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Power-Up SIG Notes: Family Reunions

Researching Family Reunions

  • Reunions were big around the turn of the previous century
  • Frequently mentioned in local newspapers — look for lists of guests (a good place for clues to women’s married names)
  • Many were structured, with annual minutes and scrapbooks.  Look in local libraries, museums. I found one digitized on FamilySearch.org

Hosting Family Reunions

New Books July 2018

We had some interesting book donations last month, so there are new books on the shelves!

Call Number Date Author Title
A-600 027 1891 Cram’s Imperial Office Directory and Reference Atlas of the United States
G-A 053 2001 Boyer, Carl Medieval English ancestors of Robert¹ Abell
G-B 160 V 1 1987 Finley, Rex Bird Thomas Bird of Holmes County, Ohio, and his Descendants
G-D 077 1936 Doubleday, John M. Our Ancestors
G-H 154 1903 Haworths in America: Reunions of 1899 and 1902
G-M 101 1991 Monroe, James Harrison Journey from Ross-Shire
G-S 147 Intl Stoddard, Charles Stoddard Tribeloid
G-S 147 N 01-28 Stoddard, Charles Stoddard Tribeloid
G-S 147 N 29-43 Stoddard, Charles Stoddard Tribeloid
G-W 092 V 01 1991 Moore, Kay Kirlin Descendants of Roger Williams
G-W 092 V 01a 1991 Moore, Kay Kirlin Descendants of Roger Williams
G-W 092 V 03 1991 Moore, Kay Kirlin Descendants of Roger Williams
G-W 092 V 04 1991 Moore, Kay Kirlin Descendants of Roger Williams
Online – link in catalog Pearson Photograph Collection
Online – link in catalog 1903 Edson, Jarvis Bonesteel Edsons in England and America and genealogy of the Edsons,
Online – link in catalog 1933 Jacobus, Donald Lines The Bulkeley genealogy;
Online – link in catalog 1921 Powers, William H. Powers-Banks ancestry: traced in all lines to the remotest date obtainable, Charles Powers, 1819-1871, and his wife Lydia Ann Banks, 1829-1919
Online – link in catalog 1898 Trumbull, James Russell History of Northampton, Massachusetts, from its settlement in 1654;
R-060 127 V 07-10 Tyrrell Branches
R-060 127 V 11-14 Tyrrell Branches
R-060 127 V 15-18 Tyrrell Branches
R-210 SG 227 1998 1998 Wichita High School East Echoes
R-420 013 V 16 1992 Rhode Island Genealogical Register
R-420 013 V 18 1994 Rhode Island Genealogical Register
R-420 013 V 19 1995 Rhode Island Genealogical Register
R-420 013 V 20 1996 Rhode Island Genealogical Register
R-420 021 2004 Sterling, John E. South Kingstown, Rhode Island historical cemeteries
R-420 022 2009 Sterling, John E. Newport, Rhode Island colonial burial grounds
R-H 153 1986 Dennis, Ruth The homes of the Hoovers
VB Beard V 03 AL Mor Elbert Beard Jr. Collection
VB Beard V 03 AL St-Wi Elbert Beard Jr. Collection
VB Beard V 03 NC 1 Elbert Beard Jr. Collection
VB Beard V 03 TN Elbert Beard Jr. Collection
VB Miles V 01 Harris, Marcelyn Dora Miles Marcelyn Miles Harris Collection
VB Miles V 02 Harris, Marcelyn Dora Miles Marcelyn Miles Harris Collection
VB Miles V 03 Harris, Marcelyn Dora Miles Marcelyn Miles Harris Collection
VB Miles V 04 Harris, Marcelyn Dora Miles Marcelyn Miles Harris Collection
VB Miles V 05 Harris, Marcelyn Dora Miles Marcelyn Miles Harris Collection

New Records: The Book Club

MHGS has just finished digitizing the records of The Book Club, a women’s club that was founded in 1914 and continues to meet today.

Each year, The Book Club members each select a book for the group to read; these books are passed between members.  The club meets each month between September and May; members take turns hosting and providing meeting programs on topics relating to art, literature, culture and history.

The club was profiled in the Wichita Eagle at the time of their 100th anniversary: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article3547958.html

Their records include meeting minutes and annual yearbooks, which contain membership lists, book lists, and meeting topics.  They provide an interesting glimpse into the intellectual lives of Wichita women starting in 1914.  The records are sparse for the first 10 years, and more complete after that.

MHGS has digitized the records and created an index of member names. They are available for research at the MHGS library.

New Books May 2018

Several new books in the library this month:

Call Number Date Author Title
R-210 SG 217 1986 Colwich Saga: Colwich, Kansas 1886 – 1986 Centennial Edition
R-210 SG 219 1954 The 20th Century Club Cook Book
R-210 SG 220 1993 Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Beyond Lutfisk
R-210 SG 221 1982 Epworth United Methodist Church Epworth United Methodist Church Cook Book
R-210 SG 222 V 2 Wichita Eagle Rare Recipes and Budget Savers
R-210 SG 223 1994 1990 Wichita-Sedgwick County Community Profile
VB Beard Elbert Beard Jr. Collection
R-210 SF 05 1954 Class of 1929 St. John High School 25th Anniversary
R-210 SG 006 1945 1945 Parnassus
R-210 SG 006 1943 1943 Parnassus
R-210 SG 023 1968 1968 Wichita State University Women’s Association
R-210 SG 045 1941 1941 Wichita State University Campus Directory
R-210 SG 045 1943 1943 Wichita State University Campus Directory
R-210 SG 045 1944 1944 Wichita State University Campus Directory
R-210 SG 045 1945 1945 Wichita State University Campus Directory
R-210 SG 045 1947 1947 Wichita State University Campus Directory
R-210 158 1988 Bader, Robert Smith Hayseeds, moralizers, and Methodists: the twentieth-century image of Kansas
R-630 124 V1 1973 Catlin, George Letters and notes on the manners, customs, and conditions of the North American Indians;
R-630 124 V2 1973 Catlin, George Letters and notes on the manners, customs, and conditions of the North American Indians;
R-670 264 1988 Langguth, A. J. Patriots: the men who started the American Revolution
R-210 SG 224 1942 1942 McClure, Russell E. Wichita’s City Government: A Report of the City Manager

Power-Up SIG Notes: Using Facebook for Genealogy

Facebook Overview

  • Your profile
  • Your newsfeed
  • Groups and pages
    • Pages are largely run by one or two folks, using a more curated, broadcast model
    • Groups are moderated by a couple of people, but are more communal, with any member allowed to post.
    • Groups can be
      • Open, where anyone can join and jump right in immediately
      • Closed, where you have to ask to join and a moderator approves you (sometimes they ask questions to verify that you are not a machine and not trying to sell sunglasses). Closed doesn’t mean they don’t want you — most groups close just to keep out the spammers and pornographers, so go ahead and click the Join button
      • Secret, where the group doesn’t even show up in searches and you have to be invited to join

Straight Genealogy

  • Katherine Willson’s list of 11,000+ groups on Facebook: https://socialmediagenealogy.com/genealogy-on-facebook-list/
  • Genealogy Master List of Facebook Groups: a group on Facebook,
  • Genealogy technique groups, i.e. Genetic Genealogy Techniques & Tips
  • Genealogy software and website groups, i.e. Family Tree Maker Users
  • Genealogy societies, i.e. MHGS
  • Museums, archives, libraries, i.e. Kansas Historical Society
  • Local history, i.e. Wichita History from my Perspective
  • Just search!  There’s probably a group for that!

Keeping in Touch With Family

  • Sharing stories and photos
  • A couple ways to structure it
    • Just post to your newsfeed
    • Post, but just to selected friends
    • Create a private group — you can make private (can still be found in public list of groups) or secret (findable only by current members)

Researching Living Relatives

  • Totally optional. Don’t do it if it makes you uncomfortable!
  • General steps:
    • Search name.  If too many names, search name and city or state
    • Look at About section.  May learn birthday, marital status, birthplace, current city, jobs, education.
    • Look at Family and Relationships, under About
    • Look at photos — especially read the comments on pictures with kids or family events, since it’s amazing how many relatives post things like “you’re looking great, mom” or “that’s my grandson!”  Also see who is tagged, since you might get names of relatives
    • Look at friends — search on surnames, especially maiden or grandparent surnames.
    • Last, skim the posts on the timeline to see if there are birthday or anniversary congratulations, or a conversation about a funeral or family memory
    • Send a Friend Request!

Keeping Yourself Safe (and Sane)

  • There is enormous tension between sharing and privacy.  You need to decide what suits you today, and you will need to revisit the subject regularly as Facebook is always changing.
  • There is a difference between what other Facebook users can learn about you and what Facebook sells to marketers about you.  You don’t have much control about what Facebook knows about you, other than to not use Facebook.
    • You can see what Facebook knows about you by going to Settings, General, Download a copy of your Facebook data.
  • You have a lot of control over what other Facebook users can learn about you.  Click on the little down arrow by the question mark at the top of the window, then select Settings.
    • You can see what the public (non-friends) can see under Settings, Public Posts, View your public timeline
  • You also have a lot of control over what you see from other Facebook users.
    • You can be “friends” with someone without letting them fill your newsfeed with junk.
      • To stop seeing everything they post, Unfollow them.  You are still friends, they see what you post, and you can go to their profile page to catch up.
      • To stop seeing all those sappy pictures and inspirational quotes, click on the three dots to the right of an annoying shared post and “Hide all from xxx”

New Books March 2018

New stuff in the library last month.  The Beard collection includes about 20 3-ring binders full of materials.

Call Number Date Author Title
G-K 043 2017 Kaess, Brian Paul Kaess / Ochiltree / Swartz Family History
R-150 024 V 36 2017 Coweta Courier
R-180 208 V 53 2017 Illiana Genealogist
R-180 234 V 47 2017 Theakiki (The A-KI-KI)
R-210 HP 08 V 22-23 2016-2017 Harper County Connections
R-210 JO 06 V 44-45 2016-2017 The Johnson County Kansas Genealogist
R-210 MC 06 V 34 2015 Waconda Roots & Branches
R-210 SG 216 First Methodist Church Records 1890-1900
R-410 333 V 38 2017-2018 Blair County Genealogical Society Newsletter
R-610 127 V 67 2001 The Mayflower quarterly.
VB Beard Elbert Beard Jr. Collection
Online – Link in Catalog House, John M. Wolfhounds and Polar Bears in Siberia: America’s Military Intervention 1918 – 1920
Online – Link in Catalog 1981 McDonald, Roderick A. “Goods and Chattels”: The Economy of Slaves on Sugar Plantations in Jamaica and Louisiana