Friday, July 3, 2015

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for July 3, 2015

A very Happy Independence Day to all of my wonderful readers!

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Independence Day! by Colleen G. Brown Pasquale, author of Leaves & Branches
  2. 7 Family History Things To Do on a Rainy Day by Amie Bowser Tennant, author of My Kith N Kin
  3. Tuesday's Tip: RootsBid by Nichelle Barra, author of Copper Leaf Genealogy
  4. FREE Access to Great Migration Databases for 4th of July Week! by Marian Pierre-Louis, author of Marian's Roots & Rambles
  5. Contest: Win a FREE AncestryDNA Kit from GeneaBloggers AND Announcing Cycle 3 of the Genealogy Do-Over AND Genealogy Do-Over Cycle 3: Schedule of Topics by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  6. Virtual Cedar Chest: DUP museum pioneer treasures by Anita Wells, author of Family Tree Rings
  7. Joynealogy by Jill Ball, author of GeniAus
  8. FamilySearch Photo Finds by Mat Trotter, author of Genealogy Trot
  9. WHAT IS THE WPA? AND HERE'S THE SCOOP ON IMAGES, IMAGES AND MORE IMAGES by Linda Stufflebean, author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
  10. My Grandfather was a Sea Captain: Researching Maritime Ancestors by Jake Fletcher for Legacy Family Tree News
  11. HOW to participate in the Indexing Challenge by Pat Richley-Erickson, author of Dear Myrtle
  12. My Most Touching Post about Uncle Alfred Margheim by Becky Jamison, author of Grace and Glory
  13. Make Your Genealogy Blog Photos Stand Out On Pinterest! by Lisa Lisson, author of Are You My Cousin?
  14. CHECK THOSE RECORDS CAREFULLY - Look what I found! by Diane Gould Hall, author of MICHIGAN FAMILY TRAILS
  15. Free Access to the Revolutionary War Collection Through July 15th on by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  16. New CEO and President of FamilySearch by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  17. Kerry Catholic Baptism & Marriage Registers by Kay Caball, author of My Kerry Ancestors
  18. 52 Ancestors No. 24: My Grandparent's Funeral Cards by Cindi, author of My Moynahan Genealogy Blog
  19. Genealogy Trip Safety by Christine K. McCloud, author of Beautiful Water Genealogy
  20. RootsTech Attendee Demographics by Ancestry Insider, author of The Ancestry Insider
  21. You're Invited! Transcribe 1 headstone today to help with Evan's Eagle project by Evan and Geoff Rasmussen for Legacy Family Tree News
  22. Watch Legacy Webinars on the Go! by Marian Pierre-Louis for Legacy Family Tree News

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

"May I Introduce To You" Interviews on

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed It….My Contribution to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Grandpa Debs Webster's Petition for Naturalization

Debs Warren Webster
Debs Warren Webster

The other day I noticed a shaky leaf hint on for my maternal grandfather, Debs Warren Webster. I clicked on the leaf and found a new-to-me record. Before I tell you about this record, here's a little background first for my new readers. My Grandpa Debs was born in Brazil. He was the son of an American father, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster, and a Mexican mother, Esther Matus Villatoro.

Frederick and Esther immigrated to Brazil and that's where Debs and his younger siblings were born. Debs' daughter (my mom) was also born in Brazil. In the summer of 1952,  Debs and his family (including my mom) immigrated to the United States by way of the ocean liner SS Brazil.

Sometime after they arrived in New York, they bought a car and some camping equipment and traveled across the United States toward their final destination in Southern California. Along the way they bought postcards and took pictures. I've shared many blog posts about their immigration trip. There's a tab at the top of my blog titled The Debs Webster Family Immigration Story that is dedicated to their trip.

Okay. Back to the document that found for me. Here it is. It's Debs' Petition for Naturalization. I've blurred the witnesses' names for privacy reasons.

Petitions for Naturalization are also referred to as Second or Final Papers.

Here's the back of Debs' Petition for Naturalization.

Information gleaned from this document:
  1. Full name: Debs Warren Webster
  2. Present place of residence: 16066 La Monde St., Hacienda Heights, LA, Calif. 91745 [I remember their home at this address from the many times we visited my grandparents.]
  3. Birth date: April 27, 1914
  4. Birth place: Santos, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  5. Married: Yes [I know he was married. I'm assuming that "not" would be placed before the word married for petitioners who were not married]
  6. Number of children: 3
  7. Lawfully admitted to the United States on July 21, 1952
  8. Present nationality: Brazil
  9. Alien registration number: A8 347 028 ca
  10. He changed is name to: Warren Debs Webster
  11. Witnesses personally knew Debs since at least: March 1, 1968
  12. Petition was filed at: U.S. District Court at in Los Angeles, Calif.
  13. Petition filed on: March 16, 1973
  14. Petition granted and Certificate Number: 9562177
Besides all of this wonderful information, my grandfather's signatures are also on this document. I think it's very interesting that my grandfather signed his name as "Debs Warren Webster" first. And when he signed the Oath of Allegiance he signed his name as "Warren Debs Webster." I'm assuming this is because he had requested his name be changed on the petition. And once that was granted, he signed his Oath with his newly changed name. 

This document was found in the California, Naturalization Records, 1887-1991 record set on If you'd like to search for your ancestors in this record set, click HERE.

Thanks for reading!

© 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, June 26, 2015

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for June 26, 2015

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Have You Used this Unusual Genealogy Resource? by Lorine McGinnis Schulze for Legacy Family Tree News
  2. The Jollett Book Is In by Wendy Mathias, author of Jollett Etc.
  3. The elitist, the snob, the know-it-all and those that are just plain rude. by Jenna Mills, author of Desperately Seeking Surnames
  4. It All Began 20 Years Ago... by Cyndi Ingle, author of Cyndi's List
  5. 'Down into the Darkness': Mental Illness & Family History by Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman, author of 'On a flesh and bone foundation': An Irish History
  6. How much can you fit in a month? by Janet Hovorka, author of The Chart Chick
  7. 5 Things to Do When Applying to a Lineage Society by Amy Johnson Crow, author of Amy Johnson Crow Blog
  8. A HOSPITAL DIRECTORY CLUE by Molly Charboneau, author of Molly's Canopy
  9. Recording internet database searches AND Jazzing up Legacy reports by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
  10. Don't Forget the Coops -- Farming and Agricultural Records for Genealogy by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  11. Keeping track of all of those to do's! by Shannon Thomas, author of Our Life Picture by Picture
  12. Grandma's Hug by Amy Archibald, author of Revealing Roots and Branches
  13. Pinterest for Genealogists! AND Tuesday’s Genealogy Tip – The 1840 Census by Lisa Lisson, author of Are You My Cousin?
  14. Grandma Foster and her Apprentice by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
  15. 52 Weeks of Selfies: Week 1 by Heather Wylie, author of An Unexpected Discovery
  16. Take obituaries with a grain of salt by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
  17. Crowd Control and Genealogy - What Would You Do? by Jacquie Schattner, author of Seeds to Tree
  18. FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY–After you return home….then what? by Diane Gould Hall, author of MICHIGAN FAMILY TRAILS
  19. Black Sheep Ancestors by Niki Davis, author of Rooted in Foods
  20. 20 Reasons You Should Blog Your Family History Book by Lynn Palermo, author of The Family History Writing Studio

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

"May I Introduce To You" Interviews on

New Blog Discoveries
In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Grandpa's Postcards
Jana's Place

Thanks for reading!

© 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Decisions, Decisions ~ Choosing Which Classes to Take at the BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy 2015

As I announced in a previous post, I've been asked to be an official conference blogger for the upcoming BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy. I've been looking at the schedule of classes offered at the conference, and there are so many awesome classes to choose from that it's hard to decide which ones to attend.

I've printed out the conference schedule and have circled some classes I'm very interested in, but even with that, I've noticed that during some of the time slots, I've circled two classes. Uh oh. I need to decide which one to take.

Thankfully, there's still time to decide. The BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy begins on Tuesday, July 28 and ends on Friday, July 31. I still have five weeks to decide.

Here's the list of tracks offered at the conference:

Tuesday, July 28th

  • ICAPGen
  • Beginner
  • Methodology
  • U.S./Canada Research
  • German Research
  • Online Research
  • Writing/Publishing Family History
  • FamilySearch

Wednesday, July 29th

  • ICAPGen
  • Online
  • DNA Research
  • U.S./Canada Research
  • British Isles Research
  • Preserving Family History
  • Finding Stories
  • Technology/Tools

Thursday, July 30th

  • Methodology
  • Immigration and Emigration
  • International Research
  • LDS Ancestral Research
  • Scandinavian Research
  • Technology/Tools
  • Military Records
  • Vendor

Friday, July 31st

  • Vendor
  • Land/Probate Records
  • Methodology
  • U.S./Canada Research
  • British Research
  • Computers & Technology
  • FamilySearch
  • FamilySearch Consultants

Don't these tracks sound awesome? Four days of amazing tracks and classes to choose from.

Here's an example of my dilemma. On Tuesday two classes are offered at the same time after lunch: "Fun With...Citing Sources!" taught by Jean Wilcox Hibben and "Ohio: Crossroads to the West" taught by Kory L. Meyerink. I have ancestors from Ohio, but I'd also like to learn more about citing sources. See? What am I going to do?

And then there's this other example from Thursday: Should I take "Catholic Church Records in Latin America" taught by Arturo Cuellar or "It's Not All Online! Using Printed Sources for Scandinavian Research" taught by Ruth Maness? I have ancestors from Mexico and Brazil on my mom's side. I also have ancestors from Norway and Sweden on my dad's side. Again, I have a decision to make.

These are just two examples. I could give you others. But really, isn't this actually a great problem to have? This just shows the wonderful variety of classes offered at this conference.

I'm really excited about and looking forward to attending the BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy

If you are interested in attending this wonderful conference, it's not too late to register. Just click on the following link to go to the conference website.

And to see the conference class schedule, click on the "Schedule" tab at the top of the BYU Conference website and then click "Conference Schedule," or you can just click the link below.

I'd love to know if you are also planning on attending this conference. If you are, please let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

© 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Father's Day 2015

Happy Father's Day! 

This is a photo of my dad, Jan Albert Iverson, holding one of my younger brothers and me. I'm on the left in this photo.

My dad was a great dad and was a very hard worker. He went to college while my brothers and I were young. He attended in the evenings after working at his full-time job. I don't know how he did all of this or when he had time to do his homework. He first attended college at San Francisco City College. Our family moved from San Francisco to Redwood City, so he continued his schooling at San Mateo Junior College. Several years later, we moved to San Jose. In his personal history my dad wrote the following about this time in his life:

"I continued my college at night, receiving my Associate of Arts Degree in Social Arts. The time away from my family was tough. I so missed the children growing up. I would really only see them on weekends as I would come home most of the time on the train and go right to school, coming home after ten o'clock in the evening."
"I began my work with Chevron Chemical (Standard Oil) Co. in Accounting. Later, I moved over to Chevron Shipping Co. as a Data Processing Assistant. Computer Service Department centralized and took everyone but me. Therefore, I was doing everything I had done before and was required to do some of the work the programmers had done before. I therefore, went to night school for two years at City College of San Jose to get trained in computers."
"My training resulted in a position with Chevron Information Technology Division as a Programmer Analyst."

I'm so thankful for my dad. I wish I could tell him that in person on this Father's Day. Unfortunately, he passed away six years ago. We sure do miss you Dad!

I absolutely love this photo of my husband Brent holding our daughter. He was working on homework for one of his college classes at the time. My husband was in college full-time for the first four years of our marriage. We had two children by the time he graduated with his degree in Electrical Engineering. He's a wonderful husband and a great father to our five children. And I'm so thankful for him too.

I found this very special video on Mormon Channel's YouTube channel. It's called Earthly Father, Heavenly Father. I hope you enjoy watching it.

I am eternally grateful for my earthly father, Jan Albert Iverson, for my husband Brent, who's the father of our five children, and for my Heavenly Father.

Happy Father's Day!

Thanks for reading!

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