Win a RootsTech 2018 Pass!

Connect. Belong.

RootsTech 2018 will be here before you know it and here is an opportunity to win a registration pass valued at $279!

Why should you attend? Here are five great reasons, plus one huge bonus:

  1. RootsTech 2018 has been extended to FOUR days!
  2. Over 300 class sessions presented by top notch speakers
  3. Hear world class Keynote Speakers – Olympian Scott Hamilton & Humans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton
  4. Visit the Expo Hall, which is ginormous!
  5. Learn about new genealogically-related technology at the Innovation Showcase

Bonus: Spend some time in the Family History Library

Here is your chance to CONNECT and BELONG.

Where else can you spend four entire days talking nothing but genealogy with kindred spirits?

As an official RootsTech 2018 ambassador, I have one RootsTech 2018 pass to give away in a contest.

What’s included in the pass? 300+ class sessions, keynotes, the Expo Hall, opening and closing events, lounge and learn events and the Innovation Showcase.

What is NOT included in the pass? Getting Started sessions, Family Discovery Day sessions, computer labs, printed syllabus, extra-fee workshops, hotels, meals, and transportation to/from the conference.

Contest Rules:

  1. Contest opens today and closes on 9 November 2017 at midnight (Pacific time). Winner will be announced on 10 November 2017 on this blog.
  2. More than one entry may be submitted, but no more than one per day per person (total of ten possible entries from 31 October through 9 November 2017.)
  3. Entry number one must be a comment on this post: First line must say: RootsTech 2018 Contest Entry (so I can be sure it is a contest entry and not just a general comment from a reader) and then explain either why you would like to attend RootsTech or share a class or two that you would most like to attend.
  4. If you choose to enter this contest more than once, read one or more of my past posts (up to a total of nine past posts for the nine possible extra contest entries) and leave a comment. The first line again needs to be: RootsTech 2018 Contest Entry and then add your comment.
  5. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted with instructions.
  6. Odds of winning depend upon number of entries received.
  7. No purchase necessary and void where prohibited by law.

Note: If you have already pre-registered for RootsTech 2018 and you are the winner, instructions will be provided for obtaining a full refund.


Happy Halloween 2017

Hallowe’en Greetings
Ellen Clapsaddle, Artist
Source: My Personal Collection

Ellen Hattie Clapsaddle (1865-1934) was a well known American illustrator and is remember today for her wonderful drawings featured on postcards. Her holiday sketches featuring children that appeared on both postcards and greeting cards are highly valued by collectors today. Because she was so prolific, many vintage cards are still very affordable (5.00-25.00 per card) for collectors.

I love her drawings – she was so talented.

Hunting for Today’s Stufflebean Cousins: Iva Myrtle Stufflebean, 1888-1976

Iva Myrtle Stufflebean, the second child and eldest daughter of John Henry Stufflebean and his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Hollen, was born 17 September 1888 in Linn County, Missouri.

Iva Myrtle was always known as Myrtle. My husband and his brother remember Aunt Myrtle’s visits with the family in the 1950s and 1960s, both in California and Oklahoma.

Myrtle and Everett Baker, c1909

Myrtle married Marion Everett Baker on 8 June 1908 in Cleveland County, Oklahoma and likely in the town of Noble.

Myrtle and Everett, as he was known, became the parents of four daughters:

  1. Mildred N., born 21 December 1909, Linn County, Missouri; died 16 June 1961, La Crescenta, Los Angeles, California. Mildred didn’t marry and has no descendants.
  2. Irene Catherine, born 16 March 1911, Linn County, Missouri; died 16 January 2003, La Crescenta, Los Angeles, California. Irene married Loyd John Helms on 1 September 1928 in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. He was born in 1909 and died in 1978. They had one child.
  3. Thelma Lucille, born 13 October 1912, Linn County, Missouri; died 23 May 1998, Sugar Land, Fort Bend, Texas. Lucille married John Porter Miller on 20 February 1933 in Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma. He was born in 1912 and died in 1991. They had at least one child, who, in turn, had at least four children.
  4. Delores Ruth, born 27 March 1919, Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma; died 17 July 2000, Palm Desert, Riverside, California. Delores married Ernest Leo Tullius on 9 June 1937 in Los Angeles County, California. He was born in 1915 and died in 1975. They had at least three children.

Myrtle and Everett divorced on 20 November 1940, probably in California.

If you are a grandchild or great grandchild of Myrtle and Everett Baker, I would love to share information with you. Please contact me.