Emerald Felicia Suzanne Doretta Abigal Strickler is the youngest child of Abraham Strickler and Effie Flock. She was born April 1st, 1902 in Haddam, Washington, Kansas. This photo was taken about 1904-1905. The family was still living in Washington County, Kansas at the time of this photo.
One of the genealogy blogs I follow in Feedly is The Patient Genealogist written by Devon Lee. Devon Lee writes about two main categories: photographing memorabilia and heritage scrapbooking. The Patient Genealogist has a great series of blog posts about creating digital scrapbook pages. The blog posts cover everything from where to get digital scrapbooking supplies to types of pages to include in a book. Devon is generous in sharing some of the scrapbook pages she has created. It gives you lots of ideas how to craft your own.
I have been playing with the idea of starting to write a book about my family history (like every genealogist). I like the look of the scrapbook pages and have decided this is the way to go for me. I can have photos along with text to make a more digestible (aka non-genealogist) book for family to read. There are many options to create a book this way including using Shutterfly templates. While I do like the Shutterfly products, I would like a little more creative control by creating my own pages. The great news is that I can upload my digital scrapbooking pages to Shutterfly for easy printing.
I noticed last year that Devon Lee had written an Kindle eBook called Create A Family History Scrapbook Digitally In 12 Simple Steps. I recommend this book for anyone thinking of creating a family history book with both pictures and text. The book covers many topics including how to digitize the items you want to include in your book, different storytelling styles, how to organize your book, and creating digital scrapbooking pages. While I am excited to learn how to create digital pages in Photoshop, this eBook covers so much more than that. The eBook really has a wide audience and is priced at only $3.99 at Amazon.com.
With inspiration and education I got from Devon Lee’s eBook, I have created my first digital scrapbooking page! Check out this scrapbook page about my great-grandmother, Opal Strickler and don’t forget to stop by The Patient Genealogist.
My Christmas present to myself this year was a DNA test. Not sexy to the average person but thrilling for a genealogist. I did my research and decided to get a mtDNA test done with Family Tree DNA. The test arrived this week and my DNA sample should reach Texas on Monday. My results should be ready in approximately six weeks.
A mtDNA test looks at the women in your direct maternal line. I am not expecting anything too mind-blowing. I have researched my maternal line back to my g-g-g-g-grandmother, Jane Berry. I am expecting to see the British Isles as the major DNA line. I am keeping an open mind because anything is possible!
The biggest reason I am doing this test is to see what exactly you get when you have a DNA test done. It works out great for me that the Marin County Genealogical Society is hosting Katherine Hope Borges at the March meeting. She will be presenting “I Have DNA Tested – Now What?”
If my DNA test goes well, I will be testing the DNA of my Mom’s cousin. There is a family story of an illegitimate child forced onto a new bride in 1867. The story continues that the mother of the illegitimate child was Jewish. My mom’s cousin is a direct female descendant. I am hoping that a mtDNA test for her will either prove or disprove the family story.
DNA away, just waiting to play!
This is another photo from my great-aunt Susie’s collection. She was so generous to share photos and stories with me when I visited Kansas last fall. She has given me permission to share the family photos on my blog.
This photo is the only picture I have seen of my grandmother’s siblings as young children. Delbert, the baby in the photo, was born in December 1924. I am estimating that the photo was taken in 1925. That means Loretta, holding Delbert, would have been 7. Raymond, to the right, would have been 4. I wish I knew more about the dog. He is obviously good with the kids and they must have loved him very much!
I am sharing photos from my grand-aunt Susie’s collection. I scanned photos from her family album in September 2013 in Kansas. She has agree to let me share them on my blog along with the information we know about the people in the photos. It was so much fun to share family stories with her.
I apologize for the slight distortion in the photo. I must have accidentally moved my Flip-Pal as it scanned the photo.
I got very excited about this photo when I saw it. I immediately knew the name from the obituary of my great-great-grandfather, Abraham Strickler. Unfortunately, all of the information I know about the Rodger’s Hotel is what I found in that obituary. I have been unable to find any further information about the hotel. I believe this may be one of the last photos of Abraham Strickler before he died in March 1910. His obituary states that be bought the hotel when he moved to Fall River, Kansas in 1908. He was only there about 18 months before suffering a stroke. He died only four months later.
There are so many things I love about this photo including the street light, sign above the street, the columns on the building, the large porch, and the colored tiles on the roof.
I know the family was very invested in this town. Not only did Abraham buy the hotel but he also purchased the Fall River Creamery. We know his wife Effie ran a millinery shop in town. She had run an advertisement the day of her husband’s funeral apologizing for the delay in any orders for Easter. She went on to say that her and her daughters would work to be sure all orders were finished before Easter that weekend.
It makes me sad to think what hope for the future the family had when they moved from Northern Kansas to Fall River. It would all change so quickly. Effie Strickler and her three daughters would move to Topeka, Kansas between 1911-1914.
I have mentioned several times that I went to Kansas at the end of September to visit family. During that trip I was extremely thankful that my Mom’s Aunt Susie brought a photo album to share. I had brought my Flip-pal scanner and she was awesome to not only let me scan the photos but to tell me stories that she remembers from the photos. I will be sharing some of these photos in the coming months.
The first photo is of my great-grandmother, Opal (Strickler) Mitchell. This is a photo my Mom and I had not seen before. I just love the chair she is sitting in. Since she is wearing a wedding band, I believe this photo was taken between 1916-1918. Opal was married to Dudley Moses Mitchell in 1916 and they had their first child in 1918.
Jay Capelli is my grandfather. He passed away in June 2009. I found this photo of him in a file of family documents at my parents house about nine months ago. I believe that it was taken in his early twenties. It may even be the photo he needed for his naturalization application.
I just love how happy he looks in this photo. I remember the twinkle in his eyes when he was happy and smiling.
Frank Gingg and Anges Mattson are my husband’s paternal great-grandparents. This photo hangs on the wall in Grandpa John’s house The notation on the back reads “Frank and Agnes Sept 1925.”
Frank and Agnes were married on September 5, 1925 so this may be their wedding photo. If you think Agnes looks young, it is because she is. She lied on her marriage certificate stating that she was 18 when her real age was 16. Frank was just one month shy of his 20th birthday at the time of their wedding.
My family has enjoyed a wonderful Holiday Season. So much so that I took a break from the blog to keep up with it all. I am so thankful for such a great month with family and friends.
The end of the holiday season brings a new year. A new year always brings me a feeling of starting fresh and being motivated. This year I am excited to work on some projects around our house, watch my children grow, and work on my favorite hobby – genealogy!
To help me get started with a bang, my wonderful husband has given me an after Christmas surprise. He has ordered a new laptop for work and I get to have his old one. While I do enjoy working on our desktop computer and its enormous screen, I am excited to be mobile! I have spent the last couple of days cleaning out the hard drive and setting the laptop to be a genealogy machine.
Thank you honey for not only putting up with my obsession (oops, I meant hobby) but supporting me to the fullest! I love my (semi) new laptop!
Every year our family celebrates the tradition of going around the Thanksgiving dinner table and telling everyone what we are thankful for. Since I cannot be at the table with you today, I thought I would share my thankfuls:
I am thankful for:
- my wonderful husband.
- every second I get to spend with my ladybugs, Julia and Mia.
- the continuing health of my family.
- two new cousins joining the family next year.
- our new home.
- the opportunity to open my girls eyes to a much bigger world out there during our vacation this year.
- some of the best friends a girl could ask for.
- a couple of amazing genealogy finds this year.
- and of course, my ancestors!
Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!