04 March 2015


“A man finds room in the few square inches of the face 
for the traits of all his ancestors; 
for the expression of all his history, 
and his wants.” 
----- Ralph Waldo Emmerson (1803-1882)

02 March 2015

Kiddie Koop

 Springs Miner, 15 March 1918, page 5.  Wyoming Newspaper Project online.

27 February 2015

Hidden Treasure Part 2

JSTOR Part 2
While searching JSTOR using key words, one result kept coming up:  book reviews for “Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries…”.  At first I ignored the results, how could a book review help in my family research.  I continued to search, gather and download articles to read at a later time. The more I searched in Staffordshire, England using keywords:  coalmining, Hanley, Potteries, etc., numerous book reviews continued to be scattered in the results. 

Then, I looked closer at the title of the book:  “Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries 1840-1880” by Marguerite W. Dupree.  I was elated, the time-period included the years the Hugh(1) and Margaret(2) family lived in Hanley, Staffordshire, England—the Potteries!  Hugh and Margaret arrived in Hanley, between 1857 and 1859 and left Staffordshire when they immigrated in April of 1886. Suddenly, I began looking closer at the book reviews because they were relevant to my family history.
Next, I went to Amazon and located the title for sale as a used book.  I had my daughter order it for me, and it was delivered to my front door a few days later!  

The book was written for statistical purposes to explore the family organization at a time-period when men, women and when children were employed in the Potteries.  The book examines the fertility rates, marriage ages, death, disease, and working conditions.  Does this relate to my family—why yes it does!  The book includes a description of two homes in Hanley as written up in a local newspaper!  The book includes Acts that were passed regarding the safety and ages of employees in the Potteries, information and statistics about religions of the area, local societies, education and even migration to the area.  Included are statistics and descriptions about employment in the local coal mines, death and disease, infertility and all other matters that relate to people who lived in Staffordshire between the years of 1840 to 1880.  The book has ended up being a wealth of historical context for our family as it pertains to them and their living conditions in Hanley during the nineteenth century.  

This book, “Family Structure in the Staffordshire Potteries 1840-1880” written by Marguerite W. Dupree has been a valuable tool in putting our family into historical environment of living in Staffordshire, England.  I will update this blog with interesting information I have found in the book that relates to our family.

25 February 2015

Hidden Treasure Part 1

JSTOR Part 1
JSTOR, short for Journal Storage, is a not-for-profit digital library founded in 1995.  JSTOR includes books, primary sources, letter, scholarly papers and current issues of academic journals.  JSTOR provides a full-text search for almost 2,000 academic journals.  According to their website:
“JSTOR currently includes more than 2,000 academic journals, dating back to the first volume ever published, along with thousands of monographs and other materials relevant for education. We have digitized more than 50 million pages and continue to digitize approximately 3 million pages annually.”(1)
JSTOR does not hold the copyright to any of their content awarded to them nor does JSTOR request exclusive rights to the content of articles.  Some of the articles are public domain, and these articles are free.  JSTOR digitized millions of pages each year while providing access to people around the world. 
There are two parts to JSTOR, one part is subscription and the other part of JSTOR is free.  In addition, one may sign up for a 14 day free trial offer with a limit download of three articles.  Another way to access JSTOR is at your local library or college, of which is available at 9,200 institutions worldwide.(1)
The JSTOR website explains the free journal content:
“On September 6, 2011, we made journal content in JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world.  This ‘Early Journal Content’ includes discourse and scholarship in the arts and humanities, economics and politics, and in mathematics and other sciences.  It includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals. This represents 6% of the content on JSTOR.”(2)

How can JSTOR help in family history research?  Articles in JSTOR are searchable by keyword text and other search perimeters, allowing family history researchers to search locations, occupations, time-periods and other keywords that may pertain to their family and their family history. The advanced search in JSTOR allows browsers to narrow searches by item type:  articles, books, pamphlets, reviews, miscellaneous, or by publication title or ISBN.  In addition, advanced searches may be narrowed by discipline.   JSTOR also contains papers and reviews written about books.  This is especially helpful if you find an unknown published book pertaining to your family.  

JSTOR may give the family historian valuable background information, historical information, statistical information or even direct family information.  The search engine is easy to use and is very accurate. The website is user-friendly and most of the articles may be downloaded in PDF form.
(1) JSTOR online, accessed 21 January 2015, http://about.jstor.org/10things
(2) JSTOR online, accessed 21 January 2015, http://about.jstor.org/service/early-journal-content-0

23 February 2015

More than Research

Family History work is more than research.  It is layers and degrees of genealogy, because of this there is no way to ever complete your genealogy and find everyone in your family.

Family history is:
·         Searching for documents, histories, headstones, signatures, or any fascinating item of interest
·         Filing documents, certificates, and other collected papers
·         Copying and sharing documents, certificates, and other collected papers
·         Transferring information to personal software and to other research tools
·         Organizing all those files, papers and photographs
·         Collecting documents, histories, headstones, signatures, heirlooms, artifacts, photographs, or any other fascinating item of interest
·         Analyzing information that has been collected
·         Sourcing:  sourcing in personal software the information that you have found
·         Comparing and hypothesizing theories and ideas you might have
·         Timelines and how your family fits into history

Family history research is more than working on direct ancestors:
·         Collateral lines
·         Descendant lines

Paying it forward through:
·         Indexing
·         Billion graves or Findagrave
·         Genweb Projects
·         Blogs or Web sites
·         Newsletters
·         Organizing Family Reunions
·         Writing and sharing family histories and stories
·         Look ups for other researchers

Recording current family events:
·         Document and chronicle your own life
·         Keep records for your immediate and extended family
·         Through personal  journaling
·         Photographs
·         Scrap books

Family history is:
·         Stories
·         Photographs
·         Documents and sources
·         Heirlooms
·         Temple work
·         Preservation
·         Publishing
·         Sharing

20 February 2015

Railway Magic 1855

"There are a thousand things that everybody sees, and nobody thinks of," marvels the author of ‘Railway Magic,’ an 1855 article in the Englishwoman s Domestic Magazine.  The writer is particularly interested in drawing attention to the sensory experience of train travel. It is not just that new parts of the country open up to the railway, or that the speed allows one to cover new territory; the actual sights of the everyday are given new meaning when seen from the window of a train. The modernity of train travel enables the traveler to see the English countryside with new eyes: the eyes of a housewife.”


 "A Charm in Those Fingers": Patterns, Taste, and the Englishwoman's Domestic MagazineAuthor(s): MEGAN WARDSource: Victorian Periodicals Review, Vol. 41, No. 3 (FALL 2008), pp. 248-269Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press on behalf of the Research Society for VictorianPeriodicalsStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27760186 .Accessed: 01/11/2014 14:06