Category: Butterfield

A Butterfield Geier wedding story

Creating my grandparents' wedding story Using 1921 souvenirs Perhaps one of the most important stories I want to leave my children is the one about my paternal grandparents' wedding. I can't really say why. This is the grandma I knew best, the one I spent more time with, the one they'll never know; perhaps I ...

Ancestor profiling using mixed methods

Creating ancestor profiles using mixed methods Using everything in your bag of tricks The premise of this blog is to use the documents and heirlooms in your possession to create a profile and write a story about your ancestor. It's about using items and artifacts you already have for one, to identify heirlooms, and two, ...

Grandaunt Bertha: Making a slideshow

Profiling when there is scant information Create a simple slideshow using what you have MEMORIES Dad used to say Bertha was a fabulous cook. I didn't have the pleasure of sitting at her dining table but once; however, I recall that visit. The year was 1980, and it was the only time I visited Aunt ...

Seemingly disconnected artifacts

Using random keepsakes What to do with a pile of seemingly disconnected artifacts You've dusted the keepsake box. You've brought it downstairs and emptied its contents. You've carefully spread them in front of you, and, well, you begin to feel helpless. You have a hunch this one may will take some effort. "File 13" never ...

Why watermark?

Watermarking online photos Why include your John Henry? What follows is MY OPINION only. This is a discourse on why I choose to mark my photos. I have been the recipient of photo thievery on Facebook. I have been the recipient of photo thievery on Ancestry. I claim the status of amateur photographer; I do ...

Unsolved mysteries

One of our most frustrating genealogical mysteries is the identity of this woman. If possible, click on the photos to see a larger view. I first thought these are photos of the same person, and I'll get to that soon. My confusion stems from the fact that these very similar-looking women are identified differently or ...

Trinkets & treasures

WHAT ABOUT THOSE HARD-TO-CATEGORIZE COLLECTIBLES? Inevitably, there are items that end up collecting dust. Some are hard to use in the present; a smaller, easier, or more versatile item has taken its place. Others will always collect dust. Still, there are ways to help your children learn how their ancestors lived. Can anyone guess the ...

Photos for profiling

My grandmother Lalla was quite photogenic. She was a fashionista in her day, and I never tire of looking at her through the stages of her life. My children will never know her, and while that makes me sad, there are ways to remedy this dilemma. Looking at our collection of photos, it baffles me ...

Why “The Malevolent Matriarch?”

GREAT GRANDMA'S TONGUE WAS AS SHARP AS HER PENCIL. Afraid of no one, she let loose in hundreds of letters to daughter Bertha, sometimes twice a day. Her stern "disposition" intimidates (yet I adore that photo on the right. Notice her posture, her confidence. The hat and coat add to the "don't mess with me" ...