Friday, January 30, 2015

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for January 30, 2015


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. The last gift by Peggy Lauritzen, author of Always Anxiously Engaged
  2. Where did your ancestors live? -- An Introduction to parcel maps AND Use Cadastral Mapping to find your ancestors AND Where did your ancestors live" -- An Introduction to City Directories by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  3. A matter of consent by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  4. Encyclopedia of Municipalities and Delegations for Mexico by Moises Garza, author of Mexican Genealogy
  5. List of Facebook Genealogy Resources by Nancy Loe, author of Sassy Jane Genealogy
  6. SIX STEPS TO TRACK YOUR ANCESTOR'S CEMETERIES AND TOMBSTONES WITH PINTEREST by Cody Nelson, author of Meet You in Ohio
  7. Submit Family Stories for Our Valentine’s Day Feature AND These States Have the Most Valentine’s Day Surnames by Crestleaf Blog
  8. Missouri Death Certificates – 1964 by Anne Kruszka, author of Gene Notes
  9. ...Read how a family history fib spread in 1889, and is still spreading today! by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy
  10. Check Marks the Source by Valerie Craft, author of Begin with 'Craft'
  11. Score Another One For Genetic Genealogy by Jacqi Stevens, author of A Family Tapestry
  12. Let It Go? Save or Toss Those Old Family Escrow Papers? by Denise Levenick, author of The Family Curator
  13. The best free archives online. by Christine Blythe, author of Empty Nest Genealogy
  14. Tuesday’s Tip: Family Interviews by Jenny Lanctot, author of Are My Roots Showing?
  15. Great new tech tool for your graphics! by Cate Kunzi, author of Burning River Genealogy
  16. What Can You Learn from AncestryDNA Matches with Very Small Trees? by Dana Leeds, author of The Enthusiastic Genealogist
  17. His Little Green Book Was So Organized, Why Can't I Be? by Barbara Poole, author of Life From The Roots
  18. Please Define Famous by Valerie Hughes, author of Genealogy With Valerie
  19. Get Ready To Meet Your European Cousins with AncestryDNA by Anna Swayne for Ancestry.com Blog
  20. Dear Randy: Why Do You Write About Your Personal Research? by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings


The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview

New Blog Discoveries

I also want to share this beautiful article with you. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

In Case You Missed It….My Contribution to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Thanks for reading!


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Monday, January 26, 2015

A New and Exciting Cousin Connection

Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster


I have very exciting news to share with you. A few months ago, I was contacted by a gentleman because he saw my genealogy blog while doing an internet search. It turns out that this gentleman is a cousin. This new cousin connection is quite a happy surprise for our family.

This isn't a distant cousin connection. This is a close cousin connection. You'll see what I mean as you read further in this post.

This cousin's name is Marco and he lives in Brazil. Marco left a comment on my personal blog's Facebook page.

Here's a little bit of background so you know how Marco fits in my family tree.

My regular readers will probably recognize the name of my great-grandfather, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster. I refer to him as
"The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog. Watson changed his name to Frederick sometime during his life. Throughout the rest of this post, I'll refer to him as Frederick.

Frederick and his second wife,
Esther Matus Villatoro, who I descend from, had five children:
  1. Carlota Adelia Webster
  2. Edna Lillie Webster
  3. Debs Warren Webster (my grandfather)
  4. Eugene Rollin Webster
  5. Alice Webster
Carlota and Debs were the only children to survive to adulthood.

With this background in mind, I'll explain what happened when Marco contacted me. He told me that his mother was a daughter of my great-grandfather, Frederick. I wondered if he was mistaken. As I mentioned, only two of Frederick and Esther's children survived to adulthood, my grandfather and his sister Carlota. In 1955, my grandfather traveled to Mexico to visit his sister Carlota and her family. And Marco wasn't one of Carlota's children.

Well, through a series of emails in which Marco and I shared photos, documents, and information, it turns out that his mother is in fact a daughter of my great-grandfather, Frederick! It appears that late in life Frederick did have another child. And that child is Marco's mother.

This means that my mother has a newly-discovered aunt (Marco's mother) and I have a newly-discovered great-aunt. And Marco is my mom's newly-discovered 1st cousin and my 1st cousin once removed. See? This cousin connection is a very close cousin connection.

The photo at the top of this post was sent to me by Marco. It's a picture of my great-grandfather Frederick holding Marco's mother (right) and a young boy (left). I wondered if this little boy was Frederick's child too, but Marco told me he was not Frederick's son.


My mom and I are so excited about this new cousin connection. And we're so happy that Marco found my genealogy blog and contacted me.

Thanks for reading!


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Friday, January 23, 2015

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for January 23, 2015


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Over 160 New U.S. Free Online Newspaper Collection Links by Kenneth R. Marks, author of THE ANCESTOR HUNT
  2. A new clue! by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
  3. Whose DNA it is anyway? AND The mentors AND Following up on death by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  4. Want To Be A Geneablogger? by Fran Ellsworth for Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genealogical Collaboration
  5. Hey Everyone, I've Moved! by Andrea Kelleher, author of How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
  6. We've moved! by Bryna O'Sullivan, author of Researching Luxembourg Genealogy
  7. Tuesday’s Tip: Heirloom.net by Jenny Lanctot, author of Are My Roots Showing?
  8. The Source Clipboard AND More about the Source Clipboard AND Legacy and AniMap by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
  9. Does Anybody Really Care about a Fifth Cousin?  Are Collateral Lines Relevant? by Amy B. Cohen, author of Brotman Blog: A Family Journey
  10. The Real Reason Why Your Ancestors Didn’t Smile in Old Photographs AND These Famous Kin of Thomas Jefferson Will Surprise You by Crestleaf Blog
  11. Ancestry.com and Mexican Genealogy Research by Moises Garza, author of Mexican Genealogy
  12. FamilySearch Releases More Record Hints by Ancestry Insider, author of The Ancestry Insider
  13. Skeletons in the Closet by Susan Wallin Mosey, author of family history daily
  14. Jewish Museum of Prague: Old Jewish Cemetery by Marilyn Robinson, author of Jewish Gem's Genealogy: Mining For Your Elusive Ancestors
  15. What Happens To Your Genealogy Research When You're Gone? by Lorine McGinnis Schulze, author of The Olive Tree Genealogy
  16. Statistics in Legacy by Shannon Thomas, author of Our Life Picture by Picture
  17. Guest Authors Share Their Expertise by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
  18. Hitting the Jackpot on Facebook by Valerie Hughes, author of Genealogy With Valerie
  19. The Real Me by Sally Knudsen, author of Sally Searches
  20. Are Your Ancestors the Average of 5 Records? by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed It….My Contribution to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Thanks for reading!


© 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Family Vacation in Utah

After Christmas, we spent about a week in Utah. We had so much fun spending time together as a family. Creating family memories is so very important.

It turned out to be a very cold week. And when I say cold, I mean freezing. The temperatures were usually in the teens and twenties during the days. Yes. It was frigid. The air felt like refrigerator air.

I live in an area that doesn't get snow. And our high temperatures in winter are pretty mild compared with Utah. So, it was quite novel for us to see it snowing and to spend a week somewhere with snow on the ground. We arrived on a Saturday and it snowed on Sunday and Monday. This is what we woke up to on Monday morning.



This is my husband scraping our car…while it was snowing. He was heading out to a store. Brave man!



Did I mention that we're not used to snow? Of course, I had to take pictures of the cold fluffy stuff.



It's really pretty.



Especially from inside a warm house. Haha!



The temperatures never rose above freezing that week, so there was plenty of time for ice to form on the ground. Unfortunately, at the end of the week, I slipped and fell on the ice. Yep. I did. Thankfully, it wasn't a hard fall. I was a bit sore, but I'm fine. And I'm so grateful for that.

I'll be sharing more pictures from our trip to Utah in a future post.

Thanks for reading!


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Friday, January 16, 2015

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for January 16, 2015


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Announcing the Genetic Genealogy Standards by Blaine Bettinger, author of THE GENETIC GENEALOGIST
  2. How To Preserve Old Photos Without Losing Your Mind by Dick Eastman, author of
    Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
  3. Tuesday’s Tip: Facebook Group Etiquette by Jenny Lanctot, author of Are My Roots Showing?
  4. Getting Creative with Genea-Graphics by Caitlin Gow, author of Genealogically Speaking
  5. 10 YEARS, OVER 150 RECORDS REQUESTED–HOW MANY DID I ACTUALLY RECEIVE? by Diane Gould Hall, author of MICHIGAN FAMILY TRAILS
  6. Why are ther Blue "Silver" Books? by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy
  7. Tuesday's Tip: Staying On Track with a Research Log by Miriam J. Robbins, author of AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors
  8. Tagging and Notebooks in Evernote by Shannon Thomas, author of Our Life Picture by Picture
  9. Legacy by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
  10. Instead of Failing, Read the Instructions by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small
  11. Geneabloggers - Who and Where are you? by Jill Ball, author of GeniAus
  12. Robert Erickson, Champion Plowman by Susan Wallin Mosey, author of Family History Daily
  13. 30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable – Day 13 by Valerie Elkins, author of Family Cherished
  14. Visit your Ancestral Village Online by Mary Foxworthy, author of Roots & Stuff
  15. NEW GENEAGEM DISCOVERED! BLM WEBSITE by Linda Stufflebean, author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
  16. Testing Evernote Scannable by Patrick Jones, author of Frequent Traveler Ancestry
  17. The other housekeeper by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  18. Rededicating myself to collateral lines by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Jana's Place

Thanks for reading!


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