A Year in the Life of Jens Dahle: 8 October 1864

In previous blogs, I tracked Jens Dahle’s experiences 150 years ago as he participated in the Civil War, fighting for the 2nd Minnesota under 1st Lt. Mahlan Black.

The Confederates captured Jens at Ream’s Station, a minor skirmish, on the 25th of August and took him to Libby Prison in Richmond (Virginia) for intake on 27 of August.  Shortly after that he was moved to Belle Island, now called Belle Isle, which overlooks the city.

From this point forward the record of the experiences of Jens are scant except for the existence and publication of a diary of James Eberhart, a soldier whose capture, Belle Island and Salisbury Prison experiences are contemporary with Jens Dahles’.  [1]

33n1On 8 October 1864, Jens, James and a thousand or more other prisoners were loaded unto a rail car and hauled to Salisbury, North Carolina.  He may have been one of the lucky ones who rode inside but if not, he rode on top of the car exposed to the unseasonably cold Fall in the South.

“Sat Oct 8–About 11 am we marched back to the Depot & shipped to Salisbury.  We got on top of Cars..We were nearly frozen having been on top of the Cars 7 hours…Our ration is all gone.  So nothing to eat tonight. I found some wheat in the Cars and parched it & made coffee out of it. And laid down.” — James Eberhart

James was of stronger constitution than Jens who had already been confined to a hospital for 7 months due to dysentery or other sanitary condition related disease.  James, a sergeant in Co. G, of the 8th Pennsylvania RES felt responsible for his men and worked to keep his own physical condition strong and garner rations as they were available to assist his men.  He kept his physical condition strong through exercise and constantly taking quinine when it was available even when not outwardly sick.

Like Belle Island, Salisbury was considered a stockade type of prison.  While there were structures within the fence, these facilities were reserved for officers, Confederate soldiers who abandoned their posts, and criminals.  Other buildings were used for food preparation and the hospital.  This prison was well served by the rail line as seen on the right of the bird-eye-view (see photo on left)  Today only a small garrison remains of the facility, seen to the right of the rail line. [2]

The common soldier, including Jens and James Eberhart were left to their own ingenuity in the open area.  It was common that one or more would dig a small cave in the ground to share and in which to sleep at night.  Water was provided by wells which quickly became contaminated.  There may, at times have been a stream as well.  Food was served out of the cookhouse connected to the large multistory building. [2]

Here Jens would stay to the end of the war.  The experiences of James, to the extent they could have been experienced by Jens, will be relayed going forward.

Happy Hunting!

Jill

What I have done since the last posting: I have worked on a number of presentations for the upcoming speaking engagements.  I am ready for the all day-er at Whatcom County, and I am starting to work on the presentations for the LDS Family History conference in early November.  the weather has been marvelous here in Seattle and so I also caught a little sunshine today.

[1] Florence C. McLaughlin, editor, “Diary of Salisbury Prison by James Eberhart,” The Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, July 1973.
[2] “History: Salisbury Confederate Prison,” Salisbury, North Carolina, online database: http://www.salisburync.gov/prison/1.html.

Presentation Improvements: Whatcom Genealogical Society

WGS seminar 2014I had a terrific time at Whatcom Genealogical Society’s Fall Seminar yesterday.  I was warmly greeted by both Cindy Harris and Sharon Neem at the door and found they were surprised I had arrived before Jim Johnson of Heritage Quest spoke on land records.  They didn’t know that I am naturally an early riser so it was reasonable that I would want to attend the first session of the day given by Jim.  After Jim (he also runs Heritage Quest book store in Sumner, WA) did an online presentation of interesting options on land records, including a film clip from Lisa Cook’s CD on using Google Earth for land analysis, I was up!

As regular readers know, I had spent the last week redoing all three of my presentations to simplify them and  incorporating the ideas offered from the Transitional Genealogist and the APG listserves.  Not one of the three presentations was spared a total re-do.  It was many late nights to get it ready.  Of course, I had to submit the syllabi early and so those did not have the benefit of the re-do.

Some of the ideas I incorporated included:

  • used one theme for all of them and customized it with “my” color, a grayed teal.
  • included my logo on the first and last slides
  • removed all web addresses from the presentation…they cannot get them copied down in time anyway
  • made the verbiage less an outline of my talk by removing words and putting them into the notes instead (I probably reduced the word count by 30%!)
  • animated numerous items throughout the presentations (I had to teach myself how to do them first), but was careful to make sure they were used appropriately
  • simplified many slides by making them all graphics
  • inserted Whatcom county examples into the context slides of the Non-Population Schedules presentation
  • clarified the slides that were about evidence and those that were about context in the same presentation

…all the while being mindful to avoid the concept of context as “stage set design” but rather that it is fundamental to understanding the motivations of our ancestors.

My first talk was “Genealogical Proof Standard for Beginners.” approached the topic from a slightly different perspective than most who speak to the intermediate to advanced audience attendee.  I remember what it was like to be “partly there.”  My goal was not to make each one a NGSQ writer but to have each researcher “ratchet” up their genealogical game just one increment–whatever that might be.  I also tried to make the GPS relevant for the “non-believer,” illustrating ways the GPS can help at any level.  It was very well received.  I had several individuals say that they had sat through many presentations on the GPS but this was the first one that made the topic feel relevant to the work they were doing.

After a very nice lunch, the topic was “I Found My Family on the Internet! Now What Do I Do?” a look at four websites that have contributed family histories–Ancestry, Rootsweb, FamilySearch and FindAGrave. I focused on how a “consumer” can analyze and evaluate what they see.  This one raised lots of questions about what you can use on the internet and what you cannot.

To wrap up the day, we had fun with “Using the Non-Population Censuses for Evidence and Context.”  We looked at four different non-population censuses, Agriculture, Manufacturing/Industry, Mortality and the Social Statistics (including Defective, Dependent and Delinquent) Schedules of the 1800’s.  I did not cover the Slave Owner, 1890 Veterans or the 1935 Business schedules.  In each case, I described what they were and gave examples of how to use them for evidence (if possible) and context.  I discovered that my gggrandfather’s land which he bought for $694 in 1854, was valued at $3240 just six years later–over 400% return in just 6 years!  The next 10 years did not yield as good a return–just 14% per year!  We also looked at community statistics: in 1860 a carpenter in Whatcom County earned $4/day without board.  In 1870 that same carpenter was making $6/day–a 50% increase in 10 years.  Day laborers lost ground, however.  It is amazing what you can find.

Next week I present to SGS one of my favorites, “Soldiers, Spies and Farm Wives: the Changing Roles for Women during the Civil War.”  I love refreshing that one each time I give it.  Did you catch the statement in “The Roosevelts” (PBS) that Eleanor Roosevelt’s role became one of an activist during the Great War because her husband was away so much?  Wars can “change the rules” for women; Rosie the Riveter was not an anomaly.

So, I am still in a recovery mode but put the day to good use.

Happy Hunting!

Jill

What I did since the last posting:  incorporated comments and principles from Presentation Zen into my presentations for Whatcom Genealogical Society.  I worked (a lot) on “Unraveling Family Myths using the Principles of Logic” (to be presented on 8 November) and worked (a little) on Ostfriesen Culture Overview (gotta come up with a better name before this is given on 11 November).  I proofed the last article for the SGS Bulletin and even started laying it out.  Can’t do too much more until I get this one article to the editor and back.

Claudia Breland: an Interview with an Author

Claudia BrelandClaudia Breland has recently completed her second book, Searching for Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers. So many newspapers were published, so few of them have been digitized but many are microfilmed. That’s where her book comes in. Let me know if you obtain a copy and if you do, what you think.

I met Claudia at our every-other-monthly meetings of the Puget Sound-Association of Professional Genealogists (PS-APG) chapter of APG. I sought her out for two reasons: I think the issue of finding the one-out-of-many newspapers with the background information your seek is difficult for family historians because and two, I am naturally intrigued by people who write well. And, did I mention that she is just a really nice person? Claudia agreed to answer a few questions about writing and her experience.

Let’s start at the “beginning.” How did you get interested in genealogy?
In junior high and high school I fell in love with historical fiction, especially the books with family trees on the endpapers. When I was just out of high school, my paternal grandfather died, and my father was the executor of the estate & in charge of clearing out the house. One day he brought home a file folder filled with family history material: pedigree charts, typed family stories, newspaper clippings, and even a luggage tag that would be an important clue. I was immediately hooked! I decided to become a professional genealogist after a discernment class at church that pointed out that knowledge and information were particular gifts of mine, and that genealogy was my passion. I sat down and charted a course for myself, which included joining APG, taking the NGS Home Study Course, and attending conferences and institutes across the country.

Why did you decide to write a book on historic newspapers?
I really felt that there was too much emphasis being placed on the newspapers that are digitized and online, and not enough information about newspapers on microfilm, and how to go about getting them. I wanted to inform readers on how to read a catalog entry, how to look up newspapers on WorldCat and Library of Congress, and the strengths and weaknesses of online databases such as NewspaperArchive, Google News Archive, and GenealogyBank. Since the world of newspapers is changing so rapidly, and because I know there will be more links added, I’m intending this to be an annual publication.

What other books have you written?
My first book, Genealogy Offline: A Beginner’s Guide to Family History Records that are not Online was published last December, and was just revised this month. I wrote it because of the many people in my library presentations who believed that everything is online now. I have found some amazing records that are not (and may never be) online, and I wanted to highlight those.

From the point in time where you conceive of the idea for the topic, how long does it take to get to finished product?
My first book took almost a year to write; publication was delayed a bit because we moved last fall. My challenge was having to do additional research to come up with examples (of adoption and divorce records, for example). Once I discovered a format for each chapter, writing went fairly quickly. My second book only took about seven months after I got serious about writing it. Again, it was slowed down by research – especially after I decided that I needed to do a county-by-county survey of libraries and genealogy societies in the United States that have newspaper indexes on their websites. There are over 3000 counties in the US, and this little project took me about 6 weeks in July and August. Also slowing it down were the educational events I attended – a week at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and an all-day seminar in Eugene, Oregon. I also had client research and lectures going on.

Why do you write?
I write because I have something to say that no one else has said yet. I’m getting started on my next book, which will be on how to become a professional genealogist. I’ve been writing almost all my life; I come from a long line of writers – writing is just part of who I am.

You self-published the book. What has been your experience with self-publishing?
I selected CreateSpace based on the experience of another author, and I chose self-publishing because the royalties are higher. The downside of self-publishing is that I had to do all the editing and formatting myself. With my latest book, I uploaded it to CreateSpace and looked at it in the ImageViewer (which shows how the pages in the book will look) not once, but at least 50 times. I wanted to make it as perfect as I possibly could, which meant fixing a lot of details. Self-publishing, for me, was a much faster process than submitting my ideas to a publisher and waiting for an answer. Although I was passionate about my subject, I couldn’t be sure that anyone else would be. I used experts on Fiverr (http://www.fiverr.com) to create the book covers for me, and that was a great experience – much better than trying to design covers of my own. First time publishers of their own works should be aware that this is a LOT of hard work and concentration. I must have 10 or 15 book on my Kindle, on how to publish to Kindle, all of which proclaim that it’s easy. I guess that depends on your definition of “easy”.

What tips would you give to the first time book writer?
Make an outline. Ask “what do I want this book to accomplish?” “What do I want to teach?” Expect it to take longer than you think it will. Read every sentence, aloud, to catch errors. Don’t expect a huge income.

Claudia, which question did I not ask that you wish I did?
You were probably too polite to ask about the income producing aspect, but that’s what I’d want to know! Sales of my first book have produced about $200 a month for the past 6 months; that amount has gone up significantly with the publication of Historic Newspapers.

Caught me with that one, Claudia! Where can we find your book?
Searching for Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers is in paper on CreateSpace:
https://www.createspace.com/4887421 (APG members get a 20% discount until Nov. 1; email me for details).
It’s on Kindle at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Searching-Your-Ancestors-Historic-Newspapers-ebook/dp/B00NQ2KQX0/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1411326886

Genealogy Offline is in paper at CreateSpace:
https://www.createspace.com/4093605
It’s on Kindle at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Genealogy-offline-Claudia-C-Breland-ebook/dp/B00NQ5NY68/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1411654856

Also, I’ve written a couple of blog posts with page views of my new book:
http://www.ccbreland.com/genealogy-and-life

Claudia, thank you for taking the time to answer these questions and thanks for helping the entire community by writing books on the topics that we need to have. Good luck with the next one!

Happy Hunting!

Jill

What I have done since the last posting: I presented at SGS and found my slides did not convey as much information as I wanted so I have started rebuilding the presentation. I had to shorten it, and position the content strategically on the screen for maximum readability. Next, I have to do the animation to “zoom” in on the elements I want to highlight. All before Saturday! I’ll be busy. I ordered Claudia’s book.  I will write about it later.

How Can I Improve My Presentations: a Post-Mortem

Presentation ZenOn 22 September I posted a blog which compiled recommendations obtained from many individuals on the the APG and the Transitional Genealogist listserve about doing better presentations.  You can read “How Can I Improve My Presentations?” by clicking on the link.  Today I presented to the Seattle Genealogical Society “I Found My Family on the Internet! Now What Do I Do?” on website assessment of family history information.  I thought I would share the evaluation results.  On the items listed below I kept the same number as the original list posted on the blog on the 22nd.

Things I did not do so well:

3. Test your presentation with the projector you will use.  Why didn’t I do this.? Simple to do.  I found that some of my slides were too fuzzy and the type was too small to see. And some of the content fell off the screen.  This was the major faux pax. The small type size was the most common negative comment.
14. Place your brand on every slide.  I did not do this.  I had it on the first and last slide.  In fact Presentation Zen says not to put it on every slide but rather at most on the first and last slide.  I am going to remove it from the other presentation when I put it on every slide. It is also not my “style” to be so aggressive about it.
21. Use a plain white background with perhaps just a single graphic at the top or down the side. I am going to review my slides and see if I can simplify the background and the photos etc.  I also want to see if I can incorporate some the Presentation Zen’s approach to using graphic symbols to help the audience remember the significant points.
30. Be careful that your photos and screen shots do not fade into the background.  Mine did a bit.
32. Use animation sparingly–fly ins to show enlargement of sections of a document.  I should have used some especially to enlarge the areas of the site I wanted to highlight.
1 (syllabus). include information (in the syllabus) about the primary focus of the presentation.  The content of the syllabus was weak.  It needs to be expanded and strengthened.
6 (syllabus). Look at your evaluations–are they about the content of your presentation or about how you presented it?  I got multiple comments about the types size–  will correct that.

Things I did well:

1. Keep the audience in mind.   The audience was engaged as was I.  The book Presentation Zen describes the presenter as being “mindless” and “in the moment.”  I can say the time passed for me very quickly and I believe that is an indication that I was not distracted as a Presenter.
12. Have only 3-4 lines of type on a slide.  I eliminated a lot of text from the slide prior to the presentation but could have/should have eliminated more.
13. Read Presentation Zen.  I have skimmed it and can see the strong approach he takes.  I will incorporate some of the principles into the presentation next time. (and there will be a next time.)
34. Use citations on your slides.  I did this.  I doubt is was particularly noticed but I liked that I did that.
6 (syllabus). Look at your evaluations–are they about the content of your presentation or about how you presented it?   I received more positive comments about the presentation, my knowledge level, and how they learned something than negative.  I believe the audience “got it”.

So, that’s where I am at.  Steep learning curve.  I give the presentation again in a week so I will be concentrate on improving the slides.  At this point I cannot do anything about the syllabus as it has been turned in for publication.  I will work on it later  because I give this presentation again in November.

Happy Hunting!

Jill

What I have done since the last posted:  other than the above? Worked on putting the SGS Bulletin together and working with the authors to get them ready. Updated my Genealogical Speakers Guild website. Signed the contract for the presentation to Jefferson County (21 March 2015).

 

How can I improve my presentations?

Note: I always include a photo for graphic relief in my blog.
I have instead included a link to a Dilbert cartoon which I cannot post per the Terms of Use:
http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2014-09-21/

I have been working hard lately on several presentations for genealogical societies and the upcoming LDS Expo.  Each presentation is composed of a PowerPoint (usually) presentation of a 40 minute lecture and a 2-6 page syllabus.  The slides are usually not a part of the handout.

I have not done many of these types of presentations and so I asked for comments from both listserves to which I belong–Transitional Genealogist and the Association of Professional Genealogists.  Responders were most helpful and provided many excellent hints.  My initial question was about whether, when giving multiple presentations, professional genealogists use the same background (I meant “template” but some took me for the word I used) for all of the presentations or if they changed it presentation to presentation.  The responses were much more varied than my limited question.

Here is a compilation of the many responses I received all of which helped me present even better now and in the future.  Remember that these are comments for genealogical presentations and may (or not) be applicable to presentations you  make. Also note that some of the comments are in direct conflict with one another.

  1. Foremost, keep the audience in mind.
  2. No graphic or animations should take away from the content of the talk.
  3. Do not read your slides–ever.  er….except when your lecture is being taped.
  4. Test your presentation with the projector you will use.  Sometimes colors are not as true in projection.  Also sometimes the tone in the font is too close to that of the background making it unreadable.
  5. Use a white background
  6. Use a light colored background and usually stay with black ink.  White background is boring for most viewers.  White can also appear too bright, overwhelming the type and the message.
  7. Leave a lot of white space; achieve a very clean look.  The cleaner the look the easier it is for older eyes to see.
  8. Keep it simple; have some variety but do not “use widely different styles for each”
  9. Select one style and stick with it for all presentations–it will become your brand and identified you.
  10. The font, white space and simplicity of the presentation is more important than the background–as long as the background is very clean.
  11. Use a slightly different backgrounds for each lecture. it differentiates each lecture — subliminally.
  12. Have only 3-4 lines of type on a slide
  13. Read Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds (I have it on request from my library.)
  14. Place your brand on every slide, maybe even develop your own slide template and use it for all presentations.
  15. Some presentations deserve a unique background; but ones that are teaching genealogical methods probably should be plainer.
  16. If giving a review of a record set, include several ways of how to use the set, not just your case study.
  17. Reduce the number of words to the minimum.
  18. Do not include websites on the PPT; people will think they have to copy the address and lose focus.
  19. if you have different sections to a presentation, one could color code the background of each section differently.
  20. Having all your presentations look the same will make you look more professional
  21. Use a plain white background with perhaps just a single graphic at the top on down the side.
  22. Some fancier background graphics can be used if presenting just for one hour.  Longer than that –audience fatigue sets in
  23. Some people can change the template to make the presentation unique to the audience.  If you are one of those, go for it.
  24. Use a serif font, simple and clean.  Use serif font because it is easier to read and some letters like 1, I and l can look the same in sans serif fonts.
  25. Use a sans serif font as it is cleaner looking.
  26. Pictures and images are better than words.  When reading your slides the audience has stopped listening to you.
  27. Show the whole document and then zoom in (using animation) on the section you want them to see.  It orients the audience to where you are on the page.
  28. No clutter
  29. Sometimes you have to show them exactly how to access the records
  30. Be careful that your photos and screen shots do not fade into the background because they are the same color; an easy way to make them pop out is to put a line around them
  31. There are times when animation is a good thing, e.g. showing the whole document and then extracting a small piece of it to make it larger so the audience can see it.
  32. Use animation sparingly–fly ins to show enlargement of sections of a document or adding circles/arrows to focus the attention can enhance the presentation.
  33. Use animation at the beginning to catch their attention and then don’t’ use it for the rest of the show.
  34. Include citations on the slides
  35. Decide what you want to be remembered for–good content or fancy graphics

Syllabus

  1. Include information about the primary focus of the presentation
  2. Give the attendees an outline of the presentation.  This is easily done by changing the thumbnails on the left sidebar to outline format and cut and pasting it into a Word doc.
  3. Have your brand on the syllabus and include your name, contact info and logo on each presentation.
  4. Compose the syllabus and then set it aside and reread later for grammatical, spelling and content errors.
  5. Ask the audience questions about the graphic layout in the evaluation.
  6. Look at your evaluations–are they about the content of your presentation or about how you presented it?  The content should be center stage even in evaluations

My thanks to the following contributors–in no order.  Your comments were thoughtful and insightful.  Each of you have your own style!  Isn’t that terrific?

Angela McGhie, Elissa Scalise Powell, Jay Fonkert, Harold Henderson, Sheila Benedict, Marie Melchiori, Kelli Bergheimer, Rondina Muncy, Janice Lovelace, Laura Prescott, Pat Dunford, Sara Scribner, Karen Rhodes, Seema Kenney.

Happy Hunting!

Jill

What I have done since the last posting:  Went back through my three presentations I am giving in the next two weeks and standardized colors but did not standardize the themes.  Included my brand on at least the first and last slide of each presentation. Reduced visual clutter by taking out URLs (will put into syllabus).  All three presentations use a sans serif font.  My brand for my name and that of my company is in Rockwell, a serifed font.  I included it as an accent on the last page.   I concur with the contributor who suggested that a white background is just too bright and makes the text hard to read.  Thanks everyone for terrific comments.

What’s New in the ‘Hood: Historic Seattle

2014 0913 KCA Luci 2At the start of the tour of the King County Archives this past week, Luci Baker Johnson, program staff person for Historic Seattle, made  announcements about up-coming programs.

The repository tour “Digging Deeper” is such a success that Historic Seattle is going to tour even more archives/repositories next year!  “Digging Even Deeper” will start in January. Commitments have already been received from archives at Seattle Public Schools, Tacoma Public Library (Northwest Room), Washington State Historical Society and East Side Heritage Center.  Luci is waiting to hear from other groups including Fiske, a local repository of four separate archives in Madison Park area of Seattle.

Tradition and Change on Seattle’s First Hill: Propriety, Profanity, Pills and Preservation, a history of the First Hill neighborhood, will have its book debut on 4 December.  The First Hill Walking Tour on the 17th of this month is sold out but they will anticipate others in the future.

On November 19, Susan Montgomery, a noted expert on tile will give a lecture at Frye Art Museum.  I have found these materials lectures extremely interesting.  One of the first I attended was on Sttckley furniture which focused on stains and the wood used by Gustav Stickley, an well-known early 1900’s furniture designer/manufacturer.

On December 29, Jeff Ochsner will debut his next book, a follow-up to his very successful Shaping Seattle Architecture: the Historical Guide to its Architects.

Finally, Historic Seattle will launch a new website in the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned for improved navigation and access to content.

These and other great programs can be accessed at the Historic Seattle website.

Congratulations to Historic Seattle for continued great programming which reaches all who have an interest in history and our built environment.

Happy Hunting!

Jill

What I have done since the last posting:  worked on syllabi for the presentation I have coming up for SGS “I Found my Family on the Internet! Now, What Do I Do;” I am also working on two other presentations, “Using the Non-Population Schedules.for Context & Evidence” and Ostfriesen Culture & Society: an Overview”

 

What’s New in the ‘Hood: King County Archives

2014 0913 KCA LuciOn Saturday, 13 September, Historic Seattle hosted another of their “Digging Deeper” series of tours of archives/repositories in the Seattle area.  The King County Archives staff opened up the archives off-hours to a group of 15 of us for the last tour of the series and a spectacular one it was.  This was a stellar presentation, tour and handouts!  We even had cookies!

Luci Baker Johnson of the program staff of Historic Seattle introduced us to the archives staff—see photo at left (Luci, Kelley Gradey and Carol Shenk, Director of the Archives) . Carol gave an overview of the holdings of this archive and how to access the documents.  I was one of three attendees who had used this repository prior to the tour (when I was pulling the documents for the house history of my home.)  I had no idea the extent of the other documents that can add even more depth to place-based research.

Seattle does not make this easy! The title company does not hand you a nice packet of all of the deeds etc. of a property when you purchase it as we received when we purchased our home in Oklahoma.  Instead, you have to research in at least three different archives and online to gather the requisite documents to get to the equivalent.  It consumes a lot of time for just the document pulling.  And this does not include the architectural assessment of the house, its construction and the neighborhood which is a critical element of a house history.

2014 0913 KCA GregAfter Carol completed her overview, Greg Lange, also on staff and formerly of the Puget Sound Regional Archives,(see photo no.2) used a house in West Seattle as a case study to illustrate the extent of the holdings.

Greg “walked us through” the variety of documents which are available at the Archives and of help to the house historian in King County. The following were included in our packet:

  1. Cadastral Survey Map (1862)
  2. Deed granter/grantor index showing a sale (1922)
  3. a Deed (1871)
  4. map of incorporations (the property my house sits on was incorporated in 1891)
  5. Plat maps (2, one of which was a revision to accommodate the topography) (1909)
  6. Statutory Warranty Deed (you can count the tax stamps and if you know the tax rate and the conversion rate you can calculate the appraised value of the improvements)  (1962)
  7. Real estate Tax Receipt (1962)
  8. List of building permits (latest entry 1919)
  9. Building Permit Street Ledger (1910)
  10. Map by Baist’s Real Estate Atlas of Surveys (1912).  Comparable to Sanborn Insurance Maps but compiled for the real estate industry
  11. Property cards (OK, everyone in the country can now be envious–each card has a photo of the improvement on the property taken in 1936 conducted by  the WPA.)
  12. Marriage certificate (1913) (see photo no. 3: the first recorded marriage of early settlers in Seattle, David Denney and Louisa Boren in 1853)
  13. Death certificate (1924)
  14. Bill of Sale (1915)
  15. Honorable Military Discharge (1919)

2014 0913 KCA 1st marriageAll these documents reside at the King County Archives! These were just the documents they showed us.  They gave us numerous finding aids and how to guides to make research at the King County Archives easier.

Happy Hunting!

Jill

What I have done since the last posting: made some progress on my BCG Case Study; committed to attending SLIG 2015 (Advanced Practicum) and Professional Management Conference (PMC) sponsored by Association of Professional Genealogists (APG); decided to submit a poster session proposal “Gender Balance in Authorship in Genealogical Publications,” finalized arrangements with Jefferson County Genealogical Society for an all-day presentation in March; finalized arrangements with Whatcom County GS for an all day presentation in early October.  Was accepted to make 3 presentations at the local LDS Family History Expo 2014 and received my rejection on my presentation proposals from Ohio GS.  Busy time ahead.