Funeral Card Friday – Lillie Warren

I am sharing funeral cards on Friday, following a Facebook meme which you an see here.

Lillie Warren funeral card


Lillie Mae Warren was born in Paw Paw, Lee County, Illinois; her parents were Edward I. Warren and his wife Susan Foreman. The Warrens had migrated west from their home in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, where they resided at 1533 Penn Avenue, Beaver Falls, according to a city directory published in 1905.

The family was in Wexford County, Michigan by 1917, when E.I. Warren purchased land there. Lillie and her husband, Wellington Bruce Dunbar operated Ben Franklin stores in Cadillac, and later in Zion, Illinois where she passed away.

Lillie was Papa’s aunt, an older sibling of his father, William Warren.

Funeral Card Friday – Frank Fellows

It is easy to see that writing is a habit, and I got out of it for a while. I am back, but probably will not be able to post daily, as I did for so long.

I am sharing funeral cards on Friday, following a Facebook meme which you an see here.

fellows frank memorial card

Frank A. Fellows was born in Grant, Newaygo County, Michigan, according to his birth record. He passed away at Mercy Hospital, Cadillac, Michigan as the result of a car-train accident.

Uncle Frank was Papa’s great-uncle; the youngest sibling in the family of Belle Lamunion and Henry H. Fellows, and the only son to survive to adulthood.

I have previously written a number of posts mentioning Uncle Frank.

Genealogy Road Trip

Wow, the day has finally arrived. I am headed out on a short road trip. Stop one, D2’s house. I have some grandchildren to see. I have been wondering how the new school year is going for them; this is my opportunity to hear what they have to say. I am also looking forward to a visit with my daughter and son-in-law, who I do not see often enough.

Day two, and the first part of day three will be spent in a courthouse over in Western Michigan. Because I have been disappointed with the amount and quality of information I have found on my last few research trips, I have set my sights pretty low. I have one film, for one estate record, on my list. If I am able to get a good copy of that record, I will consider my trip a success.

Just in case things go really well for me, I have a long list of deed records to look up. Since sorting my family out from among others with the same surname has been a challenge in that county, the land deeds have been a good tool for me.

Friday night and Saturday, I will be at the West Michigan Genealogical Society Seminar, “Got Ancestors?” I am excited about the opportunity to see the great speakers what West Michigan has lined up for the Seminar. I hope I will see some of you there!

Pickin’ On Cystic Fibrosis – September 16-18, 2010

I have written about this before, three times, perhaps more than that. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic lung disease , about which much is known. But there is no cure, and having the disease is a death sentence. I first learned about CF when a CF baby was born to neighborhood family, in 1973, about the same time our second daughter was born. That baby is 37 years old now, and as far as I know is still living. This is quite an accomplishment, and was unheard of at the time of his birth when his life expectancy was more like middle to late teens. You can learn more about Cystic Fibrosis on this site.

Sixteen years later, our 1973 model daughter had surgery to repair a torn ACL. The hospital where the surgery was done was a treatment center for CF patients, and for whatever reason, she was in the same area with those patients. Most of the CF patients were in their late teens and early twenties, and they were mighty sick. Breathing treatments, IV antibiotics, and oxygen were the order of the day, and the night. I remembered back to our neighbor, and realized that he was sixteen now, too. That type of reality can be a little bit overwhelming; suddenly a torn ACL that could be fixed seemed pretty small and insignificant.

Some years after that we met our friend Jimmy, but it was long after we met him that we learned that one of his sons has Cystic Fibrosis. This weekend, at KC Campground, Milan, Michigan Jimmy is sponsoring his fourth benefit for Cystic Fibrosis Research. Some great musicians, and better friends, are lined up to do what they do best, play and sing great bluegrass music. Jimmy is amazed at the numbers of bands that called him up to volunteer to play at the benefit, and you will be too.

Profiles of each band have been posted on Pickin’ on CF’s Facebook page, and they are worth a look. Head over and check them out.

When Jimmy’s desire to give back by raising funds for research took flight, Papa and I wanted to help. We can’t sing (you all know that!), but we have done what we can in the ways that we can. I have helped with the Pickin’ on CF promotions and web presence. Papa had taken photographs at each event, and will be on the job this weekend. He also convinced his employer to make a donation. And we are out here at KC Campground this week to do whatever else we can to help.

Sometimes it just feels better act, words are not enough. That’s what we have done.

Now, it is your turn, come on out for the weekend, or for one day. If you are simply unable to attend, send a check. There have been huge advances and CF patients are living longer and longer, with a better quality of life. But a cure has not been found, and that is what Pickin’ on CF is about.

Pickin’ on Cystic Fibrosis []

KC Campground
14048 Sherman Rd
Milan, MI 48160
Phone: (734) 439-1076

Thursday September 16 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Friday September 17 noon to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday September 18 noon to 10:30 p.m.

Thursday: $10, Friday and Saturday $15 each. Weekend: $30. Children under 16 free with paying adult.
Camping is extra, but a a reduced rate of $15 Thursday through Saturday.

Pickin’ on Cystic Fibrosis has partnered with Hunt for a Cure, a 501(3)(c) organization this year. If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation for research to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis checks can be sent to:

246 N. Dickinson Ave
Hesperia Mi. 49421

Your donation is tax deductible if you make your check to “Hunt for a Cure”. Please note “Pickin’ on CF” in the memo line.

Disclaimer: I am connected with Pickin’ on Cystic Fibrosis, I have constructed, and I maintain their websites. I also worked on publicity for the event this year. Pickin’ on Cystic Fibrosis pays for web space and domain name registration, but I do not receive compensation for my time. Papa has photographed previous events and will photograph this weekend’s without compensation. Papa and I have received complementary admission to this weekend’s event in exchange for working this week.

Genealogy as a Game

James Tanner, a lawyer and genealogist, has written a post which I believe should be required reading, especially for beginning genealogists.

Many people begin their genealogical quest with no instruction, background, or assistance in research methods. Some advertisements for genealogical websites give the impression that solid, grounded research is not needed to learn about your family history. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

In a few simple words on his blog, Genealogy’s Star, Mr. Tanner bares the monster of that flawed thinking for all to see. Head on over and check out his post, The genealogy video game.

When you have finished with that, take a look at a helpful post he recently made on how to obtain instruction to help you avoid being a game player.

Funeral Card Friday – George Emerson Fenton

I am sharing funeral cards on Friday, following a Facebook meme which you an see here.

A well known character in Papa’s family, George Emerson Fenton was know to his nieces and nephews as a fun loving practical joker on some days. He is missed at every family gathering.

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george emerson fenton funeral card

Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 132 page 328

This entry is part 94 of 99 in the series Deeds in the Family

I am posting information gleaned from land records in the areas where our family’s ancestors resided. You can read more about this project in the overview. You may also check my deed record listing, which I will update with each post.

This little deed is an odd ball of sorts, it does not really fit in any category. I collected it because my grandparents, William and Winnie (Kaiser) Yearnd were the purchasers of the property.

Date: 14 April 1937
Liber: 132
Page: 328
Location: Cadillac, Wexford, MI
Grantor: Elsie Caulkins
Grantee: William H. Yearnd and Winnie Yearnd, Husband and wife
Witnesses: Clay Colcord, Albert Pearson
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 2 April 1938
Clerk/registrar: Samuel A Tibbits
Location of land: Cadillac, Wexford, Michigan
Consideration: $1
Notes: Elise Caulkins was the Delia Conway Kaiser’s aunt. Delia Conway was Winnie’s stepmother.
Description: lots 3 & 4 in block 235 of the Home Building and realty company addition to the city of Cadillac.

Esther M. “Elsie” Caulkins was a resident of Cadillac, Wexford, Michigan for some portion of her life, and on the 1910 census of the city in the household of her widowed mother, Maria Caulkins at 447 Chapin Street. Her sister Mamie was also in that household. At some point, the Caulkins family moved to Illinois, where by 1920 they were residents of Chicago, Cook County. Maria M. Caulkins died died on December 7, 1937, age 77 years, 10 months, 2 days, her residence was Woodstock, Illinois. The informant was Clay Colcord (Mamie Caulkins’ husband), of Woodstock Illinois, and burial was in Cadillac, Michigan on 12 December 1937.

Perhaps another search of the deeds would show a transfer of the property to Elsie, or a deed recorded to settle the estate of Maria. Whatever the case, The Caulkins family turned to their “relatives” in Cadillac to dispose of the property after their mother’s death.

You can see a map of the Home Building and Realty Company Addition to the city of Cadillac on the Michigan subdivision site.  When I compared the subdivision plat to the current Google map, I can see that the two lots in question reside in the 600 block of Chapin Street.  I do not know if this was a different house from the one the Caulkins family lived in at the time of the 1910 census, or if the numbering of the houses has changed.
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Remembering Dad

I have a bundle of things to do today, but I am barely treading water. The reason is that my father died on July 13, 1979, 31 years ago today. Somehow, that 31 years seems like a long time, but the events seem like they happened yesterday.

James Yearnd (1927)
James Austin Yearnd, Sr., 1927-1979

I remember the blur of the day, but not much more. It was Friday, the first day of a busy weekend at a concession stand I ran. The night before, my stepmother stopped at that very stand, and told me it would be wise to go see Dad. Papa and I went that Friday afternoon, an hour’s drive to a unfamiliar hospital in Traverse City, Michigan.

It was clear that he was not doing too well, and I do not remember if he was conscious enough to know who we were. What I do remember is the nurse seeing that he had visitors, and that she hurried to find a doctor. That doctor wanted to talk to us, so we stepped out into the hall. He delivered the bad news that there was nothing more that could be done. Although I knew in my heart that that was the case, I did not even know how to react. I remember asking, “How long?”, and the doctor just shrugged his shoulders, and said “A few days, perhaps a week.” We stayed for a while, and when we got up to leave, I said, “Dad, see you in the morning,” and gave him a kiss.

I had a concession stand to run, so we headed for home. I do not remember who was watching the little girls, but I do remember that our oldest daughter was at camp. When we got home, Papa got out of the car, and I was about to head to town to open my stand when he came back out of the house. The call had come just before we got home, Dad was gone.

He was fifty-one, and would have been fifty-two on July 20. I was twenty-seven years old, married, and the mother of 3 little girls; my youngest sibling was only fourteen. For twenty-four years, every time I had a birthday, I would wonder if I would make it to fifty-one. Since I turned fifty-one, I wonder how far past that number I may live on every birthday. For many years I was very angry with Dad, because some lifestyle changes might have prevented his early death. Then I just became sad, sad that he missed my daughters growing up, his beautiful great-grandchildren, all the fun times you can only appreciate after your children are grown.

How can I forgive him for being himself? When I was particularly bitter, or sad, or frustrated one day, one of his sisters pointed out to me that he had good qualities, as well as the undesirable ones I remembered. Lately, as I go through some old photographs, scan them, and file them away in sleeves, I do remember to good qualities, and the young dad who loved babies and small children.

I just wish I had known him longer.

What I Do – or – What I Do It With!

This meme was posted by Thomas over at Geneabloggers. He asks that we list the technology we use in our genealogical pursuits. Thomas rightly speculates that those of us who work at home have few colleagues with whom to compare notes.

Genealogy is actually my avocation, I spend much of my time on research and compilation. I have done many free lookups, some pro bono work for other researchers, and some paid work, but this is mostly about me.

* Hardware: My desktop is an HP Media Center PC. Actually that is just what the case says, I have added, removed and changed the set-up so much it really does not resemble the original. Here are the specs:

OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer HP Pavilion 061
System Model EG642AA-ABA M7260N
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz, 3000 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)

There are 4GB memory, I added some. The desktop computer has two local fixed disks, the first is the original equipment, a 500GB disk which contains drive E, the preload/recovery files, and drive C, the operating system and program files. I added a 700GB internal disk on which my data is stored.

I have a DVD reader/writer and a CD reader on the computer.

Attached to the computer is a killer set of Logitech speakers that my grandson left here at the house, if he ever wants them back, I will have to buy some. I have a 3 port Belkin KVM switch, which allows me to use my keyboard, monitor and mouse to switch between as many as three computers. This is handy when I am getting ready for a trip, since I hook my laptop to the switch and can use the laptop as my “main” computer for a day or so before a trip, while still having a real screen and keyboard.

I use an Envision flat panel monitor which I grabbed a Costco a few years ago. It is square, I hate the stretched out look.

Speaking of laptop, I have an older Toshiba Satellite, it has 4GB memory, and I recently upgraded the OS from XP to Windows 7, which it handles well. It has a square monitor, too. The keys are starting to fall off, but what the heck, it works!

* External storage: I run two removable disks, a 500 GB MyBook which contains only the backup of the data my computer, and a 3TB network drive which contains a second backup of my computer and of my husband’s computer. I do not backup the operating system and programs, just the data. I have the original disks for all my operating systems and software, so I just “take a chance” on that aspect of my computers. We also have an external drive which contains a 4th backup of our data only, and remains off site except when the data is being refreshed. Backups are very important to me, because of my husband’s photography hobby, and because I do some website design. I need access to all my data and revisions at all times. I sometimes use flash memory to temporarily store files.

* Online storage: I have some data on my personal websites, but do not rely on on-line backups.

* Backup: The three drives described above. I use Compare & Backup, and Everyday Auto Backup.

* Firewall, Virus, Spyware: AVG Internet Security, version 9.0.839. We scan all computers every night. I really like the link checking feature of this software, which warns about threats. Our router also acts as a firewall.

* Internet Service: ATT Uverse. We use their router for our home network. It is far more satisfactory than my previous software solutions. We back-up and share data across that network daily.

* File cleaner: Occasionally, perhaps once per year, I use C-Cleaner.

* Printer: I have a Hewlett Packard DeskJet 895CXI. It still works, and I do not usually replace things that work.

* Phone: MagicJack at home. We like this because it sends us an e-mail if we have a message. For mobile phones, I use an ATT family plan, and personally have an Iphone 3GS 32GB, with text messaging and internet. This is my one small bow to “new”, and I enjoy it a lot.

* Mobile media: Iphone

* Music player: Iphone on the go; Windows Media Player at home.

* Car audio: Sirius Satellite Radio, I only listen to the channel 65, Bluegrass Junction. Also, an ITrip for my Iphone, which broadcasts the tunes on my phone to the car radio.

* eBook Reader: I used both the desktop and Iphone version of Stanza.

* Browser: I use Firefox nearly exclusively. I do have IE on my main computer, since some sites simply don’t work well with anything else. I have many other browsers installed, which I use to test websites.

* Blog: Self-hosted WordPress.  I compose my posts with BlogDesk.  It works very well for me, and uploads to my site with FTP.

* RSS: I use the WordPress built-in RSS.

* FTP: Filezilla

* Text editor: I use notepad or wordpad. For programming I often use Scintilla, and for transcribing I use Transcript.

* Graphics: Adobe Photoshop Elements.

* Screen capture: Old fashioned, I use the old control/PrtScn key combination, then paste into a new Elements file, as in, File, New, From Clipboard.

* Social media: Facebook, Twitter. Have a GenealogyWise account, but never check it. Ditto with MySpace.

* Social bookmarking: I do not use this.

* Social profile: Facebook, MyBlogLog

* URL shortener:

* Office suite: Microsoft Office XP, Google Docs. I have used OpenOffice but found the transition difficult. With my husband’s retirement creeping up on us, I am likely to use OpenOffice rather than buy or upgrade my Office Installation.

* E-mail: Thunderbird with a lightning calendar attachment which integrates with Google Calendar.

* Calendar: See above.

* Accounting: Quicken Home and Business 2008 (out of date again!)

* PDF generator: Nitro PDF Professional.

* Genealogy database: RootsMagic 4.

* Genealogy tools: Notebooks, paper, pencils, pens. I have used GenSmarts in the past, and may give it another whirl if I ever get the data I have entered.

* Other tech stuff: I have Sony Cybershot digital camera which I bought many years ago, and paid a small fortune for. It does not have the capabilities of the newer ones, but it has an eye piece, which is almost necessary for me to get a good shot. I have been taking photos of books and microfilm machine displays with that camera for 8 or more years. I use GedView on my Iphone when I travel. I have a lightweight Canoscan scanner, which I use at home and away.

So that’s it. The people my age or older who I know think I am a technology genius, and the younger people think I am a dinosaur. I believe I am actually somewhere in between.

Funeral Card Friday – Edith Fellows

I am sharing funeral cards on Friday, following a Facebook meme which you an see here.

This folder is from the services for Edith Elaine (Watson) Fellows, wife of Loren.

Edith Watson Fellows funeral card

Edith was born 8 December 1923, and married Loren W. Fellows on 23 August 1942. They were the parents of twelve children.