Sunday, July 31, 2011
When perusing old family photographs, we may see ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, tintypes, and cabinet cards – all from the 1800s.
Although most of us use a digital camera – no film – these days, we are familiar with 35 mm cameras and their film. We remember Polaroid instant photographs. Some of us may remember 110 and 126 film as well.
Recently, while scanning old photographs, I came across an envelope of photos along with the Disc negatives.
In 1982, Kodak introduced the Disc camera, aimed at the consumer market because of it's ease of use. The Disc camera’s weren’t around too long, officially discontinued in 1999; however, I don’t think they were readily available for even that long. Although I have no proof, my guess is that they were popular for Christmas 1982, then rapidly faded in popularity.
One of the key reasons for the demise of Disc cameras would be the extremely small negative size: just 11x8 mm. That’s less than half the size of “pocket instamatic” 110 film, which I thought was really small. A small negative typically yields a grainy photograph. The ones I found were definitely grainy.
I’m definitely glad that I had the photographs, and not just the negative, though. I don’t think there’s a consumer-grade scanner anywhere that would effectively scan these negatives.
For your entertainment, though, I scanned a whole cartridge and its sleeve.
Interestingly, the images here are about the actual size. Fifteen photographs in that one small space.
Friday, July 29, 2011
The tree that this chest was made from grew on my father’s, Thomas A. Collins’, farm in Russell County, Kentucky.
This farm was transferred to my brother, Samuel B. Collins sometime in the seventies [1870s]. It furnished shelter and shade for my brothers S. B. and Uriah when we were boys. Uriah and I left there in the early eighties and went to Texas. Sam remained on the old homestead or a part of it.
After I had been away for about thirty six years, Wife [Amanda Jane Perryman] and I went back to visit our old homes, and while there found the old cedar grove nearly all gone. In looking around, I found the trunk of one tree that had been cut about two years but in good condition.
Wife and I conceived the idea of having a chest made of it.
We told Sam our plans and he said, “I am delighted with it and I will haul it to my sawmill and saw the lumber for you”, which he did.
Then we told my sister Susie Antle about it and she said, “My husband, Sampson Antle, who is a carpenter, will make it for you.” When she told him about it, he seemed to be delighted and took great pains with it.
Then my niece became interested – Kate Browning – and said, “I will have my husband Sam Browning to haul it to the station for you.”
After we got home in Texas, we decided to give it to our only daughter, Beulah Emma Williams who was living in New Mexico at that time. Two years later, she came to visit us, at Abilene, Texas. We presented it to her with this little history, hoping it will remain in the family as long as possible.
As you can see from the story, this is truly a Family Chest, as many family members participated in its creation.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Grammy and Carolyn’s mother had died in 1927, leaving Grammy’s father as a single parent. Single parenting isn’t an easy job now; it was at least as hard if not harder back then.
Probably because of the family situation, Grammy and Carolyn spent the summer of 1928 with their grandmother, Susan Emma Prince, in the Boulder Colorado area.
One day that summer, the family was driving through the mountains – possibly in this car – and stopped to stretch legs and take in the view. Carolyn ran across the road to join her Uncle Arthur, and was hit by a car. She was not quite 5 years old.
We don’t talk about Carolyn much in the family. Certainly her death was tragic and painful to all involved; however, I think the reason we don’t speak of Carolyn is that we never knew her.
We remember you today, Carolyn, 83 years after your left this world.
Monday, July 18, 2011
When adopting a memorial, the current custodian needs a few pieces of information: your name, your Find A Grave id (accounts are free), and your relationship to the person whose memorial you want to adopt.
The best way to request a transfer is to do the following:
- From the particular memorial page, click on the Edit tab near the top.
- Click on the “Suggest a correction or provide additional information” link. This brings up an e-mail entry form.
- Provide the needed information: your relationship to the person of the memorial, your name, your Find A Grave id number.
- Click on the “Send This Message” button.
If you are not a relative of John Parker, who was my 2nd great grandfather, I would love to take over responsibility for the memorial.
Your name here
From one memorial to the next, the only thing you would need to change are the parts in italics: the name of the person memorialized and their relationship to you.
If you’re adopting multiple memorials, it is polite to send a message for each memorial. Asking someone to do something like “transfer all of the Perrymans in the Oaklawn Cemetery” places a burden on the current custodian and should be avoided.
Sometimes you will find that the memorial is already maintained by a relative. When that happens, you can get excited – you have just found a distant cousin. I recommend contacting them via e-mail and sharing your connection. You’ll likely receive a timely, equally excited, response.
Here are some graves that I have recently adopted:
- Lester Loyd Edmonds, Rosemound Cemetery, Waco, Texas
- Minerva A Green, Whitney Memorial Park, Whitney, Texas
- George Washington Perryman, Perryman Cemetery, Russell County, Kentucky
- James Nathaniel Prince, Gail Cemetery, Gail, Texas
By adopting memorials on Find A Grave, you can take ownership for the accuracy and completeness of the information online, and long lost cousins may also find you some day.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Find A Grave
Mission / Purpose
Primarily, to provide a graves registration website.
Secondarily, to provide a site for memorials and remembrances.
Third, to provide a genealogical resource.
To provide an expansive family history database for records and images from the world’s cemeteries.
1995, first focused on the graves of famous people
Number of gravesites
Over 64 million
Process / Participation
Contributors add biographical information for a memorial. Optionally, the creator or others can follow-up with photographs.
Contributors take photographs with cell phones, automatically uploading to the site.
Contributors also transcribe uploaded photographs.
What makes it unique
Strong emphasis on famous people.
Easy to add biographical information over and above what is on the grave marker.
Satellite images of cemeteries are available.Photos are geo-coded and can be located on a map or satellite image.
Ease of use
Easy to register a grave.
Only one photo can be uploaded at a time.
Common-sized photographs must be manually made smaller before uploading.
Uploading a photograph via cell phone app (Android or iPhone) is easy.
Transcribing is as easy as the clarity of the photographs.
Search by any combination of facts: name, cemetery location (country, state, county), year of birth, year of death. Search by name within cemetery. Several other searches.
Search by cemetery OR person’s name. No combination searches.
- Session timeout is too short. It should give me the opportunity to save my user id and password for a longer period of time. It’s not my bank account after all.
- The website needs the ability to search by person name AND location and by person name WITHIN a cemetery.
- The link to view a single grave on the map was not working when I last checked.
Monday, July 4, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
As I’ve mentioned before, I have received boxes of binders of genealogical information from Grammy. For the most part, she organized her artifacts and research into binders. I’m sure she spent a fortune on page protectors!
Recently I came across a page protector in one of the binders that contained 3 pages, all copies. All items were related to the military service of Carlos C. Collins in the US Army in World War I.
I had a few of goals with regards to these documents:
- Glean the genealogical facts from the 3 documents
- Scan the originals so that I could attach the digital image to my genealogy database
- Split the documents into separate page protectors so that they could all be seen without having to handle them
At first I tried to force the sheet out of the protector but realized that I was damaging it irreparably. “Stop! Don’t do anything that can’t be undone,” I told myself. I ended up putting the document, page protector and all, on the scanner while I thought about my next steps. I was able to extract the other two pages with minimal damage, but was still left with the stuck Honorable Discharge certificate.
After placing the Enlistment Record in a fresh (safe) page protector and the certificate of promotion to Sergeant in a separate one, I trimmed the edges and back off of the vinyl page protector containing the Honorable Discharge certificate and placed the certificate, along with the remaining vinyl inside a new safe page protector. Now, at least only the one page is affected by the vinyl.
If anyone has an idea on a better solution to the problem, please comment.