo, the biggest visual change for me was getting my hair cut.* Quite a few of us had first met in kindergarten and here we were seven years later.

[From my personal collection]

*Second row, third from the left.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Limited Time Free Webinar: "Better Together: Making Your Case with Documents and DNA" by Patti Lee Hobbs

You've taken one or more DNA tests.  Now what do you do with that information?  Let Patti Lee Hobbs, CG show you some of the ways that professional genealogists use the results of DNA tests in her webinar "Better Together: Making Your Case with Documents and DNA:"
The genealogical proof standard requires reasonably exhaustive research in solving ancestral-identity problems. DNA evidence is now often part of that research. Even the best DNA evidence must be combined with some traditional research. This webinar will show different ways that genealogical problems have been solved by integrating DNA evidence with the paper trail.

Runs 1 hour 28 minutes
Free to non-subscribers through April 24

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gone for Soldiers: Pete Slater Writes Home - March 31, 1919 (Part II)

Here ise the second of a series of articles from the The Severyite of a letter sent by my great uncle George Logan "Pete" Slater to his great uncle Albert Ross Tomlinson back in Kansas describing his experiences during World War I.

[15 May 1919, Page 8 - The Severyite at]

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Legacy Family Tree Webinar: "Using FamilySearch Digital Microfilm to Find Genealogical Records" by Randy Seaver

When I started out in genealogy in earnest back about 2008, I looked at FamilySearch and was unimpressed by how little I was finding.  I was using it wrong, by the way--I didn't even look at the un-indexed records (what a newb!).  While they do have an amazing amount of indexed records (the size grows every day), their un-indexed collection has always been incredible.  If you are new to genealogy, don't be a dummy like I was, and learn to use the un-indexed records.  If you put the time in to learn you will be a better genealogist.

I was very pleased to discover today that fellow San Diegan Randy Seaver presented a webinar on this very topic,"Using FamilySearch Digital Microfilm to Find Genealogical Records:"
This presentation was part of the 2018 Surname Society annual seminar. 
Learn how to search digital microfilm on the FamilySearch website to find genealogical records.

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