Confrence Day 2

so angryIMG_0751Today was absolutely amazing. Thank to Lisa Louise Cook’s class on googles tools, I found some amazing research on my great grandfather. I found a website called together we served which led to his own personal website describing what he did, his ranks, and how he got his medals and ribbons in the Army. I really recommend getting Lisa cooks New google toolbox book, I haven’t read it yet but if its anything like her class, its going to be so helpful.

We also participated in the global family reunion! We sang along to “We are Family” and threw beach balls around, and just had a lot of fun!

Conference day one

Today was the first day of conference and I had so much fun! My mom and I got there a bit early so I got to work on my computer for a bit.

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Then I had a class on Emergency preparedness and keeping your genealogy safe here is a very important rule I learned from Denise Levenick; you should have 3 copies of everything, on at least 2 different media, and 1 in a off site location. You can remember it with just 3..2..1

I also went to a extremely helpful class on how to find information through geography, I also got to spend a lot of time with my mom, which is good, we spend so much time looking in to history we sometime forget were also making history.

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Mexico

In the note book my grandmother was able to save, I found this folded piece of paper, mostly written in Spanish, upon having some of it translated it revealed that  Louis C. Allen was born in Algeria, N. Africa. Raising the question; why was my great great grandmother’s place of birth was listed here? Well I continued to translate it (or at least bits and pieces of it) and found that its was a passport. So I figured that she had visited Mexico. Inside the passport was a small card with a picture and the caption: Madonna and child. Not knowing what it was I did what any sensible teenager would, I asked my mom (because she knows everything). She said that it was a prayer card and that she was more than likely Catholic and carried it around because it made her feel safe. Later my dad had seen it and said that Madonna was another way to say Mary and that it was supposed to be mother Mary and Jesus. Wanting to verify this  I asked my grandma about it and she said that I was mostly right but she had lived there for a bit rather than just visited.

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Rundown

So here is a bit of a rundown of what I know about my paternal grandmother her father’s  name is Robert Plotts and he was a major war hero. He also left my grandmother when she was little. he married a woman and had more children after he had her. (not much else is known.) I also know her mom was Jacqueline c. Allen and she was born on February 27th 1928 and died on June 15th 1999. (not much else is known). Jacqueline’s parents were Louise C. Buffeyte (born 12/21/1902. Died 1992. Not much else is known) and Thomas C Allen. (born 8/21/1895. Not much else is known). As you can see there is not a whole lot is known about her side of the family but I hope a note book saved from the trash can uncover some new clues.

Hello everyone!!

This is my first genealogy blog. I’m in high school and I have this project that can be on anything. Since I loved it so much, I choose to do my family history and I was going over the guidelines for it and I found that I can do a blog for it . So it was the perfect push I needed to start blogging.

I’m researching my fathers side of the family since my mom has already done hers. My fathers paternal side goes back to Oslo Norway but the maternal side is yet to be uncovered. Fortunately my Grandmother was able to save a notebook from her mom and it is the genealogy jack pot.