Saturday, September 7, 2019

Yearbook Finds - My Dad was on the JV Football Team in High School

It's football season here in the United States. As I'm typing this, I'm looking forward to watching two upcoming college football games on TV with my husband. When I was a kid, I would sometimes sit in front of the TV and watch football with my dad, Jan Albert Iverson.

While looking through the yearbook collection on Ancestry.com, I found this really fun photo that shows my dad as a member of the Junior Varsity Football team at his high school. My dad attended Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Oregon. This photo was from the 1953 Benson Polytechnic High School yearbook.

My dad was a member of the JV Football team during his sophomore year. Included with his senior picture in the 1955 Benson High School yearbook was information about activities and sports my dad was involved in during high school. With that information, I browsed through different years in the Benson Polytechnic High School yearbooks online at Ancestry.com and found this awesome photo. The red arrow is pointing to my dad.


Here's a close-up of my dad. It's fun seeing him in his football uniform during high school.


I'll be posting more fun yearbook finds in future posts.

Thanks for stopping by!

© 2019 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Thursday, August 29, 2019

My Dad. Member of the Tech Pep Staff in High School


Did you know that Ancestry.com's yearbook collection is free to search until September 2nd? I already have access to Ancestry, but I began looking through their yearbook collection after seeing several genealogy friends posting yearbook photos on Facebook that they had found on Ancestry.com.

I inherited several of my mom's school yearbooks, but none of my dad's yearbooks. So, it's been fun to find photos of my dad in Ancestry's yearbook collection.

I found this great photo of my dad, Jan Albert Iverson, in the 1955 Benson Polytechnic High School yearbook. I didn't know he was a member of their Tech Pep Staff. What a fun find!



I added the arrow and the boxes in this photo after I downloaded it from Ancestry. The red arrow is pointing to my dad. Here's a close-up of him.


My dad was a senior in high school in 1955. I've found and downloaded other fun pictures from this yearbook, which I will share in future posts.

Have you searched the yearbook collection at Ancestry.com yet?

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2019 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Press Release: NGS AND FGS ANNOUNCE INTENT TO MERGE

I received the following press release today ~

NGS AND FGS ANNOUNCE INTENT TO MERGE

(21 August 2019)--In a historic move, the boards of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced today their intent to merge. The two organizations, both non- profit leaders in the dynamic genealogy industry, will form one consolidated group that will continue to operate as the National Genealogical Society. Both boards approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) earlier this week, and jointly announced the news at the Opening Session of the FGS Family History Conference in Washington, D.C., this morning.

Leaders of both organizations believe this merger will serve the genealogy community by improving support of both individual members and societies in the pursuit of genealogical excellence.

The organizational structure of NGS will be modified to increase functions that support genealogical societies and family organizations. Digitization projects of genealogical importance such as the War of 1812 pensions will continue. The two organizations will continue to operate independently while all details of the merger are completed, no later than October 1, 2020.

Faye Stallings, President of FGS, said: “We are excited about this opportunity to combine with a premier organization that has been in operation since 1903. This will allow for improved and expanded services to help support societies.” Ben Spratling, President of NGS, commented, “We look forward to continuing the strong legacy of FGS as a ‘gathering point’ for family historians and societies all across the nation.”

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Falls Church, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

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Media Contact: 

Kathryn M. Doyle
Phone: 510-388-6477
kdoyle@ngsgenealogy.org

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A Christmas Card from Aunt Juanita


Back in June, I published a post about my Grandpa Debs Webster's blue notebook. He had taken this small blue notebook on his trip to Mexico in 1955. In this notebook my Grandpa Debs wrote notes about family history. He must have been asking questions about his family history while on his trip. I'm so glad he did that because it has helped me a lot as I've researched our shared Mexican ancestry.

On one of the pages, Grandpa Debs wrote concerning a "Juanita Guzman." Here's the page from his notebook where that information is found. I've put a red square around the information about Juanita.


Here's the transcription:

Juanita Guzman
Tia Juanita Guzman (Aunt Juanita Guzman)
2° gran (2nd degree great. Could this mean 2nd great-grandaunt?)
253 N. West Lake Av.
Los Angeles 26, Calif.

As I mentioned in my previous post about Grandpa Debs' blue notebook, I have been researching Juanita Guzman. I also mentioned in that post that I have a sweet card that Juanita sent to my Grandpa Debs. Here's that sweet card. I'm so glad that it was kept all of these years and that I was able to inherit this precious family history treasure.




As you can see, it's a Christmas card. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a date on the card and I don't have the envelope, so I don't know what year this card was sent to Grandpa Debs. But, it is so sweet! Juanita wrote:
From your Aunt that would like to meet you.
Juanita Villatoro Guzman
Apparently, Aunt Juanita and my Grandpa Debs hadn't met in person yet when this card was sent. I don't know how or when Grandpa Debs first contacted Aunt Juanita. He wrote her address in his blue notebook. Perhaps he wrote a letter to her, or tried to find her phone number and called her. I wish I could have talked to Grandpa Debs about Aunt Juanita.

Having Juanita's address in the blue notebook has been very helpful in my research about her. I've created a private family tree on Ancestry for her family and have been able to find information about her. She was married twice, had five children, and she had been adopted from Mexico and brought to the United States in 1923. I've also found her United States Petition for Naturalization document, which includes amazingly helpful information, including her birth date and place and her address at the time, which is the same address that was written by my Grandpa Debs in his notebook. The document states that Juanita was born in Arriaga, Chiapas, Mexico on June 24, 1906. That clue and the fact that she signed her name as "Juanita Villatoro Guzman" on the Christmas card are big clues.

I also found out that Guzman is Juanita's 2nd husband's surname. And her first husband's last name was Pancobila. So, Villatoro must have been a maiden name. I say "a" because in researching my Mexican ancestors, I have found that children often had two last names - their father's and their mother's. For instance, my great-grandmother's name was Esther Matus Villatoro. Her father's name was Nicanor Matus and her mother's name was Raymunda Villatoro. Esther was born in Arriaga, Chiapas, Mexico and so was Juanita. And both have the Villatoro surname. So this is an important clue.

Unfortunately, I still don't know exactly how Juanita is connected to our Villatoro family. I still don't know who her parents were. I hope I can find these vital pieces of the puzzle in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2019 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Monday, July 22, 2019

My 2014 Blog Book



In a previous post I shared photos of the third blog book I created. I used Blog2Print to make that book. In that post, I told you I'd share my 2014 blog book in a future post.

Well, today is the day. Here is my 2014 Blog Book. 😊 I also used used Blog2Print to create this book.

I decided to try a different cover for my 2014 book too.




My 2014 blog book is larger than my 2013 book because I wrote more posts in 2014. In fact, that year has the most published posts so far since I began this blog.



During 2014 I completed the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow. It's not too late to join Amy in this year's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge. To learn more about it, and to join in on the fun, click HERE.

Here are a few photos from the inside of my 2014 blog book.







I've now completed three years of blog books - 2012, 2013, and 2014. My 2012 blogging year was divided into two blog books. I have a lot of catching up to do since it's already 2019. Thankfully, Blog2Print makes it pretty easy to create blog books.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2019 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Monday, June 10, 2019

Grandpa Debs Webster's Blue Notebook

In 1955 my maternal grandparents, Debs Warren Webster, and Willis Quillin Webster, traveled to Mexico to visit relatives. My great-grandmother, Esther Matus Villatoro, was Debs' mother. She was born in Arriaga, Chiapas, Mexico. Esther passed away when Debs was only five years old. Esther was the wife of my great-grandfather, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster, a.k.a. "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog.

Found among my Grandpa Debs' belongings was this small blue notebook pictured below.



I like how Grandpa Debs wrote "Genealogy" at the top of the notebook. From the pages in the notebook, it appears that he must have been asking for family history information during his trip to Mexico.

Debs' parents moved to Brazil before he was born. All of his siblings were born there except for his oldest sister, Carlota. At some point Carlota must have returned to Mexico. She married a man there named Braulio Guerreiro and she and Braulio raised their family in Mexico. During this trip in 1955, Debs and his wife, Willis, visited Carlota and her family. They were living in Mexico City at the time.

Here are the pages Grandpa Debs wrote on in this little blue notebook during his trip to Mexico in 1955. I've included transcriptions as well.


Transcription:

Omelino Villatoro
Francisco Villatoro
______________

Sra. ? viuda de
Villatoro
? de ?
?? No. 7
Tuxtla Gutierrez
Chiapas
______________

Matus
Catalina Villatoro
Catalina Matus
Carlota Matus
Romeo Villatoro Vera
Raymundo tambien (also)
Dr. Olvera #34 - Dept 4
Col. de los Doctores
Mexico D.F.



Transcription:

? Elena
Catalina Matus
Guerrero Norte No. 107
Arriaga, Chiapas
_____________

Ixtepec Oaxaca
Nicanor Matus nasao en
Juchitan Oaxaca
Espinal y sus papas
vivian en Juchitan
no ? si si naci?
_____________

Noeh Villatoro
8a Pom? y 2a Av. ? No. 14
Tuxtla Gutierrez
Chiapas


Transcription:

Raymunda Villatoro

Hijos (children):

Esther Matus Villatoro
Catalina Matus Villatoro
Francisco Matus Villatoro
Chana Matus Villatoro

Hermanos de (siblings of) Raymunda:
  1. Francisca Vasques Villatoro
  2. Camilo Vasques Villatoro
  3. Raymunda Vasques Villatoro
  4. Felicita Vasques Villatoro
  5. Elpidia Vasques Villatoro
  6. Zenon Vasques Villatoro



Transcription:
     
       Hermanos
6. Nicanor Matus

  1. Esciquio Matus
  2. Romula Matus
  3. Maria Matus
  4. Felicitas Matus
  5. Caliseto Matus

Vivian en Espinal (They lived in Espinal)
Ablan el Zapoteco (They speak Zapotec)




Transcription:

20 anos
Mario Arriola
Mario Arriola M
Fernando Montes
de Oca 27
Colonia Condera
Sona 11   Mexico D.F.
hijo de tia Catalina
_______________

22 anos
Maria Elena Arriola Matus
_______________

21
Geronimo Arriola Matus
_______________


Transcription:

Hijos de tio (children of uncle)

Francisco Matus Villatoro

  1. Romen Matus Vera
  2. Esther Matus Vera
  3. Noeh Matus Vera
  4. Raymundo Matus Vera

_______________

Hijas de Primas (Children of Cousins)

1) Romen tiene (Romen has):

  1. Francisco Matus Padilla
  2. Roberto Matus Padilla

2) de Esther:

  1. Freddy Esquincar Matus

3) de Noeh:

  1. Fernando Matus Farrera
  2. ? Matus Farrera



Transcription:
Juanita Guzman
Tia Juanita Guzman
2° gran (I think this means second degree great)
253 N. West Lake Av.
Los Angeles 26, Calif.
Isabel Villatoro
Arriaga Chiapas Mex.

There is so much wonderful information in this small blue notebook. It lists the siblings of my 2nd great-grandparents and other valuable information.

I'm currently researching Juanita Guzman, who my Grandpa Debs wrote about on the last page. I don't know where she fits into our family tree yet. But, I have found some interesting and helpful information already, thanks to my Grandpa having written down her address in the United States. I have a sweet card that she sent to my Grandpa Debs. I'll share that in a future post.

I am so grateful that my Grandpa Debs asked for family history information during his trip to Mexico.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2019 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Webster Dehorning Chute by E. P. C. Webster

Back in April of 2016, I shared the exciting discovery that my maternal 2nd great-grandfather, Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster, was an inventor and that he had applied for and had been granted a patent for his invention. If you'd like to read about that, click HERE. Ebenezer, or E.P.C. as he was also known by, invented The Webster Dehorning Chute. It was a device to dehorn cattle.

Recently, while doing research in Newspapers.com, I found several ads for Ebenezer's Dehorning Chute invention. Today I'd like to share one of the ads. It's an almost full-page ad on the front page of the Kansas Farmer newspaper, dated Thursday, November 1, 1888.


Under the title "The Webster Dehorning Chute" are the words (Patent Applied For.) Ebenezer's patent was filed on May 22, 1888, and his patent was granted on April 15, 1890.

I'm quite impressed with the size of this ad, and that it is an illustration of how Ebenezer's Dehorning Chute worked.

I decided to save screenshots of each individual illustration and share them here. I also saved a screenshot of the instructions below the illustrations.








Here's the transcription of the paragraphs/instructions under the illustrations:

The foregoing illustrations show the great Dehorning Chute, invented and patent applied for by E. P. C. WEBSTER, of MARYSVILLE, KAS. Our readers know we have published everything that has come under our observation in the way of throwing light on the subject. For some time it has seemed that the question as to "whether or not it was best to dehorn," is settled in the affirmative. But the greater question, as to "How shall we hold the animals?" has been seemingly the only question asked of late on the subject. Mr. Webster has proven equal to the emergency, and has answered the question, and here we have it illustrated in four different views -

The first in the act of dehorning.

The second, with the cow released and ready to walk out.

The third, she has just gone out, and the one that stood behind her is now caught and will soon lose her horns.

The last picture shows the machine loaded on a wagon and the operator en route for another job. It is easily loaded in this position in ten minutes, and unloaded and set up in ten minutes more.

An expert can dehorn a cow per minute as long as they are kept up in the chute behind.

This frame stands in a low, strong wagon-bed. It has movable wings that are attached to the roller on top, by means of which it is drawn against the animal, and steadies it so it can't fall; the head is caught in a stanchion that opens and admits the animals walking through it; the head in the stanchion, the hood is thrown over the head and attached to the little windlass, and a man or boy draws the head to the right and holds it still; as soon as the horns are off, the attendant lets go the windlass crank, and the head is all free in an instant; then the operator, with one motion of his left hand on the two levers on top loosens the body and head both, and out goes the muley.

For large lots of cattle, this chute is set at the head of a long chute, such as is usually used for branding, and this entire length kept full of cattle. As one walks out, they all move up the length of a cow. For small lots, they may be driven into the barn or shed, and the chute set at the door, or into a small yard and the chute set at the gate.
 Write to E. P. C. WEBSTER, MARYSVILLE, KAS., or W. H. RICHARDS, CRESCO, IOWA, Proprietors and manufacturers, for Circulars, mentioning always the KANSAS FARMER.

Preserve this number for future reference.


The discovery of this newspaper ad for my 2nd great-grandfather's invention is quite fascinating and exciting.

I'll share more newspaper finds about Ebenezer in future posts.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Fred E. Webster, Jeweler ~ Ad in an 1890's Newspaper


Watson Emory Webster was my maternal great-grandfather. He's also known as "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog. During his life he lived in and traveled to many different places. He practiced dentistry in the United States, Mexico, and Brazil. During part of the late 1800's he lived in the state of Kansas.

At some point in his life he changed his name from Watson Emory Webster to Frederick Emory Webster. 

While doing research in the Newspapers.com website, I searched for Fred E. Webster. Among the many search results was several very interesting advertisements.

I'd like to share one of them today. It's from the Alliance Signal (Stockton, Kansas) dated 14 September 1893, Page 3.



Here's a transcription of the advertisement ~

FRED E. WEBSTER
JEWELER

20 to 60 per
cent discount on
all goods in my
line, for the
next ten days.
Located in Raynolds' Drug Store.

What a great find! But, I wondered if this Fred E. Webster was my great-grandpa Frederick E. Webster. Through further research, I found that yes, the Fred in the ad was my great-grandpa Frederick E. Webster. An article in a newspaper referred to a Fred as the son of E. P. C. Webster. My great-grandpa Fred was the son of E. P. C. Webster. So that was an encouraging piece of evidence. Another article spoke of Frederick's sister-in-law coming to visit and referred to him as Fred E. Webster. There were other articles as well that provided evidence that this Fred E. Webster is my great-grandpa Frederick E. Webster.

Speaking of Frederick's father, E. P. C. Webster, I found a lot of interesting articles about him and his life in the newspapers. It would seem that the apple didn't fall far from the tree when it came to Fred and his father, E. P. C. I just assumed that E. P. C. was a farmer living a quiet life on the land, but I was wrong. I'll share more about my discoveries regarding E. P. C. in future posts.

Now back to today's advertisement about Fred as a jeweler. Isn't it fascinating? I knew great-grandpa Frederick had been a dentist and an inventor, but I didn't know he had also been a jeweler at some point during his life. This was an intriguing discovery.

I'm so excited to have found this ad about my great-grandfather, Frederick E. Webster. I've also found other interesting ads and articles, which I will be sharing in future posts.

Using newspapers in our family history research is so rewarding. They can provide a unique glimpse into the lives of our ancestors.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

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Friday, April 12, 2019

My 7th Blogiversary...Belated


I just realized that I actually missed my blogiversary this year. Oops! It was on April 5th. How is it possible that my blog is already seven years old? It's hard to believe. But, I really am glad that I began this blog on April 5, 2012. It's been a fun and rewarding way to share my family history.

So much has happened in our family since my last blogiversary in April of 2018. It mostly centered around caring for my Mom, who was diagnosed with Dementia, most likely Alzheimer's, in November of 2017. It was heartbreaking to watch her decline throughout the year. On October 27, 2018 she passed away and is now free from pain and suffering. I like to think about how happy my Mom and Dad must be to be together again.

There were also happy times in our family during 2018: spending time with family, vacations, celebrating birthdays, etc. We also welcomed our fifth grandchild into our family in 2018. She's absolutely adorable! We love her and all of our grandchildren so much.

THANK YOU

Thank you to my wonderful readers for taking the time to read my posts and for leaving comments over the years. I appreciate your support very much!

BLOGGING YEAR IN REVIEW

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

More From The Vintage Box - Vintage Photo Viewer Keychains - April 23, 2018

Saving My Dad's Canvas Painting Apron From the Estate Sale - June 23, 2018

Frederico Moyer Webster ~ A Newly-Discovered Great-Uncle - July 12, 2018

Even More Joyful Times ~ Adding Another New Daughter-in-Law's Name to My Genealogy Database - August 1, 2018

My Dad's Business Card - August 30, 2018

Another Cousin Connection Through Genealogy Blogging - October 4, 2018

The Passing of my Beautiful Mom, Elizabeth Webster Iverson - November 19, 2018

My Second Blog Book - January 12, 2019

My 2013 Blog Book - January 31, 2019

My Dad's Business Card When He Worked as an Escrow Officer - February 21, 2019

Clara M. Waterman, The Beauty of the Family - March 7, 2019

I didn't blog very much last year. Hopefully I'll be able to get back to blogging on a more regular basis in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Clara M. Waterman, The Beauty of the Family



Clara M. Waterman was my first cousin three times removed. She was the daughter of Jason C. Waterman and Josephine Lovina Waterman. Yes, they both had the same last names. Jason and Josephine were first cousins. Their fathers, David Bassett Waterman and Asher Waterman were brothers. Asher was my third great-grandfather.

Jason and Josephine married on 1 December 1858 in Scioto County, Ohio. Jason divorced Josephine and married his second wife in 1877. There's a whole other story about the divorce and subsequent marriage of Jason to his second wife, and what happened to Josephine. But that will wait until a future post.

Clara was the only child born to Jason and Josephine Waterman. It was said that Clara was "the beauty of the family." 1

Clara was "raised by L. C. Crary of Middleport, Ohio." 2 I assume this was the case because of the circumstances surrounding Jason's divorce and what happened to Josephine. I found Clara living with the Ludowic Crary family in the 1880 census for Middleport, Meigs, Ohio. 3 Lodowic was Clara's first cousin. He was the son of Jason's sister, Eunice Waterman.

Clara M. Waterman was born on 4 September 1862 in Ohio. 4  She married Thomas Henry Gates on 7 May 1885 in Meigs County, Ohio. 5

Clara and Thomas were the parents of six children:

  1. Charles Frank Gates (1887-1956)
  2. Mary (Mae) Eunice Gates (1889-1959)
  3. Helen Josephine Gates (1891- ?)
  4. Edith Margaret Gates (1894 - 1976)
  5. Frank Jason Gates (1897 - 1985)
  6. Child Gates (? - Before 1900)

Clara's husband, Thomas, was from Pennsylvania. Sometime after their wedding they settled in Pennsylvania. All of their known children were born in Pennsylvania and the 1900-1930 U.S. federal census records show their family living in Bridgewater, Beaver, Pennsylvania. I have yet to identify their sixth child and where he or she was born.

Clara passed away on 16 December 1937 in Bridgewater, Beaver, Pennsylvania. 6 She was 75 years of age at the time of her death.

Clara was born during the American Civil War and lived to see many things during her lifetime including inventions such as the automobile, telephone, radio, talking motion pictures, and even Kellogg's Cornflakes. She was 54 years old when America entered WWI and was 56 years of age when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote.

I wish I could see a photo of Clara. As "the beauty of the family" I wonder what she looked like.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

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1 Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. The Waterman Family. Vol. 2. Page 595. Salem, MA: Higginson Book, 1942.
2 Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. The Waterman Family. Vol. 2. Page 595. Salem, MA: Higginson Book, 1942.
3 1880 U.S. census, Meigs, Ohio, population schedule, Middleport, Page 11; Enumeration District: 0116; Page 232C (stamped), FHL microfilm: 1241374; dwelling 100, family 115, Clara Waterman; image, Ancestry.com. (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 March 2019); citing Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. NARA microfilm publication T9, 1454 rolls.
4 Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 Clara M. Waterman Gates. File No. 114381; [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Image 1943 of 3780. Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/
5 "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013," Clara M. Waterman and Thomas Henry Gates; database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-91NR-J?cc=1614804&wc=Q6SP-WSX%3A121348301%2C121637101 : 15 July 2014), Meigs > Marriage records 1879-1885 vol 7 > image 337 of 349; county courthouses, Ohio. Accessed 8 March 2019.
6 Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944 Clara M. Waterman Gates. File No. 114381; [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Image 1943 of 3780. Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/

Thursday, February 21, 2019

My Dad's Business Card When He Worked as an Escrow Officer

In a previous post I shared one of my Dad's business cards. It wasn't his business card as an employee for a large corporation, but for his own personal business called EZuse Software.

Today I'm sharing another business card that belonged to my Dad. This is a card he had as an employee in a company called City Title Insurance Company. It was located at 601 Hamilton Street in Redwood City, California.

From the business card it looks like my Dad worked as an Escrow Officer at the company.



Our family lived in Redwood City for several years when I was a young child. I was curious about the company my Dad worked for so I did a Google search for City Title Insurance Company, but nothing with that name came up in the results. And whatever building this company occupied back when my Dad worked there doesn't show up on Google Maps.

As you can see in the Google Maps screen capture below, the pin for the address is in a parking lot. And the addresses on the buildings on either side of the parking lot are 500 on one side and 627 on the other side. So it appears 601 Hamilton Street is no longer there.


I'm intrigued by the City Title Insurance Company's telephone number on my Dad's business card. Emerson 9-4121 sounds like a Telephone Exchange Names phone number that was used previous to today's all-number calling system.

I'm so glad we still have this old business card from when my Dad worked as an Escrow Officer. He later became a computer programmer and worked for a large corporation in San Francisco.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day to My Parents

Happy Valentine's Day to my parents in Heaven. This is the first time they will be able to be together on Valentine's Day since my Dad passed away on April 29, 2009. 💕




Aren't these photos cute? They were taken before my parents, Jan Albert Iverson and Elizabeth Webster, were married. The top photo was taken in 1959. I'm not sure when the bottom photo was taken.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

My 2013 Blog Book


In a previous post I shared photos of the second blog book I created. I used Blog2Print to make that book. In that post, I told you I'd created two more blog books using Blog2Print, one for 2013 and one for 2014.

Today I'm sharing a few photos of my 2013 Blog Book with you.

I decided to try a different cover for my 2013 book.




Here are a few photos from the inside of my new blog book.


The photo above shows the first page from the Table of Contents. Blog2Print creates this Table of Contents automatically, which I really appreciate. When I created my first blog book using Blurb, I had to create the Table of Contents manually.







One thing I learned while using Blog2Print, is that captions under photos don't seem to line up properly in the printed book. You can see an example of that in the photo above on the left page. The bold print and the words "Click to Enlarge" under the diploma are supposed to be centered under the photo.

I'll be sharing my 2014 Blog Book in a future post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

My Second Blog Book


In a previous post, I shared the exciting news that the blog book that I created using Blurb had arrived. I also included a few photos of my book. The blog book covered April - June 2012 of my genealogy blog. I began my genealogy blog on April 5, 2012.

I do like how it turned out, but using Blurb for my blog book was a laborious process. In order to have my blog book look the way I wanted it to, I ended up having to take a lot of time and effort to add my blog contents to the book manually. I didn't use any "slurping" process for the book. I had to place the photos and text on the pages manually and I had to create the Table of Contents manually too.

I didn't create another blog book for a number of years after that first book. In July of 2018 I decided to create another blog book which covered July - December 2012 of my genealogy blog.

For this new book I used Blog2Print instead of Blurb. It was so much easier and quicker than using Blurb. Blog2Print doesn't have the full editing capabilities of Blurb, but the ease of use makes it worth it. Blog2Print "slurps" the pages of your blog and creates a Table of Contents automatically, which is great. You can also edit some things, like choosing which posts to include in your book, choice of page layout, whether or not to have page breaks, text style, and photo size. You can also add pages to your book, which I have done in the blog books I've created.

Here are a few photos of my first blog book using Blog2Print. I think it turned out well, even though it doesn't look exactly like my blog online. At least the content is in the book, which is the most important thing.










I even added this page with bonus family photos. The opposite page has a note from me to the readers of my book.

I'm glad I finished up year 2012 of my genealogy blog in book form. For my 2018 Christmas gift, I created two more blog books using Blog2Print, one for 2013 and one for 2014. I'll share those in future posts.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

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