Friday, April 21, 2017

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for April 21, 2017



NOTE: There will not be a Fab Finds post next week due to upcoming family activities. Fab Finds will resume on May 5, 2017. Thank you!

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Life Lessons Learned from Old School Records by Patricia Desmond Biallas, author of GeneaJourneys
  2. Family history tip for BUSY parents … by Jana Greenhalgh, author of The Genealogy Kids
  3. Legacy Family Tree Version 9 Released - Lots of New Features! AND Getting Hints on Legacy Family Tree Version 9 Profiles by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  4. Releasing Isaac, Agg, and Hannah and Two Slave Name Projects by Diana Elder, author of Family Locket
  5. What Happened to Genealogy Blogging? AND Follow Up & Reflection on ‘What Happened to Genealogy Blogging?’ AND Genealogy Blog Reading Philosophy AND Not Quite “On the Clock,” but Getting There  by Julie Cahill Tarr, author of Julie's Genealogy and History Hub
  6. Are We Nearing the End of Genealogy Blogging? by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  7. A New To-Do List  by Elise Ann Wormuth, author of Living in the Past: A Family History
  8. Natural Disasters and Family Misfortunes: Galveston 1900 by Wayne Shepheard, author of Discover Genealogy
  9. Win a Free DNA Test on National DNA Day AND Save on DNA Education for National DNA Day by Amie Bowser Tennant, author of The Genealogy Reporter
  10. Genealogy Throw Back Idea That Worked! by Lori Samuelson, author of Genealogy At Heart
  11. Was my Ancestor Insane or Did They Have Encephalitis? by Jennifer Bullard, author of The Genealogy Laboratory
  12. 10 Ways Busy Parents Can Make Time for Family History by Nicole Dyer, author of Family Locket
  13. DNA Day Sales 2017 by CeCe Moore, author of Your Genetic Genealogist
  14. NEW GENEAGEM: THE GATEWAY TO OKLAHOMA HISTORY AND 52 DOCUMENTS IN 52 WEEKS #15: DANISH LAEGDSRULLER -ARMY RECORDS by Linda Stufflebean, author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
  15. The Forgotten Federal Census of 1885 Can Be Found Online for Free by Melanie Mayo for Family History Daily

New Blog Discoveries

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

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Thanks for reading!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter ~ 2017

Mary and the Resurrected Lord
Image courtesy of lds.org

Happy Easter! I'd like to share this very special Easter video with you. It's called "The Prince of Peace: Find Lasting Peace through Jesus Christ."





I'm so grateful for Jesus Christ. I know He is our Savior and Redeemer. I'm thankful for His kindness, mercy and love. I'm so grateful for His atoning sacrifice and for the Resurrection. Because of Him, we will all live again. Through Him we can all find peace. Jesus Christ truly is the Prince of Peace.

I'd like to wish all of you a very Happy Easter.

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, April 14, 2017

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for April 14, 2017



Fab Finds is back! And, my blog is no longer on hiatus. We've been unpacking and settling into our new home. It's going to take a while to get everything the way we want it, but we've been able to accomplish a lot in the three weeks since we moved in. Thank you for your patience!

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. 8th Grade Family History Project: My Story in American History by Nicole Dyer, author of Family Locket
  2. Interactive map returns to the Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  3. Revisiting my ancestor map by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
  4. Announcing A New DNA And Genetic Genealogy Resource – NationalDNAday.Com by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  5. Millions of Immigrants Never Set Foot on Ellis Island – Find Their Records Here by Tony Bandy for Family History Daily
  6. On the Trail of Territorial Records by Dayna Jacobs, author of On Granny's Trail
  7. A Letter from John Hains to his daughter Mary by Linda Hall-Little, author of Passage to the Past's Blog
  8. Butterscotch Cookies by Melinda Bowers, author of Family Heritage Recipes
  9. Channeling The Terminator by Mary Kircher Roddy, author of Searching for Stories
  10. U.S. Army Transport Service Records by Kevin Mittge, author of Robbins Roots
  11. Keep, Toss, or Recycle? What to Do with Your Outdated Media by Caroline Guntur, author of Organizing Photos
  12. Do You Need More Than One Filenaming Scheme? by Denise May Levenick, author of The Family Curator
  13. Guilt Free Multi-Tasking Personal History With Social Media by Devon Noel Lee, author of A Patient Genealogist
  14. What is that Family Cemetery Really Telling You? by Lisa Lisson, author of Are You My Cousin?
  15. Family Recipe Project by Cassandra Chambers Wagner, author of Consanguineous Connections
  16. Family Food History by KTC, author of Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers: Our Predecessors & Me
  17. Legacy Family Tree Webinars Offer Free Weekend of Genealogy Training AND 3 New Ways to Use Hashtags for Genealogy by Amie Bowser Tennant, author of The Genealogy Reporter
  18. Legacy's Family Tree Webinars is Free April 14th through 16th by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings


"May I Introduce To You" Interviews on GeneaBloggers.com

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere Since My Last Fab Finds Post

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

Thanks for reading!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My Updated Family Tree DNA myOrigins Results

Family Tree DNA recently updated myOrigins. The update changed my previous myOrigins map and ethnic makeup percentages.

Here's my previous myOrigins map as of 6 May 2014.


And here's my updated myOrigins map as of 7 April 2017.


Notice that the reference populations have different colors assigned to each one. And, the assigned colors in the Ethnic Makeup chart match the colors on the map.

Iberia is purple in the chart and on the map. Check out what happened when I hovered my cursor over Iberia in the chart (see below). Spain and Portugal remained purple on the map and every other reference population on my map turned gray. 


That same kind of thing happened as I hovered my cursor over the other reference populations in my Ethnic Makeup chart. Each reference population on the map stayed the same color as the corresponding color on the chart, and the rest of the reference populations turned gray.

With the recent update, my Ethnic Makeup percentages changed too. The previous Ethnic Makeup percentage chart on the left is from 2014 and the one on the right is the updated chart.



In case these charts are difficult to read, here's the breakdown of the results:

Previous myOrigins Ethnic Makeup Results

Jana Last - Ethnic Makeup - 6 May 2014

European 85%
European Northlands 36%
European Coastal Plain 17%
North Mediterranean Basin 16%
European Coastal Islands 16%
New World 7%
Bering Expansion 7%
Middle Eastern 5%
North African Coastlands 5%
East Asian 2%
Asian Northeast 2%
Central/South Asian 1%
Eurasian Heartland 1%
African 1%
Niger-Congo Genesis 1%

Updated myOrigins Ethnic Makeup Results

Jana Last - Ethnic Makeup - 7 April 2017
European 80%
Scandinavia 45%
Iberia 23%
West and Central Europe 12%
New World 10%
North and Central America 10%
Middle Eastern 6%
North Africa 3%
West Middle East 3%
Trace Results
East Central Africa <2%
Southeast Asia <2%
West Africa <2%
British Isles <2%

The updated British Isles result is surprising. My research shows that my maternal great-grandfather’s ancestry is from the British Isles.

The New World result isn’t surprising. Family Tree DNA states that this cluster includes Native populations. My AncestryDNA ethnicity estimate also lists Native American ethnicity at 10%. I attribute this result to my Mexican ancestry through my maternal great-grandmother, Esther Matus Villatoro, who was born in Arriaga, Chiapas.

I realize that these are just estimates, but they are quite interesting.

Have you had your DNA tested? Were you surprised by your results?

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Monday, April 10, 2017

National Siblings Day 2017

It's National Siblings Day! While searching for photos of my brothers and myself, I found this sweet photo of us with our Grandpa, Debs Warren Webster.


This photo was taken at our Grandpa and Grandma Webster's home in Hacienda Heights, California.

Happy National Siblings Day!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Celebrating 5 Years of Blogging


Wow! It's my 5th blogiversary! I've been so busy with everything around here that I actually forgot about it until I saw some kind congratulations on Facebook.

THANK YOU

I'd like to thank you, wonderful readers, for taking the time to read my posts over the years. I'd also like to thank you for your comments and for sharing my posts on social media. You guys are awesome!

BUSY TIMES

Unfortunately, I haven't been posting as much on my blog this past year as in previous years. Last year was an incredibly busy and eventful year in our family. Two of our children got married, we bought a new-construction home, put our old home on the market, sold it, found a rental home to live in while our new home was being built, moved to our rental home, and then moved to our new home a couple of weeks ago.

We are still in the process of unpacking. This photo was taken almost a week ago. I was actually able to unpack several of thosee boxes and the pile was getting smaller. Unfortunately, the pile has grown again since we moved boxes inside from the garage last night. Sigh....It will be so nice to finally have everything unpacked. It really takes a lot of time to find new places for everything after moving to a new home.


So, with all that's been going on, something had to give, and that something was writing in my blog. Once things settle down and I get back into a somewhat more normal routine, I will hopefully get back to blogging on a more regular basis.

YEAR IN REVIEW

Here are some highlighted posts from last year (since my last blogiversary):

Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster ~ Inventor of The Webster Dehorning Chute - April 11, 2016

My Speaking Engagement in June - May 26, 2016

I Found Sweet Edna Lillie Webster's Death Record - June 8, 2016

More Proof That It's Worthwhile To Have Your Family Tree Online - June 22, 2016

Joyful Times ~ Adding a New Daughter-in-Law's Name to My Genealogy Database - July 5, 2016

A House for Sale and a Wedding - August 16, 2016

More Joyful Times ~ Adding Another New Daughter-in-Law's Name to My Genealogy Database - September 12, 2016

A Precious Photo of Chester Malvin Iverson - March 1, 2017

Thank you to my husband, family, friends, fellow genealogy bloggers, and all of my wonderful readers who follow along with me as I share my family history through blogging.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved


Monday, March 20, 2017

On Hiatus


Just a quick post to let my wonderful readers know that my blog will be on hiatus for a while. We are moving into our new home this week.

It's time to pack, move, and then unpack and settle into our new home.

We are so excited for this new adventure! Thank you for your patience. I'm hoping to be back to regular blogging in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved





Friday, March 3, 2017

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for March 3, 2017


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Family History for Children Blog Link Up by Nicole Dyer, author of The Family Locket Blog
  2. How to use metadata to keep the story with the picture by Legacy Tale Blog
  3. Using the Back Door at FamilySearch for Missing Records by Cathy Meder-Dempsey, author of Opening Doors in Brick Walls
  4. Fearless Females Blogging Prompts Series Returns for 2017! by Lisa A. Alzo, author of The Accidental Genealogist
  5. Beware the Woman and Her Gun by Devon Noel Lee, author of A Patient Genealogist
  6. It’s 30 x 30 challenge time! by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
  7. Welcome to Women's History Month 2017: The World War I Years by Gena Philibert-Ortega, author of Gena's Genealogy
  8. Bertie May Price Doyle: A Gold Star Mother by Heather Collins, author of Of Trees & Ink
  9. Tuesday's Tip/Getting Techie...Just A Little Bit by Ellie, author of Ellie's Ancestors
  10. Keeping a Journal: A Genealogist's Guide by Heather Collins, author of Young & Savvy Genealogists
  11. The Organized Yearbook: How to Save Time and Still Tell Your Stories by Caroline Guntur, author of Organizing Photos
  12. Where Did My Immigrant Ancestors Come From? by Lisa Lisson, author of Are You My Cousin?
  13. Fantastic Find: The Ancestor Hunt Can Help You Find U.S. Newspapers by Christine Manczuk, author of Ancestry Island
  14. GenealogyPhotoADay March 2017 Prompts by Fran Kitto, author of TravelGenee
  15. Jerry, the Super-hero Indexer by Amberly, author of TheGenealogyGirl
  16. Organize Your Genealogy: Tips from a Professional Organizer by Amy Johnson Crow, author of Amy Johnson Crow.com
  17. Sleuth Along Interstate Highways for Your Ancestors by Dick Eastman, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
  18. Was Emma Catholic or Lutheran? by Caroline Pointer, author of Family Stories
  19. Four Reasons Why the 1910 Census is My Favorite by Amie Bowser Tennant, author of My Kith N Kin
  20. Amp-Up Your Group Sheet! by Lisa, author of The Shy Genealogist

RootsTech 2017

"May I Introduce To You" Interviews on GeneaBloggers.com

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere Since My Last Fab Finds Post

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Thanks for reading!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Precious Photo of Chester Malvin Iverson

In June 2016, I shared the exciting and wonderful news about a new cousin connection I made because my family tree is on WikiTree.com. This new cousin's name is Maureen. She is so awesome and sweet and it's been really fun sharing and receiving family history photos and information with her. I'm grateful that Maureen has been so willing to share these precious photos, documents, and information with me. I'm also grateful that she has given me permission to share them on my blog.

In my post from last June I shared one of the beautiful photos that Maureen shared with me. It was a photo of Rose Josephine Iverson, my first cousin twice removed.

Today, I'd like to share another of the photos that Maureen shared with me.

Chester Malvin Iverson
Photo Courtesy of My Cousin Maureen

This is Chester Malvin Iverson, my first cousin twice removed, and one of Rose Josephine Iverson's brothers.

Chester was born on 26 August 1900 in Benson, Minnesota to his parents, Iver Martin Iverson and Mary Cecelia Miller.

He was the second oldest of five children born to Iver and Mary.

Chester enlisted in the United States Navy in Seattle, Washington when he was only 16 years old, just shy of his 17th birthday.

In an upcoming post, I will tell you more about Chester and his service in the Navy during WWI.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday's Child ~ Remembering Thomas William Iverson

Photo courtesy of Jaci, Find A Grave volunteer #47592448

Thomas William Iverson was my paternal first cousin once removed. He was the son of my granduncle and grandaunt, Christian Julius Iverson and Florence McIntosh.

Thomas was one of three children born to Christian and Florence. Sadly, Thomas passed away when he was only six months old. His death must have been so heartbreaking for his family.

Thomas was born on 27 September 1929 in Hennepin, Minnesota and passed away on 31 March 1930 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota.

While doing research about little Thomas on Ancestry.com, I was directed to the People Finder page on the Minnesota Historical Society's website. That website gave me Thomas' birth information. I'll show you how I found it.

On Ancestry.com, I was given this search result about Thomas. I clicked on "Go to website."


The following box popped up. I then clicked on "OPEN WEBSITE."


 I was taken to this page on the Minnesota Historical Society's website.


I typed Thomas' name in the search box.


The correct Thomas William Iverson was at the top of the results list.


I clicked on Thomas' name and the following page appeared.


Isn't this great? It shows the birth date and place for Thomas. It also includes Thomas' mother's maiden name as well as his birth certificate number. And as you can see, there is an option to purchase the birth certificate as well.

It's so sad that little Thomas passed away at such a young age. If you'd like to see Thomas' Find A Grave Memorial page, please click on the link below.

Thomas William Iverson's Find A Grave Memorial Page

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, January 20, 2017

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for January 20, 2017


NOTE: Thank you for your patience while Fab Finds was on hiatus. Due to family health issues, the hiatus was a bit longer than expected. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Define Your Dash: Start Writing Your Personal History with the #52Stories Project by Angie Lucas for FamilySearch Blog
  2. Creating Family Photo Coloring Pages with BeFunky by Nicole Dyer, author of The Family Locket Blog
  3. Using a calendar to introduce variety in your research by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
  4. To Remove or Not Remove Tape on Documents by Melissa Barker, author of A Genealogist In The Archives
  5. Social Media Helps – FamilySearch by Claire V. Brisson-Banks, author of Budding Genealogists
  6. Discover What You’re Made of with Grandparent Inheritance Charts by Legacy Tree Genealogists
  7. Stories by and about Norwegian immigrants by Martin Roe Eidhammer, author of Norwegian Genealogy and then some
  8. Researching Family in Norwegian Records by Genealogy Mom
  9. Family Recipe Friday - Spritz Cookies by Anna Matthews, author of Tripping Over My Roots
  10. How To Be Cost Effective When Researching Genealogy by Lisa Lisson, author of Are You My Cousin?
  11. Timelines for Analysis & Correlation  by Jill Morelli, author of Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal
  12. More on Uncle Wilt by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
  13. My FamilySearch experiment AND My FamilySearch experiment Part II by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
  14. What can happen, when you share history stories by Dr. Bill Smith, author of Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories
  15. Obituaries matter when it comes to genealogy research by Brian Sheffey, author of Genealogy Adventures
  16. St. John's Lutheran Church's Records — Online and Free by Caroline M. Pointer, author of Find your family story
  17. 7 Key Pieces of Evidence from John Gooch’s Bounty Land Warrant File by Dayna Jacobs, author of On Granny's Trail
  18. GeneaBloggers Celebrates Eight Years! by Thomas MacEntee, founder of GeneaBloggers

"May I Introduce To You" Interviews on GeneaBloggers.com

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!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rollin's Been Working On The Railroad

Rollin Waterman Webster
I've written about my maternal great-granduncle, Rollin Waterman Webster, in previous posts. He was one of Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster's brothers. Watson was my great-grandfather, also known as "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog.

I am in possession of two letters that Rollin wrote in 1951, when he was around 81 years of age. One letter was written to Mr. Harper C. Pendry, who was employed at the Athens Board of Trade and the other was written to my grandfather, Debs Warren Webster. In these letters Rollin talked about his employment in both the Denver & Rio Grand Western Railroad and the Santa Fe Railroad. Here are portions of those letters.




Transcription of cropped letter above (highlighted portion): "I am Retired from the Santa Fe R.R. since 1937 I had 31 years R.R. service as Stationary Eng I worked 10 years for the IC. RR 21 years Santa Fe R.R."



Transcription of cropped letter above: "I started with the Denver & Rio Grand Western, with Debs Father 1890 he was a Coach Trimmer of R.R. coaches, for the Rio Gr R.R. in 1890"



Transcription of cropped letter above (highlighted portion): "I am retired from the Railroad I worked 31 years as Stationary fireman and Engineer an car repairer, I started in Denve, Col, in 1890 then worked for the IC. R.R. 10 years and the Santa Fe 21 years"

As you can see in these letters (above), Rollin mentioned working for the I. C. Railroad for 10 years. I didn't know what those initials stood for so I did a search for them on Google. I found out that they stand for the Illinois Central Railroad. I also found that there is an Illinois Central Historical Society and they have a website.

I found this card (below) on Ancestry.com.1 It's a railway prior service record index card and is part of the Kansas, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Prior Service Records, 1859-1935 database on Ancestry.com. The card corroborates what Rollin said in his letters that he retired in 1937. This card gives his exact date of retirement.

Webster, Rollin Waterman - Kansas, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Prior Service Records, 1859-1935

Information gleaned from this card:

Name: Webster, Rollin W.
Location: Corwith, Illinois
Retired: July 31, 1937

Unfortunately, I don't know what the number in the right side of the column titled Aug., 1935 means. Could that have been an amount paid, such as $80.16?

I'm so glad Rollin wrote so much information in his letters to Mr. Pendry and to my grandfather. They hold a wealth of valuable genealogical information.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved



1 Ancestry.com. Kansas, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Prior Service Records, 1859-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Rollin W. Webster. Image 306 of 974. Accessed 1 April 2014. Original data: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company Records. Topeka Kansas: Kansas State Historical Society.

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