Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
And the blessings continue! Dad has recently set up his own blog "Ernie's Journeys". He'll soon be relating many of his life's stories again to all his readers. I find it awesome that he embraces new technology and utilizes his time in retirement to save those precious facts, details and stories for us and all future descendants. And he's having fun doing it!
I'll encourage him to join the Genea-bloggers Group on Facebook. You won't be disappointed if you become a "Follower".
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here are the rules:
1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2. Write a blog post about these eight things and post these rules.
3. At the end of the blog post, list eight people to get tagged.
4. Leave a comment on their blogs telling them they have been tagged.
Okay, here are eight things you probably don't already know about me:
1. I'm a college graduate with a degree in Elementary Education. I taught school until I was first married.
2. I live in a 106 year old Victorian house.
3. I'm a Kansas girl at heart.
4. I adopted my son, who's now 32 years old.
5. I've only lived in 2 states: Kansas and Colorado.
6. I also write a personal blog that is private.
7. I can wiggle my ears.
8. I love to make (and eat) homemade noodles--my favorite food.
Now I'm tagging these 8 bloggers:
1. Jasia at Creative Gene
2. Miles at Miles' Genealogy blog
3. Renee at Renee's Genealogy Blog
4. Lorine at Olive Tree Genealogy
5. Ruth at Bluebonnet Country Genealogy
6. Jennifer at Rainy Day Genealogy Readings
7. Donna at Donna's Genealogy Blog
8. Lori at Smoky Mountain Family Historian
Monday, November 24, 2008
Pictured above are my Dad and Mom, Ernest L. and Ruby Flanders Margheim
Pictured here on their wedding day are Dick and Irene Roberts Jamison, parents of my husband Larry Jamison.
I'm most thankful for my marriage to my loving husband Larry Jamison.
It's because all these people pictured above were married to each other that I am who I am today--Mary Rebecca "Becky" Margheim (Mrs. Larry C.) Jamison. And I'm very thankful!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
A member of my husband's family began the study into his ancestry in the middle 1970s, nearly 20 years before I met him. She established the identity of nearly 5 generations of his family, but ran into a brick wall when she reached his Jamison great, great grandparents. She identified them as Samuel S. Jamison and wife Rachel McKern, both born and died in Pennsylvania in the 1800s. Her research stopped in the 1980s and the papers were all packed away.
By 2004 or so, I'd been married to Larry Jamison for a decade and had picked up the genealogy bug. During my first two or three years of research, I expanded Larry's ancestor tree by many generations, but that Jamison line was still the shortest branch on the tree. I spent dozens of hours scouring the internet for anything I might find on Samuel and Rachel Jamison, or any McKern family in Pennsylvania. I found nothing! I was so discouraged that I reluctantly reached out for help. Remember, I said in my last post that it was difficult for me to ask for help from others or to share what I'd found in my own research. I was very insecure about my research skills. And I did not subscribe to any web sites that offered census or vital record data. But I sent a quick email to my cousin Barbara (okay, to be proper, my first cousin once removed), who lived in California. I didn't ask her to find information for me, I just asked for advice on where to look next. With her decades of experience I knew she could offer some valuable suggestions about how to pursue this search. Within minutes Barbara emailed me in return and said she'd found Samuel and Rachel Jamison in the 1860 census for their county of residence in Pennsylvania. She emailed me the household listing. She did have the subscription to a web site that offered census images.
I couldn't believe it! I had searched for 2 or 3 years and within minutes---literally no more than 5 minutes, she had found their household and I was reading it in print on my computer screen. I ran down the stairs to the kitchen where my husband was cooking our dinner (what a guy!) and had tears rolling down my face. He asked if I was happy or crying. I said "Yes!" I was happy and crying! Barbara had found Rachel and Samuel for me.
After I regained my composure, I emailed Barbara and thanked her. She quickly offered to send me a hard copy of the census image and I accepted her offer, thinking it should go in the file as supporting evidence.
It was only 3 or 4 days later that I received the hard copy of that census image in the mail. I casually opened it, thinking it was just evidence for the file folder. But I gasped when I read the listing for that household. Not only were Samuel Jamison, wife Rachel and children Mary, Angeline, Curtis, Robert, John, and Emma listed, but the final household member listed was Samuel's mother-in-law Elizabeth McPherrin. McPherrin----NOT MCKERN!