Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2016

Australian blogger Jill Ball has posted the 2016 Accentuate the Positive Geneameme on GeniAus.

Here are my responses:

  1. An elusive ancestor I found was: Anna Margrethe Molin, who married Friedrich Wilhelm Schulte in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1847. She was Swedish, the sister of my 3X great grandmother Johanna Elisabeth Molin, and he German. I lost track of the family when they moved to Dusseldorf, Germany about 1850.
  2. A precious family photo I found was: no new photos this year, but I can’t complain as I already have a treasure trove of family pictures.
  3. An ancestor’s grave I found was: Anna Molin Schulte’s daughter, Lucia, in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois.
  4. An important vital record I found was: a probate record for my 5X great grandmother, Sara Brita Krook Molin, in Andrarum, Sweden, thanks to a Swedish cousin.
  5. A newly found family member shared: information on her “lost” branch of my mother-in-law’s family. No names, as most of these cousins are living.
  6. A geneasurprise I received was: See my response to question #1. Where did I find Anna Greta Molin Schulte? In DETROIT, MICHIGAN! Now that was more than a surprise!
  7. My 2016 blog post that I was particularly proud of was: my series update on the descendants of Revolutionary War soldier John Stufflebean. I actually found some documentation that, in some cases, supported family information but, in others, disproved family history.
  8. I made a new genimate who: belongs to the Pima County Genealogy Society AND joined my genealogy group.
  9. A new piece of software I mastered was: I can’t say I’ve actually mastered it, but thanks to Randy Seaver’s tutorials on source citation templates in RootsMagic 7, I can actually now use them.
  10. A social media tool I enjoyed using for genealogy was: Facebook, although I comment quite sparingly on it compared to some.
  11. A genealogy conference/seminar/webinar from which I learnt something new was: both RootsTech 2016 and the Southern California Genealogy Society’s Jamboree in June. There were too many great webinars that I saw this year to single out just one or two.
  12. I am proud of the presentation I gave at/to: the local monthly ladies’ genealogy group which I organized five years ago. I’m proud of all the topics I’ve presented and tips I’ve taught them through the years.
  13. A journal/magazine article I had published was: nothing published this past year, but I did update a post and article I had published in 1994 on the origins and descendants of Johannes/John Whitmer of Barbelroth, Germany, Frederick County, Maryland and Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Several descendants contacted me who, until then, had no idea about John’s parents or origins in Germany.
  14. I taught a friend how to: navigate the unindexed collections on FamilySearch.
  15. A genealogy book that taught me something new was: How to Do Everything Genealogy by George G. Morgan. We are using it as a textbook in my genealogy group and there are enough resources and tips in it for everyone to learn something new.
  16. A great repository/archive/library I visited was: the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Always #1!
  17. A new genealogy/history book I enjoyed was: Legacy Family Tree 9 –  Unlocked and Getting the Most from Family Historian 6 users’ manuals. Yes, I know they are manuals for software programs and probably not the most exciting reading, but my interests for the past couple of years have centered on learning new software programs.
  18. It was exciting to finally meet: at RootsTech 2016 – blogging friends who I have only known through their posts, social media and emails. I don’t want to name names in case I forget to mention someone.
  19. A geneadventure I enjoyed was: being lucky enough to visit the Family History Library twice this year! I am also looking forward to a 2017 geneadventure when I get to spend two days in Copenhagen this spring, visiting more haunts of my 3X great grandparents, Johannes Jensen and Johanna Elisabeth Molin.
  20. Another positive I would like to share is: I’ve tried to give back to the genealogy community by helping those who have left comments on my blog, asking about their families. I am pleased that I was able to help, among others,  one lady find the document that proved her Cherokee heritage and a man who wanted to know about his maternal Stufflebean origins. I feel very fortunate to have a hobby (addiction) that I share with so many wonderful people. I am looking forward to my genealogical adventures in 2017.

2 thoughts on “Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2016”

  1. Like you, I was surprised to find some of my distant relatives in countries where I hadn’t thought to look. Thank goodness there are indexes to help us find those globe-trotters!

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